[DNS] domain name news - 9 September

[DNS] domain name news - 9 September

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2010 18:47:05 -0700 (PDT)
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EFF Experts Address Security, Openness, and Privacy at United Nations' Internet 
Governance Forum [news release]

ICANN 2010 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

InternetNZ submits on ICANN review

us: NIST releases cybersecurity guidelines for smart grid

New Zealand IPv6 activity builds

Organisations urged to prepare for IPv6 migration

EFF Experts Address Security, Openness, and Privacy at United Nations' Internet 
Governance Forum [news release]
Experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will address security, 
openness, privacy, and other issues at the United Nations' Internet Governance 
Forum (IGF), set for September 14-17 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

ICANN 2010 Nominating Committee Announces Selections
The 2010 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) has completed its selections for 
seven leadership positions within ICANN. The NomCom?s Chair, Wolfgang 
Kleinwaechter, said "We are proud to announce this year?s selectees to ICANN?s 
leadership. They include highly accomplished and experienced individuals from 
Albania, Argentina, Egypt, France, Germany, and the United States.

Applicants Sought from Internet User Community for Seat on Board of Directors
The ICANN group representing individual Internet users is calling for 
applications from those who may be interested in helping to develop policy while 
serving on the organization?s Board of Directors.

Letter from Alexa Raad, Public Interest Registry, to Rod Beckstrom
Notice of Fee Increase

InternetNZ submits on ICANN review
In late-August InternetNZ submitted on ICANN's organisational review of the 
ccNSO. The ccNSO is the policy-development body for a narrow range of global 
issues regarding ccTLD within the ICANN structure.

ICANN replaces three directors
ICANN has named Cherine Chalaby, Bertrand de La Chapelle and Erika Mann as the 
new members of its board of directors.

ICANN surveys ? Fail or Win?
A couple of times this year, ICANN has supplemented its regular email public 
comment periods with quicker, easier point-and-click surveys.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Africa domain name to lower Internet charges
Local businesses can expect to pay lower fees to obtain website identities when 
the Africa?s first domain name hits the road in 2011.

Trademark Application Filed for .Bank Top Level Domain Name
The same company that filed a service mark application for .Secure is at it 
again, this time filing an application for .Bank.

CIRA to redesign .CA registry system for improved customer experience
On October 12, 2010, it will become easier for Canadians to register and 
maintain their .CA domain names. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority 
(CIRA) is redesigning its domain name registration system, the system that 
enables Registrars ? the companies that register domain names ? to communicate 
with the .CA registry database. This will effectively update and simplify every 
aspect of the registry from its technological processes to its policies and 
business practices.

What Does the .CO Launch Mean for New gTLDs? by Antony Van Couvering
The .CO top-level domain made over $10 million in just a couple of months. What 
do the results of the .CO re-launch mean for new gTLDs? Remember, .CO is the 
country-code TLD for Colombia. Until this summer, you could only register names 
under .com.co, .net.co, etc. You couldn't register myname.co. Now anyone in the 
world can register a .co name, and register it directly under the top level.

eu: ERASMUS Marketing campaign now underway
EURid will be running a marketing initiative this autumn to promote European 
online identity and the .eu top-level domain to students.

EU web name registrations up 10% to 3.2 mln in Q2
The registry for the .eu top-level domain (TLD) EURid reported a 10 percent 
year-on-year increase in .eu web address registrations for the second quarter.

dotFree to allow pre-registrations October 1
The dotFree Group, which plans to apply for the top-level domain .free, plans to 
start allowing pre-registrations from October 1, this year.

Opponents pick holes in .jobs auction plan
A coalition of jobs web sites has accused Employ Media of trying to violate its 
own charter with its proposal to open up the .jobs namespace to all-comers.

.SO To Launch on 1 November
The dotSO ccTLD for the Republic of Somalia has announced that it will be 
launching on 1 November 2010 with a general availability commencing on 1 March, 
2011 for any person anywhere in the world.

.SO launch date is November 1
.SO Registry, the manager of Somalia?s .so country-code top-level domain, has 
named November 1 as the opening date for sunrise registrations.

ug: Cost of Website Names Set to Drop Next Year
Ugandans can expect to pay lower fees to acquire website identities when the 
continent's first domain name comes online next year, Ms Sophia Bekele, the 
President of DotConnect Africa has said.

us: NIST releases cybersecurity guidelines for smart grid
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released on Sept. 2 
guidelines utilities should follow to secure devices on the nation's developing 
smart grid, but they do little to ensure integrators consider security when 
combining devices systemwide, experts said.

DNS Clients Do Request DNSSEC Today by Daniel Karrenberg
After the DNS root zone was finally signed and a number of Top-Level Domains 
(TLDs) began signing their zones, we were curious to see how many clients 
actually request DNSSEC information. We looked at the RIPE NCC server that 
provides secondary service to several ccTLDs.

Arbitrator Refuses to Hand Over Generic .Org Domain to .Com Owner
The owner of the descriptive and generic domain name IntlMovers.COM has failed 
to win the domain name IntlMovers.ORG from its owner in a UDRP case.

 - IPv4/IPv6
New Zealand IPv6 activity builds
There were indications at the August meeting of the New Zealand IPv6 Task Force 
of a build up of momentum around IPv6 - the next-generation Internet addressing 


Organisations urged to prepare for IPv6 migration
With IPv4 addresses almost running out in less than a year, there is still no 
clear indication that organisations worldwide are ready to transition to IPv6.



The Internet is running out of IPv4 gas
If you listen to some people, businesses don?t need to worry about the growing 
shortage of Internet IPv4 addresses. Instead, most ?network owners find it more 
affordable to just make do with the [Internet] addressing scheme they?re already 
using. This is so, so wrong.

One in four gives fake net names
More than a quarter of people online have lied about their name and more than 
one in five has done something online they regret, says a new report. The 
behavioural and psychological impacts of online life are outlined in a report 
from the security firm Norton.

Google Instant promises live search results
Google has sped up its internet search engine by launching a new product, Google 
Instant, that displays results as soon as users type in queries.

Google Instant means search results before you finish typing
Google unveiled a new version of its search engine on Wednesday night: Google 
Instant, which produces results before you have finished typing and offers 
suggestions for what you wanted to look for.

Google Instant: Search for the now generation
Google's decision to fix what wasn't broken is a bold bet on the future of 
search and the way people use the Internet.

Some Newspapers, Tracking Readers Online, Shift
In most businesses, not knowing how well a particular product is performing 
would be almost unthinkable. But newspapers have always been a peculiar 
business, one that has stubbornly, proudly clung to a sense that focusing too 
much on the bottom line can lead nowhere good.

Nigeria has Africa's Largest Online Audience, Tenth Largest in the World - ITU
The International Telecoms Union (ITU) has ranked Nigeria as the largest online 
audience on the African continent and the 10th largest in the world. In a recent 
statistic by the telecom body, 39.6 per cent of all internet traffic from Africa 
is from Nigeria, about 29.8 per cent of the population accesses the Internet 
while 43.9 million Nigerians access the Internet, making Nigerians the largest 
online audience in Africa and 10th largest in the world.

Facebook threats force French minister to postpone wedding
As far as Eric Besson is concerned, Facebook, the social website, just became 
antisocial. The French Immigration minister, 52, has been forced to postpone his 
wedding to a 24-year-old Tunisian art student after more than 1,000 people 
signed up to a Facebook group which pledged to disrupt the ceremony.

Facebook edges up phishing list
Facebook has overtaken eBay to become the second most popular target for 
phishers, a Kaspersky Lab report on worldwide spam activity has revealed.

S'pore: Social media trumps paid keyword ads
U.K. government spent over US$9 million in two years to influence search engine 
results, according to report. Here in Singapore, public agencies say social 
media is online platform of choice for campaigns.

au: What are our young people doing online? by Dr Julian Dooley, cyber safety 
research fellow
The Health+Medicine liftout in The West Australian has launched a column that 
looks at the issue of the digital divide ? the gap between parents and their 
children's knowledge and use of the internet.

au: OMG stop sxtin me ;)
A video to make teens think twice before they "sext" prompts the question - how 
would you feel if the picture was sent to your teacher?

au: ACMA supports National Child Protection Week with national Cybersmart 
activities [news release]
The Australian Communications and Media Authority, through its Cybersmart 
program, is marking National Child Protection Week tomorrow by hosting 
Cybersmart Detectives in schools across Australia.

Aussie pedophile's jail sentence a fraction of US term
AUSTRALIA'S anti-child exploitation laws have again been shown to be lenient. An 
American pedophile has been sentenced to 21 years in jail for abusing and 
photographing a toddler, weeks after his Canberra cohort was jailed for a 
quarter of the time for doing the same to four children.

Children, mobile phones and online safety
As the use of mobile phones by children and young people continues to grow, 
mobile operators need to adopt a consistently responsible approach in order to 
protect and support younger users. The GSMA leads and participates in many 
initiatives which are designed to address issues related to child protection and 
the safer use of mobile phones by children and young people.

at: Coming soon...new resource on mobile phones in schools
Saferinternet.at have developed a new resource on mobile phone in schools, which 
will be available from the end of September.

4th International Conference: Keeping Children and young people safe online, 
Warsaw: 28 - 29 September
Polish (Nobody?s Children Foundation and NASK) and German (klicksafe.de) Safer 
Internet Centres are holding the 4th International Keeping Children and Young 
People Safe Online Conference.

The Right Click: An agenda for creating a safer and fairer online environment 
for every child
eNACSO is the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online. It consists of a 
network of 17 children?s rights NGOs from across the EU working for a safer 
online environment for children.

us: Police, school officials take on cyberbullying
Police and school officials are urging parents to ?break that code of silence? 
with their children and discuss cyberbullying ? a form of schoolyard tormenting 
now considered criminal.

Film industry hires cyber hitmen to take down internet pirates
The film industry is using pirate tactics to beat the pirates ? by employing 
?cyber hitmen? to launch attacks that take out websites hosting illegal movies.


Google TV to launch this year
The new Google service will bring the web to TV screens ? the announcement comes 
a week after a new version of Apple TV was unveiled

Google to start TV service in U.S. this autumn
Google Inc will launch its service to bring the Web to TV screens in the United 
States this autumn and worldwide next year, its chief executive said, as it 
extends its reach from the desktop to the living room.

Schmidt says Google TV on track for fall release
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Tuesday that the company will launch its TV service 
in the U.S. this fall.


Police in Europe conduct raids over file-sharing sites [IDG]
Police across Europe conducted raids Tuesday against Internet service providers 
and private individuals to collect evidence against several Web sites suspected 
of offering content to file-sharing networks without permission of the copyright 


Swedish authorities step up battle against file-sharers [IDG]
Swedish police have searched houses belonging to people suspected of illegal 
file-sharing in Stockholm, Haparanda and ?stersund in the last two weeks.


Major file-sharing bust in Europe targets P2P admins
Sweden's Frederick Ingblad is a specialized intellectual property prosecutor, 
and this morning he made a very specialized announcement: at the request of 
Belgian authorities, Ingbland and Swedish police had just made a series of 
coordinated raids on ISPs and universities. Their target: "The Scene."

Apple Music: The Good, The Bad and the So So
Apple Inc. is attempting to boost its digital-music arsenal by bringing social 
networking to iTunes and by redesigning three iPods. The results are mixed. The 
iPods are a big improvement from the older models with new, smart features, 
including some borrowed from the iPhone. The Ping social network, however, is a 
bit socially awkward, especially for people who are used to Facebook.

Predicting the Future of Phones is Unpredictable [Technologizer]
Bad news, Apple: The iPhone's market share is poised to take a tumble over the 
next few years. Between now and 2014, in fact, iOS devices will fall from 14.7 
percent of phones sold to 10.9 percent, a 25.9 percent drop. Android phones, 
meanwhile, will boom, going from 16.3 percent market share to 24.6 percent, a 
51.2 percent bump. RIM's BlackBerry OS will dip slightly, from 17.9 percent to 
17.3 percent; Windows Mobile will go from 6.8 percent to 9.8 percent. And even 
though handsets based on Nokia's Symbian will fall from 40.1 percent share to 
32.9 percent, they'll still outsell every other mobile OS.

Android to control half of smartphone market, say analysts
A bevy of Android devices will ultimately mean that Google?s mobile operating 
system will control largely half of the smartphone market, according to a Piper 
Jaffray report. Apple?s iOS will probably top out with market share of 20 
percent to 30 percent in the long run.

Christchurch earthquake: Warning over dodgy 'charity' spam
As Christchurch readies itself for what will be a lengthy clean up after 
Saturday morning's earthquake, Kiwis are being warned that cyber criminals are 
readying for a spam assault cashing in on the disaster.

UK firms bombarding customers with spam: Research finds 75 per cent of emails 
from legitimate firms are unsolicited
Businesses in the UK are contributing to the deluge of junk email clogging up 
inboxes, according to research by Spam Ratings.

Aid groups using mobile phones to reach the world's poor
For the world's poorest, cellphone technology carries opportunity, aid groups 
say, as text messages and other mobile applications have created a new platform 
to reach the most remote farms and crowded urban slums of Africa, Asia and Latin 

After Google incident, Wi-Fi data collection goes on [IDG]
Four months ago, amidst a backlash from government regulators and privacy 
advocates, Google stopped collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars. But 
that doesn't mean Google has stopped collecting wireless data altogether, and 
neither have other companies such as Apple.

us: NIST releases cybersecurity guidelines for smart grid
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released on Sept. 2 
guidelines utilities should follow to secure devices on the nation's developing 
smart grid, but they do little to ensure integrators consider security when 
combining devices systemwide, experts said.

Google to pay $8.5m to settle Buzz lawsuit
Google has proposed paying $8.5m (?5.5m) to settle a lawsuit brought over its 
Buzz social network.

Google settles Buzz privacy lawsuit [IDG]
Google is spending US$8.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed over 
the rollout of its Google Buzz social-networking service.

Google agrees $8.5m Buzz settlement as lawyers fail to find monetary damage
Google has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a number of cases alleging that 
its Buzz social networking service violated their privacy rights. The money will 
be paid out to internet privacy activists to use in their education and policy 

au: Gaps remain in local cybercrime law: Professor
While Australian crime legislation has been amended to account for the evolving 
landscape of cybercrime, gaps remain in the key areas of theft, fraud and 
trespass, according to University of Technology (UTS) director of Communications 
Law Centre, Professor Michael Fraser.



Australian police pressuring govt on data retention
The Australian Federal Police have backed plans for a controversial data 
retention scheme, saying captured Web records would assist in prosecuting 

au: Travel scammers invade cyberspace [AAP]
A loved one is alone, overseas and needs money: sound like a nightmare? Well, it 
can be if you send the cash, authorities warn.

Cybercrime is Rampant Around the World, Says Study
A new study by security vendor Symantec reports that Internet crime has grown 
into a widespread problem globally. It also provides intriguing insights into 
consumers' lax attitudes toward online piracy, plagiarism, and other illegally 
or unethical activities.


Symantec: Most hacking victims blame themselves [IDG]
Just under two-thirds of all Internet users have been hit by some sort of 
cybercrime, and while most of them are angry about it, a surprisingly large 
percentage feel guilt too, according to a survey commissioned by Symantec.


70pc of NZ adults hit by online crime
Seventy per cent of New Zealand adults have been the victim of online crimes 
ranging from identity theft to having their computer infected with a virus, a 
survey has revealed.

Symantec Offers Free Information Risk Assessment Tool for New Zealand and 
Australian Businesses [news release]
... Threats to information security can have a significant impact on businesses. 
According to Symantec's SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, Asia Pacific and 
Japan, September 2009: the average cost of downtime is $15,000 in New Zealand 
and $30,000 in Australia per incident. This covers productivity, lost sales and 
replacement equipment. Incidents result in downtime of at least eight hours for 
40 percent of all businesses; In the last 12 months, New Zealand and Australian 
businesses have experienced power outages (79 percent); natural disasters, such 
as fire, flood and storm (70 percent); a virus or hacker attack (67 percent); 
employees accidentally deleting information (65 percent); and computer system 
failure (63 percent).

French court reduces eBay fine [sub req'd]
The Paris Court of Appeals has significantly reduced a fine imposed on eBay for 
allowing counterfeit LVMH goods to be sold on its website. The auction platform 
will now have to pay ?5.7million ($7.3million) to luxury-goods maker LVMH due to 
the decision by the Parisian court today, which is significantly down from the 
?38.5million ($49.6million) fine the Tribunal de Commerce ordered eBay to pay in 
June 2008.

Google calls for pressure on Internet censors
Google Inc's legal chief called for pressure on governments that censor the 
Internet, such as China and Turkey, arguing that their blocking access to 
websites not only violates human rights but unfairly restrains U.S. trade.

Jordanian websites shift political dissent online
Mocking officials online, exposing high-level corruption and discussing 
political tension could land journalists in many autocratic Middle East states 
in jail.

Malaysian web crackdown [AFP]
Malaysia has formed a taskforce to scour the internet for blog postings deemed 
harmful to national unity, in the latest action against new media.


US Inquiry Zeroes In on Google Deal
The Justice Department is trying to determine whether Google Inc. would gain too 
much sway over the online travel industry by acquiring ITA Software Inc., which 
powers the Web's most popular airline-ticket search and booking sites, said 
people familiar with the department's review.

British Advertising Regulator Making Itself Felt Online
In the digital world, the most effective advertising is not always advertising 
in the traditional sense. Instead of buying ad space or time on a Web site, many 
marketers prefer to build their own sites or mobile applications or to promote 
their brands using social media, encouraging consumers to spread the word.

Google faces first US competition inquiry
Regulators in Texas have launched the first broad anti-trust review of Google's 
search and advertising practices in the US.

Piracy setback for movie giants
The movie giants appear to have lost key political backing in their 
international efforts to police illegal downloading through ISPs, throwing the 
legal spotlight back on to the long running piracy case launched against iiNet 
in Australia.


ACTA warms to ISPs?
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may be freed from being liable for their 
users' copyright infringements in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, 
according to what appears to be a leaked version of the agreement.

Secret copyright treaty draft leaked after Washington talks [IDG]
Another round of negotiations, another leak: Knowledge Ecology International 
(KEI) published what it says is the latest draft of the secret Anti-Counterfeit 
Trade Agreement (ACTA) over the weekend.


Report: ACTA secrecy is all the United States' fault
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) got a bit more transparent this 
year, as negotiators held a few meetings with civil society types and released 
one official draft text some months ago. But this wouldn't be ACTA without 
secret meetings and unreleased draft texts, would it?

European Parliament passes anti-ACTA declaration
Today 377 members of the European Parliament adopted a written declaration on 
the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in which they demand greater 
transparency, assert that ISPs should not up end being liable for data sent 
through their networks, and say that ACTA "should not force limitations upon 
judicial due process or weaken fundamental rights such as freedom of expression 
and the right to privacy."

nz: ICT sector confidence returning: survey
Technology industry employers and workers say the worst of the recession is 
over, but the downturn has left lasting effects on companies on both sides of 
the Tasman, new research shows.

ICT research: preserving Europe's digital data for future generations [news 
Tools developed using EU funds to ensure that digitally stored data can be 
preserved, accessed and understood for the indefinite future are now available 
in the form of open source software. The EU's CASPAR (Cultural, Artistic and 
Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval) research programme 
involved researchers from the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Israel, Italy and 
the UK.

Packaging Is All the Rage, And Not in a Good Way
Compared to the traditional versions of the products, frustration-free products 
have earned on average a 73 percent reduction in negative feedback on the Amazon 

US operators get creative due to spectrum crunch [IDG]
The spectrum shortage is forcing mobile operators to experiment more with 
pricing models, new technologies and partnerships, executives speaking at the 
Mobile Future Forward event in Seattle said Wednesday.

uk: Orange and T-Mobile merge networks
Customers of Orange and T-Mobile will soon be able to hop between the two mobile 

Orange, T-Mobile to let customers roam across networks
Orange and T-Mobile have set a launch date for a service that will let their 
respective customers roam onto the other network for voice and text.


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