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08 January 2007

Turkmenistan may lift internet ban (Sydney Morning Herald)

Turkmenistan, internationally condemned for restricting access to the internet, may drop its curbs and open itself up to the World Wide Web, the leading contender for president said.

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07 January 2007

Plan Would Create '.xxx' Web Porn Domain (Chicago Tribune)

ICANN has revived a proposal it earlier rejected to create an online red-light district, after adding stronger provisions to prohibit child pornography and require labeling of Web sites with sexually explicit materials.

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ICANN Publishes Revised Proposed Agreement on .XXX (ICANN)

A revised proposed agreement with ICM providing for designation of a .XXX sTLD registry is published for public comment. The public comment period will be open until 5 February 2007.

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RSSAC and SSAC Seek Community Feedback on Firewall Support for IPv6 DNS Records and DNS Extensions (EDNS0) (ICANN)

The joint committees are soliciting feedback from the Internet community on whether commercial firewalls that organizations use to protect name server resolvers will allow priming responses containing IPv6 (AAAA) resource records and priming responses greater than 512 bytes (the desired results) or block such responses.

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ICANN Announces Plans for Conclusion of sTLD Application Process (ICANN)

As ICANN looks toward completion of the process for consideration of the proposed sTLD strings submitted during the application period in 2003-4, this notice reports on the status of each application, as well as the anticipated steps to full closure of this round of applications. Briefly, of the ten original applications: four sTLDs are delegated in the root zone, two agreements are signed and will be delegated, two applications have been withdrawn and two applications remain open: .post and .xxx. Next steps for each of the open applications are identified.

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Taiwan quakes cost Chinese 10,000 domain names (The Register)

The 26 December earthquakes off Taiwan - which cut undersea telecoms cables and severely disrupted internet connections across Asia - also cost the Chinese 10,000 domain names.

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Downloads help U.S. music sales rise (International Herald Tribune)

U.S. album sales continued to decline in 2006 but total music sales rose thanks to a huge increase in digital downloads, according to figures made public.

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us: Sex sells - just not as fast (International Herald Tribune)

The sex-related entertainment industry's leading performers, owners and fans gather in Las Vegas for three conferences starting next week amid indications that the robust growth of pornography since it came out from behind the counter in the 1970s is slowing.

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Copyright suit in China called opening salvo in media war (International Herald Tribune)

A lawsuit that has been filed by one of China's largest newspapers against one of the country's leading Internet portals over the issue of massive copyright violations is being described here as the opening salvo in a media war.

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Germany quits search engine project (International Herald Tribune)

The German government confirmed Tuesday that it had decided to opt out of a multimillion-euro research effort to build a European search engine that would compete with Google, in what one participant described as a disagreement with France over the basic design of the project.

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Internet infrastructure 'too fragile' (Sydney Morning Herald)

The chaos in Asia's internet service sparked by an undersea earthquake shows the network is too fragile, industry observers say.

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Number of Chinese web users grows by a third (The Guardian)

China's internet population increased by almost one-third during 2006, reinforcing the country's position as one of the most powerful internet economies in the world.

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us: Police blotter: Detecting computer-generated porn? (CNET)

FBI claims that one of its analysts can simply look at a photo and detect whether it's been altered in Photoshop or generated by a computer.

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Sex video leads Brazil court to shut YouTube (CNET)

A Brazilian court has ordered popular video-sharing site YouTube to be shut down until it removes a celebrity sex video starring Daniela Cicarelli, a model and ex-wife of soccer great Ronaldo, from its site, a judicial clerk said.

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au: Judge a victim of MySpace fraud (Sydney Morning Herald)

High Court judge Michael Kirby has been defamed by identity thieves using the internet site MySpace.

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Microsoft positions for robot era (Sydney Morning Herald)

Bill Gates believes robots could become a "nearly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day-lives", and he's already jostling to lead the industry.

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Rivals battle for connected world (BBC)

Microsoft and Apple will set out their rival visions of the digital future at two separate events in the coming days.

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02 January 2007

How one mobile phone made Saddam's hanging a very public execution (The Times)

Those close to him said he had wanted to die with dignity. Within a day, a million people had seen an illicit film of his last moments: None of the images was part of the "official" footage filmed from the top of the gallows, which was aired on Iraqi state television and beamed around the world. In Iraq the other footage, which was filmed on a mobile phone, was being swapped on handsets for 20p and soon spread around the world on the internet.

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Web users driving change in 2007 (BBC)

It is often said the only constant in the world of hi-tech is change - a fact that makes prediction notoriously difficult. But here three tech veterans give their view about what will drive change over the next 12 months and beyond.

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31 December 2006

Comment: Is this digital democracy, or a new tyranny of cyberspace? (The Guardian)

The hype of freedom on the web masks both disparities of power and the dangers of blurring real and virtual identities

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uk: IWF reforms could pave way for UK net censorship (The Register)

By the end of 2007, the Home Office intends that all ISPs "offering broadband internet connectivity to the UK public" will have implemented systems for content blocking, primarily intended to block access to pornographic images of children, which are illegal to view or possess in the UK.

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30 December 2006

uk: Media law review of the year (The Guardian)

In a year that saw no shortage of scandal, sensation and celebrity litigation, there have been some landmark decisions that have shaped the law and provided for a more coherent approach to censuring the media's excesses while safeguarding its underlying rights to publish them.

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uk: Time to go public (The Guardian - Leader)

Privacy is one of those concepts which are easier to understand than define. A human life of any quality relies on a reasonable expectation of privacy. Yet modern technology - whether deployed by corporations, individuals, media or the state - offers unlimited scope for intrusion into private lives. The border between considerations of public interest, security and convenience on the one hand, and of privacy on the other, is becoming crowded territory.

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us: Washington gets ready to gossip as DC sex blog goes to court (The Guardian)

The Washington Post described Jessica Cutler as "our blog slut". The National Enquirer opined that she was "beautiful, untalented and morally corrupted". Now the blogger who wrote about her attempts to juggle affairs with six men while keeping a job as an aide to a senator has a new role: as the star defendant in a case that could help define what can and cannot be published in a blog.

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28 December 2006

Founder of Wikipedia plans search engine to rival Google (The Times)

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, is set to launch an internet search engine with amazon.com that he hopes will become a rival to Google and Yahoo!

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