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25 October 2006

Review of the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain (DCITA announcement)

The Department for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has released a discussion paper as part of a review into the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain. Public comment is sought on a range of issues including the administrative structure of the .au Internet domain, naming structures, policy development, competitiveness and cost effectiveness, international participation and emerging technical issues. Information and feedback gathered in the course of this review process will be used to examine the broader operation of the .au Internet domain to ensure that it continues to reflect the needs of industry stakeholders and the wider Internet community. Industry and members are invited to make submissions to the .au Internet Domain review by close of business on Tuesday 28 November 2006.

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The Internet Black Hole That Is North Korea (New York Times)

[Subscription required] The New York Times reports on what one American human rights organisation refers to as the most censored country in the world. Where mobile phones were banned in 2004. North Korea is not just censored like other countries such as Burma, Syria and Uzbekistan - it is almost entirely disconnected from cyberspace.

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Apple's iPod-iTunes code 'cracked' (Sydney Morning Herald)

The iPod has just had its fifth birthday, but Apple's celebrations may be cut short thanks to a 22-year-old Norwegian who claims he's cracked Apple's proprietary iPod-iTunes ecosystem.

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Island domain for Afghanistan (Australian IT)

Internet domain registrations in war-torn Afghanistan are being hosted from a network operations centre in Sydney as part of an unusual export drive.Island domain for Afghanistan Internet domain registrations in war-torn Afghanistan are being hosted from a network operations centre in Sydney as part of an unusual export drive.

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YouTube to make life even busier for Google lawyers (New York Times/Sydney Morning Herald)

Google attracts millions of web users every day. And, increasingly, it's attracting plenty of lawyers, too. As Google has grown into the world's most popular search engine and, arguably, the most powerful internet company, it has become entangled in scores of lawsuits touching on a wide range of legal questions, including copyright violation, trademark infringement and its method of ranking websites.

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24 October 2006

Putting Internet Security at Risk (Business Week)

A deal that gives VeriSign a de facto monopoly over Web registries is flawed and must include greater security

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au: New government website advising on net safety (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP)

A new federal government website aims to teach people how to avoid internet pitfalls.

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23 October 2006

ie: Censorship shock: no porn allowed on net (The Times)

Just when you thought the Celtic tiger had shed decades of claustrophobic state supervision, along comes a new layer of censorship to shatter the illusion -- only this time it's online. The registrar of the Irish .ie internet domain extension has decided it must try to shield people from smut on the internet and, as a standard-bearing start, has banned use of the word "porn".

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YouTube cuts 30,000 illegal clips (BBC)

Video-sharing service YouTube has wiped nearly 30,000 files from its website after Japanese media companies said their copyright was being infringed.

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US court denies request to suspend Spamhaus domain (The Register)

A US judge has denied a request to order internet registrars to suspend Spamhaus's domain, easing concerns that the spam blocking service might be interrupted.

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Spamhaus Litigation Update - Court Declines to Issue Order Against ICANN or Tucows (ICANN news release)

The Court explained that the relief e360 sought was too broad to be warranted under the circumstances. First, the Court noted that since there is no indication that ICANN or Tucows acted in concert with Spamhaus and second, the Court stated that a suspension of www.spamhaus.org would cut off all lawful online activities of Spamhaus, not just those that are in contravention of the injunction the Court previously issued against Spamhaus.

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Making the web accessible for all (BBC)

Despite many efforts to move away from those most traditional interfaces - the ubiquitous computer keyboard and mouse - they remain the bedrock on which nearly all computer interfaces rest.

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us: FBI director wants ISPs to track users (CNet)

FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities, a move that anticipates a fierce debate over privacy and law enforcement in Washington next year.

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21 October 2006

ICANN Approves .asia Top-Level Domain (Digital Trends)

Up for yet another domain land rush? ICANN has approved a top-level ".asia" domain for businesses and other users in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Can an American judge take a British company offline? (The Guardian)

The fallout from a legal battle in the US has sparked talk of a constitutional crisis for the net: Had a court in Illinois done what the winner of a case there desired, billions of spam emails could have begun landing in the inboxes of 650 million people all over the world - including the European Parliament, US Army, the White House and Microsoft - every day this month.

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US Congress steps into cyberspace (BBC)

The BBC reports that "US politicians could soon be rubbing shoulders with orcs and night elves in World of Warcraft." Further, the BBC says that it's unlikely that in-game trading will be taxed and the Joint Economic Committee, who is conducting the investigation, has said the investigation was prompted by the "dramatic increase in the popularity of online gaming".

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Kazakh invite for Borat creator (BBC)

Following the release of his satirial film on Kazakhstan, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and the comical but negative portrayal of the country, Sacha Baron Cohen has been invited to visit the country. The issue gained prominence in the domain name area due to the Kazakh authorities shutting down Cohen's website, www.borat.kz, leading him to set up a new one, www.borat.tv.

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20 October 2006

Independence must not be the first casualty of media shake-up (The Age)

Following the passing on new media ownership laws in Australia, The Age newspaper in an editorial writes: 'And we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." The Biblical text has nothing on the changes that seem likely to Australia's media landscape, and which have, in effect, come to pass before the laws that will allow them to happen were themselves passed yesterday. The stage is being set for whenever the performance is due to start.

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US shows signs of net addiction (BBC)

More than one in eight adults in the US show signs of being addicted to the internet, a study has shown.

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ICANN votes on domain tasting solution (The Register)

Internet overseeing organisation ICANN will vote later today on whether to introduce a new system aimed at closing a loophole in domain name rules that enables speculators to register thousands of domain names effectively for free.

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Spam fighter faces attack on 'blocklists' (International Herald Tribune)

When a torrent of unsolicited e-mail arrives with cut-rate promotions for pheromone cologne and mint-flavored Viagra, a volunteer foreign legion of anti-spam warriors is ready to fight back with its most lethal weapon: blacklists.

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Spamhaus appeals US shutdown ruling (VNUnet)

Spamhaus has hit back at US legal moves that threaten the anti-spam organisation with closure.

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za: Cybersquatting set to be outlawed (IOL Technology)

Cybersquatting might soon be outlawed as policy makers and lawyers thrash out the final terms of regulations to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act that would deal with domain name disputes.

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au: Cronulla game site gets zapped (Sydney Morning Herald)

Lobby groups have allegedly achieved what the Australian Federal Government couldn't, by having a downloadable board game based on the Cronulla riots removed from the internet.

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Record industry uploads 8,000 lawsuits (The Register)

A recording industry lobby group has launched 8,000 new cases alleging illegal file sharing all over the world but none of them is British because the UK lobby group is focusing on its negotiations with internet service providers.

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