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30 Apr 2017
Among the many issues affecting ICANN's thousand new TLDs is collisions, that
is, the same name already used elsewhere.
The other uses are non-standard and unofficial, but some names turn out to have
been used a lot.
One approach to see how bad the collisions are is controlled interruption,
in which the TLD publishes wildcard records with obvious impossible values, in
the hope that systems that use colliding names see them and do something about it.
The process is pretty simple. For 90 days the domain publishes records like these
currently in the new .hotels TLD:
hotels. 3600 in a 127.0.53.53
hotels. 3600 in mx 10 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.hotels.
hotels. 3600 in txt "Your DNS configuration needs immediate attention see https://icann.org/namecollision"
hotels. 3600 in srv 10 10 0 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.hotels.
*.hotels. 3600 in a 127.0.53.53
*.hotels. 3600 in mx 10 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.hotels.
*.hotels. 3600 in txt "Your DNS configuration needs immediate attention see https://icann.org/namecollision"
*.hotels. 3600 in srv 10 10 0 your-dns-needs-immediate-attention.hotels.
When the 90 days are up, the domain takes out the interruption records, and starts
putting in real ones.
That's the theory, and what the ICANN registry agreements require.
The practice turns out to be different.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/newtldcrud.html
21 Apr 2017
Classified ad site craigslist is famously protective of its contents.
While they are happy for search engines like Google to index the
listings, they really, really do not like third parties to scrape
and republish their content in other forms.
In 2013 craigslist sued a company called 3taps which had created
an API for craigslist data. They also sued real estate site Padmapper, which
showed craigslist and other apartment listings on a map, something
craigslist didn't do at the time.
3taps eventually gave up and in 2015 paid craigslist $1 million and shut down.
Craigslist donated the money to the EFF which was a little odd since the EFF
had generally supported 3taps.
One of 3taps' other customers was another real estate site Radpad, which
kept showing craigslist listings after 3taps shut down.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/radpad.html
13 Apr 2017
M3AAWG is a trade association that brings together ISPs, hosting providers,
bulk mailers, and a lot of infrastructure vendors to discuss messaging abuse, malware,
and mobile abuse. (Those comprise the M3.) One of the things they do is publish
best practice documents for network and mail operators, including two recently published,
Password Recommendations for Account Providers,
and another on Password Managers Usage Recommendations.
Since I'm one of M3's senior technical advisers, I helped write them, but I think they're pretty
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/maawgpwd.html
01 Apr 2017
Human rights are a topic that came up several times at the IETF meeting that just ended.
There's a Human Rights Research Group that had a session with a bunch of short
presentations, and the featured two talks at the plenary asking Can Internet Protocols
Affect Human Rights? The second one, by David Clark of MIT was particularly good,
talking about "tussle" and how one has to design for it or else people
will work around you. You can watch
Although his talk was a lot better than most of the human rights stuff I've heard
in technical fora, the rest of the discussion had the same old problem:
true believers obsessing about a very narrow set of issues.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/userrights.html
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