It’s not a gun that kills someone; it’s the person who pulls the trigger. It’s not Facebook or e-mail that ruins people’s lives, it’s the person who posts the message – or worse still, mindlessly forwards and shares messages without checking that their contents are true. In her post Time to (re)take responsibility Mary Murphy looks at a case in point, that of South African, Mark Hendriks.
DiploNews – Issue 236 – 16 September 2013
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What is it like for communities in Canada's Arctic to be connected electronically to the rest of the world they cannot reach by road? Darlene Thompson’s three-part series has been published. Part One describes the history of wireless communications in the region; Part Two focuses on the technology used; Part Three explores the impact of the technology on people and their lives.
In his two-part series on citizen-run mesh networks, Vladimir Radunovic asks whether they hold the key to an open Internet. Part One explores their functions and seemingly ability to overcome IG problems. In Part Two, Radunovic revisits the features of ‘Internet 2’, and explains why mesh networks are more an inspiring application of technology than a silver bullet for IG challenges.
On our community platform, Deirdre Williams shares the call for pre-registration for the upcoming IGF in Bali, while the Multilingual Internet Group (MLi Group), which has been active since WSIS in promoting the internationalised Internet, has announced a series of summits. Ahmed Bakhat Masood writes about a major regulatory concern: the need to regulate P2P network traffic.
Valerie Vlasenko has blogged about a privacy violation case involving Dutch online TV provider, TP Vision. The company was being investigated for monitoring customers' use of their smart TVs, including the websites they were visiting and the apps they were using. Read about the outcomes of the investigation.
What constitutes a ‘serious case’ of spreading false information online in China? China's top judicial authorities have released a definition; Zhou Hui reports. In Infrastructure: Tool for Development, Taiwo Peter Akinremi discusses infrastructure as being at the core of development; a country’s level of development is marked by the state of that country’s infrastructure. Read more here.
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