howcome writes: Norway has two unused TLDs: one for the Svalbard and Jan Mayen (.sj) and one for Bouvet Island (.bv). I have an idea for how to use them to enhance privacy: when opening these domains for registration, we require registrants to follow certain rules. For a start, we could require files to be stored in Norway (to ensure Norwegian jurisdiction, which is slightly better than som other places) and mandatory encryption. Further, there could be restrictions on cookies (time-outs?), and standardized URLs for deleting personal information (e.g., www.example.com/forgetme). Maybe we should require registrants to provide legible user agreements rather than today's confusing legal documents which we all claim to have read and understood. I've written up the idea in an article and there will be an open hearing (in Norwegian) on in September. I need help formulating more concrete proposals which balance meaningful privacy enhancements with creating compelling domains for registrants. Can the names of remote arctic islands give us shelter?
howcome writes: "Around 2000 years ago, the Romans developed the codex. Different from scrolls – the previously accepted literary format – the codex had pages that were bound together into what we today call books. Browsers have since brought scrollbars back. Today, Opera released a labs build of its Opera Reader. With a few CSS3 extensions, common web content can be paged. Perhaps all those wonderful books in Project Gutenberg finally will look good in browsers?"
howcome writes: "Steve Pepper, the chairman of the committee handling OOXML in Norway called on users all around the world to "Raise a storm of protest!" against OOXML. Steve addressed a crowd of 150 protesters in the streets of Oslo, just outside an ISO meeting. From his speech: "We are not here because we want to discredit the ISO. We are here because we want to defend ISO's integrity... What we are against is the way in which what has always been an open and democratic organization, where each country has one vote, has been subverted by a large multinational corporation.""