[DNS] auDA domain name news - 5 September

[DNS] auDA domain name news - 5 September

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2013 16:08:15 +1000

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Vint Cerf: Governance policy is biggest threat to the Internet, not technology

Examples of Where ICANN Can Be More Accountable by Chuck Gomes

Verisign lists its grievances with ICANN

Domain Security Needs More Than Registry Locks

Vint Cerf Wants Public Outcry Over ISPs? IPv6 Delays

Trading domain names should be banned: Why? Because it hurts businesses and does not generate any value for anybody

Vint Cerf: Governance policy is biggest threat to the Internet, not technology
The main threat to the future of the Internet lies in attempts to control the internet through governance policy, according to Google executive and 'god-father' of the Internet, Vint Cerf.

Report of Public Comments | Initial Report on Protection of IGO and INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs

Chuck Gomes, Vice President, Policy | VeriSign, Inc., to Fadi Chehad?
GNSO Discussion with ICANN CEO

ICANN 2013 Nominating Committee Announces Selections
The 2013 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) has completed its selections for nine leadership positions within ICANN, listed below for each ICANN body, in alphabetical order by family name:

The Regional Internet Community Met in Cordova to Discuss Internet Governance
The Internet Governance Forum and Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACIGF) was held from August 27 to 29, 2013. This is a regional meeting space for multistakeholder policy debate where different stakeholders representing governments, the private sector, the technical community, academia and civil society organizations share and discuss their views.

Ombudsman Investigation about Compliance Complaint handling
I have recently received a substantial number of very similar complaints relying upon a report prepared by one of the complainants, in relation to the way in which complaints are processed by Compliance at ICANN in relation to fraudulently registered domains.

The Nominating Committee Announces Selection of a Member to the Council of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization
The 2013 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is pleased to announce the selection of Jordi Iparraguirre as a member to the ccNSO Council.

Examples of Where ICANN Can Be More Accountable by Chuck Gomes
During the "GNSO Discussion with the CEO" at the recent ICANN meeting in Durban, I stated that ICANN talks a lot about the importance of supporting the public interest, but in reality the organization's first priority is protecting itself and therefore it avoids accountability and works very hard at transferring risks to others. In response to my comments, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad? asked me to provide him examples of where ICANN can be more accountable. Copied below is my response letter to Chehad?, which provides seven examples.

Verisign lists its grievances with ICANN
During the ICANN meeting in Durban in July, Verisign VP of Policy Chuck Gomes complained that ICANN?s number one priority seemed to be ?protecting ICANN the corporation?, and that this came before serving the public interest.

Economist replaces de La Chapelle on ICANN board
ICANN?s board of directors is to see one new member in November, with economist Bruno Lanvin replacing former French civil servant Bertrand de La Chapelle.

New expired domain name rules now in effect
New expired domain name rules governing all gTLDs went into effect on Saturday.

Wow: Check Out Verisign?s Scathing Letter To ICANN
In a scathing letter from Chuck Gomes, Vice President of Verisign to Fadi Cheladeto CEO of ICANN Mr. Gomes lists 6 ?examples of ICANN?s Unaccountable Actions as Requested by ICANN CEO Fadi Chelade?

I Had a Dream: ICANN Has 2 Billion Reasons to Support Developing Countries by Katim S. Touray
Last week, the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech was marked with much fanfare. Well, I too had a dream the other day, almost two weeks ago. I dreamt I was in a conference. Which is no news. The conference was an ICANN-sponsored conference. No news there either; I've been to many ICANN meetings. And it was on food security! An ICANN-sponsored conference on food security?

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Gabon provides .GA domain names for free [news release]
Gabon liberalises its national domain and adopts an innovative business model by giving its .GA domain names away for free. Today the My GA Registry opened up registration for .GA domains . My GA ? the Gabon domain name ? is operated by the Agence Nationale des Infrastructures Num?riques et des Fr?quences (ANINF) who pledges to make this national resource as open and easy to use as any gTLD, while carrying the Gabonese identity on the internet.

Switching to .ng domain
The Federal Government says it has set a deadline for its parastatals to switch their web presence to Nigeria?s ccTLD, .ng. But experts believe a deliberate government policy is needed to drive .ng?s massive adoption across the country, especially by private individuals and businesses.

.ORG Registrations Increase By 13.6% In First Half 2013
New .ORG registrations increased by 13.6 percent in the first half of 2013, the latest ?The Dashboard? from the .org registry reports.

org: Public Interest Registry Releases Bi-Annual Domain Name Report
Public Interest Registry ? the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain ? today released the results of its bi-annual domain name report, ?The Dashboard,? detailing the international and domestic growth of .ORG from January to July 2013. Specifically, the report revealed that new .ORG registrations increased by 13.6 percent in the first half of 2013.

Public Suffix List to get monthly new gTLD updates
New gTLDs are set to be added to the widely used Public Suffix List within a month of signing an ICANN registry agreement, according to PSL volunteer Jothan Frakes.

Name Collision: Why ICANN Is Looking at It the Wrong Way (Part 1) by Shweta Sahjwani
ICANN has, once again opened up a veritable can of worms, with their latest decision on the 'horrors' of Name Collision. While we are sure that ICANN and the Interisle Consulting Group have very good reason to make the decision that they have - delaying the delegation of several TLDs - we believe that the findings contained in Interisle's report do not give sufficient cause to delay the new gTLD program in the manner proposed by ICANN staff.

First Four TLDs Pass Pre-Delegation Testing by Mary Iqbal
The first four new TLDs have passed pre-delegation testing. Historically, it has taken most companies about 9 months after the Registry Agreement is signed before domain names go on sale to the general public. The four TLDs signed Registry agreements in April 2013. These TLDs may begin to sell domain names to the public as early as December 2013 or January 2014.

ICANN destroys Google's dotless domain dream
Google's dream of ?dotless domains?, already on the receiving end of a firm ?no? from the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), has been killed off by ICANN.

Asia?s largest gTLD applicant to date looks to Europe and US for initial take-up
Asia?s largest gTLD applicant, Radix, plans to globally host 29 new domain names including ?.web?, ?.bank?, ?.shop? and ?.insurance?. Sandeep Ramchandani, business head, gives WTR the inside track on how the company would market its offerings, as well as arguing that Asia will not be the first region to drive gTLD adoption.

A Question of DNS Protocols by Geoff Huston
One of the most prominent denial of service attacks in recent months was one that occurred in March 2013, launched against Spamhaus and Cloudflare. With a peak volume of attack traffic of some 120Gbps, it was a very significant attack. How did the attackers generate such massive volumes of attack traffic? The answer lies in the Domain Name System (DNS). The attackers asked about domain names, and the DNS system answered. Something we all do all of the time on the Internet. So how can a conventional activity of translating a domain name into an IP address be turned into a massive attack?

Domain Security Needs More Than Registry Locks
Today's networking infrastructure relies on the domain name system -- not only a company's public-facing Web servers and Internet appliances, but much of its private infrastructure as well.

How registrar locks can stop spear phishing
Bruce Tonkin, Chief Technology Officer at Melbourne IT, has been fielding a ton of questions since the Syrian Electectronic Army disrupted Internet traffic flowing towards websites owned by the New York Times, Huffington Post and Twitter last week.

DNS Amplification Attacks: Out of Sight, Out of Mind? (Part 2) by Bruce Van Nice
This post follows an earlier post about DNS amplification attacks being observed around the world. DNS Amplification Attacks are occurring regularly and even though they aren't generating headlines targets have to deal with floods of traffic and ISP infrastructure is needlessly stressed -- load balancers fail, network links get saturated, and servers get overloaded. And far more intense attacks can be launched at any time.

Hacking threat for computers on wheels [AP]
As cars become more like PCs on wheels, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine - all from their laptop computers.

Stuxnet Expert Proposes New Framework For ICS/SCADA Security
Critical infrastructure operators that have adopted the security industry's popular risk management mindset are doing it wrong, according to Ralph Langner.

Syrian Electronic Army Denies Being Attacked By Anonymous
After a series of digital attacks on news organizations by the Syrian Electronic Army hacker group, members of hacktivist collective Anonymous may have struck back by swiping SEA data and publishing personal information of purported SEA members. But the SEA, which supports Syrian President Bashar Assad, denies that it has ever been hacked and says the data revealed does not belong to its members.

uk: E.cigarettes firm told to hand back old Ash Wales web domain name
The boss of an electronic cigarette firm has been ordered to return a website domain name which had been used by an anti-tobacco charity.

Owner of Corediagnostics.in Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
World Intellectual Property Organization panelist Richard Hill has found M/s. Core Diagnostics, owner of CoreDiagnostics.in, guilty of attempting reverse domain name hijacking.

 - IPv4/IPv6
All IP Addresses Are Not the Same by Geoff Huston
One IP address is much the same as another - right? There's hardly a difference between and is there? They are just encoded integer values, and aside from numerological considerations, one address value is as good or bad as any other - right? So IP addresses are much the same as each other and an after-market in IP addresses should be like many other markets in undistinguished commodity goods. Right?

Vint Cerf Wants Public Outcry Over ISPs? IPv6 Delays
One of the pivotal figures in the creation of the Internet, Vint Cerf, has called on the general public to get their ISPs to hurry up with IPv6 deployments, as the likes of BT choose to drag their feet on issuing fresh IP addresses.

Breaking down an IPv6 address: What it all means
Nick Hardiman explains the seemingly arcane engineering of the IPv6 address. Find out what makes it tick.

New Analysis Says US at Risk of Falling Behind on IPv6 Readiness
Plumbing may not be sexy, but it matters. There is more than ample proof that we have already embarked on what I have called ?The Age of Awareness? -- where networking capable sensors are literally embedded everywhere and in everything we own and use. Some have called this the Internet of Things (IoT), but it is much more than that.

Africa?s father of the internet: Web pioneer on bringing a continent online
If you're reading this somewhere in Africa, then perhaps you should thank Nii Quaynor.

Trading domain names should be banned: Why? Because it hurts businesses and does not generate any value for anybody
I started a company called Surgeonfish. It develops and sells sportscare products. It owns the following domains .eu, .de, .hu .info .org .biz and with a dash surgeon-fish.com. You noticed one omission? The dotcom is missing.

CentralNic raises $10 million in IPO
New gTLD registry back-end provider CentralNic raised a reported ?7 million ($10 million) on its London Alternative Investment Market debut yesterday.

CentralNic goes public: a look at the numbers
CentralNicYesterday CentralNic, a company best known for offering 3LDs similar to ccTLDs, went public.

GoDaddy auctions sells 40,264 domain names in August
GoDaddy Auctions sold 40,264 domain names last month, up slightly from July?s 39,264 sales. (Numbers aren?t finalized immediately when the month ends, so August?s numbers might increase.)

Privacy Groups Ask F.T.C. to Block Facebook Policy Changes
A coalition of six major consumer privacy groups has asked the Federal Trade Commission to block coming changes to Facebook?s privacy policies that they say would make it easier for the social network to use personal data about its users, including children under 18, in advertising on the site.

Facebook to Users: You Have Exactly 7 Days Until We Own You
In connection with a class action settlement, Facebook last week made "proposed" changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities. In an official announcement, Facebook published the revisions alongside the original text in attempt to be clearer on how the social network uses the information shared on Facebook.

Online trolling of women is linked to domestic violence, say campaigners
Online trolling against women is linked to domestic violence and abuse, experts have warned, and should not be dismissed as "obnoxious but harmless" behaviour.

au: Tony Abbott gets tough on cyber bullying
POPULAR social media sites will be forced by law to remove harmful material against people under 18 years and cyber bullies may face up three months' jail if the Coalition wins the federal election. 

Kim Dotcom slammed as 'chubby Che Guevara' at music body the BPI's annual general meeting
Former Longpigs star and current co-CEO of Featured Artists Coalition Crispin Hunt calls for labels to reveal Megaupload mogul 'as the self-interested privateer that he is'

Smartphone sales to hit 1bn this year [AFP]
Global smartphone sales are expected to top one billion this year, driven by low-cost handsets and gains in emerging markets.

Online Attack Leads to Peek Into Spam Den
For years, Igor A. Artimovich had been living in a three-room apartment he shared with his wife in St. Petersburg, sitting for long hours in front of his Lenovo laptop in his pajamas, drinking sugary coffee.

U.S. spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, documents show
U.S. intelligence services carried out 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, the leading edge of a clandestine campaign that embraces the Internet as a theater of spying, sabotage and war, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Washington Post.

F.T.C. Says Webcam?s Flaw Put Users? Lives on Display
The so-called Internet of Things ? digitally connected devices like appliances, cars and medical equipment ? promises to make life easier for consumers. But regulators are worried that some products may be magnets for hackers.

Marketer of Internet-Connected Home Security Video Cameras Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Protect Consumers' Privacy [news release]
A company that markets video cameras designed to allow consumers to monitor their homes remotely has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that its lax security practices exposed the private lives of hundreds of consumers to public viewing on the Internet.  This is the agency?s first action against a marketer of an everyday product with interconnectivity to the Internet and other mobile devices ? commonly referred to as the ?Internet of Things.?

Spy legislation pushed through New Zealand parliament
New Zealand?s conservative National Party-led government passed legislation on August 22 to give the country?s external security agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), vastly expanded powers to spy on citizens and residents.

Kim Dotcom resigns Mega directorship
Flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has resigned as a director of his Mega data storage empire to focus on his efforts on fighting extradition to the United States and other projects.

Dotcom resigns to focus on extradition fight and political party
Internet mogul Kim Dotcom says he is resigning from his new venture Mega to focus on fighting extradition to the US.

Turnbull's fragmented NBN dooms Australia to repeat the mistakes of the past
Letting telcos cherry-pick profitable suburbs will put us right back where we started ? with Telstra holding the country to ransom.

NBN makes households $3800 a year better off: study
The average household would be $3800 a year better off by the end of this decade due to lifestyle changes enabled by the National Broadband Network, including more people working and shopping from home, a new study has found.

Households will be $3,800 richer by 2020 thanks to speedy broadband like NBN: report
Australian households would be about $3,800 a year better off in 2020 with super-fast broadband like Labor's National Broadband Network (NBN), according to new research.

Households $3800 better off with NBN: Deloitte [AAP]
The national broadband network could save households thousands of dollars by the end of the decade through better productivity, cheaper communication and reduced travel costs.

Albanese sells higher value, lower cost NBN
Deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese has said that it is common sense to assume that people will pay more for houses that have been directly connected to the national broadband network and warned that the Coalition?s fibre to the node policy would eventually prove more expensive to Australian tax payers.

nz: Is the cost of broadband about to rise?
There's a Machiavellian hand at work in Amy Adams plans to raise the cost of broadband for New Zealand consumers. The Minister for Communications says the price increase is necessary to encourage us to move across to the new ultra fast broadband (UFB) fibre network being rolled out around the country courtesy of $1.35 billion government investment.

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