[DNS] domain name news - 21 February

[DNS] domain name news - 21 February

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 16:51:21 -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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Middle East Developments Cause Cancellation of ICANN Jordan Meeting
http://blog.icann.org/2011/02/middle-east-developments-interfere-with-icann-41-jordan-meeting/


ICANN Jordan Meeting Moved to Singapore
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13761

On the Introduction of new Top Level Domains into the Domain Name System by Vint 
Cerf
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110218_on_the_introduction_of_new_top_level_domains_into_dns/


DNSSEC Coming to .AT, But Resistance Among Some German Internet Companies
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13773

Commentary: Now is the time for Congress and the Obama administration to tackle 
cybersecurity
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110218_2356.php

Latest Cybersecurity Bill Prohibits Internet 'Kill Switch'
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/latest-cybersecurity-bill-proh.php


au: Public consultation on international Cybercrime Convention [news release]
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2011_FirstQuarter_18February2011-PublicconsultationoninternationalCybercrimeConvention


au: CERT fielded 187 'cyber incidents' in 2010
http://www.zdnet.com.au/cert-fielded-187-cyber-incidents-in-2010-339309712.htm

au: Federal Government welcomes Kokoda Foundation's new report on cyber security
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=cf59e455-1bc0-4e7e-a15d-3385be3f225c


DHS incorrectly associates 84,000 web sites with child pornography
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/dhs-incorrectly-associates-84000-web-sites-with-child-pornography/8200


WIPO Could Enter Growing Fray Over Internet Domain Takedowns
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2011/02/17/wipo-could-enter-growing-fray-over-internet-domain-takedowns/


au: Cambridge Nutritional Foods Limited and Cambridge Manufacturing Company 
Limited v. Cambridge Diet Pty Ltd
http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2010-0021

Cerf: Future of Internet doesn't include an IPv7
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/021811-vint-cerf-ipv7.html

InterNetX at Domain pulse 2011 in Vienna [news release]
http://www.internetx.com/en/internetx/news-press/press-releases/press-releases/article/internetx-auf-domain-pulse-2011-in-wien.html


APNIC 31: Participate remotely!
http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2011/apnic-31-remote

APTLD Members? Meeting Hong Kong Inaugurated Today
https://www.hkirc.hk/company_info/pressrelease.jsp?item=423


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Middle East Developments Cause Cancellation of ICANN Jordan Meeting
ICANN?s Board of Directors has decided not to hold the June 20-24 ICANN Public 
Meeting in Amman, Jordan.
http://blog.icann.org/2011/02/middle-east-developments-interfere-with-icann-41-jordan-meeting/


GAC-Board Consultation ? Announcement Update
Arrangements are being finalized for the GAC-Board consultation to be held in 
Brussels on 28 February and 1 March 2011.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-21jan11-en.htm

ICANN Jordan Meeting Moved to Singapore
ICANN have officially announced the upcoming meeting to be held in Amman, 
Jordan, has been cancelled while rumours are circulating that it will be moved 
to Singapore, following the unrest across the Middle East, including in Jordan.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13761
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/02/19/icann-jordan-meeting-moved-to-singapore/
http://domainnews.com/en/icann-to-move-jordan-meeting-to-singapore.html

ICANN cancels Jordan meeting
ICANN will not hold its 41st public meeting in Amman, Jordan, apparently due to 
safety concerns in the region, which is experiencing a rash of sometimes violent 
protest.
http://domainincite.com/icann-cancels-jordan-meeting/

Wanted: official ICANN tweeter
ICANN is looking to beef up its media relations department, and has put out its 
feelers for someone to take over its Twitter and Facebook accounts.
http://domainincite.com/wanted-official-icann-tweeter/

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.CO quiet on Super Bowl sales
Judging from its CEO?s latest blog post, .CO Internet doesn?t want to talk about 
how many new .co domain names were registered following its Super Bowl 
commercial with Go Daddy.
http://domainincite.com/co-quiet-on-super-bowl-sales/

PIR Releases Results of 2H Half 2010 Bi-Annual Domain Name Report, "The 
Dashboard"
.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) today released the results of its 
bi-annual domain name report, ?The Dashboard,? detailing the monumental growth 
of the world?s third largest generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD). According to the 
report, the .ORG domain grew by 10.3 percent in 2010 ? a 1.4 percent increase 
from 2009. As a result, .ORG now boasts over 8.8 million domains under 
management, thanks in large part to a net gain of 824,559 .ORG registrations in 
2010.
http://pir.org/news/pr/2011/2h_2011_dashboard

Second Half 2010 "Dashboard" Domain Name Report - Released by Brian Cute
I have long admired PIR?s dedication to the good of the Internet, the DNS and 
its millions of .ORG registrants. PIR has a clear and unique public interest 
mission in the industry ? one that extends beyond the technical provision of 
.ORG domain names and serves the Internet community wholly, addressing policy 
and security issues head-on.
http://pir.org/blog/2011/2h2010dashboard

The CC at the meeting of The Expert Ad Hoc group on combating economic crime
On Friday 11 February 2011 the CC participated in the meeting of the Expert 
Group under the Interdepartmental working group on combating economic crime. The 
expert council focused on the discussion of the situation with the allocation of 
domain names in domain zone .?? which emerged at the launch of the open 
registration, including registration of domain names on RU-CENTR?s 
(ZAO?Regionalniy setevoy informatsionniy tsentr?) name and their subsequent 
sale.
http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=1290

Russia: New .?? Domains Could Be Sold Illegaly
The Prosecutor General's Office in Russia expressed its interest in the fact 
that the biggest domain registration company in Russia ?RU-Center? reserved 
60,000 domain names within first hours after open registration and later sold 
25,000 of those in closed auctions, newspapers Kommersant.ru reported.
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/02/17/russia-new-??-domains-could-be-sold-illegaly/


Unregistered Rights Sunrise for short .uk domains starts today
The Unregistered Rights Sunrise phase for short .uk domains starts at midday 
(12.00 GMT) today, 14 February 2011. The first step of this two-stage process is 
for applicants to submit an application for the domain name they would like to 
register to Nominet via a registrar. This application stage closes at midday 
(12.00 GMT) on 16 March 2011.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=8218

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On the Introduction of new Top Level Domains into the Domain Name System by Vint 
Cerf
The introduction of new TLDs has been the subject of debate and action in the 
ICANN arena since 1999 (just a year after the organization was founded). Herein 
are some thoughts about some of the issues associated with increasing the top 
level domain name space.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110218_on_the_introduction_of_new_top_level_domains_into_dns/


Big business has been using the new TLD concept for years
The recent practice of major corporations abandoning the use of forward slashes 
in domain names and placing the product or service in front of their corporate 
domain name reinforces the business case for why we need new Top-Level Domains.
http://www.ausregistry.com/blog/?p=739

ICANN confirms TLD delays after sponsorship closes
ICANN has officially confirmed that it does not intend to launch the new 
top-level domains program at its meeting in San Francisco next month.
http://domainincite.com/icann-confirms-tld-delays-after-sponsorship-closes/

Will New TLDs Get Approved April 21?
We now know that ICANN?s Board will not vote on approving the new top level 
domain name applicant guidebook at its March meeting in San Francisco.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/02/18/will-new-tlds-get-approved-april-21/

The coming fight over .gay domain
Scott Seitz has the dubious distinction of proposing what might become the most 
controversial new top-level Internet domain: .gay.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/the-coming-fight-over-gay-domain-62206798.htm

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DNSSEC Coming to .AT, But Resistance Among Some German Internet Companies
The Austrian registry, nic.at, announced at the annual Domain Pulse meeting on 
Friday that they will introduce DNSSEC late in 2011 following its introduction 
12 months ago by the Swiss registry at the 2010 Domain Pulse and its planned 
introduction on 31 May 2011 by the German registry. But in a survey among 
members of the German internet industry association eco, there was resistance 
among a small but significant group of companies to take it up.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=13773
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/02/20/dnssec-coming-to-at-but-resistance-among-some-german-companies/

http://domainnews.com/en/dnssec-coming-to-.at-but-resistance-among-some-german-internet-business.html


Commentary: Now is the time for Congress and the Obama administration to tackle 
cybersecurity
2010 was another watershed year for cybersecurity. One of the most significant 
threats to our national security is the danger posed by hackers, organized crime 
syndicates and foreign powers operating in cyberspace. Events, from WikiLeaks' 
Cablegate to the Stuxnet computer worm have pushed cybersecurity deeper into the 
public's consciousness than perhaps ever before. The progress made hasn't been 
nearly enough, however. Our national response to these and other potential 
threats remains far below what is needed, and we remain drastically 
underprepared for the challenges we face.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110218_2356.php

Latest Cybersecurity Bill Prohibits Internet 'Kill Switch'
Responding to charges that their legislation would establish an Internet "kill 
switch," the top members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee introduced 
legislation late Thursday that would specifically keep the president from 
shutting down the Internet.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/latest-cybersecurity-bill-proh.php


US bill would prohibit Internet 'kill switch' [IDG]
Three U.S. senators criticized for past legislation that would allow the 
president to potentially quarantine or shut down parts of the Internet during a 
major cyberattack have introduced a new bill that would put limits on that 
authority.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/377325/us_bill_would_prohibit_internet_kill_switch_/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9210339/Bill_would_prohibit_Internet_kill_switch_


us: Internet 'kill switch' bill gets a makeover
A Senate proposal that has become known as the Internet "kill switch" bill was 
reintroduced this week, with a tweak its backers say eliminates the possibility 
of an Egypt-style disconnection happening in the United States.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20033717-281.html

RSA: Act now on cyberwar, security experts caution
The time to act on cyberwar is now, several experts at the RSA Security 
Conference held here this week said.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9209980/RSA_Act_now_on_cyberwar_security_experts_caution


Canada hit by cyberattack from China computers - report
The Canadian government was hit by an unprecedented cyber attack from 
Chinese-based computers last month that penetrated two key economic ministries, 
the Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported on Wednesday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/oukin-uk-cyberattack-idUKTRE71G0SG20110217

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/idINIndia-54953620110217

Canada confirms cyber attacks: More protection urged as country acknowledges 
intrusions by China-based servers
The Canadian government has confirmed that its computer systems have fallen 
victim to what they call "significant" cyber attacks.
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/02/2011218552349191.html

Canada Hit by Cyberattack From China
A federal cabinet minister said Thursday that hackers, perhaps from China, 
compromised computers in two Canadian government departments in early January, 
leaving bureaucrats with little or no Internet access for nearly two months.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/world/americas/18canada.html

China hackers behind cyber attack on Canada: report [AFP]
China-based hackers have launched an unprecedented cyber-attack on the Canadian 
government, penetrating the computer systems of two key agencies and forcing 
them offline, CBC reported.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/china-hackers-behind-cyber-attack-on-canada-report-20110217-1axpu.html

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/china-hackers-behind-cyber-attack-on-canada-report-20110217-1axpu.html


au: Public consultation on international Cybercrime Convention [news release]
Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice 
Brendan O?Connor today released a public consultation paper as part of 
Australia?s proposed accession to the Council of Europe Convention on 
Cybercrime.
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2011_FirstQuarter_18February2011-PublicconsultationoninternationalCybercrimeConvention


au: CERT fielded 187 'cyber incidents' in 2010
The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Australia has detected some 187 
"cyber incidents" since September last year, ranging from trivial threats to 
attacks requiring military oversight.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/cert-fielded-187-cyber-incidents-in-2010-339309712.htm

au: Federal Government welcomes Kokoda Foundation's new report on cyber security
The Federal Government has recently welcomed the release of the report 
Optimising Australia's Response to the Cyber Challenge by the Kokoda Foundation, 
an independent, not-for-profit think tank to research, and foster innovative 
thinking on Australia's future security challenges.
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=cf59e455-1bc0-4e7e-a15d-3385be3f225c


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DHS incorrectly associates 84,000 web sites with child pornography
On February 15th a joint project of the Department of Homeland Security 
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice termed 
?Operation Protect Our Children? confidently announced the seizure of ten domain 
names involved in the advertisement and distribution of child pornography.
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/dhs-incorrectly-associates-84000-web-sites-with-child-pornography/8200


Joint DHS-DOJ "Operation Protect Our Children" Seizes Website Domains Involved 
in Advertising and Distributing Child Pornography [news release]
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) today 
announced the execution of seizure warrants against 10 domain names of websites 
engaged in the advertisement and distribution of child pornography as part of 
"Operation Protect Our Children"?a new joint operation between DOJ and DHS? U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target sites that provide child 
pornography.
http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1297804574965.shtm

WIPO Could Enter Growing Fray Over Internet Domain Takedowns
An influential private sector trademark defender is proposing to the World 
Intellectual Property Organization to undertake creation of an international 
?notice and takedown? system for alleged online trademark infringers.
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2011/02/17/wipo-could-enter-growing-fray-over-internet-domain-takedowns/


London Olympics authorities prepare ticket checker to block touts
London Olympics authorities are developing an online ticket checker to intercept 
fraud and touting by organised crime gangs. ... Detectives from the Met's 
Operation Podium have already arrested 32 people in relation to Olympics 
ticketing scams. Meanwhile organisers have bought up hundreds of domain names to 
try to stop criminal websites masquerading as official sellers.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8334679/London-Olympics-authorities-prepare-ticket-checker-to-block-touts.html


Zuccarini Files Another Lawsuit, This Time Adding ICANN to the List
John Zuccarini has filed another lawsuit (pdf) stemming from the sale of 14 
domain names on NameJet.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/02/18/zuccarini-files-another-lawsuit-this-time-adding-icann-to-the-list/


au: Cambridge Nutritional Foods Limited and Cambridge Manufacturing Company 
Limited v. Cambridge Diet Pty Ltd
1. The Parties: The Complainants are Cambridge Nutritional Foods Limited (the 
?First Complainant?) and Cambridge Manufacturing Company Limited (the ?Second 
Complainant?) of Northamptonshire, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern 
Ireland, represented by Shakespeare Putsman LLP, United Kingdom. The Respondent 
is Cambridge Diet Pty Ltd of Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia. 2. The 
Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <cambridge-diet.com.au> 
(?the Domain Name?) is registered with PlanetDomain Pty Ltd. ... 7. Decision: 
For all the foregoing reasons, in accordance with paragraphs 4(i) of the Policy 
and 15 of the Rules, the Panel orders that the domain name 
<cambridge-diet.com.au> be transferred to the Second Complainant upon the 
Registrar being satisfied of the Second Complainant?s eligibility. 
Alternatively, the Panel orders that the domain name <cambridge-diet.com.au> be 
cancelled.
http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2010-0021

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Cerf: Future of Internet doesn't include an IPv7
Vint Cerf takes his title of Chief Internet Evangelist for Google seriously, and 
is knee-deep in several projects to bring the next versions of the Internet into 
being. These projects include pushing for worldwide IPv6 adoption, but they 
don't include plans for an IPv7.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/021811-vint-cerf-ipv7.html
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/377315/cerf_future_internet_doesn_t_include_an_ipv7/

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/377315/cerf_future_internet_doesn_t_include_an_ipv7/


A politically incorrect guide to IPv6, Part I by John Levine
Every packet of data sent over the Internet is sent from one IP address to 
another. The IP addresses in the Internet serve somewhat the same function as 
phone numbers in the US phone system, fixed length numeric identifiers where the 
first part tells what network the address is on.
http://jl.ly/Internet/v6incor.html

No IPv4 addresses left [news release]
The Internet is running out of addresses. The Internet Assigned Numbers 
Authority, IANA, has delivered the last IPv4 addresses 3 February 2011.
http://en.eco.de/association/202_8822.htm

Update: IPv4 Countdown ? the end is here (sort of)
Just in case you missed the news; I thought I would draft a quick update to last 
month?s post about the pending exhaustion of IPv4 addresses. Well, it has 
happened. And we are all still here.
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/02/18/update-ipv4-countdown-%e2%80%93-the-end-is-here-sort-of/


Ask Ars: How should my organization approach the IPv6 transition?
Whenever Ars runs an article about the increasing global scarcity of IPv4 
addresses or an IPv6-related topic, we inevitably hear from some readers that 
they would like to see Ars available over IPv6. We thought we?d explain why we 
haven?t made that move yet.
http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2011/02/ask-ars-how-should-my-organization-approach-the-ipv6-transition.ars


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A radical proposal surfaces in ARIN by Milton Mueller
Warning: This post delves back into the arcana of IP address governance. This 
may seem strange, as most of the Internet policy world is buzzing with 
high-level discussion of Secretary Clinton?s latest Internet Freedom speech and 
the role of Facebook and Twitter in the Arab world revolutions. Those are great 
topics, but we remain steadfastly fixated upon the boring, nitty-gritty 
technical details of how the Internet is governed, both because no one else 
covers them and because those details probably will, in the long run, have more 
impact on Internet freedom than politicians? speeches. Our last post noted the 
looming battle over IP address Whois. 

http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/2/17/4752810.html

InterNetX at Domain pulse 2011 in Vienna [news release]
Domain pulse is one of the most important domain events in the German-speaking 
area and the forum for DENIC, nic.at and SWITCH, the German, Austrian and Swiss 
registries
http://www.internetx.com/en/internetx/news-press/press-releases/press-releases/article/internetx-auf-domain-pulse-2011-in-wien.html


APNIC 31: Participate remotely!
APNIC 31 has commenced in Hong Kong, China SAR, and we encourage you to take an 
active part in the meeting, whether you are attending in person or remotely.
http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2011/apnic-31-remote

APTLD Members? Meeting Hong Kong Inaugurated Today
Hosted by Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC), the Asia 
Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) Members? Meeting Hong Kong is to be 
held 17-18 February, 2011, at Regus Hong Kong, 35/F Central Plaza, Wanchai, Hong 
Kong.
https://www.hkirc.hk/company_info/pressrelease.jsp?item=423

Netcraft February 2011 Web Server Survey
In the February 2011 survey we received responses from 284,842,077 sites. Apache 
saw the largest increase in terms of both market share and absolute growth this 
month, with 9.6M new hostnames equating to a 1 percentage point increase in 
market share.
http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2011/02/15/february-2011-web-server-survey.html


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Future of online content is not free, says strategist
Consumers will pay for online content they previously got for free, including 
news and recorded music, predicts business strategist and author Saul Berman, 
but the transaction will be a lot more complicated than it used to be.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/future-of-online-content-is-not-free-says-strategist/story-e6frg996-1226009093457


Is it game over for the virtual ad?
It seems like only yesterday that Barack Obama was using computerised billboard 
promotions for his election campaign in Burnout Paradise, every petrolhead's 
favourite video game. But within a few years of in-game advertising being touted 
as a potential $1bn-a-year industry, its star has waned even more dramatically 
than that of the new President.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/advertising/is-it-game-over-for-the-virtual-ad-2218305.html


Egypt's army turns to the Web after protests
The army, thrust to the forefront of Egyptian politics with Hosni Mubarak's 
overthrow, has turned to the Web to win over youths who used the Internet to 
such devastating effect in bringing down the president.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/18/oukin-uk-egypt-military-web-idUKTRE71H4FY20110218


Internet Pioneer Wants to Take Net Off Planet
Vint Cerf takes his title of Chief Internet Evangelist for Google seriously. He 
is knee-deep in several projects to bring the next versions of the Internet into 
the world -- or in some cases, beyond the world and into the solar system. One 
of his pet projects includes an extraterrestrial Internet that uses a protocol 
other than IP.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/021811-cerf-interplanetary-internet.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/220181/.html

uk: Magazines still have some ammunition left in them
The magazine ABCs show some alarming declines ? but also some startling rises. 
If print is dying, why are the likes of the Economist and Slimming World doing 
so well?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/feb/20/magazines-circulation-increases-comment


au: Opinion: Wurley all the way for mainstream digital journalism
There was a time, not so long ago, when running a media company - be it one that 
specialised in newspapers, in radio, in television, or in all three - was a 
pretty simple job. Keep the costs within bounds, use your clout to ensure that 
governments didn't permit too much competition, make sure your content delivered 
audiences of a quality and in a quantity that your advertisers expected, and the 
money rolled in.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/17/3141530.htm

Terms of hate taint Google searches
INTERNET users who search online using keywords related to religion, gender or 
nationality may be in for a nasty surprise. Racist and sexist stereotypes are 
spreading on the web via Google's "autocomplete" function, despite steps the 
search engine has taken to limit inappropriate content.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/terms-of-hate-taint-google-searches-20110220-1b16s.html

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/4683352/Terms-of-hate-taint-Google-searches

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/terms-of-hate-taint-google-searches-20110220-1b16s.html


au: Keneally pledges free Wi-Fi for CityRail
The NSW Government has pledged to deploy free Wi-Fi on all Sydney buses and 
trains from next year should it win the looming state election, Minister for 
Transport John Robertson said today.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/keneally-pledges-free-wi-fi-for-cityrail-339309298.htm

Video Calling Ready to Take Leap Into Mainstream
Video telephony, for decades a fixture of science fiction, cartoons and comics ? 
the police detective Dick Tracy and his two-way wrist TV included ? is poised to 
take a leap in popularity this year, experts say, as an era of face-to-face 
communication begins to replace the century-old voice call.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/technology/14iht-srvideo14.html

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Social networks, social revolution: Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have become 
the new weapons of mass mobilisation.
Information is power, but 21st century technology has unleashed an information 
revolution, and now the genie is out of the bottle.
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/empire/2011/02/201121614532116986.html

au: Joyce admits false A380 tweets hurt Qantas
Twitter might be a revolutionary new tool for journalists, but the chief 
executive of Qantas says media organisations should not forget about checking 
the facts.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/17/3141567.htm

Social Networking Accounts for 1 of Every 5 Minutes Spent Online in Australia
comScore ... released The State of the Internet in Australia, which looks at the 
latest trends in digital consumer behavior in the market. ... Among the report?s 
key findings was that Social Networking now accounts for the largest amount of 
total time spent online at 22 percent, an increase of 5.3 percentage points from 
the previous year, as social media plays an increasingly prominent role in 
Australians? digital lives.
http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/2/Social_Networking_Accounts_for_1_of_Every_5_Minutes_Spent_Online_in_Australia


Twitter suspends UberTwitter and Twidroyd apps, citing issues 'affecting many 
users'
Suspended apps used by millions of people 'changed Tweets to make money' and 
'violated privacy rules', says Twitter
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/feb/18/twitter-digital-media

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Computer Wins on 'Jeopardy!': Trivial, It's Not
In the end, the humans on ?Jeopardy!? surrendered meekly. Facing certain defeat 
at the hands of a room-size I.B.M. computer on Wednesday evening, Ken Jennings, 
famous for winning 74 games in a row on the TV quiz show, acknowledged the 
obvious. ?I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords,? he wrote on his video 
screen, borrowing a line from a ?Simpsons? episode.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/science/17jeopardy-watson.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Keep kids safe from cyberbullies
Cyberbullying is a growing national concern, with roughly 75 percent of 
teenagers using cell phones, the most common instrument of harassment. The U.S. 
education secretary has been talking about it, and the Department of Justice 
held a cyberbullying summit.
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-02-17/opinion/bennett.cyber.bullying_1_cyberbullying-cell-phone-digital-age


de: 99+ per cent success rate in fight against child pornography [news release]
Child pornography is taken off the Internet faster than ever before. In 2010, 
eco?s Internet complaint site handled 656 cases of child pornography.
http://en.eco.de/association/202_8774.htm

Kinderporno: Netzsperren torpedieren Ermittler
Der EU-Innenausschuss hat sich den Kritikern der ?Netzsperren gegen 
Kinderpornografie? angen?hert und sich f?r ?L?schen und nur notfalls sperren? 
ausgesprochen. Was aber so positiv klingt, l?sst weiterhin einen wichtigen 
Aspekt au?er Acht: Die Strafverfolger werden sich gegenseitig behindern. Eine 
Analyse von Bettina Winsemann (twister).
http://www.futurezone.at/stories/1665852/

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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au: World waiting for iiNet piracy trial: Conroy
People around the world are waiting for the result of the appeal of the landmark 
copyright case brought against iiNet, according to Communications Minister 
Stephen Conroy speaking at an online retail forum today.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/world-waiting-for-iinet-piracy-trial-conroy-339309893.htm


Google will launch iTunes music store competitor with upgrade to Android
Google is to launch a music service to compete with Apple's iTunes music store 
as part of a forthcoming upgrade to its Android mobile operating system, 
according to Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility, which will soon 
launch one of the first machines able to run the software.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/16/google-music-itunes-competitor-android


EFA to AFACT: your numbers don't add up
Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has delivered a virtual slap in the face to 
the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), picking a string of 
holes in research released yesterday by the group which suggested internet 
piracy was costing Australia's economy $1.37 billion annually.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/efa-to-afact-your-numbers-don-t-add-up-339309884.htm

EFA urges skepticism on copyright claims
Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) today urged skepticism about claims that 
piracy is costing thousands of jobs in Australia.
http://www.efa.org.au/2011/02/18/efa-urges-skepticism-on-copyright-claims/

AFACT copyright study warrants skepticism
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) yesterday released a 
report entitled "Economic consequences of movie piracy", which purports to show 
that illegal downloading is costing the Australian economy $1.37 billion every 
year. That is an alarming sum - or rather it would be, if we could take it at 
face value. The copyright industry is well known for offering up gargantuan 
figures that don't hold up under real scrutiny.
http://www.efa.org.au/2011/02/17/afact-study/

Piracy costs $1.4bn a year: AFACT
Piracy is costing the Australian economy a whopping $1.37 billion a year, 
according to research by anti-piracy organisation the Australian Federation 
Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).
http://www.zdnet.com.au/piracy-costs-1-4bn-a-year-afact-339309295.htm

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Google's Android the Talk of Barcelona : System Powers Slew of New Devices; Some 
Fear Market Duopoly With Apple's iOS
A year after wireless carriers gave Google Inc. a testy reception at their big 
industry conference in Barcelona, the software company's Android operating 
system has become the star of the show.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703961104576148491554189426.html

Hackers Go After the Smartphone
In September, a virus began infecting more than a million mobile phones in 
China. Masquerading as an anti-virus application, ?zombie? let hackers access 
the phone?s SIM card and automatically send spam text messages to people listed 
on the phone?s address book.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/technology/14iht-srprivacy14.html

Paying the internet's pipers
Getting consumers to cough up for electronic newspapers, magazines, videos and 
other content has become much easier thanks to the spread of smartphones, tablet 
computers and other such revolutionary gadgets. But content producers and tech 
companies are still haggling over how to share the spoils?in terms of hard cash 
and valuable information about customers?that such sales generate. This week 
Apple and Google unveiled competing digital-subscription services that differ 
from one another in several significant and controversial respects.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/02/apple_google_and_online_subscriptions


Opinion: Apple's slice makes the iPad a bad deal for newspapers
Apple will take 30% of revenues from subscriptions sold through its app store. 
That makes iPad editions almost as expensive to distribute and sell as print 
copies
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/feb/20/ipad-apple-newspaper-apps-cost

Publishing experts take dim view of Apple's new rules for iPads and iPhones
Apple may not be able to call the shots with digital books and magazines as it 
did with music on the iPod, given that some of its publishing competitors are 
formidable tech firms themselves.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-apple-publishing-20110217,0,5636158.story

Google Elbows Apple, Woos Publishers
Google Inc. fired another salvo in its broadening competition with Apple Inc., 
opening a payment system for digital content that will let publishers keep a 
bigger share of revenues than a service launched by Apple this week.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703373404576148142926860706.html

So much data, so little money for mobile operators
Telecom operators can hardly curb their enthusiasm about surging mobile data 
usage while at the same time casting around for ways to make money from it.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/18/oukin-uk-mobile-fair-operators-data-idUKTRE71H3OE20110218


For Microsoft and Nokia, Difficult Choices After Smartphone Deal
With so much uncertainty surrounding Nokia?s smartphone alliance with Microsoft, 
one thing is becoming clear: Both companies will have to make some difficult 
changes, a top Microsoft executive said on Thursday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/technology/microsoft-nokia.html

Nokia's Flirtations Put the Fear of Google Into Microsoft
Microsoft Corp. knew it had far more at stake than Google Inc. as the two rivals 
competed to secure a tie-up with Nokia Corp. Losing the deal to Google could 
have landed a fatal blow to Microsoft's chances in the mobile market.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703561604576150502994792270.html

Can You Hear Me Now? Data Overwhelming Cell Networks
At the Mobile World Congress, the industry?s largest annual gathering being held 
here this week, the corporate visionaries of the business agreed that a 
challenge they all would face was managing the avalanche of demand for mobile 
data services fueled by the growth in smartphones.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/technology/17static.html

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SPAM
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nz: DIA antispam unit takes Battles, New Image to court over mobile spam
The Department of Internal Affairs has launched court action alleging breaches 
under the Unsolicited Electronice Messages Act by Brendan Battles and Image 
Marketing Group Limited. Two statements of claim have been filed in the Auckland 
High Court.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/dia-antispam-unit-takes-battles-new-image-to-court-over-mobile-spam


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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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UK cyber crime costs ?27bn a year - government report
Cyber crime costs the UK economy ?27bn a year, the government has said. The 
figures, published for the first time, are a mid-range estimate and the real 
cost could be much higher.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12492309

Cyber crime 'costs UK ?27bn a year'
Cyber crime costs the UK more than ?27bn a year, according to a report 
commissioned by the Cabinet Office into the integrity of computer systems and 
threats of industrial espionage.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/feb/17/cyber-crime-costs-uk-27-billion-a-year

Cyber crime costs UK ?27 billion a year-study
Cyber crime costs the British economy some ?27 billion a year and appears to be 
"endemic," according to the first official government estimate of the issue 
published on Thursday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/uk-britain-security-cyber-idUKTRE71G34H20110217


ISPs to retain data for three months if Australia joins European Cybercrime 
Convention
ISPs will be required to retain the browsing history of their customers for up 
to three months if the Australian Government accedes to the Council of Europe 
Convention on Cybercrime.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/377247/isps_retain_data_three_months_australia_joins_european_cybercrime_convention/


au: Public consultation on international Cybercrime Convention [news release]
Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice 
Brendan O?Connor today released a public consultation paper as part of 
Australia?s proposed accession to the Council of Europe Convention on 
Cybercrime.
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2011_FirstQuarter_18February2011-PublicconsultationoninternationalCybercrimeConvention


New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger Threats to Wi-Fi Users
You may think the only people capable of snooping on your Internet activity are 
government intelligence agents or possibly a talented teenage hacker holed up in 
his parents? basement. But some simple software lets just about anyone sitting 
next to you at your local coffee shop watch you browse the Web and even assume 
your identity online.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/technology/personaltech/17basics.html

Commentary: Now is the time for Congress and the Obama administration to tackle 
cybersecurity
2010 was another watershed year for cybersecurity. One of the most significant 
threats to our national security is the danger posed by hackers, organized crime 
syndicates and foreign powers operating in cyberspace. Events, from WikiLeaks' 
Cablegate to the Stuxnet computer worm have pushed cybersecurity deeper into the 
public's consciousness than perhaps ever before. The progress made hasn't been 
nearly enough, however. Our national response to these and other potential 
threats remains far below what is needed, and we remain drastically 
underprepared for the challenges we face.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110218_2356.php

Latest Cybersecurity Bill Prohibits Internet 'Kill Switch'
Responding to charges that their legislation would establish an Internet "kill 
switch," the top members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee introduced 
legislation late Thursday that would specifically keep the president from 
shutting down the Internet.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/latest-cybersecurity-bill-proh.php


US bill would prohibit Internet 'kill switch' [IDG]
Three U.S. senators criticized for past legislation that would allow the 
president to potentially quarantine or shut down parts of the Internet during a 
major cyberattack have introduced a new bill that would put limits on that 
authority.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/377325/us_bill_would_prohibit_internet_kill_switch_/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9210339/Bill_would_prohibit_Internet_kill_switch_


us: Internet 'kill switch' bill gets a makeover
A Senate proposal that has become known as the Internet "kill switch" bill was 
reintroduced this week, with a tweak its backers say eliminates the possibility 
of an Egypt-style disconnection happening in the United States.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20033717-281.html

RSA: Act now on cyberwar, security experts caution
The time to act on cyberwar is now, several experts at the RSA Security 
Conference held here this week said.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9209980/RSA_Act_now_on_cyberwar_security_experts_caution


Canada hit by cyberattack from China computers - report
The Canadian government was hit by an unprecedented cyber attack from 
Chinese-based computers last month that penetrated two key economic ministries, 
the Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported on Wednesday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/oukin-uk-cyberattack-idUKTRE71G0SG20110217

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/idINIndia-54953620110217

Canada confirms cyber attacks: More protection urged as country acknowledges 
intrusions by China-based servers
The Canadian government has confirmed that its computer systems have fallen 
victim to what they call "significant" cyber attacks.
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/americas/2011/02/2011218552349191.html

Canada Hit by Cyberattack From China
A federal cabinet minister said Thursday that hackers, perhaps from China, 
compromised computers in two Canadian government departments in early January, 
leaving bureaucrats with little or no Internet access for nearly two months.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/world/americas/18canada.html

China hackers behind cyber attack on Canada: report [AFP]
China-based hackers have launched an unprecedented cyber-attack on the Canadian 
government, penetrating the computer systems of two key agencies and forcing 
them offline, CBC reported.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/china-hackers-behind-cyber-attack-on-canada-report-20110217-1axpu.html

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/china-hackers-behind-cyber-attack-on-canada-report-20110217-1axpu.html


Investigators Pursue the Internet Activists of Anonymous
Now that the WikiLeaks wave has subsided, the fight for Internet freedom is 
entering a new phase. Investigators are zeroing in on activists belonging to the 
group Anonymous, a loose organization which launched attacks on websites which 
crossed WikiLeaks. But who are they? And what can they be charged with?
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,745883,00.html

Internet Crime Complaint Center's (IC3) Scam Alerts
This report, which is based upon information from law enforcement and complaints 
submitted to the IC3, details recent cyber crime trends and new twists to 
previously-existing cyber scams.
http://www.ic3.gov/media/2011/110214.aspx

au: CERT fielded 187 'cyber incidents' in 2010
The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Australia has detected some 187 
"cyber incidents" since September last year, ranging from trivial threats to 
attacks requiring military oversight.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/cert-fielded-187-cyber-incidents-in-2010-339309712.htm

au: Federal Government welcomes Kokoda Foundation's new report on cyber security
The Federal Government has recently welcomed the release of the report 
Optimising Australia's Response to the Cyber Challenge by the Kokoda Foundation, 
an independent, not-for-profit think tank to research, and foster innovative 
thinking on Australia's future security challenges.
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=cf59e455-1bc0-4e7e-a15d-3385be3f225c


au: Norton Cybercrime Index Fights Lurking Threats Online
As Aussies take to online activity in droves, Norton has launched what could 
help consumers steer clear of unsafe sites and dodgy search terms, while 
preventing ID theft and scams.
http://smarthouse.com.au/Content_And_Downloads/Industry/L7X6J7J6

Romanian pleads guilty to role in $2.7M eBay scam [IDG]
A Romanian man has pleaded guilty to participating in a well-organized scam that 
took in about US$2.7 million from unsuspecting users of online marketplaces such 
as eBay, Craigslist and AutoTrader.com.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/377234/romanian_pleads_guilty_role_2_7m_ebay_scam/

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9210158/Romanian_pleads_guilty_to_role_in_2.7M_eBay_scam


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PRIVACY
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'Bittersweet cookies': new types of 'cookies' raise online security and privacy 
concerns [news release]
The EU?s ?cyber security? Agency ENISA has published a position paper on the 
security and privacy concerns regarding new types of online ?cookies?. The 
advertising industry has led the drive for new, persistent and powerful cookies, 
with privacy-invasive features for marketing practices and profiling. The Agency 
advocates e.g. that both the user browser and the origin server must assist 
informed consent, and that users should be able to easily manage their cookies. 
The Agency recommends a thorough study of different interpretations in the 
Member States, once the Directive 2009/136/EC has been implemented, by 25 May 
2011.
http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/2018bittersweet-cookies2019-new-types-of-2018cookies2019-raise-online-security-privacy-concerns


eu: Commission launches public consultation on eSignatures and eIdentification 
[news release]
In order to tackle low levels of consumer and business confidence in online 
transactions, the European Commission is asking citizens and other interested 
parties how electronic signatures and electronic identification (eID) and 
authentication can help the development of the European Digital Single Market. 

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/198

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CENSORSHIP
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Smart Dictators Don't Quash the Internet: Mubarak had no idea how to counter the 
power of social media. China, Russia and Iran know better by Evgeny Morozov
The tragic death of Khaled Said?the 28-year-old who in June 2010 was dragged 
from an Internet cafe in Alexandria and beaten by the Egyptian police?was the 
event that galvanized young Egyptians, pushing them to share their grievances on 
Facebook. A group called "We Are All Khaled Said" quickly reached hundreds of 
thousands of members and played an instrumental role in promoting the protests 
that eventually swept Hosni Mubarak from power.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704657704576150653606688990.html

China's Great Firewall not secure enough, says creator
The architect of the Great Firewall ? the censorship system blocking huge 
portions of the web for China's 450 million internet users ? says further 
tightening is needed to halt attempts to overcome its controls.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/18/china-great-firewall-not-secure-internet


Arrests as China web users call for revolution
Internet calls for China to stage its own Egypt-style revolution have led to 
activists being arrested and a tense stand-off in the middle of Beijing. As many 
as 15 high-profile Chinese activists and human rights lawyers have been rounded 
up by authorities, according to their supporters.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/20/3143681.htm

China president calls for more Internet oversight
Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Saturday for stricter government 
management of the Internet while calls for gatherings inspired by uprisings in 
the Middle East spread on Chinese websites abroad.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/19/oukin-uk-china-politics-internet-idUKTRE71I2ZO20110219

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/19/idINIndia-55020520110219

China blocks microblogs for 'Jasmine Revolution' [IDG]
China has suspended searches for content on the country's popular microblog, an 
apparent move to stifle mention of a "Jasmine Revolution" that was to be staged 
in Chinese cities on Sunday.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9210478/China_blocks_microblogs_for_Jasmine_Revolution_

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/377359/china_blocks_microblogs_jasmine_revolution_/

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/022011-china-blocks-microblogs-for-jasmine.html


Internet Use in Bahrain Restricted, Data Shows
As protests have erupted in Bahrain over the last several days, the government 
has severely restricted the access of its citizens to the Internet, new data 
from an organization that monitors Internet traffic strongly suggests.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/world/middleeast/18manama.html

Libya's Internet reportedly down as violence against anti-government protesters 
continues
The Internet has been shut down in Libya, according to multiple reports. Al 
Jazeera said Friday that its broadcasting signal was being jammed on several 
over-the-air TV frequencies and its website had been blocked in Libya, Reuters 
reported.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/02/libya-has-shut-down-the-internet-in-light-of-protests-reports-say.html


Libya cuts off Internet service - network monitor
Internet service has been cut off in Libya for a second consecutive day as 
protesters step up demonstrations against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, a 
U.S. company that monitors Internet traffic said on Saturday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/20/oukin-uk-libya-protests-internet-idUKTRE71J08P20110220

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/20/idINIndia-55022120110220

Al Jazeera says signal jammed, Libya blocks website
The Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera said on Friday its signal was being 
jammed on several frequencies and its website had been blocked in Libya.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/19/oukin-uk-jazeera-jamming-idUKTRE71I01920110219

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/02/18/idINIndia-55007020110218

Cellphones Become the World's Eyes and Ears on Protests
For some of the protesters facing Bahrain?s heavily armed security forces in and 
around Pearl Square in Manama, the most powerful weapon against shotguns and 
tear gas has been the tiny camera inside their cellphones.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/19/world/middleeast/19video.html

Will the Rise of Wikileaks Competitors Make Whistleblowing Resistant to 
Censorship?
Since it began publishing a trove of classified United States Embassy cables on 
November 28, 2010, Wikileaks has faced an onslaught of censorship that 
demonstrated how online speech is vulnerable when intermediaries refuse to host 
contentious or unpopular speech. When payment providers, service providers and 
even visualization software services cut off services, Wikileaks struggled to 
keep their site online, going down for periods of time and reducing the content 
they carry. But while the availability of Wikileaks content was restricted, the 
demand from readers and media organizations to access that information stayed 
strong. Now a new generation of Wikileaks-inspired websites is populating the 
Internet ? decentralizing the concept of whistleblowing and making it harder to 
shut down speech merely by cutting off services to one site.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/will-rise-wikileaks-competitors-make

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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us: As Online Communications Stymie Wiretaps, Lawmakers Debate Solutions
Leading Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday reacted 
skeptically to the idea of overhauling surveillance laws to make it easier to 
wiretap people who communicate online rather than by telephone, a major priority 
for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/us/18wiretap.html

us: Panel Debates Ways To Update Surveillance To New Technologies
The FBI came to Congress Thursday to outline the problems law enforcement 
officials are increasingly facing in executing court ordered wiretaps, but did 
not offer a proposed solution for lawmakers to consider.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/panel-debates-ways-to-update-s.php


Regulators Eye Apple Anew: Enforcers Interested in Whether Digital-Subscription 
Rules Stifle Competition
U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this 
week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and 
other devices, according to people familiar with the matter.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704657704576150350669475800.html

Newly Released Documents Detail FBI?s Plan to Expand Federal Surveillance Laws
EFF just received documents in response to a 2-year old FOIA request for 
information on the FBI?s "Going Dark" program, an initiative to increase the 
FBI's authority in response to problems the FBI says it's having implementing 
wiretap and pen register/trap and trace orders on new communications 
technologies. The documents detail a fully-formed and well-coordinated plan to 
expand existing surveillance laws and develop new ones. And although they 
represent only a small fraction of the documents we expect to receive in 
response to this and a more recent FOIA request, they were released just in time 
to provide important background information for the House Judiciary Committee?s 
hearing tomorrow on the Going Dark program.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/newly-released-documents-detail-fbi-s-plan-expand


Pressure mounts over Apple's 30% subscription charge
Pressure is mounting on Apple over subscription charges it plans to levy on some 
mobile content.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12491883

Apple's 30pc bite of apps could rebound [Wall Street Journal]
Apple's new subscription service could draw anti-trust scrutiny, say US law 
professors who claim it may have an anti-competitive effect on price.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/apples-30pc-bite-of-apps-could-rebound/story-e6frg90x-1226008103983


US lawmakers may subpoena Google to antipiracy hearings
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said they want Google to appear before 
them to discuss upcoming antipiracy legislation as well as accusations that the 
search company profits from illegal file sharing.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20032268-261.html

NZ Government rushes Telco Act rewrite
New Zealand Communications Minister Steven Joyce has given industry just one 
week to respond to an unprecedented 77-page document that sets out proposed 
legislative changes to the country's telecommunications sector.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/248474,nz-government-rushes-telco-act-rewrite.aspx

Tuanz reels as fast-track Telecom separation bill hits
Telecommunications Users Association (Tuanz) chief executive Paul Brislen was 
still reeling from the sheer scope of proposed Telecom separation provisions, 
added to the Telecom Amendment Bill today, when contacted by NBR.
http://nbr.co.nz/article/tuanz-reels-telecom-separation-bill-hits-ck-86160

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Space weather could wreak havoc in gadget-driven world [AFP]
A geomagnetic space storm sparked by a solar eruption like the one that flared 
toward Earth last week is bound to strike again and could wreak havoc across the 
gadget-happy modern world, experts say.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/space-weather-could-wreak-havoc-in-gadgetdriven-world-20110220-1b0v5.html

http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/space-weather-could-wreak-havoc-in-gadgetdriven-world-20110220-1b0qw.html


Obama Talked R&D With Jobs, Zuckerberg
Research spending and technology exports were some of the menu items Thursday 
evening when President Barack Obama sat down for dinner with corporate 
chieftains from Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704900004576152254129083120.html

Barack Obama 'friends' Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
US President Barack Obama has met Silicon Valley bosses, including Facebook 
founder Mark Zuckerberg. Apple's Steve Jobs and Google chief executive Eric 
Schmidt were also present at the private get-together in California.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12503494

The Saturday interview: Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales
Viewed by 400m people a month all over the world, Wikipedia has become the go-to 
website for anybody wanting to find out anything.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2011/feb/19/interview-jimmy-wales-wikipedia


au: Internet Industry Association seeks new chief executive
Australia's peak internet industry body has been given five months to find a new 
chief executive.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/it-business/internet-industry-association-seeks-new-chief-executive/story-e6frganx-1226008243312


A market for computing power: a new spot market makes cloud computing a 
commodity
Like oil or pork bellies, computing capacity is now a tradable commodity. 
February 14th saw the launch of SpotCloud, the world?s first spot market for 
cloud computing. It works much like other spot markets. Firms with excess 
computing capacity, such as data centres, put it up for sale. Others, which have 
a short-term need for some number-crunching, can bid for it. Enomaly, the 
software firm behind SpotCloud, takes a cut of between 10% and 30%, depending on 
the size of the deal.
http://www.economist.com/node/18185752?story_id=18185752

OECD Workshop on consumer protection in online and mobile payments
Innovative online and mobile payments systems have helped to support growth in 
the aftermath of the crisis, offering consumers convenient ways to purchase 
products. Payment systems provided means to address problems consumers may 
experience with vendors when, for example, products do not meet expectations or 
are delayed in delivery. However, a number of challenges still needs to be 
resolved to enhance consumer protection in online and mobile payments.
http://www.oecd.org/document/21/0,3746,en_2649_37441_47088213_1_1_1_37441,00.html


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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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au: Google boss praises NBN
The chairman of internet giant Google has thrown his support behind Australia's 
National Broadband Network. The Federal Government has come under pressure from 
the Opposition because of the cost of the $36 billion rollout.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/19/3143457.htm

au: Pipe dreams of a faster future
Stephen Conroy is not one for bad dreams. Bad dreams come to people who doubt, 
who repress their anxiety. It's hard to imagine the federal Communications 
Minister repressing anything - he's always in the moment.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/pipe-dreams-of-a-faster-future-20110218-1azqa.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/pipe-dreams-of-a-faster-future-20110218-1azqa.html


au: Opinion: NBN vs 4G: the contest is already over by Rod Tucker
When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, the coolest radio stations in town 
had DJs with fake American accents, and the best new products being advertised 
were always American or American-style. We looked to America as the home of 
everything new and exciting. We were envious as of the Americans as they were 
supposedly smarter than us and could do things better than us. 

http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/44212.html

Australian Telecom Operators Questioned About Data Handling Practices
Following data breaches at Vodafone and Telstra, the Australian communications 
authority is questioning all telecom operators about their handling of sensitive 
customer information.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Australian-Telecom-Operators-Questioned-About-Data-Handling-Practices-185167.shtml


nz: TelstraClear calls fast-tracked telco bill a 'Mad Hatter's tea party'
TelstraClear has added its voice to those criticising the government's decision 
to fast-track discussion on the Telecommunications Ammendment Bill, which covers 
regulatory changes need for the rural broadband initiative (RBI) and the 
ultrafast broadband project (UFB).
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/telstraclear-calls-fast-tracked-telco-bill-mad-hatters-tea-party-ck-86452


Digital Age Is Slow to Arrive in Rural America
After a couple of days in this part of rural Alabama, it is hard to complain 
about a dropped iPhone call or a Cee Lo video that takes a few seconds too long 
to load. ... As the world embraces its digital age ? two billion people now use 
the Internet regularly ? the line delineating two Americas has become more 
broadly drawn. There are those who have reliable, fast access to the Internet, 
and those, like about half of the 27,867 people here in Clarke County, who do 
not.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/us/18broadband.html

us: Survey of online access finds digital divide
A first-of-its-kind federal survey of online access found that Americans in 
lower-income and rural areas often have slower Internet connections than users 
in wealthier communities.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/17/AR2011021707234.html


us: Warner introduces bill to authorize spectrum auctions
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced legislation Friday that would authorize the 
Federal Communications Commission to hold incentive auctions to free up wireless 
spectrum.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110218_7634.php
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/02/warner-introduces-bill-to-auth.php


New France T?l?com Chief Goes on Offensive
In September, a handful of top executives from the largest European mobile phone 
carriers dined with Eric E. Schmidt, then the chief executive of Google, to 
discuss the streaming video traffic being generated by YouTube on their 
networks.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/technology/14iht-srrichard14.html

Huawei drops US national security challenge
Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment maker, has aborted its challenge to the US 
government over a deal Washington had refused to give national security 
clearance.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cec17e76-3c25-11e0-b073-00144feabdc0.html

After Years of Delays, India Finally Gets 3G
In 2007, Varun Nand Chahal, a young entrepreneur in Bangalore, bought a 3G-ready 
mobile phone. It was his first handset capable of high-speed Internet access, 
and he was looking forward to using it to surf the Web. The only problem was 
that India didn't have 3G. The launch of the service in the country was 
repeatedly delayed. Just recently, Chahal, 25, got his wish. After three and a 
half years of waiting?and just in time for the rest of Asia to move on to 4G? 
Indian wireless carriers are rolling out 3G. Tata Teleservices began offering 3G 
in November, and Bharti Airtel, India's largest operator, launched service in 
the southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in January. Vodafone Essar and 
other carriers plan to introduce 3G, too. How's the quality? "Sometimes I get a 
signal," says Chahal, a Bharti Airtel customer. "Sometimes I don't."
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_09/b4217042858674.htm

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uk: Paedophile ring targeted up to 50 girls on the internet
A 19-year-old man suspected of being part of a gang that groomed up to 50 
children on social networking sites such as Facebook was remanded in custody 
yesterday, charged with two counts of sexual abuse.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/8333994/Paedophile-ring-targeted-up-to-50-girls-on-the-internet.html

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