India internet shutdowns 'violate human rights'

India internet shutdowns 'violate human rights'

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease “arbitrary restrictions” on internet and phone services. The organisation said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in 2017. Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumours during times of unrest. But the rights group said arbitrary internet shutdowns “violated India’s obligations under international human rights law”. Kashmir social media ban criticised Heat wave in India: Frustration, rumours and memes Indian…

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London attack: Politicians v the internet

London attack: Politicians v the internet

Prime Minister Theresa May has said more must be done to tackle terrorism online. In a speech on Sunday, following the terrorist attack in London, she said the internet provided a “safe space” for extremist ideology to breed. But technology companies and cyber-security experts have warned that tighter regulation of the internet will not solve this problem. Encryption: The issue Messages sent online can be scrambled as they leave one device and they remain scrambled…

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Internet pioneer Robert Taylor dies

Internet pioneer Robert Taylor dies

One of the founding fathers of the internet, Robert Taylor, has died. While working at the Pentagon in the 1960s, he instigated the creation of Arpanet – a computer network that initially linked together four US research centres, and later evolved into the internet. At Xerox, he later oversaw the first computer with desktop-inspired icons and a word processor that formed the basis of Microsoft Word. Mr Taylor died at home aged 85. His family…

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Samsung Galaxy S8 – but is it art? The internet reacts

Samsung Galaxy S8 – but is it art? The internet reacts

Samsung would have you believe it has redefined smartphone design with its latest top-end handsets, the Galaxy S8 and the S8+. It’s true they appear sleeker than before thanks to a decision to elongate their screens, make the home buttons “invisible” and put the fingerprint sensors on the back. But for all the talk of “infinity displays” and “works of art”, they remain oblong mobiles that are hard to mistake for anything else. More evolution…

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Is Rosie O’Donnell about to break the internet?

Rumours that comedian Rosie O’Donnell is due to play White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live have sent social media into overdrive. Currently experiencing its highest ratings in 22 years, what’s behind SNL’s resurgence in popularity? Since debuting in 1975, Saturday Night Live has been a bulwark of the US TV landscape. As America’s longest-running comedy-sketch series, generations have grown up with its oft-emulated brand of slapstick and…

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Internet safety: Children 'fending for themselves online'

Internet safety: Children 'fending for themselves online'

Youngsters are being left to fend for themselves on the internet against dangers such as bullying and grooming, a report has said. The Children’s Commissioner for England said children did not know how to deal with common problems they found online. Anne Longfield called for new laws to protect children’s online privacy and data and for a digital ombudsman to be created to uphold their rights. The government said children were taught about online safety…

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Tech firms seek to frustrate internet history log law

Tech firms seek to frustrate internet history log law

Plans to keep a record of UK citizens’ online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people’s browser histories. Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps. The Home Office says it will help combat terrorism, but critics have described it as a “snoopers’ charter”. Critics of the law have said hackers could get access to…

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SpaceX aims to launch internet from space

SpaceX aims to launch internet from space

Private rocket firm SpaceX has applied for government permission to launch satellites that will provide global broadband internet access. In a filing to the US Federal Communications Commission (FFC), it laid out details about its plans for a 4,425-strong satellite network. It is one of several companies aiming to deploy satellite-based internet services over the next few years. SpaceX suffered a setback in September when a rocket exploded. In a statement, the firm said: “Once…

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