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Freedom on the Net Declines for Fourth Straight Year

Global internet freedom is in its fourth straight year of decline, according to the annual Freedom on the Net index released by Freedom House. The 2014 index, released early yesterday morning, looks at three levels of internet use: obstacles to

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Posted in global, Innovation, Sustainability

Information becoming toughest commodity to get in Venezuela

With their country’s economy in crisis, Venezuelans are facing shortages of just about everything – milk, flour, toilet paper, cooking oil–and information. The Venezuelan government’s “communications hegemony is silencing the media and journalists,” said Sergio Dahbar, the former editor of

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Posted in Latin American and the Caribbean, Sustainability

It’s not what the Hong Kong protesters are saying: It’s how they’re saying it

Guest post by John Sinden. The original interview was featured on American University’s SIS International Relations Online. Many parallels can be drawn between the 2014 Hong Kong student protests and the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.  Both protests demand higher political participation, both

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Posted in Asia, Innovation

Tweetchat: Open Journalism with the OSCE

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Posted in Europe and Eurasia, global, Innovation

Russia’s Citizen Journalists

Citizen journalists played a key role in discovering evidence related to the recent Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine. Sleuths posted images of what was purported to be a missile launcher near the crash site, and fellow netizens tracked down

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Posted in Europe and Eurasia, Impact and Evaluation