[DNS] domain name news - 6 October

[DNS] domain name news - 6 October

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 16:02:31 +1100
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BRIC nations push for bigger say in policing of Internet
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/03/us-internet-governance-idUSTRE7923DH20111003

Protecting Trademark Rights for New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Service Providers for Trademark Clearinghouse Operation
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-5-03oct11-en.htm

Internet Overseer Should Review Ethics Policy, Ad Group Says [Bloomberg]
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-03/internet-overseer-should-review-ethics-policy-ad-group-says-1-.html

American Association of National Advertisers Huff And Puff Over New gTLDs
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=16012

Short, Memorable Domains Will Assist Consumers Finds Melbourne IT DBS
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/04/short-memorable-domains-will-assist-consumers-finds-melbourne-it-dbs/

AusRegistry International enhances global offering and rebrands
http://ausregistry.com/news-global-rebrand.php

We're losing the online arms race: AusCERT [AAP]
http://www.zdnet.com.au/were-losing-the-online-arms-race-auscert-339323785.htm

nz: Cyber Security Centre low-profile on nation-state attacks
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/cyber-security-centre-low-profile-on-nation-state-attacks


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GOVERNANCE
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BRIC nations push for bigger say in policing of Internet
Campaigners for a loosely regulated Internet are alarmed at the risk to Web freedom from fast-growing BRIC and other emerging economies seeking more say in how the online realm is policed.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/03/us-internet-governance-idUSTRE7923DH20111003
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/03/oukin-uk-internet-governance-idUKTRE7923HC20111003

IGF Nairobi - Success of the Multi-stakeholder Model by Keith Drazek
A funny thing happened in Nairobi last week... I showed up for an IGF panel discussion on the use of the Internet during times of political and social unrest, and a truly multi-stakeholder dialogue broke out. It turned out to be my favorite session during an incredible IGF week that, thanks to our Kenyan hosts, exceeded every expectation. The session, formerly known as "The Internet in the Post-Revolution Phase ? Challenges of Political Engagement and the Safety of Citizens" was cancelled for reasons unknown. Perhaps it was a conflict of schedules, or maybe the topic was deemed by the organizers or certain governments to be too sensitive for the official agenda.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/igf_nairobi_success_of_the_multi_stakeholder_model/

Governing the Internet: The Model is the Message by Byron Holland
In 1964, Canadian scholar Marshall McLuhan famously wrote, "The medium is the message." This phrase popped into my head last week as I listened to the opening speakers at the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi. McLuhan meant that the form in which a message is delivered - the medium - embeds itself in the meaning of the message. The medium influences how the message is perceived and understood and is therefore inseparable from the message itself. What does this have to do with the Internet?
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110910_governing_the_internet_the_model_is_the_message/

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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Coordination Team Formed for IDN Variant Issues Project
The benefits and risks associated with the potential delegation of variant TLDs have been widely discussed. On 20 April 2011, ICANN announced the initiation of the IDN Variant Issues Project. This project is dedicated to identifying the issues involved in the delegation and use of IDN Variant TLDs.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-4-03oct11-en.htm

Protecting Trademark Rights for New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Service Providers for Trademark Clearinghouse Operation
ICANN is issuing today a Request for Information (RFI) to identify potential Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) Service Providers. The Trademark Clearinghouse will provide a set of rights protection mechanisms that are part of ICANN's program to make new TLDs widely available.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-5-03oct11-en.htm

Enhanced Terms & Conditions for Registrar Accreditation Applications
In order to provide further clarity on the respective obligations of the applicant and ICANN in relation to registrar accreditation applications, ICANN is introducing an enhanced set of terms and conditions for registrar accreditation applications.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-04oct11-en.htm

Community Input on Draft 2012-2015 Strategic Plan
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose: ICANN continues to pursue the Strategic Planning process in accordance with our published timeline. We are posting a draft version of the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan that is the result of community consultation and staff work. We are soliciting your feedback and comments.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-6-03oct11-en.htm

Variant Issues Project -- Chinese Case Study Team Issues Report
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose: As described in earlier announcements on this topic, the benefits and risks associated with the potential delegation of Variant TLDs have been widely discussed and solutions are being pursued.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-03oct11-en.htm

Variant Issues Project -- Devanagari Case Study Team Issues Report
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose: As described in earlier announcements on this topic, the benefits and risks associated with the potential delegation of Variant TLDs have been widely discussed and solutions are being pursued.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-03oct11-en.htm

Draft Final Report of the Internationalized Registration Data Working Group
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose: ICANN is seeking public comments on the draft Final Report of the joint SSAC-GNSO Working Group on Internationalized Registration Data (IRD-WG). This draft Final Report studies the feasibility and suitability of introducing display specifications to deal with the internationalization of registration data and finds that it is feasible to introduce submission and display specifications to deal with Internationalized Domain Name Registration Data and recommends a series of next steps that could be undertaken to address further the technical and policy issues identified in this report, including a recommendation that the GNSO Council request an Issue Report on the policy questions raised in this report.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-03oct11-en.htm

Internet Overseer Should Review Ethics Policy, Ad Group Says [Bloomberg]
The organization that manages the Internet?s domain-name system should conduct a ?systematic review? of its ethics policies, according to a group representing large corporations and advertisers.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-03/internet-overseer-should-review-ethics-policy-ad-group-says-1-.html
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-03/internet-overseer-should-review-ethics-policy-ad-group-says.html

Would an ICANN ethics policy break the law?
Calls for a new ethics policy to prevent a ?revolving door? between ICANN and the domain name industry stepped up today, with the Association of National Advertisers entering the debate.
http://domainincite.com/would-an-icann-ethics-policy-break-the-law/

American Association of National Advertisers Huff And Puff Over New gTLDs
They might have been asleep through ICANN's extensive consultation process over the introduction of new gTLDs, but the Association of National Advertisers, an American association representing more than 400 companies, is stamping their feet trying to drum up some support for their belated opposition to new gTLDs.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=16012
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/04/american-association-of-national-advertisers-huff-and-puff-over-new-gtlds/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/american-association-of-national-advertisers-huff-and-puff-over-new-gtlds.html

Full UDRP reform unlikely until 2017
The often-criticized Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy is unlikely to see fundamental changes for at least five years, following an ICANN review published yesterday.
http://domainincite.com/full-udrp-reform-unlikely-until-2017/

New Domain Registrar Accreditation Rules Start Today
Becoming an ICANN accredited domain name registrar got a little bit tougher starting today.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/05/new-domain-registrar-accreditation-rules-start-today/

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EURid to release almost 9,000 domain names
We reported in the November / December 2010 issue of Anchovy News that on 21 September 2010 the Brussels Court of Appeal ordered the release of around 9,000 .EU domain names that were registered during the sunrise period back in 2006 by the same registrant. EURid, decided to take action against the registrant for breach of contract further to a number of alternative dispute resolution complaints against the registrant in question.
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=ae2d62ee-4da9-4ba0-961f-65e09dde9443

ICT ministry considers hosting .mu
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology is seriously considering re-delegating the administration of the ccTLD (Dot Mu). They are also thinking of hosting it in Mauritius.
http://theindependent.mu/2011/10/05/ict-ministry-considers-hosting-mu/

British Airways, Financial Times, and Virgin Sidestep .co.uk Auctions
While some businesses paid hefty sums to win auctions for one and two character .uk domains recently ? ?3m in total ? a few businesses took a cheaper route.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/03/british-airways-financial-times-and-virgin-sidestep-co-uk-auctions/

Nominet Raises ?3m In Short UK Domain Auction
Single-character domain names were in hot demand at Nominet?s .uk auction, selling for an average of ?39,000
http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/nominet-raises-3m-in-short-uk-domain-auction-41336

Video: Lawley and Duke Debate .XXX at XBIZ EU Conference
ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley and FSC?s Executive Director Diane Duke faced off during a lively .XXX debate at XBIZ EU.
http://www.xbiz.com/news/139224

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Afilias launches international contest to explore innovative uses of new top-level domains
Afilias Limited, a leading Internet registry services provider, today announced a rapid-fire contest to generate ideas for new TLDs. As organizations consider whether or not to invest in new TLDs under the forthcoming ICANN New TLD program, they may not consider all the possibilities for new TLDs. The "Afilias Global Innovation Contest for New TLD Ideas" is designed to address that issue.
http://www.afilias.info/news/2011/10/03/afilias-launches-international-contest-explore-innovative-uses-new-top-level-domains

US research: Brands missing out on sales as consumers led astray online
A new consumer survey about online shopping, navigation and trust reveals the obstacles brands face in having offline marketing efforts materialize with online sales. Three quarters of consumers are likely to go online after visiting a store to find a better deal before buying, and most start with search engines. Such habits equal a tall order for marketers today, who must get consumers to their website amid online distractions, phishing scams and lingering trust concerns - then offer the best deal and get personal.
http://www.melbourneit.info/news-centre/Releases/US-Brands-missing-out-on-sales-as-consumers-led-astray-online.xml

UK Research: Brands missing out on sales as bargain-hunting Britons led astray online
The challenge facing Britain's big retailers and consumer brands trying to cross the offline-online divide was highlighted today by new research which found British consumers have become a nation of ?window browsers and online shoppers' who are easily distracted online, potentially leading to lost sales.
http://www.melbourneit.info/news-centre/Releases/UK-Brands-missing-out-on-sales-as-bargain-hunting-Britons-led-astray-online.xml

Short, Memorable Domains Will Assist Consumers Finds Melbourne IT DBS
Short, memorable domain names are advantageous for internet consumers finding the website they want, according to market research conducted on behalf of Melbourne IT Digital Brand Services (Melbourne IT DBS) in the US and UK.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=16011
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/04/short-memorable-domains-will-assist-consumers-finds-melbourne-it-dbs/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/short-memorable-domains-will-assist-consumers-finds-melbourne-it-dbs.html

Big Brands Recognizing the Value of New gTLDs by Roland LaPlante
Successful companies already understand the importance and impact of brand control in domain names. No company would ever consider using hotmail.com or gmail.com email addresses for official business. A decade ago, did companies invest in Geocities or Tripod URLs, or did they promote their own domain names? Today, if a company hosts its blog with WordPress.com, do they take the default brand.wordpress.com Web address, or do they upgrade to their own branded second-level domain name?
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110904_big_brands_recognizing_the_value_of_new_gtlds/

AusRegistry International enhances global offering and rebrands
In a landmark announcement, AusRegistry International today unveiled a new corporate strategy which will see it deploy TLD registry infrastructure and resources in the United States to become the first ever provider to offer the choice between two 'primary' locations for the operation of a TLD registry.
http://ausregistry.com/news-global-rebrand.php
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/05/ausregistry-international-enhances-global-offering-and-rebrands-as-ari-registry-services/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/ausregistry-international-enhances-global-offering-and-rebrands-as-ari-registry-services.html

Webinar: New Top-Level Domains - Your guide to the next Internet revolution
On October 7th 2011, AusRegistry International will join global marketing celebrity Jeffrey Hayzlett for the first in a series of webinars to identify the opportunities, challenges and risks presented by ICANN's revolutionary new TLD Program. The series will also feature global brand protection and intellectual property authority Brian Winterfeldt of Steptoe and Johnson LLP.
http://ausregistry.com/news-webinar.php
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/05/new-tlds-webinar-your-guide-to-the-next-internet-revolution-on-7-october/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/new-tlds-webinar-your-guide-to-the-next-internet-revolution-on-7-october.html

AusRegistry drops the ?Aus?, sets up in US
AusRegistry International has rebranded itself to ARI Registry Services and will now offer new gTLD clients the option to host their domains in either Australia or the US.
http://domainincite.com/ausregistry-drops-the-aus-sets-up-in-us/

AusRegistry Rebrands, Sets Up Registry Infrastructure in the U.S.
ARI Registry ServicesAre U.S. companies more comfortable with a registry services provider in their home country? It appears so.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/05/ausregistry-ari-registry/

BITS may apply for six financial gTLDs
BITS, the technology policy wing of the Financial Services Roundtable, may apply to ICANN for as many as six financially-focused new TLDs.
http://domainincite.com/bits-may-apply-for-six-financial-gtlds/

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IGF: Small Botnets Pose Security Risk to Internet
Small botnets available for hire for as little as US$10 per hour pose a security threat to the Internet, says ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory committee (SSAC). Ram Mohan , a member of SSAC made the comments on Friday at a session titled "Mitigating Domain Name System Cyberattacks" during the ongoing Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi. The sixth IGF, which comes to a closed its doors on Friday last week had been ongoing since Monday.
http://www.csoonline.com/article/690879/igf-small-botnets-pose-security-risk-to-internet
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/security/igf-small-botnets-pose-security-risk-to-internet
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=E959DDCD-1A64-6A71-CE3C6BBD7C297045

The future of malware
Personal information belonging to a full third of Massachusetts residents has been compromised in one way or another, according to the state's attorney general, citing statistics gleaned from a tough new data breach reporting law.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/100311-malware-251426.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/240970/the_future_of_malware.html

Intelligence panel head: U.S. must confront 'intolerable' Chinese cyberespionage
The United States and its allies in Europe and Asia need to band together and confront China's campaign of cyberespionage, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers , R-Mich., said on Tuesday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111004_9186.php

U.S. lawmaker says China engages in cyber spying
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee on Tuesday accused China of widespread cyber economic espionage and said many U.S. firms were afraid to come forward for fear their computers would be the targets of even more attacks.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/04/idINIndia-59704320111004

Departing Pentagon official warns against cutting cybersecurity funding
If Congress fails to broker a deficit reduction deal, the Pentagon will be forced to halt information technology upgrades and shrink military forces, but still will have to boost funding for cyberspace security, outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said Wednesday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111005_3789.php

We're losing the online arms race: AusCERT [AAP]
An arms race is underway on the internet and the cyber criminals are way out in front, a national police symposium has been told.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/were-losing-the-online-arms-race-auscert-339323785.htm

nz: Cyber Security Centre low-profile on nation-state attacks
The newly established National Cyber Security Centre is, as might be expected, not very forthcoming in an initial reply to questions on suspicions of attacks coming from other nation states.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/cyber-security-centre-low-profile-on-nation-state-attacks

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Commonwealth of Kentucky Files Claim for Indicted Online Poker Domains
On Sept. 30, the Commonwealth of Kentucky filed a Verified Claim and Statement of Interest or Right in Property Subject to Forfeiture In Rem in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York. The claim was filed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, on behalf of J. Michael Brown, Secretary Justice and Public Safety Cabinet ("the Commonwealth").
http://www.pokernews.com/news/2011/10/commonwealth-of-kentucky-claim-right-online-poker-domain-11163.htm

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Porn.xxx Domain Expected To Fetch $50,000 At Auction
After more than ten years of very vocal opposition by nearly every company potentially affected by the new .XXX TLD extension, on March 17th 2011 ICANN approved .XXX despite numerous concerns.
http://www.xbiz.com/blogs/#138885

Corbin Fisher Proudly Acquires Gay.xxx
Liberty Media Holdings (LMH), parent company of Corbin Fisher, has proudly announced its acquisition of the TLD name, gay.xxx. The company plans to make gay.xxx the premiere destination for gay adult content on the web.
http://news.avn.com/company-news/Corbin-Fisher-Proudly-Acquires-Gay-xxx-450174.html

Corbin Fisher Acquires Gay.xxx Domain
Corbin Fisher announced today its acquisition of the TLD, Gay.xxx.
http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=139333

ICM Registry, In A Record Setting Sale Sells Gay.XXX For $500K
According to Xbiz.com Corbin Fisher, one of the world?s leading gay production studios has ?acquired the domain name Gay.XXX.
http://www.thedomains.com/2011/10/05/icm-registry-in-a-record-setting-sale-sells-gay-xxx-for-500k/

Frank Michlick Joins Sedo
I caught word earlier this week that domain name industry veteran Frank Michlick had joined Sedo. ... Michlick will be working with the SedoMLS team at Sedo. SedoMLS is its domain sale syndication platform.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/04/frank-michlick-joins-sedo/

Sedo Adds Domain Industry Veteran Frank Michlick to the SedoMLS Team
Sedo has added a prominent new member to their SedoMLS team. Frank Michlick, who has been involved with Internet technology since 1993 and registered his first domain name in 1995, 
http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2011/dailyposts/20111004.htm

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Web overtakes TV as most popular UK ad medium - IAB
Brands spent more money advertising on the Internet in Britain than they did on TV for the first time in the first half of 2011, as companies moved online to reach the millions of Britons using social networks and watching videos.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/idINIndia-59712920111005

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Facebook works with Websense to add phishing safety net
Facebook have stepped up their battle against phishing and malware scammers by partnering with security firm Websense. As of next week, users will be warned if they are about to be taken to a malicious website.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15154014

Facebook looks to San Diego's Websense to improve security
Starting today, each time you click an outbound link on Facebook, San Diego's Websense will visit that site first, checking to see if it poses a security threat before letting you leave the world's largest social network.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/10/facebook-san-diegos-websense-team-to-improve-security.html

Facebook's privacy lie: Aussie exposes 'tracking' as new patent uncovered
Facebook has been caught telling porkies by an Australian technologist whose revelations that the site tracks its 800 million users even when they are logged out have embroiled Facebook in a global public policy ? and legal ? nightmare.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebooks-privacy-lie-aussie-exposes-tracking-as-new-patent-uncovered-20111004-1l61i.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebooks-privacy-lie-aussie-exposes-tracking-as-new-patent-uncovered-20111004-1l61i.html

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Amazon's Cloud Gives Its New Browser an Unfair Edge
Among the features announced with Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet is an unexpected and innovative new piece of software: a Web browser called Amazon Silk that taps into Amazon's enormous cloud infrastructure to speed up the delivery of content to a mobile device.
http://www.technologyreview.com/web/38728/

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eu: Some popular interactive websites do not make information on children private by default, report says
Websites with social network functions could do more to protect children's information from being accessed by people they do not know, the European Commission has said.
http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2011/october/some-popular-interactive-websites-do-not-make-information-on-children-private-by-default-report-says/

nz: Suppression sought over child porn
A school struggling to maintain enrolments is pressing for name suppression for a former teacher who has admitted possessing and distributing child pornography.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5743790/Suppression-sought-over-child-porn

us: Program to Stop Cyberbullying Launched
October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. To commemorate the event, The Cyber Safety Academy today launched The Great American NO BULL Challenge. It is a program that empowers students to stop cyberbullying, a problem 50% of teenagers have experienced.
http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/program-to-stop-cyberbullying-launched/

Online dangers for children ? report exposes the top 10 myths of online safety 
One of the key challenges for engaging children and young people is to understand their actions, attitudes and concerns when using new technology. Researchers recently published a list of the top 10 myths about online safety for children to show how many peoples? knowledge of online dangers are out of date.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=256859

Saferinternet.at: Spotlight on awareness raising in primary schools 
In October 2011, Saferinternet.at will launch a new resource called ?Safer internet in primary school?. The 68-page handbook gives primary school teachers a profound overview of the most important safer internet issues for children aged six to nine. Apart from practical information, real-life examples and useful tips on each topic, the handbook includes 11 hands-on exercises that can easily be used in the classroom.
http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/blog?p_p_id=homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_pos=2&p_p_col_count=3&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_action=detail&_homeBlog_WAR_insafeportlet_articleId=256930

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Apple--Not Piracy--Is the Real Problem for the Movie Industry, Says Exec
Piracy is less of an issue for the movie industry than is the dominance of the digital distribution channel by a single company, such as Apple.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/241118/applenot_piracyis_the_real_problem_for_the_movie_industry_says_exec.html

Canada Broadcast Regulator Says Study on Internet Programming Inconclusive
Netflix Inc. and other Internet providers of TV and movies won?t face regulation in Canada after the country?s broadcast regulator said it didn?t find ?clear evidence? that they hold an advantage over cable and satellite broadcasters.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-05/canada-broadcast-regulator-says-study-on-internet-programming-inconclusive.html

U.S. top court rejects Internet music download case
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that a traditional Internet download of sound recording does not constitute a public performance of the recorded musical work under federal copyright law.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/03/idINIndia-59680920111003

au: Online anti-piracy talks to resume in 2012 
Industry stakeholders engaged in talks with the federal Attorney-General's department over online piracy have agreed to resume negotiations early next year. 
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/government/online-anti-piracy-talks-to-resume-in-2012/story-fn4htb9o-1226159396105

Film company goes after Aussie downloaders
Have you downloaded a copy of mob thriller Kill The Irishman? If so, your ISP could be forced to hand your details over to the film's copyright holder.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-05/film-reps-flag-legal-action-to-get-ip-details/3299480

Australians targeted for movie piracy
The US has been victim to "copyright trolls" for some time ? it was only a matter of time before the idea reached Australia.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/australians-targeted-for-movie-piracy-339323796.htm

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition
As soon as Apple unveils its highly anticipated new version of the iPhone on Tuesday, millions of people are likely to start plotting how to be among the first to buy it. But millions more may be considering a competitor ? an Android phone.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/technology/apple-iphone-faces-divided-loyalties.html

Microsoft's Patent Strategy Against Android
When Samsung Electronics blinked last week, Microsoft scored another win in its campaign to strike patent-licensing deals with the makers of smartphones and tablets using Google?s Android software.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/microsofts-patent-strategy-against-android/

HTC to release urgent privacy fix for smartphones
HTC is to release an urgent update for several of its smartphones to fix a vulnerability which could leave personal information at risk.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15171106

HTC says it is working on fix for serious security flaw on some Android phones
HTC says it is working on a fix for a major security vulnerability in its Android smartphones which could let apps access a user's personal information. The data exposed includes their email account names, last known network and GPS locations, SMS data including phone numbers, phone log details and system logs.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/04/htc-android-security-flaw-revealed

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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WikiLeaks 'Architect' threatens site's future
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange finds himself isolated, fighting extradition and deserted by many of his former partners and friends. His organisation is damaged and cannot receive the leaks that are its lifeblood. Can WikiLeaks survive?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-04/wikileaks-architect/3207748

Police call for Australia-only credit cards
Queensland's top fraud cop has called for a credit card that can't be used outside Australian borders.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/police-call-for-australiaonly-credit-cards-20111004-1l77i.html
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/police-call-for-australiaonly-credit-cards-20111004-1l77i.html

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Wi-Fi users not as safe as they think, survey says
Among Wi-Fi users, there's a big gap between knowing about Wi-Fi security and keeping their network and devices secure, as revealed by the Wi-Fi Security Barometer Survey results that the Wi-Fi Alliance announced today.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20116313-1/wi-fi-users-not-as-safe-as-they-think-survey-says/
http://www.zdnetasia.com/wi-fi-users-not-as-safe-as-they-think-survey-says-62302379.htm

WiFi users blissfully ignorant about real security, research finds
New research conducted on behalf of the Wi-Fi Alliance shows that while wireless users are making strides on the security front, they?re still leaving their Wi-Fi networks too open to intruders.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/100511-wifi-security-privacy-251635.html
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/403175/wifi_users_blissfully_ignorant_about_real_security_research_finds/

IGF: Small Botnets Pose Security Risk to Internet
Small botnets available for hire for as little as US$10 per hour pose a security threat to the Internet, says ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory committee (SSAC). Ram Mohan , a member of SSAC made the comments on Friday at a session titled "Mitigating Domain Name System Cyberattacks" during the ongoing Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi. The sixth IGF, which comes to a closed its doors on Friday last week had been ongoing since Monday.
http://www.csoonline.com/article/690879/igf-small-botnets-pose-security-risk-to-internet
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/security/igf-small-botnets-pose-security-risk-to-internet
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=E959DDCD-1A64-6A71-CE3C6BBD7C297045

The future of malware
Personal information belonging to a full third of Massachusetts residents has been compromised in one way or another, according to the state's attorney general, citing statistics gleaned from a tough new data breach reporting law.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/100311-malware-251426.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/240970/the_future_of_malware.html

Intelligence panel head: U.S. must confront 'intolerable' Chinese cyberespionage
The United States and its allies in Europe and Asia need to band together and confront China's campaign of cyberespionage, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers , R-Mich., said on Tuesday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111004_9186.php

U.S. lawmaker says China engages in cyber spying
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee on Tuesday accused China of widespread cyber economic espionage and said many U.S. firms were afraid to come forward for fear their computers would be the targets of even more attacks.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/04/idINIndia-59704320111004

Departing Pentagon official warns against cutting cybersecurity funding
If Congress fails to broker a deficit reduction deal, the Pentagon will be forced to halt information technology upgrades and shrink military forces, but still will have to boost funding for cyberspace security, outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said Wednesday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111005_3789.php

We're losing the online arms race: AusCERT [AAP]
An arms race is underway on the internet and the cyber criminals are way out in front, a national police symposium has been told.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/were-losing-the-online-arms-race-auscert-339323785.htm

nz: Cyber Security Centre low-profile on nation-state attacks
The newly established National Cyber Security Centre is, as might be expected, not very forthcoming in an initial reply to questions on suspicions of attacks coming from other nation states.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/cyber-security-centre-low-profile-on-nation-state-attacks

us: House Panel To Examine Cloud Computing Security
A House Homeland Security subcommittee will hear testimony on Thursday from a panel of government and industry officials on the security implications of cloud computing systems.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/10/house-panel-to-examine-cloud-c.php

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Amazon, Facebook and the evolution of privacy
Privacy advocates have been busy this past week. Facebook?s announced changes, including the Facebook ?Timeline? and Amazon?s Silk browser, which is slated to be offered on its new Kindle Fire when it?s released in November, have raised a number of privacy concerns. The objections raise the question of whether we can continue to innovate digitally without releasing more of our personal information. Should the Web be an inherently private or public place ? or should we refrain from entering further into the cloud until each of us is guaranteed a padlock for our personal information? (Full disclosure: The Washington Post Co.?s chairman and chief executive, Donald E. Graham, is a member of Facebook?s board of directors.)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/amazon-facebook-and-the-evolution-of-privacy/2011/09/13/gIQAeCUa8K_blog.html

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Italian-language Wikipedia hidden, may shut down
In a message it posted today, Wikipedia said it has hidden the Italian-language portion of the site due to a new law proposed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's administration.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20115615-93/italian-language-wikipedia-hidden-may-shut-down/

Wikipedia shuts Italy site to protest Berlusconi "gag law"
Wikipedia has disabled its Italian website in protest against a privacy law drafted by Silvio Berlusconi's government which would impose new restrictions on newspapers and Internet pages and curb police wiretaps.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/oukin-uk-italy-privacy-idUKTRE79448020111005
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/idINIndia-59730520111005

Wikipedia hides Italian language edition to protest new law [IDG]
Wikipedia said it was hiding the Italian edition of the online encyclopedia to protest against a proposed new rule in the country, that will require websites to publish corrections within 48 hours of content being found objectionable, without review.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/100511-wikipedia-hides-italian-language-edition-251603.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/241149/wikipedia_hides_italian_language_edition_to_protest_new_law.html

In Thailand, a Campaign to Purify Internet of Royal Insults
Down a maze of neon-lit corridors in a massive government complex here is a windowless room where computer technicians scour the Internet for photos, articles, Facebook postings ? anything that might be deemed offensive to King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/world/asia/03iht-thailand03.html

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uk: Internet policing is ?inevitable?
State-imposed control of the internet is ?inevitable? if the conflict between the right to privacy and a free press is ever to be resolved, lawyers and journalists suggested last week at a Law Society public debate.
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/internet-policing-inevitable

Kroes attacks Dutch net-neutrality rules
Europe's digital agenda chief has criticised the Netherlands for legislating to protect net neutrality, saying it is too early for lawmakers to take sides on the issue.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/regulation/2011/10/03/kroes-attacks-dutch-net-neutrality-rules-40094084/

US business groups praise NZ, US and six other countries for signing ACTA
The US Chamber of Commerce and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) both applauded the signing of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by representatives of the New Zealand, United States, Japan and five other governments in Tokyo on Saturday.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/us-business-groups-praise-nz-us-and-six-other-countries-for-signing-acta

Controversial IP rights treaty signed by eight countries
The US and Japan have joined a six other nations in signing a controversial new anti-counterfeiting treaty, the countries have confirmed. The European Commission has not signed it on EU member countries' behalf.
http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2011/october/controversial-ip-rights-treaty-signed-by-eight-countries/

US signs ACTA
The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/10/us-signs-international-anti-piracy-accord.ars

us: Public Knowledge To Defend Net Neutrality Rules In Court
Public Knowledge wants in on Verizon's lawsuit against federal Internet competition rules. But the advocacy group isn't joining the chorus of challenges. It wants to defend the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality regulations.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2011/10/public-knowledge-to-defend-net.php

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Yahoo Has a Crowd, Wants a Voice
One company dominates online news, sports and finance. It has more visitors to its news site than the runner-up in the category, CNN, more in sports than ESPN and more in finance than Dow Jones, owner of The Wall Street Journal.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/technology/yahoo-aims-to-produce-more-original-reporting.html

Yahoo! shares surge 10% on Microsoft takeover rumour
Shares in the internet portal firm Yahoo have leapt 10% on rumours that Microsoft is considering a second attempt at a takeover.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15193433

Microsoft Said Nowhere Close to Yahoo Bid
Microsoft Corp. isn?t anywhere close to making an offer for Yahoo! Inc. and senior executives of the software maker aren?t involved in discussions, two people familiar with the matter said.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-05/microsoft-said-nowhere-close-to-yahoo-bid.html

Microsoft considering fresh bid for Yahoo, say sources
Microsoft is considering a fresh attempt to take control of Yahoo, sources close to the situation have told Reuters, more than three years after its first bid for the internet business failed,
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/05/microsoft-yahoo-software-internet-business

InternetNZ helps Christchurch schools connect
Non-profit organisation InternetNZ is offering six months of high-definition video conference bridging services for Christchurch schools, as they continue to rebuild their learning networks following the February earthquake.
http://www.techday.co.nz/education/news/internetnz-helps-christchurch-schools-connect/21222/

InternetNZ offers HD video conferencing to schools
New Zealand internet industry group InternetNZ has announced funding for high definition video conference bridging services for Christchurch schools for six months.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/internetnz-offers-hd-video-conferencing-to-schools

InternetNZ supports Christchurch schools [news release]
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has announced funding for high definition video conference bridging services for Christchurch schools for six months. The services will be provided through the Greater Christchurch Schools Network Trust at a cost of $40,000.
http://internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2011/InternetNZ-supports-Christchurch-schools-bridging-services
http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/internetnz-supports-christchurch-schools/5/103433
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1110/S00133/internetnz-supports-ccch-schools-with-bridging-services.htm

New security drivers change Singapore biz strategies
The rise of social media, IT consumerization and mobile computing is changing the enterprise security landscape and organizations here do demonstrate awareness of the potential business risk. But while local businesses are taking appropriate measures to protect themselves, they do not have holistic security strategies in place that are robust enough to deal with the threats, according to new findings from a Symantec survey.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/new-security-drivers-change-singapore-biz-strategies-62302330.htm

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BT suffers huge broadband failure across much of UK
A "power failure" at a major exchange in Birmingham has seen huge numbers of BT Broadband customers across the UK cut off.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15154020

eu: public consultations on access to telecoms networks
The European Commission has launched two public consultations related to access for alternative operators to the fixed telephone and broadband networks of established operators. The consultations are part of Commission efforts to boost the Single Market for telecoms services by ensuring consistent and coherent approaches to regulating telephone and broadband networks in all Member States.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/1147

European Phone Companies Clash With Kroes on 'Simply Crazy' Network Plans
Telecom Italia SpA, Telefonica SA and Europe?s other former phone monopolies are bridling at a fresh regulatory review of their profits from copper-line networks, saying the result may crimp proceeds needed to build faster fiber lines.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-03/telefonica-telecom-italia-oppose-simply-crazy-eu-network-plan.html
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-03/telefonica-telecom-italia-oppose-simply-crazy-eu-network-plan.html

EU telecoms regulators should adopt single approach to wholesale pricing, says Commissioner
The European Commission wants telecoms regulators across the EU to adopt a uniform approach to access for smaller firms to incumbent operators' networks. It said that a consistent policy across Europe would spur investment in networks.
http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2011/october/eu-telecoms-regulators-should-adopt-single-approach-to-wholesale-pricing-says-commissioner/

nz: New Telecom tipped as takeover target
The New Telecom company formed when the Chorus network business is split from Telecom in November will be the third-largest company on the NZX and will be a takeover target, according to fund managers and the independent report on the separation.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10756981

End in sight to Lebanon's crippling Internet problem
... Lebanon is regarded as a fortress of Arab entrepreneurship, with a vibrant services sector and a business community that is famed for its unyielding tenacity even during the depths of war. But sluggish and expensive Internet has been an embarrassing blot on the economy, and Internet-based companies such as ChouChic are rare.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/idUSL5E7KN15R20111005
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/oukin-uk-lebanon-internet-idUKTRE7944PO20111005

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