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postheadericon Sir Tim Berners-Lee signs up to verily protect UK net neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee signs up to protect net neutrality in UK, huzzah

Here in the US we’re still looking for a knight in shining armor to protect our free and open internet, but in the UK they’ve found their guy. Now they just need some plate mail. It’s Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, the man who first proposed the World Wide Web to the World Wide World in 1989. He’ll be working with the UK’s Broadband Stakeholder Group to ensure that any traffic management policies that go into effect are done with transparency and within a set of defined best practices. That is to say: corporations will still have an opportunity to address threats to the overall health of their networks, but they’ll need to do so in an open way. Communications Minister Ed Vaizey summarized it thusly:

That agreement should be guided by three simple principles. The first is users should be able to access all legal content. Second, there should be no discrimination against content providers on the basis of commercial rivalry and finally traffic management policies should be clear and transparent.

So, that’s good news for those across the pond. Here in the US, well, we’ll just keep braiding our hair and singing out the tower window as loudly as possible. Or maybe it’s time to give Tim Wu a sword.

[Photo credit: Paul Clarke]

Sir Tim Berners-Lee signs up to verily protect UK net neutrality originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Hylas 1 completes testing, Europe’s first broadband satellite to start serving customers next week

It hasn’t exactly been all that long since Avanti Communications’ Hylas 1 satellite blasted off at the end of November, but it’s now almost ready to start spreading some wireless broadband across 16 countries in Europe. Avanti just announced today that the satellite’s in-orbit testing phase has been a “complete success,” and that it will go into service sometime next week with an initial test group of customers, before beginning a broader transition on April 4th. All told, over 60 operators have signed up to offer the satellite broadband service to customers, which promises to offer connections of up to 10Mbps to folks in even the most rural areas. It’s also only just the beginning — Avanti plans to launch Hylas 2 sometime in the second quarter of 2012, which will extend its coverage to Africa and the Middle East.

[Thanks, Brett]

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Hylas 1 completes testing, Europe’s first broadband satellite to start serving customers next week originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon First fine for libel via Twitter issued against politician by British court

British politician and former Mayor of Caerphilly, Wales, Colin Elsbury, has been ordered to pay a fine for the charge of libel against an opponent. The lawsuit was filed by Eddie Talbot, an independent challenging Elsbury, after Talbot claimed that Elsbury had Tweeted that Talbot had been forcibly removed from a polling place by police. Well, Elsbury definitely Tweeted that, but, unfortunately for him, the person was not Eddie Talbot. Although Elsbury quickly and publicly corrected himself, Talbot took him to court, and in Cardiff on Friday that Elsbury will have to pay a £3,000 fine plus costs of around £50,000. A cursory glance over Elsbury’s recent Tweets indicates that he still may not have the hand of the medium, but we’ll keep our eyes on his stream for any new instances of #twibel.

First fine for libel via Twitter issued against politician by British court originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon First fine for libel via Twitter issued against politician by British court

British politician and former Mayor of Caerphilly, Wales, Colin Elsbury, has been ordered to pay a fine for the charge of libel against an opponent. The lawsuit was filed by Eddie Talbot, an independent challenging Elsbury, after Talbot claimed that Elsbury had Tweeted that Talbot had been forcibly removed from a polling place by police. Well, Elsbury definitely Tweeted that, but, unfortunately for him, the person was not Eddie Talbot. Although Elsbury quickly and publicly corrected himself, Talbot took him to court, and in Cardiff on Friday that Elsbury will have to pay a £3,000 fine plus costs of around £50,000. A cursory glance over Elsbury’s recent Tweets indicates that he still may not have the hand of the medium, but we’ll keep our eyes on his stream for any new instances of #twibel.

First fine for libel via Twitter issued against politician by British court originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon UK charity opens gaming visitor center / gaming gadget incubator for the disabled

Disabled gamers currently form a small, but growing portion of the gaming community, and the folks from the UK’s SpecialEffect video games charity are seeking to get a lot more of them gaming. SpecialEffect — with an assist from UK Prime Minister David Cameron — just opened a Video Games Visitor Centre to give those with disabilities a place to experience cutting-edge gaming tech designed for the disabled, like eye-controllers, in its GamesRoom. The Centre also has a GamesLab where “games and hardware are tested for accessibility” so game devs can adjust their wares to get even more people dishing out pwnage than ever before — bring it on!

UK charity opens gaming visitor center / gaming gadget incubator for the disabled originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 05:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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