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02 June 2009

ICANN: Applicant Guidebook: Public Comments Analysis and Revised Excerpts (ICANN)

The second version of the Applicant Guidebook for new generic top-level domains generated continued public interest, as expressed by over 200 comments received.

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Online child porn rings hard to track (The Australian)

Online pedophiles are forming relationships with one another in so-called grey chatrooms, before moving offline to communicate, making it harder for police to detect them.

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Eastern Europe producing child porn (The Australian)

Organised crime syndicates are driving a proliferation of online child pornography with Eastern Europe emerging as the main source of material.

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Australian Federal Police arrests 15 over web video showing rape of girl, 8 (The Australian)

Australian Federal Police have arrested 15 men who, as part of a global pornography network, downloaded a single movie showing the rape of an eight-year-old Russian girl.

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31 May 2009

Review: Norton Internet Security 2009 Moves at Warp Speed

Norton's internet security problems have a reputation of being rather bloated and taking up quite a chunk of system resources. I should know since I've voluntarily used them for years. But the most recent versions have managed to address these issues.

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Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for the United States (New York Times)

The government's urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts.

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Child porn goes uninvestigated in UK amid cash crisis (Independent on Sunday)

Report warns hundreds of children will be at mercy of paedophiles if the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre continues to be mismanaged

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File-sharing and downloading: goldmine or minefield? by Stuart Helmer and Isabel Davies (Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice)

Legal context: Major copyright owners have been slow to rise to the challenge presented by illegal file-sharing and downloading. In recent years, they have scored a number of significant Court victories against file-sharers, but the recent decision in Promusicae v Telefónica, in which the ECJ held that the right to the protection of industrial property does not necessarily outweigh the right to privacy, indicates that rights holders may benefit from a more creative and co-operative approach to file-sharing.

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The Misunderstandings of Ownership - Can You Copyright a Tweet (in the US)? (Can You Copyright a Tweet)

I'm all for people being passionate about what they believe. That's true even if I disagree. But, there's a point where you have to ask yourself if you have the proper basis for your belief. Our systems of thought all flow from somewhere, but we really should step back and evaluate the basis of our passion a bit more objectively.

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Special IP Watch Report: The Future Of File Sharing (Intellectual Property Watch)

Digital content owners continue to emphasise enforcement and protection of intellectual property. However, the impact that litigation and legislation have had with the purpose of limiting illegal file sharing remains questionable, thus setting the stage for new economic models and approaches that could serve as a remedy.

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How Facebook Will Upend Advertising (BusinessWeek)

With social networks like Facebook transforming the way companies communicate with consumers, it's time for the ad industry to get its head out of the sand

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BBC and Google in talks to launch international iPlayer site (Daily Telegraph (UK))

Internet users may soon be able to watch full-length BBC television shows on a global version of its iPlayer catch-up TV service.

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German Anti-Child Pornography Law Flounders (Der Spiegel)

Germany's family minister wants a law blocking Web sites that contain child pornography. But critics say the law could be used to censor just about anything -- and that it wouldn't be effective in the first place.

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Google's Top Policy Executive to Join Obama Administration (New York Times)

Andrew McLaughlin, Google's head of global public policy, is leaving the company to join the Obama administration, according to two people with knowledge of Mr. McLaughlin's plans.

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ICANN: Public Comment: IRT Final Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs (ICANN)

The Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) posted its Final Report on Trademark Protection in New gTLDs. The IRT was formed by ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency in accordance with the 6 March, 2009 ICANN Board resolution. The resolution was in response to the request by the community seeking solutions for potential issues for trademark holders in the implementation of new gTLDs. The team reflects experiential and geographic diversity and is comprised of 18 members and two alternates.

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30 May 2009

Obama Outlines Coordinated Cyber-Security Plan (New York Times)

President Obama declared Friday that the country's disparate efforts to "deter, prevent, detect and defend" against cyberattacks would now be run out of the White House, but he also promised that he would bar the federal government from regular monitoring of "private-sector networks" and the Internet traffic that has become the backbone of American communications.

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US Govt Schedules Hearing on ICANN-JPA Future (Tech Daily Dose)

"House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., will hold a June 4 hearing to examine the future of the U.S. government's relationship with" ICANN, reports Tech Daily Dose.

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Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Wars in Cyberspace (New York Times)

The Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, administration officials said Thursday, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare.

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Cost to British economy of free downloads is revealed; 7m 'use illegal downloads' (The Guardian)

At least 7 million people in Britain use illegal downloads, costing the economy billions of pounds and thousands of jobs, according to a report.

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Experts: Gumblar attack is alive, worse than Conficker (CNET)

The Web site compromise attack known as Gumblar has added new domain names that are downloading malware onto unsuspecting computers, stealing FTP credentials to compromise more sites, and tampering with Web traffic, a security firm said on Thursday.

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Craigslist chief Jim Buckmaster: we're the victim of a witch-hunt (The Guardian)

Classified advertising website Craigslist has been the victim of a "witch-hunt" by self-interested politicians and the hypocritical media, according to the man in charge of the company.

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EU to study how Google Books impacts authors (Reuters)

The European Union's executive body will study plans by Google to make millions of books available online after Germany said the Internet company's project flouts EU copyright law.

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Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology (The Register)

In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.

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Ask a Question Direct to the ICANN Board in Sydney (ICANN)

An online question box where community members can ask questions directly to the ICANN Board and staff has opened.

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Why Android Could Be Headed for the Laundry Room (New York Times)

After a slow start, Google says its Android operating system will appear in as many as 20 mobile phones by the end of this year.

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