[DNS] domain name & governance news - 12 April

[DNS] domain name & governance news - 12 April

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 19:55:18 -0700 (PDT)
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Is the Internet Ready to Break?

Long-running battle over sex website is testing new cyber-laws

New domain proposals must learn from .eu

.eu growing rapidly (AP)

.eu tops 2.5m (Reuters)

Europe's .eu a soaring success in cyberspace (AFP)

au: PM offers $110m red-tape deal - includes national personal properties securities register to include domain names

nz: Domainz comes a-calling with new sales pitch

Cumulative Number of Registered .JP Domain Names Exceeds 900,000 (news release)

Dot VN announces 143% increase in domain registration

.ie domain registrations exceed 75,000

Is the Internet Ready to Break?
Reports of the Internet's death are greatly exaggerated. But the growth of video and broadband access will require new investment, technology and thinking to keep it healthy.

Long-running battle over sex website is testing new cyber-laws
In the coded and rather arcane annals of cyber-law, there is no fleshier case. The dispute over what is arguably the most lucrative domain name in existence - sex.com - has rumbled on for in excess of 10 years. The latest chapter, written recently by a court in San Fransisco, will no doubt add to the ire of the story?s main protagonist, Gary Kremen, who has been trying to get the name back since it was stolen from him 12 years ago. But it also made a significant contribution to the emerging field of internet law.

New domain proposals must learn from .eu
A year on from its inception, the European regional TLD has had mixed success. Despite the registry Eurid claiming that the number of .eu addresses has exceeded all expectations, it boasts only half the registrations of the .uk domain, and remains gnat-sized next to .com and .net. Nearly three-quarters of the 2.6 million current .eu domains have been registered by organisations rather than individuals, but the number who actually use them in earnest is tiny.

Euro domain stunted by speculators
As the .eu TLD celebrates its first anniversary, some experts last week claimed that the actions of domain-name speculators may have scared off potential customers and restricted growth. Despite high initial interest that saw 700,000 domain names created in the first few hours of the launch day on 7 April 2006, the total number a year later has reached only 2.6 million, with 439,500 in the UK.

Dot-eu is third most popular domain name
The new figures put the dot-eu domain in third place on the list of most popular TLDs, and interest has picked up in recent months, with registrations rising 17 percent in the past five months. More than 29,800 of the addresses were registered in Ireland.

.eu growing rapidly (AP)
More than 2,5 million .eu web addresses have been registered since the European domain name launched just over a year ago, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

.eu tops 2.5m (Reuters)
More than 2.5 million ".eu" internet addresses have been registered since the European domain name launched just over a year ago, the European Commission says.

Europe's .eu a soaring success in cyberspace (AFP)
The .eu online domain name is enjoying a runaway success in cyberspace with over 2.5 million registered users during its first year, the European Commission said.

au: PM offers $110m red-tape deal - includes national personal properties securities register to include domain names
A proposed initiative for a national personal properties securities register costing at least $50 million to replace disparate state systems that add to business costs would record a broader range of property types, including internet domain names. The proposal will be discussed at a meeting of state and territory premiers and the prime minister on 13 April.

nz: Domainz comes a-calling with new sales pitch
The registrant would like to change the perception that it only sells names, says sales and marketing manager

Thrust to Chinese domain names
China has launched a platform with the goal of notching up 1 million Chinese-character domain names, a move marking a new era for Chinese Web surfers to trek the information highway in their native language.

Cumulative Number of Registered .JP Domain Names Exceeds 900,000 (news release)
JPRS today announced that the cumulative number of registered .JP domain names as of April 1, 2007 exceeded 900,000, hitting 908,329. .JP ranks 10th in the number of registrations among 250 ccTLDs worldwide.

JPRS publishes "JP Domain Name Registry Report 2006" (news release)
On March 27, JPRS published the "JP Domain Name Registry Report 2006" (Japanese version), the annual report of JPRS for 2006 on the management and administration of JP domain names. Issues covered in the report include: efforts to improve reliability and usability of the JP domain name services and efforts to promote publicity and utilization of Japanese JP domain names. The report is currently only available in Japanese with an English language version to be available soon.

Dot VN announces 143% increase in domain registration
Dot VN announced that the total number of .VN domain names registered online by Dot VN increased 143 per cent for the first quarter of 2007 as compared to 2006.

gh: Four ICT bills before cabinet
Four information and communication technology bills, namely: National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Electronic Transaction Bill, New Telecom Bill and Amendment Bill are currently before Cabinet. ... When established, the National Information Technology Agency will .. monitor the implementation of national information communication technology policy. ... It will also resolve all matters involving domain names within the Domain Name Register under the ETA in accordance with the provisions of the NITA Act. ... When passed into law, it will ensure efficient use and management of the country's domain space. Further, it will also ensure that the interests and image of the nation are not compromised through the use of electronic communications.

.ie domain registrations exceed 75,000
The number of .ie domain registrations has exceeded 75,000 registrations, according to IEDR. Domain name registrations are up 30% compared to the same period last year. .ie domains now account for almost 40% of the Irish domain market with .com domains accounting for approximately 33%. Irish companies represented 83% of all .ie domains at end 2006.

Verizon vs. iREIT et al Court Documents: What Can We Learn? by George Kirikos
Verizon filed sued against iREIT and Domain Marketplace a couple of weeks ago in a Texas court, alleging cybersquatting. David Kesmodel?s blog broke the story, and I used the PACER system to obtain the court filings.

DDOS on DNS: Stopping Internet blackouts
Writing in National Journal's Technology Daily, Andrew Noyes discusses the possibility of a massive Internet blackout caused by a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the backbone infrastructure of the 'Net.

Banks should learn from the XXX debacle
The failed plan to bring an added level of accountability to the more risqu? neighbourhoods of the net by fixing a .xxx suffix to adult websites was a good idea directed at the wrong industry. Forget about would-be gangster pornographers. The introduction of a designated triple-X zone may work in the real world, but it?s foolish to think it will keep minors from gaining entry to racy websites. Icann was right to vote it down. Still, it took years to kill off the measure, stealing attention away from more pressing net governance issues such as taking on fraudsters.

How Safe Would a .Safe Domain Really Be?
But really: what's in a name, and how safe would a .safe TLD really be? Does it magically make gullible users suddenly smarter?

F-Secure calls on ICANN to enable safer online banking (news release)
According to F-Secure, ICANN, should introduce a .safe domain name to be used by registered banks and other financial organizations.

us: Chicago city clerk briefly loses Web site
The Chicago city clerk's office was briefly kicked off the Internet when its domain-name expired due to the office's failure to pay renewal fees.

How to Get Control of Your Domain Name Empire
Over the years the Domain Name Wire editor has developed ways to maintain his domain portfolio without going crazy. He says clearly, it hasn?t worked 100%. But it has helped him stay on the sane side of the line. Here are some of his tips he tries to practice: 1. Know all of your domains ? all in one place; 2. Renew in advance; 3. Consolidate registrars; 4. Create a disaster plan and 5. Don?t take it too seriously.

ET.com Phones Home for $225,000 in This Week's Highest Reported Domain Sale
ET.com sold for $225,000, ranking as one of the ten biggest sales reported so far in 2007. Other sales reported by Domain Name Journal over US$50K were Lesbo.com ($70K), MobileFone.com ($65,260), Blow.com ($52,500) and Model.net ($50,000).

Cybersquatters impede Baidu's push in Japan
Beijing-based Baidu, which controls more than half of the mainland Web search market, last month started up Japanese portal www.baidu.jp as its first regular service outside its home market.

Casino domains auction at CAC 2007 (news release)
Moniker announced it will be hosting the first online silent auction of premium gaming and casino industry domain names during the Casino Affiliate Convention 2007 (CAC 2007), in Amsterdam May 3 - 5 at the NH Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel.

ICANN ponders privatising itself
ICANN is considering changes that could see it turned into a private body along the lines of global sporting organisations such as the IOC and FIFA.

Libya, Cote d'Ivoire get top level domain names
Following the conclusion of the 28th public session of ICANN in Lisbon, Africa topped the agenda as two out of the three formalised ccTLD managers at the meeting came from the continent.

us: Trade group: Beware of IRS site confusion
U.S. taxpayers rushing to meet next Tuesday's tax-filing deadline should be aware of Web sites with URLs similar to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service's IRS.gov site that may charge for services available for free elsewhere, a tech trade group warned.

".net" and ".com" domain registration fees to increase
Opinion: If you only own a few .com or .net domains this price increase won't hurt too much. Of course, if you own hundreds and perhaps thousands of domains, all I can say is, "Ouch."

uk: Web bosses must block pupils' videos mocking teachers, says minister
Website providers have a moral obligation to stop pupils posting offensive school videos that demean their teachers or other children, the education secretary said yesterday. Alan Johnson told teachers that companies had a responsibility to ensure their sites were properly policed to prevent young people putting humiliating clips taken by mobile phone cameras on the internet.

Ban cyber-bullying clips, Johnson to urge websites
Websites such as YouTube and ratemyteachers.com should ban video clips of teachers or pupils who have been the target of cyber-bullying, the education secretary, Alan Johnson, will tell a teaching union conference today.

uk: Wikipedia a force for good? Nonsense, says a co-founder
The founder of the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia criticised the Education Secretary yesterday for suggesting that the website could be a good educational tool for children. Mr Johnson described the internet as ?an incredible force for good in education? for teachers and pupils, singling out Wikipedia for praise. ... But Larry Sanger, who helped to found Wikipedia in 2001, said that the site was ?broken beyond repair? and no longer reliable.

us: Internet filters block porn, but not savvy kids
As a generation of children often more technologically savvy than their parents grows up with the Internet, improved content filters can give parents the ability to block objectionable material. They may be a good option, now that a federal court has overturned Congress's attempt to restrict Internet pornography. Last month, US District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. reversed a 1998 law that called for prison sentences and fines against owners of websites with "harmful" content if they didn't require "effective" age verification to block access by minors. Internet filters offer a better solution, Judge Reed argued, because they are less restrictive and don't violate adults' First Amendment rights.

us: Parents responsible for Internet use, not law
Concerned parents may have to monitor their children's Internet activities more often. On March 22, a Philadelphia judge ruled the 1998 Child Online Protection Act unconstitutional. Steve Hunt, assistant professor in the School of Communication, explained some of the issues that played into the ruling.

nz/at: Warning over scam advertising website
The Commerce Commission is warning of an Austrian-based advertising firm that is allegedly tricking businesses into advertising contracts worth thousands of dollars. The commission said a website had been faxing forms to businesses and non-profit organisations asking them to list on their website. Some businesses had the false impression that the listing would be free.

nz/at: Warning: Fair Guide update form may mislead (news release)
New Zealanders are being warned about an Austrian company that is sending forms asking organisations to update their listing on the company?s website "Fair Guide." The company targets organisations participating in trade fairs.

Email monitoring may contravene European laws
Concerns are growing over the monitoring by employers of communications, as one worker wins damages from the European Court of Human Rights

us: Judge tosses date-dissing Web suit over jurisdiction question (AP)
A Florida-based Web site that invites women to warn others about men they've dated cannot be sued in a Pennsylvania court by an attorney who said its postings falsely claimed he was unfaithful and had sexually transmitted diseases. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. said he had no jurisdiction over the lawsuit Todd Hollis filed last June against DontDateHimGirl.com and its creator, Tasha C. Cunningham, 34, of Miami.

us: Student's MySpace Rant Is Protected Speech, Says Court
The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that a student's obscenity-filled MySpace post blasting a school principal is protected free speech. The student, who is identified as "A.B." in court documents, was originally placed on probation by a lower court judge in Indiana after she commented about her body piercings and school policy on a MySpace page created by another student.

Google Earth focuses on atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region (AP)
Google is using its popular online mapping service to call attention to atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan. In a project with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, inaugurated Tuesday, the Internet search company has updated its Google Earth service with high resolution satellite images of the region to document destroyed villages, displaced people and refugee camps.

us: Utah could face court battle over keyword advertising (AP)
Over Google Inc.'s objections, Utah plans to set up a trademark registry to prevent rival advertisers from capturing the attention of people who type a search query on another company or its products.

us: Tech companies caught in web of ethics issues
More than 75 tech companies have revealed ethical violations and investigations, or been criticized over the handling of ethical issues, in recent months. It's a public relations nightmare, especially for an industry that portrays itself as innovators making the world a better place. (One of Google's corporate mantras is "Don't Be Evil.")

Cyber criminals to increasingly target mobile devices
Cyber criminals will increasingly target smartphone and PDA devices, according to the latest Global Threat Report from security vendor McAfee.

kr: Law revision will give authorities access to phone, Internet data for 1 year
A campaign against a revision of the so-called "telecommunications privacy law" has been getting fiercer. Under the proposed revision bill, it will be possible for the government to monitor mobile phone conversations, e-mail, and Internet messenger services, and telecommunications data and Internet use records will be stored by companies for at least a year.

us: Bush aides' use of GOP e-mail probed (AP)
Congressional investigators are probing why aides to President Bush used Republican Party-sponsored e-mail accounts to help plan the administration's ouster of eight federal prosecutors.

New Technology Aims to Bore Impatient Spammers
MailChannels of Vancouver, Canada, found that by forcing e-mail programs to wait a few seconds before being allowed to communicate with Internet servers handling the recipients' incoming mail, most spammers give up and move on.

Muslim Bloggers and Journalists Speak Out
Muslim journalists and bloggers across the Arab world are speaking out to promote civil society and women's rights in Islamic societies. But it is a hard struggle at times, with societal pressure and even fines to contend with.

The blogosphere risks putting off everyone but point-scoring males (comment)
The revolutionary public space that online debate represents is in danger of becoming stale and claustrophobic: So you're at a public meeting on, say, the war in Iraq and the main speaker has just sat down. Someone in the audience rises to declare the speaker is talking crap, but that's typical of him because he knows nothing and it's a scandal that he's paid for the rubbish he turns out. A second man agrees that the speech was trash, but tells the first man he should crawl back under his stone because he never says anything worth listening to. A third man wonders why the speaker didn't mention Israel, especially given his Zionist-sounding last name.

Survey: Google draws 64 percent of search queries (Reuters)
The number of search queries on Google rose to 64.1 percent in March, compared with 63.9 percent in February and 58.3 percent a year ago, according to Hitwise, which bases its report on the surfing habits of 10 million U.S. Web users. A more conservative survey by online measurement firm comScore Networks from February also showed how Google's U.S. market share grew to 48.1 percent in February from a 47.5 percent share in January. On a global basis, comScore estimates Google held a 65.7 percent share of the Web search market.

au: Family time is gone with the Windows
Glued to their mobile phones or a computer screen, young people just don't talk to their parents as often as they used to - or that is what their parents think. Those aged between 16 and 20 spend an average of 3.2 hours a day using new technology compared with two hours a day in face-to-face communication with their parents, according to their parents' best estimates.

au: Internet battles for navy recruits
AN innovative online marketing campaign by the Royal Australian Navy using Microsoft's Messenger service has lured enough recruits to fill two battleships. The campaign has also cut the cost of acquisition of each recruit from more than $300 to less than $10.

au: Big boys' new online rivers of gold
The Publishing & Broadcasting empire staked a claim to one in every four of the A$1 billion in advertising revenue dollars that flowed to the internet in 2006. PBL and its online arm Ninemsn, together with part-owned specialist classified players Seek and Carsales.com.au, between them generated 23.6 per cent of the total online advertising market, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan. Telstra's internet arm Sensis was the second-biggest player, followed by Google, each of which attracted about 21 per cent of total revenue.

Forrester Research Ranks The World's Most Innovative Countries (news release)
Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US are among the countries that rank highest in terms of global innovation capability according to a first-of-its-kind evaluation of 26 nations by Forrester Research. The resulting ranking demonstrates how governments can implement successful innovation strategies designed for a globally networked knowledge economy.

China seeks to 'limit game hours'
The Chinese government is clamping down on what it sees as a growing problem of gaming addiction.

Search Terms for Q1 2007
Clickz lists the most popular search terms, and fastest moving in some cases, for Google, Yahoo, AOL, Ask.com and Lycos for the first quarter, 2007.

Can stuck torrents beat pirates?
Online filesharing of movies and music has the Hollywood hotshots hopping mad, but they are fighting back with the help of anti-piracy firms

Google to open R&D centre in Singapore
Netizens around the world may soon get to use Google products developed in Singapore, with the Internet giant's move to set up a research and development (R&D) centre there.

There's history and money in obsolete computers (Reuters)
In the first purchase of his collection, Sellam Ismail loaded the trunk of his car with old computers he stumbled upon at a flea market for $5 apiece. Soon he had filled his three-car garage with what others would consider obsolete junk. Years later, his collection of early computers, printers, and related parts is piled high across shelves and in chaotic heaps in a 4,500-square-foot warehouse near Silicon Valley. And it is worth real money.

Top 10 Firefox extensions to avoid
Welcome back, Firefox fans! We've helped you get started on your journey to browser perfection with our list of 20 must-have Firefox extensions. But the ability to tweak your browser is a double-edged sword. There are extensions best avoided, including some of the most popular.

au: Competitors hit back at Telstra's 'misinformation' campaign
Eleven of Telstra's competitors have joined forces to counter what they claim is a concerted campaign of misleading and deceptive information being put out by Telstra.

nz: 2.3GHz spectrum auction details available
A new allocation of 2.3GHz spectrum is being added to broadband wireless access services.

nz: Government releases Telecom separation plan
The government has released its consultation document on the operational separation of Telecom into three separate business units, making it clear all current and future network assets will be held by the network business unit.

au: Telstra broadband plan's byte much worse than its bark
When Andrew Boughton decided last August to upgrade from dial-up to broadband internet, the Rose Bay businessman was told by a Telstra consultant that his needs should be covered by a $30-a-month plan allowing 400 megabytes of downloads. A month later, when Mr Boughton complained because he had been billed for almost $1000, he says no one suggested switching to a more appropriate plan.

au: Telstra accused of misinforming about broadband services
A group of telecommunications and internet companies have complained to the Government's competition watchdog that Telstra is waging a campaign of misinformation about the state of broadband services in Australia.

VoIP 'not ready for mainstream adoption' says Forrester
VoIP technology is not ready for mainstream consumer adoption, says Forrester Research analyst Zayera Khan in a new report which examines VoIP service suppliers including Google, ICQ, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.


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


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