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03 October 2006

IPv6 Internals by Iljitsch van Beijnum (Cisco - The Internet Protocol Journal)

This article discusses some of the protocol details you should be aware of when planning a transition from IPv4 to IPv6. Although it is not intended as a complete step-by-step guide, this article explains the differences between IPv4 and IPv6 as they relate to actually operating a network. Vendor-and operating system specific details can be found in the book from which this text was adapted, and further information is available in the references.

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Internet control 'nears autonomy' (BBC)

The new three year agreement between ICANN and DoC is reported by many news outlets, with emphasis being given to the more hands off approach by the US government and the US government pledging to cede control of the net to private sector hands at an unspecified future point.

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Rethinking Accountability in Cyberspace: A New Perspective on ICANN by KEES DE VEY MESTDAGH and RUDOLF W. RIJGERSBERG (University of Groningen) (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: One of the most persistent debates regarding Internet governance concerns ICANN's accountability deficit. This paper identifies the habitual application of a State frame of reference by which scholars and politicians address accountability issues regarding the domain name system as the source of this debate. Re-examination of the assumptions underlying two exemplary solutions, direct elections and intergovernmental supervision, shows that the State frame of reference informing this debate ultimately breaks down. The availability of alternative services renders the call for a State-based model by which to judge and design ICANN's accountability provisions superfluous. The latter part of the paper shows that a market model is more appropriate to assess ICANN's accountability mechanisms and its role amongst other domain name services providers. In addition, a market frame of reference enables us to understand ICANN's hybrid organisational structure better.

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11 May 2006

ICANN Chooses Privacy for Whois (Electronic Privacy Information Center)

ICANN has voted to adopt a policy protecting the privacy of domain holders' personal information.

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us: Measuring the Child-Porn Trade (Wall Street Journal)

Unlike, say, the soft-drink or airline industries, the child-pornography industry doesn't report its annual sales to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yet in a press release ahead of a recent House of Representatives hearing aimed at curbing the industry, Texas Republican Joe Barton said, "Child pornography is apparently a multibillion ... my staff analysis says $20 billion-a-year business. Twenty billion dollars."

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Interesting facts about domain names (Yafla)

Some interesting facts about domain names such as that of of the 676 possible two-letter sequences - they're all taken. And then even allowing for digits, giving 1296 combinations, again every single variation is taken. Als, there are 253,000 non-IDN domains that are 32 characters or longer, including 538 that are 63 characters long.

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cn/us: Yahoo ! employees get chance to see Chinese detainee videos outside company’s headquarters (Reporters sans frontières)

A Reporters Without Borders team stationed itself with a video player outside Yahoo !'s California headquarters on 7 April and stopped employees as they left the building, offering to show them videos filmed in China of people criticising Yahoo !'s cooperation with the Chinese police. Reporters Without Borders wants Yahoo ! to stop cooperating with the Chinese authorities in the arrests of activists and journalists.

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China warns on 'unhealthy' websites (The Guardian)

Chinese websites are being urged to suppress material that could harm state interests or damage social morality.

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cn: Google Defends China Policy (Wired)

Google CEO Eric Schmidt defended the search engine's cooperation with Chinese censorship Wednesday, as he announced the creation of a Beijing research center and unveiled a Chinese-language brand name.

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sg: Will Singapore's ban on political blogs work? (Singapore Internet Research Centre blog)

According to Asst Prof Cherian George at the School of Communication and Information, NTU one of the big questions to be answered in the upcoming Singapore General Elections is the role of new media technologies in the elections. As TV, radio and other print media is highly regulated here, observers were interested in seeing the role of blogs in these elections. However, these hopes were dashed when Singapore banned political discussions on blogs and podcasts during the election period.

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Parents log on to trial internet pornography ban (The Age)

Families across Australia may be able to sign up to a ban on pornography and violent content with their internet service providers by the end of this year. A three-month trial of the filter service is to begin in Tasmania by July after an extensive lobbying campaign by Governmentbackbenchers for internet screening.

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Germans lead the charge to register .eu domain names (The Guardian)

Since Friday, any of the European Union's 450 million citizens can register a new .eu domain name. Though the Brussels-based European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EURid) did not expect to be trampled in the stampede, it received 350,000 pre-registration applications and a further 560,000 on the first day - making .eu bigger than many small country domains, though still behind the 4.8m permutations of .uk, or the 10m .com domains.

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1,5 million .eu registrations in less than a week (news release) (Eurid)

In less than a week from the general launch .eu has approximately 1.5 million domain names registered. This is in addition to all the applications made during the Sunrise phase which still await validation before they are activated.

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au: Govt opposes adult internet domain (The Age)

The federal government has written to the international internet domain name body to protest against moves by a United States company to establish the adult content domain .xxx.

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08 May 2006

OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2005 (OECD)

The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the OECD continued to increase during 2005 from 136 million in June 2005 to 158 million by December 2005. Broadband penetration growth in the OECD held steady at 15% in the second half of the year reaching 13.6 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in December.

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us: MySpace tackles teen safety fears (BBC)

Online networking site MySpace is to address concerns over child safety through adverts warning about the dangers of sexual predators on the web.

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Fast start for European net names (BBC)

More than 1.3 million .eu domains have been registered according to Eurid, the non-profit agency that oversees the new net name.

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Cheap thrills on the move (The Guardian)

Podnography - erotic audio, video and pictures for MP3 players - is the hottest podcast genre

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us: Porn Law Goes Too Far, 11th Circuit Rules (Law.com)

An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has unanimously struck down part of a federal law prohibiting the offering or advertising of material presented as child pornography, saying the provisions were too broad and vague.

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Thousands lose out to touts in sale of .eu web addresses (The Guardian)

Internet touts have used a legal loophole to buy thousands of Europe's new internet addresses, thwarting attempts to crack down on cybersquatters and unscrupulous traders.

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eu: Fast start for European net names (BBC)

More than 1.3 million .eu domains have been registered according to Eurid, the non-profit agency that oversees the new net name.

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Dutch lead EU countries on Net use, data show (International Herald Tribune)

A European Union report shows big differences in the level of Internet use among EU countries.

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sg: Government steps up online censorship in run-up to elections (Reporters sans frontières)

Reporters Without Borders condemned the Singapore government's determination to prevent democratic debate online after information minister Balaji Sadasivan reminded a parliamentary session on 3 April 2006, of the very strict rules in forces since 2001 on use of the Internet in election periods.

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Singapore attacked over blog gag (BBC)

The Singapore government has been condemned for new online censorship rules in the run-up to elections.

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New study reveals child pornography not a crime in most countries (news release) (International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children)

A new study of child pornography laws in 184 Interpol member countries around the world has produced alarming results: more than half of these countries (95) have no laws addressing child pornography and in many other countries, the existing laws are inadequate.

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