Tag Archives: Freedom of Information

The Outernet Lantern: a portable wireless library

One project I have been following very closely since its debut is Outernet: a satellite-based information retrieval system that promotes free–and anonymous–access to information. In a sense, it’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen to shortwave radio in the digital … Continue reading

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Cambodia bans foreign radio in advance of elections

(Source: Radio Free Asia) The Cambodian government has ordered local radio stations to stop broadcasting foreign programs ahead of general elections in a move widely seen as a major setback to media freedom in the country and aimed at stifling … Continue reading

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Syria loses the Internet (again)

This week one of my favorite public radio programs, Marketplace, aired an interview with Matthew Prince, CEO of website security firm CloudFlare. Marketplace’s host, Kai Ryssdal, asked Price why Syria’s Internet is so vulnerable to shut-down. You see, on Tuesday Syria’s Internet had completely shut … Continue reading

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RNW looks into Zimbabwe’s history of media repression

Ironically, Radio Netherlands Worldwide was once an international voice for those living without free press. In the following RNW article,  Dlamini points out that technology is advancing at a rapid pace and media outlets increasing; however, radio remains the most accessible means of … Continue reading

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Sky News reporter detained in China while on air

This is not a shortwave radio news item, but nonetheless relevant in the context of free press (or lack thereof) in China: Thanks to Andy Sennitt for sharing.

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Syria stifles the Internet while Canada stifles shortwave

This past Saturday, I found the irony a bit much to take: on one hand, there was Syria, a highly volatile country struggling for stability, while on the other hand, there was…Canada? Both, on the same fateful day, effecting media … Continue reading

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NPR stories expose internet tracking (while shortwave remains immune)

This morning, NPR’s (National Public Radio’s) Weekend edition aired two intriguing stories sharing one strong common thread. First, “CIA Tracks Public Information For The Private Eye“–a look inside the CIA’s Open Source Center: Secrets: the currency of spies around the … Continue reading

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