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 Thursday, June 29, 2006

A presentation entitled Cybersecurity & Spam after WSIS: How MAAWG Can Help (PDF) was made by Robert Shaw, Deputy Head, ITU Strategy and Policy Unit at the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group meeting held 27-29 June 2006 in Brussels, Belgium.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 3:29:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Thursday, June 29, 2006 3:12:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Anti–spam legislation for the Cayman Islands is being considered by the Information and Communications Technology Authority.

The ITCA is now seeking input through a public consultation campaign. The goal is to ensure that any anti–spam legislation enacted in Cayman Islands is an effective tool as part of a multi–pronged attack on spam.

More information can be found here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 8:52:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has conducted a legislative review of the Spam Act.

The review is required by legislation to assess the operation of the Spam Act after two years of its operation. The Department prepared a report based on the submissions received. The Minister tabled the report in Parliament on 22 June 2006.

The Minister’s press release is available here.

More information can be found here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 8:46:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The International Herald Tribune in their recent article on Wireless: From zero to 3G: A cellphone utopia? , noted that "Executives in the cellphone and computer industries are fond of speaking about bridging the digital divide, the gap between people with access to technology and those without. But translating the talk into action is not easy. In addition, the benefits of high-tech gadgetry for the poor often are not evident. How do you bring Internet access to remote villages in Africa? And are people's lives going to improve once they can get online? The GSM Association, a trade group that represents mobile phone operators in 213 countries, has a plan for the first question and responds with a resounding yes to the second."

"This month, the association introduced a "3G for All" program that aims to make multimedia phone services and mobile Internet access available to people on the fringe of the digital world. Bringing cellphone services to the two-thirds of the world's population that does not yet use them has long been a goal of the association, which last year promoted a project to build the cheapest possible telephone. Thanks in part to that initiative, the wholesale price of the cheapest cellphones has dropped to less than $30, but now the association wants to take that a step further by encouraging the production of a low-cost mobile phone that works on third-generation networks. Those phones today are typically expensive and advanced, nearly mini-computers themselves."

The aim is to have a group of GSM Association members to define a core set of requirements that the low-cost 3G handsets must have, and then several manufacturers will compete to design the phone that best meets those requirements at the most competitive price.

Read the full story on the International Herald Tribune website.

Access the GSM Association Press Release on the 3G for All program.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 11:40:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The ITU held an international workshop under its New Initiatives Programme on the topic "The Regulatory Environment for Future Mobile Multimedia Services" in Mainz (Germany) from 21-23 June 2006. The final report [PDF]  of the chairman has now been published.

Workshop presentations can be found here. Background documents, including country case studies and thematic papers are also available on the workshop homepage.

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 10:08:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 26, 2006

Interim results of the investigation on regional policy and regulatory trends related to the Voice over IP have been presented today as a contribution to the ITU New Initiative Programme project on the Future of Voice.

In her presentation, Ms Anna Riedel focused on VoIP in South and Eastern Europe: Strategy and Policy Considerations [pdf]
Ms Nathaly Rey concentrated on Ruling Voice over IP: Challenges for Regulators in Latin America [pdf]

Both presentations are available on the new resources website related to the Future of Voice project.

Monday, June 26, 2006 3:46:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 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)  #     |