[DNS] domain name news - 5 September

[DNS] domain name news - 5 September

From: David Goldstein <david§goldsteinreport.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:23:30 +1000
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Payback time: The European Commission papers on ICANN by Milton Mueller

Anything interesting about Internet governance in Wikileaks? by Milton Mueller

More Global Advertisers Awake From a Deep Slumber

UK-US corporate world slams 'dot-brand' domain plans

Revisions to Conflicts of Interest Policy and Bylaws to Allow Board to Consider Compensation for Director Services
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose: Recommendation 5 of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) recommended that the Board immediately implement a compensation scheme for Directors. As part of the process to allow the Board to consider compensation, ICANN?s Conflicts of Interest Policy (COI Policy) will have to be revised to allow for directors to vote on compensation, as the COI Policy currently prohibits Directors from voting on any matter in which he or she has a material financial interest that will be affected by the outcome of the vote. The Board Governance Committee (BGC) reviewed and approved a limited proposed revision to the COI Policy to allow the Board to vote on director compensation, and public comment is necessary prior to further Board consideration.

Payback time: The European Commission papers on ICANN by Milton Mueller
The most notable thing about the EC Papers on ICANN is that they are designed to completely subordinate ICANN as an institution. We have not seen such a comprehensive attack by a government on ICANN since the World Summit on the Information Society. We now have no less than six papers from the EC attacking almost every aspect of ICANN, from the growth in its staff to the new TLD program to its handling of ccTLDs. Moreover, the papers are clearly targeted at influencing the US government?s redraft of the IANA contract in ways that would be deeply unhealthy. While ICANN could certainly use some reforms, this is nothing but a destructive act of revenge rather than a good-faith effort to reform the organization or improve its policies. To support that assertion, IGP blog will go through the EC papers one by one, and show what a flimsy pretext they provide for what is, in reality, nothing more than an attempt by an intergovernmental entity to punish ICANN for not bowing to its will.

Anything interesting about Internet governance in Wikileaks? by Milton Mueller
Not much. There are some interesting things about copyright. The leaked cables are from the foreign policy branches rather than the Commerce Department, so most of the juicy ICANN-related stuff is not in there. Searching for "ICANN" produces 39 documents, all but two of them unclassified. Some of the most interesting date back to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the debate it sparked over US control of the root.

NRO Communication to ICANN on RPKI Global Trust Anchor
Dear Elise: On behalf of the NRO, I?d like to request a meeting with you, and with ICANN management, regarding future steps towards an ICANN-hosted global trust anchor for the RPKI system. In our last correspondence with ICANN, the NRO stated that we wished to enter such discussions, however it is important to understand that these discussions, and their outcomes, should precede any further public announcements or implementation steps undertaken by ICANN.

ICANN Considers Paying Board
The ICANN board is considering the possibility of paying itself, not just the Chair as currently happens given the amount of time given by board members.

ICANN thinking about paying its Board
At its August 25 meeting, the ICANN Board approved a resolution which effectively opens the door to the possibility of moving to a paid Board.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
CZ.NIC brings clarity to the domain market by introducing registrar certification
The popularity of the domain registration business continues to grow. The number of firms in the Czech Republic offering this service has nearly tripled since the beginning of 2008.

Trading in ?.edu? for ?.com?
The news that, after what seems like forever, new Internet domain names will be allowed has sparked conversations among college CIO?s and communication specialists about the limits of the ?.edu? domain. The news has also provoked serious talk about what might be gained by trading in those three letters strongly linked to higher education for Web addresses like ?yourgreatuniveristyhere.com? or even something that ends in ?.weberstate? or ?.brownuniversity.?

The .fr TLD turns 25
Launched on 2 September 1986, the .fr TLD is turning 25: 25 years during which a community of devotees from the French National Institute for Research in Computer Sciences and Automation (INRIA) and Internet professionals have put their heart and souls into making the .fr a success and AFNIC the key player in the French Internet ecosystem.

The ?oordination ?enter to launch an educational online game ?Explore Internet ? Govern It?
In September 2011, the Coordination Center is to launch a new project. It is an educational online game ?Explore Internet ? Govern It?. The game aims at upgrading the Internet use skills of the younger generation. The game was designed by Yaroslavl provider, Silvercom, and Yaroslavl Center of Telecom and Information Systems in Education (YarTSISO), which previously successfully cooperated with the CC regarding the youth audience.

Issue group update - Dealing with domain names used in connection with criminal activity
We are seeking feedback from stakeholders on draft recommendations from the issue group on 'Dealing with domain names used in connection with criminal activity'.

Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order
Police in the UK could get new powers to suspend internet domain names without a court order if they're being used for illegal activity, under rules proposed to .uk registry manager Nominet.

uk: Registrant Survey
We are currently conducting a survey on registrants? views on the registration and renewal of domain names. Your views will be used to inform current discussions about what happens to a domain name if it is not renewed.

More Global Advertisers Awake From a Deep Slumber
The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) have added their names to the growing list of advertising associations to voice disapproval at ICANN's proposal for new gTLDs.

ACA slams proposed changes to internet domain name program
The Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) has joined other advertiser organizations in decrying a decision by the global organization overseeing the internet address system to expand the number of web domain suffixes from its current 22.

UK-US corporate world slams 'dot-brand' domain plans
Lobby groups representing a majority of US advertisers and online media companies have demanded that domain name overseer ICANN slam the brakes on its controversial new gTLDs programme.

ICANN's Promises Aren't Simply Speculation, They're Outright Fantasy
As chairman of the Association of National Advertisers, I read Alexa Raad's Aug. 16 and Edmund Lee's Aug. 22 pieces in Ad Age with great interest, hoping to understand why adding new TLDs would be an opportunity for brands and would create a better internet experience for our consumers. Unfortunately, I was not persuaded.

What Europe?s demands mean for new gTLDs
The European Commission wants stronger government powers over ICANN?s new TLD approval process, according to leaked documents.

Ad industry associations oppose ICANN?s proposed changes to Internet Domain names
ICANN is set to implement major changes in the sale and assignment of Internet Domain names. The changes, if adopted, would allow applicants to claim virtually any word, generic or branded, as a top-level internet domain name. Advertising industry associations, including the 4A?s and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), working together with other advertising and marketing groups, as well as the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), have voiced strong opposition to new program of classification and sale of TLD names, a key to identifying and protecting brand recognition and value.

NewTLDs.com Offers Discounted New gTLD Applications
Applicants for new gTLDs have a new option for a significantly reduced application process, with even the possibility of brand owners having their Instra application fee waived.

How a New TLD Should Choose a Back-end Registry System - Part 2 by Michael Young
Deciding how and when to launch a new gTLD or brand TLD is not unlike deciding to conduct a worldwide tour to key destinations to help boost your marketing efforts. You want to decide what results you expect, who you'll target and what messages you want to send them, as well as study your options and understand them clearly. Only after you've done that do you book your travel plans.

What The X Factor taught me about new gTLDs
Elitist, pseudo-intellectual snob that I am, I rarely watch commercial television. But I make an exception when the The X Factor is on.

DNSSEC deployment in Europe
There is a nice overview of worldwide DNSSEC deployment on RIPE's Labs page. Slovenia is currently in testing stage and the plan is to deploy DNSSEC in the year 2012.

Neustar Meets Growing Need for Comprehensive DDoS Protection
According to a new DDoS report by the Yankee Group, The Business Case for Managed DDoS Protection, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are becoming larger, more frequent and dangerous.

China Hackers Seek to Rally Peers Against Cybertheft
Some of China's most prominent hackers plan to issue a call for their peers in the country to steer clear of commercial cybercrime, a move aimed at cutting down on Chinese cyberattacks that experts say often target foreign Internet users and companies.

Netherlands Acknowledges Hacking of Government Sites [AP]
The Dutch government said Saturday it could not guarantee the security of its own Web sites, days after the private company it uses to authenticate them acknowledged it had been hacked. An official also said the government was taking over the company?s operations.

 - IPv4/IPv6
IPv6: Third Horseman of the Tech Apocalypse
The previous two columns in this series -- "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Class of 2011" -- discussed the cloud and recreational hacking and what they mean for corporate counsel. This column looks at the third of the horsemen: IPv6, the new protocol for the internet that is rolling out over the next few months.

More devices, more worries: Microsoft
The increasing rate of change in IT, and the proliferation of devices such as smartphones and tablets, has meant that developers and system architects need to rethink how they approach security, access and control, according to Microsoft chief technical officer services Norm Judah. ... "The number of IP endpoints in the network is growing exponentially, because in your homes today, you probably have anywhere from 16 to 20 devices that communicate with someone. Each one of those devices has an IP address," he said, referring to the recent exhaustion of IPv4 addresses as an example of this.

RIPE NCC IPv4 Address Space Chart - Now Updated
The RIPE NCC's IPv4 address space chart has been updated. This chart shows the amount of available IPv4 addresses in the RIPE NCC's pool and is updated weekly.

CENTR Comment on non-paper on sectoral criteria to identify European Criteria Infrastructure in the ICT Sector
CENTR, the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, an association of Internet Country Code Registries such as .uk in the United Kingdom and .es in Spain, established in 1998, welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the European Commission consultation on the non-paper on ?sectorial criteria to identify European Critical Infrastructures in the ICT sector?.

APNIC: Apster 32
Apster 32 is now available for download as a print-ready pdf. Featured in this edition: APNIC 32, Busan - Destination::IPv6, DNSSEC updates, APNIC welcomes Philip Smith!, APNIC Labs update, ISIF Award 2011, Indian NIR staff training in Brisbane & ITU - APNIC cooperation

The design of the Domain Name System (Part V) - Large data by John Levine
In the previous four installments, we've been looking at aspects of the design of the DNS. Today we look at the amount of data one can ask the DNS to store and to serve to clients.

RIPE 63 Meeting - Registration Open
Registration is now open for the RIPE 63 Meeting in Vienna.

CoCCA Policy Master Document ? Revised September 4th, 2011
The revised Master Document below contains a set of inter-related template agreements (Registrant, Acceptable Use, Privacy and WHOIS). The document is meant to be a practical guide to the implementation of the COCCA best practice policy framework for the administration TLDs.

Pair of Six-Figure Sales Including a Popular One-Word Term and a Two-Letter .Com Lead This Week's Domain Sales Chart
Six-figure sales were missing in action last week but players in the high end of the market returned this week to close two transactions that broke the $100,000 mark. Favorites.com led the way at $165,000 after being sold by Michael Mann's DomainMarket.com. Sedo also crossed the 100K barrier with ZY.com at $105,999.

Should Hate Speech Be Allowed on the Internet? A Reply to Raphael Cohen-Almagor by Stephen L. Newman [Amsterdam Law Forum]
Abstract: In his recent article, ?Holocaust Denial is a Form of Hate Speech,? Raphael Cohen-Almagor argues that so-called ?revisionists? and others who deny the historical reality of Hitler?s attempt to wipe out European Jewry should be barred from the Internet, their websites dismantled and their pages removed from Facebook and other social networking sites. I maintain that the argument he makes is inconsistent with his professed commitment to the liberal free speech principle, which allows for the suppression of speech only when it is the cause of grave and demonstrable injury.

In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores
... In this technology-centric classroom, students are bent over laptops, some blogging or building Facebook pages from the perspective of Shakespeare?s characters. One student compiles a song list from the Internet, picking a tune by the rapper Kanye West to express the emotions of Shakespeare?s lovelorn Silvius.

Has the revolt begun against Apple's iPad app fees? The Financial Times strikes the first blow in the war on app subscription charges
How things change. It seems only a few months ago that magazine and newspaper publishers, maddened by the fact that the Big Bad Web enabled readers to access their content for free (and sceptical about the effectiveness of paywalls), decided that Apple's iPad was just the ticket. Henceforth, they would publish their stuff not as web pages but as iPad apps. Not only did this offer them a shiny device that would display their wares in glorious living colour, but it would also force cheapskates and freeloaders to pay real money for the privilege of accessing them. This was possible because nothing happens on the iPad without going through Apple's iTunes store, and Steve Jobs knows your credit card details. Thus the "free riding" that was commonplace on the web would become a thing of the past.

The typewriter lives on in India
India's typewriter culture survives the age of computers in offices where bureaucracy demands typed forms and in rural areas where many homes don't have electricity.

Identity thieves increasingly target children
A recent investigation into illegal immigrants who were hired by a Texas nursing home after they bought Social Security cards revealed that seven of the identification numbers on the fake cards belonged to children, a Social Security Administration special agent said Thursday. Increasingly, identity thieves are hacking computers at schools and pediatric centers to retrieve this lucrative personal information, experts say.

au: Cybersmart Access - teaching students with special education needs [news release]
The Australian Communications and Media Authority today released Cybersmart Access?Australia?s first online cybersafety game created to meet the needs of students with special education needs.

au: Cyber safety and teens workshop [news release]
In response to growing concerns about adolescents and cyber safety, Swinburne University of Technology's Psychology Clinic is hosting a two-day parent education workshop.

us: New ?Cyberbullying? Law Prompts Free Speech Debate
As students head back to school after summer vacation, educators, free-speech advocates and anti-bullying activists are gearing up for implementation of the state?s new ?cyberbullying? law that will make online statements subject to academic disciplinary proceedings.

FTC Testifies on Children's Identity Theft [news release]
The Federal Trade Commission today told the House Committee on Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security that, ?Protecting consumers ? especially vulnerable consumers such as children ? against identity theft and its consequences is a critical component of the Commission?s consumer protection mission.?

Helping teachers address online safety: the promotion of safer internet use in Austrian schools
The Austrian Awareness Centre recently completed two major assignments that highlighted the needs and concerns of teachers in terms of teaching about online safety. The first was an online survey among teachers to learn about their perception of modern communication media and how they teach youngsters about online safety. The second was the ?Safer Internet Month of Activity? in February 2011, as an extension to Safer Internet Day.

Teaching safety and responsibility on the internet 
After the long summer break, the new academic year starts and PROTEGELES, the Spanish Awareness Centre, will present its new project on ?Safety and responsibility on the internet? in the Spanish network of schools, SEK.

Worrying about wireless
Concerns about the danger posed to human health by radio waves are misplaced?and increasingly irrelevant. The use of phones while driving is far more likely to cause harm

Mobile phone tracking could revolutionise disaster aid response
Mobile phones could track human movement during disasters or disease outbreaks, directing authorities in real time to where aid is needed most, new research has found.

Apple Cited as Adding to Pollution in China
A Chinese environmental group has singled out Apple for criticism, accusing the company?s Chinese suppliers of discharging polluted waste and toxic metals into surrounding communities and threatening public health.

Apple Faces Environmental Criticism in China Over Supplier Plants
A prominent Chinese environment activist has taken aim at Apple Inc. for a second time this year, criticizing the company's policies about disclosing information on its suppliers.

Microsoft sued for tracking mobile users' location without permission
Microsoft tracks the location of its mobile users even after customers turned the software off, a lawsuit filed on Wednesday alleges.

Phone location data is collected by Microsoft without permission, researcher claims
Microsoft collects geolocation data from mobile phones without users' consent, a security researcher has said, according to media reports.

Did Apple Really Lose Another iPhone?
The Web was buzzing Wednesday with reports that an Apple employee had lost yet another iPhone prototype in a bar. Whether or not this is indeed the case is now less clear, following some additional reporting and investigation.

de: Old cell phones find new owners
The pursuit of even smarter cell phones is creating an ever-growing mountain of unloved, obsolete models. In Germany a budding business has emerged around the resale of used phones and the recycling of their parts.

Suspected LulzSec and Anonymous members arrested in UK
Four men have been arrested in separate parts of the UK by police investigating the hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec. The suspects - from Doncaster, Warminster, Northampton and London - are being questioned by Scotland Yard's e-Crime unit.

Canadian ISP sued for data handover [AFP]
A U.S. citizen who says he risks prison in Thailand has sued an Internet company for allegedly handing over his personal data, in a legal test touching on the kingdom's tough ban on royal insults.

Cyber crime, still a priority [CIO East Africa]
"$10,000, Expert, Please, Help, are some of the common words that compose emails used to lure innocent victims by cyber criminals" says Longe Oluminde Babatope, a cyber-security expert from Nigeria. Longe adds that most of these emails are rich in vocabularies, when such words form 5% of an email, with special characters and different reply links, then these emails should immediately be marked as spam.

us: EFF to Court: Don't Let Government Hide Illegal Surveillance
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today to preserve lawsuits challenging the government's illegal mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans. In oral arguments today, EFF asked the court to block the government's attempt to bury the suits with claims of state secrecy and an unconstitutional "immunity" law for telecoms that participated in the spying.

Turkish hacker group diverts users away from high-profile websites
A Turkish hacker group diverted traffic to a number of high-profile websites including the Telegraph, UPS, Betfair, Vodafone, National Geographic, computer-maker Acer and technology news site the Register on Sunday night, putting unwary users at risk of having passwords, emails and other details stolen.

China Hackers Seek to Rally Peers Against Cybertheft
Some of China's most prominent hackers plan to issue a call for their peers in the country to steer clear of commercial cybercrime, a move aimed at cutting down on Chinese cyberattacks that experts say often target foreign Internet users and companies.

Netherlands Acknowledges Hacking of Government Sites [AP]
The Dutch government said Saturday it could not guarantee the security of its own Web sites, days after the private company it uses to authenticate them acknowledged it had been hacked. An official also said the government was taking over the company?s operations.

Dutch study possible Iran hacking of govt web sites
The Dutch government said on Sunday it was investigating whether Iran may have been involved in hacking Dutch state websites after digital certificates were stolen.

Cyber attacks increasing in Australia
Cybercrime is rising in Australia and this year new and extreme cyber attacks led to a major arrest by the Australian Federal Police.

Governments hosted 146 new phishing sites in July
Disclosures by groups including LulzSec, Anonymous and Wikileaks have highlighted that poor security is endemic throughout government websites.

Internet security - Duly notarised
For alls its decentralised charm, the internet remains a top-down affair when it comes to security. Every time you connect to a secure website it is parties anointed with authority from on high that tell you whether or not the site should be trusted. Such dogma has been in place since the dawn of secured web communications.

Naming Names on the Internet
Three years ago, after the suicide of a popular actress who had been bullied via the Internet, South Korea introduced a radical policy aimed at stamping out online hate. It required contributors to Web portals and other popular sites to use their real names, rather than pseudonyms.

China state paper urges Internet rethink to silence foes
China's Communist Party control is at risk unless the government takes firmer steps to stop Internet opinion being shaped by increasingly organized political foes, a team of party writers warned in a commentary published on Friday.

Government Internet Surveillance Starts With Eyes Built in the West
What has long been an EFF issue is once again making headlines. In recent days, the world is seeing damning reports of authoritarian regimes spying on their citizens using American- and European-made surveillance technologies, with new evidence emerging from Bahrain, Libya, Syria, and Thailand.

This Week in Internet Censorship: Egyptian Blogger on Hunger Strike While China and Trinidad Crack Down
While China's "Great Firewall" prevents citizens from accessing popular social media networks Twitter and Facebook, Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging platform not unlike Twitter, provides a vibrant alternative for China's ever-increasing community of netizens.

Privacy, copyright and datacaps on InternetNZ's radar
Vikram Kumar took over as InternetNZ chief executive in February 2010. His CV includes stints at Telecom and that State Services Commission. He speaks to Stephen Bell about the organisation?s role in debates to do with copyright, data caps and the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction.

eu: Commission screens media law implementation
The European Commission has sent letters to eight EU member states asking for information on their implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive, legislation that was put in place to ensure that a 'level-playing field' exists between traditional TV-based and online broadcasters.

nz: No infringement notices so far ? ISPs
Sony Pictures New Zealand general manager Andrew Cornwell said he did not think there would be a deluge of notices on the first day of the act, but instead a slow release. He said rights owners were working with the ISPs to facilitate a smooth transition.


nz: Where you stand under new copyright law
What does the law aim to do? Stamp out internet piracy by making it easier to punish people who illegally download music, TV shows, films, books and games. It's an attempt to prevent New Zealand's creative industries from being bled dry by people pirating their work and distributing it free.

APNIC: ISIF Award 2011 Winners Announced
The Information Society Innovation (ISIF) Award 2011 is a celebration of innovative ICT solutions that have contributed to social development in the Asia Pacific region.

NZCS signals Cloud Computing Industry Code of Practice
A consortium of players in the New Zealand Cloud Computing industry today announced plans for the development of a voluntary Cloud Computing Code of Practice to inform and safeguard the public around Cloud Computing issues.

NZ Cloud Computing Code of Practice coming
New Zealand is to get its own Cloud Computing Code of Practice, following discussions between several providers of cloud-based software.

Cloud computing code of practice for New Zealand
New Zealand is set to benefit from its own cloud computing code of practice in the coming months.

IT industry to establish code of practice for cloud
A voluntary code of practice for cloud computing is to be developed by industry organisations in conjunction with businesses including Xero, Gen-i and Microsoft.

Non-Profit New Zealand Computer Society to Develop Cloud Code of Practice
Non-profit organization New Zealand Computer Society announced on Thursday its plans for the development of a Cloud Computing Code of Practice to inform the public about cloud computing issues.

New Zealand to get Cloud Code of Practice
New Zealand?s cloud computing industry has announced plans to develop a voluntary Cloud Computing Code of Practice to inform and safeguard the public.

au: IIA once again seeking CEO after shock resignation
The Internet Industry Association (IIA) is once again seeking a CEO after Steve Burrell announced his resignation days before he was due to commence work.

OECD workshop on broadband metrics
The focus of this event, to be held in Washington, DC, will be discussion of a new approach to harmonizing broadband and Internet economy metrics.

au: Undersea cables key to security
The American embassy in Canberra has warned Washington that damage to undersea communications cables landing in Australia, and the Australian communications network generally, would pose an immediate security risk to the US.

Telstra to reap $6bn windfall if Coalition scraps National Broadband Network
Telstra stands to make a $6 billion gain if the Coalition wins power in 2013 and dumps the National Broadband Network, according to a high-level report that creates a new dilemma for the opposition over its plans to scrap Labor's flagship project.

nz: Telecom faces limited competition in wholesale broadband, regulator says
Telecom faces limited competition in wholesale broadband markets and its cabinets that are used to provide fast broadband over the ageing copper network will continue to be monitored by the antitrust regulator.

us: T-Mobile May Suffer if AT&T Deal Fails
When AT&T agreed to buy T-Mobile USA in March, the deal looked like a happy fate for a company that had been losing customers and facing declining sales.


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