“Pakistan has floated a request for proposal for a system to filter and block websites, some months after curbing the use of encryption on the Internet, and toying with the idea of filtering and blocking SMS (short message service) messages in the country.
Daily Archive: February 26, 2012
“London-based David Rimmer, Hewlett-Packards director of global government industry enterprise services, was brought to New Zealand by HP to address the ICT Council recently. All of the major vendors have been invited to present to the council about global technology trends that are relevant to government CEOs and CIOs, he says
“Huawei has launched the Ascend D Quad family, which has an in-house developed quad-core processor, as the Chinese network equipment company tries to become a competitor in the high-end smartphone space. So far, Huawei has seen some success in the low-end smartphone sector, but at an event on Sunday at Mobile World Congress it was clear the company wants to move up in the world and compete with the likes of Apple, HTC and Samsung Electronics….”
“Content-sharing site Pinterest has been surging in popularity. The bigger it gets, the more responsibility it has to ensure that copyrighted content doesn't show up on its site.
“In a recent editorial at The Wall Street Journal, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell blasted the upcoming ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12).
“The drumbeat of war with Iran grows steadily more intense. Each day brings more defiant rhetoric from Tehran, another failed UN nuclear inspection, reports of western military preparations, an assassination, a missile test, or a dire warning that, once again, the world is sliding towards catastrophe. If this all feels familiar, that's because it is
“This week, the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority (PTA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development, deployment and operation of a National Level URL Filtering and Blocking System, calling on institutions to submit by March 2nd a feasible proposal that would allow the government to institute a large-scale filtering system. Shockingly, the RFP requires: Each [filtering] box should be able to handle a block list of up to 50 million URLs (concurrent unidirectional filtering capacity) with processing delay of not more than 1 milliseconds.
“Anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrn is making good on its threats to take file-sharing sites offline in Sweden. During the last 48 hours, police in Sweden and the Netherlands swooped on key staff and hardware connected to a long-standing private BitTorrent tracker. As yet another popular eBook site closes, famous tracker Scene Access is being warned youre next….”