[DNS] domain name news - 11 June

[DNS] domain name news - 11 June

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:35:13 -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://GoldsteinReport.com/ - for daily updates in between postings.


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Two-Week Countdown to Sydney!

Sydney meeting guide

Will Rod Beckstrom replace Twomey? by Milton Mueller

Cheerleader for New Domain Names Defends ICANN Plan

Most firms unaware of Web domain changes: survey

New top-level domains could cause .trademark chaos

Confused Survey Finds Consumers Confused About New gTLDs

Paying too much for .com domains? One group blames VeriSign

Coming soon: Cyberstorm III [AAP]

AusRegistry International Now Fully IDN Compatible

AusRegistry International announces the successful implementation of an industry-leading Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) Registry System [news release]

Netfleet Reports .AU Domain Trading Market Develops Slowly

Who Will Buy Wealth.Com?

Are You Rich Enough To Buy Wealth.com?

UN-Led Commission Sees Needs In Internet Governance, Science, Technology
A commission under the United Nations charged with monitoring progress in improving science and technology in places where access is difficult and capacity to use that access scarce, concluded its recent annual meeting with draft resolutions on internet and society and on development and science. One notes that there is still much work to be done to bridge the ?digital divide? that creates disparities in access to information technology and knowledge in the world; the other calls on governments and UN institutions to find innovative ways to support innovative capacity.

Council Of Europe: Access To Internet Is A Fundamental Right
What applies offline is also valid online - an argument often used against internet communication by legislators - has been turned around to underline fundamental rights on the internet in a new resolution of the Council of Europe.

Two-Week Countdown to Sydney!
ICANN's 35th International Public Meeting is just two weeks away. The conference will be held 21-26 June 2009 at the Hilton Sydney.

Sydney meeting guide
Each meeting, we provide a guide that provides basic information for all attendees. The guide features information about the venue, the main topics of the conference, information about how to participate, the lowdown on social events, pictures of the Board and chairs, emergency details, and lots more.

Clarified Technical Name Server Checks Published
ICANN has published a revised procedure, entitled "Technical requirements for authoritative name servers", on the IANA website.

Growing Pains and the Gandi Survey
As part of my job at ICANN? I have to read a lot of news clips. This morning, one headline in particular caught my eye: ?Domain changes coming?. It was from Reuters and started: ?Two thirds of businesses are unaware they will be able to use their own name in place of domain extensions such as .com, .org, or .net when Internet domains are liberalized next year, according to a survey.?

Public Comments: Proposal for the Systematization of the Organizational Review Processes
The Structural Improvements Committee of the Board has ? among other duties ? the responsibility of 'Reviewing, and suggesting changes as warranted to, ICANN's policies and processes governing organizational review'.

Presentation of the Second Interim Report of the Board Review Working Group, and Public Comment Period
ICANN appointed the Boston Consulting Group/Colin Carter & Associates to perform the external review of its Board of Directors; their review report was presented at the Cairo meeting. A public comment period followed and comments were received.

Publication of the Final ALAC Review Working Group Report on ALAC Improvements
ICANN appointed Westlake Consulting Limited for the external review of the At-Large Advisory Committee. The report summarizing findings from the independent review and containing proposals for action, published in July 2008 and presented at the Paris ICANN meeting, was then posted for public comments.

Public Comment: One & Two-Character Names in dot-travel
A new public comment period opens today for 30 days on a proposed amendment from Tralliance to Appendix 6 and 7 of the dot-travel Registry Agreement.

Will Rod Beckstrom replace Twomey? by Milton Mueller
Rumors are flying that Rod Beckstrom, former director of the US Homeland Security Department?s National Cybersecurity Center, is the new CEO of ICANN. This is still unconfirmed by ICANN but comes from well-informed sources.

Will Rod Beckstrom Be ICANN's Next CEO
?Rumours are flying that Rod Beckstrom, former director of the US Homeland Security Department?s National Cybersecurity Center, is the new CEO of ICANN,? writes Milton Mueller on the Internet Governance blog.

Cheerleader for New Domain Names Defends ICANN Plan
Plans to introduce new top-level Internet domains will not force trademark owners to make defensive registrations to protect their brands, according to two reports published by ICANN on Saturday.

ICANN to U.S. Government: End Joint Project Agreement
Peter Thrush, Chairman of ICANN?s Board of Directors, has sent an eleven page letter (pdf) to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) asking to end the Joint Project Agreement when it expires later this year. The letter was in response to NTIA?s Notice of Inquiry regarding ?the transition of the technical coordination and management of the internet?s domain name and addressing system?.

King of my own (Internet) domain!
I have a dream. I dream of a place on the Internet that is all mine. A place ? OK, it is a virtual place, but that doesn?t make it any less real these days ? where I get to decide who gets called what, and I can make up as many names as I like without needing to worry about stepping on someone?s digital toes. Yes, I dream of owning my own global top-level Internet domain.

Dissenting opinion: ICANN and the JPA as "shadow of hierarchy" by Jeanette Hofmann
The future of the JPA has been subject to a lot of debate. Some people argue that the JPA should end in September, others think it should be extended once again. It is striking that the disagreement on the future of the JPA cuts across stakeholders and nationalities. This also true for civil society groups who have come down on both sides of the issue.

IGP calls for US led international agreement on ICANN by Brenden Kuerbis
The IGP has filed comments in the Department of Commerce proceeding on the ?Assessment of the Transition of the Technical Coordination and Management of the Internet?s Domain Name and Addressing System? (Docket No. 090420688-9689-01)

Most firms unaware of Web domain changes: survey
Two thirds of businesses are unaware they will be able to use their own name in place of domain extensions such as .com, .org, or .net when Internet domains are liberalized next year, according to a survey.

New top-level domains could cause .trademark chaos
Wrangles over domain squatting are nothing new, but opening up top level domains raises some interesting issues of ownership. Who should decide who has the right to a certain domain, and will they really add much to the navigation and identity of the web?

Confused Survey Finds Consumers Confused About New gTLDs
In a survey to gauge the British public?s knowledge of ICANN?s proposal to introduce new generic gTLDs, The Future Laboratory on behalf of domain name registrar Gandi.net, found consumers and businesses are not enthusiastic about the prospect while the survey also demonstrating its own confusion on what is happening, apparently not reading ICANN?s Draft Applicant Guidebook very closely.

An enlightened survey on new gTLDs? ICANN doesn't think so!
Have a look at the ICANN blog and you'll see a post by ICANN Director of Media Affairs Brad White. The post is about a survey commissioned in England by a registrar called Gandi. The survey, carried out by The Future Laboratory, questioned 100 UK businesses about the new gTLDs. The result, as touted by the survey, is that "Two-thirds of the 100 UK businesses surveyed are still unaware that liberalisation (of the Internet) is happening."

Consumers think limitless domains will muddy internet waters
Almost two thirds of consumers believe that the opening of the internet's addressing system to a limitless number of domain names will clog the internet with pointless domain names, according to a survey.

ICANN Recommendation Team Report Finalized
There has been ongoing buzz surrounding the new gTLDs and the impact it may have on the domain world and trademark owners alike.

Africa backs current ICANN setup
African Internet and government officials have thrown their weight behind the current setup at ICANN, terming it as transparent and inclusive.

ICANN's new CEO expected to attend Sydney meeting
Well, you'll probably now read it in lots of other places, but you read it here first folks! Paul Twomey's replacement should be in attendance at the next ICANN meeting, happening in Sydney (Australia) from June 21 to June 26.

A deluge of ICANN documents and reports
Several major documents have been published by ICANN in the last few days. There's an analysis of the second Draft Applicant Guidebook comment period and corresponding changes made by ICANN staff to the DAG v2.

New top level domains could help brands beat cybersquatters
Global brands should explore how best to take advantage of the new global internet names that Icann, the internet's top domain registrar, is making available, says a brand protection expert.

Lawsuit May Impact ICANN Debate
A California appeals court's reinstatement of an antitrust lawsuit against a firm that administers the .com and .net domain name registration systems could add a new wrinkle to the ongoing debate in Washington over the future of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and its relationships with various entities that have a stake in the security and stability of the World Wide Web. The unanimous 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last Friday will allow an Internet industry trade group to proceed to trial on claims that Mountain View-based VeriSign inflated the cost of domain names by engaging in predatory and monopolistic behavior. The court reversed an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte, who dismissed the suit brought by the Coalition for ICANN Transparency (CFIT) four years ago.

White House Internet Security Testimony, Includes GoDaddy
GoDaddy.com recently addressed the critical need for a continued relationship between the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), with testimony in front of a Congressional subcommittee.

Narrow Mission, Consensus-Based Processes Critical to ICANN's Future
CDT today laid out its most detailed roadmap yet for the transition to full independence of the body that oversees the Internet's domain name system (DNS).  Since its creation in 1998, ICANN has operated under contract with the U.S. government. CDT has long argued that ICANN should be freed of U.S. control, but only if it is accountable to the global Internet community and protected from interference by other governments.  In comments filed today with the Commerce Department, CDT set out five steps that must be taken before ICANN can become fully independent.  Central among these is limiting ICANN's mission solely to matters affecting competition, security and stability of the DNS and requiring consensus among affected stakeholders for the adoption of ICANN rules June 08, 2009.

Carlton: ICANN TLD Expansion to "Increase Output, Lower Price and Increase Innovation"
According to the latest update from ICANN related to the introduction of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), Dr. Dennis Carlton (Related) has reiterated that the planned introduction of new gTLDs will not burden trademark owners with additional defensive registrations.

Icann: Coders, ISPs vital to Net security
Developers and Internet service providers will need to participate if the encryption of a fundamental Internet protocol is to succeed, according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann).

ICANN, VeriSign, agencies collaborate on securing the Internet's root DNS
ICANN, VeriSign, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will work in a joint effort to secure the Internet?s root domain name system (DNS).

How is Whois? Internet registry seeks your feedback on privacy
Internet users are being asked what they think about a year-old policy that boosts privacy protection for individuals who have registered dot-ca domain names.

Will US Govt Want to Continue Oversight of ICANN?
In a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet on Thursday, several lawmakers and an executive from Go Daddy, the world?s largest registrar, called on the U.S. Government to continue its oversight of ICANN after the Joint Project Agreement continues in September.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Paying too much for .com domains? One group blames VeriSign
A group of DNS registrars claims that VeriSign's exclusive contract to manage the .com registry is a product of lobbying, astroturfing, meeting stacking, and legal threats?and it has meant that .com domains cost twice what they otherwise would.

.EC Discounted Registration Promotion
Nic.ec, the .EC registry, has announced a promotion where .EC domain names cost just US$10 to register, with options for up to ten years for registrations seemingly available. The promotion for new registrations only runs from June 10 to 30.

Namibia: 'Big Brother' Bill Becomes Real
... Minister Kaapanda told the National Assembly that the new bill will protect the .na (dot na) Namibian Internet domain. This will be done by creating yet another entity with a board of directors, a chief executive and staff. It will be known as the .na Domain Name Association.

New York City consults on .NYC Top Level Domain
Should the City of New York launch a .NYC Internet domain? To try and answer that question, the City issued a Request For Information (RFI) in April through its Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).

Coming soon: Cyberstorm III [AAP]
Continuing concern over e-security has brought business executives together with the Australian government and spies to talk about how critical infrastructure should be protected.

America's cybersecurity threat: The US is right to improve its cybersecurity defenses. But would it respond to cyber-attacks with military force?
Across the world at this moment, computer networks are being hacked and attacked. These cyber exploits range from the teenage gamer cracking websites for fun to the criminal syndicate stealing payment card data for easy money to foreign intelligence agencies looking for state secrets they can exploit to beat their adversaries economically and militarily.

Europe Looks to Step up Fight Against Cybercrime [IDG]
The European Commission is seeking to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and private industry worldwide as well as increase penalties for those engaged in cybercrime, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Christian Dior Loses Domain Case to Adult Actress
Fragrance and fashion company Christian Dior has lost a challenge for the domain name KiannaDior.com to an adult actress. The company challenged Victoria Woo, who goes by the stage name Kianna Dior, to get rights to the domain name.

eNom Ensnared in Cybersquatting Lawsuit
It?s not unusual to find a domain name registrar named in a cybersquatting lawsuit because an infringing domain is registered with them. But a case filed June 2 in U.S. District Court against eNom involves an alleged inappropriate transfer back to a cybersquatter. Here?s what happened, according to the lawsuit.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Internet Evangelist Promotes IPv6 to the Web World [news release]
The IPv6 Forum and its sub-organization, the IPv6 Ready Logo Committee, today announced the introduction of a new IPv6 Enabled Logo Program aimed at testing and validating Web sites (WWW) for IPv6 readiness and adoption.

LTE devices must support IPv6, says Verizon
Any manufacturers who want their devices to work on Verizon's upcoming Long Term Evolution network will have to give them the ability to support IPv6.

Verizon Mandates IPv6 Support for Next-Gen Cell Phones
Cell phone carriers have seen a huge growth in wireless data usage. The iPhone is selling like hotcakes, and its users generate large amounts of traffic. Not surprisingly, as cellular providers deploy faster network technologies, users generate even more data.

Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Dot-Com by Brad Templeton
Twenty years ago (Monday) on June 8th, 1989, I did the public launch of ClariNet.com, my electronic newspaper business, which would be delivered using USENET protocols (there was no HTTP yet) over the internet.

Will VeriSign Hold Domain Name Prices Steady this Year?
With significant bad publicity, a negative court decision, and a watchful eye in Washington, will VeriSign not invoke its full 7% .com price increase this year?

Court Revives Claim That VeriSign Monopolizes Domain Registration
A coalition of Web site owners successfully used 19th century antitrust law to accuse VeriSign of monopolizing the .com and .net registration system, "so essential to the operation of our sophisticated 21st century communications network," the 9th Circuit ruled.

AusRegistry International Now Fully IDN Compatible
With Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) getting closer to becoming a reality, AusRegistry International has announced they have successfully implemented full IDN capability into their existing systems.

AusRegistry International announces the successful implementation of an industry-leading Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) Registry System [news release]
The introduction of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) represents one of the most significant advancements in the history of the internet. A majority of internet users today have a first language other than English and many languages utilise characters not currently available within the DNS. IDNs provide these users with the capability to navigate the internet using their native language scripts.

VeriSign Shares Fall After Appeals Court Remands Case [Dow Jones]
Shares of VeriSign Inc. fell as much as 16% Monday following an appeals court's Friday reversal of a lower court's decision to dismiss an antitrust suit against VeriSign, sending the case back to the district court.

How the domain name industry works - polluting the name space [news release]
... Believe me when something goes wrong with your domain name, understanding this can be quite important. So if we look at how and where issues can be dealt with, and who has influence in the industry it sheds a bit more light on the subject. So now we know who's who in the tree (ICANN, Registries, Registrars, Resellers and You) we can see how the influence the landscape and who has control of what. In a nutshell:

Spotlight on 'artificial and arbitrary' names [sub req'd]
Verizon Communications told a House panel last week that Web site domains shouldn't be expanded to include things like dot.green or dot.phone until it is certain there is a market demand for the names and the Internet is secure and stable.

Court reinstates case against VeriSign [sub req'd]
The company that holds exclusive rights to the registry of dot-com domain names can be sued under anti-trust laws for allegedly conspiring to set prices above market rates by several dollars per consumer, and hundreds of millions of dollars overall, a Federal Appeals court ruled last week.

Netfleet Reports .AU Domain Trading Market Develops Slowly
One year on from auDA, the Australian Domain Name Administrator, allowing the transfer of .au domain names for any reason, the local market has been rather slow to develop. But a market has developed nonetheless.

Who Will Buy Wealth.Com?
Americans love the search for wealth. They also love searching for the term ?wealth? on the Internet. It is a word used in searches 1.5 million times a month through Google and generates more than 185 million search results in the U.S. alone (this site included).

Are You Rich Enough To Buy Wealth.com?
Considering the economic crisis and the associated losses of wealth experienced by many of the richest individuals on the planet, it may not be the best of times to auction off a domain name like Wealth.com. On the other hand, that might be exactly the reason why TheInternetCompany suddenly felt the need to do so, and I?m sure it doesn?t hurt that many people are now re-evaluating their approach to wealth management and searching for alternative ways for financing online.

Domain Appraisal Emails-Not Affiliated with Sedo
In the last few weeks many domain owners have been contacted by a third party who has expressed an interest in purchasing their domain.

Free broadband won't entice all Britons to go online
Some 43% of adults who currently do not have internet access would remain disconnected even if they were given a free PC and broadband connection.

One in five adults to get online in next six months [news release]
One in five adults who do not have the internet at home are likely to sign up in the next six months, new Ofcom research revealed today.

Craigslist: How Craig conquered the world
To most of its 50 million users, it is the world's largest car boot sale, where a little rummage turns up anything from a model of the F-111 Aardvark bomber to a Legend of Zorro DVD and a million items in between. It is a place to find a house, a car, a new job, or even love.

How to spot changes to small print at Google, Facebook, Twitter and more
A digital rights group has created an automatic system for tracking changes to website terms and conditions and privacy policies. The tool is designed to help users of websites to keep up to date with their rights and obligations.

It is up to the unwired class to get online and save themselves: Andrew Keen
Is innovation fair? Has the internet revolution resulted in more social justice and equality for everyone in society?

Twitter hype punctured by study
Twitter remains the preserve of a few, despite the hype surrounding it, according to research. Just 10% of Twitter users generate more than 90% of the content, a Harvard study of 300,000 users found.

MySpace and Bebo are running out of friends
Rupert Murdoch's purchase of Intermix Media and its MySpace website in July 2005 was arguably the moment the world started to take social networking seriously. Despite the astonishment of his old media rivals at the $580m (then ?331m) price tag, the acquisition was vindicated by a deal with Google beginning in October 2006, which guaranteed News Corp $900m in advertising revenue over the next three and a half years, providing certain traffic targets were met.

Twitter calls fake-celebrity profile suit 'frivolous'
A US baseball manager is suing Twitter over fake posts in his name on the micro-blogging site. Tony La Russa is claiming that the fake posts infringe his trade mark rights and count as cybersquatting.

Most Twitter users never tweet, don't follow anyone
Twitter may be gaining new users at the speed of light, but more than half of those users aren't actively participating in the service. With no tweets, no followers, and no one to follow, do those users even count?

Report: American kids' use of tech growing exponentially
Kids these days have it all?their own laptops, cell phones, music players, and even digital cameras. A new report from the NPD Group says that use of these devices has grown by an "impressive" rate among 4 to 14 year olds, and that their usage is even changing over time as technology matures.

Home computer injuries are rife
Home computer-related injuries have increased more than sevenfold, with children hurt most often, data reveal. Over 78,000 patients were treated for such injuries in US hospitals between 1994 and 2006, and 93% of the trips, bumps and falls occurred in the home.

Paperless classroom becoming a reality
They have weighed down satchels, been hurled across classrooms and defaced with lewd graffiti by schoolchildren across the ages. But the humble textbook looks to be going the way of the Walkman ? in California at least.

Schools may copy Arnold Schwarzenegger and junk their textbooks
There is a revolution under way in the classroom with the Terminator in the vanguard. Arnold Schwarzenegger is throwing textbooks out of schools in a move that head teachers say could be followed in Britain.

uk: Little Ted?s nursery, Plymouth, shut as worker held over child porn images
A nursery school was closed by police yesterday after a female worker was arrested on suspicion of distributing indecent images of children and a man was charged.

Female nursery worker arrested over paedophile network investigation
A female nursery worker was at the centre of an investigation into a paedophile network after she was arrested over child pornography allegations. ... Officers are investigating whether Mrs George took photographs of any of the children at the nursery and are trying to identify a number of youngsters in the images.

au: Kids targeted in net ad push
Marketers are joining children in turning off the television and shifting their advertising attention to the unregulated world of the internet.

au: Database rescue at hand for children
Australian police are to revolutionise the international hunt for victims of child pornography with a proposed nationwide database and specially designed technology to identify images and films on the internet of children still being abused.

au: Cyber bullying will not be tolerated
Students in Bathurst have been put on notice, cyber bullying is a crime. Yesterday Year 9 students from Kelso and Bathurst Highs learnt exactly what cyber bullying involves and the sorts of punishment they can expect if they are caught partaking in such activities such as fines, community service and in extreme cases, prision.

China verlangt Pornofilter auf allen PCs
Die chinesische Regierung plant, dass bei allen ab 1. Juli in China verkauften PCs der Webfilter ?Green Dam-Youth Escort? mitgeliefert werden muss. Offiziell soll diese Software speziell junge Nutzer vor sch?dlichen Inhalten wie insbesondere Pornografie sch?tzen.

Germany facing violent-videogame ban
Just days after rape games hit the buffers in Japan, it has emerged that several of Germany?s politicians hope to ban the production and distribution of all violent videogames in the country.

Cyberbullying and online safety: resources for teachers

Bullied Children 'Four Times More Likely To Develop Psychosis'
Children who are bullied at school are up to four times more likely than their peers to develop psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia - and the more severe the bullying the more severe the symptoms.

At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers)
... Next month, the American Academy of Pediatrics will publish the new version of an official policy statement on the pediatrician?s role in preventing youth violence. For the first time, it will have a section on bullying ? including a recommendation that schools adopt a prevention model developed by Dan Olweus, a research professor of psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway, who first began studying the phenomenon of school bullying in Scandinavia in the 1970s. The programs, he said, ?work at the school level and the classroom level and at the individual level; they combine preventive programs and directly addressing children who are involved or identified as bullies or victims or both.?

Plug Pulled on Popular Cyber Bullying Site [video]
A website popular among area teens is shut down after coming under heavy criticism following death threats posted to it.

us: New state law cracks down on cyberbullying
A new law will help crack down on a Cyberbullying. Called the "Online Harassment' statute, it targets those who create fake accounts to harass people online.

French Court Defangs Plan to Crack Down on Internet Piracy
The highest constitutional body in France on Wednesday defanged the government?s plan to cut off the Internet connections of digital pirates, saying the authorities had no right to do so without obtaining court approval.

French court savages "three-strikes" law, tosses it out
France's groundbreaking "three strikes" law that would disconnect repeat Internet file-swappers has been overturned by the country's Constitutional Council. "Innocent until proven guilty" still means something in France.

French court curbs disputed Internet piracy rules
France's top constitutional court on Wednesday seriously weakened a law backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy that was aimed at punishing Internet pirates.

French Court Kills 'Three Strikes' Law
France's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a key portion of a recently enacted law that gave the government the ability to disconnect Internet users who illegally download music and movies. Under the so-called "three strikes" regime, which President Nicolas Sarkozy endorsed and lawmakers approved in May, users who download content without paying for it would get an e-mail from the government followed by a letter and a third warning before their Web connectivity is cut off for as long as one year. Concerns about a similar proposal permeated talks between the United States and a handful of trading partners as they work toward completion of an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

Top French legal body blocks Internet piracy law [AFP]
France's highest legal authority on Wednesday struck down a key provision of a contested Internet piracy law that set up a new state agency to cut off offenders from the web.

Filesharing isn't music's biggest foe
The mystery of where all the money has gone isn't just puzzling economists and estate agents. It's also one that has had the music industry on edge, time after time. Thus, we saw the release last week of some ?"research" that said 7 million ?people "use" illegal downloads in the UK, "costing the economy billions of pounds and thousands of jobs" . I'm ?unhappy to say that it was repeated in this paper. Had I seen it sooner, I would have queried the assertion about the cost to the economy. The number of people doing downloads sounds near enough right, however.

'Failure to cut illegal downloads will cause widespread job losses'
A coalition of creative industries organisations, including the UK's biggest trade union, Amicus/Unite, have increased the pressure on the government to act against illegal downloading in next week's final Digital Britain report, warning that a failure to do so could lead to large job losses in TV, film and music across the UK.

uk: Pirates 'ignore' warning letters
Sending letters to persistent pirates will not stop them copying, suggests research. Only 33% of those receiving a letter from their ISP would stop pirating content, found a survey carried out by legal firm Wiggin.

Stern letters from ISPs not enough to stop P2P use after all
A new UK survey finds that only one-third of P2P file-sharers would change their behavior after receiving a warning letter alone. If ISP disconnection remains on the table, that number jumps to 80 percent.

iiNet requests AFACT letters in copyright case
Perth-based ISP iiNet has asked a group of copyright holders to hand over a wide range of documents including those revealing any action they have taken against other internet providers to combat online piracy.

Stockholm court: Pirate Bay judge wasn't biased!
The Pirate Bay defendants have accused the judge in their trial of bias after it emerged that he was a member of two pro-copyright groups. But the Stockholm District Court is standing up for its judge, telling an appeals court that such memberships are an important part of judicial learning and that they help keep judges up to date on key issues/

Pirate Bay copyright appeal looking shaky
The Pirate Bay co-founders, convicted of copyright infringement earlier this year, look set to have their appeal overturned with the Stockholm District Court.

Swedish pirates capture EU seat
Sweden's Pirate Party has won a seat in the European Parliament. The group - which campaigned on reformation of copyright and patent law - secured 7.1% of the Swedish vote.

EU Roaming Regulation clears final hurdle: Council paves way for cheaper roaming prices as of 1 July [news release]
Today the ministers of the 27 EU Member States formally adopted the new EU roaming rules proposed by the European Commission last September and approved by the European Parliament in April. The new EU roaming rules will lead to further reductions of up to 60% on consumers' roaming bills as of 1 July - just in time for this year's summer holidays.

Mobile phones, other wireless devices next big cybersecurity targets
Mobile phones and other mobile devices that provide access to the Internet will be the source of a "tsunami of insecurity" that will leave computer networks vulnerable to cyberattacks because manufacturers have not considered protecting the equipment, security professionals told Congress on Wednesday.

Japan explores using mobile phones to stop pandemics
A few months from now, a highly contagious disease will spread through a Japanese elementary school. The epidemic will start with several unwitting children, who will infect others as they attend classes and wander the halls.

Spam Drops 15 Percent After FTC Pricewert Takedown [IDG]
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's recent takedown of an Internet service provider thought to be a safe haven for spammers has reduced spam volumes, but only by a little.

Trademark Protection and Facebook User Names
Trademark protection just got slightly more complicated, but in a good way. Starting now, there's a new step that trademark holders or their attorneys should take to protect their trademarks or service marks.

Cybercrime costs Australian business $600m: report
Cybercrime is taking its toll on Australian businesses, costing them more than $600 million according to the latest report from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

Australian businesses exposed to computer security breaches [news release]
Computer security breaches affected 14 percent of Australian businesses in 2007 at a cost of more than $600 million, according to the latest report from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

The Australian Business Assessment of Computer User Security: a national survey [report]
Abstract: The Australian Business Assessment of Computer User Security (ABACUS) survey is a nationwide assessment of the prevalence and nature of computer security incidents experienced by Australian businesses. This report presents the findings of the survey which may be used by businesses in Australia to assess the effectiveness of their information technology security measures.

au: IIA cautions against ISP e-security burdens
Measures outlined by Senator Conroy to kick-start development of an e-security code of practice for ISPs are ?on the table? but may not make the final cut.

ISPs report success in fighting malware-infected PCs with Kiwi technology [IDG]
Computers infected with malicious software remain a big headache for ISPs, but two companies have designed systems that have made the problem much more manageable.

Coming soon: Cyberstorm III [AAP]
Continuing concern over e-security has brought business executives together with the Australian government and spies to talk about how critical infrastructure should be protected.

America's cybersecurity threat: The US is right to improve its cybersecurity defenses. But would it respond to cyber-attacks with military force?
Across the world at this moment, computer networks are being hacked and attacked. These cyber exploits range from the teenage gamer cracking websites for fun to the criminal syndicate stealing payment card data for easy money to foreign intelligence agencies looking for state secrets they can exploit to beat their adversaries economically and militarily.

Europe Looks to Step up Fight Against Cybercrime [IDG]
The European Commission is seeking to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and private industry worldwide as well as increase penalties for those engaged in cybercrime, a senior official said on Wednesday.

If Brtain's Labour can't protect people like Gary McKinnon, it really stands for nothing
This morning the high court in London will be the setting for the ?latest ? and perhaps last ? act in a drama that has been running for nearly eight years. Its leading character is Gary McKinnon, a self-confessed computer nerd and, despite all the other stories swirling around the media this week, his fate should be of the utmost concern to anyone who believes in the principles of justice and the protection of the vulnerable against the bullying power of the state.

Google polishes competition charm offensive
Google continued to lay the groundwork Wednesday for an antitrust defense in the event that the federal government decides to take a formal look at its core business.

Google unfazed by 3 US government inquiries [AP]
Google Inc. doesn't believe it needs to change its ways despite three separate U.S. government inquiries into whether some of the Internet search leader's actions are thwarting competition.

How long can Phorm go on?
Phorm has launched Webwise Discover, what it calls the final piece of its "full ?circle" behavioural advertising service. This aims to get ISPs, web users, advertisers and publishers to sign up to its Webwise tracking technology so more targeted adverts can be sold at a premium.

China Faces Criticism Over Computer Filtering Plan
China is facing a storm of protest at home and abroad over new regulations requiring all personal computers sold in the country to include software that can filter out pornography and other ?vulgar? content from the Internet.

China Defends Web-Filter Plan for Sales of PCs
The Chinese government agency that is ordering personal-computer makers to ship Internet filtering software with their PCs defended the plan in the wake of concerns it could be used for political censorship or create privacy or security risks.

China's computers at hacking risk
Every PC in China could be at risk of being taken over by malicious hackers because of flaws in compulsory government software. ... "We found a series of software flaws," explained Isaac Mao, a blogger and social entrepreneur in China, as well as a research fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

IT firms urge China to reconsider filter
A Washington-based group representing information technology companies called on China on Wednesday to reconsider its requirement that Internet filtering software be bundled with new computers.

China's Netizens Angry After Crackdown on Web Porn
"This is flat-out corruption," wrote one infuriated netizen on China's popular website Tianya.com. "If a government keeps dumbing down its people like this, how can it ever be respected by the rest of the world?" wrote another. "Our society is moving backwards." (Read "China's 'Netizens' Take On the Government.")

China defends screening software
China has defended the use of new screening software that has to be installed on all computers. Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the software would filter out pornographic or violent material.

China Requires Censorship Software on New Computers
China has issued a sweeping directive requiring all personal computers sold in the country to include sophisticated software that can filter out pornography and other ?unhealthy information? from the Internet.

China orders PC makers to install blocking software
Computer makers in China have been instructed to pre-install blocking software on every PC hard drive from next month, under a government push to control access to the internet.

China's Green Dam-Youth Escort net filter draws fire
China's requirement that internet filtering software be included with all personal computers sold in the country has been seized on by the Opposition as a sign the Federal Government's proposed internet censorship scheme won't work.

Should Facebook, Twitter follow IM providers and block access to U.S. 'enemies'?
Facebook and Twitter should join instant messaging (IM) services and block access to U.S.-sanctioned countries in order to avoid running afoul of the government's trade embargoes, say legal experts.

nz: France?s s92A equivalent declared unconstitutional
The proposed French law to deter online copyright infringers, known by the acronym Hadopi and couched in similar terms to New Zealand?s failed section 92A of the Copyright Act, has been struck down by France?s Constitutional Council.

Europe Looks to Step up Fight Against Cybercrime [IDG]
The European Commission is seeking to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and private industry worldwide as well as increase penalties for those engaged in cybercrime, a senior official said on Wednesday.

EU Telecoms Ministers to discuss key issues of Europe's Information Society
The Council of EU Telecoms Ministers will meet in Luxembourg on 11 June 2009 to discuss key issues related to Europe's Information Society. EU Telecoms Ministers will engage in an exchange of views on the future of Europe's network and information security policy, and the Commission will share its plans for the future of Europe's internet. The Presidency will also provide feedback from the ministerial conference on making the internet a safer place for children. Most important, an informal discussion among Ministers is expected on the strategy forward for the adoption of the EU telecoms reform "package". The European Commission will be represented at the Council by Viviane Reding, the EU's Telecoms Commissioner.

Amendments to the Indian Information Technology Act
The Indian Government is in the process of finalising regulations to clarify the operation of various new provisions under the recent Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008. Partner Michael Pattison and Senior Associate Ken Shiu report on the legislation, and on the implications for Australian corporations.

Web inventor to help Downing Street open up government data
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, will help the British government to make its data more easily available online, Gordon Brown said today. "So that government information is accessible and useful for the widest possible group of people, I have asked Sir Tim Berners-Lee who led the creation of the world wide web, to help us drive the opening up of access to Government data in the web over the coming month," the Prime Minister said in a statement about electoral and Parliamentary reform.


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