Archive for March, 2011


As UDRP Filings Hit Record Levels, WIPO Guidelines Expand

Posted March 31st, 2011

2010 was a good year for WIPO as UDRP filings rose 28% above those filed in 2009 thanks in part to paperless filing options as well as legal index and overview services. Since the launch of the UDRP process in 1999, the WIPO center has received over 20,000 UDRP cases with the top five areas of WIPO complainant activity in ”retail, banking and finance, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, Internet and IT, and fashion”.

WIPO have also just released a major OVERVIEW of the process full of new additions and amendments to reflect the changing Internet ecosystem.

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ICANN Chooses Dakar,Senegal To Host 42nd Meeting

Posted March 30th, 2011

As reported on the ICANN Blog: “Three times each year ICANN hosts an international public meeting in a different geographic region of the world. The third meeting of 2011 is scheduled for Africa on October 24-28, and I am delighted to confirm that Dakar, Senegal, will be the site of ICANN’s 42nd Public Meeting.

We are grateful for the assistance of the government of Senegal and of our hosts, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, in organizing this important international event, which will also be designated as ICANN’s 2011 Annual Meeting.

We are aware of concerns within the community regarding the recent demonstration that took place in Senegal. In keeping with our normal procedures and our obligation to provide a safe and secure environment for ICANN meetings, we will continue to closely monitor the situation as we prepare for the meeting.”

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New Methods For Catching Domain-Fluxing

Posted March 29th, 2011

As reported by “Researchers at Texas A&M University say they have a new method for finding domain-fluxing botnets, which evade detection by constantly alternating domain names.

Dr. Narasimha Reddy, who works in the University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, collaborated with student Sandeep Yadav and Ashwath Reddy, as well as with Supranamaya “Soups” Ranjan with Narus Inc., to develop the new method. It can be used to detect botnets like Conficker, Kraken and Torpig, which use the so-called DNS domain-fluxing for their command and control infrastructure.

Domain-fluxing bots generate random domain names; a bot queries a series of domain names, but the domain owner registers just one. As an example, the research points to Conficker-A, which generated 250 domains every three hours. In order to make it harder for a security vendor to pre-register the domain names, the next version, Conficker-C, increased the number of randomly generated domain names per bot to 50,000.”

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ICANN’s July 2011 – June 2014 Strategic Plan Posted

Posted March 28th, 2011

Based upon the Board Resolutions at the recent Silicon Valley/San Francisco ICANN meeting the adopted  2011-2014 Strategic Plan is now posted.

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Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84

Posted March 28th, 2011

Paul Baran, an engineer who helped create the technical underpinnings for the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to today’s Internet, died Saturday night at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 84.”

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ICANN’s Response to the US Department of Commerce’s Request for Comments on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority Functions

Posted March 27th, 2011

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ICANN Registrars Provide Assistance to Registrants in Japan

Posted March 25th, 2011

As reported by Stephane Van Gelder: “Many ICANN-accredited registrars are implementing special emergency registration provisions to assist their customers who were impacted by the last week’s earthquake and tsunami, and the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan.  Special domain-related services include enhanced procedures for making changes to domain name DNS records, alternative hosting arrangements, and allowing automatic or emergency renewals of domain name registrations.

Implementation details vary, so affected registrants should contact their registrar directly to learn what special measures are being offered by registrars to protect customer domain names from accidental expiration or transfer.  Most registrars are providing extended support coverage and alternate customer contact methods to ensure that domain names continue to resolve and customer websites remain operational.”

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ICANN Has Officially Requested The Loosening of Its Contractual Ties To The US Government.

Posted March 25th, 2011

“In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (pdf), ICANN president Rod Beckstrom said the US should finally make good on its promise to privatize the management of the internet’s naming and addressing resources.

Currently, ICANN manages the so-called IANA functions, which give it powers over the domain name system’s root zone, under a no-fee procurement deal with the NTIA.

That contract is up for renewal in September, and the NTIA recently issued a Notice Of Inquiry, soliciting public comments on how the IANA functions should be handled in future.”

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India to oppose .XXX Internet Domain

Posted March 24th, 2011

“After ,the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved .xxx suffix for pornographic websites,India announced that it will seek to block the .XXX top-level domain .

The ministry of IT issued the following statement :
“India along with many other countries from the Middle East and Indonesia opposed the grant of the domain in the first place, and we would proceed to block the whole domain, as it goes against the IT Act and Indian laws.Though some people have said that segregation is better, and some countries allow it. But for other nations transmission and direct distribution of such content goes against their moral and culture.”
Distribution of adult content is illegal in India under the Indian Penal Code.”

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DNSSEC Deployment Reaching Critical Mass

Posted March 23rd, 2011

As reported by Ram Mohan: “Less than nine months after the DNS root was signed, the rollout of DNSSEC across the Internet’s top-level domains is approaching the tipping point. Thanks to the combined efforts of registries around the world, the new security protocol will soon be available to the majority of domain name registrants in almost a quarter of all TLDs.

As a reminder, DNSSEC — Domain Name System Security Extensions — is a trust upgrade to the decades-old DNS protocol. Using DNSSEC, resolvers are able to ensure that no one or nothing has tampered with DNS messages by validating their cryptographic signatures. The technology goes a long way in protecting Internet users from attacks, like cache poisoning, that have the potential to undermine the trust we all place in electronic commerce.”

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