[DNS] domain name news - 14 September

[DNS] domain name news - 14 September

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2009 21:22:46 -0700 (PDT)
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Selection mechanism for the remaining IPv4 address space
http://www.iana.org/reports/2009/ipv4-selection-mechanism.html

Nicholas Weston - INTA tilts at new internationalised GTLDs and ccTLDs coming in 2010
http://www.australiantrademarkslawblog.com/2009/09/articles/domain-names/nicholas-weston-inta-tilts-at-new-internationalised-gtlds-and-cctlds-coming-in-2010/

The New Internet ? The Expansion of Top Level Domains - An Update
http://www.domaintimes.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=148:the-new-internet-the-expansion-of-top-level-domains-an-update

GAC Concedes on Second Level Geo-Domains ? While Telling ICANN That New gTLDs Need Far More Study
http://www.internetcommerce.org/GAC_to_ICANN_gTLDs

us: Lieberman, Collins To Unveil Cyber Bill
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/09/lieberman-collins-to-unveil-cy.php

Cyber security Tsar needed to lift Australia's defences?
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/318029/

AusCERT: Cybercrime levels are "pandemic"
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/155485,auscert-cybercrime-levels-are-pandemic.aspx

A Stock With a Virtual Lock on the Internet [sub req'd]
http://online.barrons.com/article/SB125253261810497299.html

VeriSign shares may rise despite lawsuit-Barron's
http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSN1345681020090913


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Selection mechanism for the remaining IPv4 address space
On 30 July 2009, ICANN staff divided the remaining unallocated IPv4 /8s into two groups. The first group contains the /8s in which Duane Wessels' 2008 research showed significant unofficial use. The second group contains the /8s which showed less unofficial use.
http://www.iana.org/reports/2009/ipv4-selection-mechanism.html

The US as Keeper of a 'Free' Internet? by Rudolf Rijgersberg
The immanent expiration date (September 30) of the joint project agreement between ICANN and the US government, establishing the US as unilateral supervisor over Internet's addressing and Domain Name System (DNS) operations, has rejuvenated the call for an internationalization of Internet oversight. The average Internet user, however, is unlikely to benefit from a change in the current status quo as both alternatives, full privatization and intergovernmental oversight, are bound to affect both the Internet's innovative power and the personal liberties enjoyed by its users.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/the_us_as_keeper_of_a_free_internet/

Nicholas Weston - INTA tilts at new internationalised GTLDs and ccTLDs coming in 2010
The Full Employment Act for Domain Name Practitioners, otherwise known as the new gTLDs IDN program proposed by ICANN (the acronym obsessed, global domain name bureaucrats), could be active on the Internet by the end of 2010. Under this program, it is proposed that (in summary), generic, geographical and brand names can be registered to the right of the last dot (for example, .melbourne, .aboriginal, .christian and so on). These may conflict with existing gTLD?s and ccTLD?s and with trade marks in various jurisdictions.
http://www.australiantrademarkslawblog.com/2009/09/articles/domain-names/nicholas-weston-inta-tilts-at-new-internationalised-gtlds-and-cctlds-coming-in-2010/

The New Internet ? The Expansion of Top Level Domains - An Update
Neil Brown has prepared a paper on the coming expansion of the internet. Did you know that ICANN has plans for greatly increasing the number of Top Level Domains? At the present, we have Top Level Domains like .com. and .info. We also have special domains for countries, like .au or .uk. But it seems that virtually every good domain name in these categories is taken.
http://www.domaintimes.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=148:the-new-internet-the-expansion-of-top-level-domains-an-update

GAC Concedes on Second Level Geo-Domains ? While Telling ICANN That New gTLDs Need Far More Study
While the comment period on Version 2 of the Draft Applicant Guidebook (DAG) on new gTLDs officially closed on April 13th ICANN?s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) weighed in with a 7-page letter dated August 18th
http://www.internetcommerce.org/GAC_to_ICANN_gTLDs

New Restrictions for Domain Name Resellers are Coming
Domain name registrar resellers will face new restrictions under ICANN?s new registrar accreditation agreement.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/09/10/new-restrictions-for-domain-name-resellers-are-coming/

Resellers subjected to new domain name restrictions
Domain name resellers have been subjected to new registration rules from ICANN.
http://www.globalgold.co.uk/web-hosting-news/domains-news/resellers-subjected-to-new-domain-name-restrictions-19357004.html

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.AI Domain Names Now Available to All
.AI, the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Anguilla has announced .AI domain names are now available for registration by all as of 15 September.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/09/13/ai-domain-names-now-available-to-all/

"30? for a .BERLIN domain name? Not true!"
Despite recent Internet rumours to the contrary, no price has yet been set for .BERLIN. But the German city's TLD endeavour is thriving, as we found out from dotBERLIN CEO Dirk Krischenowski.
http://domainesinfo.fr/english/315/.php

Register.BG expands the registration services for domain names 
From 05.09.2009 Register.BG expands the registration services for domain names in the .bg zone and the sub-zones by giving the opportunity to register Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in Cyrillic. The registration of the IDNs requires the Internet name to be written only in Cyrillic and to contain at least one letter, which can be visually distinguished from the Latin alphabet (one of the letters: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?). The updated Terms and Conditions are published at https://www.register.bg.
https://www.register.bg/user/index_en.html

Bangkok Joins Growing List of CityTLD Proposals
Bangkok has joined the growing list of potential applicants for gTLDs when ICANN calls for applications with a proposal for DotBKK.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/09/11/bangkok-joins-growing-list-of-citytld-proposals/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/bangkok-joins-growing-list-of-citytld-proposals.html

.BKK = Bangkok's new TLD
Add one world city to the growing list of candidates for CityTLDs. Thailand's Bangkok.
http://stephanevangelder.com/archives/267-.BKK-Bangkoks-new-TLD.html

.ca Registry Seeking Feedback on WHOIS Privacy Policy
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which manages the .ca domain name, is soliciting comments on its WHOIS Privacy Policy HERE. Under the Policy, .ca WHOIS search results do not display registrant, administrative or technical contact information for domain names registered by individuals. The registrant, administrative and technical contact information for businesses and other organizations is displayed by default.
http://www.namesmash.com/?p=346

Does the Articulation of Sources for the Administration Of the Domain Name .Co in the Colombian System Means The Inclusion of Colombia in the International Context? (Articulaci?n De Fuentes Para La Administraci?n Del Dominio .Co: ?Inserci?n De Colombia En El Entorno Internacional?)
Abstract: The Law 1065 of 2006, specifically regulated the administration of the domain name .co, and established that this constitutes a resource of public interest of the telecommunications sector, whose administration should be exercised by the Department of Communications as an administrative function, which can be delegated to an individual. The regulation of the administration of the domain.co as an administrative function seems to go against the private nature that conceived the domain
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1468482

CZ.NIC demonstrates the advantages of having your own internet domain [news release]
Internet users who normally use domain names often have no idea of the opportunities afforded by registering their own domains and how to acquire them. The number of domains registered by individuals and organizations in the Czech Republic is therefore significantly lower than in comparable countries in Western Europe. The CZ.NIC Association, administrator of the .cz domain, therefore launches an awareness campaign today, the main objective of which is to highlight the advantages of having your own domain, showing how easy it is to register an internet domain and explain how to take care of and protect it. The campaign, which is aimed at the broader internet public, uses the special microsite, www.dobradomena.cz, for this purpose.
http://www.nic.cz/page/670/cz.nic-demonstrates-the-advantages-of-having-your-own-internet-domain/

December date for internationalised .eu domain names
EURid is pleased to announce that .eu will support IDNs effective 10 December. For the first time, residents of the European Union will be able to register a .eu domain name made up of non-Latin characters.
http://www.eurid.eu/en/content/december-date-internationalised-eu-domain-names

IDN's Coming to .EU in December
EURid, the .EU registry, have announced they will be supporting internationalised domain names (IDNs) as of 10 December 2009.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/09/11/idns-coming-to-eu-in-december/

EU domain names to support non-Latin characters [sub req'd]
The European registry for .eu domain names, Eurid has announced that the .eu domain names will support IDNs, effective 10 December.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/

Coming to the Internet in 2010: ?.gay? domain names
Spotting a gay-friendly business on the Internet might get a lot easier next year if two GLBT groups have their way. Domain names with the ending ?.gay? could start appearing as early as 2010.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/9-10/news/national/6259.cfm

nl: Dispute mediation available from SIDN
From 1 October 2009, SIDN, the .nl registry, is offering a mediation service. If someone gets involved in a dispute about a .nl domain name, you can ask an SIDN mediator for assistance. The mediation process is intended to help people involved in disputes to find a solution without going to court or referring the case to a dispute resolution lawyer. There is no charge for using the mediation service, which forms part of SIDN?s dispute resolution system for .nl domain names.
http://www.sidn.nl/ace.php/c,728,6122,,,,Dispute_mediation_available_from_SIDN.html

.SE supports Swedish e-mail research
In its most extensive individual research initiative so far, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) focuses on supporting the development of reliable e-mail. Over a period of three years .SE is contributing a total of SEK 6 million (approx. ? 590,000) to Swedish research projects looking for new methods to scourges such as malware, spyware and spam.
http://www.iis.se/en/2009/09/10/se-stodjer-svensk-e-postforskning/

Nominet Member forum launch
On Monday 7 September at 2pm we will be launching the Nominet Member Forum. The forum will be replacing our nom-steer mailing list.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=6691

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us: Lieberman, Collins To Unveil Cyber Bill
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman and ranking member Susan Collins over the weekend gave a sneak peek at a Monday hearing intended to examine cybercrime that is directed at small- to medium-sized companies. In a Sunday press release, the pair said the event precedes the introduction of legislation focused on combating high-tech attacks on the private sector. Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, also introduced a broad cyber bill earlier this year.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/09/lieberman-collins-to-unveil-cy.php

Cyber security Tsar needed to lift Australia's defences?
The appointment of a US-style cybersecurity tsar could be of major benefit to the Australian Government as it looks to increase the security of government infrastructure and data, according to the global CIO of security company Symantec.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/318029/

AusCERT: Cybercrime levels are "pandemic"
The head of Australia's computer emergency response team AusCERT stood before a Federal Government Inquiry into Cybercrime today, seeking both to highlight the pressing need for a national response to the problem whilst simultaneously defending his organisation's role as the nation's first line of defence. ... ?If we can solicit the help of the ISPs, the domain name registrars, the people who run the networks, people like ourselves [and] the law enforcement agencies, what we can start to do is make a difference,? Ingram said.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/155485,auscert-cybercrime-levels-are-pandemic.aspx
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/155485,auscert-cybercrime-levels-are-pandemic.aspx

VeriSign Internet Defense Network Enhanced With New DDoS Monitoring Service [news release]
VeriSign, Inc. ... announced the launch of a new monitoring-only service for Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. The monitoring service is an extension of the VeriSign Internet Defense Network, a cloud-based DDoS mitigation service introduced earlier this year.
https://press.verisign.com/easyir/customrel.do?easyirid=AFC0FF0DB5C560D3&version=live&prid=535694&releasejsp=custom_97

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in: Net domain name battle surfs into a legal web
Internet domain thefts have become common and so has litigation surrounding it. The Bombay high court recently dealt with two such cases__in the first one, the court upheld the right of the Bombay Stock Exchange over the term "sensex'', which it had coined. In the second, it rejected an application seeking an injunction against a real estate website, with a name similar to another firm, saying generic or common names could not be used as an exclusive domain name.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/mumbai/Net-domain-name-battle-surfs-into-a-legal-web/articleshow/5007234.cms

NameMedia Wins Reverse Domain Name Hijacking Charge
SpinsixNameMedia, parent company of BuyDomains, has successfully won a reverse domain name hijacking charge against online marketing firm SpinSix.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/09/10/namemedia-wins-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-charge/

Will Glenn Beck Sue a Defamatory Website in 2009?
Even though Glenn Beck has a prime spot on cable television to offer up his beliefs, it's sometimes quite hard to understand what his beliefs actually are. For example, as Jon Stewart has pointed out, he believes we have the best healthcare in the world, except when he says it's a nightmare. Or as Politico underscored, he believes that President Obama is a racist, but he doesn't believe that Obama doesn't like white people.
http://www.citmedialaw.org/blog/2009/will-glenn-beck-sue-defamatory-website-2009

Oreo Gets Stuffed in Netherlands Domain Dispute
Kraft Foods Global Brands has lost a dispute over the domain name Oreo.nl. .Nl is the country code domain name for the Netherlands.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/09/13/oreo-gets-stuffed-in-netherlands-domain-dispute/

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A Stock With a Virtual Lock on the Internet [sub req'd]
VeriSign lacks the name recognition of some of its Silicon Valley neighbors, but few of those tech peers match its importance in managing the fabric of the Internet. As the exclusive registry of dot-com and dot-net domain names, VeriSign operates like a behind-the-scenes record keeper.
http://online.barrons.com/article/SB125253261810497299.html

VeriSign shares may rise despite lawsuit-Barron's
Master Web address directory holder VeriSign could present an attractive buying opportunity for investors, despite an antitrust lawsuit, Barron's reported on Sunday, citing analysts.
http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSN1345681020090913
http://in.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idINN1345681020090913

Barrons: VeriSign?s Domain Registration/Renewal Fee To Drop To $4 A Year?
A very interesting post on the financial publication Barron?s today discussing VeriSign. In touting its undervalued stock price to investors, Barron?s noted that share prices of VeriSign have underperformed, compared to the stock market, and put the blame squarely on the decision Court of Appeals of in the case of CFIT vs. VeriSign.
http://www.thedomains.com/2009/09/10/barrons-verisigns-domain-registrationrenewal-fee-to-drop-to-4-a-year/

"Google" In Your Domain Name - Bad News
That great idea you had that involved launching a new SEO company using PwnGoogleRankings.com? Yeah, you probably should have saved the... ...$10 you spent on domain registration fees, because you have approximately zero chance that ICANN will let you keep it.
http://www.searchnewz.com/blog/talk/sn-6-20090911GoogleInYourDomainNameBadNews.html
http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2009/09/if-your-domain-includes-google-the-search-giant-is-coming-for-ya.html

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Call.com Connects for $1.1 Million at Sedo to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart
Sedo rang up the year's 6th reported 7-figure domain sale this past week, banking $1,100,000 for Call.com. Sedo sold the name for Live Current Media who has been selling off their best domains to raise capital. Call.com helped Sedo sweep the first five spots on our weekly Top 20 Sales Chart. They also notched a big six-figure sale with #2 Editor.com at $225,000. Sedo went on to pile up 12 of the 20 chart entries, including 8 of the first 10.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2009/20090909.htm

There is Money in Religion as Christian.com Sells for $600,000
Another reason to dispel any notion that people might have thinking there is no money in religion was the sale of christian.com for $600,000, a joint sale between Sedo.com and Rick Latona Auctions. This was the biggest Sedo sale of the week to 8 September. The next biggest sale was bestprices.com that sold for $81,000 with no other sales above $50,000.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/09/11/there-is-money-in-religion-as-christiancom-sells-for-600000/

Yahoo Adjusts Domain Parking Revenue, Adds Transparency
YahooYahoo?s new click pricing algorithms kicked in mid-week in the United States, which will likely result in a small decrease in revenue for many domain name owners. Yahoo announced the change last month.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/09/10/yahoo-adjusts-domain-parking-revenue-adds-transparency/

NY Domainer Get Together ? 9/24
If you live in the New York area, mark your calendars because we are getting together on September 24th at 6:30pm at the Boat Basin on West 79th Street and the Hudson River. There are no special requirements to attend, and there is no admission cost (although it?s a cash bar).
http://www.elliotsblog.com/ny-domainer-get-together-924

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RESEARCH PAPERS
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National and International Dimensions of Copyright?s Public Domain (An Australian Case Study) by Graham Greenleaf
1. The value of Australia?s copyright public domain : 1.1 Introduction: What do these innovations have in common? A set of examples follow. They all involve valuable contributions to Australian innovation in the area of information goods. They all involve copyright works in which various parties have continuing proprietary (copyright) interests. But they also involve the public (or classes of the public) having rights to use those works in ways that involve some of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner. In this article, as discussed in Part 2, I use the expression ?public domain? in the expansive sense of encompassing all ?public rights? in copyright. ?Public rights? are all those aspects of copyright law and practice that are important in determining the ability of the public (or a significant class of the public) to use works without obtaining a licence on terms set (and changeable) by the copyright owner.
http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrc/script-ed/vol6-2/greenleaf.asp

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Google Economist Sees Good Signs in Searches : Jobless Queries Down, Real Estate Up
Google chief economist Hal Varian is pretty confident the national economy is recovering, and he's not just basing that on government data. He says he can tell from Americans' search habits.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/11/AR2009091103771.html

IBM, European Researchers Develop Multimedia Search Tool [IDG]
IBM, working with researchers in Europe, claims to have developed a better way to search online for photos and videos than current methods used by Google and Yahoo.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/171791/.html

Britain is lagging behind Europe in broadband technology
Britain is lagging behind many other European countries in terms of its broadband technology, according to latest research.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/6174401/Britain-is-lagging-behind-Europe-in-broadband-technology.html

Newspapers 'too slow' to compete with online ads
The head of online classifieds company carsales.com.au says newspaper publishers are suffering because they have been too slow to react to the growth of the internet. The online company, which was founded nearly 15 years ago, was floated on the share market last week.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/13/2684312.htm

Australian Opposition Leader a man of news habit with web worries
Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull says he only buys newspapers "out of habit" and has raised concerns for democracy in the internet era of "profitless abundance".
http://www.theage.com.au/national/turnbull-a-man-of-news-habit-with-web-worries-20090913-fm7f.html

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Facebook Is Going for Some Twitter Sensibility
Like a balding hipster who imitates a young trendsetter?s style, Facebook is updating itself to look a lot more like Twitter.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/14/technology/internet/14facebook.html

Twitter paves way for advertising by changing terms of use
Twitter, the popular micro-blogging website, took another step towards making money yesterday by amending its terms of use to allow advertisers to reach its 45 million regular visitors.
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article6831287.ece

Twitter: Your 'tweets' belong to you [IDG]
Twitter has modified the terms of service that govern the proper user of the microblogging and social-networking site to state unequivocally that messages posted belong to their authors and not to the company.
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/318305/
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/318305/
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9137886/Twitter_Your_tweets_belong_to_you

Twitter keeps it simple with new terms of service [AP]
Twitter keeps it simple, even when it comes to updating the legalese in its terms of service.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2009-09-11-twitter-tos_N.htm

Start a-twittering, Former High Court judge Michael Kirby tells elderly
Former High Court judge Michael Kirby says old people are ignored because they are too polite, and that it's time they "shake it up" and start unleashing their thoughts and concerns on Twitter.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26068696-5013404,00.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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nz: Hector?s World helps Kiwi children deal with cyberbullying [news release]
New cyberbullying resources are being launched today for children, teachers and parents, and are free online at Kiwi website www.hectorsworld.com. These are the latest animated resources with Hector and his friends from New Zealand?s Hector?s World?, which helps children 2-9 years old stay safe online and learn about digital citizenship.
http://hectorsworld.netsafe.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/hwl-media-release-cyberbullying-nz-07-09-09.pdf

au: Industry partners to boost Cybersmart.gov.au awareness [news release]
Key internet and children?s advocacy organisations have joined Government to link Australian children, parents and teachers with expert cyber-safety advice. Bravehearts, Child Wise, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Google and YouTube Australia, MySpace and Telstra are the first organisations committing to promote the Cybersmart.gov.au web site.
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2009/087

au: Most 16 to 17 year old boys admit viewing online pornography
Most 16 to 17-year-old boys admit to viewing online pornography - but they claim it's an accident.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/most-16-to-17-year-old-boys-admit-viewing-online-pornography/story-e6frf7jo-1225771733976

au: Exposing kids to porn 'should be illegal'
Parents who expose their children to pornography would face criminal charges under plans being drawn up by a senior Liberal MP to shield the young from sexual material.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,26069896-2,00.html
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,26069891-952,00.html

Ministers need to act quickly on child internet safety, warns UK adviser
Millions of children are still at risk online because moves to enhance internet safety have stalled, according to Gordon Brown?s adviser on the issue.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6833102.ece

uk: New web filter laws questioned by top child abuse cop
New laws reportedly planned for the Queen's Speech to force all internet providers to block access to child pornography websites have been questioned by Britain's top abuse investigator.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/09/ceop_iwf/

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Twilight of the iPods
Sales of Apple's music player are heading for a long-term decline which could affect digital music downloads. Can connectivity alter that?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/sep/09/apple-ipod-digital-music-sales

Filesharing crackdown divides UK music industry
A growing rift is developing in the music industry over proposals by business secretary Lord Mandelson to crack down on persistent filesharers by suspending their broadband connections.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/sep/13/filesharing-crackdown-rift

Rock stars slam disconnection plan for pirates
Some of the biggest names in the music business, including Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney, have slammed the record labels' plans to disconnect from the internet people who are caught repeatedly downloading music illegally.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/rock-stars-slam-disconnection-plan-for-pirates-20090907-fdtd.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/rock-stars-slam-disconnection-plan-for-pirates-20090907-fdtd.html

Musicians hit out at plans to cut off internet for file sharers
Musicians from some of the world?s biggest bands are calling on the Government to abandon proposals to cut off the internet connections of people who illegally download music.
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article6828262.ece

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Motorola unveils Google-powered smartphone
Motorola on Thursday unveiled its first Google Android-powered smartphone, a touch screen device designed to compete with Apple?s iPhone that will target consumers who use social media sites.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/19661b88-9e2c-11de-b0aa-00144feabdc0.html

Motorola Phone Focuses on Social Networks
Motorola introduced the first of a new generation of smartphones Thursday that it hopes will reverse its plummeting cellphone sales.
http://nytimes.com/2009/09/11/technology/companies/11moto.html

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SPAM
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Hong Kong named world's spam capital [AFP]
Hong Kong is under siege from legions of "zombies" attacking people with spam and leaving in their wake a trail of destruction costing millions of US dollars a year, analysts have warned.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/hong-kong-named-worlds-spam-capital-20090910-fj0x.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/hong-kong-named-worlds-spam-capital-20090910-fj0x.html

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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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OECD Workshop on Policy Coherence in the Application of Information and Communication Technologies for Development
Information communication technologies (ICTs)s are crucial to reducing poverty, improving access to health and education services and creating new sources of income and employment for the poor. But there are substantial discrepancies in access to ICTs between, but also within, countries, depending on key factors such as gender, rural coverage, skills and educational levels.
http://www.oecd.org/site/0,3407,en_21571361_42740239_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Controlling illegal use of copyrighted material on the Web: Comment
Fines for the misuse of a copyrighted photo are too high, critics say. Though agencies deserve a fair fee, negotiating with users is preferable to big penalties. The letter arrived at Dave Formella's Long Beach travel agency the other day. It's fair to say it freaked him out.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus13-2009sep13,0,7434261.column

Pentagon computer hacker Gary McKinnon seeks Supreme Court appeal
Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker with Asperger's syndrome who broke into the Pentagon's computer systems in his search for proof of UFOs, is likely to discover this week whether his appeal against extradition to the US will be heard by the UK's highest court.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/13/gary-mckinnon-pentagon-extradition-appeal

MPs take McKinnon fight to US ambassador
Three senior British politicians are taking their campaign for Nasa hacker Gary McKinnon to the American ambassador in London. Labour MP Michael Meacher, Conservative David Davis and Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne are planning to send a letter to US ambassador Louis Susman asking for an audience to discuss the case, a spokesman for Meacher said.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39746753,00.htm

Symantec Warns on CyberTerrorism
Here?s a sobering statistic: One in five of us will be victims of a cyber-attack, which are occurring at an astounding rate of every quarter of a second.
http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2009/09/symantec_warns.html
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62057733,00.htm

The Internet is now like the Wild West: IBM consultant [MIS Asia]
"The Internet has finally taken on the characteristics of the Wild West where no one is to be trusted," said Sukhdev Singh, senior security consultant and regional X-Force expert, IBM Internet security systems, IBM ASEAN.
http://www.mis-asia.com/news/articles/the-internet-is-now-like-the-wild-west-ibm-consultant
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/091009-the-internet-is-now-like.html

IBM X-Force? Report Reveals Unprecedented State of Web Insecurity [news release]
IBM today released results from its X-Force 2009 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report. The report's findings show an unprecedented state of Web insecurity as Web client, server, and content threats converge to create an untenable risk landscape.
http://www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/press/us/en/pressrelease/28257.wss
http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/summary/imc/a1031611?cntxt=a1000451

Symantec Announces August 2009 MessageLabs Intelligence Report [news release]
Symantec Corp. today announced the publication of its August 2009 MessageLabs Intelligence Report. Analysis highlights how activity levels for Cutwail, one of the largest botnets globally, fell by as much as 90 percent following the shutdown of an ISP in Latvia. Also in August, another prolific botnet called Donbot continued to use shortened URLs in its spam runs, peaking at distributing ten billion emails in just one day.
http://www.messagelabs.co.uk/resources/press/36702

Cyber security Tsar needed to lift Australia's defences?
The appointment of a US-style cybersecurity tsar could be of major benefit to the Australian Government as it looks to increase the security of government infrastructure and data, according to the global CIO of security company Symantec.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/318029/

AusCERT: Cybercrime levels are "pandemic"
The head of Australia's computer emergency response team AusCERT stood before a Federal Government Inquiry into Cybercrime today, seeking both to highlight the pressing need for a national response to the problem whilst simultaneously defending his organisation's role as the nation's first line of defence. ... ?If we can solicit the help of the ISPs, the domain name registrars, the people who run the networks, people like ourselves [and] the law enforcement agencies, what we can start to do is make a difference,? Ingram said.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/155485,auscert-cybercrime-levels-are-pandemic.aspx
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/155485,auscert-cybercrime-levels-are-pandemic.aspx

au: Duped Facebook friend thought it was 'the real deal'
When a distressed friend asked for help after an overseas trip turned into a nightmare, a Kalgoorlie man was only to willing to pitch in. But little did he know the $1000 he wired to Natasha Cann was in fact going to a professional cyber fraudster, who had hacked into her Facebook account and was proceeding to dupe all her friends into handing over their cash.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/duped-facebook-friend-thought-it-was-the-real-deal-20090911-fkm2.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/duped-facebook-friend-thought-it-was-the-real-deal-20090911-fkm2.html

Rudd hackers escalate threats against .gov.au websites
The hackers who brought down the Prime Minister's website this week have already outlined their plans for round two, signalling a marked escalation in their attacks.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/rudd-hackers-escalate-threats-against-govau-websites-20090911-fk2x.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/rudd-hackers-escalate-threats-against-govau-websites-20090911-fk2x.html
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/security/rudd-hackers-escalate-threats-against-govau-websites-20090911-fk2x.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/security/rudd-hackers-escalate-threats-against-govau-websites-20090911-fk2x.html

Hacked by hoons: how attack on PM's website unravelled
Exclusive: Secret chat logs between the hackers who briefly brought down the Prime Minister's website last night reveal that the operation was a disorganised failure in one sense, but not in another.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/hacked-by-hoons-how-attack-on-pms-website-unravelled-20090910-fipj.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/hacked-by-hoons-how-attack-on-pms-website-unravelled-20090910-fipj.html

Hackers attack government websites
A hackers' alliance known as "Anonymous" has carried out its threat, staging a denial-of-service attack on websites of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and ACMA on Wednesday night, as a protest to government's planned internet censorship. The Defence Department has been asked to help out in the matter.
http://www.builderau.com.au/blogs/syslog/viewblogpost.htm?p=339271190

AFP's high-tech unit let Rome burn
The unit ? one of Australia's peak cybercrime-fighting bodies ? appears to have been on a mission in recent times to raise its profile and community awareness in general about internet security issues.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/insight/security/soa/AFP-s-high-tech-unit-let-Rome-burn/0,139023764,339298463,00.htm

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ca: Privacy commissioners urge caution on expanded surveillance plan [news release]
Parliament should take a cautious approach to legislative proposals to create an expanded surveillance regime that would have serious repercussions for privacy rights, say Canada?s privacy guardians.
http://www.priv.gc.ca/media/nr-c/2009/nr-c_090910_e.cfm

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Web Censoring Widens Across Southeast Asia : Governments Try to Curb Criticism by Arresting Bloggers
Attempts to censor the Internet are spreading to Southeast Asia as governments turn to coercion and intimidation to rein in online criticism.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125288982580207609.html

SKorea to train 3,000 'cyber sheriffs': report [AFP]
South Korea plans to train 3,000 "cyber sheriffs" by next year to protect businesses after a spate of attacks on state and private websites, a report said Sunday.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/skorea-to-train-3000-cyber-sheriffs-report-20090913-fm2p.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/skorea-to-train-3000-cyber-sheriffs-report-20090913-fm2p.html

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Google offers to open digital library to rivals
Google on Thursday offered to give internet rivals, including Amazon, access to its massive database of digital books, as it renewed efforts to counter a wave of opposition stirred up by its landmark legal settlement with the publishing industry.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2456dcf0-9e3e-11de-b0aa-00144feabdc0.html

Google to allow booksellers to profit from digital library
In an effort to quell its critics, Google Inc. on Thursday said it would open up its vast digital books archive to rival retailers who can access the books and sell them online.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-books11-2009sep11,0,6375242.story

US Official Slams Google Book Settlement
The U.S. government's top copyright official told lawmakers Thursday Google's pending $125 million deal in a class-action lawsuit with authors and publishers will encroach on Congress' role in setting copyright policy. The settlement, which would embolden the Internet giant's effort to create the world's largest digital library and bookstore, would also let the firm "engage in a number of indisputable acts of copyright infringement," Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters told the House Judiciary Committee.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/09/official-slams-google-book-set.php

nz: Joyce gives $300m vow on rural broadband
Nearly 1000 rural schools and more than 500,000 rural New Zealanders are to get broadband, at a cost of $300 million.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/politics/2853203/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/2853230/
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/2853230/

nz: Govt wants $300m for rural broadband
The Government says $300 million needs to be spent getting rural New Zealanders connected.
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/73507/govt-wants-300m-rural-broadband

nz: Rural broadband plan rolled out [NZPA]
The government says $300 million needs to be spent getting rural New Zealanders connected with broadband.
http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/rural-broadband-plan-rolled-2986130
http://www.guide2.co.nz/politics/news/rural-broadband-plan-announced/11/10922
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10596462

NZ Govt's rural broadband plan unrealistic - Epitiro
The Government's rural broadband initiative is big on promises that it may not be able to deliver, according to an international internet performance specialist.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10596847

us: Lieberman, Collins To Unveil Cyber Bill
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman and ranking member Susan Collins over the weekend gave a sneak peek at a Monday hearing intended to examine cybercrime that is directed at small- to medium-sized companies. In a Sunday press release, the pair said the event precedes the introduction of legislation focused on combating high-tech attacks on the private sector. Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, also introduced a broad cyber bill earlier this year.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/09/lieberman-collins-to-unveil-cy.php

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Wave of staff suicides at France Telecom
France Telecom is struggling to deal with a wave of staff suicides which has seen more than 20 workers take their lives in the past 18 months ? some leaving notes blaming job stress and misery at work.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/09/france-telecom-staff-suicides-phone

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