In a new interview with Network World, Jim Bound, Chair of the North American IPv6 Task Force, talks about the status of IPv6 adoption in the United States. A federal mandate – that agencies switch to an IPv6 backbone by June 2008 – looms.
Jim notes that the current IPv4 address space will be exhausted by 2010, give or take a year. He predicts a last minute stampede. Continue reading →
An article –The Team That Put the Net in Orbit – in today’s NY Times notes the recent 20th anniversary of the launch of NSFnet, a precursor to the Internet. Originally constructed to tie together the nation’s five supercomputer centers, by the time the academic network was shut down in 1996, it connected 6.6 million host computers and extended to 93 countries.
A critical decision was to adopt the then as unproven TCP/IP protocol. TCP/IP served as a vital lingua franca between previously incompatible computer networks. Continue reading →
Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced the formation yesterday of a state panel to develop strategies to allow all New Yorkers to get access to high-speed Internet service. The panel, the New York State Council for Universal Broadband, will recommend ways to extend high-speed access beyond traditional methods and to extend broadband connections to underserved rural and urban areas, the governor said.
In his speech, Spitzer set targets: affordable universal access @ 20Mbps statewide, with 100Mbps in metro areas, by 2015.
One of the Council’s first actions will be to distribute $5 million in grants. Continue reading →
Not deploying IPv6 threatens Internet, Lynn St. Amour warns
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Internet has 1.3 billion users, but thatâ€™s not enough for Lynn St. Amour. As CEO of the Internet Society, she is expanding the nonprofit group, which promotes development of the Internet globally. St. Amour doubled the groupâ€™s staff in 2007 and beefed up its outreach activities in Africa, South America and Asia in her bid to add another billion Internet users worldwide. National Correspondent Carolyn Duffy Marsan sat down with St. Amour this week at a meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force, an ISOC-funded standards group.
Danah M. Boyd of University of California-Berkeley and Nicole B. Ellison of Michigan State University have published a paper in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication summing up the scholarly research thus far on the online social networking phenomenon, and suggesting further lines of study. Continue reading →
The HTML Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of HTML Design Principles. This document describes the set of guiding principles used by the HTML Working Group for the development of HTML5, expected to define the fifth major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web. Continue reading →
In a current feature on Unsung Tech Innovators Computerworld interviews Robert Kahn who, along with Vint Cerf came up with the TCP/IP protocol upon which the Internet is based. Kahn notes that the 30th anniversary of their first successful “internetworking” demo just passed. Continue reading →
Some search engines have added their own commands to the rules governing how search engine bots behave. The Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP) proposal, unveiled Thursday by a consortium of publishers at the global headquarters of The Associated Press, seeks to have those extra commands – and more – apply across the board. Continue reading →
Verizon announced last week that it plans to develop and deploy its fourth generation (4G) mobile broadband network using Long Term Evolution (LTE) â€“ a technology developed within the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards organization.
LTE promises to deliver a significant performance boost even when compared to Verizon’s current (3-G) EV-DO network. Verizon claims customers will see as much as 100 and 50 megabits per second in download and upload speeds, respectively. Continue reading →
The User Centric Internet (UCI) is a new ISOC Public Policy program designed to reassert, in debates and discussions related to the future of the Internet, the importance of the design values and fundamental principles that have underpinned the Internet’s success.
The Internet Society believes that principles such as openness, user choice and control, edge based intelligence, etc., are central to a thriving Internet and, we believe, will be so for the foreseeable future. In focusing on user-centricity the Internet Society is seeking to ensure that the primacy of the user is not forgotten when it comes to new architectures, commercial offerings and policy making. Continue reading →