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 Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Internet Public Consultation: Submission deadline extended to October 10th

The closing date for content submission to the open consultation of the Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues has been extended to October 10, 2013. Taking into account the recently announced dates of the next meeting of CWG-Internet (11,12 November), in order to further facilitate the response from all stakeholders, the deadline for content submission has now been extended to 1 month prior to the meeting of the group.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:17:15 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 07 February 2013
Public Online Consultation on Internet Issues

On 10 July 2012, the ITU Council resolved that the Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet) would hold online consultations for all stakeholders on certain policy issues to be decided by the Group. Council also resolved that all stakeholders could submit their responses to a reflector set up by the ITU and that all responses received from stakeholders would be posted, without edits, to the CWG-Internet website.

On 31 January 2013 the Council Working Group decided that Open Consultations would be convened on the following issues:

Read more and submit your views

Thursday, 07 February 2013 15:46:37 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 16 November 2012
ITU Blog: Clarification needed during Open Letter season

It is with great surprise and disappointment that ITU notes the joint letter signed by Greenpeace International and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) which was addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon regarding the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12).

The assertions in the open letter cannot go unchallenged, as many of the issues raised are misleading, inaccurate and grounded in conjecture.

It is unfortunate that this letter was drafted, dispatched and made public without any consultation with ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré or ITU as an organization.

A number of misleading inaccuracies which are contained in the letter could have been dispelled before being made public.


Friday, 16 November 2012 14:25:29 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Second ITU Global Media Briefing on WCIT-12

In December in Dubai, ITU membership will meet to discuss possible revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations, a global treaty governing the way international telecommunications traffic is managed. On September 17, ITU held a second global media briefing entitled WCIT: Myth versus Fact. An audio archive and comprehensive presentation on challenges and opportunities of the WCIT event is available online.

WCIT-12 website

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 09:50:04 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 05 October 2011
German universal service plan may be dropped

Telecompaper is reporting that Germany may have dropped its universal service plan, which sought to add a universal broadband service to the German telecom law change has been dropped. The plan had received a lot of criticism from network operators. German federal broadband operators association Breko welcomes the decision to drop the universal broadband service proposal and claims that a lot of regional network operators, who would not have survived the introduction of such service, will justify the trust they received.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 09:17:40 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Spectrum and broadband allocation dominates High Level Ministerial Meeting , Nairobi, Kenya

African governments should utilise unused digital frequencies to propel the growth of mobile internet across the continent. This was among the various keynote observations made at a High Level Ministerial Forum on information technology held in Nairobi on Monday that was convened by the Kenyan Government in partnership with the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The gathering that was a preamble of the three-day Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that will run from Tuesday to Friday at United Nations Office in Nairobi heard that the continent had the potential to be a global leader in economic empowerment via mobile internet. “Africa should take advantage of the availability of digital frequencies to make mobile internet accessible to rural areas even before broadcasters making the digital migration,” Joseph Alhadeff, the vice-president of Global Public Policy said.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:28:23 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré at the High-level Ministerial Forum, Nairobi, Kenya
Distinguished colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for joining us for today’s High Level Ministerial Forum, which is jointly hosted by the Government of Kenya and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
It is a great honour for us to have the Government of Kenya taking a leadership role in this important meeting – and it is very pleasing to have with us today:
  • Samuel Poghisio, Kenya’s Minister of Information and Communications;
  • Bitange Ndemo, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications;
  • Thomas Steltzer, UNDESA’s Assistant Secretary-General; and
  • Janis Karklins, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General.
Let me also take a moment here to congratulate the Chair of the Kenya Internet Governance steering committee, Alice Munyua, for her efforts in organizing this high-level Forum.

This Ministerial Forum provides a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by information and communications technologies – ICTs – in developing countries.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:20:13 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 23 September 2011
The Importance of National Broadband Plans

In its latest September edition, the ITU News magazine of the ITU examines the need for national broadband plans, their aims and relationship with national targets and goals.

A national broadband plan is as much a social contract as a plan of action to develop the industry base. It can be understood as bringing about a stronger foundation for effective governance, private investment and more active citizenship, leading to a desirable social and economic future.

The article draws on a discussion paper entitled “Setting national broadband policies, strategies and plans: A practical step-by-step approach”, written by Dr Bob Horton, consultant for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU–D), and prepared for the 11th ITU Global Symposium for Regulators 2011, to be held in Armenia City, Colombia, on 21–23 September 2011.

For more information, please read here.

Friday, 23 September 2011 13:02:50 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development

ITU and the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development are proud to host the Broadband Leadership Summit on 24-25 October 2011, immediately before the opening of ITU TELECOM World 2011. The Broadband Leadership Summit will feature a series of eight Plenary Sessions bringing together top CEOs (including Cisco, Intel, Fujitsu, Ericsson and Alcatel Lucent), various Heads of State and Governments, the Heads of a number of international organizations (including UNESCO, the OECD and WIPO) and members of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development with other key players to discuss the issues facing today's global broadband industry.

Hot topics to be debated by panellists and speakers include the benefits of broadband for stimulating economic growth and jobs, business models that work in emerging markets, the evolution of online regulation, latest trends in social media and smart societies, the impact of the latest financial repercussions on financing the industry and how broadband can boost progress in achieving the MDGs. Watch this space for further announcements!

Friday, 23 September 2011 08:02:21 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 27 May 2011
High Noon in Singapore? ICANN's new gTLD program at a crossroads

In a recent article by Wolfgang Kleinwachter on the forthcoming 41st ICANN meeting in Singapore, he raises the hotly debated question: "Will the booming Lion-City on the South-Asian Peninsula see a Shakespeare drama in June 2011, a shoot out between the ICANN Board and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to end the nearly 15 years of discussion on the introduction of more generic Top Level Domains (TLDs) into the legacy root of the Internet?"

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Friday, 27 May 2011 09:38:15 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Internet Regulation Needed, Sarkozy Tells Tech Bosses

Tom Jowitt reported in eWeek Europe that ahead of the G8 economic summit in France later this week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has addressed a conference of tech leaders urging them to work with governments over internet regulations.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:50:59 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 24 March 2011
Microsoft spends $7.5 million on IP addresses: It’s official, IP addresses are now more expensive than domain names.

By Kevin Murphy, March 24, 2011, 13:22:24 (UTC), Domain Tech. Nortel Networks, the bankrupt networking hardware vendor, has sold 666,624 IPv4 addresses to Microsoft for $7.5 million, according to Delaware bankruptcy court documents (pdf). That’s $11.25 per address, more than you’d expect to pay for a .com domain name. According to the article, the total value of the entire IPv4 address space, if the price Microsoft is willing to pay is a good guide, is approximately $48.3 billion.


Thursday, 24 March 2011 17:18:58 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Experts cast doubt on ‘jeopardize’ Internet statement by ISOC

ITU’s recent announcement on an OAM standard for MPLS in transport networks has seen considerable interest, but not always for the right reasons with claims from the Internet Society that it will jeopardize the Internet. Experts cast doubt on ISOC’s statement: “… ongoing evolution along this path will jeopardize the … Internet”. They point to the fact that several interoperability tests have been successfully performed with no reported problems. In addition the solution being proposed by ITU conforms to the MPLS-TP architecture as defined by the IETF. When network equipment uses different protocols, interoperability of the functioning of that protocol, in this case OAM, may well be affected. However, since packets for different protocols are identified by pre-assigned different codepoints, protocols running behind these different codepoints will not interfere with each other. This means that the core functionality – in this case Internet traffic – will not be affected. Therefore various protocols can coexist without causing any confusion in the network.


Wednesday, 02 March 2011 10:54:08 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 01 March 2011
ITU satisfies market demand for carrier class MPLS standard

Geneva, 28 February 2011 – In a big step towards leveraging existing MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) deployment in transport networks, ITU has agreed first stage approval of a key new standard. The ITU-T standard will give network operators the tools necessary to manage large scale deployments of MPLS-based networks. Network operators will now have a choice of OAM (operations, administration and maintenance) tools to best meet their specific transport network requirements. These OAM tools in the hands of network operators will, in particular, allow quick detection of defects and fault isolation.

The full article is available at:

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 10:48:03 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 24 February 2011
US Bill Would Prohibit Internet 'Kill Switch'

The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act, introduced by in the US Senete would explicitly deny the president or other U.S. officials "authority to shut down the Internet. Full article available on PCWorld at

Thursday, 24 February 2011 10:36:16 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 14 February 2011
Internet IP addresses not exhausted: ITU official

The claims that internet IP addresses are running out worldwide are not true, and resources allocated to some regional internet registries are far from exhausted, said Mr. Zhao Houlin, Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in a recent interview with Xinhua. The in-use IP addresses still have potentials that can be tapped, not to mention that a great number of allocated IP addresses are currently not in use. Read the full article on XinhuaNet at

Monday, 14 February 2011 11:38:24 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 03 February 2011
ICANN chair doesn’t like the word ‘negotiation’- ICANN chair's Interview with WTR

In an interview with the World Trademark Review, ICANN’s chair Peter Dengate Thrush spoke about the ICANN board’s upcoming meeting in Brussels with its Government Advisory Committee (GAC). The GAC is hoping to resolve its concerns over, among other things, proposed trademark protection mechanisms for new gTLDs. But Dengate Thrush did not describe it as a negotiation. “For some people, even ordering dinner is a negotiation. But technically speaking, the GAC is going to give us advice, we’ll listen to it, and we’re either going to accept it or not and explain why.” Read the full interview on the WTR site at

Thursday, 03 February 2011 11:54:38 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ICANN announces a revised schedule for new gTLDs

In a presentation made to attendees of the McCarthy Institute Symposium, Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN Chair, announced that the Final New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Applicant Guidebook would be completed after the ICANN Meeting in Amman, Jordan which is scheduled for June 19 - 24, 2011.

Full article available on CircleID at

Thursday, 03 February 2011 10:41:36 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 18 August 2010
The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet

Wired Magazine, August 17, 2010

Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services — think apps — are less about the searching and more about the getting.

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Wednesday, 18 August 2010 15:51:19 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 01 April 2010
Silicon cockroaches, 'dirty' IPv4 addresses and other Internet oddities
The world's leading Internet engineers see many surprising trends occurring under the covers of this complex network environment. Among their findings are the evolution of silicon cockroaches — tiny, mobile, unattended wireless devices — and "dirty" Internet address space that can't be used by network operators. Here are a few eye-openers about what’s really going on in the Internet infrastructure that were discussed at a meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) held in Anaheim last week.

Watch out for silicon cockroaches. Network operators should prepare for an infestation of silicon cockroaches, a term used to describe Internet-connected devices such as mobile sensors, bio-medical systems and RFID-powered asset trackers that operate without human administration. Aaron Falk, chair of the Internet Research Task Force, listed silicon cockroaches as a key factor in the Internet becoming a network of things, rather than a network of computers, in the future. Falk said 15 billion devices could be hooked up to the Internet by 2015, a figure that will be "orders of magnitude bigger" than the number of Internet-connected people. Silicon cockroaches pose several threats to network operators, including naming, security and management headaches that require additional research, Falk said.


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Thursday, 01 April 2010 10:05:37 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Study Looks at the Amount of Spam Over IPv6

A study conducted by RIPE Labs indicates that about 1.89% of spam are received over IPv6.

"With the increased deployment of IPv6, we were curious to see how much the amount of spam sent over IPv6 increases. We looked at the e-mail system of the RIPE NCC and produced some statistics that could be seen as an indication for the overall trend of spam sent over IPv6," says RIPE in a blog post explaining the analysis. Group also notes that the study was based on one week’s worth of data and that it excluded messages already rejected by blacklisting and greylisting.


RIPE Labs: Spam over IPv6

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Thursday, 01 April 2010 09:52:09 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 23 March 2010
WIPO Sees Decrease In Cybersquatting Complaints, Warns Of Domain Name Expansion

The expansion of internet domain names as proposed is worrying to trademark owners as a significant number cybersquatting cases continue to be filed in the World Intellectual Property Organization dispute resolution system, WIPO said this week. Meanwhile internet intermediaries should play a bigger role in the fight against trademark infringement, WIPO officials said.

Complaints filed with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) in 2009 decreased by 9.5 percent compared to the previous year. WIPO is the recipient of over half of global internet domain dispute cases, it said. However, complaints filed at WIPO in 2009, though down, covered “the highest number of individual domain names in a given year,” as opposed to collective filings, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said during an 18 March press conference at the United Nations.


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Tuesday, 23 March 2010 10:45:49 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 22 March 2010
To fight scammers, Russia cracks down on .ru domain

In a bid to cut down on fraud and inappropriate content, the organization responsible for administering Russia's .ru top-level domain names is tightening its procedures.

Starting April 1, anyone who registers a .ru domain will need to provide a copy of their passport or, for businesses, legal registration papers. Right now, domains can be set up with no verification - a practice that has allowed scammers to quickly set up .ru domains under bogus names. The changes will help Russia align its rules with international best practices, said Olga Ermakova, informational projects manager with the Coordination Center for the .ru top-level domain, in an e-mail interview. The .ru administrators care about the "cleanness" of the domain, she added. "We don't need negative content, and such content is often [created] by unknown users."

Loopholes in the domain name system help spammers, scammers and operators of pornographic Web sites to avoid detection on the Internet by concealing their identity. Criminals often play a cat-and-mouse game with law enforcement and security experts, popping up on different domains as soon as their malicious servers are identified.

Criminals in eastern Europe have used .ru domains for a while, registering domain names under fake identities and using them to send spam or set up command-and-control servers to send instructions to networks of hacked computers. With the new domain registration requirements, it will be more difficult for criminals to continue with business as usual. At the very least, the requirement that registrants must submit paper documents will make setting up domains a more costly and time-consuming process.


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Monday, 22 March 2010 11:24:38 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 18 March 2010
Egypt regulator enforces Internet voice call ban

Egypt has begun enforcing a ban on international calls made through mobile internet connections, the head of the telcoms regulator told Reuters on Tuesday, potentially boosting voice revenues at landline monopoly Telecom Egypt. The ban will apply to the three mobile operators in Egypt -- Mobinil, Etisalat Egypt and Vodafone Egypt -- who offer internet access for computers via USB and other mobile modems, as well as via mobile phone.

"The ban is on Skype on mobile internet, not on fixed, and this is due to the fact it is against the law since it bypasses the legal gateway," said Amr Badawy, the executive president of the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA).


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Thursday, 18 March 2010 09:28:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 12 March 2010
Internet 'in running' for Nobel Peace Prize

The internet is among a record 237 individuals and organisations nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

The number of nominations surpasses last year's record of 205 nominations. The internet's nomination has been championed by the Italian version of Wired magazine for helping advance "dialogue, debate and consensus". The director of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad, told BBC News that the organisation had received "thousands of nominations" for the coveted prize.


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Friday, 12 March 2010 09:43:05 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 01 March 2010
US government rescinds 'leave internet alone' policy

The US government’s policy of leaving the Internet alone is over, according to Obama’s top official at the Department of Commerce.

Instead, an “Internet Policy 3.0” approach will see policy discussions between government agencies, foreign governments, and key Internet constituencies, according to Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling, with those discussions covering issues such as privacy, child protection, cybersecurity, copyright protection, and Internet governance.

The outcomes of such discussions will be “flexible” but may result in recommendations for legislation or regulation, Strickling said in a speech at the Media Institute in Washington this week. The new approach is a far cry from a US government that consciously decided not to intrude into the internet’s functioning and growth and in so doing allowed an academic network to turn into a global communications phenomenon.


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Monday, 01 March 2010 10:58:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 25 February 2010
Antitrust incoming? Google hit by EU complaint, FCC filing

Shopping comparison site Foundem this week fired the opening shots in the coming Google antitrust battle, with a complaint to the European Commission and a filing with the US Federal Communications Commission accusing Google of posing "an immediate threat to competition and innovation." The US filing is in response to the FCC's net neutrality enquiry, and seeks to have search neutrality included in FCC rule-making.

German shopping site Ciao, which has been owned by Microsoft since 2008, and French legal search service have also filed complaints with Europe. The data in the filing has also been passed to the Commission, Foundem co-founder Shivaun Raff told The Register. In it, with the help of data commissioned from ComScore, Foundem seeks to show that what Google calls "Universal Search" places Google services in prominent and preferential positions within its search results, giving the company an unassailable competitive advantage. "They're turning an ostensibly neutral search engine into an incredibly powerful marketing channel for their own services," said Raff.


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Thursday, 25 February 2010 10:00:07 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Plan for top-level pornography domain gets reprieve

A plan to create a specific area of the Internet for pornography has been given a reprieve by a distinguished panel of judges.

The panelists - who included a former International Court of Justice judge - told Internet overseeing body ICANN in a majority decision that it was wrong to reject an application for the top-level domain dot-xxx three years ago.

That decision made by ICANN’s Board in March 2007 was “not consistent with the application of neutral, objective, and fair documented policy,” the panel concluded. It also decided in favor of the company behind the dot-xxx application, ICM Registry, in three of the remaining four issues under dispute and ordered ICANN to pick up fees and expenses totaling $475,000. As a result of the panel’s declaration, the ICANN Board will now reconsider the dot-xxx application and decision at its meeting in Nairobi next month, opening the way for dot-xxx’s possible inclusion into the Internet’s “root.”


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Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:28:13 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Domain Name Registration Now 192 Million Worldwide

New domain name registrations in the fourth quarter of 2009 reached 3.7 million domain name registrations per month totaling close to 11 million new domain name registrations across all of the Top-Level Domains (TLDs) in the last quarter of 2009, according the latest Domain Name Brief by VeriSign. "The base of country code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) rose to 78.6 million domain names, a three percent increase quarter over quarter and a 10 percent increase year over year. In terms of total registrations, .com continues to have the highest base followed by .cn (China), .de (Germany), .net and .uk (United Kingdom)."


The VeriSign Domain Report (Feb. 2010)

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Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:59:18 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 19 February 2010
One and Two Character .Info Domain Names on the Way

.Info registry Afilias is asking ICANN to approve a plan to offer one and two character .info domain names for registration. As with other newer gTLDs, ICANN originally reserved all one and two character domains from being registered.

Afilias is modeling its plan after Neustar’s launch of one and two character .biz domain names. There will be a three step process:

1. Requests for Proposal, where anyone can submit a proposal for developing a particular name. Afilias will award domains to RFPs that meet its goal of broadening awareness of .info.

2. Auction of any domain not given during the RFP

3. Open registration

During Neustar’s one character auction, the top sale was for $66,001. Many other one character .biz domains sold for $5,000-$15,000. It is still running two character auctions, with most sales under $1,000. The biggest deal to come out of the RFP process was, which picked up


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Friday, 19 February 2010 10:19:53 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 18 February 2010
Google back in court for book deal

Google is in court later today New York to face critics of its agreement with US publishers to digitise the world's books.

Judge Denny Chin will hear evidence from 26 critics of the deal. These include Amazon and Microsoft, along with several publishers. France and Germany will also give evidence, the Beeb reports. The case is seen by some as granting Google an effective monopoly on the world's literature.

The search giant's massive book scanning scheme is also under investigation from Department of Justice and European regulators.


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Thursday, 18 February 2010 14:16:15 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 17 February 2010
77% of domain registrations stuffed with rubbish - Whois in charge? ICANN't tell

An incredible 77 per cent of internet domains - nearly 90 million internet addresses - are registered with false, incomplete, or unverifiable information.

An extensive review of 1,419 representative domain names conducted by overseeing body ICANN, including direct contact with over 500 individual domain owners, produced some startling results (PDF). Example: only 23 per cent of domain registrations display the owner's correct name and physical address.

Worse, an extraordinary 29 per cent of domains are registered with patently false or suspicious information - a shady sign of online criminalty. The remaining 48 per cent of faulty registrations are in a grey area where people are either unaware or unwilling to hand over their identifying details.


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Wednesday, 17 February 2010 10:14:04 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
YouTube support of IPv6 seen in dramatic traffic spike

Google has quietly turned on IPv6 support for its YouTube video streaming Web site, sending a spike of IPv6 traffic across the Internet that has continued from last Thursday until Monday. IPv6: The Essential Guide 

Industry observers say YouTube appeared to be supporting IPv6 in production mode, as opposed to running a test of the next-generation Internet protocol.

"On Thursday, midday California time, we saw a large amount of inbound IPv6 traffic, which we knew came from Google," says Martin Levy, Director of IPv6 Strategy at Hurricane Electric, a Fremont, Calif., ISP that runs one of the world's largest IPv6 backbone networks.

"IPv6 traffic came into ISPs from all over the world when Google turned up its IPv6 traffic on YouTube," Levy says. "IPv6 is being supported at many different Google data centers. We're talking about a traffic spike that is 30-to-1 type ratios. In other words, 30 times more IPv6 traffic is coming out of Google's data centers than before."


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Wednesday, 17 February 2010 09:44:40 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 16 February 2010
10 places with an Internet top-level domain but hardly any people

Most country code top-level domains on the Internet represent areas with millions of people, such as .uk (United Kingdom), .ca (Canada), .de (Germany), .se (Sweden), and so on, but there a places where the population isn’t counted in the millions, or even thousands, that still have their very own top-level domain on the Internet. Some of them aren’t even inhabited.

IANA, the organization that administers the domain name system, bases its allocation of country code top-level domains on the standard country code list in ISO 3166-1 which defines codes for “the names of countries, dependent territories, and special areas of geographical interest.”

ccTLDs for 10 places with tiny populations 


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Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:22:17 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 12 February 2010
Secret deal aims to scuttle internet pirates

Persistent illegal downloaders face having their internet links disconnected under a secret trade deal being negotiated by developed nations this week, according to activists and industry groups.


Leaked drafts of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement say the world’s biggest developed nations want internet service providers to be more responsible for the content they distribute – and even cut off repeat infringers of copyright legislation.


Analysts say the agreement, if ratified, would transform copyright law in the US and European Union. So-called “three strike” laws have been contentious in the US and EU, in spite of aggressive lobbying from copyright holders such as record companies and film studios for countries to adopt them in order to curb illegal downloading.


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Friday, 12 February 2010 11:47:54 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Internet 2009 in numbers

What happened with the Internet in 2009?

How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many more. Prepare for information overload, but in a good way. 

We have used a wide variety of sources from around the Web. A full list of source references is available at the bottom of the post for those interested. We here at Pingdom also did some additional calculations to get even more numbers to show you.


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Friday, 12 February 2010 10:49:13 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
LACNIC Announces Timeline for IPv6 Adoption in Latin America and Carribean Region

It is estimated that in three years time the addresses available for connecting to the Internet under the current protocol will be depleted. Faced with this situation, LACNIC is taking measures for supporting and promoting the adoption of IP version 6 within the region.

As a response to the forecasts prepared by several investigators indicating that by the year 2011 the central pool of version 4 (IPv4) Internet addresses could be completely depleted, LACNIC announces it is launching a regional campaign so that all the region's networks will be adapted to the new version 6 of the protocol (IPv6) before January 1st, 2011.


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Friday, 12 February 2010 10:27:30 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Using .ORG Directory to Find Haiti Relief Organizations

.ORG, The Public Interest Registry extends our deepest condolences to the millions of families, friends and neighbors affected by the horrific tragedy in Haiti. As we learn the extent of the earthquake's devastation and continue with emergency assistance, the need for our continued support and humanitarian efforts is critical. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about how you can help with the relief efforts, we recommend visiting the .ORG community, including sites such as, and


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Wednesday, 10 February 2010 09:53:01 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 03 February 2010
Vegas not alone in wanting in on .vegas

The Las Vegas City Council will debate today whether to strike a deal with an Internet entrepreneur who seeks to use the Internet suffix .vegas — over the objections of Clark County officials and one local company who say the city is jumping the gun and in the process likely shortchanging Las Vegas and county taxpayers.

The council will consider endorsing a proposal by Dot Vegas Inc., to create the top-level Internet domain “.vegas” — a new suffix that could be used in addition to the familiar .com, .net, .gov or .org suffixes that end most Web addresses.The city’s interest is its bottom line: Every time someone registered a .vegas Web site name, they would pay a fee to the domain owner, who, in turn, would pay the city a portion of that fee. Dot Vegas is offering the city 75 cents per registration, or 10 percent of the gross revenues from future registrations.

The company did not return a call to the Sun for comment; the company’s attorney, Jay Brown, would not comment. Some Clark County officials question the city’s right to exclusively benefit from a .vegas domain. Because city limits end at Sahara Avenue and don’t include the Strip — the landmark commercial district that most people recognize as “Las Vegas” — some county officials say their government should share in any profits from the name.


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Wednesday, 03 February 2010 10:36:56 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Vegas not alone in wanting in on .vegas

The Las Vegas City Council will debate today whether to strike a deal with an Internet entrepreneur who seeks to use the Internet suffix .vegas — over the objections of Clark County officials and one local company who say the city is jumping the gun and in the process likely shortchanging Las Vegas and county taxpayers.

The council will consider endorsing a proposal by Dot Vegas Inc., to create the top-level Internet domain “.vegas” — a new suffix that could be used in addition to the familiar .com, .net, .gov or .org suffixes that end most Web addresses.The city’s interest is its bottom line: Every time someone registered a .vegas Web site name, they would pay a fee to the domain owner, who, in turn, would pay the city a portion of that fee. Dot Vegas is offering the city 75 cents per registration, or 10 percent of the gross revenues from future registrations.

The company did not return a call to the Sun for comment; the company’s attorney, Jay Brown, would not comment. Some Clark County officials question the city’s right to exclusively benefit from a .vegas domain. Because city limits end at Sahara Avenue and don’t include the Strip — the landmark commercial district that most people recognize as “Las Vegas” — some county officials say their government should share in any profits from the name.


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Wednesday, 03 February 2010 10:36:48 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 04 January 2010
10 fool-proof predictions for the Internet in 2020

Forty years after it was invented, the Internet is straining under the weight of cyber attacks, multimedia content and new mobile applications. In response, U.S. computer scientists are re-thinking every aspect of the Internet's architecture, from IP addresses to routing tables (see main story: 2020 Vision: Why you won't recognize the 'Net in 10 years) to overall Internet security. There are many views about how to fix the Internet's architecture, but there's widespread agreement about many aspects of the future Internet. Here's our list of 11 surefire bets for what the Internet will look like in a decade.

1. More people will use the Internet.

2. The Internet will be more geographically dispersed.

3. The Internet will be a network of things, not computers.

4. The Internet will carry exabytes — perhaps zettabytes — of content.

5. The Internet will be wireless.

6. More services will be in the cloud.

7. The Internet will be greener.

8. Network management will be more automated.

9. The Internet won't rely on always-on connectivity.

10. The Internet will attract more hackers.


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Monday, 04 January 2010 11:01:58 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 23 November 2009
DNS Survey Results Pandora's Box of Both Frightening and Hopeful Results, Says Cricket Liu

The fifth-annual survey of domain name servers (DNS) on the public Internet—called a "Pandora's box of both frightening and hopeful results"—was released today by The Measurement Factory in partnership with Infoblox.

Cricket Liu, Vice President of Architecture at Infoblox and author of O'Reilly & Associates' DNS and BIND, DNS & BIND Cookbook says: "Of particular interest is the enormous growth in the number of Internet-connected name servers, largely attributable to the introduction by carriers of customer premises equipment (CPE) with embedded DNS functionality. This equipment represents a significant risk to the rest of the Internet, as without proper access controls, it facilitates enormous DDoS attacks."


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Monday, 23 November 2009 16:06:34 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 09 November 2009
Ministers call for improved ICT policy

It's time to mobilise locally available resources to implement continental ICT priority projects, says SA's communications minister.

African ICT and communications ministers again called for the bridging of the digital divide, during a ministerial conference held in Johannesburg this week. The conference was in preparation of the African Union Heads of State and Government Summit, to be held in Addis Ababa, in January next year. The conference involved most of the 53 African Union member states, providing a platform for ministers to discuss and seek resolution to ICT challenges on the continent.


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Monday, 09 November 2009 18:17:34 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Nominet: 77% of British Consumers Prefer .UK Search Result over .COM

According to a report released today by Nominet, UK's domain name registry, 77% of British consumers prefer to use a .uk rather than a .com when searching for information on the Internet. The report also indicates that despite the current economic climate, the global domain name industry has seen an 8% growth with 187.6 million domain names registered worldwide. "Generic top level domains (gTLDs), such as .org and .com, have grown on average by 6% whilst the country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) including .uk and .de (the German registry) fared slightly better and together generated a 10% average growth in registrations," says Nominet. 


The Nominet Domain Name Industry Report 2009 

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Monday, 09 November 2009 16:05:36 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 22 October 2009
IPv6 addresses: North American ISPs are now grabbing for them over IPv4

U.S. ISPs are requesting more IPv6 addresses and fewer IPv4 addresses than ever before -- a sign that carriers are investing in the future amidst one of the deepest recessions in modern history.

The shift in IP address requests shows that North American carriers are getting ready for the long-anticipated upgrade of the Internet's main communications protocol from IPv4, the current standard, to the next-generation IPv6.

[What U.S. businesses are missing in their slow move to IPv6. | Despite businesses' faint interest, the shift to IPv6 is seen as an inevitable | Keep up on the latest networking news with our Technology: Networking newsletter. ]


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Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:30:31 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 19 October 2009
Asian TLDs bide their time on DNSSEC

According to a newsletter published by the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Deployment Coordination Initiative, Thailand's ".th"became the first country code top-level domain (ccTLD) in Asia to adopt the securiy protocol.

DNSSEC introduces security at the infrastructure level, encrypting DNS records using cryptographic signatures. The protocol has been established for years, but came into the spotlight again last year when security researcher Dan Kaminsky identified a fundamental flaw in the DNS. At that time, Cambridge University security expert Richard Clayton said the use of the encrypted protocol is one way to mediate the security loophole.


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Monday, 19 October 2009 17:22:50 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 16 October 2009
dotNYC Applauds New York City Plan to Seek .NYC Web Address

Today's announcement that the City of New York will seek the .NYC web address makes New York the first U.S. city to seek a top-level domain. dotNYC LLC, a private company that for the last year has been meeting with city officials about the plan for the .NYC web address, is applying to become the city's operating partner.

Former Mayor Ed Koch, who supports the dotNYC effort to operate .NYC on the city's behalf, said: ".NYC is the best real estate deal since the Dutch bought Manhattan."


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Friday, 16 October 2009 14:50:39 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Access to a minimum of 1 Mbit Internet connection available to everyone in Finland by July 2010

As of 1 July 2010 1 Mbit Internet connection will be defined as a universal service.

This means that telecom operators defined as universal service providers must be able to provide every permanent residence and business office with access to a reasonably priced and high-quality connection with a downstream rate of at least 1 Mbit/s.

The length of the transition period before the universal service obligation starts has been reduced by six months from the previous plan.

A decree of Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications states that by the end of 2009 the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority will determine the telecom operators that will be imposed a universal service obligation. The service providers may decide the technology they wish to use for the service.


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Friday, 16 October 2009 14:43:59 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 15 October 2009
Sweden's Internet broken by DNS mistake

Last night (12 October 2009), a routine maintenance of Sweden’s top-level domain .se went seriously wrong, introducing an error that made DNS lookups for all .se domain names start failing. The entire Swedish Internet effectively stopped working at this point. Swedish (.se) websites could not be reached, email to Swedish domain names stopped working, and for many these problems persist still.

According to sources we have inside the Swedish web hosting industry, the .se zone, the central record for the .se top-level domain, broke at 21:19 21:45 local time and was not returned to normal until 22:43 local time.

However, since DNS lookups are cached externally by Internet service providers (ISPs) and web hosting companies, the problems remained even after that. It wasn’t until around 23:30 local time last night that the major Swedish ISPs had flushed their own DNS caches, meaning that they cleared away the broken results so that new DNS lookups could start working properly again. If they had not done this the problem would have remained for a full 24 hours.

There are still a large number of smaller ISPs that have not yet fixed the problem. It is also likely that ISPs outside of Sweden is not aware of the incident, so the effects of the problem may remain there as well.


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Thursday, 15 October 2009 13:41:11 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
dotMobi Announces Unique Mobile Domain and Keyword Bundle for Chinese Brands and Businesses

dotMobi, the company behind the .mobi top-level Internet domain, today announced the availability of its one-of-a-kind mobile keyword and .mobi domain bundle for Chinese brands and businesses, offered in partnership with China-based mobile keyword vendor Huarui.

Currently, more than 50% of China's 1.3 billion citizens are estimated to be mobile subscribers—a figure that will quickly grow with the advent of 3G networks, which are just now arriving in China. And as with other countries, 3G mobile network speeds will drive the growth of mobile Web use. dotMobi's unique mobile keyword and .mobi domain bundle is designed to meet the needs of businesses in that burgeoning mobile Web environment.

Trey Harvin, CEO of dotMobi, said, "The packaging of mobile keywords and .mobi domains is a global first. This gives Chinese site owners the flexibility of using the .mobi domain to help ensure successful discovery by search engines, while using both the .mobi domain and matching keyword in advertising efforts."


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Thursday, 15 October 2009 13:36:08 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 28 September 2009
15% Decline in Domain Name Registrations


Weak Economic Conditions a Factor Says Report


VeriSign today released its second quarter 2009 Domain Name Industry Brief where it reports that the total base of domain name registrations across all of the Top-Level Domains [TLDs] has now reached 184 million. However the report also indicates that there has been a 15% decline compared to the same quarter last year. From the report:

"Around nine million new domain names were registered across all of the TLDs in the second quarter of 2009. This reflects a reduction in new registrations with a 14 percent decline from the first quarter 2009 and a 15 percent decline from the same quarter in the previous year. As seen in past years, there is seasonality in domain name registrations with the second quarter of the year dropping from the first quarter. In second quarter 2009, the impact of seasonality as well as the overall weak economic conditions impacted the number of new registrations for both gTLD [generic Top-Level Domains] and ccTLD [country code Top-Level Domains] registrations, though the ccTLD decline was much larger."


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Monday, 28 September 2009 16:36:38 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Regulating the Internet: ICANN be independent


For the past decade America has delegated some of its authority over the internet to a non-profit organisation called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)—an arrangement other countries have complained about, both because they have little say in it and because ICANN’s management has occasionally proved erratic. ICANN’s latest mandate is due to expire on September 30th. The day before, a new accord is planned to come into effect, whereby America will pass some of its authority over ICANN to the “internet community” of businesses, individual users and other governments. 

Previous agreements had maintained close American oversight over ICANN and imposed detailed reforms, but the latest document, called an “affirmation of commitments”, is only four pages long. It gives ICANN the autonomy to manage its own affairs. Whereas prior agreements had to be renewed every few years, the new one has no fixed term.


      (Source: Economist) 

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Monday, 28 September 2009 16:16:06 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 20 July 2009
IMPACT: ITU calls for borderless effort on cybersecurity

Concerted borderless cooperation is needed to tackle today's cyber-attacks, according to international agencies, the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This, in response to recent reports of more than two dozen attacks against prominent government websites in South Korea and the US.

Speaking at IMPACT global headquarters in Malaysia, chairman Datuk Mohd Noor Amin said: "Though the attacks, which included websites belonging to the White House, US Treasury, and the Pentagon, were small in scale and low in sophistication, these attacks could have been more destructive."

"Websites all over the world are constantly targetted by hackers, but increasingly, the number of critical sector websites and systems being attacked has increased," said Amin. "In recent years, large scale attacks on critical infrastructures have started to take place such as the cyber-attack that occurred in Estonia in 2007 that subsequently paralysed the country's entire critical infrastructure for almost two weeks." [Read full article on infoworld...]

Monday, 20 July 2009 15:07:19 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 10 July 2009
South Korea and U.S. websites hit by DDoS attacks
South Korean and the United States websites have been targets of sustained distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) since the 4th of July, government websites as well as financial and commercial websites have been targeted with most of the targets withstanding the DDoS attacks.

At least 35 websites have been targeted by the DDoS attacks which aim to make websites unreachable by flooding them with more web traffic than they can handle, effectively taking them offline. The web traffic originates from the computers of ordinary people infected with malware, usually from visiting a compromised website, after which the attackers can command the computers to carry out the DDoS attacks.

These attacks on the US and South Korea appear to be carried out by "a few tens of thousands" compromised computers, the impact of which so far has been considerably muted, it does however demonstrate weaknesses that could be exploited to much more devastating effect.


Friday, 10 July 2009 16:28:29 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 09 July 2009
Google to launch OS

Google has announced they are currently developing an operating system (OS), called Chrome OS, planned for release in the second half of 2010. Google Chrome OS, designed to be a "fast and lightweight" operating system, will initially be targeted at netbooks.

The operating system is designed "for people who spend most of their time on the web" with a "minimal user-interface" where "most of the user experience takes place on the web". Google Chrome OS will be open source which will allow third party developers to create applications for it: similar to the system behind much of the iPhone's success.

With Microsoft's Windows 7 OS set for release later on this year, whether Google's offering can challenge Microsoft's roughly 90% market share remains to be seen.

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Thursday, 09 July 2009 08:30:38 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 02 June 2009
New Search Engines launched

Microsoft launches Bing

Bing, Microsoft's new search engine, is now live. Launched on Monday June 1 in the United Sates, Bing will be fully deployed worldwide on Wednesday June 3. Successor to Live Search, Bing is billed as a "decision engine" designed to "enable people to find information quickly and use the information they’ve found to accomplish tasks and make smart decisions".

Bing offers a number of innovative features as well as several rebranded Live Search tools and services, such as Bing Health (formerly Live Search Health): a search engine specifically for health-related information. Of the new features, one of the most prominent is the "Explore Pane": this is intended to make Bing "a richer, more organized search experience" by consolidating related searches, search specific tools and services and a session history in a single place.  


Launched on the Monday May 18, WolframAlpha is a "computational knowledge engine", designed to provide answers to factual queries by "doing computations from its own internal knowledge base", "instead of searching the web and returning links" as a search engine does.

WolframAlpha offers an innovative service very different to what is currently available in most traditional search engines. WolframAlpha will give answers to not only mathematical questions but also fact-based questions. For example a simple mathematical question: 'what is the square root of 49?' will give the answer 7. Put the same query in the Google search engine, and through Google Calculator, you will get a similar answer. However, ask a factual question, such as 'When was the United Nations founded?', and WolframAlpha will answer directly with the the date (in a variety of formats), other historic events that occurred on that day, what time the sun rose and set as well the phase of the moon.

Developed by Stephen Wolfram and Wolfram Research, WolframAlpha is built on their previous computational software platform, Mathematica, as well as algorithm discoveries published in Stephen Wolfram's book 'A New Kind of Science'.

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Tuesday, 02 June 2009 17:18:53 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 11 May 2009
Viviane Reding (EU- Commissioner for Information Society and Media) calls for a 'G12 for Internet Governance'

In a video posted on her website on May 4th, 2009, Viviane Reding (EU- Commissioner for Information Society and Media) called for greater transparency and accountability in Internet Governance as of October 2009. Commissioner Reding outlined a new governance model for the internet and called for the  creation of a "G-12 for Internet Governance", an informal group of government representatives that meets at least twice a year and can make, by majority, recommendations to ICANN.

The full transcript of Commissioner Reding's message is available here.

Monday, 11 May 2009 10:03:39 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 28 April 2009
US Government issues Notice of Inquiry regarding the upcoming expiration of the JPA with ICANN

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seeks comment regarding the upcoming expiration of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This agreement has been in existence since November 25, 1998, and is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2009.

DATES: Comments are due on or before June 8, 2009.


Tuesday, 28 April 2009 14:00:44 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 06 April 2009
Net firms start storing user data

Details of user e-mails, website visits and net phone calls will be stored by internet service providers (ISPs) under an EU directive.

All ISPs in the European Union will have to store the records for a year. An EU directive which requires telecoms firms to hold on to telephone records for 12 months is already in force. The data stored does not include the content of e-mails and websites, nor a recording of a net phone call, but is used to determine connections between individuals.



Monday, 06 April 2009 13:34:21 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
IGF Secretariat initiates formal IGF Review process

The IGF secretariat has initiated the process of formal consultation with the IGF Forum participants in accordance with Paragraph 76 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society which calls on the Secretary-General “to examine the desirability of the continuation of the Forum, in formal consultation with Forum participants”. This consultation will be held at the Sharm El Sheikh meeting.

As a first step, the IGF Secretariat has posted an online survey for stakeholders to provide feedback on the IGF process. It's at:

The comments received by April 24th would be put in a synthesis paper, conceived as a rolling document. A first document would be made available for the 13 May Open Consultations and a revised version would be made available for the 16 September Open Consultations. The final version would be submitted to the IGF meeting in Sharm El Sheikh.



Monday, 06 April 2009 09:22:00 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Talks with French Government Officials and Industry Leaders

During the UN CEB meeting held at UNESCO in Paris, Dr Touré took the opportunity to have extensive talks with French Government officials and industry Leaders, touching upon issues of great importance to both France and ITU: The negative impact of the economic crisis on the ICT sector as well as the solutions and opportunities ICTs present for global economic revival. The promotion of the forthcoming ITU Telecom World 2009 was received positively.

Monday, 06 April 2009 08:05:08 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 23 March 2009
ITU's Global Cybersecurity Agenda housed in new centre in Malaysia

Geneva, 20 March 2009 - The global headquarters of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) was inaugurated today in Cyberjaya on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The new IMPACT facilities will host ITU's Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), which is an international framework for cooperation aimed at finding strategic solutions to boost confidence and security in an increasingly networked information society.

The new IMPACT headquarters was inaugurated by Malaysia's Prime Minister Dato' Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, who is also Chairman of IMPACT's International Advisory Board, and ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.


Monday, 23 March 2009 14:13:26 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Internet 2008 in numbers

What happened with the Internet in 2008? How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many blog posts were published? This very interesting post has answers to those questions and many others with more interesting statistics.

They have used a wide variety of sources from around the Web. A full list of source references is available at the bottom of the post for those interested.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009 10:34:43 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Britannica reaches out to the web

The Encyclopaedia Britannica has unveiled a plan to let readers help keep the reference work up to date. Under the plan, readers and contributing experts will help expand and maintain entries online. Experts will also be enrolled in a reward scheme and given help to promote their command of a subject. However, Britannica said it would not follow Wikipedia in letting a wide range of people make contributions to its encyclopaedia.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2009 10:33:43 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Google publishes "Browser Security Handbook"

This handbook is meant to provide web application developers, browser engineers, and information security researchers with a one-stop reference to key security properties of contemporary web browsers. Insufficient understanding of these often poorly-documented characteristics is a major contributing factor to the prevalence of several classes of security vulnerabilities.

Available at


Tuesday, 27 January 2009 10:30:55 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |