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24 February 2007

Eurid invites comments on registrar code of conduct (InfoWorld)

The European Registry of Internet Domain Names (Eurid), manager of the ".eu" top-level domain, is accepting public comments on a draft code of conduct for domain registrars.

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ICANN rides to the rescue in Registerfly meltdown (The Register)

Following criticism in The Register of ICANN's lack of action on the RegisterFly issue, The Register covers ICANN taking as "increasingly desperate and angry domain holders" are claimed to have "nowhere else to turn". The Register notes a letter posted on the ICANN blog by Kurt Pritz that threatens to revoke Registerfly's domain accreditation unless the company cleans up its act in the next 15 days. The Register article notes a "two-year timeline of customer complaints of alleged Registerfly misbehaviour," with ICANN supposedly steadfastly maintaining, "at least publicly, that disputes between a domain holder and a registrar were not its responsibility."

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Poacher turned gamekeeper (BBC)

BBC's Click radio programme looks at the appointment of Kieran McCarthy, interviewing Kieran, allowing him to give his views on his new job and what he wants to achieve, especially given his previous criticisms of ICANN.

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Unwilling Cyber-Porn Stars (Der Spiegel)

More and more private films are showing up on Internet porn sites. The women filmed often have no idea they have become online porn stars. The man calling on the phone didn't introduce himself and got right to the point. He said he had just discovered this hot little video of her on the Internet, and that he would now of course like to have wild sex with her. Could he come by? At first Birgit H. thought the man who woke her up so rudely on a Sunday morning in October had simply dialled a number at random. But then she got calls from other strangers -- hardly a coincidence. With the help of a lawyer, the 27-year-old discovered that a private film showing her in the shower had been published on an Internet forum for sexual contacts. The film could only have been posted by her ex-boyfriend -- but he denies it.

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The changing media environment in Singapore (ABC Media Report)

The ABC's Media Report examines the limits of liberalisation in nearby Singapore. There's little doubt the society is loosening up and that includes its media. But has the ruling People's Action Party given any ground when it comes to the coverage of political affairs?

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Estonia to hold first national Internet election (CNet)

The Baltic state of Estonia plans to become the world's first country to allow voting in a national parliamentary election via the Internet next month--with a little help from the forest king.

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Cuba’s Internet access cramped by U.S. blockade (People's Weekly World)

The U.S. blockade's effect on Cuba's access to the Internet was a topic earlier this month as some 1,650 participants from 58 countries participated in Cuba's 12th Information Technology Fair, held in Havana, Feb. 12-16.

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The mash-up future of the web (BBC)

The way we use the web is changing and the future lies in mixing, mash-ups and pipes, says BBC columnist Bill Thompson.

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In China, Stern Treatment For Young Internet 'Addicts' (Washington Post)

Alarmed by a survey that found that nearly 14 percent of teens in China are vulnerable to becoming addicted to the Internet, the Chinese government has launched a nationwide campaign to stamp out what the Communist Youth League calls "a grave social problem" that threatens the nation.

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S. Korean Internet users grow in January amid wide digital divide (Yonhap News)

The number of broadband Internet users in South Korea grew in January but the digital gap between urban and rural areas remained wide, a government report showed Thursday.

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Australian Broadband grows to 3.6m (Australian IT)

The number of broadband services in Australia edged over 3.6 million in the September 2006 quarter, but around 2.75 million users remain on dial-up connections.

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New Zealanders flock to AdultSheepFinder.com (Computer World)

The ovine-lovers resource is evidently a big hit down there in NZ, with around 100 per cent of the current worldwide membership of 20,333 coming from the set of Lord of the Rings.

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Indian Government committed to bridging digital divide: President (Indian Television)

Appreciating the need for empowering the citizen with modern information technology, President APJ Abdul Kalam today announced that the year 2007 will be the 'Year of Broadband' as the government was committed to bridging the digital divide by providing broadband coverage throughout the country.

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The internet has shifted the balance of power (The Independent)

It is what in theory ought to happen - but it is good to know that it is indeed happening. In theory the development of the internet is hugely democratic. It gives all of us the access to knowledge that a decade ago would have required a research department in a multinational. But it takes a while for people to figure out how to use the new technologies and for the services distributed through those technologies to be developed. Email, broadband, Google, eBay, Youtube, Skype and other ventures are changing the balance of power between the individual on the one hand and the state and big companies on the other.

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23 February 2007

What does it take to run a TLD registry? (ICANN blog)

That's the question that has been reverberating around one of the mailing lists that covers Internet issues. It's an important question, and once in which we hope our community have some answers - or, at least, some pointers. What does it take to run a Top Level Domain Registry? And what's more easy to run: a ccTLD or gTLD?

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Egypt blogger jailed for 'insult' (BBC)

An Egyptian court jails an internet blogger for four years for insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak.

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Censorship: Still a burning issue (The Independent)

If you want to know what defines an era, look no further than the authors, artists and activists who fell foul if it. Censorship is as old as civilisation itself - and the drive to suppress as strong today as ever. As 'The Independent' launches a major series of the greatest banned books in history, Boyd Tonkin asks whether the thought police will ever learn

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Internet safety gets powerful champion (The Guardian)

A new web safety thinktank launched in Europe today with the backing of major tech firms including BT, Verizon and Microsoft. The Family Online Safety Institute is a non-profit organisation funded by membership of technology, telecoms and content firms and chaired by Nick Truman, head of internet security at BT.

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us: CDT Analyzes Data Retention, Other Proposals For Protecting Kids Online (Information Week)

The Center for Democracy and Technology recommends education and filtering tools to prevent what it calls an unfair burden of liability on content and communications providers.

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Registerfly.com threatened with ICANN shutdown (Computer Wire)

ICANN has given scandal-hit domain name registrar Registerfly.com 15 days to sort its problems out or risk losing its license to sell domains.

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Registerfly files suit against ousted CEO (The Register)

The split between the founders of Registerfly.com took a tawdry turn last week, as court documents filed by John Naruszewicz and Unifiednames, the corporation that owns Registerfly.com, made some shocking allegations against ousted CEO Kevin Medina. The complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damages, and alleges that 75,000 domain names were lost in January 2007 alone due to failure to remit registry fees. The complaint goes on to accuse Medina of using corporate accounts as private slush funds, thereby failing to maintain sufficient float to cover registry fees.

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us: Smarter kids through television: debunking myths old and new (Seattle Times)

The digital divide used to separate rich from poor; now it separates parents from their children. Whether it's infants watching the new 24-hour "Baby's First TV" channel, or teenagers instant messaging while they watch last night's "Daily Show" on their iPods, television is an enormous presence in the lives of kids today. The average American child spends three to five hours a day watching it. And they start their viewing careers much earlier than ever before: In 1961, the average child began to watch television at age 3; today it is 9 months.

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22 February 2007

Apple and Cisco share iPhone name (BBC)

Apple and Cisco Systems agree to share the iPhone trademark, allowing both firms to use the name.

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Big names may not prevail in domain disputes (CNet)

Looking at UDRP and the success of small firms, this article looks at how sometimes they can win. Two cases are examined - wargames.com and pig.com. In both cases they "bucked the trend" of large company/trademark holders winning their domain names. In the former, the arbitration panel found the registrant used the domain name first for pay-per-click advertising and then as an online store to sell military simulation war games. The panel found there was a bonafide offering of goods. In the latter, the panel did not find that the domain name was registered to take advantage of the claimant, New Pig's trademark. Instead, it was used to display pay-per-click links related to the generic term "pig." The panel found that Pig.com was registered in good faith based on the dictionary meaning of the word "pig."

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Cerf: Internet is a reflection of society (Info World)

IDG quotes Vint Cerf saying the internet is a mirror of the population that uses it, in reference to the proliferation of fraud, social abuse, and other online crimes. "If you stand in front of a mirror and you don't like what you see, it does not help to fix the mirror," Cerf said. For example, Cerf is quoted as saying spam is a result of the free email services readily available. While companies are putting a lot of effort into preventing abuses, Cerf claimed the problem is more social and economic than technical.

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