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Internet censorship a serious offense in any nation

By Luke Wilusz

February 7, 2011

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s regime shut down Internet access, mobile phone service and BlackBerry Messenger activity across the country on Jan. 27, in an attempt to stifle communications between anti-government protesters and activists in the country. If the millions of rioters who took to the streets of Egypt in the following days are any indication, that plan didn’t work as well as Mubarak might have expected.I...

New environmental-friendly fleet joins Yellow Cab Chicago

By Kristen Franzen

January 31, 2011

A new way to get around Chicago’s city streets is in the works. In March, one of the city’s largest taxi companies will begin using cleaner fuel and potentially provide a greener environment.The federal government has approved the new Ford Transit Connect taxi as a fleet to join Yellow Cab Chicago. The vehicles will be delivered in March 2011 to Taxi Medallion Management.The company purchased a dozen Ford Transit Connect taxis that wi...

A digital revolution

By Colin Shively

March 28, 2010

The screeching, ear-splitting sound that resembled nails on a chalk board is well-known to those born in the 1980s—the sound of the early Internet and its dial-up connection that linked computers to online servers. The Internet is relatively young compared to other communication devices such as the phone, yet in the short amount of time its existed, the Internet has re-created the way our culture functions.Commonly refe...

Internet not a Nobel feat for mankind, undeserving of award

By Luke Wilusz

March 1, 2010

In November 2009, Wired Magazine of Italy nominated the Internet as a candidate for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. I first heard about this when the idea was mocked on humor site Cracked.com, and I thought it was just another one of their jokes.As it turns out, this is a legitimate campaign for a Nobel, and it has some pretty noteworthy backers. The campaign, called Internet for Peace, lists some well-known people as ambassadors on...

Chicago advances Wi-Fi access

By Editorial Board

February 22, 2010

Last fall, Sprint and Clearwire launched the first city-wide 4G wireless Internet network in Chicago. It is available by subscription for approximately the same price as a typical home plan. Called WiMAX, the network blankets the entire city, allowing subscribers to access the Internet from anywhere within the network’s boundary.Being able to access the Internet on the go from a wireless-enabled laptop is not only convenient, but...

Monitoring illegal downloads wise

By Editorial Board

January 25, 2010

Columbia recently began monitoring Internet activity on its networks to detect illegal activity such as peer-to-peer file sharing and torrent downloads. If students are found violating the official Network and Computer Use Policy, their Internet access will be disabled for 15 minutes and they must agree to the terms of use. If there are multiple violations, the person will face disciplinary action and possibly fines or a law...

Citywide WiMax debuts

By Patrick Smith

November 9, 2009

Chicagoans can now access wireless Internet from anywhere in the city for the price of a regular home Internet subscription; the service will expand to surrounding suburbs in the coming months.Clearwire and Sprint launched the new WiMAX wireless Internet service in Chicago last week, a product that promises the speedy Internet access of Wi-Fi with the breadth of coverage provided by cell phones.WiMAX is a fourth-generatio...

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