Great excitement in Melbourne, Australia this weekend as the 2017 season of Formula 1 racing begins. Fans anticipate even more drama than usual this year due to big changes to both the car and race rules. We take a look at some of them.

Psiphon is a sponsor of the Index on Censorship Awards for 2017. Chinese political cartoonist, Rebel Pepper, is nominated this year. You can read his story and find out more about the nominees and the awards at Index on Censorship.

With an estimated 100 million speakers, Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent, after Arabic. Yet services such as automatic speech recognition (ASR) aren’t commercially available in this language, denying many users with disabilities and those who aren't literate the information they desperately need in their daily lives. This could change very soon though, as academic research and technology startups are converging to provide localized technologies to Swahili speakers. Marie-Laure Le Guen from Global Voices explains.

At the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, experts are discussing how drones are mapping large areas in Africa at a local level for the first time and tracking urban growth, whilst data from taxi drivers is helping plan infrastructure investments in cities. More here.

IFF 2017

Psiphon attended this year's Internet Freedom Festival during 6-10 March in Valencia, Spain. Click here to read more about this year's event and the first Vietnam Cyber Dialogue.

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