Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Information Liberation: Your Guide to the International Web

Information Liberation: Your Guide to the International Web

The world wide web is supposed to be just that: world wide. Sometimes it simply isn’t, however: there is government censorship blocking certain sites in certain countries and corporate censorship keeping you from accessing their content unless you’re in another. Want to get around these and other pitfalls of the global Internet? Download “Information Liberation: Your Guide to the International Web”.  By author Jim Rion, this guide is a must-have for anyone looking for access to the complete Internet.

Few would argue that the Internet has not changed the world dramatically. Every day we see how free, instantaneous communication influences politics, social change, and daily interactions at a fundamental level. But even with all of this, there still remains a certain level of provincialism on the net – Americans stick to American websites; Japanese stick to Japanese websites; you get the idea.

Part of this, of course, is due to a simple language barrier; English is an international language, but it is by no means the only one. To some extent this artificial division of the web is by design. Media producers, like the BBC, often insist on restricting access to their products to certain geographical regions to protect their business models. Distributors (e.g. iTunes) are complicit in this, or even instigate it. Even worse, some governments insist on restricting Internet communication and blocking access to international websites.

This guide, then, is a small attempt at helping people deal with all of these problems. The Internet should connect people all over the world, not divide them. Whether you are a backpacker trying to check your email from a hostel in Denmark, or a college student trying to get past the Great Firewall of China, I hope there is some helpful information in here for you.

This complete guide to the International web will show you:
  • Which governments around the world restrict Internet access
  • Whether its ethical to bypass such restrictions, and which tools to use
  • Encrypting your web browsing and email for secure communications
  • How to find Internet access while traveling by knowing where to look
  • Buying a computer while abroad: an ex-pat’s guide
  • Setting up your computer to display non-alphabetic languages
  • Getting the most out of translation tools
  • Accessing media blocked in your country using VPN and more


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