In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net

On February 8, 2000, the US government signed a contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to run the so-called “IANA functions” – which glue together the internet as we know it.

Ever since that day, people have been trying to end that contract. This time next year, it will finally happen.

Unfortunately, despite having had nearly 14 years to think about it, the process for deciding how to move the global internet and its addressing systems out from under a US government contract will be decided in the next four weeks. By 100 people. Mostly over email.

The CWG, or Cross Community Working Group (CWG) to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions, to give it its full title, has until 27 November to complete its deliberations. Continue reading

US Blacklists Son, Ex-Wife of ‘El Chapo’

Friday, 08 June 2012 11:57 Written by  Geoffrey Ramsey

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The US Treasury has added an ex-wife and son of the Sinaloa Cartel’s Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the “Kingpin List,” freezing their assets in the US, and barring citizens from doing business with them.

The individuals are Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, whom the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identifies as El Chapo’s wife and son. According to the OFAC’s press release, the two are key operatives in the Sinaloa Cartel.

Guzman Salazar was indicted on drug trafficking charges along with his father in 2009, while Salazar Hernandez “provides material support to the drug trafficking activities of her husband,” according to the OFAC.

This is the sixth time in the past year that the OFAC has singled out individuals linked to Chapo Guzman, whose net worth may be as much as $1 billion.

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While the OFAC press release describes Salazar Hernandez as El Chapo’s wife, she was in fact the first of his three wives. The drug lord reportedly married her in a discreet ceremony in 1977, and the two had three sons: Cesar, Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar. The first two were added to the Kingpin List in May. Continue reading

M.I.A Accused Of ‘Glamorising Terrorism’ By Producer Diplo

M,I,A’s producer Diplo claims the singer knows ‘nothing’ about the political subjects that she uses in her songs.

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The producer, who has worked on all of M.I.A‘s previous three albums and also dated her, said that he advised her repeatedly not to rap about politics and blaimed her political stand on her last album failure.

“Maya left herself open for attacks. She’s not an easy artist to criticise because she’s very left-leaning, she’s progressive, she’s a woman. She’s good in a lot of aspects, but when it comes to die-hard, facts-on-the-ground politics she’s at zero. She’s nothing,” Diplo told WWD.com Continue reading

Ayloush Qazi: FBI spying on Muslims merits hearings

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By HUSSAM AYLOUSH and AMEENA MIRZA QAZI

Ayloush is executive director of the Greater Los Angeles Area office of CAIR, the Council on America-Islamic Relations. Qazi is the deputy executive director and staff attorney for CAIR-LA.

As Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., launches congressional hearings this week on Muslims and radicalization, we wonder at the expenditure of time to examine an issue whose conclusion has long been self-evident: that American Muslims have worked tirelessly alongside fellow Americans to uphold and strengthen the time-honored values of religious freedom and equality and to protect our nation against all threats. Continue reading