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FTC Commissioner Warns of International Threats to Internet Freedom

Via WSJ, this commentary by FTC Commission Robert K. McDowell: “On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As RussianContinue Reading

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress. Lennard G. Kruger, Specialist in Science and Technology Policy, February 9, 2012 “Currently, an important aspect of the Internet is governed by a private sector, international organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages and oversees some of the criticalContinue Reading

FTC Warns That Rapid Expansion of Internet Domain Name System Could Leave Consumers More Vulnerable to Online Fraud

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission today sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that oversees Internet domain names, expressing concern that the organization’s plan to dramatically expand the domain name system could leave consumers more vulnerable to online fraud and undermine law enforcers’ ability to trackContinue Reading

Mapping the Mal Web – The world’s riskiest domains

Mapping the Mal Web – The world’s riskiest domains, by Barbara Kay, CISSP, Secure by Design Group and Paula Greve, Director of Research, McAfee Labs “McAfee has found overall web risk is up from last year. We saw increasing risk in some already risky portions of the web, such as .INFO; some significant reductions inContinue Reading

ICANN Approves Historic Change to Internet’s Domain Name System

News release: “ICANN’s Board of Directors has approved a plan to usher in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet’s Domain Name System. During a special meeting, the Board approved a plan to allow an increase in the number of Internet address endings – called generic top-level domains (gTLDs) – from the currentContinue Reading

Mozilla: Homeland Security Request to Take Down MafiaaFire Add-on

Via Harvey Anderson…who works at Mozilla on legal and business affairs.” Homeland Security Request to Take Down MafiaaFire Add-on, May 5, 2011 – “From time to time, we receive government requests for information, usually market information and occasionally subpoenas. Recently the US Department of Homeland Security contacted Mozilla and requested that we remove the MafiaaFireContinue Reading

Available Pool of Unallocated IPv4 Internet Addresses Now Completely Emptied

News release: “A critical point in the history of the Internet was reached today with the allocation of the last remaining IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) Internet addresses from a central pool. It means the future expansion of the Internet is now dependant on the successful global deployment of the next generation of Internet protocol,Continue Reading

Google Public Domain Name System

Official Google Blog: “Today, as part of our ongoing effort to make the web faster, we’re launching our own public DNS resolver called Google Public DNS, and we invite you to try it out. Most of us aren’t familiar with DNS because it’s often handled automatically by our Internet Service Provider (ISP), but it providesContinue Reading

EU Commissioner Reding calls for full privatisation and full accountability of ICANN as of 1 October

News release: “In a video posted on her website this morning, Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, called for greater transparency and accountability in Internet Governance as of October 2009. Key decisions related to Internet Governance, like top level domains and managing the internet’s core directory, are currently made by the InternetContinue Reading

ICANN issues proposed guidelines for new generic top-level domains

News release: “Introducing new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) is central to fostering choice and competition in domain registration services, and as such is significant to the promotion of ICANN’s core values. The evolution of the namespace towards an enhanced diversity of services and service providers must be planned and managed effectively to preserve the security,Continue Reading

Biggest Expansion to Internet in Forty Years Approved for Implementation

News release, June 26, 2008: “The Board of ICANN today approved recommendation that could see a whole range of new names introduced to the Internet’s addressing system. “The Board today accepted a recommendation from its global stakeholders that it is possible to implement many new names to the Internet, paving the way for an expansionContinue Reading

WIPO: Cybersquatting Dispute Cases Continue to Rise

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) news release: “Against the background of an unprecedented number of cybersquatting cases in 2007, the evolving nature of the domain name registration system (DNS) is causing growing concern for trademark owners around the world. Last year, a record 2,156 complaints alleging cybersquatting – or the abusive registration of trademarks onContinue Reading