Internet domain addressing control to stay with ICANN for now

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An agreement was reached last night, ahead of the UN World Summit on the Information Society, to keep the Internet domain addressing control under ICANN, which is under the nominal control of the US Dept of Commerce. A new group, the Internet Governance Forum, has been created to look at Internet issues. It has no binding authority, but gives other nations a place to discuss issues that have international significance

I think that while shared governance of the Internet is a goal to look forward to, there is no mechanism available right now to actually implement, so the agreement to me is the best thing for now.

Here are a few links to articles about the agreement that was reached

BBCNews

CNN.com

ZDNet

GAW Day 3: GIS Day – Magic in the Muggle World

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A little different than the rest of the posts this week, but here it is. Check out the podcast.

With only a few days left before the release of the 4th movie in the Harry Potter series, The Goblet of Fire, I thought it might be time to follow in Mapz’s lead and look at how an item from the magical world compares to our muggle technology. The Marauder’s Map is a piece of parchment enchanted by four rapscallions in their younger days at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which finds its way into the hands of Harry (thanks to the boundless generosity of the Weasley twins). This magical map is a detailed representation of the school: the different rooms, hallways, floors, and many of the objects within the school…all of these things AND a “real-time� tracking of the location and movements of each person (even pets!) within the school.

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Show notes for AVSP SE03 – GIS Day 2005

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A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – SE03
November 16, 2005

Main Topic: GIS Day 2005

Click to directly download SE03 – GIS Day 2005

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Music by Tyson Emanuel

In this special episode we are joined by Rick Lawson, WV ESRI rep, and VerySpatial friend Frank. The conversation covers what we think GIS Day represents and the importance of GIS education and the role of GIS as a profession.

GIS Certification Institute
GISDayGroup
Left to right: Frank, Rick, Sue and Jesse

GAW Day 2: Human Geography

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Although definitions vary, most agree that human geography focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment, and the spatial relationships that define and are defined by those interactions. Human geography has many sub-disciplines, from cultural geography to urban geography to historical geography and many others (Wikipedia lists 18 fields of Human Geography, and that’s not even all of them).
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programmableweb

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programmableweb is a pretty good website all about Web 2.0 and mashups, which of course are a big part of the success of the web mapping phenomenon of Google Maps, Virtual Earth and Yahoo Maps. The associated blog has a lot of good information, so I will be checking that out. There are also other resources including directories of mashups and a reference page for other resources on mashups and Web 2.0.