[DNS] domain name news - 23 December

[DNS] domain name news - 23 December

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 20:07:21 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,
This is the last scheduled Domain Name News for 2010. As usual, I will continue 
to monitor news over the christmas and new year period and will recommence 
emailing the news in the week commencing 3 January with the usual news service. 
Should there be a significant amount of news I will send out a news in the week 
between christmas and new year.
 I am always open to suggestions on how to improve the news, so any suggestions 
are appreciated and can be sent directly to me, or to the list, or both.
I hope you have a wonderful christmas and new year and I look forward to being 
in touch in 2011.
Don't forget to check out my website - http://GoldsteinReport.com/ - for daily 
updates as well as http://www.DomainPulse.com.
Kind regards,
Governments outline 12 points of gTLD contention with ICANN by Kieren McCarthy

ICANN CEO and Chairman answer new gTLD and dot-xxx questions by Kieren McCarthy

IDN Evolution Discussed at ICANN Cartagena by John Kane

9 Million .UK Domain Names Registered

Dutch firm bets on browser to free net of suffixes

us: Lawmakers say cybersecurity is a top priority in 2011

ICE Domain Seizures Relied on Twisted Evidence and MPAA Say So

Music Web Sites Dispute Legality of Their Closing

Undue process: how Uncle Sam seized BitTorrent domain names

Bank Of America Buys Up Nasty Domain Names In Defensive Move

au: Woolworths pays record price for domain name

New UN committee could hand governments internet control
The endgame in the long-running battle over who is to control the internet may 
be upon us, with the appointment of a little-reported but highly significant new 
UN committee to look into initiatives for policing the internet.

Is a UN Internet takeover looming? Not quite
Perhaps you saw or heard the headlines last Friday or over the weekend: the 
United Nations could take over the Internet! (Or, as the Drudge Report put it, 
"UN PLANS INTERNET REGULATION.") This, you may not be surprised to learn, isn't 
quite accurate. A UN working group is currently talking about what, if anything, 
it could do to improve the operation of its Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a 
group devoted to dialogue but possessing no decision-making powers. But some are 
making plans to give the UN far more power.

Barack Obama And The United Nations Will Be Watching The Internet For You
All Internet users beware! An Internet free of the heavy hand of government 
regulation may become a thing of the past. First, we have the Obama 
administration seeking to place controls on the Internet.

Governments outline 12 points of gTLD contention with ICANN by Kieren McCarthy
At the recent ICANN meeting in Cartagena, the decision was made to hold a 
subsequent special meeting between the Board and GAC some time in February 2011 
in an effort to discuss and reach agreement on a raise of issues that 
governments have with the planned liberalisation of the top-level domain space.

ICANN CEO and Chairman answer new gTLD and dot-xxx questions by Kieren McCarthy
In an in-house interview carried out on the last day of its recent conference in 
Cartagena, ICANN?s chairman and CEO have answered questions over the Board?s 
decisions on the new gTLD program and the application for a dot-xxx Internet 

IDN Evolution Discussed at ICANN Cartagena by John Kane
Internationalized domain names (IDNs) have been available to Internet users for 
many years, but this year the first fully non-Latin IDN domains have become 
enabled by ICANN and ccTLD registries. The recent success of the launch of 
Russia's .?? (.rf) ccTLD shows that there is an enormous demand for domain names 
in Internet users' native languages.

ICANN to tackle Trojan TLDs
When failing community-based top-level domain registries attempt to change their 
business models, ICANN may in future have a new way of dealing with them.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Go Daddy offers Whois privacy for .co domains
.CO Internet has started allowing registrars to offer Whois privacy services for 
.co domains, according to Go Daddy.

VeriSign takes over .gov
VeriSign has taken over registry functions at .gov, the top-level domain for the 
US government.

Hebrew IDNs General Registration Commences Sunday
Hebrew IDNs will be available for general registration in the Israeli ccTLD as 
of this Sunday, the Israeli registry ISOC-IL has announced.

9 Million .UK Domain Names Registered
There are now nine million active .UK domain names registered, the registry, 
Nominet, announced Monday, confirming its position as the world's second largest 
ccTLD and fourth largest TLD overall.

9 millionth .uk domain registered
This week the .uk register passed another significant milestone when it reached 
nine million registrations.

UK domain registry breaks 9 million
The .uk has just broken nine million active domain names, Nominet announced 

9 million domain names by Lesley Cowley
It?s the time of year when we are all gearing up for Christmas and making our 
final preparations for celebrating the festive season.

New Top Level Domain Delays Will Hurt Domainers
A lot of domain name investors are against the wholesale introduction of new top 
level domain names, or at least some of the provisions attached to them. They 
worry that new intellectual property guidelines, a lack of pricing controls, 
etc. will be extended to existing top level domain names such as .com.

ICANN delays decision on new gTLDs program
Last week, at its Board meeting in Cartegena, Columbia, ICANN was expected to 
approve the implementation of a process to increase the number of gTLDs (i.e. 
.com, .net, .org., etc.) that could be made available for registration of domain 

Dutch firm bets on browser to free net of suffixes
A Dutch technology company has emerged as a front-runner in a project to rid the 
Internet of limited number of suffixes such as .com, and offer single names 
which can be countries, company names or fantasy words.


OpenRegistry latest player in new TLD market
OpenRegistry has become the domain name industry?s newest top-level domain 
registry operator.

Steve DelBianco of Net Choice on the Future of Domains
Q: What is NetChoice and who are some of NetChoice?s constituents? A: NetChoice 
is a coalition of leading e-commerce and online companies, including AOL, 
Facebook, eBay, VeriSign and Yahoo. We also have nearly ten thousand small 
e-online retail members who leverage these leading e-commerce platforms to reach 
consumers around the world.

us: Lawmakers say cybersecurity is a top priority in 2011
Cybersecurity will be a top priority for the Republican-led House in 2011, but 
it is unknown when Congress will act on legislation to revamp an outdated 
federal cyber law, say aides to incoming GOP leaders.

uk: SAS man to take charge of cyber-warfare defences
A former chief of the SAS has been appointed to head the military's 
cyber-warfare operations amid rising concern about the risk of attacks on 
official websites endangering Britain's defences.

ICE Domain Seizures Relied on Twisted Evidence and MPAA Say So
Jiminy Christmas! Don't know much about the law or the Internet or the facts? 
That's okay cause neither does Homeland Security in some cases, but that didn't 
stop ICE from seizing over 80 domains. Think to make your view more credible by 
linking to the source article? You better watch out, cause depending on the 
content of that article, that might be a crime. Oh yes, this should scare us 
all, because evidence is not needed, just the say-so of a corporate cash cow 
from the copyright cartel.

Music Web Sites Dispute Legality of Their Closing
When federal authorities shut down five Web sites last month on suspicion of 
copyright infringement, they gave no warning and offered no details of their 
investigation, and they have not filed any criminal charges since.

Undue process: how Uncle Sam seized BitTorrent domain names
Back in November, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Andrew 
T. Reynolds signed an affidavit asking a judge to put five domain names under 
the control of the US government. All were accused of contributing to online 
piracy, and it was essential for the domain names to be seized without a trial 
and without giving the sites a chance to respond. Why? Such sites are destroying 
the US economy. Reynolds lays it out for the judge:

Bank Of America Buys Up Nasty Domain Names In Defensive Move
Corporate Executives often pursue multiple strategies when it comes to 
maximizing shareholder value. Sometimes they try to provide the public with 
products of real worth. Sometimes they deploy complicated accounting schemes to 
create fictitious value. And sometimes, they just try to keep people from 
calling them nasty names on the Internet.

Hundreds of anti-BofA web sites registered
Hundreds of website addresses that disparage Bank of America executives and 
board members were registered in recent days in an apparent effort to protect 
the bank and its senior leaders, according to internet companies who track the 
buying and selling of such domain names.

Is Bank of America Buying Abusive Domain Names Ahead of Possible WikiLeaks 
It's emerged that Bank of America is buying-up domain names that could be used 
to abuse its senior execs if (or possibly, when) WikiLeaks comes good with its 
promise to leak controversial internal data on the bank's activities.

Domain Registrant Not Responsible for Registrars? Parked Page
UDRP complainants frequently point to the content of registrar holding pages as 
evidence that a domain name registrant registered the domain name in bad faith. 
It?s a convenient argument that takes advantage of most panelists? 
misunderstanding of parked domain names vs. holding pages.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Internet Addresses Are Running Out
The world is running out of Internet addresses ? possibly as soon as next summer 
there will be none left, and then we have a problem, says the head of the 
European authority that assigns them.

us: Some Agencies Lag in IPv6 Transition, Task Force Chair Says
As the 2012 deadline for switching to a new version of the Internet protocol 
creeps up on federal agencies, some are simply not making adequate progress, the 
chairman of the IPv6 task force said last week.

How Accurate is the Routing Registry? by Mirjam Kuehne
The Internet Routing Registry (IRR) is a globally distributed routing 
information database that consists of several databases run by various 
organisations. Network operators use the IRR to publish their routing policies 
and routing announcements in a way that allows other network operators to make 
use of the data. In addition to making Internet topology visible, the IRR is 
used by network operators to look up peering agreements, determine optimal 
policies and to configure their routers.

VeriSign Registry Changes Logo and Web Address
The company that manages dot.com has a new dot.com.

au: Woolworths pays record price for domain name
The domain name market in Australia is heating up as SEO competition becomes 
even more fierce and the number of innovative URLs being created dwindles, 
following a move by Woolworths to buy hardware.com.au for over $33,000.

Americans can't live without high-speed internet: poll
High-speed internet has had the greatest technological impact on society over 
the past decade and is the technology most people say they cannot live without, 
according to a new poll.

Email's Big Demographic Split
In an article in Tuesday?s Times, I wrote about the changing status of e-mail. 
Once it was cool to merely have an e-mail account (or several), but many young 
people now think of it as old school, and much prefer the zip of texting, 
instant messaging and social networks.

Email Gets an Instant Makeover
Signs you?re an old fogey: You still watch movies on a VCR, listen to vinyl 
records and shoot photos on film. And you enjoy using e-mail.

Asia to propel online games growth
Asia will be the major force in pushing global online games sales which will hit 
just over US$20 billion in 2012, according to a new study by ABI Research.

Craigslist cuts off adult services worldwide
Craigslist's adult services section is now out of business around the world.

The Anatomy of Online Shopping dissected: new EU Agency white paper [news 
The EU?s ?cyber security? Agency ENISA, (the European Network and Information 
Security Agency) has issued a white paper today on Safe Online Shopping. The 
paper analyses the anatomy of ?Online Shopping?, and warns on the risks and 
threats. It provides different countermeasures and guidelines to consumers in 
the form of 5 ?golden rules? on how to shop safely online. The paper also 
provides a comprehensive checklist for the online seller on how to operate 
secure online business. As many citizens lack trust in online purchases, this 
report increases awareness of the real risks and how to tackle them.

Facebook in China: Connecting with 1bn people - and the censors
Mark Zuckerberg thinks that China is not just a place where it would be nice to 
do business; it's where the social network's future must inevitably be found. 
"How can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion people?" he 
asked in October.

Is Facebook preparing to hurdle the Great Firewall?
"It was just two nerds comparing notes," the spokesman said. "Keep the 
speculation in check."

uk: Broadband firms urged to block sex websites to protect children
Internet service providers are to be asked by the government to tighten up on 
website pornography to try to combat the early sexualisation of children.

Web filtering: Why a Great British Firewall will be useless
Ed Vaizey, the Communications Minister, said yesterday that he wants UK internet 
service providers to filter sexually explicit content. By default, your internet 
connection would be restricted to only allow appropriate sites ? unless you call 
your ISP and ask them to turn the filter off.

uk: Internet porn block 'not possible' say ISPs
Government plans to block pornography "at source" are unlikely to prove 
effective, say ISPs. The proposal to cut off access to pornographic material was 
floated by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey in an interview with the Sunday Times.

Blocking web porn 'very difficult' [audio]
Should pornography be blocked from all computers to protect children?

Government proposes porn-blocking at ISP level
ISPs should block pornographic content at the network level, forcing people who 
want to look at it to opt in, communications minister Ed Vaizey has said. A 
digital rights activist group has labelled the proposal censorship.

Blocking internet pornography ... that's censorship, isn't it?
I don't much care for pornography, but it might be surprising for fair-minded 
types to note that most Britons don't see it quite that way. Which ought to make 
politicians think twice about trying to regulate adult pornography, because if 
being grown up counts for anything, then it must involve some kind of interest 
in the serious business of sex. But never mind... Ed Vaizey is talking tough on 
the subject, suggesting that adult pornography should be blocked by internet 
providers unless hapless consumers "opt in" to see filth on their screens.

Porn filter plans are 'absolutely ridiculous'
Plans to filter all internet pornography for UK internet users would be 
unrealistic and costly, according to an expert.

Government to review access to internet porn
The communications minister will be meeting with major UK ISPs in 2011 to 
discuss measures for restricting underage access to adult material, including 
the proposal that internet providers block all porn by default

Older teenagers 'unsafe' online
The mother of a murdered teenager who was groomed online by a stranger, says not 
enough is being done to protect older teens on the web.

Review of media classification ordered to take account of technology changes 
Australia is set for an overhaul of its national classification system covering 
films, DVDs, printed matter and computer games.

au: Review of the National Classification Scheme [news release]
Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs Brendan 
O?Connor will ask the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct a review of 
classification in Australia in light of changes in technology, media convergence 
and the global availability of media content.

Govt orders media classification review [AAP]
The Federal Government has ordered a wide-ranging review of media classification 
as a row over access to violent video games continues.

Tech prompts govt classification review
Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs Brendan 
O'Connor today announced that they will ask the Australian Law Reform Commission 
(ALRC) to conduct a review of classification in Australia in light of "changes 
in technology, media convergence and the global availability of media content".

kr: A Sunshine Policy to Combat Cyberbullies
Cyberbullying, or using the anonymity of online postings to hurt people, has 
been a growing social problem for South Korea, a country often called one of the 
most wired nations. But a ceremony on Tuesday morning offered a glimpse of hope 
for South Korea?s online culture.

Sony starts global launch of Music Unlimited
Sony has begun a global rollout of its ?cloud-based? music streaming service, 
Music Unlimited with an initial launch in the UK and Ireland, in what it hopes 
will be a challenge to Apple and Google as digital music moves from hard drives 
to the internet.

Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews
Google TV has just enacted its first programming cancellation. The Consumer 
Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas was meant to be the great coming-out 
party for Google?s new software for televisions, which adds Web video and other 
computer smarts to TV sets. Although Google already has a deal with Sony for its 
Internet TVs, other television makers ? Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp ? were 
prepared to flaunt their versions of the systems.

Avatar most pirated film of 2010
Avatar was the most pirated film of the year, according to data released by 
file-sharing blog TorrentFreak. The biggest film in history was downloaded from 
torrent websites 16.6 million times.

Fortifying Phones From Attackers: AT&T Hires Ph.Ds for Security Lab; Verizon 
Wireless Teams With Start-Up on Data-Security App
As consumers and companies embrace smartphones to do more of their computing, 
the wireless industry is taking its first steps to beef up security on mobile 

nz: Code proposed for international mobile roaming [NZPA]
A proposed code for international mobile roaming services has been published for 
public consultation.

Nigerian Cyber Criminals Target Smartphones
The world leader in mobile security, AdaptiveMobile, has said that year 2010 
recorded the highest ever number of mobile malware infections aimed at 
Smartphone users, with the number of reports up 33 per cent on 2009 figures.

uk: Lord chief justice approves use of Twitter for court reporting
The lord chief justice today opened the way for the reporting of some court 
proceedings by journalists using Twitter, texting and email, but made clear it 
was unlikely to happen where such use of social media could influence witnesses.

Landmark ruling allows tweeting from court ? for now
The Lord Chief Justice has given the public the right to report from inside 
courtrooms using Twitter, texts and email.

us: Lawmakers say cybersecurity is a top priority in 2011
Cybersecurity will be a top priority for the Republican-led House in 2011, but 
it is unknown when Congress will act on legislation to revamp an outdated 
federal cyber law, say aides to incoming GOP leaders.

uk: SAS man to take charge of cyber-warfare defences
A former chief of the SAS has been appointed to head the military's 
cyber-warfare operations amid rising concern about the risk of attacks on 
official websites endangering Britain's defences.

Kodaks' patent spat threatens photo web sites
The fallout from a patent dispute between Kodak and web photo site Shutterfly 
could embroil many online image sites, says patent experts.

FTC Files Complaint Against Firm For Web Scam
The Federal Trade Commission Tuesday filed a complaint against an Internet 
enterprise that allegedly lured consumers into signing up for "trial" 
memberships to obtain information about "bogus" government grants and other 
money-making schemes.

How One App Sees Location Without Asking
One advertising company has found a way to estimate the location of iPhone app 
users without notifying them, a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed.

Google's UK Street View wi-fi data 'deleted'
Personal data collected by Google's UK Street View cars has been deleted.

au: Probe into net phone directory for stalkers
A website that allows stalkers to look up the names and addresses attached to 
landline and mobile numbers is being investigated by the nation's privacy and 
communications watchdogs.




Apple removes iPhone Wikileaks app from iTunes
Apple has confirmed that it removed a Wikileaks iPhone app from its iTunes 
store. Wikileaks App was an unofficial, paid-for download that gave people 
access to the free Wikileaks Twitter feed and documents held on its website.

Apple drops WikiLeaks app, Google keeps it
Apple Inc has joined a growing number of U.S. companies that have severed ties 
with WikiLeaks, removing an application from its online store that gave users 
access to the controversial website's content.

Apple Bans Lame WikiLeaks App
Apple on Monday banned an iPhone and iPad app designed to facilitate access to 
WikiLeaks? unfolding cache of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, putting the company 
on the growing list of U.S. corporations aligned against the secret-spilling 

Venezuela tightens Internet regulation
Venezuela's parliament approved tighter regulation of the Internet on Monday in 
the latest of a package of laws to entrench President Hugo Chavez's socialist 
"revolution" before a new Assembly is sworn-in next month.

Venezuela extends media regulations to Internet [AP]
Venezuelan lawmakers on Monday imposed broadcast-type regulations on the 
Internet, barring some types of online messages under measures that opponents 
say are a threat to freedom speech.

Venezuela passes media, Internet-muzzling law [AFP]
The Venezuelan parliament passed a law banning for the first time Internet 
content that promotes social unrest, challenges authority or condones crime, 
fueling outrage by the opposition.


Whose Internet Is It, Anyway? The FCC's new "net neutrality" rules only muddle 
the picture.
The Federal Communications Commission has reinvigorated the "net neutrality" 
debate with its approval today of new rules governing Internet access. (The 
actual rules have yet to be released to the public.) Reportedly, the broadband 
companies that drop wires into your home to provide Internet service?like 
Comcast and Charter, for example?will be prohibited from blocking services and 
applications and from engaging in the "unreasonable discrimination" of data 
delivery. Wireless Internet providers will face less stringent rules.

Net neutrality rules get go ahead from US regulators
US regulators have approved new rules meant to prohibit broadband companies from 
interfering with internet traffic.

Internet Gets New Rules of the Road: Consumers Guaranteed Right to View Content; 
Service Providers Allowed to Sell Faster, Priority Speeds for Extra Money
The FCC's rules could be less important to day-to-day Web surfing now than they 
will be to shaping how Americans access and use the Internet years from now. In 
the future, the Internet industry will be increasingly centered around online 
video, gaming and mobile services, analysts say.

US FCC fumbles ball on net neutrality: yes for fixed, not really for mobile
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which has the power to set the 
rules for use and, more importantly, charging for internet use in the US, has 
passed "limited" net neutrality rules by a 3-2 vote which split along Democratic 
(yes) and Republican (no) party lines.

FCC passes first net neutrality rules
The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to approve its first ever 
Internet access regulation, which ensures unimpeded access to any legal Web 
content for home Internet users.

F.C.C. Approves Net Rules and Braces for Fight
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved a new set of rules 
that are intended to preserve open access to the Internet.

Obama Praises Net Neutrality Order
President Obama weighed in Tuesday in support of the FCC's approval of network 
neutrality rules, describing the move as an important part of his 
administration's efforts to advance "American innovation, economic growth, and 
job creation."

FCC Backs Net Neutrality Order
The Federal Communications Commission approved network neutrality rules Tuesday, 
with Chairman Julius Genachowski's two Democratic colleagues providing tepid 
support for his plan aimed at ensuring the Internet remains an open platform.


Divided U.S. FCC adopts Internet traffic rules
A divided U.S. Federal Communications Commission adopted Internet traffic rules 
on Tuesday, provoking warnings they would be rejected in the courts and threats 
from Republican lawmakers to overturn them.

InternetNZ To Hold Name Suppression Workshop
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is convening a free public workshop in 
February 2011 to examine the vexed issue of name suppression in the digital age.

Cyprus delays online poker ban
Cyprus has put off legislation to ban online gambling because of a three-month 
delay in feedback on its plans from its European Union partners, the finance 
ministry said Tuesday.

Undersea Cables: The Achilles Heel of our Economies
In December 2008 within milliseconds, Egypt lost 70 percent of its connection to 
the outside Internet. In far away India, 50 to 60 percent of online connectivity 
similarly was lost. In Pakistan, 12 million people were knocked offline 
suddenly, and in Saudi Arabia, 4.7 million were unable to connect to the 
Internet. The economic costs of this 24-hour outage: approximately 64 million 

S'pore tweaks telecom policies to 'safeguard' consumers
Country's ICT regulator amends Telecom Competition Code to disallow telcos from 
"cross-terminating" service agreement and automatically charging consumers after 
end of free service trials.

Free-to-air, pay-TV face NBN assault
Australia's free-to-air and pay-television networks face an assault from 
internet competitors, as the NBN gets up and running over the next five years.

Shortage of skills may blow out wages
Skills shortages threaten to slow the rollout of the National Broadband Network. 
And a construction cost blowout could slash already modest expected returns from 
the project.

au: NBN to repay taxpayers 'with interest', says Julia Gillard, citing business 
The National Broadband Network business case proves taxpayers' $27.5 billion 
investment in the plan will be repaid with interest, Julia Gillard has declared.

au: Nearly a decade to wait for superfast broadband
The release of the Federal Government's business plan for the National Broadband 
Network reveals it will take nine-and-a-half years to connect more than 10 
million Australian homes.

David Goldstein
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