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25 March 2009

Privacy group: Facebook principles still lacking (Computerworld)

[IDG] Facebook's recent decision to back off proposed changes in its terms of service still leaves the social media site with a "huge loophole" in privacy protections, a privacy group said Tuesday.

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Pirate Bay founders to launch new service (Computerworld)

[IDG] The founders of widely used BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay are getting ready to launch IPREDator, a network service that makes people online more anonymous by using a VPN (virtual private network).

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YouTube Blocked in China, Google Says (New York Times)

Google said Tuesday that its YouTube video-sharing Web site had been blocked in China.

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Privacy group calls to 'shut down' Street View in UK (BBC News)

A formal complaint about Google's Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO).

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Levée de boucliers contre les nouvelles extensions de noms de domaine (ZDNet)

La grogne monte et la contestation s'organise autour du projet de libéralisation des extensions de noms de domaines (« GTLD ») présenté le 25 juin 2008 par l'Icann.

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24 March 2009

Pentagon should establish fourth military service to wage cyberwars (NextGov)

The United States, engaged in a cyberspace Cold War in which government networks are under constant attack, must establish a fourth military service to conduct cyberwarfare, according to an article in the most recent issue of a Defense newsletter.

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Number of infected Web sites sharply increases in 2008 (NextGov)

The number of seemingly legitimate Web sites infected with malicious code that enables hackers to steal passwords to access computer networks is increasing, with one organization reporting an 827 percent jump in compromised sites in 2008.

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As Rights Clash on YouTube, Some Music Vanishes (New York Times)

In early December, Juliet Weybret, a high school sophomore and aspiring rock star from Lodi, Calif., recorded a video of herself playing the piano and singing "Winter Wonderland," and she posted it on YouTube.

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NZ Government throws out section 92A (Computerworld)

Cabinet today announced that section 92A of the Copyright Act will not come into force on 27 March as scheduled, but will be amended to address "areas of concern", says commerce minister Simon Power.

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Australian ISP pulls out of internet filter trial (Australian IT)

Australia's third largest internet service provider has dealt the Rudd Government's plans for a mandatory internet filter another blow only days after a top-secret blacklist of banned web pages was leaked.

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OECD Welcomes Formation of The Internet Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) (Internet Technical Advisory Committee to the OECD)

[news release] The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has welcomed representatives from the pre-eminent Internet technical organisations as partners in its work on communications policy issues - a step seen as highlighting the vital need for multistakeholder inputs into Internet-related discussions and the continued evolution of enhanced cooperation among stakeholders.

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SMS to Drive African, Middle East Mobile Data Uptake (The Vanguard)

The way crusade for mobile broadband is going, one would think that such mobile features like the text messages would either go into extinction or at best be brushed aside for a while.

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Big UK websites urged to avoid Phorm (BBC News)

Seven of the UK's biggest web firms have been urged to opt out of a controversial ad-serving system.

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23 March 2009

US Power grid is found susceptible to cyberattack (Computerworld)

[IDG] An emerging network of intelligent power switches, called the Smart Grid, could be taken down by a cyberattack, according to researchers with IOActive, a Seattle security consultancy.

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A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House (CNET)

Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White House, a proposed move that likely will draw objections from industry groups and some conservatives.

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EBay Yanked Millions of Scam Items in 2008 (Industry Standard)

Internet auction site eBay has defended the way in which it handles reports of counterfeit goods, saying that it has delisted millions of items and suspended tens of thousands of seller accounts last year. However, its actions may not be enough to stop a lawsuit brought by a luxury goods retailer, which maintains that eBay needs to do more to stop online auctions of counterfeit products.

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North Korea allows mobile phone network (Los Angeles Times)

North Korea allows cellphone network But at $300 a phone, and monthly costs, only elites can afford the Koryolink service from an Egyptian telecom firm. Many wonder what the regime's motives are: to monitor citizens, or finally open up?

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A Twisted Case of Cyberharassment (Washington Post)

First came the phone calls: men, strangers, telling Barbara Goddard they'd seen her ad on Craigslist and were eager to come over for her promised "casual encounter."

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Mobile phone plan answers call to save gorillas (The Age)

The solution to saving the world's dwindling number of gorillas is in our hands. Literally.

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Australian mobile phone code inadequate: ACCC (Sydney Morning Herald)

A new industry code that aims to protect Australian mobile phone users from scams is deficient, according to the ACCC.

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22 March 2009

Consumer Pressure Drives ISOC Members IPv6 Deployment

In a survey of members on the transition to IPv6, the Internet Society (ISOC) found the main driver for moving to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) was customer demand. In a study of the operational characteristics of IPv6 in its organisation members' networks, ISOC found that while customer pressure motivated IPv6 deployment, specific business-case drivers did not yet exist.

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Browser Showdown: IE 8 vs. Firefox (PC World)

Microsoft's newest browser promises faster page load speeds. Does IE 8 deliver? We put it to the test against the latest version of Firefox.

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Artificial Companions as a New Kind of Interface to the Future Internet by Yorick Wilks (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: This research report seeks to connect the future of the Internet to a new, even though relatively developed, technology; that of computer speech and language and its embodiment in a concept I shall call an Artificial Companion. I will argue here that such entities are coming into being and that they will change fairly rapidly from the rather primitive entities now available, largely in Japan, to being entities that will lead to profound social and psychological consequences; they will also constitute a new and much more personal way of dealing with information and its so-called 'overload' upon all of us.

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Embracing edemocracy: the UK votes Yes to online communications (Ofcom)

[news release] Almost half of the UK population has used the internet in the last year to access information about government or local council services or completed a government form or process online, according to Ofcom research.

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Broadband access 'helps improve education for children' (European Broadband Portal)

An expert has highlighted the important role of broadband in helping to improve children's education and increase their "life chances". Niel McLean, executive director of Becta, said having access to the internet opens up a whole range of "fantastic resources" for children and could help improve their performance in school. The company, which is leading the national drive to improve learning through technology, is currently giving away free computers to families as part of the Home Access Programme.

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