[DNS] domain name news - 5 December

[DNS] domain name news - 5 December

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 10:53:38 +1100
Don't forget to check out http://www.auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the archive of the last 3 months of the news.

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US Senate Plays Game of 22 questions with NTIA by Milton Mueller

Senate Calls Hearing on ICANN's Controversial Top-Level Domain Expansion Plan

auDA Foundation Review ? Discussion Paper

auDA Foundation Review ? Discussion Paper

ICANN Chief Beckstrom: Bulgaria Should Move On from .?? Cyrillic Domain

America's critical infrastructure security response system is broken

RAA Negotiations Community WIKI
In Dakar, ICANN announced the commencement of negotiations with representatives of the Registrar Stakeholder Group to amend the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

US Senate Plays Game of 22 questions with NTIA by Milton Mueller
A powerful Senator is starting to ask NTIA questions about IP addressing. On October 4, 2011, The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee's chairman, Senator Jay Rockefeller, sent a challenging but private letter to the administration official responsible for overseeing ICANN, Lawrence E. Strickling. IGP has obtained a copy of the letter through the US Freedom of Information Act. The letter, which poses 22 tough questions, focuses not on the old controversies related to new gTLDs, but on the IANA contract.

Senate Calls Hearing on ICANN's Controversial Top-Level Domain Expansion Plan
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has called a hearing for Dec. 8 to discuss ICANN's plans to open up the application process for new gTLDs in mid January.

Lawmakers Propose Alternative to Stop Online Piracy Act [IDG]
A group of U.S. lawmakers has proposed an alternative to the controversial copyright enforcement legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, with the draft proposal giving the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) the authority to investigate complaints about copyright infringement on foreign websites.

US opposition to ICANN's domain names policy could lead to a fractured Internet
Summary: Recently retired ICANN chief warns that US groups opposing its new domain names policy could fuel criticism that the Internet is run by the US.

ICANN's Expansion of Top Level Domains - Dec 08 2011 10:00 AM
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced today a full committee hearing on ICANN?s expansion of TLDs. In January 2012, ICANN will begin allowing interested organizations and companies to apply for additional TLDs. This hearing will examine the merits and implications of this new program and ICANN?s continuing efforts to address concerns raised by the Internet community.

US Senate to hold new gTLDs hearing next week
The US Senate will hold a full committee hearing on new gTLDs next week where it will "examine the merits and implications of this new program and ICANN?s continuing efforts to address concerns raised by the Internet community".

ICANN Communications Fiasco
If you?re a big international organisation you need to be good at communicating. ICANN, unfortunately, doesn?t have an exactly stellar track record in this area. One of the organisation?s biggest critics, Kieren McCarthy, was hired by the organisation to improve things, but he left a couple of years later (though he hasn?t left the organisation alone!)

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
auDA Foundation Review ? Discussion Paper
The auDA Foundation is a charitable trust that was established by auDA in 2005. Its general objectives are to promote and encourage education and research activities that will enhance the utility of the Internet for the benefit of the Australian community. There have been five grant rounds since 2006, totalling $1,286,338 in funding to 72 projects.

auDA Foundation Review ? Discussion Paper
The auDA Foundation is a charitable trust that was established by auDA in 2005. Its general objectives are to promote and encourage education and research activities that will enhance the utility of the Internet for the benefit of the Australian community.

AFNIC publishes the 2011 edition of its French Domain Name Industry Report
The new edition of the Industry Report shows that the .fr TLD retains a high absolute level of growth, of around 17% over one year, i.e. five points higher than the average for national extensions. The extension is adding domains at a rate of 300,000 new names a year, now representing more than 2.1 million names, or nearly one third of all the domain names registered in France.

The world?s newest TLD ? ICANN approves .sx
ICANN?s board of directors has finally approved .sx, the new country-code TLD for newly autonomous Dutch territory Sint Maarten.

Vietnamese businesses strenuously protect domain names 
A lot of well known websites have been attacked recently, which has caused a headache to the administrators. Many businesses hurriedly draw up the plans to deal with the problem, while others remain unruffled.

YouPorn imposes embargo on .xxx sites
Manwin, the company behind YouPorn, has stepped up its fight against ICM Registry by saying it will not do business with any .xxx web site.

Afilias: Could be 10 years before another new TLD application round opens
With just forty days to go before ICANN opens the application process for new TLDs, Afilias has a warning for brands: this opportunity could be once in a decade.

ICANN Chief Beckstrom: Bulgaria Should Move On from .?? Cyrillic Domain
Bulgaria should move on from its desire to register .?? as the national Cyrillic Internet domain name, ICANN CEO and President Rod Beckstrom stated in an interview for Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) and Novinite.bg.

ICANN CEO and President Rod Beckstrom: It's Great Bulgaria Cares So Much about Cyrillic Domains
Interview of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) and Novinite.bg with Rod Beckstrom, President and CEO of ICANN, author and high-tech entrepreneur.

Clash over new gTLD risk fund
The ICANN community is split along predictable lines ? domain registries versus intellectual property interests ? in the latest controversy to hit the new TLDs policy-making.

Exclusive Q&A with Tina Dam
Q: You are currently a co-founder of myTLD.com, a consulting and management firm for new TLDs. What services do you offer and what types of clients do you work with?

New gTLDs: a new address structure in the Internet in 2012
The Internet address structure is being extended. As of 2012, it will be possible to apply for any desired terms to be used as the address ending. This will mean that addresses like "timetable.sbb" and "studies.eth" will become possible.

America's critical infrastructure security response system is broken
The flap over the reported water utility hack in Illinois begs the question: Is the reporting system that the U.S. has set up to identify cyberattacks on critical infrastructure broken and in need of re-thinking?

Google Safe Browsing Alerts Network Admins About Malware Distribution Domains [IDG]
Google has extended its Safe Browsing alerts for network administrators to include domains that host malware or exploits in addition to compromised websites and phishing pages.

APNIC and JPRS collaborate to translate ?DNSSEC Technology Experiment Report?
APNIC and Japan Registry Services (JPRS) have collaborated to translate the "DNSSEC Technology Experiment Report" originally written in Japanese into English. This document contains the latest information on DNSSEC implementation and provides information to those interested in implementing it.

English Translation of "DNSSEC Technology Experiment Report" Released
JPRS is pleased to release the English translation of "DNSSEC Technology Experiment Report / Verification of Functionality and Performance" and "DNSSEC Technology Experiment Report / Operational Design". These reports are designed to introduce case examples to share knowledge and results gained through DNSSEC technology experiments which JPRS carried out in cooperation with domestic ISPs, equipment vendors and hosting providers, etc. in 2010.

Get Smart: FairWinds Launches New Service
Last week, FairWinds launched a new service called FairWinds Intelligence, a patent-pending revolutionary new domain name infringement and management technology. Intelligence utilizes the Domain Name Intelligence Engine (DNIE), a software that identifies, categorizes and quantifies infringing domain names, and when combined with our advisoryservices, helps clients make real-time decisions about which domains to recover.

AGL Energy Limited v. Leon Palamara - Case No. DAU2011-0033
1. The Parties: The Complainant is AGL Energy Limited of Melbourne, Australia represented by Minter Ellison, Australia. The Respondent is Leon Palamara of Melbourne, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <aglsolar.com.au> is registered with NetRegistryPty Ltd. ... 7. Decision: For all the foregoing reasons, in accordance with Paragraphs 4(i) of the Policy and 15 of the Rules, the Panel orders that the disputed domain name <aglsolar.com.au> be transferred to the Complainant.

 - IPv4/IPv6
IPv6: It's now reality, not theory
With this summer?s exhaustion of new IPv4 addresses, the adoption of the next generation of Internet protocols is becoming reality, not an event predicted for the distant future. This means that enterprises would be well advised to begin now addressing how they will ready their networks for IPv6.

A $90,000 .Com and Eight ccTLDs Share the Spotlight on This Week's Domain Sales Chart 
If variety is the spice of life the past week was a very spicy one for the domain aftermarket as seven different TLDs earned places on our new all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. As is usually the case, the top spot went to a .com with this week's leader being Constant.com, a name that changed hands through the AfternicDLS for $90,000.

Sedo: Notice: Change of Parking Policy
December 1, 2011 As of January 1st 2012, Sedo will no longer pay out parking revenue for any domains parked using URL forwarding, regardless of the advertising provider source. This is based on a decision from our primary online advertiser, Google, who has stated that they will only monetize name-server (DNS) parked domains.

Apparently a lot of people have yet to switch to DNS parking
The ?deadline? to change your domains parked on Google parking services from URL forwarding to DNS has passed, but apparently a lot of people haven?t made the switch yet.

ICM sells $700,000 of .xxx domains to Clips4Sale
ICM Registry has just announced the sale of $700,000 worth of .xxx domain names to Clips4Sale, which operates a network of clip-oriented porn sites.

What are you doing on the Web? Most under 30 are wasting time
The Internet is one of the greatest inventions of all time, allowing for a nearly instantaneous sharing of information that the world had never come close to previously.

The internet as a diversion and destination
Overview: Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time, particularly young adults under 30. On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time. Many of them go online in purposeful ways, as well. But the results of a survey by the Pew Research Center?s Internet & American Life Project show that young adults? use of the internet can at times be simply for the diversion it presents. Indeed, 81% of all young adults in this age cohort report they have used the internet for this reason at least occasionally.

Triple threat of too much screen time
A generation ago the worst threat to a television-loving child was developing "square eyes". Today, a child who spends too much time in front of the television or computer is at higher risk of becoming overweight or obese and potentially facing a lifetime of health problems.

New No. 2 in Browser Battle
Google Inc. didn't enter the Web browser market until 2008, but its free Chrome software has already become the second-most-used in the world behind Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer.

Chrome usage within striking distance of Firefox
If one in 50 people on the Web move from Firefox to Chrome, Google's browser will unseat Mozilla's for the No. 2 spot in worldwide usage.

New Zealand Proves Victorious in Online Sports [news release]
comScore ... released a study on the top online Sports destinations in New Zealand from the comScore Media Metrix service. The report found that 83.3 percent of all online users in New Zealand visited a Sports site in October 2011, leading the globe as the top market by category reach. STUFF ? Sport led as the top Sports destination in New Zealand with 895,000 visitors during the month, followed by Yahoo! Sports and NZHerald Sports News.

Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites
Summary of findings: How American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenship" - Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of American teens that having a presence on a social network site is almost synonymous with being online. Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites. Many log on daily to their social network pages and these have become spaces where much of the social activity of teen life is echoed and amplified?in both good and bad ways.

us: Rockefeller Says Facebook Must Take Stronger Steps on Protecting Privacy [news release]
Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV released this statement following the announcement of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) enforcement action against Facebook: 

ie: Effin woman launches online fight for Facebook recognition
Facebook may have its European headquarters in Dublin but the social networking site has wiped a small Irish village off the map because its name is deemed obscene.

eu: Coalition of top tech & media companies to make internet better place for our kids
28 leading companies have come together to form a new Coalition to make a better and safer internet for children. Put together by the Commission, founding Coalition members are: Apple, BSkyB, BT, Dailymotion, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, France Telecom-Orange, Google, Hyves, KPN, Liberty Global, LG Electronics, Mediaset, Microsoft, Netlog, Nintendo, Nokia, Opera Software, Research in Motion, RTL Group, Samsung, Sulake, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Telenor Group, Tuenti, Vivendi, Vodafone. Priority actions include making it easier to report harmful content, ensuring privacy settings are age-appropriate, and offering wider options for parental control, reflecting the needs of a generation that is going online at an increasingly young age.

nz: Support for brave Masterton mum
The anguish and strength of a Masterton mother at the sudden death of her 15-year-old daughter have drawn online condolences and comment from across New Zealand. ... The Press Council has long lobbied for changes to the laws surrounding suicide reports and internet safety group Netsafe backed Prime Minister John Key late last year on his promise to review the rules that were "somewhat defunct these days".

nz: Site gives mum rude awakening
Like many mums, Melissa Abraham wants to show off her kids by posting photos on Facebook - but little did she know they could be accessed by creeps trawling the internet.

au: NSW Police warn parents about cyber predators
NSW Police are urging parents to teach their children about stranger-danger on the internet after the arrest of a man at Lake Macquarie for child grooming.

au: New protocols for explicit texts
Tasmanian police have produced new protocols for dealing with sexually explicit text message and photographs exchanged by young people.

Legal row over Carrier IQ 'surveillance' app claims
A hidden application found on millions of smartphones can log almost everything a user does, claims a US security researcher. Trevor Eckhart unearthed the Carrier IQ application that runs largely unseen on Android, Nokia and Blackberry handsets.

How Carrier IQ was wrongly accused of keylogging
In just a few days, a startup company named Carrier IQ has been subjected to extraordinary public vilification, with reports accusing it of making a "rootkit keylogger" that "creeps out everyone" or is the "rootkit of all evil."

US senator calls for answers on phone 'snooping'
The maker of the smartphone software that triggered a snooping row has been called to account by a US Senator. Senator Al Franken has written to Carrier IQ asking it to explain the "troubling" findings of security expert Trevor Eckhart.

RIM, HTC, Google on Carrier IQ: Blame the Carriers
If Carrier IQ is running on your smartphone, it?s likely not the device manufacturer that put it there.

Carrier IQ Improves My Wireless Service by Logging My Keystrokes? Please Explain.
Carrier IQ says its software makes cellphones ?work better by identifying dropped calls and poor service,? but evidently it does quite a bit more. Security researcher Trevor Eckhart has discovered that it can as well monitor keystrokes, location and received messages, and typically does.

Carrier IQ Tracking: Your Questions Answered
Many cellphone users are wondering whether their Android and BlackBerry devices are spying on them after security researcher Trevor Eckhart recently claimed that a piece of diagnostic software on the phones was acting like malware. Eckhart said the software, created by company Carrier IQ and installed on devices by phone manufacturers and carriers, was secretly recording user data such as keystrokes and Web browsing history. Carrier IQ's software is on more than 140 million handsets worldwide.

Carrier IQ 'not used by UK mobile networks'
UK mobile networks have insisted that they do not install or use Carrier IQ's smartphone diagnostics software, after privacy concerns were raised in the US over its discovery on Android phones and Apple's iPhone there.

NZ mobile operators deny using Carrier IQ key logger
New Zealand mobile networks are distancing themselves from the recently discovered monitoring software installed surreptitiously on millions of phones overseas.

Australia's High Court extends ban on sale of Samsung's tablet
The tables have turned in Australia back towards Apple in its global tablet war with Samsung Electronics, with the country's highest court extending a ban on the sale of Samsung's device for at least another week.

au: Samsung tablet sales banned again
US technology giant Apple has won another temporary injunction to stop rival Samsung from selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia.

au: Galaxy wait not over yet
Samsung's highly-anticipated Galaxy tablet will not be available in Australia tomorrow despite a court order this week overturning a ban on the device's sale.

Judge Rejects Apple Request to Ban Galaxy Sales in U.S.
A U.S. judge rejected Apple Inc.'s request to ban U.S. sales of some Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers made by Samsung Electronics Co., Samsung said Saturday.

us: Apple vs Samsung lawsuit full of secret combat
The biggest legal battle for the technology industry is playing out in a federal court in Silicon Valley, where Apple is trying to stop Samsung from selling Galaxy phones and tablets in the United States.

Internet economy: wireless subscribers drive broadband growth, says OECD [news release]
Demand from new wireless broadband subscribers is driving growth in high-speed Internet in OECD countries but the latest data show a slowdown in fixed subscriptions in the first half of 2011.

nz: Mobile broadband use grows
New Zealanders are flocking to mobile broadband, connecting to the internet via their phones or computers equipped with USB dongles, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Smart phones injure texters [AFP]
Users of smartphones and tablet computers are starting to get high-tech blues, as increasing numbers of the tech savvy are coming down with ailments from "text neck" to "text thumb injury".

A spam filter for HIV is in the works
... Could these two things possibly have anything in common? According to Microsoft researcher David Heckerman, the answer is yes. Heckerman is the inventor of Microsoft's spam filter that protects Hotmail, Outlook and Exchange clients from deluges of unwanted email, but for the last seven years he's been working on designing a vaccine for HIV.

uk: Overseas cyber-crimewave taking ?600m a year from the taxman
Lax cyber security at HM Revenue and Customs is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds a year in sophisticated scams that are largely perpetrated by foreign criminals, The Independent has learnt.

Craigslist Used in Deadly Ploy to Lure Victims in Ohio
... Instead, in a scheme so macabre that residents here are already speculating on when it will be turned into a movie script, three of the four men, one from Virginia, one from the Akron area and one still unidentified, were lured to their deaths, their bodies buried in shallow graves. The fourth man, from South Carolina, who was hired and driven to the property in rural southern Ohio, was shot in the arm but escaped and alerted the authorities. The ?farm? was in fact land owned by a coal company.

America's critical infrastructure security response system is broken
The flap over the reported water utility hack in Illinois begs the question: Is the reporting system that the U.S. has set up to identify cyberattacks on critical infrastructure broken and in need of re-thinking?

New Global Chokepoints Project Tracks Censorship Around the World [news release]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in collaboration with over a dozen civil society organizations worldwide, today launched Global Chokepoints at www.globalchokepoints.org to document how copyright enforcement is being used to censor online free expression in countries around the world.

us: Bill Would Curb Exports of Spyware
A bill that would restrict U.S. exports of technology that can be used by repressive regimes to censor the Internet or conduct surveillance on users will be introduced in the House soon.

SOPA's most aggressive defender: U.S. Chamber of Commerce
There is no more influential business lobby group in the world than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which boasts that its "core purpose is to fight for free enterprise" and "individual freedom."

us: Bipartisan Lawmakers Offer Alternative Proposal To Online Piracy Bills
A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers released a draft proposal to address their concerns with controversial House and Senate bills that would crack down on piracy and counterfeit products on foreign websites.

nz: Report on taming 'wild west' bloggers awaited
OPINION: Bloggers are nervously waiting for the publication of the Law Commission's report on "new media" next Monday.

Mini-masts in the home to beat Wi-Fi signal overload
The drive for universal mobile phone coverage has seen masts hung from every street corner and disguised as fir trees, clocks and even church windows. Now miniature versions could make their way into living rooms, under plans being drawn up by Virgin Media.

nz: TelstraClear limitless weekend shines harsh spotlight on data caps
Data caps, that pesky sword hanging over our head, shaping our Internet usage, are back in the spotlight.

au: AFP link to man charged over 'sickening' child images
A former worker with the Australian Federal Police has been charged after the alleged discovery of thousands of child abuse images at his home in Sydney's south-west.
au: Former AFP employee charged after 35,000 child porn images found at his home: police
Police have allegedly found thousands of child pornography images, police uniorms and prohibited weapons at the Sydney home of a former Australian Federal Police employee.

Sydney man in court over 35,000 alleged child porn images [AAP]
A MAN allegedly found with more than 35,000 child pornography photographs and 800 videos has been refused bail in a Sydney court.


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