Internet Access

Freer access to websites planned in Zhuhai zone

A developing area in Hengqin, Zhuhai. Photo: Edward Wong

The country's internet police are considering a plan to open a small hole in the "great firewall of China", allowing users in Zhuhai's special economic zone to access some blocked foreign websites.

Friday, 26 July, 2013, 4:39am 1 comment

Guangdong to monitor internet use in public places

Guangdong plans to monitor use of the internet in all public places. Photo: AP

Guangdong authorities plan to monitor use of the internet in all public areas, local media has reported. The authorities would increase the number of cameras and replace existing ones with high-resolution models and with facial recognition functions, it said.

26 Jul 2013 - 4:39am

Google's 'loony' way of granting remote web access gets off ground

Project Loon workers prepare to float as many as 30 balloons above Christchurch in New Zealand, in this photo from Google. Photo: EPA

Google revealed top-secret plans yesterday to send balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing the internet to the two-thirds of the global population now without web access.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:33am 1 comment

Licensing rules for news websites angers Singapore bloggers

News media gather outside Singapore's Subordinate Courts. Photo: Xinhua

Singapore's online community has reacted angrily to an announcement that news websites - including one operated by Yahoo - will have to obtain licences subjecting them to rules for traditional media in the city state.

30 May 2013 - 1:44am

Google plans to use high altitude balloons to bring Wi-fi to remote Africa

Google is planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of high-altitude balloons that can transmit Wi-fi signals across hundreds of square kilometres.

30 May 2013 - 2:51am

Iranian authorities deny controlling internet access ahead of presidential polls

A webpage of political and religious slogans greets internet users in Iran trying to visit Facebook, which is blocked by officials. Photo: AFP

Iran is tightening control of the internet ahead of next month's presidential election, mindful of violent street protests that social networkers inspired last time around over claims of fraud, users and experts say.

20 May 2013 - 5:51am

Cyberattack on anti-spam watchdog slows global internet

Spamhaus' website has been buffeted by massive denial-of-service attacks since mid-March. Photo: SCMP Pictures

An internet watchdog group responsible for keeping ads for counterfeit Viagra and bogus weight-loss pills out of inboxes around the world has been hit by a huge cyberattack, a crushing electronic onslaught that one expert said had already had ripple effects across the internet.

28 Mar 2013 - 8:19pm

Brin says Google glasses will be on market this year

Sergey Brin models the Google Glass eyewear. Photo: AP

Sergey Brin envisions Google's internet glasses hitting the market this year with an eye toward freeing people from unsocial habits engendered by "emasculating" smartphones.

1 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Talking points

Park Geun-hye

Park Geun-hye is officially headed to the Blue House as the country's first female president. Park, the daughter of a former strongman, has already faced a test over Pyongyang's recent nuclear missiles testing. 

25 Feb 2013 - 6:00am

'Great Firewall of China' upgrade hits VPNs

Women use the internet in a restaurant in Haikou, China. Photo: AFP

Mainland authorities who have long sought to limit access to information have reinforced the so-called Great Firewall of China, internet firms say, frustrating businesses and raising concerns among activists.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:43pm 11 comments

India releases US$20 Aakash tablet computer for students

The super-cheap Aakash 2

India has launched a new version of its ultra-low-cost tablet computer with a quicker processor and an improved battery, on sale to students at the subsidised price of US$20.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

More to digital divide than access

Young men on their mobile phones in a slum in Mumbai, India; a country where according to the United Nations, more people have mobile phones than access to a toilet. Photo: AP

The digital divide describes the differences between people with access to information and communication technologies and those without. In 2003, global leaders acknowledged at the World Summit on the Information Society that without access, poor people would miss out on the benefits of the information society - such as improved education, health, agriculture, government services and trade.

20 Oct 2012 - 1:38am

The aim is easy internet access

Wi-fi - the wireless broadband system - has been installed in all telephone booths in Hong Kong.

I don't think this is the right place to have this technology.

There are many 'hot spots' where people can enjoy easy internet access.

But telephone booths are very uncomfortable and their numbers are decreasing.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Charges for Web surfing catch out phone users

HK$14,000 bill for a month's Net browsing by mobile shows pitfalls

Mobile-phone users are facing big bills for internet services they thought were free, the consumer watchdog warned yesterday. One customer ran up a HK$14,000 bill in a month.

17 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Free Wi-fi at public libraries

Free Wi-fi services were launched yesterday at major public libraries and some government offices - the first stage of a programme to provide free wireless internet access in public buildings citywide. More than 30 buildings are covered by the first phase. By mid-year there will be 120 Wi-fi hot spots, and a further 230 will be available by mid-2009 under the GovWiFi programme.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am