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First POST: Parched

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, February 13 2013

The state of our Union is thirsty

When we say "fail fast," is this what we mean?

"Cyber" security

  • President Barack Obama signed his long-promised order on cybersecurity.

  • It's time to stop using the term "cyberspace", which we agree is a term invented to describe something that didn't exist when William Gibson wrote "Neuromancer," and is now used to describe a ubiquitous and well-understood global communications network. So perhaps it's no longer constructive to fantasize about "cyberspace" and "cybersecurity," and instead discuss a more pressing — and sobering — issue: The militarization, and Balkanization, of the global Internet.

  • Here's another view on why it might be time to give up "cyberspace".

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Web Index Sees Impact of Net Neutrality, Surveillance and Copyright Laws

Denmark, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden have come out on top of the Web Index, a ranking of the Web Foundation measuring the economic, social and political benefit that countries gain from the web. The United States is at number six. For the authors of the report accompanying the index, the results reflect how inequality has an impact on access to the web. "Nordic policy-makers have been quick to adopt and promote the free Internet - and open access to information - as a 21st century public good," the report states. " Others, as this year's findings show, need to move fast to catch up." The report attributes the Scandinavian countries' advantage to the countries' broader efforts to invest in public goods and establish a welfare and acting against " excess concentrations of wealth and power." With the lower inequality in those countries than in others, "the skills, means and freedoms to benefit from new technologies are widespread, which helps to explain why Scandinavian countries score highly on the political, social and economic impact of the Web GO

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