Reading blogs #12

By | February 14, 2009

I am trying the weekly model.  Here is this week collection:

  • Recent news related
  • Interesting reports, numbers, and visualizations
  • Digital Divide
  • MICT regulation
  • MICT business
  • “New” media
  • MICT in politics
  • Simply Interesting, Fun, and Coll Stuff
  • Recent news related

    The discussion of broadband and the associated stimuli continued occupying the media and the blogosphere.  So, I thought to share a number of additional stories on the subject.

    Budde blog posted a critical assessment of Britain’s aspiration to have complete broadband coverage by 2012, suggesting that the current plan will be inadequate when the time comes.  They also post another critical post by Paul Budde himself, criticizing the top-down regulation of telecos as counter-productive to the bottom-up innovation.

    In Eastern Europe, Bulgaria has adopted a plan to make affordable and reliable broadband available to the entire country by 2015.  On the other hand, the Irish plan I wrote about in last digest, came under fire as – “Irish Rural Lobby Group Expresses Concern over National Broadband Scheme

    In the meantime, in the US, the media and the blogger continue digging into the stimulus plan.  Saul Hansell of NY Times notes that – “Broadband Tax Credit Cut From Stimulus Bill” – and answers – “Why Spend $350 Million to Map Broadband?“, which is part of the plan.  I was also glad to see that I am not the only one raising the question about WiMax in relation to the stimulus plan – “Will WiMax get a boost from broadband infrastructure spending?“.

    Google posted an interview with a member of their telecom policy group, Rick Whitt, talking about the broadband in the stimulus plan:


    Here are a couple (1 and 2) of interesting visualizations of the entire plan (not just the broadband).

    Interesting reports, numbers, and visualizations

    Teenagers watch naughty pictures for just under two hours a night” – Not sure why it says “night” and why it refers general “teenagers”, but the post is about a report that surveyed how the teenagers in UK use online media.  I think it is pretty interesting in light of the ongoing debate about child safety online including recent steps taken to insure social networking safety for minors.  Here is also Google’s take on the subject – “Safer social networking and self regulation“.

    Online Activities & Pursuits” – Another PEW report; this time it is dedicated primarily to people’s use of Twitter.

    Some numbers from around the world:

    • Africa – some highlights about African mobile from a Buddie Comm report
    • Brazil – prepaid mobile phones over 90%
    • Hungary – mobile penetration over 100%
    • Spain – broadband and mobile
    • World – mobile phone market decline

    Digital Divide

    Rural Internet – not online but still connected” – An interesting story of how internet is brought to rural India.

    OLPC asks laptop makers to copy its designs” – It looks like OLPC are realizing the real impact of their project and are trying to position themselves as the innovators in the ultra-light laptops genre.  Here is the original report from Ethan Zukerman from a recent TED conference – “A One Laptop Per Child update from Nicholas Negroponte“.  In the meantime, however, the OLPC news continues to host what seems like a brainstorming regarding alternative paths in which the project could develop – “Smaller Could be Bigger for OLPC Deployments“.

    On a related note, the Israeli OLPC project made it to the front page of OLPC news – Great job, Guy!

    MICT regulation

    ICANN is about to undergo a significant reform and the Internet Governance Project is launching a series of posts about it.  Recently they also published a post, which I think gives an example to why debates about Internet Governance should be important to general public.  This last example is even more interesting in light of a recent Obama’s order to review “ America’s cyber defence strategy“.

    The F.T.C. Talks Tough on Internet Privacy” – The Federal Trade Commission issued a final version of principles for online behavioral advertising with main point being “that users should be given clear notice about what information was collected and an easy way to tell sites to stop watching them” (a follow up article here).  Tech.Blorge interpreted it as – “Online advertisers get last chance on self-regulation” and Google were quick to support the recommendation with an emphasis on importance of self regulation – “Reaction to the FTC’s advertising privacy principles” while – “Rep. Boucher Calls for Internet Ad Regulation“.

    MICT business

    Iridium Satellite Destroyed in Orbital Collision” – This is first of its kind accident in space, but reading the post and additional media coverage of the case, it looks like garbage collection in space is going to emerge soon as a business opportunity.

    “New” media

    Book Chain in Israel Tries to Woo the Facebook Crowd” – Their slogan is “Disconnect for a while, read a book” and they use the exact FB color scheme and fonts; it will be definitely interesting to see whether FB will choose to react.

    This Printed Newspaper Is Made of Blogs Only” – Another amalgamation of the “old” and the “new”.  Seems like an interesting idea to me.  I do wonder if they have any copyright issues.  For example, if a blogger violates someones copyright and then they reprint it…  On a somewhat related note Kent Anderson of the Scholarly Kitchen discusses the state of the newspapers in this blogging-intense age – “You’re Murdering a Newspaper!

    MICT and politics

    Not only Obama and Medvedev are going online – “British royal family gets new and improved Web site” – which you can find here (all this of course in addition to the YouTube channel of the queen).

    Simply Interesting, Fun, and Coll Stuff

    Especially for Valentines day a geeky and smart viral ad from Cisco (via Bits):


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