Feeds

United Nations Internet forum goes titsup

It's a dog's life online

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The website of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum has been suspended and replaced with a cartoon dog pulling wires out of a PC.

The site at igf2006.info was taken down with 20 minutes left of the main speaking session after the hosts complained that demand from a collaborative website set up to elicit views from the wider Internet was overwhelming its server. It also brought down the main information site at intgovforum.org which was held on the same server.

The hosts decided to shift the site to a bigger machine but attendees - not to mention the dozens of people interacting in the chatrooms - were surprised when the site not only apruptly disappeared but was also replaced with the cartoon dog. (Screen grab)

Having made it through three days of high-pressure discussions in a largely experimental international meeting though, the IGF staff were bizarrely relaxed about the whole affair. "Well, they do say you don't know if it's a dog online," quipped Adam Peake, one of the meeting's main volunteers.

Head of the IGF Secretariat, Markus Kummer, was equally sanguine: "Yes. It is down. It was too popular." The site is expected to be up again in a few hours.

The real story

The truth behind the story is that it was this author, Reg reporter and United Nations saboteur, that brought the site - and with it a number of other UN websites - by, well, letting the Internet hordes get direct input into the rarefied world of governments, big business and Internet specialists.

The website allowed anyone that registered to add blog posts, pages, events, chat in real time as well as send email questions direct to the people putting questions to each session's moderator. On Sunday, the demand was such that yours truly persuaded the UN to let me shift it onto the UN server.

Following direct input from the site's chatrooms to the IGF meeting, however, word got out online and demand increased exponentially. The site started falling over, the IGF staff were rebuked by email by the UN for not warning them about the spike, and then appeared the cartoon dog.

Yes people, The Register has brought down the United Nations. And now we're off the quaff their booze in celebration. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted as site supremo coughs up
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so
Website letting consumers claim $10 cash back crashes after stampede
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors
'It's ecological' says spokesman, now how would you like your Bambi done?
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.