Twine, A Tiny Gizmo That Holds The Internet’s Future
Is technological connectivity mankind’s next evolutionary step?
"We created computers as an extension of our brains, and now we’re connecting through those computers and the Internet cloud as a way of expanding them," - Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Webby Awards founder
In her new documentary, Connected, which premiered at Sundance this year, Shlain sees digital connection as the next step in harnessing our collective brainpower—as long as we don’t lose our ability to relate to each other.
Hacking the Internet!
What do you need to get online in rural Africa?
Find out from Boukary Konaté, from Rising Voices grantee project Segou Village Connection.
A new proposed communications network from LightSquared could bring lightning fast Internet to the most rural areas in America. But it might render GPS receivers useless in the process. Continued…
The Egyptian government shut down Al Jazeera’s Cairo offices, withdrew the accreditation of their reporters and forced the network off an Egyptian-owned satellite that supplies television to much of the Middle East.
The Committee to Protect Journalists also reports that Egyptian authorities are blocking reception of Al Jazeera’s Arabic station from other satellite networks. Al Jazeera appears to be jammed for subscribers to the Hotbird satellite and other services within Egypt. Al Jazeera English, however, remains available via satellite within Egypt.
The Egyptian government cut the cord on the internet to silence them form the outside world, keep protesters from organizing, and generally, to shut them up:
Now Internet access across the whole nation has been shut off, as the Net traffic volume chart from Arbor Networks embedded here shows. As an investigation by Renesys demonstrates, at around 12:34 in the morning local time “virtually simultaneous withdrawal” of all Egypt’s networks connected to the world’s IP routing system—meaning data access routes into or out of Egypt were shut down. It’s a complete order of magnitude more severe censorship that happened in Iran, when the government tinkered with blocking social media sites, and is far worse than the “modest Internet manipulation” that the Tunisian authorities tried as similar protests happened there. Essentially the Egyptian government has realized it cannot stay one digital step ahead of its population, and has simply thrown the off-switch.
It’s unconfirmed, but they may have also blocked Al Jazeera within the country and even journalists are being attacked in the streets. But this hasn’t stopped Egyptians; according to The Guardian, they’ve started distributing literature on the street, old-school-revolution style.