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Who will control the Internet?

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You may or may not already know this, but a controversy that could change the way the Internet is run has been simmering since the spring and now will be coming to a head next month at the U.N. meeting on the Information Society. Basically, the US has always controlled the root servers for the Internet, through the private company known as ICANN. During the Clinton administration, a memorandum of understanding was apparently signed saying the US would eventually give up some of that control. In April, the Bush administration announced that the US would no longer be abiding by that agreement. There have been tense negotiations since then, but after no luck getting the US to budge, the European Union and the UN are now putting together a coalition to wrest control of the Internet from the US at the meeting in Tunisia in November. The implications of this will be far-reaching, and anyone who depends on the Internet should be paying attention to how this plays out.

The Guardian, a UK newspaper has been covering this, and you might want to check out their most recent article

US media outlets have had a couple of mentions, but not a lot of coverage. It has also been mentioned on SlashDot and other blogs.

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5000 downloads and counting

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We have served over 5000 downloads of the podcast, with an average of around 300 downloads per episode. Looking over the logs I would have to say that we are growing 10-15 listeners per week. This doesn’t include those of you who have just joined us after finding us through Directions Magazine. We would like to thank everyone for your support, and on that thought keep an ear out for our first avsp contest which we will be announcing in a couple of weeks (in Episode 15). Nothing too large unless we magically come up with some cash or a sponsor before then, but hopefully something fun.

Thanks again!

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Map-o-Rama! widget

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Map-o-Rama WidgetThere is a Konfabulator/Yahoo! Widgets widget that uses www.maporama.com. I had a couple of the undergrads at the lab whip up a map service based widget back in July, but they didn’t accept it to that gallery due to one of the map services we were pointing to being down. That version is specific to work, but I will edit in the next couple of days and post it without the work logo and not centered on Morgantown. Look for it Tuesday night or Wednesday after I finish my write-a-thon.

Until then check out this widget at Konfabulator – Gallery – Map-o-Rama!

GeographyBlogs

ESRI Podcasts

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esriI guess ESRI has decided to join the fray with some of their existing audio/video content from the ’05 User Conference. This is analogous to IT Conversations from Where 2.0. I haven’t listened to any yet, but I think ESRI should speak to Doug Kaye of IT Conversations since he is already supporting quite a few tech conferences and it would place the information from the UC in a more centralized location where others, outside of the traditional GIS community, might find it. I would still like to see a link to their employee bloggers…with a disclaimer that the blogs are opinion of course. Either way this is a nice step into this new media…technology…podcasting.

ESRI Podcasts

GeographyBlogs

The GISuser Blog – GIS & Geospatial news

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I know that I am behind on mentioning other blogs here, because Glenn over at GISUser.blogspot.com mentioned us before I got around to him. In this case there is more than one site to blog since Glenn has his own blog, but he is also “the founder & Managing Editor” of GISUser and other news/ezine sites. I know that both Sue and I have trolled the site regularly and I always point folks to this site as a great place to keep up with job listings.

In his blog he points out quite a few interesting tidbits, most of your standard bloggy lore, but it is joined by insight from a knowledgable industry insider and the contacts of an industry news representative.

The GISuser Blog – GIS & Geospatial news

Groups

GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination) – Wildfire Support

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I can file this under “new to me”. The government is taking full advantage of many of the geospatial tools that are out there. The newest that I have come across is the GeoMAC (Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination).
This site is a gateway to a standard ArcIMS viewer for viewing the locations of current wildfires. It seems to be a partnership between most of the land holding agencies in the governement for the US Department of Interior and the US Department of Agriculture.

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