[DNS] auDA domain name news - 13 May

[DNS] auDA domain name news - 13 May

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 12:14:11 +1000
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United Nations Agency to Discuss Internet Governance Again
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/united-nations-agency-to-discuss-internet-governance-again/>

auDA Foundation 2013 funding round open
<http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-06052013-1/>

auDA Foundation 2013 funding round now open
<http://blog.auda.org.au/2013/05/07/504/>

Launch of the 2013 Australian Internet Governance Forum and ?auIGF Ambassadors? initiative
<http://blog.auda.org.au/2013/05/07/launch-of-the-2013-australian-internet-governance-forum-and-auigf-ambassadors-initiative/>

This is how stupid the GAC?s new gTLDs advice is
<http://domainincite.com/12944-this-is-how-stupid-the-gacs-new-gtlds-advice-is>

New gTLDs applicants should brace for GAC delays
<http://domainincite.com/12988-new-gtlds-applicants-should-brace-for-gac-delays>

.MELBOURNE One Of 300 Passing ICANN's Initial Evaluation
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/05/11/melbourne-icann-initial-evaluation/>

Part 1 of 5: Introduction: New gTLD Security and Stability Considerations
<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/part_1_of_5_introduction>

Melbourne IT admits hack, says 'twas but a flesh wound
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/09/melbourne_it_hacking/>

Name.com Breached, Users Asked to Reset Passwords
<http://threatpost.com/name-com-breached-users-asked-to-reset-passwords/>


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GOVERNANCE
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United Nations Agency to Discuss Internet Governance Again
Here we go again. The United Nations is trying to take over the Internet! Or maybe it isn?t.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/united-nations-agency-to-discuss-internet-governance-again/>

Multistakeholder Advisory Group Renewed to Prepare Internet Governance - Forum Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, 22-25 October [news release]
The membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum has been renewed. A total of 56 members, 15 among them new, have been appointed. The Advisory Group members are from all stakeholder groups and all regions, representing Governments, the private sector, civil society and technical community.
<http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/pi2058.doc.htm>

World Telecommunications Policy Forum ? Building Consensus in Support of a Global, Inclusive, Free, and Open Internet by Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Lawrence E. Strickling and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel A. Sepulveda
Next week the U.S. will join the Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the fifth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) in Geneva. The U.S. comes to Geneva expecting a consensus outcome to the discussions there but also to renew our commitment to understanding the needs and challenges some countries have with respect to the Internet.
<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2013/world-telecommunications-policy-forum-building-consensus-support-global-inclusive-free-and>

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DOMAIN NAMES
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 - ICANN
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Answering Your Questions by Steve Crocker
During the Public Forum session at the recent ICANN meeting in Beijing, community members asked the Board quite a few important questions and made some interesting comments. In response, we have conferred with those ICANN staff members who have the greatest expertise in the areas of the inquiries, in order to give thorough and accurate responses.
<http://blog.icann.org/2013/05/answering-your-questions/>

Whois Information Status Policy
Purpose (Brief): ICANN is opening a Public Comment Period for the proposed Whois Information Status Policy. Members of the Internet Community are asked to provide feedback on the proposed document. The proposed Policy is based on a recommendation from the Generic Names Supporting Organization Council related to the display of statuses in the Whois output by registry operators and registrars.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/wisp-10may13-en.htm>

NGPC Progress on GAC Advice
The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) wishes to share with the ICANN community its progress in consideration of the GAC advice and what steps are still to be taken. The NGPC met on 8 May to consider a Plan for responding to the Governmental Advisory Committee's advice on New gTLDs, transmitted to the Board through its 11 April Beijing Communiqu?. The Plan is in two parts: Part 1 shown below consists of actions for soliciting input from Applicants and from the Community.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-10may13-en.htm>

FY14 Draft Operating Plan and Budget
Purpose (Brief): ICANN is now opening a public comment forum for the FY14 Draft Operating Plan and Budget.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/op-budget-fy14-10may13-en.htm>

Next Set of Initial Evaluation Results Released. Total Number of Passing Applications Now 300
View Them Here.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-10may13-en>

ICANN 46 in Beijing
... ICANN holds regular meetings where community participants discuss current issues, develop policy proposals and make decisions. Last month?s meeting in Beijing was the largest in ICANN?s history with 2600 people registered as participants including 700 from China.
<http://www.apc.org/en/blog/icann-46-beijing>

Three more registrars get breach notices
ICANN has told three registrars that they?re in breach of their contracts and risk losing their accreditations.
<http://domainincite.com/12931-three-more-registrars-get-breach-notices>

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A look at micro TLDs
ICANN recently published the latest batch of monthly registry reports, which include data on how many domains are registered in each (non-ccTLD) TLD. The latest data was for the end of January.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/10/a-look-at-micro-tlds/>

auDA Foundation 2013 funding round open
The auDA Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2013 funding round.
<http://www.auda.org.au/news-archive/auda-06052013-1/>

auDA Foundation 2013 funding round now open
The auDA Foundation is now accepting applications for grants in the 2013 funding round.
<http://blog.auda.org.au/2013/05/07/504/>

Launch of the 2013 Australian Internet Governance Forum and ?auIGF Ambassadors? initiative
We are proud to announce the launch of the 2013 Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF).
<http://blog.auda.org.au/2013/05/07/launch-of-the-2013-australian-internet-governance-forum-and-auigf-ambassadors-initiative/>

CIRA increases support for digital and media literacy with a Gold Sponsorship of MediaSmarts
Canada?s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy is pleased to announce that the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has increased its 2013 support to the organization to become a Gold-level sponsor.
<http://www.cira.ca/news/announcements/cira-support-of-mediasmarts/>

.pw sees strongest growth in China
The recently launched .pw domain, managed by Directi, is doing particularly well in China, according to an early analysis from DomainTools.
<http://domainincite.com/12934-pw-sees-strongest-growth-in-china>

887,000 .vn IDN domains registered
There were 887,000 .vn internationalized domain names registered as of the end of March, Dot VN, Inc. disclosed this month.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/09/vietnam-idns/>

VNNIC and APNIC discuss about management of IP address
On 5th May 2013, in Ho Chi Minh City, Asian Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) had a trip to and officially worked with Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) about management of IP address, especially corporating to push the development of IPv6.
<http://vnnic.vn/en/about/news/vnnic-and-apnic-discuss-about-management-ip-address-may-5th-2013?lang=en>

Vietnam applies new Internet protocol
Vietnam on Monday began test run and transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) since IPv4 addresses were already exhausted two years ago.
<http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/73634/vietnam-applies-new-internet-protocol.html>

APNIC supports IPv6 deployment in Vietnam
APNIC's Senior IPv6 Program Specialist Miwa Fujii will present to business decision makers at the Vietnam IPv6 Day in Ho Chi Minh City.
<http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2013/ipv6-day-vietnam>

Official Vietnam IPv6 Launch (May 6th 2013)
On May 6th 2013, Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) ? Acting chair of Vietnam IPv6 Task Force hosted the Conference ?Vietnam IPv6 Day?, on behalf of Ministry of Information and Communications, at Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel, Hochiminh city.
<http://vnnic.vn/en/about/news/official-vietnam-ipv6-launch-may-6th-2013?lang=en>

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This is how stupid the GAC?s new gTLDs advice is
For the last few weeks I?ve been attempting to write a sensible analysis of the Governmental Advisory Committee?s advice on new gTLDs without resorting to incredulity, hyperbole or sarcasm.
<http://domainincite.com/12944-this-is-how-stupid-the-gacs-new-gtlds-advice-is>

New gTLDs applicants should brace for GAC delays
New gTLD applicants affected by Governmental Advisory Committee advice may be about to find that their launch runway is quite a bit longer than they hoped.
<http://domainincite.com/12988-new-gtlds-applicants-should-brace-for-gac-delays>

Global web address regulator approves .melbourne
A new targeted piece of the Internet completely devoted to Melburnians and the state of Victoria is one step closer to being available ? after the global regulator of web addresses today gave '.melbourne' an official tick of approval.
<http://www.ariservices.com/news-global_web_address_regulator_approves_melbourne.php>

.MELBOURNE One Of 300 Passing ICANN's Initial Evaluation
The first Australian gTLD application has passed its initial evaluation. On Friday ICANN said '.melbourne' has passed its technical and financial evaluations, with the number passing this stage now reaching 300, and being the next step in getting the gTLD up and running.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=20249>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2013/05/11/melbourne-icann-initial-evaluation/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/en/melbourne-one-of-300-passing-icanns-initial-evaluation.html>

Melbourne snares new home on the web
In the age-old rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney, being first is paramount. Now Melbourne has trumped its sister city in the latest high-tech stakes, gaining a new home on the web.
<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/melbourne_snares_new_home_on_the_8eDGD5xAobirPm2XJUa45N>

Melbourne to get own domain name [AAP]
MELBOURNE is set to get its own internet domain name with the global web address regulator ticking off on the change.
<http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/melbourne-to-get-own-domain-name/story-e6frea7l-1226640589315>
<http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/government-it/melbourne-to-get-own-domain-name-20130512-2jg4e.html>
<http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/melbourne-to-get-own-domain-name-20130512-2jg4e.html>

City of Melbourne on the road to owning .melbourne domain
The City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government have secured initial approval to own the .melbourne TLD.
<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/market/59789-city-of-melbourne-on-the-road-to-owning-melbourne-domain>

56 more new gTLDs pass evaluation
ICANN?s evaluators have passed 56 more new gTLD applications through Initial Evaluation.
<http://domainincite.com/12986-56-more-new-gtlds-pass-evaluation>

Part 1 of 5: Introduction: New gTLD Security and Stability Considerations
Verisign recently published a technical report on new gTLD security and stability considerations. The initial objective of the report was to assess for Verisign?s senior management our own operational preparedness for new gTLDs, as both a Registry Service Provider for approximately 200 strings, as well as a direct applicant for 14 new gTLDs (including 12 internationalized domain name (IDN) transliterations of .com and .net). The goal was to help ensure our teams, infrastructure and processes are prepared for the pilot and general pre-delegation testing (PDT) exercises, various bits of which are underway, and the subsequent production delegations and launch of new gTLDs shortly thereafter.
<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/part_1_of_5_introduction>

Will you be too sexy for .sexy?
Uniregistry is planning to implement strict sexiness restrictions in its forthcoming .sexy gTLD, according to a fake press release we?ve just received.
<http://domainincite.com/12982-will-you-be-too-sexy-for-sexy>

What New gTLD Applicants Need Is a Quick, Lightweight Answer to the World's Governments. Here It Is. by Kieren McCarthy
It's safe to say that with just a week to go before ICANN intended to sign the first contract for a new gTLD, the last thing anyone wanted was a 12-page document from the world's governments with 16 new "safeguards", six of which it wants to see applied to every new extension. But what the industry shouldn't overlook, especially in the face of the expected critical responses this week and next, is that the Governmental Advisory Committee's (GAC's) formal advice from the ICANN Beijing meeting represents an opportunity for the domain name industry to lock-in self-regulation at a critical point in its evolution.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20130510_what_new_gtld_applicants_need_is_a_quick_lightweight_answer_to_gac/>

Demand Media slates GAC?s new gTLDs demands
Demand Media has become the first new gTLD applicant to put its head above the parapet and tell ICANN that its latest batch of Governmental Advisory Committee advice is unworkable.
<http://domainincite.com/12940-demand-media-slates-gacs-new-gtlds-demands>

An explanation of Demand Media?s deal with Donuts
A lot of fuss has been made about the connection between Demand Media and Donuts and the new TLD program. What exactly is the relationship between the two companies?
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/10/an-explanation-of-demand-medias-deal-with-donuts/>

Looking "INTA" the Future
The International Trademark Association's (INTA) 135th Annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, wraps up today after five days of discussion among intellectual property leaders from around the globe ? in fact, more than 8,000 of them. It?s no surprise that one of the major topics on the minds of trademark owners was the impending launch of new gTLDs.
<http://www.domainnamestrategy.com/2013/05/08/looking-inta-future>

Don?t Let Plural and Singular New TLDs Get You Down
Car. Cars. The last time you were visually confused by these two words was probably first grade, but a lot of experts are concerned that in the context of TLDs, you'll be confused. They?ve got a point. Before you balk, take a look at this:
<http://www.name.com/blog/ntlds/2013/05/dont-let-plural-and-singular-new-tlds-get-you-down/>

ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse has launched. Have you protected your trade marks?
With the upcoming release of so many new gTLDs, trade mark owners may find cybersquatting becoming a more substantial issue again.
<http://www.claytonutz.com/publications/edition/9_may_2013/20130509/icanns_trademark_clearinghouse_has_launched-_have_you_protected_your_trade_marks.page>

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Melbourne IT admits hack, says 'twas but a flesh wound
Australian domain registrar Melbourne IT admits ?an unauthorised third party? has attacked the company, but says the incident was minor.
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/09/melbourne_it_hacking/>

Name.com forces customers to reset passwords following security breach [IDG]
Domain registrar Name.com forced its customers to reset their account passwords on Wednesday following a security breach on the company's servers that might have resulted in customer information being compromised.
<http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/050913-namecom-forces-customers-to-reset-269588.html>
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038263/namecom-forces-customers-to-reset-passwords-following-security-breach.html>

Name.com Breached, Users Asked to Reset Passwords
Domain registrar Name.com has informed its customers via email of a data breach and asked them to reset their passwords.
<http://threatpost.com/name-com-breached-users-asked-to-reset-passwords/>

Revenge hack put 5.5 million domain names allegedly at risk
Amid hacking group Hack the Planet's (HTP) claims that 5.5 million domain names had been compromised, and several domain registrars had been hacked, Name.com and Melbourne IT have stepped forward to confirm that they have been breached.
<http://www.zdnet.com/revenge-hack-put-5-5-million-domain-names-allegedly-at-risk-7000015107/>

Moniker.com and Name.com Respond to Hack Claims
Wednesday DNN ran an article about a purported hack of several domain name registrars by HTP (Hack the Planet). While HTP claimed that the hosting company Linode.com was the intended target, the group also claimed they were able to hack in to Melbourne IT, Name.com, Moniker and Xinnet and provided ?evidence? of this on their HTP5 zine in a file called registrar-data.txt.
<http://www.domainnamenews.com/registrars/moniker-com-and-name-com-respond-to-hack-claims/22545>

Hackers Break in to Prominent Domain Registrars, Moniker, Melbourne IT, Name.com and Xinnet
A story on Hacker News from earlier Tuesday mentions that a group of hackers, Hack The Planet (HTP), was able to hack in to several domain name registrars late last year . The registrars were not specifically targeted, rather they were hacked in order to take down the hosting of another hacker?s IRC channel.
<http://www.domainnamenews.com/registrars/hackers-break-in-to-prominent-domain-registrars-moniker-melbourne-it-name-com-and-xinnet/22534>

We got hacked
Many of you received our email or saw online that name.com was hacked. The truth is that it's one of the more painful admissions that can be made on the Internet. We want you to know that when we say that we ?give a shit? we truly mean it. In an effort to maintain the open, honest, and transparent reputation we?ve built for ourselves, we?re going to give you the lowdown on what happened and what we did in response.
<http://www.name.com/blog/general/2013/05/we-got-hacked/>

Senate Bill Calls For 'Watch List' Of Nations Cyberspying On U.S., Trade Sanctions
In a week that began with the rare move of the Pentagon calling out the Chinese government and military for attacks on U.S. government networks, some key senators have drafted a bill that would create a watch list of nations conducting cyberespionage against the U.S., and spell out just what technologies and products are being stolen -- as well as which foreign firms benefit from the intellectual property stolen from the U.S.
<http://www.darkreading.com/government-vertical/senate-bill-calls-for-watch-list-of-nati/240154514>

In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme
It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/nyregion/eight-charged-in-45-million-global-cyber-bank-thefts.html>

Huge cyber bank theft spans 27 countries
In one of the biggest ever bank heists, a global cyber crime ring stole $45 million (29.1 million pounds) from two Middle Eastern banks by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/10/uk-usa-crime-cybercrime-idUKBRE9480UR20130510>

au: How UNSW creates the world's best hackers
UNSW is known for producing top lawyers, doctors and accountants. But the 64-year-old institution is now gaining a reputation for excelling in what is often viewed as anti-establishment - hacking.
<http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/how-unsw-creates-the-worlds-best-hackers-20130510-2jdbt.html>

au: Cyber gangs penetrate NBN networks
NBN Co?s internal networks were penetrated by ?trojans? created by cyber criminals with ?advanced capabilities? that avoided detection by its anti-virus software at least twice in 2012.
<http://www.afr.com/p/national/cyber_gangs_penetrate_nbn_networks_kS0NM3AyoxZPxttIJUhicL>

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Twisted Sister's legal threats over coffee shop's URL
A tiny coffee shop In Kansas called Twisted Sisters has been served with legal papers by lawyers for the rock band of a similar name. Oh, yes, they're claiming trademark.
<http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57584044-71/twisted-sisters-legal-threats-over-coffee-shops-url/>

Automate this!
Haas Automation, Inc. recently won a major victory in the fight against cybersquatting by successfully recovering 17 domain names in a single decision. The CNC machine tool builder?s recent haul included domain names such as haasvalves.co and haasrentals.co.
<http://www.domainnamestrategy.com/2013/05/10/automate>

Is a Cheap, Computer-Generated UDRP Complaint a Good Idea?
If you could pay several hundred dollars (or even less) for something that often costs thousands of dollars, should you do so? The answer, of course, is, ?it depends.? It depends on whether the items are truly comparable ? or, is one merely a cheaper imitation of the other?
<http://isenbergondomains.com/2013/05/07/is-a-cheap-computer-generated-udrp-complaint-a-good-idea/>

INTA 2013: NAF provides .xxx figures
IP owners have lost only one of 40 .xxx cybersquatting disputes handled by the National Arbitration Forum, according to its legal counsel Kristine Dorrain.
<http://www.worldipreview.com/news/inta-2013-naf-provides-xxx-figures>

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Interim CEO gets two C-level roles at Go Daddy
Go Daddy?s management shake-up continues apace, with the news last night that former interim CEO Scott Wagner has been appointed COO and CFO.
<http://domainincite.com/12938-interim-ceo-gets-two-c-level-roles-at-go-daddy>

Domain name change leads to 20% drop at HomeAdvisor
IAC underestimated the challenge from switching its ServiceMagic business to a new domain name, the company disclosed with its first quarter results.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/09/homeadvisor-domain-change/>

Trade Sanctions Cited in Hundreds of Syrian Domain Seizures
In apparent observation of international trade sanctions against Syria, a U.S. firm that ranks as the world?s fourth-largest domain name registrar has seized hundreds of domains belonging to various Syrian entities, including a prominent Syrian hacker group and sites associated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/05/trade-sanctions-cited-in-hundreds-of-syrian-domain-seizures/>

Why You Need a Good Domain Name Lawyer
Most people who invest in domain names probably hope that they never need to use the services of a good domain name lawyer. I think the perception may be that if you have to hire a lawyer for something, it probably means you did something bad or someone is threatening you. That?s not the case, and I think it?s important for everyone to know how to get in touch with a good lawyer who knows domain names and intellectual property (IP) law.
<http://www.elliotsblog.com/why-you-need-a-good-domain-name-lawyer-0173> 

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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The Unpolitics of Child Protection by Victoria Nash, University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute
Abstract: For many there can be no better illustration of the dark side of the Internet than the media?s emotive portrayal of children?s daily exposure to paedophiles, pornography and gambling. Yet although such risks undoubtedly do exist and merit serious-minded attention from policy-makers, the moral panic surrounding their prevalence serves to obscure another dark corner in this debate, namely the disempowerment of children through Internet policy and regulation. Drawing on liberal political theory as well as empirical research into Internet use, this paper argues that children?s interests are ill-served by dominant trends in Internet policy-making towards censorship and filtering.
<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2260761>

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us: FTC Votes Unanimously to Retain July 1 Date for Implementation of the Updated Children?s Online Privacy Protection Rule
The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to retain the July 1, 2013 date for implementation of the updated Children?s Online Privacy Protection Rule. In a letter to industry organizations that had requested that the Commission reconsider the July 1 date, the Commission noted that implementation of the updated rule marks the culmination of a three-year process. The July 1 date was announced last December, providing companies more than six months to prepare.
<http://ftc.gov/opa/2013/05/coppa.shtm>

nz: 'You are hated by everyone' - What happens when the cyber bullies attack
OPINION: Teenager Grace King asked her friend to describe what she went through as a victim of cyber bullying. This is a true account of what she said.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/8657556/You-are-hated-by-everyone>

ITU appoints First Lady of Nigeria as its Child Online Protection Champion [news release]
The Secretary-General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Dr Hamadoun I. Tour? today appointed the First Lady of Nigeria and President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, Her Excellency Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, as ITU?s Child Online Protection (COP) Champion.
<http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2013/18.aspx>

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY
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Worth paying for? YouTube is becoming more like normal television
One of the most popular videos this month on YouTube, an online video site, is a commercial by a bottled-water firm, Evian. In it, adults walking by a shop window see their baby lookalikes reflected, and start dancing with their former selves. The grown-up YouTube, however, looks nothing like it did in its infancy. Once a warehouse for pirated clips and amateur footage of cats, YouTube has been trying to transform itself into a sleeker, more sophisticated site that can compete with television for advertisers. It will soon look even more like television. On May 9th it is expected to announce that it will charge users for subscriptions to some ?channels?.
<http://www.economist.com/news/business/21577427-youtube-becoming-more-normal-television-worth-paying>

YouTube launches pay-to-watch subscription channels
Under the pilot programme, a small number of content makers will offer the channels for subscriptions starting at $0.99 (?0.64) a month.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22474715>

Youtube Rolls Out Paid Subscription Channels [IDG]
Not everything on YouTube is free any more. The video-sharing website will now charge users a monthly fee to view certain content offered through subscription channels, the Google-owned site announced Thursday.
<http://www.cio.com/article/733120/Youtube_Rolls_Out_Paid_Subscription_Channels>
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9239075/YouTube_rolls_out_paid_subscription_channels>

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Mobiles 'to outnumber people next year', says UN agency
There will be more mobile subscriptions than people in the world by the end of next year, according to a UN agency report.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22464368>

Singapore mobile app flushes out clean and dirty toilets
For those on the go, finding a clean toilet in Singapore and giving feedback on the best and worst commodes is now in hand with a new app for mobile phones and tablet computers.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/09/oukoe-uk-singapore-toilets-idUKBRE94802N20130509>
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/09/singapore-toilets-app-idINDEE94801920130509>

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SPAM
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The Common Enemy: Spam was born in 1971, when an MIT engineer used his system-administrator privileges to send an antiwar message to his colleagues
"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." The first spam message, sent in 1971, was very much of its time. It was born when Peter Bos, an engineer at MIT, used his privileges as a system administrator to urge a thousand fellow engineers?including some at the Pentagon?to oppose the Vietnam War.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324482504578454960570233222.html>

Spammers Revived Old Schemes in March Quarter [CSO]
Spammers revived some old scams during the first three months of the year to wrap their tentacles around unsuspecting netizens, according to junk mail fighters.
<http://www.cio.com/article/733162/Spammers_Revived_Old_Schemes_in_March_Quarter>

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DIGITAL DIVIDE
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New Study from Internet Society and Analysys Mason Examines Factors Hindering Development of Internet Access in Africa [news release]
The Internet Society today published a new study, ?Lifting barriers to Internet development in Africa: suggestions for improving connectivity,? which examines the factors hindering Internet development in Africa and explores possible remedies.
<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/new-study-internet-society-and-analysys-mason-examines-factors-hindering-development-internet>

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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20 ways to keep your internet identity safe from hackers
Do you use the same password for all websites? Do you overshare on Facebook? If so, you're a target for cybercriminals ? whose computer scams are costing Britain ?27bn a year. We asked experts for their top tips to beat the fraudsters
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/12/20-ways-keep-internet-identity-safe>

How to Fight Revenge Porn
For those whose privately shared photos have made their way to the web, an argument of implied confidentiality may be a good bet.
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/05/how-to-fight-revenge-porn/275759/>

US government orders removal of Defcad 3D-gun designs
The US government has demanded designs for a 3D-printed gun be taken offline.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22478310>

us: State Department orders firm to remove 3D-printed guns web blueprints
The US government has blocked a Texas-based company from distributing details online of how to make a plastic gun using a 3-D printer.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/09/3d-printed-guns-plans-state-department>

Individuals can be identified despite IP address sharing, BT says
The use of Internet Protocol (IP) address sharing technology will not prevent individuals from being identified as the perpetrators of illegal online activity, BT has claimed.09 May 2013
<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/may/individuals-can-be-identified-despite-ip-address-sharing-bt-says/>

us: 9th Circuit: No Relief for Copyright Troll Righthaven
The Ninth Circuit appeals court today turned down copyright troll Righthaven?s last ditch effort to salvage its failed business model, upholding the federal district court?s decision to dismiss its bogus copyright case on the grounds that it never actually held the copyrights it was suing under.
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/9th-circuit-no-relief-copyright-troll-righthaven>

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SECURITY
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Senate Bill Calls For 'Watch List' Of Nations Cyberspying On U.S., Trade Sanctions
In a week that began with the rare move of the Pentagon calling out the Chinese government and military for attacks on U.S. government networks, some key senators have drafted a bill that would create a watch list of nations conducting cyberespionage against the U.S., and spell out just what technologies and products are being stolen -- as well as which foreign firms benefit from the intellectual property stolen from the U.S.
<http://www.darkreading.com/government-vertical/senate-bill-calls-for-watch-list-of-nati/240154514>

In Hours, Thieves Took $45 Million in A.T.M. Scheme
It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/10/nyregion/eight-charged-in-45-million-global-cyber-bank-thefts.html>

Huge cyber bank theft spans 27 countries
In one of the biggest ever bank heists, a global cyber crime ring stole $45 million (29.1 million pounds) from two Middle Eastern banks by hacking into credit card processing firms and withdrawing money from ATMs in 27 countries, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/10/uk-usa-crime-cybercrime-idUKBRE9480UR20130510>

au: How UNSW creates the world's best hackers
UNSW is known for producing top lawyers, doctors and accountants. But the 64-year-old institution is now gaining a reputation for excelling in what is often viewed as anti-establishment - hacking.
<http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/how-unsw-creates-the-worlds-best-hackers-20130510-2jdbt.html>

au: Cyber gangs penetrate NBN networks
NBN Co?s internal networks were penetrated by ?trojans? created by cyber criminals with ?advanced capabilities? that avoided detection by its anti-virus software at least twice in 2012.
<http://www.afr.com/p/national/cyber_gangs_penetrate_nbn_networks_kS0NM3AyoxZPxttIJUhicL>

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PRIVACY
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us: Update to Email Privacy Law Must Go Further
Proposals to update the email privacy law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), are moving quickly in Congress. ECPA is in dire need of an update as it was written in the mid-1980s long before the advent of ubiquitous webmail and cloud storage.
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/update-email-privacy-law-must-go-further>

us: F.T.C. Warns Data Firms on Selling Information
The Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday that it had sent warning letters to 10 data brokerage firms, telling them that their practices, which involve gathering and selling consumer information, could violate federal privacy laws.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/business/ftc-warns-data-firms-on-selling-information.html>

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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Netizen Report: Azerbaijan, Brazil Consider New Legislation on Expression
Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week, we examine a range of regulatory and legislative issues that have recently emerged in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Germany, and Ghana.
<http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/05/09/netizen-report-azerbaijan-brazil-consider-new-legislation-on-expression/>

nz: Patents Bill amended to clarify software issue
A new Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) has been injected into the Patents Bill debate by Commerce Minister Craig Foss and is seen by some industry organisations as moving the position of software patentability closer to the total ban established by the Commerce Select Committee in 2010.
<http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/patents-bill-amended-to-clarify-software-issue>

New Zealand government closes door on software patents
The ruling party in New Zealand has decided to drop a controversial plan to expand patenting of software in the island nation. The move was hailed by IT professionals and open Internet advocates.
<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/new-zealand-government-closes-door-on-software-patents/>

NZ to bypass software patents
New Zealand looks set to prevent software from being patentable by defining it as being out of scope with the country's patent law.
<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/342745,nz-prohibits-software-patenting.aspx>
<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/342745,nz-skirts-software-patents-issue-in-new-law.aspx>

New Zealand To Ban Software Patents 'As Such'; Tries To Pin Down What On Earth That Means
Few patent sagas have been as fraught as New Zealand's attempt to revise its laws to exclude software.
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130509/09013323019/new-zealand-bans-software-patents-as-such-tries-to-pin-down-what-earth-that-means.shtml>

nz: A jackboot intercept bill by Vikram Kumar
Here we go again. The government?s penchant for novel laws is again taking an axe to the Internet in New Zealand.
<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/jackbook-intercept-bill-ck-139977>

Don't Criminalize Our Internet Use by Catherine Hart, Policy Coordinator, Openmedia.ca
"The biggest global threat to the Internet." That's how legal experts describe the controversial international agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP agreement threatens to criminalize the use of your favourite websites -- including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, your favourite blog -- and even your online comments. Provisions in leaked drafts of the TPP could prohibit use of "temporary copies", which according to policy experts at InternetNZ, are crucial to how the Internet works.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/catherine-hart/internet-censorship_b_3248727.html>

Michael Froman: Don?t Criminalize Our Internet Use
?The biggest global threat to the Internet?: That?s how legal experts describe the controversial international agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP agreement threatens to criminalize the use of your favorite websites?including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and your favourite blog?and even your online comments. Provisions in leaked drafts of the TPP could prohibit use of ?temporary copies?, which according to policy experts at InternetNZ, are crucial to how the Internet works.
<http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/openmediaca/2013/05/michael-froman-don?t-criminalize-our-internet-use>

S'pore studying measures to curb online gambling
The government is working with industry experts to study the issues of online gambling, and learning from other jurisdictions in order to formulate a strategy to restrict it.
<http://www.zdnet.com/sg/spore-studying-measures-to-curb-online-gambling-7000015191/>

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Microsoft?s broken Windows is lesson for Apple
When the geniuses in Apple?s design department started thinking about how to make a phone, the first thing they came up with was the scroll wheel. This, after all, was the invention that had made the iPod great: you could swirl through long lists of songs or artists with a satisfying swipe of the thumb. Could there ever be a better user interface for a pocket-sized digital device?
<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5711eb04-b89c-11e2-869f-00144feabdc0.html>

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Limiting Data Use in Germany
The debate over ?network neutrality,? the principle that all bits of digital information are created equal, has come home in a real way for millions of Germans.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/technology/deutsche-telekom-data-use-and-net-neutrality.html>

No 'Sharks With Lasers on Their Heads': What Protects the Internet in the Ocean?
If you've been following the events in Syria over the past few days, you know the country's Internet is now back from the dead after a 19-hour outage that the government blamed on "terrorist" sabotage--an explanation bought by approximately zero people.
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/05/no-sharks-with-lasers-on-their-heads-what-protects-the-internet-in-the-ocean/275732/>


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