Archive for 2013

Flying Past Filters and Firewalls: Pigeons as Circumvention Tools

by rtroumbley

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?

Is the Internet for Porn?

by rtroumbley

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.

Greek Citizen Journalists Play Prominent Role in Response to Media Blackout

by lgraham

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.

Automating Slanderous Search

by rtroumbley

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.

#imweekly: June 24, 2013

by rtroumbley

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.