[DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - 17 November

[DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - 17 November

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 22:35:06 +1100 (EST)
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November, a more recent edition of the news should be
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Internet users seek non-English domains
Had the Internet been invented in China, you'd need
some fluency in Chinese to type Web addresses. But as
a U.S. invention, the Internet's lingua franca is


IDN Guidelines Version 2.0 Finalized
The Guidelines for Implementation of Internationalized
Domain Names, version 2.0, is now posted as final
following ICANN Board endorsement. The resolution from
the ICANN Board contained additional directions and
timelines for potentially reframing or revising the
IDN Guidelines.


Pump-and-dump spam domains go silent after botnet
Pump-and-dump spam domains have gone quiet since the
closure of a major botnet operation earlier this
month. The finding, by Alex Shipp of MessageLabs,
suggests that a botnet (a network of compromised
machines controlled by hackers) thought to be
associated mainly with adware distribution was also
used to distribute junk mail on a massive scale.


Beijing 2008 Olympic Mascot Domain Names Registered
No sooner were the mascots for the Beijing 2008
Olympics released, the domain names of the five
Friendlies were also registered in China.



cn: Domain disputes
Internet search engine company Google could be facing
new disputes over its .cn domain names just several
months after it spent nearly 1 million yuan
(US$123,456) to register google.com.cn and google.cn.


Google registers new domain names
Search oufit Google seems to be planning more detailed
content services including a magazine and newspaper
search and a digitised microfilm service.

1,000 pre-registration applications for .eu domain
names submitted to Belgacom
Since the end of October, it has been possible to
pre-register a .eu domain name with Belgian telco
Belgacom. Belgacom is a .eu registrar accredited by
Eurid, a not-for-profit organisation selected by the
European Commission to operate the .eu domain, to
process the applications. Customers can pre-register
the .eu domain name of their choice online via the
Belgacom website. In the space of just one week,
Belgacom received one thousand pre-registration
applications for .eu domain names.


EU Internet Launch .EU Domain Name in Ireland
EU Internet, an Irish company which was appointed to
manage .eu domain name registrations, officially
launched the new European domain name today, 11th
November 2005. The .eu domain name is unique in
providing a European internet identity for citizens of
the European Union. Its aim is to strengthen the
European brand and provide commercial benefits for
businesses, private users and the European Union


.eu domain now available for Irish businesses
A new European domain name was officially launched
today by the Irish company appointed to manage its

Would the Real Network Neutrality Please Stand Up?
I'm sure this is something that's been raked over
before, but I don't see a common understanding of what
'Net Neutrality' actually is. Despite many of the
Internetorati demanding it by law. There appear to be
several different camps, which you could paint as
"bottom of IP", "middle" and "top". The bottomistas
would see enforced Internet Protocol itself as a
premature optimisation and violation of the end-to-end
principle. Unhappy that you only get IPv4 or IPv6?
Still grumpy that you only have IPv4 and not even
IPv6? Really miserable that your VoIP packets are
staggering under the poisonous load of IPv6 headers?
You're a bottomista.


Domain Name Sale Offers Chance in Guinness Book of
World Records (news release)
TheRecordBreakingDomain.com is selling its domain name
for a new Guinness Book of World Records record to
create potential publicity for the future owner.

US retains hold of the internet
The US wins its fight to stay in charge of the
internet, as a key UN summit on the net opens in








Internet battle ends in stalemate
An expected fight over the governance of the internet
looked to have been averted last night as a tentative
deal was struck which would allow the US government to
retain overall control of the medium for the
foreseeable future.


African lobby successfully persuade rich nations
The African lobby has successfully managed to persuade
other nations to come around to the continent's way of
thinking on two key issues at WSIS.


A tussle over America's internet hegemony 
At the World Summit on the Information Society, talks
on bridging the "digital divide" are likely to be
overshadowed by a squabble over who controls the


Countries band to fight Internet crime
Negotiators agreed on Tuesday to set up a global forum
to discuss online crime, but appeared unlikely to
resolve a dispute about control of the Internet ahead
of a U.N. technology summit in.


Net Dust Storm Blows Into Tunis 
Murmurs of secret alliances and Realpolitik
machinations are already taking root in the dusty soil
of this ancient city, as thousands of delegates gather
at the U.N.'s World Summit on the Information Society
to debate the future of the internet.


On the line: the internet's future (free till ~18
Over the next three days a United Nations summit, in
the unlikely setting of Tunisia, will attempt to
thrash out the future of the internet.


President of the PrepCom of the Tunis Phase - TUNIS
To reiterate our unequivocal support for the Geneva
Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action adopted
at the first phase of the World Summit on the
Information Society in Geneva in December 2003.


Keep the Internet Free
Delegates from around the world will gather next week
in Tunisia for what is known as the World Summit on
the Information Society (WSIS). Few people are aware
of WSIS's existence, its mission or the purpose of
this conference. That is unfortunate, since the
principal agenda item calls for a wholesale change in
governance of the Internet that could lead to a
significant setback for global freedom of information.


Talks on net control resume
About 170 countries have kicked off a final round of
negotiations on the controversial issue of control of
the internet and the core technical infrastructure
that allows it to operate seamlessly worldwide.


Battle for control of internet heats up
Hundreds of international officials have descended on
Tunis to determine who controls the internet


Second Phase of the WSIS - Tunis Agenda for the
Information Society WSIS-05/TUNIS/DOC/6
Notes that Greece to host the first meeting of the
Internet Governance Forum in Athens no later than 2006
and we call upon the UN Secretary-General to extend
invitations to all stakeholders and relevant parties
to participate at the inaugural meeting of the IGF.

us: Information Summit Negotiates Oversight of
The number of Internet users has grown from 16 million
to 900 million over the last decade. ?Who controls the
Internet?? is a question looming large over Tunis,
Tunisia, as WSIS prepares to convene. Negotiators are
spending the final hours before the opening of the
U.N. General Assembly-sanctioned meeting to consider
competing proposals on the future of Internet
governance, and specifically the DNS.


us: Keep Government, Politics Out of Internet
Management, U.S. Urges
When the second round of the United Nations-sponsored
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
convenes in Tunis, Tunisia, November 16-18, the United
States says it is important to focus on opportunities
for the developing world to enjoy the benefits of the
Internet and other technologies.


Icann. Can you?
As governments from around the world converge on
Tunisia this week for the UN World Summit on the
Information Society, they will argue over a crucial
problem of 21st-century global governance: Who runs
the Internet?


The US role in running the net
Professor Derrick Cogburn of Syracuse University
explains why the US has to accept change in how the
internet is run.

The net and politicians don't mix
The head of Icann, Paul Twomey, defends the role of
his non-profit organisation in supervising the
internet, arguing against direct political control of
the web.

BBC In pictures: Tunis hosts summit

Notes from Tunis: The New Internet Governance Forum By
James Love
I?m in Tunis at WSIS, where the biggest debate is over
the future of ?Internet Governance.? The final text
for this was agreed upon about 30 minutes ago.


So where are we up to with this internet governance
WSIS starts this Wednesday in Tunis. It will be three
days in which the world's governments will decide for
the very first time what should and can be done with
this medium we call the internet.


World Summit blog: Heat, taxis and cous-cous
WSIS Tunis Tunis is relatively mild this time of year
for a North African country. Although if you've just
come from Britain, the sudden jump of 10-15 degrees
wouldn't let you think so.


World Summit blog: internet, freedom of speech and the
WSIS Tunis The most controversial aspect of this whole
world summit hasn't been the ensuing fight of who
should run the internet but where it is being hosted:


World Summit blog: Hotels and women
You can directly measure the quality of a hotel by the
amount of stuff in the room that leaves with the


WSIS: ITU leader says talks remain 'hot'
Hot was the word used by Yoshio Utsumi, secretary
general of the ITU, on Tuesday to describe not only
the room in which he was holding a news conference but
also the talks taking place next door on the
contentious issues of Internet governance and funding
at WSIS in Tunis, Tunisia.


War over internet control to dominate web summit
A United Nations summit will open in Tunisia on
Wednesday with the aim of improving access to
technology in poor countries. But the run-up to WSIS
has been dominated by a battle over control of the
internet, which has pitted the US against most of the
170 other nations involved, including European Union












Other Nations Hope to Loosen U.S. Grip on Internet
The crucial issue for many people at a United Nations
summit meeting on the information age is that control
of the Internet is mainly in the hands of the U.S.


Internet governance plan gaining support, EU says
European Union has been promoting its proposal ahead
of start of three-day United Nations technology summit
in Tunisia


Control the Internet? A Futile Pursuit, Some Say
As the Internet's reach has extended worldwide, an
international political battle over its control has


Internet showdown in Tunis
The United Nations' WSIS began with a high-minded
purpose: to bridge the technological gap between
richer and poorer nations. But now the WSIS event,
which begins Nov. 16 in Tunisia, has transformed into
a week-long debate about who should control key
portions of the Internet.

WSIS and the Splitting of the Root
There's talk that in the battle between the USA and
Europe over control of ICANN, which may come to a head
at the upcoming World Summit on the Information
Society in Tunis, people will seriously consider
"splitting the root" of DNS. I've written a fair bit
about how DNS works and how the true power over how
names get looked up actually resides with hundreds of
thousands of individual site administrators. However,
there is a natural monopoly in the root. All those
site admins really have to all do the same thing, or
you get a lot of problems, which takes away most of
that power. Still, this is an interesting power


Facing the Facts on Internet Governance by Michael
This week the regulation of the Internet takes centre
stage at WSIS. Initially intended to address the
growing digital divide, the WSIS has instead been
dominated by politicking over Internet governance
concerns.  A deep split has emerged, pitting the
United States (which favours the current system) on
one side and the European Union (which prefers a
multilateral approach) on the other.



Why the WSIS? Democracy and cyberspace
The debate about who governs the internet will
dominate the WSIS meeting in Tunis this week ? but the
world?s web users have more important things on their
mind, says Becky Hogge.


Global cybercrime force moves closer
But at the UN WSIS an agreement on control of the
Internet still looks to be a long way off.

News from WSIS: Web Censorship in Tunisia
Berkman Center representatives at WSIS are seeing a
common thread- censorship by a government that claims
to protect freedom of thought and expression. In
response to this censorship, many NGOs have canceled
their events at WSIS. At 3pm Tunis time there will be
a short press conference discussing the NGO boycott.
More details can be found at the the WSIS group blog.
The issue is being picked up by the Associated Press
and Reporters Without Borders, as well as many Berkman


Be wary of Internet 'governance'
In the North African capital city of Tunis, a world
summit will convene today to discuss, and perhaps
shape, the future of the Internet. Since the Internet
has grown fabulously without much shaping in the past,
you have every reason to worry about this meeting.


Rights activist and Belgian TV crew attacked in
mounting tension before Tunis summit
Reporters Without Borders today said it was ?appalled?
by yesterday?s attack by plain-clothes police on a
Belgian TV crew as it was accompanying lawyer and
human rights activist Radhia Nasraoui to a meeting of
non-governmental organisations at the German ?Goethe
Institute? cultural centre in Tunis.

Internet governance, the position of Reporters Without
The second stage of the UN World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis from 16 to 18
November will discuss how to legally and technically
administer the Internet. Reporters Without Borders
stresses the bad effects on freedom of expression that
alternatives proposed by some countries will have.

Tunisia chided over Web censorship
The hundreds of Tunisian flags waving across the
capital city are like so many miniature red carpets
unfurled in welcome for the 10,000 or so people,
including scores of heads of state, who have come here
to talk about the Internet this week.


Violence breaks out before Internet summit
Human rights groups are reporting that violent clashes
have broken out before the UN conference that is set
to debate the future governance of the Internet in


Journalists, Others At World Summit On the Information
Society Attacked By Authorities
The following press release has been distributed by
ARTICLE 19 on behalf of the WSIS Civil Society's Media

RSF Secretary-General Barred From WSIS
In a 10 November 2005 letter from the executive
secretariat of the WSIS, RSF Secretary General Robert
M?nard was informed that Tunisian authorities would
not allow him in the country to attend the summit.

FAO At the Second World Summit On the Information
Society -- the Digital Divide Continues to Hinder
Development in Rural Areas
The rural digital divide is isolating almost one
billion of the poorest people who are unable to
participate in the global information society,
according to FAO, which will be highlighting its
activities on enhancing knowledge exchange and access
to information in combating hunger and poverty at
WSIS, Phase II opening tomorrow.

ao: Prime Minister Attends World Information Summit
Angolan Prime Minister, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos
Santos "Nand?", left today for Tunisia, where he will,
in representation of the President of the Republic,
Jos? Eduardo dos Santos, attend the WSIS.

RSF Outlines Position On WSIS Internet Governance
The second stage of WSIS will be a showy United
Nations event where countries will try to agree on the
legal and technical future of the Internet. How the
Web is administered and regulated worldwide will be
the hottest topic on the agenda.

Information Technology On World Agenda This Week
A World Summit on Information Society, the second of
its kind. The summit will bring together about 12,000
political, business and civil society leaders as well
as leading media organisations to bridge the digital
divide and spread the benefits of the information


Net wars divide EU and US
A row between Europe and the US over internet
governance is set to overshadow the UN-sponsored WSIS
in Tunis on Monday.


Who Owns the Internet?
Should the United States own the Internet? It seems
like a pretty silly question to ask given the global
and seemingly indestructible nature of the network,
but it is a question the international community has
posed repeatedly of late.


U.N. control of Internet? An idea for the 'delete'
Jon Postel, a Californian with pony tail and flowing
beard, was once called the closest thing the Internet
has had to a god. Indeed. From the late 1960s, when
the Internet began to evolve from webs of military
computers, until his death in 1998, Postel guided the
technical body that laid structures and assigned names
allowing computers to communicate.


us: House to Vote on 'Net Governance
The U.S. House of Representatives plans to ease any
doubt the United Nations may have regarding Internet

A low-cost laptop for every child
In Cambridge, Mass., Nicholas Negroponte and his team
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been
chipping away at a long-held dream: producing a laptop
so cheap that governments could afford to link every
child in the world to the Internet.

Narrowing the Digital Divide
WSIS will look at ways to extend technology to the
world's poor. An African initiative to use high-speed
internet to treat AIDS inspires those trying to figure
out how to bridge the gap.


Agreement on web crime-fighting forum
Negotiators have agreed to set up a global forum to
discuss online crime, but appeared unlikely to resolve
a dispute about control of the Internet ahead of a UN
technology summit.



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


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