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5 minute summary: Data Retention The EU data retention directive aims at enabling the retracing of who contacted whom via telephone, mobile phone or e-mail for a period of 6 to 24 months. In the case of mobile calls or text messages via mobile phone, the user's location is also to be logged. The data that is collected about the entire population allows our movements to be traced, any calls or communications with personal and business contacts to be monitored and removes privacy in our personal relationships. Information regarding the content of communications can be deduced relating to personal interests and the individual life circumstances of the persons communicating. Access to the data is granted to the police, public prosecutors, secret services and foreign states which hope for better prosecution of crimes.

Internet governance Internet governance is the development and application of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. This article describes how the Internet was and is currently governed, some of the controversies that occurred along the way, and the ongoing debates about how the Internet should or should not be governed in the future. Internet governance should not be confused with E-Governance, which refers to governments' use of technology to carry out their governing duties.

Top 10 Countries Censoring the Web When the World Wide Web was created in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee (not to be confused with the Internet itself, which is the core network developed many years earlier), its main objective was to enable the free exchange of information via interlinked hypertext documents. Almost 20 years later, that objective has been accomplished on most parts of the world, but not in all of them. Some countries are trying hard to keep an iron hand over the flow of information that takes place on the Web. Below you will find the most controversial ones. 10. Pakistan

Here Are 15 Internet Memes That Missed The Funny Mark. But See What Makes 'Em Totally Worth Sharing. You may have heard by now, but big telecom corporations are bullying their way to Internet domination. And to be frank, it's completely anti-freedom. Unless you're anti-freedom, help us spread the word. Click on your favorite image below to help us Twitter-raid the FCC. The FCC received over a million comments from the public on this issue. (Great job, people!)

How To Set Up An Open Mesh Network in Your Neighborhood Mesh networks can share web connections throughout a neighborhood, spreading the reach of a broadband connection. They're an excellent way to improve a community’s web access, and could also serve a role in the infrastructure for the Next Net that Douglas Rushkoff envisions. Open Mesh is a company that offers mesh network solutions for businesses and communities. They provided Shareable with this guide to how to set up a mesh network in your own neighborhood. The Debate Over Internet Governance: Introduction Welcome to the Debate Over Internet Governance: A Snapshot in the Year 2000 This website was prepared as a final project for the course Internet & Society: The Technologies and Politics of Control at Harvard Law School. This site aims to do that which might seem impossible in a medium that changes so quickly and so dramatically to freeze a particular moment in the debate over internet governance.

Designing Effective Action Alerts for the Internet An action alert is a message that someone sends out to the net asking for a specific action to be taken on a current political issue. Well-designed action alerts are a powerful way to invite people to participate in the processes of a democracy. Having seen many action alerts in my years on the Internet, I have tried to abstract some guidelines for people who wish to use them. HOW TO COMMUNICATE IF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN THE INTERNET USA :: Freedom and Liberty :: Print this ArticleHOW TO COMMUNICATE IF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN THE INTERNET02-07-2011 9:48 pm - Wallace Scenario: Your government is displeased with the communication going on in your location and pulls the plug on your internet access, most likely by telling the major ISPs to turn off service.

National Advanced IPv6 Centre of Excellence The Internet represents as one of the most successful examples of sustainability and its benefits owing to the continuous investment and commitment to research and development of Information infrastructure. The Internet today as a widespread information infrastructure involves many aspects; technological, organizational and community. It has influenced not just computer communication but the entire society ranging from e-commerce to information acquisition and community operations. Commercialization of the Internet changed the landscape completely.

Zittrains Brainchild Herdict – a website that collects and tracks self-reported inaccessible sites from around the world- was launched in February, 2009. by avayaoli Feb 4