domain name, WSIS & governance news - Feb 24

domain name, WSIS & governance news - Feb 24

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 23:20:09 +1100 (EST)
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au: Melbourne IT looks offshore
DOMAIN name and internet services company Melbourne IT
may hit the markets for additional funding as it looks
for ofshore acquisitions to scale up its services

au: Melbourne IT shaping up for strong year
Internet domain name and web solutions provider
Melbourne IT Ltd says 2005 is shaping as a strong year
with expectations it will outdo the last 12 months
when it set new highs in profit and revenue.

in: Dreading squatters, top brands rush for ''
The fear of cyber squatters is prodding top global and
Indian companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Wrigleys and
Amul to register for a .in ( domain name.

.IN domain registrations cross 75,000 mark
The .IN domain registrations, which was opened for
public from February 16, have crossed 75,000 new
registrations and the target of two lakh .IN
registrations within six months will be achieved much
earlier than estimated, a top official said today.

Domain Name Dispute Cases Increased by 6.6% in 2004
In its February 18, 2005 press release, WIPO has
reported filing an average of 3.4 UDRP and UDRP-based
cases per calendar day in 2004, bringing the total
number of cases received in 2004 to 1,179 -- an
increase of 79 cases (or 6.6%) as compared to 2003.
Also mentioned in the report is a 37 percent increase
in ccTLDs cases over the previous year. Listed below
are a number of additional facts and figures reported.

WIPO to Combat Cybersquatting
Tthe WIPO announced it will continue efforts to combat
the abusive registration of trademarks as domain
names, a procedure known as cybersquatting.

A Dozen 5-Figure Domain Sales Highlight Another Busy
Week For the Industry
Just last week we noted that it was rare to have more
than ten 5-figure domain sales reported in one week.
With the continuing boom in the market, the rare is
starting to become commonplace. Last week we had 14
sales at that level (the most ever reported to us in a
single week). This week a dozen more rang the 5-figure
bell, forcing us to leave a pair of $10,000 domains
off our new Top Ten chart. Of course, that's the kind
of overcrowding we all like to see.

CENTR Statement on IDN Homograph Attacks
Recently a proof of concept attack was announced on
the Internet that demonstrated how a web address could
be constructed that looked in some web browsers
identical to that of a well known website. This
technique could be used to trick a user into going to
a website that they did not plan on visiting, and
possibly provide sensitive information to a third

in: You could be already late in getting .in!
If Sachin Tendulkar wants to develop a website with
the domain name www.sachintendulkar. in, he will now
have to buy it from a British gentleman named Mathew
Mayer. If a textile businessman from Surat wants to
set up a website called, he can't: It has
been registered by a German, Christoph Hartmann.

DirectI slashes .IN domain prices announced the availability of the popular
and recently launched .IN domains for its resellers at
a market low of $12.99.

Professional Engineers Get Own Domain. A Better way
for Engineers to Brand and Market Themselves Online
(nnews release)
EnCirca announces the availability of the
domain name, in conjunction with Engineers Week (Feb.
20-26), is the internet domain specially
approved for licensed engineers. Included with every registration is a digital certificate to
ensure secure and confidential communications for
Professional Engineers.

Internet Initiative Japan Selects Nominum Caching Name
Server (news release)
Nominum, a leading provider of IP address management,
DNS and DHCP software, announced today that Internet
Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ), one of Japan's leading
Internet access and comprehensive network solutions
providers, has selected the Nominum Foundation(TM)
Caching Name Server to replace its Open Source BIND
(Berkeley Internet Name Domain) servers because of
marked improvements in performance, security and

UN panel aims to end Internet tug of war
A U.N.-sponsored panel aims to settle a long-running
tug of war for control of the Internet by July and
propose solutions to problems such as cyber crime and
email spam.,7204,12334019%5e15306%5e%5enbv%5e,00.html

UN Panel Aims to End Internet Tug of War by July
A U.N.-sponsored panel aims to settle a long-running
tug of war for control of the Internet by July and
propose solutions to problems such as cyber crime and
email spam, panel leaders said on Monday.

Criticism of Tunisia not allowed at UN meeting
The Secretariat of the World Summit on the Information
Society (WSIS) will not allow civil society to
distribute a report at the PrepCom 2 meeting currently
taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.,2172,98644,00.html

Cyber dissidents speak out
Reporters Without Borders says oppressive regimes have
too much involvement in planning of upcoming UN
conference on internet freedoms

Whither WGIG?
Now, I don't like the word "whither" any more than you
do. But this Reuters article was circulating yesterday
and it seemed to call for a "whither."

African Caucus Angry About Representation
Tempers flared as representatives from over 25 African
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) debated the way
forward for fair representation in the WSIS process.

Media Vows to Defend Article 19
The media caucus meetings at the WSIS prepcom in
Geneva opened with a call on stakeholders to
strengthen the defence of Article 19 of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights as the basis of the
content in the information society.

The second meeting of the Preparatory Committee of the
Tunis phase of the WSIS started its work at the Palais
des Nations in Geneva on 17 February, reported AzerTAj
on referring to the UN Azerbaijan office press

Tunisia slammed before U.N. media meet
Rights groups have accused Tunisia of censorship and
torture and have said that, barring sweeping reforms,
the country is not a suitable host for a
U.N.-sponsored media summit due to be held there in

Tunisia Monitoring Group Releases Report On State of
Free Expression (news release)
International freedom of expression organisations
today expressed grave concern about the poor state of
freedom of expression in Tunisia, host country for the
WSIS, which is to be held in Tunis in November 2005.

Freedom of Expression under Siege: Report of the IFEX
Tunisia Monitoring Group
Free expression alliance IFEX has released its Tunisia
Monitoring Group's report on the conditions for
participation in the World Summit on the Information
Society, to be held in Tunis.

African delegations to WSIS support Digital Solidarity
Delegations from Africa at the Second Prepcom of the
WSIS taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, have
unanimously supported the Digital Solidarity Fund
(GSF) and called upon all other delegations to assist
in designing a Fund that all nations could and would


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