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25 years after its creation, Internet inventor calls for digital Bill of Rights

Tim Barners LeeTwenty-five years to the day since it was created, legendary World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has spoken out about the current state of privacy and rights on the internet. On the heels of his congratulations to Edward Snowden on his whistleblowing at the SXSW event, Berners-Lee has called for a Bill of Rights for the net.

It was two and a half decades ago when the man who became the Father of the Internet wrote the first proposal for what would become the web today. But where it now stands is much different than what he envisioned.

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AllSeen Alliance looks to standardize framework for all devices

  • 10/12/2013 at 20:14 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Allseen AllianceAnyone who has ever been frustrated by the lack of compatibility between technology products can now rest easy knowing those same brands are on the case. AllSeen Alliance is a group of tech companies that are banding together to create an open source framework that makes their smart TVs, phones, computers and other devices inter-compatible.

The internet should make things more connected, not further apart. At least that is the idea behind AllSeen Alliance, headed largely by Qualcomm. Under the Linux banner, they are bringing together twenty four names in the gadget biz to start the work on a common online framework.

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Technology partnership launched to increase Internet access globally

  • 21/08/2013 at 17:57 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Facebook Historical IPOToday it was announced that Facebook will be leading a new group of technology companies dedicated to getting people connected on a mass scale.

It is a partnership dedicated to improving the reach of the internet. Which means bringing billions of people without access around the world online for the first time with steady access to the web. Right now only a third of the population has regular (or any) internet connectivity. There first goal will be bringing the web to the next five billion people.

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Google being hit from all over the Globe by law enforcement

  • 16/02/2012 at 18:39 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Google LogoAs the largest search engine on the web Google has and will continue to be in the spotlight both for good and bad reasons. Despite being a company ran with the customer’s ease of use at the forefront, not everyone thinks that Google’s intentions are benign. With their size and popularity Google has become a rather big target for law enforcement and those looking to point the finger and scrutinize.

Governments across the globe have been constantly fighting the persistent online privacy and piracy issues however their biggest target, our beloved search engine, is still causing them problems. In this article we will examine the three various stances that Google is taking in opposition to various claims and what holes there are in Google’s arguments.

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Google fined for aiding illegal drug companies online

Google SearchGoogle, that witty, funny, and unwaveringly supportive search engine that has continued to bring us novel ideas and products, has, quite frankly let their greed overtake them. If you heard that Google employees were actively helping a man advertise illegal drugs online you’d be shocked right? Well what if you heard that Google executives were in on it as well? Appalled? You should be because it is true, according to wsj.

Back in 2009 a federal prisoner by the name of David Whitaker was the lead actor in an investigation of Google’s advertising operations. The United States government took action against the internet giant and had David Whitaker (an experienced con artist) pose as an agent for online drug dealers. Mr. Whitaker then spent over four months contacting Google (and being contacted in return) about advertising narcotics, steroids, and other illegal and controlled substances.

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ICANN adds more top level Domains

  • 07/01/2012 at 19:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

ICANN LogoThe Internet Committee for Assigned Names and Numbers, a committee commonly known as ICANN, is the controlling force behind the domain names that organize every website that exists on the internet. Domain names are organized in an efficient way based on three levels: top level domains, second level domains, and third level domains.

The main top level domains are com, net, org, and the country code domains. Below that it gets split up into varying names based on whatever the website owner requires.

Domains are incredibly important to many businesses and are vital in keeping up virtual appearances and brand recognition. The difficulty with multiple top level domains is that when one domain name is registered, it is also available in a similar form on another top level domain; this has caused many instances of fraud, copyright infringement, and frustration for large businesses who wish to control all similar domains to protect their company.

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Google opposes SOPA bill and claims this is Censorship

Google against SOPAMany people have considered the recent acts by the United States government not only illegal, but also a clear example of internet censorship. One act that has been proposed, dubbed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), had an extensive list of “can’t do’s” that even encompassed linking to a website that sold counterfeit materials!

SOPA is a brash and ineffective attempt to stop piracy and the end result would only lead to significant penalties to innocent individuals who did nothing wrong. The true pirates could easily escape and create new, and much more elaborate, methods of piracy which would allow them to easily circumvent the harsh rules set forth by SOPA.

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