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lacking explanation?[edit]

this article lacks an explanation what akamai really does. This article suggests that akamai is just another web host. People want to use akamai because dns request to an akamized host, is dynamically changed depending on your location. Akamai has data centers all around the world at different keep points in the internet's structure. Akamai returns to any dns request, the server closest to your network, minmizing the number of hops needed to get the same data. Akamai is the only people that do that at any scale, and its this that makes them special.

I agree, this article is full of buzzwords and vague phrases, it actually says nothing about what it is. I dont think its bad enough to be an all out advertisement, but its pretty damn close. Cheers, Jonomacdrones (talk) 13:42, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
This article is the way it is because any attempt to say what akamai does was erased, deleted, removed, etc. It seems it's impossible to state that akamai's specialty 99% or more of the time is to deliver trash adverts, being one of the biggest culprits in internet useless and bandwidth-devourer traffic!!! 200.142.114.25 (talk) 20:42, 2 April 2009 (UTC)
This entry is not an advertisement, but it is clearly basically the company's prospectus - "this is what we do, this is how our clients benefit etc" I haven't checked the company's home page, but this article clearly belongs there.

From what others have said this, obviously internet-centred, company keeps a watching brief on its wiki entry and simply keeps it conforming to the company's official profile statement. This ensures that it does not tell people like me what we want to know. I don't know if the more serious accusations on this page are true or not. I do know that the page does not answer the question - what is this company and why do so many of the outgoing requests through my firewall keep going there?

It would be possible for the page to be genuinely informative, without being hostile. As it stands you might just as well have an entry saying, "see the company's website."

It illustrates the real problem of people editing out not just wiki abuse, but editing any attempt to make wiki say something which doesn't fit the media spin. I'm new here, and don't know how to stop this, but if it isn't stopped then the project ceases to be informative.

My belief is that this page should be blocked by the editors, and a link put in saying, "only official company propaganda ever stays here. See their web page." That would at any rate inform the reader what they are seeing.

Jorvikian (talk) 12:56, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

al Jazeera controversy[edit]

Two articles of interest to this entry:

80.203.115.12 19:07, 26 November 2005 (UTC)


Dolphin: Ake Akamai[edit]

Possibly could add into the See Also section, the wikipedia article for the dolphin Akeakamai, as it is probably one of the only other entries in Wikipedia which shares the same unusual root. This was a dolphin used in animal language research, with several notable appearances in the popular press, from science documentaries with Robin Williams and Richard Attenborough, to insertion into a science fiction novel by David Brin.

Just add this to the disambiguation page. It shouldn't be mentioned in this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.63.21.177 (talk) 12:05, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

Spyware section added[edit]

Based on the wikipedia's own definition of spyware found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware it is clear that Akamai is in fact spyware. This opinion is shared by a vast number of spyware sites, many for which show various ways of removing it, and detailed information about it. Dream Focus 09:06, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Removed per WP:NOR. 74.39.225.12 15:30, 6 November 2007 (UTC)
Instead of just quoting from one spyware monitoring site, I just mentioned how many sources would appear if you Googled it. What do you suggest? Because this is obviously spyware, as defined by the wikipedia article on spyware. I should just take the first few of the 997,000 sites that call it spyware, and add them to the reference pile at the end of the article? Or just mention that every single major spyware monitoring site that I have come across mentions it as such? The first part read "Since Internet Explorer secretly sends information without your consent to Akamai when started, it can be classified as spyware." Perhaps a tag asking for a reference, but to delete based on No Original Research? Kind of harsh. Anyway, I'll just add in some references, and put it back up there then. If you have any suggestions, then edit and fix, don't arbitrarily delete please. Dream Focus 21:38, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
Please read the article on what Akamai does. Calling Akamai spyware seams utter non-sense, sorry. They are a company offering a Content delivery network. See for example this quote:
Akamai isn't a spyware company, they're a giant webhoster, specialised in load-balanced hosting for companies so that you can ever download files at the best possible speed.
They're quite often used as a download place for automatic updates, for example for antivirus-software.
(Source: http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/t306591-akamai-technologies.html)
--S.K. 11:54, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
This is ridiculous and should be read instead as "so that you can ever download LOTS OF ADS at the best possible speed." Marvelous! Fabulous! Wonderful! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 200.142.114.25 (talk) 20:46, 2 April 2009 (UTC)
Agreed. The typical use of a CDN is to deliver unwanted content such as insecure flash ads, popups and data mining tools. This is currently legal, but is ethically lacking. The fact that they perform other things with their services does not make the footnote negligible. 24.197.248.40 (talk) 04:40, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Possibly, "Akamai NetSession Client" (sometimes installed with other software like Adobe Flash player in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Akamai) need his own article for discussion? Andrej7 (talk) 08:42, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

has this issue and the previous section (biased article, like an ad for this company) been resolved? i can see nothing in the article. today, when i surfed from website A to website B, firefox was paused for half a minute because static.ak.connect.facebook stepped in between. neither website A nor B were in any way associated with facebook. while this is not exactly spyware, it's more invasive and intransparent than blunt advertisement deliverers such as doubleclick. Maximilian (talk) 23:15, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

Background reading: Akamai & SSL[edit]

There is an interesting blog post which may be relevant to this article, though perhaps only as background reading: http://revealingerrors.com/akamai_ssl which is about when a user attempts to connect to an SSL version of a site (hosted by Akamai) by changing the 'http' in the address bar of their browser to 'https' and is confronted by a message declaring the SSL certificate to be invalid. For example, https://www.bing.com or https://www.whitehouse.gov Cogburnd02 (talk) 09:32, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

Peer-to-peer[edit]

From the Akamai NetSession FAQ ([1]), I note the following:

The Akamai NetSession Interface DOES:
enable secure, closed peer-to-peer networking so that websites can deliver files to their users economically and with faster downloads.
Will uploading or sending data overwhelm or saturate my connection?
Only certain websites and applications utilize client-to-client delivery capabilities. For those applications that use this library capability, upstream bandwidth utilization will only happen when the network is underutilized and is intended to be unnoticeable.

My understanding of that is that if you have the NetSession Interface software on your computer (installed as a download manager for some Abode software, for example), it will turn your computer into a web server for other people who are viewing web content that it has cached on your machine. Regardless of whether that content is objectionable ads or stuff you like, it's pretty noteworthy that it's using private computers without clearly disclosing that and without explicit permission. Ccrrccrr (talk) 14:57, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Suspicious Program Activity[edit]

1. The program installs without user knowledge, direct input, or consent. 2. The program's uninstaller from add/remove programs uninstalls absolutely nothing relevant to the programs inherent features and continues to run regardless of being "uninstalled." 3. The program runs 24/7 sending various data. What data? Good question.

For all intents and purposes this looks like spyware disguised as a "helper" tool. But more so, they are using users as mini web servers to host bits of their data so that they don't have too.

Farming zombies, that is what Akamai is doing and it is obvious. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mewi (talkcontribs) 06:17, 30 January 2013 (UTC)


how is this behavior any different than a botnet? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.44.6.238 (talk) 20:40, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

Akamai internet data caching and privacy[edit]

I think there should be something on privacy (surveilance?) in this article. This appears to be a company that caches and analyzes internet traffic. There is a news article below that mentions an incident related to selling information.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Akamai-Employee-Tried-to-Sell-Company-Data-to-Foreign-Government-159737.shtml

82.16.242.232 (talk) 00:03, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

HealthCare.gov[edit]

For better or worse, probably something about the use of Akamai CDN for healthcare.gov should be researched and included.

30% of all traffic[edit]

The pdf referenced says "Today, Akamai delivers 15- 20% of all Web traffic worldwide", 30% is not stated anywhere in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.192.0.50 (talk) 17:38, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Reputation for 3rd party scripts[edit]

Please check some independent reputation sources for 3rd party scripts from Akamai Technologies

Third party scripts are usually hidden interference with users expected browser behavior. Given its massive presence on the web, it is improbable that there is so little available reputation information without extensive manipulation by specially interested parties.

A thin reputation seems to be a thinly veiled hiding of a poor reputation. Where there are traces, they reflect disrespect for user interests, in favor of undesirable corporate manipulation of human web browsing.
Please check & think for yourself, until you are confident you understand your risks.
--Wikidity (talk) 16:31, 6 August 2014 (UTC)