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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

One of the Biggest Changes to the Internet Is Arriving Next Week

ICANN: “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will launch an evaluation of Internationalized Domain Names next week that will allow Internet users to test top-level domains in 11 languages… The evaluation is made possible by today’s insertion into the root of the 11 versions of .test, which means they are alongside other top-levelContinue Reading

Reseachers Focus on Fighting Web Spam

Hao Chen, Assistant Professor, UC Davis in collaboration with In collaboration with Microsoft Researchers Yi-Min Wang and Ming Ma, pub lished Spam Double-Funnel: Connecting Web Spammers with Advertisers. [Darlene Fichter] Overview: “Web spamming is a prevalent problem on the Web. Publishing and contributing to the web is increasingly easy. Spammers, motivated by money, want toContinue Reading

ICANN Launches Public Participation Website

“This is the online participation website for the meeting [Lisbon meeting for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) is being held between 26-30 March 2007]. Available here will be: a rundown of each meeting complete with full details, including panellists; topics for discussions; links to resources and presentations; and links to webcastsContinue Reading

Will ICANN Approve Limiting Access to Domain Registery Data?

Web Site Owners May Get Tougher to Find – Proposal could aid infringers on the Net, by Lynne Marek, The National Law Journal: ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – is considering a new policy that will allow domain name holders to keep their registration information private.” EPIC Supports Privacy for WHOISContinue Reading