Taking a selfie during the #ENDSARS protest in Lagos in 2020. Social media was used extensively to mobilise demontrators.
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President Muhammadu Buhari’s Twitter shutdown will be hard to enforce and could have dire consequences for Nigeria’s fragile democratic institutions and economy.
Facebook’s decision to shut off sharing of Australian news made headlines across the nation.
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The internet of 2021 is not the open public sphere that early visionaries had imagined.
Tim Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, an organisation which aims to develop international standards for the web.
The father of the web wants to address issues including malicious content circulation, misinformation, and the polarisation of online debate. But the methods he is proposing aren’t great.
Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands.
A recent federal court ruling lets big telecom companies censor the internet in ways that boost their own profits – but also allows local and state governments to outlaw censorship if they wish.
When a website blocks access, it sometimes delivers a notice saying so.
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Private companies – many based in the US – are blocking access to their websites from particular countries around the world. It’s contributing to a splintering of the global internet.
Two views of the internet collide in the net neutrality debate.
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The internet developed as a place for open collaboration; there are technical limits on its transformation into a commercial marketplace.
Southern Pacific steam engine No. 1364 in 1891.
Efforts to curb railroads’ monopoly power in the 19th century hold lessons for 21st-century policymakers and internet giants alike.
Is it time for Congress to act?
As the issue of an open and free internet again comes up for public debate, Congress could participate – and help regulators devise a workable set of policies.
How fast is that video really coming in?
How do internet companies decide which network traffic to slow down and which to charge against users’ data plans? And what can we learn about net neutrality from the answers?
Are we really headed for a two-speed internet?
There are other more pressing problems when it comes to internet regulation.
In an emergency, responders’ telecommunications could get delayed by overloaded networks.
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A new data management system can give emergency responders a fast lane on the internet to help speed rescue efforts after a disaster.
Is America’s digital economy facing a stormy future?
The digital economy in the US is already on the verge of stalling; failing to protect an open internet would further erode the United States’ digital competitiveness.
Some Americans have fast internet, but many still lag behind – especially in rural areas.
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The Trump administration’s proposed budget suggests it will continue to spend federal dollars on expanding broadband internet access. But the rules governing internet traffic matter too.
There’s still a lot of the U.S. waiting to be wired up.
President Trump has touted infrastructure investment as a way to boost the U.S. economy. At the moment, he’s missing a key opportunity – expanding broadband internet service.
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As the Trump administration settles into office, regulators and lawmakers have big plans for shifting the country’s media landscape, with potentially profound effects on the public.
The US is set to rollback the rules that keep internet companies on a level playing-field. It could make services slower and more expensive.
Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai has proposed a major change in internet regulation, doing away with the Open Internet Order. Experts describe what’s at stake, and why it matters.
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.