Tag: internet

by Global Voices Advocacy Netizen Report Team

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. A group of Ethiopian netizens returned to court this week to face charges under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. The defendants, who include human rights advocate and academic Zelalem Workagenehu, as well as his friends […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The entrenched digital divide in our own backyards (Pui-Wing Tam / New York Times) 2. Open government is meaningless without a free press (Joel Simon / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. Entire editorial staff of Elsevier journal Lingua resigns over high price, lack of open access (Glyn Moody / Ars Technica) 4. Essena O’Neill: “You […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. When it’s OK to pay for a story (Kelly McBride / New York Times) 2. Reuters to offer free content to Web publishers (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 3. Wall Street Journal to roll out paid news app (Joe Pompeo / Capital New York) 4. The company that’s reportedly blocking ‘$6.6 billion’ of Google’s revenue […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Social media: Local TV for the next generation? (Amy Mitchell, Jeffrey Gottfried & Katerina Eva Matsa / Pew Research Center) 2. Build-your-own Netflix: Vimeo On Demand introduces monthly subscriptions (Mic Wright / The Next Web) 3. AFP: All journalists need to be able to shoot and edit video (Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk) 4. Four […] more »

by Fannie Cohen

There’s something upside-down about broadband Internet service in the U.S., the country that helped invent the Internet. Americans in cities are paying more for slower Internet access — both at home and on mobile — than other parts of the developed world, according to a report last year from New America Foundation. And recently, Zach […] more »

by Claire Groden

On Feb. 23, Netflix and Comcast announced a deal that would ensure Netflix customers can reliably stream videos for Comcast customers. The agreement will require Netflix to pay for access to Comcast’s broadband, though it will receive no preferential network treatment, according to the companies. The deal’s announcement sparked a wave of concern about Net […] more »

by Geoffrey King

By the time the first story based on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures splashed across the front pages of the world’s newspapers, India had reportedly begun deployment of its own major surveillance architecture, the Central Management System (CMS). The system is a $132 million project that allows central access to all communications content and metadata carried over Indian telecommunications networks. According […] more »

by Curt Devine

For the past half dozen years, dissidents such as Yoani Sanchez and her blog “Generation Y” have opened the political debate like no other time since the Castros came to power in Cuba. But Cuba’s dissident movement has deep roots, with many working in relative obscurity for decades. That’s all changing with modern technology. With […] more »

by Zach C. Cohen

Among the younger generation in the Middle East, Internet use is surpassing TV, and that could have long-term implications in the region. And that increased engagement online comes with important, unresolved questions about media regulation online, according to new research by Northwestern University in Qatar. The study paints an in-depth picture of the role of […] more »

by Danny O'Brien

Russia’s State Duma has passed a number of new laws in the past week, all seemingly aimed at reining in civil society and criticism of public figures. The bills would re-criminalize defamation and impose limits and labels on NGOs. They follow last month’s introduction of excessive fines for unauthorized protests. Government Crackdown Heightens One of […] more »