China defends internet regulation
China has responded to international criticism of its internet regulations by saying its rules are “fully in line” with the rest of the world.
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”.
cn: Yahoo! appeals for support in censorship row
Yahoo! yesterday sought to blunt criticism of its business practices in China in advance of what is expected to be a gruelling hearing in Washington on Wednesday.
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.
European Commission to assess filters
The Safer Internet Programme has initiated a study aiming at an independent assessment of the filtering software and services.
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
Chinese man ‘jailed due to Yahoo’
Internet firm Yahoo is accused of giving data to China which led to the arrest of another online writer.
uk: Nominet flip-flops on industry code of conduct
Nominet UK, the outfit that administers the .uk domain, says it’s committed to “raising standards in the UK internet industry” four years after insisting a code of conduct was “not feasible”.
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.