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 Friday, 31 May 2002

An article on Slashdot says that the European Union is moving toward legislation requiring specific opt-in to receive commercial email (errr... SPAM). Hooray. There's an increasing amount of legislative activity around the world to deal with SPAM such as the US Can SPAM act which prohibits sending unsolicited commercial e-mail "accompanied by header information that is materially or intentionally false or misleading". Let's hope the legislators eventually get it right and stamp this stuff out just like they did fairly effectively with unsolicited faxes.

Friday, 31 May 2002 13:03:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

This ITU information note to the press summarizes the progress being made on ENUM in ITU-T Study Group 2, ITU-T's lead Study Group on numbering issues. For ISOC's corresponding press release, see here. For information on delegations, see RIPE NCC's ENUM pages. For more information on ENUM, see the materials from a recent ITU tutorial workshop on ENUM and particularly Global Implementation of ENUM: A Tutorial Paper, much of which written by yours truly and the smart folks at Nominum, the authors of the latest version of BIND, the DNS software. The ITU Strategy and Policy Unit also maintains some information pages on ENUM.

Friday, 31 May 2002 12:16:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 30 May 2002

The Guardian: Mobile phone companies should be offering irresistible incentives to encourage would-be entrepreneurs to dream up new services for them. "The sooner they realise that the balance of power between content providers and delivery networks is about to change dramatically, the sooner they will discover what they crave - a long-term revenue source to pay for their huge investments."

Thursday, 30 May 2002 18:53:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 22 May 2002

The OECD is running a Broadband Workshop here in Seoul, Korea from 4-5 June 2002. Increasing broadband deployment is typically on the top of all developed country's telecom policy agendas. While much of the world's broadband deployment seems to be stalled or in the doldrums, Korea's deployment continues its phenomenal growth. I guess most government policy makers and regulators around the world are trying to understand how they can reproduce the magic that the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication has found in building a knowledge-based Information Society.

Wednesday, 22 May 2002 20:16:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In case you haven't heard, Realnames is shutting down and this has quite an impact on resolution services for non-Latin character set Internet name resolution services, particularly in Asia-Pacific countries where keywords have found some popularity. The ITU and WIPO, in cooperation with MINC held a symposium in Geneva in December 2001 on the topic of internationalized domain names. Two keyword providers, Realnames and Netpia, also made presentations at the symposium. The (ex-)CEO of Realnames, Keith Teare, has been running a personal weblog on the shutdown of RealNames that includes his views as well as correspondence he's been having on the subject.

Wednesday, 22 May 2002 12:57:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Our workshop in Seoul, Korea has finished today and it was a nice success. Lots of thought provoking ideas on how to globally improve information systems security and network infrastructure protection. Korea has been an excellent place to hold the workshop as they have made tremendous progress here on the technical, policy, legislative and enforcement fronts. There was a much consensus that there was a need for better international standards and implementation, information sharing, halting cyber-attacks in progress, coordinating legal systems, and providing assistance to developing countries. The workshop site is being updated with the papers and presentations made during the last two and a half days. The Chairman's report should also be available there shortly.

Wednesday, 22 May 2002 11:40:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Dr. Steven Bryen  of Aurora Defense presented at our workshop that closed today a paper entitled A Collective Security Approach To Protecting The Global Critical Infrastructure. The paper makes a brief mention of Echelon and it was interesting to run across this article published on Cyrptome that recently appeared in the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. It reports to be an interview with one of the architects of Echelon II.

Wednesday, 22 May 2002 10:06:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Proponents of the open source software movement have found a new hero in Dr. Edgar David Villanueva Nuñez, Congressman in Peru. In his letter to the General Manager of Microsoft, Peru, concerning a pending bill on "Free Software in Public Administration", he makes some convincing and eloquent arguments, particularly, in my opinion, vis-à-vis the security of nations:

"To guarantee national security or the security of the State, it is indispensable to be able to rely on systems without elements which allow control from a distance or the undesired transmission of information to third parties. Systems with source code freely accessible to the public are required to allow their inspection by the State itself, by the citizens, and by a large number of independent experts throughout the world. Our proposal brings further security, since the knowledge of the source code will eliminate the growing number of programs with *spy code*."

There's an interesting follow-up article at Linux Today.

Wednesday, 22 May 2002 06:35:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 21 May 2002

Korea has (by far) the highest broadband penetration in the world with about 7.8 million households with broadband connectivity, representing 30% of Korea's 25 million Internet users (2001). Here in Seoul at our workshop, we've just had a very interesting presentation on the present status of Cyber-Crime and Cyber-terrorism in Korea and the counter measures that the Korean Cyber-Terror Response Center of the Korean National Policy Agency are taking. In 2001, they made 7,595 arrests for hacking, virus attacks, etc. Of those, 1,473 they classified as cyber-terrorism. In Korea, they have 651 members of the police force dedicated to cyber-crime activites. 232 police stations have 495 police officers tasked to deal with cyber-crime. Absolutely amazing numbers indicating that the government has no tolerance for this activity. Is this the price that will be paid when broadband is deployed? I guess all those "always-on" broadband connections are tempting targets for launching zombie attacks...

Tuesday, 21 May 2002 13:06:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

I keep telling people about Rob Flickenger's article Tapping the alpha geek noosphere with EtherPEG so I'm also posting a reference here. It's a spooky article about eavesdropping on wireless networks and the implications of tapping into a sort of collective consciousness. For all the gory details of 802.11 security problems, see Edgar Danielyan's article on 802.11  in the March 2002 issue of the Internet Protocol Journal.  Dr. Bill Hancock, Chief Security Office at Exodus drove that home in his presentation he made here today at our workshop on Critical Network Infrastructure.

Tuesday, 21 May 2002 11:35:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |