domain name news - 19 December

domain name news - 19 December

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 22:00:07 +1100 (EST)
Domain Name Company Not Hampered By UN
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) has embarked on an intense campaign geared at
increasing its global popularity.

Domain name resellers face regular audits
Resellers in the .au domain name space will come under
greater scrutiny after auDA introduced new regulations this

A Royal Pain in the Internet 
In Spain, television, newspapers, cafés and beauty parlors
are abuzz about the news: The heir to the Spanish crown,
Don Felipe de Borbón, has finally announced his decision to
get married. What nobody imagined was the effect this
pronouncement would have on the Internet.
On Nov. 1, the day the wedding was formally announced,
hundreds of people rushed to register domain names related
to the couple, according to, the official Spanish

Columbus State files cybersquatter suit to end Web address
Surfers trying to access what they thought was Columbus
State Community College's Web site have received an
education that has nothing to do with the school.

Man Admits Luring Children to Porn Sites
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to 49
federal charges he used misspellings of Internet domain
names like Disneyland, Teletubbies, and Britney Spears to
lure children to pornographic Web sites.

Public Participation in ICANN: A Preliminary Study
Executive Summary: This study considers to what extent the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
has achieved its stated goal of a "representative" and
"open" decision-making process. An initial review of
approximately 100,000 postings by members of the Internet
user community to ICANN's e-mail lists and public online
forums — indeed just a few of the several means of public
participation in ICANN's decision-making process — showed
that public commentary for or against a given proposal
before the Board does not correlate strongly to an outcome
either for or against that proposal. The data suggest that
the Board has been more likely to rely heavily upon staff
recommendations and upon the input of the Supporting
Organizations, in which the public can also participate,
than on broad-based input from the Internet user community.

ICANN still struggling with ramifications of VeriSign
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number
(ICANN) this week updated its proposed guidelines for
implementing what it calls "predictable procedures" for
making changes in the operation of Top Level Domain (TLD)

.de - Berlin fences off domain hijacker
Now that his cabinet approved the Information Society
Germany 2006 action plan, which calls for 75 per cent of
Germans over the age of 14 to become Internet users within
the next three years, chancellor Gerhard Schröder won back
the domain name

Everyone Wants to Govern the Internet
When typing in a web address (like or
sending an e-mail, most people probably don't give much
thought to how Internet domain names are assigned.

China promotes own Internet domain
Local operators have been encouraged to adopt "cn", China's
national domain for domestic Websites, and so far the
number of Chinese Websites using "cn" has exceeded 300,000,
a spokesman for the Internet Bureau of the StateCouncil
Press Office said here Wednesday.

New considerable IE flaw allows dangerous URL spoofing
Clint, one of the Masters of the Agora, gave heads up of a
new and very dangerous exploit for Internet Explorer. If
you've been around the block long enough, you've seen the
URL trick that involves spoofing legitimate domain names by
using user authentication to make a URL look valid at its

URL spoofing flaw could be used in bank scams
A vulnerability which affects Internet Explorer can be
exploited by scammers who try to trick people into
revealing details of online banking accounts or other
private information.

Expansion of '.Edu' Domain Name Approved
Anick Jesdanun - AP Internet Writer - Feb 12, 2003 -- NEW
YORK (AP) -- Beauty, theological and distance-learning
schools will be among the educational institutions that
will soon share online real estate with the likes of
Princeton and Harvard.

Domain name rules out by yearend
More order in the administration of domain names in the
Philippines may be expected as the advisory board completes
the oversight guidelines by the yearend.

Bell prankster steps forward
Thanks to a clever piece of technical tomfoolery and a
mental lapse at Bell Canada, geek circles were convinced on
Thursday that Bell's Internet servers had been hacked.
E-mail messages started flying around late Thursday
afternoon suggesting recipients run the "trace route"
command for The command traces the number of
"hops" it takes for a computer data packet to travel from
the user's computer to the requested destination, listing
all the servers in between.

Domain Aftermarket: $42,000 for a 3-letter .DE domain
We are used to see high profile sales when it comes to
3-letter .coms, but last week the German domain name
made it to the top of the charts when sold for €35,000
(more than $42,000).

Domain name industry bounces back
"The market for domain resales is up 23 percent versus
2000, and new domain registration and transfers are
reaching an all-time high. Additionally, a record number of
domains are being activated - creating new online
businesses." says Monte Cahn, chief executive officer for, "In late 1999 we sold the domain for
$2.3 million and believe the market is ripe for new sales
at this or greater levels. We are currently listing several
domains, including, that are worth hundreds of
thousands of dollars based on the interest they're

Interfacing Trade Marks And Domain Names by Michael
Blakeney - Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law

WSIS news 	
Internet governance: Swiss fudge (sub req'd)
After two years of preparatory talks, this week's first
round of the United Nations' World Summit on the
Information Society, should not have been contentious.
Rather than demonstrate a harmony of global
interconnectedness, however, the conference revealed
serious divisions in the way the governments of rich and
poor nations think about the internet.

High tech's government dilemma
There are two kinds of government, according to the
high-technology community. The first kind is a collection
of plodding blockheads who will destroy innovation and
progress through an inability to "get" the high-tech
industry. Name the issue, and some clod working in one of
the United States' many capitol domes has screwed it up.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act? It's an
abomination--unless you're a software CEO. The Microsoft
antitrust verdict? It was a slap on the wrist--or an
unjustified witch hunt against an upstanding corporate
citizen, depending on your point of view. 
Similarly, VeriSign drew public scorn for its attempt to
generate advertising revenue from misdirected Web queries.
Microsoft, AOL and others already get ad revenue when
people inadvertently type the wrong address into e-mails,
but at least these companies sell products they developed.
VeriSign doesn't--it thrives because it got the contract to
manage the .com and .net domain names. It's the Halliburton
of the Internet.

WSIS - Head of US delegation talks shop
Many eyes have been fixated on the U.S. delegation during
the three-day World Summit on the Information Society
(WSIS) here in Geneva and, in particular, during the
numerous rounds of difficult preparatory talks. On several
of the summit's key issues, such as Internet governance,
funding for Internet expansion in developing countries,
software and intellectual property, U.S. envoys bargained
hard. And some would say they got their way.

When Did We Give Away the Internet?
I've been following the recent news on the World Summit on
the Information Society, and it's getting really bizarre.
The Wired article is one example of out of the
out-of-this-world coverage on the World Summit; I heard a
similar spin yesterday on a radio show that often shares
material with the BBC.

France calls for UN net control
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has called for
"international rules" overseen by the United Nations to
govern the internet.,4057,8130365%255E15318,00.html

Freedom of opinion divisive at summit
Leaders from more than 50 countries launched a summit
Wednesday aimed at expanding use of the Internet to poor
nations, but a split quickly emerged over the amount of
freedom given to news media in sometimes unstable

Rich, poor discuss internet at world summit
Disputes between industrialized and developing countries
over control of the internet threaten to steal the
spotlight at a UN summit aimed at expanding access to
information technology.


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