Friday, February 21, 2014

Free Internet From Space To Bypass "Censorship"


If all goes according to plan, North Koreans will soon have free, uncensored Internet provided by satellites the size of toaster ovens.

That's part of a project called Outernet, which hopes to launch hundreds of tiny satellites—known as CubeSats—to provide Internet to every person on Earth.

Forty percent of the world's people currently don't have access to the Web. In a little more than a year, Outernet plans to have a fleet of 24 satellites operational and testing to pave the way for a globe-spanning network.

The project's backers say knowledge is a human right.

"We exist to support the flow of independent news, information, and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies", said Peter Whitehead, president of the Media Development Investment Fund, Outernet's backer.

"It enables fuller participation in public life, holds the powerful to account and protects the rights of the individual".

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