[DNS] domain name news - 7 December

[DNS] domain name news - 7 December

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2009 18:16:10 -0800 (PST)
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Global Policy Proposal for the Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries - Background Report

Global Policy Proposal for Autonomous System Numbers - Background Report

IDNs: Final Report on Three-Character Requirement and Variant Management Now Available for Public Comment

Temporary Expert Advisory Groups Formed on New gTLD Malicious Conduct Initiatives

Nominet Ordered to Delete 1,200 .UK Domain Names

8 Million .UK Domain Name Registration Milestone Reached

Cybersquatting Tiger Woods' Alleged Girlfriends' Names

Is the Transition to IPv6 a "Market Failure?" by Geoff Huston

NBN and IPv6 Forums to dominate next week

2010 Domain Pulse Conference in Switzerland Announced

Pondering Google?s Move Into the D.N.S. Business

Google Public DNS: Google's Next Step To A FASTER Internet

Google Launches Free DNS Service: What It All Means

Of Process and Product: Kremen v. Cohen and the Consequences of Recognizing Property Rights in Domain Names by Noah M. Schottenstein [ Virginia Journal of Law and Technology]
In Kremen v. Cohen the Ninth Circuit recognized a property right in domain names, defining property as any form of intangible benefit that is distinct and excludable. This reasoning is flawed for three reasons: (1) it is grounded in a faulty understanding of property law; (2) it is over-inclusive, capturing a variety of things and benefits that have been explicitly removed from the realm of property; (3) and it is under-inclusive, as it fails to consider a number of interests necessary for evaluating if something should be deemed property. This doctrine, broadly applied, would result in a massive expansion of legal interests classified as property. The Kremen court also failed to contemplate the collateral impact of such an expansive view of property. In addition to providing a remedy for interference with the right to exclude, property also functions as an interface between the owner and the society at large, assigning a number of responsibilities and
 burdens to the owner. For example, the location of property assists in determining important questions of jurisdiction, venue and choice of law, and classifying an intangible benefit as property means transforming it into a taxable asset. When recognizing domain names, or any other form of intangible resource, as property, one must carefully consider how the change in rights will affect dependent social and legal rules?something Kremen failed to do. For these reasons, Kremen is an inappropriate source of authority to rely upon when considering novel questions of intangible property rights.
http://www.vjolt.net/vol14/issue1/v14i1_a1 - Schottenstein.pdf

Domain name disputes: the UDRP 10 years on by Tony Willoughby [Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice]
Legal context: Domain name disputes now form a significant practice area for IP lawyers. However, they rarely merit the expense of litigation. The favoured route to resolution of these disputes tends to be the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) policies for the various domains, the most used of which is the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year (2009).

Stateless and DNSperate! by Geoff Huston
I've often heard it said that the world is full of bad ideas. But no matter how many bad ideas there may be, the good news is that there is always room for one more! So in the spirit of "more is better" I'd like to offer the following as yet another Bad Idea. There is also the intriguing possibility that this flawed concept could be made to work, making this a thoroughly Useless Tool at the same time!

Global Policy Proposal for the Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries - Background Report
Introduction: Global Internet Number Resource Policies are defined by the ASO MOU - between ICANN and the NRO - as "Internet number resource policies that have the agreement of all RIRs according to their policy development processes and ICANN, and require specific actions or outcomes on the part of IANA or any other external ICANN-related body in order to be implemented". Attachment A of this MOU describes the Development Process of Global Internet Number Resource Policies, including the adoption by every RIR of a global policy to be forwarded to the ICANN Board by the ASO, as well as its ratification by the ICANN Board. In this context, the ICANN Board adopted its own Procedures for the Review of Internet Number Resource Policies Forwarded by the ASO for Ratification.

Global Policy Proposal for Autonomous System Numbers - Background Report
Introduction: Global Internet Number Resource Policies are defined by the ASO MOU - between ICANN and the NRO - as "Internet number resource policies that have the agreement of all RIRs according to their policy development processes and ICANN, and require specific actions or outcomes on the part of IANA or any other external ICANN-related body in order to be implemented". Attachment A of this MOU describes the Development Process of Global Internet Number Resource Policies, including the adoption by every RIR of a global policy to be forwarded to the ICANN Board by the ASO, as well as its ratification by the ICANN Board. In this context, the ICANN Board adopted its own Procedures for the Review of Internet Number Resource Policies Forwarded by the ASO for Ratification.

IDNs: Final Report on Three-Character Requirement and Variant Management Now Available for Public Comment
The IDN-Implementation Working Team has published the Final Report on three-character requirement and variant management for public comment. The public comment period ends on 8 January 2010.

Temporary Expert Advisory Groups Formed on New gTLD Malicious Conduct Initiatives
As part of ICANN?s effort to advance work on the implementation plan and Applicant Guidebook for new gTLDs and in response to the Board?s direction to resolve the potential for malicious conduct over-arching issue, ICANN Staff is soliciting knowledgeable volunteers to serve on two temporary, expert advisory groups to study and develop proposed solutions for:

More on afTLDs
Following some great feedback, I thought I?d expand on my last post on ccTLDs. First, however it came across, the post wasn?t intended to be accusatory towards IANA or ICANN. There are indeed real problems with some of the countries registries. However, as one of the commentors, McTim wrote, ?It?s not as black and white as you put it.?

Russia Now: Web sites named in Cyrillic and non-Latin characters allowed on internet
This online supplement is produced and published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Russia), which takes sole responsibility for the content.

The ICANN Independent Review Process: complete the trial before modifying it by Milton Mueller
The law firm representing ICM Registry in its pioneering Independent Review of the ICANN decision on the .xxx top level domain has issued a call for ICANN to wait until the process is concluded and the community can assess the results before making any changes to the Independent Review Process (IRP). We think that is a reasonable request. Changing the IRP before one can take into account the only experience we have with it is like modifying the design of an airplane before it has gone on its first test flight.

How can you protect your brand online if new domains are created?
This week I met with a company who are leading the line in the protection of domains and the creation of new addresses.

Non-Latin domain names predicted to cause trouble in 2010
With 2009 coming to an end, it's that time of year when security experts start predicting what the (very near) future will hold in terms of likely threat landscapes. One has bucked the trend of just picking on botnet growth and SEO poisoning, although both are on its list, and instead highlighted the dangers of cloud computing and non-Latin domain names.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
New domain names containing letters of Azerbaijani alphabet is not relevant: Azerbaijani official
Today, new internet addresses' containing the letters of the Azerbaijani alphabet is not a relevant issue for the country, Deputy Communications and Information Technologies Minister Elmir Valizadeh said.

CZ.NIC Is Changing Its Pricelist
The CZ.NIC association, administrator of the Czech top-level domain, will decrease its annual registration fee for holding a .CZ domain as of 1 January 2010. The wholesale price for a domain registration will drop from the current CZK 190 excl. VAT to CZK 155 excl. VAT.

2nd level launch for .do and new policies for .do domain name delegation
From December 10, 2009 NIC DO will be introducing changes in the policies that govern the domain name registration under the ccTLD .do, this policies include:

NIC DO to Launch Second Level Domains
NIC DO will begin accepting registrations for second level .DO domains from 10 December 2009 as one of a number of changes to registration policies.

FICORA proposes reduction in fi-domain name fees
FICORA has proposed to the Ministry of Transport and Communications that the fees collected for fi-domain names are dropped as of 4 January 2010. In the future, the application, transfer or renewal of a fi-domain name costs EUR 13/1 year, EUR 36/3 years or EUR 55/5 years.

.TO ccTLD Becomes Worlds Shortest URL Shortener
Until ICANN releases One Letter TLDs (no plans have been announced so far), .TO has now introduced the world?s shortest URL shortener in partnership with eCorporation.com. Unfortunately the new service comes with some problems:

uk: Destabilizing the UK's Digital Economy
It seems that the UK's Department of Business either ignores or is ignorant of the fact that this digital economy sector is due to expand significantly as ICANN pursues its plans to open up the top level domain space in the next few years.

uk: Metropolitan Police Computer e-Crime Unit domain name take down activity
This week Nominet received an instruction from the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) to take down around 1200 .co.uk domain names.

uk: MPS e-Crime unit takes down scam websites [news release]
Christmas shoppers stand a better chance of avoiding online fraud this festive season after the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) took down 1,219 scam websites. ... This operation was instigated by the PCeU to target the criminal misuse of the UK domain name system, with the objective of preventing harm to British citizens and making it safer to trade online.

Nominet Ordered to Delete 1,200 .UK Domain Names
Last week Nominet received an instruction from the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) to take down around 1,200 CO.UK domain names that have been under investigation for criminal activity.

uk: 'Cyber Monday' warning for online shoppers
This Monday, 7th December, is being called "Cyber Monday". ... Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Police, with the help of the domain name organisation Nominet, closed down more than 1,200 websites using the ".co.uk" suffix.

Police Gets .UK Registry to Shut Down Over 1,200 Domains
The Metropolitan Police?s Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) in the United Kingdom announced in a Press Release that they have shut down 1,219 websites and domains in cooperation with Nominet, the .UK registry operator. The shut-down will also prevent re-registration of the domain names.

British police shut 1,200 scam shopping websites
... The clampdown, dubbed Operation Papworth, was instigated by the unit to target the ''criminal misuse'' of UK domain names with the aim of preventing harm to British consumers and making it safer to trade online. A spokesman said that, as a result, ''Christmas shoppers stand a better chance of avoiding online fraud this festive season''.

uk: Dispute Resolution Service experts' overview
The Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Experts under the supervision of Tony Willoughby, the Chair of the panel of Experts, have prepared a DRS Overview document to assist those involved in DRS complaints.

8 Million .UK Domain Name Registration Milestone Reached
The eight-millionth .UK domain name registration milestone was reached in November NOMinet has announced.

.uk reaches 8 million
In November 2009 the .uk register passed another significant milestone when it reached eight million registrations.

.ZA central registry tender
ZADNA calls on suitably experienced local or international consultants to submit proposals in response to the request for proposals for a consultant to assist in the scoping and coordination of the work of establishing a central registry for .za domains. The RFP document can be downloaded here. Closing date for submissions is Friday, 18 December 2009.

Tiger Woods' accident fuels malicious websites
The huge amount of often outlandish worldwide media attention on the Tiger Woods' car crash has created an opportunity for spammers to direct users to malicious websites, antivirus provider Symantec has reported.

Cybersquatting Tiger Woods' Alleged Girlfriends' Names
Domain speculators and ad words aficionados have started the process of cybersquatting the alleged other women in Tiger Woods' life.  Here are the cybersquatting results for Jamee Grubbs, Kalika Moquin, and Rachel Uchitel.

Coders, exploits, nics and drops ? welcome to the world of web crime
The image of online criminals as amateur hackers, breaking into computer systems for kicks, has been out of date for some time. Online crime is dominated by professional criminals and has even given rise to distinct career paths that would-be criminals can choose to pursue from the outset.

Beware Domain Registration Scams
This week in Security Levity, I want to talk about domain registration fraud. We're seeing various patterns of come-on for this type of fraud. I'm going to describe two such spam samples today.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Is the Transition to IPv6 a "Market Failure?" by Geoff Huston
Many views of the transition to IPv6 assume that the combination of the factors of the imminent exhaustion of the unallocated pool of IPv4 addresses and the conventional dynamics of an open competitive marketplace in the ISP sector will be sufficient to propel the transition to IPv6. The question I would like to pose here is: Is this an appropriate view of the transition to IPv6? An alternative view is that this transition to IPv6 has already stalled over the past decade, and we should be prepared to view the current situation as an instance of a "market failure" in economic terms, where the transition will require the impetus of some form of response associated with the distribution of a "public good", and that conventional market dynamics are in and of themselves incapable of sustaining such a transition.

NBN and IPv6 Forums to dominate next week
The National Broadband Network (NBN) and the migration to IPv6 will dominate conversations at three conferences this week. The Australian IPv6 Summit 2009 kicks this off in Melbourne from December 7-9.

2010 Domain Pulse Conference in Switzerland Announced
Domain Pulse, the most significant event in the German-speaking world for current topics and trends associated with all aspects of domain names will be held in the Swiss city of Lucerne on 1 and 2 February 2010.

Domain pulse on 1 and 2 February 2010 in Lucerne
Domain pulse is the most significant event in the German-speaking world for current topics and trends associated with all aspects of domain names.

August 2009 Apster Newsletter
The latest edition of the Apster newsletter, the twice-yearly newsletter from APNIC, features articles on IPv6 Program Update, the new APNIC website, the road to DNSSEC, Test Traffic Management, the ISIF workshop update and MyAPNIC's new features.

RIPE at 59! by Geoff Huston
RIPE, or R?seaux IP Europ?ens, is a collaborative forum open to all parties interested in wide area IP networks in Europe and beyond. The objective of RIPE is to ensure the administrative and technical coordination necessary to enable the operation of a pan-European IP network. RIPE has been a feature of the European Internet landscape for some twenty years now, and it continues to be a progressive and engaged forum. These days RIPE meets twice a year, and the most recent meeting was held at Lisbon, Portugal, from the 5th to the 9th of October 2009. In this column I'd like to share some of my impressions of this meeting.

Pondering Google?s Move Into the D.N.S. Business
People typically lunge for metaphors when trying to describe the Internet?s Domain Name System, or D.N.S., so here?s mine: think of D.N.S. as one of those switchboard operators at the old Ma Bell telephone company. Each Internet service provider has its own bank of these operators, called D.N.S. servers. Type in a Web address ? nytimes.com, for example ? and the ISP?s operator looks up the numerical IP address of the site and connects the call.

Google Public DNS offers nothing to home end user
I?m starting to lose faith in Google over a few things, and their new public DNS system is another strike to the ever growing disparity I have with the company.

Google gets into the DNS business
Google has launched a new service which the company hopes will boost web speeds and performance for users.

Google Launches Free Public DNS [Macworld.com]
Google already controls my Internet searches, my e-mail, my calendar, my documents, my phone number, and my weird, lots-of-people-talking-at-once-thing. So it makes sense that the company now wants to control one of the most fundamental systems in all of Internetdom.

Google Public DNS: Google's Next Step To A FASTER Internet
Google announced plans for Google Public DNS today, a new service that will provide consumers with a DNS service provider alternative.

Google Launches Free DNS Service: What It All Means
Google launched their public DNS product this week allowing each computer user to reconfigure their internet settings and begin using the free service.

Google Public DNS service not ideal for everyone
... The distribution is possible through a hierarchical naming scheme, where different organizations manage different parts of the namespace. So the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages the "root" or starting point of the system. A set of root servers know which addresses the servers for the next level in the hierarchy live on: the Top Level Domains (TLDs), such as .com, .net, and .jp. The TLD servers in turn know where to find the servers that contain the information for the names registered under the TLD in question. So the .com servers point to the google.com and arstechnica.com servers. Those servers are the ones that know which address maps to www.google.com, mail.google.com, and the like.

Will Google Public DNS become a valuable commercial data mine? 
... I'm more interested to see how the ICANN responds, and the impact of Google just making such an announcement as this will surely muddy the highly political waters upon which the whole concept of Internet governance floats.

Google Introduces Public DNS Service
... Google would also be able to block sites through the service that are for example suspected phishing sites. Depending on adaption the service could even introduce alternative TLDs, comparable to alternative root systems like new.net. For now their policy states that their service ?never blocks, filters, or redirects users?. ICANN has recently issued an memorandum speaking out against NXdomain resolution for new gTLDs.

Google takes aim at browser redirection
ICANN, the group that governs web addresses, recently condemned the ISP practice of redirecting users who have mistyped as "destabilizing" to the internet. Users should only get error messages if they make a mistake, ICANN said.

Exclusive: Q&A with Chuck Gomes of Verisign
IDNBlog had the chance to catch up with Chuck Gomes, and to ask the billion dollar question regarding aliasing. As background, Chuck has been a part of the VeriSign/Network Solutions? management team since 1984.

Three-Letter Swedish Domain Sells for Six Figures to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart
In one of the year's ten biggest country code sales, MSB.se (Swedish ccTLD) has changed hands for 950,000 SEK (Swedish krona), the equivalent of $141,550 at today's exchange rate. The domain was purchased by a Swedish government agency, the Myndigheten f?r Samh?llsskydd och Beredskap (MSB) which means Authority for Civil Contingencies in English. 

Is Internet Censorship Compatible with Democracy?: Legal Restrictions of Online Speech in South Korea by Eric S. Fish [Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law]
Abstract: This paper examines the history and causes of Internet censorship in South Korea, with special focus on the tension between South Korea's democratic political identity and its willingness to tolerate significant censorship of online political speech.

Broadband Infrastructure and Economic Growth by Nina Czernich, Oliver Falck, Tobias Kretschmer & Ludger Woessmann [CESifo Working Paper]
Abstract: We estimate the effect of broadband infrastructure, which enables high-speed internet, on economic growth in the panel of OECD countries in 1996-2007. Our instrumental-variable model derives its non-linear first stage from a logistic diffusion model where pre-existing voice-telephony and cable-TV networks predict maximum broadband penetration. We find that a 10 percentage-point increase in broadband penetration raises annual per-capita growth by 0.9-1.5 percentage points. Results are robust to country and year fixed effects and controlling for linear second-stage effects of our instruments. We verify that our instruments predict broadband penetration but not diffusion of contemporaneous technologies like mobile telephony and computers.

The Never-Ending Limits of ? 230: Extending ISP Immunity to the Sexual Exploitation of Children by Katy Noeth
In 2006, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas extended civil liability to Yahoo! under ? 230 of the Communications Decency Act so that it could not be sued for knowingly profiting from a Web site where members exchanged sexually explicit pictures of minors. The court found that the reasoning of the seminal ? 230 case, Zeran v. AOL, was analogous and that policy considerations mandated its holding. 

Privacy in the digital world: Towards international legislation by Nour S. Al-Shakhouri, A. Mahmood
Abstract: In today?s digital world, personal privacy has become the number one issue for consumers [9]. Consumers' confidence in personal privacy is directly affecting and limiting the growth of the Internet commercial development. Therefore, it has become a necessity to address the consumers privacy concerns for the interests of the parties involved. Examples of the different ways of penetrating the consumers' privacy are reviewed. The national and international efforts to formulate regulatory and self-regulatory programs to protect the consumers' privacy are demonstrated. The different privacy enhancing technologies are presented. The problems and shortages of the current national and international consumers' privacy protection regulatory effort including privacy enhancing technologies are addressed. The argument of the need for an international efforts and the proposed role of the United Nations (UN) towards enforced international privacy
 legislation is established. The complexity and the multi dimensional factors that affect the proposed international legislation are discussed.

Beyond Google and evil: How policy makers, journalists and consumers should talk differently about Google and privacy by Chris Jay Hoofnagle
Abstract: Google has come to symbolize the tensions between the benefits of innovative, information-dependent new services and the desire of individuals to control the contexts in which personal information is used. This essay reviews hundreds of newspaper articles where Google speaks about privacy in an effort to characterize the company?s handling of these tensions, to provide context explaining the meaning of the company?s privacy rhetoric, and to advance the privacy dialogue among policy makers, journalists, and consumers.

All Knowledge Is Not Equal: Facilitating Children's Access To Knowledge By Making The Internet Safer by Cheryl B. Preston
Access to Internet knowledge is a worthy goal, especially for the children who will populate the information society; however, access must be considered in the context of imposing Western pornography on every culture and family. This Article suggests an Internet port zoning approach to segregating Internet content. Zoning with the Ports Concept is practical, technologically feasible, and conducive to appropriate legal formulations. The Ports Concept accommodates those who want to speak and hear adult speech, while recognizing the equally legitimate interests of those who do not want pornography in their homes and businesses, eroding their cultural values.

The Networked Electorate: The Internet and the Quiet Democratic Revolution in Malaysia and Singapore by Tang Hang Wu, National University of Singapore
Abstract: This paper is intended to be a contribution to the literature on claims of the democratising effect of the Internet. The paper begins by setting out the arguments and also critiques of claims of the democratising power of the Internet. In order to test the validity of these arguments, the author will undertake a comparative study of the impact of the Internet on recent general elections in Malaysia and Singapore. The study will demonstrate that in the case of Singapore, the Internet has merely exerted some pressure on the pre-existing laws and state-imposed norms governing free speech; in contrast, in Malaysia, the Internet was a major contributory factor to what has been described as a ?political tsunami? during the recent general election.

When Rights Clash Online: The Tracking of P2p Copyright Infringements Vs. the EC Personal Data Directive by Okechukwu Benjamin Vincents [International Journal of Law and Information Technology]
Introduction: ?Anti-piracy Group Broke Swedish Data Laws?. This was the headline to a news story published on the 10 th of June 2005 by The Local, a Swedish online news publication. As it turns out, one of Sweden?s anti-piracy groups, Antipiratbyr?n (APB), in its bid to track copyright infringers, allegedly processed the personal data of Swedish peer to peer (p2p) file sharers in contravention of the Swedish Personal Data Act. This story is representative of the divergent perspectives that have been adopted by copyright owners and p2p fi le sharers. On one hand, a review of postings in some of the forums frequented by p2p participants indicates that some fi le sharers assume that there should be a legal rule by which copyright holders are prevented from invading their privacy. On the other hand, developments in the US go to show that the copyright holders seem to have taken the view that the fight against online copyright infringements should
 supersede all privacy considerations. There is therefore an apparent clash between two well-recognised rights, copyrights and data protection/informational privacy. The need to carefully consider this clash with a view to a possible resolution has now inspired this paper.

New media bends to old over paid-for access
Rupert Murdoch and his henchmen have repeatedly bad-mouthed Google as a ?tech tapeworm? and a ?parasite?, guilty of ?false gospel? and, according to the media mogul himself this week, ?theft?. That war of attrition is starting to have an effect.

We're no thieves - despite what Rupert Murdoch claims, says Google
Google defended its treatment of news organisation today, as its UK head rejected Rupert Murdoch's charge that it is guilty of "theft".

German Publisher Lays Out Plan to Save Newspapers
When Axel Springer, the founder of the German newspaper publishing business bearing his name, laid the cornerstone in 1959 for a high-rise headquarters in Berlin only steps away from the tense line separating East from West, people called him crazy, arrogant or both.

Google being made newspaper scapegoat: CEO [AFP]
Google is being unfairly scapegoated by newspaper publishers, and wants to help the troubled industry build online revenue, the chief executive of the internet giant said.

UK internet shoppers to spend ?4,000 a second
The internet will be jammed with traffic tomorrow lunchtime as millions of shoppers log on to do their Christmas shopping, making it the biggest spending day ever in the cyber market.

Websites sign up to new internet standards code
Facebook and other social networking websites are to install "panic buttons" so children can alert the sites' operators if obscene or inappropriate material is posted.

Facebook now has 350m users - and there's no point in advertising to them
It was announced last week that the population of Facebook now exceeds that of America. Since mid-September the social networking service has added 50 million users, which means it now finds itself with 350 million of them. I am sure that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, takes the same view of his subscribers as PG Wodehouse attributed to the male codfish ? "which, suddenly finding itself the parent of three million five hundred thousand little codfish, cheerfully resolves to love them all". But even Zuckerberg must be wondering how he can monetise the little darlings.

Twitter breaks privacy law, says Norwegian consumer group
The Norwegian consumer group that says that Facebook's terms and conditions break the law has pledged also to take action against Twitter and LinkedIn.

How Europe's Discarded Computers Are Poisoning Africa's Kids
People in the West throw away millions of old computers every year. Hundreds of thousands of them end up in Africa, where children try to eke out a living by selling the scrap. But the toxic elements in the waste are slowly poisoning them.

Survey: One-Third of Youths Engage in Sexting
If you think the sexting phenomenon is growing, you?re not imagining it. According to a new survey, almost one-third of youths admit they?ve engaged in sexting-related activities that involved either e-mailing a photo or video of themselves in the nude or being the recipient of such images.

Study: 30 Percent of Youths Report Sexting, Half Report Digital Abuse, AP/MTV Survey Finds
A study conducted by the Associated Press and MTV found that 50% of 14 to 24 year-olds have experienced some type of digital abuse. The study, released on Thursday, also found that 30% had either sent or received nude photos on their cell phones or online. But when you break down the numbers, 10% actually sent such messages, which is in line with a previous study done by Cox Communications that found that 9% had sent a "sext."

Study: 'Digital abuse' hits half of youth
A study conducted by the Associated Press and MTV pretty much confirms what many Internet safety experts have been saying for the past several months: Young people are far more likely to experience problems online from their peers or from their own indiscretions than from adult predators.

Youth using phones to harass and spy on partners
Cell phones and the Internet are great ways for romantic partners to stay in touch, but based on a recent survey of 14- to 24-year-olds, they're also being used to spy and harass significant others.

Internet addiction linked to self-harming among teens
Internet addiction has been linked to double the normal levels of self harm among high school students, in a new study published this morning.

Teen Internet addicts more likely to self harm - study
Teenagers who are addicted to the Internet are more likely to engage in self-harm behaviour, according to an Australian-Chinese study.

FTC: Children still marketed violent content [AP]
The video game industry is doing a better job at keeping young kids away from violent and other inappropriate content than the music and movie businesses, according to a new report by the Federal Trade Commission.

NY sex offenders purged from Facebook, MySpace [AP]
New laws passed in 25 states are making it easier for social networking giants Facebook and MySpace to purge their membership lists of convicted rapists, gropers and child molesters.

Internet-addicted youth engage in other forms of self-injury
The potential for some users to go overboard when it comes to being online has been obvious since the days when being online meant dialing in to a BBS. In more recent years, however, widespread 'Net access has allowed psychologists to document this obsession on a population level and begin to characterize Internet addiction as a distinct set of behaviors, and relate them to other forms of addiction. A recently published survey of Chinese adolescents from Guangzhou has found that signs of Internet addiction strongly correlate with various forms of self-injury, a finding that may place the addiction squarely within the spectrum of impulse control disorders.

us: MySpace, Facebook Unfriend 3,500 Sex Offenders
As long as there have been screennames, there have been perverts with screennames. If you happen to be a registered sex offender in New York State, you can bet the Attorney General's office is watching yours like a hawk.

au: AFP to lead International Taskforce against Child Sex Abuse [news release]
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) today was handed responsibility for the international alliance of law enforcement agencies dedicated to combating child sexual abuse.

us: Lack of computer access hampers some students
Julija Pivoriunaite's heart sinks when one of her teachers at Glasgow Middle School announces that students must go online to do a homework assignment. It happens almost every school day.

Internet TV the next challenge for viewers
Online video viewing and social networking are set to dominate internet use over the coming year, according to two studies into new media and technology.

Spanish Anti-Piracy Measure Under Fire
The government of Spain has proposed new measures to curb the digital piracy of music and movies, but the bill has upset people on both sides of the debate over file-sharing, with copyright owners calling it insufficient and Internet companies denouncing it as heavy-handed.

Proposal of Web shutdown power angers Spanish Internet users [AP]
Many Spanish Internet users are furious over a government proposal that could lead to the shutting down of Web sites offering peer-to-peer file sharing of music and films without a court order. A meeting Thursday between their representatives and the culture minister failed to calm them down.

Mobile phones 'have not increased brain cancers'
There has been no substantial change in the number of adult brain tumours since mobile phone usage sharply increased in the mid-1990s, Danish scientists say.

No rise in cancer from mobile phones
Using a mobile phone for more than 10 years does not appear to raise the risk of brain tumours, according a new study that re-opens the debate on the safety of the devices.

Study finds no brain tumor link with mobile phones
A very large, 30-year study of just about everyone in Scandinavia shows no link between cellphone use and brain tumors, researchers reported on Thursday.

Study eases mobile phone cancer fears
The increased use of mobile phones since the late 1990s is not causing an increase in brain tumours, the world's largest study into the subject has found.

Apple's Game Changer, Downloading Now
... As the App Store evolves from a kitschy catalog of novelty applications into what analysts and aficionados describe as a platform that is rapidly transforming mobile computing and telephony, it is changing the goals and testing the patience of developers, bolstering sales of the Apple motherships the applications ride upon ? the iPhone and iPod Touch ? and causing Apple?s competitors to overhaul their product lines and business models. It even threatens to open chinks in Apple?s own corporate armor.

US Bill Targets Cell Phone Termination Fees
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced legislation Thursday that would set limits on the termination fees that wireless providers can charge their customers for cancelling their wireless contracts early. "Forcing consumers to pay outrageous fees bearing little to no relation to the cost of their handset devices is anti-consumer and anti-competitive," Klobuchar, a Senate Commerce Committee member, said in a statement. She introduced the bill with Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., Jim Webb, D-Va., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska.

Mobile WiMAX starting to bloom
Over the past few years mobile WiMAX has moved through standardization, productization, and interoperability testing and certification. Larger-scale network deployments are finally becoming a reality.

Time to terminate the NZ mobile debate? [The Dominion Post]
OPINION: Should mobile phone users care whether Vodafone, Telecom and the Commerce Commission strike a voluntary deal to reduce mobile termination rates, or regulation ensues?

Just 9 days remain in which New Zealand's telecommunications companies can resolve their termination charges
Telecommunications companies have nine days to make a submission on why the Commerce Commission should not regulate termination charges.

Cyber spies are costing Australian's billions
An internet crime centre should be set up by the Rudd Government so people can report spam, data loss, online scams and web fraud, a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says.

Australian government off pace in cyber-crime fight
The founding director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre says the pace with which cyber-criminals adapt their techniques to changing technologies has made the Federal Government's cyber security strategy out of date within a month of its release.

Police shut 1,200 UK scam shopping websites
UK police this week shut down more than 1,200 scam websites that claimed to be selling designer clothes and jewellery, in what is thought to be the biggest single swoop of its kind in the world.

More than 1,200 UK shopping websites shut down
More than 1,200 illegal internet shopping websites that have made millions of pounds for criminals have been shut down by Scotland Yard in the biggest operation of its kind in Britain.

Fake UK websites shut down by police
More than 1,200 websites that claim to sell cut-price designer goods have been shut down in the biggest police operation of its kind in the UK.

Police shut 1,000 bogus shopping websites
More than 1,000 fake shopping websites have been shut down by Scotland Yard ahead of the Christmas period as part of a large-scale operation to tackle cybergangs based in Asia.

Coders, exploits, nics and drops ? welcome to the world of web crime
The image of online criminals as amateur hackers, breaking into computer systems for kicks, has been out of date for some time. Online crime is dominated by professional criminals and has even given rise to distinct career paths that would-be criminals can choose to pursue from the outset.

DHS completes draft of plan on how to respond to a national cyberattack
The Homeland Security Department, working with other federal agencies, has completed a draft of how governments and businesses should respond to a widespread cyberattack, establishing their roles and responsibilities.

New study calls for cybersecurity overhaul in U.S. [IDG]
The U.S. government and private businesses need to overhaul the way they look at cybersecurity, with the government offering businesses new incentives to fix security problems, the Internet Security Alliance said.

S'pore Wi-Fi hotspots protected from lawsuits
Service providers that offer public Internet access, including retail outlets such as Starbucks or McDonald's, will not be legally liable if malicious hackers ride on their Wi-Fi hotspot to download illegal content or conduct other cybercrimes, according to a lawyer specializing in intellectual property (IP). 

us: CDT launches campaign to help consumers demand privacy [IDG]
The Center for Democracy and Technology has launched a new consumer privacy campaign with the goal of empowering Internet users to take control of their privacy.

us: CDT Launches New Privacy Effort
The Center for Democracy and Technology Thursday launched a new campaign to push Congress to pass privacy legislation and to give consumers new tools to take steps on their own to protect their personal data online. CDT's "Take Back Your Privacy" campaign includes information about the latest privacy controls and provides tools such as a privacy complaint mechanism to allow people to register privacy concerns online with the FTC and share those concerns with their social media contacts and a form to allow consumers to send letters to lawmakers about privacy legislation.

CDT?s ?Take Back Your Privacy? Campaign Will Put Privacy Front and Center [news release]
The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) today launched its Take Back Your Privacy campaign designed around the twin goals of: 

Web under threat from 'snooping' authorities
Governments and companies pushing for greater monitoring of Internet activity pose a major threat to freedom and democracy, according to Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.

China pays web surfers to find porn: report [AFP]
Chinese authorities have offered rewards of up to 10,000 yuan (1,465 US dollars) to Internet users who report websites that feature pornography, state media reported Sunday.

Internet down in Iran ahead of planned protests [AFP]
Most of the Iranian capital's Internet links with the outside world were down on Saturday, two days ahead of planned demonstrations by opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Digital Economy Bill - a first critical look
This is an explanation and analysis of the "copyright infringement provisions" the Digital Economy Bill -- strictly speaking this means clauses 4 to 15 which amend the Communications Act 2003 to add new sections 124A to 124L, but I am also considering clauses 16 (definitions) and 17 (amendments to copyright law) as well.

FCC Announces Initial Public Workshops for Open Internet Proceeding
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced that Commission staff will hold an initial round of public workshops in December and January as part of the open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). These workshops will explore issues raised in the proceeding, including the technical realities of broadband networks and the impact of the Internet?s openness on various interests, including speech, democratic engagement, consumers, innovation, and investment. The dates, locations, and topics for additional spring workshops on the open Internet rulemaking will be announced in early 2010.

nz: Doubts raised over rural broadband
The telco sector and rural lobby groups doubt the government has earmarked enough investment to build critical rural broadband infrastructure. The government received 67 submissions on its rural broadband initiative, and many of the submissions from key stakeholders were critical about the government's plan.

us: Panel Explores Legalizing Net Gambling
The House Financial Services Committee Thursday held a hearing that was generally friendly toward Chairman Barney Frank's efforts to pass legislation that would regulate Internet gambling rather than banning it entirely. A 2006 law banned Internet gambling and also barred financial institutions from accepting payments from credit cards, checks or electronic fund transfers to settle online gambling bets. Many of the witnesses testified that the best way to control Internet gambling is to legalize it, which will allow officials to license, regulate and tax online gaming.

Microsoft, Yahoo take next step in search alliance [AP]
Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have signed off on their plan to team up against Google Inc. in the lucrative Internet search market.

EU court 'sets precedent' in Germany telecoms ruling
Germany's laws give preferential treatment to the country's main telecoms company Deutsche Telekom, according to a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday (3 December), dealing a blow to dominant operators across Europe.

nz: CommComm pushes ahead on mobile termination rates [NZPA]
The Commerce Commission is looking to push ahead on recommendations for mobile termination rates, after an attempt to get Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees to reach an acceptable agreement among themselves failed.

NZ Telecom fined $500,000
Telecom has been fined $500,000 for Fair Trading Act breaches in the Auckland District Court today.

Maori bid for deal on spectrum [The Dominion Post]
A Maori delegation has met Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to put the case for Maori to be given preferential rights to radio spectrum released by the Government.

au: Broadband network rollout 18 months away
The Federal Government has announced the rollout of new high-speed broadband infrastructure covering blackspots in regional Australia.

au: Cemetery sex attacker jailed
A socially inept internet user who groomed young girls for sex in a Sydney cemetery, molesting one in a tomb, has been jailed for at least six years.


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