Saturday, August 22, 2009

More Companies block Facebook

Canada.com reports that In the past six months, there's been a 20% increase in the number of companies blocking Facebook, Twitter and other social networking web sites.
Their report is based on a study released by ScanSafe, released this week.

James Norrie, the associate dean and professor at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management, harshly criticized the trend. He said that banning employees from using social-networking sites is "one of the most awful things businesses can do to themselves."
"The whole notion of trying to take technology away from (workers) is as good as spanking them and sending them to their room," said Norrie.
I can't think of a better way to say it!
Are you still looking for the best way to access facebook? I think you have just found it. Didn't you?

Monday, August 17, 2009

SEC ban social media site at games

Imagine walking into Gator Stadium this fall and watching Tim Tebow throwing a game winning pass at the end of overtime. How do you celebrate in today's age? After hugging everyone around you and doing the chomp, you would probably take out your phone and do one or more of the following:

* Take a picture and upload it to Twitpic or Facebook
* Update your Twitter status to say " Unbelievable Throw! Go Gators"
* Take a video and upload it to Facebook or YouTube.
Well, none if these are going to work.
Recently, the SEC released their policy to restrict the use of social media during any of their football games this fall. Part of the issue is $3 billion deal that CBS has with the conference over the next 15 years according to The St Petersburg Times that gives them the only "authorized" media coverage of all SEC games.
Here is yet another great usage for access facebook. If you are in a football game and must twitt, there is your way out!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Internet Filtering in the Middle East

The OpenNet Initiative has released their new report about Internet Filtering in the Middle East and North Africa. According to their study, censorship across the Middle East is on the rise, and the scope and depth of filtering are increasing. Filtering is both political and social, and the only onces that still don't filter any material are Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and the West Bank. And Israel of course. All the others work hard on blocking whatever they can. Bahrain, Iran, Syria and Tunisia have the strictest political filtering practices in the region.
It is interesting to see that while the world is getting more and more global, some countries are doing anything they can, to stay more and more local.
It seems that the fear from free information makes quite a lot of Arab leaders loose sleep.
If you know someone from those countries that wants to access facebook, tell them about us. We can be their windows to the world.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Malaysia to block "undesirable" content

Malaysia has joined the club!
According to latest news reports from Reuters, the country intends to impose an Internet filter to block "undesirable" content.
Who is next?