[DNS] domain name news - 23 September

[DNS] domain name news - 23 September

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 21:09:54 -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.

And see my website - http://GoldsteinReport.com/ - for daily updates in between 


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AuDA Reviews .AU WHOIS and Registrant Contact Policies


US lawmakers want power to shut down 'pirate sites'

EFF Slams US COICA Bill as Internet Censorship Allowing Domain Deletion

Censorship of the Internet Takes Center Stage in "Online Infringement" Bill

NZ in for storm with a difference [Dominion Post]

Global Domain Name Registrations Approaching 200 Million: VeriSign Report

Global ?internet treaty? proposed
Deal would enshrine in law the founding principles of open standards and net 
neutrality, and protect the web from political interference.

NTU gathers IT and legal experts to form Singapore's first voluntary Internet 
advisory powerhouse [news release]
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has gathered 20 independent information 
technology (IT) and legal experts to come together to form an advisory group to 
provide voluntary free legal information to Singapore online users of their 
rights and responsibilities.



Precrime Regulation of Internet Innovation by Steve DelBianco
In the sci-fi movie Minority Report, a 'precrime' police unit relies on the 
visions of psychics to predict future crimes, then arrests the potential 
perpetrators before they do anything wrong. In the world of Internet governance, 
the future is now, as regulators want online services to predict and prevent 
safety threats before they actually occur.

Public Comment: Community Working Group Report on Implementation of GNSO New 
gTLD Recommendation Number 6
The Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on GNSO Recommendation 6 has published 
its Report on Implementation of GNSO New gTLD Recommendation No. 6. The Report 
describes various recommendations that were supported by a consensus of CWG 
members to improve the implementation plan for Recommendation No. 6. This Report 
(CWG Report) is now posted for public comment.

Request for Information Issued on Proposed High Security Zone Verification 
ICANN is posting today a Request for Information (RFI) on the proposed High 
Security Zone Verification Program (the ?HSTLD Program?). The purpose of the RFI 
is to assist the ICANN community in understanding potential frameworks and 
approaches to evaluate new gTLD registries against the criteria in the draft 
HSTLD Program, determine where improvements to draft criteria and the overall 
program may be necessary to ensure its success, and to assess the viability of 
the proposed HSTLD Program.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Independent Financial Expert to Audit 
ICANN is seeking expressions of interest to serve as an external independent 
Financial Expert to the Board Audit Committee.

Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers
The ICANN Board Executive Committee, on behalf of the ICANN Board, has ratified 
the Proposed Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers, as sent by the Address 
Supporting Organization (ASO) Council to the ICANN Board on 22 July 2010.

Letter from Heather Steinmeyer (International Trademark Association - INTA) to 
Peter Dengate Thrush and Rod Beckstrom
New gTLDs Overarching Issues

IDNs to enable internet to help realize its potential
The Internet has clearly revolutionized the way the world communicates and 
searches for information and services. This change is evident in various aspects 
of our daily lives - from booking travel tickets, to running searches, to 
chatting online, to sending e-mail, to trading stocks, to banking online. The 
list of activities is endless!

ICANN ushers in a new international era
Domain names authority ICANN has appointed a diverse new roster of leaders to 
its internal bodies. Joining the Board of Directors, Egypt?s Cherine Chalaby ? 
erstwhile managing partner at Accenture ? is the first Arab-speaking member to 
represent ICANN since it was created in 1998.

Turns out ICANN's Beckstrom is an Inspirational Patron of the Tea Party by John 
Friday's edition of National Public Radio's "On The Media" devoted attention to 
the rise of the Tea Party and its widespread use of the social media. In the 
report Ken Vogel of Politico noted that the movement drew inspiration from the 
book, "The Starfish and the Spider" co-authored by ICANN President, Rod 

Group wants trademark study before new TLDs launch
The International Trademark Association has told ICANN it believes a study into 
the economic ?harms? of launching new TLDs is ?essential? before the program 
gets under way.

Man asks ICANN for ?list of all domains?
A man has used ICANN?s freedom of information procedure to ask for ?a list of 
all registered domains?, forcing the organization to politely decline.

New TLD Vertical Integration, Market Forces and the Path of Least Compliance by 
Ronald N. Andruff
The ICANN Board will soon make many decisions, one of which is to decide whether 
to continue or reverse ICANN's longstanding policy of vertical separation of 
registries and registrars. Since new Top-Level Domains (TLDs) are supposed to 
benefit registrants with lower prices, choice and what we trust will be a 
decision for 'market-differentiated' competition, the Board will no doubt 
consider market forces as well as compliance and enforcement issues in choosing 
the path that can maximize these goals.

New TLD Application Tip: Premium Domains Can Support a Sustained Revenue Stream 
by Roland LaPlante
New top-level domains will quickly be upon us, and if you are ramping up to get 
your application ready, part of your launch plan should address what you will do 
with valuable keyword or generic names -- what we often refer to as "premium 
names." ... Choosing appropriate domains to reserve is an important first step 
which must be included in your application to ICANN.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Lots of people would agree that one of the downsides of the Internet is the 
prevalence of ?cybersquatting? ? ie. people registering domain names that they 
have no right to hold, and then attempting to exploit them for commercial gain 
at the expense of the ?real? owner.

AuDA Reviews .AU WHOIS and Registrant Contact Policies
AuDA, the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .AU domain 
space, has announced it is conducting a review of its WHOIS policy and its 
Registrant Contact Information Policy.


How I Think CIRA Should Evolve: Towards CIRA 2.0 by Rick Anderson
There's been some good discussion here about possible policy changes which 
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) could consider. But there's more 
to the CIRA Board election which is underway than simply arguing about whether a 
PO Box satisfies a "presence" requirement. CIRA's done pretty well over the past 
decade, but it's not perfect. As a candidate for re-election to the CIRA Board 
(and currently Vice-Chair) here are some of my own personal thoughts regarding 
ways in which CIRA might improve. I call this (unoriginally, I know) CIRA 2.0.

ICANN To Review .Jobs Decision
Following an outcry from the online job board industry, ICANN?s Board Governance 
Committee (BGC) agreed to reconsider opening up the .jobs space carte blanche.

.SO Registry copies .co launch policies
Somalia?s .SO Registry, which hopes to mimic a little of the success of .co when 
it starts accepting registrations in November, has adopted virtually identical 
launch policies.

US lawmakers want power to shut down 'pirate sites'
A group of senators want to hand the U.S. Department of Justice the power to 
shut down Web sites dedicated to the illegal sharing online of film, music, 
software, and other intellectual property.

EFF Slams US COICA Bill as Internet Censorship Allowing Domain Deletion
The legislation introduced on Monday this week that aims to curb online piracy 
and the sale of counterfeit goods through deleting domain names has been slammed 
by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Censorship of the Internet Takes Center Stage in "Online Infringement" Bill
Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday introduced the "Combating Online Infringement 
and Counterfeits Act" (COICA). This flawed bill would allow the Attorney General 
and the Department of Justice to break the Internet one domain at a time ? by 
requiring domain registrars/registries, ISPs, DNS providers, and others to block 
Internet users from reaching certain websites. The bill would also create two 
Internet blacklists.

Proposed US law could force ISPs to block websites on piracy allegations
The US Senate heard proposals this week for a new law which would give US 
authorities the right to block access by US internet users to websites accused 
of copyright infringement, including sites based outside the US.

EFF: New Domain Takedown Bill Would Break the Internet
Electronic Frontier Foundation is weighing in on the Combating Online 
Infringement and Counterfeits Act, and it doesn?t like what it sees.

Leahy and Hatch Drop Online Infringement Bill
Key Senate lawmakers will introduce legislation Monday afternoon aiming to curb 
the growth of online piracy and counterfeiting.

Bill would give Justice Department power to shutter piracy sites worldwide
Lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would let the Justice Department 
seek US court orders against piracy websites anywhere in the world, and shut 
them down through their domain registration.


US Senate bill seeks to crack down on online piracy [AFP]
A bill introduced in the US Senate on Monday would give US law enforcement 
authorities more tools to crack down on websites engaged in piracy of movies, 
television shows and music.



What The Anti Privacy Bill Means To Domainers
Yesterday several blogs reported on the bill proposed yesterday entitled the 
?Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act?. I spent a while today 
reviewing the bill to see what if any effect it could have on domainers.

US seeks powers to shut down domains
COICA is the new acronym we?ll all soon be talking about ? it?s the law that 
could give the US its very own Great Firewall of China.

Nations, companies should prepare for cyberwar, experts say [IDG]
The world hasn't yet seen examples of true cyberwar, although governments around 
the world need to prepare for it, an expert in cybersecurity law from Estonia 
said Monday.




NZ in for storm with a difference [Dominion Post]
A cyber storm will be unleashed on dozens of businesses and government agencies 
in the next few weeks, testing their ability to withstand geek Armageddon.

IID Publishes Q3 State of DNS Report - Majority of U.S. Federal Domain Names 
Still Fail to Meet Federal Internet Security Mandate for DNSSEC Adoption [news 
IID (Internet Identity), a provider of technology and services that help 
organizations secure Internet presence, today announced it has identified major 
online security holes for U.S. government organizations in its ?Q3 State of DNS 
Report?. According to the report, a majority of Federal agency run .gov domains 
are not signing their DNS (Domain Name System) with DNSSEC (Domain Name Security 
Extensions) despite a December 2009 Federal deadline for adoption. DNSSEC is 
designed to ensure DNS entries are not poisoned in transit, so users are not 
taken to an unintended Internet destination.

Cybersquatting? Gmail.pl [reg req'd]
The economics of cybersquatting have been perfectly demonstrated by the recent 
purchase of the domain name Gmail.pl by a hydraulic-sanitary wholesaler.

Poland: cybersquatting? gmail.pl
The economics of cybersquatting have been perfectly demonstrated by the recent 
purchase of the domain name Gmail.pl by a hydraulic-sanitary wholesaler.

Domain Name Owner Gets Swift Relief Against Impostor Website by Evan D. Brown
In rem actions over domain names are powerful tools. A trademark owner can 
undertake these actions when it identifies an infringing domain name but cannot 
locate the owner of that domain name. In a sense, the domain name itself is the 
defendant. The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (which is a part of 
the federal trademark statute dealing with the unauthorized registration of 
domain names) says that a court can enter ex parte orders requiring a domain 
name to be turned over when

Revlon gets the UDRP bug
Revlon has become the latest company to start aggressively enforcing its 
trademarks via the UDRP.

Identity Squatting Can Cost Members of Congress Their Reputation [news release]
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) has released an identity 
squatting study that reveals how members of Congress are facing the same 
challenges businesses face online: the challenges of delivering authorized 
online content to their audience and establishing an avenue for open dialogue. 
Overall, CADNA found that only 25 percent of the domain names examined in the 
study belonged to the appropriate member of Congress.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Companies starting to get IPv6 message
Organisations are getting more savvy about upgrading to IPv6 although there are 
still barriers to overcome according to a new survey.

Global Domain Name Registrations Approaching 200 Million: VeriSign Report
The number of domain names registered across all top level domains (TLDs) around 
the world grew by three million in the second quarter of 2010 to take the total 
number of domain names registered, or the global base of domain names, to 196.3 
million as of the end of the second quarter 2010 (June), according to the latest 
VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief. The ongoing increase in registrations is 
likely to see the 200 million registration mark passed sometime in September or 

Internet Grows to More Than 196 Million Domain Names in Second Quarter of 2010; 
Total Base of Top Level Domains Sees 7 Percent Increase From Last Year
The global base of Internet domain names grew by more than 3 million in the 
second quarter of 2010, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief, 
published by VeriSign.

Verizon Adds Former ICANN Official
Verizon said Wednesday that it has hired a former senior official with the group 
that manages the Internet's address system to handle global Internet issues. 
Theresa Swinehart will serve as Verizon's new executive director of global 
Internet policy.

Skip Hoagland Sells MyrtleBeach.com in a Multi-Million Dollar Deal + The 
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Hong Kong Conference Has Been Canceled     

Geodomain giant Skip Hoagland has sold one of his marquee websites - 
MyrtleBeach.com - in a multi-million dollar deal that will also give him 100% 
ownership of several other .com city domain websites he previously co-owned with 
long time partner Intellistrand, LLC.  


DOMAINfest Prague Entertainment Announced
In the tradition of DOMAINfest, DOMAINfest is not just about business. It's 
about having fun.With that in mind, two very special events planned during the 
conference. One is exclusive use of the National Museum and Duplex Club & Caf?. 
The Museum is a treasure and Duplex is one of Prague's hottest night spots. It's 
where Mick Jagger celebrated his 60th birthday.

Next Stop on the SedoPro World Tour: Tuscany, Italy + New Details About Prague's 
DOMAINfest Europe &  Highlights >From Verisign's Latest Quarterly Domain Brief
Europe's domain industry version of a baseball doubleheader featuring two 
perennial powerhouses is just two weeks away. It begins with DomainSponsor's 
DOMAINfest Europe in 


Roadblocks on the Information Highway by David Drummond, senior vice president 
and chief legal counsel for Google
This week, hundreds of Internet activists, bloggers and officials from the 
public and private sectors will gather in Budapest to talk about the promise and 
peril of free expression on the Internet. People from Armenia to Kazakhstan to 
Zimbabwe will compare notes at a conference organized by Google and the Central 
European University about the state of play in what is an increasingly 
controversial and important arena.

World must prep for bigger Net
In 2025, the world's Internet population will hit 5 billion users with a market 
worth US$3 trillion, according to a new report, where its author calls for 
governments and businesses to start planning over the next five years to ensure 
success for this future.

Stephen Colbert Adds a Notch to His Billionaire Belt Interviewing Eric Schmidt
Google CEO Eric Schmidt wants people to remember that when you post something 
online, computers will remember it forever.

Google?s Chief Defends His Privacy Comment ? or Joke
Eric E. Schmidt, Google?s chief executive, has faced some pretty tough critics 
in the past, defending the companies stance on privacy issues and new features 
on the Web site, but on Tuesday, he went right into the lion?s den when he was a 
guest on ?The Colbert Report? on Comedy Central.

Stephen Colbert Provides an Alternative Now There Are No Adult Ads on Craigslist 
- Colbertslist
Stephen closely monitors every ad on Colbertslist to make sure they're free from 
sexual solicitation.

Australian data downloads grow by 50%
Australia's appetite for the internet continues to grow and the number of 
wireless internet connections has soared in the last year, a study has found.


Mobile broadband fastest growing sector: ABS
Mobile wireless broadband is the fastest growing internet access technology 
according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Mobile broadband booms: ABS
The uptake of mobile broadband is skyrocketing according to a survey released by 
the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today, which shows a 21.7 per cent 
increase between December 2009 and June 2010.

Internet Activity, Australia, Jun 2010: Highlights:
At the end of June 2010, there were 9.6 million active internet subscribers in 

One in five homes worldwide has broadband; 30 percent of connections in Europe, 
41 percent in Asia
Research conducted in conjunction with Point Topic revealed that by the end of 
June 2010, there were 498 million broadband lines worldwide, that's 2.63 percent 
up on last quarter and nearly 12 percent more than June last year.

Extremist websites skyrocketing, says Interpol
The sharp growth in extremist websites is making recruitment much easier for 
al-Qaeda, according to Interpol head Ronald Noble. "The threat is global, it is 
virtual and it is on our doorsteps," he said.

Al Qaeda targeting young web users: Interpol
Interpol says the sharp growth in extremist websites is making recruitment much 
easier for Al Qaeda.

More U.S. doctors moving to e-prescriptions-report
U.S. doctors increasingly are ditching pen and paper and sending prescriptions 
to pharmacies electronically, lured by up to $27 billion in government funds 
aimed at speeding the switch to electronic medical records.

Push to help girls in more urban planet
Cyberspace and city living, two of the fastest-moving global trends of this 
century, pose great threats and opportunities to young women around the world, a 
report has found. ... Similarly, more women have access to communications 
technology than ever before but while such tools can further their education, 
build specific skills and boost self-esteem, technology is also increasing 
sexual exploitation and predation.

More U.S. doctors moving to e-prescriptions - report
U.S. doctors increasingly are ditching pen and paper and sending prescriptions 
to pharmacies electronically, lured by up to $27 billion in government funds 
aimed at speeding the switch to electronic medical records.

Workplace tweeps good for business
Workers have been given a green light to log on to Facebook and Twitter, with 
bosses told to stop banning social media at work.

au: NSW looks at new law to stop inmates having Facebook profiles
The NSW government has refused to rule out introducing legislation that would 
ban Facebook profiles being created on behalf of NSW prisoners.

au: Melbourne schoolboy sparked Twitter meltdown
A 17-year-old Australian schoolboy said he unwittingly caused a massive hacker 
attack on Twitter which sent users to Japanese porn sites and took out the White 
House press secretary's feed.

Twitter scrambles to block worms
Twitter patches a flaw in its website that was being exploited to pump out 
pop-up messages and links to pornography sites.

Twitter internet worm attack affects thousands of users
Sarah Brown and Lord Sugar were among thousands of Twitter users who yesterday 
found themselves directing people to third-party sites, including hardcore 
pornography, as the messaging website fell prey to an "embarrassing" hacking 
attack discovered by a Japanese programmer and then exploited by a number of 

Australian teen triggers global Twitter scare
An Australian teen has caused havoc on Twitter by discovering an "exploit" that 
hit thousands of users, including Barack Obama's press secretary, and linked the 
tweets of a former British PM's wife to hardcore porn.


Twitter knew about worm bug a month ago [IDG]
A serious bug that led to a series of fast-spreading worms on Twitter's website 
Tuesday had been fixed in August but was accidentally re-introduced.

Victims of online bullying may be more likely to be depressed
A study released Tuesday shows that as bullying has moved beyond the schoolyard 
and on to Facebook pages, online chat groups and cellphone text messages, its 
victims are feeling more hopeless and depressed.

Cyber-bullying causes more depression, study finds
Cyber-bullying may be even harder on the victims than physical beatings or 
name-calling, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but cyber-bullying really hurts...
Cyber-bullying may be even harder on victims than physical beatings or 
name-calling, according to a new study.

Cyber bully victims hit with depression: survey [AFP]
School children bullied online face a high risk of being hit with real-world 
depression, according to a study released Tuesday by the US National Institutes 
of Health.






Cyber-bullying victims most depressed
Cyber-bullying may be even tougher for kids to handle than "traditional" 
bullying involving beatings, name-calling or social shunning, researchers have 

Bullying victims likely to be depressed [UPI]
Youth who are the targets of cyber bullying at school are at greater risk for 
depression than are the bullies, U.S. researchers say.

us: State OK?s school antibullying rules [AP]
State education officials have approved new antibullying guidelines for schools.

us: Cyber Racism in High School
Cyber racism, and panic about these threats, spread across a high school in 
Louisiana last week. Facebook messages threatening violence against black 
students at Assumption High School in Napoleonville, Louisiana led to increased 
campus security, hundreds of parents taking children out of school early and 
concerns that the situation could strain race relations among the school's 

Sites for children gather more user data than sites for adults, claims WSJ
US websites targeted at children gather more information from web surfing 
tracking tools than those targeted at adults, a newspaper investigation has 
found. The Wall Street Journal found that 30% more tracking is conducted on 
children's sites.

Film Director Comes to the Defense of a Convicted Internet Pirate
A Frenchman convicted of copyright theft for illegally downloading thousands of 
songs on the Internet has found an unlikely patron: a famous film director.

Richard Stallman calls for internet tax to combat piracy
Free software activist Richard Stallman has proposed taxing internet connections 
to offset the impact of internet piracy on artists.

Activists target recording industry websites
Piracy activists have carried out coordinated attacks on websites owned by the 
music and film industry. The assault temporarily knocked the Motion Picture 
Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America 
(RIAA) offline.

nz: TiVo going cheap as internet TV war heats up
Telecom is selling TiVo set-top boxes at a bargain basement rate as Sky moves to 
relaunch its internet television offering in November.

For deaf, wireless devices a new portal to world [AP]
Quietly over the last decade, phones that make text messaging easy have changed 
life profoundly for millions of deaf people.


'One app for all' effort launches
A European project to develop an application environment for every 
internet-connected device has received 10m euros in funding.

Businesses gobbling up Google Android smartphones, ChangeWave finds
Companies are increasingly spending their smartphone dollars on Google Android 
devices, at least in part at the expense of RIM BlackBerry devices, according to 
ChangeWave Research?s latest numbers. 



Corporations go gaga over Android
Corporations are jumping on the Google smartphone bandwagon, with Android device 
growth outpacing Apple's iPhone 20-fold in the last three months, a market 
researcher said today.

India blocks bulk SMS ahead of court ruling [IDG]
The Indian government has banned bulk SMS and MMS, ahead of an expected court 
ruling that could stir up religious conflict in the country.


Facebook phone plans are denied after internet report
Facebook has announced it is going to try to push deeper into the mobile phone 

China mobile subscriber total rises to 804 mln in August
China Mobile, China's largest mobile carrier, said its total mobile subscribers 
increased to 564.3 million in August, including 13.4 million 3G subscribers.

Nokia outperforming rivals on mobile ads - survey
Nokia's phone operating system has nearly 50 percent of the global mobile 
advertising market, more than its overall industry market share and ahead of 
Apple, a new survey showed on Monday.

Ebay founder to bridge digital chasm
Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of Ebay, will spend $55m over the next 
three years to bolster government transparency and spur innovation in the 
developing world

Facebook fraud a 'major issue'
Hacking of Facebook accounts to scam people out of money has become a "major 
issue" for the social networking site, its head of European public policy, Lord 
Richard Allan, has told the Guardian.

Twitter and terrifying tale of modern Britain
The head of MI5 has warned we must take the threat of new Islamist atrocities 
seriously. If the abuse of antiterrorist legislation in the Paul Chambers case 
is a guide, the people who most need reminding of the importance of seriousness, 
are MI5's colleagues in the criminal justice system.

au: Internet scams target young
The consumer watchdog is scouring the internet today for scams targeting young 

Billions lost as online criminals target Australia's young
Online scams targeting young people are proliferating faster than you can say, 
''free trial offer, send money today''.


'Don't post holiday plans on Facebook' [AAP]
Online crooks are fleecing the friends of people who post their holiday details 
on Facebook, the national consumer regulator says.


Internet sweep day focuses on the online generation [news release]
Consumer protection agencies from around the world will focus on the sites 
targeting young people in this year's international internet Sweep Day. In 
Australia, the Sweep Day will be held on Tuesday 21 September.

Canada joins privacy enforcement agencies in establishing Global Privacy 
Enforcement Network [news release]
Canada has joined with privacy enforcement agencies around the world to 
establish the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN), a network designed to 
facilitate cross-border cooperation in the enforcement of privacy laws. GPEN, 
which today announced the launch of its web site, recognizes the need for 
greater international cooperation on privacy issues.

Global drive aims to pull plug on fan site scams
IT TURNS out Justin Bieber is an even greater threat to the social fabric than 
previously thought. The 16-year-old pop singer and objet d'amore of teenage 
girls everywhere is just one of a series of search terms targeted in an annual 
international search for online scams.

Australia home to 30K computer zombies
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is detecting some 
30,000 infected computers that form Australian-operating botnets each day.

Fake website 'takes seconds' to set up
Setting up a copycat website to sell fake goods only takes a few seconds, 
according to a computer expert. Some websites are so sophisticated they add 
counterfeit security certificates to fool shoppers, said David Holman, of First 
Cyber Security.

au: Police warn on computer scam [AAP]
Queensland police are warning of a cyber-scam involving telephone calls from 
people purporting to be from Microsoft or other computer companies.

au: New code announced to improve cyber safety
On 1 June 2010, the Internet Industry Association released a new voluntary code 
of practice, the iCode, for internet service providers dealing with cyber safety 
and security threats.

Cyber crime 'is most dangerous threat' Interpol chief warns after Facebook 
identity stolen
Cyber crime is "the most dangerous criminal threat we will ever face", the 
Interpol chief has warned after criminals stole his identity on Facebook, the 
social networking website.

Google: Taking rogue pharmacies to court
We work very hard to make sure that ads shown on Google provide useful 
information for our users. But sometimes we need to take action against ads that 
violate our policies, as when we block malware ads, or when we filed suit last 
year against ?Google Money? scammers. This is especially true when it comes to 
advertising for products such as pharmaceuticals, which can be dangerous without 
the right prescription.

Google to sue ?rogue pharmacies?
Google is taking legal action in an attempt to stem the tide of rogue pharmacies 
advertising on its sites.

Google sues alleged illegal sellers of prescription drugs [IDG]
Google is at its wit's end dealing with illegal sellers of prescription drugs 
that market medicines on its ad network, so it has decided to take some of these 
allegedly rogue advertisers to court.

IETF approves e-crime reporting format [IDG]
An Internet standards group has approved an electronic crimes reporting format, 
which may eventually give security researchers a cohesive, broad set of data to 
gauge online crime.




uk: OFT launches online hotel booking probe
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating whether the sale of hotel room 
bookings on the internet breaches competition law, looking into whether an 
allegedly long-established pricing mechanism is anti-competitive.

us: FBI awards $42m cybersecurity deal
BAE Systems has won a $US40 million ($42 million) cybersecurity deal to protect 
the "confidentiality and privacy" of FBI computer networks.

au/nz: NZ prime target for ATM skimmers - police [AAP]
Outdated banking technology has made Australia and New Zealand prime targets for 
international ATM skimming gangs, police say.

'Cookies' Cause Bitter Backlash With Spate of Lawsuits Showing User Discomfort 
With Latest Innovations in Online-Tracking Technology
Tools that track users' whereabouts on the Web are facing increased regulatory 
and public scrutiny and prompting a flurry of legal challenges.

Canada approves Facebook changes
The Canadian privacy commissioner is happy with changes made by Facebook, 
following an investigation of the site's policies last year.

Canada ends probe of Facebook's sharing of data
Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said an investigation into the 
way Facebook?s third-party applications obtain user data is over and that her 
office was ?pleased? with the social networking site?s move last May to make its 
privacy settings simpler and easier to understand.

Canadian privacy commissioner ends Facebook probe [IDG]
Canada's privacy commissioner has ended an investigation into Facebook's privacy 
practices by saying the social-networking site has resolved issues raised in a 
May 2008 complaint.




Privacy Commissioner completes Facebook review [news release]
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has finished reviewing the changes that 
Facebook implemented as a result of her investigation of the social networking 
site and has concluded that the issues raised in the complaint have been 
resolved to her satisfaction.

Germany asks web firms to write privacy code
The German government has asked Google and other internet companies to draw up a 
voluntary code offering the users of their services better privacy protection. A 
deadline of December has been agreed for the submission of proposals, the 
government said.

Germany opposes Google Street View switch-on
The German government is holding meetings today to discuss concerns over 
Google's Street View mapping service.

More than 100,000 Germans Ask Google to Blur their Homes
Germans are amongst the most frequent users of Google's Street View service, but 
that doesn't mean they want pictures of their homes on the Internet. At least 
100,000, and possibly a lot more, have registered online to have their homes 
made unrecognizable.

Germany debating privacy with Google and peers
German officials met internet firms on Monday to try to reconcile Germany's 
strict data protection rules with programmes like Google's "Street View" mapping 
system, as calls for regulation intensify.

Several Hundred Thousand Germans Opt Out of Google Street View
According to German news magazine Der Spiegel, "several hundred thousand people" 
have asked Google to erase their houses from Google Streetview. While Google 
itself won't comment on these numbers, Der Spiegel cites sources close to Google 
and notes that the consumer affairs ministry in Germany expected about 200,000 
opt-out requests when the program was announced earlier this year. The deadline 
for opting out of Google Street View in Germany is Oct. 15.


Germans Flood Google With Street View Opt-out Requests [IDG]
Google has received an increased number of requests from Germans wanting to omit 
their properties from its Street View imagery program.

Google releases censorship tools
The US government asked Google for user information 4,287 times during the first 
six months of 2010. During the same timeframe the UK government put in over 
1,000 such requests.

New online Google tool shows where services blocked [AFP]
Google released a new online tool on Tuesday that shows where the Internet 
giant's services and products such as YouTube are being blocked around the 


Google bows to Aussie take-down requests
Google has dramatically increased its compliance in requests for take downs from 
the Australian Government in the past six months, it said in its biannual 
transparency report released yesterday.

US lawmakers want power to shut down 'pirate sites'
A group of senators want to hand the U.S. Department of Justice the power to 
shut down Web sites dedicated to the illegal sharing online of film, music, 
software, and other intellectual property.

EFF Slams US COICA Bill as Internet Censorship Allowing Domain Deletion
The legislation introduced on Monday this week that aims to curb online piracy 
and the sale of counterfeit goods through deleting domain names has been slammed 
by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Censorship of the Internet Takes Center Stage in "Online Infringement" Bill
Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday introduced the "Combating Online Infringement 
and Counterfeits Act" (COICA). This flawed bill would allow the Attorney General 
and the Department of Justice to break the Internet one domain at a time ? by 
requiring domain registrars/registries, ISPs, DNS providers, and others to block 
Internet users from reaching certain websites. The bill would also create two 
Internet blacklists.

Proposed US law could force ISPs to block websites on piracy allegations
The US Senate heard proposals this week for a new law which would give US 
authorities the right to block access by US internet users to websites accused 
of copyright infringement, including sites based outside the US.

More ACTA Talks This Week
Negotiators on an international trade agreement aimed at curbing piracy and 
counterfeiting of copyrighted works and products will meet beginning Thursday 
for the 11th round of talks in Tokyo.

EU votes to toughen rules on Internet piracy [IDG]
Members of the European Parliament have opened the door to tough new sanctions 
on Internet users by voting in favor of a controversial report on copyright 

ACTA won't make ISPs cops: EC
The European Commission (EC) has told UK telco giant BT that the 
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will not force internet service 
providers (ISPs) to police their networks for copyright infringement.


US Senators push for update to electronic privacy law [IDG]
A 24-year-old law setting the rules on how law enforcement agencies can obtain 
electronic records needs to be updated because it's out of step with modern 
technology and privacy expectations, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy said Wednesday.


US Panel Opens Review of Online Privacy Law
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee grappled today over the best path 
forward toward modernizing the Electronics Communications Privacy Act, 
CongressDaily reported.


Tuanz and InternetNZ: a tale of unrequited love ... and hate [sub req'd]

World leaders agree: The future will be Built on Broadband [news release]
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Tour? today challenged global leaders to 
ensure that more than half of all the world?s people have access to broadband 
networks by 2015, and make access to high-speed networks a basic civil right.

Digital Agenda: Commission outlines measures to deliver fast and ultra-fast 
broadband in Europe
Three complementary measures to facilitate the roll out and take up of fast and 
ultra-fast broadband in the EU have been adopted today by the European 

Broadband: Commission sets out common EU approach on ultra-fast broadband 
The European Commission has adopted a Recommendation indicating to national 
telecoms regulators how they should regulate third-party competitive access to 
ultra-fast fibre networks (also known as 'next generation access' ? NGA ? 
networks) that bring high-speed broadband connections to homes and workplaces.

EU wants more spectrum for mobile firms by 2013
EU countries should free up broadband spectrum to mobile operators by 2013 to 
spur consumer demand, the European Commission said on Monday, in its latest 
effort to boost cross-border trade and create jobs.

Spectrum: Commission proposes to ensure availability of radio frequencies for 
new and faster wireless services
A five year policy programme for planning and harmonising the use of the EU?s 
radio spectrum has been proposed by the European Commission. The proposal, which 
will be sent to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers for 
adoption, includes steps to promote efficient spectrum management, and in 
particular, to ensure that sufficient spectrum is made available for wireless 

Digital Agenda: Commission measures to deliver fast and ultra-fast broadband in 
Europe ? what would they do for me?
Giving all European citizens and businesses access to a fast and ultra-fast 
broadband internet connection is one of the key objectives of the Digital Agenda 
for Europe, the EU's plan to maximise the social and economic impact of 
Information and Communication Technologies, and the Europe 2020 strategy for 
smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Digital Agenda: Commission spells out plan to boost investment in broadband
The European Commission has today outlined how best to encourage private and 
public investment in fast and ultra-fast broadband networks. These will be 
essential to realising the commitments in the Digital Agenda for Europe to give 
every European access to basic broadband by 2013 and fast and ultra-fast 
broadband by 2020.

Digital Agenda: Commission outlines measures to deliver fast and ultra-fast 
broadband in Europe
Three complementary measures to facilitate the roll out and take up of fast and 
ultra-fast broadband in the EU have been adopted today by the European 

Huawei to allow security checks on network
Huawei, the Chinese telecoms equipment maker, will give clients what it says is 
unprecedented access to its secret computer code in an effort to ease national 
security concerns about the company in the US.

US schools may get unused fibre links
US schools and libraries may be able to tap into unused fibre networks in a bid 
to boost connection speeds.

FCC to vote on plan to boost school Internet speed
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman said on Tuesday he hoped the 
agency would relax regulations governing how schools use $2.25 billion in 
federal subsidies for Internet access to help schools get faster Internet access 
and to provide wireless access for students.

Huge child porn ring with Arizona link
An international child porn ring with ties to Arizona has been shut down.


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