[DNS] domain name news - 10 May

[DNS] domain name news - 10 May

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 20:41:21 -0700 (PDT)
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Headlines from the latest news include:
New TLDs could come in mid-2008 | Vint Cerf: Do you care about the Internet? | Partnership to Grow Internet in Pacific Island Nations | CIRA Trashes ICANN's Transparency Consultation by Michael Geist | TelNIC: ICANN Whois Contracts Break UK law by Milton Mueller | RegisterFly update: 11 May | Dutch domain owner faces legal action from Google

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au: Crikey, it's official

Small claims court for .co.za domains

za: Domain name registrations: what is considered offensive or abusive?

cn: Ministry recalls private domain name consisting of "Olympic torch"

Movie Academy sues Oscarwatch Web site (Reuters)

Profiteers snap up shooting domain names (AP)

Some Profit Off Va. Tech Domain Names (AP)

The Phisher King

Cerf seeks acolytes to carry the ICANN torch

Vint Cerf Says: ICANN Needs You!

au: Crikey, it's official
"Crikey" is an exclamation commonly used to warn of an impending crocodile attack. But according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, it also now has an official secondary meaning: referring to the Crikey online news and gossip e-zine. WIPO has ruled that the Crikey owners should control the crikey.com internet domain, after a virtual real estate battle spanning more than five years.

Small claims court for .co.za domains
The .za Domain Name Authority (.za DNA) announced the introduction of new formal process, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) regulations, for disputes regarding .co.za domain names on the Web.
http://www.legalbrief.co.za/article.php?story=20070509075440348 (sub req'd)

za: Domain name registrations: what is considered offensive or abusive?
The .za Domain Name Authority (.za DNA) is trying to make solving domain name disputes easier, and has provided examples of what is considered offensive or abusive domain registrations.

cn: Ministry recalls private domain name consisting of "Olympic torch"
A private domain name consisting of "aoyun huoju", the Chinese pinyin of "Olympic torch", has been recalled by Chinese officials, local media said.

Movie Academy sues Oscarwatch Web site (Reuters)
Ever the protective Oscar parent, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made good on its threat to sue Oscarwatch.com. ... In the Oscarwatch flap, AMPAS in February ordered site proprietor Sasha Stone to cease operating under her current domain registration and threatened legal action if the order went unmet. The Academy suggested in March that Stone might remedy the situation by switching to a different domain name and limiting any use of the name Oscarwatch to subdomains within the site, according to the AMPAS suit.

Profiteers snap up shooting domain names (AP)
Within minutes of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, online domain names related to the tragedy were snapped up by people hoping to sell them off for a profit or use them to link to advertisers.

Some Profit Off Va. Tech Domain Names (AP)
When Fred McChesney heard about the Virginia Tech shooting spree on April 16, he was appalled. But what he did next has appalled many others. Within hours of the rampage, the Phoenix man began buying dozens of domain names _ CampusKillings.com, VirginiaTechMurders.com, SlaughterInVirginia.com _ in the hopes of selling them later to the highest bidder. McChesney, 48, said he saw it as an opportunity to show his contempt for firearms by featuring anti-gun content on the domains he is selling. He also saw it as an opportunity to cash in.

The Phisher King
You see phishing attack attempts nearly every day, but what you don't see is the face behind the attack. In a rare glimpse into the mind of a phisher, hacker and security expert RSnake recently engaged an attacker who says he makes $3,000 to $4,000 dollars a day and was willing to share a bit about himself and how he operates. ... The phisher said he typically tries to locate a domain name that looks "realistic" to the target, and then finds an anonymous host, typically offshore.

Cerf seeks acolytes to carry the ICANN torch
Internet legend and ICANN Chairman Vint Cerf is finally hanging up his spurs, according to ICANN?s website. ICANN posted a video interview with Cerf on its website, as well as on YouTube and Google video. The interview is a swansong of sorts ? both a paean to his tenure as chairman, and a plea for others to take up the mantle of internet evangelist.
http://telecom.paper.nl/news/article.aspx?id=167436 (sub req'd)

Vint Cerf Says: ICANN Needs You!
Internet pioneer and founder Vint Cerf has spoken candidly for the first time about the end of his chairmanship at ICANN and has put out a call for people to join the organisation to help the Internet's "continued evolution". Cerf has been chairman of ICANN almost since its inception, but after seven years, he is standing aside in November to make way for others passionate about the Internet. In an interview on the subject ? posted to the ICANN website, the video site YouTube as well as his employer's Google Video website ? Cerf stressed that it is "difficult to underestimate the importance of ICANN" because it is "responsible for policy with regard to certain technical aspects of the Internet". ICANN helps ensure that the Internet remains interoperable and, in the words of Cerf "in the absence of interoperability, we don't have an Internet".

Fellowship Program to Enhance Global Participation in ICANN
People from across the world will have more opportunities to attend ICANN's 29th Public Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico thanks to the trial global fellowships program launched today. "We want to foster increased participation from developing and least developed nations at our public meetings ? and this fellowship program will do just that," said Paul Levins, ICANN's Executive Officer and Vice President Corporate Affairs. Priority will be given to current residents of developing and least developed nations who are interested in participating in the ICANN GAC, CCNSO and GNSO. The fellowship will assist in covering airfare, hotel and a stipend. Recipients will be expected to actively participate in and contribute to ICANN processes.

So... how are we doing? Let?s hear what you have to say about ICANN
ICANN has put out an RFC on ICANN?s performance. ICANN has changed enormously in the past few years, it is continuing to change, and it will have to continue to change into the future. ICANN describes this as your opportunity to throw out a few pointers but most importantly to give some feedback on what ICANN has done recently and give an indication of whether the organisation is on the right path. Yes, ICANN is seeking community feedback about its performance.

Request for Public Comments and Dialogue on ICANN's Performance
As part of an ongoing interest in continuous improvement, ICANN is seeking community feedback about its performance. All responses are welcome. Targeted comments regarding several areas of performance, which have been drawn from the ICANN Strategic Plan, are of particular interest. Issues comment is requested on include transparency, accessibility and accountability; operational performance; performance in the development of Policy; international participation; participation and in efficiency of the ICANN multi-stakeholder model; plans and actions have been observed that position ICANN for more comprehensive transition of the technical coordination of the Internet?s system of unique identifiers; and what improvements have been made in dispute resolution and the application of fairness and equity in the management of complaints and other mechanisms of review that are available.

ICANN Posts FAQ on New gTLD Process
The GNSO is now in the process of completing its Final Report on the introduction of new gTLDs. This report will contain the GNSO's official policy recommendations concerning the future addition of new gTLDs to the DNS. When released, the report will conclude the GNSO's policy development process on this particular issue.

RegisterFly update: 8 May
On Wednesday 2 May 2007, ICANN asked for RegisterFly to be found in contempt for failing to comply with the preliminary injunction issued on 26 April 2007. If approved at a court hearing this week, the contempt order will enable ICANN to seize from RegisterFly the data needed to effect a full and complete transfer of the company?s domains to other registrars. In the meantime, ICANN has received four expressions of interest for the transfer provider role it outlined recently. Once selected, the transfer provider will contact each RegisterFly customer affected and provide them with details to move their domain to a new registrar of their choice.

ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Manager for Senegal
ICANN announced today that it has signed an exchange of letters with the ccTLD manager for .sn?Senegal, NIC Senegal

Canadians Celebrate 20th Anniversary of the Dot-ca Domain Name, Conceived by Internet Pioneer and Webnames.ca Founder John Demco (news release)
On Monday May 14th, Canadians can wave a virtual flag to mark the 20th anniversary of the dot-ca domain. On this date twenty years ago the management of the dot-ca country code domain name was officially delegated by Jon Postel, operator of IANA, to Canadian Internet pioneer and Webnames.ca founder John Demco.

Chinglish launches Chinese-character email
International character sets such as Chinese and Arabic for domain names are still a year or more away, but one company has developed a workaround allowing Chinese users to send and receive emails in their own language. Chinglish.com has introduced what it claims to be the world's first email system allowing users to address recipients with Chinese characters or a combination of characters and letters.

uk: Newsquest evicts cybersquatter from papers' domains
A company which bought the rights to domain names similar to the names of local newspapers in Bradford and Oxford has been ordered to hand them over to the papers' publishers, Newsquest.

DOMAINfest Amsterdam Features Renowned Internet Experts (news release)
DomainSponsor, Oversee.net?s domain monetization business and organizing sponsor of DOMAINfest Amsterdam, today announced its speaker line up for DOMAINfest Amsterdam, a two-day regional seminar and networking event created specifically to respond to the needs of domainers operating in the European business environment. The event will be held May 16-17, 2007, at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel and will feature the first ever DOMAINfest auction.

Researcher calls for '.bank' domain
A prominent security researcher has called for a sweeping solution to the growing problem of online banking fraud: the creation of a top-level domain reserved for banks. In the current issue of Foreign Policy magazine, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure, said there's no reason why banks should continue to operate under standard top-level domains such as .com and .co.uk.

21 Solutions to Save the World: Masters of Their Domain by Mikko Hypponen
Online banking fraud is rampant because it?s easy. Here?s a fix that will mean money in the bank.

IDNA and its impact on the global web
Get ready for a fracturing of the Internet domain name space and the global Internet looking far less homogenous and more like the ancient town of Babel. And a lot of it has to do with International Domain Names in Applications or IDNA.

IPv6: Major Vendors Have Come Aboard
In our previous tutorial, we looked at the various IPv6 test networks that have been established around the world to gather deployment experience with the new protocol. But test networks are just that ? testing ? and if it's your bonus on the line, you want to make sure that the key vendors that support your network are also tuned in with the latest IPv6 enhancements.

Don't Buy the Keyword - Buy the Domain
Marketers are turning to direct navigation programs to complement their search campaigns for a number of reasons, including the emergence of programs like AdSense and other technologies that can populate unused Web domains with information to create mini-portals.

Baja Brings Big Bucks As Bull Market Continues for Domains
Baja.com and BajaCalifornia.com both sold in a private transaction for $95,500 each.

VeriSign "hold," target price raised
Analysts at Wedbush Morgan maintain their "hold" rating on VeriSign, while revising their estimates for the company. The 12-month target price has been raised from $25 to $26.

Amtrak launches .mobi site to provide greater online access for passengers (news release)
Continuing in its role as a leader in online access, Amtrak announced the launch of Amtrak.mobi, a new domain for Amtrak.com users.

Ferrari and Rolls-Royce do dotMobi
dotMobi announced that more than 500,000 .mobi domains have been registered in 104 countries since the domain's commercial launch in October 2006.

Criminal Checks Needed for Domain Name Tasting, Kiting, Spying by Monika Ermert
International organisations should step in to prevent the ?tasting,? ?kiting? and ?spying? related to Internet domain names, say representatives from the US telecommunications and trademark industries.

Should London get its own net domain?
Supporters of the campaign for London to be the first ever city to have its own internet domain name are invited to voice their support to Nominet, the UK?s internet registry.

Turkey adopts law to block 'insulting' websites
Turkish lawmakers adopted a law on Friday allowing the state to block access to Internet sites that are deemed to insult the country's founder, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Timely warning from an expert by Philip Argy
Last week's award of the world's first (ISC)2 Fellowship to Australian information security expert Professor Bill Caelli, AO, was a timely reminder of the status and influence Australia holds in the international ICT community - a position that is often ignored in Australia itself. ... When he speaks, security experts all over the world pay close attention, but his message right now is not just for the ICT community, but for business and government. In more than three decades of work in ICT security, Professor Caelli has seen it all and he's extremely concerned about where things are heading. "I'm have enormous misgivings about where things are going, with so-called rapid application development via web services schemes and the way we're increasingly relying on systems that have no inherent or integrated security capabilities," he said.

Second Life in virtual child sex scandal
German prosecutors have launched an investigation to find anonymous participants of the online computer game Second Life, who are reportedly buying sex with other players posing as children, as well as offering child pornography for sale.

Is virtual sex with a virtual child a crime?
When is child pornography not child pornography? Can an "avatar" commit a crime? What is real, and what is not? These are questions being asked amid an emerging under-age sex case in online computer game Second Life.

br: Man not allowed to offer wife for sale on Internet (AP)
The government has ordered an auction website to remove an advertisement in which a Brazilian man offered to sell his wife for about $50.

us: Annoying Bloggers- May ISPs Reveal their Identity?
These are some revealing facts about blogs reported by Technorati statistics: The blogosphere is now 70 million weblogs wide, about 120,000 new blogs are created each day, 1.4 blogs are created every second, and 17 posts are made every second. And, who is blogging the most? The same report shows that Japan is the top blogging nation; and Japanese (37%), English (36%), Chinese (8%) and Italian (3%) respectively are the top four languages for blogging. In 2004, Lycos announced the four most popular blogging topics, entrainment; personal journals; education; health/fitness/parenting/babies/pregnancy; and politics. In 2006, another company reported that politics and technology were the most popular blogging sites in the United States.

Viacom vs. YouTube: the Tip of the Iceberg
The billion-dollar lawsuit between Viacom and YouTube feels like a rerun. Haven't we seen this show before? New technology from an upstart company is rapidly adopted by millions of users, transforms traditional media distribution and stretches the legacy copyright framework to its limits. Maybe these disputes are inevitable. The key players in the online content economy -- content owners, hosts, search engines and ad networks -- are still sorting out their respective rights and responsibilities in huge, emerging markets with few precedents.

us: IRS wants data on users from Internet firms
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) is sounding an early warning on a proposal in the president's 2008 budget that would require Internet businesses like eBay Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. to collect personal data on their customers and share it with the Internal Revenue Service.

Old media turn combative against new media (Reuters)
Leading media executives took a combative tone against Internet companies on Tuesday, suggesting that Big Media increasingly considers new content distributors like Google Inc. to be more foe than friend. At a panel discussion on the second day of the 56th annual National Cable & Telecommunications Association conference, top executives said talk of the demise of traditional media in the digital age was overblown.

Evolution of the internet opens doors for Microsoft
A coming shift in the dynamics of the internet advertising business, as the momentum starts to shift away from the keyword-based systems used by search engines, is one of the biggest factors behind Microsoft's takeover approach to Yahoo, according to industry executives and analysts. Microsoft has shown few signs yet that it is even starting to win back any ground lost to Google in search, despite heavy investments over the past three years to build its own search engine and keyword advertising system. Other changes in online advertising, however, could create new opportunities to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its biggest rival.

au: Power jailed for 15 months
Disgraced NSW senior prosecutor Patrick John Power was sentenced to 15 months' jail for possessing hundreds of images of child pornography, and videos, including one characterised as being in the worst "sadistic" category.


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