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New Outernet partnership puts focus on free Internet

DW recently developed a content partnership with Outernet. Outernet shares many of the same values as DW, including the belief that access to knowledge and information is a human right. Outernet’s plan is to guarantee this right by taking a practical approach to information delivery. Their plan is to use a fleet of approximately 200 satellites to create a satellite-supported WiFi network to provide individuals with access to information. Through satellite data broadcasting, Outernet is able to bypass censorship, ensure privacy and offer a universally-accessible information service at no cost to users. It’s the modern version of shortwave radio, or BitTorrent from space.

DW’s Oliver Linow contirbuted to the Outernet blog in which he stated:

“It is more important than ever to deliver uncensored information to those who don’t enjoy the freedom of opinion and freedom of the press at home. Outernet strives to provide this open access to everyone around the world. We share those values. As a partner, we will accompany Outernet over the next few months and provide them with practical support in their test phase. This undertaking by Outernet could represent one of several ways to combat limited net neutrality and Internet censorship – for example in Africa and parts of Asia. Only time will tell, if this will be successful, but we are happy to collaborate along the way in this grand experiment in global information equality.”

 

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2014-07-25 | 10:27

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