How The Open Net Closed Its Doors By Clark Boyd. BBC News

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A new book details the extent to which countries across the globe are increasingly censoring online information they find strategically, politically or culturally threatening.

Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering challenges the long-standing assumption that the internet is an unfettered space where citizens from around the world can freely communicate and mobilise. In fact, the book makes it clear that the scope, scale and sophistication of net censorship are growing. 

Bangkok Climate Talks. UN

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The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is holding talks on climate change in Bangkok this week. Sessions will be devoted to advancing the Bali Road Map agreed in December 2007. Plenary sessions of the Bangkok meetings will be webcast and the background documents are available. UN Pulse  Permanent Link: Bangkok Climate Talks

2008 Economic Report On Africa

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The 2008 Economic Report on Africa (full text, pdf, 6.24 MB) has been launched. The report, the annual flagship publication of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has the theme “Africa and the Monterrey Consensus: Tracking Performance and Progress.” The Monterrey Consensus (pdf, 286 KB) refers to a 2002 conference on Financing for Development. The report provides 2007 economic indicator data and projections for 2008. Please note that the ECA website may be slow to respond to download requests. UN Pulse Permanent Link: 2008 Economic Report on Africa

1968 Political Uprisings. Radio 4 Season

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1968: myth or reality? Radio 4 season
This site was created by BBC Radio 4 to supplement its season of programmes on the 40th anniversary of the 1968 political and social uprisings. It includes a day to day timeline of key events, plus free access to radio broadcasts of some of the programmes. These include snippets of music, art and philosophy from 1968, plus discussion of its impact by participants, historians and social commentators. Topics covered include the Paris riots of 1968; Grosvenor Square riots,student protests and the Prague Spring uprising in Czechoslovakia. Copyright and technical information is displayed on the website.