Wikipedia starts 24 hour blackout

I hope nobody has any last minute research assignments they need to complete because if you go to the english version of Wikipedia today you'll find it's offline. In its place you'll find a blacked-out page and the heading "Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge."

Google is also taking part in the protest 
against proposed anti-piracy legislation.

2012 the year of censorship?

The first three stories I read in the news this morning were all I suddenly realised about censorship:

-China campaign cuts entertainment TV by two-thirds: the government says there are too many Western values seeping into Chinese TV.

-Belarus puts restrictions on foreign internet sites: a new law will restrict access to foreign websites, force users to only shop through domestic websites and force internet clubs and cafes to report users visiting sites registered abroad.

-Anti-internet piracy law adopted by Spanish government: following the US's tougher measures on internet piracy the Spanish government is implenting new laws critics say infringe on freedom of expression.

iPads and Kindles force newspapers further away from print

My dad has been eyeing the iPad's shiny screen ever since it first came out, but could never find a good enough reason to justify the rather large expense of buying it. But now, with the newest version of the iPad boasting digital versions of the newspapers he buys weekly and the new iCloud allowing him to effortlessly sync up the data from his phone and computer, Christmas was the perfect excuse. 

Are apps a step backwards?

Saw this last night and thought people might find it worth a listen. Could it be that the hype over apps is blinding us from simply designing better websites? Wolfgang Blau, editor-in-chief of German news site Zeit Online, makes an interesting case for website design over apps here at 


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