Internet Society - Just when you thought you were out...

Don't worry about Big Brother - the Police can't even log on; Telecom talks turkey about the Kiwi Share

"It is a tale told by an idiot ... full of sound and fury ... signifying nothing."

This Just In: Internet Society Bleats On. It shouldn't come as any surprise to readers of the FryUp that the Internet Society (ISOCNZ) and its bastard offspring Domainz (responsible for running the .nz domain space) are still embroiled in moral and legal issues surrounding Manawatu Internet Services director Alan Brown. As you may know, but I'm sure you're trying to forget, Brown took exception to Patrick O'Brien, the CEO of Domainz, and allegedly defamed O'Brien on the ISOCNZ mailing list. O'Brien is suing Brown for defamation and Domainz is paying for it, to the tune of around $60,000 so far. Why is Domainz paying the bill? Because O'Brien was allegedly defamed in the course of his work and the board felt it should support its CEO. Nice one. ISOCNZ, which owns Domainz completely and entirely, held its AGM at which most of the councillors were turfed out in favour of a new lot who opposed the ways of the old regime, especially with regards to Domainz. O'Brien resigned and moved to Singapore but the case against Brown continues. A motion was put to the AGM demanding the ISOCNZ council should direct Domainz to cease and desist in its support of O'Brien - this was re-worded away from being a "direction" to being a "request" but was carried comprehensively. Now a date has been set for the Domainz-funded case to go to court and one member of ISOCNZ has called for a special general meeting to make some changes. Either the company stops funding O'Brien or it takes up funding Brown as well is one option. We'll soon find out whether the SGM can go ahead - the proposal needs support of 20 members. Support for Brown seems to be waning as an offer from Domainz board members to pay his outstanding legal costs if he apologises has been rejected. Brown feels he has more to gain from seeing the whole thing argued over in court. The rest of the internet community seems tired of it all and wants it all to go away.

Meanwhile IDG Communications has received an email from ISOCNZ pointing out an error in a recent story. The line, "The ISOCNZ council agreed early last year that the Domainz board could fund the action by O'Brien against one of its own members" apparently is incorrect and it should be: "The ISOCNZ council acknowledges that the Board has determined a course of action." No, really. As one wag put it, if they haven't stopped doing it for over a year then you're agreeing to it. The word "twaddle" was used, but I couldn't possibly comment except to say that at the AGM the word "deplorable" was used repeatedly to describe Domainz and its support of O'Brien.

Meanwhile .bank.nz failed to gain enough support to be considered by ISOCNZ as a new second level domain name and the restructuring of the domain name environment continues unabated. See, there is real work being done. Where are the aspirin?

Domainz could be forced to fund Brown too - IDGNet

Domainz bid to head off court case - IDGNet

See the offending line. Gasp at the audacious publisher who flaunts the language in such a way. Groan at the whole pointless waste of time and money and effort.

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Don't worry about Big Brother - the Police can't even log on

In a week where Paul Swain returns from Seattle to defend his Crimes Amendment Bill (number six) and its attending supplementary order paper that makes it illegal to break into a computer system unless you're the police or security forces, it is revealed the police can't enforce what few IT-related crimes we do have on the books.

One enterprising New Zealander has been using a porn site to scam credit card numbers off unwary users, but police haven't pursued the issue because they lack the expertise.

"It does take a certain amount of expertise to investigate something like that, which we don't have. We all basically work off a computer on our desks and we know which buttons to press every now and then," says Detective Roy Parker, fraud collation officer for the New Zealand Police.

But wait, there's even less! The criminal provisions of the Copyright Act are also deemed beyond police capabilities. Only government agencies can initiate criminal proceedings but the police claim they have no procedures in place to deal with a complaint laid under the Copyright Act. This follows a Wellington music store being caught allegedly selling pirated music CDs.

Porn scam escapes police attention - IDGNet

Police can't cope with IT offences - Nzoom

Telecom talks turkey about the Kiwi Share

Just before the last election in 1999 then minister of telecommunications Maurice Williamson introduced a new piece of legislation to force Telecom to report on how much the local loop earns and how much the rural sector costs. The Telecommunications Information Disclosure Act demanded Telecom report these two figures twice a year, however when it came time to report these numbers, Telecom said it could only work out how much the lines cost to own, not how much it earned from the local loop. Apparently it was just too difficult to work out. Honestly. But they did tell us that it cost $167 million to keep the rural network alive. Now the telco incumbent is claiming that figure has risen to $185.6 million and that under the new telecommunications regime it would have to pass on costs of around $46.5 million.

The new legislation will be introduced by the end of the year and a telecommunications commissioner will be appointed. Although no names have been mentioned yet, the job description should say something about being incredibly thick skinned - whoever you are, you'll need a hide like a rhino to cope with the fallout from that little lot.

Kiwi Share blues hit Telecom - NZHerald

Free providers blamed for most of extra loss - Stuff

Telecom still keen on access fees - Stuff

Swain lets Telecom off disclosure hook - IDGNet

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