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Iraq shuts down the internet to stop pupils cheating in exams | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The blackouts coincided with exams for secondary and high-school students and were implemented as the ultimate step in the country's battle to stop students cheating using smuggled mobile phones and internet-connected devices in exam halls. While attempting to ban mobile phones from exams or setting up local jamming equipment might be a less draconian measure, shutting off the internet is undoubtedly efficient. However, the outage impacted every person and business in the parts of the country controlled by the Iraqi government, causing human rights campaigners, including Access Now, to condemn the move."
jamandham

Languages are dying, but is the internet to blame? (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    Here is an article discussing weather it is the internet fault for globalisation with the loss of language or if it is a problem happens naturally. There is also a mention of equality of access
Max van Mesdag

Tim Berners-Lee calls for free internet worldwide - 0 views

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    The creator of the world wide web would like to see the service become free for everybody to use.
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Rich and poor teenagers use the web differently - here's what this is doing to inequality | World Economic Forum - 0 views

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    ""Equal access does imply equal opportunities," says the report, which goes on to point out that while anyone can use the internet to learn about the world, improve their skills or apply for a well-paid job, disadvantaged students are less likely to be aware of the opportunities that digital technology offers. "They may not have the knowledge or skills required to turn online opportunities into real opportunities," the report says."
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This New Tool Is Changing the Way Visually Impaired People Use the Web | GOOD - 0 views

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    "Last month, Parsley presented Depict, a crowd-sourced image description tool that could change the experience of the browsing the web for the blind and visually impaired. The tool works in two parts-a browser extension for blind users that provides user-created descriptions of images around the Internet, and a website for sighted users to provide those requested descriptions."
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WhatsApp offers lifeline for Syrian refugees on journey across Europe - 0 views

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    "Many hope to reach the economically stable countries in northern Europe, and use WhatsApp's messaging system as a virtual road map to help them navigate their journey. They stick to groups of their countrymen, connecting through friends of friends. Unlike some other ways of communicating, WhatsApp is free, and only requires that the user have access to the internet."
dr tech

Samasource: How African refugees are scoring Silicon Valley Internet jobs - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    How cool is this - great advertisement for the power of the net....
dr tech

Vietnam 'blocks' Facebook over the weekend due to protests over dead fish - 0 views

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    "So over the weekend, when protesters were expected to rally for the third time, Facebook was inaccessible to locals, who had been using the platform to organise. People also had problems accessing Facebook's Instagram service. Israeli VPN service Hola posted a statement saying it saw a surge of about 200,000 users from Vietnam on its system over the weekend, using it to access Facebook."
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