[DNS] domain name & governance news - 23 October

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 23 October

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 04:52:32 -0700 (PDT)
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Internet's unquenchable thirst for power drives its evolution

What Will Be the Outcome of the Internet Governance Forum Meeting in Athens?

nz: Cross-party caucus set up to tackle ICT issues (news release)

US court denies request to suspend Spamhaus domain

ICANN Approves .asia Domain Name

us: FBI director wants ISPs to track users

Firefox 2.0 coming your way on Tuesday

ug: Goverment Inaugurates Internet Committee
THE government of Uganda has instituted a National Internet Governance Forum to spearhead the Information and Communication Technology agenda in the country.

Internet's unquenchable thirst for power drives its evolution
There are rumours that the Internet, like the polar ice caps, might be breaking up. The warning came this week from Nitin Desai, the chairperson of the IGF, a memberless institution set up by the United Nations to "convene dialogue between stakeholders".

What Will Be the Outcome of the IGF Meeting in Athens?
Since the Tunis WSIS mandate was given to the UN Secretary General to convene the IGF, interest on the new emerging entity and its possible effects on the IG debate has been allegedly high. But as time is approaching when the IGF inaugural meeting will start its activities in Athens, Greece, now, almost 10 days before its first?ever meeting, participation of all stakeholders and key actors in the meeting has proved to be even more than expected in the first place. Approximately 1300 participants are estimated to attend the workings of the meeting, one third of which are state representatives (84 different delegations of countries), while the other two thirds consist of representatives from the civil society and the private (business) sector.

nz: Cross-party caucus set up to tackle ICT issues (news release)
Internet governance, digital copyright and child safety are just some of the issues that could be tackled at the newly established Parliamentary Internet Caucus.

How Internet Balkanization Will Change How We Browse the Web
As absurd as that sounds, the regionalization of the Internet could become a very real future, according to a United Nations official. ?People are concerned about whether the system we have now will also work five years from now,? Nitin Desai, chair of the UN-led IGF, told BBC News.

Internet Governance: Die n?chste Runde by Wolfgang Kleinw?chter
Das Reizthema der Internetaufsicht wird beim ersten IFG-Forum in Athen vermieden, zur Diskussion steht die Entwicklung des Internet mit den Themen Zugang, Offenheit, Vielfalt und Sicherheit

US court denies request to suspend Spamhaus domain
A US judge has denied a request to order internet registrars to suspend Spamhaus's domain, easing concerns that the spam blocking service might be interrupted.

Court blocks request to shut Spamhaus domain (IDG)
A U.S. judge has denied an order that would have suspended the domain name for The Spamhaus Project, averting a potential quagmire over how U.S. legal rulings apply across the global Internet. 

Judge denies request to suspend anti-spam group's domain name, calling it too broad (AP)
A federal judge presiding over a spam dispute rejected a marketing company's request to suspend the domain name of an anti-spam group that ignored an $11.7 million judgment against it.

Spamhaus Litigation Update - Court Declines to Issue Order Against ICANN or Tucows (news release)
The Court explained that the relief e360 sought was too broad to be warranted under the circumstances. First, the Court noted that since there is no indication that ICANN or Tucows acted in concert with Spamhaus and second, the Court stated that a suspension of www.spamhaus.org would cut off all lawful online activities of Spamhaus, not just those that are in contravention of the injunction the Court previously issued against Spamhaus.

Judge Denies Suspension Of Spamhaus Domain
Spamhaus.org garnered its first win in court, now that the company has decided to show up, against e360Insight. US District Court Judge Charles Kocaras denied a sweeping motion filed by e360 to order ICANN and domain registrar Tucows to suspend Spamhaus' domain name.

ICANN votes on domain tasting solution
Internet overseeing organisation ICANN will vote later today on whether to introduce a new system aimed at closing a loophole in domain name rules that enables speculators to register thousands of domain names effectively for free.

ICANN Approves Domain for Asia-Pacific (AP)
The Internet will soon have a domain to unify businesses and other users in the Asia-Pacific region. ICANN has approved a ".asia" domain for Internet addresses, supplementing suffixes available for individual countries, such as ".cn" for China and ".jp" for Japan.

ICANN Approves .asia Domain Name
ICANN said Wednesday that it had approved the ".asia." top-level domain, which will provide an additional suffix possibility for companies based in the Asia-Pacific region. The new TLD would be controlled by the DotAsia Organization, made up of groups running domain names for other Asian countries. Registration will not begin for another six to nine months, as the contract has not yet been finalized.

What If .COM Had Been Born With Site Finder?
ICANN?s new Registry Service Technical Evaluation Service (RSTEP) process is definitely a positive step forward for ICANN.  The comment period for the Tralliance proposed new service using the DNS wildcard feature closed Wednesday night.

us: FBI director wants ISPs to track users
FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities, a move that anticipates a fierce debate over privacy and law enforcement in Washington next year. ... It's not clear exactly what a data retention law would require. One proposal would go beyond Internet providers and require registrars to maintain records too.

Legal Threats for Spoof Cruise/Scientology Site
A Web site satirizing Tom Cruise's affiliation to the Church of Scientology through spoof videos and commentary could face closure as religious officials threaten legal action. ScienTOMogy.info has been bombarded by complaints from leaders of the controversial religion, which is championed by Tom Cruise and a string of other celebrities including John Travolta and Katie Holmes.

fr: Domain hijacking on the rise?
Is this a rare case of domain name hijacking, or does it hide a general trend? A French firm was recently the victim of such hijacking. This French company specializing in providing online content for adults lost its name explicite.com during the summer.

ie: Censorship shock: no porn allowed on net
Just when you thought the Celtic tiger had shed decades of claustrophobic state supervision, along comes a new layer of censorship to shatter the illusion ? only this time it?s online. The registrar of the Irish .ie internet domain extension has decided it must try to shield people from smut on the internet and, as a standard-bearing start, has banned use of the word ?porn?.

Communiqu? from the 31st CENTR General Assembly
CENTR, the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries held its 31st General Assembly in Toronto, Canada on 10th ? 11th October. The meeting was hosted by CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. There were 65 participants at the meeting representing 23 registries. Follow the link for some of the highlights.

au: Bindi Irwin's Website -- The Real Story?
Accusations of cyber thievery, anti-Semitism and all-around bad taste were hurled at a man named Wayne Smith after it was reported that he cybersquatted on a website named after the daughter of late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. Now, the man behind the outrage is defending his decision to scoop up the Internet domain bindiirwin.com.

au: IPv6 Forum chief: the new Internet is ready for consumption
IPv6 is not a pipedream. Founder of the IPv6 Forum Latif Ladid took time out from the IPv6 summit in Canberra to talk to Computerworld about why the new Internet Protocol is a pie to be consumed here and now.

Call for Comments on IPv6 Multi-homing Solutions
This document attempts to address all the IPv6 Multi-homing Solutions and their Pro's and Con's, put forward by the Internet Community as a collective. The use of this document is intended for the sole purpose of providing clarification of the IPv6 Multi-homing Solutions and their pro's and con's, in order to assist the Internet Community on deciding what solution are currently available to use Globally as a United Internet Community.

IDN Laboratory Testing Progress (news release)
ICANN continues to make progress toward laboratory testing for strings corresponding to internationalized top level labels (IDNs). The purpose of the laboratory tests were described during the ICANN meeting in Morocco held earlier this year ICANN and they are being designed and conducted under the guidance of the ICANN Presidents Advisory Committee for IDNs.

ICANN Opens Public Comment Period on GNR Proposal (news release)
On 2 October 2006, ICANN posted for public information a proposal submitted through the Registry Request Service by Global Name Registry, Ltd for the limited release of two-character names under Appendix K of the .NAME Registry Agreement and the Registry Services Evaluation Policy.

Auction seeks millions for domain names (UPI)
An auction of coveted Internet domain names such as hell.com and auction.com is asking as much as $10 million for the best.

uk: Pornography and censorship
The government intends to make viewing and possessing so-called ?violent pornography? (much of it distributed over the internet) a criminal offence. Sofie Buckland discusses some of the current debate over pornography and issues of censorship.

us: FBI director wants ISPs to track users
FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities, a move that anticipates a fierce debate over privacy and law enforcement in Washington next year.

au: Clean up the internet, urges Labor (AAP)
More than 20,000 people have signed a petition tabled in the Senate, demanding internet pornography be blocked in all households, schools and public libraries.

cu: Media watchdog criticises Cuba for controlling Web (Reuters)
A press freedom watchdog accused Cuba on Thursday of trying to prevent people from reading independent media, saying less than 2 percent of Cubans connect to the Web at closely monitored Internet access points.

How Google could become Big Brother
IT HAS swallowed Amazon by 2008 and destroyed The New York Times by 2014. By 2020 its personal profiles of the shopping habits, interests and dark passions of every computer user on the planet has far surpassed the antique files of the CIA and the NSA.

'Jane Doe' Status Is Not Compromised by MySpace Postings
Lawyers for Gregory A. Firn, superintendent of the Milford, Conn., school system, took to the Internet to challenge the "Jane Doe" anonymity of a 2005 high school graduate who is suing him for failing to protect her from the sexual depredations of volunteer basketball coach Robert Dulin. It backfired.

Online Gambling Goes Underground
A U.S. law aimed at cracking down on Internet gambling may drive the practice more into the shadows and do little to deter bettors

au: World-first internet code a highlight of ACMA?s first year (news release)
Registering the world?s first legislative code of practice for internet and email service providers was one of the highlights of the Australian Communications and Media Authority?s first year of operation, as detailed in its annual report for 2005-06

de: German states agree phone Internet licence fee (Reuters)
Germany's 16 states agreed on Thursday to introduce from January 1 a licence fee of 5.52 euros (3.70 pounds) a month on computers and mobile phones that can access television and radio programmes via the Internet.

Making the web accessible for all
Despite many efforts to move away from those most traditional interfaces - the ubiquitous computer keyboard and mouse - they remain the bedrock on which nearly all computer interfaces rest.

US shows signs of net addiction
More than one in eight adults in the US show signs of being addicted to the internet, a study has shown.

How to spot an internet addict
Internet addiction is a serious problem with symptoms similar to alcoholism, says a new US study. The study, carried out on 2513 adults by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, found that "more than one out of eight Americans exhibited at least one possible sign of problematic internet use".

YouTube cuts 30,000 illegal clips
Video-sharing service YouTube has wiped nearly 30,000 files from its website after Japanese media companies said their copyright was being infringed.

au: Independence must not be the first casualty of media shake-up
Following the passing of new media ownership laws in Australia, The Age newspaper in an editorial writes: 'And we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." The Biblical text has nothing on the changes that seem likely to Australia's media landscape, and which have, in effect, come to pass before the laws that will allow them to happen were themselves passed yesterday. The stage is being set for whenever the performance is due to start.

Is Russia's Press Freedom Dead?
Journalism is a dangerous profession in Russia: No less than 261 journalists have been murdered there since the fall of the Soviet Union. The killers are hardly ever found. The recent murder of Russian investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya may now become a major political issue.

Google almost doubles profit
The world's favourite search engine, Google, almost doubled its profit in the third quarter as advertisers flocked in ever greater numbers to its rapidly growing network of websites.

Firefox 2.0 coming your way on Tuesday
The world's second most used Web browser is set to unleash the final build of its new version on Tuesday.


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