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A Year After Launch, .eu Seventh Most Used Domain

A year after its launch, 2.5 million Europeans and companies have registered a .eu domain name, making it the seventh most widespread Web site address suffix in the world and the third in the European Union. ...Just under 80 percent of registered names are used, rather than bought only to reserve a name, the EU's executive arm said. more»

VeriSign Announces Increase in .Com and .Net Domain Name Fees

VeriSign has announced that as of Oct. 15, 2007, the registry fee for .com domain names will increase from $6.00 to $6.42 and that the registry fee for .net domain names will increase, from $3.50 to $3.85. This will be VeriSign's first registry fee increase for .com and .net since the fee structure was put in place by ICANN in 1999. more»

Catching Phishy Domains Before They Go Live

Jackson, a 26-year-old developer from New Bedford, Massachusetts, who works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is spending his spare time on a Web-based application called Crows Nest. It's designed to alert users when newly registered domain names that are likely to be used as phishing sites go live on the Internet. more»

ICANN Might be Seeking Immunity From U.S. Law

The closest thing the Internet has to a governing body seems to want the same kind of immunity from national laws that the International Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee have enjoyed for decades.

A recent report prepared for the board of ICANN says the organization should "explore the private international organization model" and it should "operationalize whatever outcomes result." more»

ICANN Rejection of .XXX to Likely End Up in Court

Last Friday, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers voted 9-5 to reject a proposal by ICM Registry to set up and operate a .xxx domain for sex-related sites. In the wake of ICANN's decision, ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley said that the dispute will likely wind up in court.

"This will probably go into litigation," Lawley said. "There are multiple prongs for challenging the ICANN decision."  more»

US Homeland Security Wants Control Over DNS

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was created after the attacks on September 11, 2001 as a kind of overriding department, wants to have the key to sign the DNS root zone solidly in the hands of the US government... During the current ICANN meeting in Lisbon, Bernard Turcotte, president of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) drew everyone's attention to this proposal as a representative of the national top-level domain registries (ccTLDs). more»

ICANN Asked to Adopt Specific TLD for Banks

Security watchers are calling on net governance body ICANN to adopt a new top level domain name to be used exclusively by registered banks and financial organisations.

If ICANN introduced a .safe domain (or .sure or .bank), which could only be used by registered financial institutions, it would allow security providers to create better software to protect the public. more»

ICANN Rejects .XXX Domain

Many in the adult-entertainment industry and religious groups alike had criticized the plan, which the Canadian government also warned this week could leave the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in the tricky business of content regulation.

The 9-5 decision by ICANN's board came nearly seven years after the proposal was first floated by ICM Registry LLC. It was the third time ICANN has rejected such a bid. Paul Twomey, ICANN's chief executive, who had described the proposal this week as "clearly controversial, clearly polarizing" abstained from the vote but did not say why. more»

XXX Domain Facing More Questions

The chairman of a key ICANN committee said questions remain about how to implement a new ".xxx" domain name for pornographic and adult websites, but the agency plans to vote whether to create the online back alley tomorrow.

Janis Karklins, chairman of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, said Thursday that the board of ICANN had not yet answered questions about whether the application meets the standards needed to be established. more»

Registerfly and ICANN Face Lawsuit by Customers

The unsealing of the two-week-old lawsuit yesterday reveals that when ICANN terminated Registerfly's accreditation to sell domain names earlier this month it did so just one day after it found out it was being sued. Customers of the failing domain name company Registerfly.com have sued the company, along with its accreditor and overseer ICANN, claiming thousands of people have lost or stand to lose their livelihoods due to their negligence. more»

First U.S. City to Have Citywide IPv6

Harrisonburg, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) southwest of Washington, D.C., will become the first U.S. city to have a citywide IPv6 network in the third quarter of the year, said Mark Bayliss, director of the Harrisonburg Project and CEO of Visual Link, a Virginia ISP. Harrisonburg has branded itself the "city of the future" and hopes to become an IPv6 test bed where prospective users can see the power of the successor to IPv4, he said. more»

New IAB Chair Talks About DNS Security

Olaf Kolkman, a Dutch DNS expert, is the new chair of the Internet Architecture Board, a panel of 13 leading network engineers who provide technical oversight to the IETF, the Internet's premier standards-setting body. Kolkman says in a recent interview that DNSSEC isn't a failure, but it will take a while for the security extensions to become widely deployed. more»

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