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IG Forum, Hot Air or Hot Opinions?

For many critics, the United Nations-sponsored Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is nothing more than a hot-air event void of any decision-making power. But advocates see the meeting, the first to follow last year's contentious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), as an opportunity to set the tone for future discussions on who should govern the Internet and how.  more»

UN Forum on Internet Governance Opens in Athens

A year after the United States narrowly avoided a bruising row with the rest of the world over control of the Internet, round two of talks on the Web's future has opened in a UN-sponsored Forum on Internet Governance. more»

EU Praises ICANN's Work

We are very satisfied with the work of ICANN. What Europe was objecting was the government oversight of ICANN," EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding told The Associated Press. "I think ICANN is doing a perfectly good job as it is. Just leave it alon more»

"Political Gambits" Risk to DNS Language Expansion, Says Vint Cerf

On the eve of the first ever United Nations-sponsored Internet Governance Forum, which opens near Athens on Monday, Cerf said national interests had surfaced in recent weeks that would change the process for "internationalizing" Internet addresses. The fresh conflict shows that the high- level global debate over U.S. influence and control of the global network is still unresolved, he said. more»

IPv6-ready DNS Appliances

Start-up InfoWeapons is selling what it claims are the first domain name system appliances to support both IPv4 and IPv6 running in dual-stack mode. more»

Defense, Significant Sectors of the Economy Starting to Move Quickly on IPv6

...That's where the buying power of the U.S. government comes in. Federal purchasing officials have already said they plan to require all civilian and defense agencies to upgrade their key network equipment -- routers, computer servers, switches, and such -- to IPv6 within 20 months. ...U.S. Military feels pressure to move quickly on IPv6 primarily because of the advances by the Chinese government. more»

Reviving Concerns Over Internet Control

Starting next week, about 1,200 diplomats and technology ministers will gather at a hotel in the outskirts of Athens to resume a debate that has often pitted the Bush administration and a handful of its Western allies against Brazil, India, China and African countries. Officially, the inaugural meeting of the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum is designed to explore topics like free speech, security, spam and multilingualism... more»

Internet Governance Forum: Starting a Dialogue Which Will Last for Years

A dispute over U.S. control of the Internet is likely drag on through a conference of state envoys, regulators and technology experts next week to discuss the future of the Internet.

"There are many countries which all have their own interests and opinions," Greek Transport Minister Michalis Liapis said Thursday. "We are starting a dialogue which I think will take many years." Liapis and the Greek government will host the first Internet Governance Forum, a four-day U.N. global summit in Athens that starts Monday. more»

IP Address Confusion Results in Wrong Family Raiding

...IP addresses are not consistently reliable means of identifying users. Law enforcement officials and a family in Gretna, Virginia and learned that lesson the hard way after their home was searched by a law enforcement team that included Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal, according to a law enforcement official. more»

Microsoft Opens Access to Its SenderID Spec

Microsoft has made the Sender ID framework specification for email authentication available to users at no cost and with the guarantee that it will never take legal action against them. more»

Judge Rejects Domain Name Suspension of Spamhaus

A federal judge presiding over a spam dispute rejected a marketing company's request to suspend the domain name of Spamhaus, an anti-spam group that ignored an $11.7 million judgment against it.

...The Spamhaus Project did not bother defending itself and refused to recognize Kocoras' $11.7 million judgment against it, saying the court had no jurisdiction over the U.K.-based group. So e360 Insight asked that the judge order the spamhaus.org domain suspended. more»

ICANN Approves .ASIA

Made up of groups that run domain names for China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries, the DotAsia Organization Ltd. plans to explore permitting domain names in Asian languages under ".asia." ICANN also has been exploring allowing suffixes in other languages, too, though that will take time and is unaffected by Wednesday's decision on ".asia." more»

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