[DNS] domain name & governance news - 23 November

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 23 November

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2006 03:06:16 -0800 (PST)
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Internet Governance Debate Poses Unique Global Challenges (CDT Policy Post July 2006)

ICANN chief warns of domain name chaos

Internationalizing the Internet by Geoff Huston

Guess Whois Going to Lose the Privacy Debate by Larry Seltzer

Taiwan hosts over 9 million Internet domain names in July 2006

Internet Governance Debate Poses Unique Global Challenges (CDT Policy Post July 2006)
To that end, it may be useful to discuss whether the goals and milestones established nearly a decade ago for ICANN on its path to full autonomy remain adequate in the face of a drastically different global environment. Certainly the goals of fostering stability, competition, representation and private, bottom-up coordination remain as relevant today as they were eight years ago, but in light of recent developments it is important for the Internet community to at least ask whether reaching all of those milestones (something ICANN has yet to accomplish) would be sufficient cause to cut the tether between ICANN and the US Government.

ICANN chief warns of domain name chaos
Plans to fast-track the introduction of non-English characters in website domain names could "break the whole internet", warns ICANN chief executive Paul Twomey.

Internationalized domain names coming next year
The recent Internet Governance Forum in Athens featured lots of talk about the way that the 'Net is run, but nothing generated more discussion than IDNs. In many parts of the world, frustration has built up for years over the need to use Latin characters to access most TLDs, even when they reference sites that are in languages like Tamil, Farsi, or Mandarin. Change is coming, but it's slower than many would like.

Internationalizing the Internet by Geoff Huston
One topic does not appear to have a compellingly obvious localization solution in the multi-lingual world, and that is the Domain Name System (DNS). The subtle difference here is that the DNS is the glue that binds all users' language symbols together, and performing localized adaptations to suit local language use needs is not enough. What we need is a means to allow all of these language symbols to be used within the same system, or "internationalization".

Guess Whois Going to Lose the Privacy Debate by Larry Seltzer
Opinion: If you own a domain, your privacy is probably being needlessly compromised as a result. But nobody who can do anything about it cares.

Taiwan hosts over 9 million Internet domain names in July 2006
Taiwan hosted 9.07 million Internet domain names in July 2006, according to the Focus on Internet News & Data and Innovation Diffusion Enabler & Activator of the Advanced e-Commerce Institute (ACI-IDEA-FIND) under the government-sponsored Institute for Information Industry.

Something's phishy about these domain names (IDG)
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 US$8.5 million this year.

Why is .EU Trying to Destroy the Internet? by Antony Van Couvering
With Eurid cutting its wholesale price from 10 Euros to 5 Euros, Van Couvering asks "Is Eurid crazy?" He further says "Eurid is acting as if unit cost should go down as sales increase!" I can't work out if he's being serious or not!

.IN registrations double this year
The most well-known internet domain extension is .COM. However, .IN - the allocated ccTLD for India - is fast catching the fancy of the internet businesses and users as the numbers show with 200,000 domains registered, almost double that of last year.

STATE OF THE ART; A Web Site To Call Your Own
The New York Times writes about the pitfalls of the non-technical trying to establish their presence online. Your website may have multiple e-mail addresses and phone extensions, but maybe the domain name gives it away. So to get your own domain name, one buys a domain name, and then organises hosting, and then someone to develop the website. Now Microsoft is launching Office Live that will be a package of domain name, website and hosting - all free of charge on their Basics plan. But there's a catch - this includes AdManager.

ae: TRA yet to approve VoIP
Deep within this article it says "The TRA has also announced that it is developing a new .ae industry framework to enhance governance and technical delivery. Currently, a paper-based system is used for registering domain names, explained a consultant working on the project. There are about 30,000 domain names registered. Once a domain management system is in place there is potential for the number of domain names to increase to some 200,000 in the next 18-24 months, he said."

ie: Porn is a four letter word
Stephen Ryan Setting up a porn site in Ireland is harder than you might think. Especially if you want to use the word ?porn? in your web address.

No monkey business
Infinite Monkeys claimed that Global Resources and its e-mail marketer clients violated California law prohibiting the unsolicited dispatch of commercial e-mail. As many know, California?s laws are tougher than the CAN-SPAM Act. Despite that, the defendants prevailed on summary judgment. Judge Neil A. Cabrinha of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, ruled for the defendants on all counts. Judge Cabrinha specifically rejected Infinite Monkeys? business model of buying Web domain names and redirecting e-mails sent to those addresses to itself so that it could file lawsuits for the alleged receipt of unsolicited commercial e-mail. The judge ruled that Infinite Monkeys was not a ?recipient? under the California statute because it was ?not the addressees of the subject e-mails. They were not intended for plaintiff.?

in: Domain theft spurs concern
THE CID (Crime) that busted the cyber-crime racket on Friday has a piece of advice for those running online businesses. The online traders should be extremely careful in revealing the username and password of a domain to their employees. The CID?s advice is based on fears that the employees, when they leave the company, might misue them to their advantage.

VeriSign plans to restate earnings
VeriSign announced Tuesday it expects to restate its historical earnings over a five-year period, as well as the first quarter of this year, as a result of its internal investigation into past stock options practices.

NAF Issues Three Decisions on Internet Trademark Domain Name Disputes (news release)
The National Arbitration Forum (NAF) recently issued decisions on three separate domain name disputes filed by Vin Diesel, Louis Vuitton and the New York Yankees during the month of September; each was settled within two months, a press release by the Forum stated.

Sale of 32.com
Domain name journal reports on a quiet week last week with the top sale of domain names being US$50,000 for 32.com. Other notable sales were NetMovie.com ($31,500), MasterTemplates.com ($25,000) and WifiAccess.com ($21,200).

Domain Name Dispute Between Epson and Action Office Supplies, Goes Before ICANN (news release)
A domain name dispute between Epson and Action Office Supplies, Inc., will be presented before the National Arbitration Forum of ICANN. The arbitration papers allege that Epson attempted to take the domain "EPSONUSA.com" name away, in a reverse cyber-hijacking case.

eu: Price of .eu domains slashed
EURid, the registry for .eu domain names, is halving the cost of registering and renewing .eu domain names

us: Justice, ACLU argue 1998 online porn law before U.S. judge (AP)
Justice Department attorneys, defending a law aimed at keeping online pornography from minors, argued that software filters often block valid sites - on gay rights or sexual health, for example - that teens might seek out.

au: Security firms clash over phishy e-mails
Banks and security experts cannot agree if it is safe for banks to use e-mail for communicating with their customers because the medium has been hijacked by criminals who try and fool online banking users into divulging their log-in details.

nz: Way clearing for Hager book release
The way may be clearing for author Nicky Hager to release his book on the National Party. His claimed expose of the party's wheeling and dealing under the leadership of Dr Don Brash is currently blocked from sale because of a High Court injunction.

us: Libel ruling boosts net providers
Bloggers and US internet providers cannot be liable for posting defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

us: Web publishers receive immunity on defamation
The California Supreme Court said Monday that Internet publishers could not be held liable for posting defamatory comments written by others, a victory for online companies like Google and America Online.

us: Epidemic or easy target?
The U.S. attorney general says online predators are a significant problem. Politicians and local law enforcement have made them a target. But reliable statistics are hard to come by, and some observers wonder whether the scope of the problem justifies the money and attention devoted to it.

us: CDT Releases "Lame Duck" Internet Watch List
CDT on Monday issued a special lame duck edition of its "Internet Watch List," which identifies seven legislative efforts that threaten the Internet and fundamental civil liberties in the waning days of the 109th Congress. Unfortunately bills that would greatly expand the authority to wiretap innocent Americans; stifle socially valuable speech online; and limit access to worthwhile social networking tools remain very much in play despite the short legislative calendar. CDT is urging lawmakers, journalists and activists to remain vigilant to ensure that none of these misguided measures become law.  November 20, 2006

au: $66,000 fine to protect privacy
After three years of delays, a massive database containing personal information on every Australian with a phone number could soon be protected. A Bill before federal Parliament includes fines up to $66,000 or two years imprisonment for anyone misusing personal information in the Telstra-managed phone directory.

au: Poddies copyright crooks
NEW copyright legislation is likely to cause more problems than it solves, lawyers have warned. The Government has failed to fix problems with the old Act, they say.

us: 'Tis the season to send spam
In addition to plenty of turkey, a record amount of spam will be served up this holiday season. Mass e-mailers traditionally bump up their activity as the year winds down. But this year, the amount of junk messages could be unprecedented, companies that make spam-busting tools say.

nz: Ihug still fighting to sort out spam fiasco
Hard-hit by an avalanche of incoming spam messages, ISP Ihug has decided to introduce further checks on servers wanting to send email to its customers. From now on, email servers must have matching reverse and forward pointing records in the Domain Name System (DNS) for messages to be accepted by Ihug?s SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) servers.

'Pump-and-Dump' Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders
The recent surge in e-mail spam hawking penny stocks and penis enlargement pills is the handiwork of Russian hackers running a botnet powered by tens of thousands of hijacked computers.

P2P as a New Spam Medium, Moving From PoC to Full Operations
Spam on P2P networks used to be mainly with advertising inside downloaded movies and pictures (mainly pornographic in nature), as well as by hiding viruses and other malware in downloaded warez and most any other file type (from zip archives to movie files). Further, P2P networks were in the past used for harvesting by spammers. Today, P2P has become a direct to customer spamvertizing medium. This has been an ongoing change for a while. As we speak, it is moving from a proof of concept trial to a full spread of spam, day in, day out.

Get out of MySpace
Media companies are in a tither about online social networking but Jonathan Weber struggles to see the point

Wikis are spreading into new realms
Buoyed by the growth of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the wiki model of shared writing and editing is spreading into surprising new realms, from accounting, real estate and academic research to cake design and even intelligence gathering.

The A$65,000 question: do you own an iPod?
Owning an iPod, camera phone or a DVD recorder might be enough to land you in jail or lumbered with a large fine under the Federal Government's proposed new changes to the copyright laws, experts warn.

Casino Royale becomes victim of global internet piracy
The new James Bond film was freely available on file-sharing websites within hours of general release, with estimates of 250,000 copies downloaded through torrent sites as of 21 November.

us: Newspapers to link up with Yahoo
A consortium of U.S. newspaper chains representing 176 daily papers plans to form a partnership with Yahoo that will start with shared ads and extend eventually to news content.

Google shares going gangbusters
Google's share price surpassed $US500 for the first time, marking another milestone for the internet search leader.

Battle lines forming in battle for traditional media's Web advertising
Major Internet sites are showing a strong and growing interest in the advertising business and traditional ad firms are starting to get worried.

au: How many VoIP providers are there really
The ACMA says there are 118 VoIP providers in Australia, research company Market Clarity puts the number at almost double that. Who's right?


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