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29 October 2006
Is Google legal? (Out-Law.com)
A Belgian court ruled against Google's use of newspaper stories in early September. If you believe Google, it did nothing wrong and failed to defend itself because it was unaware of the publishers' lawsuit. If you believe the publishers, Google is lying and infringes copyright on a colossal scale. The parties return to court on 23rd November in a case that finds legal uncertainty looming over the world's leading search engines.
In China's Net Cafés, Intel Pours It On (Business Week)
Some 11 million PCs in over 110,000 Internet cafés. If you're Xu (Ian) Yang and your job is to sell Chinese on using computers with Intel chips, those numbers will surely grab your attention. In late 2003, Yang, the Beijing co-general manager of Asia-Pacific for Intel, was in the northeastern city of Harbin to speak to university students. It was a typically frigid northern day, and since Yang had a little time to spare, a staffer suggested they warm up in an Internet café.
Hell.com failed to be bought via a live auction Friday, which organizers had hoped would bring bids of more than $1 million.
au: Hefty fine for spammer who sent 75m emails (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP)
A Perth-based company has been fined A$5.5 million for sending millions of unsolicited emails, with a judge labelling the spam annoying, costly to combat, and a threat to the internet.
28 October 2006
A long-simmering dispute over whether the U.S. government has too much control over the Internet's underpinnings will heat up again next week at a United Nations summit in Greece.
Bloggers are being asked to show their support for freedom of expression by Amnesty International.
"Call to Bloggers" to stand up for freedom ahead of world meeting on future of Internet (Amnesty news release)
Amnesty International today issued a 'Call to Bloggers', asking them to get online and stand up for freedom of expression on the internet. The organisation says this is a critical time when fundamental rights - particularly freedom of expression and privacy - are under threat from governments that want to control what their citizens say, and what information they can access.
The Road to Rio and Beyond: Results-based Management of the UN Internet Governance Forum (Internet Governance Project)
This paper (pdf) argues that the road to the 2007 meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro and beyond must be paved with effective management practices. Results-based management principles employed elsewhere in reform of United Nations agency practices provide that base.
27 October 2006
Should ICANN Become Autonomous? (Wired/AP)
An international dispute over U.S. control of the internet appears unlikely to be resolved even as state envoys, regulators and technology experts convene next week in Athens to discuss the network's future. The Greek Transport Minister Michalis Liapis said "Such negotiations are difficult ... this will take time. There are many countries which all have their own interests and opinions. We are starting a dialogue which I think will take many years." Around 1,200 people are expected to attend.
The number of people in the UK who have no intention of getting internet access has risen, research firm Point Topic has found.
Why it matters to master your domain (The Guardian)
Let your registration lapse, and your site could suddenly be taken over by links to porn - and there's little you can do about it
au: Google 'harbouring racists' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Racist blogs targeting minority groups in Australia are springing up on the web, but Google's Blogger, the service some are hosted on, refuses to take them offline, says an anti racism lobby group.
26 October 2006
au: ENUM Day - Sydney, 15th November 2006 (ENUM Day)
The Australian ENUM Day is a FREE event organised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the other participating parties in the Australian ENUM Trial to be held on 15 November in central Sydney. ACMA, the Industry Regulator, AusRegistry, AARNet and Instra share their knowledge about ENUM with you, and they will also demonstrate how you can use ENUM.
What content does Google censor outside China? (The Guardian)
Outside China, Google blocks only websites with child abuse images and certain values from its search of ranges of numbers. The latter restriction, according to Google's worldwide policy counsel Andrew McLaughlin, tackles identity thieves using the search engine to trawl the web for credit card and government identification numbers, such as US social security numbers. It is still possible to search for individual numbers within these ranges, so owners can check these are not online.
A group of US online publishers and a lobby group is taking the Government to court to challenge an eight-year-old law which it says amounts to censorship of the internet. The challenge is to the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which became law in 1998.
The federal bench trial of a lawsuit challenging the 1998 Child Online Protection Act (COPA) began Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought the suit on behalf of internet websites such as Salon.com and Nerve.com, arguing that the severe punishments outlined in COPA for publishing material considered "harmful to children" restrict free speech. Also see http://aclu.org/freespeech/internet/27144prs20061023.html for the ACLU news release.
Vietnamese authorities have been accused of creating a climate of fear among the country's internet users. Human rights organisation Amnesty International says the Vietnamese government is using online informers to keep track of web users. Also see the Amnesty International news release: http://web.amnesty.org/pages/vnm-221006-action-eng
au: How to stay smart online: National E-Security Awareness Week (Sydney Morning Herald)
The Australian Federal Government wants Australians to be more cautious when conducting their affairs on the internet, and has launched its Stay Smart Online initiative to help them do just that.
25 October 2006
More than 30,000 websites of child pornography have been removed in 10 years by the UK's internet watchdog.
A new version of the popular Firefox web browser makes its debut, going head to head with Internet Explorer 7.
Review of the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain (DCITA announcement)
The Department for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has released a discussion paper as part of a review into the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain. Public comment is sought on a range of issues including the administrative structure of the .au Internet domain, naming structures, policy development, competitiveness and cost effectiveness, international participation and emerging technical issues. Information and feedback gathered in the course of this review process will be used to examine the broader operation of the .au Internet domain to ensure that it continues to reflect the needs of industry stakeholders and the wider Internet community. Industry and members are invited to make submissions to the .au Internet Domain review by close of business on Tuesday 28 November 2006.
The Internet Black Hole That Is North Korea (New York Times)
[Subscription required] The New York Times reports on what one American human rights organisation refers to as the most censored country in the world. Where mobile phones were banned in 2004. North Korea is not just censored like other countries such as Burma, Syria and Uzbekistan - it is almost entirely disconnected from cyberspace.
Apple's iPod-iTunes code 'cracked' (Sydney Morning Herald)
The iPod has just had its fifth birthday, but Apple's celebrations may be cut short thanks to a 22-year-old Norwegian who claims he's cracked Apple's proprietary iPod-iTunes ecosystem.
Island domain for Afghanistan (Australian IT)
Internet domain registrations in war-torn Afghanistan are being hosted from a network operations centre in Sydney as part of an unusual export drive.Island domain for Afghanistan Internet domain registrations in war-torn Afghanistan are being hosted from a network operations centre in Sydney as part of an unusual export drive.
YouTube to make life even busier for Google lawyers (New York Times/Sydney Morning Herald)
Google attracts millions of web users every day. And, increasingly, it's attracting plenty of lawyers, too. As Google has grown into the world's most popular search engine and, arguably, the most powerful internet company, it has become entangled in scores of lawsuits touching on a wide range of legal questions, including copyright violation, trademark infringement and its method of ranking websites.