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02 December 2006

US warns of al-Qaeda cyber threat (BBC)

The US government has warned of an al-Qaeda call to attack US online stock market and banking services.

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ICANN São Paulo Remote Participation Website (ICANN)

In a further attempt to improve outreach, participation and transparency, ICANN has built a remote participation website for its São Paulo meeting, which commences December 2, at http://sp.icann.org/. The site is being run as a pilot with a view to making it a permanent feature of ICANN meetings in the future. ICANN has commissioned Kieren McCarthy, a well-known journalist and ICANN observer, to develop the site, following his involvement in a similar site (http://igf2006.info) for the Internet Governance Forum in Athens in November.

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PC makers must follow world's strictest green laws, says Gartner (Out-Law.com)

Laws designed to curb the environmental impact of computer parts will disrupt complex global supply chains unless companies themselves are more stringent, says Gartner.

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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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au: IIA sounds off on copyright law ammendments (IT News)

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has joined the chorus of voices warning of the dangers of the Federal Government's planed copyright law amendments. See http://iia.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=519&Itemid=32 for the IIA news release.

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eu: EU says more than half e-mails are spam (USA Today/AP)

Unsolicited e-mails continue to plague Europeans and account for between 50 and 80% of all messages sent to mail inboxes, the European Commission said.

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Study: 1 in 5 parents say kids online too much, though no effect on grades either way (Sydney Morning Herald/AP)

One in five American parents believe their kids are spending too much time on the Internet, though most say the online activities haven't affected grades either way.

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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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Cell phone porn to ring up US$3.3 billion (CNet)

Like the Internet before it, it looks like mobile's content explosion could be set off by porn. Adult content on mobile devices will be worth $3.3 billion by 2011, up from $1.4 billion this year, according to industry analysts JupiterResearch.

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us: Confessional blogs of the internet nuns (The Times)

Some days she goes to classes on chastity and obedience. Other days are reserved for prayer and contemplation. Yet life is not all about spiritual devotion for one of the younger members of an intriguing new religious order -- nuns who have taken to the internet to describe their convent lives.

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VeriSign Still .Com Master (Internet News)

VeriSign has emerged again as the .com master nine months after submitting its revised deal to the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC).

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Net Agency Rejects '.travel' Search Plan (The Mercury News/AP)

ICANN said it has rejected a proposed search service to help guide people who mistype ".travel" Web addresses or seek nonexistent ones.

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Domain Registrations Hit 112 Million (Circle ID)

VeriSign is reporting that over 112M domains have been registered as of the end of Q3 2006. A record number of domain names are now registered, at 112 million, which is 30% higher than just one year ago and 6% higher than the previous quarter. The five largest TLDs remain .com, .de (Germany), .net, .uk (Britain), and .org.

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President's Strategy Committee Releases Draft Recommendations for Community Consideration and Announces Process for Further Consultations (ICANN)

ICANN's President's Strategy Committee was established in December 2005 to provide observations and recommendations concerning strategic issues facing ICANN, and hence contribute to ICANN's strategic planning process, which occurs in bottom-up consultation with the ICANN community.

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01 December 2006

Illegal net sport faces crackdown (BBC)

Sports authorities are taking action to stop illegal live coverage of football and other events over the internet.

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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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Review of ICANN Regions (ICANN)

One of the core values underlying ICANN's structure and operations is support for broad and informed participation reflecting the geographic diversity of the Internet at all levels of policy development and decision making. This support is implemented by numerous requirements for geographic diversity reflected in ICANN's bylaws, in the operating procedures of ICANN entities and in its culture. These requirements are framed in terms of Geographic Regions, as provided in Article VI, Section 5 of the bylaws.

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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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