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About a year ago National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA) of the Department of Commerce, USA tasked ICANN to convene an inclusive and global discussion to determine a process for transitioning the stewardship of IANA functions which it currently performs to the global multistakeholder community. Indeed since that announcement, the global community has worked tirelessly and with great resilience and determination resulting in…
Posted on April 28, 2015 at 7:15pm
Network neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the Internet can easily become the power to control the Internet in less beneficent ways. Some people have condemned last week’s court decision to reject the bulk of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order as a threat to Internet innovation and…Continue
Posted on November 27, 2014 at 11:00am
While network operators are fierce competitors, the nature of the Internet dictates that they must also co-operate, and there is a need for technical co-ordination to ensure efficient inter-networking. Several participants within IG circle stressed that the lack of information in the public domain in the telecommunication and Internet sectors led to large inefficiencies in these markets during the “Internet bubble”. For example, in the late 1990s, network operators invested…Continue
Posted on October 10, 2014 at 4:09pm
Socio-cultural factors are influences derived from the customs, traditions, perceptions and beliefs of an individual’s culture and can be a key determinant in whether or not a person even agrees to seek care and use the devices. To increase the usability of a design, a device should fit seamlessly into societal norms by not resembling anything with a negative social connotation, not disrupting gender roles and…Continue
Posted on October 9, 2014 at 5:19pm
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