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 :-)

April 19th, 2011

Asia Internet Kingdoms

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January 30th, 2011

Short Trip in KL

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Made a last min trip to KL for an important meeting (very fruitful). Closed 2 deals while traveling. Unfortunately, I cannot say what it is here yet but I am very excited!

Still have 2 pending transactions, one looks like will have to close next week (during CNY) and one will definitely be after CNY.

Just send my family back to Singapore in the afternoon and now waiting for my flight back to Beijing. Still have lots of work today back in China…

Update 3rd Feb: one of the deal was just announced: Softbank took 35% stake in PPLIVE for US$250m. (also known as PPTV)

Update 27th Feb: another deal was announced: 24券网宣布获得千万级美元注资 (24quan.com is a GroupOn-clone in China)

December 5th, 2010

Stuck in Miami

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Miss my connecting flight due to snow delay in Chicago, I am now stuck in Miami waiting for the next day flight to Cartagena.

Come to think about it, this is the first time I am in Miami. The weather is wonderful, a sharp contrast to the Beijing freezing wind and Chicago snow. But heck, I am in no mood to do anything else after 20 hours on 2 hops of planes, 3 hours in the queue trying to get my next flight. Bath and sleep…and hope I get to Cartagena tomorrow.

July 25th, 2010

Made-in-China Software

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There are many peaks of been a geek in China. One of which is to access to whole set of Made-in-China software that has no equivalence in the English speaking world.

I was reformating my old Acer to run Windows 7.

The first thing I setup my Windows 7 is not to run Windows Updates but to install a software called 360. This software is a god-sent for people still running on Windows (I am on Mac most of my time now). It does several things:

1. It detect and recommend what Windows patches you need, and once you confirmed, automatically download (via P2P of cos) and install the patches. It runs constantly in the background and only pop-up when there is a new patches available.

This feature alone outstrip what it is offered by Windows Update. In fact, this is the reason I installed 360 first before anything else, because it do a much better job.

2. It scan and monitors your PC configuration and make recommendation to optimize the PC and once you confirm, it does it automatically for you. It does simple things like checking for what temporary files scattered across your harddisk, what program you can stop running so it speed up your startup time etc.

3. It scan for malwares and if you like, it also has a free anti-software. I cannot compare this to other commercial anti-virus but it is good enough for me.

4. It has a software management, that recommends software you should download. It also it has an extremely powerful uninstaller (much better than what is offered Windows again) that it scan and delete all the left-over files and registries entries on your computer so you know you totally get rid of it.

After I setup my new Win7, I found out I have lost my driver discs. Normally, this means I will have to head over to Acer, look through a whole set of links to find the relevant drivers, download them and install them one by one.

Instead, there is another Chinese software I use DriveTheLife. What it does is that it automatically detect your hardware, the missing drivers, makes recommendation for you and with a click, it downloads, install and reboot for you. It save me hours of sitting in front of the computer to setup the drivers. btw, it continues to run and monitor updates for you if you like to keep it around.

There are hundreds of these small software like this, not available in English, no equivalent in the English world, that makes me really happy sometimes I am a Chinese speaking geeks.