A study by the OpenNet Initiative, an Internet freedom group comprised of researchers from Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford and the University of Toronto, finds rising government censorship of online information in most of the 18 countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

Guest: Rob Faris, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society

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I’ve finally chosen a new phone. I picked the T-Mobile myTouch, an Android device, over Apple’s iPhone.

The actual device was less a factor for me than cost of the plan and quality of the network. The iPhone is clearly a more advanced creature (although the myTouch is good enough for me). T-Mobile’s data plan is cheaper. In fact, thanks to a customer loyalty program (I’ve been withT-Mobile for a few years) I was able to get unlimited minutes, unlimited data, and 400 text messages per month for about $75. The T-Mobile network, while not always perfect, has been generally reliable. All the stories about dropped calls and 3G outages on the iPhone with AT&T scared me away.

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President Obama has made it a top priority to assemble a White House-based team to fight Internet-based crime and defend the country against cyber attack, but first he has to find a person willing and able to lead the effort. Yesterday the interim cyber czar, Melissa Hathway, resigned, saying she’s frustrated over the administration’s delay in filling the post. Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, says some of the president’s advisers had apparently turned against Hathaway.

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