Domain Names

02 December 2006

President's Strategy Committee Releases Draft Recommendations for Community Consideration and Announces Process for Further Consultations ICANN

ICANN's President's Strategy Committee was established in December 2005 to provide observations and recommendations concerning strategic issues facing ICANN, and hence contribute to ICANN's strategic planning process, which occurs in bottom-up consultation with the ICANN community.

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01 December 2006

Demand for .travel Domain Names on the Rise Circle ID

With little more than 30 days remaining until the expiration of .travel Place Name Priority Rights, Tralliance Corporation, the .travel Registry, reports a surge in domain name requests and has established a hotline for potential registrants to expedite the domain name application process.

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Review of ICANN Regions ICANN

One of the core values underlying ICANN's structure and operations is support for broad and informed participation reflecting the geographic diversity of the Internet at all levels of policy development and decision making. This support is implemented by numerous requirements for geographic diversity reflected in ICANN's bylaws, in the operating procedures of ICANN entities and in its culture. These requirements are framed in terms of Geographic Regions, as provided in Article VI, Section 5 of the bylaws.

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ICANN Posts Summary of Comments on Management Operating Principles ICANN

As part of its commitment to continuously improving transparency and accountability, on October 16 this year ICANN sought input from the community on the development of a set of Management Operating Principles. These Operating Principles will set new standards for transparency and accountability for interactions within the ICANN community and between members of the community and staff.

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30 November 2006

Do We Need Title Insurance for Domain Names? by Andrew Allemann Circle ID

Over the Thanksgiving holiday Alleman read an article in Forbes about real estate title insurance. The article was about how real estate title insurance is a joke and overpriced. But as he read in the article how titles are investigated, it dawned on him that a title check service for domain names would be helpful.

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29 November 2006

Addressing the new net Sydney Morning Herald

What is the internet? To some it's a bottomless resource of text, images and video. To others it's an idea that connects the electronic world without barriers or censorship. To engineers it's a language: IPv4, Internet Protocol version 4.

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UDRP and Article 92(b) of European Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94 by Patel Circle ID

It has been over a year since Patel posted "The Non-Parity of the UDRP", how little did he know then compared to now! Since that posting, the corporations and their lawyers have given him a crash course in the law and he has learned much. There are many tricks that corporations will play on a domain name registrant in order to silence criticism of the corporation and to violate the registrants right of freedom of expression without frontiers.

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28 November 2006

Domain name games The Age

This article in the Australian Fairfax press discusses the international domain names and the complexities that go with their introduction. It also mentions the IGF in Athens where IDNs "came to a head" and the complexities of introducing IDNs. The article concludes quoting Paul Twomey "We live in multicultural Sydney ... and we all want a multicultural internet," Twomey says. "And yet, there's one big difference between human beings and computers. Human beings can deal with ambiguity, but computers can't."

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27 November 2006

za: Regulations to manage domain name disputes South African Department of Communications news release

The South African Department of Communications has published regulations to deal with disputes regarding the .za domain name, in the Government Gazette. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations that have been signed by Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri provide guidelines, rules and procedures and also set out fee structures for the adjudication of such disputes.

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26 November 2006

ICANN Launches Public Comments on Whois Task Force Report ICANN

ICANN is launching a public comments period on the Preliminary Task Force Report on Whois Services. This report forms part of the GNSO policy development process (PDP) on Whois which seeks to build consensus on policy issues in the generic top level domain (gTLD) space. The public comment period will last from 24th November, 2006 to 15 January, 2007.

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24 November 2006

ICANN Opens Consultation on Latin America and the Caribbean Regional At Large Organisation Organising Instruments ICANN

As provided in the ICANN Bylaws, Article XI, Section 2, part 4, an advisory process has been created to allow the interests of individual Internet users to be represented in the ICANN community.

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Initial reports on the process to register .eu domain names Internet Business Law Services

More than two million .eu domain names have been registered in nine months, showing the great success of this European electronic identity. To regulate registrations, regulation (EC) N° 733/2002 of 22 April 2002 on the implementation of the .eu Top Level Domain has been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council (the "Regulation"), providing that holders of prior rights recognised or established would benefit from an exclusive period of time (from December 7, 2005 until April 6, 2006), the sunrise period, to register their domain names. To register during the sunrise period, applicants needed to prove a prior right entitling them to claim the corresponding domain name.

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uk: Nominet wins EGM votes by a whisker The Register

UK registry Nominet has won two crucial votes at its extraordinary general meeting this morning - but only just. In what the company's CEO Lesley Cowley called "a bit of a test", the request that the company be allowed to expand its business beyond running the .uk registry passed by just 0.97 per cent - a margin that may have come down to literally one or two of Nominet's 3,000 members voting.

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za: Regulations to Manage Domain Name Disputes AllAfrica.com

The Department of Communications has published regulations to deal with disputes regarding the .za domain name, in the Government Gazette.

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23 November 2006

Internationalizing the Internet by Geoff Huston Circle ID

One topic does not appear to have a compellingly obvious localization solution in the multi-lingual world, and that is the Domain Name System. The subtle difference here is that the DNS is the glue that binds all users' language symbols together, and performing localized adaptations to suit local language use needs is not enough. What we need is a means to allow all of these language symbols to be used within the same system, or "internationalization".

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22 November 2006

Guess Whois Going to Lose the Privacy Debate by Larry Seltzer eWeek

Opinion: If you own a domain, your privacy is probably being needlessly compromised as a result. But nobody who can do anything about it cares.

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ICANN chief warns of domain name chaos The Age

Plans to fast-track the introduction of non-English characters in website domain names could "break the whole internet", warns ICANN chief executive Paul Twomey.

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Why is .EU Trying to Destroy the Internet? by Antony Van Couvering Circle ID

With Eurid cutting its wholesale price from 10 Euros to 5 Euros, Van Couvering asks "Is Eurid crazy?" He further says "Eurid is acting as if unit cost should go down as sales increase!" I can't work out if he's being serious or not!

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20 November 2006

The “.eu” success leads to a considerable price reduction EURid news release

EURid has decided to lower the fees associated with owning a .eu domain name. As of January 1st 2007, the price for registering a domain name and the annual renewal fee will be 5 euro as opposed to today's 10 euro. This substantial reduction is possible thanks to the huge interest in .eu and the high number of registrations.

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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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