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15 April 2009

Should Online Scofflaws Be Denied Web Access? (New York Times)

Is Internet access a fundamental human right? Or is it a privilege, carrying with it a responsibility for good behavior?

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Google Disables Uploads, Comments on YouTube Korea (PC World)

Google has disabled user uploads and comments on the Korean version of its YouTube video portal in reaction to a new law that requires the real name of a contributor be listed along each contribution they make.

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Ponzi schemes spread on YouTube (Los Angeles Times)

Here come the mini-Madoffs. The Better Business Bureau warned today about a proliferation of what appear to be Ponzi schemes on YouTube.

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Freedom on the global Internet still a pipe dream (CNET)

"The Internet represents freedom, but not everywhere." So begins the annual "Internet Enemies" report by Reporters Without Borders--and that's probably the cheeriest line in the entire 39-page document. It goes down from there.

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In Warrantless Wiretapping Case, Obama DOJ's New Arguments Are Worse Than Bush's (Electronic Frontiers Foundation)

We had hoped this would go differently. Friday evening, in a motion to dismiss Jewel v. NSA, EFF's litigation against the National Security Agency for the warrantless wiretapping of countless Americans, the Obama Administration's made two deeply troubling arguments.

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FCC launches development of national US broadband plan (FCC)

The Federal Communications Commission today begins the process of developing a national broadband plan that will seek to ensure that every American has access to broadband capability.

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14 April 2009

Andrew Keen: Friendfeed is the new social network – but you didn't hear it first (The Independent)

Twitter might be the newest new thing for millions of internet users but, for most of Silicon Valley's geekerati, it is Friendfeed (www.friend feed.com) that remains the hottest social networking application. If Twitter is emerging as the Microsoft of the emerging real-time web, then Friendfeed - which unveiled a major upgrade to its interface last week - is akin to Apple in its ability to muster a noisy following of hardcore evangelists.

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Jennifer Lopez wins cybersquatting case

American singer and actress Jennifer Lopez won a cybersquatting case against a US-based website operator who registered two domain names that used her name for commercial profit, WIPO said on Thursday in a UDRP decision.

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Olympics bullies ICANN with legal action threat over new gTLDs

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the latest organisation to express its displeasure with ICANN over the proposal to introduce new generic Top Level Domains, saying they are concerned about the possibility of a proliferation in cybersquatting of domains names related to the IOC.

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Russian President warns of foreign threat to 'Net security (Network World)

Foreign investors in Internet companies pose a potential threat to national security, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned members of the United Russia political party at a meeting on Wednesday.

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Brand owners in a tizz over occasional WIPO decisions

Global brands are not always winning disputes over domain names including their brand names they felt were infringing their rights, sending lawyers dealing with these disputes into a tizz.

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German Wikileaks domain name deleted by DENIC

According to a news release from the German Wikileaks and German media reports, DENIC, the registry for the .DE ccTLD, deleted the wikileaks.de domain name without warning on April 9. This follows the recent leaking of a list of domain names on the Wikileaks website of websites that were banned in Australia by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

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.POL gTLD proposed to avoid politician's disputes with (Washington Post)

To avoid disputes over domain names claimed by cybersquatters, a report in The Washington Post says ICANN should approve the new gTLD of .POL. The claim comes about following a number of high profile cases where cybersquatters have registered domain names for politicians about to embark on campaigns for office, the latest high profile one being Meg Whitman's bid to become the governor of California.

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Bill Clinton Wants Domain Names Back (Gawker)

According to the blog Gawker, Bill Clinton wants back a number of domain names such as presidentbillclinton.com, registered in the late '90s as a joke by private investigator Joe Culligan. Now, according to Gawker, Bill Clinton's lawyer is pursuing legal action to get the domain names back.

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'Sexting' hardly constitutes child endangerment (NJ.com)

The fate of a 14-year old New Jersey student, arrested a few weeks ago on charges of posting pornographic photos of herself online, now rests on the scales of the justice system. The allegations against her follow those in a similar case in which a federal court recently blocked a Pennsylvania prosecutor from filing child pornography charges against teenage girls shown topless or wearing underwear in photos found on the cell phones of some boys.

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Texting Toward Utopia - Does the Internet spread democracy? (Boston Review)

In 1989 Ronald Reagan proclaimed that "The Goliath of totalitarianism will be brought down by the David of the microchip"; later, Bill Clinton compared Internet censorship to "trying to nail Jell-O to the wall"; and in 1999 George W. Bush (not John Lennon) asked us to "imagine if the Internet took hold in China. Imagine how freedom would spread."

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In the UK, they've got your number (The Guardian)

Every call made, email sent and website visited is now being logged under new regulations. What does that mean for investigative journalists - and their need to protect sources?

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Toolbars in the background to Yahoo and Microsoft talks (The Guardian)

With Yahoo's search market share likely to slip below 20%, it makes sense to do some sort of deal with Microsoft -- and it should be a very profitable one for Yahoo

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Australian Family Court includes Skype access in decisions (The Australian)

The Family Court is allowing mothers to leave the country with their children, provided they agree to sign up for the internet-based video telephone service Skype.

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12 April 2009

Conficker, the Internet's No. 1 threat, gets an update (Computerworld)

Security researchers say a worm that has infected millions of computers worldwide has been reprogrammed to strengthen its defenses while also trying to attack more machines.

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Conficker botnet could flood Web with spam (Computerworld)

Windows PCs infected with the Conficker worm have turned into junk mail-spewing robots capable of sending billions of spam messages a day, a security company warned.

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Deutsche Wikileaks-Domain gesperrt (Heise)

Die deutsche Domain des Wikileaks-Projekts, das sich der Veröffentlichung von geheimen Informationen und Dokumenten verschrieben hat, ist derzeit nicht erreichbar. Einer Pressemitteilung zufolge wurde wikileaks.de bereits am 9. April "ohne Vorwarnung durch die deutsche Registrierungsstelle Denic gesperrt".

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Facebook fans do worse in exams (Sunday Times)

Facebook users may feel socially successful in cyberspace but they are more likely to perform poorly in exams, according to new research into the academic impact of the social networking website.

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China's Search Engine for the Elderly (Wall Street Journal)

Google may be offering free music downloads in China, but rival Baidu.com has its sights on the country's untapped audiences.

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President Obama Backs RIAA In Online File-Sharing Case (IP Watch)

President Obama's US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed a legal brief in support of damages sought by an affiliate of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), prompting some observers to speculate on the Obama administration's impartiality in the RIAA's file-sharing litigation campaign.

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