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Open Networks, Closed Regimes

Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule is a new book by Shanthi Kalathil and Taylor C. Boas that examines how authoritarian governments in China, Cuba, Singapore, Vietnam, Burma, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt have “chosen to direct Internet development in ways that bolster the state”. Read… Read more »

A Pared-Back Security Initiative (Washington Post)

Extended article on a released draft of the United States’ Plans for CyberSecurity. Some of the more important revisions to the draft include dropping regular consultations with privacy advocates. It also justifies the US waging “cyberwar.” From the Washington Post

ProfD on CBC Radio

Prof. Ron Deibert discusses challenges facing the Internet including anti-terrorism legislation, surveillance and Internet censorship worldwide in an interview on CBC Radio’s “Cross Country Check-Up”. Click here to listen to the interview (requires Real Player)

Overcoming the Practical Challenges Facing Africa

This article discusses the state of telecommunications in Africa and critically examines the westernized “digital divide” discourse: It is dangerous to use such western-designed terminologies such as the ‘digital divide’, because this will inevitably result in the population of our continent with obsolete digital equipment which will not be able to stand up to the… Read more »

Anti-terrorism strategies for the Internet

FindLaw‘s ANITA RAMASASTRY analyzes the legal implications of U.S. “anti-terrorism strategies for the Internet” including the Nation Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and the Total Information Awareness project.

Monitoring Weapons in Space (Globe and Mail)

From the Globe and Mail The federal government has asked the Canadian Space Agency to find ways of monitoring outer space for illegal military weapons, documents show. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade made the request as part of a planning study conducted for the space agency last summer.