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Turkey abandons unpopular filtering software
Turkey abandons unpopular filtering software 15 August 2011 GJ

Turkey abandons plans to install mandatory filtering software after months of widespread protest. The reversal of this controversial policy shows the power of determined advocacy.

London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet
London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet 14 August 2011 APC/GreenNet

Following last week’s riots, British PM David Cameron said that his government is considering a crackdown on online communications. However he forgets that the same websites and phone networks were also used to locate friends and plan safe exits from trouble-spots. APC and GreenNet issue a statement.    

APC is going to be busy at the IGF
APC is going to be busy at the IGF 04 August 2011 grady

APC is organising a series of events in the context of the next IGF in Nairobi.

Internet and social media a tool of the affluent
Internet and social media a tool of the affluent 20 July 2011 grady

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?

Pakistan blocks sex, drugs AND rock and roll
Pakistan blocks sex, drugs AND rock and roll 12 July 2011 GJ

Pakistani authorities have blocked Rolling Stone magazine’s website for criticising the country’s level of military spending. But other banned sites are back online, APC has been informed.

Low Cost Solutions for Wireless Connectivity
Low Cost Solutions for Wireless Connectivity 01 July 2011 Ermanno Pietrosemoli

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste, Italy) along with the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala organize the above mentioned course, to be held at the Departamento de Fisica — Edificio T-1 Segundo Nivel, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 01012 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala —.

The Dutch have done it again
The Dutch have done it again 24 June 2011 grady

From the people who brought you legal marijuana, freaky sex clubs and pickled herring comes the craziest thing yet. Of course, I’m talking about the net neutrality law that just passed through Dutch parliament.

US leads the charge in building 'shadow internet'
US leads the charge in building 'shadow internet' 15 June 2011 grady

The US State Department has been practically throwing money at activists and entrepreneurs in an effort to build independent internet networks for citizens of repressive regimes. This comes as part of a wider US effort to help internet users, particularly human rights activists, evade government censorship and surveillance.

Gay Girl in Damascus is really a man
Gay Girl in Damascus is really a man 13 June 2011 grady

So it turns out Gay Girl in Damascus, the “woman” who stole our hearts with tales of her repression in Syria, is really a man.

For the Lulz!
For the Lulz! 10 June 2011 grady

I’ve been a Twitter follower (aka ‘cyber-groupie’) of LulzSec for a little over a week and I can’t decide whether I’m amused, scared, or just plain aroused.