Archive for 2012/05/10
New Zealand ISP, FYX, promises to try and avoid geo-blocking regimes that restrict access to certain contentPosted: 2012/05/10 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, New Business Models, Stats / reports
Hopefully it isn’t making use of IP addresses for its internet connectivity. The ISP appears to be making use of the now very popular: “we’ll try and help you circumvent restrictions but we cannot promise success nor endorse any illegal behavior. We only want you to pay us for us letting you know we’re really on your side…”
Alternatives to traditional credit and debit cards are now processing €165bn ($214bn, £133bn) annually: 22 per cent of global e-commercePosted: 2012/05/10 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
And that’s just the start as the next generation of consumers grows up without seeing a plastic card.
Because algorithms that enable distribution of files are apparently much easier to write than algorithms that immediately remove copyright infringing files. Algorithms that immediately remove spam or malicious ads appear to be the exception to the rule…
Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft have drawn up a series of “principles” to guide how rights-holders should act when issuing them with requests for the removal of infringing content from search indexes as well as the responsibilities to which search engines themselves should be required to conform.
The plans were published (4-page/43KB PDF) by digital rights campaign group the Open Rights Group (ORG) who obtained details of the proposals via a freedom of information (FOI) request to the government.
Under the plans, search engines would be required to provide a way for rights-holders to inform them that their rankings display links to pirate content. Search engines would have to quickly remove content on receipt of a valid takedown notice.
Rights-holders’ takedown notices would have to be targeted in order to “specifically identify infringing content” and should only issue them to search engines “after assessing their impact on any non-infringing uses and concluding that the takedown would not have an adverse effect on such non-infringing uses”, the search engines’ plans propose.
Internet fragmentation (and as such fragmentation of the advertising landscape) is inevitable. Google can’t stop technological progress
Dutch Cybercrime Expert Wouter Stol: The Police Just Doesn’t Have The Right Knowledge To Address Cybercrime IssuesPosted: 2012/05/10 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Stats / reports
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Two teenagers in Norway have been arrested in connection with a series of computer attacks.
Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) is believed to have been among their suspected targets.
Local reports suggest other victims included the Norwegian Lottery and Germany’s Bild newspaper.
“We have arrested the two we think were most important in these attacks, but we still want to talk to more people,” said Norwegian prosecutor Erik Moestue.
While Google and Facebook fight for protecting India’s freedom of speech in the Indian court of law, Google has more trouble coming their way.
The major social networking sites have all been fined for improper use of private data; is that a trend that should be ringing alarm bells?Posted: 2012/05/10 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
It’s called ‘disruptive innovation’
Verbal and political jabs aside, here’s what’s really at stake: Huawei’s Chinese heritage and presence in emerging markets can effectively block Cisco’s plans for global expansion. While the battle in the U.S. continues, the real war will be for emerging markets, which will drive growth for the years ahead.
UK was found to have the highest share of mobile traffic, as part of total web traffic, in Europe at 10.71%Posted: 2012/05/10 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
By comparison the European average for mobile web traffic is 5.13%, while North America sits at 7.96% (8.61% in the USA). But the continents with the highest proportion of mobile web traffic are still Africa (14.85%) and Asia (17.84%), where mobile connectivity has established itself as an often better alternative to costly fixed line solutions (i.e. many people in Africa do not own a fixed phone line but do have a mobile phone).
Do you have an Amazon Prime account? Then you have all seven books of the Harry Potter adolescent warfare odyssey. Amazon just told us the entire series will be made free as part of its Kindle Lending Library.
This is a pretty huge deal—and not just because there are legions of frothing Potter fans who will reread these books until the collapse of christendom. The Potter series would normally cost you $87 at retail—and now you can “borrow” one of them, for free, from any Kindle device you want if you’re a Prime member. No due dates, although you can’t take out more than one per month.
The anonymous transfer of virtual currency Bitcoin’s payment network allows means two people can complete an exchange of goods without ever having to know anything more about each other than a 36-character string of numbers and letters, a Bitcoin address or account
Buying a movie on Amazon Instant, iTunes, or Vudu can be a much less frustrating experience than watching a Blu-rayPosted: 2012/05/10 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
The Dutch Court has forbidden the Dutch Pirate Party from linking to, operating or listing websites that allow the public to circumvent a local Pirate Bay blockadePosted: 2012/05/10 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence, Litigation, Stats / reports
Hackers and pirates are doing Big Brother and Big Content a huge favor. Big Data is watching closely
The Court specifically ruled that the Party’s reverse proxy has to remain offline. It was further ordered that Pirate Bay domains and IP-addresses have to be filtered from the Pirate Party’s generic proxy. In addition the Pirate Party can’t link to other websites that allow the public to bypass the blockade. These orders are only valid when paired with an encouragement to circumvent.
Should the Pirate Party fail to comply with the Court’s ruling it faces fines of €5,000 per day to a maximum penalty of €250,000.
5 Dutch ISPs Given 10 Days To Censor The Pirate Bay. Are Judges Expecting Domain Name, File, URL And IP Address Specific Litigation?Posted: 2012/05/10 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence, Litigation, Stats / reports
Today the Court of The Hague ruled that BREIN’s latest ISP targets – UPC, KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile and Telfort – must also block The Pirate Bay.
The blocking order is broad covering 20 specific domains including ThePirateBay.org, ThePirateBay.se, ThePirateBay.com, DePiraatBaii.be and TheMusicBay.net. BREIN also asked for a total of three IP addresses to be blocked, but the Court only granted a block against two after it decided that one of addresses carried only Pirate Bay-owned content such as website images and CSS files.
A request from BREIN to be permitted to add further IP addresses and domains to the ruling was opposed by the ISPs and ultimately denied by the Court. This means that The Pirate Bay could simply add a new domain or IP-address to circumvent the block.
As always, if laws based on fundamental rights demand technical remedies that will probably only COST money and won’t MAKE money, the technical requirements will suddenly be “highly complicated”, “technically not feasible” or they “won’t offer a 100% solution to the problem”
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