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12 October 2008

Mobile phones to take on Taleban propaganda in Afghanistan (The Times)

A plan to use mobile phones to combat Taleban propaganda in Afghanistan is being considered by the UK Government.

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11 October 2008

The New Network Neutrality: Criteria For Internet Freedom by Sascha D. Meinrath and Victor W. Pickard (International Journal of Communications Law and Policy)

Abstract: The meteoric rise of network neutrality's prominence as a crucial Internet policy debate has led to current events far outpacing theoretical and historical analyses. This paper addresses this lag in scholarship by contextualizing recent events in relation to historical telecommunications antecedents. In doing so, we critically evaluate the current network neutrality debate and offer a set of technical and policy guidelines for a new, more broadly defined network neutrality.

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New Policies Mean .info gTLD to be Safer

Afilias have announced policy changes to make .info they hope will be an effective deterrence to abuses such as phishing and spam and make surfing the internet a safer experience. The new policies come into effect on 6 November.

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'India is top spam sender in Asia' (Silicon India)

India is the top spam sender in Asia and the seventh largest in the world, accounting for over four percent of the total global spam, says a study.

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ICANN Proposal To Sign the Root Zone Made Public (ICANN)

A proposal to sign the root zone file with Domain Name System Security Extensions, or DNSSEC, technology was released by ICANN today.

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Battle of the Touchscreens: iPhone, Blackberry Storm, Nokia 5800 and Google's G1 (Daily Telegraph)

Touchscreen mobile phones are officially all the rage - BlackBerry has just launched its first ever device to do away with a physical keyboard in favour of a touchscreen interface.

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Cyberscams exploit consumers' financial unease (USA Today)

The rippling financial crisis has sent consumers scurrying to the Internet for answers and advice. Online fraudsters are right behind, devising ways to steal personal information.

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US Air Force to place cyber operations under Space Command (NextGov)

The Air Force says it will back off its ambitious plan to set up a separate command for cyber space and has opted to place those operations within an existing organization.

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Nigeria Overtakes S'Africa as Largest African Telecoms Market (This Day)

Nigeria has overtaken South Africa to become the Middle East and African region's largest market in the first quarter.

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10 October 2008

Looming IPv4 Shortage Addressed at EU Ministerial Conference (EurActiv)

The looming shortage of IPv4 addresses, and the need to start using IPv6 addresses, is a frequent topic these days, and it was addressed this week at an EU ministerial conference in Nice, France, a conference organised as part of the French presidency of the EU.

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US Air Force pursues Cyber Command again (NextGov)

Top Air Force leadership has decided to pursue forming Cyber Command to defend Defense Department networks and to launch cyberattacks against foes after putting the project on hold in August.

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ICANN Opens Washington DC Office Amid Accountability Concerns (NextGov)

The opening of ICANN's Washington office is the focus of this article from NextGov. The office has been opened as "a very deliberate attempt to engage in a practice of listening, dialogue and access," said ICANN Vice President Paul Levins. "We have had a fly-in, fly-out relationship with this town and that's ... no way to maintain a relationship."

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US Govt Starts Moving on Net Security Hole (Wired)

Starting Thursday morning, the U.S. government is seeking comment on who should create and vouch for the internet's most crucial document -- the root zone file, reports Wired. The article notes that ICANN, VeriSign and the Commerce Department all have different answers to this "long-standing, and geopolitically charged internet governance question."

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EU directive could change iPhone battery design (CNET)

The European Union is considering a requirement that all cell phone batteries be easily replaceable, which might cause a problem for Apple's iPhone.

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BlackBerry with clickable touchscreen ready to take on iPhone (The Times)

The new touchscreen BlackBerry has an 'intuitive touchscreen' that can be pressed down like buttons on a keyboard, joining a crowded market for new smartphones

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Cybercrime: An online game of cat and mouse (Sydney Morning Herald)

Fraudsters require anonymity to stay out of jail, but in the cat-and-mouse world of financial security the good guys often live in the shadows too.

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Hacker's list of online accounts spooks users (Sydney Morning Herald)

When Australian web users learned from the Herald that details of their online accounts had been posted on a hacker's website for all to see, they were suspicious, then alarmed, then furious at the hacker who compromised their identities.

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Inside the hackers' den (Sydney Morning Herald)

Hunched over a computer terminal in his pyjamas, "Frank" makes more money than a small-time drug dealer without ever having to worry about being caught or even leaving the house.

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IBM, Secret Service, others study identity/cybercrime issues (Computerworld)

Center for Applied Identity Management Research organization teams experts in criminal justice, financial crime, biometrics, cybercrime and cyberdefense, data protection, homeland security and national defense.

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Security matters: Cybercrime will need company co-operation (Financial Times)

March was a worrying month for Dan Kaminsky. The security researcher suddenly realised the internet was inherently broken. It wasn't just slightly wonky, or coming loose at the hinges. The underlying design was kaput and if he didn't get it fixed quickly and quietly, no one would be able to rely on it any more.

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Mozilla locks in Firefox 3.1 feature list (Computerworld)

Mozilla Corp. will use a several-week delay it recently added to the Firefox 3.1 schedule to build a private browsing mode and beef up the browser's address bar, the company said today.

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South Korea wants to gag the noisy internet rabble (The Guardian)

The leaders of the most wired country on Earth are seeking to curb online anonymity and debate, with laws that many say will fail

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Is an Internet tax coming for Canada? by Michael Geist (Toronto Star)

The emergence of cultural funding as a hot-button political issue in the current election campaign appears to have taken virtually everyone by surprise. The roughly $50 million in cuts may be tiny in terms of the overall federal budget, yet the significant impact on the cultural community has propelled the issue onto the national stage.

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09 October 2008

Google Puts Tunes From YouTube a Click Away (New York Times)

In its continuing effort to find a way to make money from its YouTube unit, Google introduced on Tuesday a type of e-commerce ad that YouTube users can click to buy digital goods from Apple's iTunes or Amazon.com.

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Blackberry's iPhone rival hits the market (The Independent)

The latest rival to the iPhone has been unveiled by the makers of the business world's favourite, the BlackBerry. Research In Motion's Storm abandons a physical keypad in favour of a large screen, just like the one on Apple's iPhone.

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