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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.""
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.
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.
ie: Surge in child porn complaints in Ireland (The Register)
Analysts from the ISPAI have reported a marked increase in both the severity and amount of online child pornography content being reported to its hotline.
Internet safety and how to avoid online paedophiles should be part of the national curriculum, a leading academic has said.
Singaporeans really at home on the Web (AsiaMedia)
The Internet has become a way of life in Singapore, with nine out of 10 people preferring to use e-mail to communicate with each other than resort to different means
tw: Local Internet penetration increasing (AsiaMedia)
Taiwan's Internet penetration rate stood at 65.07 percent last month, with the number of Internet users increasing by 1,476 compared with the figure six months earlier, according to the results of a survey released recently by the Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC).
Fewer young people are watching television, according to a report by the media watchdog Ofcom.
Groups campaign against 'premium' e-mail (International Herald Tribune)
A coalition of nonprofit and public interest groups in the United States is beginning a campaign to protest plans by America Online and Yahoo, which each offer e-mail services, to charge high-volume senders of e-mail fees to guarantee preferred delivery of their messages.
01 March 2006
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
China today said it has redefined the meaning of "Cybersquatters" to promote a more orderly growth of internet domain names and avoid legal battles.
The OECD ICCP workshop "The Future of the Internet" will bring together policy-makers, leading academics, private sector organisations, and civil society organisations to discuss the trends shaping the future of the Internet, explore the various approaches -technical, regulatory, and economic- that are being taken or can be taken to create new functionality for and increased trust in the Internet, to promote its sustained growth and adoption, and to identify opportunities for increased international cooperation on pressing issues.
Investigators of child pornography in Australia realised a long time ago that they were fighting a battle not limited to Australian shores. As part of the latest international effort to crack down on internet child pornography, the Innocent Images International Task Force is investigating child pornography and pursuing sexual predators in more than 40 countries.
uk: Massive rise in child porn sites (The Observer)
The number of websites found to be offering child pornography to UK internet users increased by 75 per cent last year amid fears of an explosion in illegal images generated overseas.
us: CDT Report Finds Changing Technology Makes Government Surveillance More Intrusive (Center for Democracy and Technology)
Against the backdrop of debate over warrantless wiretaps and Administration calls to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, CDT today released a report about how privacy law has failed to keep pace with technology. The report, entitled "Digital Search & Seizure: Updating Privacy Protections to Keep Pace with Technology," calls for an in-depth Congressional review of the ways digital technology makes government surveillance easier and more intrusive.
cn: China calls for Internet regulations to cut down on pornography and gambling (People's Daily Online)
China's Internet media and content providers have pledged to protect cyberspace from pornography, gambling and other "unhealthy content" through self-regulation and legal measures.
30 Million Blogs And Counting ... (Washington Post)
There's been some recent chatter about whether we're entering the twilight of the blogs, even though it feels like we're only in the late morning. Noon, at the latest.
More than 100 people have been arrested in 19 countries in a Spanish-led crackdown on users of Internet pedophilia websites, Spain's interior ministry said
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.
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.
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.