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12 February 2006
Public consultations on the new "Internet Governance Forum" being created by the United Nations will be held in Geneva February 16-17. The Internet Governance Project has released a new discussion paper explaining how the Forum could work. The Forum must be as open as possible and give all stakeholders equal participation rights. Its deliberations must be wide-ranging and resist politically motivated barriers to discussion. And its products must feed into other, more authoritative Internet governance forums.
New regulations will make it more difficult for companies to protect their domain names from cyber-squatters in China.
Internet jihad: tackling terror on the Web (Christian Science Monitor)
A British citizen faces US charges for running a militant site hosted in Connecticut. ... Charged with running websites hosted in the US that promoted and supported Islamic militancy, Mr. Ahmad is still in British custody. He has appealed the extradition order and Britain's High Court will hear the case on Feb. 20. The proceedings will test the ability of Western governments to put on trial Islamic radicals who use the Internet as a key recruiting and organizational tool.
Opinion: ICANN, the ITU, WSIS, and Internet Governance by Geoff Huston, APNIC (03/2005) (Cisco research paper)
This opinion piece looks at the various range of views about ICANN and its rationale and role over its brief history. Of course, no look at Internet Governance would be complete without also looking at the role of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), as well as the broader background to this topic. It is a large topic and it has already been the catalyst for numerous articles.
Who Control's the Internet (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A discussion on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National Late Night Live programme on who control's the internet, and the way forward. The guests agree that ICANN's control is the "least worst option" for the time being. They also discuss Google and China, with Becky Hogge commenting she is sympathetic to Google acquiescing to China's demands although she wouldn't want to have a couple of tea with the people there! Guests are Becky Hogge, Managing Editor of Open Democracy which is an online magazine of global politics and democracy and Kenneth Neil Cukier who covers techonology and regulatory issues for The Economist.
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.
The U.K. High Court has ordered 10 Internet service providers to hand over information of 150 customers accused of illegally sharing and downloading desktop software on the Web.
Police are staggered by the amount of money Australians are losing to Nigerian investment scammers.
Microsoft amends blog shutdown policies (USA Today)
Microsoft says it is setting new policies on shutting down Web journals after its much-publicized squelching of a well-known Chinese blogger at the request of Chinese officials. Microsoft says it will make sites available elsewhere if shut down by country.
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.
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.
ICANN has put forward a revised deal to settle a long-running dispute over the crucial .com domain name.
29 January 2006
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution safeguards freedom of speech. The right to speak freely generally includes the right to speak anonymously. And developing case law holds that the right to speak freely embraces the liberty to speak anonymously on the Internet.
EU lawmakers propose internet charter (sabcnews.com)
European lawmakers have proposed establishing a charter setting out international rules on running the Internet. MEPs say the plans are designed to push for international governance of the web following a UN summit on the issue in Tunisia in November.
World Telecommunication Development Conference 2006 to agree on telecommunication development priori (press)
The first world development conference following the landmark World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is due to open in six weeks in Doha, Qatar. The purpose of the conference is to focus on development priorities in telecommunications and agree on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. It will take into account the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action and Tunis Agenda, which aim at bridging the digital divide. A key objective is to promote international cooperation, regional initiatives and partnerships that can sustain and strengthen telecommunication infrastructure and institutions in developing countries. The Doha Action Plan will set out ways to implement these goals over the next four years.
The Official Website of the 1st Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (Internet Governance Forum)
Here, you will find useful information about the Forum, the state of preparations, as well as important documentation related to Internet Governance issues.
Sex.com fetches $12 million as domain name (canada.com)
So you want to buy sex.com? Too late. What is arguably the most valuable piece of real estate on the Internet has been sold for a reported $12 million U.S. in cash and stock by San Diego website developer Gary Kremen.
my: MCMC, Mynic seek domain name feedback (star-techcentral.com)
Mynic, Malaysia's designated country-code top level domain name managing organisation, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are seeking a second round of public feedback on their plan to bring back second-level domain names.
The First French Judicial Decision Over .EU (circleid.com)
Over at VoxPI, Alexandre Nappey reports that, a few days ago, the first French judicial decision over a .eu domain name was released -- or more specifically the first decision over an application for a .eu name.
UK is .eu sceptic (El Reg)
Germany is leading the scramble to snap up new European domains, while the UK is being a tad .eusceptic.
au: Scammers go offline (The Age)
If cyberland is the new frontier, then Chesley Rafferty and Brad Norrish are definitely its cowboys. The pair have gained a reputation as profligate cyber-scammers for sending out misleading invoices to businesses asking them to register their domain names.
WIPO Responds to Significant Cybersquatting Activity In 2005 (circleid.com)
A report released by WIPO has announced a 20% increase in the number of cybersquatting cases filed in 2005 as compared to 2004. The report further indicates that “in 2005, a total of 1,456 cybersquatting cases were filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. This increase represents the highest number of cybersquatting cases handled by the WIPO Center since 2001.”
WIPO saw a 20% increase in the number of cybersquatting (abusive registration of trademarks as domain names) cases filed in 2005 as compared to 2004. In 2005, a total of 1,456 cybersquatting cases were filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. This increase represents the highest number of cybersquatting cases handled by the WIPO Center since 2001.