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17 March 2009
Microsoft plans to reduce carbon footprint by 30% (Computerworld)
[IDG] Microsoft Corp. has set a goal for reducing its carbon emissions and has plans to support the development of software that can help address climate change issues, the company's chief environmental strategist said.
Google lawyers seek to halt Italy trial (The Times)
Lawyers for Google are expected to challenge Italy's right to try Google executives at a hearing on Tuesday, in a trial seen as a test case over attempts to "police" web content.
Report Says Spam Arms Race Escalating (Internet News)
Just four months ago, the world enjoyed a brief reduction in spam with the closure of McColo, a U.S.-based Web host that was accused of being a major hub for spammer activity, including a massive botnet called Srbizi.
3G Phones Exposing Networks' Last-Gen Technology (New York Times)
Oh, the things modern mobile phones can do. They are music-playing, video-taking, direction-providing multimedia powerhouses. But many people have trouble getting them to perform their most basic functions, like making phone calls.
Scott McNealy, the former CEO of Sun Microsystems Inc., has achieved considerable notoriety for having warned Internet users 10 years ago that "you have no privacy, get over it." Recent headlines suggest Ontario courts have adopted those sentiments, as two recent decisions involving the disclosure of subscriber information by Internet service providers confirmed that revealing personal information to law enforcement without a warrant is permitted under Canadian privacy law.
There were a record number of cybersquatting cases in 2008 according to the WIPO Center (World Intellectual Property Organization), with allegations continuing to rise throughout the year and 2,329 complaints filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
16 March 2009
Many Americans See Privacy on Web as Big Issue, Survey Says (New York Times)
As arguments swirl over online privacy, a new survey indicates the issue is a dominant concern for Americans.
Survey finds 25pc of NZ students sexually solicited online (New Zealand Herald)
About 25 per cent of secondary school students say they have been aggressively sexually solicited online, according to a survey by the internet safety organisation Netsafe.
NZ court papers can be served via Facebook, judge rules (New Zealand Herald)
A High Court judge today approved the serving of court papers via Facebook, the popular social network website, in what is thought to be a New Zealand first.
It was last Tuesday that the music died for British viewers of YouTube.
15 March 2009
The authors of the latest variant of the Conficker worm are upping the ante against security vendors who are working to stop the spread and threat of the persistent program.
Political Cyberattacks to Militarise the Web (PC World)
Governments looking to silence critics and stymie opposition have added DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks to their censoring methods, according to a security expert speaking at the Source Boston Security Showcase.
Broadband Internet: The Power to Reconfigure Access by William H. Dutton, Sharon E. Gillett, Lee W. McKnight & Malcolm Peltu [OII Working Paper] (Social Science Research Network)
Abstract: The long-term societal implications of reshaping access for individuals, communities, organisations, nations and regions across the world are of major significance, but are not predetermined by the technology. Instead, they will unfold over time through the complex interplay among the many actors, participating in many arena, who shape these outcomes through a wide range of social, policy and technical choices, some as simple as whether or not to go online. Many of the choices that will shape the future of broadband Internet and its societal implications are highlighted in this paper, which draws on discussions and background position papers at the OII Forum.
Google, Yahoo Criticized Over Foreign Censorship (Business Week)
In a report on Internet censorship, Reporters Without Borders scolds the tech giants -- including Microsoft -- for cooperating with repressive governments
At least 18 percent of you already know what Firefox is, because you're using it to read this interview. (Or so says the statistics engine behind Newsweek.com, which tracks things like that.) For the unfamiliar, Firefox is a free Web browser that is built by coders around the world whose open-source work is organized by the Mozilla Corp. and its nonprofit parent, the Mozilla Foundation. Introduced in 2004 as an alternative to Microsoft's ubiquitous, but buggy, Internet Explorer, Firefox has been a force for innovation in the browser category, with improvements such as tabbed browsing and plug-ins that work on any operating system.
Social networks 'are new email' (BBC News)
Status updates on sites such as Facebook, Yammer, Twitter and Friendfeed are a new form of communication, the South by SouthWest Festival has heard.
World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee fell victim to online fraud (Sunday Telegraph (UK))
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the worldwide web, has revealed how he fell victim to online fraudsters while trying to buy a gift over the internet.
14 March 2009
Hurrah Berners-Lee! Web celebrates 20th anniversary (Computerworld)
Twenty years ago, computers were either the size of a basketball court or they were novelties that we played with. Twenty years ago, we got our news at 6 p.m. on television or in the morning newspaper. Twenty years ago, if you wanted to buy a sweater, you drove from store to store until you spent as much on gas as you did on the sweater.
Torrent search engine Mininova earning €1 million a year (ars technica)
One of the key issues in the recent Pirate Bay trial was the prosecutor's contention that the lads behind the site were raking in something like 10 million kronor (one million dollars) a year. This led defendant Gottfried Svartholm Warg to complain during a court recess: "It's totally absurd, those numbers are totally disconnected from reality." And, for good measure, he took a shot at the prosecutor. "The old bastard's crazy," he said.
A top U.S. lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday said he is working to develop a bill to impose mandatory guidelines on Internet companies to protect user privacy, because the current voluntary approach is falling short.
Proposed state legislation that would allow NSW Police to quietly hack into suspects' computers remotely reflected similar moves in other jurisdictions, a notable Australian cybercrime analyst said today.
[news release] As part of its effort to combat climate change and drive economic recovery, the European Commission today called on Member States and industry to use information and communications technologies (ICT) to improve energy efficiency. These technologies are expected to reduce total carbon emissions in Europe by up to 15% by 2020. ICT can not only improve monitoring and management of energy use in factories, offices and in public spaces but above all help make people more aware of how they use energy. With smart metering in their homes, for example, consumers have been found to reduce their energy consumption by as much as 10%.
UK government outlines digital rights agency proposal (The Guardian)
The government today fleshed out the digital rights agency proposed in Lord Carter's Digital Britain report and called for comment from the industry and consumers.
When it comes to things Web-related, sometimes you just want to read something sensible, for a change. So it was with some relief that the recent words of Tim Berners-Lee swam through my left ear without entirely exiting from my right.
Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee says he is making sure the Semantic Web will respect the privacy of online communications and allow people to control who can use their data.