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18 April 2006
uk: How will you watch TV? (The Guardian)
The BBC recorded its lowest ever peak-time rating last week; ITV has admitted that viewers are turning away in droves; and a recent survey by Google said that we now spend more time on the internet than we do watching television. With a major report on the BBC's future due out tomorrow, David Smith and Alice O'Keeffe look at what the next decade holds for the box in the corner
The race for wireless broadband access still wide open
Romance blossoms on the internet, but there is still public concern about the safety of online dating (Pew news release) (Pew Research Center)
There is now broad public awareness of the online dating world, and the internet users who are actively seeking dates have found a variety of ways to pursue their romantic interests online.
Internet means end for media barons, says Murdoch (The Guardian)
Rupert Murdoch last night sounded the death knell for the era of the media baron, comparing today's internet pioneers with explorers such as Christopher Columbus and John Cabot and hailing the arrival of a "second great age of discovery".
uk: Britons Concerned About Online Pornography (Angus Reid Global Scan)
Many adults in Britain believe explicit material on the Internet should be regulated, according to a poll by YouGov published in The Spectator. 71 per cent of respondents believe there should be greater restrictions on what sexual material is allowed online today.
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Issues Internet Hate Decision (Michael Geist)
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has issued a noteworthy Internet hate decision that focuses on the applicability of the Human Rights Act to Internet hate materials. The Tribunal ordered fines against several individuals for their role in maintaining several hate websites and newsletters. The lengthy decision is worth reading for at least three reasons.
us: FTC Retains Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule Without Changes (news release) (Federal Trade Commission)
The Federal Trade Commission today announced its decision to retain, without changes, the Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule, which implements the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Also see http://www.out-law.com/page-6719
ITU Calls For Enforceable ISP Codes of Conduct to Combat Spam (Michael Geist)
The International Telecommunications Union is holding a World Telecommunications Development Conference this week and has reportedly used the opportunity to release a new study on combatting spam. The Financial Times reports that the ITU concludes that while all countries need anti-spam legislation, a more effective approach would be to require the establishment of enforceable codes of conduct by ISPs. In particular, the ITU recommends codes to require ISPs to prohibit their customers from spamming and not to enter into peering arrangements with ISPs that do not accept similar codes of conduct.
Australia lags on internet front: World Bank (Sydney Morning Herald)
Australian internet users are barely moving along the information superhighway compared with other nations, a study shows.
12 March 2006
Chinese ideas about the setting up its own domain name system could change the global nature of the internet, argues internet law professor Michael Geist.
Splitting the root (The Times)
In a nightmare vision worthy of a collapsing Tower of Babel, Gervase Markham suggests that the internet might soon fracture into several pieces
New safety net for web surfers (Sydney Morning Herald)
A fresh approach to "safe surfing" has been dreamt up by a group of MIT engineers involved in a crusade to make the internet a safer place for their friends and families.
The number of internet child pornography sites reported to police soared by almost 80% last year, according to a new report.
Internet Filtering in Yemen: 2004-2005 (Harvard Cyber Law)
The OpenNet Initiative has released "Internet Filtering in Yemen 2004-2005," a country study that documents the degree and extent to which the Republic of Yemen controls the information environment in which its citizens live, including Web sites, blogs, e-mail, and online discussion forums.
uk: Britain turns off - and logs on (The Guardian)
We may be known as a nation of couch potatoes, but it seems that Britons are grasping the 21st century with both hands: we now spend more time watching the web than watching television, according to internet giant Google.
eu: More than 3,000 .eu domain names already in use (Eurid news release)
More that 3,000 .eu domain names have already passed the validation procedure and been activated, many of them are already used for web sites and email.
A Day Which Will Live in Infamy: ICANN Board Approves VeriSign Settlement By George Kirikos (Circle ID)
ICANN's Board voted to accept the latest settlement proposal by a vote of 9 to 5: "Today, ICANN's Board of Directors approved, by a majority vote, a set of agreements settling a long time dispute between ICANN and VeriSign, the registry operator for the .COM registry. These settlement documents include a new registry agreement relating to the operation of the .COM registry.
In a rare show of internal discord, the group that sets domain name regulation has approved a controversial proposal extending VeriSign's lucrative .com monopoly and allowing for price increases for those domains.
ICANN disputes China domain report (InfoWorld)
A report on an official Chinese news site that China's government has established its own Internet top-level domain names is not true, says ICANN.
Chinese walls: China threatens to fracture the internet (The Economist)
THE internet is supposed to be strong enough to survive a nuclear war, but nothing can protect it from politics. Since its inception, its technical underpinning -- the handling of addresses such as .com or .org -- has been based on an informal consensus among (mainly American) engineers. Yet as governments have come to appreciate the importance of the internet, those delicate agreements are starting to unravel.
And I mean by this, suppose you had one of the [A-M].root-servers.org addresses? What could you do? - Probably a lot more than you think. You could make a lot of people angry; you could make a smaller number people very angry; and you could really hose a number of selected targets. Please read this note with a bit of humor - it is not intended to be a deep study, perfect in all details. Rather, it is merely the result of a bit of conjecture about what might be possible.
Registrar Firms Oppose ICANN-VeriSign Agreement (Information Week)
Domain registrars are seeking to derail the new agreement between VeriSign and ICANN before the U.S. Department of Commerce approves the deal. Opposition is already mounting in Congress.
Annan to establish international forum on internet governance (UN news release)
Following up on an agreement reached on the contentious topic of internet governance at the November WSIS in Tunis, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to start creating a forum for a more inclusive dialogue on internet policy.
The Argentine newspaper Clarin reported that following a request from Interpol Department of the German Police, the Argentine Federal Police with a warrant issued by the District Court No 48 tried to search premises from where child pornography video were offered via Internet.
Australian internet performance across different technologies and access plans is generally consistent with transmission protocols and the inherent nature of the internet, according to a report released today by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.