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July 12, 2012
sunfoundation:

Internet content blocking travels downstream, affects unwary users

A team of Canadian researchers have uncovered an unusual new example of “upstream filtering,” where online content in one country is blocked in another country due to filtering that happens in transit.
Researchers at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, revealed that some Oman Internet users using the Omantel ISP are also being subjected to Indian content restrictions because of traffic flowing through India.


Think having your internet blocked is bad? Try having it blocked indirectly.

sunfoundation:

Internet content blocking travels downstream, affects unwary users

A team of Canadian researchers have uncovered an unusual new example of “upstream filtering,” where online content in one country is blocked in another country due to filtering that happens in transit.

Researchers at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, revealed that some Oman Internet users using the Omantel ISP are also being subjected to Indian content restrictions because of traffic flowing through India.

Think having your internet blocked is bad? Try having it blocked indirectly.

(via jcstearns)

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July 2, 2012
mrshl:

Announcing The Declaration Of Internet Freedom | Techdirt
Backed. Core principles of freedom that are hard to argue with.

This is important, all. A lot of sites are standing behind this. Is yours?

mrshl:

Announcing The Declaration Of Internet Freedom | Techdirt

Backed. Core principles of freedom that are hard to argue with.

This is important, all. A lot of sites are standing behind this. Is yours?

(via mrshl)

10:03 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2012
Conundrum of the day: BuzzFeed threw up a story about Mitt Romney called “Mitt Romney is Terrible for Traffic,” pointing out (at least on some sites) that Romney stories don’t get as many hits as Obama stories do — and proving it with a set of posts of their own. Perhaps that’s why his Tumblr page has gotten completely ignored?

Conundrum of the day: BuzzFeed threw up a story about Mitt Romney called “Mitt Romney is Terrible for Traffic,” pointing out (at least on some sites) that Romney stories don’t get as many hits as Obama stories do — and proving it with a set of posts of their own. Perhaps that’s why his Tumblr page has gotten completely ignored?

10:59 // 1 year ago
June 19, 2012

United Nations telecom group denies accusations of internet takeover

  • The accusations In recent weeks, a United Nations telecom agency, the the International Telecommunications Union, has faced accusations that it’s creating a venue for countries such as China and Russia to regulate the internet at an upcoming conference in Dubai. The secretive conference has spawned a Wikileaks-style site called WCITLeaks.org as a result. Some documents found suggest that an European providers lobby wants major U.S. sites to pay a tax to reach outside countries.
  • The denials The group denies they or any member nations has plans for anything of the sort. “I’d be surprised if you could find anything that would support these sorts of allegations,” said top ITU spokesperson Sarah Parkes. “Internet governance is not an issue at this conference. Some of it will concern things like exchange, routing and roaming rates.” Despite this, a House committee is likely to pass a resolution strongly condemning the conference’s efforts in this regard. source

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20:37 // 1 year ago
May 30, 2012

parislemon:

fastcodesign:

Facebook designer Ji Lee whips up the Wordless Web, a bookmarklet that strips websites down to just their images without all the noisy words

Pretty awesome.

Screw it, let’s just turn everything into Pinterest.

14:07 // 1 year ago
May 25, 2012
futurejournalismproject:

The Internet Defense League
The Internet can always use more heroes and Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit, and Fight for the Future have formed the Internet Defense League to make it so.
Public enemy number one: ACTA and CISPA style legislation that seems to sprout like mushrooms these days.
Via Forbes:

Ohanian describes the project, which they plan to officially launch next month, as a “Bat-Signal for the Internet.” Any website owner can sign up on the group’s website to add a bit of code to his or her site–or receive that code by email at the time of a certain campaign–that can be triggered in the case of a political crisis like SOPA, adding an activist call-to-action to all the sites involved, such as a widget or banner asking users to sign petitions, call lawmakers, or boycott companies.
“People who wish to be tapped can see, oh look, the Bat-Signal is up. Time to do something,” says Ohanian. “Whatever website you own, this is a way for you to be notified if something comes up and take some basic actions…If we aggregate everyone that’s doing it, the numbers start exploding.”

Developers are encouraged to join the League. GitHub is here, a Google Group here and Tracker is here.

Love that Alexis Ohanian has jumped into online activism with both feet. It may be an even bigger gift to the Web than Reddit was.

futurejournalismproject:

The Internet Defense League

The Internet can always use more heroes and Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit, and Fight for the Future have formed the Internet Defense League to make it so.

Public enemy number one: ACTA and CISPA style legislation that seems to sprout like mushrooms these days.

Via Forbes:

Ohanian describes the project, which they plan to officially launch next month, as a “Bat-Signal for the Internet.” Any website owner can sign up on the group’s website to add a bit of code to his or her site–or receive that code by email at the time of a certain campaign–that can be triggered in the case of a political crisis like SOPA, adding an activist call-to-action to all the sites involved, such as a widget or banner asking users to sign petitions, call lawmakers, or boycott companies.

“People who wish to be tapped can see, oh look, the Bat-Signal is up. Time to do something,” says Ohanian. “Whatever website you own, this is a way for you to be notified if something comes up and take some basic actions…If we aggregate everyone that’s doing it, the numbers start exploding.”

Developers are encouraged to join the League. GitHub is here, a Google Group here and Tracker is here.

Love that Alexis Ohanian has jumped into online activism with both feet. It may be an even bigger gift to the Web than Reddit was.

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