Domain Names

20 November 2006

uk: Nominet polls members on changes to .uk services Computing

Nominet has called an extraordinary general meeting after pressure from members to change the scope of its remit and offer additional services.

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19 November 2006

Wales on the web may become .cym BBC

Welsh websites could soon choose a .cym address rather than .uk, if a campaign backed by assembly members succeeds.

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18 November 2006

ae: UAEnic officials discuss domain name developments with ICANN AME Info

Officials from UAEnic (United Arab Emirates Network Information Centre), the .ae registry, met up with ICANN officials on 15 November. The meeting was held to exchange views on the progress made by UAEnic and to discuss mutual areas of cooperation to benefit the Internet community across the UAE and the Region.

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BHP Billiton evicts cybersquatter The Age

BHP Billiton squashed a cyber squatter who was piggybacking off its corporate website, bhpbilliton.com registering the name bhpbiliton.com - minus one "L". As The Age notes, and is still the case as I write this, the cybersquatter still has the domain name.

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17 November 2006

White Paper on ICANN Meetings Posted for Public Comment ICANN news release

ICANN is seeking feedback on the purpose and structure of the large international Board meetings that are currently held three times a year. To encourage discussion, Susan Crawford, a member of ICANN's Board Meetings Committee, has prepared a discussion paper.

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11 November 2006

Internet at a crossroads Computer Weekly

Decisions about the openness of the internet and the technology behind it will affect all web users. The next couple of years will define whether the internet remains open, but acquires more heavy-duty infrastructure to meet the demands that all of us - businesses, consumers, government - have come to expect of it, or whether it is hijacked by private interests. Several key technological choices will have to be made by internet users, IT suppliers, standards organisations and governments. Those choices will determine the shape of the internet for the next decade and how fast new applications develop and grow.

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10 November 2006

Cambridge co. sells gay.com domain US$500K Boston Herald

A Cambridge-based online marketplace for domain names notched a US half-million dollar sale yesterday when two German Internet entrepreneurs bought the rights to gays.com.

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09 November 2006

Microsoft gets into domain name registration game IT World/IDG

Last week Microsoft was added to ICANN list of accredited domain name registrars.

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08 November 2006

ITechLaw Official Lauded by Czech Arbitration Court for Groundbreaking Decision on First .EU Domain Name Dispute [pdf] ITechLaw news release

In the first case resolving disputed ownership of a .EU domain name - www.pst.eu - the Czech Arbitration Court found for the defendant, PST Business Solutions B.V., in a decision written by Court panelist Enrique J. Batalla. Since that April 18 decision, hundreds of other cases involving .EU domain name ownership disputes have been settled by the Czech Arbitration Court, underscoring the speed and efficiency of the Court's arbitration process.

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07 November 2006

Fast track for global net name system The Australian

Critical tests of non-English domain names will start in December following a promise by ICANN to have an internationalised domain name system up and running by the end of next year.

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03 November 2006

ICANN: Internationalised Domain Names Roadmap — Progress and Future ICANN

ICANN 1 November announced a clear roadmap for the introduction of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) based on progress so far and future work.

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02 November 2006

Domain resale market a 'haven' for phishers The Register

Domain names likely to appeal to fraudsters are up for grabs on domain resale sites. Firms such as Sedo and Moniker specialise in the sale of domain names that have already been registered and are now being resold in the secondary (or aftermarket) for domain names. Most domain names are sold for a few hundred or thousand dollars (as opposed to an original registration price of $10 or so) while particularly attractive domains - such as hell.com - can fetch six figure sums.

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29 October 2006

Web domain Hell.com hath no takers CNN

Hell.com failed to be bought via a live auction Friday, which organizers had hoped would bring bids of more than $1 million.

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27 October 2006

Why it matters to master your domain The Guardian

Let your registration lapse, and your site could suddenly be taken over by links to porn - and there's little you can do about it

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26 October 2006

au: ENUM Day - Sydney, 15th November 2006 ENUM Day

The Australian ENUM Day is a FREE event organised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the other participating parties in the Australian ENUM Trial to be held on 15 November in central Sydney. ACMA, the Industry Regulator, AusRegistry, AARNet and Instra share their knowledge about ENUM with you, and they will also demonstrate how you can use ENUM.

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25 October 2006

Review of the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain DCITA announcement

The Department for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has released a discussion paper as part of a review into the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain. Public comment is sought on a range of issues including the administrative structure of the .au Internet domain, naming structures, policy development, competitiveness and cost effectiveness, international participation and emerging technical issues. Information and feedback gathered in the course of this review process will be used to examine the broader operation of the .au Internet domain to ensure that it continues to reflect the needs of industry stakeholders and the wider Internet community. Industry and members are invited to make submissions to the .au Internet Domain review by close of business on Tuesday 28 November 2006.

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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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