[DNS] domain name news - 31 October

[DNS] domain name news - 31 October

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:39:21 +1100
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More on ?Going it Alone?: India and Internet Governance
http://blogs.cfr.org/asia/2011/10/27/more-on-going-it-alone-india-and-internet-governance/

India formally proposes government takeover of Internet
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/27/india-proposes-government-control-internet

Internet Governance - the Need for a Global Management Body
http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/editorial-analysis/47-columnists/16527-internet-governance-the-need-for-a-global-management-body

ICANN Board Focuses on Assistance for Developing Economies 42nd Public Meeting Concludes in Dakar, Senegal
http://www.icann.org/en/news/releases/release-28oct11-en.pdf
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/29/icann-board-focuses-on-assistance-for-developing-economies/

Workshop at ICANN Dakar Reveals That Trademark Clearinghouse Implementation Requires Decisions on Many Complex Questions
http://internetcommerce.org/TMCH%20Implementation

Icann debates protection for failed gTLD registries
http://www.managingip.com/Article/2926346/Managing-Internet-IP-Archive/Icann-debates-protection-for-failed-gTLD-registries.html

Is the RAA a private contract or a public interest document?
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/26/raa-private-contract-or-public-interest

Governments clash with registrars over law enforcement changes
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/24/governments-registrars-fight

German Court Rules DENIC Must Delete Abusive Domain Names
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/28/german-court-rules-denic-must-delete-abusive-domain-names/

Business Constituency tries to plug holes in gTLD process
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/25/bc-four-holes-in-gtld-process

DotCities Association Formed And Meets At ICANN Dakar
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=16192

Why a Cybersecurity Treaty Is a Pipe Dream
http://www.cfr.org/cybersecurity/why-cybersecurity-treaty-pipe-dream/p26325

us: Defense cyber chief: The cloud is the military's next Internet
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111027_3085.php

GCHQ chief reports 'disturbing' cyber attacks on UK
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15516959

Commonwealth vows to fight terror, piracy [PTI]
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2582524.ece

New House ?E-PARASITE? Bill Would Cut Off Website Payment and Ad Services Without Initial Court Review by Philip Corwin
http://internetcommerce.org/E-PARASITE


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More on ?Going it Alone?: India and Internet Governance
I?ll go ahead and jump in late to the discussion Liz and Evan were having about India?s foreign policy. Despite their different focus, they do seem to converge around the point that India now frequently charts its own course, in some instances moving closer to the United States, in others China, and in some cases remaining distant from both and finding other partners.
http://blogs.cfr.org/asia/2011/10/27/more-on-going-it-alone-india-and-internet-governance/

India formally proposes government takeover of Internet
The Indian government has formally proposed a government takeover of the Internet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/27/india-proposes-government-control-internet

Internet Governance - the Need for a Global Management Body
Should developing nations fear or embrace the Internet? This is a question that should be responded to in the affirmative on the surface. After all, how would our lives be without email, websites, facebook, twitter and linkedin, among others?
http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/editorial-analysis/47-columnists/16527-internet-governance-the-need-for-a-global-management-body
http://allafrica.com/stories/201110280398.html

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ICANN Board Focuses on Assistance for Developing Economies 42nd Public Meeting Concludes in Dakar, Senegal
The ICANN Board of Directors today passed a resolution to review a proposal from a special working group that would create a support system for deserving applicants of new gTLDs, many of whom are expected to be in developing countries. The Board further directed the President and CEO to develop a detailed plan by December 8, for the scoping and implementation of the recommendations.
http://www.icann.org/en/news/releases/release-28oct11-en.pdf
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/29/icann-board-focuses-on-assistance-for-developing-economies/

CEO Search Process Announcement
Following the announcement by ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom that he will be departing ICANN at the end of his three year term on July 1, 2012, the ICANN Board of Directors established a search committee to plan and execute a strategy to identify CEO candidates for submission to the Board.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-28oct11-en.htm

L-Root Goes Live in Dakar
As part of an ongoing trial project to expand the distribution of L-Root globally into under-served regions, L-Root went live in Dakar today. The goal is to improve security and stability of the DNS for all users of the Internet. This node is being hosted by NIC Senegal, and is attached to the Sonatel backbone in Dakar.
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-27oct11-en.htm

Embracing Africa?s Online Future
ICANN has always tried to embrace Africa. Imagine, then, our delight that Africa has embraced us in return ? with great ardor. I had the privilege of speaking Wednesday morning with the men and women attending the AFRALO capacity building program. AFRALO is the African expression of At-Large, the group within ICANN representing the voice of individual Internet users.
http://blog.icann.org/2011/10/embracing-africa?s-online-future/

Letter from Heather Dryden, GAC Chair to Steve Crocker
GAC Consensus Advice for New gTLD Applicant Guidebook
http://www.icann.org/en/correspondence/dryden-to-crocker-28oct11-en.pdf

Internet Root Server Goes Online in Senegal - Event Marks an Important Addition to Internet?s Infrastructure [news release]
ICANN today (27/10) announced that a new L-Root server, an important part of the Internet?s infrastructure, has gone live in Senegal.
http://www.icann.org/en/news/releases/release-27oct11-en.pdf
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/28/internet-root-server-goes-online-in-senegal-event-marks-an-important-addition-to-internets-infrastructure/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/internet-root-server-goes-online-in-senegal-event-marks-an-important-addition-to-internets-infrastructure.html

Workshop at ICANN Dakar Reveals That Trademark Clearinghouse Implementation Requires Decisions on Many Complex Questions
On Wednesday, October 26th a Workshop on the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) was held at the ICANN meeting in Dakar. The TMCH is a key global database that will be used for both sunrise services for new gTLDs as well as trademark claims. The workshop revealed that implementation of the TMCH involves the resolution of multiple complex issues within a very short timeframe.
http://internetcommerce.org/TMCH%20Implementation

Multi-stakeholderism? It?s all about teamwork... by Emily Taylor
I love despair.com. It?s just what you need after an intense ICANN meeting. Their ?demotivator? on Teamwork is a calming picture of a snowball rolling down a hill. The caption: ?Teamwork, A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction?.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/30/self-regulation-and-teamwork

Icann debates protection for failed gTLD registries
Panellists clashed in Dakar yesterday over the controversial proposal for a collective insurance fund that would support gTLD registries that collapse
http://www.managingip.com/Article/2926346/Managing-Internet-IP-Archive/Icann-debates-protection-for-failed-gTLD-registries.html

Is the RAA a private contract or a public interest document?
As the contract that largely defines how ordinary Internet users interact with the domain name system, the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) is of crucial importance to both ICANN and the Internet itself.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/26/raa-private-contract-or-public-interest

Governments clash with registrars over law enforcement changes
You wouldn?t think it was too much to ask: companies that sell domain names being required to put their physical address on their website, and provide an email address for law enforcement agencies to contact them if they see illegal activity.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/24/governments-registrars-fight

Today?s new gTLDs decisions in full
ICANN?s board of directors passed two resolutions relating to new gTLDs at is meeting in Dakar, Senegal today. While neither is particularly Earth-shattering, they are notable and therefore reproduced here in full.
http://domainincite.com/todays-new-gtlds-decisions-in-full/

Privacy warning as cops lean on domain registrars
Internet policy experts have warned about possible threats to privacy and an increased risk of police domain name seizures after domain firms were pressured into overhauling how they do business.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/27/privacy_warning_as_cops_lean_on_domain_registrars/

Top ICANN staff get pay raises
ICANN?s general counsel and chief operating officer were granted pay raises by the board of directors at a meeting last weekend.
http://domainincite.com/top-icann-staff-get-pay-raises/

CADNA Commends Senator Wyden?s Letter to the NTIA, Encourages the NTIA to go Further to Ensure Transparency and Ethics within ICANN
CADNA commends Senator Ron Wyden?s (D-OR) recent letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), urging NTIA to ensure any contracts regarding the IANA include clear ethics rules and conflict of interest requirements.
http://www.cadna.org/en/newsroom/press-release/cadna-commends-senator-wyden-letter-ntia

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ca: CIRA and Media Awareness Network help build kids? cyber security smarts
To mark Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and Media Awareness Network (MNet) launched a new teaching unit to help students develop safe and secure online practices.
http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/cira-and-media-awareness-network-help-build-kids-cyber-security-smarts/

German Court Rules DENIC Must Delete Abusive Domain Names
The German registry, DENIC, has been ordered to delete clearly abusive domain names the German Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) ruled Thursday. The court ruled that should DENIC be advised of an infringement, then they must delete the domain name when the infringement is obvious and noticeable to the registry and without delay.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=16201
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/28/german-court-rules-denic-must-delete-abusive-domain-names/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/german-court-rules-denic-must-delete-abusive-domain-names.html

EC reports on .eu implementation, functioning and effectiveness
EURid, the .eu registry, announces that the European Commission has published its biennial report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation, functioning and effectiveness of the .eu TLD.
http://www.eurid.eu/en/content/ec-reports-eu-implementation-functioning-and-effectiveness

Registrants buy 3000 .eu domains in two days
More than a third of 9000 .eu domains that were released by EURid from October 24 to October 25 2011 were bought.
http://www.managingip.com/Article/2925244/News-In-Brief-Internet-IP/Registrants-buy-3000-eu-domains-in-two-days.html

The CO.NO Operator seeks Norwegian court ruling to protect its customers [news release]
Almost one year ago, the Sunrise period for CO.NO domain name reserved to IP rights holders opened. Three months later, January 31st 2011, this opening phase was successfully completed and every approved application was activated. However, contrary to the announced schedule, the Go Live period for .CO.NO registration had to be postponed.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/27/the-cono-operator-seeks-norwegian-court-ruling-to-protect-its-customers/

RU/??: New issue of the RUnet evolution rating
?The Runet Evolution Rating?, the new issue of the Coordination Center for domains .RU/.?? analytical Bulletin, has come out. This issue highlights main development trends and indices of the Internet in Russia in the Q3 2011.
http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=1949

ICM Registry Extends Sunrise Period for .XXX Domain Registrations
ICM Registry has extended Sunrise A and Sunrise B registration periods for an additional three days to conclude Monday, October 31, 2011 at 16:00 UTC (Noon ET).
http://www.icmregistry.com/press/icm-registry-extends-sunrise-period-for-xxx-domain-registrations/

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Business Constituency tries to plug holes in gTLD process
The Business Constituency of ICANN has outlined four holes in the new gTLD process that the organization will be launching in the new year.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2011/10/25/bc-four-holes-in-gtld-process

New gTLD risk fund rubbished by .brand advocate
Proposals to change the way new TLDs are insured against failure will put the whole new gTLD program at risk, according to an intellectual property lawyer.
http://domainincite.com/new-gtld-risk-fund-rubbished-by-brand-advocate/

ARI Registry Services responds to Roland LaPlante
Contrary to claims made by Afilias CMO Roland LaPlante (CircleID ? 21 October 2011), current gTLDs Registries have no real technical or commercial advantage at operating a new TLD because existing gTLDs are currently only required to comply with a small subset of the requirements of the new TLD program.
http://www.ausregistry.com/blog/?p=879

DotCities Association Formed And Meets At ICANN Dakar
Potential applicants for city TLDs have joined together to form a dotCities Association, with the first meeting being held at the current ICANN meeting being held in Dakar, Senegal.
http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=16192
http://www.domainpulse.com/2011/10/27/dotcities-association-formed-and-meets-at-icann-dakar/
http://www.domainnews.com/en/dotcities-association-formed-and-meets-at-icann-dakar.html

ICANN 42 in Dakar: IDNs and Timing of New gTLDs in Play
ICANN President and CEO, Rod Beckstom, launched the ICANN 42 meeting in Dakar, Sengal, with a rousing address that included ICANN?s hope that IDNs will expand the base of users on the Internet. Beckstrom stated:
http://idnblog.com/2011/10/28/icann-42-dakar-idns-timing-gtlds/

AFNIC launches its registry solutions and support offer
At the ICANN42 meeting in Dakar, AFNIC presented its registry solutions and support offer for applicants wishing to introduce new gTLDs.
http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/5249/show/afnic-launches-its-registry-solutions-and-support-offer-1.html

Modest Proposals for gTLD Profits by R. Shawn Gunnarson
When does a non-profit organization become a profit-making one? This and similarly fundamental questions about ICANN's institutional character are raised by the high probability that the gTLD project will produce profits for ICANN. How much money those profits will amount to remains in question, but it is increasingly difficult for ICANN to say that there will be no profit at all.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/modest_proposals_for_gtld_profits/

Fair Notice and Applying for a New gTLD by R. Shawn Gunnarson
Applying for a new gTLD will be expensive and complex. ICANN's Applicant Guidebook comprises 350 pages of dense instructions, spelling out the procedures to apply for a gTLD and to comment or object to the gTLDs applied for by others. Hidden among the forest of criteria and procedures is a problem that, unless solved, could deny good faith applicants the fair notice they deserve.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/fair_notice_and_applying_for_a_new_gtld/

Your step-by-step guide to acquiring a gTLD by Josh Bourne
By now, many brand owners have realized that they need to begin thinking seriously about new gTLDs, approved by ICANN back in June. In light of the internet's domain name landscape expanding from familiar extensions like .com, .net and .co.uk to potentially hundreds of .anything extensions, all types of brand owners are going to have to rethink their digital marketing and brand protection strategies. For some brands, this will mean applying for their own branded gTLD.
http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/30356.asp

Bret Fausett Starts New TLD Consultancy, Sets Up Shop Down Street from ICANN
An attorney with a long history in the domain name world has started a consulting firm to help new TLD name applicants.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/28/bret-fausett-internet-pro-apc/

Some Groups Simply Shouldn?t Apply for New TLDs
I hear a lot of gripes about new TLDs names and the cost of applying for and running them.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/27/some-groups-simply-shouldnt-apply-for-new-tlds/

Bids Open for '.africa' Internet Domain Name
The international organization that governs top-level Internet domain names is taking bids on the creation of ".africa". Supporters say it will promote African businesses better than individual country names such as "dot-ke" for Kenya or "dot-za" for South Africa.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Bids-Open-for-africa-Internet-Domain-Name-132791578.html

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Why a Cybersecurity Treaty Is a Pipe Dream
With companies and governments seemingly incapable of defending themselves from sophisticated cyber attacks and infiltration, there is almost universal belief that any durable cybersecurity solution must be transnational. The hacker ? a government, a lone individual, a non-state group ? stealing valuable intellectual property or exploring infrastructure control systems could be sitting in Romania, China, or Nigeria, and the assault could transit networks across several continents. Calls are therefore growing for a global treaty to help protect against cyber threats.
http://www.cfr.org/cybersecurity/why-cybersecurity-treaty-pipe-dream/p26325

us: Defense cyber chief: The cloud is the military's next Internet
Military networks and software must be tied to the cloud to defend Defense Department computers against adversaries, the Pentagon's cyber chief said Wednesday night.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111027_3085.php

GCHQ chief reports 'disturbing' cyber attacks on UK
The UK has been subject to a "disturbing" number of cyber attacks, the director of communications intelligence agency GCHQ has said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15516959

Hackers Press the 'Schmooze' Button
Chris Patten called a large investment-management firm to report that he was going through a divorce and was worried that his wife had set up an account under a false name.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203911804576653393584528906.html

Hacks make large-scale sabotage possible
When a computer attack hobbled Iran's unfinished nuclear power plant last year, it was assumed to be a military-grade strike, the handiwork of elite hacking professionals with nation-state backing.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011-10-30/hacker-sabotage/50980234/1

Kelihos Botnet Domain Provider Promises to Make Amends [IDG]
Czech based free domain provider dotFree Group has settled the lawsuit brought against it by Microsoft in the Kelihos takedown case by suspending all abusive hosts registered through its service and promising better collaboration in the future.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/242672/kelihos_botnet_domain_provider_promises_to_make_amends.html

Cybersecurity mainly male domain, geek image deters girls
.... At cybersecurity and hacker gatherings, women are clearly in the minority among the sea of men lining escalators, filling gigantic hotel ballrooms and networking in hallways. (Some men grumbled about the lack of women at event parties).
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/27/idINIndia-60161420111027
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/27/oukin-uk-usa-cyber-women-idUKTRE79Q5TH20111027

Cybersecurity and the missing sense of urgency
Daily cybersecurity intrusions are threatening America?s ability to remain the world leader in innovation, yet few are paying attention, according to co-chairman of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus Rep. James Langevin (D ? R.I.).
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/cybersecurity-and-the-missing-sense-of-urgency/2011/10/12/gIQAhlE3LM_blog.html

Commonwealth vows to fight terror, piracy [PTI]
The group of Commonwealth nations on Sunday collectively pledged to fight terrorism by preventing the use of their territories for terrorist acts or financing and also vowed to accelerate efforts to combat piracy and strengthening maritime security in the Indian Ocean. ... The Commonwealth leaders advocated the embracing of moderation as an important value to overcome all forms of extremism, as called for in the ?Global Movement of the Moderates? and improving legislation and capacity in tackling cyber crime and other cyber space security threats, including through the Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum?s Cyber Crime Initiative.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2582524.ece

ictQATAR Hosts International Cyber Security Conference
ictQATAR welcomed leading global cyber security experts and policy makers to Doha today for the annual Meridian Conference.
http://www.ictqatar.qa/en/news-events/news/ictqatar-hosts-international-cyber-security-conference

CERT Australia replaces chief
The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Australia has a new chief following the resignation of Deborah Anton.
http://www.scmagazine.com.au/News/278183,cert-australia-replaces-chief.aspx

FICORA's customer magazine Signaali 3/2011 published
The autumn issue of FICORA's customer magazine Signaali explores targeted information security attacks, the authority's 10th anniversaries and technical steering.
http://www.ficora.fi/en/index/viestintavirasto/uutiset/2011/P_40.html

dotFree settles Microsoft botnet lawsuit
One of the companies that plans to apply for the .free TLD next year has settled a lawsuit filed by Microsoft over claims it was involved in running the Kelihos botnet.
http://domainincite.com/dotfree-settles-microsoft-botnet-lawsuit/

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Will the sky fall if you don't deploy IPv6?
Will the world end? Will the Internet grind to a screeching halt? Will your computer systems disintegrate into a pile of bits and bytes? In short, no. At least not yet. But you may want to consider a few things.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/tech/2011/102711-ipv6-252478.html
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/405612/will_sky_fall_don_t_deploy_ipv6_/

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New House ?E-PARASITE? Bill Would Cut Off Website Payment and Ad Services Without Initial Court Review by Philip Corwin
On Wednesday, October 26th Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, along with eight other cosponsors, introduced HR 3261, the ??Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act of 2011??, also known as the ?E-PARASITE Act?.
http://internetcommerce.org/E-PARASITE

Proposed New Law Would Make "Rights Holders" Judge, Jury and Executioner With Website Owners in Their Crosshairs
ICA Legal Counsel Phil Corwin posted some news on the Internet Commerce Association's website Thursday that should make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Some proposed new legislation (called the ?E-PARASITE Act? - an acronym for ??Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act??) is being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives that would put domain and website owners at the complete mercy of "rights holders."
http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2011/dailyposts/20111028.htm

Why Should You Take a Free Domain Name by Umakant Mishra
Abstract: Not everybody can afford to pay for a TLD name, especially the individuals who want to make their blogs, personal sites or host some kind of beautiful collections. For them, there are some free domain names available, which are second TLDs but sounds or looks very much like TLDs. This article compares the pros and cons of all those free domain/sub-domain names available on the net.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1948145

Verisign Reports 14% Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth in Third Quarter 2011
... VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries ("Verisign") reported revenue of $197 million for the third quarter of 2011, up 4% from the prior quarter and up 14% from the same quarter in 2010.
http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/news-events/press-room/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cHM6Ly9wcmVzcy52ZXJpc2lnbi5jb20vZWFzeWlyL2N1c3RvbXJlbC5kbz9lYXN5aXJpZD1BRkMwRkYwREI1QzU2MEQzJnZlcnNpb249bGl2ZSZwcmlkPTgxNDQzMiZyZWxlYXNlanNwPWN1c3RvbV85Nw==

New Zealand gets its first ICANN accredited domain registrar
Web Drive has announced that it has become the first New Zealand-based company to receive ICANN accreditation.
http://reseller.co.nz/reseller.nsf/news/new-zealand-gets-its-first-icann-accredited-domain-registrar

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Domain Legend Garry Chernoff Makes the Week's Two Biggest Domain Sales 
... Garry's $78,000 sale of Ripley.com through DomainNameSales.com (the aftermarket platform operated by his friend, Frank Schilling) occupies the #1 position on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. Garry also claimed the runner-up spot with Callisto.com, a name that Sedo sold for him at $69,500.
http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2011/20111026.htm

Sedo Switches to Estimated Earnings for Domain parking
On November 1 Sedo will change its domain parking statistics to an estimated earnings system. This means they will display estimate earnings at first and then actual earnings from Google in 2 business days.
http://domainnamewire.com/2011/10/27/sedo-switches-to-estimated-earnings-for-domain-parking/

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au: Web traffic meter gets industry green light
The new industry-supported method of counting Australian website traffic is live, and it shows each Australian who uses the internet sees 2772 web pages in a month, goes online 69 times and spends nearly 69 hours there.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/web-traffic-meter-gets-industry-green-light-20111027-1mm82.html

us: Digital media a regular part of life for many children
Infants and toddlers are spending twice as much time with screen media as they are with books, a report says.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/10/kids-increasingly-using-digital-media-devices.html

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Facebook stops 600,000 suspicious log-ins a day
Facebook released an infographic blog post last Thursday that says about 600,000 log-ins per day are compromised. That's given some the false impression that there are that many accounts compromised every day.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20127315-245/facebook-stops-600000-suspicious-log-ins-a-day/
http://www.zdnetasia.com/facebook-stops-600000-suspicious-log-ins-a-day-62302683.htm

Facebook mobile users 'more engaged'
Facebook has admitted that it needs to move faster to keep up with mobile phone demand for the social network.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2011/oct/27/facebook-mobile

Facebook Tightens Security with New Tools
Facebook is countering reports about scams affecting its users?and a rising user perception of insecurity?with new security tweaks and the release of statistics suggesting that most of its 800 million active users experience few problems.
http://www.technologyreview.com/web/39001/

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Google's Maps Street View service pilots indoor photos
Google has started a pilot project allowing the public to look inside shops and other businesses found on its maps.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15493333

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Anonymous, child porn and the wild, wild web
High-profile hacktivist group Anonymous has turned its attention to fighting child pornography.
http://theconversation.edu.au/anonymous-child-porn-and-the-wild-wild-web-4005

Warning on iPad screen time for kids
Parents increasingly rely on tablet computers, such as iPads, to educate and entertain children but experts warn an overload could stunt a baby's brain development.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/5876915/Warning-on-iPad-screen-time-for-kids
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/lifestyle/5877196/Warning-on-screen-time-for-kids
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/news/5876022/Warning-on-screen-time-for-kids
http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/5876437/Warning-on-screen-time-for-youngsters

uk: Church ready to sell internet holdings unless companies curb online pornography
The Church of England may withdraw the millions it has invested in internet companies unless they take action to curb internet pornography.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/8859053/Church-ready-to-sell-internet-holdings-unless-companies-curb-online-pornography.html

uk: Latest trends in child trafficking
The UK?s national centre for child protection ? the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre ? today published its latest understanding of the trends, themes and patterns that it feels lies behind the trafficking of children into and within the UK. The publication coincides with International Anti Slavery Day.
http://ceop.police.uk/Media-Centre/Press-releases/2011/Latest-trends-in-child-trafficking/

uk: A staggering 87,000 child sexual abuse webpages have been removed in 15 years thanks to the work of the IWF [news release]
Today (26 October) the IWF not only marks its annual Awareness Day, but reflects on its 15 years of tackling online child sexual abuse content. Since it was launched on 1 December 1996, the IWF has assessed almost 370,000 webpages.
http://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf/news/post/311-a-staggering-87000-child-sexual-abuse-webpages-have-been-removed-in-15-years-thanks-to-the-work-of-the-iwf

uk: Blog: Susie Hargreaves reflects on 15 years of the IWF
Today (26 October) we are marking our 5th annual Awareness Day and also reflecting on 15 years of tackling online child sexual abuse content. Fifteen years ago the press demanded that something needed to be done to ensure that innocent users of the internet did not experience images of child sexual abuse popping up without warning. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) was founded in direct response to this.
http://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf/news/post/312-blog-susie-hargreaves-reflects-on-15-years-of-the-iwf

uk: iPads and iPods 'are helping our pupils learn without realising they are doing it'
Teachers at Ysgol Glannau Gwaun, a primary in Fishguard with stunning views across Cardigan Bay, are convinced their pupils are benefiting from their iPads and iPods.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/oct/30/education-ipad

Smartphones and handheld computers: the new battleground in UK schools
Children's learning could "hugely improve" if all pupils were given smartphones to use in the classroom, technology experts say but, instead, the UK risks falling behind because "the government doesn't seem that interested in it".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/oct/30/smartphones-handheld-computers-battleground-schools

Kinderpornografie soll besser bek?mpft werden
Kindersch?nder und Betrachter von kinderpornografischen Bildern im Internet werden k?nftig europaweit h?rter bestraft. Das beschloss das EU-Parlament am Donnerstag in Stra?burg in einer Richtlinie. Bei den Netzsperren kam ein Kompromiss zu tragen. Sie sind f?r Mitgliedstaaten nicht verpflichtend.
http://futurezone.at/netzpolitik/5649-kinderpornografie-soll-besser-bekaempft-werden.php

EU-Parlament f?r bessere Bek?mpfung von Kinderpornographie
Das EU-Parlament hat am Donnerstag weitgehende ?nderungen am umstrittenen Entwurf der EU-Kommission f?r eine Richtlinie zum sch?rferen Vorgehen gegen den sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern verabschiedet.
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/EU-Parlament-fuer-bessere-Bekaempfung-von-Kinderpornographie-1367686.html

Kinderpornos: Verfahren gegen Richter startet
Ein Richter am Salzburger Landesgericht, auf dessen PC kinderpornografisches Material gefunden wurde, muss sich am kommenden Donnerstag in Steyr wegen des Verdachts der ?pornografischen Darstellungen Minderj?hriger? verantworten.
http://www.salzburg.com/online/salzburg/stadt+salzburg/Kinderpornos-Verfahren-gegen-Richter-startet.html?article=eGMmOI8V5UuDxhAfwyYf31D4ojsRhgw7pi2GOlb&img=&text=&mode=&

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ONLINE TV & MUSIC
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A Bleak Picture for TV Makers: as more people download and stream video, the television is becoming just another screen
For decades, the television was the flagship of any consumer-electronics product line-up. Of all the gadgets in the home, the TV garnered the most prominent real estate in the living room, cost the most to buy, and carried the biggest brand cachet. And for the Asian consumer-electronics makers who manufactured them, selling TVs was a good business.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204479504576638983792230832.html

YouTube Plans to Make Big Bet on New Online Channels
YouTube, making an expensive bet on original content, is planning to create dozens of channels featuring comedians, sports stars, musicians and other entertainers, the company said on Friday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/29/business/media/youtube-plans-to-create-new-online-channels.html

Google Tries Again With Google TV
Google TV arrived last fall to lukewarm reviews. Its remote control was big and complicated, its software was clunky and confusing, and it didn?t live up to the promise of Internet-connected TV?s ? that they would allow us to cut the cable cord and watch whatever we wanted whenever we wanted.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/google-tries-again-with-google-tv/

Google TV upgrade focuses on content-discovery features
It?s been a long while since we?ve heard anything about Google TV, but the platform just got its big promised upgrade to Android 3.1, complete with an overhauled UI and support for apps from Android Market. Google says the new, more realistic goal for its TV efforts is to complement traditional TV services like cable and satellite with alternative internet viewing options, and to that end the company is bundling in a new TV and Movies app that functions as an integrated program guide with the ability to aggregate content from multiple sources, including live TV, HBO Go, Netflix, and YouTube.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/google-tv-upgrade-focuses-on-content-discovery-features/2011/10/28/gIQAVYbrPM_story.html

SeeSaw video-on-demand television website is shut down
The British streaming television service, SeeSaw, has been closed down.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15499876

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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San Francisco cellphone warning law fails science, says judge
Even the watered-down version couldn't pass muster. San Francisco's ordinance requiring retail outlets to inform consumers about the (alleged) effects of cellphone radiation has been blocked by a federal judge.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/10/san-francisco-cellphone-warning-law-fails-science-says-judge.ars

RIM Facility Helps India in Surveillance Efforts
Research In Motion Ltd. has set up a facility in Mumbai to help the Indian government carry out lawful surveillance of its BlackBerry services, according to people familiar with the matter, but the move hasn't fully satisfied India's appetite for access to messages on the popular smartphones.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204505304577001592335138870.html

Samsung Phone Sales Rise to Record, TVs Slump
Samsung Electronics Co., competing with Apple Inc. for leadership in smartphone sales, had record profit and sales at its handsets division, helping mask a slump in earnings from computer-memory chips and panels.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-28/samsung-profit-beats-estimates-on-smartphones.html

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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German authorities plant spyware on citizens? computers
It?s the stuff of modern nightmares. A seemingly innocuous email plants malicious spyware on your computer, allowing strangers to not only access your private communications but also to spy on you in your own home.
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/germany/111027/spyware-scandal-germany

nz: More dating conman victims come forward
An internet conman said he was a cage fighter and owned the "world's fastest car", say more of his victims.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/national-news/5866265/More-dating-conman-victims-come-forward
http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/national-news/5866265/More-dating-conman-victims-come-forward
http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/national-news/5866265/More-dating-conman-victims-come-forward

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Why a Cybersecurity Treaty Is a Pipe Dream
With companies and governments seemingly incapable of defending themselves from sophisticated cyber attacks and infiltration, there is almost universal belief that any durable cybersecurity solution must be transnational. The hacker ? a government, a lone individual, a non-state group ? stealing valuable intellectual property or exploring infrastructure control systems could be sitting in Romania, China, or Nigeria, and the assault could transit networks across several continents. Calls are therefore growing for a global treaty to help protect against cyber threats.
http://www.cfr.org/cybersecurity/why-cybersecurity-treaty-pipe-dream/p26325

us: Defense cyber chief: The cloud is the military's next Internet
Military networks and software must be tied to the cloud to defend Defense Department computers against adversaries, the Pentagon's cyber chief said Wednesday night.
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20111027_3085.php

GCHQ chief reports 'disturbing' cyber attacks on UK
The UK has been subject to a "disturbing" number of cyber attacks, the director of communications intelligence agency GCHQ has said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15516959

Hackers Press the 'Schmooze' Button
Chris Patten called a large investment-management firm to report that he was going through a divorce and was worried that his wife had set up an account under a false name.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203911804576653393584528906.html

Hacks make large-scale sabotage possible
When a computer attack hobbled Iran's unfinished nuclear power plant last year, it was assumed to be a military-grade strike, the handiwork of elite hacking professionals with nation-state backing.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011-10-30/hacker-sabotage/50980234/1

Kelihos Botnet Domain Provider Promises to Make Amends [IDG]
Czech based free domain provider dotFree Group has settled the lawsuit brought against it by Microsoft in the Kelihos takedown case by suspending all abusive hosts registered through its service and promising better collaboration in the future.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/242672/kelihos_botnet_domain_provider_promises_to_make_amends.html

Cybersecurity mainly male domain, geek image deters girls
.... At cybersecurity and hacker gatherings, women are clearly in the minority among the sea of men lining escalators, filling gigantic hotel ballrooms and networking in hallways. (Some men grumbled about the lack of women at event parties).
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/10/27/idINIndia-60161420111027
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/27/oukin-uk-usa-cyber-women-idUKTRE79Q5TH20111027

Cybersecurity and the missing sense of urgency
Daily cybersecurity intrusions are threatening America?s ability to remain the world leader in innovation, yet few are paying attention, according to co-chairman of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus Rep. James Langevin (D ? R.I.).
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/cybersecurity-and-the-missing-sense-of-urgency/2011/10/12/gIQAhlE3LM_blog.html

Commonwealth vows to fight terror, piracy [PTI]
The group of Commonwealth nations on Sunday collectively pledged to fight terrorism by preventing the use of their territories for terrorist acts or financing and also vowed to accelerate efforts to combat piracy and strengthening maritime security in the Indian Ocean. ... The Commonwealth leaders advocated the embracing of moderation as an important value to overcome all forms of extremism, as called for in the ?Global Movement of the Moderates? and improving legislation and capacity in tackling cyber crime and other cyber space security threats, including through the Commonwealth Internet Governance Forum?s Cyber Crime Initiative.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2582524.ece

ictQATAR Hosts International Cyber Security Conference
ictQATAR welcomed leading global cyber security experts and policy makers to Doha today for the annual Meridian Conference.
http://www.ictqatar.qa/en/news-events/news/ictqatar-hosts-international-cyber-security-conference

CERT Australia replaces chief
The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Australia has a new chief following the resignation of Deborah Anton.
http://www.scmagazine.com.au/News/278183,cert-australia-replaces-chief.aspx

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Germany and Romania in hot water with EC over data retention [IDG]
Germany and Romania are caught between a rock and a hard place over data retention.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/405681/germany_romania_hot_water_over_data_retention/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/102811-germany-and-romania-in-hot-252515.html
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/242784/germany_and_romania_in_hot_water_over_data_retention.html

nz: Google Streetview goes indoors
Google is inviting New Zealand businesses to have the interiors of their premises photographed as the company extends its Streetview service indoors. New Zealand is among the first six countries where the Business Photos by Google service has been launched; the others are the United States, Japan, Australia, France and the UK.
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/google-streetview-goes-indoors

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CENSORSHIP
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Tighter Beijing Media Rules Target Internet, TV
Chinese officials called for stricter control of social media and the creation of new websites and Internet technologies that would promote Communist Party ideals, continuing a broad effort to increase government involvement and tighten the reins on the nation's fast-growing, largely private Internet sector.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203554104576655013886290424.html

Where an Internet Joke Is Not Just a Joke: In China, it's a form of defiance - and the government is not amused.
The cellphone vibrated softly, insistently, echoing off the whitewashed walls of the artist?s studio. It was a Sunday morning in early April, and Wang Bo ? an Internet animator better known to his legions of online fans by his nickname, Pi San ? ignored the call at first. He wanted no intrusions. A compact 40-year-old with short-cropped hair and arched eyebrows that give him a look of permanent bemusement, Pi San is most famous for creating a mischievous cartoon character named Kuang Kuang, but he earns money by making animations for corporations, and he was on a deadline. Pi San had bicycled to his studio in a defunct factory building on the outskirts of Beijing that morning, hoping to finish up some work in peace. But the buzzing of the phone didn?t stop.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/magazine/the-dangerous-politics-of-internet-humor-in-china.html

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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nz: Movie, music studios in 'skynet' copyright talks
United States movie and music studios have talked to internet providers about establishing a centralised facility that would process copyright infringement notices on behalf internet providers, industry executives have revealed.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5883251/Movie-music-studios-in-skynet-copyright-talks
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/5882828/Movie-studios-pushing-for-Skynet-enforcement

eu: Details of all internet traffic should be logged, MEP says
An Italian politician has called for details of internet users' online activity to be recorded in order to better identify paedophiles and sexual predators.
http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2011/october/details-of-all-internet-traffic-should-be-logged-mep-says/

us: Rep. Lofgren: Copyright bill is the 'end of the Internet'
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the California Democrat whose district includes the heart of Silicon Valley, is preparing to lead congressional opposition to the new Stop Online Piracy Act.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20126590-281/rep-lofgren-copyright-bill-is-the-end-of-the-internet/

EFF Sues for Answers About PATRIOT Act on Law's 10th Anniversary
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) today for answers about "secret interpretations" of the USA PATRIOT Act, signed into law ten years ago today.
https://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-sues-answers-about-patriot-act-laws-10th-anniversary

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Connect America Fund: FCC Unveils Rules For Rural Broadband Fund
Federal regulators have unveiled a plan for overhauling the $8 billion fund that subsidizes phone service in rural areas and for the poor. It redirects the money toward broadband expansion.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/connect-america-fund-fcc_n_1035695.html

EU countries must devote 800MHz band to wireless broadband by 2013 [IDG]
Europe's Council of Ministers has said that all European Union countries must make the 800MHz band available for wireless broadband services by Jan. 1, 2013 as part of an ambitious deal agreed on Friday.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/405690/eu_countries_must_devote_800mhz_band_wireless_broadband_by_2013/

Nations collaborate on Do Not Call Register
The Australian Media and Communications Authority?s (ACMA) push to eliminate nuisance telemarketing calls could get a boost following the inaugural International Do Not Call (DNC) Forum held in Paris on Friday.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/405786/nations_collaborate_do_call_register/

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au: Man arrested for grooming '13yo' undercover cop
A 36-year-old man from Sydney's west has been arrested after allegedly using the internet to prey on an undercover police officer posing as a teenage girl.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-31/man-arrested-for-grooming-13yo-undercover-cop/3610798

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