Posts Tagged ‘Shadow Internet’

Syria Utilizes “Kill Switch” as Internet Freedom Debate Heats Up

Africa, Asia, Broadband's Impact, International, Wireless June 17th, 2011

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2011 – In the past year, there has been an extensive push for universal access to Internet, seen as the ultimate democratizing tool enabling two-way communication between governors and the governed. But the reality of a ‘digital divide’ leaves the majority of the world’s population without access to the technological infrastructure to support its use. And those who do have access are sometimes more vulnerable to restriction on political basis, as seen in the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

State Department Funds Shadow Internet Networks to Protect Free Speech Rights

Africa, Asia, Broadband's Impact, International, Mobile Broadband, Wireless June 13th, 2011

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.

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