In Malaysia, online election battles take a nasty turn

(Reuters) – Ahead of Malaysia’s elections on Sunday, independent online media say they are being targeted in Internet attacks which filter content and throttle access to websites, threatening to deprive voters of their main source of independent reporting.   Independent online news sites have emerged in recent years to challenge the dominance of mostly government-linked …

Internet Society opens Canadian chapter

Internet users in Canada who value the Web as an open forum for free expression now have a national organization to promote their interests.   The Internet Society, an international non-profit formed in 1992 “to assure the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all” on Monday announced a Canadian …

DotConnectAfrica Participates at the ICANN 46 International Meeting in Beijing, China

PRLog (Press Release) – Apr. 17, 2013 DCA’s application for .Africa new gTLD received an ICANN GAC Policy Advice Objection which the organization hopes to resolve by following the due process provisions within the ICANN new gTLD Program.  The DotConnectAfrica Trust delegation led by its Executive Director/CEO, Ms. Bekele participated and contributed at various sessions …

Ex-White House Official Joins Group Fighting “Excessive” Online Privacy Laws

As the Obama administration and tech company lobbyists chip away at the European Union’s attempts to protect online privacy, a new pro-industry coalition has popped up to join the fray. Not quite two weeks ago, the Coalition for Privacy and Free Trade announced its existence. The group’s senior academic adviser is Daniel Weitzner, who, less than …

Arab Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Meeting Wraps Up in Dubai

Last week, the Arab Internet community came together to discuss Internet governance issues and priorities related to the region. The Arab Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance meeting took place in Dubai as part of the Arab IGF open consultations. The meeting, hosted by the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates brought together over 100 …

Prominent Google executive disagrees with company requiring use of real names

In the face of increasing government-led crackdowns on social media, Google should not force Internet users to reveal their real names for some services, including its Google+ social network, said Vint Cerf, a senior Google executive known as a “father of the Internet.”   In an interview with Reuters, Cerf acknowledged that the search giant’s …

Confronting a new Cold War – on the Internet

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posed the problem precisely: “How do you get tough with your banker?” The exchange was with another diplomat, but the topic was well known: How does the United States stop China from cyberattacks on American businesses, universities and all levels of governments? How do you stop a country intent …