Journalists: Ethiopia refining Internet censorshipBoston.comThe Committee to Protect Journalists says it appears Ethiopia is extending and refining its censorship of Internet news with a sophistication that could encourage other authoritarian regimes...
A new angle (at least to the media) on WCIT. Still some believe these proposed changes in the economic model, for good or for bad economically, would inevitably entail Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), which is the great Satan as many believe, and is sufficient to kill the real soul of what the Internet is about. Would today's Internet still be the same internet with DPI? Many doubt...
New figures released today by ITU show that information and communication technology (ICT) uptake continues to grow worldwide, spurred by a steady fall in the price of telephone and broadband Internet services.
The new data, released in ITU’s flagship annual report Measuring the Information Society 2012, rank the Republic of Korea as the world’s most advanced ICT economy, followed by Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland.
Of the ten top-ranked countries, eight are from Europe. The two remaining countries both come from the Asia-Pacific region, with the Republic of Korea in first place, and Japan ranked 8th. The top five countries have not changed their rank between 2010 and 2011. The only new entrant in the top ten is the UK, which moved up from 14th place last year to 9th place in 2012.
ITU’s ICT Development Index (IDI)* ranks 155 countries according to their level of ICT access, use and skills, and compares 2010 and 2011 scores. All countries in the IDI top 30 are high-income countries, underlining the strong link between income and ICT progress.
There are large differences between developed and developing countries, with IDI values on average twice as high in the developed world compared with developing countries. The report identifies the group of countries with the lowest IDI levels – so-called ‘Least Connected Countries’ – and highlights the need for policy makers to pay keen attention to this group.
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In recent months, the International Telecommunications Union, the U.N.’s telephone regulatory agency, has been fighting hard to quiet a growing chorus of warnings that it is maneuvering to rewrite the rules of Internet governance.
interesting how companies even giant ones building on their common resources...remains very interesting to me how much those companies are spending on lobbying... over $5 billion by Google and almost $1 million by Facebook...only in one quarter!
International roaming charges rip-off: the ITU gets involved …The ConversationThe ITU has raised for discussion the possibility of including international roaming in the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs).
Scientific American (blog)Romney Says No to “Net Neutrality”Scientific American (blog)Romney thinks the FCC's rules promoting “net neutrality” are the fulfillment of a campaign promise that was made to “special interests.” Obama reiterates his...
Public policy formulation in all domains, including the Internet, is the sovereign right of member states, said ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré on Wednesday, suggesting that a debate over control of the Internet is far from over at the...
"In recent days, all governmental agencies and offices ... have been connected to the national information network," deputy communications and technology minister Ali Hakim-Javadi was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.
The second phase of the plan [expected by March 2013 reports suggest] would be to connect ordinary Iranians to the national network, he said.
they also ofcourse blocked Google's Gmail (in addition to reportedly already blocked Facebook and Youtube) in the wake of the Google-hosted anti-Islam video.
On the contrary, we wish to maintain this distinction and particularly to ensure that the ITU ITRs are neutral with respect to the regulatory and competition policy responsibilities of the public authorities, particularly those arising from the EU...
Members of the committee on industry, research and energy questioned the Dutch Commissioner-designate for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, on net neutrality, protection of intellectual property rights in cyberspace, distribution of the digital...
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