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23 October 2006
Despite many efforts to move away from those most traditional interfaces - the ubiquitous computer keyboard and mouse - they remain the bedrock on which nearly all computer interfaces rest.
FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities, a move that anticipates a fierce debate over privacy and law enforcement in Washington next year.
21 October 2006
ICANN Approves .asia Top-Level Domain (Digital Trends)
Up for yet another domain land rush? ICANN has approved a top-level ".asia" domain for businesses and other users in the Asia-Pacific region.
Can an American judge take a British company offline? (The Guardian)
The fallout from a legal battle in the US has sparked talk of a constitutional crisis for the net: Had a court in Illinois done what the winner of a case there desired, billions of spam emails could have begun landing in the inboxes of 650 million people all over the world - including the European Parliament, US Army, the White House and Microsoft - every day this month.
The BBC reports that "US politicians could soon be rubbing shoulders with orcs and night elves in World of Warcraft." Further, the BBC says that it's unlikely that in-game trading will be taxed and the Joint Economic Committee, who is conducting the investigation, has said the investigation was prompted by the "dramatic increase in the popularity of online gaming".
Following the release of his satirial film on Kazakhstan, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and the comical but negative portrayal of the country, Sacha Baron Cohen has been invited to visit the country. The issue gained prominence in the domain name area due to the Kazakh authorities shutting down Cohen's website, www.borat.kz, leading him to set up a new one, www.borat.tv.
20 October 2006
Following the passing on new media ownership laws in Australia, The Age newspaper in an editorial writes: 'And we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." The Biblical text has nothing on the changes that seem likely to Australia's media landscape, and which have, in effect, come to pass before the laws that will allow them to happen were themselves passed yesterday. The stage is being set for whenever the performance is due to start.
More than one in eight adults in the US show signs of being addicted to the internet, a study has shown.
ICANN votes on domain tasting solution (The Register)
Internet overseeing organisation ICANN will vote later today on whether to introduce a new system aimed at closing a loophole in domain name rules that enables speculators to register thousands of domain names effectively for free.
Spam fighter faces attack on 'blocklists' (International Herald Tribune)
When a torrent of unsolicited e-mail arrives with cut-rate promotions for pheromone cologne and mint-flavored Viagra, a volunteer foreign legion of anti-spam warriors is ready to fight back with its most lethal weapon: blacklists.
Spamhaus appeals US shutdown ruling (VNUnet)
Spamhaus has hit back at US legal moves that threaten the anti-spam organisation with closure.
za: Cybersquatting set to be outlawed (IOL Technology)
Cybersquatting might soon be outlawed as policy makers and lawyers thrash out the final terms of regulations to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act that would deal with domain name disputes.
au: Cronulla game site gets zapped (Sydney Morning Herald)
Lobby groups have allegedly achieved what the Australian Federal Government couldn't, by having a downloadable board game based on the Cronulla riots removed from the internet.
Record industry uploads 8,000 lawsuits (The Register)
A recording industry lobby group has launched 8,000 new cases alleging illegal file sharing all over the world but none of them is British because the UK lobby group is focusing on its negotiations with internet service providers.
Those in the know about technology must spend more time reaching out to governments and helping them understand the Internet's role in society, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said.
19 October 2006
Zittrain on the Future of the Internet (Harvard Cyber Law)
Steve Ryan, Director of London School of Economist's Centre for Learning Technology, guest blogged on Schmoller.net about Berkman Prof. Jonathan Zittrain's presentation on the future of the Internet at LSE on October 13, 2006. If you're interested in 'the future of the Internet,' the long-term trend of parsing out Internet functions to specialized devices, or the One Laptop Per Child Initiative, check out this summary of Zittrain's talk:
Iran bans fast internet to cut west's influence (The Guardian)
The Guardian reports that "Iran's Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle domestic political dissent and combat the influence of western culture - by banning high-speed internet links." ISPs have been told to restrict online speeds to 128 kilobytes a second for the country's estimated 5 million internet users as well as being forbidden from offering fast broadband packages. The ban follows another recent order that led to a purge on illegal satellite dishes, which millions of Iranians use to clandestinely watch western television.
us: Online sleuth tracks MySpace pedophiles (Sydney Morning Herald)
The editor of Wired News has taken the law into his own hands, hunting down pedophiles who prey on young MySpace users. Earlier this year, Kevin Poulson wrote a computer program, containing 1000 lines of code, that automatically searches all of MySpace's user profiles, comparing them to a list of registered sex offenders.
18 October 2006
Paul Gibbons, 47, tracked down John Jones using details obtained online after the pair exchanged insults in an internet chatroom, a court heard.
55 Million Blogs, and Now a Service to Track Them (New York Times)
Corporations are growing increasingly conscious of the power, and potential pitfalls, of blogging. A favorable review from an influential blogger can help generate the kind of buzz around a new product that traditional advertising struggles to achieve. A negative write-up can help doom a product before it even hits the market.
On Advertising: Blogs give PR new job (International Herald Tribune)
To Steve Rubel, senior vice president at the public relations firm Edelman, there is a "conversation gap" on the Internet between America and the rest of the world. Like Americans, Europeans and Asians have become fervent bloggers. But many of them contribute to U.S.- based sites, or to local-language blogs that are fragmented and obscure.
au: Cronulla game falls between legal cracks (Sydney Morning Herald)
The racists are at it... "Australian authorities are powerless to remove from the internet a downloadable board game based on the Cronulla riots. The game has recently surfaced on the internet and appears to incite racial violence."
ICANN: Accountability Management Operating Principles (ICANN news release)
As part of the Joint Project Agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and ICANN, the ICANN Board of Directors approved an Affirmation of Responsibilities for ICANN's Private Sector Management. Points 2 and 3 of that document refer to ICANN's intention to continue to improve processes and procedures that encourage improved transparency and accountability. As part of this commitment to continuously improving transparency and accountability, ICANN is seeking input from the community on the development of a set of Management Operating Principles.
It was rather interesting to read this new agreement between the USDoC and ICANN talking about the mechanisms, methods and procedures necessary to effect the transition of Internet domain name and DNS to the private sector. What was more interesting though was to read in this very agreement the following: “...the Department continues to support the work of ICANN as the coordinator for the technical functions related to the management of the Internet DNS”. OK, let’s be honest! Technical? Over the past few years, ICANN has been more involved in policy-making decisions than actually being engaged in the technical coordination of the Internet - or so it seems at least.
Domain Name Site Sets Up Auction (Techweb)
Sedo.com LLC plans to introduce this week an auction service for domain name sales, a company executive said Monday. Jeremiah Johnston, COO and general counsel for the online marketplace for buyers and sellers for domain names and Web sites, said the new seven-day auction platform will augment a traditional model, where domain names are posted on the site for sale and price negotiated.