[DNS] domain name news - 12 April

[DNS] domain name news - 12 April

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:48:37 -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.

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Update about Synchronized IDN ccTLDs by Tina Dam

Webinar Surveys Whois Requirements, Past and Future

Webinars: Synchronized IDN ccTLDs

The new domain landscape - an increased threat or business as usual?

Isn?t it time Dell, HP and Nike reviewed their CADNA membership?

At what cost a name?

Prices for 'brand' domain names to skyrocket

New gTLDs - Pandora?s Box is Open by Moe Alramahi
Abstract: ... This paper reviews the manner in which ICANN is handling the gTLDs expansion from a legal right holders? perspective. The paper will examine the application of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), arguing that over the past ten years the UDRP has exhibited significant inconsistencies in the making of decisions, and that the issues of interpretation of the policy and the use of precedent can only be resolved by a unitary appeal procedure. ICANN?s new proposal of introducing a Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is still pending consideration, and it is unknown at this juncture whether this will be used in conjunction with the UDRP or otherwise.

WSIS Forum 2010: new challenges for a new decade
At the half-way point between the 2005 WSIS Tunis Commitment and the MDGs, how can technology revive the flagging global development agenda?

Update about Synchronized IDN ccTLDs by Tina Dam
This blog post is primarily intended to update the many people in the technical community and ccTLD community about activities related to Synchronized IDN ccTLDs.

Webinar Surveys Whois Requirements, Past and Future
What has the GNSO previously recommended that Whois should be able to do, and what other standards or capabilities will Whois need in the coming world of IDNs and new gTLDs?

Webinars: Synchronized IDN ccTLDs
ICANN posted on 22 March 2010 a Proposed Implementation Plan for Synchronized IDN ccTLDs. Synchronized IDN ccTLDs are described by situations in the Fast Track Process where:

Public Comment: Draft FY11 Community Travel Support Guidelines
Explanation: A public comment period has opened today for 30 days on the topic of community travel support to ICANN meetings.

Bulk Transfer of DotSpeedy Domains to Secura GmbH
ICANN has authorized a bulk transfer of DotSpeedy LLC's gTLD domain names to Secura GmbH, due to a compliance action taken by ICANN that resulted in the de-accreditation of registrar DotSpeedy LLC (dba dotspeedy.com).

The new domain landscape - an increased threat or business as usual?
INTA president Heather Steinmeyer has identified generic top-level domains as one of the fundamental challenges facing both the trademark industry and the Internet itself, yet the majority of in-house practitioners remain unsure whether the new regime will have an impact on their enforcement strategies.

Call for legislative change as Utah takes the fight to cybersquatters
Utah has thrown the gauntlet down to other US states by signing the E-Commerce Integrity Act, amid calls for the 1999 Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act to be reviewed. The landmark legislation places the state at the head of the fight against cybersquatting and the question now is whether other states will follow Utah?s lead and increase the remedies available to brand owners.

Isn?t it time Dell, HP and Nike reviewed their CADNA membership?
You have to wonder how often large corporates review the work done in their name through lobbying organizations, because it is definitely time that big names such as Dell, HP, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Nike and Wells Fargo consider whether their support of the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse ? CADNA ? is starting to undermine their credibility.

Innovation is coming, get over it CADNA!
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has puzzled me for a long time. They claim to be "dedicated to ending the systemic domain name abuses that plague the Internet today". A very worthy cause on paper, except the CADNA people seem to be confusing constructive criticism with constant ranting.

Brands are NOT registering defensively in gTLDs
A recent survey of over 1000 brands owned by Fortune 100 companies show that Brands aren't defensively registering domain names as was originally predicted. Antony Van Couvering discusses the results of the survey in regards to defensive registration and cybersquatting with Damien Allen on today's program.

Afilias Tells New TLD Applicants to Limit Their Expectations
A call for new top level domain name applicants to be realistic about how many domains they can sell is coming from an unlikely source: domain name registry Afilias.

ICANN to begin accepting bids for new top-level domain name program
ICANN is expected to start accepting applications for its new gTLDs program towards the end of 2010.

At what cost a name?
Australian companies wanting to snare an internet address that incorporates their brand can expect to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars when the process kicks off next year, shutting the door on all but the largest brands.

Prices for 'brand' domain names to skyrocket
Australian companies wanting an internet address that incorporates their brand, or even a generic category, can expect to have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars when the process kicks off in the next few months, shutting the door on all but the largest brands.

New TLD Debate Mirrors Health Care Debate
If you live in America, the past several months have been all about loonies on both sides of the health care debate. They?ll say just about anything, even if it?s not true, to sway opinion on health care. The new top level domain name debate is really quite similar. Like American political issues, you have people on extremes on both sides of the issues

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
AFNIC Releases Paper Explaining .FR Secondary Market
AFNIC, the registry for .FR (France), has published a new issues paper on the secondary market in domain names, focussing naturally on .FR. The paper is written to inform individuals as well as businesses and gives a detailed account of the concept of ?secondary market?, the valuation mechanisms used, and the main players involved.

'.fr' eligibility requirements to be relaxed
Following the re-appointment of AFNIC as the '.fr' registry for a seven-year period, the French government has set a number of conditions for the future of the '.fr' domain name space. The most interesting of these conditions is the commitment to open up the '.fr' extension to a broader base of potential domain name registrants.

Students show creative ways to raise .eu awareness
The winners of the 2009 .eu marketing competition, Badr Bakhat, Tristan Goguillot, Benjamin Neu and Benjamin Petremont, presented their project at EURid headquarters yesterday.

IDNs in .nz - sunrise launch
A Sunrise Period for the registration of .nz domain names which include vowels with macrons (?, ?, ?, ? and ?) has opened.

Limited IDNs to be Introduced in .NZ - Sunrise Launch
A Sunrise Period for the registration of .NZ domain names which include vowels with macrons (?, ?, ?, ? and ?) has opened the .NZ Domain Name Commissioner has announced.

uk: The digital economy bill: what made it
The digital economy bill was an ambitious piece of legislation designed, among other things, to overhaul the broadcasting industry, start the ball rolling on radio switchover, ensure high-speed broadband access for all, and deal with internet piracy. ... Internet domain names: Clauses 19 and 21 give the government the power to intervene when new domain names are registered, after consulting Ofcom. The regulator is now likely to keep a careful eye on companies who register ".uk" sites to ensure they are not doing so for "illicit use" ? ie illegal downloads. Currently, domain names are handed out by an independent body.

uk: Change to WHOIS output
On Tuesday 11 May 2010 we are making some changes to the data that is output by WHOIS.

uk: Reserved short domains consultation update
Our consultation on the release of two letter, one character and other reserved .uk domain names has now been running for one month, and has two months left to run (closing on 8 June).

NPR misses the point on the politics of global Internet governance by Brenden Kuerbis
NPR concluded yesterday a series on "the newest arena of international conflict - cyberspace." To be honest, it was very gratifying to hear major media bringing the vitally important topic of global Internet governance to a wider audience. By and large it was good reporting, highlighting the increasing contention as national governments world-wide struggle with the ramifications of a global communications network. ... In an example of the continuing politics, a Brazilian delegate stated last fall, that despite remarkable progress in discussions at the IGF and the oversight of ICANN by the USG, it "did not change the unilateral and exclusive nature of controls over the root directory of the domain name system [DNS]" and that, "issues of voice and participation of Governments and multilateral organizations matters relating to the Internet governance regime remain unresolved."

A Chinese ISP momentarily hijacks the Internet [IDG]
For the second time in two weeks, bad networking information spreading from China has disrupted the Internet.

Domain Stealing: Piracy on the Internet Highway
?Social engineering? as a term doesn?t have a particularly nasty ring to it. But how about if I say ?domain stealing?? Well, domain stealing or domain hijacking is a nasty and increasingly common form of identity theft. Just to get the definitions right: Social engineering is the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information, rather than by breaking in or hacking. Domain stealing (hijacking or theft) is the process by which registration of a currently registered domain name is transferred without the permission of its original registrant.

Online Poker Site Full Tilt Sued by Kentucky to Recover Losses
Kentucky announced it was pursuing a case against online poker operator Full Tilt and other gambling websites to recover losses by residents to Internet gaming.

Future of the Kentucky Full Tilt Poker Lawsuit Unclear
Recently, the Commonwealth of Kentucky filed suit against Pocket Kings - the owners of Full Tilt Poker - and ?Unknown Defendants? seeking to recoup losses by state residents in online poker games. Now, the industry has had a chance to speculate on the case?s future.

Files.com Flies to Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart After Booking 2nd Highest .Com Sale Reported So Far This Year
The 2nd best .com domain sale reported so far this year gave Sedo the top spot on our new weekly Top 20 Sales Chart. They did it with Files.com, a name that changed hands for $725,000 to trail only Guns.com ($800,000) among .com domains on our Year-To-Date leader board. A pair of non .com domains (Poker.org and Credit.fr) still rank as the two highest sales reported in 2010, so Files.com ranks #4 overall for the year to date.

Sedo Collaborates with VeriSign to Host Its First .tv Domain Auction
Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced that it has teamed with VeriSign, the global registry operator for the .tv internet domain, to hold an exclusive auction for the entire available catalog of 115 premium .tv domain names at the standard registry renewal fee, which is a greatly reduced renewal price. Sedo has the exclusive right to offer this broad selection of highly valuable numeric, generic and geographic .tv online destinations, including Beauty.tv, Bloopers.tv, Business.tv, Cable.tv, Films.tv, Finance.tv, Home.tv, Jobs.tv, Lifestyle.tv, Real.tv, and Vacation.tv. This marks the first time that these .tv domain names have been offered in a public auction, free of high annual renewal fees. The auction begins on Sedo.com on April 1, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. EDT and ends on April 8, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Aligning Cyber-World Censorship with the Real-World Censorship by A. Jacob Werrett [Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal]
Abstract: Should six-year-old children be able to access ?the largest pornography store in history?? They can. Should eleven be the average age that a child first views pornography? It is. Should children between the ages of twelve and seventeen represent the largest group of pornography consumers? They do. It is puzzling how a quintessentially adult activity has increasingly edged-out Saturday morning cartoons, homework, piano lessons, and T-ball games. Perhaps social consensus is that teenagers are best served by searching out porn 150 billion times a year. But, I doubt it.

Teenage kicks: Is internet porn creating a damaged generation?
With just a few clicks of a mouse, modern teenagers have easy access to hardcore and often violent pornography. But are we raising a damaged generation as a consequence? The leading psychologist Terri Apter investigates

Who watches WikiLeaks?
This week a classified video of a US air crew killing unarmed Iraqis was seen by millions on the internet. But for some, the whistleblowing website itself needs closer scrutiny

International man of mystery
The founder of WikiLeaks lives a secret life in the shadow of those who blow the whistle, writes Bernard Lagan.

How Wikileaks shone light on world's darkest secrets
When the Ministry of Defence first came across Wikileaks, staffers were stunned. "There are thousands of things on here, I literally mean thousands," one of them wrote in an internal email in November 2008. "Everything I clicked on to do with MoD was restricted... it is huge." The website, an online clearing house for documents whose authors would generally prefer them to stay in the private domain, has since been banned from the MoD's internal computers, but it did no good: eventually, that email ended up on Wikileaks. And when a US Army counter-intelligence officer recommended that whistleblowers who leaked to the site be fired, that report ended up on Wikileaks too.

When your carpet calls your doctor: The coming convergence of wireless communications, social networking and medicine will transform health care
Is it possible that amid all the hoopla about Apple?s iPad, one potential use has been overlooked? Larry Nathanson, head of emergency-medicine ?informatics? at one of Harvard Medical School?s hospitals, has experimented with using the device in the casualty ward. He writes that ?initial tests with our clinical applications went amazingly well?the EKGs look better onscreen than on paper. It was great having all of the clinical information right at the bedside to discuss with the patient.?

Computer Engineer Barbie and the Role of Women in Tech (or How the Internet Changed Barbie)
How desperate does a profession have to be to seize Barbie as a role model? Well, that?s what female computer engineers, whose ranks have been diminishing in the last two decades, did to drum up support for their field. When Mattel Inc., Barbie?s maker, allowed the public to vote on the doll?s next career, female computer engineers stuffed the ballot box, according to a page one story Friday in the Wall Street Journal.

Teaching About Web Includes Troublesome Parts
When Kevin Jenkins wanted to teach his fourth-grade students at Spangler Elementary here how to use the Internet, he created a site where they could post photographs, drawings and surveys. ... The first wave of parental anxiety about the Internet focused on security and adult predators. But that has since given way to concerns about how their children are acting online toward their friends and rivals, and what impression their online profiles might create in the minds of college admissions officers or future employers.

us: Internet advertising ends 2009 on a high note
Internet advertising revenue was down in 2009, but record-breaking spending during the fourth quarter indicates advertisers are slowly regaining their willingness to invest in online ads, a new study has found.

Twitter used to predict box office hits
The computer scientists studied 3 million messages - known as tweets - about 25 movies, including Avatar.

Couples in strife as Facebook cited in divorces
THE dangers of social networking sites for the young are well documented, but increasing numbers of middle-aged users are also having their private lives thrown into turmoil by online activity.

Beware of Social Networking Sites
Social networking sites such as Facebook not only offer a whole new world of opportunities, but also open up dangers, according to executives at the Computerworld Security Forum in Malaysia last week.

Bebo users may lose memories [Dominion Post]
More than 600,000 New Zealanders could lose information they uploaded to Bebo if the social networking site is canned this year.

US, EU against Internet child porn [AFP]
The United States and the European Union Friday announced they plan to launch a joint action programme to fight child pornography on the Internet. The agreement was announced at the end of an EU-US meeting of justice and interior ministers in Madrid.

Cyber-bullies more harmful: researcher
Cyber-bullying has a more harmful effect on victims than face-to-face bullying but teachers lack the training to adequately deal with the growing problem, according to one of WA's leading cyber-bullying researchers.

Scurge of Cyber bullying [AAP]
One in 10 Australian teenagers experience cyberbullying, involving nasty messages or photos posted online or sent on mobile phones, every few weeks, according to new research.

Federal Police research finds up to one in three teens are cyber bullied
Up to one in three teenagers are victims of cyber bullying and it is increasing, research reveals.

Law falling behind cyber bullying trend
The former chief justice of the Family Court, Alistair Nicholson, says the law has failed to deal with the growing problem of cyber bullying.

Make bullying a crime: ex-judge
Former Family Court chief justice Alastair Nicholson has suggested bullying be made a crime to send a strong message about society's disapproval.

Thoughts About Anti-Bullying Laws
In the wake of the suicide last month of a 12-year-old Michigan girl who'd been harassed by bullies, Gov. Jennifer Granholm is renewing her calls for the state to enact strong anti-bullying legislation.

Teen suicide puts spotlight on high-tech bullying
The case of a teenager in Massachusetts who killed herself after a relentless, months-long bullying campaign shows how the common schoolyard behavior is evolving in dangerous new ways online.

au: Cyber bully convicted
In a landmark prosecution of cyber-bullying offences, a man has been convicted of stalking for sending threatening text and MySpace messages to a youth, who later killed himself.

au: Man avoids jail in first cyber bullying case
His name was Allem Halkic and he was 17. When he made the decision to end his life at dawn last February, threatening text messages from a former mate weighed heavily on his mind.

au: Man guilty of stalking friend who later killed himself
A Melbourne court has been told a teenager took his own life after being sent threatening text messages.

au: Education leaders to tackle cyberbullies [AAP]
Bullying, while never fun, used to be about punch-ups behind the shelter shed and spreading gossip.

au: Teachers lack bully skills
A THIRD of South Australian teachers in training feel uninformed about cyber-bullying while a quarter feel unprepared to deal with it in the classroom.

Bullies learn at early age
CHILDREN as young as three can be victims of bullying, according to a child development expert.

nz: Rise in violent crime and school bullying
A trend towards more serious bullying in schools is worrying Children's Commissioner John Angus.

uk: Facebook accused of failing to report suspected paedophiles [Press Association]
Facebook has not passed a single complaint about suspected paedophiles grooming vulnerable child users to police in Britain, it was claimed today.

Facebook a 'real concern' says online child protection head
Facebook has not passed a single complaint about suspected paedophiles grooming vulnerable child users to police, the head of an organisation safeguarding youngsters online said yesterday.

Police attack Facebook in dispute over child safety
Police have accused Facebook of being arrogant for failing to install a child safety button on its web pages. The social networking site is said to have never reported a case to British police of a suspected paedophile attempting to groom a child.

uk: Complaints about grooming and bullying on Facebook quadruple
Facebook has been accused by police of ?arrogantly? ignoring children?s safety after it emerged that the number of complaints of alleged grooming and bullying on the site have almost quadrupled this year.

us: Bullying in School: What Can Be Done About It?
Adolescence, that swampy zone between safety and power, is best patrolled by adults armed with sense and mercy, not guns and a badge. That's one of many reasons the awful story of Phoebe Prince leaves me so uneasy.

Nokia fights piracy in China digital music launch
Nokia will today launch a digital music service in China, in a high-risk move to make inroads into the world?s largest mobile phone market where sales have been crippled due to internet piracy.

Google accused of YouTube ?free ride?
Some of Europe?s leading telecoms groups are squaring up for a fight with Google over what they claim is the free ride enjoyed by the technology company?s YouTube video-sharing service.

Nokia?s CEO on the Challenges & Promise of the New Mobile Industry
Nokia Chairman, CEO and President Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has the second-toughest job in the mobile industry ? that of turning the decades-old, set-in-its-ways, $58-billion-a-year mobile handset maker into a services-driven, Internet-oriented monster that not only catches up to but surpasses new upstart rivals Apple and Google. The good news is that unlike Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein (who has the toughest mobile gig), he doesn?t have to worry about running out of money anytime soon.

Mexico may cut millions of mobile phones to fight crime
Tens of millions of Mexicans could find their cellphones disconnected this weekend if the government goes ahead with a new law meant to fight crime by forcing people to register their identities.

Apple launches ad system for mobile devices in race with Google
In a direct attack on Silicon Valley rival Google Inc., Apple Inc. unveiled its new mobile advertising system Thursday and promised to deliver a new generation of compelling interactive ads to its devices.

How Apple's new iPhone brings Minority Report a step closer to reality: Companies can now target you with specific ads depending on your location
A man walks down a busy high street towards a well-known coffee chain. As he gets within 500 yards of the caf?, his mobile phone buzzes in his pocket with an advert from the company offering him a discount on a cup of coffee.

Apple Edges Into Selling of App Ads
Apple, the maker of popular gadgets, is getting into the business of selling advertising, ratcheting up its rivalry with Google.

Apple reveals new iPhone features
Apple has shown off some of the 100 new features to be included in the iPhone operating system later this year.

Mobile giants likely to dominate German wireless auction
Germany is auctioning off frequencies for high-speed wireless data transfer. A similar auction was held in 2000, but this time only four leading wireless companies may bid. Smaller companies have cried foul.

Could a Better Carrier Have Sold Palm's Pre? [GigaOm]
Palm's exclusive Pre launch with Sprint proves that a carrier can still make or break a brand in the smartphone market. Look at Motorola

uk: Mobile mast blamed for cancer cluster
A mobile phone mast is being blamed for a huge spate of fatal cancers and ill health in a small village. Half of the residents of Buckler, Cornwall, have complained of ill health since the structure was installed two years ago.

ACMA launches anti-SMS spam hotline
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has soft launched an anti-SMS spam hotline. The hotline allows consumers receiving spam SMS to send the offending message directly to a mobile number run by ACMA, rather than through an online form.

US income tax season spawns Internet spammer scams
A wave of tax-related cyberscams is hitting the Internet. With the federal tax-filing deadline looming, spam enticing Internet users to fill out bogus forms at faked IRS websites is flooding inboxes. And slick Web page promotions for overnight tax-preparation services and instant refunds are turning up in Google search results and Twitter micro-blog postings.

Scam Facebook page attracts 40,000 victims seeking Ikea gift card [IDG]
A scam Facebook page offering the site's users a $1,000 Ikea gift card took in nearly 40,000 victims Friday.

Where a Cellphone Is Still Cutting Edge
What if, globally speaking, the iPad is not the next big thing? What if the next big thing is small, cheap and not American?

NPR misses the point on the politics of global Internet governance by Brenden Kuerbis
NPR concluded yesterday a series on "the newest arena of international conflict - cyberspace." To be honest, it was very gratifying to hear major media bringing the vitally important topic of global Internet governance to a wider audience. By and large it was good reporting, highlighting the increasing contention as national governments world-wide struggle with the ramifications of a global communications network.

Internet drives 30 per cent rise in UK kidnappings
Kidnapping for ransom or to settle vendettas is a "growth area" for criminals following new developments in communications such as Twitter and social networking sites. The ease of foreign travel and the capacity for large amounts of money to change hands on-line has also helped fuel a 30 per cent rise in kidnappings since 1997.

Cyber-Spin: How the Internet Gets Framed as Dangerous by Milton Mueller
At the beginning of this year, a set of powerhouse organizations in cybersecurity (CSO Magazine, Deloitte, Carnegie Mellon's CERT program, and the U.S. Secret Service) released the results of a survey of 523 business and government executives, professionals and consultants in the ICT management field.

UK High Court ruling serves as a warning against any moderation of user comments
A blog owner can avoid liability for user-generated content that appears on his site without being checked or moderated, the High Court has ruled. But fixing the spelling or grammar in users' posts could lose him that protection, it said.

Evolving cyber threats target appliances
As the threat of malware continues to evolve over time with cybercriminals now targeting non-conventional electronic appliances such as battery chargers and digital photo frames, companies need to pay even more attention to their quality control practices.

us: Justice Stevens leaves mark on Internet law
U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his retirement on Friday, is arguably the most liberal member of the court. What's less open to debate is that a pair of his opinions written over a decade ago outlined the legal environment that gave rise to today's Internet.

EBay does not infringe trade marks by hosting sales of fakes, says US appeals court
EBay does not infringe jewellery shop Tiffany's trade marks when counterfeits are sold by sellers at the online auction site. Tiffany has lost its appeal in the US against the same decision as made by a lower court.

Data protection in Germany: What lies behind a battle over privacy on Facebook
In the challenge by Ilse Aigner, the German minister of consumer protection, to Mark Zuckerberg, the 25-year-old founder of Facebook, it is hard to say who is the David. Mrs Aigner accuses Facebook of being careless over the privacy of its 400m members. ?What is private must stay private,? she wrote to Mr Zuckerberg on April 5th. ?Unfortunately, Facebook ignores this principle.? Shape up, Mrs Aigner warned, or she would quit the social-networking site.

German group calls for Facebook boycott
A German consumer group has warned users not to use Facebook if the social-networking company fails to withdraw the proposed changes to its privacy policy. Last month, Facebook announced that it was considering changing its privacy policy to allow information to passed on to third-parties without users giving their consent.

Facebook faces Canadian privacy probe [Canwest]
Being tracked down by long-lost foes is only one risk you take when you join the popular social networking site Facebook; losing control of your private information could be another.

Privacy groups file FTC complaint on behavioral ads [IDG]
Three privacy groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about behavioral advertising practices, accusing Google, Yahoo and other advertising vendors of creating a "Wild West" atmosphere with few rules for protecting consumer privacy.

China?s Censors Tackle and Trip Over the Internet
Type the Chinese characters for ?carrot? into Google?s search engine here in mainland China, and you will be rewarded not with a list of Internet links, but a blank screen.

Britain's political leaders sign up for online debate
The three main party leaders have agreed to take part in digital debates on websites Facebook and YouTube.

Swedish law gives shelter to controversial Wikileaks site
Sweden's stringent whistleblower laws are protecting the anonymity of sources that have been feeding the controversial Wikileaks website with sensitive government and corporate information, according to Swedish political sources.

An Internet for Everybody by Susan Crawford
Last week, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the legal authority to tell Comcast not to block certain uses of its Internet access services. This decision has become a rip-the-Band-Aid-off moment for the regulatory agency, forcing it to reconsider its effort to impose ?network neutrality? by requiring that Internet access providers treat all content equally.

us: Editorial: Giving FCC authority to set policy on net neutrality
A federal appeals court reined in the Federal Communications Commission this week, ruling that it overstepped its authority when it penalized Comcast for surreptitiously disabling a popular technology that let people share files online. But the ruling did not quell the commission's interest in regulating the way Internet service providers such as Comcast manage their networks. Instead, it set up a potential fight over whether the commission's regulatory authority should be expanded, either by Congress or the commission itself. We think the best course is for lawmakers to give the FCC clear but limited power to preserve the openness that has made the Internet not just a hotbed for innovation but also the most important communications medium of our time.

us: Editorial: Dial-Up Law in a Broadband World
The Internet has given the government powerful 21st-century tools for invading people?s privacy and monitoring their activities, but the main federal law governing online privacy is a 20th-century relic. Adopted in 1986, it has had trouble keeping up with technological advances and is now badly out of date.

The legislative farce of the Digital Economy Act by Struan Robertson, Legal Director with Pinsent Masons LLP and editor of the firm's online legal service, out-law.com
They say that there are two things you should never see made: laws and sausages. As a tiny group of MPs debated the Digital Economy Act this week, the stomachs of an online audience turned.

The digital economy bill: what made it
The digital economy bill was an ambitious piece of legislation designed, among other things, to overhaul the broadcasting industry, start the ball rolling on radio switchover, ensure high-speed broadband access for all, and deal with internet piracy.

U.K. Approves Crackdown on Internet Pirates
The British Parliament on Thursday approved plans to crack down on digital media piracy by authorizing the suspension of repeat offenders? Internet connections.

Digital Economy Bill passed by House of Commons
The Digital Economy Bill has been passed by the House of Commons and will become law before the general election. The Bill was passed amidst criticisms from inside and outside of Parliament about the lack of Parliamentary time and debate given to it.

ISP defies digital bill
One of the UK's three biggest internet service providers has vowed not to co-operate with measures to combat file-sharing set out in the government's controversial digital economy bill, expected to receive royal assent within days.

Talk Talk restates pledge to go to court over Digital Economy Act measures
Telco Talk Talk has restated its pledge to take music and film companies to court if they try to use parts of the just-passed Digital Economy Act. It said it will not hand over any customer details without a court order.

TalkTalk vows resistance as digital bill becomes law
TalkTalk will fight in court any attempt to have it disconnect one of its subscribers for unlawful file-sharing, the ISP said on Thursday, as the Digital Economy Act 2010 became law.

Digital economy bill rushed through wash-up in late night parliamentary session
The government forced through the controversial digital economy bill with the aid of the Conservative party last night, attaining a crucial third reading ? which means it will get royal assent and become law ? after just two hours of debate in the Commons.

Google?s AdMob deal runs into Washington headwinds
Here?s another sign that winning approval for Google?s purchase of mobile advertising company AdMob isn?t turning out to be plain sailing in Washington: Senator Herb Kohl, chairman of the Judiciary Committee?s antitrust sub-committee, has just written to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to take a long, hard look at the deal.

nz: Anthony Doesburg: Where freedom of speech means precisely that
As changes to copyright law attempt to stop online music and movie pirates, one place where they might seek refuge is Freenet.

ACTA: New Zealand faces 'domestic upheaval'
New Zealanders are more aware of the Anti-Copyrighting Trade Agreement (ACTA) than their overseas counterparts, but they also have a lot more to lose, says Canadian academic and ACTA critic Michael Geist.

InternetNZ launches petition to limit ACTA
InternetNZ has launched an online petition following its "PublicACTA" session in Wellington on Saturday.

Anti-counterfeiting talks take place in Wellington
Trade negotiators from the United States, the European Union, Japan and other countries are in Wellington to discuss clamping down on copyright infringements.

Geist warns of ACTA sovereignty setback
... [Michael] Geist and the latest round of ACTA negotiations are coming to New Zealand next week. He will attend events organised by InternetNZ and the Privacy Commissioner and the Law & Technology Committee of the Auckland District Law Society. Computerworld New Zealand caught up with him by email this week to find out what's on his mind ? and his agenda.

PublicACTA hammers out 'Wellington Declaration'
About 120 attendees at the PublicACTA conference gave up nine hours of Saturday to hammer out ?The Wellington Declaration? ? intended to be a constructive criticism of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA).

Over 100 register for PublicACTA
InternetNZ says over 100 people have registered to attend the organisation's PublicACTA event in Wellington on Saturday, ahead of a further round of negotiations on the international treaty.

More transparency the aim for ACTA talks in Wellington [NZPA]
An international conference in Wellington next week, part of ongoing worldwide negotiations on copyright, aimed to be more transparent following criticism about the secrecy of the talks

ACTA not about trade, but about IP: Michael Geist
So said Ottawa law professor Michael Geist (right), on Tuesday. ?The claims that this is solely about enforcement, I am sorry, but that is not true?, he declared.

The Wellington ACTA Declaration
The WWW is more than just a network of computers. It?s the world?s most powerful force for change.

Geist on ACTA ? in New Zealand
Ottawa law professor and ACTA critic Dr Michael Geist (right) is certainly getting around these days.

PublicACTA posts the Wellington Declaration. Sign it if you value your rights
The PublicACTA conference took place in Wellington this weekend on April 10, and one important outcome of it is the Wellington Declaration. You should read and sign the petition if you value your rights, including the ability to make sovereign law as a nation.

Activists sign petition to open up ACTA talks
Concerned stakeholders from the Internet industry and legal communities have established an online petition calling for Governments party to ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) to open up their negotiations to the public.

Declaration urges big changes to ACTA
Copyright Enforcement in the Digital Environment As the eighth round of negotiations on ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) gets underway in New Zealand, a group opposed to the agreement has launched a petition in support of a campaign to get governments to change their approach to the negotiations.

The Wellington Declaration
"Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for?because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything. " ?Peter Marshall.

Get your ACT(A) together
The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international treaty that is being negotiated by a handful of nations, in a very secretive way. The text of the ACTA has not been officially released, but some of the issues under negotiation can be found through several leaked documents. However, public officials are unable to comment on such leaked documents.

PublicACTA declaration signed
I missed the PublicACTA discussions in Wellington today as I was in Auckland for the day talking to Chiasma bio-tech students about science communication.

PublicACTA Wellington Declaration now available, public invited to sign
The Wellington Declaration agreed by the PublicACTA Conference has now been released, and video coverage of the event will be made available as soon as possible.

Media titans Murdoch and Berlusconi do battle
Rupert Murdoch and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, owners of media empires, are in a legal tussle. Some Italians are said to see Murdoch as the strongest opposition to Berlusconi.

Backlash as data traffic explodes
All the world?s leading telecoms groups in developed countries are grappling with the challenge of how to reap profits from the data explosion on their networks.

'WiMAX 2' coming in 2011?
It's been just over a year since WiMAX made its big debut in the United States and we're already looking at a sequel.

France T?l?com Suicides Prompt an Investigation
The Paris prosecutor?s office said on Friday that it was investigating France T?l?com over accusations of psychological harassment related to a recent spate of suicides.

au: LG plunges into BigPond
LG will become the latest electronics manufacturer to bring exclusive video content to the television when it launches Telstra's BigPond Movies service on its new range of internet-connected TVs.


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