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  • (, Monday, September 29, 2014)
    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web has spoken out against world governments and corporations, which he says are seeking to control the web for their own gain. He called for a revolutionary bill of rights to guaranty (sic) the web’s independence.
  • (Tech Guru Daily, Monday, September 29, 2014)
    In the U.S. we pride ourselves on freedom of speech and freedom of the press and decry the countries around the world that indulge in government censorship, but at the same time we indulge in our own forms of censorship, much of it self-imposed.
  • (Epoch Times, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    Mainland China’s authorities fear the power of the example of protests for democracy in Hong Kong, and are working to block news of it from reaching the Chinese people.

  • (The Intercept, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    U.S. intelligence agents have broad authority to spy on U.S. companies as long as they are “believed to have some relationship with foreign organizations or persons” — a description that could conceivably apply to any company with foreign shareholders, subsidiaries, or even employees—according to newly released government documents published this morning by the ACLU.

  • (Ars Technica, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    The threatening tweets of a British man have earned him 18 weeks of jail time, according to a report in The Guardian on Monday. Peter Nunn, 33, will serve time for directing menacing messages at member of Parliament Stella Creasy, who supported a campaign to put an image of Jane Austen on the £10 note. Nunn's sentence comes under section 127 of the Communications Act, which prohibits electronic messages that are "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene, or menacing character."

  • (The Huffington Post, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    On the one hand, judges and legislators, perhaps without exhaustively considering the consequences, "see" in this right the need to protect privacy; on the other hand, defenders of freedom of expression, access to information and the search for the truth "see" its disadvantages. 

  • (CIO, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    Administration officials say they are sympathetic to U.S. cloud service providers' concerns that data-localization requirements, other restrictive policies and the fallout from Edward Snowden's revelations cut off access to foreign markets.

  • (The Times, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    Big American corporations are trying to claim the internet for themselves and it would be a disaster if they were allowed to do so, the creator of the world wide web has warned.

  • (FCW, Monday, September 29, 2014)

    As data breaches become more complex and generally increase in number in our increasingly connected world, it's becoming evident that current security methods are inefficient and ineffective.

  • (Bangkok Post, Sunday, September 28, 2014)

    From navigating gridlocked city roads to playing a favourite national sport, new homegrown apps are blossoming in Myanmar as cheap mobile technology ignites an Internet revolution in the once-isolated nation. 

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