During the last meeting of the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) on 24 October, an Internet Governance Update Panel was convened to review the possible implications of treaty-level decisions on the future of the Internet to be discussed at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai. The panel was said to “include perspectives from a range of involved organizations” when the participants represented only industry interests. Moderated by Cathy Handley of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the panel was made up of Vint Cerf, Bill Graham, Sally Wentworth, Chip Sharp and Dan Alexander.
As the landmark World Conference on International Communications (WCIT-12) begins in Dubai, the Swiss Social Democratic Party is devising bold propositions to defend democracy, media pluralism and freedom of expression for digital media and the press. Taking cues from France and Germany, Switzerland is targeting Google as a subject of public regulation. In an interview with the Swiss magazine Edito+Klartext, former President of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland, Hans-Jürg Fehr, outlined these propositions.
The upcoming World Conference on International Communications (WCIT-12) in Dubai looms as a moment of truth for the Internet’s governing rules and economic model. In all, representatives of 193 countries will come together to review the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) agreed in Melbourne 25 years ago.
Could we see, beginning in Dubai in December, the end of the Internet as we know it? The 193 member states making up the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are scheduled to meet next month to review the treaty that has formed the binding international framework for International Telecommunication Regulations for almost 25 years. While the scale of change is likely to be more modest, for some — most notably the United States (US) government and the powerful players it represents — any reform is seen as potentially disastrous.
The Swiss firm Stadler Rail announced yesterday (6 June) it had developed the world’s most powerful and largest locomotive yet. The project will be initiated in Brazil in a couple of months.
In an attempt to enable civil society to participate in the RIO+20 summit in favor of a greener global economy, an internet debate was launched yesterday (17 May) around 10 key themes by the United Nations and the Brazilian government. The website www.riodialogues.org is meant for those willing to make contributions through ideas or polls.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) released its annual study today (15 May) estimating that software piracy cost the industry $63.4 billion in 2011. Illegal copying represented a $21 billion loss in the Asia-Pacific region alone, centred in tech-savvy emerging countries India and China.
Electronics giant Philips announced today (8 May) that it was partnering with New York’s iconic Empire State Building to install a new energy-efficient LED lighting system that would also offer a far greater range of tower light shades. Many of New York’s older skyscrapers are likely to follow the environmentally friendly lead taken by the historical landmark.
Comparing data centers powering the virtual “cloud” to the “factories of the 21st century”, Greenpeace, in a report released yesterday (17 March), urged multinational technology firms such as Apple, Microsoft and Amazon to obtain the energy used to run data storage facilities from clean, renewable sources.
February 6-8 in Doha, Qatar - In a three-day conference and exhibition, WaterWorld Middle East 2012 and POWER-GEN Middle East are showcasing the experts and companies who address ‘Challenging Power Solutions in Challenging Times’.
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