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Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum Has Been Renewed

The United Nations has announced that the membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum has been renewed. A total of 56 members, 33 among them new, have been appointed. The Advisory Group members are from all stakeholder groups and all regions, representing Governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and technical communities. more»

US Homeland Security Still Without Cybercrisis Plan

When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was created, it was supposed to find a way to respond to serious "cybercrises." "The department will gather and focus all our efforts to face the challenge of cyberterrorism," President Bush said when signing the legislation in November 2002. More than six years later, and after spending more than $400 million on cybersecurity, DHS still has not accomplished that stated goal. "We need to have a plan tailored for a cybercrisis," DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Thursdaymore»

Harvard's Berkman Center to Study ICANN's Accountability and Transparency Review Process

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University announced today that it "will conduct an independent, exploratory study analyzing ICANN's decision-making processes and communications with stakeholders." The study is aimed at developing a framework and recommendations for understanding and improving ICANN's accountability and transparency. "The Berkman Center's final report will be made publicly available after ICANN's Accountability and Transparency Review Team has had the opportunity to utilize its findings in recommendations to the ICANN board." more»

UPDATEDU.S. Library of Congress to Acquire Entire Twitter Archive

Every public tweet since Twitter's inception in March 2006 will be acquired and archived digitally by the U.S Library of Congress, according to announcements made today. The Library has been harvesting data from the web since 2000 and currently holds "more than 167 terabytes of web-based information, including legal blogs, websites of candidates for national office, and websites of Members of Congress". While an official press release has not been issued yet, the Library says "[e]xpect to see an emphasis on the scholarly and research implications of the acquisition". The Library chose to make its first mention of the Acquisition via its official Twitter account @librarycongress. more»

Opposition to ICANN-VeriSign Proposal Grows

Eight of the world's largest domain registrars have sent an open letter to ICANN Chairman Vint Cerf, stating their formal opposition to the revised proposition with VeriSign for continued control of the Internet registry.

The eight signatories, which lay claim to 25 million domain names, or 57 percent of those currently registered, are GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Tucows, Register.com, BulkRegister, Schlund + Partner AG, Melbourne IT and Intercosmos Media Group.
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Senior U.S. and Chinese Officials Conclude Four-Day Meeting on Cyber Security

Senior U.S. and Chinese officials concluded a four day meeting on Saturday discussing cyber security issues ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington later this month. more»

China Rejects Allegations of Major Hacking Attack Targeting India

China on Tuesday rejected "insinuations" of involvement by its government in cyberattacks after North American researchers exposed a China-based cyber-espionage ring that targeted computers in the Indian military and elsewhere. "We often hear news in this area, or insinuations and criticisms against the Chinese government. I do now know what evidence these people have or what their motives are," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news briefing. more»

Cyberspace is Man-Made and Its Laws Can Be Rewritten to Favor Defensive Forces, Says US Air Force

Air Force Research Laboratory's "Integrated Cyber Defense" program, has recently announced a project request for proposals based on the belief that "the 'laws' of cyberspace can be rewritten, and therefore the domain can be modified at any level to favor defensive forces." The objective of the program, according to the announcement issued last month, is to "avoid threats entirely by obviating the effects of adversary actions, deterring attacks, and anticipating threats," which is partly based on the following philosophy offered by the Air Force... more»

Boeing to Offer High Speed Broadband, Up To 50Mbps

Esther Shein reporting in InformationWeek: "A Boeing Business Jet 737 aircraft has been installed and certified to use eXConnect, the first inflight wireless high-speed broadband service, the world's largest aerospace company and commercial jet manufacturer said this week. Passengers and crew members will be able to use eXConnect for access to real-time content on a laptop, handheld, or other Wi-Fi-enabled device." more»

U.S. Lawmakers Demand Telcos and Internet Companies to Disclose Web Tracking Practices

U.S. lawmakers have broadened their investigation of Internet advertising, asking nation's largest telecommunications and Internet companies whether they target ads based on consumers' Web surfing habits. Companies receiving the letter include Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Qwest and AOL among others. According to Joelle Tessler of the Associated Press, the "letters seek details on how many consumers have been tracked, whether those people have been notified and whether they were given the option to 'opt out' of it. The committee also wants to know how the collected information is used and how it is gathered -- for example, whether the companies aggregate data from different online applications." more»

Interpol Joining ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee as an Observer

Kevin Murphy reporting in DomainIncite: "Interpol plans to apply to join ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee as an observer, according to ICANN. The news came in a press release this evening, detailing a meeting between ICANN president Rod Beckstrom and Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble. The meeting 'focused on Internet security governance and enhancing common means for preventing and addressing Internet crime'." more»

Secret Service, IBM, Others Form Alliance to Fight Cyber Crime, Identity Theft

A coalition of leading corporate, government and academic institutions today announced the formation of the Center for Applied Identity Management Research (CAIMR). CAIMR plans include developing research and solutions for identity management challenges such as cyber crime, terrorism, financial crimes, identity theft and fraud, weapons of mass destruction, and narcotics and human trafficking. The Center brings cross-disciplinary experts in criminal justice, financial crime, biometrics, cyber crime and cyber defense, data protection, homeland security and national defense to address identity management challenges that impact individuals, public safety, commerce, government programs and national security. more»

Russian Groups Urge ICANN to Keep Old Soviet Union's .su Domain Alive

Some Russian Internet users are struggle with ICANN to save the .su country code top-level domain (ccTLD) that was assigned to the country just before the Soviet Union collapsed. ICANN says that the name is out of date and is planning to remove it from the root servers. On the other hand, thousands of Internet users are still using .su ccTLD -- figures reported indicate nearly 10,000 registered domain names with approximately 1,500 new ones added this year alone. more»

ICANN to Launch Testing of IDNs for TLDs in the Third Quarter of 2006

ICANN will start the trial testing of internationalized domain names (IDN) in the Top-Level Domain (TLD) system, in the third quarter of 2006, Paul Twomey, President and CEO of ICANN, told Interfax in an interview Tuesday. Once IDN domain names are implemented Internet sites will able to have domain names in foreign languages, and foreign character sets -- such as Chinese.

"The preparation for the testing is already underway, and it will be a testing on the top of the root," said Twomey. "We are presently moving to introduce the IDNs of TLD, and are much closer to the end for the answer." But the exact date for the launch of the IDN is not yet available.  more»

Russia Attempts Large Scale Experiment to Isolate Country from Global Internet

In a large scale experiments, Russia has attempted to test the feasibility of cutting the country off the World Wide Web, according to reports. "The tests, which come amid mounting concern about a Kremlin campaign to clamp down on internet freedoms, have been described by experts as preparations for an information blackout in the event of a domestic political crisis." more»

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