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Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it
Thursday, 25 June 2020 07:55

The non-profit organizations that fought to halt the sale of the .org registry to a newly created private equity firm are demanding an independent review into the fiasco, which pitted charities against domain registrars over the billion-dollar aborted deal.

“While we are pleased that .org is not being sold to Ethos Capital, there’s nothing in [the] recent announcement that addresses the unilateral decision-making that led to the Internet Society (ISOC) board of directors deciding in secrecy over a matter of weeks to sell the .org domain,” noted a letter [PDF] today from NTEN, the EFF, and AccessNow to the Internet

TikTok boom: Brits spent a quarter of their waking hours in lockdown online – Ofcom
Thursday, 25 June 2020 03:00

Brits are spending more time than ever online, according to comms watchdog Ofcom's latest Online Nation report, and it's all thanks - surprise, surprise - to coronavirus. In April, at the height of lockdown, the average person was online for four hours and two minutes each day.

That, the regulator says, represents more than a quarter of the typical person's waking hours. It's also greater than the typical amount of time spent watching TV (three hours and 19 minutes) or listening to the radio (two hours and 40 minutes).

When you break down the data, there's a predictable demographic split.

Fintech biz Wirecard folds into insolvency like two pair against a flush. Good luck accessing your chip stack
Saturday, 27 June 2020 05:29

German electronic payment whizzkids Wirecard AG has filed for bankruptcy, three days after the arrest of ex-CEO Markus Braun on fraud charges – and the company's admission that €1.9bn in assets ($2.1bn) were missing and may never have existed.

"The management board of Wirecard AG has decided today to file an application for the opening of insolvency proceedings for Wirecard AG with the competent district court of Munich (Amtsgericht München) due to impending insolvency and over-indebtedness," the company said in a statement , adding that it is evaluating whether similar action will have to be taken by its subsidiaries.


Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R D facility in UK's leafy Cambridgeshire
Friday, 26 June 2020 18:30

Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei has won approval to build a £1bn optoelectronics R&D facility in South Cambridgeshire, UK, near the leafy village of Sawston.

Huawei's new campus will be situated on 500 acres of land acquired by the company in 2018, and will feature over 50,000 square metres of office space. When operational, the firm claims it'll directly create over 400 new jobs, and become one of the cornerstones of its broadband technology division.

Optoelectronics focuses on the control and observation of light through electronic systems. It is one of the essential components of fibre-optic networking, which sees data represented

Singapore awards 5G licences – and winning carriers pick anyone but Huawei for nationwide network
Friday, 26 June 2020 13:57

Singapore has named two carriers as having won the right to build nationwide 5G networks, and both promptly named tech providers other than Huawei as their network providers of choice.

The winners of the nationwide 5G licences were Singtel and a joint venture between locals StarHub and M1 Limited. The former named Ericsson as the provider of its 5G SA Core, RAN and mmWave network. StarHub and M1 picked Nokia for its 5G core and mmWave networks, but went out of its way to say it is "exploring other network elements with vendors including Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE".

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Spare some change, guv? UK's CCTV regulator pitches for £100k budget increase
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 02:03

"A consistent refrain I recite at the many conference speeches, media interviews and workshops I attend is the importance of transparency and openness in the use of public space surveillance," said Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC) Tony Porter in his most recent annual report.

Published late last week some 18 months after the previous edition , the report for 2018-2019 revealed that some surveillance camera operators had described Porter's office as a "security risk".

Referring to Surveillance Camera Day 2019, when the commissioner urged spycam operators to put on "doors-open" events for the public to see how surveillance tech was being

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