[DNS] domain name news - 2 December

[DNS] domain name news - 2 December

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 20:40:01 -0800 (PST)
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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Update on ICANN?s Finances
http://blog.icann.org/2010/12/update-on-icanns-finances/

Olympics Committee ready to sue Icann over gTLDs
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2273570/international-olympics

.DE Passes 14 Million Registrations
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=12946

Cyberespionage At A Crossroads: Aurora and Stuxnet-type attacks are here to 
stay, so organizations need a new defense strategy
http://www.darkreading.com/insider-threat/167801100/security/attacks-breaches/228500103/cyberespionage-at-a-crossroads.html


U.S. Government Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse at the Draconian Future of 
Copyright Enforcement?
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/11/us-government-seizes-82-websites-draconian-future


Pirate Bay, Others Fight Back With Plan To Stop Domain Seizures
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/01/bittorrent-dns-domain-seizures_n_790018.html


Feds' Crackdown Of Online Counterfeit, Copyrighted Goods Meets DNS Backlash
http://www.darkreading.com/insider-threat/167801100/security/vulnerabilities/228500003/feds-crackdown-of-online-counterfeit-copyrighted-goods-meets-dns-backlash.html


ICE seizes 82 website domains involved in selling counterfeit goods as part of 
Cyber Monday crackdown [news release]
http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1011/101129washington.htm

Opinion: Seizing domain names without COICA
http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2010/11/seizing-domain-names-without-coica.html


Four /8 Blocks Allocated to the RIRs ? 2.73% Remains at IANA
https://www.arin.net/announcements/2010/20101130.html

What the IP address meltdown means for you
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/212114/.html

Sinking the online pirates: A U.S. bill seeks to crack down on foreign 
bootlegging websites. But are its provisions too sweeping?
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-piracy-20101128,0,7950612.story


Domain Name Registrations Pass 200 Million Globally
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=12962


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Committed or Condemned? The Words Matter by Paul Levins
A number of people have reported on the International Telecommunications Union's 
(ITU) Plenipotentiary in Guadalajara. Indeed even the Secretary of the ITU 
Hamoudin Toure felt the need to comment, saying: "The ITU does not have the 
intention to take over the Internet. We are condemned to live together, so the 
question is whether we manage that well or not." A very firm statement - but it 
needs to be. Many still fear that the ITU is waiting for a moment of inattention 
by business and the Internet community and that it will pounce and attempt to 
place itself in a position of control.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20101130_committed_or_condemned_the_words_matter/

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Possible Historic Expansion of Internet Address Names Takes Center Stage at 
Cartagena ICANN Meeting
The upcoming meeting of ICANN is sparking worldwide attention since it could 
lead to some of the most sweeping changes in the Internet?s history. ICANN?s 
Board of Directors will consider lifting limits on the number of new Internet 
address extensions, called generic-top level domains (gTLDs), which would expand 
the current list of 21 such extensions (such as .com, .net, etc.) to a vastly 
larger number of words or characters, marking a dramatic change in Internet 
addressing.
http://icann.org/en/news/releases/release-29nov10-en.pdf

Public Participation Committee at ICANN Meeting
Are you interested in Public Participation at ICANN? There is a group called the 
Public Participation Committee (PPC) of the ICANN Board and its Charter was 
approved in March 2009. According to this Charter, among its other duties, the 
PPC is primarily responsible for:
http://blog.icann.org/2010/11/public-participation-committee-at-icann-meeting/

Update on ICANN?s Finances
Earlier this year, we posted information on ICANN?s finances: 
blog.icann.org/2010/07/icanns-finances-at-a-glance/. Now that the FY10 audit is 
complete, we thought it would be helpful to provide an update for the community.
http://blog.icann.org/2010/12/update-on-icanns-finances/

Public Comment: Community Comment Invited on Petition To Form A New GNSO 
Not-for-Profit Organizations Constituency
The ongoing GNSO Improvements process has created significant community interest 
in the formation of new GNSO constituencies and several groups have stepped 
forward to begin the process of forming a new GNSO constituency. The ICANN Board 
has now received its fifth formal petition - from the prospective Not-for-Profit 
Organizations Constituency (NPOC). The NPOC proponents propose to join the Non 
Commercial Stakeholders Group of the GNSO.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-01dec10-en.htm

Email from Jun Murai, RSSAC, to ICANN Board of Directors re RSSAC Comments on 
Root Scaling
After we have received your request for the RSSAC response on the root scaling 
issues, the group has been discussed f2f and online quite intensively. The 
report below is the committee's consensus view on root scaling at this time.
http://icann.org/en/correspondence/murai-to-board-25nov10-en.pdf

S?bastien Bachollet Selected Board Director by the ALAC/At-Large Community
On 28 November 2010, Cheryl Langdon-Orr, Chair of ALAC, announced that Mr. 
S?bastien Bachollet had secured the required support from the ALAC/At-Large 
community electorate to be declared the new Board Director selected by the 
At-Large community.
http://www.atlarge.icann.org/announcements/announcement-30nov10-en.htm

Letter from Rod Beckstrom to Chris Disspain, Chuck Gomes, and Cheryl Langdon-Orr
Joint DNS Security and Stability Analysis Working Group
http://icann.org/en/correspondence/beckstrom-to-disspain-gomes-langdon-orr-30nov10-en.pdf


A Tale of Two Governance Models by Steve DelBianco
As many of us in the Internet community gear up for the ICANN meeting in 
Colombia next week, it's important to remember that not everybody embraces the 
multi-stakeholder approach that we've gradually learned to love. Just a month 
ago, a group with a very different vision of how to run things wrapped up their 
own Internet governance meeting in Latin America. Their meeting was three times 
as long and accomplished about a third as much, but they'd still like to see 
their model replace the ICANN model.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20101130_a_tale_of_two_governance_models/

Olympics Committee ready to sue Icann over gTLDs
Icann could face legal action from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 
over its proposed rollout of new generic top level domains (gTLDs) if it does 
not satisfy demands for trademark protection.
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2273570/international-olympics

Olympics tells ICANN to abandon new TLD launch or get sued
The International Olympic Committee has threatened to sue ICANN unless it gives 
IOC trademarks special protection in its new top-level domains program.
http://domainincite.com/olympics-tells-icann-to-abandon-new-tld-launch-or-get-sued/


Olympians threaten ICANN with lawsuit
The International Olympic Committee is threatening to sue ICANN if they don't 
receive protection for IOC trademarks in ICANN's upcoming revisions to its 
generic top-level domains (gTLD) guidelines.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/30/ioc_threatens_to_sue_icann_over_gtld_guidelines/


Olympics Threaten to Sue ICANN. Who Missed the Meeting?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has again informed ICANN that it will 
file a lawsuit if its trademarks are not added to a restrictions list for new 
domain names and if other protections aren?t instituted.
http://domainnamewire.com/2010/11/29/olympics-threaten-to-sue-icann-who-missed-the-meeting/


P2P-based alternative to DNS hopes to challenge ICANN [IDG]
A group led by former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde is forming to develop a 
peer-to-peer-based alternative to today's ICANN-controlled DNS system, according 
to a blog posted on Tuesday.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369734/p2p-based_alternative_dns_hopes_challenge_icann/

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/369734/p2p-based_alternative_dns_hopes_challenge_icann/

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/211969/.html

Fed up with ICANN, Pirate Bay cofounder floats P2P DNS system
Peter Sunde of Pirate Bay fame has had it with ICANN. Now that the US government 
is ordering the Internet governance body to remove domain names of copyright 
infringers from the global DNS, Sunde has sounded a call to arms to create a new 
Domain Name System to help pirates remain masters of their domain. The new DNS 
would forego a centralized root?too attractive a target for meddling 
governments?and use peer-to-peer technology instead.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/11/fed-up-with-icann-pirate-bay-cofounder-floats-p2p-dns-system.ars


Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde wants to create a peer-to-peer alternative to 
current ICANN-controlled DNS
Perhaps it was only a matter of time and the idea that a single comprehensive 
DNS could not last forever, or maybe this new idea is itself doomed to failure. 
But however it shakes out in the end, the recent proposal by Pirate Bay 
co-founder Peter Sunde to create a new peer-to-peer domain name system to 
compete with ICANN?s system is intriguing for some, and terrifying for others.
http://news.avn.com/articles/The-Pirates-Want-Their-Own-Internet-418576.html

Will You Be Master of Your Domain Name?
The structure of the internet is about to fundamentally change. This change may 
in turn forever alter the way that consumers find businesses, goods, and 
services on the web. Trademark owners should be acting now so that they are 
prepared for the new risks and costs associated with the coming change. 

http://www.law.com/jsp/cc/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202475501010

ICANN Gains $4.3M on Investments, War Chest Tops $60 Million
ICANN released details of its FY 2010 financial year (which ran through June 
2010) today.
http://domainnamewire.com/2010/12/01/icann-gains-4-3m-on-investments-war-chest-tops-60-million/


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auDA wants Bottle wound up for its cash
The Australian domain regulator auDA has gone to court seeking an order that 
Australian Style, trading as Bottle Domains, be wound up.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/auda-wants-bottle-wound-up-for-its-cash-339307696.htm

Rejected Bulgarians want ICANN appeal
A handful of Bulgarian internet users have asked ICANN for the right to appeal 
the rejection of .??, the proposed Cyrillic country-code top-level domain.
http://domainincite.com/rejected-bulgarians-want-icann-appeal/

Is Bulgarian Cyrillic .?? (.bg) Really Similar to Other Latin ccTLDs? by George 
Todoroff
Bulgaria has proposed for an Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) ccTLD string 
.?? (Cyrillic for .bg, or U+0431 U+0433), but the proposal was turned down by 
the ICANN DNS Stability panel in May 2010 without any arguments or an option for 
appeal.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/is_bulgarian_cyrillic_bg_really_similar_to_other_latin_cctlds/


Swiss registrar registers 1.5 millionth .ch domain name
Swiss domain name registrar Switch has registered the 1.5 millionth .ch domain. 
Switzerland's first three domain names were registered almost 25 years ago 
already: cern.ch, eth.ch and switch.ch.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/swiss-registrar-registers-15-millionth-ch-domain-name


.CO Registry Announces Two Major Domain Security Initiatives [news release]
.CO Internet ... announced two major domain security initiatives that reaffirm 
its commitment to implementing measures to proactively combat domain name abuse, 
and will help to make .CO one of the safest, most secure domain extensions on 
the Internet.
http://www.cointernet.co/media/press-releases/co-registry-announces-two-major-domain-security-initiatives


.CO publishes domain seizure policy
.CO Internet reserves the right to shut down your .co domain name if you?re 
being naughty.
http://domainincite.com/co-publishes-domain-seizure-policy/

.DE Passes 14 Million Registrations
The German country code Top Level Domain passed the 14 million registrations 
mark Monday cementing its position as the world?s largest.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=12946
http://www.domainpulse.com/2010/11/29/de-passes-14-million-registrations/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/de-passes-14-million-registrations.html

Denic registers 14 millionth .de domain
German domain name registrar Denic has registered the 14 millionth .de domain: 
corangeli-glas-design.de.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/denic-registers-14-millionth-de-domain

.PL Domain Registrations Set to Pass 2 Million
Registrations of .PL domain names jumped in quarter three, 2010, after a 
slowdown in the previous quarter to reach 1.9 million active domain names at the 
end of September with the increase the highest of any of the larger European 
ccTLDs.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=12949
http://www.domainpulse.com/2010/11/30/pl-domain-registrations-set-to-pass-2-million/

http://www.domainnews.com/en/pl-domain-registrations-set-to-pass-2-million.html

Poland sees .pl domain names increase by 72,000 in Q3
Poland's .pl domain names increased by 71,705 in Q3 to 1,906,431, according to 
statistical data from the Polish registry maintained by Polish operator NASK.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/poland-sees-pl-domain-names-increase-by-72000-in-q3


60,000 .?? Domain Names Unblocked
About 60,000 Cyrillic domain names improperly processed by registrar Ru-Center 
were unfrozen Tuesday, according to the national domain coordinator, which had 
ordered the temporary blockage. A special commission will be assembled to look 
into the matter.
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/60000--domain-names-unblocked/425391.html


Russian Cyrillic TLD Launch Tainted By Scandal
The recent launch of Russia?s Cyrillic top level domain, where over 600,000 
domain names have been registered in less than three weeks since its launch, has 
been touched by scandal. According to the registry, tens of thousands of domain 
names have been registered by the biggest registrar in .??, RU-CENTER, allegedly 
with the aim of auctioning them off at higher prices among its clients at a 
later date. The auction has been suspended until their rightful holders have 
been determined, the Russian registry the Coordination Center for TLD RU, the 
registry for .RU and .?? (.RF), has said.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=12947
http://www.domainpulse.com/2010/11/29/russian-cyrillic-tld-launch-tainted-by-scandal/

http://www.domainnews.com/en/russian-cyrillic-tld-launch-tainted-by-scandal.html

Coordination Centre for TLD .RU sets up domain name registration hotline
The Coordination Centre for TLD .RU has set a crisis hotline for persons 
experiencing problems with registration of ?.RF? domain names.
http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=15723234

so: Extending Sunrise Registration
.SO Registry would like to inform you with our updated information regarding the 
schedule. Due to the high demand of the Sunrise Registration for .SO, we have 
decided to extend the deadline until December 31, 2010.
http://soregistry.so/news/detail.html?nid=8

.SO Extends Sunrise Registration
The .SO Registry has extended the deadline for its sunrise registration period 
due to to the high demand until 31 December, 2010.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2010/12/01/so-extends-sunrise-registration/

Nominet Proposes Formal .UK Domain Deletion Policy for Criminal Activity
Nominet, the registry for .UK domain names, is considering changing its Terms 
and Conditions to allow it to delete domain names that are used in connection 
with any activity that would constitute an offence under UK Criminal law.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=12950
http://www.domainpulse.com/2010/11/30/nominet-proposes-formal-uk-domain-deletion-policy-for-criminal-activity/

http://www.domainnews.com/en/nominet-proposes-formal-.uk-domain-deletion-policy-for-criminal-activity.html


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Cyberespionage At A Crossroads: Aurora and Stuxnet-type attacks are here to 
stay, so organizations need a new defense strategy
It's been a milestone week in cyberespionage developments that smacked of a spy 
movie, with a confession, a killing, and a leaked intelligence cable: Iranian 
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that "enemies" of Iran had 
successfully used software to disrupt centrifuges in Iran?s nuclear facility, 
Iran's top nuclear scientist was assassinated, and a U.S. State Department cable 
obtained by WikiLeaks suggesting that the Chinese government had ordered the 
Aurora attack against Google. While these events and disclosures fell short of 
providing actual proof about the success or even who was really behind these 
high-profile breaches, they punctuated what has been a game-changer of a year 
for cyberattacks.
http://www.darkreading.com/insider-threat/167801100/security/attacks-breaches/228500103/cyberespionage-at-a-crossroads.html


VeriSign Launches New DNSSEC Signing Service [news release]
VeriSign ... launched a new, in-the-cloud service to ease the implementation of 
Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). The VeriSign DNSSEC Signing 
Service is being offered to registrars to help them incorporate signing and 
provisioning into their infrastructure, while reducing costs, complexity and the 
administrative burden associated with implementing DNSSEC support for their 
customers.
https://press.verisign.com/easyir/customrel.do?easyirid=AFC0FF0DB5C560D3&version=live&prid=692481&releasejsp=custom_97


VeriSign opens up DNSSec signing system
VeriSign has announced the rollout of DNSSec signing services to registrars.
http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2273620/verisign-dnssec-security

Tuning in to the background hum of the net
Everything you do on the internet involves packets of data flying between your 
machine and whatever you are trying to do, be that bidding on eBay, using a 
search engine or watching video clips on YouTube.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11863294

China arrests hundreds of hackers, says situation "grim"
China has arrested more than 460 hackers from start of this year to the end of 
November, but the prospects to prevent future assaults on computer security 
remain grim, the ministry of public security said.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-53258720101201
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6B00WO20101201

Iran says nuclear programme was hit by sabotage
Iran's president has said some of the centrifuges used in its uranium enrichment 
programme were sabotaged, raising suspicions that they were targeted by the 
Stuxnet computer worm.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11868596

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Groups vow to fight gov't takedowns of websites [IDG]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the operator of Torrent-finder.com have 
separately vowed to fight domain-name seizures by two U.S. agencies in recent 
days.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369758/groups_vow_fight_gov_t_takedowns_websites/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9198681/Groups_vow_to_fight_gov_t_takedowns_of_Web_sites

http://www.cio.com.au/article/369758/groups_vow_fight_gov_t_takedowns_websites/

U.S. Government Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse at the Draconian Future of 
Copyright Enforcement?
Over the past few days, the U.S. Justice Department, the Department of Homeland 
Security and nine U.S. Attorneys? Offices seized 82 domain names of websites 
they claim were engaged in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and 
illegal copyrighted works.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/11/us-government-seizes-82-websites-draconian-future


Pirate Bay, Others Fight Back With Plan To Stop Domain Seizures
A BitTorrent-based DNS system has been proposed to combat the government's 
ability to seize domains at will.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/01/bittorrent-dns-domain-seizures_n_790018.html


US Courts shut down 82 sites for alleged copyright violations [IDG]
Two U.S. government agencies have obtained seizure orders for the domain names 
of 82 websites accused of selling products that infringe copyright law, 
including music, movies and handbags.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369616/courts_shut_down_82_sites_alleged_copyright_violations/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9198338/Courts_shut_down_82_sites_for_alleged_copyright_violations


Feds' Crackdown Of Online Counterfeit, Copyrighted Goods Meets DNS Backlash
In the wake of federal crackdowns, such as the U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement's (ICE) mass seizure yesterday of 82 domain names of websites 
illegally selling and distributing counterfeit and copyrighted items, a group is 
building out a new point-to-point DNS system as a way for sites to dodge future 
domain takeovers by the feds.
http://www.darkreading.com/insider-threat/167801100/security/vulnerabilities/228500003/feds-crackdown-of-online-counterfeit-copyrighted-goods-meets-dns-backlash.html


ICANN had no role in seizing torrent domains
As you may have read, the US government ?seized? a bunch of domain names that 
were hosting sites allegedly involved in piracy and counterfeit goods over the 
Thanksgiving weekend.
http://domainincite.com/icann-had-no-role-in-seizing-torrent-domains/

File-sharers try to create .p2p domain
A move to create a .p2p top-level domain outside of the regular DNS root is 
under way.
http://domainincite.com/file-sharers-try-to-create-p2p-domain/

Gov Crackdown On "Rogue" Websites Stirs Concern
In response to news that the Obama administration shut down a number of Web 
addresses of sites that facilitate illegal file-sharing or sell counterfeit 
goods, public interest groups expressed concern about the precedent it sets.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/11/gov-crackdown-on-rogue-website.php


ICE seizes 82 website domains involved in selling counterfeit goods as part of 
Cyber Monday crackdown [news release]
Seizure orders have been executed against 82 domain names of commercial websites 
engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and 
copyrighted works as part of Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0, as part of an 
ongoing investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1011/101129washington.htm

Opinion: Seizing domain names without COICA
Numerous tech advocacy groups have railed against S 3804, the Combating Online 
Infringement and Counterfeits Act, for proposing to give the Justice Department 
the power to seize domain names from sites around the globe that are "dedicated 
to infringing activities." But the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement division demonstrated over the holiday weekend that the 
feds already have substantial power to confiscate domains from accused 
infringers, thanks to a 2008 law sponsored by the senator who authored S 3804, 
Vermont Democrat (and occasional actor) Patrick Leahy.
http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2010/11/seizing-domain-names-without-coica.html


Morgan Stanley Gets ?Screwed By? Trademark Dispute
Morgan Stanley has lost a challenge at National Arbitration Forum for the domain 
names screwedbymorganstanleysmithbarney.com and screwedbymorganstanley.com.
http://domainnamewire.com/2010/11/30/morgan-stanley-gets-screwed-by-trademark-dispute/


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ITU, the Internet, and a Very Contentious Footnote by Sam Dickinson
I was part of a small APNIC delegation that attended the ITU Plenipotentiary 
Conference (PP-10) with a limited Sector Member role as an observer. Our aim was 
to be available to ITU Member States with questions on IP addressing issues and 
to follow Member State discussions on the ITU's role in Internet governance 
issues. Four adopted resolutions at PP-10 were of particular relevance to 
Internet management, of which one was new: "Facilitating the transition from 
IPv4 to IPv6".
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20101129_itu_the_internet_and_a_very_contentious_footnote/


Four /8 Blocks Allocated to the RIRs ? 2.73% Remains at IANA
Today, 30 November 2010, the IANA allocated four /8s to the RIRs ? 23/8 and 
100/8 to ARIN and 5/8 and 37/8 to RIPE NCC. This leaves only seven /8s remaining 
in IANA free pool of IPv4 addresses, or 2.73% of the total.
https://www.arin.net/announcements/2010/20101130.html

Global pool of IPv4 addresses set to run dry in weeks by Iljitsch van Beijnum
Yesterday, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA, part of ICANN), 
allocated two blocks of 16.8 million IPv4 addresses to the RIPE NCC and another 
two blocks to ARIN. The RIPE NCC and ARIN are the Regional Internet Registries 
that give out IP addresses in greater Europe and North America, respectively. 
This brings the global pool of still available "/8" address blocks that IANA 
maintains from 11 down to 7.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/12/global-pool-of-ipv4-addresses-set-to-run-dry-in-weeks.ars


What the IP address meltdown means for you
The world is running out of IPv4 Internet addresses, without which the Internet 
can't function in its existing form.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/212114/.html
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/369921/what_ip_address_meltdown_means/
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369921/what_ip_address_meltdown_means/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/120110-what-the-ip-address-meltdown.html

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Sinking the online pirates: A U.S. bill seeks to crack down on foreign 
bootlegging websites. But are its provisions too sweeping?
Imagine having a nemesis who assaults you daily (often mocking you as it does) 
yet somehow stays beyond the reach of the law. That's a rough approximation of 
the entertainment industry's view of online piracy ? particularly the kind 
practiced by the likes of Sweden's The Pirate Bay, Latvia's mp3fiesta and a 
growing number of websites that stream bootlegged movies and TV shows from 
digital lockers. Such sites exist almost exclusively to promote illegal 
downloading or streaming of movies, music, video games and software, making 
money through advertisements or even by selling unauthorized copies of the works 
themselves. ... Some critics have complained that the Leahy bill isn't targeted 
narrowly enough, so it conceivably could be used against sites that provide a 
useful outlet for legitimate content distributors in addition to bootleggers. 
Another criticism is that the bill wouldn't give offending sites a fair chance 
to defend themselves. In fact, the Justice Department wouldn't even have to 
inform the actual operator of the site before obtaining an injunction against it 
? it would simply have to send a notice to whoever is listed as the domain 
name's registrant.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-piracy-20101128,0,7950612.story


Domain Name Registrations Pass 200 Million Globally
There are now more than 200 million domain names registered around the world, an 
increase of 3.8 million domain names or two per cent over the previous quarter 
according to the latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief. Over the past year 
the increase has been 13.3 million domain names, or seven per cent.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=12962
http://www.domainpulse.com/2010/11/30/domain-name-registrations-pass-200-million-globally/


Internet Grows to Nearly 202 Million Domain Names in Third Quarter of 2010
The global base of Internet domain names grew by nearly 3.8 million in the third 
quarter of 2010, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published 
by VeriSign, Inc.
https://press.verisign.com/easyir/customrel.do?easyirid=AFC0FF0DB5C560D3&version=live&prid=691769&releasejsp=custom_97


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INTERNET USE
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The cheapest place on the planet to get broadband? It's certainly not the UK
Where's the best value for money for broadband? South Korea? The UK? No - it 
turns out to be Hong Kong, according to a study by the broadband consultancy 
Point Topic. ... The next in the top ten are Japan, Romania, Sweden, Latvia, 
China, Singapore, Russia, Germany and Finland. The UK finally appears at No.24, 
ahead of the US which is at No.30.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/nov/30/broadband-world-map-point-topic


UK lags on broadband and mobile
Only a tiny percentage of UK homes have super-fast broadband and mobile speeds 
are slow compared to other nations, Ofcom has revealed.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11889302

Race Is On to 'Fingerprint' Phones, PCs
David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every 
computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world. He's off to a good start. 
So far, Mr. Norris's start-up company, BlueCava Inc., has identified 200 million 
devices. By the end of next year, BlueCava says it expects to have cataloged one 
billion of the world's estimated 10 billion devices.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704679204575646704100959546.html

Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture
Google Inc. is in the final stages of launching its long-awaited e-book 
retailing venture, Google Editions, a move that could shake up the way digital 
books are sold.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704369304575632602305759466.html

Internet access to return to flights, says Lufthansa [AFP]
The leading German airline, Lufthansa, said Tuesday that it will offer Internet 
access on nearly its entire network by the end of next year, beginning with some 
flights to North America.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/internet-access-to-return-to-flights-says-lufthansa-20101201-18fkg.html

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/internet-access-to-return-to-flights-says-lufthansa-20101201-18fkg.html


N.Zealand website defends topless breast cancer campaign [AFP]
A New Zealand online women's magazine on Thursday defended a breast cancer 
campaign that encourages young women to submit topless pictures for publication 
on the Internet.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/nzealand-website-defends-topless-breast-cancer-campaign-20101202-18h9m.html


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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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The Zuckerberg Revolution: Social media have increased the volume of our 
communications yet diminished the substance of them
America's favorite boy genius, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has announced a 
new form of messaging. E-mail, the last Internet link to traditional, 
epistolary, interpersonal communication, is, he said, outmoded. Young people, by 
which he meant younger than his own 26 years, desired something more nimble for 
their iPads, mobile phones and other devices. What he proposed was a "social 
inbox" where users could readily access messages from friends and then sort them 
? sort of a cross between instant messaging and Twitter.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gabler-zuckerberg-20101128,0,7889675.story


Twitter: 140 characters of legal nightmare
It's been one of those issues the Twitterati love - because it's all about them 
and their beloved medium.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/30/3080634.htm

Australian police serve an intervention order via Facebook: social media as the 
next frontier in legal process? [Clayton Utz]
In an Australian first, Victoria Police has served an intervention order using 
Facebook. The offender had harassed his former partner on the social networking 
site two days after the expiration of an earlier intervention order. 

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=76eb04e1-6804-462c-b4f3-34430b3e5d58


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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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DVD industry in crisis as sales slump as on-demand viewing and the digital games 
revolution take their toll on DVD and Blu-ray
Spare a thought this Christmas for James Bond, kicking his heels at MI6 and 
getting under M's feet. Daniel Craig was forced to holster his Walther PPK when 
Bond 23 was put on hold following the bankruptcy of MGM, under a mountain of 
debt. The studio's woes were in considerable part the fallout from a phenomenon 
that threatens not just Hollywood blockbusters but the continuing supply of 
high-end, home-produced drama and comedy: a sales slump, which may prove 
terminal, in the once all-conquering DVD home entertainment market.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/nov/29/dvd-industry-sales-slump-blu-ray

Apple's iPad tablet eats into PC market
When Steve Jobs in January described the new iPad tablet computer as "magical", 
PC manufacturers perhaps didn't imagine that the magic would be to subtract 
money from their bottom line and add it to Apple's.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/29/apple-ipad-cannibalising-pc-sales


Tablets won't kill the PC anytime soon, says analyst
Although the Apple iPad and other tablets have started cutting into sales of 
personal computers, don't expect PCs to go extinct anytime soon.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/113010-tablets-pc.html

Microsoft files patent for shape-shifting and light-sensitive touchscreens
Microsoft is working on touchscreens that wouldn't simply lay flat -- as many 
smart phones and tablet computers do now -- but would offer displays that rise 
up and change shape to simulate textures and objects in different apps.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/11/microsoft-files-patent-for-shape-shifting-and-light-sensitive-touchscreens.html


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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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us: What?s ?bullying?? The state?s new law is so vague that it has led to 
unintended consequences
THE STATE?S new anti-bullying law is widely heralded as the most aggressive in 
the country. It criminalizes bullying and cyber-bullying by students, and 
requires schools to ferret out and respond to such incidents, many of which take 
place outside of school.
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/12/01/whats_bullying/


Bullying ? Media Hype or Old-School Problem?
Bullying and cyber-bullying have been making lots of headlines in the past 
several weeks. There?s increased media attention on the topic (although one does 
need to question if it?s an epidemic). So, not to be left out, groups are 
popping up websites to capitalize on the bullying trend.
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/12/bullying-media-hype-or-old-school-problem/

Child abuse sites fuelled by Australians [AAP]
Australians took part in child abuse which fuelled an international network of 
websites selling pay-per-view video and still images of sickening child porn, 
authorities say.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/child-abuse-sites-fuelled-by-australians-20101201-18g9x.html


Australia battles child porn trend [AAP]
The production of child pornography has emerged as a "disturbing trend" in 
Australia, police say.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/4416375/Australia-battles-child-porn-trend


au: MPs or staff accessed child porn sites, report finds
NSW MPs or their staff have accessed websites containing child pornography on 
parliamentary computers, an independent inquiry has found.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mps-or-staff-accessed-child-porn-sites-report-finds-20101202-18hd6.html


Child porn may have been viewed by NSW MPs
A report tabled in the New South Wales Parliament has found that MPs or their 
staff have accessed websites containing "sexually explicit images of young 
people."
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/12/02/3082707.htm

Child porn sites accessed at NSW parliament, audit finds
NSW MPs or their staff have allegedly visited child pornography sites on 
parliament house computers.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/child-porn-sites-accessed-at-nsw-parliament-audit-finds/story-fn59niix-1225964504174


au: Attorney-General overwhelmed by support for R18+ games classification
Some 98.2 per cent of individual submissions responding to the federal 
government?s R18+ computer games classification discussion paper support the 
introduction of an adult rating for games, according to the Attorney-General?s 
Department.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369850/attorney-general_overwhelmed_by_support_r18_games_classification/


au: Findings on video game violence 'too hasty' [AAP]
A federal government review of research into the effects of violent video games 
has been too hasty to dismiss studies showing links to aggression, the 
Australian Christian Lobby says.
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/games/findings-on-video-game-violence-too-hasty-20101202-18gux.html

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369983/findings_video_violence_too_hasty_/

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/games/4416234/Findings-on-video-game-violence-too-hasty


nz: Rural school used in phone scam
Assertive foreign cold-call scammers appear to be ramping up their campaign in 
Otago, this time using a rural Dunedin school as a pawn in their game.
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/138861/rural-school-used-phone-scam

'Cyber bullying' problem for Thai kids
A private organisation concerned about the welfare of Thai children has released 
the results of a survey into a recent Internet-based phenomenon called "cyber 
bullying".
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2010/12/02/technology/Cyber-bullying-problem-for-Thai-kids-30143640.html


New reports on Idol, online gaming and Swedish media habits 
The Swedish Media Council has launched four new reports during the autumn of 
2010: one looking at the impact of the popular TV programme 'Idol' on children 
and young people, one looking at the impact of online gaming, and two detailing 
results from the 'Kids and Media Study 2010' for both older and younger 
children.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125242


at: New series of guidebooks to raise awareness among parents 
By the end of 2010, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre will publish two parents? 
guides with practical advice on how to deal with their children?s online and 
gaming behaviour. A third guidebook, focusing on ?Sexuality on the internet?, 
will be released in early 2011. These guidebooks are primarily targeted at 
parents who would like to increase their children?s competence in using new 
media such as the internet, games or social networks.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125077


European Award for Best Children's Online Content 
The European Award for Best Children?s Online Content has recently been 
launched, with the aim of showcasing quality content for 6-12 year olds which is 
already online, and encouraging the production of new quality online content 
which aims to benefit children in some way.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=119748


Country-specific findings from the EU Kids Online study 
Last month we reported on the initial findings from the EU Kids Online study, 
which looked at risks and safety on the internet from the perspective of 23,000 
children and their parents across 25 European countries. This month has seen the 
launch in the first of a series of country-specific reports, with a focus on the 
UK.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125248


pl: New e-learning course for adults 
The Safer Internet Centre in Poland has developed a new e-learning course for 
adults, aimed at parents and professionals working with children. Based on 
research and experiences from the national helpline (helpline.org.pl), the 
resource provides an overview of online safety issues, tips on prevention, and 
signposts to additional resources.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125212


pl: ?3... 2... 1... Internet? recognised as ?Educational Initiative of the Year 
2010? 

The ?3... 2...1... Internet? resource was launched in May 2009 by Nobody?s 
Children Foundation and Microsoft, with the aim of promoting safe use of the 
internet and new technologies. Since that time, it has been widely promoted and 
has proved to be a very effective educational tool for senior primary school 
children. Recent months have seen the launch of a new version of the resource 
for students with hearing impairments, and recognition through receipt of a 
prestigious award.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125253


uk: New guide for parents and teachers on music, film, TV and the internet 
There are many great ways of accessing music, film, TV and video safely and 
legally online. This new guide from Childnet International aims to keep parents, 
teachers and young people well-informed on how to stay safe and legal when 
enjoying entertainment on the internet or via a mobile device.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125180


se: New website with facts on children?s internet habits ? Mediebarn.se 
What are kids up to when using the computer? Which are their favourite web sites 
and what do they do when they visit them? When do they start using computers and 
how does their use evolve throughout childhood? Since 2005, the Swedish Media 
Council has been addressing these questions through the ?Kids and Media Survey?. 
The latest results from the 2010 survey are now available online.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125137


New ?Digital Parenting? magazine from Vodafone 
Vodafone has created a new magazine called ?Digital Parenting? to help parents 
get to grips and get involved with their children?s digital world. The magazine 
brings together experts from around the world to give parents the latest advice 
on digital issues, such as online reputation, location services, sexting, 
cyberbullying and illegal content.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125199


Resource roundup for parents and teachers from Insafe and European Schoolnet 
Insafe and European Schoolnet have developed a range of new and exciting 
resources and initiatives to support families and educators in their role of 
helping young people to use new technologies safely and responsibility. Here we 
provide a roundup of what's on offer.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125327


Safer Internet Day 2011: Two months and counting... 
Safer Internet Day is already in the air and, in a little more than two months, 
on 8 February 2011, the eighth edition of Safer Internet Day will be celebrated 
in more than 65 countries across the world. This year, through the theme 
?virtual lives? we invite you to discover how your real self survives the 
virtual experience.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125236


Gaming advice from PEGI 
PEGI ? the Pan-European Game Information age rating system ? provides advice 
regarding the age suitability of video games. However, every child is different, 
and this should be taken into account when making purchasing decisions. 
Ultimately parents should decide what their children are capable of viewing or 
experiencing when gaming. Here, PEGI provide some top tips for parents and 
information on a free iTunes app to check game ratings on the move - ideal when 
Christmas shopping!
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=125192


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EFF Asks Judges to Protect Identities in Porn-Downloading Lawsuits; Risk of 
Embarrassment Pressures Defendants to Settle, Regardless of Merit
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked judges in Texas and West 
Virginia to block requests to unmask accused file sharers in several predatory 
copyright troll lawsuits involving the alleged illegal downloading of 
pornography.
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/11/29

Microsoft in talks for new TV service - sources
Microsoft Corp has held talks with media companies to licence TV networks for a 
new online pay-television subscription service through devices such as its Xbox 
video game console, two people familiar with the plans told Reuters.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6AS2Y120101129
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4405324/Microsoft-eyes-leap-back-into-TV


Sinking the online pirates: A U.S. bill seeks to crack down on foreign 
bootlegging websites. But are its provisions too sweeping?
Imagine having a nemesis who assaults you daily (often mocking you as it does) 
yet somehow stays beyond the reach of the law. That's a rough approximation of 
the entertainment industry's view of online piracy ? particularly the kind 
practiced by the likes of Sweden's The Pirate Bay, Latvia's mp3fiesta and a 
growing number of websites that stream bootlegged movies and TV shows from 
digital lockers. Such sites exist almost exclusively to promote illegal 
downloading or streaming of movies, music, video games and software, making 
money through advertisements or even by selling unauthorized copies of the works 
themselves.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-piracy-20101128,0,7950612.story


Internet TV proves to be quite a handful
Setup and the remote may flummox Gramps, but savvy users may decide it's worth 
it to surf the Web on a big screen.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-google-tv-20101128,0,7253627.story

UK TV streaming service fails to have copyright suit thrown out
The activities of a television streaming website are covered by copyright law 
despite the fact that it is not itself a broadcaster, the High Court has ruled.
http://out-law.com/page-11616

What's the future of TV in New Zealand?
The Government has kicked off a $13 million marketing campaign to encourage the 
29 per cent of the country's households still watching analogue TV to switch to 
digital services ahead of the planned shutdown of analogue transmissions in 
November 2013.
http://sciblogs.co.nz/griffins-gadgets/2010/12/01/whats-the-future-of-tv-in-new-zealand/

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10691537

Mobile TV to remain niche in India
Despite its growth potential, mobile TV will remain a niche service in India due 
to several key challenges including high costs and lack of clarity in terms of 
revenue sharing, according to industry analysts.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/mobile-tv-to-remain-niche-in-india-62204797.htm

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Battery power, wireless spectrum hold back mobile computing
Innovations in mobile computing will continue apace in coming years, but battery 
power and wireless spectrum could become critical obstacles, according to mobile 
executives speaking Tuesday evening at a gathering in Silicon Valley.
http://infoworld.com/d/mobilize/battery-power-wireless-spectrum-hold-back-mobile-computing-301

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369883/battery_power_wireless_spectrum_hold_back_mobile_computing/

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/120110-battery-power-wireless-spectrum-hold.html

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/212129/.html

Mobile internet is already dominant, survey says
The people behind the Opera mobile Web browser have released the results of 
their State of the Mobile Web survey, which questioned 300,000 users in July and 
August this year. It makes for fascinating reading.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/211856/.html
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369613/mobile_internet_already_dominant_survey_says/


Vodafone cuts European data-roaming rates
Vodafone is to cut its data-roaming rates for much of Europe in a bid to boost 
smartphone sales, the operator announced on Monday.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/mobile-working/2010/11/29/vodafone-cuts-european-data-roaming-rates-40091004/


us: Verizon's LTE pricing may trigger 4G rate war [IDG]
Verizon Wireless is undercutting its own 3G plans with pricing for the LTE 
network scheduled to go live on Sunday, possibly marking the beginning of a 
fight to capture high-speed wireless subscribers.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9199078/Verizon_s_LTE_pricing_may_trigger_4G_rate_war


us: EBay Shows Where Mobile Shopping Is Hot
Using a cell phone to shop on eBay is big in San Francisco, along with most 
metropolitan areas. But mobile commerce has yet to catch on in the West Texas 
desert, most of South Dakota and rural Illinois.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/ebay-shows-where-mobile-shopping-is-hot/


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SPAM
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au: Spam Act mixed success: ACMA
The Spam Act 2003 has proved successful in combating the proliferation of 
unwanted emails in Australia but has limited benefit for combating international 
spam, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369980/spam_act_mixed_success_acma/

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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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Mobile Banking in the Emerging World
In Tanzania, a hospital sends money by text message to women in remote areas so 
they can pay for bus fare to travel for critically needed surgery. In 
Afghanistan, the government pays its police officers by text message to skirt 
corrupt middlemen. In Pakistan, the biggest financial network is not a bank, but 
a unit of Telenor, the Norwegian mobile phone operator.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/business/global/29iht-mobilebanks29.html

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Cyberespionage At A Crossroads: Aurora and Stuxnet-type attacks are here to 
stay, so organizations need a new defense strategy
It's been a milestone week in cyberespionage developments that smacked of a spy 
movie, with a confession, a killing, and a leaked intelligence cable: Iranian 
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that "enemies" of Iran had 
successfully used software to disrupt centrifuges in Iran?s nuclear facility, 
Iran's top nuclear scientist was assassinated, and a U.S. State Department cable 
obtained by WikiLeaks suggesting that the Chinese government had ordered the 
Aurora attack against Google. While these events and disclosures fell short of 
providing actual proof about the success or even who was really behind these 
high-profile breaches, they punctuated what has been a game-changer of a year 
for cyberattacks.
http://www.darkreading.com/insider-threat/167801100/security/attacks-breaches/228500103/cyberespionage-at-a-crossroads.html


Sinking the online pirates: A U.S. bill seeks to crack down on foreign 
bootlegging websites. But are its provisions too sweeping?
Imagine having a nemesis who assaults you daily (often mocking you as it does) 
yet somehow stays beyond the reach of the law. That's a rough approximation of 
the entertainment industry's view of online piracy ? particularly the kind 
practiced by the likes of Sweden's The Pirate Bay, Latvia's mp3fiesta and a 
growing number of websites that stream bootlegged movies and TV shows from 
digital lockers. Such sites exist almost exclusively to promote illegal 
downloading or streaming of movies, music, video games and software, making 
money through advertisements or even by selling unauthorized copies of the works 
themselves. ... Some critics have complained that the Leahy bill isn't targeted 
narrowly enough, so it conceivably could be used against sites that provide a 
useful outlet for legitimate content distributors in addition to bootleggers. 
Another criticism is that the bill wouldn't give offending sites a fair chance 
to defend themselves. In fact, the Justice Department wouldn't even have to 
inform the actual operator of the site before obtaining an injunction against it 
? it would simply have to send a notice to whoever is listed as the domain 
name's registrant.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-piracy-20101128,0,7950612.story


Groups vow to fight gov't takedowns of websites [IDG]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the operator of Torrent-finder.com have 
separately vowed to fight domain-name seizures by two U.S. agencies in recent 
days.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369758/groups_vow_fight_gov_t_takedowns_websites/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9198681/Groups_vow_to_fight_gov_t_takedowns_of_Web_sites

http://www.cio.com.au/article/369758/groups_vow_fight_gov_t_takedowns_websites/

U.S. Government Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse at the Draconian Future of 
Copyright Enforcement?
Over the past few days, the U.S. Justice Department, the Department of Homeland 
Security and nine U.S. Attorneys? Offices seized 82 domain names of websites 
they claim were engaged in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and 
illegal copyrighted works.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/11/us-government-seizes-82-websites-draconian-future


Pirate Bay, Others Fight Back With Plan To Stop Domain Seizures
A BitTorrent-based DNS system has been proposed to combat the government's 
ability to seize domains at will.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/01/bittorrent-dns-domain-seizures_n_790018.html


US Courts shut down 82 sites for alleged copyright violations [IDG]
Two U.S. government agencies have obtained seizure orders for the domain names 
of 82 websites accused of selling products that infringe copyright law, 
including music, movies and handbags.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369616/courts_shut_down_82_sites_alleged_copyright_violations/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9198338/Courts_shut_down_82_sites_for_alleged_copyright_violations


Supreme Court shoots down Tiffany appeal in eBay trademark case
The US Supreme Court on Monday weighed in on another case watched by the tech 
industry, rejecting Tiffany & Co's appeal in its drawn-out trademark 
infringement suit against online auction site eBay. The company has long 
maintained that eBay was responsible for preventing auctions of counterfeit 
Tiffany jewelry and other items, but federal and appellate judges disagreed. The 
Supreme Court justices upheld those earlier decisions.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/11/supreme-court-shoots-down-tiffany-appeal-in-ebay-trademark-case.ars


High court rejects Tiffany's appeal in eBay suit
eBay has won the latest and seemingly last round in a lawsuit filed by jewelery 
maker Tiffany over alleged trademark infringement.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20024128-93.html

Google Acts to Eliminate Distasteful Web Sellers
Google announced on Wednesday that it had changed the way it ranks search 
results so that unscrupulous merchants would find it hard to appear prominently 
in searches.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/technology/02ranking.html

WikiLeaks cables: US spurned Gary McKinnon plea from Gordon Brown
Leaked US embassy cables reveal that Gordon Brown unsuccessfully put his 
reputation as prime minister on the line in a plea to Washington that the 
computer hacker Gary McKinnon be allowed to serve any sentence in the UK.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-cables-gary-mckinnon-gordon-brown


David Blunkett voices regrets over Gary McKinnon and extradition treaty
David Blunkett said today that he knew about Gordon Brown's attempt to appeal to 
Washington over the fate of Gary McKinnon and that he thought it had been a 
"really good idea".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/david-blunkett-extradition-mckinnon-wikileaks


Police urge international cybercrime cooperation
International policing authorities have urged for greater harmonisation of 
cybercrime laws between countries to better share information and collaborate on 
global crime waves.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369833/police_urge_international_cybercrime_cooperation/


London Olympic cyber security plan to be developed [news release]
A cyber security plan for the 2012 Olympics is to be developed to help disrupt 
criminal activity on the internet and protect IT networks.
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/olympic-cyber

EFCC - Nigeria on Cyber Crime Top Ten List
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said Nigeria is 
now ranked third among the top ten sources of cyber crime in the world just as 
it said over $557million were lost globally to cyber criminals in 2009.
http://nigerianbulletin.com/2010/12/01/efcc-nigeria-on-cybercrime-top-ten-list-daily-trust/

http://allafrica.com/stories/201012010182.html

Cyber crime: bigger than the drugs trade, and growing [AFP]
Until Eoin Blackwell arrived at his Sydney home from a Christmas party, he had 
no idea his bank account had been emptied from half-a-world away. ... Blackwell 
is among the 65 per cent of the world's two billion internet users estimated to 
have fallen victim to cyber crime, a trade so lucrative it is thought to be 
worth several times more than the illegal drugs racket.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/cyber-crime-bigger-than-the-drugs-trade-and-growing-20101202-18h03.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/cyber-crime-bigger-than-the-drugs-trade-and-growing-20101202-18h03.html

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10691560

Australian hacker infected 2000 computers [AAP]
An Australian computer hacker infected more than 2000 computers in Australia and 
overseas with a program to capture banking details, a court has heard.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4411504/Australian-hacker-infected-2000-computers

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/australian-hacker-infected-2000-computers-20101201-18g8a.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/australian-hacker-infected-2000-computers-20101201-18g8a.html


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PRIVACY
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Hiding Online Footprints: Makers of Firefox Browser Explore Do-Not-Track Tool 
After Scrapping Earlier Effort
The makers of the popular Firefox Web browser are exploring ways to create a 
do-not-track mechanism that could offer Internet users a way to avoid being 
monitored online.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704584804575645074178700984.html

us: Agency Proposes 'Do Not Track' Option for Web Users
Signaling a sea change in the debate over Internet privacy, the government?s top 
consumer protection agency on Wednesday advocated a plan that would let 
consumers choose whether they want their Internet browsing and buying habits 
monitored.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/business/media/02privacy.html

FTC Backs Do-Not-Track System for Web
The Federal Trade Commission weighed in on the issue of Internet privacy 
Wednesday, calling for development of a "do not track" system that would enable 
people to avoid having their actions monitored online?prompting immediate 
objections from the online-advertising industry.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704594804575648670826747094.html

FTC wants 'Do Not Track' button on internet [AFP]
US regulators in charge of protecting the privacy of consumers are proposing 
safeguards including a "Do Not Track" mechanism for people who want to be 
stealthy online.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/ftc-wants-do-not-track-button-on-internet-20101202-18h0r.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/ftc-wants-do-not-track-button-on-internet-20101202-18h0r.html


FTC Report Calls For Do-Not-Track System
The Federal Trade Commission's staff report released Wednesday on ways to 
improve online consumer privacy calls for the creation of a "do-not-track" 
system that would allow consumers to opt out of being tracked when surfing 
online.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/12/ftc-report-calls-for-donottrac.php


FTC Official Says Do-Not-Track Is Feasible
A key Federal Trade Commission official provided some details about the 
commission's staff privacy report that will be released Wednesday, saying that 
he believed that the technology is available to implement a "do-not-track" 
system and would provide consumers a simpler way to control their privacy 
online.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/12/ftc-official-says-donottrack-i.php


Two agencies favor Do Not Track option to protect Web user privacy
The Commerce Department believes industry practices to protect Internet users' 
privacy, such as the creation of a Do Not Track online tool, should be voluntary 
but enforceable, a department official said on Wednesday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20101201_8251.php

FTC backs 'do not track' list for Web users
U.S. regulators backed the creation of a "do not track" option for the Internet 
that would limit the ability of advertisers to collect consumers' data.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-53285320101202

Opinion: Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt
There you are, peacefully reading an article or watching a video on the 
Internet. You finish, find it thought-provoking, and scroll down to the comments 
section to see what other people thought. And there, lurking among dozens of 
well-intentioned opinions, is a troll.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/opinion/30zhuo.html

?sterreich: Google darf wieder fotografieren
Die ?sterreichische Datenschutzkommission hat den Google Street View-Autos 
prinzipiell freie Fahrt gegeben. Ein Bescheid, der das Projekt in ?sterreich im 
Fr?hjahr gestoppt hat, ist aufgehoben worden, sagte die Sprecherin Eva 
Souhrada-Kirchmayer am Dienstag gegen?ber der APA. Das Unternehmen muss aber f?r 
das Registrierungsverfahren noch Pr?zisierungsdaten nachliefern. ?Dieser 
Bescheid hat aber keine aufschiebende Wirkung?, so Souhrada-Kirchmayer.
http://www.futurezone.at/stories/1664715/

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CENSORSHIP
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China blocks access to WikiLeaks [IDG]
China has blocked Internet access to WikiLeaks' release of more than 250,000 
U.S. Department of State cables, with its Foreign Ministry saying that it does 
not want to see any disturbance in China-U.S. relations.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9198578/China_blocks_access_to_WikiLeaks
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/211958/.html

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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EU launches antitrust probe into alleged Google abuses
The European Commission has launched an investigation into Google after other 
search engines complained that the firm had abused its dominant position.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11876443

EU to launch Google search investigation
The European Commission today launched a formal investigation into Google 
following allegations that the internet giant has abused its dominant position 
in the search and advertising market.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/30/google-search-eu-investigation

Google search investigation sparked by complaint from British site
A tiny British shopping comparison site has triggered an investigation by the 
European Commission into whether Google is abusing its monopoly position by 
deliberately lowering rivals' sites in its search results.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/30/google-investigation-eu-british-complaint


Foundem accuses Google of using its power to favour own links
Foundem is a shopping comparison site whose founders woke up one day in June 
2006 to discover that the worst had happened: it had vanished from Google.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/30/google-foundem-ec-competition-rules


E.U. Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Google
The top European antitrust regulator opened an investigation into Google on 
Tuesday to examine allegations that the Internet giant has abused its dominance 
in online search.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/technology/01google.html

Google investigated over alleged antitrust violations
The European Commission has opened an investigation into Google's search engine 
business to discover whether it should be fined for abusing its dominant market 
position to benefit itself at the expense of competitors.
http://out-law.com/page-11634

E.U. launches formal antitrust investigation into Google
The European Commission, the European Union's executive body, said Tuesday it 
has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Google's search practices. The 
E.C. said in a release it will focus on whether Google illegally used its 
dominance in search to lower the rankings of unpaid search results from 
competitors while giving preferential rankings to its own services.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/11/eu_launches_formal_antitrust_i.html


Google probe opens up complex issues
When regulators in Brussels and Washington last looked into whether the 
algorithms embedded in a search system gave unfair preference to some results 
over others, they decided that intervention was in order.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f2ff5f2a-fcb4-11df-bfdd-00144feab49a,dwp_uuid=9a36c1aa-3016-11da-ba9f-00000e2511c8.html


What the EU wants to investigate
Allegation 1: Google has abused its dominant market position in online search by 
giving preferential placement to its own vertical search or price comparison 
services at the?expense?of?its rivals.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d1937efc-fc91-11df-a9c5-00144feab49a,dwp_uuid=9a36c1aa-3016-11da-ba9f-00000e2511c8.html


Antitrust: Commission probes allegations of antitrust violations by Google [news 
release]
The European Commission has decided to open an antitrust investigation into 
allegations that Google Inc. has abused a dominant position in online search, in 
violation of European Union rules (Article 102 TFEU). The opening of formal 
proceedings follows complaints by search service providers about unfavourable 
treatment of their services in Google's unpaid and sponsored search results 
coupled with an alleged preferential placement of Google's own services. This 
initiation of proceedings does not imply that the Commission has proof of any 
infringements. It only signifies that the Commission will conduct an in-depth 
investigation of the case as a matter of priority.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/1624

F.C.C. Chairman Sets a Framework for Regulating Broadband Providers
Thwarted by the courts, by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and by some of his fellow 
commissioners, the Federal Communications Commission chairman will try again on 
Wednesday to devise a new strategy for regulating broadband Internet service 
providers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/technology/01fcc.html

Web-Traffic Spat Over Netflix Highlights New Tensions
U.S. regulators are looking into a dispute between two large companies that 
shuttle traffic around the Internet, a business invisible to most consumers but 
increasingly fraught with tension.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704679204575646840288688392.html

Net neutrality rules set for showdown in the US
US regulators are set for a showdown over rules to ensure an open internet. The 
rules are intended to prohibit phone and cable companies blocking or 
discriminating against internet traffic over their broadband networks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11892142

FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Sparks Firestorm
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday he has 
scheduled a December 21 vote on a new regulatory initiative designed to preserve 
the openness that has been the Internet's hallmark since its inception, National 
Journal reported.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/12/fcc-net-neutrality-proposal-sp.php

http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20101201_7260.php

FCC chief backs some rationing of Internet traffic
Internet service providers would be allowed to ration web traffic on their 
networks under a strategy unveiled by the top U.S. communications regulator that 
no longer focuses solely on open access.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-53282820101201
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6B05EW20101201

us: Net neutrality order in December
After weeks of speculation, the FCC finally put out its December meeting agenda 
revealing a proceeding on net neutrality.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/12/breaking-net-neutrality-order.php


us: Internet Giants Spar Over Fees
Netflix Inc.'s broadband partner is in dispute with Comcast Corp. over who 
should pay to handle an expected surge in online videos piped over the cable 
company's network.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703945904575645251061168526.html

us: Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Deceptive Online Marketing Tactics
The Senate has passed legislation aimed at cracking down on deceptive online 
marketing practices that have led many consumers to unknowningly sign up for 
products and services they do not want or use.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/12/senate-passes-bill-aimed-at-de.php


UK Home Office mulls data law change
The Home Office has agreed to meet civil liberties groups as part of a 
consultation it is conducting into UK interception laws.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11875043

at: New amendments to data protection law
In early 2010 a substantial revision of the Data Protection Act entered into 
force. This was the act's first substantial revision since it became effective 
in 2000.
http://www.internationallawoffice.com/newsletters/detail.aspx?g=c7927733-02b3-4a47-baa9-9377d3e8ef00


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MISCELLANEOUS
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Now a Giant, Google Works to Retain Nimble Minds
When a product manager at Google told his bosses this year that he was quitting 
to take a job at Facebook, they offered him a large raise. When he said it was 
not about the money, they told him he could have a promotion, work in a 
different area or even start his own company inside Google.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/technology/29google.html

New NZCS president keen to engage younger ICT professionals
Ray Delany has been elected as the the New Zealand Computer Society's new 
president, replacing Don Robertson.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/new-nzcs-president-keen-to-engage-younger-ict-professionals


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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Europe Threatens Inquiry Into Phone and Cable Fees
The European Union?s telecommunications commissioner on Tuesday threatened to 
crack down on member countries that allow powerful former telephone monopolies 
to charge steep fees that raise costs to consumers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/technology/01telecom.html

4G to Cover More Than 4 Billion People by 2015
More than 60% of the world's population will have access to some form of 4G 
mobile broadband technology by 2015, according to a new report from ABI 
Research.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/112910-4g-lte-wimax.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/211910/.html

Coalition's final attempt to have NBN subjected to cost-benefit analysis fails
Legislation paving the way for the rollout of the National Broadband Network has 
passed through the parliament.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/coalitions-final-attempt-to-have-nbn-subjected-to-cost-benefit-analysis-fails/story-fn59niix-1225962772548


au: Lawmaker Sets Up Roadblock on Telstra Network
As Australian lawmakers Monday gave the final sign-off to legislation aimed at 
clearing the way for a national high-speed Internet network, a key independent 
set up a potential roadblock by vowing to block access arrangements due for 
debate early next year.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704700204575643720930757344.html

au: Wimax trial targets speed up to 100Mbps
Perth-based Wimax operator Vividwireless has signed Huawei to test the next 
evolution of superfast mobile broadband in and around Sydney.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/wimax-trial-targets-speed-up-to-100mbps/story-e6frgakx-1225962969531


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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTION
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nz: Man with 106,000 child porn images avoids jail
A St Albans professional man caught with 106,000 child pornography images on his 
computer has been granted home detention and name suppression.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10691074

nz: Teacher jailed for child porn deregistered [NZPA]
A former North Canterbury teacher convicted of 24 child pornography charges has 
been deregistered.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10691046

Federal cops help smash child porn network
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) says it has helped crack a network of child 
abuse websites run from eastern Europe.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/12/01/3081334.htm

AFP reveals role in global child porn sting
MARK COLVIN: Australian police have revealed their role in tracking down an 
international crime group which ran more than 200 child pornography websites.
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2010/s3081966.htm

Taskforce takes down child porn ring
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has joined forces with a global taskforce of 
enforcement agencies to break a network of commercial child pornography 
websites.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/369813/taskforce_takes_down_child_porn_ring/


Global child porn ring busted [AAP]
POLICE say they expect more arrests after busting an international network of 
child exploitation websites which sold sickening images of youngsters as young 
as three being abused.
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/global-child-porn-ring-busted/story-e6frfku0-1225963817011



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