Unmasking bloggers in India raises some interesting questions

First it was shutting down blog sites after the Mumbai bombings in 2006. This year it was attempting to snoop into communications conducted over BlackBerry's. Now Google has been instructed to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger in a defamation lawsuit filed by an Indian construction company against them. The story on the Wall … Continue reading Unmasking bloggers in India raises some interesting questions

The future of mobile applications and some other ideas

The Google Android Developers Blog lists the top 50 applications submitted to Round 1 of its developer's challenge. It's a damn impressive list. I was alerted to this from Appropriate IT's excellent post on it, which I fully endorse.  A PDF slideshow of all the apps, with screenshots and mock-ups, is available here.  However, as … Continue reading The future of mobile applications and some other ideas

How much of information is too much information?

When it comes to Google, the size of the web and the size of their index are apparently very different. What's interesting to recognise here is that Google cannot afford to index ALL of the web. Coupled with the fact that we are losing, irrevocably, information that defines us a larger humanity or as identity … Continue reading How much of information is too much information?

The energy consumption of cloud computing

While I've written on the potential (and significant limitations) of cloud computing in relation ICT4Peace previously it's never quite easy to get one's head around the power consumption of behemoth data centres that actually power the "cloud". It's not just Second Life that consumes more power than an average Brazillian. A single data centre of … Continue reading The energy consumption of cloud computing

Thoughts on the launch of InSTEDD

InSTEDD works with universities, corporations, international health organizations, humanitarian NGOs and communities. Together, we work to identify or craft and then field-test technologies for better data collection and analysis, more efficient communications, and more effective response. InSTEDD will, for example, be adapting new social networking capabilities for humanitarian coordination, and testing inflatable satellite dishes able … Continue reading Thoughts on the launch of InSTEDD

Vint Cerf on ICT and Development: “If ever a technology defined an era of human development, ICT has that role in the 21st Century”

Speaking on the role of private, public and civil society in an interview with GKP, Google's Vint Cerf goes on to explain how each can contribute to the exploitation of new ICTs for building and sharing Knowledge for Development purposes: "The public sector (governments) have the opportunity to set policies and to support research that can lead … Continue reading Vint Cerf on ICT and Development: “If ever a technology defined an era of human development, ICT has that role in the 21st Century”