Tag Archives: ICANN

Your City your domains

When ICANN started gathering in the French capital last week for a global conference that starts Monday, the marquee event was a quirky catwalk for cities and regions competing for domain names like .berlin, .paris, .quebec and even .cat – for Catalonia.

The mighty dot, New York City boosters said, could transform the metropolis into “the master of its future,” with a .nyc label helping to build “trust, justice and civic pride.” Berlin supporters insisted that a super-dot would establish the city’s global reputation.

Super or not, officials at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – the main oversight agency for the underpinnings of the Internet – said they were poised to bring the most dramatic change to the Internet in four decades by opening up domain names to endless variations.

To read the article further : http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/22/business/net23.php

ICANN’s promise to clean up Spam

Here at domain pulse we have posted about the increasing spam problem and ICANN’s promise to clean up this issue. At this point in time there has been no follow up from ICANN, the public complaint made from Knujon anti-spam service has basically been disregarded. When will ICANN act on this matter ?

Now, Knujon founder Garth Bruen has formally requested ICANN to shut down the Beijing-based registrar at the top of the list, Xinnet Bei Gong Da Software. According to a new document that Bruen sent to ICANN this week, none of the WHOIS records in a sample of 11,000 alleged spam sites registered through Xinnet and reported by Knujon to ICANN’s Whois Data Problem Report System were corrected in a six-month period ending in May 2008. In many cases, says the document, Xinnet does not have “any Whois record data for review while the sites are still active.”

To read about this issue further : http://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/06/20/will-icann-take-action-against-worst-chinese-registrar

ICANNS GAC expectations

The GAC has more than a hundred members, all government representatives for countries from Argentina to Yemen. GAC chair Janis Klarklins, from Latvia, is his country’s ambassador to France. As a further measure of the GAC’s importance within ICANN, it is worth noting that Klarklins’ predecessor as GAC chair was none other than current ICANN CEO Paul Twomey.

What are your expectations for the Paris meeting with at least three important topics: the JPA, IDNs and new extensions?
You’ve just mentioned the three main issues and I expect we’ll make progress on all three of them. For the GAC there are two questions of particular importance. There’s the IDN ccTLD fast track procedure, which we hope we’ll be able to endorse and send to the board for further consideration. There’s also the report from the president’s strategy committee on possible avenues of evolution for ICANN. As usual we’ll also be discussing the IPv4/IPv6 transition and what the governments’ role should be in promoting IPv6 and rolling out IPv6.

To read the article further : http://www.domainesinfo.fr/english/210/an-interview-with-gac-chairman-janis-klarklins.php

Korean alphabet In domain names by 2009

“Hangeul,” the Korean alphabet, could be used for Internet domain names as early as the first quarter of 2009, the head of a domain management agency said Tuesday.

ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has been in the process of revising the current Roman alphabet-based system to allow use of other characters for domains such as “com,” “org” and “net” used at the end of addresses.

“We hope for the Korean government to participate in the discussions (for the new domain-labelling system) in Paris (later this month),” said Paul Twomey, president of ICANN, which manages the assignment of domain names and IP addresses throughout the world. The agency hopes to finish the process by the first quarter of next year.

To read the article Further : http://www.telecomskorea.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5867&Itemid=2

Cyrillic Internet domain name

Dmitry Medvedev the President of Russia has stated “We must do everything we can to make sure that we achieve in the future a Cyrillic Internet domain name,” Mr Medvedev told the International Congress of Russian Press in Moscow. “It is a pretty serious thing.  With the development of the IDN’s the Cyrillic Internet domain name will be explored by ICANN.

ICANN, the body which oversees internet addresses, is currently trialling a system which would allow domain names to be written in 15 languages – including Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese – but has given no guidance on when it will be implemented.

Russian is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin, English, Hindi/Urdu, Arabic and Spanish. According to the Dictionary of Languages, there are an estimated 175 million people who speak it, mainly in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, and other former Soviet states.

To read the article further : http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4119960.ece

IDN meeting

UNESCO encourages Governments to participate in the next meeting of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to be held in Paris from 22 to 26 June 2008, in Le Meridien Montparnasse (19, rue du Commandant Mouchotte, 75014 Paris).

The GAC plays a key role in guiding public policy issues discussed within ICANN, particularly with regard to the development of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). IDNs are the Internet domain names that could contain letters with diacritics, such as accent marks, or characters from non-Latin scripts.

Currently the Internet domain names, for example “unesco.org” or “louvre.fr”, can contain only Latin scripts. UNESCO is committed to actively participating in the development of IDNs as part of its broader commitment to promote universal access to information, and cultural and linguistic diversity in cyberspace.

Membership of the GAC is open to all representatives of Governments, public authorities as well as intergovernmental organizations.

Article : http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/19269

Shutting Down Domain Crooks

A good registrar will ask a client for their details to place in the whois if the information is provided by the client is false the domain will not be registered. Domain applications being submitted to registrars are not getting flagged and causing issues with spam, Cyber squatting and obtaining information by deception. Large Corporations protect there interests by brand protecting there name and obtaining there name on a world wide scale covering the ccTLD market and the generic name spaces. ICANN are aware of this problem and are taking action.

Burnette told UPI that ICANN has no authority to directly target spammers and other criminals who register domain names and that the registrars it accredits are not required to proactively ensure the accuracy of their registrants’ WHOIS information. But they are obliged to follow up reports from ICANN or from the public about missing or incorrect WHOIS data.

“If we find that registrars are not investigating reports (of inaccurate or non-existent WHOIS data) as they are required to, our escalation procedure can ultimately result in their accreditation being terminated,” effectively shutting them down, she said.

Further Information : http://www.upi.com/International_Security/Emerging_Threats/Analysis/2008/05/29/analysis_crackdown_on_domain_name_crooks/8781/