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Entries open for 2017 Maddocks Art Prize October 6, 2016

Thursday 6 October 2016 The Australia Council for the Arts is now accepting applications for the 2017 Maddocks Art Prize from emerging Australian artists for the opportunity to visit the 2017 Venice Biennale. First awarded in … Continued

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The storm unleashed by the cloud – navigating the risks of improper device use in the workplace October 19, 2016

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Around the World: Update August 2010

This update provides an overview of the latest issues of interest to ICT professionals both in Australia and Internationally. We hope that you will find this information useful.

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Global Upgrade Makes Internet More Secure: Helps defend users against specific types of cyber crime
ICANN has joined the U.S. Department of Commerce and VeriSign Inc. to add security at the top of the domain name system to protect Internet users from certain forms of online fraud. Full Story

Not-so-secret seven hold keys to the internet
Seven key holders are each assigned to guard a part of a key, and in times of great crisis, five of them must come together for the key's power to be unleashed and save the day. But this is no fantasy tale; it's the latest attempt to safeguard the internet. Full Story

Is there really a key to reboot the internet?
It sounds like a Fellowship of the Ring for the internet age. According to yesterday's news reports, these keyholders will share responsibility for "rebooting the web" in the event of a catastrophic global meltdown. Full Story

Australian Registrar Bottle Domains Termination By auDA Confirmed By Court
auDA has terminated the registrar accreditation of Australian Style Pty Ltd, who trades as Bottle Domains, following a the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria dismissing Bottle Domains’ appeal in proceedings against auDA on 23 July 2010. Article 1  Article 2

Bolton loses his battle for Bottle
Corporate raider Nicholas Bolton has lost his legal battle with internet domain-name regulator auDA over a security breach at his domain-name business. Article 1  Article 2  Article 3

AuDA Releases Report on Draft .AU 2LD Recommendations
AuDA has released draft recommendations on the introduction of new, and reactivation of dormant, second level domains following a consultation period with interested parties in recent months. Article 1
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Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards 2010 – Open
auDA and Internet NZ are proud to launch the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards. The Awards recognise organisations, businesses, groups and individuals that have made significant contributions towards the security openness, diversity and accessibility of the internet. Full Story

One Billion Internet Users by Jon Lawrence
Last week ICANN took another very significant step forward in the expansion of the internet by approving the delegation of a number of Chinese script IDN ccTLDs. Full Story

Less than a year until internet addresses run dry
In less than a year, the world will run out of internet addresses and inaction by internet providers could lead to broken applications and more expensive net connections, experts warn. Article 1 
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Overstock Buys O.CO for $350,000 in First Big Premium .CO Sale
Overstock.com announced it purchased the domain name O.CO from .CO Internet, the official .CO registry for $350,000. Full Story

Reports & Research Papers

OECD examines the future of news and the internet
This study provides an in-depth treatment of the global newspaper publishing market and its evolution, with a particular view on the development of online news and related challenges.
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Liability for Trademark Infringment for Internet Service Providers by Katja G. Weckstrom [University of Turku Faculty of Law]
At the wake of the millennium and the rise of the internet, legislative action was taken to shelter internet service providers (ISPs) from various forms of legal action. Today, these internet actors e.g. Google, Amazon and eBay have grown strong and powerful. Thus, intellectual property holders have started to challenge this privilege in court. Increasingly, owners of famous marks seek liability and damages for direct and indirect trademark infringement in courts around the globe. Full Story

The future of social relations: supports information sharing, but make us shallow: Pew study
The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts who responded to a survey about the future of the internet. They say this is because email, social networks, and other online tools offer ‘low-friction’ opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people’s lives. Full Story

Mobile Access 2010: America's Mobile and Wireless Access Jump Dramatically
Cell phone and wireless laptop internet use have each grown more prevalent over the last year.
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Internet Use

Is the online news-stand finally set to make money?
The growth in online revenues is a welcome development for news services looking to make the internet pay, but some are questioning whether free sites can yet be self-sufficient. Full Story

Times loses almost 90% of online readership
The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show. Full Story

The paywall won't be built in a day
An awful lot of British journalists were hoping that the Times and Sunday Times's paywalls would be an overnight success. At this point, we can probably assume that they aren't. Full Story

Snapshot of global internet speeds revealed
A report based on analysis of huge amounts of net traffic has revealed the state of the internet around the globe. The data, from network giant Akamai reveals the average global net speed is only 1.7Mbps (megabits per second) although some countries have made strides towards faster services. Full Story

The end of the free Internet?
Asking online users to pay for content hasn't worked so far, but iPads and smart phones may change their minds about the free Internet "Information wants to be free" has long been the mantra of the Internet. Once a video, a song, or a news story is on the Web, it's harder to rein in than a roomful of curious cats. Full Story

Teenagers and technology: 'I'd rather give up my kidney than my phone'
Text, text, text, that's all they think about: but are all those hours on the phone and Facebook turning teenagers into screen-enslaved social inadequates? Full Story

Pew Research: America's Wealthy Use Laptops, Poor Have Cell Phones
While the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project stated that wireless usage is up in almost all categories, some groups are trending differently than others. Article 1 
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Finland makes broadband a 'legal right'
Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen. Full Story

Social Networking

How I became a Foursquare cyberstalker
It's the coolest social networking tool in the world. But is the geo-location app Foursquare a stalker's dream? Just how easy it is to uncover the intimate details of a complete stranger's life? Full Story

The night I was cyberstalked on Foursquare
I was sitting in a restaurant with friends, when I was told by the manager that there was a phone call for me . . . Full Story

Intellectual Property

Australian IP practices lagging
Businesses are failing to maximise the value derived from their intellectual assets, according to intellectual asset management firm Watermark. Full Story

Media union joins battle over internet copyright
Perth internet provider iiNet says the Media Alliance's to enter its copyright battle with Hollywood studios is based on faulty reasoning. Full Story

Judge's ruling a win for Men at Work
The country's de facto national anthem — Men at Work's 1981 classic Down Under — has had its reputation restored. A judge has ruled that while the song's distinctive flute riff had been lifted from a well-known children's ditty, the borrowed bars formed only a small part of the band's No 1 hit. Full Story

UAE becomes 1st Country to Protect PayChannels Rights on the Internet
The United Arab Emirates has taken the initiative to protect Intellectual Property Rights by applying successful procedures to prevent illegal decryption of PayChannels on the Internet.
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US Government closes IP advisory body
The Government's independent advisory body on intellectual property issues will close within a year. The Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property (SABIP) will be abolished, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said. Full Story

Online TV & Music

Torrent legality study 'horribly wrong', says TorrentFreak
Global BitTorrent news source TorrentFreak has ridiculed the veracity of a University of Ballarat study on the legality of BitTorrent usage, labelling some of its claims "horribly wrong" and saying that "mistake after mistake" was made during its preparation. Full Story

Aussies take to the web for TV, movies
Up to 20 per cent of Australians have watched a full-length television program over the Internet, and one in eight have seen a full movie online, according to a report by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Full Story


Prolonged mobile use increases risk of ear ringing: study
Prolonged use of the mobile phone may be associated with an increase in the risk of developing chronic ringing in the ears, according to a study published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, a BMJ Publishing Group journal.  Article 1 
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Online Crime, Security & Legal

Australian online ID fraud losses explode to $1.3bn a year
One in 10 Australian internet users have lost money to online identify fraud over the past year with losses totalling $1.286 billion, according to the VeriSign Online Fraud Barometer figures released today. Article 1
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One in 10 Aussies duped on net: survey [AAP]
Australians are falling victim to online identity theft at an alarming rate, a new survey suggests, costing them an estimated $1.3 billion over the past year. Full Story

Cybercrime costs US business $3.8 million/year, study finds
A new study of 45 U.S. organizations found that cybercrime — including Web attacks, malicious code and rogue insiders — costs each one of them $3.8 million per year, on average, and results in about one successful attack each week. Full Story

Online ID Fraud Claims One in 10 Australian Victims [news release]
Exposing the financial harm that online identity (ID) fraud can cause average Australians, the VeriSign Online Fraud Barometer released today shows that one in 10 Australians that use the Internet (13,710,000 people) have lost an average of $1,000 to criminals and fraudster in the past twelve months. Full Story

Tax time warning: scammers out in force
Australians are being warned to steer clear of sophisticated tax time phishing emails that purport to come from the ATO but are really designed to steal people's banking emails and passwords. Article 1  Article 2

Cyberwar: The threat from the internet – It is time for countries to start talking about arms control on the internet
Throughout history new technologies have revolutionised warfare, sometimes abruptly, sometimes only gradually. Computers and the internet have transformed economies and given Western armies great advantages. But the spread of digital technology comes at a cost: it exposes armies and societies to digital attack. Full Story


Part I: Answers to Questions About Internet Privacy
Last week, we asked readers to submit questions to Michael Fertik, founder of ReputationDefender, and Paul Ohm, a law professor at the University of Colorado, in response to The New York Times Magazine article "The Web Means the End of Forgetting." Full Story

Part II: Answers to Questions About Internet Privacy
Michael Fertik, founder of ReputationDefender, and Paul Ohm, a law professor at the University of Colorado, respond to readers questions about Facebook settings, the future of online sharing and more. Full Story

APEC leads new initiative for privacy cooperation
A new initiative launched Friday by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) aims to boost consumer trust in e-commerce in the Asia-Pacific region. It will do this by providing a platform for the enforcement of data privacy laws through cross-border cooperation. Full Story

Government & Public Policy

The 22-year-old Privacy Act gets internet-era update
Businesses will risk stiff fines for invading Australians' privacy, as the 22-year-old Privacy Act steps into the internet era. Full Story

No Minister: 90% of web snoop document censored to stop 'premature unnecessary debate'
The federal government has censored approximately 90% of a secret document outlining its controversial plans to snoop on Australians' web surfing, obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, out of fear the document could cause "premature unnecessary debate". Article 1  Article 2

Australian government plans for expert to check each banned web page
The federal government will hand-pick an "expert" to manually check up to 10,000 blacklisted web pages. The proposal, which one critic described as too traumatic and absurd, will come to fruition over the next year if Labor wins the August 21 election. Full Story

ACTA Coming Down to Fight Between U.S. and Europe
With yesterday's leak of the full ACTA text, the simmering fight between the U.S. and the E.U. on ACTA is now being played out in the open. Full Story


If Apple wants to be a major player it needs to start behaving like one
Over the past two months, Apple's market capitalisation (ie its value as measured by the stock market) averaged out at $229.8bn. Full Story

Even With All Its Profits, Microsoft Has a Popularity Problem by Randall Stross is an author based in Silicon Valley and a professor of business at San Jose State University
Measured by profits, Microsoft trounces Apple and Google. In the most recent three months, Microsoft earned $4.52 billion, versus Apple’s $3.25 billion and Google’s $1.8 billion. But, dear investors, where is the love for this beaten-down company? Full Story


Pacnet and Pacific Fibre will construct a $450 million fibre optic cable from Australia to the US
Australia's undersea cable market is set to become more competitive with the construction of a new $450 million link to the US. Full Story

$400m cable to double internet capacity out of Australia
Two companies will invest an estimated $US400 million ($450 million) in a new 13,600-kilometre submarine cable that they say will double telecommunications capacity out of Australia and further reduce broadband costs to consumers. Article 1 
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CSIRO to trial wireless over analogue TV spectrum
The CSIRO will begin live field trials of its experimental wireless technology in September to assess whether spectrum formerly used for analogue television can be used to deliver National Broadband Network (NBN) services. Full Story