Forget Trump’s tweets and media bans. The real issue is his threat to the internet | Charles Ferguson | Opinion | The Guardian

Deregulation could allow the president to undermine freedom of speech in a way that was beyond even Nixon

Fuente: Forget Trump’s tweets and media bans. The real issue is his threat to the internet | Charles Ferguson | Opinion | The Guardian


La ofensiva de Google en Cuba para promover “una internet libre” – BioBioChile

La ofensiva de Google en Cuba para promover “una internet libre” – BioBioChile.

 

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Publicado por Erasmo Tauran | La Información es de Agencia AFP
 

El presidente ejecutivo del gigante estadounidense de internet Google, Eric Shmidt, visitó Cuba esta semana junto a otros tres directivos de la empresa para promover “una internet libre”, informó este domingo el diario digital opositor “14yMedio”, que dirige la bloguera Yoani Sánchez.

Schmidt, Jared Cohen, Brett Perlmutter y Dan Keyserling “tuvieron encuentros con el sector oficial”, dialogaron “con jóvenes de escuelas politécnicas” y visitaron el sábado “la Universidad de Ciencias Informáticas (UCI)”, en el oeste de La Habana, señaló el sitio 14ymedio, sin precisar la fecha de llegada ni de partida del grupo.

El sitio web destacó que durante la visita, que duró dos días y cuyo objetivo era “promover las virtudes de una internet libre y abierta”, los directivos también “contactaron con los redactores y periodistas de 14ymedio”, el primer medio de prensa independiente en 50 años en la isla.

La visita de los ejecutivos de Google, una empresa a la que Cuba ha acusado de “escandolosa censura” por bloquear algunos de sus servicios a la isla, no fue divulgada por la prensa cubana, toda bajo control del Estado.

El gigante de internet se ha justificado invocando las leyes del embargo que Washington aplica contra la isla desde 1962.


Carta de los grandes de Internet a favor de la neutralidad de la Red | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

Carta de los grandes de Internet a favor de la neutralidad de la Red | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.

 

Más de 150 empresas de Internet, de los gigantes Google, Facebook, eBay, a los pequeños Flurry o BitTorrent, han firmado una carta destinada a la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) para pedir que se mantenga el principio de neutralidad de la Red (no discriminar por contenidos), que tantos éxitos ha dado a la economía norteamericana.

 


The FCC is about to axe-murder net neutrality. Don't get mad – get even | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The FCC is about to axe-murder net neutrality. Don’t get mad – get even | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

The former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler is re-writing rules in favor of the telecom giants – not you, me or the internet. Here’s what you can do to stop him

 

 

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‘Incorrect accounts have reported that the earlier policies of the Commission have been abandoned,’ FCC chair Tom Wheeler wrote in a statement Thursday morning. So, apparently, has internet freedom. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty

 

In January, a federal appeals court rejected regulations designed to assure some measure of fairness in the way America’s internet service providers (ISPs) handle information traveling through their networks. The problem, according to the court, was not so much that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) couldn’t insist on what is called “network neutrality” – the idea that customers, rather than ISPs, should decide priorities for information they get online. No, the issue was that the FCC had tried to impose broadband rules under the wrong regulatory framework. And the court all but invited the FCC to fix its own mistake and rewrite its own updated rules.

The FCC’s new chairman, the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, said he would comply, rather than appeal. “Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency,” he said in a February statement.

Now, based on a slew of frightening news reports last night and a “clarification” from the FCC late this morning, we know how the agency – or at least the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler – proposes to respond: it won’t exercise its supreme regulatory authority in the manner the court suggested.

No, not at all.

Rather, the FCC will say – loud and proud – that it is fixing the open-web problem while actually letting it get worse, by providing a so-called “fast lane” for carriers to hike fees on sites trying to reach customers like you and me. Which, inevitably, would mean you and me start paying more to use those sites – if we aren’t already.

This is a potentially tragic turning point in American politics and policy. We are on the verge of turning over the internet – the most important communications system ever invented– to telecoms that grew huge through the government granting them monopoly status. Barring a genuine shift in policy or a court stepping in to ensure fair treatment of captive customers – or better yet, genuine competition – companies like Verizon and Comcast will have staggering power to decide what bits of information reach your devices and mine, in what order and at what speed. That is, assuming we’re permitted to get that information at all.

Do we want an open internet? Do we want digital innovation and free speech to thrive? If we continue down the regulatory road pursued by the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, all of those good things will be in serious jeopardy.


¿Qué es la gobernanza de Internet?: Explicación en video por @karismacol

Manzana Mecánica.

Desde la Fundación Karisma han preparado este video que busca explicar el sentido y las consecuencias de la gobernanza de Internet. Para lograr su objetivo, el video además explica el funcionamiento del Internet en términos sencillos, el nacimiento del concepto de gobernanza, las relaciones de poder detrás de la regulación de esta tecnología y las complejas interacciones entre la soberanía nacional y el desarrollo de Internet.


Cisco cites emerging markets backlash on NSA leaks for sales slump – FT.com

Cisco cites emerging markets backlash on NSA leaks for sales slump – FT.com.

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Cisco Systems warned its revenues could fall as much as 10 per cent in the current quarter, sparking fears that the US networking equipment company is losing ground amid big technology transitions in some of its markets.

 

Recent revelations about internet surveillance by the US National Security Agency had prompted a “level of uncertainty or concern” among customers internationally that had contributed to sliding demand, Frank Calderone, chief financial officer, said.

New orders fell 12 per cent in the developing world, with Brazil down 25 per cent and Russia off 30 per cent, a sharp reversal from the 8 per cent jump experienced in the preceding three months.

 

The collapse coincided with the international furore over disclosures that the NSA had taken advantage of the strong position of US technology companies to extend its surveillance of the global internet, raising concerns about a backlash against American companies such as Cisco.

 

The forecast came as a shock to Wall Street analysts who had been expecting growth of 6 per cent, leading to a 10 per cent fall in Cisco’s shares in after-market trading on Wednesday.

 

Chief executive John Chambers blamed the decline on a slump in demand from customers in emerging markets and suggested a range of technology companies were likely to be similarly affected.

 

He said the decision to cut back Cisco’s TV set-top box operations to focus on more profitable parts of the business had also played a role.

 

But Mr Chambers acknowledged that the company was facing weaker sales in its core switching and routing markets as it went through important product transitions, raising fears that it was losing ground in its most profitable products.

 

“There is no doubt the pace of change we all see and feel is accelerating,” Mr Chambers said. “This is the new market reality.”


La CIA no cierra | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

La CIA no cierra | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.

Tranquilos todos. La Casa Blanca está cerrada, pero la CIA sigue abierta.

La falta de un acuerdo político para el presupuesto de los Estados Unidos ha tenido un efecto inmediato en organismos públicos, museos y servicios físicos que cerraron el martes sus puertas y así siguen hasta que se conozca el dinero destinado a ellos; pero también han  sido cerradas sus páginas webs. La paralización del mantenimiento de páginas públicas o subvencionadas va desde la Oficina del Censo, a la de los parques nacionales o la NASA. Todas presentan un anuncio en su portada explicando el motivo de la falta de servicio. Todas, menos una: la página de la CIA funciona como siempre, sin alterarse por desconocer si habrá dinero para sus agentes este sábado.