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07 December 2006

'Most websites' failing disabled (BBC)

Most of the leading websites around the world are failing to provide the most basic accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

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au: The home truth about broadband (Sydney Morning Herald)

Australia hasn't had the rapid take-up of broadband other countries have, which is hardly surprising because what broadband we have is pathetically slow and expensive. Rupert Murdoch said bluntly the other day that it was a disgrace. But is this totally correct? In a paper by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, Joshua Gans, professor of economics at Melbourne Business School, challenges the prevailing wisdom on broadband. The paper says though it's true we're lagging, this can be exaggerated.

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05 December 2006

Deal signed on .com domain future (BBC)

The US government has given its blessing to a controversial deal over the future of the lucrative .com net domain.

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UN warns on password 'explosion' (BBC)

The growing number of login names web users need puts privacy at risk, says a ITU report.

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What's in an 'i'? Internet governance (International Herald Tribune)

This article in the IHT begins with a discussion at the recent ITU conference in Turkey that wanted to lower-case the 'i' in Internet. David Gross from the US State Department didn't know whether this was significant or not. He ended up believing the move was insignificant, although others were of a differing opinion, believing this was the latest move for the ITU to gain control of the Internet. Debate on who should control the internet is often controversial, with the role of ICANN continually questioned, especially amongst those from smaller and/or third world countries. Smaller/third world countries often say an international body taking over ICANN's role is the only way for them to have a say in the DNS structure. However Paul Twomey says "Internationally, the world will see that the U.S. government is beginning to walk the talk ...The transition is now in the hands of the international community."

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Europeans Moderate GAC Principles, But... by Milton Mueller Comments (Circle ID)

A U.S.-led Task Force in ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) released version 3 of its "Whois Principles" in preparation for the ICANN meeting in Brazil, where it will be debated and finalized.

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ICANN Releases Beta TLD Verification Tool (ICANN)

ICANN released a beta version TLD Verification Tool. This verification tool has been developed in response to problems reported by gTLD registries and end-users of the non-acceptance of some existing TLDs. These problems occur in some current applications because: 1) they do not recognize any TLD of more than three characters; or, 2) they rely on legacy information where only com/net/org and a handful of ccTLDs are recognized as valid.

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DRAFT Procedure for Potential Conflicts between Whois Requirements and Privacy Laws (ICANN)

ICANN is launching a public comments period on the Procedure for Dealing with Potential Conflicts Between Whois Requirements and Privacy Laws.

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InternetNZ supports International Day of Disabled Persons (InternetNZ news release)

InternetNZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand) expresses its support for the International Day of Disabled Persons.

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Demand for .travel Domain Names on the Rise (Circle ID)

With little more than 30 days remaining until the expiration of .travel Place Name Priority Rights, Tralliance Corporation, the .travel Registry, reports a surge in domain name requests and has established a hotline for potential registrants to expedite the domain name application process.

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cym: Welsh domain debate hots up (Ping Wales)

Since Ping Wales' interview in October with dotCYM campaigner, Siôn Jobbins, the campaign for a Welsh domain name has grown in popularity but has also raised many questions as to its objectives and its potential consequences for Wales.

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us: Groups Urge Courts To Limit FCC's Authority to Regulate Speech (Center for Democracy and Technology)

As communications technologies converge, courts must rein in the Federal Communications Commission's continued efforts to expand its authority to regulate speech over broadcast media. That is the key message of two friend-of-the-court briefs CDT filed this week in conjunction with Adam Thierer of the Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF) in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits. As an organization focused on the Internet and emerging digital technology, CDT has not typically involved itself in the broadcast indecency debate. But the FCC’s increased indecency enforcement is likely in this age of convergence to threaten the underlying freedom of other digital communications.

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us: Should the Government Have Access to Personal E-Mails? (E-Commerce News)

How safe is stored e-mail from the prying eyes of government authorities? Not very. It would be a whole lot safer if a decision by a federal judge in Ohio were left standing, according to a trio of civil rights groups. The decision by District Court Judge Susan J. Dlott declared unconstitutional provisions in a statute that allow law enforcement authorities access to stored e-mail without a search warrant or prior notice. That ruling in Warshak v. United States has been appealed by the U.S. Justice Department.

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Email pioneer says breakthrough was too much trouble (The Register)

The man who invented the internet's most popular email routing system, Eric Allman, says he would never have done it had he known how much trouble it was going to be.

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France's Blogging Phenom Goes Global (BusinessWeek)

A free blogging service started by a rap radio station, Skyblog has MySpace beat in France -- and is looking to expand in Europe and the U.S.

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uk: Internet heads for its top shop day (The Times)

Britain's shoppers are expected to spend a record £183m online on Monday 4 December, the biggest sales day yet in this country on the internet.

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uk: OFCOM: Communications - The Next Decade (OFCOM)

The UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) has launched its new book "Communications - The Next Decade". It consists of a series of essays by academics, politicians and regulators that examine the effect of convergence on the communications sector and the authors come to some provocative conclusions.

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04 December 2006

Malaysia mulls Internet laws against bloggers: report (Sydney Morning Herald)

Malaysia may introduce tough Internet laws to control bloggers and prevent them from spreading "disharmony, chaos, seditious material and lies" on their websites, a report has said.

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ICANN Rejects `.travel' Search Plan (Sydney Morning Herald/AP)

ICANN said it has rejected a proposed search service to help guide people who mistype ".travel" Web addresses or seek nonexistent ones.

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Price rise on the cards for .com (Computer Business Review)

The price of a .com domain name registration is likely to go up, after the US government gave price-raising powers to VeriSign Inc, the company that runs .com.

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03 December 2006

Search engine aids rights workers (BBC)

Human rights groups around the world are creating a search engine to help co-ordinate campaigns against abuse.

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NTIA Approves New .Com Domain Name Registry Agreement (National Telecommunications and Information Administration news release)

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) approved a new .com domain name registry agreement between ICANN and VeriSign Inc. The new agreement allows VeriSign to operate the .com domain through 2012.

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02 December 2006

US warns of al-Qaeda cyber threat (BBC)

The US government has warned of an al-Qaeda call to attack US online stock market and banking services.

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ICANN São Paulo Remote Participation Website (ICANN)

In a further attempt to improve outreach, participation and transparency, ICANN has built a remote participation website for its São Paulo meeting, which commences December 2, at http://sp.icann.org/. The site is being run as a pilot with a view to making it a permanent feature of ICANN meetings in the future. ICANN has commissioned Kieren McCarthy, a well-known journalist and ICANN observer, to develop the site, following his involvement in a similar site (http://igf2006.info) for the Internet Governance Forum in Athens in November.

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PC makers must follow world's strictest green laws, says Gartner (Out-Law.com)

Laws designed to curb the environmental impact of computer parts will disrupt complex global supply chains unless companies themselves are more stringent, says Gartner.

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