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The Entire Country of Sri Lanka is About to Get Balloon-Based Internet, Thanks to Google

“Project Loon” will make Sri Lanka the first nation on earth to enjoy complete, coast-to-coast 3G coverage.

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The island nation of Sri Lanka has just signed a major contract to become the first country on earth to enjoy complete, nationwide 3G internet coverage, and they’re doing it all with balloons. Yes, balloons. Specifically, 13 of them, floating high above the Indian Ocean, bobbing in the stratosphere, to ensure the entire country of over 21 million people can get online.

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UN Declares Internet Access a Human Right. What Does This Really Mean?

The UN has put Internet access on its list of basic human rights. How will this symbolic act translate to policy?

The United Nations just sent out a report declaring that Internet access is a human right. It states that "the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression." The report was inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings, but also implicitly defends people like Julian Assange and other whistleblowers.

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