The US government appears to be loosening its grip on the governance of the Internet, a move welcomed by many. But critics see the government shirking its obligations to support free expression and free trade.
You may soon see URLs with Arabic characters and other non-Latin letters. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is pushing a proposal to include Internationalized Domain Names that have native language scripts.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is the top recipient of campaign contributions from large Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast over the past two years, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsi
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at driving classified ads for prostitution off the Craigslist Web site. U.S. District Court Judge John Grady said not all postings on the Craigslist "Adult Services" section advertised prostitution and t
4 months after deadly ethnic riots in China's Muslim region led authorities to shut off the Internet there, local residents are still barred from sending text messages and getting online. The clampdown on telecommunication has cut residents off from
In his announcement today, McCain appeared to agree with the notion that Net neutrality represents regulation and control, rather than a lack thereof. It "will keep the Internet free from government control and regulation," McCain said.
Your grandma might think that the Internet is rotting your brain, but it's possible if she did a little face-time with Google that she could stay sharper in the noggin herself. In a new study, Internet novices who were instructed to search the web sh
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication. PGP is often used for signing, encrypting and decrypting e-mails to increase the security of e-mail communications. It was originally created by P
TED Fellow and journalist Evgeny Morozov punctures what he calls "iPod liberalism" -- the assumption that tech innovation always promotes freedom, democracy -- with chilling examples of ways the Internet helps oppressive regimes stifle dissent.
No one is immune from cyberthreats, not even the head of the FBI.
FBI Director Robert Mueller was banned by his wife from doing online banking after he nearly fell for a phishing scam, he said on Wednesday during a talk at the Commonwealth Club of
This is a fascinating video, wherein Morozov implies that dictatorships and other authoritarian regimes deftly utilize the internet to create the illusion of free speech, relegating it to the role of a new opium for the masses.
Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to difffer. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust.
McKinnon, who suffers from a form of autism, could spend life in prison if convicted by a US court of gaining access to 97 computers in 2001 and 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
It’s been a rough month for Freedom of Speech and the arena where it’s practiced most: the Internet. Free speech has come under assault from many directions within the last several months. The pace has ratcheted up in just the last two weeks alone. W
The arrest of a New Yorker for using Twitter to alert protesters to police movements at a meeting of world leaders in Pittsburgh last month would be deemed a human rights violation if it happened in Iran or China, rights activists charge.
The Knight Commission expressed worry about whether the news industry's financial woes will make for a less educated citizenry and considered whether the government should prop up independent journalists.
Did Elizabeth Edwards use the alias “Cherubim” to attack John Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter, on blogs–including this one–over the last 20 months? The New York Daily Post says she did. We investigate.
The theme of the speech was openness, but for Genachowski, an "open Internet" seems to mean a "government-monitored Internet." Innovators and entrepreneurs may have been responsible for making the Web great, but care, oversight, and access are now up
The U.S. Justice Department advised a federal judge Friday that a proposed legal settlement giving Google Inc. the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books threatens to thwart competition and drive up prices unless it's revised.
Watch out, libertarian techies -- big government has upped its ante in a number of tech issues dominating headlines. In the near future we could see the Feds impact the future of unfettered Internet access, electronic books, and Apple policy for how
Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, plans to propose a new so-called net neutrality rule Monday that would prevent wireless companies from blocking Internet applications.
A Durban IT company pitted a bird armed with a 4GB
memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web
firm, Telkom. The pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.
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