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New Report: Internet Freedom Deteriorates Worldwide, but Activists Push Back


Broad surveillance, new laws controlling web content, and growing arrests of social-media users drove a worldwide decline in internet freedom in the past year, according to a new study released today by Freedom House. Nonetheless, Freedom on the Net 2013 also found that activists are becoming more effective at raising awareness of emerging threats and, in several cases, have helped forestall new repressive measures. Report here.

How Spotify Engineered the New Music Economy

Steve Cooper didn?t expect much from Spotify.

When the New York-based band Spirit Animal released ?The Black Jack White? last spring, the band?s frontman didn?t have high hopes about the stretheaming music service. He loves the platform and subscribes to it but didn?t think Spotify would help his band this early in its career.

France delivers postal blow to Amazon

New law bans internet booksellers from offering free delivery in the latest move by France against the market power of big online retailers

Google Imperialism: Mapping the World’s Most Popular Websites

Sure, it’s not all that surprising that Google and Facebook are the most visited websites in almost every country. But what’s more interesting is where they’re not. Using public data from the web traffic service Alexa,


Want to Evade NSA Spying? Don’t Connect to the Internet

Since we know that computers connected to the internet are vulnerable to outside hacking, an air gap should protect against those attacks. (Osama Bin Laden used one.) Air gaps might be conceptually simple, but they’re hard to maintain in practice. The truth is that nobody wants a computer that never receives files from the internet and never sends files out into the internet.

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