Clinton’s New Platform Is One We Can All Get Behind: We Need 5G Internet!

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 6.43.55 PMThere are some issues that are just bipartisan. Everyone can agree on them. Chief among these is the belief that we need faster Internet connectivity. Hillary Clinton hears you. Hillary Clinton wants to help. Hillary Clinton has the same complaints as the average American. Look at this tweet! It links to an article that outlines what she would do to further technology as president. She wants to foster entrepreneurship and job growth, invest in world-class digital infrastructure, and more. Regarding 5G speeds, she aims to do this:
She’ll also invest new federal resources into connecting America’s anchor institutions—train stations, airports, and other public places—so they can provide free WiFi to the public. And she’ll help foster the evolution of 5G wireless and next generation wireless-systems Continue reading "Clinton’s New Platform Is One We Can All Get Behind: We Need 5G Internet!"

Daily Must Reads in Media & Technology, Feb. 26, 2016

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  1. Inside The Obama Administration’s Attempt To Bring Tech Companies Into The Fight Against ISIS (Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed)

  2. Eight Out of Ten Reddit Users Get Their News From the Site, Pew Report Says (Mathew Ingram / Fortune)

  3. Snapchat Enlists Nielsen to Track Ad Campaigns (Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal)

  4. Apple Files to Vacate Order, Says ‘The Constitution Forbids’ What FBI Seeks (Jordan Novet / VentureBeat)

  5. How A 1990 Hardy Boys Book Presaged The Future Of The Internet (Steven Melendez / Fast Company)

  6. University of Missouri Curators Fire Melissa Click After Months of Controversy (William Schmitt / Missourian)

  7. Honoring My Daughter’s ‘Last’ Request In The Age of Digital Media (Janie Emaus / Washington Post)

Netizen Report: Tales of Torture from Ethiopia’s Jails

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. A group of Ethiopian netizens returned to court this week to face charges under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. The defendants, who include human rights advocate and academic Zelalem Workagenehu, as well as his friends Yonatan Wolde and Bahiru Degu, have already spent one-and-a-half years in detention for allegedly applying to attend a workshop on communication, social media and leadership, which was later cancelled. Members of the group have faced violations of their human rights and due process over the course of their detention. After judiciary officials revoked the license of their attorney — who had previously defended journalists, politicians and religious representatives who had also faced terrorism charges — they were left with little choice but to defend themselves in court. They also have faced inhumane treatment and torture
Soleyana Gebremichael (Zone 9/Ethiopia) speaks via Skype at the side event on "the misuse of anti-terrorism laws in Africa" on June 16, 2015. Photo by Maina Kiai on Flickrand reused here with Creative Commons license.
A traffic jam in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo by Joisey Showaa on Flickr and reused here with Creative Commons license.
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Trump Complains About Audience Booing Him Over Plan to Close Parts of the Internet

trumpDonald Trump tonight defended his plan to close down parts of the internet to combat ISIS and complained about members of the audience who booed him. He told Wolf Blitzer that terrorists recruit online and he does not believe that people who want to target and kill Americans should be able to use “our internet.”
Later on in the debate, Rand Paul confronted him on this and said to do that Trump would be “getting rid of the First Amendment.” He said anyone who believes in the Constitution should have reservations about supporting Trump. Trump shot back that if ISIS kills Americans, Americans should be able to kill ISIS, he said he wants to target parts of Syria and Iraq to “infiltrate their internet.” And then he got booed.

Trump Now Wants Bill Gates to ‘Close Up the Internet’ to Stop the Spread of ISIS

Donald Trump came up with a new idea to stop ISIS militants during his speech in South Carolina last night: shut down parts of the Internet. During another Trump rambling on Islamic terrorists and criticizing the media’s coverage of Paris and San Bernardino, the mogul bemoaned how ISIS frequently uses social media to spread its propaganda and recruit militants. Now, because this is Trump, who only knows how to take measures in insanely-broad strokes, he said that the best thing to do was to talk to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and just have him turn off the internet for terrorists.
“We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, Continue reading "Trump Now Wants Bill Gates to ‘Close Up the Internet’ to Stop the Spread of ISIS"

Daily Must Reads, November 3, 2015

1. The entrenched digital divide in our own backyards (Pui-Wing Tam / New York Times)

  1. Open government is meaningless without a free press (Joel Simon / Columbia Journalism Review)

  2. Entire editorial staff of Elsevier journal Lingua resigns over high price, lack of open access (Glyn Moody / Ars Technica)

  3. Essena O’Neill: “You don’t need to prove your value on social media.” (Deborah Orr / Guardian)

  4. The room where the Internet was born (Ingrid Burrington / The Atlantic)

  5. Algorithms everywhere (Nicholas Diakopoulos / Tow Center for Digital Journalism)


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