[AfrICANN-discuss] News of the Net

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Thu Nov 29 10:49:39 SAST 2007

1-4. Internet could run out of capacity by 2010, study claims [IDG]
A report from Nemertes Research claims "Consumer and corporate use of the
Internet could overload the current capacity and lead to brown-outs in two
years unless backbone providers invest billions of dollars in new
infrastructure." To prevent this, the report suggests "backbone providers
[will be required to] invest up to $137 billion in new capacity, more than
double what service providers plan to invest."

6. IP Justice Report on 2007 IGF
IP Justice gives its report on the IGF meeting recently held in Rio, giving
where they feel the meeting excelled, and where the 2008 meeting can
improve. Highlights were the high quality of the workshops and best practice
sessions with an often outstanding level of quality of the dialogue in many
sessions, the broad depth of sessions and robust quality of debate in
non-main session discussions. Webcasting, transcription and the interactions
and networking opportunities also got high marks. Areas where IP Justice
felt there could be improvements were the lack of discussion on areas such
as online censorship or other human rights, the lack of gender balance (too
many older men) and youth and the main sessions were dominated by
established particpants.

1. The Internet Singularity, Delayed: Why Limits in Internet Capacity Will
Stifle Innovation on the Web
Executive Summary: In this research study, Nemertes performed an independent
in-depth analysis of Internet and IP infrastructure (which we call capacity)
and current and projected traffic (which we call demand) with the goal of
understanding how each has changed over time, and determining if there will
ever be a point at which demand exceeds capacity.

2. Internet could run out of capacity by 2010, study claims [IDG]
Consumer and corporate use of the Internet could overload the current
capacity and lead to brown-outs in two years unless backbone providers
invest billions of dollars in new infrastructure, according to a study
released Monday. A flood of new video and other Web content could overwhelm
the Internet by 2010 unless backbone providers invest up to $137 billion in
new capacity, more than double what service providers plan to invest,
according to the study by Nemertes Research LLC, an independent analysis
firm. In North America alone, backbone investments of $42 billion to $55
billion will be needed in the next three to five years to keep up with
demand, Nemertes said.

3. Net gridlock by 2010 study warns
Consumer demand for bandwidth could see the internet running out of capacity
as early as 2010, a new study warns. US analyst firm Nemertes Research
predicted a drastic slowdown as the network struggles to cope with the
amount of data being carried on it. Such gridlock would drastically affect
how people use the web and could mean the next Google or YouTube simply
doesn't get off the ground, it said.

4. Bandwidth Demands Exceeding Internet Infrastructure Investment
Nemertes Research has released a report on the future of the Internet
infrastructure. The key finding from the report is that bandwidth demands
are exceeding infrastructure investment, especially at the access layer. We
project that users may begin to see the impact of degraded application
performance as early as 2010. We also noted that the planned investments in
Internet infrastructure are insufficient to meet growing demand.

5. An Internet Security Operations Viewpoint of IGF
The IGF is an annual UN conference on Internet governance which was held
this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The topics discussed range from human
rights online to providing Internet access in developing countries. A
somewhat secondary topic of conversation is Internet security and
cyber-crime mostly limited to policy and legislative efforts. Techies and
Internet security industry don't have much to do there, but I have a few
updates for us from the conference.

6. IP Justice Report on 2007 IGF
The 2007 IGF is officially over. The second meeting hosted by the United
Nations to advance discussion on issues related to Internet governance was
held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 12 – 15 November 2007. The 4-day
international conference focused on 5 main themes: Openness, Access,
Security, Diversity, and issues related to the management of Critical
Internet Resources (CIR). Capacity building was a cross-cutting issue
through all the main themes. Over 2,000 registered participants from 109
countries attended the IGF's various main plenary sessions, workshops, best
practice sessions and other related meetings.

7. Network Neutrality: Implications for Europe - 3-4 December 2007 Bonn,
Given the growing prominence of broadband, an intense debate concerning
whether Internet service providers should be required to offer access to
content, applications and network devices on a non-discriminatory basis has
been raging in the United States. This Network Neutrality debate has not
been intense so far in Europe; however, the issue of Network Neutrality was
a factor in the 2006 review of the European regulatory framework, and it
could have far-reaching implications for the long-term development of ICTs
in Europe. This workshop will try to assess the current situation, identify
shortcomings and explore future options.

8. Is the Internet Governable? by Larry Seltzer
Opinion: No, there's no Internet Governmental Organization based in
Switzerland that can order anyone around. What authorities there are can
only focus on the high-profile stuff. Mostly, it's every man for himself.
Most people must assume that there's some agency in charge of the Internet,
someone who can enforce rules and impose new standards. Of course there
isn't. Partly it's from misleading representations of technology on TV and
the movies. I especially remember one "Law&Order" episode in which the NYPD
computer guru ran a "tracert" program that identified who had sent an e-mail
down to the address of their house. Neat trick.

9. Partnership to Grow Internet Information in African Nations [reg req'd]
Increasing awareness about Internet Governance issues and working together
on the development and growth of the Internet in Africa are part of the
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU).


10. Partnership to grow Internet information in African nations
Increasing awareness about Internet Governance issues and working together
on the development and growth of the Internet in Africa are part of the
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the African Telecommunications Union

11. Hero's honour for decision-maker - Dennis Jennings, new ICANN board
Back in 1983, while most of us were being asked to tighten our belts,
Irishman Dennis Jennings had to make a decision that would eventually have
far-reaching social, scientific and economic implications, not only for the
world but also for Ireland. Dublin is now the envy of the world, with major
internet companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Amazon and eBay having bases here
and employing thousands between them. Few realise that the internet, as we
know it, was made possible by Jennings' decision in 1983, when he was in
charge of the supercomputer programme at the National Science Foundation in
the US, to deploy a protocol known as TCP/IP in a network linking 304
university research departments in the US.

12. Domain Name Update: Front Running by Matthew Hall
The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) of ICANN has launched a
probe into the practice of what it calls domain name "front running". ICANN
said that there are widespread suspicions that checks for availability are
being monitored and the information used to register desired addresses in
order to sell them back to the user at a profit. People who want to buy a
domain name usually check its availability first on websites such as
whois.net, or through registrar companies. It is at that point that
unscrupulous operators may be registering names in order to profit from the

 - (cc)TLD NEWS
13. Internet law - Andorran domain registration
Andorra is one of the smallest countries in the world, and only recently
came under self-rule. But given that the little state tucked away in the
Pyrenees range has beautiful scenery, tourism has helped invigorate a
formerly moribund economy. Set in the center of southern Europe, the country
could become an Internet hub if interested parties invested in the
infrastructure, knowing that the prime E.U. location and small amount of
bureaucracy could prove a potent business mix.

14. Popular Spanish domain names containing accents raffled [reg req'd]

15. .LAT to become the new Internet Domain Extension for Latinos
It is official! eCOM-LAC and NIC Mexico, the organizations in charge of
pursuing the Internet domain name for Latinos, announced that .LAT as the
extension to identify this new domain.

16. uk: Nominet Domain name industry report
Nominet has released their first 'Domain name industry report'. The key
themes examined in the report are: an analysis of global domain name
statistics; registrant statistics and trends within the UK and a close look
at the UK registrar market. The findings of the report show that the domain
name industry both globally and in the UK is healthy. The report
demonstrates the extent of the uptake of the Internet in the UK. It reveals
areas of potential future growth and gives pointers as to current trends in
domain name registration and the changing nature of the UK registrar market.

17. uk: Nominet establish a Foundation [news release]
The Board is proposing the establishment of a Nominet Foundation for the
purpose of public benefit to UK Internet stakeholders through education,
research and the funding of suitable projects.

18. Nominet awarded the contract to run the Tier 1 registry for ENUM [news
Nominet has announced they have been awarded the contract to run the Tier 1
registry for UK ENUM, a standard that will unify the telephone numbering
system with the Internet's Domain Name System.

19. DNS security improves as firms tool up to tackle spam
Domain name servers on the net are still often vulnerable to attacks despite
some marked improvements, according to a new survey. Many organisations are
making efforts to install the most recent versions of BIND and eliminate
Microsoft DNS for external servers. But most still leave their systems open
to denial of service and pharming attacks by allowing recursion and zone
transfers in response to arbitrary requests from unauthenticated parties.

20. DNS Servers in Harm's Way
Sometimes it takes a DNS attack for an organization to get serious about the
security of its Internet-facing DNS name servers. Many of these servers
today are still not properly secured or configured, security experts say,
leaving them wide open for distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) and other
types of attacks. "There are many organizations who are still in the dark
about managing their external DNS," says David Ulevitch, CEO of OpenDNS.
"Just as people run firewalls and anti-spam systems, it's important for them
to manage the DNS coming into, and leaving, their network.

21. DNS security still "as vulnerable as ever"
The security of domain name system (DNS) continues to be an issue for
network administrators, despite the availability of more secure DNS servers
such as BIND 9, according to a survey by network appliance company,

22. Are your servers vulnerable to DNS attacks?
More than half of internet name servers today allow requests that leave
networks vulnerable to cache poisoning and distributed denial of service
attacks — a fact that has not improved over the past year. The finding is
part of the third annual survey of the internet's domain name servers
released this week by The Measurement Factory, which conducted the survey
for DNS management appliance maker Infoblox.

23. Video spam and other nastiness set for 2008
MessageLabs has unveiled its security predictions for 2008, and
unsurprisingly the forecast is a tad gloomy, with video file spam among
other nastiness predicted for the coming year.
"ICANN will continue to be exploited through loopholes, and domain kiting
will continue to be a problem." (Again, ICANN exploits are already with us).

24. Protecting Your Brand in Cyberspace
For business, the Internet age means sales without borders and a worldwide
market of billions of customers. The same aspects of the Internet that are
so attractive to business, however, can also be a source of sleepless nights
and deep concern for legal counsel charged with corporate brand protection.

25. Domain Name System still at risk
The Domain Name System (DNS) is still growing strongly, indicating the
internet's expansion in terms of infrastructure, users, traffic and
applications. But the annual survey of domain name servers on the public
internet by Infoblox suggests that the global DNS is as vulnerable as ever.

26. Hackers Abuse Domain-Name Trust
Using variations on trusted, popular domains has long been a common tactic
for scammers, spammers and porn sites. But cyber criminals have devised a
new twist on the misspelled domain-name trick by hijacking IP addresses. And
they tried it on Yahoo.

27. Domain names can falsely lure users
The type of domain name that a website uses is not necessarily authorised
anymore, it has been claimed, and can be attained by almost anyone. Record
sales of certain domain names with popular key words highlight the
importance of the name of site, yet communications supplier Pipex Hosting
has stated that these names are often not actually what they describe.

28. UK cements reputation as phishing hotspot
The UK is now established as the second biggest target area for phishing
attacks on banks, according to research from security firm RSA show.

29. Slip of the fingers nets profit for some: McAfee report
A slip of the fingers on the keyboard is helping a band of online
entrepreneurs make money from our mistakes. A new report from security
software company McAfee reveals the practice of "typo-squatting" - using
common misspellings of popular brands, products and people in order to
redirect consumers to alternative websites.

30. Misspelled Children's Web Sites Lead to Porn
Children's Web sites are frequent targets a growing category of online fraud
where unsuspecting Web surfers are lured to malicious sites when they
misspell the URL.

 - IPv4/IPv6
31. Vint Cerf on IPv4 and IPv6
The current Internet design - Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) - was
standardized in 1978, and has 4.3 billion unique terminations. Simply put,
"We can foresee a time when the allocations of addresses will end," said
Cerf, who is known for his work in helping to create what we now know as the
Internet. The number of unique Internet addresses in IPv4, he said, will run
out around 2011.

32. Only a third of global ISPs on the way to IPv6 compliance
Only a third of the world's top 21 ISPs have begun the move to IPv6,
according to Latif Ladid, president of the IPv6 Forum. Speaking at the IPv6
Summit in Canberra yesterday, Ladid said IPv6 continues to come under attack
from multiple fronts forming part of the "world wars" of the Internet.

33. Enterprises still dragging their feet on IPv6 migration
Australia's ICT industry needs to focus on the possibilities of IPv6 and how
the technology will transform online communities. The best way to drive up
interest in IPv6 among consumers and business-users is to drive home the
potential advantages the technology can bring, according to Bruce Sinclair,
the CEO of Hexago.

34. The Name Game: Sometimes, It's a Losing Effort
The list of forgettable names is long, corny and meaningless -- except maybe
in terms of learning from the fallen. Blish, Colib, Diigo, Eskobo, Gliffy,
Gootodo, Goowy, Meebo, Noodly, Otavo, Oyogi, Qoop, Renkoo, Skobee, Tioti,
Trumba, Woomp, Wrickr, Zlango and Zoozio are but a few. This bizarre
avalanche of bad names comes from a single source: the elusive URL. ... "All
of the names in the Blish to Zoozio list cited above are examples of 'what
were they thinking?' and what they were thinking was this: We must have a
domain name that matched exactly our company/product name," agrees Jurisich.
"But, the success of Google has made this issue irrelevant."

35. Tucows - Enhanced Domain Parking Programs
Tucows Inc. , a leading provider of Internet services to web hosting
companies and ISPs worldwide, today officially launched its domain parking
programs that will share over $1 million in revenues with Tucows resellers
over the next 12 months. The two programs, Parked Pages Program and Expired
Domains Program, offer additional sources of revenue to resellers, including
a slice of the growing domain name re-sale market through a share of Tucows
Premium Domains service sales revenues.

36. Wer regiert das Internet? Ruf nach mehr Demokratie
Mehr Schein als Sein – das wird UN-Konferenzen oft vorgeworfen. Dass es auch
anders geht, bewies vorige Woche das zweite Treffen des IGF in Rio de
Janeiro. An die 1400 Vertreter von Staaten, Unternehmen und der
Zivilgesellschaft aus 109 Ländern trafen zusammen, um über die Zukunft des
Internet zu sprechen.

37. Domain-Markt – Fünf Gründe für noch mehr Boom
Der Domain-Markt schwächelte vor mittlerweile sieben Jahren, als die
Internetblase gerade implodierte. Doch innerhalb kürzester Zeit und als
erstes internetaffines Geschäft erholte sich der Handel mit Domains – und es
gibt kein Halten.

38. registrantsearch.com – neues Tool zur Inhabersuche
Das US-Unternehmen Name Intelligence Inc. hat ein Online-Werkzeug
entwickelt, das die Herzen vieler höher schlagen lassen wird: unter der
Domain registrantsearch.com ist es ab sofort möglich, nach den Domains zu
recherchieren, die eine Einzelperson oder ein Unternehmen für sich
registriert hat.

39. Tippfehler-Mafia attackiert das Netz
Ein paar Buchstaben zu viel in der Webadresse machen den Unterschied
zwischen einer Suchmaschine und Seiten voll blanker Brüste und fieser Viren.
Cyber-Kriminelle nutzen die Vertipper-Adressen für Angriffe, warnen
Sicherheitsfirmen. Das und mehr im Nachrichten-Überblick.

40. +23% de .EU ce trimestre
L'EURid annonce une progression soutenue des enregistrements et
renouvellements en .EU ce 3eme trimestre 2007 et publie des statistiques
détaillées sur son extension.

41. Accord tacite d'utilisation d'un nom de domaine
A l'issue d'une PARL par décision technique concernant le nom de domaine
fortinet.fr, l'expert de l'OMPI justifie sa décision de ne pas transférer ce
dernier par le fait que le demandeur aurait implicitement autorisé le
défendeur à exploiter ledit nom de domaine.

42. Un .LAT pour l'Amérique latine
C'est cette dénomination qui a finalement été retenue par l'organisation
E-com Lac et le registre du .MX, pour désigner le projet d'extension dédiée
à l'Amérique latine.

43. «Internet n'est pas une zone de non-droit»
En même temps qu'est né le web est apparue la question du statut juridique
des sites Internet. Quels sont les droits et devoirs d'un contenu diffusé
simultanément sur l'ensemble de la planète ? Ce sujet couvre un large champ
de domaines (nom de domaine, vie privée, propriété intellectuelle,
cybercriminalité, règlementation commerciale, etc.) et concerne à la fois
les hébergeurs, les sites, les créateurs de contenus et les visiteurs.

44. Qui contrôle les concepts ?
A quoi sert la communication ? On essaie de nous faire croire qu'elle
servirait à unifier et à pacifier le monde. Qu'il suffirait que la
communication se globalise et se mondialise – grâce, en particulier, au
couplage des ordinateurs et des téléphones, et à l'essor d'Internet – pour
que les conflits sociaux, politiques ou militaires s'apaisent et
disparaissent. C'est un mythe, bien sûr. Que répandent ceux qui possèdent le
contrôle des concepts. D'où l'énorme importance de la bataille des mots qui
se livre actuellement.
Au prétexte de la traque du terrorisme, les Etats-Unis se sont érigés en
gendarme des flux globaux (financiers, maritimes, aériens, informationnels).
Ainsi, lors du Sommet mondial sur la société de l'information de 2005, les
a-t-on vus opposer une fin de non-recevoir à la question de la réforme du «
gouvernement d'Internet ». Le réseau mondial est en effet géré par l'Icann.

45. La governance di Internet tira le somme dopo Rio
L'Igf 2007 ha parlato dell'urgenza di una carta dei diritti di Internet e di
una Rete poliglotta e pluralista

46. Internet Governance Forum: avanti tutta verso una Rete poliglotta
Da Rio de Janeiro il richiamo dell'Onu per un'Internet fondata sui valori di
pluralismo e diversità. A partire dai caratteri utilizzati per gli
indirizzi: stop all'egemonia dell'alfabeto latino

47. La Governance di internet dopo Rio
Ban Ki-Moon, Segretario Generale dell'ONU, nel suo discorso di saluto, ha
definito l'Internet Governance Forum " modesto nei suoi mezzi, ma non nelle
sue aspirazioni". Quella che potrebbe sembrare una elegante definizione di
velleitarismo definisce, invece, una modalità di azione inedita quanto è
inedita la modalità di relazione costituita da Internet.

48. Ber for åpent nett
Internettoppfinner Vint Cerf kjemper beinhardt for Internetts sjel. Han har
liten sans for bredbåndsleverandører og andre som prøver å kuppe deler av

49. I ricercatori sul DNS poisoning: conoscevamo la falla da dieci anni
La vulnerabilità di sicurezza relativa al server DNS di Windows 2000 Server
e Windows Server 2003 risolta Martedì scorso da Microsoft mediante il
rilascio di un'apposita patch sarebbe una falla conosciuta ai ricercatori
già da più di 10 anni. La falla può essere sfruttata da parte di aggressori
per reindirizzare in modo silente le richieste di connessione a siti web
assolutamente leggitimi verso pagine contenenti malware o foriere di
attacchi "phishing".

50. Una Carta dei diritti per l'universo di internet
Quasi nelle stesse ore in cui a New York una commissione dell'Onu approvava
con uno storico voto la proposta di moratoria della pena di morte, a Rio de
Janeiro il rappresentante delle stesse Nazioni Unite chiudeva il grande
Internet Governance Forum affermando che i molti problemi che si pongono in
rete richiedono un Internet Bill of Rights.

51. Un codice per i blog : i diritti fra governance e liberta' della rete
Da una parte chi vorrebbe piena lberta' di copiare i contenuti della rete in
nome della condivisione del sapere ed inorridisce all'idea che un blog possa
essere oscurato per accuse di diffamazione, dall'altro chi difende il
diritto di copyright e sfruttamento commerciale di un'opera e teme che la
piena liberta' di espressione in Internet possa portare ad abusi impuniti.

52. Nace .LAT, el dominio para Latinoamérica.
Autoridades de las organizaciones de eCOM-LAC y NIC México dieron a conocer
que quienes quieran ser identificados como latino en Internet, podrían
utilizar .LAT (que quiere decir Latinoamérica en Internet), a partir del

53. Piden más empresas punto.com
Cuatro de las empresas de telecomunicaciones más importantes de México se
encuentran en pláticas sobre una alianza con la firma Verising para
convertirse en distribuidores directos de los dominios (direcciones) de
internet con la extensión .com y .net.

54. Red.es anuncia que el próximo 12 de diciembre se liberalizará el
registro de dominios multilingües
La entidad pública Red.es informó ayer de que a partir del próximo 12 de
diciembre quedará liberalizado el registro de dominios multilingües ".es",
lo que hará posible que todos los usuarios puedan tener dominios con
caracteres de las lenguas oficiales en España, como la "ñ", la cedilla o las
vocales con tilde.

55. Comenzó el VII Congreso Iberoamericano Independiente de Nombres de
Dominio e Internet Governance.
Dio comienzo en la ciudad de Loja, Ecuador, el VII Congreso Iberoamericano
Independiente de Nombres de Dominio e Internet Governance. El evento es
organizado por la Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja.

56. Typosquatting: Cuidado con lo que escribe en su navegador.
Typosquatting es una forma de ciberocupación que se basa en los errores
tipográficos de los usuarios de Internet al ingresar direcciones en su
navegador. Ello da lugar a que sean remitidos accidentalmente a un sitio web
distinto al que originariamente deseaban visitar, y que se encuentra bajo el
dominio de un ciberocupador.

57. Trafikkork på internett i 2010
Nye måter for å analysere trafikkveksten på internett fører til spådommer om
at veksten kan komme til å kvele nettet allerede i 2010.

58. Story in Russian mentioning ICANN

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