The use of networked communications tools to subvert regimes exposes a proclivity for digital intervention to provoke revolutionary actions, propaganda campaigns that make celebrities out of bloggers, and covert code warfare.
A news roundup by Jillian York
God is everywhere, and so is the Internet. Coincidence?
Who is LulzSec, the mysterious group of hackers that for the last month attacked anything that moved? OWNI joined the IRC and went further down the rabbit hole….
Online advertisements which predict our desires too directly gives us an uneasy feeling. This begs the question: How far can ad-targeting take the technology before users feel like they’re losing control?
Academics are often incredulous at individuals’ desire to consume political information online in developing countries. But the belief that they would not have any desire at all to use the Internet to seek out political information is surely more dumbfounding.
Digital activist Mary C. Joyce compares Freedom House’s new report on global cyber liberties to OpenNet’s initiative twin report.
The merger of computer and brain, bytes and thoughts, has never felt far-fetched for Michael Chorost. Here’s how, by making the internet a new nervous system for humanity, humans will also re-connect with one another in a profoundly new way.
Do we really need more government regulation when users can hold internet service providers accountable by choosing those who provide the best service?
How much does the Internet contribute to the French economy? A report from McKinsey reveals it is becoming the driving force behind economic growth.
In France, what was supposed to be an emergency measure of internet surveillance after 9/11 led to a permanent legislation. Here’s the story.
Cyber-utopians believe that the Arab revolutions took place through social networks. Do they ignore the real mechanisms of activism?
As Craigslist, Google, Groupon, et al. have sucked up the ad dollars that once supported journalism, many downsized-but-not-out journalists have plugged into collaborative editorial and funding networks to launch investigative audience-generated, and enterprise stories.
Nearly 10 years after the naissance of the Patriot Act, it is up for renewal in Congress – this time with greater surveillance powers over the Internet.
Internet access is politicized in Cuba and critical expression suppressed, but as tech savvy increases on the island many are able to connect through unofficial means.
In Morozov’s book, “The Net Delusion,” he denounces the idea cyber-utopianism as a naive notion. Pierre Haski, co-founder of Rue 89, disagrees that the Internet is not causing positive revolutionary changes.
With the Internet being heavily censored, Al-Jazeera has continued the coverage of the Egyptian uprising and other methods of communication are springing up on the web. Are we seeing a “downgraded” revolution?
The present political systems in the Maghreb countries are not eager to promote reliable freedom of the press. But new technologies have enabled journalists and normal citizens alike to become multi-skilled media producers.
Everything is becoming more stateless, more global. And we don’t know how to deal with it.
The results of this study yield no conclusive evidence that the democratic growth from 1994 to 2003 was due singularly, or even primarily, to the diffusion of the Internet.
The term “cyberbullying” is frequently used to describe hurtful behaviors occurring via communication technologies. But why distinguish “cyber” bullying from other forms of bullying?
Retrofitting the web to make it fit law enforcement’s (or national security’s) “authentication” needs would be an enormous, retrograde step.
La classe politica non è molto agile sul web 2.O… Tra le eccezioni, Nichi Vendola, presidente della regione della Puglia, figura di spicco dell’opposizione, mobilizza i giovani grazie alla sua rete di «fabbriche»
Per far fronte all’egemonia di Berlusconi sullo stato e sui media, l’attivismo politico italiano si riinventa sulla rete, facendo dell’Italia un laboratorio di nuove forme di contestazione digitale