[DNS] domain name news - 7 February

[DNS] domain name news - 7 February

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:54:39 -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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Handing Control of the Internet to Governments: Bad Idea by Milton Mueller
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20030583-501465.html

Community Comment Invited on: Proposed "Process for Recognition of New GNSO 
Constituencies"
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-02feb11-en.htm

ICANN's Board and GAC to Meet on New gTLDs
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-21jan11-en.htm

USG Submission to the GAC Scorecard re New gTLDs by Kieren McCarthy
http://kierenmccarthy.com/2011/01/31/usg-submission-to-the-gac-scorecard-re-new-gtlds/


ICANN chair doesn?t like the word ?negotiation?
http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=62470E83-F9B8-4921-9823-72D0FF149415


Germany presses Icann on trade marks [sub req'd]
http://www.managingip.com/Article/2761215/News-in-brief/Germany-presses-Icann-on-trade-marks.html


au: Big business foils 'typosquatters'
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/big-business-buys-up-to-outsmart-typosquatters-20110205-1aht7.html

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters

Domains Strike A .Au Goldrush
http://www.smartoffice.com.au/Business/Services/R4V9D9A9

Zoupon brings in the deals, companies buy misspelled domain names
http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/44896-zoupon-brings-in-the-deals-companies-buy-misspelled-domain-names


Oz companies buying misspelt internet addresses to stop others from using their 
brands [ANI]
http://www.newkerala.com/news/world/fullnews-140981.html

.nz right choice for Kiwis by Debbie Monahan, Domain Name Commissioner
http://internetnz.net.nz/news/blog/2011/nz-right-choice-Kiwis

New gTLD Program to Be Finalized After June ICANN Meeting by Elisa Cooper
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110203_new_gtld_program_to_be_finalized_after_june_icann_meeting/


For Countries That Own Shorter Web Site Suffixes, Extra Cash From Abroad
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/technology/07dotco.html

Will DDoS Attacks Take Over the Internet?
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/218533/.html

No internet ?kill switch? for Australia, says Conroy
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/44838-no-internet-kill-switch-for-australia-says-conroy


Proposal for cyber war rules of engagement
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/9386445.stm

Australia's cyber security 'weak': Report [AAP]
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/375512/australia_cyber_security_weak_report/


us: Wyden Criticizes Domain Name Seizures
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/wyden-criticizes-domain-name-s.php


us: Senator: domain name seizures "alarmingly unprecedented"
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/senator-us-domain-name-seizures-alarmingly-unprecedented.ars


Available Pool of Unallocated IPv4 Internet Addresses Now Completely Emptied: 
The Future Rests with IPv6
http://icann.org/en/news/releases/release-03feb11-en.pdf

Free Pool of IPv4 Address Space Depleted
http://www.nro.net/news/ipv4-free-pool-depleted

IPv6 ? Enabling the Internet?s Future Growth
http://blog.icann.org/2011/02/ipv6-enabling-the-internet?s-future-growth/

The IANA IPv4 Address Free Pool is Now Depleted
https://www.arin.net/announcements/2011/20110203.html

IPv4 Exhaustion: RIPE NCC Update
http://ripe.net/news/IPv4-exhaustion.html

Last blocks of net addresses get handed over
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12367484

IPv4 Warehouse Officially Emptied, IPv6 Adoption Becoming Urgent
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13596

Asia gets IPv4 breather
http://www.zdnet.com.au/asia-gets-ipv4-breather-339308920.htm

IPv6: Where Australian carriers are at
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/375549/ipv6_where_australian_carriers/

au: Sealing the deal for $100,000
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sealing-the-deal-for-100000/story-fn6b3v4f-1226001041054


Deals.com.au Sells For $100K & Company?s Are Grabbing Up Their Own Typo?s
http://www.thedomains.com/2011/02/06/deals-com-au-sells-for-100k-companys-are-grabbing-up-their-own-typos/



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Handing Control of the Internet to Governments: Bad Idea by Milton Mueller
Responding to the desire of thousands of entrepreneurs and communities for 
alternatives to .com, the ICANN has finally concluded that we should expand the 
domain name space. We can have web sites or email addresses with hundreds of new 
top level domain extensions, like .music, .berlin or .facebook, or new top level 
domains in Chinese, Arabic, Russian and dozens of other languages.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-20030583-501465.html

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Community Comment Invited on: Proposed "Process for Recognition of New GNSO 
Constituencies"
The ICANN Board's Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) is working to improve 
the process for evaluating new GNSO Constituency proposals by streamlining the 
procedures and according a larger role to community Stakeholder Groups. At the 
direction of the SIC, ICANN Staff is opening a 30-day public consultation forum, 
from 2 February through 4 March 2011, and invites community comments concerning 
any/all elements of the new process ? including its procedures, sequences/steps, 
forms/tools, and evaluation criteria.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-02feb11-en.htm

ICANN's Board and GAC to Meet on New gTLDs
A message to those who wish to attend the ICANN Board-GAC Meeting in Brussels on 
28 Feb-1 Mar. If you wish to attend as an observer the upcoming meeting of the 
ICANN's Board and the GAC to discuss new gTLDs [see below], please RSVP by 
sending an email to GAC-BoardRSVP&#167;icann.org no later than 8 February 2011. Space 
in the room is limited and we don't wish to have people traveling and find there 
is no space for them to attend. Therefore it was necessary to come up with a 
limited procedure for seat allocation. If the number of RSVPs exceeds the amount 
of available seating, ICANN staff will allocate the seating in an equitable 
manner. To ensure maximum attendance, those whose RSVPs are confirmed will need 
to submit a copy of an airline ticket, hotel reservation or other indication of 
their intent to attend in person.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-21jan11-en.htm

Letter from Dr. Bernd Pfaffenbach, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of 
Economics and Technology, Germany to Rod Beckstrom
Introduction of New gTLDs
http://icann.org/en/correspondence/pfaffenbach-to-beckstrom-02feb11-en.pdf

Pre-San Francisco ICANN Policy Update Webinar Invitation
Whether you plan to participate in the upcoming ICANN meeting in San Francisco 
remotely or in person, you're invited to a quick reminder of the background and 
current status of each major policy issue currently under discussion in ICANN.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-04feb11-en.htm

USG Submission to the GAC Scorecard re New gTLDs by Kieren McCarthy
Background: At a meeting in December, the ICANN Board and GAC agreed to a 
special session to be held in February that would be dedicated to trying to find 
a way to deal with GAC concerns over the new gTLD process and the dot-xxx 
application. The GAC has been preparing documents for the meeting ? and so too, 
it is believed, have been the ICANN staff.
http://kierenmccarthy.com/2011/01/31/usg-submission-to-the-gac-scorecard-re-new-gtlds/


ICANN chair doesn?t like the word ?negotiation?
ICANN?s chair Peter Dengate Thrush has spoken to WTR about the ICANN board?s 
upcoming meeting in Brussels with its Government Advisory Committee (GAC). The 
GAC is hoping to resolve its concerns over, among other things, proposed 
trademark protection mechanisms for new gTLDs. But Dengate Thrush did not 
describe it as a negotiation.
http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=62470E83-F9B8-4921-9823-72D0FF149415


ICANN chair expects more new TLDs delay
ICANN?s new top-level domains program is unlikely to be approved at its San 
Francisco meeting next month, according to chairman Peter Dengate Thrush.
http://domainincite.com/icann-chair-expects-more-new-tlds-delay/

Germany presses Icann on trade marks [sub req'd]
The German government has added its weight behind calls to Icann for better 
protection of trade marks in the new gTLD programme.
http://www.managingip.com/Article/2761215/News-in-brief/Germany-presses-Icann-on-trade-marks.html


Four more ICANN 40 sponsors revealed
Iron Mountain, IronDNS, RegistryPro and the Public Interest Registry have added 
their names to the list of companies prepared to fork out big bucks to sponsor 
ICANN?s San Francisco meeting.
http://domainincite.com/four-more-icann-40-sponsors-revealed/

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Q&A with Edmon Chung: Dot Asia, IDNs and ICANN
Edmon Chung is the CEO of the DotAsia Organisation, which is the registry 
operator for the ?.Asia? regional gTLD. Edmon has served on many ICANN and 
global IDN related committees, including technical and policy groups, that made 
it possible for the introduction of multilingual domain names and email 
addresses on the Internet.
http://idnblog.com/2011/02/07/qa-edmon-chung-dot-asia-idns/

au: Big business foils 'typosquatters'
Big Australian companies are buying up ''misspelt'' internet domain names to 
stop others making money from their brand.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/big-business-buys-up-to-outsmart-typosquatters-20110205-1aht7.html

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/from-big-pong-to-fight-centre--the-rush-to-register-online-typos-20110205-1ahnn.html

http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/big-business-buys-up-to-outsmart-typosquatters-20110205-1aht7.html

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/big-business-buys-up-to-outsmart-typosquatters-20110205-1aht7.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/big-business-buys-up-to-outsmart-typosquatters-20110205-1aht7.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/from-big-pong-to-fight-centre--the-rush-to-register-online-typos-20110205-1ahnn.html

http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/from-big-pong-to-fight-centre--the-rush-to-register-online-typos-20110205-1ahnn.html

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters

http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/business/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters

http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/business/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/business/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters

http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/business/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/world/4625664/Big-business-foils-typosquatters

http://www.tenterfieldstar.com.au/news/national/national/general/from-big-pong-to-fight-centre-the-rush-to-register-online-typos/2067911.aspx

http://www.busseltonmail.com.au/news/national/national/general/from-big-pong-to-fight-centre-the-rush-to-register-online-typos/2067911.aspx

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/news/national/national/general/from-big-pong-to-fight-centre-the-rush-to-register-online-typos/2067911.aspx

http://www.barossaherald.com.au/news/national/national/general/from-big-pong-to-fight-centre-the-rush-to-register-online-typos/2067911.aspx

http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/news/national/national/general/from-big-pong-to-fight-centre-the-rush-to-register-online-typos/2067911.aspx


Domains Strike A .Au Goldrush
What's in a name? Quite a lot it seems, as companies rush in to the mis-spelt 
arena buying up domain names that look vaguely similar to their own.
http://smarthouse.com.au/Home_Office/Industry/R4V9D9A9
http://www.smartoffice.com.au/Business/Services/R4V9D9A9

Zoupon brings in the deals, companies buy misspelled domain names
Having an easy name to say and spell is of benefit when it?s turned into a 
domain name, but sometimes you have to give the people what they want.
http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/44896-zoupon-brings-in-the-deals-companies-buy-misspelled-domain-names


Oz companies buying misspelt internet addresses to stop others from using their 
brands [ANI]
Australian companies are reportedly buying misspelt Internet domain names with 
the intention of stopping others from gaining profit from their brand names.
http://www.newkerala.com/news/world/fullnews-140981.html
http://truthdive.com/2011/02/06/Oz-companies-buying-misspelt-internet-addresses-to-stop-others-from-using-their-brands.html

http://news.bioscholar.com/2011/02/oz-companies-buying-misspelt-internet-addresses-to-stop-others-from-using-their-brands.html

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/204318
http://news.oneindia.in/2011/02/06/ozcompanies-buying-misspelt-internet-addresses-to-stopot-aid0121.html

http://www.sify.com/news/oz-companies-buying-misspelt-internet-addresses-to-stop-others-from-using-their-brands-news-international-lcgrkbfegef.html

http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/d805653303cbbba8/id/741003/cs/1/ht/Oz--companies-buying-misspelt-internet-addresses-to-stop--others-from-using-their-brands/

http://story.birminghamstar.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/d805653303cbbba8/id/741003/cs/1/ht/Oz--companies-buying-misspelt-internet-addresses-to-stop--others-from-using-their-brands/

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/423204.php

On Eve of Super Bowl Ad, .CO Registry Reaffirms Resolve to Ensure a Safe, Secure 
Namespace
This Sunday, the .CO domain will be introduced to a broad global audience of 
over a hundred million consumers as the featured domain name in a highly 
anticipated GoDaddy.CO Super Bowl ad. Billed as the ?hottest new Web address? 
for branding your online presence, the 30-second ad is expected to draw broad 
consumer awareness to millions of short, meaningful .CO domain names now 
available on the Internet.
http://www.cointernet.co/media/press-releases/eve-super-bowl-ad-co-registry-reaffirms-resolve-ensure-safe-secure-namespace


ee: All most popular websites already re-registered
It is now just a few days before the temporary cutoff of the domains that have 
not been re-registered and 100% of the .ee domains listed in Neti.ee?s TOP 100 
of most visited domains are already re-registered.
http://www.eestiinternet.ee/eng/news/all-most-popular-websites-already-re-registered


.nz right choice for Kiwis by Debbie Monahan, Domain Name Commissioner
If Kiwis needed any further evidence of the value of a .nz name, hosted in New 
Zealand, recent stories about US Homeland Security seizing domain names held by 
non-US organisations should provide it. The most recent of these is a Spanish 
name which the courts in Spain had declared legal at the end of their legal 
process but which was seized by Homeland Security anyway.
http://internetnz.net.nz/news/blog/2011/nz-right-choice-Kiwis

.uk short domains - end of Registered Rights Sunrise phase
The deadline for submitting IP rights validation for the Registered Rights 
Sunrise phase for the release of short .uk domains closed on 31 January. Our 
rights validation agency are now completing work on the most recent 
applications.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=8189

UK IGF and Nominet Internet Awards 2011 launch
On Tuesday 8 February we will be hosting the UK Internet Governance Forum (UK 
IGF) event at Central Hall, London. During the event we will be launching the 
Nominet Internet Awards 2011.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=8188

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New gTLD Program to Be Finalized After June ICANN Meeting by Elisa Cooper
Today, in a presentation made to attendees of the McCarthy Institute Symposium, 
Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN Chair, announced that the Final New generic 
Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Applicant Guidebook would be completed after the ICANN 
Meeting in Amman, Jordan which is scheduled for June 19 - 24, 2011.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110203_new_gtld_program_to_be_finalized_after_june_icann_meeting/


For Countries That Own Shorter Web Site Suffixes, Extra Cash From Abroad
Logging on to Facebook? You can use the social networking site?s full Web 
address, or you can type fb.me. The shortcut is possible because the government 
of Montenegro makes its ?country code top-level domain? ? the ?.me? suffix ? 
available to commercial and private Internet users, for a fee, of course. 
Facebook and other companies have snapped up such addresses to help draw more 
users to their sites, or to prevent rivals from doing so.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/technology/07dotco.html

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Israeli official sees cyber alternative to "ugly" war
Cyberwarfare of the kind waged against Iran last year offers advanced nations an 
alternative to "ugly" military force with its moral costs, a senior Israeli 
official said Thursday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/oukin-uk-iran-nuclear-israel-cyber-idUKTRE7125A420110203


Will DDoS Attacks Take Over the Internet?
Forget tablet computers or smartphones. 2010 was the year of the distributed 
denial of service (DDoS) attack, if network security outfit Arbor Networks is to 
be believed.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/218533/.html

The Internet Kill Switch That Isn't [IDG]
A cybersecurity proposal in the U.S. Congress, called an "Internet kill switch" 
plan by some critics, isn't exactly what that sounds like.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/218622/.html

No internet ?kill switch? for Australia, says Conroy
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this morning said the Australian 
Government wouldn't take the sort of action its counterpart in Egypt has over 
the past week, in attempting to block communication between protesters in the 
country by shutting down all access to the internet.
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/44838-no-internet-kill-switch-for-australia-says-conroy

http://delimiter.com.au/2011/02/03/no-internet-kill-switch-for-australia-says-conroy/


Analysis: The legal means to cut net access
With internet services cut in Egypt as a desperate Government response to 
political unrest, the question has inevitably asked - "Could it happen here?" 
David Havyatt believes it can, but only if Australian democratic values were 
turned on their head.
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/246949,analysis-the-legal-means-to-cut-net-access.aspx


Egyptian Actions Highlight Dangers in U.S. Cybersecurity Proposals
The Egyptian regime's shutdown of the Internet in an attempt to preserve its 
political power highlights the dangers of any government having unchecked power 
over our Internet infrastructure, and puts a fine point on the risks to 
democracy posed by recent Congressional proposals to give the President a broad 
mandate to dictate how our internet service providers respond to 
cyber-emergencies.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/01/egyptian-actions-highlight-dangers-cybersecurity


Proposal for cyber war rules of engagement
The world needs cyber war "Rules of Engagement" to cope with potentially 
devastating cyber weapons, Russian and US experts will tell world leaders at a 
security conference on Friday.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/9386445.stm

Britain wants international rules on cyberspace
Britain, worried about a growing threat from cyber espionage and cyber crime, 
offered on Friday to host an international conference to tackle such issues.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/idINIndia-54669320110204

uk: William Hague reveals hacker attack on Foreign Office in call for cyber 
rules
William Hague revealed on Friday that his own staff were hit in December by 
data-stealing viruses, as he called for agreement on "acceptable rules" for how 
countries behave in cyberspace.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/06/hacking-william-hague-munich

uk: Chinese cyber-spies penetrate Foreign Office computers
China has penetrated the Foreign Office's internal communications in the most 
audacious example yet of the growing threat posed by state-sponsored 
cyber-attacks, it emerged tonight.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/04/chinese-super-spies-foreign-office-computers


William Hague: UK is under cyber-attack
Attempts by cyber-criminals and hostile intelligence agencies to attack the 
British government have been outlined by the foreign secretary.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12371056

Hague: UK government fell victim to Zeus attack
The UK government fell victim to a cyberattack that infected systems, foreign 
secretary William Hague has admitted.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-threats/2011/02/04/hague-uk-government-fell-victim-to-zeus-attack-40091685/


Australia's cyber security 'weak': Report [AAP]
Australia is increasingly ill-equipped to deal with cyber attacks on the 
country's energy, water, transport and communications systems, a new report 
states.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/375512/australia_cyber_security_weak_report/


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us: Wyden Criticizes Domain Name Seizures
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is concerned about an effort by the Homeland Security 
Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and the Justice 
Department to combat online piracy and counterfeiting by seizing Internet domain 
names, National Journal Daily reported.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/wyden-criticizes-domain-name-s.php


us: Senator: domain name seizures "alarmingly unprecedented"
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has 10 tough questions for the department of Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement (ICE), all of which can be more easily summed up in a 
single, blunter question: what the hell are you guys doing over there? 

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/senator-us-domain-name-seizures-alarmingly-unprecedented.ars


Super Bust: Due Process and Domain Name Seizure by Wendy Seltzer
With the same made-for PR timing that prompted a previous seizure of domain 
names just before shopping's "Cyber Monday," Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
struck again, this time days before the Super Bowl, against "10 websites that 
illegally streamed live sporting telecasts and pay-per-view events over the 
Internet." ICE executed seizure warrants against the 10 by demanding that 
registries redirect nameserver requests for the domains to 74.81.170.110, where 
a colorful "This domain name has been seized by ICE" graphic is displayed.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110203_super_bust_due_process_and_domain_name_seizure/


US accuses 10 sports websites of piracy links [AFP]
US agents have sidelined 10 websites they said were linking viewers to pirated 
telecasts of live sporting events including professional basketball, hockey, 
wrestling, and other sports.
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-technology/us-accuses-10-sports-websites-of-piracy-links-20110204-1afvn.html

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/us-accuses-10-sports-websites-of-piracy-links-20110204-1afvn.html


UDRP reform effort begins
ICANN has kicked off a review of its Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy, the 
occasionally controversial process used to adjudicate cybersquatting complaints.
http://domainincite.com/udrp-reform-effort-begins/

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Available Pool of Unallocated IPv4 Internet Addresses Now Completely Emptied: 
The Future Rests with IPv6
A critical point in the history of the Internet was reached today with the 
allocation of the last remaining IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) Internet 
addresses from a central pool. It means the future expansion of the Internet is 
now dependant on the successful global deployment of the next generation of 
Internet protocol, called IPv6.
http://icann.org/en/news/releases/release-03feb11-en.pdf

Free Pool of IPv4 Address Space Depleted
The Number Resource Organization (NRO) announced today that the free pool of 
available IPv4 addresses is now fully depleted. On Monday, January 31, the IANA 
allocated two blocks of IPv4 address space to APNIC, the Regional Internet 
Registry (RIR) for the Asia Pacific region, which triggered a global policy to 
allocate the remaining IANA pool equally between the five RIRs. Today IANA 
allocated those blocks. This means that there are no longer any IPv4 addresses 
available for allocation from the IANA to the five RIRs.
http://www.nro.net/news/ipv4-free-pool-depleted

IPv6 ? Enabling the Internet?s Future Growth
In 1995, on behalf of the IAB and IANA, I wrote a document called ?Unique 
Addresses are Good? (RFC 1814). The Internet community had begun to worry about 
the depletion of the IPv4 address space at that time and the IAB and IANA 
started taking steps to slow the distribution of IPv4 addresses.
http://blog.icann.org/2011/02/ipv6-enabling-the-internet?s-future-growth/

The IANA IPv4 Address Free Pool is Now Depleted
At a ceremony held on 3 February, 2011 the IANA allocated the remaining last 
five /8s of IPv4 address space to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) in 
accordance with the Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 
Address Space.
https://www.arin.net/announcements/2011/20110203.html

IPv4 Exhaustion: RIPE NCC Update
The IANA IPv4 free pool was exhausted today, 3 February 2011. Each of the 
Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) has now received one of the final five /8s. 
The RIPE NCC has been allocated 185/8.
http://ripe.net/news/IPv4-exhaustion.html

Last blocks of net addresses get handed over
The original pool of internet addresses has officially run dry. The last five 
blocks of the IP Version 4 addresses have been handed over to the regional 
bodies that distribute them.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12367484

World runs out of IP addresses [AFP]
The global warehouse for internet addresses has run dry. The non-profit ICANN 
doled out its last five batches of IP numbers that identify destinations for 
digital traffic.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/04/3129582.htm
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/internet-runs-out-of-addresses-for-now/story-e6frgakx-1226000019689

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10704016

IPv4 Warehouse Officially Emptied, IPv6 Adoption Becoming Urgent
The last allocation of IPv4 addresses from the central pool to Regional Internet 
Registries (RIRs) occurred Thursday in a symbolic ceremony hosted by ICANN in 
Miami along with the Number Resources Organization (NRO), the Internet 
Architecture Board (IAB) and the Internet Society.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13596
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/02/04/ipv4-warehouse-officially-emptied-ipv6-adoption-becoming-urgent/

http://domainnews.com/en/ipv4-warehouse-officially-emptied-as-ipv6-adoption-becoming-urgent.html


Asia gets IPv4 breather
The Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) has received two large 
blocks of IPv4 addresses with another promised, giving businesses in the region 
that are in the midst of their IPv6 migration somewhat of a breather.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/asia-gets-ipv4-breather-339308920.htm

River of IPv4 addresses officially runs dry
In a ceremony in Miami this morning, the final five blocks of IPv4 addresses 
were given out to the five Regional Internet Registries that further distribute 
IP addresses to the far corners of the planet. The five RIRs still have tens of 
millions of addresses as working inventory, but once those addresses are given 
out, it's over. Internet Protocol addresses are a prerequisite for all Internet 
communication?both the sender and the receiver need one. As such, additional 
addresses are necessary whenever new users are connected to the Internet.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/river-of-ipv4-addresses-officially-runs-dry.ars


ICANN assigns its last IPv4 addresses [IDG]
The IANA has handed out its last IPv4 addresses, leaving the remaining blocks to 
regional registries that in some cases may exhaust them within a few months.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/375450/icann_assigns_its_last_ipv4_addresses/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9207961/Update_ICANN_assigns_its_last_IPv4_addresses

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/020311-icann-assigns-its-last-ipv4.html

IPv4 finale 'one of the most important days of the internet'
Internet policymakers officially handed out the last five blocks of IPv4 address 
space to each of the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) at a ceremony held in 
Miami onThursday morning.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/020311-ipv4-ceremony.html
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/telecommunications/ipv4-finale-one-of-the-most-important-days-of-the-internet


Internet addresses depletion reflects wired world
Thirty years after the first Internet addresses were created, the supply of 
addresses officially ran dry on Thursday.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/idINIndia-54653420110204
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/us-internetaddresses-idINTRE7128AH20110203

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/oukin-uk-internetaddresses-idUKTRE71289Z20110203


IPv6: Where Australian carriers are at
The time has finally come - internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) has run out of 
addresses. However, with internet founders calling for action on IPv4?s 
successor, the deeper topic of discussion continues around when service 
providers will begin to offer IPv6 natively on their networks.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/375549/ipv6_where_australian_carriers/

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 - MISCELLANEOUS
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Enhancements to ARIN's RESTful Whois Now Available
ARIN deployed a series of enhancements to its Whois-RWS service on 3 February 
2011. ARIN has enabled CIDR support and IPv6 lookups in the search box on the 
web page, provided plain text rendering of lists of ASNs and networks on the 
web, and enhanced CIDR query matching on WHOIS port 43.
https://www.arin.net/announcements/2011/20110203_whois.html

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 - DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET
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Sedo just turned 10! We?re celebrating a decade of market leadership
This February, Sedo.com, the world?s largest online marketplace for domains and 
your source for premium domains, reaches a milestone: ten years in business. As 
we look to another decade, we invite you to discover why millions of members 
from all around the world have trusted Sedo to deliver high quality investment 
and monetization solutions for domains.
https://sedo.com/links/showlinks.php3?tracked=&partnerid=&language=us&Id=2797

?Love? Domains Available In DomainFest Auction Thursday
Some of the most flirtatious domains available online go up for auction in just 
two days. You can bid to own Love.Me, Kiss.Me, Miss.Me, Want.Me, and even 
Hate.Me at the DOMAINfest .ME auctions beginning Thursday.
http://www.nic.me/news/news.php?&news=219

au: Sealing the deal for $100,000
THE group buying business continues to grow with Zoupon announcing the company 
has paid $100,000 for the domain name deals.com.au.
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sealing-the-deal-for-100000/story-fn6b3v4f-1226001041054


Deals.com.au Sells For $100K & Company?s Are Grabbing Up Their Own Typo?s
We don?t cover the .Au (Australian) oftern but there are two different stories 
out today.
http://www.thedomains.com/2011/02/06/deals-com-au-sells-for-100k-companys-are-grabbing-up-their-own-typos/


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INTERNET USE
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Book review: Twitter Can't Save You - The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of 
Internet Freedom by Evgeny Morozov
Just a few years ago, all anyone could talk about was how to make the Internet 
more free. Now all anyone can talk about is how to control it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/books/review/Siegel-t.html

Microsoft Bing trails in Google?s wake
After years of effort and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, 
Microsoft finally has an internet search engine whose search results bear 
comparison with Google.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/7061616a-2efc-11e0-88ec-00144feabdc0.html

Australian dollar behind rise in online spending, central bank suggests [AAP]
Online spending for overseas goods is rising in Australia, but the level is 
still relatively low, Australia's central bank said today.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/industry-sectors/australian-dollar-behind-rise-in-online-spending-central-bank-suggests/story-e6frg9h6-1226000129788


What effect has the internet had on our sex lives?
The accessibility of online porn can lead to sexual enlightenment
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/06/internet-porn-sex-lives

au: Internet advertising hits $2.2bn, and strong growth predicted
Internet advertising looks almost certain to have broken through $2.2 billion 
last year, with strong growth forecast in the year ahead despite a likely slow 
start due to the natural disasters in Queensland.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/internet-advertising-hits-22bn-and-strong-growth-predicted/story-e6frg996-1226001074327


comScore Publishes White Paper on the Impact of Cookie Deletion on Website 
Audience Measurement in Australia [news release]
comScore ... released its white paper, The Impact of Cookie Deletion on 
Site-Server and Ad-Server Metrics in Australia: An Empirical comScore Study.
http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/2/comScore_Publishes_White_Paper_on_the_Impact_of_Cookie_Deletion_on_Website_Audience_Measurement_in_Australia


nz: Creating your digital legacy
New Zealanders should consider their online identity when compiling their will, 
the Law Society says.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4625640/Creating-your-digital-legacy


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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Facebook May Never Beat Mixi in Japan, 'FarmVille' Creator Says
Facebook Inc. may never overtake Mixi Inc. in Japan as the lure of connecting 
with friends overseas isn?t enough for users to switch services, according to 
the U.S. social-networking site?s biggest games developer.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-06/facebook-may-never-surpass-mixi-in-japan-farmville-developer-zynga-says.html


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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Asian countries dominate global export of information technology goods - UN 
[news release]
More than a third of the world?s information and communications technology (ICT) 
exports now originate from mainland China and its special administrative region 
of Hong Kong, a United Nations agency reported today, citing data that also 
shows that Asia accounted for 66.3 per cent of global ICT exports in 2009.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37445

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Save the date: Safer Internet Day 8 February 2011 [news release]
Safer Internet DaySafer Internet Day, now in its 8th year, is celebrated in over 
65 countries and it is an opportunity to recognise the importance of the 
internet in the lives of children and young people, and to help work to ensure 
that they and those that support children, parents, carers, grandparents, 
teachers, know how to get the most out of this resource and use it safely and 
responsibly.
http://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf/news/post/296-save-the-date-safer-internet-day-8-february-2011


IWF chief steps down
Peter Robbins has stepped down as Chief Executive of the Internet Watch 
Foundation after almost nine years heading up the occasionally controversial 
organisation.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/03/iwf_chief_steps_down/

IWF Chief Executive, Peter Robbins OBE, QPM - Resignation [news release]
After nine years in his role as Chief Executive, Peter Robbins will be standing 
down in July to pursue other interests.
http://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf/news/post/294-iwf-chief-executive-peter-robbins-obe-qpm---resignation


Time to take the 'cyber' out of cyberbullying by Larry Magid
We don't call it "pencil bullying" when someone uses a wooden stick with lead 
inside to write someone a threatening note. When a person shakes her fist in 
front of someone's face, we don't call it "fist bullying." And when kids don't 
let other kids sit at their lunch table, we don't call it "table bullying."
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-20030511-238.html

au: What did you say about my son? Parents take revenge on cyber bullies
More parents are becoming involved in cyber-bullying, taking up disputes 
involving their children, a federal parliamentary committee has been told.
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/what-did-you-say-about-my-son-parents-take-revenge-on-cyber-bullies-20110204-1aftq.html


au: More parents involved in cyber-bullying
MORE parents are becoming involved in cyber-bullying, taking up disputes 
involving their children.
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/more-parents-involved-in-cyber-bullying/story-fn6bqvxz-1225999904150


au: Grieving mother seeks tougher cyber safety [AAP]
A woman whose daughter was murdered after being stalked by an internet predator 
has called on social networking sites to better protect users.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/375509/grieving_mother_seeks_tougher_cyber_safety/

http://www.skynews.com.au/local/article.aspx?id=572958

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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ACS:Law and MediaCAT close their doors, ending filesharing claims
A law firm that sent out hundreds of letters to people it accused of illegally 
sharing copyrighted files has shut down, days before a key court decision on 
whether it defendants could claim damages from it.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/feb/04/acs-law-mediacat-close-filesharing


Firm stops pursuing net pirates
MediaCAT, a firm which has sent thousands of letters to alleged illegal 
file-sharers in the UK, has ceased trading, according to its law firm.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12366747

Young turn to piracy to watch pay TV for free
Broadcasting analysts are predicting a fresh tide of television piracy in the 
wake of the launch of Sky Atlantic, the glossy satellite channel that has bought 
the UK rights to many of America's most successful drama series, including Mad 
Men and The Sopranos.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/feb/06/sky-atlantic-tv-piracy-internet

Elvis Costello retires from making albums, says it's 'the end of the line' for 
the format
Elvis Costello has retired from making albums. The acclaimed English songwriter, 
due to visit Australia with his band The Imposters in April, told The Australian 
today that the album format had reached "the end of the line" and that his album 
from last year, National Ransom, would be his last.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/elvis-costello-retires-from-making-albums-says-its-the-end-of-the-line-for-the-format/story-e6frg8n6-1226001423379


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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Age Gap Narrowing In Use Of Mobile Devices
A new report by the Pew Research Center released Thursday shows that older 
Americans are catching up to younger generations in their use and ownership of 
electronic devices.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/age-gap-narrowing-in-use-of-mo.php

http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110203_6313.php

Generations and their gadgets
Overview: Many devices have become popular across generations, with a majority 
now owning cell phones, laptops and desktop computers. Younger adults are 
leading the way in increased mobility, preferring laptops to desktops and using 
their cell phones for a variety of functions, including internet, email, music, 
games, and video.
http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Generations-and-gadgets.aspx

Phone Mergers May Slow as Money Moves to Mobile Data at Home
Phone companies, which announced $116 billion in emerging markets acquisitions 
last year, may spend their money at home in 2011 to meet surging mobile-data 
demand.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-03/phone-mergers-may-slow-as-money-moves-to-mobile-data-at-home.html


Speculation of Alliance With Microsoft Lifts Nokia Shares
Shares of Nokia, the mobile phone market leader, climbed for a fourth day on 
Thursday amid speculation that the company may be poised to announce a software 
alliance with Microsoft designed to revive its struggling U.S. smartphone 
business.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/04/technology/04nokia.html

au: States urged to impose total ban on mobile phone use in cars
Tough new laws to ban all mobile phone use in vehicles are being considered by 
transport ministers after a landmark report found that even hands-free devices 
dramatically increased the risk of crashing.
http://smh.drive.com.au/states-urged-to-impose-total-ban-on-mobile-phone-use-in-cars-20110206-1aiez.html

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/states-urged-to-impose-total-ban-on-mobile-phone-use-in-cars-20110207-1aite.html

http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/states-urged-to-impose-total-ban-on-mobile-phone-use-in-cars-20110207-1aite.html


au: Texting driver crashed, taking lives of two girls
When the car Marcus Johnstone was driving hit a power pole, killing two teenage 
girls, it was not speed or alcohol that caused the accident.
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/texting-driver-crashed-taking-lives-of-two-girls-20110206-1aif1.html


French mobile groups to take on PayPal
France?s three big mobile phone operators are to create the first French online 
payments service and a competitor to Ebay?s PayPal and Google?s Checkout.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/29fe9788-2fec-11e0-a7c6-00144feabdc0.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Cybercrime: A Recession-Proof Growth Industry
Even in a struggling economy there are some businesses that continue to thrive. 
In an era of cutbacks and layoffs, one industry has continued to skyrocket--with 
double digit growth year over year--cybercrime. The bar for entry is low, the 
overhead is minimal, and the compensation can be phenomenal. Put away your 
r?sum?, though--you don't want this job.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/218850/.html

Israeli official sees cyber alternative to "ugly" war
Cyberwarfare of the kind waged against Iran last year offers advanced nations an 
alternative to "ugly" military force with its moral costs, a senior Israeli 
official said Thursday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/oukin-uk-iran-nuclear-israel-cyber-idUKTRE7125A420110203


Will DDoS Attacks Take Over the Internet?
Forget tablet computers or smartphones. 2010 was the year of the distributed 
denial of service (DDoS) attack, if network security outfit Arbor Networks is to 
be believed.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/218533/.html

The Internet Kill Switch That Isn't [IDG]
A cybersecurity proposal in the U.S. Congress, called an "Internet kill switch" 
plan by some critics, isn't exactly what that sounds like.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/218622/.html

No internet ?kill switch? for Australia, says Conroy
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this morning said the Australian 
Government wouldn't take the sort of action its counterpart in Egypt has over 
the past week, in attempting to block communication between protesters in the 
country by shutting down all access to the internet.
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/44838-no-internet-kill-switch-for-australia-says-conroy

http://delimiter.com.au/2011/02/03/no-internet-kill-switch-for-australia-says-conroy/


Analysis: The legal means to cut net access
With internet services cut in Egypt as a desperate Government response to 
political unrest, the question has inevitably asked - "Could it happen here?" 
David Havyatt believes it can, but only if Australian democratic values were 
turned on their head.
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/246949,analysis-the-legal-means-to-cut-net-access.aspx


Egyptian Actions Highlight Dangers in U.S. Cybersecurity Proposals
The Egyptian regime's shutdown of the Internet in an attempt to preserve its 
political power highlights the dangers of any government having unchecked power 
over our Internet infrastructure, and puts a fine point on the risks to 
democracy posed by recent Congressional proposals to give the President a broad 
mandate to dictate how our internet service providers respond to 
cyber-emergencies.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/01/egyptian-actions-highlight-dangers-cybersecurity


Proposal for cyber war rules of engagement
The world needs cyber war "Rules of Engagement" to cope with potentially 
devastating cyber weapons, Russian and US experts will tell world leaders at a 
security conference on Friday.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/9386445.stm

Britain wants international rules on cyberspace
Britain, worried about a growing threat from cyber espionage and cyber crime, 
offered on Friday to host an international conference to tackle such issues.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/idINIndia-54669320110204

uk: William Hague reveals hacker attack on Foreign Office in call for cyber 
rules
William Hague revealed on Friday that his own staff were hit in December by 
data-stealing viruses, as he called for agreement on "acceptable rules" for how 
countries behave in cyberspace.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/06/hacking-william-hague-munich

uk: Chinese cyber-spies penetrate Foreign Office computers
China has penetrated the Foreign Office's internal communications in the most 
audacious example yet of the growing threat posed by state-sponsored 
cyber-attacks, it emerged tonight.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/04/chinese-super-spies-foreign-office-computers


William Hague: UK is under cyber-attack
Attempts by cyber-criminals and hostile intelligence agencies to attack the 
British government have been outlined by the foreign secretary.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12371056

Hague: UK government fell victim to Zeus attack
The UK government fell victim to a cyberattack that infected systems, foreign 
secretary William Hague has admitted.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security-threats/2011/02/04/hague-uk-government-fell-victim-to-zeus-attack-40091685/


Australia's cyber security 'weak': Report [AAP]
Australia is increasingly ill-equipped to deal with cyber attacks on the 
country's energy, water, transport and communications systems, a new report 
states.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/375512/australia_cyber_security_weak_report/


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PRIVACY
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As International Privacy Day is Celebrated, Governments Continue to Chip Away at 
Privacy Rights
Last Friday, privacy advocates and government officials in countries across the 
world celebrated the 5th annual International Privacy Day ? even as individual 
privacy is threatened by surveillance proposals and security breaches worldwide. 
This day commemorates the first legally binding international agreement on data 
protection ? the Council of Europe?s Convention 108- which was opened for 
signature on January 28th, 1981. Last week?s celebration marked the 30th 
anniversary of Convention 108, which has served as a foundation for many 
countries? national data protection laws. It is an opportunity to raise public 
awareness about privacy threats and to urge governments to protect citizen's 
privacy rights.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/governments-celebrate-international-privacy-day


Internet Policy Task Force Green Paper: Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation 
in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework:
This report recommends consideration of a new framework for addressing online 
privacy issues in the United States.
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/reports/2010/IPTF_Privacy_GreenPaper_12162010.pdf

Facebook Must Explain Privacy Practices to Congress
Facebook's plan to give developers access to users' addresses and phone numbers 
has not gone over so well with many, and now the heads of the House of 
Representatives' Privacy Caucus want answers. The feature only lasted three days 
as the social networking site decided to suspend it pending a better (and less 
controversial) option.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/218851/.html

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CENSORSHIP
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Global net crackdown to shatter 'utopian' internet: experts
Egypt's internet shutdown is just the tip of the iceberg and a global net 
crackdown is inevitable, leading internet experts say.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/global-net-crackdown-to-shatter-utopian-internet-experts-20110204-1ag3i.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/global-net-crackdown-to-shatter-utopian-internet-experts-20110204-1ag3i.html


Blocking Internet cost Egypt at least $90M, says OECD [IDG]
The Egyptian government's five-day block of Internet services cost the national 
economy at least $90 million, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and 
Development (OECD) said Thursday.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9207938/Blocking_Internet_cost_Egypt_at_least_90M_says_OECD

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/020311-blocking-internet-cost-egypt-at.html


OECD: Egypt's Shutdown Of Net Was Costly
Egypt's shut down of the Internet in response to the pro-democracy riots taking 
place there was not only costly to its citizens when it comes to having access 
to key communications, it also proved costly to the nation's economy.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/oecd-egypts-shutdown-of-net-wa.php


OECD: The economic impact of shutting down Internet and mobile phone services in 
Egypt
The Internet and communications infrastructure is a key platform to conduct 
business, connect people and provide government services. The Egyptian 
government has taken great steps in the past years to develop and promote the 
use and uptake of technologies. But the current shutdown of Internet and 
communications services for five days will have a pronounced economic impact. It 
is estimated to have incurred direct costs of at minimum USD 90 million. This 
amount refers to lost revenues due to blocked telecommunications and Internet 
services, which account for around USD 18 million per day, or, on a yearly 
scale, for roughly 3-4% of GDP.
http://www.oecd.org/document/19/0,3746,en_2649_37441_47056659_1_1_1_37441,00.html

http://www.oecd.org/document/19/0,3746,en_2649_34225_47056659_1_1_1_1,00.html

US company 'helped' Egypt block web
Egypt's crackdown on web users allegedly aided by US company's product.
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/02/20112625021400967.html

UK tackles Cairo over networks abuse claims
The UK government has complained to the Egyptian authorities about alleged abuse 
of mobile phone networks in the country.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/91022410-308f-11e0-9de3-00144feabdc0.html

Tunisian cyber activists take on Egypt
Tunisian cyberactivists turn their attention to the pro-democracy movement in 
Egypt.
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/africa/2011/02/2011251021353446.html

Facebook treads carefully after its vital role in Egypt's anti-Mubarak protests
In Egypt, the tried-and-true tool for opponents of President Hosni Mubarak in 
recent years has been Facebook. Most recently, it was on Facebook - which boasts 
5 million users in Egypt, the most in the Arab world - where youthful outrage 
over the killing of a prominent activist spread, leading to the protests in 
Cairo's Tahrir Square and Mubarak's promise to step down this year.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2011020206107.html


eg: Hackers Shut Down Government Sites
The online group Anonymous said Wednesday that it had paralyzed the Egyptian 
government?s Web sites in support of the antigovernment protests.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/world/middleeast/03hackers.html

Hacktivists target Egypt and Yemen regimes
Hacktivists from the online group Anonymous have turned their attention to Yemen 
as part of their battle for greater net freedoms.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12364654

Opinion: The future of Egypt's internet
Amidst the latest headlines of the "Twitter / Facebook" revolutions, there is no 
doubt that technology - from social media to basic landlines - played an 
important role in facilitating Egypt's popular uprising.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/02/20112174317974677.html

Vodafone Says It Was Instructed to Send Pro-Mubarak Messages to Customers
Vodafone Group Plc was ordered to send mobile-phone text messages by the 
Egyptian government, urging people to confront ?traitors and criminals? as 
demonstrators demanded the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-03/vodafone-ordered-to-send-egyptian-government-messages-update1-.html


Vodafone network 'hijacked' by Egypt
Mobile phone firm Vodafone has accused the Egyptian authorities of using its 
network to send unattributed text messages supporting the government.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12357694

Vodafone accuses Egypt government of co-opting network
Mobile operator Vodafone accused the Egyptian authorities on Thursday of using 
its network to send pro-government text messages to subscribers, as telecom 
firms became further embroiled in the crisis.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/oukin-uk-egypt-vodafone-idUKTRE7123TE20110203

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/idINIndia-54644320110203

Thai webmaster on trial in free speech test case [AP]
The head of a popular Thai political website went on trial today, charged with 
violating the country's tough internet laws in a case seen as a bellwether for 
freedom of expression in the politically troubled nation.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/04/trial-begins-thai-webmaster-prachatai


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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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Google CEO says wants to avoid long EU probe - report
Google Inc wants to avoid a lengthy legal battle with European Union regulators 
investigating its market dominance, the Sunday Telegraph quoted its chief 
executive as saying.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/06/oukin-uk-google-eu-idUKTRE71519820110206

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/06/idINIndia-54693720110206

Part I: FCC ?Ancillary? Authority to Regulate the Internet? Don?t Count on It
The FCC published its long-awaited final Report and Order on net neutrality at 
the end of December (more on that in part 2 of this post), but the debate is far 
from over. Republican members of Congress have loudly voiced their displeasure 
with the attempt to regulate internet activity; they?ve already filed a bill 
putting internet regulatory authority solely in the hands of Congress. 
Democratic members have filed their own bill establishing clear regulatory 
authority in the FCC, and they generally complain that the regulations don?t go 
far enough.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/part-i-fcc-ancillary-authority-regulate-internet


FBI, DOJ and DEA Stall Release of Records on Bid to Expand Surveillance Laws
Today EFF filed a reply brief in its FOIA lawsuit seeking records from the FBI, 
DOJ and DEA that would justify the Administration?s need to expand federal 
surveillance laws like the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act 
(CALEA). The proposed expansion would require communications providers like 
Skype, Facebook, Blackberry and Twitter to build wiretapping capabilities right 
into their systems, and although we know Congress intends to turn to this issue 
early this year, FBI, DEA and DOJ have argued they can?t give us all the 
documents we asked for until the summer of 2012. To force the government to turn 
over documents on a timeline that would actually allow them to influence the 
debate, we filed a motion for partial summary judgment, asking the court to 
order the agencies to produce documents within 10 days.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/fbi-doj-and-dea-stall-release-records-bid-expand


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MISCELLANEOUS
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Apple to Tighten Control on Content
Apple Inc. is working to funnel more electronic sales of magazines, newspapers 
and other content through its iTunes store, an effort that is making some 
publishers uneasy.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704775604576120531458250932.html

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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au: Telcos send in teams for huge repair task
Tens of thousands of people caught in the destructive trail of Cyclone Yasi were 
without communication services yesterday as telecoms companies worked to restore 
their networks.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/telcos-send-in-teams-for-huge-repair-task/story-e6frg8zx-1225999817915


N.Z. Selects Telecom, Vodafone for Rural Broadband [Bloomberg]
New Zealand?s government selected Telecom Corp. and Vodafone Group Plc as 
partners to build a broadband Internet network across New Zealand?s rural areas.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-02-06/n-z-selects-telecom-vodafone-for-rural-broadband.html


Telecom, Vodafone win $300m rural broadband tender
A kick in the teeth for the Korida/Fx Networks/Woosh consortium as the 
government begins commercial negotiations with the "Telefone" alliance.
http://nbr.co.nz/article/telecom-vodafone-win-300m-rural-broadband-tender-ck-85297


NZ gov't launches rural broadband talks [AAP]
The New Zealand government needs to ensure conditions for rural broadband that 
encourage a competitive rural retail market, following its move to accept a 
joint bid from Telecom and Vodafone to develop the initiative, an industry 
commentator says.
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8207469

Joyce bites back
This morning, Communications Minister Steven Joyce announced the government had 
entered commercial negotiations with Telecom-Vodafone. The pair now seem to have 
the $300 million rural broadband initiative (RBI) tender wrapped up.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/joyce-no-new-regulation-needed-300m-rural-broadband-project-opponents-wail-ck-85332


Weak regulation around Telecom-Vodafone $300m rural broadband project - 
InternetNZ
?Today?s announcement that the Government is in negotiation with a 
Telecom/Vodafone consortium to deliver its Rural Broadband Initiative reinforces 
serious concerns about the future of a competitive communications market in 
rural areas,? InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar, said in a statement 
today.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/weak-regulation-around-telecom-vodafone-300m-rural-broadband-project-internetnz-ck-85325


nz: IDC: RBI 'open' concerns valid
Speaking on today?s announcement that the government picked Telecom and Vodafone 
joint RBI bid, IDC says the government opted for a pragmatic outcome.
http://www.techday.co.nz/telecommunicationsreview/news/idc-rbi-open-concerns-valid/19225/6/


New Zealand picks Telecom/Vodafone bid for rural broadband
The New Zealand government has selected Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone's joint 
bid for the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) for commercial negotiations.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/new-zealand-picks-telecomvodafone-bid-for-rural-broadband


Kordia slams 'tragedy for rural New Zealand'
Chief executive wastes no time laying into the Telecom-Vodafone win in the $300m 
rural broadband tender.
http://nbr.co.nz/article/kordia-slams-tragedy-rural-new-zealand-ck-85308

nz: Fibre prospects loom large over Telecom results
Fibre will be in focus when Telecom announces its half-yearly results this 
Friday with analysts predicting a slump in net profits.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10704576

Telecom NZ, Voda win $300m rural NZ bid
The New Zealand Government has begun negotiations with Telecom NZ and Vodafone 
for the implementation of its NZ$300 million Rural Broadband Initiative, 
Communications Minister Steven Joyce announced this morning.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/telecom-nz-voda-win-300m-rural-nz-bid-339309004.htm

India accuses companies in telecoms probe
A public prosecutor has accused two Indian companies controlled by Norway?s 
Telenor and the UAE?s Etisalat of receiving favourable treatment in the 2008 
award of telecoms licences that an official audit claimed cost the exchequer 
$39bn in lost revenues.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bb860038-2fbf-11e0-91f8-00144feabdc0.html

Canada regulator to reconsider Internet ruling
Canada's telecoms regulator will reconsider its own ruling that would have 
effectively stopped small Internet providers from offering unlimited downloads, 
taking a step back under pressure from the government.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/03/canada-internet-idUKN0328362520110203

Of Canada, Caps, and Clouds [GigaOm]
To protect their businesses from the cloud, ISPs north of the border won data 
caps on broadband usage. That's a terrible idea
http://gigaom.com/broadband/of-canada-caps-clouds/
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/feb2011/tc2011023_946599.htm

uk: Freeing up spectrum to meet demands for mobile services [news release]
New plans to help increase mobile network capacity and deliver faster and more 
reliable mobile services for consumers, were unveiled today by Ofcom.
http://media.ofcom.org.uk/2011/02/02/freeing-up-spectrum-to-meet-demands-for-mobile-services/



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