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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

World Views: October 31, 2014

Rebecca Cruise explains how a proposed internet tax drew tens of thousands of Hungarians to the streets of Budapest in protest, and Joshua Landis provides an update on a victory by secularists in Tunisia’s elections.

Later, a discussion with Oklahoma City imam Imad Enchassi. As a child in Lebanon’s refugee camps, he witnessed the massacre of thousands of his fellow Palestinians. Suzette Grillot talks about humanitarian work in the Middle East with Enchassi and Oklahoma City University political scientist Mohamed Daadoui.

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World Views
11:54 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Hungary Internet Tax Shelved After Mass Protests

Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban at a European People's Party summit in Brussels, October 2014
European People's Party Flickr Creative Commons

Prime Minister Viktor Orban cancelled plans to tax internet usage in Hungary on Friday after mass protests across the country.

The protests began in Budapest on Sunday as tens of thousands of Hungarians flooded the streets of the capital.

The proposed measure would have taxed internet usage at a rate 150 Hungarian forint, or about 60 cents, per gigabyte of data. After this week’s initial protests, Orban announced a monthly tax cap of 700 forint, or about $3.00, per internet subscription for individuals and 5,000 forint, or about $20.00, for companies.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

World Views: September 20, 2013

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the righting of the Costa Concordia cruise liner off the coast of Italy, and the two-hour outage of Iran's internet firewall that allowed citizens access to social media. 

Later, a conversation with New Zealand filmmaker Costa Botes. He’s directed documentaries about Canadian sled dogs, a cross-dressing attorney, and the inventor of the Jelly Belly jelly bean.
 

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World Views
2:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Internet Firewall Failure Opens Window Of Optimism For Iranians

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Word of the opening of Iran's blocked social media sites was spread, of course, by social media itself: in celebratory tweets and breathless Facebook posts.

Hours later, the same sites Tuesday chewed over the sobering reality that the four-year-old firewalls were back in place.

"We've seen what social media does in other parts of the Middle East in terms of organizing protests and resistance to their governments," says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. "So it raises issues of censorship, but also the critical importance of social media in the public life."

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World
2:46 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Peter Gabriel's 'Interspecies Internet'

A female bonobo plays a computerized keyboard in a duet with musician Peter Gabriel. (Screenshot from video)

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 12:54 pm

The internet helps to connects people all over the world, but what if the internet could also connect dolphins, apes, elephants and other species with one another — and also with us?

That’s the goal of computer scientist Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld — who runs the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT — is partnering with Vince Cerf, one of the founders of the internet, cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss and musician Peter Gabriel to create an interspecies internet.

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