posted by Courtney Norris
Every day, people around the world spend more than two billion minutes on the Internet service Skype to call friends, set up conference sessions, or connect with family. Launched in 2003 in Estonia, Skype was such a phenomenal success than eight years later Microsoft bought the company for $8 billon.
These days, though, Skype is part of an increasingly crowded field of online communications services, and some tech and privacy experts are recommending that consumers shun Skype in favor of alternatives they believe are more secure.
“The level of secrecy that Skype’s developers have kept up about its design and security hasn’t...
posted by Sasha Schwendenwein
The 17 Afghan civilians allegedly shot and burned in March by American soldier Robert Bales strained relations between the United States and Afghanistan. The media framing of the event—and the search for answers behind it—also has been very different between the two countries.
posted by Salim Essaid, Dalal Mawad and Anna Irrera Irrera
Many loyal Al Jazeera English viewers worldwide are drawn to the television network because of its insightful coverage of last year’s Arab Spring uprisings – and its in-depth reporting from the developing world. Since its creation in 2006, the Qatari-based English-language channel has deployed its resources around the world to fulfill a goal of being “the voice of the global south,” though it has done so with a distinctive Western style. The tagline “This is Al Jazeera” echoes James Earl Jones’ signature “This is CNN.” One of its flagship shows, “Inside Story,” analyzes the news of the day by presenting the kind of...