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Mozilla Named "Internet Villain" for Supporting DNS-Over-HTTPS by a UK ISP Association
Mozilla was nominated as one of the three ISPAUK's 2019 Internet Villains for their proposed approach "to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS in such a way as to bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK."
CircleID  surveillance  internet  DNS  UK 
july 2019 by pierredv
Mary Meeker’s most important trends on the internet - Vox Jun 2019
So Recode has pulled out some of the significant and most interesting trends in Meeker’s report. (You can find the full slide deck at the bottom of this story.)

"Sales of smartphones — which are the primary internet access point for many people across the globe — are declining as much of the world that is going to be online already is"

"Customer acquisition costs — the marketing spending necessary to attract each new customer — is going up."

Meeker in the deck

“We are in a new era of cyber security where technology issues are increasingly intermixed with international diplomacy & defense.”

“Global Internet Users = Asia Pacific Leads in Users + Potential”

“Global Internet Market Capitalization Leaders: USA Stable @ 18 of 30…China Stable @ 7 of 30”

“Image-Based Design Fluency + Story-Telling: Increasingly Self-Taught + Collaborative…
Still Early Innings”

“We need a new generation of laws to govern a new generation of tech.” – Brad Smith – President & Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft, 2/18

“USA Income Statement: Net Loses in 45 of 50 Years”
Vox  Mary-Meeker  internet  trends 
june 2019 by pierredv
A Mythic Perspective of Commodification on the World Wide Web | Robinson | First Monday, Mar 2002
"The Internet, initially established by scholars and scientists to freely share information, is being transformed into a source of profit for entrepreneurs and corporations. Commodification, the process of developing things and concepts and even people into saleable products, calls for a representation of the foundational mythology on the Web and its manifestation as symbolic language. This study posits a textual analysis of Wired for the purpose of measuring this transformation on a mythic continuum (connectivity-location-being)."

Useful references in section on "Definition of Myth"
FirstMonday  mythology  internet  culture 
june 2019 by pierredv
The Ruin of the Digital Town Square - The New Atlantis - Spring 2019
"Across the political spectrum, a consensus has arisen that Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other digital platforms are laying ruin to public discourse. They trade on snarkiness, trolling, outrage, and conspiracy theories, and encourage tribalism, information bubbles, and social discord. How did we get here, and how can we get out? The essays in this symposium seek answers to the crisis of “digital discourse” beyond privacy policies, corporate exposés, and smarter algorithms."
TheNewAtlantis  internet  socialmedia  politics  Facebook  culture 
may 2019 by pierredv
Unlocking digital competition, Report of the Digital Competition Expert Panel - GOV.UK March 2019
"An independent report on the state of competition in digital markets, with proposals to boost competition and innovation for the benefit of consumers and businesses. "



This is the final report of the Digital Competition Expert Panel. Appointed by the Chancellor in 2018, and chaired by former Chief Economist to President Obama, Professor Jason Furman, the Panel makes recommendations for changes to the UK’s competition framework that are needed to face the economic challenges posed by digital markets, in the UK and internationally. Their report recommends updating the rules governing merger and antitrust enforcement, as well as proposing a bold set of pro-competition measures to open up digital markets.
competition  UK  Internet  antitrust 
april 2019 by pierredv
Close to Half of America Not Using the Internet at Broadband Speeds, Says Microsoft - CircleID Apr 2019
"The US government’s most recent broadband statistics from the FCC claims 25 million Americans to be lacking access to a broadband connection. However, Microsft did not agree and after conducting its own analysis found the number much higher at 162.8 million. "
broadband  mapping  Internet  CircleID  Microsoft 
april 2019 by pierredv
As more Africans reach for web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch - Jan 2019
"Internet shutdowns are a blunt instrument of repression, but as access to the web mushrooms across Africa, they’re also becoming a more popular one"

"Today, the internet is an increasingly essential part of the economies of many African countries, from mobile payments for daily groceries to e-commerce. But with that growth, it is also becoming a tool for social change, prompting governments to take increasingly bold moves to muzzle it – with sometimes unforeseen consequences."
CSMonitor  Africa  internet  censorship 
january 2019 by pierredv
The “robust yet fragile” nature of the Internet | PNAS 2005

The search for unifying properties of complex networks is popular, challenging, and important. For modeling approaches that focus on robustness and fragility as unifying concepts, the Internet is an especially attractive case study, mainly because its applications are ubiquitous and pervasive, and widely available expositions exist at every level of detail. Nevertheless, alternative approaches to modeling the Internet often make extremely different assumptions and derive opposite conclusions about fundamental properties of one and the same system. Fortunately, a detailed understanding of Internet technology combined with a unique ability to measure the network means that these differences can be understood thoroughly and resolved unambiguously. This article aims to make recent results of this process accessible beyond Internet specialists to the broader scientific community and to clarify several sources of basic methodological differences that are relevant beyond either the Internet or the two specific approaches focused on here (i.e., scale-free networks and highly optimized tolerance networks).
networking  Internet  vulnerability  complexity 
january 2019 by pierredv
Are We Ready to Defend Our Freedom? Book Review: "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" Klaus Stoll, Jan 2019
"It is not often that you read a book where afterward nothing seems the same again. Like Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, Shoshana Zuboff's book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, (...), puts what we do in these times into a context and gives a focus to ongoing issues of privacy and governance with regard to the Domain Name System. This is even more astonishing as the book does not even mention the DNS, the Internet ecosystem or even Internet Governance directly."

"Lastly, readers be warned! The book is 700 pages long. Besides people with a deep interest in these topics, others will find it a lot to digest and may object to repetitive explanations."
books  reviews  Shoshana-Zuboff  internet  capitalism  surveillance 
january 2019 by pierredv
Road Map: Building a More Resilient Internet | National Telecommunications and Information Administration
"... the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security have developed a road map that charts a path forward, setting out steps to stop the cyber threat to our internet infrastructure."

"The road map is organized into five lines of effort -- Internet of Things, Enterprise, Internet Infrastructure, Technology Development and Transition, Awareness and Education – that include tasks aligned with the actions prescribed in the Botnet Report."
NTIA  cybersecurity  resilience  Internet  DHS  DoC 
december 2018 by pierredv
There's no escaping the internet, says artist James Bridle | New Scientist, Aug 2018
"In New Dark Age, James Bridle expends no little shoe leather mapping the current walls of our eerie futuristic home, in the real and the virtual realm"

“Complexity is not a condition to be tamed,” Bridle cautions, “but a lesson to be learned.”
NewScientist  Internet  quotations  books  reviews 
october 2018 by pierredv
Cloudflare Encrypts SNI Across Its Network | SecurityWeek.Com
“Today, as HTTPS covers nearly 80% of all web traffic, the fact that SNI leaks every site you go to online to your ISP and anyone else listening on the line has become a glaring privacy hole. Knowing what sites you visit can build a very accurate picture of who you are, creating both privacy and security risks,” Cloudflare’s Matthew Prince points out.
cybersecurity  internet  Cloudflare  SecurityWeek 
september 2018 by pierredv
GDPR and the End of the Internet’s Grand Bargain
A "sky is falling" argument, framed as questions for deniability: "The age of the free and open internet may come to an end, and quickly."

"In May the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, two years after passage by the European Parliament. This radical new privacy law, which covers any business that processes information about EU residents, will dramatically affect the way data is collected, stored, and used, including for U.S. companies doing business abroad."

"For those who can afford it, the EU’s new deal for data will make interactions feel more private and less, well, creepy. The question EU regulators and their supporters abroad never seem to ask, however, is this: What about the rest of us?"
HBR  Larry-Downes  opinion  internet  business-models  advertising 
april 2018 by pierredv
Big Changes Ahead for Core Internet Protocols – IETF Journal - Mark Nottingham
"significant changes to the core Internet protocols are underway. While they are intended to be compatible with the Internet at large (since they won’t get adoption otherwise), they might be disruptive to those who have taken liberties with undocumented aspects of protocols or made an assumption that things won’t change."

TLS 1.3
IETF  Internet  protocols  networking 
february 2018 by pierredv
The Rise of a Secondary Market for Domain Names (Part 3/4): Domain Names as Virtual Real Estate
Domain names were described by Steve Forbes in a 2007 press release as virtual real estate. It is, he said, analogous to the market in real property: "Internet traffic and domains are the prime real estate of the 21st century." [1]

Mr. Forbes was not the first to recognize this phenomenon. In a case decided in 1999 (the same year ICANN implemented the UDRP), a federal district court presciently observed that "[s]ome domain names ... are valuable assets as domain names irrespective of any goodwill which might be attached to them." The court continued: "Indeed, there is a lucrative market for certain generic or clever domain names that do not violate a trademark or other right or interest, but are otherwise extremely valuable to Internet entrepreneurs." [2]
metaphor  internet  CircleID 
february 2018 by pierredv
We Couldn’t Kill the Internet If We Tried - We Couldn’t Kill the Internet If We Tried
"Let’s change the internet, for the better. Let’s encourage countries and states to serve as laboratories of change, testing theories for what might be a better internet or a worse internet. Let’s stop treating the internet like it’s a fragile figurine that we might break through rough handling. We couldn’t kill it if we tried."
HarvardLawReview  Paul-Ohm  law  Internet 
january 2018 by pierredv
Internet of Space Initiative (IoS) | IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
"Today, approximately 60% (4.5B) of the world’s population cannot access the internet. Consequently, there has been a renaissance in interest and investment in space- and suborbital-based high-data-rate communications networks. These networks will have global impact on humanity by affordably delivering high bandwidth information to every part of the world. This area cuts across multiple hardware-oriented fields of interest including: aerospace systems; antennas; autonomous systems; communications; electronics; microwave/mm-wave technology; photonics; position, navigation and timing; power electronics, etc. MTT-S is currently leading an IEEE Future Directions Initiative incubation effort to develop a global community of interest for this emerging ecosystem."
IEEE  space  internet  broadband  satellite 
september 2017 by pierredv
Is the Internet of Space Technically and Economically Viable? Dec 2016
"Most everyone has heard of the Internet of Things (IoT), where connectivity to people and things comes from Earth-bound wired and wireless networks. But fewer technologists know about the evolving Internet of Space (IoS), where connectivity comes from space-based satellites and—in the near future—lower altitude airborne platforms based on drones and even balloons. This article will look at the controversy and challenges surrounding the IoS, from the phrase itself to the technical RF and microwave issues, the business model viability, and finally the competition with terrestrial 5G and LTE networks."
space  internet  broadband 
september 2017 by pierredv
Doing internet governance: practices, controversies, infrastructures, and institutions | Internet Policy Review
Epstein, Katzenbach & Musiani
This special issue makes an argument for, and illustrates, the applicability of a science and technology studies (STS) informed approach to internet governance research. The conceptual framework put forward in this editorial and the articles composing this issue add to the mainstream internet governance scholarship by unpacking macro questions of politics and power. They do so through the analysis of the mundane and taken-for-granted practices and discourses that constitute the design, regulation, maintenance, and use of both technical and institutional arrangements of internet governance. Together, this body of work calls to rethink how we conceptualise both internet and governance.
STS  internet  governance 
march 2017 by pierredv
Status overview | Down Detector
From About: "We like to see Downdetector as the weatherman for the digital world: we detect when technology fails. Just like the weather, service interruptions and outages can't be predicted, and just like a weatherman, we can tell you what is going on."
service  status  availability  internet  broadband 
march 2017 by pierredv
Poe's law - Wikipedia
As Bogost put it in Play Anything: "without context, it's impossible to tell the difference between extremism and its parody"
memes  laws  internet 
january 2017 by pierredv
Difference Engine: The internet of nothings | The Economist May 2014
"Devising sensors and algorithms to handle the front- and back-ends of the IoT are the easy part. Unfortunately, few developers are tackling the really difficult bit in the middle—the myriad infrastructural gaps that lie between the sensors in things at the edge of the internet, and the data collection and analysis performed by servers in the cloud at the centre." "As a result, it seems two quite separate IoTs are emerging, each with its own customers and characteristics. One, largely invisible to the outside world, is an industrial-grade network—which may, or may not, run over the internet. This enterprise-class IoT is progressing steadily and reaping real rewards. . . . That is not the case with the consumer-based IoT, an extension of the promised smart home, which aims to serve the needs of private individuals. Lacking the end-to-end integration and expertise that supports the enterprise IoT, the consumer IoT is shaping up to become one of the biggest sources of frustration..."
IoT  internet  trends  TheEconomist  opinion  hacking  cybersecurity 
may 2014 by pierredv
The Dawn of the Entanglement - Danny Hillis - 2010
"Now consider a program that is directing delivery trucks to restock stores. It needs to know not just the time of day, but also the locations of the trucks in the fleet, the maps of the streets, the coordinates of its warehouses, the current traffic patterns, and the inventories of its stores. . . ." "Now multiply this picture by a million fold, to include not just the one fleet of trucks, but all the airplanes, gas pipelines, hospitals, factories, oil refineries, mines and power plants not to mention the salesmen, advertisers, media distributors, insurance companies, regulators, financiers and stock traders. You will begin to perceive the entangled system that makes so many of our day-to-day decisions. Although we created it, we did not exactly design it. . . ." "Welcome to the dawn of the Entanglement."  Danny  Hillis  internet 
may 2014 by pierredv
Someone's Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet | Threat Level | Dec 2013
Quotes: Earlier this year, researchers say, someone mysteriously hijacked internet traffic headed to government agencies, corporate offices and other recipients in the U.S. and elsewhere and redirected it to Belarus and Iceland, before sending it on its way to its legitimate destinations. They did so repeatedly over several months. BGP eavesdropping has long been a known weakness, but no one is known to have intentionally exploited it like this until now. The technique doesn’t attack a bug or flaw in BGP, but simply takes advantage of the fact that BGP’s architecture is based on trust. To intercept data, anyone with a BGP router or control of a BGP router could send out an announcement for a range of IP addresses he wished to target that was narrower than the chunk advertised by other network routers. The announcement would take just minutes to propagate worldwide and, just like that, data that should have headed to those networks would begin arriving to the eavesdropper’s router in
BGP  cybersecurity  man-in-the-middle  eavesdropping  internet  traffic  Renesys  ex  Wired 
december 2013 by pierredv
It's the Inter-THREAT of THINGS: Lightbulb ARMY could turn on HUMANITY • The Register Nov 2013
"Fujitsu Forum Fujitsu’s CTO has sketched a nightmare vision of lightbulbs turning on their human masters in massive denial of service attacks if industry doesn’t get a grip on the security of the “internet of things”."
TheRegister  internet-of-things  lightbulbs  internet 
november 2013 by pierredv
The core Internet institutions abandon the US Government | IGP Blog
"In Montevideo, Uruguay this week, the Directors of all the major Internet organizations – ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Internet Society, all five of the regional Internet address registries – turned their back on the US government. With striking unanimity, the organizations that actually develop and administer Internet standards and resources initiated a break with 3 decades of U.S. dominance of Internet governance."
multi-stakeholder  IETF  W3C  ICANN  internet  governance 
october 2013 by pierredv
OSI: The Internet That Wasn’t - IEEE Spectrum July 2013
"How TCP/IP eclipsed the Open Systems Interconnection standards to become the global protocol for computer networking"
history  multi-stakeholder  INWG  IEEE-Spectrum  ISO  ARPANET  OSI  TCP/IP  internet 
august 2013 by pierredv
Google making the Web faster with protocol that reduces round trips | Ars Technica June 2013
"Roskind apparently goes by the title of "RTT Reduction Ranger" at Google, referring to "round trip time." Roskind wrote that round trip time, "which is ultimately bounded by the speed of light—is not decreasing, and will remain high on mobile networks for the foreseeable future." QUIC, he writes, "runs a stream multiplexing protocol over a new flavor of Transport Layer Security (TLS) on top of UDP instead of TCP. QUIC combines a carefully selected collection of techniques to reduce the number of round trips we need as we surf the Internet." An FAQ and an in-depth design document provide more information than most people would want to know about QUIC. Besides running multiplexed connections over UDP, QUIC was "designed to provide security protection equivalent to TLS/SSL, along with reduced connection and transport latency," the FAQ states."
networking  UDP  SPDY  QUIC  broadband  ArsTechnica  Google  internet  protocols  TCP 
july 2013 by pierredv
The First Honest Cable Company - YouTube
"Published on Mar 26, 2013 Your Local High Speed Internet & Cable Provider gives it to you straight."
comedy  cable  broadband  YouTube  internet  service  video  satire 
july 2013 by pierredv
The DDoS That Almost Broke the Internet - CloudFlare blog
"The New York Times this morning published a story about the Spamhaus DDoS attack and how CloudFlare helped mitigate it and keep the site online. The Times calls the attack the largest known DDoS attack ever on the Internet. We wrote about the attack last week. At the time, it was a large attack, sending 85Gbps of traffic. Since then, the attack got much worse. Here are some of the technical details of what we've seen."
networking  DDOS  internet  cybersecurity  hacking 
march 2013 by pierredv
Multistakeholderism vs. Democracy: My Adventures in “Stakeholderland” | Gurstein's Community Informatics
"Thus MSism in this instance is meant to be a substitute for/replacement of more formal processes of democracy which presumably are seen as being inadequate to deal with these 21st century issues and challenges. It is well to remember, that what is under discussion here would appear to include  fundamental elements in Internet and Information Society governance structures which ultimately will impact and direct the development of the Internet and through this (and likely other ways) impact on the future of us all. To say that the manner of operation of the T/A stakeholder group is an abrogation of fundamental principles of responsible, transparent and accountable democracy; and that it is astonishing and deeply disturbing is hardly sufficient.  Moreover, if we recognize that at least two of the other “stakeholder groups” involved in this process are by all accounts equally flawed as is the T/A one then what we are talking about is a fundamental challenge to what we understand as demo."
multi-stakeholder  Gurstein  internet  governance 
march 2013 by pierredv
Digital Enlightenment Forum
"Founded in Luxembourg in 2011, the DIGITAL ENLIGHTENMENT FORUM aims to shed light on today’s rapid technological changes and their impact on society and its governance.
It takes its inspiration from the 18th century Enlightenment period (also Age of Reason) as well as from transformations and evolutions that have taken place since then."
EU  internet  governance 
january 2013 by pierredv
Michael Geist - U.S. Seizes Canadian-Owned and Registered Domain Name
"The EasyDNS blog has an excellent - albeit scary - post on the U.S. government seizure of, the Canadian-owned online gambling site. The domain was seized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security despite the fact that it was Canadian registered. The only U.S. connection is that the dot-com registry is located in the U.S. The move sends a message that all dot-com, dot-net, and dot-org domains are ultimately subject to U.S. jurisdiction. "
internet  governance  DNS  via:cybertelecom 
march 2012 by pierredv
Without Internet, Urban Poor Fear Being Left Behind In Digital Age = HuffPost Feb 2012
"But being disconnected isn’t just a function of being poor. These days, it is also a reason some people stay poor. As the Internet has become an essential platform for job-hunting and furthering education, those without access are finding the basic tools for escaping poverty increasingly out of reach."
poverty  internet  urbanism  via:JohnHorrigan  x:huffpost 
march 2012 by pierredv
Robert McDowell: The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom - Feb 2012
Tag: "Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model. "
internet  governance  multi-stakeholder  opinion  x:wsj 
february 2012 by pierredv
Internet Hysteria Interest - Technology Policy Institute -
"It’s rigorous[4] because it uses numbers and flexible[5] because you can interpret it in so many different ways that it won’t threaten your preconceived ideas no matter what you believe."
parody  internet  metrics  tpi 
december 2011 by pierredv
Submarine Cable Map
The Submarine Cable Map is a free resource from TeleGeography. Data contained in this map is drawn from Global Bandwidth Research Service and is updated on a regular basis.
maps  NewScientist  broadband  communications  internet  * 
november 2011 by pierredv
IGP Blog :: India, Brazil and South Africa call for creation of "new global body" to control the Internet
"On September 13, the three important developing country governments – India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) – who ran the conference issued a statement that shows they are openly abandoning the distributed model of the Internet and rejecting networked governance and even the new multi-stakeholder models of governmental involvement. Now they are openly pushing for a new coalition of states to control the Internet." "The real loser in all these developments, however, is the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the UN’s putative multistakeholder nexus for reaching agreement on Internet governance issues"
via:cybertelecom  internet  governance 
september 2011 by pierredv
"Do not complicate routing security with Voodoo Economics" = IGP Blog
"the introduction of RPKI dramatically changes the existing decentralized governance model by linking resource allocation and routing"
networking  via:cybertelecom  routing  internet  governance 
september 2011 by pierredv
What's in a Domain Name? - Esther Dyson - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
Critique of plethora of new domain names, e.g.
"Coca-Cola is that farmer. It and other trademark holders are now implicitly being asked to register Coca-Cola in each new TLD - as well as to buy its own new TLDs. Otherwise, someone else may create and register those new TLDs. ICANN's registrars are already offering services to do this for companies, at a cost of thousands of dollars for a portfolio of trademarks. That just strikes me as a protection racket."
ICANN  domain-names  internet  policy  commerce 
september 2011 by pierredv
IPv4 Addresses Not Property, Canada Weighs in on the Nortel/Microsoft Transfer
"letter written by Industry Canada (a department of the Canadian government). . . supports the Internet Technical Communities long standing position that IP addresses are not property that can be bought and sold
microsoft  canada  internet  governance  opinion  via:cybertelecom 
april 2011 by pierredv
IXmaps | Visualizing the internet backbone
"IXmaps is an interactive tool that permits internet users to see the route(s) their data packets take across North America, with 'interesting' sites highlighted along the way. "
via TPRC submission
internet  broadband  visualization  geography 
april 2011 by pierredv
IXPs: the key to sustaining and expanding a healthy global Internet ecosystem - Insight - News | Analysys Mason
" Internet market players began to create more interconnection facilities across a range of countries and regions, in the form of Internet exchange points (IXPs)."
internet  architecture  topology  IXP  traffic  AnalysysMason 
february 2011 by pierredv
How the atom bomb helped give birth to the Internet
History of Cold War and Internet. Profiles of Paul Baran, Davies, RAND
war  cold-war  deterrence  RAND  history  internet 
february 2011 by pierredv
"FCC’s proposal for an AllVid system, which Google very loudly supports. AllVid doesn’t exist yet, but the idea is to mandate an industry-wide gadget that you could plug into your broadband router and connect to your cable TV provider, then watch online video and pay channels through a variety of AllVid-friendly devices. Not surprisingly, Google and Sony love this idea,"
google  sony  video  broadband  internet  FCC  x:wired 
february 2011 by pierredv
On Advancing the Open Internet by Distinguishing it from Specialized Services
"a letter to the FCC last week, urging the commission to clearly define distinctions between the open Internet and specialized services that prioritize online traffic. The group included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Clay Shirky, noted tech and Internet writer and educator"
fcc  internet  governance  openness  via:gmsv  netneutrality 
november 2010 by pierredv
Logging Off: The Internet Generation Prefers the Real World - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"They may have been dubbed the "Internet generation," but young people are more interested in their real-world friends than Facebook. New research shows that the majority of children and teenagers are not the Web-savvy digital natives of legend. In fact, many of them don't even know how to google properly" Via Martin Weiss
internet  Germany  culture  DerSpiegel 
august 2010 by pierredv
The State of the Internet Operating System - O'Reilly Radar
Tim O'Reilly's analysis - long and detailed, probably worth reading one day
web2.0  via:bradgillespie  internet 
march 2010 by pierredv - by IdeaScale
FCC site
" is a place to join the discussion about the important issues facing the future of the Internet. Through this site you can stay connected to all Federal Communication Commission activities on the issue, and share your thoughts and ideas on open Internet."
"Your input is valued at every stage in the process. In addition to the usual methods for filing electronic comments, the Commission is allowing comments, reply comments, and ex parte comments in this proceeding to be filed by posting comments on and Accordingly, persons wishing to examine the record in this proceeding should examine the record on ECFS"
crowdsourcing  governance  fcc  internet  broadband 
january 2010 by pierredv
Google and India Test the Limits of Liberty -
The rules of political speech on the Internet are usually pretty simple. In America, almost anything goes. In places like China, the censors call the shots. But in India -- a boisterous democracy that's riven by religious and ethnic tension -- the game is far trickier, as Google is discovering.
internet  censorship  google  x:wsj  india 
january 2010 by pierredv
The Internet Governance Forum
" Its purpose is to support the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue - the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)."
internet  governance 
december 2009 by pierredv
Internet Governance Project
" an alliance of academics that puts expertise into practical action in the fields of global governance, Internet policy, and information and communication technology"
based out of Syracuse
governance  internet  thinktank 
december 2009 by pierredv
Vint Cerf mods Android for interplanetary interwebs • The Register
"Engineers are really good at labeling and branding things," said his sarcasm. "If we had named Kentucky Fried Chicken, it would have been Hot Dead Birds." via Tren
internet  network  astronomy  TheRegister  quotations 
november 2009 by pierredv
SA pigeon 'faster than broadband' = BBC NEWS | Africa
"A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom."

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.
internet  broadband  humor  x:bbc  South-Africa 
september 2009 by pierredv
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