[AfrICANN-discuss] News of the net (several languages)

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 13:56:45 SAST 2008

34-37. Network Solutions Hijacking Unassigned Sub-Domains Network Solutions
is back in the news, accused of "hijacking unassigned sub domains and
delivering link filled holding pages for hundreds of thousands of sites".
Tech Crunch was contacted by GotGame.com who gave an example of theirs that
resolves to a Network Solutions holding page. A search on Domain Tools
revealed "there are 294,438 sites on the same Network Solutions IP address
as GotGame.com." So Tech Crunch "ran a test on the sites listed (for free)
by DomainTools and every single one had the same issue: unassigned domain
names with link filled Network Solutions holding pages."

38. The warning signs of another RegisterFly Jay Westerdal asks how another
RegisterFly situation could be predicted on the Domain Tools blog. Westerdal
writes the "best way to predict the weakness of a registrar or a possible
shortage of cash is when a customer buys or renews a domain name several
years out and that renewal is not paid for at the Registry. A registrar can
pocket the difference of the money and nothing bad will happen. The domain
will continue to exist on the Internet and the customer may not notice the
date field at the Registry." He also has an example of a customer who
registered the domain name cccp.com until 2017, but Whois, I presume,
Westerdal says was reporting the wrong expiration date. Westerdal believes
the registrar was cheating the registrant, and in short, that ICANN should
be monitoring situations like these.

1. International Private Law Issues regarding Trademark Protection and the
Internet within the EU by Zuzana Slováková
Abstract: Given the global nature of the Interest, online trademark
infringements always involve multiple territories. When any litigation is
brought, it is necessary to determine the relevant jurisdiction and
applicable law and then to resolve various issues in the recognition and
enforcement of foreign judgments. In resolving these questions, courts will
proceed according to their own international private law regulations, which
may differ considerably from state to state. Internet-related cases always
have the additional complication that it is extremely difficult to determine
with reasonable certainty the court with jurisdiction and the applicable
law. Over the years, the legal frameworks on civil court jurisdiction have
been unified somewhat on a European scale. Courts in the EU must currently
proceed according to Community law, particularly the Brussels I Regulation
and, in the near future, the Rome II Regulation.

2. Deconstructing an Experiment in Global Internet Governance: The ICANN
Case by Dr. Slavka Antonova [International Journal of Communications Law and
Abstract: The model of a global multistakeholder collaboration in Internet
domain-name system management, as developed by U.S. government in 1998 and
embedded in ICANN, held all the promises of a paradigm shift in global
governance. Seven years later, the UN World Summit on the Information
Society in Tunisia (November 2005) adopted some of the vocabulary of the
ICANN experiment and recognized the multistakeholder collaboration as a key
organizational principle in global Internet governance. Yet, it
reestablished the leading role of national governments and intergovernmental
organizations, such as the ITU, in the regulation of the global Internet.
This paper examines what was lost during the four years of experimenting
with "multistakeholderism" in ICANN and what the stakes of the parties that
influenced the policymaking process the most were. Building on
Governmentality Studies' understanding of the neo-liberal project of
self-governance and Organization Studies' collaborati!
 on theory, the document and discourse analysis of ICANN's practices
deconstructs the original model of a collaborative policymaking process
conducted by a private multistakeholder corporation and formulates the
expectations, stakes and strategies of the participating parties. Thus, it
is suggested in the paper that, because the Internet technical elite was
granted the managerial role in ICANN, the experts were able to influence the
agenda of the policymaking process and its pace, and ultimately to take over
the policy-proposal accumulation task and eliminate the working groups,
which were open to all participants. It is concluded in the paper that, with
the globalization of Internet, a cluster of new players entered the field,
such as the developing countries governments, and, in the UN WSIS setting,
the concerns of "protecting the public interest" reconnected with the
familiar international arrangements.

3. Info-communism? Ownership and freedom in the digital economy by Milton
Mueller [First Monday]
Abstract: This paper takes a new look at the debate over commons and
property in information and communications. It warns against recreating the
old communist-capitalist ideological divide by framing the movement for
informational commons as "info-communist." The spectre of communism haunts
the movement because of an unresolved ideological tension in its ethical and
philosophical foundations. The case for free software and open information
contains both deontological appeals to the virtues of sharing, and
consequentialist arguments against the growing intrusiveness of the
institutional and technological mechanisms used to enforce exclusivity in
the digital economy. The paper argues that the deontological case is a dead
end that leads to info-communism. The strongest case for open access and
freedom in information and communications is grounded in a liberalism that
takes maximizing individual freedom as its objective and relies on creative
complementarities between property a!
 nd commons regimes as means to that end.

4. Geo-identification and the Internet – A New Challenge for Australia's
Internet Regulation by Dr Dan Jerker B. Svantesson** People interacting
online may feel that they are in a different world. However, physically they
are still located somewhere at a geographically identifiable location.
Regardless of how sophisticated our presence in cyberspace becomes, this
connection to physical locations will remain. Consequently, even acts
carried out in cyberspace, are carried out by persons physically within the
jurisdiction of some government. For example, a contract entered into
online, is entered into by persons physically located within the
jurisdiction of some governments. Similarly, Internet defamation cases have
an offender and a victim, both of which are physically located within the
jurisdiction of some government. Thus, while undeniably we are witnessing a
decline in the significance of distance, the significance of location
remains constant.

5. Is Faster Access to the Internet Needed?
When it comes to Internet access, is there such a thing as too fast? That's
a question U.S. Internet providers are grappling with as they place
strategic bets on whether or not to upgrade their networks to offer
high-priced, superhigh-speed Web connections.


6. Prepare for battles over domain names An old friend sent me an email from
Seattle last week. Things have changed in the 18 years since I last talked
to Jothan Frakes. For starters, he's now an industry expert in the domain
name industry, which didn't even exist the last time we talked. What brought
about the email was a conversation I had earlier with Paul Twomey, President
and CEO of ICANN, an organisation that includes in its tasks the managing of
domain names and IP addresses.

7. Internationalizing the Domain Name System by Geoff Huston, APNIC The
objective is the internationalization of the DNS, such that the DNS can
support the union of all character sets while preserving the absence of
ambiguity and uncertainty in terms of resolution of any individual DNS name.
We need to describe all possible characters in all languages and allow their
use in the DNS. So the starting point is the "universal character set," and
that appears to be Unicode.

8. au: Would you like yours filtered?
For the 100th time, filtering content at the ISP level does not work. The
federal government is currently looking at making ISP's provide a "clean
feed" into your home. However, a clean feed is not 100 per cent clean, can
prevent you from accessing legitimate sites and is easily circumvented.
Providing a clean feed does not address the major problems: children who are
groomed, harassed and bullied via email, social websites, chat rooms and
mobile phones. A more effective way to protect children (and adults) from
accessing inappropriate content is for ICANN to mandate categorisation of
websites, which is controlled through your browser. However, there is no
substitute for parental supervision and education.

9. ICANN, IISI join efforts to promote internet awareness [sub req'd]

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
10. .ASIA adding 5,000 domains a day
.ASIA opened to all on March 26. We have the first official post-launch
stats for Asia's new Internet domain.

11. New .au registrant transfers policy - implementation update The new
registrant transfers policy will take effect on 1 June 2008. In December
2007, the auDA Board approved a recommendation from the 2007 Names Policy
Panel that the registrant transfers policy be relaxed to allow a registrant
to transfer their domain name licence to another eligible entity, for any

12. 60% Growth in the Number of New .CZ Domains Within the six months from
the launch of the new registration system for the .CZ domain administration
the number of domains increased by 60 per cent comparing to the previous
half-year. The current system enables easier and faster registration. The
registration number growth has been definitely affected by prices; domains
with the .CZ extension are less expensive in offerings of most registrars
from the last year's October.

13. .eu turns two [news release]
The .eu top-level Internet domain celebrates its second anniversary today.
On April 7, 2006 .eu became available to the general public within the
European Union. It quickly became one of Europe's largest top-level domains.
Today there are more than 2.8 million registered .eu domain names, and
approximately 2500 new .eu domain names are registered each business day.

14. Over 300k .EU Registered in 2007
The past two years has seen the registration of over 2.8 million European
Internet identities, with .eu ranking as the fourth most popular top level
domain in Europe, and the ninth worldwide.

15. Over 300,000 .eu web domains created in 2007 During the past two years,
businesses, NGOs and EU residents have secured over 2.8 million European
Internet identities, making .eu, at its second birthday last week, the
fourth most popular 'Top Level Domain' in Europe, and the ninth worldwide.

16. No change in .nz wholesale fee [news release] InternetNZ (the Internet
Society of New Zealand Inc) is leaving unchanged the wholesale domain name
fee charged to authorised .nz registrars by nz Registry Services (NZRS).

17. February 2008 issue of 'The Browser' from InternetNZ InternetNZ have
published the February 2008 edition of The Browser to let people know what
is happening in New Zealand regarding internet issues. Issues covered
include InternetNZ's support of the Separation Plan for Telecom NZ; APTLD
marking ten years; highlights of the Local Government Broadband Forum held
in February which includes an article on local councils discussing open
access; Foo Camp 2008 - an invitation-only gathering of over 100 New Zealand
technologists where attendees gather to network, share ideas and discuss a
range of new and emerging technologies, including web applications, open
source programming and wireless and web services. From the Domain Name
Commissioner news that as a result of the Structural Review the Domain Name
Commission will cease being an operational office of InternetNZ and will
instead be incorporated as a company, fully owned by InternetNZ and that the
consultation has now closed for the .nz Dispute Resolution Service Policy
Review al!
 though submissions are available online.

18. pl: NASK in the WOMBAT project [news release] NASK is one of the
partners of WOMBAT project (Worldwide Observatory of Malicious Behaviors and
Attack Threats - www.wombat-project.eu), planned for years 2008 – 2010
within the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The primary NASK's
contribution to the project will be provided by - operating at NASK CERT
Polska team, with the support of the Research Division within NASK.

19. uk: Increased email spoofing activity During the past few days we have
become aware of a large volume of email spoofing activity involving the
nominet.org.uk domain name.

20. International cyberattack drill tests nations' responses Details have
emerged about "Cyber Storm II", a large-scale exercise carried out to test
how governments and critical-infrastructure organizations respond to

21. DHS offers first take on Cyber Storm exercise [IDG] With its latest
Cyber Storm II exercise now completed, the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security said it expects to release an after-action report analyzing the
event, and is now beginning planning for Cyber Storm III in 2010.

22. RSA - New Zealand's lessons learned in Cyber Storm II [IDG] Earlier this
month, New Zealand completed its second Cyber Storm. Sponsored by the US
Department of Homeland Security Cyber Storm II gathered together about 2,500
people from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the US to
play out several cyber attack scenarios in which critical parts of the
infrastructure were disabled by computer threats. Although the results of
Cyber Storm II are not expected to be made public until August, some of the
participants shared their thoughts on the experience at the RSA Conference
in San Francisco this week.

23. Better co-ordination the key to fighting cyber-attacks Co-operation
between different organisations is the key to coping with co-ordinated
cyber-attacks. That's the view of Gregory Garcia, assistant secretary for
cyber security and communications at the US Department of Homeland Security
describing the build-up to the Cyber Storm II exercise completed last month.

24. Nato allies form cyber defence command Nato is creating a cyber command
to protect its allies against crippling online attacks on national

25. The New E-spionage Threat
The e-mail message addressed to a Booz Allen Hamilton executive was
mundane—a shopping list sent over by the Pentagon of weaponry India wanted
to buy. But the missive turned out to be a brilliant fake. Lurking beneath
the description of aircraft, engines, and radar equipment was an insidious
piece of computer code known as "Poison Ivy" designed to suck sensitive data
out of the $4 billion consulting firm's computer network.

26. Study Finds 'Alarming' Ignorance About Cybercrime "Consumers' unsecured
computers play a major role in helping cybercriminals conduct cybercrimes,"
the National Cyber Security Alliance warns. At the RSA Conference on
Wednesday, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) reported that U.S.
consumers don't understand botnets, networks of compromised computers that
have become one of the major methods for attacking computer systems.

27. Bush's Cyber Secrets Dilemma
There's a problem facing the Bush administration: It has $30 billion to
spend over the next five to seven years to keep the U.S. safe from hackers
and cyberspies. But to extend that protection to the nation's critical
infrastructure--including banks, telecommunications and transportation--it
needs the cooperation of the private sector.

28. Underworld economy runs on bots and spam The world of cybercrime is
thriving on spam and the means of distributing it, say security experts..

29. Presidential campaigns clueless about Net threats The 2008 presidential
campaigns are apparently oblivious to many of the threats that could damage
their candidates' reputations and fund-raising abilities or disclose
sensitive insider information, a security researcher said Friday.

30. Walker arrest means business as usual for botnet fighters When Owen
Walker was arrested for masterminding a massive international network of
compromised computers last year, it seemed like a major victory in the war
against botnets.

31. Ace.com Owner Wins Arbitration
WebMagic Ventures, owner of Ace.com, has won an arbitration brought against
it by ACE Limited, an insurance company. This is an extraordinary case given
the value of the underlying domain name and egregious assertions brought by
ACE Limited. However, the panel could not charge ACE Limited with reverse
domain name hijacking. This is just one of many three character domain names
currently in dispute.

32. Failure to Respond To Trademark Threat Letters & Use of Privacy Services
Can Support a Finding Of Bad Faith There are many risks to domain investors
under the UDRP.  The opportunity to capitalize on strong generic or
descriptive domain names is in many ways dependent on a solid understanding
of UDRP decisions and avoiding behavior which would increase a risk of
transfer. As investors purchase domains at higher prices, the ability to
protect those domains from transfer later on becomes more important.

 - IPv4/IPv6
33. CAIDA and ARIN Release IPv6 Survey by Dan Campbell The Cooperative
Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and the American Registry for
Internet Numbers (ARIN) presented the results of a recent IPv6 survey at the
ARIN XXI Public Policy Meeting in Denver on April 7th. The survey involved
over 200 respondents from a blend of Government, commercial organizations
(including ISPs and end users), educational institutions, associations, and
other profit and non-profit entities. The purpose of the survey, conducted
between March 10th and 24th, was to capture IPv6 penetration data in the
ARIN region.

34. Network Solutions Hijacking Unassigned Sub-Domains Network Solutions is
hijacking unassigned sub domains and delivering link filled holding pages
for hundreds of thousands of sites.

35. Network Solutions hijacks customer sub-domains for ad fest Shameless
domain registrar and web hoster Network Solutions is hijacking its
customers' sub-domains, filling these pilfered pages with a sea of
money-making ad links. And you can guess where the money goes.

36. NetSol Runs Ads on Sub-Domains
Domain registrar and Web hosting provider Network Solutions is reportedly
using its customers' sub-domains to run ad-generating links, according to
The Register.

37. Network Solutions Makes Another Evil Move Not content with the profits
it makes from front running, Network Solutions has decided to scam people in
another way: it is now hijacking unassigned sub-domains.

38. The warning signs of another RegisterFly One of the questions I am asked
is how can you predict another RegisterFly situation. A situation where a
registrar goes bankrupt and stops servicing its customers. Lots of people
were left in a lurch last year when RegisterFly tech support stopped
answering tickets and RegistryFly didn't pay for renewals to the Registry.
The result was that the Registry started deleting domains of the RegistryFly

39. Should we drop the "dot com"? by James Koole Seth Godin has an
interesting post over at his blog today in which he debates the question,
"Drop the dot?" as in, can we get rid of the dot com when talking about
websites. Godin says no, because saying dot com is easy to say - just four
letters, two syllables - and pretty much leaves it at that. But let's weigh
the possibilities:

40. Drop the dot?
... The suffix is useful, and we'll have it for a long, long time in my
opinion. That's because [dot] com uses just four characters to say, "we have
a website and this is the address for it." No need to say "our website is"
when you can just use four characters instead.

41. L'affaire Yahoo is tres banale to Madison Ave.
Advertising executives on Madison Avenue, who have always liked to watch a
good fight, are more bemused by the Yahoo-Microsoft action than concerned by
which company wins.

42. dollars.com Going for Big Dollars in Sedo Auction Sedo currently has an
auction underway for dollars.com, and with four and a half days to go, there
is already a bid for €750,000. So far there have been 15 bids.

43. Casino770 Acquires 770.com through Sedo for £175,000 Sedo have announced
via the news release below they have brokered the sale of the domain name
770.com to Casino770, an online gambling operator. It is another example of
a simple domain name being acquired to make it easier for users to remember
the domain name, and to improve their brand profile.

44. Buyer of $166,000 Shoppers.com Can Keep Domain Name Imagine buying a
domain for $166,000 through a backorder only to be hit with a UDRP
arbitration dispute a day later. That's exactly what happened to Xedoc
Holding SA, which bought Shoppers.com at Pool in February. The domain was
previously registered at Network Solutions, but was not auctioned at NameJet
due to a glitch.

45. Domains going to auction for less then $10,000 I wanted to showcase a
few of the domains going to auction at the Domain Roundtable this year that
had reserves under $10,000. This is not the complete list, this is just a
sample of domains that are priced under $10,000 reserves to start the

46. Deja Vu: Three More Six Figure Domain Sales Bask Atop the Big Board They
say good things come in threes and in terms of domain sales that was true
this week as we saw three six-figure sales at the top of our sales chart for
the second week in a row. This week's trio was more impressive in dollar
terms though. Last week's three chart leaders totaled $400,000. The three
that head this week's elite list more than doubled that figure, totaling

47. .NU and .SH Auctions Start Today! (10 April)  .NU Auction: Back by
popular demand, Sedo is proud to present our second .nu auction. In the
first .nu auction some excellent domains like casino.nu and sex.nu were
purchased. Among the top names up for grabs in this auction are porn.nu and

48. HouseRemodeling.com for Sale!
Home Improvement domains are worth a lot of money. So we are pleased to
present HouseRemodeling.com is going to auction with only a $50,000 reserve.
I can think of no better name for a HowTo site about House Remodeling

49. Spreadsheets and Country Western going to Auction Country Western
SpreadsheetWhat do Country Western and Spreadsheets have in common? They are
both owned by Rick Latona and they are going to auction on Monday the 21st
in San Francisco at the Domain Roundtable. It is your chance to own some
very generic domains. Spreadsheets.com and CountryWestern.com are killer

50. Internet-Surfen: Aller guten Dinge sind acht Obwohl es laut Denic
derzeit knapp 12 Millionen registrierte .de-Domains gibt, konzentriert sich
der Bundesbürger bei der privaten Nutzung des Internets nur auf acht
Lieblingsseiten, die er regelmäßig besucht. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt
zumindest das Berliner Forsa-Institut nach einer repräsentativen Befragung,
die im Auftrag von SevenOne Interactive, dem Online- und
Multimedia-Vermarktungsunternehmen der ProSiebenSat.1-Gruppe, durchgeführt
wurde. Zwar würden jeden Monat im Schnitt 17 neue Seiten von den Nutzern
angeklickt, in die Auswahl an Webpages, die vom jeweiligen Nutzer regelmäßig
besucht werden (das sogenannte Relevant Set), schaffen es danach aber nur

51. Domain-Namen mit asiatischer Schrift für 2009 erwartet Edmon Chung, Chef
der Domain-Vergabestelle Dot-Asia, hat bestätigt, dass in verschiedenen
Arbeitsgruppen der Icann an der Weiterentwicklung von Internationalized
Domain Names (IDN), zu deutsch laut Wikipedia Umlaut-Domains, gearbeitet
wird. Chung ist selbst an dem Projekt beteiligt. Als möglichen
Einführungstermin für Domain-Namen mit asiatischen Schriftzeichen nannte er
Frühjahr 2009.

52. LG Schwerin – Lücke im Namensrecht?
Das Landgericht Schwerin hat eine Namensrechtsentscheidung getroffen, die
prima vista folgenschwer sein könnte: Durch nachträgliche Gründung oder
Umbenennung eines Vereins, könnte man Dritten ihre früher registrierten
Domains nehmen. Ob das in der Praxis machbar ist, darf bezweifelt werden.
Doch die Entscheidung bleibt an dieser Stelle, mangels entsprechender
Erläuterungen, zwiespältig.

53. Domain-Gebühren – Holzauge, sei wachsam!
Holzauge, sei wachsam – die alte Redewendung, die sich im Geschäftsverkehr
seit vielen Jahren bewährt hat und zur Vorsicht rät, sollten derzeit auch
Domain-Inhaber beherzigen: egal, ob China, USA oder Deutschland – nicht
jeder (oft nur vermeintliche) Service lohnt die Investition.

54. Schon nächstes Jahr Domains auf chinesisch?
Am Rande der Konferenz E-Commerce Asia 2008 hat der Chef der
Domain-Vergabestelle Dot-Asia, Edmon Chung, bestätigt, dass bei der Icann an
der Weiterentwicklung von Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) gearbeitet

55. «.eu» feiert zweiten Geburtstag
Unter dem Internet-Domainnamen «.eu» sind im vergangenen Jahr 300 000
Adressen neu hinzugekommen. Insgesamt hätten damit seit der Einführung der
Domain vor zwei Jahren gut 2,8 Millionen Privatpersonen, Unternehmen und
Organisationen «.eu»-Seiten registriert.

56. 5000 nouveaux .ASIA par jour
Le .ASIA est ouvert à tous depuis le 26 mars dernier. Voici en exclusivité
les premiers chiffres officiels d'enregistrement.

57. Argentina, país con más dominios de A. Latina Argentina es el país con
mayor cantidad de dominios nacionales de Internet de América Latina:
1.580.991 en total. Le siguen Brasil con 1.276.570, México con 240.428 y
Chile con 205.295. Los números pertenecen al reporte de marzo de 2008
confeccionado por LatinoamerICANN.

58. NIC Chile aclara situación de dominio salvadorallende.cl.
Diversos medios de prensa han informado que un tercero habría inscrito a su
nombre el dominio salvadorallende.cl, publicando durante algunas horas en el
sitio web respectivo información contraria al ex mandatario. También se ha
informado que NIC Chile habría corregido esta situación, redirigiendo dicho
sitio hacia otro favorable al ex presidente.

59. Tjener millioner: En amerikaner investerte 1400 kroner, nå selger han
for 13 millioner.
Amerikaneren Chris Clark (43) fra Maryland, registrerte internettdomenet
pizza.com i 1994, skriver di.se.
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