[DNS] domain name & governance news - 26 October

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 26 October

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 20:44:19 -0700 (PDT)
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U.N. to discuss regulating Internet

Putting Internet Security at Risk

Island domain for Afghanistan

au: DCITA starts review of .au management

au: Review of the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain

U.N. to discuss regulating Internet
The United Nations will hold a conference at the end of this month to discuss the possibility of the United Nations regulating and governing Internet activities and the use of the Internet in developing countries, a U.N. representative said in a lecture.

Negotiating a global framework for internet governance at the Internet Governance Forum 2011
The simulation exercise will be organised as a part of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme. Participants from developing countries will have a chance to upgrade their skills in negotiation and chairing international meetings.

Lessons for the Internet Governance Forum from the IETF By Jeremy Malcolm
As Antonios Broumas has correctly observed, the IGF begins life in Athens next week without the means for its participants to agree upon any substantive documents such as resolutions or declarations. Indeed, according to Nitin Desai, the Chairman of its Advisory Group, it is impossible for the IGF to make any decisions, as it "is not a decision-making body. We have no members so we have no power to make decision."

Putting Internet Security at Risk
A deal that gives VeriSign a de facto monopoly over Web registries is flawed and must include greater security

Island domain for Afghanistan
Internet domain registrations in war-torn Afghanistan are being hosted from a network operations centre in Sydney as part of an unusual export drive.

au: DCITA starts review of .au management
Communications minister, senator Helen Coonan has initiated a review of the fie year old .au Internet domain management arrangements with the release of a discussion paper and a call for submissions.

au: Review of the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain
The Department for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has released a discussion paper as part of a review into the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain. Public comment is sought on a range of issues including the administrative structure of the .au Internet domain, naming structures, policy development, competitiveness and cost effectiveness, international participation and emerging technical issues. Information and feedback gathered in the course of this review process will be used to examine the broader operation of the .au Internet domain to ensure that it continues to reflect the needs of industry stakeholders and the wider Internet community.  Industry and members are invited to make submissions to the .au Internet Domain review by close of business on Tuesday 28 November 2006.

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.

ICANN News Alerts
ICANN have commenced a subscription service for ICANN News Alerts where you can receive immediate email notification of new announcements and updates to the ICANN website. To subscribe see:

Revised .BIZ, .INFO AND .ORG Registry Agreements Posted for Public Comment
On 18 October 2006, ICANN's Board adopted the following resolution concerning the proposed .BIZ, .INFO and .ORG registry agreements that had been posted for public comment on 28 July 2006:

ICANN?s ?Data Valdez? - The Future of Whois Privacy Policy - Panel in New York City on 8 November
The controversy over ICANN?s ?Whois? personal data policy, which conflicts with a number of national and international privacy guarantees, is the topic of an upcoming panel discussion sponsored by the New York Internet Society.ICANN requires Internet domain name registrants to publish their personal information, like their home address and telephone number on the Internet in its ?Whois? database. ICANN?s policy has caused a lot of problems for people because spammers use the personal information, the data is used to engage in identity theft, to send bogus legal demands, and silence freedom of expression on the Internet.

ICANN delays domain tasting decision (reg req'd)
The body that regulates the internet, ICANN, has delayed taking a decision on how to tackle domain name tasting, a practice that allows domain name entrepreneurs to register thousands of top-level domain names for up to five days without having to pay a fee

How to ensure your rivals cease and desist (reg req'd)
When sending a cease and desist letter to a cybersquatter, know your enemy well, says James Davis, a partner at Arent Fox who spoke at the annual AIPLA meeting last week in Washington DC

Is ICANN Producing Jewels?
ICANN business is still predominately conducted on Email lists/forums. Email lists and forums are good at excavating. As ideas churn and churn, every now and then a gem glitters amidst the din. Unfortunately, gems that are discovered in email lists and forums remain obscured by all the crap that is unavoidably generated by collaborative thinking. In fact, as new people come to the list, often times the same crap and the same gems are recycled. Email lists don?t do a great job of sifting and disposal.

Dot VN, Inc. Announces Total .VN Domain Name Registration Increases By Nearly 300%
Dot VN, Inc. announced today that the total number of .vn domain names registered has increased by nearly 300% since October, 2005, increasing from vn 10,592 domains registered by October 1, 2005 to over 30,000 registered domain names as of October 17, 2006.
http://www.telecom.paper.nl/news/article.aspx?id=145836&nr= (sub req'd)

DotMobi hopes to be dotcom of cellphones
With excruciatingly slow downloads of html sites on GPRS enabled cellphones and not-so-successful story of WAP sites, dotMobi, a domain dedicated to delivering the Internet to the mobile phone may change all that.

Judge lets ICANN off the hook
A US judge has pulled back from a conflict with Internet naming agency ICANN, averting a potential crisis over domain name management. Judge Charles P Kocoras has decided not to ask ICANN to suspend the doman name for Spamhaus - even though the British-based organisation has refused to pay the $11.7m damages owing to US-based email marketing company, e360 Insight. The judge said that ordering the suspension would "not correspond to the gravity of the offending conduct."

Spamhaus Beats Back Legal Challenge
The British antispam outfit remains in operation after a U.S. court rejects an e-mail marketing company's request to suspend its Web domain
http://www.legalbrief.co.za/article.php?story=20061025085745824 (sub req'd)

International Haus of Spam
Spamhaus is a well-regarded registry of bad actors. The British nonprofit, along with partner organizations, tracks the IP addresses that spew most of the spam issued forth worldwide. They also use honeypots and other mechanisms to keep a dynamic list of infected computers and IP addresses that act as vectors for infection. And they owe a guy in Illinois nearly $12 million due to a default judgment issued by a U.S. District Court judge when Spamhaus failed to contest a lawsuit.

What content does Google censor outside China?
Outside China, Google blocks only websites with child abuse images and certain values from its search of ranges of numbers. The latter restriction, according to Google's worldwide policy counsel Andrew McLaughlin, tackles identity thieves using the search engine to trawl the web for credit card and government identification numbers, such as US social security numbers. It is still possible to search for individual numbers within these ranges, so owners can check these are not online.

au: How to stay smart online: National E-Security Awareness Week
The Australian Federal Government wants Australians to be more cautious when conducting their affairs on the internet, and has launched its Stay Smart Online initiative to help them do just that.

au: New govt website advising on net safety
A new federal government website aims to teach people how to avoid internet pitfalls.

au: Parents 'should keep abreast of websites'
Parents should familiarise themselves with popular websites like MySpace and YouTube to ensure they know what exactly their children getting up to while online, experts have said.

au: Think your kids are safe online? Think again (news release)
NetAlert, together with Microsoft, ninemsn and the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), today launched the Think U Know initiative, designed to raise awareness amongst Australian children, parents and teachers of the increasing safety issues on the Internet.

China bloggers may have to register real names
China intends to require its millions of Internet bloggers to register under their real names in a move that is raising privacy concerns, state press reported.

The Internet Black Hole That Is North Korea
The New York Times reports on what one American human rights organisation refers to as the most censored country in the world. Where mobile phones were banned in 2004. North Korea is not just censored like other countries such as Burma, Syria and Uzbekistan - it is almost entirely disconnected from cyberspace.

au: Successful internet safety roadshow visits South Australia
The NetAlert Expo, a national internet safety road show, has completed a very successful two week tour of South Australia.

us: ACLU challenge to federal child protection law goes to trial
The federal bench trial of a lawsuit challenging the 1998 Child Online Protection Act began Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The American Civil Liberties Union brought the suit on behalf of internet websites such as Salon.com and Nerve.com, arguing that the severe punishments outlined in COPA for publishing material considered "harmful to children" restrict free speech.

us: Government Defends 1998 Anti-Porn Law (AP)
Eight years after Congress passed a law aimed at protecting children from online pornography, free speech advocates and Web site publishers argued in federal court Monday that the never-enforced measure is fatally flawed.

US publishers say Child Online Protection Act should be struck down
A group of US online publishers and a lobby group is taking the Government to court to challenge an eight-year-old law which it says amounts to censorship of the internet. The challenge is to the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which became law in 1998.

us: ACLU Returns to Court to Defend Right to Online Free Speech (news release)
The American Civil Liberties Union today presented opening arguments in federal district court in its longstanding challenge to an Internet censorship law, ACLU v. Gonzales. The censorship law was signed by President Clinton in 1998 and has never been enforced.

uk: Web watchdog outlines porn battle
More than 30,000 websites of child pornography have been removed in 10 years by an internet watchdog.

uk: IWF reveals 10 year statistics on child abuse images online (news release)
Marking its tenth anniversary, the Internet Watch Foundation revealed statistics and trends from a decade combating illegal online content. Since its inception in 1996, the organisation has processed an average of 1,000 reports a month with more than 31,000 websites found to contain potentially illegal child abuse content.

YouTube to make life even busier for Google lawyers
Google attracts millions of web users every day. And, increasingly, it's attracting plenty of lawyers, too. As Google has grown into the world's most popular search engine and, arguably, the most powerful internet company, it has become entangled in scores of lawsuits touching on a wide range of legal questions, including copyright violation, trademark infringement and its method of ranking websites.

au: Safety Net
As was reported on ABC News, police are speaking to students about the circulation of a DVD showing a teenage girl being assaulted. The father of the victim says his daughter met some of her attackers through an Internet chat room.

au: DVD 'parents' come forward
This disturbing case of sexually abuse is included because the girl had "had arranged through an internet chat service to meet two boys and visit a Werribee shopping centre."

Australia outraged by horror abuse video
Australians have reacted with shock and outrage to revelations that a group of schoolboys filmed themselves sexually abusing and degrading a teenage girl and posted excerpts on the Internet.

us: Experts: Ban Won't Stop Online Gambling (AP)
Gamblers may look over their shoulder now, but experts say a new Internet gambling ban won't keep bettors from ponying up, just turn them on to overseas payment services out of the law's reach.

us: Pedophiles troll MySpace
It's a parent's nightmare: Sex offenders prowling through MySpace, looking for young victims. For Washtenaw County Sheriff's Detective Kevin Parviz, it's a disturbing reality in his work.

Blind Web Surfers Sue for Accessibility (AP)
"Links list dialogue." "Links list view." "Your Account - Two of 164." This is what the Internet sounds like to Chris Danielsen. Danielsen is blind. He's using a software program called Jaws that converts the text on a Web page into a computerized voice that comes out through a speaker, allowing him to surf the Web using keyboard commands instead of a mouse - the same way lots of blind people use the Internet.

nz: MPs join internet coalition
Labour, National, United Future and NZ First have put aside their differences to form a non-partisan grand coalition to teach MPs about the internet and discuss implications of new technology.

nz: Internet users click on addiction
Christchurch man Jason Riley clocks up 40 hours a week on the internet ? joining a growing number of people addicted to cyberspace.

uk: Net refuseniks getting more stubborn
Almost half the nation's households don't have net access - and most of them aren't going to sign up. In what will be unwelcome news for ISPs, ecommerce providers, and the government, a survey of UK households suggests internet hold-outs are getting more stubborn.

Apple's iPod-iTunes code 'cracked'
The iPod has just had its fifth birthday, but Apple's celebrations may be cut short thanks to a 22-year-old Norwegian who claims he's cracked Apple's proprietary iPod-iTunes ecosystem.

Firefox browser for web 2.0 age
A new version of the popular Firefox web browser makes its debut, going head to head with Internet Explorer 7.

Europe holds summit on future of print
The European Commission is hosting a meeting today with eight editors-in-chief from some of Europe's more established and respectable newspapers and magazines, including The Times, to discuss the future of printed media.

Google cuts Web 'noise'
Google has introduced a tool that allows Web sites and blogs to offer visitors a customized version of its search engine, narrowing down its vast index so the results are more relevant for users.

au: Man gets suspended sentence over child porn possession
An ACT Supreme Court judge has given a 12 month suspended sentence to a 48-year-old Calwell man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

nz: Man admits possession of child porn
44-year-old Waipukurau man pleads guilty to 20 representative charges of obtaining objectionable material


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


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