2019/03/21: In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It’s going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of the world electronically while keeping the internet running for its citizens. This means it will have to reroute all its data internally, rather than relying on servers abroad.
The test is key to a proposed “sovereign internet” law currently working its way through Russia’s government. It looks likely to be eventually voted through and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, though it has stalled in parliament for now.
Pulling an iron curtain down over the internet is a simple idea, but don’t be fooled: it’s a fiendishly difficult technical challenge to get right. It is also going to be very expensive.
As well as rerouting its ISPs, Russia will also have to unplug from the global domain name system (DNS) so traffic cannot be rerouted through any exchange points that are not inside Russia.
“An alternate DNS can be used to create an alternate reality for the majority of Russian internet users,”
This paper focuses on recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use.
It concludes that:
The increased excise duty on internet data services in Kenya is not a violation of international human rights norms and standards, as the increase is unlikely to hinder access to and/or use of the internet for Kenya’s people.
The excise duty in the form of licence-related fees for online content services in Tanzania is a violation of international human rights norms and standards, because the fees imposed are so high that they would render the cost of posting content online – that is, effective internet use – simply unaffordable for the vast majority of Tanzania’s people.
The excise duty on what is defined as “over-the-top services” in Uganda is a violation of international human rights norms and standards, because it renders the cost of accessing such services – that is, effective internet access – simply unaffordable for the majority of Uganda’s people.
The paper also makes suggestions for how redress might be sought in respect of Tanzania’s and Uganda’s human rights violations resulting from the imposition of their excise duty regimes.
2018/10/26: researchers logged global BGP route announcements and discovered China Telecom publishing bogus routes that sucked up massive amounts of Canadian and US traffic and pushed it through Chinese listening posts. Much of today's internet traffic is still unencrypted, meaning that the entities monitoring these listening posts would have been able to read massive amounts of emails, instant messages and web-sessions.
China Telecom's BGP attacks were also used to black-hole traffic in some instances (for example, traffic from an "Anglo-American bank's" branch in Milan was diverted wholesale to China, never arriving at its intended destination).
Why there is joy behind a system of hierarchies and formalised rules
2013/03/17: Se uno studente riduce di un terzo il tempo dedicato al cellulare e a internet, aumenta di un voto la sua media scolastica.
Questo è quanto emerge da un’indagine fatta alla fine dell’anno scolastico su un intero corso di liceo con circa 300 ragazzi. Le conclusioni sono sorprendenti: in media gli studenti passano 5 ore al giorno con il cellulare o davanti ad un video, con grandi differenze a seconda del rendimento scolastico. Escludendo i 104 minuti dedicati alla televisione, che sembra non incidano sul profitto, chi ha sei di media dedica 5 ore al giorno al cellulare e al computer, contro le sole 2 ore di chi ha la media dell’otto. Sono tre ore che fanno la differenza.
This Global Legal Monitor article by Peter Roudik covering Communications was published on December 30, 2011 for Belarus
The following programs are programs that I find useful and/or fun.
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A group of 21 of the internet's most esteemed pioneers have written an open letter to the FCC's Congressional overseers that critiques the agency's foolish, self-serving description of how the net works in eye-watering detail. The signatories including past chairs of ISOC and the IETF, co-inventors of TCP/IP, the inventor of the web, the founder
E' stata presentata oggi, presso la Camera dei Deputati, la Carta dei Diritti di Internet. "Questo tipo di operazioni politiche sono inutili e possono rivelarsi anche dannose", secondo Anorc. Per cinque motivi
When was the last time you had an unstable Internet connection? Was it riding the subway home from work? Was it using the wifi at a local coffee shop a few days ago? Or at a hotel, on a plane, or at an airport? When you were able to connect, was it painfully slow? Could you load a webpage other than google.com?
From John Naughton, a Brief History of the Future, p.85:
Has anyone spanned the Atlantic with floating microwave masts yet? We're not sure...
Facebook and Google are building an 8,000 mile fiber optic cable across the Pacific Ocean.
A Facebook page isn't enough.
Decentralized thinking is hard. So hard that future generations might see the Internet as a historical abberation.
The internet may encourage a shallow kind of information processing that facilitates belief in bullshit.
Technology has a lot to answer for: killing old businesses, destroying the middle class, Buzzfeed. Technology in the form of the internet is especially villainous, having been accused of everything from making us dumber (paywall) to aiding dictatorships. But Michael Harris, riffing on the observations of Melvin Kranzberg, argues that "technology is neither good nor evil. The most we can say about it is this: It has come."
Under every information architecture there hides a power structure." So, what hides under GNU Social?
Death by Ten Billion Status Updates