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Egypt move revives US Internet 'kill switch' debate

AFP/Activist Post WASHINGTON (AFP) – Egypt‘s five-day shutdown of the Internet has revived debate in the United States over how much authority the president should have over the Web in the event of a crisis. Some opponents of cybersecurity legislation wending its way through the US Congress have condemned the bill as a danger to […]

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Egypt move revives US Internet ‘kill switch’ debate

AFP/Activist Post WASHINGTON (AFP) – Egypt‘s five-day shutdown of the Internet has revived debate in the United States over how much authority the president should have over the Web in the event of a crisis. Some opponents of cybersecurity legislation wending its way through the US Congress have condemned the bill as a danger to […]

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Egypt shows how easily Internet can be silenced

BY GEORGINA PRODHAN, REUTERS   LONDON – The move by Egyptian authorities to seal off the country almost entirely from the Internet shows how easily a state can isolate its people when telecoms providers are few and compliant. In an attempt to stop the frenzied online spread of dissent against President Hosni Mubarak‘s 30-year rule, […]

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Egypt’s Internet Shut Down, According To Reports

It’s only going to make people angrier.  And it can also mean that atrocities will be made against the people and it won’t be immediately communicated… Craig Kanalley Reports are emerging that Internet has gone down in Cairo and throughout Egypt, only hours beforethe largest planned protests yet. According to a report from The Arabist, “Egypt […]

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Egypt's Internet Shut Down, According To Reports

It’s only going to make people angrier.  And it can also mean that atrocities will be made against the people and it won’t be immediately communicated… Craig Kanalley Reports are emerging that Internet has gone down in Cairo and throughout Egypt, only hours beforethe largest planned protests yet. According to a report from The Arabist, “Egypt […]

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Justice Department seeks to have all web surfing tracked

By Agence France-Presse   Mandatory data retention ‘raises serious privacy and free speech concerns’ WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department wants Internet service providers and cell phone companies to be required to hold on to records for longer to help with criminal prosecutions. “Data retention is fundamental to the department’s work in investigating and prosecuting almost […]

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WHO WILL DROP CYBER-BOMB?

By Frank Whalen Is the federal government laying the groundwork for total control of the Internet, the greatest invention for advancing the free, unfiltered flow of information since Gutenberg’s printing press? Could acts of sabotage, such as an “Internet nuclear bomb,” be deliberately implemented or allowed to happen in order to cripple global computerized systems […]

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The Internet ID: Do we have any say in it?

DAVID GOMEZ   It’s been called the “Trusted Internet ID” scheme by some observers. It won’t matter what we choose to call the government’s proposed Internet licensing system because in the end we probably won’t have a say in it. Earlier in the week we reported that the US Department of Commerce was preparing to create an […]

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Earthquake shook everything but the system Haiti in the hands of the NGOs

by Christophe Wargny   One year on from the earthquake that devastated Haiti, it may still take a decade just to clear the rubble if work continues at its present pace. Meanwhile the poor suffer, the rich profit, and the show is run by NGOs and other outsiders Toussaint Louverture International Airport has returned to […]

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UN considers establishing global internet police force to regulate the web

Monday, December 20, 2010 by: Jonathan Benson The internet truly is the last bastion of free speech that has yet to be taken over by corporate or political forces and censored, at least in the U.S. But the United Nations (UN) is now considering working towards establishing an international governing body to regulate internet content, […]

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