Domain Names

12 March 2006

ICANN board approves settlement, price hikes CNET

In a rare show of internal discord, the group that sets domain name regulation has approved a controversial proposal extending VeriSign's lucrative .com monopoly and allowing for price increases for those domains.

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ICANN disputes China domain report InfoWorld

A report on an official Chinese news site that China's government has established its own Internet top-level domain names is not true, says ICANN.

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Chinese walls: China threatens to fracture the internet The Economist

THE internet is supposed to be strong enough to survive a nuclear war, but nothing can protect it from politics. Since its inception, its technical underpinning -- the handling of addresses such as .com or .org -- has been based on an informal consensus among (mainly American) engineers. Yet as governments have come to appreciate the importance of the internet, those delicate agreements are starting to unravel.

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What Could You Do With Your Own Root Server? - CaveBear Blog by Karl Auerbach Cavebear blog

And I mean by this, suppose you had one of the [A-M].root-servers.org addresses? What could you do? - Probably a lot more than you think. You could make a lot of people angry; you could make a smaller number people very angry; and you could really hose a number of selected targets. Please read this note with a bit of humor - it is not intended to be a deep study, perfect in all details. Rather, it is merely the result of a bit of conjecture about what might be possible.

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Registrar Firms Oppose ICANN-VeriSign Agreement Information Week

Domain registrars are seeking to derail the new agreement between VeriSign and ICANN before the U.S. Department of Commerce approves the deal. Opposition is already mounting in Congress.

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06 March 2006

The Credible Threat by Michael Geist CircleID

Michael Geist writes "If you have been following the debate over Internet governance over the past few years, you know that while ICANN supporters (U.S., Canadian, Australian governments; business lobby) and critics (developing world and occasionally Europe) argue over the optimal approach, particularly with respect to government involvement in the domain name system, the reality has been that possession is all. The U.S. government retains ultimate control over the system and thus the debate is somewhat academic. In assessing the outcome at WSIS last fall, I argued that: "the U.S. simply had a very strong hand and played it well. Changes to the governance structure ultimately requires U.S. agreement since possession is even more than the proverbial 9/10th of the law. The U.S. had loudly indicated that it was not prepared to make concessions. During the negotiations at the PrepCom it adopted a very hard line - even raising the prospect of pulling back on ccTLD sovereignty or turning over the Internet Governance Forum to a private sector group like ISOC. Without a credible threat (the threat being the creation of alternate root), the U.S. was able to maintain its position and ultimately force everyone else to deal.""

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ICANN Board Approves VeriSign Settlement Agreements ICANN

ICANN is pleased to announce the appointment the London School of Economics Public Policy Group as the independent evaluator to conduct the GNSO Review. The LSE's worldwide reputation, strong research team and detailed knowledge of public policy and international governance will ensure that the GNSO Review is conducted comprehensively and efficiently. More information about the evaluator's work program including an online survey, face to face meetings and attendance at the upcoming Wellington meeting will be released shortly.

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2006 Domain Name Survey Domain Name Wire

If you are involved in the domain name industry as a domain owner or service provider, you will be interested in the results from our 2006 Domain Survey. The survey received 582 responses from domain name owners, investors, and service providers.

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01 March 2006

Sponsored TLD Unnecessary? Ron Andruff Responds to Forrester Research CircleID

A recent report released by Forrester Research last week has put the .travel sponsored top-level domain under the microscope -- calling the sTLD "Nice, But Not Necessary". Although this 4-page report (sold for US$49.00) has singled out the .travel domain, its critical arguments might very well apply to the nature of most sponsored top-level domains currently in existence -- or under review: '.mobi', '.jobs', '.museum', '.coop', '.xxx' and others. CircleID has invited Ron Andruff, President and CEO of Tralliance, the registry for .travel, to respond to arguments made in this report.

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IANA Up For Grabs? Computerwire

The US government wants to hear from organizations interested in running some of the internet's key resources, including the master lists of IP address space and domain names.

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uk: Nominet readies itself for next decade The Times

Two leading figures in the UK's internet registry make their cases for Nominet's change and growth to Kieren McCarthy

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ICANN, At the Crossroads by Bret Fausett Lextext

Several things are coming together in the next few months that place ICANN squarely at a crossroads. Will ICANN approve the proposed Verisign agreement? What will the courts say about ICANN's authority over those with which it has contracts? Will ICANN approve a new .XXX top-level domain? What changes will ICANN make in the role of the Government Advisory Committee to appease governments? Will the IGF look to have a role in ICANN oversight? What will happen when ICANN's current Memorandum of Understanding with the United States expires in September, 2006? The questions all revolve around a single axis: is ICANN the right organization for the coordination and regulatory task it has been assigned?

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Domain names as mobile phone numbers IBM

Learn how you can take the Domain Name System (DNS), which is used primarily on the Internet, and implement it in mobile phones. Find out what DNS is all about, how mobile phones actually work behind the scenes, and how a domain name can simplify how you contact a mobile user.

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China alters definition of 'Cybersquatting' Zeenews

China today said it has redefined the meaning of "Cybersquatters" to promote a more orderly growth of internet domain names and avoid legal battles.

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25 February 2006

uk: Internet registry in trouble over status The Times

Nominet has come under fire from members of its own policy board following a decision to radically change its status.

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uk: Nominet faces rebellion over rule changes The Register

Nominet is facing a grassroots rebellion over proposed changes to company rules that will see it enter a more commercial phase.

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China alters definition of cybersquatting Xinhua

China will narrow the meaning of "cybersquatters" and will now only use the term to refer to those who register Internet domain names and sell them to rivals of a company that owns the rights to the name.

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20 February 2006

uk: Nominet flip-flops on industry code of conduct The Register

Nominet UK, the outfit that administers the .uk domain, says it's committed to "raising standards in the UK internet industry" four years after insisting a code of conduct was "not feasible".

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uk: Nominet takes lead on raising standards in UK Internet industry (news release) Nominet

A survey of registrars by Nominet, the .uk domain name registry, has revealed that two-thirds agreed with the need for improved self-regulation in the domain name industry and over 80 per cent supported a code of conduct for registrars.

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Europe’s new Internet domain “.eu” today got 71,235 new applications in one hour (news release) Eurid

EURid opened its systems to receive applications for .eu domain names from anyone within the EU claiming prior rights to a certain domain name. During the first 15 minutes after 11:00 today EURid received 27 949 applications. After an hour, at 12:00, the number was 71 235.

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au: Pest gives himself a sporting chance The Age

NOTORIOUS cybersquatter Brad Norrish, certainly has a never-say-die attitude. After having his deceptive antics reined in by several Australian courts, Perth-based Norrish has taken on US sporting channel network ESPN.

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12 February 2006

cn: Rule change aids China cyber-squatters VNUnet

New regulations will make it more difficult for companies to protect their domain names from cyber-squatters in China.

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A Pragmatic Report on IPv4 Address Space Consumption by Tony Hain, Cisco Systems Cisco research paper

When I interact with people from all around the world discussing IPv6, there continue to be questions about the projected lifetime for IPv4. This article presents consumption rate and lifetime projections based on publicly available Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) data. In addition, there is discussion about why the widely quoted alternative projection may be flawed, thus leading everyone to believe we have much more time than we might.

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uk: Nominet's Raising Industry Standards consultation deadline extended Nominet

We have made a commitment to raising standards in the Internet industry. To achieve this, we are proposing to make a number of important changes to the terms of the registrar contract. The changes set out in this consultation paper will affect both registrars and registrants, so it is important that you tell us what you think.

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First results in: People not happy with new dotcom contract The Register

People's first thoughts on the revised contract for all dotcoms have started appearing and so far it's unanimous: they hate it.

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