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Hey politicians — don’t hate the internet, hate the game
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 We must ask ourselves, what aspects of the Internet are intrinsic to democracy and are they divisible from those necessary for control? Freedom of speech and the right to privacy are essential to democracy and need to be preserved online. Read More

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China investigates internet giants over ‘violence, rumours, porn’     – CNET
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Content allegedly including “violence, rumours, porn,” which China says threaten national security and social order, are reported to be circulating on Chinese versions of Google, Twitter and WhatsApp.

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Robot takes hilarious tumble and the internet missed it     – CNET
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Commentary: Just over a month ago, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot showed off on stage before taking a spectacular fall. Let’s honor it now.

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Case study finds the drawbacks of Facebook's 'free' internet
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Facebook's successor to its Internet.org "web for all" service, Free Basics, has had a troubled rollout. India notoriously shut it out of the country back in February 2016 for violating net neutrality (prioritizing Facebook services), with Egypt bloc…

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Animal rights? Monkey selfie case may undo evolution of the Internet
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Enlarge / The cover of the book at the center of a legal dispute about animal rights, copyright, and an open Internet. (credit: Blurb) Going on two years now, an Indonesian macaque monkey named Naruto, represented by his self-appointed lawyers from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has been trying to claim ownership […]

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Microsoft Aims to Boost Internet Connectivity in US Heartland
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Microsoft has unveiled an ambitious five-year plan that would use technology found in the television white space spectrum to develop affordable broadband Internet access for at least 2 million consumers, at total cost of $8 billion to $12 billion. The aim is to bridge the technology gap between urban and rural American communities. The spectrum […]

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Internet privacy group sues Trump election commission     – CNET
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The request for voter information violates voters’ constitutional right to privacy, an internet watchdog group says.

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US Internet Company Refused To Participate In NSA Surveillance, Documents Reveal
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Zack Whittaker reports via ZDNet: A U.S. company refused to comply with a top-secret order that compelled it to facilitate government surveillance, according to newly declassified documents. According to the document, the unnamed company’s refusal to participate in the surveillance program was tied to an apparent expansion of the foreign surveillance law, details of which […]

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France and the UK pressure internet companies to fight extremism
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The British and French have already made separate efforts to limit extremists' online presences, but they now believe they can accomplish more by working together. The two nations have unveiled a joint campaign to prevent extremists from using the in…

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