The Internet and Campaign 2010

by Aaron Smith, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project More than half of all American adults were online political users in 2010 Fully 73% of adult internet users (representing 54% of all U.S. adults) went online to get news or information about the 2010 midterm elections, or to get involved in the campaign in one way or … Read More

As Egypt goes offline US gets internet ‘kill switch’ bill ready

By Ben Grubb and Asher Moses, The Age As Egypt’s government attempts to crackdown on street protests by shutting down internet and mobile phone services, the US is preparing to reintroduce a bill that could be used to shut down the internet. The legislation, which would grant US President Barack Obama powers to seize control of and even shut down … Read More

U.S. warns against blocking social media, elevates Internet freedom policies

By Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post The decision by Egyptian officials to virtually shut down Internet access to the country Friday marked an audacious escalation in the battle between authoritarian governments and tech-savvy protesters. It was also a direct challenge to the Obama administration’s attempts to promote Internet freedom. Internet access was cut off in Egypt shortly after midnight Friday, … Read More