2010 Review: Top 10 networking & mobile stories

The internet is playing an increasingly critical role in business, government and society - and mobile technology is now a must-have for anyone in the workplace.

The internet is playing an increasingly critical role in business, government and society - and mobile technology is now a must-have for anyone in the workplace.

Here we look back at the best networking and mobile stories of 2010.

Internet responds to US and UK government attempts to tighten control

Under the fig leaf of fighting online pirates and counterfeiters law enforcement agencies in the UK and US aim to grab control of the internet's most vital assets, the domain name servers, in what many civil liberties bodies see as a precursor to online censorship.

McKinnon: Blunkett repents over UK-US extradition treaty

Former home secretary David Blunkett regrets being so quick to sign a lop-sided extradition agreement with the US in the wake of 9/11. The has prevented self-confessed Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon from seeking and receiving justice for almost a decade.

Chinese government hacked Google, claims Wikileaks leaked US diplomatic cables

Among a trove of 250,000 sensitive diplomatic messages leaked to and then published by the Wikileaks whistleblower website are documents that accuse the Chinese government of ordering a cyber-attack on Google, the world's leading search engine company.

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Vint Cerf: Net faces three crises

Internet founder Vint Cerf identifies three crucial issues facing the web: a lack of addresses under the IPv4 scheme will force companies to adopt IPv6 in the coming year; the lack of online security and reliability; and the rhetoric that surrounds that issue, in which the cyber-war paradigm is "overblown" and threatens to distort common sense responses to the threat.

BT wins back £600m Lloyds Bank network contract

After losing one of the UK's biggest private network contracts to IBM and Vtesse Networks in 2004, BT claws back the business.

Digital Economy Act goes to judicial review

Judges are to review the act passed in haste at the end of the Labour government to see if it meets the legal hurdles set by Europe and fairness with respect to its provisions for fighting copyright pirates.

A few smartphone users clog up mobile networks with 50Mbytes per day consumption

Research suggests that contention on mobile networks, which is leading to "traffic shaping" and "throttling" by operators, and hence to heated debate over net neutrality, is caused by just a few "bandwidth hogs". Addressing them and their needs directly could improve everyone's service and reduce the need for premature capital spending, researchers say.

Mobile sector takes up arms against iPhone, Android

The bandwidth hogs mentioned above are likely to include users of iPhone and Android (below) smartphones, which both encourage users to download big files, and clog up the airwaves with constant requests for new messages.

Ofcom 'too ready' to kow-tow to BT, says CMA

Communications regulator Ofcom is too lenient on the country's largest telco, BT, say communications managers, who want more and better competition, especially at the data link layer of the national networks.

File-sharers will be criminalised, confirms global anti-counterfeit agreement

A controversial international treaty aimed at fighting counterfeiters and online pirates lays a heavy responsibility on internet service providers and people who share files online, basically reversing the burden of proof from the accuser to the accused.

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