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Mozilla stands up to Homeland Security
Mozilla stands up to Homeland Security 06 May 2011

Last month the Department of Homeland Security issued an affidavit for Mozilla, the most popular web browser among people who’ve never watched Matlock, to remove one of its add-ons.

Freedom on the Net 2011
Freedom on the Net 2011 27 April 2011

As part of its 70th anniversary, Freedom House has published its 2011 report on Freedom on the Net. The publication includes in-depth and detailed country reports on restrictions to internet rights, as well as a global overview of freedom on the internet.

New website helps transition to digital broadcasting in Africa
New website helps transition to digital broadcasting in Africa 04 April 2011

African countries have committed to migrating to digital broadcasting by June 2015. It will be a costly process and it is not clear who will benefit — or where the resources needed to make the transition will come from. A new website provides independent information for policy-makers about making the transition and reports on digital migration in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.

Internet Rights and Principles Coalition publishes its Internet Bill of Rights
Internet Rights and Principles Coalition publishes its Internet Bill of Rights 01 April 2011

The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition officially published its Internet Bill of Rights on March 31st as part of their second expert meeting in Sweden.

Brazil: High-speed connections reach marginalised people over the air
Brazil: High-speed connections reach marginalised people over the air 28 March 2011

The problem of internet access in a country the size of Brazil is as complex as its geography or its population. The government is currently working on a national broadband plan which would establish high-speed fibre optic connections in the major cities. In order to reach the most distant towns, signals transmitted over the air will be used (through waves that circulate on a set frequency or s...

Study shows new media increases youth's civic engagement
Study shows new media increases youth's civic engagement 01 March 2011

The study, conducted by the Youth and Participatory Politics research network, found that contrary to commonly held beliefs those who used new media and social networking were more likely to be politically engaged.

More spectrum could make licensing a more transparent process in Nigeria
More spectrum could make licensing a more transparent process in Nigeria 24 January 2011

Nigeria is arguably one of the leading countries in Africa with respect to spectrum deregulation and licensing. However while the country follows best practices on the telecommunications side, the process for allocating broadcasting licenses and frequencies lacks transparency and is still dependant on Presidential approval. As the two regulatory bodies prepare to merge to form a single entity, ...

Moving with the times: Opening spectrum so we can all communicate
Moving with the times: Opening spectrum so we can all communicate 24 January 2011

The spectrum both surrounds us and passes through us. Made up of waves of energy that allow us to communicate the way we do today – through radio, television, mobile phones, wireless internet and more — spectrum is an invisible common link that ties our societies together. A global shift in spectrum regulation is currently under way with regulatory reforms being developed and proposed in se...

Open spectrum for development: Policy brief
Open spectrum for development: Policy brief 17 January 2011

This policy brief by Evan Light provides a brief history of how spectrum use has developed over the past 80 years, examines how it is currently being managed and what the current issues surrounding spectrum are, and makes a case for open spectrum.

New Report about Open Data for an Open Society
New Report about Open Data for an Open Society 13 January 2011

Open Data, Open Society is a report written by Marco Fioretti for the Institute of Economics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.