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06 March 2006
Groups campaign against 'premium' e-mail (International Herald Tribune)
A coalition of nonprofit and public interest groups in the United States is beginning a campaign to protest plans by America Online and Yahoo, which each offer e-mail services, to charge high-volume senders of e-mail fees to guarantee preferred delivery of their messages.
01 March 2006
A recent report released by Forrester Research last week has put the .travel sponsored top-level domain under the microscope -- calling the sTLD "Nice, But Not Necessary". Although this 4-page report (sold for US$49.00) has singled out the .travel domain, its critical arguments might very well apply to the nature of most sponsored top-level domains currently in existence -- or under review: '.mobi', '.jobs', '.museum', '.coop', '.xxx' and others. CircleID has invited Ron Andruff, President and CEO of Tralliance, the registry for .travel, to respond to arguments made in this report.
IANA Up For Grabs? (Computerwire)
The US government wants to hear from organizations interested in running some of the internet's key resources, including the master lists of IP address space and domain names.
uk: Nominet readies itself for next decade (The Times)
Two leading figures in the UK's internet registry make their cases for Nominet's change and growth to Kieren McCarthy
ICANN, At the Crossroads by Bret Fausett (Lextext)
Several things are coming together in the next few months that place ICANN squarely at a crossroads. Will ICANN approve the proposed Verisign agreement? What will the courts say about ICANN's authority over those with which it has contracts? Will ICANN approve a new .XXX top-level domain? What changes will ICANN make in the role of the Government Advisory Committee to appease governments? Will the IGF look to have a role in ICANN oversight? What will happen when ICANN's current Memorandum of Understanding with the United States expires in September, 2006? The questions all revolve around a single axis: is ICANN the right organization for the coordination and regulatory task it has been assigned?
Learn how you can take the Domain Name System (DNS), which is used primarily on the Internet, and implement it in mobile phones. Find out what DNS is all about, how mobile phones actually work behind the scenes, and how a domain name can simplify how you contact a mobile user.
China today said it has redefined the meaning of "Cybersquatters" to promote a more orderly growth of internet domain names and avoid legal battles.
The OECD ICCP workshop "The Future of the Internet" will bring together policy-makers, leading academics, private sector organisations, and civil society organisations to discuss the trends shaping the future of the Internet, explore the various approaches -technical, regulatory, and economic- that are being taken or can be taken to create new functionality for and increased trust in the Internet, to promote its sustained growth and adoption, and to identify opportunities for increased international cooperation on pressing issues.
Investigators of child pornography in Australia realised a long time ago that they were fighting a battle not limited to Australian shores. As part of the latest international effort to crack down on internet child pornography, the Innocent Images International Task Force is investigating child pornography and pursuing sexual predators in more than 40 countries.
uk: Massive rise in child porn sites (The Observer)
The number of websites found to be offering child pornography to UK internet users increased by 75 per cent last year amid fears of an explosion in illegal images generated overseas.
us: CDT Report Finds Changing Technology Makes Government Surveillance More Intrusive (Center for Democracy and Technology)
Against the backdrop of debate over warrantless wiretaps and Administration calls to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, CDT today released a report about how privacy law has failed to keep pace with technology. The report, entitled "Digital Search & Seizure: Updating Privacy Protections to Keep Pace with Technology," calls for an in-depth Congressional review of the ways digital technology makes government surveillance easier and more intrusive.
cn: China calls for Internet regulations to cut down on pornography and gambling (People's Daily Online)
China's Internet media and content providers have pledged to protect cyberspace from pornography, gambling and other "unhealthy content" through self-regulation and legal measures.
30 Million Blogs And Counting ... (Washington Post)
There's been some recent chatter about whether we're entering the twilight of the blogs, even though it feels like we're only in the late morning. Noon, at the latest.
More than 100 people have been arrested in 19 countries in a Spanish-led crackdown on users of Internet pedophilia websites, Spain's interior ministry said
25 February 2006
uk: Internet registry in trouble over status (The Times)
Nominet has come under fire from members of its own policy board following a decision to radically change its status.
uk: Nominet faces rebellion over rule changes (The Register)
Nominet is facing a grassroots rebellion over proposed changes to company rules that will see it enter a more commercial phase.
China will narrow the meaning of "cybersquatters" and will now only use the term to refer to those who register Internet domain names and sell them to rivals of a company that owns the rights to the name.
Internet users in Yemen can't get to beer.com because of technology from a couple of U.S. companies. Surely this is a human rights violation, keeping innocent civilians from a website devoted to beer and women. Why, the Yemeni Netizens -- all 150,000 of them -- are also blocked from getting to gayegypt.com. They're denied spikybras.com! Which, by the way, ya gotta check out -- it's hilarious, and no more racy than an I Dream of Jeannie episode.
Less than a month after starting its new China-based search engine, Google's position in the world's second-biggest internet market was thrown into doubt yesterday when the local media published reports questioning whether the US company had a valid operating licence.
A new survey shows New Zealanders are the second-largest users of the internet in the world. ... The biggest uptake was in Malta, where 78.1% access the web. New Zealand was followed by Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, then Australia, the United States, Canada and Norway.
Broadband accounts for 64% of all net connections in the UK, according to official figures.
Libraries begin uncertain new chapter (Guardian)
With internet companies such as Google becoming more involved in digitising content, what role does the public library have in today's web-driven society?
20 February 2006
The Malta Discussions on Internet Governance: Summary of the International Conference (DiploFoundation)
Conference discussions were divided into five panels, each looking at different aspects of the future Internet Governance Forum. In addition, DiploTeam members and researchers presented Diplo's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme and the results of research on a number of topics, including the protection of public interest with regards to the Internet. The document includes some of the main points which emerged from each panel's deliberations.
The Internet Governance Forum (Internet Governance Forum website)
This website has been set up to support the process started by the United Nations Secretary-General with a view to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue - the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The Secretary-General was mandated by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to convene such a Forum and he asked his Special Advisor for WSIS, Mr. Nitin Desai, to hold consultations in this matter. Consultations on the Convening of the IGF. The texts of the realtime transcription of the 16 - 17 February Consultations on the convening of the IGF are now available for viewing:
The worst of the Net (Roger Darlington)
This week, a US Congressional body - the House subcommittee on global human rights - held a hearing on the involvement of American companies in the controlling of Internet access by Chinese users. The Republican Chairman of the subcommittee declared: "Cooperation with tyranny should not be embraced for the sake of profits." Hear, hear. We need to sort out those commie Chinese. But there is a more serious issue that American politicians and industry are not adequately addressing. The UK's Internet Watch Foundation found last year that 40% of all reports of child abuse images on the Net were hosted in the United States. Why are there no hearings on this?