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More on DNMSL vs DNC
For those that are new or have forgotten DNMSL was in the news in June. In the recent NZOC meeting an agenda item was "Policy Compliance - in committee from approx 5pm". At the time I wondered who this was.Since reading about the bullet to the head deauthorisation of DNMSL as a .nz registrar this morning I have made some calls and sent some emails. The first is from Dennis Smith who alleges bias and predetermination of the DNC and requested NZOC appoint a mediator. He states NZOC rejected his request and endorsed the DNC's recommendation. He said me might do a release about this in the new year, or he might not.The next is I followed up on the "The company has also twice been suspended by the registry for technical breaches." comment as this looked like an unusual event, especially as it had not been reported before (that I am aware of). NZRS will suspend a registrar under two broad areas: Whois access abuse Actions that could impact the integrity or performance of the registryIt ...
18:05:03 December 20, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Registrar smoted. DNMSL deauthorised.
Just read that the DNC has <A href="http://www.dnc.org.nz/story/30244-29-1.html">deauthorised</A> DNMSL. First time in .nz history.
15:09:09 December 20, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Vegan vs Manufacturer
I spent about 5-10 minutes on each of the websites this afternoon.www.premierbacon.co.nz is clearly different from www.premierebacon.co.nz but has copied, in an amateurish fashion, the look and feel of www.premierebacon.co.nz. It also looks like it has copied entire sections of copy from the target site (www.premierbacon.co.nz/premier.php compared to www.premierebacon.co.nz/about.html). Looking at the meta tags of www.premierbacon.co.nz however does provide a glimpse into the thinking and possible trade mark infringement of www.premierbacon.co.nz. It appears to be using trade/service marks it does not ‘own’. <meta name="keywords" content="Factory Farming Premier Premiere Bacon Ham Pork cruelty murder Country-style Wairarapa New Zealand pigs pig nz animal rights christmas lockdown campaign torture cage sow crate slaughter">I could not see any reasonable person confusing the two sites or thinking that www.premierbacon.co.nz is anything other than a protest site of ...
18:03:28 December 18, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Bringing home the bacon
Stuff has a story about a .nz domain name dispute regarding premierbaconco.nz. Is it typo squating or fair use?I will post my comments on the two sites once I have had a good chance to review them.
12:44:33 December 18, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Call for .nz Experts
The DNC has issued an announcement seeking mediators and experts for the .nz disputes process. Applications closes February 17th.
12:39:39 December 18, 2005, Sunday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Behold the future!
I have been mulling the future of this site from some time. The reason is simple, .nz, in general, has its shit together. Things are not falling apart or lawsuits being threatened (or in some cases filed) and multi million dollar projects run by inept management are not occurring any more.I created this blog back in July 2002 in the days of the formation of the SRS to highlight what was going to those people that did not ‘live the SRS’.While I do not think .nz is perfect it is one of the best ccTLD’s. I think that for instance NZOC should be more transparent and broader process for appointments and full registrar stats being made public.The last part of the jigsaw is the .nz disputes process. Once that is implemented I will cover any initial cases and then I think I will turn out the lights. I plan to keep the site online for all those amusing Google searches I get.Other options were to turn it into a ‘personal blog’ but then again I would rather give myself a lobotomy with a spork ...
13:02:28 December 7, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
ComputerWorld: Right of Reply
Paul Brislen, Chief Arm Waver Editor of ComputerWorld, emailed me last night about what I said about the ComputerWorld article on the .nz disputes draft. I said I would reply to his comments and asked if I could publish his email. He welcomed both.Email as follows:I have to disagree (respectfully or otherwise). Debbie did email Steve about this story and I called her back and left a message but she hasn't called me back so we're in phone limbo over it. As I read the draft (and yes, I've read it. Call me old fashioned, etc) the old policy of "first come, first served and if you have any disputes take them up with your lawyers, we don't want to hear about it, pass the asprin it gives us a headache" will be replaced (all things considered) with "first come, first served but if you have a dispute we have a process that you might like to look at if you want to avoid going to court". I particularly like this paragraph: "Parties disputing domain-name rights have always been free to ...
12:46:26 November 22, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Chesley Rafferty's luck runs out
I meant to post about this a few weeks ago but it slipped my mind. Chesley Rafferty Director and Head Scumbag of Domain Names Australia has been declared bankrupt after two creditors filed petitions against him. The amusing part is the petitions were from the ACCC and Auda. The Age has a short write up on the Chesely Rafferty bankruptcy. I like the use of the word 'shonky'.In a 'final parting shot' Chesley posted to the Australian DNS mail list with this comment. Please note that the content may not pass any web filtering software that you or your employer may be using.
16:52:48 November 21, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
ComputerWorld gets it wrong on .nz disputes process
It's not common for me to pick apart a story from ComputerWorld now days... but here goes. On Tuesday a story was placed online called "'First come first served’ up for review at InternetNZ" and with a lead sentence of "Being first may no longer guarantee a domain under proposed new InternetNZ rules".This story is in fact about the disputes process that is being put in place by the DNC. The 'first come, first served' has nothing to do with the disputes process (I can not bring myself to refer to is as the DRS... the flash backs still occur :-). The 'first come, first served' is not being changed, nor does the dispute process change or impact it. This is just a more cost effective and more agile approach than resulting to the legal process that exists in New Zealand. A High Court has always had jurisdiction over .nz names and that is not changing. However, a level between 'nothing' and 'the High Court' is being added based on a very long public consultation process.InternetNZ has ...
17:35:50 November 17, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
.nz disputes process
Last week the DNC issued the draft policy for the Disputes Resolution Service for .nz. I have not had a good read of it yet but after talking to several people on the working group it seems to follow all the things they have been talking about for the last 6 months. I do find it ironic that this is being referred to as 'DRS'. Lets hope they are not tempting fate and it does not go as disastrous as the previous DRS project.
17:17:49 November 17, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
WSIS round up
As the publishing issue took so long to fix I have not blogged on the WSIS issue. The following is a round up of stories that I think cover the issue: Michael Geist - WSIS Deal NZ ComputerWorld - US, EU remain at odds over net governance NZ ComputerWorld - InternetNZ chief raises internet governance issues CNET - US reaches Net detente with UN CNET - UN says its plans are misunderstood The Register - US wins net governance battle
17:10:41 November 17, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
kiwiblog has text of agreement
David Farrar has the text of the <A href="http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/archives/012509.html#more">draft agreement</A>. I only looked on his site after I saw the BBC headline.
03:11:24 November 16, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Agreement reached pre Tunis meeting
BBC is reporting that an agreement has been reached before the Tunis WSIS meeting regarding the recent Internet Governance 'issue'. Have to wait for more detail but do you really think David Gross said "anything that will create any problems for the private sector"?Further information at Dutch site called ComputerPartner. Looks like this is just hitting the news wires now. In the morning should be lots of coverage.
03:00:26 November 16, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
parliament.nz details in .nz newsletter
Office of the DNC has updated the .nz October newsletter with the actual links. The two documents of interest are: Revised parliament.nz application Revised moderation policy Both of these are interesting reading but raised some interesting questions to me. The first is that if I was a policital party in parliament I would nto activly use any domain name in this 2LD. It reduceds the 'brand' of the party and also puts it in the whim of the moderator if it will exist in the future, ie, after an election. The second is this part of the moderation document:Names will need to be chosen which avoid confusion with other organisation. Three or four letter names will normally be used only to represent departments or other central or local government bodies where the abbreviation is widely recognised by the general public (e.g. OOC, PS)OOC and PS are widely recognised by the general public? Really? Maybe if the general public works in the parliament buildings... certainly these terms would ...
18:13:20 October 24, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
.nz newsletter and the missing PDF links
DNC has issued the <A href="http://dnc.org.nz/content//oct_05_newsletter.pdf">October .nz newsletter</A>. The main information in this is the parliament.nz recommendation and the supporting material. The PDF newsletter claims to link to them but the documents are not linked in the newsletter. I have alerted the DNC office and they are looking into it.
16:24:53 October 24, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Interview with Debbie Monahan (DNC)
This is the first of a number of interviews I am doing with people involved with .nz. The lucky person I picked first is Debbie (Deborah to her friends) Monahan, the .nz Domain Name Commissioner. After reading it you have any feedback, questions or suggestions drop me a line.Email interview with Debbie Monahan Domain Name Commissioner (DNC) of the .nz ccTLD.
18:09:34 October 19, 2005, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
.govt.nz vs parliament.nz?
I agree that Parliament 'legally' is separate (and equal) to 'government' but I think 99% of the population does not really realise this and in fact care. I have not yet seen all the material that NZOC was presented about the parliament.nz application and perhaps this was addressed.Many things are simplified for ease of the many at the expense of the few and I thinkt his should have been one of them. I think we have now reached the 'tipping point' for 2LD applications in NZ. Anyone for parlemont.nz? :-)
13:22:10 October 13, 2005, Thursday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
NZOC recommends parliament.nz be approved
I fired off some emails about the NZOC meeting and in the end got one back from Frank March, NZOC Chair (I guess I should have emailed him first :-)In response to my 'what occurred for parliament.nz' request Frank sent a detailed update which I have placed online but the lead sentence is the key one: NZOC agreed to recommmend to Council at its next meeting on 28 October that .parliament.nz be established as a moderated second level domain. I understand several trees were used to outline the application, supporting material and the background for the new members on NZOC (Andy Linton and Chris Streatfield).
13:10:39 October 13, 2005, Thursday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
parliament.nz?
On Monday the NZOC had a meeting and one of the items on the agenda was the parliament.nz 2LD application. I heard that this meeting had a member that came as an observer. I would have liked to go but had prior commitments. I am tracking down who this person is and see if I can find out what occurred at the meeting. Reading from the minutes from the previous meetings I expect that parliament.nz was approved (or at least not rejected).
15:34:32 October 12, 2005, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
IDG has a story about the bankdlrect.co.nz phish. It has a screen shot of the phishing ...
(IDG has a story about the bankdlrect.co.nz phish. It has a screen shot of the phishing 'error' and some quotes from the DNC, DiscountDomains and ASB but other than not much new.It does however ...)
IDG has a story about the bankdlrect.co.nz phish. It has a screen shot of the phishing 'error' and some quotes from the DNC, DiscountDomains and ASB but other than not much new.It does however have a curious error. The story claims that the name is still registered. This is clearly incorrect and it was deleted by the registrar the day the phish was discovered. It is in the PendingDelete status which ALL names are in after they are cancelled or lapse due to non payment.
12:58:31 October 9, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
EU saying one thing and doing another?
Internetnews.com has an interesting angle on the USA vs the World issue. They have a quote from Bret Fausett:But it wasn't a particularly risky move for the EU to make, he said, because they are secure in the knowledge the U.S. is adamant about not giving control to the U.N. Many of the member nations within the EU, he said, still support the U.S. role for Internet governance. That is an interesting approach. Is EU playing both sides of the field?
19:28:48 October 2, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Milton Mueller on The Failure of Internet Unilateralism
Milton Mueller has written an article on ICANNWatch called The Failure of Internet Unilateralism. Milton is well versed in ICANN and domain name issues. The story is timely and makes some comments on the inconsistent approach of the USA governments position.I think the current policy approach is naive and will only lead to a path of greater confrontation. It is time for the USA to state what is minimum requirements for it to allow greater involvement of other national states. You can only fight the tide so long with a bucket and spade.
18:13:51 October 2, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Expired name for auction, only one previous owner!
If you want to <A href="http://www.expireddomains.co.nz/details.php?domain_id=35957">bid on bankdlrect.co.nz</A> you only have 2 months to do so!
19:50:25 October 1, 2005, Saturday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Bank Direct Phish
This morning a post on NZNOG detailed Yet Another Banking Phish (YABP) aiming at Bank Direct clients. The major thing that was different about this YABY was that the scum bag was using a .nz domain name of bankdlrect.co.nz. This means that the registrar and some degree the DNC has some 'power' over the inclusion of this name in the DNS and also its status overall. As of this 9.30 this morning the name has been removed from the DNS as it is now 'PendingDelete'. Kudos to the registrar Discount Domains on acting in less than an hour on this scum bag. Anyone foolish enough now thinking this is real will not fall for this type of fraud.Update: While YABY looked nice I realised I typoed and it should have been YABP. I will use YABY for something else :-)
15:29:00 September 29, 2005, Thursday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
ISPANZ website and incorporation
The Internet Service Providers Association of NZ (ISPANZ) has finally released their new website. As of yesterday they also have a brand new shiny Certificate of IncorporationA couple of interesting things. One is that the details are as per the InternetNZ office on the incorporation details and also the InternetNZ logo is on the home page. Also two members wish to remain anonymous which will be very difficult as the ISPANZ membership details will become public knowledge in due course due to the incorporation.I wonder what impact, if any, this group will have on the DNC/NZOC and RAG (decoder rings are located in the normal location) advisory process for .nz.
19:16:00 September 27, 2005, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
DNC 200k story online
At 1.03pm today DNC published this news story: Internet NZ announced today that the number of domain names listed on the .nz Register had just reached 200,000. Commenting on achieving this significant milestone with domain name registrations, Dr Frank March, Chair of the InternetNZ .nz Oversight Committee (NZOC) says, “We’ve all been delighted at how fast the two hundred thousand figure has come round. On 8 April last year the number hit 150,000; the last 12 months has seen over 30,000 names added to the registry, that’s colossal growth.” Whilst the Office of the Domain Name Commissioner and the NZOC took over the oversight of the .nz register in October 2002, the register itself goes back to the early 1990’s when in March of ’94 it stood at just 272. Since then growth has been exponential and in recent years has averaged 20% a year. Says Dr March, “The shift to a competitive environment in 2002, including the implementation of a Shared Registry System has proven to be a very ...
17:09:09 September 26, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
200,000 gone, 800,000 to go!
Today The Office of the DNC announced that the 200,000th name was registered yesterday. They claim a press release was made but it is not on the DNC site, the InternetNZ site or on any the media sites that I track.
16:45:34 September 26, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
More on SSC quality control
This is a good one. On http://www.dns.govt.nz/contact_us.php it has (bold has been added): "You can provide feedback, make requests not covered by the standard forms or note problems either by calling NAME on 04 NUMBER, or entering the details in the form below." Your parents must really have hated you to call you 'NAME'. Must be really confusing...
19:41:30 September 19, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
Quality is Job 1.2b
I took a quick read of the terms and condtions of the SSC Registrar at http://www.dns.govt.nz/terms_and_conditions.php Well, I spent about 60 seconds skimming the page and found an interesting moderating issue and a duffus moronic issue. First the moronic one. We pay these people I assume right? Well then look at the 3rd bullet under Applicant Agencies will:. "Consider using the 4th level for names that may not meet criteria (e.g., Use transactions.ird.govt.nz rather than apply for ird-transactions.co.nz)" Excuse me, for this to make sense the last domain name should read ird-transactions.GOVT.nz. And now for something you think the moderator of .govt 2LD would know. A LATE is 'Local Authority Trading Enterprise'. Now, the thing is LATE's no longer exist and are now called Council Controlled Trading Organisations (CCTO) effective from the Local Government Act 2002. Gee, these guys are on the ball eh? What else is wrong that I did not pick on a first pass reading???
18:27:14 September 19, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC
All your .govts are belong to us!
I have been waiting more than a year for this. SSC has finally gone live with their registrar of .govt.nz domain names. Check out <a href="http://www.dns.govt.nz/">http://www.dns.govt.nz/</a> for your reading pleasure! It is rather heavy on the verbage so it will take a while to go through the entire site...
02:00:25 September 19, 2005, Monday (PDT) Source: Foxbane Ltd and Steven Heath: DNC