[AfrICANN-discuss] Compilation - Week end reading

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 19:32:18 SAST 2007

*N. Korea to Connect to Rest of World via Web*
*Korea Times - Aug 16, 2007*
The historical moment may come in November when the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (*ICANN*) is expected to
approve North Korea's Internet country domain as ``.

10. ICANN Calls For Feedback On Domain Tasting
Last week's call for feedback on domain tasting from ICANN gained a
reasonable amount of coverage. Thomas Claburn writing in Information Week,
among others, suggested this raised the possibility that domain speculation
might someday be curtailed. The rest of Claburn's article explains domain
tasting and the history. Other articles seem to reproduce the ICANN
Elsewhere, WebProNews also looks at the announcement and domain tasting,
suggesting it "may have larger implications than just bulk domainers being
clever enough to leverage a bureaucratic loophole. Manipulation like this
can affect organic rankings in the search results, and most likely has a
direct impact on the cost per click of paid advertisements." And it's here
that small businesses don't like domain tasting. The article comments on the
ICANN announcement that ICANN doesn't seem to like the practice "as it does
tend to screw with their numbers (and revenues), but ICANN being the
quasi-governmental entity that it is, it has to go through the proper
channels before cracking down." WebProNews has some suggestions, these being
abolish the grace period so registration fees are non-refundable between
registry and registrar, apply ICANN transaction fee to names deleted in the
grace period and imposing 'excess deletion fees' to registrars for
disproportionate deletes. Another option mentioned was to abolish the grace
period on bulk buys only.

14. PICISOC returns to its origin: Honiara, Solomon Islands
The PacINET conference has been getting some coverage in the Pacific with
the attendance of John Crain and Vint Cerf's video keynote message being
among those highlighted.
http://www.tonga-now.to/Article.aspx?ID=3845 [news release]

25. Does Success Hinge on a Domain Name?
An entrepreneur with a startup looking for a domain and business name will
often play around "with sounds in hopes of hitting upon a unique combination
of vowels and consonants that he could turn into a brand" according to this
Business Week story, the story in itself an example of the importance of
domain names today. Using this method, Business Week reports it's given us a
range of start-ups with names like Bebo, Etsy, Lala, Lulu, Zlio, Zoho, Ning,
and Zing. Business Week notes all but 20,000 of the available combinations
of 4 letter domains have been taken. With such a scarcity of 4 letter
domains, it's led to domainers getting in on the act. An example given is of
one domainer who now owns several thousand 4 letter domains, selling 7 or 8
domains per month for an average of around US$1,000. Business Week notes
less than 1% of domain sales break $100,000.

i. Western Sahara: UN-led talks wrap up with parties pledging to continue
The latest round of United Nations-sponsored talks on Western Sahara has
ended with the parties, Morocco and Frente Polisario, in agreement that the
status quo is unacceptable and the process of negotiations will continue.

ii. U.N. head says there is no visible progress in Western Sahara talks [AP]
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday there had been no visible
progress in negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front over the
future of Western Sahara, although he praised the two sides for continuing
the discussions.

iii. Ban Ki-moon hails negotiations over Western Sahara
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the second round of negotiations
held last weekend in New York between Morocco and the Polisario Front over
Western Sahara, the Moroccan press agency, MAP, reported here Wednesday.

1. Freedom of Expression, Democratic Norms, and Internet Governance by Dawn
C. Nunziato [George Washington University Law School]
Abstract extract: In this Article, Dawn C. Nunziato sets forth her
conception of the normative procedural and substantive ideals of liberal
democracy, with an eye toward how these ideals should be implemented in the
context of Internet governance. She then examines whether ICANN's governance
structure embodies the normative ideals of liberal democracy. While ICANN's
framers committed it to procedural democratic norms, they failed to commit
ICANN to substantive normative ideals integral to liberal democracy such as
the protection of freedom of expression. Next, she provides concrete
recommendations for ICANN to implement meaningful protections for freedom of
expression by looking to the general themes and principles embodied within
the United States' First Amendment jurisprudence.

2. Web TV demands high-power broadband
The increased demand for high-bandwidth services, such as internet TV, is
likely to place such strain on the telecommunications infrastructure that
new ways of increasing capacity need to be explored as a matter of priority,
Ofcom has said. Services such as the video-sharing site YouTube and the BBC
iPlayer, which allows users to download shows after they have been
broadcast, take up vast amounts of bandwidth compared with text and
image-based sites. Their popularity means that new ways must be found to
cope with demand, the regulator said, such as piggy-backing new cables on
the electricity grid.


3. Spam spike from Chinese domains
There has been a significant rise in spam originating from Chinese domains,
according to the latest statistics from security vendor Symantec. In its
report issued Monday, Symantec noted a sharp spike in spam messages
containing URLs that use ".cn" ccTLD. During the month of July, the amount
of spam rose from virtually zero to around 450 spam domains.

4. IT security: Too big for government
Information technology security and information assurance are becoming too
critical, too big and too complex a problem for the government to handle by
itself, according to two security experts. But they disagree on how well
government and industry are responding to the need for greater cooperation
to improve cybersecurity.
... But Richard Clarke, former U.S. counterterrorism czar, said effective
leadership could have accomplished much more by now. Service providers could
be filtering malware before it hits the local-area network and end user, he
said. There could be better and more encryption, a secure Domain Name System
and a parallel network structure to provide priority service during
However, there are bright spots. Companies are beginning to reduce the scope
of vulnerabilities in their software and IPv6 is slowly moving forward,
especially in Asia. But Clarke is not optimistic about the government's
ability to make use of the new version of IP, which is supposed to be
enabled on agencies' backbone networks by next June.

5. The Case Against DNSSEC by Ron Aitchison
I was talking to my good friend Verner Entwhistle the other day when he
suddenly turned to me and said "I don't think we need DNSSEC". Sharp intake
of breath. Transpired after a long and involved discussion his case boiled
down to four points: 1. SSL provides known and trusted security, DNSSEC is
superfluous, 2. DNSSEC is complex and potentially prone to errors, 3. DNSSEC
makes DoS attacks worse, 4. DNSSEC does not solve the last mile problem.
Let's take them one at a time.

6. How to know when something smells 'phishy'
It looked perfectly normal. I was preoccupied with another task, but noticed
an e-mail that warned me of trouble in one of my online banking accounts. So
I clicked on the link in the mail message and was taken to a site that
looked exactly like my bank's site. Not thinking, I typed in my username.
Then I happened to glance up at the URL.

7. "domain Name Spying"—the Latest Technique In Domain Name Sabotage
If you are a new Internet business owner, you likely have spent a good deal
of time trying to determine what domain name will be best for your
operations. To this end, you may have taken the steps necessary to determine
the availability of a particular domain name. In fact, finding that it is
available may have made you very pleased. Not registering the domain name
upon your first visit, you return a couple of days later ... to find that
someone else has registered the domain name you wanted in the interim.

8. ICANN Calls For Feedback On Domain Tasting
On Friday, ICANN asked the Internet community for input about domain
tasting, raising the possibility that domain speculation might someday be
curtailed. Domain tasting has been debated for several years. A letter in
March 2006 from Edward G. Viltz, president and CEO of the Public Interest
Registry (PIR), which manages the .ORG domain, urged ICANN to look into the
effect of domain tasting on Internet stability and security.

9. What's in a domain name?
I read today that ICANN is taking another step towards its goal of bringing
new gTLDs online with the launch of a public consultation on a key report
from ICANN's GNSO.

10. ICANN wants input on new domains
ICANN is continuing with plans to introduce new gTLDs and wants your input.

11. Making money out of typos - Icann must act
Quietly, while no-one was looking, a minor scam on the outskirts of the law
has turned into a major business, creating fast-dealing millionaires and
causing the world's brand owners an almighty headache.

12. PICISOC returns to its origin: Honiara, Solomon Islands
In his address to the PacINET 2007 Opening Plenary this morning, PICISOC
Chair, Rajnesh Singh, remarked that PICISOC was founded at the Forum
Fisheries Agency (FFA) in Honiara, Solomon Islands, some eight years ago.
http://www.tonga-now.to/Article.aspx?ID=3845 [news release]

13. PM opens PacINET 2007
Sogavare noted that in order to achieve "Internet for Everyone", the Vision
of the Internet Society (ISOC), the Pacific needs to take a collaborative
and multi-stakeholder approach.

14. ICANN launches Top-Level Domain consultation (sub req'd)

 - (cc)TLD NEWS
15. Nominet registrant satisfaction survey 2007 [news release]
We are conducting a registrant satisfaction survey to measure levels of
satisfaction with our support services.  This is the fifth survey that we
have carried out.

16. Turkish newspaper Hurriyet wins right to domain name, UN panel rules
The Turkish mass circulation newspaper Hurriyet has won the right to a
website address with its name, the U.N. intellectual property agency said
Tuesday. The paper was handed ownership of the hurriyet.com address after
appealing to a United Nations panel in a dispute with the unnamed holder of
the domain name, based in Berlin, Germany.

17. Waging war against cybersquatting
When it comes to cybersquatting, there's a new sheriff in town: the
Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse. A nonprofit organization based in
Washington, D.C., with a roster of members, including the likes of Yahoo,
AIG, Dell, Eli Lilly, Hilton, HSBC, Marriott, Verizon and Wyndham, the
coalition has launched a national campaign against the fraudulent abuse of
domain name registration that is at the core of cybersquatting. Even more,
the group has targeted cybersquatting as a threat to the future viability of
Internet commerce.

18. uk: Whizz kid wins Olympic battle
Matthew Parker is celebrating victory in his wrangle with the Olympic
organisers.The Cheltenham computer whizz kid will get to keep his house
rental website - but the domain name will have to change. Although he feels
bullied by the big wigs from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic
Games, the 30-year-old is celebrating. He is being allowed to redirect the
original address to the new one.

19. Domain Name Dispute – How Do You Do It?
Have you heard the term "domain name dispute"? Or, are you familiar with the
domain name dispute? If not yet, then it's not a big problem though. This
article will provide you some facts about the domain name dispute for you to
better comprehend what the nature of this thing is and why does it surface,
so you better read on.

20. Big Considerations For Domain Name Owners
As domain names continue to surface, the numbers of people who engaged into
getting, purchasing, and owning a domain names rises. This event therefore
leads to an increase in number of the domain name owners. Given such fact,
the International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers or the ICANN
with its Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the
Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) recently presents serious
dangers to the innocent domain name owners.

21. Cyber-abuse on the increase
Online retail is driving growth in the retail sector, and at a time when
high street sales are declining in many retail sectors, internet shopping is
bucking the trend.

 - IPv4/IPv6
22. IT execs ask: What can IPv6 do for me?
Preparations to install IPv6 on government backbone networks are in full
swing, but who's asking, "How can IPv6 improve government services?"

23. Does Success Hinge on a Domain Name?
Startups scrambling for domain names—the shorter and catchier, the
better—find themselves in negotiations with owners of desirable Web

24. Finding Your Dream Domain Name
Not all the good ones are taken, but many are. Experts suggest you choose
your company name first, and go from there

25. Internet Law - country code domain names
Companies used to be able to register their domain name in the ".com"
hierarchy without concern for other "top-level domains." A large number of
countries however have been using their "country-code" domain names for
example Tuvalu's ".tv". Country codes should be considered and how online
businesses and electronic commerce should react to them.

26. Internet Law - Denial of Service attacks pose security risks and loss to
electronic commerce
Denial of service attacks have been forefront on the minds of security
experts for terrorism and for plotting activities. There has been intense
debates over the expansion of government surveillance as the country faces
ongoing threats of terrorist attacks. Denial of service attacks can have a
enormous impact on the conduct of electronic commerce as well.

27. A Dot-Org Stresses That It's No Dot-Com
A large marketer of financial services is seeking to become the master of a
domain name. The marketer is TIAA-CREF, which is making a significant change
in its advertising that plays up its status as a nonprofit organization. The
campaign, getting under way this week, signals its intent by focusing on a
new Web site, powerof.org.

28. Go Daddy may bench Super Bowl ads
Go Daddy Group Inc. is thinking about sitting out the 2008 Super Bowl. In
his August blog, Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons says the decision to advertise in
next year's football extravaganza isn't cut and dried.

29. How Domains Expire
Domains do not simply "expire." The process involves a few steps and
understanding them can be important to understanding why there is an
additional fee for renewals in certain circumstances.

30. VeriSign Up on Terms of $1.1B Debt [AP]
Shares of VeriSign Inc. rose Wednesday after the company said it priced a
$1.1 billion of 3.25 percent junior subordinated convertible debentures,
which it previously said it plans to use to buy back shares.

31. Marchex: What To Do With 200,000 Domain Names?
Marchex is a company with great assets that keeps coming up short on
performance. Shares recently fell to a 3 year low after reporting results
which missed expectations and issuing a disappointing outlook for the next
quarter. Marchex owns a portfolio of over 200,000 domain names.

32. Sex.info Currently for Auction on Sedo.com
Sedo is excited to announce that sex.info is currently being auctioned by
its owner on the Sedo marketplace.

33. Moniker Sells More Than 90 Premium Domain Names at Internext Expo [news
More than $800,000 in premium, adult domain names were sold during recent
Live and Silent Auctions hosted by Moniker. The auctions, which saw more
than 90 domains change hands, took place during Internext Expo, the world's
largest business-to-business online and digital media adult conference.

34. The Weather Channel Interactive Secures weather.mobi Domain [news
dotMobi announced that The Weather Channel Interactive has become the first
company to secure rights to a premium .mobi domain through participation in
a unique Request for Proposal premium name process.

35. Cab.com for US$110,000
CabCab.com enters the Domain Roundtable auction. A last minute addition, the
domain has a reserve of $110,000. For more news on domains for sale, see

36. AZ.com Gets $500k Bid Ahead of Auction, Rebate(s).com Sells for US$1.0M
Before the Domain Roundtable live auction kicked off in Seattle today,
AZ.com has already received a $500,000 bid.

37. Domain Roundtable Roundup
Domain Rountable enters its third day in Seattle.

38. Domain Name Panel Addresses Revenue Multiples, Potential Market Bubble
A group of domain industry experts spoke about industry trends at Domain
Roundtable in Seattle today.

39. Domain RoundTable panel on web2.0 and development by Frank Michlick
Earlier today I was on a panel at Domain RoundTable in Seattle about web2.0
and domain development together with Joe Davison from TechAnalyst.com

40. Anhörung zum Auswahlverfahren für neue Adresszonen im Netz
Die private Netzverwaltung ICANN hat am vergangenen Freitag den Startschuss
zur öffentlichen Anhörung des lange und kontrovers diskutierten
Vergabeverfahrens für neue Internet-Adresszonen (TLDs) gegeben. Noch 20 Tage
haben interessierte Kreise oder Nutzer Zeit, das künftige Vergabeverfahren
zu kommentieren. Kurz nach Ablauf der Frist für Stellungnahmen am 30. August
will das bei ICANN zuständige Selbstverwaltungsgremium für generische TLDs
über die Prinzipien, Empfehlungen und praktische Umsetzung entscheiden.

41. Schon mal Domains "getastet"?
Die ICANN will dem Problem des so genannten "Domain Tasting" noch besser auf
die Spur kommen. Daher wendet sich die Netzverwaltung beziehungsweise eine
spezielle Arbeitsgruppe der für TLDs wie .com, .net oder .org zuständigen
GNSO, mit einer Liste von Fragen an die Netzöffentlichkeit: Wer hat schon
einmal eine Domain kostenfrei ausgetestet, wer hat durch das "Tasting" schon
einmal selbst Schaden erlitten?

42. Ein Archiv für das österreichische Web
Die Österreichische Nationalbibliothek [ÖNB] will im Jahr 2008 damit
beginnen, österreichische Websites für die Nachwelt zu archivieren. ORF.at
hat mit Bettina Kann von der Abteilung Archivierung digitaler Medien in der
Nationalbibliothek über das Projekt gesprochen. Die österreichische
Domain-Registrierungsstelle nic.at zählt derzeit rund 785.000 Websites mit
der österreichischen Endung ".at".

43. Domainname kann auch auf den Namen eines Vertreters registriert werden
Domainnamen können auch auf den Namen eines Vertreters, etwa dem des
Web-Designers der damit beauftragt wurde eine Internetseite aufzubauen,
registriert werden. Das berichtet der Anwalt-Suchservice unter Berufung auf
ein Urteil des Bundesgerichtshofs.

44. Où résidera le millionième .CH ?
Switch convoque depuis lundi les internautes à deviner la localité du futur
propriétaire du millionième .CH. Une campagne qui met l'accent sur la forte
densité de noms par habitant dont jouit la Suisse.

45. Les règles de création de TLD en ligne
L'ICANN propose aux internautes de réagir aux règles qui auront vocation à
régir l'acceptation ou l'abandon de projets de création de nouvelles
extensions TLD. L'appel à commentaires est ouvert jusqu'au 30 août 2007.

46. La ICANN se replantea su servicio de prueba de dominios
La posibilidad de devolver los dominios no deseados en los días posteriores
a su compra ha ocasionado que su número sea mayor que el de los comprados.

47. +RAICES Ecuador: Nuevo Servidor Raiz
Dando cumplimiento al acuerdo firmado durante la reunión de LACNIC X, en
Isla Margarita en mayo de este año, LACNIC (Registro de Direcciones IP para
América Latina y el Caribe), ISC (Internet Systems Consortium), AEPROVI
(Asociación de Empresas Proveedoras de Servicios de Internet, Valor
Agregado, Portadores y Tecnologías de la Información, administrador del NAP)
y NIC.EC (el Registro de Nombres de Dominio .EC) instalaron hoy en Quito el
quinto Servidor Raíz para América Latina y el Caribe en el marco del
proyecto +Raices.

48. Lettere for luringer
Det internasjonale Internett-styringsorganet ICANN vurderer å innføre
mulighet til å holde tilbake navn, adresse og andre opplysninger om folk som
har registrert nettsider.

49. Az.pl na Liscie Subskrybentów Code of Conduct
Dla swoich akredytowanych rejestratorów, EURid (European Registry for
Internet Domains), Europejski Rejestr Internetowych Nazw Domen utworzyl Code
of Conduct. Jest to Kodeks Postepowania, zawierajacy najwazniejsze wytyczne
i zasady postepowania obowiazujace rejestratorów domen europejskich (.eu).
Jego glównym celem jest przekazanie informacji o wiarygodnosci i stabilnosci
firmy, przejrzystosci cen i najwyzszej jakosci uslug.

50. Stories mentioning ICANN in Chinese

51. Story in Chinese

52. Story in Korean on .kp and mentioning ICANN

53. Story in Russian mentioning ICANN
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