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13 June 2008

ICANN Launches Subscription-Based Policy Update (ICANN)

ICANN announced the launch of a new subscription-based ICANN Policy Update that will highlight on a monthly basis key Internet policy issues being addressed by its bottom-up, consensus-based policy development structure.

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Do ISPs Stand a Chance Against Child Pornographers? (E-Commerce Times)

Virtually no one objects to the concept of adopting laws and policies to stem the tide of child pornography proliferating on the Internet. So, the announcement on Tuesday that Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Sprint Nextel have agreed to block access to Web sites that harbor such content was uniformly welcomed -- even if the end result will be to keep just a small percentage of child pornography offline. The Internet service providers will confront daunting technical and legal issues as they attempt to execute on their commitment.

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Russland will kyrillische Internet-Domain (Reuters)

Russlands Präsident Dmitri Medwedew will der kyrillischen Schrift im Internet mehr Präsenz verschaffen und damit die russische Sprache in der Welt stärken.

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Bridging the Global Digital Divide, One Laptop at a Time (Knowledge@Wharton)

... One thing is certain, however: The third world is the next frontier for technology companies and non-profit organizations alike. The goal: Bridge the global digital divide that separates wealthy and poor countries. Non-profits such as One Laptop per Child see technology as a way to improve education.

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12 June 2008

Privacy Protection and the Right to Information: In Search of a New Symbiosis in the Information Age by Pieter Kleve & Richard V. De Mulder [Cyberlaw, Security & Privacy] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: The dichotomy between personal privacy and free access to information, which has come increasingly to the fore with the advance of information technology, justifies a reconsideration of these traditional values and interests. In this article, it is contended that privacy, as a constitutional right, is subject to changing norms as a result of the advent of the information society.

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Australian child porn bust suicides feared - counselling offered (Australian IT)

Men charged in one of Australia's largest internet child pornography investigations are being offered counselling to stop them taking their own lives.

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Google lets users measure the power of words (Reuters)

Number-crunchers can rejoice as Google offers deeper access to the underlying figures for users' Web searches, giving some insight into trends based on the relative popularity of various words.

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Social networking spam on the rise (vnunet)

Four out five social network users have received unwanted 'friend' invitations, messages or postings over the past year, new research suggests.

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Impasse in U.S. on spying could lead to tighter rules (International Herald Tribune)

With Congress at an impasse over the government's spy powers and intelligence, congressional officials are bracing for the possibility that the government may have to revert to old rules for terrorist surveillance, which some officials predict could leave worrisome gaps in intelligence.

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Google says it would support U.S. privacy law (Reuters)

Google Inc has told a senior Republican lawmaker concerned about privacy that the Internet search and advertising company supports a federal privacy law.

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France to Block Child Pornography Websites (Reuters)

France plans to use the help of Internet service providers to block websites which disseminate child pornography, Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said on Tuesday.

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Groups raise concerns about Google/Yahoo pact (InfoWorld)

Advocacy groups representing rural voters, farmers, and Latinos have doubts about a possible advertising partnership between Google and Yahoo, saying the pact could create a "monopolistic concentration" in the online search and search advertising markets.

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Beware of the hoax email - how seriously should we take them? (The Guardian)

Emails that warn of preying rapists and ruthless carjackers are currently doing the rounds, but how seriously should we take them?

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us: Anti-Child-Porn Tactic Criticized: Thwarting Payments Makes Users Hard to Track, Report Says (Washington Post)

The decision yesterday by three Internet service providers to block access to online child pornography is the latest in a series of steps by companies and government officials to curb the distribution of such materials. But a report to be published later this month questions whether such actions are making it more difficult to track users.

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11 June 2008

.NYC Proposal Makes New York Times (New York Times)

Connectingnyc is preparing to make an application for the .NYC gTLD, and the proposal has made the New York Times this week. The report notes Connectingnyc was handing out fliers to New York City workers to solicit ideas and gain publicity.

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Pornography, Coercion, and Copyright Law 2.0 by Ann Bartow [Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: The lack of regulation of the production of pornography in the United States leaves pornography performers exposed to substantial risks. Producers of pornography typically respond to attempts to regulate pornography as infringements upon free speech. At the same time, large corporations involved in the production and sale of pornography rely on copyright law's complex regulatory framework to protect their pornographic content from copying and unauthorized distribution. Web 2.0 also facilitates the production and distribution of pornography by individuals. These user-generators produce their own pornography, often looking to monetize their productions themselves via advertising revenues and subscription models. Much like their corporate counterparts, these user-generators may increasingly rely on copyright law to protect their creations in the future.

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.ES Approaches One Million Domain Names

With 973,894 domain names registered at the beginning of June, .ES is the latest ccTLD to be approaching the magical one million mark. In the first five months of 2008 registrations have increased 20 per cent.

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Aussies top US, Europe in falling victim to cyber crime - Survey finds women "might be" more gullible than men (Computerworld)

Just days after the federal government announced its StaySmartOnline initiative, a study by security software maker AVG has found that Australians fall victim to cyber crime at a higher rate than users in the US, Brazil and seven other major European countries.

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uk: Next gen broadband benefits outweigh cost (Silicon)

Widespread deployment of next-generation broadband - which is significantly faster than current fat pipes - is critical for the UK economy, according to government advisory body the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG).

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3G? Apple, We've Had It For Years (Forbes)

Talk about a reality distortion field. For mobile device makers like HTC, which has manufactured sleek, advanced cell phones for six years, it's bad enough that Apple, a neophyte in the wireless industry, can make consumers go weak at the knees just by unveiling an upgraded iPhone.

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Aust Federal police anti-porn operations cut by razor gang (Computerworld)

The Rudd government's razor gang has cut funding from the Australian Federal Police anti-child porn operations, including its online capability.

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Cerca del millón de dominios .es (vnunet)

La cifra total se sitúa en los 973.864 a principios de junio, un 20 por ciento más que los registrados a finales de 2007.

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Africa: Why Continent is So Digitally Isolated (The Nation)

Imagine a major research university with tens of thousands of students trying to access the Internet through a single US household connection. That is the present situation in most African universities. Students there have access to Science through several journal archives for the developing world. In practice, most could never download it.

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Barack Obama sets up internet 'war room' to fight slurs (The Times)

A crack team of cybernauts will form a rapid response internet "war room" to track and respond aggressively to online rumours that Barack Obama is unpatriotic and a Muslim.

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The £100 iPhone aimed at boosting sales, but is Apple eating humble pie? (The Guardian)

A year ago it was hailed as a piece of technological wizardry, prompting American fans to camp out for days to be the first to get their hands on it. Last night Apple hoped that it could recapture some of the excitement of 12 months ago by announcing the latest version of its iPhone.

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