Excluding requests by intelligence agencies. The statistics have been provided as a result of a Freedom Of Information request in the Netherlands.
Archive for 2011/02/02
AT&T “systematically” overcharged iPhone and iPad owners by inflating data downloads and adding “phantom traffic” to bills, so claims a lawsuit filed in California federal courtPosted: 2011/02/02 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
The communications regulator, Ofcom UK, has today launched two new consultations into proposals that will allow Mobile Network Operators (MNO) to trade wireless network licences in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz (radio frequency) spectrum bandsPosted: 2011/02/02 in Education / Awareness, Mobile tech, Public Policy, Tech Evolution
Ofcom claims that there are 80 million mobiles in the UK and more than £12.8 million of these are Smartphone’s, used by people to access the internet via Mobile Broadband. The regulator believes that this is placing big demands on mobile spectrum.
Apple continues to make the iPhone/iPad app platform as obsessively controlled as possible. The latest are reports that Apple is starting to block other apps that sell content within their appsPosted: 2011/02/02 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Rep. Issa Wants List Of Everyone Who’s Filed FOIA Requests; Increasing Transparency Or Chilling Future Requests?Posted: 2011/02/02 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
The Press Association quoted Amnesty International UK spokeswoman Kate Allen yesterday as saying that “Bradley Manning’s Welsh parentage means that the UK government should be demanding that the conditions of his detention are in line with international standards and that his ‘maximum custody’ status does not impair his ability to defend himself”Posted: 2011/02/02 in Education / Awareness
Distributed denial of service attacks topped 100Gbps for the first time last year, during which attempts to flood websites with junk traffic went mainstreamPosted: 2011/02/02 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Organized Crime, Stats / reports
Major incidents in 2010 included DDoS attacks associated with pro- and anti-WikiLeaks hackers and militias as well as hacking attacks linked to political turmoil in Burma and Sri Lanka, according to the latest annual study by DDoS mitigation experts Arbor Networks.
Wikileaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture – sometimes even conducted by allies of Norway
The Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded its gold medal for peace with justice to WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangePosted: 2011/02/02 in Education / Awareness
In the fourteen-year history of the Foundation, only three others have received the prize: the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda.
The publication of a video on the Internet, whether it depicts teenagers playing football or adult entertainment qualifies as ‘conduct in furtherance of… free speech’Posted: 2011/02/02 in Education / Awareness, Jurisprudence
The judges also took a look at the Redtube business model, and after a fascinating review of the history of broadcasting and the Internet, rejected the plaintiffs unfair competition claims.
Perfect 10 is a company that, for a brief period of time, apparently published a rather expensive porn magazine. Since then, it seems to have served a single purpose: to file ridiculous copyright lawsuits that it almost always loses, but which have helped to define case law concerning copyright issues.
Perfect 10 Loses Again, As Court Says DMCA Notices Need To Be Properly Filed
In Perfect 10 v. Google, Round 3 Goes to Google: No Sloppy DMCA Notices
EFF Comes Out, Guns Blazing, In Countersuit Against Righthaven & Stepens Media
The Las Vegas Sun has a good overview of the counterclaims and defenses. Helping out the EFF is Andrew Bridges, who is known for challenging questionable copyright lawsuits with creative, but solid, defenses — so some of the defenses here shouldn’t be all that surprising.
During the past 24 hours the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have seized several domains belonging to major sports streaming sites. While the authorities have not yet officially commented on the actions, there is little doubt that we’re dealing with a “Super Bowl Crackdown”. Whether the actions will have much effect has to be doubted, as the affected sites are continuing on other domains.
Update: The owner of Channelsurfing.net informed us that his site was seized as well. Channelsurfing embedded videos from other sites and never hosted any copyrighted material on its servers.
Update: We published a follow up article here.
Update: Atdhe.net has been seized as well, another sports related site.
Update: firstrow.net has been seized, yet another sports related site.
Update: ilemi.com has been seized, yet another sports related site.
Update: kingdom-kvcd.net was initially reported to be seized as well (image), but the site’s owner told us that this is due to a “huffy ex-staff member” who decided to point the DNS to the server where the other seized domains are hosted.
To ensure that the internet will remain a stable and well-functioning infrastructure, ISPs have an urgent need for higher rewards to cover their investments. Otherwise, internet might become “become unusable at peak times”. That is the gist of the report “a Viable Future Model for the Internet”, a study by consultancy A.T. Kearney. The research was paid for by large European ISPs: France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia and Télefonica from Spain.
The main argument is hardly new: ISPs accuse data-intensive online services (like YouTube or Netflix) of reaping the rewards of fast and reliable networks, while all investments are made by ISPs. To prevent the entire internet from grinding to a halt, A.T. Kearney proposes four different remedies.
1. The price for internet connections rises with 6 euro per month on average.
2. Online service providers like Google and YouTube will have to pay for the traffic they generate. 0,05 euro per GB for fixed line traffic. For mobile traffic, this price lies 60(!) times higher, at 3,03.
3. The ISPs will offer paid prioritisation to the online services
4. Internet traffic will be managed more intensely in the “last mile”, meaning intensive internet use will be throttled when necessary.
Direct link to study: http://www.atkearney.com/images/global/pdf/Viable_Future_Model_for_Internet.pdf
The bold vision you set out a year ago of a world with “one internet, one global community, and a common body of knowledge that benefits and unites us all” continues to inspire. We urge you to do all you can to make that vision a reality.
Kahle, the founder of the non-profit Internet Archive, visited Reykjavik last week and met with government officials pushing for the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a proposed series of bills that would make Iceland an international legal haven for information transparency and journalistic source protection. And though Kahle says discussions are still in an early phase, he’s offering the scanners, software, and expertise of the Internet Archive–a digital collection that aims to store and make accessible as much of the world’s information as possible–to help digitize every Icelandic text and also store a portion of the Archive in Iceland’s data centers.
“Iceland would be the first culture to go completely online,” says Kahle. “[The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative's] idea that Iceland become a model for access to information certainly has an overlap with this concept of a digital library that includes everything in a culture.”
Another appearance of WikiLeaks Co-Producer Rop Gonggrijp on Dutch TV
“I have helped out writing the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative” (acknowledging that it could contribute to the protection of WikiLeaks);
When answering the question whether Rop may have done other things on behalf of WikiLeaks he answers: “I know these people, we talk to each other, also later on…but no…the big projects I did on behalf of WikiLeaks are the MMI law which was not really about WikiLeaks but was more independent and then the release of the video”;
“There’s not anything we can, or indeed, should do about that,” Ms Gillard told Austereo on Wednesday.
“They are charges and they’ve got to be worked through proper process.”
Mr Assange would like to return to Australia immediately, but Ms Gillard said it was not the fault of the Australian government that he couldn’t.
“I don’t go around issuing invitations to come to Australia, you are entitled to be here unless there is some legal obligations keeping him overseas.”
Mr Assange’s mother has lashed out at the prime minister, labelling her a sycophant of the United States which is trying to pursue legal action over the WikiLeaks revelations.