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How People In Riot-Hit Saharanpur Are Getting Around The Internet Ban

On 25 May, local authorities in the Saharanpur district of western Uttar Pradesh blocked mobile internet services following caste violence between Dalits and Thakurs. The Saharanpur police said it had suspended Internet services to prevent “outsiders” from “instigating locals with WhatsApp and Facebook posts”. Yet, the locals have found a way to circumvent the ban already. The Hindustan Times reports ... Read More »

Blockchains are the new Linux, not the new Internet

Cryptocurrencies are booming beyond belief. Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year. Three weeks ago the redoubtable Vinay Gupta, who led Ethereum’s initial release, published an essay entitled “What Does Ether At $100 Mean?” Since then it has doubled. Too many altcoins to name have skyrocketed in value along with the Big Two. ICOs are raking in ... Read More »

Saharanpur blocks internet after caste violence

  Authorities in a northern Indian district have blocked mobile internet services and arrested dozens of people after caste violence earlier this week left one person dead, according to police. The latest unrest in the Saharanpur region of Uttar Pradesh state began after members of the Dalit community, formerly known as “the untouchables”, threw stones at the homes of upper ... Read More »

Is the Internet Broken?

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Evan Williams says. “I was wrong about that.” CreditJason Henry for The New York Times What is the purpose of the internet? Should it be a place where everyone can speak freely and exchange information and ideas? Or, ... Read More »

Here’s to the Internet of Beers

Collecting data about assembly lines, trucks, and mining gear and then sending it to humans to help improve the performance of that equipment is pretty well accepted by now. But the Internet of things— the billions of Internet-connected devices used by businesses and consumers—is also permeating the fine art of beer making. This week, business software makers Informatica and Zoomdata ... Read More »

When the Internet is Angry

I’ve been reading articles, blog posts, and tweets by Zeynep Tufekci, a Turkish-born scholar who works at the North Carolina School of Information and Library Science and is a long-time Berkman Center figure, for some time, enjoying her commentary on digital platforms and on political happenings around the world. I was excited to learn she had a book coming out ... Read More »

Opera 45 goes social with sidebars for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram

The Opera browser is reborn thanks to the power of messaging. Opera (the company) recently announced that the latest version of its browser is adopting some messaging features from Neon, an experimental version of Opera. The new features include built-in support for Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and WhatsApp in Opera 45. There’s nothing particularly special about Opera’s versions of the messaging ... Read More »

Facebook Ramps Up Push For Greater Internet Availability in India

Facebook’ CEO Mark Zuckerberg interacts with students in a town hall-style meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Photograph by Shirish Shete — AP Facebook’s project to spread the Internet throughout India is getting some help by a big Indian telecommunications company. The social networking giant said Thursday that it has partnered ... Read More »

Internet firms winding up for a fight on ‘net neutrality’

NEW YORK (AP) — Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. Under rules enacted during the Obama administration, the likes of Comcast and Verizon ... Read More »

Here are 4 top internet stock picks from Morgan Stanley into year-end

Morgan Stanley shared its favorite internet stock picks for the rest of the year. “We continue to focus on revisions and areas where the market’s ‘narrative’ can change,” internet analyst Brian Nowak wrote in a report to clients Sunday entitled “Who will outperform from here through the year of investment?” Here are four companies that Morgan Stanley recommended and their ... Read More »