Africa is quickly becoming an I(C)T hub, with Kenya in particular in the news lately. For this week's roundup, we're focusing on technology in Africa, so check out the articles we've been reading and share your thoughts with us in the comments.
The Kenyan government is seeking investors for the proposed Konza Technology City, a multi-billion dollar city that will host a business park, science park, central business district, university, and residential housing.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a good five months away, but now is always the right time to refresh basic security practices, especially for travelers and advocacy workers. We're always thinking about new ways to improve our security at NDI, so join the conversation: check out this week's security articles and resources and comment with your thoughts.
During a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum this morning, President Obama issues an executive order that will allow U.S. officials to impose sanctions against countries that are using new technologies to carry out human rights abuses.
It's Emancipation Day in D.C., which, in addition to providing a few extra days to file your taxes, is a great opportunity to celebrate freedom. This week we're highlighting news related to Internet freedom and censorship, with a particular focus on a new House cybersecurity bill called CISPA.
Our team is making our staff aware (very aware) about digital security this week. Follow the hashtag #NDISecure to see what our staff is learning, and here are some of the other news stories that have caught our eye this week:
International fiber-optic cables have made the Internet more widely available to the African continent, especially in recent years. A report by Peter Lange reviews Internet development statistics in Africa, while The Economist has an informative infographic (and article) showing the state of democracy across Africa.
CIMA releases a new report detailing the role of digital media in the Arab world, one year after the revolutions.
Mexico has been called a dangerous country in the world for journalists by many organizations, but a new law could change that: the government has passed a new constitutional law to protect professional and citizen journalists.
Today is the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. In our round-up, we've got lots of articles exploring the various forms of online censorship that can take place in different countries worldwide, as well as some other compelling news stories:
Following a busy week of exploring Open Data standards for legislatures and a roundtable for a NED-sponsored program to strengthen technology for participation, here are some of the news-worthy events that we have been watching:
The past week has demonstrated how governments and governing bodies are approaching privacy protection and filtering, and how benevolent and malicious actors have been able to take over social media and news platforms. Below is our round-up of these events, as well as other interesting tools and news stories:
Mozilla Labs launched a new add-on called Watchdog, which visualizes repeated passwords. This tool, coupled with the Password Project's list of cracked paswords will hopefully reinforce the importance of better password habits.
A new collaborative documentary project, 18 Days in Egypt, will tell the story of last years Egyptian Revolution through the experiences of citizens on the ground using their videos, tweets, and testimony.