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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

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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


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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 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 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 on October 23, 2016 at 7:49pm

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

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

Sobre la evolución digital

Comment by Chris on September 16, 2016 at 6:36am

The following shows how much data, security breaches and identity theft is from people who willingly provide information to the theives.

Comment by Chris on September 16, 2016 at 6:28am

Cyber crime continues to run rampant. I reported the following to the local police after looking at the FBI cyber crime unit who referred me to the local police department.  A local officer will assist me so they can catch the criminal who used the fake address

Puk Kin Chan <>

From Mr. Hou Weidong
Bank of Communications Hong Kong
Dear Mr Chris XXX...

I am Mr. Hou Weidong, Chief information officer, Bank of Communications. I received your response to my brief message, and I wish to apologize for any inconveniences. I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of a deceased client with similar last name as yours and an investment placed under our banks management 12 years ago.
I am sure you will wonder where I got your contact details, a search on the yellow page with your last name gave some results and I selected you from the lot.
I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I contact you independently and no one is informed of this communication. In 2005, the subject matter, Mr. Mark XXX... made a deposit of Forty Five Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($ 45,275,000.00) only in my branch, a number of notices were sent to him two years later for not operating the account and we later discovered that Mr . Mark XXX... had died in a plane crash
The good thing is that late Mark XXX... did not declare any next of kin in his official papers including the paper work of his bank deposit. What bothers me most is according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 12 years the funds will be revert to the ownership of the Hong Kong Government if nobody comes for the funds, Against this scenery, I have all the information needed to claim these funds and I want you to act as the next of kin to the deposit since you have the same last name as his. There is no risk involved in this matter as I hold the key to the funds and we are going to adopt a legitimate method as I will have all paper works to make you the next of kin to the funds when you provide your correct details. I want you to know that you will be entitled to 40% of the entire funds while I get 60% as the originator of the deal. Get back to me for more information.

 Please provide me the following details below at once so that I can arrange the necessary paper works in your names and send you copies.

1. Your Full names
2. Complete Address:
3. Telephone Number:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Occupation:

Hou Weidong


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