- ICANN - A low point +/-
(Susan Crawford) The decision by ICANN's board, which voted 9-5 to reject the XXX contract, represents a low point for ICANN. I am a member of ICANN's board, and I voted in favor of the agreement. Policies as to the use of domain names, as opposed to the registration of domain names, are not appropriate subjects for ICANN decisionmaking. By keeping such a short leash on ICM's development of its policy organization, which will in turn make decisions about the use of names at the second level, ICANN may be getting into dangerous territory. We should not run the risk of turning ICANN into a convenient chokepoint for the content-related limitations desired by particular governments around the world. see also .XXX and Conservative Groups by Patrick Vande Walle.
- ICANN - Appeal and lawsuit over .xxx rejection +/-
(out-law.com) The company that called for a .xxx domain on the internet has asked ICANN to reconsider its decision to reject the bid. ICM Registry is also suing the US Government for access to documents that it hopes will prove political interference. ICANN's board rejected ICM's proposal by nine votes to five on 10th May. But ICM filed a request for reconsideration, arguing that the decision was 'based on inaccurate information about the written statements of various governments concerning .xxx'.
- ICANN - US Renews Contract for Oversight Of Internet +/-
(Washington Post) The Bush administration plans to renew its exclusive contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the U.S.-based nonprofit group that oversees key technical matters governing how computers communicate over the Internet.
- ICANN approves .tel domain +/-
(ZDNet UK) Internet regulator ICANN has approved the creation of the .tel domain, the company that proposed the domain announced. Telnic, which proposed .tel to ICANN in 2000, said the domain will give individuals and businesses a naming and navigation structure for the Internet communications space.
- EU - ICT for growth and jobs: most Member States need to be more ambitious, +/-
(RAPID) To get the full benefits from information and communication technologies (ICT), EU Member States need more ambitious plans to exploit them, says the Commission in its first annual progress report on i2010; To help get growth back on track, Member States need to step up their efforts to improve access to broadband internet connections, facilitate the EU-wide circulation of digital content, free up radio spectrum for new applications, integrate research and innovation and modernise public services.
- How could we regulate the Internet? +/-
(CommsWatch) Roger Darlington put forward ideas on the subject of the regulation of the Internet that he has been developing as a result of his experience at the Internet Watch Foundation and the Ofcom Consumer Panel.
- WSIS - Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group appointed +/-
(UN Press Release) United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has established an Advisory Group to assist him in convening the Internet Governance Forum, a new forum for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on Internet governance. The Group includes 47 members from Government, the private sector and civil society, including the academic and technical communities, who represent all regions of the world. It is chaired by Nitin Desai, the Secretary-General?s Special Adviser for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), who may also select special advisers to assist him. see also Kofi Annan benennt neue Beratergruppe für Internet Governance Forum (Heise - Monika Emert).
- WSIS- Regierungsvertreter bringen ihre Themenvorschläge für Internet Governance Forum ein +/-
(Heise) Das Thema "Internet Governance" dürfe beim ersten "Internet Governance Forum" (IGF) im Herbst in Athen nicht unter den Tisch fallen. Das forderte der brasilianische Regierungsvertreter José Marcos Nogueira Viana in Genf zu Beginn des Vorbereitungstreffens der Beratergruppe für das neue UN-Forum. Vertreter anderer Länder, darunter auch die EU, favorisieren Spam und Sicherheitsfragen als Hauptthemen für das erste IGF-Treffen. Russland nannte Cyberterrorismus und Cyberwarfare vordringlich.
- Google (service name here) isn't that popular +/-
(ZDNet) posted by Garett Rogers. Google does a poor job of cross-marketing their services. There are so many of them that it's hard for anybody to keep up. New statistics from hitwise suggest that the only service Google can call a 'huge success' is Google Search which has, according to them, a 79.98% market share. The runner up is Google Image Search with 9.54%, and from there the market share for the rest rapidly shrink.
- US - Internet Use Involves Both Pros and Cons For Children And Adolescents, +/-
(APA) Between 75 and 90 percent of teenagers in the United States use the Internet to email, instant message (IM), visit chat rooms and explore other sites on the World Wide Web. According to the latest research published by the American Psychological Association (APA), spending a lot of time on the Web can have both negative and positive effects on young people, i.e., the sharing of self-injury practices by some and the improvement of academic performance and health awareness by others. Full texts of the articles are online.
- US - Online socializing: Latest data +/-
(Net Family News) The Top 10 social-networking sites now reach a whopping 45% of active Web users, according to Nielsen/NetRatings' latest figures. Together, the ten sites have grown 47% in the past year (from 46.8 million unique visitors in April 2005 to 68.8 million last month). Nielsen's Top 10 are: MySpace, Blogger, Classmates Online, YouTube, MSN Groups, AOL Hometown, Yahoo! Groups, MSN Spaces, SixApart, TypePad, and Xanga.