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Tom Cruise Wins TomCruise.com, Hardly Unpredictable

The UDRP process (there is no appeal) has become so polarised that if you were provided with the names of the panelists in any given case, you could predict with almost complete certainly what the outcome was, regardless of the merits of the case actually being heard.

So while Jeff Burgar is an extreme example of a domain registrant, Tom Cruise's victory serves only to highlight the need to reform the domain arbitration process. more

Blurr-Cade Proposal on US Government vs. Global DNS Oversight Under Discussion

The United States government is under pressure again, this time from two high-profile insiders, to end its overseeing role on the internet and transition its role to an international body.

A paper co-written by the ex-government lawyer that originally drew up the contract between the US government and internet overseeing organisation ICANN in 1998, J. Beckwith Burr, and ICANN insider and member of the ICANN's President's Strategy Committee, Marilyn Cade, will be officially released later today at a public meeting called to discuss the organisation's future. more

Your Whois Search May Be Monitored by Third Parties

" ...my next step in testing was to go to the four hosting services meta-searched by CNet and search them directly with new domain names also picked out of thin air. Two days later they haven't been taken.

At this point I have to say I don't know exactly what's happening, but something fishy is going on. With a whole lot more testing, I think I could figure out the source of Chesterton's domain name feed, but I decided it was time to get the story out first." more

Vint Cerf, Dave Farber Debate Net Neutrality

Two Internet pioneers, Vint Cerf and Dave Farber, debated on the issue of proposed Net neutrality regulations supported by companies like Google and Amazon.com. The pair of technologists appeared to agree on at least one thing: Network operators, in general, shouldn't be allowed to interfere with Net users' activities. Where they disagreed was on the role that Congress and federal regulators should play in the ongoing debate over so-called Net neutrality, the idea that network operators must generally give equal treatment to all content that travels over their pipes.

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The Great Debate: Net Neutrality (includes audio recording) more

China Betting on IPv6 and First Mover Advantage

The United States' reluctance to invest in IPv6 makes it more likely that China will be in a position to gain the first-mover advantage it seeks. ...Liu Dong, president of the Beijing Internet Institute sums it up succinctly: "We think we can develop the killer applications," he says. China plans to show the rest of the world just how advanced its Internet is at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. CNGI will control the facilities -- everything from security cameras to the lighting and thermostats -- at the Olympic venues, and events will be broadcast live over the Internet. Even the taxis in Beijing's snarled traffic will connect to CNGI via IPv6 sensors so that dispatchers will be able to direct their drivers away from congestion. more

OpenDNS Possible Alternative to Spotty DNS Services

Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of DNS and chief scientist at secure DNS provider Nominum, said DNS is like the water of the Internet. In that analogy, OpenDNS is like bottled water. If you use it, you don't have to trust the local water, which may be polluted or diseased, Mockapetris said.

"Of course, you have to trust the OpenDNS folks, and I suspect they are looking forward to showing you advertising. So maybe it is more like Gatorade, and maybe they will fluoridate their DNS and add stuff that will kill your prized fish in the aquarium as well as the phish they are looking for," he said. more

Google Warns With Anti-Trust Complaints for Net Neutrality

Google warns it will not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints in the United States if high-speed Internet providers abuse the market power they could receive from U.S. legislators... If the legislators ... insist on neutrality, we will be happy. If they do not put it in, we will be less happy but then we will have to wait and see whether or not there actually is any abuse," Vint Cerf, a Google vice-president and one of the pioneers of the Internet, told a news conference in Bulgaria. more

U.S. Invites Comments on ICANN's Future

A branch of the U.S. Commerce Department is accepting comments on the fate of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that supervises Internet domain names.

The deadline for comments is Friday, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which began soliciting input June 7.  more

ICANN Settles Feud with UK ccTLD Operator

The company that manages the U.K.'s top-level domain has struck a truce with the U.S.-based organization responsible for overseeing Internet domain names, cooling ongoing disagreements over administrative control of the Internet.

On Friday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced at a conference in Marrakech, Morocco, that it had exchanged letters with Nominet UK, a sign of future cooperation on managing the name and number system that makes Web browsing possible. more

Nominet Signs Up to ICANN

In a hugely significant move, .uk registry Nominet has signed up to internet overseeing organisation ICANN and put to bed a historic battle between the US not-for-profit company and managers of country-specific internet domains.

The decision to go through with an "exchange of letters" where ICANN recognises Nominet as the owner of the .uk registry and Nominet recognises ICANN as the global technical body of the internet follows a decision by the ICANN Board to give ccTLDs greater autonomy within ICANN. more

Paul Twomey's Term Extended by 3 Years as ICANN President and CEO

The CEO of Internet overseeing body ICANN, Paul Twomey, has signed a three-year extension to his employment contract, it was announced this morning in Marrakech.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the tri-annual ICANN meeting in Morocco, father of the Internet Vint Cerf surprised the international crowd by saying Twomey has been "re-enlisted" for another two years and had an option of another year. Most Internet observers had expected Twomey to stand down some time next year. more

IPv6, Google and Its Dark Fiber Mystery

The market is still guessing about Google's continued purchases of "dark fiber" and what that will mean to the Internet. Yet another explanation was floated at a recent IT conference: IPv6, the next-generation Internet standard.

During a debate on the adoption of Internet Protocol Version 6 at the Burton Group's annual Catalyst conference in San Francisco, Alex Lightman, CEO of IP telephony vendor Innofone.com, offered a new reason for Google's expenditures on dark fiber. His observation came during a dialogue on Internet addressing and the lack of support by service providers for IPv6. He is worried that the United States is focused on the present and is not addressing future needs. more

ICANN's Marrakech Meeting Starting This Week

There will be much to discuss at ICANN's Marrakech meeting which kicks off this Saturday, but one question rises about all others: what will happen to the internet on 30 September 2006?

ICANN has its own agenda to discuss, but that agenda and what people actually want to discuss are a little different. As is the fundamental issue that everyone at that meeting should be talking about. This is our account of what is likely to happen, why, and what it all means. more

ICANN Must Clamp Down On Domain Name Abuse

While Congress continues to consider the merits of so-called Net neutrality, an even more soporific but vital Internet legal issue looms, with ramifications for every business online and every user of the World Wide Web: What is the purpose of the database that contains information on every domain name registrant?

This question is being quietly debated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) -- the Net's keeper of the all-important addressing system -- which is meeting June 26-30 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Today, cybersquatters have rebranded themselves as "domainers," says Doug Isenberg, the author of the article over at CNet News. more

IT Managers in U.S. Still in No Hurry to Adopt IPv6

Although the foundation of the next-generation Internet, IPv6, is gaining momentum in South Asia and receiving solid support in Windows Vista, enterprise IT managers based in the United States appear to be in little hurry to adopt the standard. Such was the conclusion of a debate held here on June 14 at the Burton Group's annual Catalyst conference. more

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