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    Fast Forward, Is the USG Pulling the New.Net .XXX?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @09:36AM (#15943)
    Fast Forward, Is the USG Pulling the New.Net .XXX?

    There must be something very wrong technically
    or architecturally if ANY body can pull the plug
    on freedom of speech.

    Fast forward, what if .XXX were more wide-spread ?
    Would the U.S. Government be able to have it pulled ?

    Is the USG Pulling the New.Net .XXX?
    Do you have any say on what the spooks from
    Northern Virginia do ? Do they protect your homeland ?

    Do you think people want to make sure the plug
    on free speech can not be pulled ?

    Does the ISOC's IETF design technology that can
    not be censored ?

    If Hillary is elected, what plugs will she pull ?
    Would she have covered up Monica and Bill with
    an electric blanket ?

    Have you considered working on solutions that
    can NOT be censored by any government or body ?
    Why do you instead choose to play in a sand-box
    with rules and a playground bully and then
    complain about the bully ? Are most people living
    in such a closed narrow mind-set ?

    There must be something very wrong technically
    or architecturally if ANY body can pull the plug
    on freedom of speech. What has that sage group
    called the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
    based in Geneva had to say about this ? Do you
    worship every word they write ?

    .PS Where does the Vatican stand on the topic ?
    Does .IL really run the .PS TLD ?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    From Joe Beer Cann -"What is all the noise about?"
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @09:52AM (#15945)
    From Joe Beer Cann -"What is all the noise about?"

    Yo, Milton, what is all the noise about ?

    Bill Gates just sold me a connection to his
    New .NET system (based on New.Net) and I get a
    web page with choices and I selected .XXX

    [sip]

    Yo, Milton, what is the flap ? Bill Gates only
    charges me $20 a month for some of the best
    .XXX I have seen. All I can eat, according to Bill.

    [sip]

    Yo, Milton, what is all the noise about ?

    Can you fix the "LAG" on our video game ?
    and try to make it so that XBOX users can
    not cheat in the games ?
    Is that what Internet Governance is going to
    handle ? LAG and Cheating ?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Don't Like the UN?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @10:08AM (#15948)
    Don't Like the UN?

    What does Kofi Anonymous say about this ?

    Where are the UN and ITU prepared statements ?

    Do you disagree that .XXX should be introduced
    on a State by State basis with the new root
    servers for each State ?

    Where is Senator Clinton's prepared statement
    about http://www.XXX.NY ?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Milton's NAIVE Solutions are a Danger to Netizens
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @07:17PM (#15956)
    Milton's NAIVE Solutions are a Danger to Netizens

    1. People see that the Internet Mafia runs the show.
    2. People don't know how, they just see the results.
    3. Milton's solution is to develop *more* processes
    that allow the Internet Mafia to hide and game
    the system.
    4. Milton's theory is that you will be able to
    watch the Internet Mafia make decisions in a
    predictable process and the Internet Mafia will
    play by some naive rules.

    What will really happen will be that people will
    be poorly educated into a false sense of security
    and will become MORE vulnerable. They will run
    around and claim that the processes protect them.
    They will cease to have a critical eye and watch
    ICANN, as has happened more and more. ICANN staff
    and budgets grow and people see less and less.
    People external to ICANN grow in numbers and
    people see less and less. People are moved further
    from a basic understanding of the technology and
    then have no idea what is happening to them.
    Do they realize their blue-tooth car devices are
    tapped ? Of course not, ICANN protects them and
    would not allow that. Do they know their hotel
    rooms are bugged and cams are streaming .XXX
    materials to watchers ? Of course not, ICANN
    would not allow that. They sleep well thinking
    that ICANN and DHS are protecting them, as their
    ATM account is emptied of cash.

    Milton's NAIVE Solutions are a Danger to Netizens
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    What are ICANN Registrars Doing ? Gone Phishing ?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @08:50PM (#15959)
    What are ICANN Registrars Doing ? Gone Phishing ?

    Information Week: Researcher describes how the phishing economy works
    "Phishers use Internet chat to communicate with each other and buy and sell
    victims' financial information"
    <http://www.informationweek.com/stor y/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=166403892>

    Wha t are ICANN Registrars Doing ? Gone Phishing ?

    Where is ICANN's Miss Internet Governance Self-Regulation now ?
    Is Esther Dyson held accountable or responsible for any of this ?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    FCC, ICANNWATCH Also Censors ...
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @08:50PM (#15960)
    Censorship has been around a long time, particularly at the hand and whim of the FCC. As a matter of fact, I believe even posts containing the "f-ck, sh-t, c-nt, and other profane words have been deleted IN THIS FORUM here so as not to "offend" anyone.

    Censorship is censhorship, period. Censoring .XXX from the Internet is no worse than ICANNWATCH or any other forum censoring posts due to profanity.

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    The U.S.G Has Arrived Taking Names and Photos
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @09:41PM (#15961)
    The U.S.G Has Arrived Taking Names and Photos

    http://news.com.com/2061-10789_3-5812102 .html
    "On Saturday Christy and representatives from other federal agencies hosted a "Meet the Fed" session at Defcon. They pulled an old prank. First, all attendees were asked to stand. Then everyone who had not hacked into any system illegitimately was asked to sit down. The Feds then pulled out cameras and started snapping pictures."

    Stay tuned for the photo ops at the NANOG, ARIN
    and ICANN parties in .LA
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Are .XXX Names Being Registered for YOU ?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @10:35PM (#15963)
    Are .XXX Names Being Registered for YOU ?

    Are ICANN Registrars charging high fees to
    have your name REMOVED ? from registrations
    YOU did not make ?

    Justice sex offender Web site goes live
    The Justice Department has launched a Web site
    that allows the public to search for sex offenders
    in their communities. The National Sex Offender
    Public Registry (http://www.nsopr.gov), run by
    the Office of Justice Programs, can return a list
    of registered sex offenders through name, city,
    county or ZIP code searches.
    http://www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updat es/36610-1.html
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    U.S. Senate Plans to Heavily Tax the .XXX Zone
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @10:42PM (#15964)
    Senators seek Web porn tax
    A new federal proposal that would levy stiff taxes
    on Internet pornographers violates constitutional
    guarantees of freedom of expression, legal scholars
    say. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, an Arkansas Democrat,
    characterized her bill introduced last week as
    a way to make the Internet a "safer place" for
    children. The bill would impose a 25 percent
    tax on the revenue of most adult-themed Web sites.
    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5814309 .html
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    John: Do You Visit or Own a .PRO Domain Name ?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday August 17 2005, @11:21PM (#15965)
    John: Do You Visit or Own a .PRO Domain Name ?

    http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1122627 913185

    Posting of 'Johns' on the Web Raises Rights Issue
    Tresa Baldas
    The National Law Journal
    08-01-2005

    Chicago's use of the Internet to humiliate customers of prostitutes, or "johns," has led to concerns that the practice may violate constitutional rights.

    At issue is Chicago's recent decision to run a Web site that posts the names and photos of people who have been arrested for soliciting a prostitute -- but not convicted.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    U.S. Senate Shaping the .XXX TLD
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 18 2005, @06:05AM (#15968)
    U.S. Senate Shaping the .XXX TLD

    They want a PHOTO Whois when you register a domain.

    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5814 309.html
    Senators seek Web porn tax
    By Declan McCullagh, CNET News.com
    Published on ZDNet News: August 1, 2005, 4:51 PM PT

    Sen. Blanche Lincoln, an Arkansas Democrat, characterized her bill introduced last week as a way to make the Internet a "safer place" for children. The bill would impose a 25 percent tax on the revenue of most adult-themed Web sites.

    Other Senate sponsors of the legislation--all Democrats--include Thomas Carper of Delaware, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Ken Salazar of Colorado, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Evan Bayh of Indiana and Kent Conrad of North Dakota.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    One Out of Five Dollars was a Fraudulent Purchase
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 18 2005, @06:54AM (#15971)
    http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/securi ty/story/0,10801,103793p4,00.html

    "Responding to fear with rational discussion is completely pointless. We think that it's very important that everybody who's planning to be a long-term player on the Internet understands that we have to make it a place that is not only secure, but that people are confident that it's secure.

    And look, we had our issues. When I walked in the door, do you know what the fraud rate was at Network Solutions? 19.88%. One out of five dollars was a fraudulent transaction. And they were doing nothing about it. Today our fraud rate is 0.18%, lower than the off-line merchants. And in fact Gartner has written us up as the only people who have figured out how to beat fraud online.

    We just felt that was an absolute essential. Not only good business practice, but also the reputation that it gives the whole Internet when people are suffering those kinds of levels of fraud -- when you get a call that says your credit card's been used by somebody in Romania to buy 15 e-mails and five Web sites that they will never use but they will process the cash through into their account -- is not going to make you comfortable. We take it real seriously, but we can't force everyone else to. "
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Private signs XXX mobile content deal
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 18 2005, @07:00AM (#15972)
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/08/02/private_mo bile/

    Private signs XXX mobile content deal
    By Tim Richardson
    Published Tuesday 2nd August 2005 12:05 GMT
    Get breaking Mobile news straight to your desktop - click here to find out how

    Private Media Group - the Barcelona-based adult entertainment outfit - plans to offer smut to more than 220m mobile users across Europe.

    As part of the content deal with Munich-based MindMatics, Private is looking to make XXX material available to punters in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and France.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Twomey's Australia Cracking Down on .XXX
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 18 2005, @07:02AM (#15973)
    Twomey's Australia Cracking Down on .XXX

    People seem to forget the secret meetings in
    Australia where Ira Magaziner and Vinton Cerf
    recruited Paul Twomey long before Twomey became
    CEO of ICANN. Twomey came from Australian Senator
    Ashton's camp and was carefully groomed in a GAC
    role. Ashton is/was famous for being the Net Nanny
    of Australia and censoring all materials he did
    not like. Vinton Cerf show-cased Ashton at an
    ICANN meeting down-under. Vinton Cerf talked out
    of both sides of his mouth, as he always does,
    and claimed the Internet was open and free and
    for everyone and then promoted Ashton, despite
    Ashton [and Twomey's] latent censorship traits.

    Now Twomey is being called on to deliver and he
    is of course the ICANN puppet chosen to do what
    the U.S. Government wants.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/05/ oz_mobile_smut_ban/

    Oz watchdog bans mobile porn
    By Lester Haines
    Published Tuesday 5th July 2005 13:18 GMT

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) - as of 1 July the newly formed face of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority - has banned hard-core porn from mobile phones.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8757077/
    A ustralia outlaws 'Grand Theft Auto'
    Officials cite hidden sex scenes in game
    The Associated Press
    Updated: 1:46 p.m. ET July 29, 2005

    SYDNEY - Australian officials effectively banned the computer game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" and ordered it removed from stores Friday because it contains hidden sex scenes that can be viewed with a special Internet download.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    The RIR Spooks Have Milton in the Circle to Taunt
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 18 2005, @09:05AM (#15974)
    One of the common games of the ICANN insiders is
    the game people see schoolyard bullies play with
    the new kid or the fat kid or the kid with the
    thick glasses.

    "The kid" ends up in the middle of a circle of
    schoolyard bullies who taunt the kid, kick him,
    take his books or lunch box etc. The little girls
    stand at the edge and watch.

    "Thanks for addressing the fact that Milton was conjuring up "black
    helicopters"."

    Keep watching, ICANN and the Internet insiders
    are revved up in full battle armor and will try
    to protect their corrupt little system of
    back-scratching and their cash-cow registries.

    If the U.S. Government arrives, the schoolyard
    bullies act like choir boys and point to their
    sterile web-sites and their files of contracts
    and their cash rich balance sheets as signs
    of their success.

    Pay no attention to the people they just pushed
    off the back of the schoolyard cliff. People ?
    What people ? Is that Milton down there on the
    rocks ? Did you fall Milton ? Did a black helicopter swoop down and scare you and make
    you fall down the cliff ?

    The schoolyard bullies move on after the Feds
    pass thru and they emerge in another venue,
    another country, in another place in cyberspace
    to resume their game. It is a game for them
    and they have been playing it for years. RIR
    executives have jobs for life. Well, they call
    it a job. It is actually a game. A game they
    seem to enjoy.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    .XXX is Outing Internet Porn King Pins, Guess Who?
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 18 2005, @09:49AM (#15975)
    .XXX is Outing Internet Porn King Pins, Guess Who?

    TuCows, Elliot Noss [ICANN insider]
    Jason Hendeles, Toronto Billionaire
    Dave Farber, Jon Postel's Thesis Advisor
    Paul Vixie with a Sleeper Cell in Toronto

    A trail through Toronto, Canada
    We’ve connected "Spunkfarm" to a company up in Toronto, Canada. Maybe someone there can help us. A company called “Global Media Resources.” registered the name "Spunkfarm."

    There is one place in Toronto that might help us: It’s called Tucows. That’s the place that registers those Web site names. It’s what led us to Toronto to begin with.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8841299/print /1/displaymode/1098/
    Dateline tracks down a porn spammer
    On the hunt for a man who sent a vulgar e-mail to a Texas housewife
    By John Hockenberry
    Dateline NBC
    Updated: 8:37 p.m. ET Aug. 5, 2005
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    The Next Level of the MLM Emerges as You Sleep
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @04:48AM (#15976)
    The Next Level of the MLM Emerges

    While WMDs (weapons of mass distraction) like
    Milton keep everyone busy with .BS, the next level
    of the ISOC's Multi-Level-Marketing structure
    is secretly being put into place. It is amazing
    the U.S. Government asks how terrorist groups
    form and organize without being seen. Watch.
    Watch how ICANN does it.

    http://www.arin.net/announcements/20050818_ NRO.html

    Joe Abley, ISC [from Paul Vixie's sleeper cell in Toronto]
    Martin Hannigan, VeriSign
    Tom Vest, Packet Clearing House

    The appointed NRO NC representative will be announced on Thursday, October 27, 2005, during the ARIN XVI Public Policy Meeting in Los Angeles, California.

    Raymond A. Plzak [a spook from .MIL]
    President & CEO
    American Registry for Internet Numbers
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    From Paul ViXXXie's Sleeper Cell in Toronto Comes
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @05:02AM (#15979)
    From Paul ViXXXie's Sleeper Cell in Toronto Comes

    http://www.nanog.org/candidates05.html

    Joe Abley has been a contributor to the NANOG list for many years, and an attendee at face-to-face meetings since he moved to North America from New Zealand in 2000. Joe has presented at several NANOG meetings, both in the main session and in the tutorial session. He has run the PGP key signing parties at NANOG many times, and has a good working relationship with Merit staff.

    Joe has been involved in the organisation of all NZNOG meetings to date, with the particular responsibility of soliciting proposals for presentations and workshops from international speakers. He presented one of two keynote speeches at the first SANOG meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, and has been a member of the SANOG programme committee since it was formed. Joe has presented at or otherwise assisted with several AfNOG meetings, and is a volunteer instructor for the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC). He is chair of the DNS-SIG at APNIC, and recently joined the APRICOT programme committee. Joe has helped organise and teach in DNS workshops hosted by the Internet Society and the NSRC for the benefit of ccTLD registries in developing regions.

    Through the global deployment of the F root server, Joe has come into contact with many different operator communities in Africa, the middle east, Europe, Australasia and South- and East-Asia. This wide perspective would be helpful both in the solicitation of proposals for NANOG meetings from outside the region, and in more general proposal evaluation.

    Joe is engaged in hands-on network operations in ISC's network in California, a three-site, multi-gigabit, multi-vendor network with high transit and peering path splay which has supported native IPv6 and IPv4/IPv6 multicast for many years. ISC also operates over twenty additional nodes around the world (in North America and elsewhere). ISC's networks support high-profile free software projects, root/TLD nameservers and various (other) notable DDoS targets, as well as providing transit for numerous worthy causes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    In past roles, Joe was responsible for the design and implementation of large carrier convergence networks in New Zealand, and was involved in the operation of the backbone network at MFN/AboveNet. At MFN he also worked in the Tools group, and worked with CAIDA and WAND on instrumentation and measurement projects. CAIDA is also currently engaged in traffic measurement projects with ISC.

    Joe has close working and personal relationships with engineers at ISPs and carriers in central Canada (in particular, those who exchange traffic at the Toronto and Ottawa Internet Exchanges), and believes he is somewhat well-known throughout the effective catchment of NANOG through his participation in operator meetings and mailing lists. He works from his home in London, Ontario, Canada. He now counts Canadian amongst his various nationalities, and hence is formally a North American, even if he don't sound like one :-)

    Joe's participation in Internet community activities such as NANOG is supported by ISC, who continue to fund his involvement in them both in terms of time (and expenses, as necessary).
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    IT infrastructures could be battlefields of future
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @05:23AM (#15980)
    HOMELAND SECURITY & INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION
      Title: IT infrastructures could be battlefields of future wars
      Source: Government Computer News
      Date Written: 2005-08-17
      Date Collected: 2005-08-18
    Professor John Hamilton at Auburn University, director of the
    Information Assurance Laboratory, argues that future wars could
    involve only information warfare. Hamilton projects such a war
    could occur before 2015 based on the amount of time it would take
    to infiltrate malware into operating systems, applications,
    firmware, and even hardware. The military faces such threats from
    off-the-shelf softwares, which have known exploits and could also
    have backdoors written by Russian and Chinese outsourcers. The
    military has not yet made software a "core competency," which
    would give it rights over the software it uses. Hamilton suggests
    reverse engineering software for flaws, identifying sensitive
    parameters, finding undocumented functionality, and possibly
    denying Defense funding to university research programs working
    with foreign nationals.

    http://www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-up dates/36688-1.html
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Video Games to Be Used to Sell [Steal] Domain Name
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @05:53AM (#15982)
    Video Games to Be Used to Sell [Steal] Domain Name

    Video games are the new marketplace to sell or
    resolve disputes over domain names AND new TLDs.
    Can you imagine Team Verisign head to head with
    Team Neustar to see who milks the .NET cash cow ?

    The upside is of course that it puts the names
    into play in cyberspace where they begin and end.
    The downside is of course the cheating. Would
    Verisign and Neustar cheat ? Nahhhh

    CYBERCRIME-HACKING
      Title: 'Lineage 2' game hackers used robot program to steal online items
      Source: Mainichi Shimbun
      Date Written: 2005-08-16
      Date Collected: 2005-08-16
    Police in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, have arrested a Chinese
    exchange student on charges of using software in the online game
    Lineage 2 to defeat other players and steal their items. The
    student allegedly used a bot program to fight duels with other
    players' characters in the game, stealing game credits and items,
    such as weapons and armor, after defeating them. The student then
    sold the items to other players on the Internet in exchange for
    real world currency. The Internet Association Japan estimates the
    market for game items ranges between ¥5 billion and ¥10 billion
    ($45.7 million and $91.4 million US).

    http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national/new s/20050816p2a00m0na014000c.html
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    U.S. Government Plan for XXX Calls for Edge Choice
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @09:03AM (#15984)
    U.S. Government Plan for XXX Calls for Edge Choice

    The U.S. Government's plan for .XXX calls for
    the choice to be made on a person-by-person basis
    at "the edge" of the .NET.

    Various industry leaders are being called upon
    to provide more information on how that works.
    New.Net clearly has the edge in the edge solution.
    The ISOC's IAB is expected to publish an essay
    about end-to-end and edge solutions, reworked
    from their paper on .COM wild-card names.

    Centralized TLD management and centralized control
    of the Internet was NEVER supposed to be a
    feature of the Internet. Somehow, ICANN has
    managed to get that confused.

    With adults controlling their edge devices and
    their children's .NET access, the assumption is
    that they will also be able to control the
    OPT-IN selection of the .XXX TLD, as well as
    other TLDs. Those seeking .XXX content can seek
    it out. The U.S. Government does not have to
    be in a position of advertising it, which is
    what THEIR root-servers do. They advertise the
    likely location of TLDs, not all TLDs, just the
    ones the consensus of the American people select.

    This does not censor the .XXX TLD. It also does
    not stop ICANN from show-casing the "SPONSOR"
    of the .XXX zone. IF there really is a strong
    .XXX sponsor (and not a fabricated one) that
    sponsor would be stepping forward to focus on
    the objective of making .XXX more widely used.
    To date, ICANN has been unable and unwilling to
    produce a list of .XXX names that would be
    representative of the sponsor's selections.
    That makes the .XXX selection process suspect
    but does not stop consumers from making their
    selections known on a one-by-one basis in the
    Registry operated by New.Net and the SAME
    company that ICANN selected to run .XXX

    The U.S. Government's plan for .XXX calls for
    the choice to be made on a person-by-person basis
    at "the edge" of the .NET. Make your selections
    known and write to the U.S. Government and inform
    them of the names you have selected. That puts
    it in the public record.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    The .XXX Cows Run Back to Canada and Cash Out
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @10:18AM (#15986)
    Faced with the collapse of their .XXX TLD fiasco,
    the .XXX Cows Run Back to Canada and Cash Out.

    http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050819/to070.h tml?.v=12

    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Tucows Inc. (TSX: TC, AMEX: TCX) is pleased to announce that it has completed the public offering of 22,225,000 shares of common stock at a price of US $0.90 per share. Of the 22,225,000 shares, the Company sold 401,173 shares and certain existing shareholders of Tucows sold 21,823,827 shares.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Don't Like the UN ? How about the U.S. FCC ?
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @11:05AM (#15988)
    Don't Like the UN ? How about the U.S. FCC ?

    The U.S. FCC is preparing to take over assignment
    of IP address spectrum from ICANN. Major telcos
    and wireless providers are helping to inform the
    FCC officials about the new technology and the
    critical role the FCC can play in helping to
    maintain stability and security of the .NET.

    Amateur networkers, like amateur radio (HAMS),
    will of course continue to play their amateur
    games on amateur networks. They operate in a
    different part of the network address spectrum
    and consumers rarely cross their path.

    The new FCC run root-servers, out-sourced to
    the .US TLD operator (to be selected) will of
    course use the 13 golden addresses that belong
    to the U.S. Government's ARPA and DOD funded
    Internet. The U.S. Congress, a democratically
    elected body in cyberspace will help to determine
    the contents of those root-servers along with
    several U.S. Government agencies.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Contact Chancellor Nancy Cantor
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @02:28PM (#15994)
    Contact Chancellor Nancy Cantor

    Dear Chancellor Cantor:

    As a parents of a student at Syracuse University
    we are deeply concerned with several faculty
    member's obsession with Internet pornography
    and their support of the .XXX top-level-domain.

    http://www.internetgovernance .org/

    We do not understand how this could be the focal
    point of their work and question how their time
    and priorities are funded and managed.

    Please review the priorities of all of your
    faculty and staff. If things do not change, we
    will have no choice but to seek a different
    academic institution for our children. That will
    require time and expense and could adversely
    impact our child. We would of course consider
    taking legal action against Syracuse University
    for those expenses or damages.

    Sincerely,
    [Insert Name Here]

    http://www.syr.edu/chancellor/

    Mailing Address:

       Chancellor Nancy Cantor
       Syracuse University
       300 Tolley Administration Building
       Syracuse, New York 13244-1100

    Phone:

       315-443-2235

    E-mail:

       chancellor@syr.edu
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    • What the... by Anonymous Friday August 19 2005, @02:57PM
    Right Wing / Left Wing
    by Tom Occhipinti on Friday August 19 2005, @03:08PM (#15996)
    User #3725 Info
    Curious. Do you think that perhaps Left Wing Feminist groups would also like to see .xxx torn down and Internet pornography abolished?

    Don't assume that the Right Wing is the only wing from which Thought Police derive. I'm tired of that haggard presumption. It is myopic, delusional, intellectually dishonest, cliched and elitist.

    Oppression from the Left is just as rampant, and dare I say, more rabid and vitriolic.

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    January 2007 is When .NET Registry Flag Day Set
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @06:09PM (#15998)
    January 2007 is When .NET Registry Flag Day Set

    http://www.icann.org/announcements/announce ment-19aug05.htm
    "The price per name (the price VeriSign charges the registrars) in the recently executed .NET agreement is $4.25 per name. However, the contract provides that the price controls or "price cap" be removed in January 2007."

    In January 2007, in 16 months, the .NET Registry
    will be transitioned to the New DNS technology.
    The new technology is a floating registry similar
    to the bit-torrent technology. Each .NET node
    provides a piece of the Registry. As a .NET
    domain name owner, you will own [and touch] your
    .NET domain node.

    Verisign and their non-profit puppet ICANN plan
    to make a lot of money from THEIR VERSION of
    the floating registry technology. They of course
    plan to spring it on the world when it is too
    late for other potential competitors to develop
    and test the technology. In 16 months, people
    can look back and see what Verisign and ICANN
    have planned for them and secretly under wraps
    today. That is not a long time in the world
    of 900 lb. gorillas like Verisign that move
    very slowly but pack a deadly blow if it hits you.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    "a symptom of this much larger problem" BINGO
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @06:34PM (#15999)
    Dave,

    Beyond the issue of DoC involvement, we are faced with the ever
    more obvious fact that ICANN is not competent to be making these
    sorts of decisions (especially given their ever-changing modus
    operandi) that go far beyond the scope of the purely technical
    matters that were ostensibly supposed to be their exclusive focus.
    I agree that the "dot-ex-ex-ex" situation is merely a symptom of
    this much larger problem.

    I cast no aspersions on the individuals of ICANN -- I really think
    that they're trying to do their best -- but ICANN as an organization
    is inappropriate to most of the tasks and decisions now at hand.

    The real question is who or what should replace ICANN.  You, I, and
    others have suggested in the past that no existing organization
    really fits the bill, and that we need something new and
    purpose-built (e.g. in our open letter from http://www.uriica.org ).

    However, getting any significant traction on these ideas has been
    difficult and has left openings for existing organizations, all with
    their own agendas, to try and get their own pieces of the action
    when it comes to Internet Control.

    It's time for another stab at doing this right, before it's too late.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    We should send another 6000 letters - farber.xxx
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @06:41PM (#16000)
    Dave,

    Not to dive to far into the practical side of things, but anything they
    do to stop myself and millions of others from having to pay what I'm
    sure will be a high cost to register trademark.xxx before the domain
    squatters and spammers do is GOOD thing. Every time a new extension is
    added we're talking about an outright scam to milk companies out of
    millions. We already saw this with .biz and others. And what a
    motivation to pay them off too, cannot have your good name tarnished by
    porn, think of the children!

    Since you have farber.net, you probably don't want farber.xxx falling
    into the wrong hands. However I will admit it will be fun to watch
    things like microsoft.xxx and google.xxx appear (someone will eventually
    miss a renewal accidently) and the media reaction we will see from that.

    We should send another 6000 letters to be sure they get the point.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    First. ICANN is hardly open to comments. BINGO
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @06:43PM (#16001)
    A few comments.

    First. ICANN is hardly open to comments. When I was on the board, comments were rarely, if ever, propagated by staff to the board. And in those rare occassions when that happened, it was done in the form of a very short and very unbalanced summary that was written to favor the staff's position. The secrecy of ICANN's operations masks the way that ICANN's staff runs the show while the emasculated board quietly assents.

    Second. ICANN has eliminated the public from its processes and handed ICANN's decision-making over to a few selected industrial groups that it euphemistically calls "stakeholders". This "stakeholder" disease also infects the WSIS/WGIG process. Unfortunately we seem to have come to accept the idea tht people are no longer part of the processes of governance.

    Third. No up and coming politician, much less one who expects to try to win over the votes of the stereotypical fundamentalist christian voter, wants to take any risk of being labeled as "the man who gave a home to porn" or "the candidate who is soft on porn". A position in favor of allowing .xxx to go forward, or even a position that takes a detached stance on .xxx, has no political upside in our current era of social and political retreat back into the mentality and methods of the dark ages.

    My own position is that .xxx represents the worst in human nature but that it is a legitimate right to be. However, that does not mean that we shold elevate it and give it precedence. Rather .xxx should only come *after* all the better ideas have been given their TLDs. Had ICANN ever had a disinterested, technical-only, policy in these matters then this situation of the .xxx preference would never have come to pass. Had ICANN allowed unions, churches, community groups, artistic groups, etc have their TLDs earlier on, then the proponents of .xxx could claim that it's now time for their idea to have its opportunity. But instead ICANN has created a sitution in which .xxx has been elevated over all those socially positive uses; hence the political reaction.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    the Family Research Council Button to Send Letter
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @06:51PM (#16003)
    There's a button. It's on the following web page:

    http://www.conservativepetitions.com/peti tions.php?id=306#tag_back% 3FPID%3Dd11f9ec8c6245ecd3db922887101bf8f

    TELL DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE:
    Don't legitimize Web porn
    by honoring it with .XXX!

           NOTE -- Send your petition by fax as well as email!
           Look for your opportunity after signing this petition.

    "DOUBLE YOUR PETITION'S IMPACT! FAX IT NOW!
    Watch for your opportunity after signing this petition!"

        It's apparently the work of the Family Research Council:

    http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA05F20
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    We Can Stop the XXX Porn Industry Dead
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @08:54PM (#16006)
    https://www.frc.org

    We Can Stop the XXX Porn Industry Dead In Its Tracks NOW
    return to full navigation
    August 18, 2005 - Thursday
    Forward to a Friend!
    The Bush Administration is listening to you! It put a temporary halt on plans to establish the .XXX domain, the special haven on the Internet for the porn industry. FRC has been battling this deceptive .XXX domain for the past two months, since it was announced by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the governing agency for the internet. We've met with key people at the Commerce Department, which has jurisdiction over ICANN, and we asked you to send letters and emails to President Bush and ICANN, telling them to stop the .XXX domain. And thanks to your letters and emails, the Bush Administration announced this week that "due to unprecedented opposition" (that means from YOU), it asked ICANN to halt the process for one month and reconsider. We now have until September 15 to pressure ICANN to kill the .xxx Domain.

    The .XXX domain was never intended to force the porn industry to leave the .COM domain, which has been extremely profitable for pornographers. Instead it would allow pornographers to continue to sell hardcore, illegal porn on the .COM domain and expand to the .XXX domain. That means perhaps twice as many Internet porn sites and twice the danger to children. In other words, it would not make the web safer for children; it would make it more dangerous.

    But now the porn industry will be fighting back. They know that they stand to lose millions in profits if the .XXX domain is killed in the September 15 vote by ICANN. We must act fast and in force!

    You can help stop the porn industry from expanding by sending another message to ICANN now saying, "Stop the .XXX domain." I also need you to forward this to your friends and family today. Let's stop the porn industry. Remember, the vote is September 15, so we must act fast!
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Attorney General Gonzales' major new prosecution
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @09:05PM (#16007)
    http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=PR05H14&v=PRINT

    FR C Praises Bush Administration Effort to Block '.XXX' Domain
    August 17, 2005 - Wednesday
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2005
    CONTACT: Amber Hildebrand 202.393.2100
    FOR RADIO: JP Duffy
    "The '.XXX' domain proposal is an effort to pander to the porn industry and offers nothing but false hope to an American public which wants illegal pornographers prosecuted, not rewarded."
    ~ Patrick Trueman, Senior Legal Counsel, Family Research Council

    Washington, D.C. - The Family Research Council thanks President Bush for calling a halt to the '.XXX' domain. Patrick Trueman, FRC's senior legal counsel and former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, released the following statement:

    "Selling hard core pornography on the internet is a violation of federal obscenity law so the Bush Administration is right to oppose the '.XXX' domain. The Bush Administration should not, in any way, be seen to facilitate the porn industry which has been a plague on our society since the establishment of the internet. The '.XXX' domain proposal is an effort to pander to the porn industry and offers nothing but false hope to an American public which wants illegal pornographers prosecuted, not rewarded.

    "The '.XXX' domain was never intended to force the porn industry to leave the '.com' domain, which has been a cash cow for pornographers. Indeed, any law attempting to force pornographers to relocate to '.XXX' would be constitutionally suspect and not likely to be effective. Instead, if the '.XXX' domain were established pornographers would keep their lucrative '.com' commercial sites and expand to even more sites on '.XXX, thus becoming even more of a menace to society. Pornography violates the dignity of the women and men involved, destroys marital bonds, and pollutes the minds of child and adult consumers.

    "The Family Research Council supports Attorney General Gonzales' major new prosecution initiative against the porn industry, announced in May. We are confident of his determination and of his ultimate success. The pornographers, instead of expanding their presence on the internet, would be well advised to get out of business all together right now before they are called to court to answer for their crimes."
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Looks Like ICANN Has Some Visitors Headed to .LA
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @09:08PM (#16008)
    Nashville, TN - Only hours before the start of the nationwide simulcast of Justice Sunday II "God Save the United States and this Honorable Court," Family Research Council President Tony Perkins announced that Judge Robert Bork and five members of Congress have agreed to participate by video in the broadcast. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) provided sound bites that will be aired by video in the simulcast which begins tonight at 6 PM CDT.

    Justice Sunday II speakers also include Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Senator Zell Miller, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship Ministries, Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, who will appear by video, and a host of other prestigious speakers.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    The .NET Gliterati Rub Shoulders On .CA Camp Out
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @09:54PM (#16009)
    1

    Read the rest of this comment...

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    U.S. FTC Cleaning Up After Self-Regulation Fails
    by Anonymous on Friday August 19 2005, @11:23PM (#16010)
    Last night the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 376, a resolution asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Rockstar Games, and its parent company, New York-based Take Two Interactive Software Inc. over questions the companies intentionally deceived the ratings board and consumers concerning the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." The game contains sexually explicit content that is accessible by consumers but was hidden from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board in order to avoid the game receiving an `Adults Only' rating.

    The board, once learning of the pornographic material, immediately changed the game's rating from "Mature" to "Adults Only." The companies' motive for avoiding the "Adults" rating may have something to do with the fact that some major retailers like Wal-Mart and Target refuse to sell "Adults Only" games - resulting in a large loss of sales for video game producers.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Europeans Move Root Server to Miami.USA Under .FCC
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 20 2005, @06:00PM (#16013)
    Europeans Move Root Server to Miami.USA Under .FCC

    With the coming move of http://www.FCC.US to
    route all 13 root server IP addresses to their
    servers, Europeans have moved their server to
    Miami.USA to attempt to divert traffic to their
    view of the DNS root.

    http://www.ripe.net/news/kroot-miami-2005 2507.html

    New Instance of RIPE NCC Operated K-root Server Deployed in Miami, USA

    Amsterdam, 29 July 2005

    The RIPE NCC (Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre) has deployed a new global node instance of the K-root Internet root name server at Terremark's NAP of the Americas in Miami, Florida, USA.

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    "implies an acknowledgment of the effectiveness"
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 20 2005, @06:10PM (#16014)
    "implies an acknowledgment of the effectiveness"[1]

    It could also imply that a more fair and free ($)
    way has been developed and the WGIG people are
    intelligent and informed and realize you do not
    argue with an RIR, you ignore them and route
    around them.

    [1] http://www.nro.net/documents/nro26.html

    "We observed with satisfaction that the WGIG made only one recommendation in relation to this important issue, as this implies an acknowledgment of the effectiveness of the RIR system.
    As to the recommendation itself, that is to say the recommendation of ensuring equitable access to resources, especially in the context of IPv6 deployment, we express our agreement. This goal is an aim of the RIR system itself, and one toward which we strive through the ongoing operation of our open policy processes."
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    .SERVER TLD and .BIND TLD Have No Need of Root
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 20 2005, @07:43PM (#16015)
    http://www.ietf.org/proceedings/03mar/I-D/draft-ie tf-dnsop-serverid-01.txt

    For reference, the other well-known name used by recent versions of
       BIND within the CHAOS class "BIND." domain is "VERSION.BIND."  A
       query for a TXT RR for this name will return an administratively re-
       definable string which defaults to the version of the server
       responding.

    The "SERVER." domain in the CHAOS class should be reserved by IANA
       and a registry should be created that reserves the "ID" name.  In the
       future, requests may be submitted for other sub-domains of "SERVER.",
       e.g., "VERSION.SERVER." and the IANA should take appropriate action.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Line by Line - Statement by Statement - Questions
    by Anonymous on Sunday August 21 2005, @05:11AM (#16017)
    "By now everyone knows about the attempt by the US Commerce Department to "recall" the delegation of .xxx to ICM Registry due to pressure from deluded right-wing groups in the US who think that it will add to pornography on the Internet."

    1. "By now everyone knows"
    Who is everyone ?
    All humans ?
    All Americans ?
    All net users ?
    All members of the Internet Society ?
    All ICANN insiders ?
    When is now ? August 2005 ? Did anyone know in July 2005 ?
    What do they "knows" ?

    2. "about the attempt by the US Commerce Department"
    Does an "attempt" imply a failed mission ?
    Was the entire US Commerce Department involved ?
    Did the head of the US Commerce Department approve the "attempt" ?
    If it was an "attempt" and it failed, why should EVERYONE care ?
    Does everyone really know ?
    What do they "knows" ?

    3. "to "recall" the delegation of .xxx"
    What does it mean to delegate ?
    Does delegation imply someone has it and the right to delegate ?
    Where does that right come from ?
    If a "recall" has been done, does that imply the delegation had been made ?
    Did the "attempt" to "recall" fail resulting in the delegation remaining ?
    Is .xxx similar to .*** meaning fill in any characters ?
    What does .xxx mean ?
    Does .xxx mean brand-x as in generic food packages that are white boxes with black letters ?

    4. "to ICM Registry"
    Who is ICM Registry ?
    Where is ICM Registry located ?
    Is ICM Registry operated by U.S. citizens who may be subject to a U.S. Department of Commerce "recall" ?
    Why would ICM Registry care about a U.S. Department of Commerce opinion ?
    Do ALL Americans [everyone] know who ICM Registry is ?

    5. "due to pressure from deluded right-wing groups in the US"
    How is "pressure" applied ?
    Is "everyone" deluded ?
    Are individuals involved or just "groups" ?
    Are all people and groups, not "in the US", of the opposite opinion ?

    6. "who think that it will add to pornography on the Internet."
    If people are deluded how can they "think" ?
    What is "it" ?
    Will IT add to pornography ?
    Is .IT some country ?
    Is pornography the same as adult content ?
    Does "the Internet" include private networks ?
    Is there a virus that will add content to private networks ?
    Is "everyone" connected to "the Internet" ?

    Can "everyone" answer these questions ?
    Are there more questions ?

    Is it possible that a deluded individual is
    making claims about what everyone knows and
    putting pressure on everyone to spend their
    valuable time on a topic that many people
    have little or no interest in ?

    What would motivate a deluded individual to do that ?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Dear ICANNWatch
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @05:28AM (#16019)
    It is clear that you should now require all commenters to take the time to login and verify their names before allowing them to post comments. One lone but loud voice has been using this website as a personal attack forum. It's time to make it clear where comments come from.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Can the U.S. Government Seize ICANN as an Asset?
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @07:22AM (#16026)
    Can the U.S. Government Seize ICANN as an Asset?

    The U.S. Government is in the process of seizing
    many of the assets of Bernie Ebbers, who is now
    facing 85? years in prison. Bernie Ebbers is of
    course the boss of Vinton Cerf, the Chairman of
    ICANN. Vinton Cerf and Bernie Ebbers conspired to
    bilk the U.S. Government out of over 11 billion
    dollars. The U.S. Government is attempting to
    recover some of those assets and make people whole.

    Can the U.S. Government Seize ICANN as an Asset?

    Could the .NET fees be used to start to pay
    back some of the 11+ billion dollars that
    Bernie Ebbers and Vinton Cerf "lost" in the
    Worldcom cooking of the books ?

    With the .COM "rebid" now up for "the ICANN
    process", can the U.S. Government seize the
    .COM business from Vinton Cerf ?

    How does the 11+ billion get re-paid ?

    Can the U.S. Government Seize ICANN as an Asset?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Worldwide Presence vs. Worldwide Capability
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @08:20AM (#16027)
    http://iwar.org.uk/pipermail/infocon/2005-July/002 737.html

    Worldwide Presence vs. Worldwide Capability

    Within the Agency in the early 1990s, two contrasting schools of thought
    arose about the number of overseas stations the DO should maintain. One
    school of thought is that the DO should be on the ground as a permanent
    presence in as many different locations as possible. Another school believed
    the DO should conserve its resources, have a permanent presence in only a
    few key locations, and then be prepared to surge into other geographical
    locations on a temporary as needed basis. These competing premises are ones
    upon which reasonable people can disagree. The Agency opted for the
    worldwide capability model and during the following years, many DO stations
    were closed overseas. I believe there is a qualitative difference in the
    effectiveness and reliability of collection operations that are based on a
    permanent presence.

    I have participated in "surge" operations to cover breaking intelligence
    targets, and they are inherently risky, from both counterintelligence and
    reliability standpoints. They are also very expensive in personnel and
    money. In a "surge," operation you are trying to create in days what would
    normally take years of careful work. This is done by throwing money and
    personnel at the problem. You can get a way with this from time to time, but
    eventually this is going to turn around and bite you. I would much prefer to
    take the long view and carefully vet my collection operations. I believe
    intelligence collection is about quality, and quality operations take time
    and preparation. (Attempting to cover this gap by using foreign liaison
    services creates another set of problems, which will be addressed in part 2
    of this article.)

    A second reason that I prefer a worldwide presence is the stark fact that
    many of the Agency's best sources over the years have been volunteers of one
    sort or the other. It is human to believe that talent and hard work will see
    you through, but sometimes you can also get lucky. In the past, simply put,
    the Agency was not very hard to find. Most embassies had a DO officer
    immediately available and extensive preparations had been set in place to
    securely handle the genuine volunteer with valuable intelligence. With the
    closure of many stations, this is simply no longer the case in many places.
    To win the lottery, you have to buy a ticket. In this case, the price of a
    ticket is a station on the ground.

    http://iwar.org.uk/pipermail/infocon/2005-July/002 737.html
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Moving NANOG and ARIN Thugs to a Sandbox
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @08:29AM (#16028)
    Moving NANOG and ARIN Thugs to a Sandbox

    The approach is very simple, a SIMULATED IP
    network is presented to the NANOG and ARIN thugs.
    When they ping and traceroute, everything looks
    real, even the times and the IN-ADDR.ARPA DNS
    look-ups. Little do they know, it is all a fake.
    They never see "the Real .NET".

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2005/07/03/AR2005070300888.html

    Th e diversion strategy, called Net Force Maneuver, would lead hackers "to systems where we are prepared to receive them," Hunt and Gardner wrote. It's a technique that technology experts outside the Pentagon have called a honey pot.

    "These systems will collect information on methodologies, techniques and tools while providing a realistic 'playground' for the intruder," Hunt and Gardner wrote. "This playground will be devoid of real system information but will keep the intruder occupied. The goal here then is to ensure the intruder does not know which systems are real and which ones aren't."
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    ICANN Registrars Set to Demand Equal Share of .COM
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @09:15AM (#16029)
    ICANN Registrars Set to Demand Equal Share of .COM

    Because of the obvious unbalance in number of .COM
    names and other TLDs, because of ICANN policies
    of artificial scarcity, the ICANN Registrars
    conclude that .COM is "different".

    With the up-coming .COM "rebid" [Set to be an
    even bigger fiasco than .NET], the ICANN Registrars
    have plans to demand an equal share of .COM.

    The existing .COM names would be divided on
    a certain date like shares of stock in a company,
    one name one share. Each Registrar-of-Record
    would get an equal share of the .COM names
    selected on a random basis. The Registrar would
    then become the Czar of that block of names
    and have certain rights that trump all other
    Registrars. ICANN [aka the U.S. Government
    Department of COMmerce] would notify all .COM
    owners about their Master Registrar. People
    would not be required to switch, but subtle
    wording would make it clear that each .COM
    owner has another Registrar interested in
    helping them with any of their problems.
    It is like a second-opinion in the health-care
    field, it takes nothing away from the initial
    Registrar, but it creates the Master Registrar
    as another source of revenue.

    People have been baffled why companies and
    even individuals sign up to be Registrars and
    never sell any names. They know they soon will
    be cut in for an equal piece of the Internet
    Society pie. Communism and Socialism seem to
    always attract people in capitalistic societies.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    .US TLD Registry Contract Expired and Set to Rebid
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @10:50AM (#16032)
    .US TLD Registry Contract Expired and Set to Rebid

    ICANN does not select the .US TLD operator, the
    U.S. Government does that with far less effort
    than "the ICANN process". The USG just selects
    a Northern Virginia DOD contractor with many
    congressional and FCC supporters. It certainly
    tops the USC ISI EDU .US operation.

    The .US TLD Registry contract has expired and
    now the U.S. Government is seeing proposals to
    clean-uo .US (Remove .XXX material) as part of
    the new .US Registry operation's "features".

    There is also movement to appoint the new .US
    TLD operator as the czar of the 50 State TLDs,
    such as .NY and .FL. They would transition
    via their NY.US and FL.US names. No ICANN
    involvement is needed which is important to
    demonstrate. New TLDs do not require ICANN.
    The U.S. Government can help end that myth.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Micro$oft Vi$ta Foundation to Replace .NET and V$
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @11:31AM (#16034)
    Micro$oft Vi$ta Foundation to Replace .NET and V$

    It is ironic that "competition" for ICANN and V$
    will likely mostly come from M$.

    http://news.com.com/Vista+feature+exposes+b eta+machines/2100-1002_3-5838647.html

    "The feature uses a new version of Microsoft's peer name resolution protocol (PNRP) and connects to other beta machines as soon as an Internet connection is available, he said."

    "The peer-to-peer feature is meant to enable connections between Windows computers without the need for a central server, so that they form a "peer-to-peer cloud." Multiplayer gaming is one application that Microsoft has in mind for the technology, the company has said. Third-party application makers can also take advantage of it through the use of a software development kit."
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    "Each link in the chain is organized -- like ICANN
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @12:34PM (#16035)
    http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,68490,00 .html

    "Organized crime's entree into the content [domain name] business was inevitable given the economics, says Warner Music spokesman Craig Hoffman."

    "The markup for a kilo of heroin is 200 percent," Hoffman says. "The markup for pirated CDs and DVDs is 800 percent." [The markup on domain names is 1,000,000 percent]

    "It's not organized crime families, as in 'the mob,'" admits Bradley Buckles, head of the RIAA's anti-piracy unit and former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "But large groups engaged in organized criminal activity are involved."

    "Asked to cite actual U.S. convictions involving organized crime, the RIAA and MPAA instead presented a handful of pending piracy cases against warez networks, commercial replicators, a few members of street gangs and a smattering of individual drug dealers -- but no John Gotti or Tony Soprano. [ or Bernie Ebbers and Vinton Cerf]

    "Each link in the chain is organized --
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    Looks Like Cerf Prefers the "xxxxxxx" TLD
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @01:40PM (#16036)
    http://gnso.icann.org/mailing-lists/archives/ga/ms g02700.html

    "Vinton G. Cerf" <vinton.g.cerf@xxxxxxx> wrote:

        Danny,

        I understand your point. There is a huge amount of spam that comes into the email at ICANN and I am not sure whether it is mechanically possible to distinguish "letter writing campaigns" from spam. I don't say this to dismiss your point at all, just thinking out loud about how to go about implementing it. Perhaps this is a judgment call and if campaigns like this are mounted, we should consider posting a sample?

        The ICANN Ombudsman also received a large number of emails (not as many as the Department of Commerce, however). He considers these contacts to be private since the business of ombudsmanship requires a considerable degree of sensitivity.

        Of course, every mailing list is now a potential spam target, so keeping a list like that actually useful is a challenge.

        What's your thought about practical implementation?

        By the way, all of the email sent to me that contained the string ".<triple X>" was filtered out by my company's spam filter and I had to retrieve these manually from the spam files!!

        vint

        Vinton Cerf, SVP Technology Strategy, MCI
        22001 Loudoun County Parkway, F2-4115
        Ashburn, VA 20147
        +1 703 886 1690, +1 703 886 0047 fax
        vinton.g.cerf@xxxxxxx
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