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24 October 2014

PIPCU Gets Funding To 2017 To Continue Fight Against IP Fraud, And Suspend Related Domains

The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has been given funding to ensure its existence to at least 2017, and will undoubtedly see it continue to be a thorn in the side of those who peddle counterfeit goods online.

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ICANN To Allow Two-Character Domains In New gTLDs

It was resisted by the Governmental Advisory Committee and some security experts, but following a request from a Registry Operators group, ICANN will now develop procedures to allow the registration of two-character domains in new gTLDs.

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Australia's iiNet vows to fight threatened legal action over customers' illegal downloads (ABC News)

Australian internet users who download films illegally from torrent websites could face claims of thousands of dollars if a Hollywood film company gets its way in the Federal Court.

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23 October 2014

The ITU and Unbundling Internet Governance (Council on Foreign Relations)

At this month's Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Busan, South Korea, India will argue that the ITU has a role to play in Internet governance: first, because the Internet cannot be separated from telecommunications; and, second, because countries have legitimate security and access issues that are best addressed through multilateral institutions.

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Internet addiction: Hobart doctor warns of associated health risks (ABC News)

Internet addiction might not make headlines like gambling, alcohol or other drugs, but according to a Hobart doctor it may point to underlying health issues.

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Pew survey shows women bear brunt of online harassment (Computerworld)

As much as the Internet provides a place to connect, it's also a haven for trolls, bullies, cyberthieves and wackos. Recent incidents targeting women, including GamerGate and the iCloud nude photo leak, have brought some of the issues to the fore.

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Australian telcos may no longer be required to pass on lists of metadata requests (The Guardian)

The federal government is seeking to abolish mandatory reporting by telcos of the number of disclosures made to government agencies for Australians' personal phone, location and web data.

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Cybercrime now becoming a serious problem for many Britons (The Guardian)

Many Britons have been the victim of a cybercrime such as identity theft, hacking or abuse on social media, new research has found. UK losses from online fraud are now running at more than £670m a year, though with many cases going unreported, the true economic cost is likely to be significantly higher.

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22 October 2014

Russia Says National Governments Should Control the Internet (Moscow Times)

Russia has called for international regulations cementing state control over the Internet, arguing that national governments are otherwise left vulnerable to information attacks by foreign powers.

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Webcam sex with fake girl Sweetie leads to sentence (BBC News)

A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina.

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21 October 2014

Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K. by Paul Krugman (New York Times)

Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.

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Identity crime costing Australia $1.6b every year, govt says (Computerworld)

The economic impact of identity crime on Australia is costing the country up to $1.6 billion each year, according to a new report by the federal Attorney General's Department.

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ITU gives public more access to talks on future of the Internet (Computerworld)

Members of the public will be able to eavesdrop on intergovernmental negotiations about the future of the Internet that began Monday in Busan, South Korea, after participants voted to webcast the meetings.

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.AU Domains Grow Six Percent To 2.9 Million, While 2 In 3 Registered Less Than 4 Years: AusRegistry Report

The .au domain has one of the highest growth rates in the world of around six percent and one of the highest domain densities in the Asia Pacific, the first of a new quarterly series of reports from AusRegistry has found.

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Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, UK high court rules (The Guardian)

In what is thought to be the first ruling of its kind, the High Court in the UK has determined that ISPs must try to block sites selling counterfeit goods

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Google says latest search changes will 'visibly affect' piracy site rankings (The Guardian)

Google is preparing a new tweak to its search engine to ensure that some of the most 'notorious' piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content.

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The Stream Finally Cracks the Dam of Cable TV (New York Times)

The last time I wrote about the traditional cable bundle -- which has been so lucrative to networks like CBS and HBO -- I warned that change comes very slowly, but then happens all at once.

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20 October 2014

Kim Dotcom must reveal his wealth to Hollywood studios (The Guardian)

Kim Dotcom will have to reveal how much money he has after losing a bid to keep his assets a secret from five Hollywood film studios.

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Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, UK justice secretary pledges (The Guardian)

Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.

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19 October 2014

The state wants to spy on us - but is it up to the job? (The Observer)

Many moons ago, shortly after Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA first appeared, I wrote a column which began, "Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story". I was infuriated by the way the mainstream media was focusing not on the import of what he had revealed, but on the trivia: Snowden's personality, facial hair (or absence thereof), whereabouts, family background, girlfriend, etc. The usual crap, in other words. It was like having a chap tell us that the government was poisoning the water supply and concentrating instead on whom he had friended on Facebook.

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18 October 2014

UK High Court Orders ISPs to Block Counterfeiting Websites (TorrentFreak)

In a landmark ruling handed down this morning the High Court has ordered several of the UK's leading ISPs to block websites dealing in counterfeit products. The decision follows legal action by Richemont, the owner of several luxury brands including Cartier and Montblanc.

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Google Will Punish "Pirate" Sites Harder in Search Results (TorrentFreak)

Google announced today that it will roll out a new search update to "visibly" lower the search rankings of the most notorious pirate sites. The announcement is part of Google's improved anti-piracy efforts which are detailed in a new report.

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17 October 2014

Analysts Ask What's Next for Google (New York Times)

Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company's next act.

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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks 'anonymous' users (The Guardian)

The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

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Australian data retention taken to dangerous lengths, warn privacy advocates (The Guardian)

Australia's national security laws permitting hacking by intelligence agencies and retention of personal web and phone data are breaking new ground around the world and raise significant privacy concerns, privacy groups have warned.

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