[DNS] domain name news - 15 November

[DNS] domain name news - 15 November

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 19:32:13 -0800 (PST)
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.

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ICANN, the luckiest organisation around?

au: TPP Domains breaches Registrar Agreement

Salmond is 'dot scot' champion

Scotland to apply for .scot

Sharp Increase in Top Level Domain Exploitation, APWG Researchers

Can Ky. seize Web bet sites? Judges deciding [AP]

Developer for George W. Bush library Web site paid $35K to buy back domain name

AdSense For Domains Now Available For All US Publishers

IGF 2008: Epilogue by Brenden Kuerbis
While the uncertainty surrounding attendance at this year?s IGF was mostly unfounded (there were more than 1200 attendees despite the Mumbai attack, an amount comparable with previous years IGFs), the usual doubts surfaced about what the Forum is accomplishing. Nonetheless, it seems that more participants are pushing the Forum to engage in substantive policy debate, and to identify a process for producing tangible outputs.

What is the IGF for? by Milton Mueller
Patrik F?ltstr?m, one of the panelists at the IGF security session blasted by IGP?s Michel van Eeten in a December 5 blog, has responded. Patrik?s response makes it clear why the IGF often generates so much frustration among the people working ?together? on it. It?s very good that this disagreement has taken place. It tells us a lot about what is going on. Two very different ? and almost inherently incompatible ? visions of the Forum are revealed by this exchange. I would go further and say that if Patrik?s conception prevails, the IGF will not last for the next five years.

Internet Governance Forum: ACTA A Possible Show-Stopper For IP Progress by Monika Ermert
The third annual United Nations-led Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad, India this month addressed a range of topics related to intellectual property rights and the free flow of information, and provided a venue for doubts about a closed-door international anti-counterfeiting treaty negotiation being led by the United States and Japan.


New gTLD video with Kurt Pritz by Kieren McCarthy
During the recent meeting in Cairo, ICANN together with Domaine.info produced a number of videos covering the main sessions and topics, with each video fronted by a member of either the staff or a chair of the relevant supporting organization or advisory committee.

ICANN may review new TLD fees
Last Monday ICANN held a new gTLD Q&A session hosted by the GNSO Council. The subject of ICANN's proposed fee structure for initial evaluation and annual registry fees was once again at the centre of much of the discussions, during which it transpired that said fees may well be revised in the forthcoming second draft applicant guidebook (DAG), due out in February 2009.

ICANN, the luckiest organisation around?
... But since taking my position on the Council after the close of the Cairo meeting, I've also discovered the other side of the coin. Council members must brave a constant deluge of papers, reports, ICANN updates and telephone meetings (3, sometimes 4 2-hour meetings a week). They must keep themselves up to speed with everything that's happening in the ICANN world, including of course topics that don't fall directly under the banner of their own Supporting Organisation. They must report to their individual constituencies, the Registrar Constituency in my case, to make sure the people they are elected to represent know exactly what's going on at SO level.

ICANN New TLD Policies
ICA encourages domain name owners to comment on the new gTLD implementation guidebook before the December 15th deadline. The biggest issue alarming many domain owners is the possibility that price controls will be completely removed for .com and other existing gTLDs. This could enable VeriSign to implement variable pricing for .com much like it does with .tv domains.

New Web address rules may bring opportunity, trouble [Orlando Business Journal]
Local businesses may face both marketing challenges and legal issues when the regulatory group that oversees Internet naming introduces new domain names starting in mid-2009.

Registries and Registrars; Like Peanut Butter and Jelly or Oil and Water?
ICANN has announced an extended public comment period on the Registries/Registrars report. ICANN has stated in a news alert: ?The public comment period on a report by CRA International on gTLD registries and registrars has been extended by one week to 15 December 2008.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
au: TPP Domains breaches Registrar Agreement
auDA has found that TPP Domains Pty Ltd, an accredited registrar, breached the Registrar Agreement by permitting a change of effective control of TPP Domains to occur without auDA's prior consent.

Revised Domain Terms and Conditions and revised Domain Guidelines as from 9 December 2008     
On 9 December 2008, a change of the DENIC Domain Terms and Conditions entered into force introducing the new povider change procedure. Additionally, we carried out editorial changes in the Domain Terms and Conditions as well as in the Domain Guidelines.

Salmond is 'dot scot' champion
Scotland's bid for independent recognition is to reach into cyberspace, as the SNP government prepares to mount an official application for a new domain.

Scotland to apply for .scot
The worldwide family of Scottish people will be linked by a .scot gTLD in the future, Scotland?s First Minister Alex Salmond said on the eve of a visit to the Spanish region of Catalonia to discuss links between the two, and in part to hear of the success of the .cat gTLD that now has 30,000 registrations.

Q&A - Jim Spowart: founder of the online bank Intelligent Finance on whether Scottish businesses would benefit from proposed plans to create internet domain names such as .scot or .sco
What do you think of the creation of a domain name just for Scotland? I think it can only be a good thing. For many companies the internet is a vital point of contact with its customers, a way to market themselves and reach out to a global market, and anything that will create a more unique and, in particular, Scottish presence on the web will surely be of great benefit.

Salmond backing DotScot web name
Scotland should have its own internet domain name, First Minister Alex Salmond has said. Ministers aim to create a Scottish web domain - ".scot" or ".sco" - and have set up a working group.

Scotland could soon be in a world wide web of its own [PA]
There is strong backing among Scottish and international organisations to create a separate internet domain name north of the border, research suggested today.

Salmond hails strong backing for Scottish internet domain name
SCOTTISH and international organisations have given strong backing to creating a separate internet domain name north of the border. Two Government surveys showed support among Scots organisations running at 58% and in an international poll the figure rose to 82%.

Top execs would roll up sleeves to fight cyber war, according to think tank study
Top executives of major corporations should expect to serve on new government cybersecurity panels if president-elect Barack Obama follows the recommendations released this week by a think-tank panel.

Sharp Increase in Top Level Domain Exploitation, APWG Researchers
A survey called "Global Phishing Survey: Domain Name Use and Trends in 1H2008", carried out by Greg Aaron of Afilias and Rod Rasmussen of Internet Identity, revealed that notorious phishing gangs are increasingly abusing explicit TLDs.

Can Ky. seize Web bet sites? Judges deciding [AP]
Kentucky authorities want to seize 140 Internet domain names, saying the Web sites bring illegal gambling within the borders of the commonwealth.

Kentucky Internet Gambling Case Resumes Tomorrow
It?s been nearly two months since Judge Thomas Wingate issued an order upholding the seizure and possible forfeiture of 141 internet gambling domain names in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The URLs in jeopardy include those belonging to the major online poker sites that still service U.S. customers, including FullTiltPoker.com and PokerStars.com. The Court of Appeals in Louisville, Kentucky will take center stage on Friday, when the parties involved argue in front of a three judge panel.

Quick decision anticipated in Kentucky Case
Pretty much as expected, there was no immediate decision Friday on the iMEGA and IGC vs. Kentucky state hearing in the Kentucky Appeals Court in Louisville...but the good news is that almost all of those present felt that the three judges hearing the case were very well prepared, asked many pertinent and probing questions, and that an early decision looks likely.

Jeff Reynolds at BoycottKentucky.com Explains How Kentucky Has Created Dangerous Precedent

Meg Whitman loses bid for governor domain names
Former eBay chief Meg Whitman has lost a claim for megwhitman2010.com and four other domain names that she says exploit her fame. An arbitration body said that fame is not enough to assert common law trade mark rights over a name.

ICA Amicus Brief Accepted by Court in CFIT Case
It has been a long wait, but the court hearing the suit brought by CFIT against VeriSign accepted ICA?s amicus brief. Bret Faucet, representing CFIT in this case, thanked ICA for its contribution to the case. CFIT is trying to try to get the court to reverse the decision by ICANN to award the .com contract to VeriSign without any competitive bidding and without providing compelling justification for the price increases.

Uh-oh: Gossip site buys up moguls' dot-com names
In what's probably one part prank and one part ironic statement, New York society-pages site Cityfile announced Friday that over the past few months it has been quietly snapping up domain names corresponding to the people it covers.

us: Miccosukees win judgment over websites
The Miccosukee Tribe won a default judgment in Miami federal court against a man who allegedly infringed on its name by registering website addresses to profit from it.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Countdown to IPv6 - it?s time to plan for migration by Aaron Condon, Acting ANZ Manager, Extreme Networks
Questions surrounding Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) have been debated for the past decade, beginning with when and why to deploy. The network address space problem on the Internet, which IPv6 is expected to solve, also has been disquieting for organisations planning ahead for their future network growth.

Netcraft November 2008 Web Server Survey
The November 2008 survey shows worldwide monthly growth of nearly three million websites, with responses now being received from a total of 185,167,897 sites.

Developer for George W. Bush library Web site paid $35K to buy back domain name
After losing a valuable piece of online real estate to enterprising cyber-squatters, the Bush presidential library has replanted its flag into that e-territory.

Co. buys back Bush library Internet domain name for $35K [AP]
George W. Bush's presidential library domain name has been retrieved after a Web developing company accidentally let it expire ? and it apparently came at a high price.

Oops - Bush Library Web Devs Pay Tenfold to Buy Back Domain Name [AP]
The company charged with developing the Web site for George W. Bush's presidential library lost track of the domain name it purchased for $3,000, despite knowing it was due to expire a few months later. Another enterprising firm bought the name for less than $10 -- then sold it back to the library site developers for $35,000.

Fast-Fingered Domain Squatters Flip Bush Library URL For $35K
Doh. Domain squatters snatched away the domain name GeorgeWBushLibrary.com and made an easy $34,990 profit on promptly selling it to back to Yuma Solutions, the web development company that let it expire.

AdSense For Domains Now Available For All US Publishers
Any US publisher with a domain name he or she isn?t using (yet) can now squeeze a couple of extra dollars out of it by using Google AdSense For Domains, another way for the search giant to make more money from online real estate and give some of it back to people with parked domains. The company is opening up to ?English-language AdSense publishers located in North America? in phases, but says it will soon expand to other regions and languages as well.

AdSense for domains program to all North American publishers
The big buzz in the domain industry over the past 24 hours has centered on Google's announcement yesterday that they have opened up their AdSense for domains program to all North American publishers (domain owners), with other regions soon to follow. That means that anyone can now park their domain names directly with Google.

Google Expands Adsense For Domains
Google announced today that they have extended their Adsense for Domains to all publishers. Although, the program is being opened to all publishers, Google will continue to monitor compliance. The Adsense Blog states that the program will be rolled out to North American English-speaking markets first and then expanded into additional markets and languages in the future.

How ?Google Direct? May Hurt You in the Long Run
Almost all of us were surprised today when Google said it was opening up its Adsense for Domains program. It used to offer domain advertising relationships only to people with massive traffic, then it shut down the application process completely, and now it?s offering it up to anyone with a domain. From talking to a couple sources, it sounds like Google partners were notified of this last week.

Google Offers Domain Parking Direct to Publishers

In a surprising move, Google is now offering Adsense publishers the opportunity to park their domains directly with Google, rather than using a second-tier provider such as DomainSponsor or Sedo. Domain Name News caught on to this official Google post earlier today.

au: Domain Names Under The Hammer
The Australian Domain Name Administrator (auDA) recently relaxed its rules on domain name transfers by introducing a new Transfers (Change of Registrant) Policy. Significantly, the policy allows domain name registrants to transfer or "sell" their .com.au domain name licences to any other eligible person or entity by any means. So what will be the effect of this relaxation in policy? Will the market be flooded by enterprising domain name registrants seeking to trade their .com.au domain names?

Pair of $150,000 Sales From Rick Latona's Live Auction in Australia Lead This Week's Domain Sales Chart 
... A pair of domains that RickLatona.com sold in their live auction at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Down Under in Australia Nov. 20 lead the pack. SanJuan.com and CR.com booked a healthy $150,000 each to tie for the #1 position on our new Top 20 chart. Latona also put Thinner.com on the Big Board (tied for 12th) at $15,000.

Slow Sedo Sales Week Sees giftideas.co.uk Top Seller
A slow sales week at Sedo in the week to December 1 with the top sale, and only sale over US$10,000, being giftideas.co.uk which sold for US$37,950.

Wrapping up Aftermarket.com Down Under Auction
The Aftermarket.com auction at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Down Under wrapped up last week. When the final gavel came down, it was an impressive sales rate of 80% of the auction inventory. As expected, the .AU domains were a hot commodity with 25 of the 28 being sold. In reviewing the bidding activity on those lots, they were the movers in the auction averaging 3 minutes bidding activity per domain. Add to those the no and low reserves, it was a frenzied bidding experience, challenging the auctioneer to keep up with the live and online bids.

Dating site 'prostitution', says Iran
A popular Iranian internet dating website that claimed to be helping people find a spouse and start families has been banned for "promoting prostitution", on the advice of leading Islamic clerics.

20% of teens say they've put nude pics of themselves online
... A survey of 1,280 teenagers (users age 13-19) and young adults (age 20-26) conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl.com has revealed that one out of five (20 percent) teens overall have posted nude photos or video of themselves on the Internet?that number goes up to a third when young adults are included. While 71 percent of teen girls and 67 percent of teen guys who have sent these photos say they've sent them to a boyfriend or girlfriend, 15 percent overall said they've sent nude photos to people they only "knew" online. For women, that percentage stays the same when they turn into young adults, although the percentage of young adult men goes up to 23 percent.

One in five teens engage in 'tech sex'
One in five teenagers say they have sent naked or partially-clothed images of themselves to someone by email or mobile phone, according to a poll in America.

In a virtual world of their own
A social space aimed at the global Muslim community might not seem a good idea in the face of recession, but its creator could be on to something

Australian court serves documents via Facebook
The big question about Facebook is does it have any valuable commercial application? Well it seems that the courts have found one. Today in what appears to be a first in Australia and perhaps the world, Master Harper of the ACT Supreme Court ordered that a default judgement could be served on defendants by notification on Facebook.

Facebook under fire for racist rants in Australia
Facebook has come under fire from Australian users for ignoring racial vilification on the site and failing to remove blatantly racist groups even though they have been flagged as offensive.

Survey Asks: Internet Access or Sex?
Intel came up with a novel way to show how important the Internet and computing have become in the lives of Americans. In conjunction with Harris Interactive, the company conducted a survey of adults in the United States under the prosaic-enough banner ?Internet Reliance in Today?s Economy.?

No headache needed: 46% of women choose Internet over sex
We have all done it before?something on the Internet is so intensely important, everything else can wait, including sex. According to new survey results from Intel and Harris Interactive, however, more women would give up sex in favor of the Internet than men.

UK Broadband internet access growth stalls as downturn hits
The growth of broadband as a means to access the internet in the UK has slowed to near-stagnation this year, as customers hold back from subscribing to new technology, according to research by Deloitte.

Australia ends June with 5.7 mln broadband subs - study [sub req'd]

Advertisers Face Hurdles on Social Networking Sites
For some time, Procter & Gamble, the world?s largest advertiser, has been dipping its big toes into the vast pool of Facebook, now the world?s largest social network. I recently knocked on the doors of both companies to hear how the experiment was going. Neither was inclined to say much.

VeriSign Survey Finds Nearly Ten Times as Many Consumers Feel Trust Is More Important Than Cost When Transacting Online [news release]
The findings of a recent consumer survey conducted by Synovate and commissioned by VeriSign suggest that consumers may be willing to forgo gimmicks and spend a little more online if they know their identities are protected.

Playing computer games improves brain power of older adults, claim scientists
The elderly should play computer games to keep their brains sharp, new findings by scientists suggest.

Commission unveils plans to 'green' ICT[fr][de] 
The European Commission will publish proposals next February to boost the use of smart technologies to combat climate change, Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told industry representatives in Brussels.

Andrew Keen: Community self-policing is the way to tackle internet child porn
What's the best way to fight child pornography and other illegal forms of child abuse on the internet? The British model focuses on the establishment of a democratically self-regulatory body called the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a community hotline to flag inappropriate content. In Australia, in contrast, the government has introduced a trial net filtering system designed from above to stop adults downloading child porn.

Safety, education, and empowerment on YouTube
We've always been committed to providing you the tools to have the best possible YouTube experience. Educating parents, teens, and families on how to stay safe on our site is a critical part of that commitment, so we can't think of a more appropriate place to introduce our new Abuse and Safety Center than at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference in Washington, D.C., today.

us: Sony BMG Music Settles Charges Its Music Fan Websites Violated the Children?s Online Privacy Protection Act [news release]
Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Sony Music) has agreed to pay $1 million as part of a settlement to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the Children?s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Commission?s implementing Rule. The Commission?s complaint alleges that, through its music fan Web sites, Sony Music improperly collected, maintained and disclosed personal information from thousands of children under the age of 13, without their parents? consent. The civil penalty to be paid by Sony Music matches the largest penalty ever in a COPPA case.

Sony music unit accused of disclosing personal data of children [Bloomberg]
Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the recording company of Justin Times and Bruce Springsteen, has been sued by the United States for collecting and disclosing personal data about 30,000 young children without informing their parents.

U.S. sues Sony Music over children's online privacy
Sony BMG, which is changing its name to Sony Music Entertainment, was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. government, which accused the music company of violating federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children.

Verizon Enhances Parental Control Resource Center for TV, Wireless and Online Services [news release]
To help them manage their children's digital experiences, Verizon is making it easier for parents to find and access the online parental controls and resources for customers of the company's online, FiOS TV and wireless services.

Group wants National Safety Officer under new Obama's CTO
President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to appoint a federal Chief Technology Officer when he moves into the White House next year. But won't someone think of the children? The Family Online Safety Institute wants the new CTO's office to include a National Safety Officer, who would work with a proposed US Council for Internet Safety to help keep kids safe online, and oversee a $100 million education program.

Virginia seeks revival of its anti-spam law
Virginia's attorney general asked the nation's highest court Thursday to revive a state anti-spam law struck down by a lower court as unconstitutionally overbroad.

Flurry of Spam Targeting the Federal Bureau of Investigation [news release]
Consumers continue to be inundated by spam purportedly from the FBI. As with previous spam attacks, the latest versions use the names of several high ranking executives within the FBI and even the IC3 to attempt to defraud consumers.

Nielsen Finds East/West Divide in Media Habits
The so-called digital divide between emerging and developed economies worldwide might not be that wide after all.

Call to overhaul Australia's cyber-racism laws
Urgent action is necessary to combat widespread racial vilification on social networking sites such as Facebook.

US Court Freezes Assets of Alleged 'Scareware' Purveyors
A federal court has frozen the assets of several businesses accused of conspiring to trick more than one million consumers into purchasing and installing "scareware," which uses fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for bogus computer security software.

FTC Shuts Down Security 'Scareware' Scammers
A U.S. district court has issued a temporary halt to a massive "scareware" scheme in which makers of bogus security software and services falsely claimed that their scans had detected viruses, spyware, and illegal pornography on consumers' computers.

US Court Halts Bogus Computer Scans [news release]
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has issued a temporary halt to a massive ?scareware? scheme, which falsely claimed that scans had detected viruses, spyware, and illegal pornography on consumers? computers. According to the FTC, the scheme has tricked more than one million consumers into buying computer security products such as WinFixer, WinAntivirus, DriveCleaner, ErrorSafe, and XP Antivirus. The court also froze the assets of those responsible for the scheme, to preserve the possibility of providing consumers with monetary redress.

Retail Fraud Rates Plummeted the Night McColo Went Offline
One month after the shutdown of hosting provider McColo Corp., spam volumes are nearly back to the levels seen prior to the company's take down by its upstream Internet providers. But according to one noted fraud expert, spam wasn't the only thing that may have been routed through the Silicon Valley based host: New evidence found that retail fraud dropped significantly on the same day.

Top execs would roll up sleeves to fight cyber war, according to think tank study
Top executives of major corporations should expect to serve on new government cybersecurity panels if president-elect Barack Obama follows the recommendations released this week by a think-tank panel.

us: Intelligence official urges common cybersecurity standards
Civilian agencies should follow the same procedures for protecting their computer networks as the defense and intelligence communities, particularly as information sharing becomes more essential to government operations, a high-ranking intelligence official said on Thursday.

Study: Identity Theft, Organized Retail Crime On The Rise
Identity theft, organized retail crime, and the effects of terrorist attacks are among the most urgent threats facing security managers in the near future, according to a new report issued earlier this week.

Cyberthreats Tripled in 2008, Study Says
Cyber attacks that infect web pages with malicious codes have tripled in 2008, according to security product vendor Sophos.

Microsoft sees 'huge increase' in IE attacks
Microsoft warned Saturday of a "huge increase" in attacks exploiting a critical unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE), and said some originated from hacked pornography sites.

EBay 'negligent' in fakes fight, L'Oreal tells court [AP]
Internet auction Web site eBay takes a "negligent attitude" toward sales of counterfeits, a lawyer for L'Oreal told a French court Wednesday.

ca: Blogger convicted in threat to Harper
The profanity-laced rantings of an Internet blogger against Prime Minister Stephen Harper were more than just a joke, a judge has ruled in convicting him of uttering threats.

China downplays 'cyber attack' on French embassy website [AFP]
China downplayed Thursday an alleged cyber attack on the website of the French Embassy in Beijing, saying there was no clear link between the shutdown and a diplomatic row with France over Tibet.

Thailand's cyber law struggles with tech terms
The Computer Related Crime Law was announced almost four months ago, however, there are many ambiguous points within it that are still being argued. Legal experts have suggested considering the intention of the law in the cases where the statement of meaning is questionable.

Russian hopes to cash in on ;-)
A series of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages - known as an emoticon - has been trademarked in Russia, says a local businessman.

Smile ... that will be ?10,000, thanks
The smiles could be wiped off the faces of millions of Russian internet users, after a Moscow businessman claimed to have trademarked one of the world's most popular emoticons.

YouTube Videos Are Pulling in Serious Money
Making videos for YouTube ? for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers ? is now a way to make a living.

Online film and music piracy 'could cost 30,000 UK jobs'
Illegal downloading of films, TV programmes and music could mean the loss of 30,000 British jobs, according to a powerful alliance of retailers and rights-holders.

Free broadband plan stirs debate on filtering
M2Z Networks' proposal to build a free wireless broadband network is not the only controversial part of its business plan. Just as contentious is its intention to filter the content delivered over that network to block any material deemed inappropriate for children.

Why the IWF was wrong to lift its ban on a Wikipedia page
EDITORIAL: The Internet Watch Foundation faced a storm of criticism this week over its decision to add a Wikipedia entry to a blacklist of pages that ISPs block. Under pressure, the IWF removed the image from its blacklist. That decision was a mistake.

Wikipedia censorship highlights a lingering sting in the tail
'Scorpions', says Wikipedia, 'are eight-legged venomous arachnids. They have a long body with an extended tail with a sting.' Staff of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the self-appointed monitor of 'child sexual abuse content hosted worldwide' and of 'criminally obscene and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK', may well find themselves in rueful agreement about the sting. Except that what they've discovered is that Wikipedia also has one.

IWF rethinks its role
Anger at aborted attempts by net censor, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to block material hosted on Wikipedia earlier this week may lead to radical changes in the way the organisation works - it has already changed the way the organisation is perceived.

UK Wikipedia censorship 'easy to evade'
Cambridge University security expert describes the blocking mechanism used to censor Wikipedia in the United Kingdom as "fragile".

New hurdle for Australian net censorship
The ultra-conservative politician known for his attempts to censor television has strongly opposed the Government's plans to introduce mandatory internet censorship, highlighting the policy's lack of support across the political spectrum. ... In a post on his blog, South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi expressed concern that the filters would inadvertently block legitimate content and be expanded to cover other controversial material opposed by the Government of the day, such as regular pornography.

The Great Firewall of Australia
An in-depth look at the government?s controversial proposal for mandatory ISP-level content filtering

Nationwide Internet censorship protests planned for weekend
A group called the Digital Liberty Coalition (DLC) has called on Australians to take part in demonstrations this weekend to oppose the Federal Government's planned Internet content filter.

Proposed Web Filter Criticized in Australia
The Australian government plans to test a nationwide Web filtering system that would force Internet service providers to block access to thousands of sites containing questionable or illegal content, prompting cries of censorship from advocacy groups.

Hands off our internet, say free-speech protesters
Hundreds of free-speech advocates and internet aficionados turned out at Reddacliff Place in Brisbane's CBD today to protest the Rudd government's proposed mandatory internet filter.

MPs: live, uncensored
A PLAN to censor the internet is in tatters. With Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull becoming increasingly tech-savvy as they bid to win the hearts and minds of Australians, computer experts say there is no way any filter could be efficient enough to keep politicians off the web.

IN PICTURES: hundreds protest govt net censorship
Protest marches were held around Australia today against the Australian government's internet censorship plans. APC was at the Sydney march, armed with a camera.

Australia to Test Web Filter to Block Banned Content
The Australian government plans to test a nationwide Web filter that would require Internet service providers to block access to thousands of sites containing illegal content, officials say.

YouTube launches 'safety center'
From a MySpace-related suicide to hate speech on YouTube, the world of user-generated content has been plagued by plain, old nastiness since its early days.

Protests make clean-feed Internet a mess for govt
Protests erupted across Australian capital cities today in opposition the government's $70 million national clean feed Internet scheme, which will impose blanket content filtering for all web connections.

Protesters say govt internet filter won't work
A Brisbane IT worker says the Federal Government's plans to filter the internet will not stop people viewing black-listed websites.

Brisbane protesters rally against web filter plans
A rally to protest against the Federal Government's plans to filter the internet is underway in Brisbane.

Photos: Sydneysiders protest internet filtering
Protesters came together in every major city around the country on Saturday to demonstrate against the Labor Governments' proposed internet filtering scheme. We went to the Sydney protest and spoke to some of the protesters.

Net firms rebuff filtering plan
Australian government plans to filter net use have been rebuffed by local ISPs.

Industry baffled over clean-feed internet pilot
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) participating in live trials of the national Internet content filtering scheme say the tests will be undermined by a government decision to test the ?clean-feed? blacklist under watered-down conditions.

Net filter tipped to spark sex shop boom
Sex shops will inundate Queensland if the Australian Federal Government filters internet pornography, an industry expert has warned.

Aussie ISPs refuse to join government's filtering test
The Australian government's plan to censor the entire Internet hit another major snag this week after two of the country's largest ISPs, Telstra and InterNode, announced they would not participate in the government's proposed filtering tests.

Australian censorship plan 'in tatters'
The Australian Government's plan to censor the Internet is in tatters, with Australia's largest ISP saying it will not take part in live trials of the system and the second largest committing only to a scaled-back trial.

Net filtration 101 - and why it can't protect Australia
I have stayed away from the politics of Internet filtering because it's such a fraught subject. But just as individual owners need to understand filtering, so do SMEs and network owners, because the impact of filtering goes beyond the headline that filtering will slow down your broadband access speeds.

Australian ISPs Fight Back Against 'Net Filters
Telstra and Internode, two of Australia's largest ISPs, now say they won't participate in tests of a massive new filtering plan by the Australian Government.

Are Rudd and Conroy planning to create a new crime of "accessing unwanted content".
Child exploitation of any kind is an offence. The act of exploitation and the broadcast of exploitation material on the internet are prohibited and rigidly enforced by the AFP with the courts applying the law with severe penalties for all involved.

Telstra excluded from Australian national broadband bid
Telstra said it had been excluded from the bidding process because its proposal submitted on November 26 did not include a plan on how to involve small and medium-sized enterprises in the building of the high-speed broadband network.

Telstra broadband bid knocked back
Telstra says it has been excluded from the tender process to build a national broadband network, reports ABC News.

Telstra out of broadband plan [AAP]
Telstra says it has been excluded from the bidding process for the construction of a national broadband network by the Federal Government for "trivial" reasons, reports AAP.

Telstra banned from NBN
Telstra?s broadband hopes have been shot to pieces following a government decision to exclude it from the National Broadband Network (NBN) tender.

au: What is the NBN good for?
Despite Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's assurances to the contrary, in my crystal ball I'm seeing a broadband price rise coming to millions of Australians once the National Broadband Network has been built.

NZ Communications Minister starts fibre talks
Communications Minister Steven Joyce expects to set out by the end of next month how the Government will engage with industry players to build an ultra-fast fibre access network.

nz: Report proposes utility expansion for broadband future [news release]
Groundbreaking research released today by InternetNZ concludes that utility expansion provides the best opportunity for dramatic improvement of New Zealand's broadband infrastructure. The final report Broadband Strategy Options for New Zealand has been prepared by independent consultancy Network Strategies as the second part of a research project initiated in June. It investigates the investment required under differing scenarios to introduce real high-speed broadband with at least 100Mbit/s for domestic users and 1Gbit/s for commercial users for 75% of the population within 10 years.

NZ mobile plans still among world's most expensive
The Commerce Commission?s latest quarterly telco review finds mobile plans have not got any cheaper over the past 18 months. New Zealand remains near the bottom of the OECD heap.

Commerce Commission releases September quarterly report on telecommunications markets [news release]
The Commerce Commission has released its September quarterly monitoring report containing key statistics about telecommunications markets in New Zealand.

au: Broadband, 3G see popularity jump
A new report has revealed a big increase in the number of broadband users in Australia.

Wireless broadband aids broadband growth
The number of broadband subscribers in Australia increased by 1.1 million in the 12 months to June this year, according to a new report.

ACMA and ACCC release joint report on communications infrastructure and services [news release]
The Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today released a joint report titled Communications Infrastructure and Services Availability in Australia 2008. The report, developed using the expertise of both agencies, discusses the availability of broadband, fixed voice, mobile voice and mobile data in the community.

ACCC publishes data on take-up of broadband access services [news release]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today published information concerning the number and distribution of services supplied over Telstra's customer access network. The data is being released in conjunction with the joint report titled Communications Infrastructure and Services Availability in Australia 2008 published today by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the ACCC.

Verizon Expects 4G Wireless In A Year
Verizon Wireless expects to begin a launch of its 4G LTE technology by the end of next year, a company executive said Wednesday in an indication that the pieces of the super-high-speed wireless technology are falling into place in an orderly manner.

White House opposes FCC's free Internet plan
The Bush administration opposes a Federal Communications Commission plan for free, nationwide wireless Internet access, according to a report Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal.

China Gets 3G Ball Rolling [AP]
China has set an economic stimulus of sorts in motion, with the announcement that it will soon issue licenses to build out 3G networks for the world's largest mobile phone population. The massive infrastructure is likely to cost in the neighborhood of $30 billion.

Brazil police uncovered global child porn network [AP]
In late 2007, Carlos Miguel Sobral and 14 other Brazilian police investigators were getting ready for another day of fighting Internet crime when one of them suggested looking into peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

QC arrested in child porn swoop
Police say a retired Victorian QC was among 19 men arrested during the global bust of a child pornography network that allegedly shared "among the worst" abuse images ever seen by investigators.

Victorian QC arrested in child porn swoop: police
A retired Victorian Queen's Counsel and a childcare worker were among 19 men arrested as police cracked a global child porn network that allegedly shared images of abuse "among the worst" seen by investigators.

au: Men charged for global porn links
Australian police have charged 19 men with being part of a global child pornography network involving people in 70 countries. The investigation was prompted by a tip-off from Brazilian police.

Man arrested in child porn sweep faces child sex charges
One of 22 men accused of downloading videos of child abuse in Australia as part of an international crackdown on online child pornography will also face multiple charges of child sex.

Child pornography charges for 22 men in global network
A senior lawyer, a policeman and at least one childcare worker are among 22 men who have been charged in Australia over an alleged international child pornography ring.

Second St George Man in Court Over Child Pornography
A Blakehurst man, 24, is the second person from the St George area to face court in relation to an online child abuse image and video-sharing network.

60 Americans arrested in child-porn swoop [AP]
US government authorities acting on a lead from Australian police have arrested 60 people in the United States on charges they were part of a global network of child pornographers.

Global Child Porn Ring Taken Down
U.S. law enforcement agencies have arrested 61 people and rescued 11 children as part of the larger takedown of a far-reaching global child pornography ring, Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced Friday.


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