The landrush for the .asia domain name suffix has begun. Companies have been able to reserve domains to match their trademarks, called a sunrise period, since October. Now the process is open for anyone to register and the first .asia domains will go live on the internet in March. Other regional suffixes for Africa and Latin Americaare expected to follow.
Europe makes a move towards Internet censorship over the use of Internet filtering. Privacy advocates and carriers are going head to head with authorities. The EU called last September for ISPs to block access to Web sites hosting information about bomb-making, and the UK said in January that she wanted action taken against sites that encouraged terrorism, including social networking sites.
ICANN found no evidence of front running, a form of deceptive domain name acquisition, following an investigation of 120 supposed examples of the cheating.