[DNS] domain name & governance news - 16 November

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 16 November

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Discussion during IGF against Internet content control

The Information Society and the Nature of Digital Divide, by Elisa Burchett

nz: Second consultation on RMC Policy Review

Aussie web guru raises hackles of US Idol-makers

Discussion during IGF against Internet content control
The IGF has shown a strong and large opposition to Internet blocking and
filtering, putting under pressure repressive governments such as China. The
three sessions devoted to content regulation and control have been dominated
by the advocates of anti-censorship and access to knowledge that have
criticized the state control of Internet content.

The Information Society and the Nature of Digital Divide, by Elisa Burchett
Click here - http://www.yourlanguage.yourlocale ? Are you connected? As
rudimentary as this example is, it?s a very complicated business. The
inaugural meeting of the IGF or Internet Governance Forum held in Athens,
Greece has come to an end and the abundance of information made available at
the IGF website is proof of just how complex and increasingly expansive the
future of the internet could be. Fittingly the IGF held a 4 day interactive
discussion on various themes including openness, diversity, access and
multilingualism, highlighting concerns for minority and indigenous rights.

Internet stakeholders ? it?s good to talk
The other week I drank deeply from the fountain of web news as the IGF
kicked off in Athens. Sadly, IT Week?s travel budget would only have got me
as far as Gatwick Airport, so I covered the event from the office. Launched
at the most recent UN-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society last
year, the IGF is a ?forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue?, or a
talking shop if you want to be slightly cynical, which, as a journalist, is
my wont.

The ITU and ICANN: an Internet Game of Cat and Mouse
Andy Updegrove writes "Once upon a time, there was something new called "the
Internet," and it was an unknown quantity. While some guessed what it could
become, most did not. Famously, Mark Andreessen - of Mosaic, and later
Netscape fame - and Tim Berners-Lee did, while Bill Gates did not. Less
publicly, those that helped to create something that came to be called the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - or ICANN - did, and
the standards analogue of Bill Gates - the International Telecommunications
Union - or ITU - did not. As a result, ICANN got the root directories to the
Internet - and the ITU did not. They've never forgotten - and they want

nz: Second consultation on RMC Policy Review
As a result of some of the comments received in the first round of the
Registering, Managing and Cancelling Domain Names policy review
consultation, a further call for comments is being made, with a particular
focus on obtaining people's views on whether there should be any change to
the current registration requirements.

Aussie web guru raises hackles of US Idol-makers
Brisbane man Ben Petro is embroiled in a David and Goliath style legal
battle with the creators of the Idol television franchise that includes a
dispute over the domain name googleidol.com.

AUDA launches podcasts for internet users
AUDA has launched a series of free podcasts that Australians can download or
stream to improve their internet knowledge.

ICANN Posts Draft Version of the 2007-2010 Strategic Plan for Comment (news
Based on community consultations and comments to the Issues Paper published
in September, ICANN releases its next draft Strategic Plan. Consultations
held through the time of the ICANN meeting in S?o Paulo will inform
revisions to this plan. In this release, ICANN thanks the community for the
participation and contribution to date and encourages comments concerning
this draft. Comment forum will be set up shortly.

Isle of Man cracks down on spammers
The Isle of Man has stepped up its fight against spammers exploiting its .im
country code top-level domain name.

DNForum cracks down on trademarked domains
DNForum, the largest online forum for domain name owners, is cracking down
on trademark-infringing domains sold on its site.

jp: More than 500K ?xxx.JP? domain registered
?.jp? domain debuted in February 2001. With more than 500,000 domain
registered, now there are more ?xxx.jp? registered than other form of JP
domains such as ?xxx.co.jp? and ?xxx.ne.jp?.

Afternic Decides To Remove Adult & Gambling Domains From Web Site
After extensive consideration, we have decided to no longer accept domain
names that promote hate, sex, obscenity or self-destructive behavior, such
as substance abuse, violence and gambling.

WWF fails to wrestle domain name from holder
The World Wildlife Fund has failed in its attempt to gain control of the
domain name WWF.com. The name was used until recently as a web forum
concerned with professional wrestling.

Something's phishy about these domain names
What's in a [domain] name? Probably a few million dollars if you've bothered
to register a highly bankable one. For instance, Diamonds.com fetched a cool
$8.5 million this year. However, selling high value monikers is not the only
way big bucks are being made in the domain name industry.

Exceptional Domain Names for Uranium Companies (news release)
Uranium companies around the world are being invited to bid on seven domains
with names that go with the industry. They include UraniumOre.com and
ThinkUranium.com. According to Howard Arzt of SupremeURLs.com, the new
domain names have been acquired because of their capacity, among other
things, to secure high search engine rankings.

Britain kills EU attempt to regulate net video clips
The British government is set to fight off proposed European rules that
would make it responsible for overseeing taste and decency in video clips on
sites such as YouTube and MySpace. Under a clause in the European media
regulation directive TV Without Frontiers, national governments would be
responsible for regulating the internet for the first time. Britain's media
watchdog, Ofcom, backed by the culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, argued that
the plan was unworkable and would stifle creativity and investment in new
media across Europe.

EU news release

uk: Press freedom being eaten away, says watchdog chief
Sir Christopher Meyer, the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission who
sparked a political furore by lifting the lid on his time as ambassador to
Washington, warned last night that freedom of the press was being gradually
chipped away by the government. He said the breakdown in communication
between the government and newspapers was unhealthy for democracy.

us: Feds' Expert: 1 Percent of Web Is Porn
About 1 percent of websites indexed by Google and Microsoft are sexually
explicit, according to a U.S. government-commissioned study.

A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web
Internet censorship is spreading and becoming more sophisticated across the
planet, even as users develop savvier ways around it, according to early
results in the first-ever comprehensive global survey of internet

New Clicks in the Arab World: Bloggers Challenge Longtime Cultural,
Political Restrictions
When he was a college student in Washington state, Saudi Arabia's most
popular blogger, Fouad al-Farhan, donned a T-shirt emblazoned with "Animal
Rights Equals Human Rights" and slept on the campus lawn during a hunger
strike protesting the slaughter of foxes.

au: NetAlert?s ?Netty?s World? recognised for award by media peers (news
NetAlert is delighted to announce that its pre-school educational program,
Netty?s World, has been nominated as one of Australia?s best educational
websites at the 24th Annual ATOM Awards. NetAlert is proud to be recognised
for its work on Internet safety.

au: CSIRO wins WLAN Court Case in US (news release)
CSIRO has had an important win in a court case in the US in its battle to be
paid royalties for its Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) technology. CSIRO
was granted a US patent for this technology in 1996.

uk: Crackdown on data theft
Tough measures planned for firms that steal and sell personal details after
prosecution exposes growing trade.

us: Could Online Poker Law Raise The Stakes on Free Linking?
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act rocked the online casino
industry mere days after its passage this month, and, with the president
expected to sign the bill on Friday, most commentary has focused on how it
will impact the millions of Americans who enjoy playing poker and placing
bets online. As in many other instances, this attempt to stamp out an online
activity could also impact anyone who wants to link to or help you access
sites online.

us: Google downplays video lawsuit
Google downplayed a lawsuit against its video service, two days after the
search giant revealed the legal action. "This is a small lawsuit over a
single video that appeared briefly," a Google spokesperson said in an
e-mailed statement.

us: Satanic Barney on Web tests copyright laws
Barney the purple dinorsaur's owner, Lyons Partnership, is in a legal
squabble with a Web site creator who posted unflattering images of the
children's character. The dispute is testing the boundaries of copyright law
and free expression on the Internet.

us: Catching Up With Cybercriminals
Last year for the first time, proceeds from cybercrime were greater than
proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, according to recent comments by
Valerie McNiven, an adviser to the U.S. Treasury Dept. "Cybercrime is moving
at such a high speed that law enforcement cannot catch up with it," she

au: Victoria the first to cast e-vote in a state election
Electronic votes are set to be cast in the state of Victoria today, marking
a first for Australia in any state election.

EU reportedly threatening new Microsoft fines (Reuters)
Microsoft has until Thanksgiving Day to provide rival firms with outstanding
details of its software systems or face fresh fines, the EU's antitrust
chief said, according to the Guardian newspaper.

Surfing to Excess: How Much Is Too Much?
More Internet users say their time online is interfering with their lives;
medical communities are taking their complaints seriously.

Educational toys? Just give toddlers your old phone
Parents spending hundreds of pounds on high-tech educational toys for
toddlers would be better off giving them an old mobile phone to play with,
according to an education expert.

Websites face four-second cut-off
Shoppers are likely to abandon a website if it takes longer than four
seconds to load, a survey suggests.

Google CEO sees free cell phones, funded by ads (Reuters)
Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sees a future where mobile phones are
free to consumers who accept watching targeted forms of advertising.

Traffic to online gambling sites drops in wake of new U.S. law (AP)
Internet gambling sites saw a drop in traffic last month as President Bush
signed a measure aimed at banning most online wagering in the U.S.

Internet ad potential underestimated - Yahoo chief (Reuters)
The growth potential of Internet advertising has been underestimated because
the predictions did not include advertising on video, social media or
mobiles, Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo Inc, said on Tuesday.

au: Soon recordings will be a crime
Hundreds of U2 fans used their mobile phones to record Bono belting out
their favourite songs at Sydney's Telstra Stadium over three concerts ending
last night. Little did they know that under planned changes to copyright
laws, they would be committing a criminal offence, attracting a maximum fine
of A$6600.

Google saves $200m for YouTube legal issues
Google indicated it was setting aside more than $200m to deal with possible
lawsuits and copyright settlements over the next 12 months arising from its
$1.65bn acquisition of the video-sharing site YouTube.

Can't we all share in the search bounty?
Should we be paid for using search engines? For most people that is a silly
question. Of course not, they would say. If anything, we should be paying
them. The use of search engines has transformed our lives by bringing
knowledge on any subject to our computer screens in a fraction of a second -
and all for nothing. The more relevant question is: how much would you pay
to have a search engine if it were suddenly whisked away from you? The
answer is: a lot of money.

How to Make Your Web Site Sing for You
Your Web site is like a digital business card, designers say, the first
online look at your company that a customer gets. With luck, it will not be
the last.

au: Man gets probation for keeping child porn
A 33-year-old Brisbane man who was caught with 1,000 child pornography
images on his computer has been sentenced to two years' probation.

au: CBO for `soft' child porn
A WARRNAMBOOL man caught up in an international FBI pornography
investigation yesterday received a community-based order.


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


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