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08 November 2006
A gigantic world map of Internet black holes projected on Parisian monuments (Reporters sans frontières news release)
Reporters Without Borders projected a gigantic world map of online censorship onto some of Paris's leading buildings late this afternoon as part of a 24-hour protest against the world's 13 Internet enemies. The map was projected onto the facade of Saint-Lazare station, onto the building that houses the French headquarters of Yahoo! and onto the Bastille Opera.
Reporters without borders organises 24-hour online demo against Internet censorship (Reporters sans frontières news release)
Everyone is invited to connect to the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org) between 11 a.m. on 7 November and 11 a.m. on 8 November.
An online advertising company, Zango, is to pay US$3m for "unfairly and deceptively" downloading its software onto people's computers.
ITechLaw Official Lauded by Czech Arbitration Court for Groundbreaking Decision on First .EU Domain Name Dispute [pdf] (ITechLaw news release)
In the first case resolving disputed ownership of a .EU domain name - www.pst.eu - the Czech Arbitration Court found for the defendant, PST Business Solutions B.V., in a decision written by Court panelist Enrique J. Batalla. Since that April 18 decision, hundreds of other cases involving .EU domain name ownership disputes have been settled by the Czech Arbitration Court, underscoring the speed and efficiency of the Court's arbitration process.
us: Do the Rights of the Disabled Extend to the Blind on the Web? (New York Times/International Herald Tribune)
According to an advocacy group, Target declined last year to make its Web site fully accessible to blind people with specialized screen-reading technology last year. If true -- and Target has denied the accusation in court -- it was a public relations blunder, and it may have been illegal as well.
07 November 2006
Fast track for global net name system (The Australian)
Critical tests of non-English domain names will start in December following a promise by ICANN to have an internationalised domain name system up and running by the end of next year.
End of the digital divide? Will India and China’s growth in the online world impact the internet’s evolution? (Financial Express)
As the world debated the web's future at the IGF, one thing was clear -- countries like India and China will see the biggest online expansion. If the Asian users outnumber North American and European users by a wide margin, will we see a radically different internet in a few years?
06 November 2006
Sir Nicholas Stern, former World Bank chief economist, lobbed a bombshell into the heart of the climate change debate on Monday. His report, compiled at the behest of the Chancellor, laid out in stark terms the measures needed to stop global warming. Its conclusions are not pretty, and have major implications for businesses and IT professionals.
China forced to face its critics over internet censorship (The Observer)
This time there was no hiding place. Countries accused of turning the internet into a tool of repression - and the companies accused of helping them do it - were confronted with the full force of international condemnation at a special United Nations conference in Athens last week.
05 November 2006
Turkey vows to loosen laws on free speech (The Guardian)
Turkey's foreign minister Abdullah Gul vowed yesterday to end problems stemming from an article in the country's penal code that is used to charge writers, journalists and academics for expressing their opinions, Europe's human rights watchdog said.
ITU meeting in Turkey will tackle key Internet issues (NetworkWorld/IDG)
Government officials will meet in Turkey for the next three weeks to discuss the future of the Internet and take action on key issues such as cybercrime and Internet oversight.
Microsoft has restated its position on China following comments by one of its senior legal staff. Earlier this week, Microsoft senior counsel Fred Tipson said concerns about repression in China might make it reconsider its presence there.
04 November 2006
uk: Who's watching as we watch ourselves? (The Guardian)
Last week, footage of a girl being badly bullied in a New Zealand school playground had to be take down from YouTube, the hugely successful video hosting site now owned by Google. It was rightly removed because in a perverse act of glorification it had been uploaded by the gang that had committed the offence. But it could easily have been taken by an onlooker and used as evidence against the gang. Surveillance is now expanding too fast for its effects to be fully understood.
It sounds like a scene from the Tom Cruise futuristic thriller Minority Report. A teenager enters a record shop and a scanner hidden in the doorway instantly reads data secreted in electronic tags embedded in his clothes. The scanner clocks the brand of clothing and where it was purchased, flashing to a database which analyses what type of person would have bought that line of clothing and predicts what other products that person would like to buy. In an instant, adverts for those products are beamed to eye-level billboards for the teenager to see.
Back to the future, with a Victorian flavour (The Guardian)
There's a line of thought which argues that the internet will liberate the masses and allow us to achieve self-actualisation. "With technology," the proponents exclaim, "economies will spiral upwards, national boundaries will dissolve and people will work only for self-enlightenment!" And today's mighty panacea, often referred to as "user-generated content", will bring joy to the world and peace to us all.
IGF participants clash (InfoWorld/IDG)
The IGF touched on a number of issues, such as Internet oversight and multilingualism, with government officials, Internet experts and many others taking the stage to voice their opinions -- which often clashed.
Only one billion people out of the six billion-strong world population have internet access. So what is being done to connect up all the world's citizens?
Global Internet Policy Initiative Highlighted at IGF (Internews news release)
In presentations and workshops at the Internet Governance Forum this week, the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI), a joint project of Internews Network and the Center for Democracy and Technology, was highlighted as a proven model for working locally to reform national laws and policies in order to foster expanded Internet access in developing countries.
03 November 2006
As we enter a more connected world, where devices talk to each other and make sense of the masses of data we create, the issue of how much control we have over this process becomes more important.
A Cuba government official told the IGF that the U.S. government was to blame for the poor Internet access that its citizens endure, arguing that, as a result, poorer countries are "financing" the Internet. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Fernandez to a high-level working group two years ago.
United Nations lauds internet's 'arranged marriage' (The Register)
The closing day of the IGF has ended on a high note with attendees from across the world (from business, government, international organisations and civil society) all expressing their delight at the experimental forum.
The first IGF ended with promise of breakthrough technologies to accelerate online access in developing countries and concerns of growing government interference globally. Key participants said Thursday that the four-day meeting had at least helped clarify differences between governments, industry and online groups ahead of the next Internet Governance Forum next year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Berners-Lee to head web research project (The Guardian)
The influence the internet has on the way we socialise and live our lives is to become the focus of a new field of study under the leadership of the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee.
The future of the net is under discussion at the first-ever Internet Governance Forum in Athens on Monday. The four-day forum has been set up by the United Nations to give companies, governments, organisations and individuals the space to debate what should happen to the net in the coming years. BBC News website Technology editor Darren Waters is reporting from the conference as it happens. The blog is continually updated.
ICANN 1 November announced a clear roadmap for the introduction of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) based on progress so far and future work.