Israel revokes WiFi router restrictions; promotes free access "anywhere in Israel"

by Rebekah Heacock Jones

Earlier this month, Israeli Communications Minister Gilad Erdan announced that the government would be revoking restrictions on public WiFi. Historically, those setting up WiFi access points were required to install routers indoors, meaning that access in public places like parks and beaches has been spotty. The new guidelines will enable better outdoor WiFi and will require cities and companies that set up new routers to offer free access.

The Russification of Crimea’s Internet Begins With The Kerch Strait Cable

by mayukh sen

Since political unrest erupted in Eastern Ukraine, Crimea has found itself in the middle of an "information war" between Ukraine and Russia. It's a battle that has seen both countries tighten laws surrounding Internet access, use, and expression under the guise of quelling extremist sentiment. In late July, tension heightened when plans for an undersea fiber optic cable stretching from Russia to the newly-annexed Crimea were realized. in Zambia: Altruism or Corporate Lip Service?

by mayukh sen, a partnership between Facebook and six mobile phone companies around the world, recently launched its first initiatives in Zambia. The project aims to give Internet access to those living in remote, underserved areas of the globe. That said, its launch has attracted heavy criticism – is this seemingly selfless move towards facilitating wider Internet access as idyllic as it sounds?

Bangladesh’s Female Bike Brigade Brings Internet Access to Citizens

by mayukh sen

Bangladesh's Infoladies, a group of 56 women in their early twenties, are providing the nation's impoverished rural citizens with Internet connectivity. In a country that enjoys little in the way of widespread Internet access, the work of the Infoladies is allowing economically disenfranchised groups to gain access to information and resources that help them survive.