[DNS] domain name news - 31 May

[DNS] domain name news - 31 May

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 20:04:17 -0700 (PDT)
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Calls for internet access to be enshrined as a fundamental right

Registration Abuse Addressed: Registration Abuse Policies Working Group Publishes Final Report

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Working Group Publishes its Initial Report

New domain name issues emerge at INTA meeting

Change of nic.at Whois policy regarding hidden data

VeriSign Honors the ".com 25" and Unveils Internet Infrastructure Grants

Are you ready for the big internet crunch?

BBC's bizarre domain names revealed

au: Tax-haven poker websites hit jackpot

au: Online gaming sharks to net $1bn from punters

au: Online gaming sharks set to net $1bn from punters

Calls for internet access to be enshrined as a fundamental right
Internet use has become so woven into everyday life that some technology experts say online access should be legally protected, even to the point of considering it a human right.

Registration Abuse Addressed: Registration Abuse Policies Working Group Publishes Final Report
The Registration Abuse Policies Working Group has published its Final Report today. Following a public comment period on its Initial Report, the Working Group reviewed the comments received and issued this Final Report. The Report includes concrete recommendations to address domain name registration abuse in gTLDs for consideration by the GNSO Council. Included are recommendations related to:

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Working Group Publishes its Initial Report
The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part B Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group has published its Initial Report today. The IRTP Part B Policy Development Process (PDP) is the second in a series of five PDPs that address areas for improvements in the existing Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy.

Latest Draft Interim Report of Working Group on ICANN Geographic Regions Review Available
In preparation for community discussions at the next ICANN International Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the community-wide Geographic Regions Review Working Group (WGGR) is making the latest working draft of its Interim Report available to the community. The draft document can be found on the Socialtext Wiki page of the working group (http://tinyurl.com/WGGRwiki) at this link - Draft WGGR Interim Report v5 [DOC, 188 KB].

Pre-Brussels ICANN Policy Update Briefing
In order to participate, please RSVP via email to the GNSO Secretariat to receive the call details.

Podcast: Cops and Registrants Seek to Amend the RAA
We always try to have a new ICANN Start podcast episode available to you by the first of each month, and the 1 June episode has arrived early.

New domain name issues emerge at INTA meeting
The alarm bells over new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have finally been heard. The sell-out session at the International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting on this topic filled the conference centre's biggest meeting room on Tuesday. With the fourth - and probably final - Draft Applicant Guidebook due to be published imminently, an expert panel covered the entire debate and galvanized support from INTA members previously uninvolved. "The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is so close to finalizing the proposed trademark protection mechanisms that we all need to assume it's going ahead," said Fabricio Vayra, senior counsel, intellectual property at Time Warner. "It will be a bad day for a brand owner who assumes it's not going to happen and it does."

New gTLD Clearinghouse Rule Proposed for European Trademarks
Adam Smith reporting today in the World Trademark Review blog: "Trademarks that have undergone examination based only on absolute grounds of refusal will be welcomed into the Trademark Clearinghouse proposed for the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) space.

.SPORT Requests ICANN Banish Individual Sport gTLDs
In a curious letter to ICANN dated 13 May 2010, the .SPORT Policy Advisory Council has requested that ICANN block any applications for any sport-related generic Top Level Domains once they begin taking applications.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Change of nic.at Whois policy regarding hidden data
In order to provide our domain holders a more extensive data privacy, nic.at has resolved the following changes regarding hidden data (phone number, fax number, e-mail address):

.CO Hopes One Letter Less Is More
A contender wants to one-up dot-com as for the top spot in domain names by going one less ? dot-co.

VeriSign Honors the ".com 25" and Unveils Internet Infrastructure Grants
As part of its celebration of 25 years of Internet innovation, VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) today announced the ".com 25" -- a list of pioneering individuals and companies honored for their contributions to the development of the Internet. The .com 25 honorees, chosen by a group of technology and business experts and commentators, range from AOL to YouTube, reflecting the dynamic evolution of the consumer Internet in its first 25 years. 

Sun man and 'Bond nemesis' celebrate 25 years of dotcom
This week's celebration of 25 years of .com promised to be a step above the usual incestuous industry award shows.

Celebrating 25 years of .com by Lesley Cowley
Last night I attended the Verisign celebration of 25 years of .com at the City Hall, San Francisco. There were 300 people there and it was great to see many friends and familiar domain name contacts from all around the world.

CZ.NIC issues domain report
The CZ.NIC Association, administrator of the .CZ domain, has issued its first Domain Report. The set of statistics related to the .CZ domain provides data on the distribution of domain owners among individuals and organisations, for example, or the geographic locations of .CZ domains in the Czech Republic and worldwide

Dubai Ruler launches Arabic web address
The Arabic domain name of the website of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has been launched, WAM, the state news agency, reported yesterday.

Dot emarat domain hits the internet [Gulf News]
The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority yesterday officially launched one of the first non-English top-level domain names in the Arab world. .emarat was launched in Abu Dhabi. in the presence of its director general Mohammad Nasser Al Ganem.
http://www.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidGN_26052010_270540/Dot emarat domain hits the internet

Arabic web address available to all by end-2010 - TRA
.emarat, the newly approved Arabic website domain name should be available to all users in the UAE by the end of 2010, officials have said.

.eu SMEs received at EU parliament
European SMEs that have established their online presence using a .eu domain name will be celebrated on Wednesday, 2 June, at a dinner hosted by MEP Malcolm Harbor at the European Parliament.

IE Domain Registry Finally Introduces Contracts
Over the last couple of months the IE Domain Registry has been in negotiations with its resellers in order to introduce an actual contract and establish a registry / registrar relationship.

RU-CENTER Launches Registration in MSK.RU, SPB.RU and Other Geodomains
From May 31, 2010 RU-CENTER is launching registration of third-level domain names in MSK.RU, SPB.RU, NOV.RU and other geographical domains.

se: E-mail still the most important form of Net communication
For the third year running, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) has produced a survey on the use of e-mail in Sweden. Among other things, the survey shows that e-mail remains our most common and important way of written electronic communication.

Threats ?everywhere:? A review of Cavelty?s ?Cybersecurity and Threat Politics? by Milton Mueller
This is a book that deserves to get much more attention in this country. Cyber-Security and Threat Politics: US efforts to secure the information age by Myriam Dunn Cavelty provides a valuable historical and analytical perspective on the debate over cyber-security in the U.S. Cavelty links the cyber debate to securitization theory in political science; in this approach, what matters is how the threat is defined, how and when did a particular understanding of the threat gain acceptance and prominence, who promoted it, and what are its implications for policy and actions? Cavelty offers some important insights into the political, legal and economic implications of the way we define or frame cyber-threats.

House cybersecurity overhaul included in Defense authorization bill
An amendment to the Defense authorization bill, expected to pass in the House on Friday, would push through committee efforts to update information security requirements for agencies and establish a separate cybersecurity office in the White House.

High Profile DNS Still Vulnerable To Kaminsky Exploit
Dan Kaminsky's discovery of a nasty bug in DNS rocked the security world in 2008.

Deploying DNSSEC: Lessons from Domain Registrar Implementation by Rajesh Kothari
As a registrar at the front end of the DNSSEC deployment effort, our technical team has made a sustained investment in DNSSEC deployment so that our customers don't get overwhelmed by this wave of changes to the core infrastructure of the Domain Name System. Along the way, we've learnt a lot about how to implement DNSSEC which might hold useful lessons for other organizations that plan to deploy DNSSEC in their networks.

Finally, a UDRP Panel Respects the Scope of the Policy
UDRP was originally created to handle clear cut cases of cybersquatting. Since its launch panelists have stretched the scope of the policy.

au: Businesses targeted in fake 'YellowPage' scam
Queensland small businesses and even a consumer watchdog have been targeted in the latest scam that aims to extract money from the unwary in advertising rip-offs. ... He said Sensis, the owner of Yellow Pages (owned by Telstra), was trying to end the scam and retrieve the domain names involved. He said this was not the first ??rogue overseas business?? falsely claiming to be or have some association with Yellow Pages.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Are you ready for the big internet crunch?
The internet as we know it is reaching its limits. Within 18 months it is estimated that the number of new devices able to connect to the world wide web will plummet as we run out of "IP addresses" -- the unique codes that provide access to the internet for everything from PCs to smart phones.

BBC's bizarre domain names revealed
BBC viewers may not instantly associate websites such as ?Desperate Russian Housewives? or ?Watch a Grown Man Rot? with their favourite television shows, but it has emerged that the corporation runs sites with these names to promote its programmes.

Weird websites owned by the BBC
You might expect a shady dating agency to be behind a couple of websites called desperaterussianhousewives.co.uk and singlessos.co.uk ? but they are run by the BBC.

au: Tax-haven poker websites hit jackpot
Prohibition of online poker in Australia has failed to halt the industry's growth, thanks to the brazen marketing tactics of offshore companies and a reluctance to prosecute illegal operators. ... To get around the advertising ban in Australia, poker companies have started heavily spruiking their play-for-free sites, typically with ".net" domain names.

au: Online gaming sharks to net $1bn from punters
Australians played online casino games - twice the 2004 figure. ... To get around the advertising ban, poker companies have begun heavily spruiking their play-for-free sites, typically with ''.net'' domain names that, strictly speaking, are not offering a gambling product. However, they are branded the same as the illegal real money sites, and some sites, such as 888's, provide direct click-through links.

au: Online gaming sharks set to net $1bn from punters
Australian punters will lose almost $1 billion this year to internet gambling sites that are untaxed, unregulated here and operating illegally. ... To get around the advertising ban, poker companies have begun heavily spruiking their play-for-free sites, typically with ''.net'' domain names that, strictly speaking, are not offering a gambling product. However, they are branded the same as the illegal real money sites, and some sites, such as 888's, provide direct click-through links.

ARIN: Modified Version of Registration Services Agreements Posted
ARIN is releasing an update to Version 10.0 of its Registration Services Agreement ("RSA") and Version 2.1 of its Legacy RSA ("LRSA"). These changes are administrative in nature and are detailed below. These changes do not impact the validity of existing RSAs and Legacy RSAs. The new versions have been posted on the website and the previous versions will remain on our website for comparison and review for the next 90 days.

ARIN Joins the ITU
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses on information and communication technology issues. ARIN is primarily interested in two of the ITU's three Sectors: ITU-T, which develops standards focused on information and communications technologies, and ITU-D, which helps spread equitable, sustainable, and affordable access to information and communication technologies in developing countries.

Sedo Captures Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart with Capture.com
... The top completed sale publicly reported over the past seven days was Capture.com, a name than corralled $53,200 at Sedo.com. Sedo also snared the runner up spot with WHIB.com at $48,600 and they went on to take 11 of the 21 chart entries (the extra spot on our Top 20 Sales Chart resulted from a three-way tie for the final position.

DOMAINfest Europe Agenda Announced
The agenda for DOMAINfest Europe, to be held on 6 and 7 October, 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic has been announced. Sessions on the agenda will cover domain monetisation, European ccTLD and IDN opportunities, legal issues impacting on domain investors and selecting keywords that produce traffic. Early bird registration is available for $395.

.CO Internet Announces Historic First .CO Domain Auction for the One-Letter Domain Name "e.co" with Proceeds to Benefit Charity [news release]
e.co domain auction to be held online and culminate in live event during Internet Week where final bidding will be broadcast around the world

Sedo to power e.co auction!
Sedo will support the highly anticipated introduction of the .CO top level domain name (TLD)

Sedo Powers Historic Single Character Domain Auction for E.CO with Proceeds to Benefit...
Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace, today announced it will support the highly anticipated introduction of the .CO top level domain name (TLD) by powering an historic charity auction for E.CO.

Are .MX Domains Worth Anything?
Ok so I?m the first to admit when it comes to ccTLD?s, I?m far from an expert and have very few ccTLD domains.

The Italian Google-Case: Privacy, Freedom of Speech and Responsibility of Providers for User-Generated Contents by Giovanni Sartor & Mario Viola de Azevedo Cunha [European University Institute]
Abstract: In a recent decision of the Tribunal of Milan three Google executives were convicted for violating data protection, in connection with the on-line posting of a video showing a disabled person being bullied and insulted. This paper, after illustrating the facts of the case and the reasoning of the judge, discusses the main issue at stake, namely, the role and responsibilities of providers of platforms for user-created contents with regard to violations of data privacy.

Opinion: Rupert Murdoch's paywall at the Times may not be a disaster
Those who make their livings in outer cyberspace, the wizards of web wisdom, fear the worst. Rupert Murdoch's bold new paywalls, now in construction around the Times and Sunday Times sites, are not going to work. Who'll pay ?2 a week for this mush of generally available news, rather pompously decked out to look like an "elite" printed paper on your laptop?

London Newspapers Challenge Web's Gratis Orthodoxy
A strange thing happened when I checked out the new Web sites from The Times and Sunday Times of London: I read some of the stories. Not just the headlines, but entire articles ? even a review of ?Sex and the City 2,? a film I hope I never have to watch.

French Seek to Beat Google on Video Search
A technology consortium funded by the French government unveiled multimedia search tools Thursday, as part of a scaled-back attempt to challenge the dominance of U.S. search engines.

Opinion: Internet and social media behavior 101
We can stop our rude, crude, online ways through a new era of Internet etiquette and by using tools that give us time to cool off.

Online gaming sharks to net $1bn from punters
Australian punters will lose almost $1 billion this year to internet gambling sites that are untaxed, unregulated here and operating illegally. Despite 17 referrals from other agencies since 2001, Australian Federal Police have failed to lay any charges against suspected illegal operators.

Internet generation of problem gamblers
The rapid growth in online sports betting and poker will create a new generation of problem gamblers, experts warn. Sports betting, which is increasingly taking place online, is growing at a much faster rate than other forms of gambling.

How the internet is changing the face of poker
Seven men hunch over their poker chips, watching the cards flicking from the dealer's hand, ignoring the gyrating, lingerie-clad women on stage behind them.

Google crowns Facebook king of Internet visits [AFP]
Google on Friday released Web traffic data indicating that Facebook is king when it comes to online visitors despite criticism about privacy at the social-networking service.

Facebook tops Google ranking, snares 35% of Web users 
Despite growing privacy concerns, an astonishing 540 million Internet users worldwide visited Facebook in April 2010, or 35.2% of the entire population of Web users, according to new data from Google. Even more incredibly, those users clicked on 570 billion Facebook pages in April, a number eight times larger than Facebook's nearest competitor.

Facebook hits back in spat with Australian Federal Police
Facebook has hit back at criticism of its dealings with Australian law enforcement, branding the Australian Federal Police as "entirely unresponsive" to communication from the social networking site.

New Facebook privacy settings are 'a red herring', say activists
Privacy groups gave a half-hearted welcome to Facebook's announcement on Wednesday night that it would roll out new, simplified privacy settings to its 450 million users in the next few weeks.

Facebook changes are 'not enough,' say groups
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that "more is needed" from Facebook to address privacy criticisms. In a blog post, the civil liberties group praised Facebook for a "great first step" towards giving members of the site more control over their data.

Privacy groups assail Facebook changes
Facebook's new privacy changes haven't been enough to satisfy its most vocal critics.

Facebook's New Privacy Improvements Are a Positive Step, But There's Still More Work to Be Done
In response to a firestorm of criticism from EFF and others, and after much internal debate, Facebook today announced a series of privacy changes to the social networking site as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised on Monday.

How to Get More Privacy From Facebook's New Privacy Controls
Today, Facebook announced new privacy controls and settings in response to the tremendous public outcry over its April changes. Here we explain step-by-step how to take advantage of the new settings and maximize your privacy on Facebook.

German agency not satisfied with Facebook changes
Germany's national consumer-protection agency may take legal measures against Facebook if it finds that the social network's new privacy controls do not meet German data-protection standards.

Why Foursquare is the traveller's new best friend
In some ways, Foursquare is a little dorky. The mobile social networking game involves users "checking in" online to places they visit in the real world ? bars, restaurants, galleries ? in order to accrue points. The more places you visit, the higher you rank on a league table made up of you and your friends. If you check into a place you've never checked into before, you get five points. If you go to more than one place in a day, you get additional points, and so on. Frequent check-ins are rewarded with, er, badges, and if you check into the same place often enough ? your local pub, say ? you become its Foursquare "mayor".

What sites such as Facebook and Google know and whom they tell
When Disa Powell's husband and brother were badly burned in an electrical explosion while conducting maintenance at a Wal-Mart store and the family sued, the defense went after something she never expected: her online life.

Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments on Pace to Grow 22 Percent in 2010 [news release]
Worldwide PC shipments are projected to total 376.6 million units in 2010, a 22 percent increase from 308.3 million units shipped in 2009, according to the latest preliminary forecast by Gartner, Inc. Worldwide PC spendingis forecast to reach $245.4 billion in 2010, up 12 percent from 2009.

Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile PC Shipments Grew 43 Percent in First Quarter of 2010 [news release]
Worldwide mobile PC shipments totaled 49.4 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 43.4 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009, according to final results by Gartner, Inc. This year-over-year growth is the highest the mobile PC market has experienced in eight years and represents about $36 billion in end-user spending.

Porn ban on net and mobiles mulled by South Africa
A South African government official is proposing a complete ban on digitally distributed pornography.

jp: Child porn sites to face quick blocks [Kyodo News]
A working group of nine ministries and agencies has reached agreement that Internet access to child pornography sites should be blocked as soon as they are discovered, rather than waiting for site operators to comply with requests to take them down, officials said Thursday.

Letters of child porn victims record their distress [Kyodo News]
Some Japanese women who in their childhood were victims of pornography have written about their fears and anguish in being betrayed by adults they had trusted, and in imagining that lewd images of themselves as young children could be still circulating on the Internet.

jp: Child porn sites told to remove data [Kyodo News]
The Metropolitan Police Department on Friday asked five companies and one individual that administer seven Web sites to delete child pornography-related data from the sites, which introduce and rank Internet child pornography, police said.

au: Censorship Down Under
Australia's proposed Internet restrictions would be more sweeping than any yet seen in a democratic country

au: Filter goes ahead regardless
MINISTER for Communications Stephen Conroy has vowed to push on with his controversial internet filtering scheme, despite a barrage of criticism.

au: Time to tackle cyber bullies
A student leaves school, her head bowed, tired from a day of taunts, teasing and playground bashings.

Creators Must Move Beyond Suing the Audience
The file-sharing public faces yet another wave of predatory litigation, this time from the so-called US Copyright Group ("USCG"), which is suing BitTorrent users on behalf of various independent filmmakers. The Hollywood Reporter reports that more than 20,000 individuals have been sued, with more suits to come, and the producers of the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker have also signed up with the USCG to go after BitTorrent users.

Digital broadcasting to enhance TV and Internet access [news release]
Guidelines to help countries manage their transition from analogue to digital broadcasting were presented yesterday during the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) in Hyderabad, India. Delegates at the Conference also benefited from a hands-on demonstration of ITU?s Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries (SMS4DC).

uk: Ofcom unveils anti-piracy policy
Lists of Britons who infringe copyright are to be drawn up by the UK's biggest ISPs, under proposals from the regulator Ofcom. The plan is contained in a draft code of practice it hopes will curb copyright infringement.

Draft code of practice to reduce online copyright infringement
A proposed code of practice which implements legislative measures aimed at reducing online copyright infringement has today been published by Ofcom, as part of its new duties under the Digital Economy Act 2010 (the Act).

Mobile TV's Last Frontier: U.S. and Europe
In South Korea, mobile TV has been available for the past five years. A trial is under way in the Washington area offering TV on certain cellphones, portable DVD players and netbooks.

The Pirate Bay must stay blocked in Denmark, says court [IDG]
Telecom operator Telenor will have to continue to block file-sharing site The Pirate Bay in Denmark, the Danish Supreme Court said on Thursday

Apple-Google fight is expected over future of TV
Another battle is brewing between Apple Inc. and Google Inc., and this time it may come into your living room.

Nearly 9 out of 10 Internet Users in Hong Kong View Online Video
comScore ... released its March 2010 rankings of the top video properties in Hong Kong based on data from its comScore Video Metrix service. The report found that 88.5 percent of Hong Kong?s Internet population viewed video online in March, with visitors averaging more than 10 hours of video viewing per person during the month.

Ireland cracks down on Internet piracy [AFP]
Ireland's main broadband supplier said Tuesday it had launched a crackdown on Internet piracy that could see customers being cut off if they share copyrighted music online illegally.

ISP introduces ?graduated response? leading to disconnection for illegal downloaders
Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to learn that Eircom, one of Ireland?s main Internet Service Providers, has become the first ISP in Europe to voluntarily introduce a ?graduated response? procedure under which clients who download music illegally could end up losing their Internet connection.

au: Almost four in ten mobile phone users have a mobile capped plan, research shows
Mobile capped plans: Consumer attitudes and behaviours, a report of ACMA commissioned research released today, shows that 39 per cent of mobile phone users have a mobile capped plan. 

Report hints at NZ-Aust mobile roaming regulation
The MED finds transtasman roaming charges are ?relatively high? and suggests steps phone companies could take to lessen bill shock. The ministry also mutters ominously about the role of roaming in "a single economic market".

Feedback invited on trans-Tasman mobile roaming services [news release]
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy, together with the New Zealand Minister for Communications and Information Technology Steven Joyce, today released a joint Australia-New Zealand discussion paper about mobile roaming across the Tasman.

Bulgarians carry several mobiles to cut expenses
Bulgarian consumers, the poorest in the EU, often carry several mobile phones with subscriptions to different providers because their country has the highest interconnection fees in Europe for making calls from one network operator to another, a European Commission paper reveals.

Judge Shields Identity of Online Critic Facing Baseless American Lawsuit
A federal judge in San Francisco has quashed a baseless subpoena aimed at outing an anonymous online critic of Pennsylvania corporation USA Technologies after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) successfully argued that the First Amendment shields the identity of anonymous speakers who engage in lawful speech.

Hackers will keep hammering Facebook, say researchers
Attacks targeting Facebook users will continue, and they could easily become even more dangerous, a security researcher said today.

African broadband boost spurs rise in spam output
An undersea cable laid off the coast of east Africa last year has led to a boom in spam coming from the region, according to a new study from Symantec.

Symantec Announces May 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report; URLs in spam increase; New African internet attracts spam botnets [news release]
Symantec Corp. today announced the publication of its May 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report. Analysis reveals that nine out of ten spam emails now contain a URL link in the message. In May, five percent of all domains found in spam URLs belonged to genuine web sites. Of the most frequently used domain names contained in spam URLS, the top four belong to well-known web sites used for social networking, blogging, file sharing and host other forms of user-generated content.

Piracy stifling Asian software industry, say experts [AFP]
Entrepreneur Binod Hariharan has big plans for his southern Indian firm, which develops astrology-based computer software to help users find a suitable spouse or plot their career paths.

COMMENT: Why Conroy is right about Google & Facebook
There?s been much hullabaloo about Australian communications minister Stephen Conroy?s premeditated attack on the failings of Google and Facebook in a Senate Estimates Committee this week. His critics?led by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam?have accused him of character assassination and retribution for Google?s criticisms of his planned Internet filter. But having read Conroy?s statements to the Senate Committee on Hansard, I?m forced to conclude that he is absolutely right to target Google and Facebook?and that he should actually be lauded for lending his weight to pressure on those two firms to tidy up their act. Whether or not Conroy has ulterior motives is beside the point to my mind.

au: Privacy class action in offing for Google
Google has been warned it could face a massive class-action lawsuit, as privacy advocates push regulators to punish the internet giant for intercepting personal data over wireless networks.

Austria to press EU on data protection
Austria is set to press the European Union to tighten laws covering the interception of private data following Google?s admission that it obtained non-encrypted information while taking photographs for its Street View service.

Austria bans Google's street view cars over privacy [AFP]
Austria has placed a temporary ban on Google Street View cars while it probes concerns that the Internet company used the vehicles to collect private data, a statement said Friday.

Poll: Canadian businesses unconcerned about privacy breach risk [news release]
Most Canadian companies aren?t concerned about data breaches involving their customers? personal information ? even though these same companies report they are collecting and holding more personal information than ever before, according to the results of a poll released today.

Data protection watchdogs escalate complaints against search engines
A coalition of Europe's data protection authorities has urged the Federal Trade Commission to consider the compliance with US law of the search data retention and anonymisation policies of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft.

Google Baulks at Turning Over Data to German/Hong Kong Regulators
Google on Thursday balked at requests from regulators in Germany and Hong Kong to surrender fragments of Internet data and e-mails it had improperly collected from unsecured home wireless networks, saying it needed time to resolve legal issues.

Google misses German WiFi deadline
Google has missed a deadline with regulators in Germany to hand over personal data it collected from WiFi networks as part of its StreetView scheme, as the internet group grapples with a legal dilemma over the request.

Google skips German deadline for Wi-Fi data
Google has yet to turn over data collected as part of its Street View program to German authorities, and could be prepared to hold out for some time.

US judge tells Google to hand over wi-fi data [AFP]
A US federal judge has ordered Google to turn over copies of private US wireless data it captured while taking pictures for its Street View mapping service.

U.S. court orders Google to copy data in Wi-Fi case
A U.S. court has ordered Google to turn over two copies of wireless data scooped up by the company's Street View cars as they photographed neighbourhoods, part of an escalating legal and public relations problem for the search engine giant.

Internet freedom in Pakistan: first Facebook, then the world
Not for the first time, feelings in Pakistan have been hurt and censorship provoked by an overseas campaign to blaspheme the Prophet Muhammad. On May 19th the Lahore High Court suspended access to Facebook, a popular social-networking site. Facebook has been ?responsible for immense hurt and discomfort?, the court found. It ordered that the site be blocked, subject to a review on May 31st. For Pakistan?s 22m internet-users, havoc has ensued.

Bangladesh 'blocks Facebook' over political cartoons
Bangladesh has blocked access to Facebook after satirical images of the prophet Muhammad and the country's leaders were uploaded, say reports.

Bangladesh blocks Facebook over caricatures
Bangladesh has blocked the Facebook social networking site because of "objectionable" materials it contained about the Prophet Mohammad and the country's political leaders, a telecoms regulatory official said on Sunday. The government move followed publication of caricatures of the Prophet deemed hurtful to the religious sentiments of the country's majority Muslim population, the official said. He said the ban, imposed late on Saturday, was expected to be temporary.

Bangladesh Blocks Facebook Over Muhammad Cartoons [AP]
Bangladesh has blocked the social-networking website Facebook over a page urging people to draw images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, joining Pakistan to become the second South Asian nation to ban the popular site over religious concerns.

Bangladesh blocks Facebook over Mohammed cartoons [AFP]
Bangladesh has blocked social networking site Facebook for posting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed and "obnoxious" images of the Muslim-majority country's leaders, an official said on Sunday (local time).

Bangladesh quashes Facebook over prophet images
Bangladesh has joined Pakistan in blocking access to social-networking site Facebook, citing a page on the site that called on people to draw images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, the Associated Press reported.

Pakistan to lift ban on Facebook, YouTube [AFP]
Pakistan is to lift a ban on Facebook and YouTube in the next few days, after blocking the websites over "sacrilegious" content, the country's interior minister said Wednesday.

Pakistan lifts YouTube ban but keeps block on 'profane and sacrilegious' videos
Pakistan will restore access to YouTube but will block videos offensive to Muslims posted on the website, the government said today.

Comment: Pakistan's antisocial networking
Have they not heard the phrase "going viral"? That was my first response to hearing that the Lahore high court had placed a temporary ban on Facebook in response to its Everybody Draw Mohammad Day! page.

Pakistan eases curbs on YouTube
Pakistan has partially unblocked the YouTube video sharing website, but hundreds of its links to "blasphemous content" remain barred, officials say.

Pakistan partially lifts block on YouTube - official
Pakistan has partially unblocked the popular video sharing website YouTube, but links to "sacrilegious or profane material" will remain restricted, a top government official said on Thursday.

China Readies Internet Blackout for Tiananmen Square Anniversary
The Chinese Government is set to terminate circumvention methods of its mandatory Internet filter ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre next month, just as it did last year, according to the Tor Project founder.

Calls for internet access to be enshrined as a fundamental right
Internet use has become so woven into everyday life that some technology experts say online access should be legally protected, even to the point of considering it a human right.

Vital broadband expansion key to development and peace, UN conference told [news release]
The United Nations telecommunications agency opened its quadrennial development conference today, stressing that a vital expansion of broadband networks holds the key to rapid growth in productivity in developing countries and the potential to enhance global peace and justice.

UN urges improved access to information technology in hospitals, schools
Health institutions and schools in developing countries continue to have limited access to information and communications technology (ICT), the United Nations telecommunication said in a report issued today, calling for greater efforts to improve access to high-speed Internet

Can the net survive with no regulation?
Politicians in many countries are lining up to control what has been a highly successful free-for-all

ConDems Won?t Repeal UK?s Digital Economy Act
All those angry digital liberties campaigners? They shouldn?t get their hopes up too much about the Digital Economy Act under a new government?

US lawmakers oppose FCC plan to reassert Net authority
Pressure is building in Washington for the Federal Communications Commission to abandon its plans to apply old-style regulation to the Internet.

Digital wave threatens Germany's fixed-price book world
The German book price fixing scheme has been in place for more than 120 years. But the publishing world faces new challenges now that e-books and electronic reading devices have been thrown into the mix.

China deemed engine of growth for telecoms market
Without a doubt, Asia, particularly China, is the engine of growth for the world?s telecoms market.

Ireland now ranked sixth in Europe for telecoms regulation
A survey of telecoms regulation in Europe has ranked Ireland sixth out of 22 nations but ?but is generally weaker on the resulting regulatory and market outcomes?.

au: Hunt on for Brisbane paedophile's trapped kids
An international search has begun to find and rescue the children of a paedophile who police believe lives in a Brisbane suburb.

au: Nudists' web-cam sexual abuse of son, 9
A FATHER who used a web-camera to film his wife performing a sex act on their nine-year-old son as they watched a Harry Potter film told police he was teaching his child about sex.

au: Child porn images seized in Gong yet to be classified
Investigators face the mammoth task of classifying almost 138,000 computer-based images after what is believed to be the biggest seizure of child pornography in the Illawarra.

Dozens arrested in online child porn ring
More than 50 people have been arrested and 16 child victims identified in a two-year investigation of a global child pornography ring, U.S. officials said Wednesday.


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