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In search of "Internet freedom"

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At the end of the Global Voices Summit in Santiago, Chile earlier this month, Ethan Zuckerman and I led a session in which we asked everybody in the room to help answer a question: "How do we keep the Internet open and free?" In his blog post titled "How big...
In search of "Internet freedom"

Have Internet, Will Travel: Ugandan Woman Brings Computing to the Rural Masses (Video)

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From the moment she got her first taste of computing, Uganda’s Asia Kamukama knew that she wanted more of her people to get their hands on this. Fast-forward a few years, and she helps run Maendeleo Foundation, an organization that does just that — bringing a solar-powered mobile computing lab...
Have Internet, Will Travel: Ugandan Woman Brings Computing to the Rural Masses (Video)

Teaching Business, Technology and Maybe a Little Mideast Peace in the Process (Video)

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Teenagers Amin Manna and Yuval Yogev live just a few kilometers from one another and yet were a world apart. Or at least they were until they signed up for MEET (Middle East Education Through Technology), a program that teaches technology and business skills to Israeli and Palestinian youth. After...
Teaching Business, Technology and Maybe a Little Mideast Peace in the Process (Video)

Cartoon: Snarktivism

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The #stopkony phenomenon of that last week has triggered a passionate debate over philanthropy and advocacy - from whether "awareness-raising" is a useful goal or one that saps energy and attention from the harder but more important work of building lasting change; to whether steering scarce resources and attention to...
Cartoon: Snarktivism

Tunisian Facebook activists look to overthrow…marijuana laws

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Whenever you think of social media and the Middle East – the first thing that comes to mind is revolutions, right? Admit it. When talking about the Middle East, we’ve consistently had terms like Facebook revolutions and Twitter activists pushed in our faces for over a year, starting with Tunisia,...
Tunisian Facebook activists look to overthrow…marijuana laws
Social Media Festivals Come To Cuba

Obama Gives a Shout-Out to MEET, the Israeli-Palestinian Youth Tech Project

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When we heard about a project that pairs Israeli and Palestinian teens to learn about tech and business, we were immediately intrigued. After learning more, we made MEET (Middle East Empowerment Through Technology) one of the original Global Voices at the D: Dive Into Mobile event scheduled for last fall....
Obama Gives a Shout-Out to MEET, the Israeli-Palestinian Youth Tech Project

Taiwan's Copyright Proposals Would Combine SOPA With A Dash Of The Great Firewall Of China

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You might have hoped that the extensive discussions that took place around SOPA a year or so ago would have warned off governments elsewhere from replicating some of the really bad ideas there, like DNS blocking, but it seems that Taiwan didn't get the message, as Global Voices reports:...
Taiwan's Copyright Proposals Would Combine SOPA With A Dash Of The Great Firewall Of China

Andy Carvin on Twitter as a newsroom and being human

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By now, many people are familiar with the story of how NPR editor Andy Carvin used Twitter to create a kind of crowdsourced newswire during the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East last year, inventing a brand-new kind of journalism on the fly and in full public view....
Andy Carvin on Twitter as a newsroom and being human

Taiwan proposes China-style block on overseas Internet services that infringe copyright

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China is famous for its unique Internet censorship policy — known as the Great Firewall — which restricts content, and in particular sites and services from overseas, preventing its 500 million-plus Internet users from having free reign online. Now that policy could be duplicated in Taiwan, where officials have proposed...
Taiwan proposes China-style block on overseas Internet services that infringe copyright

Critic Of Chinese Censorship Censored: Microblog With 1.1 Million Followers Deleted

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It will hardly come as a surprise to anyone to learn that a popular writer and well-known critic of China's pervasive censorship system has run into trouble for his views. Fortunately, in this case that doesn't mean getting arrested, but nonetheless involves quite a dramatic slapdown: The online Sina...
Critic Of Chinese Censorship Censored: Microblog With 1.1 Million Followers Deleted

Dive Into Mobile: Listening to Global Voices From India, Africa and the Middle East

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Those attending this month’s D: Dive Into Mobile conference will get to hear from the biggest names in mobile technology — including Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Google Android chief Andy Rubin. But attendees of this month’s event will also hear from some of the people whose lives are being...
Dive Into Mobile: Listening to Global Voices From India, Africa and the Middle East

Rússia: Provedores Assinam Carta Contra Conteúdos Ilegais - Global Voices Online

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Rússia: Provedores Assinam Carta Contra Conteúdos Ilegais - Global Voices Online

Help translate the Declaration of Internet Freedom by taking part in the 'Translathon'

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As stated in an earlier report, TNW supports the Declaration of Internet Freedom, and you should too. If you missed it, the declaration is a document that points out the things that all residents of the Internet should hold close to their hearts. Imagine the Internet without the following freedoms:...
Help translate the Declaration of Internet Freedom by taking part in the 'Translathon'

RT @afromusing "BBC + Global Voices = SuperPower! http://bit.ly/9JxLGo this is great. Kudos to all GVers"

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RT @afromusing "BBC + Global Voices = SuperPower! http://bit.ly/9JxLGo this is great. Kudos to all GVers"

D: Dive Into Mobile Conference adds Google's Schmidt and Twitter's Sippey

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This sponsored post is produced by All Things D. We’re in the final countdown for D: Dive Into Mobile, but the conference lineup continues to grow. The event will be a place to explore all the implications of the mobile revolution — from the iPad phenomenon to the impact of shared...
D: Dive Into Mobile Conference adds Google's Schmidt and Twitter's Sippey

Slovak Collection Society Tells High School Students To Pay Up For Music At Graduation Parties

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We recently covered a new report highlighting the parade of horror stories from "copyright collection organizations" or "collective rights organizations" around the globe. We've got one to add to the list. The Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights Society (SOZA) put up a blog post telling high school students to register...
Slovak Collection Society Tells High School Students To Pay Up For Music At Graduation Parties

Brazil's New Political Party: Green With A Shade Of Pirate

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Techdirt has been following the rapid rise and current problems of the various Pirate Parties in Europe for some time. Both their success and difficulties flow in part from the fact that they do not fit neatly into the traditional political categories. This makes them attractive to those who...
Brazil's New Political Party: Green With A Shade Of Pirate

Dive Into Mobile: State Department's Cheryl Mills and Pandora's Joe Kennedy Added as Speakers

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To round out the onstage roster for our upcoming D: Dive Into Mobile conference, we have added two new speakers: Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy. Cheryl Mills has dealt with some major foreign policy challenges, including global hunger and...
Dive Into Mobile: State Department's Cheryl Mills and Pandora's Joe Kennedy Added as Speakers

Bhutan's Government: Gross National Happiness, Yes; Sense Of Humor, Not So Much

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Aside from its spectacular location up in the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan is probably best known for eschewing measurements of Gross Domestic Product in favor of Gross National Happiness: Since 1971, the country has rejected GDP as the only way to measure progress. In its place, it has championed...
Bhutan's Government: Gross National Happiness, Yes; Sense Of Humor, Not So Much

Cambodia Wants Mandatory Surveillance Cameras In Internet Cafes

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Large-scale surveillance of private communications is becoming depressingly routine, even in supposedly enlightened democracies. In less freedom-loving locations, Internet cafes are viewed with particular suspicion, and subject to tight controls. But it looks like Cambodia is taking surveillance of Internet cafes in particular, and communications in general, to new heights/depths:...
Cambodia Wants Mandatory Surveillance Cameras In Internet Cafes

Maendeleo, Intel Bring Solar-Powered Tech Education to Rural Uganda

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Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.comOne of the most important themes of this year’s D: Dive Into Mobile conference is that mobile is about more than just apps that solve our first-world problems. To understand what “global mobile” means, consider the example of Asia Kamukama, who spoke Monday afternoon in the first...
Maendeleo, Intel Bring Solar-Powered Tech Education to Rural Uganda

China’s Great Firewall blocks its first top-level domain, as co.jp sites go down for 30 hours

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China’s censorship regime — known colloquially as the Great Firewall (GFW) — is arguably the most famous of its kind. It rebuffs a range of popular Western sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and more, is often tuned to block very specific terms — or keywords during specific occasions, such as...
China’s Great Firewall blocks its first top-level domain, as co.jp sites go down for 30 hours

How non-government actors have removed accountability: Consent of the Networked reviewed

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The (relative) maturity of the Internet and its use by both citizens across the world and the governments that occasionally fear them has produced something of a cottage industry in books. Titles on that relationship include the fairly recent The Net Delusion by Evgeny Morozov and The Internet of...
How non-government actors have removed accountability: Consent of the Networked reviewed

Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi released, but banned from leaving the country

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Following her second arrest on Thursday, Global Voices has announced that Syrian Blogger Razan Ghazzawi has been released. Razan’s sister, Nadine, confirmed the news on Twitter, adding however, that authorities have imposed a travel ban on the blogger. #FreeRazan #Syria Sister is home :) but she can’t leave the country...
Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi released, but banned from leaving the country

Dive Into Mobile Ready to Take Back Manhattan on April 15 and 16

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As many know, Hurricane Sandy forced the postponement of our D: Dive Into Mobile conference when the storm hit New York City in late October. We had assembled some of the biggest names in mobile technology and an amazing array of demos for what was sure to have been...
Dive Into Mobile Ready to Take Back Manhattan on April 15 and 16

Meet The Next Web’s New UK Editor, Jamillah Knowles

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There are people in the industry who I have personally respected from afar. Quite often the possibility of them becoming colleagues has always seemed so unlikely because of their stature, existing role and experience, you simply don’t consider it. One of those people is BBC reporter Jamillah Knowles. After contacting...
Meet The Next Web’s New UK Editor, Jamillah Knowles

bKash Offers Mobile Banking for Bangladesh, a Country With Few Bank Accounts

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Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.comFewer than 10 percent of the people in Bangladesh have bank accounts, but bKash, a joint Bangladeshi-American venture, says its mobile banking and payments platform fills the gap. BKash’s CEO Kamal Quadir made the case for the e-commerce company at D: Dive Into Mobile, during the last...
bKash Offers Mobile Banking for Bangladesh, a Country With Few Bank Accounts
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