Domain Names

25 October 2006

Island domain for Afghanistan Australian IT

Internet domain registrations in war-torn Afghanistan are being hosted from a network operations centre in Sydney as part of an unusual export drive.Island domain for Afghanistan Internet domain registrations in war-torn Afghanistan are being hosted from a network operations centre in Sydney as part of an unusual export drive.

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24 October 2006

Putting Internet Security at Risk Business Week

A deal that gives VeriSign a de facto monopoly over Web registries is flawed and must include greater security

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23 October 2006

ie: Censorship shock: no porn allowed on net The Times

Just when you thought the Celtic tiger had shed decades of claustrophobic state supervision, along comes a new layer of censorship to shatter the illusion -- only this time it's online. The registrar of the Irish .ie internet domain extension has decided it must try to shield people from smut on the internet and, as a standard-bearing start, has banned use of the word "porn".

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US court denies request to suspend Spamhaus domain The Register

A US judge has denied a request to order internet registrars to suspend Spamhaus's domain, easing concerns that the spam blocking service might be interrupted.

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Spamhaus Litigation Update - Court Declines to Issue Order Against ICANN or Tucows ICANN news release

The Court explained that the relief e360 sought was too broad to be warranted under the circumstances. First, the Court noted that since there is no indication that ICANN or Tucows acted in concert with Spamhaus and second, the Court stated that a suspension of www.spamhaus.org would cut off all lawful online activities of Spamhaus, not just those that are in contravention of the injunction the Court previously issued against Spamhaus.

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21 October 2006

ICANN Approves .asia Top-Level Domain Digital Trends

Up for yet another domain land rush? ICANN has approved a top-level ".asia" domain for businesses and other users in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Can an American judge take a British company offline? The Guardian

The fallout from a legal battle in the US has sparked talk of a constitutional crisis for the net: Had a court in Illinois done what the winner of a case there desired, billions of spam emails could have begun landing in the inboxes of 650 million people all over the world - including the European Parliament, US Army, the White House and Microsoft - every day this month.

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Kazakh invite for Borat creator BBC

Following the release of his satirial film on Kazakhstan, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and the comical but negative portrayal of the country, Sacha Baron Cohen has been invited to visit the country. The issue gained prominence in the domain name area due to the Kazakh authorities shutting down Cohen's website, www.borat.kz, leading him to set up a new one, www.borat.tv.

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20 October 2006

ICANN votes on domain tasting solution The Register

Internet overseeing organisation ICANN will vote later today on whether to introduce a new system aimed at closing a loophole in domain name rules that enables speculators to register thousands of domain names effectively for free.

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Spam fighter faces attack on 'blocklists' International Herald Tribune

When a torrent of unsolicited e-mail arrives with cut-rate promotions for pheromone cologne and mint-flavored Viagra, a volunteer foreign legion of anti-spam warriors is ready to fight back with its most lethal weapon: blacklists.

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Spamhaus appeals US shutdown ruling VNUnet

Spamhaus has hit back at US legal moves that threaten the anti-spam organisation with closure.

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za: Cybersquatting set to be outlawed IOL Technology

Cybersquatting might soon be outlawed as policy makers and lawyers thrash out the final terms of regulations to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act that would deal with domain name disputes.

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18 October 2006

ICANN: Accountability Management Operating Principles ICANN news release

As part of the Joint Project Agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and ICANN, the ICANN Board of Directors approved an Affirmation of Responsibilities for ICANN's Private Sector Management. Points 2 and 3 of that document refer to ICANN's intention to continue to improve processes and procedures that encourage improved transparency and accountability. As part of this commitment to continuously improving transparency and accountability, ICANN is seeking input from the community on the development of a set of Management Operating Principles.

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JPA Agreement: Will it Change the Problems With the UDRP? by Konstantinos Komaitis Circle ID

It was rather interesting to read this new agreement between the USDoC and ICANN talking about the mechanisms, methods and procedures necessary to effect the transition of Internet domain name and DNS to the private sector. What was more interesting though was to read in this very agreement the following: “...the Department continues to support the work of ICANN as the coordinator for the technical functions related to the management of the Internet DNS”. OK, let’s be honest! Technical? Over the past few years, ICANN has been more involved in policy-making decisions than actually being engaged in the technical coordination of the Internet - or so it seems at least.

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Domain Name Site Sets Up Auction Techweb

Sedo.com LLC plans to introduce this week an auction service for domain name sales, a company executive said Monday. Jeremiah Johnston, COO and general counsel for the online marketplace for buyers and sellers for domain names and Web sites, said the new seven-day auction platform will augment a traditional model, where domain names are posted on the site for sale and price negotiated.

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17 October 2006

Spam fighter faces attack on 'blocklists' International Herald Tribune

The International Herald Tribune runs what is effectively a profile of Spamhaus and the dispute between them and e360. Spamhaus said last week, "We are working with lawyers to find a way to both appeal the ruling and stop further nonsense by this spammer." While Linhardt for e360 has "hinted that he could challenge others, conceivably Internet service providers that use Spamhaus's blacklists. 'We think what Spamhaus needs to do is follow U.S. law and obey the U.S. courts and judgments. Certainly, our position is that if companies in the U.S. knowingly go around a court order and block our e- mails, then that's a problem for them, and we urge them not to do it.'" The article notes that "Most European countries require 'prior consent' from recipients before a sender can transmit bulk e-mail messages to them. The United States and Japan favor a 'freedom of commerce' approach that does not require advance consent but does offer a choice to 'unsubscribe' from mass mailings."

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16 October 2006

Rooney wins his fight for website BBC

England football star Wayne Rooney has won a legal battle against a Welsh TV actor for the ownership of a website in the player's name.

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14 October 2006

ICANN refuses to pull Spamhaus domain The Register

ICANN has said it does not have the authority to suspend the website of The Spamhaus Project. The Register further reports "ICANN's stance of declining authority on the affair passes the onus onto Tucows, the Spamhaus.org registrar. Since Tucows is based in Canada, and not the US, it's in a much better position to decline to apply the court's request. So the threat of the loss of Spamhaus's domain appears to have receded, at least for now."

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.nz Registrations hit 250,000 NZ Domain Name Commissioner news release

InternetNZ through the Office of the Domain Name Commissioner is pleased to announce that the number of registrations of domain names under the .nz top level domain reached 250,000 late yesterday, showing continued strong growth in the Internet space in New Zealand.

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12 October 2006

Half of domain-name servers are open to attack Computer Weekly

Half of the web's domain name servers are wrongly configured, leaving companies and large sections of the internet infrastructure open to attack. The survey found that 50% of DNS servers allow recursive name services - a form of name resolution that often requires a name server to relay requests to other name servers.

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11 October 2006

Spamhaus.org faces threat to its domain name CNet

There is extensive coverage of the possibility of Spamhaus losing their domain name from a range of sources. ZDNet/CNet note "there is legal speculation as to whether the district court has the jurisdiction to order ICANN to suspend the Spamhaus domain name, as ICANN is an independent regulator." Also see http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/security/0,39020375,39283978,00.htm

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Arbitration Is Weapon of Choice in Growing Number of Domain Name Disputes Law.com/The National Law Journal

Domain-name arbitration disputes have risen by more than a quarter since January 2005 -- despite the expansion of generic top-level domain addresses like .biz and .info -- as cybersquatters find more sophisticated ways of encroaching on legitimate Web sites.

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Value in Direct Navigation: Empirical Evidence by Alex Tajirian Domain Mart

ABSTRACT: The paper points out the limits of two empirical studies on the value of direct navigation. To more accurately predict the value created through direct navigation, these issues must be addressed.

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10 October 2006

US court threatens Spamhaus with shut down IDG

A U.S. court has threatened to shut down the Spamhaus Project, a volunteer-run antispam service, for ignoring a $11.7 million judgement against it. In a proposed court order dated Friday, Judge Charles Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois calls on the organizations responsible for registering the Spamhaus.org Internet address to suspend the organization's Internet service. Both ICANN and Tucows Inc., the Spamhaus.org registrar, are named in the proposed order.

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06 October 2006

au: Bindi site not unethical, says squatter Sydney Morning Herald

A Brisbane man who set up an unauthorised Bindi Irwin website linked to anti-Israel material has denied his website is in poor taste.

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