Oxford, UK, 5 July 2013 - The British media’s negative view of the internet is out of sync with the public’s positive opinion, according to research released today. Analysis of 1,000 media articles on internet topics found that over three quarters of coverage (76%) had a strong negative sentiment, in contrast with public opinion, where a national study of 5,000 people for Nominet found that 87% of Brits believe the internet has had a positive effect on their lives. The research marks the seventh annual Nominet Internet Awards ceremony, which last night recognised several British projects which help to make the internet a more secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all. Analysis of media coverage reveals that the three most common internet topics are cyber-bullying and troll
Intel picks Kenya for new investment: The East African nation will be the site of the first investment on the continent by Intel’s Software and Services Group. Intel Software and Services Group has launched a new initiative that will first benefits African developers. Kenya is the first country where the initiative takes root with developers expected to gain design tools, resources and expert consulting from SSG. With 5 undersea fibre cables supplying broadband to the country, Kenya is among the 7 most connected in the continent. This has seen many technology innovations take shape in the country with local start-ups creating mobile applications that have been able to answer the needs of the market. Through SSG’s program, three local tech start-ups will be sponsored for online training
Based on information being supplied to media, Africa’s ICT industry is growing – boosted by the advent of mobile product and services, but sustaining this momentum is dependent on the identification and implementation of the right investment in ICT, skills and innovation, as well as connectivity. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2013, South Africa ranks 70th out of 144 economies surveyed. In the global audit, sub-Saharan Africa is not faring much better either, as the report suggested that a number of regions are not doing enough to boost connectivity. “Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa still suffer from a serious lag despite infrastructure improvements, an expansion of coverage and a push into e-government.” more
22 May 2013, ICANN has posted the GAC advice responses from the concerned applicants. In the Beijing Communiqué [PDF, 156 KB], the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) issued advice to the ICANN Board of Directors regarding New gTLD applications. "Beginning 18 April 2013, applicants were afforded a 21-day period in which to respond to GAC advice, as outlined in the Applicant Guidebook. The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee will consider the applicant responses in formulating its response to the GAC advice." Learn more about GAC Advice [PDF, 261 KB] in Module 3 of the Applicant Guidebook.
Cybercriminals don't hesitate when they see an opportunity to spread malware. Not even when it means exploiting as horrific an event as the Boston Marathon bombing. There's nothing new about this, of course. From big news events like Osama Bin Laden's death, to lightweight showbiz stories -- anything about Emma Watson, for example -- cybercriminals are always on the lookout for credulous clickers. Emails containing links that genuinely send traffic to video footage of yesterday's bombing, are also geared to infect devices with a Trojan Horse. According to Sophos researchers, dangerous subject lines include: Aftermath to explosion at Boston Marathon Boston Explosion Caught on Video Video of Explosion at the Boston Marathon 2013 This is no small potatoes. The SANS Instit...