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08 May 2009

Bill unveiled to reverse U.S. online gambling ban (Reuters)

Legislation aimed at reversing a 3-year-old ban on Americans placing online bets was introduced on Wednesday by U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank.

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US Cyber-Command May Help Protect Civilian Networks (Washington Post)

The Pentagon is considering whether to create a new cyber-command that would oversee government efforts to protect the military's computer networks and would also assist in protecting the civilian government networks, the head of the National Security Agency said yesterday.

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Australia's online history 'facing extinction' (ABC News)

Parts of Australia's valuable cultural history could be lost forever if web archiving is not seriously undertaken in Australia, the National Library of Australia has warned.

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Older Australians less likely to participate in the digital economy (Australian Communications and Media Authority)

Age is the most significant driver of internet use in the home, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority report, released today. The report indicates that nearly three out of four people have a home internet connection and 87 per cent of the population have used the internet. In contrast, only 48 per cent of people aged 65 and over have the internet at home and 44 per cent have never used the internet.

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Web push derails Europe telecoms reform to make internet access a human right (Financial Times)

A last-gasp push by European lawmakers to have internet access established as an inalienable human right has derailed a sweeping package of telecoms reform.

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European Parliament vetoes telecoms reform, demands court order for ISP disconnection (OUT-LAW News)

Internet service providers should only be able to disconnect users on the order of a court, the European Parliament has said. The demand has derailed the expected ratification of European telecoms reform at a Parliament session today.

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EU lawmakers vote to introduce net neutrality (ZDNet)

The European Parliament has voted through a massive tranche of reforms for the European telecommunications sector, including a significant net-neutrality amendment.

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Google, Yahoo never forget, warns Australian retired High Court Judge, Kirby (Australian IT)

Retired High Court judge Michael Kirby says internet search engines and imaging capture systems like Google Street View have unexpectedly sidelined traditional principles governing the protection of personal information, and expectations of reasonable privacy in public places.

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Internet Service in the Air Is Slow to Take Off (Wall Street Journal)

The World Wide Web works well at 30,000 feet. But first you have to find it.

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U.S. Cyber Infrastructure Vulnerable to Attacks (Wall Street Journal)

The government is struggling to keep pace with the growing number of attacks on its computer networks, potentially leaving key military and civilian systems vulnerable to overseas hackers, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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McAfee: New botnets dwarf Conficker threat (CNET)

The Conficker worm, which has set off many a recent security alarm bell, may just be a small fry, compared to the growing number of botnets, viruses, and worms infecting cyberspace.

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06 May 2009

Singapore's National Broadband Network progresses (Computerworld)

More major milestones have been passed in Singapore's journey towards the landmark next generation national broadband network (Next Gen NBN).

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Guardian wins three Webby awards, BBC two (The Guardian)

Guardian News & Media today won three Webby awards, including best online newspaper website for the fourth time in five years.

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Prince Charles reaches for Barack Obama's internet magic to save environment (The Times)

The Prince of Wales turns to Barack Obama's internet specialists today in a bid to create his own global web phenomenon.

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Australia to get tax on electronic waste (Computerworld)

Australia is set to get its first e-tax in a bid to create a nation-wide electronic goods recycling scheme. The industry-backed tax is set to go before government ministers this month.

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Mobile Phone Gaming on the Rise (Wall Street Journal)

... In a survey of 1,100 AT&T wireless customers, 57% said that they play games on their mobile devices, and half those gamers admitted to playing during work hours.

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McAfee reports huge drop in spam (Network World)

Global e-mail spam volumes have dropped 20% for the first quarter this year compared with the same period last year, according to McAfee's latest research on the topic.

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EU to consider spam crackdown (Financial Times)

European Union authorities are considering new rules to toughen and harmonise penalties for sending spam internet messages across the 27-nation bloc.

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Craigslist on PR offensive over sex industry links (The Guardian)

Craigslist is trying to head off a growing revolt across America by meeting with senior officials concerned about the site's relationship with the sex industry.

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Libraries Ask Judge to Monitor Google Books Settlement (New York Times)

Three groups representing libraries, including the American Library Association, the largest such group in the United States, have asked a federal judge to exercise "vigorous oversight" over a class-action settlement between Google, authors and publishers.

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EU Mulls New Legal Fight Against Spam, Invasion of Privacy (PC World)

In a bid to patch holes in Europe's rules governing the Internet, the European Commission is considering a renewed effort to clamp down on spam and online abuse of consumers' privacy.

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EU set to adopt big reform of bloc's telecom rules (Reuters)

The European Parliament is set to adopt a major reform of EU telecoms rules on Wednesday to increase consumer protection, competition and investment in new networks.

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05 May 2009

EU calls for privatised, independent, accountable ICANN with oversight from "G12" (The Guardian)

Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for Internet-related issues, called Monday for a new multilateral approach to Internet governance once the current system expires at the end of September, reports IDG.

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Youth to advise Australian Government on cyber-bullying and cyber-threats (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy)

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced a group of 305 young Australians to advise Government on online issues such as cyber-bullying.

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E.U. to Hear Proposal for Cross-Border Net Copyright (New York Times)

Two European commissioners are proposing the creation of a Europewide copyright license for online content that could clear the way for cross-border sales of digital music, games and video -- and lower prices for consumers.

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