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How the US government exerts control over ICANN

Michael Geist sez, "The debate over Internet governance for much of the past decade has often come down to a battle between ICANN and the ITU (a UN body), which in turn is characterized as a choice between a private-sector led, bottoms-up, consensus model (ICANN) or a governmental-controlled approach.

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2014 Hugo awards

The 2014 Hugos were awarded at Loncon3 last night -- the largest Worldcon in history, with the largest voter pool in history, too. Ann Leckie won Best Novel for her excellent Ancillary Justice, and I accepted the Best Graphic Story for Randall Munroe's masterpiece Time, in full XKCD cosplay. Read the rest

Blogging History: Greenwald's partner detained at Heathrow; Michael Jackson's FBI file; Stealth Lynndie-ing

One year UK officials detain Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow, question him about Snowden interviews, steal all his gadgets & data: Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda was detained at Heathrow Airport under an anti-terrorism law that allows the cops to hold terrorism suspects and question them for nine hours without a lawyer.

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