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State Department Funds Shadow Internet Networks to Protect Free Speech Rights

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 – The U.S. State Department has acknowledged funding the establishment of independent "shadow" internet and cell-phone networks in countries with oppressive regimes, according to a Sunday New York Times article. The effort is part of a broader "liberation technology movement" critical in the recent popular uprisings in Iran, Egypt, Libya and Syria - the more recent events are commonly referred to as the "Arab Spring." The liberation technology refers to the use of information technology to expand political, social, and economic freedom. Keep Reading

UAE BlackBerry Ban Highlights State Threat to Broadband Freedom

LONDON, August 4, 2010 - The plan announced this week by the United Arab Emirates to ban use of BlackBerry Messenger, e-mail and web browsing services by Oct. 11 unless the company allows it to access the encrypted messages on demand has drawn universal condemnation from freedom and privacy groups, but more a muted governmental response. Keep Reading

Value Added Services to Raise $140 Billion in Revenues

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2010 – Informa Telecoms & Media predicts that data plans and app stores are going to drive revenues up $140 billion over the next 4 years in emerging markets. Value-added-service – or anything above simply voice service – revenues were $200 billion in 2009 and, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media, will rise to $340 billion in 2014. Keep Reading

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