nz: Kiwis second largest web users
A new survey shows New Zealanders are the second-largest users of the internet in the world. … The biggest uptake was in Malta, where 78.1% access the web. New Zealand was followed by Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, then Australia, the United States, Canada and Norway.
uk: Broadband growth speeds forward
Broadband accounts for 64% of all net connections in the UK, according to official figures.
Libraries begin uncertain new chapter
With internet companies such as Google becoming more involved in digitising content, what role does the public library have in today’s web-driven society?
The Malta Discussions on Internet Governance: Summary of the International Conference
Conference discussions were divided into five panels, each looking at different aspects of the future Internet Governance Forum. In addition, DiploTeam members and researchers presented Diplo’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme and the results of research on a number of topics, including the protection of public interest with regards to the Internet. The document includes some of the main points which emerged from each panel’s deliberations.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
This website has been set up to support the process started by the United Nations Secretary-General with a view to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue – the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The Secretary-General was mandated by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to convene such a Forum and he asked his Special Advisor for WSIS, Mr. Nitin Desai, to hold consultations in this matter. Consultations on the Convening of the IGF. The texts of the realtime transcription of the 16 – 17 February Consultations on the convening of the IGF are now available for viewing:
The worst of the Net
This week, a US Congressional body – the House subcommittee on global human rights – held a hearing on the involvement of American companies in the controlling of Internet access by Chinese users. The Republican Chairman of the subcommittee declared: “Cooperation with tyranny should not be embraced for the sake of profits.” Hear, hear. We need to sort out those commie Chinese. But there is a more serious issue that American politicians and industry are not adequately addressing. The UK’s Internet Watch Foundation found last year that 40% of all reports of child abuse images on the Net were hosted in the United States. Why are there no hearings on this?
Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives
Reporters Without Borders’ representative in Washington, Lucie Morillon, testified on 15 February before the US House of Representatives Committee for International relations and Humanitarian Affairs. During the hearing, the major US Internet companies such as Yahoo !, Microsoft, Google and Cisco systems, were required to explain their collaboration with the Chinese authorities on web censorship.
us/cn: Congress accuses Google of collusion
The giants of the internet were hauled before Congress yesterday, accused of colluding with China’s secret police and censors.
eu: Bits and Bytes to Fight Child Pornography
European forensic scientists have developed a state-of-the-art computer program to help track down child victims of sexual exploitation on the Internet.
About 40 million Americans were browsing the web just for fun or to pass the time on a typical day in December 2005.