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20 November 2006

cn: Wikipedia back offline after brief easing of ban (Asia Media/South China Morning Post)

The easing of a ban on a popular online encyclopedia on the mainland has been short-lived. Barely a week after Wikipedia users were able to access the website -- after a year-long ban -- they reported yesterday that it had been blocked again in several parts of the mainland.

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19 November 2006

How YouTube pushed Lebanon out of the news (The Guardian)

This time last year there had never been a mention of YouTube in Britain's 18 main newspapers. After a prescient first mention in the Times on November 19 2005, YouTube scored a measly 13 stories in the first quarter of this year. In the second quarter, it ran up 154. In the first week of November, it clocked up 79.

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Whiff of tobacco firms on net (Sydney Morning Herald)

Is this the last frontier in tobacco marketing or simply a global stage for the look-at-me generation? Thousands of videos of sexy, smoking teens are appearing on the internet phenomenon YouTube, possibly being posted by tobacco manufacturers to recruit the next generation of smokers.

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MySpace sued by Universal Music (BBC)

Universal Music Group sues MySpace - claiming the site is encouraging users to illegally share copyrighted material.

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Wales on the web may become .cym (BBC)

Welsh websites could soon choose a .cym address rather than .uk, if a campaign backed by assembly members succeeds.

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18 November 2006

Here are two signs of hope for the world's secret superpower (The Guardian)

Timothy Garton Ash writing in The Guardian looks at the growing importance of the media in the world, calling the newspaper "a weapon more powerful than most in the possession of the US army" with "much of its impact comes from its dissemination through electronic screens" today. Garton Ash goes on to say "The engine of this growth in media power, as in military firepower, is technological change." The article then goes on to look at the launch of al-Jazeera English.

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ae: UAEnic officials discuss domain name developments with ICANN (AME Info)

Officials from UAEnic (United Arab Emirates Network Information Centre), the .ae registry, met up with ICANN officials on 15 November. The meeting was held to exchange views on the progress made by UAEnic and to discuss mutual areas of cooperation to benefit the Internet community across the UAE and the Region.

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BHP Billiton evicts cybersquatter (The Age)

BHP Billiton squashed a cyber squatter who was piggybacking off its corporate website, bhpbilliton.com registering the name bhpbiliton.com - minus one "L". As The Age notes, and is still the case as I write this, the cybersquatter still has the domain name.

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17 November 2006

Net benefits for cancer patients (The Guardian)

A new study shows chatting to other cancer patients online can help young people's recovery. Professor Gordon McVie reports

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Google, Yahoo, Microsoft adopt same Web index tool (CNet)

Search engine rivals Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are teaming up to make it easier for Web site owners to make sure their sites get included in the Web indexes, the companies are expected to announce.

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us: Perspective: Rushing into court has its consequences by Eric J. Sinrod (CNet)

So there you are, a reputable company or person, and someone else is using your trademarks to direct Internet users to pornographic Web sites. You file a lawsuit and rush into court seeking immediate relief. Right? Actually, not always. Indeed, before asking for legal relief, it is important to line up all of your legal ducks. Otherwise, your first dealings with a judge can be met with a thud. A recent case involving Online Marketing Services and other companies and individuals were using its Pottery Barn trademarks to direct Internet traffic to sites containing explicit pornographic content, none of which was sponsored or endorsed by Williams-Sonoma bears this out.

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White Paper on ICANN Meetings Posted for Public Comment (ICANN news release)

ICANN is seeking feedback on the purpose and structure of the large international Board meetings that are currently held three times a year. To encourage discussion, Susan Crawford, a member of ICANN's Board Meetings Committee, has prepared a discussion paper.

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16 November 2006

uk: Crackdown on data theft (The Guardian)

Tough measures planned for firms that steal and sell personal details after prosecution exposes growing trade. Information commissioner signals crackdown on companies that steal and sell sensitive details of people's private lives.

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A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web (Wired)

Internet censorship is spreading and becoming more sophisticated across the planet, even as users develop savvier ways around it, according to early results in the first-ever comprehensive global survey of internet censorship.

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Internet Content Filters Fail to Block Sexually Explicit Material (Information Week)

1.1% of the Web pages indexed by Google and MSN are sexually explicit, and content filtering software will miss up to 60% of those pages while blocking up to 23.6% of non-explicit pages, according to expert testimony in the federal government's quest to sustain the Child Online Protection Act.

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us: Feds' Expert: 1 Percent of Web Is Porn (The Age)

About 1 percent of websites indexed by Google and Microsoft are sexually explicit, according to a U.S. government-commissioned study.

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15 November 2006

Google CEO sees free cell phones, funded by ads (ZDNet/Reuters)

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching targeted forms of advertising.

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Educational toys? Just give toddlers your old phone (The Times)

Parents spending hundreds of pounds on high-tech educational toys for toddlers would be better off giving them an old mobile phone to play with, according to an education expert.

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Surfing to Excess: How Much Is Too Much? (Washington Post)

More Internet users say their time online is interfering with their lives; medical communities are taking their complaints seriously.

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au: Victoria the first to cast e-vote in a state election (Computer World)

Electronic votes are set to be cast in the state of Victoria today, marking a first for Australia in any state election.

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us: Catching Up With Cybercriminals (eCommerce Times)

Last year for the first time, proceeds from cybercrime were greater than proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, according to recent comments by Valerie McNiven, an adviser to the U.S. Treasury Dept. "Cybercrime is moving at such a high speed that law enforcement cannot catch up with it," she says.

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us: Satanic Barney on Web tests copyright laws (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Barney the purple dinorsaur's owner, Lyons Partnership, is in a legal squabble with a Web site creator who posted unflattering images of the children's character. The dispute is testing the boundaries of copyright law and free expression on the Internet.

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us: Could Online Poker Law Raise The Stakes on Free Linking? (Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School)

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act rocked the online casino industry mere days after its passage this month, and, with the president expected to sign the bill on Friday, most commentary has focused on how it will impact the millions of Americans who enjoy playing poker and placing bets online. As in many other instances, this attempt to stamp out an online activity could also impact anyone who wants to link to or help you access sites online.

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The Information Society and the Nature of Digital Divide, by Elisa Burchett (UN Observer)

Click here - http://www.yourlanguage.yourlocale - Are you connected? As rudimentary as this example is, it's a very complicated business. The inaugural meeting of the IGF or Internet Governance Forum held in Athens, Greece has come to an end and the abundance of information made available at the IGF website is proof of just how complex and increasingly expansive the future of the internet could be. Fittingly the IGF held a 4 day interactive discussion on various themes including openness, diversity, access and multilingualism, highlighting concerns for minority and indigenous rights.

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Britain kills EU attempt to regulate net video clips (The Guardian)

The British government is set to fight off proposed European rules that would make it responsible for overseeing taste and decency in video clips on sites such as YouTube and MySpace. Under a clause in the European media regulation directive TV Without Frontiers, national governments would be responsible for regulating the internet for the first time. Britain's media watchdog, Ofcom, backed by the culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, argued that the plan was unworkable and would stifle creativity and investment in new media across Europe.

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