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)