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02 November 2006
IGF produces anti-spam plan (The Register)
Six of the world's largest anti-spam organisations have set up a new website aimed at killing the online menace. Timed to coincide with an anti-spam workshop at the IGF, the OECD has started StopSpamAlliance.org, along with Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC), the EU Contact Network for Spam enforcement Authorities (CNSA), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the London Action Plan for Spam Enforcement (LAP), and the Seoul-Melbourne MoU.
Becky Burr and Marilyn Cade have issued an updated proposal aimed at defusing the biggest policy tensions by moving governance to the private sector and increasing international involvement. The proposal calls on the US government to initiate several steps to respond to international concern about its unique authority over the authoritative root. The steps include clarifying that the appropriate role of government is limited to serving as the "backstop" for threats to the stability and security of the Internet, identification of changes to the underlying Internet structure that do not threaten the Internet's security or stability, development of a new intergovernmental working group with regional representation to review changes to the Internet structure that create serious stability concerns, and calling upon ICANN to become more transparent and accountable.
In 2006 most people in the developed world would find it hard to imagine life without the internet; never before has a single technology become so central to our lives so quickly. Email, search, e-commerce, social networking sites -- hundreds of millions of people use them every day. But the original internet was a very different world. Designed in 1973, the idea was to enable the US Defence Department to integrate computers into its command and control system. Of course, it was also immediately adopted by its academic developers for their own uses!
Microsoft files a slew of counterfeiting suits (International Herald Tribune)
Microsoft said it had filed more than 50 lawsuits against individuals and companies worldwide, claiming that they had sold counterfeit copies of its programs using online auction sites, including eBay.
Regulation for gaming on the Web (International Herald Tribune)
British officials called for international coordination to regulate online gambling as policy makers and investors scramble to salvage high-stakes bets on the industry in the wake of an effective U.S. ban on the business.
Six leading international anti-spam initiatives have launched, at the first meeting of the IGF in Athens, a new online information resource (www.StopSpamAlliance.org) to assist in fighting spam.
To the Media, YouTube Is a Threat and a Tool (Washington Post)
Media companies are of two minds about Internet video-sharing site YouTube. They are unsure of whether YouTube is a friend or a foe -- a threat that could siphon off their TV audiences and ad dollars or a powerful promotion machine that could generate buzz for the shows.
In Teens' Web World, MySpace Is So Last Year (Washington Post)
Teen Web sensation MySpace became so big so fast, News Corp. spent $580 million last year to buy it. Then Google Inc. struck a $900 million deal, primarily to advertise with it. But now Jackie Birnbaum and her fellow English classmates at Falls Church High School say they're over MySpace.
While many countries block off some Web sites, China has long drawn heightened scrutiny because of the breadth and sophistication of its Internet censorship.
The move towards Web 2.0 will stir the debate over internet governance and make businesses and individuals more powerful and responsible web users, Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, has told the IGF.
Moderation, frustration, and making people uncomfortable - An internet conference with no internet (The Register)
You reach a certain level of frustration and then, suddenly, you relax. The struggle becomes impossible and then you realise that, ultimately, it's not that important. You're still breathing air, you still have legs, this will come to an end. What on earth am I talking about? The mild insanity of hosting a global, revolutionary internet conference and then failing to allow anyone to actually access it - the internet, that is.
Domain resale market a 'haven' for phishers (The Register)
Domain names likely to appeal to fraudsters are up for grabs on domain resale sites. Firms such as Sedo and Moniker specialise in the sale of domain names that have already been registered and are now being resold in the secondary (or aftermarket) for domain names. Most domain names are sold for a few hundred or thousand dollars (as opposed to an original registration price of $10 or so) while particularly attractive domains - such as hell.com - can fetch six figure sums.
bh: Websites clamp in Bahrain (Gulf Daily News)
Prosecutors yesterday launched an investigation into complaints by the Information Ministry that various websites are violating Bahrain's laws. A number of complaints have been received from the ministry that Bahraini and non-Bahraini websites violate the Press, printing and publishing law, said a Public Prosecution statement.
us: IP Address-Level Security a Growing Concern (Enterprise Networks & Servers)
Earlier this year, the FBI published statistics on computer crime that indicated it was costing U.S. businesses $678 billion per year. The average company cost when you do the math is $24,000 in hard dollar losses.
01 November 2006
The work of firms such as Microsoft and Cisco was the centre of a debate about openness at the IGF in Athens.
RSF blasts firms for China Web control (CNN/Reuters)
China's control of the Internet stirred controversy at the first global Internet governance forum on Tuesday when Reporters sans frontières accused western firms of providing Chinese police with technology to limit Web freedom.
Internet Governance Forum takes on China, US (ars technica)
The Internet Governance Forum is meeting in Athens this week, and they've been talking up a storm. The global body was convened under the auspices of the UN after last year's meeting of the WSIS in Tunis, where it was agreed that a global venue for discussing 'Net issues ought to be created. Gathering technocrats, activists, and politicians from around the globe for four days of talking sounds a lot like golf on TV -- wonderful for playing in the background while you take a Sunday afternoon nap -- but in reality has already proved to be quite fascinating. With half the conference concluded, Ars brings you up to speed on what's gone down so far at the IGF.
Annan stresses development role at first ever meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (Islamic Republic News Agency)
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday stressed the importance of using the worldwide net to promote global development as he opened the first ever Internet Governance Forum by encouraging participants to use the four-day gathering to foster dialogue and cooperation.
Internet forum promises democracy to the masses (The Register)
The inaugural meeting of the IGF was opened in Athens yesterday morning by Greek prime minister Konstantinos Karamanlis amid proud claims that the forum represented a new level of democratic thinking at the top of the internet.
Online gambling sites registered in the UK would offer a "hallmark of quality" to players around the world, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell claims.
Sometimes it can be hard coming up with ideas for a weekly opinion column. But there's one well that never seems to go dry (unfortunately). I can always rely on some court or politician making a shortsighted decision that has the potential to hurt the entire technology business and even the Internet itself.
The push for new Internet surveillance capabilities dates back to 1999, when government officials began crafting proposals to institute new surveillance technologies within Canadian communications networks along with additional legal powers to allow surveillance and access subscriber information. The initiative nearly became reality with the Liberal government's introduction of the Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act (MITA) last fall.
YouTube purges more clips (International Herald Tribune/New York Times)
Hitting the financial jackpot may have created some headaches for YouTube. The site late last week began purging copyrighted material from Comedy Central, including clips from YouTube stalwarts like "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report" and "South Park."
us: Black arts of politics move into cyberspace (The Times)
Coming soon to a polling station near you -- or at least a computer screen -- may be some of the blackest and newest arts of American politics. The latest weapons in the campaign for control of Congress, known by names such as Google bombing and Wikipedia vandalism, have been deployed to varying effect in the US elections, which are more reliant than ever before on such techniques.
au: Watchdog eyes net rules (The Australian)
Any attempt by internet service providers to favour some online services or restrict others will be examined by the competition regulator, which is looking at the thorny issue of net neutrality.