[DNS] domain name news - 5 October

[DNS] domain name news - 5 October

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 21:13:07 -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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European Commission welcomes US move to more independent, accountable, international internet governance
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1397

Your questions answered: Icann chief Rod Beckstrom
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/oct/02/rod-beckstrom-questions

Stearns: U.S. Needs Larger Role At ICANN
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/10/stearns-us-needs-larger-role-a.php

The U.S. Abandons the Internet - Multilateral governance of the domain name system risks censorship and repression.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504574446942665685208.html

New ICANN agreement runs into criticism [IDG]
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/320747/

ICANN studies secretive domain owners [IDG]
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/10/02/urnidgns852573C400693880002576430030F40C.DTL

Linux Australia: Linux.conf.au domain has a future
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/320792/

Linux Australia: Linux.conf.au domain has a future
http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2009-10-02-017-35-NW-CY-NT

LACTLD Statement on ccTLD. HN situation
http://www.lactld.org/News_Item.2009-09-28.9048048483

Honduran Govt Criticised for Takeover of .HM Management
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=9262

Terrorists nearing ability to launch big cyberattacks against U.S.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091002_9081.php

State of the Internet: Most attacks from China; S. Korea is fastest
http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009/10/01/state-of-the-internet-most-attacks-from-china-s-korea-is-fastest/

Could Swine Flu Take the Internet Down?
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/10/02/could-swine-flu-take-the-internet-down/

The High End of the Domain Aftermarket Stages a Comeback With Five 6-Figure Transactions
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2009/20090930.htm


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Expedited Registry Security Request Process Posted
Introduction: The Expedited Registry Security Request (ERSR) is the result of a collaborative effort between ICANN and gTLD registries to develop a process for quick action in cases where gTLD registries:
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-01oct09-en.htm

Publication of TNO Report Describing Root Scaling Model
ICANN has published a report prepared by TNO entitled "Root Scaling Study: Description of the DNS Root Scaling Model". TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) is an independent research organization based in Delft, Netherlands.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-01oct09-en.htm

Public Comment: Draft Report on Domain Names Registered Using a Privacy or Proxy Service
ICANN, assisted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), recently completed a draft of its study of the percentage of domain names registered using a privacy or proxy service. Today, that draft report is being posted for review and comment through 6 November 2009. 
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-01oct09-en.htm

Public Comments: Draft Final Report of the Board Review Working Group
ICANN appointed the Boston Consulting Group/Colin Carter & Associates to perform the external review of its Board of Directors; their review report was presented during a public workshop at the ICANN meeting in Cairo, and a public comment period followed.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-03oct09-en.htm

Public Comments: Draft Report of the SSAC Review Working Group
The Board appointed JAS Communications as the consultants for the independent review of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee?SSAC. JAS released their draft Final Report in February 2009 for presentation and discussion with the community at the ICANN meeting in Mexico City.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-03oct09-en.htm

Public Comments: Draft Report of the NomCom Review Finalization Working Group
In June 2007 Interisle Consulting Group was contracted to undertake the external review of the Nominating Committee, and delivered their report in October of the same year.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-03oct09-en.htm

European Commission welcomes US move to more independent, accountable, international internet governance
Viviane Reding, the EU's Commissioner for Information Society and Media, today welcomed news that ICANN, the body primarily responsible for managing internet domain names, will become more open and accountable to billions of internet users worldwide.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1397

Your questions answered: Icann chief Rod Beckstrom
On Wednesday we asked if you had any questions for Rod Beckstrom, the freshly-minted chief executive of internet bigwigs Icann - and one of the architects of the deal announced this week that saw Washington cede control of the organisation.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/oct/02/rod-beckstrom-questions

Stearns: U.S. Needs Larger Role At ICANN
House Communications Subcommittee ranking member Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., on Friday said he has lingering questions about an agreement that the Obama administration signed this week with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that loosens the U.S. government's grip on the entity that administers the domain name system. Chief among his concerns are the plan's implications for potential legal and security risks if foreign powers are involved with the oversight and handling of data.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/10/stearns-us-needs-larger-role-a.php

The U.S. Abandons the Internet - Multilateral governance of the domain name system risks censorship and repression.
There's a lot of concern out there right now about America's world leadership?facing down Iran's nuclear program, bracing NATO's commitment in Afghanistan, maintaining free trade. Here's something else to worry about: Has the Obama administration just given up U.S. responsibility for protecting the Internet?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504574446942665685208.html

New ICANN agreement runs into criticism [IDG]
A new agreement between the ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce that creates international oversight of the nonprofit operator of the Internet's domain name system may not provide enough accountability, some critics said.
http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/320747/
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/320747/
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/10/01/new-icann-agreement-runs-criticism
http://www.infoworld.com/t/internet/new-icann-agreement-runs-criticism-157

The Upside of Unbinding ICANN From U.S. Oversight
The United States Department of Commerce (DOC) and ICANN have come to an agreement which releases oversight of Internet domains from United States control and turns ICANN into a global private-sector led organization.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/blogs/bizfeed/172954/.html
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20091001/tc_pcworld/theupsideofunbindingicannfromusoversight_1

EU hails US move to open up Internet governance 
The United States has announced it will give up its unilateral supervision powers over ICANN, the body responsible for managing Internet addresses worldwide. The move has been warmly welcomed by the EU and Web advocacy groups.
http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/eu-hails-us-move-open-internet-governance/article-185984

U.S. gives up Internet oversight role via ICANN
The United States has relinquished its status as Internet supervisor. After the Department of Defense developed the technology that runs the World Wide Web 40 years ago, the country has maintained a sort of advisory role over its continuity.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/10/us-icann-internet.html

U.S. Government Finally Lets ICANN Go [ZDNet]
ICANN has inked a new document that gives the non-profit organization sovereignty for the first time, effective Oct. 1. The announcement effectively ends an 11-year direct relationship between the U.S. government and ICANN, outlined under the Joint Project Agreement (JPA), which expires today.
http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/oct2009/gb2009102_460955.htm

ICANN's Affirmation Agreement Wins Praise
The U.S. government no longer holds ICANN on a tight leash, and that's a good thing according to many in the Internet industry.
http://www.internetnews.com/government/article.php/3842001/

Experts: ICANN still needs Hill oversight
Even though the U.S. government's grip on ICANN has eased after both sides signed an agreement this week, Congress still has a critical role in ensuring a smoothly functioning Internet, experts said today.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091001_5459.php

New U.S.-ICANN pact takes step foward to Internet emancipation
The new agreement between the Commerce Department and ICANN is being greeted as a major step away from U.S. stewardship of the Internet, but it does not eliminate this country?s ?special role? in Internet governance.
http://gcn.com/articles/2009/10/01/icann-affirmation-internet-governance.aspx

Taking a Hard Look at the "Affirmation" by Milton Mueller
The new agreement involving the U.S. Commerce Department and ICANN really does constitute a new phase in ICANN?s existence. It is a step away from unilateral U.S. oversight, and that is a good thing. (Of course, the IANA contract, which still gives the U.S. a unilateral, life-or-death power over ICANN?s authority over the DNS root zone file, is unchanged by this.) The Obama administration NTIA is to be commended for making changes that attempt to address longstanding issues regarding unilateral U.S. oversight of ICANN. While acknowledging this effort to move forward, we call attention to some design flaws in the approach taken. More fundamentally, we are surprised by the approach to accountability that seems to underlie the AoC.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2009/9/30/4337767.html

Internet Governance Forum-USA to raise awareness of debate over governance of global Internet by Brenden Kuerbis
The first IGF-USA will take place this Friday, Oct 2 from 8:45-5:30 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, located at 1800 K Street, NW, in Washington, DC. The forum will engage civil society, government, industry, technology/research and academia in workshops and plenary sessions covering a variety of Internet issues including: The Future of the Internet, GenNext's Online Future; Cyber Security; Freedom of Information in a Web 2.0 World; Critical Internet Resources; Privacy and Security Implications for Web 2.0; and Access Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities.
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2009/9/30/4337383.html

ICANN Accountability Post-JPA: No Meaningful Change Expected
While many are dancing in the streets over today?s decision by the US Government to loosen some of its ties to ICANN as its a single governmental authority, I?m not convinced this decision will change much on a practical level. The Affirmation of Commitments was signed today by ICANN and the US Government to replace the Joint Project Agreement, and expand oversight to a more international community.
http://ipjustice.org/wp/2009/09/30/icann-accountability-post-jpa/

The ICANN-U.S. AOC: What It Really Means
The JPA is dead. Long live the AOC. The JPA which has defined the relationship between ICANN and the United States government for the past three years expired on September 30th, and that same day an Agreement of Commitments was unveiled by these same parties to govern their relationship for the indefinite future.
http://www.internetcommerce.org/ICANN-U.S._AOC

Nominet's response to the ending of the ICANN JPA
Nominet welcomes the end of the Joint Project Agreement between the US Department of Commerce and ICANN. The private-sector led, bottom up model, gives a strong mandate to ICANN to operate as an organisation for public purpose and ensures that ICANN's accountability to the wider community remains prominent and constant.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=6742

Perfect Storm: Part 2 by Lesley Cowley
Back in February I wrote about the ?Perfect Storm? developing in the area of international and national Internet Governance. Whilst weather prediction is a notoriously difficult and sometimes dangerous business, recent developments suggest there may be a calmer period with a few sunny intervals ahead. What has provoked this unseasonal optimism, you may ask? It?s mainly due to the announcement that the Joint Project Agreement between the US Department of Commerce and ICANN has come to an end.
http://blog.nominet.org.uk/insight/2009/09/perfect-storm-part-2/

CADNA Asserts That The ICANN Affirmation of Commitments Falls Short
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) regards the new Affirmation of Commitments (AOC) agreement between the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) and ICANN as gravely falling short on the fundamental issue of ICANN accountability.
http://www.cadna.org/en/newsroom/press-releases/iccan-affirmation-of-commitments-falls-short

ICANN Cuts the Apron Strings
According to ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush, nobody but nobody controls the Internet Not China, not Comcast, not your IT guy, not Clippy, nobody. The Final Boss of the Internet does not exist. But there does exist a nonprofit that governs Web addresses, and that's Dengate Thrush's organization, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN makes sure there's some degree of rhyme and reason to the domain names that you see in the URL bar at the top of your browser.
http://technewsworld.com/story/68276.html

Opponents of ICANN plan fear expedited domain takedowns
Just days prior to the expiration of the final Joint Project Agreement between ICANN and the US Dept. of Commerce, effectively letting the DOC's oversight over ICANN lapse, the CEO of ICANN, Rod Beckstrom, informed ranking Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee and its key Subcommittee on Courts and Competition, that ICANN had no intention of terminating its long-term relationship with the US Government.
http://www.betanews.com/article/Opponents-of-ICANN-plan-fear-expedited-domain-takedowns/1254509801

ICANN without restraints: the difficulties of coordinating stakeholders
People interested in coalitions and policy-making on a global scale--topics that are increasingly relevant in a world whose borders are irrelevant to carbon dioxide, flu viruses, and other critical entities--need to learn from other organizations that are dealing with these issues.
http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/10/icann-without-restraints-the-d.html

FE Editorial : Icann, but can they?
That the Internet originated in the US is indisputable. But as to who controls it now, opposite opinions have held equally strong. The people at ICANN have answered ?no one?.
http://www.financialexpress.com/news/fe-editorial-icann-but-can-they/524309/

Column : Dot com in everyone?s domain now
The Internet is much like the Matrix; while we sit at work or at home, surfing the Web and checking our email, there are forces at work behind the scenes, making sure that what we?re looking for is indeed what we get. The most influential of these is ICANN, which manages the 13 root domain name servers (DNS) which match familiar URLs like www.google.com to arcane IP addresses, which are nothing more than series of numbers.
http://www.financialexpress.com/news/column-dot-com-in-everyones-domain-now/524310/

ICANN Critics Concerned About Review Panel Independence, Politics
Apparently, not everyone is as thrilled about the new agreement between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce as it seemed when they first announced the Affirmation of Committments this week.
http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/blogs/bentley/icann-critics-concerned-about-review-panel-independence-politics/?cs=36339

The Evolution of ICANN after the end of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA)
France welcomes with interest the Affirmation of Commitments published today by the Department of Commerce and ICANN, by which ICANN commits to develop the institutional reforms necessary to ensure its full accountability. This is a positive evolution. France will actively participate in the consultation processes to be established to turn this vision into practice and is willing, in concertation with its European partners, to facilitate them as indicated in the public statement issued by the Swedish Presidency of the EU..
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/actions-france_830/internet-tic_1038/tic-pour-developpement_5332/the-evolution-of-icann-after-the-end-of-the-joint-project-agreement-jpa_76785.html

ICANN haz control too?
Transparency and accountability is finally within reach for ICANN. The argument that quite simply, the United States government created the internet and needs to be in charge didn?t prevail and now ICANN is going global, galloping into an era of international oversight.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/fry/C095E957D37A90E5CC257643001A29C7

Board's "noncommercial" appointments raise eyebrows by Milton Mueller
Yesterday the Board announced its appointments to represent Noncommercial Stakeholders on the GNSO Council. These positions should have been elected directly by noncommercial stakeholders organized in the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC). The only reason they weren't is that the NCUC is being punished for not being sufficiently pliable to Board and staff wishes.* So the Board decided to appoint three of their six representatives for them. How good of a job did they do?
http://blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2009/10/2/4338930.html

ICANN studies secretive domain owners [IDG]
Approximately 15 percent to 25 percent of domain names have been registered in a manner that limits the amount of personal information available to the public through WHOIS queries, according to the preliminary results of a report from ICANN
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/10/02/urnidgns852573C400693880002576430030F40C.DTL
http://www.infoworld.com/t/internet/icann-studies-secretive-domain-owners-233
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/10/02/icann-studies-secretive-domain-owners
http://www.cio.com/article/503994/ICANN_Studies_Secretive_Domain_Owners
http://www.pcworld.com/article/173019/.html
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/100209-icann-studies-secretive-domain.html

15%-25% of Domain Names are Registered with Masked Whois
A new report released by ICANN yesterday says that 15%-25% of all registered domain names use some sort of service to mask whois information.
http://domainnamewire.com/2009/10/02/15-25-of-domain-names-are-registered-with-masked-whois/

ICANN Technical Study Suggests Delaying New gTLD Introduction Until 2011-12
ICANN has taken considerable heat from many parties that it has yet to produce a convincing economic study detailing the market demand and viability of new gTLDs.
http://www.internetcommerce.org/ICANN_Delaying_New_gTLD

Is there something wrong with the new GNSO Councillors?
The GNSO, ICANN's policy-making body for generic TLDs, is overseen by a Council made up of representatives from the GNSO's various stakeholder groups. For example, I sit on the Council as a representative of the Registrar Stakeholder Group.
http://stephanevangelder.com/archives/275-Is-there-something-wrong-with-the-new-GNSO-Councillors.html

At last, domain chains set free
No less than 40 years after the Internet was established in a United States military base, this global phenomenon has taken its first significant step towards internationalisation.
http://www.thehindu.com/2009/10/04/stories/2009100461011000.htm

DAGv3: prepare for over 30 documents!
ICANN's much anticipated 3rd version of the Draft Applicant Guidebook (DAGv3) for new generic Top Level Domains should be out early this week, perhaps even as soon as Monday October 5th.
http://stephanevangelder.com/archives/276-DAGv3-prepare-for-over-30-documents!.html

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Dubai leads as .ae domain name registrations rise by 30% in UAE
Registrations of the .ae domain name have increased by 30 per cent this year, with the most being from Dubai, said the country's telecom regulator.
http://ae.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidZAWYA20091004041043/
http://www.business24-7.ae/Articles/2009/10/Pages/03102009/10042009_b4542acad90f4b07b8519451b5fd7176.aspx

AUDA calls for new .au domain names [Computerworld Australia]
The Australian Domain Name Administrator (AUDA) has announced plans to reactivate the second-level domain names (2LDs) conf.au and info.au.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/100109-auda-calls-for-new-au.html
http://www.cio.de/news/cio_worldnews/2109762/
http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/10/01/auda-calls-new-au-domain-names
http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/auda-calls-new-au-domain-names-041

Linux Australia: Linux.conf.au domain has a future
The organisation that owns the linux.conf.au domain name is nonplussed at the possibility it could be killed off by the Australian Domain Name Administrator (AUDA).
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/320792/
http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2009/100209-linux-australia-linuxconfau-domain-has.html
http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2009-10-02-017-35-NW-CY-NT
http://www.cio.de/news/cio_worldnews/2209923/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/100209-linux-australia-linuxconfau-domain-has.html

Linux Australia: Linux.conf.au domain has a future
"This week, the AUDA called for proposals regarding the future of the second-level domain names (2LDs) conf.au and info.au.
http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2009-10-02-017-35-NW-CY-NT

Already 600,000 .CZ Domains
The CZ.NIC Association, administrator of the .CZ domain, registered domain number 600,000 on Wednesday September 30 at 22:47. Since registration of the first half million domains, less than 10 months have passed.
http://www.nic.cz/page/678/already-600,000-.cz-domains/

CZ.NIC announces the second annual competition for young programmers
The CZ.NIC association, administrator of the .CZ top-level domain, announced the second year of the contest for young talents in the area of ICT.
http://www.nic.cz/page/679/cz.nic-announces-the-second-annual-competition-for-young-programmers/

Deletion of KLTE Ltd domain names on 2 November 2009
On 25 September 2009, AFNIC's Board of Directors approved a request from the registrar DieWebagentur.At authorising it to delete all names registered by KLTE Limited. Nearly 1,000 .fr names held by KLTE Ltd will therefore be deleted on 2 November 2009, and will become available for registration. This decision brings to an end a dispute that has been going on for 4 years.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/229/deletion-of-klte-ltd-domain-names-on-2-november-2009

LACTLD Statement on ccTLD. HN situation
By this note, we would like to inform to the international community about the current situation in the ccTLD.HN, which is administrated by the RDS-HN , associated member of LACTLD , organization that inform us about this situation.
http://www.lactld.org/News_Item.2009-09-28.9048048483

Honduran Govt Criticised for Takeover of .HM Management
The Honduran government has informed the .HM ccTLD manager, RDS-HN, they must hand over the management of the ccTLD to CONATEL as CONATEL has not signed any agreement with any public or private entity to manage .HN domain names.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=9262
http://www.domainpulse.com/2009/10/04/honduran-govt-criticised-for-takeover-of-hm-management/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/honduran-govt-criticised-for-takeover-of-.hm-management.html

Afilias announces new ".INFO Site Rater" Allowing Users to Rate Their Favorite .INFO Domains
Afilias, a global provider of Internet infrastructure services and registry for the .INFO domain, today announced that is has added a new service that allows visitors to its .INFO Web site directory to rate their favorite .INFO Web sites.
http://www.afilias.info/info+site+rater
http://www.info.info/news/2009/09/29/afilias-announces-new-info-site-rater-allowing-users-rate-their-favorite-info-domain

DNS.PT more secure
The FCCN (Foundation for National Scientific Computing), the entity that manages the DNS system for attributing domain names on the Internet under .PT adopts the DNSSEC standard, joining Portugal to the small group of countries that have adopted this standard for their top-level domains.
https://online.dns.pt/dns_2008/do?com=DS;2217917768;111;+PAGE(4000002)+K-NOTICIA(1009)+K-CAT-CODIGO(LNH)+RCNT(1);

.SE?s reply to PTS: No blocking of ?bank? in domain names at present
.SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation), which is responsible for the Internet?s Swedish top-level domain, has today answered the advice sent to .SE by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency PTS on 27 August 2009. .SE does not intend to follow PTS?s request to block the combination of letters ?bank? from use in .se domains, since it is the foundation?s view that this demand does not have judicial support in the law concerning national top-level domains for Sweden on the Internet.
http://www.iis.se/en/2009/09/29/se-svarar-pts-sparr-for-?bank?-i-domannamn-ar-inte-aktuellt/

Nominet renewals research
We are currently researching how and why domain names are renewed. This research looks into the reasons why a domain name may or may not be renewed and explores the process by which the decision to renew or not is arrived at.
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=6745

Additional six months for .YU domain
The Serbian National Register of Internet Domain Names (RNIDS) would like to inform the public that ICANN Board of Directors is having a meeting at the moment and that we have been informed that the extension of the .YU domain for the maximum period of 6 months has been approved, under conditions that RNIDS will subsequently be informed about.
http://www.rnids.rs/en/node/67

ICANN extends .yu domain for six months [sub req'd]
The International Internet Register (ICANN) has authorised the extension of the deadline for the switching off of the .yu internet domain by six months until 30 March 2010, under conditions that will be announced subsequently.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/

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Terrorists nearing ability to launch big cyberattacks against U.S.
The biggest threat to U.S. computer networks is terrorist organizations that will purchase software code from cybercriminals to penetrate sensitive systems, a possibility that could be just a few years away, information security and former intelligence officials said on Friday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091002_9081.php

DHS official says cyber czar 'bad idea,' cyber coordinator 'great idea'
The Homeland Security Department's top cybersecurity official today pushed back on speculation that the high-level individual President Obama will appoint to coordinate the nation's preparedness for and response to high-tech attacks would be another White House czar.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091002_4965.php

U.S. Homeland Security Wants Cybersecurity Pros
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to hire 1,000 cybersecurity professionals in the next three years according to the agency's secretary Janet Napolitano.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/100109-homeland-security-experts-hire.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/172980/.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138808/DHS_to_hire_1_000_cybersecurity_experts_

State of the Internet: Most attacks from China; S. Korea is fastest
The second quarter 2009 State of the Internet report from Akamai found an overall decrease in US connection speed.
http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009/10/01/state-of-the-internet-most-attacks-from-china-s-korea-is-fastest/

Reducing Cybersquatting, Phishing by Alex Tajirian
Solutions to cybersquatting and phishing must target brand customers instead of the trademark infringers, who are in effect liars. This post outlines why online-based traditional solutions fail, and it offers solutions to two types of lying (cybersquatting and phishing).
http://www.circleid.com/posts/reducing_cybersquatting_phishing/

au: Opinion: Take no chances with card security
Time has run out for businesses that handle credit card information. ... And as the case against entrepreneur Nicholas Bolton proved last week, vigilance is eternal. The 27-year-old Generation Y "entrepreneur" and founder of Bottle Domains stands to lose his internet empire after a hacker's attempts to sell thousands of his customers' card details attracted the attention of the Australian domain name authority, auDA. In April, it terminated his registrar's accreditation, a decision upheld last Friday by the Supreme Court.
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/157340,opinion-take-no-chances-with-card-security.aspx

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Glenn Beck Internet Meme Gets Ugly
It's not often that I would recommend reading a World Intellectual Property Organization legal brief for its entertainment value, but today is going to be an exception. WIPO is considering a domain name dispute between conservative commentator Glenn Beck and the owner of a satire site called GlennBeckRapedAnd MurderedAYoungGirl In1990.com.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2009/10/when_internet_memes_go_to_cour.html

Memes strike back: Gerbils, gay blood elves, and Glenn Beck
Talk show host Glenn Beck is pursuing the owner of the domain name glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com, charging trademark violations and claiming rights to the domain. Now, the anonymous owner responds, telling an arbiter that "only an abject imbecile" could mistake the site for one of Beck's own.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/09/memes-strike-back-gerbils-gay-blood-elves-and-glenn-beck.ars

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 - IPv4/IPv6
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Internet Pavilion to Host Key Internet Discussions During the ITU Telecom World Conference
ICANN, the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Number Resource Organization (NRO) are joining forces to host the ?Internet Pavilion? at the Telecom World Event, taking place from October 5-9. The three organizations are working together to raise awareness of the need maintain and reinforce a single, global, secure, stable and interoperable Internet.
http://nro.net/media/itutw-geneva.html

IPv6 PI Assignment to the RIPE NCC
Following the approval of RIPE Policy Proposal 2009-02, "Allocating/Assigning Resources to the RIPE NCC", the RIPE NCC requested that an IPv6 PI assignment be assigned to it for RIPE Meetings.
http://ripe.net/news/ipv6-assignment-ripe-ncc.html

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 - MISCELLANEOUS
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Could Swine Flu Take the Internet Down?
If the H1N1 swine-flu pandemic arrives this fall, one thing that may break under the strain is the Internet. Emergency planners say that school-age children and telecommuting adults could be accessing the network simultaneously, potentially overloading the public Internet?s capacity.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/10/02/could-swine-flu-take-the-internet-down/

NewTLD Hype
Just because something is new doesn't mean it's a bad idea. (Of course you could also argue tht the converse is true ... ) So how do big companies and the general public feel about the concept of new domain extensions? This short video from dotBerlin shows one possible scenario:
http://www.newtldguide.com/2009/09/newtld-hype.html

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 - DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET
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The High End of the Domain Aftermarket Stages a Comeback With Five 6-Figure Transactions
Like other areas of the economy, the domain aftermarket has suffered some setbacks in the current recession, especially at the high end of the market. Sales at the low and middle range started accelerating again last spring and lately we have seen some buyers dipping their toes into the deep end of the pool again. That was especially true this past week when five solid six-figure sales were booked.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2009/20090930.htm

DBS Acquires Australian Domain Name Business
Dark Blue Sea advises that today it has acquired a company in the emerging Australian expired domain name industry. As part of the acquisition Dark Blue Sea will become an Australian domain name reseller.
http://darkbluesea.com/announcements/354_Dark_Blue_Sea_drop_business_draft_290909_Allier_mark_up_version_3-1.pdf

Dark Blue Sea Acquires Australian Drop Catcher
In a Dark Blue Sea press release, the parent company of Fabulous.com announced the acquisition of an Australian Domain Name Business ? enabling the company to become an Australian domain name reseller and generate revenues in AU dollars to help combat the current exchange rate.
http://www.domainnamenews.com/up-to-the-minute/dark-blue-sea-acquires-australian-drop-catcher/6222

Sedo Introduces new No Minimum Commission Offer
The domain industry is always changing, and Sedo?s suite of tools for domain owners are evolving to keep pace. It?s important to stay on top of important trends and market research in order to maximize the benefit of buying and selling domains.
http://www.sedo.com/links/showhtml.php3?Id=2496

Domain Sellers: Submit Your 2-Character .Com & .Nets
The value of 2-character names is impossible to deny, and for this reason we are excited to announce our 2-Character .Com & .Net Auction running from Nov. 5-12! If you own a 2-character .com or .net, act now to have your name considered for inclusion in our auction.
http://www.sedo.com/links/showhtml.php3?Id=2504

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INTERNET USE
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Could Swine Flu Take the Internet Down?
If the H1N1 swine-flu pandemic arrives this fall, one thing that may break under the strain is the Internet. Emergency planners say that school-age children and telecommuting adults could be accessing the network simultaneously, potentially overloading the public Internet?s capacity.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/10/02/could-swine-flu-take-the-internet-down/

Broadband Speeds Surge in Many Countries
The performance of broadband Internet connections has surged ahead in many countries in the last year, even before government stimulus packages aimed at upgrading networks take full effect, according to a study to be published Thursday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/01/technology/internet/01broad.html

Murdoch wants to charge for news, but what will readers be prepared to pay?
While Rupert Murdoch was busy choosing the next British prime minister last week, his able lieutenants seemed somewhat less in control of events. "We will figure out a way of doing it because that is what we have to do," according to Wapping's chief of commerce. "Do we have the answer? No. Are we working towards the answer? Yes." Compare and contrast, Gordon Brown. Even on a lacklustre day.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/04/murdoch-media-websites-charging

au: Motivation and competency keys to lifting adult digital literacy
Low levels of competency with digital media and perceived motivation are core factors behind increasing media literacy within community segments, an ACMA-commissioned research report has found.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/320778/

17% of adult Australians have never used the internet
A new report issued by the Australian Communication and Media Authority has highlighted that many adult Australians are missing out on the benefits of digital media, because of a lack of skills, individual motivation and economic circumstances.
http://www.current.com.au/2009/10/02/article/ATXHESYFLO.html

Motivation, understanding and access essential for Australian adults to participate in the digital world [news release]
A significant minority of adult Australians are missing out on the benefits of new digital media, in particular the internet, because of lack of skills, low individual motivation and economic circumstances according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority report, released today.
http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_311890

Can Google Stay on Top of the Web?
As Bing, Facebook, Twitter, and less well-known upstarts nip at its heels, Google has hundreds of wizards racing to come up with smarter answers
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_41/b4150044749206.htm

Call for law to improve websites for disabled
European information commissioner Viviane Reding has proposed a pan-European law that would ensure website accessibility for disabled people.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,39785385,00.htm

Get everyone in US online, high-level panel says
The nation needs to give the same urgency to making sure all Americans have broadband access as the Eisenhower administration did in building an interstate highway system a half-century ago, a report released Friday concluded.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/03/AR2009100302462.html

Bug by Bug, Google Fixes a New Idea
Even at Google, new ideas do not always go as planned. Danielle VanDyke, a young Google engineer working on the company?s latest mobile ad format, discovered that in August. The ad format was supposed to be ready for introduction in two weeks. But, as Ms. VanDyke told her colleagues in a teleconference, she was finding a bunch of bugs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/05/business/media/05adco.html

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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Facebook, Twitter users are affluent and urban, study shows
If you're hooked on posting updates on Facebook and Twitter, there's a good chance you have more money and are more urban than your fellow US citizens, according to a new study by The Nielsen Co.
http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/article/320199/
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/320199/

Facebook warns members about rise in '419' scams [IDG]
More and more fraudsters are harvesting the log-in data of Facebook members in order to impersonate them and ask their friends for money, according to the social-networking company.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138702/Facebook_warns_members_about_rise_in_419_scams

Social media's rise to force changes
Facebook continues to bamboozle the experts with its growth in Australia, topping 8 million users last month and forcing companies to rethink the traditional use of broadcast TV to reach millions of people quickly with advertising.
http://www.theage.com.au/business/social-medias-rise-to-force-changes-20091001-gesy.html

Techniques Used By Fraudsters On Social Networking Sites
Fraudsters continue to hijack accounts on social networking sites and spread malicious software by using various techniques. One technique involves the use of spam to promote phishing sites, claiming there has been a violation of the terms of agreement or some other type of issue which needs to be resolved.
http://www.ic3.gov/media/2009/091001.aspx

Why women dominate social networking
Should you be one of those who believe that men are neanderthal, socially awkward hairy animals while women are socially aware, smoothly sensitive beings, then I have some statistics that might increase your estimation of your own superior judgment.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10367040-71.html

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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au: Filtering trials reveal censorship flaws
The Australian government's internet censorship can't stop peer-to-peer traffic or virtual private networks, according to sources close to the filtering trials.
http://www.skynews.com.au/business/article.aspx?id=378676
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Business/2009/10/02/Filtering_trials_reveal_censorship_flaws_378676.html

au: ISP-level filtering appears not to impact performance [sub req'd]
Live ISP-level content filtering does not have a negative impact on performance and does work, a trial for the Australian government shows.
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/

au: New harassment law to rein in cyber bullies
Cyberbullies and schoolyard tormenters are more likely to be prosecuted under an overhaul of sexual harassment laws set to be introduced by the Federal Government.
http://www.theage.com.au/national/new-harassment-law-to-rein-in-cyber-bullies-20091003-ghbj.html
http://www.smh.com.au/national/law-change-takes-aim-at-schoolyard-tormentors-20091003-gh7c.html
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/law-change-takes-aim-at-schoolyard-tormentors-20091004-ghgr.html

au: Cyberspace blamed for increase in girl violence
New research shows girls are increasingly committing violent crimes and cyberspace is being blamed in part for the problem. The study looks at crime rates for young people over half a century and sits uncomfortably with society's traditional images of young girls.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2009/09/22/2693617.htm

One in four NZ teens cyber-bullied
As a British teen cyber-bully is jailed, experts here say the phenomenon is widespread in New Zealand. Keeley Houghton is serving a three-month sentence in a young offenders' institute after being found guilty of harassment on Facebook.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10601177

sg: New cyber-bullying weapon: Mobile phones
Polytechnic student Alice (not her real name) got a shock in November last year, when she realised that a female classmate had taken upskirt photos of her by using a mobile phone.
http://www.asiaone.com/Digital/News/Story/A1Story20091005-171730.html

us: Two cyberbullying bills duke it out in House committee
The House Judiciary Committee listened to testimonies this week that argued the differences between two proposed laws aimed at cyberbullying. The two bills take decidedly different approaches, and many of the experts at the hearing favored one that focused on education.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/10/two-cyberbullying-bills-duke-it-out-in-house-committee.ars

On-line sex crimes in Wales double in four years
The alarming figures come to light in the week the ?Facebook Three?, a trio of paedophiles who never met but swapped graphic child abuse pictures over the internet, have shocked Britain by admitting their crimes of sexually assaulting children, some barely toddlers.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/10/04/on-line-sex-crimes-in-wales-double-in-four-years-91466-24845417/

Venezuela to outlaw violent video games, toys [AP]
Shouts of "Kill him! Kill him!" ring out as the preteens train their virtual assault rifles on the last remaining terrorist and spray him with bullets. Blood splatters. The enemy collapses. And they cheerfully wrap up another game of "Counter-Strike."
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/venezuela-to-outlaw-violent-video-games-toys-20091005-gi1r.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/venezuela-to-outlaw-violent-video-games-toys-20091005-gi1r.html

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Internet TV Could Boom in the Next Few Years, Study Says [IDG]
Internet-enabled TV sets could see wider adoption in the next few years as viewers get comfortable with the idea of running widgets on TV screens, according to a study released by Ernst & Young on Thursday.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/172993/.html
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/100109-internet-tv-could-boom-in.html
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/320748/
http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/article/320748/

Web TV could come with a price tag after Comcast-NBC deal
Free TV shows on the Internet could be harder to find if Comcast Corp succeeds in acquiring a majority stake in NBC Universal.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-42880020091003

Hollywood warming to Internet as DVDs begin to fade
Higher margins, the ability to collect and use information about customers, more revenue and greater willingness to share content with Internet operators is prompting Hollywood to join forces with the likes of Google's YouTube or set up its own Internet portals.
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-42857320091002
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/2931418/

US Bill to make P2P file sharing safer passes House Committee
The House Energy and Commerce Committee this week passed passed the Informed P2P User Act, which is designed to make it safer for consumers to use peer-to-peer, or P2P, file-sharing software.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138858/Bill_to_make_P2P_file_sharing_safer_passes_House_Committee
http://www.pcworld.com/article/173061/.html

MySpace to give free music a spin
Social networking site MySpace has launched an advertiser-sponsored service that allows users to hear thousands of music tracks online for free.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26153709-5013404,00.html

Second HADOPI Law Faces French Constitutionality Test
Just days after the French Parliament adopted a bill aiming to protect literary and artistic intellectual property rights online on 25 September; the law is being challenged on constitutionality grounds.
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2009/10/02/second-hadopi-law-faces-constitutionality-test-by-french-socialist-party/

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Not just for a natter: Aussies' mobile phone use changing
The nature of mobile phone use in Australia is changing, with handsets increasingly used for more than just making voice calls and sending SMS messages according to a new study. Seventy seven per cent of people surveyed for the 2009 Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index frequently used their handsets to access services such Web browsing.
http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/article/320763/
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/320763/

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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au: Apple bites over Woolworths logo
Woolworths insists its new logo is a stylised ''W'' or a piece of fresh produce. Apple thinks it is an apple, and the California-based technology company wants to stop Australia's largest retailer from using it.
http://www.theage.com.au/business/apple-bites-over-woolworths-logo-20091005-ghzr.html
http://www.smh.com.au/business/apple-bites-over-woolworths-logo-20091005-ghzr.html

UK High Court court order served over Twitter
The High Court has given permission for an injunction to be served via social-networking site Twitter.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8285954.stm

High Court uses Twitter to issue injunction
The High Court has ordered an injunction to be served through the social networking site Twitter for the first time.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6858340.ece
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,26166068-15306,00.html

U.K. High Court serves injunction using Twitter [IDG]
For the first time, a U.K. court delivered an injunction over Twitter on Thursday, a ground-breaking embrace of technology by a traditionally slow-moving legal system.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138800/U.K._High_Court_serves_injunction_using_Twitter
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/100209-uk-high-court-serves-injunction.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/173008/.html

High Court orders writ to be served via Twitter
The High Court ordered its first injunction via Twitter on Thursday, saying the social website and micro-blogging service was the best way to reach an anonymous Tweeter who had been impersonating someone.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5904H320091002

Cybersecurity Starts at Home and in the Office [AP]
When swine flu broke out, the government revved up a massive information campaign centered on three words: Wash your hands. The Obama administration now wants to convey similarly clear and concise guidance about one of the biggest national security threats in your home and office -- the computer.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/10/04/us/politics/AP-US-Cybersafety.html
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/cybersecurity-starts-at-home-and-in-the-office-20091004-ghu3.html
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/cybersecurity-starts-at-home-and-in-the-office-20091004-ghu3.html

US urges 'cyber hygiene' effort
The US government has urged all internet users to play their part in protecting the network from attack. The call comes at the start of National Cyber Security Awareness month.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8279867.stm

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month [news release]
Everyone thinks about cybersecurity now and then. Whether you?re setting up your business? website, or opening a new checking account, or sitting down with your child to get on the internet; it?s an issue that affects all of us. Cybercrimes and the security of our private and government cyber infrastructure are critical parts of the department?s mission to secure our homeland ? by making sure that we are all safer online.
http://www.dhs.gov/journal/theblog/2009/10/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month.html

'State of the Internet' assessed
Internet attacks came from 201 different countries in the second quarter, up from 68 countries in the first quarter, according to a report released Thursday.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10365091-83.html

Singapore sets up IT security body
The government has announced plans for a new agency dedicated to look at IT security and combat cyber terrorism threats.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62058227,00.htm
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39783117,00.htm

Terrorists nearing ability to launch big cyberattacks against U.S.
The biggest threat to U.S. computer networks is terrorist organizations that will purchase software code from cybercriminals to penetrate sensitive systems, a possibility that could be just a few years away, information security and former intelligence officials said on Friday.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091002_9081.php

DHS official says cyber czar 'bad idea,' cyber coordinator 'great idea'
The Homeland Security Department's top cybersecurity official today pushed back on speculation that the high-level individual President Obama will appoint to coordinate the nation's preparedness for and response to high-tech attacks would be another White House czar.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20091002_4965.php

U.S. Homeland Security Wants Cybersecurity Pros
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to hire 1,000 cybersecurity professionals in the next three years according to the agency's secretary Janet Napolitano.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/100109-homeland-security-experts-hire.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/172980/.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138808/DHS_to_hire_1_000_cybersecurity_experts_

State of the Internet: Most attacks from China; S. Korea is fastest
The second quarter 2009 State of the Internet report from Akamai found an overall decrease in US connection speed.
http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009/10/01/state-of-the-internet-most-attacks-from-china-s-korea-is-fastest/

au: Opinion: Take no chances with card security
Time has run out for businesses that handle credit card information. ... And as the case against entrepreneur Nicholas Bolton proved last week, vigilance is eternal. The 27-year-old Generation Y "entrepreneur" and founder of Bottle Domains stands to lose his internet empire after a hacker's attempts to sell thousands of his customers' card details attracted the attention of the Australian domain name authority, auDA. In April, it terminated his registrar's accreditation, a decision upheld last Friday by the Supreme Court.
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/157340,opinion-take-no-chances-with-card-security.aspx

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CENSORSHIP
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China?s Great Firewall: On, Off and On Again
Thought China is loosening its grip on information flow? Think again. For the last two months, many Internet users in China say they have been denied access to a dozen popular Web sites and bulletin boards as part of the government?s preparations for the upcoming 60th anniversary of the proclamation of People?s Republic on Oct. 1.
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinajournal/2009/10/02/china?s-great-firewall-on-off-and-on-again/

China Web clampdown ahead of anniversary
The Chinese authorities tightened Internet censorship ahead of Thursday's 60th anniversary of communist rule, according to reports.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62058254,00.htm
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39783130,00.htm

Malaysian govt defends action in Web censorship
Malaysia's Ministry of Information Communication and Culture has rebuffed allegations the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) abused its power in controlling the new media and condemns comparisons to Adolph Hitler's secret Nazi police "Gestapo".
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,62058287,00.htm

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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us: Geithner Pressed To Delay Gambling Rules
House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, Homeland Security Committee ranking member Peter King and others wrote to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday asking them to delay for one year implementation of a 2006 law that bans Internet gambling in the United States. The members referred to the regulations as an "unreasonable burden on regulators and the financial services industry at a time of economic crisis."
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2009/10/administration-urged-to-delay.php

U.S. lawmakers urge delay in Internet gambling rules
U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank and other lawmakers on Friday urged regulators to delay the December 1 implementation of financial rules to enforce a ban on Internet gambling.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5916QH20091002
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-42876620091003

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MISCELLANEOUS
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'Kill Obama' Facebook poll set up by child [AP]
An agency spokesman says the US Secret Service has determined that a child was behind the online survey that asked whether people thought President Barack Obama should be assassinated.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10600866

Secret Service says Facebook assassination poll posed no threat
The person who created and posted an online poll asking if President Barack Obama should be assassinated is a juvenile and will not be charged with a crime, according to the U.S. Secret Service.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138807/Secret_Service_says_Facebook_assassination_poll_posed_no_threat

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Roaming caps legal, advises EU advocate general
A legal challenge to roaming caps imposed on operators by the European Commission is likely to fail, the European Court of Justice's advocate general has advised, citing inexplicable profit margins before the caps were introduced.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/communications/0,1000000085,39785383,00.htm

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ARRESTS/COURT CASES FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTION
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The Facebook paedophile ring
More than 300 families were warned last night that they may never know whether their children fell prey to a female nursery worker who sexually abused babies in her care and swapped sickening images of the acts with two other paedophiles she met on Facebook. 
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/the-facebook-paedophile-ring-1796373.html

comment: Vanessa George case shows armchair paedophiles are just as guilty
Thinking about Vanessa George, the nursery worker in the child abuse case, the very last thing one would expect to feel at any part of the process is an impulse, however brief, to laugh. George sexually abused small children in her care, including babies, sharing the images with the convicted sex offender Colin Blanchard and with Angela Allen, none of whom had met but who used mobile phone cameras and the internet (mainly Facebook) to egg each other on to ever-worsening acts of cruelty and depravity.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/04/vanessa-george-paedophiles-barbara-ellen

Up to 64,000 women in UK 'are child-sex offenders'
Child sex abuse by women is significantly more widespread than previously realised, with experts estimating that there could be up to 64,000 female offenders in Britain.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/oct/04/uk-female-child-sex-offenders

uk: Facebook trio admit child abuse 'depravity' [Press Association]
A nursery worker and two other paedophiles she met on Facebook admitted a horrifying catalogue of child abuse "depravity" today. ... They recorded the abuse on their mobiles and then swapped the pictures via email using unprotected accounts, including MSN Hotmail.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/facebook-trio-admit-child-abuse-depravity-1795934.html

Nursery worker Vanessa George pleads guilty to sexually abusing children
A nursery worker admitted sexually assaulting children in her care, taking more than 100 images of her victims and sharing the pictures with two other paedophiles she had met on the internet.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/oct/01/vanessa-george-sex-abuse

Little Ted's nursery worker Vanessa George guilty of abusing babies
A judge appealed today to nursery worker Vanessa George to reveal the identities of the babies she sexually abused as part of an online paedophile ring.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6856709.ece

uk: Teacher Matthew Knott groomed girl for sex over internet
A science teacher who invented an online teenage alter ego to groom a 13-year-old girl for sex has been jailed for four years at Manchester Crown Court.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6855294.ece

Spanish police arrest 74 in Internet child sex swoop [AFP]
Spanish police said Thursday 74 people had been arrested in connection with an Internet pornography crackdown that turned up hard-core images of sexual attacks on young children.
http://www.asiaone.com/Digital/News/Story/A1Story20091001-171171.html

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