Although considered a service more wide ranging than utilities, according to UK's Digital Economy Bill that became a law a couple of weeks ago, someone could be disconnected from the Internet almost at a drop of a hat.
US is losing its dominance on the global Internet data flow. Moreover, a few countries -- particularly upstart ones like China, South Korea and even India -- are already giving US a run for its money in terms of investing heavily in next-generation Internet technology, and even cutting US out of the routing loop.
Environmentalists say that besides global warming, electronic waste, or "e-waste," is the most threatening environmental problem in the world today. Mounting global sales of electrical and electronic products are generating an equally imposing amount of toxic waste that's too complicated to process.
Gangnam has set a digital sxample for South Korea as a whole. The e-Government applications developed by the District have been adopted by the central government, while its online systems and kiosks have been replicated by almost all municipalities in the country.
A new global ICT study finds that regardless of their economic status, both governments and private businesses could do far more with their communications and computing infrastructure to derive the full economic and social benefits.
Public safety agencies face a few challenges when deploying wireless video surveillance. Being a fairly new technology, many are not aware of the fact that reliable video surveillance can often be performed effectively and more efficiently with wireless technology.
According to one human rights organization, technology-enabled citizen journalists work where there is no regular press, risking their lives to report the repression and atrocities of the Burmese army so that the world knows about these.
In a few short years, a nationwide wireless project has brought broadband Internet access to almost 95 percent of the residents of Macedonia with the results that the country is moving from a conflict-torn region to an economy harnessing information technology.
Being a fairly new technology, many police departments and municipalities are not aware of the fact that video surveillance can performed reliable and more efficiently with wireless technology. Moreover, the technology's critical success factors are not widely known.
United Villages, Inc. wants to provide 2 billion villagers with an e-mail address, a phone number, and basic Web access. And through its hundreds of installations in rural India and parts of Rwanda, Cambodia and Paraguay, it has already brought connectivity to over 200,000 people, some in villages lacking even basic infrastructure like electricity and roads.
The recent EU decision concerning the Prague Wi-Fi project gains considerable importance because that decision has clarified when a municipality may set up its own network even when there are adequate services available from private network operators.
The network is designed not only to keep the City of London competitive as one of the world's leading business districts, but also to support secure access and private data networks for the emergency services and other government services in the city.
Freifunk, a free user-run network, is spreading like wildfire. In Berlin, it already covers more than one tenth of the city providing possible Internet access to about 350, 000 people. The Leipzig and Weimar communities are growing. And the model is starting to spring up to other countries.
First the city was going provide free wireless Internet access. Now, due to telcom opposition, this has changed to a competitive commercial service. And still telcom operators are kicking up a fuss trying to stop it.
The self-proclaimed largest do-it-yourself wireless community network, Freifunk in Germany, has developed a new algorithm that the developers claim would revolutionize adhoc networking or mobile mesh routing to make all current mesh routing protocols and algorithms obsolete.