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10 November 2006

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Microsoft gets into domain name registration game (IT World/IDG)

Last week Microsoft was added to ICANN list of accredited domain name registrars.

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08 November 2006

'Enemies of the internet' named by Reporters sans frontières (BBC)

'Enemies of the internet' namedA list of 13 "enemies of the internet" has been released by human rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF). For the first time, Egypt has been added to the list while Nepal, Libya and the Maldives have all been removed.

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A gigantic world map of Internet black holes projected on Parisian monuments (Reporters sans frontières news release)

Reporters Without Borders projected a gigantic world map of online censorship onto some of Paris's leading buildings late this afternoon as part of a 24-hour protest against the world's 13 Internet enemies. The map was projected onto the facade of Saint-Lazare station, onto the building that houses the French headquarters of Yahoo! and onto the Bastille Opera.

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Reporters without borders organises 24-hour online demo against Internet censorship (Reporters sans frontières news release)

Everyone is invited to connect to the Reporters Without Borders website ( between 11 a.m. on 7 November and 11 a.m. on 8 November.

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us: Company fined $3m for adware use (BBC)

An online advertising company, Zango, is to pay US$3m for "unfairly and deceptively" downloading its software onto people's computers.

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ITechLaw Official Lauded by Czech Arbitration Court for Groundbreaking Decision on First .EU Domain Name Dispute [pdf] (ITechLaw news release)

In the first case resolving disputed ownership of a .EU domain name - - the Czech Arbitration Court found for the defendant, PST Business Solutions B.V., in a decision written by Court panelist Enrique J. Batalla. Since that April 18 decision, hundreds of other cases involving .EU domain name ownership disputes have been settled by the Czech Arbitration Court, underscoring the speed and efficiency of the Court's arbitration process.

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us: Do the Rights of the Disabled Extend to the Blind on the Web? (New York Times/International Herald Tribune)

According to an advocacy group, Target declined last year to make its Web site fully accessible to blind people with specialized screen-reading technology last year. If true -- and Target has denied the accusation in court -- it was a public relations blunder, and it may have been illegal as well.

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07 November 2006

Fast track for global net name system (The Australian)

Critical tests of non-English domain names will start in December following a promise by ICANN to have an internationalised domain name system up and running by the end of next year.

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End of the digital divide? Will India and China’s growth in the online world impact the internet’s evolution? (Financial Express)

As the world debated the web's future at the IGF, one thing was clear -- countries like India and China will see the biggest online expansion. If the Asian users outnumber North American and European users by a wide margin, will we see a radically different internet in a few years?

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06 November 2006

Why you should care about the Stern Review (ZDNet)

Sir Nicholas Stern, former World Bank chief economist, lobbed a bombshell into the heart of the climate change debate on Monday. His report, compiled at the behest of the Chancellor, laid out in stark terms the measures needed to stop global warming. Its conclusions are not pretty, and have major implications for businesses and IT professionals.

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China forced to face its critics over internet censorship (The Observer)

This time there was no hiding place. Countries accused of turning the internet into a tool of repression - and the companies accused of helping them do it - were confronted with the full force of international condemnation at a special United Nations conference in Athens last week.

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05 November 2006

Turkey vows to loosen laws on free speech (The Guardian)

Turkey's foreign minister Abdullah Gul vowed yesterday to end problems stemming from an article in the country's penal code that is used to charge writers, journalists and academics for expressing their opinions, Europe's human rights watchdog said.

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ITU meeting in Turkey will tackle key Internet issues (NetworkWorld/IDG)

Government officials will meet in Turkey for the next three weeks to discuss the future of the Internet and take action on key issues such as cybercrime and Internet oversight.

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Microsoft restates China policy (BBC)

Microsoft has restated its position on China following comments by one of its senior legal staff. Earlier this week, Microsoft senior counsel Fred Tipson said concerns about repression in China might make it reconsider its presence there.

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04 November 2006

uk: Who's watching as we watch ourselves? (The Guardian)

Last week, footage of a girl being badly bullied in a New Zealand school playground had to be take down from YouTube, the hugely successful video hosting site now owned by Google. It was rightly removed because in a perverse act of glorification it had been uploaded by the gang that had committed the offence. But it could easily have been taken by an onlooker and used as evidence against the gang. Surveillance is now expanding too fast for its effects to be fully understood.

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Spy planes, clothes scanners and secret cameras: Britain's surveillance future (The Guardian)

It sounds like a scene from the Tom Cruise futuristic thriller Minority Report. A teenager enters a record shop and a scanner hidden in the doorway instantly reads data secreted in electronic tags embedded in his clothes. The scanner clocks the brand of clothing and where it was purchased, flashing to a database which analyses what type of person would have bought that line of clothing and predicts what other products that person would like to buy. In an instant, adverts for those products are beamed to eye-level billboards for the teenager to see.

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Back to the future, with a Victorian flavour (The Guardian)

There's a line of thought which argues that the internet will liberate the masses and allow us to achieve self-actualisation. "With technology," the proponents exclaim, "economies will spiral upwards, national boundaries will dissolve and people will work only for self-enlightenment!" And today's mighty panacea, often referred to as "user-generated content", will bring joy to the world and peace to us all.

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IGF participants clash (InfoWorld/IDG)

The IGF touched on a number of issues, such as Internet oversight and multilingualism, with government officials, Internet experts and many others taking the stage to voice their opinions -- which often clashed.

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How to make the web go worldwide (BBC)

Only one billion people out of the six billion-strong world population have internet access. So what is being done to connect up all the world's citizens?

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Global Internet Policy Initiative Highlighted at IGF (Internews news release)

In presentations and workshops at the Internet Governance Forum this week, the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI), a joint project of Internews Network and the Center for Democracy and Technology, was highlighted as a proven model for working locally to reform national laws and policies in order to foster expanded Internet access in developing countries.

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03 November 2006

uk: How to hide in a connected world (BBC)

As we enter a more connected world, where devices talk to each other and make sense of the masses of data we create, the issue of how much control we have over this process becomes more important.

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