[DNS] auDA domain name news - 3 October

[DNS] auDA domain name news - 3 October

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2013 16:42:54 +1000

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Angry gTLD applicants lay into ANA and Verisign ?bullshit?

Still no closure on GAC new gTLD advice

Awareness of New gTLDs Remains Low Among Advertisers/Marketers: Sedo Survey

Name Collisions: Unanticipated Effects by Kurt Pritz

Australia urged to embrace new internet protocol

Domain Names And Websites Allow Small Business Control And Benefit Communication, E-Commerce

Rights Protection Mechanism Requirements Published
Today ICANN published the final Rights Protection Mechanism (RPM) Requirements for new gTLD registries, putting in place a key part of the New gTLD Program that enables trademark holders to protect their rights during the Domain Name System expansion.

Legal Age: 21 ccTLDs from the Region Met Within the Framework of the Regional Strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean by Alexandra Dans
The regional organization of ccTLDs in Latin America and the Caribbean, organized a technical workshop on September 3 in Panama which brought together 21 ccTLDs from the region, framed within one of the projects of the ICANN Strategic Plan in Latin America and the Caribbean ? Security, Stability and Resiliency in the DNS- LACTLD. According to Christian O?Flaherty, Senior Development Manager for the Internet Society Latin America Office, this demonstrated the development achieved by the organization: ?The Internet Society has been supporting the LACTLD technical meetings for several years. It is the most relevant and valuable workshop for ccTLD operators in the LAC region. The recent workshop was a great success and a milestone that confirms the current growth and maturity of the organization?.

NGPC Considers Remaining Beijing and Durban Advice on New gTLDs
The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) met on 28 September 2013 and, among other things, adopted a scorecard of remaining advice from the Beijing and Durban GAC Communiqu?s.

Removal of Eleven Test Internationalized Top-Level Domains from the Root Zone
ICANN is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the testing period for internationalized TLD IDNs in the DNS root zone.

Revised Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP)
Purpose (Brief): Seeking comments on the Revised Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure.

Report on DIDP Disclosure
Introduction: This investigation is about a DIDP request and response from ICANN. The acronym, DIDP means the Documentary Information Disclosure Policy found at icann.org/en/about/transparency/didp. The policy states that ?ICANN?s Documentary Information Disclosure Policy (DIDP) is intended to ensure that information contained in documents concerning ICANN?s operational activities, and within ICANN?s possession, custody, or control, is made available to the public unless there is a compelling reason for confidentiality.?

A Day (or Two) in the Life of a Regional Vice President by Veni Markovski
Among the challenges of being a Regional Vice President is managing your time to attend and participate in as many worthwhile stakeholder events as possible. So last year, when our partners from the Uzbekistan ccTLD .uz ? Uzinfocom invited me to speak at their 2013 ICT Summit, I said ?yes?!

New Contracting Statistics Released - CIRS Sent Through Priority 1000
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 27 September 2013:

ICANN Appoints Chair and Chair-Elect for the 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom)
The ICANN Board is pleased to announce that it has appointed Cheryl Langdon-Orr as Chair and St?phane Van Gelder as Chair-Elect for the 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom).

Stephen D. Crocker to Heather Dryden
NGPC Meeting of 28 September 2013 	 

Craig Schwartz, Director | fTLD Registry Services, LLC, to Christine Willett
Additional Letters of Endorsement, Application ID# 1-1035-75923

Dan Jaffe, Group Executive Vice President, Government Relations | Association of National Advertisers, to Stephen D. Crocker and ICANN Board of Directors
Concerns Regarding the Expansion of gTLDs, and Name Collisions

Craig Schwartz, Director | fTLD Registry Services, LLC, to Christine Willett
Additional Letters of Endorsement, Application ID# 1-1035-13873

ICANN Board Selects 2014 Nominating Committee Leadership Team by St?phane Van Gelder
The ICANN Board has just announced its selections for the next Nominating Committee's leadership. As a reminder, the Nominating Committee (NomCom) is designed to ensure skilled individuals go into key ICANN leadership position. Every year, its recruitment and selection process leads to appointments for positions on the GNSO (Generic Names Supporting Organisation - ICANN's policy-making body for generic domains), the ccNSO (country code Names Supporting Organisation) and ALAC (At Large Advisory Committee).

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Public Interest Registry Unveils New Brand Identity
Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, today announced a rebranding of the organization. The fresh change in its visual brand design exemplifies the organization?s brand identity as the trustworthy, purposeful, spirited and collaborative operator of .ORG ? the world?s third largest generic domain ? and the soon-to-be-launched .NGO and .ONG domain.

PIR rebrands, talks up ?Facebook-like? new gTLDs
Public Interest Registry is dropping the .org from its primary branding in preparation for the launch of its new gTLDs.

zw: ZISPA takes website ?offline?. Local domain name registration affected
If you tried to search for a local domain on the ZISPA website today, you were probably met with an error or, in the case of the website?s home page, a listing of the website?s archived versions. The website has, for some reason we don?t know yet, been taken down. It could be a update going on, a mistake, or something else, that we will find out when the email we have sent the ZISPA chairman has been responded to.

Angry gTLD applicants lay into ANA and Verisign ?bullshit?
They?re as mad as hell and they?re not going to take it any more. New gTLD applicants yesterday laid into the Association of National Advertisers and Verisign with gusto, accusing them of seeking to delay the program for commercial reasons using security as a smokescreen.

Still no closure on GAC new gTLD advice
ICANN board members met again to discuss the Governmental Advisory Committee?s advice on new gTLDs at the weekend and, again, made baby steps towards addressing it.

Awareness of New gTLDs Remains Low Among Advertisers/Marketers: Sedo Survey
Awareness of the coming new gTLDs remains low among advertisers and marketers a survey conducted by Sedo has found. But the majority (64%) when asked yes or no whether new gTLDs would be successful thought they would be successful.

Advertising and Marketing Industry Feels New Web Addresses Will Ultimately Be...
Sedo ... announced the results of research into whether those that work in the advertising and marketing industry (or their clients) are aware of the pending launch of new gTLDs in 2013 ? and whether they plan to take advantage of these new web addresses.

Advertising and Marketing Industry Feels New Web Addresses Will Ultimately Be Successful, Despite Lack of Overall Awareness
Sedo, the world?s largest domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced the results of research into whether those that work in the advertising and marketing industry (or their clients) are aware of the pending launch of new gTLDs in 2013 ? and whether they plan to take advantage of these new web addresses.

Sedo.com New gTLD Study Says 59% Said They Would Consider Using a Domain Other Than .Com
Sedo.com today announced the results of research study of whether those that work in the advertising and marketing industry (or their clients) are aware of the pending launch of new gTLDs in 2013, and whether they plan to take advantage of these new web addresses.

Lessons From New TLDs Legal Objections: Dictionary-Word Brand LRO Won't Block TLDs
The legal rights objection process for ICANN's new TLDs program taught some lessons for brand owners--chiefly that brands with even arguably generic names should consider registering their marks as TLDs in the next round if the brand is concerned about another entity registering it--attorneys told Bloomberg BNA.

BBB and Know Your Net by Anjali Hansen, Deputy General Counsel at the Council of Better Business Bureaus
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. Nearly 400,000 businesses have earned the BBB Accredited Business seal by pledging to uphold the BBB Standards for Trust. In addition, more than 1,300 national charities meet all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance?s Standards for Charity Accountability and are eligible to carry the BBB Accredited Charity seal.

Open Letter to Internet Commerce Association (Response)
Thank you for your considered response to a proposal by the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) to strengthen the 1999 Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). There is no substitute for frank dialogue when it comes to sorting through controversial issues, so we appreciate that you have opened the door for conversation. We look forward to working with you and other interested parties to find optimal solutions informed by the most relevant and latest information available.

Know Your Net: Internet Safety Campaign Laauunches
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) and the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) Wednesday announced a public awareness campaign to educate businesses and consumers about Internet safety, particularly with the expected addition of more than one thousand TLDs ? the text to the right of the dot in a web address.

AARP ? Protecting the Brand and Increasing Consumer Awareness by Leslie Nettleford, Associate General Counsel, AARP
In the Office of General Counsel, we monitor and protect the AARP brand by requiring that infringing companies and individuals cease and desist unauthorized use of the AARP brand. ... We saw the potential benefits of the new gTLD Program and applied for .AARP with the intent to create a "trusted, intuitive namespace". Our audience will know they're getting authentic content if they visit a .AARP website. But we also have to make sure we're smart about protecting our brand and our consumers in the hundreds of open new gTLDs that will begin launching later this year.

Name Collisions: Unanticipated Effects by Kurt Pritz
I attended the TLD Security Forum sponsored by Artemis in San Francisco five weeks ago. By happenstance, I became involved in a small group formed after the meeting that dedicated themselves to replicating the Interisle study (?Name Collisions in the DNS?) and carrying on with the next step in the analysis.

ICANN publishes final Rights Protection Mechanisms for new TLDs
Final RPMs create two types of sunrise periods and leave room open for special treatment of geo domain names.

Internet domain names: the new gTLDs and the Trademark Clearinghouse
The upcoming launch of new gTLDs will mark one of the biggest shake-ups of the internet since its introduction. The new gTLD programme is set to transform the domain-name space worldwide by introducing new generic domain extensions to rival the traditional ?.com? with almost endless new possibilities.

Will The Launch Of gTLDs This Year Influence Your Search Strategy?
Awareness for the launch of gTLDs may have puttered out, but the first new extensions will soon become available for public use, including .Nike and .AOL, as well as .Boston, .music, .home and .inc.

Video: GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving on new TLDs, pre-registrations
GoDaddy CEO explains why new TLDs will be a good thing and hints at company?s pre-registration plans.

Applicant Auction Announces Next Private New gTLD Auctions To Be Held On Oct 21
Applicant Auction announced today that is would be holding its third set of new gTLD private auctions.

TLDH has the end in sight, but no revenue
Top Level Domain Holdings made less than $12,000 in the first half of the year, but says its new gTLD business may start generating revenue in the fourth quarter.

Top Level Domain Holdings picked to click
Top Level Domain Holdings is going head-to-head with web giants Google and Amazon in an unprecedented internet land grab.

Unaudited Interim Results for the period ended 30 June 2013
Top Level Domain Holdings Limited, the only publicly traded company focused exclusively on acquiring and operating new gTLDs, today announces its unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2013 (the ?Period?).

UK?s vital step in cyber transparency - More states must publicly declare they have cyber arms
When western leaders discuss the increasingly important issue of cyber security, they mainly focus on the need to protect their institutions and businesses from espionage by China and potentially destructive attacks by Iran and North Korea. By contrast, the US and its European allies rarely, if ever, own up to the fact that they too are secretly constructing cyber weapons that can strike at foes and disable other countries? computer networks.

4th Cybersecurity Framework Workshop: Good News and Bad News
I had a chance to visit a number of industrial events this year and can see the evolution of cybersecurity in the industrial field. One of these was the 4th National Institute of Standards and Technology?s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework Workshop (CFW). Kaspersky was in attendance at the previous events, but the main difference with this one, was that now we had sponsors.

UK to create new cyber defence force
The UK is to create a new cyber unit to help defend national security, the defence secretary has announced.

UK seeks full cyber warfare capability, experts
Britain will recruit hundreds of computer experts to defend its vital networks against cyber attacks and launch high-tech assaults of its own, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday.

How Britain?s new cyberarmy could reshape the laws of war
The cultural norms against waging war in cyberspace are slowly eroding.

Phishing: A Look Into the E-Crime Landscape by Greg Aaron
At the recent Anti-Phishing Working Group meeting in San Francisco, Rod Rasmussen and I published our latest APWG Global Phishing Survey. Phishing is a distinct kind of e-crime, one that's possible to measure and analyze in depth. Our report is a look at how criminals act and react, and what the implications are for the domain name industry.

uk: BOE Warns of Cyberattacks
The Bank of England said it is reviewing whether its systems can withstand a cyberattack and is pushing banks to do the same, amid heightened international concern over online threats.

Singapore aims to up cybersecurity with youth training, public awareness
Singapore IT Security Authority will open an Advanced Cyber Security Training Facility with Temasek Polytechnic to provide youths with real-world hands-on training, and launch an interactive game to raise public awareness.

Pinterest wins $7.2M in legal battle with cybersquatter
Pinterest didn't only become $7.2 million richer on Monday -- it now also owns 100 domain names that bear a resemblance to Pinterest.com.

SAMENA Council highlights significance of domain name industry as a new revenue stream for telecom operators [news release]
The SAMENA Council, in partnership with ictQatar and ICANN, issued its position statement on ?DOMAIN NAMES INDUSTRY AS NEW REVENUE STREAM FOR TELCOS ? QATAR SHOWCASE?.

Marketers place trust in domain names for AFL Grand Final by Adrian Kinderis
Another year, another grand final and another win for domain names. Adrian Kinderis, CEO of ARI Registry Services, says domain names are the premiers as Australia?s marketers again show a preference for using .com.au as the preferred call to action in AFL Grand Final ads.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Australia urged to embrace new internet protocol
Australia is lagging in the adoption of IPv6, the new internet protocol introduced last year, and our tardiness could threaten the international competitiveness of Australian businesses, particular with major trading partners like China.

Brazil seriously lags behind in use of IPv6
The Internet Management Committee (CGI) of Brazil has issued a resolution alerting all providers and managers of autonomous systems of the importance of effective migration to IPv6.

Life Outside IPv6 (Poll) by Bruce Sinclair
Within every organization a chosen few are tasked with introducing IPv6 into their networks, outward facing services or applications. But who are they? We know them as Network Engineers, System Administrators and Software Developers but are they one trick ponies spending all their time in layer 3?

Domain Names And Websites Allow Small Business Control And Benefit Communication, E-Commerce
Many small businesses still lack an online presence, sadly, missing out on opportunities to market their businesses. To understand the benefits, barriers and preferences for creating an online presence, Verisign recently worked with Merrill Research to conduct a global survey of 1,050 small businesses with an online presence about their experiences and gained some interesting insights.

Why Small Businesses Say Having a Website is Important
Today, people often turn to the Internet first for information about businesses and products ? whether they are shopping online, or simply looking for a business? address or phone number ? making an online presence one of the most important assets for any business; not just to share information, but to build credibility.

Verisign Study: 9 out of 10 Small Business Prefer A .Com Domain For Company Website
Verisign released the results of a global survey today that was conducted by Merrill Research of 1,050 small businesses (SMB) with an online presence, to get a better understanding of SMB?s sentiment around the benefits, barriers, and preferences for creating an online presence.

GoDaddy Acquires Online Invoicing Firm Ronin
The deal went down in April, but GoDaddy waited until today to announce the acquisition of Ronin, an online invoicing company.

Is The Guardian having problems with its domain name migration?
The Guardian, seeking to appeal to a more international audience, recently changed its domain name from guardian.co.uk to theguardian.com.

Sedo Founders Sell Remaining Shares to United Internet - Co-Founder Tim Schumacher Comments on Deal That Will Take Sedo Private 
European internet giant United Internet has acquired the last 4.46 million shares of Sedo that were still held by the company's co-founders, a move that will allow United to take Sedo private.

SAMENA Council highlights significance of domain name industry as a new revenue stream for telecom operators [news release]
The SAMENA Council, in partnership with ictQatar and ICANN, issued its position statement on ?DOMAIN NAMES INDUSTRY AS NEW REVENUE STREAM FOR TELCOS ? QATAR SHOWCASE?.

Marketers place trust in domain names for AFL Grand Final by Adrian Kinderis
Another year, another grand final and another win for domain names. Adrian Kinderis, CEO of ARI Registry Services, says domain names are the premiers as Australia?s marketers again show a preference for using .com.au as the preferred call to action in AFL Grand Final ads.

World Hosts Report Q3 2012
A new #1 tops the ranking table in HostExploit's 'World Hosts Report Q3 2012' for high levels of malicious activity. AS40034 Confluence Networks, is registered in the Virgin Islands but hosted in the United States.

Domain parking company named to bad hosts list, but?
HostExploit has released its latest World Hosts Report (which has been renamed from its previous moniker ?Bad Hosts?).

Heritage Auctions? first domain auction is just a month away
Will Heritage Auctions be able to bring the concept of domain name auctions beyond just the domain industry? We?re about to find out.

GoDaddy Auctions sells 39,071 domain names in September
GoDaddy sold 39,071 domain names through GoDaddy Auctions in September, down slightly from 41,291 in August.

Pizza.net Changes Hands for Six Figures in The Year's Biggest .Net Sale to Top This Week's Chart
A hot one came out of the .net oven this week. Pizza.net changed hands for $150,000 in the biggest .net sale reported so far this year. It is also the 2nd biggest non .com gTLD sale of the year, trailing only the $160,000 sale of Mobile.xxx in February. The Pizza.net sale was handled by Tom Adams at PremiumURLs.net.

Phony Web Traffic Tricks Digital Ads - As Online Marketing Budgets Soar, Fraudsters Skim Millions with 'Botnets''
The website Songsrpeople.com looks a lot like other amateur-video sites. It is wallpapered with clips featuring "the most insane amusement park ever" and "your girlfriend's six friends."

US websites suspended after federal shutdown
A number of US government websites and Twitter feeds have been suspended due to a partial US government shutdown.

Federal government shutdown forces NSF websites to go dark
The partial U.S. government shutdown that began  Tuesday morning counts the National Science Foundation websites and applications, and those who would use them, as victims.

Internet Explorer 6 usage drops below 5 percent in September
After surging in August, Windows 8's growth slowed down in September. Microsoft's newest operating system is still growing, however, and now it has more than twice as many users as Windows XP. One striking point is that Windows 8.1 already accounts for about ten percent of the Windows 8.x user base?no doubt a mix of people running the preview release and some number running the final release build.

IE usage resurges in September, new stats report
It's comeback time for Internet Explorer, the browser that languished for years but now is showing renewed vigor in the market as Microsoft revamps it.

Windows 8 gaining speed among desktop OS Web traffic
Windows 8 continues to claw its way up the OS ranks, while Windows XP keeps losing its grip.

Social Networks in a Battle for the Second Screen
After ?Breaking Bad? drew 10.3 million viewers to one of the most crowd-satisfying finales in television history on Sunday, Twitter and Facebook raced to tell the news media about the throngs who shared their instant reactions to the show on the social networks.

Facebook editing function raises concern over misuse
A new feature allowing Facebook users to edit their status updates may result in "stitch-ups", an expert has warned.

Website maps 1.2 billion Facebook faces
Facebook has so many users -- more than a billion, or roughly the population of India -- that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible.

More than a million British youngsters being bullied online every day
More than a million young people are subjected to extreme online bullying every day in Britain, according to the biggest survey of internet abuse.

'Growing trend' of cyberbullying on social networks
Cyberbullying affects more young people than previously thought, a new survey suggests.

au: Facebook, Twitter top agenda as cyber bullying policy takes shape
THE Coalition is moving ahead with its plan to have Facebook and Twitter respond to cyber bullying complaints and remove "harmful material" that could lead to teenage depression and suicide.

Why Australia leads the world in Breaking Bad downloads
When Walter White was faced with sky-rocketing medical bills after a lung cancer diagnosis, he decided to cook and sell crystal meth. When his Australian fans were faced with waiting hours ? and paying a considerable amount of cash ? to watch the series finale of Breaking Bad, we illegally downloaded it.

Broken Bad: Australia's addiction to torrents
Breaking Bad is available in Australia on the same day that it airs in the US, and yet Australians still torrented the final episode more than any other country.

FBI arrests Silk Road drugs site suspect
The FBI has announced the arrest of the suspected operator of the Silk Road - a clandestine online marketplace for drugs and other illegal items.

FBI claims largest Bitcoin seizure after arrest of alleged Silk Road founder
US authorities have arrested Ross William Ulbricht, 29, alleged to be the owner and operator of Silk Road, the best-known underground marketplace for the trade of illegal drugs on the internet.

Arrest in U.S. Shuts Down a Black Market for Narcotics
Nearly everything about Silk Road was shrouded in secrecy.

Bitcoin sinks in value after FBI busts Silk Road drug market
The price of the bitcoin digital currency dropped on Wednesday, after U.S. law enforcement authorities shut down Silk Road, an online marketplace used to buy and sell illegal drugs.

FBI Takes Down Billion-Dollar Silk Road Online Drug and Hacking Marketplace
The FBI has taken down the infamous Silk Road underground drug market, arresting Ross William Ulbricht in San Francisco yesterday and charging him not only with the distribution of illegal drugs including heroin and LSD, but also with a number of computer hacking crimes.

Meet the man behind Silk Road, the online drug marketplace the FBI has seized
The FBI arrested the proprietor of Silk Road, the industry-leading online black market for buying and selling drugs, in San Francisco yesterday, according to several reports.

Half of all Aussies don't think malware will affect them: ACMA
The ACMA believes that almost half of all Australians don't believe they will be victims of malware.

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show
The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal.

Difference Engine: Pay up or shut up
The on-going saga of Google sweeping up people?s Wi-Fi transmissions?as its Street View vehicles trundled around the world, snapping panoramic pictures of their surroundings?has focused attention yet again on just how much privacy people can expect when using online services for e-mail, search, social networking, navigation and shopping. The rule seems to be: if the service is free, then not much. Get used to it.

Brazil's anti-spying Internet push could backfire, industry says
For tech companies in Brazil, the government's decision to target their operations in response to U.S. spying is about as smart as sending an angry email in the heat of an argument.

The Chilling Effect of the NSA Surveillance Leaks
BERLIN?In this city, one of the great world capitals, history is never far away. It permeates every aspect of daily life, and the German people are quite proud of much of that history. But there were dark days here too, and not so long ago, when the Stasi, the East German secret police, operated a pervasive surveillance apparatus that kept tabs on millions of Germans as a matter of course. Phone calls, daily movements and business dealings were monitored, ostensibly for the security of the nation. The environment then was quite different, obviously, from the atmosphere in the United States and other democracies today, but the effects of large-scale surveillance, security researcher Andrew Lee argues, remain psychologically devastating and debilitating for most people.

Microsoft Reports Zero Law Enforcement Requests for Skype Content
Microsoft?s report on compliance with law enforcement requests for data demonstrates a status quo for the software giant from the last reporting period. While the number of requests from law enforcement dropped worldwide in the first six months of 2013, Microsoft complied with 79 percent of requests resulting from court orders, subpoenas and warrants. Only 2.2 percent of those requests resulted in the customer content from services such as Outlook, Hotmail, Xbox Live, or SkyDrive being turned over to the authorities; no Skype requests for user content were made.

Google Accused of Wiretapping in Gmail Scans
Wiretapping is typically the stuff of spy dramas and shady criminal escapades. But now, one of the world?s biggest Web companies, Google, must defend itself against accusations that it is illegally wiretapping in the course of its everyday business ? gathering data about Internet users and showing them related ads.

Claims That Google Violates Gmail User Privacy
A federal judge last week refused to dismiss most of a lawsuit against Google over accusations that the company improperly scanned the contents of Gmail messages in order to serve ads to its customers. Lucy Koh, a United States District Court judge in San Jose, Calif., rejected Google's argument that its users, and the people that Gmail users communicate with, had consented to having their e-mail read for the purposes of targeted advertising, allowing for a potential class-action suit against the company.

Lavabit Founder Waged Privacy Fight as F.B.I. Pursued Snowden
One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent?s business card on his Dallas doorstep. So began a four-month tangle with law enforcement officials that would end with Mr. Levison?s shutting the business he had spent a decade building and becoming an unlikely hero of privacy advocates in their escalating battle with the government over Internet security.

US demanded access to encryption keys of email provider Lavabit
The U.S. government demanded from email service provider Lavabit access to all user communications and a copy of the encryption keys used to secure web, instant message and email traffic for its investigation into several Lavabit user accounts, according to a post on the Facebook page of founder Ladar Levison.

Microsoft hands data to Australian government agencies [AAP]
Microsoft handed Australian government agents personal information about more than a thousand users in the first half of 2013, a transparency report reveals.

How Internet Censorship Actually Works in China: Studies show that the government permits some dissent online?but strikes down hard on calls for collective action.
The first week of October brings the National Day holiday in China, marking the anniversary of Mao Zedong?s founding of the People?s Republic in 1949. It?s a day of government-organized celebrations with military parades, musical concerts, and fireworks. But even though it?s a major holiday in a country called the People?s Republic, there?s one thing that will almost certainly not happen in the country: big events organized by the people themselves.

Google's new concessions on European search will put rivals' logos into results
Europe's antitrust commissioner signalled on Tuesday that he will seek a settlement with Google over the search engine's business practices rather than pursuing it through the courts over alleged abuse of its dominant market position.

Google Nears EU Settlement - EU Competition Chief Says Legally Binding Settlement Remains Best Choice
Google Inc. appeared to have made a significant step toward settling a long-running competition case with the European Union over its signature search engine after the EU's competition chief said new Google concessions had moved it much closer to addressing antitrust concerns.

Google pays $55 million tax in Britain on 2012 sales of $5 billion
Google, which has been grilled twice in the past year by a UK parliamentary committee over its tax practices, had a UK tax bill of ?35 million ($55 million) in 2012, on sales of $4.9 billion to British customers, its accounts showed.

Trans Pacific Partnership: 'Say no to Internet censorship' petition nears 100K signatures
The "Say no to Internet censorship" petition has tallied nearly 100,000 signatures in the past week -- showing that opposition to possible government proposals on stricter Internet laws is growing.

nz: Axe the Tax group 'hopeful' after Key comment
Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing says Government waiting for Commerce Commission ruling, an "early sign of progress".

NZ tip-off leads to NSW child porn charges [AAP]
A tip-off from New Zealand authorities has led police to charge a NSW man with child pornography after an online sting.

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