Internet Freedom: fighting back to protect the web

You’ll probably remember that, back in January, Egypt was effectively taken offline by a government seeking to quell incendiary protests. More recently, in the wake of riots in the UK, David Cameron was reportedly toying with the idea of shutting off Twitter and Facebook ~ supposedly to prevent violence, but also with a disturbing disregard for the potential civil liberties consequences.

Now, James Burke and Chris Pinchen are making progress with the ChokePoint project, a real-time map of internet connectivity that can be used to identify weak spots (hence choke point), and help people circumvent state-imposed outages.

The project’s still in its early stages, but it offers some hope that the internet can remain a medium for the free exchange of ideas, despite government attempts to place it under their control.

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