Repurposing Churchill quotes is popular among those involved with Icann. Those pushing for reform of the organisation that manages the world’s internet domain names call it the “worst system of internet governance, apart from all the others”.
Steve Crocker, Icann’s newly elected chairman, has his own favourite quote: “It is not the end, not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning.”
A veteran computer scientist who help create the very foundations of the internet, Mr Crocker wants people to be patient with the Californian non-proft company, which is only 13 years old and just beginning to get into its stride in improving the structure of the internet.
Act one of Google’s spat with the Chinese authorities over censorship and government-backed hacking closed last year with Google partially retreating from the world’s most populous nation.
There was, however, still the unresolved issue of Google Maps, and act two of Google versus China may now be beginning with Google having submitted an application to Beijing to allow the service to remain in China.
An IPO of Silver Spring Networks has long been one of the most hotly anticipated deals from the world of “greentech”. On Thursday, the Silicon Valley-based company finally disclosed its intention to go public – though some of the shine has come off its story since the heady days of the 2009 US stimulus act, which was passed to reinvigorate the economy in the depths of the financial crisis.
Before I tried Google+, launched last week, I thought the “plus” might signify yet another social network adding to the complexity of choice. But, now having tested the service, I am starting to think it could help me subtract all the other similar ones I use and make life that much simpler. Google+ is still in limited field trials, but here is a rundown, from this week’s Personal Technology review column – of what to expect, and what it might replace.