What can the internet really do?

Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices, is a leading thinker on the benefits and limitations of the web and social groups. He isn’t a net evangelist or pessimist. His eloquence is unlike many other people. A recent speech articulates his current thoughts: Xenophiles are people who are fascinated by the whole world, by things other…

Who should we trust?

Big Brother isn’t just a problem in “repressive” regimes: Telecommunications executives told the US Senate Commerce Committee [official website] Thursday that their companies would refrain from using certain surveillance technology without users’ permission but stopped short of endorsing legislation to outlaw the practice. The committee hearing [materials] to investigate the privacy practices of American Internet…

Besieged from the inside?

My latest article for New Matilda discusses the troubles ahead for Israel: Radical Zionists made gains under Ehud Olmert, but their actions are pushing Israel towards catastrophe. The new Prime Minister must stop the settlers, writes Antony Loewenstein In mid-September, during the dying days of his leadership, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert boldly stated that…

Fighting web repression, together

Sami Ben Gharbia, head of Global Voices Advocacy, talks about his struggles against censorship in Tunisia and beyond and the importance of world action on fighting internet filtering. I met Sami during the recent Global Voices summit in Budapest and found him to be a warm and sympathetic person. The movement needs more people like…

Torturing their way to freedom

America in Iraq: a lesson in how to make friends and influence people: Torture and other abuses against detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq were authorized and routine, even after the 2004 Abu Ghraib scandal, according to new accounts from soldiers in a Human Rights Watch report released today. The new report, containing first-hand accounts…