[DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - 27 October

[DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - 27 October

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2005 20:31:07 +1100 (EST)
Check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/dn-news for
the latest domain news. By close of business Melbourne
time on 31 October, a more recent edition of the news
should be posted to the auDA web site.

The domain name news is supported by auDA.

Cyberweek: ODR, eLawyering and ethics
A free weeklong cyberconference on various legal
issues, providing registrants with opportunities to
explore ODR, eLawyering, and ethics in the Internet
law age. 

us: Deal lets Verisign hold onto .com
The key net oversight body has settled a long-running
dispute with Verisign, a company which has significant
influence over how people find websites.









 http://lenta.ru/news/2005/10/25/verisign/ (Russian)

ICANN Gets the Root Zone, Too
A small but intriguing paragraph in the VeriSign
settlement says that ICANN gets to maintain the root
zone. I thought they did now, but I guess VRSN does,
following advice from ICANN.


Verisign Gets .COM Forever, But ICANN Gets a Lobbyist
A press release on the ICANN web site says that ICANN
and Verisign have agreed to settle all pending
lawsuits, and there?s a new .COM agreement, all
tentative but if history is any guide, nothing short
of DOC action is going to stop it.


ICANN and VeriSign Announce End to Long-Standing
Dispute (news release)
ICANN today announced that it has reached an proposed
agreement to end all pending litigation over its
long-standing dispute with VeriSign. The proposed
agreement documents are being posted for public
comment and are subject to final approval of the ICANN
Board. This settlement will clear the way for a new
and productive public/private partnership in
coordinating technical management of the Internet's
domain name system.


DNS servers 'vulnerable to attack'
Many DNS servers are wrongly configured or running
out-of-date software, leaving them vulnerable to
malicious attacks, according to a survey published on




au: Web names boss on bankruptcy list
A SHONKY businessman who misled tens of thousands of
businesses into buying domain names that they did not
need has been declared bankrupt.


Dot.IE Internet registrations top 50,000
Dot.ie Internet domain registrations have now exceeded
the 50,000 mark, according to IE Domain Registry
(IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland's domain


Mobile Web sites face stringent standards regulation
mTLD is to be the first TLD operator to insist the
sites under its jurisdiction follow strict standards
of Web development


in: Govt working on implementation of multilingual
domain names
To widen the Internet user base, the government is
working on a process to evolve multilingual domain
names in Indian scripts for easier browsing of the web
by masses.


When will we run out of IPv4?
A paper by Tony Hain was recently published in the
Internet Protocol Journal which sparked a debate on
Slashdot. Particularly, Tony's paper suggested that
IANA will run out of IP addresses in 5 years or less.
However, there is another paper written by Geoff
Hutson which projects that we have enough IPv4 address
until 2022. The differences got most people confused.
So who is right?


za: Internet Domain Name Scam
Intellectual property law firm Adams & Adams has
issued a statement alerting South African companies of
a scam emanating from "domain name service providers"
in the UK regarding the registration of domain names
in various domain name spaces such as .co.za, .com,

eu: The web goes dotty
The World Wide Web will have a different face in the
coming months with the launch of several new domains,
including the long-awaited dot-eu (.eu) address.

The Economist letters to the editor
Following a couple of articles from The Economist (see
10 October version of the news), Markus Kummer from
the Secretariat of the WGIG and Brian Carpenter from
the IETF, both in Geneva, have letters published.
Markus Kummer says that on a proposal to set up a
forum to discuss difficult subjects "it is for
thoughtful dialogue on difficult issues among many
stakeholders". Brian Carpenter says "[u]nfortunately,
the whole debate about internet governance under the
auspices of the [UN] has for some reason focused on
relatively minor technical issues, which hardly
deserve being called 'governance', and has passed by
in silence on more important issues, such as freedom
of information, the right to privacy, affordability of
internet access, and other issues worthy of
international diplomacy."


EU commissioner speaks out on Internet Governance
The European Commission's Viviane Reding, the
Commissioner responsible for Information Society and
Media has made a speech on 'Opportunities and
challenges of the Ubiquitous World and some words on
Internet Governance 2005'. For the text of the speech


United States Says No U.N. Body Should Control
The United States says that transferring control of
the Internet to the United Nations would stifle
innovation with excessive bureaucracy and may help
repressive regimes curtail free expression online.


Preserving the Web of the free
There is a move afoot at the United Nations and in the
European Union to get the United States to give up
control of the Internet - a medium that America
created and on which it now critically relies.


Why the UN Wants to Control the Internet
But the UN believes that its American origins makes
ICANN the creature of the U.S. government, and
believes an international organization should control
the DNS system. In reality, governments that would
like to control media tightly within their own
borders, are the ones that would like another tool to
accomplish that, and UN control of DNS would do that.
Major members, or groups of smaller members, of the
UN, can exercise considerable control over UN
organizations. For example, uf DNS were controlled by
the UN, China could insure that any site names China
did not approve of, never appeared.


The Net is anarchy: keep it that way
The internet, long seen as a neutral realm free of
government interference, is now hot political
property. Not surprisingly, therefore, both the
European Union and the United Nations are now trying
to grab control of the internet. This has major
consequences for business and for individuals.



U.S. Faces Off Against EC Over Internet Control
Control of the Internet has been creating a stir in
Washington in recent weeks. For the moment, the U.S.
maintains control of the "roots" of the Internet,
signifying that it has power to authorize or deny
certain determined controls, such as the recent
termination of ".xxx" for places of pornography.


EU, developing nations challenge US control of
U.S. private organization assigns domain names, web
addresses, standards


Sources include Quicklinks <http://qlinks.net/> and
BNA Internet Law News <http://www.bna.com/ilaw/>.


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