BBC News – Hungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests

Hungary flagHungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests

Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan.

“This tax in its current form cannot be introduced,” Prime Minister said on Friday.

Large-scale protests began on Sunday, when demonstrators hurled old computer parts at the headquarters of Mr Orban’s ruling Fidesz party.

The draft law – condemned by the EU – would levy a fee on each gigabyte of internet data transferred.

The protesters objected to the financial burden but also feared the move would restrict free expression and access to information.

The levy was set at 150 forints (£0.40; 0.50 euros; $0.60) per gigabyte of data traffic.

After thousands protested the government decided to cap the tax at 700 forints per month for individuals and 5,000 forints for companies. But that did not placate the crowds.

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Should You Let Your Children Use the iPad? Steve Jobs Didn’t Think So AnonHQ

Should You Let Your Children Use the iPad? Steve Jobs Didn’t Think So AnonHQ

Interesting article on the Anonymous website

When New York Times journalist Nick Bilton asked Steve Jobs “So your kids must love the iPad?”, it was more an assumption than a provoking question. After all, millions of children across the world love the fun, colourful and educational kids’ apps offered on the Apple Store, embracing the simplicity of the iconic device. This was why Jobs’ frank response was completely unexpected.

 

“They haven’t used it”, he said. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home”.  The Apple co-founder and CEO oversaw the pioneering developments of the iMac, iTunes, iPhone and iPad, but actually restricted the exposure his children had to technology.

As developments speed forward at a breath-taking pace, smartphones, tablets, laptops and games consoles are becoming an increasingly large part of childhood. Hands-on play, getting messy and sports have been pushed to one side, while the digital world has stepped forward. The glow of screens has replaced standard rough-and-tumble, while children under 10 are actually becoming addicted to their devices. It’s an image which saddens those whose childhood seemed more innocent and more real.

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