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08 December 2006

ICANN Reviews Revoking Outdated Suffixes (Sydney Morning Herald/AP)

Over the past few years, the Internet has seen new domain names such as ".eu" for Europe and ".travel" for the travel industry. Now, the key oversight agency is looking to get rid of some such as ".su", ".yu", ".tp", ".gb" and "cs".

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dotMobi Extends Deadline for Premium Name RFPs (Circle ID)

Due to strong interest from multiple leading brands, dotMobi is extending the deadline for the first round of its Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

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Youtube and New York Times sites blocked as Iran steps up censorship of foreign content (Reporters sans frontières)

Reporters Without Borders expressed deep concern for the future of the Internet in Iran where censorship is now the rule rather than the exception, after the video sharing website YouTube and that of the US daily New York Times were added to the country's blacklist.

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Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself (International Herald Tribune)

Spam is back -- in e-mail in-boxes and on everyone's minds. In the last six months, the problem has gotten measurably worse. Worldwide spam volumes have doubled from last year, according to Ironport, a spam filtering firm, and unsolicited junk mail now accounts for more than 9 of every 10 e-mail messages sent over the Internet.

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za: Illegal domain name parking rampant in SA (My Broadband)

Because of an impasse in the law, so-called domain name parking is rampant in South Africa leaving many local companies powerless to acquire their rightful domains.

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ca: Child porn plan a risk worth taking by Michael Geist (Michael Geist blog)

Many have understandably applauded Project Cleanfeed Canada and the effort to reduce access to child pornography, critics have voiced several concerns. These include skepticism about the transparency and accuracy of the block list, concerns about the accountability of Cybertip.ca, doubts about the effectiveness of the initiative, and fears that the blocking might eventually extend to other content.

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Britney Spears wrestles search title from WWE (IT News)

Singer Britney Spears claimed the title of Yahoo's "number one search term" for the fifth time in six years, according to the company's annual "Top Searches" report.

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07 December 2006

Who governs virtual worlds? (CNet)

Who governs virtual worlds? As games like World of Warcraft, Second Life and EverQuest grow and develop more sophisticated communities, that question will become more and more important. So much so that a group of experts appearing Friday at the fourth annual State of Play/Terra Nova symposium at New York Law School here spent nearly two hours putting the subject in context.

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Study: Effects of violent games linger in brain (CNet/Reuters)

Teens who play violent video games show increased activity in areas of the brain linked to emotional arousal and decreased responses in regions that govern self-control, a study presented Tuesday at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting found.

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ICANN to discuss IDNs, kiting, this week in São Paulo (InfoWorld/IDG)

ICANN will discuss key projects and initiatives at a meeting this week in São Paulo, including the internationalization of the domain name system and a new, lucrative Web site registration practice that some object to.

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IDN Laboratory Test Design Plans (ICANN)

Following the engagement of Autonomica AB, as announced on 19 October 2006, ICANN is pleased to provide more detailed information about the IDN test plans. The IDN testing plans are divided into two phases. The first phase includes laboratory testing that is designed to clarify and document any issues that may arise, if any, when inserting puny-code strings representing top level domains into the root zone. The second phase is an expansion of the laboratory test and will function as a pre-deployment testing primarily for application and user-interface testing.

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'Most websites' failing disabled (BBC)

Most of the leading websites around the world are failing to provide the most basic accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

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au: The home truth about broadband (Sydney Morning Herald)

Australia hasn't had the rapid take-up of broadband other countries have, which is hardly surprising because what broadband we have is pathetically slow and expensive. Rupert Murdoch said bluntly the other day that it was a disgrace. But is this totally correct? In a paper by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, Joshua Gans, professor of economics at Melbourne Business School, challenges the prevailing wisdom on broadband. The paper says though it's true we're lagging, this can be exaggerated.

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05 December 2006

Deal signed on .com domain future (BBC)

The US government has given its blessing to a controversial deal over the future of the lucrative .com net domain.

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UN warns on password 'explosion' (BBC)

The growing number of login names web users need puts privacy at risk, says a ITU report.

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What's in an 'i'? Internet governance (International Herald Tribune)

This article in the IHT begins with a discussion at the recent ITU conference in Turkey that wanted to lower-case the 'i' in Internet. David Gross from the US State Department didn't know whether this was significant or not. He ended up believing the move was insignificant, although others were of a differing opinion, believing this was the latest move for the ITU to gain control of the Internet. Debate on who should control the internet is often controversial, with the role of ICANN continually questioned, especially amongst those from smaller and/or third world countries. Smaller/third world countries often say an international body taking over ICANN's role is the only way for them to have a say in the DNS structure. However Paul Twomey says "Internationally, the world will see that the U.S. government is beginning to walk the talk ...The transition is now in the hands of the international community."

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Europeans Moderate GAC Principles, But... by Milton Mueller Comments (Circle ID)

A U.S.-led Task Force in ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) released version 3 of its "Whois Principles" in preparation for the ICANN meeting in Brazil, where it will be debated and finalized.

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ICANN Releases Beta TLD Verification Tool (ICANN)

ICANN released a beta version TLD Verification Tool. This verification tool has been developed in response to problems reported by gTLD registries and end-users of the non-acceptance of some existing TLDs. These problems occur in some current applications because: 1) they do not recognize any TLD of more than three characters; or, 2) they rely on legacy information where only com/net/org and a handful of ccTLDs are recognized as valid.

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DRAFT Procedure for Potential Conflicts between Whois Requirements and Privacy Laws (ICANN)

ICANN is launching a public comments period on the Procedure for Dealing with Potential Conflicts Between Whois Requirements and Privacy Laws.

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InternetNZ supports International Day of Disabled Persons (InternetNZ news release)

InternetNZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand) expresses its support for the International Day of Disabled Persons.

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Demand for .travel Domain Names on the Rise (Circle ID)

With little more than 30 days remaining until the expiration of .travel Place Name Priority Rights, Tralliance Corporation, the .travel Registry, reports a surge in domain name requests and has established a hotline for potential registrants to expedite the domain name application process.

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cym: Welsh domain debate hots up (Ping Wales)

Since Ping Wales' interview in October with dotCYM campaigner, Siôn Jobbins, the campaign for a Welsh domain name has grown in popularity but has also raised many questions as to its objectives and its potential consequences for Wales.

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us: Groups Urge Courts To Limit FCC's Authority to Regulate Speech (Center for Democracy and Technology)

As communications technologies converge, courts must rein in the Federal Communications Commission's continued efforts to expand its authority to regulate speech over broadcast media. That is the key message of two friend-of-the-court briefs CDT filed this week in conjunction with Adam Thierer of the Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF) in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits. As an organization focused on the Internet and emerging digital technology, CDT has not typically involved itself in the broadcast indecency debate. But the FCC’s increased indecency enforcement is likely in this age of convergence to threaten the underlying freedom of other digital communications.

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us: Should the Government Have Access to Personal E-Mails? (E-Commerce News)

How safe is stored e-mail from the prying eyes of government authorities? Not very. It would be a whole lot safer if a decision by a federal judge in Ohio were left standing, according to a trio of civil rights groups. The decision by District Court Judge Susan J. Dlott declared unconstitutional provisions in a statute that allow law enforcement authorities access to stored e-mail without a search warrant or prior notice. That ruling in Warshak v. United States has been appealed by the U.S. Justice Department.

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Email pioneer says breakthrough was too much trouble (The Register)

The man who invented the internet's most popular email routing system, Eric Allman, says he would never have done it had he known how much trouble it was going to be.

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