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ICANN Joint Project Agreement: With Commerce

Press Release, September 29, 2006: “The Commerce Department announced it has signed a Joint Project Agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to continue the transition of the coordination of the technical functions relating to the management of the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System to the private sector.” Joint ProjectContinue Reading

FTC Calls for Openness, Accessibility in Whois Database System

FTC press release: “The Federal Trade Commission today told the U.S. Senate that access to Whois databases – the directories that contain information about Web site operators – are “critical to the agency’s consumer protection mission, to other law enforcement agencies around the world, and to consumers.” In Commission testimony before the Subcommittee on Trade,Continue Reading

MarkMonitor Reports Domain-Based Phishing Attacks Now Represent 73 Percent of All Phishing Scams

Press release: “According to MarkMonitor’s AntiFraud Operations Center™ (AFOC), domain-based phishing attacks now represent 73 percent of all attacks, up from 35 percent just 18 months ago.” Related reference in this press release to an academic paper titled, Why Phishing Works. beSpacific postings on ID theft and cybercrime

FTC Issues Statement on Whois Databases

FTC press release: “The Federal Trade Commission today told a meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that access to the Whois databases is “critical to the agency’s consumer protection laws, to other law enforcement agencies around the world, and to consumers.” Whois databases are online information directories that contain contact informationContinue Reading

ICANN Report Tracks Problems With WhoIs Data

ICANN Publishes Third Annual Update on the InterNIC Whois Data Problem Report System, 31 March 2006.

GAO Reports Extensive False Data on Domain Name Registration

Internet Management: Prevalence of False Contact Information for Registered Domain Names, GAO-06-165, November 4, 2005. Highlights. “Based on test results, GAO estimates that 2.31 million domain names (5.14 percent) have been registered with patently false data–data that appeared obviously and intentionally false without verification against any reference data–in one or more of the required contactContinue Reading

U.S. Will Maintain Internet Oversight

News from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) that the U.S. and representatives from 100 other nations have reached an agreement to continue the oversight of Internet domain names in the control of the United States, with administration provided by the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

ICANN and Verisign Agree to Settle Lawsuits

Press release from October 24, 2005: “ICANN today announced that it has reached an proposed agreement to end all pending litigation over its long-standing dispute with VeriSign. The proposed agreement documents are being posted for public comment and are subject to final approval of the ICANN Board. This settlement will clear the way for aContinue Reading

Web Archives Provide Sources for Discovery

Today’s Wall Street Journal featured a front page article ($), Lawyers’ Delight: Old Web Material Doesn’t Disappear – Wayback Machine and Google Archive Billions of Pages, Including Deleted Ones, which is worth review. It focuses on how old web pages available from the Internet Archive and cached pages from Google can be of particular valueContinue Reading

Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance Released Today

The United Nations Secretary-General today transmitted the Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance (24 pages, PDF) to the President of the Preparatory Committee of the World Summit on the Information Society, Ambassador Janis Karklins, and the WSIS Secretary-General, Mr Yoshio Utsumi. See also the Background Report, also released today: “This Background Report accompaniesContinue Reading

U.S. Gov’t Declares Intention to Maintain Control Over Internet Domain Name System

“In remarks to the Wireless Communications Association (WCA) on June 30, 2005, Assistant Secretary Michael Gallagher announced U.S. principles on the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System.” [Link] U.S. Principles on the Internet’s Domain Name and Addressing System: “The United States Government intends to preserve the security and stability of the Internet’s Domain Name andContinue Reading

ICANN to Address Unrestricted Access to Whois Data

ICANN Watch reports: “At the Luxembourg ICANN meeting, the US Government is organizing a 4-hour session of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) on how public display of Whois data supports “combating illegal activities on the Internet.” Perhaps sensing that time is running out on unrestricted access to Whois data, the US GAC representative and US-basedContinue Reading