[DNS] domain name news - 4 October

[DNS] domain name news - 4 October

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2010 20:36:23 -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 
postings.


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Security: A code explodes
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fcce9b76-cd8c-11df-9c82-00144feab49a.html

Cyber Storm III: a war on trust
http://www.zdnet.com.au/cyber-storm-iii-a-war-on-trust-339306307.htm

In cyber war 'you're on your own': Australian government [AAP]
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/in-cyber-war-youre-on-your-own-government-20101001-160ni.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/in-cyber-war-youre-on-your-own-government-20101001-160ni.html


International cyber security exercise: Cyber Storm III [news release]
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2010_ThirdQuarter_29September2010-InternationalcybersecurityexerciseCyberStormIII


Commission to boost Europe's defences against cyber-attacks
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=6190


au: Cyber breaches investigated by Defence
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/cyber-breaches-investigated-by-defence-20100930-15zds.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/cyber-breaches-investigated-by-defence-20100930-15zds.html


Free speech group fights lawsuits vs. news sharers [AP]
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/free-speech-group-fights-lawsuits-vs-news-sharers-20101001-15zrw.html


COICA Censorship Bill Shelved... For Now
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100930/13300411241/coica-censorship-bill-shelved-for-now.shtml


Even Without COICA, White House Asking Registrars To Voluntarily Censor 
'Infringing' Sites
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100929/20293711230/even-without-coica-white-house-asking-registrars-to-voluntarily-censor-infringing-sites.shtml



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GOVERNANCE
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IGF 2010: Day 3 and Day 4
This post concludes New America?s coverage of the 2010 IGF in Vilnius, 
Lithuania. Two weeks ago, we explained the non-traditional, multi-stakeholder 
composition of the IGF and expressed hope that its vision of Internet governance 
would continue to reflect its structure. Last week, in highlighting some of the 
discussions from the first two days, we noted that most participants - while not 
breaking new ground - reaffirmed the need for IGF to maintain its open, 
multi-stakeholder approach. Now we turn to the second half of the 2010 IGF.
http://mediapolicy.newamerica.net/blogposts/2010/igf_2010_day_3_and_day_4-37753

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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Review Teams for SSR (Security, Stability and Resiliency of the DNS) and for 
WHOIS (WhoIs Policy)
After careful review of the candidates' documents, the mandated Selectors for 
the Affirmation of Commitments ? Heather Dryden, Interim Chair of the ICANN 
Government Advisory Committee and Rod Beckstrom, ICANN President and CEO ? have 
reached a decision on the composition of the above Review Teams (RT), as 
presented in the tables below.
http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-30sep10-en.htm

Letter from Amre Moussa, League of Arab, States The Secretary General to Rod 
Beckstrom, President and CEO
Recognition of Arab region
http://icann.org/en/correspondence/moussa-to-beckstrom-28aug10-en.pdf

New TLD competition group throws in the towel
The ICANN working group tasked with deciding whether registrars should be 
allowed to apply for new top-level domains has failed to reach agreement after 
over six months of talks.
http://domainincite.com/new-tld-competition-group-throws-in-the-towel/

ICANN May Test Whois Privacy and Proxy Services
The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) has asked ICANN to consider the 
cost and feasibility of extended whois studies. ICANN has already undertaken 
studies to determine what percentage of whois records are accurate. The next 
study is to see how whois privacy and whois proxy services respond to requests 
to reveal the actual owner of domain names.
http://domainnamewire.com/2010/09/29/icann-may-test-whois-privacy-and-proxy-services/


ICANN cans broke registrar
4Domains.com has lost its registrar accreditation after ICANN decided it had 
gone insolvent.
http://domainincite.com/icann-cans-broke-registrar/

Are New TLDs Truly About Competition and Innovation or Is It to Make ICANN Rich 
and Powerful? by Constantine Roussos
The ICANN Board resolutions adopted during the retreat in Trondheim, Norway on 
the 25th of September, 2010, painted yet another question mark for new TLDs, 
despite its positive outlook. While the Board seems dedicated to resolve all the 
outstanding issues, applicants were still left in the dark in regards to some 
key issues that affect the economics of launching new TLDs.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/are_new_tlds_truly_about_competition_and_innovation_or_make_icann_rich/


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.Biz Prices to Increase Along with .Org
.Biz domain name registry NeuStar has informed ICANN that it intends to raise 
wholesale prices for .biz domain names effective April 1, 2011. That?s the same 
time that Public Interest Registry will raise its rates on .org domain names to 
$7.21.
http://domainnamewire.com/2010/09/30/biz-prices-to-increase-along-with-org/

ee: Domain Re-Registration Starts Off Slowly
Only about 5 percent of the 79,000 "old" domain names in Estonia have been 
re-registered under the new system, according to the Estonian Internet 
Foundation.
http://news.err.ee/Economy/a7142b86-6ee2-47fd-9501-9dd7db1af41f

AFNIC launches ZoneCheck version 3
AFNIC launched on September 27th version 3 of ZoneCheck, the software designed 
to check the configuration of a domain or zone by means of various tests. The 
latest version has been developed in the context of the deployment of DNSSEC in 
France.
http://www.afnic.fr/actu/nouvelles/255/afnic-launches-zonecheck-version-3

Now .mobi wants to auction ultra-short domains
Afilias-owned dotMobi has applied to ICANN to auction off one and two-letter 
.mobi domain names, following in the footsteps on other top-level domain 
registries.
http://domainincite.com/now-mobi-wants-to-auction-ultra-short-domains/

VeriSign Abandons Plans for 1 and 2 Character .Net Domains
VeriSign has withdrawn its request to ICANN to allow it to release one and two 
character .net domain names.
http://domainnamewire.com/2010/09/30/verisign-abandons-plans-for-1-and-2-character-net-domains/


Co.no To Launch November 1st
The .no registry has very restrictive rules governing both who can register 
domain names and how many they can register. Only Norwegian companies can 
register .no domain names and they are limited to registering a maximum of 20 
domain names.
http://www.dnsnews.me/2010/09/24/cono-to-launch-november-1st/

PIR Launches WhyIChose.ORG Campaign
What?s in a name? When it comes to online branding, we, at .ORG, The Public 
Interest Registry, pride ourselves on educating registrars and end-users about 
the value of domain names. That?s why .ORG is excited to kick-off WhyIChose.ORG, 
a campaign that explores this question and more. Our overall goal? To illustrate 
the importance of the domain you choose and how this decision can make a true 
impact on brand impressions.
http://pir.org/blog/2010/whyichose

.ORG Kicks-Off the "Why I Chose" Campaign to Educate Marketers About Value of 
Domain Names
What's in a name? With nearly 200 million registered domain names worldwide, an 
increasing number of organizations, companies and individuals are fine-tuning 
their online marketing campaigns and selecting domain names that will enhance 
brand value. In fact, with over 8.5 million registrants, .ORG -- the world's 
third largest generic top-level domain -- is quickly becoming the venue of 
choice for not just non-profits and associations but also for consumer marketing 
campaigns, education initiatives, corporate giving and corporate crisis 
communications.
http://pir.org/news/pr/2010/whyichose

Russian ccTLD Breaks 3 Million Mark
The Russian ccTLD, .ru, has broken the 3 million mark in terms of domains 
registered.
http://www.dnsnews.me/2010/09/27/russian-cctld-breaks-3-million-mark/

se: Cheaper dispute solution for small companies and private individuals
As of September 15, 2010, the fee for private individuals and small companies 
that want to retroactively appeal the allocation of a .se domain name through 
.SE?s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will be halved.
http://www.iis.se/en/pressmeddelanden/billigare-tvistlosning-for-smaforetag-och-privatpersoner-3


Snap up some Somalian domain names
Domain names under .SO, the Somalian country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), have 
for many years been unavailable for registration due to the civil war in Somalia 
and the general confusion concerning who should be responsible for running the 
Registry.
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=68f2dc74-bd61-4dc1-91f3-bb91aed67dc7


Nominet to release one and two character domain names
On 13 September 2010, the Registry for .UK domain names (Nominet) announced that 
it would soon be releasing various one and two character domain names under the 
extensions .CO.UK, ORG.UK, .NET.UK and .ME.UK.
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=d448c42d-55d1-48cc-adc2-2af35cb34a6e


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Security: A code explodes
Sitting in his office in Hamburg, Ralph Langner, a German information technology 
specialist, recalls the moment when he came across the Stuxnet computer worm. ?I 
have to tell you, my jaw dropped,? he says. ?I have been in the computer 
consultancy business for 20 years. I have always warned clients that something 
like this might appear. But I did not expect that I would end up seeing 
something so sophisticated, so aggressive, so dangerous.?
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fcce9b76-cd8c-11df-9c82-00144feab49a.html

Cyber Storm III: a war on trust
Australia is at war with her allies, and will have to defend herself from the 
military might of the world's most powerful nations. But no shots will be fired, 
nor blood shed, as the third incantation of the international online war game 
Cyber Storm kicked off today.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/cyber-storm-iii-a-war-on-trust-339306307.htm

In cyber war 'you're on your own': Australian government [AAP]
A senior bureaucrat has warned big business it would have to defend itself if a 
major cyber attack hit Australia.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/in-cyber-war-youre-on-your-own-government-20101001-160ni.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/in-cyber-war-youre-on-your-own-government-20101001-160ni.html


International cyber security exercise: Cyber Storm III [news release]
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today launched Cyber Storm III ? a major 
international cyber security exercise which will simulate cyber attacks 
targeting critical infrastructure and other nationally important systems and 
services.
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2010_ThirdQuarter_29September2010-InternationalcybersecurityexerciseCyberStormIII


Commission to boost Europe's defences against cyber-attacks
The European Commission today unveiled two new measures to ensure that Europe 
can defend itself from attacks against its key information (IT) systems. A 
proposal for a Directive to deal with new cyber crimes, such as large-scale 
cyber attacks, is complemented by a proposal for a Regulation to strengthen and 
modernise the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=6190


Commission to boost Europe's defences against cyber-attacks [news release]
The European Commission today unveiled two new measures to ensure that Europe 
can defend itself from attacks against its key information (IT) systems. A 
proposal for a Directive to deal with new cyber crimes, such as large-scale 
cyber attacks, is complemented by a proposal for a Regulation to strengthen and 
modernise the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The two 
initiatives are foreseen by the Digital Agenda for Europe and the Stockholm 
Programme to boost trust and network security (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and 
MEMO/10/200). Under the proposed Directive, the perpetrators of cyber attacks 
and the producers of related and malicious software could be prosecuted, and 
would face heavier criminal sanctions. Member States would be also obliged to 
quickly respond to urgent requests for help in the case of cyber-attacks, 
rendering European justice and police cooperation in this area more effective. 
Strengthening and modernising ENISA would also help the EU, Member States and 
private stakeholders develop their capabilities and preparedness to prevent, 
detect and respond to cyber-security challenges. Both proposals will be 
forwarded to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for 
adoption.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/10/459

Proposal for a Directive on attacks against information systems, repealing 
Framework Decision 2005/222/JHA
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/10/463

Stuxnet worm heralds new era of global cyberwar
The memory sticks were scattered in a washroom at a US military base in the 
Middle East that was providing support for the Iraq war. ... In an exercise 
named Cyber Storm III, involving government agencies and 60 private sector 
organisations including the banking, chemical, nuclear energy and IT sectors, it 
presented a scenario where America was hit by a co-ordinated cyber shock-and-awe 
campaign, hitting 1,500 different targets. The results of the exercise have not 
been released.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/sep/30/stuxnet-worm-new-era-global-cyberwar


EU unveils plan to strengthen cybersecurity efforts
Fear of cybercrime is preventing as many as 150 million Europeans from using the 
Internet, according to Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/093010-eu-unveils-plan-to-strengthen.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/206661/.html
http://www.cio.de/index.cfm?pid=156&pk=2249264

DNSEC vs DDoS Protection: Is It Really a Choice? by John Kane
Within the last year or two, I've heard people express an opinion to the effect 
that if the domain name industry put as much focus on preventing distributed 
denial of service attacks as we have on implementing DNSSEC, the Internet would 
be a safer place. While there may be a grain of truth there, I suggest that this 
kind of thinking presents us with something of a false dichotomy.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/dnsec_vs_ddos_protection_is_it_really_a_choice/

au: Cyber breaches investigated by Defence
Defence investigated about 250 ''serious, sophisticated'' cyber intrusions into 
government networks in the first eight months of the year, and the threat is so 
severe the department is considering designating cyberspace as a fifth domain of 
warfare.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/cyber-breaches-investigated-by-defence-20100930-15zds.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/cyber-breaches-investigated-by-defence-20100930-15zds.html


It's The Start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Today kicks-off the first day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which 
is a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone ? from consumers 
and schools to businesses and government agencies -- to better protect 
themselves and stay safe online.
http://pir.org/blog/2010/ncsa

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Free speech group fights lawsuits vs. news sharers [AP]
A San Francisco group that defends online free speech is taking on a Las Vegas 
company it says is shaking down news-sharing Internet users through more than 
140 copyright infringement lawsuits filed this year. ... The EFF argues that the 
lawsuits limit free speech and bully defendants into costly settlements by 
threatening $150,000 in damages and the transfer of domain names.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/free-speech-group-fights-lawsuits-vs-news-sharers-20101001-15zrw.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/09/30/financial/f155548D83.DTL

http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-technology/free-speech-group-fights-lawsuits-vs-news-sharers-20101001-15zrw.html

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/free-speech-group-fights-lawsuits-vs-news-sharers-20101001-15zrw.html


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us: Federal Government Imposes New IPv6 Deadlines
The Obama administration's CIO has informed federal agencies that they must run 
native IPv6 on their Web, email, ISP, and DNS servers and services by the end of 
fiscal year 2012, and their internal client applications by fiscal year 2014.
http://www.darkreading.com/security/government/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227501098


There is no Plan B: why the IPv4-to-IPv6 transition will be ugly
Twenty years ago, the fastest Internet backbone links were 1.5Mbps. Today we 
argue whether that's a fast enough minimum to connect home users. In 1993, 1.3 
million machines were connected to the Internet. By this past summer, that 
number had risen to 769 million and this only counts systems that have DNS 
names. The notion of a computer that is not connected to the Internet is 
patently absurd these days.
http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2010/09/there-is-no-plan-b-why-the-ipv4-to-ipv6-transition-will-be-ugly.ars


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COICA Censorship Bill Shelved... For Now
While there had been plans to move forward with a markup on the COICA censorship 
bill this week, it appears that those plans have been delayed, effectively 
shelving the bill for the time being. This should keep it off the agenda at 
least until after the elections, but you can expect it to come back before too 
long.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100930/13300411241/coica-censorship-bill-shelved-for-now.shtml


An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the Senate Judiciary Committee
Today, 87 prominent Internet engineers sent a joint letter the US Senate 
Judiciary Committee, declaring their opposition to the "Combating Online 
Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA). The text of the letter is below.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/09/open-letter

Even Without COICA, White House Asking Registrars To Voluntarily Censor 
'Infringing' Sites
While there's been increasing attention paid to the "Combating Online 
Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA), the proposed law that would allow 
the government to require ISPs and registrars to block access to websites deemed 
to be "dedicated to infringing activities," it looks like the White House (which 
we had thought was against censoring the internet) appears to be working on a 
backup plan in case COICA doesn't pass. 

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100929/20293711230/even-without-coica-white-house-asking-registrars-to-voluntarily-censor-infringing-sites.shtml


Amendment Aims To Address Concerns With Online IP Bill
The Senate Judiciary Committee has drafted a substitute amendment aimed at 
addressing some of the concerns raised by technology and public interest groups 
about legislation targeting online piracy and counterfeiting.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/09/amendment-aims-to-address-conc.php


Internet pioneers protest Senate anti-piracy bill
Some of the rock stars of Internet engineering (yes, they exist) on Tuesday 
protested a Senate bill aimed at fighting online piracy, saying the legislation 
could lead to censorship and destabilize the architecture of the Web.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/09/internet_pioneers_protest_sena.html


Think Twice Before You Use a Domain Hack
Domain hacks can be cutesy, and the more publicity some of the popular hacks 
receive, the more others want to emulate. The problem with domain hacks is that 
they can be confusing to consumers, especially when they don?t mention the ?dot? 
in their branding.
http://www.elliotsblog.com/think-twice-before-you-use-a-domain-hack-5802

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INTERNET USE
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Google Street View: No more privacy for penguins as Antarctica gets mapped plus 
Brazil, Ireland
A big bone of contention in many countries, Google's Street View mapping service 
today goes live in Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica, meaning Street View now has a 
presence in all seven continents.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/sep/30/google-street-view-map-antarctica


Street View Reaches the South Pole: Will the Penguins Complain?
It's official: Google's Street View has now officially reached all seven 
continents. Google today announced that it has added Brazil, Ireland, and 
Antarctica to its Street View library, which provides panoramic images of 
street-level scenes from locations around the world. It's a major milestone for 
Google's three-and-a-half year old service, but it's not one that will be 
universally celebrated, as Street View is now (and has been, almost since its 
launch) under fire for its alleged privacy violations and data collection 
practices.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/206691/.html

Reuters blocks anonymous comments in bid to cast out 'uncivil behaviour'
Newspapers always publish their readers' letters with the writer's name and 
address appended there for everyone to read (Or at least they do secure in the 
knowledge that those vital facts have been supplied).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/oct/03/reuters-web-comment-policy

Tom Hanks Uses Web to Plot the Future
The actor-producer?s new project, ?Electric City,? is science fiction for the 
Internet, but has very real implications for Hollywood.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/arts/television/02hanks.html

More funds to get S'pore seniors tech-savvy
Both government and businesses in Singapore boost efforts to promote IT and 
assistive technologies in bid to encourage the elderly to be more independent 
and IT-savvy.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/more-funds-to-get-s-pore-seniors-tech-savvy-62203355.htm


cn: Teen beaten to death at web addicts' camp [AFP]
A Chinese teenager was allegedly beaten to death at a boot camp for troubled 
youths that his mother had lured him to attend by promising he was going to 
study IT, state media reported yesterday.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/teen-beaten-to-death-at-web-addicts-camp-20101001-15zlw.html


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SOCIAL NETWORKING
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Friends Without Benefits: The sad truth about Facebook.
The people who run Facebook, the social-networking company, are furious about a 
new movie that takes lots of liberties in its depiction of how Facebook came 
into existence. They?re upset because much of The Social Network, which opens 
Oct. 1, is just completely made up. That?s fair enough. But to me, the really 
interesting thing about this movie is that while much of the tale is invented, 
the story tells a larger truth about Silicon Valley?s get-rich-quick culture and 
the kind of people?like Facebook?s 26-year-old founder and CEO, Mark 
Zuckerberg?who thrive in this environment. ... ?The old Silicon Valley was about 
solving really hard problems, making technical bets. But there?s no real 
technical bet being made with Facebook or Zynga,? says Nathan Myhrvold, the 
former chief technology officer at Microsoft who now runs an invention lab in 
Seattle. ?Today almost everyone in the Valley will tell you there is too much 
?me-tooism,? too much looking for a gold rush and not enough people who are 
looking to solve really hard problems.?
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/09/24/the-sad-truth-about-the-facebook-movie.html

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Chilean Miners
The 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped deep underground for eight weeks 
watch movies on a projector built into a cellphone. They avoid athlete's foot 
and other infections thanks to socks made with a bacteria-killing copper fiber. 
And they communicate with rescuers and relatives over an ultra-flexible 
fiber-optic cable that maintains transmission capacity while twisting through 
hard rock nearly half a mile below ground.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704116004575522343755639692.html

Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds
New PCs could start in just seconds, thanks to an update to one of the oldest 
parts of desktop computers.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11430069

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CHILD PROTECTION, FILTERING & CONTENT REGULATION
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Facebook 'frenemies' most likely to hurt kids
POLICE and teachers are warning parents that children as young as eight are at 
risk from cyber bullies and online predators because they are flouting Facebook 
website age restrictions.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-frenemies-most-likely-to-hurt-kids-20101002-161vb.html


Bullying, Suicide, Punishment
Tyler Clementi may have died from exposure in cyberspace. His roommate and 
another student, according to police, viewed Mr. Clementi?s intimate encounter 
with another man on a Webcam and streamed it onto the Internet. Mr. Clementi, an 
18-year-old violinist in his freshman year at Rutgers University, jumped off of 
the George Washington Bridge, and now the two face serious criminal charges, 
including invasion of privacy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/03/weekinreview/03schwartz.html

us: Cyberbullying Goes to College
The case of a Rutgers University student who committed suicide after his 
roommate allegedly posted secretly taped footage of him having a sexual 
encounter shows that cyberbullying isn?t just for middle-schoolers. And 
psychologists say colleges should do more to combat it.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/09/30/the-rutgers-students-suicide-cyberbullying-goes-to-college/


Cyber-bullying and social networking: an updated curriculum is urgently needed.
Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers student took his own life shortly after 
his college roomate and a friend posted a live webcam feed on the Internet of 
him having sex in his dorm room. His body was pulled from the Hudson River on 
Thursday.
http://communities.canada.com/VANCOUVERSUN/blogs/thecity/archive/2010/09/30/cyber-bullying-and-social-networking-an-updated-curriculum-is-urgently-needed.aspx


Gay suicide puts focus on cyber-bullying
The suicide of a first-year university student in the United States has shocked 
observers and raised more questions about cyber-bullying.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/02/3027943.htm

eu: Combating sexual abuse of children, child pornography
A new proposal on EU rules to combat child sexual abuse has stirred broad debate 
on whether blocking websites is an effective measure or not. MEPs on Wednesday 
shared opinions with experts on this and other issues included in the 
legislative proposal which aims to tackle these horrendous crimes against 
children through prevention, prosecution and protection.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/public/story_page/017-83670-270-09-40-902-20100927STO83658-2010-27-09-2010/default_en.htm


Anti-Bullying Resources for Parents and Teachers
Note to Parents and Teachers: CNN Student News has compiled the following tips, 
discussion questions, videos, articles and online resources that can be used to 
address bullying with students.
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/studentnews/09/30/antibullying.resource/

How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Facebook
Your children are probably spending more time on Facebook than you are. Here's 
how to protect them from predators, their peers, and themselves.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/206683/.html

uk: IWF Awareness Day ? 7 October 2010 
The IWF Awareness Day will be taking place on 7th October this year to help 
raise awareness of the work of the IWF.
http://www.ispa.org.uk/news/page_869.html#5

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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Downloads are not performances, rules US court
A music download is not a performance of a work and therefore does not demand an 
additional licence and fee, a US court has ruled. A stream of a file is a 
performance, though, the court said.
http://out-law.com/page-11406

YouTube to Pay Royalties to French Composers
Google Inc.'s YouTube struck a deal Thursday with France's biggest music-rights 
body to pay composers when their songs are viewed on the video-sharing website.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704483004575523713129048530.html

Porn studios to subpoena accused file sharers
The latest wave of copyright litigation against illegal file sharing was ignited 
by indie filmmakers, including the producers of "The Hurt Locker."
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20018358-261.html

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Microsoft files lawsuit over Android
Microsoft has mounted an indirect legal attack on Google over its highly 
successful Android smartphone operating system, accusing handset maker Motorola 
of patent infringement for including the software in its own devices.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/8b1ecaa2-cdb2-11df-9c82-00144feab49a.html

Microsoft Activates Android Lawsuit Against Motorola
Microsoft joined the Android lawsuit club on Friday, accusing Motorola of patent 
infringements.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/01/microsoft-activates-android-lawsuit-against-motorola/


Microsoft sues Motorola over Android phones
Microsoft Corp. filed a lawsuit against Motorola on Friday, saying the 
smartphone maker had infringed on nine patents in its Android-based devices.
http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/01/technology/microsoft_motorola/

Microsoft sues Motorola over Android phones
Microsoft Corp sued Motorola Inc, alleging patent infringement on the handset 
maker's line of Android phones, in the latest development in a web of legal 
actions in the evolving smartphone business.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6905RN20101001
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-51885420101001

Microsoft hopes to bury iPhone, Android
Last month, a few hundred Microsoft Corp employees acted out their fantasy with 
a mock funeral for Apple Inc's iPhone at its Redmond, Washington campus.
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-51887620101001

FCC changes position on cell phone radiation and safety guidelines
The Federal Communications Commission has updated its views on cellphone safety 
in a move criticized by a public interest group for downplaying the potential 
risks that radio frequencies could pose to users.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/09/fcc_changes_guidelines_on_cell.html


Google Android apps found to be sharing data
Some of the most popular apps written for Google's Android phones do not tell 
users what data they are gathering, says a study by US researchers.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11443111

Is Your Android Phone Spying on You?
Got an Android phone? Installed apps from the Android Market? Congratulations, 
you have been named the Mayor of We Know Where You Went and What You Did Last 
Week. ... While this study was limited to Android apps, the problem is not. I 
expect to hear a lot more about other apps slurping up GPS and handset 
information, either accidentally or deliberately, on other handset platforms. 
The reason we're hearing about Android first is that Android is open source and 
easier for researchers to access.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/206710/.html

Many Android apps leak user privacy data
A recent test of prototype security code for Android phones found that 15 of 30 
free Android Market applications sent users' private information to remote 
advertising servers, without the users being aware of what was being sent or to 
whom. In some cases, the user's location data was sent as often as every 30 
seconds.
http://www.itworld.com/security/122438/many-android-apps-leak-user-privacy-data

India rejects RIM corporate email solution - report
India's telecommunications ministry has rejected a solution offered by Research 
In Motion for its BlackBerry corporate email services, and it has not been able 
to access chats on the messenger service either, the Economic Times reported on 
Friday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6900FP20101001
http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-51862920101001

Developers See Strategic Advantage in Using Google Android Over Apple iOS 
Long-Term [news release]
Appcelerator, the leading platform for rapidly developing native mobile, 
desktop, and iPad applications using Web technologies, and industry-leading 
analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC), today announced results from 
a joint Appcelerator-IDC survey of nearly 2,400 app developers around the world. 
The survey reveals developer plans to build applications for various mobile and 
tablet platforms, as well as their preferences for popular mobile APIs. 
Appcelerator also announced that it has entered into a partnership with IDC to 
deepen the level and quality of research conducted in Appcelerator?s quarterly 
reports.
http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS22509710

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SPAM
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Spam organisation launches whitelist of safe email senders
Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus has opened a 'whitelist' of internet domains and 
addresses that are unlikely ever to send spam, or unsolicited commercial email. 
The list is in addition to Spamhaus's existing 'blacklist' of domains likely to 
send spam.
http://out-law.com/default.aspx?page=11405

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ONLINE CRIME, SECURITY & LEGAL
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In Stuxnet Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue
Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing 
Iran?s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the 
Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot 
to destroy them.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/world/middleeast/30worm.html

The meaning of Stuxnet: A sophisticated ?cyber-missile? highlights the 
potential-and limitations-of cyberwar
It has been described as ?amazing?, ?groundbreaking? and ?impressive? by 
computer-security specialists. The Stuxnet worm, a piece of software that 
infects industrial-control systems, is remarkable in many ways. Its unusual 
complexity suggests that it is the work of a team of well-funded experts, 
probably with the backing of a national government, rather than rogue hackers or 
cyber-criminals (see article). It is designed to infect a particular 
configuration of a particular type of industrial-control system?in other words, 
to disrupt the operation of a specific process or plant. The Stuxnet outbreak 
has been concentrated in Iran, which suggests that a nuclear facility in that 
country was the intended target.
http://www.economist.com/node/17147862

Stuxnet worm heralds new era of global cyberwar
The memory sticks were scattered in a washroom at a US military base in the 
Middle East that was providing support for the Iraq war. They were deliberately 
infected with a computer worm, and the undisclosed foreign intelligence agency 
behind the operation was counting on the fallibility of human nature. According 
to those familiar with the events, it calculated that a soldier would pick up 
one of the memory sticks, pocket it and ? against regulations ? eventually plug 
it into a military laptop.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/sep/30/stuxnet-worm-new-era-global-cyberwar


Computer virus drains millions from bank accounts
Attackers e-mailed out malware that captured victims' user names and passwords 
as they logged in to online bank accounts. Almost $4 million was stolen from 
victims throughout the U.S.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cyber-scam-20101001,0,4882844.story

British police chief warns of rise in cyber crime
Britain is facing a rising tide of online crime such as bank fraud committed by 
computer hackers, the country's most senior policeman has warned.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8038736/Police-chief-warns-of-rise-in-cyber-crime.html


E-crime detectives as vital as bobbies on beat by Sir Paul Stephenson, 
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
A thinly-stretched team of police experts is tackling the fast-growing problem 
of cyber crime, according to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8038731/E-crime-detectives-as-vital-as-bobbies-on-beat.html


More than 100 arrests, as FBI uncovers cyber crime ring
The FBI says it has cracked a major international cyber crime network after more 
than 90 suspected members of the ring were arrested in the US.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11457611

Cyber Banking Fraud: Global Partnerships Lead to Major Arrests [news release]
The cyber thieves were smart. Instead of targeting corporations and large banks 
that had state-of-the-art online security, they went after the accounts of 
medium-sized companies, towns, and even churches. Before they were caught, 
members of the theft ring managed to steal $70 million.
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/oct10/cyber_100110.html

$70 million cyber crime exposed by US and European police
Law enforcement agencies in the US and Europe are tracking down international 
cyber criminals who stole $70 million (?44 million) by using a computer virus 
that captured passwords and account details.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/8038233/70-million-cyber-crime-exposed-by-US-and-European-police.html


FBI says cyber-thieves stole $70 million [AP]
The FBI and law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, the Netherlands and Britain are 
tracking down international cyber criminals who stole $70 million by using 
malicious software that captured passwords and account numbers to log onto 
online bank accounts.
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/fbi-says-cyberthieves-stole-70-million-20101002-161ff.html

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/fbi-says-cyberthieves-stole-70-million-20101002-161ff.html


Dozens charged in global computer virus scam [AP]
Hackers in eastern Europe who used computer viruses to steal usernames and 
passwords teamed up with foreign students who opened bank accounts in the US to 
snatch at least $3 million from American bank accounts, authorities said in 
announcing charges against more than 80 people.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10677379

US Charges 60 in Connection With the Zeus Trojan [IDG]
U.S. authorities have charged more than 60 people in connection with the 
money-stealing Zeus Trojan program, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/206655/.html

Security: A code explodes
Sitting in his office in Hamburg, Ralph Langner, a German information technology 
specialist, recalls the moment when he came across the Stuxnet computer worm. ?I 
have to tell you, my jaw dropped,? he says. ?I have been in the computer 
consultancy business for 20 years. I have always warned clients that something 
like this might appear. But I did not expect that I would end up seeing 
something so sophisticated, so aggressive, so dangerous.?
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fcce9b76-cd8c-11df-9c82-00144feab49a.html

Cyber Storm III: a war on trust
Australia is at war with her allies, and will have to defend herself from the 
military might of the world's most powerful nations. But no shots will be fired, 
nor blood shed, as the third incantation of the international online war game 
Cyber Storm kicked off today.
http://www.zdnet.com.au/cyber-storm-iii-a-war-on-trust-339306307.htm

In cyber war 'you're on your own': Australian government [AAP]
A senior bureaucrat has warned big business it would have to defend itself if a 
major cyber attack hit Australia.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/in-cyber-war-youre-on-your-own-government-20101001-160ni.html

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/in-cyber-war-youre-on-your-own-government-20101001-160ni.html


International cyber security exercise: Cyber Storm III [news release]
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today launched Cyber Storm III ? a major 
international cyber security exercise which will simulate cyber attacks 
targeting critical infrastructure and other nationally important systems and 
services.
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/www/ministers/mcclelland.nsf/Page/MediaReleases_2010_ThirdQuarter_29September2010-InternationalcybersecurityexerciseCyberStormIII


Commission to boost Europe's defences against cyber-attacks
The European Commission today unveiled two new measures to ensure that Europe 
can defend itself from attacks against its key information (IT) systems. A 
proposal for a Directive to deal with new cyber crimes, such as large-scale 
cyber attacks, is complemented by a proposal for a Regulation to strengthen and 
modernise the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=6190


Commission to boost Europe's defences against cyber-attacks [news release]
The European Commission today unveiled two new measures to ensure that Europe 
can defend itself from attacks against its key information (IT) systems. A 
proposal for a Directive to deal with new cyber crimes, such as large-scale 
cyber attacks, is complemented by a proposal for a Regulation to strengthen and 
modernise the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The two 
initiatives are foreseen by the Digital Agenda for Europe and the Stockholm 
Programme to boost trust and network security (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and 
MEMO/10/200). Under the proposed Directive, the perpetrators of cyber attacks 
and the producers of related and malicious software could be prosecuted, and 
would face heavier criminal sanctions. Member States would be also obliged to 
quickly respond to urgent requests for help in the case of cyber-attacks, 
rendering European justice and police cooperation in this area more effective. 
Strengthening and modernising ENISA would also help the EU, Member States and 
private stakeholders develop their capabilities and preparedness to prevent, 
detect and respond to cyber-security challenges. Both proposals will be 
forwarded to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for 
adoption.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/10/459

Proposal for a Directive on attacks against information systems, repealing 
Framework Decision 2005/222/JHA
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/10/463

EU unveils plan to strengthen cybersecurity efforts
Fear of cybercrime is preventing as many as 150 million Europeans from using the 
Internet, according to Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/093010-eu-unveils-plan-to-strengthen.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/206661/.html
http://www.cio.de/index.cfm?pid=156&pk=2249264

au: Cyber breaches investigated by Defence
Defence investigated about 250 ''serious, sophisticated'' cyber intrusions into 
government networks in the first eight months of the year, and the threat is so 
severe the department is considering designating cyberspace as a fifth domain of 
warfare.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/cyber-breaches-investigated-by-defence-20100930-15zds.html

http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/cyber-breaches-investigated-by-defence-20100930-15zds.html


It's The Start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Today kicks-off the first day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which 
is a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone ? from consumers 
and schools to businesses and government agencies -- to better protect 
themselves and stay safe online.
http://pir.org/blog/2010/ncsa

The 17 Most Dangerous Places on the Web
Those photos of Jessica Alba may be murder on your PC. That Google search result 
that looks as if it answers all your questions may do nothing but create a 
serious tech headache. The fun you had watching that hilarious video you 
downloaded may not be worth the misery it can cause your system.
http://www.itworld.com/internet/121987/the-17-most-dangerous-places-web

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PRIVACY
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EU Commission takes UK to court over web privacy
The European Commission is taking the UK to court for failing to comply with EU 
rules on internet privacy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11443734

Commission takes UK to court over alleged privacy law failings
The European Commission is taking the UK to court, claiming that UK law does not 
protect citizens' privacy as strongly as EU laws demand. The case centres on the 
UK Government's response to the Phorm web monitoring scandal.
http://out-law.com/page-11409

Digital Agenda: Commission refers UK to Court over privacy and personal data 
protection
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/1215

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CENSORSHIP
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Web Tastes Freedom Inside Syria, and It's Bitter
Earlier this month, a graphic video of teachers beating their young students 
appeared on Facebook. Although Facebook is officially banned here, the video 
quickly went viral, with Syrian bloggers stoking public anger until the story 
was picked up by the pan-Arab media.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/world/middleeast/30syria.html

Rise of the Online Autocrats: It turns out that the enemies of free expression 
are adept at the Internet, too.
The tweets started arriving in August, and they did not mince words. One of the 
first accused the South Korean government of being "a prostitute of the United 
States." The Twitter account, under the name "uriminzok," or "our nation," 
seemed to be part of a sprawling North Korean digital operation that included a 
Facebook account (registered as a man interested in "meeting other men," but 
solely for "networking purposes") and a series of YouTube videos meant to 
celebrate the might of the North Korean military.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704116004575522072016129094.html

Global Free Flow of Information on the Internet
The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force is examining issues 
related to the global free flow of information on the Internet and seeks public 
comment on government policies that restrict information flows on the Internet. 
Comments are due on or before November 15, 2010.
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/InternetPolicyTaskForce/gffi/FR_gffinoi_09292010.pdf

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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US Senator working on a privacy 'do-not-track' bill
The chairman of the Senate Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee is working 
on a bill aimed at giving consumers more control over whether their activities 
will be tracked on the Internet.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20101001_6529.php

COICA Censorship Bill Shelved... For Now
While there had been plans to move forward with a markup on the COICA censorship 
bill this week, it appears that those plans have been delayed, effectively 
shelving the bill for the time being. This should keep it off the agenda at 
least until after the elections, but you can expect it to come back before too 
long.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100930/13300411241/coica-censorship-bill-shelved-for-now.shtml


An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the Senate Judiciary Committee
Today, 87 prominent Internet engineers sent a joint letter the US Senate 
Judiciary Committee, declaring their opposition to the "Combating Online 
Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA). The text of the letter is below.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/09/open-letter

Even Without COICA, White House Asking Registrars To Voluntarily Censor 
'Infringing' Sites
While there's been increasing attention paid to the "Combating Online 
Infringement and Counterfeits Act" (COICA), the proposed law that would allow 
the government to require ISPs and registrars to block access to websites deemed 
to be "dedicated to infringing activities," it looks like the White House (which 
we had thought was against censoring the internet) appears to be working on a 
backup plan in case COICA doesn't pass. 

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100929/20293711230/even-without-coica-white-house-asking-registrars-to-voluntarily-censor-infringing-sites.shtml


Amendment Aims To Address Concerns With Online IP Bill
The Senate Judiciary Committee has drafted a substitute amendment aimed at 
addressing some of the concerns raised by technology and public interest groups 
about legislation targeting online piracy and counterfeiting.
http://techdailydose.nationaljournal.com/2010/09/amendment-aims-to-address-conc.php


Internet pioneers protest Senate anti-piracy bill
Some of the rock stars of Internet engineering (yes, they exist) on Tuesday 
protested a Senate bill aimed at fighting online piracy, saying the legislation 
could lead to censorship and destabilize the architecture of the Web.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/09/internet_pioneers_protest_sena.html


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MISCELLANEOUS
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nz: End of an era: Ernie Newman looks back
?Having been on a plane most of today, I got off to see the Google Mail previews 
show me the subject lines of emails, including one from Clare Curran saying 
Labour pays tribute to Ernie Newman. I thought to myself ? hell either Ernie is 
dead, or he has resigned.?
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/end-of-an-era-ernie-newman-looks-back

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Video calling reaches the living room
Skype and Microsoft to the fore in introducing couch-to-couch video calls as 
telepresence systems of corporate world become affordable for consumers
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9f999bc4-cf0b-11df-9be2-00144feab49a.html

The Difference Engine: Bigger than Wi-Fi
Have you ever wondered, if you are of an age with your correspondent, about 
those missing channels on old television sets? Apart from channel two, the rest 
of the original VHF channels on the dial were usually just the odd numbers from 
three to 13. That was because, in over-the-air VHF broadcasting, the channel 
between two analogue stations had to be left unused so that it would not 
interfere with adjacent ones. When UHF broadcasting came along, empty ?guard 
bands? were added to each channel for the same reason. In some places, this 
so-called ?white space? of unused frequencies separating working channels 
amounted to as much as 70% of the total bandwidth available for television 
broadcasting. 

http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2010/09/white-space_wireless

Singapore seeks stronger connection
Singapore has developed an advanced and reliable telecommunications 
infrastructure, and its government is strongly committed to making Singapore one 
of the most connected cities in the world. A high-quality, progressive 
telecommunications regulatory regime has resulted in a richly competitive 
market, and all restrictions on direct and indirect foreign ownership within the 
country?s telecom sector have been lifted.
http://www.broadband-europe.eu/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?ItemID=739

Thailand Proposes National Broadband Coverage
Thailand's Information and Communication Technology Ministry will present a 
draft national broadband policy to the cabinet in October, ICT Minister Chuti 
Krairiksh said Thursday.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704116004575523043550630702.html

?Two fibres per home? plan unveiled
Two fibres will run into every home under the ultrafast broadband deployment 
plan, John Greenhough, chief technical officer of Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH), 
told an audience at the recent Huawei Broadband Summit in Auckland.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/two-fibres-per-home-plan-unveiled

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de: Ex-Government Spokesman Spread Child Porn Investigation Rumors
A former government spokesman for the city-state of Hamburg has become entangled 
in a child porn scandal. He has admitted to spreading rumors about a manager at 
the New York branch of HSH Nordbank who the company's chief executive apparently 
wanted to get rid of.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,720264,00.html

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