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11 April 2007

Howls of protest as web gurus attempt to banish bad behaviour from blogosphere (The Guardian)

Opinion divided over code of conduct meant to rid postings of offensive and abusive comments: Perhaps it was inevitable. When two leading internet pioneers came together this week to propose a set of guidelines that would filter out offensive and abusive comments from blogs, they were met by a torrent of offensive and abusive comments.

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au: Telstra, Google in spam spat (Sydney Morning Herald)

Telstra slams Google's spam fighting credentials, claiming it is not proactive in monitoring outgoing Gmail spam.

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us: Court: MySpace Postings Are Free Speech (Sydney Morning Herald)

A judge violated a juvenile's free-speech rights when he placed her on probation for posting an expletive-laden entry on MySpace criticizing a school principal, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.

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China moves to tackle Internet gaming addiction (Sydney Morning Herald)

China's growing band of young Internet gamers will face virtual penalties if they stay online for more than three hours, under a new set of rules to combat cyber addiction published on Tuesday.

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uk: Are you surfing away your life on random searches? (The Times)

A survey shows that millions of Britons are wasting swaths of their lives surfing the web without any real purpose.The research by YouGov found that seven in ten of Britain's 34 million users fall into the habit of Wilfing -- What Was I Looking For? -- both at work and at home. One in four internet users spends nearly a third of internet time Wilfing -- equivalent to spending an entire working day a fortnight randomly browsing the net.

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Howls of protest as web gurus attempt to banish bad behaviour from blogosphere (The Guardian)

Opinion divided over code of conduct meant to rid postings of offensive and abusive comments: Perhaps it was inevitable. When two leading internet pioneers came together this week to propose a set of guidelines that would filter out offensive and abusive comments from blogs, they were met by a torrent of offensive and abusive comments.

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Infrastructure ENUM by Geoff Huston (Circle ID)

After much initial fanfare a couple of years ago ENUM has matured to a state where it is currently yet another under-achiever in the technology deployment stakes. ENUM initially presented itself as a very provocative response to the legacy telco position of monopolising public voice services through their exclusive control over the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and the associated controlling position over the telephone number space (the so-called "E.164" number space, after the ITU-T recommendation E.164 which recommends country code assignments for switched telephony services). The perception was that ENUM was going to dismantle these levers of control and open up the voice market to a new wave of competitive carriers. If the address plan was the key to the PSTN, then ENUM was intended unlock this network and position the new wave of VOIP carriers to take over any residual treasures of the traditional voice market.

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In the wake of RegisterFly, is ICANN taking flight? (The Register)

In the aftermath of the ICANN meeting in Lisbon, the RegisterFly disaster continues to inspire both litigation and paranoia. Those connecting the dots are convinced that an ICANN report debated at the Lisbon meetings exploring the possibility of changing ICANN to an international organization along the lines of the International Red Cross is an attempt by ICANN to slither out of this whole mess.

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Agence France-Presse, Google settle copyright dispute (ZDNet)

News agency Agence France-Presse has entered into a licensing deal with Google, ending the dispute between the two over AFP's articles appearing on Google News.

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Google-AFP Deal Unclear (PC World)

Analysis: The resolution of Agence France-Presse's lawsuit against Google closes a two-year litigation process but opens many questions, primarily because the companies provided few details about their settlement and licensing agreement. For example, it's not clear whether the licensing agreement involves Google paying AFP for the right to use its material in Google News. Consequently, all outsiders can do is speculate about which company gave more in settlement negotiations that put an end to the copyright-infringement lawsuit AFP filed in March 2005.

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Bloggers debate need for code of conduct (International Herald Tribune)

Is it too late to bring civility to the Web? The conversational free-for-all on the Internet known as the blogosphere can be a prickly and unpleasant place. Now, a few prominent figures in high technology are proposing a blogger code of conduct to clean up the quality of online discourse. Last week, Tim O'Reilly, a conference promoter and book publisher who is credited with coining the term Web 2.0, began working with Jimmy Wales, creator of the communal online encyclopedia Wikipedia, to create a set of what to many would be common-sense - though already controversial - guidelines to shape online discussion and debate.

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10 April 2007

World Information Society Report 2007: Beyond WSIS - Coming soon! (ITU Newslog)

The second edition of the World Information Society Report: Beyond WSIS is going to be launched on the occasion of the World Information Society Day on 16 May 2007. Published by ITU and UNCTAD, this report looks beyond the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS, Geneva 2003 - Tunis 2005) to the creation of an inclusive, people-centered and development-oriented Information Society, open to all.

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Search Engine Ranking Factors v2 (SEOmoz)

This document represents the collective wisdom of 37 leaders in the world of organic search engine optimization. Together, they have voted on the various factors that are estimated to comprise Google's ranking algorithm (the method by which the search engine orders results). The result is a resource of incredible value - although not every one of the estimated 200 ranking elements are included, it is the authors opinion that 90-95% of the knowledge required about Google's algorithm is contained below. Issues include Keyword Use in Domain Name; Global Link Popularity of Site; Age of Site; TLD Extension of Site (edu, gov, us, ca, com, etc) and Number of Queries for Site/Domain over Time.

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Social networking - Joined-up thinking: Social-networking sites are not just for teenagers. They have business uses too (The Economist)

The most avid users of social-networking websites may be exhibitionist teenagers, but when it comes to more grown-up use by business people, such sites have a surprisingly long pedigree. LinkedIn, an online network for professionals that signed up its ten-millionth user this week, was launched in 2003, a few months before MySpace, the biggest of the social sites. Consumer adoption of social networking has grabbed most attention since then. But interest in the business uses of the technology is rising.

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Robert Fisk: The true story of free speech in America (The Independent)

This systematic censorship of Middle East reality continues even in schools: Laila al-Arian was wearing her headscarf at her desk at Nation Books, one of my New York publishers. No, she told me, it would be difficult to telephone her father. At the medical facility of his North Carolina prison, he can only make a few calls - monitored, of course - and he was growing steadily weaker. Sami al-Arian is 49 but he stayed on hunger strike for 60 days to protest the government outrage committed against him, a burlesque of justice which has, of course, largely failed to rouse the sleeping dogs of American journalism in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.

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07 April 2007

VeriSign Domain Price Increase Criticized (Information Week)

The Internet is about to get more expensive, without justification some believe. VeriSign, the company that manages both .com and .net domain name registration, said Thursday that the registry fees for domain names will increase starting Oct. 15. The registry fee for domain names -- effectively the wholesale price -- will rise from $6 to $6.42 for .com names and from $3.50 to $3.85 for .net names. This represents the first registry fee increase since ICANN established the fee structure in 1999.

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us: House ripped apart after fake ad placed online (News.com.au)

The home of a woman in the US has been stripped and trashed after a hoax listing on an online classified ads service Craigslist. There is little left of Laurie Raye's home after the fake ad on Craigslist invited people to take whatever they wanted for free.

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How the web became a sexists' paradise (The Guardian)

Everyone receives abuse online but the sheer hatred thrown at women bloggers has left some in fear for their lives. Jessica Valenti, editor of Feministing.com, reports.

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VeriSign to increase .com, .net domain fees (InfoWorld)

VeriSign is planning to raise the wholesale cost of registering a .com or .net domain name in October to generate more money for infrastructure improvements, the company announced on Thursday.

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VeriSign Announces Increase in .Com/.Net Domain Name Fees (VeriSign)

VeriSign announced effective Oct. 15, 2007 an increase in registry domain name fees for .com and .net, per its agreements with ICANN.

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Two thirds of the online Europeans are aware of .eu (EURid news release)

EURid have released a news release on some awareness research on .eu throughout Europe, noting after one year, almost two thirds (63%) of online Europeans are aware of .eu while 45% know they can get their own .eu domain name. Other highlights of the research include about 30% domains have been registered by private individuals with companies and organisations registering the rest. Germans have registered the most .eu domains (over 795,000) followed by Britons (just over 439,000), then the Dutch (just over 320,000).

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06 April 2007

.eu registry Eurid: being different at any price? (Heise)

Pieced-together e-mails and too little automation in general were complaints voiced by a number of registrars at a meeting sponsored by Eurid, the .eu registry, that accompanied the 28th Public Meeting in Lisbon of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The transfer of .eu domains was thereby made more difficult, especially for major registrars with a high degree of automation, it was said. "I have no problems with e-mails," Christian Müller, the head of technology at Stratos, said. "We can parse them. But it would be nice if they all looked the same. We have received typed e-mails from you guys which did not even contain the domain name," he said with a glance at the representatives of the .eu registry.

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th: Getting a clearer picture of YouTube block (Asia Media)

It seems interesting to note than when something as blatant as censoring YouTube occurred, nobody seems to be responsible for it, or for finding out who did it. The Ministry of ICT (MICT) said it was not their fault while the TOT and CAT also denied responsibility.

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Don't use WEP, say German security researchers (Computer World)

German researchers have published details of a way to break WEP security on wi-fi networks in under 60 seconds

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Can the internet be truly neutral? (The Guardian)

Net Neutrality is dividing opinion. For some it is a cause worth fighting for, but others claim it's a red herring that's impeding progress. Andrew Orlowski investigates

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