May 30, 2012
The next generation, smarter than ours
USA Today reports on the winning words in the National Spelling Bee over the last 8 decades. It's clear that the last decade's students would have found many of the earlier winning words to be child's play.
Here is the list, as compiled by USA Today:
May 17, 2012
My New Paper, Just in Time for IPO: Facebookistan
Most of Facebook's users lie outside the United States, its home jurisdiction. In a new paper published this week, I examine how Facebook has been regulated across the world. Download here.
Here is the abstract:
Who rules Facebookistan? Who makes the rules that govern the way a tenth of humanity connects on the Internet? The United States, France, China, or Mark Zuckerberg? Facebook represents a type of multinational corporation new to the world stage—one that raises issues different than those raised by earlier generations of multinational corporations. A review of international controversies involving Facebook reveals that Facebook has changed some of its policies as a result of pressures from governments around the world, while resisting other pressures. At the same time, Facebook has itself helped spur changes in the law, most evidently in helping undermine repressive governments. Ultimately, this Article finds that regulatory power is, de facto, dispersed across a wide array of international actors.
May 08, 2012
White House Issues Major Statement on Internet Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued an important statement on Internet policy:
Members of the business community have expressed concern that some national governments seek to balkanize the Internet by establishing barriers to the free flow of information under the pretext of protecting cybersecurity, social stability, or local economies. This is contrary to President Obama's vision of an Internet that is interoperable the world over, and the United States will vigorously oppose such barriers. Further, these regulatory actions would create a confusing array of “local Internets,” establishing different rules for different places. Firms may cease to offer services outside the country in which they are based if a variety of domestic regulations makes it too complicated or too costly.
The statement embraces a multistakeholder view of Internet regulation.
ICANN rakes in $350 million in fees
ICANN's decision to open up the domain name space to any possibility under any language produced, unsurprisingly, a large number of applicants.
At $185,000 per application, ICANN said it is now sitting on an embarrassingly large cash pile of roughly $350m in application fees, much of which will be used to pay the programme's outside evaluators.
ICANN seems to plan to pay many outside experts to evaluate these applications. Perhaps time for many Chander.com readers to become domain name experts.
Thinking about Internet Policy
This is an excellent series of highly topical articles on the current state and possible future directions of the Internet. In-depth pieces cover such subjects as social media, privacy, Big Data, intellectual property and the political use of the Net by both governments and activists.The week of articles has the following themes:The New Cold WarThe Militarisation of CyberspaceThe New Walled GardensIP Wars'Civilising' the webThe Open ResistanceThe End of PrivacyIn addition, some key thinkers and innovators give new interviews or talks. These include: