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29 Aug 2006

More on domain tasting ICANN

The ICANN ALAC, of which I am a member, has been thinking about what our position should be on domain tasting. (Since we are supposed to represent the interests of at-large users, i.e., everyone other than the special insterests, feel free to add your opinions.)

We started by trying to figure out what the problem is that we're worried about. There is a meaningful difference between domain monetization and domain tasting.

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posted at: 21:05 :: permanent link to this entry :: 2 comments
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26 Aug 2006

How much do you think a .ORG, .BIZ, or .INFO domain costs? ICANN
Whatever you think the answer is (typically about ten bucks), the answer is likely to change radically for the worse, based on new contracts that ICANN is planning to approve. On July 28th ICANN posted
proposed new contracts for .ORG, .BIZ, and .INFO, for a public comment period that ends four days from now, on the 28th. There's a lot not to like about these proposed contracts, but I will concentrate here on two related particularly troublesome areas, pricing and data mining.

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17 Aug 2006

Cameroon *.CM wildcard--it's baaack ICANN

Today the wildcard is back in all but one of the CM name servers, again pointing at the same server in Canada that doesn't identify itself but has a big link farm of Overture pay-per-click links.

Also, Appolinaire Noumbi, who identifies himself as the Chairman, Federation of Cameroonian Engineers, has posted a most peculiar personal page at Circle ID.

I still think that it is not a fundamentally bad idea for Cameroon to take advantage of its typographic proximity to .COM, but an anonymous junk parking page is not the way to do it.


posted at: 23:29 :: permanent link to this entry :: 0 comments
Trackback link is http://jl.ly/ICANN/cameroon4.trackback

12 Aug 2006

Making DKIM More Useful with Domain Assurance Email
The IETF
DKIM working group has been making considerable progress, and now has a close-to-final draft. DKIM will let domains sign their mail so if you get a messge from fred@furble.net, the furble.net mail system can sign it so you can be sure it really truly is from furble.net. But unless you already happen to be familiar with furble.net, this doesn't give you any help deciding whether you want the message. This is where the new Domain Assurance Council (DAC) comes in.

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11 Aug 2006

Cameroon *.CM wildcard is gone ICANN

As of this morning there's no longer a wildcard in the CM zone. Perhaps Mr. Noubi will be able to give us the background.


posted at: 09:20 :: permanent link to this entry :: 0 comments
Trackback link is http://jl.ly/ICANN/cameroon3.trackback

10 Aug 2006

More Developments with the *.CM wildcard ICANN

As of 9 Aug, the typosquat domains at Rackspace have all stopped working. They still have entries in .CM, but the Rackspace servers to which they are delegated no longer have data for them. Wow, people actually read my blog.

Also, there are some interesting comments both on my blog entry as well as on the original Circle ID message from Appolinaire Noumbi, who says he is the Chairman of the Cameroon Federation of Engineers, asking for help to understand and fix the problem.

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09 Aug 2006

Has Your Browser Been to Cameroon Lately? ICANN
A recent
message on Circle ID notes that Cameroon in west Africa has added a wild card to its .CM country domain. This means that anyone who tries to type something.com into his browser and types something.cm instead will in most cases end up at the web site the wild card points to, similar to what Verisign did with their infamous Sitefinder a few years ago. (I say most, because if you type the name of an actual .cm domain, you'll end up at that domain. More about that later.)

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posted at: 23:02 :: permanent link to this entry :: 3 comments
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08 Aug 2006

More top level wildcards ICANN
With all of the recent excitement about *.cm, the Cameroonian wildcard that someone is using to collect vast numbers of mistyped .com addresses, I wondered how many other wildcards there were at the DNS top level. There's a total of 13.

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posted at: 23:15 :: permanent link to this entry :: 3 comments
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03 Aug 2006

Internet Governance for Dummies ICANN

I spoke last year at the Oxford Internet Institute on Internet Governance for Dummies, trying to lay out both what on the 'net needs governing (IP addresses and domains, if you know what they are), and who governs it, mostly ICANN with a large set of supporting characters.

They taped it, so you can visit the OII's web page for the talk where you can choose streaming video or downloadable MP4's.

When I returned this year the OII people told me that this is one of their most popular videos. Let me know whether or not you like it.


posted at: 23:34 :: permanent link to this entry :: 0 comments
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Internet Security: Legend or Myth ICANN

In late June I paid a visit to the Oxford Internet Institute, where they offered me the chance to talk about whatever I wanted. This year's talk was on Internet Security: Legend or Myth. The blurb said:

The Internet is sort of like a town where your local crack house can put up a front window that looks just like Boots, and teenagers can hotwire most people's cars and start playing bumper cars on the M40. Is this a place that anyone would want to visit, much less live in? What can we do about it?

I thought it went pretty well, but you can watch it and decide for yourself. Visit the OII's web page for the talk where you can choose streaming video or downloadable MP4's.

Free video bonus: at the beginning of the talk, Ted Nelson introduces me.


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