Internet governance experts remain divided over last week's decision to extend the U.S. government's oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), with some calling it appropriate and others portraying it as unwise.
The strong sentiments on either side reflect a chronic, troubling tension that has enveloped ICANN since 1998, when it was formed to progressively absorb Internet management functions until then handled fully by the U.S. government. more»
As stakeholders, we need an advocate, ICANN, which must ensure that security is never sacrificed. ...It doesn't take a mathematician with a Ph.D. to see that the proposed registry agreements do not provide better security and stability for the DNS; it takes only good common sense. We all know the value of stop signs in intersections. more»
The US government says it will maintain oversight of the internet but with far less hands-on involvement.
"The big difference is that we will no longer have our work prescribed by the Department of Commerce and no longer have to report to them every six months with lots of hurdles for us to jump," said Paul Twomey, CEO of ICANN more»
China has built its own version of an ultrafast next-generation Internet network that promises to reduce the country's dependence on foreign companies, the state news media reported Monday.
The China Education and Research Network has linked 167 institutes and departments at 25 universities in 20 cities through the Internet Protocol Version 6, China Central Television reported. more»
"The thing is if you install any Unix operating system now it comes with IPv6 enabled." In addition, Microsoft's Vista operating system, set for release in the coming months, is expected to have support for IPv6 enabled, he said. With support for IPv6 enabled in these operating systems, IT managers need to be prepared to address security issues in the new protocol. more»
Senator Gordon Smith, an Oregon Republican, questioned why VeriSign should have what critics have called a guaranteed perpetual income stream from .com domain registrations. The company currently receives $6 per domain, or about $323.4 million a year, from .com fees alone. more»
The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it would renew its relationship with ICANN, the company that manages the Internet domain name system, beyond September 30, the date at which a separation had been expected.
"We are working with ICANN to negotiate the next phase of our continued partnership," John Kneuer, acting assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, said in prepared testimony at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the future of ICANN. more»
Companies owning thousands of common names for Internet use will hold back the spread of .eu, Europe's attempt to rival .com, campaigners said on Tuesday. ...campaigners and European Parliament members say a few firms bought 200,000 to 300,000 generic names that people often use to search for information on the Web. more»
Congress has turned its attention to ICANN again, holding two hearings, on opposite sides of the Capitol Building, in one week. The Senate Commerce Committee starts things off on Wednesday, September 20th with a hearing titled Internet Governance: The Future of ICANN. The House Commerce Committee follows on Thusday, September 21st with ICANN Internet Goverance: Is It Working? ICANN CEO Paul Twomey and the Department of Commerce's John Kneuer will be testifying at both hearings. more»
Operators of the ".travel" domain name are proposing a new search service to help guide people who mistype Web addresses or seek nonexistent ones, reviving a debate over how much control such organizations should have in directing Internet traffic. more»
A VeriSign Inc. official defended its contract to operate the .com domain Monday, after Network Solutions accused the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) of not requiring adequate security safeguards in its registry agreements. Network Solutions, a domain-name registrar, released a report last week saying ICANN has "failed" to address security in its latest proposals for the .com, .biz, .info and .org top-level domains. more»
A report released today ("DNS - A System in Crisis," commissioned by Network Solutions) has concluded that in proposals for the .com, .biz, .info and .org registries, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has failed to ensure adequate security safeguards. The report, written by security technology expert Jerry Archer, recommends that oversight, planning and testing provisions be implemented in the proposals to run these registries before they are finalized. more»
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