December 2012

Keep the internet free!



Internet rights are the human rights of the future - and a global community of computer geeks wants to help you secure them. This month's issue of New Internationalist gets all techie, dives into the world of free and open source software and meets those digital pioneers offering protection from snooping governments and marketeers.

We get behind the masks of political hackers, Anonymous, with writer Quinn Norton, and marvel at designs - that are free to use, change and share - for new technologies for everything from prosthetics to small-scale hydroelectric power.

We dip our toes into the weird and wonderful world of the ‘makers’ whose 3D-printers are turning data into the new raw material, while taking to task outdated and overbearing copyright laws along the way.

PLUS : American mischief in the Sahara. A shocking report by Africa expert Jeremy Keenan on the escalating conflict in Mali reveals that the United States and other Western powers have been colluding with the Algerian secret service to create terrorist incidents that justify the wider ‘war on terror’ in the region.











Stories making the news this month
6 Dying for oil in Pakistan
6 Our land, our lives
7 Birth of Sollywood
7 Introducing Bidzina Ivanishvili
7 Act against hunger
8 Allahu Akbar misunderstood
8 People power in India
9 Botswana: sisters' victory
9 Biofuels rush
PLUS: 15 years ago in the New Internationalist, Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone, and Reasons to be cheerful.

Mixed Media
32 Film reviews
The Hunt directed by Thomas Vinterberg; and The Pool directed by Chris Smith.

33 Music reviews
Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor; and DESH by Jocelyn Pook.

34 Book reviews
The Black Lake by Hella S Haasse; Where I Left My Soul by Jérôme Ferrari; The Oil Road by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello; and Classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain.

35 Also out there - other music, film and book highlights this month, including the rumbustious Bellowhead, Victor Gama and Fidel Castro's Childhood - the Untold Story.

The Big Story
Digital freedom
10 Don't get mad, get open
Hazel Healy meets the tech pioneers fighting for civil liberties in a digital world.

15 How to be free
Charlie Harvey outlines 10 steps to software liberation.

16 Don't worry, we're from the internet
Quinn Norton looks behind the mask of Anonymous, charting its evolution into a global activist force.

18 Privacy shouldn't scare you
Nadim Kobeissi tells us about ways to protect our communication from prying eyes.

20 This is for everyone
Chris Thorpe gives his take on the impact of open-source tech on governance and manufacturing.

22 Digital freedoms - an INFOGRAPHIC
Facts and figures on privacy, censorship, piracy and access.

Regular Features
4 Letters
Taking responsibility for inequality; why youth must adapt to a new reality;
Australia's depleted uranium shame; and an unimpressed reader takes a catnap.

5 Letter from Botswana
When it comes to weddings, it's important to do things right, says Wame Molefhe.

30 Country Profile:
Peru is said to be booming but the poor would never know it. Stephanie Boyd reports.

36 Making Waves
Iraqi campaigner Khanim Latif on her lifelong fight for feminism.

37 Anna Chen
Here comes the end of the Enlightenment.
PLUS: Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon.

38 And Finally...
Soul and the city - graffiti artist Mohammed Ali on his inspirations, his fears and being drawn to Birmingham.

24 How the US has been sponsoring terrorism in the Sahara

Jeremy Keenan uncovers the shocking, murky background to the current conflict in Mali.




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