[DNS] domain name & governance news - 19 October

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 19 October

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 05:22:00 -0700 (PDT)
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za: Cybersquatting set to be outlawed

WIPO handles its 25,000TH domain name case (news release)

Spamhaus appeals US shutdown ruling

.nz domain names soar

Irish take dim view of 'immoral' domains

Internet 'could be broken up' by cultural differences
The internet could be broken up in future by cultural differences between nations, according to Nitin Desai, chair of the IGF.

za: Cybersquatting set to be outlawed
Cybersquatting might soon be outlawed as policy makers and lawyers thrash out the final terms of regulations to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT) that would deal with domain name disputes.

WIPO handles its 25,000TH domain name case (news release)
In just seven years of operation, the caseload of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the WIPO topped the 25,000 mark with a case that has just been decided. Since it launched its domain name dispute resolution services, the WIPO Center has resolved disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and various other policies.

Spamhaus appeals US shutdown ruling
Spamhaus has hit back at US legal moves that threaten the anti-spam organisation with closure.

Spamhaus case could test ICANN
Internet experts are worried that a U.S. court decision against anti-spam black-lister Spamhaus Project Ltd. could trigger a "constitutional crisis" for the Internet.

Businesses will be hardest hit by removal of blacklists
Australian businesses can expect a massive increase in spam if a US court carries out its threat to shut down the Spamhaus Project which is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that compiles up-to-date blacklists of known spammers.

Spam fighter faces attack on 'blocklists'
When a torrent of unsolicited e-mail arrives with cut-rate promotions for pheromone cologne and mint-flavored Viagra, a volunteer foreign legion of anti-spam warriors is ready to fight back with its most lethal weapon: blacklists.

.nz domain names soar
The number of registered ".nz" internet domain names topped a quarter of a million last week, up from 200,000 in September last year and 150,000 in April 2004.

Irish take dim view of 'immoral' domains
Here's a Monday afternoon poser: what's the difference between www.murder.ie and www.porn.ie? Well, according to the owner of sex.ie, the former is an acceptable domain name according to the IE Domain Registry's naming policy, while the latter is proscribed under said policy's validity guidelines.

uk: Possible introduction of .uk.name
Nominet is seeking feedback on the possible introduction of .uk.name and other two-character SLDs for .name. Global Name Registry has submitted an Internet Registry Request Service application to ICANN which proposes the "Limited release of initially reserved two character names".

uk: Summary of scope consultation and electronic communications
Nominet has released a summary of the responses to their recent consultation on the scope of Nominet and a revised draft of the scope that they intend to propose be adopted by their membership. The revised draft scope takes into account the feedback from the formal consultation, which received 24 responses from across the membership.

ICANN: Accountability Management Operating Principles (news release)
As part of the Joint Project Agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and ICANN, the ICANN Board of Directors approved an Affirmation of Responsibilities for ICANN's Private Sector Management. Points 2 and 3 of that document refer to ICANN's intention to continue to improve processes and procedures that encourage improved transparency and accountability. As part of this commitment to continuously improving transparency and accountability, ICANN is seeking input from the community on the development of a set of Management Operating Principles.

ICANN Seeks Community Input on the Development of Transparency and Accountability Management Operating Principles (news release)
As part of the Joint Project Agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and ICANN, the ICANN Board of Directors approved an Affirmation of Responsibilities for ICANN's Private Sector Management.

JPA Agreement: Will it Change the Problems With the UDRP? by Konstantinos Komaitis
It was rather interesting to read this new agreement between the USDoC and ICANN talking about the mechanisms, methods and procedures necessary to effect the transition of Internet domain name and addressing system (DNS) to the private sector. What was more interesting though was to read in this very agreement the following: "...the Department continues to support the work of ICANN as the coordinator for the technical functions related to the management of the Internet DNS". OK, let's be honest! Technical? Over the past few years, ICANN has been more involved in policy-making decisions than actually being engaged in the technical coordination of the Internet - or so it seems at least.

Wal-Mart loses case for control of boycottwalmart.com
The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart has failed in its attempt to gain control of the web address boycottwalmart.com. An arbitration panel has ruled that it was unlikely that visitors would be confused and think that it was a Wal-Mart site.

Domain Name Site, Sedo, Sets Up Auction
The new seven-day auction platform will augment a traditional model where domain names are posted on the site for sale and prices are negotiated.

First set of generic dot mobi domain names to be auctioned
The first set of generic domain names under the new .mobi top-level domain is due to be auctioned off on 27th October at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East domain conference, Hollywood.

$350,000 Deal Headlines Strongest Week of Domain Sales Since Late May 
FunGames.com recently sold for $350,000 in a private transaction that ranks among the top dozen sales reported this year.

Iran bans fast internet to cut west's influence
The Guardian reports that ?Iran's Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle domestic political dissent and combat the influence of western culture - by banning high-speed internet links.? ISPs have been told to restrict online speeds to 128 kilobytes a second for the country's estimated 5 million internet users as well as being forbidden from offering fast broadband packages. The ban follows another recent order that led to a purge on illegal satellite dishes, which millions of Iranians use to clandestinely watch western television.

Wired editor smokes out MySpace pedo
Hats off to Kevin Poulsen for one of the best articles in tech journalism you will read this year. The one-time hacker extraordinaire, and now senior editor at Wired, combined investigative reporting and code-writing skills to collar a predatory pedophile reaching out to teenage boys through MySpace.

au: Cronulla game site gets zapped
Lobby groups have allegedly achieved what the Australian Federal Government couldn't, by having a downloadable board game based on the Cronulla riots removed from the internet.

au: Cronulla game falls between legal cracks
The racists are at it... "Australian authorities are powerless to remove from the internet a downloadable board game based on the Cronulla riots. The game has recently surfaced on the internet and appears to incite racial violence."

uk: Internet user admits 'web-rage'
Paul Gibbons, 47, tracked down John Jones using details obtained online after the pair exchanged insults in an internet chatroom, a court heard.

us: In shadows of Net, war on child porn rages
ISPs such as America Online are using sophisticated technology to identify porn sites. Credit card companies are tracking purchases. More police detectives are posing as minors online.

Spain, Microsoft strike pact on fighting child porn (AFP)
Spain's leftist government signed a cooperation agreement with Microsoft Tuesday to fight child pornography on the Internet.

Italy adopts Microsoft anti-child-porn technology (Reuters)
Italy became the first European country to adopt a Microsoft system for combating child pornography on the Internet, something the government and the computer firm believe the whole continent is set to take up.

za: Warning of Cyber Crime Surge
SA SHOULD brace itself for a rise in cyber crime in the next few years as there are plenty of low-risk opportunities for the criminally inclined, says Kris Budnik, security services group director at Deloitte.

MSN is latest target of Belgian copyright complaint
Looking to avoid the kind of legal tangle that Google has found itself in, Microsoft's MSN division in Belgium is in talks with a group newspaper publishers over the rights to publish their content on its Web site.

EU 'threat' to internet freedom
Internet broadcasters should not be subject to the same rules which govern television, peers have been told. Attempts to update the 1989 TV without Frontiers EU directive, are being considered by a Lords committee.

uk/eu: Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules
THE Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube.

How to escape from junk mail hell
Are you sick of spam? You should be. By the end of this year, 71 per cent of email sent worldwide will be spam, according to a researcher, The Radicati Group. This article in The Age outlines the problem and the steps one can take to reduce the junk you receive.

Spam fighter faces attack on 'blocklists' (International Herald Tribune)
The International Herald Tribune runs what is effectively a profile of Spamhaus and the dispute between them and e360. Spamhaus said last week, "We are working with lawyers to find a way to both appeal the ruling and stop further nonsense by this spammer." While Linhardt for e360 has "hinted that he could challenge others, conceivably Internet service providers that use Spamhaus's blacklists. 'We think what Spamhaus needs to do is follow U.S. law and obey the U.S. courts and judgments. Certainly, our position is that if companies in the U.S. knowingly go around a court order and block our e- mails, then that's a problem for them, and we urge them not to do it.'" The article notes that "Most European countries require 'prior consent' from recipients before a sender can transmit bulk e-mail messages to them. The United States and Japan favor a 'freedom of commerce' approach that does not require advance consent but does offer a choice to 'unsubscribe' from mass mailings."

uk: Broadband UK needs 'more speed'
Three-quarters of UK online households will use broadband by December 2006, analysts predict.

Zittrain on the Future of the Internet
Steve Ryan, Director of London School of Economist's Centre for Learning Technology, guest blogged on Schmoller.net about Berkman Prof. Jonathan Zittrain's presentation on the future of the Internet at LSE on October 13, 2006.  If you're interested in 'the future of the Internet,' the long-term trend of parsing out Internet functions to specialized devices, or the One Laptop Per Child Initiative, check out this summary of Zittrain's talk:

Some Internet addicts cover up habit -study (Reuters)
More than one in eight U.S. adults finds it hard to stay away from the Internet for several days at a time and about one in 11 tries to hide his or her online habit, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Broadband Grew 33 Percent Years' Time
The number of broadband subscribers in the 30 countries tracked by the OECD reached 181 million in June. That's a 33 percent increase over the previous year.

NZ still lags in uptake of faster internet
The number of broadband connections has jumped 44 per cent in six months, but the country remains stuck in 22nd place out of 30 on OECD rankings.

Free-for-all over Russian music site
A Moscow-based Web site that the U.S. has branded as the world's highest-volume online seller of pirated music announced plans to release hundreds of thousands of albums free.

Record industry uploads 8,000 lawsuits
A recording industry lobby group has launched 8,000 new cases alleging illegal file sharing all over the world but none of them is British because the UK lobby group is focusing on its negotiations with internet service providers.

Universal Music Group Sues Two Web Sites
Universal Music Group is suing the operators of two video-sharing Web sites, claiming they illegally let users share music videos and other copyright material without permission.

Your television is ringing
?Convergence? is the telecoms industry's new mantra. Whether customers really want it is another matter: WHAT has come over the telecoms industry? The spectacular crash of 2001, with its associated bankruptcies, fraud and the destruction of around $1 trillion of investors' money, has evidently been forgotten. The gloom has given way to a fresh sense of opportunity and a renewed frenzy of dealmaking. The past couple of years have seen a series of huge takeovers and mergers among network operators and makers of telecoms equipment around the world. 

55 Million Blogs, and Now a Service to Track Them
Corporations are growing increasingly conscious of the power, and potential pitfalls, of blogging. A favorable review from an influential blogger can help generate the kind of buzz around a new product that traditional advertising struggles to achieve. A negative write-up can help doom a product before it even hits the market.

On Advertising: Blogs give PR new job
To Steve Rubel, senior vice president at the public relations firm Edelman, there is a "conversation gap" on the Internet between America and the rest of the world. Like Americans, Europeans and Asians have become fervent bloggers. But many of them contribute to U.S.-based sites, or to local-language blogs that are fragmented and obscure.

Mozilla sets sights on Firefox 3.0
With Firefox 2.0 waiting in the wings, Mozilla wants to hear which browser features you'd like to see in the future

Google CEO: Techies must educate governments
Those in the know about technology must spend more time reaching out to governments and helping them understand the Internet's role in society, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Tuesday.

us: Google to convert HQ to solar power
Google is converting its renowned headquarters to run partly on solar power, hoping to set an example for corporate America.

au: Man jailed over child porn
A MINING consultant who imported child pornography from Indonesia was jailed to deter the exploitation of third world children, a judge said.


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