[DNS] domain name news - April 17

[DNS] domain name news - April 17

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 01:38:49 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today'sedition of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - alreadyonline!

Headlines from the April 21 edition of the news include:
FCC Net Neutrality Hearing Draws Diverse Views | Net neutrality debatespreads to Europe by Milton Mueller | AT&T: Internet to hit fullcapacity by 2010 | Despite guidelines, assigning Net domain names istricky | A Journey Through Time (20 years of .at / 10 years of nic.at)| Back in the USSR: Soviet Internet domain name resists death | Expertssplit on "cyberterrorism" threat | Storm clouds looming for Internet,experts say | ISPs' Error Page Ads Let Hackers Hijack Entire Web,Researcher Discloses | IWF Seeks Registries Involvement to Tackle ChildAbuse | Domain Name Sales Boom During Real Estate Bust | ComScoreStands By Google Research | T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Goes Down Under

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


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Russians Snub ICANN with IDN SU Registrations

Latest issue of ICANN magazine out

DotAsia Goes Live With Thousands of Registrations

Trading in .au Domain Names Starts in June

.CA reaches the one millionth registration milestone

12 millionth Domain Name Registration for .DE


Experts clash over cyberterrorism threat [Reuters]

Sound the alarm, IPv6 execs say [IDG]

Industry execs sound IPv6 alarm?is the sky really falling?

motel.co.nz : will it drop?

Study: Google Lost Share of Search Ad Dollars to Yahoo

Google bots are crawling in a new way


Russians Snub ICANN with IDN SU Registrations
As we reported back in February 2007, ICANN is still attempting to delete the obsolete SU (Soviet Union) extension but having little success. While they have managed to decommission the .YU (Yogoslavia) extension successfully they are finding rebellion among Russian webmasters, ISPs and the Registry itself.

Latest issue of ICANN magazine out
The April issue of ICANN's magazine is out. It was emailed to subscribers on Friday night and was been posted online on Monday 14 April. The April edition of the magazine include updates on three policy areas: translation, SSAC, and new gTLDs. It also provide summaries of all 2008 Board meetings so far; interviews with the CEO and NomCom chair Hagen Hultzsch; the history behind ICANN's efforts to deal with domain tasting; and sections covering recent blog discussions, public comment periods, and other ICANN-related news.

Twomey Misstep or Misquoted?
A recent article at GulfNews.com talked about new TLDs and positioned domaining in a negative light. As in past mainstream media coverage, legitimate domain owners weren?t called cybersquatters this time around.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
DotAsia Goes Live With Thousands of Registrations
There have been over 10,000 domain registrations for each of the first five days of open registrations, DotAsia have announced. Since then, there have been between 2,000 to 4,000 new domains registered each day. The most popular countries for registrants have been China followed by Australian, New Zealand, Indian and Korean registrants. US and Japan are also among the top 10 countries registering .Asia domains.

Asia Go-Live Opens with over 10,000 New Domains Registered Each Day
An average of over 10,000 new .Asia domains were successfully registered daily for the first five days upon opening of the first-come-first-served phase (Go Live) of .Asia domain registration. Since then a steady flow of 2,000 to 4,000 new domains are being registered each day.

Trading in .au Domain Names Starts in June
There are changes coming soon to the transfer policy for .au domain names that will enable the transfer, and hence sale, of domain names to eligible parties. So no longer will that unused domain name sit in the bottom drawer, assuming a buyer can be found. The new policy comes into place on June 1, 2008.

.CA reaches the one millionth registration milestone
The Canadian ccTLD, .ca, is the latest ccTLD to reach the one millionth domain name registration, reaching the milestone on Tuesday. Although a long way behind the 12 million registrations for .de and 10 million for .cn, it is still a significant landmark.

Canada reaches one million dot-ca online addresses
One million Canadian Internet users have registered websites ending with the dot-ca (.ca) suffix, making it the 17th largest Internet domain registry, Canada's domain name registry reported Tuesday.

Canada Hits One Million Dot-Ca (.ca) Internet Addresses
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced today that Canadian Internet users have registered one million dot-ca (.ca) Internet domain names. As one of the world?s most wired nations, Canadians continue to use the Internet for personal and business reasons in ever increasing numbers. Reaching the one million dot-ca domain name milestone demonstrates Canada?s strong Internet presence and the popularity of Canadian websites.

12 millionth Domain Name Registration for .DE
The twelve millionth .de domain name was registered on April 14 DENIC have announced. DENIC is the first ccTLD to reach this landmark, although China?s ccTLD, .cn, is closing rapidly having reached its ten millionth registration earlier this year.

News of DENIC: A Dozen and Counting [news release]
12 million domains now registered under .de ? Most successful country code Top Level Domain in the world still heading for success

12 million .DE domains
Domain names are proving as popular as ever in Germany, with the 12th million .DE domain being registered on April 14.

German registry registers 12 millionth .de top level domain [sub req'd]

NZ Internationalised Domains Names - Second Consultation [news release]
Previously, comment has been sought on potential issues associated with the implementation of IDNs in .nz, along with any other issues that the IDN working group (WG) should consider. A meeting of the IDN WG was held on the 18th of February to discuss the submissions we received.

Dot-Pro Takes Step Toward Global Availability for Professionals
Qualified businesses and professionals can reserve their business names, trademarks, and personal names on a first-come, first-served basis prior to the rule changes using EnCirca's ProForwarding service. Trademark owners may protect their intellectual property in advance of any rule changes by using EnCirca's ProForwarding service as well.

A Parti Qu?b?cois member of the national assembly is trying to drum up support to create a distinct Quebec identity on the World Wide Web. Daniel Turp has started a petition to convince the ICANN, the international authority responsible for Internet domain names, to create an extension that would be unique to websites in Quebec.

Upgraded client honeypot available to the masses
Enhancements to its client honeypot Capture-HPC mean the Honeynet Project tool is now usable by non-experts, says one of its developers, Victoria University?s Christian Seifert.

Experts clash over cyberterrorism threat [Reuters]
International experts have called for greater cooperation to fight threats to computer networks, but they differ on the definition of cyberterrorism, with a top British security official describing it as a "myth".

Larger Prey Are Targets of Phishing
An e-mail scam aimed squarely at the nation?s top executives is raising new alarms about the ease with which people and companies can be deceived by online criminals.

S'pore pledges US$52M against cyber threats
The government today announced it will pump S$70 million (US$51.6 million) over the next five years to boost its cyber defenses and guard against emerging threats.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Sound the alarm, IPv6 execs say [IDG]
The sky is falling on the number of global IP addresses, and IPv6 is the solution, executives from major technology companies said Wednesday. The exhaustion of available IP addresses using IPv4 brought out the alarmist side of many industry executives. "It's a crisis -- not a market-oriented event," said Akinori Maemora, chairman of APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre), speaking at the Global IPv6 Summit in Beijing. "We have just three years until IPv4 addresses are depleted. These changes will come suddenly," he said.

Industry execs sound IPv6 alarm?is the sky really falling?
At the Global IPv6 Summit in Beijing this week, executives from the Internet industry have come together to share bleak predictions about the future of the Internet. According to Tony Hain from router vendor Cisco, within three years, we'll be flat out of the addresses used in the current version 4 of the Internet Protocol. After that, "changes will come suddenly."

US Government IT Survey Shows IPv6 Confusion and Low Adoption for Virtualization Management Tools [news release]
IPv6 readiness and virtualization management proved to be key issues in the second annual Federal IT Trends Survey, conducted by IT management solutions provider ScienceLogic. Administered at FOSE 2008, over 100 federal agency IT managers, systems administrators and network engineers were polled on various topics within federal IT, including Green IT solutions, virtualization and FISMA compliance.

Should Companies Let Affiliates Use Trademarks in Domain Names?
Companies need to be careful when allowing affiliates to use their trademark in domain names.

Melbourne IT doubles profit
Melbourne IT has posted $13.8 million in profit after tax for the year ending 2007, an increase of 117 per cent over the previous year. In 2006 Melbourne IT registered a profit of $6.4 million, it said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

Survey: Security Top Concern for Domain Name Registrants
According to Domain Name Wire?s 2008 survey of 841 domain name industry participants, security is the number one selection criteria when choosing a domain name registrar.

France: Linking can be damaging to your pockets
A recent decision by the Paris Tribunal has condemned 3 different French websites for linking to another website containing gossip information on the French actor Olivier Martinez. The actor has decided to sue 3 websites (Fuzz.fr, Vivre-en-normandie.com and CroixRousse.net) for linking to external websites that presented the respective information.

US Registrars and the Sudan Sanctions Program of the US Treasury Department by John Berryhill
Two news items of recent interest have raised a distinction between the duty of registrars to comply with the law of their jurisdictions versus subjective "content regulation". The first item was the, to some, shocking news that the United States Government has certain sanctions in place relative to the nation of Cuba. Whether the Cuba sanctions program is meritorious, effective, or productive, is not relevant to the program's existences as the law of the United States. The discovery that the registration of domain names constitutes a commercial service, coupled with the discovery that a United States internet domain registrar was providing domain name registration services to a Spanish travel agency providing Cuban travel services, sent a few ripples of shock through the internet community that the United States government would dare to enforce its laws against a company doing business in the United States. 

U.S. Domain Name Registrar Conduct A Ticking Time Bomb
Attorney John Berryhill addresses an important issue that seems to be ignored by some U.S. based registrars: Doing business with Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) and countries under US sanctions is against the law.

motel.co.nz : will it drop?
There is just 1 week to go in what could be the most valuable .nz domain name to expire in recent times.

Asia's rise helps drive logos into shade
Forget the bricks and mortar for a minute, and just dream of owning a universal domain name identity in cyberspace, along the likes of priceline.com, food.com, creditcards.com or cheapflights.com, as such identities are valued in tens of millions and continue to double in price every year.

VeriSign CEO, president gets $8.1M in 2007 compensation [AP]
William Roper, the president and chief executive of VeriSign Inc., which runs some of the Internet's core systems, received compensation in 2007 valued at $8.1 million, according to a proxy statement filed Wednesday.

S. 2661 is a Fox in Sheep?s Clothing? Why Call it an Anti-Phishing Bill When It Is Also A Trademark Bill?
Chuck Kisselburg at the ICANNblog makes a good point about he so-called Anti-Phishing Bill, Senate Bill 2661. While the bill is not close to becoming a law at this juncture, Chuck correctly notes that "the bill feels like a fox in sheep?s clothing as the bill?s name suggests a bill against anti-phishing. Instead the bill not only discusses anti-phishing but seems to be based around the use, or misuse of domain names."

The ten most expensive domain names ever
This week, domain name broker Sedo sold the highly-desirable domain name pizza.com for the cool sum of $2.6 million. And while that's an impressive amount of money to pay for something that doesn't actually exist, it still doesn't quite crack the top ten list of most expensive domain names ever sold.

Study: Google Lost Share of Search Ad Dollars to Yahoo
If the results of a study by SearchIgnite, a search advertising technology firm, prove representative of the broader search market, something unusual happened in search ads in the first quarter: Google lost share to Yahoo in the United States.

Yahoo gains in search ads vs Google: Report [Reuters]
New industry data out on Tuesday showed Yahoo may have started gaining share in the web-search ad market against Google, even as Google's share of search audience inched up.

Google bots are crawling in a new way
Google's search bots, which scour the web constantly for new pages, have begun a new, more active phase of their indexing jobs.

Microsoft's Yahoo play rewrites script
The latest developments in the Microsoft-Yahoo affair have advertising executives contemplating a drastically different landscape in the online ad world.

Microsoft proposes new ad privacy structure
Microsoft has proposed a five-tiered privacy plan that it believes should underpin online advertising.

Electron Interactive Announces Acquisition of Storage.com and 1-866-STORAGE
Electron Interactive have breathlessly announced the acquisition of the domain name Storage.com in the first of a series of major domains acquisitions the Internet firm is planning to make. However, the exact terms of the transaction are not being disclosed but they are claiming it be one of the largest domain name transactions to take place in 2008.

Vulcan Case Moves Forward
The Vulcan Golf vs Google et al (including IREIT, Dotster, Sedo and Oversee) case has been green-lighted by the court to move forward. However the court has ruled in favor of the defendants to dismiss some of the other charges including the conspiracy, consumer fraud and RICO charges

Canadian Domainers Feel Pain of Rising Loonie
Canada has launched its share of superstar domainers including Kevin Ham and Adam Dicker and domain companies such as Tucows and Live Current Media. You?d think they are happy that the Canadian Dollar, also known as the loonie, has met parity with the U.S. dollar. But that may not be the case. Consider that they generate revenue mostly in depreciated U.S. dollars but have to pay employees in appreciated Canadian dollars. Ouch.

Iceland, Scandinavia top Internet users [AFP]
Icelanders and the Scandinavians are Europe's top internet users, the GfK market research group found in a study published today. In Iceland, an estimated 88 per cent of the population aged 14 and above use the internet regularly, followed by 81 per cent in Finland, 76 per cent in Norway, 76 per cent in Denmark and 73 per cent in Sweden, the survey showed.

au: Mobile web 'commonplace' within a year
Research tracking Australians' propensity to use their mobile phones to access the internet indicates use of the mobile internet will be commonplace within a year.

Australians steer clear of mobile web [AAP]
Most Australians are reluctant to surf the web on their mobile phone, a new survey has found. The survey, released by Sony Ericsson and 3 mobile, revealed that 91 per cent of respondents don't use their phone for accessing the internet, believing it costs too much or offers a poor user experience.

ACCC to probe Australian eBay policies
eBay Australia has applied for legal protection as it seeks to force members to use a payment gateway it owns for buying and selling goods. From June 17, eBay plans to institute new payment arrangements that would do away with direct deposits, personal cheques or money orders to purchase items - all in the name of enhanced security.

ACCC probe of eBay's PayPal forcing
The competition watchdog is examining whether eBay Australia breached trade practice laws by forcing its users on to PayPal.

UK internet ads rise despite cuts in marketing
Internet advertising is coming out on top as overall marketing budgets see a second consecutive quarter of cuts, and planned spending for the rest of the year suffers further downgrades, according to the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) quarterly Bellwether report.

Yahoo moving to new Web-crawler software
Yahoo has begun indexing the World Wide Web with its third-generation software, Slurp 3.0, the company said Monday.

US surfers watch 10 billion videos a month
US internet users viewed more than 10 billion online videos during February, representing a three per cent gain over January, according to new research. The latest comScore Video Metrix data shows that the number of videos accessed represented a 66 per cent increase compared with February 2007.

More than 10 Billion Videos Viewed Online in the U.S. in February [news release]
comScore released February 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service, indicating that U.S. Internet users viewed more than 10 billion online videos during the month, representing a 3-percent gain versus January (despite February being two days shorter) and a 66-percent gain versus February 2007.

US broadband penetration jumps 300 per cent
Broadband penetration in the US has increased by more than 300 per cent since 2002, according to new research. Analyst firm Scarborough Research found that 12 per cent of US adults had a broadband connection in their household in 2002, compared to 49 per cent who subscribe currently.

Google tightens US web search stranglehold: More than 6.4 billion core searches in March
Americans conducted 10.8 billion web searches in March, a nine per cent increase compared with February, new monitoring data reveals. The latest comScore qSearch report found that Google Sites extended its share of core searches in March to 59.8 per cent, up from 59.2 per cent in February.

comScore Releases March 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings [news release]
comScore, Inc. released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. March 2008 saw Americans conduct 10.8 billion core searches, representing a 9-percent increase versus February. In March, Google Sites extended its share of core searches to 59.8 percent, up from 59.2 percent the previous month. Yahoo! Sites ranked second with 21.3 percent, followed by Microsoft Sites (9.4 percent), AOL LLC (4.8 percent), and Ask Network (4.7 percent).

Mobile browser market taking off
The mobile browser market is currently "transforming" and sophisticated web browsing software will be installed on 1.5 billion handsets by 2013, analysts predict.

China's web users turn chatrooms red
Chinese web users, stung by international criticism of China ahead of the Beijing Olympics, have splashed red across the internet by adding hearts and "CHINA" to their names when chatting online in a show of support.

Not everybody loves Facebook: Poll; One in four Canadians finds site more negative than positive
It has emerged as one of the most popular ways to connect with friends, family and long-lost acquaintances, but nearly one-quarter of Canadians believe Facebook has played a more negative than positive role in society, a new poll suggests.

au: Employers Taking Chances When Blocking Facebook Too, Says Deacons [news release]
Australian employers' approach to on-line social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace may be influencing their efforts to recruit young workers, according to new research by law firm Deacons. In the Deacons' Social Networking Survey 2008, almost half of those who used social networking sites at work said that if given a choice between two jobs equal in all other respects, they would choose an employer which allowed access to these sites over one which did not.

Workers refuse jobs with no Facebook
Bosses who block access to MySpace and Facebook at work risk losing valuable staff to other companies, new research has found.

Aussies least likely to play up on work PCs
Australian workers are among the least likely to use their office computers for personal use, according to an international survey. The survey, released by software industry group Business Software Alliance (BSA), found that only 22 per cent of Australian workers download non-work-related software on their office computer, compared with 55 per cent of Asian workers and 48 per cent globally.

Cubans allowed to buy mobile phones
Cubans have been mobbing mobile phone shops in Havana now that they are able to openly buy the devices for the first time.

Cubans line up to buy cellular phones for first time [Reuters]
Hundreds of Cubans lined up at state-owned telephone offices on Monday as the new government under President Raul Castro began selling cellular phone service to the general public for the first time.

Cubans Line Up for Cell Phone Service [AP]
Lines stretched for blocks outside phone centers Monday as the government allowed ordinary Cubans to sign up for cellular phone service for the first time.

Spam related Web pages appear every three seconds
One spam related web page is appearing approximately every three seconds on the Internet according to Sophos?s latest quarterly spam report.

New spam site found every three seconds
New figures suggest that 92.3 per cent of all email sent globally during the first three months of 2008 was spam. The data from Sophos also indicated that 23,300 new spam-related web pages were created every day during the period, or one about every three seconds.

Spam wars: Anti-spam vendors can't thwart the spam boom. Is it time for an e-mail tax?
Tech vendors have made headway in the war on spam, yet spammers are returning volley with sheer numbers. Perhaps it's time for more drastic measures? These are the rumblings from InfoWorld Test Center analysts, who reviewed anti-spam e-mail appliances and released their findings last week.

Mobile Phones Play Role in Zimbabwe [IDG]
It's well-known that mobile phones are revolutionizing communications across the globe, particularly in developing countries where landline infrastructure is lacking in many rural and urban areas. They are the only means of communication for hundreds of millions of people, and have opened up economic opportunities for their owners, who can use them to find out about job openings, advertise services, or operate complementary businesses such as charging phone batteries.

ITU Nets $55 Billion for Connect Africa Launch
The launch of Connect Africa has raised US$55 billion in project funding, according to the secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union, Hamadoun Tour?.

ISPs Meddled With Their Customers' Web Traffic, Study Finds [IDG]
About one percent of the Web pages being delivered on the Internet are being changed in transit, sometimes in a harmful way, according to researchers at the University of Washington.

Two held over Mid-East undersea cable damage
Two ships have been impounded in Dubai after satellite images indicated that they may have been responsible for the damage to undersea cables which left large parts of the Middle East without proper internet access.

RIPE NCC Publishes Analysis of Mediterranean Cable Outages
On the morning of 30 January 2008, two submarine cables in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged near Alexandria, Egypt. The media reported significant disruptions of Internet and phone traffic in the Middle East and South Asia. About two days later, a third cable was cut, this time in the Persian Gulf, 56 kilometers off the coast of Dubai. In the days that followed more news on other cable outages came in.

Hackers exploit poor website code
Web designers making very old mistakes are letting malicious hackers hijack visitors to their sites, say experts. Many of the loopholes left in the code created for websites have been known about for almost a decade say the security researchers.

Online crime's impact spreads
There appears to be no end to the cybercrime wave despite daily headlines about the latest computer breach and the best efforts of hundreds of security companies. The latest estimate: $200 billion a year, rivaling the illicit markets for drug trafficking and money laundering, according to several security experts and law-enforcement officials.

US courts erode protections for online publishers
Two recent judgments could erode vital protections there for web publishers in the US. The rulings could undermine protections from liability for user-posted material previously enjoyed by publishers.

Stream of Wikileaks and other leak websites slippery for banks, churches, even Guantanamo
Lately, the world is springing a lot of leaks. Ask Julius Baer Bank of Zurich, or the Church of Scientology. Ask the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Ask any agency or entity listed on Wikileaks.org's "Analysis Requested" page, a long list of "fresh" documents the site has received from leakers and whistleblowers around the globe.

Fears over Phorm advert system privacy
Online advert system Phorm could make the net less secure and breaches human rights, the service's creators have been told. Phorm's bosses met with members of the public in London to discuss concerns around its controversial deployment.

Microsoft to FTC: Think Bigger Than Behavioral
As the Federal Trade Commission collected the final industry and public comments on its proposed self-regulation principles for behavioral targeting, Microsoft submitted a response of its own signaling it would prefer a broader approach.

Microsoft Offers Plan for Ad Data Self-Regulation
Microsoft has leapt into the brawl surrounding a recent proposal by the Federal Trade Commission Latest News about Federal Trade Commission to tighten restrictions on online advertising E-Mail Marketing Software - Free Trial. Click Here., responding with its own five-tiered plan for self-regulation.

Piracy costing movie makers billions
When Shari Hyman tried to buy some pirated DVDs of first-run movies in February, she and her friends went to Canal Street, New York City's discount marketplace.

Comcast, Pando Call for Pact on P2P Rights [IDG]
Comcast and Pando Networks, a maker of peer-to-peer software, have kicked off a drive to create a "P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" to help settle the conflicts between broadband providers and some P2P users.

Comcast wants 'bill of rights' for file-sharers and ISPs [AP]
Comcast Corp., under federal investigation for interfering with the traffic of its Internet subscribers, said Tuesday it wants to develop a "Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" for file sharing.

Comcast Bill of Rights unnecessary in open source world
All the brouhaha concerning whether Comcast can create a ?Bill of Rights and Responsibilities? for Internet users is misplaced. Like any small Wireless ISP, Comcast has the right, indeed the responsibility, to manage its network so every customer gets as much of it as practical.

US Senator: Let's monitor P2P for illegal files
A prominent Senate Democrat on Wednesday said federal and local police should use custom software to monitor peer-to-peer networks for illegal activity, and wants to spend $1 billion in tax dollars to make that happen.

Tesco takes on iTunes with DRM-free music
Tesco launched an audacious bid to take on iTunes today, with the announcement of a music and film download service that will compete directly with Apple's store.

Zune VideoX: Microsoft?s iTunes killer?
Zune Marketplace is no iTunes killer. But maybe Zune VideoX will (at least attempt to) be.

Peter Griffin: Legal downloads likely to struggle
It looks like we'll have a movie download service in New Zealand this year allowing you to legally download movies and TV shows to your computer in the same way you've been able to do with music for years through services such as iTunes and Digirama.

UAE's du starts restricting Internet access [Reuters]
The United Arab Emirates' second telecom operator du began blocking on Monday Web sites that conflict with the country's moral values, raising concerns among residents about freedoms in the booming Gulf state.

Pirate Bay launches uncensored blogging site
The Pirate Bay, a popular BitTorrent tracking site, has launched a blogging service where bloggers won't have to fear censorship, according to TorrentFreak. The new blogging site, dubbed BayWords, is powered by Wordpress and will eventually make money off ads.

If you block online porn, you'll surely block dissent in China
The issue of whether the internet can be censored, and how governments are trying to do it, continues to be fought around the world. The OpenNet Initiative, a collaborative partnership of four leading academic institutions, has produced a book-length analysis - Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering. It's a primer in methods and an atlas of studies. The first sections provide an analytical framework. Then prohibitions are examined across dozens of countries. The results show that far from the earlier idea of the internet destroying nations, nations are, arguably, domesticating the internet (or at least trying hard). As one telling sentence puts it: "A key aspect of control online ... is that states have, on an individual basis, defied the cyberlibertarians by asserting control over the online acts of their own citizens in their own states."

Action urged on child abuse sites by IWF
A concerted international effort could see the end of websites that profit by selling images of child sex abuse, it is claimed. The UK's Internet Watch Foundation conducted research to identify how many sites trade such images and concluded there are 2,755 such sites worldwide.

Fewer than 3,000 websites produce bulk of child porn
Fewer than 3,000 English-language websites produce the bulk of child pornography images, according to the first authoritative analysis of the scale of the problem, published today.

UK web watchdog wants global attack on online child abuse [Reuters]
Hundreds of child abuse websites around the world could be shut down if countries worked together to tackle the problem, an internet watchdog said in a report.

Australian Industry code offers safer online experiences [news release]
The IIA released its draft code of practice for internet content providers for public comment. The deadline for responses is 15 May 2008. The Internet Industry Association (IIA) launched its draft code of practice for internet content providers for public comment. The deadline for responses is 15 May 2008.

ACMA welcomes release of draft industry code of practice to promote safety of children using online and mobile phone content [news release]
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has welcomed the release of the Internet Industry Association?s (IIA) draft industry code of practice for online and mobile content services for public and industry consultation.

Google tackles child pornography
Google engineers have adapted a software programme to help track child sex predators and search for patterns in images of abuse on the web.

YouTube's video recognition software used to fight child porn [Reuters]
Google is enlisting the same image-recognition technology the company uses to trace copyright violations on its YouTube video site to fight online child pornography.

Google adapts copyright-ID technology for child-porn fight [AP]
The fight against child pornography is getting an assist from technology designed by Google Inc. to help identify copyright-protected clips on its YouTube video-sharing site. Four Google employees used their "20 percent time" - during which the company encourages them to pursue unofficial, out-of-the-box projects - to customize the copyright software for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's program for identifying children in sexually explicit photos and video.

Google tech to help fight child pornography
After a long silence from Google on the kids front, the search giant is now regularly raising its hand to help children's advocates on the Internet.

Study says Cyber bullying common in Japan school Web sites
Japan has over 38,000 unofficial middle and high school Web sites that are not overseen by the schools, and harassment, sexual content, and violent slang are prevalent among them, an education ministry survey showed.

Video games classification arrives in S'pore
Dual-rating system promises greater variety of video games in the country, and aims to protect the young from unsuitable content, says the Media Development Authority.

Software tracks child porn traffickers online
Police investigator Flint Waters types "toddler" on his laptop keyboard, and in the time it takes to read this paragraph, up pop dozens of pictures and videos that show young children being sexually molested. "This is all live," meaning the files are currently being traded, Waters says. There are rapes of toddler in such innocent settings as diaper changes or bath time, and even more violent acts.

Is Australia's Proposed National Broadband Network Good Enough?
The OECD has released a report that provides a broad overview of developments in optical fibre technologies in the last mile, that is, between subscribers' premises and telecommunication switches and in the backhaul part, from the switches to the core of the network. Issues related to the deployment of last mile fibre networks, their costs and related regulatory issues are also raised in the report, called Developments in Fibre Technologies and Investment.

Australian band-Aid approach to cyber security
Allowing companies to intercept their employees' emails without their consent, as proposed by the Federal Government, would do little to protect the nation's critical infrastructure from a potentially devastating attack from hackers and terrorists, according to cyber security experts.

Planned ASIO surveillance laws under fire
A Senate Inquiry has been told proposed amendments to electronic surveillance laws will allow ASIO and police to further intrude on people's privacy. The inquiry sitting in Sydney today is looking at proposed changes to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Bill.

Concerns raised as government demands universal wiretapping
Sweeping reforms will make it easier than ever for law enforcement to intercept communications if amendments to the Telecommunications (Interceptions) Act are agreed upon by a Senate standing committee.

au: Civil liberties expert slams email spying plans
The head of the Australian Council of Civil Liberties, Terry O'Gorman, says tighter laws to protect Australia against cyber terrorism threats are not needed.

au: Email spying shouldn't be business responsibility: Oppn
The Federal Opposition says a proposal to increase counter-terrorism laws by letting employers monitor staff emails will put an unnecessary burden on businesses.

Australian government wants power to snoop work e-mail, IMs
In the US, it's mostly assumed that when you work for a company, your e-mail, web, and chat traffic may be monitored by IT staff. This is usually meant to ensure that you're not leaking company information, wasting too much time e-flirting with the person the next cube over, or downloading porn on company time. Still, most people (who don't work in government) operate under the assumption (mistaken at times) that, unless something goes horribly wrong at work, they have some level of privacy in their office communications. That may no longer be the case in Australia, though, if certain changes go into effect that will give companies and law enforcement the right to snoop on all employee communications whenever they please, without employee consent.

au: Businesses get green light on IM interception
Businesses will be able to intercept e-mail and instant messaging communications under proposed changes by the federal government to prevent data leakage.

NZ music labels unlikely to opt out of 'iPod' change
The Recording Industry Association says record companies are unlikely to try to use "opt out" provisions in the amended Copyright Act to prevent people from copying music from CDs to iPods, MP3 players, telephones and computers.

New copyright laws hoped to embrace the digital age
Parliament has given New Zealand's outdated copyright laws a reboot to embrace the digital age.

New Zealand joins rush to amend ISP laws
New Zealand?s Parliament passed a series of controversial amendments to its Copyright Act on April 8: The Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Bill updates the Copyright Act 1994 and ?will maintain the balance between protection, access and use already established in the original Act,? according to associate commerce minister Judith Tizard.

Australian call to ban anorexia websites
A federal Labor MP has called on the Government to follow France's lead and ban pro-anorexia websites, which promote extreme thinness and methods for self-starvation. Anna Burke said she had been calling for ban on anorexia websites for some time.

France targets anorexia in media
France's National Assembly passes a bill to make promotion of anorexia and extreme thinness a criminal offence.

France bans websites promoting anorexia 'cult'
Internet sites and blogs which peddle the gospel of an "anorexic lifestyle" to teenage girls were outlawed by the French parliament yesterday. The law is the first attempt anywhere in the world to stamp out the "pro-ana" movement, a cult-like attempt to promote anorexia as a lifestyle which began in the United States eight years ago.

Ofcom ponders future of Britain's fast net
Super-fast broadband could be delivered via the underground pipes of the UK's water and electricity companies, regulator Ofcom has said. It is conducting a survey of the UK's ducting network to see its suitability for carrying fibre networks.

Ofcom sets out agenda for next-generation broadband
Ofcom yesterday tried to take control of the debate over how to create the next generation of super-fast broadband in the UK when it suggested the nation's sewers, electric pipes and underground telecom ducts could be used to carry new cables.

Put broadband in sewers, says Ofcom
Broadband cables should be put in sewers to help cope with the soaring demand for online video content, media regulator Ofcom is saying.

Ofcom sets out agenda for next-generation broadband
Ofcom yesterday tried to take control of the debate over how to create the next generation of super-fast broadband in the UK when it suggested the nation's sewers, electric pipes and underground telecom ducts could be used to carry new cables.

uk: Delivering super-fast broadband to new build homes and businesses [news release]
Ofcom today published proposals to promote next generation broadband networks for new housing and office developments. It also announced a survey of UK infrastructure to examine the scope for extending these networks elsewhere. The proposals seek to encourage investment in super-fast broadband with speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s*, while promoting competition in the provision of these services.

Singapore set to be regional media hub
In their first joint press briefing together, the Media Development Authority (MDA), Economic Development Board (EDB) and Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Wednesday highlighted some of the local media sector's recent developments. Christopher Chia, MDA's CEO, identified Singapore's broadcasting industry as a "big area of strength and growth", outlining the increasing number of co-production deals brokered with international production companies.

Growth of New Zealand's ICT industry falls sharply
Sales from New Zealand's information and communication technology industry increased 3.3% to $18.2 billion in the 2007 financial year, Statistics New Zealand says, a growth-rate well down on the previous year.

New-look eBay beats forecasts with 22% rise in quarterly profit
Online auctioneer eBay posted a 22% rise in first-quarter net profit last night, beating analyst expectations, with its revamped website adding buyers for the first time in a year.

Russian government enacts Byzantine WiFi regulations
It is often said that the opposite of progress is paperwork. The incomprehensibly self-defeating wastefulness and inefficiency of the legislatosaurus never ceases to depress me, but for once, America's idiocracy has been outdumbed by a Russian government agency which has proposed one of the most breathtakingly inane policies that I have ever had the misfortune of witnessing: mandatory registration of all WiFi devices.

Nokia pushes '4G wireless' plans
Nokia, the world's largest handset manufacturer, has signed up Sony Ericsson, NEC and Alacatel-Lucent to its plans for a 4G wireless system. The companies have formed a licensing framework for their patents for the emerging mobile standard, called Long Term Evolution (LTE).

T-Mobile betting on 3G to close on high-speed competitors
T-Mobile USA is late to the high-speed wireless party, but it's going low-cost to catch up. While rivals such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint Nextel have been talking recently about building new 4G wireless networks, T-Mobile--which will begin offering 3G wireless service this summer--is leveraging cheap, unlicensed Wi-Fi technology to bring true broadband speed over wireless networks to some of its subscribers today.

ACMA seeks feedback on five year spectrum outlook plan
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released two papers on how to address the critical task of spectrum planning through to the yeaer 2014.

Australia Launches Consultation on Future Radio Spectrum Plans
The Australian Communications and Media Authority says that it is seeking industry feedback on two documents that together provide guidance on how ACMA is intending to approach the task of addressing demand for radio spectrum.

ACMA releases future directions for spectrum planning and management with key principles and five-year outlook [news release]
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking public and industry feedback on two documents that together provide guidance on how ACMA is intending to approach the critical task of addressing demand for spectrum going forward.

Five-year Spectrum Outlook 2009?2014
ACMA invites comments and feedback on the information in this document and the value of the initiative more generally. ACMA also seeks information from stakeholders on spectrum demands or issues that are not already identified in this document but feel should be included.

Telstra to meet CDMA April cutoff date
Telstra has met the requirements of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy for the shutdown of the CDMA network, which will be switched off permanently on April 28.

ACMA unveils regulatory approach to VoIP services [news release]
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has announced a new approach to dealing with the regulation of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services.

Strategy to engage VoIP providers in new compliance program
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a three-strand approach to regulating Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services which includes the introduction of a compliance program. ACMA acting chairman, Chris Cheah, said the new regulatory approach to VoIP aims to strike a balance between being effective while still promoting innovation.

ACMA to crack down on VoIP services
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched a three pronged approach to ensure that all VoIP service providers in Australia's burgeoning VoIP industry are aware of and comply with all the applicable regulation.

How ACMA Plans To Regulate VoIP
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is planning to take a new approach to dealing with the regulation of VoIP service providers. Speaking at the CommsDay Summit 2008 in Sydney, Chris Cheah, Acting ACMA Chairman explained how the organisation was adopting a three-strand approach to VoIP which included a review of existing regulation and a new "VoIP engagement strategy" to better understand the regulatory framework and ACMA's approach.

au: Valley View man had 34,000 child porn images
A SOUTH Australian man found with 34,000 images of child pornography will be assessed by a psychologist before facing sentencing submissions next month.


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