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 Friday, June 23, 2006

Ministry of Information Industry (MII), Internet Society of China (ISC) and China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) launched a national anti-spam campaign on June 21, reports Nanfang Daily. An insider at ISC said MII has set up a hotline at 01-12321 for spam-related tip-offs and is preparing to send out one million anti-spam notices.

The report said that professional training will be offered for 1,000 email administrators and that 20,000 anti-spam volunteers will be recruited.

This news item was accessed through Slashdot Newslog.
Friday, June 23, 2006 9:39:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 21, 2006

ITU and infoDev, recently launched a new module of their collaborative online ICT Regulation Toolkit. This module is dedicated to the Legal and Institutional Aspects of Regulation

"This is the single most helpful regulatory tool that I have seen", said Dr. Salomão Manhiça Chairman, Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações de Moçambique, Mozambique. "It has such a tremendous potential to assist all the staff at the INCM, as well as to help me too", he added. Tracy Cohen, Councillor of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, agrees: "The ICT Regulation Toolkit is a critical resource for regulators, both in developed and developing countries. With its origins in the well known 2000 Telecommunications Regulation Handbook, its credibility and usefulness is already established. The revised toolkit builds on this reputation and is essential reading for all regulators needing to gain access to the leading thinking on effective regulation, especially in a converging environment." The ICT legal and institutional framework determines how rapidly markets grow in different countries and how many users have access to ICT. An enabling environment is key to reaching the goal of connecting all the world’s villages to ICT by 2015, as agreed by world leaders at the World Summit on the Information Society.

For further information, access the Legal and Institutional Framework Module and other modules of the ICT Regulation Toolkit.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 10:45:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

United Kingdom's Ofcom is currently working on a publication examining various national and international approaches to protecting consumers on the internet.

Coincidening with this publication, the regulator will hold a seminar will that allow stakeholders to examine the results of Ofcom's survey, hear the views of Internet industry stakeholders and discuss what can be done in the future to better protect consumers on the Internet. Ofcom organising such an event is a measure of the challenge posed to both regulator and consumer by the growth of net services and the collision of the highly regulated world of broadcasting with the virtually unregulated world of the internet.

This news item was accessed through Roger Darlington's CommsWatch blog.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 8:43:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 19, 2006

The ITU NGN Management Focus Group (NGNMFG), a group sponsored by ITU-T Study Group 4,  is seeking more input from service providers and network operators in order to build a more accurate roadmap of needs and existing specifications for NGN management. The group, presenting Version 2 of its NGN Management Specification Roadmap at the 22-23 May 2006 meeting of Study Group 4 in Beijing, China, changed its terms of reference to reflect this need.

While roadmap V1 identified NGN management specifications from ITU-T as well as other standards making organizations, V2 provides gap analysis and pinpoints areas that can benefit from better harmonization. Recognizing a gap in managing new functions tying the NGN transport stratum to the service stratum, V2 sees the addition of management of IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) and NGN transport technologies like ASON (automatic switched optical network) and Ethernet.

Further information on the NGN Management Specification Roadmap can be found here.

Monday, June 19, 2006 12:39:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, June 18, 2006

Cullen-International has just released it's 2nd Country Comparative Report:

Supply of Services in Monitoring of South East Europe: Telecommunications Services Sector and Related Aspects.

The report provides comprehensice overview of telecommunication sector in the region, including regulatory profiles. In order to download the 1st and the 2nd report, please click here.

Sunday, June 18, 2006 5:38:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 16, 2006

A revamp of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) website is being tested.

Friday, June 16, 2006 4:39:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

21-23 June 2006 An ITU New Initiatives Workshop on The Regulatory Environment for Future Mobile Multimedia Services, is to be held in Mainz, Germany, jointly hosted by SPU and Germany's Federal Network Agency. In 2001, ITU held a workshop under the New Initiatives Programme on Licensing Policy for 3G mobile. Five years later, 3G (or IMT-2000) network deployment has finally begun to take off. But in the meantime, the overall interest in new mobile services has not waned - the number of mobile users will hit 2 billion in 2005, representing almost a third of the world's population. More...

Friday, June 16, 2006 11:04:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 15, 2006

According to a recently released article by CircleID, the United Kingdom today is one of the main attack targets by phishing organized crime groups, globally. Worldwide it is estimated (CircleID) that phishing damages will amount to about two billions USD in 2006 -- not counting risk management measures such as preventative measures, counter-measures, incident response and PR damages.

In most cases, phishing is caused by the fault of the users, either by entering the wrong web page, not keeping their computers secure or falling for cheap scams. Often this is due to lack of awareness or ability in the realm of Internet use rather than incompetence by the users.

For more information see CircleID article on Phishing: Competing on Security

Thursday, June 15, 2006 8:53:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Changing Nature of Intellectual Authority by Peter Nicholson, President, Council of Canadian Academics, argues that what qualifies as intellectual authority in contemporary societies – who and what to believe – is changing fundamentally. [via Bill St. Arnaud's Canarie mailing list]

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 10:29:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A news release by the Japanese MIC announces the signing of a "Joint Statement between France and Japan, Concerning Cooperation in the Field of Anti-spam Policies and Strategies".

Particular areas of cooperation will include:

  • Exchanging information about anti-spam activities such as anti-spam policies and strategies, as well as technical and educational solutions to spam, including mobile spam;
  • Encouraging the adoption of effective anti-spam technologies and network management practices by French and Japanese Internet service providers and major business network managers, and further cooperation between government and private sectors;
  • Supporting French and Japanese marketers or bulk email senders in adopting spam-free marketing techniques;
  • Identifying and promoting user practices and behaviours which can effectively control and limit spam and supporting the development of public relations and awareness campaigns for the multi-stakeholders to foster increased adoption of anti-spam practices and behaviours by end users in France and Japan;
  • Cooperating to strengthen anti-spam initiatives being considered in international forum.

More information can be found here.

[Via APCAUCEWiki News]

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 2:32:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Microsoft today gave the world a rare - albeit conservative - glimpse of its view on just how bad the virus and bot problem has gotten for Windows users worldwide.

The data comes from 15 months' worth of experience scanning computers with its "malicious-software removal tool," a free component that Microsoft offers Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 users when they download security updates from Microsoft.

More information can be found here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 2:25:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 09, 2006

OVUM's Research Director, Mr. Dan Bieler, presents few observations on NGNs.

To read the article, please click here.  

 

Friday, June 09, 2006 4:51:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Lithuanian Radio and TV Centre is currently large scale trialing a Lithuania-wide pre-WiMAX solution in the 3.5 Ghz range. The map below shows the current almost blanket country coverage using Aperto gear which is being used to offer services such as broadband internet access for SMEs, government agencies, schools, libraries, L2 VPNs for corporate customers and municipalities, VoIP, radio and tV over IP, videoconferencing and the backbone for road traffic control systems.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 3:56:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Will Content Be King?, presentation by Robert Shaw, Deputy Head, ITU Strategy and Policy Unit, at the 7 June 2006 conference Digital Content: a Modern Fairy Tale or the Old King in the New Clothes in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event was organized by the law offices of Norcous & Partners, in association with the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania and Vilnius University Faculty of Law.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 1:21:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The ITU has just published an Issues Paper on the Regulatory Environment for Future Mobile Multimedia Services, available for download here (.pdf format).

The paper was prepared by Lara Srivastava, of the Strategy and Policy Unit (ITU), and Ingrid Silver & Rod Kirwan of the law practice of Denton Wilde Sapte.

Together with case studies (on Germany, China, Hong Kong SAR) and a thematic paper on spectrum flexibility, these background papers will form part of the input material for an international ITU New Initiatives Workshop on The Regulatory Environment for Future Mobile Multimedia Services, to be held in Mainz (Germany) from 21-23 June 2006, and jointly hosted by Germany's Federal Network Agency.

The Advance Programme for the workshop is now on-line, and will be regularly updated.

More information about the ITU New Initiatives Programme can be found here.
More information about the international workshop on the topic can be found here.  

 

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 11:03:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 06, 2006

In 2006, ITU-T will celebrate 50 years of making the standards that have played a massive part in shaping the information and communications technologies (ICT) and services of today. In order to mark this momentous milestone, ITU-T will stage a unique one-day event on 20 July 2006 bringing together some of the most important players in ICT.

As part of celebrations for the anniversary, you are invited to vote for the most influential standards work from ITU-T. ITU work is behind many of the worlds most prevalent information and communications technologies. Select one of the standards on this shortlist which you think has best shaped the ICT world of today, or feel free to suggest additional standards for consideration.

More information about activities related to ITU-T's 50 Year Anniversary Celebrations can be found here.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 1:59:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The 5th Annual Mobility Roundtable was held in Helsinki from 1-2 June 2006, hosted by the Helsinki School of Economics. Since 2002, mobility roundtables have been held in Tokyo (Japan), Stockholm (Sweden), Austin (United States), and Hong Kong, China. The main objectives of the roundtables are:

  1. to build and support a sustainable international network of research and industry best practices for the mobile communication and computing business, market and industry;
  2. to exchange research and knowledge about best practices for different mobile modes of business; and
  3. to facilitate communication and collaboration among global researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

The 2006 programme, and all final papers can be found here. There were four keynote speakers at the event: Jarkko Sairanen (Vice President and Head of Corporate Strategy, Nokia), Dr. Elizabeth Keating (University of Texas at Austin), Ari Tolonen (CEO, InfoBuild), and Lara Srivastava (ITU).   Lara Srivastava is a member of the international advisory committee for the mobility roundtables. Her keynote address was entitled "Mobiles for a Smaller World" and is available here.

The 6th roundtable will be held in Los Angeles (California) in June 2007, hosted by the University of Southern California.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 10:35:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 02, 2006

Do not panic if your data is hidden by virus writers demanding a ransom. A woman from Greater Manchester has become a victim of an internet scam in which hackers hijack computer files and blackmail owners to get them back.

More information can be found here.

Friday, June 02, 2006 11:09:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |