[DNS] domain name news - 23 March

[DNS] domain name news - 23 March

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 22:08:40 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.


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


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Cyber-safety, or global censorship? by Milton Mueller
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2009/3/17/4125801.html

Save the children? ICANN opens debate on CyberSafety charter
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/03/save-the-children-icann-opens-debate-on-cybersafety-charter.ars

African TLD issue sparks heated debate
http://computerworld.co.ke/articles/2009/03/20/african-tld-issue-sparks-heated-debate

Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space Ratified by ICANN Board
http://nro.net/news/ICANN-global-policy-IPv4.html

Consumer Pressure Drives ISOC Members IPv6 Deployment
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=7591

No business case for IPv6, survey finds
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/032009-ipv6-business-case.html


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Community Comment Forum Period Extended for New GNSO Stakeholder Group Petitions and Charters
The Public Comment Forum regarding new GNSO Stakeholder Groups and Charters has been extended from 5 April 2009 to 15 April 2009.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-19mar09-en.htm

SSAC Review: Public Comment Period to the Independent Reviewers? Draft Report
ICANN appointed JAS Communications as the consultants for the independent review of SSAC, the Security and Stability Advisory Committee. The consultants released their draft final report, which was presented and discussed at the ICANN Mexico City meeting.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-20mar09-en.htm

Cyber-safety, or global censorship? by Milton Mueller
ICANN has encouraged new constituencies to get involved in the GNSO. Now it has got what it asked for. This month, Cheryl Preston filed a petition with ICANN to form a new ?Cyber-safety Constituency.? It turns out that this constituency is nothing more than an extension of the CP80 Foundation. CP80 is devoted to systematic, global censorship of internet content in order to eradicate pornography.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2009/3/17/4125801.html

Save the children? ICANN opens debate on CyberSafety charter
The group behind the campaign to take porn off of port 80 is now lobbying ICANN to create a new "Cybersafety Constituency" to assist in the formulation of domain name system policy.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/03/save-the-children-icann-opens-debate-on-cybersafety-charter.ars

ICANN Asked to Remake the Internet in Joseph Smith's Image?
If there's one thing that scares the bejabbers out of me, it's when organized religion?either directly or via proxies?attempts to nose its way into technology policy issues.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20090318_icann_asked_remake_internet_joseph_smith/

IANA: A Tale of Two Fails
The IANA?Internet Assigned Numbers Authority?is, functionally, the boiler room of the Internet. Every protocol in use to shovel data from Tallahassee to Timbuktu? Listed there. IP addresses? They are the root from which all addresses flow. Domain names? They are the Source. The entire operation is chock-full of magic numbers, numbers that form and fuel the digital world we use daily.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20090320_a_tale_of_two_fails/

African TLD issue sparks heated debate
African countries struggling to take over management of their ccTLDs should invest in servers and training engineers to operate registries before complaining, said Ann Rachel Inne, Africa region liaison at ICANN.
http://computerworld.co.ke/articles/2009/03/20/african-tld-issue-sparks-heated-debate

Who's in charge here?
There isn?t really anyone in charge of the internet and no one runs it in a conventional sense ... So the internet?s only real global ?leaders? are a set of three technical governing bodies: the Internet Society; Icann; and the W3 (world wide web) Consortium. These three bodies set ? or often, mainly encourage ? specifications that nobody can be forced to follow.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2009/0320/1224243120941.html

Yarro, Anti-Porn Crusaders Want More ICANN Clout
Anti-pornography activists, led by SCO Group chairman Ralph Yarro III, have been busy over the last few years trying to purge the 'net of smut.
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Yarro-AntiPorn-Crusaders-Want-More-ICANN-Clout-101450

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Fi-domain names for five years
Finnish government seeks to extend the validity of fi-domain names according to the proposal on the amendment of the Domain Name Act submitted on 19 March. The time of restraint of the domain names is also proposed to be shortened.
http://www.ficora.fi/en/index/viestintavirasto/uutiset/2009/P_11.html

fr: AFNIC Consultative Committees affirm their interest in EPP
AFNIC Consultative Committees took place on March 12th and 13th 2009, after a semester rich in events, such as the call for bidders to manage the .fr domain, made by the French Department of Economy, Industry and Employment, or the implementation on March 30th of a new registration interface, based on the EPP protocol.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/213/afnic-consultative-committees-affirm-their-interest-in-epp.html

.gp domain names now available
medical.gp, iscm.gp, indianapolis.gp, shop.gp, japanese.gp, nippon.gp, f-1.gp, casino.com.gp
http://www.nic.gp/

nl: Amendment of SIDN?s constitution
SIDN, the .nl registry, has made a number of changes to its constitution, which are described below.
http://www.sidn.nl/ace.php/c,728,6033,,,,Amendment_of_SIDN_s_constitution.html

.PR IDNs now available
The NIC.PR announces that Internet users can now register .pr domain names using Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). The introduction of these new domain names now enables Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese speakers to establish web sites using words commonly used in those languages such as mu?eca.pr, tel?fonos.pr, gar?on.pr, sch?n.pr, or amanh?.pr.
http://www.nic.pr/

Scottish Parliament backs dotSCO campaign
The Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee today formally endorsed the dotSCO campaign, after receiving assurances from the Government that it was doing all it could to help ensure an application could be submitted to ICANN later this year.
http://dotsco.org/2008/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=2
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/03/21/scottish-parliament-backs-dotsco-campaign/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/dotsco-campaign-receives-backing-of-scottish-parliament.html

New gTLD Update - Scottish Users Prefer .scot
The campaign for a TLD for Scotland announced a small change of tack earlier today on their facebook presence. While previously the campaign had been focussed on setting up the .sco tld for Scottish culture etc., they are now pressing ahead with .scot instead.
http://www.isquattedyour.eu/2009/03/16/new-gtld-update---scottish-users-prefer-scot/

.Tel Domains Could Be Subject to Cybersquatting Warns Company
LCN, an ICANN accredited domain registrar, is warning of the potential for cybersquatting when premium fees attached to .TEL domain names are removed and the domains become generally available (on a first-come, first-served basis) March 24, 2009.
http://hostsearch.com/news/lcncom_news_8420.asp

Airtel, Tata Show Interest as .tel Goes Live
On the 133rd anniversary of the telephone's first use, Telnic, the company behind .tel, said tens of thousands of .tel domains went live yesterday, creating the world's first global directory. 
http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Airtel_Tata_Show_Interest_as_tel_Goes_Live/551-100237-643.html

World's First Global Directory Service Goes Live
Telnic has announced that it had achieved a milestone in the delivery of a new internet service, with tens of thousands of .tel domains going "live", creating the world's first global directory. The registry operator for the new .tel domains, which provide individuals and businesses with a unique way of sharing all types of contact information with any device connected to the internet, successfully launched its new service.
http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Worlds_First_Global_Directory_Service_Goes_Live/551-100321-643.html

.Tel Domains Opening to All Next Week
Telnic Limited announced this week that it will finally be making available top-level .tel domains available to the masses. The TLD, which has been tied up with ICANN for more than eight years, will finally be available to the public at 3.00 P.M. GMT on March 24th.
http://www.appscout.com/2009/03/tel_domains_opening_to_all_nex.php

The dangers of triple-X domains
The proposal of a triple-X domain for Internet pornography is being negotiated. Pat Trueman, special counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, notes ICM Registry has failed in the past, largely due to public pressure, but the idea is being reconsidered.
http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=456768

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Computer Experts Unite to Hunt Conficker Worm
An extraordinary behind-the-scenes struggle is taking place between computer security groups around the world and the brazen author of a malicious software program called Conficker.
http://nytimes.com/2009/03/19/technology/19worm.html
http://iht.com/articles/2009/03/19/technology/19worm.php

The Conficker Worm: April Fool?s Joke or Unthinkable Disaster?
The Conficker worm is scheduled to activate on April 1, and the unanswered question is: Will it prove to be the world?s biggest April Fool?s joke or is it the Information Age equivalent of Herman Kahn?s legendary 1962 treatise about nuclear war, ?Thinking About the Unthinkable??
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/the-conficker-worm-april-fools-joke-or-unthinkable-disaster/

Worming Our Way Out of Trouble by Bill Thompson
The Conficker worm will be active again on April 1st, according to an analysis of its most recent variant, Conficker.C, by the net security firm CA. This malicious piece of software, also known as Downup, Downadup and Kido, spreads among computers running most variants of the Windows operating system and turns them into nodes on a multi-million member 'botnet' of zombie computers that can be controlled remotely by the worm's as yet unidentified authors.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20090320_worming_our_way_out_of_trouble/

US Power grid is found susceptible to cyberattack [IDG]
An emerging network of intelligent power switches, called the Smart Grid, could be taken down by a cyberattack, according to researchers with IOActive, a Seattle security consultancy.
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9130178
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/032109-power-grid-is-found-susceptible.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/161727/.html

A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House
Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White House, a proposed move that likely will draw objections from industry groups and some conservatives.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10200710-38.html

us: Rockefeller promises to address threats to cybersecurity
Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller will make cybersecurity a committee priority this year because he regards threats to the government's networks and infrastructure as "a profoundly and deeply troubling problem to which we are not paying much attention."
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090320_3129.php

AT&T Talks Cybersecurity With Congress
Congress is a tech-savvier place today than it was when Edward Amoroso, AT&T?s chief security officer, started making trips to Washington more than 20 years ago. Back then, he says, he would discuss virus threats at length before a lawmaker would raise his hand. ?You?re expecting some question that might impress you, and they?d ask, ?Can you tell me what a virus is??? 
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/03/20/att-talks-cybersecurity-with-congress/

US Senator plans to promote cybersecurity education
The U.S. economy is suffering massive losses every year due to cyberattacks, yet most Americans are not aware of the gravity of the problem, cyber experts told Congress Thursday. Without more federal funding for educational reforms and basic research to promote cybersecurity, the nation will regularly suffer from attacks of serious consequence, they said.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10200280-38.html

Report: Cybercriminals Working Faster Than Ever
Malware exploits moved at unprecedented speed and volume this past year but 2009 may bring increasing cooperation among security vendors and law enforcement agencies to bring down criminal enterprises, according to the annual Trend Micro Threat Roundup & 2009 Forecast.
http://www.mitechnews.com/articles.asp?id=10135

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WIPO Cybersquatting Report Ignores Real UDRP Trends
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) asserted on Monday that new gTLDs from ICANN would unleash a global crime wave. This dire warning was bolstered by an astonishing statistic: a whopping eight per cent (8%) increase in UDRP complaints from 2007 to 2008!
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20090318_wipo_cybersquatting_report_ignores_real_udrp_trends/

Cybersquatting American International Group
DomainFight.net reports the following Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy Proceeding brought by American International Group, Inc. (AIG), on October 8, 2006. DomainTools.com reports the following typographical variations of ?AIGInsurance?, most of which are cybersquatted WIPO typographical variations of the AIGInsurance.com domain. These results don?t include the typosquatting on American International Group?s primary website, AIG.com.
http://tcattorney.typepad.com/anticybersquatting_consum/2009/03/cybersquatting-american-international-group.html

Cybersquatting: A brief legal overview by Rima Bhardwaj & Dushyant Upadhyay
Cybersquatting is a crime against the laws and regulations of cyber law. It can be defined as registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad-faith i.e. mala fide intent to make profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price.
http://www.indlawnews.com/display.aspx?4555

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Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space Ratified by ICANN Board
On 6 March 2009, the ICANN Board ratified the Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space. The policy requires ICANN to reserve one /8 for each RIR from the IANA free pool. This has been done. The remainder of the implementation will be done once the once the IANA free pool has been fully allocated to RIRs. There are currently 32 unallocated unicast IPv4 /8s. 27 are in the IANA free pool and five are reserved under the Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space.
http://nro.net/news/ICANN-global-policy-IPv4.html

Consumer Pressure Drives ISOC Members IPv6 Deployment
In a survey of members on the transition to IPv6, the Internet Society (ISOC) found the main driver for moving to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) was customer demand. In a study of the operational characteristics of IPv6 in its organisation members? networks, ISOC found that while customer pressure motivated IPv6 deployment, specific business-case drivers did not yet exist.
http://technewsreview.com.au/article.php?article=7591
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/03/21/consumer-pressure-drives-isoc-members-ipv6-deployment/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/general/consumer-pressure-drives-isoc-members-ipv6-deployment.html

No business case for IPv6, survey finds
Business incentives are completely lacking today for upgrading to IPv6, the next generation Internet protocol, according to a survey of network operators conducted by the Internet Society (ISOC). In a new report, ISOC says that ISPs, enterprises and network equipment vendors report that there are "no concrete business drivers for IPv6."
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/032009-ipv6-business-case.html
http://www.computerworlduk.com/technology/networking/protocols/news/index.cfm?newsid=13984
http://computerworld.com.au/article/296408/

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Netcraft March 2009 Web Server Survey
In the March 2009 survey, we received responses from 224,749,695 sites. This has brought the total up by more than 9 million sites, with QQ and Microsoft making the most significant contributions. Apache remains in the lead with a total of 104 million sites, while Microsoft-IIS's gain of 3.3 million sites (mostly consisting of new Windows Live blogs) brings its total up to 66 million.
http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2009/03/15/march_2009_web_server_survey.html

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FlatRate.de Flattens the Competition - $200,000 Sale Vaults to the Top Spot of This Week's Sales Chart 
In the biggest country code sale of the year to date, Sedo has completed the ?160,000 ($200,000) sale of FlatRate.de. That transaction takes the top spot on our new weekly all extension Top 20 Chart, outdistancing the $80,000 sale of runner-up Claim.com at the AfternicDLS. 
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2009/03-10-09.htm

Domain names a ticket to riches?
Cyber squatting is making a comeback. Recent domain name sales of Toys.com and Auction.com have seen combined sales of $US7 million despite the gloomy economic outlook.
http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/140384,domain-names-a-ticket-to-riches.aspx

Domain Name Search Gets Powerful with Domize
Last year we reviewed Domize, a slick and fast service for finding unregistered domain names. It?s an incredibly simple service: just start typing in any word or phrase. The system will come up with domains based on that name and shorter versions. It then displays whether those suggestions are available on popular top-level domains (.com, .net. org, .biz, .info, and .us) At the time, we called it ?the fastest domain name search ever.?
http://mashable.com/2009/03/22/domize-power-search/

New Sedo Transfer Overview Page
Sedo is happy to announce a new transfer overview page and communication tool for domain transfers. In an effort to make the domain transfer process more efficient and secure, Sedo Transfer Specialists will no longer be corresponding through email updates. Instead, transfer details will be accessible exclusively through Sedo?s Transfer Overview page. When you have a transfer taking place, you are now able to reach your Transfer Specialist directly through one-on-one messaging, upload related documents, update and review technical transfer details and track your billing information.
http://www.sedo.com/links/showhtml.php3?Id=2351
http://www.sedo.com/links/showhtml.php3?Id=2352

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RESEARCH PAPERS
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Ascertaining Cyber Jurisdiction in Cyber Space: Jurisprudential Understanding and a Comparative Analysis by Anand Singh
Abstract: The term jurisdiction refers to the court's authority to hear a particular dispute. The determinants of jurisdiction are generally territory and subject matter. However these traditional jurisdictional factors do not fit into the cyberspace scenario because the limits of cyberspace are not determined by any physical boundary. The developing law of jurisdiction must address whether a particular event in cyber space is controlled by the laws of the state or country where the website is located, by the laws of the state or country where the internet service provider is located, by the laws of the state or country where the user is located, or perhaps by all of these laws.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1366018

Sex, Kids, and Crime in Cyberspace: Some Reflections on Crossing Boundaries by Bert-Jaap Koops
Abstract: This contribution sketches some contours of the landscape of sex, minors, and crime in cyberspace, illustrated by a varied casuistry of case-law emerging in the Netherlands. It discusses exposure to indecency, self-representation, viewing child porn online, grooming, and webcam sex abuse. It also highlights four types of boundaries - of nations, age, consent, and decency - in this landscape, that pose challenges to regulators, because in cyberspace, borders have a tendency to shift and blur. This implies that a debate is needed on the regulatory tilt of cybersex policy, which needs to take into account the co-evolution of technology, society, and regulation, and the need for empirical research and theoretical reflection.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1365986

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Microsoft launches IE8 as a faster, safer browser
Microsoft has now released Internet Explorer 8 in advance of the version that will appear in Windows 7. It's already in use, because people have been able to download the RC1 release candidate version, but it should achieve rapid adoption. Whether it will be good enough to reverse IE's decline in market share -- roughly, from 85% to 70% -- remains to be seen.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/mar/19/microsoft-ie8-launched 

Microsoft set to unleash Internet Explorer 8
Aiming to better compete against a growing list of rivals, Microsoft on Thursday is launching Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of its Web browser.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10199582-56.html

Microsoft Announces Availability of Internet Explorer 8
Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today. It can be downloaded in 25 languages at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 starting at noon EDT on March 19. Internet Explorer 8 is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security features in direct response to people?s increasing concerns about online safety. A new study commissioned by Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance and conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. shows that 91 percent of adults in the U.S. are concerned about online threats in the current economic climate, and 78 percent are more likely to choose a Web browser with built-in security than they were two years ago.
http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2009/mar09/03-18IE8AvailablePR.mspx

Availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Brings New Opportunities for Web Developers
At MIX09, Microsoft Corp.?s Web designer and developer conference, Microsoft announced the global availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, providing better performance, easier Web development tools for enhanced browser experiences and improved security and reliability. In Thursday?s keynote address, Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft, showcased solutions from industry partners such as ESPN, eBay Inc., Digg Inc., Facebook and OneRiot that create new value for their customers.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/mar09/03-19IEDevelopersPR.mspx

Microsoft Drives Greater Openness to Fuel Innovation, Efficiency and Growth
Businesses everywhere are dealing with the challenges of economic uncertainty and financial pressures, alongside higher customer expectations. In a world of change, businesses must adapt, be able to innovate, and find new ways of doing business. Technology creates opportunities for businesses to innovate. As such, many companies have assembled a diverse mix of applications and technologies from a variety of vendors. Because mixed IT environments are so pervasive, customers are demanding ? now more than ever ? that software vendors do a better job of making their products work together.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/mar09/03-19InteroperabilityQA.mspx

Browser Showdown: IE 8 vs. Firefox
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is here at last--the newest entry into the ongoing browser wars. Microsoft packed a healthy number of new features into IE 8, and made security a top priority in its newest version of this venerable Web browser.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/161616/.html

Google launches Street View despite privacy concerns
In the face of fierce opposition from privacy campaigners, Google on Thursday launched its controversial mapping service Street View, which offers users 360-degree views of selected cities across Britain.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5939562.ece

Google hit by privacy protests over its tour of British cities
For 24 hours, Google's new Street View brought a vision of British cities to the web that included such memorable sights as a man throwing up between his knees outside a London bar and youths with traffic cones on their heads in Edinburgh.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/mar/21/google-street-view-privacy-images

Embracing edemocracy: the UK votes Yes to online communications [news release]
Almost half of the UK population has used the internet in the last year to access information about government or local council services or completed a government form or process online, according to Ofcom research.
http://ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2009/03/nr_20090320

Broadband access 'helps improve education for children'
An expert has highlighted the important role of broadband in helping to improve children's education and increase their "life chances". Niel McLean, executive director of Becta, said having access to the internet opens up a whole range of "fantastic resources" for children and could help improve their performance in school. The company, which is leading the national drive to improve learning through technology, is currently giving away free computers to families as part of the Home Access Programme.
http://www.broadband-europe.eu/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?ItemID=505

Internet companies - The end of the free lunch-again: The demise of a popular but unsustainable business model now seems inevitable
?In recent years, consumers have become used to feasting on online freebies of all sorts: news, share quotes, music, e-mail and even speedy internet access. These days, however, dotcoms are not making news with yet more free offerings, but with lay-offs?and with announcements that they are to start charging for their services.? These words appeared in The Economist in April 2001, but they?re just as applicable today. During the dotcom boom, the idea got about that there could be such a thing as a free lunch, or at least free internet services. Firms sprang up to offer content and services online, in the hope that they would eventually be able to ?monetise? the resulting millions of ?eyeballs? by selling advertising. Things did not work out that way, though, and the result was the dotcom crash. Companies tried other business models, such as charging customers for access, but very few succeeded in getting people to pay up.
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13326158

The Daily Me by Nicholas Kristof
Some of the obituaries these days aren?t in the newspapers but are for the newspapers. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is the latest to pass away, save for a remnant that will exist only in cyberspace, and the public is increasingly seeking its news not from mainstream television networks or ink-on-dead-trees but from grazing online.
http://nytimes.com/2009/03/19/opinion/19kristof.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Cyber-safety, or global censorship? by Milton Mueller
ICANN has encouraged new constituencies to get involved in the GNSO. Now it has got what it asked for. This month, Cheryl Preston filed a petition with ICANN to form a new ?Cyber-safety Constituency.? It turns out that this constituency is nothing more than an extension of the CP80 Foundation. CP80 is devoted to systematic, global censorship of internet content in order to eradicate pornography.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2009/3/17/4125801.html

Save the children? ICANN opens debate on CyberSafety charter
The group behind the campaign to take porn off of port 80 is now lobbying ICANN to create a new "Cybersafety Constituency" to assist in the formulation of domain name system policy.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/03/save-the-children-icann-opens-debate-on-cybersafety-charter.ars

Internet predators continue to multiply [AP]
Eric Szatkowski is a Wisconsin Justice Department special agent, but on that Sunday afternoon he entered an online chat room as a 14-year-old boy. He claimed he was into weightlifting, AC/DC and muscle magazines. Then he waited. Within hours, screen name Paul2u sent a message: "Hi. u realy 14?"
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29793814/
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/41610607.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/more-internet-predators-are-challenging-agents-20090323-96e7.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/more-internet-predators-are-challenging-agents-20090323-96e7.html

Joyce: Internet filtering off the agenda in NZ
Those nervously watching the chaos across the Tasman can breathe a sigh of relief. "We have been following the internet filtering debate in Australia but have no plans to introduce something similar here," says Communications and IT minister Steven Joyce.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/joyce-internet-filtering-agenda-nz-87186

nz: Online model contest warning to parents
Parents urged to be cautious about an internet modelling competition aimed at school kids. Netsafe executive director Martin Cocker says an online talent agency - School Model Search - has all the signs of a "phishing" site. These sites are often used to trick people into giving information which is then exploited.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/features/technology/2282939/Online-model-contest-warning-to-parents
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/2282939/Online-model-contest-warning-to-parents/

uk: Generation sexting: What teenage girls really get up to on the internet should chill every parent
Like a real porn star, Becky is heavily made up and lying naked on the bed as the camera flashes. She could be just another glamorous model as she poses provocatively with practised moves. But she isn't. Shockingly, Becky is just 17 and still at school. She's filming herself in a friend's bedroom in a large, detached house in leafy suburbia as her schoolfriends party downstairs.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1162777/Generation-sexting-What-teenage-girls-really-internet-chill-parent.html

au: iiNet pulls out of internet filter trials
IINET has pulled out of the federal Government's internet filtering trials. iiNet only agreed to participate in the trial to demonstrate that the filter was flawed and a waste of taxpayers? money, iiNet managing director Michael Malone said.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25228031-15306,00.html

iiNet quits Conroy's filter trial
iiNet's managing director Michael Malone said that despite drawn-out negotiations with the department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, it was obvious no agreement could be reached.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/communications/soa/iiNet-quits-Conroy-s-filter-trial/0,130061791,339295589,00.htm

Leaked blacklist irresponsible, inaccurate: Conroy
Broadband and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says a list claiming to be the communication regulator's blacklist for a proposed internet filtering system is not the real blacklist.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/03/19/2520929.htm

ACMA list of prohibited and potentially prohibited overseas hosted content [news release]
The ACMA is aware that a list purporting to be the ?ACMA blacklist? has been posted on an overseas website. ACMA does not consider that the release and promotion of URLs relating to illegal and highly offensive material is responsible.
http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_311669

Internet list publication grossly irresponsible [news release]
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today condemned the reported leak and publication of a list which includes prohibited internet addresses.
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2009/014

IIA condemns ACMA blacklist leak [news release]
IIA chief executive, Peter Coroneos said the Association did not condone the leaking of a list that purports to include links to many sites prohibited by ACMA.
http://iia.net.au/index.php/component/content/article/80/705-iia-condemns-leak-of-acma-black-list.html

ACMA blacklist leaked on the internet
A top-secret list of banned internet web pages that is being used as the basis for the federal Government's internet filtering trials has been leaked on to the web.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25210333-15306,00.html

Wikileaks taken offline after publishing Australia's banned websites
Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has gone offline just hours after publishing what appeared to be a complete list of the websites banned by the ACMA.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/mar/19/wikileaks-banned-australian-websites

List leak casts doubt on net censorship plan
Doubt has been cast on the Federal Government's proposed internet censorship regime after a blacklist of banned websites was leaked online. The list included such innocent sites as a dentist and tuckshop consultant.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/list-leak-casts-doubt-on-net-censorship-plan-20090319-93fi.html
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/blacklist-leak-sets-back-internet-plan/1464646.aspx

Internet filter blacklist leaked on web
The communication regulator's blacklist of banned internet sites has apparently been leaked, prompting an internet advocacy group to accuse the Government of making it easy to access child pornography.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/03/19/2520591.htm

Campaign against net censorship [AAP]
Activist group GetUp is set to launch a television advertising campaign against the government's proposed internet censorship regime after a blacklist of banned websites was leaked online.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/articles/2009/03/21/1237526374996.html
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2009/03/21/1237526374996.html
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2009/03/21/1237526374996.html

Leaked Australian blacklist reveals banned sites
The Australian communications regulator's top-secret blacklist of banned websites has been leaked on to the web and paints a harrowing picture of Australia's forthcoming internet censorship regime. Wikileaks, an anonymous document repository for whistleblowers, obtained the list, which has been seen by this website, and plans to publish it for public consumption on its website imminently.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2009/03/19/1237054961100.html
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2009/03/19/1237054961100.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/2277678/Australias-banned-websites-list-leaked
http://www.watoday.com.au/technology/leaked-australian-blacklist-reveals-banned-sites-20090319-92qy.html

ACMA's website blacklist leaking seen as a disappointing move
The reputed leaking of a secretive Internet filter blacklist held by the communications watchdog ACMA to Wikileaks has been seen as both disappointing and inevitable by industry.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/296191/
http://computerworld.com.au/article/296191/
http://pcworld.idg.com.au/article/296191/

Australische Internet-Sperrliste in der Debatte
Eine von Wikileaks ver?ffentlichte australische Blacklist mit rund 2400 aufgef?hrten Webseiten hat die Debatte ?ber Sinn und Unsinn der Sperrtechnik neu entfacht. Gegner der hierzulande unter anderem von Bundesfamilienministerin Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) bef?rworteten Sperre problematischer Inhalte sehen sich darin best?tigt, dass eine solche Liste unbescholtene Angebote treffen kann. Bef?rworter der Sperrlistentechnik bewerten die ver?ffentlichte Sperrliste hingegen als Teil einer gezielten Desinformationskampagne.
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Australische-Internet-Sperrliste-in-der-Debatte--/meldung/134943

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Surge in demand for online video
British demand for online video sites has shot up over the past year, according to a new report. Written by research firm Hitwise it found that UK internet traffic to video websites was up 40.7%.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7954941.stm

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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European mobile rates to fall again
European lawmakers are set this week to approve plans to cut the cost of calling a mobile phone, as well as the first price limits on the cost of text messaging and mobile Internet surfing while abroad.
http://iht.com/articles/2009/03/22/technology/mobile23.php

For Palm, Some Tough Acts to Follow
Comeback stories are irresistibly appealing, in business as well as in sports. But recovering from some strategic mistakes is awfully hard. A case in point is Palm?s failure to anticipate the threat that Apple posed to its core business.
http://nytimes.com/2009/03/22/business/22digi.html

North Korea allows cellphone network
But at $300 a phone, and monthly costs, only elites can afford the Koryolink service from an Egyptian telecom firm. Many wonder what the regime's motives are: to monitor citizens, or finally open up?
http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-fg-nkorea-cellphone22-2009mar22,0,5038328.story

Australian mobile phone code inadequate: ACCC
A new industry code that aims to protect Australian mobile phone users from scams is deficient, according to the ACCC. Graeme Samuel, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has threatened to impose stricter regulation if the code is not upgraded.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2009/03/21/1237656745665.html
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2009/03/21/1237656745665.html

Phone plan answers call to save gorillas
The solution to saving the world's dwindling number of gorillas is in our hands. Literally. Mobile phones are useful to humans but, sadly, they are deadly for our close animal relative. They contain a mineral called coltan, essential for producing electric capacitors. Most of the world's coltan is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a major habitat for primates. Unfortunately, coltan mining has opened the way for deforestation and gorilla poaching.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/phone-plan-answers-call-to-save-gorillas-20090321-951m.html
http://www.smh.com.au/national/phone-plan-answers-call-to-save-gorillas-20090321-951m.html

Aust govt called to regulate mobile roaming
A parliamentary standing committee on communications has called on the federal Government to regulate wholesale mobile roaming charges to get a better deal for Australians using their phones overseas.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25210738-15306,00.html

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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UK Home Office fails to shut down a single extremist website in two years
The Home Office has failed to shut down a single terrorist website despite a pledge to do so from Tony Blair four years ago. Stopping extremist websites operating was one of the measures unveiled by Mr Blair in the aftermath of the 7 July suicide bombings in London in 2005.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence/5017764/Home-Office-fails-to-shut-down-a-single-extremist-website-in-two-years.html

Big jump in UK online banking fraud
Software allowing fraudsters to track what you type led to the level of online banking fraud more than doubling in 2008, according to a banking body. Fraudsters use a device called keylogging - when keystrokes on a computer are tracked to gather passwords and credit card numbers.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7952598.stm

uk: Credit and debit card fraud jumps as criminals beat chip and pin
Credit and debit card fraud increased by 14 per cent last year as criminals beat the chip and pin system by preying on shoppers on the internet, official figures indicate.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/creditcards/5016593/Credit-and-debit-card-fraud-jumps-as-criminals-beat-chip-and-pin.html

EBay Yanked Millions of Scam Items in 2008
Internet auction site eBay has defended the way in which it handles reports of counterfeit goods, saying that it has delisted millions of items and suspended tens of thousands of seller accounts last year. However, its actions may not be enough to stop a lawsuit brought by a luxury goods retailer, which maintains that eBay needs to do more to stop online auctions of counterfeit products.
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/03/19/are-rights-owners-too-demanding-online-sellers
http://www.pcworld.com/article/161713/.html

A Twisted Case of Cyberharassment
First came the phone calls: men, strangers, telling Barbara Goddard they'd seen her ad on Craigslist and were eager to come over for her promised "casual encounter." Later that week, men started showing up at Goddard's door in Reston, ready for an evening of random sex. "I'm here from Craigslist," they'd say. "You've been set up," Goddard would tell them. By that time, she'd figured out what was happening: Someone was posting offers in her name on online message boards, with her home address. 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/21/AR2009032102105.html

Computer Experts Unite to Hunt Conficker Worm
An extraordinary behind-the-scenes struggle is taking place between computer security groups around the world and the brazen author of a malicious software program called Conficker.
http://nytimes.com/2009/03/19/technology/19worm.html
http://iht.com/articles/2009/03/19/technology/19worm.php

The Conficker Worm: April Fool?s Joke or Unthinkable Disaster?
The Conficker worm is scheduled to activate on April 1, and the unanswered question is: Will it prove to be the world?s biggest April Fool?s joke or is it the Information Age equivalent of Herman Kahn?s legendary 1962 treatise about nuclear war, ?Thinking About the Unthinkable??
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/the-conficker-worm-april-fools-joke-or-unthinkable-disaster/

Worming Our Way Out of Trouble by Bill Thompson
The Conficker worm will be active again on April 1st, according to an analysis of its most recent variant, Conficker.C, by the net security firm CA. This malicious piece of software, also known as Downup, Downadup and Kido, spreads among computers running most variants of the Windows operating system and turns them into nodes on a multi-million member 'botnet' of zombie computers that can be controlled remotely by the worm's as yet unidentified authors.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20090320_worming_our_way_out_of_trouble/

US Power grid is found susceptible to cyberattack [IDG]
An emerging network of intelligent power switches, called the Smart Grid, could be taken down by a cyberattack, according to researchers with IOActive, a Seattle security consultancy.
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9130178
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/032109-power-grid-is-found-susceptible.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/161727/.html

A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House
Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White House, a proposed move that likely will draw objections from industry groups and some conservatives.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10200710-38.html

us: Rockefeller promises to address threats to cybersecurity
Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller will make cybersecurity a committee priority this year because he regards threats to the government's networks and infrastructure as "a profoundly and deeply troubling problem to which we are not paying much attention."
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20090320_3129.php

AT&T Talks Cybersecurity With Congress
Congress is a tech-savvier place today than it was when Edward Amoroso, AT&T?s chief security officer, started making trips to Washington more than 20 years ago. Back then, he says, he would discuss virus threats at length before a lawmaker would raise his hand. ?You?re expecting some question that might impress you, and they?d ask, ?Can you tell me what a virus is??? 
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/03/20/att-talks-cybersecurity-with-congress/

US Senator plans to promote cybersecurity education
The U.S. economy is suffering massive losses every year due to cyberattacks, yet most Americans are not aware of the gravity of the problem, cyber experts told Congress Thursday. Without more federal funding for educational reforms and basic research to promote cybersecurity, the nation will regularly suffer from attacks of serious consequence, they said.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10200280-38.html

Report: Cybercriminals Working Faster Than Ever
Malware exploits moved at unprecedented speed and volume this past year but 2009 may bring increasing cooperation among security vendors and law enforcement agencies to bring down criminal enterprises, according to the annual Trend Micro Threat Roundup & 2009 Forecast.
http://www.mitechnews.com/articles.asp?id=10135

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PRIVACY
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Canadian Privacy Rights Buried in the Fine Print by Michael Geist
Scott McNealy, the former CEO of Sun Microsystems, has achieved considerable notoriety for having warned Internet users ten years ago that "you have no privacy, get over it." Recent headlines suggest that the Ontario courts have adopted those sentiments, as two recent decisions involving the disclosure of subscriber information by Internet service providers confirmed that revealing personal information to law enforcement without a warrant is permitted under Canadian privacy law.
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/3757/135/

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CENSORSHIP
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Amnesty slams M'sia Internet censorship
Malaysia's move to charge eight people for criticizing a state ruler online has drawn the ire of Amnesty International and local media watchdogs. Ironically, the charge is under a multimedia law which guards against Internet censorship. 
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62052351,00.htm

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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InternetNZ welcomes Government decision to abandon Copyright Act clause [news release]
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc.) welcomes the decision by Government today to amend Section 92A of the Copyright Act through starting a process to create a more workable law.
http://www.internetnz.net.nz/media/media-releases-2009/internetnz-welcomes-government-decision-to-abandon-copyright-act-clause

nz: ISPs under pressure to produce code
The pressure is on to get a code drawn up in time for a new internet copyright law. The Government delayed the enforcement of Section 92a of the Copyright Act until March 27 to give internet service providers (ISPs) time to draw up a code.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/features/technology/2280996/ISPs-under-pressure-to-produce-code
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/2280996/ISPs-under-pressure-to-produce-code

Copyright Code submissions back repeal of 92A [news release]
InternetNZ has reviewed the 50-odd submissions on the Telecommunications Carriers? Forum ISP Copyright Code of Practice and finds overwhelming support for repeal of Section 92A of the Copyright Act.
http://www.internetnz.net.nz/media/media-releases-2009
http://www.tone.co.nz/news/4900/copyright-code-submissions-back-repeal-of-92a

uk: UKIPO: Copyright Owners And Internet Providers, Please Regulate Yourselves!
The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office on Monday published a proposal for a ?rights agency? that would tackle problems related to digital copyright. The envisioned agency that would be managed and funded by rights owners and take up a two-fold task by facilitating the creation of a digital market and preventing and reducing online piracy. 
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2009/03/18/ukipo-copyright-owners-and-internet-providers-please-regulate-yourselves/

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COMMENT, MICROSOFT & DEVELOPMENTS
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Why Microsoft Continues to Chases Internet Search
If you are making something that is growing and profitable, why throw billions at something else that has kept losing money and market share?
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/why-microsoft-continues-to-chases-internet-search/

Information technology - Gathering clouds: The takeover talks between IBM and Sun highlight a shift in the industry
It was the day Sun Microsystems was supposed to rise again. On March 18th the Silicon Valley computer-maker had planned to unveil a new online service to allow start-ups to manage with much less hardware, by buying computing capacity from a ?cloud?, rather like electricity from the grid. But the event was overshadowed by the news, hours earlier, that IBM was in talks to buy Sun for at least $6.5 billion in cash, which would translate into a near-100% premium over the firm?s depressed share price in recent weeks.
http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13331334

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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au: Comms Alliance submits Mobile Premium Services Code
Under increasing pressure from the ACCC and ACMA, industry self-regulator Communications Alliance has finally released a code of conduct around the provision of Mobile Premium Services.
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/99056,comms-alliance-submits-mobile-premium-services-code.aspx

Telecoms: Don't Tie Stimulus Funds To Internet Speeds [Reuters]
Telecom companies vying for $7.2 billion in broadband funds included in President Obama's economic stimulus plan urged regulators not to mandate a super-fast Internet speed as a criterion for winning the money.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/policy/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=215901385

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR CHILD PORN
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au: Man arrested following interstate online child exploitation investigation ? Sex Crimes Squad
Detectives from the State Crime Command?s Sex Crimes Squad have arrested a man following an interstate investigation into alleged internet child exploitation offences.
http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/latest_releases?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LmViaXoucG9saWNlLm5zdy5nb3YuYXUlMkZtZWRpYSUyRjU1NTMuaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D


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