[DNS] domain name news - 15 June

[DNS] domain name news - 15 June

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 21:01:22 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.


And see my website - http://GoldsteinReport.com/ - for daily updates in between postings.


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The Internet is Incomplete, Says Its Co-Designer, Vinton Cerf
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9134246
http://www.cio.com/article/494881/

Vinton Cerf: Outer space could be next frontier for cybersecurity
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090611_8017.php

Council Of Europe: Access To Internet Is A Fundamental Right
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2009/06/08/council-of-europe-access-to-internet-is-a-fundamental-right/

New gTLD Global Events Start Soon
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-12jun09-en.htm

New gTLD Program Updates
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-10jun09-en.htm

ICA Urges Commerce Department to Extend and Revise Joint Project Agreement with ICANN
http://www.internetcommerce.org/node/192

au: Bottle Domains Pty Ltd breaches transfers and password policies
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-09062009/

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch Supports .NYC gTLD Proposal
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=8387

Privacy May Be a Victim in U.S. Cyberdefense Plan
http://nytimes.com/2009/06/13/us/politics/13cyber.html

Security Group Converges to Fight Internet Abuse [IDG]
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9134287

OECD: Internet Address Space: Economic Considerations in the Management of IPv4: Working Paper
http://www.sourceoecd.org/rpsv/cgi-bin/wppdf?file=5kz83bhdspvg.pdf


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GOVERNANCE
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The Internet is Incomplete, Says Its Co-Designer, Vinton Cerf
The co-designer of the Internet's basic architecture, Vinton Cerf, said the Internet "still lacks many of the features that it needs," particularly in security, in a blunt talk to a tech industry crowd here.
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9134246
http://www.cio.com/article/494881/
http://computerworld.com.au/article/307190/
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/article/307190/

Vinton Cerf: Outer space could be next frontier for cybersecurity
Google executive Vinton Cerf, known as the father of the Internet, said a tool for securing ad hoc networks used in warfare might be sitting in an extraterrestrial Internet that he and NASA have been testing.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090611_8017.php

Council Of Europe: Access To Internet Is A Fundamental Right
What applies offline is also valid online - an argument often used against internet communication by legislators - has been turned around to underline fundamental rights on the internet in a new resolution of the Council of Europe.
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2009/06/08/council-of-europe-access-to-internet-is-a-fundamental-right/

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New gTLD Global Events Start Soon
Starting this month, ICANN will be hosting a series of global New gTLD events in various locations around the world. These events have been designed in a wide range of formats to address different community needs for those that have an interest in the Program and in the development of the Applicant Guidebook.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-12jun09-en.htm

ICANN Sends Notice of Breach to Registrar
ICANN sent a notice of breach to ICANN-accredited registrar Lead Networks Domains Pvt. Ltd. based on Lead Networks Domains Pvt. Ltd.'s failure to comply with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP") and Registrar Accreditation Agreement ("RAA").
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-11jun09-en.htm

New gTLD Program Updates
A ICANN offers a set of announcements for public discussion as meeting in Sydney nears. The announcements include:
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-10jun09-en.htm

New TLDs For Dummies (Sort of) by Michele Neylon
There's been a lot of media attention on the new Top-Level Domain (TLD) process in the last few days, which is a good thing. Unfortunately most of it is badly written, misleading or simply misinformed. Let's look at the reality.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/new_tlds_for_dummies_sort_of/

ICA Urges Commerce Department to Extend and Revise Joint Project Agreement with ICANN
On June 8, 2009 the ICA filed extensive comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce urging that the JPA between the U.S. government and ICANN not be allowed to expire on September 30th.
http://www.internetcommerce.org/node/192

The dot.everything bonanza
Ever wondered why the Internet's top-level domains are restricted to a small palette of suffixes such as .com, .co.uk, .net and .org? That is about to change but don't imagine that everyone is overjoyed.
http://www.techworld.com/security/blogs/index.cfm?blogid=1&entryid=117343

Are You Ready To Embrace Your Dot.Brand?
ICANN, the international body that oversees the structure of the Internet, will liberalise the market for domain name extensions - the .com or .uk part of a web address.
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Business/ICANN-Announces-Internet-Domain-Liberalisation-But-What-Will-Revolution-Mean-For-Businesses/Article/200906215302645?lpos=Business_Third_Home_Page_Feature_Teaser_Region_0&lid=ARTICLE_15302645_ICANN_Announces_Internet_Domain_Liberalisation_But_What_Will_Revolution_Mean_For_Businesses

Upcoming Internet conference in Africa set to boost sector
Few outside the ICT industry know that Kenya was awarded its second opportunity to host a major international Internet conference a few weeks ago.
http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/-/539444/609174/-/rv7pcl/-/

Lead Networks In Breach of ICANN Rules
Lead Networks, an Indian based registrar, has been sent a "notice of breach" by ICANN. The letter goes into details of how the registrar has failed to meet its requirements under the RAA and also its obligations under the UDRP.
http://www.isquattedyour.eu/2009/06/11/lead-networks-in-breach-of-icann-rules/

ICANN Sends Notice of Breach to Registrar
ICANN sent a notice of breach to ICANN-accredited registrar Lead Networks Domains Pvt. Ltd. based on Lead Networks Domains Pvt. Ltd.?s failure to comply with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).
http://www.namesmash.com/?p=293

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au: Bottle Domains Pty Ltd breaches transfers and password policies
auDA has found that Bottle Domains Pty Ltd, an accredited registrar, breached the Transfers (Change of Registrar of Record) Policy (2003-03) and the Domain Name Password Policy (2002-29).
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-09062009/

CNNIC, ISC to work on domain name software [sub req'd]
China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) have signed a cooperation agreement at the International Summit Forum of the Advanced Technology of Internet Domain Names, the first convention on domain ...
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/

DotCoop Offers Special Pricing to New Registrants
In cooperation with select .coop registrars, dotCoop is pleased to announce special pricing for those registering .coop domains for the first time. If an eligible cooperative or cooperative organization has no other .coop domains, then their first .coop domain is provided at no cost for the first year of registration.
http://www.nic.coop//News/coopNews-133.aspx

cz: More than 550 fans of Internet technologies attended the Internet and Technology 09 conference
Interested people watched the conference via the modern internet protocol IPv6. The presentations can be downloaded from the website of the conference.
http://www.nic.cz/page/657/more-than-550-fans-of-internet-technologies-attended-the-internet-and-technology-09-conference/

Initial ruling of the Court of Cassation on the decree relating to .fr domain names
The ruling of the Court of Cassation of 9 June 2009 relating to the domain name sunshine.fr offers useful clarifications for holders and those legally entitled to claim ownership of .fr domain names.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/222/initial-ruling-of-the-court-of-cassation-on-the-decree-relating-to-fr-domain-names

2009 General Assembly and publication of the 2008 Activity Report
The AFNIC annual General Assembly took place on 11 June 2009. Amongst other things, it was the occasion for presenting the annual Activity Report for the previous year.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/223/2009-general-assembly-and-publication-of-the-2008-activity-report

JPRS Submitted Comments to U.S. Department of Commerce
On June 8th, 2009, JPRS submitted its comments in response to the Notice of Inquiry posted on April 24th, 2009 by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce.
http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2009/090609.html

Domain Name Provider Network Solutions Announces New .IM Extension
Network Solutions announces the availability of a new Country Code Top-Level Domain extension. The .IM extension is now available for purchase at a promotional rate for a limited time.
http://about.networksolutions.com/site/domain-name-provider-network-solutions-announces-new-im-extension/

no: Reliable, professional and orderly
Norid gets good ratings among registrars and domain name holders as a reliable and professional actor with focus on its core tasks. On the other hand they also give clear advice on needs for changes when it comes to bothersome systems and routines.
http://www.norid.no/statistikk/su/kundetilfredshet-2008.en.html

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch Supports .NYC gTLD Proposal
One of the several likely applicants for a new gTLD, dotNYC who are bidding to operate the .NYC gTLD, have gained the support of the city?s former mayor Ed Koch.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=8387
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/06/12/former-new-york-mayor-ed-koch-supports-nyc-gtld-proposal/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/former-new-york-mayor-ed-koch-supports-.nyc-gtld-proposal.html

se: The Internetdagarna conference celebrates its 10th anniversary
Internetdagarna (?The Internet Days?) is Sweden?s most important meeting-place for everyone with an interest in the Internet. This year, on 3-5 November, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) arranges the conference for the tenth time. Already, Swedish minister of justice Beatrice Ask, managing director for mobile service provider Tre Peder Ramel, and professor James Boyle from Duke University School of Law have been announced as keynote speakers.
http://www.iis.se/en/2009/06/08/tioarsjubileum-for-internetdagarna/

Nominet launches open-source DNS for Windows
UK domain registrar Nominet has announced the launch of Unbound, an open-source domain name server (DNS) designed to work on all Windows operating systems.
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2244047/nominet-launches-open-source

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Privacy May Be a Victim in U.S. Cyberdefense Plan
A plan to create a new Pentagon cybercommand is raising significant privacy and diplomatic concerns, as the Obama administration moves ahead on efforts to protect the nation from cyberattack and to prepare for possible offensive operations against adversaries? computer networks.
http://nytimes.com/2009/06/13/us/politics/13cyber.html

Pentagon Cyber Unit Prompts Questions
The Pentagon's development of a "cyber-command" is prompting questions about its role in the larger national strategy to protect government and private-sector computer networks and whether privacy can be protected. And the command is fueling debate over the proper rules to govern a new kind of warfare in which unannounced adversaries using bits of computer code can launch transnational attacks.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061204373.html

Former Principal Scientist at VeriSign blasts US control of DNSSEC root signing by Brenden Kuerbis
Phillip Hallam-Baker, an Internet security pioneer and most recently Principal Scientist at VeriSign, has criticized current DNSSEC root signing arrangements in his comments to the Dept of Commerce as a "profoundly destabilizing technology" for the Internet. He recommends that NTIA "require that ICANN propose a technical solution for signing the DNS root zone that is endorsed by a clear majority of the national stakeholders."
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2009/6/12/4220065.html

Security Group Converges to Fight Internet Abuse [IDG]
As cybercrime continues to proliferate on the Internet, one industry security group is hoping its work will help stem the tide of spam and scams. The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group held a three-day meeting in Amsterdam this week, discussing spam, network security, the DNS and other topics. Industry professionals traded ideas on stopping abusive online behavior.
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9134287
http://www.cio.com/article/494911/
http://www.pcworld.com/article/166565/.html
http://www.infoworld.com/t/security/security-group-converges-fight-internet-abuse-303

DHS Makes Cybersecurity R&D A Priority
NextGov.com's Jill Aitoro writes that the Homeland Security Department's science and technology office plans to triple spending on cybersecurity research and development. The acting undersecretary told Congress Tuesday that most of the additional funds in President Obama's fiscal 2010 budget request are focused on new ways to protect the nation's critical infrastructure, including transportation and the electric grid.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/06/dhs-makes-cybersecurity-rd-a-p.php

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MarkMonitor CEO on Brand Fraud, Risks Brands Face Online
As commerce and marketing efforts continue to shift online, brands' exposure to risks are increasing, according to Irfan Salim, CEO of MarkMonitor, a firm specializing in enterprise brand protection. In a recent Q&A with Nielsen Business Media's managing editor Kenneth Hein, Salim discussed the risks brands face online and the tactics they can adopt to protect themselves.
http://www.brandweek.com/bw/content_display/news-and-features/digital/e3idff59d66183db86834dd23a8ae81dc3f

Minnesota Drops Challenge to Online Gambling Sites
Earlier this year Minnesota tried to force ISPs to block access to gambling web sites. The move came on the heels of a similar action from Kentucky?s governor, who tried to seize gambling domain names last year. Although the battle is still ongoing in Kentucky, Minnesota officials have thrown in the towel.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/06/11/minnesota-drops-challenge-to-online-gambling-sites/

Kentucky Lawmakers To Untangle Gambling Web This Week
Kentucky lawmakers are going into a special session tomorrow in the hopes of finalizing a budget for the state. Much of the focus around that budget debate will be tied to gambling expansion, and whether or not it should occur at state racetracks.
http://www.casinogamblingweb.com/gambling-news/gambling-law/kentucky_lawmakers_to_untangle_gambling_web_this_week_51404.html

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OECD: Internet Address Space: Economic Considerations in the Management of IPv4: Working Paper
The report provides an analysis of economic considerations associated with the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. It provides background analysis supporting the forthcoming ICCP-organised Ministerial-level meeting on ?The Future of the Internet Economy II, to take place in Seoul, Korea on 17-18 June.
http://www.sourceoecd.org/rpsv/cgi-bin/wppdf?file=5kz83bhdspvg.pdf

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Netcraft May 2009 Web Server Survey
In the May 2009 survey we received responses from 235,890,526 sites, an increase of 4.3 million on last month.
http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2009/05/27/may_2009_web_server_survey.html

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Google's Grab for the Display Ad Market
The search king aims to unseat Yahoo and Microsoft with new, ultratargeted banner ads. Will Web publishers and online ad agencies bite?
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_25/b4136052151611.htm

Shows.com Leads the Cast on This Week's DN Journal Top 20 Domain Sales Chart 
Sales from the two live domain auctions at last month's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley conference started closing in large numbers this week to dominate our latest weekly Top 20 sales chart. Shows.com brought down the house with a $102,000 sale made in RickLatona.com's live sale at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Three of this week's top four sales come from the Latona auction and they accounted for six chart entries overall.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2009/06-02-09.htm

Coming Out Party for Country Code Domains: ccTLDs Get Their Turn on Center Stage
Everything about the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. ccTLDs conference in Amsterdam June 1-4 was fresh - fresh faces, fresh content and a fresh venue. As closely as I have followed this industry for the past seven years there was still a lot about ccTLDs that I didn't know.
http://dnjournal.com/cover/2009/june.htm

Auction of domain names never happens
A portfolio of more than 2,600 Internet domain names was almost auctioned off at the Fairmont on Nob Hill in San Francisco on Thursday. But at the last minute, the buyers held back.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/12/BU87185JOB.DTL

Stat Check: How is Domain Aftermarket Doing?
Most people agree that the investor aftermarket for domain names isn?t as lofty as it was a couple years ago. Just look at the mood and total sales at live domain auctions for proof. But gathering data to prove this is difficult.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/06/12/stat-check-how-is-domain-aftermarket-doing/

Case Study: Parked Domains Outperform Search Ads
It?s been about 9 months since I last wrote about how I was getting better conversions from parked domain ads than Google search. Now that I have a lot more data, it?s time to update the stats.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/06/12/case-study-parked-domains-outperform-search-ads/

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High-level OECD Conference: ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change, 27-28 May 2009
On 27-28 May 2009 the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation hosted a high-level OECD Conference on how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can improve environmental performance and mitigate climate change in all sectors of the economy. The theme of ?Green ICTs? was discussed in the context of the economic crisis and the role of innovation for green growth.
http://www.oecd.org/document/15/0,3343,en_2649_34223_40472783_1_1_1_1,00.html

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Internet free ride soon over
Within five years internet users will have to pay to access content now free, according to Barry Diller, chief executive of InterActiveCorp in the United States, which runs about 30 websites and turns over $US1.5 billion ($A1.8 billion) each year.
http://business.theage.com.au/business/internet-free-ride-soon-over-20090612-c67w.html

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Facebook to Begin Mediating Intractable Web Name Disputes
As has been widely noted in the blogosphere this week, Friday night Facebook will begin allowing users to register their own plain-language Facebook domain names, like facebook.com/bits.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/facebook-to-begin-mediating-intractable-web-name-disputes/

Celebrities beware: Facebook squatters are after your names
An internet free-for-all broke out yesterday as thousands of so-called cybersquatters assumed the identities of celebrities, members of the royal family, politicians and companies on the Facebook social networking website.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6493940.ece

Cybersquatters move in on Facebook
Thousands of people have registered the names of celebrities, well-known companies, the royal family and politicians on the social networking website Facebook.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/facebook/5531306/Cybersquatters-move-in-on-Facebook.html

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nz: Text-bullying girls 'lacking control'
Teen girls' inability to control their impulses is one of the main factors behind their tendency to bully using text messages, psychology researcher Jim Sanderson says.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10578471

Impulse control contributes to text bullying [NZPA]
Teenage girls' inability to control their impulses is one of the main factors behind their tendency to text bully, psychology researcher Jim Sanderson says.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/impulse-control-contributes-text-bullying-2783082
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/61083/lack-impulse-control-contributes-text-bullying-study

nz: Spiteful texts the cruellest form of bullying [news release]
Teenage girls prone to impulsively sending spiteful text messages need help from schools and parents in curbing what it is one of the most hurtful, insidious forms of bullying, says a Massey psychology researcher.
http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-us/news/article.cfm?mnarticle=spiteful-texts-the-cruellest-form-of-bullying-15-06-2009

uk: Girls at risk of cyber bullying [PA News]
More than a quarter of girls aged between 10 and 18 have been the victims of cyber-bullying, a survey has revealed.
http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/science_technology/girls+at+risk+of+cyber+bullying/3211887

Kids can lead way in digital playground
Most children will be going home from school around the time ministers stand up in Parliament next Tuesday afternoon to unveil the Digital Britain Report.
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-business/article-23706815-details/Kids+can+lead+way+in+digital+playground/article.do

au: New program to keep kids safe online
Parents have been handed a new tool to protect their children online. Volunteers from Microsoft and the Australian Federal Police have jointly designed a computer program, ThinkUKnow, which will become available across much of the nation from 2010.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/new-program-to-keep-kids-safe-online-20090611-c444.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/breaking-news-national/new-program-to-keep-kids-safe-online-20090611-c444.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/new-program-to-keep-kids-safe-online-20090611-c444.html
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/new-program-to-keep-kids-safe-online-20090611-c444.html

ThinkUKnow launched in Australia to keep children safe online [Xinhua]
A pilot program designed to help Australia's children stay safe online was announced on Thursday by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and Microsoft.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/11/content_11525843.htm
http://mathaba.net/news/?x=620666
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90781/90877/6676513.html
http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/008200906111221.htm
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/008200906111221.htm

Anything goes in virtual pornography
Should abusing a virtual teenage girl be outlawed? Debate over this has heated up in Japan, after dozens of British lawmakers in February called on their government to halt sales of video games involving sexual violence, targeting by name the Japanese computer game "Rapelay."
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090612f2.html

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Criminal gang bought own music on iTunes and Amazon using stolen cards
The Metropolitan Police and the FBI have caught an international criminal gang said to have made tens of thousands of pounds by buying their own records from Apple iTunes and Amazon with stolen credit cards.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6471432.ece

Police hold 10 after claiming to crack online music fraud
An international fraud in which a gang allegedly made thousands of pounds downloading its own songs from online music stores with stolen credit cards has been cracked by the Metropolitan police and the FBI, the Met claimed yesterday.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/jun/10/police-fraud-online-music

French court to pirates: Three strikes and ... then what? [IDG]
France's highest legal authority has ruled as unconstitutional a government plan to cut off, without trial, Internet users accused of copyright infringement.
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9134239

French 'three strikes' piracy law dealt setback
France's controversial attempt to crack down on Internet piracy was dealt a setback Wednesday when that country's highest legal authority struck down a provision that would have denied Internet access to those who repeatedly download copyrighted material illegally.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10262406-93.html

Top French court rips heart out of Sarkozy internet law
France's highest court has inflicted an embarrassing blow to President Sarkozy by cutting the heart out of a law that was supposed to put France in the forefront of the fight against piracy on the internet.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6478542.ece

InternetNZ Welcomes French Ruling On Copyright
InternetNZ welcomes a ruling by France's highest constitutional authority that terminating Internet accounts of copyright infringers is unconstitutional.
http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/internetnz-welcomes-french-ruling-copyright/5/16101

Spain's Music Piracy Battle: Is Building the Ship as Bad as Plundering the Booty? [AP]
Pablo Soto's story may be every computer whiz kid's dream -- or nightmare. After leaving school at 16 to support his family, he managed to eke out a living doing what he loves most: designing computer programs.
http://ecommercetimes.com/story/Spains-Music-Piracy-Battle-Is-Building-the-Ship-as-Bad-as-Plundering-the-Booty-67332.html

Sweden's Pirate party sails to success in European elections
A wave of revulsion against a law that ?targets filesharers has swept the Pirate party into a seat at the European parliament.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jun/11/pirate-party-sweden

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Smart-phone wars: Pre conceived - Stiffer competition for the smart-phone throne
This will hardly be a vintage year for the mobile-phone industry. Gartner, a market-research firm, reckons global handset sales will shrink by around 4% to 1.2 billion units. Yet despite the gloom the industry is still pumping out new products. On June 6th Palm, a firm that pioneered hand-held digital devices, started selling a phone called the Pre. Two days later Apple unveiled souped-up versions of its popular iPhone.
http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13832338

40% would rather lose wallet than mobile phone
40 percent of mobile phone users would rather lose their wallet than their mobile device. Nearly all said they would be "devastated" if they lost their phone.
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/article/307330/
http://computerworld.com.au/article/307330/

A New Hope For Smartphones: Palm Pre Reviewed
The new Palm Pre comes from a company that's been developing handheld gadgets since 1992, but the Pre owes almost nothing to that heritage. It has all the promise -- and many of the limits and glitches -- of a bright, young startup's 1.0 release. That's because much of the Palm, Inc., that we knew had to die for the Pre to be born.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061201164.html

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SPAM
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Accused Facebook spammer could face jail time [IDG]
An alleged spammer could face jail time in connection with a Facebook lawsuit after a judge referred him to the U.S. Attorney General's Office for criminal proceedings.

Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California referred Sanford Wallace to the U.S. Attorney General's Office for criminal proceedings for allegedly violating an injunction that prohibited him from accessing Facebook.
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9134338
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/061309-accused-facebook-spammer-could-face.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/166618/.html

nz: Companies flouting privacy and spam laws
Suggestions that online competitions are increasingly flouting both privacy and spam related legislation.
http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=101347

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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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Australian Aboriginal kids get free laptops to fight illiteracy
Soon after getting a green laptop distributed free to Aboriginal school children in hopes of combating illiteracy and truancy, Jericho Lacey learned his computer was good for more than just homework.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-40250920090611

Tax cuts to boost Kenya broadband
Tax cuts and incentives have been announced in Kenya intended to boost broadband and mobile take-up as a new fibre optic cable is launched.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8096730.stm

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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When an alleged rape is streamed live
Johnathon Hock, 20, was indicted Monday and charged with two counts of sexual assault and one charge of voyeurism. According to an earlier report by the Associated Press, the charges stem from an incident on February 26, when Hock allegedly sexually assaulted a woman whom he had been dating for two weeks.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10263161-71.html

Experts warn of porn Mac attacks
Security experts have discovered two novel forms of Mac OS X malware. OSX/Tored-A - an updated version of the Mac OS Tored worm - and a Trojan called OSX/Jahlav-C were both found on popular pornographic websites.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8096822.stm

au: Internet providers on board for e-security [news release]
Representatives from Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) met today in Sydney to begin developing an e-security Code of Practice. "Our growing reliance on broadband infrastructure and online services means we have a shared responsibility to ensure their security," the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said today.
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2009/053

Microsoft to give away anti-virus
Microsoft is poised to start giving away security software. The company is reportedly trialling free anti-virus software internally and said the beta version would be released "soon".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8095932.stm

Alleged Hacking-Terror Effort Thwarted
U.S. and Italian authorities said Friday they arrested a group of hackers and conspirators who allegedly stole from phone companies around the world. The illegal profits funded terrorist activities, Italian officials alleged.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124485009253011435.html

Privacy May Be a Victim in U.S. Cyberdefense Plan
A plan to create a new Pentagon cybercommand is raising significant privacy and diplomatic concerns, as the Obama administration moves ahead on efforts to protect the nation from cyberattack and to prepare for possible offensive operations against adversaries? computer networks.
http://nytimes.com/2009/06/13/us/politics/13cyber.html

Pentagon Cyber Unit Prompts Questions
The Pentagon's development of a "cyber-command" is prompting questions about its role in the larger national strategy to protect government and private-sector computer networks and whether privacy can be protected. And the command is fueling debate over the proper rules to govern a new kind of warfare in which unannounced adversaries using bits of computer code can launch transnational attacks.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/12/AR2009061204373.html

Former Principal Scientist at VeriSign blasts US control of DNSSEC root signing by Brenden Kuerbis
Phillip Hallam-Baker, an Internet security pioneer and most recently Principal Scientist at VeriSign, has criticized current DNSSEC root signing arrangements in his comments to the Dept of Commerce as a "profoundly destabilizing technology" for the Internet. He recommends that NTIA "require that ICANN propose a technical solution for signing the DNS root zone that is endorsed by a clear majority of the national stakeholders."
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2009/6/12/4220065.html

Security Group Converges to Fight Internet Abuse [IDG]
As cybercrime continues to proliferate on the Internet, one industry security group is hoping its work will help stem the tide of spam and scams. The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group held a three-day meeting in Amsterdam this week, discussing spam, network security, the DNS and other topics. Industry professionals traded ideas on stopping abusive online behavior.
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9134287
http://www.cio.com/article/494911/
http://www.pcworld.com/article/166565/.html
http://www.infoworld.com/t/security/security-group-converges-fight-internet-abuse-303

DHS Makes Cybersecurity R&D A Priority
NextGov.com's Jill Aitoro writes that the Homeland Security Department's science and technology office plans to triple spending on cybersecurity research and development. The acting undersecretary told Congress Tuesday that most of the additional funds in President Obama's fiscal 2010 budget request are focused on new ways to protect the nation's critical infrastructure, including transportation and the electric grid.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/06/dhs-makes-cybersecurity-rd-a-p.php

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Facebook unplugs Australian racial hate group
Facebook has done away with a Muslim-bashing group that had been set up on the popular social networking service. "We disabled the 'I Hate Muslims in Oz' group because it contained an explicit statement of hate," a spokesperon from the California-based website said.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/12/2596603.htm

Racial hate groups erupt on Facebook
Racist Facebook groups have sprung up in the wake of ethnic violence in Sydney's West. Retaliation attacks were launched against a group of men of Middle-Eastern appearance following the alleged bashing of an Indian student four nights ago in Sydney's Harris Park.
http://computerworld.com.au/article/307289/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/061209-racial-hate-groups-erupt-on.html
http://www.cio.com.au/article/307289/
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/307289/
http://www.cio.de/news/cio_worldnews/888337/
http://www.infoworld.com/t/applications/racial-hate-groups-erupt-facebook-318
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=D4BB7A36-1A64-6A71-CEA7973410417C30
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/06/12/racial-hate-groups-erupt-facebook

Facebook shuts down Aussie Muslim hate group
Facebook has done away with a Muslim-bashing group that had been set up at the popular social networking service.
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2009/06/12/1244664837127.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2009/06/12/1244664837127.html

Notoriety's Missing Links: Online Files Scrubbed After U.S. Museum Shooting
Shortly after authorities identified their suspect in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting Wednesday, the world began searching for traces of James W. von Brunn online. Those who Googled immediately were able to find him: a personal Web site claiming Jewish "conspiracies," diatribes posted on message boards. But those who started their hunt just a few hours later would have found only empty holes -- information that was scrubbed away as Web sites figured out how to address the fact that they had once hosted the words of an accused murderer.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/11/AR2009061104031.html

Editorial: China?s Computer Folly
China has accomplished remarkable things in the past 20 years, including building one of the world?s largest economies. Computers helped speed that development ? and will be even more important in the future. So Beijing?s decision to require that all new personal computers sold in China contain software that bars access to certain Internet content seems particularly self-destructive and foolish.
http://nytimes.com/2009/06/12/opinion/12fri3.html

Internet filtering firm says Chinese stole code [AP]
A Santa Barbara company said Friday that the Internet-filtering software that China has mandated for all new personal computers sold in that country contains stolen programming code.
http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-fi-china-internet13-2009jun13,0,2106517.story

U.S. company accuses China of stealing software
A California software publisher will seek an injunction preventing U.S. companies from shipping computers with Chinese anti-pornography software it says was stolen, the company's president said on Saturday.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-40309820090613

Countering China's Internet Censors
Amid a Tiananmen anniversary crackdown, Twitter, YouTube, and Bing are blocked. But Chinese Web surfers network around the Great Firewall
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2009/tc2009063_662681.htm

China TV defends government's internet filtering software
China's state television yesterday defended a government mandate that every personal computer sold in the country should carry internet filtering software.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6484064.ece

Beijing may fear it, but porn means passivity not protest
It has such a stupid name, it doesn't actually sound like software: it sounds like a deliberate attempt to mock a totalitarian government that tries to use software; like someone's brought George Orwell back from the dead (just one more job, mate ?); nevertheless, the Chinese government is pretty serious about its Green Dam Youth Escort package, through which it aims to control individual access to porn sites on the internet. A press ?release on Monday detailed three Chinese ?computer companies who had vouched to pre-install the software (no foreign ones as yet), and said it had already been installed in 52.7m units.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/10/china-firewall-internet-porn

Tests Show Political Side of China Web Filter [sub req'd]
Web-filtering software that the Chinese government will require on all new personal computers includes data files containing political keywords and Web addresses, suggesting it could block more than just pornography, say people who have studied the program.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124474567529507107.html

U.S. Firm Says China Stole Software for Web-Filter [sub req'd]
A California company alleged that an Internet-filtering program being pushed by the Chinese government contains stolen portions of the company's software.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124486910756712249.html

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Australia's fast NBN sparks fresh web fears
Australia's upgrade to a $43billion broadband network has prompted some top web publishers to call for new federal intervention to ensure unrestricted access to their content.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,25635277-36418,00.html
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25637065-15306,00.html

InternetNZ welcomes French ruling on copyright
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) welcomes a ruling by France?s highest constitutional authority that terminating Internet accounts of copyright infringers is unconstitutional.
http://www.internetnz.net.nz/media/media-releases-2009/internetnz-welcomes-french-ruling-on-copyright

French rule copyright violations no basis for internet termination
InternetNZ is hailing the French Constitutional Council's decision to strike down a proposed ?three-strikes? law for copyright infringers as unconstitutional.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/french-rule-copyright-violations-no-basis-internet-termination-103695

NZ copyright bill reborn?
InternetNZ has slammed moves to redraft a controversial section of copyright law, saying the Government is cutting corners and trying to impose a "broken remedy".
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/it-and-telecommunications/2500808/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/2500808/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/telecoms-it-media/2500808/

Microsoft Browser Offer Fails to Impress Europe
European regulators, wary of repeating an earlier mistake, signaled this week that Microsoft?s offer to sell a browserless Windows system on the Continent did not go far enough.
http://nytimes.com/2009/06/13/technology/companies/13euro.html

Microsoft may deliver prompts for rival browsers
Microsoft bowed to pressure from European regulators and announced it would release its Windows 7 operating system in Europe without its Internet Explorer web browser.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article6482861.ece

Europe Cool to Microsoft?s Offer on Browser
European regulators, wary of repeating an earlier mistake, signaled this week that Microsoft?s offer to sell a browser-less Windows system on the Continent did not go far enough. And the decision has left some antitrust lawyers in Brussels scratching their heads.
http://nytimes.com/2009/06/13/technology/companies/13euro.html

Microsoft bids to pre-empt EU browser action
The fight between Microsoft and the European Union over how to bring greater competition to the internet browser market erupted afresh late on Thursday as the software company sought to pre-empt stringent anti-trust action being planned by Brussels.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7953e440-56b4-11de-9a1c-00144feabdc0.html

Who wins, loses with browser-less Windows 7
Microsoft's move to offer Windows 7 in Europe without a browser may help rivals, but it could make life more difficult for European consumers, particularly those who want to upgrade their existing machines.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10262703-56.html

No IE onboard Windows 7 in Europe
European buyers of Windows 7 will have to download and install a web browser for themselves. Bowing to European competition rules, Microsoft Windows 7 will ship without Internet Explorer.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8096701.stm

Windows 7 to be shipped in Europe without Internet Explorer
Microsoft has announced that it will ship a special version of Vista's successor in Europe, titled Windows 7 E, without Internet Explorer 8. The browser-less version, a reaction to an antitrust investigation by the EU into whether Microsoft is abusing its dominant position with Windows and Internet Explorer, will be distributed in all member nations of the European Economic Area as well as Croatia and Switzerland.
http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/06/windows-7-to-be-shipped-in-europe-sans-internet-explorer.ars

EU Urges US to Give Up 'Illegal' Online Gambling Ban
The European Union urged the United States on Wednesday to open talks on scrapping a ban on foreign online gambling companies, saying it breaks global trade rules. The EU says it could seek compensation from the World Trade Organization because the 2006 ban unfairly prevents foreign Internet gambling sites from operating in the United States.
http://ecommercetimes.com/story/EU-Urges-US-to-Give-Up-Illegal-Online-Gambling-Ban-67307.html

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MISCELLANEOUS
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OECD releases new ICT product definitions
This document presents the OECD definition of Information Economy Products based on the Central Product Classification Version 2.
http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/16/46/42978297.pdf

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Broadband : Commission consults on regulatory strategy to promote very high speed Internet
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its revised proposals for the regulation of Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband networks, in the form of a draft Commission Recommendation. A previous public consultation held during the last quarter of 2008 confirmed general support for the objective of the Commission to achieve a common regulatory framework for NGA in order to foster timely investment in very high speed networks while ensuring that the competitive structure of the market is maintained.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/909

Global telecoms growth stalling
The telecoms service market is beginning to stall, according to research firm Talegeography. The top 20 global service providers generated $251bn (?152bn) in revenues during the first three months of 2009, only a three percent increase since the same period last year. The growth was also not just organic but bolstered by mergers and acquisitions.
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2244090/telecoms-growth-stalling

Australian Regulator Calls for Telstra Split
Australia's competition watchdog said Telstra Corp. should be split up to ensure a level playing field during the transition to a revamped national broadband network, but the company argues there's no need for such a move.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124479637638009567.html

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uk: Paedophile network members jailed
Six members of Scotland's biggest paedophile network have been jailed. Ross Webber, Craig Boath and John Milligan were convicted last month of conspiring to sexually abuse children.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/8094861.stm

Six jailed in Scotland over child pornography
Six paedophiles involved in what was believed to be Scotland's largest ring of child pornographers were given jail sentences today ranging from two to 17 years after a harrowing trial last month.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jun/11/six-jailed-scotland-child-pornography

uk: Nursery school worker on child porn charges meets parents' anger face to face
Worried parents are waiting to hear if their children are among the alleged ?victims of the nursery school worker Vanessa George after she appeared in court yesterday amid violent scenes.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jun/11/vanessa-george-plymouth-court-children

The hidden truth
Every so often, a criminal case jolts the national consciousness: James Bulger, the Soham murders, Beverley Allitt and the death of Baby P to name just a few. The mob who gathered outside Plymouth magistrates court yesterday for the arrival of Vanessa George signalled all too clearly that her story has already been added to that list.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jun/12/vanessa-george-child-abuse-women-paedophiles

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