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New Video Compression Format Approved By The ITU
2013-01-27 05:11:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The telecommunications arm of the United Nations (UN) has approved a new video compression format that they say could drastically reduce the amount of bandwidth needed for such files. According to the Associated Press (AP), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced on Friday that the new codec, H.265, “would require just half the amount of data needed by its predecessor, H.264.” Furthermore, the...

US Ambassadors Refuse To Sign ITU Treaty In Dubai
2012-12-13 18:32:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The US, UK and Canada have announced today that they will not be signing the ITU´s Internet Treaty in its current form. According to the BBC, the US said signing such a treaty would allow for government regulation of the Internet. "It's with a heavy heart and a sense of missed opportunities that the US must communicate that it's not able to sign the agreement in the current form," explained the US Ambassador to the...

UN Ambassadors Meet In Dubai To Discuss Internet Regulation
2012-12-11 16:07:12

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online At the beginning of the month, ambassadors from the United Nations headed to Dubai for the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). This conference has been taking place since December 3 and will continue on till December 14. Here, these ambassadors and representatives to the nations will be discussing the future of the Internet: Who pays for it, how it should be connected, and perhaps most...

Free And Open Internet Debate Begins Today
2012-12-03 10:39:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An 11-day UN conference opens in Dubai today which will play host to some extensive debates from the world´s leaders as to how to govern the Internet. The goal is to update some rather outdated regulations to ensure each nation has similar access to the Internet. Some US tech companies – Google and Microsoft – as well as some US ambassadors are worried these regulations will signal the end of the “free and...

World Conference On International Telecommunications Draws Criticism
2012-11-22 07:17:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An upcoming United Nations conference threatens the "free and open internet,” Google warned this week, saying some countries will use the meeting as an opportunity to shift control of the Internet´s technical specifications and domain name system from US-based organizations to international bodies. “Not all governments support the free and open Internet,” the Internet search giant wrote on its Take Action...

Third Of World Now Online
2012-10-11 15:39:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reported on Thursday that over a third of the world's population is online. The U.N. agency said not only is a vast portion of the world on the Internet, but mobile phone use has increased by more than 600 million in 2011 to around six billion. "On the back of the increase in broadband services worldwide, the number of people using the Internet grew by 11 percent over the past year...

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2012-08-06 18:26:29

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ahead of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)'s World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai this December, the U.S. is bracing for a call to revise internet treaties to spread control to nations other than the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to support ITU, unanimously voting (414-0) that the "Internet doesn't need new international regulations," according to a report by PC World....


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
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