October 19th, 2014

Bringing back Network of Networks to ISP model

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A little project I am doing in China :-)

English subtitle is available (click on the “cc” icon on the player)

October 15th, 2014

宽带中国,可惜可呵呵

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如果你到中关村去,想买一台电脑。看中的是一台外观神奇的机器,标识写着:英特尔,4G内存。这时候导购哥们出现了。

你问:“四核双核?”他答:“买回去试试,就知道啦”。
你问:“硬盘多大?”他说:“越贵越大,但不做保证。”
你问:“可以玩游戏吗?”他答:“运气好可以。”

你还会买这台电脑吗?一个拳头都不过分。

但是很不幸,作为中国互联网网民,在安装家庭宽带这件事情上,我们不可避免地面临着明知被骗,也要心甘情愿掏钱的讽刺。因为宽带接入是一个黑即是白,不公重复多次即为标准的行业。

猜一猜,你家的网速实际是多少?

当他们保证你4M宽带时,打开淘宝,网页却“千呼万唤始出来”;当他们收取你10M宽带的年费,你看爱奇艺,缓冲时间却约等于放映时间;他们当然也不会事先告诉你,20M的网速意味着和家人Skype时,他们的笑容永远在凝固状态。

去质问宽带接入商:说好的流畅网速到哪儿去了?接入商耸耸肩,并迅速地根据对你“柔弱程度、白痴程度、气愤程度”的判断,流利地提供给你以下说辞的一种或几种。

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September 30th, 2014

Matchstick – The Streaming Stick Built on Firefox OS

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Support the Kickstarter project, please :-)

August 27th, 2014

中国离互联网精神还差很远

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从上个世纪末,互联网已经成为我们的生活方式。

对一个互联网工程师来说,互联网的最大魅力,不在于它可以让我和远国外的亲人只隔着一个屏幕那么远,不在于我可以随时知晓埃博拉的传播动态,也不在于我可以将我电脑中的电影推送到好友家中的NAS上。互联网的振奋人心之处,在于上世纪70年代创立互联网的那群极客的政治理想:端到端,去中心化,分布式,平等、开放,所带来的创新性。

互联网精神是共产主义的美好信念。它讲究无产阶级,人人公平,共建共享和开放奉献。TCP/IP协议是自愿遵循的,接入的同时意味着索取和奉献,我们获取信息,也生产内容;但互联网不是一个单一的主张:它不是狂热口号下人性穿上统一的衣裳。互联网没有统一的政治理想,哈耶克还是马克思,女性自由或者男权至上,全球变暖是不争的事实还是政治手段,都可以辩论。互联网拒绝理所当然,欢迎异见分子。

在互联网精神的核心下我们有了一张巨大创新能力的网。 有开源的Linux,免费的邮箱(SMTP),也有了腾讯,阿里巴巴与百度这些伟大的互联网企业。

然而,在过去的40年间,互联网精神在中国步履蹒跚。08年起,我开始在中国定居,从事互联网创业和互联网项目的投资。很快我发现,中国互联网与国际互联网差异巨大。

举例说明。92年起,我开始做互联网,也多年在亚洲与欧美国家为互联网事业走动,对于全球很多国家的互联网状况都不陌生。然而来到中国后,我第一次听到“南北互通”这个名词,在此之前,我在任何国家都未听过不同的网络需要解决互联互通的问题。我记得当时问我的下属:“不能互联互通的网还是互联网吗?”

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August 15th, 2014

美国宣布有意移交IANA监督权到底意味着什么?

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最近一直在关注NTIA移交IANA监督权的话题,也去参加了一些相关的国际会议,产生了一些想法,想和大家分享。在此之前,先分享一些背景吧。

今年3月14日,NTIA(美国国家电信和信息管理局)宣布有意将IANA(互联网号码分配机构)的监督权移交至全球多利益相关方社群。NTIA称,它不会接受采用以一家政府主导或一家政府间合作组织来取代NTIA职责的解决方案(也就是说,不能让联合国或类似主体接手)。而从1998年起,ICANN(互联网名称与数字地址分配机构)一直在通过与NITA的合同行使IANA管理职能。所以,美国政府希望ICANN召集多利益相关方来制定一套移交提案。

先从美国政府的这一声明说起吧。与业内同行聊天,达成的共识是,美国政府选择在这个时间点宣布放权IANA,从国际政治的角度看,是明智之举。

这个时间点是指什么?

是指巴西时间4月23日召开的全球互联网治理大会之前。这场全球大会的诉求,缘起2013年的美国窃听事件。随着全球被美国NSA窃听的政要名单大白于天下,巴西总统罗塞夫和德国总理默克尔的名字赫然在列,二者都对美国的窃听行径怒不可遏。巴西总统罗塞夫表示,巴西将会避免使用服务器在美国的网络服务;德国总理默克尔发表声明,她支持建立一个独立欧洲网络。在经过多个互联网机构协调,ICANN CEO于巴西总统罗塞夫见面后, 共同牵头在4月23日主办这场旨在推动互联网“多利益相关方模式”治理模式的全球大会(NetMundial),以此批判美国行为,挑战单一的全球互联网政治格局。

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August 6th, 2014

Gmail supports Internationalized Email

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Via GoogleBlog:

But all that could change. In 2012, an organization called the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) created a new email standard that supports addresses with non-Latin and accented Latin characters (e.g. 武@メール.グーグル). In order for this standard to become a reality, every email provider and every website that asks you for your email address must adopt it. That’s obviously a tough hill to climb. The technology is there, but someone has to take the first step.

Today we’re ready to be that someone. Starting now, Gmail (and shortly, Calendar) will recognize addresses that contain accented or non-Latin characters. This means Gmail users can send emails to, and receive emails from, people who have these characters in their email addresses. Of course, this is just a first step and there’s still a ways to go. In the future, we want to make it possible for you to use them to create Gmail accounts.

August 1st, 2013

China’s Category of Telecommunications Services

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This morning I read a catchy titled article on CircleID “China Closing the Door to New Technologies”. I was trying to make sense of what’s all the fuss is about …

So I called up my friends in Ministry of Industry and Information for lunch to find out what’s going.

Background

The document is called 电信业务分类目录 (Category of Telecommunications Services) that is now calling for public comments. This has been something MIIT have been working on for a quite some time now. Many companies, domestic and international companies, have been consulted and provided feedback before this publication.

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March 18th, 2013

做人的最高境界是厚道

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Via 玖零张艳帅

台北有一位建筑商,年轻时就以精明著称于业内。那时的他,虽然颇具商业头脑,做事也成熟干练,但摸爬滚打许多 年,事业不仅没有起色,最后还以破产告终。在那段失落而迷茫的日子里,他不断地反思自己失败的原因,想破脑壳 也找寻不到答案。论才智,论勤奋,论计谋,他都不逊于别人,为什么有人成功了,而他离成功越来越远呢?

百无聊赖的时候,他来到街头漫无目的地闲转,路过一家书报亭,就买了一份报纸随便翻看。看着看着,他的眼前豁然一亮,报纸上的一段话如电光石火般击中他的心灵。后来,他以一万元为本金,再战商场。

这次,他的生意好像被施加了魔法,从杂质铺到水泥厂,从包工头到建筑商,一路顺风顺顺水,合伙伙伴趋之若鹜。短短几年内,他的资产就突飞猛进到一亿元,创造了一个商业神话。

有很多记者追问他东山再起的秘诀,他只透露四个字:只拿六分。又过了几年,他的资产如滚雪般越来越大,达到 一百亿元。有一次,他来到大学演讲,期间不断有学生提问,问他从一万元变成一百亿元到底有何秘诀。他笑着回答,因为我一直坚持少拿两分。学生们听得如坠云里雾里。

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June 14th, 2012

Analysis of the IDN new gTLD applications

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There are a lot of excitement since ICANN has reveal the list of 1930 applications for new gTLD yesterday at an event in London yesterday.

Even some of the strongest opponents of the ICANN new gTLDs program have acknowledge the there is a case to open up new gTLD for Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). So I am going to focus and analysis about the IDN applicants.

1) There are 116 applications for IDN , which is less than the 10% estimate I have prior. But what’s surprising is the numbers for Chinese new gTLDs, 73 applications1.

The simple conclusion is that most people are still not certain of the future of IDN TLDs but if it is successful, it is likely to be in Chinese gTLDs.

2) The next two languages are 15 Arabic and 9 Japanese new gTLDs. But what is interesting is the lack of Korean, only 3 applications. Of the 3, only one comes from Korea (Samsung).

This is not to say Korean don’t use IDN as KISA has obtained “.한국” via IDN ccTLD Fast Track. What I learn is that the Korean government has discourage Korean companies to participate in new gTLD but to garner around .KR and .한국 for local usages.

Commercially, there is also less interest in domain names as Korean Internet market has predominately used to Keywords and Search Engine as the mean for navigation.

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June 30th, 2011

Introduction to ICANN new gTLD

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Presentation I did for tomorrow meeting with Chinese brand owners.

ps: My first prezi presentation btw :-)