Telecom & Technology

News Roundup, August 24: Location Privacy Act, AT&T Blocks FaceTime, and the FCC on Broadband Progress

August 24, 2012
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Welcome to our weekly series, highlighting the most newsworthy events under the Open Technology Initiative’s three key areas: Privacy and Security, Freedom of Expression, and Telecom Policy.

Al Jazeera’s “Controlling the Web” Film Connects Internet Freedom Issues

August 22, 2012
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This post was originally published by Tom Risen on The Netizen Project on August 14, 2012.

The Sidebar: The Paul Ryan Plan and the Truth About Hackers

August 17, 2012
Jason Peuquet from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget on the budget bonafides of GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan and Brian Duggan from the Open Technology Institute on the massive digital takedown of Wired's Mat Honan. 

News Roundup, August 17: Video Privacy, Rural Broadband, and Convention Platforms

August 16, 2012
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Welcome to our weekly series, highlighting the most newsworthy events under the Open Technology Institute's three key areas: Privacy and Security, Freedom of Expression, and Telecom Policy. Contact us with story ideas at  blog@opentechinstitute.org

News Roundup, August 10: Wiretapping, "Like" as Protected Speech, and Internet as a Human Right

August 10, 2012
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Welcome to our weekly series, highlighting the most newsworthy events under the Open Technology Initiative’s three key areas: Privacy and Security, Freedom of Expression, and Telecom Policy. Contact us with story ideas at blog@opentechinstitute.org.

KEYSPOT: 100k hours of computer training to 10k Philadelphians in last year, planning for end of federal funding

August 6, 2012
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This entry was originally published by Daniel Carvalho and Gabrielle Chepurny on Technically Philly on August 3, 2012. It was written in partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods program, the capstone class for the Temple’s Department of Journalism.

The Naked and the TED

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
August 2, 2012 |

Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization
By Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna
(TED Books, $2.99)

The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It
By Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan
(TED Books, $2.99)

Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act
By Ron Gutman
(TED Books, $2.99)

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News Roundup, August 3: Olympics Controversy, Cybersecurity Act, and Google Fiber Signups

August 2, 2012
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Welcome to our weekly series, highlighting the most newsworthy events under the Open Technology Initiative’s three key areas: Privacy and Security, Freedom of Expression, and Telecom Policy. Contact us with story ideas at blog@opentechinstitute.org.

Want To Pay Less and Get More?

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Christopher Mitchell
August 1, 2012 |

Imagine paying $40 per gallon of gasoline when people in neighboring towns are paying $4. Or paying $8 per kilowatt-hour for electricity when others were paying 8 cents. Unthinkable! But this stark disparity is commonplace when it comes to paying for Internet access in the United States. As the recent report “The Cost of Connectivity” from the New America Foundation (a partner with Slate and Arizona State University in Future Tense) documents, something is fundamentally wrong with our broadband.
 

The Cost of Connectivity: How Does Google Fiber in Kansas City Compare to Other World Cities?

August 2, 2012
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On July 26th, Google officially announced its plans for the rollout of much-anticipated Google Fiber, available to residents in both Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Many have heaped praise on the tech company for taking steps to offer next generation connection speeds at reasonable rates.

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