Domain Names

14 February 2007

Net grows to meet fresh demands BBC

The BBC reports on a Deloitte study that claims 2007 could be the year the "internet approaches capacity, with demand outstripping supply. It predicted bottlenecks in some of the net's backbones as the amount of data overwhelms the size of the pipes." The article quotes Google's head of TV technology who said "the web could not scale to meet surges in demand and so could not deliver a good experience. The article notes the increase in supply will largely be caused by the demand for mobile phones, net telephony and TV, and also notes investment by VeriSign, among others, to improve bandwidth.

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British web surfers opt for .uk PC Advisor

British users are six times more likely to choose a .uk rather than a .com address when using internet search engines, an online YouGov survey found. The survey of over 2,000 internet users found 62 percent believe a .uk address suggests a company name is local or more relevant than a .com and 72 per cent would visit a British web address before any other when searching for a company on the internet, with only 5 percent trying .com first.

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VeriSign’s Internet cloud fortress ZDNet

During his keynote at the RSA 2007 Conference, VeriSign CEO Stratton Sclavos announced Project Titan, a three-year investment from the company's capital spend of $150 to $200 million to add capacity to its network infrastructure to keep up with growth of the Internet. The Titan project will increase capacity on the company's two root servers and infrastructure for supporting .com and .net domains. VeriSign will increase bandwidth from 20 gigabits per second to 200 gigabits per second of aggregate network bandwidth and servers will handle 4 trillion daily queries, up from a maximum of 400 billion today.

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10 February 2007

Hackers target core internet computers The Guardian

The big story of the day is hackers believed to be from Asia mounted what The Guardian describes as "the most significant attack since 2002". The Guardian quotes Paul Levins from ICANN noting the severity of the attack, and that attacks such as this result in a constant upgrading of the technology, making it harder in the future.

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DNS Attack: Only a Warning Shot? Dark Reading

The attack by the hackers was described as a "likely a test-run for a potentially larger and more disruptive attack" according to researchers, so claims Dark Reading. Further, the attacks were the latest in a series of attacks that began late last year, something that was only a matter of time. Dark Reading give a good outlines of the attacks. The story quotes David Ulevitch, CEO of OpenDNS who says "Yesterday's attack was likely a precursor to a larger attack. The rise of DNS attacks in the last year has been worrisome. I believe the attack yesterday and the night before were tests to see how far someone could push the limits."

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Internet security issues prompt $100 million overhaul International Herald Tribune

VeriSign announced it will spend more than $100 million in a massive infrastructure upgrade, an announcement brought forward a couple of days following the denial of service attack this week. The investment will result in the number of DNS queries capable of being handled rising from 400 billion a day to more than 4 trillion a day.

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09 February 2007

Sexy content may get dedicated home in cyberspace Computer World

Public comments on the proposed .xxx domain are due on Monday according to a story in Computer World. The story reports 500 email submissions have already been received by ICANN. Also noted is the controversy around the proposal, with many religious groups opposed as well as some operators of pornographic websites. Bret Fausett is quoted as saying "There's been a lot of mixed messages sent by ICANN over the years, but I think we're going to get .xxx this time", noting he thinks it will be approved in the first quarter of 2007. Stuart Lawley is also interviewed.

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06 February 2007

Pecker pipped in porno pickle Out-Law

Only famous people who trade on their name have any chance of winning control of internet addresses containing their name, according to a decision by WIPO.

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Direct Search White Paper Reports Traffic Growth & Sustainability (news release) Internet Commerce Association

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) completed an industry research study on the impacts of the Direct Search business and the consistency and sustainability of the traffic. Study included an analysis on multiple domain portfolios that represent over 30 million unique visitors per month.

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The Internet and the Spanish Revolution: An Update on the Spanish Domain Market Sedo

This past year, Sedo has seen the importance of the Spanish language in the domain world simply skyrocket. With 420 million Spanish-speakers worldwide, only a measly 80 million of these are online, making just 18% of Spanish-speakers on the web. In comparison to other language groups, Spanish is in third place following English and Chinese.

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04 February 2007

bm/ky: Domain names have always been a source of contention Royal Gazette

Looking at .bm, this article notes there are 2,655 .bm domains, but that only 28% of those were in operation, but the definition of being in operation appears to be having a website with the domain. It also notes the low level of hosting of .bm domains in Bermuda. Then the article looks at .ky and says domain names have always been a contentious issue. After an 8 year battle, .ky was handed back to the Cayman Islands government by IANA. The problems that led to this were when .ky was originally delegated to a government employee (Clint Mole), and another person was the technical contact. Eventually Mole and Rubin sold the rights to .ky. and so began a long battle to regain control of .ky by the Cayman government. At the end, the article also refers to the ongoing saga of .sex. A court decision in the USA's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that property laws and liability applies to the internet and hence, the real owner of the domain, Gary Kremen, was entitled to sue Network Solutions for the mistake.

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Domain name prices to go up this year Computer Business Review

The annual price of a .com or .net domain name will almost certainly rise this year, according to Stratton Sclavos, chief executive of VeriSign Inc, which runs the two namespaces. The latest agreement between ICANN and VeriSign allows VeriSign to increase prices in .com and .net by up to 7% and 10% respectively per year. Sclavos says it's most likely prices will rise for both TLDs in the first half of 2007.

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02 February 2007

UK domainers start up industry association The Register

A new association representing UK domain name resellers is due to be launched this Friday. Domain Name Associates Ltd was incorporated on Monday at the same time as the address domainnameassociation.co.uk. Both are registered to the home address of Michael Toth, a well-known "domainer".

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29 January 2007

fr: (nearly) All registrars violate French consumer law! Domaine Blogspot

This blog article concludes that "All registrars which do not let their French customers use a payment tool which is not free of charge, are subject to fines, as Sony UK was.

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27 January 2007

Why the .xxx would anyone want a top-level domain for porn? by Seth Finkelstein The Guardian

The idea of a ".xxx" web suffix for porn sites is the internet's vampire: it seems nothing can kill it. Censors often oppose it because they believe anything that can be construed as legitimisation of pornography will hinder their efforts against it. Civil libertarians oppose it on grounds such as the threat of it being used to marginalise a wide range of material having to do with sexuality. Adult webmasters widely view it with suspicion, as anyone who has a ghettoisation scheme to "help" them usually isn't doing them a favour.

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26 January 2007

Unused Domain Name for U.S. Isles Gone Sydney Morning Herald/AP

The list of Internet domain names just got shorter. ICANN decided recently to yank ".um" - for U.S. "minor outlying islands." No one was using it anyhow, and the organization that has run ".um" - the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute - no longer wanted to bother.

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25 January 2007

Google.de Snatched by Cyber-Squatters Der Spiegel

On Tuesday of this week Google's .de domain name was temporarily hijacked. A transfer for the domain name was requested, and through Denic's automated transfer service, the request was completed without anyone realising what had happened until... too late! Der Spiegel reports that "In Germany, if the old domain name provider does not reject the transfer request, the transfer is automatically carried out after a few days -- even if the owner did not ask for it." Previously ebay.de suffered a similar fate.

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Domain Tasting: Hard to Swallow SEO Chat

SEO Chat has an article on domain tasting/kiting, noting "they're the bane of trademark holders, though they don't always have to be." If you're wondering what these practices are, why they're so profitable, and whether you need to worry about them, keep reading. The article explains what domain tasting/kiting is, and the circumstances that make it profitable - that is the "grace period" that was introduced by ICANN in 2000 and then the move from updating the root file every 12 hours to almost immediately a domain is registered by VeriSign. Then along came Google's AdSense and AdWords. The article notes that the number of domains being sampled on anyone day has gone from around 100,000 in late 2004 to around 4 million today. The article notes that domain tasters claim they provide a service - redirecting users to a relevant page where one is otherwise not available - but also notes that he's not encountered any research that bears this out. The article concludes that with VeriSign and ICANN not acting to stamp out the process, then there isn't going to be change anytime soon. But the article claims large companies are pressuring ICANN and VeriSign, so there may be some action.

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24 January 2007

Domain Tasting: Hard to Swallow SEO Chat

Domain tasting and domain kiting have been highlighted by the press lately. They're the bane of trademark holders, though they don't always have to be. If you're wondering what these practices are, why they're so profitable, and whether you need to worry about them, keep reading.

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22 January 2007

European registrars gain new tool to fight spam InfoWorld

IDG outlets run a story on a new rule that will come into force in February that will enable European registrars for the ".eu" domain to immediately stop the transfer of ownership of a domain name if it's suspected of abuse. Patrik Lindén of Eurid says it "will make it easier for investigations into activities such as spam, although the Web site can still function". Current rules state "registrars had to give domain owners 14 days notice before putting a hold on ownership transfers. But those who were using Web sites for nefarious activities could continually transfer ownership, making it more difficult to take action, said Lindén. The article also notes a new voluntary draft code of conduct that is being circulated among registrars. "The code lays out a series of best practices that weren't appropriate to include in the legal agreement Eurid already has with domain registrars", Lindén said.

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ICANN hires critic McCarthy The Guardian

The Guardian through its Technology Guardian blog notes Kieren McCarthy's ICANN appointment. The posting concludes "Kieren's been a regular critic of ICANN, as well as one of the people who has followed their movements closer than anyone else. So will he be lifting the lid even further inside this impenetrable organisation? Let's see...".

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Maran for Indian Internet content ZDNet

ZDNet India among others runs a story quoting the Indian Communications and Information Technology Minister Dayanidhi Maran. He says for television "the real adoption and penetration came only when the content became local" and he believes this would be the case for the internet. Maran is also quoted as saying "We will soon launch internationalised domain names in the Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and others, enabling local language domain names at the secondary level." Further, servers shall now be hosted in India so that the Internet traffic can be routed within the country.

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Call for Nominations to the Public Interest Registry .ORG Advisory Council Circle ID

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit nominations, including self-nominations.

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19 January 2007

Triple X, Internet Content Regulation and the ICANN Regime Drafted by Milton Mueller Internet Governance Project

This paper, drafted by Milton Mueller of the Internet Governance Project, asks "What are the implications of this probable resolution of the .xxx drama for the Internet and Internet governance?" He says "They are major. But no one seems to be talking about them." The paper begins with the most direct implication. The paper says the ".xxx contract sets an important precedent by giving ICANN policy making and enforcement responsibility over web site content while it concludes "the Internet Governance Project has long maintained that ICM's .xxx application deserved to be successful. We took this position because we don't believe ICANN should discriminate among TLD applications on the basis of the content or meaning of the string, and because we believe that ICANN (and its oversight authority, the US Government) should not arbitrarily change the rules in the middle of the game. If there are problems here, they are not problems with the .xxx gTLD application. They are problems inherent in ICANN's institutional structure." The paper has some criticisms of ICANN, including "The ICANN process fosters dealing with policy problems in an ad hoc manner by taking advantage of the narrow kinds of leverage inherent in ICANN's gatekeeping role and contractual governance model." Further, the contract process that's complained about by many governments and theorists, the "contractual approach can be seductive and self-perpetuating. ... In the .xxx case, governments didn't have to negotiate a generally applicable treaty about the thorny issue of what is pornography and what to do about it, build support for it, get it ratified, and face any electoral accountability. They just raised some objections and let Paul Twomey's staff and ICM Registry work out the details. It is a mutual accommodation that is convenient for the established institutional players. Whether it serves the global Internet-using public very well remains to be seen."

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Push resumes for new .xxx domain for Internet pornography Baptist Press

Christian groups have voiced some criticisms of the proposed .xxx TLD. This article from the Baptist Press quotes the Family Research Council, American Family Association, Concerned Women for America and the executive editor of the Baptist Messenger newspaper who all opposed .xxx with the latter "urging readers to contact ICANN and encourage the agency to reject the proposal."

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