internet regulation

Sarah Mishkin

A win for online education and sensible sanctions regulation. Today, online course provider Coursera says it is able to re-open the majority of its classes to Iranian students, a few months after US sanctions on Iran and certain other nations forced the start-up to block learners in those countries from its site.

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Nobody, it seems, wants to miss out on the African growth story (as many telecoms did in the 1990s). Another rallying cry was issued on Tuesday by ICANN – the body that regulates the naming system for websites – calling for a rapid expansion of domain registrars, and pushing ahead with six new offices on the continent.

“We’re coming to you” – that was the message of ICANN president Fadi Chehadé. And Africa might ask: “What took you so long?”

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Tim Bradshaw

The opening address at the e-G8 conference in Paris from the French president certainly woke up the assembled digerati.

John Perry Barlow, co-founder of open-internet campaigner Electronic Frontier Foundation, set the tone when he tweeted a previous Nicolas Sarkozy quote – “The internet is the new frontier, a territory to conquer” – with the sharp reply: “And I am in Paris to stop him.” Read more

Tim Bradshaw

The internet community has derided proposals by Andy Burnham, the culture secretary, to introduce age ratings for websites – with one blogger “kidnapping” the MP’s online identity in protest.

Mike Butcher, who blogs about technology and start-up businesses at Techcrunch, has claimed the username “andyburnham” at Twitter, the short-form blogging service, in an attempt to educate him about some “essential truths” of the internet. Read more