Tag: Brazil

60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

60 Million Emojis Are Used on Facebook; 5 Billion on Messenger: Where is Africa?

social media, Technology
Social media is undoubtedly a lot of fun and many a brand, including personal brands, have established themselves with social media. From emojis to videos, the visual form of messaging has taken the social media platforms to yet another level. Facebook, a popular social media platform has said that the most-used emoji on Facebook in the U.S. during the past 30 days was rolling on the floor laughing, while face throwing a kiss was tops on its messaging application. Globally, face with tears of joy topped Facebook in the past 30 days, followed by smiling face with heart-shaped eyes and face throwing a kiss. Mexico and Brazil are keen on the heart-eyed emoji. I take it as a comfort, rather than a snub, that the eggplant emoji does not appear even once on this list. Zuckerberg, Facebo...
Regulating the web: Will the internet need its own bill of rights?

Regulating the web: Will the internet need its own bill of rights?

Cyber Security, Governance, Internet
Summary: Experts in Italy are working on proposals that will set out web users' rights and obligations - a draft bill that could eventually be adopted across Europe. Report ZDnet Does the internet need its own bill of rights? Italy is already working on a draft document that could end up being discussed and adopted across Europe. The Italian government is working on a 'bill of rights' for the internet, which could serve as the foundation for a model defining web users' rights and obligations, potentially not just in Italy but throughout the continent. An ad hoc committee, composed partly of politicians from all parliamentary parties, and partly by independent experts in the field - scholars, journalists, representatives of the telecoms industry and of consumers' associations - will draft ...

Are Tech giants winners in quest for control of the internet: NETmundial

Business, Governance, Internet
Written by- Reuters with Lia Timson, AFP Tim Berners-Lee urges laws to guarantee free and universal web [update] Big internet companies were the clear winners at a global conference hosted by Brazil on the future management of the internet where most participants agreed it should remain a self-regulated space free of government intervention. Convened by Brazil President Dilma Rousseff after revelations of US surveillance undermined trust in the internet, the two-day NETmundial conference concluded that governments, companies, academics, technicians and users should all have a say in where to go next. It follows a campaign by a UN-backed group to shift control of the multistakeholder coalition that has shaped internet policy for decades to a less US-centric arrangement. The...

Is the Powerful Intelligence World on the Verge of Making People Digitally Disappear?

Governance
George Orwell's dystopian "memory hole" isn't just the stuff of science fiction novels. December 6, 2013  | To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here. What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? No, I’m not suggesting some future CIA rendition effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance, but a more ominous kind. What if everything a whistleblower had ever exposed could simply be made to go away? What if every National Security Agency (NSA) document Snowden released, every interview he gave, every documented trace of a national security state careening out of control could be made to disappear in real-time? What if the very posting of such revelations could be turned into a fruitless, reco

Is it the end of the www?

Governance
By Bhaskar Chakravorti, Special to CNN In a flat world, unflattering news moves quickly. The snowballing effects of the Snowden revelations about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance of Internet traffic threaten to break up the World Wide Web. Consider some of the news since the scandal broke: 100,000 Germans have signed up for a service called Email Made in Germany that guarantees that German email is stored in German servers; some Indian government employees have been advised to switch to typewriters (yes, you read that right) for sensitive documents; the Brazilians are reportedly planning a BRICS-only fiber-optic cable from Fortaleza in Brazil to Vladivostok in Russia, with stops along the way in Cape Town, Chennai and Shantou; the usually unflappable Swiss have begun to build ...