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Open source software an important political tool, says MayFirst/People Link

BOZEMAN 3 October 2012 (LC for APCNews)

APCNews speaks to Jamie McClellan, director of member organisation May First/People Link about the political importance of using free and open sourse software.

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Internet rights, open spectrum and online security at the 2012 Allied Media Conference

Winnipeg, Canada

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As governments and non-state actors find ways to restrict access to internet content and wireless connections to serve their own purposes, there is growing support for a human rights based approach to information and communication technology, and particularly the internet.

Surveilling CISPA

MONTREAL

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Why the Stop Online Piracy Act might pass -- and why it shouldn't

OTTAWA 15 December 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is being debated in the US House of Representatives today. Wildly unpopular, this bill is the latest in a series of extreme and reactionary legislation that seek a heavy-handed approach to dealing with copyright infringement online. If passed, SOPA would grant broad powers to censor and restrict content on the Internet.

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New Publication by the Canadian Journal of Communication - Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters

Canada

The Canadian Journal of Communication has published a special issue titled Democratizing Communication Policy in the Americas: Why It Matters, V36 #1/2011.

As Dr Roberta G.

A vision for transformational global communication that heals inside and out

The movement building skills and ability of the Occupy Wall Street Protesters have been a ray of hope for people around the globe. This movement is building in every major city in America, and the mainstream media outlets are finally mentioning the protests.

Big Brother comes of age

Ottawa

Not to be outdone by their neighbours to the south, Canada is now a late entry to the Big Brother Awards.

Dear Librarian in Denver: Why are you filtering the internet?

ROSARIO 1 August 2011 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Controlling what users can and can’t see on computers using filtering software is standard in US libraries. APC questions the Denver Public Library on their filtering policy and practices in a fictional exchange that tackles very real questions of freedom of information.

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Internet and social media a tool of the affluent

According a recent report from the University of California, the internet, and social media in particular, is dominated by the rich and educated.

So who are these monocled media masters? These bourgeois bloggers?

This means war?

The Pentagon announced recently in its first formal cyber strategy that cyber attacks constitute an act of war — and could merit a traditional military response.

Never mind the problem of attributing cyber attacks to a single, definitive source; even if the perpetrators can be traced to a specific co

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