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From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 19:37:59 +1000 (EST)
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U.S. Will Renew ICANN's Authority
The U.S. government will renew a California nonprofit's
authority to manage the Internet's global addressing
system, a top Commerce Department official said today.

Dot-Org Selection Process Criticized
The process to determine which group will manage one of the
Internet's largest domains is turning into a three-way
dispute between a Virginia nonprofit that likely will win
the prize, a handful competing groups and the Internet
addressing authorities charged with making a final

September Deadline: Can The ICANN Model Be Revised?
On September 30, 2002, the Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) between the US Department of Commerce (DOC) and the
corporation created to privatize the infrastructure of the
Internet will expire. This corporation, known as ICANN
(Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has
had a very contentious existence from its earliest days. On
July 10, 2002, a US Department of Commerce official, Nancy
Victory, sent a letter to ICANN. She wrote that the
agreement between ICANN and the DOC "will expire on
September 30, 2002 and in the coming weeks, the Department
of Commerce will assess whether to renew, extend, or modify
this agreement. To assist in this review process," Victory
asked, "I request that you provide me with a report
detailing ICANN's efforts in these areas, as well as any
other information that might inform the Department in its
decision-making with respect to this agreement." Victory
said that the response to her letter should be sent no
later than August 15, 2002.

Sixth Update on .org Reassignment Process
This is an update on the status of the evaluation of the
eleven applications ICANN received from entities seeking to
become the registry operator for the .org top-level domain
on 1 January 2003, when VeriSign, Inc. gives up that role.
For more information, see these earlier updates:

Massive domain dispute quietly launched
The National Arbitration Forum, one of the four
organisations contracted to provide domain name dispute
resolution services under the UDRP have quietly posted up
an intimation of a pending dispute which is set to be one
of the largest ever in UDRP history.

As a part of its contract with the U.S. Department of
Commerce for administration of the usTLD, NeuStar reserved
the second-level domain “” because of its important
public resource value. Content management within the domain, however, goes beyond NeuStar's core
competence as a registry operator and trusted neutral third
party administrator of mission critical infrastructure.
NeuStar can design, build, and operate the infrastructure
for the domain, but seeks the guidance of community
members, experts, and interested parties to formulate
content guidelines and restrictions.
We seek public input on our first discussion draft of
content guidelines and requirements of this special domain.
We invite all interested parties to comment on this paper
at KidsDomainComments&#167; through October 11, 2002.

Dot-Kid Tussle in Congress 
The manager of the United States' Internet domain asked
Congress Thursday not to interfere with its efforts to set
up a kid-friendly zone free of violence, pornography and
other adult material.,1283,55131,00.html

Domainz under fire over name ownership
Domainz faces at least one legal challenge over its
decision to revoke ownership of a number of new domain
names registered in the new name space.!opendocument

Australia: The Launch of .au Dispute Resolution Policy (reg
The .au Domain Names Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP)
commenced on 1 August 2002. The auDRP is intended to
provide a cheaper and quicker alternative to litigation for
resolution of disputes between .au domain name registrants
and parties with competing rights in the domain name. v. Domain Registry of Canada Inc is suing a competitor for allegedly using
deceptive tactics to lure away its domain name registration
customers. But defendant Domain Registry of Canada Inc
seems to think is using very similar tactics

It's worth keeping an eye on the name game
Notwithstanding the morbid fascination of watching the
internecine cabaret that is ICANN (the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers), it is as well to keep an
eye on our own DNS (Domain Name System) backyard.

Letter from Kevin E. Brannon to Stuart Lynn Regarding
VeriSign WLS

Letter from W.G. Champion Mitchell to Louis Touton
Regarding VeriSign Registrar's Response to Whois Inaccuracy

NetRegistry pushes legal fund to fight domain wars
Accredited Australian Internet registrar NetRegistry has
upped the ante in its fight with similarly-monikered rival
NetRegister, announcing plans to set up an industry-wide
legal fund to combat allegedly unscrupulous operators.,2000024981,20268206,00.htm

A PROfile of .pro
Before its expected release in late 2002, Demys profile
dot-pro - the last of the seven new top level domains
announced by ICANN in November 2000 to be launched.

Managed DNS Frees Critical Web Operations from BIND 
As a separate point of failure for Internet communications,
the management of DNS information has become an essential
part of the operation of any Web site whose presence on the
Internet is of critical importance to a business.

The In's and Out's of Pre-Owned Domain Names 
I don't know about you, but sometimes it seems like all of
the best domain names have already been taken. On more than
one occasion, I've come up with a great domain name for a
site, only to find that someone else had already purchased
it. I can live with that, but sometimes I've found that it
has been purchased by some scum domain scavenger, and
that's really annoying.

Catalan nationalism hits the web
The Spanish region of Catalonia has made a symbolic
declaration of independence in cyberspace.


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