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    Why Doesn’t the AP Support Freedom of Speech in Cuba?

    According to an AP story released yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is under fire for not being sensitive enough to the Cuban government. But that’s not USAID’s job. Nonetheless, USAID is being slammed for providing Cubans with an uncensored social media platform. USAID’s “ZunZuneo” program had been … More

    No to a United Nations for the Internet

    Here are three rules to live by for the Internet: Keep it regulation-free; Keep it tax-free; and Keep it censorship-free. All of these sensible guidelines could be jeopardized by a new Obama Administration proposal to hand over some control of Internet usage, as well as the assignation of domain names, … More

    Bill Clinton, The Washington Post, and The Heritage Foundation Agree on This

    The Obama administration is beginning to transition control of the Internet away from the United States—and that has us worried. Former President Bill Clinton and The Washington Post’s editorial board aren’t so thrilled, either. Last week, Heritage experts warned that the Department of Commerce giving up oversight of the Internet … More

    Cyber Attacks: Hopping the "Great Firewall"

    Google’s new Digital Attack Map reveals that the U.S. experiences daily cyber attacks. Though much of the map’s real-time cyber activity is untraceable, the map does confirm that China heavily targets the U.S. This underscores the need for the U.S. to make China feel a cost for its cyber espionage … More

    Brazil’s Internet: A Showdown of Ends and Means

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff wants to free Brazil’s Internet access from U.S. domination. Rousseff and the Brazilian government seek to accomplish this “cyber sovereignty” by strong-arming U.S. companies into establishing local data centers, laying a new fiber-optic link from Brazil through South Africa to Asia, and partnering with Russia on … More

    Internet Freedom in Decline

    The recently published Freedom on the Net 2013 report by Freedom House shows a negative movement worldwide, even in the countries listed as “free.” This has been a persistent trend for the three years Freedom House has conducted the survey. The tug of war between governments and Internet users continues, … More

    Tweeting for Their Country: Diplomats and World Leaders Warm to Twitter

    Twitter is coming of age. Today, the social website will be offering its shares to the public, following in the somewhat faltering footsteps of its competitor Facebook. But this is not the only the reason the 140-character social website is making its mark. World leaders, from President Obama to Iranian … More

    GUEST POST: House Advances Bill to Preserve Internet Freedom

    Recent efforts to regulate the Internet could jeopardize not only its vibrancy, but also the benefits it brings to the world. Nations from across the globe met at the December 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai to consider changes to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). The treaty negotiations … More

    China Hacks Skype to Censor Citizens

    Chinese hackers have infiltrated the popular Internet messaging service Skype. The hackers have modified the operation of Skype so that the Skype programs on Chinese computers all have keyword systems to identify when the citizens use forbidden words, according to Jeffrey Knockel, a computer science researcher at the University of … More

    Revolutions, Terrorists, and Tweets: Social Media and the Arab Spring

    The Heritage Foundation will be holding a public event on February 13 to discuss the role of social media in the Arab Spring with experts from Heritage, Freedom House, and the Department of State. Social media showed its political potential during the Arab Spring, allowing “crowdsourcing” and the coordination of … More