The Global Digital Download is a weekly publication that aggregates resources on Internet freedom, highlighting trends in digital and social media that intersect with freedom of expression, policy, privacy, censorship and new technologies. The GDD includes information about relevant events, news, and research. To find past articles and research, search the archive database.

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  • (Ars Technica, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)

    Verizon Wireless was scheduled to begin throttling certain LTE users today as part of an expanded "network optimization" program, but it has decided not to follow through with the controversial plan after criticism from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

  • (Global Voices, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)
    In theory, IGF 2014 offered people the opportunity to speak out about critical problems in the country hosting the forum, as well as the chance to meet and exchange ideas with other activists, journalists, academics and coders from countries all over the world. In practice, however, the voices of these activists were drowned out by the voice of the state, with government representatives alone given a platform to talk about the situation in Turkey.
  • (Access, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)

    Today, Access together with several NGOs, consumer groups, and industry representatives sent an open letter to the Council of the European Union, calling for Telecoms ministers to support strong net neutrality rules in the E.U.. The Council is currently reviewing the proposal of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation, voted on by the European Parliament in April. 

  • (The Huffington Post, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)

    We should be demanding the reform for which they are now fighting: an unbiased election, at every important stage. Or more simply: #EndTweedismEverywhere.

  • (Global Voices, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)

    Billed as the highlight of the year on the Internet policy conference circuit, the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum is a supposedly indispensable annual meeting about the Internet and its future. Unfortunately, its idealistic intentions have fallen short of expectations as activists were drowned out by the voice of the state at this year's conference, and so the Internet Ungovernance Forum was created to fill the void.

  • (Ars Technica, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)

    Verizon Wireless was scheduled to begin throttling certain LTE users today as part of an expanded "network optimization" program, but it has decided not to follow through with the controversial plan after criticism from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

  • (Access Blog, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)

    There are rumors circulating that Tunisia’s three telecommunications operators, Tunisie Telecom, Orange, and Ooredoo, might enter into an agreement limiting customers’ access to voice over IP (VoIP) services. If implemented, this agreement would dramatically impact users’ freedom of expression online. 

  • (The New York Times, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)
    A German privacy regulator has ordered Google to give its users greater control over how their online data is used, in the latest privacy case that challenges how the search giant operates in Europe. The city of Hamburg’s data protection regulator, one of Germany’s leading data protection agencies, said in a legal ruling that Google must seek Germans’ expressed permission before it uses their data to create online user profiles across its services like email, online search and its Android-based mobile products.
  • (Global Voices, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)

    Four Bahrainis who have joined the militant group ISIS have called on other Bahrainis to take up arms and join the fight against their ruling “tyrants”, the Sunni Khalifa royal family and the country's majority Shia population, in a YouTube video that surfaced on social media and recently went viral.

  • (The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, October 1, 2014)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin called for more steps to ensure Internet security in the country, warning that better protection of communications networks was vital to ensure Russia's sovereignty and thwarting leaks of confidential data. Mr. Putin, speaking at a meeting of top security officials devoted to online security Wednesday, vowed to protect Internet freedom, but industry advocates feared more moves to tighten control over the Internet in Russia.