Vint Cerf at ICANN by Veni (CC BY 2.0)

Vint Cerf at ICANN by Veni (CC BY 2.0)

Internet Governance

U.S. Uses Domain Names As New Way to Regulate the Net

Appeared in the Toronto Star on September 27, 2010 as U.S. Uses Domain Names As New Way to Regulate the Net Governments have long sought ways to regulate Internet activity, whether for the purposes of taxation, content regulation, or the application of national laws.  Effective regulatory measures have often proven […]

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September 27, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

The CIRA Election – Cast Your Vote Now

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the agency that administers the dot-ca domain, is currently holding its annual board of directors election.  This is a particularly important year since there are five positions open (virtually guaranteeing considerable change at the board level) and the organization has finally begun to address the public interest side of its mandate.  I’ll be posting more on some of its announced plans soon, but I want to encourage all CIRA members to vote before the September 29th deadline.

In this election, CIRA members can vote for one member-nominated candidate and up to four nominating committee candidates.  I should note that this is a broken system as the nominating committee has created signicant board upheaval and loss of institutional memory.  Meanwhile the CIRA members are left to select only one of their nominated candidates.

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September 27, 2010 3 comments News


CIRA has taken on the Domain Registry of Canada, a registrar that has been accused of domain slamming. DROC has responded by suing CIRA for $10 million.

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September 23, 2010 2 comments News

CIRA and the Public Interest

Zak Muscovitch, a Toronto domain name lawyer running for the CIRA board, has an interesting article on the dot-ca administrator and the public interest.

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September 7, 2010 Comments are Disabled News

FTC Targets Canadian-based Domain Registration Scam

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has shut down a Canadian-based domain name registration scam based out of Toronto.  Thousands of businesses received fake domain name renewal notices from the scammers.

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August 18, 2010 4 comments News