Archive for the ‘International Tech’ category

Still imprisoned in Tehran, blogger Hossein Derakshan accused of spying for Israel

May 12, 2009

Hossein Derakshan, a Canadian-Iranian dual citizen is still in jail. The blogger is known affectionately to many as the “blog-father,” for figuring out how to use Persian characters with Derakshan wanted Iranians to get a real glimpse of Israel and Israeli citizens.

What’s with this???


NYTimes Blogger and Aid Worker Still Held in Iran


Worst places to blog…

May 6, 2009

The Article:

My Two Cents: Ridiculous, of course. Myanmar, or Burma, tops the list for worst places to blog. Apparently,

one Burmese blogger, Maung Thura, is serving a 59-year prison term for circulating video footage after Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the Committee to Protect Journalists says.

Scary, no? But, of course, I look on this situation through the lens of western democratic theory. However, this situation can be considered no from a political point, but from a human rights standpoint. Almost 6 decades of imprisonment for circulating footage of Nargis that was already accesible seems to be a blatant violation of human rights. Can you really say that we must respect their government’s choice of punishment? Is freedom of speech only reserved for democracies, or is a fundamental human right?

UK rules out “three strikes”

May 1, 2009

The Article:

Summary: The “three strikes you’re out rule” is the idea that three-time illegal IP-users would be cut off from Internet service. The French government has attempted implement this, but so far parliament hasn’t gone for it. The UK government argues that this issue should not be fought through legislation but, according to IP Minister, David Lammy, through “commercial solutions.”

In the end, the solutions are going to be commercial solutions. They are going to be solutions that are about ensuring people pay for content, but the ease of paying is there,” he said.

My Two Cents: It’s an interesting approach and definitely deserves consideration. The US is always trying to regulate through legislation, which so far hasn’t exactly worked. While I don’t know how it is in the UK, the legislative process doesn’t work too well when you have multi-million dollar ISPs lobbying Congress. The education approach the UK government is taking is admirable, but we’ll see how it goes.

Cyberwars: Information Attack!

April 30, 2009

With a war in Iraq and troops in Afghanistan, the United States military is preparing for another war: cyberwar. According to a report assembled by the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. military has been looking into the use of computer technology for warfare. Currently the United States dominates the Internet. However, the Internet’s accessibility and fairly inexpensive, yet destructive, programming allow anyone in any country to terrorize U.S. security systems. Maybe we should start putting our computers in camouflage…

Global Internet Village Unlikely until GDP Rises

April 27, 2009

In terms of membership and traffic, Youtube, Facebook, other large internet companies are doing great in developing nations. Money-wise, not so much. Companies like facebook, which rely on advertising to turn a profit, aren’t able to make much money in developing nations because the GDP of most of the population is not high enough to interest advertisers. In addition, these nations require more servers because of limited bandwidth, driving up expenses. Veoh, a video-sharing website Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa from accessing content, because users were using up too much bandwidth without earning advertising dollars.




Britain slipping into a surveillance society?

April 16, 2009

The Article:

Summary: The fears that Great Britain is slipping into a surveillance society heightened by a Brussels commission initiating legislative action. Brussels criticized Britain for putting citizens at risk, sparked by a series of data losses. “We’re not satisfied that the UK is adequately protecting citizens’ data,” a Commission spokesman said. “There is a structural problem. We wouldn’t use that word unless we believed it was a serious case.”

My Two Cents: Britain needs to be more careful!!!! The loss of data and citizens’ privacy is ridiculous and inexcuscable in this technological age.

Australia Moves to Build High-Speed Network

April 7, 2009

The Article:

Summary: The Australian government announced that it will build a publically owned high speed broadband network work $31 billion (American dollars). This will be one of the largest state-sponsored infrastructure updates in the world. The Prime Minister said of the plan:

[It is] the most ambitious, far-reaching and long-term nation-building infrastructure project ever undertaken by an Australian government.

A rebuff to private networks, this plan will allow for thousands of jobs but is still perceived as a “major challenge.”

My Two Cents: Australia is not alone in this act. Britain, Canada, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the United States have all included similar measures in recent legislation. It’s an interesting development, the government taking such an interest and responsibility in expanding broadband access. However, the article does not really address if this measure is needed or desired by the people. The article focuses on how innovative Australia is and how its changing the way we think. But since this is a publically-funded endeavor, shouldn’t the public be considered first and foremost???