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13 November 2006
Steve Ryan, a barrister who attended the IGF, asks whether the IGF was a success. His answer, he says, "hinges on whether ideals broadly held by the U.S. Internet community were furthered". Ryan looks at "control issues", these being government control of the internet. Here he also quotes the outgoing Secretary General of the ITU, Yoshio Utsumi of Japan who commented on the "continued lack of consensus" regarding Internet governance, stating it "borders on arrogance" to believe national governments and the ITU should not have the controlling role in Internet governance. Then Ryan looks at the "venerable founders", Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf, the former citing "two key ways the Internet succeeded: first, that it was removed from central control through its open architecture; and second, it was fueled by the active cooperative participation by the research community." Then "Cerf warned the assembled government representatives that the desire for internationalized domain names (IDNs) that moved beyond Latin characters A to Z and 1 to 9 was indeed inevitable, but he did not minimize the challenge this worthy goal posed to global interoperability." Towards the end of the article Ryan writes "There is a palpable concern in the Internet community that ICANN will be badly harmed by Cerf's being 'termed out' and having to leave ICANN's board, which he has chaired with distinction. ICANN's more than occasional political tone deafness will not be enhanced by losing its most deft and respected spokesman."
Now that this week's elections have switched control of the House and Senate back to the Democrats, the outlook for technology-related legislation has changed dramatically overnight. On a wealth of topics--Net neutrality, digital copyright, merger approval, data retention, Internet censorship--a Capitol Hill controlled by Democrats should yield a shift in priorities on technology-related legislation.
Google chief vows to protect users' privacy (The Guardian)
The Google chief executive, Eric Schmidt, yesterday vowed to resist attempts by US president George W Bush's administration to obtain private information on internet users. On the day when the Republican administration faced dispiriting results in the US mid-term elections, Dr Schmidt launched a stinging criticism of the government's attitude to privacy.
Why spam is out of control (The Guardian)
Noticed a lot more junk in your inbox? Danny Bradbury of The Guardian reports on the increasingly sophisticated methods being used to pump out millions of unwanted emails.
Spam Levels Up by 80 Percent (PC World)
Researchers and IT managers are confirming security vendors' claims that spam levels have spiked in the past month--some say by as much as 80 percent--and show no signs of decreasing.
An investigation begins after a video of a man being beaten by Los Angeles police is posted on YouTube. There is also a BBC TV report that includes the video.
us: Are More Laws Needed To Protect Kids Online? (Wall Street Journal)
The Internet is a fixture in most kids' lives, but there is broad disagreement over the best way to protect children from things they shouldn't see online - and what role, if any, new laws should play.
A Pennsylvania Superior Court decision issued late last week has shed light on a legal loophole that appears to let off the hook those who view child pornography on their computers but don't save those images on their hard drives.
au: Internet child pornography a growing problem (ABC 7.30 Report)
For many people, the Internet of course has created an exciting new world of information and communication but as we've increasingly come to know, it has its very definite dark side. Broadband and high-speed Internet connections have helped a global market in images of abused children. Interpol now has a database of a staggering 200,000 images and only a fraction of these children have been identified. If anything, the problem is only getting worse.
12 November 2006
High-income earners in the US are the target of online "phishing" scams a study shows. The study, by analysts Gartner, found that people who earn more than $100,000 received nearly 50% more phishing e-mails than lower earners.
11 November 2006
Baffled GPs urged to try diagnosis by Google (The Times)
If in doubt, Google it, doctors puzzling over a diagnosis have been told. The internet search engine used by millions of people to find a plumber or discover what their house is worth is also pretty handy when it comes to putting a name to unusual ailments.
Internet governance: it's like an arranged marriage (The Guardian)
Kieran McCarty, writing in The Guardian, starts his story writing about a tussle between Lithuania vs Azerbaijan, both wanting to host and IGF meeting in 2010. But on the conference, the article notes that many attended the meeting to see what would happen, and left thinking it was an outstanding success. The article notes “The forum was largely experimental: instead of giving governments the last word, it put everyone together in the same room, gave them equal status and hoped that common interests would be enough to patch over cultural differences.” The article also notes an online poll carried out during the conference found 57% said the event had been better or much better than they had imagined, with just 14% saying it was worse.
uk: ISPs 'should be responsible' for hacker attacks (News Scientist)
ISPs should be made legally liable for the damage caused by "denial of service" attacks carried out via their networks, a leading internet lawyer says.
Internet at a crossroads (Computer Weekly)
Decisions about the openness of the internet and the technology behind it will affect all web users. The next couple of years will define whether the internet remains open, but acquires more heavy-duty infrastructure to meet the demands that all of us - businesses, consumers, government - have come to expect of it, or whether it is hijacked by private interests. Several key technological choices will have to be made by internet users, IT suppliers, standards organisations and governments. Those choices will determine the shape of the internet for the next decade and how fast new applications develop and grow.
10 November 2006
A man is jailed for hacking into girls' PCs and blackmailing them into sending explicit images of themselves.
A glimpse inside the real IGF (The Register)
You've seen the show, read the reviews, bought the t-shirt, but now it's time to reveal the real IGF, the kind of IGF that only photographs with pleasingly childish captions can provide...
Cambridge co. sells gay.com domain US$500K (Boston Herald)
A Cambridge-based online marketplace for domain names notched a US half-million dollar sale yesterday when two German Internet entrepreneurs bought the rights to gays.com.
Privacy chiefs vow to fight surveillance together (The Register)
A group of international data and privacy protection commissioners has decided to act together to challenge the surveillance society which they claim is developing. Commissioners from the UK, France, Germany and New Zealand will adopt common policies.
100,000 new blogs are started each day and the number of blogs responding to political issues is also on the rise.
Email viruses hitting Australians harder: report (Sydney Morning Herald)
One in 84 Australian emails contains a virus. This compares to one in 16 emails in India containing a virus with Ireland, Germany, Singapore and Spain next.
de: Privacy Prevails: German ISP Forced To Delete IP Logs (Torrent Freak blog)
The highest appeal court in Germany has decided that T-Online, one of the largest German ISPs has to delete all IP logs to guarantee the privacy of their customers. This ruling makes it impossible for anti-piracy organizations to trace an infringing IP-address back to a customer of T-Online, once their dynamic IP address has changed. For the original story in German see http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,446838,00.html.
au: New Australian copyright rules 'restrictive': Google (Sydney Morning Herald)
Internet search engine Google has asked for more flexibility in new federal copyright laws, warning Australian businesses could be held back because the new rules are too restrictive.
Staying safe online: EU programme leads the way (Europa news release)
An independent evaluation finds that the EU's Safer Internet programme, which promote safer internet use, particularly for children, has been very effective in tackling illegal and harmful internet content, whilst respecting people's freedom of expression. The Commission is taking into account the recommendations of these experts, in its implementation of the "Safer Internet plus" programme in 2007-2008. Meanwhile, the current programme is being used as a model by other regions of the world.
09 November 2006
The UN launches the Internet Governance Forum in Athens (The Huffington Post)
The IGF is a model for global governance. It is also a work in process. The differences between the IGF and previous UN bodies are significant and several. I will focus on the few that seem most important. The IGF is formally a "multi-stakeholder" body. That means the actors include not only government officials, but also businesses, NGOs of various types, academics, journalists and individuals. This appears to be pretty fundamental to the way the IGF operates, including equal participation and access to panels, workshops and social events.
Globalization and Global Governance by Pascal Lamy (The Globalist)
[This article doesn't deal with the internet, but is relevant in its ideas] Increasing globalization has led to more intense discussions of global "governance." But what does "governance" really mean -- and how is it different from "government"? Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organization, provides insights into the history, meaning, benefits and limitations of governance -- and explores how to achieve it.