Scientists and researchers in Pakistan can now connect with their colleagues across the globe, thanks to a new high speed computer network link, made possible by GEANT, the advanced pan-European backbone network, and TEIN, the Asian equivalent to GEANT. GEANT was launched in 2000 by the European Commission and the Member States as a jointly funded initiative to upgrade Europe's research and education networking infrastructure. The EU-funded Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) today agreed to link with the Pakistan Education Research Network (PERN). TEIN and GEANT together serve close to 100 million researchers in Europe and Asia enabling ground-breaking research collaboration in fields such as climate change, radio astronomy and biotechnology.
The Dutch National Archive is placing a portion of its photograph collection on the internet. The historic pictures, mainly of Dutch emigrants, will be accessible on the photo-sharing website Flickr. The archive hopes that making the pictures available will prompt viewers to provide it with more information about the people and objects in the pictures. Visitors to the site will be able to add information themselves. The archive will also be posting photographs of the First and Second world wars, the Royal Dutch-Indian Army (KNIL) and the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
The EU Council of Justice and Home Affairs is calling for a single communications network to be created to improve the circulation of information on online crime. A recent council meeting (PDF) concluded that 'within the general framework of exchange of information and the application of the principle of availability between member states' law enforcement authorities, the aim is to promote common practices with regard to the tracing, acquisition, compilation and storage of data, search and seizure of computer data'. It also noted that it is becoming 'a matter of urgency' to coordinate the action taken against cybercrime and to set up joint structures to deal with this type of crime. The report suggests that the European Police Office (Europol) is the best body to host and run this type of centralised platform and help combat international cybercrime more effectively. To make this a reality, it is calling on EU member states to set up national alert platforms, where details of local cybercrime issues can be posted by the public and professional bodies alike. These national systems can then transmit information to the centralised European alert platform
The Internet will get support for IPv6, a more secure domain name system and international characters, during the next couple of years, according to Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google.
Next November 11, London will welcome the UK's largest annual conference on 'E-Democracy', the use of the internet and new technologies to improve all aspects of democracy including politics, grassroots campaigning and local government. Last year's event - the third annual conference - cemented the event as the UK's leading conference on this topic. Around 150 delegates attended from government, Parliament, local government, and the wider political, democratic and technology communities, and the conference gained widespread media coverage.
Confirmed speakers for this year already include Mark Byford, Deputy Director-General, BBC, as our keynote speaker; Csaba Madarasz, of the Civil College Foundation in Hungary; Suzy Hall, National Campaign Co-ordinator, Unfairpak; Bethan Jenkins, Member of the Welsh Assembly; Andy Williamson, head of the digital government programme at the Hansard Society; and Tom Steinberg, founder of MySociety.org and creator of the Downing Street e-petitions. Confirmed conference partners and supporters include the Hansard Society, Cisco and MySociety.org.