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An internet group about The Internet.

The internet is both a telecommunication medium and a culture. We have embraced it because of its immediacy, its pervasiveness and its usefulness.

Even though for most of us its workings is equivalent to magic and it's enough to know that it's very 'complicated and technical,' it has become an intricate part of our life.

Let's talk about this.

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The Internet

This is a partial portrait of the Internet. Imagine that at the tip of each branch there is one or multiple human brains operating and that each one of these terminals can be instantly connected to any other, anywhere.

If we could map this image to the surface of the Earth it would make it even more obvious that this network of networks is like a new organ that has been grafted onto the biosphere.

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on Each line is drawn between two nodes, representing two IP addresses. The length of the lines are indicative of the delay between those two nodes. This graph represents less than 30% of the Class C networks reachable by the data collection program in early 2005. Lines are color-coded according to their corresponding RFC 1918 allocation as follows:

Dark blue: net, ca, us
Green: com, org
Red: mil, gov, edu
Yellow: jp, cn, tw, au, de
Magenta: uk, it, pl, fr
Gold: br, kr, nl
White: unknown

Click here for a high-resolution 8MB image.

Discussion Forum

The NSA may have won a round but are losing the war!

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Oct 13, 2013. 1 Reply

THE CORE INTERNET INSTITUTIONS ABANDON THE US GOVERNMENTIn Montevideo, Uruguay this week, the Directors of all the major Internet organizations – ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the…Continue

Tags: China, internet, governance, Brazil, Russia

So you think the cloud is Safe?

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Sep 26, 2013. 12 Replies

In the digital age, your files and memories are not truly yours any more. They belong to the cloudKYLE GOODWIN wants his stuff back. One day, he decided to set up a company in Ohio to …Continue

Tags: data, storage, computing, Cloud


Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. Last reply by Neal Sep 5, 2013. 2 Replies

ARE WE SMARTER YET? HOW COLLEGES ARE MISUSING THE INTERNETby Akim ReinhardtWe should all probably be a lot smarter…Continue


Wearable computers challenge human rights

Started by Davy Jul 24, 2013. 0 Replies

The thoughtless adoption of new technologies seduces us into providing more of our personal selves without any concerns for the protection of our personal data, argues Katina Michael an associate…Continue

Tags: sensors, information, technology, computers, rights

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Comment by Chris on February 26, 2017 at 5:20am

My internet connection is intermittant. No wonder Ning may give me moremore trouble than others. I attempted to post a 18K image of the sweep but received the 4000 character limit error.  Is an 8K image to large to post? Sometimes I can post images and other times I can't.

If it wasn't such a hassle to change email addresses I'd change my ISP to cable. If, or when I finally get tired of the intermittants with AT&T and change to cable maybe I should subscribe to a personal web account. 

A quick search revealed

Does anyone have suggestions for finding a webhosting service?

Comment by Chris on January 30, 2017 at 4:41am

One of Trump's First Moves--The End Of "An Open Internet"

Say goodbye to an “Open Internet.” Say hello to “slow and fast lanes”  where the quality and responsiveness of websites you click on will be subject to the whims of your warm-hearted Internet Service provider. And if they don’t agree that the sites you like to visit are “worthy,” you’ll have to pay more to access them in any reasonable manner.

Trump has tapped net neutrality foe Ajit Pai to become Chairman of the FCC, the agency responsible for  enforcing and promulgating rules that assure an open Internet. His appointment, like many Federal appointments, will not require initial Senate approval (although he will need to be reconfirmed by the Republican-dominated Senate in 2017).

Why is this important? Because as head of the FCC, that agency will now be dominated by officials  opposed to the idea of an “open Internet:”

Net neutrality is the idea that your Internet provider must treat all Web traffic equally. A court decision in January struck down FCC rules meant to ensure that Internet providers do not discriminate by blocking or slowing certain content.

That decision opened the door for Internet providers like Comcast and Verizon to cut deals with content providers, which would pay to stream their content in an Internet “fast lane.”

More Here

Comment by Chris on January 25, 2017 at 5:04am

With a father Colin who went before the U.N. to present (WMD) Weapons of Mass Distruction in Iraq is there a wonder that Michale knows what truth, honesty, and character is?

"..."Arrogant" is the adjective used most often in any discussion of Powell and the way he pushes his personal agenda, an extension of the fanatical deregulation that gathered steam under Ronald Reagan's FCC chairman, a reckless loudmouth named Mark Fowler. Basically the theology is this: Commercial interests come first, second and third among priorities, and "the public interest, convenience and necessity," which the FCC is mandated to uphold, straggles in a distant fourth. Powell is much better tailored and milder mannered than Fowler but equally stubborn and self-adoring

He seems never to have met a media merger he didn't like, which will result in the virtual death of local television and radio in America as station after station is sucked up into one enormous unfeeling conglomerate or another. Powell scorns the pleas of public-minded groups that try to meet with him, critics say, but will rush off eagerly to any luncheon, dinner or cocktail party sponsored by big corporate powers.

When criticized heavily for this during the uproar over Powell's attempts to jettison the rules against media concentration (rules designed to promote diversity in American broadcasting and keep one company from acquiring too much media power, as Fox has now), Powell grudgingly and belatedly scheduled a series of public forums on the matter. "But he skipped half the public hearings he authorized," laments one of his many detractors. Another characterizes him thus: "He's an elitist, he's arrogant, he's inaccessible, and he's incredibly vain about his own ideas." Critics consider him so egotistical that he will not listen or give any credence to the arguments of others. He has a master plan in his head for what American broadcasting should be. It really can be summed up in those four infamously immortal words, "The public be damned...."

"...Powell belongs at the bottom of the barrel with the lowliest of the bunch. He is an agenda masquerading as a man, the proverbial pompous ass and, worse, a genuine threat to freedom of speech. But on CNBC, he was playing Santa Claus. "I am still having fun," he said merrily, as if that were part of the job. "There are still things that are really significantly important to me to complete. Right now, I just have no plans of going anywhere..."

Comment by Chris on January 25, 2017 at 4:48am

Ajit Pai seems even worse than Michael Powell

Comment by Chris on January 25, 2017 at 4:42am

I think the internet should be a public service like a library. In the 1990's there were movements to push this. They failed under pressure from telecommunications companies even in small towns were telco's said they wouldn't provide service because it isn't financially benificial.

Ajit Pai, Donald Trump’s FCC Pick, Hates Net Neutrality

When the FCC voted to uphold the policy that requires internet service providers to treat all data equally, Ajit Pai dissented—and now Trump has made him head of the agency.

President Trump’s pick for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is a sworn enemy of the free internet.

Ajit Pai, whom Trump designated as FCC chairman on Monday, is vocal opponent of net neutrality, a policy that requires internet service providers to treat all data equally. The policy, championed by outgoing FCC head Tom Wheeler, is a key cause for internet activists and consumer watchdogs but has enemies among telecommunications companies. And Pai, a former attorney for Verizon who campaigned against caps on rate hikes for prison phones, has already promised to take a “weed whacker” to net neutrality under Trump.

Pai, a senior official in Wheeler’s Democrat-dominated FCC, outlined his vision for the new FCC in a December speech. The Republican-run department “need[s] to remove outdated and unnecessary regulations,” he said in a speech to the conservative Free State Foundation. “We need to fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation, and job creation.”

Bold claims about “innovation” and “job creation” are common cries from net neutrality opponents. But telecommunications companies are almost always the beneficiaries of the anti-neutrality innuendo.

More above and below.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Comment by Chris on January 16, 2017 at 12:41am

A telco tech came out today and said that because I'm at the ragged edge of the line I should decrease the speed of the internet service. He said  it should help the internet instability and prevent my telephone line from randomly disconnecting.

He suggested dropping from a 18 MB line to a 6 MB line, saying I should still be able to receive the Roku TV feed and it may eliminiate the random telephone dropouts and internet errors.

I'll give it a try it may help with some of the strange 4000 character limit errors and other problems I experience on A/U.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on October 26, 2016 at 5:49am

That is a good point, Chris. Cell phone usage is also exploding exponenttially - according to some graphs internet usage in Kenya for example has increased from 3 to 40 from 2005 to 2013. I must be up at least t 70 now based on the trend line.

Comment by Chris on October 26, 2016 at 5:42am

Some of the figures posted on the PEW forum may not be accurate because people in internet developing areas use internet cafe's and share, or rent cell phones to gain internet access.

Not only that along with electricity, water, health care so does internet, and communications access tend to change over time with socio-economic and political fluxuations.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on October 23, 2016 at 7:49pm

Two-thirds worldwide use the internet, but fewer do in Africa and South Asia

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on October 23, 2016 at 11:25am

Sobre la evolución digital


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