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

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.

Citizens guide to the airwaves
Citizens guide to the airwaves 13 June 2011

There is no simple definition of spectrum. From a technical viewpoint, spectrum is the range of electromagnetic waves that can be used to transmit information. From a practical point of view, however, the effective management of spectrum embraces not only electromagnetic waves, but the technology used to transmit those waves, as well as the economic and political aspects of what is now a valuable national resource.

Last week the G8, this week the UN: APC helps Access Now campaign in Geneva
Last week the G8, this week the UN: APC helps Access Now campaign in Geneva 02 June 2011

Major international decisions are being made about the internet in the coming weeks – decisions that could affect the internet as we know it forever. This week the United Nations Human Rights Council will receive its first ever official report on freedom of expression online – and APC is helping deliver the message to the UN in Geneva.

Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council
Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council 16 May 2011

The Korean Progressive Network JINBONET, which has received special consultative status for the seventeenth session of the UN Human Rights Council, has issued a call for the council to examine the issue of human rights and ICTs in South Korea.

Wikileaks has competition
Wikileaks has competition 06 May 2011

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
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...