domain name, WSIS & governance news - 7 July

domain name, WSIS & governance news - 7 July

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 22:54:02 +1000 (EST)
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the latest domain news. By close of business Melbourne
time, a more recent edition of the news will normally
be posted to the auDA web site. The domain name news
is supported by auDA.


nz: Domain regulator ‘power hungry'
A website developer hit by sanctions from the Domain
Name Commissioner’s office says the regulator is a
"power-hungry bureaucracy gone mad."

au: No threat to
The Augusta-Margaret River Tourism Association is not
under threat of losing but wishes to
expand and strengthen its internet presence.

au: Internet naming rights a bonanza
HIGH-PROFILE, sought-after internet domains like will soon belong to a lucky few.
Since 1997, it has been impossible to register
Australian geographic names as website addresses.,7034,15803161%255E951,00.html

sg: Chinese .sg domain names on trial
SINGAPORE Network Information Centre (SGNIC), a
subsidiary of the Infocomm Development Authority of
Singapore (IDA), is now offering, as a part of a
six-month trial, Chinese or Tamil '.sg' domain names
for individuals as well as organisations. These domain
names will actually be in Chinese or Tamil characters.

ICANN's man in Europe bows out
Internet overseeing organisation ICANN still has
problems but it will come out of the UN's upcoming
review into Internet governance with flying colours,
the organisation's man in Europe, Paul Verhoef has
predicted on the eve of his departure.

The US Department of Commerce, the DNS Root, and ICANN
The recent announcement in eWeek titled "Feds Won't
Let Go of Internet DNS" (slashdotted here) has some
major internet policy implications. The short, careful
wording appears to be more of a threat to ICANN than a
power grab. In short, the US Department of Commerce's
National Telecommunications and Information
Administration announced that it was not going to stop
overseeing ICANN's changes to the DNS root.

XXX: A New Frontier for Cybersquatting?
"Let the unseemly cybersquatting begin," said Karen
Whitehouse, an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN)-watcher and author of the Weekend
Geek blog. Though intended to make it easier to filter
porn sites and keep people, especially children, from
stumbling across them by accident, the upshot might be
to force people and companies to register domains as a
defensive move.

eu: Get in before the rush and obtain a .travel domain
name now
The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA), an
authentication provider for .travel domain names, is
now pre-authenticating its members for .travel domain

GNSO Council Luxembourg Agenda
Draft Agenda for GNSO Council meeting in Luxembourg
Tuesday, July 12, 2005

US Government to continue DNS maintenance
Going against previously stated policy, the United
States Department of Commerce has decided not to hand
over control of DNS (Domain Name System) services to
the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) as it had previously planned to do in
September of next year.,2000061744,39200026,00.inp

DNS name serving through NSD
Given the sheer importance of name servers in
providing Domain Name System (DNS) resolution -- a
process used by every Web-facing application to
translate domain names into IP addresses and vice
versa -- not many people put much thought into the
available software alternatives for pulling off this
feat. One compelling application is NSD, an
alternative to the widely deployed BIND name server.

Domain Registrations Alive and Well
According to internet monitors, Netcraft, 2.76 million
domain names were registered in June 2005, placing
that month second in the all time list for new
registrations behind March 2003.

Mark Cuban joins proxy fight
Seeking to wrest control of Inc.,
shareholder James Mitarotonda has added an all-star to
his team in Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

The Dupe Domain Indexing Dilemma
Keyword Champion Dan Thies deserves all the credit for
this one: the Dupe Domain Indexing Dilemma. Dan
freaked me out the other day when he told me one of my
domains had a "dupe content problem" in Google. "Wha
wha WHAAAAAAT?", I shrieked. Dan then calmly pointed
me to his blog post above and explained that both the
www version of my site and the version without the www
were being indexed by Google, potentially attracting a
duplicate content penalty and certainly diluting my
hard-earned link popularity. Turned out I was
competing with my own site for rankings!

Canada, Internet Governance and the WSIS
Background information and the Canadian government's
position on WSIS including an invitation for
submissions from interested Canadians regarding
Internet governance, within the context of Phase II of
the UN WSIS.

New Report on IPv6 Addressing Released
IGP releases a new paper discussing proposals for
competing sources of IPv6 addresses. IP addressing is
one of the most important - yet least understood -
aspects of Internet governance. The new IGP paper
reviews the debate on IP addressing and concludes that
"there is room for significant policy variation in
address space management. Introduction of a
responsible, globalized competing IPv6 allocation
authority below the top level would permit
experimentation with different policies and governance
systems. This might make addressing more responsive to
the needs of users."

The other digital divide
The G8 – the group of eight wealthy nations – is off
to rescue Africa. When they meet at Gleneagles for
their annual summit this week, the eight heads of
government will announce plans for debt relief and
more aid, along no doubt with a stirring communiqué.

Amman conference on developing Iraq
A three-day forum on development projects for the
war-scarred country took place in Amman last week. The
event provided an opportunity for Iraqi officials to
meet international business leaders to brief them on
their needs for rebuilding Iraq, organizer John
Glassey said. ... Iraq is negotiating to get its place
in cyberspace with ICANN...


Sources include Quicklinks <> and
BNA Internet Law News <>.


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