[AfrICANN-discuss] Readings on ICANN, IGF, ccTLDs, etc.

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 21:05:02 SAST 2007

1. Internet Governance, Global Privacy and IGF-Rio
This article looks at governance issues and the upcoming IGF in Rio. The
article concludes "As the Internet Governance Forum continues to evolve
definitions of the potential UN role in promoting the global debate on the
future of the Information Age, stake-holders from small to large are also in
the process of defining themselves, their agendas and their participation in
the new worlds of cyberspace governance. The November meetings of IGF-Rio
could be the place where many conversations and initiatives rise from
blog-talk into a world view."

16. gov.uk websites - accessible or offline by end 2008!
Accessibility has been a big issue foe me since I worked for a not for
profit organisation dealing with disabilities. So it was pleasing for me to
see an article in The Register that the British government has given all
websites in the gov.uk domain till the end of 2008 to achieve the minimum,
Level Double-A of the W3C Guidelines will have its domain withdrawn.

19. Have a CERTs - attending GovCert.NL Symposium in the Netherlands by
Milton Mueller
Milton Mueller attended the GovCert.NL Symposium in the Netherlands. He
writes "there were two take-away messages. One is the astounding degree to
which Europeans take privacy more seriously than people in the US."The other
was "the degree to which CERTs constitute an informal "network form" of
global governance, which melds academic, governmental, industry and advocacy
stakeholders." Milton also links to what he calls a very interesting
discussion on the Whois-privacy problem with ICANN, no doubt largely because
it's a paper written by himself titled "The DNS as a Tool for Global
Identity Policy: WHOIS, ICANN, and Global Internet Governance".

i. Little Progress on Western Sahara
As the Fourth (Special Political and Decoloni­zation) Committee of the UN
General Assembly holds its meetings in New York, the issue of Western Sahara
continues to be one of the key items on its agenda. This thorny issue has
resisted any international mediation efforts for decades. The first gleam of
hope appeared in June 2007, after negotiations in Manhasset, New York,
between the government of Morocco and Western Sahara's Algerian-backed
pro-independence movement, the Polisario Front.

1. Internet Governance, Global Privacy and IGF-Rio
The global debate on Internet governance will once again gather people from
all over the world at UN's IGF, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The
process was started last year in Athens, when more than 1,200 participants
focused on discussion of the overarching issues tied to the future of
information and communications technologies, including control over the
Internet architecture and numbering and naming system, security,
intellectual property, openness, connectivity, cost and multilingualism.

2. Working with civil society at the heart of UNESCO Forum
Hubert Védrine, former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nitin Desai,
President of the Internet Governance Forum and former UN
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs as well as Lindsay
Owen-Jones, Chairman of the Board of Directors of L'Oréal, will give keynote
speeches during the meeting.

3. A Consociational Bureau for the Internet Governance Forum
The principle that Internet governance "is a joint effort which requires
cooperation and partnership among all stakeholders" (Geneva Declaration of
Principles, para 20) has become axiomatic since it was first agreed at WSIS,
and is fundamental to the IGF as a "new forum for multi-stakeholder policy
dialogue" (Tunis Agenda, para 72). However at the same time as this
principle has been universally embraced, some of its implications, that
would require the four stakeholder groups identified in the Tunis Agenda to
collaborate on the development of joint policy recommendations (Tunis Agenda
para 72(g)) have met with resistance.

4. Internet Users to Surf Solar System by 2010?
Vint Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the internet, in a recent address
in South Korea talked about working with NASA JPL to create the standards
needed to turn the World Wide Web, to the Solar System Wide Web.


5. ICA at ICANN-LA [news release]
The upcoming ICANN meeting scheduled for October 29-November 2 in Los
Angeles will be a unique opportunity to attend an ICANN meeting in the
United States. It has been more than six years since a meeting took place in
the USA. This opportunity will not recur this decade and is just too good to
miss. The Internet Commerce Association is strongly encouraging all ICA
members and other concerned domain name registrants to attend the LA

6. Single-letter and Single-digit Domain Names available?
ICANN is opening a forum on allocation methods for single-letter and
single-digit domain names in gTLD registries. Answers should be submitted no
later than 15 november 2007.

7. Yes, it is your bubbe's Web address!
The Internet is a worldwide phenomenon, and yet the dominant language for
online traffic has been English. If you want to navigate around the World
Wide Web with a browser, you must have command of the Latin alphabet -- even
if you primarily read and write in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic or Hebrew.

8. It's all Greek, Persian, Tamil and Cyrillic Russian to me!
Web users across the planet can now play around with their name in their own
language (i.e. not English or other "Western-style" languages that use the
same Latin alphabet that I am using to write this blog) thanks to the fact
that ICANN has commenced live testing of IDNs.

9. Domain names in Indian languages soon
India is all set to join the global bandwagon of local language domain
names. Soon you will be able to own domain names in Hindi, Tamil, Sanskrit,
Bengali, Punjabi and some other Indian languages.

 - (cc)TLD NEWS
10. Argentinian com.ar domain name heads Latin American names [sub req'd]

11. Prominent Global Brands Adopt .Asia as Sunrise Commences [news release]
Building on the momentum of the groundbreaking .Asia Pioneer Domains Program
which has attracted global leading brands, DotAsia, the registry operator of
the ".Asia" Internet domain, has launched its Sunrise period, a priority
registration period for trademark owners and companies. The Sunrise phase
will run through to January 15 2008, giving corporations a chance to
register domain to protect their brands online before the general public is
invited to take part in the "Landrush" registration phase in February 2008.

12. Australian political websites ripe for the picking [AAP]
Australia's political parties are leaving themselves open to attack from
hackers, according to internet security company Symantec. ... He is also
concerned that many political parties are leaving themselves open by not
registering "typo" domain names, subtle variations on the party's official
website address, which could be used to host malicious material.

13. au: Online Regulations - Your Website and the Law
The internet is not a lawless territory where anything goes. An online
business is subject to the same regulations as any other model, and there
are pitfalls particular to this relatively new and constantly changing
environment. Michael Sutton sets out regulation guidelines for developing
and operating an online site so it won't fall foul of the law. These days,
every business seems to be online. From multinational corporations to
one-man businesses, the low cost and relative ease of advertising online has
lured many traders to create a website to promote their goods and services.
Consumers are also attracted to the wealth of purchasing information that
these traders are making available on the internet.

14. Five Domain Name Service Providers exposed by CNNIC
The .CN registry has published the name of five domain name service
providers that have received the most complaints from consumers but have not
taken effective measures to rectify their problems.

15. sg: Domain names as easy as 123
Businesses and Internet users in Singapore can soon use their favourite
numbers as their website addresses. Singapore Network Information Centre
(SGNIC), the national internet domain name registry, will release pure
numeric domain names for registration from November.

16. gov.uk websites - accessible or offline by end 2008!
Accessibility has been a big issue foe me since I worked for a not for
profit organisation dealing with disabilities. So it was pleasing for me to
see an article in The Register that the British government has given all
websites in the gov.uk domain till the end of 2008 to achieve the minimum,
Level Double-A of the W3C Guidelines will have its domain withdrawn. The
Register feels this is foolhardy. The Register is wrong and misguided in its
view. It is a great incentive for government agencies to get their websites
to abide by the W3C guidelines. For too long website designers have ignored
or paid lip service to the needs of people with disabilities, and more
courageous decisions such as this need to be made to make the web accessible
for all.

17. UK.gov makes bizarre threat to throw self off internet
The UK Government has given itself until the end of next year to get its act
together on accessibility, after which any .gov.uk site failing to achieve
the minimum, Level Double-A of the W3C Guidelines will have its domain
withdrawn. This brave, nay, foolhardy commitment could conceivably result in
carnage across national, local government and miscellaneous hanger-on
.gov.uk sites - and we can perhaps look forward to a more overtly outsourced
future containing sites such as homeoffice.tv, mod.cn and basildon.eu.

18. The Sun is first UK national newspaper to launch a .mobi site [news
dotMobi announced that Britain's most popular newspaper, The Sun, is the
first UK national newspaper to launch a .mobi web site.

19. Have a CERTs - attending GovCert.NL Symposium in the Netherlands by
Milton Mueller
This week I attended the GovCert.NL Symposium in the Netherlands. This is
the 6th annual gathering of "Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and
other experts in Internet security and privacy. About 50% of the
participants were Dutch, I would guess, and maybe 85% from Europe, although
there were attendees from as far away as the USA, Japan and Australia. There
were some fascinating presentations, including an analysis of the role of
money mules in phishing scams, analyhsis of a new "man in the middle"-style
attack on banks, attempts by governments to implement digital identity
systems, a detailed recounting of the Estonian "cyber riot" that temporarily
crippled the Internet in that country, advocacy for Bitfrost, a new
operating system platform based on new privacy/security assumptions, and,
oh, a very interesting discussion of the Whois-privacy problem in ICANN.
There were two take-away messages. One is the astounding degree to which
Europeans take privacy more seriously than people in the US.

20. Security experts say Rock Phish widening net
A recent surge in phishing — fraudulent e-mail and Web sites designed to
"fish" sensitive personal information such as passwords and credit card
numbers — is the handiwork of a small, shadowy cybergang, say computer
security experts.

21. Trademark Law – What Search Marketers Should Know, Part 1
Since search became monetized, trademarks have been a front-and-center issue
for legal debate. In the late 1990s, competitors were buying each other's
trademarks as keywords, and hiding those keywords in meta tags. Today, with
the proliferation of paid and organic search listings, search and trademarks
have become a growing dilemma for search engines and advertisers alike.

22. Trademark Law – What Search Marketers Should Know, Part 2
In Search Engine Watch's previous article, they covered the law fundamentals
search marketers should know about online trademarks. Here they cover
important tips and tactics by online intellectual property attorneys and
legal counsels for the search engines, for both protecting your own
trademark material and respecting the trademarks of others.

23. Cybersquatting – Moving With The times?
Cybersquatting – the practice of registering internet domain names that are
based on another entity's brands or company name - is as prevalent as ever.
As online business models have developed and converged, the cybersquatter's
methods have adapted accordingly. Today, businesses routinely need to think
about registering domain names simply to prevent others getting hold of them
– in the wrong hands, a domain name can be used to divert business, confuse
customers, dilute the brand and commit fraud.

24. Rebranding 'Thelen' And The Problem With A Cybersquatter
Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner had well-laid plans to rechristen itself
with the shorter and catchier "Thelen" -- but the branding effort was held
hostage by a lone Korean cybersquatter. The marketing move, which launched
Monday with a new logo and Web site, was threatened by the distant owner of
the "thelen.com" domain name, Thelen lawyers say.

25. Pornographers hijack Somerset's Web address
Looking for a "nude man club" or "nude mideastern teens?" Try searching for
the city of Somerset's Web site, which was hijacked by cyber-criminals last

26. Rahul sitting duck for cyber squatters
The younger generation of Nehru family has become money-spinning names in
cyber space, thanks to cyber squatters whose commercial interest recently
got a fillip with the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as AICC General Secretary.
Since his appointment, there are many more 'hits' on the websites with the
domain name of Rahul Gandhi.

27. Research and Markets Report: By 2010, Over US$2 Billion Will Be Spent on
Social Network Advertising in the US Alone
... Volume 2 of this report provides an insight and analysis into the trends
and developments taking place in the revived Internet economy. It includes
information and statistics on the Internet industry, beginning with an
historical look at Internet growth. Information and statistics on Internet
hosts, domain names, the World Wide Web, search engines, websites, the ISP
market, Internet users and penetration is also provided. An overview of some
of the key online services such as adult entertainment, dating, e-education,
online financial services, e-government, mapping and online music is also
incorporated. Covered in more detail are the sectors of ehealth, online
gambling/gaming and virtual worlds. Also provided is technical information
on web development related to Web 2.0.

28. One Web site, many names: an introduction to domain forwarding by
Michael Horowitz
When my Defensive Computing blog went live in July, the Web page address
(URL is the nerd term) assigned to it was
blogs.cnet.com/8300-13554_1-33.html. Shortly thereafter, CNET assigned the
friendlier address blogs.cnet.com/defensive-computing/

29. ARIN to Hold Meetings in Albuquerque [news release]
The ARIN XX Public Policy and Members Meetings will take place 17-19 October
in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Hyatt Regency, directly following the
NANOG meeting at the same hotel. About 200 representatives from the
technical Internet community, large corporations, governments, academia, and
civil society will attend ARIN XX.

30. Network Solutions Releases Whitepaper Combining Ecommerce Solutions and
Search Engine Optimization Tips for Online Businesses [news release]
Network Solutions offers helpful information for online retailers looking to
drive business to their stores during the busy holiday season. This new
whitepaper, "Is Your Site Holiday-Ready? 7 Steps to Improve Your Online
Holiday Sales" explains what needs to be done today to get ready for the
winter holiday shopping season.

31. Analyst Says $8 Billion Online Advertising Network Will Grow 15%, Domain
Channel Advertising by 37% in 2007 [news release]
T.R.A.F.F.I.C, the domain industry's premier conference, today announced
that Michael Gilmour, a respected industry analyst, projects that the domain
name and Internet traffic industry will grow dramatically in 2007. Publicly
available corporate reports state that Google and Yahoo!'s total revenue in
2006 from their ad-network channel was $7.88 billion, including $800 million
from domain parking. Thus, domain parking represents 10.2% of the companies'
total ad-network channel, or 4.7% of Google and Yahoo!'s aggregate revenues.
Gilmour, who will present at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s show next week, projects that
online advertising spending will increase by 15.1% for 2007 while domain
channel advertising will grow 37.5%.

32. Yee-hah! Dallas Cowboys Clueless On Domains
Poor Jerry Jones, first his 'Boys get curb-stomped by the Patriots, then it
turns out the attorney representing them at a domain name auction has no
idea about the starting or ending price.

33. Dallas Cowboys Return Cowboys.com Domain Name by Bill Hartzer
Last week I spoke about SEO, Search, and Domain Names at the TRAFFIC domain
name conference, held in Hollywood, Florida. The highlight of the conference
was the live internet domain name auction on Friday, October 12th, at 2pm,
hosted by Moniker. One of the domain names that was up for sale was
Cowboys.com, a great domain name. The Dallas Cowboys apparently was amongst
the many bidders for this name and ultimately won the auction for $275,000.
Now, about a week later, they want to give it back.

34. Not the bill the Cowboys were expecting
Going once, going twice, sold ... almost. Seeking to increase their online
visibility, the Cowboys were bidding on the domain name cowboys.com at an
auction in Hollywood, Fla. But something went amiss – as in the final price.

35. Cowboys.com Sells (Again) for US$370,000
After Dallas Cowboys back out of deal, Cowboys.com sells for $95,000 more.

36. The Domain Name Auction Scene is a-Changin'
SnapNames to unveil new service, GoDaddy signature auctions (finally) on

37. Atomico.com is The Bomb After $80,000 Sale on the AfternicDLS
Every domain on this week's Top 20 sales chart cracked the five-figure mark
and the AfternicDLS wielded the heaviest weapon, Atomico.com at an even
$80,000. That was one of five charted domains for that venue, a number
exceeded only by Sedo.com's nine. Sedo's total included a pair from their
GreatDomains site that ranked 2nd and 3rd - Subscription.com at $74,000 and
HOO.com at $47,000.

38. Gesetzliche Regulierung für Migration zu IPv6 angeregt
Bereits ab dem kommenden Jahr könnte es gesetzliche Regelungen zur Migration
von IPv4 auf IPv6 geben. Das sagte der Vorsitzende des Kuratoriums der
nordamerikanischen IP-Adress-Registry ARIN, John Curran, unmittelbar vor der
heute startenden, turnusmäßigen ARIN-Tagung in Albuquerque. Laut
US-Medienberichten sieht Curran auch durchaus auch Handlungsbedarf vons
Seiten der Regierungen. ARIN hat in den vergangenen Monaten verstärkt auf
die Erschöpfung des Pools an IPv4-Adressen hingewiesen

39. Deutsche Internetnutzer wünschen einprägsamere Domainnamen für Städte
und Regionen [news release]
Die Mehrheit privater Internetnutzer wünscht in Zukunft die vermehrte
Verwendung lokaler Domainendungen nach dem Muster .stadt oder .region, weil
sie aufgrund des einprägsameren Namens wesentlich einfacher und schneller an
die von ihnen gesuchten Informationen gelangen können. Das ist ein zentrales
Ergebnis der Umfrage*, die der eco Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft
Anfang Oktober durch das Marktforschungsinstitut eResult hat durchführen

40. Das Internet lernt Jiddisch
Schon Ende nächsten Jahres könnte es Internet-Adressen in nicht-lateinischen
Schriften geben. Doch bis dahin muss noch ein Test der Internetbehörde ICANN
erfolgreich verlaufen.

41. Wie gross ist das Internet?
Bald einmal werden uns die IP-Adressen ausgehen. US-Forscher haben deshalb
eine Volkszählung im Internet gemacht.

42. Les gTLD à 1 caractère bientôt alloués ?
L'ICANN lance jusqu'au 15 novembre 2007 un appel à propositions pour
réfléchir à une méthode d'attribution des noms à 1 caractère (alphabet
occidental ou chiffre) dans les extensions génériques.

43. L'AFNIC dévoile les interactions entre référencement et noms de domaine
Dans un dossier paru la semaine dernière sur son site, le registre français
soutient l'étude menée par Olivier Andrieu sur les liens étroits existants
entre référencement et noms de domaine.

44. Les gTLD à 1 caractère bientôt alloués ?
L'ICANN lance jusqu'au 15 novembre 2007 un appel à propositions pour
réfléchir à une méthode d'attribution des noms à 1 caractère (alphabet
occidental ou chiffre) dans les extensions génériques.

45. .MOBI: vers les 700 000 enregistrements
L'extension dédiée aux téléphones portables s'apprête à franchir le cap des
700 000 noms, doublant en moins d'un an le volume de ses enregistrements.

46. 5 registars dans la ligne de mire du .CN
Le registre chinois publie les noms de 5 registrars vivement critiqués par
les internautes pour leur démarche d'intimidation, et promet des sanctions
dans les mois venir.

47. Le site du .KP ouvert d'ici fin 2007
L'extension nord-coréenne, officiellement déléguée au Korea Computer Center,
ouvrira son site officiel d'ici décembre 2007.

48. L'IFPI accuse The Pirate Bay de cybersquatting
L'industrie phonographique lance une action devant l'OMPI pour récupérer le
nom de domaine IFPI.com, passé dans le camp des pirates suédois.

49. L'IFPI porte plainte contre The Pirate Bay
Sans grande surprise, l' IFPI a entamé des démarches judiciaires pour tenter
de récupérer le nom de domaine ifpi.com récemment passé sous pavillon
pirate. Une reconquête qui ne devrait pas poser de problème.

50. L'IFPI va tenter de reprendre IFPI.com à The Pirate Bay
On pouvait s'y attendre, la prise (légale) du nom de domaine ifpi.com par le
groupe de pirates The Pirate Bay, afin de donner naissance à l'International
Federation of Pirates Interests, n'a pas beaucoup été apprécié par l'IFPI
(International Federation of the Phonographic Industry - voir The Pirate Bay
parasite l'IFPI avec IFPI.com).

51. Et l'on reparle des noms de domaine d'un seul caractère
L'ICANN va relancer l'idée déjà caressée en 2005, de l'adoption de nom de
domaines d'une seule lettre. Un forum est actuellement organisé au sein de
l'organisme avec appel à contribution pour définir une méthode d'attribution
de ces noms de domaines. Très courts, ils ne représentent pas moins un
intérêt important financièrement. Ces domaines à une lettre ou à un chiffre
concerneront les gTLD, extensions internet à caractère générique, formées à
l'origine de trois lettres et plus.

52. Adsense à vendre 200.000 euros
Le géant de l'Internet Google semble avoir oublié d'enregistrer un nom de
domaine. Bilan, un Internaute l'a fait pour lui et demande 200.000 euros.

53. Internet em 138 milhões de domínios, diz estudo
O número de nomes de domínios registrados globalmente já ultrapassa 138
milhões. A constatação vem de do estudo "Dossiê sobre a Indústria de
Domínios na Internet" realizado no segundo trimestre de 2007 pela VeriSign.

54. Internet Siap Jelajah Luar Angkasa
Pertumbuhan jumlah pengguna internet di dunia sungguh mencengangkan. Mereka
telah tumbuh sebanyak 20 kali lipat dalam satu dasawarsa ini, yakni menjadi
sekitar 1,2 miliar pengguna dengan pertumbuhan server komputer dari 22,5
juta menjadi 489 juta.

55. Story from Malaysia mentioning ICANN

56. Story in Chinese mentioning Vint Cerf

57. Story in Chinese mentioning ICANN

58. Story in Russian mentioning ICANN
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