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?
Neustar, which has the contract with the US government to run the .us ccTLD, has opened a public comment on the kids.us namespace. The usTLD Stakeholder Council, of which I am a member, has recommended that the current suspension of the kids.us namespace be maintained indefinitely. The rationale behind this is pretty simple. While the underlying concept behind kids.us is … [Read more...] about Suspension of Kids.us Open To Comment
ICANN has opened a comment period in relation to whois conflicts with local law / data privacy law. Of course anytime ICANN, or anyone else, tries to make any changes to whois policy there are issues. Whois is, for a variety of reasons, an emotive subject. One of the areas that Article 29, several registries located in the EU and a number of registrars (including … [Read more...] about Help ICANN Fix Whois Conflicts With Data Privacy Law!
While most of the comments on the SSAC report on "dotless domains" are supportive of the recommendations one of them is completely opposed. Rolf Larsen of CloudNames wants SSAC to recommend a rewrite of the protocols! Instead of trying to force the dotbrand owners to not use their TLD like they would want to, why not recommend changes to the Internet protocols? He also … [Read more...] about Cloudnames CEO Expects ICANN To Rewrite Internet Protocols
CoCCA is implementing a number of significant policy changes effective 7th November. The changes, which were only announced today, will impact registrations in several cctlds, namely: .af .cx .gs .gy .ht .ki .ms .nf .sb You can read about the actual changes here, but basically they're going to be sending lots of emails to registrants and confusing the life out of … [Read more...] about CoCCA Ploughs Ahead With Policy Changes
ICANN's domain name transfer policy, which is abbreviated to IRTP, is undergoing a series of reviews. To date two of those reviews have taken place. IRTP A is finished, while IRTP B's recommendations are currently being processed. The next review is, logically, "C" and the preliminary issues report is now available for public comment ie. feedback. This time round … [Read more...] about ICANN Seeks Input On Issues Surrounding Domain Transfers
ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has published a paper on DNS Blocking. SSAC 50: DNS Blocking: Benefits Versus Harms is available for download in PDF here The paper isn't very long and has a short list of points that people should be aware of when considering implementing DNS blocking: 1. The organization imposes a policy on a network and its … [Read more...] about ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee On DNS Blocking
ICANN has apparently hired Jeff Moss (aka Dark Tangent) as CSO. Moss is a well known figure in the internet security community and was founder of Black Hat and the Def Con conferences. However isn't Moss a bit conflicted? Isn't he on one of the review teams? So how can he work for ICANN whilst also reviewing it? I suspect this will be clarified when a more official … [Read more...] about ICANN Hires New CSO – Jeff Moss
According to an announcement on the Swedish domain registry's site one of their registrars, One.com AS, is being suspended for 30 days from September 14th 2010. The registry claims that One.com registered domain names using their clients' data without their knowledge: During the summer, One.com registered a large number of domain names without being asked to do so by … [Read more...] about One.com Suspended By Swedish Registry For 30 Days
Nominet, the registry operator for co.uk, have published the summary and analysis report on their recently held consultation on the release of reserved short domains. The document, which runs to 25 pages, covers the background of the consultation process as well as providing an overview of the feedback received. The consultation was open from March 8th 2010 to June 8th 2010 and … [Read more...] about Nominet Publish Summary and Analysis of Short Domain Consultation