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27 February 2009
UK has 'uphill struggle to 2Mbps' (BBC News)
The government faces a "massive challenge" in its pledge to bring UK broadband up to a minimum of 2Mbps (megabits per second) say experts.
Australian web censorship plan heads towards a dead end (Sydney Morning Herald)
The Government's plan to introduce mandatory internet censorship has effectively been scuttled, following an independent senator's decision to join the Greens and Opposition in blocking any legislation required to get the scheme started.
People who don't speak Swedish are missing almost all the interest of the Pirate Bay trial, which is supplied by the frankly unsavoury nature of the defendants. The money man, Carl Lundström, on whose servers The Pirate Bay was housed, is straight out of the crime novels of Stieg Larsson. He inherited a fortune built on crispbread, and has a long history of involvement with extreme rightwing politics.
26 February 2009
Russia Asks Is There A Need For A 'Demonopolised' Internet? (Russia Today)
Russia Asks Is There A Need For A 'Demonopolised' Internet? Russia's Telecoms Minister Igor Shchegolev has criticised ICANN, disapproving "of the situation when a single U.S.-based organization has control over the Internet and will soon voice it suggestions on how to 'demonopolise' it."
Expanding broadband to bail out economies (International Herald Tribune)
The broadband race is on. As policy makers the world over haggle over how to revive ailing economies, one strategy has found widespread support everywhere from Washington and Berlin to Sydney and Seoul: Investing in high-speed Internet access.
Microsoft's Fight Against Fat Fingers (New York Times)
... Researchers at Microsoft think they've come up with a way to solve the fat-finger issue by letting people manipulate the back of a device with their finger while still looking at the front screen. It's a project called Nanotouch and was one of many that Microsoft had on display this week at its headquarters in Redmond, Wash., during the TechFest event.
The culture secretary, Andy Burnham, is aiming to have the framework of an international strategy to combat illegal internet downloads agreed with the US and European partners by the autumn.
WiMax won't likely win the battle as the 4G mobile technology of choice, but its head start in the market and its use as a wired broadband substitute will breed some early success, a recent study by market research firm In-Stat said.
us: Internet Safety Act: Rashomon in real time? (Network World)
From what you read in the trade press and blogosphere, you would think that Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Lamar Smith have decided to use the excuse of fighting child pornography to attack the Internet itself.
Police are responding to more than 100 alerts every month from child internet users who are in immediate danger of sexual abuse or violence at the hands of online predators, the Guardian has learned.
UK fight against terror 'spells end of privacy' (The Guardian)
Privacy rights of innocent people will have to be sacrificed to give the security services access to a sweeping range of personal data, one of the architects of the government's national security strategy has warned.
ECTA: Reding is the 'saviour' of EU telecoms (Euractiv)
The nascent optical fibre connection market underpinning super-fast Internet should be subject to rules aimed at avoiding the creation of new monopolies, telecoms industry chief Innocenzo Genna told EurActiv in an interview, praising Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding as the 'saviour' of the EU telecoms sector.
25 February 2009
Is Facebook changing children's brains? (The Times)
PhD student Robert de Vries has written for Alpha Mummy about violent computer games among other topics. He's written in about the debate in the House of Lords about the effect of Facebook on children's brains.
With ICANN in the process of introducing internationalised domain names (IDNs) to make it easier for those in the world who do not use a Roman alphabet when typing in a domain name, IDG has a report saying that in Japan, maybe IDNs will never take off.
Ireland's largest ISP won't block The Pirate Bay -- the embattled BitTorrent search engine and tracker -- absent a court order, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Google Joins Europe Case Against Microsoft (New York Times)
Accusing Microsoft of unfairly sidelining competitors, Google said on Tuesday that it will apply to join a European Union antitrust case against Microsoft over the company's Web browser.
Gmail crash raises web services fears (Financial Times)
Google's e-mail service, used by more than 100m people, suffered a global crash on Tuesday, raising concerns about the world's growing reliance on web services.
Is Google going to face a monopoly investigation? (The Guardian)
Questions about the internet giant's dominance have been gathering steadily since the revelation that Christine Varney, who is Barack Obama's pick to take over the top antitrust job at the Department of Justice, has already talked about the subject.
uk: Lord Carter defends digital plan (BBC News)
Lord Carter has been defending his report into the state of digital Britain and in particular his decision to set a 2Mbps (megabits per second) baseline speed for UK broadband.
Britons prefer Amazon for digital media (Reuters)
Amazon.com Inc has established a clear lead in user preference for digital media download sites in Britain, despite a relatively late entry into the market, a survey published by Strategy Analytics said.
A young woman has been given police protection after a video clip of her undressing in a bedroom was circulated on the internet, provoking a debate about how the law deals with morals and technology in India.
US judge questions law giving telecoms immunity (San Francisco Chronicle)
A federal judge in San Francisco is raising questions about the constitutionality of a law designed to dismiss suits against telecommunications companies accused of cooperating with government wiretapping.
EU group aims to eavesdrop on Skype calls (ars technica)
The EU's judicial coordination group says criminals are increasingly turning to encrypted VoIP tools like Skype to evade surveillance -- and is launching an effort to ensure that European law enforcement can listen in.
The intensifying battle over Internet freedom (Christian Science Monitor)
... Today, the Internet is both the vehicle and the battleground for freedom of expression around the world. The struggle between writers and governments over this free flow of information has escalated this past year and promises to intensify. Those supporting open frontiers for ideas and information need to be on high alert and take steps necessary to protect those silenced and to keep the Internet unencumbered.
Stephen Conroy yesterday confirmed that the Government would consider the possibility of legal content being blocked by its mandatory internet censorship scheme.