[DNS] domain name news - August 20

[DNS] domain name news - August 20

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 07:57:22 -0700 (PDT)
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If you thought the internet was cool, wait until it goes space age by Vint Cerf
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/17/internet.google

Internet rights should be more prominent in IGF by Milton Mueller
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2008/8/16/3840677.html

The Future of ICANN: A Series of Regional Consultative Meetings
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-15aug08-en.htm

ICANN backs auction of disputed domains
http://out-law.com/page-9356

ICANN study favors auctions for new gTLDs
http://domainesinfo.fr/english/217/icann-study-favors-auctions-for-new-gtlds.php

On the Pressing Need for a Signed Root by PIR
http://www.circleid.com/posts/88183_pressing_need_for_a_signed_root/

Georgia cyberattacks lead to questions about risk to US
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080818-georgia-cyberattacks-lead-to-questions-about-risk-to-us.html

au: Pastor nets premier websites [AAP]
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,24200014-5003402,00.html

Death knell looms for IPv4
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;44197467

Arbor: Nobody's Transitioning to IPv6
http://news.digitaltrends.com/news-article/17596/arbor-nobody-s-transitioning-to-ipv6

Melbourne IT on track for profit growth [AAP]
http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=507449

Melbourne IT spends up on systems
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/Melbourne-IT-spends-up-on-systems/0,130061791,339291367,00.htm


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GOVERNANCE
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If you thought the internet was cool, wait until it goes space age by Vint Cerf
A founding father of the web says it's come a long way, but its potential for worldwide change can and will be greater still: The internet is still very young. It was only November 1977 when a group of computer scientists successfully connected three networks around the world, including one at University College London. It took until 1989 for the internet to become commercially available and about another decade after that for it to achieve widespread household use in Europe and the United States. Only then did we emerge from what I think of as the 'internet comma' days, when its mention in the media was always followed by a comma and a short description.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/17/internet.google
http://www.telekritika.ua/daidzhest/2008-08-19/40076

Internet rights should be more prominent in IGF by Milton Mueller
There?s some concern that basic human rights to free expression, privacy, and other civil liberties might be getting pushed too far away from the center of the UN Internet Governance Forum?s (IGF) meeting agenda.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2008/8/16/3840677.html

India to host next UN global internet meet
The 3rd United Nations Meet on Internet Governance, to be held in Hyderabad later this year, will be on the theme of ?Internet for All?.
http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k8/aug/aug148.php

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The Future of ICANN: A Series of Regional Consultative Meetings
A series of regional consultative meetings about crucial changes to ICANN will take place over the next three months in an effort to reach out to and involve the organization?s global stakeholders.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-15aug08-en.htm

Business seeks greater input into ICANN?s transition [news release]
ICC?s Commission on E-Business, IT and Telecoms (EBITT) and Task Force on Internet and Telecoms Infrastructure and Services (ITIS) today called for greater business participation in ICANN, which is undergoing transformation.
http://iccwbo.org/policy/ebitt/index.html?id=23032

ICANN backs auction of disputed domains
The body behind the internet's addressing systems has said that it will settle disputes over who wins the right to new generic top level domains (gTLDs) by auction. ICANN has said that auctions will be used if two organisations vying for the right to a gTLD are tied on other grounds.
http://out-law.com/page-9356
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/19/icann_backs_domain_auctions/

ICANN's Allocation Method for New TLDs by Alex Tajirian
ICANN recently commissioned a report from Power Auctions LLC to investigate the merits of auctioning new TLDs. Below I outline some of the issues related to stakeholder interests and mechanism design.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/icanns_allocation_method_for_new_tlds/

ICANN study favors auctions for new gTLDs
Are auctions the best solution for allocating a new TLD when there are several applicants? A study commissioned by ICANN and now made public says yes.
http://domainesinfo.fr/english/217/icann-study-favors-auctions-for-new-gtlds.php

ICANN auction policy raises serious questions
Under the latest ICANN's policy, who would like to bid the highest amount for the exclusive global rights to the new domain suffix .dubai? Such a suffix will create a powerful domain root that will corner some 180 services underneath it, like go.dubai, hotel.dubai, job.dubai, cars.dubai or fly.dubai. Who would be the next global cyber-branding leader of this new millennium?
http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/82/27438.html

Top Level Domains Face Auction
ICANN has announced that it proposes to settle disputes over who wins the rights to new top level domains by auction.
http://www.lawdit.co.uk/reading_room/room/view_article.asp?name=../articles/5182-Top-Level-Domains-Face-Auction.htm

On the Pressing Need for a Signed Root by PIR
Attacks on the security of the Internet have been much in the news lately, and there is an increased urgency to take the technical steps to combat these attacks. .ORG has been doing its part to lead this process by taking introductory steps to implement DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions).
http://www.circleid.com/posts/88183_pressing_need_for_a_signed_root/

Icann plans regional consultative meetings [sub req'd]
http://telecom.paper.nl/news/article.aspx?id=226567

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A Case Study of Closing Down Spamvertised .hk Domains Registered in Hong Kong
With the implementation of a rapid delisting measure to handle spamvertised domains by the Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited (HKDNR) and the Office of the Telecommunications Authority of Hong Kong (OFTA), the number of spamvertised and phishing .hk domain names dropped drastically in July 2007.
http://www.ibls.com/internet_law_news_portal_view.aspx?s=sa&id=1360

KENIC reduces cost of '.ke' domains [IDG]
Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC), the administrator of .ke top-level domains has reduced the cost of noncommercial domains and plans to reduce the cost of all domains within three years.
http://computerworld.co.ke/articles/2008/08/18/kenic-reduces-cost-ke-domains
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/081808-kenic-reduces-cost-of-ke.html
http://cio.com/article/444446/KENIC_Reduces_Cost_of_.Ke_Domains

KENIC cuts cost of domains in Kenya [sub req'd]
http://telecom.paper.nl/news/article.aspx?id=226619

Telnic drafts in Edelman
Online phonebook outfit Telnic has hired Edelman as its retained global PR agency.
http://www.prweek.com/uk/sectors/publicsector/article/839577/telnic-drafts-edelman/

Sunrise for .tel Set for December 2008
Registration of a .tel domain will enable companies to provide a searchable list of their contact information in one location, somewhat of a universal online address book.
http://www.melbourneitdbs.com/news.php?article=4&title=Sunrise%20for%20.tel%20Set%20for%20December%202008&year=2008&month=08

750,000 .se domains has been registrered [news release]
.SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) ... has registered .SE domain number 750,000 - tailorrama.se. Magnus Kronqvist in Gothenburg registrered the domain name just after midnight on August 8, to be used by Tailor-Rama, a web site were you will be able to by tailormade clothes.
http://iis.se/about/press?id=154

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Battle for South Ossetia fought in cyberspace
The six-day war between Russia and Georgia may have seemed a scruffy, bloody, almost 19th-century nationalist conflict, but it saw the deployment of what will be a major weapon in the wars of the future: the internet. South Ossetia was, say experts in both technology and military studies, the world's first cyberwar.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/battle-for-south-ossetia-fought-in-cyberspace-899772.html

An Army of Ones and Zeroes - How I became a soldier in the Georgia-Russia cyberwar by Evgeny Morozov
As Russian and Georgian troops fight on the ground, there's a parallel war happening in cyberspace. In recent weeks, Georgia's government Web sites have been besieged by denial-of-service attacks and acts of vandalism. Just like in traditional warfare, there's a lot of confusion about what's going on in this technological battle?nobody seems to know whether this is a centralized Russian attack, the work of a loose band of hackers, or something else. Having read so many contradicting accounts, I knew that the only reliable way to find out what was really happening was to enlist in the Russian digital army myself.
http://www.slate.com/id/2197514/

Georgia cyberattacks lead to questions about risk to US
Much of the cyberwarfare discussion over the past week has focused directly on Georgia, but the United States may be just as vulnerable. Shifting security scenarios and the rapid pace of worldwide technological advancement are factors that make it dangerous for America?or any country?to rest on its security laurels.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080818-georgia-cyberattacks-lead-to-questions-about-risk-to-us.html

Anti-Georgia spammers building new botnet [IDG]
Hackers targeting Georgia in the midst of its conflict with Russia have started sending out a new batch of malicious spam messages, apparently with the aim of building a new botnet network of remote-controlled computers.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/scrt/DF8EE5F7E50AC803CC2574A800729C80
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1930835245

VeriSign Reveals First of Its Kind Real-Time Protection Against ?Pump and Dump? Stock Trading Fraud [news release]
Perpetrators of ?pump and dump? stock manipulation schemes are facing new barriers, thanks to new protection from stock trading fraud. The safeguard was unveiled today by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.
http://www.verisign.com/press_releases/pr/page_044055.html

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Typosquatting as Corporate Espionage [PC World]
Typosquatting, that seedy practice of registering domain names similar to legit sites but with typos in the name, has a new twist.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/14/AR2008081402990.html

au: Pastor nets premier websites [AAP]
A central Queensland church pastor has bought two internet domains bearing the name of Premier Anna Bligh. Pastor David Alley, of the Mountain of the Lord Christian Church in Mount Morgan, bought the domains annabligh.org and annabligh.net last September, just as Ms Bligh took over from Peter Beattie.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,24200014-5003402,00.html
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24200014-12377,00.html
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/Qld-pastor-buys-AnnaBligh-net/0,130061791,339291330,00.htm

Trying To Cash In On Bond - IanFleming.com UDRP
One of the more recent WIPO decisions caught my eye as it was for the domain ianfleming.com
http://www.isquattedyour.eu/2008/08/13/trying-to-cash-in-on-bond-ianflemingcom-udrp/

Eurekapd.org a lesson in domain-name awareness
If nuts and kernels, leather garments or electric shavers are of interest, www.eurekapd.org has what you?re looking for. Despite no longer being operated by the actual Eureka Police Department after the ownership of the Web address was allowed to expire in September 2007, the now-Russian-owned eurekapd.org is currently listed as ?the official site of the Eureka Police Department? and has links to advertisements for a variety of goods for sale.
http://eurekareporter.com/article/080817-eurekapdorg-a-lesson-in-domain-name-awareness

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Death knell looms for IPv4
The global explosion of technology as the new medium for business could grind to a halt within 18 to 30 months as Internet addresses dry up. Australia's telecommunications experts say the rapid exhaustion of available IP addresses is comparable to the global food and petrol shortage, but has largely slipped beneath the radar of those outside the coal face of IT.
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;44197467

Arbor: Nobody's Transitioning to IPv6
Arbor Networks has released the largest analysis to date of IPv6 traffic on the Internet?and finds there's almost none. During July 2008, there was about 600 Mbps of interdomain IPv6 traffic measured on the Internet, compared to four Tbps of old-school IPv4 Internet traffic. Put another way, IPv6 traffic accounted for just 0.0026 percent of total Internet traffic for the month.
http://news.digitaltrends.com/news-article/17596/arbor-nobody-s-transitioning-to-ipv6

We're running out of IPv4 addresses. Time for IPv6. Really.
A little over a year ago, I wrote an article about the IPv4 address consumption with the subtitle IPv4 Address Space: 2.46 Billion Down, 1.25 Billion to Go. A week ago, we reached the magic number of 2.7 billion IPv4 addresses used. With 3.7 billion possible addresses,? this means we now have less than a billion unused IPv4 addresses left.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080817-were-running-out-of-ipv4-addresses-time-for-ipv6-really.html

Largest Study to Date of IPv6 Traffic on the Internet
Security and network management company, Arbor Networks, in partnership with more than ninety network services and content providers from around the world, has published an extensive study of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) traffic on the Internet.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/88181_largest_study_of_ipv6_traffic/

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An Interview with Xavier Buck, co-founder and CEO of EuroDNS
DomainInformer: Mr. Buck, would you tell us a few words about yourself and your professional background? How long have you been working in the domain industry?
http://www.domaininformer.com/interviews/interview/0808InterviewWithXavierBuck.html

New TLDs: Business as Usual for EuroDNS! by Xavier Buck
Over the last weeks a number of people wondered about ?the ICANN Paris announcement on new extensions ?(1) and how it could affect the market in general and our projects in particular.
http://www.domaininformer.com/guides/General_Information/articles/080815BusinessasUsualforEuroDNS.html

ARIN Board Adopts Policy Proposal 2007-17
On 11 August 2008, the ARIN Board of Trustees adopted the  following policy proposal as amended by the ARIN Advisory Council: 2007-17: Legacy Outreach and Partial Reclamation: The AC removed the following sentence: "ARIN should  reject any transaction which staff judges is not in the interests of the  community." The AC replaced that sentence with: "Transactions should  only be accepted under this policy if they are in the interests of the community  (e.g. they improve aggregation or result in a net reclamation of space)."
http://www.arin.net/announcements/20080815.html

Melbourne IT on track for profit growth [AAP]
Domain name manager and online services provider Melbourne IT Ltd says it is on track to deliver a sixth consecutive year of growth in revenue and profit after booking a 20 per cent lift in half year profit.
http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=507449

Melbourne IT spends up on systems
Domain name and hosting specialist Melbourne IT today unveiled plans to embark on a year-long major technology refresh project, targeting everything from its accounting, billing and provisioning systems to its storage network and data centre.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/Melbourne-IT-spends-up-on-systems/0,130061791,339291367,00.htm

Domain-name owner sees link to profits in towns' old Web sites
$2.6 million. If pizza could rake in those numbers, how much do you think Somers Point is worth? The very first thing that comes up when you do a Google search for Somers Point, N.J., is the old Somers Point city Web site - and now that site, along with the old, out-of-use sites for Northfield, Linwood and Ocean City, can be yours for the right price.
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/179/story/231496.html

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Update: Domain Parking Still Converting
Here?s more proof that domain parking converts for advertisers. About a month ago I wrote about how the domain channel at Google was converting well for me, even though a number of advertisers would tell you otherwise.
http://domainnamewire.com/2008/08/15/update-domain-parking-still-converting/

Howe About That! The Inside Story of One Man's Rise From Low Budget Domain Flipper to Million Dollar Dealmaker 
I've known Page Howe ever since he showed up on DNForum.com in early 2003 looking to rebound from a .com bust that had decimated his extensive Internet business ventures. Howe was there hoping to climb his way back up the ladder by buying domains, often for under $100, and flipping them for $1,000 or more.
http://dnjournal.com/cover/2008/august.htm

Dutch Treat: Shoppen.nl  Gives ccTLD From the Netherlands the Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart 
No six-figure blockbuster sales were reported this week, leaving the door open for a pair of non .com domains to slip into the first two spots on our latest Top 20 chart. The #1 position goes to Shoppen.nl ("shopping" in Dutch), a ccTLD representing the Netherlands, that commanded ?45,000 ($69,750) in a private transaction. The same Amsterdam based buyer also purchased #13 Shoppen.com for ?13,000 ($20,150) at Sedo.com this week giving them a lock on the Dutch keyword.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2008/domainsales08-12-08.htm

Oversee.net Cuts 10% of Employees
Oversee.net has confirmed that the company has let go of 10% of its staff as of Friday. The company blames the downturn in the economy. A spokesperson told SocalTech ?the cuts were in response to the general economic weakness and pressures in the industry.? According to the report cuts were made across all divisions including SnapNames, DomainSponsor and Moniker.
http://www.domainnamenews.com/news/overseenet-cuts-10-of-employees/1987

Analysis: Oversee.net Cutbacks a Sign of the Times
Oversee cuts 10%; domain companies need to tighten the ship.
http://domainnamewire.com/2008/08/18/analysis-overseenet-cutbacks-a-sign-of-the-times/

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If you thought the internet was cool, wait until it goes space age by Vint Cerf
A founding father of the web says it's come a long way, but its potential for worldwide change can and will be greater still: The internet is still very young. It was only November 1977 when a group of computer scientists successfully connected three networks around the world, including one at University College London. It took until 1989 for the internet to become commercially available and about another decade after that for it to achieve widespread household use in Europe and the United States. Only then did we emerge from what I think of as the 'internet comma' days, when its mention in the media was always followed by a comma and a short description.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/17/internet.google

UK Internet TV: watch this space
The British internet TV market could generate revenues of ?1.78bn by 2011, according to research carried out by technology company Alcatel-Lucent. Although the industry is in its infancy, several British companies, including TV website Joost, already offer TV over the internet, and BT Vision, the pay-TV arm of the telecoms giant, uses broadband connections to deliver shows to customers' TV sets. Faster internet connections have already popularised some internet shows, including Kate Modern, made by social networking site Bebo.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/17/internet.television

LinkedIn warns social networkers about dangers of 'frolleagues'
Business networking website LinkedIn has published a series of guidelines to help prevent users damaging their careers by mixing professional contacts and friends online.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/aug/14/digitalmedia.socialnetworking

Now Playing on YouTube: Clips With Ads
After years of regarding pirated video on YouTube as a threat, some major media companies are having a change of heart, treating it instead as an advertising opportunity.
http://nytimes.com/2008/08/16/technology/16tube.html

Internet becomes Iraq's new matchmaker [AFP]
Young Iraqis in Baghdad are surfing the internet to search for partners to tie the knot as violence and sectarian tensions take their toll on more traditional forms of socialising.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/08/15/1218307188342.html
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2008/08/15/1218307188342.html

After two-year dip, Google customer satisfaction scores roar back
After enduring a two-year dip in customer satisfaction scores ? and even being bested by rival Yahoo Inc. last year ? Google Inc. came roaring back in 2008 to score the highest customer satisfaction marks ever recorded in the annual University of Michigan American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) on e-business Web sites.
http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9112896

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Facebook grabs top spot from MySpace
Facebook has overtaken MySpace in terms of the amount of users who have signed up to its services, making it the biggest social networking site worldwide. Around 132 million people are members of Facebook, after the amount of users it had increased by 153 per cent between June 2007 and June 2008.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10527222

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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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Last piece of fibre-optic jigsaw falls into place as cable links east Africa to grid
They are the arteries of the modern world. Stretching for tens of thousands of miles over the ocean beds, the vast web of intercontinental submarine cables have brought the possibility of cheap high-speed internet and clear long-distance telephone calls to all major parts of the globe. Except one.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/18/east.africa.internet

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Google faces defamation lawsuit in India - WSJ
Google Inc's India subsidiary is being sued for alleged defamation in the Bombay High Court by an Indian construction equipment company, The Wall Street Journal said. Mumbai-based Gremach Infrastructure Equipments & Projects Ltd is demanding that Google disclose the name of a person who criticized it using Google's blogging service, the paper said.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-35020120080815

New magazine-sharing site may violate copyrights [AP]
The magazine industry, already facing a decline in newsstand sales and falling ad revenue, is being besieged by a new foe: digital piracy. A fledgling Web site called Mygazines.com encourages people to copy and upload popular magazines that are currently on newsstands. Visitors can read high-quality digital copies of dozens of current titles, including People, Men's Health and The Economist, in their entirety.
http://news.theage.com.au/technology/new-magazinesharing-site-may-violate-copyrights-20080816-3whm.html
http://news.smh.com.au/technology/new-magazinesharing-site-may-violate-copyrights-20080816-3whm.html
http://www.thestate.com/techwire/story/491555.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081502406.html

uk: Game sharers face legal crackdown
A British woman who put a game on a file-sharing network has been ordered to pay damages to the game's creator. Topware Interactive has won more than ?16,000 following legal action against the woman who shared a copy of Dream Pinball 3D.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7568642.stm

Hundreds sued for sharing video games
As many as 100 people suspected of illegally sharing computer game files over the internet are to be sued for copyright infringement, it emerged today.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4564439.ece

uk: Three found guilty of web extremism plot
Three British Muslims face prison after a jury at Blackfriars Crown Court in London today found them guilty of involvement in an online plot to spread jihadism.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/08/18/terror_documents_verdict/
http://out-law.com/page-9358

The FBI and Cybercrime: 'A Lot of People Just Don't Take the Basic Precautions'
At the end of the Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas this month, James Finch, head of the FBI's Cyber Division, sat down for an interview about crime and the Internet. About 4,000 people gathered at the annual convention to hear about research on the latest network and computer or electronic-device security vulnerabilities.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/18/AR2008081802186.html

us: Q&A With FBI's Cyber Division Chief
At the end of the Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas a week ago Thursday, I had a few minutes to sit down with James Finch, head of the FBI's Cyber Division. What follows is an excerpted Q&A from that discussion, in which Finch describes himself as a serious geek who refuses to be spooked by organized cyber criminal gangs that target online banking customers and other 'Netizens.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/08/qa_with_fbis_cyber_crime_chief.html

Battle for South Ossetia fought in cyberspace
The six-day war between Russia and Georgia may have seemed a scruffy, bloody, almost 19th-century nationalist conflict, but it saw the deployment of what will be a major weapon in the wars of the future: the internet. South Ossetia was, say experts in both technology and military studies, the world's first cyberwar.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/battle-for-south-ossetia-fought-in-cyberspace-899772.html

An Army of Ones and Zeroes - How I became a soldier in the Georgia-Russia cyberwar by Evgeny Morozov
As Russian and Georgian troops fight on the ground, there's a parallel war happening in cyberspace. In recent weeks, Georgia's government Web sites have been besieged by denial-of-service attacks and acts of vandalism. Just like in traditional warfare, there's a lot of confusion about what's going on in this technological battle?nobody seems to know whether this is a centralized Russian attack, the work of a loose band of hackers, or something else. Having read so many contradicting accounts, I knew that the only reliable way to find out what was really happening was to enlist in the Russian digital army myself.
http://www.slate.com/id/2197514/

Georgia cyberattacks lead to questions about risk to US
Much of the cyberwarfare discussion over the past week has focused directly on Georgia, but the United States may be just as vulnerable. Shifting security scenarios and the rapid pace of worldwide technological advancement are factors that make it dangerous for America?or any country?to rest on its security laurels.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080818-georgia-cyberattacks-lead-to-questions-about-risk-to-us.html

Anti-Georgia spammers building new botnet [IDG]
Hackers targeting Georgia in the midst of its conflict with Russia have started sending out a new batch of malicious spam messages, apparently with the aim of building a new botnet network of remote-controlled computers.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/scrt/DF8EE5F7E50AC803CC2574A800729C80
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1930835245

Clipboards hijacked in web attack
Computer security firms are warning about an attack that hijacks the clipboard where copied text is stored.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7567889.stm

EBay wins Belgian victory over counterfeit sales
A Belgian court has backed eBay in the latest ruling on the auction firm's liability for the sale of counterfeit goods. The Belgian Tribunal de Commerce has rejected claims from cosmetics firm L'Or?al that eBay does not do enough to counter fake sales.
http://out-law.com/page-9354

au: Sensis sets lawyers on Oz auction site
HAVING settled its own beef with the corporate watchdog over breaching the Trade Practices Act, Telstra's classifieds business has leveled similar accusations at a rival Australian auction site.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24180064-15318,00.html

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PRIVACY
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Google, 10 years in: big, friendly giant or a greedy Goliath?
Every day, all over the world, millions of us use Google. Founded 10 years ago by two students, it is now so powerful that it threatens to swallow up all other media while global leaders queue for its blessing. But just as we seek knowledge from Google, so Google gleans secrets from us. Has the cool baby grown up into a sinister corporate threat to privacy? David Smith reports
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/aug/17/googlethemedia.google

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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RIAA, KaZaA user settle 3-year-old lawsuit for $6,050
After three years and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, the RIAA has settled a copyright infringement case for $6,050.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080818-riaa-kazaa-user-settle-3-year-old-lawsuit-for-6050.html

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CENSORSHIP
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uk: Labour warned over limits to free expression by UN
The British government has been accused of creating laws that have a chilling effect on freedom of expression in the UK in a sharply critical report from the United Nations' committee on human rights. The report calls for the reform of Britain's libel laws and controls introduced under recent terrorism laws. ... The committee also warns that, in the age of the internet, Britain's unduly restrictive libel laws create the danger of affecting freedom of expression worldwide, contrary to a UN covenant on civil and political rights which guarantees the right to freedom of speech and to exchange ideas and information "regardless of borders".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/aug/15/labour.idcards

IOC under fire for removal of Tibet protest video
A Free Tibet video on YouTube was taken down under the International Olympic Committee's intellectual-property deal with the internet site.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/aug/15/olympics20083

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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nz: Bully for you - the hidden world of online cruelty
Johnelle Hosking, a 14-year-old from Tauranga, is about to read out a Bebo page, which a school friend put online last year. Deep breath.
http://stuff.co.nz/sundaystartimes/4657451a6005.html

ph: Research on cyber bullying, technical issues expose dangers
The research studies made by experts on the physical and mental health hazards of mobile phones and hi-tech equipment, including computers, have yielded important findings about ?cyberbullying.?
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/aug/17/yehey/top_stories/20080817top4.html

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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U.S. May Ease Police Spy Rules
The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081503497.html

nz: Cunliffe?s Digital Strategy 2.0 to move beyond broadband
Communications minister David Cunliffe dropped a few hints about the shape of the government?s digital strategy rewrite last week while addressing an American Chamber of Commerce event in Auckland.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/EFA18E5420D18857CC2574A8006AF4CE

EU directive paints alternative ISPs black
A European Union directive on data retention is set to be implemented in all member states from 2009, requiring all telecom providers to hold on to your email?s destination, the subject line and the sending time. European internet service providers are requested to retain not only email, but any metadata of communication originating from their network. But isn?t that a violation of the fundamental right to privacy, as defined by our 60-year old Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Isn?t it in direct defiance of APC?s Internet Rights Charter? Groups associated with the APC community, academics and radical technology collectives converge onto Budapest in September to seek a way out of Fortress Europe 2.0.
http://www.apc.org/en/news/security/europe/eu-directive-paints-alternative-isps-black

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COMMENT, MICROSOFT & DEVELOPMENTS
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Google pipped - Apple the new king of Silicon Valley as market value overtakes hi-tech rival
The sleek, touchscreen iPhone has proved so lucrative for Apple that the electronic gadgets manufacturer has unseated Google to become the most valuable company in America's cradle of technological innovation, Silicon Valley.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/15/apple.apple

APAC to spend US$523B on tech in 2008
Worldwide IT spending should top US$3.4 trillion in 2008, up 8 percent from 2007, with the Asia-Pacific region accounting for US$523 billion, predicts research firm Gartner.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/business/0,39044229,62044998,00.htm

Windows 7 details to be released
A first glimpse at the technology inside the next version of Windows will be given in October.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7562720.stm

Richard MacManus - the most influential Kiwi online
Professional blogging has an esoteric appeal many of us can only dream of. But few succeed in making a career out of it. So it's almost exasperating to hear Richard MacManus put his meteoric rise in the blogosphere down to the basics: hard work, long hours and passion for his subject.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10527665

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Israeli Telecom market reforms are coming [Reuters]
The Communications Ministry announced at the end of last week it would adopt a number of reforms that would shake up the country's telecoms sector and lower prices by creating competition.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1012189.html

A Smart Bet or a Big Mistake?
Four years ago, Verizon Communications embarked on an ambitious and expensive plan to run fiber optic cables, which can deliver ultra-fast Internet service and dozens of high-definition video channels along with old-fashioned telephone service, past 19 million homes, roughly half its territory.
http://nytimes.com/2008/08/19/technology/19fios.html

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Expanded NZ mobile market hits snags
Mobile phone users face delays for better deals as NZ Communications sets back plans for a third network and Telecom reviews its new 3G network.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=93&objectid=10527753

Smartphone Is Expected via Google
T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone powered by Google?s Android software, according to people briefed on the company?s plans. The phone will be made by HTC, one of the largest makers of mobile phones in the world, and is expected to go on sale in the United States before Christmas, perhaps as early as October.
http://nytimes.com/2008/08/15/technology/15google.html

In Kenya, Mobile Growth Also Benefits Ad Agencies
Drive around Nairobi these days, jokes Michael Joseph, chief executive of Safaricom, a Kenyan mobile phone operator, and every building is painted in his company?s color, green, or that of one of its rivals.
http://nytimes.com/2008/08/18/business/worldbusiness/18mobile.html
http://iht.com/articles/2008/08/17/technology/ad18.php

Google Starts an Advocacy Campaign for More Unlicensed Spectrum
Google and other technology giants like Microsoft, Intel and Dell, have long pushed for a plan to allow soon-to-be-vacant broadcast spectrum to be used to provide new high-speed wireless Internet access networks. The airwaves, known as ?white spaces,? will be unused after TV stations switch to all digital broadcasts next February, and the Federal Communications Commission is expected to decide their fate soon.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/18/google-starts-an-advocacy-campaign-for-more-unlicensed-spectrum/

Manchester United Scores With Saudi Deal
Global brands are flocking to the Middle East, eager to bask in the glow of booming economic growth and spending power. It's no surprise, then, that the world's most valuable soccer team, Manchester United, has picked Saudi Arabia for its latest sponsorship deal, in a bid to expand well beyond its humble British origins.
http://www.forbes.com/markets/2008/08/18/manchester-united-saudi-markets-equity-cx_ll_0818markets19.html

VCs Hope to See Wi-Fi Everywhere: Beyond computers, Wi-Fi-enabled televisions, set-top boxes, and cars are entering the market
Many people are familiar with the coffee shop's Wi-Fi, while others even know how to set up a simple home network. Pretty much everyone, however, knows that Wi-Fi is what makes it all possible. That ubiquity is what many venture firms are counting on as they invest in a group of startups putting Wi-Fi into cameras, televisions, and even keyboards and mice.
http://businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2008/tc20080814_680515.htm

India May Remove Restrictions on Internet Telephony
India's telecom regulator has recommended removal of restrictions on Internet telephony, paving the way for cheaper phone calls in the country.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/149963/india_may_remove_restrictions_on_internet_telephony.html

India to Account for Nearly 20 Percent of Global WiMAX Subscribers by 2012 [news release]
The WiMAX Forum? projects that more than 27.5 million Indians will be WiMAX users by 2012. Additional data from this recent WiMAX Forum study estimates that approximately 70 percent of the forecasted WiMAX subscribers by 2012 will utilize mobile and portable WiMAX devices to access broadband Internet services.
http://www.wimaxforum.org/news/pr/view?item_key=c87445bb20652d9236ba28f183b81f4f63b7d34d

Debate rages over free wireless spectrum in US
The debate over new unlicensed spectrum the Federal Communications Commission is considering opening up is heating up as Google ups the ante with a new lobbying Web site.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10019517-94.html

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Canadian paedophile gets three years for molesting Thai boy
A Canadian teacher who was unmasked after his digitally swirled image was unscrambled has been sentenced to three years and three months in jail for abusing a 14-year-old boy in Thailand.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/15/thailand.internationalcrime

Swirly faced' paedophile sentenced for abusing Thai child
A Canadian who sparked an international manhunt after his obscured face appeared in hundreds of images depicting under-age pornography has been sentenced to three years and three months in Thailand for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article4537360.ece

Canadian sentenced for sex abuse
Canadian schoolteacher Christopher Neil has been sentenced to three years and three months in jail for abusing a 13-year-old boy in Thailand.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7562408.stm

Paedophile 'librarian' is jailed
The "librarian" of a global internet child abuse ring has been jailed.Philip Anthony Thompson, 27, of Stockton-on-Tees, was handed an indefinite sentence for public protection at Teesside Crown Court.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7561915.stm

Philip Thompson admits he is child porn 'librarian'
One of the leaders of an international paedophile ring, who called himself ?the librarian? due to his extensive collection of child pornography, could be freed after less than four years despite admitting 27 charges today.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article4557517.ece

au: Police bust group of alleged child porn downloaders
The AFP has arrested six men and seized over two million child pornography images alleged to have been downloaded from an international paedophile network.
http://computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;967866685
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;967866685

au: Woman jailed for child rape and bestiality photos
A woman who emailed images of children engaged with sexual acts with animals has been sentenced to at least three years in prison.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/08/15/1218307186451.html

au: Woman jailed for huge child porn haul
A SYDNEY woman who lived within two minutes walk of a primary school has been sentenced to four and a half years prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24185377-2702,00.html

Aust woman jailed for child porn
A 40-year-old Sydney woman caught with some of "most horrific and worst crimes" of child pornography has been jailed for four and a half years.
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411366/2005988

Tasmanian jailed for child porn
The judge sentencing a Hobart man caught up in an international internet porn sting has described images he collected as disturbing and disgusting.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/08/15/2336366.htm

au: Porn teacher gets good behaviour bond
A FORMER teacher at a Melbourne boys' school has escaped jail after pleading guilty to downloading child porn.
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24185254-5005962,00.html

Aussie teacher with child porn avoids prison
A teacher from a prestigious Melbourne school who downloaded more than 400 child porn images and videos has avoided prison.
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/18052/aussie-teacher-with-child-porn-avoids-prison

au: Six men facing child pornography charges [ABC]
Two men from Western Australia are among six men facing Australian courts for allegedly downloading child abuse images on a worldwide child pornography network.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/australian-news/4930035/six-men-facing-child-pornography-charges

au: Mawson Lakes man wants child porn case delayed
LAWYERS for a man who used the Internet to download child pornography have asked for the case to be delayed for four weeks.
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24198651-2682,00.html


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