Companies are hoarding personal data about you. Here’s how to get them to delete it.

Data deletion is complicated, and some companies mishandle requests. But it doesn’t hurt to ask. By Tatum HunterYesterday at 10:00 a.m. EDT In February, Whitney Merrill, a privacy attorney who lives in San Francisco, asked audio-chat company Clubhouse to disclose how many people had shared her name and phone number with the company as part of […]


How internet pioneer Vint Cerf illuminated Google’s misinformation mess

In U.K. Parliament testimony, Google’s chief internet evangelist gave a frank explanation of why its systems can’t always tell good information from bad. [Photo: he Royal Society/Wikimedia Commons] BY NOAH GIANSIRACUSA In June 2020, the Parliament of the United Kingdom published a policy report with numerous recommendations aimed at helping the government fight against the “pandemic […]


On the Internet, We’re Always Famous

Essay What happens when the experience of celebrity becomes universal? By Chris HayesSeptember 24, 2021 Illustration by Jeffrey Kam The fennec fox is the smallest fox on earth and cute as a button. It has mischievous dark eyes, a small black nose, and impish six-inch ears—each several times larger than its head. The fennec is native […]


China worst abuser of internet freedom, Iceland with the most internet freedom, says report

WION Web TeamNEW DELHI Published: Sep 23, 2021, 05:20 PM(IST) (Representative Image) Photograph:( Reuters ) As per the report, Myanmar, Belarus, and Uganda witnessed the greatest deteriorations in internet freedom.Also, Myanmar reported a 14-point decline, which is the largest since the group started the documentation project China and Pakistan are among the top 10 countries in […]

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Benton and TPRC Celebrate 5 years of Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Awards

It may be odd to speak of a celebration in the time of COVID, but I believe there is value in highlighting the good when we can. This year, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society celebrates our 40th year of protecting democratic values and championing a communications system that works for everyone. Our values of access, […]


New study finds internet freedom is rapidly declining worldwide

Internet freedom has declined for the 11th consecutive year globally, according to an annual report released this week. The study from Washington-based democracy watchdog organization Freedom House analyzed 70 countries that account for 88 percent of internet users worldwide and measured indicators such as accessibility and content. Both a lack of internet regulation and excessive restraints to online material […]

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Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Enhancing International Cooperation Mechanisms For Cybercrime And Cyberterrorism Investigations Cybercrime and cyberterrorism are two types of malicious use of Information Communications Technology (ICT) addressed by the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (GGE). In the 2015 report, the GGE agreed on proposing a norm, namely Norm D, that […]

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How Americans Have Used — and Struggled With — the Internet During the Pandemic

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. This week, guest authors Lee Rainie and Colleen McClain of Pew Research Center guide us through the results of a recent survey on how Americans have used […]



Ana García Armada September 2, 2021 In this article, professor Ana García Armada offers an introduction to the development and practical applications of MIMO technology for a non-technical audience. This article is part of the Marconi Society’s mission to bring the technology and digital inclusion communities closer together through programming, events, and communications. Armada is […]