War for the Web

April 2012

28 04.12

the Internet and Regulation

CISPA is the latest Internet bill to head to congress. After SOPA and PIPA, the response has been muted, but still there. CISPA is problematic, could lead to censorship and undoubtedly gives the government too much control over data. But here's the thing. Something like this is probably inevitable. Read more
23 04.12

The Digital Divide exemplified

The Digital Divide is sort of an amorphous concept, unless you're on the wrong side of it. Most of us use the Internet for Facebook, Twitter and catching up, most of the time. But we also do things like post Resumes online, and apply for jobs, and send emails to bosses and for opportunities, and we should not take those for granted because there are people who cannot do that, and it costs. Take the story of Wilhelmina Tsosie. This is a woman who served in the United States Armed forces, then moved back home to start a family. Now she's trying to improve her prospects by getting an education. That's the American dream. But Wilhelmina is having trouble finishing school because in order to complete online tests and homework assignments for her nursing program, she has to drive 30 miles to a hotel, squat in their lobby and use their connection. Now that gas prices are rising, she has to decide between completing her assignments and feeding her family. You can probably guess which wins. Read more
19 04.12

Censoring the Web

So, Iran isn't going to shut off the entire outside world's Internet, but they do want to implement a really stringent system of censorship and filtering. They've put out an RFI to tech companies all over to help them accomplish their goals. Read more
06 04.12

Iran: A Private Internet

Iran has begun to block Tor traffic. Tor is a program that allows you to anonymize your Internet traffic by disguising where it comes from. By blocking Tor traffic Iran is basically telling its citizens that it will monitor their Internet traffic, and it will prevent them from disguising it. Read more