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Study shows that countries that permit Facebook's beloved "zero rating" programs end up with more expensive wireless data / Boing Boing
“Now, a careful, comprehensive study of 30 European countries by Epicenter.works finds that zero-rating encourages carriers to collude with Facebook to raise prices on non-zero-rated services, making it much harder to escape Facebook's orbit (and other big incumbents).”
zerorated  facebook  internet  access 
february 2019 by laurakalbag
Mark Zuckerberg Can't Have It Both Ways on Net Neutrality | WIRED
Issie Lapowsky writes on Wired about how Mark Zuckerberg can’t have it both ways on net neutrality, as Internet.org will have to be distinctly un-neutral by deciding who gets to be zero-rated on their platform, and users will only have access to a tiny fraction of what’s available on the world wide web.
web  access  indie  indieroundup  netneutrality  internetorg  facebook  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Poor internet for poor people: why Facebook’s Internet.org amounts to economic racism
Summary: A very powerful article from Mahesh Murthy on how Facebook’s Internet.org amounts to economic racism: “In every way, from exploiting the poor, to being a restrictive trade practice because startups will not have a chance to be discovered by users via word of mouth because they cannot afford the placement fees, to simply denying the wonder and the width of the internet to the young and knowledge-hungry – this practice is terrible.”
india  netneutrality  internetorg  internet  access  indie  indieroundup  24apr15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Applause from the top for Martha Lane Fox's little reforms
“Lane Fox’s analysis is one that naturally leads to liberal reformism. In her view there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the internet or more broadly in the social context in which it works. It’s just that things have got a little bit out of balance and a bit of funding and effort on the other side of the scales will soon even things out again. And yet this big tech vs. the state analysis is itself way off. The fundamental divide online, as with everywhere else, is between major institutions (whether commercial, state or charitable) and individuals.” By Adrian Short
individual  state  censorship  equality  women  access  internet  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Facebook successfully tests laser drones in UK skies
“The drones form part of Facebook’s internet.org initiative that aims to connect the next billion people to the internet, creating new markets for the social network which already connects 1.39 billion monthly active users.” By Samuel Gibbs on The Guardian
facebook  drones  neocolonialism  internetaccess  access  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
OpenNet Initiative - Overview of Internet Censorship
The number of states that limit access to Internet content has risen rapidly in recent years. Drawing on arguments that are often powerful and compelling such as "securing intellectual property rights," "protecting national security," "preserving cultural norms and religious values," and "shielding children from pornography and exploitation," many states are implementing extensive filtering practices to curb the perceived lawlessness of the medium.
opennet  internet  censorship  filtering  access 
january 2015 by laurakalbag

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