This week in #imweekly: UK anti-porn filters causes several controversies, Russia threatens to block taboo language online, Australia considers educating citizens in geolocation circumvention, web developers claim the U.S. is requiring master encryption keys and a Texas man is charged with operating a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme.
- #imweekly: July 29, 2013
- Cloud Computing, Cloud Polluting?: An Update
- #imweekly: July 22, 2013
- Map-Based Data Visualizations Reveal Patterns in Human Behavior
- Citizen Sensing and Crisis Informatics: Twitter and Disaster Response
- Neuland or Nowhere Land? Reflecting on Evanescence, Immortality, and Internet Memes
- How Facebook Can Prompt Real-Life Action
- New Internet Monitor report: "Rationing the Digital: The Policy and Politics of Internet Use in Cuba Today"
- #imweekly: July 15, 2013
- 'Restore the Fourth' Rallies Aim to Curb Digital Surveillance
Archive for 2013
In this update of our "Cloud Computing, Cloud Polluting?" post last month, we examine several recent developments to improving the efficiency of data servers and recent reports with valuable policy recommendations.
Tougher Internet filtering policies are being applied throughout Southeast Asia. The Gambia House of Representatives has enacted a new law banning criticism of government officials online. Russia has been pushing new legislation that allows copyright holders to ask courts to block access not only to allegedly pirated content, but also to hyperlinks to such content.
Social media companies and researchers use map-based visualizations to link virtual information with the physical world, surfacing patterns of human behavior that dazzle and educate. As cheap data storage abounds and visualization tools proliferate, maps offer a window into how humans live, in addition to guidance on how to get around.
Since it started as a platform designed for cell phone use in 2006, Twitter has become more than just a microblogging service on the Internet. It is a platform for peer-to-peer education and a potential gold mine for citizen sensing, which engages citizens as sensors in generating geo-referenced information. The vast number of tweets and other user-generated bits of content online has prompted new approaches to data analysis.
In a joint press conference with President Obama last month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel referred to the Internet as “Neuland”—literally, an “uncharted territory”—in response to a question about PRISM. Since then, the Internet has exploded with the #Neuland meme.
There’s much debate on the ability of Facebook to effect social change, but a handful of campaigns by the social networking site over the past several years have demonstrated just how powerful social media might be in prompting real-life actions.
Internet Monitor is delighted to announce the publication of "Rationing the Digital: The Policy and Politics of Internet Use in Cuba Today," the first in a series of special reports that will focus on key events and new developments in Internet freedom, incorporating technical, legal, social, and political analyses.
This week in #imweekly: examining content control in China, Nigerian officials announce plans to heighten internet monitoring in the country, and Russia's Kremlin resorts to using typewriters to skirt foreign internet surveillance. Meanwhile, a push to heighten information control in Turkey.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in cities across the United States and Europe last week as part of the "Resore the Fourth" rallies aimed to call attention to government surveillance. What comes next for the movement?