Article: Free speech friendly video sharing platforms

Access, Censorship, Media, Open Source

Free speech friendly video sharing platformsFree speech friendly video sharing platforms

Use a provider that’s not controlled by a Big Tech giant and that supports free expression.

As YouTube continues to censor, these alternatives are rising up to empower viewers and creators. Use them. Tell friends and family about them. Tell creators to use them.

  • Odysee
  • BitChute
  • Rumble
  • GabTV
  • Brighteon
  • BitTube
  • DTube
  • 3Speak
  • Theta Network
  • PeerTube
  • AltCensored

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Article: The battle between Big Tech and the free press

Access, Censorship, Media

The battle between Big Tech and the free press

Worldwide, the free press is waging a battle for survival against Facebook and Google. Besides being gushing firehoses of Covid disinformation and QAnon conspiracies, Google and Facebook have been dangerously undermining the financial stability of media outlets all over the world.

Note that Google and Facebook could tweak their design and algorithms to purposefully drive users to the original news sources’ websites. But they don’t. They prefer to repackage and monetise product from the original producer without paying for it. In other industries, that’s called theft.

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Article: This Company Creates Blockchain Tools To Help Small and Medium-Sized Business

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This Company Creates Blockchain Tools To Help Small and Medium-Sized Business

A unique, small and medium size business-oriented project in the company’s ecosystem is called WorldG8 which is a blockchain ecosystem of tools designed to help small and medium-sized businesses by providing equal opportunities to access the international market.

By realizing the potential and uniting a sufficient number of entrepreneurs on the platform, WORLDorldG8 will become an incubator for economic development and stabilization of regions, promoting sectors or categories of companies that today find it difficult to participate in global economic flows. The platform can offer technical assistance where it is needed most.

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Article: So many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

Academia, Access, Civil Society

So many people don't have internet — and it's not their fault - Social GoodSo many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

The pandemic has proven that consistent access to high-speed internet is an essential good. Without it, urgent tasks like applying for unemployment, attending school, scheduling a vaccine appointment, and seeing loved ones are difficult or impossible. Those who’ve finally gotten connected during the pandemic say it provides a sense of normalcy and safety amidst crisis. Advocates of equitable access say the internet is no luxury but instead a utility like water, gas, or electricity, and that Americans like Wright shouldn’t be left behind to bridge the digital divide on her own.

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Article: 4 Ways Institutions Can Meet Students’ Connectivity and Technology Needs

Academia, Access

4 Ways Institutions Can Meet Students’ Connectivity and Technology Needs

The association for IT professionals in higher education surveyed 8,392 students from 54 United States institutions about their experiences with technology in fall 2020 — their learning environments, instructors’ use of technology, problems with devices or connectivity, and more. Overall, 36 percent of respondents said they sometimes, often or always struggled to find an internet connection that met their academic needs; that share jumped up to 62 percent for students in unstable housing situations. And students in rural areas had more connectivity issues than those in suburbs, towns and cities.

Educause recommended four steps institutional leaders can take to help address students’ technology and connectivity needs:

  1. Provide more support for reliable internet access.
  2. Expand investments in device-lending initiatives.
  3. Encourage faculty to presume students are under-connected.
  4. Increase campus technology support services for device and internet connectivity.

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Article: What If We Could Check Big Tech?

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What If We Could Check Big Tech?

You and people you know have very likely played a major role in the success of each of these technologies.

That’s because these highly impactful, and often very profitable, “data-dependent” technologies rely on your “data labor” — your clicks, ratings, reviews, photos, and posts that can be used to develop and improve data-dependent technologies.

However, only tech companies themselves can choose exactly how these technologies are used and who shares in their economic winnings. In other words, there exists a massive power imbalance between the public who provide “data labor” and companies who reap influence and economic benefits from this labor.

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Article: The Internet Predators

Access, Cyber-Security

The Internet Predators

If the children can be difficult to handle, how do we monitor them when they get older? Can we monitor their online activity, be it on their laptops or smart phones? They may cite their right to privacy which may be healthy and normal. They may see in Internet, a safe “virtual” environment for exploring a little freedom. What however is needed, is to discuss the online experiences, the dangers of interacting with strangers online and reminding them that people online don’t always tell the truth. Taking an active role in their Internet activities helps them without being exposed to the potential dangers.

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Article: Why we cannot give the government a whiff of power over the internet

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Why we cannot give the government a whiff of power over the internet

In the present context it is clear there must be a separation of the government and cyberspace. We have already seen what can happen when the government is granted general power over the internet. We have already made the mistake. But given the relative youth of the internet, there is still time for us to undo this error — it is not yet entrenched.

As the internet becomes an ever-greater part of everyone’s daily lives, it is crucial that we secure internet freedom for centuries to come. That means less government involvement in general, and no “free data” in particular.

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Article: Censorship of alternate media: The West running scared of the truth

Access, Censorship, Deplatforming, Media

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo) Censorship of alternate media: The West running scared of the truth

This is what the West has become. The West which loves to brag about its role in spreading “freedom” and “democracy”, which has the audacity to describe itself as the “free world”, is the biggest robotic, shopping center styled prison, which exists on earth. Now, you can’t even freely share political expression on the internet. Why? Because the dictators of the West are too scared that the public may actually demand an end to the tyranny caused by our major corporations and governments.

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Article: Myanmar citizens find ways around crackdown on internet

Access, Advanced Cyber I/O, Autonomous Internet, Governance

File picture: PexelsMyanmar citizens find ways around crackdown on internet

hundreds of thousands of protesters and citizens in Myanmar are finding different ways to communicate online, downloading tools to bypass censorship restrictions and turning to alternative media sources and underground networks, according to new research.

They have moved to a mirror site of Facebook on the dark web, used apps that rely on Bluetooth technology to continue messaging each other and turned to lesser known social media platforms to stay connected, according to Recorded Future Inc., a closely held cybersecurity firm based near Boston.

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