Last week, Bryan McCarthy, the 32-year-old operator of ChannelSurfing.net, was arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement. This arrest has once again raised questions about the seizure of domains operated by those that are accused, but not convicted, of copyright infringement related crimes. Critics ranging from bloggers to individual rights advocates to Senators have rightfully questioned the constitutionality of these seizures — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The earthquake and resulting tsunami off the coast of Japan has proved yet again how the internet offers an information lifeline to the world in a time of crisis.
The internet was partly designed so US military communications could withstand nuclear attack, and is proving equally resilient in natural disasters and upheavals in global politics — via redwolf.newsvine.com
As the United States and Britain look for an excuse to invade another oil-rich Arab country, the hypocrisy is familiar. Colonel Gaddafi is
blood-drenched while the authors of an invasion that killed a million Iraqis, who have kidnapped and tortured in our name, are entirely sane, never blood-drenched and once again the arbiters of
But something has changed. Reality is no longer what the powerful say it is. Of all the spectacular revolts across the world, the most exciting is the insurrection of knowledge sparked by WikiLeaks. This is not a new idea. In 1792, the revolutionary Tom Paine warned his readers in England that their government believed that
people must be hoodwinked and held in superstitious ignorance by some bugbear or other. Paine’s The Rights of Man was considered such a threat to elite control that a secret grand jury was ordered to charge him with
a dangerous and treasonable conspiracy. Wisely, he sought refuge in France — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A new study commissioned by several entertainment industry outfits made the rounds in the Australian news yesterday. It claims that illicit movie, music and games downloads cost the industry $900 million a year as well as 8,000 jobs and that an increase in broadband adoption could propel the losses to a staggering $5.2 billion in the next five years. However, it looks like the public isn’t buying it, figuratively speaking — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Two South African men who hijacked a car with a two-year-old girl inside have returned the toddler — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Tobacco displays in shops will be banned in England as part of a package of measures to discourage smoking — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The Federal Government has given final environmental approval for a new pulp mill in northern Tasmania — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The Dalai Lama has announced he is stepping down as political leader of the Tibetan government in exile — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Squatters have taken over a London house thought to belong to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libyan dictator Moamar Gaddafi — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The University of NSW is throwing away thousands of books and scholarly journals as part of a policy that critics say is turning its library into a Starbucks.
Academics say complete journal collections, valuable books and newspapers dating to the 19th century are being thrown out to clear space for cafe-style lounges — via redwolf.newsvine.com
When Lloyd Borrett set up a website in the mid-1990s for a local computer company, he had to move overseas to find a suitable domain name – well before it was fashionable to do so.
The restrictions on Australian domain names meant that he could not reserve expert.com.au for Expert, an IT business later acquired by Indian outsourcer Infosys for $31 million. Similar generic names such as florist.com.au or computer.com.au were not for sale.
Basically, any word in the dictionary was excluded, said Mr Borrett, who now works for anti-virus and security company AVG .
So I went to Norfolk Island instead and registered expert.nf because they had just opened up a registry there.
The Australian rules were gradually relaxed and the trade in domain names ending in .au has boomed.
Last night, total registrations on Australia’s country-code top-level domain reached 2 million, indicating that Australian businesses, which make up almost 86 per cent of .au domain names, prefer local internet real estate. Almost a quarter of a million .au domains have been sold this financial year — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A religious school run by the secretive Exclusive Brethren religion was granted more than $9 million in government funding despite getting $15 million from
other private sources, the MySchool 2.0 website reveals — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that hit the WordPress.com blog publishing platform last week originated from China, according to the founder of the site.
A DDOS attack involves harnessing hundreds or thousands of computers to simultaneously bombard a web site with data so it becomes overwhelmed. The computers in such attacks have typically been infected with malware so they can be used without the consent and awareness of their owners.
The attacks, which brought slowdowns to the WordPress.com site, were severe enough to interfere with the company’s three data centers in Chicago, San Antonio and Dallas. The site has since returned to normal as of Monday — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Councillor Geoff Peterson has warned that he’ll continue his investigation into the rates-exempt status of local religious groups.
Last Tuesday’s Goulburn Mulwaree Council general purpose committee meeting was provided with a report on the requirements to be eligible for rates exempt status after councillors requested clarification on the matter at a meeting in December last year — via redwolf.newsvine.com
In theory, stopping spam is easy: just make it uneconomic to send millions of messages by charging for each one sent, or make senders authenticate their identity to stop address spoofing and simplify blocking.
In practice, that would involve building a secure, parallel e-mail infrastructure linking electronic authentication with real-world identities: a daunting task. Yet that’s just what Germany is about to do.
De-mail — a play on the country-code abbreviation for Deutschland (Germany) and the word e-mail — is a government-backed service in which all messages will be encrypted and digitally signed so they cannot be intercepted or modified in transit. Businesses and individuals wanting to send or receive De-mail messages will have to prove their real-world identity and associate that with a new De-mail address from a government-approved service provider. The service will be enabled by a new law that the government expects will be in force by the end of this month. It will allow service providers to charge for sending messages if they wish — via redwolf.newsvine.com
When the 39th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts in Anchorage on Saturday, 62 mushers and their dogs will embark on an annual trek that has evolved far from its shoestring roots.
The leading contenders are professionals, working year-round to prepare for the race and financed by corporate sponsors. There is a significant monetary reward at the end — $50,400 (31,023.02 pounds) and a new truck for the winner, and smaller cash prizes for all the finishers.
Mushers are equipped with the most high-tech outdoors equipment available, including custom-made sleds with adjustable runners for varying snow conditions and, starting this year, global-positioning-satellite (GPS) devices to check on their progress — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A row over who can broadcast football matches in Turkey has led to Google’s Blogger site being blocked — via redwolf.newsvine.com
An ingenious thief swiped $236,000 on a flight in the Caribbean after sneaking into the cash-laden cargo hold via the toilet, police say — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Makers of Australian pasties have been assured they can still use the term
Cornish despite a trademark ruling by the European Commission — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Ministers must do more to stop internet service providers (ISPs) snooping on private e-mails without consent, an ex-cyber security minister has said. Some ISPs have trialled software that intercepts and scans e-mails to target ads.
They are meant to ask permission first – but former Labour minister Lord West says it is too easy to flout the rules — via dungbeetlemania.newsvine.com
The First Amendment protects hateful protests at military funerals, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in an 8-1 decision.
Speech is powerful, Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr wrote for the majority.
It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and — as it did here — inflict great pain.
But under the First Amendment, he went on,
we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. Instead, the national commitment to free speech, he said, requires protection of
even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A Brisbane schoolboy’s elaborate frauds were only discovered when $2 million accidentally lobbed into one of his fake bank accounts, a court has been told.
Philip Heggie, 19, pleaded guilty to more than 100 charges in the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday.
From December 2008 to December 2009, the then Year 12 student at St Laurence’s College used 119 Suncorp bank accounts in different names to defraud users of the auction website eBay — via redwolf.newsvine.com
HSBC Bank has joined the growing list of large financial institutions investing in new data centre capacity in Australia — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A pest controller estimates the number of crickets in Adelaide has more than doubled this year because of humid weather — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A Russian court has jailed a former official for 11 years over the sale of four fighter jets for just $5 each.
The military corruption scandal, that cost the government about $55 million, underscored endemic fraud in Russia’s armed forces — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) will now be subject to freedom of information (FOI) laws after a successful negotiation between the Greens and the government, Greens Party Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam announced today — via redwolf.newsvine.com
These have been some eventful weeks in the world of copyright trolling. Thousands of unnamed
John Does in P2P file sharing lawsuits filed in California, Washington DC, Texas, and West Virginia have been severed, effectively dismissing over 40,000 defendants. The plaintiffs in these cases must now re-file against almost all of the Does individually rather than suing them en mass — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The body of a Kent man who was due to attend a wedding in Thailand has been found washed up on a beach — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Millions of Britons who receive scam letters and e-mails are now being urged to forward them on just the once – to the National Fraud Authority.
The agency has launched a new operation to track down the fraudsters behind the multi-million pound industry in scam mail, but needs public input.
Thirteen Vietnamese women, seven of them pregnant, have been rescued from an
illegal and inhuman surrogate baby breeding ring in Thailand, officials said — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The Federal Court has dismissed an appeal lodged against internet service provider iiNet — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A strong earthquake has struck Christchurch in New Zealand and there are reports of major damage in the city — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Australian consumers may not get the best deal out of next-generation mobile broadband services because of problems with spectrum allocations.
Carriers are quietly campaigning for larger blocks of 1800MHz spectrum in order to make the most of new generation mobile broadband technology known as long term evolution — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The chairman of internet giant Google has thrown his support behind Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Urr ye sittin’ comfortably? Then we’ll tairt. Itchy Coo, the publisher in Scots of well-loved children’s books such as AA Milne’s The Hoose at Pooh’s Neuk, Geordie’s Mingin Medicine by Roald Dahl and Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious and the Puggies, is to close after almost a decade — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Farmers in New Zealand are eagerly awaiting an Australian onslaught of dung beetles that will help deal with its big smelly problem of livestock dung — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A Wichita man has learned the homemade seat belt he puts on long before getting behind the wheel won’t get him out of a ticket for failing to buckle up — via redwolf.newsvine.com
We see a woman clad in
Mad Men-era finery, slowly walking from the camera down a long hallway. A voice familiar to fans of
Only decades ago, women suffered through horrifying back alley abortions, or they used dangerous methods when they had no other recourse. So when the Republican Party launched an all-out assault on women’s health, pushing bills to limit women’s access to vital services, we had to ask, she continues, as the image cuts between the woman opening a closet containing a single wire hanger and the distressed face of actress Lisa Edelstein:
Why is the GOP trying to send women back to the back alley? — via supergerbil424.newsvine.com
South Sudan has been chosen as the name of what will be the world’s newest country when it comes into existence on 9 July, ending months of speculation — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, praised the role of social networks such as Twitter in promoting freedom – at the same time as the US government was in court seeking to invade the privacy of Twitter users.
Lawyers for civil rights organisations appeared before a judge in Alexandria, Virginia, battling against a US government order to disclose the details of private Twitter accounts in the WikiLeaks row, including that of the Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, below.
The move against Twitter has turned into a constitutional clash over the protection of individual rights to privacy in the digital age — via redwolf.newsvine.com
For those of you in London, today was your last opportunity to stop by the old Shoreditch Tube Station for a scheduled viewing: the whole thing is up for sale, listed at £180,000 — via BLDGBLOG
A group supporting genetically-modified (GM) food says the loss of much of Queensland’s banana crop in Cyclone Yasi points to an example of how GM foods could improve food security in Australia — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Forging a driver’s licence could cost five years in jail, according to new laws introduced yesterday by Federal Justice Minister Brendan O’Connor — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will discuss the issue of high global roaming rates for mobile phone calls between the two countries when the two meet this week — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A former national newspaper journalist who defrauded more than £370,000 from his employer – donating much of it to charity and a school – has been jailed — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The most disturbing thing we’ve uncovered is the scope of domestic intelligence activities taking place today. Domestic spying is now being done by a host of federal agencies (FBI, DOD, DHS, DNI) as well as state and local law enforcement and even private companies. Too often this spying targets political activity and religious practices. We’ve documented intelligence activities targeting or obstructing First Amendment-protected activity in 33 states and DC — via redwolf.newsvine.com
The most disturbing thing we’ve uncovered is the scope of domestic intelligence activities taking place today. Domestic spying is now being done by a host of federal agencies (FBI, DOD, DHS, DNI) as well as state and local law enforcement and even private companies — via redwolf.newsvine.com
A World War II Spitfire which became the tomb of an Australian pilot missing for almost seven decades is expected to be transferred to Melbourne’s Point Cook RAAF Museum — via redwolf.newsvine.com