[DNS] domain name news - 21 March

[DNS] domain name news - 21 March

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:45:41 +1100
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
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Child abuse cop slams ICANN
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/17/child_abuse_cop_slams_icann/

President Bill Clinton Voices Support for ICANN?s Multi-Stakeholder Model of
Internet Governance - Emphasizes Link between Internet and Job Creation
http://icann.org/en/news/releases/release-17mar11-en.pdf

Clinton: Bridge global digital divide
http://www.seattlepi.com/politico/437258_politico51479.html

.XXX Finally Gets ICANN Approval
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=14062

ICANN Approves .XXX sTLD
http://freespeechcoalition.com/

nz: .XXX approved by ICANN. Why NetSafe thinks it is a good move

http://blog.netsafe.org.nz/2011/03/21/xxx-approved-by-icann-why-netsafe-thin
ks-it-is-a-good-move/

How ICANN overruled governments on .xxx
http://domainincite.com/how-icann-overruled-governments-on-xxx/

ICANN SF Welcome Ceremony
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/03/15/icann-sf-welcome-ceremony/

Postcard from Silicon Valley (kind of)
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/03/15/postcard-from-silicon-valley-kind-of/

ICANN Sets New June Deadline For New gTLD Guidebook Approval
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=14061

Anthony Doesburg: Cyber war risk is here and now, author claims
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=107130
46

APNIC Appoints Andy Linton to the ASO AC
http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2011/andy-linton-aso-ac

APNIC Appoints Andy Linton to the ASO AC
http://www.nro.net/news/apnic-appoints-andy-linton-to-the-aso-ac


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Child abuse cop slams ICANN
One of Interpol's top child porn cops has launched a blistering attack on
the domain name industry and ICANN for not doing enough to help law
enforcement tackle child abuse imagery online.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/17/child_abuse_cop_slams_icann/

The hollowing out of ICANN must stop by Maria Farrell
Last week, I did something I never expected to do. At the ICANN meeting in
San Francisco, I stood up in front of several hundred people and the ICANN
Board of Directors and delivered a full and frank criticism of the
management of ICANN?s current CEO, Rod Beckstrom.
http://crookedtimber.org/2011/03/19/the-hollowing-out-of-icann-must-be-stopp
ed/

Who runs the internet? by Nao Matsukata, senior policy adviser to the
Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) and to Alston & Bird, LLP
Decisions made this week in the meeting rooms of a San Francisco hotel could
dramatically change how the world experiences the internet. Few of us
realize that many important decisions about Web policy and governance are
under the control of ICANN.
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/17/who-runs-the-internet/

NRO letter to ICANN: the future of the IANA contract
On 14 March, the NRO sent a letter to ICANN endorsing a cooperative
agreement on IANA functions to replace the contract between ICANN & US
Government.
http://www.nro.net/news/nro_to_icann_re_iana

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President Bill Clinton Voices Support for ICANN?s Multi-Stakeholder Model of
Internet Governance - Emphasizes Link between Internet and Job Creation
President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, praised the
success of ICANN?s multi-stakeholder model by pointing out that when he took
office in 1992, there were about 50 Internet web sites. When he left office
eight years later, there were roughly 36 million.
http://icann.org/en/news/releases/release-17mar11-en.pdf

ICANN Signs Accountability Framework with ccTLD Manager for Montserrat (.MS)
ICANN has announced today that it has signed an Accountability Framework
with the ccTLD manager for .MS (Montserrat), MNI Networks Limited (MNI), on
17 March 2011.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-17mar11-en.htm

ICANN San Francisco: MuSH, GAC, MuSH! by Milton Mueller
The San Francisco ICANN meeting has been completely dominated by GAC-Board
negotiations over the new top level domain program. The underlying theme of
those negotiations is the role of nation-states in the governance of
Internet names and addresses. In the past few days I?ve learned a lot about
the perspectives of various parties on this standoff, including people in
civil society, the At Large Advisory Committee and the Noncommercial Users
Constituency, business people, trademark lawyers, and government officials.
I come away more convinced than ever that we are not getting it right, this
relationship between traditional nation-states and ICANN. At the same time,
I see that most people involved, especially governments, fail to grasp that.
The answer is not, as everyone seems to assume, more discussions and
negotiations. The collisions that took place in Brussels last month will be
replayed endlessly unless we diagnose the problem better.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2011/3/17/4773838.html

Clinton Urges ICANN Attendees to Keep Internet Young
Former president Bill Clinton described international non-governmental
organizations like the internet governing body ICANN as the highest pinnacle
of civilization, but warned members to be wary of institutions growing
sclerotic and self-interested as they age.
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/03/clinton-icann/

Clinton: Bridge global digital divide
To keep the Internet "forever young," decision makers should keep in mind
that the world is divided between rich and poor nations with vastly
different needs, former President Bill Clinton told a packed crowd here as
the keynote speaker at the meeting of the organization that oversees the
Internet's naming system.
http://www.seattlepi.com/politico/437258_politico51479.html
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51479.html

Clinton Argues for 'Consumption Tax' on E-Commerce
On the issue of taxes applied to Internet retailers, President Bill Clinton
appeared to more fully shift away from the laissez-faire stance he struck
while in office, arguing that a "consumption tax" should be placed on
e-commerce.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2382133,00.asp

ICANN San Francisco
The most fascinating thing about the ICANN meeting this week is the way in
which the ICANN Board and GAC consultations on new top level domains have
?disrupted? the well ordered scheduling that we are used to. Of course, it
is extremely valuable that the consultations are taking place at all and are
most welcomed! The most welcome result will, however, will be the closing of
consultations and the opening of the application process.
http://gibc.biz/2011/03/icann-san-francisco/

ICANN community listens for once
It took possibly the most charismatic politician of modern times, but last
night the ICANN community realized a new first: it listened attentively.
Bill Clinton has been out of office for a decade but it was during his term
that ICANN was created - and with it the beginnings of a whole new approach
to decision-making that aligned with the Internet era.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/03/17/clinton-speech-at-icann

MIA: Key ICANN documents
For those that involve themselves in the workings of domain name oversight
organization ICANN, there is never any shortage of documents outlining its
work. That is mostly due to the culture of the organization, which publishes
all drafts of its work, usually for several periods of public comment,
before it is formally accepted.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/03/16/missing-icann-documents

USG to ICANN Board: Pull your head out your ass
No one can accuse US Commerce Secretary Larry Strickling of not speaking his
mind -- and when it comes to ICANN, he has plenty to say. Third on the bill
of five speakers at the opening ceremony of ICANN?s 40th meeting in San
Francisco, the man who signed away his oversight rights of the organization
in September 2009, took the opportunity to deliver a clear message.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/03/14/usg-to-icann-board-head-out-of-ass

ICANN Tackles Domain Trouble
The group that manages the Internet's address system is grappling with
frustrated governments that want a greater say in such hot-button issues as
the introduction of new domain names. One of the hottest - the .xxx domain
extension.
http://nationaljournal.com/tech/icann-tackles-domain-trouble-20110318

.XXX Finally Gets ICANN Approval
The controversial .XXX sponsored Top Level Domain was approved by the ICANN
board Friday at the board meeting that concluded their Silicon Valley-San
Francisco meeting.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=14062
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/03/19/xxx-finally-gets-icann-approval/
http://domainnews.com/en/xxx-finally-gets-icann-approval.html

ICANN Approves .XXX Again by John Levine
At Friday's board meeting, ICANN once again narrowly approved the
contentious .XXX domain intended for pornography. What this vote primarily
shows is that ICANN's processes have been broken for a long time, and aren't
getting fixed. Two board members made thoughtful and eloquent statements
before the vote outlining the reasons they were about to vote for or against
the domain.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110319_icann_approves_xxx_again/

Dot-XXX Domain for Adult-Content Websites Wins Approval
The .xxx domain for adult-content websites was approved for use today,
overcoming opposition from porn stars and publisher Hustler, which said the
move will curb their freedom.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-18/dot-xxx-domain-for-adult-content-we
bsites-wins-approval.html

Sex domain .xxx given final approval by Icann
Internet overseer Icann has given final approval to the creation of an
internet domain dedicated to pornography. The move to create a top level
".xxx" domain - similar to ".com" and ".org" - ends a 10-year battle over
the virtual red-light district.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12793606

ICANN Approves .XXX sTLD
The ICANN Board voted today to proceed with ICM?s .XXX sTLD despite the
advocacy of the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and a wide range of adult
industry leaders. This decision represents the first time the ICANN Board
has disregarded advice from its Government Advisory Committee (GAC).
http://freespeechcoalition.com/

Decision sets off new home for adult entertainment online [news release]
The .XXX TLD was today given final approval by ICANN. The approval grants
ICM Registry?s .XXX web suffix the same rights as .com, .net, .co.uk and
other TLDs. The only difference is that as a sponsored TLD, .XXX domain
names will only be available to the adult entertainment industry. The
contract will require anyone registering a .XXX domain to complete an
application process endorsed and overseen by the International Foundation
for Online Responsibility (IFFOR).
http://news.avn.com/articles/ICANN-Authorizes-ICM-Registry-s-XXX-as-TLD-4295
92.html

.xxx adult entertainment domain approved by internet regulators
Plans to establish a new internet domain specifically for pornography are to
proceed after internet regulators approved the .xxx suffix for adult
entertainment sites, three years on from a decision to block the move.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/19/xxx-domain-suffix-adult-ent
ertainment

Pornography Sites Will Be Allowed to Use .XXX Addresses
The agency governing Internet addresses on Friday approved the creation of a
new red-light district on the Web, but the decision may not end years of
fighting over the contentious plan.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/technology/19domain.html

Coming soon to a computer near you: Dot-XXX
The label XXX is usually plastered on adult magazines, naughty DVDs and
signs for strip clubs. This year, XXX will have a new home, as a Web domain
on your computer?s address bar. Think porn.xxx, naked.xxx or sex.xxx.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/coming-soon-online-dot-xxx/20
11/03/16/ABV1AAr_story.html

nz: .XXX approved by ICANN. Why NetSafe thinks it is a good move

The .xxx domain has been approved by ICANN. NetSafe is on record as not
opposing the formation of the .xxx domain. In fact, on balance, we?ve been
supportive. This post outlines the thinking behind that. If it seems odd
that a cyber safety organisation is supporting the creation of a pornography
specific domain ? it might help to know there are many members of the adult
content industry who are opposed to it.
http://blog.netsafe.org.nz/2011/03/21/xxx-approved-by-icann-why-netsafe-thin
ks-it-is-a-good-move/

US upset with ICANN over .xxx
The US government has expressed disappointment with ICANN for approving the
.xxx top-level domain, surprising nobody.
http://domainincite.com/us-upset-with-icann-over-xxx/

ICM sees 30,000 .xxx reservations in a day
ICM Registry is rapidly approaching the 250,000 mark for ?pre-reserved? .xxx
domain names, after racking up an extra 30,000 expressions of interest in
less than 24 hours.
http://domainincite.com/icm-sees-30000-xxx-reservations-in-a-day/

How ICANN overruled governments on .xxx
In approving the .xxx top-level domain, ICANN has for the first time
explicitly overruled the wishes of international governments, as represented
by its Governmental Advisory Committee.
http://domainincite.com/how-icann-overruled-governments-on-xxx/

.xxx domains could arrive by June
ICANN?s board of directors today approved the .xxx top-level domain, over
the objections of governments and pornographers.
http://domainincite.com/xxx-domains-could-arrive-by-june/

A Warning to Parents, .XXX and a Pornography Boom May Be Headed for Your
Home
Our children experience the brunt of American society's inaction against
pornography every day. Technology makes this dangerous material so easy to
access that those who do not come into contact with it are the exception,
not the rule.
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/03/18/warning-parents-pornography-boom-h
eaded-home/

Porn-friendly .xxx domains are a go
Porn Web sites may soon have their own virtual red light district in the
form of a .xxx domain. After more than seven years of political wrangling,
delays, and policy reversals, ICANN, gave what appears to be final approval
to the controversial .xxx domain. The domains could start appearing within a
few months.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20044839-281.html
http://www.zdnet.com.au/red-light-lifted-on-xxx-domain-339311651.htm

Adult industry protests '.xxx' domain name plan [AP]
Members of the adult entertainment industry are in San Francisco to oppose a
plan to create a separate Internet address for porn websites.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/03/17/state/n152629D36
.DTL
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/nationalbreaking/ci_17638258
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/nationalbreaking/ci_17638258

Porn rally underway at ICANN San Francisco
A small group of Free Speech Coalition supporters are currently holding a
protest against the .xxx top-level domain, outside the ICANN meeting in San
Francisco.
http://domainincite.com/porn-rally-underway-at-icann-san-francisco/

Obama administration mum as .xxx nears approval
The porn industry is about to get .xxx as its own .com ? and after years of
protests by the Bush administration, the Obama administration is standing on
the sidelines as it happens.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51469.html

ICANN SF Welcome Ceremony
Well, this morning?s ICANN Welcome Ceremony featured a series of interesting
speeches peppered with reminisces of the past, glimpses into the future and
a few clear (and occasionally pointed) words of advice for the ICANN Board.
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/03/15/icann-sf-welcome-ceremony/

Postcard from Silicon Valley (kind of)
Greetings from the 40th gathering of ICANN: The ?Silicon Valley Meeting*? in
San Francisco. As with any ICANN meeting, there are a great many issues for
discussion and (occasionally) decision.
http://blog.auda.org.au/2011/03/15/postcard-from-silicon-valley-kind-of/

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A new step forward for the future legal framework for domain names in France
On 8 March 2011, the bill including various provisions to bring French law
on health, labour and electronic communications in line with European Union
legislation was passed by the French National Assembly and Senate. The bill
now has to be enacted within the next fortnight to become law.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/277/a-new-step-forward-for-the-future-leg
al-framework-for-domain-names-in-france

.Jobs Operator Says ICANN ?Publicly Defamed? It
.Jobs registry Employ Media has struck back at ICANN after the latter sent
it a breach notice.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/03/18/jobs-operator-says-icann-publicly-defam
ed-it/

no: Recommendations regarding new top level domains with national
significance
The Post- and telecommunications authority has chaired a national working
group that has considered the need for new top level domains with national
significance like .oslo. The working group, where Norid has participated,
handed over their final report to the Minister of Transport and
Communications on 11 March.
http://www.norid.no/nytt/arbgr-nyetoppdomener-sluttrapport.en.html

Measure to monetize your .tel with Google Analytics
After adding Google AdSense and enabling image-based adverts for .tel
domains, Telnic Limited, the Registry Operator for .tel, today announced
that all .tel owners can now integrate Google Analytics to measure and
evaluate the performance of their .tel names.
http://telnic.com/downloads/Google_Analytics_Tel.pdf

uk: Issue group update - Dealing with domain names used in connection with
criminal activity
The issue group on 'Dealing with domain names used in connection with
criminal activity' has been set up. It brings together expertise and
experience from within and outside the domain name industry. We have a list
of people who will form the core of this issue group, chaired by Professor
Ian Walden. The group's first meeting will take place on 4 April 2011.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=8274

Unregistered Rights Sunrise for short .uk domains closes today
The window to apply for the Unregistered Rights sunrise phase for previously
reserved short domains closes today. The deadline for domain name
applications is today at midday (1200 GMT, 16 March).
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=8275

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ICANN Sets New June Deadline For New gTLD Guidebook Approval
At the ICANN board meeting that concluded their Silicon Valley-San Francisco
meeting Friday, the board said it will target 15 April 2011 as the date for
publication of a final response to the GAC Scorecard, along with Applicant
Guidebook extracts showing changes while an extraordinary meeting of the
ICANN Board to be held on Monday, 20 June, at the ICANN meetings in
Singapore.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=14061
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/03/18/icann-sets-new-june-deadline-for-new-g
tld-guidebook-approval/
http://domainnews.com/en/icann-sets-june-gtld-guidebook-approval.html

New TLDs have a timetable again
ICANN has approved a timeline for the introduction of new top-level domains
again. Barring surprises, it looks like this could be the final one.
http://domainincite.com/new-tlds-have-a-timetable-again/

Generic TLD Process to Be Finalized in June
On Friday, ICANN set a timetable to finalize the process of applying for and
creating generic TLDs by this June.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2382233,00.asp

ICANN Plans to Vote on Final New TLD Guidebook in June
Today the ICANN Board of Directors provided a timeline for approving the new
top level domain applicant guidebook.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/03/18/icann-plans-to-vote-on-final-new-tld-gu
idebook-in-june/

PunktBayern selects Afilias as registry and DNS services provider for new
top level domain: .bayern
PunktBayern, the company behind the upcoming new top level geographic domain
.bayern, today announced that it has chosen Afilias as its partner for
registry and DNS services.
http://www.afilias.info/news/2011/03/17/punktbayern-selects-afilias-registry
-and-dns-services-provider-new-top-level-domain-

Neustar and Valideus Join Forces to Provide Brand Owners with High-Quality
Domain Registry Solutions [news release]
Neustar Inc. and Valideus, a consultancy group providing dedicated
management services for gTLDs, today announced a strategic partnership to
provide Valideus' European and worldwide brand owners with all of the
services required to register their own company or brand names as a gTLD.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/neustar-and-valideus-join-forces-to-
provide-brand-owners-with-high-quality-domain-registry-solutions-106510593.h
tml

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Cyberattacks against federal networks were up 40 percent in 2010
The number of attacks against federal networks increased nearly 40 percent
last year, while the number of incidents targeting U.S. computers overall
was down roughly 1 percent for the same period, according to a new White
House report to Congress on federal computer security.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110318_4179.php

US cyber war defences 'very thin', Pentagon warns
The US military lacks the people and resources to defend the country
adequately from concerted cyber attacks, the head of the Pentagon's cyber
command has warned.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12768617

Anthony Doesburg: Cyber war risk is here and now, author claims
Counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke has tried before to draw attention
to an imminent attack. Clarke, a former Bush Administration adviser who
warned of the threat posed by al-Qaeda months before the World Trade Centre
was brought down, is now attempting to ramp up fear of cyber warfare.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=107130
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Germany's Cyber-War Intensifies
The threat of cyber-war--and of a catastrophic hacker attack to Germany's
industrial or military infrastructure--is spurring the creation of two new
high-level government organizations.
http://www.markle.org/sites/default/files/attachments/weeklydigest_vol.10_is
sue10.pdf

COICA and Secure DNS by Paul Vixie
As a strong proponent of the private right of action for all Internet
endpoints and users, I've long been aware of the costs in complexity and
chaos of any kind of "blocking" that deliberately keeps something from
working. I saw this as a founder at MAPS back in 1997 or so when we created
the first RBL to put some distributed controls in place to prevent the
transmission of unwanted e-mail from low reputation Internet addresses. What
we saw was that in addition to the expected costs (to spammers) and benefits
(to victims) of this new technology there were unintended costs to system
and network operators whose diagnostic and repair work for problems related
to e-mail delivery was made more complex because of the new consideration
for every trouble ticket: "was this e-mail message blocked on purpose?"
http://www.circleid.com/posts/coica_and_secure_dns/

On Mandated Content Blocking in the Domain Name System by Paul Vixie
COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) is a legislative
bill introduced in the United States Senate during 2010 that has been the
topic of considerable debate. After my name was mentioned during some
testimony before a Senate committee last year I dug into the details and I
am alarmed. I wrote recently about interactions between DNS blocking and
Secure DNS and in this article I will expand on the reasons why COICA as
proposed last year should not be pursued further in any similar form.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110318_on_mandated_content_blocking_in_the_d
omain_name_system/

us: Lawmaker introduces new cybersecurity bill
Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., unveiled a comprehensive cybersecurity bill
Wednesday that would establish a national office to coordinate responses to
Internet attacks and give the Department of Homeland Security the authority
to decide which private networks can be regulated as "critical
infrastructure."
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110317_3407.php

nl: Check whether you?re ready for DNSSEC
SIDN has developed an application that lets you check whether you are ready
to validate DNSSEC signatures. In a few seconds, you can find out whether
the DNS resolver that your computer uses supports the DNSSEC protocol.
https://www.sidn.nl/en/news/news/article/test-of-u-klaar-bent-voor-dnssec-1/

RIPE NCC E-Learning Launches DNSSEC Vulnerabilities Module
We are pleased to announce the launch of "DNS vulnerabilities", the second
module of our DNSSEC E-Learning course.
http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/e-learning-dnss
ec-vulnerabilities

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NRO Comments on ITU IPv6 Group Liaison Statements
On March 10, 2011, The NRO submitted responses to two additional ITU IPv6
Group Liaison Statements based on its contribution to the ITU IPv6 Group
meeting held in September of 2010.
http://www.nro.net/news/itu-ipv6-group

Verisign signs on for upcoming 24-hour IPv6 trial [IDG]
Verisign is the latest major Internet player to sign up for World IPv6 Day,
a 24-hour trial of the next-generation Internet Protocol that is scheduled
for June 8.
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=E984AD3E-1A64-67EA-E4CED1915146A2CF

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APNIC Appoints Andy Linton to the ASO AC
APNIC is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Linton to the Address
Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC).
http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2011/andy-linton-aso-ac

APNIC Appoints Andy Linton to the ASO AC
The NRO is pleased to announce that APNIC has appointed Andy Linton to the
Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC).
http://www.nro.net/news/apnic-appoints-andy-linton-to-the-aso-ac

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Sun.com name could fetch Oracle $1M
It could hold on to it for a future brand centered around the name. Or it
could just to hold onto it as an asset that it could sell outright later.
"Many people look at domain names as great investments," Kupietzky said. The
name "can be held for future sale in the expectation of a rising valuation."
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9214797/Sun.com_name_could_fetch_Orac
le_1M
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/380321/sun_com_name_could_fetch_oracle_1
_million/
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/380321/sun_com_name_could_fetch_orac
le_1_million/

DoorHardware.com Helps Sedo Lock Down 14 of 20 Positions on This Week's
Domain Sales Chart
March apparently isn't the only thing that "came in like a lion" this month.
You can also add Sedo to the list. The popular aftermarket sales site was
King of the Jungle this week, sweeping four of the first five places on our
new weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and 14 of 20 positions overall.
Sedo's haul included $85,000 for chart topper DoorHardware.com. They also
scored with #3 Kortingen.nl, the week's biggest country code sale, at
$30,513, and a pair of .coms that tied for 4th; Fotosgratis.com and
Zappit.com at $25,000 each.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2011/20110316.htm

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Microsoft Wins 'Most Ethical' Award--Google, Facebook, Apple Don't Make The
List
Ethisphere has rated Microsoft among the most ethical companies in the
world, a distinction not granted to tech giants Apple, Facebook or even
"don't be evil" Google.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/17/microsoft-most-ethical-company_n_83
7003.html

New York Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan
The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most
frequent users of its Web site $15 for a four-week subscription in a bet
that readers will pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/business/media/18times.html

Opinion: Paywall or no paywall, print is still what pays
The New York Times's model for online charging will no doubt be widely
copied. But according to one analyst, print will still be providing 86% of
UK newspapers' revenues even in 2017
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/mar/20/new-york-times-paywall-comment

Latin America?s Internet Population Grows 15 Percent in Past Year to 112
Million People [news release]
comScore released the latest results from a study of the growth in the
Internet audience in Latin America based on data from its comScore Media
Metrix service. The study found that in the past year the Internet
population in Latin America has increased 15 percent to 112.7 million
visitors as the region?s digital ecosystem continued to grow and develop.
http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/3/Latin_America_s_I
nternet_Population_Grows_15_Percent_in_Past_Year_to_112_Million_People

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Facebook's World Takeover: Mark Zuckerberg?s 650 Million Friends (and
Counting)
Back in June 2009, the globe?s potpourri of social-networking sites was
dazzlingly diverse: Google?s Orkut dominated India and Brazil; Central and
South America preferred Hi5; Maktoob was king in the Arab world. The
Vietnamese liked Zing, the Czechs loved Lid?, South Koreans surfed Cyworld.
Fast-forward two years, and Facebook has stolen users away from its rivals
at a blistering pace. It?s completely knocked Hi5 off the map in former
strongholds such as Peru, Mexico, and Thailand. After a tense back-and-forth
with Orkut in India, Facebook has emerged victorious. And it?s gaining
steady ground in Armenia, Georgia, and the Netherlands, where local
providers are making a desperate last stand.
http://www.newsweek.com/2011/03/06/mark-zuckerberg-s-650-million-friends-and
-counting.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Child abuse cop slams ICANN
One of Interpol's top child porn cops has launched a blistering attack on
the domain name industry and ICANN for not doing enough to help law
enforcement tackle child abuse imagery online.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/17/child_abuse_cop_slams_icann/

au: Useful advice on what to do if your child is being cyberbullied [news
release]
With recent discussion in the media about cyberbullying and internet safety
for children, the ACMA thought it timely to remind parents, teenagers and
young people on how to stay safe online.
http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_312485

au: Teens 'too blas?' about online legal dangers
Teenagers are ignorant of the legal pitfalls of using social media - such as
posting explicit photographs of themselves or others online - and only 1 per
cent would ask an adult for advice about dangers online, a study has found.
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/technology-news/teens-too-blas233-about
-online-legal-dangers-20110320-1c1yl.html

nz: Beating at college puts boy in hospital
A teenager was taken to hospital after being repeatedly punched in the head
during a schoolyard fight which was videoed and sent to his classmates this
week. ... Netsafe executive director Martin Cocker said the use of
technology in bullying was increasingly common and could multiply the
victim's pain many times over.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10713494

A revolutionary moment by John Carr
If you are interested in how policy is made in the EU make a note of that
date and place. Neelie Kroes is a Vice President of the European Commission.
She has responsibility for the EU?s Digital Agenda. Kroes took up her post
last year and not long afterwards acquired Robert Madelin as her new
Director General for the Information Society and Media. New but not ing?nue.
Madelin?s previous job was Director General of Health and Consumer
Protection, also with the Commission. Kroes?s and Madelin?s shared agenda
for cyberspace is starting to become very clear, at least in my kneck of the
woods. On Wednesday Madelin delivered an electrifying, radical speech.
Everyone is now on notice. The future of self-regulation as the preferred
means of making policy in the field of online child protection hangs in the
balance. A strand of policy in play since the mid-1990s suddenly looks very
unsteady on its feet.
http://johnc1912.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/a-revolutionary-moment-2/

us: Anti-bullying curriculum unveiled
Dozens of high-school educators from around the state gathered at
Bridgewater State University last week to be the first to receive a new
curriculum designed to help reduce cyberbullying and teach students how to
make smarter choices about posting personal information online.
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2011/03/20/bridgewater_st
ate_unveils_anti_bullying_program_for_schools/

uk: Kids ?making their own online porn?
A disturbing number of children - some as young as 11 - are taking
pornographic images of themselves and swapping them with friends via text
messages or the internet, experts warn.
http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/technology/internet/kids-making-their-own-onlin
e-porn-1.1043733

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Paramount Embraces BitTorrent for Movie Release
BitTorrent is regarded as a dirty word in Hollywood, because the
peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol is often used for distributing pirated
movies.
http://techland.time.com/2011/03/17/paramount-embraces-bittorrent/

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SPAM
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Major spam network silenced mid-campaign
The sudden drop in activity of a major spam producer looks to be the result
of the largest co-ordinated attack on spammers.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12772319

Microsoft says helps take down spam e-mail network
Microsoft Corp claimed credit on Thursday for taking down one of the biggest
producers of spam e-mail in a joint effort with federal authorities across
the United States.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/03/18/idINIndia-55676320110318
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/18/oukin-uk-microsoft-botnet-idUKTRE72
H0LT20110318

Spam Network Shut Down
Microsoft Corp. and federal law enforcement agents seized computer equipment
from Internet hosting facilities across the U.S. in a sweeping legal attack
designed to cripple the leading source of junk email on the Internet.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703328404576207173861008758.ht
ml

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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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Clinton: Bridge global digital divide
To keep the Internet "forever young," decision makers should keep in mind
that the world is divided between rich and poor nations with vastly
different needs, former President Bill Clinton told a packed crowd here as
the keynote speaker at the meeting of the organization that oversees the
Internet's naming system.
http://www.seattlepi.com/politico/437258_politico51479.html
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51479.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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Google accuses China of interfering with Gmail email system
Google has accused the Chinese government of interfering with its popular
Gmail email system. The move follows extensive attempts by the Chinese
authorities to crack down on the "jasmine revolution" ? an online dissident
movement inspired by events in the Middle East.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/20/google-gmail

Cyberattacks against federal networks were up 40 percent in 2010
The number of attacks against federal networks increased nearly 40 percent
last year, while the number of incidents targeting U.S. computers overall
was down roughly 1 percent for the same period, according to a new White
House report to Congress on federal computer security.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110318_4179.php

US cyber war defences 'very thin', Pentagon warns
The US military lacks the people and resources to defend the country
adequately from concerted cyber attacks, the head of the Pentagon's cyber
command has warned.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12768617

Anthony Doesburg: Cyber war risk is here and now, author claims
Counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke has tried before to draw attention
to an imminent attack. Clarke, a former Bush Administration adviser who
warned of the threat posed by al-Qaeda months before the World Trade Centre
was brought down, is now attempting to ramp up fear of cyber warfare.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=107130
46

Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes [news release]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation reminds the public to use caution when
making donations in the aftermath of natural disasters. Unfortunately,
criminals can exploit these tragedies for their own gain by sending
fraudulent e-mails and creating phony websites designed to solicit
contributions.
http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/tips-on-avoiding-fraudulent-
charitable-contribution-schemes

Behind a Coup of Cybercrime
For sheer entertainment purposes, one of the best subgenres of business
books has been the computer-hacker narrative, the kind of technological
detective story found in books like ?Takedown,? by Tsutomu Shimomura with
John Markoff (1996), and my personal favorite, ?The Cuckoo?s Egg,? by
Clifford Stoll (1989). When done well, these books do what the best business
stories do: take readers into strange new worlds to learn strange new
things, and not have it taste like cough syrup.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/business/20shelves.html

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PRIVACY
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Internet privacy and the "right to be forgotten"
When it comes to privacy, the Internet has long been something of a Wild
West but that that is starting to change, with regulators in Europe and the
United States beginning to pull in the reins.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/17/oukin-uk-eu-internet-privacy-idUKTR
E72G49X20110317
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/4783296/The-right-to-be-forgotten-online

FTC, White House urge Internet privacy measures
Top federal officials pushed forward Wednesday on efforts to establish
mandates for Internet privacy.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/ftc-white-house-urge-inte
rnet-privacy-measures/2011/03/16/AB8AQoe_blog.html

White House Asks Congress to Pass "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights"
Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology issued the following statement
in response to the announcement by Commerce Department Assistant Secretary
for Communications and Information Lawrence Strickling that the
Administration supports passage of baseline consumer privacy legislation.
http://cdt.org/pr_statement/white-house-asks-congress-pass-consumer-privacy-
bill-rights

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CENSORSHIP
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Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media
The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate
social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter by using fake online
personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American
propaganda.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-net
works

Pentagon buys social networking 'spy software'
The Pentagon has purchased a pioneering software programme that creates fake
identities on social media websites, in an attempt to infiltrate and
influence suspected terrorists and extremists overseas.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/8389577/Pentagon-buys-soc
ial-networking-spy-software.html

Unorthodox links to the internet: Savvy techies are finding ways to
circumvent politically motivated shutdowns of the internet
With a tin can, some copper wire and a few dollars? worth of nuts, bolts and
other hardware, a do-it-yourselfer can build a makeshift directional
antenna. A mobile phone, souped-up with such an antenna, can talk to a
network tower that is dozens of kilometres beyond its normal range (about
5km, or 3 miles). As Gregory Rehm, the author of an online assembly guide
for such things, puts it, homemade antennae are ?as cool as the other side
of the pillow on a hot night?. Of late, however, such antennae have proved
much more than simply cool.
http://www.economist.com/node/18386151?story_id=18386151

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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uk: ISPs defend plans for two-tier net
ISPs have defended their right to operate a two-speed internet, at a key
debate into the future of the web. The debate was organised by the
government, which is keen to see the principles of a free and equal net
maintained.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12791376

au: iiNet plan doesn't negate piracy code: IIA
Australia's peak internet group, the Internet Industry Association, has
welcomed iiNet's proposal for a third party to enact copyright enforcement
against alleged infringers, but said that its own planned code of conduct
will still be valid as it will provide clarity for ISPs.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/iinet-plan-doesn-t-negate-piracy-code-iia-339311516.
htm

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Japan to repair damaged undersea cables
Aftershocks are still preventing Japan's telecommunication companies from
repairing undersea cables, damaged in the recent earthquake and tsunami.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12777785

au: Google boss weighs in to NBN debate
The chief executive of Google has given a big tick of approval to the
federal government's national broadband strategy, describing it as a mark of
?excellent leadership? and a catalyst for innovation and change.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/biz-tech/google-boss-weighs-in-to-nbn-debat
e-20110317-1byqj.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/biz-tech/google-boss-weighs-in-to-nbn-de
bate-20110317-1byqj.html

nz: Telecom holds out for 10-year ?regulatory holiday? on UFB
Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds has held out for the 10-year regulatory
forbearance period as promoting more certainty for investors, when
discussing amendments to the Telecommunications Act before Parliament?s
Finance and Expenditure Select Committee this afternoon.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/telecom-holds-out-for-10-year-regul
atory-holiday-on-ufb

nz: UFB a "stitch-up job": de Salis
Ultra fast broadband plans to date are a ?very dicey stitch-up job between
Telecom, Vodafone and the Ministry of Economic Development,? claims
DataLight director Roger de Salis.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/ufb-a-stitch-up-job-de-salis

Mexico's communications monopolies: Billionaires feud over converging
television and telecoms markets
Mexico's telephone and television industries are near-monopolies. About 80%
of landlines are connected to Telmex, one of many companies controlled by
Carlos Slim, the world?s richest man. Another of Mr Slim?s firms, Telcel,
has 70% of the mobile-phone market. A second-division billionaire, Emilio
Azc?rraga, maintains almost as tight a grip on the television business, in
which his company, Televisa, claims 70% of the country?s free-to-air TV
audience. Most other viewers are mopped up by TV Azteca, run by Ricardo
Salinas, the country?s fourth-richest tycoon.
http://www.economist.com/node/18388894

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTION
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Four Australians high up in international pedophile ring [AAP]
Four Australian men are alleged to be high-ranking members of a global
pedophile ring busted by a three-year international police effort.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/four-australians-high-up-in-inte
rnational-paedophile-ring/story-e6frg6nf-1226023377647

Paedophile ring busted and children rescued
FOUR Australians are alleged to be some of the most senior members of the
world's largest ever online paedophile ring, a global operation whose
members are alleged to have kept hundreds of young boys captive in order to
abuse them.
http://www.smh.com.au/national/paedophile-ring-busted-and-children-rescued-2
0110317-1bz4v.html

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