Domain Names

14 August 2007

What Zittrain Doesn't Get by Milton Mueller Internet Governance blog

Milton Mueller is exercised following comments by Professor Jonathan Zittrain and links this to a paper by Dawn Nunziato. Nunziato, as Mueller notes, challenges "the prevailing idea that ICANN's governance of the Internet's infrastructure does not threaten free speech."

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12 August 2007

ICANN Launches Latest Consultation on New TLDs ICANN

ICANN is taking another step towards its goal of bringing new generic gTLDs online with today's launch of a public consultation on a key report from ICANN's GNSO.

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ICANN Request for Information on Domain Tasting ICANN

In view of the increase in domain tasting (definitions below), the GNSO Council recently considered an Issues Report on Domain Tasting and resolved to form an ad hoc group for further fact-finding on the effects of this practice. The ad hoc group has prepared these questions to assist in gathering facts and opinions, while inviting both qualitative and quantitative input. The group would especially appreciate statistical and other empirical evidence to support your responses, or references to potential sources of information.

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11 August 2007

2,500,000 .nl domain names registered

On 8 August, the 2,500,000th .nl domain name was registered.

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nz: Third consultation on RMC Policy Review NZ Domain Name Commissioner

InternetNZ, through the Domain Name Commission (DNC), is currently reviewing the Registering, Managing and Cancelling Domain Names policy. An initial call for comments on the policy review resulted in four submissions being received.

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The Return of the IPv4 Shortage eWeek

Are we running out of IPv4 addresses? Larry Seltzer wonders if we are, or if it's an urban legend (I'd call it an 'urban myth'!) Larry notes there are many who predict IPv4 addresses will run out around 2009/2010 - not very far away when one has to start planning for these things. So what happens then?

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.ru approaches 1 million registrations

The .ru ccTLD has passed 950,000 registrations and should reach one million registrations in September according to a recent article from CNews. By passing one million registrations, the .ru ccTLD will be the eighth largest, behind .de, .uk, .cn, .eu, .nl, .it and .us with .ca and .dk close behind.

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Public input into ICANN made easier with one-stop comment page ICANN

ICANN is making it easier for the community to review all of the issues in the consultation phase and to provide their comments with a new public comment page on the ICANN website. "This new webpage aims to provide a quick and simple entry point for people to read up and comment on ICANN's ongoing processes, and thereby enhance and increase participation from the Internet community," said Paul Levins, ICANN's Executive Officer and Vice President, Corporate Affairs. "Like the recent launch of the ICANN Monthly Magazine, the page should also help people understand what issues are being discussed at ICANN, and how interested stakeholders can contribute."

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10 August 2007

us: Cybersquatting bill by Sen. Little will become law

Coming soon to New York state, and taking aim at cybersquatters, nobody in the state "will be able to register a domain name that is similar to or the same as another living person or business." In her announcement, Senator Little says "It's wrong, in my opinion, to buy up domain names reflecting the names of existing people or businesses with the intention of selling the names for a profit back to those persons or businesses."

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ICANN spreads love, opens bosom to all The Register

Is Burke Hansen falling love with ICANN? Writing in The Register he writes of ICANN's continued ongoing outreach efforts following "two announcements: the establishment of an ICANN online magazine and the expansion of a pilot fellowship program." Hansen writes "Any move by ICANN to make the organization more comprehensible to the average internet user is welcome, and the magazine is written in a casual, colloquial style to further that end."

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CitizenHawk TypoAlert: Cybersquatting on Celebrity Names is Big Busines CitizenHawk

Cybersquatters are fraudulently using celebrity names to generate advertising revenue announces CitizenHawk in its latest news release. The news release list the most frequently cybersquatted celebrities, the top 3 being Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Beyonce.

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09 August 2007

Phishers Now Targeting Domain Registrars by Edward Falk Circle ID

This is an issue of some concern and should be watched carefully: phishers are now trying to get passwords of domain registrants (domain owners). Currently, correspondents inform me that GoDaddy is the target, but there's no reason to think the phishers won't expand to other registrars. Normally, phishers go after bank accounts or other financial information, or sometimes the online accounts of users so that they may send spam.

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Cybersquatters target Kevin07

Down here in paradise (aka Australia) there's an election looming and the web is becoming an important part of political campaigning, although not to the same extent as in the USA. So yesterday the Australian Labor Party launched the website While they registered the .com and names, they didn't register a range of variants. So guess who has got in on the act. Ahhh, cybersquatters, man's best friend! Not!

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08 August 2007

He sells employer's domain name, takes off with stripper

A great little story from the USA. A 41-year-old man, Stephen Galstad, was charged "with selling his employer's domain name for US$200,000 and using corporate credit cards to finance international trips with a stripper girlfriend, according to a complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court."

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CNNIC Exposes Illegal Domain Name Registrars China Tech News

CNNIC published the names of two domain name registrars - Shanghai Jinyue Network Technology Company and Suzhou Huayan Network Technology Company - who have been accused of sending intimidating emails to terrify Internet users to try to have them change their domain registrars.

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ICANN Takes a Lick at Domain Tasting by Larry Seltzer eWeek

Larry Seltzer writing his regular column in eWeek says, "Most people who hear about domain tasting are immediately horrified and ask why 'they' don't stop it. But ICANN has more studying to do, and others find it in their own interest."

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Got a spare US$50mill? is for sale!

The domain name is for sale. The current holders are selling it through FairWinds Partners, an internet consultancy, who put their best spin on it. The current holders are expecting a sale of "way over US$50 million".

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07 August 2007

auDA reviews .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) auDA

The purpose of the .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) is to provide a cheaper, speedier alternative to litigation for the resolution of disputes between the registrant of a .au domain name and a party with competing rights in the domain name. The auDRP commenced on 1 August 2002. After 5 years of operation, auDA is reviewing the auDRP to ensure that it remains an effective and appropriate dispute resolution mechanism. The closing date for submissions is Friday 21 September 2007.

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04 August 2007

New Monthly Magazine Provides the Inside Scoop on ICANN ICANN

ICANN launched a new magazine that will provide all the latest news and developments within the organization to online subscribers. Produced monthly, each issue will review recent developments in policy topics, provide details of recent Board meetings, the latest news from around the world, and other developments within the organization, complete with links to further resources.

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auDA publishes interim policy on use of wildcard DNS records in .au auDA

auDA has published an Interim Policy on Use of Wildcard DNS Records in .au.

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WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Practices and Precedents - October 2007 WIPO

Encouraged by the success of the previous two editions, the Center plans to hold its third Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution in Geneva on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19, 2007. The Advanced Workshop will focus mainly on the trends of UDRP decisions with regard to the most important substantive and procedural issues. Thus, in addition to those wishing to gain insight into the UDRP mechanism, this Advanced Workshop is of particular interest to those who have been or who may become involved in UDRP proceedings. The Advanced Workshop also represents an opportunity for registrars and ccTLD administrators to increase their knowledge of UDRP decisions.

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Fellowships to Ensure Global Voices Heard at ICANN ICANN

More voices from across the globe will be heard at ICANN's 30th International Public Meeting in Los Angeles later this year thanks to the global fellowships program.

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ARIN Confirms IP Address Distribution Practices; Policies Do Not Encourage Profit-driven Speculation ARIN

The American Registry for Internet Numbers Board of Trustees released a statement today that assures ARIN will continue to facilitate the policy development process that defines how IP addresses are distributed in its region, and also reaffirms that ARIN's policies do not encourage profit-driven speculation in IP addresses. There's also a link to an article titled "ARIN Statement on the Future of Addressing Policy" by Patrik Fältström.

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03 August 2007

Domain disputes - &

Babcock and Brown, an Australian company is investigating legal action against the holder of, while Abt Electronics has won the domain name the second time round.

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02 August 2007

us: VeriSign Spent $570K Lobbying in 2007 Forbes

VeriSign spent US$570,000 in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government on Internet related issues, according to a disclosure form. VeriSign lobbied on issues related to privacy, taxation, e-mails and Web addresses, which are also known as domain names, according to the form posted online Monday by the Senate's public records office.

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