Posts Tagged ‘Supernova’

Social Networks’ Explosive Growth Revives Decades-Long Debate On Digital Privacy

Broadband's Impact, Privacy December 3rd, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2009 – The phenomenal growth of online social networks is finally moving the decades-long debate over the nature of privacy in the digital world forward, said legal experts at an annual conference on innovation in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Congress has threatened to enact and revamp consumer privacy laws for decades, but the complexity of the task has generally stumped the body, except for the areas of finance and health.

Obama Telecom Department Wants To Recover Role As Prime Mover On Nation’s Internet Policies

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA December 2nd, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2009 – The Commerce Department’s telecom arm is re-asserting itself as the prime voice for the Obama administration’s internet policies, said its chief Larry Strickling Tuesday.

Strickling didn’t provide any other details other than saying that former MIT Professor Daniel J. Weitzner is in charge of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s policy shop, and that the scope of the portfolio would be wide. It will encompass the administration’s positions on issues such as individual privacy on the internet, he said.

At Supernova, A Belief That New Networks Foster Invention and Innovation

Broadband's Impact December 2nd, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, December 1, 2009 – Digital Age Paul Reveres have been warning the world lately about the impending internet lock-down that they fear will result from the growth in popularity of permission-based development environments such as Apple’s iPhone.

Unlike the World Wide Web where everybody is free to execute their ideas without having to obtain prior permission from an infrastructure provider, Apple requires developers to submit their iPhone applications for approval before they can be offered to the public.

Ubiquitous Connectivity: Be Careful What You Wish For, Warn Researchers

Broadband's Impact, Privacy December 1st, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, December 1, 2009 – Technophiles and U.S. policymakers have spent decades promising the public that a ubiquitously-networked society would be a people-powered-utopia filled with useful, actionable information. President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign is the most prominent example of how internet-enabled social networks have fundamentally changed the fabric of our society.

But a thoughtless rush to make the internet pervasive, and to connect with one another socially online could in fact poison the delicately-balanced relationships that exist in the rapidly vanishing concept of the “offline” world, warned several leading thinkers at an annual conference on innovation on Tuesday.

Google Enters Free Speed Test Marketplace with Academic Collaboration

Broadband Data January 27th, 2009

WASHINGTON, January 27, 2009 – Search giant Google is preparing to enter the market for free broadband speed tests, through a collaboration with the university research consortium PlanetLab, and the New America Foundation.

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