Amazon’s Kindle e-readers with built-in 3G will begin to lose the ability to connect to the internet on their own in the US in December, according to an email sent to customers on Wednesday. The change is due to mobile carriers transitioning from older 2G and 3G networking technology to newer 4G and 5G networks. For older Kindles without Wi-Fi, this change could mean not connecting to the internet at all.

As Good e-Reader first noted in June, newer Kindle devices with 4G support should be fine, but for older devices that shipped with support for 3G and Wi-Fi

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One common trait among despots worldwide is their desire to control and restrict the flow of information among their citizens.

Today, the internet and other digital technology allow lightning-speed communication. Authoritarian regimes view that as a threat and seek to suppress it. Examples abound.

Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin imposed an internet crackdown to help quash protests supportive of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko did the same to inhibit protests after his fraudulent election last summer. The Maduro regime in Venezuela played the same speech-repressing card in 2019 and 2020. Late last year, the Cuban regime

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Cubans facing the country’s worst economic crisis in decades took to the streets over the weekend. In turn, authorities blocked social media sites in an apparent effort to stop the flow of information into, out of and within the beleaguered nation.

Restricting internet access has become a tried-and-true method of stifling dissent by authoritarian regimes around the world, alongside government-supported disinformation campaigns and propaganda. On the extreme side, regimes like China and North Korea exert tight control over what regular citizens can access online. Elsewhere, service blockages are more limited, often cutting off common social platforms around elections and

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Northern Territorians are struggling to pay for internet access and mobile phone plans necessary for accessing essential online services, researchers say.

Low-income households and people from remote areas are facing financial hardship as more and more services move to the web, the Northern Territory Council of Social Service says.

“Many lower-income Territorians rely solely on mobile phones for their internet access which is generally associated with less value for money,” social researcher Jonathan Pilbrow said.

“It’s leading to people on the lowest incomes in the country paying the highest rates for telecommunications.”

It’s also leading to higher rates of digital

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Criminals in Brazil were stealing iPhone handsets not to resell them but to access people’s bank account details and then steal their money, according to a report published last month. These criminals were no ordinary elements. They could steal money from people’s accounts within hours of robbing them of their iPhone devices. Such cases had witnessed a significant rise especially after the beginning of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now, another news report, originally published in Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, says that the police have understood how these thieves were able to gain access to people’s bank details through their

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A resident of Estonia accesses that country’s patient web portal to book an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Postimees/Scanpix Baltics via Reuters Connect)

In 1995, the U.S. National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration was the first government body to empirically document the existence of the “digital divide”—the gap between those who do and do not have ready access to internet service. In a report that year—”Falling Through the Net“—the agency described the geographic, demographic, and economic divides in the adoption and use of the internet. The report was prescient in recognizing the role that disparate infrastructure and hardware access

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