Global INET: Imagining the Future Internet

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Join Vint Cerf, Leonard Kleinrock, Mitchell Baker, Lynn St. Amour and other key panelists at Global INET 2012! Meet hundreds of policy makers, technologists, government representatives and business executives to discuss the positive impacts of the Internet, past, present and future.Take this opportunity to: Work together on critical topics that will shape the future of the Internet Network with industry leaders, Internet pioneers and futurists Participate in interactive strategy discussions Meet key Internet contributors as they are inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame Spend two days with us in…read more


A document from 39 years ago: Western Concern for Privacy in the age of Computers

Posted by in civil liberties, core internet values, development, Future of Internet, igc, igf, internet, Internet governance ., News, ntia, privacy, technology

Common Concerns [ This was in 1973, 39 years ago, when "when computers ran on steam and the internet was still largely mechanical". I was led to this document from a message posted by Karl Auerbach in the At Large mailing list today ] Most of the advanced industrial nations of Western Europe and North America share concerns about the social impact of computer-based personal data systems. Although there are minor differences in the focus and intensity of their concerns, it is clear that there is nothing peculiarly American about…read more


S0PA: 387 Indian ISPs must block 104 piratical websites

Posted by in ACTA, apnic, apralo, atLarge, censorship, igc, igf, internet, NetNeutrality, News, SOPA

The recent Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), considered and eventually abandoned by the US Congress after rancorous debate earlier this year, proposed giving judges the power to cut off American access to particular websites. Under the initial version of the bill, judges would have been able order Internet service providers to use only crude tools like DNS blocking to make piratical websites harder to access. The proposal was criticized strongly on grounds of practicality, due process, and free speech, but major rightsholders want such approaches implemented worldwide. In India, they have…read more


Reporters without Borders name “Enemies of the Internet”

Posted by in access, freedom of expression, Future of Internet, internet, NetNeutrality, News, surveillance, technology

Bahrain and Belarus have been added to Reporters Without Borders’ annual list of “enemies of the internet” They join 10 other nations on the campaign group’s register of states that restrict net access, filter content and imprison bloggers. India and Kazakhstan have also joined RWB’s list of “countries under surveillance” because of concerns that they are becoming more repressive. The body says 2011 was the “deadliest year” yet for so-called “netizens”. It says at least 199 arrests of internet campaigners were recorded over the year – a 31% increase on 2010. It adds that China,…read more


EFF argues that patents hinder innovation

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Patents may have been created to help encourage innovation, but instead they regularly hinder it. The US Patent Office, overwhelmed and underfunded, issues questionable patents every day. “Patent trolls” buy too many of these patents and then misuse the patent system to shake down companies big and small. Others still use patents to limit competition and impede access to new knowledge, tools, or other innovations. It’s no wonder that small businesses and individual inventors find it almost impossible to make the patent system work in their favor, often leaving them…read more