[DNS] domain name news - 24 January

[DNS] domain name news - 24 January

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:07:06 -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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ICANN's Board and GAC to Meet on New gTLDs
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-21jan11-en.htm

GAC-Board consultations will be transparent - but something important is missing 
by Milton Mueller
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/1/23/4732829.html

New TLDs may face more GAC delay
http://domainincite.com/new-tlds-may-face-more-gac-delay/

au: Queensland Flood Affected Communities Given a Voice Online
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-21012011/

Reminders: Australian Domain Rules, Whirlpool Survey
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/01/reminders-australian-domain-rules-whirlpool-survey/


auDA feedback sought
http://www.australianwebmaster.com/domain-names-hosting/7638-auda-feedback-sought.html


au: International cooperation on cyber security and crime [Attorney-General's 
Department news release]
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2011_FirstQuarter_21January2011-Internationalcooperationoncybersecurityandcrime


Anthony Doesburg: Upgrade opens door to virtually infinite internet
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10700892

World will run out of internet addresses 'within weeks' [AFP]
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10701322

Internet Armageddon all my fault: Google chief
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-armageddon-all-my-fault-google-chief-20110121-19z9i.html



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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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Almost Free: An Analysis of ICANN's ?Affirmation of Commitments? by A. Michael 
Froomkin [Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law]
Abstract: This article examines the legal and political effects of the 
?Affirmation of Commitments? between the United States Department of Commerce 
and ICANN. The agreement purports to recast the public?private relationship at 
the heart of the management of the domain name system (?DNS?).
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1744086

New analysis of risks and impact of cyberattacks: ?Reducing Systemic 
Cybersecurity Risk? by Peter Sommer & Ian Brown
This report is part of a broader OECD study into "Future Global Shocks", 
examples of which could include a further failure of the global financial 
system, large-scale pandemics, escape of toxic substances resulting in 
wide-spread long-term pollution, and long-term weather or volcanic conditions 
inhibiting transport links across key intercontinental routes.
http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/3/42/46894657.pdf
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1743384

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DOMAIN NAMES
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ICANN's Board and GAC to Meet on New gTLDs
During the recent ICANN meeting in Cartagena, the ICANN Board of Directors and 
Governmental Advisory Committee agreed to meet at some time prior to the 
upcoming Silicon Valley/San Francisco meeting in order to devote significant 
time in the interest of resolving the outstanding issues the GAC has identified 
with the new gTLD process.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-21jan11-en.htm

GAC-Board consultations will be transparent - but something important is missing 
by Milton Mueller
ICANN has released new information about its crucial negotiations between the 
Board and its Governmental Advisory Committee over the new gTLD program. They 
have set the date (28 February and 1 March) and place (Brussels, Square Brussels 
Meeting Centre) for the meeting. They have also answered the question whether it 
will be open or not. The answer is Yes. 

http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/1/23/4732829.html

New TLDs may face more GAC delay
ICANN has finally confirmed the date for its groundbreaking meeting with its 
Governmental Advisory Committee, and it doesn?t look like great news for new 
top-level domain applicants.
http://domainincite.com/new-tlds-may-face-more-gac-delay/

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au: Queensland Flood Affected Communities Given a Voice Online
... auDA ... released a series of free websites for communities affected by 
recent flooding throughout Queensland.
http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-21012011/

Reminders: Australian Domain Rules, Whirlpool Survey
A quick reminder of two things you might have forgotten over the holiday break.
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/01/reminders-australian-domain-rules-whirlpool-survey/


auDA feedback sought
It's not much notice (I only just became aware of it) however the auDA Names 
Policy Panel is calling for comments from the public on policies relating to the 
.AU domain space.
http://www.australianwebmaster.com/domain-names-hosting/7638-auda-feedback-sought.html


China Domain Name Scams. It's A Scam!
If your company has done anything in China (even just sending someone there to 
meet with a supplier), you have probably received a somewhat official email 
offering, at a steep price, to "help" you stop someone from taking your domain 
name.
http://www.chinalawblog.com/2011/01/china_domain_name_scams_its_a_scam.html

79% of Respondents Choose Quality .CO Domain Over .COM Alternative
An independent study shows inspiring results for .CO domain owners. Bryan Marble 
is an entrepreneur working on a group travel startup. He decided to put his 
domain name ideas to the test using sponsored text-ad split-testing and by 
asking people their domain preference.
http://www.dotsauce.com/2011/01/20/quality-co-domain-over-com-alternative/

IEDR records 12.9% growth in .ie domains for 2010
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland?s official 
internet address .ie, today reported that the total number of .ie domains grew 
by 12.9% net in 2010 to 153,419 at 31st December.
http://www.iedr.ie/index.php/component/content/article/50-general/252-wednesday-19th-january-2011-iedr-records-129-growth-in-ie-domains-for-2010


New '.jobs' network may doom for-profits [The Washington Post]
A massive network of employment websites ? where any company can list job 
openings for free ? launched last week over the protests of newspapers and 
online recruitment companies, who fear billions of dollars in lost revenue.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014008855_btdotjobs24.html


Increasing number of small businesses and private customers choose .se addresses
The number of active .se domain names continue to increase ? at the end of 2010, 
there were 1,058,102. The largest growth in the past year was among small 
businesses and private individuals.
http://www.iis.se/en/pressmeddelanden/allt-fler-smaforetagare-och-privatkunder-valjer-se-adress


Registered Rights Sunrise for short .uk domains closes today
The window to apply for the Registered Rights sunrise phase for previously 
reserved short domains closes today. The deadline for domain name applications 
is today at midday (12.00 GMT, 17 January 2011).
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=8127

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au: International cooperation on cyber security and crime [Attorney-General's 
Department news release]
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said Australia?s Computer Emergency Response 
Team (CERT) will take part in an international Cyber Crime Conference to be 
conducted by the United States Department of Defence starting today.
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2011_FirstQuarter_21January2011-Internationalcooperationoncybersecurityandcrime


ISP security performance and the cost of botnet mitigation by Hadi Asghari
As mentioned briefly in a post last Friday, between 5 to 10 percent of all 
broadband subscribers in the Netherlands had their machines recruited into a 
botnet at some point in 2009. This is a conservative estimate, based on the 
unique IP sources present in three distinct datasets of malicious network hosts: 
a large spam trap, the DShield distributed intrusion detection system, and 
Conficker sinkholes. Figure 1 shows the breakdown of the 1.1 million unique IP 
addresses from the Netherlands split among the Dutch ISPs. More than 80% of 
these addresses are located in the access ISPs, with remaining share being 
mostly located within the academic network Surfnet and at hosting providers.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/1/22/4732757.html

JPRS Deploys DNSSEC in the JP Domain Name Service
On January 16, Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS: head office at 
Chiyoda-ku Tokyo; President: Koki Higashida) completed the release of DNSSEC 
feature in the JP domain name service in order to improve the security of JP 
domain names.
http://jprs.co.jp/en/press/2011/110117.html

New Guide on Cyber Security Incident Mangement for CERTs [news release]
The Agency ENISA has issued a new guide on good practice, practical information 
and guidelines for the management of network and information security incidents 
by Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). This should support the fight 
against cyber attacks.
http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/new-guide-on-cyber-security-incident-management-to-support-the-fight-against-cyber-attacks


Stuxnet: Cyber attack on Iran 'was carried out by Western powers and Israel'
A British security expert has uncovered new evidence in the Stuxnet virus attack 
on Iran's nuclear programme.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/8274009/Stuxnet-Cyber-attack-on-Iran-was-carried-out-by-Western-powers-and-Israel.html


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What are the Elements for Establishing Cybersquatting under the 
Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (?ACPA?)?
The Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (?ACPA?) is a statute under the 
Lanham Act which specifically protects domain names from trademark infringement. 

http://tcattorney.typepad.com/anticybersquatting_consum/2011/01/what-are-the-elements-for-establishing-cybersquatting-under-the-anti-cybersquatting-consumer-protection-act-acpa.html


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Anthony Doesburg: Upgrade opens door to virtually infinite internet
The day is fast approaching when the supply of addresses for connecting new 
devices to the internet will run out. With just a couple of weeks' worth of 
addresses remaining, organisations are beginning to buy and sell what was 
traditionally a free commodity.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10700892

Action, not talk, needed for IPv6
The co-developer of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) has urged associations 
and businesses to take action on deploying IPv6, rather than continuing to talk.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/374247/action_talk_needed_ipv6/

World will run out of internet addresses 'within weeks' [AFP]
The world will run out of internet addresses "within weeks", according to one of 
the founding fathers of the web, a report said.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10701322
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/world-running-out-of-internet-addresses-20110122-1a090.html

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/world-running-out-of-internet-addresses-20110122-1a090.html


Internet low on addresses [AFP]
THE internet is running out of addresses. With everything from smartphones to 
internet-linked appliances and cars getting online, the group entrusted with 
organising the web is reaching the end of the ''IP'' numbers available to 
identify destinations for digital traffic.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-low-on-addresses-20110123-1a17x.html

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/web-addresses-drying-up/story-e6frg6so-1225993244015


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"Crime is crime": meet the Internet police
John Morton, head of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), wants netheads 
to know something about his agency: they are "not the police of the Internet." 
So what's the story with our headline? Morton made his comment about not 
policing the 'Net at the end of speech this week in which he talked about 
nothing except policing the 'Net. His agency may not be the police of the 
Internet, but it's certainly one of them, with its investigations "increasingly 
directed toward Web-based criminals." And Morton says that's a good thing.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/01/crime-is-crime-meet-the-internet-police.ars


Internet Armageddon all my fault: Google chief
The "father of the internet" says the world is going to run out of internet 
addresses "within weeks" ? and it will be all his fault. Google's chief internet 
evangelist, Vint Cerf, who created the web protocol, IPv4, that connects 
computers globally, said he had no idea that his "experiment" in 1977 "wouldn't 
end".
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-armageddon-all-my-fault-google-chief-20110121-19z9i.html

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-armageddon-all-my-fault-google-chief-20110121-19z9i.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-armageddon-all-my-fault-google-chief-20110121-19z9i.html

http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-armageddon-all-my-fault-google-chief-20110121-19z9i.html

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4570428/Internet-Armageddon-all-my-fault-says-Google-chief


Domains and the Freedom to Speak by John Levine
For a very long time, predating the birth of ICANN, there's been a running 
battle about what should be required when one registers domain names. To 
oversimplify quite a lot, one side sees domain names as an essential component 
of free speech, so anyone should be able to register any domain without limit, 
the other notes that they're primarily used for commercial purposes and they 
enable quite a lot of mischief, so the more control, the better.
http://jl.ly/ICANN/not95.html

VeriSign Devises Way to Sell More Expiring Domain Names
VeriSign has devised a system to sell more dropping domain names by discounting 
their price over time.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/01/20/verisign-devises-way-to-sell-more-expiring-domain-names/


2010 Domain Name Year in Review - Oh, What A Year It Was! by Elisa Cooper
Many of us were expecting radical changes in 2010 to the domain name market. 
There definitely were some of those -- just not the ones I expected. From the 
seizure of domains names by the US Government to ICANN's removal of restrictions 
on Registry/Registrar cross-ownership, 2010 was a year full of surprises. In 
this post, I've compiled what I think were the biggest domain name stories in 
2010.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110121_2010_domain_name_year_in_review_oh_what_a_year_it_was/


The State of the Industry January 2011: 19 Industry Leaders Identify 2010's Most 
Important Trends and Predict What Lies Ahead This Year
We are proud to present our 7th annual State of the Industry Cover Story. These 
in-depth January reports are the most ambitious project we take on each year and 
we believe the time invested in reading what a broad cross section of industry 
leaders has to say will benefit anyone whose business depends on staying abreast 
of the latest developments in the domain world.
http://dnjournal.com/cover/2011/january.htm

nz: No black magic needed to get a website
They say that midlife crisis for men typically expresses itself in one of three 
ways: Developing a drinking problem, buying a boat or seeking a mistress. I seem 
to be pursuing a different path, and instead am trying to connect with the 
television heroes of my youth. ... The other money that you should spend is 
buying a domain name, also known as a URL - unique reference locator - 
specifically your domain name, before someone else does.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion/4573464/No-black-magic-needed-to-get-a-website

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/business/4573464/No-black-magic-needed-to-get-a-website

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/4573464/No-black-magic-needed-to-get-a-website


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2011 Domain Sales Season Gets Off to a Good Start As British Buyer Spends 
$100,000 to Be With His Soulmate
And they're off! The 2011 domain sale race got underway this past week with the 
first public six-figure sale of the New Year setting the pace. That was a 
$100,000 deal for Soulmate.com handled by the AfternicDLS. The updated WhoIs 
record shows the buyer as being Nicholas Evans of the UK. I love the name - just 
a terrific brand for the dating category and in my opinion well worth the price.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2011/20110119.htm

Love Is In The Air For .Me & You
Who wouldn?t want to Love.Me, Kiss.Me, Miss.Me at the most romantic time of 
year? On Feb. 3, online entrepreneurs and romantics alike can bid for some of 
the world?s most flirtatious domains at the DOMAINfest .ME auction. 

http://www.nic.me/news/news.php?&news=217

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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Www.Aussiefirewall.Com.Au/Blocked by Mitchell Landrigan [Communications Law 
Bulletin]
Abstract: The article reviews the Australian government?s mandatory ISP 
filtering regime. It commends the Australian government for its action in 
seeking to regulate the distribution of sexually explicit content involving 
children. The effectiveness of the mandatory ISP filtering regime is, however, 
another matter. The paper is sceptical about the effectiveness of the regime, 
believing that, for the most part, it is likely to under-block relevant 
restricted content. The article sets out the detailed reasoning when describing 
the technical limitations of the mandatory ISP filtering regime. However, it 
recognises that there are inherent limitations in the effectiveness of any ISP 
filtering regime given the various technical means for accessing internet 
content.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1742108

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INTERNET USE
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Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi gets internet access
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has obtained internet access, two 
months after she was freed from years of house arrest.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12252158

Google: we can do better on spam
Google has hit back at growing criticism of the quality of its search results, 
with a blog post pledging to tackle ?content farms? and admitting: ?We can and 
should do better.?
http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/01/google-spam/

au: We shop online, then line up to complain
OUR love affair with online shopping is coming at a price. Australians made the 
second-highest number of complaints about online purchases last year, more than 
Britons and Canadians, according to a website run by an international consumer 
protection network.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/we-shop-online-then-line-up-to-complain-20110122-1a0od.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-shoppers-quick-to-complain-20110122-1a0k2.html


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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Social networking under fresh attack as tide of cyber-scepticism sweeps US
The way in which people frantically communicate online via Twitter, Facebook and 
instant messaging can be seen as a form of modern madness, according to a 
leading American sociologist.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/22/social-networking-cyber-scepticism-twitter


Twitter Is a Great Tool. What Happens When It's Wrong?
Untrue reports are often retweeted widely. Are there ways to halt such 
circulation?without inhibiting Twitter's constant flow?
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2011/tc20110120_761716.htm

Scams on rise as hackers target Facebook users
SHE has no idea who they were or why they would target her, but Box Hill mother 
of two Sasha Mathers feels violated by Facebook hackers.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/scams-on-rise-as-hackers-target-facebook-users-20110122-1a0on.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/facebook-hackers-stalk-the-network-20110122-1a0l5.html


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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Apple secretive about 'polluting and poisoning' supply chain, says report
Apple is more secretive about its supply chain in China than almost all of its 
rivals, according to a new report by anti-pollution activists who accuse the 
company's products of degrading the environment and poisoning workers.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/20/apple-pollution-supply-chain

Apple faces pollution storm in China
A group of 36 Chinese environmental groups has accused Apple of failing to 
address concerns over pollution and worker health issues in factories supplying 
components for its gadgets. 

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/5817abce-23d4-11e0-8bb1-00144feab49a.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Vint Cerf's message to Australia: internet censorship isn't effective
Julia Gillard's bid to censor the internet is not an "effective move", says Vint 
Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the internet and Google's chief web 
evangelist.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/vint-cerfs-message-to-australia-internet-censorship-isnt-effective/story-e6frgakx-1225992330849


us: T-Mobile apps block drivers from texting or calling, let parents track kids' 
whereabouts
T-Mobile USA Inc. is planning to help parents keep track of their kids -? by 
shutting down teens? phones while they drive and pinpointing their location at 
all times.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/01/t-mobile-apps-block-drivers-from-texting-or-calling-and-track-relatives-locations.html


uk: Jeremy Hunt considers online TV crackdown
The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, plans to look at cracking down on rules 
covering online television, he said after addressing media industry executives 
at the Oxford Media Convention today.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/19/jeremy-hunt-online-tv

uk: ?Law must protect children from internet TV? [sub req'd]
Culture Secretary wants legislation to ensure children are not exposed to 
inappropriate content
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/technology/internet/article2881351.ece

uk: CEOP showcases learning for European Commission
On Wednesday 12 January 2011, CEOP was pleased to host a seminar for 
high-ranking delegates from the European Commission and other European 
institutions. The seminar was held to discuss draft legislation that is 
currently before the European Parliament, which will have a significant impact 
on how European countries, including the UK, respond to combating the sexual 
abuse and exploitation of children.
http://www.ceop.police.uk/Media-Centre/Press-releases/2011/CEOP-showcases-learning-for-European-Commission/


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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Music Industry Braces for the Unthinkable - May Already Be As Big As Will Ever 
Be
After another year of plunging music sales, record company executives are 
starting to contemplate the unthinkable: The digital music business, held out as 
the future of the industry, may already be as big as it is going to get.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/technology/24music.html

Global digital music sales slowing despite piracy crackdown
The crackdown on websites aiding distribution of pirated content such as 
LimeWire and Pirate Bay failed to stem falling music sales last year, according 
to industry figures that show that the global growth in digital music halved in 
2010.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jan/20/ifpi-world-music-sales-2010

Music industry working on global copyright database
The music industry is working to create a global repertoire database to make it 
easier and faster for new online music services to come to market.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-54316820110121

Gaming industry lose 'billions' to chipped consoles
People who play illegal copies of video games on chipped or modified consoles 
cost at least ?1.45 billion in lost sales in 2010.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12248010

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Text messaging 'improves children's spelling skills'
Mobile phone text messaging can boost children?s spelling skills, according to 
new research.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8272502/Text-messaging-improves-childrens-spelling-skills.html


Don't Sacrifice Security on Mobile Devices
Increasingly powerful mobile phones are making Internet access and use more 
convenient than ever. However, the security of mobile operating systems is not 
as mature or as strong as that of workstation and server operating systems. 
Platforms like Windows and Ubuntu receive security scrutiny, and regular and 
frequent updates to resolve security problems. The open source/free software 
communities and Microsoft are more or less open about security problems and 
fixes.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/01/dont-sacrifice-security-mobile-devices

Smartphone rivals nip HTC?s heels
A year ago, Taiwan?s HTC was a well-regarded but relatively minor player in the 
mobile phone industry ? acclaimed as the maker of the first Android phone but 
its sales of 11m units in 2009 was a fraction of market leader Nokia?s and just 
half that of Apple?s iPhone.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/169f14ee-2720-11e0-80d7-00144feab49a.html

Mobile phone to blast into orbit
British engineers are planning to put a mobile phone in space. The team at 
Surrey Satellite Technology Limited in Guildford want to see if the 
sophisticated capabilities in today's phones will function in the most 
challenging environment known.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12253228

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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London Olympics Will Be 'Ready' for Cyber Attacks, Says CIO
The London Olympic Games' IT will be well prepared for cyberattack attempts, 
according to London 2012 CIO Gerry Pennell.
http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/security/3257398/london-olympics-will-be-ready-for-cyber-attacks-says-cio/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/217143/.html

au: Telstra battles directory ruling: directory copyright battle
Telstra has applied for leave to appeal to the High Court against a ruling that 
its Sensis directories are not protected by copyright law.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/telstra-battles-directory-ruling-directory-copyright-battle/story-e6frg97x-1225991913693


nz: Trap now set for cold call scammers
It's a trap! Hamilton man Bruce Kingsbury plans to show green computer users 
what not to do next time they get a call from an "expert" offering to help clean 
viruses from their machine.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/4569267/Trap-now-set-for-cold-call-scammers


"Crime is crime": meet the Internet police
John Morton, head of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), wants netheads 
to know something about his agency: they are "not the police of the Internet." 
So what's the story with our headline? Morton made his comment about not 
policing the 'Net at the end of speech this week in which he talked about 
nothing except policing the 'Net. His agency may not be the police of the 
Internet, but it's certainly one of them, with its investigations "increasingly 
directed toward Web-based criminals." And Morton says that's a good thing.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/01/crime-is-crime-meet-the-internet-police.ars


au: International cooperation on cyber security and crime [Attorney-General's 
Department news release]
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said Australia?s Computer Emergency Response 
Team (CERT) will take part in an international Cyber Crime Conference to be 
conducted by the United States Department of Defence starting today.
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2011_FirstQuarter_21January2011-Internationalcooperationoncybersecurityandcrime


ISP security performance and the cost of botnet mitigation by Hadi Asghari
As mentioned briefly in a post last Friday, between 5 to 10 percent of all 
broadband subscribers in the Netherlands had their machines recruited into a 
botnet at some point in 2009. This is a conservative estimate, based on the 
unique IP sources present in three distinct datasets of malicious network hosts: 
a large spam trap, the DShield distributed intrusion detection system, and 
Conficker sinkholes. Figure 1 shows the breakdown of the 1.1 million unique IP 
addresses from the Netherlands split among the Dutch ISPs. More than 80% of 
these addresses are located in the access ISPs, with remaining share being 
mostly located within the academic network Surfnet and at hosting providers.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/1/22/4732757.html

New Guide on Cyber Security Incident Mangement for CERTs [news release]
The Agency ENISA has issued a new guide on good practice, practical information 
and guidelines for the management of network and information security incidents 
by Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). This should support the fight 
against cyber attacks.
http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/new-guide-on-cyber-security-incident-management-to-support-the-fight-against-cyber-attacks


Stuxnet: Cyber attack on Iran 'was carried out by Western powers and Israel'
A British security expert has uncovered new evidence in the Stuxnet virus attack 
on Iran's nuclear programme.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/8274009/Stuxnet-Cyber-attack-on-Iran-was-carried-out-by-Western-powers-and-Israel.html


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PRIVACY
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au: Snoop power privacy fear
PRIVACY groups have called for judicial supervision of new surveillance laws 
that would give police access to the telephone records of missing people, even 
where there is no suspicion of criminal activity.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/snoop-power-privacy-fear-20110122-1a0oi.html
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/privacy-fears-for-phone-data-20110122-1a0l3.html


Privacy fears for phone data
POLICE would have access to the telephone records of missing people even when 
there was no suspicion of criminal activity under a plan that civil liberties 
activists say could lead to "gross invasions of privacy".
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/privacy-fears-for-phone-data-20110122-1a0l3.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/privacy-fears-for-phone-data-20110122-1a0l3.html


us: Meeting the Threat of Terrorism: Protecting Privacy and Civil Liberties in a 
Networked Information Environment
In the fight against terrorism, we must deploy 21st century solutions that 
protect America?s most traditional values: civil liberties and privacy. 
America?s national security depends on information sharing?technology and policy 
working in a collaborative environment so the right people get the right 
information at the right time, to stop terrorist attacks. This information 
sharing framework succeeds only if Americans trust it will respect their privacy 
and protect civil liberties. The Markle Task Force offers principles and 
policies to meet the challenge of strengthening national security and protecting 
civil liberties in a networked information environment.
http://www.markle.org/publications/498-meeting-threat-terrorism-protecting-privacy-and-civil-liberties-networked-informati


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CENSORSHIP
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Tunisia's revolution isn't a product of Twitter or WikiLeaks. But they do help 
by Timothy Garton Ash
The internet alone won't set anyone free. Between north Africa and Belarus, we 
are learning just what it can and can't do
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/19/tunisia-revolution-twitter-facebook


Banned in Beijing! by Nicholas D. Kristof
Psst. Don?t tell the Chinese government, but I started a Chinese-language blog 
here in China, and it contains counterrevolutionary praise of dissidents. It?s 
at http://blog.sina.com.cn/jisidao.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/opinion/23kristof.html

Iran police patrol against cyber 'mischief'
Iran has launched its first cyber police unit, in what Iranian officials say is 
an attempt to stamp out "defamation" and "mischief".
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/24/3119667.htm

Iran launches cyber crime unit: police [AFP]
Iran on Sunday officially launched its cyber police unit to confront Internet 
crimes and counter social networks that spread "espionage and riots," police 
chief Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghaddam said.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/iran-launches-cyber-crime-unit-police-20110124-1a1j0.html


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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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uk: New Communications Act will rewrite media regulation, says minister
The Government will overhaul the way UK media companies are regulated with a new 
Communications Act. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that a new law was needed 
"to create regulatory certainty".
http://out-law.com/page-11728

Net neutrality fundamental to fairness, says BBC boss
Net neutrality must be defended if low income households are not to be excluded 
from new ways to consume digital content, BBC director general Mark Thompson has 
said.
http://out-law.com/page-11729

Verizon files court appeal to stop FCC's net neutrality rules
Verizon Communications went to federal court Thursday to try to stop the Federal 
Communications Commission's new rules to guarantee open Internet access.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/01/net-neutrality-verizon-fcc-court-suit-internet-.html


Verizon sues FCC over net-neutrality rules
Just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission adopted its first-ever 
rules aimed at regulating Internet access, Verizon Communications on Thursday 
filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the controversial order.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/20/AR2011012005853.html


ACTA Inconsistent With European Law, Legal Experts Say
The recently completed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is not fully 
consistent with European Union law and goes beyond international law in some of 
its aspects, concluded a group of intellectual property law experts from 
universities in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Spain.
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2011/01/23/acta-inconsistent-with-european-law-legal-experts-say/


au: Opinion - Electronic Frontiers Australia: We owe the classification system a 
debt of thanks
Before it came along, we were served by a revolving series of moral panics, 
changing censorship ministers and a patchwork of different state systems. Many 
books and films were banned that today would hardly warrant a mention - I wonder 
how many high schools would not allow "The Trial of Lady Chatterley" a place in 
their libraries? In the sordid history of censorship in Australia, the creation 
of a national system under the Hawke government in 1984 at least gave us 
something that was uniform and understandable, and led to a slight loosening of 
a system that was much more puritanical than the citizens it served. 

http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2011/01/24/3119734.htm

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Google shuffle: why Eric Schmidt had to be pushed from the top
Eric Schmidt's departure after nearly 10 years as chief executive of Google, to 
be replaced by the intense Larry Page (after whom Google's PageRank algorithm, 
the system for determining where web pages should rank in search results, is 
named), has been quite a while coming.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/21/google-eric-schmidt-larry-page

Chief Seeks More Agile Google: As CEO, Larry Page Must Pierce Bureaucracy, 
Compete With Nimble Upstarts
Larry Page's PageRank algorithm was the basis for Google Inc.'s search engine. 
As Google's new chief executive, Mr. Page will face the challenge of leading a 
company that has grown far beyond that algorithm and must compete with agile Web 
upstarts such as Facebook Inc. and Groupon Inc.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704115404576096332781525252.html

Google Shake-Up Is Effort to Revive Start-Up Spark
Google made the biggest management shake-up in a decade on Thursday, handing the 
reins of the company to one of its co-founders in an effort to rediscover its 
start-up roots.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/technology/21chief.html

A Creator Prepares to Take the Reins at Google
Things that get Larry Page excited: tossing around programming lingo with 
engineers, picking the brains of scientists and championing ideas that belong in 
science-fiction novels, like cars that drive themselves.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/22/technology/22google.html

Why Facebook Looks Like a Bargain-Even at $50 Billion
The media frenzy over Facebook's private offering already has made Google's 2004 
IPO look tame.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703951704576091993394718716.html

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Internet visionary and Google web evangelist Vint Cerf praises NBN
Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the internet, has heaped praise on the 
government's national broadband network but warned that it will be very 
difficult to predict the economic benefits of the $36 billion project until they 
appear.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/telecommunications/internet-visionary-and-google-web-evangelist-vint-cerf-praises-nbn/story-fn4iyzsr-1225992510039


au: Founder of net says NBN is a stunning investment
A founder of the internet has heaped praise on the National Broadband Network 
but warned it will be difficult to predict its economic benefits.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/founder-of-net-says-nbn-is-a-stunning-investment/story-e6frg8zx-1225993282500


EU broadband state aid hits record high
State aid for broadband in 2010 was more than four times the amount in 2009 and 
comprised a record total of ?1.8 billion in public funds. But scepticism remains 
as to whether EU funds will inject competition into the high-speed Internet 
market.
http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/eu-broadband-state-aid-hits-record-high-news-501456

http://www.broadband-europe.eu/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?ItemID=758

Broadband cable on its way to unplugged Cuba
Cuba is set to join the high-speed broadband era with an undersea fibre-optic 
cable laid from Venezuela, bringing the promise of speedy internet to one of the 
world's least connected countries.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/23/broadband-cable-unplugged-cuba

Commission approves record amount of state aid for the deployment of broadband 
networks in 2010
In keeping with the ambitious digital agenda goals set in the EU 2020, the 
European Commission has approved, under the EU guidelines for state aid to 
broadband, the use of over ?1.8 billion public funds for broadband development 
to support economic recovery, inclusive growth and the long term competitiveness 
of the EU. The public funds are aimed to ensure that all citizens have access to 
high speed Internet access in the European Union, including in rural or remote 
areas.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/54

TV broadcasters resist FCC proposal to surrender more airwaves
Many broadcasters are already worried about declining viewers, and now they say 
the government wants to take away something more: the airwaves themselves.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/19/AR2011011907265.html


us: Plan and Timetable to Make Available 500 Megahertz of Spectrum for Wireless 
Broadband
This report outlines the approach that NTIA will take in collaboration with the 
FCC and Federal agencies to achieve the President?s goal to make 500 megahertz 
of spectrum available for fixed and mobile wireless broadband within ten years. 
The report includes a list of bands for consideration under the plan.
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/reports/2010/TenYearPlan_11152010.pdf

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTION
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us: Teens charged with child porn offences
A 14-year-old girl in the US has been accused of making several videos of 
toddlers involved in sexual acts and sending them by mobile phone to a 
17-year-old boy in Britain.
http://www.theage.com.au/world/teens-charged-with-child-porn-offences-20110122-1a0ay.html



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