[DNS] domain name news - 15 July

[DNS] domain name news - 15 July

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:11:30 -0700 (PDT)
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the last 3 months of the news.

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Your Input Requested on Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery Initial Report
The GNSO Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Policy Development Process 
(PDP) Working Group published its Initial Report on 31 May. The PEDNR WG was 
tasked to address questions in relation to what extent registrants should be 
able to renew their domain names after they expire. At issue is whether the 
current policies of registrars on the renewal, transfer and deletion of expired 
domain names are adequate.

Brussels Fellowship Program Reached Successful Conclusion
This 38th ICANN International public meeting marked the 3rd year and 10th round 
of the ICANN Fellowship Program, which was noted in the President?s report 
during the Welcome ceremony on Monday to start off the week. A note of thanks to 
all of those community members who have supported the program and its 
candidates, providing guidance and knowledge to help these participants 
understand the importance of their role in the ICANN community.

Letter from Peter Nettlefold to Rod Beckstrom
Response to Questions about National Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT): 
Thank you for your questions of 21 April2010, conveyed through former 
Governmental Advisory Committee Chair Janis Karklins, seeking information on the 
CERTs operating in Australia. Please see attached responses to your specific 

REMINDER - DEADLINE 15 JULY ? 23.59 UTC - Call for Applicants for a Position of 
Volunteer Review Team Member
The Affirmation of Commitments calls for a periodic review of four key ICANN 
objectives, namely:

Chinese speakers get easier access to Internet [AFP]
The web will soon be a lot more accessible for more than a billion people after 
the body that runs the Internet's naming system gave the green light for the use 
of Chinese script.



 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Battle Over .Jobs is Growing
I wrote last month about a move to open up the .jobs domain name. Currently only 
companies can register .jobs domains, and only with their company name (e.g. 
ATT.jobs). The group behind this sponsored TLD wants to open it up, with the 
idea of creating a ton of (million?) job boards using the domains.

CIRA recommends government develop a Community Emergency Response Team [news 
In its submission to Industry Canada's Digital Economy consultation, the 
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) recommends the Government of 
Canada enhance its ability to respond to emergencies by developing a Community 
Emergency Response Team (CERT). CIRA also strongly encourages the government to 
ensure the CERT has the ability to respond to threats to the Domain Name System 
(DNS) in Canada through a DNS-CERT.

Clarke and Knake's "Cyberwar" by Steven Bellovin
I just finished reading Richard Clarke and Robert Knake's book Cyberwar. Though 
the book has flaws, some of them serious, the authors make some important 
points. They deserve to be taken seriously.

How to test your resolver for DNS reply-size issues
The DNSSEC protocol will bring improved security to the internet but also larger 
packet sizes. Before you run into problems, you can check that your resolver is 
able to cope with these larger packets, as Anand Buddhdev explains.

Microsoft Gets Patent for ?Cybersquatter Patrol?
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted Microsoft U.S. patent number 
7,756,987 for ?Cybersquatter Patrol?. The patent is for a system of generating 
lists of typo and cybersquatted domains and peeling back the onion to determine 
their ownership and revenue source. It also refers to methods to block these 
cybersquatted domain names.

Toyota loses domain name trademark appeal
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday ruled that 
an authorized Lexus dealer can use the word "Lexus" in its Internet domain name. 
It also ruled that the Japanese automaker took advantage of two auto brokers who 
represented themselves in court.

Trademark And Domain Names... Two Very Different Rulings From One Judge
If you're looking for one of the most entertaining judges on the bench today, 
Alex Kozinski may be your judge. He's famous for being both clear and 
entertaining in his rulings, and for pulling such stunts as nominating himself 
for a contest on "Judicial Hotties" with an email to the organizers stating:

 - IPv4/IPv6
au: CSIRO mulling WAN accelaration
The CSIRO also leads the way with IPv6 deployment ? the next generation internet 
protocol that many network operators in Australia have yet to implement, despite 
IPv4 address space quickly running out ? and has singled out the protocol as a 
key selection criteria as part of the expression of interest request.

Does the First Amendment Forbid Spam Filtering? by John Levine
... Spam filters, and in particular DNS blacklists are intended to prevent 
e-mail from being delivered. Doesn't the First Amendment make it illegal to 
block speech? The short answer is no, but of course it's slightly more 
complicated than that in practice.

The good news on IPv4 address supply?
?Is that they are expected to run out in exactly 12 months from today, on 14 
July 2011. The bad news is a forecast exhaustion date only nine months hence.

US domain registrar does IPv6, DNSSEC
Domain registrar Name.com has added IPv6 support to both its registrar and DNS 
services, with its registrar platform offering support for the DNS security 
extensions known as DNSSEC from next week.

Is a .Net Worth 10% of .Com? Answer: rarely.
There?s an old adage in the domain name industry that a .net domain name is 
worth 10% of the same .com. Some also like to say that other extensions (.biz, 
.info, etc.) are worth 1% of the .com?s value.

Internet addiction driving South Koreans into realms of fantasy
As dusk descends on the Sinchon neighbourhood of Seoul, a wave of Saturday 
shoppers melts away, on cue, into restaurants and bars. But in a windowless room 
several floors above the throng, Ji Yu-tae is steeling himself for a very 
different night's entertainment.

German minister calls for Internet 'honour code' [AFP]
Germany's consumer minister, who vowed to delete her Facebook account in protest 
at the networking site's privacy policies, called Monday for an Internet "honour 
code" to protect personal data.


Internet hailed as a 'net win' for humanity [AP]
Social networking should reduce friction between humans by 2020 but our real 
life relationships could suffer and become more shallow, a US study has 

Internet addiction: A growing worry
WHILE eating toast and drinking tea at the breakfast table, freelance writer 
Lisa Teo, 26, boots up her laptop and goes online to check her e-mail and 
Facebook accounts.

Enabling our future: experts to advise Commission on upcoming technologies
Hardly anybody would have forecast 10 years ago that the business world would 
look as it does today. We use no typewriters any more and most information is 
available and exchanged electronically. How will the industrial world look in 10 
years time? Which products and technologies will we use to produce goods, to do 
business, to learn, to live and to communicate?

Facebook snubs British MPs' calls to drop Raoul Moat fan page
Facebook said it would resist MPs' calls to remove a page set up in honour of 
Raoul Moat, the fugitive who shot his former girlfriend, her boyfriend and a 
police officer before killing himself after he went on the run for a week.

Facebook resists No 10 pressure over Moat tributes
The online networking site Facebook refused on Wednesday to act against members 
paying tribute to Raoul Moat after Prime Minister David Cameron said there 
should be no sympathy for the dead gunman.

On Facebook, Telling Teachers How Much They Meant
People who have been out of school for decades are expressing sentiments they 
dared not express in their youth.

Social Networking Takes Flight
On a flight from Newark to the West Coast not long ago, Jeff Jarvis, author of 
the book ?What Would Google Do?? fell into a conversation with a fellow 
passenger familiar with his work. But it was not a face-to-face chat. Rather, it 
started as an exchange of Twitter posts at the boarding gate.

Outlook gets Facebook integration
Microsoft has integrated Facebook into its Outlook e-mail system in its latest 
move towards the social web.

Fractious ISPs may fumble their chance on internet filter
Australian ISPs have an opportunity to see off Labor's mandatory internet 
censorship laws, but their disunity could let it slip.

Mandatory filtering should be dropped
If ISPs blocked child sexual abuse pages voluntarily, the government would not 
need to impose filtering, a child protection group says.

Facebook to launch child safety 'panic button'
Facebook has announced it will allow a "panic button" application on its social 
networking site.

Facebook ClickCeop app to offer optional 'panic button'
After months of pressure to improve its online safety features, Facebook has 
reached an agreement to provide an application not dissimilar to the "panic 
button" critics have called for, which users can add to their homepage and links 
to the UK's online child protection watchdog.

Cooment: Facebook: Let's not call it a 'panic button'
What exactly is a 'panic button'? I've written before that child safety and 
online behaviour is a far more nuanced problem than a single Batphone-style 
button could solve, but it's an image that still obscures the detail in the 
ongoing tussle between Facebook and Ceop, the Child Exploitation and Online 
Protection Centre.

au: Child porn filter move hits snag
Hopes that a voluntary filter of child pornography will become industry standard 
across all internet service providers have been dealt a blow, with significant 
mid-sized carrier Internode declaring yesterday that it will not participate.




Sexting and child porn: are they any different?
The difference between "sexting" and "child pornography" might seem obvious, but 
it's not. Take one common metric for labeling something "child porn"?was it 
produced voluntarily? That question has its limits.

A copyright ruling no one can like
Legal experts sympathetic to copyright owners as well as those known for 
supporting technology companies are criticizing a federal judge's decision to 
lower a jury award in a high-profile lawsuit about file sharing.

Songwriters call for music piracy levy
British songwriters and composers want a levy on broadband providers based on 
the pirated music they allow to pass through their networks

Design Flaw in iPhone 4, Testers Say
Did Apple make a lemon? Problems with low signal strength and dropped calls on 
Apple?s iPhone 4 are caused by a faulty antenna, researchers say.

Don't buy Apple's iPhone 4, Consumer Reports warns
Consumer Reports magazine today said it won't recommend Apple's Phone 4 because 
of major reception issues when users touch the external antenna.


Consumer Reports Slams New iPhone
Consumer Reports said its tests show a hardware defect causes the iPhone 4 to 
lose reception when held a certain way, challenging Apple Inc.'s claims that the 
problem is rooted in software that can be easily fixed.

Steve Jobs, Apple feed backlash with response to iPhone 4 reception complaints
Apple has a reception problem. No, not the one some users of its new iPhone 4 
have complained about, in which holding the phone with your hand over a gap 
between its two antennas on its lower left side weakens the phone's grasp of 
AT&T's signal.

One in 5 Brits send sexy texts to wrong person [Reuters]
Twenty percent of Britons have managed to send racy texts to the wrong person, 
and nearly one in 10 has been caught red-handed "sexting," according to a poll.

The FTC Takes on the Spam Dispensers
If you think you get too much spam, try visiting the second floor of the Federal 
Trade Commission building in Washington. That's where a computer server holds 
the world's largest collection of spam e-mail?314 million messages, with 200,000 
more arriving every day. The machine sits in the agency's Internet lab, a bunker 
crammed with electronic devices that help investigators hunt down spammers, 
spyware makers, and identity thieves.

FTC's role as watchdog expanding
If you think you get too much spam, try visiting the second floor of the Federal 
Trade Commission building in Washington.

Does the First Amendment Forbid Spam Filtering? by John Levine
A friend of mine wrote to ask: The Supreme Court overturned the Jaynes 
conviction on First Amendment grounds, yes? I'm wondering what that could mean 
from the spam filtering perspective.

US Extends Spam Lead: twice as much spam comes from the United States as any 
other country in the world, finds Sophos.
Received a spam e-mail lately? No matter where you are in the world, 
statistically speaking, a report finds that it's most likely to have come from 
the United States.

UK re-enters spam relaying 'Dirty Dozen'
The US is still the country most likely to relay spam emails, but the UK is 
gaining fast, according to the latest figures from Sophos.

UK comes 4th in list of spam relaying counties
The amount of spam the UK is producing has surged, causing Britain to take 
fourth place in Sophos' 'Dirty Dozen' list of the top spam-producing countries.

Coventry is top of the UK spam charts
Coventry has claimed the dubious honour of being the most spammed place in the 
UK, according to the latest stats from Symantec Hosted Services, which estimates 
that the average inbox in the area comprises 92.8 per cent spam.

USA extends lead as top spamming nation as European output rises, Sophos reports 
[news release]
IT security and control firm Sophos has published its latest report into the top 
twelve spam relaying countries, covering the second quarter of 2010. The USA 
continues to be the number one spam polluter, piping out 15.2% of all global 
spam messages - an increase from 13.1% in the first quarter of 2010.

British juries may be banned from using internet to research cases
Jurors in criminal trials should be banned from using the internet to research 
their cases, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales has said.

Facebook's assets frozen in ownership lawsuit
Facebook has rejected as "frivolous" a lawsuit filed by a New York man who 
claims he owns an 84 per cent stake in the social network.

Man Claims Ownership of Facebook
A New York judge has issued a temporary restraining order restricting the 
transfer of Facebook Inc.'s assets, following a suit by a New York man who 
claims to own an 84% stake in the social-networking company.

Facebook fights New Yorker's claim of 84 percent stake
Facebook has moved to overturn a New York judge's recent order temporarily 
blocking any transfer of the company's assets, as the world's No.1 social 
networking responds to a lawsuit by a New Yorker claiming to own 84 percent of 
the company.

us: White House cybersecurity chief calls meeting to discuss President's agenda
White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt will host a meeting 
Wednesday to discuss progress and ways to move forward on the cybersecurity 
agenda outlined by President Barack Obama in May 2009.


Phishing, Spam Containing Malware Increase
Last month saw a surge in malware-containing spam, according to a new study by 
Symantec. Interestingly, while Symantec said that malware-containing spam never 
comprised more than 3% of all spam on any given day in 2010, all of that changed 
in June. "Malware spam made up almost 12% of all spam on June 13th, and topped 
5% on June 3rd and 15th," according to the report.

Pit security 'networks' against cyberattackers
Government officials from Estonia and Singapore call for coordinated, 
well-planned cybersecurity responses involving various stakeholders within a 
country as well as globally to counter sophisticated cyberterrorist networks.

eBay sued for $3.8 billion [AP]
Internet auction site eBay is being sued for $US3.8 billion ($4.3 billion) for 
allegedly infringing patents held by XPRT Ventures for its payment systems.


China Green Dam web filter teams 'face funding crisis'
Reports from China say a controversial government-backed software project to 
filter internet content could be on the brink of collapse. State media said the 
developer behind the Green Dam Youth Escort software had closed its Beijing 
project team because of a lack of government funding.

China's Green Dam may be ready to collapse
China's Green Dam software-filtering project has been staying afloat without 
government funds for the past year, but the project may now be in danger of 
collapse, according to a story in Tuesday's Beijing Times as covered by BBC 

Indonesia to ask internet providers to block porn
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, is planning use a 
controversial anti-pornography law to restrict porn websites in the next few 
months, a communications ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

Iceland aims to become a legal safe haven for journalists
... After some terrible blows to Iceland's image ? its most famous recent 
exports being financial turmoil and volcanic ash ? the country has turned its 
creative energy towards creating a catch-all freedom of expression law, which 
would protect journalists from all manner of legal threats. Over the past couple 
of years a group of journalists, freedom of information campaigners and 
political activists living in Iceland have been working on turning this idea 
into reality. A resolution proposing the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative 
(IMMI), has already been unanimously passed by the country's parliament.

China's plan to use internet for propaganda
The Chinese Communist Party has detailed its ambitious but secretive strategy 
for transforming the internet into a force for keeping it in power and 
projecting ''soft power'' abroad.


Britain's House of Lords set sights on Digital Economy Act review
The Digital Economy Act could be reviewed by the House of Lords next year, if 
peers are given the right to scrutinise legislation after it has been passed 
into law.

UK Government outlines new libel law plans
The UK Government will overhaul libel laws in the new year. It said that it will 
publish a Defamation Bill early next year in an attempt to give publishers more 
rights and clamp down on 'libel tourism'.

Net neutrality comes back to haunt Google
?Search neutrality? becomes the rallying cry of activists who believe the search 
engine has too much power to decide which internet sites are granted the 
attention that comes with a high ranking

International anti-counterfeiting talks hit snags says EU [IDG]
The European Union "will not swallow" U.S. hypocrisy when negotiating an 
anti-counterfeiting agreement, said the senior E.U. representative involved in 
the talks.

Costs rise for broadband Britain
It will cost billions to fulfill the coalition government's vision of getting 
fast broadband to every part of Britain, BT has said.


(c) David Goldstein 2010


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