[DNS] domain name news - November 19

[DNS] domain name news - November 19

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 16:01:00 -0800 (PST)
Don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today's edition of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - already online!

Headlines from the November 23 edition of the news include:
The Internet Singularity, Delayed: Why Limits in Internet Capacity Will Stifle Innovation on the Web [report] | Internet could run out of capacity by 2010, study claims | Net gridlock by 2010 study warns | uk: Nominet Domain name industry report | Vint Cerf on IPv4 and IPv6 | Only a third of global ISPs on the way to IPv6 compliance | Enterprises still dragging their feet on IPv6 migration

And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in between postings.


The domain name news is supported by auDA


4-day UN Internet forum ends with US control of core systems still at issue [AP]

No progress toward agreement on broader control over Internet [AP]

UN forum examines Internet risks and opportunities [UN News Service]

Access key talking point at forum

Brazil frowns on US control over Internet [Indo-Asian News Service]

At UN meet, worries about US Internet control, free flow of information

ICANN to fast-track internationalized domain names

More than 15,000 applications received for new .Asia domain [news release]

Use of .eu domain names up 23% during third quarter

nz: Roundtable Discussion ? Internet Domain Name Disputes

nz: Third consultation on RMC Policy Review [news release]

What are the odds you'll land on a typo-squatter site?

What?s In A Name: The State of Typo-Squatting 2007

Chinese cyber-spies 'greatest threat' to US

Panel: China's Spying Poses Threat to U.S. Tech Secrets

4-day UN Internet forum ends with US control of core systems still at issue [AP]
A U.N.-sponsored Internet conference ended Thursday with little to show in closing the issue of U.S. control over how people around the world access e-mail and Web sites. With no concrete recommendations for action, the only certainty going forward is that any resentment about the American influence will only grow as more users from the developing world come online, changing the face of the global network.

No progress toward agreement on broader control over Internet [AP]
The U.S. still doesn't see eye-to-eye with some of the rest of the world, over the amount of control America has over how people around the world access the Internet.

The Rio IGF: The Center Does Not Hold? by Milton Mueller
The Rio IGF has been a great venue for raising ideas and fostering dialogue. But the managers of the Forum will have to address some severe structural problems during the next two years. The basic problem is that all of the action at the Forum has gravitated to the "edges" -- i.e., to participant-defined workshops and dynamic coalitions -- while the "core" plenary sessions have become hollow. They were mostly stilted, boring one-way communication affairs; the speakers were selected more for their lowest common denominator political acceptability than for their ability to advance important ideas. Worse, there is almost no common processing of ideas and common deliberation on what transpires at the edges. In fact, due to the competition for attention created by scheduling many workshops at the same time as the plenary sessions, the workshop programs attracted far more people than the plenary itself during the second and third days. The result is a
 decentered trade-show or academic conference-like atmosphere. One can sense growing frustration with this among a variety of parties.

UN forum examines Internet risks and opportunities [UN News Service]
The dangers and opportunities of the World Wide Web dominated discussions on the final day of the United Nations IGF in Rio de Janeiro, at which many of the nearly 1,400 participants, ranging from sceptics to supporters, provided a glimpse of what might lie in the future.

Bringing Net Neutrality into a Global Forum by Milton Mueller
Milton Mueller is in Rio at the UN?s IGF. Yesterday, IGP?s new paper on Net Neutrality as a global principle for Internet governance generated heated discussion when it was presented at the annual symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). One might think, with some justification, that the world doesn?t need another paper about net neutrality. But it is the global focus of this one that makes a difference. The GigaNet conference proved that the world is ready to discuss and explore this principle, and to analyze its implications for global Internet policy. Here is a list of some of the tough questions faced:

GigaNet Panel on Critical Policy Issues Well Received by Derrick L. Cogburn
The final of three panels at the 2007 GigaNet Annual Symposium was convened to address the distinct set of policy issues critical to the global Internet Governance debates. GigaNet Steering Committee member, Seiiti Arata, Jr., moderated the panel, and it consisted of four excellent papers (Ian Brown/Chris Marsden were not present).

GigaNet Annual Symposium 2007 Now Underway in Rio by Derrick L. Cogburn
The 2nd Annual Symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is now underway in the Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. About 100 scholars and interested participants from around the world are participating in the all day meeting.

ICANN speeds IDN ccTLDs
The likes of China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia are on the fast track to net domains that use their very own alphabets. This week, at the IGF in Rio de Janeiro, ICANN announced that it's cranking an effort to provide certain very important nations with "country code top-level domains" that use "internationalized domain names." In ICANN speak, these are known as IDN ccTLDs. But you can think of them as web addresses that uses non-Latin characters.

U.S. Control Of Internet Still A Concern
The U.N. sponsored IGF wrapped up yesterday with little progress on the issue of U.S. control over how people around the globe access email and Web sites. U.S. Control Of Internet Still A ConcernRussian representative Konstantin Novoderejhkin asked the United Nations secretary- general to develop a group for moving Internet governance "under the control of the international community."

ICANN to Speed Up Development
Testing already under way for creation of domains in local-language script rather than in Latin characters, says ICANN official. ICANN, the worldwide nonprofit organization that regulates the Internet's domain name system, or DNS, has launched its campaign to provide internationalized country code top-level domains, or ccTLDs--those that don't use Latin characters--as soon as possible with the help of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization, an ICANN policy development body for ccTLD issues.

Access key talking point at forum
... However, there were several pressing social issues all on the agenda, which reflect the growth, un-chartered and sometimes hazardous nature of the internet, such as child protection, security and human rights.

Brazil frowns on US control over Internet [Indo-Asian News Service]
Brazil expressed its opposition to the US control over the Internet, saying a new international agency composed of civil representatives should govern access.

IGF sparks UK interest
The second meeting of the UN backed IGF event ended in Rio yesterday having made ground on key issues of diversity, openness and security, and could lead the way for a similar UK-based event. ... Key themes of the event this year were access and diversity ? in particular how to get "the next billion online", and meeting the needs of different disabilities, according to Emily Taylor of .uk registry, Nominet. Security was also a major topic, especially in relation to issues of trust and confidence in online transactions, and much effort was made to create understanding of these issues between all stakeholders, she added.

At UN meet, worries about US Internet control, free flow of information
This year's UN-sponsored IGF has just wound down in Rio de Janeiro, and it's no surprise that plenty of other countries aren't thrilled about the US role in administering the Internet. That discontent has led to more calls for an independent, international authority to guide the growth of the 'Net. But not all of the governments who might be involved are thrilled about the free flow of information, and that, too, is causing concern.

IGF Transcripts available online
The second meeting of the IGF has been concluded in Rio de Janeiro. The Chairman's summary of the meeting with the completed summary is available as are transcripts of a number of the sessions.

NRO Report: "Continuing Cooperation"
The Number Resource Organization (NRO) has participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and related activities since the beginning, and it is a process to which we are strongly devoted. In response to the Tunis WSIS agenda, the NRO has released "Continuing Cooperation - The NRO's Role in Internet Governance". This report illustrates the many efforts the Regional Internet Registries undertake in order to maintain and develop the Internet and its unique characteristics. The report focuses on the major themes of the 2007 IGF: Access, Diversity, Openness, Security and Critical Internet Infrastructure. The report was distributed this week at the IGF in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Informal Survey on Critical Internet Resources by Paul Wilson, APNIC
During October 2007 I sent the following question to a number of email lists and groups: "For you as an Internet user, what is a 'Critical Internet resource'? Can you list your 'top three' in this category? There is a lot of talk today about 'critical internet resources' but not much agreement on what they are. I'm interested to know what people think is most critical to their use of the Internet. Thanks." I received around 90 responses, most providing a list of 3 items or issues regarded by the sender as critical. A very small number responded without a specific answer but with questions about the meaning of the question.

Future Darkens for US Control of Internet
A conference sponsored by the United Nations on the internet broke up yesterday with grumbling about US control but no serious proposals on how to change it: "With no concrete recommendations for action, the only certainty going forward is that any resentment about the American influence will only grow as more users from the developing world come online, changing the face of the global network."

Janna Anderson: Where does the Internet go from here?
Every advance in connectedness -- from cart paths to shipping lanes to the Internet -- has good and bad consequences. The vast majority of people use networks in a positive way, but some pursue negative agendas. Spam, identity theft, online porn, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare are among the negative uses of the Internet. But there's another lurking danger to the Internet: the battle for control.

IGF targets online sex predators
THE second United Nations forum on governance of the internet has closed with participants agreeing on the need to protect children from sexual predators using the web to lure victims.

New ?Cyber Paradise? for Paedophiles and Racists?
The crackdown in eastern Europe and the United States on websites posting racist content or child pornography could expose Latin America to the risk of becoming a new "cyber paradise" for on-line paedophilia and racism, experts say. The warning was sounded at the United Nations-sponsored IGF in Rio de Janeiro, which has been discussing issues like security, access and diversity on the net this week. Many of the websites bearing illegal and harmful content were hosted by the Czech Republic. But after the clampdown they migrated to countries like Panama, according to Thiago Tavares, head of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) SaferNet Brasil.

ICANN Commends Successful IGF Meeting
ICANN commended the second meeting of the IGF in Rio de Janeiro. "Just as was envisioned, the IGF has brought together the Internet community ? including ICANN ? to meet and discuss the most pressing Internet issues we face together," said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN?s President and CEO.

U.N. conference ponders Internet's future [McClatchy]
When more than 1,700 technology experts from around the world envision the Internet's future, they see cars and household appliances that are online, wireless Internet networks in remote African villages and astronauts e-mailing one another from different corners of outer space. Such visions of the future were trumpeted at a landmark U.N. IGF to plan the next stages of one of the most revolutionary communication tools in history. Participants can't make binding decisions, but can lay the groundwork for future policy.

There are not 13 root servers by Kim Davies
I am at the UN IGF, being held this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A recurring theme you can hear here is one that has vexed the technical community many times before ? ?Why are there 13 root servers?? This question is usually followed by questions like ?Why are most of the root servers in the US?? So let?s dispel these myths. There are not 13 root servers.

ICANN Chair Opens Doors to Participation
ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush took the opportunity of the last day of the IGF in Rio to urge everyone at the conference to get involved and participate in ICANN. "Whoever you are, wherever you are, if you are interested in finding out more about ICANN, or its work, the door is open," Dengate Thrush said. "Please walk in."

Internet & ICTs for Social Justice and Development News
One of the themes discussed at the second IGF relates to something called the critical internet resources. Critical what? That?s what many people tried to figure out in Rio de Janeiro on November 14, starting with the speakers themselves. Even though there is no agreement on what critical internet resources refer to, most internet specialists would agree that they include the internet?s country-code top level domains such as .in (India), .ca (Canada) or .za (South Africa) and the IP addresses system. The sole administrator of this domain name system is called ICANN, a California-based non-profit acting as the ultimate regulator of the internet?s core components.

UN worries about bringing Web to third world
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST QUANGO, the United Nations, is worring its toothless head over the thorny issue of empowering citizens in undeveloped countries by giving them Web access. No matter that they have no food, clean water, education or medical care, the ability to buy and sell dust, ebola viruses and mosquitoes over Ebay will obviously cheer them up.

Keep the Internet Free?
... of U.N. and other international political pressures. That should be an belief that everyone reading this article should hold, implicitly or otherwise. Most of us do believe that, although few of us regard our use of the Net as a type of freedom that has to be guarded. That?s a mistake, as Elliot Noss pointed out back in ?05:

Steps Taken for Multilingual Internet
The International Telecommunication Union, UNESCO and ICANN will collaborate on global efforts to forge universal standards towards building a multilingual cyberspace. The three agencies made the announcement during the second IGF in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, held from 12 to 15 November 2007.

The World not Happy That the US Controls the Internet
Some countries are not satisfied that the US controls the Internet through ICANN. They expressed these feelings at the U.N. sponsored IGF which just concluded.

Most countries still against US influence on web governance [sub req'd]

UN forum tackles balance between property rights and Internet freedom [UN news service]
Reconciling the free flow of information with intellectual property law topped the agenda yesterday as the United Nations IGF, which has brought together 1,700 delegates from government, civil society and the private sector this week, continued its discussions in Rio de Janeiro. ?For many outside this room, IP does not mean ?Internet Protocol? but ?Intellectual Property?,? said Masanobu Katoh, Fujitsu?s Corporate Vice-President. Freedom of information and regulations could coexist, as shown by legislation and guidelines adopted by the United States Congress, the European Parliament and Japan.

Internet UNder Attack by Dana Gabriel
The United Nations control freaks seek to micro-manage all aspects of our lives, and this includes the Internet. Many have used the Internet as an instrument of truth to counter the spin, lies, and disinformation spewed by the mainstream media. That is not to say that everyone in the alternative media can be trusted, and furthermore, the Internet is also being used to spread government propaganda.


ICANN to fast-track internationalized domain names
ICANN will speed development of ccTLDs and local-language scripting, the group announced Wednesday at the IGF in Rio de Janeiro. ICANN has launched its campaign to provide internationalized ccTLDs--those that don't use Latin characters--as soon as possible with the help of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization, an ICANN policy development body for ccTLD issues.

The terrifying prospect of new gTLDs
The head of ICANN told intellectual property attorneys gathered in Seville last week that plans for new generic top-level domain names ?terrified? him: Paul Twomey, president and CEO of ICANN, was speaking at the FICPI forum less than a week before officials from ICANN, the International Telecommunication Union and UNESCO agreed to collaborate on efforts to set up universal standards for building a multilingual internet.

Open source values: Consensus
... The Internet is based on consensus. General agreements, put into practice, rather than narrow majorities enforcing their will. If your browser is to work its maker must support what the consensus among developers consider key features. Internet institutions like the W3C, the Internet Society and ICANN also work through consensus. They seek a united front on technical questions, and on larger issues as well.

 - (cc)TLD NEWS
DotAsia Brochure
AsiaDNS and the DotAsia Registry have published a brochure to explain the details about the .asia Sunrise and Landrush.

More than 15,000 applications received for new .Asia domain [news release]
Interest in the new .Asia domain is gaining momentum as the second phase of registration begins November 13. Hong Kong, 12 November 2007: Strong interest in the new .Asia domain is building as demonstrated in the total number of applications for a .Asia domain received so far. On the conclusion of the first Sunrise (SR2a) period, 15,334 applications were received. The second phase of Sunrise begins November 13, 2007 and will run through January 15, 2008. The Sunrise SR2a, or ?Early Bird Sunrise?, period was reserved for actively used trademarks applied for on or before March 16, 2004. In addition to companies such as Amazon, AOL, Sony Ericsson, the International Olympic Committee and Yahoo!, domains applied for under SR2a include ebay.asia, honda.asia, nike.asia, haier.asia, iphone.asia, hyundai.asia and tata.asia.

A list of the names applied for is available from:

15,000 .ASIA requests for first Sunrise
DotAsia has just released the first official numbers for .ASIA, with the highest number of requests coming from the USA. The second phase of the Sunrise process is now underway.

au: auDA releases draft strategic plan for comment [news release]
auDA is seeking feedback on its draft Strategic Plan, 2008-2010. The plan sets out priorities for auDA for the next three years.

CNNIC Punishes Self-Discipline Convention Violator
The China Internet Network Information Center has punished Shanghai Huiming Network Technology Company because it has reportedly violated the Internet Domain Name Registration Service Industry Self-Discipline Convention by cheating users.

Use of .eu domain names up 23% during third quarter
EURid, the European registry for .eu, is pleased to announce that registrations for the .eu top-level Internet domain continued to grow during the third quarter of this year.

ie: eNum 353 Public Day
The Irish eNum registry is organising a public "user day" later this month

jp: Shinta Sato of JPRS Appointed as the ICANN SSAC Member [news release]
At the ICANN Board Meeting held on November 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, Mr.Shinta Sato of JPRS was formally appointed by ICANN Board as a member of SSAC (Security and Stability Advisory Committee), one of ICANN's Advisory Committees.

dotMobi turns to Mobile Complete to launch special benefit for mobile developers: free access to remote handsets [news release]
As part of its ongoing efforts to simplify the development of mobile content and applications, dotMobi ? the consortium behind the only Internet address created specifically for mobile phones ? is partnering with Mobile Complete to bring a special benefit to the thousands of members of the dotMobi Developer Forum (dev.mobi): free access to Mobile Complete's "DeviceAnywhere" remote handset testing service.

MYNIC: Register shorter Web addresses
Malaysia-based Internet registration provider MYNIC urged businesses that have yet to have a website, to register for the new, shorter URLs. Current URLs of local companies have suffixes such as ?net.my? while the new domain names will shorten these suffix to a generic ?.my?.

nl/uk: Nominet auctions senior management roles for charity [news release]
Nominet will hand over its management reins to Roelof Meijer, CEO of SIDN in the Netherlands. The initiative is part of a charity support programme co-ordinated by the staff Charity Action Group, whereby Nominet auctioned off senior management positions to its members, allowing bidders the chance to run Nominet for the day.

nz: Roundtable Discussion ? Internet Domain Name Disputes
A roundtable discussion on Internet domain name disputes is being held on December 6, 2007 at Government Buildings in Wellington.

nz: Third consultation on RMC Policy Review [news release]
A further call for comments was made regarding the RMC review, with a particular focus on obtaining views on whether there should be any change to the current registration requirements.

.TEL nearly ready to dial
.ASIA may be all the rage at the moment, but there are other extensions being readied for launch as well. .TEL is next in line and the folks at Telnic are busy putting the finishing touches to their own launch program.

What are the odds you'll land on a typo-squatter site?
Typos and URLs make a terrible combination, according to a report released Monday by security company McAfee. Web surfers have a 1-in-14 chance of landing on a typo-squatter site, due to mistyping the URL of a popular site, according to the report called "What's In A Name: The State of Typo-Squatting 2007."

What?s In A Name: The State of Typo-Squatting 2007
... Typo- and Cyber-squatting on the rise: Apple is not alone in enduring an explosion of 3rd party domain registrations related to a trademarked product. Typo-squatting, the practice of registering domains using common misspellings of popular brands, products and people in order to profit from consumer typing errors, is increasing dramatically.

Domain Name System still at risk reports Infoblox
The Domain Name System (DNS) is still growing strongly, indicating the internet's expansion in terms of infrastructure, users, traffic and applications. But the annual survey of domain name servers on the public internet by Infoblox suggests that the global DNS is as vulnerable as ever. DNS servers map domain names to their specific IP address, directing internet inquiries to the appropriate location.

UK cements reputation as phishing hotspot
The UK is now established as the second biggest target area for phishing attacks on banks, figures from security firm RSA show. An analysis of reports to RSA?s Anti-Fraud Command Centre for October show that UK financial institutions make up a 16% share of those attacked worldwide, second only to the US, which has a 60% share. The UK has held second place for nine months running.

Chinese cyber-spies 'greatest threat' to US
Chinese espionage poses the "single greatest risk" to the American technology sector, according to a congressional advisory panel. In its annual report, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission accused Beijing of pursuing an aggressive spying program to acquire critical US technology and adopting ?destructive? tactics, including cyber attacks, to target American infrastructure. ?Chinese military strategies have embraced destructive warfare techniques, including the use of cyber attacks (which) if carried out strategically on a large scale could have catastrophic effects on the target countries? critical infrastructure,? the panel reported.

Panel: China's Spying Poses Threat to U.S. Tech Secrets
China's extensive spying inside the United States is the greatest threat to the security of American technology secrets. Advances by the Chinese military are catching U.S. intelligence officials by surprise. And the Defense Department may be inadvertently outsourcing the manufacturing of key weapons and military equipment to factories in China. These are among the key findings released today by a bipartisan panel commissioned by Congress to study the economic and security relationship between the United States and China. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, created by Congress in 2001, has been criticized in the past for taking a hawkish stance on China in its annual reports.

U.S. Panel Urges Vigilance on Chinese Cyber Espionage [Reuters]
Chinese espionage posed "the single greatest risk" to U.S. technology, a congressional advisory panel said on Thursday and called for efforts to protect industrial secrets and computer networks. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission also called in its annual report to Congress for closer work with China to promote energy security and deal with environmental problems such as climate change and pollution.

Report: China spies threaten U.S. technology [AP]
Chinese spying in America represents the greatest threat to U.S. technology, according to a congressional advisory panel report Thursday that recommended lawmakers consider financing counterintelligence efforts meant to stop China from stealing U.S. manufacturing expertise.

Chinese cyber strikes will be 'like WMD'
A US government panel specially created to warn of danger from China has warned of danger from China. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) says the People's Republic is brewing cyber network attacks which could cause "disruption and chaos" with the "magnitude of a weapon of mass destruction".

Finjan Reveals Hackers Are Abusing Trusted Domain Names [news release]
Finjan Inc., a leader in secure web gateway products, today announced that hackers and cyber-criminals are exploiting a loophole in the domain name registration process to infect visitors to legitimate websites and increase the life cycle of cyber-attacks. Attacks using this method typically involve a ?copycat? domain name that is strikingly similar in spelling to the domains of legitimate sites. Leveraging the similarity to legitimate and frequently used domain names enables these attacks to go unnoticed by webmasters and security solution providers.

Attackers abusing trusted domain names
Researchers from Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center (MCRC) say hackers are using a loophole in the domain name registration process to circumvent Web site blockers and prolong the duration of their attacks.

Microsoft DNS bug long-known, familiar to researchers
The DNS cache poisoning bug that Microsoft Corp. patched last Tuesday stems from a flaw that has been known to researchers for 10 years or more, the two security firms credited with reporting the vulnerability said this week. Microsoft patched the Domain Name System (DNS) server included with Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 to fix what it called a spoofing flaw that could be exploited by identity thieves or malware authors to silently redirect users from intended Web destinations to malicious pretenders.

Judge allows Go Daddy time to answer lawsuit
A lawsuit alleging wrongdoing on the part of the Internet?s largest registrar of domain names will not end in a win for the plaintiff just because of mistakes made by the company?s in-house lawyer. Federal Judge Harry Barnes of the Western District of Arkansas agreed Friday morning to set aside an order for default judgment against GoDaddy in favor of the named plaintiff, Matthew McBride.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Internet exchange points should be encouraged for IPv6
Internet pioneer and TCP/IP co-developer Vint Cerf has made specific proposals to support the introduction of IPv6 at the second IGF in Rio de Janeiro. "Governments could consider subsidising the cost of exchange points which encourage connectivity via IPv6 addresses." This would allow full connectivity within the IPv6 space to be established more quickly, in parallel to the existing IPv4 address space. According to experts, such upgraded internet exchange points (the most well-known of which in Germany is DE-CIX) could also be used to improve the link between the two worlds, by having the translation between the two address spaces take place here.

UK domain registrar 123-Reg crashes and burns, taking its customers with it
If you've tried to reach Alfresco's web site in the past day (Oh, come on! You know you have!), you will have been disappointed. There's nothing there.

Czech Arbitration Court seeks to become a UDRP provider
The Czech Arbitration Court presented a revised proposal to become a new UDRP provider. Fees would be similar to the current UDRP providers.

Increasing the number of Internet exchanges is not sufficient to address problems in traffic flow
The Japanese Ministry of Information and Communication has recently published a report on Network Neutrality, which notes that simply increasing the number of Internet exchanges may not be enough to address Internet traffic flow problems. In Japan, Internet exchange (IX) points for ISP peering are concentrated in Tokyo and Osaka areas, with only a few IXs in local regions. In most cases, the local ISP routes its traffic through an IX located in Tokyo or Osaka. However, lines have a high cost burden (even when they are shared among multiple ISPs) and supply on backbone infrastructure is extremely tight.

Go Daddy Fuels 'Big Victory' in Fight to Protect Children Online [news release]
GoDaddy.com joins in celebrating a big victory today and it has nothing to do with a Super Bowl commercial or registering domain names. The victory is all about children ? specifically legislation to protect kids on the Internet.

Go Daddy Partners with Google to Offer Customers Web Management Tools [news release]
GoDaddy.com is working with Google Inc. as the pilot partner for a new effort to seamlessly integrate Google Webmaster Tools into customers' Web hosting accounts. With Google Webmaster Tools, Go Daddy users are now able to see how Google views their site, diagnose problems and share information with Google in order to improve their site's visibility in search results. This service, combined with Go Daddy?s Sitemap Editor, provides a free and easy way for Web site owners to manage and improve traffic to their site.

Web Guru Joins Forces With Go Daddy Juggernaut [news release]
Go Daddy is adding to its acclaimed domain monetization arsenal by bringing renowned aftermarket specialist Adam Dicker to enhance the Go Daddy Team. Dicker has operated www.DNForum.com for four years and will now be providing expertise to GoDaddy to help serve domainers.

Perth.com on sale, for the right price
Wanted, one loving owner for charming, west-coast city. Preferably with lots of money to brighten the place up, and help shed the Dullsville tag. Comes with pristine beaches, a nice park, and a big shed near the river. [Subsequent to this story, there are reports perth.com sold for $200,000.]

Cowboys.com Ropes Top Spot on This Week's Domain Sales Chart
Cowboys.com has been transferred to its new owners, an LLC group that snapped up the domain in the recent Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East silent auction for $370,000. That domain was part of a flood of completed auction sales that dominate our new weekly top sellers chart.

The threat from terrorism does not justify slicing away our freedoms by Timothy Garton Ash
Britain is now one of the world's most spied-upon societies, where such ancient rights as habeas corpus are hacked to bits

Dissidents in China still fear internet police despite Yahoo! pledge
Dissidents in China say that they still face danger in using the internet to spread their message, despite a pledge by Yahoo! to protect their right to confidentiality.

Singapore lifts ban on Microsoft video game: paper [Reuters]
Singapore has lifted a ban on a Microsoft Xbox 360 video game that contains a scene showing a human woman and an alien woman kissing and caressing, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

uk: Michael Langham: My son Chris was demonised
Even before his trial started, the actor who was convicted of downloading illegal images was assumed to be guilty ? in the press and in the courtroom itself, writes his father: On 14 September I attended the sentencing of my son, Chris Langham, at Maidstone Crown Court, and was both impressed and astonished by the humanity with which the fall from grace of this otherwise gentle person was handled. The judge, summing up, emphasised that the defendant was not on trial for being a paedophile; he was on trial for downloading illegal images. The defending barrister wound up his resolutely persuasive plea by reading a letter from the defendant's wife ? a loving and moving description of the Langham family at home. And, in the course of cross-examination, the widely respected psychiatrist Dr Meehan confirmed that the defendant is not in any way a danger to the public. (Chris Langham had been consulting Dr John Meehan on a weekly basis for almost two years,
 and he arguably knows Chris better than anyone else alive.)

IGF targets online sex predators
THE second United Nations forum on governance of the internet has closed with participants agreeing on the need to protect children from sexual predators using the web to lure victims.

YouTube tackles bullying online
The first online anti-bullying channel has been launched to encourage young people to denounce the intimidation. YouTube has set up a site where youngsters can post their own videos and messages.

au: NSW Paedophiles forced to register internet details
New laws will be introduced in New South Wales to force convicted child sex offenders to register their email addresses, chat room names and internet service providers.

au: Labor takes aim at cyber bullies [AAP]
LABOR has vowed to provide internet filtering for all Australian homes, schools and public computers to fight cyber-bullying and child computer addiction.

au: Cyber intimidation and the art of bullying
Today's bullies don't just want your lunch money, they want to trash your reputation. Elissa Baxter finds out why: If 16-year-old Jessica Jones had received a black eye in a playground punch-up, her former school would have been forced to deal with the attacker. But when the North Coast schoolgirl received a text message from a schoolmate abusing and threatening to hurt her, she was told she just had to learn to live with it.

us: Death of girl, 13, linked to friend's cyber-bully parents
A BIZARRE, cruel internet hoax that ended with the suicide of a girl, 13, has provoked a firestorm of controversy. The death of Megan Meier in Missouri went beyond the growing phenomenon of cyber-bullying because the alleged hoaxers were adults - parents of a girl who, until a falling-out, had been Megan's best friend.

au: ACCC challenges Google's shading tactics
The hearing to decide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's misleading conduct case against Google will commence in the Federal Court on June 23. In court today, Justice James Allsop said he expected the hearing would take a few days and there would be little need for expert evidence or for Google to provide the ACCC with extensive documents. The regulator claims Google does not clearly distinguish between regular, "organic" search results and ads on the same page, which Google calls "Sponsored Links".

ACCC continues Google hunt
The Trading Post could be let off the hook if a settlement with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) becomes a reality. Unfortunately, Google Inc might not have such luck. In July, the ACCC claimed that Google and the Trading Post used sponsored links to engage in misleading and deceptive conduct.

Google in ACCC sights, Sensis wriggles
The Federal Court has set a hearing date for the ACCC's allegations against Google of misleading and deceptive conduct, while the Trading Post angles to settle with the regulator. Last Friday, Justice James Allsop set a hearing date of 23 June for the ACCC's case against Google Inc to be heard in the Federal Court. Friday's court date allowed the ACCC to resubmit its case against Google Inc after Justice Allsop was unable to understand the ACCC's initial submission, which he called "incomprehensible" and "repetitious". 

Australian court sets June date for Google case [Reuters]
Google will go before an Australian court in June next year to defend allegations made by the nation's competition regulator over alleged misleading sponsored advertising links. Australia's Federal Court on Friday set a June 23 hearing date for the case bought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Google said. The watchdog says Google has not done enough to distinguish between sponsored advertising links and the search links that result when customers type keywords into Google's search system, which it asserts are deceptive.

Governments struggle as militants refine Web tactics [Reuters]
Islamist militants are becoming more skilled at tailoring their message to specific audiences, including women and children, and Western societies are struggling to find a response. That was the message from a meeting hosted by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe this week, attended by leading experts on Islamist radicalisation.

de: 13,000 determined to file suit against data retention legislation
Interest in the proposed "mass filing of constitutional complaints" against last week's passing of the data retention amendments by the Federal Parliament [Bundestag] on the retention of phone and internet data keeps sky rocketing. Already more than 13,000 concerned citizens are prepared to challenge the warrantless storing of user traces before the Federal Constitutional Court, reports the Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung [working group on data retention] this Friday with reference to the the number of complaints which had been filed with the Berlin-based law firm Starostik. Solicitor Meinhard Starostik intends to represent the plaintiffs jointly in the Karlsruhe court. He relates that the number of plaintiffs has almost doubled since the passing of the relevant legislation on telecommunication surveillance had been amended.

Most EU airline websites break consumer laws, says Commission
Consumers are in danger of being hoodwinked by over half of European airline ticket sales websites, the European Commission has revealed. Inaccurate prices and unclear terms are just two of the dangers consumers face, an investigation found.

au: Gold Coast computer fraud, identity theft almost triples
The number of crimes involving computer fraud and identity theft on the Gold Coast nearly tripled last year.

uk: Hidden crime of ?wi-fi tapping?: only 11 arrests but most of us are guilty
More than half of computer users have illegally logged on to someone else?s wi-fi connection yet only 11 people have been arrested for the crime, an investigation by The Times has found. ?Wi-fi tapping? or ?piggybacking? has boomed in the past few years as hackers take advantage of unsecured computers to access the internet without paying for it.

Wi-Fi piggybacking widespread, Sophos research reveals Over 50% of people polled admit they have stolen Wi-Fi internet access [news release]
IT security and control firm Sophos has revealed new research into the use of other people's Wi-Fi networks to piggyback onto the internet without payment. The research, carried out by Sophos on behalf of The Times, shows that 54 percent of computer users have admitted breaking the law, by using someone else's wireless internet access without permission.

Wi-Fi piggybackers confess
Fifty-four percent of computer users admit to using someone else's Wi-Fi without permission, according to a new survey by security firm Sophos. And many Internet-enabled homes fail to secure their wireless connection properly with passwords and encryption, allowing others to steal Internet access rather than pay an ISP, said Sophos, which carried out the 560-person survey.

The Facebook betrayal - users revolt over advertising sell-out
It used to be a great way to swap student party drinking stories. Office workers embraced it as a chance for a quick escape from the daily drudgery ? until their bosses banned it. And 50-something parents marvelled at a virtual window on what their children were up to. That is the appeal of Facebook, which in little more than a year has exploded from an elite student-only club into a global social networking phenomenon with more than 54 million users.

McCreevy rejects call for EU online music rules [Reuters]
A demand from European Union lawmakers to regulate how authors and composers receive cash for downloaded works has been rejected by the bloc's executive arm. EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said in remarks to the European Parliament on Wednesday evening that more time was needed for his two-year-old voluntary guidelines on cross-border management of music rights to work.

Telecoms regulators accused of failing consumers
The European commissioner for telecoms, Viviane Reding, today warned the telecoms watchdogs across Europe that she would no longer tolerate them "cosying up" to the industry they are supposed to regulating.

Australian election flops on YouTube
Opinion: In an election campaign as drawn out as this, you'd have to have excellent memory to remember the hype around John Howard's use of YouTube to make policy announcements. Some months ago, the media were all over the story - but unfortunately for the Prime Minister, much like the widely-predicted poll 'narrowing', the YouTube effect has been missing in action.

US State Dept. Tries Blog Diplomacy
The State Department, departing from traditional public diplomacy techniques, has what it calls a three-person, "digital outreach team" posting entries in Arabic on "influential" Arabic blogs to challenge misrepresentations of the United States and promote moderate views among Islamic youths in the hopes of steering them from terrorism.

Canada moves to reform copyright protection [Billboard]
The Canadian music biz is breathing a sigh of relief after a government pledge to introduce long-awaited copyright legislation aimed at solving the country's music piracy problem. The legislation might be introduced as soon as within the next few weeks. Caroline Grondin, spokesperson for the Industry Canada ministry, said the government is aware of the need to move quickly.

FCC Urged to Stop ISP Traffic 'Throttling' [IDG]
A distributor of online video content has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, asking the agency to stop broadband providers from blocking or slowing P-to-P traffic.

US Senate passes cybercrime bill aimed at restitution [IDG]
The US Senate has passed a bill that would allow victims of online identity theft schemes to seek restitution from criminals and expands the definition of cyberextortion. The Senate passed the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act by unanimous consent last week.

In Korea, a Boot Camp Cure for Web Obsession
The compound ? part boot camp, part rehab center ? resembles programs around the world for troubled youths. Drill instructors drive young men through military-style obstacle courses, counselors lead group sessions, and there are even therapeutic workshops on pottery and drumming. But these young people are not battling alcohol or drugs. Rather, they have severe cases of what many in this country believe is a new and potentially deadly addiction: cyberspace.

TV sets a turn-off for South Korea's youth [Reuters]
South Korean university student Seong-sun is a rebel without a TV. 
Like other twentysomethings in tech-friendly parts of the world, Seong-sun, 27, uses his laptop to watch user-generated content and can see programming on his mobile phone. But, in South Korea, peer-to-peer video services have exploded. His laptop is his entertainment gateway. The Internet is the distribution platform of choice and the content at his fingertips is a dizzying array of pirated TV shows and movies.

Study reveals Australian eBay hotspots
Sydneysiders may buy more clothes but when it comes to spending money on online shopping, Melburnians win hands down. New figures released by eBay Australia, which rank postcodes based on how much residents buy and sell on the site, show Melbourne and outer Melbourne suburbs snagging five of the top ten spots, including first and second. Sydney snagged three spots.

au: Paid online ads outstrip the rest
Paid search advertising is growing more than twice as fast as the general advertising market. Called "online crack" because of its addictive qualities, it will reach $416 million this year, an increase of 65.5 per cent over 2006, the latest estimates from researcher Frost and Sullivan show. The sector will be the largest in the online advertising industry, which the company estimates will grow at 29.8 per cent to $1.428 billion this year, followed by classified advertising ($407 million), general advertising, including banners and other display formats ($384 million) and online directories such as Sensis's Yellow ($221 million).

Screen grabbers - crime hits the digital frontier
As a teenager is arrested for stealing pixels, Victor Keegan reports on the rise of the 3-D 'virtual worlds' that could transform the way we work, play, shop and communicate: A 17-year-old Dutch teenager was arrested this week on suspicion of stealing furniture worth ?2,800 from a hotel room. Four other teenagers were also questioned about the offence. It is believed they moved the stolen furniture into their own hotel rooms. Such a minor incident might not have merited a paragraph in the local paper had it not been for one extraordinary detail of the case: the crime happened not in real life but in a "virtual" hotel in the three-dimensional world Habbo Hotel, a children's game that only exists on the internet.

Sudoku may save us from spam
Tricky mathematical puzzles like Sudoku could be the next weapon in the fight against spam, an Australian computer scientist suggests. Paul Gardner-Stephen from Flinders University in Adelaide is looking for ways to improve existing spam filters, which try to prevent unwanted email from getting to your inbox.

The Evolution of Spam, Part 2: New Defenses
Spam network operators, otherwise known as "botnet herders," are becoming increasingly proficient at evading detection and harnessing the power of peer-to-peer (P2P) computing, much to the consternation of spam detection, prevention and IT security specialists, as Part 1 of this series discusses.

ICT Crucial to African Continent's Development
African governments need to partner their efforts in developing their IC) in order for the continent to grow and develop. Speaking at the annual African ICT Achievers Awards, Mauritius Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Etienne Sinatambou said one of the key challenges facing Africa was the lack of collaboration of African governments. "[Seven years ago] sixteen African countries did not even have an ICT policy," said the minister on Friday.

Comcast Sued Over BitTorrent Blocking
A California man filed suit in state court Tuesday against internet service provider Comcast, arguing that the company's secret use of technology to limit peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent violates federal computer fraud laws, their user contracts and anti-fraudulent advertising statutes.

Invasion of the computer snatchers: Dork Talk by Stephen Fry
Gazing into the techno-future can be fun. We all dream of utopias involving benign robots, food for all and fusion power that is free, safe and unlimited, but then there are the cacotopias, too - nightmare visions of malevolent machines that turn on mankind. It has been usual to suppose that the two-pronged threat to our liberty and our privacy would emanate from big business and government, from untrammelled corporate and bureaucratic greed, stupidity and wickedness. But let me paint another scenario...

The wireless disconnect
A negative, paranoid attitude is displacing the optimistic ethos the internet once promised: I never thought I was cut out for a life of crime. I even felt guilty when I accidentally stole a Subbuteo catalogue, thinking it was free. But everyone has an inner rebel, and mine has finally found a natural outlet. My crime of choice is that with a heart as cold as ice and no care for what society thinks, I steal wireless computer network time. Take that, Jesse James.

au: Beware those searching for a crisis by Michael Duffy
The case of Izhar ul-Haque this week provides a rare insight into how politics now involves, much more than before, the manufacturing of unnecessary fears. As Mark Latham noted last week, we live in a time of such prosperity and stability that politicians agree on almost all big issues. So the political system - which includes the media - is forced to create artificial crises in order to continue to appear relevant to the public. There is usually some kernel of reality involved, but it becomes grossly exaggerated by governments keen to portray themselves as caring and responsive. No issue has received this treatment more than fundamentalist terrorism.

Yes, Google Is Trying To Take Over the WorldNext step: Take out Ma Bell by Tim Wu
When Google conquered Internet search in the early 2000s, it was strictly a Web company and faced only Web competitors. Since then it has only rarely ventured out of the friendly confines of the Web world. The 2005 launch of its controversial "book search," which enraged the New York publishing industry, shows what can happen when Google leaves its comfort zone. Now, with its recently announced plans to enter wireless communications, Google is making its deepest foray yet into a foreign territory where its allies are few. It faces the challenge of not just entering the wireless world but also converting its inhabitants. Provided that Google has the nerve and resources to try to remake wireless in its image, it'll either prove its greatest triumph or its Waterloo.

UN meeting gives mobile service providers access to terrestrial TV spectrum [AP]
A U.N. telecoms meeting decided Thursday to give mobile service providers access to bandwidth currently reserved for terrestrial television broadcasts, offering the promise of high-speed Internet access on-the-move anywhere in the world by 2015.

UN agrees to free bandwidth
The United Nations body charged with coordinating global broadcast frequencies said on Friday it has agreed to free up more space to meet growing demand from mobile and broadband services.

Are we on the brink of a Wimax revolution?
Is Wimax set to become the de facto standard for business, or will advancements in 3G and other wireless technologies leave it by the wayside? Are we on the brink of a Wimax revolution?

Analyst Bets VoIP on 3G will Beat Wi-Fi
Mobile VoIP is set to grow, but it will run over the 3G data provided by cellular handsets, rather than over Wi-Fi, according to a research report from Disruptive Analysis, which predicts 250 million users of 3G VoIP by 2012, compared with less than 100 million for voice on Wi-Fi.


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


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