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Blogging Positively

“Blogging Positively” is a collection of case studies, interviews, and tips about citizen media related to HIV/AIDS. You will be introduced to some of the leaders and veterans of the HIV-positive blogging community, and also to projects which aim to spread more awareness about the pandemic. The guide contains tips for workshop facilitators and teachers,… Read more »

The dark side of the internet

Fourteen years ago, a pasty Irish teenager with a flair for inventions arrived at Edinburgh University to study artificial intelligence and computer science. For his thesis project, Ian Clarke created “a Distributed, Decentralised Information Storage and Retrieval System”, or, as a less precise person might put it, a revolutionary new way for people to use… Read more »

Prosecutors Press Case Against Google in Italy

Italian prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to issue prison sentences for three Google executives and one former executive accused of defamation and failure to comply with privacy laws in a case that could alter the way Google operates in Italy and the rest of Europe. From The New York TImes By ERIC SYLVERS Published:… Read more »

India plans its own net snoop system

On the anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian government has announced its own version of the UK’s Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) – a massive expansion of communications surveillance for the internet age. From The Register Indian IMP pilot for mid-2010 By Chris Williams Posted in Government, 27th November 2009 13:15 GMT On the… Read more »

Do We Need a Global CERT?

The idea of a global CERT has been proposed multiple times in the course of several years. And while it has not always been proposed in the same form, the concept is the same nonetheless. The idea is very simple—we need a global CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) to coordinate all other CERTs in the… Read more »

Online censorship and arrests of Internet users

The legal tools that the authorities abuse to restrict free expression in Thailand are the 2007 Computer Crime Act and the lese majeste law (section 112 of the criminal code), which mainly targets Internet users. Harassment and intimidation are constantly employed to dissuade Internet users from freely expressing their views. From Reporters Without Borders Published… Read more »

Faculty generate 10 of top 25 world-changing ideas

Professor Ron Deibert, director of Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, and his team grabbed the top spot on the list for Psiphon, a tool that allows broad Internet access to citizens of countries where use is censored by the government without the fear of their being detected, since the tool uses… Read more »

Iran moves to silence opposition with internet crime unit

Iran has moved to block the last remaining outlet of expression for the country’s political opposition with the launch of a special force to police the internet. From The Guardian Robert Tait guardian.co.uk, Sunday 15 November 2009 22.24 GMT Team set up with view to pressing charges against those ‘spreading lies’ is seen as attempt… Read more »

Internet rights poster sparks UN fight

The United Nations is drawing fire after disrupting a meeting of rights activists at its internet governance convention in Egypt. From CBC News Last Updated: Monday, November 16, 2009 | 12:17 PM ET The United Nations is drawing fire after disrupting a meeting of rights activists at its internet governance convention in Egypt. Over the… Read more »