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08 May 2006

Cybersquatters Try New Tactics (Wired)

Cybersquatting the domain name of a celebrity and selling it for a king's ransom was one of the great get-rich-quick schemes of the early internet. But since courts now tend to favor the star over the squatter, a new kinder, gentler cybersquatting tactic has emerged.

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Testing IDNs by Susan Crawford (Circle ID)

Internationalized (non-ascii) domain names (IDN) are a key issue for ICANN. Yesterday, the Board completed two days of workshop presentations about various matters (IANA, security, GAC relationships), and we were briefed on the IDN testing that is planned.

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au: Australia wants .xxx domain on hold (Sydney Morning Herald)

Senator Helen Coonan has weighed into the simmering debate over a new .xxx adult content domain name, calling for its creation to be delayed until the benefits are proven.

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uk: Warning to chatroom users after libel award for man labelled a Nazi (The Guardian)

A political argument that erupted in a remote corner of cyberspace and descended into vicious name-calling could lead to a spate of libel actions by contributors to internet message boards, the man at the centre of the case claimed.

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ca: Open letter to ICANN from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

CIRA is a respected and influential player in global Internet governance. This has been especially true when it comes to ICANN, where CIRA's involvement has included: participating actively in events leading to the creation of ICANN; helping create the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO); chairing the ccNSO working group on IANA; voluntarily contributing funds to ICANN; hosting the ICANN Montreal meeting; supporting the ICANN Vancouver meeting in many ways including being its main sponsor; and generally promoting the value and benefits of ICANN to the world community.

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Why The ICANN Board Would Love Transparency by Bret Fausett (Lextext)

Last night the members of the GNSO Council and members of the ICANN Board gathered for a working dinner in the main conference facility here in Wellington. The 8:00 p.m. dinner came at the end of a very long day, for everyone, that had begun 12 hours earlier and proceeded apace through a host of different meetings without interruption. Nevertheless, as long as these meetings have become, the GNSO believes that time with the Board is precious, so we insisted that the Board set this time aside. Predictably, given jet lag and the rigors of the day's meeting schedule, Board members and GNSO Councilors were falling asleep at the table. The topic for the working dinner was IDN TLDs. It was certainly nice to hear the preliminary thoughts of members of the Board on this subject, but I couldn't help but notice that the time demands on everyone made the meeting less productive that it otherwise might have been.

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18 April 2006

auDA wants input on domain rules (ZDnet)

Australia's domain name administrator today called for public comment on the practice of registering large numbers of domain names for the purpose of selling click-through advertising.

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Interpol: Give us the tools to fight cybercrime (ZDnet)

Interpol has called on politicians to help law enforcement officers bring cybercriminals to justice by making it easier for evidence to be transferred between countries.

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au: Kazaa faces new court battle (Sydney Morning Herald)

The owner of the Kazaa file sharing network will have to fight on yet another front in its long-running legal battle with Australian record companies.

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Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group to be Established (International Telecommunication Union)

In light of the consultations on the convening of the IGF, the United Nations Secretary-General will set up a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group to assist him in this task. The Group will consist of about forty members, representing governments, private sector and civil society and include members of the academic and technical communities.

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Senators renew call for .xxx domains (CNET)

Controversial plans to create an Internet red-light district would be revived under a new U.S. Senate proposal. On Thursday, two Senate Democrats, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Max Baucus of Montana, introduced a bill called the "Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2006." The 11-page measure would require the U.S. Department of Commerce to work with ICANN to develop plans for a domain name system that would house material deemed "harmful to minors."

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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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de: Is Freedom of the Press Dying Out in Germany? (Deutsche Welle)

The case of the two journalists charged for exposing state secrets has raised questions about press freedom. DW-WORLD.DE spoke with Hendrik Zörner of the German Journalists' Association about the issue.

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us: Sites selling child porn targeted (BBC)

Net and finance firms are joining up to stamp out commercial child pornography. The newly formed Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography brings together 18 organisations including Bank of America, American Express, Mastercard, AOL, Yahoo and Microsoft.

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us: Financial and internet industries to combat internet child pornography (news release) (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Eighteen of the world's most prominent financial institutions and Internet industry leaders have joined with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and its sister organization, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) in the fight against Internet child pornography. The goal is to eradicate commercial child pornography by 2008.

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ITU Hosts Virtual Conference on the Impact of New Technologies on Telecom/ICT Regulation (International Telecommunication Union)

As part of its work on preparing an ICT Regulatory Toolkit, the Regulatory Reform Unit of ITU hosted, on 15 March 2006, a virtual conference on the impact of new technologies on TELECOM/ICT Regulation.

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The Future of the Internet (International Telecommunication Union)

The OECD hosted a workshop entitled The Future of the Internet in Paris on 8 March 2006. Presentations given at the event will serve at "food for thought" for future OECD work.

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Demographics of Internet users in Thailand (Singapore Internet Research Centre)

The results of the survey conducted by the Thai National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) between September to November last year of Thai Internet users show that 54.4% of Thai net users are female. The majority of net users were between 20 and 30 years old. 66% of Internet users access the Internet from home, while 40 % use the Net in the workplace, 29 % at an educational facility and 25 % at an Internet cafe. It is the first time in the survey's seven-year history that home Internet use has dominated.

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Promoting Cybersecurity in Developing Countries (International Telecommunication Union)

"The case for promoting a global culture for cybersecurity was strongly emphasized at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) during an information session for participants conducted by ITU.

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ca: CRIA's Own Study Counters P2P Claims by Michael Geist (Michael Geist)

While CRIA regularly trumpets commissioned studies as evidence for the problems posed by P2P, this week it released a major study without any fanfare whatsoever. Conducted by Pollara last month, the study serves as part of CRIA's submission to the CRTC's Commercial Radio Review. What makes this particular study interesting (aside from the fact that it finally includes full details on responses and the actual questions posed), is that much of the data challenges many familiar CRIA claims.

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Tolls may slow Web traffic (Christian Science Monitor)

The possibility of a two-tiered Internet threatens today's notion of free travel on the information superhighway.

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