For those of us just tuning in (which is most of the public, excluding a select group of corporate insiders, and government officials) a new document outlining the details of the ultra-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was just leaked via Wikileaks, and it could change the landscape of Intellectual Property as we know it.
Internet tax and protests in Hungary; the ‘hybrid’ Net Neutrality plan under consideration at the FCC; the Intercept publishes manual for spyware sold to governments; research group finds sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group; and FBI’s fake news story, all in this week’s IMWeekly.
The latest from the Intercept on Core Secrets and NSA saboteurs in China and Germany; tiny Tor router Anonabox meets dazzling success followed by major backlash; China blocks BBC website as tension in Hong Kong escalates; and Wikileaks publishes a new draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership’s intellectual property chapter, all in this week's IMWeekly.
Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution makes use of novel social media communication, powerful US tech execs discuss the future of the Internet in a post-Snowden world, Estonia to offer e-residency, and more in this week's IMWeekly.
Internet Monitor is delighted to announce the publication of "Russia, Ukraine, and the West: Social Media Sentiment in the Euromaidan Protests," the fourth in a series of special reports that focus on key events and new developments in Internet...
Google has lifted restrictions preventing Internet users in Cuba from downloading the Chrome browser; fewer than half of Russians have heard about the country's new blogger law; and more, in this week's IM Weekly.
The majority of non-US users accessing websites and accounts operated by American tech companies may lack the rights – notably of privacy and freedom of expression – afforded to American users. Indeed, a 2013 US District Court ruling suggests that most foreign nationals do not even have legal standing to challenge the seizure of their data in the United States, highlighting the dangers of an area where experts say that the law has been slow to catch up to tech.
Internet.org, 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?
Calls for corporate monitoring of social media – on the grounds that some netizens may be inciting emotional, physical, or terroristic violence – have resurfaced among Ronan Farrow, critics of the #twitterpurge campaign, and #IAmJada advocates. Some journalists and media freedom activists fear that these pleas for corporate responsibility edge eerily close to censorship.