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08 May 2006

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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Property, Intellectual Property, and Free Riding by MARK A. LEMLEY (August 2004) (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: Courts and scholars have increasingly assumed that intellectual property is a form of property, and have applied the economic insights of Harold Demsetz and other property theorists to condemn the use of intellectual property by others as "free riding." In this article, I argue that this represents a fundamental misapplication of the economic theory of property. The economics of property is concerned with internalizing negative externalities - harms that one person's use of land does to another's interest to it, as in the familiar tragedy of the commons. But the externalities in intellectual property are positive, not negative, and property theory offers little or no justification for internalizing positive externalities. Indeed, doing so is at odds with the logic and functioning of the market. From this core insight, I proceed to explain why free riding is desirable in intellectual property cases except in limited circumstances where curbing it is necessary to encourage creativity. I explain why economic theory demonstrates that too much protection is just as bad as not enough protection, and therefore why intellectual property law must search for balance, not free riders. Finally, I consider whether we would be better served by another metaphor than the misused notion of intellectual property as a form of tangible property.

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Interesting Facts About Domain Names (Circle ID)

During a database testing, Dennis Forbes makes use of the .com zone file as data sample but he also stumbles upon some unexpected domain name discoveries which he has reported on his site.

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Unease over how the net is run by Michael Geist (BBC)

Internet governance issues usually attract the attention of a relatively small number of net users. However, concerns associated with the current system have begun to grow, writes internet law professor Michael Geist.

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Nigel Williams: A Man With A Mission (CBS News)

Nigel Williams, who died this week at age 51, was a pioneer in computer safety for children, founded Childnet International and was Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People. (Larry Magid) Most Americans have never heard of Nigel Williams but he had an impact on every child who uses the Internet or carries a cell phone. Nigel, who was 51, died on March 28th at his home in Northern Ireland after a two-year-long battle with cancer. Nigel, who spent over ten years working to promote the safe use of technology for children, did so for the past three years from the vantage point of government, as Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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Put Free Expression on the Internet Governance Forum Agenda by Milton Mueller (Circle ID)

The Internet Governance Project has joined free-expression advocacy organizations Reporters Without Borders and Article 19 to push for including Internet censorship and filtering problems on the agenda of the first meeting of the new Internet Governance Forum, a multistakeholder deliberation body created by the World Summit on the Information Society.

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Australian ISPs to step up spam fight (ZDNet)

A new code requiring Internet and e-mail service providers to undertake a range of spam-fighting measures will come into force in July.

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Cybersquatters Try New Tactics (Wired)

Cybersquatting the domain name of a celebrity and selling it for a king's ransom was one of the great get-rich-quick schemes of the early internet. But since courts now tend to favor the star over the squatter, a new kinder, gentler cybersquatting tactic has emerged.

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Testing IDNs by Susan Crawford (Circle ID)

Internationalized (non-ascii) domain names (IDN) are a key issue for ICANN. Yesterday, the Board completed two days of workshop presentations about various matters (IANA, security, GAC relationships), and we were briefed on the IDN testing that is planned.

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au: Australia wants .xxx domain on hold (Sydney Morning Herald)

Senator Helen Coonan has weighed into the simmering debate over a new .xxx adult content domain name, calling for its creation to be delayed until the benefits are proven.

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uk: Warning to chatroom users after libel award for man labelled a Nazi (The Guardian)

A political argument that erupted in a remote corner of cyberspace and descended into vicious name-calling could lead to a spate of libel actions by contributors to internet message boards, the man at the centre of the case claimed.

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ca: Open letter to ICANN from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

CIRA is a respected and influential player in global Internet governance. This has been especially true when it comes to ICANN, where CIRA's involvement has included: participating actively in events leading to the creation of ICANN; helping create the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO); chairing the ccNSO working group on IANA; voluntarily contributing funds to ICANN; hosting the ICANN Montreal meeting; supporting the ICANN Vancouver meeting in many ways including being its main sponsor; and generally promoting the value and benefits of ICANN to the world community.

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Why The ICANN Board Would Love Transparency by Bret Fausett (Lextext)

Last night the members of the GNSO Council and members of the ICANN Board gathered for a working dinner in the main conference facility here in Wellington. The 8:00 p.m. dinner came at the end of a very long day, for everyone, that had begun 12 hours earlier and proceeded apace through a host of different meetings without interruption. Nevertheless, as long as these meetings have become, the GNSO believes that time with the Board is precious, so we insisted that the Board set this time aside. Predictably, given jet lag and the rigors of the day's meeting schedule, Board members and GNSO Councilors were falling asleep at the table. The topic for the working dinner was IDN TLDs. It was certainly nice to hear the preliminary thoughts of members of the Board on this subject, but I couldn't help but notice that the time demands on everyone made the meeting less productive that it otherwise might have been.

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18 April 2006

auDA wants input on domain rules (ZDnet)

Australia's domain name administrator today called for public comment on the practice of registering large numbers of domain names for the purpose of selling click-through advertising.

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Interpol: Give us the tools to fight cybercrime (ZDnet)

Interpol has called on politicians to help law enforcement officers bring cybercriminals to justice by making it easier for evidence to be transferred between countries.

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au: Kazaa faces new court battle (Sydney Morning Herald)

The owner of the Kazaa file sharing network will have to fight on yet another front in its long-running legal battle with Australian record companies.

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Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group to be Established (International Telecommunication Union)

In light of the consultations on the convening of the IGF, the United Nations Secretary-General will set up a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group to assist him in this task. The Group will consist of about forty members, representing governments, private sector and civil society and include members of the academic and technical communities.

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Senators renew call for .xxx domains (CNET)

Controversial plans to create an Internet red-light district would be revived under a new U.S. Senate proposal. On Thursday, two Senate Democrats, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Max Baucus of Montana, introduced a bill called the "Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2006." The 11-page measure would require the U.S. Department of Commerce to work with ICANN to develop plans for a domain name system that would house material deemed "harmful to minors."

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Registrars urge rejection of VeriSign's .com deal (The Register)

Nineteen internet companies, including Network Solutions, have asked ICANN's Board of Directors to reconsider a controversial agreement giving VeriSign control of the .com top-level domain until 2012.

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Timetable for Testing IDNS in Top-Level Domains Announced (Circle ID)

ICANN released today a statement outlining a proposal by the President's Committee on IDNs (co-chaired by Hualin Qian, Mouhamet Diop and Paul Twomey) for a timetable leading to the technical testing of IDNs at the TLD level.

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ICANN tests global domain names (Silicon)

Icann is to test Arabic, Chinese and other non-Roman characters in domain names. Also see http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/16/1142098568084.html and http://www.dmeurope.com/default.asp?ArticleID=14180

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jp: Total Number of JP Domain Name Registration Reaches 800,000 (news release) (Japan Registry Services)

On March 2, 2006, JPRS announced that the accumulated total of registered JP domain name as of March 1, 2006 exceeded 800,000, marking 801,997. The number of registered Japanese JP domain name reached 118,450, hitting a record high. This number of Japanese JP domain name, which accounts for 15% of whole JP domain name, is the second largest number of registered IDN among the 248 ccTLDs worldwide next to .de (Germany), tying for second place with .tw (Taiwan).

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