[DNS] domain name news - 15 October

[DNS] domain name news - 15 October

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:29:10 -0700 (PDT)
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ICANN Board Appoints New GNSO Council Members

Registry / Registrar: Does Separation matter?

VeriSign Supports New gTLDs with Appropriate Safeguards by Chuck Gomes

Rod Beckstrom's First 100 Days at ICANN by Michael D. Palage

Missing dot drops Sweden off the Internet

.SE Removed from the Internet for One Hour Following ccTLD Maintenance

ENISA- 1st EU Agency with IPv6 [news release]

ICANN Board Appoints New GNSO Council Members
At its 30 September Board meeting, the ICANN Board of Directors appointed three individuals to serve as Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) representatives on the new Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council: Mohammed Rafik Dammak ? Tunisia, Rosemary Sinclair ? Australia & Debra Hughes ? United States.

Expressions of Interest Sought for Bulk Transfer of Registrations
As the result of the Notice of Non-Renewal issued on October 9, 2009 to registrar Mouzz Interactive, Inc. (IANA ID 827), ICANN is seeking expressions of interest from ICANN-accredited registrars that might wish to assume sponsorship of the gTLD names that were previously managed by this registrar.

Mouzz Interactive, Inc. May Lose Accreditation
The Registrar Accreditation Agreement ("RAA") between ICANN and registrar Mouzz Interactive, Inc. will expire without renewal on 9 November 2009 unless the registrar becomes compliant with the requirements of that RAA by 20 October 2009.

Naugus Limited, LLC May Lose Accreditation
The Registrar Accreditation Agreement (?RAA?) between ICANN and registrar Naugus Limited, LLC will expire without renewal on 9 November 2009 unless the registrar becomes compliant with the requirements of that RAA by 20 October 2009.

BP Holdings Group, Inc. dba IS.COM May Lose Accreditation
The Registrar Accreditation Agreement (?RAA?) between ICANN and registrar BP Holdings Group, Inc. dba IS.COM will expire without renewal on 9 November 2009 unless the registrar becomes compliant with the requirements of that RAA by 20 October 2009.

Registry / Registrar: Does Separation matter?
At the dawn of the Internet age the domain registry and registrar were one and the same. The registry managed the domain space and also sold domains as a registrar to anyone that wanted one. It's a practice that disappeared in 1998 with the creation of ICANN and the break-up of the integrated Network Solutions Registry/Registrar.

VeriSign Supports New gTLDs with Appropriate Safeguards by Chuck Gomes
The introduction of new Internet domains to the global marketplace has the potential to dramatically grow the domain name marketplace, increasing the value of domain names, driving new demand for registry services and opening new markets for registrars and registries alike.

Rod Beckstrom's First 100 Days at ICANN by Michael D. Palage
Rod Beckstrom took over as ICANN President/CEO on July 1, 2009, so October 9th marked his 100th day in office?and a good opportunity to examine the progress made by ICANN during his short tenure. Of course, the ICANN community (Board, staff and stakeholders) deserve credit for their hard work prior to Rod's appointment, which made ICANN's recent achievements possible.

Law Firm Fear Mongering Over New TLDs
As I?ve said before, I understand why trademark holders are apprehensive about the introduction of new top level domain names. It?s indisputable that the release of hundreds of new top level domain names will be costly and time consuming from a brand protection perspective. But, as I noted, they are also overstating the problem.

Internet freed from US regulations
The US Department of Commerce has allowed international input on internet site names for the first time in its history. Previously, ICANN held absolute power over the naming of web addresses, meaning that web users in countries using non-Latin alphabets were unable to construct websites with identifiers in their own language.

Registry / Registrar: Does Separation matter?
At the dawn of the Internet age the domain registry and registrar were one and the same. The registry managed the domain space and also sold domains as a registrar to anyone that wanted one. It's a practice that disappeared in 1998 with the creation of ICANN and the break-up of the integrated Network Solutions Registry/Registrar.

ICANN Asks GNSO to Weigh-in on Domain Trademark Issues by December
ICANN President & CEO Rod Beckstrom and Chairman of the Board Peter Dengate-Thrush have sent a letter to Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), asking it to weigh-in on intellectual property issues related to new top level domain names by December 14.

DirectNIC Picks up Red Register Domains, ICANN Notifies Two More Registrars
Domain name registrar DirectNIC will take over domain names that were registered at Red Register, which was recently de-accredited by ICANN.

The US lets go of the internet ? will anyone notice?
Political power is rarely ceded without good reason. So eyebrows were raised last week when the US Department of Commerce decided to relax its grip on ICANN, the body responsible for the naming system that ensures that when you type a web address, your browser knows where to go.

Internet oversight gives Web freedom from government control
With the JPA between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) now expired, a new agreement has been formed to give the non-profit global corporation greater freedom and more community involvement.

Domain Registrar Mouzz Interactive May Lose Accreditation
The not-for-profit body responsible for the assignment of domain names and IP addresses has sent Dubai-based Mouzz Interactive, Inc. a notice that it will no longer be able to renew its registrar accreditation if it does not pay its accreditation fees.

ICANN Names Three New GNSO Council Members
Internet regulation body ICANN announced this week it has named three individuals to serve as non-commercial stakeholder group representatives on the new Generic Names Supporting Organization Council at its September 30th board meeting.

Internet changes likely to impact international Web businesses
A recent article in New Scientist reports on the imminent release of ICANN from U.S. national control. ICANN is responsible for maintaining the various technical standards that make the Internet possible on a low level.

au: ACS gives conditional thumbs up to internet filtering
... Blocking websites was not enough to stop illegal websites from appearing, the report said. The ACS suggested the Federal Government work with ICANN and encourage it to reject domain name applications that were likely to contain illegal material.

Brussels welcomes US move toward global governance of internet [EU Observer]
The body responsible for managing the development of the internet, Icann, has cut its umbilical cord to the US government, a move the European Union has been demanding for four years.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
.CH/.LI Warns of Bogus Offers
The registry for .CH (Switzerland) and .LI (Lichtenstein), SWITCH, is warning of bogus offers to register domain names at vastly inflated prices.

.HN Manager Refutes Claims to Surrender ccTLD Management
The ccTLD manager for .HN (Honduras), RDS-HN has refuted claims they should give up managing the ccTLD and sought to reassure registrants that they will continue in their current role as ccTLD manager.

Indian Govt wants local body for issuing IP addresses
Indian companies and Internet Service Providers could soon get their IP addresses from a local body. The Government, along with the Internet Service Providers Association of India, has approached the Australia-based Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) seeking powers to issue IP addresses in India through a National Internet Registry (NIR).

Missing dot drops Sweden off the Internet
What was essentially a typo last night resulted in the temporary disappearance from the Internet of almost a million Web sites in Sweden -- every address with a .se top-level down name.

.SE Removed from the Internet for One Hour Following ccTLD Maintenance
A maintenance error on Monday night led to Sweden's country code Top Level Domain, .SE, being removed from the internet for about one hour meaning all .SE domain names were unavailable worldwide.

Internet breaks in Sweden after DNS maintenance error
A problem during routine maintenance of Sweden's top-level domain, .se, took down the Internet for the country for about an hour on Monday night. Basically, the .se registry used an incorrectly configured script to update the .se zone, Sweden-based Pingdom, which monitors Web site performance, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Incorrect DNS information [news release]
.SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) sent out an incorrect zone file Monday October 12 at 21.45, in connection with a planned maintenance work. The cause was an incorrect software update, which, despite our testing procedures were not detected. Thanks to well-functioning surveillance system .SE discovered the error immediately and a new file with the DNS data (zone file) was produced and distributed within one hour.

Missing dot sends Sweden tumbling off internet
Sweden effectively fell off the internet last night when maintenance to Domain Name Systems damaged every single .se web address. The problem happened at quarter to ten last night and took just less than an hour to fix.

Typo blamed for country-wide Web site blackout in Sweden
If the script that updates your DNS records for a zone leaves off the trailing period for each record, the DNS server can't properly attach the top-level domain name. That little tip is probably permanently etched onto the head of an administrator somewhere at Sweden's Internet Infrastructure Foundation.

DNS Error Breaks Sweden's Internet Domains
Planned maintenance for Sweden's .se domain went terribly awry Monday, effectively taking down the Internet in the entire country for about an hour.

Phishing attacks to remain a major problem, say security experts
... Jevans said the actions of the FBI and Egyptian authorities to shut down more than 100 people involved in an international phishing ring could have a deterring affect, but measuring its success will be difficult, he said. Instead, Jevans and others are working with ICANN to develop a way registrars can remove domains responsible for phishing and drive-by malware attacks.

Internet Domain Dispute Resolution Working, Needs Updates, WIPO Told
One of the features of the multi-faceted United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization is its arbitration and mediation of disputes over internet domain names. At a conference at WIPO today, supporters and lawyers who use the system said it is working but suggested some further improvements and a fear of more new domains being introduced.

 - IPv4/IPv6
ENISA- 1st EU Agency with IPv6 [news release]
The EU Agency ENISA [i.e. the European Network and Information Security Agency] now delivers its web site content over the new Internet protocol IPv6. With this action, ENISA is the first EU Agency to implement the European Commission IPv6 Action Plan.

EU begins IPv6 rollout
The European Network and Information Security Agency, Enisa, announced on Tuesday that it has become the first EU agency to begin offering services over version 6 of the Internet Protocol.

Enisa leads trickle to IPv6 for web addressing
The European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) has become the first EU Agency to delivers its web site content over the new internet protocol IPv6.

Cisco bolsters routers to spur IPv6 migration
Cisco this week enhanced its IPv6 offerings for its carrier core and edge routers in an effort to ease the eventual migration from IPv4.

Latin American Domain Registrations Continue to Grow
There are now more than 4.86 million domain names registered in the Latin American region, an increase of 1.86 per cent since August and a 17.40 per cent increase year-on-year.

Internet now dominated by 'traffic superpowers'
Something extraordinary is happening to the Internet. According to one of the largest analyses of traffic yet undertaken, what the world calls ' the Internet' is rapidly turning into an entity that exists inside and between a tiny number of hosting superpowers.

Two-Year Study of Global Internet Traffic Will Be Presented At NANOG47 - Arbor Networks, the University of Michigan and Merit Network To Present Two-Year Study of Global Internet Traffic At NANOG47
... Key Findings: Evolution of the Internet Core: Over the last five years, Internet traffic has migrated away from the traditional Internet core of 10 to 12 Tier-1 international transit providers. Today, the majority of Internet traffic by volume flows directly between large content providers, datacenter / CDNs and consumer networks. Consequently, most Tier-1 networks have evolved their business models away from IP wholesale transit to focus on broader cloud / enterprise services, content hosting and VPNs.

World Church: Church Reaches Many Around the World Through Internet
... "More than US$1.5 million has been offered to us for the [Internet] 'domain name' of BibleInfo.com," Hardinge told the GIEN audience, quickly adding that such offers have been rebuffed.

RSS.COM Breaks Six-Figures in Sedo Sale of the Week
In the week to 5 October there was only one notable Sedo sale, that of RSS.COM for US$125,000. There were no other sales that broke the six-figure mark with blackjack.eu the next best sale, selling for $45,500.

The Web?s Inventor Regrets One Small Thing
Any conversation with Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the Web?s bedrock software standards, tends to be fast-paced and nonlinear. When he worked at the CERN physics laboratory in Geneva, colleagues tried to get him to speak French instead of English, in hopes of slowing him down.

Backslash: web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee apologises for his strokes
A light has been shone on one of the great mysteries of the internet. What is the point of the two forward slashes that sit directly infront of the ?www? in every internet website address? The answer, according to the British scientist who created the world wide web, is that there isn?t one. 

Berners-Lee 'sorry' for slashes
The forward slashes at the beginning of internet addresses have long annoyed net users and now the man behind them has apologised for using them. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has confessed that the // in a web address were actually "unnecessary". He told the Times newspaper that he could easily have designed URLs not to have the forward slashes.

Getting all Britons online would save billions, says Martha Lane Fox
The founder of lastminute.com, Martha Lane Fox, has unveiled an ambitious policy to get everyone in Britain online by 2012, backed by a study that says it would save the government up to ?1bn annually in customer service costs and boost the economy by more than ?20bn.

User-pays won't save traditional media, says ABC chief Mark Scott
ABC managing director Mark Scott has rejected plans by commercial news outlets to charge for online content as fanciful, and pilloried media organisations as dying leviathans too large to adapt to the digital economy.

ABC boss takes swipe at 'emperor' Murdoch
ABC managing director Mark Scott has taken a swipe at media mogul Rupert Murdoch's moves to charge for online content, describing News Limited as a "diminishing empire".

Go online to 'earn and save more'
Getting online can save people money and allow them to earn more, says Martha Lane Fox. Ms Lane Fox, the UK's Digital Champion, is considering ways to get the four million poorest Britons to sign up to the internet. Research commissioned by her office showed that technology can provide a "route out" of poverty.

British youth 'cannot live' without web
A survey of 16 to 24 year olds has found that 75% of them feel they "couldn't live" without the internet. The report, published by online charity YouthNet, also found that four out of five young people used the web to look for advice.

Brits get anxious without internet or mobile phone access
Brits are a nation of mobile phone and internet addicts that become anxious when disconnected, says Virgin Media.

MySpace tanks as social networks soar
MySpace has lost more than half of its market share in the past year even though Australians have doubled the amount of time they spend on social networking sites in that period. New figures released by Nielsen this week revealed that Australians spent 1.6 million hours on social media sites in June this year, up from 800,000 hours a year earlier.

US fugitive caught after updating his status on Facebook
Some people take to becoming a fugitive like a duck to water. They lay low, go out only in disguise, even create whole new identities. Others, it would appear, do not.

nz: Facebook court comments under spotlight [NZPA]
The Crown Law Office is conducting a review of internet publication, after recent cases raised questions over contempt of court and suppression order breaches.

Singapore to Study Tighter Disclosure Rules for Bloggers [IDG]
Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) will consider issuing tighter rules for how bloggers disclose payments and gifts they receive from companies whose products they review, but officials said the effectiveness of any such regulations would likely be limited.

More UK web users reporting child pornography
More web users than ever are reporting child pornography images on the web, says the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

IWF Awareness Day 2009: Public reports help remove child sexual abuse images in UK and around the world [news release]
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is marking its third Awareness Day today (Wednesday 14 October) with the release of new data. More people than ever are using its Hotline to report potentially illegal content on the internet and the UK is leading the way in removing child sexual abuse images.

nz: Software spots internet suicide clues [The Dominion Post]
Teen bloggers at risk of suicide, self-harm or hurting other people could now be picked up earlier with software developed by Victoria University researchers.

nz: Kids raiding houses to feed online habit [The Dominion Post]
Young people are being driven to break into neighbours' houses or stack up bills on their parents' credit cards so they can gamble online, says the Problem Gambling Foundation.

au: Stemming the tide of cyber bullying
A year ago, Korumburra Secondary College student Courtney Graue became the victim of a sustained campaign of cyber bullying. What started off as schoolyard taunts and social exclusion soon transcended into the online world: derogatory messages posted on her MySpace page, claims that she didn't have any female friends, even comments about her appearance.

au: ACMA extends cyber bullying smarts to trainee teachers
ACMA has extended its cyber safety education program to trainee teachers, with the introduction of a new program.

au: ACS gives conditional thumbs up to internet filtering
The Australian Computer Society has released a report that flags conditional support to ISP-based internet filtering from a technical standpoint, based on a series of boxes that need to be checked before giving the scheme the green light.

ACS filter report just what Conroy needs
commentary Yesterday's report from the Australian Computer Society's Filtering and E-Security Task Force, the drab-named Technical Observations on ISP Based Filtering of the Internet, will be a handy weapon in Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy's battle over internet censorship.

ACS: ISP-filtering could affect Internet speeds and prices
The Federal Government?s Internet filtering scheme is likely to impact ISP networks speeds, and ultimately, the cost of Internet access for consumers, a new report from the Australian Computer Society (ACS) e-security Task Force has found.

us: Prosecutor wants Alaska child porn law expanded [AP]
A prosecutor and some state legislators support expanding Alaska's child pornography law to include sexually explicit images of children who are not real.

us: Website created for cyber bullying
A ninth grade student from the Lincoln County R-3 School District in Missouri is accused of cyber-bullying and could face charges and disciplinary action from the school. Authorities say the female student set up a website to bully another girl at school.

us: Conference to draw focus toward bullying
A conference tonight offers parents, educators and students the chance to learn more about bullying in the hopes of making it less prevalent in McHenry County.

Swedish court overturns landmark file sharing ruling [AFP]
A Swedish appeals court on Tuesday overturned a landmark file sharing ruling that forced an Internet service provider to reveal an Internet user's identity to five publishers.

Australian ISPs stay hush hush on copyright breach notices
Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are remaining tight lipped over the number of copyright breach notices they have received from copyright holders as the iiNet versus the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) case continues in the Federal Court of Australia.

AFACT v iiNet: Malone won't appear for two weeks
iiNet CEO Michael Malone will most likely not take the stand in the Internet Service Provider's (ISP) civil case against the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) for another two weeks.

iiNet barristers corner AFACT solicitor
iiNet's legal counsel took the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft's Gilbert & Tobin solicitor Michael Williams to task yesterday afternoon over the credibility of technical evidence he had presented to the court.

iiNet quizzes Hollywood via video
iiNet's legal counsel this morning cross-examined four senior Hollywood executives from Warner Bros, Disney, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures via video link, with the court hearing about the industry's long-running battle against piracy.

iiNet strikes deal with court rival
Internet service provider iiNet will launch a new download service for children, possibly as soon as this weekend, after tying up a licensing deal with one of the organisations that has taken legal action against it for copyright infringement.

au: AFACT also targeted Internode, Exetel, Optus
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft's (AFACT) investigations into Australian movie piracy led it to focus on two file-sharing clients and four Australian ISPs, the Federal Court heard today.

Sky guns for iTunes market with new music download service
Sky is to join the digital music marketplace when it launches a subscription download service that it hopes will persuade millions more consumers to switch to buying albums digitally and threaten the dominance of Apple's iTunes.

Study charts links between mobile phones, tumours
Studies on whether mobile phones can cause cancer, especially brain tumours, vary widely in quality and there may be some bias in those showing the least risk, researchers reported on Tuesday.

UK urged to co-ordinate with EU allies on spam
The UK and other European member states need to do more to tackle spam, and should start by taking a more co-ordinated approach to the problem, according to the European Commission.

If you have a spam, telemarketing complaint, report it says ACMA
Broadcasting and communications regulator, ACMA, says that two in five Australians with mobile phones or an email account - or 39 percent of the population ? are unaware of who to contact to complain about spam email and SMS, and it is powerless to act to protect consumers? rights unless it receives complaints.

Trafigura: A few tweets and freedom of speech is restored
The Guardian story announcing that it had been restricted by an existing high court order from reporting certain parliamentary proceedings had been published online for just a matter of minutes before internet users began tearing apart the gag.

Trafigura drops bid to gag Guardian over MP's question
An unprecedented attempt by a British oil trading firm to prevent the Guardian reporting parliamentary proceedings collapsedtoday following a spontaneous online campaign to spread the information the paper had been barred from publishing.

Twitter-power wins gagging victory over Carter-Ruck and Trafigura
Twitter erupted in celebration today as users of the microblogging site claimed victory after a short but furious campaign against London's most famous libel lawyers.

UK law firm in partial retreat over Guardian gagging order
The reach of parliamentary privilege and the efficacy of High Court injunctions in the age of the internet came under the spotlight on Tuesday, after The Guardian newspaper won its battle to change a court order that prevented the media from reporting the contents of a parliamentary question.

U.K. Twitter Campaign Helps Curb Gag on Press
A Twitter campaign that rippled through the U.K. Tuesday helped to induce an about-face on a legal injunction that was preventing the Guardian newspaper from reporting on a public parliamentary proceeding.

Reporting bans may lose their power in Twitter age says expert after Guardian ban is lifted
The editor of a newspaper which was banned from reporting on the tabling of a question in Parliament has thanked the users of micro-blogging service Twitter for their role in what he called a "victory for free speech".

Lovesick Australians lose $4.5m each month in net scam
Lovelorn Australians are being fleeced out of $4.5 million a month in a Nigerian romance racket run through internet dating sites.

Internet fraudsters widen their net
About nine in 10 Australians have been the targets of scams, and 18 per cent have been sucked in to respond to fraudsters, exposing themselves to crime worth almost $1 billion a year.

Cyber criminals find new ways to attack [IDG]
Cyber criminals are finding new ways to steal information, including infecting legitimate Web sites with Trojans and creating rogue software packages that look legitimate but contain malware, cybersecurity experts warned.

Australian Government to re-write Privacy Act
The Rudd Government will rewrite the 21-year-old Privacy Act for the technology age, ending the fragmentation of state laws and streamlining the rules to apply to both private and public sectors.

au: Federal gov't releases response to Privacy Act
The Federal Government has released its first response to a comprehensive review of Australia's privacy laws in the digital age.

China to Clean up Online Games Amid Addiction Woes [IDG]
Chinese authorities have promised to clean the country's online gaming industry of "unhealthy" content such as violence and pornography, asserting more control over use of the Internet in the country.

Telecoms reform tabled as EU plots spam clampdown
The European Commission is calling on tougher action to fight spammers and protect online privacy.

FCC Opens Google Voice Investigation
The FCC on Friday launched a formal inquiry into Google's Internet-based telephony service on the heels of reports that the company blocked calls to rural areas and as a result is reducing its access expenses. A letter from FCC Wireline Competition Bureau Chief Sharon Gillett to Google Washington Telecom and Media Counsel Richard Whitt requests answers to a number of questions about Google Voice by Oct. 28. The Commission wants an explanation of how Google Voice calls are routed and whether calls to particular numbers are restricted and the technological means by which those restrictions are implemented.

China bans foreign investment in online games industry
China has banned foreign investment into its lucrative online games industry in an effort to tighten control over its virtual worlds.

Finland makes broadband access a legal right
The Finnish government has become the first in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right.

Finland makes 1Mb broadband access a legal right
Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications has made 1-megabit broadband Web access a legal right, YLE, the country's national broadcasting company, reported on Wednesday.

Finland Makes Broadband a Legal Right
The Finnish government has done what no other nation has; it has made broadband Internet access a guaranteed legal right of its citizens. According to Finnish news site YLE, The Ministry of Transport and Communications says everyone in the country will be entitled to a guaranteed 1 Mbit connection by next July. This is fascinating, but it's really only half the story.

Britain to get high-tech 'virtual villages' in 2010
A new network of communities linked by super-fast broadband is to go on trial in the UK next year, it was announced today.

NZ High Court nails Telecom for blocking broadband competition
Telecom has been found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour for using its substantial power to prevent and deter competition in the business-to-business high-speed data transmission market, the High Court at Auckland has found.

Conroy: there will be no delay
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has rejected pleas from Telstra and shareholders to delay the passage of legislation aimed at splitting the telecommunications company.

Aussie jailed in Bulgaria for child porn [AP]
An Australian man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison in Bulgaria for molesting minors and setting up a child porn network.

au: Man 'had 1500 child porn images' 
A TOORMINA man is facing child pornography charges in court after police allegedly found 1500 sexually explicit images of children in his possession.


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