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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 The goal is to update some rather outdated regulations to ensure each nation has similar access to the Internet.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...

AT&T Inconsistent With FaceTime
2012-11-09 10:49:40

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online AT&T and consumer advocacy groups have been in a standoff regarding Apple´s FaceTime over cellular networks, and yesterday, AT&T flinched. Big Blue has now said they will enable FaceTime over Cellular for iPhone 5 users on any tiered data plan as well as their Mobile Share plan. While this slight change is welcome, some advocacy groups are still calling for AT&T to open this service to everyone, despite their...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'