Cloud computing – we hear the term almost daily. But really, just what is cloud computing all about? First of all, it’s useful to understand where the term came from. It most likely originated from the use of a cloud image to represent a networked computing environment or the internet. (more…)
“Battle For the Internet”
I really enjoyed the seven day series of articles that the Guardian put together under the title Battle For the Internet. In a nutshell these are the topics the clusters of articles explore and address under the sequential themes.
1st Day: “The New Cold War”
– Exploring forces and issues surrounding an open or closed internet.
These articles explore the forces that seek to censure and close the internet. The forces that would control public information and the use of the internet include the usual suspects of the governments in China (controllers of the “Great Firewall”) in some countries in Arabia and Eastern Europe, but interestingly Apple and FaceBook are named as would-be tenders of “Walled Gardens”.
The forces striving to liberate the internet for all include subversive groups like WikiLeaks, and establishment established groups such as US government-funded technology project “Commotion Wireless”. Commotion Wireless enables any smartphone user to connect with other smartphones to form a “mesh network”, or impromptu internet, and hence defy censorship efforts allowing communication in stealth mode. (more…)