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nz: Offensive Facebook page sparks concern

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nz: Offensive Facebook page sparks concern

nz: Clampdown on music piracy heats up

Mobile internet devices ‘will outnumber humans this year’

OECD: Mobile broadband subscriptions near 700 million in the OECD area [news release]

nz: Widespread spam email problems reported

Kiwis keep falling for scams despite alerts

nz: Spammers breach security to hijack email accounts

Egypt court suspends YouTube over anti-Islam film

Mega mates

Former InternetNZ head named as Mega boss

Napier mate’s empire a pillar in new venture

Former InternetNZ boss to head Dotcom’s Mega

Former InternetNZ boss appointed Mega CEO

Internet boss joins Dotcom’s Mega




Ex-InternetNZ head named Mega boss

Mega Announces A New Full Time CEO

Top New Zealand web exec joins Kim Dotcom, compares Mega to Google

Vikram Kumar Is The New CEO Of Mega

Kim Dotcom’s Mega gets a new CEO: Entrepreneur and open Internet advocate Vikram Kumar steps in

Ex-InternetNZ head new Mega CEO [AAP]

Mega Appoints Full Time CEO, Boasts About 2.5 Million Users

Kim Dotcom’s Mega Gets A Full Time CEO To Build Out Its 2.5M User-Base

Mega recruits open Internet advocate as new CEO

Mega switches CEOs, Dotcom readies message for US govt

Mega Hires ex InternetNZ head as new CEO

Mega: új vezérrel erősít Kim Dotcom

au/nz: Phone companies face transtasman roaming regulation – for real, this time

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS
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Crime in Cyberspace: Offenders and the Role of Organized Crime Groups by Roderic Broadhurst, Peter Grabosky, Mamoun Alazab, Brigitte Bouhours & Steve Ki-hong Chon [Australian National University]
Abstract: This working paper summarizes what is currently known about cybercrime offenders and groups. The paper briefly outlines definition and scope of cybercrime, the theoretical and empirical challenges in addressing what is known about cyber offenders, and the likely role of organized crime groups (OCG).

SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, TPP: An Alphabet Soup of Innovation-Stifling Copyright Legislation and Agreements by Michael A. Carrier [Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property]
Abstract: In the past few years, proposed copyright legislation and trade agreements have received significant attention. Critics have attacked the secrecy with which trade agreements are negotiated behind closed doors. And they have pointed out concerns with legislation including censorship, a lack of due process, and compromised Internet security. But the effect of these developments on innovation has not received sufficient attention. This article addresses this gap.

Protecting Children from the Dark Side of the Internet by John Dayton. Anne Proffitt Dupre & Christine Kiracofe [Education Law Reporter]
Abstract: Allowing children to be exposed to pornography or other harmful materials on the Internet is patently unacceptable. So why are children still exposed to a very real threat of viewing these materials on the Internet a full decade after Congress began its efforts to protect children from this danger? Although it is clear that children need to be protected from harmful materials on the Internet, Congress’ attempts to address this problem have raised difficult legal and practical questions. For instance, how can Congress make the Internet safe for children without censoring some constitutionally protected speech and thereby opening a dangerous door to further government censorship of free speech on the Internet? Even if the constitutional problems could be resolved, won’t U.S. legislation on this issue still fail to achieve its objectives because of the Internet’s international scope? Is legislation necessary to address these problems or can technology alone provide an effecti
ve solution?

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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Staying Private on the New Facebook
Facebook is a personal vault that can contain photos of your firstborn, plans to bring down your government and, occasionally, a record of your indiscretions.

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY
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Safer Internet Day 2013 in Austria
For the Saferinternet.at team in Austria, Safer Internet Day is a special occasion for promoting a more responsible use of online technologies and inviting the general public to reflect on this topic.

Safer Internet Day in Germany: Rights and responsibilities online promoted in events and activities nationwide
In Germany, the 10th edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated through a variety of events, workshops, projects and activities at national, regional and local level, by schools, companies, libraries, police stations, and child welfare organisations, to name but a few.

nz: Offensive Facebook page sparks concern
A Facebook page asking people to send in pictures and stories about ex-girlfriends and other women is causing concern – but it isn’t illegal.

uk: ‘GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY – YOUNG PEOPLE DECIDE’ [news release]
Children from Manchester are learning about the consequences of taking and sharing sexual pictures and video content of themselves, as part of this year’s Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 5th February. They will be taking part in a series of ‘mock’ courtroom trials, debating the legal and ethical implications of ‘sexting’ in a joint event by, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, Manchester Safeguarding Children Board and Manchester Healthy Schools.

uk: 24,000 youth declare their online rights and responsibilities for Safer Internet Day [news release]
24,000 school children have set out their vision for how to make the internet a safer and more enjoyable place, as part of the largest schools survey about internet safety conducted in the UK.

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY
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Reappearing on YouTube: Illegal Movie Uploads
Google Inc.’s YouTube has a familiar problem: Plenty of illegally uploaded movies are finding their way onto the website.

Court Of Human Rights: Convictions For File-Sharing Violate Human Rights
The European Court of Human Rights has declared that the copyright monopoly stands in direct conflict with fundamental Human Rights, as defined in the European Union and elsewhere. This means that as of today, nobody sharing culture in the EU may be convicted just for breaking the copyright monopoly law; the bar for convicting was raised considerably. This can be expected to have far-reaching implications, not just judicially, but in confirming that the copyright monopoly stands at odds with human rights.

nz: Clampdown on music piracy heats up
The clampdown against internet piracy is about to pick up pace with the Copyright Tribunal set to release its second “Skynet” ruling in the next few days.

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Mobile internet devices ‘will outnumber humans this year’
There will be more internet-connected mobile devices such as smartphones and 3G tablets than people in the world before the end of the year, according to new research.

OECD: Mobile broadband subscriptions near 700 million in the OECD area [news release]
The OECD has just released an update on broadband penetration rates as of June 2012. It finds that mobile broadband subscriptions have reached nearly 700 million in OECD countries. Switzerland and Korea continue to top the OECD ranking for fixed and wireless broadband respectively.

Mobile devices can make internet searches more personal and sensitive than those made via other technologies, says US regulator
Information that reveals what consumers have searched for on the internet is more likely to constitute sensitive personal data if the searches were conducted on mobile devices as opposed to via “other technologies”, a US regulator has said.

Singapore to benefit from ‘app economy’
The building blocks for developers to create mobile apps are in place, but it is important to equip app developers to build products that benefit both businesses and the wider local community.

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SPAM
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nz: Widespread spam email problems reported
Kiwi internet users are complaining of hundreds of spam emails being sent out from servers overnight.

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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Kiwis keep falling for scams despite alerts
Kiwis continue to be taken in by scams, possibly paying out as much as half a billion dollars to inventive crooks in 2012.

nz: Spammers breach security to hijack email accounts
Hundreds of New Zealanders have had their email accounts hijacked by “savvy” spammers.

Court to Consider When Software Can Be Patented
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., will hear arguments Friday over a fundamental question that has vexed the technology industry for nearly two decades: When is a piece of software patentable?

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SECURITY
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Internet Security Center Reveals Overseas Attacks
China itself is a sufferer of severe Internet hacking rather than the source of such attacks that Western media has portrayed them as being, said a Chinese Internet security center on Thursday.

Microsoft’s cybersecurity report rethinks global web landscape
Which is better prepared to cope with cybersecurity issues, Europe, the United States or Africa? According to Microsoft’s new Security Intelligence Report, the global impact of policies concerning cybersecurity can affect how different countries are able to cope with cyberattacks worldwide, and future policies has to take issues including demographic predictions into account.

Poor countries suffer more from malware: report
A new Microsoft report has found a strong correlation between levels of economic development and the security of information infrastructure.

Kids ‘using coding skills to hack’ friends on games, expert says
Children as young as 11 years old are writing malicious computer code to hack accounts on gaming sites and social networks, experts have said.

Malware also the handiwork of children, security firm finds [Techworld]
Security firm AVG thinks it has spotted a disturbing new threat in its latest threat report – children with enough programming skills to code and distribute their own malware.

New EU Cyber Security Directive to Impact U.S. Companies
A European Union directive proposed Thursday governing network and information security would require companies to disclose significant cyber attacks to national authorities. Even companies not headquartered in Europe, but which have activities or systems in Europe, would have to disclose cyber intrusions.

EU proposes new cybercrime reporting rules
Over 40,000 firms, including energy providers, banks and hospitals could be required to report cyber-break-ins under new rules proposed by the EU.

Proposed EU Cyber Security Law Would Firm Up Breach Notification Rules [IDG]
New rules on cyber security across the European Union were presented on Thursday after weeks of speculation and leaked drafts.

Bots, Zeus, Web Exploits: the Most Potent Threats of 2012
Every year it seems that security-related news advances further from its roots in national security circles, IT departments, and the antivirus industry into the mainstream consciousness. From July to the end of year was no exception. However, despite a handful of flashy security stories, F-Secure claims that the second half of 2012 was really about things that rarely (if ever) come up in local and national news: botnets, ZeroAccess in particular, Java and other Web exploits, and the ubiquitous Zeus banking Trojan.

Microsoft, Symantec Hijack ‘Bamital’ Botnet
Microsoft and Symantec said Wednesday that have teamed up to seize control over the “Bamital” botnet, a multi-million dollar crime machine that used malicious software to hijack search results. The two companies are now using that control to alert hundreds of thousands of users whose PCs remain infected with the malware.

Microsoft, Symantec Team Up, Topple Bamital Botnet
More than 8 million users infected by the now-crippled click-fraud botnet over the past two years—but can the botnet make a comeback?

Microsoft Report Examines Socio-Economic Relationships to Malware Infections
Tired of all those malware and vulnerability reports that count how many of each have been reported to security companies? Well, Microsoft has taken a different tack in its latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR) by globally comparing regions’ relative security against socio-economic factors including the maturity of a national or regional cybersecurity policy.

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PRIVACY
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Microsoft launches campaign targeting Gmail’s privacy policies
Microsoft has launched a campaign against Google attacking Gmail’s privacy policies while promoting its own webmail program, Outlook.com.

Microsoft Launches Campaign Against Gmail Over Privacy
Microsoft has launched a campaign in the U.S. that targets Google’s alleged practice of going through the contents of all Gmail messages to sell and target advertisements, raising again an old issue the Redmond, Washington, software giant has with the free email service.

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CENSORSHIP
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Egypt court suspends YouTube over anti-Islam film
An Egyptian court ordered the suspension of online video service YouTube for a month on Saturday for broadcasting a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad, state media reported.

Egypt blocks YouTube over anti-Islam film
A Cairo court has ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for a month for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world.

Egypt Court Orders Block on YouTube Access [AP]
A Cairo court on Saturday ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing Web site YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that set off deadly riots last year, but the ruling can be appealed and, based on precedent, may not be enforced.

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Mega mates
Vikram Kumar spent three years gaining credibility as head of New Zealand’s internet industry. Then Kim Dotcom came knocking and Kumar signed on with the entrepreneur, prompting questions of whether he was selling out to the ‘bad side’.

Former InternetNZ head named as Mega boss
Kim Dotcom’s new cloud storage business Mega has hired the man recently overseeing standards for internet business in New Zealand.

Napier mate’s empire a pillar in new venture
Sporting a boater for the Deco City, controversial internet millionaire Kim Dotcom visited Napier yesterday. His cloud-storage Mega venture has its service centre in Napier at Instra Corp, founded by Napier-born Tony Lentino.

Former InternetNZ boss to head Dotcom’s Mega
Former InternetNZ CEO Vikram Kumar will be heading up Kim Dotcom’s controversial new Mega website.

Former InternetNZ boss appointed Mega CEO
Vikram Kumar, who resigned as head of InternetNZ last month, has been appointed the new CEO of Kim Dotcom’s web service Mega.

Internet boss joins Dotcom’s Mega
Former InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar has joined Kim Dotcom’s Mega as its chief executive in a surprise move.




Ex-InternetNZ head named Mega boss
Kim Dotcom’s new cloud storage business Mega has hired the man recently overseeing standards for internet business in New Zealand.

Mega Announces A New Full Time CEO
Kim Dotcom’s new venture Mega announced that Vikram Kumar will be the company’s new CEO taking over duties from interim CEO, Tony Lentino. Kumar was previously CEO of not-for-profit open internet advocacy organization InternetNZ.

Top New Zealand web exec joins Kim Dotcom, compares Mega to Google
Controversial cloud hosting site Mega, the successor to the infamous piracy hub Megaupload, just got a major boost in credibility from a high-profile New Zealand internet executive and advocate.

Vikram Kumar Is The New CEO Of Mega
With all the theatrics surrounding the life of Kim Dotcom and the launch of Mega, it’s easy to forget that the startup is a legitimate file sharing business.

Kim Dotcom’s Mega gets a new CEO: Entrepreneur and open Internet advocate Vikram Kumar steps in
Kim Dotcom’s Mega has today announced that it has appointed entrepreneur and open Internet advocate Vikram Kumar as its new CEO, to replace interim chief Tony Lentino.

Ex-InternetNZ head new Mega CEO [AAP]
Former InternetNZ head Vikram Kumar has been appointed chief executive of Kim Dotcom’s new cloud storage business, Mega.

Mega Appoints Full Time CEO, Boasts About 2.5 Million Users
Mega is only a couple of weeks old, but is already boasting quite a few users. It’s also boasting a new, full-time CEO with the addition of Vikram Kumar. The company was headed by Tony Lentino, who’s also one of Mega’s biggest investors.

Kim Dotcom’s Mega Gets A Full Time CEO To Build Out Its 2.5M User-Base
Kim Dotcom’s latest venture Mega, which opened its doors last month offering encrypted cloud-storage services, has a new CEO — announcing today that Vikram Kumar, former CEO of not-for-profit open internet advocacy organization InternetNZ, will take over from Mega’s interim CEO, Tony Lentino.

Mega recruits open Internet advocate as new CEO
Mega, the two-week old file-sharing service of Kim Dotcom, has a new CEO.

Mega switches CEOs, Dotcom readies message for US govt
Mega has made a surprise switch of CEOs from low-profile Tony Lentino to former InternetNZ CEO Vikram Kumar.

Mega Hires ex InternetNZ head as new CEO
Mega has replaced interim CEO Tony Lentino, with newly appointed Vikram Kumar, previous CEO of InternetNZ. Lentino will maintain a seat as director of the company, while Kumar will now be acting chief officer and will take over all respective duties.

Mega: új vezérrel erősít Kim Dotcom
Kim Dotcom egy új-zélandi internetszakértőt bízott meg az 50 GB tárhelyet nyújtó Mega vezetésével. .. A megbízható CEO színre lép Kim Dotcom a szolgáltatás elindításával egyidejűleg arról is gondoskodott, hogy az üzletmenet jó kezekbe kerüljön. Ennek érdekében felkérte Új-Zéland egyik legismertebb internetes szakemberét, aki egyben ügyvéd és egyészen januárig az InternetNZ vezérigazgatója volt.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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au/nz: Phone companies face transtasman roaming regulation – for real, this time
Julia Gillard may have stuck her hand up a Kiwi’s bum, but it was Aussie phone companies who got shafted as the Labor leader met with John Key earlier today. Three years after cabinet ministers first raised the issue, relief is finally in sight for transtasman travelers suffering from mobile phone bill shock.

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