a bad start for 2012
IT'S a dark start for 2012 for web
users and website providers internationally. In Indian 21 social networking
sites, including Google, Yahoo and Facebook are facing prosecution in Indian
courts. This action comes after Government officials became upset and ordered
the remove contents considered insulting to Indian leaders and major religious
figures. The websites involved have all refused to censor themselves and remove
contents; and the Indian Federal Government has told the international press that
they have "sufficient material to proceed against for offences of
promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration."
This came out as Richard O'Dwyer, aged 23 and Sheffield Hallam University
undergraduate has been told he faces extradition to the United States to face
copyright infringement allegations. This came after his website, TVShack, which
helped people watch films and TV shows for free was closed down by the US
authorities. His lawyer Ben Cooper has argued that the site did not store
copyright material itself and merely pointed users to other sites, in the same
way that Google and Yahoo operate. Also the well known online encyclopaedia
Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales said on
Twitter that he will "black out the website on Wednesday, 18 January 2012"
as a protest at the controversial anti-piracy legislation, under
consideration by the US Congress called the "Stop Online Piracy Act and
the Protect Intellectual Property Act." Reddit, Boing Boing and other
online sites also been reported to have plans to go dark in protest of the plans
that many critics say could hurt the technology industry and infringes on
free speech rights. "The legislation if passed would be designed to crack
down on sales of pirated US products overseas and is a good thing." the
US Congress has said. Not only that but back in the UK, Twitter has got many off
to a bad start as well, with the likes of 29 year old, Scottish Rugby
International, Rory Lamont calling US President Barack Obama a "whore"
on social networking site, on Wednesday, 4 January 2012. He has since
apologised after the remarks, which were described as "completely
Then came the New Digital Tipping Point report,
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has suggested that in the UK, consumers would be
willing to pay around £4.20 a month for digital banking services. So banks could
generate an extra £50 a year income for banks if they go ahead with the
findings! The document has also predicted that digital banking will overtake
many high street networks as the main way customers deal with their finances by
2015. The surveyed is said to have been conducted across the UK, Canada, China,
France, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Poland, and the United Arab Emirates,
interviewing more than 3,000 banking customers. So how many of our readers agree
with the idea to pay extra for digital banking and the removal of free banking?
Please email us your views on these issues to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org and also please let us know what you
think the state of the web will be in January 2013.
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