Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under:UPDATED! | Tags:Google, REBLOG | Comments Off on ‘The Future of Internet Freedom’ According to Google
Two Google executives have penned an article for the New York Times “The Future of Interent Freedom”
In the op-ed, the duo – Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen – detail the the means to overcome internet censorship in repressive communities.
Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, assert that the coming decade will see the internet increase by five-billion users from around the globe.
The Googlers surmise that the population growth will come primarily from places like Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Iran where www. access is heavily censored, another dystopian divination? :: Read the full article »»»»
Pope Francis says the internet is “a gift from God” and called on Catholics to “boldly become citizens of the digital world”.
“The internet offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God,” the Argentinian born pontiff said in his first World Communication Day message, given annually by the pope. :Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world. Let our communication be a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts.”
The 77-year-old pontiff is a keen Twitter user whose account has attracted more than 10 million followers, check: twitter.com/Pontifex
But he also makes a point of privileging human relationships and physical touch, often walking among the crowds who flock to see him in St Peter’s Square and embracing the ill or disabled :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author:Michael Courtenay | Filed under:CRIME! | Tags:REBLOG | Comments Off on Run Skidmark Run! Google Steps-up Internet Paedophile Hunt
It’s en ease to bag out the behemoth that is Google, outwardly the company looks like a money making machine – without a huge social conscience – Scratch the surface a little however, and your glimmered by small signs of hope. There’s a bunch of cool stuff coming out of Google’s X-Labs, Project Loony’s superneat wifi via balloon power. Google Culture dictates that the company has a social conscience, exercising that conscience is – it seems – a little harder?
In it’s latest effort to set-things-right, Google is doing what it does best, it’s creating an image database to help law enforcement control the traffic of offensive images and remove child pornography from the web. Indeed, it’s a no-brainer, Google’s mission statement outlines the company’s intention to ‘organize the worlds information’ and mapping a world of depravity in order to be rid of it, something the company is exemplary at.
While we’d love to sing Google’s praises, we are left wondering why that hadn’t happened sooner, search, categorize and list is after all what Google does best?
Now that Google has announced plans to setup an online database of offensive images, you can expect that the war will escalate quickly. The ethos of the plan is to enable law enforcement agencies, not-for-profits and private companies to detect and remove offensive content more easily :: Read the full article »»»»
Internet behemoth Google believes that it might actually be able to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. The search-giant has launched the first set of balloons in it’s ambitious plan :: Read the full article »»»»
Technology behemoth Cisco has forecast that the need for internet speed will increase at head-spin pace over the next 4 years. The company predicts that by 2017, global internet traffic will be measured in zettabytes – one zettabyte is the seventh power of 1000 or 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 bytes, a sextillion – a trillion gigabytes.
Cisco reckons that by the end of 2015 annual global internet traffic will wiz past the zettabyte threshold. By 2017 the internet will reach nearly 1.5 zettabytes in data consumption annually. However, more worrying for boffins is the growth in peak-hour internet traffic. Over the past 5 years peak hour traffic increased at a steady 30 per cent a year, last year it grew at 40 per cent and Cisco say that growth is set to triple of the next 5 years.
The research is part of Cisco’s Visual Networking Index – VNI – and ongoing initiative by the behemoth that explores the implications of IP growth. Another amazing stat to come out of Cisco’s research is the growth of mobile, in 2012 less than 25 per cent of internet traffic originated from mobile devices, they expect mobile to grow to half of all internet traffic by 2012
It’s worth noting; in pre modern internet 1986, the planets entire historical data output – television, radio, cable etc – was 0.400 zettabytes. in 2000 we still only consumed 1.2 zettabytes – remember, that’s everything, all broadcast technologies – by 2017 the planet will be consuming more than 5 zettabytes of data a year, almost a third of which will be pulled through the internet:: Read the full article »»»»
More than three decades after it’s 1978 launched, Minitel, a French forerunner to the internet we know and love today – at its height was installed in 9 million French homes – will shut down for good tomorrow.
Once at the cutting edge of technology, the Minitel allowed users in France to check the news, search phone directories, buy train and plane tickets, make restaurant reservations and even take part in online sex chats long before similar services existed elsewhere.
The advent of the internet made the Minitel’s dial-up connection and black-and-white screen obsolete, despite some pretty vocal protests, Minitel’s operator France Telecom-Orange has decided to finally pull the plug.
Developed by France Telecom in the 1970s and freely distributed, the Minitel reached its height in the early 1990s, with 26,000 services available and annual revenues of about a billion euros, about $AU1.2 billion.
Today only about 400,000 terminals are still in use, many of its services – including booking Air France and railway tickets – have been discontinued and in 2010 the system brought in only 30 million euros in revenues. With 85 per cent of those revenues going to service providers, France Telecom has decided the cost of maintaining the network is no longer financially viable :: Read the full article »»»»
If you thought we had safely passed through the Green stage of evolution, think again! Apparently the next thing to go green is the internet. Melbourne University’s Rod Tucker has a fairly balanced – for a greeny – view on how why and when. Tucker reckons today’s internet, including all of its add-on services like Google and Facebook, uses only a few per cent of the world’s electricity supply. The carbon footprint of the internet is roughly the same as the global airline industry. However, the internet is growing much faster than the airline industry, and is on track to be the world’s largest single greenhouse emitter.
To stem the greenhouse footprint of the internet, the GreenTouch global research consortium, an amalgamation of 60 industry organizations and universities, including the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), Alcatel-Lucent, the University of New South Wales and NICTA, is reinventing the underlying technologies and the structure of the internet in ways that make networks more energy efficient. GreenTouch aims to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of information and communications technology (ICT) networks by a factor of 1000 by the year 2020. Read Tucker’s Full Article »»»»