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Latest update : 2014-05-21

USA: Web users fight for net neutrality

In this edition: web users in the US fighting for net neutrality; a Pakistani TV channel under fire; and a street trials pro takes web users along for the ride.


Scores of demonstrators gathered in Washington last Thursday calling for net neutrality after US telecommunications regulators, the FCC, formally proposed new rules that would allow for the creation of Internet fast lanes, where internet service providers charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.

There has been strong opposition to the measures under the #FCCNetNeutrality Twitter hashtag. Web users say they shouldn’t have to pay for faster bandwidth, and fear this spells the beginning of a two-tiered Internet. Around 140,000 people have signed this online petition, saying the new legislation contradicts the promises made by president Obama.

Countless US technology firms have also spoken out against the new rules that would see them having to pay to guarantee faster streaming speeds for their users. Web giants including Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and also Twitter have penned an open letter for the Federal Communications Commission demanding it take steps to ensure the Internet remains an “open platform for speech and commerce”.

A coalition of fifty or so American musicians including members of the groups REM, Aerosmith and Pink Floyd have posted an open letter to the “Future of Music” website, opposing what they describe as “rampant discrimination online” which could negatively impact creativity, cultural commerce and freedom of expression.


Pakistani TV channel Geo TV has been at the center of heated debate over the past few days after airing a video that many in the country say is blasphemous. On Wednesday, the channel`s morning show “Utho Jago Pakistan” celebrated the wedding of popular actress Veena Malik and during the reenactment of the ceremony performed a traditional song about the wedding of the prophet Mohammed`s daughter. Many have since taken to social networks to voice their outrage.

They have been posting under the #BlasphemyByGeo and #UnitedAgainstGeo hashtags slamming the network`s lack of respect for their religion, and urging the authorities to intervene and suspend Geo TV`s programs at the earliest possible opportunity.

And it seems the campaigning has already started to pay off, as Pakistani paper, the Daily Times reports, an official enquiry is now underway. In view of the backlash, the network has indefinitely suspended the teams working on the show at the center of the scandal.

Measures that have been warmly received by a great number of Pakistani web users, but not all… Some, like the people who posted these messages to Twitter say there was nothing blasphemous about the scenes aired on Geo TV, and the uproar is totally unfounded.


One in every ten American consumers has been a victim of identity theft. This infographic was put together by communications agency Lines&Moodswings and reminds readers that some of the most common methods of stealing identities include swiping information from the back of a bank card, paper mail theft, and hacking computer networks and databases. The graphic also provides tips on how to protect yourself, including turning off your device`s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when they are not in use and installing anti-virus software.


Web users the world over have been campaigning under the “Lahiwefe9” hashtag which signifies good luck encouraging students to pass their exams and get their qualifications. The movement was started on Facebook by students from the Ifrane University in Morocco. It has since won support from students in the United States, France and also the United Arab Emirates, with messages flooding in as the end of the school year approaches.


US games company “Money Horse” is set to launch a controversial new game available to play on PC and smartphone. The satirical game called “Glorious Leader” will see players take up Kim Jong Un`s fight against “American imperialist hordes”. The Pyongyang strongman will be able to count on his friend, former basketball player Dennis Rodman, as he rides a unicorn to combat fearsome foes, like the Statue of Liberty…


In this YouTube video Scottish street trials pro Danny MacAskill, takes web users along for the ride on a Sunday trip through the streets of Glasgow, performing a series of stunning stunts and tricks along the way.

By Electron Libre



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