When last we wrote,
trademark lawyers had written an outraged letter to ICANN about
the $2500 price to preregister trademark.sucks names,
and ICANN, reliably panicking in the face of legal threats,
wrote to the US Federal Trade Commission and Canadian Office
of Consumer Affairs saying please tell us
that's illegal so we can shut down this registry with whom
we just signed a long-term contract.
(The mysterious $1 surcharge turned out to be a weak attempt
by ICANN to collect debts that affiliates of registry owner Momentous defaulted on long ago.)
At NetHui last week one of the most
interesting sessions was
Is there an app for that?.
The issue was that while apps can be easy to use, they are little walled gardens within an app store
which is another level of walled garden.
Last week I was in Auckland NZ for the Internet Society board meeting
and the impressively successful InterCommunity
2015 online event.
Immediately after that (in the same room, even) was
NetHui 2015, an annual event about the Internet
by and for New Zealanders.
NZ is an unusual place. It has the population of Louisiana spread out
over an area the size of California, with about 1/3 of them in and
near Auckland and the south island still very sparsely settled, with a population
still small enough that it feels like everyone knows everyone else. It is
as developed as any other first world country, but is a long way from
other similarly developed countries. (Australia is 3 1/2 hours away
by air.) It has close connections to many
small Pacific islands, and has a significant number of Maori, who have
gained considerable economic influence in recent decades.
Stepping back from the
DMARC arguments, it occurs
to me that there is a predictable cycle with every new e-mail security technology.
1. Invention and enthusiasm
Someone invents a new way to make e-mail more secure, call it SPF or DKIM or DMARC or
(this month's mini-fiasco) PGP in DANE.
Each scheme has a model of the way that mail works.
For some subset of e-mail, the model works great, for other mail it works less great.
Every year M3AAWG
gives an award for lifetime work in fighting abuse and making the
Internet a better place.
Yesterday at its Dublin meeting they
it to Rodney Joffe, who has been quietly working for
over 20 years. I can't imagine anyone who deserves it more.
Since he wasn't able to attend in person, they made a video of an
informal interview in which he recounts a lot of what he's done,
with a few comments from his friends.