[DNS] domain name & governance news - 3 July

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 3 July

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 20:03:54 +1000 (EST)
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Governments to decide future of net - Major shift in
power in ICANN

Highs, lows and sickos - The unspoken side of the
Morroccan meeting

Arguments and gunfire - It's dangerous in here

Bad music and full mouths - Muddling through in

New WHOIS Definition Survives Marrakech ICANN Meeting
by Milton Mueller

.xxx probes US government interference

The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination
and Management of the Internet Domain Name and
Addressing System - Notice of Inquiry, Notice of
Public Meeting

.eu status report - number of eu domains exceeds 2

Korea-led agency pushes local domain system

Presentation: Cybersecurity & Spam after WSIS: How
MAAWG Can Help
A presentation entitled Cybersecurity & Spam after
WSIS: How MAAWG Can Help (PDF) was made by Robert
Shaw, Deputy Head, ITU Strategy and Policy Unit at the
Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group meeting held 27-29
June 2006 in Brussels, Belgium.

Governments to decide future of net - Major shift in
power in ICANN
ICANN Marrakech In an historic shift of power,
international governments will this week argue that
they should take the lead role in "public policy"
issues on the Net - effectively deciding the future
course of much of the internet.

Highs, lows and sickos - The unspoken side of the
Morroccan meeting
ICANN Marrakech ICANN Marrakech is over, save the
board meeting. And this fact was - as it always is -
sufficient reason for everyone to head to the bar and
mull things over while consuming (un)healthy
quantities of booze.

Arguments and gunfire - It's dangerous in here
ICANN Marrakech It's difficult to know if there is
anything more frustrating than being unable to get on
the internet at an ICANN meeting, but then I'm certain
that the greengrocers of Georgia or undertakers of
Uxbridge have an anecdote or two to put that in

Bad music and full mouths - Muddling through in
ICANN Marrakech: "Cause baby, I feel wonderful
tonight..." The man singing this is lying. He doesn't
feel wonderful at all. He feels like a musician who
has been reduced to playing old-favourites to a small
bunch of indifferent tourists, sat tapping away behind
two sythesisers, only one of which he ever plays, but
both of which are bathed in bright pink light. Welcome
to Marrakech.

New WHOIS Definition Survives Marrakech ICANN Meeting
by Milton Mueller
For now, it appears that the new, more technically
focused and privacy-friendly definition of the purpose
of Whois survived the Marrakech meeting. The U.S.
Government and the copyright and law enforcement
interests mounted a major onslaught against the
Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) action,
using the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) as
their pressure point.

.xxx probes US government interference
The company behind the unsuccessful .xxx bid has filed
a third freedom of information act (FOIA) request
against the US Department of Commerce in its ongoing
bid to discover what pressure was exerted by the US
government on internet organisation ICANN to turn the
top-level domain down.

Tragic death sparks new internet foundation
A new foundation has been created to honour the memory
of internet pioneer Liz Dengate-Thrush who died last
week in a tragic traffic accident. The Liz Dengate
Thrush Internet Entrepreneurship Foundation was
announced in an emotional speech in Marrakech
yesterday at the tri-annual meeting of internet
overseeing organisation ICANN.

The Continued Transition of the Technical Coordination
and Management of the Internet Domain Name and
Addressing System - Notice of Inquiry, Notice of
Public Meeting
The United States Department of Commerce?s National
Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA) seeks comment on the continuation of the
transition of the technical coordination and
management of the Internet domain name and addressing
system (Internet DNS) to the private sector.  In June
1998, the Department issued a statement of policy on
the privatization of the Internet DNS, which among
other things articulated four primary functions for
global Internet DNS coordination and management, the
need to have these functions performed by the private
sector and four principles to guide the transition to
private sector management of the Internet DNS.  On
June 30, 2005, NTIA released the U.S. Principles on
the Internet?s Domain Name and Addressing System
further elaborating on these issues.  The Department
of Commerce seeks comment regarding the progress of
this transition and announces a public meeting to be
held on July 26, 2006, to discuss issues associated
with this transition.

.eu status report
The total number of active domain names in .eu was
2,002,672 as of 2 July 2006. The highest number of
active domain names per country of registrant was in
Germany with 630,327, second was Great Britain with
373,591. For the latest figures see:

au: Budget boost to city spirit
COMMUNITY building will be a vital part of this year?s
Ipswich City Council budget, Mayor Paul Pisasale said
yesterday. The centrepieces of council?s strategy will
be the registration of the internet domain name
?australiafamilies.com.au? and the introduction of
subsidised neighbourhood barbecues. ?Families are the
building blocks of a successful city,? Cr Pisasale
said. ?The city doesn?t work unless its families work
together.? Councillors and the mayor will have
discretionary funds to subsidise get-togethers of
neighbours, interest groups or even whole suburbs to
promote interaction and community building.

Korea-led agency pushes local domain system
A Korea-led nonprofit organization has set out to push
what is known as a native language domain service in a
bid to diversify the access standards for the Web,
which now predominately revolves around English.

Lassie.com Domain Goes to TV Rights Owner
A U.N. agency has ruled that ownership of the
lassie.com domain name must be handed to New
York-based Classic Media Inc., the company that owns
rights to the popular TV series Lassie about an
adventurous collie.

Fi-domain names become obsolete over coming months
Tens of thousands of fi-domain names become obsolete
during summer and autumn this year. According to
information released by the Finnish Communications
Regulatory Authority on Wednesday, the fi-domain names
have held temporary status for the past three years
since the Domain Name Act came into force in September

UK snapping up .eu domain names
The UK has the second highest uptake of the new .eu
domain name suffix in Europe, according to new

10 millionth .DE domain name
Germany has registered its 10 millionth domain name,
making the .DE TLD the second largest in the world
following dotcom.

ICANN letter to CIRA
The letter from Paul Twomey notes "It is acknowledged
that we can do better and we will continue to work on
the areas of concern identified by CIRA."

ICANN Set to Improve Africa's Participation
Africa's participation in ICANN meetings is set to
improve following a decision by the organizers to
provide scholarships.

ICANN Must Develop Policies to Include Africa in
Making Policies for Africas Users
Mohamed El Bashir Ahmed, Chairman of Sudan's Internet
Society (SIS), says "a lot of hard work still needs to
be done to democratize the internet". He was
addressing delegates who are attending ICANN 2006 for
the first time, ahead of the official opening of ICANN
2006 in Marrakech, Morocco.

ICANN in Marrakesh [opinion]
ICANN 2006 conference kicked-off in Marrakesh, Morroco
on 26 Monday 2006. The conference was opened by the
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morcoco, Dr Driss
Jettou who commended ICANN for choosing Marrakesh as
the venue for this year's conference. Similar
conferences have taken place in Egypt, Ghana, South
Africa, and in December 2-8 2006

The Spread of the Internet Does Not Pose Any Threat to
Civil Society [analysis]
As the Internet grows, its usage also grows
proportionately around the world. Its growth is due to
its capability to provide users with connections to
institutions and facilities that are based in overseas
destinations. As a result ICANN has plans to introduce
policies and structures to police the use of the

Africa: Internet Community Still Going Strong
Afrinic is the regional registry for Africa whose aim
is to "provide professional and efficient distribution
of number resources to the African community, to
support internet technology usage across the continent
and strengthen self internet governance in Africa by
encouraging a participative policy development."

mobi: Internet Made Mobile
The growing increase in the number of mobile devices
is encouraging more and more content providers to look
to mobile phones as distribution platforms for
Internet content. According to Alexa Raad, Vice
President for Marketing and Business Development at
dot.mobi or simply .mobi, mobile phones are the
appropriate means by which Internet content can be
distributed efficiently and at low costs to both
providers and consumers.

ICANN Opening Ceremony
Internet stakeholders are meeting at the tourist city
of Marrakech, under ICANN to discuss the evolvement of
the internet.

ICANN Opening Ceremony
Internet stakeholders are meeting at the tourist city
of Marrakech, under the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN ) to discuss the
evolvement of the internet. Moroccan Prime Minister
Driss Jettou graced the ceremony and gave his
government's testimony of how Information
Communication Technology ICTs can leverage
modernization and territorial administration.

ICANN Announces Formalisation of Relationship with UK
ccTLD Manager
ICANN has today announced that it has signed an
exchange of letters with United Kingdom country code
Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) manager, Nominet. This
demonstrates a willingness to develop cooperation
between ICANN and Nominet, the registry responsible
for the United Kingdom ccTLD .uk. Nominet has become
the seventh registry to formalize their relationship
with ICANN in the past two months.

us: Blogger shuts down Web site that mocked legislator
An irreverent local blogger has chosen to give up a
Web site making fun of state Rep. Bev Harbin after
Harbin threatened to take him to court under the
state's law against cybersquatting.

Presentation: What Rules for IP-enabled NGNs?
A presentation entitled What Rules for IP-enabled
NGNs? (PDF) was made by Robert Shaw, Deputy Head, ITU
Strategy and Policy Unit at a London Business School
Global Communications Consortium event entitled "Next
Generation Networks - Investment & Regulation" on 29
June 2006 in London, England.

au: Site for gay footy fans riles players
Photos of AFL footballers have been removed from a
website for gay footy fans after legal threats by the
AFL Players Association.

au: Conference to consider cyber bullying
More research about online bullying and its effects on
children will be put to an education conference that
is starting in Adelaide 29 June.

au: $116.6 million to protect Australian families
FAMILIES in O'Connor now have better protection for
their children from offensive and illegal content on
the Internet thanks to the Australian Government's
$116.6 million Protecting Australian families online
said Wilson Tuckey.

au: Humphries urges adoption of Internet porn filters
The ACT Government is being urged to take on board new
measures to block children's access to Internet
pornography at public libraries.

ca: Canadian ISP's 'monitoring' cause for concern
A statement by a major Canadian Internet service
provider that it will be monitoring customers' cyber
activities for possible reporting to government
agencies has sparked concern among privacy advocates.

us: Internet providers divided on anti-porn plan
On the same day that five Internet companies announced
joint efforts to combat online child pornography, some
of those same companies presented something less than
a united front over proposals on the issue being
drafted in Congress.

uk: Will filters stop paedophiles' online activities?
In the UK the government is leaning on ISPs to install
webfilters for home broadband, at huge cost. But, asks
Sean Hargrave, is thatthe best way to stop
paedophiles' online activities?

cn: Measures to tighten Web controls
The mainland's internet minders have vowed to step up
controls of internet content, especially in the areas
of blogs, bulletin boards and search engines.

uk: BBFC plans to censor the internet
The UK's film censor has announced its intention to
control and classify films on the internet. The
British Board of Film Classification has said that it
would like to give web-delivered films certificates in
the same manner as it does for cinema and DVD

uk: Surfing with a safety net
The government is leaning on ISPs to install web
filters for home broadband, at huge cost. But, asks
Sean Hargrave, is that the best way to stop
paedophiles' online activities?

de: German experts want search engines to be monitored
German experts at a Berlin seminar this week argued
that search engines need to be more regulated. They
want companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!
to exercise editorial control over their search
results and filter out sites with x-rated content or
that glorify aggression.

Google goes to court to defend its ranking methods
Google will try to convince a judge today to dismiss a
lawsuit that challenges the heart of the company's
business: its methods for indexing and ranking web

au: Scamming the Nigerian scammer
The tables have been turned on at least one Nigerian
scammer after an online vigilante successfully played
him at his own game with an intricately laid
"anti-scam" operation.

uk: Internet users face congestion charge
Millions of people will be forced to pay a 'congestion
charge' for sending email under plans being developed
by American telephone companies to create a 'two-tier'
internet. In a move which campaigners warn will
destroy the openness and equality of the worldwide
web, the US telecommunications group AT&T is lobbying
politicians to allow the development of 'fast' and
'slow' internet services.

eu: EU exploring tighter regulation of broadband
The European Commission unveiled plans Thursday that
would force telecommunications providers to share
broadband infrastructure with rivals and unify
regulations in the sector.

eu: Review of the EU Regulatory Framework
The European Commission published the Communication on
the Review of the EU Regulatory Framework for
electronic communications networks and services and
launched public consultation.

sg: Singapore's Inteligent Nation 2015 plan
Intelligent Nation 2015 is the Singapore government's
10 year infocomm development master plan aimed at
transforming Singapore into a totally wireless,
intelligent, economically enriching and competitive
nation for Singaporeans from all walks of life.
Broadband penetration is expected to increase to 90 %
by then to help meet these objectives.  It also aims
to  create 80,000 new jobs and double the infocomm
industry's contribution to Gross Domestic Product to
$26 billion, tripling the country's export  revenue to
SGD 60 billion.

us: Congress targets social-networking sites
The concept of forcing companies to record information
about their users' Internet activities to aid in
future criminal prosecutions took another twist this

au: Spam Act continues to protect Australians (news
?The review provided an opportunity to ensure that the
Spam Act was continuing to operate effectively and
protect Australians from unsolicited and unwanted
electronic messages,? Senator Coonan said.  ?The
review found that the legislation, as part of the
Government?s multilayered strategy against spam,
enabled active enforcement, productive industry
partnerships and, most importantly, international
cooperation against the global problem that is spam.?

Spam volumes rocket as images bypass filters says
security firm
Spammers are using picture messages to bypass email
filters, according to an information security firm.
The images evade detection from filters mostly based
on keywords, according to the company.

France approves iTunes rights law
A law that could force Apple to share its digital
download technology with rivals is passed in France.

Google opens up the secrets of search
Google is to demystify the hidden workings of its
search engine as it returns to its plan to make the
world?s information searchable online

nz: Telecom NZ smokes the peace pipe
Telecom New Zealand's public change of attitude is
certainly a breath of fresh air.

nz: Cunliffe sees bright future for New Zealand
The minister of communications, David Cunliffe, sees a
bright future ahead of the country once the new telco
regime is rolled out.

nz: First broadband industry working group meeting
next Friday
Telecom has proposed holding the initial wholesale
working group meeting next Friday to get the process
going, according Mark Ratcliffe, COO of Technology and

nz: No more victim mentality
The first glimmer of more constructive relationships
in the telecommunications industry surfaced last week
at its annual conference. But uncertainty about what
the government really wants from Telecom could
perpetuate some of the bad behaviour that has
delivered us miserable broadband to date.

au: The New Telstra: A Transformation Story
Addressing the National Press Club in Canberra,
Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo outlines his vision for the
transformation of Telstra.


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


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