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01 November 2006
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.
au: Online predator threat on rise (Australian IT)
More internet child sex predators are facing court, and most offenders are quick to plead guilty, according to Australian Federal Police online child sex exploitation team co-ordinator Greg Harrigan.
Yoshio Utsumi, a top United Nations official on Monday called for changes in the way the Internet is operated, taking aim at "self-serving justifications" for permitting the United States to preserve its unique influence and authority online.
EU Says Will Press For Uncensored Internet (Nasdaq/Dow Jones)
The European Union will urge countries to uncensor the Internet for its citizens at this week's IGF in Greece, Commission telecom spokesman Martin Selmayr said Monday.
Net governance forum: Hot air or hot opinions? (InfoWorld)
For many critics, the IGF is nothing more than a hot-air event void of any decision-making power. But advocates see the meeting, the first to follow last year's contentious WSIS, as an opportunity to set the tone for future discussions on who should govern the Internet and how.
ICANN is co-hosting two workshops that will run in parallel to the IGF main sessions. The purpose of the workshop, co-hosted with ISOC, is to discuss the importance of participating in the processes of key Internet organisations and mechanisms, to show how one can participate and, importantly, how to locally build the appropriate expertise and capacity to successfully contribute. Different perspectives on participation and engagement by different communities and stakeholders will be explored with an emphasis on encouraging a discussion of practical examples and key learnings for increasing participation, particularly from communities that are typically under-represented.
Vint Cerf's opening remarks address the structure of the internet, International Domain Names, interoperability, IPv6 and more.
au: Virtual world: tax man cometh (Sydney Morning Herald)
People making virtual fortunes in virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft or Second Life could face a real tax bill, the Australian Tax Office warns.
31 October 2006
The global inter-operability of the internet needs to be preserved, Vint Cerf told a global gathering in Athens. He said the ability for everyone and every device to connect to the net using a simple protocol was the backbone of the internet. But changes to the way the net works, to accommodate a multi-lingual internet, raised concerns.
The Internet Governance Forum takes place in Athens from 30 October, at which the future of the net will be discussed by thousands of stakeholders - governments, organisations, companies and individuals. But what does the UK have at stake in the discussions?
IGF: Why you should care (The Register)
The inaugural meeting of the IGF will be opened today at 10am by the Greek prime minister in Athens, starting the gun on four days of discussion that many hope will provide answers to some of the internet's biggest problems.
Greek blogger arrest infuriates world (The Register)
The arrest of a blogger by Greek police just days before Athens hosts the inaugural meeting of the IGF has left the blogosphere in uproar and the authorities with egg on their face.
Global net forum opens its doors - online and off (The Register)
Ordinary internet users will have a chance to make points and ask questions of the world's governments, not to mention business, engineers and media, over the next four days as the IGF opens its doors - both physically and online - for the first time.
Internet expansion 'will happen in developing countries' (The Sunday Post (Ireland))
Asia will drive a massive online expansion by the end of the decade, helped by computer sharing and emerging mobile phone technology, the United Nation's top Internet official has predicted.
Two years ago George Bush told the world about things he'd heard on "the internets". Since then the US president has progressed, becoming more familiar with the hi-tech world he leads.
YouTubers cut and paste at their peril (Sydney Morning Herald)
The days of anything goes on YouTube are over. If you're planning on using copyrighted content as part of your own creative masterpiece, you're more or less inviting legal action, says a new research paper paper authored by Damien O'Brien and Brian Fitzgerald of Queensland University of Technology.
The IGF is not designed to take decisions. It is not an attempt to take over the management of the internet. It is a forum for dialogue and discussion for stimulating voluntary coalitions of the willing rather than laying down the law.
The future of the net is the ambitious topic under discussion at the first global Internet Governance Forum, being held in Athens over the next five days. It has been set up by the UN to give governments, companies, organisations and individuals space for debate.
'Gambits' are a risk to Internet domain system (International Herald Tribune)
Vinton Cerf said that he feared the network's addressing system would break down if "political gambits" by international groups or national agencies interfere with plans to expand the languages used in domain names. The article goes on to say "At the heart of the latest split is the issue of allowing non-Western characters to be used in Internet addresses."
30 October 2006
Dr. Peng Hwa Ang Speaks on "Who's Really Out To Control the Internet?" (Hamilton College)
Dr. Peng Hwa Ang (Nanyang Technological University) gave a lecture titled "Who's Really Out To Control the Internet? UN and U.S.A. Internet Governance" at Hamilton on Oct. 26. Dr. Ang is the dean of the School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, as well as one of 40 persons appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to a UN Working Group on Internet Governance in 2004. He spoke about the current international efforts to create a multilateral, transparent, and democratic method for Internet governance, as well as why it is in the United States' best interest to relinquish some control over the Internet.
Google defiant over censorship in China (The Observer)
Google is to enter the political arena in earnest this week when it debates freedom of speech, intellectual property rights and how to connect Africa to the internet at a special UN conference.
The net's great and the good are meeting in Athens, but the BBC's Bill Thompson doubts that they will achieve much.
Whose information society? Developing country and civil society voices in the World Summit on the Information Society by David Souter (pdf) (Association for Progressive Communications)
This paper summarises a study of developing country and civil society participation and influence in WSIS that was commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications. As well as analysing participation, the study looked at the impact of WSIS on international ICT decision-making in general and makes recommendations to all main actors about how future decision-making might become more inclusive of developing countries, nongovernmental actors and their concerns.
The Sunday Times Leading article: A curb on free speech (Sunday Times)
It is reassuring to learn that Richard Thomas, the information commissioner, is fighting on the side of the angels against the "surveillance society". These are the state agencies that hold a growing body of personal and possibly inaccurate information on even the most inoffensive members of the public. It is comforting, too, to hear him lambast the high street banks, as he did in an interview yesterday, for leaving their customers' financial records in bin bags on the pavement, vulnerable to identity thieves. One can but applaud his horror that a father was on police records as a suspected paedophile for five years after a dinner lady overheard his daughter say, "My dad bonked me last night", when she meant that he had tapped her on the head with an inflatable hammer.