Tuesday, 8 May 2012

World Summit on the Information Society 2012: Geneva 15-17 May

World Summit on the Information Society: still grinding on from year to year, Millennium Development Goals the ostensible target....in case you thought IGF was the only game in town. 'via Blog this'

George Michael: I declined to give Leveson inquiry evidence

George Michael: I declined to give Leveson inquiry evidence | Media | guardian.co.uk: "George Michael has claimed he rejected a request to testify at the Leveson inquiry, branding the investigation into phone hacking and media standards "bullshit". The singer made his remarks in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, ranting about Rupert Murdoch, David Cameron, phone hacking, the Daily Mail and the allegedly "sham" system that he claims has failed to jail any journalist for criminal activities apart from the royal editor of the News of the World, five years ago." Out of the mouths of babes? 'via Blog this'

Friday, 4 May 2012

BSkyB boss: 'I don't work for Rupert Murdoch, remember' • The Register

BSkyB boss: 'I don't work for Rupert Murdoch, remember' • The Register: "Jeremy Darroch - the actual boss of BSkyB - reportedly reminded hacks yesterday about the distinction between his firm and Murdoch's corporation. "I would emphasise that it's important to remember that Sky and News Corporation are separate companies," he said. "We believe that Sky's track record as a broadcaster is the most important factor in determining our fitness to hold a licence." His comments come as UK watchdog Ofcom continues to scrutinise whether BSkyB, which trades as Sky, is "fit and proper" to hold a broadcasting licence."
Difficult to credit this man's chutzpah, when the animal Sam Chisholm ran Sky throughout its breakthrough years in as ruthless an attack-dog style as his boss, The Digger, would have done himself.
Note The Sun continues charming.
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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Consent of the Networked reviewed

How non-government actors have removed accountability: Consent of the Networked reviewed: "The defense is a common one and extends to the giants of the social web like Facebook. Namely, we must "respect" the laws of other countries. This is the defense used by then Yahoo general counsel Michael Callahn when he spoke before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. His appearance came in regards to the company's surrender of private information on journalist Shi Tao to the Chinese authorities. It inspired the late Rep. Tom Lantos to proclaim, "While technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies."
Indeed - as 'Internet Co-regulation' made clear in some detail...
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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Murdoch conclusion stirs memories of his old foe Maxwell | Reuters

Murdoch conclusion stirs memories of his old foe Maxwell | Reuters: "If he had not died 20 years ago, Robert Maxwell, the disgraced newspaper tycoon, might have allowed himself a wolfish grin at the verdict of a parliamentary committee on his old rival, Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, according to the House of Commons select committee on culture, media and sport, which examined the phone-hacking scandal now convulsing the Australian-born mogul's media empire, "is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company"."
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