[DNS] auDA Domain News - 23 May

[DNS] auDA Domain News - 23 May

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 23 May 2013 15:43:05 +1000

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NGPC Progress on GAC Advice

ICANN Heads "Home" To LA For October 2014 Meeting

au: Internet Charitable Trust Funding

A fast moving target - the new gTLD "go live" date

New Study Finds: When it Comes to Domain Names ? Small Business Owners Can?t Get No Satisfaction

se: 'The future of freedom on the internet is at stake'
Internet policy experts gather in Stockholm this week to grapple with online data protection and surveillance issues that everyone who surfs the web should care about, reports technologist Stefan Geens.

Workshop on internet governance opens in Accra
A three-day Internet Governance and Standards Development workshop to sensitise the internet community on key issues affecting the sector opened in Accra on Tuesday.

ISOC Ghana organizes workshop on Internet Governance and Standards Development
The Internet Society Ghana Chapter (ISOC Ghana) in collaboration with the National IT Agency of Ghana and the Ghana ISP Association is organizing a three day workshop on Internet Governance and Standards Development in Accra this week. The Internet Governance and the Standards Development workshop tracks will each have 30 participants selected through a public process.

An Agreement in Geneva by Christopher Martin
For all the tranquility at the end of last week's World Technology/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF), E.B. White's words come to mind: "there is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement." One also has to wonder though what a literary stylist like White would think of the linguistic gyrations demanded by the compromises reached at the WTPF in Geneva, and what they portend.

NGPC Progress on GAC Advice
The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) wishes to share with the ICANN community its progress in consideration of the GAC advice and what steps are still to be taken. The NGPC met on 8 May to consider a Plan for responding to the Governmental Advisory Committee's advice on New gTLDs, transmitted to the Board through its 11 April Beijing Communiqu?. The Plan is in two parts: Part 1 shown below consists of actions for soliciting input from Applicants and from the Community.

Letter from Stephen D. Crocker to Heather Dryden
New gTLD Program Committee Progress in Addressing GAC Beijing Advice

ICANN Heads "Home" To LA For October 2014 Meeting
At the ICANN Board meeting held on 18 May, the Board agreed the October 2014 meeting will be held in Los Angeles.

No Las Vegas, alas. ICANN picks LA for 2014 meeting
ICANN has picked Los Angeles for the third of its three 2014 public meetings. The decision was approved by its board of directors at its retreat in Amsterdam last week.

Here?s what ICANN?s board decided on Saturday
While most of us were hanging with our families or on the golf course this weekend, ICANN?s board was approving a number of resolutions that could have a big affect on some parts of the domain name industry. Here?s what the board decided:

Verisign questions ICANN?s letter posting policies
Verisign has sent a letter to ICANN questioning why it isn?t publishing certain correspondence on the ICANN.org web site.

ICANN Fall 2014 Meeting Heading Back To The US To Los Angeles
The ICANN Board announced tonight that is has selected Los Angeles California as its location for its third Meeting for 2014

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
au: Internet Charitable Trust Funding
The auDA Foundation - the charitable trust set up by the self-regulatory body for the dot au (.au) internet domain space - is now accepting Not for Profit applications for funding grants.

ca: New Internet Exchange Point Promises Faster Web in Canada
Montreal now, Winnipeg and Calgary very soon. More Canadian IXPs are coming online this year, and that should mean faster Internet service and cheaper prices for Web users in Canada.

.eu 2012 annual report available
General Manager of the .eu registry EURid, Marc Van Wesemael, shares his views on changes in the domain market in the .eu 2012 annual report.

.ml and .cf domains opens for General Availability in June 2013
Freedom Registry will open the General Availability (GA) phase for .ml (Malian's ccTLD) and .cf (Central African Republic ccTLD) domains next month.

Mali became the first African nation to announce it will give its domains for free.
Today the Dot ML Registry published the launch schedule for the .ML TLD space. Dot ML ? the Mali domain name - will be operated by the Agence des Technologies de l?Information et de la Communication (AGETIC) as a generic, unrestricted, clean and global TLD focusing on individuals and businesses in and outside Mali.

nz: Maori web use to be researched
The New Zealand Maori Internet Society ? Te Whanau Ipurangi, hopes its research into Maori domain names, or web site and email addresses, will become part of the drive to revitalise the language.

pw: Island Nation's Web Domain Now Paradise for Spammers
Security professionals were blindsided by this development -- a new domain that's become a haven for spammers. PW used to belong to Palau, a tiny island country in the Pacific Ocean. Now it's owned by someone else who's been selling it at discount prices. Antispam vendors are now working to update their filters, and the original registrar is assisting in their efforts.

.PW Becomes Spammer?s Favourite
.PW, the ccTLD for the tiny Pacific island state of Palau that has been rebranded for the ?professional web?, has been accused of becoming a haven for spammers.

A fast moving target - the new gTLD "go live" date
Although the Trade Mark Clearing House is now open for registration of trade mark holders? rights (see last update), the proposed 23 April date for the commencement of contracting with the first successfully examined gTLD applicants was not met and this process will now begin in June.

Did GMO flunk evaluation on 27 gTLDs? CentralNic takes over the whole lot
Did would-be new gTLD registry services provider GMO Registry fail its ICANN technical evaluations?

Fly9 offers services to simplify new gTLD sales
Portland-based developer Fly9 launched last week, offering new gTLD registries a broad range of software designed to make it easier to sell domain names.

Is the .home new gTLD doomed? ICANN poses study of security risks
ICANN has set up a study into whether certain applied-for new gTLD strings pose a security risk to the internet, admitting that some gTLDs may be rejected as a result.

Hackers From China Resume Attacks on U.S. Targets
Three months after hackers working for a cyberunit of China?s People?s Liberation Army went silent amid evidence that they had stolen data from scores of American companies and government agencies, they appear to have resumed their attacks using different techniques, according to computer industry security experts and American officials.

U.S. Power Companies Under Frequent Cyberattack [IDG]
A survey of U.S. utilities shows many are facing frequent cyberattacks that could threaten a highly interdependent power grid supplying more than 300 million people, according to a congressional report.

Power utilities claim 'daily' and 'constant' cyberattacks, says report
Power utilities in the U.S. are constantly under daily cyberattacks, according to report released Tuesday by Congressmen Ed Markey and Henry Waxman. Out of about 160 utilities surveyed in the 35-page report, more than a dozen reported "daily," "constant," or "frequent" attempted cyberattacks on their computer systems.

Legislators: Electric Utilities Dragging Heels on Cybersecurity Mitigations
It would seem that what spurs private and public electric grid utility operators to action with regard to cybersecurity isn?t the Chinese or Iranians attacking them, but the word ?mandatory?.

Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity
Name a target anywhere in China, an official at a state-owned company boasted recently, and his crack staff will break into that person?s computer, download the contents of the hard drive, record the keystrokes and monitor cellphone communications, too.

The man who 'nearly broke the internet'
The day Sven Olaf Kamphuis parked his huge orange Mercedes van with its German numberplates outside Bar Javis, in the Catalan town of Granollers, the owner's son snapped a picture with his mobile phone.

'Commercialized' Cyberespionage Attacks Out Of India Targeting U.S., Pakistan, China, And Others
No zero days, no confirmation of nation-state sponsorship, but a diverse cyberespionage campaign out of India for at least three or more years has been targeting multiple national-interest and industrial entities around the globe, mostly Pakistan and U.S. organizations, but also Norwegian telecom provider Telenor and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Guantanamo wi-fi shut down after Anonymous threat
The American military has turned off its wi-fi service inside the prison at Guantanamo Bay following threats by the hacker collective Anonymous.

Krebs, KrebsOnSecurity, As Malware Memes
Hardly a week goes by when I don?t hear from some malware researcher or reader who?s discovered what appears to be a new sample of malicious software or nasty link that invokes this author?s name or the name of this blog. I?ve compiled this post to document a few of these examples, some of which are quite funny.

Be the internet police, not an internet dictator: Google
Users could be saved from a lot of pain if information security professionals acted like dictators and forced them to patch, update and take precautions, but Google's chief technology advocate has called for a less totalitarian scheme.

Twitter introduces 'two-factor authentication' to stop password hacking
Twitter is introducing "two-factor authentication" using mobile phone verification on the social network, after a number of high-profile cases in which passwords were stolen by hackers.

Twitter beefs up security after hacking spree on media
Twitter Inc unveiled technology to boost security for its users, following a spate of attacks on accounts of prominent media outlets including the Associated Press, the Financial Times and The Onion.

Malware fight goes public on the web
At any one time in Australia about 16,500 IP addresses are identified as having malware-infected devices behind them.

ACMA goes public with ISP malware statistics
Although ISPs and network operators have had access to the rough figures of malware infections for some time, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has now begun publishing the statistics for the public.

AusCERT 2013: This time it's personal
As another AusCERT conference kicked off in the Gold Coast today, Munir Kotadia explains why he is disillusioned with security in all its forms.

ICANN Approves The Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) As A UDRP Provider
The ICANN Board approved the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) as an UDRP provider.

Blow to domainers as Arab center approved to settle cybersquatting disputes
ICANN has approved a new UDRP resolution provider, the first to be based in the Arab region, despite the objections of domainers.

Intellectual property lawyer guilty of reverse domain name hijacking
A three person World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found an intellectual property lawyer guilty of attempting to engage in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking and bringing a UDRP complaint in bad faith in abuse of the administrative proceeding.

au: Roku, Inc v. It?s So Easy Pty Ltd / Sharyn Webber - Case No. DAU2013-0004
1. The Parties: The Complainant is Roku, Inc of Saratoga, California, United States of America, represented by Richard H. Butler, United States of America. The Respondent is It?s So Easy Pty Ltd / Sharyn Webber of Townsville, Queensland, Australia, appearing pro se. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <roku.com.au> is registered with Crazy Domains Pty Ltd.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Considerations for IPv6 migration
During the two years since IPv4 addresses began to run out, IPv6 adoption has grown rapidly as migration technologies and methods have been standardised. Today, mature solutions are available which address the issue of IPv6 migration.

IPv6: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish by Bruce Sinclair
The theory put forward by the IETF was simple enough... while there were still enough IPv4 addresses, use transition technologies to migrate to dual stack and then wean IPv4 off over time. All nice and tidy. The way engineers, myself included, liked it. However those controlling the purse strings had a different idea.

Directi gets into the subdomain game
Directi, fresh from relaunching .pw, will shortly start selling third-level domain names under .in.net, mimicking the pseudo-TLD business model most often associated with CentralNic.

New Study Finds: When it Comes to Domain Names ? Small Business Owners Can?t Get No Satisfaction
Your domain name is often the first thing people will notice and the last thing they?ll remember when they learn about your business online ? so it?s important to get it right. Unfortunately, many small business owners (?SBOs?) have gotten it all wrong.

Half of small business owners not satisfied with their domain name
.Co released some new research this morning regarding small businesses and domain names.

Over 30 Domains Related To Oklahoma Tornado The Good, Bad & Ugly
Just about 48 hours after one of the worst Tornado?s in US history hit the ground in Moore Oklahoma killing children, adults and causing over $1 Billion in damage, we found over 30 .com and .net and .org domain names registered which gives the indication they are for charitable or relief purposes.

Go Daddy Aims to Get Indian Small Businesses Online with New Hands-on Campaign
Go Daddy announced on Wednesday that it has launched a new campaign in three Indian cities to show small businesses how to create a web presence in the time it takes to finish a cup of coffee.

GoDaddy gets two patents for domain appraisal
The United States Patent and Trademark Office today issued two patents to GoDaddy related to name spinning and appraisal.

Porn.com owner buys porn.xxx
PimpRoll, a pornography publisher and owner of porn.com, has bought the domain name porn.xxx from registry manager ICM Registry, it has just been announced.

Select.com Tops This Week's Sales Chart With Seller Getting 1,100% Return on His Investment 
Select.com has the penthouse suite on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after veteran domain investor Michael Bahlitzanakis closed a $120,000 deal for the domain in private transaction, co-brokered by DomainHoldings, that sent the name to Select Staffing.

Over 1,000 XBox One domains registered yesterday
XBox OneYesterday Microsoft announced its latest video game console called XBox One. Immediately, cybersquatters went to work.

Maori web use to be researched
The New Zealand Maori Internet Society ? Te Whanau Ipurangi, hopes its research into Maori domain names, or web site and email addresses, will become part of the drive to revitalise the language.

Teens growing cool on Facebook but warming to Twitter, Pew study finds [IDG]
Some teens are growing tired of the excessive sharing and "drama" on Facebook and more are turning to sites like Twitter and Instagram to express themselves, according to a new study.

Teens: Facebook is just, like, too much drama
In a new Pew Report on teens and their social-networking habits, Twitter appears to be offering a resurgence, while Facebook may be losing impact. Because Facebook is just, well, too much.

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy
Overview: Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are ?very? concerned.

uk: Pornography risks should be taught to children as young as five, say parents
Many parents believe schools should teach children about the dangers of pornography as soon as they are old enough to use the internet, a survey suggests.

au: Warnings over gambling apps targeting youth market
Researchers warn a new wave of simulated gambling applications are aiming to hit the jackpot with a new generation of younger gamers.

The problem with porn
Technology has enabled the proliferation of pornography, making it so pervasive that it has become the main sex educator for many young people. This is a profound problem because it gives a distorted view of sexuality and human relations, predominantly involves violence against women and encourages hazardous practices.

EU Digital Agenda chief promises single mobile market by 2015
The European Commission's digital agenda chief has promised to break down the barriers between cellular firms across the 27 EU member states before she leaves office in just under two years.

Swindles and Spam, Lurking in Your Search Results
Most of our ventures onto the Web still begin with a search ? a fact readily exploited by spammers and swindlers who rely on excessive use of keywords, link exchanging and other manipulation techniques to push their content higher in the list of search results, hoping you will click on them.

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are secret backers behind European Privacy Association [IDG]
After being accused of a lack of transparency by an independent watchdog, the European Privacy Association (EPA) has confirmed that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are backers.

Privacy in the Age of Ubiquitous Computing
If one were to draw up a list of the most challenging jobs in the technology industry, chief privacy officer at Microsoft likely would be pretty near the top of it. For a company with the size and scope of Microsoft, the volume of potential privacy issues is nearly endless, and if someone is calling you for help, something has probably gone wrong.

Will 'Digital Ethnic Cleansing' Be Part of the Internet's Future? Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, and Steve Clemons discuss the political limitations of the Internet.
It's easy to assume that a global Internet, with all its promise of scaled communication and education and democratization, will eventually help to foster democracy. But it's also not entirely accurate to assume that. In a conversation with The Atlantic's Steve Clemons yesterday evening, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen -- co-Googlers and co-authors of The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business -- made a point of emphasizing the limitations of technological innovation. Particularly when it comes to geopolitical change.

Apple?s Web of Tax Shelters Saved It Billions, Panel Finds
Even as Apple became the nation?s most profitable technology company, it avoided billions in taxes in the United States and around the world through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and went beyond anything most experts had ever seen, Congressional investigators disclosed on Monday.

Even Before Apple Tax Breaks, Ireland?s Policy Had Its Critics
The secrets of how Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes lie in a low-slung building of glass and brick in the hills of County Cork.

us: Apple accused of 'highly questionable' billion-dollar tax avoidance scheme
Apple uses a "highly questionable" web of offshore entities to avoid paying billions in US income taxes, a Senate committee alleged on Monday.

Apple avoids taxes with ?complex web? of offshore entities, Senate inquiry finds
Apple used a ?complex web? of offshore entities ? with no employees or physical offices ? that allowed it to pay little or no taxes on tens of billions it earned overseas, according to a Senate investigation unveiled Monday.

Apple Avoided Taxes on Overseas Billions, Senate Panel Finds
Apple Inc. paid no corporate income tax to any national government on tens of billions of dollars in overseas income over the past four years, Senate investigators found, a revelation that fuels the debate over whether the U.S. tax code needs an overhaul.

Former Google exec says he has 100,000 emails showing how 'immoral' company avoids paying UK tax
A former Google executive-turned-whistleblower says he has 100,000 emails that expose an ?immoral? tax avoidance scheme used by his former employer, that has ?cheated? British taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of pounds.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt softens line on tax loopholes
Google's chairman, Eric Schmidt, has said he welcomes promises by international leaders to crack down on tax loopholes exploited by the search firm and other multinational internet businesses that take billions of pounds of sales from the UK through overseas companies, which HM Revenue & Customs cannot tax.

us: IP theft commission: US needs to take strong action [IDG]
The U.S. government should bar foreign companies that repeatedly steal or use stolen U.S. intellectual property from selling their products in the country, a new report recommended.

Digital coalition asks for a fair deal on TPP copyright provisions
A coalition of organisations have started a 'Fair Deal' campaign against copyright provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

nz: Fair Deal Coalition to shower Groser with letters
An early strike from the expanded Fair Deal Coalition takes the form of a letter to Trade Minister Tim Groser, setting out the characteristics of the kind of intellectual-property protection regime they would like to see come out of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP).

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal not likely this year
The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement which is due to be signed in October this year may face further delays, according to United States officials.

nz: Govt asks industry for help to stem security breaches
IT security firms have been asked to put themselves up for membership of a special-purpose panel to provide security services across all of government.

de: Autistic Workers a Worthwhile Challenge for SAP
German software development giant SAP is planning to hire hundreds of people with autism by 2020. The company hopes to benefit from their unusual skillset and says it's ready for any practical challenges. Advocates hope the program could set an example for others.

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