[DNS] domain name & governance news - 14 September

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 14 September

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 14:39:03 +1000 (EST)
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Blueprint for first global internet forum laid out

au: On the prowl for easy prey

<.hk> Chinese Domain Name Registrations To Be
Available Soon (reg req'd)

eu: Attempt to redefine .eu rules fails over sex.eu

mobi: How to Start Your .mobi Online Presence

GeoTLDs: Diversity is Key By Werner Staub

.mobi domain looking for advisors

Blueprint for first global internet forum laid out
The blueprint for the world's first Internet
Governance Forum to be held at the end of October in
Athens has been thrashed out. The IGF's advisory group
of governments, business, and civil society agreed at
the end of last week to hold four main three hour
sessions covering the broad subjects of openness,
security, diversity, and access.

au: On the prowl for easy prey
A number of unsolicited mass mail-outs not just here
but in New Zealand and elsewhere abroad have been
catching out unwary owners.

<.hk> Chinese Domain Name Registrations To Be
Available Soon (reg req'd)
It will be possible to register .hk Chinese Domain
Names in simplified and traditional character forms as
well as in a combination of both. Chinese Domain Names
may also contain English letters, numbers or symbols.
A .hk Chinese Domain Name registration will cover all
character variations of the subject domain name.

eu: Attempt to redefine .eu rules fails over sex.eu
A company which claimed a right to the domain name
sex.eu under an unusual legal interpretation of the
rules has lost its case. It has emerged that the firm
behind the attempt had failed in a previous attempt to
win casino.eu on the same basis.

mobi: How to Start Your .mobi Online Presence
DotMobi is the first domain extension that comes with
such strict Web site design requirements and the
general public is still struggling to understand what
exactly stands behind .mobi and what was the main
point of creating this extension. It is certain that
the mTLD Registry, as well as .mobi Accredited
Registrars, will have to spend an immense amount of
time on educating the general public before people
will have a clear understanding of how .mobi works.

GeoTLDs: Diversity is Key By Werner Staub
The 2004 new sTLD round brought about a new type of
TLD in the form of .asia and .cat. As we always
struggle for words to capture their nature, I call
them "geoTLDs". Culture, language and ethnicity are
also part of geography. Contrary to ccTLDs, geoTLDs do
not have a territorial meaning. They are a wonderful
addition to the Internet as they provide a way to
demonstrate one's commitment to a community that is
not defined by borders, yet linked to where the
individual chooses to be. ...Will they be? They will,
unless we do the wrong thing now.

us: Jury hears sheriff's Web site lawsuit
Jurors should begin hearing testimony today in a civil
lawsuit pitting Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel and
the county against a former reserve officer who used
to operate the sheriff's Web site. ... "The defendants
want the same thing they have always wanted -- the Web
site content and domain name returned to their
custody," he said. "And they tried to use the criminal
prosecution to essentially resolve a small civil
dispute. They used and, I would say, abused their
positions of power trying to resolve this (case)."

us/kz: Bush to hold talks on Ali G creator after
diplomatic row
US President George Bush is to host White House talks
on British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. ... Anti-Borat
hard-liners have pulled the plug on borat.kz, Borat's
Kazakhstan-based Website after his frequent displays
of anti-Semitism and his portrayal of Kazakh culture.
... Nurlan Isin, President of the Association of
Kazakh IT Companies took the action after complaints.
He said: "We've done this so he can't badmouth
Kazakhstan under the .kz domain name. "He can go and
do whatever he wants at other domains."

.mobi domain looking for advisors
Mobile Top Level Domain (mTLD), the body which runs
the .mobi domain, is looking for individuals and
companies to participate in discussions about the
emerging technology.

Domainer meeting in Barcelona - July 06
In late July domainers from across Europe, and some
from elsewhere, met in Barcelona to network and select
some domain industry representatives. There was one
scheduled afternoon of presentations including a
presentation from Paul R. Keating who presented an
in-depth discussion of tax Issues domainers face, the
protection of domains in relation to intellectual
property rights.

ICANN Ratifies Global Policy for Allocation of IPv6
At the ICANN September 7, 2006 Meeting, the Board
ratified a global policy for the allocation of IPv6
addresses by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
(IANA) to Regional Internet Registries.

ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Manager for
ICANN announced on Sunday that it signed an
accountability framework with the country code top
level domain (ccTLD) manager for .gt--Guatemala,
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

ICANN: Draft Summary of Public Comments on Proposed
.BIZ, .INFO and .ORG, gTLD Registry Agreements (news
The ICANN Board considered a draft summary of Public
Comments on Proposed .Biz, .Info and .Org agreements
at its meeting held September 7, 2006.

ICANN Ratifies Global Policy for Allocation of IPv6
Addresses (news release)
At its September 7, 2006 Meeting the Board of ICANN
ratified a global policy for the allocation of IPv6
addresses by IANA to Regional Internet Registries.

Anxious Moments At ICANN
Anne-Rachel Inn?, ICANN's liaison responsible for the
Africa region, says that ICANN is not yet sure what
direction the relationship between ICANN and the US
Department of Commerce will take following the signing
of the MoU because the department has not yet revealed
details of any future agreement. She says, however,
that it is likely that any new agreement will attempt
to show the world that the US government is serious
about internationalising ICANN. How this intention
might manifest itself is not yet clear.

ICANN reviews strategic plan (sub req'd)

Boats.org Docks at the Top of This Week's Domain Sales
There were 17 five-figure deals in one week in August,
the most we have seen in a single week all summer.
That fleet of solid sales was led by the biggest .org
sale of 2006, Boats.org, a domain that sailed to a
$50,249 payday at SnapNames.com.

Eccentric bachelor to rule Tonga
Tonga's Crown Prince Tupouto'a, the poverty stricken
nation's new king, is an eccentric bachelor who
collects toy soldiers, studied at an exclusive British
military academy and has a penchant for wearing
self-awarded medals. ... He also controls the
kingdom's internet domain name ? running it from the
Tongan Consul in San Francisco.

DomainMart Finds Direct Navigation Hubris (news
DomainMart finds no empirical evidence that,
everything else equal, direct navigation is a source
of additional return for advertisers or parked domain
name owners.

nz: Safety first for kids on the net
Hector's World is not your typical new company looking
to make a splash in cyberspace. "It's not about making
money," says managing director Liz Butterfield. "We
want to make as many sales as possible but it has to
be done in a way that achieves our ultimate
educational goal: keeping young children safe when
they are online."

Chinese government clamps down on foreign media
New controls on the distribution of news by foreign
agencies, further restricting access to the tightly
regulated media.

be: Internet paedophile sex crimes increasing
The Federal Computer Crime Unit (FCCU) recorded 1,174
paedophile crimes on the internet last year, 44
percent more than in 2004, Interior Minister Patrick
Dewael said.

Interpol in Malta for a conference on Internet child
A number of Interpol officials are currently in Malta,
attending to a three-day conference on "information
technology solutions to the identification of online
victims of child abuse".

au: Trojan lurks in fake news.com.au site
Australian banking customers have been targeted by a
new security threat that takes the form of an online
news article warning that local banks will be closed
for a week.

nz: Government keen to set DRM limits
New Zealand could set an example to other governments,
with its ?principles and policies? on digital rights
management (DRM) and managing trusted computing (TC)
within government.

Aussie accused over Viagra spam
AN Australian man who allegedly sent two billion spam
emails promoting Viagra could face prosecution.

nz: Spamming not to be a criminal offence
Sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages
should be a matter for civil, not criminal law, says

Court: Accessibility lawsuit against Target can
A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that
a lawsuit filed against Minneapolis-based retailer by
the National Federation for the Blind regarding
accessibility of the retailer's Web site can move
forward. According to the NFB, the ruling sets a
precedent establishing that retailers must make their
Web sites accessible to the blind under the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA).

au: The computer that launched our IT revolution
Its turning out to be a big year for celebrations
among the computing fraternity. Last month the IBM PC
turned 25, and today Australia's first high-speed
computer marked its 50-year anniversary. The
University of Sydney, home of the SILLIAC computer,
was the first institution to bring high speed
computing to Australia, kicking off an IT revolution.

nz: ISPANZ welcomes InternetNZ submissions (news
ISPANZ (the Internet Service Providers Association of
New Zealand Inc.) today welcomed the submissions by
InternetNZ, released yesterday, on the
Telecommunications Amendment Bill currently before

nz: InternetNZ submits on Telecommunications Bill
(news release)
InternetNZ submits on Telecommunications Amendment
Bill, seeks full operational separation of Telecom.
InternetNZ has released its submission to the Finance
and Expenditure Select Committee on the
Telecommunications Amendment Bill. InternetNZ strongly
supports the policy objectives of the legislation and
makes significant further input around separation and
competition law issues.

nz: VoIP finally comes of age with easy-use service
Auckland-based ISP WorldXChange is jumping on the
internet phone bandwagon with its Xnet VFX service,
launched at the end of August.


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


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