[DNS] domain name news - April 10

[DNS] domain name news - April 10

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 02:11:23 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

I would also like to add for those with an interest in infrastructure issues that go wider than the internet, I have commenced working on a new blog called Infrastructure News. For those with an interest, check out http://infranews.com.au/.

This is in addition to TelcoNews that looks at Telecom and VoIP news that I recently mentioned. As a reminder, check out http://www.telconews.com/ for this one.

If anyone has any news or other information for these blogs, or even on domain name issues or general internet issues, please send it through.

And don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today's edition of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - already online!

Headlines from the April 14 edition of the news include:
Internationalizing the Domain Name System by Geoff Huston, APNIC | .ASIA adding 5,000 domains a day | International cyberattack drill tests nations' responses | DHS offers first take on Cyber Storm exercise | Study Finds 'Alarming' Ignorance About Cybercrime | Bush's Cyber Secrets Dilemma | Underworld economy runs on bots and spam | Presidential campaigns clueless about Net threats | L'affaire Yahoo is tres banale to Madison Ave. | dollars.com Going for Big Dollars in Sedo Auction

And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in between postings.


New .au registrant transfers policy - implementation update


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DARPA: The Idea Factory That Spawned the Internet Turns 50

Denmark has world's best IT networked economy: WEF

Study Gives High Marks to U.S. Internet

ICANN Posts Schedule for Paris Meeting 22-26 June

International domains to debut next year?

Com.au - a rich resource for domainers

Lessons from Cyber Storm II

Better co-ordination the key to fighting cyber-attacks: Cyber Storm II Outcome

RSA: Cyber Storm II Builds Network To Defend Against Cyber Crisis

Internet Error: Baidu Will Welcome Bad Internet Requests In China

.net Interview: Vint Cerf

Yahoo! Gets In Bed With Google

DARPA: The Idea Factory That Spawned the Internet Turns 50
The best program managers are "freewheeling zealots" with big ideas. The staff has been called "100 geniuses connected by a travel agent." And the boss describes his agency as a home for "radical innovation."

Denmark has world's best IT networked economy: WEF
Denmark is better placed than any other country to benefit economically from new information and communications technology, according to a survey published on Wednesday by the World Economic Forum.

Study Gives High Marks to U.S. Internet
Contradicting earlier studies, conventional wisdom and politicians? rhetoric, European researchers say that the Internet infrastructure of the United States is one of the world?s best and getting better. The Global Information Technology Report issued on Wednesday found that the United States now ranked fourth in the world behind just three European nations: Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. Last year the United States was ranked seventh.

World Economic Forum Report: Assessing the State of the World's Networked Readiness (pdf)


ICANN Posts Schedule for Paris Meeting 22-26 June
ICANN today posted the schedule for its public Meeting to be held in Paris 22-26 June. "With two and a half months to go, there are some important changes to the schedule that attendees need to know." said Paul Levins, Executive Officer and Vice President, Corporate Affairs. First, the meeting will end on Thursday the 26 of June. Historically the Board meeting has been held on the Friday morning of these meetings. That has involved an additional day's time and expense by participants. In response to feedback and in the interests of economy, this meeting will see the Board meeting take place on Thursday evening with the meeting ending that night". Mr Levins said.

Partnering to Promote Internet Education in Russia
ICANN and the Lomonosov Moscow State University Institute of Information Security Issues (IISI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on increasing awareness on Internet issues inside Russia.

International domains to debut next year?
Internationalized domain names (IDNs) could launch by early 2009, following the formulation of policies to better manage ambiguities, according to an industry expert.

Can ICANN Help Protect My Trademark? It Sure Can.
As a business owner, you recognize that intellectual property can be as valuable as your real estate and other tangible business assets. For this reason, you have invested a substantial amount of time, money, and resources into developing and creating a recognizable trademark. Consumers have come to identify your high quality goods and services with your trademark.

ICANN selects Terremark to host Global L-Root server
ICANN has selected Terremark Worldwide, a provider of IT infrastructure services, to host its second instance of the Global L-Root server.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Africa's Internet registries lag
Africa lags behind other regions when it comes to the size of its Internet domain registrations, with the biggest registry being SA's .za, which has 400 000 registrations, says communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri.

au: Beat the domain name gold rush
The sale of pizza.com for two million dollars is a reminder businesses need to lock in their internet domain names now before the Australian rules change. Currently it?s awkward, but not impossible, to sell a .com.au domain name, but the Australian domain administrator, auDA, has announced it will allow Australian names to be traded sometime this year.

Com.au - a rich resource for domainers
It is wonderful to see a prediction come true. The Australian domain governing body (AUDA) has finally taken the first steps to liberalizing the com.au namespace. Several years ago I predicted that this is the direction that AUDA would take simply on the basis that there is too much money to be made by liberalising the com.au namespace. This change means that domain name owners will be able to sell .com.au domains to anyone, not just if the name is in dispute.

EU domain name nears three million registrations
The .eu domain has cemented its place in the top ten most popular top-level domains after registering a further 300,000 new domains last year.

.eu domain name celebrates it second birthday
In the past two years 2.8 million European internet identities have been registered, making .eu, at its second birthday, the fourth most popular top level domain in Europe and the ninth worldwide.

300,000 .eu Web domains were created last year
What do Milka, Bridgestone and Versace have in common? They all chose the newly created ".eu" as the Top Level Domain (TLD) for their on-line Web presence. During the past two years, businesses, NGOs and EU residents have secured more than 2.8 million European Internet identities, making .eu, at its second birthday, the fourth most popular TLD in Europe and the ninth worldwide.

Indonesian Electronic Information and Transaction Bill of March 2008
Indonesia has recently passed a bill covering the Internet that focuses upon both web content and business transactions, although the Government admitted one goal of the new legislation was to ?block porn sites.? Clamor from some circles for the Government to crack down upon lewd websites is stronger in Indonesia than in the West, given its majority Muslim population and their official emphasis on decency. A former Dutch colony, Indonesia is the world's most expansive archipelagic state and contains the world's largest Islamic population. ... What About Cyber-Squatting? Section 26 of the Bill recognizes that registration of domain names is generally and fairly done on a first come, first serve basis. Yet, this principle does not excuse registration in bad faith, where the actor trespasses upon fair competition, and nor should they infringe upon rights of others who have a justifiable right to the use of a name. The law here names the illegality,
 being ?To break another person's right means to break any registered mark, name of registered legal entity, name of well-known person, and similar kind essentially inflicting a loss upon another person.?

Registrars Prepare for All-New ccTLD - .ME
.ME Registry officials today announced the roll-out plan for .ME, the new domain name extension. .ME is expected to be utilized as both a personalized Web address and as a catchy business marketing tool around the world. The registry will begin accepting .ME applications in May, for the start of what is known as the General Sunrise Period, a time when only trademark owners can apply. However, registrars who sign up before that time can start accepting Sunrise and Landrush applications and pre-registration requests, as soon as they?d like. As was the case with .ASIA, multiple parties will be allowed to submit applications for the same domain name. Domain names that receive more than one application will go to an auction process.

?.ME? Domain Name Sunrise and Landrush Dates Announced!
Originally announced by DotSauce here the country of Montenegro was granted the .ME domain name top-level by ICANN. It was later announced that GoDaddy.com and the Affilias Registry will be managing the new .ME domain names.

Dot TK Introduces Virtual Fish
Dot TK - the registry for .TK domain names, today announced the launch of the Dot TK Ambassador Program - an affiliate system where users can earn Virtual Fish. The Ambassador Program is not a clickthrough referral service, but a system that enables new registrants to register a Dot TK domain name without leaving the Ambassador's website.

Significant progress for the .travel registry
Addressing the Annual General Meeting of The Travel Partnership Corporation, Tralliance President and CEO, Edward A. Cespedes, reported significant progress with the .travel Registry and its effects on the global travel industry.

Lessons from Cyber Storm II
When things start to go bad on the Internet, communication is the critical element in an effective response, participants in the recent Cyber Storm II exercise said Wednesday at the RSA Security conference. ?There was still a shortfall in information sharing,? said Randy Vickers, assoiate deputy director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), the national center for first response in cybersecurity.

Better co-ordination the key to fighting cyber-attacks: Cyber Storm II Outcome
Co-operation between different organisations is the key to coping with co-ordinated cyber-attacks. That's the view of Gregory Garcia, assistant secretary for cyber security and communications at the US Department of Homeland Security describing the build-up to the Cyber Storm II exercise completed last month.

RSA: Cyber Storm II Builds Network To Defend Against Cyber Crisis
Among the goals for Cyber Storm II, a government-sponsored computer security exercise that occurred last month, was testing information sharing capabilities across organizations during a crisis.

Cyber risk 'equals 9/11 impact'
The US homeland security chief has made a heartfelt plea to Silicon Valley workers to stand up and be counted in the fight to secure the cyber highway. Michael Chertoff invoked the attacks of 9/11 as he sought to galvanise IT professionals and security experts.

US security chief: cyber-threats 'on par' with 9/11
One of America's most senior security officials has said that the threat posed by cyber-crime is "on a par" with the attacks of September 11, 2001.

DHS Chief: Feds Need Help to Defend 'Net Against Cyberattacks
Cyberattacks directed against critical infrastructure targets pose one of the greatest threats to national security in the post-9/11 era, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the RSA security conference this week.

Chertoff on Cybersecurity: 'Reverse Manhattan Project' Needed
After working for years to prevent cyberterrorist attacks on the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security has approached the private sector for help. At a talk given to information security professionals at the RSA Security Conference, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned that a cyberterrorist attack would hurt the U.S. as much as the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001.

U.S. cyber readiness lagging, panel says
Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated, more organized and more dangerous, according to security experts at this week's RSA show.

Web page can take over your router [IDG]
On Tuesday, researcher Dan Kaminsky will show how a Web-based attack could be used to seize control of certain routers.

RSA '08: Vulnerability could permit router control
Researcher Dan Kaminsky said he has discovered a browser vulnerability that potentially puts millions of users of wireless routers and other web-facing devices at risk to a domain name system (DNS) attack.

As Storm fades, botnet fight goes on [IDG]
When Owen Walker was arrested for masterminding a massive international network of compromised computers last year, it seemed like a major victory in the war against botnets. ... According to one botnet hunter, not much has changed. "I'm sorry to report this, but it did not make a dent in my workload," answered fellow panelist Joe Telafici, vice president of Avert operations with McAfee. "The problem today is many orders of magnitude worse than it was."

Network Solutions; Closer Scrutiny or More Poor Decisions?
Andy Beal and I have both talked some about Network Solutions and their recent policy decisions as to how they manage their domain name purchasing services. Well TechCrunch is reporting that now Network Solutions has adopted the practice of ?hijacking unassigned sub domains? by placing ads on these sub domains without notifying the site owners.

Internet Error: Baidu Will Welcome Bad Internet Requests In China
Chinese Internet search engine Baidu.com (BIDU) has signed a deal with China Netcom (CN) to provide search results on pages when users accidentally mistype or visit incorrect website URLs.

.net Interview: Vint Cerf
It?s 10 years since his last major interview with .net, and ?the father of the internet? is far from retirement. In fact, he?s currently hoping to take the internet beyond the confines of our planet. Oliver Lindberg talks to the one and only Vint Cerf

Go Global With Go Daddy's Internationalized Domain Name Service [news release]
Imagine trying to install a high-definition television using instructions printed in a language you neither speak nor read. Now imagine how much easier it would be to get your message across by communicating in your target?s preferred, native language. GoDaddy.com is helping make the Web truly universal with Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs.

Sale of domain names a hot business in India
Cyber squatters may have made their life a tad difficult, but enterprising individuals have managed to make an honest living selling domain names ? with auction portal eBay India alone recording one sale every eight hours.

iREIT lets three letter domains go for under $1,000.
Domain investors know the value of three character domains. These domain names are in limited supply and often represent acronyms of large organizations. Although poor ones sell for under $10,000, it?s not unusual to see them sell for six figures.

Sedo Introduces New Customer Support Center
As springtime approaches, Sedo is pleased to announc the launch of its new online Customer Support Center

Sedo Upgrades Support System
Sedo is a big success in the domain industry especially for a company that exploded onto the seen earlier this decade. But one complaint I hear is that its support is non-existent. Although non-existent is a bit of a stretch, I certainly share in this frustration.

Yahoo! Gets In Bed With Google
Yahoo! said Wednesday it has launched a trial advertising partnership with Google that could lead to a broader deal.

Yahoo Makes Ultimate Concession, Tests Google Ads
The move is another attempt by Yahoo to project a range of alternatives to a merger with Microsoft. Microsoft claims a formal deal would be anti-competitive.

Yahoo to test delivering some Google search ads
Yahoo Inc. said today that it is beginning a test to deliver relevant Web advertising from Google Inc. alongside its own search results.

Yahoo to try using Google for search ads
Yahoo will test the use of Google advertisements on some of its search pages, the companies said Wednesday, a move that raises the possibility of a significant departure from Yahoo's present ad strategy.

Yahoo to test Google search ads [IDG]
Yahoo will test displaying Google search ads in a small number of its search engine queries, a move likely to be interpreted as the latest in a series of Yahoo maneuvers to resist Microsoft's acquisition attempt.

Available Domain Names: Resources, Tools and Services
Here are some excellent places to find free and fee based available domain names lists. Often times you will need to subscribe to an email newsletter or sign up for forum membership to access these resources. And by free I mean the domains you find have always been available or have recently expired.

How much is my domain worth: Part two
Continuing my review of criteria for valuing domains. This time I want to cover criteria that do play into the potential valuation of a domain name.

Pizza.com domain makes huge pile of dough
Software company owner Chris Clark is rolling in dough - he's just sold the pizza.com domain name for $2.6 million (NZ$3.26 million).

Pizza.com Web Domain Sold For $2.6 Million
The domain owner worked with Sedo, an online auctioneer of domain names, to broker the deal.

Is Direct Navigation Too Expensive?
At an entrepreneurs? retreat in Mexico earlier this year, I stumped about domain names and how entrepreneurs can use them to their advantage. One of the topics was using generic domains for ?direct navigation?. For example, an entrepreneur who sells sports equipment might use BaseballBats.com to direct targeted traffic to his site.

Attending Domain Roundtable
I was asked a question in a forum recently: ?if I really thought attending a Roundtable conference will be beneficial to domainers?? It didn?t take me long to answer that question. Yes. I believe participating in any conference can be beneficial. If you take advantage of any of the networking opportunities, meeting new potential business partners, speak with companies about their tools offerings, attend sessions that can aid in portfolio performance and of course take full advantage of all the party events, you will find it worthwhile. Really it comes down to being successful in making a new business connection or gain knowledge on new technology / tool to increase traffic or find out about an available domain name that would enhance your portfolio and your return on investment is made. The conference has paid for itself.

How much for an online slice of pizza?
As internet legends have it, Sex.com sold for $12m. No-one was really that surprised; the business opportunities there are, um, well established. Business.com sold for $350m, and Vodka for $3m, all curiously, if not rather crudely, commoditising our lives.

Most Chinese Say They Approve of Government Internet Control
Many Americans assume that China's internet users are unhappy about their government's control of the internet, but a new survey finds most Chinese say they approve of internet regulation, especially by the government.

Net is playground for parents as well as children
Parents are far more likely to use the internet regularly than adults without children, according to research published today, and what they are doing online varies with the age of their offspring.

Internet?s a family affair [news release]
Research announced today from the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA) reveals that adults who live with children are more engaged online than those who don?t, indicating that family needs and wants are shaping web behaviour. The first ever ?Digital Families? Report, the latest in the EIAA Mediascope Europe series, reveals interesting insights into the digital lifestyles of Europe?s online families. The research shows that almost three-quarters (73%) of people living with children are logging on to the internet each week, compared with only half (52%) of those without. They are also engaging in a wider range of digital activities than those that live without children, ever extending the depth and complexity of their experience. This increases the opportunity for brands to engage with their audience online and means that marketers must develop targeted and effective online strategies to appeal to today?s online families and meet
 their specific lifestyle needs.

Google and Yahoo to share web ads
Yahoo and Google, the world's two biggest search engines, have announced a two week experiment that will see them share advertising space.

UK online ad spend set to topple TV
Online advertising spending in the UK shot up by 38 per cent to ?2.8bn last year, and is on track to knock TV off the number one spot by the end of next year, according to figures published today.

Study Gives High Marks to U.S. Internet
Contradicting earlier studies, conventional wisdom and politicians? rhetoric, European researchers say that the Internet infrastructure of the United States is one of the world?s best and getting better. The Global Information Technology Report issued on Wednesday found that the United States now ranked fourth in the world behind just three European nations: Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. Last year the United States was ranked seventh.

World Economic Forum Report: Assessing the State of the World's Networked Readiness (pdf)

Kiwi ICT stacks up well in global survey
New Zealand has again placed 22nd in a global survey that ranks countries on their ability to benefit from new information and communications technology.

The Battle for Mobile TV Standard Dominance
The European Union, as a bloc, may be backing Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) as its preferred mobile TV technology, but whether European consumers embrace that platform remains to be seen.

New player joins online Scrabble battle
The online battle for the hearts of Scrabble players has intensified after RealNetworks, one of the official rights holders of the game, rolled out an authorised version on Facebook to rival the popular Scrabulous application.

RealNetworks introducing Scrabble version on Facebook
RealNetworks is quietly introducing a version of Scrabble on Facebook, despite pledging to save Scrabulous, the wildly popular, unauthorized online version of the board game.

eBay Australia to accept cash and PayPal only
New security changes to auction website eBay Australia will affect the way buyers purchase goods, and funnel more funds into its coffers.

PayPal mandatory, says eBay Australia
Online auction website eBay is using Australia as a guinea pig to trial a new policy where all other modes of payment are barred except its own transaction gateway, PayPal.

BBC announces Nintendo Wii deal
The BBC's iPlayer video service will soon be available via the Nintendo Wii. The video download and streaming service that lets people catch up with BBC programmes will soon be a channel on the hugely popular game console.

Japan develops brain and eye pills for gaming fans
Gaming addicts with sore eyes and tired brains may be able to perk up with "Game Suppli," a new Japanese supplement developed specifically for the country's thousands of fanatic players.

Facebook Reportedly Near Accord Over Origin
Facebook may soon close an uncomfortable chapter in its brief history: a legal dispute over its origins. According to a person briefed on the talks, the company is completing a settlement of a suit brought by three former Harvard students who contend that the original idea for the social networking site belonged to them.

SpongeBob is the real threat to our kids online
Ask a parent what they're most afraid of when their kids go online and the answer is unlikely to be SpongeBob SquarePants. Few fear that their children will be indoctrinated into a bizarre new society by Nickelodeon's box-shaped poriferan. They're being naive.

MySpaceTV lands global TV distribution deal
A company founded by Rupert Murdoch's daughter will help News Corp's MySpace distribute Web shows on television and DVDs outside the United States, as the world's largest social network seeks an audience away from the computer.

Call to increase online data protection for teens
The rules that limit websites and marketers from collecting data on children under 13 may spread to teens as old as 18 if a group of child advocates has its way.

Japanese phone company testing scent downloads [AP]
Japanese cell phone users will test a new service that allows them to download fragrances, major telecommunications company NTT Communications Corp. said Monday. Twenty participants using "Mobile Fragrance Communications" can download files of specific scents accompanied by music or video clips, the company said in a statement.

NTT Com to Pilot Test Mobile Fragrance Communication Service [news release]
NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced today that it will conduct a pilot test of its new Mobile Fragrance Communication (Kaori Tsushin Mobile) service, a mobile version of an existing service for enjoying downloaded audiovisual content together with specific fragrances that are emitted by a dedicated device. The pilot test will run from April 10 to 20.

Spam levels remain steady in March
Spam accounted for 96.63 per cent of all email scanned in March, making it the third consecutive month that junk mail levels have remained steady.

Africa Goes Wireless
Naabala is a traditional East African Maasai warrior. He has a bright red shukha blanket draped over his shoulder and a baton-like weapon, called a conga, tucked in his belt. As we walk together, his many necklaces jangle as he tells us about his first lion hunt - at the age of 16 - stopping only to show us which plants cure fever and which ones are poisonous.

Thieves of identity data offering sales discounts [AP]
Fierce competition among identity thieves has driven the prices for stolen data down to bargain-basement levels, which has forced crooks to adopt mainstream business tactics to lure customers, according to a new report on Internet security threats. Credit card numbers were selling for as little as 40 cents each and access to a bank account was going for $10 in the second half of 2007, according to the latest twice-yearly Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec Corp., to be released today.

UK bank details 'for sale for ?5'
British bank account details are on sale online for as little as ?5 in so-called cyber-crime supermarkets, a report says. Criminals are also targeting social networking sites, according to a web security firm report into online crime.

Social Networking Accounts Prized By Cybercrooks
Cyber criminals increasingly are moving away from trying to break into computers directly, choosing instead to target Internet users where they spend much of their time online -- at social networking Web sites, new data suggests.

Malware count blows past 1M mark
Symantec Corp.'s malware tally topped 1 million for the first time in the second half of 2007 as the number of new malicious code threats skyrocketed, the company said in its semiannual report on the state of security.

Online crooks target social networking sites [AAP]
Social networking websites are fast becoming a key target for online fraud, according to a new report. The latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report for the second half of 2007 reveals there were 87,963 "phishing hosts" for that period, an increase of 167% from the first half of 2007.

Symantec Report Reveals Malicious Attacks Focused Toward Trusted Web Sites [news release]
The latest Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume XIII released today by Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) concludes that the Web is now the primary conduit of attack activity, as opposed to network attacks, and that online users can increasingly be infected simply by visiting everyday Web sites. The report is derived from data collected by millions of Internet sensors, first-hand research and active monitoring of hacker communications and provides a global view of the state of Internet security. In the past, users had to visit intentionally malicious sites or click on malicious email attachments to become a victim of a security threat. Today, hackers are compromising legitimate Web sites and using them as a distribution medium to attack home and enterprise computers. Symantec noticed that attackers are particularly targeting sites that are likely to be trusted by end users, such as social networking sites.

Google to Help Curb Web Porn in Brazil [AP]
The head of Google in Brazil said Wednesday the Internet giant will take actions to stop child pornography and hate crimes on a social-networking Web site used here ? but he did not offer to provide user information to officials.

'Crimeware as a service' the next big thing
'Crimeware as a service', where criminals use online cybercrime services instead of running their own servers and software, is the latest development in internet crime, according to a report.

Websites and designers face prosecution in new French anorexia law
Promoting extreme thinness will become a criminal offence punishable by a jail sentence under a government-backed law that was tabled yesterday in France to combat anorexia nervosa.

Regulations not making data safer, says RSA chief
An increasingly complex and cumbersome regulatory environment may be forcing many companies to focus their information security efforts purely on meeting compliance and audit goals rather than on understanding and addressing business requirements, warned Art Coviello, president of EMC Corp.'s RSA security group.

ye: Prosecution questions cyber gang
Sana?a city?s General Prosecution on April 8 began investigating a gang specializing in web piracy, the first such investigations to occur in Yemen. The Ministry of Defense?s 26sep.net web site reports that the General Department for Combating Terrorism and Organized Crime arrested three gang members after a local web hosting company, Rawasi, reported to security authorities about the destruction of several Yemeni web sites by the gang.

au: Telstra-ACCC deal puts heat on Google
Telstra has settled a dispute with the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission over the actions of its classified advertising division, which leaves search engine giant Google as the sole target of the competition watchdog's case.

US courts chip away at Web sites' decade-old legal shield
For more than a decade, Web site operators have enjoyed a broad legal shield against lawsuits filed over material posted by their users, which has let user-driven sites like YouTube and MySpace.com flourish.

Pakistan's Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, 2007
Pakistan has finally passed an IT crimes bill meant to generally regulate the Internet sector and also punish those using the web for terrorism. The legislation was put into law on December, 3I 2007. The law stipulates penalties of anywhere from six months imprisonment to the death penalty for 17 types of cyber crimes. The bill covers such high-tech crimes of cyber terrorism, criminal access, criminal data access, data damage electronic fraud, electronic forgery, misuse of electronic system or electronic device, unauthorised access to code, misuse of encryption, misuse of code, cyber stalking.

Search engines warned over data
Search engines should delete personal data held about their users within six months, a European Commission advisory body on data protection has said. The recommendation is likely to be accepted by the European Commission and could lead to a clash with search giants like Google, Yahoo and MSN.

Search engines must delete data after six months, say watchdogs
Search engines must delete search logs after six months if they are to comply with data protection laws, according to a committee of EU countries' privacy watchdogs. Google has said that the findings do not take account of commercial reality.

EU warns Google over keeping search records
Search engines would be forced to delete personal information they collect about their users after six months under new guidelines put forward by European authorities.

Google defends user data policy after EU report
Google Inc on Monday defended a policy of retaining data on Web users for up to 18 months as necessary to improve search results, responding to an EU report that saw no need for search services to keep personal data beyond six months.

Independent Leading article: In search of online privacy
It will come as no surprise to anyone who has used the internet that online search engines retain a history of our previous searches and the identity of our computer. Indeed, it often makes our life easier to find that a page we have previously visited remembers us. But how long would most of us estimate that websites hold this information for? A day, perhaps? A week?

EU wants to slash search data retention period to six months
The EU's top data protection experts have concluded that search engines should only keep user data for six months and should be forced to treat IP addresses as "personal information."

Civil liberties groups challenge Data Retention Directive in ECJ
European civil liberties groups have lodged an objection to the EU's Data Retention Directive with the European Court of Justice, claiming that the Directive breaches a fundamental right to privacy guaranteed in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Australian Labor to revamp Privacy Act
The Rudd Government is ready to overhaul the 20-year-old Privacy Act and build a privacy regime to serve modern Australia, Special Minister of State John Faulkner has told a business breakfast marking the 1988 introduction of federal privacy laws.

Privacy fears as Google hits the road in Australia
Highly detailed panoramic street-level photos of much of Australia will soon be published by Google, but the executive in charge of the project is making no assurances that private homes, faces and number plates will be obscured.

uk: Phorm warned about web data rules
Ad-targeting system Phorm must be "opt in" when it is rolled out, says the Information Commissioner Office (ICO). European data protection laws demand that users must choose to enrol in the controversial system, said the ICO in an amended statement.

Phorm?s All-Seeing Parasite Cookie
Cookies have gotten a bad rap. They are a little bit of Internet technology that has been associated in some strands of popular discussion with the darkest strains of Big Brother online. In fact, cookies do help some Internet companies track some information about users, but there have been significant limitations on what they could see.

Tangled up in the new web: Privacy, safety, plus ads and restrictions: it's Web 3.0, Annalee Newitz reports.
Web 2.0 is well established, and sites such as YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Digg have turned the internet from a static source of information into a huge, interactive digital playground. But where to next? What will the next stage of web culture - which some people call Web 3.0 - be like? The expectation seems to be that profound changes are on the way. If Web 2.0 is about generating and sharing your own content, Web 3.0 will make information less free. Privacy fears, new forms of advertising, and restrictions imposed by media companies will mean more digital walls, leading to a web that's safer but without its freewheeling edge.

Why ISPs loathe the BBC iPlayer
Charles Dunstone certainly has an eye for publicity. The head of Carphone Warehouse (and of its "free" broadband service TalkTalk) last week threw back the request from the BPI, which represents the music industry, that TalkTalk begin implementing the "three strikes and you're out" policy. This is the policy mooted to tackle people who download (well, perhaps upload too; or upload only; it's not clear) copyrighted material they don't own.

BBC and ISPs clash over iPlayer
A row about who should pay for extra network costs incurred by the iPlayer has broken out between internet service providers (ISPs) and the BBC. ISPs say the on-demand TV service is putting strain on their networks, which need to be upgraded to cope.

Internet firms clash with BBC over iPlayer
More than 40m BBC programmes have been watched on the corporation's iPlayer, raising fresh concerns from internet companies that the system's success could halt broadband connections.

BBC iPlayer 'risks overloading the internet'
The success of the BBC's iPlayer is putting the internet under severe strain and threatening to bring the network to a halt, internet service providers claimed yesterday.

uk: Carphone Warehouse 'irresponsible and unreasonable', says BPI
Music industry body the BPI has labelled Carphone Warehouse irresponsible and unreasonable over its refusal to ban customers over illegal file-sharing amid reports that it will seek an injunction against the company to enforce claimed legal rights.

Egypt bloggers prepare second strike on regime
Galvanised by their call for a general strike on Sunday, Egypt's cyber dissidents have set a new date for anti-regime action on May 4 as an 80th birthday present for President Hosni Mubarak.

Indonesia bans YouTube, MySpace
Indonesia's Information Minister Mohammad Nuh has ordered internet providers to ban access to popular sites like YouTube and MySpace. The ban aims to prevent Indonesians from accessing a Dutch anti-Islam film.

Indonesia blocks access to YouTube over anti-Koran film
At least four Indonesian firms providing Internet services have blocked access to the YouTube Web site for carrying a Dutch lawmaker's film that accuses the Koran of inciting violence, an information ministry official said on Tuesday.

Indonesia Blocks Web Access Over Film [AP]
Indonesian Internet companies blocked access to YouTube and MySpace on Tuesday, heeding a government order aimed at stopping people from watching an anti-Islam film by a Dutch lawmaker.

uk: Pupils posing as paedophiles in cyber-bullying, police warn
Children as young as 10 may be posing as predatory paedophiles on internet networking sites to frighten boys and girls they have fallen out with, police revealed yesterday. Officers have warned parents and children to be vigilant after as many as nine youngsters in Padstow, Cornwall, were targeted through the networking sites Bebo and MSN.

au: Girl assaulted by Internet 'friends', two arrested
Two 20-year-old Sydney men have been arrested over the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl they allegedly met on a social networking website.

Virginia first US state to require Internet safety lessons [AP]
On the screen at the front of the classroom, Virginia assistant attorney general Gene Fishel flashed an online social-networking profile of "hotlilflgirl," a 15-year-old who says she enjoys being around boys and wants to meet new people.

us: Disturbing Trend: Teens Consenting To Sex Parties
CBS station KTVT-TV in Dallas has an exclusive look at the troubling trend of local teenagers taking part in sex parties. One Dallas family wants you to know what happened to them.

us: 'Teen girl bashed to make YouTube video'
Eight teenage girls charged in the United States with beating another teenage girl so they could allegedly post the attack on YouTube were typical "cewebrities", a leading Australian psychologist said today.

nz: Tech-savvy parents can help put the boot into cyber bullies
Whenever new technology appears, bullies quickly take advantage of it, twisting it to intimidate and humiliate. Cyber bullies exploit every new gadget and craze that comes along, inflicting immeasurable damage upon others.

NZ copyright laws updated for digital world [NZPA]
A bill that brings copyright laws into the digital age was passed by Parliament yesterday, but has already copped criticism.

There are concerns a new copyright law will threaten free speech
The Copyright New Technologies Amendment Act, passed on Tuesday, is designed to update and clarify copyright law, and keep up with advances in technology.

News Corp. May Join Yahoo Bid With Microsoft
Rupert Murdoch?s News Corporation is in talks with Microsoft about joining in its contested bid for Yahoo, according to people involved in the discussions. The combination, which would join Yahoo, Microsoft?s MSN and News Corporation?s MySpace, would create a behemoth that would upend the Internet landscape.

Report: Yahoo, AOL may combine forces; News Corp. talking to Microsoft [IDG]
Yahoo is in talks with Time Warner on a deal to combine Internet operations with AOL, while News Corp. is in talks with Microsoft to jointly bid for Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Yahoo attacks Microsoft bid tactics
Yahoo today attacked Microsoft as it again rejected its takeover offer, paving the way for a hostile bid for the internet firm. A joint letter published by the Yahoo chairman, Roy Bostock, and its chief executive, Jerry Yang, this morning accuses Microsoft of "mischaracterising the nature of our discussions" in the letter it published on Saturday.

Yahoo! chairman Roy Bostock presses Microsoft to up bid
Yahoo! said today it was willing to enter into advanced negotiations with Microsoft about a potential takeover, if the software giant was prepared to up the value of its bid for the search engine.

Yahoo Rejects Microsoft Bid Again
Yahoo on Monday reiterated its rejection of a takeover offer from Microsoft, again calling it too low.

The Yahoo! Deal - Yahoo!'s Strip Tease
Will it be Google or AOL? Yahoo! executives are willing to team up with competitors to craft a new future for their company--provided those competitors don't include Microsoft. But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer still has a card to play: He's enlisted the support of Rupert Murdoch to create a partnership that would involve combining Yahoo!, Microsoft's MSN and News Corp. social-networking site MySpace.

As Deadline Looms, Comments Roll In for FTC's Behavioral Ad Principles
It's crunch time for behavioral targeting stakeholders, as the deadline looms for public comment on the Federal Trade Commission's proposed self-regulation principles on the practice. The consensus so far, among marketers and Web companies at least, is this: The document should more narrowly define behavioral targeting, and draw a clearer distinction between first and third-party ad targeting systems.

Aust internet lagging behind the world: Telstra
Telstra says Australia is still falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to internet speeds, despite the completion of its new broadband project.

Kiwis still paying up for phone services
New Zealanders are still paying high prices for both mobile and fixed-line phone services by international standards, the Commerce Commission says. Releasing its 2007 telecommunications market monitoring report today the commission said, however, there were signs of increasing competition with most average retail prices falling.

Kiwis still paying high phone prices - report
The prices paid by many New Zealanders for mobile and fixed line services are high by international standards, the Commerce Commission says.

Commerce Commission releases 2007 telecommunications market monitoring report [news release]
The Commerce Commission has released its 2007 telecommunications monitoring report analysing the state of New Zealand telecommunications markets. This is the first annual monitoring report after recent amendments to the Telecommunications Act empowered the Commerce Commission to monitor competition in telecommunications markets and their performance and development. The report also benchmarks the performance of the New Zealand telecommunications markets against OECD data.

Wireless Services Expand Net for Sierra Leone
Though the purchasing power of many young Sierra Leoneans is still a limiting factor, the advent of wireless services in Sierra Leone has enabled more people to embrace the use of the Internet. Many young people are opting for the most affordable services offered by major ISPs (Internet service providers) in the country.

CTIA: FCC chair vows to quash Skype open-access petition
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told CTIA Wireless this week that he will urge his fellow commissioners to dismiss a petition filed by Skype Ltd. last year that asked the commission to force carriers to completely open up their networks.

Canadian regional firms likely to vie for wireless spectrum [Reuters]
Canada's established wireless companies should ready themselves for the possibility of at least one new national competitor following the spectrum auction that kicks off next month, but the arrival of several smaller and nimbler regional players is also likely, analysts say. In all, 27 companies have been listed by Industry Canada as qualified bidders in the auction that starts May 27. Of those, the potential new entrants are a varied bunch.

China's 3G Failure
China Mobile will start selling heavily subsidized TD-SCDMA phones in eight cities from April 1. Officially it's a trial, because 3G licenses have not yet been issued. In reality it marks the commercial launch of 3G in China.

In-flight texting plans for Air NZ
Air New Zealand passengers may soon be able to send text messages during flights. The airline has indicated change is on the books to the New Zealand aviation regulations prohibiting cellphone use in-flight, with proposals to allow in-flight text messaging.

British airlines to pioneer mobile calls this summer
One of the last refuges from the mobile phone will be breached before the end of the year after the European Commission yesterday set out the rules for in-flight mobile use.

WiMAX takes its place in the mobile broadband patchwork - Motorola takes the lead
Much of the 4G picture remains cloudy, but one thing is clear ? the next generation of wireless networks will be based on the OFDMA/MIMO/IP combination shared by the most prominent contenders, LTE and Mobile WiMAX.

WiMax offers inroad to mobile broadband
WiMax may offer fixed and smaller operators a better chance to enter the mobile broadband market over HSPA (high-speed packet access), said a Huawei executive at this week's WiMax Forum Congress Asia 2008.

uk: 3 to push VoIP and instant messaging
The smallest mobile-phone operator in the UK, 3, is to heavily promote IP telephony and instant messaging on its network, its chief executive has said.

nz: Challenge over child porn images
A computer systems administrator has challenged an investigation that used sophisticated recovery software to find deleted child pornography files on his home computer. Defence counsel Tony Garrett asked whether what was recovered from the computer -- deleted files or fragments that had not yet been overwritten by other material -- was still a computer file.

NZ Judge attacks child porn delays
A judge has criticised authorities for "unacceptable" delays that are allowing known users of child pornography to continue their offending. But the Department of Internal Affairs says it is working "flat out" to combat the plague of child pornography with the resources it has.

NZ Man with child porn sentenced for year
An Ashburton man who was caught with child pornography will spend the next year behind bars. Robert Fraser plead guilty to 14 charges involving possession, distribution and making objectionable publications.

NZ: Challenge over child porn images [NZPA]
A computer systems administrator has challenged an investigation that used sophisticated recovery software to find deleted child pornography files on his home computer. Defence counsel Tony Garrett asked whether what was recovered from the computer -- deleted files or fragments that had not yet been overwritten by other material -- was still a computer file.


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