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Google and Verizon have issued a statement A joint policy proposal for an open Internet to address last week’s furor over network neutrality. The companies have published a proposal to the FCC, see below.
A Robert X Cringely op-ed in today’s New York Times suggests that the Verizon-Google deal that caused so much of an uproar last week is simply an arrangement, in a practice common to CDNs known as edge-serving, to place data servers in the ISP’s premises. Cringely notes that in Google’s case ‘data server’ takes on a whole new meaning with the utilization of a modular system of multiple blade-laden shipping containers. Here’a video guide to a Google data center built on the system:
- Google Public Policy blog: Net neutrality and the benefits of caching
- Google presentation to IETF Designs, Lessons and Advice from Building Large Distributed Systems
- Doc Searls Nothing happening here. Move along.
On July 30 2010 Vint Cerf provided the closing remarks at the sixth Google North American Computer Science Faculty Summit. He talked about the need for IPv6 adoption and the coming “Internet of Things”.
A video of micro-trench race filmed on Google campus April 16, 2010. Congrats to the winners! Bring on the fiber Olympics!
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, Washington DC
The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy and the Technology Policy Institute have convened experts from industry, academia and government to provide an early reaction to the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, scheduled to be released on March 17. The participants will focus on the following major questions:
What are the plan’s effects on innovation and investment?
What are the plan’s effects on penetration to underserved populations?
Quoting from Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case – NYTimes.com.
ROME — Three Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws on Wednesday, the first case to hold the company’s executives criminally responsible for the content posted on its system.
In Milan, Judge Oscar Magi sentenced the Google executives in absentia to six-month suspended sentences for violation of privacy. Prosecutors said Google did not act fast enough to remove from the site a widely viewed video posted in 2006 showing a group of teenage boys harassing an autistic boy.
But Judge Magi, who has 90 days to issue his reasoning, cleared the Google executives of defamation charges. The three were Peter Fleischer, chief privacy counsel; David Drummond, senior vice president and chief legal officer; and George Reyes, a former chief financial officer. A fourth defendant, Arvind Desikan, charged only with defamation, was acquitted.
A spokesman for Google, Bill Echikson, called the ruling “astonishing” and said the company would appeal. In its blog, Google added that the ruling “attacks the very principles of freedom on which the Internet is built.”
Prosecutors said Google waited to remove the video until after complaints to the police by Vivi Down, an Italian group representing people with Down syndrome, whose name was mentioned by the boys in the video.
Google said it removed the video within two hours of receiving a formal complaint from the Italian police, two months after the video was first posted.
The boys, all minors, were not charged by prosecutors, but were sentenced by a different judge to community service. Prosecutors named the Google executives because Italian law holds corporate executives responsible for a company’s actions.
Google maintains that the ruling contradicted a European Union directive on electronic commerce that gives service providers safe harbor from liability for the content they host.
But prosecutors argued that because Google handled user data — and used content to generate advertising revenue — it was a content provider, not a service provider, and therefore broke Italian privacy law. It prohibits the use of someone’s personal data with the intent of harming him or making a profit.
The Google ruling comes amid other proposed legislation that would seek to bureaucratize the Internet in Italy, including the highly contested Italian version of a European directive that would compel online broadcasters to seek the same licensing agreements as broadcast television. Google lobbied for changes to the proposal.
Paolo Romani, a deputy communications minister who sponsored the measure, said the issue was copyright protection. “It has nothing to do with the fact that our prime minister also owns television stations,” he said. “It’s in Berlusconi’s interest not to be accused of conflict of interest.”
Another proposal pending in Italy, tucked into a bill on wiretapping, would require blogs to publish corrections within 48 hours, as newspapers are required to do, while a third would make sites responsible for anonymous comments posted on them.