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[ NNSquad ] AP: Privacy Breach Discovered In Internet Address Bids

AP: Privacy Breach Discovered In Internet Address Bids

http://j.mp/MvHLMa  (AP / NPR)

   "This spring, ICANN had to suspend access to its system for letting
    bidders submit proposals after it discovered technical glitches that
    exposed some private data. That took more than a month to fix and
    restore. ICANN also goofed during Wednesday's announcement. It
    displayed Arabic names left to right rather than right to left, as the
    language is written.  The latest breach provided more fodder for
    critics of ICANN and the name expansion. Skeptics have questioned
    ICANN's ability to run the program smoothly in the long run, given
    that technical problems have cropped up early on.  "If this weren't
    all so incredibly serious, one could get quite a laugh over the
    concept of The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight being in charge of
    this process," Lauren Weinstein, co-founder of People For Internet
    Responsibility, said on his Privacy Forum mailing list."

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One might have hoped that a few hundred million dollars in gTLD
application fees might have helped to enable at least basic technical
competency.  Obviously not.
Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com
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