Tag Archives: internet

Singapore High Court blocks access to ‘pirate’ set-top box apps

(23 November 2018) The Singapore High Court has handed down an injunction which requires several local Internet service providers to block access to popular ‘pirate’ apps. The order, which has not yet been made public, was issued following a complaint from local TV companies plus Fox International and the UK’s Premier League. Configurable set-top boxes […]


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Ten reasons libraries are still better than the internet

“Thanks to the internet, we no longer need libraries or librarians.” You most likely hear some variation on that theme pretty regularly. (19 December 2017) Sixteen years ago, American Libraries published Mark Y. Herring’s essay Ten Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library (April 2001). Technology has improved exponentially since then—social media […]


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Internet Addiction: A Chinese Epidemic

By IGI Global on 4 March 2016 Internet addiction is a prevalent topic today, as the endless landscape of virtual content is multiplying at an incredible rate. Though some specialists don’t consider this a real threat in today’s digitized society, others are looking for ways to combat this dependence. According to Medical Daily, in China this […]


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Indian opposition to Facebook’s free internet plan

(31 December 2015) India has become a battleground over the right to unrestricted internet access, with local tech start-ups joining the front line against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his plan to roll out free Internet to the country’s masses. The Indian government has ordered Facebook’s Free Basics plan on hold while it decides what […]


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Libraries support citizens to be Linked Up and Literate in New Zealand

(10 November 2015) With the drive to deliver more and more government services online, libraries are also recognising their role in helping customers to become assured and competent users of digital services. The priorities and issues for libraries and cultural institutions will be discussed at a one day seminar: Linked Up, Loud and Literate: Libraries […]


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Indonesia to have more IT-based public libraries

(27 October 2015) Five hundred fifty public libraries in 99 regencies and 451 villages in Indonesia are set to receive information technology (IT) facilities, including computers, training programs, mentoring and assistance, following an additional investment of US$12 million from the program’s initiator. The targeted regencies are said to include Papua, Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara and […]


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Thais warned to beware of new Copyright Act

(30 July 2015) The Commerce Ministry has urged people to study the details of the new Copyright Act carefully before sharing information online or trading second-hand products. The new law will take effect on August 4. Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said it would have eight main features. First, it will focus on tackling internet […]


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ITU releases 2015 ICT figures

(26 May 2015, Geneva) New figures released by ITU indicate that over the past 15 years, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have grown in an unprecedented way, providing huge opportunities for social and economic development. The new figures track ICT progress and show gaps in connectivity since the year 2000, when world leaders established the […]


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European Copyright Society issues opinion on Svensson hyperlinking case

The Institute for Information Law (http://www.ivir.nl) at the University of Amsterdam has reported that The European Copyright Society, a group of prominent European scholars, has issued an opinion on the Svensson case ( Case C-466/12), which is currently before the European Court of Justice. The case, which was referred to the Court by the Swedish […]


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Digital services in high demand at New Zealand’s public libraries

New Zealanders are increasingly using digital library services such as computer and wi-fi internet access, eBooks, and audio books, while use of traditional services remains high. Recently released annual statistics on public library usage during 2011 and 2012 reveal this shift towards online services. The number of library internet users increased from 5.7 million in […]


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