[DNS] domain name news - 29 November

[DNS] domain name news - 29 November

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 20:09:29 -0800 (PST)
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Empirical Evidence for the Role of the Domain Name Itself in Website Performance 
by Karan Girotra & Karl T. Ulrich [INSEAD Working Paper]

Public Comment Requested on Draft 2011-2014 Strategic Plan

Challenges of new domain names under spotlight at gathering of ICC experts

The "Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook" is open for public comments - 
why is everybody so silent?

Registration Policies for .AU Domains Open for Public Consultation


Your opportunity to help shape the future of .au

auDA seeks public comment

How Should Australian Domain Name Rules Change?

Nominet proposes pulling websites on police suspicions of criminality

U.S. Shuts Down Web Sites in Piracy Crackdown

au: Government responds to cyber crime

au: Conroy responds to report on cyber crime

Top Level Domain to Capitalise on ICANN's New gTLD Introduction

Empirical Evidence for the Role of the Domain Name Itself in Website Performance 
by Karan Girotra & Karl T. Ulrich [INSEAD Working Paper]
Abstract: This paper provides the first large-scale empirical evidence of the 
association between specific properties of internet domain names and website 
performance. We analyze over one million internet domain names, linking their 
phonological and morphological attributes to the realized demand for their 
associated websites. We test hypotheses related to how the names sound, how they 
look, their ease of recall, and the likelihood that they will be typed 
correctly. We find that certain attributes of names are associated meaningfully 
and significantly with the demand realized by a website. The websites with the 
highest demand have names that are short, include dictionary words, avoid 
punctuation symbols, and use numerals. The use of phonemes associated with 
disgust is negatively associated with performance for most websites, but 
positively associated with performance for adult sites. Some of these results 
from the on-line world are likely to hold off line, while some are not. These 
findings can be used in conjunction with other criteria as part of the selection 
process for names.

More than Words: The Introduction of Internationalised Domain Names and the 
Reform of Generic Top-Level Domains at ICANN by Daithi Mac Sithigh 
[International Journal of Law & Information Technology/University of East Anglia 
Law School Working Paper]
Abstract: ICANN is assessed in this paper as having a special role in the 
development of the law of new media, recognising both the importance of its 
management of the global domain name system and how questions of institutional 
legitimacy have highlighted the lack of agreement on the role of law in the 
governance of the global Internet. In order to underline how ICANN's work 
relates to the regulation of the Internet and new media in particular., two 
particular issues are considered, both of which have been the subject of major 
announcements in 2009: (1) the facilitation of Internet multilingualism through 
IDNs and (2) an attempt to expand the gTLD system including prospect of 
dedicated gTLDs such as .xxx. In the case of internationalisation, it is argued 
that the question of internationalised domain names is best understood through 
its relation to historical processes of engagement between law, language and 


Public Comment Requested on Draft 2011-2014 Strategic Plan
ICANN produces a three-year Strategic Plan (reviewed and updated annually) and 
an annual Operating Plan. The planning year is made up of several parts:

Challenges of new domain names under spotlight at gathering of ICC experts
The impact of additional gTLDs to business were highlighted during a gathering 
of business experts at ICC headquarters earlier this week. Speaking at an ICC 
Commission on E-Business, IT and Telecoms (EBITT) meeting, guest speaker David 
Taylor, Partner, Hogan Lovells, pointed out that many companies are unaware of 
cybersquatting problems due to lack of monitoring. Citing several examples Mr 
Taylor told participants: ?The situation is complex today and is likely to get 
worse tomorrow.?

The "Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook" is open for public comments - 
why is everybody so silent?
On November 12th, ICANN published the "Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant 
Guidebook" (which you may call DAG5), which is open for public comment until the 
Dec 10 board meeting at the ICANN Cartegena Meeting.

Election race heats up for Internet users? ICANN Board seat
The first round of voting has taken place for what is an important and historic 
election: a voting seat on the board of ICANN for a representative of ordinary 
Internet users.

The End is Nearly in Sight for New gTLDs by Johnny Du
A little over two weeks from now the ICANN meeting in Cartagena de Indias will 
be over and, if ICANN has the courage of its convictions, the new gTLD program 
should be on the home stretch, heading towards its official May 30 launch. The 
ground rules will be clear, the process predictable, and applicants will be able 
to begin to implement their strategies with confidence. As Elvis Presley once 
sang, it will be a time for "a little less conversation, a little more action, 

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Registration Policies for .AU Domains Open for Public Consultation
Registration policies for .AU domain names are currently being reviewed by the 
2010 Names Policy Panel as part of the regular consultation process that takes 
place with the Australian community.


Your opportunity to help shape the future of .au
The .au Domain Administration (auDA) is currently seeking public comment on a 
range of policies relating to the management and operation of the Internet in 

auDA seeks public comment
If you want to have your say about some of the policies governing the .au 
namespace, auDA is especially open to your comments until January.

How Should Australian Domain Name Rules Change?
.au domains might cost more than their .com equivalents, but they clearly signal 
an Australian presence. auDA, which sets Australian domain name rules, is 
weighing up a number of changes, including possible changes to registration 
policies and the introduction of single-letter domain names, and it wants your 

PC Solidarity helps another 15,000 people with the Internet
The colaboration between Close the Gap and DNS.be is bearing yet more fruit. PC 
Solidarity continues to work towards closing the digital divide and last week it 
provided 70 Belgian organisations with access to the Internet. Since the 
programme was founded in 2008, the meter has ticked over to a total of 4,500 PCs 
provided to 350 organisations.

Improved Security for .CH Domains
Swiss websites will are more secure following moves by the registry, SWITCH, to 
introduce new and improved security measures from 25 November to help prevent 
the spread of malicious software on websites using .CH domain names.

NIC Chile installs a new name server for .CL in Peru
NIC Chile informs that a new dedicated server providing DNS service for .CL 
domain names is now in operation. Located in Lima, it belongs to an anycast 
cloud, under direct control of NIC Chile. The server is hosted by "Red 
Cient?fica Peruana", the .PE operator.

de: 4th DNSSEC Testbed Meeting on 24 November 2010 ? DNSSEC in the Practice
The central topics of the meeting on 24 November 2010 in Frankfurt am Main will 
be the current status of the DNSSEC testbed and available tools and services all 
around DNSSEC.

.eu Q3 2010 report marks growth milestones [news release]
EURid, the registry for the .eu TLD, issued today its quarterly progress report 
for Q3 2010, presenting important .eu registration milestones during the 

Win with your .eu domain name this Christmas - .eu Christmas competition starts 
on 25 November [news release]
Register a .eu domain name between 25 November and 25 December 2010 and stand 
the chance to win one of 100 iPod Touches.

AFNIC publishes 2010 French Domain Name Industry Report [news release]
For the fourth year running, AFNIC has published its French Domain Name Industry 
Report. Produced in partnership with T?l?com Sud Paris, this new, complete and 
extremely detailed edition, highlights items such as the comfortable growth this 
year of some 21% in the .fr TLD, the development in the secondary market for 
domain names, or the signature of the .fr zone with DNSSEC last September.

.fr domain name registrations up 21 percent on last year
There was a 21 percent increase in the number of .fr domain name registrations 
in the year to September, according to TLD name registry Afnic.

The AFNIC Board of Directors discusses the Association's strategic guidelines 
for 2015 and approves the Action Plan for 2011
Having noted the progress report of AFNIC over the last six months, the Board 
discussed various strategic options for the Association on the 2015 time-scale 
and identified the main issues involved. Approval of this strategy is planned 
for early 2011.

First Domain Name Industry Report Published by IEDR
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland?s official 
internet address .ie, today published its inaugural Domain Name Industry report, 
marking the Registry?s 10th anniversary. The report provides the first account 
of its kind in Ireland of the .ie namespace and the Irish domain market. It is 
set in the context of the global domain name market and Ireland?s Internet 
ecosystem, and will be published annually as a resource for Internet industry 
leaders and policy makers.

IEDR creates ?100k fund to boost SME e-commerce
While 66pc of Irish businesses have a web presence, a shockingly low 21pc of 
these have e-commerce functionality. This is up just 3pc since 2000. To counter 
this and inspire activity, the .ie Domain Registry has created a ?100,000 fund.

pl: Q3 on the domain market
The statistical data presented in the NASK Report on .pl domain name 
registrations in Q3 this year may be summed up with a single statement: it was a 
period of sustained, stable growth.

Open War for the ?? Domain. FAS was really FAST!
The National Cyrillic Domain has managed to become a real scandal generator as 
early as at the stage of Sunrise Registration. It started from registration of a 
pair of dozens of .?? domains by a quickwitted CETIS company, which has allotted 
"????.??" for "ladies? handbags" under absolutely lawful grounds.

Recent Developments in the .?? Domains Public Registration
Public registration of .?? domains started on November 11, 2010. On that day, 
RU-CENTER registered domains according to the preorders submitted by the 
company's clients in the period from September 21 to November 10, 2010. In 
total, RU-CENTER received about 135 thousand of preorders for public 
registration of .?? domains.

rf: Will a Russian domain sell for more than Sex.com?
The scandal-hit Russian domain name market may yet produce some of the most 
expensive domain name sales of all time. Premium .?? generics are already 
attracting eight-figure bids.

Russian Cyrillic IDN Launch An Unprecedented Success
The launch of the Russian Cyrillic internationalised domain name .?? (.RF - 
Russian Federation or ?????????? ????????? in Cyrillic) shows what a success 
they are since ICANN began its Fast Track approval process.

RNIDS initiated public discussion on Rule book for registering Cyrillic domain 
The Serbian National Register of Internet Domain Names (RNIDS) has initiated on 
its forum (forum.rnids.rs) a public discussion on the Proposal of rules and 
processes for registering the Cyrillic domain ?.????.

uk: Police seek powers to shut websites
The police are seeking powers to shut down websites deemed to be engaged in 
"criminal" activity. The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has tabled a 
plan for Nominet, which oversees .uk web addresses, to be given the domain 
closing power.

Nominet proposes pulling websites on police suspicions of criminality
The body responsible for running the .uk domain is considering changing its 
terms and conditions to give police more power to demand that domain names be 
cut off from the internet.

uk: Dealing with domain names used in connection with criminal activity
Nominet does not currently have any clear obligation in its registrant Terms and 
Conditions that a domain name should not be used in connection with any activity 
that would constitute an offence under UK Criminal law. The group will discuss 
whether proposals should be put forward to change Nominet?s Terms and Conditions 
to give a contractual basis to suspend domains where Nominet has reasonable 
grounds to believe they are being used to commit a crime (e.g. a request from an 
identified UK Law Enforcement Agency)

Nominet considering letting police close down websites
UK domain name registry Nominet is considering allowing the Police to close down 
websites that are being used for criminal activity.

UK registry to clarify domain name suspension rules
The U.K.'s domain name registry is examining its policies around suspending 
domain names, a move occasionally undertaken in order to prevent criminal 
activity on the Internet.

Nominet could get formal powers to close criminal sites
The .uk registry Nominet could soon be given powers to shut down sites suspected 
of criminal activity, after changes to its terms and conditions were proposed by 
the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

U.S. Shuts Down Web Sites in Piracy Crackdown
In what appears to be the latest phase of a far-reaching federal crackdown on 
online piracy of music and movies, the Web addresses of a number of sites that 
facilitate illegal file-sharing were seized this week by Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

U.S. Agency Seizes Sites Suspected of Piracy, Counterfeiting
Federal authorities have shut down more than 70 websites in one the broadest 
actions yet against companies the government suspects of selling counterfeit or 
pirated products.

U.S. seizes sites linked to copyright infringement
The U.S. government has launched a major crackdown on online copyright 
infringement, seizing dozens of sites linked to illegal file sharing and 
counterfeit goods.

U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Search Engine Domain and More
Following on the heels of this week?s domain seizure of a large hiphop 
file-sharing links forum, it?s clear today that the U.S. Government has been 
very busy. Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized the domain of a 
BitTorrent meta-search engine along with those belonging to other music linking 
sites and several others which appear to be connected to physical counterfeit 

Register.com settles Baidu domain hijacking lawsuit
Register.com has apologised to Chinese portal company Baidu for allowing its 
domain, baidu.com, to be hijacked by the Iranian Cyber Army hacker group.

au: Government responds to cyber crime
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and the Minister for Broadband, 
Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today tabled the 
Australian Government?s response to the report of the House of Representatives 
Standing Committee on Communications, Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling 
the Problem of Cyber Crime.

au: Conroy responds to report on cyber crime
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, and Minister for Broadband, Communications 
and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, have backed a standing 
committee report on cyber crime.


So, when is the U.S. Government going to seize the Google domain?
One of the most worrisome things is happening on the web right now and with 
increasing frequency. Domains are being seized by the U.S. Department of Justice 
and Department of Homeland Security under the auspices of ICE. Not only are they 
being seized but it is happening without any notification but also apparently 
with the assistance of ICANN.

Court Date set for Kentucky Internet Gambling Case
The case in Kentucky that made national news back in September 2008 where it was 
announced that 141 domain names for gambling sites were being seized without due 
process by this Commonwealth state is back in the news.

Congress Passes Web Censorship Bill, Two Hip-Hop Sites Shut Down
Congress finally hammered out a bill on last Thursday (November 18), called the 
Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which would empower 
the government to take action against websites offering unauthorized copyrighted 
or counterfeit content.

Top Level Domain Holdings Proposed Placing
The Board of Top Level Domain Holdings (?TLDH? or the ?Company?) is excited 
about the prospects for the Company now that ICANN has approved the timeline for 
the introduction of new gTLDs. ... The Company intends to raise approximately ?3 
million by way of a market placing of new ordinary shares of no par value 
(?Ordinary Shares?) with existing and new shareholders at an indicative placing 
price of 6.5p per new Ordinary Share (the ?Placing Shares?).

Top Level Domain to Capitalise on ICANN's New gTLD Introduction
Top Level Domain Holdings plans to raise about ?3m via a placing at 6.5p a share 
to take advantage of the introduction of new gTLDs, the board of the company has 


Minds + Machines to raise $4.7m for new TLDs
Top Level Domain Holdings plans to raise ?3 million ($4.7 million) in a stock 
sale to help finance the TLD aspirations of its main business, Minds + Machines.

NRO Response to the questionnaire on improvements to the IGF
What do you consider the most important achievements of the first five IGF 
meetings? The first five years of the IGF were successful in establishing an 
agenda for discussion of the most relevant issues in Internet Governance within 
a comprehensive multistakeholder environment. The period produced significant 
progress in identifying the pieces of the Internet governance puzzle: what the 
issues and categories are, and what the most pressing dilemmas of Internet 
Governance are and will be. Of particular importance, IGF revealed the 
cross-cutting themes in Internet governance and comprehensively mapped the 
ecosystem of relevant actors and stakeholders. The IGF?s multistakeholder 
environment, in particular, has enabled those who may not have been aware of 
cross-cutting issues relevant to them, to begin to actively engage in these 
issues and find solutions as needed.

Why I Am Not Worried About Domain Name Seizures
There have been a surprising number of mainstream articles regarding the United 
States? Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the Department 
of Homeland Security. Apparently, ICE seized the domain names of alleged file 
sharing websites without any type of notice to them. In fact, I can?t remember 
the last time I received so many ?did you see this? emails/phone calls from 
friends who aren?t in the business.

Sedo Completes Biggest Domain Sale Ever Reported as Sex.com Closes at $13 
This will go down as a landmark week in domain history. Sex.com has officially 
changed hands for $13 million in the largest cash domain sale ever reported. 
After a three-month search Sedo.com broker Jeff Gabriel found a buyer - Clover 
Holdings - for the domain on behalf of Escom who had to let it go in accordance 
with an order issued by the United States Bankuptcy Court for the Central 
District of California.

Gambling.com Domain Name For Sale
Media Corp, an online advertising and domain name firm, announced that they 
would be putting the sought-after ?Gambling.com? domain name up for auction. 
Sedo GmbH, a German online domain name brokerage company, will facilitate the 
auction. Observers expect the winning bid for the popular web site name to 
exceed US$10 million.

Domain Names Continue As Good Investment, Latest Sedo Study Finds
Domain names continue to be a good investment with median and average sales 
continue to increase according to Sedo?s Q3 2010 Domain Market Study. In the 
quarter there were 10,085 sales, a 1.58 per cent increase from the same period a 
year earlier (10,070 sales), worth $24.5 million, averaging $2,033 per domain.

Ben Mezrich, Author of "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook" 
Speaks at DOMAINfest Global 2011 [news release]
DomainSponsor?, the domain monetization division of Oversee.net?, announced 
today that Ben Mezrich will be interviewed by Jeff Kupietzky, CEO and President 
of Oversee.net at the fifth annual DOMAINfest Global? (DFG) event, scheduled for 
February 1-3, 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif. Mezrich has created his own highly 
addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses 
who become wealthy against tremendous odds while skirting the edges of morality.

OECD: Outlook for ICT industry improving: 3-4% growth in 2010
The OECD Information Technology Outlook 2010 shows that the ICT sector has fared 
better than many other sectors during this economic crisis. It shows a clear 
shift in most OECD countries away from ICT manufacturing toward ICT services, 
which now comprise 80% of ICT-sector value added. This new edition looks at 
global trends in ICT goods production and services provision, trade, employment 
and skills, digital content and green growth applications. A chapter on 
government policies concludes the analysis.

The Local Frontiers of the Global Internet by William H. Dutton [Oxford Internet 
Institute, University of Oxford]
Abstract: The global reach of digital technologies (ICTs) centred around the 
Internet is enabling individuals to network with information and people anywhere 
in the world. The worldwide span of this network of networks generates the risk 
of undermining local ?real? community relationships. However, this paper 
summarizes evidence showing that emerging information and communication 
technologies (ICTs), such as online social networking, are also being widely 
used to enable new forms of interaction that can build stronger social 
relationships, locally and globally. The main practical and policy challenges to 
fostering an appropriate balance between local and global outcomes of such new 
media are highlighted.

The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world
A generation of political activists have been transformed by new tools developed 
on the internet. Here, a leading net commentator profiles seven young radicals 
from around the world

au: CSIRO experiments with 'no email' day to explore new forms of collaboration 
and communication
The CSIRO is undertaking an experiment few commercial organisations would dare 
to consider ? switching off email for an entire day.

Video, newspapers aim to avoid music fate
Media executives, under siege from Web-based distribution that promises 
television shows, news and movies for little to nothing, are striving to protect 
lucrative business models while avoiding the bleak fate of the music and 
newspaper industries.

'Crush fetishists' cause online outrage in China [AFP]
A group of "crush fetishists" has caused an online storm in China after 
uploading graphic videos showing attractive young Chinese women crushing small 


Gartner Says Cloud Computing Heralds An Evolution of Business, No Less 
Influential than the Era of E-Business [news release]
After many years of germination, the core ideas at the heart of cloud computing 
? pay for use, mulitenancy, external services ? appear to be resonating more 
strongly for more people, according to Gartner, Inc.

us: Girls Play Down Intelligence and Kindness Online
Teenage girls present a different image to the world online than they do in 
person, a new survey shows.

us: Justin Bieber Speaks Out Against Bullying
Child sensation Justin Bieber knows how it feels when you are bullied. And that 
is probably why he has taken a stand against the practice which is a quite a 
common sight in today?s America.

What Your Child's Facebook Addiction Says About Your Parenting Style
Drugs, unprotected sex, drinking, bullying, smoking -- the list of parental 
worries often seems endless. And just when you think you have all the potential 
problem areas covered, your child or teen suddenly seems "addicted" to Facebook 
and other online social media sites. Is that even possible?

Pirate Bay co-founders lose appeal
The Pirate Bay's co-founders today lost their appeal against convictions for 
encouraging illegal filesharing, and have had their collective fine increased by 
$2m (?1.3m) to $6.5m (?4.1m).

Pirate Bay founders lose appeal
Three founders of The Pirate Bay have lost an appeal against a conviction for 
illegally sharing copyrighted content.

Court Revises Pirate Bay Ruling
In the ongoing copyright battle between entertainment companies and file-sharing 
"pirates," a Swedish appeals court Friday upheld the conviction of the men 
behind The Pirate Bay while revising their sentences.

Swedish judge confirms Pirate Bay convictions on appeal [IDG]
Three men found guilty of being accessories to crimes against copyright law for 
their part in running The Pirate Bay have lost their appeal, while a fourth man 
still awaits trial.


Pirate Bay activists lose court appeal in Sweden
A Swedish appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling against three men behind file 
sharing website Pirate Bay, cutting their prison sentences and raising the fine.

Pirate Bay co-founders lose appeal
The co-founders of file sharing website Pirate Bay lost an appeal against 
convictions for encouraging illegal filesharing, and have had their collective 
fine increased by ?1.3m to ?4.1m.

Is your smartphone making you sick?
Keep your flash new mobile phone in your pocket and you risk "serious harm", 
according to the maker of the BlackBerry, while Apple admits its iPhone can 
exceed exposure guidelines.






Switzerland aims to sell mobile frequencies in 2011
Switzerland could net several hundred million Swiss francs from an auction of 
new frequencies for mobile phones in the first half of 2011, Communications 
Commission Secretary Peter Baer said on Friday.

FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges That Public Relations Firm Used 
Misleading Online Endorsements to Market Gaming Apps [news release]
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a 
final order settling charges that Reverb Communications, Inc., and its owner, 
Tracie Snitker, engaged in deceptive advertising. Reverb and Snitker had 
employees pose as ordinary consumers posting game reviews at the online iTunes 
store, and did not disclose that the reviews came from paid employees working on 
behalf of the developers, according to the FTC complaint.

UN official stresses role of information technology for development at Lima 
forum [news release]
Information and communications technology (ICT) has a vital role to play in 
advancing economic development, a senior United Nations official told the 
opening of a regional conference in Lima, Peru, today.

Asia-Pacific States agree to set up regional broadband connectivity framework ? 
UN [news release]
In an effort to harness the rapid developments in mobile telecommunications 
services to enhance broadband access, countries in Asia and the Pacific agreed 
today at a United Nations-backed meeting to set up a framework for regional 

uk: Clippings service users must pay to access web links, says High Court
Customers of news monitoring services must have a licence from newspapers to 
receive emailed material from clippings services, the High Court has said. Using 
clippings services without a licence is copyright infringement, the Court has 

How taste for high life led public schoolboy to set up multi-million pound 
internet crime site
It was the biggest criminal website British police had ever uncovered, with a 
membership comprising cyber villains from across the globe.

A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web
... The story of DecorMyEyes suggests that 15 years after the birth of online 
commerce, the Internet is still strewn with trap doors, and that when consumers 
take a tumble, they are pretty much on their own. Mr. Borker is skilled at 
tunneling under the few obstacles in his way, but he has hardly been hiding. 
With a few tweaks and added vigilance from an array of companies and public 
institutions that are supposed to monitor e-commerce thuggery, Mr. Borker?s 
approach to retail might be impossible to sustain.

EFF Tool Offers New Protection Against 'Firesheep'
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new version of HTTPS 
Everywhere, a security tool that offers enhanced protection for Firefox browser 
users against "Firesheep" and other exploits of webpage security flaws.

Wikileaks 'hacked ahead of secret US document release'
Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks says it has come under attack from a 
computer-hacking operation, ahead of a release of secret US documents.

au: Government responds to cyber crime
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and the Minister for Broadband, 
Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today tabled the 
Australian Government?s response to the report of the House of Representatives 
Standing Committee on Communications, Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling 
the Problem of Cyber Crime.

au: Conroy responds to report on cyber crime
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, and Minister for Broadband, Communications 
and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, have backed a standing 
committee report on cyber crime.


au: Govt stays ISP zombie laws
A peak Australian technology body has welcomed the Federal Government's decision 
to not force internet service providers (ISPs) to disconnect the infected 
computers of its customers as part of its response to a Senate committee report 
into online security threats.

au: ISPs sign up en mass for botnet industry code: IIA
Internet service providers (ISPs) representing some 80 per cent of the 
Australian market have signed on to the Internet Industry Alliance?s (IIA) 
iCode, set to officially launch this week, according to the industry body?s 
chief executive, Peter Coroneos.

au: icode to commence 1 December 2010 [news release]
The Internet Industry Association in conjunction with the Minister for 
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy and 
the Federal Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, launched a new voluntary code 
of practice on 6 June 2010 for Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to 
improve cybersecurity for all consumers.

uk: Talk Talk to introduce controversial virus alert system
Talk Talk is launching trials of a controversial anti-malware system following 
intervention by the Information Commissioner (ICO).

pk: For Women, Cyber Crimes Are All Too Real [IPS]
The Grade 10 student was first drugged, and then four men raped her. The group 
then apparently tried to extort money from her family. When the family filed a 
complaint with the police instead, the extortionists in October then posted a 
cellphone video of her whole ordeal on the Internet.

ae: TRA Organizes Workshop for Female Students and Mothers [news release]
In correlation with the strategy of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority 
(TRA) that aims at achieving a secure cyber environment, the UAE Computer 
Emergency Response Team ? a TRA initiative ? is set to organize two workshops 
for female students and mothers at the Al Ebdaa School of Dubai. The first 
workshop took place on October 26, 2010 for students and the other workshop on 
November 23, 2010 for mothers.

Egypt's court overturns telecom news monitoring
A Cairo court on Saturday overturned the Egyptian telecoms regulator's decision 
to monitor news feeds on mobile phones ahead of elections, Egypt's official news 
agency MENA said on Saturday.

de: Merkel's Government Squabbles over Data Retention
Terror warnings in Germany have triggered a new debate on the country's data 
protection laws -- and revealed yet another fracture in Chancellor Merkel's 
government. The Justice Ministry and the Interior Ministry are at odds, and the 
fronts are hardening.

France plans to introduce new 'Google tax'
The French Senate has approved a new tax on online advertising services offered 
by Internet giants such as Google. But critics say the plan misses the point and 
burdens domestic companies instead.

EFF Calls on European Commission to Protect Internet Users? Rights by Requiring 
Court Order Before ISP Takedowns
To provide greater protection for Internet users? freedom of expression and 
privacy rights, EFF recommended that the European Commission (EC) should 
preserve limitations on liability for Internet intermediaries and clarify that 
Internet intermediaries should not be considered to have ?actual knowledge? 
requiring them to takedown content unless they have received a court order or 
notification in comments filed recently as part of the EC's long-awaited public 
consultation on the workability of the 2000 EU eCommerce Directive.

ACTA comes one step closer to existence
A vote in the European Parliament yesterday (24 November) signalled that a 
controversial international trade agreement to tackle counterfeiting, known as 
ACTA, has moved one step closer to ratification, raising concerns among Internet 
service providers (ISPs).

us: Reopening of Comment Period: Department of Commerce?s Internet Policy Task 
The Department of Commerce?s Internet Policy Task Force announces that the 
closing deadline for submission of comments responsive to the October 5, 2010 
Notice of Inquiry on copyright policy and innovation in the Internet economy has 
been reopened and will extend until December 10, 2010.

au: Govt stays ISP zombie laws
A peak Australian technology body has welcomed the Federal Government's decision 
to not force internet service providers (ISPs) to disconnect the infected 
computers of its customers as part of its response to a Senate committee report 
into online security threats.

Who's Afraid of Apple, Google, Facebook?
Timothy Wu says we should be alarmed by the monopoly powers accumulated by 
Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Skype, Twitter, Apple, and eBay. Why he's wrong

nz: Fry Up: Twitter fest
... Then again, we aren?t members. It?s not a Groucho thing - it?s just we don?t 
join a lot of clubs. Even when the fee is as cheap as chips like at InternetNZ. 
According to board member Lance Wiggs, who commented on the Computerworld story 
about the NZCS court case, it only costs $21 to join InternetNZ.

Broadband in Europe speeding up
Broadband speeds in Europe have risen sharply in only a year, suggest official 
EC figures. In July 2010, 29% of broadband lines in Europe ran at speeds of at 
least 10 Mbps, revealed Commission research.

EU Broadband Take-up Pulls Ahead of US, but Speeds Still Low [IDG]
European countries are outstripping the U.S. in terms of broadband take-up, but 
their broadband connections don't match the speeds of those in Asian countries.

Digital Agenda: broadband speeds increasing but Europe must do more [news 
Broadband connections in Europe are much faster than one year ago according to 
statistics published today by the European Commission. In July 2010 29% of EU 
broadband lines had speeds of at least 10 megabits per second (Mbps) (up from 
15% one year earlier).Broadband take up continues to grow in the EU with 25.6 
subscriptions for every 100 citizens (23.9 one year earlier). Annual growth in 
mobile broadband is remarkable at 45%, with 6 mobile broadband dedicated access 
devices (usb-keys or dongles) per 100 citizens. But there is still a long way to 
go before EU reaches its targets of giving every European access to basic 
broadband by 2013 and fast and ultra fast broadband by 2020 as outlined in the 
Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200). Measures 
to facilitate the roll out and take up of fast and ultra-fast broadband in the 
EU were presented by the Commission in September 2010 (see IP/10/1142).

Hylas-1 net-dedicated satellite launches
The first satellite dedicated to delivering broadband services to Europe has 
launched on an Ariane 5 rocket.

Hooking Up Unserved Pockets of Europe to High-Speed Internet
Although France is one of the best-wired countries anywhere, residents of Ablis, 
a small town southwest of Paris, cannot get a decent broadband connection. The 
speediest link available is not even fast enough to watch YouTube videos.

au: Crucial Telstra bill paving way for NBN is passed by the Senate
Legislation to split Telstra has passed the Senate after days of intense 
negotiation and heated debate on a bill that paves the way for the National 
Broadband Network.

uk: Police smash Cornwall paedophile ring as six men jailed for abuse
Six men have been jailed for sexually abusing girls in Cornwall, including at 
least one as young as five, it can be revealed today.

uk: Paedophile ring abused two young girls for years
Police have smashed a paedophile ring that repeatedly subjected two young girls 
to sickening sexual abuse for nearly three years, it can now be reported.


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