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ICANN Cuts the Apron Strings

According to ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush, nobody but nobody controls the Internet. Not China, not Comcast, not your IT guy, not Clippy, nobody. The Final Boss of the Internet does not exist. But there does exist a nonprofit that governs Web addresses, and that's Dengate Thrush's organization...

EU Commissioner Urges US to Cut ICANN’s Umbilical Cord

The Internet is an American invention, and the governing body that assigns domain names to Web sites around the world has had its roots in the U.S. However, it's time for ICANN -- the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers -- to go "global" in every sense of the word, according to one E...

OPINION

Those Who Seek to Control the Internet Could Break It

The serious objections by U.S. Department of Commerce to ICANN's new policies on creating unlimited domain suffixes are primarily based on old domain name thinking and continued fear of losing control of the Internet. The comments lack understanding of global business naming problems surrounded by i...

Portals in an E-Commerce 2.0 World

For anyone doing business online, commerce meets collaboration at a Web 2.0 portal -- a mutual touchpoint for a company, its partners and customers as well as a personalized filter of information and services found on the Web. The goal: aggregating high-value information about people, products and s...

Internet Patriarch Cerf Leaves ICANN, Sets Sights on Space Web

Vinton Cerf, known by many as one of the founding fathers of the Internet, will be stepping down at the end of this week as chairman of the board of ICANN. Cerf, who is also Google's vice president and chief Internet evangelist, has served for three consecutive terms as chairman of ICANN, which is t...

Industry Welcomes EPA’s Plan for PC Monitor Disposal

The Environmental Protection Agency last week approved a new framework to regulate the disposal of old computer monitors with cathode ray tubes and aged TVs loaded with mercury, a move that is being applauded by the computer industry. "CEA agrees with the EPA's statement that a CRT not recycled is a...

ANALYSIS

Silicon Prairie May Be Fertile Ground for Emerging Homeland Security Biz

Silicon Valley -- the sprawling suburbs of San Francisco and San Jose -- first emerged during the 1960s as a prime location for the Pentagon to conduct research and development work during the Cold War. Will the Silicon Prairie -- the stretch of land between Chicago and downstate Champaign-Urbana --...

China Looks to Master Its Own Domains

The Chinese government this week indicated it was tired of waiting for the U.S.-controlled International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to come up with Chinese character versions of .com and other top level domains and instead will create the domains on its own. News of the strategy was ...

ICANN Changes Course on ‘.XXX’ Domain

Raising the possibility that it will change course once again on a hotly debated move meant to give adult content Web sites their own Internet realm, the net's governing body has decided to shelve a plan to discuss how to create a ".xxx" domain. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number...

ICANN Reverses Course on ‘.XXX’ Domain

Raising the possibility that it will change course once again on a hotly debated move meant to give adult content Web sites their own Internet realm, the net's governing body has decided to shelve a plan to discuss how to create a ".xxx" domain. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number...

ICANN, VeriSign Settle Domain Dispute

The Internet's governing body has agreed to settle several outstanding lawsuits involving domain registrar VeriSign, an agreement that will keep that company in charge of the key dot-com domain until 2012. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said the settlement is still s...

ICANN, VeriSign Strike Domain Agreement

The Internet's governing body has agreed to settle several outstanding lawsuits involving domain registrar VeriSign, an agreement that will keep that company in charge of the key dot-com domain until 2012. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said the settlement is still s...

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

Avoiding Worst Practices in Channel Management

Too often channel strategies ranging from the most tactical and short-term to the most strategic and multiyear fail. Success or failure of a channel management strategy has nothing to do with the time horizon and everything to do with perspective, timing and getting away from a "one-and-done" menta...

ICANN Stands To Reap Windfall from New Domain Fee

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is slated to begin levying a new tax on domain name registrations starting early in 2005 and has already begun to make plans for how to spend what could be a sizeable windfall. The fee, which amounts to 75 cents per year for each domain...

Most Home PC Users at Risk for Attack

The bulk of home PC users are largely open to attack through the Internet, with nearly half of all broadband connections running without a firewall, nearly 70 percent without updated antivirus protection, four in five users with spyware or adware on their machines, and nearly 90 percent of those vic...

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