Zero-rating ("toll-free data") is the practice of mobile network operators (MNO) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) to not charge end customers for a well defined volume of data by specific applications or internet services via the MNO's Wireless network in limited or metered data plans and tariffs.
Facebook, Twitter and Google have started resisting Russian government orders to remove information about a rally next month for opposition leader Alexei Navalny, raising the prospect of a showdown over the Kremlin’s efforts to control online information.
The call, which was anticipated, does not have any concrete effects but it does increase pressure on the European Commission to take a hard line with Google over the abuse of its dominance in the EU search market.
In a new research paper, sociologist Zeynep Tufekci argues that while social media can empower dissidents and make it easier to organize, governments are getting smarter — and the same things that make such tools useful also have a downside
Open access comes in two degrees: gratis open access, which is free online access, and libre open access, which is free online access plus some additional usage rights. These additional usage rights are often granted through the use of various specific Creative Commons licenses.
With a new European Commission having taken the place of the one that proposed the Telecom Package, and with that bundle of laws not having achieved final approval yet, hard-won battles may need to be fought again.
Hungarians have forced a climb down from their government over a planned Internet tax which sparked mass protests in Budapest and elsewhere in the country. It would have levied a fee on each gigabyte of online data transferred. Opponents denounced an attack on freedom. The EU warned the tax would be a mistake. Even for the usually combative prime minister enough was enough. But as he…
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