Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Akamai Report: State of the Internet

Each quarter, Akamai will be publishing a quarterly "State of the Internet" report. This report will include data gathered across Akamai’s global server network about attack traffic and broadband adoption, as well as trends seen in this data over time. It will also aggregate publicly available news and information about notable events seen throughout the quarter, including Denial of Service attacks, Web site hacks, and network events.

During the second quarter of 2008, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 139 unique countries around the world. Japan and the United States were the two largest attack traffic sources, accounting for over 50% of observed traffic in total. Akamai observed attack traffic targeted at over 400 unique network ports. Many of the ports that saw the highest levels of attack traffic were targeted by worms, viruses, and bots that spread across the Internet several years ago. In addition, "SQL injection" Web site hacks continued to spread, infecting hundreds of thousands of Web pages.

Several significant Web site outages occurred during the second quarter, including problems at Amazon.com's e-commerce site, Slashdot.org, and several large shared hosting providers, as well as the "cloud computing" platforms delivered by Google and Amazon.com.

Akamai observed that from a global perspective, South Korea continued to have the highest measured levels of "high broadband" (>5 Mbps) connectivity. In the United States, Delaware once again topped the list, with over 65% of connections to Akamai occurring at 5 Mbps or greater. At the other end of the bandwidth spectrum, Rwanda and the Solomon Islands continued to top the list of slowest countries, with 93% or more of the connections to Akamai from both countries occurring at below 256 Kbps. In the United States, Washington State and the District of Columbia turned in the highest percentages of sub-256 Kbps connections. However, in contrast to the international measurements, these states only saw 21% and 16% of connections below 256 Kbps, respectively.

visit http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet/ for more information and to download the report.

Ontario Digital Economy Conference

During October 1, 2 and 3, the Ministry of Government Services, in collaboration with the Ministries of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Small Business and Consumer Services, Northern Development and Mines and Industry Canada's FedNor will be hosting Ontario's Digital Economy Conference at the Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka, Ontario.

The 3-day conference will focus on the transformation of Ontario's economic, social and environmental future through the adoption and use of broadband technology, and innovative applications and products.


Some of the featured speakers are:

* Robert Bell (Executive Director and Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum, New York)

* Mayor Brenda Halloran (Mayor of Waterloo)

* Dr. Ed Brown (CEO, Ontario Telehealth Network)

* Rob Dowler (Corporate Chief Strategist, Province of Ontario)

* Doug Cooper (Country Manager, Intel Canada)

* Stuart MacDonald (CEO, TripHarbour.ca)

* Robert J. Sawyer (Canadian Science Fiction Author)

* Lev Gonick (Founder, Chair Emeritus of OneCommunity and CIO of Case Western)

* Brian Beaton - K-Net


I hope that a number of you in the research community will be able to join us in beautiful Muskoka for this exciting and informative conference.

Further information, including a preliminary program, registration and further details are available at:

http://www.thedigitaleconomy.ca

'Aerographies': unthought elemental and metaphysical assumptions in recent spatialities - AAG 2009

'Aerographies': unthought elemental and metaphysical assumptions in recent spatialities - AAG 2009
Call for Papers


Seeking submissions from colleagues across the geographical humanities, social sciences and sciences interested in engaging with the themes of air and elementality.

Annual Meeting of the Association for American Geographers, Las Vegas March 22nd-29th, 2009

'Aerographies': re-thinking unthought elemental and metaphysical assumptions in recent human geographies

"...our concepts have been formed on the model of solids." (H. Bergson)

"Metaphysics always supposes, in some manner, a solid crust from which to raise a construction." (L. Irigaray)

The most vital of geography's concerns are those that materiality opens in thinking the connections between earth and life (Whatmore 2006). The return to materialist concerns in recent cultural, social and political geographies reflects this vitality. Geographies of affect, emotion, performance and performativity, mobilities, non-representation, science and technology, corporeality, everyday life, representation and vision, memory, networks and assemblages, complexity, etc... all premise their engagements through specificities of the material, whose complex, relational dynamics "en-world" us in multiple ways. Yet, while engaged material practices are said to open relational thinking in dynamic ways, "matter", and what we mean by the term itself, remains under considered. This has implications, for the objects we think with shape our metaphysical and ontological presumptions. As such, how we engage what we mean by matter is shaped by the objects we mobilize and the empirical sites we refract.

As Irigaray and Bergson argue, we moderns privilege "the solid crust" to give our thought shape. But what if Being and thought are not of the same matter? What if we began with the non-solid? What if we began, /in medias res/, as Irigaray insists we must, with air? Is air the forgotten material mediation of our geographical logos?

We are interested to deepen and extend recent efforts to re-think the geographies of material relation (ex. Ingold, 2008; Olwig, 2008), by interrogating the elemental assumptions behind how we engage the conceptual and practical spaces of matter and relation. In particular, we are interested to engage air as an evocative "object" for thinking relational and experiential space. Would beginning with the most ephemeral, and yet the constitutively most important element for life, enable us to reflect relational interaction in exciting and ever more relevant ways? Can 'thinking with air' respond with rigor, innovation, and responsibility to contemporary geographical imperatives ? Can it do so within registers perhaps under recognized in our present earth-writing? Can air be an evocative object for extending geographical engagements with relational materiality and space?

We welcome papers on such topics as, but not limited to:

* Air as an evocative "object" for thought

* Earth-writing/air-writing

* The spatial fold of breath

* Behind the Face: the ethical demand of breath

* Atmospheric spatialities

* Vocal spaces and soundscapes

* Noise pollution and the experience of space

* Air pollution and the experience of space

* Absence/presence and the elemental prejudices of visible solids

* Material and relational inference through observation

* Political ecologies of the invisible

* Pollen and the unseen predicates of the bios

* The gendering of solidity

* Pneumatic space

* Olfactory space

* Pheromones and the spatial caress

* Non-western elementalities

* Aether as the fifth element

* Dark matter and speculative materiality

* Choric space and the topographic privilege in geography


Papers submitted will be considered for one or more organised sessions at the 2009 AAG in Las Vegas (March 22nd-27th).

Session organiser: Mark Jackson

Session Co-chairs: J-D Dewsbury, Maria Fannin

Send your titles and paper abstracts, or expressions of interest, to Mark Jackson (m.jackson@bristol.ac.uk)

Deadline: October 10, 2008


References:

T. Ingold. 2008. 'Bindings against boundaries: entanglements of life in an open world' / Environment and Planning A / 40 1796 – 1810

K. R. Olwig. 2008. 'Has ‘geography’ always been modern?: choros, (non)representation, performance, and the landscape'/ Environment and Planning A/ 40 1843 – 1861

S.Whatmore. 2006. 'Materialist returns: practising cultural geographies in and for a more-than-human world' /Cultural Geographies/ 13.4 600-610

Google previews first Android phone: HTC Dream

The world may have caught a glimpse of the first, Google-powered mobile phone, after a senior executive appeared inadvertently to show it off in public yesterday - a week before its expected launch. The new mobile, called “Dream”, will use Android, Google’s new software for mobile phones, and will be manufactured by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. It will be available exclusively on the T-Mobile network in the UK. It is thought that the phone will be available to buy as early as November, which would spark a fierce battle for customers with the Apple iPhone over the Christmas period. Google, which is notoriously secretive about new technology before it launches, would not confirm or deny whether the executive had shown off the new phone.

Seen yesterday by The Times at the Google Developer Day event at Wembley Stadium, the touchscreen device looked much like released photographs of the Dream. When asked to make a phone call on the Android phone, Mike Jennings, the Google executive who demonstrated the device, said: “I can’t show it off any more, I’ll be out of a job.” It is thought the new handset will have a slide-out Qwerty keyboard as well as built-in GPS (global positioning system). The phone is expected to be able to run Google’s range of web applications, including Gmail, Google Docs and Google Maps, and will likely also feature Google’s new web browser, Chrome. A source close to the launch was reported as saying that the company expects to ship 600,000 to 700,000 units of the new phone this year, whereas analysts have put the figure at 300,000 to 500,000 units.

Source: Times