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The Whole World is Watching: From Net Neutrality to Open Internet

If you're reading this, you're by definition an interested party in the impending decision to be made by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding Net Neutrality. If you're an American citizen, it's up to you to influence what the FCC eventually does by sending your comments about the new rules it has proposed. We are sending ours in, contributing as founding members of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition's extensive submission, but your voice is also needed to move from weak Net Neutrality protections to the stronger Open Internet rules that the telecom companies can't get struck down in court.

Protest NSA mass surveillance: Add your voice

Since the start of 2012, when the SOPA legislation was defeated by a grassroots opposition movement led by large Internet companies, political power over the information resources that Internet represents has shifted. Ordinary people and the companies they use have become a force for change, or at least to oppose restrictions on individual rights. This week we have a chance to make a real difference again, in the critical area of reforming the law governing mass surveillance.

Online Privacy needs your help

here are disturbing revelations coming from a whistleblower about U.S. Government surveillance programs that track phone calls and our online communications. Even your so-called private messages via Skype or Facebook can be read by spy agencies under a secret program called PRISM, run by the NSA (National Security Agency). They will not stop unless we demand they stop. Can we count on you?






Gandi helps to found the Internet Infrastructure Coalition

A new organization is forming to fight for a free and open internet. Gandi is proud to be a founding member!

The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (I2Coaliton.com) has been created by more than 40 leading companies in the hosting industry. The mission is to help protect the Internet from improperly formulated regulation, like the SOPA/PIPA and CISPA legislation in the US, and to drive the investment, innovation, and openness that allows the Internet to be an engine for continued growth.

Of course, Gandi is a founding member!

Gandi took a position opposing SOPA and PIPA, and more recently CISPA. Our joining together with other organizations that also opposed this flawed legislation gives Gandi more of a voice in shaping policy, and helps us to achieve our goal of keeping the Internet safe for the free flow of information.

Gandi cares about our customers rights, and we want to see all our customers have a safe, rich, and uncensored online experience. These goals are shared by the I2C, who has made part of it's mission the education of law and policy makers about issues of privacy, freedom of information, security, and innovation. We at Gandi look forward to contributing our perspective to this important, powerful industry group.



DNSSEC at Gandi (UPDATED)

DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) is a way to secure a previously insecure protocol: DNS. The most technically adept among Gandi’s customer community have been asking for DNSSEC support for a long time, and now, we are pleased to say, it is available!


On the Management and Coherence - of the Internet

All of us here have seen this article, written by the head of EasyDNS, in which he gives his opinion as to the decision by Verisign, the operator of .com domains, to yield to the demand of the American judicial system.

The latter ordered them to forward two domain names to a page of their choice, specifically one that warns against online gaming and describes the legal actions taken by the authorities against the owners of those websites.

If I'm not mistaken, along with the MegaUpload affair, this is the second time that we have had to deal with this sort of thing.


TheRegister.co.uk comments on gandi's removal of SSL certificate for googlesharing.net

TheRegister.co.uk ( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/05/googlesharing_cert_revoked/ ) last night published an article describing how Gandi.net had enforced its policies by removing a certificate for a domain name googlesharing.net that had infringed on our terms and conditions in a number of ways. According to the article the known ‘hacker’ who admitted to falsifying his whois information on the registration was surprised that the certificate was removed.


Expert SEOs give their opinion on Liberalisation

Looks like our ICANN report has generated quite a bit of buzz. We've been covered in hundreds of online publications in 10+ different languages all over the world (summary will follow towards the end of the week).

But it seems we've hit a rich vein of SEO implications and generated a bit of buzz in that community. I've just come across this blog summarising the view of many of the SEO big boys. http://www.cornwallseo.com/search/2009/06/16/what-is-internet-liberalisation-and-why-should-you-care/

Interesting stuff and some good issues raised.

Jeff Behrendt says "The only clear winner of the proposed new TLDs is ICANN - at $185K per application, that’s a gravy train they are going to want to ride for many years."

That may be a little unfair. The fee is partly in place to make sure that ICANN can provide a good oversight to new extensions being created and protect trademark holders and general internet users from people setting up dodgy extensions or without the technical competency to run them. They've said this may come down (or up) as they get into the process. The fee should be high to ensure a higher quality of registry. This could be the beginning of the internet name space clear up, with higher standards leading to fewer squatted, speculative or advertising domains.

Michael Gray says - "In most cases opening the web up with more TLD’s is just going to create confusion for consumers". A point also made by Patrick Altoft about consumer confusion.

Well that seems to be what our consumers have said in our survey, so they agree. Though this liberalisation does open up the opportunity for specific TLDs and therefore potentially more simplicity and order. Michael's example of .movie is precisely along these lines, why have spiderman3themoive.com when you can have spiderman3.movie. The film industry could create this extension and protect its use solely for films. I think consumers could get used to that, and it will make more logical sense. More literal meaning to the name space. Roll on the sematic web. Tim Berners-Lee would be so proud ;-)

Hugo Guzman talks about the importance to big business - "The liberalization of domain extensions is already grabbing the attention of Fortune 500 companies".

This was supported by our research too. Still 2/3 were unaware this was happening, but those that did know were both excited and afraid of it, depending on which department you spoke to (e.g. excited = marketing, afraid = legal). Owning .brand could allow you to more effectively manage your brand as you create the association with customers that only sites on .brand are really yours. Though Steve Russell is right, this will cost a lot more than the $185k setup fee.

Anyway, food for thought, and thanks guys for your views.



Network Solutions Caught Red-Handed

Have you ever gone to register a domain name, only to discover that that between the time you made your whois search (perhaps you looked it up during your lunch break at work), and the time that you purchased it (say, when you came home in the evening), that the domain name was suddenly no longer available? That the domain name you once thought could be yours for 12 euros at Gandi was now being sold on a restricted basis for a higher price and at a different registrar?

Top Spammer Put Behind Bars

As you can read in the Spamhaus News, Robert Soloway, one of the world's most prolific spammers, was arrested yesterday by United States federal agents after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of identity theft, money laundering, and mail, wire, and e-mail fraud.

For those that follow the latest developments in the tug-of-war between spammers and anti-spammers, the announcement of Robert Soloway's arrest is welcome news. The putting behind bars of Mr. Soloway will definitely reduce the amount of spam received, and will serve as an example to other spammers, that such activity does not go unnoticed and unpunished.

Spam does not come out of the blue - indeed, there is a person behind each and every e-mail that is sent out, and these people are not beyond the arm of the law.

While Spamhaus and Gandi are working together in this fight against spam and providing the very information that law enforcement needs to protect your inbox and identity, you can also play a role.

By complaining to the registrars and web hosts that allow their services to be used by these criminals, and by contacting your local political representatives to encourage them to take action against spam and spammers, you too can be responsible for reducing the amount of unsolicited junk mail in the world.

I don't know about you, but having the absolute need for anti-spam filters on my e-mail accounts to putting iron bars over the windows of my house. Wouldn't it be nice if when "you got mail", it was actually from someone you hoped to hear from? :)


What's up? - week 02

Here are the changes made to Gandi since....oh my...a while now :)

  • New DNS system!
  • Optimization of the prepaid system for resellers
  • Installation of the new Mail servers (we have nearly tripled our capacity)

It's DNS.BE's turn for V2

The .be registry has just informed us that they will be shutting down their machines during a brief transition to the V2 of their technical platform tonite at midnight, and this - for un unknown length of time.
During this time, which may last at best several hours, or worse, a very long time or even worse than that (Murphy's law), all operations concerning .be domains will be suspended (if they depend on passing on a request to the registry of course).
We will let you know as soon as our Belgian friends plug it back in!