Posts about Internet Regulation

It's hard to go very far, especially if you work in the IT or telecom sectors, without hearing or reading about the Internet of Things. The IoT seems to be everywhere. And that's a problem. Right now we're at a transitional point in the history of the IoT and, indeed, communications in general. Overlapping trends – including virtualization, machine-to-machine, high-speed networking, mobility as well as very inexpensive processing and storage – have opened the gates to ubiquitous computing. It's redundant at this point to say that the Internet of Things will be big. For folks who want a review of the pretty astounding numbers, check out Business Insider. In an ironic way, this isn't so great. The vision is getting ahead of the reality. Two clichés come to mind: “Be careful what you wish for” and ...
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Over the past few weeks, the debate on Internet regulation has once again been thrust into the media spotlight. Largely driven by political events in Europe, these debates have centred upon the rapid development of the Internet and the level of regulation required to effectively govern it. Indeed, it’s the whole question of governance and the comments made by President Sarkozy at the e-G8 that have brought this topic bubbling to the fore. President Sarkozy’s hard-line stance that governments need to be responsible for developing and enforcing stricter digital laws comes at a time when sensitivity on Internet freedom is still high. In his speech, Sarkozy stated that Internet companies have to know where the red line is.
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