Pakistan is all set to roll out new internet rules that critics say will give the government wide powers of censorship after rejecting requests from social media companies for consultation. Muslim-majority Pakistan already has media regulations that adhere to conservative social customs. Last month, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked TikTok for failing to filter out "immoral and indecent" content. The new rules were approved initially by Prime Minister Imran Khan's cabinet in February. They give the PTA "removal and blocking" powers of digital content that "harms, intimidates or excites disaffection" towards the government or poses a threat to the "integrity, security and defence of Pakistan". A service provider or social media company could face a fine up to 500 million rupees ($3.14 million) for non-compliance, which would in turn trigger a mechanism preventing the uploading and live streaming, particularly related to "terrorism, hate speech, pornography, … [Read more...] about New internet rules to give Pakistan blanket powers of censorship
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An estimated one-third of the world's population is online now, a proportion that is sure to grow. More users, more devices that connect to networks, and more data-heavy services to ride over the pipes are causing a “bandwidth explosion,” D’Ambrosia said. The data reviewed by his IEEE committees over the past few years indicates that bandwidth demand is growing faster than our capacity to deliver it. … [Read more...] about Bandwidth explosion: As Internet use soars, can bottlenecks be averted?
They were: digital privacy and anonymity; web security; encryption; quantum computing; AI; advertising models; digital markets and subsidies; cyber warfare; IoT; (any kind of) security; ubiquitous crap software; monopolies; a corrupted political sector driven by lobby interests; and an eviscerated public sector. … [Read more...] about Digital pioneer Geoff Huston apologises for bringing the internet to Australia
I find with these boards, really, they don’t act as much as people think. When they act, it gets into the news, but when you look at any given day… I looked briefly earlier because I’d gotten e-mail about a thread. I remember the stuff I saw on the board was, which VPN was the best, some guy had cut his leg open and was drawing stuff with his blood, that was a weird thread, and one was a dump of car accident photos and stuff. The majority of the board—it doesn’t happen that much. What would my recommendation be? You know, there are a lot of problems out there with the kinds of things people can do anonymously that go beyond posting on a website. I imagine that Domino’s already knows about all the prank calls they get, but they’ve decided as a company that it’s better to allow cash-on-delivery even with all the prank calls, because maybe only one percent tend to be pranks, so they’re still making money on that. As far as the more … [Read more...] about Full transcript: Ars interviews 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan
A congressional investigation that concluded in October agreed with the complaints, finding that Apple ties its in-app payments system and its app store together in an anticompetitive way and that the company also unfairly used its control over APIs, search rankings, and default apps to hurt third-party competitors. The Department of Justice reportedly has an antitrust probe into Apple currently in progress. … [Read more...] about Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking