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A Virginia Tech College of Science economics researcher says the popular social media website Facebook -- and its open sharing of information -- is a vital and often a significant tool against government corruption in countries where press freedom is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Information Policy
Security services in Uzbekistan have for the last few days been ordering the closure of internet and computer gaming cafes across the country in what appears to be an attempt to clamp down on suspected extremist religious activity. One such... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Information Policy
A new global survey reveals that Internet users are increasingly concerned about their online privacy, and that 49 percent of users polled say lack of trust is their main reason for not shopping online. The survey, conducted by Ipsos and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Information Policy
India’s internet economy is expected to double to touch $250 billion by 2020. E-commerce and financial services are projected to lead this growth with share of digital payment transactions to become more than double to go up to 30–40% by... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Information Policy
Once more into the net neutrality breach, friends. In the waning days of the Obama administration, an increasingly activist Federal Communications Commission plunged head-first into regulatory waters that had long been the exclusive domain of non-governmental engineering groups. The FCC... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Information Policy
This Sunday, Brazilian society celebrates three years of the enactment of the Internet Bill of Rights (Marco Civil da Internet). It is the first ever national law to “establish principles, guarantees, rights and obligations for the use of the Internet”... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Information Policy
Most citizens might view a streetlamp as just a streetlamp, but to a city planner in a smart city, a light post is an opportunity to build a framework for optimizing city operations such as environment, transportation, and safety and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Information Policy
One of the fundamental strengths of the internet is its inter-connectivity. But certain regimes, when faced with political dissidents, protests, or even students possibly cheating on their exams, have taken to shutting down internet access. The purpose is to deny... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Information Policy
The State Agency for eGovernment in Ukraine and Bitcoin mining manufacturer BitFury recently announced a memorandum of interaction and cooperation to create “the first full-scale Blockchain eGovernance program for Ukraine." According to the announcement, the program will begin with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Information Policy
Fermat, a decentralized and blockchain-enabled open source project developing the Internet of People (IoP), has announced a new release of its distributed governance system featuring an embedded voting system inspired by that of privacy-focused cryptocurrency Dash, but featuring community-cancelable contracts.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Information Policy
Dr. Katrin Nyman Metcalf is working as a legal expert on e-governance for the Estonian e-Governance Academy as well as teaching Legal Aspects of e-Governance at Tallinn University of Technology. She has worked in countries across the globe in this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Information Policy
by Ryan Keenen Recently, U.S. Congress blocked a set of new rules proposed by the FCC that would further restrict how Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) could share web traffic information. This has sparked public outrage amongst Americans who are afraid... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Information Policy
It is tax season once again and Canadians are busy preparing their tax returns. Most filers will submit a return online, either directly through NETFILE or by having an accounting firm or tax preparation company submit it online through EFILE.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Information Policy
The Online Trust Alliance, which has for a dozen years brought together business leaders from cybersecurity and technology companies to develop technical standards and public audits designed to maximize consumer security and trust online, is merging with the much larger... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Information Policy
The Internet Freedom Forum 2017 (IFF 2017), hosted by Paradigm Initiative, will hold from 25th to 27th April 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria. The forum which has participants registered from over 30 countries will brings together stakeholders working... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Information Policy
Smart cities are coming. Municipal governments around the globe are employing big data and Internet-of-Things applications to improve many aspects of daily life. Major tech companies like IBM, Cisco and Microsoft are in on the trend, and are battling for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Information Policy
When you hear the words Russia and internet, you probably think of Kremlin-backed hacking. But the internet is also a powerful tool for Putin’s opposition. Last month, the internet helped spark Russia’s largest anti-government protests in five years. Russia responded... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Information Policy
By Rebecca Root When it comes to creating an urban space infused with technology, there are many cities in both developed and developing country contexts that are seeing success. Barcelona, Spain, is just one city gaining a reputation as a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Information Policy
by Alan Burkitt-Gray Six leading operators plus Nokia have joined with Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Yahoo in an initiative to protect global freedom of expression on the internet and digital privacy rights. The seven companies – the operators are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Information Policy
Media literacy – our capacity to access, have a critical understanding of and interact with the media has never been as important as it is today. So what is the EU doing to encourage improved media literacy? This study examines... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Information Policy
The 2017 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index finds the world’s most powerful internet, mobile and telecommunications companies leave users in the dark, failing to disclose key information about policies affecting users’ rights. Tune in here at 9:30am ET (13:30... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Information Policy
Eight out of 10 Europeans used internet at least once a week last year, according to Eurostat. But although the internet has become a part of everyday life, it is still not being fully used to boost democracy. On 16... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Information Policy
By Justus Leicht 24 March 2017 Under the pretext of combatting “fake news” and “hate speech” on the internet, Justice Minister Heiko Maas (Social Democratic Party, SPD) is planning a massive attack on free speech. On March 14, Maas presented... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Information Policy
BEIJING: A senior Chinese government adviser has warned that the country’s internet censorship is hampering scientific research and economic development, in a rare public criticism of a sensitive government policy. Slow access to overseas academic websites have forced domestic researchers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Information Policy
All countries are not the same when it comes to online freedom and security issues. This is borne out by recent statistics published by Richard Patterson of Comparitech. When it comes to the amount of freedom offered by countries on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Information Policy