Social Media Tech giants

Florida governor signs bill to ban Big Tech ‘deplatforming’

By Cody GodwinBBC News, San FranciscoPublished13 hours agoShare Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a first-in-the-nation bill that can penalise tech companies for deplatforming politicians. The legislation states that platforms can only suspend accounts for 14 days, and will be fined as much as $250,000 (£176,000) per day for violations. NetChoice, a tech lobbying group whose […]

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Why Low-Cost Devices Matter for Broadband Policy

On May 12, the Federal Communications Commission launched its Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The program was included as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December 2020 to provide relief during the pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is significant because it seeks […]

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Job Opportunties

## Job Opportunities ### To view the complete list of jobs or post a job, visit the TeamCommUNITY Job Board: https://www.digitalrights.community/job-board ✎ Data Engineer | Ranking Digital Rights (New America)+ Remotehttps://newamerica.applytojob.com/apply/KKQbIJqtji/ ✎ Lead Editor | Association for Progressive Communications+ Remotehttps://www.apc.org/en/node/37282/ ✎ Senior Data Researcher | Data4Change+ Remotehttp://www.data4chan.ge/senior-data-researcher ✎ Campaigns Adviser | Digital Action+ Remotehttp://drive.google.com/file/d/1-EDY4Xo_p7oLKGyIascvNfeHgeFok1nM/view ✎ Associate […]

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Events

Security and Protection Management for Human Rights Defenders andSocial Organisations+ May 10th – July 31st, 2021https://www.protectioninternational.org/en/news/e-learning-programme-new-edition-security-and-protection-management-human-rights-defenders-and LATAM Meetup+ May 265:30pm Mexico (UTC-5) / 6:30pm Chile (UTC-4) / 10:30pm UTC+0https://internetfreedomfestival.org/wiki/index.php/Latin_American_Monthly_Meetups Davos Lab DialogueThe Sentinel Project+ May 273pm BST | 7:30 IST | 10am ESThttp://shorturl.at/anpFR Africa Meetup+ June 23pm UTC+2https://internetfreedomfestival.org/wiki/index.php/Africa_Monthly_Meetups Tails: Ask Me Anything+ June 22pm UTChttps://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/global-south/2021-May/000304.html […]

Artifical Intelligence

Facial recognition, fake identities and digital surveillance tools: Inside the post office’s covert internet operations program

Jana Winter·ContributorTue, May 18, 2021, 5:42 PM·8 min read The post office’s law enforcement arm has faced intense congressional scrutiny in recent weeks over its Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP), which tracks social media posts of Americans and shares that information with other law enforcement agencies. Yet the program is much broader in scope than […]

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Reports Expose Myanmar Junta’s Planned Internet Stranglehold

Even if successful, the military’s internet plans will deepen its political isolation and economic dysfunction.By Sebastian StrangioMay 19, 2021    Today, Reuters published a detailed report revealing that Myanmar’s telecom and internet service providers were ordered to install intercept spyware in the months leading up the military coup in February. The investigation, by Fanny Potkin and Poppy McPherson, claims […]

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Censorship, surveillance and profits: hard bargain for Apple in China

PUBLISHED : 18 MAY 2021 AT 14:49 WRITER: NEW YORK TIMES Apple and China flags fly above the entrance to Apple’s new data center in Guiyang, China, on Oct 31, 2020. (NYT photo) GUIYANG, China: On the outskirts of this city in a poor, mountainous province in southwestern China, men in hard hats recently put the […]

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Telecommunities Canada Lecture- May 25th, 2021

Open Invitation Join us for a discussion on digital access issues in Social Housing in Toronto.Guest: Michel MersereauTuesday, May 25, 2021 13:00 EDT or 17:00 UTChttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/89923898137?pwd=RHI3Z1hFKzBLQ1hCaFhKM3g4akJpZz09Meeting ID: 899 2389 8137Passcode: 253082 Background on Speaker Mersereau is in the final stages of editing his dissertation, which looks at broadband internet access as a basic utility in […]

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Outcomes of the High-level Policy Sessions and Conclusion of High-Level Track -WSIS

Amali de Silva Mitchel; Session Two William Njoroge Session Four Nino Letteriello Session 5 President DAMA Italy and EMEA coordinator. Rachel Sibande, Session 6 Senior Director, Country Outreach Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation. Ms. Meera Das Session 7 on inclusiveness, access to information and knowledge for all with the media Dr. […]

Tech history

Father of the cellphone’ — Marty Cooper — shares his vision of the past and the future

By BARBARA BRYMAY 17, 2021 3 AM PT Marty Cooper is best known as the “father of the cellphone” that debuted in 1973 long before the Internet, the personal computer, the cordless phone or even a television remote control. At 92 years old, the San Diego resident still is actively engaged in the wireless world — advocating […]