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Fun Is A Fundamental Human Right

Thanks to Erik at LGM for pointing out this excellent NY Times op-ed by Manu Joseph criticizing the strained rhetoric that’s often employed to justify attempts to get electricity, cell phones, and internet access to poor people in developing countries. As Joseph notes, there’s a tendency to shy away from…

Study finds that better Internet access drives economic growth

Basic broadband can add £200 a month to household income in developed economies, researchers have found, because better internet access improves learning and working from home. Increasing download speeds from a weak 0.5 megabits per second to a basic 4Mbps – enough to reliably stream video – makes a statistically…

30 percent of Americans don’t have Internet broadband and 20 percent have no broadband or smartphone: Pew

Pew Research has released a survey outlining Internet access across the US. The study found that 70 percent of people in the country have broadband in their homes, while 3 percent still use dial-up connections. Interestingly, pew…  …

U.S. film and music industries roll out new anti-piracy program

A new “copyright alert” system has begun rolling out this week in the United States in an effort to curb online piracy. The system, informally known as “six strikes,” is a voluntary effort of the music and film industries, with the largest Internet service providers participating. The program will use…

China vows faster, cheaper Internet

China has said it will aim to bring faster and cheaper Internet accessto more people, following complaints that a near monopoly by state-backed firms had hurt service. China has the world’s largest number of Internet users at half a billion, but Beijing maintains strict controls over content and recently it launched a…

British firm claims they’ve developed cheapest wireless tablet

A British technology company claims to have developed the world’s least expensive computer tablet for wireless Internet access. At a cost of as little as $35 (£22) apiece, Datawind Ltd hopes to supply a market of billions of customers, many in underdeveloped countries. The student tablet released in October costs…

Google confirms Iran choked off Internet access ahead of elections

Search giant Google, Inc. confirmed Monday morning that its Gmail, YouTube and encrypted search services have been unavailable to Iranians since Feb. 10, the day that rumors began to circulate that the whole country had been taken offline. Shortly after Google’s confirmation Monday morning, The Associated Press began receiving reports…

Friday Genius Ten “Can I Has Internet?” Edition

Don’t forget to register! Right now, my internet access is patchy, because our cable modem broke. I’m relying on the generosity of our lovely neighbors right now for internet access, and probably on some nearby coffeehouses as well. It should be fixed by tonight, but if I’m harder to get…

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