February 2006

Censored Net Access?

Submitted by Jon on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 21:12

With all this ire suddenly released against Google (have we been waiting for them to prove that they weren't perfect?) Yahoo (it's been a while since we got to tear into them), Microsoft (best punching bag evar, OMGLOL) and Cisco (a not-just-software company, for variety), why is everyone walking gingerly around the elephant in the room?

Filtering software providers. They're (drumroll) overwhelmingly American. To quote Boas:

Cultural eHegemony

Submitted by Jon on Fri, 02/24/2006 - 21:13

Der Spiegel, as picked up in YaleGlobal and Eldis's ICT-for-Dev RSS feed reports a (French) worry about "the homogenization and commercialization of culture that could result from the concentration of control in the hands of just a few [US --ed] companies," based on the idea, as said by Chirac, that "There is the threat that tomorrow, what is not available online will be invisible to the world." Chirac's response is a state-sponsored Eur

Glocal Internet Freedom

Submitted by Jon on Wed, 02/22/2006 - 21:15

I think it's abhorrent that China is even sending uniformed patrols to local libraries to enforce what citizens can and cannot read on the often-already-filtered government-supported public terminals.

Wait. Did I say China? I meant the US.

Pringles Cans on the Saudi Border

Submitted by Jon on Mon, 02/20/2006 - 21:14

In "Weaving the Authoritarian Web: Liberalization, Bureaucratization, and the Internet in Non-Democratic Regimes," Boas, details primarily Saudi and Chinese control on the Internet.

Snails-Pace ICT Development

Submitted by Jon on Tue, 02/07/2006 - 21:15

There's an old adage among geeks that goes something like, "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon packed full of tape drives travelling at high speeds across a desert." It appears that the same can be held true of snails harnessed to DVD-wheels, which are faster than ADSL, as well as the controversial RFC 1149, A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers.

3rd World Cyber Activism and the DOS

Submitted by Jon on Sat, 02/04/2006 - 21:16

In Two Ways to Emerge, Johnson gives a good argument on how electronic mobilization (as seen, for example, in the Dean campaign) is good at building a swarm of activity, but bad at moving to a more self-monitoring whole that is able to prevent wholescale runaway and manages it's capacity and can direct and adapt.