RE: [DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - Feb 02

RE: [DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - Feb 02

From: Thomas Shaw <thomas§>
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 12:55:54 +1100
Hi David.

It didn’t work too well for my screen.

Thanks. Thomas 

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From: David Goldstein [mailto:goldstein_david&#167;] 
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Subject: [DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - Feb 02

Hi all

I'm just checking if this format will work better for posting the news. If
not I will revert to the earlier version.



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<P><B>Businesses gird for .eu address war</B><BR> With Europe about to
launch its own .eu Internet domain extension, pundits expect a `gold rush'
among 500 million candidates for the prestigious address <BR><A HREF=""></A>
<BR><A HREF=""></A>
<BR><A HREF=",7204,12394716%5E15342%5E%5Enbv%5E

<P><B>nz: Domainz adds to profit</B><BR> Wellington web company Domainz has
turned in a solid first year's performance under the ownership of
Australian-listed Melbourne IT, which bought the firm from non-profit
internet society, InternetNZ, for $2 million in 2003. Domainz contributed
$A226,000 to Melbourne IT's total profit of $A3.8 million in 2004.
<BR><A HREF=",2106,3201076a28,00.html">,2106,3201076a28,00.html</A>

<P><B>ph: CICT expects a new ‘.ph’ administrator before year’s end</B><BR>
THE PHILIPPINES will have a new “.ph” Internet domain administrator before
the end of 2005, the Commission on Information and Communications Technology
(CICT) told last week.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>ICANN Still Steal Your Domain</B><BR>
Opinion: Now that we know more about what happened in the theft of the domain, there's no cause for relaxation. You can all be alarmed
<BR><A HREF=",1759,1770375,00.asp">,1759,1770375,00.asp</A>

<P><B>ICANN Statement on IDN Homograph Attacks and Request for Public
Comment</B><BR> ICANN is aware of the recent publicity regarding the
vulnerability of certain web browsers to URI and domain name spoofing that
relies on the use of Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) resolution.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

The WIPO continued its efforts to combat the abusive registration of
trademarks as domain names, or cybersquatting, in 2004, when it received
1,179 cases, or a 6.6% increase, over the number received the previous year.
WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center has handled a total of over 7,000
disputes, involving parties from 124 countries and covering over 12,500
domain names since the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
– a quick and cost effective dispute resolution procedure – went into effect
in December 1999.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>nz: Implementation of ENUM</B><BR> The implementation of ENUM, the
convergence of telephone numbering and internet domain naming, is
progressing around the world. InternetNZ is keen to see ENUM operating in
New Zealand and has formed a steering group to ensure that happens. The
group has to date:
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>us: Talon News shuts down - Domain names for porn sites tied to
reporter now up for sale</B><BR> Talon News, the website at the center of a
scandal linking one of its reporters to the White House, has temporarily
shut down its online operations, while explicit Internet domain names
allegedly used by its reporter are now up for sale.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Google, Inc. v. Mohammad Jabbari
Respondent has not offered any explanation for his registration of the
disputed domain name except that he wished to hold the domain name, without
using it.
Despite Respondent’s assertion, Complainant has documented that the domain
name at issue has indeed been used in relation to activities that in the
opinion of the Panel falls in under more than one of the exemplifications of
activities indicating bad faith use, set out in the IRDRP Section 4(b)
during the time it has been registered with the Respondent.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Domain hijack probe yet to release findings (reg req'd)</B><BR> Forty
days have elapsed since the domain name of Panix, a longtime ISP in New
York, was hijacked from the registrar Dotster and ended up at Melbourne IT.

<P><B>Domain Hijacking Story Still Unresolved</B><BR> According to reports,
an investigation into the hijacking of the domain name of New York-based ISP
Panix (, launched on January 18 by the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (, has yet to make its findings public.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>AfriNIC Transition Moves to Phase 2</B><BR> With NRO support, and in
anticipation of ICANN´s final recognition of the African Network Information
(AfriNIC) as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) in April 2005, AfriNIC has
begun operating as a fully functional RIR. The three RIRs previously serving
the AfriNIC region (APNIC, ARIN, and the RIPE NCC) transferred all RIR
services to AfriNIC on 21 February 2005.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>RIPE NCC Roundtable Meeting March 2005</B><BR> The RIPE NCC is holding
a Roundtable Meeting for Governments and Regulators on Wednesday, 30 March
2005 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>AfriNIC Transition Completed (news release)</B><BR> AfriNIC is the
emerging Regional Internet Registry
(RIR) for the African and Indian Ocean region.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>.In registration is about getting the name of your choice</B><BR>
Domain is a friendly name of a network address for a server or a website. If
we all had to remember the network address numbers for our favourite sites,
it would be a nightmare. So the DNS (Domain Naming
Service) was devised. Domains are categorized by their different extensions.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>.IN is the in-thing in webworld now</B><BR> Ever since the real time
launch of .IN domain names in cyberworld on 16 February by the National
Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) the registrations have already crossed
75,000 numbers and many Indians across the world have evinced interest to
acquire .IN names for their internet addresses.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>DNSMON to Become Production Level Service from March 2005 (news
release)</B><BR> The RIPE NCC DNS Monitoring Service (DNSMON) provides a
comprehensive, objective and up-to-date overview of the quality of the
service offered by high-level Domain Name System (DNS) servers. It is an
active measurement service.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>GNSO Council Election for ICANN Board seat 14</B> <BR><A HREF=""></A>

APTLD, meeting in Kyoto, Japan on Feb 20-22, have reviewed the draft
Strategic Plan, released for public comment by ICANN.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>CENTR Comments on ICANN Strategic Plan</B><BR> The Council of European
National Top Level Domain Registries, CENTR, wishes to take the opportunity
to comment on the ICANN Strategic Plan 2003-4 to 2006-7.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Cybersquatting cases increase again (reg req'd)</B><BR> The World
Intellectual Property Organization is becoming an increasingly popular forum
to settle domain name infringement disputes, with cybersquatting cases
continuing to rise <BR><A HREF="

<P><B>us: Domain Name Conference Launches in Seattle - May 2005</B><BR> The
world's brightest domain name owners will gain valuable insight at the
Domain Roundtable Conference.
We will bring together the Domain Name community of:
Domain Entrepreneurs, Technical Administrators, Domain Registrars and
Resellers, Affiliate Program Managers, Industry Insiders, Search Engine
Operators, Intellectual Property Community, Domain Brand Portfolio Managers,
Press and Media.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>"Domain pulse" 2005 Deals with Internet Governance, ENUM and Spam
(news release)</B><BR> Following the invitation from the Austrian registry,, experts from several countries and various disciplines attended the
"Domain pulse" conference held on 3 and 4 February 2005 in Vienna to discuss
various themes and trends concerning the Internet.
Once again this year, the event was co-hosted by two other domain
administrations, DENIC (Germany) and SWITCH (Switzerland/Liechtenstein), who
were pleased with the turn-out of more than 150 specialists, including, once
again, numerous Internet providers.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Search-Optimized Domain Portfolio Sells for $164 Million</B><BR>
Internet marketing firm Marchex Inc. has finalized a deal to pay a whopping
$164.2 million for Name Development Ltd., which displays keyword advertising
across a portfolio of more than 100,000 domains. The deal, along with the
recent sale of a misspelled domain name for $112,000, offers evidence that
mistyped URLs and other "accidental traffic" have become big business.

<P><B>Mozilla Warns of Firefox Security Holes</B><BR> Foundation releases an
updated browser that includes fixes to many flaws. ... One of the changes
made in Firefox 1.0.1 is in the way the browser handles international domain
names (IDNs).
<BR><A HREF=",aid,119833,00.asp">,aid,119833,00.asp</A>
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Domain Name Hijackings and Domain Theft the Topic at Traffic West in
Las Vegas in May (news release)</B><BR> Domain Hijackings are occurring at
record levels and registrars are doing little to prevent this illegal
activity, TRAFFIC WEST will be held in Las Vegas from May 24th to the 27th
at the Venetian and will focus solely on the widening problem.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>ISO Fails to Obtain Transfer of ISO 9000 Domains</B><BR> A
three-member World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panel, has
refused to transfer four domain names that include the phrase 'ISO9000' to
ISO, in the International Organization for Standardization v AQI case.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>.CN domain name registration fees drop</B><BR> .CN ccTLD logoAfter
last week's Chinese Domain Name Registrar Conference held in Kunming by the
China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), many domain sellers have
dropped their prices for .CN domains by as much as 40%.

Second Meeting of WGIG - 14-18 February 2005 </B><BR> The Working Group on
Internet Governance (WGIG) held its second meeting at the United Nations in
Geneva from 14 to 18 February 2005. The Meeting included a round of
consultations open to all stakeholders on
15-16 February.  The Chairman of the WGIG, Mr Nitin Desai, transmitted a
Preliminary Report to the President of the WSIS Preparatory Committee,
Ambassador Janis Karklins, and ITU Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi in his
capacity as WSIS Secretary-General. The report will be discussed by the
Preparatory Committee on 24 February 2005. See below for the report:
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>UNDP-APDIP announcing major regional survey on Internet
Priorities: All stakeholder groups are encouraged to participate, the online
questionnaire is available in twelve languages: take a few minutes to
register your views and support the survey outreach.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Call for Comments on the WGIG Draft Working Papers</B><BR> The WSIS
requested the United Nations Secretary-General to establish a WGIG.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>RIPE Special Edition on the World Summit on the Information Society
and “Internet Governance”</B><BR> This special edition of the Member Update
is devoted to the ongoing “Internet governance” debate. It has been several
years since the discussion of different models of “Internet governance”
began and this discussion has gained momentum during the course of the World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It is difficult for the Internet
community to be directly involved in this, as the main participants in the
WSIS are governments and governmental organisations like the ITU.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Comments to WGIG on Draft Working Papers Identifying Issues for
Internet Governance</B><BR> Draft WGIG Issue Paper on the Administration of
Internet Names and IP Addresses <BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>WGIG submits preliminary report on internet governance</B><BR> The
Preliminary Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) serves
as the consultation document for the open Internet governance consultation
at the Preparatory Committee meeting on 24 February
2005 in Geneva.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Internet Governance: Analogue Solutions to Digital Problems</B><BR>
This is an overview of the booklet, "Internet
Governance: Issues, Actors and Divides," recently published by
DiploFoundation and the Global Knowledge Partnership. "Internet Governance
is not a simple subject. Although it deals with a major symbol of the
DIGITAL world, it cannot be handled with a digital - binary logic of
true/false and good/bad. Instead, the subject's many subtleties and shades
of meaning and perception require an ANALOGUE approach, covering a continuum
of options and compromises." Update: This article was reposted with
additional information and a new title.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Group agrees on voluntary digital solidarity fund</B><BR> Negotiators
at a meeting in Geneva last week appear to have defused one of the
contentious issues looming over the second phase of the WSIS later this
They agreed to make contributions to a "digital solidarity fund" voluntary
and not mandatory as demanded by a number of developing countries at the
first phase of the summit in 2003.
<BR><A HREF=";462951542">;462951542</A>

<P><B>Net tug-of-war to end?</B><BR>
A UN-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 e-mail spam.
<BR><A HREF=",4136,83727-1,00.html,4136,83727-1,00.html</A>
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>UN edges closer to "internet governance"</B><BR> The United Nations
came fractionally closer to defining "internet governance" this week,
publishing documents it says highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the
current meshwork of internet management groups.

<P><B>WSIS - Paving the Way to Democratic Communication?</B><BR> Will
history recognise the WSIS process as the first step in creating an entirely
new model of international negotiation? One of many who believe so is
Professor Wolfgang Kleinwächter of Aarhus University in Denmark.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>
<BR><A HREF=",2172,98718,00.html">,2172,98718,00.html</A>

<P><B>Israeli Prime Minister Invited to Tunis Summit On World Information
Society</B><BR> Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been invited to
attend the WSIS, said today Tunisian official news agency Tunis Afrique
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Criticism of Government Not Allowed At UN Meeting</B><BR> The
Secretariat of the WSIS will not allow civil society to distribute a report
at the PrepCom 2 meeting currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Gender Issues Sidelined At WSIS</B><BR> Gender activists at the
preparatory conference for the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the
Information society (WSIS) are bitterly disappointed because their
recommendations being ignored.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>ITU Raises N295,448,660b for WSIS-05</B><BR> INTERNATIONAL
Telecommunication Union (ITU) has confirmed the raising of over CHF 2.7
million, about N295.448,660 billion for the second phase of the WSIS.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Freedom of Expression Under Siege in Tunisia</B><BR> If the Tunisian
government is to host, peacefully and successfully, the second and final
phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in November
2005, it will have to beef up efforts to improve its poor human rights
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Tunis ‘Summit of Solutions’ Takes Shape at Second Preparatory Meeting
(WSIS News Release)</B><BR> The second Preparatory Meeting (PrepCom 2) of
the Tunis phase of the WSIS finished its work with agreement on what
substantive issues need to be negotiated for the output of the Tunis phase
of WSIS.
PrepCom-2 also agreed on the financial mechanisms — a critical component of
the Tunis output to support ICT development and the WSIS goals outlined in
the Plan of Action adopted by 175 countries at Geneva Phase of the Summit.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Over CHF 1.3 million in new WSIS contributions confirmed (WSIS News
Release)</B><BR> ITU Secretary-General, Yoshio Utsumi confirmed that the
WSIS-2005 Fundraising Campaign has brought in more than CHF 1.3 million in
new financial contributions to fund core preparatory activities of the Tunis
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Working Group on Internet Governance to discuss policy issues and
priorities, Internet security, access for all (UN Press Release)</B><BR> The
WGIG will meet at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 14 to 16 February
to discuss issues such as domain names administration and Internet Protocol
(IP) addresses, administration of the Internet Root Server system,
telecommunications infrastructure, broadband access, and competition policy,
liberalization, privatization and regulations.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>Second Preparatory Committee Meeting for WSIS Tunis Phase (WSIS
Information Note)</B><BR> The second Preparatory Committee Meeting
(PrepCom-2) of the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information
Society (WSIS) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, 17-25 February 2005. The
meeting will focus on preparations for the Summit that will take place in
Tunis, Tunisia, 16-18 November 2005. It will also evaluate progress made on
the WSIS Plan of Action, which was agreed to by 175 countries in Geneva in
December 2003.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>PrepCom2 ends with long “to do” list</B><BR> The WSIS PrepCom ended
this evening after some wrestling over the work between now and PrepCom3 in
September. Civil Society groups at their last meeting discussed the state of
the whole process and agreed that the vision has been lost somewhere, but
that the road to actually changing reality is also very long.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>PrepCom debate on Internet Governance</B><BR> Today the focus of
PrepCom debates moved from finance to internet governance. Markus Kummer
presented the preliminary report of the Working Group on Internet Governance
(WGIG), and many government delegates took the opportunity to comment on the
report, uncovering some of the deep lines of conflict from the first WSIS
phase. The final report will be presented in mid-July and will be thoroughly
discussed at PrepCom3 in September.
<BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>For more stories throughout February from the World Summit 2005 site,
see:</B><BR> <BR><A HREF=""></A>

<P><B>India pushes for changes in Net
India will push for dilution of control of US-supported ICANN over global
Internet governance. It will also suggest setting up an inter-government
organisation to co-ordinate issues related to Internet and IP-based services
at the UN-sponsored Working Group on Internet Governance meeting to be held
in Geneva between February 14 and 16. (see page 6) <BR><A HREF=""></A>


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