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The Basics of Presence
Your website has become a very important and essential tool for business. A website is your "Business Face" in the Public Eye. We all know we have to have a website, but are we using this venue to its greatest advantage? The design of your website should not be taken lightly, its budget should not be an afterthought, and the designer you hire should be someone who understands more than code. Your Web-designer should be a multimedia-marketing advisor, someone who can counsel you how best to deliver your marketing message, and someone who can go beyond technical issues.
There are many questions one can ask. How many orders are you losing because of bad layout, awkward design, confusing navigation, and poor copy? How many potential clients have you chased away because you haven't put the correct Contact information on ? The real question is do we have an effective website? Do you really know how effective your site is? Does it do its job?
Every website should have a clearly defined purpose. Having a website just because everyone else has one is not an acceptable strategy. What is your website's purpose? Your website is a communication tool. If your website doesn't work properly, the only thing you're communicating is incompetence. How functional is your website? Does your website represent and promote your marketing objectives? Marketing is about communicating who you are, what you do, and why you do it better than someone else. Marketing is about image building, branding, and positioning, in other words, enhancing your business personality.
Websites are all about connecting you to your clients and customers. Visitors shouldn't just see your website, they should experience it. Is your website an experience? Do You Know Who You Are and What You Really Do?
Websites need to be what we call "Search Engine Friendly"!
Search Engine Spiders can be extremely slow to index new information, so be patient! It may take months to see your changes affect your search engine ranking. Remember, a website is a dynamic marketing tool that you are building over time…over TIME! Treat it well, give it a little love and attention, and your long-term rewards will be well worth your efforts! Look at your Web marketing plan as a long term effort. New sites are in Google's sandbox for 6 to 12 months or more, and it will take time and effort to be viewed as more relevant than the sites that are already online. Because of how Search is "Designed" now your "Website Landing Page" could be any number of pages on your Websites. Images, videos and articles are all parts of your site that could be creating more of a "Presence" for your company if they were "optimized." Pay attention to your image ALT tags, captions and surrounding text so your images show up. Be sure to have keyword-rich descriptions with your images and use descriptive names for your files as well. Remember - Content is KING & Linking is QUEEN !
"Getting Listed" in Search Engines does NOT HAPPEN OVER NIGHT ! It takes time !!!
"The Internet is a work in progress. It feeds and grows off ideas, and new ideas greatly affect its direction. Its most influential contributors are those who can see the possibilities that others don't. And the most powerful are those whose ideas trigger the imagination of others" ... CEO Rod Beckstrom, addressing the Russian Internet Governance Forum in Moscow last May
Presence on the Internet
Each Website is our attempt at achieving some goal. Behind each Website is a story of that unique individual. Humanity is the story behind each Website. Each Website can have a Story, Dream, Emotion, Feeling, Product, Service, or Journey to walk a Path. The Internet and World Wide Web is one's humanity on the move - Tools of Life that help us to achieve those goals.
The Internet and World Wide Web are two systems within a system. These two Giants are the tools we use in our everyday life to obtain each goal. Whether it is for a Personal or Business goal - they both head in the same direction. Sharing thoughts within this "Spiders World" will enhance our future possibilities and provide technological advances in software and the tools we sometimes take for granted.
Have you ever thought just why one has the particular Website that you are looking at? What we need to think about is - where is the journey going to take us? What will we learn because of it? And what will we share to make our Life accomplished?
The Internet and World Wide Web are growing at an amazing speed. And we are part of that speed and growth. In learning how to achieve a balance within this massive system can test our humanity, and sometimes our resolve. The Search Engines and Directories are part of this expansive Web System. Today, we will try to explain the System within the System, and make Humanity more interesting and understandable.
Good Keywords - ISBN Tools - Check Domain - Translation Central - Language Trainers - Awasu
Women and Intellectual Property
Women have long been known to have made important contributions in the visual and performing arts, in music and in literature, even if they may not have always received the recognition they deserved. As a United Nations Specialized Agency - WIPO is committed to these goals. Around the world, in indigenous, nomadic and agricultural communities, it is frequently women who have been and continue to be entrusted with safeguarding and transmitting traditional knowledge and folklore. It is important that these contributions be recognized and protected where appropriate. Today, women constitute about 55% of the world's population. If one of the great achievements of the 20th century was that women gained access to all fields of economic, commercial and intellectual activity, one of the major challenges of the 21st century is to ensure that women gain equal opportunities of access, advancement and recognition.
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The Humanity of Presence
In today's world, a website is one of the most important tools for marketing at your disposal, and should be treated as such, especially if you have products or services to offer. Research is a very important aspect of having a website and the presence you are looking for on the Internet and World Wide Web! Most who want a website do not realize the potential a website has, or how beneficial it can be to their business.
I always use this example when explaining websites in relation to business. Say you want to open a business on main street USA. You are so concerned about the "Interior" of your building, and getting everything set-up and organized to do business, that you forget about the front of the building. How important is it for people to find your business and you? What should you plan for in relation to obtaining business, researching the area, the demographics and the business itself? How do you go about promoting yourself and your business? Where do you start first?
Having a Business is like having a Website. If you don't put a sign out front, no one will know you are there - they will peek in and wonder what is going on, what is going in there, and they will continue to walk by. If you don't submit your Website to a Search Engine (your sign on the Internet), they will not be able to view your Website, or find you on the Internet. Your Website has to be optimized for the best performance in order for those to locate you on the Web! Just as your Sign out in front of your business needs to be attractive and interesting to lore customers into your business. Signs and Logos are very important and need to portray you ultimately in a unique way.
Those wanting Websites do not realize that it takes anywhere from 24 hours to over a year to be listed into some of the search engines and directories that are in the Internet and World Wide Web. It is best to submit your site in a manual manner so as to correctly advertise your site and get it listed within the search engine world. Automatic submission is not always the best the route to take - while it may seem quicker, all search engines require different submissions of information.
Research your domain name. Research your business. Research the demographics. Research Key Words that you will use to describe your website and business. Research your competition. Research the description of your business. After you have done all this, then you can prepare yourself to have a unique, and interestingly different Website. Submit to each one of the search engines and directories individually. Keep a listing of the ones submitted to. Check your links once a week. Link to other businesses like yours. Link to the Search Engines and Directories. Keep the content current on your website. Use Press Releases to promote your site and business. Get yourself a "BLOG" and promote using "RSS".
Single linking and reciprocal linking is valuable for your site. A website is not just something you build and leave up without making any changes to it. You need to stay on top of it, keep it current and active, and keep promoting it. The use of Signatures on email; E-CARDS; written letters; Press Releases; Newsletters and E-Zines - all make a difference in promoting your business.
In conclusion, one of the most valuable tools that comes along with your website is the "Website Statistics"... This is seen by the Webmasters or Hosting Company of your website. They should be providing you a monthly copy of the "Website Statistic Report" that goes along with your website. The information this provides is invaluable to anyone who wants to promote their website fully. Ask your Webmaster for a copy today!
Plan Ahead... Research... Build your Website...
- Design Your Title, Description, Keyword, Robot and Author Tags to match your website - Not the Internet in general...
- Make your Website easy on the EYES...
- Browser compatability and Screen Size...
- Make Your Website Easy to Navigate...
- Make Your Website Professional and Appropriate for your Related Business...
- Constantly research the Competition...
- Make use of your Website Statistics...
Asia Pacific Network Information Center - American Registry for Internet Numbers - Lists all the ccTLDs
The Internet's Network Information Center - The World Wide Web Consortium - Lists all the gTLDs
The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry - The Internet Engineering Task Force
Canadian Internet Registration Authority - DNS Resources Directory - The Publisher of the RFCs
Public Internet Registry - Alerta Website Location Speed - Verisign
Founded in 1994 by Stanford Ph.D. students David Filo and Jerry Yang, Yahoo! began as a hobby and has evolved into a leading global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share, and create.
By January of 1996, Co-Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had begun collaboration on a search engine called BackRub, named for its unique ability to analyze the "back links" pointing to a given website. In September 1998, Google Inc. opened its door in Menlo Park, California.
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The Basics to Start
What do Search Engines look for ?
- A Meta Tag Set-up consisting of the following: Title Meta Tag... Description Meta Tag... Keywords Meta Tag... Author Meta Tag... Robot Meta Tag...Revisit Meta Tag... Copyright Meta Tag...
- Site Map...
- Alternate Tags on any kind of Graphic...
- Header Tags...
- Relevant Inbound & Outbound Links related to your Website...
- Your Content...
The Title Tag - The first and most important tag to consider is the Title Tag. You should always begin the Title tag with the keyword that you are targeting. Also remember that the search engines are going to display the Title tag while they are displaying the results of a search.
Meta Description Tag - The Meta Description Tag is used by many search engines to provide a short description of the page that is listed in the search results. The rules for the Meta Description are more or less the same as those for the Title Tag. However, the content of this tag will generally be longer than that of the Title. This Tag must match the Title Tag.
Meta Keywords Tag - The Meta Keywords tag has become more and more important as far as search engine optimization is concerned. The rules for the Meta Keywords tag are pretty simple - don't repeat any keyword in the Meta Keywords tag more than three times and don't repeat any keyword one after the other. This Tag must match both the Title and Description Tags.
Meta Author Tag - This is an important tag that tells the Search and Directory who wrote the Website.
Meta Robots Tag - This tag gives the Search and Directory a path to follow, directions as to what to do with your Website.
Example Website Meta Tag Set-up. This goes at the TOP of your Website Page:
<Top of Website Page>
<title>Add Your Website Title Here</title>
<meta name="description" content="Add Website Description Content Here">
<meta name="keywords" content="Add Website Keywords Here">
<meta name="author" content="Add Website Author Name Here">
<meta name="robots" content="index, follow">
<meta name="revisit-after" content="1 Week">
<meta name="language" content="EN">
<meta name="copyright" content="Add Copyright & Trademark Info Here">
<meta name="rating" content="general">
***Always remember - when you finish building your Website, you must submit the Site to the Search Engines manually - each Search Engine requires their own specific Website Information from your Site. You do not have to pay for this, however, only a handful of Search Engines do require a payment. This is not a requirement to get your Site listed On-Line. And each Search Engine has it's own time line as to when, or even if, they will grant your Site a listing. You must have patience for this process***
Search Engine Land - WebProWorld - Twellow - Meta Tag Generator - Keyword Popularity Checker
TCP - Transmission Control Protocol
IP - Internet Protocol
NII - National Information Infrastructure
ISP - Internet Service Provider
DNS - Domain Name Servers
URL - Uniform Resource Locator
SGML - Standard General Markup Language
HTML - Hypertext Markup Language
XHTML - Extensible Hypertext Markup Language
XML - Extensible Markup Language
SSI - Server-Side Include
SHTML - File name extension that identifies web pages containing SSI commands
CGI - Common Gateway Interface
API - Application Programming Interface
RSS - Really Simple Syndication
PDF - Portable Document Format
SEO - Search Engine Optimization
SEM - Search Engine Marketing
SET - Secure Electronic Transaction
Search engines do not really search the World Wide Web directly. Each one searches a database of web pages that it has harvested and cached. When you click on links provided in a search engine's search results, you retrieve the current version of the page. Search engine databases are selected and built by computer robot programs called "spiders". These "crawl" the web, finding pages for potential inclusion by following the links in the pages they already have in their database. If a web page is never linked from any other page, search engine spiders cannot find it. The only way a brand new page can get into a search engine is for other pages to link to it, or for a human to submit its URL for inclusion. All major search engines offer ways to do this. After spiders find pages, they pass them on to another computer program for "indexing." This program identifies the text, links, and other content in the page and stores it in the search engine database's files so that the database can be searched by keyword and whatever more advanced approaches are offered, and the page will be found if your search matches its content. Many web pages are excluded from most search engines by policy. The contents of most of the searchable databases mounted on the web, such as library catalogs and article databases, are excluded because search engine spiders cannot access them. All this material is referred to as the "Invisible Web" -- what you don't see in search engine results. Searchable Databases: IPL - Infomine
Truncation lets you search by the first few letters of a word...
Proximity Search lets you find terms NEAR each other or NEXT to each other...
Phrase Search is placing search term "double quotes" for a more specific search result...
Popularity Ranking emphasizes pages most heavily linked from other pages...
Meta Search Engines - Yippy - DogPile - Surfwax - Copernic
ICANN Mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN Coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.
Jun. 14, 2010...Bulk Transfer of Domain Names from Mobiline and Western United to NamesBeyond... ICANN has authorized the bulk transfers of Mobiline USA, Inc.'s and Western United Domains, Inc.'s gTLD domain names to 2030138 Ontario Inc. (dba NamesBeyond.com), due to a compliance action taken by ICANN that resulted in the de-accreditation of registrars Mobiline USA, Inc. (dba domainbonus.com) and Western United Domains, Inc.
Aug. 24, 2010... Bulk Transfer of Domain Names from Lead Networks Domains to Answerable.com... ICANN has authorized the bulk transfer of Lead Networks Domains Pvt. Ltd.’s gTLD domain names to Answerable.com (I) Pvt. Ltd., in response to a request from Lead Networks to designate Answerable.com as the gaining registrar for this bulk transfer effective upon the termination of Lead Network’s RAA, and in accordance with ICANN’s Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy and Procedures.
Sept. 10, 2010... ICANN has modified its Registrar Accreditation Application... The new application, which is effective immediately, represents the first significant change in 10 years to the application process, and was introduced to meet requirements in the new Registrar Accreditation Agreement adopted in 2009. Additional enhancements to the screening process were included based on community input that called for the strengthening of the requirements for registrar accreditation, and to address changes that have arisen in the registrar marketplace. The new application remains consistent with the Statement of Registrar Accreditation Policy. In addition to enhancing the screening process, the new application has been designed to assist applicants with a fuller set of instructions and questions that are easier to understand and to answer more completely. These modifications to the Registrar Accreditation Application were preceded by several changes to the registrar accreditation and information pages on the ICANN website, which together constitute the first steps in an on-going improvement process. ICANN will continue to seek community input on additional application due diligence review procedures and the implementation of a set of terms and conditions to further improve the registrar accreditation screening and approval process. ICANN plans to introduce these additional measures for discussion within the community in the coming months. The new form is effective for all applications that are initiated as of today. Applications using the old form which were initiated prior to today will be accepted until 1 October 2010. In addition, the new application must be used by any entity that wishes to be the transferee for an existing registrar accreditation. The application fee remains the same for new applicants and now also applies to those applying to transfer an existing accreditation.
Oct. 6, 2010... Bulk Transfer of 4Domains's Domains to Internet.bs... ICANN has authorized a bulk transfer of 4Domains, Inc.'s gTLD domain names to Internet.bs Corp., due to a compliance action taken by ICANN that resulted in the de-accreditation of registrar 4Domains.
Nov. 1, 2010... ICANN Location Recommendations Now Being Accepted for ICANN's 2012 Meeting in North America... ICANN is actively seeking a location for its 45th meeting to be held 14-19 October 2012 in North America. Those in the geographic region are invited to submit recommendations for specific locations to hold the event. These recommended venues, along with others in the region that meet the selection criteria, will be considered. The final location for the ICANN Meeting will then be selected through the evaluation of both community-recommended and ICANN-identified locations. Interested parties are encouraged to review the Meeting Selection Criteria, which will be used to guide the evaluation of both community-recommended and ICANN-identified meeting locations. Elements such as cost of the meeting for ICANN and the community, convenience to international airports, availability of sufficient hotel guest rooms in or near the venue, meeting facilities, network infrastructure, personal safety of meeting participants, and total level of financial support will be considered by ICANN in making its final selection of a meeting site. Those interested in submitting a recommendation for a location to host the Meeting, or a proposal for host-level financial support in North America, are encouraged to submit the online Meeting Location Recommendation Form. Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010.
Nov. 2, 2010... FY11 Travel Support Guidelines Version 2 and Cartagena Travel Summary... The updated Travel Support Guidelines v2 are now posted. This updated version describes a change in how supported constituent stakeholder travelers may book transportation to/from an ICANN Meeting starting with the 40th ICANN Meeting in North America in San Francisco, California this coming March 2011. A public session will be held at the ICANN Meeting in Cartagena in December to discuss the changes. Also posted on the same webpage is the Travel Summary for Cartagena. This document is updated and posted prior to each ICANN meeting, and provides the guidelines for that particular meeting on travel costs and expenses per supported constituency.
Nov. 3, 2010... Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT): Draft Proposed Recommendations for Public Comment...
The Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) issues this request for Public Comment on a set of draft proposed Recommendations [PDF, 897 KB] that it has developed as part of its review of ICANN’s execution of its commitments to accountability and transparency under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC). The ATRT is required to provide final Recommendations to the ICANN Board no later than December 31, 2010. The draft proposed recommendations are based on the public comments and inputs received to date, interactions with the ICANN Community at the 37th ICANN meeting in Brussels, interviews, fact-finding and analysis by the ATRT. They are also based on input from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The Berkman Center was selected to act as an Independent Expert, as provided by the AoC, and was asked by the ATRT to provide its own analysis focusing on the provisions of paragraph 9.1 of the AoC. The Berkman Center conducted primary and secondary research including a set of case studies and a series of interviews to produce a Final Report which is attached as Appendix A. The ATRT considered the recommendations in the Berkman Center’s Final Report [PDF, 3.92 MB] as it developed the draft proposed Recommendations that are being published for Public Comment. Translations of the Berkman Center Final Report are being prepared and will be promptly issued. The Public Comment period will be open for 30 days and will close on December 3, 2010. Under the AoC, the ATRT must consider public comments in response to these draft proposed Recommendations before submitting its Final Recommendations to the Board. As such, a 30 day public comment period will provide the ATRT adequate time to consider public comment prior to the issuance of its Final Recommendations to the ICANN Board. The ATRT will continue to maintain the active email input mechanism on its site to allow the public to provide input to the ATRT covering issues beyond the proposed draft recommendations. The email input mechanism will be closed concurrent with the close of the Public Comment period for the proposed recommendations on December 3, 2010. The ATRT will hold a public forum on Monday, December 6, 2010 at the ICANN meeting in Cartagena, Colombia to hear from the public concerning the draft proposed recommendations and the work of the ATRT. A time for the public forum will be scheduled. Please refer to the ICANN website for further details.
Nov. 4, 2010... The Interim Trust Anchor Repository... is now being retired from service. Starting today, no new listings will be accepted by the service. Later this month, existing listings will be removed; with the entire service turned off early next year. Since the beginning of 2009, ICANN has operated a service known as the Interim Trust Anchor Repository (ITAR). This allowed top-level domain operators who use DNSSEC to publish their trust anchor in absence of a signed DNS root zone. On 15 July 2010, the DNS root zone was signed, and in the following months TLD operators have transitioned to using it. With the last remaining TLDs transitioning to the signed root zone, the ITAR is no longer required. The service was a successful bottom-up collaboration with the Internet community. ICANN was asked to operate the service to help DNSSEC adoption during its initial phases. During its lifetime, the ITAR supported over a hundred listing requests for dozens of top-level domains that were early adopters of DNSSEC. The operational experience ICANN gained in operating ITAR also helped inform the roll-out of the signed DNS root zone. The expected date for existing listings to be removed is 18 November 2010, with the service fully retired in January 2011. These dates are subject to adjustment based on operational requirements or community feedback.
Nov. 4, 2010... Pre-Cartagena ICANN Policy Update Webinar Invitation... In order to participate, please RSVP via email to the GNSO Secretariat to receive the call details. Whether you plan to participate in the upcoming ICANN meeting in Cartagena remotely or in person, you're invited to a quick reminder of the background and current status of each major policy issue currently under discussion in ICANN. The ICANN Policy Staff will provide a briefing on Monday 22 November at 14.00 and 20.00 UTC, summarizing policy issues across the different ICANN Supporting Organizations, namely the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and Address Supporting Organization (ASO). Amongst other topics, updates will be provided on:
Vertical Integration Policy Development Process (GNSO)
Registration Abuse Policies Recommendations (GNSO)
Registrar Accreditation Agreement (GNSO)
WHOIS Studies (GNSO)
Internationalized Domain Names PDP (ccNSO)
Delegation and Re-delegation Working Group (ccNSO)
Global policy for handling IPv4 address space (ASO)
The two sessions are duplicates, scheduled to accommodate different time zones. Each session, scheduled to run for 90 minutes, will be conducted in English only. The meeting will be run in Adobe Connect with a slide presentation along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.
Participants will have opportunity to ask questions at the end of each session. During the course of the webinar, questions may be submitted using the chat function of Adobe Connect. If you are not able to participate in either of the live sessions, the slides and MP3 will be made available shortly after the meeting. The policy staff is always available to answer any questions that you email. Please indicate which call you would like to join, 14.00 UTC or 20.00 UTC ( convert those times into your local time ) . We will send you an e-mail reminder before the event with log-in and dial-in details. Please DO NOT RSVP to any other ICANN staff members e-mail address.
Dec. 5-10, 2010... 39th International ICANN Meeting - Cartagena, Colombia... Our bylaws are very important to us. They capture our mission of security, stability and accessibility, and compel the organization to be open and transparent. Strategic Plan 2010-2013 - Adopted FY11 Operating Plan and Budget
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ISOC - Internet Society
The Internet Society-ISOC is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. ISOC is the organisational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet's premier technical standards body. With offices in Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world.
Jun. 23, 2010... The Internet Society today announced that it has deployed DNSSEC, a set of extensions to the domain name system that provides a level of assurance, for its ISOC.org domain. The announcement builds on today’s announcement by the Public Interest Registry that they have implemented DNSSEC for the entire .ORG top-level domain. “We are pleased to be among the first organisations in the .ORG top level domain to deploy DNSSEC, as DNSSEC provides an important building block for increasing user confidence in the Internet”, said Lynn St.Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society. “Implementing DNSSEC for the .ORG top-level domain is an important step in ensuring the global Internet serves as a trusted channel for communication and collaboration and we applaud the Public Interest Registry's efforts in this area”. DNSSEC ensures the integrity of domain name data, complementing technologies such as SSL, which ensures the integrity of the content of a webpage’s transmission. “DNSSEC acts like tamper-proof packaging to make sure that when you type in the website name of your bank you actually get the server IP address your bank wants you to use, ” said Leslie Daigle, Chief Internet Technology Officer of the Internet Society. “In this way, DNSSEC allows us to have more confidence in the online activities that are increasingly becoming a part of our lives at work, home, and school.” DNSSEC technology used today is the result of careful protocol engineering and standardisation within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the premier Internet standards body in the world; implementation by various DNS vendors; and operational trials by DNS operators. In addition to .ORG, DNSSEC is currently implemented by several country-specific top-level domains: Brazil (.br), Bulgaria (.bg), Czech Republic (.cz), Puerto Rico (.pr), and Sweden (.se). Info Contact - Greg Wood, Media Contact, Internet Society wood @ isoc.org 1-703-439-2145 cell 1-703-625-3917
Three New Internet Society Chapters... The Internet Society formally recognised three new Chapters at the recent Board of Trustees on 19-20 June 2010. The three to be recognised were the ISOC Uruguay Chapter, the India Bangalore Chapter and the Lebanon Chapter. This brings the total number of ISOC Chapters around the world to 87. Details of the ISOC Board of Trustees meeting including the Presidents report.
New York - Contributed by Joly McFie... The Internet Society New York Chapter is acting as fiscal sponsor for HackNY, a project to steer NYC computer science students into software internships rather than financial services over the summer. Funding for the project, originally titled "Keep Kids off the Street", is provided by the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based nonprofit that encourages entrepreneurship. Project co-manager NYU Professor Evan Korth is also the ISOC-NY Vice President.
Colorado - Contributed by Chris Grundemann... *Rocky Mountain v6 Summit*... The Rocky Mountain v6 Summit (RMv6) Summit was a great event and a huge success for the ISOC Colorado Chapter! There were 250+ registered attendees and based on the seat availability in the hall, they all showed up for just about every session! There were some excellent talks covering many high level aspects of IPv6 and the impending transition from IPv4 to IPv6. The caliber of speakers was high and the content was great. Perhaps even more valuable to the ISOC Colorado Chapter as a sponsor of the event was the enthusiastic attendees and fabulous hallway conversations. We were able to talk to a large number of key players in the Colorado IT and ISP industries including folks from many of Colorado's leading Universities. We also gained a dozen new members at the event!
ISOC Colorado Chapter Wiki... The ISOC Colorado Chapter has launched a wiki to help us start projects and foster collaboration. The wiki is open to everyone and we highly encourage folks from all over the world to take a look and to participate. We currently only have one active project on the wiki but hope to change that soon, perhaps with your help! The wiki is based on MediaWiki software and all content is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.
Internet User Best Common Practices... The purpose of the Internet User BCP project is to gather and create a repository of information on how to be a good Netizen. In other words; how to be a safe and responsible Internet user. We want to use this information, once gathered and verified, to do two things: The first is to create simple and accessible resources for the general population. Ask yourself the question: "How would I explain proper Internet behavior and online habits to my parents, my grandparents, to my child?" That explanation (in an easily reproducible format) is exactly what we are trying to come up with! The second prong of our effort is to identify existing gaps in user privacy, safety and security and spread this information to those who can solve the problems. That is, to find the opportunities for action and either address them directly or, at least, expose them to others who are in positions to create positive change (standards bodies, software developers, hardware designers and possibly law enforcement and/or policy makers). The ISOC Colorado Chapter would like to invite everyone to participate in this project, sign up on the wiki today!
US Colorado - Contributed by Chris Grundemann... After a month long vote, open to all members, the Internet Society Chapter of Colorado has officially adopted a mission statement : "The Internet Society Chapter of Colorado seeks to harness the great resources of this region in order to perpetuate the open evolution of the Internet for the advancement of human knowledge and communication, here in Colorado and around the world." The statement received support from just over 80% of the respondents. The Internet Society Chapter of Colorado is now a Certified ICANN At-Large Structure. We believe that this is a great step forward in supporting our newly adopted mission statement. By becoming an ICANN ALS we can now better support the participation of individual Internet users in our region in all relevant ICANN efforts.
Nov. 15, 2010... For Internet Society Members-Internet Society Fellowships... The Internet Society has announced that it is inviting applications for its latest Internet Society Fellowships to the IETF, part of its Next Generation Leaders-NGL programme. The Fellowship programme allows engineers from developing countries to attend an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting. As you know, the IETF is the Internet's premier standards-making body, responsible for the development of protocols used in IP-based networks. IETF participants represent an international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers involved in the technical operation of the Internet and the continuing evolution of Internet architecture. Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive application process. The Internet Society Fellowships to the IETF are sponsored by Afilias, Google, Microsoft, and Intel. The Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders programme is sponsored by Nominet Trust, the Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération (AFNIC), and the European Commission. I encourage you to pass on information about this program to individuals involved in your network that have a keen interest in the Internet standardisation activities of the IETF. Fellowship applications for both IETF meetings are due by 17 December 2010. The Internet Society is currently accepting fellowship applications for the next two IETF meetings: *IETF 80, 27 March - 1 April, Prague, Czech Republic & *IETF 81, 24 - 29 July, Quebec City, Canada. If you have questions, please do not hesiate to contact Connie J. Kendig, Internet Society, kendig @ isoc.org
National Do Not Call Registry
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched the National Do Not Call Registry to give Americans a choice about getting telemarketing calls at home.
Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. More than 157 million phone numbers are on the National Do Not Call Registry. Under the Act, the Federal Trade Commission will continue to remove telephone numbers that have been disconnected and reassigned to other customers. Consumers can delete their telephone numbers from the registry at any time by calling 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236) – the call must be made from the telephone number they wish to delete. The Do-Not-Call Fee Extension Act of 2007 also was enacted, setting the annual fees telemarketers will pay to access the registry in fiscal year 2009 at $54 for each area code of data accessed or $14,850 for access to every area code in the registry, whichever is less. Telemarketers may access the first 5 area codes of data at no charge, and certain exempt organizations will continue to access all data at no charge. For each fiscal year beginning after fiscal year 2009, the fees will be increased at the rate of change of the consumer price index, unless the change is less than 1 percent, in which case the fees will not be adjusted.
Are You Getting Telemarketing Calls You Don’t Want? Here's How to Stop Them!
The FTC enters Consumer Complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.