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11 May 2006

cn: Google Defends China Policy (Wired)

Google CEO Eric Schmidt defended the search engine's cooperation with Chinese censorship Wednesday, as he announced the creation of a Beijing research center and unveiled a Chinese-language brand name.

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sg: Will Singapore's ban on political blogs work? (Singapore Internet Research Centre blog)

According to Asst Prof Cherian George at the School of Communication and Information, NTU one of the big questions to be answered in the upcoming Singapore General Elections is the role of new media technologies in the elections. As TV, radio and other print media is highly regulated here, observers were interested in seeing the role of blogs in these elections. However, these hopes were dashed when Singapore banned political discussions on blogs and podcasts during the election period.

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Parents log on to trial internet pornography ban (The Age)

Families across Australia may be able to sign up to a ban on pornography and violent content with their internet service providers by the end of this year. A three-month trial of the filter service is to begin in Tasmania by July after an extensive lobbying campaign by Governmentbackbenchers for internet screening.

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Germans lead the charge to register .eu domain names (The Guardian)

Since Friday, any of the European Union's 450 million citizens can register a new .eu domain name. Though the Brussels-based European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EURid) did not expect to be trampled in the stampede, it received 350,000 pre-registration applications and a further 560,000 on the first day - making .eu bigger than many small country domains, though still behind the 4.8m permutations of .uk, or the 10m .com domains.

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1,5 million .eu registrations in less than a week (news release) (Eurid)

In less than a week from the general launch .eu has approximately 1.5 million domain names registered. This is in addition to all the applications made during the Sunrise phase which still await validation before they are activated.

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au: Govt opposes adult internet domain (The Age)

The federal government has written to the international internet domain name body to protest against moves by a United States company to establish the adult content domain .xxx.

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08 May 2006

OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2005 (OECD)

The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the OECD continued to increase during 2005 from 136 million in June 2005 to 158 million by December 2005. Broadband penetration growth in the OECD held steady at 15% in the second half of the year reaching 13.6 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in December.

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us: MySpace tackles teen safety fears (BBC)

Online networking site MySpace is to address concerns over child safety through adverts warning about the dangers of sexual predators on the web.

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Fast start for European net names (BBC)

More than 1.3 million .eu domains have been registered according to Eurid, the non-profit agency that oversees the new net name.

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Cheap thrills on the move (The Guardian)

Podnography - erotic audio, video and pictures for MP3 players - is the hottest podcast genre

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us: Porn Law Goes Too Far, 11th Circuit Rules (Law.com)

An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has unanimously struck down part of a federal law prohibiting the offering or advertising of material presented as child pornography, saying the provisions were too broad and vague.

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Thousands lose out to touts in sale of .eu web addresses (The Guardian)

Internet touts have used a legal loophole to buy thousands of Europe's new internet addresses, thwarting attempts to crack down on cybersquatters and unscrupulous traders.

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eu: Fast start for European net names (BBC)

More than 1.3 million .eu domains have been registered according to Eurid, the non-profit agency that oversees the new net name.

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Dutch lead EU countries on Net use, data show (International Herald Tribune)

A European Union report shows big differences in the level of Internet use among EU countries.

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sg: Government steps up online censorship in run-up to elections (Reporters sans frontières)

Reporters Without Borders condemned the Singapore government's determination to prevent democratic debate online after information minister Balaji Sadasivan reminded a parliamentary session on 3 April 2006, of the very strict rules in forces since 2001 on use of the Internet in election periods.

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Singapore attacked over blog gag (BBC)

The Singapore government has been condemned for new online censorship rules in the run-up to elections.

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New study reveals child pornography not a crime in most countries (news release) (International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children)

A new study of child pornography laws in 184 Interpol member countries around the world has produced alarming results: more than half of these countries (95) have no laws addressing child pornography and in many other countries, the existing laws are inadequate.

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Property, Intellectual Property, and Free Riding by MARK A. LEMLEY (August 2004) (Social Science Research Network)

Abstract: Courts and scholars have increasingly assumed that intellectual property is a form of property, and have applied the economic insights of Harold Demsetz and other property theorists to condemn the use of intellectual property by others as "free riding." In this article, I argue that this represents a fundamental misapplication of the economic theory of property. The economics of property is concerned with internalizing negative externalities - harms that one person's use of land does to another's interest to it, as in the familiar tragedy of the commons. But the externalities in intellectual property are positive, not negative, and property theory offers little or no justification for internalizing positive externalities. Indeed, doing so is at odds with the logic and functioning of the market. From this core insight, I proceed to explain why free riding is desirable in intellectual property cases except in limited circumstances where curbing it is necessary to encourage creativity. I explain why economic theory demonstrates that too much protection is just as bad as not enough protection, and therefore why intellectual property law must search for balance, not free riders. Finally, I consider whether we would be better served by another metaphor than the misused notion of intellectual property as a form of tangible property.

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Interesting Facts About Domain Names (Circle ID)

During a database testing, Dennis Forbes makes use of the .com zone file as data sample but he also stumbles upon some unexpected domain name discoveries which he has reported on his site.

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Unease over how the net is run by Michael Geist (BBC)

Internet governance issues usually attract the attention of a relatively small number of net users. However, concerns associated with the current system have begun to grow, writes internet law professor Michael Geist.

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Nigel Williams: A Man With A Mission (CBS News)

Nigel Williams, who died this week at age 51, was a pioneer in computer safety for children, founded Childnet International and was Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People. (Larry Magid) Most Americans have never heard of Nigel Williams but he had an impact on every child who uses the Internet or carries a cell phone. Nigel, who was 51, died on March 28th at his home in Northern Ireland after a two-year-long battle with cancer. Nigel, who spent over ten years working to promote the safe use of technology for children, did so for the past three years from the vantage point of government, as Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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Put Free Expression on the Internet Governance Forum Agenda by Milton Mueller (Circle ID)

The Internet Governance Project has joined free-expression advocacy organizations Reporters Without Borders and Article 19 to push for including Internet censorship and filtering problems on the agenda of the first meeting of the new Internet Governance Forum, a multistakeholder deliberation body created by the World Summit on the Information Society.

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Australian ISPs to step up spam fight (ZDNet)

A new code requiring Internet and e-mail service providers to undertake a range of spam-fighting measures will come into force in July.

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Cybersquatters Try New Tactics (Wired)

Cybersquatting the domain name of a celebrity and selling it for a king's ransom was one of the great get-rich-quick schemes of the early internet. But since courts now tend to favor the star over the squatter, a new kinder, gentler cybersquatting tactic has emerged.

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Testing IDNs by Susan Crawford (Circle ID)

Internationalized (non-ascii) domain names (IDN) are a key issue for ICANN. Yesterday, the Board completed two days of workshop presentations about various matters (IANA, security, GAC relationships), and we were briefed on the IDN testing that is planned.

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