Who rules the internet? Not the ITU!

WCIT 2012 - the debacle in Dubai--the internet survives, for now:

Who rules the Internet? - latimes.com
Los Angeles Times
The International Telecommunication Union, the little-known but influential United Nations agency that oversees phone, radio and satellite communications, last week stopped short of fragmenting the Internet into national fiefdoms, as some had feared it ...

Confusion on Internet Future After UN Treaty Split | SecurityWeek.Com: ". . . James Lewis, who follows Internet governance at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, said backers of the treaty distorted the facts. "They (ITU) were lying," he said. "It was totally about the Internet." Lewis told AFP the ITU lost credibility because "they swore up and down there wouldn't be a vote, that a decision would be by consensus, and then they took a vote." The outcome underscored a deep divide between the US and its allies, which seek to keep the Internet open and unregulated, and authoritarian regimes that want to impose controls over online use and content. Russia, China and Saudi Arabia have been among countries seeking such changes. .. . ."

UN Bid to Seize Internet Fails but Threat Remains
The New American
Activists worldwide were celebrating after a United Nations conference, which was seeking to hand control over the Internet to an obscure UN agency known as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and its mostly dictatorial member regimes ...

Confusion on Internet Future After UN Treaty Split | SecurityWeek.Com
WASHINGTON - The freewheeling, unregulated Internet seemed to survive a push for new rules at a UN treaty meeting, but the collapse of talks leaves unanswered questions about the Web's future. A total of 89 countries endorsed the global ...
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New exploit could give Android malware apps access to user data on Samsung ...
The Next Web (blog)
The brilliant minds at XDA Developers have done it again; this time, a user by the name of alephzain claims to have discovered a vulnerability in multiple Samsung devices that gives access to all physical memory. The potential is huge: attackers could ...

The Next Web (blog)

Best new apps of 2012: what to download on your Christmas iPad or smartphone
The Guardian
iPhone/iPad/Android/BlackBerry – Free Pingit, one of the year's ...iPhone/iPad/Android/Windows Phone – Free Netflix charges you £5.99 a month for access to its growing catalogue of films and TV shows, including slick smartphoneand tablet apps. New ...

The Guardian

AT&T Tablet Sale: $100 Off iPad And Android Devices
The Inquisitr
Buyers looking to save some extra cash can also take $100 off refurbished 16GB or 32GB iPad'swith Wi-Fi + Cellular. The latter device can be picked up for just $429. Among popular GoogleAndroid tablets available are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the ...

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean reaching more users
Phones Review
Certain owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 are still using the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on their handset, while some others such as Verizon Wireless users have only just received the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. Almost two weeks ... The...

Phones Review

Samsung Galaxy S2 Android Update: Gets Ice Cream Sandwich On U.S. ...
Latinos Post
International Galaxy S2s can expect an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update fairly soon.Samsung has been testing builds out, and from the looks of the leaked firmwares, is close to being finished. If you can't wait, however, you can grab an Android 4.1.2 ...

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Chinese Android Tablet Looks Like Wii U Gamepad
Just Push Start
Chinese company JinXing is set to release an Android tablet that looks very similar to Nintendo's Wii U gamepad. It is called the S7300 “SMART Console” and is a 7 inch screen with a 5-point capacitive touchscreen. Much like the Wii U gamepad, it also ...
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Gets XXLK7 Android 2.3.6 Official Firmware [Installation]
Samsung has rolled out the latest Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) firmware update for Galaxy Ace 2 in the UK. The update XXLK7 Gingerbread is said to be more stable and bug-free than the previous firmware. Users can access the update via Samsung Kies or ...
E FUN's 7" Nextbook Premium Android Tablet With Google Play Now Available
SYS-CON Media (press release)
WEST COVINA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/16/12 -- E FUN, a consumer electronics designer and manufacturer of fun, easy-to-use lifestyle products, announced that its newest Nextbook Android tablet featuring full access to Google Play™, the Nextbook ...

Google Nexus 10 vs Nexus 7: comparison of 2 Android Jelly Bean tablets
Northern Voices Online
Android tablet market is booming like never before. Till last year or mid this year, theAndroid tablet was seen as a second grade, uninspiring set of products that still carried a sense of second best choice opposed to what Apple and its iPad tablets ...

Northern Voices Online

Android Tablet Clones Original Wii U GamePad Design at C3 News
Christened the "Dual Core HD GamePad 2", yes, even baring the Nintendo-coined controller name, the device is a 7-inch Android driven tablet that bares a strong resemblance to the original debut 2011 Wii U GamePad design. The setup includes dual ...


Timothy Karr: The Internet, Journalism and the Newtown Tragedy
Huffington Post
There was some media head scratching Friday afternoon after a source on the scene of the Newtown tragedy identified the shooter as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. A Facebook search had Lanza as a resident of Hoboken, which sent local and national news ...

Beware the Chat Room: 11 Internet-Related Plots from '90s TV Shows
The Atlantic
Once upon a time, the Internet was the perfect newfangled plot fodder for television shows. But what was cutting edge at the time seems clunkier than Zack Morris's cell phone today. So fire up that old modem: I've rounded up some examples of the dated ...

The state of broadband access speeds in Singapore
TechRepublic (blog)
Commissioned by Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and published as the Consumer Broadband Report on its website, the report essentially puts local Internet service providers (ISPs) together based on their price and download speed, and ...

Tri-Creek promotes Internet safety : Lowell News
LOWELL | As the use of technology in schools expands with more school districts instituting a one-to-one computer program, schools are reinforcing Internet safety. Debra Howe, superintendent of the Tri-Creek Community School Corp. which most recently ...

Viewing online pornography 'can make you lose your memory'
Daily Mail
According to researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the findings could help psychologists understand why some people with internet porn addictions forget to sleep, miss appointments, shirk job responsibilities and neglect relationships.

Daily Mail

For good and ill, adoption transformed by Internet
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Internet-based tools “are transforming adoption practices, challenging laws and policies, offering unprecedented opportunities and resources, and raising critical ethical, legal and procedural issues,” the report notes. On the plus side, the report ...

Intel stresses critical need for broadband growth to revive economy
The Express Tribune
Despite IT investments in the government and enterprise segments during the last decade, he said, a majority of consumers remained deprived of affordable computers and internet access. In terms of purchasing a computer and broadband connection, ...

Brazil reches 63.5 mln mobile broadband connections - study
Telecompaper (subscription)
The number of mobile broadband connections in Brazil reached 63.5 million at end-Q3 2012, according to the latest Huawei Broadband Balance, published on December 14. Out of them, 80 percent corresponded to 3G devices, 10 percent to broadband data ...

FreedomPop tempts with no-commit 1GB of free home Internet each ...
By Christian Zibreg
The way things are now, fourth-generation cellular networks already match - and often top - data speeds offered by your home's typical DSL broadband. ... So why not just replace your broadbandline with a wireless 4G router? Enter FreedomPop, a startup backed by Skype ... gigabytes each month. FreedomPop made a name for itself with a $99 iPhone case with built-in WiMax modems and free data, providing non-LTE devices such as older iPhones with speedy cellular connectivity.

Boise Guardian | Media, Games, Internet Shape Our Violent Views
By dave
Media, Games, Internet Shape Our Violent Views. December 16, 2012 ⋅ Post a comment. While society struggles to explain the inexplicable in the wake of the latest mass shooting deaths, we can't help but ponder the impact of visual ...
The Boise Guardian

It's Time to Fix the Pitifully Slow, Expensive Internet Access in the U.S. | Wired Opinion | Wired.com: "One of the core issues being debated in Dubai right now is whether governments should be encouraged to mandate deep-packet inspection standards that make it easy for telcos to charge for and monitor internet communications crossing national borders. The U.S. government has taken on the fight against such an international norm in a bipartisan fashion, which is good news. But while our government representatives in Dubai discuss global internet access, it’s worth considering some of the access limitations on our own soil. Here are the facts: Approximately 19 million Americans can’t subscribe to high-speed internet access because they live in areas that private companies believe are too expensive to serve. Internet access is still very expensive compared to the rest of the developed world – a third of Americans don’t or can’t subscribe."

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