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Wikileaks has competition

Want the Wikileaks without the Julian Assange?

Well the Wall Street Journal has the answer. It recently introduced SafeHouse, an online drop box for whistleblowers to release documents anonymously.

And they are not alone.

Mozilla stands up to Homeland Security

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.

APCNews 141 – Avoiding cyberstalking, internet rights – 09/05/11

APCNews 141 – Avoiding cyberstalking, interet rights – 09/05/11

APCNews – May 09 2011 – Year XI Issue 141
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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Freedom on the Net 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

JOHANNESBURG 4 April 2011 (APC and Balancing Act for APC)

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.

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

MONTEVIDEO 28 March 2011 (AL for APCNews)

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 spectrum). In this article we will review the trends in Brazil regarding regulation of this resource.

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Study shows new media increases youth's civic engagement

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.

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

MONTREAL 24 January 2011 (Evan Light for APCNews)

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 several countries. As the internet and wireless communication increasingly merge into a singular form of communication, we will be presented with unique opportunities to adapt to open, trusting and collaborative forms of regulation and technology use. This introduction to developing a policy on open spectrum by spectrum expert Evan Light for APC, breaks down what spectrum is, how it works and why governments with under-served communities stand to gain so much from opening up the spectrum to more users and uses.

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