Was that the result of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg saying ‘The U.S. Government Is a Threat to Internet Security.’ and Europe’s approval of new data protection law? Both incidents cited USA’s online spying scandals
“The impact of the change remains unclear, because the Commerce Department’s day-to-day role in overseeing the contract with Icann is largely clerical. However, other nations have suggested the U.S. can still use its current authority to block certain websites for reasons like copyright infringement or having links to known terrorists. One goal of transitioning Icann to nongovernmental oversight would be to provide more transparency to all nations into how the Internet’s root structure operates…” -Wall Street Journal
‘NPR’s Steve Henn tells our Newscast unit that the world community has been calling for this handover for a while. But the current revelations over spying by the National Security Agency has led to louder calls.
‘”The announcement by the Commerce Department Friday that it would relinquish its oversight role of ICANN was widely viewed as a response to that criticism,” Steve reports. “Administration officials have said any new governance structure for ICANN should be transparent and free from any hint of government interference.”…’
Europe Approves New Data Protection Law
‘European politicians voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favor of new laws safeguarding citizens’ data.
‘The new Data Protection Regulation was approved with 621 votes for, 10 against and 22 abstentions.
‘“The message the European Parliament is sending is unequivocal: This reform is a necessity, and now it is irreversible,” said Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who first proposed the law.
‘“Strong data protection rules must be Europe’s trade mark. Following the U.S. data spying scandals, data protection is more than ever a competitive advantage,” she said in a statement…’
How to Force a Gamer into a Chat
There are times when a friend or relative just refuses to communicate online. There is one sure way to solve that: join gamer in gamer’s game and mess up his/her game. You can continuously send him irritating messages while he’s playing, hack his saved games, etc… That is guaranteed to make him verbally abuse you and start communicating 🙂
The Lightie: A small light with big ambitions
‘South African designer and social entrepreneur Michael Suttner recently unveiled the Lightie: a portable solar-powered light that fits into a standard soda bottle.
‘Deriving its name from a South African slang word that roughly translates as “youngster,” the Lightie is shaped so as to fit snugly into the neck of a standard soda bottle, screwing securely onto the top like a lid. It can also be used without a bottle, and clipped to a belt, worn around the neck, or hung up as a lantern…’