[DNS] domain name news - 30 April

[DNS] domain name news - 30 April

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:44:17 +1000
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.

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Five registrars on the ICANN naughty step

auDA Foundation Opens 2012 Funding Round

Verisign Involved In Over 230 New gTLD Applications

ICANN's TAS Downfall Parodied

New gTLDs now a month behind schedule

ANZUS cyber security message aimed at China [AAP]

US And UK Lead International Operation Seizing 36 Domains Engaged in Financial Fraud

Conflicts between Trademarks and Domain Names: A Critical Analysis by Snehlata Singh
Abstract: The essay discusses the issue of conflicts between trademarks and domain names. It discusses in detail the causes and kinds of the disputes and what the current legal system has to offer to this situation. Conflicts such as cybersquatting, typosquatting, reverse domain name hijacking are discussed in length with the help of relevant case laws.

Global Internet Governance: From Multistakeholder To Autopilot
In recent decades, far-reaching international cooperation has led to the development of global multistakeholder governance of the internet. While efforts to further enhance cooperative mechanisms are ongoing, one business leader with an inside track suggests that in a couple of decades, the internet will be governing itself.

UN Moves on Internet Governance: Latest Dispatch by Gregory Francis
Some unsettling plans declared themselves at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) this week as countries prepared for the up-coming treaty-making jamboree called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT).

MacKinnon?s Consent of the Networked: A call for political innovation by Milton Mueller
The best summary of Rebecca MacKinnon?s book Consent of the Networked is its subtitle: ?The worldwide struggle for Internet freedom.? This is a comprehensive, spirited, and rich journalistic account of the way the use of the Internet and its supply industries intersect with classic civil and political rights.

Geoff Huston inducted to Internet Hall of Fame
APNIC congratulates Chief Scientist Geoff Huston on his recent induction to the Internet Society (ISOC) Hall of Fame.

Australian Honoured in Inaugural Internet Hall of Fame
The Internet Society of Australia is pleased to announce that Australia's Geoff Huston has been recognised amongst the international pioneers of the global Internet.

2012 IGF MAG announced
APNIC Director General Paul Wilson has been appointed to serve as a member of the 2012 Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG).

TAS Interruption - Update (27 April 2012) by Akram Atallah, COO
ICANN will notify all applicants within the next seven business days whether our analysis shows they were affected by the technical glitch in the TLD application system.

Period of 26 April - 06 May 2012: Public Comment Periods Approaching Closing Date
The Following Public Comment periods are approaching their Comment or Reply Period Close dates, 26 April ? 06 May 2012. As a member of the ICANN community, your timely feedback is critical to our accountability and transparency efforts.

TAS Interruption - Update (26 April 2012) by Akram Atallah, COO
... We can confirm that when the application system reopens, users will be able to review their applications, including those already submitted, to assure themselves that their information remains as they intended.

Letter from Robert D. Liodice, President & CEO, to Rod Beckstrom
Top Level Domain Application System

Five registrars on the ICANN naughty step
ICANN has sent breach notices to five domain name registrars, including two owned by Epik and DomainTools, for failing to cooperate with a Whois accuracy audit.

An analysis of the new IANA contract [subscription]
The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the IANA contract has been reissued, with no substantive changes to the meat of the requirements of the IANA function, but plenty of additional contractual clauses added to govern the organization that performs the function.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
auDA Foundation Opens 2012 Funding Round
Today we have opened the 2012 Funding Round and are accepting applications that are received on or before 5.00pm AEST 25th May, 2012.

Dot.ca manager doesn?t seem to trust Canadians by Michael Geist
... Yet just as CIRA begins to fulfill its potential as an ?important public resource? (as described in its mandate letter from the Government of Canada), it has proposed a new governance structure that seeks to sideline the public by limiting the ability to serve on the CIRA board. With more than a million registrants, CIRA is one of Canada?s largest Internet organizations and its message to members is clear: we don?t trust you.

SWITCH celebrates 25 years of .ch
The Swiss TLD .ch is 25 years old: it was in May 1987 that .ch was registered as the Swiss ending. This was the point at which the Internet in Switzerland came to life ? even before the World Wide Web had been invented.

CZ.NIC released DNSSEC Validator for Internet Explorer (version 0.1.1)
CZ.NIC has released an alpha version of the DNSSEC Validator extension for Internet Explorer.

Minister Bruton launches IEDR ?100,000 OPTIMISE Fund for second year
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland?s official Internet address .ie, today announced it will extend its ?100,000 e-commerce website development fund, called OPTIMISE, for the second year running.

Nigeria?s Internet domain name manager convenes special AGM
Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) is convening a special Annual General Meeting (AGM) following the review of the financial year of managers of the nation?s ccTLD, the .ng, to the January ? December cycle.

.UK is 'A Great Place To Be'
Following on from the recent achievement of reaching the 10 million .UK domain milestone, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new brand campaign for .UK.

uk: Nominet working with stakeholders to review Registrar Agreement
Against a backdrop of increasing stakeholder expectations, an expansion of the internet namespace, and a changing business landscape we have announced plans to review our .uk Registrar Agreement.

Goodlatte Bugged by New Domain Database Glitch
The chairman of a key House Judiciary subcommittee Thursday warned the group that runs the Internet's domain name system that if it doesn't get the roll out of its new domain name program right, some countries may use it as an excuse to seek more regulation of the Internet.

Verisign Involved In Over 230 New gTLD Applications
Verisign has applied for 14 new gTLDs including 12 transliterations of .COM and .NET as well as being selected to provide back-end registry services for approximately 220 new gTLDs.

Verisign has 220 new gTLD clients
Verisign is the appointed back-end registry operator for 220 new gTLD applicants, according to the company.

VeriSign is backend for 220 new TLD applicants and applies for 14 itself
VeriSign released earnings today along with numbers related to its new TLD aspirations.

ICANN's TAS Downfall Parodied
The 2004 German film Downfall on Hitler's demise has spurned a wide number of parodies with well over 100 videos now available online, mostly on YouTube.

Hitler Finds Out ICANN's TAS Is Down
The irrepressible ruler of the Reich finds out that the ICANN TLD Application System is indefinitely shut down.

New gTLDs now a month behind schedule
ICANN has announced yet another delay in its new gTLDs program.

ICANN's TAS Woes To Continue For At Least One More Week
ICANN's TAS woes continue with the re-opening of the TLD application system (TAS) still at least one week away.

ICANN more than a week away from opening TAS again
ICANN?s online system for new TLD applications is likely more than a week away from opening up again. If that?s the case, that means we?re at least a couple weeks away from the application period concluding.

Minds + Machines Will Host New dot Rugby gTLD
Minds + Machines was chosen by the International Rugby Board to be the registry services provider for the new dot Rugby gTLD. TLDH, our parent company, will work with ROAR Domains to help with the administration of the gTLD, while Minds + Machines will provide backend registry services on its Espresso platform.

Minds + Machines Adds .BASKETBALL To Sporting Lineup
Hot on the heels of announcing it was providing back-end registry support for the .RUGBY TLD, MINDS + Machines has added .BASKETBALL to its stable, having been appointed by FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, to provide back-end registry services the gTLD.

Internet naming board ICANN opens up new website suffixes for purchase
THE world is about to experience a new land rush, this time online. The internet naming board ICANN has opened up new website suffixes for purchase leading global companies to consider the value of bespoke internet addresses that relate to their products.

Aremi Group applies for .art (and claims trademarks)
Aremi Group is the latest to announce a formal application for a TLD, announcing that it has applied for .art.

Q&A: Internet Systems Consortium founder, Paul Vixie
When news of the domain name system (DNS)Changer malware broke in 2011, Internet Systems Consortium founder, Paul Vixie, was brought into the project by US law enforcement agencies as an advisor.

Leveraging DNS for Subscriber Loyalty by Keith Oborn
There has been a lot of talk about how the DNS can provide network-based security, and how DNS is in the best position to detect malware traffic before it does any harm. But what does this mean for end users? How does it make their online lives easier and more secure? DNS servers that are aware of sites that host malware, perform phishing activities (harvesting bank details, for instance) and other nefarious misbehaviors, can prevent end users from ever going to those sites.

'Obstinate' Conficker worm infests millions of PCs years later
Microsoft yesterday said the long-suppressed Conficker botnet is still actively infecting millions of new machines, giving Windows enterprise users a two-and-a-half-year headache.

Most of the Internet's top 200,000 HTTPS websites are insecure, group says [IDG]
Ninety percent of the Internet's top 200,000 HTTPS-enabled websites are vulnerable to known types of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) attack, according to a report released Thursday by the Trustworthy Internet Movement (TIM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving Internet security, privacy and reliability problems.

NATO Faced with Rising Flood of Cyberattacks
NATO cyberwarfare experts suspect that Chinese and Russian intelligence services are behind a recent uptick in cyberattacks against the Western alliance. SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that NATO's cyberwarfare unit registers up to 30 such attacks each day. Employees have been warned to be on their guard.

US, Russia plan hotline to avoid cyber war [AAP]
A hotline between the United States and Russia designed to defuse a nuclear conflict is likely to be expanded to cover the potential risk of a cyber war, The Washington Post says.

ANZUS cyber security message aimed at China [AAP]
The extension of the ANZUS alliance into cyberspace in 2011 was aimed at cyber attacks from China, a new study says.

When He Said-She Said Turns into Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
The real story in HTL Automotive, Inc. v. Techshire, may be the one about a law firm that doesn't know when to say "no" to its clients. The spectacular failure of the complaint here provides yet another lesson to brand owners on why it's so important to hire experienced and competent UDRP counsel.

Mimicking a company?s whois record to hide a cybersquatting domain
I was going through my daily check of notable domain name transfers when I came across something curious.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Beware of IPv6 security goblins, IETF warns
With World IPv6 Day just six weeks away, security consultants are once again warning that networks transitioning to the Internet's next-generation addressing scheme face serious risks unless they modify their defenses to accommodate the changes.

US And UK Lead International Operation Seizing 36 Domains Engaged in Financial Fraud
US And UK government authorities have seized 36 domain names as a result of Operation Wreaking hAVoC in a day of action Wednesday to target online criminals engaged in financial fraud.

UK, US seize 36 domains tied to financial fraud
British and US authorities have moved to seize 36 domain names associated with websites being used to traffic in stolen payment card data. The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said in a release issued today that the sites used Automated Vending Carts, a type of Web e-commerce software that allowed criminals to rapidly sell large volumes of credit card and banking account data.

US Seizes 36 Websites Dealing In Stolen Credit Cards
The Justice Department said the U.S. government has seized 36 domain names of websites that illegally sold and distributed stolen credit card numbers, part of an international effort to protect consumers' personal information on the Internet.

Cops seize 36 carder domains
The FBI and UK Serious Organised Crime Agency have seized 36 domain names that were allegedly being used to sell compromised credit card information.

Federal Courts Order Seizure of 36 Website Domains Involved in Selling Stolen Credit Card Numbers
Seizure orders have been executed against 36 domain names of websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of stolen credit card numbers, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department?s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia and Acting Executive Assistant Director Kevin Perkins of the FBI?s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, announced today.

Web domains seized in international operation to target online fraudsters
36 website domains, used to sell compromised card data, have been taken down following a day of action on Wednesday to target online criminals by SOCA working with the FBI and US Department of Justice.

3 top domain registrars offering .com domains for under $3
I?ve written before about how Go Daddy, Network Solutions, and Register.com offer discounted registrations in Google ads for the term ?domain name?.

Newbie domain registrant discovers Whois, has Twitter meltdown
The need for the domain name industry to enforce accurate Whois is often cited by law enforcement and intellectual property interests as a consumer protection measure.

House Passes CISPA, Privacy Concerns May Cause US Hosting Customers to Look Elsewhere
The US House of Representatives passed the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act on Thursday by a vote of 248 to 168, giving the government authority to share cyber threat information with companies.

Web Hosting Sales and Promos Roundup ? April 27, 2012
In the week ending on April 27, 2012, EuroDNS is offering .CH registration for ?7.99, IXWebHosting is offering 20 percent off its hosting, KnownHost is offering 75 percent off the first month of its VPS plans, and CrocWeb is offering 50 percent off its Litespeed-powered reseller hosting plans.

Bloomberg and Reuters Feature Domain Name Price Index Created with Sedo Market Data
The largest Internet domain name marketplace and monetization provider, Sedo, today announced that Bloomberg and Reuters have added IDNX, the industry?s leading domain price index, to the financial markets covered on their respective Web sites. This validates the economic relevance and investment potential of domain names, and makes the domain market more transparent for investors.

Bloomberg & Reuters Publish IDNX Domain Name Index
Good news for domain investors: Leading financial organizations Bloomberg and Reuters have added IDNX, the first scientific grade price index for the domain market, to their websites.

New Domain Sales App Reveals Domain Name and Website Sales Figures
Australian Internet pioneers Kikabink have launched a new iPhone App called Domain Sales, with promises of an Android app to come (no word on a Windows Phone app though). The app provides access to more than 72,000 historical domain and website sales, enabling people to review sales prices and value domain names.

How To Make Money With Domain Names
Domain names are hot commodities in today's tech-centric world. The $16 million sale of 'insure.com' to Quinstreet in 2009 may have set the world record, but even lengthier domain names are routinely sold for hundreds of dollars every day. The result is a unique opportunity for investors to invest in domain names that can be sold for a profit in the future.

Opening Day Photos and Highlights from the Domaining Europe 2012 Conference
The Domaining Europe 2012 conference officially got underway Thursday afternoon (April 26) at 4pm (local time) in Valencia, Spain. That left time for the many attendees who had already arrived in town time for a full day of sight seeing before returning to the Hotel Soralla Palace for the show's opening session.

Photos and Highlights From Day 2 Friday and Closing Day Saturday at Domaining Europe 2012 in Valencia, Spain (and Why I Will Go Home from Europe With No Hair!)
The Domaining Europe 2012 conference ended Saturday evening (April 28) in Valencia, Spain with the 4th event in this series winning rave reviews from every attendee we spoke to. The sell out crowd came from 23 different countries around the world.

Sedo and .ME Registry Partner To Auction Premium .ME Domains
Sedo, the leading online domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced an exclusive auction of premium .ME domain names.

OECD: Measuring the Broadband Bonus in Thirty OECD Countries
This paper provides estimates of the economic value created by broadband Internet using measures of new gross domestic product and consumer surplus. The study finds that the economic value created in 30 OECD countries correlates roughly with the overall size of their broadband economies.

The Digital (Gender) Divide: Women Are More Likely Than Men to Have a Blog (and a Facebook Profile)
When it comes to the demographic discrepancies of social media usage, we tend to think primarily about age. Young people, we assume, are Facebook addicts; older people, we assume, are Facebook-phobes. And while generational divisions have represented, and continue to represent, a primary division in the way Americans use social media, there's another important factor, as well: gender.

cn: Companies to cash in on social media expansion
China has the largest and most active population of social media users, and that has created unique opportunities for companies hoping to engage with a vast and increasingly affluent market, a new McKinsey study has found.

Study: Social media influence on purchases strongest in China
China's social media usage continues to grow exponentially, and with it, the growth of the local e-commerce industry which is set to surpass that of the United States by 2015. However, companies in China still face challenges harnessing the use of social media to influence buying decisions of consumers in their favor.

Has the internet run out of ideas already? The internet has delivered much, but now seems in a state of inventive stasis
Earlier this year, American legal scholar Tim Wu published a sobering book: The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. In it, he surveyed the history of the great communications technologies of the 20th century ? the telephone, movies, broadcast radio and TV. And in the story of each of these technologies, Wu discerned a pattern ? "a typical progression of information technologies: from somebody's hobby to somebody's industry; from jury-rigged contraption to slick production marvel; from a freely accessible channel to one strictly controlled by a single corporation or cartel ? from open to closed system. It is a progression so common as to seem inevitable, though it would hardly have seemed so at the dawn of any of the past century's transformative technologies, whether telephony, radio, television or film."

We need to talk about porn
The growth of internet sex sites is fuelling parental fears of children exposed to porn. So what's the real effect of an adolescence spent watching sex online?

Should Cyberbullying Be a Crime?
Schools throughout New York are preparing to put a new curriculum in place that will teach students civility and tolerance, to comply with new legislation intended to cut down on bullying.

Victims of cyberbullying fight back in lawsuits [AP]
When a Georgia middle school student reported to police and school officials that she had been bullied on Facebook, they told her there was not much they could do because the harassment occurred off campus.

us: Teen sues over Facebook bullying
A teenager in Georgia has decided to take things into her own hands after her school and police said they could do nothing about the classmates bullying her on Facebook.

Will 'emoticon defense' disprove cyberbullying?
Even if three Indiana girls were just kidding around and used emoticons and LOLs when they discussed killing classmates on Facebook, their talk still could be considered cyberbullying if it inflicted emotional harm, experts say.

uk: Online porn: Now Labour joins battle for automatic ban on Internet giants 'exploiting children'
Labour last night threw its weight behind the Daily Mail?s campaign for an automatic block on online porn.

Facebook's free Anti-virus Marketplace targets malware
Facebook has launched Anti-Virus Marketplace - a new portal to protect the social network's users.

Norton and Facebook Partner to Make the Web Safer
Norton by Symantec and Facebook announced a partnership to help protect Facebook users and make the web a safer place to connect with friends and family.

au: Federal Court has found Optus breached copyright law in broadcasting near live AFL, NRL matches
The AFL and Rugby League have scored a major victory in their fight to secure hundreds of millions in internet broadcasting rights, after a Federal Court of Appeal ruling this morning found Optus breached copyright law in broadcasting near live matches on the internet and hand held devices.

Telstra, AFL, NRL win live footy court battle
Telstra, the NRL and AFL have won their appeal against Optus's online broadcasting of Australian football and rugby league games, re-establishing Telstra's role as the nation's dominant online sports broadcaster.

Optus suspends TV Now, experts weigh in
While Optus has suspended the TV Now recording service in light of the adverse court ruling today, experts are divided on whether the ruling impacts cloud storage and recording services.

Optus suspends TV Now service
Optus has suspended its controversial recording service ?TV Now? indefinitely after an emphatic ruling against it in Sydney?s Federal Court that has been welcomed by the NRL, AFL and Telstra.

'No evidence' of mobile phone cancer risk
There is still "no convincing evidence" that mobile phones can adversely affect human health, according to a major new report released today.

Why Mobile Data Is Such a Cash Cow for Carriers
Verizon and AT&T reported their quarterly earnings in the last week, and they told nearly identical stories: Both are making a lot of money just from mobile data ? the fees customers pay to reach the Internet over their networks. Some numbers shared by AT&T make it clear why.

Google's early Android expectations revealed in 2010 presentation
An internal presentation given in 2010 by Google's Android boss Andy Rubin has provided some fascinating details on the company's expectations for its smartphone and tablet OS.

Samsung Beats Nokia in Handset Market in Q1, Say Research Firms [IDG]
Samsung beat Nokia to the top position in the global handset market in the first quarter of 2012, research firms Strategy Analytics and IHS iSuppli said Friday.

Samsung overtakes Nokia in mobile phone shipments
Samsung Electronics has overtaken Nokia to become the world's largest maker of mobile phones, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Who owns your stuff in the cloud? Terms for keeping your data on companies' Web data storage services vary, and you need to understand them before clicking 'Agree'
As more people look to the cloud for digital storage, such as the recently unveiled Google Drive, the era of being able to mindlessly click "OK" or "Agree" may be over.

au: Google seeks leave to appeal ad ruling
Web search company Google is asking the High Court to overturn a finding that it published misleading and deceptive advertisements, in a case that has big ramifications for online advertising.

'Obstinate' Conficker worm infests millions of PCs years later
Microsoft yesterday said the long-suppressed Conficker botnet is still actively infecting millions of new machines, giving Windows enterprise users a two-and-a-half-year headache.

Most of the Internet's top 200,000 HTTPS websites are insecure, group says [IDG]
Ninety percent of the Internet's top 200,000 HTTPS-enabled websites are vulnerable to known types of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) attack, according to a report released Thursday by the Trustworthy Internet Movement (TIM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving Internet security, privacy and reliability problems.

NATO Faced with Rising Flood of Cyberattacks
NATO cyberwarfare experts suspect that Chinese and Russian intelligence services are behind a recent uptick in cyberattacks against the Western alliance. SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that NATO's cyberwarfare unit registers up to 30 such attacks each day. Employees have been warned to be on their guard.

US, Russia plan hotline to avoid cyber war [AAP]
A hotline between the United States and Russia designed to defuse a nuclear conflict is likely to be expanded to cover the potential risk of a cyber war, The Washington Post says.

ANZUS cyber security message aimed at China [AAP]
The extension of the ANZUS alliance into cyberspace in 2011 was aimed at cyber attacks from China, a new study says.

Companies Raise Concerns Over Google Drive?s Privacy Protections
A number of companies are raising concerns about what Google says it can do with documents stored on the new Google Drive online storage service.

Data Harvesting at Google Not a Rogue Act, Report Finds
Google?s harvesting of e-mails, passwords and other sensitive personal information from unsuspecting households in the United States and around the world was neither a mistake nor the work of a rogue engineer, as the company long maintained, but a program that supervisors knew about, according to new details from the full text of a regulatory report.

Full FCC report on Google Street View reveals new details
The Google engineer who wrote the code enabling Street View cars to capture data from unprotected wireless networks told fellow engineers and a manager that he had done so, the FCC report says.

European Regulator Warns Silicon Valley About Privacy
The European data protection supervisor, Peter Hustinx, on Thursday urged technology companies to ?innovate? in the area of consumer privacy, saying that lawmakers on the continent would press ahead on a contentious proposed law that would, in part, compel companies to pare down the personal data kept in their digital vaults.

US sanctions on Iranian and Syrian entities and individuals for monitoring and tracking dissidents online
Reporters Without Borders welcomes the executive order that President Barack Obama signed on 23 April imposing new sanctions on those who provide the Syrian and Iranian regimes with ?information and communications technology that facilitates computer or network disruption, monitoring, or tracking that could assist in or enable grave rights abuses.?

ir: Plan to seal off internet
Iran is drawing up plans to cut off its internet users from the rest of the world with a so-called halal or "permitted" internet.

Digital Economy Act's anti-piracy measures are delayed
The controversial piracy law, the Digital Economy Act, has again been delayed, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed.

DEA anti-piracy measures delayed until 2014
The Digital Economy Act's anti-piracy measures have been delayed until 2014 at the earliest, following court cases brought by ISPs unhappy with the costs they would have to bear and with other aspects of the law.

U.S. Antitrust Move Has Google Fighting on Two Fronts
Google may soon be fighting antitrust battles on two fronts. The European Commission has been looking for two years into whether the search giant abused local competition laws, and it is expected soon to either file formal charges or achieve a significant settlement.

U.S. Escalates Google Case by Hiring Noted Outside Lawyer
Federal regulators escalated their antitrust investigation of Google on Thursday by hiring a prominent litigator, sending a strong signal that they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court.

FTC Hires Outside Attorney in Google Antitrust Case [IDG]
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has hired an outside litigator to lead its antitrust investigation of Google, a possible sign that the FTC is preparing to file a lawsuit against the search and advertising giant.

FTC turns up heat on Google in antitrust probe
Is Google on the verge of an antitrust showdown with federal regulators?

U.S. House passes cyber bill despite veto threat
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a cybersecurity bill on Thursday that would allow the government and companies to share information about hacking, but which has raised privacy concerns and a veto threat from the White House.

EFF Condemns CISPA, Vows to Take Fight to the Senate
Hours ago, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill that would allow companies to bypass all existing privacy law to spy on communications and pass sensitive user data to the government. EFF condemns the vote in the House and vows to continue the fight in the Senate.

CISPA Passes House: Cybersecurity Bill Approved Despite White House Veto Threat
The House of Representatives passed cybersecurity legislation Thursday aimed at protecting American companies from hackers who steal intellectual property.

Microsoft backs away from CISPA support, citing privacy
Microsoft is no longer as enthusiastic about a controversial cybersecurity bill that would allow Internet and telecommunications companies to divulge confidential customer information to the National Security Agency.

House Votes to Approve Disputed Hacking Bill
Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Thursday passed a bill that encourages intelligence agencies and businesses to share information about threats to computer systems, including attacks on American Web sites by hackers in China and other countries.

House Passes CISPA Cyberthreat Sharing Bill, Despite Privacy Concerns [IDG]
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a cyberthreat information-sharing bill that critics say will give U.S. government agencies access to the private communications of millions of Internet users.

InternetNZ mulls single regulatory regime
InternetNZ expects to complete in a few weeks a project to examine how a unified regulatory regime for online and broadcast content works or is envisaged to work in jurisdictions where such a system is in place or contemplated.

On the record with InternetNZ president
InternetNZ president Frank March telecommutes for the Ministry of Economic Development four days a week from his home in Motueka. He claims to be ?20 percent retired?.

How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes
Apple, the world?s most profitable technology company, doesn?t design iPhones here. It doesn?t run AppleCare customer service from this city. And it doesn?t manufacture MacBooks or iPads anywhere nearby.

Workers at Apple contractor threaten suicide in wage dispute
Workers at a factory owned by Foxconn, Apple's main manufacturer, threatened to jump off the roof of a building in a protest about wages, a month after the two firms reached agreement on improving working conditions.

au: Parliament probes technology price gouge
Apple and Microsoft will be asked to defend their pricing policies at a federal parliamentary inquiry into why Australians pay far more for music and game downloads than overseas customers.

au: Inquiry to target expensive downloads
The Federal Government is planning an inquiry into why it costs more to download software and content in Australia than in many other countries.

The Tangled Tale of Aakash, the World?s Cheapest Laptop
Last October, with much fanfare, the Ministry of Human Resources Development unveiled ?Aakash,? a new, $35 computer built for Indian students. More than six months later, with tens of thousands of university students still waiting, the tale of the Aakash looks a bit like an Indian soap opera, complete with a convoluted storyline, multiple characters, and massive personality clashes.

Tech Needs Girls: World leaders draw up roadmap for female tech education and careers push [news release]
Global leaders from the US, Europe, Africa and Asia joined together today to debate and define a roadmap that will help break down barriers and overturn outmoded attitudes in a bid get more girls into technology-related studies and careers.

UN debate stresses need to break down barriers for girls in technology-related careers [news release]
At a United Nations-organized event in New York, education and technology experts from around the world today discussed the need to break down barriers and shift attitudes to encourage girls to go into technology-related fields.

The top 4 priorities for the new Telecom boss
... At last week?s Tel.Con12 industry conference ? before Moutter?s appointment was announced ? I asked InternetNZ CEO Vikram Kumar what advice he would give to Telecom?s new boss.


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