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May 25, 2004
[1] In the News: Sassy!
[2] Berkman News: Lots of Learning
[3] Conference Watch
[4] Bookmarks: Listen Up
[5] Quotables: Birth/ReBirth
[6] Talk Back
[7] Subscription Info
[8] About us
[9] Not a Copyright


                  [1]  IN THE NEWS


* Google Frenzy

It's the leading search engine among English speakers, its open IPO is
expected to raise $2.7 billion, its motto is "Don't Be Evil," and now
its software could challenge Microsoft.  Google has become the center of
media frenzy since it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
on April 29 to become a publicly traded company.  In addition to last month's
Filter report on google-bombing and Gmail's privacy issues, several new
questions have emerged about the company's practice, market share, and mission of
avoiding evil.

1.  Company Policy -- It's rarely the case that SEC filings contain a
worldview, but Google has once again defied tradition.  According to the
company's 171-page S-1 registration, "[They] aspire to make Google an
institution that makes the world a better place."  But what do these
principles mean in practice?  The company recently released a statement
of "software principles" against spyware that could be an indication of
non-evil in action.

The Principles:
The SEC Filing:

Some controversy about Google's policies in the past:

2.  The Competition -- According to a New York Times report, Google is
developing a second generation type of search called "Puffin" that
integrates searches of one's PC with wider Internet searches.  Microsoft
is also vigorously developing software on this front, which, under the
code name "Longhorn" is expected to be released in 2006.  Given the
money and high stakes, the competition between the technology giants
promises to be fierce.

More about the clash:


* Cybernews From Around the Globe

German Police Arrest Sasser Suspect
E-Government in Estonia
.eu Name Game

Indian Court to Hotmail: Whose Account?
China - 8600 Internet Cafes Closed

Mobile Growth Up By Over 1000%
ITU Official Praises African Innovation

* Open Net Initiative Critiques Anonymizer

In response to recent studies of Internet filtering and censorship in Iran, the US International Broadcasting Bureau has developed software it calls the "Anonymizer," which allows individuals inside Iran to bypass the country's net filters.  However, a new study from the Open Net Initiative -- a joint collaboration by researchers at the Berkman Center, the University of Toronto, and the University of Cambridge -- has found a number of inconsistencies in the Anonymizer system, which provides neither the anonymity nor the security that it purports to offer.  As the report notes, "It is curious to find the United States government promoting a tool to circumvent Iranian limits on freedom while imposing crude and, even by its own standards, widely overdrawn limits of its own."


* Phishing For Your Money

That email that looks like it's from PayPal but asks you for information you don't think you should give over email?  Trust your instinct - it's a fake, and that's phishing.  These scams are becoming more and more frequent.  Gartner Research recently released a study saying phishing attacks have spiked in the past year and that more and more people are being duped.


                  [2] BERKMAN NEWS               

* Sixth ILaw a Great Success

The largest (and arguably the best) ever Internet Law Program, hosted by the Berkman Center, took place in Cambridge on May 13-15. Participants from around the world learned from the top cyberlaw experts and each other in three intensive days of instruction and discussion.  Several bloggers have posted extensive notes on the experience.


Comprehensive blogging coverage by Frank Field:

* Banner Semester for Clinical Program

Students in the Berkman Center Clinical Program have had an exceptionally vibrant and active term this year,culminating with an amicus brief in the latest file-swapping case, Capital Records v. Alaujan. Under the direction of Diane Cabell, students have also drafted a domain name dispute policy for a new ccTLD registry, a claims chart and claims construction memo regarding on-line advertising patents, a reference chart of open source license provisions, a memorandum on parental liability for copyright infringement by a child, and a version of the Creative Commons free use license for use in the Republic of China, among other tasks.

Working with Internet advocacy organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Public Patent Foundation, Open Knowledge Network and others, this small but ambitious group of students has made a significant contribution to Internet law and practice.  Look for announcements soon about additional personnel joining the Berkman Center's growing clinical program.


The Capitol Records Amicus Brief:


                  [3] CONFERENCE WATCH


* May 26-27, 2004, Zaporozhye, Ukraine--The Second Cybercrime Conference 2004


* June 9-11, 2004, San Francisco, CA--IAPP TRUSTe Symposium: Privacy Futures

* June 13, 2004, Berlin, Germany--Where next for copyright in the new Europe?

* June 24-25, 2004, Lucerne, Switzerland--Digital Rights Management: The End of Collecting Societies?


* July 14-31, 2004, Oxford, UK--Oxford Internet Institute Summer Programme

                  [4]  BOOKMARKS

*The Berkman Center's Amicus Brief in Capital Records, et al. v. Noor Alaujan

* Spreading the Meme

* RFID OK by Walmart

* AudioBerkman: MP3 Blogs

                  [5]  QUOTABLES

"Blogs are living things. Ours was just born and is still adjusting to the loud noises and the bright lights." -- Doug Edwards in the Google Blog, on growing pains


"Since then, I've lived a life of subterfuge, always afraid that somebody would find out the truth. I'm actually relieved that it's over, and that the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution has finally uncovered the lie. I can now go back to my chosen profession, the exploration of the fascinating mating dance of the aquatic African frog." -- Linus Torvalds, in jest, upon learning that the AdTI has "proved" he did not write Linux


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