March 27, 2013

Researchers Identify Mobile Users Through Anonymous Location Data

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

Peter H. Hellmonds‘s insight:

There goes our privacy!

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March 27, 2013

The Future Of Mobile [SLIDE DECK]

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The future is mobile, but not mobile-only.

Peter H. Hellmonds‘s insight:

This deck of 108 slides has all the latest numbers on the current use of mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, etc. 

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February 15, 2013

Digital Dumping Ground | PBS

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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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Woman cooking e-waste in China

Woman cooking e-waste in China

February 10, 2013

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

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Germany’s Federal Court of Justice said access to the Internet is among people’s basic needs. This decision should end a long poli…

Peter H. Hellmonds‘s insight:

Excellent news!

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February 5, 2013

#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…

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Peter H. Hellmonds‘s insight:

"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
France

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December 23, 2012

U.S. Engagement at the World Conference on International Telecommunications | U.S. Department of State Blog

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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.

Peter H. Hellmonds‘s insight:

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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December 14, 2012

U.S. refuses to back U.N. treaty #ITU #ITRs #WCIT12 #WCIT #IGF #Internet

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American delegation to meeting in Dubai rejected last-minute restrictions inserted in text by UAE.

Peter H. Hellmonds‘s insight:

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.

ā€œIt is clear that the world community is at a crossroads in its collective view of the Internet,ā€ Kramer, the US ambassador to WCIT said.

 

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November 29, 2012

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

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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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November 26, 2012

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

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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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November 26, 2012

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

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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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