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ICANN Posts Proposed Amendment to .NET Registry Agreement for Public Comment
ICANN and VeriSign, the .NET Registry Operator, in consultation with representatives from ICANN-Accredited Registrars, have negotiated a proposed amendment to the .NET Registry Agreement. The proposed amendment limits registration fee increases to no more than 10% per year and incorporates a new version of the .NET Registry-Registrar Agreement. A summary of the .NET consultations is available at . The public comment forum will be open through 10 October 2005.

ICANN At-Large Newsletter (August 2005)
In this issue: Action: Sex in the Net — Debate over .XXX continues as ICANN’s Board defers action. What’s your opinion?; Action: Dot What? How should more top level domain names be introduced?; Meeting: Join us in Vancouver! ICANN At-Large invites you to join the debates about the Internet’s future; Information: Asia/Pacific user groups are forming a Regional At-Large Organization

ICANN ccPDP Comment Period 2 Extended
The ccNSO Council initiated a country code Policy Development Process to consider recommending to the Board of ICANN changes to Article IX of the ICANN By Laws; the ccNSO Policy Development Process; and the Scope of the ccNSO to encourage ccTLD managers to join the ccNSO. The Initial Report was published on 16 August 2005, and comments are sought from the community. The Issue Manager has extended the second comment period by one week to GMT 12:00 Wednesday 14 September 2005.

ICANN: Global Policy for IPv6 – Background Report for Early Awareness of a Policy Proposal
The development of Global Internet Number Resource Policies is the subject of an MoU between ASO/NRO and ICANN. There are also specific ICANN Board Procedures, adopted by the Board on 15 July 2005, for handling global policy proposals in this context. These procedures contain a provision for tracking developments in order to ensure early awareness of such proposals.

ICANN: Public Comment Forum on Combined Whois Task Force Preliminary Report
The GNSO has opened a public comment forum on the Combined Whois Task Force’s Preliminary Report on handling potential conflicts between registrar and registry contractual obligations and privacy laws. The comment period will be open through 2 October 2005.

ICANN: Formal Call for Papers Concerning Deployment of Internationalized Top Level Domains
ICANN has opened a discussion forum to enable interested parties to discuss implementation issues with introducing internationalized top level domains. This will be the main topic at the IDN Workshop during the ICANN Vancouver meeting, and documents concerning this topic are being posted here for review and discussion by all interested parties.

ICANN to Ban Use of “WWW” (a humorous story!)
A recent study showing millions hours of lost productivity, has prompted the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to ban the use of “www” in domain names.

ICANN: Draft Revised IDN Guidelines: Public Comment Period
ICANN has opened a 30-day public comment period on a draft revised version of the Guidelines for the Implementation of Internationalized Domain Names (“IDN Guidelines”). This draft reflects the experiences of the IDN registries in the implementation of Version 1.0 of the guidelines. Particular attention has been paid to concerns that have arisen about the deceptive use of visually confusable characters from different scripts in individual IDN labels.

ICANN meeting takes place in the shadow of US tough talk
Just after the United States made clear it intentions to retain control over the internet’s root-servers, an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) meeting took place in Luxembourg. Brazil-based RITS director of planning and strategy Carlos Afonso participated in the four-monthly meeting of the organisation, which took place in Luxembourg, from July 11 to 15.

ICANN Registry Services Changes – Final Report
Procedure for use by ICANN in considering requests for consent and related contractual amendments to allow changes in the architecture or operation of a gTLD registry This procedure, developed through the GNSO Policy Development Process, has been unanimously adopted by the GNSO Council as a Supermajority Recommendation for consideration and adoption by the Board as Consensus Policy. The Final Report describing this procedure has been posted since 10 July on the GNSO web site. A final public comment period is now opened in accordance with the ICANN Bylaws, Article 3, Section 6. Following this period, the Recommendation will be submitted to the Board for decision. The deadline for comments is Friday 26 August 2005. Comment can be made to registry-services-report@icann.org. The archive of comments is available at:

Generic & IDN Names

EU backs plans for .kid TLD
The European Parliament is backing proposals to introduce a new .kid TLD just for children to “protect them from inappropriate content on the internet”.

uk: Let’s put internet porn on a new top shelf
“There is something about the subject of porn that causes people to leave their brains at home before pronouncing on it.” This article examines the controversy over attitudes to porn, including .xxx.

Nine new internet domain names proposed
Nine new internet domain names, including .xxx for adult content and .mail for spam-free communications, could join the more familiar .com and .net suffixes later this year.

WSIS & Governance

BBC World and WSIS: Can ICTs help lift people out of poverty?
With support from SDC, GKP, and UNDP-APDIP, dev.tv intends to take advantage of this gathering to stage a one-hour televised debate on whether ICTs can effectively help lift people out of poverty. The debate will be broadcast on BBC World to 275 million homes worldwide, and will also be streamed over the internet during the week of the WSIS.

Australia alone in net war
AUSTRALIA risks being sidelined by powerful voting blocs in the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society, as the US battles the European Union and the developing world over control of the internet.

WSIS: Who gets to run the internet?
The question over who will be granted overall control of the internet from next year is proving the most controversial part of a worldwide conference being held in Geneva as we speak.

Internet governance remains sticking point
Internet governance was a contentious issue at the first phase of WSIS in December 2003 and, judging by the preparatory talks currently under way in Geneva, the issue will remain red hot at the second phase of the summit in November.

APDIP Releases China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Thailand Country Reports on Internet Governance
APDIP’s Open Regional Dialogue on Internet Governance initiative zooms in on the Internet governance issues, priorities and challenges faced by five countries in Asia.
The reports show that all countries regard viruses, cyber attacks and spam as the most pressing issues for Internet governance. Issues on access, affordability, speed and reliability of the Internet feature high on the list of concerns in India, Indonesia and Thailand. While in India and Pakistan, more than two-thirds of the respondents regard the availability of local language software and local content as urgent concerns. Respondents from China are less concerned about this issue but are significantly more dissatisfied than those in other Asia-Pacific countries with the current system for allocating and managing IP numbers. The reports also detail the governance issues and opinions about two new and emerging technologies – wireless Internet and Internet telephony.

Gab to determine Philippine stand on Internet governance
SOME 70 key players from the Mindanao’s information and communications technology sector are set to converge at the conference room of the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) today to define the Philippine’s position on Internet governance, in line with the effort to promote an ICT-based economy in the island-region.

When Will The Internet Be Divided Among Nations?
The desired goal of most of the other countries other than US is to end up with their own local language suffixes, own local language domain names, basically their own Internet, with its own domain registration policies — in a nutshell, a very big and a very complex global mess, indeed.


DENIC Registers Nine-Millionth .de-domain (news release)
On August 20, the domain registry DENIC received the request to register the nine millionth .de domain. The number of Internet addresses registered under the German Top Level Domain has thus continued to grow. Roughly a million .de domains are added every year. The country-code-ending .de remains the world’s second favourite after .com. Even people and organizations outside of Germany are keen to have .de domains. More than 80 000 holders of .de domains are based abroad, most of them in our neighbouring countries of Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

First Australian IPv6 Summit – Canberra, Oct/Nov 05
Large-scale deployment of the Internet Protocol Version 6 is being planned now in Asia, North America and Europe. This new and more powerful protocol for Internet technology offers substantial opportunities for innovation, with inbuilt mobility, manageability and security. Australian organisations must position themselves to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by IPv6, as innovative users of Internet resources and developers of future ICT technology.

Google snaps up internet pioneer
Google has hired one of the founding fathers of the net as its “chief internet evangelist”.

eu: Scheme to resolve .eu domain name disputes
The launch of the .eu top-level domain, due to take place by the end of the year, will also introduce a new procedure for the resolution of domain name disputes. A consultation has been launched on the proposed .eu dispute resolution system.

.eu first – companies race to register new domain name
IRISH firms are fighting to register the first pan-European Union internet domain names. Earlier this year the European commission, after tortured negotiations lasting six years, finally reached agreement on the introduction of the pan-European domain name, “.eu”. Companies all over the continent are now gearing up for the introduction of the so-called “sunrise period”, a four-month window during which registration of the new address will be limited to public companies and holders of trademarks. The move is designed to prevent cybersquatters scooping up names.

eu: Companies get set for .eu name fight
BRITISH companies are gearing up to fight rivals across Europe for the right to the first European Union-wide internet domain names.

us: In the Face of Catastrophe, Sites Offer Helping Hands
There is a large number of websites being set up following Hurricane Katrina, not all of them genuine. The owner of one site, katrina.com, was offered US$500,000 for her domain, but refused.

Internet domain system open to fraudulent attack, expert says
A large number of DNS servers, a critical part of the Internet’s infrastructure, are vulnerable to attacks that could lead to widespread fraud, according to a security researcher.

Members Corner (August/September 2005)


au: 550,000 com.au and net.au domain names registered (news release)
Effective from today auDA announced a reduction in the fee AusRegistry charges registrars for .au domains by 15 percent from $35.05 to $30.05.

Aust domain services up for grabs
Australia’s domain name regulator, auDA, has issued a request for tender (RFT) for the provision of registry services for so-called “second-level” .au domains — such as .com.au and .gov.au — for four years from mid-2006.

au: Respondent’s Long Use of JACUZZI in Australia Prevails in Domain Name Dispute
Jacuzzi, Inc., owner of rights in the mark JACUZZI, challenged the domain name jacuzzi.net.au in this first WIPO decision involving the .au domain. The Australian respondent had used the JACUZZI name for nearly 15 years.

au: Chariot Internet breaches transfers policy
auDA has found that Chariot Internet Ltd, a reseller of Melbourne IT, has breached the Transfers (Change of Registrar of Record) Policy (2003-03).

au: NetRegistry takes charge of gov.au domain (reg req’d)
The Australian government has selected domain name provider NetRegistry to be the registrar for its gov.au domain.

au: ARU moves against website operator
The Australian Rugby Union has filed a complaint with auDA against the operators of the website aru.com.au. aru.com.au currently re-directs to a website that offers the chance to win a television upon subscribing to a fee-based weekly horoscope service. The ARU is concerned the content will mislead users to believe the site is associated with the ARU or its sponsors. The ARU also considers that the aru.com.au website infringes its intellectual property rights including trade mark rights.
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au: Internet businesses vie for Perth address
The national Internet domain name authority says perth.com.au was Australia’s most sought after name in its recent sale of geographic Internet addresses.

au: Port is our most desired local domain name
IT seems everyone wants a slice of Port Adelaide. portadelaide.com.au was South’s Australia’s most sought-after commercial geographic domain name.

au: Commercial geographic domain name ballot results released (news release)
perth.com.au the most sought after commercial geographic domain name according to auDA ballot

au: auDA WHOIS Policy Review – Aug 2005
auDA is currently holding a public consultation and reviewing the WHOIS Policy (2003-08).

au: Melbourne IT boosts profits
Domain name and internet services provider Melbourne IT has boosted its half year profit figures and expects to do even better in the second half.

au: Rush for far north domain
CAIRNS is one of the most highly sought-after Australian locations… on the Internet.


cn: All Google’s CN domain names registered by others
“Gmail.cn”, the domain name for Gmail in China, has been registered by a Beijing-based company instead. Gmail is a key product of Google.

Free China .cn domain names
Net.cn, the largest domain name registrar in Communist China, says it’ll spend more than RMB10 million ($1,235,849 at the time of writing) on free domain names for current users and clients.

cn: Websites under “CN” domain names number 1st in Asia
About 720,000 websites under the domain name of “CN” have been registered in China by the end of July 2005, according to latest statistics released by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

cn: Formula One .CN Domain Name In Dispute
Though an F1-authorized Dutch company won F1.com.cn and F1.cn in an earlier arbitration in July, the original owner of the two domain names is reluctant to accept the arbitrator’s judgment and has appealed to the local Chinese courts for another decision.

.CN Domain Names Tops In Asia
Latest statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) shows that by the end of July 2005, .CN domain name registration in China had reached 720,000 and surpassed Japan’s .JP domain registration of 630,000 for the first time.


in: Disputed names are frozen in .IN TLD
.IN ccTLD logoStung by a spate of complaints of cyber-squatting in India’s ambitious .IN domain name registration process, the designated registry, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), has frozen the use or transfer of certain disputed domains including CITI.IN, ICICIBANK.IN and TATAINFOTECH.IN.

Indian Domain Registration Catching Up
Indian Domain Registration is catching up with more and more mid size and small firm from US, UK and all over the world securing their domain name already possessing a .com or respective country domain name.

in: Registrants for India’s .in domain reach 130,000
More than 130,000 registrants have taken up the .in domain name registration, under a plan by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of India to overcome the lack of a national domain registration name. The number is up from the just 6,500 .in registrations in January.

in/au: SBI arm wins cybersquatting case
SBI Card and Payment Services Private Limited, the credit card arm of the State Bank of India (SBI), received a shot in the arm when it won a case of cybersquatting against Domain Active Pty Limited, an Australian dotcom company.

in: New Instance of RIPE NCC Operated K-root Server Deployed in Delhi, India
The RIPE NCC in cooperation with APNIC have deployed a new global node instance of the K-root Internet root name server at the National Internet eXchange of India (NIXI) in Noida, Delhi, India.

The Realm of Domain Names: An Indian Perspective (reg req’d)
In the realm of cyberspace, when you browse a particular website on the Internet, it is actually the Internet Protocol address (IP address) that establishes the link between your computer and the particular website you are searching for. IP address is like a name of a person or moreover like a telephone number. It helps in identifying a particular computer connected to the Internet where the website is hosted on the Internet.

in: Use, transfer of disputed domain names in .IN space frozen
CYBER-SQUATTERS eyeing quick bucks in .IN domain on Internet may soon be caught in their own web.

in: WIPO evicts cyber squatter from India’s SBI domain
An Australian entity, which hijacked the domain name of SBI Cards hoping to later sell it for a hefty sum to the State Bank of India subsidiary, has been evicted by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

The .iq Debacle
Ali Uzri, an Iraqi technology consultant, has been waiting for his country to get on the information superhighway for a long time. “Near my house in Baghdad, there’s an Internet cafe called Dreamnet.iq,” says Uzri. “The sign has been up for over a year—even though for most of that time it was the .iq part that was just a dream.” That’s because, despite the fact that Iraq has been a sovereign nation for some 15 months, its top-level Internet domain, .iq, has been in a legal limbo.

Iraq gets right to manage its own domain name
The Internet’s key oversight agency has quietly authorized Iraq’s new government to manage its own domain name, allowing for the restoration of Internet addresses ending in “.iq.”


jp: JPRS Commences an Effort to Eliminate the Risk Caused by Improper Management of DNS Servers Associated with JP Domain Names
On August 4, 2005, JPRS announced its commencement of a major effort as the .JP registry to eliminate the risk posed by improper management of DNS servers associated with the registered JP domain names.


kp: North Korea’s baby steps for the Internet
A story on North Korea’s limited forays on the internet that finishes with “Still, North Korea’s isolation from the rest of the world can be felt even in cyberspace. ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has not yet authorized a domain name for the country, even though the government has repeatedly asked for the site of “.kp”.”


.nz registrations hit 200K (news release)
Internet NZ announced today that the number of domain names listed on the .nz Register had just reached 200,000.

nz: Domain-name body going ahead
A challenge to the legitimacy of Britain’s internet address registry, Nominet, appears unlikely to halt moves to establish a New Zealand domain name dispute-resolution process based on the Nominet model.

InternetNZ unveils software for Enum
InternetNZ has released the source code for its prototype “personal user agent” to be used with phone and internet numbering system Enum, planned for trial this year.


ph: Court wants ‘peaceful’ settlement to PLDT.com domain dispute
AN interesting twist has developed in the long-standing dispute between the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Gerry Kaimo, owner of the PLDT.com domain.

pk: Sunrise Period for name.pk Domains
The Sunrise Period for name.pk Domains is open from 15 July to 30 September

Pakistan offers .pk domain (reg req’d)
Pakistan is launching a country-code top level domain name extension .pk and is operating a sunrise period to allow legitimate trade mark owners to secure their rights


sg: SGNIC reduces prices of .sg internet domain names
The Singapore Network Information Centre, or SGNIC, is cutting the prices for those who want to register the .sg domain name by $10 to $30 for each name to boost competition.


uk/vn: Early Learning Centre loses domain name claim
The Early Learning Centre has lost an attempt to recover earlylearningcentre.com from a Vietnamese man who has not used it and did not respond to the arbitration complaint. The trade mark was deemed too weak to prove bad faith.


.WS Top Level Domain Names Benefit Nation of Samoa
Born in Samoa in 2000 and now reaching out to the world, Website.WS is the brainchild of Alan Ezeir and Michael Reed in association with the tiny Island nation of Samoa. In November 2000, less than nine months after launching .WS to the global Internet community, GDI announced it had sold over 100,000 .WS registrations to customers such as Yahoo!, Intel, Cisco, Dell Computers, and other companies and individuals in more than 180 countries.


Signposts in Cyberspace by the National Academies Computer Science Telecommunications Board
This document reports the conclusions of an assessment of the current state and the future prospects of the DNS and its interactions with Internet navigation, including its uses as a means of navigation itself and as an infrastructure for navigation by other means. The assessment is the result of the deliberations of a committee that encompasses a wide range of disciplines, experience, and viewpoints. The report is addressed to the technologists, policy makers, and others whose decisions will affect the future of the DNS and Internet navigation aids and services. The specific conclusions and recommendations of the Committee on Internet Navigation and the Domain Name System appear throughout this summary in boldface type.

Beyond Cybersquatting: Taking Domain Name Disputes Past Trademark Policy by JACQUELINE D. LIPTON [Case Western Reserve University School of Law]
This Article suggests the development of a new classification scheme for different types of Internet domain name disputes outside the ‘bad faith’ cybersquatting context. This new classification scheme highlights both the fact that the current legal and regulatory framework is focused on only a narrow class of domain name disputes, and that the policies underlying this framework are not suited to other categories of domain name disputes. The article further identifies ways in which new solutions could be developed that are better suited to domain name complaints outside the cybersquatting context and that more appropriately reflect emerging social norms about Internet usage and domain name registration.

Government Regulation of Dot-ca Domain Name Space by MARC WATKINS
This article tries to help fill the gap by taking a closer look at the Canadian dot-ca Top-Level Domain-Name and the Canadian Government’s current and possibly future regulatory regime. Emphasis is put on answering four key questions: What can be regulated? How can it be regulated? What is the current situation in Canada? And should there be regulation in the first place?

Exploring Autonomous System Numbers by Geoff Huston
In a set of three articles we’ll first explore how the Autonomous System Number number space is structured, how ASN’s are used in the inter-domain routing environment, and then look at the consumption rate of these numbers and finally examine our options once we get to the point of likely ASN number pool exhaustion.

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