The FCC has announced that it will propose Internet regulations that would allow online content providers to negotiate for preferential treatment from Internet service providers, potentially undermining the principles of net neutrality.
Narenji (“Orange”) was Iran’s top website for gadget news, edited daily by a team of tech bloggers who worked from a cramped office in the country’s city of Kerman. The site was targeted at Iran’s growing audience of technology enthusiasts. Like Gizmodo or Engadget in the United States, it had a simple but popular formula: mixed reviews of the latest Android and iPhones, summaries of new Persian-language apps and downloads, as well as the latest Internet memes (such as the ever-popular “An Incredible Painted Portrait of Morgan Freeman Drawn with a Finger on the iPad“).
In case you (like Edward Snowden) want to know about the full scope of Russia’s program of mass domestic and international surveillance, World Policy’s overview of the Russian surveillance state is brilliant and terrifying. As Snowden said, “I blew the whistle on the NSA’s surveillance practices not because I believed that the United States was uniquely at fault, but because I believe that mass surveillance of innocents ? the construction of enormous, state-run surveillance time machines that can turn back the clock on the most intimate details of our lives ? is a threat to all people, everywhere, no matter who runs them.”
Alan sez, “According to various media reports (e.g. BBC) the technology subreddit has scrubbed its moderator team after users discovered that the sub was holding a secret censorship list of banned words that included ‘National Security Agency’, ‘GCHQ’, ‘Anonymous’, ‘anti-piracy’, ‘Bitcoin’, ‘Snowden’, ‘net neutrality’, ‘EU Court’, ‘startup’ and ‘Assange’.
New Technologies and Open Educational Resources
Source: European Parliamentary Research Service Background: Open educational resources (OERs) first appeared within the wider ‘Openness’ movement in the mid 1980s, based on the assumption that knowledge should be disseminated and shared freely through the Internet for the benefit of society as a whole. OERs consist of teaching, learning or research