Facebook and Google Create Walled Gardens for Web Newcomers Overseas

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With more than half the people in the world still not online, Facebook and Google are waging a battle to make sure that Internet newcomers get their first tastes of the Web from them. Each company is persuading wireless carriers in poor countries to offer customers free or very cheap online access that is limited to stripped-down versions of the Web giants’ sites. The idea is that once these new users get some experience in a walled garden of Facebook or Google, they will want more Internet access and pay…

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Internet Providers Persuade FCC Panel Against Cybersecurity Recommendations

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WASHINGTON—Big Internet providers seem to have talked their way out of unwelcome new recommendations on cybersecurity. Danny Yadron has specifics of how Internet providers oppose proposed cybersecurity measures put forth by an FCC panel. Photo: Getty Images. An original draft of a report by an advisory panel to the Federal Communications Commission, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, endorsed a list of concrete suggestions for major telecommunications and cable companies to tackle the cybersecurity problem. Those measures—which included steps such as controlling which employees have administrative privileges on company networks—weren’t…

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25 years on, Tim Berners-Lee wins ‘UK’s Nobel prize’ for siring the internet

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Just the other day we were contemplating the tragic irony of the internet’s inventor Tim Berners-Lee having just 125,000 Twitter followers, while Jersey Shore’s trainwreck-in-chief ‘Snooki’ had over 6 million. Wasn’t it about time Sir Tim, who NBC’s presenters admitted they “hadn’t heard of” during the Olympic opening ceremony, got a little more recognition for his planet-altering creation of the world wide web? Well it turns out the judges for the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, our new answer to the Nobel prize, felt the same way and have…

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IBCA Called for Inclusion of African Businesses at ICANN Africa Strategy Meeting in Addis Ababa

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The Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA), an initiative of DotConnectAfrica that was Unveiled at ICANN 49 Public Forum in Toronto Canada and seeking to partner with ICANN and the African Businesses in a multi-stakeholder model of IG was invited to present its ideas at the just concluded African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance meeting held at the UNECA Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6-8 March 2013. Invited to speak on the different sessions as a panelist, Ms. Bekele analyzed the African business scenario, noting that there was a need…

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ICANN SARP: 3 new gTLD Applicants submit application for financial assistance

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Today, ICANN is publishing the New gTLD Applicant Support Program results identified by the Support Application Review Panel (SARP) for applications that have requested for financial assistance. There were three financial assistance requests submitted to ICANN by applicants to the New gTLD Program. Each of these requests were carefully considered and extensively reviewed against the criteria outlined in the New gTLD Financial Assistance Handbook. Below lists the three applications that have submitted for financial assistance, and includes the SARP determination for meeting the minimum criteria for financial assistance: Per the…

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ICANN President Announces Major Expansion in Africa

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Chehadé Calls for an Increase in African Registrars   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia… The President of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said he is moving ahead immediately with plans to have six new ICANN representatives on the African continent.   “ICANN used to say if you want to participate in Internet governance come to ICANN,” said Fadi Chehadé. “We’ve changed that, now ICANN is coming to the stakeholders. We’re not waiting for you to come. We’re coming to you.”   Chehadé made his comments during the Africa…

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THE OBJECTIONS FILED BY THE INDEPENDENT OBJECTOR

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On 12 March 2013, the Independent Objector (IO) has lodged 24 objections against new applied-for gTLDs before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Acting solely in the best interests of the public who use the global internet, in full independence and impartiality, the IO is limited to filing objections on the grounds of Limited Public Interest and Community.  Following his exchanges with some applicants for new gTLDs, as part of the Initial Notice Procedure, he remained convinced that, for some applications, an objection was still warranted on the Limited Public…

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The Internet Needs a Plan B

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LONG BEACH, California — Danny Hillis is one of the earliest internet users. He registered the third domain name ever, Think.com (“I thought, so many interesting names, maybe I should register a few other names? Nahh that wouldn’t be very nice.”) Clutching a gray book about an inch thick on stage, Hillis described those early days. “This is everyone who had an internet address in 1982,” Hillis told the crowd at TED 2013 on Wednesday. “It had your name, address and phone number. You were actually listed twice, because it…

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DCA Registry Services makes its voice heard at the ICANN Africa Strategy Addis Ababa

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PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 10, 2013 – DCA Registry Services and its UK Technical Partner CentralNic participated in the just ended African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance (http://www.africanncommunity.org/ index.php/component/rseventspro/event/1) meeting held at the UNECA Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6-8 March 2013, where it played a part among other African organizations like African IGF, AfriNIC, AFTLD, ISOC Africa, and the ATU and ITU. source

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