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Musk’s satellite project testing encrypted internet with military planes

24 October 2019, 1:01 PM

The Air Force is using SpaceX’s fledgling satellite network to test encrypted internet services for a number of military planes, the space company’s president said, detailing results for the first customer of Elon Musk’s planned constellation of thousands of broadband-beaming satellites.

Working towards universal internet access and digital equality in South Africa

30 September 2019, 12:00 PM

“All South Africans – and especially those who cannot afford it and other vulnerable groups – need a daily first tranche of free internet access to exercise their basic human rights such as access to government services, participating in the digital economy, looking for jobs, online communication and for learners and students to access online educational resources.  This is the only way to achieve universal access to information and digital equality amongst our citizens, including the rural poor who have access to mobile phones.”

Indonesia restores internet access in parts of restive Papua region

5 September 2019, 6:05 AM

Indonesia has partially lifted an internet blackout imposed following civil unrest in the country’s eastern most region of Papua, but is yet to restore access in areas where the most violent protests erupted, a government statement said.

Internet on mobile services restored in Sudan

9 July 2019, 5:51 PM

Mobile internet services were restored across Sudan Tuesday following a court order, weeks after the ruling generals imposed a blockade in the wake of a brutal crackdown on protesters.

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Sudan court orders company to end military-ordered internet blackout – lawyer

23 June 2019, 5:30 PM

A Sudanese court ordered telecoms operator Zain Sudan on Sunday to restore internet services, a lawyer said, after they were severed nearly three weeks ago when security forces dispersed protesters camping in central Khartoum.

From hippies to hackers: new film tracks saga of Russia’s internet

9 June 2019, 6:24 AM

In the early days of Russia’s internet, hippies founded the first telecoms venture with Americans, an astrophysicist ran the country’s most visited website and providers punished hackers by kneecapping them with baseball bats. The heady time, which coincided with the 1991 break up of the Soviet Union, is the subject of a new documentary that […]

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SpaceX launches first satellites of its internet network

24 May 2019, 6:45 AM

SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket containing the first 60 satellites of its “Starlink” constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12 000 satellites.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill.

Facebook CEO calls for updated internet regulations

1 April 2019, 6:09 AM

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg recently called for regulators to play a “more active role” in establishing rules that govern the internet.

Warning issued over attacks on internet infrastructure

23 February 2019, 8:32 AM

Key parts of the internet infrastructure face large-scale attacks that threaten the global system of web traffic, the internet’s address keeper warned Friday.

A man checks his mobile phone, in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe court says internet shutdown illegal

22 January 2019, 5:48 AM

Zimbabwe’s government exceeded its mandate in ordering an internet blackout during civilian protests last week, a court ruled on Monday.

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