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Yochai Benkler's The Wealth of Networks wiki

Posted on Mon, Apr 17, 2006 at 7:11 PM by Andrew Chadwick

Yochai Benkler, whose work I discuss in Chapter 12, has a new book out. There is a promising wiki to accompany it.

UK PSA papers

Posted on Sat, Apr 08, 2006 at 8:05 AM by Andrew Chadwick

Just back from the UK Political Studies Association Annual Conference at the University of Reading. I didn't get the chance to attend all of the panels covering Internet politics and/or political communication themes, but here are some of the things that caught my eye:

Warfare in the Information Age
Media and Politics and Media Performance
Policy Analysis and Networks
Media and Politics: Politics and Emergent Media Forms
People, Parties and Politics
Media and Politics: International Issues and Perspectives

IPDI PoliticsOnline Conference 2006

Posted on Thu, Apr 06, 2006 at 4:00 PM by Andrew Chadwick

This looks like it was excellent. Maybe I'll have the days free to attend it next year.

Rick Boucher and Internet governance

Posted on Thu, Apr 06, 2006 at 3:32 PM by Andrew Chadwick

US Representative Rick Boucher, (Democrat, Virginia) is continuing to raise concerns over the US Department of Commerce's and ICANN's handling of domain names. ICANN recently approved an agreement with US company Verisign which effectively grants the latter control over the .com domain for evermore, irrespective of whether Verisign handles it badly or raises registration fees. The deal must receive final approval from the Department of Commerce, but Boucher is concerned that handing such a lucrative contract to Verisign will fuel the controversy over US dominance of the net which came to a head at the second round of the World Summit on the Information Society back in November 2005.

A copy of a recent letter from Boucher to the House Energy and Commerce Committee can be found on Kieren McCarthy's blog.

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