Simon McCalla, Nominet’s CTO, had some answers: primarily, they’re constantly trying to improve the accuracy and reliability of the Whois database, but it’s only a very small criminal element that engage in false domain name registration. Then Helen Goodman (Labour – Bishop Auckland), the shadow minister for Culture, Media, and Sport, raised a question: what was Nominet doing to get rid of anonymity online. The discussion that kicked off this week’s Parliament and Internet conference revolved around cybersecurity and trust online, harmlessly at first.
It is my fervent hope for the new year (well, one of them, anyway) that these two sets continue to avoid intersecting. Still, “crush” is a rather open-ended term, so using as expansive a definition as I dare, let me say that there are quite a few folks whose writing style leaves me sometimes literally gaping in slack-jawed awe, and that there are some exquisitely beautiful site designs out there.
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It’s a curious, schizophrenic mindset politicians have: blame social ills on new technology while imagining that other new technology can solve them. Wars of the past two decades. Revive all the net. Knowing that the police can catch the crooks later is no comfort when your shop is being smashed up. Three: The passive approach. One of the most important drawbacks to relying on mass surveillance technologies is that they encourage a reactive, almost passive, style of law enforcement. Reinstate the real-world policing.
(Perhaps the Third Amendment could be invoked here. Despite wishful thinking, John Gilmore’s famous aphorism, “The Net perceives censorship as damage and routes around”, doesn’t really apply here. Much of the Internet is, after all, outside the US; much of it is in private ownership. For one thing, even a senator knows – probably – that you can’t literally shut down the entire Internet from a single switch sitting in the President’s briefcase (presumably next to the nuclear attack button).
For example: will what today’s children post to social networks damage their chances of entry into a good university or a job. We must teach kids to be more resilient, Byron said; but even then kids vary widely in their grasp of social cues, common sense, emotional make-up, and technical aptitude. Not just pornography and hate speech; some parents object to creationist sites, some to scary science fiction, others to Fox News. Even experts struggle with these issues. Yesterday’s harmless flame wars are today’s more serious cyber-bullying and online harassment. What will they find.
Until then, if the pioneers had an enemy it was governments, memorably warned off by John Perry Barlow’s 1996 Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. I usually place the beginning of the who-governs-the-Internet argument at1997, the first time the engineers met rebellion when they made a technical decision (revamping the domain name system). After 1997, it was no longer possible to ignore the new classes of stakeholders, commercial interests and consumers.
It was an uneasy compromise between an industry accused of facilitating child abuse, law enforcement threatening technically inept action, and politicians anxious to be seen to be doing something, all heightened by some of the worst mainstream media reporting I’ve ever seen. The event was, more or less, the IWF’s birthday party: in August it will be 15 years since the suspicious, even hostile first presentation, in 1996, of the first outline of the IWF.
We now have a shiny, new example: we have spent so much time and electrons over the nasty three-strikes-and-you’re offline provisions that we, along with almost everyone else, utterly failed to notice that the package contains a cookie-killing provision last seen menacing online advertisers in 2001 (our very second net.
But it’s obvious why they want closed doors: they want to talk about the AT&T case. To recap: AT&T is being sued for its complicity in the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance of US citizens after its technician Mark Klein blew the whistle by taking documents to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (which a couple of weeks ago gave him a Pioneer Award for his trouble).
Biden as “a noun, a verb, and 9/11”. Giuliani’s best moment may have been when, as New Yorkers gleefully keep saying, his every sentence was summed up by Democratic hopeful Senator Joseph R. Things look very different from inside the US. Here, although Clinton, Obama, and Giuliani are still getting most of the headlines there are plenty of other candidates to pick from even just within the Democratic party, all of whom look more like a US president usually looks: white, male, and middle-aged.