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

Earlier this year Turkey’s Information Technologies Board (BTK) announced plans to require all internet users to install a filtering software in order to access the internet. The proposed software would come with four content settings to choose from: standard, domestic, family and child. However, the criteria for blocking content would not be made public. The announcement sparked widespread protests in May. Under this regime, the Turkish government offers its citizens a false choi...

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

Pre-event on Access On 26 September 2011, APC will be holding a pre-event aimed at discussing how access to the internet relates to wider human rights, specifically the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. The event will consider questions such as: - How does access to the internet relate to freedom of association, movement building and democratisation? - How is the right to f...

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? Contrary to the popular opinion that the internet is a level playing field, data from users in the United States showed that “college graduates are 1.5 times more likely to ...

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 —. Experienced tutors will guide and assi...

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. Get your mind out of the gutter. The new law will make it illegal for telecommunications companies to charge their clients extra for using high-bandwidth services like Skype....

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. Oh America, I’ve misjudged you. Don’t think I haven̵...

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. Why does this keep happening to me?! This raises important questions: First, no, HE is not gay — otherwise I would totally have a shot. Second, while his critics accuse him of “liberal orientalism”, the unfortunate reality is that there a...

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. LulzSec – which is Latin for “porkchop sandwiches” – is a morally ambiguous hacker group which has committed several high profile attacks purely for their own amusement, or “lu...

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