China’s old guard warns censors of ‘social disaster’

China’s old guard warns censors of ‘social disaster’
A group of retired senior officials and academics, including Mao Zedong’s former secretary, yesterday called for more openness, warning China’s propaganda department that the media crackdown “could sow the seeds of disaster for political and social transition”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/china/story/0,,1710025,00.html

us: Measuring Broadband’s Economic Impact by William H. Lehr, Carlos A. Osorio, Sharon E. Gillett (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Does broadband matter to the economy? Numerous studies have focused on whether there is a digital divide, on regulatory impacts and investment incentives, and on the factors influencing where broadband is available. However, given how recently broadband has been adopted, little empirical research has investigated its economic impact. This paper presents estimates of the effect of broadband on a number of indicators of economic activity, including employment, wages, and industry mix, using a cross-sectional panel data set of communities (by zip code) across the United States.

Yahoo! accused over jailing of Chinese dissident

Yahoo! accused over jailing of Chinese dissident (Guardian)Campaigners for free speech in China accused the US internet company Yahoo! of providing information that allowed Chinese police to jail a cyber-dissident two years ago. The charge by Reporters Without Borders is likely to provide further ammunition to US congressional members, less than two weeks after Google said it would bend to Beijing’s wish to censor politically sensitive content.http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1706736,00.html

uk: Nominet takes lead on raising standards in UK Internet industry (news release)

uk: Nominet takes lead on raising standards in UK Internet industry (news release)
A survey of registrars by Nominet, the .uk domain name registry, has revealed that two-thirds agreed with the need for improved self-regulation in the domain name industry and over 80 per cent supported a code of conduct for registrars.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/4583_Industry_standards.pdf