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01 December 2006

ICANN Posts Summary of Comments on Management Operating Principles (ICANN)

As part of its commitment to continuously improving transparency and accountability, on October 16 this year ICANN sought input from the community on the development of a set of Management Operating Principles. These Operating Principles will set new standards for transparency and accountability for interactions within the ICANN community and between members of the community and staff.

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30 November 2006

Do We Need Title Insurance for Domain Names? by Andrew Allemann (Circle ID)

Over the Thanksgiving holiday Alleman read an article in Forbes about real estate title insurance. The article was about how real estate title insurance is a joke and overpriced. But as he read in the article how titles are investigated, it dawned on him that a title check service for domain names would be helpful.

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us: Court sides with alleged 'vacation' spammer (CNet)

When antispam activist Mark Mumma received unsolicited e-mails advertising cruise vacations two years ago, he posted a report on his Web site and threatened to sue Omega World Travel. But Mumma met with an unpleasant surprise: He was the one sued in federal court by Omega World Travel and its subsidiary Cruise.com, which demanded $3.8 million in damages for defamation.

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29 November 2006

Addressing the new net (Sydney Morning Herald)

What is the internet? To some it's a bottomless resource of text, images and video. To others it's an idea that connects the electronic world without barriers or censorship. To engineers it's a language: IPv4, Internet Protocol version 4.

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UDRP and Article 92(b) of European Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94 by Patel (Circle ID)

It has been over a year since Patel posted "The Non-Parity of the UDRP", how little did he know then compared to now! Since that posting, the corporations and their lawyers have given him a crash course in the law and he has learned much. There are many tricks that corporations will play on a domain name registrant in order to silence criticism of the corporation and to violate the registrants right of freedom of expression without frontiers.

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The spectrum dividend: Spectrum management issues (OECD)

After analogue TV signals are switched off with the shift to digital transmission, a significant amount of spectrum bandwidth is expected to be freed-up, potentially making it available for other applications rather than replicating the similar quality analogue TV programmes. This paper discusses spectrum management issues in relation to digitalisation of terrestrial television broadcasting.

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If Google Shopped Until It Dropped (Business Week)

It was a glorious Thanksgiving for the founders of Google, whose shares now trade around $500, having more than quintupled in 27 months. Yes, a market value of $155 billion is some kind of cornucopia. So with tryptophan coursing through their veins and visions of search algorithms dancing in their heads, Sergey Brin and Larry Page let their post-meal thoughts drift to what most other Americans were fixating on: shopping.

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Gangsters hijack home PCs to choke internet with spam (The Times)

150,000 Britons have had their computers hijacked by spammers to send billions of e-mails peddling pornography, drugs and shares

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us: Calif. Supreme Court Shields Web Republishers (Law.com)

People who republish defamatory content online cannot be held liable for defamation even if they were warned about it, the California Supreme Court ruled, 7-0.

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The Dark Side of Second Life (Business Week)

Software that lets residents copy others' possessions is the latest reminder that this virtual world may need tougher law enforcement

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UNCTAD Expert Meeting: Using ICTs to Achieve Growth and Development (OECD)

Jointly organised by UNCTAD, OECD and ILO, this meeting will examine the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on economic and social development and growth with a view to encouraging action at the national, regional and global levels to implement outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The sessions will examine how ICTs can enable growth and development; the impact of ICTs on producitvity, growth and business sectors; and ICTs' impact on trade, labour markets and employment.

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OECD: Ask the economists: Grappling with the world's new IT giants (OECD)

Can China and India maintain their impressive IT growth rate? What can developed economies do to meet these challenges? Click to see the questions and answers from the online debate on this issue.

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Anarchy State and the Internet by DAVID G. POST (Temple University School of Law/Journal of Online Law)

Abstract: Who will make and enforce the rules of 'cyberspace'? In this paper, I look at the question by positing various 'controllers,' or points from which rules can issue, ranging from the technical protocols defining the inter-network at one end of the spectrum to Congressional statutes on the other. These controllers vary in their ability to enforce whatever rules they choose to adopt, depending on the existence of conflicting higher-level controllers, and on the possibility that those who are subject to the rules can change jurisdictions to seek a more favorable rule set. The Internet allows a relatively easy change of jurisdiction, or exit, from any given controller, leading to the unprecedented-and unpredictable-situation of a free.

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The Evolution of High-Speed Internet Access: 1995-2001 by GREGORY L. ROSSTON (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research SIEPR Discussion Paper)

Abstract: While Internet usage blossomed during the entire 1995-2001 time period, there was a large change in the nature of the high-speed Internet access business. Cable companies initially teamed with a third party provider, @Home, to create their high-speed access offering. Telephone companies resisted working with third party providers for their high-speed access product. In the end, both cable and telephone providers moved toward a more integrated approach to the sale of high-speed access. Changes in the marketplace help to explain why the cable companies moved toward the telephone company approach. The recent announcement by AOL that intends to move away from access provision toward a content-based model is consistent with the economic forces that were at play in the earlier time periods.

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The 'Unsettled Paradox': The Internet, The State, and The Consent of the Governed by DAVID G. POST (Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies) (Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies)

The settlement of the new domain of cyberspace may enable us to take more seriously than ever before the possibility that individuals in the ordinary course of their affairs can create governmental entities that lack territorial status, a-territorial consensual associations with no geographical referents whatsoever onto which a portion of their 'sovereignty' devolves. This paper explores some of the implications this may have for evolving normative theories of statehood and for related questions of the extraterritorial assertion of jurisdiction by existing territorial states.

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An empirical examination of Wikipedia's credibility by Thomas Chesney (First Monday)

Abstract: This short study examines Wikipedia's credibility by asking 258 research staff with a response rate of 21 percent, to read an article and assess its credibility, the credibility of its author and the credibility of Wikipedia as a whole. Staff were either given an article in their own expert domain or a random article. No difference was found between the two group in terms of their perceived credibility of Wikipedia or of the articles' authors, but a difference was found in the credibility of the articles -- the experts found Wikipedia's articles to be more credible than the non-experts. This suggests that the accuracy of Wikipedia is high. However, the results should not be seen as support for Wikipedia as a totally reliable resource as, according to the experts, 13 percent of the articles contain mistakes.

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Podcast Downloading (Pew Internet & American Life Project) (Pew Internet & American Life Project)

Some 12% of internet users say they have downloaded a podcast so they can listen to it or view it at a later time. However, few internet users are downloading podcasts with great frequency; just 1% report downloading a podcast on a typical day.

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28 November 2006

Web censorship 'bypass' unveiled (BBC)

A tool has been created capable of circumventing government censorship of the web, according to researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab software. The free program, called psiphon, has been constructed to let citizens of countries with restricted web access retrieve and display web pages from anywhere.

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UN warning on e-waste 'mountain' (BBC)

The UN meets to discuss how to tackle the growing problem of dumping of electronic waste in Africa.

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Online video 'eroding TV viewing' (BBC)

Almost half of people who regularly watch online video spend less time watching TV, a survey suggests.

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ISPs to block child porn sites in Canada (iTWire)

Mirroring a similar program in the UK, Canada's major ISPs have banded together to support 'Project Cleanfeed Canada' to block child porn sites from access by Canadians. It's a good start, but there's still a long way to go.

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Google settles copyright dispute with 2 groups in Belgium (International Herald Tribune/Bloomberg/AP)

Google said last week that it had settled with two Belgian groups representing photographers and journalists in a copyright dispute.

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Trouble clicks: “Click fraud” could undermine the boom in online advertising (The Economist)

Internet advertising is booming. The industry has gone from $9.6 billion in revenue in 2001 to $27 billion this year, according to Piper Jaffray, an investment bank. And it is still early days. The internet accounts for only 5% of total spending on advertising, but that figure is expected to reach at least 20% in the next few years. The single largest category within this flourishing industry, accounting for nearly half of all spending, is "pay-per-click" advertising, which is used by firms both large and small to promote their wares.

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us: Groups Oppose Passage of New Surveillance Bill (Center for Democracy and Technology)

A new bill that would weaken intelligence oversight should not pass in the few remaining days of the 109th Congress, a coalition of groups said Monday. CDT joined with several other public interest groups in urging Senate Judiciary Committee Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) to end his effort to pass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Oversight and Resource Enhancement Act of 2006 (S. 4051). Instead of pushing for rushed passage of a legislation that could undercut the security and privacy of innocent Americans, the groups urged Specter to work with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to more fully address the issues relating to warrantless domestic spying when the new Congress convenes next year. November 22, 2006

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Domain name games (The Age)

This article in the Australian Fairfax press discusses the international domain names and the complexities that go with their introduction. It also mentions the IGF in Athens where IDNs "came to a head" and the complexities of introducing IDNs. The article concludes quoting Paul Twomey "We live in multicultural Sydney ... and we all want a multicultural internet," Twomey says. "And yet, there's one big difference between human beings and computers. Human beings can deal with ambiguity, but computers can't."

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