ISOC-NY OneWebDay event: Bob Frankston – “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”

The 6th annual global OneWebDay celebration will be Thursday September 22 2011. ISOC-NY’s contribution will be to host respected computer scientist and Internet iconoclast Bob Frankston who will present on the theme “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”.

The subways, roads and sidewalks are vital infrastructure. The Internet should be no different – our economy, health and safety depend on our ability to communicate. Yet its provision and economy are based on outdated, inequitable, and inefficient telecom models. How do we move to a connected future?

What: Bob Frankston “Infrastructure commons – the future of connectivity”
When: OneWebDay, Thu Sep 22 2011 – 7.15pm – 9pm
Where: Rm. 202, Courant Institute NYU, 251 Mercer St NYC
Who: Public welcome. In person or by webcast.
Twitter:@isocny, #onewebday, @bobfrankston

Dave Burstein
We are happy to also announce that Dave Burstein of DSL Prime has agreed to moderate the session. Dave will also talk about the practicalities of establishing community networks.

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Internet Society Funds Projects to Expand Internet Access and Use

Community Grants Programme’s 10th round helps extend Internet’s reach and promote key technologies

[Washington, D.C., USA and Geneva, Switzerland–23 December 2009] The Internet Society (ISOC) today announced it is funding community-based projects around the world to promote Internet access and education in underserved communities, to track and highlight the deployment of IPv6–the next generation protocol key to the Internet’s continued growth, and to address issues such as online identity theft.

“These awards extend the Internet Society Community Grants Programme’s five-year tradition of providing tangible support for efforts by the Internet Society’s global community in realizing our shared vision that the Internet can be used to improve the life of people in all parts of the world,” said Jon McNerney, Chief Operating Officer of the Internet Society. “As the Internet becomes a larger part of everyday life in many parts of the world, it is even more important that we enable its use by the billions of people on every continent who today are without access.” Continue reading

The return of the Silicon Alley Reporter

Silicon Alley ReporterVeterans on the NYC tech scene will remember Silicon Alley Reporter, Jason Calcanis’ print publication that went from DIY to a successful glossy in the 90’s before being snapped up by Dow Jones, who then went on to, as is too often the case in such circumstances, kill it off.

Now the name has been revived by young enterpriser Gary Sharma, who discovered the trademark was defunct. He’s turned it into an online calendar of city tech-related events that is bound to be a welcome and valuable addition to many bookmark lists. Continue reading