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18 May 2008
Japanese bill takes aim at child porn holders (Japan Times)
The ruling coalition has compiled a bill to stiffen the law against child prostitution and child pornography by criminalizing the possession of such pornographic material for personal use, sources said Friday.
17 May 2008
Businesses alone are not doing enough to avert an impending shortage of Internet Protocol addresses, and governments must work with them to secure the future of the Internet economy, according to a report published Thursday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Governments and business must tackle Internet address shortage together, says OECD (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe)
With nearly 85% of all available Internet addresses already in use, experts believe that, if current trends continue, Internet addresses will run out by 2011. What next? Will the Internet be able to scale to connect billions of people and devices to the Internet? This new report focuses on possible scenarios and on the need to deploy the newer version of the Internet Protocol, IP version 6 (IPv6).
Study: Comcast, Cox blocking BitTorrent throughout United States (Network World)
The Max Planck Institute for Software Systems released a study today showing that Cox Communications and Comcast have been blocking BitTorrent transfers within the United States at both peak and non-peak hours.
us: Music download case may be retried (Los Angeles Times)
A Minnesota woman ordered to pay $222,000 in the nation's first music download trial may get another chance with a jury.
Phone and internet companies will soon be forced to keep logs of internet usage to be made available to the police under a new law announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown this week.
CBS in Deal to Buy CNet to Increase Online Ads (New York Times)
... On Thursday, CBS announced a $1.8 billion deal to buy the online media brand CNet Networks, home of Web sites like CNet.com (on technology), BNet (on business), GameSpot (on video games), TV.com (on television), and CHOW (on cooking).
The Internet has never cared much for legal boundaries. Phishers steal credit cards across oceans and off-shore sites offer gambling with little regard for the laws of the countries where their victims or customers are located.
Microsoft is joining low-cost laptop project (International Herald Tribune)
After years of conflict, Microsoft and the computing and education project One Laptop Per Child, have reached an agreement that will put Windows on the organization's computers.
In a highly unusual use of a federal law generally employed in computer fraud cases, a federal grand jury here on Thursday indicted a Missouri woman accused of using a phony online identity to trick and taunt a 13-year-old girl, who committed suicide in response to the cyberbaiting.
ca: CRTC to hold hearings on Internet regulation (Toronto Star)
Canada's broadcast watchdog will hold public hearings next year into the thorny question of extending its purview to the Internet, a medium that it deemed a regulatory-free zone nearly a decade ago.
Remaking the Movies: Digital Content and the Evolution of the Film and Video Industries (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe)
This new publication analyses how film and video industry value chains and business models are being changed by news ways of creating, distributing and using digital content. It explores how digital content affects the function and position of participants along the commercial industry value chain, and the policy implications of these changes.
Telstra under pressure from broadband network bidders (The Australian)
Telstra has held talks with rivals Optus and AAPT over a possible deal on the proposed National Broadband Network reports The Australian. In addition, Macquarie Group is investigating a potential bid for a network of its own.
16 May 2008
Surfing the Web on a personal computer will become old-fashioned in less than ten years when the majority of Internet users are expected to access the Net through their mobile handsets, Geraldine Wilson, vice president of Yahoo! Europe Connected Life, told EurActiv in an interview.
Icahn Is Said to Plan a Proxy Battle at Yahoo (New York Times)
Carl C. Icahn, the billionaire investor and activist shareholder, has decided to move ahead with plans for a proxy fight at Yahoo and will propose a dissident slate of directors, people with knowledge of the plans said Wednesday.
We live in what the economist Fritz Machlup called in 1962 an "information society." Data and information fuel corporate competition, separate the haves and have-nots and even define political power. Bits and bytes have truly become a battleground. Cyber-criminals have noticed too. The cyber-crime underground is more active and efficient than ever before. The role of the state in cyberspace is growing too, as governments pour money into digital defense and contend with cyber-dissidents. As the threats and counter threats multiply, we present our take on the precarious balance of security and privacy in cyberspace.
us: Actors don't want to lose grip on Web clips (Los Angeles Times)
Few things are more precious to actors than control over their images. A stark reminder of that came last week when the studios suspended contract talks with the Screen Actors Guild after three weeks of negotiations. A cause for the logjam: Actors balked at a studio proposal that would allow the studios to sell or license excerpts of TV shows and movies for use on the Internet, cellphones and other new-media devices -- without the actors' consent.
England, Frankreich und Deutschland wollen das dritte Internet Governance Forum (IGF) im indischen Hyderabad im Dezember mit nationalen Foren vorbereiten. Das IGF der UN war aus einem heftigen Konflikt über die Internationalisierung der Internet-Verwaltung beim UN-Weltgipfel der Informationsgesellschaft (WSIS) entstanden. Das Forum soll als Plattform unter Ägide der UN Fragen der Politik im Netz und der Steuerung des Internet diskutieren.
How Apple is changing DRM (The Guardian)
As more stores and record labels abandon digital rights management, Apple may have an alternative plan for subscription services, writes The Guardian's Tim Anderson
Google has just held its annual stockholders' meeting at its corporate headquarters in California. And Amnesty International's US section used the meeting to put forward a shareholder motion calling for the company to do more to fight censorship in China.
Piracy growing as fewer fans buy downloads (The Guardian)
Record labels are losing their battle with digital piracy as the number of people who regularly download songs legally falls back, research will claim today.
Improving Internet access in Africa is a fight on several fronts -- building undersea cables, setting up regional exchanges and bridging the last mile to homes and businesses -- but the continent is making progress.
15 May 2008
Seven Nato nations have backed a new cyber defence centre in Estonia, which last year blamed Russia for weeks of attacks on its internet structure.
A new type of identity fraud, which sees hackers tapping into voice-over IP telephony accounts, has been highlighted by a VoIP equipment maker.
Mobile phones in a supporting role: how mobiles can help us (International Herald Tribune)
Stories of cellphones helping people in developing countries abound - some of them highlighted by the industry, in an effort to polish its image, and others by users themselves.