US likely to authorize millions for extension of ‘Internet freedom stategy’

Remember that whole “Internet Freedom” agenda that the US government is funding? Turns out it’s likely to continue into the next...

Iran tries to block Tor, declares VPNs illegal, and says cyber attacks will be ‘reciprocated’

Within the last few weeks, there have been reports that Iran has been blocking Tor, an online anonymizing tool, and PPTP and L2TP VPN protocols and...

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Tor: Increased Internet blocking in Iran

Tor: Increased Internet blocking in Iran

By Cyrus Farivar | Featured, Iran

The Tor Project, the gold standard of online anonymization tools, is reporting that within the last few days, there’s been an uptick in the Iranian government’s actions against domestic Internet access. They write: Over the past 48 hours it seems the Great Persian Firewall is updating to attempt to block a number of circumvention tools, [&hellip

Senegal releases new mobile, Internet statistics

Senegal releases new mobile, Internet statistics

By Cyrus Farivar | Featured, Senegal

The Senegalese telecom regulator, the ARTP, has just released its 2009 annual report, and there’s some pretty interesting statistics in the mobile, Internet (and mobile Internet) sectors. Mobile: – The mobile penetration rate has risen to 56.7 percent, compared to 50.9 percent a year earlier. – Orange (Sonatel), the incumbent mobile operator, still retains a [&hellip

Korean boy kills mother, self over video game

Korean boy kills mother, self over video game

By Cyrus Farivar | Featured, South Korea

As I mention at the end of my book chapter about South Korea, I point out some of the darker sides of an extremely wired country where kids are addicted to the Internet and MMORPGs. About 10 days ago, there was a tragic murder and suicide that has emerged on the peninsula over a dispute [&hellip

Tere, Eestimaa!

Tere, Eestimaa!

By Cyrus Farivar | Estonia, Featured

The first time I had even thought about Estonia was in late 2004, when I encountered this 2003 article in the Christian Science Monitor: “Estonia, where being wired is a human right.” A little more than a decade ago, Estonia was a crumbling republic of the Soviet Union, where information was tightly controlled and telephones [&hellip