Posts Tagged ‘debate’

Opinions Splitting Around the World on Data Protection & Net Neutrality

8347363864_3afc816567Karlin Kellington of The Irish Times reports, “In the wake of recent European Court of Justice decisions on privacy, and ongoing, divergent debates in the US and EU over net neutrality and copyright, are we about to end up with two markets divided by legislative approaches to the internet? Many think the possibility is growing of two differing jurisdictions, which will offer headaches and more complexity. However, there could be fresh opportunity for European businesses, too. The April decision by the ECJ to throw out Europe’s 2006 Data Retention Directive as well as the more recent ruling that Google is a data controller subject to national data protection laws in Europe which also can be forced to remove limited types of content on request, indicated the EU will prioritise personal privacy over certain business or government security arguments.” Read more

The Debate Over Net Neutrality

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Jeff Sommer of the New York Times recently wrote, “The future of the Internet — which means the future of communications, culture, free speech and innovation — is up for grabs. The Federal Communications Commission is making decisions that may determine how open the Internet will be, who will profit most from it and whether start-ups will face new barriers that will make it harder for ideas to flourish. Tim Wu, 41, a law professor at Columbia University, isn’t a direct participant in the rule making, but he is influencing it. A dozen years ago, building on the work of more senior scholars, Mr. Wu developed a concept that is now a generally accepted norm. Called ‘net neutrality,’ short for network neutrality, it is essentially this: The cable and telephone companies that control important parts of the plumbing of the Internet shouldn’t restrict how the rest of us use it.” Read more

Epistemological Debate Sparked on Biomedical Ontologies

Several Spanish researchers have published an article in the Methods of Information in Medicine journal that “criticizes biomedical ontologies based purely on philosophical ideas and states a host of potential scientific constraints. These constraints, they explain, include issues like the inadequacy of Aristotelian approaches for dealing with diverse aspects of computational ontologies, the a priori acceptance of a supposed external ontological reality, the failure to consider aspects like organization and emergence in biology, the fundamental differences between ontologies with a classical philosophical groundwork and modern scientific theories, and the obstacles to addressing other questions, like volume and graphical pattern and structure representation.” Read more

Jeni Tennison on Microdata and RDF

Jeni Tennison recently discussed microdata and RDF on her blog: “As part of the ongoing discussion about how to reconcile RDFa and microdata (if at all), Nathan Rixham has put together a suggested Microdata RDFa Merge which brings together parts of microdata and parts of RDFa, creating a completely new set of attributes, but a parsing model that more or less follows microdata’s. I want here to put forward another possibility to the debate. I should say that this is just some noodling on my part as a way of exploring options, not any kind of official position on the behalf of the W3C or the TAG or any other body that you might associate me with, nor even a decided position on my part.” Read more