The Switchboard: Twitter vows to improve policies after online abuse drives Robin Williams’s daughter away from service


This file photo taken on November 13, 2011 shows Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda posing on arrival for the world premiere of the movie "Happy Feet Two" in Hollywood in southern California. (AFP PHOTO / FILES / Frederic J. BROWN)

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T-Mobile wants to throttle some of its unlimited data users, too. "On Sunday, T-Mobile will begin slowing down cellular data for some of its customers who violate the company's terms and conditions," the Switch's Brian Fung reports. "Under the new policy, unlimited data users who use their phones to upload 'continuous' Web cam videos or engage in peer-to-peer filesharing will be throttled after a series of warnings."

Twitter vows to “improve our policies” after Robin Williams’ daughter is bullied off the network. "Internet trolls bullied Robin Williams's daughter off of Twitter and Instagram just days after her father's death," the Switch's Hayley Tsukayama reports. Now Twitter has vowed to take abuse on its service more seriously -- but Zelda Williams is far from the only person who has faced serious levels of vitriol on the platform.

Here’s why your Internet might have been slow on Tuesday. Issues with servers that facilitate Border Gate Protocol routing, the primary method for how ISPs know how to send traffic around the world, led to service hiccups for some user earlier this week, the Switch reports.

Even wired tribal libraries are lagging behind on tech. A new report from th  Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums "finds that some 89 percent of tribal libraries are providing some kind of public Internet access, which compares moderately well with the 100 percent of all public libraries in the United States that do so," writes the Switch's Nancy Scola. But tribal libraries "are less well equipped than mainstream public libraries to help their communities meet essential digital literacy, digital inclusion, and digital citizenship goals," according to the report.

The most wanted man in the world.  James Bamford has an in-depth profile of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden over at Wired. The exiled leaker makes claims about automatic hack back systems and U.S. responsibility for a 2012 Internet outage in Syria.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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