Facebook, Instagram appear to partly reconnect after nearly six-hour outage

By Subrat Patnaik and Eva Mathews 2 minute readhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.483.2_en.html#goog_4412126360 seconds of 0 secondsVolume 0%  Oct 4 (Reuters) – Facebook and Instagram appeared to be partially reconnected to the global internet on Monday afternoon, nearly six hours into an outage that paralyzed the social media platform. Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps went dark at around noon Eastern time, in […]


Africa internet riches plundered, contested by China broker

https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-africa-china-uganda-5462f03bbd75bf9724a26623295fbf0e KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Outsiders have long profited from Africa’s riches of gold, diamonds, and even people. Digital resources have proven no different. Millions of internet addresses assigned to Africa have been waylaid, some fraudulently, including through insider machinations linked to a former top employee of the nonprofit that assigns the continent’s addresses. Instead of […]


Mozilla Opens Call for Senior Fellows

By Hanan Elmasu | Sept. 23, 2021 | Fellowships & Awards I am thrilled to announce Mozilla’s recruitment for 2022 Senior Fellows!https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/blog/call-for-senior-fellows/ We are looking for issue-area experts to partner with us to achieve our goal of a world where trustworthy AI enriches the lives of human beings, tackling the issues that currently hinder that reality: bias, poor […]


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. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/09/26/ask-company-delete-personal-data/ 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 […]