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31 October 2008

The cyberstalker's handbook: How stalkers operate, and what you can do to protect yourself (TechRadar UK)

It's tempting to feel that you're anonymous online, protected from potential cyberstalkers by cryptic user names and website privacy settings. But is that really true? How easy is it for a malicious person to track someone down, based solely on personal information they've made available?

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Australia's compulsory internet filtering 'costly, ineffective' (Australian IT)

The Federal Government is planning to make internet censorship compulsory for all Australians and could ban controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia.

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Bosses 'should embrace Facebook' (BBC)

Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters, a Demos study suggests.

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Economic Crisis May Be Boon For Cybercriminals, Experts Say (Dark Reading)

One industry sector is actually happy about the current state of the global economy: cybercriminals.

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uk: Games firms 'catching' non-gamers (BBC)

Games firms are accusing innocent people of file-sharing as they crack down on pirates, a Which? Computing investigation has claimed.

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Cybercrime wave sweeping Britain (BBC)

Cybercrime in the UK rose by more than 9% in 2007, according to a new report. Online identity firm Garlik's cybercrime report claims that more than 3.5 million online crimes were committed in the UK last year.

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30 October 2008

'Facebook generation' too lax with data, warns UK information watchdog (The Times)

A "Facebook generation" of workers are risking data breaches because they are careless with technology and personal information held on databases, the Britain's information watchdog warned yesterday.

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Microsoft Introduces Windows 7, Ending Vista Brand (New York Times)

Microsoft introduced what it said would be a slimmer and more responsive version of its Windows operating system on Tuesday, while unceremoniously dropping the brand name Vista for the new product.

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Getting more from prepaid mobile services (McKinsey Quarterly)

As the industry matures, mobile operators won't be able to count on a flood of new customers to fuel growth, so they must create more value from those they already have -- including prepaid ones.

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Christian Science Monitor to publish online only (New York Times)

After a century of continuous publication, The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its weekday print edition and appear online only, its publisher announced Tuesday. The cost-cutting measure makes The Monitor the first national newspaper to essentially give up on print.

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China Regulator Shuts Video Web Sites, Warns Others (PC World)

China's Internet regulator on Monday ordered 10 online video sites to shut down and warned another 17, resuming an aggressive policy on such sites that had been relaxed during the summer.

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Linking to defamatory material is not the same as publishing it, says Canadian court (OUT-LAW News)

The publisher of a link to defamatory material does not have any liability for that defamation, a Canadian court has ruled. Liability could only exist if the link publisher made any statement relating to the defamatory material itself, the court said.

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Breakthrough US deal by Google to sell book content online (The Guardian)

It took a multimillion dollar lawsuit, two years of tense negotiations, and an awful lot of scanning. But yesterday the publishing world stood on the threshold of a digital era after a US deal paved the way to transform publishing.

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us: P2P legislation forcing university IT to get tough on piracy (Network World)

New legislation is putting pressure on U.S. colleges and universities to do a better job combating illegal file-sharing -- and it's taking a toll on campus IT departments, according to research published this week.

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Querelen um afrikanische Domain .africa (Heise)

Die IP-Adressregistry AfriNIC musste wegen Querelen um den künftigen Sitz einer .africa-Adresszone ihr für November geplantes Treffen in der äthiopischen Hauptstadt Addis Abeba kurzfristig verlegen.

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29 October 2008

Obama Whips McCain in Battle of Domain Names (New York Times)

There are significantly more domain name registrations for Barack Obama than John McCain research by IDG found using DomainTools.

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Is surfing the Internet altering your brain? (Reuters)

The Internet is not just changing the way people live but altering the way our brains work with a neuroscientist arguing this is an evolutionary change which will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order.

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Belgian ISP wins reprieve in copyright infringement filtering case (OUT-LAW News)

A Belgian internet service provider that had been ordered by the courts to filter out copyright-infringing material from its network has won a court reprieve. It will not have to pay the €750,000 in fines that have built up over the past year.

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European Union Turns Down Plan For 'Super' Regulator (InformationWeek)

Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding noted that giving individual countries and their respective telecom companies too much power over policy would be a mistake.

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Kazaa foes join up to fight pirates and porn (Sydney Morning Herald)

Two former adversaries who squared off in a bitter legal battle over Kazaa have joined forces to invent new technology that they say will eliminate the illegal sharing of pirated content and child porn over peer-to-peer networks.

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Big Tech Companies Back Global Plan to Shield Online Speech (New York Times)

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo and a group of human rights and public interest organizations plan to introduce Wednesday a global code of conduct that they say will better protect online free speech and privacy against government intrusion.

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Aristotle, Europe and Internet Governance by Dr. Konstantinos Komaitis [Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: In 2005, the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis concluded that when we are talking about Internet Governance, we refer to "the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decisions-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet". This all-inclusive model of multi-stakeholderism has generated a series of questions with the main one being how all these actors will be able to cooperate in order to find solution concerning the administration and policy-making aspect of the Internet.

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British children 'want adult supervision on internet' (The Times)

Almost half of all children want adults to supervise them when they use the internet, a report by Ofsted, the school inspectors, indicates.

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Twitter for terrorists: U.S. Army report lays out terror scenarios (Computerworld)

Terrorists could use Twitter to communicate with terrorist cells to plan, coordinate attacks

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Alarm raised on teenage hackers (BBC)

Increasing numbers of teenagers are starting to dabble in hi-tech crime, say experts.

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