All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Politics’
There’s a lot of uncertainty not just in the economy but also in the policies guiding American media, the Internet included. Perhaps to quell some of that uncertainty, the public and government officials should pay close attention to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s opinion…and do the opposite.
Voting on a bill to give telecommunications companies retroactive immunity for participating in the government’s warrantless electronic surveillance program was originally scheduled for today. The Democrats, who are suddenly discovering they may have a set of cojones after all, have successfully delayed renewal of the speciously titled "Protect America Act," at least until next week.
The Iranian government has plans to block private access to the Internet for the general legislative election on March 14, Iranian news agencies are reporting.
The reasoning behind the shutting down of the Internet was inconsistent. "Shutting down the Internet service will depend on security plans and on the Ministry of Telecommunication," said Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the interior minister.
The European Parliament has passed a proposal that would penalize countries for censoring content on the Internet.
It’s no wonder the Chinese government doesn’t really trust the Internet. It makes it a lot easier to call them out. Darn those democratic institutions! Chinese bloggers and forum members forced a photographer to admit he doctored a photo for the good of the State.
It’s not that there aren’t pregnant chiru antelope in Tibet, it’s just that they’re usually not pregnant in June.
And trains scare them.
Taking a break from fining Microsoft, the European Union approved today Acer of Taiwan’s purchase Dutch computer maker Packard Bell.
If you think back to 1995 or so, Packard Bell was the affordable computer that was always breaking and your uber-geek friends were always laughing about. That might be why Acer was able to pick up an entire computer company for less than $46 million.
A small price to pay to get a foothold in Europe while fending off Lenovo.
When Microsoft announced last week a new openness philosophy, the first thought that came to mind was, “Well, that’s a switch!.” Considering they’d been fighting tooth and nail against open source competitors for years – I seem to remember Steve Ballmer paying personal visits to mayors in France and Germany to talk them out of Linux – opening up everything to developers was a surprising move.
Yesterday’s FCC "hearing" to discuss Comcast’s interference with BitTorrent traffic was more "dogpile on the cable shill." Comcast chose executive VP David Cohen as the bullet-catcher/gauntlet-runner/sacrificial lamb, and Verizon sent its own executive VP, Tom Tauke, presumably for moral support.
The managing editor of a conservative Iranian Web site was arrested for "poisoning the election atmosphere," a Tehran general prosecutor said.
In a blog post on the Nosazi (Renovation) Web site, Hossein Nobakhtian took the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini to task for going against the legacy of the founder of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. The post attacked Hassan Khomeini for not agreeing with hardliners and their decision to not include moderates on a list of candidates for the March 14 parliamentary elections.
Bloggers in Malaysia are having an impact on the political process as the country prepares for elections next month.
Three well-known bloggers, who are opponents of the ruling party that has been in power for fifty years, are running for the first time as candidates on March 8, counting on their online popularity to bring in votes.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is receiving a lot of attention online for a video in which he tells a bystander to "get lost".
Sarkozy was filmed by a journalist from the newspaper Le Parisien while attending an annual farm fair in Paris on Saturday. Sarkozy went to shake a mans hand who in response said," Don’t touch me, you are soiling me." Sarkozy replied while still smiling," Get lost, dumb ass."
Cable is on course to be the next decade’s dial-up. With limited capacity, cable companies are in a pickle: manipulate network traffic like Comcast has been doing (which customers and perhaps the government won’t stand for) or go back to metered pricing, which is going back ten years in business model, like Time Warner has done, which customers ultimately won’t stand for, especially as more competition comes around.
You have to love sometimes the rhetoric of freedom fighters. The US had Patrick Henry and Nathan Hale. More recently, China has university professor Guo Quan, who, after being deleted from Google’s index at the behest of the government, called Google "a servile Pekinese dog wagging its tail at the heels of the Chinese communists."
Ooh. I love it when people get all revolutionary.
A federal judge has issued an order allowing the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics In Washington (CREW) to conduct "very limited" questioning of White House officials about email messages the group alleges are missing.
On the (sort of) bright side, few people were probably deprived of the information – it’s not as if Google and Yahoo are all that popular in China. The downside is that both companies seem to have suppressed something yet again. Also, they will soon be sued for doing so.
For better or for worse, Ron Paul still doesn’t get much coverage in the mainstream media, and he hasn’t done extraordinarily well in the primaries, either. But in other ways, the Internet has had a major influence on all the political hoo-ha, and Barack Obama’s fundraising is the latest example of this.
It’s wonderful that someone at the Wall Street Journal, or an interviewee for this blog post on the undersea cables that were cut in the Middle East, reads WebProNews. (Poking my chin up in the air so you can pin a ribbon on it, the New York Times does too, sometimes.) And it’s also fun to think I started a small Internet joke meme that made it from Lexington all the way to New York.
Three of the undersea Internet cables that were mysteriously cut last week are expected to be repaired by Sunday, Flag Telecom says.
Two cables in the Mediterranean off the coast of Egypt and one cable 56 km off the coast of Dubai were severed last week, disrupting Internet service for up to 75% of the entire region, including India.
The cable industry’s in trouble, and the FCC isn’t all that interested in helping it. Six cable networks are suing the Federal agency in an attempt to block "dual must-carry" requirements set to take effect in 2009. The nuances of the issue highlight that cable just isn’t keeping up with the competition in terms of capacity, and it appears the FCC is very content to help telephone and satellite companies steamroll an entire industry.
A Web site in the southern Russian region of Ingushetia blamed local authorities on Thursday of attempting to shut it down after it organized protests and posted details of kidnaps and murders.
Ingushetiya.ru was one of the only sources of information that was critical of authorities from the mostly Muslim region bordering Chechnya. The site promoted and helped organize a protest Saturday where demonstrators carrying gasoline bombs clashed with police and burned a pro-government newspaper office.
A group with al Qaeda ties in Iraq released a video Sunday that showed two police officers repenting their past actions and turning their weapons over to insurgents.
The video featured the two men smiling and no armed insurgents were seen around as in previous videos. The group did not reveal how the men had defected or been captured or what their fate was.
Let me preface by saying I think the current administration – from the top all the way down to appointees who blindly cooperate – should be tried for treason. That way we bring any allegations of bias or slant to the forefront and you know where I stand. No need to bring in theories about what lies beneath the words; the words are out in the open.
The Motion Picture Association of America is the latest poster child for reasons not to trust research put out by entities with vested interests in the results of the research. The MPAA is having to send out word that their previous estimates of movie piracy on college campuses were a bit overstated—by a factor of three.
It looks like a certain type of ads will continue to bombard us through newspapers, the radio, and television. Yet an interesting new report suggests that the presidential candidates, and politicians in general, aren’t all that interested in online advertising.
An interesting Net Neutrality micro-debate has surfaced surrounding Akamai and whether Akamai’s services are a violation of Net Neutrality principles. This argument, produced by an influential Internet law professor, was used to illustrate that the Internet has never been neutral.
Somewhere out there, at least one of Ron Paul’s followers is unhappy. Why, you ask? Because the presidential candidate has enjoyed an amazing amount of support from certain corners of the Web, and a certain search giant has only now launched something called Google Checkout for Political Contributions.
Video search engine Truveo has launched a presidential video election page focused on the 2008 race.
The site features election related videos from television networks, user generated video sites and the campaigns themselves. The site includes pages of the candidates in the Democratic and Republican primary races. Candidates featured include Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama on the Democratic side and Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Mitt Romney on the Republican side.
Free Press, the organization behind SaveTheInternet.com, responded to the Federal Communications Commission’s expressed intent to investigate Comcast and Verizon Wireless over alleged content blocking. The group urged the FCC to respond quickly in order to protect the free flow of information on all networks.
A disturbing report via National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell says Big Brother (that’s the US government and its NSA if you haven’t been keeping up) wants access to any email, file transfer and Web search. Their main ally so far in the security game: AT&T.
Remember how after AT&T made Net Neutrality concessions to get their merger with BellSouth approved, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin was so quick to remind everybody that the FCC had no teeth to enforce that? Well, the lack of teeth is coming back to bite us.
Let’s review. At the end of 2006, Martin had this to say about making sure AT&T followed it’s own commitment to maintaining a neutral network:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin says the regulatory agency will investigate allegations that Comcast interferes with p2p Internet traffic. He also said Verizon Wireless would be under the microscope after complaints the company blocked text messages from an abortion rights group.
Want straightforward news about New Hampshire’s primary? So do I. Yet within about seven seconds of turning on the television this morning, I heard someone begin a sentence with "If you buy my book . . ." In contrast, Google Maps offers a neutral representation of events.
Is there a correlation between web traffic and the results of the Iowa Caucus? Well, maybe.
Hitwise’s Heather Hopkins was half right a couple of days ago, all the way from England. Hopkins measured the Iowa traffic going to different candidate websites and yes indeed Barack Obama beat out Hillary Clinton.
No elected official is going to vote against something called "the KIDS Act," especially when it aims to curb sex offenders’ access to children online. It’s like voting against anti-kitten-punting legislation. In a perfect policy world, though, lawmakers would not just agree on terms, but would also address limitations.
Only a third of people who watch online videos have checked out a political video, not because of lack of availability, but for lack of interest.
A third translates to quite a large number, though, according to Harris Interactive, or about 62 million people.
We knew that Google would change and release a lot of things in preparation for the 2008 presidential election, and, well, we were right. Google News recently gained a section titled "Elections" above the old mainstays like "Business," "Sci/Tech," and "Sports."
While 81 percent of adults who are online have watched videos only 35 percent have ever watched a political video online according to a Harris Interactive poll.
When it comes to the type of political videos watched, 27 percent have viewed a news story about a campaign or candidate online, while 14 percent have watched a candidate interview and the same number a political speech. Only 11 percent watched a political advertisement and 10 percent a campaign video.
Yahoo News teamed up with Yahoo Buzz to come up with a Political Dashboard for anybody interested in following the traveling circus, er, race to the White House.
In addition to the latest polls, the dashboard also tracks current search buzz for each candidate as Yahoo users look for more information. It also keeps track of how much money each candidate has raised.
Social networking, blog and political party Web sites have less sway over voter’s opinion than recent buzz would suggest. Seventy-two percent of voters said that the mainstream media such as newspapers and magazines are their main source for political information, according to a survey by Nucleus Research and KnowledgeStorm.
All of the major presidential candidates have an online presence, but their current online strategies are not reaching 42 percent of voters who use the Internet for information about politics, according to a study from iCrossing "How America Searches: Election 2008."