Posts tagged ‘Internet’

August 21, 2012

Assange: A Battle for Free Speech?

Is Julian Assange a hero of democracy and freedom of speech or someone who fell foul of technology like a celebrity who didn’t think before hitting ‘send’?

Technological improvements and new product launches promising instant and global communication pour out across the world almost monthly.  We are still naïve about the reach of the mass communication tools in our possession often to our detriment as recipients of fines for racist tweets are finding out.

Did Julian Assange honestly believe that there would be no consequences

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January 9, 2012

Keep Your Tweet Shut

A story that may have been buried in all the season’s festivities about the US Senate trying to force Twitter to close/block accounts believed to be registered to terrorist groups such as the Taliban and Al Shabab from Sudan.  Reports have also claimed that Israel has threatened Twitter with legal action if they do not close Hezbollah accounts.

So…free speech is only okay with the expressed permission of the USA. 

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June 27, 2011

The Facebook Feud

The Winklevoss twins don’t seem to give up. The Harvard rowing brothers are launching a new lawsuit against Facebook claiming that the global social networking site “intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence” during their previous litigation.

Originally, in 2003, they launched a case against Mark Zuckerburg, founder of Facebook, for stealing their idea.  A five years court battle was financially settled in 2008 with a deal worth around $65m (£41m) But now they want more…

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March 22, 2011

Special Friendship Indeed

The Guardian reported today that the BBC World Service is to receive US State Department funding

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