Freedom House report: Governments strangling the web | News


Information wants to be free, as the saying goes, but a new report from the America non-governmental organisation Freedom House suggests that freedom on the internet is in steady decline. Propaganda, emotional manipulation, paid trolls, automated bots and widespread surveillance are all strangling the idealistic potential of the internet, according …

Governments in 30 countries pay ‘keyboard armies’ to spread propaganda, report says

At least 30 governments around the world are employing “keyboard armies” to spread propaganda and attack critics, a report has found. The annual “Freedom on the Net” report from the think tank Freedom House showed that the spread of online misinformation went far beyond Russia and China to almost half of the …

Brexit news – Labour Seema Malhotra’s freedom of information request over economic impact | Politics | News

The MP, who resigned from her party’s frontbench over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, requested information regarding the economic impact on 58 industries after Brexit. But her freedom of information (FOI) request was rejected by the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), who said revealing such information would “undermine” the nation’s preparation …

White House pushes state, local governments to experiment with drones

Michael Wing, director of the Aerial Information Systems Laboratory at Oregon State University, left, and doctorate student Cory Garms fly two survey fights Sept. 27, 2017, with a DJI Phantom Pro 4 unmanned vehicle at an area vineyard, near Amity, Ore.(Photo: Andy Cripe, AP)WASHINGTON — To hasten the development of …

Austria’s far-right Freedom party invited to enter coalition talks | World news

Austria’s conservative leader has invited the far-right Freedom Party for talks to form the country’s next coalition government, opening the door for the controversial party to return to power after more than a decade in opposition. Sebastian Kurz, whose Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) came top in elections on 15 October, …

NIBIRU LATEST: Governments ‘cloaking out Planet X’ as it’s ‘about to cause end of world’ | Weird | News

Believers of the mythical planetary system Nibiru – also known as Planet X – insist there is a major world-wide government cover up underway to keep a terrifying truth from us.So-called Nibiru conspiracy theorists claim life on earth is at risk from the close pass of the legendary Planet X …

350 Mumbaikars take part in global “Walk for Freedom” : PTI feed, News

Mumbai, Oct 14 (PTI) Nearly 350 people from different walks of life today took part in a silent march here to highlight the issue modern-day slavery. The event, “Walk for Freedom”, was organised by A21, an international association of like-minded activists that campaigns for abolition of human trafficking and slavery. …

Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Freedom of the City of Oxford | UK news

Aung San Suu Kyi is to be stripped of the Freedom of the City of Oxford, where she studied as an undergraduate, over her response to the Rohingya crisis. Oxford city council voted unanimously to support a cross-party motion that said it was “no longer appropriate” to celebrate the de …