Book Fair Breaks Attendance Record While Europe Looks to the Future by ProQuest


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December 2008

                                                                                                                  identity of the caller, not    similar to Web 2.0. Such is the nature of
                                                                                                                  the content of the calls       speculation. However, whatever Web 3.0
                                                                                                                  themselves—is used as im-      turns out to be, the European Commission
                                                                                                                  portant evidence in 95% of     (EC) wants Europe to take the lead in pro-
                                                                                                                  serious crime cases and in     viding business applications for it.
                                                                                                                  almost all Security Service       The next-generation internet is expected
                                                                                                                  operations since 2004.”        to feature social networking, a decisive
                                                                                                                      The U.K. government        shift to online business services, nomadic
                                                                                                                  wants to update that abil-     services based on GPS and mobile TV, and
                                                                                                                  ity, and it is planning new    the growth of smart tags. The commission
                                                                                                                  legislation. But Smith,        believes Europe is well-placed to exploit
                                                                                                                  aware of likely objections,    these trends because of its policies sup-
                                                                                                                  says, “I am clear that we      porting open and pro-competitive telecom
                                                                                                                  need to consult widely with    networks as well as privacy and security.
                                                                                                                  the public and all inter-         On Sept. 29, the commission released
                                                                                                                  ested parties to set out the   a report titled “Communication on Future
                                                                                                                  emerging problem, the im-      Networks and the Internet” and launched

     Book Fair Breaks Attendance Record                                                                           portant capability gaps
                                                                                                                  that we need to address
                                                                                                                  and to look at the possible
                                                                                                                                                 a public consultation on the policy and pri-
                                                                                                                                                 vate sector responses to the report.Viviane
                                                                                                                                                 Reding, commissioner for Information So-

     While Europe Looks to the Future                                                                             solutions. We also need to
                                                                                                                  agree what safeguards will
                                                                                                                  be needed, in addition to
                                                                                                                                                 ciety and Media, provided her definition
                                                                                                                                                 of Web 3.0 in launching the consultation.
                                                                                                                                                    “The Internet of the future will radi-
      by JIM ASHLING    |                           the same period, according to Li Dong-        the many we have in place already, to          cally change our society,” she says. “Web
                                                    dong, vice minister of China’s General        provide a solid legal framework which          3.0 means seamless ‘anytime, anywhere’

                 isitors to the Frankfurt Book      Administration of Press and Publication       protects civil liberties.”                     business, entertainment and social net-
                 Fair put global recession fears    (GAPP). According to Chen Yinming, di-           She continued: “There are no plans          working over fast, reliable, and secure
                 on hold while attending the an-    rector of the organizing committee for        for an enormous database which will            networks. It means the end of the divide
      nual publishing jamboree.                     China’s Guest of Honour program, at-          contain the content of your emails, the        between mobile and fixed lines. It signals
                                The world’s lar-    tendees can expect an impressive book         texts that you send or the chats you           a tenfold quantum leap in the scale of the
                             gest book fair drew    fair presence for the country next year.      have on the phone or online. Nor are we        digital universe by 2015. Europe has the
                             record attendance      He describes its 2009 Frankfurt program       going to give local authorities the power      know-how and the network capacity to lead
                             in October despite     as the “Olympics for world publishers.”       to trawl through such a database in the        this transformation. We must make sure
                             the worldwide eco-        Like the Olympics, the book fair brings    interest of investigating lower level crim-    that Web 3.0 is made and used in Europe.”
                             nomic turmoil. The     with it increased public and media scru-      inality under the spurious cover of counter       The consultation will address The In-
                             60th annual event      tiny that exposes political issues such as    terrorist legislation.”                        ternet of Things, or wireless interaction
                             packed in 299,112      freedom of speech, censorship, and mi-           Smith must have been disappointed           between machines, vehicles, appliances,
                             visitors, 5.6% more    nority rights. And outspoken writers and      by the subsequent press coverage of her        sensors, and other devices. It will focus es-
                             than last year, and    exiles often find that the fair provides a    speech, as both the political right and left   pecially on architecture, the control of crit-
           Jim Ashling
                             7,373 exhibitors who   useful stage for expressing their opinions.   described
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