Domain Names

18 April 2006

Registrars urge rejection of VeriSign's .com deal The Register

Nineteen internet companies, including Network Solutions, have asked ICANN's Board of Directors to reconsider a controversial agreement giving VeriSign control of the .com top-level domain until 2012.

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Timetable for Testing IDNS in Top-Level Domains Announced Circle ID

ICANN released today a statement outlining a proposal by the President's Committee on IDNs (co-chaired by Hualin Qian, Mouhamet Diop and Paul Twomey) for a timetable leading to the technical testing of IDNs at the TLD level.

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ICANN tests global domain names Silicon

Icann is to test Arabic, Chinese and other non-Roman characters in domain names. Also see http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/16/1142098568084.html and http://www.dmeurope.com/default.asp?ArticleID=14180

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jp: Total Number of JP Domain Name Registration Reaches 800,000 (news release) Japan Registry Services

On March 2, 2006, JPRS announced that the accumulated total of registered JP domain name as of March 1, 2006 exceeded 800,000, marking 801,997. The number of registered Japanese JP domain name reached 118,450, hitting a record high. This number of Japanese JP domain name, which accounts for 15% of whole JP domain name, is the second largest number of registered IDN among the 248 ccTLDs worldwide next to .de (Germany), tying for second place with .tw (Taiwan).

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.KR domain names to be forced to 2-nd level Domain Times

Starting September, all Korean 2LD, such as .CO.KR, .OR.KR, .GO.KR and others will be covered by .KR names.

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Answers from Vint Cerf: The Road Ahead for Top-Level Domains Circle ID

Earlier this year we requested your questions on one of ICANN's most heated discussions -- issues involving TLDs -- which we passed on to Vint Cerf, Google's VP and Chief Internet Evangelist and chairman of the board of ICANN. Despite an understandably heavy schedule, Vint Cerf has taken the time to personally respond to more questions than we had originally anticipated. So with our special thanks, here are his responses.

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12 March 2006

China and the break-up of the net BBC

Chinese ideas about the setting up its own domain name system could change the global nature of the internet, argues internet law professor Michael Geist.

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Splitting the root The Times

In a nightmare vision worthy of a collapsing Tower of Babel, Gervase Markham suggests that the internet might soon fracture into several pieces

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eu: More than 3,000 .eu domain names already in use Eurid news release

More that 3,000 .eu domain names have already passed the validation procedure and been activated, many of them are already used for web sites and email.

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A Day Which Will Live in Infamy: ICANN Board Approves VeriSign Settlement By George Kirikos Circle ID

ICANN's Board voted to accept the latest settlement proposal by a vote of 9 to 5: "Today, ICANN's Board of Directors approved, by a majority vote, a set of agreements settling a long time dispute between ICANN and VeriSign, the registry operator for the .COM registry. These settlement documents include a new registry agreement relating to the operation of the .COM registry.

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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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