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Don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today's editi=
on of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - already online!


Headlines from the 11 October edition of the news include:
Researchers Map the Internet | On Its Way: One of the Biggest Changes to th=
e Internet | IDNs - A Script for Every Surfer | New Delhi Chosen as Site of=
 ICANN=92s 31st Public Meeting | We [ICANN] *are* listening to you - the pr=
oof! by Kieren McCarthy | The Launch of .ASIA - a free web seminar | Biddin=
g starts for .asia domain rights | NSA's Lucky Break: How the U.S. Became S=
witchboard to the World


And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in b=
etween postings.


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Governments shouldn't cut Internet: UN telecoms chief
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/06/1191091396583.html

OECD: Mobilizing Civil Society for the Internet Ministerial by Milton Muell=
er
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2007/10/5/3273492.html

Net Neutrality a Must for Working Americans
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/net-neutrality-a-must-for_b_6733=
1.html

What Direction is the Internet Headed?
http://webhostdir.com/news/articles/shownews.asp?id=3D22533

Internationalised Domain Names set for launch [AP]
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/05/1191091322391.html

Anthony Doesburg: Web body looks for new lord of the domain names
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=3D137&objectid=3D10467934

Ireland=92s real net pioneer: Meet the Irishman whose key decisions in the =
Eighties led to the web as we know it today
http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/irelandrsquos-real-net-pionee=
r-1115628.html

What's the point of the .asia top-level domain?
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/10/08/whats_the_point_of_the_as=
ia_toplevel_domain.html

Companies prepare to head off risk of cyber-squatters in new =91.asia=92 do=
main
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/=
article2609729.ece

sex.asia likely to be Internet domain in demand [Reuters]
http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKL058948120071005

CNNIC Exposes Chinese Domain Name Registration Violators
http://www.chinatechnews.com/2007/10/08/5936-cnnic-exposes-chinese-domain-n=
ame-registration-violators/

California: Apology After Sites=92 Shutdown
http://nytimes.com/2007/10/05/us/05brfs-APOLOGYAFTER_BRF.html

US Feds pull the domain name plug on State of California [IDG]
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=3DprintArticleBasic&arti=
cleId=3D9040858

Federal 'fix' knocks ca.gov for a loop
http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/20192

Bad things lurking on government sites [IDG]
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=3DviewArticleBasic&artic=
leId=3D9041023

us: Pennsylvania proposes to ban cybersquatting
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-b1_1cyber.6075316oct05,0,4227590.story
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=3D2919

Cheap domain names fuel cybersquatting
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62033034,00.htm


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GOVERNANCE
**********************
Governments shouldn't cut Internet: UN telecoms chief
UN telecommunications agency chief Hamadoun Toure said Friday that no gover=
nment had the right to cut their citizens off from the Internet, following =
recent incidents in Myanmar.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/06/1191091396583.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/06/1191091396583.html

OECD: Mobilizing Civil Society for the Internet Ministerial by Milton Muell=
er
A series of meetings in Ottawa, Canada this week started setting the founda=
tion for civil society participation in the Seoul Ministerial on The Future=
 of the Internet Economy. IGP is involved in this initiative, along with AP=
C and EPIC's Public Voice, as part of the reference group coordinating civi=
l society participation. Preparatory meeting were joined to a "Technology F=
oresight Forum" on "The Participative Web" (a.k.a. Web 2.0).
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2007/10/5/3273492.html

Internet's unsung guardians labor in obscurity to keep Web moving
Ask Derek Schlecht what he does for a living and he'll tell you he's an IBX=
 site engineer. He may then hit you with a string of technical jargon about=
 cooling units and backup power systems. What Schlecht's job really is, tho=
ugh, is keeping the Internet running. Not the whole Internet, of course. By=
 the very nature of the Web, there is no central control room. Schlecht's r=
esponsibility is to maintain a small piece of it. And it's thanks to thousa=
nds of people like him around the world that your home page shows up when y=
ou log on in the morning.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=3D/c/a/2007/10/06/BUR6S4N9R.DTL

Net Neutrality a Must for Working Americans
Some of the most powerful voices in labor are throwing their full support b=
ehind Net Neutrality-- calling it crucial to the success and vitality of ou=
r democracy. In a blog post at SavetheInternet.com, Jim Hoffa, the general =
president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, called on Congress=
 to pass legislation that would "ensure that discrimination and economic in=
justice does not return in a 21st Century form."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/net-neutrality-a-must-for_b_6733=
1.html

What Direction is the Internet Headed?
The architecture of the Internet has always been driven by a core group of =
designers, but the form of that group has changed as the number of interest=
ed parties has continued to grow. With the success of the Internet, has com=
e a proliferation of stakeholders - stakeholders now with an economic as we=
ll as an intellectual investment in the network. We now see, in the debates=
 over control of the domain name space and the form of the next generation =
IP addresses, a struggle to find the next social structure that will guide =
the Internet in the future. The form of that structure will be harder to fi=
nd, given the large number of concerned stakeholders.
http://webhostdir.com/news/articles/shownews.asp?id=3D22533

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
**********************
Internationalised Domain Names set for launch [AP]
Sample addresses in nearly a dozen languages will be added to the internet'=
s central directories as early as next week, paving the way for web surfers=
 around the world to get online without knowing any English.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/05/1191091322391.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/05/1191091322391.html
http://www.thestate.com/technology-wire/story/191634.html
http://www.tech2.com/india/news/internet/sample-nonenglish-domains-coming-s=
oon/18641/0

Interweb goes multi-lingual
OUR INTERWEB RULERS have woken up to the fact that most of the planet doesn=
't speak English and have prepared a bunch of IP domans in languages other =
than the Queen's vernacular.
http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2007/10/04/interweb-goes-mulit-=
lingual

Anthony Doesburg: Web body looks for new lord of the domain names
In the virtual world of the internet, ICANN might be said to be the equival=
ent of the United Nations. The US-based ICANN was set up in 1998 and, for m=
ost of that time, it has been chaired by American Vint Cerf, widely conside=
red the "father" of the internet. At a meeting in Los Angeles late this mon=
th, Cerf will be stepping down, leaving the chairmanship open to one of ICA=
NN's 20 or so other directors. One of those is Peter Dengate Thrush, a Kiwi=
 who has been associated with ICANN from its inception and who continues to=
 have deep involvement with New Zealand internet governance.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=3D137&objectid=3D10467934

Ireland=92s real net pioneer: Meet the Irishman whose key decisions in the =
Eighties led to the web as we know it today
When people think of the founding fathers of the internet, they think of in=
ventors such as Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf who created TCP/IP protocols that th=
e internet runs on, as well as creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-L=
ee. Few realise that it was an Irishman whose strategic decision in the Eig=
hties with the US National Science Foundation (NST) that led to the creatio=
n of the internet as we know it.
http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/irelandrsquos-real-net-pionee=
r-1115628.html

Where have you gone? Public participation on .post conundrum by Kieren McCa=
rthy
There is a letter from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to ICANN concerning=
 the use of their sTLD .post that may well have important implications for =
the future evolution of the domain name system. ... The comment period clos=
es in one day (6 October) and so far there have so far been no comments at =
all from the community.
http://blog.icann.org/?p=3D203

ICANN calls for comment on .post
ICANN has expressed concern that there have been no comments on a recent le=
tter regarding the sponsored TLD .post.
http://www.cscprotectsbrands.com/news.asp?newsId=3D18306321

**********************
 - (cc)TLD NEWS
**********************
What's the point of the .asia top-level domain?
... Curb your enthusiasm at the back. Oh, you were standing up to leave? Ca=
n't blame you. In what must have domain registrars around the world rubbing=
 their hands with glee and ordering new yachts, we now have another TLD tha=
t nobody can quite remember asking for (is it like the gherkin in a fastbur=
ger?) which will coin it from all the companies that feel they have to regi=
ster their name just to make sure that nobody else does. Which especially m=
eans all the banks and other brands, but which equally means that typosquat=
ters and phishers can have a new way to play havoc with everyone's lives.
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/10/08/whats_the_point_of_the_as=
ia_toplevel_domain.html

Companies prepare to head off risk of cyber-squatters in new =91.asia=92 do=
main
The opening tomorrow (9 October) of a new Asian TLD is expected to trigger =
a flurry of =93defensive registrations=94 by companies that will not use th=
eir new =93.asia=94 web addresses but are determined to prevent cyber-specu=
lators and counterfeiters from exploiting them.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/=
article2609729.ece

Businesses advised to register .asia domains
Businesses with a presence in Asia which wish to protect trademarks have be=
en advised that they should consider registering for .asia domain names.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,39289872,00.htm
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62033110,00.htm

Internet names for Asia launched
On 9 October the sunrise period for the domain opens that lets governments =
and companies register interest in specific domain names.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7033924.stm
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c508a2f8-75c0-11dc-b7cb-0000779fd2ac.html
http://www.netimperative.com/2007/10/08/Asia_domain

Asian domain up for grabs
The first round of the registration period for the new top-level .asia doma=
in opens 9 October, promising organisations that are based in or trade with=
 countries in that region a greater online presence.
http://www.vnunet.com/itweek/news/2200450/asian-domain-grabs
http://www.itweek.co.uk/itweek/news/2200450/asian-domain-grabs
http://www.computing.co.uk/itweek/news/2200450/asian-domain-grabs

After .eu, Asia gets its own address in cyberworld
After .com, .org, .net and a host of other domains, Asia is next in line to=
 get its own domain name. Due for its =93sunrise=94 launch tomorrow for tra=
demark owners, =91.asia=92 is aimed at providing another option to domain-n=
ame seekers.
http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?autono=3D300705
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Infotech/Internet_/Corporate_India_play=
s_safe_with_asia_domain/articleshow/2441118.cms
http://infotech.indiatimes.com/Tech_News/News/Corporate_India_plays_safe_wi=
th_asia_domain/articleshow/2441118.cms

www.sex.asia likely to be Internet domain in demand [Reuters]
The Internet address www.sex.asia is likely to be the domain name most in d=
emand next week when dot Asia Web sites are launched, Europe's .eu Internet=
 domain registrar EURid said on Friday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKL058948120071005
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSL058948120071005
http://redherring.com/Home/22931
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/2007/10/08/125792/Big-demand.htm

sex.asia likely to be Internet domain in demand
sex.asia is likely to be the domain name most in demand thisweek when dot A=
sia Web sites are launched, Europe's .eu Internet domain registrar EURid sa=
id on Friday.
http://itnews.com.au/News/NewsStory.aspx?story=3D62591

Cybersquatting escalates in Asia
Instances of cybersquatting are growing in Asia, fueled largely by the avai=
lability of inexpensive Internet domain names, according to a domain-name r=
egistrar.
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6212187.html

dot eu welcomes dot asia to the Internet [news release]
EURid, the European registry for .eu, welcomes the arrival of .asia to the =
Internet. The pioneering .eu domain, which is available to 490 million Euro=
peans in 27 countries, was the first top-level Internet domain for a broad,=
 multi-country region. The launch of .asia next week reflects the growing i=
nterest in regional top-level domains, which some regional supporters hope =
will eventually include Africa and Latin America as well.
http://www.eurid.eu/images/Documents/Press_releases/dot%20eu%20welcomes%20d=
ot%20asia.pdf

CNNIC Exposes Chinese Domain Name Registration Violators
In order to regulate the domain name registration industry and protect user=
s' interest, the China Internet Information Network Center, the supervisor =
of the implementation of China's Internet Domain Name Registration Industry=
 Self-Discipline Convention, has published the second batch of domain name =
violators.
http://www.chinatechnews.com/2007/10/08/5936-cnnic-exposes-chinese-domain-n=
ame-registration-violators/

Register .es domains with Spanish language characters [news release]
As of 2 October, it is possible to register .es domains with characters suc=
h as =F1, =E7, accent marks, diaresis and others characteristic of the Span=
ish official languages.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2007/10/05/register-es-domains-with-spanish-lang=
uage-characters/

Accents for Spanish domains
Spain has just opened up its namespace to IDNs. In the first 24 hours, 2,00=
0 registration requests were received for .ES IDNs.
http://domainesinfo.fr/english/112/accents-for-spanish-domains.php

ie: IEDR and Comreg [news release]
Seven years ago the Oireachtas gave the Minister certain powers in relation=
 to the .ie namespace. These powers were never exercised by him, and in May=
 2007 these powers and others were transferred to Comreg. Following this tr=
ansfer, Comreg has now decided to do a health check on .ie registry operati=
ons. Independent international consultants Jim Reid and Eva Frolich have be=
en appointed to carry out the health check. The consultants will do this wo=
rk as Agents of Comreg, whose authorization derives from the Communications=
 Regulation (Amendment) Act 2007.
http://www.iedr.ie/NEWS/News-04Oct2007.php

Burma Internet Shutdown
... The connection between Myanmar and the rest of the world appears to be =
turned back on, at least temporarily. The 45 megabit per second circuit con=
necting Myanmar to Kuala Lumpur that is Myanmar=92s primary connection to t=
he Internet came back up at 14:27 UTC today. It had mostly been =93hard dow=
n,=94 indicating either that it had been unplugged or that the router it wa=
s connected to was turned off, with the exception of a few brief periods si=
nce September 28. Myanmar=92s ccTLD, .MM, disappeared. It=92s served by thr=
ee name servers, ns0.mpt.net.mm, ns.net.mm, and ns-mm.ripe.net.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/710413_myanmar_internet_shutdown/

nl: SIDN increases registry fees from 1 January 2008 by an average of 2 per=
 cent
SIDN has decided to increase its registry fees from 1 January 2008 by an av=
erage of 2 per cent. The move is necessitated by rising costs.
http://www.sidn.nl/ace.php/c,728,5342,,,,SIDN_increases_registry_fees_from_=
1_January_2008_by_an_average_of_2_per_cent.html

uk: Nominet plans to slash expert fees
Nominet is considering changes to its dispute resolution policy that could =
see it reduce fees by more than two-thirds for its expert decision service.=
 An expert decision costs the claimant =A3750, whether the claim is contest=
ed or not. But now Nominet is considering lowering that fee to =A3200 if th=
e other side fails to submit any documentation. It would also automatically=
 award the contested domain name to the claimant.
http://www.thelawyer.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=3D129238

uk: EPP beta launched [news release]
Nominet has launched their beta test version of Extensible Provisioning Pro=
tocol (EPP). This beta testing phase, operating on a test data set, will ru=
n for approximately two months. Following the beta phase, we will launch a =
fully operational version of EPP with our live data set. The beta version w=
ill continue to be available for you to test your implementation. Informati=
on about EPP is available.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=3D4497

**********************
 - DOMAIN SECURITY
**********************
California: Apology After Sites=92 Shutdown
The agency in charge of security for state and federal Web sites with a .go=
v domain name apologized =93to the citizens of California=94 for ordering a=
 shutdown of the state government Internet system after spotting a minor ha=
cker attack on a Marin County Web site.
http://nytimes.com/2007/10/05/us/05brfs-APOLOGYAFTER_BRF.html

US Feds pull the domain name plug on State of California [IDG]
The federal government pulled the plug on the domain name used by the State=
 of California on Tuesday, setting into motion a chain of events that threa=
tened to grind government business to a standstill within the state.
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=3DprintArticleBasic&arti=
cleId=3D9040858
http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/10/04/Feds-pull-domain-name-plug-on-Cal=
ifornia_1.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,138048-pg,1/article.html

Federal 'fix' knocks ca.gov for a loop
Even the government shudders when someone says they're from the government =
and they're here to help. Case in point: A hacker's diversion of traffic fr=
om a California county government Web site to a porn purveyor spiraled into=
 IT chaos yesterday after a countermeasure applied from Washington essentia=
lly "deleted the ca.gov domain."
http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/20192

Bad things lurking on government sites [IDG]
The U.S. federal government took steps earlier this week to shut down Web s=
ites in California in order to protect the public from hacked Web sites, bu=
t new incidents show that the problem is not going away any time soon.
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=3DviewArticleBasic&artic=
leId=3D9041023
http://www.intergovworld.com/article/71a9080e0a0104080021477cefe684d4/pg1.h=
tm

Rock Phish may be using fast flux in phishing attacks
The elusive "Rock Phish" group continues to be innovative. The group appear=
s to have started using the "fast flux" method to fool researchers and elud=
e detection, according to new security research. Cambridge University secur=
ity researchers Richard Clayton and Tyler Moore tracked 30,000 phishing rep=
orts that came in through Phish Tank, a clearinghouse that tracks phishing =
sites, between February and April 2007. They found a link between Rock Phis=
h and the fast flux approach.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/10/04/Rock-Phish-using-fast-flux-phishi=
ng-attacks_1.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,138079-pg,1/article.html

The threat of political phishing
Later today, I will be presenting as part of a panel on the subject of poli=
tical phishing at the Anti-Phishing Working Group eCrime Researchers Summit=
. During the panel discussion, I will be speaking about the threats to the =
online fundraising model used by political candidates in the United States.=
 While attacks in the wild have yet to be seen, there are a number of facto=
rs which make online campaign giving particularly vulnerable to phishing at=
tacks.
http://www.cnet.com/8301-13739_1-9791723-46.html

us: Man Arrested For Using Botnet To Launch DoS Attacks
The alleged hacker used connections at a McDonald's and Best Buy to launch =
denial-of-service attacks and then heckle his victims.
http://informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=3D202201173

us: Dept of Homeland Security caused 'mini-DDoS'
A contractor for the US Department of Homeland Security has initiated "a mi=
ni denial of service" against thousands of security professionals, accordin=
g to Marcus H Sachs, the director of the SANS Internet Storm Center, a comm=
unity that monitors global security threats.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39289832,00.htm

**********************
 - DOMAIN DISPUTES
**********************
us: Pennsylvania proposes to ban cybersquatting
Pennsylvania has a proposal to ban cybersquatting. The proposal follows Rep=
ublican Jason Gherghel's decision to register various combinations domain n=
ames of his opponent, Melinda Kantner, prompting the bill, says the state R=
ep. Neal P. Goodman, D-Schuylkill.
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-b1_1cyber.6075316oct05,0,4227590.story
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=3D2919

Don't Fight The Big Guys
Imagine battling eBay, a $1.8 billion (sales) company and one of the 600 la=
rgest public companies in the world. For Perfume Bay, an online fragrance r=
etailer with annual sales $17 million, that's reality. In pursuit of making=
 itself the only Bay on the Net, eBay has dragged Perfume Bay, as well as B=
rickBay.com and BidBay.com, through years of costly legal fees and emotiona=
l hardship. "We are making sure that Perfume Bay cannot be confused with eB=
ay in any way and that customers are clear that if they purchase something =
off of Perfume Bay, they are not protected in any way by the consumer prote=
ction programs eBay has in place," says Catherine England, an eBay spokeswo=
man.
http://www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/2007/10/05/lawsuits-litigation-sba-ent-=
cx_ll_1005lawsuit.html
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=3D2918

How Entrepreneurs Can Survive Trademark Lawsuits
>From the Department of Nightmares comes this story of a David-and Goliath l=
awsuit. Apparently, online perfume retailer Perfume Bay has been embroiled =
in litigation with online auction site eBay (also spelled ebaY in its logo)=
 for about the past three years. According to the Orange County Register, w=
hich profiled the case last month, Perfume Bay grossed $17 million last yea=
r; eBay grossed $6 billion. =

http://legal.entrepreneur.com/2007/10/04/69/

us: County exec candidates fight war of domains
After being wooed for months by a Democratic Party power structure searchin=
g for any viable candidate, State Sen. Lena Taylor filed papers this week t=
o run for Milwaukee County executive. The Milwaukee Dem may find it hard to=
 get a Web site with a catchy address, however, since her opponents have be=
en busy gobbling up domain names.
http://onmilwaukee.com/politics/articles/politics100307.html

us: Fraud or all's-fair-in-politics? [AP]
Linda McCulloch is running for secretary of state in Montana, but a Web sit=
e bearing her name makes no mention of why the Democrat is qualified for th=
e job. Instead, it says "Bad Grades. Bad Candidate." McCulloch's domain nam=
e, www.lindamcculloch.com, was bought by Republicans, which some people are=
 calling "political cyberfraud." Others say such Web sites are fair and pro=
tected under the First Amendment.
http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/10/07/news/state/36-fraud.txt

us: Mayor Poston gets his name back
A Web site address with Mayor Wayne Poston's name that last week forwarded =
visitors to former mayor Bill Evers' campaign site, now goes directly to th=
e Poston campaign site.
http://www.bradenton.com/breakingnews/story/166070.html

**********************
 - MISCELLANEOUS
**********************
FairWinds Provides Outsourced Domain Name Administration to Multinational C=
orporations [news release]
Strategy consultants FairWinds Partners announced the introduction of a pre=
mium domain name administration outsourced solution for leading brand owner=
s. The service offers proactive strategic recommendations and decision-maki=
ng support along with the oversight and administration of all internal and =
external activities needed to ensure expert domain name management and to e=
xtract maximum value from the web-brand interplay.
http://www.fairwindspartners.com/press-release-october-04.html

Rwanda Turns Off: Growing repression threatens an economic boom
... Google is teaching the government how to take advantage of its free onl=
ine applications, and has even sent engineers to Rwanda to help local insti=
tutions offer the programs under their own domain names.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21162104/site/newsweek/

NameJet Launches, Collaboration Between eNom, Network Solutions
SnapNames competitor launches, backed by Network Solutions and eNom.
http://domainnamewire.com/2007/10/05/namejet-launches-collaboration-between=
-enom-network-solutions/

**********************
 - DOMAINING
**********************
Cheap domain names fuel cybersquatting
Instances of cybersquatting is growing in Asia, fueled largely by the avail=
ability of inexpensive Internet domain names, according to an Internet doma=
in name registrar. Janna Lam, managing director of Singapore-based IP Mirro=
r, told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail interview: "Cybersquatting has always been =
a [worldwide] trend and is now catching up in Asia... The main cause [for t=
his growth] is the low prices of Internet domain names."
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62033034,00.htm
http://www.news.com/2100-1030_3-6212187.html
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=3D2917

CNET Report Calling all Domainers =93Cybersquatters=94, Blaming Cheap Domai=
ns
Despite strong criticisms from the domain name industry against labeling al=
l Domainers as =93Cybersquatters=94, comes the latest CNet report saying:
http://www.circleid.com/posts/cnet_report_calling_domainers_cybersquatters/

How to Improve Your Parking Income, Video
Leonard Holmes of ParkQuick creates domain parking video.
http://domainnamewire.com/2007/10/06/how-to-improve-your-parking-income-vid=
eo/

NameJet Launches New Service to Purchase Deleted and Expired Domain Names
NameJet, a new secondary market domain name auction services company, has l=
aunched a Web marketplace that consolidates an exclusive inventory of delet=
ed and expired domain names from top domain name registrars Network Solutio=
ns and eNom and makes them available for auction. This new service allows c=
ustomers to create an account, manage backorder requests, and participate i=
n auctions for domain names that have recently become available for registr=
ation.
http://www.domainnews.com/general/2007100814/namejet-launches-new-service-t=
o-purchase-deleted-and-expired-domain-names/
http://www.domainpulse.com/2007/10/08/namejet-launches-new-service-to-purch=
ase-deleted-and-expired-domain-names/

**********************
 - DOMAIN SALES
**********************
Sedo Defies End of Summer Slowdown with 7 of the Week's 10 HIghest Reported=
 Domain Sales =

Through most of the summer we commented frequently on how the perennial "su=
mmer doldrums" seemed to be taking a vacation this year. However, the slow =
season for domain sales finally arrived in September and persisted through =
the opening day of autumn Sunday (Sept. 23) which was the final day of our =
latest 7-day reporting period. There were no six-figure sales in the past w=
eek and the top reported sale, Puss.com at $71,458, was the culmination of =
a transaction that actually began back in July when Moniker auctioned off t=
he name at the Internext conference in Miami (the deal was just concluded t=
his week).
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2007/domainsales10-02-07.htm

Hosting.mobi Sells for $101k! by Michele Neylon
The first of the dotmobi premium auctions finished earlier this evening, al=
though the full sale results don't seem to be available as yet hosting.mobi=
 is listed as having fetched $101,000!
http://www.isquattedyour.eu/2007/10/03/hostingmobi-sells-for-101k/

**********************
RESEARCH PAPERS
**********************
Just half US adults with chronic conditions use the internet [news release]
About a fifth of American adults say that a disability, handicap, or chroni=
c disease keeps them from participating fully in work, school, housework, o=
r other activities. Half (51%) of those living with a disability or chronic=
 disease go online, compared with 74% of those who report no chronic condit=
ions. Fully 86% of internet users living with disability or chronic illness=
 have looked online for information about at least one of 17 health topics,=
 compared with 79% of internet users with no chronic conditions. E-patients=
 with chronic conditions are more likely than other e-patients to report th=
at their online searches affected treatment decisions, their interactions w=
ith their doctors, their ability to cope with their condition, and their di=
eting and fitness regimen.
http://www.pewinternet.org/press_release.asp?r=3D143

**********************
CENSORSHIP
**********************
Monks Are Silenced, and for Now, Internet Is, Too
It was about as simple and uncomplicated as shooting demonstrators in the s=
treets. Embarrassed by smuggled video and photographs that showed their peo=
ple rising up against them, the generals who run Myanmar simply switched of=
f the Internet. ... The efficiency of this latest, technological, crackdown=
 raises the question whether the vaunted role of the Internet in underminin=
g repression can stand up to a determined and ruthless government -- or whe=
ther Myanmar, already isolated from the world, can ride out a prolonged shu=
tdown more easily than most countries.
http://nytimes.com/2007/10/04/world/asia/04info.html

Downloading the Burma uprising: Did it help?
When protesters took to the streets of Burma two decades ago, activists rel=
ied on fax machines to tell the world what was going on. In last month's up=
rising in the isolated police state, they photographed and uploaded the dem=
onstrations via cellphone. Images and videos bounced from Internet cafes to=
 foreign blogs and international media, then sometimes back again to Burma =
by satellite TV and shortwave radio. The leap in technology didn't prevent =
the military from choosing =96 as it did in 1988 =96 to launch a violent cr=
ackdown. But it did make it harder for the regime to act quickly and secret=
ly, say Internet-savvy activists. =

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1003/p02s01-usfp.html

Myanmar's Net Curtain Begins To Lift
After a week-long Internet blackout intended to block all communication abo=
ut the government's brutal political repression, Myanmar's Net users are re=
gaining limited access to the outside world. Researchers at the OpenNet Ini=
tiative reported Friday that the country's only Internet service provider, =
Myanmar Infotech, had begun relaying data again sometime Thursday, raising =
hopes that political dissidents will manage to smuggle out more information=
 about the recent violence.
http://www.forbes.com/technology/2007/10/05/internet-censorship-burma-tech-=
cx_ag_1005myanmar.html

Internet Access Restored In Myanmar [AHN]
Internet users in Myanmar on Friday said they can access the world wide web=
 again, according to reports. Internet connections were severed last week, =
reportedly to help end a sweeping tide of dissent that threatened to topple=
 the military junta in control of Myanmar.
http://allheadlinenews.com/articles/7008740439

Exiled bloggers take up Burma opposition fight
Although the internet was restored in Burma late on Friday for the first ti=
me in more than a week, the bloggers who had previously supplied graphic ac=
counts of the growing protest movement remained silenced. In their stead, e=
xiled bloggers have continued to hound the government.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=3D/news/2007/10/07/wburma407=
.xml

************************************************
CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
************************************************
au: Why parents need not panic about stranger danger online by Michael Duffy
Three weeks ago I suggested a large part of the Government's $22 million Ne=
tAlert campaign was fraudulent. Advertisements have sprung up claiming a la=
rge proportion of children who use social networking sites are approached b=
y strangers online, strongly implying these strangers are pedophiles. But i=
n the research on which the ads are based, the word "stranger" has such a b=
road meaning that it includes friends of friends and spam.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/05/1191091360758.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/articles/2007/10/05/1191091360758.html

au: Negar Salek: Casting a net over online perpetrators
As our children delve further into the online world, the Federal Government=
 launches a safety program to protect them from danger The Federal Governme=
nt used National Child Protection Week, [2-8 September] as the launch pad f=
or the promotional activity of its $189 million NetAlert online safety prog=
ram, announced in August.
http://crn.com.au/Feature/3880,negar-salek-casting-a-net-over-online-perpet=
rators.aspx

au: Covert smoking ads targeting teens, says expert
Teenagers are being encouraged to take up smoking through pro-tobacco "stea=
lth marketing" on popular websites such as YouTube and MySpace, an Australi=
an expert says.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22544961-2,00.html

nz: Teenage girls posting 'dangerous' photos online
New Zealand girls as young as 13 are offering scantily-clad photos of thems=
elves online and teenagers are posting contact details on personal pages - =
all of which are available to gangs, paedophiles and others with sinister m=
otives.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=3D137&objectid=3D10468350

nz: 275 text-bullying complaints so far
An Internet Safety watchdog has fielded 275 text-bullying complaints this y=
ear, referring nearly half to police because of criminal content and threat=
s.
http://stuff.co.nz/stuff/4225962a28.html

uk: Virtual playgrounds for children: BBC joins world of cyber kids [AFP]
Cyber playgrounds for digitally-savvy kids look set to be the cool new spac=
e after the BBC unveiled its children's online virtual world at the MIPCOM =
audiovisual trade show taking place in southern France. Children "don't wan=
t passive viewing experiences any more," Marc Goodchild, who heads the BBC'=
s Children's Interactive and On-Demand, told a MIPCOM conference. "They wan=
t to recreate their playground experiences at home."
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/09/1191695849213.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/09/1191695849213.html

uk: IWF welcomes INHOPE Report on Global Internet Trends [news release]
INHOPE, the International Association of Internet hotlines, reports there h=
as been a global increase in child sexual abuse content on the Internet wit=
h 9,600 confirmed reports of child sexual abuse content processed per month.
http://iwf.org.uk/media/news.210.htm

uk: IWF welcomes CEOP=92s advice programme for parents [news release]
Over 1.1 million children in schools across the UK have now attended intera=
ctive sessions as the battle against child sex predators using the internet=
 gathers pace. But one fundamental challenge remains =96 the need to bring =
technophobic parents up to speed with what their children are doing online =
=96 and teach parents how to protect them.
http://iwf.org.uk/media/news.209.htm

**************************
ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
**************************
Global approach needed on cybercrime: experts
Telecoms and computer executives, legal officials and UN agencies on Friday=
 warned that the world needed to take a global approach to tackling cybercr=
ime and security issues on the Internet. ITU chief Hamadoun Toure said indi=
vidual national or regional approaches to tackle spam, hackers, remote atta=
cks on computer systems and use of the Internet for crime would inevitably =
be flawed.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/06/1191091393334.html

Police smash =A31bn international internet fraud gang
British police yesterday hailed the arrest of an international gang of frau=
dsters as a landmark victory against internet crime, following a sting acro=
ss four countries. More than =A38.5m worth of fake cheques and other fraudu=
lent documents were seized in a series of overnight raids across the UK in =
a joint operation overseen by Britain's Serious and Organised Crime Agency =
(Soca).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2184135,00.html

Bloggers beware when you criticize the rich and powerful
When a billionaire born in Uzbekistan and an outspoken former British ambas=
sador clashed over a scorching blog, the first outcome was the Internet equ=
ivalent of a smackdown. The daily Web log, or blog, of the former U.K. amba=
ssador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, vanished after Murray's British Interne=
t provider received a flurry of ominous legal letters demanding the removal=
 of "potentially defamatory" information about Alisher Usmanov, a mining mo=
gul with a rising stake in the English soccer club Arsenal.
http://iht.com/articles/2007/10/07/business/net08.php

au: Hunters kill off zombie threat
LOCAL zombie hunters are leading a bid to smash vast criminal robot network=
s by identifying and cleaning infected PCs one by one. The powerful Interna=
tional Telecommunication Union has taken up the Australian Internet Securit=
y Initiative as a practical way for nations to defeat botnets through the r=
outine identification and shut-down of rogue machines.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,22552836-15306,00.html

Web Heavies Form Blockade Against Phishers
Yahoo, eBay and PayPal are teaming up to improve protections against phishi=
ng attacks, the companies announced Thursday. The companies have adopted a =
new e-mail authentication technology, developed by Yahoo and known as "Doma=
inKeys Identified Mail," that uses cryptography to verify the domain of the=
 sender. By allowing e-mail providers to validate an e-mail's originating d=
omain -- ensuring that an e-mail apparently from PayPal really is from PayP=
al, for instance -- the technology makes blacklists and whitelists more eff=
ective.
http://ecommercetimes.com/story/lvayP8XdW0zFyI/Web-Heavies-Form-Blockade-Ag=
ainst-Phishers.xhtml

au: New lab tackles cyber crime
A lab designed to crack down on cyber crime was launched yesterday in Balla=
rat in central Victoria.
http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/04/2050959.htm

nz: Abused women in fear of texts, emails
Breaches of protection orders by text messaging and the internet are a grow=
ing problem for people trying to escape abusive relationships, social group=
s say.
http://stuff.co.nz/stuff/4229324a28.html

British MPs call for identity fraud tsar
An "identity fraud tsar" should be appointed to oversee attempts to tackle =
the crime, a group of MPs has said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7031137.stm

us: Chess Group Officials Accused of Using Internet to Hurt Rivals
A lawsuit filed in federal court last week accuses two officers of the nati=
on=92s leading chess organization of posting inflammatory remarks on the In=
ternet under false names in order to win election to the group=92s board.
http://nytimes.com/2007/10/08/nyregion/08chess.html

Understanding Internet Defamation
The law of Defamation has come under renewed scrutiny with the advent of th=
e Internet. This is largely because it is the nature of the Internet to giv=
e the average, anonymous person an opportunity to express their opinion wel=
l-beyond any previously defined venue. Consider the fact that a person of m=
odest means now has the ability to publish a statement, article, or news it=
em across the world in an instant, without an editor checking the facts. Th=
ereafter, the item will linger on the 'Net for months, or even years, impos=
sible to recover and amend, if the "facts" are erroneous. Therefore, it is =
inevitable that problems are going to arise.
http://www.ibls.com/internet_law_news_portal_view.aspx?s=3Dlatestnews&id=3D=
1874

us: Target ruling may force retailers to adjust Web sites [Computerworld]
A federal court judge's ruling this week that Target.com, the home page of =
retailer Target Corp., must be accessible to blind persons under California=
 laws, could extend state and federal disabilities statutes to the Internet.
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=3DviewArticleBasic&artic=
leId=3D9041002

us: Judge allows class action over Target Web site [Reuters]
A federal judge in California has allowed a class action lawsuit to proceed=
 against Target brought by plaintiffs claiming the discount retailer's Web =
site is inaccessible to the blind.
http://www.news.com/2100-1030_3-6211758.html

FCC won't probe disclosure of phone records [Reuters]
The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission declined to investig=
ate reports that phone companies turned over customer records to the Nation=
al Security Agency, citing national security concerns, according to documen=
ts released on Friday.
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1035_22-6212116.html

Unlocking Apple's iPhone is legal, ethical, and just plain fun by Tim Wu
Apple is not happy with its customers. Disobedient iPhone owners are unlock=
ing their iPhones (modifying them to work with carriers other than AT&T) an=
d installing "unauthorized" third-party apps. Last week the company struck =
back with a software update that acts much like a virus. It wrecks the oper=
ation of third-party applications and can turn unlocked iPhones into "brick=
s." Is Apple on the right side of this fight? Is it really wrong or illegal=
 to unlock your iPhone? Well, I figured, there's only one way to find out.
http://www.slate.com/id/2175304/

Viruses 'hit 1m China computers'
Almost one million Chinese computers were hit by viruses during last week's=
 national holidays, state media has reported.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7033415.stm

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PRIVACY
**************************
au: Privacy question so moot it'll be a hoot for lawyers by Richard Ackland
Hands up those who have a nosy little camera in their mobile phones. More t=
han half, I bet. Not only that but every second citizen is scrambling to ge=
t their mug and personal details onto Facebook or YouTube or MySpace or Beb=
o or any of the burgeoning manifestations of "social networking".
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/04/1191091275213.html

Privacy Threats No Longer "Terra Incognita" by Michael Geist
Last week the privacy world gathered in Montreal for the most important glo=
bal privacy conference on the calendar. The International Data Protection a=
nd Privacy Commissioner's conference brings together hundreds of privacy co=
mmissioners, government regulators, business leaders, and privacy advocates=
 who spend three days grappling with emerging issues. I was privileged to b=
e asked to provide some concluding remarks in the final plenary and my week=
ly technology law column is a shortened version of that address.
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/2274/135/

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Welcomes Government Action on Identity Theft =
[news release]
The federal government=92s plan to amend the Criminal Code to better addres=
s identity theft is a welcome first step towards stopping the explosion of =
a costly and emotionally devastating fraud, says Jennifer Stoddart, the Pri=
vacy Commissioner of Canada.
http://privcom.gc.ca/media/nr-c/2007/nr-c_071002_e.asp

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
**************************
au: All talk but no ICT policy
THE technology industry has been left hanging for substantive IT policy ann=
ouncements after the federal government and opposition declared they would =
not reveal specific plans for the sector before an election is called.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,22534989-15306,00.html

au: Broadband a political football
BROADBAND in Australia may be slow and clunky, but the old bush telegraph h=
as been working overtime in the past week, peddling confident rumours and s=
peculation that Helen Coonan won't be the Communications Minister even if t=
he Howard Government is re-elected, Austar is in play and Kevin Rudd is abo=
ut to portray himself as a media hero.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,22530018-5013046,00.html

Google more than Australian watchdog can chew
Until the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's action against G=
oogle is explained more coherently and expanded upon in court, it is hard t=
o pin down precisely what the big brains at the competition watchdog view a=
s misleading and deceptive conduct by the internet search and advertising f=
irm.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,22552835-5013640,00.html

International Expertise Of The Belarusian Draft Law On Information, Informa=
tization And Information Protection
On March 7, 2007 Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus publicized=
 the Draft law on information, informatization and information protection d=
eveloped by Ministry of communications and informatization and by the State=
 Information Security Centre. The draft law stipulates major principles of =
the state policy in the sphere of informatization and information protectio=
n: public access to information, issues of information exchange, informatio=
n protection, obligations and rights of the hardware and software owners.
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=3D2909

Malaysia to Get High Speed Broadband
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak last week unveiled plans t=
o embark on an ambitious initiative to roll out high-speed broadband servic=
es across the country. The government official also revealed that incumbent=
 fixed-line carrier Telekom Malaysia has been awarded the mega broadband pr=
oject.
http://businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/oct2007/gb2007104_831833.htm

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INTERNET USE
**********************
Global computer usage, cell phone ownership jump [IDG]
Increased computer usage and better e-mail and Web access may narrow the di=
gital divide, although globalization critics may perceive such changes as a=
 threat to local cultures and economies, a new Pew Research Center study su=
ggests. The globalization survey released Thursday by Pew Research Center s=
aid that while technology inequality between countries has lessened, an ong=
oing backlash threatens globalization. =

http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/10/05/Global-computer-usage-and-cell-ph=
one-ownership-jump_1.html

Google says closing gap with China rival [Reuters]
Web search leader Google said on Thursday it is closing the gap with rival =
Baidu in China, after years of trying to increase market share in the world=
's second-largest Internet arena. ... Baidu led China's market in the secon=
d quarter with a 58.1 percent share, but rising only about 1 percentage poi=
nt from the previous quarter's 57 percent, while Google gained a 22.8 perce=
nt market share, up around 4 percentage points from the previous quarter, a=
ccording to Analysys International.
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6211718.html

Official Saudi website for fatwas
Saudi Arabia has launched an official website to publish Islamic legal ruli=
ngs, or fatwas.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7032140.stm

**********************
SOCIAL NETWORKING
**********************
au: MySpace willing to back sex predators operation
Social networking website MySpace says comparing user profiles with a natio=
nal database of sex predators would be a useful development to improve inte=
rnet safety.
http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/09/2054440.htm

au: Scammers target social networking sites, police warn
Police warn internet-based social networking and dating sites are providing=
 fertile ground for online scammers and fraudsters.
http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/09/2054265.htm

uk: Identity theft warning to web networkers
An advertising campaign to warn of the dangers of disclosing too much perso=
nal information should be launched on social networking websites, according=
 to a report by MPs on identity theft.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/oct/06/1

The Fakebook Generation: Op-Ed Contributor
... Facebook did not become popular because it was a functional tool =97 af=
ter all, most college students live in close quarters with the majority of =
their Facebook friends and have no need for social networking. Instead, we =
log into the Web site because it=92s entertaining to watch a constantly evo=
lving narrative starring the other people in the library.
... For young people, Facebook is yet another form of escapism; we can turn=
 our lives into stage dramas and relationships into comedy routines. Make b=
elieve is not part of the postgraduate Facebook user=92s agenda. As more an=
d more older users try to turn Facebook into a legitimate social reference =
guide, younger people may follow suit and stop treating it as a circus ring=
. But let=92s hope not.
http://nytimes.com/2007/10/06/opinion/06mathias.html

**********************
NEW TECHNOLOGIES
**********************
Room for improvement for Finns in safer use of mobile phone - Information s=
ecurity guidelines provide advice for consumers in plain language [news rel=
ease]
In recent years, mobile phone users may have become victims of malicious so=
ftware and minor virus epidemics. Information security attacks against mobi=
le phones have so far been infrequent, but annoying for the users.
http://www.ficora.fi/en/index/viestintavirasto/lehdistotiedotteet/2007/P_8.=
html

**********************
SPAM
**********************
Spam accounts for 70 percent of emails
Spam in the form of HTML email is still rampant, while PDF, image and e-car=
d spam is on the decline, a new report finds.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39289868,00.htm

France kicks off nationwide spam fight [IDG]
France is hoping to shut down spammers more quickly through a system that m=
akes it easier for users to notify ISPs when unsolicited e-mails are coming=
 from their network. The French government funded the development of an ope=
n-source toolbar for Microsoft's Outlook and Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail p=
rograms that people can use to report suspected spam, said John Graham-Cumm=
ing, an Englishman who built the software for the project, called Signal Sp=
am. =

http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/10/05/France-kicks-off-nationwide-spam-=
fight_1.html

Spam menace spreads to Briton's mobile phones
The scourge of spam has spread to mobile phones, with Britons being bombard=
ed by more than one million unwanted text messages every day. A report from=
 uSwitch.com, the consumer website, also showed that security groups are lo=
sing their battle with the criminal gangs behind conventional e-mail spam.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/telecoms/ar=
ticle2591888.ece

uk: Bluetooth spam on the way as watchdog gives marketers green light
The Information Commissioner will no longer regulate the use of Bluetooth m=
obile technology, prompting fears of a wave of 'bluetooth spam'. The Commis=
sioner no longer considers the wireless connection technology to be covered=
 by the UK's privacy laws.
http://out-law.com/page-8533

**********************
DIGITAL DIVIDE
**********************
Cell Phones Help Narrow Digital Divide
Increased computer usage and better e-mail and Web access may narrow the di=
gital divide, although globalization critics may perceive such changes as a=
 threat to local cultures and economies, a new Pew Research Center study su=
ggests. The globalization survey released last week by Pew Research Center =
said that while technology inequality between countries has lessened, an on=
going backlash threatens globalization.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,138146-pg,1/article.html
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=3D10948

Study: US Disabled Less Likely to Be Online [AP]
Americans with disabilities and other chronic conditions are less likely to=
 use the Internet, but those who are online are among the most avid consume=
rs of health-related information, a new study finds.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/09/1191695855142.html
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/09/1191695855142.html
http://www.thestate.com/technology-wire/story/194999.html
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/INTERNET_HEALTH

**********************
FILE SHARING
**********************
Music industry has Aussie pirates in the crosshairs
The anti-piracy arm of the Australian music industry has threatened to star=
t suing individuals for illegal downloading if internet providers do not ex=
ert more control over their users.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/08/1191695804646.html

us: EFF to Weigh in on First RIAA Downloading Trial Appeal
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is litigating the government's se=
cret wiretap program, said Monday it will lend a legal hand to Jammie Thoma=
s, the nation's first pirate to lose a federal jury trial in a case brought=
 by the Recording Industry Association of America.
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/10/eff-to-weigh-in.html

Woman ordered to pay for file-sharing will appeal [IDG]
Jammie Thomas, who was ordered to pay $220,000 for downloading and sharing =
copyrighted music files, is appealing the case
http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/10/08/Woman-ordered-to-pay-for-file-sha=
ring-will-appeal_1.html

us: Labels Win Suit Against Song Sharer
In a crucial legal victory for record labels and other copyright owners, a =
federal jury yesterday found a Minnesota woman liable for copyright infring=
ement for sharing music online and imposed a penalty of $222,000 in damages=
. The verdict against Jammie Thomas of Brainerd, Minn., brought an end to t=
he first jury trial in the music industry=92s protracted effort to rein in =
piracy with lawsuits against individual computer users. Since 2003, record =
labels have brought legal action against about 30,000 people, accusing them=
 of trafficking in copyrighted songs.
http://nytimes.com/2007/10/05/business/media/05music.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7029229.stm

A jury deliberates the first file-sharing trial
If Jammie Thomas is found guilty of downloading 24 songs, she could face mi=
llions in fines. Is this the outrage to finally prompt a change in copyrigh=
t laws?
http://www.salon.com/tech/machinist/blog/2007/10/04/file_sharing_suit/

us: Record Companies Win Music Sharing Trial [AP]
The recording industry won a key fight Thursday against illegal music downl=
oading when a federal jury ordered a Minnesota woman to pay $222,000 for sh=
aring copyrighted music online.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/05/1191091340084.html
http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-fi-copyright5oct05,1,3431071.story
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/05/1191091340084.html

RIAA wins key victory, accused file sharer must pay $220,000
A Minnesota woman must pay $220,000 to six of the top music labels after a =
federal jury found on Thursday that she violated their copyright.
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9791383-7.html

Ok computer: Why the record industry is terrified of Radiohead's new album
Radiohead are the latest =96 and greatest =96 band to shun the conventional=
 CD release. Their new album is available online =96 and you don't have to =
pay for it
http://arts.independent.co.uk/music/features/article3027709.ece

*********************************
COMMENT, MICROSOFT & DEVELOPMENTS
*********************************
Inside the Googleplex
Japanese massage chairs, scooter parking in the corridors, a room dedicated=
 to lego and a plethora of purple lava lamps. It can only be the self-consc=
ious wackiness of Google, which had an open day at its New York office this=
 week.
http://business.guardian.co.uk/onamerica/story/0,,2184350,00.html

Google: Search and Data Seizure
Should we be worried about Google? Ten years after the search engine was la=
unched by two Stanford University graduate students, Google has become an e=
mpowering force and a adopted behavior that has transformed the way we acce=
ss news and information, shop for goods and services and--increasingly--how=
 we engage in politics. Who would have imagined four years ago, that Google=
 and its subsidiary YouTube would co-sponsor debates in which ordinary citi=
zens could directly engage with presidential candidates?
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20071015/chester

us: Google and I.B.M. Join in =91Cloud Computing=92 Research
Even the nation=92s elite universities do not provide the technical trainin=
g needed for the kind of powerful and highly complex computing Google is fa=
mous for, say computer scientists. So Google and I.B.M. are announcing toda=
y a major research initiative to address that shortcoming.
http://nytimes.com/2007/10/08/technology/08cloud.html

Google, IBM promote 'cloud' computing at universities [IDG]
Google Inc. and IBM have teamed up to offer a curriculum and support for so=
ftware development on large-scale distributed computing systems, with six u=
niversities signing up so far.
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=3DviewArticleBasic&artic=
leId=3D9041438

For Google, advertising and phones go together
For more than two years, a large group of engineers at Google has been work=
ing in secret on a mobile phone project. As word about their efforts has tr=
ickled out, expectations in the tech world for what has been called the Goo=
gle phone, or GPhone, have risen, the way they do for Apple loyalists ahead=
 of a speech by Steven P. Jobs. But the GPhone is not likely to be the seco=
nd coming of the iPhone =97 and Google's goals are very different from Appl=
e's.
http://iht.com/articles/2007/10/08/business/08googlephone.php
http://nytimes.com/2007/10/08/business/media/08googlephone.html

Google advances on Europe
At five o=92clock on a Friday afternoon at Google=92s engineering centre in=
 Zurich, the Heidi song comes over the loudspeakers. =93Hei-diii, Hei-diii,=
 deine Welt sind die Bergen...Halaladidi halaladidi...=94 The yodelling is =
a signal that Google=92s weekly =93Thank God It=92s Friday=94 meeting is ab=
out to begin =96 time for several hundred software engineers and support st=
aff to collect in the canteen for a beer.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/1/29104cf4-6c45-11dc-a0cf-0000779fd2ac.html

Google shares cross $600 threshold for first time [Reuters]
Shares of Web search leader Google hit a new benchmark of $600 in early tra=
ding on Monday, fueled by investor confidence in the strength of its Intern=
et advertising technology.
http://www.news.com/2100-1014_3-6212289.html

**********************
MOBILE/WIRELESS
**********************
Wi-fi sharing plan launched in UK
The UK's wireless net credentials are boosted with the launch of a wi-fi sh=
aring community backed by BT.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7027871.stm

McDonald's to offer free Wi-Fi in restaurants
The fast food chain McDonald's is to introduce free high speed wireless int=
ernet access at most of its 1,200 restaurants by the end of the year in a m=
ove which will make it the UK's biggest provider of such a service.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/oct/06/internet
http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKL0572055620071005

BT invites homeowners to share their broadband with passers-by
Homeowners are being invited to share their internet connections with passe=
rs-by in return for the right to access the network via other people=92s co=
nnections.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article25=
99604.ece

**********************
VoIP
**********************
VoIP Quality Improving, Study Says
VOIP and PacketCable have continued to improve, but both services still lag=
 behind PSTN, according to a study by Keynote Systems. ... "Our key finding=
 here is that there has been significant improvement for VOIP services, but=
 there is still a difference in terms of quality of calls," says Rajeev Kut=
ty, VOIP product manager at Keynote.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/138027/voip_quality_improving=
_study_says.html

**********************************
ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR CHILD PORN
**********************************
Interpol in rare sex abuse appeal
Interpol has launched an unprecedented global public appeal to help identif=
y a man shown sexually abusing children in photographs posted on the intern=
et.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7033182.stm

Hundreds respond to Interpol appeal to identify pedophile [Reuters]
Interpol said on Monday it was hopeful of identifying a serial pedophile af=
ter posting his picture on the Internet in an unprecedented public appeal t=
hat drew hundreds of responses from around the world.
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6212344.html
http://www.news.com/2100-1028_3-6212344.html

Interpol in rare global appeal for Web paedophile [Reuters]
Interpol on Monday launched an unprecedented worldwide public appeal to tra=
ck down a man shown sexually abusing children in images posted on the Inter=
net.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKL0513314820071008
http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2007/10/08/interpol_in_rar=
e_global_appeal_for_web_pedophile/

Interpol Hunts Suspected Pedophile [AP]
He apparently traveled the world sexually abusing young boys, but remained =
unidentifiable - until now. Police in Europe have unscrambled digitally alt=
ered images found on the Internet to reveal the face of a man shown abusing=
 boys in Vietnam and Cambodia.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/10/09/1191695851386.html
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/09/1191695851386.html
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=3D/n/a/2007/10/08/international=
/i121001D82.DTL

Interpol Unscrambles Digitally Masked Face of Pedophile, Issues Global Appe=
al
Interpol agents now have a clearer image of a man suspected of sexually abu=
sing children in Vietnam and Cambodia. Thanks to image enhancement software=
, the international cops were able to unscramble digital images that the su=
spect posted of himself online. The photos had a blurred swirl over the man=
's face.
http://ecommercetimes.com/story/hmBZyv1sFE1JqL/Interpol-Unscrambles-Digital=
ly-Masked-Face-of-Pedophile-Issues-Global-Appeal.xhtml

au: Farmer used internet child porn ro escape stresses
A FARMER who accessed and transmitted child pornography on the internet was=
 looking for fantasy to escape stresses in his private life, a court was to=
ld today.
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,22535355-2682,00.html

us: NJ Nabs 41 in Online Child Porn Sweep
In one of the most sweeping domestic law enforcement actions against online=
 child pornography in recent times, New Jersey officials arrested 41 people=
 and charged them with possession or distribution of graphic images of chil=
d molestation. Dubbed "Operation Silent Shield," the roundup was the culmin=
ation of a two-month investigation.
http://ecommercetimes.com/story/iDYGVWZUai9suF/NJ-Nabs-41-in-Online-Child-P=
orn-Sweep.xhtml

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Sources include Quicklinks <http://qlinks.net/> and BNA Internet Law News <=
http://www.bna.com/ilaw/>.

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