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02 April 2009

Child porn hard to define, stop in Japan: laws limited in huge market where possession, animated sex know no bounds (Japan Times)

Japan has a huge adult pornography market. But the country also has a reputation as a haven for child porn, with international human rights groups and governments including the United States all criticizing Tokyo for not doing enough to curb the spread of sexually graphic material that exploits children.

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Study: Enforcement spurs rise in Web sex arrests (Washington Post)

More people have been arrested in recent years for sexually soliciting youths online, but the sharp increase comes from better enforcement, and the Internet remains a relatively safe social environment, researchers said in a new study.

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Make a connection: Australia's national broadband plan doomed to fail (The Age)

There is grim irony in the fact that the Government of the party pledged to look after the little people appears to be damaging the value of the Telstra shares into which more than a million Australian small investors sank their savings, reports The Age.

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Editorial: At last, a telco victory for the New Zealand consumer (New Zealand Herald)

Preventing a repetition of the vertically integrated monopoly enjoyed by Telecom's copper network was always going to be a cardinal requirement of the Government's $1.5 billion investment in an ultra-fast broadband infrastructure, says The New Zealand Herald in an editorial.

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01 April 2009

Conficker virus could be deadly threat - or April Fool's joke (The Guardian)

It could be the biggest April Fool's joke ever played on the internet, or it could be one of the worst days ever for computers connected to the network. Security experts can't work out whether the Conficker virus - which has infected more than 10m Windows PCs worldwide - will wreak havoc on Wednesday , or just let the day pass quietly.

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Pirate Bay could inveigle Facebook users into illegal downloads (The Guardian)

The world's most notorious filesharing website has decided to thumb its nose at the authorities once again - by linking itself up to the world's biggest social network.

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Skype Brings Cheap Calls to Mobiles with iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia Apps (New York Times)

Skype, the Internet calling service that has more than 400 million users around the world, is aggressively moving onto mobile phones.

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U.S. High Court Lets Stand Rejection of Anti-Spam Law (Washington Post)

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to consider reinstating Virginia's tough anti-spam law, leaving in place a lower court ruling that threw out the measure as unconstitutional.

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FBI Finds Internet-Based Crime Jumps 33% in 2008 (Wall Street Journal)

Reports of Internet-based crime jumped 33% in 2008, according to a group that monitors Web-based fraud

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EU threatens action over web privacy (Reuters)

Some Internet companies are abusing consumers' personal data and this cannot be allowed to continue, a top European Union official will warn the industry on Tuesday.

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China closes more porn Web sites in crackdown (Network World)

[IDG] China closed a new round of Web sites with pornographic content as it continued a crackdown that has extended from the Internet to mobile phones, state media said Monday.

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EU pledges to protect cyber infrastructure (vnunet)

The European Commission (EC) has unveiled a new strategy to prepare the region to act in case of major disruptions or attacks against critical information infrastructure, reports vnunet.

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New Zealand govt reveals its $1.5bn high-speed fibre plan (New Zealand Herald)

The Government has unveiled plans for a new Crown-owned investment company that will spend up to $1.5 billion on high speed broadband infrastructure, reports The New Zealand Herald.

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EU Poised to Establish Telecommunications Regulator (New York Times)

Lawmakers are moving to create a Europe-wide telecommunications regulator with the power to reverse policies in European Union member countries, a potentially major redistribution of power that could improve competition and lower prices across the Continent.

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Cable Mounts a Drive for Broadband in Europe (New York Times)

Cable television companies in Europe, which were minor players in the initial wave of broadband Internet, are catching up quickly with new, super-fast networks that are siphoning customers from some of the Continent's largest phone operators.

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Google Offers Free Downloads in China (New York Times)

Trying to gain ground in one of the few markets where it is behind, Google said Monday that it had begun to offer in China links to free music downloads, a service it does not offer anywhere else in the world.

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DHS Releases Conficker/Downadup Computer Worm Detection Tool (Department of Homeland Security)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the release of a DHS-developed detection tool that can be used by the federal government, commercial vendors, state and local governments, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to scan their networks for the Conficker/Downadup computer worm.

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China denies spying allegations (BBC News)

China has denied involvement in the electronic spy network which researchers say infiltrated computers in government offices around the world.

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31 March 2009

.TEL Domains Available to All; 100,000 Names Registered

In what Telnic CEO Khashayar Mahdavi calls the biggest innovation since .com, the .tel gTLD was launched to all comers last week. Within 36 hours of .tel being made available through General Availability, the 100,000th .tel domain name was registered.

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Playing violent computer games 'can improve vision' (Daily Telegraph (UK))

Playing violent computer games can improve your vision, according to a study.

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In Europe, Possible Survival Lessons for U.S. Papers (New York Times)

As the death toll in the American newspaper industry mounted this month, the German publisher Axel Springer, which owns Bild, the biggest newspaper in Europe, reported the highest annual profit in its 62-year history.

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30 March 2009

The Reclassification of Extreme Pornographic Images by Andrew D. Murray [Modern Law Review] (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: Legal controls over the importation and supply of pornographic imagery promulgated nearly half a century ago in the Obscene Publications Acts have proven to be inadequate to deal with the challenge of the internet age. With pornographic imagery more readily accessible in the UK than at any time in our history, legislators have been faced with the challenge of stemming the tide. One particular problem has been the ready accessibility of extreme images which mix sex and violence or which portray necrophilia or bestiality.

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The internet - Connecting up: Online-dating websites prosper in the recession (The Economist)

Not many industries are doing well in the recession. But along with discount retailers and pawnbrokers, online-dating sites such as eHarmony.com and OkCupid.com have seen business look up. There are several theories to explain why. It may be that people have more time to devote to their private lives as the economy slows; that uncertain times increase the desire for companionship; or that living alone is expensive, whereas couples can split many of their costs.

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Vast Chinese Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries (New York Times)

A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.

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Americans spend 8 hours a day on screens, study finds (International Herald Tribune)

In a world with grocery store television screens, digitally delivered movie libraries and cellphone video clips, the average American is exposed to 61 minutes of TV ads and promotions a day.

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