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27 March 2007

Interview with ICANN president and CEO Paul Twomey (ICANN)

In an effort to provide interested observers with some up-to-date information on what is happening with ICANN, the organisation's general manager of public participation interviewed ICANN's president and CEO Paul Twomey. The interview will be the first in a series with Dr Twomey outlining what has just happened, is soon to happen and is coming up on the horizon through the eyes of ICANN's CEO. In this interview, he covers a presentation he gave to the ICC in Paris earlier that day, new generic top-level domains, the RegisterFly issue, IPv6 and .xxx. Any and all feedback is welcomed.

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ICANN President’s Strategy Committee Report (ICANN)

Introduction: ICANN's President's Strategy Committee was established to provide observations and recommendations concerning strategic issues facing ICANN, and contributing to ICANN's strategic planning process, which occurs in consultation with the community. In the Board resolution approved at ICANN's December 2005 meeting, the Board emphasized the importance of the bottom-up ICANN processes and noted that the ICANN community could also 'benefit from the advice of a group responsible for making observations and recommendations concerning strategic issues facing ICANN.' In this same resolution, the Board approved the appointment by the President of a President's Strategy Committee to fulfill this purpose.

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Sabine Dolderer resigns from Denic (DomainNews.com)

A posting on Domainnews.com notes Sabine Dolderer, Director and member of the Executive Board at DENIC, has resigned from Denic, citing in an email on 23/3/07 "The board and I did not agree anymore so both decided to seperate".

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Luxury retailers go after alleged cybersquatting--again (CNet)

Shortly after settling a cybersquatting lawsuit with domain name registrar Dotster, luxury department stores Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman have hit out at another set of registrars.

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Wikipedia's Not the Net Police (Business Week)

The online encyclopedia says it will verify contributors' credentials, but the job of monitoring Internet honesty belongs to all of us

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Many net users 'not safety-aware' (BBC)

Fewer than half of net users believe it is down to them to protect personal information online, a UK survey suggests.

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nz: 'Average Kiwis' use child porn (Sunday Star Times)

The typical man trading internet child pornography is an Auckland Pakeha, aged in his early 30s, according to new research from Internal Affairs. He is most likely a student or working in the IT industry. In other words, such traders appear to be average Kiwi blokes.

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nz: Inside the mind of an internet porn addict (Sunday Star Times)

He was an ordinary man with an ordinary interest in soft porn. But when Alex began to search online for child pornography, he began a 15-year descent into degradation that ended with a knock on his door from police. He talks to Ruth Laugesen.

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Bulk of Asian email is spam - study (IOL Technology)

Almost 70 percent of all electronic mail from Asia is "spam", or unsolicited advertisements, an anti-virus firm said. The Philippines had the worst record with spam making up 88 percent of all emails, Symantec said in excerpts of its Internet Threat Security Report released here.

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Many Americans see little point to Web (IT News)

A little under one-third of U.S. households have no Internet access and do not plan to get it, with most of the holdouts seeing little use for it in their lives, according to a survey.

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us: VoIP and the law: An overview (Tech Republic)

The United States has some laws and restrictions on the books that pertain to VoIP, but more are likely on the way. Deb Shinder offers an overview of legislation that affects VoIP services and discusses what the future may bring. In many respects, the Internet has been the last frontier of freedom. In a world where governments increasingly control more and more aspects of our lives, cyberspace was the one "place" where one could come and go without being subject to much regulation.

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VoIP phreakers establish thriving black market (The Register)

Telephone systems hackers have established a thriving black market in reselling stolen VoIP minutes. Hackers are breaking into gateway servers used to connect a carrier's phone network to the internet and reselling this access to smaller, unscrupulous operators, sometimes via web-based wholesale minutes markets. Wholesale purchasers of the purloined access are often small telco operations who resell access to ordinary punters via printed phone cards.

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26 March 2007

uk: Police hunt chatroom users over web suicide ‘goading’ (The Independent)

About 100 internet chatroom users who witnessed a British man kill himself online were this weekend being traced by detectives

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The very model of a modern creative society? I don't think so (The Observer)

The problem with copyright we have now is that a gross imbalance has been allowed to develop between the legal privileges of rights holders and society's need to facilitate innovation and creativity.

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Wiki wars (The Observer)

One of the internet's greatest success stories is under constant attack from cyber vandals. Now Wikipedia is fighting the information saboteurs - but can it stem the damage?

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Google's expansion is coming at a price: it's losing its popularity (The Observer)

Is Google becoming the new Microsoft? On one level, the question is preposterous, as the two companies do different things. Google is the most widely used internet search engine and dominates online advertising. Microsoft rules the world of computer operating systems: its ubiquitous Windows powers most of the world's personal computers. In addition, Microsoft has a commanding position in basic office software, such as word-processing and spreadsheets. But increasingly, the two technology giants are treading on each other's toes. For instance, Microsoft is building a search engine business, while Google is launching products that allow users to tap into Google-branded word processing and other web services.

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25 March 2007

'.XXX' Name Faces Fight (The Age)

Associated Press has a widely published story reporting on the opposition to the proposed .xxx TLD saying "Online pornographers and religious groups are in a rare alliance". This alliance is calling for ICANN to reject .xxx. Mark Kernes, a board member of the Free Speech Coalition says "One of the criteria is that it (must) have general support among the industry it's supposed to serve, and it does not". Further, he says "I have not met one single webmaster or adult video producer that is in favour of `.xxx,' and I've met a lot of them." The Free Speech Coalition supports the creation of a TLD for children-friendly sites. “Religious groups worry that '.xxx' would legitimize and expand the number of adults sites."

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Number of Russian domain names grows to 800,000 (Interfax)

The number of domain names registered in the .ru zone (www.name.ru) has reached 800,000, the company RU-Center, the largest registrar of Russian domain names, told Interfax.

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European Web Sites Go For Long Addresses (The Age)

What's in an Internet domain name? Sixty-three characters max. The group managing the European .eu domain said Friday that six people last year registered the longest Internet addresses allowed, ranging from the tongue-twisting name of a Welsh village to the first 63 numbers that make up the mathematical constant pi. One German user was firmly tongue in cheek when registering thisisthelongesteuropeandomainnameallovertheworldandnowitismine.eu - which doesn't live up to comic potential since it links to a site saying it is being held for a client.

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24 March 2007

OECD Information Technology Outlook 2006 (OECD)

Information technology and broadband are major drivers of economic change, restructuring businesses, affecting skills and employment, and contributing to growth and consumer benefits. This volume describes recent market dynamics and trends in industries supplying IT goods and services and offers an overview of the globalisation of the information and communication technology sector and the rise of ICT-enabled international sourcing. The OECD Information Technology Outlook 2006 analyses the development and impact of the changing global distribution of services activities and the rise of China and India as significant suppliers of ICT-related goods and services. ICT skills across the economy are also examined to provide insights into the dynamics of job creation and international sourcing. The 2006 edition also looks at the increasing importance of digital content in selected industries and how it is transforming value chains and business models. The potential of technological developments is examined: ubiquitous networks, location-based services, natural disaster warning systems, the participative web and the convergence of information technology with nanotechnology and biotechnology. Finally, this volume analyses changes in IT policies in OECD countries and the emergence of new priorities to meet new challenges.

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Evolution in the Management of Country Code Top-Level Domain Names (OECD)

This document quantifies ccTLD registrations and demand; trends in administering ccTLDs; current and ongoing policy and technical issues such as internationalised domain names, Whois, or security, and ccTLD managers' institutional relationships.

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ICANN ponders registrar crackdown (Computer Business Review)

Computer Business Review refers to the Registerfly.com “fiasco” and as a result, “ICANN is planning to review how it accredits and disciplines domain name registrars”. CBR comments on a statement by Paul Twomey that called “for decisive action to reform its standard Registrar Accreditation Agreement, to help protect domain customers.” Further, the article notes Twomey’s statement “appeared to call for ICANN to be given more powers to enforce registrar compliance with the RAA.” The general counsel of Go Daddy is in broad agreement with the statement, but suggested that ICANN could have done something about Registerfly earlier. The possible changes to Whois info is also discussed, with concerns about using “a company-affiliated ‘proxy’ registrant” instead of actual registrant data as unless Registerfly is willing to release the registration data, people can end up losing their domain names.

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IPv6 – Ready for Prime Time? Part III: Testing the New Protocol (Enterprise Planet)

The first tutorial in this series considered the history and requirements for IPv6, and our second installment looked at the enhanced capabilities that the new protocol brings to the market. But except for the daring few, most of us would rather let someone else be on the forefront of a new technology, and be content to observe their trials and tribulations before we jump into the fray ourselves.

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us: Judge overturns US web porn law (BBC)

A US federal judge has overturned a law designed to protect children from viewing internet pornography, saying it violated the right of free speech. The law made it illegal for websites to provide children access to "harmful" material, but it was never enforced.

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23 March 2007

uk: Bullies use iPods and networking sites to wage hi-tech campaigns (The Independent)

Playground bullies are deploying iPods and social networking sites such as MySpace and MSN Messenger to wage increasingly hi-tech campaigns against victims, according to new research.

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