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18 April 2006

Australia lags on internet front: World Bank (Sydney Morning Herald)

Australian internet users are barely moving along the information superhighway compared with other nations, a study shows.

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12 March 2006

China and the break-up of the net (BBC)

Chinese ideas about the setting up its own domain name system could change the global nature of the internet, argues internet law professor Michael Geist.

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Splitting the root (The Times)

In a nightmare vision worthy of a collapsing Tower of Babel, Gervase Markham suggests that the internet might soon fracture into several pieces

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New safety net for web surfers (Sydney Morning Herald)

A fresh approach to "safe surfing" has been dreamt up by a group of MIT engineers involved in a crusade to make the internet a safer place for their friends and families.

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uk: Child porn site reports 'up 80%' (BBC)

The number of internet child pornography sites reported to police soared by almost 80% last year, according to a new report.

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Internet Filtering in Yemen: 2004-2005 (Harvard Cyber Law)

The OpenNet Initiative has released "Internet Filtering in Yemen 2004-2005," a country study that documents the degree and extent to which the Republic of Yemen controls the information environment in which its citizens live, including Web sites, blogs, e-mail, and online discussion forums.

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uk: Britain turns off - and logs on (The Guardian)

We may be known as a nation of couch potatoes, but it seems that Britons are grasping the 21st century with both hands: we now spend more time watching the web than watching television, according to internet giant Google.

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eu: More than 3,000 .eu domain names already in use (Eurid news release)

More that 3,000 .eu domain names have already passed the validation procedure and been activated, many of them are already used for web sites and email.

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A Day Which Will Live in Infamy: ICANN Board Approves VeriSign Settlement By George Kirikos (Circle ID)

ICANN's Board voted to accept the latest settlement proposal by a vote of 9 to 5: "Today, ICANN's Board of Directors approved, by a majority vote, a set of agreements settling a long time dispute between ICANN and VeriSign, the registry operator for the .COM registry. These settlement documents include a new registry agreement relating to the operation of the .COM registry.

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ICANN board approves settlement, price hikes (CNET)

In a rare show of internal discord, the group that sets domain name regulation has approved a controversial proposal extending VeriSign's lucrative .com monopoly and allowing for price increases for those domains.

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ICANN disputes China domain report (InfoWorld)

A report on an official Chinese news site that China's government has established its own Internet top-level domain names is not true, says ICANN.

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Chinese walls: China threatens to fracture the internet (The Economist)

THE internet is supposed to be strong enough to survive a nuclear war, but nothing can protect it from politics. Since its inception, its technical underpinning -- the handling of addresses such as .com or .org -- has been based on an informal consensus among (mainly American) engineers. Yet as governments have come to appreciate the importance of the internet, those delicate agreements are starting to unravel.

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What Could You Do With Your Own Root Server? - CaveBear Blog by Karl Auerbach (Cavebear blog)

And I mean by this, suppose you had one of the [A-M].root-servers.org addresses? What could you do? - Probably a lot more than you think. You could make a lot of people angry; you could make a smaller number people very angry; and you could really hose a number of selected targets. Please read this note with a bit of humor - it is not intended to be a deep study, perfect in all details. Rather, it is merely the result of a bit of conjecture about what might be possible.

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Registrar Firms Oppose ICANN-VeriSign Agreement (Information Week)

Domain registrars are seeking to derail the new agreement between VeriSign and ICANN before the U.S. Department of Commerce approves the deal. Opposition is already mounting in Congress.

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Annan to establish international forum on internet governance (UN news release)

Following up on an agreement reached on the contentious topic of internet governance at the November WSIS in Tunis, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to start creating a forum for a more inclusive dialogue on internet policy.

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ar: Internet child pornographer gets diplomatic immunity? (Blog)

The Argentine newspaper Clarin reported that following a request from Interpol Department of the German Police, the Argentine Federal Police with a warrant issued by the District Court No 48 tried to search premises from where child pornography video were offered via Internet.

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au: ACMA releases report on internet performance (ACMA)

Australian internet performance across different technologies and access plans is generally consistent with transmission protocols and the inherent nature of the internet, according to a report released today by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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European Commission steps up efforts to put Europe’s memory on the Web via a “European Digital Library” (news release) (European Commission)

European Commission steps up efforts to put Europe's memory on the Web via a "European Digital Library" (news release)

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06 March 2006

Internet Governance: Asia-Pacific Perspectives (Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme)

This publication, with a foreword by Nitin Desai, provides an overview of the key debates on Internet governance. It presents the work of the Open Regional Dialogue on Internet Governance, an APDIP initiative that has collected perspectives from regional experts and end users.

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The Credible Threat by Michael Geist (CircleID)

Michael Geist writes "If you have been following the debate over Internet governance over the past few years, you know that while ICANN supporters (U.S., Canadian, Australian governments; business lobby) and critics (developing world and occasionally Europe) argue over the optimal approach, particularly with respect to government involvement in the domain name system, the reality has been that possession is all. The U.S. government retains ultimate control over the system and thus the debate is somewhat academic. In assessing the outcome at WSIS last fall, I argued that: "the U.S. simply had a very strong hand and played it well. Changes to the governance structure ultimately requires U.S. agreement since possession is even more than the proverbial 9/10th of the law. The U.S. had loudly indicated that it was not prepared to make concessions. During the negotiations at the PrepCom it adopted a very hard line - even raising the prospect of pulling back on ccTLD sovereignty or turning over the Internet Governance Forum to a private sector group like ISOC. Without a credible threat (the threat being the creation of alternate root), the U.S. was able to maintain its position and ultimately force everyone else to deal.""

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ICANN Board Approves VeriSign Settlement Agreements (ICANN)

ICANN is pleased to announce the appointment the London School of Economics Public Policy Group as the independent evaluator to conduct the GNSO Review. The LSE's worldwide reputation, strong research team and detailed knowledge of public policy and international governance will ensure that the GNSO Review is conducted comprehensively and efficiently. More information about the evaluator's work program including an online survey, face to face meetings and attendance at the upcoming Wellington meeting will be released shortly.

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2006 Domain Name Survey (Domain Name Wire)

If you are involved in the domain name industry as a domain owner or service provider, you will be interested in the results from our 2006 Domain Survey. The survey received 582 responses from domain name owners, investors, and service providers.

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ie: Surge in child porn complaints in Ireland (The Register)

Analysts from the ISPAI have reported a marked increase in both the severity and amount of online child pornography content being reported to its hotline.

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uk: Net safety 'should be compulsory' (BBC)

Internet safety and how to avoid online paedophiles should be part of the national curriculum, a leading academic has said.

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Singaporeans really at home on the Web (AsiaMedia)

The Internet has become a way of life in Singapore, with nine out of 10 people preferring to use e-mail to communicate with each other than resort to different means

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