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"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 ½ tons." Popular Mechanics (March 1949)
Cogent Depeers China Telecom, Renesys
On March 5th, 2012 at 14:00 UTC (10:00 PM China Standard Time), Renesys observed that Cogent (AS174) and China Telecom (AS4134) appear to have dropped their mutual connectivity. Prior to this time, China Telecom regularly announced about 3000 prefixes to Cogent. After depeering, this ASN adjacency no longer exists in the global routing table.
Level 3 protests Verizon, AT&T "lock-up" data connection deals, Ars Technica
The great subscriber access war between Level 3 and Comcast has receded into the background, but Level 3 has plenty of other business before the Federal Communications Commission. Here's an issue that got our attention. The net communications facilities provider wants the FCC to do something about what it calls "demand lock-up" contracts forced upon the company in exchange for high speed data interconnection contracts with Verizon, AT&T, and CenturyLink.
54% of parents with teenagers use internet filters – a big jump from 2000, Pew
Website operators not liable for third party comments, Internet Cases
Spreadbury v. Bitterroot Public Library, 2012 WL 734163 (D. Montana, March 6, 2012)
Net Neutrality Update: The D.C. Circuit Goes Through the Motions, CommLawBlog
It's been several months since that Hot Topic Of All Hot Topics, net neutrality, graced our space here. When last we reported on the subject, the net neutrality order had finally made it into the Federal Register, a number of parties had sought judicial review in a number of federal courts of appeals, the D.C. Circuit had been picked as the lucky court that will hear arguments on the matter, and a lone petition for reconsideration of the order had been filed with the Commission.
Internet Grows to More Than 225 Million Domain Names in the Fourth Quarter of 2011, Verisign
Nearly six million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2011, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 225 million worldwide across all domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.
Measuring Worldwide Growth in IPv6 Deployments, ICANN
In early 2011, the RIPE NCC shared some graphs that showed the percentage of IPv6-enabled networks over time. More precisely, it showed the percentage of Autonomous Systems (ASes)1 that announced one or more IPv6 prefixes in the global routing table. The results for the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) were described in the article Networks with IPv6 Over Time on RIPE Labs.
Department of Commerce Cancels IANA Contract RFP, CircleID
The United States government has cancelled Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Request for Proposal (RFP) SA1301-12-RP-IANA according to an updated page on the FedBizOpps website. The change — time stamped Mar 09, 2012 2:44 pm — states: "The Department of Commerce intends to reissue the RFP at a future date, date to be determined (TBD). Interested parties are encouraged to periodically visit
ICANN and the NTIA need to come clean about the IANA application, IGP
The highly negative blog post written yesterday was fueled by the concern that NTIA was using the IANA contract to push ICANN into policy positions demanded by the GAC and a few powerful interests still trying to undermine or re-write the new TLD program.
Notice - Cancelled Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions - Request for Proposal (RFP) SA1301-12-RP-IANA, NTIA
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) remains committed to preserving the stability and security of the Internet's domain name system (DNS). Critical to the DNS is the continued performance of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. In anticipation of the impending expiration of the IANA functions contract, NTIA, via two public notices in February and June 2011,
Notice – Extension of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions Contract, NTIA
The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) reached an agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to continue performing the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions until September 30, 2012. The IANA functions are the key technical functions supporting the Internet Domain Name System.
Go feds! E-books are way overpriced, CNET
For the last couple of years, electronic book buyers have paid a high price for one Apple CEO's ambition to make life miserable for Amazon.
Time Warner's CNN Reportedly To Buy Mashable For $200M+, Forbes
Time Warner's CNN unit is in talks to buy Mashable, the popular technology and social news Web site, the New York Times reports, citing "three people with knowledge of the talks."
How Al Jazeera wants to bring Twitter to the world, Gigaom
Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera launched an educational campaign this month that aims to teach viewers in Turkey, Bosnia and elsewhere in the world how to use Twitter and Facebook. The videos are being distributed on a new, dedicated YouTube channel called Al Jazeera Unplugged but may eventually also show up on Al Jazeera's TV stations. The network's ambitious goal is to raise a new generation of citizen journalists.
Opening Remarks for Data Journalism Conference, Yale ISP
Hello, all, and welcome to the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and our first annual conference on the state of data journalism. We've got two great panels lined up for today, with a wide range of journalists, programmers, academics, and researchers in attendance. Each panel is going to include some short initial presentations, some moderated discussion between the panelists, and then we'll open it up to you, the readership. Not to worry — your comments will be moderated.
At CNET's SXSW 'big data' panel, sparks fly over privacy, CNET
Panelists from leading tech advocacy groups squared off during a discussion about how Internet companies should be regulated. Agreement was hard to come by on consumer protections.
NTIA Requests Comments on New Privacy Framework, Info Law Group
As we previously posted, on February 23, 2012, the White House released a white paper setting forth A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy (the "Framework"). The Framework called for a "multi-stakeholder process" to move forward in implementing the goals it set forth, including the creation of a legally enforceable code of conduct. On Monday, the
Want to Actually Read Online Privacy Policies? Prepare to Give Up 40 Minutes a Day, Center for Internet and Society
Cybersecurity is a Core Concern for Network Providers, USTelecom
House Communications Subcommittee members engaged in a thoughtful discussion with witnesses at a March 7 hearing
Push for Cybersecurity Bill Continues, Senate Commerce
Key industry stakeholders and top administration officials continue to weigh in on the need for cybersecurity legislation. In a letter to sponsors of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, defense contractor Northrop Grumman yesterday urged action to protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats. And today, Commerce Secretary John Bryson penned an op-ed in POLITICO on the need for immediate action on cybersecurity legislation.
Rogers' "Cybersecurity" Bill Is Broad Enough to Use Against WikiLeaks and The Pirate Bay, EFF
Congress is doing it again: they're proposing overbroad regulations that could have dire consequences for our Internet ecology. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 3523), introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, allows companies or the government1 free rein to bypass existing laws in order to monitor communications, filter content, or potentially even shut down access to
No Checks or Balances in Warrantless Wiretapping Despite Holder's Assurances, EFF
Attorney General Eric Holder gave a much publicized speech at Northwestern law school on Monday, in which he attempted to explain the Obama administration's constitutional authority for killing U.S. citizens abroad without judicial oversight. Holder in part claimed that there is a difference between "due process" and "judicial process", the latter of which—according to him—is not guaranteed under the Constitution. The speech was
Court Confirms Police Don't Need A Warrant To Do A Limited Search Of A Mobile Phone, Techdirt
In a court ruling that came out a little while ago (just catching up now), Judge Richard Posner took the lead in an appeals court ruling that effectively reaffirmed the idea that police don't need a warrant to search mobile phones as they're arresting someone. Of course, this general concept is not new and I've discussed my concerns about police being able to search phones without a warrant in the past -- but this particular ruling does seem
A Tale of Two Encryption Cases, EFF
In the last two months, two different federal courts have ruled on whether the Fifth Amendment's right against self-incrimination applies to the act of decrypting the contents of a computer. We wrote amicus briefs (PDF) in each case arguing the Fifth Amendment did prevent forced decryption when that act would incriminate a witness. And while our arguments were similar in both courts, the results were different.1 A district
Solar storm doesn't bash Earth but more are coming, CW
The solar storm buffeting the Earth on Thursday isn't as bad as physicists had expected, but there's still a chance it could get worse before it's over.
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