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  • Joly MacFie 7:00 am on 02/03/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY/TOMORROW: Middle East DNS Forum #MEDNSF #ICANN 

    Middle East DNS ForumToday, Monday February 3 2014, and tomorrow Tuesday February 4 2014, the first ever Middle East DNS Forum is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Participants from ICANN, ISOC, Registries, Registrars, Registrants, ccTLDs, New gTLD Applicants, service providers, brand owners, and legal firms are attending the event with an aim to build bridges between interested parties in the region and world’s experts in the field; share experiences and best practices; inform the audience of what is taking place in the domain name industry at a global level, and of emerging business opportunities. The event is being webcast live, and remote participation is possible via ICANN Adobe Connect. Dubai is UTC+4 = 9 hours ahead of NYC.

    What: Middle East DNS Forum
    Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    When: February 3-4 2014
    Agenda: http://mednsf.org/en/agenda/
    Adobe Connect: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/mednsforum/
    Live audio: English | Arabic
    Twitter: #MEDNSF

     
  • Joly MacFie 3:37 pm on 03/03/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: DNS Explained #sopa #icann 

    An animated instructional video on the Domain Name System from dnsmadeeasy.com

     
  • Joly MacFie 6:09 pm on 12/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    @NCUC @ICANN to House – supporting #NetFreedom = rejecting #SOPA ! 

    NCUCTomorrow, December 15, 2011,  the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary will meet to markup and potentially vote in committee on H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” or SOPA. Today the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – of which ISOC-NY is a member – has written a letter to the House Committee expressing its profound concern with the proposed legislation, and the equivalent PROTECT-IP (PIPA) bill in the U.S. Senate, both of which would mandate the blocking and filtering of the Domain Name System (DNS).

    In particular, the NCUC is very concerned with the provisions in both Bills relating to Domain Name System (DNS) filtering. As identified by numerous technical, legal and policy experts:

    • DNS filtering is often proposed as a way to block illegal content consumption by end users. Yet policies to mandate DNS filtering will be ineffective for that purpose and will interfere with cross-border data flows and services undermining innovation and social development across the globe.
    • Filtering DNS or blocking domain names does not remove the illegal content – it simply makes the content harder to find. Those who are determined to download filtered content can easily use a number of widely available, legitimately-proposed tools to circumvent DNS filtering regimes. As a result, DNS filtering encourages the creation of alternative, non-standard DNS systems.
    • DNS filtering and blocking raises human right and freedom of expression concerns, and often curtails international principles regarding the rule of law, due process and justice. Some countries have employed DNS filtering and blocking as a way to restrict access to the global Internet and to curb free speech.
    • The United States has historically advocated for freedom of expression and has been a strong proponent of online Internet freedoms. The United States Government has a significant responsibility to balance its domestic obligations and their potential global impact, especially with respect to Internet policy. Given its commitment to global Internet freedom, it would be detrimental to the global Internet if the United States were to insist on such an approach.

    NCUC explains that the implications of legislation like PIPA and SOPA will be to have a negative impact upon the Internet’s design and can potentially create serious international political and legal problems. It will compromise Internet freedom held dearly by various organizations and institutions, like the OECD, the European Parliament, the Internet Society, and the Council of Europe – all of whom have committed to preserve this freedom and requested the United States to commit as well to preserving this freedom.

    The letter ends with an appeal to the Committee to consider the viewpoints also expressed by a multitude of actors and organizations and not support legislation that undermines the global Internet.

     
  • Joly MacFie 4:29 am on 12/13/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Joins Opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act #SOPA #PIPA #netfreedom 

    Policies mandating DNS filtering undermine the open architecture of the Internet and raise human rights and freedom of expression concerns

    [Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland – 12 December 2011] – The Internet Society Board of Trustees has expressed concern with a number of U.S. legislative proposals that would mandate DNS blocking and filtering by ISPs to protect the interests of copyright holders. While the Internet Society agrees that combating illicit online activity is an important public policy objective, these critical issues must be addressed in ways that do not undermine the viability of the Internet as a platform for innovation across all industries by compromising its global architecture. The Internet Society Board of Trustees does not believe that the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are consistent with these basic principles.

    Specifically, the Internet Society is concerned with provisions in both bills regarding Domain Name System (DNS) filtering. DNS filtering is often proposed as a way to block illegal content consumption by end users. Yet policies to mandate DNS filtering will be ineffective for that purpose and will interfere with cross-border data flows and services undermining innovation and social development across the globe.
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  • Joly MacFie 4:02 am on 12/13/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Video: What’s wrong with SOPA @StanfordCIS #SOPA #PIPA #netfreedom 

    On December 7 2011 the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School hosted a panel discussion – What’s Wrong With SOPA? – on the evils of the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently before Congress.

    Panelists:

    • Mark Lemley – William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
    • Josh Mendelsohn – Partner, Hattery
    • David Ulevitch – Founder & CEO, OpenDNS
    • Paul Vixie – Chairman and Chief Scientist, Internet Systems Consortium
    • Fred von Lohmann – Senior Copyright Counsel, Google
    • Albert Wenger – Partner, Union Square Ventures

    Moderator:

    • Anthony Falzone – Executive Director, Fair Use Project at the Center for Internet and Society

     
  • Joly MacFie 3:00 pm on 12/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Internet Society statement on DNS Filtering in the US # PIPA #SOPA 

    The Internet Society has noted with concern a number of U.S. legislative proposals that would mandate DNS blocking and filtering by ISPs in order to protect the interests of copyright holders. We agree with proponents of the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that combating illegal online activities is a very important public policy objective. However, policies that are enacted to achieve this goal must not undermine the viability of the Internet as a globally reachable platform. After close examination and consultation with the Internet community, we do not believe that the current U.S. legislative proposals are consistent with these basic principles.

    In particular, we are concerned with provisions in both laws regarding DNS filtering. DNS filtering is often proposed as a way to block illegal content consumption by end users. Yet policies to mandate DNS filtering have not proven to be effective – these approaches interfere with cross-border data flows and services undermining innovation and social development across the globe. In addition, DNS blocking raises significant concerns with respect to human rights and freedom of expression and may curtail fundamental international principles of rule of law and due process.

    The United States has an important leadership role when it comes to online Internet freedoms and should show the way when it comes to balancing local responsibilities and global impact, especially with respect to Internet policy.

    In short, the negative impact of DNS filtering far outweighs any short-term, narrow, legal, and commercial benefits. The Internet Society believes that sustained, global collaboration amongst all parties is needed to find ways that protect the global architecture of the Internet while combating illegal online activities. We must all work to support the principles of innovation and freedom of expression upon which the Internet was founded.

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  • Joly MacFie 8:57 am on 01/12/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Is there such a thing as “criminal contributory infringement”? #ICE #copyright #dns #freeculture 

    Mike Masnick of techdirt argues that recent seizures of domain names by Homeland Security’s Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) group have dubious legal validity. Even the Supreme Court’s embrace of the concept of “inducement as contributory infringement” in the Grokster case didn’t contemplate it as criminal activity.

    The actual seizure itself was handled clumsily, using outside contractors. The tracking of visitors to the seized sites contrary to government policy led many observers to initially conclude the whole thing was an elaborate hoax. This was compounded by the ICE delaying public statements so they could make a splash on “Black Monday”. Techdirt further noted in December just how inept and flimsy the case against one site – torrent-finder – was. If the standard – commercial sites that link to web items that advocate or facilitate filesharing – was applied across the board, the ICE would have to seize a large portion of the entire web!

     
    • joly 7:28 pm on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Jan 19:

      ICE director John Morton said Tuesday. In “every single case,” federal investigators were able to obtain materials that infringe copyright from the websites that had their domain names seized, Morton said during a speech at the Congressional Internet Caucus’ State of the ‘Net conference.

      The operators of Torrent-finder.com, a BitTorrent search engine, and two hip-hop music blogs, have questioned why their domain names were seized. ICE and the DOJ “spent a lot of time” examining the websites, and the agencies did not honor all of the requests to take action that they received from copyright holders, Morton said.

      The owners of those sites can challenge the seizures in court, Morton added. The seizures have also started a lively debate about copyright protections in the U.S., and “that’s a good thing,” he added.

      [Source: Computerworld

      • joly 3:57 am on 02/08/2011 Permalink | Reply

        The video of this is now online:

        Morton starts talking about domain takedowns at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWZY_LujUhc&feature=player_detailpage#t=328s

        • In all cases they obtained illicit goods via the sites before obtaining warrants.
        • He says they served the registries.
        • All seizures can be challenged in federal court.
        • After they seized 8 sites in June, 81 more sites shut down voluntarily.
        • One re-emerged under a different name. Working with UK police it was again shutdown.
        • Seizure banners have received 25m hits. Some sites got more hits after seizure.
        • After 131 referrals from industry they enforced 81 in November. (81 obviously a magic number)
        • Pirates don’t pay taxes or health care, invest in America.
        • Criticism provides publicity which is helpful..
        • Not interested in limiting speech or due process
        • Internet is not above the law.

        Then, in answer to question, about whther this set a bad example for Internet freedom in other countries.

        • All except 5 sites were selling counterfeit hard goods.
        • In the case of the 5 sites, special care taken to establish 1) content is illicit, and 2) knowingly supplied, in order to obtain court order.
  • Joly MacFie 4:09 am on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Internet Society issues statement re: Wikileaks 

    ISOC logoThe Internet Society has issued a statement criticizing recent technical efforts to suppress the Wikileaks website.

    It reads as follows:

    Recently, we have witnessed the effective disappearance from the Internet of a website made infamous through international press coverage and political intrigue.

    The Internet Society is founded upon key principles of free expression and non discrimination that are essential to preserve the openness and utility of the Internet. We believe that this incident dramatically illustrates that those principles are currently at risk.

    Recognizing the content of the wikileaks.org website is the subject of concern to a variety of individuals and nations, we nevertheless believe it must be subject to the same laws and policies of availability as all Internet sites.  Free expression should not be restricted by governmental or private controls over computer hardware or software, telecommunications infrastructure, or other essential components of the Internet.

    Resilience and cooperation are built into the Internet as a design principle. The cooperation among several  organizations has ensured that the impact on the Wikileaks organizational website has not prevented all access to Wikileaks material.  This further underscores that removal of a domain is an ineffective tool to suppress communication, merely serving to undermine the integrity of the global Internet and its operation.

    Unless and until appropriate laws are brought to bear to take the wikileaks.org domain down legally, technical solutions should be sought to reestablish its proper presence, and appropriate actions taken to pursue and prosecute entities (if any) that acted maliciously to take it off the air.

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  • Joly MacFie 5:38 am on 07/27/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Live audiocast: ISOC briefing panel “DNS, Secure at 27, what’s next?” Today 9.45am EST 

    A live audiocast of the ISOC briefing panel, “DNS, Secure at 27, what’s next?” being held in conjunction with IETF 78 on Tuesday, 27 July, 11:45am – 12:45pm CET (1345 UTC – 1445 UTC) will be available via WebEx.

    Panelists:

    + Leslie Daigle
    + Patrik Fältström
    + Lars-Johan Liman
    + Barry Leiba
    + Danny McPherson

     
  • Joly MacFie 2:37 pm on 12/03/2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Google has launched its own DNS Service.

    According to Lauren Weinstein they are committed to destroying records after 48 hrs, which would likely make them preferable privacy-wise to a lot of ISPs.

     
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