Videos of a man filming people in public draw the ire of those on camera but raise questions about expectations of privacy in an age where institutions and individuals can easily and legally record others. Removal of the videos on various sites also highlights free speech and copyright concerns.
Circumventing digital surveillance, breaking through firewalls, and sharing data doesn't have to be high-tech. In fact, as the rate at which we produce and share data eclipses rate of Internet speed increases, many are experimenting with old-school alternatives. Will sneakernets and pigeons make the Internet obsolete?
In this week's #IMweekly: a Wikipedia edit war over Egypt's coup d'état, sentences for Saudi Arabian Facebook users accused of inciting protests, a new government petitioning platform in China, and more.
Governments around the world have taken steps to block online pornography, with some stating that the Internet is for porn, and little else. A look at the history of the Internet shows that pornography has played a surprising role, and that over-regulation of online porn may carry some serious risks.
As people share more about their thoughts and actions on social media and as algorithms grow more sophisticated, law enforcement’s ability to mine such information for clues into how to prevent crimes raises concerns of profiling and questions of oversight.
Greece's Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, known as ERT, went silent on June 11, but Greek journalists continued reporting the news on the Internet, via live stream on the European Broadcasting Union's website. People protested in the streets and the citizen media community tackled the government's controversial decision online.
Is Google's autocomplete function steering users away from buying Microsoft's new gaming console the Xbox One? This article examines the social impact of algorithms and the difficulty their creators face trying to control them once they've been released into the wild Web.
This week Tunisian turned the building responsible for Internet censorship before the Arab Spring into a hackerspace and wifi hotspot, it was discovered that Pakistan has been using filtering technology managed by a Canadian company, human rights activists investigate the Mexican government's use of FinFisher, and Facebook leaked 600 million users' email addresses and phone numbers.