[AfrICANN-discuss] and last for this week --- news from around the world

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Nov 30 14:37:12 SAST 2007

1. APC makes recommendations to UN internet governance forum

Following the conclusion of the second IGF, the Association for Progressive
Communications (APC) presents an initial assessment of the event and makes
suggestions for moving towards the third forum in New Delhi in a year's
time. The Rio IGF, like the first IGF in Athens, succeeded as a space for
inclusive policy dialogue. The openness of the event's format and the
quality and diversity of the participants deepened understanding of complex
and controversial issues. The format of the workshops enabled participants
to gain a better grasp of both commonality and difference in their positions
and opinions. It is this nuanced approach that enables the IGF to influence
and inform policy without the constraints of needing to create consensus on
negotiated text. The APC made a number of suggestions, these being about
establishing of a self-regulatory mechanism to ensure participation, access
to information and transparency in internet governance; convening of
regional and national IG!

 Fs; convening of "IGF working groups"; effective resourcing of the IGF
secretariat; strengthening the capacity and legitimacy of the
Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group; making better use of plenary time;
increased participation in agenda setting and increased participation in
agenda setting


2. ICANN gets test results on internationalised domains

The Register, and Web Host Directory using The Register's article, both
comment on the results of the first period of tests of IDNs. The Register
begins, "ICANN made a serious public relations push about its long-standing
attempts to implement Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) the week prior
to the October ICANN meeting, and the initial public test results are in."
The articles note the Chinese account for 40% of all beta testers, followed
somewhat behind by Russian-speakers "at a relatively feeble 13 per cent."



25. Bodog Patent Case Gets Technical - are domain names property to be asked
in court

Whether domain names are property that can be subject to seizure to collect
on a judgment is a question that has been asked in a Washington state court
in the ongoing dispute between 1st Technologies and Bodog Entertainment
Group SA (which does not operate the Bodog online entertainment businesses
and websites). Bodog Entertainment Group does not think domain names are







1. APC makes recommendations to UN internet governance forum

The second IGF concluded on November 15 and the Association for Progressive
Communications (APC) presents an initial assessment of the event and makes
suggestions for moving towards the third forum in New Delhi in a year's
time. The Rio IGF, like the first IGF in Athens, succeeded as a space for
inclusive policy dialogue. The openness of the event's format and the
quality and diversity of the participants deepened understanding of complex
and controversial issues. The format of the workshops enabled participants
to gain a better grasp of both commonality and difference in their positions
and opinions. It is this nuanced approach that enables the IGF to influence
and inform policy without the constraints of needing to create consensus on
negotiated text.








2. ICANN gets test results on internationalised domains

ICANN made a serious public relations push about its long-standing attempts
to implement IDNs the week prior to the October ICANN meeting, and the
initial public test results are in.


3. ICANN – Released Results on IDNs

ICANN has tested and is looking to implement IDNs, the initial public test
results have been collected. ICANN released preliminary statistics Monday
covering the first public tests of the long awaited localised domains. In
truth, IDNs have been in the testing phase for years, but only in the weeks
leading up to the latest ICANN meeting did ICANN allow the Joe Sixpacks of
the non-English speaking world to test the system out, albeit in a very
limited capacity. This correspondent was fortunate enough to get a personal
walk-through of the system at the Los Angeles meeting courtesy of ICANN's
IDN honcho Tina Dam.


4. Iron Mountain lands ICANN data escrow agreement

Iron Mountain announced today that it has begun providing long-awaited data
escrow services to ICANN and its panoply of approved registrars. Ever since
the RegisterFly debacle exposed ICANN's failure to account properly for the
data escrow requirements of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA),
data escrow has been at or near the top of the ICANN agenda.



 - (cc)TLD NEWS


5. Latest 'Net gold may rest in Asia's domain

A land rush is happening in Hong Kong, but it doesn't involve the high-rise
properties for which the city is famous. Instead, it's the epicenter of a
brand new patch of cyber real estate soon to go on the global market.
Starting in December, online auctions will begin for companies vying to
register on the new .Asia top-level domain registry. Like .com, .info and
.biz before it, this new Asia-wide category of Web address opens
opportunities for cyber squatters to pan for Internet gold -- or dig up
fresh disputes over claims on this potentially valuable new piece of


6. Prospects of next generation Internet application in China

Since the beginning of this century, the robust growth of broadband access
technology and service has pushed the development of the Internet in China
onto a fast track. By September 2007, China's Internet subscribers had grown
to 172 million, with a penetration rate of 13 percent. Thanks to the open
access policy adopted by the government, the number of Internet service
providers has been increasing dramatically in the past few years, reaching
14,446 by June 2007, among which 9,791 are service providers based on mobile
Internet. Internet-related revenue, already totalling more than 100 billion
yuan, is growing by 35 percent annually. Telecom carriers are mainly engaged
in providing Internet access and information service, IDC and WAP services.
The size of China's Internet market amounts to approximately 30 billion
yuan, or about 9 percent of the country's total telecom revenue. ... Today,
there are 65,000 WAP websites with independent domain names operating in
China. About 4!

 4.3 million people, or 27.3 percent of Internet subscribers, are using
mobile phone to access the Internet in China. With 500 million mobile phone
subscribers and 38.3 percent penetration rate, the Internet and mobile
Internet have tremendous potentials in China.


7. fr: The AFNIC proposes a new framework for access to data concerning .fr
domain names ("Whois data") [news release]

The AFNIC is developing its data access policies to enable better
surveillance of infringements of the rights of third parties, whilst
providing a legal framework for use made of its data. As part of this
framework it will soon be proposing: "A relaxing of the conditions for
resolving anonymity of holders who are physical persons." Aware that the
current system for protecting individuals' personal data could be perceived
as a hindrance to the rightful owner's attempt to protect himself/herself
from abusive registrations, the AFNIC is developing its procedure for
resolving anonymity. The AFNIC will continue to protect individuals'
personal data, but it will soon be possible to ask AFNIC to reveal the
identity and details of a person who has registered a .fr domain name.


8. Latino groups seek .LAT domain to transcend political boundaries

The Latino community may soon have its own top-level domain, .LAT, if a
proposal by two organizations goes through. eCOM-LAC, an organization that
works to ensure regional representation of Latin America, and NIC Mexico,
the entity that manages the top-level domain of .MX for Mexico, announced
the new extension earlier this month as an effort to "identify,
differentiate, and add value to Internet resources related with Latinos."


9. Take-off Speed for the .mobi Domain?

The .mobi domain has been established for about 18 months now, and aims to
specifically address sites for the mobile web. Of course mobiles have very
specific needs, in that the screen is small and data can be expensive. Data
can also be slow, unless you have the latest 3G HSDPA features in your
phone, and are in a coverage area. So .mobi sites should fit into the size
constraints (especially screen width) and minimize the graphical content, to
speed up access.


10. uk: Nominet sees opportunities and risks

Experts debated what 2008 will mean for the domain name industry at last
month's registrar conference held by .uk registry Nominet, predicting strong
growth for the suffix. There were also warnings from some quarters over the
continued rise of the practice of domain tasting, and firms were urged to
tightly manage their domain name portfolios. Lesley Cowley, chief executive
of Nominet, predicted the UK top-level domain would reach 10 million
subscribers next year, but she added that trust and security would
increasingly be differentiators for registrars as they seek to retain




11. uk: Nominet plots one registry to rule them all

Nominet, the not-for-profit that runs the .co.uk domain name database, has
been awarded the contract to build the new Enum registry. Enum domains will
map telephone numbers to web addresses.


12. uk: Enum registry could revolutionise VoIP

A registry is to be created that could reduce businesses' phone bills by
forcing VoIP providers to interconnect their networks. The so-called Enum
(from tElephone NUmber Mapping) registry is to be created by Nominet, the
company that already runs the .uk registry, after it won the UK contract on



13. uk: Nominet – You Could Loose Your .co.uk

One in 14 .co.uk domain names is registered within 10 seconds of becoming
available, according to Nominet. The data, contained in a Nominet report on
the domain name system, serves as a warning to firms that fail to keep their
contact details up to date, or fail to monitor messages sent to the
registered email address, or fail to scribble renewable reminders on their
kitchen calendar.


14. uk: Nominet examines .uk domain dropcatching

Yesterday Lem Bingley began looking at the registration of recently expired
.uk domains, prompted by this month's Nominet report on the state of the
domain name system. The report shows that a significant minority of expired
domains (about one in 14) is registered within 10 seconds of becoming
available for new ownership.


15. Nominet Position Paper on Front Running by Michele Neylon

Nominet has published a very detailed and comprehensive position paper on
"front running". Although the paper is a mere 5 pages long it covers all the
areas that the topic encompasses very well and is well worth a read. The
topic of "front running" has received some publicity in the last few months.






16. Reputation of UK Brands Dramatically Affected by Phishing Attacks
according to Survey Commissioned by Cloudmark [news release]

Cloudmark Inc., the global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, today
announced the results of a survey conducted on its behalf by YouGov, which
revealed that public confidence in consumer brands is dramatically affected
by phishing attacks, with 42% of people surveyed feeling that their trust in
a brand would be greatly reduced if they received a phishing email claiming
to be from that company. The survey also showed that the majority of
consumers feel that the responsibility for protection against phishing
attacks lies with themselves, their service provider and the service
provider that transported the phishing emails.


17. uk: Phishing affects consumer confidence

Natwest Bank is the most phished brand in the UK, according to research
among its own users by messaging security firm Cloudmark. The research also
found that the majority of unique phishing sites in Europe are created using
the .uk domain name.


18. How Do You Tell a Web Name From A Typo?

Among the many things the Internet has added recently to contemporary life,
there is this: Many grown-ups now sound like babbling toddlers when speaking
about the digital world -- because many corporate names now have the ring of
a collection of Dr. Seuss characters. Friends tell friends about the hot new
videos on Bebo and Joost, or Hulu and Revver. They buy movie tickets on
Fandango, trade songs on Kazaa and find amusing news items on Fark. Zug is a
comedy site, Yelp is a review site, Woozyfly a music-sharing site. Zune? Not
a Web site at all, but rather a music player.


19. UK headed for cyber 'cold war'

Government and military computer systems in the UK are coming under
sustained attack from China and other countries, a major new study gives
warning today. The closely-read annual Virtual Criminology Report, which
draws on interviews with senior staff at organisations including the Serious
Organised Crime Agency, Nato and the FBI, says that the UK has entered a
"cyber cold war" in which web-based espionage poses the biggest threat to
national security. It envisages a future where rogue governments and
criminal gangs regularly target the computer systems that run electricity,
air traffic control, financial markets and Government computer networks.


20. Attackers use search-engine optimization to hijack prominent terms

Cyberattackers have hijacked thousands of search terms on Google, leading
end-users to unexpected malware installations. Although hijacked search
terms are common, the sheer size of this operation – including tens of
thousands of pages created to obtain high search-engine ranking – is
unprecedented, according to researchers from Sunbelt Software.


21. Global hackers threaten net security in cyber warfare aimed at top

A "cyber cold war" is developing as international web espionage and
cyber-attacks become the biggest threats to internet security, according to
a report. The computer security firm McAfee said governments and
government-allied groups were engaging in increasingly sophisticated cyber
spying, with many attacks originating from China. Some 120 countries could
be developing the capacity for such activities.


22. au: Cyber spy force to shield parliament

Australia's most secretive spy agency will be asked to step up its
protection of Canberra's Parliament House against cyber attacks by foreign
government hackers. The Defence Signals Directorate will oversee security
for a proposed new wireless internet system at Parliament House to ensure
foreign powers cannot exploit it to steal political secrets.


23. State Of Typosquatting (and How Google Benefits From It)

McAfee released a report on typosquatting, the act of cashing in on a users
misspelling of a domain they want to visit. What typosquatters do...


24. Beware of typo-squatters

If you ever make a mistake spelling the name of a product or a person on the
Internet, you may end up at a site of a "typo-squatter" that you will regret
having visited.





25. Bodog Patent Case Gets Technical - are domain names property to be asked
in court

The ongoing and acrimonious patent and domains dispute between 1st
Technologies and Bodog Entertainment Group SA took a new direction last week
with a novel motion filed by the Bodog legal team. The motion, filed on
November 13 in the same court which ordered the confiscation of Bodog
domains in a $47 million default judgement that is still being contested,
asks the court to answer a question which has not yet been answered in
Washington law: "Are Internet domain names considered "property" that can be
subject to seizure to collect on a judgment?"




26. Dell Takes Cybersquatters to Court

Personal computer giant Dell Inc. is pursuing a major "cybersquatting"
lawsuit against several companies that buy and sell Web site addresses,
alleging that the entities earned millions of dollars from Internet traffic
intended for Dell and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. In a case
quietly filed with the U.S. District Court for Southern Florida in October
and unsealed last Wednesday, Dell took aim at a stable of registrars --
companies that are licensed to register and sell new domain names to the
public -- allegding that they are responsible for registering and profiting
off of nearly 1,100 domains that were "confusingly similar" to Dell's
various trademarks.





27. au: Domain Central Wins Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award [news release]

Domain Central has ranked 2nd in the Internet category, and 6th place
overall in the Australian 2007 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards, achieving
1,055% per cent revenue growth over the last three years.





28. Top Benelux Domains Auction Now Running

Sedo is hosting a premium auction event for top Benelux domains including
dames.nl, podcast.nl and lcd.nl.  What's so interesting about .nl domains?
.nl is the third biggest ccTLD in Europe (after .de and .co.uk) with more
than 2.500.000 registered domains. Check out the list below to see the list
of domains with their respective translations.


29. Ringing in the Holidays with Cheer: Last 2007 dotMobi Premium Domain
Name Online Auction with Sedo Begins Nov. 28

Third Sedo-hosted auction in 2007 series offers names for leisure and sports
verticals as well as alcohol-related names like vodka.mobi, tequila.mobi and


30. Affiliate.us gets EUR 120,000 Bid

An auction for Affiliate.us is underway after receiving a 120,000 EUR bid at


31. SportingGoods.com Bowls Over the Competition to Reach Top Spot on the
Weekly Domain Sales Chart

A huge wave of completed sales from last month's Moniker/T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
auction were reported this week, prompting us to expand our Top 20 chart to
50 positions. SportingGoods.com fought its way through the crowded pack to
reach the top spot at $450,000. That was one of 29 domains from the
live/silent auction event that landed on the elite list.





32. Umsetzung von WWW-Adresszonen mit nicht-lateinischen Schriften nimmt
Gestalt an

In den jüngsten Vorschlägen zur Überarbeitung des IDNA-Standards
(Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications) – RFC 3490 – sieht die
ICANN entscheidende Schritte auf dem Weg zur Vergabe von Domains in
nicht-lateinischen Schriften (Internationalized Domain Names – IDN). Die
Überarbeitungsvorschläge einer Expertengruppe ("Design-Team") für IDNA
basieren auf RFC 4690 und umfassen erstens die Abkehr vom bisher
praktizierten Ausschluss bestimmter Buchstaben und den Wechsel zu einem
Katalog zugelassener Zeichen – gestaffelt nach Kategorien wie always, maybe
oder never.


33. TLDs – Neues von .pe, .lat und .asia

GeoTLDs liegen voll im Trend - mit der geplanten Endung .lat und dem
Newcomer .asia dominieren diesmal gleich zwei die News aus der Welt der Top
Level Domains. Dazwischenfunken kann lediglich Peru, das bei seiner ccTLD


34. Psycho-Check – sind Sie ein Domainer?

Sind Sie ein Domainer? Und woran erkennt man eigentlich einen Domainer? Rudy
Hernandez hat in seinem Blog ein paar nicht so ganz ernstgemeinte Merkmale
zusammengetragen, an denen festzumachen ist, ob Sie Domain-Namen verfallen


35. Die Feiertage mit Jubeln einläuten: Letzte 2007 dotMobi Online-Auktion
für Premium-Domainnamen mit Sedo beginnt am 28. November [news release]

In seiner letzten Auktion für "Premiumnamen" im Jahr 2007 - beginnend am
Mittwoch, den 28. November - wird dotMobi 100 Namen freigeben, die für
Freizeit - und Sportmarken auf der ganzen Welt von Interesse sind. Die
Auktion, die am 5. Dezember endet, wird durch Sedo.com veranstaltet, die
führende Online-Handelsplattform für den Kauf und Verkauf von Domainnamen
und Webseiten.



36. Plus de 900.000 noms de domaine enregistrés avec l'extension «.fr»

Dopé par le développement du haut débit et de l'équipement informatique des
ménages, le marché des noms de domaine est en pleine croissance. En
augmentation de 30 %, le .com maintient sa position hégémonique avec plus de
60 millions de noms de domaine déposés. Avec environ 900.000 dépôts,
l'extension française est loin derrière. Mais la situation évolue et devient
plus favorable au .fr. C'est le principal constat de l'Afnic (Association
française pour le nommage internet en coopération), qui a présenté hier son
premier « Observatoire du marché des noms de domaines en France ».


37. Afnic: 965.000 noms de domaine en '.fr'

L'Association française pour le nommage Internet en coopération (Afnic) fait
le bilan de la situation du '.fr'. L'extension française affiche, 18 mois
après son ouverture aux particuliers, 965.467 domaines délégués par


38. "Un effet de rattrapage" dans le dépôt de noms de domaine en .fr

L'Association française de nommage sur Internet en coopération (Afnic), en
charge de gérer l'extension du .fr, vient de publier son premier
observatoire du marché des noms de domaine sur Internet, en association avec
l'Institut national des télécommunications (INT). Selon Mathieu Weill,
Directeur général de l'Afnic, l'objectif de cette publication est "donner
une image fiable du marché et des clefs d'analyses".


39. 8% des mots français ont leur nom de domaine en .fr

Il reste de la place pour les noms de domaine en .fr. Selon une étude
commandée par l'Afnic et publiée mercredi, 8% des 300.000 mots de la langue
française (un chiffre fluctuant) font l'objet d'une déclinaison sous forme
de nom de domaine avec une extension en .fr.


40. L'Afnic radiographie les noms de domaine en .fr [ZDnet]

Pour la première fois, l'Afnic publie un observatoire du marché des noms de
domaine en France, en coopération avec l'Institut national des
télécommunications (INT). Grâce à ce document, l'organisme fournit une
photographie détaillée du secteur, tant sur le développement de l'extension
.fr que sur les spécificités de ses acteurs.


41. L'Afnic radiographie les noms de domaine en .fr

L'observatoire du marché des noms de domaine publié par l'Afnic permet de
connaître en détail les caractéristiques des extensions réservées sous le
.fr. Au 1er octobre 2007, plus de 900.000 noms de domaine en .fr ont été


42. Le chiffre du jour : 964 469

L'Afnic (Association française pour le nommage Internet en coopération)
publie, ce mercredi 28 novembre, son premier observatoire du marché des noms
de domaine en France.


43. Afnic : bilan positif pour le ".fr" des pros et particuliers

Profitant de sa rencontre annuelle avec la presse, l'Association française
pour le nommage Internet en coopération dresse le bilan de l'exploitation du
domaine national. Selon l'association à but non lucratif : "32.000 nouveaux
noms sont créés par mois en France"


44. «L'enjeu à venir pour le FGI : identifier des résultats concrets»

De retour du Forum sur la Gouvernance de l'Internet à Rio, le Directeur
Général de l'AFNIC Mathieu Weill revient sur les grandes lignes de cette
réunion, et sur ce qu'il faut en retenir.


45. Annulation de marque et transfert de nom de domaine

Le dépôt de la marque "Foot Africa le mensuel du football africain" a
constitué un acte de contrefaçon à la marque "Foot Africa". Il a entraîné
l'annulation de la marque mais aussi le transfert du nom
footafrica.orgpropriété du défendeur.


46. Su RAIUtile le Regole di Internet

Il punto della situazione dopo l'Internet Governance Forum di Rio: verso la
democrazia digitale. L'importanza di una carta dei diritti della rete per
tutelare la libertà di espressione, garantire l'accesso, per regolare la
protezione dei dati personali e diritti "del più grande spazio pubblico che
l'umanità abbia mai conosciuto".


47. Una Magna Charta del web per vincere censura e repressione

Per la Dichiarazione Universale dei Diritti dell'Uomo ci sono voluti secoli
e secoli di discussioni, a partire da un dibattito inaugurato nel '700 e
arrivato a termine solo dopo uno choc terribile come la Seconda Guerra
Mondiale. Quanto ci vorrà, invece, per l'Internet Bill of Rights,
l'encomiabile proposta di una Costituzione dei diritti dell'uomo nell'era
elettronica, rilanciata all'ultimo incontro dell'Internet Governance Forum
di Rio (qui la dichiarazione finale in pdf)? Difficile dirlo.


48. Raiutile: la bill of rights del Web

La carta dei diritti e dei doveri di Internet sara' l'argomento della
diretta di RaiUtile, domani alle 13:00. Si parlera' di digital divide,
liberta' di espressione e di misure per contrastare i crimini informatici
con Stefano Rodota', ex presidente dell'Autorita' garante per la protezione
dei dati personali. Tra gli altri ospiti in studio il dg della Cnipa
Caterina Cittadino e il delegato italiano all'Internet governance forum di
Rio de Janeiro Fiorello Cortiana.




49. Secondo Forum sulla Governance di Internet

Dal 12 a 15 novembre 2007 si è svolto a Rio de Janeiro (Brasile) il secondo
Forum sulla Governance di Internet, voluto dalle Nazioni Unite per allargare
a tutti le discussioni sull'esigenza di definire regole che sovrintendano al
funzionamento della Rete in tutti i suoi aspetti: dalla dimensione della
sfera riguardante i contenuti fino alla  tecnologia della rete e dei



50. La última subasta online de nombres de dominio premium dotMobi 2007 con
Sedo comienza el 28 de noviembre [news release]

En su última subasta para 2007 "de nombres premium" - que comienza el
miércoles 28 de noviembre -- dotMobi lanzará 100 nombre de interés de marcas
de ocio y deportes de todo el mundo. La subasta, que termina el 5 de
diciembre, se hospedará en Sedo.com, el principal mercado online para la
compra y venta de nombres de dominios y páginas web.


51. Aguas de Barcelona se quedará con el dominio agbartower.com.

La Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI) ha fallado hoy a
favor de Aguas de Barcelona (Agbar) en la disputa jurídica por la creación
irregular de una página de internet con el nombre de la Torre Agbar en
inglés. Esta torre, obra del arquitecto Jean Nouvel y de 140 metros de
altura, es uno de los nuevos símbolos del paisaje barcelonés.


52. Siete consejos para elegir el mejor dominio

Hoy día, el dominio constituye una carta de presentación para millones de
usuarios y empresas que se mueven en Internet, bien como meros usuarios o
bien desarrollando su actividad profesional y/o empresarial. El dominio es
por tanto, el elemento diferenciador con respecto a los demás usuarios,
empresas o productos, pero también, constituye nuestra dirección en la red,
siendo la forma más sencilla de localizarnos en Internet: "si no estás, no


53. Siete consejos para elegir el mejor dominio

Según Piensa Solutions, hay siete claves básicas para escoger y registrar un


54. no: Krangler om nettadresser

Ei Løten-dame har betalt 18.000 kroner for å eie internettadresser som
justisogpolitidepartementet.no og barneverntjenesten.no. Det vil Staten


55. no: Pass opp for domenesvindlere

Mange nettsideeiere har den siste tiden mottatt e-post som krever at de
registrerer domenet på nytt for ikke å miste det. Registreringen innebærer
betaling av et årshonorar for å beholde nettsiden.


56. Story in Japanese mentioning ICANN and IGF


57. Story in Vietnamese on IPv6
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