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13 January 2007
The Korean Ministry of Information and Communication is set to increase the number of IPv6 addresses, the next generation Internet Protocol, to 10 million by 2010. To that end, it plans to encourage IMv6 registration by improving the related system, developing business models and disseminating information.
Beckham move sparks domain-name rush (This is Money)
David Beckham's big money move to the United States prompted a frenzy of 'cyber squatting', NetNames said.
Within the context of "Mikado," an operation by the police and the prosecuting authorities to combat child pornography, and with the public prosecutors office and State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt in charge agents of all the State Offices of Criminal Investigation of the German federal states have in September of 2006 searched hundreds of private homes throughout the Federal Republic.
Police, social services and experts were taken by surprise by the huge scale of internet child porn revealed by a major inquiry, peers have heard.
The rise of the cyber-stalker (The Guardian)
These days men don't need to hang around their exes' homes to torment them - all they need to do is log on. Julie Bindel on an old crime in new clothing
Australia trials low-cost laptop for indigenous Australians (Sydney Morning Herald)
The One Laptop Per Child project aims to put low-cost laptops into the hands of impoverished children in the developing world, but work is already underway to trial them among indigenous populations in Australia.
Computer-Generated Child Pornography Images still Represent a Gap in the U.S. Law (Internet Business Law Services)
On August 11 and November 22, 2006, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner from Massachusetts District Court confirmed a long standing U.S. precedent suggesting that to secure a conviction for child pornography, prosecutors must prove that the images are images of real- not virtual- children. The holding on this Massachusetts case centered on First Amendment rights. The Court on its November decision held that "The Government may not suppress lawful speech as the means to suppress unlawful speech." Indeed, the Court further said, "The possible harm to society in permitting some unprotected speech to go unpunished is outweighed by the possibility that protected speech of others may be muted."
12 January 2007
Cisco sues Apple over rights to iPhone brand (International Herald Tribune)
Cisco's lawyer said the two companies had been unable to reach an agreement over several "principles" that Cisco had been demanding to permit Apple to use the trademark.
Companies fear their workers' lax e-mail security (International Herald Tribune)
A growing number of Internet-savvy workers are forwarding their office e-mail to free, Web-accessible personal accounts offered by Google, Yahoo and other companies.
Europe gets 'ItsSpace' (International Herald Tribune)
Even before its official opening, set for Thursday, the French version of the popular social-networking Web site MySpace had about 1.2 million unique users.
11 January 2007
Workers do not like lying to colleagues face-to-face and prefer the anonymity of the phone or e-mail, a study says.
10 January 2007
Apple has confirmed its move into the telecoms industry, unveiling the long-awaited iPhone. Users will be able to download music and videos with the phone.
In 2006 the Australian Department for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts released a discussion paper as part of a review into the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain. Public comment was sought on a range of issues including the administrative structure of the .au Internet domain, naming structures, policy development, competitiveness and cost effectiveness, international participation and emerging technical issues. Nineteen submissions were received, four of which were confidential, from a range of industry, consumer and government organisations as well as members of the public. The publicly available submissions are now available online.
09 January 2007
The BBC among many other outlets runs a story on ICANN reconsidering the .xxx proposal from ICM. The BBC gives a brief history of the issue and says "the proposal has won approval following promises by the domain's backer to actively police any site that signs up to use the .xxx suffix. The BBC story concludes "If final approval is won it is not yet clear when the domain will start operating."
Comeback for internet porn domain (Computer Business Review)
Computer Business Review gives an outline of the .xxx story and notes the differences between the current proposal and the previous one. The story notes ICANN says the new proposal gives "specificity with respect to ICM's policy making and community related obligations" and "contains significant new provisions to ensure that ICANN has concrete and practical mechanisms to enforce the contract". The story outlines the differences between the previous and current proposals. CBR also notes there is little support among groups where you would expect some support for the proposal - pornographers and anti-pornography activists.
Patrick Vande Walle asks in his story on Circle ID whether the new proposal asks for two contradictory requirements - to "provide a fully compliant WHOIS service" and to "protect user privacy". He concludes that these requirements will need to be met.
UK domain name dispute rules could change (Out-Law.com)
Out-Law.com has run a story on possible changes to domain name dispute resolution rules for .uk. Nominet has claimed the rulebook is out of date and have made suggestions for changes, including a financial deterrent against cybersquatters. The consultation that is currently underway closes in mid-February. Nominet have made several suggestions to changes including introducing a system where the losing party pays for a decision involving cybersquatting.
Frank Schilling wrote this history and analysis of domain tasting for the ICANN Business Constituency membership. It's by no means perfect but he decribes it as he thought he'd share it with those who would like a bit more color on the subject.
IE Domain Registry announces pricess for 2007 (IEDR news release)
The IE Domain Registry in December announced another significant price reduction; a 13% price reduction for new dot.ie domain registrations and renewals of domains with effect from 1st January 2007.
Australian copyright ruling has international implications, experts say (International Herald Tribune)
A court ruling in a music piracy case could mean that Australian companies have a higher level of liability than those in the United States.
Four months after the city led the world in the Size 0 debate by banning ultra-skinny models from its catwalks, health officials are shining the spotlight on the growing number of "pro-ana" websites that glorify starvation diets.
The tussle between computer security companies trying to protect your PC and the bad guys that try to compromise it is often characterised as an arms race. Sometimes the security companies have the upper hand as they develop and deploy novel techniques to spot and stop malicious software of all stripes. And sometimes, such as in 2006, the bad guys are on top. And nowhere has this been more apparent than in the realm of that old favourite - spam.
More than half of all net-using American teenagers use social networking sites, research suggests.
Downloads help U.S. music sales rise (International Herald Tribune)
U.S. album sales continued to decline in 2006 but total music sales rose thanks to a huge increase in digital downloads, according to figures made public.
At electronics show in Las Vegas, covergence grabs the spotlight (International Herald Tribune)
Technology companies unveiled new offerings at the International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas on Monday that highlighted the convergence of mobile devices, media and the Internet.