This Friday April 11 2008 Professor Jonathan Zittrain of the Oxford Internet Institute will be previewing his book “The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It” in NYC. The event, which is in the form of a discussion, is presented by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, Jeffrey Cunard and Bruce Keller, partners at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, & Big Think. Susan Crawford, Visiting Professor at Yale Law School, will join the discussion. Yale University Press are the publishers of the book.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. IF YOU HAVEN”T RECEIVED A POSITIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR RSVP DO NOT ATTEND! IT WILL BE VIDEOTAPED AND AVAILABLE HERE AFTER THE EVENT. A LARGER NYC EVENT IS PLANNED FOR APRIL 16. Continue reading
Mar 27: Comcast and BitTorrent today issued a joint press-release where they announced a collaborative effort to move beyond the current ‘reset spoofing‘ hooha. While Comcast will migrate by year-end 2008 to a capacity management technique that is “protocol agnostic”, BitTorrent agreed to develop fresh “optimizations” that will promoted as application standards.
Both BitTorrent and Comcast expressed the view that these technical issues can be worked out through private business discussions without the need for government intervention. Continue reading
In a new report from the Aspen Institute Professor Philip Weiser of the University of Colorado at Boulder offers a series of specific and concrete policy recommendations for expanding access, affordability, and adoption of broadband in the United States.
In the current P2P world, torrenters and the like are discovering that a recent Windows-update – included in XP service pack 3, and Vista – alters the tcpip.sys file that governs Windows tcp behavior to limit users to just 10 ‘half open‘ connections at any one time. This could be a response to the concerns raised by cable ISP’s like Comcast that’s DOCSIS-based networks break down when clients use over-multitudinous connections. Needless to say, as the word spreads, workarounds to undo MS’s changes are proliferating.
A Mar 17 article in BetaNews notes the aptly-timed announcement that, for the forthcoming Windows 7, Microsoft is contemplating adding such features as metered connections, distributed hash tables, and something called ‘green P2P’. The article notes that Windows Vista already includes an IPv6-based P2P-enabling technology known as Teredo. Continue reading
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), in cooperation with the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), is conducting a survey to gather data regarding the current and future use of IPv6 throughout the ARIN Region. All organizations in the ARIN region are encouraged to participate in this survey in an effort to establish a comprehensive view of present IPv6 penetration and future plans of IPv6 deployment. Continue reading
An InternetNews article reports on comments concerning net neutrality by FCC chairman Kevin Martin during an address at “Legal Futures” – a Stanford Law School event – last week. Continue reading
On January 29 2008, as part of their Tech Talks series, Google had a conference on the topic of IPv6. Video has now been posted on YouTube. Continue reading
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society have posted a video of a talk at Harvard on Feb 28 by Clay Shirky, author of ‘Here Comes Everybody’ – a new book about the effect of the Internet on group interaction. Shirky’s eruditely outlined theme is that, in ways that are only just becoming apparent, the Internet is revolutionizing the entire human endeavor. Continue reading
Vint Cerf addressed current challenges to Internet development in a conference call with the ISOC Advisory Council on Feb 20 2007. Audio has now been posted which can be either streamed or downloaded. It runs just under an hour. Continue reading
The New York Broadband Advisory Committee held its fourth Public Hearing on Monday Mar 3rd 2008 at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. ISOC-NY videotaped the meeting and the audio has been posted on the ISOC-NY wiki.
The hearing was attended by Senator Larry Pressler – author of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that, amongst other things, established the E-Rate system. Continue reading
On Feb 12 at the recent ICANN meet in New Delhi the Non-Commercial User Constituency and the At-Large Advisory Committee held a joint meeting. Summary minutes have been posted. Continue reading
At the recent meeting in New Delhi the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) formed a policy working group to focus on IPv6 migration issues.
In ALAC’s view, IPv4 will never be completely obsolete thus it is also important to work out compatibility issues between the two systems. Continue reading
As noted earlier, The Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between the United States government and ICANN will have a mid-term review in March. As part of this review, the US government put out a Notice of Inquiry asking for comments on the continued transition to the private sector.
ISOC has issued a draft statement that recommends, contrary to ICANN’s desire to complete the process forthwith, that the agreement be allowed to run its full course. Continue reading
At the December 2007 Board of Trustees meeting held in Vancouver, ISOC presented plans for 2008 to 2010. Key to those plans were a series of new, longer term, more strategic activities which will replace the traditional ‘pillar’ model describing activities in Standards, Public Policy, and Education. The new initiatives will focus on ‘Enabling Access‘, ‘InterNetWorks‘, ‘Trust & Identity‘ and ‘Standards & Technology‘. Continue reading
The third Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting will take place in Delhi, India from 8-11 December 2008, hosted by the Government of India. Continue reading