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APTLD Singapore Meeting – Registrations Open
Registrations have opened for the July APTLD Members and Board meeting, held in Singapore 6-7 July 2005. The registration page includes travel tips for Singapore, access to a hotel booking form and will soon include the draft Agenda for the meeting.

All APTLD members are very welcome to attend. Contact the Secretariat if you have any questions about the meetings.


ICANN Meeting Roundup
Find details of the most recent ICANN meeting on their website here.

ALAC Comments on .NET

In recent weeks, the At Large Advisory Committee (“ALAC”) has been pleased to provide comments, both in writing and at the Mar del Plata meeting, to the ICANN Board and staff about the .NET process and the Telcordia report. While the ALAC does not make any recommendation to ICANN about which registry operator ultimately should be awarded the .NET contract, it does believe that (a) the selection process should be open and transparent; and (b) all public comments solicited by ICANN and submitted in a timely manner by concerned persons, including the ALAC, should be reviewed and considered in the .NET evaluation.

ICANN Posts Proposed FY 2005-06 Budget
In accordance with Article XVI, Section 4 of the ICANN Bylaws, ICANN today posted its Proposed Budget for fiscal year 2005-06. The budget will be submitted to the ICANN Board for approval in Luxembourg on 15 July 2005 after additional review by the Budget Advisory Group and Finance Committee, constituency reviews, public comment, and possible amendment. Comment can be made to budget-comments@icann.org. Archive of comments

ICANN Sticks Up for Trademark Holders
Opinion: Some people complain about systems designed to protect intellectual-property owners, but ICANN’s dispute resolution seems well designed and beneficial.

ICANN Strategic Plan: Welcome to the information area for the Strategic Plan
At ICANN’s meetings in April 2005 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, the ICANN community participated in three public workshops on strategic and operational planning. Based on feedback from those workshops, staff has produced a revised version of the strategic plan (v7.3) for community review and comment. At its meeting on 3 May 2005, ICANN’s Board directed that the revised strategic plan be posted for public comments. The comment period will be open until 13 May 2005 at 23:59 UTC. At ICANN’s next meetings (in Luxembourg in July 2005), the ICANN community will be invited to participate in the development of the next round of ICANN’s planning process for July 2006 – June 2010.

ICANN Nominating Committee Issues Formal Call for Recommendations and Statements of Interest
ICANN’s Nominating Committee invites Recommendations and Statements of Interest from the Internet community as it seeks qualified candidates for positions to assist in its technical coordination role. Recommendations and Statements of Interest for the positions on the ICANN Board of Directors, GNSO, ccNSO and ALAC can be submitted through www.icann.org For further information regarding the Nominating Committee and its role click here.

Net co-founder’s domain – Q&A with Vint Cerf
EVERY New Year’s eve, net heads should raise their glasses and take a swig in honour of Vint Cerf, who co-authored the TCP/IP protocol that is fundamental to the internet’s operation.

What to Do About ICANN: A Proposal for Structural Reform by Dr.Milton Mueller and Dr.Hans Klein
A Concept Paper by the Internet Governance Project: With the 2005 WSIS in Tunisia quickly approaching, and with the work of the UN WGIG well underway, it is time to identify concrete policy options for Internet governance. Any initiatives in this area must address the criticisms that have been made of ICANN. Although the international community has defined “Internet governance” in a way that goes beyond ICANN’s control of domain names and addresses, ICANN nonetheless remains central to many issues. Here we propose a series of structural reforms for it.

ICANN imposes $2 internet tax
Internet overseeing organisation ICANN has imposed what amounts to a $2 tax on all new domains.

ICANN Publishes Registry and Registrar Compliance Program
The Compliance Program explains ICANN’s approach to contractual compliance with regards to its Registry Agreements and Registrar Accreditation Agreements.

ICANN Publishes Second Annual Update on the InterNIC Whois Data Problem Report System
Today ICANN published its update on the InterNIC Whois Data Problem Report System (WDPRS) in accordance with the requirements set out in ICANN’s Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“Who Rules the Internet? Understanding ICANN”
A new briefing paper published by Panos institute, describes the issues behind Internet governance that made it a heated subject at the 2003 WSIS meeting in Geneva. It is the first of a series of briefing papers that will cover other Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) issues. It also gives important background information on the issues being raised at the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in November 2005.

Generic Names

Do We Really Need IDN?
James Seng has quoted that Korea, China and Japan must have IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) service. His statement may appear as above mentioned countries desperately need for IDN services because there are no alternative. However, there have already been well established local Internet address providers since quite some time.

ICANN adds .jobs and .travel to Internet names
Travel companies, employers and recruitment agencies get their own little slice of the Net

Story Behind .ASIA
After releasing .travel and .jobs (hey, steve.jobs up for bidding!), ICANN said they will look at .xxx and .asia next. (via Chiao) “Vint Cerf: …of those, we have had fairly extensive discussion about .asia and .xxx. We continue to evaluate those. The others will be attended to as we can get to them. But i want to say for the record that we will attempt within the next 30 days to come to a conclusion one way or the other about .asia and .xxx so these will be on a board call sometime within that period.” Chiao called .ASIA “more or less like a joint venture among APxx organizations”. I say nonsense! Don’t let appearance fool you. ›››
Rambling story behind .asia – personal opinions

In Pursuit of IDN Perfection?
Many of the problems of IDNs come from trying to do multiple languages at the same time or languages one can’t read. The biggest difficulty is implementing them in gTLDs like .com or .org. I think that if we focus on helping the country level TLDs (ccTLDs) get going with IDNs in their own native languages, we would be solving the problem for 80% or so of the people. My concern is holding up the ability for these people to use IDNs because we can find the perfect solution for the edge cases. ›››

.Net report speared a third time
The .net report has been speared a third time – by bidder Sentan.

.Net report was fudged
The controversial report over ownership of the .net registry was fudged and the evidence is contained within the report itself.


Address Policies by Geoff Huston
When does an experiment in networking technology become a public utility? Does it happen on a single date, or is it a more gradual process of incremental change? And at what point do you change that way in which resources are managed to admit a broader of public interests? And how are such interests to be expressed in the context of the network itself, in terms of the players, their motivation and the level of common interest in one network? While many may be of the view that this has already happened some years ago in the case of the Internet, when you take a global perspective many parts of the globe are only coming to appreciate the significant role of the Internet in the broader context of enablers of national wealth.

Could IP Addressing Benefit from the Introduction of Competitive Suppliers? by Paul Wilson, Director General of Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), and Geoff Huston, Senior Internet Research Scientist at APNIC.
“In recent months proposals have been made for the introduction of competition into the system of allocation of IP addresses. In particular, calls have been made for new IP address registries to be established which would compete with the existing Regional Internet address Registries (RIRs). Specific proposals have been made by Houlin Zhao of the ITU-T and by Milton Mueller of the Internet Governance Project, both of which propose that the ITU itself could establish such a registry group, operating as a collection of national registries.” …It would appear that part of the rationale for these proposals lies in the expectation that the introduction of competition would naturally lead to outcomes of “better” or “more efficient” services the address distribution function. This article is a commentary on this expectation, looking at the relationship between a competitive supply framework and the role of address distribution, and offering some perspective on the potential outcomes that may be associated with such a scenario for IP addresses, or indeed for network addresses in general.Further information .

The Geography of Internet Addressing by Paul Wilson, Director General, APNIC
The ITU-T has proposed a new system of country-based IP address allocations which aims to satisfy a natural demand for self-determination by countries; however, the proposal also stands to realign the Internet’s frontiers onto national boundaries, with consequences which are explored here.

Securing Inter-Domain Routing by Geoff Huston
While a network administrator can do a relatively robust job in protecting their local routing infrastructure by taking reasonable measures in terms of protecting routers and protecting the integrity of the operation of routing protocols within their local network, the task of protecting the integrity and accuracy of the information being carried by the routing protocols is a far more challenging task. The current level of activity, while well-intentioned, is not proving to be resilient against even such benign forms of routing information corruption as operation misconfiguration, let alone being resilient against determined and creative attack vectors.


ITU chief calls for equitable information sharing
THE HEAD of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is urging both its members and world leaders to implement strategies and policies that will help least developed countries strengthen their communications infrastructure.

WGIG Questionnaire & Forum on Internet Governance
Dear Colleagues, This is an invitation and an opportunity to provide input directly into the current discussions on Internet Governance. The UN’s Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) is conducting a survey to ask stakeholders for their thoughts on current Internet Governance arrangements.
WGIG questionnaire

Canadian Commission for UNESCO organises a conference entitled: Paving the Road to Tunis – WSIS II: Canada’s Civil Society Views on the Geneva Plan of Action and the Prospects for Phase II
The main objective of the conference is to collect views on the Geneva Plan of Action from a Canadian civil society perspective. Participants will be invited to examine the status of major elements included in the Plan of Action: infrastructure, cost of access, community access centres, free standards and free software, adapted technologies, education, traditional media, freedom of expression in both traditional and new media, cultural diversity, preservation of indigenous languages, building partnerships with developing countries, Internet governance and applications. Programme of conference.

European Union listening more to Civil Society: Draft Parliament Report on WSIS, Consultations on Internet Governance promising
The European Union is listening more closely to civil society organizations than it used to. The EU’s “High Level Group on Internet Governance” will hold an open consultation with civil society on 24th May, and a new draft report from the European Parliament is recommending “to strengthen the involvement of European civil society in the build-up of the Tunis summit.”

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center: New Generic Top-Level Domains: Intellectual Property Considerations
This report responds to a request made by Paul Twomey, the President and CEO of the ICANN with letter dated April 27, 2004. In this letter, Mr. Twomey requested the WIPO to provide expert advice on “intellectual property issues involved in the introduction of new gTLDs”.

Check out our domain name: .eu is now in the internet root: Launch of .eu will start before the end of 2005
Today, another milestone was reached in the creation of .eu. Following agreement with ICANN in March, the .eu top level domain has now been put in the internet root and, as our email address and web site demonstrate, it works!

EU to launch its own web domain
The European Commission has said that the new internet domain name “.eu” will be up and running by the end of 2005.

uk: The Struggle over Internet Governance: Searching for Common Ground Open Public Lecture: 5/5/05
An invited group of international experts with differing perspectives on Internet research, policy and practice, including the Chairman and Secretariat of the United Nation’s recently created Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), will be invited to contribute to this OII—Berkman Center forum. The aim is to help inform negotiations and debates shaping the future governance, regulation and use of the Internet. The event will start in the late afternoon of 5th May with a panel discussion, followed by a reception. Invited participants will convene on 6th May for a day-long roundtable discussion, which will be followed by a closing dinner.

Internet Governance Debate Moving to Next Stage
The Working Group on Internet Governance has had its third meeting on the last three days in Geneva. The discussion is now moving from mapping the internet governance landscape of institutions and stakeholders towards assessments and recommendations. Monday’s session was conducted as an open consultation, yesterday and today the group was meeting in private. Expectedly, a few conflicts surfaced again, which mainly circled around the role of different stakeholders, the question of a new organisational framework, and the Multilateralization of the core Internet resources. But progress can be observed.

The Ultimate Solution to Internet Governance: Let ITU and ICANN compete By Milton Mueller
Controversies over ICANN led to the creation of the Working Group on Internet Governance, but so far there have been few specific proposals for change.


VeriSign to put more backbone into the Net
VeriSign plans to significantly increase the number of DNS servers it operates, a move that it says will make a key part of the Internet’s infrastructure more resilient to cyberattacks.See also c/net news.com

Members Corner (April/May 2005)


au: Cancer announcement takes kylie.com down
The effects of the announcement that Kylie Minogue has breast cancer has knocked her personal site off the Web

au: June start for .au geographic domain ballots
The Australian domain names regulator has announced it will kick off the ballots for new geographic domain names in .net and .au from next month. See AUDA announcement.

au: ENUM trial gets go-ahead
THE communications regulator has confirmed the kick-off of an Australian trial of so-called ENUM services, which allow the use of a single phone number as an address for a range of services including email, instant messaging and voice over IP telephony. Further au ENUM Article

au: auDA and Capital Networks settle disputes
auDA and Capital Networks Pty Ltd (trading as TotalNIC) have settled all outstanding disputes between them. As part of the settlement terms, Capital Networks has withdrawn its application to the High Court for special leave to appeal, auDA has withdrawn its application for winding up and Capital Networks’ registrar accreditation has been terminated by agreement.

au: auDA reduces its .au domain name fee by 25 percent
Effective from 1st May 2005, .au Domain Administration (auDA), the administrator of .au domain names, will reduce the fee it charges registrars for .au domains by 25 percent from $7.50 to $5.50.
au: ISPs team to fight DNS attack
TELSTRA is co-operating with international service providers to combat ongoing denial of service attacks which have been referred to the national high-tech crime squad.

au: ICANN powerless in net disputes
THE internet’s peak technical governance body has appealed to Australia’s consumer watchdog for help to tackle a flood of consumer complaints over domain names.

au: Administrator suspends TotalNIC accreditation
auDA has suspended the registrar accreditation of Capital Networks–trading as TotalNIC.
Auda article.

au: Nielsen wins domain dispute
INTERNET analyst firm Nielsen//NetRatings is claiming victory in a tussle with a local internet analyst over a domain name.

au: Ansearch launches amid domain name dispute
Australian search engine Ansearch began commercial operations despite being accused of domain name poaching.


cn: China Has 1.85 Million Domain Names
CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) released the results of the Fourth China Internet Network Information Resource Survey, which was mainly focused on the current registered websites around the country.

cn: Gome Has Domain Name Problems
Beijing Gome Home Appliance Company, one of the largest home electronics chain stores in the capital city, has sued Hao Peng in Beijing because Hao registered a domain name similar to Gome’s name.


.in domain registration crosses 1,00,000 mark
The ‘.in’ Internet domain name registration has crossed the 1,00,000 mark in just over 90 days since its official relaunch.

in: .IN domain registrations surpasses 1lakh mark
The .IN country code internet domain name Registry services set up by the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) announced today that the .IN domain has surpassed 1 lakh registrations in just over 90 days since it was officially re-launched.


jp: Compliance of JP Domain Name Registry Service to “Personal Information Protection Act”
In Japan, the “Personal Information Protection Act (the Act)” became fully effective on April 1, 2005. This page explains how JPRS accommodated its JP domain name services to this Act. The following page provides a full explanation of documents such as registration rules that are currently applied to JP domain name registration, based on the concept explained in this Web page.

jp: JPRS, jointly with ccTLDs in Asia, Sent an Open Letter to Microsoft Requesting Implementation of IDN in the Next Internet Explorer
On April 4, 2005, JPRS, with the other members of Joint Engineering Team (JET)*, sent an open letter to Microsoft Corporation,making a request for implementation of Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) in the next version of the Internet Explorer.


my: Government to be IPv6 compliant by 2008
The government aims to have all its facilities IPv6 compliant by 2008. This was announced by Halim Shafie, Director General of the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications at Universiti Sains Malaysia after he had launched the National Advanced v6 Centre of Excellence (NAv6) located on the Penang campus of the university. NAv6 has been selected by the government to lead R&D and training in the next generation Internet protocol. The center began operating on 1 March 2005.


nz: Domain name dispute process to be implemented
At its meeting on 16 May, the .nz Oversight Committee of InternetNZ unanimously decided to implement a dispute resolution process for .nz domain names.

nz: Departing boss sees net future in convergence
The internet exists in its present form because thousands of people round the world fight to keep it – in the words of InternetNZ chief executive Peter Macaulay – “open and uncapturable”.

nz: Panel favoured for sorting out domain disputes
InternetNZ, the non-profit society that sets policy for “.nz” Web addresses, is close to picking a way to resolve domain name squabbles.

nz: Keeping domain disputes out of court
Plans to introduce an alternative dispute resolution system for internet domain names are approaching a crucial stage and a recommendation to adopt a new process will be considered in a fortnight.

nz: Government will police its own net addresses
The State Services Commission hopes to save the government tens of thousands of dollars a year in domain registration fees and transaction costs by setting up its own .govt.nz registry.

nz: Domain Name Fee Announcement
InternetNZ, NZOC and NZRS have today announced that InternetNZ is maintaining the wholesale domain name fee.

nz: New 2LD proposal calls for submissions
A new second level domain, .parliament.nz, has been proposed to InternetNZ in order to provide some distance between parliamentarians and executive government.


.tl – Timor-Leste
For those interested, as of 24/3 whois information was available for .tl and details on registration of .tl domains is available.

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