[DNS] auDA domain news - 28 November

[DNS] auDA domain news - 28 November

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:25:56 +1100

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Internet Society Board Takes Steps to Strengthen Existing Internet Governance Institutions

Study on Whois Misuse

Protection of IGO and INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs (PDP) Recommendations for Board Consideration

Spam-Friendly Registrar ?Dynamic Dolphin? Shuttered

Could new gTLD auctions last until April 2016?

Net names .bike and .guru available

Trademark battle continues between the two Guns For Hire despite IP Australia ruling

au: Gold Coast Tourism Corporation guilty of reverse domain name hijacking

au: It is time to migrate to IPv6 ? do it now!

Internet Society Board Takes Steps to Strengthen Existing Internet Governance Institutions
The Internet Society Board of Trustees, during its meeting in Buenos Aires, agreed to increase support for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as an indispensable part of the Internet ecosystem, including making a sizeable financial contribution. They also warned against rash reactions to issues such as pervasive surveillance, which has sparked widespread concern and discussion.

2014 - A Turning Point for Governance of the Internet?
Long-simmering and highly controversial calls for international regulation of important aspects of the internet have increased dramatically in 2013, most notably because of disclosures about United States electronic surveillance programmes. Those governments seeking to establish or expand international internet regulation are expected to actively pursue those goals in 2014, making next year a potentially historic year for international information and communications technology (ICT) policy-making. All businesses that touch the internet will likely be affected and should take action to be heard.

Study on Whois Misuse
Purpose (Brief): This study, conducted by Carnegie Mellon University?s Cylab, examines the extent to which public Whois contact information for gTLD domain names is misused (i.e. harmful actions such as spam, phishing, identity theft or data theft are taken using gTLD registration data).

Protection of IGO and INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs (PDP) Recommendations for Board Consideration
Purpose (Brief): To obtain community input on the recommendations recently adopted by the GNSO Council concerning the Protection of IGO and INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs Policy Development Process prior to their consideration by the ICANN Board of Directors.

Caribbean Participants Get Together at ICANN 48 by Albert H. Daniels, ICANN Manager for Stakeholder Engagement ? The Caribbean
For many, the Caribbean is simply a vacation, wedding or honeymoon destination with white sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery. In reality, the Caribbean is all this and much more; a region of rich cultural and linguistic diversity, with complex social and economic environments.

Delegated Strings
Overview: ICANN's New gTLD Program will result in the expansion of available gTLDs, such as .COM, .NET or .ORG, from 22 to possibly 1,400 new names or "strings".

Rewiring Internet Governance: Step One Is About ICANN (Part 1) by Frederick Harris
It is time for some straight talk about governance. The word "governance" used here means authority. It does not merely mean rules, or coercion, or any other weasel-worded definitions that deflect our attention from the art of good governance as distinct from self-serving opportunism and illusory power sharing. Politics, as Theodore Lowi reminded us, is ultimately about "who gets what". Quibbling with endless essays about who rules the root is useful, but not demonstrative. more?

Spam-Friendly Registrar ?Dynamic Dolphin? Shuttered
The organization that oversees the Internet domain name registration industry last week revoked the charter of Dynamic Dolphin, a registrar that has long been closely associated with spam and cybercrime.

ICANN cans ?Spam King? registrar
ICANN has terminated the registrar accreditation of Dynamic Dolphin, which it turned out was owned by self-professed ?Spam King? Scott Richter.

Updates from the ICANN Meetings in Buenos Aires
CircleID in collaboration with the team from Dyn Inc. and ICANNWiki, brings you video blogs and updates from ICANN 48 in Buenos Aires, Argentina (17-21 November 2013).

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
dotMobi extends goMobi partner network to Web designers, developers and digital agencies
To meet the growing demand for mobile-specific websites, dotMobi has expanded the range of partner options and launched a new ?Pay as You Go? program for its goMobi mobile website publishing solution. Now, web designers, web developers and digital agencies can join the goMobi partner network and create great, affordable mobile websites for their clients.

Voting Opens For .ORG Website Makeover Contest
Public Interest Registry?s .ORG Website Makeover Contest has moved a step closer to choosing a winner with ten mission-driven organisations selected to advance to the public voting round of the contest.

ro: Protecting your domain name
The importance of domain name protection is becoming increasingly evident to market players in Romania, in light of the rapid evolution of the importance of the Internet in marketing, brand awareness and e-commerce.

Nominet appoints Antonia Seymour as Chief Commercial Officer
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Antonia Seymour as our new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Antonia is currently Vice President and Director of Business Development at John Wiley & Sons, a publishing and information services company. She will join Nominet in January 2014.

Nominet discontinues legal action against That Internet Ltd
Nominet has today discontinued its legal action against Mr Graeme Wingate and That Internet Ltd.

Nominet CEO wins Leadership Award for contributions to domain community
Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet - the internet company best known for running the .uk internet infrastructure ? has been awarded the inaugural ICANN Leadership Award for her contributions to the domain name industry.

Could new gTLD auctions last until April 2016?
April 2016. That?s the likely date of the final new gTLD contention set auction under the rules currently anticipated by ICANN.

21 community objections have been decided. So far it?s unpredictable.
As of yesterday the International Chamber of Commerce had published 21 community objection decisions. Objectors have won just four of the cases. Time for new TLD applicants to rejoice? Hardly.

First English new gTLD Sunrise periods start today
Donuts today kicks off the Sunrise periods for its first seven new gTLDs, the first English-language strings to start their priority registration periods for trademark owners.

Net names .bike and .guru available
Nine new web address suffixes, including .bike, .clothing, .singles and .guru, have been made available as the net names system undergoes a radical shake-up.

New gTLDs and the 1% by Minds + Machines CEO Antony Van Couvering
While Occupy Wall Street and other groups representing the so-called 99% are getting most of the press, the 1% is raising its profile as well, at least when it comes to gTLDs. They are complaining that introducing global choice and competition to the Internet will cost them money. The chief of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) now says that it has ?spent the last few months? considering the new gTLD program, and has found it lacking. They want ICANN to shut the whole thing down.

Taipei to have Web domain name
Taipei will be one of the first cities around the world to have its own domain name, enabling local businesses and residents to start using the ?.taipei? domain name next year, the Taipei City Government announced yesterday.

Taipei to take applications for '.taipei' URLs in late '14
Starting late next year, individuals, businesses and groups can apply to register websites with a ?.taipei? suffix to show their location or affiliation with Taiwan's capital, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced yesterday.

.LUXURY To Be A Luxury!
Pre-registrations of .luxury domain names have commenced, but the price is a very luxurious $799.99 per year.

Conflict in ICANN Dot-Radio Selection Process
As Internet traffic cop ICANN slowly but surely draws closer to the conclusion of its TLD selection process, George Bundy, CEO of BRS Inc., one of four applicants for the dot-radio TLD, is highlighting a potential issue of concern for those in the radio industry via his website.

TLDH Signs 6 New gTLD Contracts With ICANN
The Directors of Top Level Domain Holdings are pleased to announce that the Company has signed contracts with ICANN for five new gTLDs wholly-owned by the Company: .horse, .cooking, .casa, .fishing, and .budapest.

Don?t miss the domain-name frenzy [subscription]
A new digital landgrab has begun and if you are a small business owner then you need to get involved now or risk losing ground to rivals.

us: Presidential Council Calls For Feds And ISPs To Step Up In Cybersecurity
An advisory council to President Obama blasted the federal government for failing to lead in cybersecurity best practices and recommended, among other things, a more active role in security by Internet service providers.

ISPs Uniquely Positioned to Improve National Cybersecurity: PCAST Report
Internet Service Providers are in a unique position to improve national cybersecurity, and a new report recommends they play a critical role in strengthening the cybersecurity landscape in the US.

UK Companies Need to Take Cybersecurity More Seriously: Government Report
A new study finds that only 14 percent of the UK?s top companies are considering cyberthreats in their decision-making. The survey results are based on interviews with FTSE 350 firms, and was released on Tuesday by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

10 Million Pieces of Malware and Counting in 2013: Report
Although security vendors continue to do their best to conquer malware, malware authors continue to up the ante. According to Panda Labs' third-quarter 2013 report, new malware creation is now at an all-time high.

Malware creation hits record-high numbers
PandaLabs has published the results of its Quarterly Report for Q3 2013. One of the main conclusions that can be drawn from this global study is that malware creation has hit a new record high, with nearly 10 million new strains identified so far this year.

Automation, Exercises Shorten Response Time To Advanced Attacks
When Fenwick & West LLP upgraded its security with next-generation firewalls and advanced malware detection systems, the law firm had to deal with a stark increase in alerts of potentially serious incidents.

Why we are losing the cyber security war and what we can do about it by Torsten George, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Products, Agiliance
If this year's attacks on Adobe, LexisNexis, NASDAQ, US Airways, and dozens of other large and technologically sophisticated US enterprises didn't provide sufficient evidence that we are losing the cyber security war, the ongoing breaches by Anonymous make it undeniable. Why are the world's most IT savvy companies unable to keep attackers out of their networks?

au: Trademark battle continues between the two Guns For Hire despite IP Australia ruling
The battle between two marketing firms named Guns for Hire is set to continue, with the Sydney agency continuing to operate under the name despite the Perth agency winning the trade mark.

au: Gold Coast Tourism Corporation guilty of reverse domain name hijacking
Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Ltd. has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in a UDRP over the domain name GoldCoast.com.

au: Stephens Valuation and Consultancy Pty Ltd v. SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2013-0026
1. The Parties: The Complainant is Stephens Valuation and Consultancy Pty Ltd of Emu Plains, New South Wales, Australia, represented by Wrays, Australia. The Respondent is SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd of Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia represented by DLA Piper, Australia. 2. The Domain Names and Registrar: The disputed domain names <quarryvaluation.com.au> and <quarryvaluations.com.au> are registered with NetRegistryPty Ltd. (the ?Registrar?).

Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Ltd. v. Digimedia.com L.P. - Case No. D2013-1733
1. The Parties: The Complainant is Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Ltd. of Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia, represented by Pod Legal, Australia. The Respondent is Digimedia.com L.P. of Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States of America (?US?), represented by John Berryhill, Ph.d., Esq., US. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <goldcoast.com> is registered with Tucows Inc. (the ?Registrar?).

us: Federal Judge Rules Domain Names Are Not Property Under Virgina Law
A Virgina federal judge has ruled that domain names are not property under Virgina Law.

 - IPv4/IPv6
au: It is time to migrate to IPv6 ? do it now!
Brent Paddon from Australian telco and hosting company Over the Wire says take up of IPv6 has been staggeringly slow in Australia ? and IPv4 is running out of address space fast.

.FR IPv6 Deployment Slows
As of October 2013, 61.3 percent of all .fr domain names had at least one server that was IPv6 compatible, significantly up from the 2011 figure of 40.9 percent but only marginally up on the 2012 figure of 59.6 percent.

2013: leveling-off in IPv6 deployment?
As of 2013, 61.3% of .fr domain names are IPv6 compatible, which is a slowdown compared with the previous year's dynamic expansion according to Afnic

The 30th Birthday of DNS! by Dan York
As Ond?ej Sur? of CZ.NIC recently pointed out on the dns-operations list, it was 30 years ago this month, in November 1983, that two RFCs that defined what we now call the Domain Name System (DNS), RFC 882 and RFC 883, were published. They make for an interesting read today when you think about how far we've come in those 30 years -- and now how absolutely critical DNS is as part of the Internet's infrastructure.

LogicBoxes Launches Reseller Program for Hosting Companies to Access New gTLDs
As new gTLDs have become a reality, many web hosts are looking for ways to market and offer the new domain extensions to their hosting customers. LogicBoxes announced on Wednesday that it has launched its invite-only Elite Reseller Program designed to help large domain and hosting companies navigate the new gTLD landscape, as well as receive partner-exclusive marketing and strategy assistance.

ccTLDs Bounce Back With the Week's Biggest Domain Sale and Six Places on the Top 20 Chart
After .coms went on a rampage, sweeping 19 of the 20 entries on our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart the previous week, the ccTLDs bounced back this past week, piling up six chart entries, including the week's biggest reported sale - Mega.co at $60,000. That is also the 5th biggest country code sale reported so far this year. RocketName.com handled the sale of Mega.co to the owners of JustCloud.com.

U.N. committee calls for end to excessive electronic spying
The European Commission called on Tuesday for new protection for Europeans under United States' law against misuse of personal data, in an attempt to keep in check the U.S. surveillance revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

UN Panel Passes Draft Resolution on Privacy Threats in the Digital Age [IDG]
Following reports about U.S. surveillance worldwide, a United Nations panel adopted Tuesday a resolution on potential threats to human rights such as the right to privacy in the digital age.

European Commission Urges U.S to Reform Surveillance Methods
The European Commission is urging the United States government to make some changes to the way it handles surveillance to help restore the trust in the relationship between the EU and the U.S. The commission is asking for the U.S. to promote privacy rights internationally, adopt the EU?s data protection reforms and respond to the commission?s problems with the U.S.?s surveillance reform process.

Microsoft, suspecting NSA spying, to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic
Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans.

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'
The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as ?exemplars? of how ?personal vulnerabilities? can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.

NSA 'planned to discredit radicals over web-porn use'
The US authorities have studied online sexual activity and suggested exposing porn site visits as a way to discredit people who spread radical views, the Huffington Post news site has reported.

The NSA is Tracking Online Porn Viewing to Discredit "Radicalizers"
Sitting on the wire, the NSA has the ability to track and make a record of every website you visit. Today, the Huffington Post revealed that the NSA is using this incredible power to track who visits online porn websites, and to use this information to discredit those it deems dangerous. Their porn habits would then be "exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority."  

N.S.A. May Have Penetrated Internet Cable Links
The recent revelation that the National Security Agency was able to eavesdrop on the communications of Google and Yahoo users without breaking into either companies? data centers sounded like something pulled from a Robert Ludlum spy thriller.

Privacy, Human Rights Groups Form New Anti-Surveillance Coalition
A large group of privacy and digital rights organizations has put together a new effort to urge politicians to curtail the mass surveillance operations that have been exposed in the last few months. The new coalition has developed a set of 13 principles for governments to follow in their intelligence gathering efforts and started a petition that it plans to deliver to the United Nations and governments around the world.

We're One Step Closer to Ending Mass Surveillance
We're one step closer in winning the fight against the human rights violations posed by mass surveillance. On Tuesday, the United Nations Third Committee adopted a resolution reaffirming the right to privacy in the digital age and stressing the importance of the right to seek, receive, and impart information.

Human Rights and Privacy Groups Launch Global Action to Oppose Mass Surveillance [news release]
An international coalition of human rights and privacy organizations today launched an action center to oppose mass surveillance on the global stage: necessaryandproportionate.org/take-action. The new petition site went live just as the United Nations voted on a resolution to recognize the need for the international community to come to terms with new digital surveillance techniques.

How NSA Mass Surveillance is Hurting the US Economy
Privacy may not be the only casualty of the National Security Agency?s massive surveillance program. Major sectors of the US economy are reporting financial damage as the recent revelations shake consumer confidence and US trade partners distance themselves from companies that may have been compromised by the NSA or, worse, are secretly collaborating with the spy agency. Member of Congress, especially those who champion America?s competitiveness in the global marketplace, should take note and rein in the NSA now if they want to stem the damage.

Busting Eight Common Excuses for NSA Mass Surveillance
We?ve heard from lots of folks who are passionately concerned about the NSA?s mass spying, but are struggling to get their friends and family to understand the problem and join the over a half-million people who have demanded change through stopwatching.us and elsewhere.

Microsoft blocks censorship of Skype in China - advocacy group
Microsoft Corp. has made it harder to monitor calls and chats over its Skype phone service in China, a freedom of expression advocacy group said, as the Chinese government steps up censorship of the Internet.

NSA spreading malware to further goals for more power [CSO]
Over the weekend, NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch newspaper, reported that the NSA has infected more than 50,000 networks with malware globally. This report was followed by one in the New York Times, detailing the lengths the NSA is willing to go to in order to obtain more power.

NSA surveillance: Europe threatens to freeze US data-sharing arrangements
The EU executive is threatening to freeze crucial data-sharing arrangements with the US because of the Edward Snowden revelations about the mass surveillance of the National Security Agency.

Australian Privacy Commissioner won?t be taking 'softly, softly approach' with privacy reforms
Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has warned enterprises and government agencies that he won?t be taking a ?softly, softly approach? to privacy investigations when his new powers come into effect on 12 March 2014.

EU Commission moves to close corporate tax loophole used by Google, Amazon and Starbucks
The European Commission has announced plans to close a loophole which has allowed large corporations to pay tax in countries with lower rates, even if they only own one letterbox there.

Leaving ABC News, Couric Describes Move to Yahoo as ?Being of the Moment?
Yahoo announced on Monday that it had signed the longtime network news star Katie Couric for a new position as the ?global anchor? of its still-formative news operation.

Katie Couric, David Pogue, and why Yahoo wants more video content
On Monday, Yahoo announced that television news personality Katie Couric will be its new "Global Anchor" starting in January. Couric's profile is substantially lower now than its heyday -- she hosts a daytime talk show now rather than the CBS evening news -- but she's still a substantial get for the tech company, especially considering what she brings to the table: an established audience on the prowl for video content.

Is Bitcoin about to change the world?
If you want to buy drugs or guns anonymously online, virtual currency Bitcoin is better than hard cash. Canny speculators have been hoarding it like digital gold. Now the world's leading bankers are even talking about as a rival for real money. How does it work, where can you get it and is it the future?

David Goldstein

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