Middle East Monitor: Egypt plans social media tax

Middle East Monitor: Egypt plans social media tax . “Egypt plans to impose a tax system on online advertising and social media websites, the New Arab reported the deputy finance minister saying. Riyad Abdel Sattar said that Facebook and Twitter users should pay a monthly registration fee which will enable the state to monitor online activity.”

Congo student: ‘I skip meals to buy online data’ (BBC)

BBC: Congo student: ‘I skip meals to buy online data’. “Bonheur Malenga, a Congolese university student, found himself facing a dilemma one day last month about whether to purchase online data. ‘As I was hungry, I didn’t know if I should buy food or get a 24-hour internet bundle,’ he told the BBC.”

Slate: How Iran Turned Off the Internet

Slate: How Iran Turned Off the Internet. “Ten years ago, a Senate bill proposed by Sens. John Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe spurred considerable controversy. The bill, which never even came up for a vote, would have made it possible for the U.S. government to build an ‘internet kill switch’ that would allow it to shut off the internet in the event of an emergency. The proposal drew significant criticism, and U.S. politicians backed off relatively quickly, but in other countries around the world, the kill switch model was—and is—very real, as Iran’s government has just demonstrated.”

Guardian (Nigeria): Social media bill to empower government to shut down internet

Guardian (Nigeria): Social media bill to empower government to shut down internet. “The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019, otherwise known as the Social Media Bill, has a provision that will empower the Nigerian government to unilaterally order the shutdown of the internet if passed into law. The bill, being pushed by Senator Muhammad Sani Musa (APC-Niger East), passed the second reading this week.”

TechCrunch: Alphabet’s Loon signs deal with Telefonica to provide internet to remote parts of the Amazon

TechCrunch: Alphabet’s Loon signs deal with Telefonica to provide internet to remote parts of the Amazon. “Alphabet-owned Loon, the high-altitude balloon company that is using its stratospheric technology to provide internet connectivity on Earth, has signed a new commercial agreement with Telefonica-owned Internet para Todos (IpT). The IpT initiative, which is also backed in part by Facebook and the Development Bank of Latin America, aims to provide internet connectivity to users in remote locations across Latin America, and its deal with Loon will specifically connect users in remote parts of the Amazon rainforest in Peru.”

TechCrunch: Iran shuts down country’s internet in the wake of fuel protests

TechCrunch: Iran shuts down country’s internet in the wake of fuel protests. “Iran, one of the countries most strongly identified with the rise cyber terrorism and malicious hacking, appears now to be using an iron fist to turn on its own. The country has reportedly shut down nearly all internet access in the country in retaliation to escalating protests that were originally ignited by a rise in fuel prices, according to readings taken by NetBlocks, an NGO that monitors cybersecurity and internet governance around the world.”

Total Telecom: Google announces the completion of Curie Cable, connecting US and Chile

Total Telecom: Google announces the completion of Curie Cable, connecting US and Chile. “Google has announced that its trans-Continental Curie cable, which connects Chile with the US, has been successfully installed and tested. The cable is expected to go live in the second quarter of 2020.”