Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

Should Americans Care About Superinjunctions?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, May 31 2011

In a Forbes op-ed published over the weekend, Mercatus fellow Adam Thierer digs into the relevance of the British courts' efforts to uphold "superinjunctions," privacy orders that effectively bar the press (and anyone ... Read More

How to Unsuck Canada's Internet, and Other Tales from Up North at MESH

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 27 2011

A view of the CN Tower and the Toronto skyline, as you fly into the city. Photo by Micah L. Read More

Museveni Government: We're Willing to Order Blackouts on Facebook, Tweeter

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 21 2011

Source: Alan Kasujja With price protests raging, Uganda's telecom authority is telling Reporters Without Borders that they're ready to order the shutdown of Facebook and Twitter: [Uganda Communications Commission] ... Read More

After Attacks, Change.org Asks 'Where's the State Department?'

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Photo credit: Meneer De Braker Yesterday, we noted that Change.org was reporting that it was the victim of a distributed denial of service attack originating from China, and was calling on the State Department for help ... Read More

Facebook Wants to Be Liked in Washington, China

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

White House photo by Pete Souza Facebook is considering expanding into China, and with that the country will face some tough choices, report the Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Williamson, Amy Schatz, and Geoffrey A. ... Read More

The Funding of Internet Freedom

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 20 2011

Bloomberg's Nicole Gaouette and Brendan Greeley run down the state of play on the State Department's funding for online circumvention tools and other projects designed to advance "Internet freedom" around the ... Read More

The Flip Side of Internet Freedom: Digital Repression

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

A new report from Freedom House released today finds that the centrality of the Internet to the political experience and the repression of online discourse are both on the same upward path. Read More

Tor's Appelbaum Objects to Freedom House Assessment

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 14 2011

On Monday, Freedom House put out a report called "Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools," that ran down the high points and low points of tools like Tor, Ultrasurf, and Your ... Read More

Take a Peek at the Websites India Can't See

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 7 2011

More on the international website blocking front: a request under India's Right to Information Act, filed by the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet & Society, produces the first ever list of websites that are ... Read More

Website Blackouts in Côte d’Ivoire

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 7 2011

In what's becoming par for the uprising course, the Côte d’Ivoire Telecommunications Agency detailed its intention to block access to anti-Gbagbo websites and other "independent" sites, notes Reporters ... Read More

Transparency and Public Shaming: Pakistan Tackles Tax Evasion

In Pakistan, where only one in 200 citizens files their income tax return, authorities published a directory of taxpayers' details for the first time. Officials explained the decision as an attempt to shame defaulters into paying up.

GO

wednesday >

Facebook Seeks Approval as Financial Service in Ireland. Is the Developing World Next?

On April 13 the Financial Times reported that Facebook is only weeks away from being approved as a financial service in Ireland. Is this foray into e-money motivated by Facebook's desire to conquer the developing world before other corporate Internet giants do? Maybe.

GO

The Rise and Fall of Iran's “Blogestan”

The robust community of Iranian bloggers—sometimes nicknamed “Blogestan”—has shrunk since its heyday between 2002 – 2010. “Whither Blogestan,” a recent report from the University of Pennsylvania's Iran Media Program sought to find out how and why. The researchers performed a web crawling analysis of Blogestan, survey 165 Persian blog users, and conducted 20 interviews with influential bloggers in the Persian community. They found multiple causes of the decline in blogging, including increased social media use and interference from authorities.

GO

tuesday >

Weekly Readings: What the Govt Wants to Know

A roundup of interesting reads and stories from around the web. GO

Russia to Treat Bloggers Like Mass Media Because "the F*cking Journalists Won't Stop Writing"

The worldwide debate over who is and who isn't a journalist has raged since digital media made it much easier for citizen journalists and other “amateurs” to compete with the big guys. In the United States, journalists are entitled to certain protections under the law, such as the right to confidential sources. As such, many argue that blogging should qualify as journalism because independent writers deserve the same legal protections as corporate employees. In Russia, however, earning a place equal to mass media means additional regulations and obligations, which some say will lead to the repression of free speech.

GO

Politics for People: Demanding Transparent and Ethical Lobbying in the EU

Today the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) launched a campaign called Politics for People that asks candidates for the European Parliament to pledge to stand up to secretive industry lobbyists and to advocate for transparency. The Politics for People website connects voters with information about their MEP candidates and encourages them to reach out on Facebook, Twitter or by email to ask them to sign the pledge.

GO

monday >

Security Agencies Given Full Access to Telecom Data Even Though "All Lebanese Can Not Be Suspects"

In late March, Lebanese government ministers granted security agencies unrestricted access to telecommunications data in spite of some ministers objections that it violates privacy rights. Global Voices reports that the policy violates Lebanon's existing surveillance and privacy law, Law 140, but has gotten little coverage from the country's mainstream media.

GO

friday >

In Google Hangout, NYC Mayor de Blasio Talks Tech and Outer Borough Potential

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio followed the lead of President Obama and New York City Council member Ben Kallos Friday by participating in a Google Hangout to help mark his first 100 days in office, in which the conversation focused on expanding access to technology opportunities through education and ensuring that the needs of the so-called "outer boroughs" aren't overlooked. GO

More