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Cuba Experiments with Internet Speed, Not Freedom

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 5:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Kate Woodsome | Washington DC Cuba, as seen through reflective puddles, windows and windshields. Photo by Zoriah. Whenever my Internet connection is slow, I try to imagine I’m using a typewriter so that I’m pleasantly surprised, rather than infuriated, by the pace and technology. It’s a mind game I learned years ago when I lived […]

Why Did Pakistan Shut Off Twitter?

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 8:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Debate And Rumors About Censorship Swirl Doug Bernard | Washington DC It only lasted for about 8 hours, but that was long enough to start a whole new round of Internet rumor and worry. On Sunday, May 20th, Pakistani telecommunications authorities suddenly blocked all access to the micro-blogging site Twitter, effectively shutting off the service […]

Censoring Twitter?

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Twitter’s New Policy And Debate About Online Speech Doug Bernard | Washington DC The announcement caught many Internet analysts off guard. Late last week, on January 26th, the micro-blogging site Twitter said it was implementing changes that would allow it to withhold content from specific nations upon request. In other words, if a government asked, […]

#McMistake: How Social Media Can Fail

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 2:48 pm (UTC-4)
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A Cautionary Tale Of Hashtags Doug Bernard | Washington DC It’s become commonplace to hear people praise the virtues of social media. Facebook and YouTube are replacing radio and TV as the first stop for new movie previews and political advertising. Anyone who’s anyone has their own Twitter page and RMS feed. News outlets all […]

Who’s On Twitter?

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Tweeting Isn’t Just For The Young – Or Rich Researchers at the Pew Internet and American Life Project have released their latest study of Twitter use in America.  Their focus: who’s joining and who’s tweeting.  The results may not be what you expect – and they’re already being challenged by Twitter’s CEO.  More on that […]

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Look Who Wants To Be Facebook Friends

Posted February 18th, 2011 at 3:57 pm (UTC-4)
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And Bloggers Pay the Price for Free Speech Online Periodically we like to share a few of the stories and posts from across the web that caught our eye.  There are no editorial threads implied connecting these items together, other than being interesting. #1 Terrorists Move to Social Media.  The open-source group Public Intelligence recently […]

The Revolution Will Be Televised – and Tweeted

Posted February 10th, 2011 at 10:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Who Got The News First…And Who Got It Right? UPDATE 11:05am ET: Today’s announcement from Vice President Omar Suleiman Friday that Hosni Mubarak was stepping down from the Presidency was transmitted instantaneously via the ‘old’ and ‘new’.  TV news channels over the world carried the announcement from Egyptian State TV live, and the Internet lit […]

Facts and Rumors in Egypt

Posted January 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm (UTC-4)
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Is Egypt Blocking  Social Media?  Or Is It Not That Simple? Friday UPDATE: Shortly before midnight local time on Thursday, Egyptian officials ordered nearly all Internet and mobile phone service shut off across the nation.  Officials at several ISPs and mobile service providers, such as Vodafone, issued statements explaining their actions by order of Egyptian […]

The Tweet That Shook The World

Posted September 13th, 2010 at 12:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Armed with little more than a flammable message, pastor Terry Jones set the Internet on fire recently when he announced he planned to burn copies of the Quran at his Florida church. He now says he doesn’t intend to follow through on his threat, but damage has already been done. With few followers and fewer […]

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