domain name news - June 29

domain name news - June 29

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 23:54:43 +1000 (EST)
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za: Sentech threatens legal action
Sentech's threat to take legal action against Roelf
Diedericks, owner of the Web site, has resulted in Diedericks
taking the site down. However, Diedericks says he
hopes to reopen the site under another domain name.

New Instance of RIPE NCC Operated K-root Server
Deployed in Doha, Qatar (news release)
Qtel, in partnership with the Amsterdam based Réseaux
IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)
has deployed a mirror instance of the K-root servers
in Doha, Qatar. This deployment should boost Internet
performance across the Middle East region as a whole.

Call for Nominations for Representatives to the ASO
Address Council - RIPE NCC Service Region 2004
This is a call for nominations of individuals from the
RIPE NCC Service region to serve on the ASO Address
Council. On 31 December 2004 one RIPE region Address
Council seat will become vacant and will be filled for
the next three years by an individual nominated
through this open call.

Tentative Timetable for launch of .eu
Following publication of the Public Policy Rules for
.eu, we expect to sign a contract with the European
Commission to formally operate the .eu top level
domain registry. We hoped to have that contract very
soon but as at today, we do not. Once we have that
contract and ICANN approves to put .eu in the root, a
number of steps need to be taken before the launch of
.eu and registration of domain names. To prevent any
confusion we have expressed the time frames in terms
of signing the Commission contract and concluding
negotiations with ICANN to have .eu put in the root.
As soon as the contract is signed, we will be able to
complete the missing date which finalises the

uk: Nominet wins excellence award for Dispute
Resolution (news release)
Nominet today announced that its Dispute Resolution
Service (DRS) has been given the prestigious CEDR
Industry Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute
Resolution (ADR) award by CEDR (Centre for Effective
Dispute Resolution), the country's leading commercial
mediation body.

us: Internet Governance -- What Does it Mean and What
Can We Do?
Eighteen experts from various fields gathered at the
Berkman Center last week for a summit on the thorny
and elusive subject of International Internet
Governance. Led by Berkman Fellow Colin Maclay
(pictured right), discussion included a wide range of
perspectives about the role of the United Nations, the
private sector, and national governments. But there
was consensus around several themes: education and
dialogue are essential. To that end, Susan Crawford,
Professor at Cardozo School of Law, will host a
conference -- The FCC Takes On the Internet -- to
promote debate on governance issues. A report on the
summit's decisions will follow in the coming weeks.

ITU-T and Internet Governance
Houlin Zhao, Director of the ITU Telecommunication
Standardization Sector's (ITU-T) Telecommunication
Standardization Bureau, gave a talk on Internet
Governance at ITU Telecom Africa. The ITU-T maintains
a website on ITU-T and Internet Governance which is
also linked to from the ITU Internet Governance
Resources site.

ICANN: Final Public Comment Period begins on Draft
Criteria for .net
The GNSO has continued the work to provide the ICANN
Board with guidance on the criteria for designating a
subsequent operator for the .net registry. The public
is invited to submit comments on the new version of
the initial draft report from the GNSO. This final
comment period is ending on July 14, 2004 at 19:00

What alphabet do you use for a web address?
Soon it will be possible to write an Internet address
in Korean, German, Arabic and many other languages
that do not use the Western alphabet. At the moment,
you can write a web page using any script you choose,
but the address of that page requires at least some
knowledge of the alphabet used in Western Europe, the
United States and some other countries.,2172,82432,00.html

Have you got a cybercrime cover?
I have been using the domain name related to a famous
hotel in my area. The domain name is descriptive of
the characteristics of the hotel but is not the trade
name of the group running the hotel. I get quite a few
hits on my website and various queries. Recently, the
management of the hotel asked me to stop using the
domain name and transfer it in their favour. Please
tell me what I need to do?

Communiqué from the 22nd CENTR GA
CENTR members representing 40 different top-level
domains, plus observers and invited guests, convened
in Stockholm, Sweden on the 21st and 22nd June 2004
for the 22nd General Assembly. The meeting was the
largest CENTR General Assembly ever, reflected by
record attendance.

Brand New Domain Names and Unspammable Email Addresses
Now Available on the Internet (news release)
With over 28 Million ".COMs" sold, many of them
overwhelmingly forgettable, Internet users vote with
their keyboards as news breaks that an exciting range
of top level domain names has been released.

Internet governance a hot potato for WSIS
Who should govern the Internet? That is a question
that will test the resolve and goodwill of delegates
at the preparatory meetings and the second phase of
the world summit on the information society (WSIS) in
Tunisia. The issue of Internet governance was bounced
around at the first phase in Geneva, but no resolution
was reached.,2172,82385,00.html

tn: Preparing for the Next Stage of WSIS
A crucial preparatory meeting (PrepCom I) for the
Tunis phase of the World Summit on Information Society
(WSIS) is under way in Hammamet, Tunisia.

Africa: UN Fund for Civil Society Participation in
WSIS in the Offing
Tunisia called today for the establishment of a
permanent United Nations Fund to ensure a wider
participation of international civil society in the
second phase of the World Summit on Information
Society (WSIS), and to help build their efforts in
bridging the digital divide between the developing and
developed countries.,2172,82359,00.html

tn: Opening of WSIS First Prepcom in Hammamet, Tunisia
The First International Preparatory Meeting of the
World Summit on the Information Society opened today
in Hammamet, Tunisia.

African Civil Society Participation at Tunisia
PrepCom1 Critically Low
Civil Society Organizations (CSO) attending the First
Preparatory Committee (PrepCom1) meeting of the Tunis
Phase of the World Summit on Information Society
(WSIS) expressed today a deep concern over the low
level of African participation in the meeting.

New Directions for WSIS
As the second phase of the World Summit on Information
Society (WSIS) formally opens in Tunisia today, it
will be business as usual in some respects, but there
will be some significant differences from the meetings
held ahead of last year's Prepcoms in Geneva.

Africa: Expectations for WSIS
Improved access to Information Communication
Technologies (ICTs), more discussion on Internet
governance, financing, and strengthening of African
civil society are some of the objectives that
organizations attending WSIS preparatory committee are
hoping to achieve.

Tunisians are Africans too!
Hot words were exchanged and feathers ruffled when
some Tunisians thought that their identity as Africans
was being challenged at the Civil Society meeting in
Hammamet, Tunisia today.,2172,82440,00.html

The Centrality of E-strategies in the WSIS Plan of
Action - APC
The term ‘e-strategies’ has gained widespread use over
the last few years in the debates on the role of
information and communications technologies (ICTs) for
development, following the United Nations Millennium
Declaration in 2000. E-strategies have been defined as
“plans based on the selection of scenarios and options
for applying ICTs to national development” . A similar
definition sees “an e-strategy as a shorthand for
policies and strategies intended to exploit ICTs to
promote national development. Other terms used to
capture the phenomenon include ICT policy and IT
policy”. APC gratefully acknowledges the funding
support of CIDA.

Internet governance and the WSIS - APC
The purpose of this paper is to describe our current
understanding of the debate about Internet governance
in WSIS, and to examine the main policy issues that
are being considered in that discussion. It also
suggests opportunities for developing nation
stakeholders to contribute to the processes that are
defining the Internet governance landscape. The key
message is that there are opportunities for civil
society to engage and we must take them. Internet
governance is one of the most controversial and
debated issues to come from the WSIS process. It is
also a moving target in that the UN working group that
will help define what Internet governance is, and
identify the public policy issues involved is only
just being set up and we can only make a best guess at
its working methods and the scope of issues it will
consider. As such this paper is very much a work in
progress and may be modified over the coming months.
APC gratefully acknowledges the funding support of

Financing the Information Society in the South: A
Global Public Goods Perspective By Pablo Accuosto
(ITeM) and Niki Johnson
This paper sets out to look at the question of
financing the provision of information and
communication technologies (ICTs) in the South, within
the context of the United Nations’ World Summit on the
Information Society, and advocates adopting a “global
public goods” perspective on the issue. The paper
first examines how the question of ICT financing has
been debated during the WSIS preparatory process and
the first phase Summit (Geneva, December 2003).
Particular attention is paid to Senegal’s proposal for
the creation of a “Digital Solidarity Fund”, and the
reactions to it of the different stakeholders –
governments, from both North and South, the private
sector and civil society – participating in WSIS. The
following section explores the potential for
addressing the issue of financing ICT expansion from a
global public goods (GPG) perspective. First the
authors provide an overview of what such an approach
means in conceptual terms, looking both at general
definitions of GPGs and the applicability of the
concept to ICTs. They then review the debate that has
been taking place around the specific issue of which
existing or alternative innovative financing
mechanisms might be used for GPG provision, linking
the proposed strategies whenever possible to the ICT
sector. Finally, in the conclusions the authors offer
a concrete proposal with respect to what we consider
to be the most appropriate financing mechanism for
funding expanded ICT access in the South. APC
gratefully acknowledges the funding support of CIDA.


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