[DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - 24 November

[DNS] domain name, WSIS & governance news - 24 November

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 18:09:58 +1100 (EST)
Check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/dn-news for
the latest domain news. By close of business Melbourne
time on 28 November, a more recent edition of the news
should be posted to the auDA web site.

The domain name news is supported by auDA.

ICANN, VeriSign make strange bedfellows
This deal is actually a signal that the end of the
Internet community's role in determining its own
future may be imminent. This is a $1.5 billion
giveaway that proposes to permanently transfer
important public infrastructure to VeriSign. The deal
proposes to:


cn: No bidders for birdflu.com on Chinese auction
An enterprising resident of China?s largest city
Shanghai is unlikely to profit from his 95-yuan
(12-dollar) investment in the right to a domain name
containing the word for bird flu, state media said.


No .eu domain for the Swiss
The Swiss won't be able to register for the ".eu" web
domain when the European Union (EU) begins accepting
registrations for internet addresses next month, even
though the country is in the heart of Europe. EU
regulations prohibit non-members from registering.



uk: .EU domain names ? Cabinet Office gives UK public
sector guidance
Cabinet Office has published a briefing paper for
public sector organisations on the registration and
validation of an .EU domain name that may be applied
for during the .EU phased registration period (also
known the Sunrise Period).


de: Owner of Web Site to Cede Name to Merkel
The election of a woman as Germany's chancellor
presented government techies with an immediate
challenge. With gender-based spellings in German, the
chancellor's Web site could no longer be
bundeskanzler.de. Angela Merkel's official title is
"Bundeskanzlerin," with the feminine ending "-in" -
but bundeskanzlerin.de was already taken. Now it
appears the owner of the feminine version is willing
to cede it.


ICANN remains master of Internet domains?for now
ICANN received a last-minute reprieve at the World
Summit on the Information Society last week and will
keep its control over Internet domains. Meanwhile,
SonyBMG didn't fare as well as a recent Trojan kept
its surreptitious rootkit in the spotlight. Get the
details about both stories in this edition of the IT
Locksmith, and get the best of the rest of recent
security news.

ICANN Welcomes WSIS Tunis Declaration
ICANN has welcomed the Tunis Declaration adopted
during the second phase of the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS) in relation to the
Internet?s ongoing technical coordination. The
decision by the WSIS to recognize ICANN?s existing
multi-stakeholder model ensures that the stability and
integrity of the Internet?s naming and addressing
system will be preserved.


.MX registry updated
NIC Mexico, the .MX ccTLD registry, presented a new
technology development that strengthens the
performance of its infrastructure.


ICANN Posts Additional Q&A's Regarding the Proposed
VeriSign Settlement
As indicated previously, ICANN appreciates the
comments and questions about the proposed VeriSign
settlement posted in ICANN's public forum and raised
in meetings with staff since the proposed settlement
was announced. The linked Q&A's (questions and
answers) are intended to address key issues raised and
support further dialogue and consultation.


Disputes arise over Web site domain names
So, .com or .org? I only ask because the issue has
created some controversy lately. The Hamilton County
Republican Party is suing the operators of
www.hamiltoncountyrepublicanparty.com. Apparently, the
party thinks people might confuse it with the .org Web
site of the same name.


au: ACS to anoint new chief
THE new Australian Computer Society president will be
announced on Friday.


What Is Icann?
ICANN is a nonprofit, public-private partnership
responsible for coordinating the Internet's system of
domain names.

ICANN to keep internet authority (reg req'd)
The control of the international domain name system
will remain in the hands of the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers, a summit of world
leaders decided last week



Preserving the essence of the net
Technology commentator Bill Thompson wonders whether
the choice of Tunisia to host the UN net summit was
designed to make a wider point.

Root servers: The real Net power
Delegates from third-world nations spent much of last
week at a United Nations summit here railing against
the Bush administration's alleged control of the


Go Digital: BBC World Radio discusses the sub-$100 PC
We speak to one of the inventors of the sub $100 PC,
more from the World Summit on the Information Society,
linking computers to fight malaria, plus podcasting
grows up with its own expo

Can the digital divide be bridged?
BBC World listeners comment on: Have computers, mobile
phones and the internet changed your life? President
Wade of Senegal has called on richer nations to do
more to help developing countries buy technology
hardware; At a summit in Tunis the president also
voiced concern about internet governance, saying that
the issue of who should run the internet still has to
be resolved; After much debate the Tunis summit on the
Information Society agreed to leave the US in charge
of the internet's addressing system.


Turbulence in Tunisia
Q&A: Regime restrictions may be behind the violence at
the WSIS in Tunis, Tunisia: A civil liberties watchdog
made headlines three years ago when it named Tunisian
President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali a "predator of press


The Register saves World Summit with
multi-million-pound commitment
The Register has put its money where its mouth and
saved the World Summit from being branded a waste of
everyone's time.


uk: Light regulation will beat child porn, says trade
Light-touch regulation, minimal legisation and a close
working relationship with business is the answer to
the net's problems, not least child pornography,
according to UK secretary of state for trade Alun


This is how a government-filtered internet looks
There been alot of argument in Tunis during the World
Summit over the fact that the government filters
internet access to remove websites it doesn't like.


WGIG?s proposed internet governance forum is widely
supported, but the US is unlikely to give up its power


'Steal' my idea says $100 laptop inventor
Britain wins four awards at world internet summit,
where developers launch low-tech computer for
developing world


Norm Coleman, Annan now tangle over Web name control
The senator sees an attack on Internet openness; the
U.N. chief wants to close the digital divide.

Controversy Blights UN Net Summit
WSIS ended with talk about narrowing the technology
gap between rich and poor nations but little in

Al Sharekh receives award from WSIS
Sakhr Software Co. succeeded in achieving an honorable
triumph for Kuwait at the World Summit for the
Information Society (WSIS) Award Gala as Sakhr's
President received the WSIS Award.

The World Summit in pictures
WSIS Tunis Since the Internet is a multi-faceted
beast, we felt it only right that we also make use of
its ability to displays photos. As such here is a
brief pictorial review of the World Summit in Tunis
this week:


More of Mugabe's Hypocrisy At WSIS
THE President of Zimbabwe attended WSIS in Tunisia,
with what one might assume is a straight face. The
State-controlled Herald newspaper noted on its front
page on 15 November 2005, that the President has been
in the forefront of ensuring that "information and
communication technology reaches all corners of the
country by donating computers and accessories to
primary and secondary schools."

WSIS Opens
Phase two of WSIS opened last week with more than
16,000 delegates from 176 countries meeting in Tunis
to focus on forging strategies to improve the
accessibility and affordability of information and
communication technologies.

Reporters Without Borders Attends Alternative Summit
Launch, Unveils Lists of 15 Internet Enemies
A Reporters Without Borders team that is in Tunisia
for WSIS attended the launch today of a symbolic
"citizens summit" by a group of some 20
non-governmental organisations at the headquarters of
the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH).

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 which opened on Wednesday, 16th

Internet Governance: U.S., Developing Countries Strike
A COMPROMISE agreement on Internet governance has been
reached between the United States and developing

Ethiopian Gov't Delegation Attending WSIS in Tunis
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said a high level
Ethiopian government delegation led by Minister of
Capacity Building Tefera Waluwa is attending WSIS
being held in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

Minding the Information And Communication Gap
As world leaders call for the benefits of new
technologies to be shared more evenly around the
globe, the reality on the ground in West Africa is a
stark reminder of just how much work remains to be

Environmental Concerns Raised Over Us$100 Laptops
NAMIBIA has warned against possible adverse
environmental consequences amidst the hype following
the launch of the "100$ Laptop", an ambitious project
hoped to open education communication to children all
over the world.


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


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