Edupage, May 22, 2006

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TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006 Program Aims to Lower Costs for PCs in Developing Countries Feds Nervous about Lenovo Deal Backer of Adult Domain Questions U.S. Role

PROGRAM AIMS TO LOWER COSTS FOR PCS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES A new program supported by Microsoft aims to provide developing countries with low-cost access to computer technology through a subscription service. Under the FlexGo program, consumers pay a reduced price for a PC and then pay for usage of the computer until it is paid off. After buying a computer for about half of its retail value, customers would buy time on the machine for 50 to 75 cents per hour. When the full cost of the computer is paid, the user would then own the machine and would not incur any more charges. Microsoft, which has criticized Nicholas Negroponte's plan to offer $100 laptops to developing nations, said this plan will provide users with full-featured computers. According to Mike Wickstrand, director of product management in the market expansion group at Microsoft, the FlexGo program lets consumers buy "a PC that they want and not a PC that they had to settle for." Wickstrand said the FlexGo model accommodates the irregular incomes that many people in developing countries have, allowing them to pay for their computer when they are able., 22 May 2006,39024645,39159025,00.htm

The U.S. State Department will reportedly not use any of the computers
it recently purchased from Lenovo for classified information due to
concerns over the company's connection with the Chinese government.
Last year, Chinese computer maker Lenovo bought IBM's PC business, and
in March of this year, the State Department ordered 16,000 Lenovo
computers valued at $13 million through standard purchasing rules. When
the deal was announced, Michael Wessel, a member of the congressionally
created U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, argued that
use of the computers should be monitored in case they included code
that could be activated remotely. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), chair of a
House committee with responsibility for State Department funding,
picked up those concerns, and an aide to his office confirmed that the
Lenovo machines will be restricted to non-classified uses. Officials
with Lenovo offered no immediate comment, saying they were reviewing
the decision.
CNET, 19 May 2006

The Internet registrar that had pushed for a domain for adult content
has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) to reconsider its decision to turn down the domain, saying that
the group was misled by U.S. officials. ICM Registry has filed Freedom
of Information Act requests with the U.S. State Department and the U.S.
Commerce Department, seeking documents that it believes will "shed
light on what role the United States government played" in ICANN's
decision. Specifically, ICM believes that U.S. government officials
were pressured by religious conservatives to lobby against the domain.
Supporters of the .xxx domain said it would offer parents an easy way
to prevent kids' accessing inappropriate content. Opponents of the
domain pointed out that inclusion would have been voluntary and said it
would offer another tool for those who want to censor the Internet.
BBC, 22 May 2006

Censorship On the Internet

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