[DNS] auDA domain name news - 17 June

[DNS] auDA domain name news - 17 June

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:50:22 +1000

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au: Breach of Registrar Agreement by Crazy Domains

nz: Kiwis speak now or forever hold your web address

Internet Users Willing to Try New Equivalents to .COMs

NGPC Accepts Nine Items of GAC Advice on New gTLDs

nz: Good take-up of free websites

nz: Websites free - Westpac and MYOB reveal new venture

And Now the Second Battle of the Internet
The Verizon or PRISM or Snowden affair marks a turning point in the history -- a very young history -- of the Internet and its governance within the international law landscape. With the facts as overwhelming as they are frightening, they show above all the mighty power of the United States over the Internet and its users. This issue not only concerns the information of American citizens, but also all 'foreigners' who have a Google account and other Internet industry heavyweights. We are talking about the very core of Internet governance currently under American domination.

The CFR Report on Internet governance: Good intentions. No new ideas by Milton Mueller
U.S. policy toward Internet governance has not been innovative, or even clearly focused, since 1999. With its wholesale liberalization of telecommunication and information services in the 1980s and ?90s, its 1996 Framework for Global Electronic Commerce and its (semi-) privatization of DNS via ICANN, the US took bold moves that forever altered the landscape of global communications.

Next Set of Initial Evaluation Results Released
Total Number of Passing Applications Now 720. View Them Here.

Initial Report on Protection of IGO and INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs
Purpose (Brief): The Generic Names Supporting Organization ("GNSO") Policy Development Process Working Group tasked with addressing the issue of Protecting the identifiers of certain International Government Organizations ("IGOs") and International Non-Governmental Organizations ("INGOs") in all gTLDs has published its Initial Report for public comment.

Community Priority Election: Now Open for Early Election
At the request of New gTLD applicants, ICANN is offering a means to indicate their intent to elect for Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) prior to the launch of CPE operations.

NGPC Progress on Addressing GAC Beijing Advice on New gTLDs
The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) met on 11 June 2013 to discuss the GAC Beijing advice regarding singular and plural versions of the same string as a New gTLD. The discussion followed the NGPC's decision on 4 June 2013 to accept the GAC's advice to consider this issue. The NGPC made considerable progress toward reaching consensus on a way forward and expects to reach a conclusion at its 25 June 2013 meeting.

Evaluation Panels
Overview: The Applicant Guidebook defines seven evaluations that all applications must go through. These evaluations are performed by independent experts that ICANN engaged.

Webinar: Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Variant TLD Program Update
You are invited to join the IDN Variant TLD Program webinar indented to provide a status update of the Program and current IDN Variant TLD Projects, as well as to address questions around the prerequisites for implementation of IDN Variant TLDs and upcoming community involvement.

Stephen D. Crocker to Heather Dryden
NGPC Progress Update on Addressing Advice in the GAC Beijing Communiqu? 	 

Alan Watson, Chairman, Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP), to Fadi Chehad? and Stephen Crocker
Public Comment of Initiative for a Competitive Marketplace on Preliminary Acceptance of Charleston Road Registry's Amended .search gTLD Application (Appl. No. 1-1141-50966)

Cyrus Namazi to David Tennenhouse
Response to Microsoft Letter of June 6 Regarding ICANN's Actions Regarding Dotless Domains

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
asia: Sneak Peak at 1&2 Character .Asia Domains Release Policies
DotAsia is preparing for the release of premium, never registered, 1&2 character .Asia domains. Similar to the original .Asia launch processes, the 1&2 ASCII Character .Asia release will also be conducted in a multi-phased fashion, including a Pioneer Domains Phase, Sunrise, Landrush and finally a Public Auctions Phase for domains not allocated after Landrush.

au: Breach of Registrar Agreement by Crazy Domains
auDA has found that accredited registrar Crazy Domains Pty Ltd has breached its obligations under the Registrar Agreement to comply with the .au Domain Name Suppliers? Code of Practice and all applicable laws.

The French Council of State rules on the former legal framework for domain names
In a decision published today, the French Council of State annulled the former legal framework for domain names for failure to notify Brussels.

Facts and figures on the 3rd edition of the Afnic Registrar Day
For the third year in a row, Afnic organized a two-day meeting for its registrars. The goal was to review recent changes as well as future developments

mx: The modification of Akky?s Service Policies came into effect Jun 08, 2013
Dear customer: Akky (a divison of NIC Mexico) informs that the modification of Akky Domain Name Policies and the Online Presence Service Policies came into effect on Jun 08, 2013 as it was announced on May 24, 2013.

no: Research project on Internet Governance
Norid is working with the University of Oslo on a research project on governance of the Internet. As part of the project there will be several seminars leading up to the conclusion in 2014.

nz: Kiwis speak now or forever hold your web address
Kiwis have been urged to speak up on consultation process that could significantly change New Zealand?s internet structure.

About 150 dodgy sites found to be exploiting .sg domains
About 150 .sg domain names are known to have been registered under a fake or stolen identity since 2011, said the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), which oversees the registration of .sg domain names.

Internet Users Willing to Try New Equivalents to .COMs
Internet users are willing to navigate to, use, and trust new web addresses that will flood the Internet later this year. And brand name websites will carry more weight among Internet users than generic sites, according to a public opinion survey commissioned by FairWinds Partners, a consultancy that specializes in domain name strategy.

NGPC Accepts Nine Items of GAC Advice on New gTLDs
ICANN?s New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) is slowly working its way through the Governmental Advisory Committee?s (GAC) advice from Beijing, which made a number of recommendations about implementing the new gTLD program.

The Next Big .THING
As the final stages of ICANN?s New gTLD Program evaluation period approaches, everyone should be preparing themselves for the fact that the Internet is about to change in dramatic ways.

Fairwinds, Top Global Brands Object To Registry Agreement, File Formal Comments With ICANN Insufficient Brand Protections
Sixteen corporations ? including three Fortune 50 global brands - joined FairWinds Partners Monday to object to the central agreement they and all other applicants for new, gTLDs must sign with ICANN before launching their new domains.

Four failures and 92 passes in latest new gTLD results
ICANN has just released 96 new Initial Evaluation results, a batch which doubles the number of failures the first phase of the new gTLD program has produced.

ICANN predicts first new gTLD launch date
ICANN has published a tentative timeline outlining key steps until the launch of the first new gTLD.

Discover .BIO - The new Internet extension dedicated to science, life and nature
The short term ?bio? (?life? in ancient Greek) is the prefix for dozens of words related to life like biography and biodiversity, or related to life sciences like biology, biotechnology, biomedical etc. German and French speakers (300 million people globally) also use ?bio? as a very popular short term meaning organic.

How to anticipate which new TLDs Name.com will be able to offer
There are hundreds of new TLDs starting sunrise and landrush beginning this year. Because of the sheer number of TLDs, registries, and registrars, not every registrar will be able to offer every open registry TLD option. Instead, availability will be based on registry/registrar relationships. If you already own domain names through name.com, or use name.com to host your site, you may be thinking, "Man, Name.com is so awesome I can hardly stand it. I wonder which new TLDs they?ll be able to offer me?"

Predicting gTLD take-up: survey provides clues
As gTLDs move ever closer to launch, the one unknowable for applicants and non-applicants alike is the likely uptake in terms of internet user behaviour. Once live, will non-applicants rue their decision to not apply as they watch internet users migrate to ?.brands?? Will consumers prove sceptical of the introduction of hundreds of new TLDs and continue to default to ?.com? when searching for goods, services and information? Or will the reality be somewhere in the middle, with ?.brands? driving trust in new gTLDs and leading to the wider use of new TLDs in all their forms? New research has set out to provide some answers.

So, Your gTLD was Approved - What Now? by Kathy Nielsen
The world is just waking up to the fact that ICANN has been accepting applications for new gTLDs since 2012 and that hundreds of these gTLDs have already been approved through Initial Evaluation, with more being approved every week. It is expected that the new extensions will begin appearing online in the second half of 2013... But if you're reading this, you've known this for a long time. In fact, you may have just gotten word that your application is approved. Congratulations! Awesome news... but, what now?

Donuts explains auction results to date
New TLD applicant Donuts participated in six private auctions to resolve contention sets. It won one of the auctions and lost the other five. Here is a statement from the company about the results so far.

Donuts loses five of the first six new gTLD auctions
The full results of the first six new gTLD auctions are now known. Donuts lost five of them, raising millions of dollars in the process.

Microsoft & Yahoo Tells ICANN Not To Allow Google?s Dotless .Search App
In its eight part comment to ICANN, Microsoft gave plenty of reasons, actually 7 points, why Google should not be allowed to amend its application to run the .Search registry.

Jugaad Innovation and Applications of DNSSEC
It would be one of the ironies of global technology development that the West has effectively so far followed a Jugaad principle of "good enough" innovation for DNS security, whereas India could well embrace all the latest advances in DNS security as its Internet economy grows.

DDoS Blog Series 1: Four Approaches to DDoS Protection
I speak about DDoS quite often these days - it's a topic everyone wants to know about and yet, so few people know much about it. It's one of those topics where good information is not readily available, and I would like to fix some of that with a few upcoming blog posts. This post, (the first in a series), will be about the 4 types of protection against a DDoS. The next one will cover the six things an enterprise can do to be prepared for an attack, and the final post will be around some of the tools and technologies we use here at Verisign to protect our customers and ourselves from DDoS attacks.

Microsoft registers domains to thwart botnets
Microsoft registers domains previously used by Citadel malware. Microsoft has registered a number of domain names to thwart a cybercrime ring credited with over a half billion dollars in financial fraud.

After Profits, Defense Contractor Faces the Pitfalls of Cybersecurity
When the United Arab Emirates wanted to create its own version of the National Security Agency, it turned to Booz Allen Hamilton to replicate the world?s largest and most powerful spy agency in the sands of Abu Dhabi.

.Org Domain & Trademark Holder Denied UDRP On .Com
The domain name DegreeSearch.com was just saved in a UDRP brought by the holder of the .org version of the domain which also said they had a registered trademark on the term DegreeSearch.org.

A Victoria?s Secret Angel Earns Her Wings
One of the lessons that we at FairWinds have seen people learn over and over again is that just because you might be one of the rich and famous, it doesn?t necessarily entitle you to your name as a domain name if someone else has scooped it before you. See our blog post on former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul?s UDRP complaint from May as an example.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Demystifying IPv6
Version 6 of the Internet protocol (IPv6) is a key enabler of the Internet of Everything (IoE). People, data, and things all need IP addresses to connect to the Internet. But we?ve already run out of IP addresses under IPv4, which dictates almost all (98.5 percent) of Internet traffic today. Even with all of the attention IPv6 has received, confusion and misinformation abound.

nz: Good take-up of free websites
More than 11,000 New Zealand businesses have taken advantage of free websites provided by Westpac and MYOB during the scheme's first year.

nz: Websites free - Westpac and MYOB reveal new venture
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is now such a thing as a free website for Kiwi businesses ? for a year, at least.

The RIPE NCC Survey 2013 is Now Online
The RIPE NCC asks all members and any other interested parties to take this very important survey for the RIPE NCC and the RIPE community.

ARIN Public Policy Consultation Report Now Available
ARIN conducted a Public Policy Consultation (PPC) at NANOG 58 in New Orleans, Louisiana on 4 June.

Innovative Auctions hires storied new employee
Innovative Auctions, which is running private new gTLD auctions, has hired a poker-playing former Google engineer and grandson of Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman.

Kim Dotcom buys K.im domain name for $20,000
Last month I wrote about how k.im had received a $20,000 bid at Sedo, and suggested that Mega Upload founder Kim Dotcom might be the buyer.

Failed Travel Website Check-in.com.au Sold for $35,000
Allied Consolidated, which was re-listed on the Australian Stock Exchange just 10 days ago and is headed by internet entrepreneur Adir Schiffman, has bought the failed Check-in.com.au accommodation website business for $35,000.

Confronting Collective Harm: Technology's Transformative Impact on Child Pornography by Jane Bailey [University of New Brunswick Law Journal]
Abstract: ... This paper urges further reflection on the understanding of the harms of child pornography identified by the SCC in an attempt to get clearer about the rights and interests at stake, while grappling with the impact of related technological advances. I argue that the impact of the Internet and related digital technologies is not simply incremental, but also transformative. Emerging technologies blur the line between conscience, expression and action in ways that cry out for an understanding of the harms of child pornography encompassing not just the extremely concerning physical harm to individual children, but also broader social harms to children?s collective dignity and equality rights.

Old rivals the Guardian and Times reach decisive fork in road to survival
Britain's two oldest quality dailies ? the Times, born 1785, and the Guardian, born 1821 ? have been fierce, direct competitors since 1959, when the Guardian dropped Manchester from its title. They almost folded into one through the bleak crises of 1966. They've endured price wars, strike wars, Wapping wars and much more. But, baby, look at them now.

au: Google search reigns supreme
Australian consumers prefer search engines over social media as their gateway to the internet and most would pay more for speed, Deloitte?s second annual media consumption report says.

Tweets Worth $20.37 on Average
While companies plough resources into expansive social media bureaus, SumAll has found that, at least for etailers, tweets don't contribute much to the bottom line.

Google spends $5m to rid web of child porn
Google is to spend $5m (?3.1m) fighting child pornography and abuse, the company will announce today, after criticism that it is not doing enough to prevent the spread of harmful online imagery.

Google gives ?3m to aid crackdown on child abuse images
Google has announced that it will hand out ?3m in grants to protection schemes for children after coming under pressure to act against the growing tide of child abuse images online.

us: Smartphone Makers Pressed to Address Growing Theft Problem
Seeking to curb a nationwide increase in smartphone thefts, New York?s attorney general and San Francisco?s district attorney on Thursday announced an initiative to push the industry to develop technologies that will discourage theft and dry up the market for stolen devices.

The "Mobile-First" Boom: Is 2013 the tipping point for mobile-first app design?
How important is mobile design when you pick an app to use? So you just missed the last plane home because you?re stuck in traffic in an unfamiliar city. It?s late. You?re tired, cranky. You need a hotel?fast. Fortunately, among your smartphone apps is Hotel Tonight, which claims to provide easy mobile booking of same-day unsold hotel inventory. With one eye and one thumb on your phone screen, you launch the app and secure a last-minute deal. Time elapsed: seconds. Effort required: no more than a few taps.

Google to use balloons to provide free Internet access to remote or poor areas
Google has a truly sky-high idea for connecting billions of people to the Internet ? 12 miles in the air to be exact ? through giant helium balloons circling the globe that are equipped to beam WiFi signals below.

Google unveils Project Loon, aims to use balloons to provide internet to the world
Internet giant Google has launched an ambitious plan to use a ring of huge balloons to provide internet to the two-thirds of the world currently without web access.

Phones Leave a Telltale Trail
The April robbery at the Cartier store in Chevy Chase, Md., was brazen and quick. After grabbing 13 watches valued at $131,000, the suspects fled in a waiting car and melted into traffic. It was one of more than a dozen similar capers that had stumped police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom opens up about extradition fight
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has taken a swipe at New Zealand's prime minister, accusing him of trying to curry favour with Hollywood film executives by assisting in his extradition.

After Profits, Defense Contractor Faces the Pitfalls of Cybersecurity
When the United Arab Emirates wanted to create its own version of the National Security Agency, it turned to Booz Allen Hamilton to replicate the world?s largest and most powerful spy agency in the sands of Abu Dhabi.

The NSA has us snared in its trap ? and there's no way out
A boycott of Facebook, Microsoft, Google et al is easy to talk about, but almost impossible to achieve

au: Protecting privacy in the digital era [news release]
The Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct an inquiry into the protection of privacy in the digital era.

Google facing Android probe in Europe, report says
Google may be facing an investigation from European regulators, the Financial Times reported, looking into whether it bolstered its Android mobile operating system by using unfair licensing and exclusivity agreements.

uk: Former home secretaries urge Clegg to drop snooper's charter opposition
Four former home secretaries have urged Nick Clegg to drop his opposition to the so-called snooper's charter, warning that "coalition niceties must not get in the way of giving our security services the capabilities they need to stay one step ahead of those that seek to destroy our society".

Inside the NSA: Peeling back the curtain on America's intelligence agency
Whether you love it or loathe it, there is no intelligence service anywhere in the world comparable to America?s massive electronic eavesdropping organisation, the National Security Agency (NSA).

U.S. surveillance architecture includes collection of revealing Internet, phone metadata
On March 12, 2004, acting attorney general James B. Comey and the Justice Department?s top leadership reached the brink of resignation over electronic surveillance orders that they believed to be illegal.

A Closer Look at Microsoft?s FISA Disclosure Numbers
Late last night, software giant Microsoft joined Facebook in disclosing the total number of requests for information it received from government agencies in the U.S.

Secrets, lies and America?s spies: A government?s first job is to protect its citizens. But that should be based on informed consent, not blind trust
Constant vigilance: that is the task of the people who protect society from enemies intent on using subterfuge and violence to get their way. It is also the watchword of those who fear that the protectors will pursue the collective interest at untold cost to individual rights. Edward Snowden, a young security contractor, has come down on one side of that tussle by leaking documents showing that the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on millions of Americans? phone records and on the internet activity of hundreds of millions of foreigners.

Look who?s listening: America?s National Security Agency collects more information than most people thought. Will scrutiny spur change?
Thick and fast they came at last, and more and more and more. On June 5th the Guardian, a British newspaper, reported that America?s National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans not suspected of crimes. A day later, the Washington Post reported the existence of a programme code-named PRISM, under which the NSA collects an unknown quantity of e-mails, internet phone-calls, photos, videos, file transfers and social-networking data from big internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Apple, YouTube, Skype, Microsoft and PalTalk?a video-chat service popular in the Middle East and among Muslims.

Multiple New Polls Show Americans Reject Wholesale NSA Domestic Spying
In the 1950s and 60s, the NSA spied on all telegrams entering and exiting the country. The egregious actions were only uncovered after Congress set up an independent investgation called the Church Committee in the 1970s after Watergate. When the American public learned about NSA's actions, they demanded change. And the Church Committee delivered it by providing more information about the programs and by curtailing the spying.

What We Need to Know About PRISM
A lot remains uncertain about the number of users affected by the NSA PRISM surveillance program that is taking place, the extent to which companies are involved, and how the NSA handles this sensitive data. Does the NSA regularly collect and examine a huge swath of the cloud communications of American and foreign Internet users? Does the agency present evidence and seek careful judicial review to obtain limited amounts of user data related to individual investigations? Or is the answer somewhere in the middle, with queries being constructed such that algorithms scan most or all of the accounts, identifying a smaller set of "interesting" accounts whose contents are sent to the NSA?

Edward Snowden shows evolution of smuggling secrets
Sure, Edward Snowden just used a simple thumb drive to smuggle classified information out of the National Security Agency.

Facebook, Microsoft reveal surveillance request figures
Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the US government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.

Facebook, Microsoft release number of data requests from government
Facebook and Microsoft for the first time on Friday said they had gotten data requests from the government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but they added that the U.S. government did not permit them to provide specific figures.

NSA snooping: Facebook reveals details of data requests
Facebook received 9,000-10,000 requests for user data from US government entities in the second half of 2012.

Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after U.S. deal
Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.

Prism NSA surveillance 'did not collect European data in bulk'
Europe pressed the US for greater detail on the Prism surveillance scandal on Friday for the first time and was told that data collection on Europeans was not conducted in "bulk" but only in cases of strong suspicion of individual or group involvement in terrorism, cybercrime or nuclear proliferation.

Differing Views on Privacy Shape Europe?s Response to U.S. Surveillance Program
Olaf Storbeck, a German columnist, has decided to ?ditch Googlemail b/c Prism,? he wrote on Twitter. A London-based writer for Reuters, he is now a customer of Swissmail, a Swiss provider that charges a fee, and he says he is tinkering with a VPN, a virtual private network of the kind used by many corporations.

uk: Watchdog accuses internet giant Google of failing to pay its fair share of tax
Parliament?s powerful spending watchdog today formally castigates the internet giant Google for a ?brazen? and ?unconvincing? attempt to avoid paying its fair share of UK tax.

uk: MPs recommend comprehensive inquiry into Google's 'unconvincing' tax affairs
Google should face a comprehensive inquiry into its tax affairs from HM Revenue & Customs, a committee of MPs says, after concluding that the internet giant's tax arrangements were "deeply unconvincing" and that the company's own account of its operations made "absolutely no sense".

us: Internet Society Urges Transparency in Intellectual Property Discussions [IDG]
Greater transparency, as well as respect for the Internet's open architecture and multi-stakeholder participation, are needed to help guide discussions around intellectual property policy on the Internet, according to the Internet Society.

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