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26 November 2006

ICANN Launches Public Comments on Whois Task Force Report (ICANN)

ICANN is launching a public comments period on the Preliminary Task Force Report on Whois Services. This report forms part of the GNSO policy development process (PDP) on Whois which seeks to build consensus on policy issues in the generic top level domain (gTLD) space. The public comment period will last from 24th November, 2006 to 15 January, 2007.

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Forward the online revolution (BBC)

We all have the power to shape the networked world, argues regular BBC commentator Bill Thompson. Over the last 20 years the global economy has been shaped and reshaped by computers and the growing reach of the internet as a public communications network.

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25 November 2006

How engineers tamed the internet's Tower of Babel (The Guardian)

At the IGF last month, a bespectacled Swede made a small, barely noticed announcement that nevertheless represented a pivotal moment in the history of the internet. "Regarding the technical implementation for the world wide web, we are done," Patrik Fältström told the Internet Governance Forum. By "we are done", he meant that following a decade of hard work by a global consortium of engineers and linguists, they had finally decided on a document that will enable all the world's languages to be fully represented on the internet. People will be able to type in addresses in their own language, search in their own language and move around the internet in their own language.

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The price of humans who'll spam blogs is falling to zero (The Guardian)

This article finds evidence that spammers are paying people in developinig countries to complete captcha boxes on websites, enabling spammers to bypass a security device to avoid spam - will they stop at nothing? Obviously not, as spammers think it's nothing personal. You have to understand: it's just business.

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Ban on MP3 transmitters is lifted (BBC)

Ofcom legalises the use of FM transmitters which allow iPods and other MP3 players to play through car radios.

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Podcast numbers show 'few hooked' (BBC)

Users who have experimented with downloading a podcast continues to grow but few remain hooked, research suggests.

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Fundamental socialism by Mick Hucknall (lead singer of Simply Red) (The Guardian)

Copyright is fundamentally socialist - it is radical and redistributive, subversive even. How else would you describe a form of property that anyone can create out of nothing? Copyright's democratising effect is seen most clearly in the music business. Anyone who can speak, sing, rap or hum and operate a simple sound recorder can create a copyright song. Imagination is the only limit.

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24 November 2006

Green IT: Do it for the money, if nothing else (ZDNet)

While the welfare of the planet may not top their agenda, the vast majority of businesses are still shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to energy savings. Eighty percent of businesses have never conducted an energy audit and only 29 percent of businesses are investing in energy-efficient PCs, according to research from Intel.

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Confounding the skeptics, Google shares soar (International Herald Tribune/New York Times)

Over the years, many have felt that Google stock was overvalued and that it would inevitably suffer the fate of Yahoo. This week, Google shares closed above US$500 for the first time.

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ICANN Opens Consultation on Latin America and the Caribbean Regional At Large Organisation Organising Instruments (ICANN)

As provided in the ICANN Bylaws, Article XI, Section 2, part 4, an advisory process has been created to allow the interests of individual Internet users to be represented in the ICANN community.

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Initial reports on the process to register .eu domain names (Internet Business Law Services)

More than two million .eu domain names have been registered in nine months, showing the great success of this European electronic identity. To regulate registrations, regulation (EC) N° 733/2002 of 22 April 2002 on the implementation of the .eu Top Level Domain has been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council (the "Regulation"), providing that holders of prior rights recognised or established would benefit from an exclusive period of time (from December 7, 2005 until April 6, 2006), the sunrise period, to register their domain names. To register during the sunrise period, applicants needed to prove a prior right entitling them to claim the corresponding domain name.

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uk: Nominet wins EGM votes by a whisker (The Register)

UK registry Nominet has won two crucial votes at its extraordinary general meeting this morning - but only just. In what the company's CEO Lesley Cowley called "a bit of a test", the request that the company be allowed to expand its business beyond running the .uk registry passed by just 0.97 per cent - a margin that may have come down to literally one or two of Nominet's 3,000 members voting.

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za: Regulations to Manage Domain Name Disputes (AllAfrica.com)

The Department of Communications has published regulations to deal with disputes regarding the .za domain name, in the Government Gazette.

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China's Online Porn King Sentenced to Life in Prison (E-Commerce Times)

Chen Hui, the creator of China's largest pornographic Web site, was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday. Chen, 28, and his accomplices started the Qingseliuyuetian (pornographic summer) Web site in 2004 and opened three more porn Web sites, attracting more than 600,000 users.

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23 November 2006

Google shares going gangbusters (Sydney Morning Herald)

Google's share price surpassed $US500 for the first time, marking another milestone for the internet search leader.

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us: 'Tis the season to send spam (CNet)

In addition to plenty of turkey, a record amount of spam will be served up this holiday season. Mass e-mailers traditionally bump up their activity as the year winds down. But this year, the amount of junk messages could be unprecedented, companies that make spam-busting tools say.

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Internationalizing the Internet by Geoff Huston (Circle ID)

One topic does not appear to have a compellingly obvious localization solution in the multi-lingual world, and that is the Domain Name System. The subtle difference here is that the DNS is the glue that binds all users' language symbols together, and performing localized adaptations to suit local language use needs is not enough. What we need is a means to allow all of these language symbols to be used within the same system, or "internationalization".

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Internet Governance Debate Poses Unique Global Challenges (Center for Democracy and Technology Policy Post)

To that end, it may be useful to discuss whether the goals and milestones established nearly a decade ago for ICANN on its path to full autonomy remain adequate in the face of a drastically different global environment. Certainly the goals of fostering stability, competition, representation and private, bottom-up coordination remain as relevant today as they were eight years ago, but in light of recent developments it is important for the Internet community to at least ask whether reaching all of those milestones (something ICANN has yet to accomplish) would be sufficient cause to cut the tether between ICANN and the US Government.

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Is Google worth its weight in gold? (CNet)

As Google's share price neared US$500 Thursday [and subsequently passed it], analysts were unfazed by the fact that the search king's market capitalization is greater than its three biggest Internet rivals combined and about double that of media companies Walt Disney and Time Warner.

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22 November 2006

Guess Whois Going to Lose the Privacy Debate by Larry Seltzer (eWeek)

Opinion: If you own a domain, your privacy is probably being needlessly compromised as a result. But nobody who can do anything about it cares.

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ICANN chief warns of domain name chaos (The Age)

Plans to fast-track the introduction of non-English characters in website domain names could "break the whole internet", warns ICANN chief executive Paul Twomey.

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us: Libel ruling boosts net providers (BBC)

Bloggers and US internet providers cannot be liable for posting defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

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au: Security firms clash over phishy e-mails (ZDNet)

Banks and security experts cannot agree if it is safe for banks to use e-mail for communicating with their customers because the medium has been hijacked by criminals who try and fool online banking users into divulging their log-in details.

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us: Justice, ACLU argue 1998 online porn law before U.S. judge (International Herald Tribune/AP)

Justice Department attorneys, defending a law aimed at keeping online pornography from minors, argued that software filters often block valid sites -- on gay rights or sexual health, for example -- that teens might seek out.

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us: Web publishers receive immunity on defamation (International Herald Tribune)

The California Supreme Court said Monday that Internet publishers could not be held liable for posting defamatory comments written by others, a victory for online companies like Google and America Online.

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