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United Nations report: Internet access is a human right via Los Angeles Times

Internet access is a human right, according to a United Nations report released on Friday.
“Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for  realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and  accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access  to the Internet should be a priority for all states,” said the report  from Frank La Rue, a special rapporteur to the United Nations, who wrote  the document “on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom  of opinion and expression.”
La Rue said in his report that access to the Internet is particularly  important during times of political unrest, as demonstrated by the  recent “Arab Spring” uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, among other  countries.

More here, which includes a copy of the actual report

    prostheticknowledge:

    United Nations report: Internet access is a human right via Los Angeles Times

    Internet access is a human right, according to a United Nations report released on Friday.

    “Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all states,” said the report from Frank La Rue, a special rapporteur to the United Nations, who wrote the document “on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.”

    La Rue said in his report that access to the Internet is particularly important during times of political unrest, as demonstrated by the recent “Arab Spring” uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, among other countries.

    More here, which includes a copy of the actual report

     
  8. 00:08 9th May 2011

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    Your photos, status updates and tweets will fascinate future historians. Will these online remains last forever? In this special report, newscientist.com editorSumit Paul-Choudhury – for whom these are not idle questions – reports on life, loss, memory and forgetting in the internet age

     
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  10. 14:19 28th Apr 2011

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    featuring an extra-special array of speakers primed to change the world through the internet

     
  11. Apple Inc.’s iPhones and Google Inc.’s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.

     
  12. 19:15 17th Apr 2011

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  13. Government of India is all set to implement the banning of thought, expression and critical consciousness by proposing to carry out amendments in the Information Technology Act (2000.)

     
  14. The FCC’s site taps into open source, the cloud, and collective intelligence.

     
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    Dhiraagu announces usage limits for billed data services

    Telecoms provider Dhiraagu has said it will be introducing usage-limits for its postpaid billed services after customer feedback highlighted concerns over smart phone owners using “excessive data” amounts.

    In a statement issued today, the company claimed that it will be issuing usage limits as well as sending SMS alerts detailing when certain amounts of a monthly data allocation had been used by each of its customers.

    The limits being set by Dhiraagu will be based on each customer’s previous individual usage as well as their payment history, the company has claimed.

    A spokesperson for the company was unavailable to detail which specific services the limitations will apply to at the time of going to press.

    “This is an initiative based on feedback from customers and will facilitate customers to better understand and control their usage levels,” Dhiraagu said in a statement.  “Customers will also have the option to change their usage limit in discussion with Dhiraagu, should they wish to do so.”

    According to the company, the new usage limit scheme is anticipated to be fully implemented as of June 2011, by which point contracted customers will receive an individually set usage-limit.  This limit will be accompanied by SMS alerts indicating when customers have used 70 and then 85 percent of their total data allowance.

    Dhiraagu said that customers will also be able to check the balance of an individual bill as well as their usage limits by sending an SMS to 727 or calling 123 on their phones.

    Rival telecoms group Wataniya was unable to respond to Minivan News at the time of going to press over whether it has considered implementing similar usage measures for its data services.