Net neutrality supporters disrupt FCC meeting
Fri 12 Dec 2014, 00:00

IT World report that approximately a dozen protestors calling on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to pass net neutrality rules disrupted the commission’s meeting for a short time Thursday. Protestors shouting and carrying signs interrupted the beginning of the FCC’s meeting as commissioners were hearing from staff members, teachers and administrators about proposed changes to the agency’s E-Rate program, which subsidizes broadband service for schools and libraries.

 

Criticism to the Spanish Citizen Safety Law
Thu 18 Dec 2014, 10:59

The Spanish opposition heavily criticizes the Citizen Safety Law. The bill was first introduced in November 2013 and it was immediately described as a tailor-made tool for the Popular Party to quell public displays of social unrest over the government’s handling of the economic crisis and rampant political corruption. The original draft included heavy fines for street protestors who carried signs “harmful to Spain or the regions,” and granted private security guards the right to help the police break up demonstrations.

Russia unsatisfied with Twitter response to requests
Tue 10 Feb 2015, 23:20

A Russian agency that regulates media said on Tuesday the micro-blogging site Twitter had refused 108 requests for account information and was "consistently not satisfying the requirements of the Russian law", the state-run news agency TASS reported.

Twitter said on Monday Russia had requested content be removed 91 times between July and December, the second-largest number after Turkey. It said it had complied with 13 percent of the Russian requests but denied several demands to silence Kremlin critics.

Moscow has tightened Internet controls since opposition activists made use of social media to organise mass protests against President Vladimir Putin in 2011 and 2012.

Internet kill switches are a violation of human rights law
Mon 4 May 2015, 19:40

Major UN and international rights experts have just declared that internet kill switches are absolutely impermissible under international human rights law, even in times of conflict. This historic statement holds that governments can no longer justify ordering telecommunications companies to shut off mobile or internet services in the face of social unrest or protest. It is a critical decision that impacts the rights of people who are protesting from Burundi to Baltimore.

Mesh networks and Firechat make ‘switching off the internet’ that much harder
Mon 6 Oct 2014, 15:19

The events in Hong Kong have seen technology play a huge role in organising political protest, as much as in the days of the Arab Spring of 2011. But governments have become wise to the potential influence of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and blocking websites is easy (if you’re the government). This article explains peer-to-peer networking and describes how Firechat works.