[DNS] domain name news - 18 March

[DNS] domain name news - 18 March

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:21:24 -0700 (PDT)
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Soca: we must stamp out DNS abuse

Law Enforcement Push for Stricter Domain Name Rules [IDG]

Africa: less than 1 million country domain sites - survey

Canon First Multinational to Publicly Announce Desire for GTLD

VeriSign Marks 25 Years of .Com: President Clinton to Address Internet Policymakers, Industry Leaders Tuesday

Dotcom web address celebrates silver anniversary

VeriSign Celebrates 25 Years of .Com

President Clinton talks about the iPhone, newspapers, broadband

Meet USCybercom: Why the US is fielding a cyber army

Involuntary Chapter 11 Petition Filed Against Escom, LLC ? Owner of the Sex.com Domain Name

Sex.com under the hammer - but can sex still sell?

ICANN Board Stays on Course for Launch of New gTLD Program
In closing ICANN's 37th international meeting in Nairobi, ICANN's Board chose to continue with the current implementation plans leading to launch of the New gTLD Program, rather than pursuing a proposal to institute a system of "Expressions of Interest" (EOI), a pre-registration process for those wishing to apply for a new generic top-level domain (gTLD).

ICANN CEO Urges East African Leaders to Make the Affordable Internet Access Available to All Their Citizens
The Chief Executive Officer of ICANN has urged African countries to expand the reach and affordability of the Internet in their respective countries to help improve the economic future of their citizens.

ICANN Approves Trademark Clearinghouse
In closing ICANN?s 37th International meeting in Nairobi, ICANN?s Board of Directors adopted a pioneering package including an extensive database of trademarks for their protections on the Internet.

New DNSSEC Signing Facilities Live at ICANN
ICANN's commitment to the deployment of DNSSEC continues with the launch of the Generic Signing Infrastructure (GSI).

ICANN Accredited Registrar, Lead Networks, Placed Under the Responsibility of a Court Appointed Receiver
Bret Fausett, Of Counsel at Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith, was appointed receiver of ICANN-accredited registrar, Lead Networks, Pvt. Ltd., by the United States District Court for the Central District of California in the action entitled VERIZON CALIFORNIA INC., et al. v. LEAD NETWORKS DOMAINS PRIVATE LIMITED et al, Case No. CV-09-00613 ABC (CWx).

Affirmation of Commitments: Candidates for the Accountability and Transparency Review Team
ICANN received 25 candidatures following the Call for Applicants for volunteer Review Team Members on the Accountability and Transparency review. All applicants indicate the SO/AC they seek to represent.

Soca calls on internet industry to badger Icann over cybercrime
The UK Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has called on the internet and e-commerce industry to support its global initiative to combat cybercrime.

Soca: we must stamp out DNS abuse
A leading figure in Soca?s e-crime directorate admitted today that the agency is hampered by a lack of resources and disparate legal frameworks, and outlined that engagement with industry bodies is crucial to success in preventing DNS crime.

Law Enforcement Push for Stricter Domain Name Rules [IDG]
Law enforcement officials in the U.K. and U.S. are pushing ICANN to put in place measures that would help reduce abuse of the domain name system.

Domain Name Meeting Urges Africa to End Internet Drought
A global Internet security firm has asked African leaders to make the Internet more accessible and affordable in order to promote social and economic development.
http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/business/Domain name meeting urges Africa to end Internet Drought /-/2560/878452/-/d2suvb/-/index.html

Minds + Machines Says Well Positioned Ahead of GTLD Process
Top Level Domain Holdings, the parent company for Minds + Machines has expressed its satisfaction with the outcomes of the ICANN meeting held in Nairobi last week.

Update on ICANN Progress
Minds + Machines? parent company, Top Level Domain Holdings, today sent out a press release summarizing our take on the recent ICANN Nairobi meeting from the TLDH perspective. The full text follows: On Friday, 12 March 2010, at a meeting in Nairobi of ICANN, ICANN?s Board of Directors clarified and progressed further the framework for the introduction of generic top level domains (?gTLDs?).

Registry ? Registrar Integration Debate Far from Over for New TLDs
Last week I reported about an ICANN board resolution that called for ?strict separation of entities offering registry services and those acting as registrars. No co-ownership will be allowed.?

ICANN Defers .XXX, Appeases Trademark Holders, in Nairobi Meeting
ICANN concluded its week-long meeting in Nairobi on Friday 12 March with a number of notable and controversial decisions. The board meeting, the traditional final happening at its meetings held three times per year around the world, voted to defer a decision on the .XXX Top Level Domain and to scrap the Expressions of Interest Proposal for new generic TLD applicants. However they did vote to create a Trademark Clearinghouse and Uniform Rapid Suspension System to protect trademark holder's rights in new gTLDs. But the decisions from the ICANN board were given a poor mark by Milton Mueller writing on the Internet Governance blog.

Controversial sex domain name decision delayed
The organisation that assigns internet domain names has delayed a decision on the controversial .xxx suffix. Icann had been meeting in Nairobi last week and was expected to vote on a decision on the domain for adult sites before their conference closed.

Icann creates trademark clearinghouse
Icann closed its latest international meeting with the announcement that it will create a database of internet trademarks, in a move designed to better protect them.

EoWhy? by Jothan Frakes
I have come to acceptance that the community proposal for Expressions of Interest in new gTLDs (EoI) was removed from consideration during ICANN's March 12th Board Meeting in Nairobi. It should have passed, but it got lobbied into oblivion by some in attendance at the Nairobi meeting. They deserve their say, those who oppose it, but quite frequently the arguments used fail logic once one reflects upon them, or contrast them against the facts.

EOI Scrapped: New TLDs On Course
Last Friday, ICANN concluded its 37th Meeting with a meeting of the ICANN Board, during which the Board scrapped the Expressions of Interest or "EOI" proposal. In reading through the transcript of the discussion, it is evident that some of the members of the Board harbored reservations about the time line for the EOI, which was to progress concurrently with the implementation of the New TLD Program.

You Get What You Negotiate for, Not What You Deserve
Last week's ICANN meeting will go down in history as one of the most successful.
http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/You get what you negotiate for not what you deserve /-/539444/881438/-/m1x5n/-/index.html

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Africa: less than 1 million country domain sites - survey
The latest revelation that Africa has less than 1 million country domain websites is a sign that the continent still favours priorities such as poverty eradication, land redistribution, basic health care, clean water and education, among others, ahead of developing its technological capacities. Vika Mpisane, GM of .ZADNA, made the revelation during the presentation of .za market research survey yesterday, Tuesday, 16 March 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Canon First Multinational to Publicly Announce Desire for GTLD
Canon, the global electronics company headquartered in Japan, has broken ranks with multinational companies around the world to publicly say they intend to apply for the .CANON generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) when ICANN begins accepting applications, possibly later this year.

Canon to begin acquisition of the ".canon" Top-Level Domain name
Canon Inc. announced today that it will begin the acquisition process for the top-level domain name ".canon," based on the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registration system. 

?Thin Brand Line? Breaks as Canon Announces Plans for .CANON
Until today?s announcement by Canon, no large brand had broken the ?thin brand line? by revealing their plan to apply for their own new top-level domain. Now with Canon?s announcement, other major companies have been challenged to either announce their TLD plans or else state that they plan to forgo the chance to brand themselves at the top level of the domain name space.

Canon First in Line for Its Own Top-Level Domain, .canon
Canon announced Wednesday it intends to be the first company to say goodbye to .com and buy its own top-level domain, taking advantage of ICANN?s decision to broadly widen the number of top-level names. If ? or rather when ? this starts happening, web address conventions may never be the same.

VeriSign Marks 25 Years of .Com: President Clinton to Address Internet Policymakers, Industry Leaders Tuesday
VeriSign ... tomorrow will host a summit of Internet policymakers, industry leaders and other stakeholders in Washington, D.C., to kick off a celebration of the economic, social and cultural impact of .com. The popular domain marks its 25th anniversary today.

Dotcom web address celebrates silver anniversary
The internet celebrates a landmark event on the 15 March - the 25th birthday of the day the first dotcom name was registered.

VeriSign Celebrates 25 Years of .Com
VeriSign is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the registration of the first .COM domain name on 15 March by holding a summit of internet policymakers, industry leaders and other stakeholders in Washington, D.C. with President Clinton to address internet policymakers and industry leaders.

President Clinton talks about the iPhone, newspapers, broadband
In a forum today marking the 25th anniversary of the first .com registration, former President Bill Clinton spoke about his favourite devices, the grim outlook for newspapers and the need for policies to improve Internet access.

March 15, 1985: Dot-Com Revolution Starts With a Whimper
1985: Symbolics, a Massachusetts computer company, registers symbolics.com, the internet?s first domain name. The market for these unique addresses would not heat up for years, but this click heard ?round the world would eventually provide just about anyone a place in cyberspace to call their own.

The Internet Economy 25 Years After .com [news release]
ITIF is marking the 25th anniversary of the very first .com with a comprehensive report, "The Internet Economy 25 Years After .Com: Transforming Life and Commerce." The Internet revolution has just begun. The report is being issued 25 years to the day in 1985 when symbolics.com was registered as the first .com in the world. The report quantifies the dazzling growth and economic benefits of e-commerce, especially in the last decade since bubble collapse, and recommends ways to ensure a growing and vibrant Internet in the years to come.

Silver Anniversary For Dot Com
It was 25 years ago today that the first .com Internet address was assigned to symbolics.com, a Massachusetts firm. Since then, about 80 million .com Internet addresses have been registered, according to a new report released Monday from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

hk: Domain name administration pact signed [news release]
The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer has signed a new designation agreement and memorandum of understanding with the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation to enhance Internet domain names administration in Hong Kong.

.Ngo Wants to Be a Secure .Org
A U.K. charity wants to create a secure .org top level domain name at .ngo.

One-letter '.co.uk' domain names on the way
Domain names comprising just one or two letters will be made available in the UK from June, Nominet has revealed.

Nominet to release super-short domain names
A host of new, short domain names will be made available under the body responsible for domain names ending in .uk, Nominet. It plans to allow the registration of previously-banned domain names consisting of one or two characters.

Zadna Calls for More '.co.za' Domains
The ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) today voiced it's concern over too many South Africans registering .COM domains as opposed to .CO.ZA domains.

Authority seeks more structured .za domain
THE .za Domain Name Authority (.zaDNA) is lobbying the communications minister to amend the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act to create a formal, regulated structure for the internet domain name industry.

Too many SA websites registering .com domains
The ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) expressed concern on Tuesday that too many South Africans register .com websites instead of .co.za websites.

80 percent of SA businesses prefer co.za domain
More than 80 percent of patriotic South African businesses and individual Internet users prefer to use co.za for their online presence over and above dot.com.

Meet USCybercom: Why the US is fielding a cyber army
The US is in the process of creating a unified cyber command, to fight the conventional wars of the future, which the Pentagon has no doubt, will include a cyber element.

States embark on a scramble for cyberspace
It is time to stop thinking of cyberspace as a new medium or an agglomeration of new media. It is a new continent, rich in resources but in parts most perilous. Until 30 years ago, it had lain undiscovered, unmined and uninhabited.

Measure would force White House, private sector to collaborate in cyber-crisis
Key members of Congress are pushing legislation that would require the White House to collaborate with the private sector in any response to a crisis affecting the nation's critical computer networks.

Perspectives on a DNS-CERT
Last week at the ICANN meeting in Nairobi, a plan was announced by ICANN staff to create a "CERT" for DNS. That's a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the global Domain Name System (DNS). There are all kinds of CERTs in the world today, both inside and outside the Internet industry. There isn't one for DNS, and that's basically my fault, and so I have been following the developments in Nairobi this week very closely.

ICANN, .Org Pressing Ahead With DNSSEC
Against the backdrop of a major security flaw in the Internet's routing system, registrars, service providers and others are moving to implement the DNSSEC solution.

au: Terror moves into the digital age
Terrorists are about to vent their fury on Australia with an attack that will reveal a diabolical new dimension to the terrorist threat. In a prelude designed to cripple the country's defences, an all-out cyber assault is unleashed.

New UDRP Goes into Effect Today ? Still No Response from ICANN
Czech Arbitration Court?s new UDRP procedure ? in which complainants pay only 500 EUR at first unless the domain owner responds or the arbitrator needs to think about the case ? goes into effect today.

Misspelled 'Hotmail' domains draw Microsoft lawsuit
Were you planning to capitalize off of people's typos when trying to reach hotmail.com? You could go ahead and try, but Microsoft would probably sue you.

World Domain Cup Releases Top 100 Proposed New gTLD Extensions By Vote
The World Domain Cup contest has just released a report on the top 100 most voted for potential gTLDs. Japanese internet service provider, Interlink is hosting a quirky large scale contest. Pick the right gTLD and you could win a revenue share of the first year of new domain registrations as well as a piece of $10,000.

Domain Registrars & Registries: Don't Say You Weren't Warned by Statton Hammock
There is an old saying that "bad news comes in threes." Domain name service providers have witnessed two unsettling developments in the past few weeks. The third, still winding its way through the U.S. Congress, could have enormous ramifications. Registries and registrars, in particular, need to speak up or resign themselves to the consequences.

Breaking Sex.com News
Sedo just learned that an Involuntary Chapter 11 petition has been filed against Escom, owner of the Sex.com domain name.

Mike Mann Claims Sex.com Over $10 Million in Debt
Three creditors filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against Sex.com owner Escom, LLC today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Involuntary Chapter 11 Petition Filed Against Escom, LLC ? Owner of the Sex.com Domain Name
I just received an email from regarding the Sex.com domain name, which had been scheduled to be auctioned tomorrow morning in New York City. According to the email sent to me, legal action has been filed, and the domain auction will apparently not take place as previously scheduled as a result. The news was released by Mike Mann via Facebook and Twitter.

Domain names: Will sex still sell?
At $14m, it was the internet's most costly address just four years ago. But as sex.com goes on sale today, many doubt whether it can get investors excited all over again

Sex.com under the hammer - but can sex still sell?
Let's talks about sex.com. In a Manhattan auction room this morning what was once the internet's most valuable domain name goes under the hammer.

Declines in News Audience, Revenue, Reporting And A Grim Picture for Economic Models for Online News [news release]
The losses suffered in traditional news gathering in the last year were so severe that by any accounting they overwhelm the innovations in the world of news and journalism, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center?s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Facebook becomes bigger hit than Google in US
Social networking website Facebook has capped a year of phenomenal growth by overtaking Google?s popularity among US internet users, with industry data showing it has scored more visits on its home page than the search engine.

Facebook ousts Google in US popularity
Facebook has become the most visited website in the United States as millions of people turn to the social networking site to play online games.

Facebook Reaches Top Ranking in US
Facebook reached an important milestone for the week ending March 13, 2010 and surpassed Google in the US to become the most visited website for the week. Facebook.com recently reached the #1 ranking on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year?s Day as well as the weekend of March 6th and 7th. The market share of visits to Facebook.com increased 185% last week as compared to the same week in 2009, while visits to Google.com increased 9% during the same time frame. Together Facebook.com and Google.com accounted for 14% of all US Internet visits last week. 

Will You Pay for Online News? Pew Study Says No
The average U.S. consumer loves to read news online, but only one in five is willing to pay for it. And if your favorite news site suddenly erects a pay wall that requires subscription or pay-per-article fees, more than four of five of you would simply get your news elsewhere.

Survey: Readers don't want to pay for news online [AP]
Getting people to pay for news online at this point would be "like trying to force butterflies back into their cocoons," a new consumer survey suggests.

Internet use increasing but one in six Kiwis still offline
The number of online New Zealanders is increasing but one in six of us is still not using the technology, an Auckland University of Technology survey has found.

Broadband use grows; mobile internet still to take off [IDG]
Internet use in New Zealand is still rising, as is the percentage of people using broadband (defined as a non-dialup connection), according to the second World Internet Project survey, conducted last year.

Finally, internet users are leaving dialup in the dust [Dominion Post]
Kiwis are ditching dial-up internet connections for broadband internet, according to a study.

Study: number of Kiwis accessing web via cellphone doubles
The NZ World Internet Project Survey of over 1200 New Zealanders has revealed that 83% are now using the Internet, up from 79% in 2007.

Kiwis more internet-savvy than ever [NZPA]
The number of New Zealanders using the internet, broadband, and social networking sites are all on the increase, according to latest survey findings.

Survey reveals internet dependency
As dial up use declines more New Zealanders are becoming dependent on the internet, according to a survey by the Auckland University of Technology.

Kiwis Turning Internet Savvy
A survey conducted by Auckland University has revealed that the total number of internet users in New Zealand is increasing.

Internet now integral to New Zealanders? daily life
The Digital Divide is disappearing in New Zealand, with social differences in Internet usage shrinking by the year. The second bi-annual survey of more than 1200 New Zealanders shows that New Zealand has reached a point where most of us are using the Internet and there?s no longer a typical user.

WIP survey shows importance of Internet [news release]
The NZ World Internet Project Survey of over 1200 New Zealanders has revealed that 83% are now using the Internet, up from 79% in 2007.

The dot-com rise: of mouse and men: As the first dot-com celebrates its 25th birthday, we find out what became of the UK?s whizzkid pioneers
The British Library (BL) is renowned for its work preserving the printed word, but deep in its bowels, machines are now busy capturing the digital age for posterity, too. Twenty years after the worldwide web first crawled into life and a decade since the dot-com bubble burst, there are 200 million websites in existence, and UK domains are being registered at a rate of one every three minutes.

Seoul to Combat Internet Addiction
From next year, gamers and other Internet addicts will be able to install free software programs into their laptops to limit their access time to the Internet, the Office of the Prime Minister said Monday.

Internet trade driving rare salamander to extinction
A rare salamander is being driven to the brink of extinction in the wild because of internet trading, conservationists say.

us: Bing's share of searches increases for third straight month [news release]
Experian Hitwise announced today that Google accounted for 70.95 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending Feb. 27, 2010. Yahoo! Search, Bing and Ask.com received 14.57 percent, 9.70 percent and 2.84 percent, respectively. The remaining 73 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis Tool accounted for 1.94 percent of U.S. searches.

Google could be your next ISP
Internet behemoth Google now boasts a network that's bigger than all but two of the world's ISPs, and telcos fear the search giant is just one step away from becoming an ISP itself.

FTC member rips privacy efforts by Google, Facebook [IDG]
Several major U.S. Internet companies, including Google and Facebook, need to "step up" and better protect consumer privacy or face tougher penalties from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a commissioner said Wednesday.

FBI using Facebook in fight against crime
Any criminals dumb enough to brag about their exploits on social networking sites have now been warned: the next Facebook "friend" who contacts you may be an FBI agent.

New password-stealing virus targets Facebook
Hackers have flooded the Internet with virus-tainted spam that targets Facebook's estimated 400 million users in an effort to steal banking passwords and gather other sensitive information.

Beware the new Facebook password reset scam
If you get an e-mail that appears to be from Facebook saying the company reset your password and urging you to open an attachment, it is a scam. Repeat, it is a scam.

When tweets can make you a jailbird
Maxi Sopo was having so much fun "living in paradise" in Mexico that he posted about it on Facebook so all his friends could follow his adventures. Others were watching, too: A federal prosecutor in Seattle, where Sopo was wanted on bank fraud charges.

Online Hate Sites Grow With Social Networks
Terrorists and racists are turning to online social networks and depending less on traditional Web sites, according to a new report on digital terror and hate speech.

Hate taking root on social networks: study [Reuters]
The use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by militant and hate groups grew by almost 20 percent in the past year, a report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center found on Monday.

Facebook hit by virus-laden spam [Reuters]
Hackers have flooded the internet with virus-tainted spam that targets Facebook's estimated 400 million users in an effort to steal banking passwords and gather other sensitive information.

Twitter unveils tool to share tweeting locations [AP]
Twitter can now let the world automatically know your whereabouts as well as your thoughts and activities.

Judge Approves Facebook Settlement
A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday approved Facebook's settlement of a class action lawsuit that challenged the social networking site's now-defunct Beacon application that allowed Facebook users to see what other members were buying online.

us: Report Examines Net Porn's Impact On Kids
A new report released Tuesday, which examined the effects of Internet pornography, warns that Internet pornography can have many damaging effects on children and women in particular.
http://www.internetsafety101.org/upload/file/Social Costs of Pornography Report.pdf

FCC chairman outlines broadband plan for kids
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski laid out the "broadband plan for children and families" Friday at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

US Court tightens definition of cyber-bullying
The 1st Amendment doesn't protect hostile Internet banter among teenagers if the messages can be taken as genuine threats of harm, a California appeals court has ruled in a case that more clearly defines when free expression crosses a line into cyber-bullying.

Child porn, drugs lead Internet content complaints in Japan [IDG]
Complaints to a Japanese Internet watchdog regarding illegal content almost doubled in 2009, led by a surge in reports related to child pornography and illegal drugs.

Sickipedia: Australian bid to shut offensive 'encyclopedia dramatica' 
The Australian Human Rights Commission has threatened legal action against a widely read but controversial US-based website over an article that it says encourages racial hatred against Aborigines.

Web filters mean bad news for business
Filtering at the Internet service provider (ISP) level will result in businesses experiencing speed reductions, higher access fees and the possibility of being unintentionally blocked, according to industry observers.

Conroy hits out at internet enemies report [AAP]
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has hit back at a new report listing Australia as a potential internet enemy.

EFA parries Conroy attack
Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has defended claims by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy that it "misled" the public on the Federal Government's plan to block refused classification material at the internet service provider level.

EFA rejects ?extraordinary? Conroy attack
Online rights group Electronic Frontiers Australia has responded to what it described as an "extraordinary challenge and attack" by Comms Minister Stephen Conroy.

EFA deliberately misled on internet filter: Conroy
Comms Minister Stephen Conroy's latest attack is on Electronic Frontiers Australia, who he has accused of deliberately misleading the public about his internet filter scheme.

nz: Net filter blocks 7,000 child porn sites
Some of the country's Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have begun blocking around 7,000 websites on a secret Government blacklist.

Cyberguards to protect children
Do you know what your teenager is doing on the computer in their bedroom? What websites they are visiting and who they are poking on Facebook? American parents do. A raft of new technology designed to enable mums and dads to keep tabs on their children in cyberspace is hitting the market across the Atlantic.

China shuts down 140,000 porn mobile WAP sites in 5 months [Xinhua]
China shut down or blocked more than 140,000 mobile WAP sites offering pornography for mobile phone users in a five-month crackdown, an official said Monday.

Child porn blocked by new 'fingerprint' system
Organisations are being offered an unusual new anti-child porn system that can identify and block real, individual images by comparing them to one of the world's largest databases of such pictures.

Experten fordern sch?rfere Bestrafung des Besitzes von Kinderpornographie
Mediziner, Staatsanw?lte und Strafverteidiger haben sich bei einer Anh?rung der FDP-Bundestagsfraktion am Mittwoch in Berlin daf?r ausgesprochen, das H?chstma? der m?glichen Freiheitsstrafe f?r den Besitz kinderpornographischer Inhalte zu erh?hen. Die Gesetze gegen Kinderpornographie seien generell "ausreichend", erkl?rte Oberstaatsanwalt Peter Vogt aus Halle. Nur der Besitz entsprechenden Materials werde mit maximal zwei Jahren "zu wenig streng bestraft".

Illegal-file sharing could 'cost billions' by 2015
The growth of illegal file-sharing could cost European countries 1.2m jobs and ?240bn (?215bn) by 2015, an industry report claims.

Internet piracy taking big toll on jobs - study
Plenty of people download music from the Internet every day, but illegal downloading has a huge economic impact and could put more than one million people out of work by 2015, experts say.

iiNet contests Cooper copyright judgement
iiNet has lodged a "notice of contention" with the Federal Court in the hope of clarifying two of its defences that were rejected by Federal Court Judge Dennis Cowdroy in its recent legal battle against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

O2 condemns lawyers targeting alleged file-sharers
Mobile firm O2 has stepped into the row over thousands of controversial letters that are being sent to alleged illegal file-sharers in the UK.

Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold
Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes.

Europe's Public Broadcasters Ask Lawmakers to Make It Easier to Offer Programs Online
European public broadcasters are calling on lawmakers to make it easier to offer their programming over the Internet, saying cumbersome copyright practices restrict their ability to develop new digital services and prolong the fragmentation of the European television landscape.

Download growth boosts 2009 UK music royalties
British songwriters, composers and music publishers earned 623 million pounds in royalties in 2009, up 2.6 percent on 2008 and the first time the growth in digital revenues outperformed the drop in CD and DVD earnings.

Mobile application sales to reach '$17.5bn by 2012'
The global appetite for mobile applications will explode over the next two years, new research shows.

HTC 'Disagrees Strongly' with Apple's Patent Claims
HTC, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, is stepping forward and publicly addressing allegations made by Apple that it infringed on 20 patents hardware and software patents related to the iPhone.

Mobile Fees Under Pressure With 4G/LTE Network Rollout
The next generation of faster mobile networks is poised to lower costs for operators and potentially unleash a new price war in the industry in Europe.

Why Australia needs an AussieTube [sub req'd]
There is a real danger Australian content will get lost in the seemingly endless online video streams. The solution? A government-funded local version of YouTube.

The Most Common Words In Spam Email
The most common word in spam emails, you might be surprised to learn, isn't Viagra, Vi&#167;gra, or even V!§gr@. It's "shipping!" (The exclamation mark is the spammer's, not ours.)

San Francisco lawyer awarded $7,000 from email spammer
A judge has awarded a San Francisco attorney $7,000 in damages in a rare trial under California's anti-spam law - $1,000 for each unsolicited, misleading commercial e-mail he received.

Meet USCybercom: Why the US is fielding a cyber army
The US is in the process of creating a unified cyber command, to fight the conventional wars of the future, which the Pentagon has no doubt, will include a cyber element.

States embark on a scramble for cyberspace
It is time to stop thinking of cyberspace as a new medium or an agglomeration of new media. It is a new continent, rich in resources but in parts most perilous. Until 30 years ago, it had lain undiscovered, unmined and uninhabited.

Estonia defense minister: Cyberattacks will grow
Three years after a widespread cyberattack temporarily shut down the Estonian economy, Estonia's defense minister said such incidents will only continue to grow.

Revised US cybersecurity bill introduced in Senate
A revised version of a cybersecurity bill first proposed last year was introduced again in the U.S. Senate today, notably without a controversial provision that would have given the President authority to disconnect networks from the Internet during a national emergency.

U.S. cybersecurity bill introduced in Senate
A new version of a cybersecurity bill was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday that may eliminate some opposition to the measure from the tech industry.

New Cybersecurity Draft Unveiled
Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, released a new draft Wednesday of their legislation aimed at improving the nation's response to cyber attacks. Rockefeller has scheduled a markup of the bill in his committee on March 24.

Fear of surge in Internet crime ahead of S.Africa World Cup
Football fans making plans for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will likely face a surge in Internet crime targeting online ticket and hotel shoppers, security experts warned Wednesday.

Measure would force White House, private sector to collaborate in cyber-crisis
Key members of Congress are pushing legislation that would require the White House to collaborate with the private sector in any response to a crisis affecting the nation's critical computer networks.

How Privacy Vanishes Online
If a stranger came up to you on the street, would you give him your name, Social Security number and e-mail address? Probably not.

Privacy is Not Dead, Just Evolving
It's a brave new world. Unfortunately--continuing the literary allusion--Big Brother is watching. As technology makes more information more accessible, it also threatens to expose information that is not intended to be shared. Privacy is a concept that is caught in the middle of the struggle.

Google approaches crucial China licence deadline - yet to re-register as an internet content provider in China
Google has not yet applied to re-register as an "internet content provider" (ICP) in China, which some observers say is a sign that it is preparing to shut down its search engine there.

China warns Google to obey rules even if it pulls out
Google should obey Chinese government rules even if it decides to retreat from the country over hacking and censorship complaints, a Chinese government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Google partners call for clarity on China plans
Chinese firms selling advertising space on Google's search pages have demanded clarity about the Internet company's plans in China, warning they will demand compensation if it shuts its Chinese portal.

China appears to be preparing for Google departure
The Chinese government on Tuesday appeared to set the foundation for Internet giant Google to pull out of the country, with one spokesman contending that the company's potential departure would be an "individual business act" and another warning Google to obey Chinese law whether it leaves China or not.

China Issues Warning to Major Partners of Google
The Chinese authorities have warned major partners of Google?s China-based search engine that they must comply with censorship laws even if Google does not, an industry expert with knowledge of the notice said Sunday.

Venezuela denies plans to censor Internet
Venezuela is not planning to censor the Web or to shut down social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, officials said on Monday, after President Hugo Chavez called for regulation of the Internet.

Digital economy bill: Online piracy law unlikely to face major scrutiny
The government is planning to introduce controversial measures, backed by the Conservatives, that would force internet companies to block websites that host substantial amounts of pirated content as it scrambles to get its digital economy bill through parliament.

uk: Lords pass controversial internet piracy bill
Legislation to tackle internet piracy, including bans for illegal file-sharers, has been passed by the Lords.

uk: Tories may 'lose broadband vote'
The Conservative policy on rural broadband could see its own voters miss out on fast services, research has shown.

uk: Lib Dems to change their amendment to the digital economy bill
The Liberal Democrats are preparing to change their controversial amendment to the digital economy bill, which has its third and final reading in the House of Lords on Monday.

Lords set to vote on Digital Economy Bill
Peers have filed last-minute amendments to the Digital Economy Bill, which will go to vote in the House of Lords for the last time on Monday afternoon before going through to MPs.

ACTA meeting in Auckland next week - InternetNZ to host forum on controversial treaty
InternetNZ is to hold a public meeting on the ACTA agreement in Auckland next week.

Public Briefing on ACTA: Auckland, 24 March ? InternetNZ
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is inviting the public to find out more about the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement at a briefing in Auckland next Wednesday afternoon.

PublicACTA website launch, registrations are open
A dedicated website has been launched at publicacta.org.nz, to provide details on the PublicACTA event to be held in the Town Hall in Wellington on 10 April 2010, ahead of the controversial ACTA (Anti-Countereiting Trade Agreement) negotiations. Respected Australian legal academic Kim Weatherall has confirmed as a speaker, joining Canadian law professor Dr Michael Geist, previously announced. Further speaker and programme details will be announced in coming weeks.

Kiwi websites recognised at SXSW Web Awards
A technology conference may seem an unlikely place for Kiwi musicians to excel, but at SXSW, in Austin, Texas, the websites of two Kiwi bands and a local music festival were recognised among five finalists in the conference's web awards.

FCC plan would greatly expand broadband Internet connections
The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday its long-awaited plan to bring broadband Internet connections to every home and business in the United States, part of an ambitious, multibillion-dollar attempt to create a new digital infrastructure for the nation's economy.

FCC Questioned on Its Far-Reaching Plan to Expand Broadband Access
Federal regulators on Tuesday made public the details of their ambitious policy to encourage the spread of high-speed Internet access. But their 376-page proposal, the National Broadband Plan, was met with a chorus of questions, even from the staunchest advocates of its goals. ... The plan, put forth by the Federal Communications Commission, also proposes to allot more wireless spectrum for mobile devices, redirect some subsidies toward broadband access, develop a nationwide network for emergency first responders and create a ?digital literacy corps? to train new users.

us: Broadband plan for high speed internet sent to Congress
A plan to help the US lead the world in providing its citizens with super-fast internet has been officially released.

NZ Govt unveils $300m rural broadband plan
Cabinet has approved a $300 million plan to roll out high-speed broadband services to rural New Zealanders while overhauling the way Telecom is compensated for supplying services that aren't commercially viable.

NZ broadband plan to cost Telecom millions
Telecom says its earnings guidance will be impacted by up to $56 million annually in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 financial years due to the Government's rural broadband plans.

NZ Government outlines rural telecommunications plan
Cabinet has signed off on proposals for the roll out of high speed broadband in rural areas and the reform of the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO).

NZ signs off on rural broadband
The New Zealand Government has finalised its NZ$300 million rural telecommunications plan to roll out high speed broadband in rural areas, with Cabinet signing off on the proposals yesterday.

nz: Govt isn't anti-Telecom, says Joyce
New Zealand's government isn't trying to undermine Telecom in measures such as bolstering rural broadband services, said Communications Minister Steven Joyce.

au: Conroy loses Greens over NBN study
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has refused to debate legislation regarding the split of Telstra after Communications Minister Stephen Conroy failed to hand over the National Broadband Network implementation study today.

Egypt regulator enforces Internet voice call ban
Egypt has begun enforcing a ban on international calls made through mobile internet connections, the head of the telcoms regulator told Reuters on Tuesday, potentially boosting voice revenues at landline monopoly Telecom Egypt.

Goal at Deutsche Telekom: More Women as Managers
Deutsche Telekom, Europe?s largest telecommunications company, said Monday that it would more than double the number of women who are managers within five years, becoming the first member of the DAX 30 index of blue-chip German companies to introduce gender quotas.

au: Girl put with dad despite porn fear
The Family Court has ordered a six-year-old girl to live with her father, despite evidence she was forced to pose for pornographic photographs while staying with him on a contact visit.

au: Ballarat man jailed over child porn
A BALLARAT man claimed to have had one of Australia's largest volume of child pornography material in his possession has been jailed.


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