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Five big tech stories to watch for in 2013

Internet, Mobile
We were dazzled by an array of smartphones. We were fascinated and then disappointed by Facebook's initial public offering. And we held our breaths as we awaited the verdict in the Apple v. Samsung trial. But all that's so 2012. Let's talk 2013. Will we still be paying attention to patents, smartphones, and IPOs? The answer is "yes, yes, and yes," but not in the way you might imagine. The great thing about writing about the high-tech industry is its constant march forward. New companies get built on the bones of old companies, and new faces emerge while others fade. It's what keeps us going and sitting on those hard, wooden courtroom benches

2012: A Year in Review, End of Year Message from DotConnectAfrica

Domains, Internet
As Executive Director of DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust) and spearhead of the Yes2DotAfrica Campaign, it gives me great pleasure to send this end of year message at Christmas to our entire Pan-African constituency and global community of supporters and well-wishers all over the world.2012 was truly and eventful and memorable year. It was a year of many firsts and though Africa is recovering from the natural disasters faced in 2011 as well as leadership changes all over the world, we had some positive land marks as well. more

ICANN shutters Australian office, cans staff

Domains, Internet
ICANN has closed its office in Australia, according to a few (so far officially unconfirmed) reports we’ve received today. Multiple sources also tell DI that all ICANN staff working at the Sydney office were let go over the Christmas period. Sydney is/was a relatively small branch, with only a handful of staff based there, including some in legal and compliance departments. According to ICANN’s last budget, its lease on the office was due to expire in February. Rent was pegged at $155,000 (US). more

How the internet became a closed shop

Internet
A LITTLE over a decade ago, just before the masses discovered the digital universe, the internet was a borderless new frontier: a terra nullius to be populated by individuals, groups and programmers as they saw fit. There were few rules and no boundaries. Freedom and open standards, sharing information for the greater good was the ethos. more