Dozens of countries have signed on to the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement, or ACTA, in a bid to comba intellectual property rights violations. While the pact may have noble intentions to crack down on piracy, it is sparking widespread opposition around the world for its tough penalties and that the agreement is largely being negotiated in secret.
After years of disappointing profits, ho hum technology releases and a series of devastating hack attacks on its Playstation network, Sony is now trying to get back in the game with this week's release of the PS Vita, its new portable game system. In this week's Tech 24, hosts Rebecca Bowring and Eric Olander explain why this is by far the best portable game console on the market but it probably won't solve Sony's larger problems.
Hollywood and Silicon Valley erupted into all-out war over competing visions of intellectual property rights law. The dispute centered on the controversial legislation known as "SOPA" that would introduce dramatic new laws designed to punish those who illegally share copyrighted files.
The United States presidential elections are expected to be the most expensive in history. While the lion's share of the candidates' budget will be spent on television advertising, social media is becoming an increasingly important component of their communications strategies. From Facebook to Twitter to Blogs, the Republicans are leveraging every major social network in their race to the white house.
Millions of people took to the streets in 2011 to protest against their governments, against corporations and in support of the environment. While there were complex social, economic and political forces that compelled people to rally, technology played a critical role in mobilizing these protestors.
Tech 24 goes on location this week to cover the Le Web conference in Paris, Europe's largest and glitziest technology conference. The conference drew people from dozens of countries from around the world including many of the industry's biggest names in Silicon Valley.
In honour of FRANCE 24's fifth birthday this week, Tech 24 goes behind the scenes in the newsroom to bring you an inside view of how the channel manages its large and growing social network feeds. Also, a sneak peek at interactive television and how FRANCE 24 is using this technology to reach even larger audiences around the world.
The United States Congress is to begin debate on a controversial new bill that proposes dramatic changes to content copyright enforcement. The Stop Online Piracy Act, known as 'SOPA', calls for internet service providers to closely monitor all of the content that is transmitted across their network and to report suspected copyright infringements. Critics contend that this amounts to a new form of censorship while supporters argue it is the best way to protect the rights of copyright-holders.
China's brand new supercomputer: the Sunway BlueLight MPP's not the fastest but it's made only from domestic technology. What does that say about Chinese innovation? And, Bruce Wayne is back! We put the brand new Batman: Arkham City video game through its paces with special guest Marc Edwards.
Since it's creating, the Internet has been governed by the United States. Although the Internet's governing body, ICANN, is coming under increased criticism for its close ties to the US government and now critics argue that it is time for an international body, such as the United Nations, to assume regulatory authority.