[DNS] domain name news - 9 August

[DNS] domain name news - 9 August

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2010 20:42:44 -0700 (PDT)
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The End of the Net as We Know it? Deep Packet Inspection and Internet Governance 
by Ralf Bendrath & Milton Mueller

US and Canadian Governments support Chinese-style censorship of DNS in ICANN by 
Milton Mueller

ICANN Moves Forward on .XXX

CN Domain Registrations Slip Even Further

No Surprises As Sedo Finds Domain Market Grows Steadily in Q2, 2010

The End of the Net as We Know it? Deep Packet Inspection and Internet Governance 
by Ralf Bendrath & Milton Mueller
Abstract: Advances in network equipment now allow internet service providers to 
monitor the content of data packets in real-time and make decisions about how to 
handle them. If deployed widely this technology, known as deep packet inspection 
(DPI), has the potential to alter basic assumptions that have underpinned 
Internet governance to date. The paper explores the way Internet governance is 
responding to deep packet inspection and the political struggles around it. 
Avoiding the extremes of technological determinism and social constructivism, it 
integrates theoretical approaches from the sociology of technology and 
actor-centered institutionalism into a new framework for technology-aware policy 

Letter from Governmental Advisory Committee to Peter Dengate Thrush
Procedures for Addressing Culturally Objectionable and/or Sensitive Strings

Letter from Peter Dengate Thrush to Heather Dryden
GAC Comments on New gTLDs and Draft Applicant Guidebook Version

US and Canadian Governments support Chinese-style censorship of DNS in ICANN by 
Milton Mueller
The Chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee has issued a statement on 
the censorship of TLD names. We are sad to report that the alleged GAC position 
is deeply flawed and outrageously wrong-headed. It is a recipe for global 
censorship, and although at this point it only applies to the DNS it can lead to 
the erosion of all internet freedom of expression unless it is stoutly resisted.

ICANN Board Chair will be paid $75,000 a year
ICANN's Board met on August 5th and approved a number of resolutions, including 
one that must have been particularly pleasing for Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush. 
Even before he became Chair, Dengate Thrush has always argued for some kind of 
compensation for that position.

ICANN Moves Forward on .XXX
The ICANN Board adopted a resolution yesterday that will allow ICM Registry?s 
application for .xxx to move forward. But it may not be a quick process, and a 
new can of worms will be opened allowing for another comment period on the 
actual registry contract. Here?s the resolution that was adopted:

Governments want morality veto on new TLDs
ICANN?s Governmental Advisory Committee wants to be able to kill off new 
top-level domain applications on cultural and religious grounds.

Judgment day for .xxx and .jobs
ICM Registry will find out whether its contract to run .xxx will have to face a 
potentially lengthy review by ICANN?s notoriously slow-footed Governmental 
Advisory Committee.

New gTLDs and Their Hidden Costs: Part 1 by R. Shawn Gunnarson
New generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) appear to be headed for introduction next 
year, finally. That's a good thing for many ICANN constituents who have been 
waiting for them to become available. Important questions persist about how new 
gTLDs will affect ICANN and its constituents, however, despite a lot of effort 
to resolve concerns. Pressing those questions should not be taken as criticism 
of the basic wisdom of making new gTLDs available to many constituents under 
many circumstances. But too much is at stake not to get it right.

New gTLDs and Their Hidden Costs: Part 2 by R. Shawn Gunnarson
In my last post I discussed some questions that remain about ICANN's gTLD 
budget. Today I discuss the rights protections mechanisms as they currently 
appear. An economic study commissioned ICANN to analyze the new gTLD process 
recently concluded that "the biggest likely costs" of approving new gTLDs are 
"consumer confusion and trademark protection."

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
CIRA invites its members to Help Shape Canada?s Internet
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is asking its members to 
nominate dynamic individuals for the Members? Slate of its 2010 Board of 
Directors Election.

CN Domain Registrations Slip Even Further
The number of .CN domain name registrations have slipped by over one million in 
the two months to 30 June according to statistics published on the China 
Internet Network Information Center?s (CNNIC) website this week.

How To Turn On Geographical Targeting For .CO [Video]
Early this morning, Google enabled geographical targeting on the .co domain name 
extension. This means that you can tell Google that your website is targeting 
people in other countries (other than Colombia) ? which is what .co was 
originally for.

There are already 700,000 .CZ domains, with the longest one being 63 characters 
The CZ.NIC Association, administrator of the .CZ national domain, registered 
domain number 700,000 on Wednesday 4 August at 10:22 a.m. The average monthly 
increase in the number of .CZ domains has therefore remained around 10,000. 
According to CZ.NIC statistics, men dominate among domain holders with an 87% 
share, while businesses and legal entities have a 52% share. Domain names most 
often contain eight characters; the longest Czech domain name has 63.

my: Invitation to join IDN Public Testbed
In preparation to implement IDN for .my domain names by Q4 2010, .my DOMAIN 
REGISTRY has opened an IDN Public Testbed to allow the public to experience 
registering your domain name in 3 languages (Jawi, Chinese and Tamil). It gives 
users the opportunity to see how IDN is implemented.

Introducing change of holder fee
Starting on 4 October, we will charge a fee to cover our processing expenses 
when a domain name changes holder. The fee will be introduced after the new 
registry system goes online.

Internet Infrastructure Reaches Long-Awaited Security Milestone
Two years after a major flaw was exposed in the Internet's Domain Name System 
(DNS), a major upgrade to the infrastructure protocol that fixes that weakness 
is now up and running in all of the Internet root servers.

DNSSEC Taking Center Stage at 2010 Black Hat
On July 28th DNSSEC took center stage at the 2010 Black Hat Conference in Las 
Vegas. Two years ago, at the same conference, Dan Kaminsky unveiled the infamous 
DNS bug that many believe became a major catalyst for DNSSEC implementation.

WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Practices 
and Precedents: Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 19 and 20, 
The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is internationally recognized as the 
leading institution in the resolution of Internet domain name disputes. Since 
December 1999, the Center has administered over 32,000 proceedings, of which 
over 17,500 under the WIPO-initiated Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution 
Policy (UDRP) adopted by ICANN. The UDRP applies to disputes in the gTLDs (e.g., 
.com, .net, .org), as well as an increasing number of ccTLDs.

WIPO Arbitration Workshop: Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday and Friday, October 21 
and 22, 2010
Overview: For many companies, intellectual property has become an essential 
business asset as well as a means of creating value. It is being exploited on an 
increasingly international level in various forms of collaborative arrangements, 
such as licenses, technology transfer and R&D agreements, and film and media 
related agreements. As a consequence, parties increasingly look for dispute 
resolution mechanisms that match their business requirements: private procedures 
which would provide efficient, flexible and less costly means of settling 
international disputes without disrupting commercial relationships.

ie: Unlocking door to new net names
The appearance of a new domain is being touted as the new .com, but with plenty 
of name availability, writes Karlin Lillington: IF YOU have ever tried to get a 
.com domain name on the internet and (probably) found the name was long, long, 
long gone, then you will understand the global interest in the availability of a 
new(ish) top-level domain, .co.

ARIN XXVI Fellowship Application Period Extended - Apply Now!
ARIN's Fellowship application deadline has been extended to 20 August. Apply 
today to attend ARIN XXVI in Atlanta, GA from 6-8 October 2010. ARIN offers this 
Fellowship Program to bring new voices and ideas to public policy discussions.

BlueCat Networks Selects Afilias to Power New DNS Offering [news release]
Today Afilias ... announced that BlueCat Networks, the IPAM Intelligence 
company, has selected Afilias? FlexDNSSM Platform to power its new DNS offering. 
Proteus Cloud Services is the first service that fully integrates internal and 
external DNS with centralized IP Address Management (IPAM), providing customers 
with the simplicity of a single interface and vendor to manage all of their IP 
and DNS needs on one of the most highly reliable DNS networks available.

No Surprises As Sedo Finds Domain Market Grows Steadily in Q2, 2010
Offer-Counteroffer sales are the most prominent type of sales, .COM is the most 
popular top level domain, .DE is the most popular country code domain while .FR 
domains have the highest average sale value are the highlights from over 11,000 
domain names sold through the domain marketplace and monetisation provider, 
Sedo, according to their latest quarterly report.


Sedo Domain Market Study Shows Steady Growth in Second Quarter of 2010
Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace and monetization provider, today 
announced the results of its Q2 2010 Domain Market Study, revealing domain 
industry trends and changes, based on Sedo?s marketplace. Approximately 11,000 
domains changed hands via the Sedo marketplace throughout the quarter, 
accounting for almost $22 million in transactions. Showing a steady rise in 
domain sales for four quarters in a row, coupled with increased interest in 
individual markets, the domain market is well positioned for continued growth 
for the remainder of the year.

Sedo On Fire as They Sweep All But Two Positions on Our Latest Weekly Top 20 
Sales Chart
Sedo makes a consistently strong showing on our weekly Top 20 Sales Chart and it 
is not uncommon for them to take at least half of the positions on the elite 
list. However the Cologne, Germany based company outdid themselves this week, 
turning in the best showing by anyone ever on our all-extension leader board. 
Sedo's sales blitzkrieg gave them 18 of the 20 chart positions, including all of 
the first 13 places.

Effect of Pathological Use of the Internet on Adolescent Mental Health: A 
Prospective Study by Lawrence T. Lam [Archive of Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine]
Objective: To examine the effect of pathological use of the Internet on the 
mental health, including anxiety and depression, of adolescents in China. It is 
hypothesized that pathological use of the Internet is detrimental to 
adolescents' mental health.

Newspapers beat the doomsayers' final deadline
There's the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end: but what about 
the end of the end ? as in the end of the end of print newspapers? You remember 
what it was like two years ago, amid great wails of crunched despair, as 
economies tanked, advertising collapsed and only the all-conquering internet 
marched on? Conventional newspapers weren't just withering a bit: they were 
dying in droves. It would only be a mere five or 10 years, some analysts 
declared, before there'd be no papers left at all.

The German Internet Generation Prefers the Real World
They may have been dubbed the "Internet generation," but young people are more 
interested in their real-world friends than Facebook. New research shows that 
the majority of children and teenagers are not the Web-savvy digital natives of 
legend. In fact, many of them don't even know how to google properly.

Internet-savvy NZers on the rise
The number of New Zealanders using the internet, broadband, and social 
networking sites are all on the increase, according to latest survey findings.

Online games in China: a hundred million happy geeks, but please, no sex or 
Sex must not be used to sell online games, decreed the Chinese government in 
July. But most online gamers are men, so the rule is not always scrupulously 
obeyed. The ChinaJoy digital entertainment show in Shanghai, which ended on 
August 1st, was packed with showgirls, many with logos somehow squeezed onto 
what little clothing they wore. The sweaty conference-goers seemed to like it.

Legends of Innovation Predict the Future
Techonomy's opening night event was unlike anything I've seen at other 
conferences: an interactive brainstorming session led by legendary tech investor 
John Doerr and famed inventor Dean Kamen. They asked for all 250 attendees to 
call out big picture topics to discuss?gathering ideas from "data flow" to 
"intellectual property use." And they called on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Google 
CEO Eric Schmidt to contribute their ideas -- and they did.

Japan child porn cases surge to record high [AFP]
Japanese police investigated almost 600 child porn cases in the first half of 
the year - a new record and 60 percent more than in the same period last year, a 
government survey said Thursday.

German Schools to Teach Online Privacy
Internet companies such as Facebook and Google have come in for repeated 
criticism in Germany, where the government has concerns about what they do with 
users' data. Now one state, worried about the amount of information young people 
reveal online, plans to teach school pupils how to keep a low profile on the 

au: Coalition vows to block 'flawed' internet filter
Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says the Coalition will not back the 
Government's proposed internet filter.

au: Coalition rejects internet filter
LABOR'S internet filter plan would not be implemented under a Coalition 
government, with Joe Hockey saying an Abbott government would adopt the 
Howard-era policy of increased funding for internet policing and personal 
filters for families.

nz: Teen torture
Celebrity dad Matthew Ridge has had a chance to cool off since he stormed into 
the home of ex-wife Sally Ridge last month after learning their 16-year-old 
daughter Jaime had her boyfriend staying over. ... Whether it's accessing 
pornography or excessive texting, a heavy-handed approach to policing your 
children's technology use won't protect them, says Martin Cocker, executive 
director of the internet safety group Netsafe.

New Zealand?s Online Safety Guaranteed
New Zealand's online safety organization, NetSafe has recently come up with a 
new way to tackle online crime. A new website has been developed to take 
complaints and the impending cyber crime. 


S'pore pushes responsible Internet use among youth [AFP]
Singapore has earmarked $10 million for projects aimed at preventing 
"cyber-bullying" and promoting responsible Internet use among its 
technologically savvy youth.



us: Federal plan to combat child sex crimes could mean more resources locally
A U.S. Justice Department plan to redouble efforts to combat child exploitation 
crimes could mean more resources for Oklahoma prosecutors and investigators. 
With a heavy caseload of such crimes already burdening police and prosecutors, 
the added help is needed, they say.

us: Editorial: Breaking the law is wrong way to get tougher laws
A group that wants tougher laws and stiffer penalties for those who traffic in 
child pornography is breaking the law in an attempt to further its cause.

AFACT v iiNet: Copyright holders continue to push industry code
Both AFACT and presiding judge, Justice Emmett, have looked to an industry code 
of conduct to counter copyright infringement, but stalled discussions may not 

AFACT v iiNet: Innocent account holders held responsible
Account holders should be held responsible for alleged copyright infringement on 
their accounts, even if they weren't the one to actually download the material

AFACT v iiNet: 'Reasonable belief' defence may be incorrect
The ISP's chief executive did not receive legal advice on Telecommunications Act 
provisions for failing to act on AFACT evidence, court hears

Study: TV king in US, Asians rely on mobile video [AP]
The Chinese watch half as much television each day as Americans do, but they are 
more likely to catch video on computer or mobile phones.

EFF Offers New Help for Targets of Predatory Copyright Infringement Lawsuits
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today published "U.S. Copyright Group 
v. the People," a comprehensive collection of resources designed to assist the 
thousands of individuals accused of online copyright infringement by a 
Washington, D.C., law firm calling itself the U.S. Copyright Group (USCG).

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in BlackBerry talks
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hold talks with the UAE over the 
ongoing BlackBerry dispute. The United Arab Emirates has said it intends to 
prevent the phones sending e-mails, accessing the internet, and delivering 
instant messages.

BlackBerry irritates spy masters
When Mike Lazaridis, Research in Motion?s founder and co-chief executive, 
launched the first BlackBerry smartphone in 2002, he could not have imagined 
that less than a decade later, his company would be at the centre of an 
international row involving Middle East governments and shadowy spy agencies.

BlackBerry users told: text away, so long as we can spy on messages
Deal is reached ? at a price ? to avert ban on the device's use in Saudi Arabia, 
but other large countries remain unhappy: For BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia 
and possibly elsewhere, there is good news and bad this weekend. The good is 
that the oil kingdom and the makers of the smartphone have reached a deal on 
accessing users' data that will avert a ban on the phone's messaging service, a 
Saudi official said yesterday. The bad is that the agreement involves placing a 
BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia, which would allow the government to 
monitor users' messages.

A deal to avert BlackBerry ban could set precedent [AP]
A preliminary agreement between the maker of the popular BlackBerry smart phone 
and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which government officials say grants them some 
access to users' data, will avert a ban on the phone in that country.

BlackBerry in bid to address Saudi security concerns
BlackBerry maker and Saudi mobile firms are testing three servers to send 
communications and data through Saudi Arabia before Canada to address Riyadh's 
concerns over security, a Saudi official said on Sunday.

Saudi Blackberry service resumes
Blackberry services have been restored in Saudi Arabia, reports say. A ban on 
the use of the device for sending and receiving messages was due to have come 
into force.

BlackBerry Still Working in Saudi Pending Talks [AP]
A Saudi telecom official says a ban on BlackBerry messenger service in the 
kingdom has not taken effect pending ongoing negotiations with its Canada-based 
maker to avert the shutdown.

Lebanon wants programme to access BlackBerry info
Lebanon hopes BlackBerry maker Research In Motion will give the country a 
programme that would allow it to access information used on the smartphone 
device, the telecommunications minister said.

BlackBerry's armour has cracks, security experts say
Research in Motion's resistance to giving governments access to its BlackBerry 
network misses a major point -- authorities could probably hack the data on 
their own if they want it badly enough, security experts say.

Saudi, RIM talks progress as Blackberry ban looms
Saudi Arabia and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion(RIM.TO) are making progress 
in talks over access to the device's encrypted network, a source close to the 
negotiations said, and the kingdom had yet to carry out threats to cut its 
Messenger service early Friday morning.

us: Texting generation doesn't share boomers' taste for talk
Jane Beard and Jeffrey Davis didn't realize how little they speak to their 
children by phone until they called AT&T to switch plans. The customer service 
agent was breathless. The Silver Spring couple had accumulated 28,700 unused 

Spam analysis shows that it pays to be polite
A frequency analysis study of the words used in different types of spam has 
revealed the tactics used by spammers. Research conducted by MessageLabs 
Intelligence into short URL spam split the data into four types: sales spam, 
phishing, malware and targeted attacks. In each case it classified the words 
used in the headers into a top 10 format.

Cyber threat bill clears US Senate panel
A Senate committee on Thursday approved legislation that gives the Energy 
secretary power to issue emergency orders for imminent cybersecurity threats to 
the electric grid.

uk: Teenagers accused of running cybercrime ring
Five people accused of involvement in a UK-based online crime forum have 
appeared in a London court.

Met Police: UK botnet command server taken out
An Eastern European command-and-control server for a botnet that targets UK 
banking customers and businesses has been taken down, according to a senior 
Metropolitan Police source.

nz: Agencies join to launch The Orb website for reporting cyber crime [Dominion 
A new website will allow internet users to anonymously report online crimes such 
as spam, fraud, privacy breaches and child exploitation.

Website launched to tackle cyber crime
A catch-all web site for complaints about potential online crime has been 
developed by NetSafe, New Zealand?s online safety organisation.

Hackers and scammers beware [Newstalk ZB]
Reporting spam, scams and system attacks just got easier with the launch of 
Netsafe's dedicated online crime website

nz: Website launched to tackle cyber crime
A catch-all web site for complaints about potential online crime has been 
developed by NetSafe, New Zealand?s online safety organisation.

nz: Google data a crime fighting tool
Google?s database of geolocated MAC addresses is helping New Zealand Police 
verify the location of crimes and offenders particularly when the criminals use 
mobile phones.

NetSafe launches Online Reporting Button for flagging online crime
Scammers and hackers are on their way out and censorship breaches and online 
child exploitation now another step closer to being stopped, says NetSafe about 
The ORB ? Online Reporting Button.

New Zealand Law Changes on Internet Copyright Infringement
On 4 August 2010 public submissions began before the Commerce Select Committee, 
which is considering a Bill before the New Zealand Parliament that will 
strengthen the law on internet copyright protection. Called the Copyright 
(Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, the legislation amends the Copyright 
Act 1994 to provide enforcement measures intended to combat unauthorised sharing 
of copyright material via the internet.

Internet disconnection penalties "must go"
In a presentation made to Parliament's Commerce Select Committee on the 
Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, InternetNZ has called for 
disconnection to be removed as a penalty.

The Great Privacy Debate: Tracking Is an Assault on Liberty, With Real Dangers 
by Nicholas Carr is the author, most recently, of "The Shallows: What the 
Internet Is Doing to Our Brains"
In a 1963 Supreme Court opinion, Chief Justice Earl Warren observed that "the 
fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a great 
danger to the privacy of the individual." The advances have only accelerated 
since then, along with the dangers. Today, as companies strive to personalize 
the services and advertisements they provide over the Internet, the 
surreptitious collection of personal information is rampant. The very idea of 
privacy is under threat.

The Great Privacy Debate: It's Modern Trade: Web Users Get as Much as They Give
If you surf the web, congratulations! You are part of the information economy. 
Data gleaned from your communications and transactions grease the gears of 
modern commerce. Not everyone is celebrating, of course. Many people are 
concerned and dismayed?even shocked?when they learn that "their" data are fuel 
for the World Wide Web.

Privacy Legislation: Time Has Come - Analysis: What's worse than privacy 
legislation? No privacy legislation The Internet has had 10 years to "self 
regulate" and hasn't.
Jim Harper is a smart guy. I've had the pleasure of interviewing him on several 
occasions, and I've always appreciated his contrarian views on privacy even when 
I didn't agree with them.

Did we pronounce privacy dead this week?
Does privacy exist anymore? Do we even know what it is? A conversation between 
digital academics Jeff Jarvis and Danah Boyd on Friday morning at the Supernova 
conference capped off a week in which many peoples' perceptions of the tension 
between public and private data online were shaken (and stirred).

Browser 'Privacy Modes' Not So Private After All
All the major web browsers have a privacy mode that's supposed to cover a user's 
tracks after he or she finishes an Internet session, but a trio of researchers 
have found those modes fail to purge all traces of a Net surfer's activities. 


Schmidt: we can predict where you are going to go
Google's CEO Eric Schmidt has admitted that his thinks that internet anonymity 
won't last, with governments looking to maintain visibility over users' online 

Shadrake case highlights Singapore censorship battle
The title of Alan Shadrake's book leaves little room for doubt as to the tone of 
the content. "Once A Jolly Hangman - Singapore Justice in the Dock" is a 
critique of the way the death penalty is applied in the city state. It alleges 
double standards and a lack of impartiality.

Opinion: A Net Game for Google?
... And so in last week?s controversy over whether Google and Verizon are 
hatching a deal to undermine net neutrality, it pays to look closely at their 
words. Both companies maintain that there is no deal and that no money will be 
paid for faster transmission of data. This is probably true in a literal sense, 
though something is clearly happening between the companies. I think Google has 
just found a way to fool Mom.

Washington?s passion for Google cools
If it is true ? as many believe ? that the political elite in Washington have 
been engaged in a love affair with Google since Barack Obama?s campaign for the 
White House, then it is also true that the US president is now beginning to 
notice some wrinkles and warts on his beloved.

U.S. should lead by example in free and open Internet, advocacy group says
The United States should look at its own policies before criticizing countries 
such as the United Arab Emirates for banning BlackBerry e-mail, Web and 
messaging services for security reasons, according to one digital rights 
advocacy group.

Has the internet just sold its soul? Google deal threatens to end sacred 
principle of ?net neutrality?
Google stood accused last night of betraying the founding principles of the 
internet, as it readied a deal that will abandon key parts of its support for 
"net neutrality", which has guaranteed equal access to the worldwide web since 
its inception.

Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
For years, Internet advocates have warned of the doomsday scenario that will 
play out on Monday: Google and Verizon will announce a deal that the New York 
Times reports "could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet 
users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the 

FCC ends talks for deal on net neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday called off its closed-door 
meetings with big Internet companies aimed at reaching agreement on protecting 
consumer access to the Web, after drawing criticism for attempting to broker a 
deal with limited public input.

CDT Statement on Reported Internet Deal Between Google and Verizon
In response to the news reports about a secretly negotiated deal between Google 
and Verizon regarding Internet policy, CDT President Leslie Harris made the 
following statement: "The idea that a critical question of public policy could 
be privately negotiated between two industry giants turns the notion of Internet 
Neutrality on its head. The goal of Internet Neutrality is to prevent 
gatekeepers and ensure a level playing field. Any negotiation that begins and 
ends with two companies threatens to undercut that goal. Companies are free to 
make proposals. But at the end of the day, regulators and policymakers must make 
Internet policy decisions based on the public interest in ensuring that the 
Internet remains open innovative and free.?

Google denies deal to end net neutrality
Search giant says there is no agreement allowing telecoms company Verizon to 
prioritise the order and speed in which it delivers content to users

Net neutrality talks stall in US
US regulators have halted closed-door meetings intended to find a way to make 
sure all web data is treated equally. The Federal Communications Commission 
began the meetings after a court limited its net regulation powers.

Internet traffic talks collapse
Regulators halted closed-door negotiations about net neutrality rules with 
phone, cable and Internet companies on Thursday after reports of a side deal 
between two participants, Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and Google Inc 
(GOOG.O), surfaced.

FCC calls off Net neutrality negotiations [IDG]
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has called off negotiations on a 
network neutrality compromise scheduled for the coming days, saying the talks 
have not been fruitful enough.


Verizon, Google make net neutrality pact, sources say
Google and Verizon have come to an agreement on how network operators can manage 
Web traffic, according to two sources briefed on their negotiations.

U.S. Should Lead By Example With Open Internet, Group Says
The United States should look at its own policies before criticizing countries 
such as the United Arab Emirates for banning BlackBerry e-mail, Web and 
messaging services for security reasons, according to one digital rights 
advocacy group, Nextgov.com reported.

NZ debates on 'three strikes' copyright Bill
The New Zealand Commerce Select Committee has heard further evidence into its 
review of the Copyright Amendment Bill this week, with internet industry body 
InternetNZ and the New Zealand Labor Party voicing opposition to disconnecting 
users caught infringing copyright.

Authors appeal for net 'licensing fee'
Internet users could be required to pay a licensing fee to access content online 
under a suggested amendment to a controversial copyright bill.

nz: New testimony in Copyright Amendment Bill hearings
In its review of the Copyright Amendment Bill, the New Zealand Commerce Select 
Committee heard further evidence as the internet industry body InternetNZ and 
the New Zealand Labor Party voiced it disapproval of disconnecting users caught 
infringing copyright. New evidence suggests that disconnecting users for 
infringing copyright is over the top.

Complete ban of internet for copyright infringers mooted
The New Zealand government has been advised to bring in a complete internet ban 
for persistent copyright infringers, which would take away their right to open 
up an account with another ISP when their original one is suspended.

Internet Ban Proposed for Serial Copyright Infringers
The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, which allows for large 
fines and six month Internet suspensions, has already passed its first reading 
in the New Zealand Parliament. However, according to copyright advocates, it 
doesn?t go far enough. Instead of simply disconnecting repeat infringers, they 
are calling for a heavier punishment that would take people?s right to Internet 
access away.

Three-strike discussions continue in New Zealand
Three-strikes is being discussed in New Zealand again. Despite being one of the 
first countries to seriously discuss the idea of suspending the net access of 
persistent file-sharers, and despite passing legislation to instigate some sort 
of three-strikes system in 2008, nothing has actually happened there in this 
regard, and the political types are discussing it all anew.

New Zealand Law Society Seeks Total Ban of Internet Rights for Copyright 
New Zealand Law Society has proposed that importunate copyright violators should 
be subjected to a total ban on the Internet. If this move comes into effect, it 
will not allow the infringers to make an account with some other ISP.

Cabinet paper might be misconstrued [Dominion Post]
Communications Minister Steven Joyce says he is unable to release the Cabinet 
paper that sanctioned the Government's $1.35 billion ultrafast broadband 
investment initiative as some of the information it contains may be misconstrued 
to indicate bias on the part of the Government.


nz: Lush asks for help outing his imposter
Broadcaster Marcus Lush has become the latest celebrity to fall victim to a 
Facebook faker. ... NetSafe executive director Martin Cocker said more people 
had been seeking advice on how to deal with impersonators.

More S'pore govt transactions to go 2FA
Singapore pads up online capabilities and works on protecting transactions 
dealing with sensitive data, such as healthcare, with two-factor authentication, 
says IDA infrastructure chief.

nz: Distributors say TiVo getting better reception
TiVo's Australasian distributors insist the advanced recorder and internet TV 
device has been getting an improved reception from consumers.

nz: Telecom links to be no longer regulated [NZPA]
Two further Telecom backhaul links, connecting rivals to the telco's local loop, 
will no longer be regulated since they are subject to competition, the Commerce 
Commission says.

nz: TiVo boss in town with message for Telecom?s rivals [sub req'd]

Queensland man who tried to avoid arrest over child pornography spent eight 
months in Cambodian prison
A NORTH Queensland man spent eight months languishing in an Asian prison while 
trying to avoid arrest by Australian authorities for possessing more than 
125,000 images of child pornography and sharing some over the internet, a court 
has been told.

Victorian lawyer struck off roll after becoming fascinated with child porn [AAP]
A LAWYER who became fascinated with child pornography after appearing in an 
incest trial has been struck off the legal practitioners roll.


Court sentences extradited man over child porn
A 54-year-old Queensland man has been sentenced for possessing an extensive 
library of child pornography.


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"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you 
forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery

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