Week in Review: June 15th

by Patrick Drown

This week Internet Monitor explores the most recent updates on net neutrality in the US, how Singaporean government computers are going offline, the removal of pro-Palestinian content on Facebook and Twitter, and how Russian hackers are trying to learn more about Donald Trump.

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.

Does Google owe an explanation for removing video game apps about the war in Gaza?

by mayukh sen

Google Play has removed a number of games concerning the conflict in Gaza. Many of these games, critics claim, are in extremely bad taste, making light of a war that's claimed a distressing number of lives. Google has opaquely refused to disclose the particular reasons why these games were removed. Should corporate powers like Google be the arbiters of what's morally acceptable in the public domain?