100 Million People Are Connected to Facebook’s Walled-Garden Internet

Facebook is connecting the world to the internet, for better or worse. According to the company’s earnings report for the first quarter of 2018, Facebook has now connected more than 100 million people to its very narrow version of the internet provided by Internet.org. Read More >>

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Ecuador Just Cut Off Julian Assange’s Internet, Says He Meddled in International Affairs

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who’s been hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past six years, had his internet cut off yesterday. And his supporters are so worried about his inability to communicate with the outside world that they’ve started to assemble outside the embassy. Read More >>

SpaceX’s Ambitious Internet Satellite Project Is Set to Launch This Weekend

With the inaugural launch of the super-powerful Falcon Heavy rocket now in the books, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is ready to set his sights on an ambitious project known as Starlink. On Saturday, SpaceX will launch two experimental mini-satellites—the first batch of what Musk hopes will eventually comprise a 4,000-satellite constellation providing low-cost internet around the globe. Read More >>

Facebook Wants Kids in Juvenile Detention to Get Internet Access

Facebook is supporting a bill currently before the California legislature that, if passed, would give children in juvenile detention facilities and foster care homes the right to internet access. Read More >>

A Rule Change In Germany May Allow For Widespread Free WiFi

After years of being a “hotspot desert,” Germans could finally have widespread free WiFi by autumn, thanks to a proposal that relaxes some online piracy guidelines. Read More >>

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What is the Outernet and is it the Future of the Internet?

For 60 per cent of the world's population, regular internet access is about as common as flying cars. Nearly five billion people today lack basic internet access either because they live in remote, rural areas or due to restrictive censorship on the part of the local government. Read More >>