Senator Cruz' campaign against the IANA transition is, in many ways, the gift that keeps on giving. Unfortunately, however, Cruz is an able orator. Earlier today Cruz addressed the US Senate and while his speech is full of misleading rhetoric, and some gross factual inaccuracies, you can see how a good orator could win over an audience. If you're already predisposed to … [Read more...] about Cruz Takes FUD To New Level With Emotive Speech
Got a wireless router or modem? If it's made by TP-Link you might run into an "interesting" issue. The company was using the domain tplinklogin.net for their configuration portal for users. Unfortunately for them and their users, they forgot to renew the domain name. Why they chose an external domain name instead of an IP address or a "fake" domain name is not … [Read more...] about Network Hardware Company Forget To Renew Domains Used By Routers
ICANN critics often focus on ICANN's expenditure. The organisation's overall budget had been growing for years prior to the new TLD program launch. However with the new TLD launch it mushroomed very quickly, with the organisation collecting $185k per application. With 1930 applications that gave them $357,050,000 - though admittedly there were quite a few applications withdrawn … [Read more...] about How Much Has ICANN Spent On The IANA Transition?
This one piqued my curiosity this morning. There is no IPv4 left. While that's not something that non-techies care about (yet) it is something that people in the technical community are worried about at some level. Within the RIPE region the IP address allocation policy is governed by "the last /8 policy". A potential loophole in the policy allows new LIRs to get an … [Read more...] about Are RIPE Members Trying To “Game” The System?
ICANN needs a new CEO. The current CEO has tendered his resignation and will be vacating the position early in 2016. So who is going to replace him? Will the new CEO be American? Will they be a woman? What kind of background will they have? While nobody has the answers to any of those questions yet, we now know what kind of criteria ICANN is seeking in their new … [Read more...] about Want To Be The CEO of ICANN?
Unless you've been hiding under for the last few months you'll know that the IANA transition is a hot topic in internet governance circles Of course while there has been numerous meetings, thousands of emails, more meetings, media coverage and plenty of conversations about the topic, there are probably still quite a few people who don't fully understand what IANA is and, … [Read more...] about IANA Explained [Video]
ICANN has filed a motion to quash in a US court today. The filing is in relation to a court case being brought by victims of terrorism who are trying to get assets of the countries involved. One of the assets that they were trying to go after were the ccTLDs and and IP address assignments to those countries, namely Syria (.sy), Iran (.ir) and North Korea (.kp). You can … [Read more...] about ICANN Tells US Court Country Codes NOT Property
Vint Cerf is one of the fathers of the internet. So when he sits us all down, metaphorically speaking, to tell us about his child it might be worth listening. This short video explains how the internet's address book works ie. how domains map to numbers (IP addresses) and who runs it all. As well as explaining what the IANA transition is about and what it isn't. It's … [Read more...] about Animated Vint Cerf Explains ICANN and the IANA Transition
The 2013 RAA was approved by ICANN's board of directors less than a week ago. The new contract introduces a number of new obligations on ICANN accredited registrars, among them are several related to data validation, verification and retention. The Article 29 Working Party, however, has written to ICANN and made it very clear that it views these requirements to be … [Read more...] about Article 29 Working Party To ICANN – EU Registrars Exempt From Data Retention Requirements
While this might not be terribly exciting unless you're a DNS geek .. IEDR have changed one of their nameservers. Banba is no more. Well it's still there .. .. it's just not in the root anymore: eg. dig +trace log.ie ; <<>> DiG 9.7.3 <<>> +trace log.ie ;; global options: +cmd . 518400 IN NS I.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. . … [Read more...] about IEDR Switch A Nameserver