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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

ICANN Reviews Domain Name Registrars

ICANN already has taken steps to decertify RegisterFly.com, whose troubles it said resulted in many customers unable to renew names before they expired or to transfer them to rival registration companies.

ICANN said broader changes may be needed to prevent similar troubles in the future. Paul Levins, the agency's vice president for corporate affairs, said Monday that the existing rules were written when there was little competition among registrars, while there are about 860 today. more

Neiman Marcus Suing Companies for Domain Tasting

Neiman Marcus Group Inc. is suing a pair of domain name companies, accusing them of improperly registering more than 40 Internet addresses that resemble the department store chain's trademarks. The lawsuit accuses the companies of domain name tasting. more

After U.S., China Biggest Source of Spam

Next to offshore outsourcing, spam is the other thing that has become synonymous with China.

Ranked second after the United States as the source from which spam originates, China faces an uphill battle in keeping spammers off its networks.  more

Possible Final Vote on XXX Next Week

Online pornographers and religious groups are in a rare alliance as a key Internet oversight agency nears a decision on creating a virtual red-light district through a ".xxx" Internet address.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has already rejected similar proposals twice since 2000, planned to vote as early as next week on whether to approve the domain name for voluntary use by porn sites. more

ICANN Discussing Domain Registrar Crackdown

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers is planning to review how it accredits and disciplines domain name registrars, after the fiasco at Registerfly.com that has put tens of thousands of web sites at risk.

In a strongly worded statement released yesterday, ICANN president Paul Twomey called for decisive action to reform its standard Registrar Accreditation Agreement, to help protect domain customers. more

Whois Privacy for Domain Owners Moves Forward

Help may be on the way as the Whois task force last week endorsed a proposal that would give more privacy options to small businesses, individuals with personal websites and other domain name owners.

"At the end of the day, they are not going to have personal contact information on public display," said Ross Rader, a task force member and director of retail services for registration company Tucows Inc. "That's the big change for domain name owners." more

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