Content to review regarding the Proposed Framework for ICANN’s FY10 Operating Plan and Budget – comments due April 30th, 2009

Proposed Framework for ICANN’s FY10 Operating Plan and Budget

Read about the Proposed Framework at http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#op-budget-fy2010

Related Presentations/meetings held during ICANN Mexico meeting in March 2009

Monday, 2 March 2009 – Travel Support for Constituencies

http://mex.icann.org/node/2974

Thursday, 5 March 2009 – Workshop: Operating Plan

http://mex.icann.org/node/3131

Ministry of Public Administration consultation on the management of .tt ccTLD on Wednesday December 17th – what are your thoughts for .tt?

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has been invited by the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) to  a consultation on the .tt country code Top Level Domain policy this Wednesday. From the text of the invitation :

“The .tt ccTLD is the country code top level domain for Trinidad and Tobago. A country code top level domain is an Internet top-level domain, generally used or reserved for a country or a dependent territory. ccTLD identifiers are two letters long, and currently all two-letter top-level domains are ccTLDs. Creation and delegation of ccTLDs is performed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and generally corresponds to the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes maintained by the United Nations.

In some countries they are very popular (.de is the most popular, second only to .com in number of registrations), less so in others. Some countries use the ccTLD as a revenue generator (.tv) while others use it as a national resource and for country branding (.uk, .au). In general, .tt is little known either inside or outside the country, and there has been little interest among most of the local Internet stakeholders in its use or policies.

The Trinidad and Tobago government has been working on a process to develop a plan for local policy development for the Trinidad and Tobago ccTLD – .tt. It has been run for many years by the ttNIC (a local company), but the time has come to have a national consensus multi-stakeholder policy for the local management of this Internet resource, and an inclusive and transparent consultative process to get there.

The key objective of this consultation is to get the views of Internet stakeholders on the major policy issues that inform the management of the .tt ccTLD. Other objectives of this consultation include:

  • To present models for ccTLD management

  • To discuss guidelines and best practices for ccTLD management
  • To discuss potential for re-delegation of the .tt ccTLD from the current administrator (TTNIC)
  • To identify prioritised actions, processes and indicative schedules for developing the .tt ccTLD as a national resource”

There have been many posts on this to the TTCS discussion mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the page for the responses). Your thoughts?

Trinidad and Tobago Government to run .tt?

The Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) has advertised in the daily newspapers for positions in the Trinidad and Tobago Network Registry Centre (TTNRC).

Ministry of Public Administration ad for IT positions in the Trinidad and Tobago Network Registry Centre
Ministry of Public Administration ad for IT positions in the Trinidad and Tobago Network Registry Centre

What is the TTNRC? From the ad :

“The Trinidad & Tobago Network Registry Centre (TTNRC) is being established with primary responsibility for the administration of the Trinidad & Tobago Country Code Top Level Domain (.tt CCTLD) Registry. The TTNRC’s funclions include the development, operation and maintenance of a National Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure, including related technologies, policies and best practices, facilitating the expansion of online communication and information exchange and ultimately creating new channels for commerce. The TTNRC will be a functional department of the National ICT Centre within the Ministry of Public Administration.

The ad then lists three positions available (links take you to the Trinidad and Tobago Government Human Resource website)  :

The deadline date for applications is given as November 17th, 2008.

The implication from the notice implies that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago via TTNRC will (or wants to) administer and run the .tt ccTLD currently run by the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC).

For more background behind the running of .tt, read the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s “Interview with the TTNIC administrator

Fix found for net security flaw in DNS ; multiple DNS implementations vulnerable ; DNS testing tool available

From the BBC News Article : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7496735.stm :

Computer experts have released software to tackle a security glitch in the internet’s addressing system. The flaw, discovered by accident, would allow criminals to redirect users to fake webpages, even if they
typed the correct address into a browser. Internet giants such as Microsoft are now distributing the security patch. Security expert Dan Kaminsky said that the case was unprecedented, but added: “People should
be concerned but they should not be panicking.”

“We have bought you as much time as possible to test and apply the patch,” he said. “Something of this scale has not happened before.”

Mr Kaminsky discovered the error in the workings of the Domain Name System (DNS) about six months ago.

Other links :

How to apply word wrap to text files viewed in Mozilla Firefox

As mentioned before, many of the public ICANN meetings have transcripts available within hours after the meetings as text files. However, a disadvantage with viewing the ICANN New Delhi 2008 meeting transcripts with Mozilla Firefox such as the transcript for “Workshop: Update on Internet Governance” held on February 11th, 2008 is that the length of the lines of text are too long for the browser window requiring you to scroll left and right to read the transcript which gets confusing with the likely result that you stop reading the transcript online or try to insert the text in a word processor or text editor to word wrap the text.

If only there was a way to word-wrap the text in the browser window…………..

Well, there is an easy solution for Mozilla Firefox users which I discovered, thanks to Tero Karvinen’s article “Making preformated <pre> text wrap in CSS3, Mozilla, Opera and IE”

To word wrap text in text files displayed in Mozilla Firefox :

  1. Locate the sub-folder called chrome in your profile folder. See http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/edit#profile on how to find where Mozilla Firefox stores the profile folder for different operating systems.
  2. In this chrome subfolder, edit the text file “userContent.css” with a text editor (such as Notepad). Typically, this file does not exist by default. There is a userContent-example.css in this chrome sub-folder which you can rename to userContent.css
  3. Add the following line to userContent.css :
    pre { white-space: -moz-pre-wrap !important; }
  4. Save the file, and restart Firefox for the changes in userContent.css to take effect.

With this change, any text files you view in Mozilla Firefox will automatically be word-wrapped so that you don’t have to scroll left and right to read the text file.

ICANN New Delhi, India meeting from February 10th to 15th, 2008 – how you can participate

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 31st public meeting is being held in New Delhi, India from the 10th February 2008 to the 15th February, 2008. Visit the meeting site at http://delhi.icann.org/ where you can find the complete meeting schedule page where you can filter based on organisational interest (such as At-Large, GNSO, etc).

As in previous ICANN meetings, you can use Realplayer to view/listen to many of the ICANN meetings live. Note for Trinidad and Tobago, the time diffference is 9 hours and 30 minutes. So the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) meeting on Wednesday 13th February 2008 from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm is from 6am to 8am in Trinidad and Tobago.

screenshot of using RealPlayer to watch the webcast of ICANN’s welcome ceremony in New Delhi, India on Monday 11th February 2008

Often the presentations and relevant documents that are the subject of discussion at the meetings are available for download in PDF format while listening/watching the live stream. Also, such webcast meetings has a web based chat feature which allows you to ask questions and text chat during the meeting with other attendees who are logged in as well as with other remote participants. You can ask someone via the web chat to actually ask a question to the panel discussion. Do check out the ICANN Delhi, India meeting schedule page.

Network Solutions accused of Domain Name Front Running

Via /. is the story that Network Solutions Registers Every Domain Checked at their website. Any domain that is searched on Network Solutions’s website for availability is preemptively registered by Network Solutions if the domain is available. Network Solutions also hosts a webpage at the queried domain, thus forcing you to purchase the domain from Network Solutions instead of another registrar.

The recent ICANN Los Angles meeting of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) had a discussion on this (the video is still up) and had issued an advisory (PDF ; 197K) seeking comments from the public on whether domain name front running takes place.

I’ve recorded a video today (January 8th, 2008) in real-time, showing that the process occurs less than 2 minutes after querying Network Solutions for a domain.

 

The domain in the video queried at Network Solutions is http://ttcs-domain-testing-test-from-trinidad-and-tobago.com/

Network Solutions has responded to the accusations of domain name front running, calling the pre-emptive domain registeration “a security measure to protect our customers” and that the domain is released just before the end of the 5 day grace period.

(Edit Jan 9th, 2008 – minor edit to 1st paragraph and added more details on Network Solutions response)

Redelegation of ccTLD for .BB ( Barbados) to Barbados Government

From http://www.icann.org/minutes/prelim-report-20nov07.htm :

Redelegation of ccTLD for .BB ( Barbados)

Kim Davies advised by way of background for new Board members that the board is regularly asked to approve redelegations of ccTLDs and in more recent times there has been at least one per Board meeting for consideration. IANA Staff prepares a report that provides a recommendation to the Board. The report is considered confidential but
on approval by the Board a version of the report is made public on the website. Some portions of the analysis of the request for redelegation are not made public.

The redelegation application for .BB ( Barbados) meets all of the necessary criteria. The current operator supports the transfer as does the Government, who is the proposed operator. There is limited support from the local Internet community; however, Staff have visited Barbados and discussed matters locally. Staff also met with the proposed operators at ICANN’s San Juan meeting. Currently the nameservers do not meet the technical test; however, these will be made more robust, and Staff recommends the redelegation be approved.

IANA will review nameservers performance to ensure compliance if the Board approves the request.

Steve Goldstein moved, and Demi Getschko seconded the following resolution:

Whereas, the .BB top-level domain is the designated country-code for Barbados.

Whereas, ICANN has received a request for redelegation of .BB to the Government of Barbados Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development’s Telecommunications Unit.

Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the request, and has determined that the proposed redelegation would be in the best interest of the local and global Internet communities.

It is hereby resolved (___), that the proposed redelegation of the .BB domain to the Government of Barbados Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development’s Telecommunications Unit is approved.

A voice vote was taken of all Board Members present and all Board Members present approved the motion unanimously by a vote of 13 to 0.

TTCS pizzalime on Monday 12th November 2007

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having a pizzalime on Monday November 12th, 2007 from 6pm to 9pm at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout.

Come join us as we eat and chat about various computer matters, including :

and more…

Persons interested in computers and related technology are welcome to attend. A contribution of $30 towards refreshments is expected.

Copies of TTCS OSSWIN CD and Ubuntu will be available for $20 TT.  See you there!

ICANN Los Angeles 2007 meeting from October 27th-November 2nd, 2007 – how you can participate

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 30th meeting is being held at Los Angeles. As always, a variety of Internet related matters will be discussed. The main meeting page is at http://losangeles2007.icann.org/ where you can view the meeting events sorted either by committees/organisations (GNSO, At-Large, NCUC, etc…..), subject topic (ccTLD, IPv6, IDN, gTLDs, etc) or by type (working groups, public forums, webcasts) and of course by day.

Several meetings are webcast, meaning you can view/listen to the meeting live. You will need to install the Real Player to listen to the audio stream or the video stream.

Note that for Trinidad and Tobago, there is a three hour difference between the stated times. So for example the ccNSO meeting on Tuesday 30th October, 2007 from 9am to 5pm is from 12noon to 8pm in Trinidad. Often the presentations and relevant documents are available for download in PDF format so you can follow the presentation while listening to the audio.

The installation of the Real Player on Windows was uneventful and I noticed no problems. I listened to the Monday 29th October 2007 GNSO Workshop on New gTLDs meeting and it went well on my 256kbits/s ADSL connection.

Many meetings, including those that are webcast also has a web based chat feature which allows you to ask questions and well, chat during the meeting with other attendees who are logged in as well as with other remote participants. You can ask someone via the web chat to actually ask a question to the panel discussion.

Many of the meetings, especially the public and webcast ones are transcribed and meeting transcripts are made available soon after the meetings. So check out the ICANN Los Angeles Meeting page.