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NEW: Accredited Master’s degree with a specialisation in Internet governance | DiploFoundation

NEW: Accredited Master’s degree with a specialisation in Internet governance | DiploFoundation | Information Society | Scoop.it
NEW: Accredited Master’s degree in Cont. Diplomacy with specialisation in Internet governance: http://t.co/ouycBF5Q Pls RT!
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INET Denver considers Internet life without IPv4 addresses

INET Denver considers Internet life without IPv4 addresses | Information Society | Scoop.it
After Asia and Europe, North America is next in line to run out of IP addresses.
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We've got to get this transition to IPv6 right over the next few years or we're going to wreck the Internet as we know it today.

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Researchers Identify Mobile Users Through Anonymous Location Data

New research suggests that using a complex mathematical model, it is possible to identify smartphone users based on anonymised location data
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There goes our privacy!

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Digital Dumping Ground | PBS

How often do you buy a new computer? Do you know where your old equipment is ending up? Is it being recycled, refurbished, or simply dumped in some developing country? 

 

As people continue to trash their old computers and cell phones at alarming rates, PBS presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital dumping ground. (originally from Jan 2010).

 

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German Federal Court of Justice: Internet is a Basic Need | eco

German Federal Court of Justice: Internet is a Basic Need | eco | Information Society | Scoop.it
Germany's Federal Court of Justice said access to the Internet is among people’s basic needs. This decision should end a long poli...
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U.S. Engagement at the World Conference on International Telecommunications | U.S. Department of State Blog

U.S. Engagement at the World Conference on International Telecommunications | U.S. Department of State Blog | Information Society | Scoop.it
The recently completed World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT, demonstrated that there is not yet a global consensus on certain fundamental issues concerning the telecom and Internet sectors.
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U.S. Ambassador Philip Verveer explains in official State Dept blog why the U.S. did not sign the #ITRs at #WCIT12 in Dubai. #ITU #WCIT 

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Excellent analysis and interesting video of how #Syria cut off the #Internet (via @CloudFlare)

Excellent analysis and interesting video of how #Syria cut off the #Internet (via @CloudFlare) | Information Society | Scoop.it

It really is a shame when a government takes the all too evident step to cut the whole country and all of its citizens off the Internet as has happened today in Syria. The last few governments who tried this (Egypt, Libya) have not lasted much long after that. 

 

Let's hope that connectivity, and peace for the Syrian people, can be restored shortly.

 

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Interesting analysis by WiReD UK: A simple guide to the ITU's World Conference on International Telecommunications

Interesting analysis by WiReD UK: A simple guide to the ITU's World Conference on International Telecommunications | Information Society | Scoop.it

WiReD UK is looking at these questions: "What is the ITU? Is it trying to control the internet? Why are Google and other web freedom evangelists concerned?" -- and comes to a somewhat seasoned conclusion. Food for thought!

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ICANN Leaders to Brief Internet Governance Forum | Ping! Zine

ICANN Leaders to Brief Internet Governance Forum | Ping! Zine | Information Society | Scoop.it
Zine Web Tech Magazine) – ICANN Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé and Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker will join other ICANN executives in conducting an 'Open Forum' session at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) ...
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Internet traffic exchange: 2 billion users and it’s done on a handshake | OECD Insights Blog

Internet traffic exchange: 2 billion users and it’s done on a handshake | OECD Insights Blog | Information Society | Scoop.it

The Internet has thus developed an efficient market for connectivity based on these voluntary contractual agreements. Operating in a highly competitive environment, largely without regulation or central organisation, the Internet model of traffic exchange has produced low prices, promoted efficiency and innovation, and attracted the investment necessary to keep pace with demand.

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Swati Prasad: Understand the medium before regulating it | ZDNet

Swati Prasad: Understand the medium before regulating it | ZDNet | Information Society | Scoop.it
Summary: There is complete lack of understanding of the Internet among governments across the world. Until we make sense of the Internet, isn’t it better to regulate it with the same rules and regulations that govern our everyday lives?
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Europe telecoms: No neutral ground

Europe's net neutrality debate is intensifying as operators embark on a collision course with regulators and lobby groups.

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WCIT-12: Public Views and Opinions

Public consultation for our World Conference on International Telecommunications (#WCIT12) is now open! Make your contribution to the discussions in any of the 6 UN languages by 3 November: http://bit.ly/PnrNHf

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Interview: US Ambassador David Gross explains UN 'takeover' of the Internet | Digital Trends

Interview: US Ambassador David Gross explains UN 'takeover' of the Internet | Digital Trends | Information Society | Scoop.it

Digital Trends talks with former U.S. Ambassador David A. Gross about the international proposals to give member states of the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations' agency, more regulatory power over the global Internet.


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The 'right to be forgotten'

The 'right to be forgotten' | Information Society | Scoop.it
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What do you think? Should there be a "right to be forgotten"?

 

While this may sound right if you think of pranks done by teenagers who don't want to be reminded of them when they apply for a job years later, would this "forgetting" also apply to crimes, human rights abuses etc?

 

Perhaps a "fading into history" function would be preferable, allowing for past activities to no longer show up in the usual search results, but giving researchers and reporters access to the past.

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The Future Of Mobile [SLIDE DECK]

The Future Of Mobile [SLIDE DECK] | Information Society | Scoop.it
The future is mobile, but not mobile-only.
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This deck of 108 slides has all the latest numbers on the current use of mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, etc. 

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Handpump Transmissions: Communicating Water Usage in Rural Africa | Kellogg College

New technologies for old problems http://t.co/X8a2HvhZ #ict4d
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#WSIS+10 review meeting: "Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development" | @UNESCO #Paris, France, Feb 25-27, 2013 | http://www.unesco-ci.org/cmscore/civicrm/event/info?id=14&re...

#WSIS+10 review meeting: "Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development" | @UNESCO #Paris, France, Feb 25-27, 2013 | http://www.unesco-ci.org/cmscore/civicrm/event/info?id=14&re... | Information Society | Scoop.it
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"UNESCO, in cooperation with ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP, is organizing the first WSIS +10 review meeting entitled "Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development". This meeting will assess the progress made, look at ongoing and future ICT trends and build a vision for new information/knowledge societies in the framework of the overall WSIS review process towards 2015."

 

When:02/25/2013 10:00   through   02/27/2013 18:00 Where:7, place de FontenoyParis, 75007
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U.S. refuses to back U.N. treaty #ITU #ITRs #WCIT12 #WCIT #IGF #Internet

U.S. refuses to back U.N. treaty #ITU #ITRs #WCIT12 #WCIT #IGF #Internet | Information Society | Scoop.it
American delegation to meeting in Dubai rejected last-minute restrictions inserted in text by UAE.
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There is a large rift between countries who want the Internet to come under the rules of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which are being updated for the first time since 1988, and those who want to keep the Internet free from those rules. As the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT12), where the negotiations are taking place, is nearing its end, the rift becomes ever more transparent.


“It is clear that the world community is at a crossroads in its collective view of the Internet,” Kramer, the US ambassador to WCIT said.


 

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European Parliament against fundamental changes to the #ITRs - 22 November 2012 - (WCIT-2012)

European Parliament against fundamental changes to the #ITRs - 22 November 2012 - (WCIT-2012) | Information Society | Scoop.it

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 22 Nov 2012 calling upon the European Council and the Commission to ensure 

that any changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations help to advance "the internet as a truly public place, where human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly freedom of expression and assembly, are respected and the observance of free market principles, net neutrality and entrepreneurship are ensured."

 

The EP regrets "the lack of transparency and inclusiveness surrounding the negotiations for WCIT-12", rejects that ITU or any other single entity should have a regulatory authority over Internet governance or traffic flows, and "believes that internet governance and related regulatory issues should continue to be defined at a comprehensive and multi-stakeholder level."

 

Make sure you read the full text of the resolution. 

 

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UN News - Restrictions to limit Internet access on the rise, warns UNESCO

UN News - Restrictions to limit Internet access on the rise, warns UNESCO | Information Society | Scoop.it
The United Nations agency which deals with freedom of expression on the Internet today warned that restrictions directly limiting Internet access appear to be on the rise, and called on governments to implement policies that facilitate broadband...
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A Bandwidth Breakthrough | MIT Technology Review

A Bandwidth Breakthrough | MIT Technology Review | Information Society | Scoop.it
A dash of algebra on wireless networks promises to boost bandwidth tenfold, without new infrastructure.

 

Academic researchers have improved wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude—not by adding base stations, tapping more spectrum, or cranking up transmitter wattage, but by using algebra to eliminate the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets of data.

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Proposed Web Regulations Threaten Free Internet - Forbes

Proposed Web Regulations Threaten Free Internet - Forbes | Information Society | Scoop.it

Ed Black: The Internet is the world’s biggest economic and social success story of the past three decades. Citizens, NGOs, engineers and governments have all have joined together to write an amazing narrative. That success story now is under threat. 

 

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The universals of democracy and despotism - Speech by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Estonia

The universals of democracy and despotism - Speech by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Estonia | Information Society | Scoop.it

"We must choose between two paths – either we can change the nature of the internet by acceding to a Westphalian regulatory structure of internet governance, or we can change the world." TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES - The President of the Republic of Estonia at the Freedom House Annual Awards Dinner in Washington on the 20th of September, 2012

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Mobile Money Services

Mobile Money Services | Information Society | Scoop.it

Rather than fighting mobile money, governments should use it themselves.

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ITU should 'leave Net regulation to stakeholders' - The Nation

ITU should 'leave Net regulation to stakeholders' - The Nation | Information Society | Scoop.it

"ITU should 'leave Net regulation to stakeholders' The Nation The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) should focus on telephony as its core task and not expand its scope to regulate the Internet...David Gross"

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