In the June 19 2012 issue of the World Politics Review, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert explores the role of Big Data and the growing political importance of the corporate giants that own and operate cyberspace.
The governments of Western democracies are increasingly demanding political content be removed from the internet in a “troubling” sign of the state of free speech, according to online search giant Google.
In a case highlighted by Google as good fodder for a debate about freedom of expression, the Canadian government asked the Internet search empire last year to block public access to a YouTube video showing a man urinating on his Canadian passport.
The Access Innovation Prize is a new initiative that will award 5 lots of US$20,000 to individuals, organizations or networks that have the best actionable ideas of how to use information technology to promote and enable human rights or deliver a social good outcome.
The government took a call in the matter more than 18 months ago. Now, it has deciphered the mechanics of enabling security agencies to police the one million-strong exclusive preserve of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) users in India.