LexisNexis announced the release of McGrady on Domain Names: A Global Guide to Disputes, Registration, and Maintenance - a new, practical online and print resource for attorneys advising clients on issues and problems involving domain names worldwide. The new volume provides an essential resource for attorneys representing brand owners, parties opposing brand owners, registrars, registries and ancillary service providers in the domain name industry. The publication contains critical domain name data from around the globe and all available data for every country, in a consistently organized format. McGrady on Domain Names also identifies areas where no information is yet available, providing thousands of direct links to domain registries and related websites where legal practitioners can find and examine developments as soon as new information becomes available.
The right to information is essential in the information age. In the past ten years, there has been a steady growth in the number of countries which have adopted Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to give citizens, journalists and organisations the right to demand information from them. To date, 75 countries have now adopted Freedom of Information (FOI) laws and over 80 countries have also guaranteed the right to information in their constitution.
The past year has seen considerable developments around the world. New laws were approved in Honduras, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Nicaragua and most recently the Cayman Islands. China adopted national regulations which follow the function of FOI. Norway adopted a new, even more open law while the US is poised to make the first major improvements to their law in a decade. Amendments to weaken FOI laws were rejected in the UK and Bulgaria. Dozens more countries around the world including Chile, Ghana, Malta, Nigeria, and Tanzania also considered bills. In Mexico, the Constitution was amended in 2007 to expand the right of information to the states.
There have also been important developments in the international realm. One of the most important in the last year was the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in Claude Reyes v. Chile, that freedom of information is a basic human right implicit in the right to freedom of expression. This will have a profound effect on countries in the region and sets an important precedent for the rest of the world. FOI is now recognised as an important tool to promote democracy and fight corruption by the United Nations, Council of Europe, Organisation of American States, League of Arab States and the African Union.
The recent infusion of Web 2.0 innovation is poised to change the telecom industry dramatically. Everywhere you look, Internet pioneers are working to blend their services with telco assets, bringing about a range of compelling applications, devices, services and revenue possibilities.
This is a fundamental shift, compared with the first generation of web applications—which were essentially delivered “over the top” of best-effort IP connectivity, as if the telcos were a public road system.
Instead, Web 2.0 applications, and so-called mash-ups, are implemented “across the middle” of telco networks—directly controlled by network policies and supported by back-office functions to ensure that they work properly and deliver a quality user experience. Consider the following examples:
iPhone—Apple’s latest is the ultimate mobile device: a phone, an amazing web browser (with zoom and orientation features) and a media player, with a range of productivity and messaging applications. But it’s useless without the mobile network.
Software As A Service—IDC projects that the market for software as a service will surge past $11 billion by 2009. Today, CRM and sales force automation applications, such as salesforce.com, are leading the market. However, just about every software supplier has a SaaS strategy. Given that these are distributed, mission-critical applications, the SaaS model doesn’t work without fault-resistant connectivity and robust security.
Gaming—Today’s gaming experience is unparalleled. In fact, the technology in a Playstation3 or Xbox makes a standard PC look like a calculator. The growth in the market is driven by distributed, multi-player games that integrate voice, video, and rich media. The user experience can’t be met without low-latency, low-error broadband networks.
Video—Video is fast becoming telecom’s next killer app. Hollywood is excited, as IPTV and mobility together have unlimited potential for personalized, on-demand, interactive content. User-generated content via YouTube has opened up unforeseen markets. AT&T’s recent mobile push-to-video service allows users to capture, publish and archive video clips directly from the handset. And there are other applications like security, remote monitoring, training and more. But video is a bandwidth hog—it won’t work without quality network distribution.
Mobile applications—These are popping up all over. On the enterprise side, custom applications for real estate, transportation, medicine, workforce management, sales and other activities are announced daily. Cisco, Microsoft and some operators are working on integrated communications technologies that are making FMC a reality. On the consumer side, navigation, friend-finder, messaging, banking, social networking and entertainment apps are gaining in momentum. None of these work well without integrated call handoff over 3/4G networks.
Opportunity, Here at Last
The emerging market reality is that new value is created only when telcos and Web innovators integrate their offerings. This point is perfectly illustrated by the recent announcement that Google has agreed to provide the portal, interface and application suite for Sprint’s WiMAX network.
UNESCO gathered a group of partners to produce two guides to encourage the development of sustainable computer recycling plants.
The development of the Information Society and the efforts to reduce the digital divide have significantly increased the importation of computer equipment (new and second hand) in developing countries. Considering the need to develop local capacities in managing these materials and the lack of training tools, UNESCO gathered a group of partners around the idea of developing a series of training modules in this area.