The dances in Harlem Shake videos may be considered raunchy by some, but they're hardly "obscene." They're harmless, filmed in good fun. It's difficult to understand why school administrators are coming down so hard on these kids for this high-spirited and non-disruptive behavior.
Clearly we are living in and through a lot of transitions in our rapidly changing world. Perhaps one of the biggest changes we face is how we learn daily what we need -- and want -- to know and learn about concerning what is going on in the world around us.
An Egyptian court has ordered a one-month blockage of YouTube, the popular video-sharing site that more than 44% of internet users in the country use every day, with more than 50% of them using it to follow political news.
Hey folks -- Today is Internet Freedom Day and that's a really big deal. This year, I asked folks: How does the Internet give you a voice? I got a lot of really good responses, and wanted to share some of them with you on Internet Freedom Day.
While the ugly and rancorous "fiscal cliff" battle has been playing out in Washington, another negotiation equally critical for America was also being conducted, this one behind closed doors far across the ocean: the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
What's really emerging from Dubai is the growing discomfort governments and corporations have with the popular Internet freedom movement. It's a movement of people who seek to determine their own digital destiny.
Internet freedom can nurture economic development as well as the development of democracy by encouraging political awareness. A vibrant, un-shackled Internet provides economic and political empowerment and opportunities.
The great firewall has not stopped Pakistanis from accessing their favorite websites. They now use proxy servers for that purpose. It would be better if the government wakes up to the changing realities of the cyber world. An outright banning does not do any good.
The US needs to be the model for online freedom not just for countries that want to restrict it, per se, but also seek to and impose new restrictions for many seemingly noble reasons to combat social ills.
Campaign strategists are always trying to predict the newest political demographic groups. For a long time, it was seniors. Lately there has been a lot of talk about "NASCAR dads." But the strongest untapped political factor these days is rarely mentioned -- the Internet.
Whether the issue of the day is copyright infringement or open Internet access, censorship or a trade agreement, what the U.S. and the rest of the world could most use is an Internet freedom platform on which to base their daily policy challenges.
September 1 is Knowledge Day in Russia, a big cultural holiday marking the beginning of the school year. Legislators prepared a special gift for the kids this year, introducing radical new ways to protect them from "detrimental information."
Those who have the time, inclination and money can afford reputation defenders and lawyers who can makeover their online personae. But what does this do for the democratic, free-for-all nature of the World Wide Web?