The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) has held a two-day meeting in Accra to discuss Internet-related opportunities and challenges in Africa, including issues of access and sustainable development.
Chaired by former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, the GCIG is a two-year initiative launched in January 2014 by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House, and will produce a comprehensive perspective on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance.
Stakeholders in the local ICT industry who converged at Jameson Hotel in Harare on August 21, 2015, to debate and deliberate on the national importance of the internet and its governance in Zimbabwe, have come up with resolutions and a way forward. MISA Zimbabwe, as initiators of the event have committed to working with partners to ensure implementation of the resolutions.
It's getting harder to evade censorship in countries like China and Iran, which have increasingly taken to blocking VPNs, the Tor network and any other service that might let you see the unflattering truth. A clever new tool should help you leap over those hurdles, however. Marionette, developed by researchers at RedJack and Portland State University, masks your visits to banned sites and services by making your data transmissions seem innocuous. It doesn't just disguise the traffic type -- you can program it to mimic the variances you'd expect from a given form of traffic (say, a voice chat) and respond in a convincing way when the censors' blocking software comes calling.
Reports reveal that South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the submission of the films and publications amendment bill despite public outcry that the document is guided by policy seeking to curb internet freedom. The cabinet said the bill seeks to amend the films and publications act of 1996 by adapting it to the technological advances of todays’ world.