[DNS] domain name news - 17 January

[DNS] domain name news - 17 January

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:23:18 -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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Bill Clinton and the ICANN Silicon Valley Meeting
http://blog.icann.org/2011/01/bill-clinton-and-the-icann-silicon-valley-meeting/

Temporary Drafting Group Work Session on New gTLD Base Registry Agreement Issues 
? To Be Held 27 January 2011
http://blog.icann.org/2011/01/temporary-drafting-group-work-session-on-new-gtld-base-registry-agreement-issues-?-to-be-held-27-january-2011/


Confirmed: Bill Clinton to Address ICANN Meeting in SF
http://www.mindsandmachines.com/2011/01/confirmed-bill-clinton-to-address-icann-meeting-in-sf/


Bill Clinton (Almost) Confirmed To Speak At ICANN San Francisco
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13407

auDA Launches New You Tube Channel
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/01/12/auda-launches-new-you-tube-channel/

Asean Internet domain by 2015?
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/1/14/nation/20110114144813&sec=nation


Cyber attacks could create "perfect storm" - OECD
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE70G00K20110117

uk: Leading computer expert warns of cyber attack on National Grid
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/leading-computer-expert-warns-of-cyber-attack-on-national-grid-2185155.html


Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/world/middleeast/16stuxnet.html

Cybersquatting Groupon in Australia: International Trademarks are also important 
in Protecting Your Domain Name
http://tcattorney.typepad.com/anticybersquatting_consum/2011/01/cybersquatting-groupon-in-australia-international-trademarks-are-also-important-in-protecting-your-domain-name-the-deal-of-t.html


Number crunch: the struggle to upgrade the Internet from IPv4 to IPv6
http://futureoftheinternet.org/number-crunch-the-struggle-to-upgrade-the-internet-from-ipv4-to-ipv6


Happy 25th birthday, IETF
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/011411-ietf.html

Brisbane Floods Domain Up For Sale, Then Taken Down Following Backlash
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13395


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GOVERNANCE
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Call for Papers: Global Internet Governance: Research and Public Policy 
Challenges for the Next Decade
Internet Governance is an emerging international field of scholarship, public 
interest advocacy, diplomacy, governmental and corporate policy-making, and 
philanthropic investment. The problem of how or whether we should control or 
regulate a communication medium that is decentralized and global is critically 
important to anyone who relies on the Internet to communicate, mobilize 
political action, run online businesses, purchase products and services or 
access critical information services.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/1/14/4726798.html

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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Bill Clinton and the ICANN Silicon Valley Meeting
A few blogs and a swarm of tweets have announced that former President Bill 
Clinton will speak at ICANN?s Silicon Valley-San Francisco public meeting in 
March. Some are asking why ICANN hasn?t announced this yet.
http://blog.icann.org/2011/01/bill-clinton-and-the-icann-silicon-valley-meeting/

Extension of Public Comment Period on the Draft 2011-2014 Strategic Plan
In response to community request, ICANN is extending the Public Comment period 
on the Draft 2011-2014 Strategic Plan from 45 days to 60 days, which will now 
close on 25 January 2011, as community input is an important part of our 
Accountability and Transparency objectives.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-13jan11-en.htm

Temporary Drafting Group Work Session on New gTLD Base Registry Agreement Issues 
? To Be Held 27 January 2011
The Temporary Drafting Group will hold a teleconference on 27 January 2011. The 
issues open for drafting/discussion during the call will include:
http://blog.icann.org/2011/01/temporary-drafting-group-work-session-on-new-gtld-base-registry-agreement-issues-?-to-be-held-27-january-2011/


Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN Public Meeting 41 in Amman, Jordan
ICANN is launching the 13th round of the Fellowship program applications for its 
41st Public Meeting to be held Amman, Jordan on 19-24 June 2011.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-14jan11-en.htm

Confirmed: Bill Clinton to Address ICANN Meeting in SF
A personal source close to Bill Clinton has confirmed to us that the former 
president will give the keynote speech ICANN meeting in San Francisco March 
14-18. The meeting promises to produce far more electricity than sleepy 
NGO-lawyer-techie-academic-lobbyist ICANN attendees are used to.
http://www.mindsandmachines.com/2011/01/confirmed-bill-clinton-to-address-icann-meeting-in-sf/


Bill Clinton (Almost) Confirmed To Speak At ICANN San Francisco
ICANN has confirmed they are in negotiation with Bill Clinton, former president 
of the United States, to speak at what is now being called their Silicon 
Valley-San Francisco meeting in March.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13407
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/01/14/bill-clinton-icann-san-francisco/
http://domainnews.com/en/bill-clinton-almost-confirmed-to-speak-at-icann-san-francisco.html


ICANN Threatens to Shut Down 3 Domain Name Registrars
Three domain registrars face termination if they don?t start escrowing whois 
information immediately.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/01/13/icann-threatens-to-shut-down-3-domain-name-registrars/


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 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
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auDA Launches New You Tube Channel
To kick off 2011 here at auDA, we are pleased to announce the launch of our own 
YouTube channel, available at: www.youtube.com/audachannel.
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/01/12/auda-launches-new-you-tube-channel/

The pace of new domain registrations continues to keep up. There are already 
750,000 of them
Today at 3:20 a.m., the CZ.NIC association, administrator of the Czech top-level 
domain, recorded the 750,000th registration of the .CZ domain. The average 
monthly increase in the number of .CZ domains has thus remained around 10,000. 
The last 50,000 domains have been added since last August. According to CZ.NIC 
statistics, 87% of domain holders are men, and 52% are companies and legal 
entities.
http://www.nic.cz/page/837/the-pace-of-new-domain-registrations-continues-to-keep-up.-there-are-already-750,000-of-them-/


Short and Fine - Last Nine Short Domains Finally Registered
On 12 January, the last nine remaining short domains were entered in the DENIC 
domain register.
http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/3082.html

The new law on domain names is adopted on first reading by the French National 
Assembly
On Thursday 13 January, the French National Assembly adopted on first reading a 
bill to define the new legal framework for extensions corresponding to the 
national territory.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/270/the-new-law-on-domain-names-is-adopted-on-first-reading-by-the-french-national-assembly


Focus.it Newsletter: no paper: two million domains
Italy is fi fth in Europe and ninth in the world of the Country Code Top Level 
Domains, in part thanks to the impact of the synchronous system
http://www.nic.it/documenti/sala-stampa/NEWSLETTER18.pdf

JPRS Published DNSSEC Practice Statement for the JP Zone (JP DPS)
On January 14th, 2011, JPRS published "DNSSEC Practice Statement forthe JP Zone 
(JP DPS)". DPS (DNSSEC Practice Statement) is a document in which zone operator 
states ideas of security, policies, practices and procedures with regard to 
operational issues of DNSSEC.
http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2011/110114.html

.ORG, The Public Interest Registry Names Brian Cute as Chief Executive Officer
.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) ? manager of the world?s third largest 
generic top-level domain ? today appointed Mr. Brian Cute as chief executive 
officer. With more than 12 years of experience in the Internet and 
communications industry, Mr. Cute will assume his leadership position on 
February 1, 2011.
http://pir.org/news/pr/2010/briancuteceo

Welcoming Brian Cute As The Next CEO of PIR
Today, it?s my pleasure to announce that Mr. Brian Cute has been named CEO of 
.ORG, The Public Interest Registry, effective February 1. It?s been an honor to 
serve as interim CEO over the past few months, and as I return to my position as 
Chairman of the Board, I ? as well as the rest of the PIR team ? look forward to 
working alongside Brian in cementing .ORG?s position as the most trusted domain
http://pir.org/blog/2011/cute

2 million names in the .pl domain
tu-tam.pl is the name of the domain number 2 million entered, on the night of 
January 4, 2011, in the national Internet domain register maintained by NASK. 
The number of .pl domain names has increased twofold over the past two years. 
Twenty years after its connection to the Internet, Poland ranks fifth in terms 
of the number of domains registered in Europe.
http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/701

Dot-Pro Price Reduction for Entrepreneurs - $9.99 for Dot-Pro Domain Names
The recent uptick in entrepreneurship has prompted EnCirca to help new business 
owners in the New Year and offer Dot-Pro domain name registration for a reduced 
price of $9.99.
http://www.encirca.com/html/press/DotPro_Price_Reduction_January_2011.pdf

The beginning of the second level domains sunrise period
SaudiNIC announces the beginning of the sunrise period of the second level 
domain names registration under (.sa) . we mean by Second level domains All 
Domain names composed of tow parts only, a label and the TLD (.sa) without the ( 
com, net, org, .. etc ) part . for example ( www.nic.sa ) 

http://blog.nic.net.sa/en/?p=41

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Munich Conference on New Top-Level Domains
ICANN recently set May 30, 2011 as the planned launch date for new top-level 
domain (nTLD) applications. In 2012, ICANN expects to add another 400 generic 
domain extensions to the current list, creating an unprecedented growth of new 
top-level domains.
http://www.newdomains.org/node/4

Asean Internet domain by 2015?
Asean could have its own Internet exchange and domain by 2015, boosting 
inter-Asean connectivity and lowering Internet costs.
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/1/14/nation/20110114144813&sec=nation


IP lawyers call for halt to new TLDs
Some trademark interests are ratcheting up the rhetoric in opposition to ICANN?s 
new top-level domains program, with one company calling for it to be scrapped 
altogether.
http://domainincite.com/ip-lawyers-call-for-halt-to-new-tlds/

Bulgaria to Make Another Push for '??' Cyrillic Web Domain
Bulgaria will push ahead with its efforts to get a domain name in Cyrillic with 
a "??" suffix approved even though ICANN turned down the proposal last year.
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=124144

Network Solutions will sell .xxx domains
Network Solutions has become the first big-name registrar to show that it will 
support the proposed .xxx top-level domain.
http://domainincite.com/network-solutions-will-sell-xxx-domains/

Cute sees .org?s future in new TLDs
The Public Interest Registry sees new top-level domains as an opportunity to 
strengthen the .org brand as well as add new TLDs to its stable, according to 
newly appointed CEO Brian Cute.
http://domainincite.com/cute-sees-orgs-future-in-new-tlds/

ICANN's GAC Talks Are Critical For New gTLDs by Johnny Du
With Bill Clinton's appearance at ICANN San Francisco now confirmed to be more 
than mere rumor, the March meeting will be a very big event indeed. On its home 
turf, and under the glare of possibly unprecedented global attention, ICANN may 
feel some pressure to make sure it has some noteworthy news to announce at the 
end of the week, after its Board of Directors meets.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110114_icann_gac_talks_are_critical_for_new_gtlds/


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Cyber attacks could create "perfect storm" - OECD
Attacks on computer systems now have the potential to cause global catastrophe, 
but only in combination with another disaster, the Organisation for Economic 
Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Monday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE70G00K20110117
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54193520110117

uk: Leading computer expert warns of cyber attack on National Grid
The national electricity grid is wide open to a devastating cyber attack that 
could wreak havoc on the economy and make the 2008 financial crisis seem puny by 
comparison, a leading computer industry guru has told The Independent.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/leading-computer-expert-warns-of-cyber-attack-on-national-grid-2185155.html


6 Critical Cybersecurity Challenges Facing the Electrical Grid
As the country's electricity grid undergoes a transformation and moves toward a 
more intelligently networked, automated system, it faces an increasing amount 
cybersecurity issues.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/011311-cybersecurity-challenges-electrical-grid.html

http://www.pcworld.com/article/216708/.html

What is Evgeny Morozov Trying to Prove? A review of "The Net Delusion" by Milton 
Mueller
Evgeny Morozov?s new book ?The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom? 
deserves an extensive review here. It grapples with key questions of Internet 
governance in a highly original way. But it is also a frustrating book to try to 
make sense of. The tone of the work is urgent but the take-home message is 
murky, if not confused and contradictory.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/1/13/4726219.html

Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay
The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of 
Israel?s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories 
make atomic fuel for the arsenal.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/world/middleeast/16stuxnet.html

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Cybersquatting Groupon in Australia: International Trademarks are also important 
in Protecting Your Domain Name
The deal-of-the-day website known as Groupon files a trademark lawsuit against 
the two Australian brothers, Gabby and Hezi Leibovitch, who started the clone 
website called Scoopon in Australia.
http://tcattorney.typepad.com/anticybersquatting_consum/2011/01/cybersquatting-groupon-in-australia-international-trademarks-are-also-important-in-protecting-your-domain-name-the-deal-of-t.html


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Number crunch: the struggle to upgrade the Internet from IPv4 to IPv6
The Internet?s framers famously designed it without predicting much about how, 
or how much, it would be used. For example, the network?s capacity was conceived 
less in a count of precisely how many could participate at once ? the way 
traditional phone circuits worked ? and more in flexibly divisible bandwidth. As 
that bandwidth got saturated, it would degrade gracefully: data might move 
slower for everyone, but no one would get an ?all circuits are busy? message. In 
ways large and small, what animates Internet protocol design is a 
procrastination principle: if something can work well, it doesn?t have to be 
perfect, and not every problem or limit must be anticipated and preempted. 
Potential but still speculative flaws can be fixed later ? possibly somewhere 
other than inside the network.
http://futureoftheinternet.org/number-crunch-the-struggle-to-upgrade-the-internet-from-ipv4-to-ipv6


Google, Facebook and Yahoo to test new net addresses
A global trial of the net's new addressing system is being planned for 8 June.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12183098

Top websites to give IPv6 a test drive
Facebook, Google and Yahoo are switching their websites to new internet 
addresses in a 24-hour bid to raise awareness of the critical shortage of 
capacity.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/13/facebook-google-yahoo-ipvs-internet-trial


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Happy 25th birthday, IETF
The Internet's leading standards body - the Internet Engineering Task Force - 
turns 25 on Jan. 16.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/011411-ietf.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216816/.html

Netcraft January 2011 Web Server Survey
In the January 2011 survey we received responses from 273,301,445 sites. nginx 
once again saw the largest increase in market share amongst the top web servers, 
gaining 0.88 percentage points or 3.59M hostnames. nginx now controls 7.50% of 
hostnames in the survey, though only 6.12% within the top 1 million sites. 2.4M 
of the additional nginx hostnames are hosted by Ecatel, which appears to have 
migrated from Apache to nginx this month. nginx's growth in active sites is more 
modest, adding 429k active sites, leaving nginx with a 8.23% share.
http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2011/01/12/january-2011-web-server-survey-4.html


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Brisbane Floods Domain Up For Sale, Then Taken Down Following Backlash
Out of every disaster there are people who want to make money from domain names, 
some of them by nefarious means. Although it seems there was no intent to 
defraud, brisbanefloods.com.au was put up for auction within three days of being 
registered in seemingly a clear breach of the COM.AU registration policy.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13395
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/01/13/brisbane-floods/
http://domainnews.com/en/brisbane-floods-domain-up-for-sale-then-taken-down-following-backlash.html


Top 10 Reasons Your Domain Name Won?t Sell
The vast majority of domain names currently offered for sale will not exchange 
hands this year. A massive amount of virtual real estate has been claimed on 
over 200 country code and generic top level domain extensions. The landscape is 
about to get much bigger with the introduction of new generic TLDs in late 2011.
http://www.dotsauce.com/2011/01/10/top-10-reasons-your-domain-name-wont-sell/

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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The Internet and its Opportunities for Cybercrime by Bert-Jaap Koops 
[Transnational Criminology Manual]
Abstract: The Internet deserves special attention in criminology as well as 
criminal law and policy, because of several characteristics: it is global, 
instantaneous, intrinsically transborder, digital, and enables automated 
information processing. Because of these characteristics, the Internet provides 
special opportunities to commit cybercrimes: crimes in which computer networks 
are the target or a substantial tool.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1738223

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INTERNET USE
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Wikipedia - an unplanned miracle by Clay Shirky
Wikipedia is the most widely used reference work in the world. That statement is 
both ordinary and astonishing: it's a simple reflection of its enormous 
readership; and yet, by any traditional view about how the world works, 
Wikipedia shouldn't even exist, much less have succeeded so dramatically in the 
space of a single decade.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/14/wikipedia-unplanned-miracle-10-years


Wikipleadia: The promise and perils of crowdsourcing content
It may not stir up international outrage like its semi-namesake WikiLeaks, but 
Wikipedia sparks debate. The free online encyclopedia, which celebrates its 
tenth birthday on January 15th, is a symbol of unpaid collaboration and one of 
the most popular destinations on the internet, attracting some 400m visitors a 
month. It also faces serious charges of elitism.
http://www.economist.com/node/17911276?story_id=17911276

In praise of Wikipedia: A celebration of an astonishing achievement, and a few 
worries
The internet?s omniscience is one of its most useful and transformative 
features. Whether you want to look up an obscure word or phrase, get a quick 
briefing on an historical figure or dig into a little-known scientific or 
political concept, help is just a click away. In part this is because of the 
power and reach of Google?s search engine; but search is only as useful as the 
information it retrieves, and for many common queries the top match will be an 
entry in Wikipedia, an online, user-generated encyclopedia which celebrates its 
tenth birthday this week (see article).
http://www.economist.com/node/17902943

Jimmy Wales says Wikipedia too complicated for many
Wikipedia is too complicated for many people to modify despite billing itself as 
"the free encyclopaedia that anyone can edit", its founder has said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12171977

107 trillion emails sent last year [AAP]
A web monitoring service says internet users world-wide sent a total of 107 
trillion emails last year and most of them were spam.
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/trillion-emails-sent-last-year/story-e6frfku0-1225988306258


2010 Online, by the Numbers
Think your e-mail in-box is overflowing because you get dozens of e-mails a day? 
That?s nothing: Internet users collectively sent 107 trillion (yes, that?s with 
a ?t?) messages in 2010.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/2010-online-the-numbers/

107 trillion emails sent last year [AFP]
Internet users sent a total of 107 trillion emails last year, most of them spam, 
says a web monitoring service.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/107-trillion-emails-sent-last-year-pingdom-20110115-19rlu.html

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/107-trillion-emails-sent-last-year-pingdom-20110115-19rlu.html

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-technology/107-trillion-emails-sent-last-year-pingdom-20110115-19rlu.html


Google, Microsoft Gain Market Share in Online Search as Yahoo Falls Behind
Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. took a bigger share of the U.S. search-engine 
market last month, while Yahoo! Inc. lost ground, according to ComScore Inc.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-13/google-microsoft-added-internet-search-market-share-in-december.html


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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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us: 'Virtual rape': Man used Facebook to hack women's emails, send naked photos 
of them to entire address book [AP]
In a cautionary tale for users of social networking sites, a California man has 
admitted using personal information he gleaned from Facebook to hack into 
women's email accounts, then send nude pictures of them to everyone in their 
address book.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/virtual-rape-man-used-facebook-to-hack-womens-emails-send-naked-photos-of-them-to-entire-address-book-20110117-19st4.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/virtual-rape-man-used-facebook-to-hack-womens-emails-send-naked-photos-of-them-to-entire-address-book-20110117-19st4.html


Remove personal details from Facebook: expert
A security expert is warning users of Facebook to remove their home address and 
mobile phone number from their profile as the website now gives third parties 
access to that information.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4549786/Remove-personal-details-from-Facebook-expert


MySpace: Hot Social Networking Site Cools as Facebook Grows
As Facebook was negotiating a half-billion-dollar investment from Goldman Sachs 
recently, MySpace, once the dominant Web site for social networking, was 
preparing to fire nearly half its staff.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/12/technology/internet/12myspace.html

Facebook named as third party in post-christmas divorce rush [The Times]
IT was first blamed for encouraging illicit encounters; now it is being cited as 
the superhighway to divorce.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/facebook-named-as-third-party-in-post-christmas-divorce-rush/story-e6frgakx-1225988238356


Facebook and the hoodie: is it time for Mark Zuckerberg to dress for respect?
Should Mark Zuckerberg change his clothes? Having now seen countless pictures of 
the blue-eyed, hoodie-clad Facebook genius ever since Time made him the 
magazine?s man of the year in 2010, Goldman Sachs decided to kick off 2011 by 
valuing his company at $50bn and injecting it with lots of its money, and he 
himself announced he was getting ready for an international public offering of 
shares of the company in 2012, I can?t stop thinking about this.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/dcd7c002-1f55-11e0-8c1c-00144feab49a.html

Facebook legal battle: Why the two heads of the Winklevoss twins weren't better 
than one
As the brothers who claim to have created Facebook return to court, John 
Naughton imagines what would have happened if they'd never met Mark Zuckerberg
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/16/facebook-zuckerberg-winklevoss-legal-battle


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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Kinect hackers take control of the action
With 8 million controllers sold in its first two months, Microsoft's Kinect has 
proved wildly popular with gamers. But because the software that controls it is 
open-source, now hackers are putting the technology to ever-more inventive use
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/16/microsoft-kinect-software-hacks

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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eu: Survey highlights strengths and weaknesses of parental control programmes
Results from a study released today by the European Commission show that while a 
healthy 84% of the software programs tested enable parents to block access to 
certain websites, they are less efficient at filtering so-called web 2.0 content 
such as social networking sites or blogs.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/32

EC Survey Finds Cracks In Online Filtering Tools
The European Commission Thursday released the results of a survey it conducted 
that found while most software programs it tested do a good job of blocking kids 
from accessing certain websites, they are less effective at blocking access to 
social networking sites and blogs.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/01/ec-survey-finds-cracks-in-onli.php


Parental Control Programs Perform Poorly With Web 2.0 Sites [IDG]
A survey by the European Commission has found that parental control programs 
aimed at keeping children safe online do not function well with Web 2.0 sites, 
smartphones or games consoles.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216683/.html

Parents neglecting risks of child surfing, says survey
Parents in the EU are not keeping an eye on their children's online activities, 
according to a new survey which found that just a quarter of parents in the bloc 
keep track of cyber bullying and sexual grooming of their children on the 
Internet.
http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/parents-neglecting-risks-child-surfing-survey-news-501229


uk: Protecting vulnerable children online: New online safety resources launched 
for young deaf people and those with special educational needs [news release]
Vulnerable children are being taught how to stay safer online thanks to two new 
educational films and teaching resources, launched today by the Child 
Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre ? the UK?s national centre for 
child protection.
http://www.ceop.police.uk/Media-Centre/Press-releases/2011/Protecting-vulnerable-children-online/


uk: Teachers' union warns of dangers of online 'abuse'
More and more teachers are getting abused online - and it is parents, not just 
pupils doing the bullying.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-12162063

uk: Facebook warnings for teachers over students 'whipping up abuse' online
Social networking websites such as Facebook can ?whip up abuse? against teachers 
leaving a trial of ?immense harm?, head teachers have warned.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8252687/Facebook-warnings-for-teachers-over-students-whipping-up-abuse-online.html


European ISPs fight network child-porn blocking
Internet service providers are lobbying the European Parliament over child 
pornography website-blocking requirements that are due to be introduced to 
European law.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-management/2011/01/13/european-isps-fight-network-child-porn-blocking-40091423/


us: As child porn activity grows, efforts to trap offenders do too
Just six years out of high school, Daniel James Boynton ruined his life for a 
perverted thrill: He downloaded pictures of children being molested.
http://hamptonroads.com/2011/01/child-porn-activity-grows-efforts-trap-offenders-do-too


ca: Bullies circulating nude photos takes toll on girls
Picture this: A bunch of 15-year-olds are watching television in the basement, 
half tuned to a hockey game, half tuned to their cellphones. And then, to their 
surprise, the image of a nude girl, one of their classmates, appears on one of 
their phones. What do they do? They send it on. Thoughtless fun or malicious 
bullying? Legal or illegal?
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/922244--bullies-circulating-nude-photos-takes-toll-on-girls


at: Data protection in social networks ? raising awareness for young people
With more than 70 per cent of Austrian teenagers using social networks on a 
daily basis, privacy has become an issue. In order to raise awareness on how 
they can protect their personal data and gain privacy, the Austrian Awareness 
Centre has come forward with a number of related activities.
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=138273


de: Klicksafe publishes new social networking guidance
In May 2010, klicksafe published the first edition of three social network 
guidelines concerning safety and privacy settings on Facebook, StudiVZ and 
Wer-kennt-wen (who-knows-who)? Due to the lively interest in these publications, 
klicksafe has developed a fourth social network guideline concerning Sch?lerVZ 
which will be published shortly.
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=138290


UNESCO Anticyberbullying Charter opens to other signatories
The Anticyberbullying Charter is a project organised by the Junior Language 
School, Prague, Czech Republic and their twin school, Elena Farago School in 
Bucharest, Romania.
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=138432


Download the best online safety resources from the Insafe network
This second edition of Insafe's digipack contains a wide range of educational 
materials from across Europe.
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=138442


Cybermobbing: "Jugend testet Grenzen aus"
Sieben Prozent der ?sterreichischen Sch?ler sind bereits Opfer von 
Cybermobbing-Attacken geworden. Das Problem nimmt an ?sterreichs Schulen stetig 
zu und reicht bis zu Morddrohungen per SMS gegen einzelne Mitsch?ler. Doch 
Experten warnen vor einer Panikmache. Die meisten F?lle seien "altersbedingte 
Grenzverletzungen", meint die Safer Internet-Trainerin Brigitta Loucky-Reisner 
gegen?ber der FUTUREZONE.
http://www.futurezone.at/stories/1665316/

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Escaping the walled garden of connected TV
One trend on display at last week's Consumer Electronics Show was the gradual 
expansion in online content available on connected TVs. Major set manufacturers 
continue to confine their sets to a walled garden of sites and apps that they 
have approved, but the turf is expanding and the barriers to entry are dropping. 
For example, manufacturers are making application development kits widely 
available, instead of just providing them to selected software companies.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/01/internet-tv-escaping-the-walled-garden-of-connected-tv.html


Apple App Store near 10 billion downloads; $10,000 iTunes prize announced
Apple's App Store has resulted in almost 10 billion downloads,some paid, some 
free -- and to whomever downloads the 10 billionth app will go a $10,000 iTunes 
gift card.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/01/apple-app-store-near-10-billion-downloads-10000-itunes-prize-announced.html


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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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The iPhone: It's chic, smart and cool, but is it about to lose its mojo?
A growing number of tech experts are predicting that the iPhone is in danger of 
losing the "smart phone wars" to an upstart operating system from Google, in a 
dramatic reversal of fortune for one of the world's coolest hi-tech products.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/16/iphone-android-apple-mobile-phone


Is Android Less Secure Than iPhone? Um, No.
One can only hope that security software provider Trend Micro saw a nice sales 
boost after the proclamation of its chairman earlier this week that Android 
phones are more vulnerable to hacking than iPhones are. If it didn't, those 
blatantly self-serving statements were made for nothing.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/216733/.html

Wireless, but Leashed
Americans were liberated from AT&T last week. The news that Apple was ending its 
exclusive relationship with AT&T and would begin selling the iPhone 4 on 
Verizon?s network in the United States was not a surprise, but the excitement 
was palpable nonetheless.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/weekinreview/16brustein.html

Google Android Shows Fastest Growth Among Smartphone Platforms in Germany
comScore ... released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key 
trends in the German smartphone market during the three month average period 
ending November 2010.
http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/1/Google_Android_Shows_Fastest_Growth_Among_Smartphone_Platforms_in_Germany


Mongolia "saturated" with mobile phones
Even Mongolia has got crowded for mobile phone companies. Thursday?s 
announcement that South Korea?s SK Telecom, has sold its 29.3 per cent stake in 
a Mongolian mobile carrier because of a ?saturated? market, proves the point.
http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/01/13/deal-of-the-day-mongolia-saturated-with-mobile-phones/


RIM Gives India Access but Not to Secure Emails
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said it has given India the means to access 
its Messenger service and reiterated that no changes could be made to allow 
monitoring of secure corporate emails.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54127920110113
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE70C1OI20110113
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/01/13/technology/tech-us-blackberry-india.html


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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Cyber attacks could create "perfect storm" - OECD
Attacks on computer systems now have the potential to cause global catastrophe, 
but only in combination with another disaster, the Organisation for Economic 
Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Monday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE70G00K20110117
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54193520110117

What is Evgeny Morozov Trying to Prove? A review of "The Net Delusion" by Milton 
Mueller
Evgeny Morozov?s new book ?The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom? 
deserves an extensive review here. It grapples with key questions of Internet 
governance in a highly original way. But it is also a frustrating book to try to 
make sense of. The tone of the work is urgent but the take-home message is 
murky, if not confused and contradictory.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/1/13/4726219.html

Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay
The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of 
Israel?s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories 
make atomic fuel for the arsenal.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/world/middleeast/16stuxnet.html

nl: Between 5-10 percent of all broadband users were part of a botnet
Between 5 to 10 percent of all broadband subscribers in the Netherlands had 
their computers recruited into a botnet in 2009. For 2010, the numbers are 
likely to be higher. These infection rates are similar in most other Western 
countries, we report in a study that was released yesterday.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/1/14/4726890.html

uk: Leading computer expert warns of cyber attack on National Grid
The national electricity grid is wide open to a devastating cyber attack that 
could wreak havoc on the economy and make the 2008 financial crisis seem puny by 
comparison, a leading computer industry guru has told The Independent.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/leading-computer-expert-warns-of-cyber-attack-on-national-grid-2185155.html


6 Critical Cybersecurity Challenges Facing the Electrical Grid
As the country's electricity grid undergoes a transformation and moves toward a 
more intelligently networked, automated system, it faces an increasing amount 
cybersecurity issues.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/011311-cybersecurity-challenges-electrical-grid.html

http://www.pcworld.com/article/216708/.html

Porn Worm Extorts Money From 2,500 Victims
A fast-spreading Russian ransom worm that locks people out of their files has 
found at least 2,500 victims willing to pay up to get back control of their PCs, 
researchers have discovered.
http://news.techworld.com/security/3256562/porn-worm-extorts-money-from-2500-victims/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/216663/.html

Can Your Camera Phone Turn You Into a Pirate?
My wife and I sat cross-legged on the floor of a local Barnes & Noble store 
recently, surrounded by several large piles of books. We were searching for 
interior design ideas for a new home that we are planning to buy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/business/16ping.html

nz: Scammers target online auction users with email
Scammers preying on email users are now trying to solicit information from 
members of online auction site Trade Me.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/4541561/Scammers-target-online-auction-users-with-email


WIPO: Global Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Congress to Meet in Paris
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry will be joined by his counterparts at 
INTERPOL, Mr. Ronald K. Noble, and the World Custom?s Organization (WCO), Mr. 
Kunio Mikuriya, as well as France?s Minister of Economy, Mrs. Christine Lagarde, 
at the opening of the Sixth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and 
Piracy in Paris on February 2, 2011 to address the question of building respect 
for intellectual property in a balanced and sustainable way. A number of 
ministers from around the world are expected to attend the Congress, in addition 
to other top government officials and corporate leaders.
http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2011/article_0001.html

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PRIVACY
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Keeping Data Private: Why 'Web Erasers' Can't Work
At the invitation of the German government, an IT professor has introduced 
software that allows people to set an expiration date for photos they post on 
Facebook or other sites. What it can't do, however, is prevent others from 
copying or stealing a person's personal data and posting it wherever they want 
on the Internet.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,739187,00.html

us: Stearns Plans to Introduce Privacy Bill
Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., plans to pick up where he and former Rep.Rick 
Boucher, D-Va., left off in the last Congress in trying to craft an online 
privacy bill.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/01/stearns-plans-to-introduce-pri.php


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CENSORSHIP
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Tunisia riots: Tunisia, 'the enemy of the internet'
The sunny, modern, welcoming country of Tunisia looks an unlikely bedfellow of 
North Korea, Burma and Turkmenistan. All, however, feature on Reporters without 
Borders' list of 12 "enemies of the internet" for their attempts to censor 21st 
century communication.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/tunisia/8258462/Tunisia-riots-Tunisia-the-enemy-of-the-internet.html


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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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Oppose ISP copyright liability in free-trade agreement - NZ professor
The University of Auckland?s Professor Jane Kelsey, a noted commentator on free 
trade, is apprehensive that US negotiators at the Trans-Pacific Partnership 
free-trade agreement (TPP) talks, backed by powerful entertainment-industry 
lobbies, will want to return to the question of internet service provider 
liability for customers? copyright breaches through downloading or uploading.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/oppose-isp-copyright-liability-in-free-trade-agreement-nz-professor


Google to fight Spanish demands to remove 'libelous' links
Google will this week challenge a Spanish demand to remove links to articles in 
newspapers, including El Pa?s, and official gazettes, in which the subjects of 
those articles have complained they are potentially defamatory.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/16/google-court-spain-privacy

Google's $700 Million Purchase of ITA Software May Be Challenged by U.S.
The U.S. Justice Department is preparing for a possible antitrust lawsuit to 
stop Google Inc.?s $700 million acquisition of ITA Software Inc., according to 
people familiar with the situation.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-13/google-s-purchase-of-ita-software-may-be-challenged-by-u-s-.html


US may challenge Google's ITA deal - source
U.S. regulators are putting together a possible antitrust challenge to Google 
Inc's planned $700 million acquisition of airline ticketing software company ITA 
Software, sources knowledgeable about the deal said on Thursday.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54143920110113
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE70C4PS20110113

Europe Inquiry Focuses on Google Business Practice
European antitrust investigators are asking advertisers whether Google suggested 
they increase spending with the company in return for improved visibility in its 
Web search results. The investigators are also examining whether Google stymied 
companies who had tried to move their business elsewhere.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/technology/14google.html

EU?s 120 questions on Google
If Googlers were in any doubt of the seriousness of the European Union?s 
investigation into the search engine?s business practices, the detailed 
questionnaire sent to advertising agencies this week should set them straight.
http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/01/eu-google/

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Open-source software: Much conventional wisdom about programs written by 
volunteers is wrong - The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development. 
By Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman. MIT Press; 264 pages; $35 and ?25.95. Buy 
from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk
In information technology there seems to be a revolution every other week. At 
least that is the impression one gets when following media coverage of the 
sector. Yet sometimes the hype is justified, in particular in the case of open- 
source software, free programs developed by loosely knit groups of developers. 
Within just 15 years they have completely changed the landscape of the software 
industry, turning it from a mostly capitalist economy into a mixed one.
http://www.economist.com/node/17899970

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Big telcos brace for $50m repair bill
The nation's major telecommunications companies are facing a bill in excess of 
$50 million and three months of build time.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/big-telcos-braced-for-50m-repair-bill/story-e6frg8zx-1225987412993


nz: Pacific Fibre attracts investment from PayPal founder [NZPA]
Pacific Fibre -- the company set up to build a fibre optic cable between New 
Zealand, Australia and the United States -- has attracted investment from PayPal 
co-founder Peter Thiel.
http://nbr.co.nz/article/pacific-fibre-attracts-investment-paypal-founder-nn-83665


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