[DNS] domain name news - 19 April

[DNS] domain name news - 19 April

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:55:29 -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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At Internet Conference, Signs of Agreement Appear Between U.S. and Russia

Internet Society Attacks Beckstrom's DNS "sky is falling" talk by Milton Mueller

ICM Registry Goes on Offensive for .XXX, But Has No Adult Industry Support

After Spending $9 Million Trying To Get The .XXX Extension, ICM Goes On The Offense

ICANN Warns 4 Registrars, Gives 15 Days Notice

au: auDA Panel releases discussion paper on new 2LDs

At Internet Conference, Signs of Agreement Appear Between U.S. and Russia
For the 140 computer network specialists, law enforcement agents and diplomats from eight countries who met in this German ski resort this week for a Russian-sponsored conference on Internet security, the biggest challenge was finding a common ground to discuss their differences.

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?

Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN
Global input and ideas will be on the rise at the 38th International Public Meeting of ICANN thanks to ICANN's on-going Fellowship program.

Internet Society Attacks Beckstrom's DNS "sky is falling" talk by Milton Mueller
It's not often you get to see the Internet Society butt heads directly with ICANN, which some consider its creature. In comments filed today with ICANN, the President and CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC), Lynn St. Amour, sent some sharply-worded criticism to ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom. The comment, which was sent to the entire ICANN Board, criticized Beckstrom for his comments before the Governmental Advisory Committee at the Nairobi meeting last month, when he claimed that the domain name system is "under attack as never before" and implied that it is likely to collapse at any moment. Beckstrom made these comments by way of promoting his idea of a "DNS CERT".

The IDN ccTLD fast-track process & new gTLDs
In November 2009, ICANN launched a ?Fast-Track? registration process for proposed Internationalized Domain Names for Country Code Top-Level Domains (?IDN ccTLDs?).

Open Letter to ICANN and the Internet Community by Stuart Lawley
ICM Registry will shortly issue an in-depth response to ICANN's paper outlining "possible process options" for addressing the declaration of the Independent Review Panel regarding .xxx, which is now open for public comment.

ICM Registry Goes on Offensive for .XXX, But Has No Adult Industry Support
ICM Registry has published an open letter to ICANN and the internet community as part of their campaign to lobby for ICANN to approve the .XXX Top Level Domain. The letter notes ICM is disappointed with the possibility that ICANN will disregard the findings of the independent review, but ignores the claims by the adult industry that they do not want .XXX.

After Spending $9 Million Trying To Get The .XXX Extension, ICM Goes On The Offense
The President of the ICM Registry, Stuart Lawley posted an open letter on Circle ID, clearly going on the offense in its bid to get the contract from ICANN to run the proposed .XXX registry.

FSC Issues .XXX Comments, Call-to-Action
The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has announced its submission of a comment to ICANN regarding its stance towards the .XXX initiative.

ICANN Warns 4 Registrars, Gives 15 Days Notice
ICANN has warned four domain name registrars that they are in breach of the terms of their accreditation agreement, and has given them 15 working days to cure the breaches.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
The .at-Report: The new information-tool of the .at-Zone
The world of domains is changing constantly. Even insiders can hardly track all develpments in detail. To keep you abreast of the .at zone, nic.at will publish the .at-report three times a year from now on. The reports open with facts and figures about .at-domains. Additionally every report contains a different topical question.

au: auDA Panel releases discussion paper on new 2LDs
auDA?s New 2LDs Advisory Panel has released a Discussion Paper inviting comments on: new 2LDs in general; and proposals for new 2LDs, conf.au and info.au.

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. The student team, from the Paris-based school of management ESCP Europe, showed the .eu registry original and innovative ways to raise awareness of the .eu top-level domain. As a reward for their efforts they received a gift voucher for air travel within Europe. Second place winner Thomas Aichner was awarded a weekend in Brussels for four.

Invitation to join .my DOMAIN REGISTRY Public Trial
In preparation to implement DNSSEC for .my domain names by Q4 2010, .my DOMAIN REGISTRY has opened a DNSSEC Public Trial to allow the public to test out DNSSEC. It is also an opportunity for DNS administrators and cache server administrator to test out the how-to of DNSSEC implementation.

ISOC-NY EVENT: dot nyc ? How are we doing? ? New Date : May 8!
Last October the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) issued a request for proposals for ?services to obtain, manage, administer, maintain and market the geographic Top Domain name .nyc.?. At ICANN?s recent 37th meeting in Nairobi, consensus was reached on the ?overarching? issue of intellectual property protection. This leaves only the issue of the final (4th) draft of the Applicants Guidebook, expected before the 38th meeting in Brussels in June 2010, before the much delayed new generic top level domain (gTLD) delegation process can finally grind into action. (One caveat ? a policy forbidding cross-ownership of registries and registrars is still not totally set in stone.)

ictQatar to take over country code
The Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQatar) is preparing to manage Qatar?s ccTLD by early next year.

uk: Recruiting for Chairman and Independent Non Executive Director
As a result of recent changes to the Nominet Board and changes to its structure following the recent EGM we are seeking a new Chairman and a new Independent Non Executive Director.

uk: Nominet Trust mentoring programme
The Nominet Trust has partnered with UnLtd to deliver an exciting and unique programme to support and develop individuals with Internet-based solutions to the problems that affect our society.

Internet Society calls for wider consultation on ICANN DNS CERT proposal
In February ICANN set out its Proposed Strategic Initiatives for Improved DNS Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) and, specifically, proposed the establishment of the Domain Name System-Computer Emergency Response Team (DNS-CERT).

New US cyber security chief warns of internet attacks
A general appointed by Barack Obama to ready US defences against cyber attacks has disclosed an alarming increase in activity by hackers and foreign countries, amounting to hundreds of thousands of attempted infiltrations daily.

NSA director to testify at Senate hearing on cyber command unit
In an effort to protect the military's computer networks, the Obama administration is planning to put the leader of the nation's largest electronic spying agency in charge of a new military organization capable of launching attacks against enemy networks and power grids.

Real-World Testing Strengthens DNSSEC Implementation by Chris Klein
With each new real-world test of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), technologists gain a better understanding of how to maximize the security benefits of DNSSEC while minimizing compatibility and implementation issues. As DNSSEC is deployed ever more broadly, this disciplined commitment to testing will be the key to ensuring that the technology achieves its full potential to strengthen trust and security in the DNS.

Operational Challenges When Implementing DNSSEC by Stephan Lagerholm & Torbj?rn Ekl?v
As a reader of this article, you are probably familiar with the DNS cache poisoning techniques discovered a few years ago. And you have most likely heard that DNSSEC is the long term cure. But you might not know exactly what challenges are involved with DNSSEC and what experience the early adopters have gathered and documented. Perhaps you waited with our own rollout until you could gather more documentation over the operational experience when rolling out DNSSEC.

China Reports Millions of Conficker Worm Infections [IDG]
China last year hosted more than one in four of the world's computers infected with a major variant of the Conficker worm, according to an official report, highlighting the wide reach of malware inside the country.

Don't let DNS be your single point of failure
DNS is the address book for the Internet. It?s the way for users, customers and partners to find your online presence and communicate and transact with it. Without DNS, the Web, e-mail, hosted applications, and virtually every mission-critical thing done online would become unusable.

State of Kentucky names Full Tilt Poker in lawsuit
The state of Kentucky is taking absurd and frivolous lawsuits to a whole new level. After a victory in their quest to shut down 141 online gambling domain names the state of Kentucky has upped the ante, and is now going after Full Tilt Poker; not only to shut down the online poker site, but to reclaim lost wagers on the site from Kentucky residents!

 - IPv4/IPv6
IPv6: Not A Simple Renumbering
A decade ago, organizations went through a massive overhaul of their IT infrastructure in an effort to prevent the massive outages anticipated with Y2K. Now they need to decide whether a similar investment will be needed again. Publicly routable IPv4 address allocations are going to reach exhaustion in the next two years, if the projections from the Number Resource Organization (NRO) are to be believed.

NIST Gives Guidelines for Securing IPv6
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a draft of a new publication that will help secure IPv6 networks as they are being deployed. The Special Publication (SP) number 800-119 "Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6" is now in the comments stage. Once those comments and improvements are integrated into the document this will be one of the key sources for advice on preparing to secure our new IPv6 implementations.

North American Network Operators Group to formally organize by Brenden Kuerbis
The North American Network Operators Group (NANOG), which is little known outside of the technical community but serves a vitally important role in the successful functioning of the Internet, has decided to organize under 501(c)3 status. To date, NANOG had its meetings and activities organized under the auspices of Merit, a Michigan-based educational and networking research non-profit which managed NSFNet, the precursor to the modern Internet. Since 1994, the NANOG mailing list has served as a primary method of inter-carrier communication in the region, used to share information and resolve operational problems. There are lots of questions about the transition being asked. How the change will impact NANOG's activities and the operators who participate is to be determined, but it represents another step in the continuing formalization of Internet governance institutions.

Netcraft April 2010 Web Server Survey
In the April 2010 survey we received responses from 205,368,103 sites ? a slight fall in the number of sites found. Three of the five major web servers lost hostnames compared to last month.

Year's Biggest Sale To Date - Flying.com at $1.1 Million - Soars to Top of Our Weekly Sales Chart
The past week was a very solid one for domain sales, led by the year's biggest sale to date and a trio of six-figure deals. Flying.com set the pace after changing hands for $1,100,000 in a private transaction. The buyer, UsedAirplanes.com, detailed the acquisition in a press release today (April 7). In addition to leading our latest weekly Top 20 Sales Chart, Flying.com nudges Poker.org ($1 million) out of the top spot on our Year-to-Date Top 100 Chart.

Expanding to Europe ? An Interview with Joerg Schnermann
DomainSponsor has recently established its European head office in Germany. They have also announced DOMAINfest Europe that will be staged in Prague on 6-7 October, 2010.

Say Cheese: CHEESECAKE.COM to be sold at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Milan
Latona?s have issued the following news release regarding the upcoming auction of the CHEESECAKE.COM domain name at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domain Conference & Expo in Milan. The reserve price has been set at what they describe as an extremely modest $100,000.

Identity Theft in Cyberspace: Crime Control Methods and Their Effectiveness in Combating Phishing Attacks by Jennifer Lynch [Berkeley Technology Law Journal]
Abstract: This article discusses the growing identity theft problem in cyberspace, focusing specifically on phishing attacks. Victims of identity theft and phishing attacks suffer direct financial losses, though the real price these crimes exact is in the time and money spent trying to rebuild a victim?s credit and good name. Society also suffers through business losses, generally passed on to consumers through higher costs for goods and credit, and, more importantly, through loss of consumer confidence in conducting business online.

New Zealand's broadband numbers 'through the roof'
More than one million New Zealand homes used broadband to connect to the internet in 2009, double the number from three years ago.

Broadband in 1m NZ homes [NZPA]
More than a million New Zealand homes used broadband to connect to the internet last year, double the number of three years ago, according to Statistics New Zealand.

What online addiction is doing to our children
A generation of screenagers are becoming hooked on a virtual world. We meet the compulsive gamers and the people who are helping them

Apple's iPad war on Adobe and Flash
Why is Adobe's globally popular Flash program not supported by Apple's new iPad?

For Chinese, Web Is the Way to Entertainment
The daily Web habits of a typical 18-year-old college student named Li Yufei show why American Internet companies, one after another, have had trouble penetrating what is now the world?s most wired nation.

For sale: the rarest animals on earth
A flourishing illegal online trade in exotic animals is threatening the survival of many species. Sonia Van Gilder Cooke investigates just what creatures are for sale

Pull your neck in, you're ordinary by the demographer Bernard Salt
... Have a look at any random selection of Facebook and Twitter profiles (and not just from among Generation Y). It's no longer good enough to tag yourself with a single descriptor.

Google's Profit and Revenue Rise, but Analysts Wanted More
Google may be fighting a multifront war against Apple, Microsoft, federal antitrust regulators and the government of China, but its online advertising business continues to hum along nicely.

Google's 37% profit increase not enough for investors
Google Inc.'s first-quarter profit jumped 37% and topped analysts' estimates, but it still wasn't enough for Wall Street.

Pornography makes it hard to stay celibate, bishop says [Reuters]
A prominent Roman Catholic bishop in Mexico blamed eroticism on television and internet pornography for child abuse by priests, in the latest incendiary comments on sex scandals in the church.

Google Takes Printing to the Cloud
When Google began discussing Chrome OS, its new approach to an operating system that places all applications in the cloud, one question that wasn?t answered was how the new OS would handle printing.

What the WikiLeaks Media Blitz Has Revealed About WikiLeaks
It's been a very good week for WikiLeaks. Last Monday, the whistleblower site released a classified video shot by an American attack helicopter as it mowed down a group of men on a Baghdad street, two of whom were unarmed Reuters journalists.

au: One in four adults finds mate online
Australians are changing the way they date and mate, a survey shows. A Nielsen poll found one in four adults have used the internet to find a partner and another 38 per cent are considering using online dating.

To Battle Cartels, Mexico Weighs Twitter Crackdown
Mexican drug cartels appear to have adopted a new technique to avoid military raids and police checkpoints: using Facebook and Twitter. And so now the Mexican government is trying to crack down ... on the use of Facebook and Twitter.

Mexico's Twitter Crackdown and Cell Phone Craziness
New information says violent drug cartel shoot-outs in Mexico have killed nearly 23,000 people since 2006, and tourism is tanking. The government's response? It's thinking of banning Twitter and Facebook, because criminals are using it to communicate and avoid military raids. In the government's defense, the cartels are using Twitter not only for communication with each other, but for intimidating the public.

Facebook Seeps Onto Other Web Sites
With about half of Facebook?s 400 million users checking in daily, the social networking company has established itself as one of the Web?s most popular destinations.

Library of Congress plan for Twitter: a big, permanent retweet
The Library of Congress' project to archive Twitter was a nod to the significance of the social networking site that gave voice to imprisoned journalists in Egypt and fueled a rallying cry for users to donate money for relief efforts in Haiti.

Twitter Loses Its Scrappy Start-Up Status
Twitter?s first developer conference, held this week in San Francisco, served as a coming-out party for the four-year-old service. Twitter the start-up is becoming Twitter the big company, with more polish, controversy, competition and revenue.

Apple iPad blocked in Israel
Israel has banned imports of Apple's new product, the iPad, amid concerns that its Wi-Fi signals could disrupt other devices.

Apple iPad banned in Israel
The Israeli government, citing compliance concerns, says it will seize any Apple iPads imported through customs. Meanwhile, international demand for the Apple iPad continues to grow.

Israel iPad Ban Puzzles Many
Israel this week has been blocking travelers from bringing Apple Inc.'s new iPad into the country saying the device's wireless technology threatens to create interference with other products, a move that has puzzled people both in Israel and Silicon Valley.

Microsoft?s Unsung Success: Windows 7 is a smash hit
These days I almost feel bad for the guys at Microsoft. They've got what anyone in the world would consider a hit product on their hands, and guess what? Nobody cares. Everybody is so busy gushing over Apple's iPad?myself included?that they are not paying any attention to what's going on in the land of Windows.

Facebook puts faith in its software smarts to see off sexual predators
Facebook has developed sophisticated algorithms to monitor its users and detect inappropriate and predatory behaviour, bolstering its latest raft of initiatives to improve the safety of its users.

FOSI's European Conference 2010. May 27, 2010 in Madrid
Putting the Pieces Together: Building a Comprehensive Online Safety Plan

au: Tightening the net
It was hardly what the government wanted to hear. When Communications Minister Stephen Conroy commissioned a technology company to test his proposed internet filter, he was hoping it would back the policy close to his heart. For more than a year he had been pushing a mandatory filter to block users from accessing the child abuse, bestiality and DIY terrorist guides that populate the darkest corners of cyberspace.

au: Blacklist costs could beat filter
Today the costs of running a blacklist were made clear, showing that the filter could be a very expensive operation.

au: Google goes to Washington on filter
Google Australia has voiced its concerns over the Rudd Government's controversial mandatory ISP filtering plan directly to the US State Department.

Google runs to US over Australian filter
Google has confirmed that it has gone to the US State Department, including other parties, to voice its concerns on the filter.

au: Police highlight child web dangers
Tasmanian parents are being encouraged to do more to protect their children from the dangers associated with the internet.

us: 'Sexting' probed at Montgomery, Md., middle school
Students at a Bethesda middle school bought, sold and traded inappropriate photos and videos of fellow students, school officials said Thursday, and Montgomery County police are investigating.

Mexico bishop blames priest child abuse on porn, TV [Reuters]
A prominent Roman Catholic bishop in Mexico blamed eroticism on television and Internet pornography for child abuse by priests, in the latest incendiary comments on sex scandals in the church.

Microsoft in 'sexting' row over Kin advert
Video for new 'social' handsets shows teenagers exchanging 'explicit' pictures through their mobile phones

Irish filesharers to have internet cut
An important High Court decision today allowing Eircom proceed with cutting off internet access to illegal music downloaders, mainly peer-to-peer music sharing groups, has major implications for all other internet service providers.

Ireland Is Latest With Plan to Cut Into Copyright Violations
A judge in Ireland on Thursday cleared the way for the implementation of a crackdown on Internet piracy, dismissing the Irish Data Protection Commissioner?s concerns that the plan could result in the invasion of privacy.

au: Canberra urged to join net fightback
Canberra is being urged to take up the fight against online piracy following a renewed push in international jurisdictions to clamp down on illegal downloading and file sharing.

France, the U.K. Take Aim at Digital Pirates
More than a decade after digital piracy began its attack on content businesses like music and publishing, two European governments are taking a tougher stance against online intellectual-property thieves.

British anti-piracy firm defends net hunt
Anti-piracy firm DigiProtect, which has teamed up with UK law firm ACS:Law to send thousands of letters to alleged net pirates, has defended its actions.

The Future of TV: What will home entertainment look like in a few years? Have a peek at some of the technologies
Television has changed a lot over the years--from black-and-white tube sets to Technicolor consoles to plasma and LCD high-definition TVs.

IPTV standards Interop demo and showcase
Manufacturers offered test bed and opportunity to showcase interoperability

uk: Super-fast broadband could encourage piracy
More than a third of Brits (35 percent) think super-fast broadband services will encourage illegal downloading, says Moneysupermarket.

Getting What You Pay for on the Mobile Internet
When TeliaSonera, the Nordic telecommunications operator, switched on the world?s fastest wireless network last December, customers quickly ratcheted up their consumption of mobile data tenfold.

More rural Chinese surf the Web by mobile phone [IDG]
Mobile phones are an increasingly popular way to surf the Internet in rural China, but a "digital divide" is still growing between the country's rural and urban areas, a survey found.

Spam volumes still growing, says Google [IDG]
Despite security researchers' efforts to cut spam down to size, it just keeps growing back. The volume of unsolicited email in the first quarter was around 6 percent higher than a year earlier, according to Google's email filtering division Postini.

Botnets Keep Spam Volume High: Google
Botnets cranked out more spam and larger individual files containing spam in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest report from Postini, Google's e-mail filtering and security service.

UN split on cybercrime conventions
A United Nations committee on international crime prevention is split on how to deal with cybercrime. Some countries want the existing European convention to be adopted worldwide, while others want a completely new agreement to be created.

Porn virus publishes web history of victims on the net
A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public website before demanding a fee for its removal. The Japanese trojan virus installs itself on computers using a popular file-share service called Winni, used by up to 200m people.

US DOJ abandons warrantless attempt to read Yahoo e-mail
The U.S. Justice Department has abruptly abandoned what had become a high-profile court fight to read Yahoo users' e-mail messages without obtaining a search warrant first.

New cyber crime intelligence service launched
A new service to identify enterprise vulnerabilities to cyber-crime attacks is being launched by RSA, the security division of EMC.

New US cyber security chief warns of internet attacks
A general appointed by Barack Obama to ready US defences against cyber attacks has disclosed an alarming increase in activity by hackers and foreign countries, amounting to hundreds of thousands of attempted infiltrations daily.

NSA director to testify at Senate hearing on cyber command unit
In an effort to protect the military's computer networks, the Obama administration is planning to put the leader of the nation's largest electronic spying agency in charge of a new military organization capable of launching attacks against enemy networks and power grids.

China Reports Millions of Conficker Worm Infections [IDG]
China last year hosted more than one in four of the world's computers infected with a major variant of the Conficker worm, according to an official report, highlighting the wide reach of malware inside the country.

us: Young adults concerned but naive about privacy: study [AFP]
US young adults care about their online privacy just as much as older Americans, but they tend to be more naive, a study released Thursday found.

us: Study: Young adults do care about online privacy [AP]
All the dirty laundry younger people seem to air on social networks these days might lead older Americans to conclude that today's tech-savvy generation doesn't care about privacy.

Facebook Users Gripe about Erosion of Privacy
Facebook users are very sensitive about online privacy and this is apparent from a newly released survey by IT security company, Sophos. The findings of the survey show that users all across the globe are not happy with the changes Facebook is planning to make to its privacy policy.

us: Privacy in a mobile world: Massachusetts data privacy law [CSO]
The Massachusetts Data Privacy law, effective as of March 1, 2010, states that all businesses that collect personal data from or about Massachusetts residents will need to adopt a comprehensive written security program. Unlike most state-based data privacy laws, which focus primarily on public disclosure once a breach occurs, the new Massachusetts law prescribes that more stringent protective measures be taken to prevent breaches from occurring in the first place. 

How much control will Apple have over news app content?
Mark Fiore's job is making fun of political figures. And he's actually quite good at it, according to the Pulitzer Prize Committee.

Pulitzer cartoonist invited to resubmit rejected iPhone app
Someone at Apple really doesn't like caricatures. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore is just one of the artists over the past year to create or contribute work to an iPhone app ? only to see it rejected as "obscene, pornographic, or defamatory." And yet, with enough bad press on the matter, Cupertino seems willing to change its stance.

China Starts New Bureau to Curb Web
China has quietly formed a new bureau expected to help to police social networking sites and other user-driven forums on the Internet, which are proving harder for the government to monitor and control than ordinary news portals.

Three jailed in China over internet campaign for justice
A court in China has jailed three people who posted material on the internet to help an illiterate woman press authorities to reinvestigate her daughter's death.

Anti-counterfeiting treaty edges closer [BusinessDay.co.nz]
Countries that sign up to the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement will not be required to impose "three strikes" laws to disconnect persistent copyright infringers from the internet, trade negotiators said in a joint statement.

'Three strikes' struck out of ACTA
A ?three-strikes? penalty regime leading to internet disconnection is not part of the ACTA agreement, a statement released at the end of the Wellington round of treaty negotiations says.

ACTA partners to end secrecy, release draft text
After more than two years of limited transparency the parties negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement have agreed to release a draft text of the treaty to the public.

Internet Society statement on ACTA
The European Commission held an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Stakeholders? Consultation meeting on Mar 22 2010. Representatives of ISOC?s European Regional Bureau attended and have now issued their comments.

Countries to release anti-piracy text as deal nears
Countries negotiating a deal to curb trade in fake and pirated goods are close to reaching an agreement in talks that have raised concerns among digital rights advocates, U.S. trade officials said on Friday.

No ACTA-free trade link? 'Yeah right', says IP lawyer
Suspicions persist over a link between the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and negotiations for international free-trade pacts, despite efforts by officials to downplay the issue.

nz: Select committee report on Patents Bill: computer software not patentable [sub req'd]
The Commerce Select Committee report on the Patents Bill adopts the view that computer program inventions should not be patentable. However, the arguments against granting patents for software are highly debatable. Moreover, the committee seems to have been advised that this position may still allow embedded software to be patented with suitable guidelines for the examiners, despite the experience of other jurisdictions.

ACTA Draft Coming Next Week
Countries negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement will release a draft of the copyright treaty on April 21, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced Friday. It does not include a rumored three-strikes approach to copyright violations, USTR said, noting that "no participant is proposing" such a provision.

ACTA Participants Agree To Release Draft Text Next Week
The New Zealand round of ACTA negotiations concluded earlier today with participants promising to release the draft text next week. This obviously represents a major new development that reflects the mounting global pressure for greater transparency that built in the weeks leading up to the negotiations. The joint statement also confirms that the next round of negotiations will take place in Switzerland in June and restates positions that have been repeated in consultations such as no mandatory three strikes (see here for why concerns remain), no iPod searches at the border (still a concern given the de minimis language), and compliance with fundamental rights (privacy concerns remain).

ACTA wird ?ffentlich
Lange wurde ?ber das geplante internationale Anti-Piraterie-Abkommens ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) hinter verschlossenen T?ren verhandelt, jetzt soll der aktuelle Verhandlungstext nun doch ?ffentlich gemacht werden. Mitte kommender Woche soll es soweit sein, teilte der Schweizer Delegationsleiter J?rg Herren auf Anfrage von heise online mit. In Neuseelands Hauptstadt Wellington tagten in dieser Woche die Partner des umstrittenen Abkommens zum insgesamt achten Mal seit 2008.

Entwurf zu ACTA-Abkommen wird ver?ffentlicht
Diese Woche haben die EU und zehn Drittstaaten hinter verschlossenen T?ren weiter ?ber das internationale Abkommen gegen Produktpiraterie und Urheberrechtsverletzungen (ACTA) verhandelt. Inzwischen sind die Verhandlungen so weit fortgeschritten, dass am 21. April erstmals ein Entwurf des ACTA-Abkommens ver?ffentlicht wird.

ACTA-Text kommt am 21. April
Wie die EU-Kommission am Freitag mitgeteilt hat, werden die Teilnehmerstaaten an den Verhandlungen ?ber das Anti-Piraterie-Abkommen Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) nach zweij?hrigen Verhandlungen hinter verschlossenen T?ren nun erstmals einen konsolidierten Entwurf des Vertrags ver?ffentlichen. Das h?tten die Unterh?ndler vergangene Woche anl?sslich der achten Verhandlungsrunde im neuseel?ndischen Wellington beschlossen.

au: Govt agencies move on social media policy
Federal Government departments have revealed they are moving ahead to implement social media policies, despite the government having not yet responded to recommendations in the Government 2.0 Taskforce report.

us: FCC to take first steps toward broadband plan
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take the first major steps toward implementing its national broadband plan next Wednesday, when it is scheduled to launch a rulemaking proceeding that would create a new fund for broadband deployment.

au: No return on NBN for 'up to 30 years'
The head of the $43 billion national broadband network has warned that the federal government will not make a financial return on its ambitious project for up to 30 years.

au: Colac students to face child porn charges after sex in gym filmed on mobile phone
FOUR boys and one girl will be charged with making child pornography over the filming of a sexual encounter that took place in a school gym.


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