[DNS] domain name & governance news - 2 November

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 2 November

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2006 01:21:58 -0800 (PST)
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When in Rome... Will U.S. Laws count? Spamhaus case causes concerns.

dotMobi Breaks the 200,000 Mark (news release)

International net domains 'risky'

'Gambits' are a risk to Internet domain system

BBC Reporter's Log: Internet Governance Forum

Chairman Vint Cerf's Opening Remarks at Internet Governance Forum,

IP addressing in China and the Myth of Address Shortage
In recent years, various sources have repeated a myth that the IPv4 address pool is close to exhaustion. Many of these stories also falsely claim that there are fewer IPv4 addresses allocated to China than to some individual US universities. The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) is committed to countering this myth and has published an article in its newsletter Apster on this topic.

When in Rome... Will U.S. Laws count? Spamhaus case causes concerns.
Sometimes it can be hard coming up with ideas for a weekly opinion column. But there's one well that never seems to go dry (unfortunately). I can always rely on some court or politician making a shortsighted decision that has the potential to hurt the entire technology business and even the Internet itself.

IP Address-Level Security a Growing Concern
Earlier this year, the FBI published statistics on computer crime that indicated it was costing U.S. businesses $678 billion per year. The average company cost when you do the math is $24,000 in hard dollar losses.

Domain resale market a 'haven' for phishers
Domain names likely to appeal to fraudsters are up for grabs on domain resale sites. Firms such as Sedo and Moniker specialise in the sale of domain names that have already been registered and are now being resold in the secondary (or aftermarket) for domain names. Most domain names are sold for a few hundred or thousand dollars (as opposed to an original registration price of $10 or so) while particularly attractive domains - such as hell.com - can fetch six figure sums.

IE 7 drives foreign language domain names
Microsoft?s latest release of Internet Explorer will drive demand for internationalized domain names, according to industry experts who are predicting a sharp increase in sales of foreign language domain names. That?s because IE 7 has built-in support for IDNs, as does Firefox 2.0, also released in October.

dotMobi Breaks the 200,000 Mark (news release)
dotMobi announced it has reached two new significant milestones since its successful September public launch. The general demand for .mobi domain names continues to grow rapidly with more than 218,000 .mobi registrations by customers in 104 countries around the world. Additionally, at auction, the first set of dotMobi Premium Domain Names generated some of the highest market demand seen in 2006 for higher value domain names.

Value of generic domains questioned
Premium generic domain names may be losing their appeal after an auction failed to bring in large sums for many that would once have been deemed highly valuable.

Hell.com vs. Heaven.com Alexa Rankings: Who Wins?
With the recent auction of Hell.com, which was supposed to fetch eight million dollars (I doubt) for US domain name broker Hitsdomains.com, I pondered the Heaven vs. Hell online battle and their relative influence on the Internet.

Cameras.com worth $1.5 million at auction
Sigmund Solares had just paid $1.5 million for Cameras.com, the name of an unremarkable Web site, and was already busy planning for the site's future on Friday.

Ant.com Carries $241,000 Load to the Top of This Week's Domain Sales Mound 
Ant.com sold for $241,200 at Moniker.com/DomainSystems.com this week to easily outdistance the rest of the pack on this week's Top 20 domain sales chart.

Sedo Makes Another Record Domain Name Sale With gays.com
Sedo announced the recent sale of gays.com for US$500,000, marking another record sale for the company.

International net domains 'risky'
The global inter-operability of the internet needs to be preserved, Vint Cerf told a global gathering in Athens. He said the ability for everyone and every device to connect to the net using a simple protocol was the backbone of the internet. But changes to the way the net works, to accommodate a multi-lingual internet, raised concerns.

'Gambits' are a risk to Internet domain system
Vinton Cerf, a communications expert known as a father of the Internet, said Sunday that he feared the network's addressing system would break down if "political gambits" by international groups or national agencies interfere with plans to expand the languages used in domain names.

IGF - Major changes ahead for domain name system
Vint Cerf told the open session of the inaugural IGF that he accepts that it will be necessary to expand the range of characters that can be used in domain name so that individuals and organisations can include characters from their own languages in their websites' URLs.

A Web Conflict Centers on Languages Used in Addresses
As the first Internet Governance Forum begins today near Athens, a conflict is emerging over the use of non-Western characters and languages in Internet addresses.

BBC Reporter's Log: Internet Governance Forum
The future of the net is under discussion at the first-ever Internet Governance Forum in Athens on Monday. The four-day forum has been set up by the United Nations to give companies, governments, organisations and individuals the space to debate what should happen to the net in the coming years. BBC News website Technology editor Darren Waters is reporting from the conference as it happens.

World discusses internet future
The future of the net is the ambitious topic under discussion at the first global Internet Governance Forum, being held in Athens over the next five days.

Dialogue needed on internet's future by Nitin Desai, Chair, IGF organising group
The Internet Governance Forum, set up by the United Nations as a multi-stakeholder space for dialogue, will meet for the first time on 30 October in Athens.

UK perspective on the net's future by Emily Taylor, Director of legal and policy, Nominet
The Internet Governance Forum takes place in Athens from 30 October, at which the future of the net will be discussed by thousands of stakeholders - governments, organisations, companies and individuals. But what does the UK have at stake in the discussions?

Moderation, frustration, and making people uncomfortable - An internet conference with no internet
You reach a certain level of frustration and then, suddenly, you relax. The struggle becomes impossible and then you realise that, ultimately, it's not that important. You're still breathing air, you still have legs, this will come to an end. What on earth am I talking about? The mild insanity of hosting a global, revolutionary internet conference and then failing to allow anyone to actually access it - the internet, that is.

Internet forum promises democracy to the masses
The inaugural meeting of the IGF was opened in Athens yesterday morning by Greek prime minister Konstantinos Karamanlis amid proud claims that the forum represented a new level of democratic thinking at the top of the internet.

IGF: Why you should care
The inaugural meeting of the IGF will be opened today at 10am by the Greek prime minister in Athens, starting the gun on four days of discussion that many hope will provide answers to some of the internet's biggest problems.

Greek blogger arrest infuriates world
The arrest of a blogger by Greek police just days before Athens hosts the inaugural meeting of the IGF has left the blogosphere in uproar and the authorities with egg on their face.

Global net forum opens its doors - online and off
Ordinary internet users will have a chance to make points and ask questions of the world's governments, not to mention business, engineers and media, over the next four days as the IGF opens its doors - both physically and online - for the first time.

New Internet Governance Proposal Would Trim US Role, Boost Private Sector
Becky Burr and Marilyn Cade have issued an updated proposal aimed at defusing the biggest policy tensions by moving governance to the private sector and increasing international involvement. The proposal calls on the US government to initiate several steps to respond to international concern about its unique authority over the authoritative root. The steps include clarifying that the appropriate role of government is limited to serving as the ?backstop? for threats to the stability and security of the Internet, identification of changes to the underlying Internet structure that do not threaten the Internet?s security or stability, development of a new intergovernmental working group with regional representation to review changes to the Internet structure that create serious stability concerns, and calling upon ICANN to become more transparent and accountable.

Online Content Among Many Issues At Internet Governance Forum
The four-day Internet Governance Forum opened on 30 October by addressing many topics, among them the availability of content online. Content on the Internet will be addressed in a variety of ways this week, including ways to boost local content creation in developing countries, ways to protect intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and open standards for information technology.

The internet's future is out of this world by Vint Cerf
In 2006 most people in the developed world would find it hard to imagine life without the internet; never before has a single technology become so central to our lives so quickly. Email, search, e-commerce, social networking sites ? hundreds of millions of people use them every day. But the original internet was a very different world. Designed in 1973, the idea was to enable the US Defence Department to integrate computers into its command and control system. Of course, it was also immediately adopted by its academic developers for their own uses!

Chairman Vint Cerf's Opening Remarks at Internet Governance Forum,
Vint Cerf's opening remarks address the structure of the internet, International Domain Names, interoperability, IPv6 and more.

ICANN at the Internet Governance Forum
ICANN is co-hosting two workshops that will run in parallel to the IGF main sessions. The purpose of the workshop, co-hosted with ISOC, is to discuss the importance of participating in the processes of key Internet organisations and mechanisms, to show how one can participate and, importantly, how to locally build the appropriate expertise and capacity to successfully contribute.  Different perspectives on participation and engagement by different communities and stakeholders will be explored with an emphasis on encouraging a discussion of practical examples and key learnings for increasing participation, particularly from communities that are typically under-represented.

ICANN: IDNA Protocol Review and Proposals for Changes
In follow up to the RFC4690 that was made available in September and announced on http://www.icann.org on 19 October 2006, a review of the IDNA protocol is underway. The review is managed through the IAB and the IETF.

EC: Web 2.0 means power and responsibility
The move towards Web 2.0 will stir the debate over internet governance and make businesses and individuals more powerful and responsible web users, Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, has told the IGF.

Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media speech titled "The Internet ? key to freedom, democracy and economic development"
The Internet Governance Forum will be one important pillar of the new model of co-operation between all stakeholders, including all governments, agreed upon in Tunis last year. The Internet Governance Forum does not replace negotiations between governments on the enhanced co-operation model, but is a complementary process. I expect it to generate ideas and solutions that I intend to feed into the debate between governments to ensure that both processes do not operate in isolation. In that respect, I see first efforts circulating notably on the management of the DNS. This goes in the right direction and the European Commission will keep contributing to the discussions.

Firms defend dealings with China
The work of firms such as Microsoft and Cisco was the centre of a debate about openness at the IGF in Athens.

RSF blasts firms for China Web control (Reuters)
China's control of the Internet stirred controversy at the first global Internet governance forum on Tuesday when  Reporters sans fronti?res accused western firms of providing Chinese police with technology to limit Web freedom.

China blows minds at Athens IGF
On Monday, at a workshop held under the UN sponsored Internet Governance Forum in Athens, Greece, Chinese diplomat Yang Xiaokun set a new world record in cognitive dissonance as he explained in an exchange with BBC anchor and session moderator, Nik Gowing, that there is no internet censorship in China.

China: We don't censor the Internet. Really
While many countries block off some Web sites, China has long drawn heightened scrutiny because of the breadth and sophistication of its Internet censorship.

Companies say Web censorship growing (AP)
Internet search leader Google and other major U.S. technology companies insisted Tuesday that their products benefit Chinese citizens despite government restrictions and warnings that online censorship is spreading.

IGF - ICANN protesters face human rights protesters
The Internet Governance Forum is already running towards a major split in Athens. Although the US is slowly loosening its control of ICANN, this is not enough for some of the delegates. The secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr Utsumi, summed up the view of many when he lambasted the US for dragging its feet over independence for ICANN and its stonewalling at the World Summit.

Companies Say Web Censorship Growing
Internet search leader Google and other major U.S. technology companies insisted Tuesday that their products benefit Chinese citizens despite government restrictions and warnings that online censorship is spreading.

Annan stresses development role at first ever meeting of the Internet Governance Forum
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday stressed the importance of using the worldwide net to promote global development as he opened the first ever Internet Governance Forum by encouraging participants to use the four-day gathering to foster dialogue and cooperation. 

Rhetorical Questions on IDN TLD Approaches by Jothan Frakes
With the IGF underway, there's a lot of discussion surrounding Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). There has been lots of great progress in IDN technology with IE7 and Firefox browsers now fully IDN-Aware, strong IDN registrations and websites behind them. Now that many of the hurdles to implementation have been addressed to where the technology is either currently available to most internet users, or shall be soon, we now focus to the other aspects of IDN.

The Internet Governance Forum: Will Theory Lead To Action?
The first meeting of the U.N. IGF began yesterday in Athens, and it's promoting a very worthy agenda. Some of the critical issues to be discussed include these: Who has access to the Internet? Who has control? What are the best ways to combat spam, phishing, and child pornography? How can we protect freedom of speech online--especially in countries with repressive regimes?

Use Of Multi-Lingual Internet, Raises Concern
Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the Internet, told delegates at the first-ever Internet Governance Forum being held in Athens, Greece that global inter-interoperability of the Internet needs to be preserved. The IGF is sponsored by the U.N. in the hopes of bringing all the decision makers involved in the Internet together.

Internet Governance Forum takes on China, US
The IGF is meeting in Athens this week, and they've been talking up a storm. The global body was convened under the auspices of the UN after last year's meeting of the WSIS in Tunis, where it was agreed that a global venue for discussing 'Net issues ought to be created. Gathering technocrats, activists, and politicians from around the globe for four days of talking sounds a lot like golf on TV?wonderful for playing in the background while you take a Sunday afternoon nap?but in reality has already proved to be quite fascinating. With half the conference concluded, Ars brings you up to speed on what's gone down so far at the IGF.

Net governance forum: Hot air or hot opinions? (IDG)
For many critics, the United Nations-sponsored IGF is nothing more than a hot-air event void of any decision-making power. But advocates see the meeting, the first to follow last year's contentious WSIS, as an opportunity to set the tone for future discussions on who should govern the Internet and how.

Internet expansion 'will happen in developing countries'
Asia will drive a massive online expansion by the end of the decade, helped by computer sharing and emerging mobile phone technology, the United Nation?s top Internet official has predicted.

IGF Debates Localization of the Internet (reg req'd)
The IGF, which could ultimately turn out to be either the United Nations of the internet or just a toothless policy talking shop, convened for the first time yesterday, and the issue of internationalization was at the forefront.

U.N. proposes changes to Net's operation
Yoshio Utsumi, a top United Nations official on Monday called for changes in the way the Internet is operated, taking aim at "self-serving justifications" for permitting the United States to preserve its unique influence and authority online.

IGF: The Future of the Internet is in Asia, on Cell Phones
In case you missed it, The IGF is going on in Greece this week. The conference has been set up by the UN to give governments, companies, organizations and individuals the opportunity to meet and debate the future of the Internet. Here are some highlights.

EU official satisfied with ICANN's performance managing Internet (AP)
A top EU official praised the United States' commitment to pull back from its historic oversight of the Internet as a worldwide conference on the network's future opened Monday.

EU Says Will Press For Uncensored Internet (Dow Jones)
The European Union will urge countries to uncensor the Internet for its citizens at this week's IGF in Greece, Commission telecom spokesman Martin Selmayr said Monday.

UN forum on control of the Internet opens in Athens (AFP)
A year after the United States narrowly avoided a bruising row with the rest of the world over control of the Internet, round two of talks on the Web's future opened in Athens Monday in a UN-sponsored Forum on Internet Governance.

Forum in Greece tackles internet governance
Online access and security are high on the agenda of an international conference on internet governance taking place in Athens from Monday.

Double-byte domains a risk
Internet pioneer Vint Cerf says attempts to introduce double-byte domain names could threaten the stability of the internet, warning against moves by countries such as China to create new domain systems.

Experts gather to debate control of the internet (with AFP)
Over one thousand internet experts will gather in Greece this week for the first UN-sponsored IGF meeting, amid grumblings over the dominant position currently enjoyed by the US.

Internet control forum opens (AFP)
A year after the United States narrowly avoided a bruising row with the rest of the world over control of the Internet, Round Two of talks on the Web's future opened in Athens on Monday in a UN-sponsored Forum on Internet Governance.

Internet control up for debate at Athens forum (Agence France-Presse)
Over a thousand Internet experts will gather in Athens next week for a UN-sponsored IGF, the first of its kind, amid grumbling over the dominant position enjoyed by the United States.

Greek and Egyptian Governments Applaud ICANN's Move Toward Autonomy (news release)
Speaking at the opening of the inaugural Internet Governance Forum held in Athens today, the Greek Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Mr Michael Liapis, and the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, His Excellency Dr Tarek Kamel, made separate statements indicating their support for ICANN's move toward autonomy under the recently signed Joint Partnership Agreement with the United States Government.

au: Aussie anti-porn Net filter gets closer
The federal government's plan to provide a free child-safe Internet filter to every Australian family is progressing, with the Commonwealth today calling for industry help with the technical details of the idea.

us: ACLU v. Gonzales: An eight-year struggle over Internet censorship
The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) is once again being examined in court as the legal controversy surrounding the Internet censorship law continues. The present trial, ACLU v. Gonzales, is expected to last four weeks and counts popular web sites like Salon.com and the Urban Dictionary among the plaintiffs. Evidence will be presented by Internet content distributors ranging from widely-read online news publications to web-based purveyors of safe sex products. Why are so many legitimate web site operators concerned about a law written to limit the dissemination of Internet pornography?

au: Online predator threat on rise
More internet child sex predators are facing court, and most offenders are quick to plead guilty, according to Australian Federal Police online child sex exploitation team co-ordinator Greg Harrigan.

us: Her online vigilance protects children from porn, predators
On her farm outside of Knightdale, Mary Conyers spends many evenings taming foals with gentle pats and molasses treats. Her afternoons are often occupied with putting up quarts of tomatoes fresh from her husband's garden or making the tenderest bread-and-butter pickles you have ever tasted. But in every free moment, often for many hours a day, she quietly indulges her true obsession: pornography on the Web. Fighting it, that is.

au: Watchdog eyes net rules
Any attempt by internet service providers to favour some online services or restrict others will be examined by the competition regulator, which is looking at the thorny issue of net neutrality.

au: Virtual world: tax man cometh
People making virtual fortunes in virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft or Second Life could face a real tax bill, the Australian Tax Office warns.

UK gaming to be 'mark of quality'
Online gambling sites registered in the UK would offer a "hallmark of quality" to players around the world, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell claims.

Regulation for gaming on the Web
British officials called for international coordination to regulate online gambling as policy makers and investors scramble to salvage high-stakes bets on the industry in the wake of an effective U.S. ban on the business.

British minister seeks consensus on regulating international gaming
Britain's culture secretary sought to build support among dozens of nations _ but not the U.S. _ for improved regulation of the global Internet gaming industry Tuesday at an international summit on the sector.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/10/28/1161749324437.html (AP)
http://go.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=internetNews&storyID=13955893 (Reuters)

International bodies unite to fight spam
Six leading international anti-spam initiatives have launched, at the first meeting of the IGF in Athens, a new online information resource (www.StopSpamAlliance.org) to assist in fighting spam.

Authentication the message for next round in spam fight
E-mail filters have become effective at preserving our in-boxes, creating the illusion that spam has been tamed. But the bulk of spam is growing. MessageLabs said about 70 percent of all e-mail traffic as of this week, and 66 percent this year, was bogus.

au: ISP contract complaints rise (AAP)
Gripes with ISPs changing contracts topped the list of complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) over the past 12 months.

uk: 'Internet porn a growing problem for players'
Addiction to internet pornography is a growing problem among cash-rich Premiership players with time on their hands according to Peter Kay, the chief executive of the Sporting Chance clinic.

A country with text appeal
The Philippines has become the first country in the world where mobile users spend more on data services than on voice, according to a leading research company.

To the Media, YouTube Is a Threat and a Tool
Media companies are of two minds about Internet video-sharing site YouTube. They are unsure of whether YouTube is a friend or a foe -- a threat that could siphon off their TV audiences and ad dollars or a powerful promotion machine that could generate buzz for the shows.

YouTube purges more clips
Hitting the financial jackpot may have created some headaches for YouTube. The site late last week began purging copyrighted material from Comedy Central, including clips from YouTube stalwarts like "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report" and "South Park."

YouTubers cut and paste at their peril
The days of anything goes on YouTube are over. If you're planning on using copyrighted content as part of your own creative masterpiece, you're more or less inviting legal action, says a new research paper paper authored by Damien O'Brien and Brian Fitzgerald of Queensland University of Technology.

'The Google' lets homesick president keep an eye on the ranch
Two years ago George Bush told the world about things he'd heard on "the internets". Since then the US president has progressed, becoming more familiar with the hi-tech world he leads.

au: Teacher faces court over porn charges
A QUEENSLAND teacher has faced court for allegedly exposing children to internet pornography.


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


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