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  • Title: Information Policy
    Descriptive info: .. Information Policy.. Google Ads.. Support.. Contact us:.. infopolicy@gmail.. com.. 2013.. 04.. 24.. Only A Third Of The World's Population Is Online.. "For every person online, there are two who are not.. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected.. #NewDigitalAge" The above statement was tweeted by Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Saturday, April 13.. Given Schmidt’s prominence and the boldness of his claim, it naturally sparked a lively discussion as to whether it would be possible (and desirable) for the entire world population to be online by 2020.. http://www.. statista.. com/topics/1145/internet-usage-worldwide/chart/1048/global-internet-penetration-in-2012/.. 24 in.. Infrastructure.. |.. Permalink.. TrackBack (0).. Reblog (0).. Digg This.. Save to del.. icio.. us.. Web censorship: the net is closing in.. by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen.. Every state in the world has its own laws, cultural norms and accepted behaviours.. As billions of people come online in the next decade, many will discover a newfound independence that will test these boundaries.. Each state will attempt to regulate the.. internet.. , and shape it in its own image.. Continue reading "Web censorship: the net is closing in".. E-Activism.. ,.. Privacy/Security.. 23.. Google’s Eric Schmidt on the Future Digital Police State.. BY Jessica McKenzie.. When Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.. traveled to North Korea.. in January,.. techPresident picked up.. on his daughter’s astonishing observations of a staged photo-op of students “engaging” with the Internet.. They took the trip as part of his research for the book “The New Digital Age,” co-written with.. Jared Cohen.. , which goes on sale Tuesday.. Schmidt and Cohen elaborated on their experience in.. a long Wall Street Journal essay.. this past weekend.. They concluded that, while the Internet is not an incorruptible, unimpeachable force of good, “no country is worse off because of the Internet.. ”.. Continue reading "Google’s Eric Schmidt on the Future Digital Police State".. 23 in.. Congress pushes for ‘Internet Freedom’ as U.. N.. showdown looms.. By Scott Bomboy.. The House is pushing forward in an effort to block a United Nations-related group from potentially allowing countries to censor the Internet, before an international showdown this fall.. Continue reading "Congress pushes for ‘Internet Freedom’ as U.. showdown looms".. E-Strategies/Policy.. Open Data has Little Value if People Can't Use It.. by Craig Hammer.. Open data could be.. the gamechanger.. when it comes to.. eradicating global poverty.. In the last two years,.. central and local governments and multilateral organizations.. around the world have opened a range of data — information on budgets, infrastructure, health, sanitation, education, and more — online, for free.. The data are not perfect, but then perfection is not the goal.. Rather, the goal is for this data to become.. actionable intelligence.. : a launchpad for investigation, analysis, triangulation, and improved decision making at all levels.. Continue reading "Open Data has Little Value if People Can't Use It".. Open Source / Cloud Computing.. 22.. Rwanda: Korea to Fund a U.. S.. $5.. 6 Million ICT Innovation Center.. By Eric Didier Karinganire.. The youth and ICT ministry and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Rwanda have on Wednesday signed an MoU to enhance the ICT Innovation center.. The center will be set up at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC) Kigali Campus, in Kicukiro.. KOICA's contribution to the project will be US$ 5.. 6 million.. Continue reading "Rwanda: Korea to Fund a U.. 6 Million ICT Innovation Center".. 22 in.. Technology/R&D.. South Korea, Azerbaijan sign $3.. 7 mln grant agreement under e-government project.. By Nigar Orujova.. Azerbaijan's Communication and Information Technologies Ministry and the Foreign Ministry of South Korea on Thursday signed a $3.. 7 million grant agreement on the creation of training centers under an electronic government project in Azerbaijan.. Continue reading "South Korea, Azerbaijan sign $3.. 7 mln grant agreement under e-government project".. Governance / E-Government.. Julian Assange, Eric Schmidt Discuss Censorship, Bitcoin And The Internet In Recently Published Conversation.. By Zach Walton.. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder that’s still.. hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy.. in London after the UK.. approved his extradition to Sweden.. During that time, he has entertained a number of guests, including Google CEO Eric Schmidt.. Continue reading "Julian Assange, Eric Schmidt Discuss Censorship, Bitcoin And The Internet In Recently Published Conversation ".. 19.. US House panel approves Internet freedom bill.. By Brendan Sasso.. The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday to support Internet freedom.. Continue reading "US House panel approves Internet freedom bill".. 19 in.. Gambia: Taiwan Is the Leading ICT Adaptor in East and Southern Asia.. The director general of the International Division of Taiwan Institute for Information Industry has described the Asian island nation as the leading Information Communication and Technology (ICT) adaptor in the East and Southern part of the Asian region.. Dr Meili Hsiao was speaking Tuesday at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi, during a one-day workshop for major communication providers in The Gambia.. The workshop was organised by the Taiwan Embassy in Banjul and funded by the Taiwan Institute for Information Industry (III); the major planner of E-Government in Taiwan, with a view to providing world class information system.. Thirty participants mainly from the major government communication providers like Gamtel, GRTS and GSM companies attended the workshop, with the theme "Gambia as West African i-Corridor".. During the day, participants were exposed to Taiwanese government ICT division institutions and the country's installation of internet connections in some of her ally countries like Sao Tome.. Dr Hsiao remarked that currently, content is the key in the provision of information and Taiwan is today putting more concentration on the content in her information industry.. She said E-Government enhances good government and helps them to always put their information systems correctly.. "For the past years, Taiwan has gained international recognition for her robust development of the ICT industry," she further stated.. She added that the Taiwanese government has initiated many national E-Government projects and promotes E-Taiwan project, saying there are currently over 4000 online projects, with virtually 60% of the taxpayers paying their taxes online.. Along with advancements in technology, Dr Hsiao stated that the III's mission has evolved from the development of information technology (IT) to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with coverage over the entire society.. She explained that III was established in 1979 as a non-governmental organisation that is jointly sponsored by the Taiwan government and prominent private enterprises, for the purpose of strengthening the development of information industry in Taiwan.. "Since its inception, III has been a source of vision, innovation, technological excellence and a major contributor to Taiwan's development into a significant player in the global ICT area," she further remarked.. Dr.. Hsiao told participants that the III has also helped to promote the full utilisation of ICT technologies hence advancing the establishment of a modern information society in Taiwan.. "As a result, Taiwan was ranked 13th in WEF/GCI (Global Competitiveness Index) and 13th in WEF/NRI (Network Readiness Index) in 2006-2007.. For his part, Gary Tsal, also from the International Division of the Taiwan Institute  ...   ICT survey".. 15 in.. A lesson of Public e-Policy.. by Frédéric Filloux.. The small Baltic republic of Estonia is run like a corporation.. But its president believes government must to play a crucial role in areas of digital policy such as secure ID.. Continue reading "A lesson of Public e-Policy".. Anonymous hacks North Korean websites for the second time in two weeks.. Hackers from the Anonymous group have hacked into several prominent North Korean websites for the second time in less than two weeks, as part of ongoing protests which have seen it retain control of the country’s official Twitter account.. The @Uriminzok Twitter account has remained in the hands of the hackers since the earlier attack on April 4, and this morning (Asia time) the hackers posted a series of messages indicating that four North Korean websites — including central news and information site Uriminzokkiri.. com – had been hacked or taken offline.. net/media_news/anonymous_hacks_north_korean_websites_for_the_second_time_in_two_weeks/.. 13.. The Fastest Growing Industries in America are eCommerce and Environmental Consulting.. The folks at Staff.. com have put together an infographic highlighting start up survival rates, the types of businesses most likely to fail and the best industries for starting a business in the next five years.. Continue reading "The Fastest Growing Industries in America are eCommerce and Environmental Consulting".. 13 in.. E-commerce.. E-conomy.. Lithuanians, Estonians trust national TV the most, Latvians - internet.. Content of national television is mostly valued by Lithuanians and Estonians, whereas Latvians prefer commercial television content.. Trust in national television is the highest among Lithuanians and Estonians, while Latvians trust the internet the most.. Continue reading "Lithuanians, Estonians trust national TV the most, Latvians - internet".. Schibsted's high-octane digital diversification.. The Norwegian media group Schibsted now aggressively invests in startups.. The goal: digital dominance, one market at a time.. France is next in line.. Here is a look at the company's strategy.. This thought haunts most media executives' sleepless nights:.. ".. My legacy business is taking a hit from the internet; my digital conversion is basically on track, but it goes with a massive value destruction.. We need both a growth engine and consolidation.. How do we achieve this? What are our core assets to build upon? Should we undertake a major diversification that could benefit from our brand and know-how?".. (At that moment, the buzzer goes off, it's time to go to work.. ) Actually, such nighttime cogitations are a good sign, they are the privilege of people gifted with a long-term view.. Continue reading "Schibsted's high-octane digital diversification".. Netbiz.. Researcher: Cybercrime ring attacks videogame companies for years.. SAN FRANCISCO--Cyber security researchers have uncovered a Chinese hacking ring that they said broke into the servers of dozens of online video gaming companies and stole valuable source code over a four-year period.. Continue reading "Researcher: Cybercrime ring attacks videogame companies for years".. Cybercrime.. Would Elected Officials Really Oppose Internet Freedom?.. by Kenneth Corbin.. What elected official would stake out a position opposing a declaration of Internet freedom?.. Several House Democrats, it turns out.. This week, minority members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee raised objections to a Republican bill that would codify in law the United States' opposition to government control of the Internet.. Continue reading "Would Elected Officials Really Oppose Internet Freedom?".. Uruguay becomes the first non-European state to accede to personal data protection “Convention 108”.. Strasbourg, 12.. 2013 – Uruguay has become the first non-European state to accede to the.. Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.. , also known as “Convention 108”, and its.. Additional Protocol.. “Convention 108” is the only existing international treaty which grants individuals the right to the protection of their personal data, aiming also to prevent any abuses which may accompany the processing of these data.. Being open to signature by any country, it is the only binding standard which has the potential to be applied worldwide, providing legal certainty and predictability in international relations.. The treaty will enter into force in respect of Uruguay on 1 August 2013.. Uruguay is the 45.. th.. state to become a party to the convention.. ***.. Created in 1981, “Convention 108” has become the backbone of personal data protection legislation in Europe and beyond.. It was drafted in a technologically neutral style, which enables its provisions to be fully valid today, regardless of technological developments.. The text is currently being updated to ensure that its data protection principles are still valid for new tools and practices.. The convention establishes a number of principles for states to transpose into their domestic legislation to ensure that data is processed fairly and through procedures established by law, for a specific purpose, that it is stored for no longer than is required for this purpose, and that individuals have a right to have access, rectify or erase their data.. An additional protocol requires each party to establish an independent authority to ensure compliance with data protection principles and lays down rules on trans-border data flows.. More information on Convention 108.. More information on its Additional Protocol.. 12.. European Citizens' Initiative – one year on.. by Eugene Eteris.. The co-operation between the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the European Citizens' Initiative has been always very close and intensive.. The ECI Day conference was hold in the premises of the Committees to mark the first anniversary of the European Citizens' Initiative.. Continue reading "European Citizens' Initiative – one year on".. 12 in.. Mobile Subscriptions Hit 6.. 3 Million Worldwide.. Global mobile subscriptions saw a 9% rise in 2012 to 6.. 3 billion year-on-year, boosted by the growth in expanding markets in India and China, according to a new report from Ericsson.. The latest Ericsson Mobility Report revealed that overall mobile subscriptions in China reached 1.. 26 billion, while in India they reached 713 million during the period.. During the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), global mobile penetration reached 89% while the actual number of subscribers reached 4.. 4 billion, as many users have several subscriptions.. http://mobility.. cbronline.. com/news/global-mobile-subscriptions-reach-63-billion-in-2012-report-110413.. Mobile and Wireless.. Estonian President Submits Crowdsourced Proposals to Parliament.. This Tuesday, April 9, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of the Republic of Estonia presented the parliament with 16 proposals generated by civilians though the online platform.. Rahvakogu.. , or People’s Assembly.. As he handed the proposals over,.. Ilves requested that legislators take them seriously.. The proposals.. cover topics.. related to Estonia’s electoral laws, political party laws, such a party financing, and civil participation.. As opposed to other ongoing solicitations for citizen-generated proposals and feedback,.. the Citizen’s Initiative Act in Finland.. for example, People’s Assembly will.. apparently be a one-time housekeeping event.. not a necessary permanent institution.. Continue reading "Estonian President Submits Crowdsourced Proposals to Parliament".. Next.. Site search.. Subscribe to this blog's feed.. Subscribe Our List:.. Enter your Email.. Powered by.. FeedBlitz.. Categories.. E-Strategies/ Policy.. Education/ E-Learning.. Governance.. Legal.. Netbiz.. Privacy/Security.. Social Media.. Technology/R&D.. Telecenters/Telecottages.. Archives.. April 2013.. March 2013.. February 2013.. January 2013.. December 2012.. November 2012.. October 2012.. September 2012.. August 2012.. July 2012.. More.. Stats..

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  • Title: Only A Third Of The World's Population Is Online - Information Policy
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  • Title: Information Policy: Infrastructure
    Descriptive info: 11.. UAE 2nd in government ICT use.. The UAE jumped 30 places to become the second in the world and the first in the Middle East and Africa region in the “Government Usage of ICT” index in the Global Information Technology Report 2013, just released by the World Economic Forum.. Continue reading "UAE 2nd in government ICT use".. 11 in.. 06.. Ericsson, Swedish Ministry and business partner to accelerate African ICT development.. By: Natasha Odendaal.. The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Business Sweden - Swedish Trade and Invest Council, and communications group Ericsson on Thursday partnered to drive the development of information and communications technology (ICT) in sub-Saharan Africa.. Continue reading "Ericsson, Swedish Ministry and business partner to accelerate African ICT development ".. 06 in.. 01.. 4G mobile broadband coverage extends to 50pc of UK.. By Richard Holt.. EE, the first.. mobile phone.. company to provide faster 4G mobile broadband, has announced that the service  ...   Fastest Internet.. Bangalore: Connectivity has so far turned from ‘wired’ to ‘wireless.. ’ In both the case, the last thing you wish to see would be a slow loading internet page.. Be it uploading a picture or having a video conference, everyone loves a lightning fast Internet connection.. However, when most of the countries including India suffer from slow Internet connection, certain countries enjoy browsing at speeds as high as 1 Gbps, even at its outskirts.. Have a look at the top 10 countries with superfast internet, compiled by Bloomberg on the basis of the quarterly report prepared by Akamai technologies.. siliconindia.. com/news/technology/10-Countries-With-Worlds-Fastest-Internet-nid-143899-cid-2.. 31 in.. 29.. Iran Blocking VPNs on its Already Strangled Internet.. Free societies really have no idea what it’s like to live in a censored and controlled nation that locks down the internet and filters what citizens are allowed to consume.. Continue reading "Iran Blocking VPNs on its Already Strangled Internet".. 29 in..

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  • Title: Web censorship: the net is closing in - Information Policy
    Descriptive info: Only A Third Of The World's Population Is Online.. The majority of the world's internet users encounter some form of.. censorship.. – also known by the euphemism "filtering" – but what that actually looks like depends on a country's policies and its technological infrastructure.. Not all or even most of that filtering is political censorship; progressive countries routinely block a modest number of sites, such as those featuring child pornography.. In some countries, there are several entry points for internet connectivity, and a handful of private telecommunications companies control them (with some regulation).. In others, there is only one entry point, a nationalised internet service provider (ISP), through which all traffic flows.. Filtering is relatively easy in the latter case, and more difficult in the former.. When technologists began to notice states regulating and projecting influence online, some warned against a "Balkanisation of the internet", whereby national filtering and other restrictions would transform what was once the global internet into a connected series of nation-state networks.. The web would fracture and fragment, and soon there would be a "Russian internet" and an "American internet" and so on, all coexisting and sometimes overlapping but, in important ways, separate.. Information would largely flow within countries but not across them, due to filtering, language or even just user preference.. The process would at first be barely perceptible to users, but it would fossilise over time and ultimately remake the internet.. It's very likely that some version of the above scenario will occur, but the degree to which it does will greatly be determined by what happens in the next decade with newly connected states – which path they choose, whom they emulate and work together with.. The first stage of the process, aggressive and distinctive filtering, is under way.. China is the world's most active and enthusiastic filterer of information.. Entire platforms that are hugely popular elsewhere in the world – Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter – are blocked by the Chinese government.. On the Chinese internet, you would be unable to find information about politically sensitive topics such as the Tiananmen Square protests, embarrassing information about the Chinese political leadership, the Tibetan rights movement and the Dalai Lama, or content related to human rights, political reform or sovereignty issues.. To the average Chinese user, this censorship is seamless – without prior knowledge of events or ideas, it would appear that they never existed.. China's leadership doesn't hesitate to defend its policies.. In a white paper released in 2010, the government calls the internet "a crystallisation of human wisdom" but states that China's "laws and regulations clearly prohibit the spread of information that contains contents subverting state power, undermining national unity [or] infringing upon national honour and interests.. The next stage for many states will be collective editing, states forming communities of interest to edit the web together, based on shared values or geopolitics.. For larger states, collaborations will legitimise their filtering efforts and deflect some unwanted attention (the "look, others are doing it too" excuse).. For smaller states, alliances along these lines will be a low-cost way to curry favour with bigger players and gain technical skills that they might lack at home.. Collective editing may start with basic cultural agreements and shared antipathies among states, such as what religious minorities they dislike, how they view other parts of the world or what their cultural perspective is on historical figures such as Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong or Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.. Larger states are less likely to band together than smaller ones – they already have the technical capabilities – so it will be a fleet of smaller states, pooling their resources, that will find this method useful.. If some member countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), an association of former Soviet states, became fed up with Moscow's insistence on standardising the Russian language across the region, they could join together to censor all Russian-language content from their national internets and thus limit their citizens' exposure to Russia.. Ideology and religious morals are likely to be the strongest drivers of these collaborations.. Imagine if a group of deeply conservative Sunni-majority countries – say, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Algeria and Mauritania – formed an online alliance and decided to build a "Sunni web".. While technically this Sunni web would still be part of the larger internet, it would become the main source of information, news, history and activity for citizens living in these countries.. For years, the  ...   a country's virtual space, even more if one's online activities violated the terms of the visa.. Virtual visas would appear in response to security threats related to cyber attacks; if your IP address (the unique number associated with each device on the internet) came from a blacklisted country, you would encounter heightened monitoring.. Under conditions like these, the world will see its first Internet asylum seeker.. A dissident who can't live freely under an autocratic Internet and is refused access to other states' Internets will choose to seek physical asylum in another country to gain virtual freedom on its Internet.. There could be a form of interim virtual asylum, where the host country would share sophisticated proxy and circumvention tools that would allow the dissident to connect outside.. Virtual asylum will not work, however, if the ultimate escalation occurs: the creation of an alternative domain name system (DNS), or even aggressive and ubiquitous tampering with it to advance state interests.. Today, the internet as we know it uses the DNS to match computers and devices to relevant data sources, translating IP addresses (numbers) into readable names, with.. edu,.. com,.. net suffixes, and vice versa.. No government has yet achieved an alternative system, but if one succeeded in doing so, it would effectively unplug its population from the global internet and instead offer only a closed, national intranet.. In technical terms, this would entail creating a censored gateway between a given country and the rest of the world, so that a human proxy could facilitate external data transmissions when absolutely necessary – for matters involving state resources, for instance.. It's the most extreme version of what technologists call a walled garden.. On the internet, a walled garden refers to a browsing environment that controls a user's access to information and services online.. (This concept is not limited to discussions of censorship; AOL and CompuServe, internet giants for a time, both started as walled gardens.. ) For the full effect of disconnection, the government would also instruct the routers to fail to advertise the IP addresses of websites – unlike DNS names, IP addresses are immutably tied to the sites themselves – which would have the effect of putting those websites on a very distant island, utterly unreachable.. Whatever content existed on this national network would circulate only internally, trapped like a cluster of bubbles in a computer screen saver, and any attempts to reach users on this network from the outside would meet a hard stop.. With the flip of a switch, an entire country would simply disappear from the internet.. This is not as crazy as it sounds.. It was first reported in 2011 that the Iranian government's plan to build a "halal internet" was under way, and the regime's December 2012 launch of Mehr, its own version of YouTube with "government-approved videos", demonstrated that it was serious about the project.. Details of the plan remained hazy but, according to Iranian government officials, in the first phase the national "clean" internet would exist in tandem with the global internet for Iranians (heavily censored as it is), then it would come to replace the global internet altogether.. The government and affiliated institutions would provide the content for the national intranet, either gathering it from the global web and scrubbing it, or creating it manually.. All activity on the network would be closely monitored.. Iran's head of economic affairs told the country's state-run news agency that they hoped their halal internet would come to replace the web in other Muslim countries, too – at least those with Farsi speakers.. Pakistan has pledged to build something similar.. It is possible that Iran's threat is merely a hoax.. How exactly the state intends to proceed with this project is unclear both technically and politically.. How would it avoid enraging the sizable chunk of its population that has access to the internet? Some believe it would be impossible to fully disconnect Iran from the global internet because of its broad economic reliance on external connections.. Others speculate that, if it wasn't able to build an alternative root system, Iran could pioneer a dual-internet model that other repressive states would want to follow.. Whichever route Iran chooses, if it is successful in this endeavour, its halal internet would surpass the "great firewall of China" as the single most extreme version of information censorship in history.. It would change the internet as we know it.. guardian.. co.. uk/technology/2013/apr/23/web-censorship-net-closing-in.. com/services/trackback/6a00d83451e0be69e201901b859a02970b..

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  • Title: Information Policy: E-Activism
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  • Title: Information Policy: Privacy/Security
    Descriptive info: China’s model for controlling the internet is being adopted elsewhere.. AT A UNITED NATIONS conference on telecommunications governance in Dubai last December representatives of most of the world’s countries argued furiously over the way the internet should be managed.. The debate established a clear divide over how much control a country should have over its own internet.. On one side were America, the European Union and other developed countries that broadly back internet freedom; on the other were China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and a number of other authoritarian states.. A significant majority of these seem to favour China’s approach to control (or a Russian variant), which involves allowing more access to the internet and reaping the economic benefits, but at the same time monitoring, filtering, censoring and criminalising free speech online.. Continue reading "China’s model for controlling the internet is being adopted elsewhere".. Chinese Censors Slow the Net—and U.. Businesses.. By Christina Larson.. When in Beijing, I spend considerable time at an assortment of smoky coffee shops (common décor: dark purple velvet sofas and beaded lace curtains), as well as in airport and hotel lounges that offer free Wi-Fi—well, sort of free Wi-Fi.. Continue reading "Chinese Censors Slow the Net—and U.. Businesses".. Russia Internet Censorship Begins.. By: Kit Eaton.. New York Times.. reports.. that.. Russia.. has begun censoring the Internet inside its borders, acting on a law that was passed back in November.. Continue reading "Russia Internet Censorship Begins".. What the Microsoft transparency report does—and does not—tell us about Skype.. by Katherine Maher.. This post was written with input from Fabiola Carrion, Raegan MacDonald, and Peter Micek.. As we  ...   largest data-protection authorities have launched a joint action against Google to force it to remedy alleged breaches of EU privacy rules by the search giant.. The move by data-protection authorities from Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands is the first co-ordinated and formal procedure by EU states against a single company on privacy, underscoring European frustration with Google.. European watchdogs can currently impose only fines below €1m but new EU-wide rules could soon empower them to inflict on companies penalties up to 2 per cent of their global annual turnover.. net/media_news/EU_data_watchdogs_take_aim_at_Google/.. 05 in.. 02.. Russian State Regulation - and Censorship - of the Internet Begins in Earnest.. BY Julia Wetherell.. Though around 50 percent of the population remains offline, Russian users make up the largest Internet presence in Europe.. There were.. 67 Russians people online last April.. , and projections have that number rising.. to over 90 million.. by this year.. Yet as the Russian web has grown, so have attempts to rein it in.. Now Russian leadership under Vladimir Putin has made a first major step towards centralized state control of the Internet, by acting on new legislation that will allow the government to selectively censor online content.. Continue reading "Russian State Regulation - and Censorship - of the Internet Begins in Earnest ".. 02 in.. Finland: An IT nation plans for the future, somewhere between openness and privacy.. By DAISUKE IGARASHI.. Entrepreneur Matias Lindroos holds up his iPhone as he explains his business venture in a busy cafe in central Helsinki.. Continue reading " Finland: An IT nation plans for the future, somewhere between openness and privacy"..

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  • Title: Google’s Eric Schmidt on the Future Digital Police State - Information Policy
    Descriptive info: Web censorship: the net is closing in.. Schmidt and Cohen describe in detail the dark side of the Internet, the digital equivalent of a police state.. They describe data mining reminiscent of.. Minority Report.. : not just of Facebook posts or Twitter comments, but of real-time monitoring of citizens and biometric information that can identify individuals through unique physical attributes.. “Indeed, future visitors to repressive countries might be surprised to find that airport security requires not just a customs form and passport check, but also a voice scan.. ”.. They ask the hard questions, like “How do you explain to people that they are a YouTube sensation, when they have never heard of YouTube or the Internet?” They encountered this particular roadblock when trying to engage the  ...   fall (even more) behind if they don’t start soon: “Once the Internet starts, citizens in a country can certainly build on top of it, but the government has to do something.. They have to make it possible for people to use the Internet, which the government of North Korea has not yet done.. In addition to the trip to North Korea, Cohen and Schmidt interviewed the likes.. of Julian Assange.. Henry Kissinger.. , Mexican mogul.. Carlos Slim Helu.. and the former prime ministers of Mongolia and Pakistan,.. while researching their book.. They also address privacy issues in their book, although they do not offer any concrete solutions for protecting personal privacy, nor do they dwell on Google’s own brushes with regulators over privacy issues.. http://techpresident.. com/news/wegov/23766/google’s-eric-schmidt-future-digital-police-state.. com/services/trackback/6a00d83451e0be69e201901b8118e3970b..

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  • Title: Congress pushes for ‘Internet Freedom’ as U.N. showdown looms - Information Policy
    Descriptive info: Google’s Eric Schmidt on the Future Digital Police State.. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a draft bill, with little fanfare last week, that repeated a claim that “it is the policy of the United States to preserve and advance the successful multi-stakeholder model that governs the Internet.. Congress had passed a resolution to that effect last year, but now it’s seeking to get an official law on the books before a big international conference in October in South Korea.. Some.. contentious language was struck from the bill.. that might have affected the current policy of net neutrality, which allows the federal government to make sure Internet providers provide equal access to companies that want to stream video and other content.. But the basic gist of the bill was to make sure a message was sent to U.. -sponsored International Telecommunications Union (ITU).. Last December, the United States and its key allies didn’t sign a draft ITU treaty in Dubai that proposed that individual nations had the power to potentially censor the Internet.. The last-second addition of wording about the rights of all nations to have a role in controlling the Internet sparked outrage from Western nations.. This February, departing Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell.. warned the House committee.. that the ITU had plans that weren’t in the best interest of the United States.. “Last year’s bipartisan and unanimous congressional resolutions clearly opposing expansions of international powers over the Internet reverberated throughout the world and had a positive and constructive effect,” he said.. “The dramatic encroachments on Internet freedom secured in Dubai will serve as a stepping stone to more international  ...   provision tacked on to the treaty.. last year stated: “The Internet is a central element of the infrastructure of the information economy, and recognizes that all governments should have an equal role and responsibility for international Internet governance, the security and stability of the Internet, and its future development.. The addendum was sponsored by a bloc of African nations, and Iran led the effort to get it passed by a majority vote.. At the time, former.. U.. ambassador Terry Kramer bluntly said his country had no interest in signing the treaty.. “The Internet has given the world unimaginable economic and social benefit during these past 24 years.. All without U.. regulation,” Kramer said.. The event was serious enough that in a highly charged partisan environment of Washington, the Obama administration, top Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and even top tax fighter Grover Norquist all agreed the Internet should be kept free when it comes to access and taxes.. In reality, some countries already block Web access, but an official mandate to let ITU members control how Internet access points are assigned and monitored would make the whole process much easier to manage—and censor.. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages domains and controls the Internet’s backbone.. ICANN operates as a nonprofit company at the direction of the U.. Department of Commerce.. (Prior to 1998, the U.. government managed Internet domain names directly.. ).. Some critics say the real issue is a power grab by the ITU (and the U.. ) to take ICANN away from any swaying influence exerted on it by the U.. government.. http://news.. yahoo.. com/congress-pushes-internet-freedom-u-103827845.. com/services/trackback/6a00d83451e0be69e2017d430a24a8970c..

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  • Title: Open Data has Little Value if People Can't Use It - Information Policy
    Descriptive info: showdown looms.. While the "opening" has generated excitement from development experts, donors, several government champions, and the increasingly mighty geek community, the hard reality is that much of the public has been left behind, or tacked on as an afterthought.. So how can we support "data-literacy" across the full spectrum of users, including media, NGOs, labor unions, professional associations, religious groups, universities, and the public at large?.. Here's one approach.. It's time and resource intensive, but crucial — institutionalizing data literacy across societies.. Stay with me on this.. I'm not suggesting that everyone on planet Earth should be trained in statistical analysis, visualization and app development.. Rather, let's work more with journalists and civic groups.. Knight Fellow.. Justin Arenstein.. calls these folks "mass mobilizers" of information.. O'Reilly Media's.. Alex Howard.. points to these groups in particular because they can help.. demystify data.. , to make it understandable by populations and not just statisticians.. Bono calls this.. factivism.. After all, shouldn't everyone have the option to inform their own decision-making if they want to? Isn't that what democratizing data is really about?.. Here's the good news: Data interrogation and visualization tools are increasingly user-friendly and freely accessible, such as a suite of tools.. supported.. (or.. competing for support.. ) by the Knight Foundation.. And pithy, digestible data literacy training materials are ubiquitous (from.. School of Data.. to.. KDMC tutorials.. For Journalism.. Data Journalism Bootcamps.. ) It's early yet, but the playing field is starting to level, giving journalists and members of the public better access to data that previously only governments or large private companies could sift through.. Take.. Irene Choge.. , a journalist  ...   per primary school.. Then she scrutinized disease levels among primary school students.. Armed with this information, Choge visited the counties, investigated, interviewed, triangulated, and produced a series of stories (starting with.. this one.. ) that presented her findings.. Funding allocated for children's toilet facilities had disappeared, resulting in high levels of open defecation (in the same spaces where they played and ate).. This increased their risk of contracting cholera, giardiasis, hepatitis, and rotavirus, and accounted for low attendance, in particular among girls, who also had no facilities during their menstruation cycles.. The end result: poor student performance on exams.. Through Choge's analysis and story, open data became actionable intelligence.. As a result, government is acting: ministry resources are being allocated to correct the toilet deficiency across the most underserved primary schools and to identify the source of the misallocation at the root of the problem.. Moreover, NTV, with help from the World Bank and African Media Initiative-supported.. Code for Kenya.. program, are building a mobile phone application to enable parents across Kenyan counties to access and compare sanitary conditions in their children's schools against schools in other counties, and to demand action and improvements from government.. This is just one illustration of how opened data — particularly hyperlocal data — can elevate issues, which matter to people into the public consciousness for consideration, debate, and action.. As governments continue to open data the world over, there needs to be a stronger emphasis on enabling "mass mobilizers" and ultimately the public to use and reuse it.. Doing so can unleash the true power of opened data — to become actionable intelligence.. blogs.. worldbank.. org/publicsphere/open-data-has-little-value-if-people-cant-use-it.. com/services/trackback/6a00d83451e0be69e2017eea7e7472970d..

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  • Title: Information Policy: Open Source / Cloud Computing
    Descriptive info: 20.. Free Hosted Open Data Portals for Local Governments.. Provide a sustainable free open data hosting and publication service for local governments lacking the resources to deploy and maintain their own dedicated open data portal, to be built with open source software and standards-based cloud services.. Continue reading "Free Hosted Open Data Portals for Local Governments".. 20 in.. Mobile apps make for more open local government.. Australia is moving to embrace the concept of open and transparent governance that relies on a two-way communication system between the government and citizens and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are playing an important role in this new era of open governance.. Continue reading "Mobile apps make for more open local government".. Germany: The national GovData portal now online.. On 19 February 2013, the prototype of.. GovData.. - the national data portal - went online, providing citizens and businesses with easier access to and reuse of administrative data.. Nowadays, tablets and smartphones, based on open government data, offer numerous applications facilitating the everyday life.. Regarding the GovData portal, data from the federal, state and local governments are used under standardised technical and legal conditions.. Thus the portal constitutes an important contribution to the implementation of the government programme ‘Networked and transparent administration’ and the National eGovernment strategy.. Continue reading "Germany: The national GovData portal now online".. Meteors, Earthquakes, and Open Government in Russia - Just Another Day for the World Bank.. by Chris Vein.. My first day at the World Bank found me flying to Moscow to participate in the.. Open Government Conference.. Over the next five days, I taught master classes on Open Government to government officials, civil society experts, and interested parties; discussed Russia’s approach to  ...   policies? After all, the point of open data is to make more accountable and effective decision-making – whether it is about the public services to deliver, budgets to allocate or corruption risks to address.. Continue reading "Does open data make development more accountable? The case of Colombia".. In Crazy Open-Source Project, Finnish Citizens Propose Laws for Parliament To Consider.. By Fruzsina Eördögh.. As the U.. Election Day draws terrifyingly near, many Americans are frustrated as ever that their voice isn’t heard in the legislative process.. But maybe Finland has a solution to that problem.. Continue reading "In Crazy Open-Source Project, Finnish Citizens Propose Laws for Parliament To Consider".. 10.. 28.. Finland’s Next Laws To Emerge From Online Crowdsourced Proposals.. By: David J.. Hill.. Why isn’t.. that.. a law?.. You may have muttered this phrase or heard someone else say it out of frustration, but chances are that question has popped up in conversation in one form or another.. It’s the universal plight of citizens to feel underrepresented by their government, expressing their frustration at what is and isn’t legal.. But the political winds of change are gaining momentum, and governments are beginning to see the value of the crowd, as opposed to the masses, in shaping legislation.. Case in point: Finland now allows citizens to propose new laws online, and if an initiative gathers enough votes, the government must vote on it.. Continue reading "Finland’s Next Laws To Emerge From Online Crowdsourced Proposals".. 28 in.. Ziggo launches pilot for cloud TV service.. By Robert Briel.. Ziggo is inviting customers to take part in the first field trial of its cloud TV services called Ziggo Interactieve TV 2.. 0.. Continue reading "Ziggo launches pilot for cloud TV service"..

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