[DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - 3 November

[DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - 3 November

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2005 22:49:06 +1100 (EST)
Check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/dn-news for
the latest domain news. By close of business Melbourne
time on 7 November, a more recent edition of the news
should be posted to the auDA web site.

The domain name news is supported by auDA.

Political Oversight of ICANN: A Briefing for the WSIS
Summit: Concept Paper by the Internet Governance
WSIS seems to be foundering on the issue of "political
oversight" of the Internet. IGP issues a new paper
that clarifies the issues and provides concrete
proposals for moving forward. We explain why WSIS must
separate discussion of the role of governments in
setting policy for all Internet issues from discussion
of the narrower problem of ICANN's oversight. By means
of a careful analysis of the contractual instruments
used by the U.S. government to supervise ICANN, the
paper shows how the problem of U.S. unilateral
oversight can be addressed in a way that is both
politically feasible and avoids threatening the
stability or freedom of the Internet.


Voices from Asia-Pacific - Internet Governance
Priorities and Recommendations: An ORDIG Input Paper
for the UN Working Group on Internet Governance and
the WSIS
The purpose of this paper is to present a snapshot of
those priorities at a particularly important moment in
the network?s history. As the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) heads towards its meeting
in Tunis, debates over the future of the Internet, and
in particular the future of Internet governance, are
gathering momentum. Much is at stake in the WSIS
process: there is a sense that very real and important
decisions may soon be reached. At such a moment, it is
critical for every region and stakeholder group to
have a voice; whatever new Internet governance
arrangements may emerge must be as inclusive as

Signposts in Cyberspace: The Domain Name System and
Internet Navigation
[This report is currently available in its
prepublication version from the National Academies
Press.] Signposts in Cyberspace: The Domain Name
System and Internet Navigation examines the
performance and prospects of the Domain Name System
from technical and institutional perspectives, and
also looks at how navigation technologies and
institutions facilitate finding and accessing Internet
resources. It describes the evolution of the
technologies and institutions that have supported the
growth of the Internet and provides the basis for
future decisions that will enable its productive

Worldwide but Homegrown (New York Times editoral)
Some foreign governments are uncomfortable with the
United States' controlling the nuts and bolts of the
Internet. That is understandable. So much of the
success of the global economy depends on its smooth
functioning and the United States has not been a model
of receptiveness to other nations' concerns in recent
years. There may be a multilateral solution down the
road, but right now it is in everyone's best interest
to keep control of the Internet where it was founded,
in America.


au: Beware of self-appointed guardians of Cyberspace
... Cyberspace would have appealed to Kafka's vision
of unseen, arbitrary and implacable forces sheltering
behind inscrutable bureaucracies. They are out there:
policing the Net for suspicious behaviour. They define
the 'crime'. They determine guilt or innocence. The
ISPs who use their services carry out the sentence.


au: AusRegistry keeps domain services contract
The provider of domain name registry services for
second-level .au domains will continue to operate the
service until mid-2010 under a contract awarded




au: Walsh faces court -- gambling issues led to
A MAGISTRATE yesterday said gambling had led to the
"fall from grace" of prominent Bendigo sporting
identity Brian Walsh. ...  Police prosecutor Senior
Constable Robert Gibson said Walsh then attended a
number of central Victorian businesses, beginning in
mid-2004, persuading owners to pay him to register a
domain name or create a website for them.


eu: Beware of .eu domain scammers, report warns
The majority of businesses expect the forthcoming .eu
domain name to be important to their businesses in
Europe, but must be wary of fraudulent domain sellers,
a new report warns.

kz: OSCE media freedom representative asks Kazakhstan
to withdraw Internet regulation
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media,
Miklos Haraszti, has asked the Government of
Kazakhstan to withdraw a newly established regulation
on the registration of domain names for websites.


Lance Armstrong wins cybersquatting case
The Lance Armstrong Foundation, a Texas-based charity
set up by the American cycling champion to raise funds
for cancer research, on Tuesday won the right to evict
cybersquatters from Web sites selling Livestrong









za: Lawyers warn of domain name scam
Intellectual property law firm Adams & Adams have
issued a warning alerting SA companies of a scam
emanating from 'domain name service providers' in the

ICANN: IDN Guideline Revision Update
The members of the TLD registries working group for
the revision of the IDN Guidelines wish to express
their gratitude to all of the individuals and
organizations who submitted comments to the public
forum on the draft text. ICANN has posted a formal
thank you note along with a description of the IDN
process. While the changes to the guidelines will be
based on the commentary that has already been
received, the discussion forum for IDN guideline
issues has been re-opened to enable the continued
discussion of IDN issues.


DWS helps Citigroup triumph in domain name damages row
DWS helps Citigroup triumph in domain name damages row
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has won its first IP deal for
Citigroup as a result of its Taylor Wessing hires
earlier this year. The firm, led by new IP litigation
partner John Linneker, triumphed in a cybersquatting
case in the High Court two weeks ago. Linneker brought
the case with him from Taylor Wessing.


ICANN and VeriSign Agree to End Site Finder Suits
The ICANN and registration services provider VeriSign
have reached a tentative agreement to end their
long-standing lawsuits against each other

What's in a (domain) name?
As the internet has grown, so has the competition for
desirable domain names


Sex.com thief appears in court
Following his dramatic arrest late last week Sex.com
thief Stephen Cohen has appeared before a judge in San
Diego and been ordered to face the $65m judgement
lodged against him nearly five years ago.




BBC Radio 4 Today programme
Interview with US Ambassador David Gross on wo should
control the internet.


Countries Criticise Internet Control
WHILE UGANDAN intelligence agencies continue the
search for the author of an online hate message about
President Yoweri Museveni, a "419 mail" is was
recently circulating on the net.


Internet Governance Squabble Expected To Hijack U.N.
The escalating scrap over control of the Internet that
has pitted the U.S. government against the rest of the
world is expected to take over the agenda at the World
Summit on the Information Society, a United Nations
meeting scheduled for November.


Opinion: Keeping Control
The Internet may be a worldwide network of data and
ideas, but when it comes to the basic plumbing, all
decisions flow back to one place: the United States.
[The article concludes...] Ultimately, what may be the
best result for businesses and individual Internet
users would be for the United States to let ICANN go
ahead with its privatization. That wouldn't resolve
all the issues people have with ICANN, or the question
of international or even Internet user representation.
But it might convince the rest of the world that the
playing field is even enough that they can stop trying
to tilt it in a favorable direction.


Don't let bureaucrats get hands on Internet
The Internet is an American invention, its basic
technology developed by the Pentagon to ensure
communications could continue during a national


Save Internet from international control
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.



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


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