According to this press release, several US congressmen are proposing to rectify some of the problems associated with last year’s electronic presidential ballots, including requirements that operating code be open source and machines leave a paper trail: Read more »
Federal Cabinet has approved a $3 billion plan for regional telecommunications that will pave the way for the full sale of Telstra.
The plan includes a $2 billion fund to pay for service upgrades in regional Australia in the future.
Mr Costello says the plan will resolve the issue of Telstra's ownership once and for all. "It can ensure there is open competition," he said. "It can safeguard services in rural and regional Australia.
'The United States [government] has asked the Internet's regulator to postpone the creation of a new ".xxx" domain for sex-oriented web sites, citing an "unprecedented" level of protests.' Read more »
Originally by Ars Technica, 4:16 PM
The ACTU and the Labor Party have lodged their High Court challenge against the Government's multi-million dollar advertising campaign on industrial relations ('IR') changes.
Originally by ABC News: Politics, 11:06 PM
Originally by CCH Australia, 8:36 PM
Originally by ABC News: Politics, 8:45 PM
Originally by CCH Australia, 8:48 PM
'The Internet's key oversight agency approved a domain name for Catalan language and culture Thursday, while deferring final action for the second time in as many months on creating an Internet red-light district through the controversial ".xxx" suffix. Proponents say the domain could help the porn industry clean up its act by forcing .xxx sites to avoid trickery such as spamming and malicious scripts; opponents object to providing another channel for porn distribution.'
Originally by ABC News: Science and Technology, 9:26 PM
Originally by WSJ.com: What's News Technology, 9:43 PM
Originally by Ars Technica, 9:49 PM
Opponents of Finland's proposed copyright laws are hoping for a good turnout today for a demonstration outside Parliament.…
Originally by The Register - Internet and Law: Digital Rights/Digital Wrongs, 9:52 PM
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is angling for a wider role in running the internet, to the extent that it is hosting the WSIS meeting taking place in Geneva at the moment.…
Originally by The Register - Internet and Law: Wild Wild Web, 9:54 PM
Originally by CCH Australia, 9:58 PM
Originally by CCH Australia, 9:58 PM
According to this article, United States 'Government regulators are trying to shut down Odysseus Marketing, which they say secretly downloaded spyware onto the computers of unwitting Internet users. The FTC accused Walter Rines and his company of luring computer users with a bogus promise of free software that would make peer-to-peer file sharing anonymous. The crackdown comes as spyware continues to be a growing problem, with calls in Congress for legislation and an increase in enforcement by federal regulators.' Read more »
Washington, DC - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a "First Report and Order" confirming its expansion of the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to the Internet. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is planning to challenge the rule in court. Read more »
Originally by NYT > Technology, 6:33 PM
infernalC writes "Reuters is reporting that Samsung has agreed to plea guilty to charges of price fixing in the memory market in a $300 million settlement." From the article: " Samsung would become the third chip maker to plead guilty in the wide-ranging probe of the prices of dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, chips. The Justice Department has blamed the price-fixing conspiracy for driving up the price of chips used in products ranging from personal computers and servers to cell phones, cameras and game consoles." Read more »
'Delegates at a meeting in Geneva on Monday failed to reach an agreement on who should control the internet's addressing system. The meeting, which is being held in preparation of the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis next month, degenerated into a farce when delegates argued over the right of the US to control the internet's addressing system.' Read more »
DIY News wrote to mention a Reuters article reporting that VeriSign will control the .com domain until 2012, according to an agreement with ICANN. From the article: "The agreement settles a long-running dispute between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, and the most powerful company under its jurisdiction. The settlement comes at a time when ICANN is under attack from China, Iran and other countries that want more direct control over the domain-name system that guides traffic around the Internet." Read more »
A blind university student has filed a class action lawsuit against Target Corp. The plaintiff alleges that the website discriminates against visually impaired users of its services because the website is inaccessible using screen reader software.
Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, an advocacy group that’s also a plaintiff in the suit, said today that the complaint is based on the theory that online portals of ‘brick-and-mortar stores’, or actual physical places, must be equally accessible. Read more »