David Goldstein | 11 Feb 05:41 2016

auDA domain news - 11 Feb

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Experienced Technology Leader Named as ICANN President and CEO

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2016-02-08-en>

 

Sweden Telecom Official Göran Marby Named To Lead ICANN

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/02/09/sweden-telecom-official-marby-named-to-lead-icann/>

 

au: Five tips for spotting domain name scams

<http://www.bit.com.au/News/414780,five-tips-for-spotting-domain-name-scams.aspx>

 

CSC’s New gTLD Utilization Report – February 2016

<http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-february-2016/>

 

MPAA scores piracy win with Donuts partnership, opens door for others

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=56a906fb-5e97-4318-8235-eb49d3452b79>

 

MPAA May Like Donuts, but They Shouldn’t Be the (Copyright) Police

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/mpaa-may-donuts-they-shouldnt-be-copyright-police>

 

 

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ICANN

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Experienced Technology Leader Named as ICANN President and CEO

Göran Marby, an experienced business executive and government leader has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN.

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2016-02-08-en>

 

Pre-ICANN 55 Policy Update Webinar

The ICANN Policy Development Support Team will provide a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC, summarizing policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and the ongoing Transition of Stewardship of the IANA Functions and the ICANN Accountability efforts.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-08-en>

 

Reminder: Nomination Period Open For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN 56 | Nominations Close 12 March 2016

ICANN is pleased to remind community members that the nomination period for ICANN's Multistakeholder Ethos Award is open until 12 March 2016. This award program, launched in June 2014 in London, seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees, and demonstrated collaboration with different Supporting Organizations and/or Advisory Committees.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-19-2016-02-08-en>

 

Additional CPE Results Released

ICANN has published the Community Priority Evaluation Results for 1 application, and updated application and contention set statuses accordingly.

<https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe>

 

What to Expect at ICANN55: A Guide for Business Stakeholders

This webinar is an introduction to ICANN and the Commercial Stakeholder Group. It is designed for people in the business world who are new to the ICANN Community and interested in the upcoming ICANN55 Public Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, from 5-10 March 2016.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-02-10-en>

 

Fellowship and NextGen <at> ICANN Application Rounds for ICANN56

On 22 January, lCANN launched the application rounds for both the NextGen <at> ICANN and Fellowship Programs to participate in ICANN56 in Panama City, Panama in June 2016.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-10-en>

 

Letter from Jay Boucher, JBaxterDC Web Solutions, to Akram Atallah and Chris Disspain

New gTLD Application for .GAY

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/boucher-to-atallah-disspain-03feb16-en.pdf>

 

Swedish Technology Executive Named ICANN President and CEO

Göran Marby, an experienced business executive and government leader from Sweden has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN. He will commence in May 2016.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24479>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/09/swedish-tech-exec-icann-president-ceo/>

 

Sweden Telecom Official Göran Marby Named To Lead ICANN

Senior Swedish official Göran Marby today (8 February) was announced as the new president and CEO of ICANN, succeeding Fadi Chehade who leaves the ICANN to join the World Economic Forum in mid-March. Marby will be the first European to lead ICANN, the internet domain system technical oversight body founded in 1998.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/02/09/sweden-telecom-official-marby-named-to-lead-icann/>

 

ICANN names Göran Marby new CEO

ICANN has its sixth CEO in its 18-year history. Swedish telecoms regulator Göran Marby will take on the job in May, two months after incumbent Fadi Chehade leaves.

<http://domainincite.com/19970-icann-names-goran-marby-new-ceo>

 

America to lose control of the Internet: Swedish telecom chief to steer web body that controls domain names to independence [AFP]

... In an exclusive interview with AFP, Marby described ICANN as evolving and vowed to keep it on course under what is known as 'multistakeholder' governance, bringing in business and academia as well as government users of the Internet.

<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3437445/Swedish-telecom-chief-steer-web-body-ICANN-independence.html>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in January

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of January 2016 are below. Any surprises?

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in11>

 

au: Five tips for spotting domain name scams

Getting emails or calls saying someone is making a claim on your web address? Many of these are scams. AusRegistry, the company that operates the .au domain registry on behalf of auDA, has compiled a list for tips to help domain registrants avoid domain name scams.

<http://www.bit.com.au/News/414780,five-tips-for-spotting-domain-name-scams.aspx>

 

nl: Dutch domain registrar updates public disclosure terms

Dutch domain registrar SIDN is changing its rules on public disclosure of domain holders. From 01 March, the names of private individuals with the rights to a .nl web domain will not be disclosed in the Whois directory. Business users will remain subject to the public disclosure, and can also add their address details to the public directory. SIDN said this is in line with other European registries, such as EURid, DNS Belgium and Nominet.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/dutch-domain-registrar-updates-public-disclosure-terms--1127048>

 

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NEW TLDS

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CSC’s New gTLD Utilization Report – February 2016

The latest edition of CSC’s New gTLD Utilization Report shows .brand launches continuing to pick up speed, more new gTLDs climbing up the Alexa rankings and some interesting examples of new gTLDs in use. We also take a closer look at the .bank extension.

<http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-february-2016/>

 

MPAA May Like Donuts, but They Shouldn’t Be the (Copyright) Police

The companies and organizations that run the Internet’s domain name system shouldn’t be in the business of policing the contents of websites, or enforcing laws that can impinge on free speech. The staff of ICANN, the organization that oversees that system, agrees. That’s why it’s not surprising that the Motion Picture Association of America, which has consistently sought power to edit the Internet, is now bypassing ICANN and making private deals with domain name registries.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/mpaa-may-donuts-they-shouldnt-be-copyright-police>

 

MPAA scores piracy win with Donuts partnership, opens door for others

The Motion Picture Association of America and the largest gTLD registry, Donuts, have unveiled a new collaboration that seeks to combat websites engaged in large-scale piracy. The move will be welcomed by the creative content producers and, while focused on copyright infringement, opens the door for further initiatives to combat IP infringement.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=56a906fb-5e97-4318-8235-eb49d3452b79>

 

Inside MPAA’s Piracy Deal With the Donuts Domain Registry

The MPAA and the Donuts domain registry have announced a new partnership aimed at curtailing movie and TV show piracy. Donuts controls the .movie gTLD so the arrangement is symbolic for the MPAA, but how will it work in practice? TF has obtained details of the deal which could act as a blueprint for future voluntary agreements.

<https://torrentfreak.com/inside-the-mpaas-piracy-deal-with-the-donuts-domain-registry-160210/>

 

MPAA Cuts Deal to Boot Pirates From .Movie, Other Domain Names

The MPAA wants to stop pirates from colonizing the Internet’s new frontiers. The Motion Picture Association of America has reached an agreement with Donuts, the largest operator of new domain-name extensions — including .movie and .theater — under which the trade group will be able to notify the registry operator of “large-scale pirate websites” in the gTLDs.

<http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/mpaa-piracy-sites-movie-domain-names-1201702485/>

 

Donuts makes Hollywood content policing deal

Donuts has made a deal with the American movie industry that will make it easier to take down piracy domains.

<http://domainincite.com/19990-donuts-makes-hollywood-content-policing-deal>

 

.Music domain name applicant fails in community bid

DotMusic Limited, an applicant for the .music TLD, has failed to pass its Community Priority Evaluation. Had it passed, the group would have automatically been awarded .music. Now an auction will be held to determine who gets to operate the domain name.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/music-domain-name-applicant-fails-in-community-bid/>

 

New gTLDs top 12 million domains

The new gTLD universe passed 12 million domains for the first time today, according to zone files.

<http://domainincite.com/19986-new-gtlds-top-12-million-domains>

 

.xyz passed two million names, growing like crazy

The .xyz gTLD at the weekend became the first new gTLD to pass the two million domains mark, as it experiences ridiculously fast growth.

<http://domainincite.com/19982-xyz-passed-two-million-names-growing-like-crazy>

 

Super Bowl 50 Ads Reimagined Through a New TLD Filter by Lori Anne Wardi

Marketers and advertisers across the world pay close attention to Super Bowl ads, for good reason. At a cost of up to $5 million for a 30-second spot, Super Bowl ads represent the world's biggest stage for high-reach, large-impact marketing. The best practices seen on Sunday will set the standard across the industry and influence marketing behavior around the world. The call to action used in any Super Bowl spot can make or break the investment.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160210_super_bowl_50_ads_reimagined_through_a_new_top_level_domain_filter/>

 

EURid Gets .ею (Cyrillic for .eu) by Michele Neylon

EURid, who run the .eu registry, have finally been delegated .ею (Cyrillic for .eu). Punycode xn--e1a4c. One of the things that EURid is chartered to do under its contract to the European Commission was to get the extension in scripts other than Latin. EURid used ICANN's IDN ccTLD "Fast Track" process, though whether the process is truly "fast" or not is debatable, as it is still quite a long process.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2016/02/08/eurid-gets-ею-cyrillic-for-eu/>

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160208_eurid_gets_cyrillic_for_dot_eu/>

 

ICANN board resuscitates .Hospital TLD

ICANN’s board has approved a resolution that breathes new life into Donuts’ application to run the .hospital TLD.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/08/dot-hospital/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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us: Concerned by cyber threat, Obama seeks big increase in funding

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought a surge in funding to counter cyber security threats, as his top intelligence official warned Congress that computer attacks were among the most imminent security challenges facing the United States.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/us-obama-budget-cyber-idINKCN0VI0R1>

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-obama-budget-cyber-idUKKCN0VI0R1>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Complaint for three-letter domain fails [registration]

In a recent decision under the UDRP before the WIPO, a panel denied the transfer of a three-letter domain name used to feature pay-per-click links and made a finding of reverse domain name hijacking.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=12d3fe9a-6c3e-4d3c-991a-463930dbaca2>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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Tucows Reports Continuing Strong Financial Results for Fourth Quarter of 2015

Tucows Inc. ... today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015. All figures are in U.S. dollars.

<http://www.tucows.com/tucows-reports-continuing-strong-financial-results-for-fourth-quarter-of-2015/>

 

Mobile phone service continues to lift Tucows

Tucows, one of the largest domain name registrars, released fourth quarter and full year financial results yesterday.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/mobile-service-continues-to-lift-tucows/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Verisign files opening brief in appeal against .XYZ

Verisign has filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, in its dispute with new TLD company XYZ.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/verisign-xyz-appeal/>

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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IoT’s Day of Reckoning on the Horizon

Chris Rouland, an expert when it comes to the security of the internet of things, stressed the modern-day equivalent of the Melissa worm could be imminent.

<https://threatpost.com/iots-day-of-reckoning-on-the-horizon/116191/>

 

Safer Internet Day 2016: Play your part for a better internet

Today, millions of people in more than 100 countries in the EU and across the world are celebrating Safer Internet Day, to promote the safer and responsible use of technology among children and young people. From Iceland to Madagascar, from Uruguay to Kazakhstan, internet users of all ages, teachers, parents, policy makers and industry are joining in to play their part for a better internet.

<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/safer-internet-day-2016-play-your-part-better-internet>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Dallas Buyers Club saga draws to a close

A long-running legal action launched by the rights holders of the movie Dallas Buyers Club today draws to a close.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593794/dallas-buyers-club-saga-draws-close/>

 

Dallas Buyers Club Gives Up Chasing Pirates in Australia

Dallas Buyers Club has finally given up on its mission to demand cash settlements from alleged movie pirates in Australia. It's believed the company has made large amounts of money from the activity in other jurisdictions but will not do so Down Under after failing to convince a judge it would not engage in so-called "speculative invoicing."

<https://torrentfreak.com/dallas-buyers-club-gives-up-chasing-pirates-in-australia-160210/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

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au: Government introduces ‘Netflix tax’ bill

The government has introduced a bill to implement what has been dubbed the ‘Netflix tax’: An expansion of the GST to apply to digital services consumed by Australians but provided by overseas suppliers. ... The bill is “an important part of the government’s program to level the playing field for Australian businesses and restore integrity to Australia’s tax system,” the treasurer said.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593722/government-introduces-netflix-tax-bill/>

 

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experienced Technology Leader Named as ICANN President and CEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2016-02-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2016-02-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sweden Telecom Official G&ouml;ran Marby Named To Lead ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/02/09/sweden-telecom-official-marby-named-to-lead-icann/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/02/09/sweden-telecom-official-marby-named-to-lead-icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Five tips for spotting domain name scams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bit.com.au/News/414780,five-tips-for-spotting-domain-name-scams.aspx"><span>http://www.bit.com.au/News/414780,five-tips-for-spotting-domain-name-scams.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CSC&rsquo;s New gTLD Utilization Report &ndash; February 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-february-2016/"><span>http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-february-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MPAA scores piracy win with Donuts partnership, opens door for others<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=56a906fb-5e97-4318-8235-eb49d3452b79"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=56a906fb-5e97-4318-8235-eb49d3452b79</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MPAA May Like Donuts, but They Shouldn&rsquo;t Be the (Copyright) Police<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/mpaa-may-donuts-they-shouldnt-be-copyright-police"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/mpaa-may-donuts-they-shouldnt-be-copyright-police</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experienced Technology Leader Named as ICANN President and CEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">G&ouml;ran Marby, an experienced business executive and government leader has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2016-02-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2016-02-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pre-ICANN 55 Policy Update Webinar<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ICANN Policy Development Support Team will provide a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC, summarizing policy activities across the ICANN policy development community and the ongoing Transition of Stewardship of the IANA Functions and the ICANN Accountability efforts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Reminder: Nomination Period Open For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN 56 | Nominations Close 12 March 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is pleased to remind community members that the nomination period for ICANN's Multistakeholder Ethos Award is open until 12 March 2016. This award program, launched in June 2014 in London, seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees, and demonstrated collaboration with different Supporting Organizations and/or Advisory Committees.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-19-2016-02-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-19-2016-02-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Additional CPE Results Released<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has published the Community Priority Evaluation Results for 1 application, and updated application and contention set statuses accordingly.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe"><span>https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What to Expect at ICANN55: A Guide for Business Stakeholders<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This webinar is an introduction to ICANN and the Commercial Stakeholder Group. It is designed for people in the business world who are new to the ICANN Community and interested in the upcoming ICANN55 Public Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, from 5-10 March 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-02-10-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-02-10-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fellowship and NextGen <at> ICANN Application Rounds for ICANN56<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 22 January, lCANN launched the application rounds for both the NextGen <at> ICANN and Fellowship Programs to participate in ICANN56 in Panama City, Panama in June 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-10-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-10-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Jay Boucher, JBaxterDC Web Solutions, to Akram Atallah and Chris Disspain</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .GAY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/boucher-to-atallah-disspain-03feb16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/boucher-to-atallah-disspain-03feb16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish Technology Executive Named ICANN President and CEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>G&ouml;ran Marby, an experienced business executive and government leader from Sweden has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN. He will commence in May 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24479"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24479</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/09/swedish-tech-exec-icann-president-ceo/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/09/swedish-tech-exec-icann-president-ceo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sweden Telecom Official G&ouml;ran Marby Named To Lead ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Senior Swedish official G&ouml;ran Marby today (8 February) was announced as the new president and CEO of ICANN, succeeding Fadi Chehade who leaves the ICANN to join the World Economic Forum in mid-March. Marby will be the first European to lead ICANN, the internet domain system technical oversight body founded in 1998.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/02/09/sweden-telecom-official-marby-named-to-lead-icann/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/02/09/sweden-telecom-official-marby-named-to-lead-icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN names G&ouml;ran Marby new CEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has its sixth CEO in its 18-year history. Swedish telecoms regulator G&ouml;ran Marby will take on the job in May, two months after incumbent Fadi Chehade leaves.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19970-icann-names-goran-marby-new-ceo"><span>http://domainincite.com/19970-icann-names-goran-marby-new-ceo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>America to lose control of the Internet: Swedish telecom chief to steer web body that controls domain names to independence [AFP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... In an exclusive interview with AFP, Marby described ICANN as evolving and vowed to keep it on course under what is known as 'multistakeholder' governance, bringing in business and academia as well as government users of the Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3437445/Swedish-telecom-chief-steer-web-body-ICANN-independence.html"><span>http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3437445/Swedish-telecom-chief-steer-web-body-ICANN-independence.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com &amp; .Net Registrations in January<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of January 2016 are below. Any surprises?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in11"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in11</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Five tips for spotting domain name scams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Getting emails or calls saying someone is making a claim on your web address? Many of these are scams. AusRegistry, the company that operates the .au domain registry on behalf of auDA, has compiled a list for tips to help domain registrants avoid domain name scams.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bit.com.au/News/414780,five-tips-for-spotting-domain-name-scams.aspx"><span>http://www.bit.com.au/News/414780,five-tips-for-spotting-domain-name-scams.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nl: Dutch domain registrar updates public disclosure terms<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dutch domain registrar SIDN is changing its rules on public disclosure of domain holders. From 01 March, the names of private individuals with the rights to a .nl web domain will not be disclosed in the Whois directory. Business users will remain subject to the public disclosure, and can also add their address details to the public directory. SIDN said this is in line with other European registries, such as EURid, DNS Belgium and Nominet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/dutch-domain-registrar-updates-public-disclosure-terms--1127048"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/dutch-domain-registrar-updates-public-disclosure-terms--1127048</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CSC&rsquo;s New gTLD Utilization Report &ndash; February 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest edition of CSC&rsquo;s New gTLD Utilization Report shows .brand launches continuing to pick up speed, more new gTLDs climbing up the Alexa rankings and some interesting examples of new gTLDs in use. We also take a closer look at the .bank extension.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-february-2016/"><span>http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-february-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MPAA May Like Donuts, but They Shouldn&rsquo;t Be the (Copyright) Police<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The companies and organizations that run the Internet&rsquo;s domain name system shouldn&rsquo;t be in the business of policing the contents of websites, or enforcing laws that can impinge on free speech. The staff of ICANN, the organization that oversees that system, agrees. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s not surprising that the Motion Picture Association of America, which has consistently sought power to edit the Internet, is now bypassing ICANN and making private deals with domain name registries.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/mpaa-may-donuts-they-shouldnt-be-copyright-police"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/mpaa-may-donuts-they-shouldnt-be-copyright-police</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MPAA scores piracy win with Donuts partnership, opens door for others<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Motion Picture Association of America and the largest gTLD registry, Donuts, have unveiled a new collaboration that seeks to combat websites engaged in large-scale piracy. The move will be welcomed by the creative content producers and, while focused on copyright infringement, opens the door for further initiatives to combat IP infringement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=56a906fb-5e97-4318-8235-eb49d3452b79"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=56a906fb-5e97-4318-8235-eb49d3452b79</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Inside MPAA&rsquo;s Piracy Deal With the Donuts Domain Registry<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The MPAA and the Donuts domain registry have announced a new partnership aimed at curtailing movie and TV show piracy. Donuts controls the .movie gTLD so the arrangement is symbolic for the MPAA, but how will it work in practice? TF has obtained details of the deal which could act as a blueprint for future voluntary agreements.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/inside-the-mpaas-piracy-deal-with-the-donuts-domain-registry-160210/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/inside-the-mpaas-piracy-deal-with-the-donuts-domain-registry-160210/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MPAA Cuts Deal to Boot Pirates From .Movie, Other Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The MPAA wants to stop pirates from colonizing the Internet&rsquo;s new frontiers. The Motion Picture Association of America has reached an agreement with Donuts, the largest operator of new domain-name extensions &mdash; including .movie and .theater &mdash; under which the trade group will be able to notify the registry operator of &ldquo;large-scale pirate websites&rdquo; in the gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/mpaa-piracy-sites-movie-domain-names-1201702485/"><span>http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/mpaa-piracy-sites-movie-domain-names-1201702485/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts makes Hollywood content policing deal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts has made a deal with the American movie industry that will make it easier to take down piracy domains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19990-donuts-makes-hollywood-content-policing-deal"><span>http://domainincite.com/19990-donuts-makes-hollywood-content-policing-deal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Music domain name applicant fails in community bid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DotMusic Limited, an applicant for the .music TLD, has failed to pass its Community Priority Evaluation. Had it passed, the group would have automatically been awarded .music. Now an auction will be held to determine who gets to operate the domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/music-domain-name-applicant-fails-in-community-bid/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/music-domain-name-applicant-fails-in-community-bid/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs top 12 million domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The new gTLD universe passed 12 million domains for the first time today, according to zone files.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19986-new-gtlds-top-12-million-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/19986-new-gtlds-top-12-million-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.xyz passed two million names, growing like crazy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .xyz gTLD at the weekend became the first new gTLD to pass the two million domains mark, as it experiences ridiculously fast growth.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19982-xyz-passed-two-million-names-growing-like-crazy"><span>http://domainincite.com/19982-xyz-passed-two-million-names-growing-like-crazy</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Super Bowl 50 Ads Reimagined Through a New TLD Filter by Lori Anne Wardi<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Marketers and advertisers across the world pay close attention to Super Bowl ads, for good reason. At a cost of up to $5 million for a 30-second spot, Super Bowl ads represent the world's biggest stage for high-reach, large-impact marketing. The best practices seen on Sunday will set the standard across the industry and influence marketing behavior around the world. The call to action used in any Super Bowl spot can make or break the investment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160210_super_bowl_50_ads_reimagined_through_a_new_top_level_domain_filter/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160210_super_bowl_50_ads_reimagined_through_a_new_top_level_domain_filter/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EURid Gets .</span><span lang="RU">&#1077;&#1102; (Cyrillic for .eu)</span><span> by </span><span lang="RU">Michele Neylon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="RU">EURid, who run the .eu registry, have finally been delegated .&#1077;&#1102; (Cyrillic for .eu). Punycode xn--e1a4c. One of the things that EURid is chartered to do under its contract to the European Commission was to get the extension in scripts other than Latin. EURid used ICANN's IDN ccTLD "Fast Track" process, though whether the process is truly "fast" or not is debatable, as it is still quite a long process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="RU">&lt;</span><span><a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2016/02/08/eurid-gets-%D0%B5%D1%8E-cyrillic-for-eu/"><span>http</span><span lang="RU">://</span><span>www</span><span lang="RU">.</span><span>internetnews</span><span lang="RU">.</span><span>me</span><span lang="RU">/2016/02/08/≤/span><span>eurid</span><span lang="RU">-</span><span>gets</span><span lang="RU">-&#1077;&#1102;-cyrillic-for-eu/</span></a></span><span lang="RU">&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="RU">&lt;</span><span><a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160208_eurid_gets_cyrillic_for_dot_eu/"><span>http</span><span lang="RU">://</span><span>www</span><span lang="RU">.</span><span>circleid</span><span lang="RU">.</span><span>com</span><span lang="RU">/</span><span>posts</span><span lang="RU">/20160208_</span><span>eurid</span><span lang="RU">_</span><span>gets</span><span lang="RU">_</span><span>cyrillic</span><span lang="RU">_</span><span>for</span><span lang="RU">_</span><span>dot</span><span lang="RU">_</span><span>eu</span><span lang="RU">/</span></a></span><span lang="RU">&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="RU"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN board resuscitates .Hospital TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN&rsquo;s board has approved a resolution that breathes new life into Donuts&rsquo; application to run the .hospital TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/08/dot-hospital/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/08/dot-hospital/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>us: Concerned by cyber threat, Obama seeks big increase in funding<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought a surge in funding to counter cyber security threats, as his top intelligence official warned Congress that computer attacks were among the most imminent security challenges facing the United States.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/us-obama-budget-cyber-idINKCN0VI0R1"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/us-obama-budget-cyber-idINKCN0VI0R1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-obama-budget-cyber-idUKKCN0VI0R1"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-obama-budget-cyber-idUKKCN0VI0R1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Complaint for three-letter domain fails [registration]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a recent decision under the UDRP before the WIPO, a panel denied the transfer of a three-letter domain name used to feature pay-per-click links and made a finding of reverse domain name hijacking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=12d3fe9a-6c3e-4d3c-991a-463930dbaca2"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=12d3fe9a-6c3e-4d3c-991a-463930dbaca2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tucows Reports Continuing Strong Financial Results for Fourth Quarter of 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tucows Inc. ... today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015. All figures are in U.S. dollars.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.tucows.com/tucows-reports-continuing-strong-financial-results-for-fourth-quarter-of-2015/"><span>http://www.tucows.com/tucows-reports-continuing-strong-financial-results-for-fourth-quarter-of-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mobile phone service continues to lift Tucows<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tucows, one of the largest domain name registrars, released fourth quarter and full year financial results yesterday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/mobile-service-continues-to-lift-tucows/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/mobile-service-continues-to-lift-tucows/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign files opening brief in appeal against .XYZ<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign has filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, in its dispute with new TLD company XYZ.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/verisign-xyz-appeal/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/10/verisign-xyz-appeal/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IoT&rsquo;s Day of Reckoning on the Horizon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chris Rouland, an expert when it comes to the security of the internet of things, stressed the modern-day equivalent of the Melissa worm could be imminent.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/iots-day-of-reckoning-on-the-horizon/116191/"><span>https://threatpost.com/iots-day-of-reckoning-on-the-horizon/116191/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Safer Internet Day 2016: Play your part for a better internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, millions of people in more than 100 countries in the EU and across the world are celebrating Safer Internet Day, to promote the safer and responsible use of technology among children and young people. From Iceland to Madagascar, from Uruguay to Kazakhstan, internet users of all ages, teachers, parents, policy makers and industry are joining in to play their part for a better internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/safer-internet-day-2016-play-your-part-better-internet"><span>https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/safer-internet-day-2016-play-your-part-better-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Dallas Buyers Club saga draws to a close</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A long-running legal action launched by the rights holders of the movie Dallas Buyers Club today draws to a close.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593794/dallas-buyers-club-saga-draws-close/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593794/dallas-buyers-club-saga-draws-close/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dallas Buyers Club Gives Up Chasing Pirates in Australia<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dallas Buyers Club has finally given up on its mission to demand cash settlements from alleged movie pirates in Australia. It's believed the company has made large amounts of money from the activity in other jurisdictions but will not do so Down Under after failing to convince a judge it would not engage in so-called "speculative invoicing."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/dallas-buyers-club-gives-up-chasing-pirates-in-australia-160210/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/dallas-buyers-club-gives-up-chasing-pirates-in-australia-160210/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Government introduces &lsquo;Netflix tax&rsquo; bill</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The government has introduced a bill to implement what has been dubbed the &lsquo;Netflix tax&rsquo;: An expansion of the GST to apply to digital services consumed by Australians but provided by overseas suppliers. ... The bill is &ldquo;an important part of the government&rsquo;s program to level the playing field for Australian businesses and restore integrity to Australia&rsquo;s tax system,&rdquo; the treasurer said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593722/government-introduces-netflix-tax-bill/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593722/government-introduces-netflix-tax-bill/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 8 Feb 05:05 2016

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Fifth Quarterly Report on the Transition of the Stewardship of the IANA Functions

<https://www.ntia.doc.gov/report/2016/fifth-report-iana-functions-transition>

 

ICANN Announces June Panama Meeting To Be Relocated Due To Zika Virus

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/06/icann-june-panama-meeting-relocated/>

 

Ted Cruz slams Chehade over Chinese “conflict”

<http://domainincite.com/19954-ted-cruz-slams-chehade-over-chinese-conflict>

 

Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/04/cruz_questions_icann_chinese_censorship_role/>

 

New gTLD Registrations Pass 12 Million, .XYZ and Donuts Pass 2 Million

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/08/new-gtld-registrations-12m-xyz-2m/>

 

Final RPM Report Follows ICA Comment and Sets Stage for UDRP Review b Philip Corwin

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/final-rpm-report/>

 

 

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GNSO Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Policy Development Process Recommendations for ICANN Board Consideration

Purpose: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input prior to Board action on the final recommendations of the GNSO Policy Development Process for Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues.

<https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ppsai-recommendations-2016-02-05-en>

 

WHOIS 2015 Annual Report Highlights Recent Accomplishments by Karen Mulberry

2015 was a banner year for ICANN in the area of WHOIS improvements. Today, ICANN published the 2015 Annual Report, which showcases those achievements and describes ICANN's progress against the recommendations from the 2012 Review Team. ICANN is also preparing for the next review team to be convened in late 2016.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/whois-2015-annual-report-highlights-recent-accomplishments>

 

Response from Fadi Chehadé and Thomas Schneider to Letter Dated January 11th, 2016 Re: Composition of the Review Team on Competition, Consumer Choice and Trust

Re: Composition of the Review Team on Competition, Consumer Choice and Trust

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-schneider-to-bc-04feb15-en.pdf>

 

Fifth Quarterly Report on the Transition of the Stewardship of the IANA Functions

NTIA provides quarterly reports on all aspects of the proposed transition of the U.S. government’s stewardship role over the IANA functions. NTIA’s previous reports are posted here. This fifth report covers activities from October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. As required by Public Law 113-235, NTIA will update this report on a quarterly basis.

<https://www.ntia.doc.gov/report/2016/fifth-report-iana-functions-transition>

 

ICANN Announces June Panama Meeting To Be Relocated Due To Zika Virus

ICANN announced yesterday that their 56th public meeting that was to be held in Panama City, scheduled to be held in June 2016, will be moved to another location due to the severity of the Zika Virus outbreak in the Latin America region.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24475>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/06/icann-june-panama-meeting-relocated/>

 

ICANN cancels Panama due to Zika virus

ICANN has cancelled its upcoming meeting in Panama City, Panama, due to the Zika virus.

<http://domainincite.com/19959-icann-cancels-panama-due-to-zika-virus>

 

ICANN’s Meeting App For ICANN55 Now Available

ICANN’s next public meeting is scheduled for March 5 – 10 in Marrakech, Morocco. While that might be a month away the organisation has already launched their meeting app for the meeting.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2016/02/04/icanns-meeting-app-for-icann55-now-available/>

 

Ted Cruz slams Chehade over Chinese “conflict”

US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has taken time out of his busy primaries schedule to lay into ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade over his new job on a Chinese policy panel.

<http://domainincite.com/19954-ted-cruz-slams-chehade-over-chinese-conflict>

 

Republican Presidential Candidate Upset With ICANN CEO by Michele Neylon

Republican senator and US presidential candidate Ted Cruz is not very happy with ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade. In a letter dated today, Cruz along with two other senators, have dropped some pointed questions for Chehade in relation to his involvement with a recent meeting in China... "As you must know, the World Internet Conference is not a beacon of free speech..."

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_republican_presidential_candidate_upset_with_icann_ceo/>

 

Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

US Senator Ted Cruz has accused the head of domain name overseer ICANN of being complicit in Chinese online censorship.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/04/cruz_questions_icann_chinese_censorship_role/>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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be: Social media and domain names: no love-hate relationship

Social media AND domain names, two communication tools that can go together easily. That is what we at DNS Belgium think, in any event. We have long been convinced of the utility of having both. For the non-believers, we would like to go over the advantages as well as the disadvantages, without making the case for domain names.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/social-media-and-domain-names-no-love-hate-relationship>

 

.CA team is recognized as a top employer in the National Capital Region

Today the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers announced the CIRA, operators of the .CA domain, has been ranked as a top employer in Ottawa for a second year.

<https://cira.ca/news/ca-team-recognized-top-employer-national-capital-region>

 

.ch domain in sound health and data as new currency

This year’s Domain pulse conference brought together Internet experts and opinion leaders to discuss the topics of online surveillance, security and governance. Switzerland is playing a pioneering role with its secure .ch domain and legislation on dealing with malware.

<http://www.switch.ch/news/domainpulse/>

 

China Domain Name Industry Conference 2016 Wrapped up

On January 20, China Domain Name Industry Conference 2016 was held in Guangzhou. Delegates from over 80 domain name registries and domain name registrars including Xinnet Digital, Aliyun, Zodiac and Afilias attended the conference, Pei WeiHead of the Internet Division of the Information Communication Management Bureau at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) , Li Xiaodong, Director of CNNIC attended and addressed the conference.

<http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/201602/t20160201_53344.htm>

 

CZ.NIC Publications releases a comic book inspired by the popular How to Use the Internet series

Computer passwords, the risks of using public computers, Internet history, and nine other interesting topics now can be found in a comic book, which under a free license complemented the CZ.NIC Publications series of books of the Czech national domain administrator.

<http://www.nic.cz/page/3155/cz.nic-publications-releases-a-comic-book-inspired-by-the-popular-how-to-use-the-internet-series-/>

 

eu: Q4 2015 progress report now available

The latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid, has shown that during Q4 2015, the number of .eu registrations increased by 7 937 domain names, a net increase of 0.2%, to 3.87 million.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2016/q4-2015-progress-report-now-available>

 

Number of .eu registrations up 8,000 in Q4 to 3.87 mln

The number of .eu registrations increased by 7,937 domain names, a net increase of 0.2 percent, to 3.87 million in Q4 2015, according to a report from the .eu registry, EURid.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/number-of-eu-registrations-up-8000-in-q4-to-387-mln--1126561>

 

fi: Registrars must make sure that domain names are correctly linked to their user account

The latest newsletter 1/2016 contains instructions for future registrars to move their customers from the old domain name system to the new one. To guarantee a smooth transition, registrars' customers must be linked to their accounts by 5 September 2016.

<https://domain.fi/info/en/index/tietoa/ajankohtaista/2016/P_2.html>

 

fr: Afnic joins Arcep in its assignment to determine the state of deployment of IPv6

Afnic will be closely associated with the assignment to determine the state of deployment of IPv6 that was entrusted early in January to ARCEP by Axelle Lemaire.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9646/show/afnic-joins-arcep-in-its-assignment-to-determine-the-state-of-deployment-of-ipv6-2.html>

 

Why Aren’t More IE Domains Registered?

The IEDR have published some details on .ie domain name registrations during 2015.

<http://blog.blacknight.com/who-registered-ie-domains-in-2015.html>

 

Almost 100 .ie domains registered every day in 2015

35,225 new .ie domains were registered in 2015, or 96 a day, a 13% increase on 2014 and the highest annual number since 2011.

<https://www.iedr.ie/2016/02/almost-100-ie-domains-registered-every-day-in-2015/>

 

.Law Gets 5K Registrations in 1st 90 days: We Break Down The Numbers

According to a press release out today, Minds + Machines Group Limited, the owner of the new ".law" and .abogado (Lawyer in Spanish) TLDs, "announced that .law has successfully completed its first 90 days since general availability having fulfilled more than 5,000 verified registrations, with over 700 premium names including numerous domains which have sold for $100,000.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2016/02/04/law/>

 

nl: Warning: phishing mail claiming to be from SIDN

A number of our clients, including registrars and registrants, have told us about e-mail messages they have received with the subject 'URGENT: Aanmaning voor uw telefoonnummer' ('URGENT: Demand for payment for your phone number!') or 'Aandacht: Aanmaning van uw openstaande factuur bij SIDN' ('Urgent: Demand for payment of your outstanding SIDN invoice'). Recipients are asked to immediately pay an outstanding sum for creating a phone number in SIDN's database. Please note that these e-mails do not come from SIDN and you should definitely not do what the message demands.

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/warning-phishing-mail-claiming-to-be-from-sidn>

 

nl: 9 February: Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 9 February is Safer Internet Day! Safer Internet Day is an annual event held on the second Tuesday of February, when more than a hundred countries around the world highlight the topic of safe and responsible internet use by young people.

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/9-february-safer-internet-day>

 

nz: Amendment to Operations and Procedures Policy

In November 2015 a revised .nz policy framework took effect which saw the number of main .nz policies reduced to four. One of these was the OP policy which sets out the operations and procedures that apply to the running of the .nz domain name space. We have now realised that due to an administrative error, an aspect of this policy was omitted when it was put into effect on 9 November 2015.

<http://dnc.org.nz/story/amendment-operations-and-procedures-op-policy>

 

Runet’s self-regulation and information security – main trends of 2016

ROCIT has become the fifth competent organization to cooperate with the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ in countering illegal content. The two organizations signed an agreement on revealing and blocking resources spreading illegal content at the February 3 news conference, Safe Internet.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9358>

 

uk: Nominet Publish Lyons Report And Board Response

Nominet have published the Lyons report. The report was prepared by Sir Michael Lyons at Nominet’s request to investigate the registry’s operations.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2016/02/04/nominet-publish-lyons-report-and-board-response/>

 

uk: Nominet urged to improve stakeholder engagement

Nominet has been urged to improve its engagement with stakeholders and to clarify its public purpose, in a report completed by former BBC chairman Sir Michael Lyons.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/nominet-urged-to-improve-stakeholder-engagement-4614>

 

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NEW TLDS

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New gTLD Registrations Pass 12 Million, .XYZ and Donuts Pass 2 Million

The total number of domain names registered across all of the new gTLDs continues to grow strongly with the 12 millionth registration happening around 4 February according to nTLDstats.com. And the .xyz gTLD accounts for around one in six, or 2.099 million, of these.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24478>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/08/new-gtld-registrations-12m-xyz-2m/>

 

Donuts Handles Two Millionth Domain Name Registration

Donuts Inc. has processed its two millionth first-time new domain name registration. The name—Schedule.HOLIDAY—was registered this week.

<http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-handles-two-millionth-domain-name-registration>

 

ICANN Controversially Rejects .GAY Community Application Again

ICANN has rejected the community application for .gay by dotgay LLC again because it wasn’t deemed to be community enough. The application has been through the Community Priority Evaluation and reconsideration processes twice.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24470>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/04/icann-rejects-gay-community-application/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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Key ways to defend against phishing in 2016

The biggest security threat to companies right now is phishing. Phishing was traditionally a problem for the banking and finance industries, but now it’s a growing threat in other sectors like retail, media, and government.

<http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/key-ways-to-defend-against-phishing-in-2016/>

 

DDoS as a Smokescreen for Fraud and Theft

There’s nothing subtle about a DDoS attack. Your incident response console is lit up like a Christmas tree. Alarms are going off indicating that your network is down or severely disrupted. System users and managers are sending you panicky messages that business has ground to a halt. Meanwhile your mind is racing: Who would do this to us? Some kind of cyber extortionist? An unsavory competitor? Hactivitists trying to send a message?

<http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/ddos-as-a-smokescreen-for-fraud-and-theft/>

 

In the Crosshairs: Would Hacktivists Target You with a DDoS Attack?

Hacktivists from Anonymous recently took down the websites of the Nissan car company with a DDoS attack in protest of Japanese whaling. While Nissan has nothing to do with whaling, they happen to be a big brand and Japanese, which was enough to make them a target.

<http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/in-the-crosshairs-would-hacktivists-target-you-with-a-ddos-attack/>

 

Russian Cyber Security Forum to take place on Safer Internet Day

Cyber Security Forum\i-SAFETY, an international forum on the security of digital technology and digital environment, as part of the Safer Runet Week, will be held on February 9 with the broad participation of Russian and international experts.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9360>

 

How to Choose a Cyber Threat Intelligence Provider

Throughout the course of my career I’ve been blessed to work with some of the most talented folks in the security and cyber threat intelligence mission space to create a variety of different capabilities in the public, private and commercial sectors. Before I came to lead the Verisign iDefense team about five years ago, I had to evaluate external cyber-intelligence vendors to complement and expand the enterprise capabilities of my former organization.

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/how_to_choose_a_cyber>

 

Kaspersky Security Bulletin. Spam and phishing in 2015

<https://securelist.com/analysis/kaspersky-security-bulletin/73591/kaspersky-security-bulletin-spam-and-phishing-in-2015/>

 

How to Choose a Cyber Threat Intelligence Provider by Josh Ray

Throughout the course of my career I've been blessed to work with some of the most talented folks in the security and cyber threat intelligence (CTI) mission space to create a variety of different capabilities in the public, private and commercial sectors. Before I came to lead the Verisign iDefense team about five years ago, I had to evaluate external cyber-intelligence vendors to complement and expand the enterprise capabilities of my former organization.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_how_to_choose_a_cyber_threat_intelligence_provider/>

 

Cybersecurity Smackdown: What Side Are You On?

Analytics vs. Encryption. Prevention vs. Detection. Machine Learning: Promise or Hype? The Firewall: Dead or Still Breathing? The sharpest minds in the security industry debate some of the industry's most contentious issues.

<http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/cybersecurity-smackdown-what-side-are-you-on/a/d-id/1324208>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Final RPM Report Follows ICA Comment and Sets Stage for UDRP Review b Philip Corwin

Domain registrants have long voiced their desire for a comprehensive review and subsequent reforms of the UDRP. That goal is now in sight, and is set to proceed in the manner recommended to ICANN by ICA.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/final-rpm-report/>

 

URS versus UDRP proceedings - choosing the right forum

In 2013 ICANN contracted with third-party service providers to adjudicate ‘clear and convincing’ cases of domain name abuse through the newly established URS programme. Experiences with this new rights protection mechanism established for and applicable to all new gTLDs have been mixed.

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a6ff0def-f4bd-484f-9806-deef0a2318a3>

 

IOC Legal Action To Secure 2024 Olympic Bid Internet Domain Names Seen As Affront To Free Speech

With just days to go until the International Olympic Committee deadline for 2024 Olympic bid cities to submit the first set of formal bid application documents, the IOC is flexing its muscle to control Internet domain names that may relate to those bids, and others in the future.

<http://gamesbids.com/eng/other-news/ioc-legal-action-to-secure-2024-olympic-bid-internet-domain-names-seen-as-affront-to-free-speech/>

 

Powerless over earlier .HK domain name

The dismissal of a complaint brought under the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy for .hk domain names highlighted the importance of adducing sufficient evidence to back up assertions of bad faith. This is especially so when the disputed domain name was registered before the complainant had acquired rights in the relevant trade mark.

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f77f80aa-120c-47e6-92d5-e281a49b15cf>

 

MPAA Takes Over Popcorn Time Domain

The MPAA is now the owner of Popcorntime.io, the domain name which was the home of the most used Popcorn Time fork up until last November. The change of ownership suggests that the Hollywood group reached a settlement with one of the key developers, but has yet to comment on the recent developments.

<https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-takes-over-popcorn-time-domain-160204/>

 

Registrant’s pay-per-click domain is bad faith [registration]

A domain name dispute resolved on December 2 1015 involved the ownership of the domain name ‘behr.ca’. Complainant Behr Process Corporation sought an order that the domain name be transferred to it. Complainant Behr manufactures interior house paints, exterior house paints, decorative finishes, primers, stains and surface preparation products.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=6abd0165-6d73-41af-8e86-f00c32909f97>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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CentralNic co-founder retires from Board, Instra CEO joins

Domain name registrar and new TLD registry CentralNic announced two changes to its board today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/05/centralnic-board-instra/>

 

eu: Notice of termination of registrar agreements

Please note that as of 1 February 2016, the EURid Registrar Accreditation agreement with the following registrars has been terminated:

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2016/notice-termination-registrar-agreements>

 

Uniregistry Adds Domain Name Industry Veterans To Registrar Team [news release]

Uniregistry, a domain name registrar, is proud to announce the hiring of two domain name industry veterans to its team. Effective immediately, Sam Tseng and Alan Crowe are joining Uniregistry's registrar team as account executives, where they will have a key role in growing the company's registrar business.

<http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/uniregistry-adds-domain-name-industry-veterans-to-registrar-team-567692431.html>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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Smart Cities Love IPv6 by Adam Gosling

I recently attended a Forum on Internet of Things in Smart Sustainable Cities: A New Age of Smarter Living staged in Singapore on 18 January 2016. The public forum provided a contextual overview to the second meeting of the ITU Study Group 20: IoT and its applications including Smart Cities and Communities which took place back-to-back with the Forum.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_smart_cities_love_ipv6/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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What can Brands learn from the Domain Industry?

January saw the third NamesCon conference take place in Las Vegas, an event that over the last couple of years has become the focal point for the Domain Industry, regulators and those with involvement in the domain space to get together and both learn and shape how the industry is evolving.

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/02/what-can-brands-learn-from-the-domain-industry/>

 

3 Strategies from the Domain Name Industry That Can Help Entrepreneurs by Jeff Sass

... Owning a TLD is like being an exclusive manufacturer of a one-of-a-kind product. As the registry, owners get paid for every registered domain name ending in their TLD. They are responsible for the technical maintenance that keeps our domain space secure and functional while allowing accredited registrars, such as GoDaddy, to sell domain names on their behalf.

<http://tech.co/strategies-domain-name-industry-entrepreneurs-2016-02>

 

Pritz joins Allegravita and other industry movements

It’s been a busy week in the domain industry for executive changes. Today, we hear that senior ICANN alum Kurt Pritz has joined Chinese domain marketing specialist Allegravita as a “new partner”.

<http://domainincite.com/19952-pritz-joins-allegravita-and-other-industry-movements>

 

Kurt Pritz joins Allegravita

Kurt Pritz has joined Allegravita, a consulting firm led by Simon Cousins that helps companies in the Chinese market.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/04/kurt-pritz-allegravita/>

 

Inside China Specialist Allegravita's New Partnership with Former ICANN CSO Kurt Pritz

On Thursday (Feb. 4, 2016) Allegravita, well-known strategic advisors to companies who want to do business in China, announced a new partnership with the highly regarded former Chief Strategy Officer at ICANN, Kurt Pritz, who during his time there was regarded as the "point man" for ICANN's ambitious new gTLD program. After leaving ICANN in 2012 Pritz remained in the industry as Executive Director of the Domain Name Association until he resigned from that post this past October.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160205.htm>

 

DeviceAtlas Brings Device Awareness To HAProxy

DeviceAtlas®, the market leader for device detection software, today announced the immediate availability of its device detection capabilities within HAProxy, the world’s most widely used load balancing and proxying solution.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2016/02/01/deviceatlas-brings-device-awareness-haproxy>

 

Neustar Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015

Neustar, Inc. ... announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015 and affirmed guidance for full-year 2016.

<https://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2016/neustar-reports-results-for-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2015>

 

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WEBHOSTING

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EU-US Privacy Shield and its Impact on Small and Mid-Sized Hosting Providers

In an interview with the WHIR, David Snead, i2Coalition board chair and chair of the public policy group said that the Privacy Shield agreement is a “really good start” but that there are still more details that need to be ironed out.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/eu-us-privacy-shield-and-its-impact-on-small-and-mid-sized-hosting-providers>

 

Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in January 2016

With just a single failed request, Datapipe had the most reliable hosting company site in January. It featured in the top ten for all but one month in 2015 and last topped the table in July.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/02/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-january-2016.html>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio get “Domain Name Bump” after Iowa

Interest in domain names related to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio increase after vote in Iowa.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/04/ted-cruz-marco-rubio-get-domain-name-bump-after-iowa/>

 

3-Letter .Com Brings $235,000 to Top This Week's Sales Chart - Big Australian ccTLD Sale is #2

The New Year has just gotten started but an old favorite continues to create the biggest sales. 3-letter .coms went ballistic in 2015 and yet another one tops this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after BGI.com changed hands for $235,000 in a private transaction. In addition to our latest weekly chart we also just published our first Year to Date Top Sales Chart of 2016 and four of the top five sales on that list are 3-letter .coms.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160203.htm>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fifth Quarterly Report on the Transition of the Stewardship of the IANA Functions<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GNSO Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Policy Development Process Recommendations for ICANN Board Consideration<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WHOIS 2015 Annual Report Highlights Recent Accomplishments by Karen Mulberry<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 was a banner year for ICANN in the area of WHOIS improvements. Today, ICANN published the 2015 Annual Report, which showcases those achievements and describes ICANN's progress against the recommendations from the 2012 Review Team. ICANN is also preparing for the next review team to be convened in late 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/whois-2015-annual-report-highlights-recent-accomplishments"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/whois-2015-annual-report-highlights-recent-accomplishments</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Response from Fadi Chehad&eacute; and Thomas Schneider to Letter Dated January 11th, 2016 Re: Composition of the Review Team on Competition, Consumer Choice and Trust<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Re: Composition of the Review Team on Competition, Consumer Choice and Trust<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-schneider-to-bc-04feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-schneider-to-bc-04feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fifth Quarterly Report on the Transition of the Stewardship of the IANA Functions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NTIA provides quarterly reports on all aspects of the proposed transition of the U.S. government&rsquo;s stewardship role over the IANA functions. NTIA&rsquo;s previous reports are posted here. This fifth report covers activities from October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. As required by Public Law 113-235, NTIA will update this report on a quarterly basis.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ntia.doc.gov/report/2016/fifth-report-iana-functions-transition"><span>https://www.ntia.doc.gov/report/2016/fifth-report-iana-functions-transition</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Announces June Panama Meeting To Be Relocated Due To Zika Virus<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN announced yesterday that their 56th public meeting that was to be held in Panama City, scheduled to be held in June 2016, will be moved to another location due to the severity of the Zika Virus outbreak in the Latin America region.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24475"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24475</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/06/icann-june-panama-meeting-relocated/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/06/icann-june-panama-meeting-relocated/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN cancels Panama due to Zika virus<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has cancelled its upcoming meeting in Panama City, Panama, due to the Zika virus.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19959-icann-cancels-panama-due-to-zika-virus"><span>http://domainincite.com/19959-icann-cancels-panama-due-to-zika-virus</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN&rsquo;s Meeting App For ICANN55 Now Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN&rsquo;s next public meeting is scheduled for March 5 &ndash; 10 in Marrakech, Morocco. While that might be a month away the organisation has already launched their meeting app for the meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2016/02/04/icanns-meeting-app-for-icann55-now-available/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2016/02/04/icanns-meeting-app-for-icann55-now-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ted Cruz slams Chehade over Chinese &ldquo;conflict&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has taken time out of his busy primaries schedule to lay into ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade over his new job on a Chinese policy panel.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19954-ted-cruz-slams-chehade-over-chinese-conflict"><span>http://domainincite.com/19954-ted-cruz-slams-chehade-over-chinese-conflict</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Republican Presidential Candidate Upset With ICANN CEO by Michele Neylon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Republican senator and US presidential candidate Ted Cruz is not very happy with ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade. In a letter dated today, Cruz along with two other senators, have dropped some pointed questions for Chehade in relation to his involvement with a recent meeting in China... "As you must know, the World Internet Conference is not a beacon of free speech..."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_republican_presidential_candidate_upset_with_icann_ceo/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_republican_presidential_candidate_upset_with_icann_ceo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Senator Ted Cruz has accused the head of domain name overseer ICANN of being complicit in Chinese online censorship.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/04/cruz_questions_icann_chinese_censorship_role/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/04/cruz_questions_icann_chinese_censorship_role/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>be: Social media and domain names: no love-hate relationship<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Social media AND domain names, two communication tools that can go together easily. That is what we at DNS Belgium think, in any event. We have long been convinced of the utility of having both. For the non-believers, we would like to go over the advantages as well as the disadvantages, without making the case for domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/social-media-and-domain-names-no-love-hate-relationship"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/social-media-and-domain-names-no-love-hate-relationship</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.CA team is recognized as a top employer in the National Capital Region<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers announced the CIRA, operators of the .CA domain, has been ranked as a top employer in Ottawa for a second year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cira.ca/news/ca-team-recognized-top-employer-national-capital-region"><span>https://cira.ca/news/ca-team-recognized-top-employer-national-capital-region</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.ch domain in sound health and data as new currency<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This year&rsquo;s Domain pulse conference brought together Internet experts and opinion leaders to discuss the topics of online surveillance, security and governance. Switzerland is playing a pioneering role with its secure .ch domain and legislation on dealing with malware.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.switch.ch/news/domainpulse/"><span>http://www.switch.ch/news/domainpulse/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China Domain Name Industry Conference 2016 Wrapped up<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On January 20, China Domain Name Industry Conference 2016 was held in Guangzhou. Delegates from over 80 domain name registries and domain name registrars including Xinnet Digital, Aliyun, Zodiac and Afilias attended the conference, Pei Wei</span><span lang="EN-US">&#65292;</span><span>Head of the Internet Division of the Information Communication Management Bureau at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) , Li Xiaodong, Director of CNNIC attended and addressed the conference.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/201602/t20160201_53344.htm"><span>http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/201602/t20160201_53344.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CZ.NIC Publications releases a comic book inspired by the popular How to Use the Internet series<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Computer passwords, the risks of using public computers, Internet history, and nine other interesting topics now can be found in a comic book, which under a free license complemented the CZ.NIC Publications series of books of the Czech national domain administrator.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nic.cz/page/3155/cz.nic-publications-releases-a-comic-book-inspired-by-the-popular-how-to-use-the-internet-series-/"><span>http://www.nic.cz/page/3155/cz.nic-publications-releases-a-comic-book-inspired-by-the-popular-how-to-use-the-internet-series-/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>eu: Q4 2015 progress report now available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid, has shown that during Q4 2015, the number of .eu registrations increased by 7 937 domain names, a net increase of 0.2%, to 3.87 million.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2016/q4-2015-progress-report-now-available"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2016/q4-2015-progress-report-now-available</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Number of .eu registrations up 8,000 in Q4 to 3.87 mln<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The number of .eu registrations increased by 7,937 domain names, a net increase of 0.2 percent, to 3.87 million in Q4 2015, according to a report from the .eu registry, EURid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/number-of-eu-registrations-up-8000-in-q4-to-387-mln--1126561"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/number-of-eu-registrations-up-8000-in-q4-to-387-mln--1126561</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fi: Registrars must make sure that domain names are correctly linked to their user account<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest newsletter 1/2016 contains instructions for future registrars to move their customers from the old domain name system to the new one. To guarantee a smooth transition, registrars' customers must be linked to their accounts by 5 September 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://domain.fi/info/en/index/tietoa/ajankohtaista/2016/P_2.html"><span>https://domain.fi/info/en/index/tietoa/ajankohtaista/2016/P_2.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fr: Afnic joins Arcep in its assignment to determine the state of deployment of IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afnic will be closely associated with the assignment to determine the state of deployment of IPv6 that was entrusted early in January to ARCEP by Axelle Lemaire.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9646/show/afnic-joins-arcep-in-its-assignment-to-determine-the-state-of-deployment-of-ipv6-2.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9646/show/afnic-joins-arcep-in-its-assignment-to-determine-the-state-of-deployment-of-ipv6-2.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why Aren&rsquo;t More IE Domains Registered?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IEDR have published some details on .ie domain name registrations during 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.blacknight.com/who-registered-ie-domains-in-2015.html"><span>http://blog.blacknight.com/who-registered-ie-domains-in-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Almost 100 .ie domains registered every day in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>35,225 new .ie domains were registered in 2015, or 96 a day, a 13% increase on 2014 and the highest annual number since 2011.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iedr.ie/2016/02/almost-100-ie-domains-registered-every-day-in-2015/"><span>https://www.iedr.ie/2016/02/almost-100-ie-domains-registered-every-day-in-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Law Gets 5K Registrations in 1st 90 days: We Break Down The Numbers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>According to a press release out today, Minds + Machines Group Limited, the owner of the new ".law" and .abogado (Lawyer in Spanish) TLDs, "announced that .law has successfully completed its first 90 days since general availability having fulfilled more than 5,000 verified registrations, with over 700 premium names including numerous domains which have sold for $100,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2016/02/04/law/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2016/02/04/law/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nl: Warning: phishing mail claiming to be from SIDN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A number of our clients, including registrars and registrants, have told us about e-mail messages they have received with the subject 'URGENT: Aanmaning voor uw telefoonnummer' ('URGENT: Demand for payment for your phone number!') or 'Aandacht: Aanmaning van uw openstaande factuur bij SIDN' ('Urgent: Demand for payment of your outstanding SIDN invoice'). Recipients are asked to immediately pay an outstanding sum for creating a phone number in SIDN's database. Please note that these e-mails do not come from SIDN and you should definitely not do what the message demands.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/warning-phishing-mail-claiming-to-be-from-sidn"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/warning-phishing-mail-claiming-to-be-from-sidn</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nl: 9 February: Safer Internet Day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tuesday 9 February is Safer Internet Day! Safer Internet Day is an annual event held on the second Tuesday of February, when more than a hundred countries around the world highlight the topic of safe and responsible internet use by young people.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/9-february-safer-internet-day"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/9-february-safer-internet-day</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Amendment to Operations and Procedures Policy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In November 2015 a revised .nz policy framework took effect which saw the number of main .nz policies reduced to four. One of these was the OP policy which sets out the operations and procedures that apply to the running of the .nz domain name space. We have now realised that due to an administrative error, an aspect of this policy was omitted when it was put into effect on 9 November 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnc.org.nz/story/amendment-operations-and-procedures-op-policy"><span>http://dnc.org.nz/story/amendment-operations-and-procedures-op-policy</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Runet&rsquo;s self-regulation and information security &ndash; main trends of 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ROCIT has become the fifth competent organization to cooperate with the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.</span><span lang="RU">&#1056;&#1060;</span><span> in countering illegal content. The two organizations signed an agreement on revealing and blocking resources spreading illegal content at the February 3 news conference, </span><span lang="RU">&ldquo;</span><span>Safe Internet.</span><span lang="RU">&rdquo;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9358"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9358</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Nominet Publish Lyons Report And Board Response</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet have published the Lyons report. The report was prepared by Sir Michael Lyons at Nominet&rsquo;s request to investigate the registry&rsquo;s operations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2016/02/04/nominet-publish-lyons-report-and-board-response/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2016/02/04/nominet-publish-lyons-report-and-board-response/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Nominet urged to improve stakeholder engagement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet has been urged to improve its engagement with stakeholders and to clarify its public purpose, in a report completed by former BBC chairman Sir Michael Lyons.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/nominet-urged-to-improve-stakeholder-engagement-4614"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/nominet-urged-to-improve-stakeholder-engagement-4614</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Registrations Pass 12 Million, .XYZ and Donuts Pass 2 Million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The total number of domain names registered across all of the new gTLDs continues to grow strongly with the 12 millionth registration happening around 4 February according to nTLDstats.com. And the .xyz gTLD accounts for around one in six, or 2.099 million, of these.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24478"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24478</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/08/new-gtld-registrations-12m-xyz-2m/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/08/new-gtld-registrations-12m-xyz-2m/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts Handles Two Millionth Domain Name Registration<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts Inc. has processed its two millionth first-time new domain name registration. The name&mdash;Schedule.HOLIDAY&mdash;was registered this week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-handles-two-millionth-domain-name-registration"><span>http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-handles-two-millionth-domain-name-registration</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Controversially Rejects .GAY Community Application Again<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has rejected the community application for .gay by dotgay LLC again because it wasn&rsquo;t deemed to be community enough. The application has been through the Community Priority Evaluation and reconsideration processes twice.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24470"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24470</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/04/icann-rejects-gay-community-application/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/04/icann-rejects-gay-community-application/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Key ways to defend against phishing in 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The biggest security threat to companies right now is phishing. Phishing was traditionally a problem for the banking and finance industries, but now it&rsquo;s a growing threat in other sectors like retail, media, and government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/key-ways-to-defend-against-phishing-in-2016/"><span>http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/key-ways-to-defend-against-phishing-in-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DDoS as a Smokescreen for Fraud and Theft<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There&rsquo;s nothing subtle about a DDoS attack. Your incident response console is lit up like a Christmas tree. Alarms are going off indicating that your network is down or severely disrupted. System users and managers are sending you panicky messages that business has ground to a halt. Meanwhile your mind is racing: Who would do this to us? Some kind of cyber extortionist? An unsavory competitor? Hactivitists trying to send a message?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/ddos-as-a-smokescreen-for-fraud-and-theft/"><span>http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/ddos-as-a-smokescreen-for-fraud-and-theft/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the Crosshairs: Would Hacktivists Target You with a DDoS Attack?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hacktivists from Anonymous recently took down the websites of the Nissan car company with a DDoS attack in protest of Japanese whaling. While Nissan has nothing to do with whaling, they happen to be a big brand and Japanese, which was enough to make them a target.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/in-the-crosshairs-would-hacktivists-target-you-with-a-ddos-attack/"><span>http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/in-the-crosshairs-would-hacktivists-target-you-with-a-ddos-attack/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Russian Cyber Security Forum to take place on Safer Internet Day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber Security Forum\i-SAFETY, an international forum on the security of digital technology and digital environment, as part of the Safer Runet Week, will be held on February 9 with the broad participation of Russian and international experts. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9360"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9360</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How to Choose a Cyber Threat Intelligence Provider<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Throughout the course of my career I&rsquo;ve been blessed to work with some of the most talented folks in the security and cyber threat intelligence mission space to create a variety of different capabilities in the public, private and commercial sectors. Before I came to lead the Verisign iDefense team about five years ago, I had to evaluate external cyber-intelligence vendors to complement and expand the enterprise capabilities of my former organization.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/how_to_choose_a_cyber"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/how_to_choose_a_cyber</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kaspersky Security Bulletin. Spam and phishing in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://securelist.com/analysis/kaspersky-security-bulletin/73591/kaspersky-security-bulletin-spam-and-phishing-in-2015/"><span>https://securelist.com/analysis/kaspersky-security-bulletin/73591/kaspersky-security-bulletin-spam-and-phishing-in-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How to Choose a Cyber Threat Intelligence Provider by Josh Ray<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Throughout the course of my career I've been blessed to work with some of the most talented folks in the security and cyber threat intelligence (CTI) mission space to create a variety of different capabilities in the public, private and commercial sectors. Before I came to lead the Verisign iDefense team about five years ago, I had to evaluate external cyber-intelligence vendors to complement and expand the enterprise capabilities of my former organization.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_how_to_choose_a_cyber_threat_intelligence_provider/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_how_to_choose_a_cyber_threat_intelligence_provider/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybersecurity Smackdown: What Side Are You On?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Analytics vs. Encryption. Prevention vs. Detection. Machine Learning: Promise or Hype? The Firewall: Dead or Still Breathing? The sharpest minds in the security industry debate some of the industry's most contentious issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/cybersecurity-smackdown-what-side-are-you-on/a/d-id/1324208"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/cybersecurity-smackdown-what-side-are-you-on/a/d-id/1324208</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Final RPM Report Follows ICA Comment and Sets Stage for UDRP Review b Philip Corwin</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain registrants have long voiced their desire for a comprehensive review and subsequent reforms of the UDRP. That goal is now in sight, and is set to proceed in the manner recommended to ICANN by ICA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/final-rpm-report/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/final-rpm-report/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>URS versus UDRP proceedings - choosing the right forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2013 ICANN contracted with third-party service providers to adjudicate &lsquo;clear and convincing&rsquo; cases of domain name abuse through the newly established URS programme. Experiences with this new rights protection mechanism established for and applicable to all new gTLDs have been mixed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a6ff0def-f4bd-484f-9806-deef0a2318a3"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a6ff0def-f4bd-484f-9806-deef0a2318a3</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IOC Legal Action To Secure 2024 Olympic Bid Internet Domain Names Seen As Affront To Free Speech<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With just days to go until the International Olympic Committee deadline for 2024 Olympic bid cities to submit the first set of formal bid application documents, the IOC is flexing its muscle to control Internet domain names that may relate to those bids, and others in the future.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gamesbids.com/eng/other-news/ioc-legal-action-to-secure-2024-olympic-bid-internet-domain-names-seen-as-affront-to-free-speech/"><span>http://gamesbids.com/eng/other-news/ioc-legal-action-to-secure-2024-olympic-bid-internet-domain-names-seen-as-affront-to-free-speech/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Powerless over earlier .HK domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The dismissal of a complaint brought under the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy for .hk domain names highlighted the importance of adducing sufficient evidence to back up assertions of bad faith. This is especially so when the disputed domain name was registered before the complainant had acquired rights in the relevant trade mark.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f77f80aa-120c-47e6-92d5-e281a49b15cf"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f77f80aa-120c-47e6-92d5-e281a49b15cf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MPAA Takes Over Popcorn Time Domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The MPAA is now the owner of Popcorntime.io, the domain name which was the home of the most used Popcorn Time fork up until last November. The change of ownership suggests that the Hollywood group reached a settlement with one of the key developers, but has yet to comment on the recent developments.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-takes-over-popcorn-time-domain-160204/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-takes-over-popcorn-time-domain-160204/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Registrant&rsquo;s pay-per-click domain is bad faith [registration]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A domain name dispute resolved on December 2 1015 involved the ownership of the domain name &lsquo;behr.ca&rsquo;. Complainant Behr Process Corporation sought an order that the domain name be transferred to it. Complainant Behr manufactures interior house paints, exterior house paints, decorative finishes, primers, stains and surface preparation products.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=6abd0165-6d73-41af-8e86-f00c32909f97"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=6abd0165-6d73-41af-8e86-f00c32909f97</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic co-founder retires from Board, Instra CEO joins<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain name registrar and new TLD registry CentralNic announced two changes to its board today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/05/centralnic-board-instra/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/05/centralnic-board-instra/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>eu: Notice of termination of registrar agreements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Please note that as of 1 February 2016, the EURid Registrar Accreditation agreement with the following registrars has been terminated:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2016/notice-termination-registrar-agreements"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2016/notice-termination-registrar-agreements</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry Adds Domain Name Industry Veterans To Registrar Team [news release]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry, a domain name registrar, is proud to announce the hiring of two domain name industry veterans to its team. Effective immediately, Sam Tseng and Alan Crowe are joining Uniregistry's registrar team as account executives, where they will have a key role in growing the company's registrar business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/uniregistry-adds-domain-name-industry-veterans-to-registrar-team-567692431.html"><span>http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/uniregistry-adds-domain-name-industry-veterans-to-registrar-team-567692431.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Smart Cities Love IPv6 by Adam Gosling<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I recently attended a Forum on Internet of Things in Smart Sustainable Cities: A New Age of Smarter Living staged in Singapore on 18 January 2016. The public forum provided a contextual overview to the second meeting of the ITU Study Group 20: IoT and its applications including Smart Cities and Communities which took place back-to-back with the Forum.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_smart_cities_love_ipv6/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_smart_cities_love_ipv6/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What can Brands learn from the Domain Industry?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>January saw the third NamesCon conference take place in Las Vegas, an event that over the last couple of years has become the focal point for the Domain Industry, regulators and those with involvement in the domain space to get together and both learn and shape how the industry is evolving.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/02/what-can-brands-learn-from-the-domain-industry/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/02/what-can-brands-learn-from-the-domain-industry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>3 Strategies from the Domain Name Industry That Can Help Entrepreneurs by Jeff Sass<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... Owning a TLD is like being an exclusive manufacturer of a one-of-a-kind product. As the registry, owners get paid for every registered domain name ending in their TLD. They are responsible for the technical maintenance that keeps our domain space secure and functional while allowing accredited registrars, such as GoDaddy, to sell domain names on their behalf.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://tech.co/strategies-domain-name-industry-entrepreneurs-2016-02"><span>http://tech.co/strategies-domain-name-industry-entrepreneurs-2016-02</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pritz joins Allegravita and other industry movements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s been a busy week in the domain industry for executive changes. Today, we hear that senior ICANN alum Kurt Pritz has joined Chinese domain marketing specialist Allegravita as a &ldquo;new partner&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19952-pritz-joins-allegravita-and-other-industry-movements"><span>http://domainincite.com/19952-pritz-joins-allegravita-and-other-industry-movements</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kurt Pritz joins Allegravita<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kurt Pritz has joined Allegravita, a consulting firm led by Simon Cousins that helps companies in the Chinese market.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/04/kurt-pritz-allegravita/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/04/kurt-pritz-allegravita/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Inside China Specialist Allegravita's New Partnership with Former ICANN CSO Kurt Pritz<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Thursday (Feb. 4, 2016) Allegravita, well-known strategic advisors to companies who want to do business in China, announced a new partnership with the highly regarded former Chief Strategy Officer at ICANN, Kurt Pritz, who during his time there was regarded as the "point man" for ICANN's ambitious new gTLD program. After leaving ICANN in 2012 Pritz remained in the industry as Executive Director of the Domain Name Association until he resigned from that post this past October.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160205.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160205.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DeviceAtlas Brings Device Awareness To HAProxy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DeviceAtlas&reg;, the market leader for device detection software, today announced the immediate availability of its device detection capabilities within HAProxy, the world&rsquo;s most widely used load balancing and proxying solution.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2016/02/01/deviceatlas-brings-device-awareness-haproxy"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2016/02/01/deviceatlas-brings-device-awareness-haproxy</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neustar Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neustar, Inc. ... announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015 and affirmed guidance for full-year 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2016/neustar-reports-results-for-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2015"><span>https://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2016/neustar-reports-results-for-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EU-US Privacy Shield and its Impact on Small and Mid-Sized Hosting Providers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In an interview with the WHIR, David Snead, i2Coalition board chair and chair of the public policy group said that the Privacy Shield agreement is a &ldquo;really good start&rdquo; but that there are still more details that need to be ironed out.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/eu-us-privacy-shield-and-its-impact-on-small-and-mid-sized-hosting-providers"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/eu-us-privacy-shield-and-its-impact-on-small-and-mid-sized-hosting-providers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in January 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With just a single failed request, Datapipe had the most reliable hosting company site in January. It featured in the top ten for all but one month in 2015 and last topped the table in July.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/02/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-january-2016.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/02/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-january-2016.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio get &ldquo;Domain Name Bump&rdquo; after Iowa<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Interest in domain names related to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio increase after vote in Iowa.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/04/ted-cruz-marco-rubio-get-domain-name-bump-after-iowa/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/04/ted-cruz-marco-rubio-get-domain-name-bump-after-iowa/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>3-Letter .Com Brings $235,000 to Top This Week's Sales Chart - Big Australian ccTLD Sale is #2<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The New Year has just gotten started but an old favorite continues to create the biggest sales. 3-letter .coms went ballistic in 2015 and yet another one tops this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after BGI.com changed hands for $235,000 in a private transaction. In addition to our latest weekly chart we also just published our first Year to Date Top Sales Chart of 2016 and four of the top five sales on that list are 3-letter .coms. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160203.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160203.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 4 Feb 04:39 2016

auDA domain news - 4 February

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BGC's Comments on Recent Reconsideration Request by Chris Disspain, Chair, BGC

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/bgc-s-comments-on-recent-reconsideration-request>

 

AusRegistry: Latest Behind The Dot Examines .AU Security And Global Cyber Threats

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/ausregistry-behind-the-dot-security-global-cyber-threats/>

 

Behind the Dot magazine examines security in .au and global cyber threats by Adrian Kinderis, CEO AusRegistry [including An international perspective: DNSSEC in Austria]

<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/behind-the-dot-magazine-examines-security-in-au-and-global-cyber-threats>

 

$41m auction loser tries to slam brakes on .shop

<http://domainincite.com/19907-41m-auction-loser-tries-to-slam-brakes-on-shop>

 

“We’re not homophobic!” ICANN pleads as it throws out .gay appeal

<http://domainincite.com/19935-were-not-homophobic-icann-pleads-as-it-throws-out-gay-appeal>

 

US Pharmacy Association Extends List of Not Recommended Websites, Pushes Use of .PHARMACY

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/us-pharmacy-association-extends-list-of-not-recommended-websites-pushes-use-of-pharmacy/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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What can ICANN do? Human Rights and Internet Governance

Who governs the Internet? The answer might be surprising. Since 1998, key parts of Internet governance have been administered by an organisation called ICANN, under contract from the NTIA (part of the US Department of Commerce). ICANN’s involvement comes under the remit of one of its departments – the IANA. IANA, amongst other things, hands out blocks of IP addresses to countries and approves domain names – both essential parts of the Internet’s digital infrastructure.

<http://beyondthestate.net/2016/01/26/what-can-icann-do-human-rights-and-internet-governance/>

 

Asia Pacific to participate in Internet’s governance

Asia Pacific is set to participate in Internet's governance as the long-awaited proposal to end the U.S. Government's stewardship over vital Internet technical functions is almost complete.

<http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/industries/asia-pacific-to-participate-in-internets-governance/>

 

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Leading into Marrakech: An Update from the CCWG-Accountability co-Chairs

The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN’s Accountability has ushered in 2016 with a full schedule and renewed dedication to its mission.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/leading-into-marrakech-an-update-from-the-ccwg-accountability-co-chairs>

 

BGC's Comments on Recent Reconsideration Request by Chris Disspain, Chair, BGC

During its meetings on 13 January and 1 February 2016, ICANN's Board Governance Committee considered a Request for Reconsideration filed by dotgay LLC. This request asked us to reconsider the outcome of a Community Priority Evaluation, which resulted in dotgay LLC's .GAY application not achieving community priority. Having carefully considered the Request for Reconsideration, the BGC denied it at our face-to-face meeting on 1 February 2016.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/bgc-s-comments-on-recent-reconsideration-request>

 

Updated PDT Specifications: Whois Test Updates

ICANN has updated the PDT Whois test specifications and published a new Whois self-test tool. The updated Whois tests incorporate the requirements of the Additional Whois Information Policy and Whois Advisory.

<https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-03feb16-en>

 

The Korean Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules

ICANN is pleased to announce the formation of the Generation Panel to develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules for Korean.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-01-en>

 

Letter from Thomas Schneider, Chair | ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee, to Steve Crocker

GAC Advice Effectiveness Review Report

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocker-2-29jan16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Thomas Schneider, Chair | ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee, to Steve Crocker

Current rounds of new gTLDs Safeguards

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocker-29jan16-en.pdf>

 

Paris partner picked for ICANN panel

ICANN, the organization at the heart of the internet, regulating domain names, has selected Hogan Lovells partner David Taylor as one of only two European members to serve on the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team. The other European member is the Principal Advisor responsible for internet governance issues and the Internet Governance Task Force at the European Commission.

<http://www.limegreenipnews.com/2016/02/paris-partner-picked-for-icann-panel/>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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AusRegistry: Latest Behind The Dot Examines .AU Security And Global Cyber Threats

With internet security becoming an ever growing threat and ever more important issue, the latest issue of the quarterly Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain from AusRegistry examines these issues with a focus on .au.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24466>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/ausregistry-behind-the-dot-security-global-cyber-threats/>

 

Behind the Dot magazine examines security in .au and global cyber threats by Adrian Kinderis, CEO AusRegistry [including An international perspective: DNSSEC in Austria]

I am pleased to announce the release of the sixth edition of AusRegistry’s industry report, Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain. Trust is an integral aspect of the .au namespace. Our .au survey has consistently shown that Australian Internet users are more likely to trust a website that ends in .au and that they associate .au domain names with Australian entities.

<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/behind-the-dot-magazine-examines-security-in-au-and-global-cyber-threats>

 

Cybercrime on .CH Websites Declines In 2015, But Increases On Swiss Companies Using Other TLDs

The number of incidents of cybercrime on websites using .ch (Switzerland) and .li (Liechtenstein) domains decreased in 2015 while there was an increase in the number of phishing attacks on Swiss companies’ websites with other domain endings, the SWITCH Foundation, which operates the registry for both ccTLDs, announced.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/01/cybercrime-ch-websites-declines-2015/>

 

$41m auction loser tries to slam brakes on .shop

Lawyer-happy gTLD applicant Commercial Connect has put GMO Registry’s $41 million purchase of the new gTLD .shop in jeopardy by filing an appeal with ICANN.

<http://domainincite.com/19907-41m-auction-loser-tries-to-slam-brakes-on-shop>

 

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NEW TLDS

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“We’re not homophobic!” ICANN pleads as it throws out .gay appeal

ICANN has refused dotgay LLC’s latest appeal against adverse .gay decisions, and has taken the unusual step of preemptively defending itself against probably inevitable accusations from gay rights groups.

<http://domainincite.com/19935-were-not-homophobic-icann-pleads-as-it-throws-out-gay-appeal>

 

.Gay domain name applicant denied again

ICANN Board Governance Committee denies one .gay applicant’s request for reconsideration.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/03/gay-applicant-denied-again/>

 

DCA sues ICANN for fraud, demands cash

New gTLD applicants may have signed away all their rights to sue ICANN, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for loose-cannon .dotafrica .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica.

<http://domainincite.com/19922-dca-sues-icann-for-fraud-demands-cash>

 

Windfalls still biggest money-spinner for M+M

Minds + Machines is still pulling in most of its cash from one-time new gTLD auction defeats, according to its latest trading update.

<http://domainincite.com/19918-windfalls-still-biggest-money-spinner-for-mm>

 

MP calls for .cornwall domain

North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson has said that an internet domain name for Cornwall could benefit local businesses and help promote the Duchy as a tourist destination.

<https://www.businesscornwall.co.uk/news-by-industry/digital-industries/2014/07/mp-calls-for-cornwall-domain/>

 

Minds + Machines scores big with premium domain names

Internet TLDs company Minds + Machines finished 2015 with a flourish, enjoying significant growth in billings.

<http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/122030/minds-machines-scores-big-with-premium-domain-names-122030.html>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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Lessons to Be Learned from the Armada Collective's DDoS Attacks on Greek Banks by Meg Bear

'It could've been worse' is a fascinating expression. It implies that the incident in question obviously could have been worse than expected, however it also implies that it could have been better, ultimately leading to the conclusion that it was at least somewhat bad. So both fortunately and unfortunately for three Greek banks, the ransom DDoS attacks levied against them by hacker group the Armada Collective could have been worse.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160202_lessons_learned_from_armada_collectives_ddos_attacks_greek_banks/>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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US Pharmacy Association Extends List of Not Recommended Websites, Pushes Use of .PHARMACY

The US National Association of Boards of Pharmacy issued a report this week discussing the continued need to fight against illegal online drug sellers, as they contribute to the America's prescription opioid epidemic.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24467>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/us-pharmacy-association-extends-list-of-not-recommended-websites-pushes-use-of-pharmacy/>

 

NABP’s List of Not Recommended Websites Continues to Grow

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy issued a report today, discussing the continued need to fight against illegal online drug sellers, as they contribute to the nation’s prescription opioid epidemic. As noted in the Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: January 2016, the total number of websites classified as Not Recommended by NABP has grown to 10,668 due to the fact that the websites are selling prescription medications out of compliance with state and federal laws and/or NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards.

<http://www.nabp.net/news/nabp-s-list-of-not-recommended-websites-continues-to-grow>

 

Internet gripe sites and rants: Can anything be done?

Responding to defamatory online content, including negative and inaccurate online reviews, tweets, Facebook or blog posts, can be very challenging. Nevertheless, there are some tips and tools that can prove helpful in removing defamatory content. ... Proactive tips to consider include registering potential "gripe" domain name addresses, such as .sucks registrations. Southwest Airlines has registered southwestsucks.com and then provides contact information for lodging complaints at that address, which may redirect some complaints in a more constructive way. You may also benefit from hiring online reputation management firms.

<http://www.insidecounsel.com/2016/02/01/internet-gripe-sites-and-rants-can-anything-be-don>

 

Cybersquatting and how to stop it

You have worked hard to build your company's name, and now customers routinely seek out your brand. Your busy website is bringing in significant sales every day. One day, you mistype the address of that website and another one pops up instead. Its domain name is strikingly similar to yours. It is selling products that look strikingly similar, too.

<http://www.wilkauslander.com/news-and-insights/insights/Cybersquatting-and-How-to-Stop-It>

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a4351506-9003-4d09-998e-9ccbbeed032f>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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MoveYourDomainDay 2016

Namecheap’s fifth annual MoveYourDomainDay happens on February 2 this year.

<https://blog.namecheap.com/moveyourdomainday-2016/>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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He’s sitting on a stack of sweet, sweet IPv4 addresses … and needs some advice

“ISP wants a /24 back, what’s it worth?” The question comes from a user of the Reddit section devoted to networking … and I’m afraid the answer eventually boils down to “it depends.”

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/3028767/internet/he-s-sitting-on-a-stack-of-sweet-sweet-ipv4-addresses-and-needs-some-advice.html>

 

Using IPv6 with Linux? You’ve likely been visited by Shodan and other scanners

One of the benefits of the next-generation Internet protocol known as IPv6 is the enhanced privacy it offers over its IPv4 predecessor. With a staggering 2128 (or about 3.4×1038) theoretical addresses available, its IP pool is immune to the types of systematic scans that criminal hackers and researchers routinely perform to locate vulnerable devices and networks with IPv4 addresses. What's more, IPv6 addresses can contain regularly changing, partially randomized extensions. Together, the IPv6 features cloak devices in a quasi anonymity that's not possible with IPv4.

<http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/using-ipv6-with-linux-youve-likely-been-visited-by-shodan-and-other-scanners/>

 

Behind the Curtain: Making IPv6 Work by George Michaelson

Wouldn't it be nice if turning on IPv6 really was 'press one button and the rest is magic' easy? For some things, it is. If you're talking about client-side, enabling an IPv4-only home service on DSL or fibre really can be this simple, because all the heavy lifting is being done inside your ISP: you're not enabling IPv6 in the network, you're turning on the last mile. It was knocking at your door and you just had to let it in.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160201_behind_the_curtain_making_ipv6_work/>

 

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What’s in a name? Everything, actually... by Francesco Cetraro

Your choice of domain name extension has an effect on how customers see your brand. Here is why it matters so much.

<http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/32087-whats-in-a-name-everything-actually>

 

Updates on Domaining Europe As Conference Just Four Months Away

With four months to go until the Domaining Europe 2016 in The Hague, the organisers have given an update on presentations, panels and sponsors.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/01/updates-on-domaining-europe-as-conference-just-four-months-away/>

 

Big Changes at Sedo Bring Promotions for Two Top Managers - Dima Beitzke Becomes Global CSO, Christian Voss Now CMO - New CFO Also Comes Onboard

Domain industry giant Sedo announced some major structural changes to the company's management team this morning - changes that bring promotions to two well-known managers as well as a key addition to the leadership team.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160202.htm>

 

Dubai to Get a New Domain Conference - Meetings in India & The Netherlands Also Imminent

NamesCon got the 2016 domain conference calendar off to a great start last month and after a brief respite this month, we will see successive meetings in India, Dubai and the Netherlands over the next three months.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160201.htm>

 

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WEBHOSTING

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Save the Date for HostingCon Global 2016

Penton has announced the setting for HostingCon Global 2016. The hosting and cloud community will gather in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center from Sunday, July 24 to Wednesday, July 27, 2016 for the must-attend conference.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/save-the-date-for-hostingcon-global-2016>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Buying “Distressed” Domain Names – DNW Podcast #69

Companies own a lot of great domain names, but prying them from their hands can be difficult. When companies go through bankruptcy or reorganization, however, there’s a buying opportunity for domain names that have been locked up for years. Today’s guest, Dmitriy Chemlin, discusses how Hilco Streambank helps sell domain names from “distressed” companies, and how you can get in on the action.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/01/buying-distressed-domain-names-dnw-podcast-69/>

 

Evidence That Donald Trump’s Campaign Team Is Unbelievably Cunning And Foresighted

... Starting with the bits of evidence that are a testament to this, his organization is said to have bought about 3,000 domain names before the beginning of the campaign over a few years. And the main reason for this was supposedly to prevent people intent on sullying his image getting their hands on a domain targeted against him, for example DonaldTrumpSucks.com.

<http://www.inquisitr.com/2755593/evidence-that-donald-trumps-campaign-team-is-unbelievably-uncanny/>

 

.Com Winners & Losers: Chinese registrars, Uniregistry continue surge

ICANN has published Verisign’s registrar data for .com from October, and it shows the continued surge of registrations in China.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/02/com-winners-hichina-ename-uniregistry/>

 

More Details About the Inaugural Domainers Meet Conference Scheduled for Dubai in April 2016

Yesterday I told you a new domain conference - Domainers Meet - was being planned for Dubai in April - the first ever in the GCC region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman). I didn't have much information beyond the dates - April 23-24, 2016 but have since gotten more details from the organizers - known collectively as the World Domain Owners Assocation.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160203.htm>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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66% of Aussie Downloaders Also Pay For Netflix-like Services

While people who obtain content from unofficial online sources are often painted as freeloaders, there is a growing understanding that they can also be some of the entertainment industry's best customers. A new report out of Australia has found that 66% of Aussie downloaders are also paying for streaming services such as Netflix.

<https://torrentfreak.com/66-of-aussie-downloaders-also-pay-for-netflix-like-services-160203/>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Melbourne man used dark web to advise paedophiles on kidnap, rape and torture, court hears

A Melbourne man described by the FBI as one of the world's worst paedophiles encouraged a Russian man to kidnap, rape, torture and murder a five-year-old girl, the Victorian County Court has heard.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-03/melbourne-man-used-dark-web-to-advise-paedophiles-court-hears/7137216>

 

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SECURITY

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au: Cyber attack on NSW Government department raises security fears

A hacking attempt on sensitive mining and resources data has raised questions about the New South Wales Government's online security, particularly within the state.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-03/hackers-target-state-government-department/7136076>

 

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

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TPP signing: Andrew Robb rejects calls for cost-benefit analysis of trade deal

The trade minister, Andrew Robb, has rejected calls for an independent cost-benefit analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the World Bank estimated it could lift Australia’s economic output by just 0.7% by 2030.

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/04/tpp-signing-andrew-robb-rejects-calls-for-cost-benefit-analysis-of-trade-deal>

 

nz: TPPA: How will it affect my Netflix binge-watching?

Don't get how the TPPA will it actually affect our everyday lives? In the fourth of a five-part series, we look at how it could rein in your binge-watching sessions of online shows.

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/76428778/TPPA-How-will-it-affect-my-Netflix-binge-watching>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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au: Do business with Data61

We're creating the D61+ Partner Program (D61+), an innovation network focused on data-driven disruption for Australia but with global context. D61+ supports this network in the way we connect and manage our key partnerships across academia, corporations, startups, federal and state government agencies, investors and entrepreneurs.

<http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/D61/Do-business-with-Data61>

 

 

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David Goldstein

 

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"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BGC's Comments on Recent Reconsideration Request by Chris Disspain, Chair, BGC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/bgc-s-comments-on-recent-reconsideration-request"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/bgc-s-comments-on-recent-reconsideration-request</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>AusRegistry: Latest Behind The Dot Examines .AU Security And Global Cyber Threats<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/ausregistry-behind-the-dot-security-global-cyber-threats/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/ausregistry-behind-the-dot-security-global-cyber-threats/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Behind the Dot magazine examines security in .au and global cyber threats by Adrian Kinderis, CEO AusRegistry [including An international perspective: DNSSEC in Austria]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/behind-the-dot-magazine-examines-security-in-au-and-global-cyber-threats"><span>http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/behind-the-dot-magazine-examines-security-in-au-and-global-cyber-threats</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>$41m auction loser tries to slam brakes on .shop<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19907-41m-auction-loser-tries-to-slam-brakes-on-shop"><span>http://domainincite.com/19907-41m-auction-loser-tries-to-slam-brakes-on-shop</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not homophobic!&rdquo; ICANN pleads as it throws out .gay appeal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19935-were-not-homophobic-icann-pleads-as-it-throws-out-gay-appeal"><span>http://domainincite.com/19935-were-not-homophobic-icann-pleads-as-it-throws-out-gay-appeal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Pharmacy Association Extends List of Not Recommended Websites, Pushes Use of .PHARMACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/us-pharmacy-association-extends-list-of-not-recommended-websites-pushes-use-of-pharmacy/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/us-pharmacy-association-extends-list-of-not-recommended-websites-pushes-use-of-pharmacy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What can ICANN do? Human Rights and Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Who governs the Internet? The answer might be surprising. Since 1998, key parts of Internet governance have been administered by an organisation called ICANN, under contract from the NTIA (part of the US Department of Commerce). ICANN&rsquo;s involvement comes under the remit of one of its departments &ndash; the IANA. IANA, amongst other things, hands out blocks of IP addresses to countries and approves domain names &ndash; both essential parts of the Internet&rsquo;s digital infrastructure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://beyondthestate.net/2016/01/26/what-can-icann-do-human-rights-and-internet-governance/"><span>http://beyondthestate.net/2016/01/26/what-can-icann-do-human-rights-and-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Asia Pacific to participate in Internet&rsquo;s governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Asia Pacific is set to participate in Internet's governance as the long-awaited proposal to end the U.S. Government's stewardship over vital Internet technical functions is almost complete.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/industries/asia-pacific-to-participate-in-internets-governance/"><span>http://www.mis-asia.com/tech/industries/asia-pacific-to-participate-in-internets-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Leading into Marrakech: An Update from the CCWG-Accountability co-Chairs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN&rsquo;s Accountability has ushered in 2016 with a full schedule and renewed dedication to its mission.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/leading-into-marrakech-an-update-from-the-ccwg-accountability-co-chairs"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/leading-into-marrakech-an-update-from-the-ccwg-accountability-co-chairs</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BGC's Comments on Recent Reconsideration Request by Chris Disspain, Chair, BGC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>During its meetings on 13 January and 1 February 2016, ICANN's Board Governance Committee considered a Request for Reconsideration filed by dotgay LLC. This request asked us to reconsider the outcome of a Community Priority Evaluation, which resulted in dotgay LLC's .GAY application not achieving community priority. Having carefully considered the Request for Reconsideration, the BGC denied it at our face-to-face meeting on 1 February 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/bgc-s-comments-on-recent-reconsideration-request"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/bgc-s-comments-on-recent-reconsideration-request</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Updated PDT Specifications: Whois Test Updates<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has updated the PDT Whois test specifications and published a new Whois self-test tool. The updated Whois tests incorporate the requirements of the Additional Whois Information Policy and Whois Advisory.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-03feb16-en"><span>https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-03feb16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Korean Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Root Zone Label Generation Rules<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is pleased to announce the formation of the Generation Panel to develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules for Korean.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-02-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Thomas Schneider, Chair | ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee, to Steve Crocker</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Advice Effectiveness Review Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocker-2-29jan16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocker-2-29jan16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Thomas Schneider, Chair | ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee, to Steve Crocker<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Current rounds of new gTLDs Safeguards<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocker-29jan16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocker-29jan16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Paris partner picked for ICANN panel<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN, the organization at the heart of the internet, regulating domain names, has selected Hogan Lovells partner David Taylor as one of only two European members to serve on the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team. The other European member is the Principal Advisor responsible for internet governance issues and the Internet Governance Task Force at the European Commission.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.limegreenipnews.com/2016/02/paris-partner-picked-for-icann-panel/"><span>http://www.limegreenipnews.com/2016/02/paris-partner-picked-for-icann-panel/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>AusRegistry: Latest Behind The Dot Examines .AU Security And Global Cyber Threats<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With internet security becoming an ever growing threat and ever more important issue, the latest issue of the quarterly Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain from AusRegistry examines these issues with a focus on .au.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24466"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24466</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/ausregistry-behind-the-dot-security-global-cyber-threats/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/ausregistry-behind-the-dot-security-global-cyber-threats/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Behind the Dot magazine examines security in .au and global cyber threats by Adrian Kinderis, CEO AusRegistry [including An international perspective: DNSSEC in Austria]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I am pleased to announce the release of the sixth edition of AusRegistry&rsquo;s industry report, Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain. Trust is an integral aspect of the .au namespace. Our .au survey has consistently shown that Australian Internet users are more likely to trust a website that ends in .au and that they associate .au domain names with Australian entities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/behind-the-dot-magazine-examines-security-in-au-and-global-cyber-threats"><span>http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/behind-the-dot-magazine-examines-security-in-au-and-global-cyber-threats</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybercrime on .CH Websites Declines In 2015, But Increases On Swiss Companies Using Other TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The number of incidents of cybercrime on websites using .ch (Switzerland) and .li (Liechtenstein) domains decreased in 2015 while there was an increase in the number of phishing attacks on Swiss companies&rsquo; websites with other domain endings, the SWITCH Foundation, which operates the registry for both ccTLDs, announced.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/01/cybercrime-ch-websites-declines-2015/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/01/cybercrime-ch-websites-declines-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>$41m auction loser tries to slam brakes on .shop<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lawyer-happy gTLD applicant Commercial Connect has put GMO Registry&rsquo;s $41 million purchase of the new gTLD .shop in jeopardy by filing an appeal with ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19907-41m-auction-loser-tries-to-slam-brakes-on-shop"><span>http://domainincite.com/19907-41m-auction-loser-tries-to-slam-brakes-on-shop</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not homophobic!&rdquo; ICANN pleads as it throws out .gay appeal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has refused dotgay LLC&rsquo;s latest appeal against adverse .gay decisions, and has taken the unusual step of preemptively defending itself against probably inevitable accusations from gay rights groups.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19935-were-not-homophobic-icann-pleads-as-it-throws-out-gay-appeal"><span>http://domainincite.com/19935-were-not-homophobic-icann-pleads-as-it-throws-out-gay-appeal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Gay domain name applicant denied again<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Board Governance Committee denies one .gay applicant&rsquo;s request for reconsideration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/03/gay-applicant-denied-again/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/03/gay-applicant-denied-again/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DCA sues ICANN for fraud, demands cash<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD applicants may have signed away all their rights to sue ICANN, but that doesn&rsquo;t seem to be a concern for loose-cannon .dotafrica .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19922-dca-sues-icann-for-fraud-demands-cash"><span>http://domainincite.com/19922-dca-sues-icann-for-fraud-demands-cash</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Windfalls still biggest money-spinner for M+M<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines is still pulling in most of its cash from one-time new gTLD auction defeats, according to its latest trading update.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19918-windfalls-still-biggest-money-spinner-for-mm"><span>http://domainincite.com/19918-windfalls-still-biggest-money-spinner-for-mm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MP calls for .cornwall domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson has said that an internet domain name for Cornwall could benefit local businesses and help promote the Duchy as a tourist destination.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.businesscornwall.co.uk/news-by-industry/digital-industries/2014/07/mp-calls-for-cornwall-domain/"><span>https://www.businesscornwall.co.uk/news-by-industry/digital-industries/2014/07/mp-calls-for-cornwall-domain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines scores big with premium domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet TLDs company Minds + Machines finished 2015 with a flourish, enjoying significant growth in billings.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/122030/minds-machines-scores-big-with-premium-domain-names-122030.html"><span>http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/122030/minds-machines-scores-big-with-premium-domain-names-122030.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lessons to Be Learned from the Armada Collective's DDoS Attacks on Greek Banks by Meg Bear<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'It could've been worse' is a fascinating expression. It implies that the incident in question obviously could have been worse than expected, however it also implies that it could have been better, ultimately leading to the conclusion that it was at least somewhat bad. So both fortunately and unfortunately for three Greek banks, the ransom DDoS attacks levied against them by hacker group the Armada Collective could have been worse.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160202_lessons_learned_from_armada_collectives_ddos_attacks_greek_banks/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160202_lessons_learned_from_armada_collectives_ddos_attacks_greek_banks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Pharmacy Association Extends List of Not Recommended Websites, Pushes Use of .PHARMACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US National Association of Boards of Pharmacy issued a report this week discussing the continued need to fight against illegal online drug sellers, as they contribute to the America's prescription opioid epidemic.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24467"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24467</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/us-pharmacy-association-extends-list-of-not-recommended-websites-pushes-use-of-pharmacy/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/03/us-pharmacy-association-extends-list-of-not-recommended-websites-pushes-use-of-pharmacy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NABP&rsquo;s List of Not Recommended Websites Continues to Grow<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy issued a report today, discussing the continued need to fight against illegal online drug sellers, as they contribute to the nation&rsquo;s prescription opioid epidemic. As noted in the Internet Drug Outlet Identification Program Progress Report for State and Federal Regulators: January 2016, the total number of websites classified as Not Recommended by NABP has grown to 10,668 due to the fact that the websites are selling prescription medications out of compliance with state and federal laws and/or NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nabp.net/news/nabp-s-list-of-not-recommended-websites-continues-to-grow"><span>http://www.nabp.net/news/nabp-s-list-of-not-recommended-websites-continues-to-grow</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet gripe sites and rants: Can anything be done?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Responding to defamatory online content, including negative and inaccurate online reviews, tweets, Facebook or blog posts, can be very challenging. Nevertheless, there are some tips and tools that can prove helpful in removing defamatory content. ... Proactive tips to consider include registering potential "gripe" domain name addresses, such as .sucks registrations. Southwest Airlines has registered southwestsucks.com and then provides contact information for lodging complaints at that address, which may redirect some complaints in a more constructive way. You may also benefit from hiring online reputation management firms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.insidecounsel.com/2016/02/01/internet-gripe-sites-and-rants-can-anything-be-don"><span>http://www.insidecounsel.com/2016/02/01/internet-gripe-sites-and-rants-can-anything-be-don</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybersquatting and how to stop it<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>You have worked hard to build your company's name, and now customers routinely seek out your brand. Your busy website is bringing in significant sales every day. One day, you mistype the address of that website and another one pops up instead. Its domain name is strikingly similar to yours. It is selling products that look strikingly similar, too.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wilkauslander.com/news-and-insights/insights/Cybersquatting-and-How-to-Stop-It"><span>http://www.wilkauslander.com/news-and-insights/insights/Cybersquatting-and-How-to-Stop-It</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a4351506-9003-4d09-998e-9ccbbeed032f"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a4351506-9003-4d09-998e-9ccbbeed032f</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MoveYourDomainDay 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Namecheap&rsquo;s fifth annual MoveYourDomainDay happens on February 2 this year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blog.namecheap.com/moveyourdomainday-2016/"><span>https://blog.namecheap.com/moveyourdomainday-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>He&rsquo;s sitting on a stack of sweet, sweet IPv4 addresses &hellip; and needs some advice<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;ISP wants a /24 back, what&rsquo;s it worth?&rdquo; The question comes from a user of the Reddit section devoted to networking &hellip; and I&rsquo;m afraid the answer eventually boils down to &ldquo;it depends.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/3028767/internet/he-s-sitting-on-a-stack-of-sweet-sweet-ipv4-addresses-and-needs-some-advice.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/3028767/internet/he-s-sitting-on-a-stack-of-sweet-sweet-ipv4-addresses-and-needs-some-advice.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Using IPv6 with Linux? You&rsquo;ve likely been visited by Shodan and other scanners<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of the benefits of the next-generation Internet protocol known as IPv6 is the enhanced privacy it offers over its IPv4 predecessor. With a staggering 2128 (or about 3.4&times;1038) theoretical addresses available, its IP pool is immune to the types of systematic scans that criminal hackers and researchers routinely perform to locate vulnerable devices and networks with IPv4 addresses. What's more, IPv6 addresses can contain regularly changing, partially randomized extensions. Together, the IPv6 features cloak devices in a quasi anonymity that's not possible with IPv4.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/using-ipv6-with-linux-youve-likely-been-visited-by-shodan-and-other-scanners/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/using-ipv6-with-linux-youve-likely-been-visited-by-shodan-and-other-scanners/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Behind the Curtain: Making IPv6 Work by George Michaelson<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Wouldn't it be nice if turning on IPv6 really was 'press one button and the rest is magic' easy? For some things, it is. If you're talking about client-side, enabling an IPv4-only home service on DSL or fibre really can be this simple, because all the heavy lifting is being done inside your ISP: you're not enabling IPv6 in the network, you're turning on the last mile. It was knocking at your door and you just had to let it in.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160201_behind_the_curtain_making_ipv6_work/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160201_behind_the_curtain_making_ipv6_work/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s in a name? Everything, actually... by Francesco Cetraro</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Your choice of domain name extension has an effect on how customers see your brand. Here is why it matters so much.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/32087-whats-in-a-name-everything-actually"><span>http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/32087-whats-in-a-name-everything-actually</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Updates on Domaining Europe As Conference Just Four Months Away<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With four months to go until the Domaining Europe 2016 in The Hague, the organisers have given an update on presentations, panels and sponsors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/01/updates-on-domaining-europe-as-conference-just-four-months-away/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/01/updates-on-domaining-europe-as-conference-just-four-months-away/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Big Changes at Sedo Bring Promotions for Two Top Managers - Dima Beitzke Becomes Global CSO, Christian Voss Now CMO - New CFO Also Comes Onboard</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain industry giant Sedo announced some major structural changes to the company's management team this morning - changes that bring promotions to two well-known managers as well as a key addition to the leadership team.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160202.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160202.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dubai to Get a New Domain Conference - Meetings in India &amp; The Netherlands Also Imminent<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NamesCon got the 2016 domain conference calendar off to a great start last month and after a brief respite this month, we will see successive meetings in India, Dubai and the Netherlands over the next three months.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160201.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160201.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Save the Date for HostingCon Global 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Penton has announced the setting for HostingCon Global 2016. The hosting and cloud community will gather in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center from Sunday, July 24 to Wednesday, July 27, 2016 for the must-attend conference.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/save-the-date-for-hostingcon-global-2016"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/save-the-date-for-hostingcon-global-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Buying &ldquo;Distressed&rdquo; Domain Names &ndash; DNW Podcast #69<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies own a lot of great domain names, but prying them from their hands can be difficult. When companies go through bankruptcy or reorganization, however, there&rsquo;s a buying opportunity for domain names that have been locked up for years. Today&rsquo;s guest, Dmitriy Chemlin, discusses how Hilco Streambank helps sell domain names from &ldquo;distressed&rdquo; companies, and how you can get in on the action.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/01/buying-distressed-domain-names-dnw-podcast-69/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/01/buying-distressed-domain-names-dnw-podcast-69/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Evidence That Donald Trump&rsquo;s Campaign Team Is Unbelievably Cunning And Foresighted<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... Starting with the bits of evidence that are a testament to this, his organization is said to have bought about 3,000 domain names before the beginning of the campaign over a few years. And the main reason for this was supposedly to prevent people intent on sullying his image getting their hands on a domain targeted against him, for example DonaldTrumpSucks.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.inquisitr.com/2755593/evidence-that-donald-trumps-campaign-team-is-unbelievably-uncanny/"><span>http://www.inquisitr.com/2755593/evidence-that-donald-trumps-campaign-team-is-unbelievably-uncanny/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Com Winners &amp; Losers: Chinese registrars, Uniregistry continue surge<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has published Verisign&rsquo;s registrar data for .com from October, and it shows the continued surge of registrations in China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/02/com-winners-hichina-ename-uniregistry/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/02/com-winners-hichina-ename-uniregistry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More Details About the Inaugural Domainers Meet Conference Scheduled for Dubai in April 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yesterday I told you a new domain conference - Domainers Meet - was being planned for Dubai in April - the first ever in the GCC region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman). I didn't have much information beyond the dates - April 23-24, 2016 but have since gotten more details from the organizers - known collectively as the World Domain Owners Assocation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160203.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160203.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>66% of Aussie Downloaders Also Pay For Netflix-like Services<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>While people who obtain content from unofficial online sources are often painted as freeloaders, there is a growing understanding that they can also be some of the entertainment industry's best customers. A new report out of Australia has found that 66% of Aussie downloaders are also paying for streaming services such as Netflix.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/66-of-aussie-downloaders-also-pay-for-netflix-like-services-160203/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/66-of-aussie-downloaders-also-pay-for-netflix-like-services-160203/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Melbourne man used dark web to advise paedophiles on kidnap, rape and torture, court hears<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Melbourne man described by the FBI as one of the world's worst paedophiles encouraged a Russian man to kidnap, rape, torture and murder a five-year-old girl, the Victorian County Court has heard.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-03/melbourne-man-used-dark-web-to-advise-paedophiles-court-hears/7137216"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-03/melbourne-man-used-dark-web-to-advise-paedophiles-court-hears/7137216</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Cyber attack on NSW Government department raises security fears<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A hacking attempt on sensitive mining and resources data has raised questions about the New South Wales Government's online security, particularly within the state.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-03/hackers-target-state-government-department/7136076"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-03/hackers-target-state-government-department/7136076</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; POLICY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TPP signing: Andrew Robb rejects calls for cost-benefit analysis of trade deal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The trade minister, Andrew Robb, has rejected calls for an independent cost-benefit analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the World Bank estimated it could lift Australia&rsquo;s economic output by just 0.7% by 2030.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/04/tpp-signing-andrew-robb-rejects-calls-for-cost-benefit-analysis-of-trade-deal"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/04/tpp-signing-andrew-robb-rejects-calls-for-cost-benefit-analysis-of-trade-deal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: TPPA: How will it affect my Netflix binge-watching?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Don't get how the TPPA will it actually affect our everyday lives? In the fourth of a five-part series, we look at how it could rein in your binge-watching sessions of online shows.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/76428778/TPPA-How-will-it-affect-my-Netflix-binge-watching"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/76428778/TPPA-How-will-it-affect-my-Netflix-binge-watching</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Do business with Data61 </span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We're creating the D61+ Partner Program (D61+), an innovation network focused on data-driven disruption for Australia but with global context. D61+ supports this network in the way we connect and manage our key partnerships across academia, corporations, startups, federal and state government agencies, investors and entrepreneurs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/D61/Do-business-with-Data61"><span>http://www.csiro.au/en/Research/D61/Do-business-with-Data61</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>web: <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport"><span>https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport</span></a><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 1 Feb 04:58 2016

auDA domain news - 1 February

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Revised New gTLD Program Implementation Review Report Now Available

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-29-en>

 

Results Available for 27 January 2016 New gTLD Program Auction

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-01-27-en>

 

au/nz: auDA and InternetNZ unveil a new look Internet awards program for 2016

New year, new ANZIAs! The Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) have opened for 2016 entries with an exciting transformation - new categories, new judges and a new look and feel.

<https://internetnz.nz/news/internetnz-and-auda-unveil-new-look-internet-awards-2016>

<http://auda.org.au/news/auda-and-internetnz-unveil-a-new-look-internet-awards-program-for-2016/>

 

InternetNZ and auDA Reveal New Look For ANZIA Awards For 2016

For the Australian and New Zealand readers, the 2016 ANZIAs have opened for entries with what the organisers are describing as "an exciting transformation - new categories, new judges and a new look and feel."

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24454>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/internetnz-auda-anzia-awards-2016/>

 

GMO Outlays A Massive $41.5m For .SHOP

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/gmo-massive-41-5m-shop/>

 

Movies and New gTLDs: Trends and the Future of Film Online

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/domain-name-trends-and-the-future-of-film-online>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Why Icann and internet governance are no longer America’s domain [registration]

In the next few weeks, ICANN is expected to announce a leadership change. Fadi Chehadé, the organisation’s Lebanon-born American chief executive, is due to step down — and he hopes that a non-American will take his place.

<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c9ec6e58-c41d-11e5-b3b1-7b2481276e45.html>

 

US to sacrifice control of internet domain-governing body in place of multilateral body

The organisation responsible for controlling internet domain names and addresses will be governed by a “multi-stakeholder” model later this year as the current steward, the United States, has lost credibility in the wake of the much-publicised leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

<http://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/1907118/us-sacrifice-control-internet-domain-governing-body-place>

 

ICANN calls on APAC to help end US stewardship

Asia-Pacific nations must help shape the future of the internet and facilitate the development of multi-stakeholder internet governance, says ICANN, as it readies its proposal for US stewardship transfer.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/icann-calls-on-apac-to-help-end-us-stewardship/>

 

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ICANN

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Revised New gTLD Program Implementation Review Report Now Available

ICANN today announced the publication of the revised Program Implementation Review report, a self-assessment of New gTLD Program processes. The report of public comments, which includes a summary and analysis of the comments received regarding the draft report, has also been published.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-29-en>

 

Results Available for 27 January 2016 New gTLD Program Auction

... Seven applicants completed all necessary prerequisites and participated in the auction for .SHOP. GMO Registry, Inc., applicant for .SHOP, prevailed with a winning price of $41,501,000.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-01-27-en>

 

GAC Public Safety Working Group

The GAC's Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) focuses on aspects of ICANN’s policies and procedures that implicate the safety of the public. The PSWG was established in February 2015 at ICANN52 in Singapore as an internal working group of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The GAC endorsed the PSWG's terms of reference in June 2015.

<https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/GAC+Public+Safety+Working+Group>

 

GAC Views On The Draft Recommendations Of The 3rd Draft Proposal Of The CCWG-Accountability

The GAC notes that, as there is to date no final proposal of the CCWG Accountability ready for consultation and adoption, it is not possible for the GAC as a chartering organization to develop a final view on such a proposal at this stage.

<https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/Governmental+Advisory+Committee?preview=/27132037/41943041/20160125 GAC views on the Recommendations of 3rd draft CCWG report.pdf>

 

The Second Turkey DNS Forum Wraps up Successfully

From January 18 to 19, ICANN hosted the second Turkey DNS Forum, which was attended by more than 100 participants. The forum provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the current Internet landscape in Turkey and its potential for continued growth.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-second-turkey-dns-forum-wraps-up-successfully>

 

The Second Turkey DNS Forum Wraps up Successfully BY Baher Esmat, VP Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East

From January 18 to 19, ICANN hosted the second Turkey DNS Forum, which was attended by more than 100 participants. The forum provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the current Internet landscape in Turkey and its potential for continued growth.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-second-turkey-dns-forum-wraps-up-successfully>

 

Letter from Fadi Chehadé to Hon. Lawrence E. Strickling

Re:Affirmation of Commitments Review Changes

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-strickling-28jan16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Stefan Schnorr

New gTLD Application for .GMBH

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-schnorr-28jan16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Christine Willett to August Ortmeyer and Stephan Wernicke

New gTLD Application for .GMBH

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-ortmeyer-wernicke-28jan16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Christine Willett to Philipp Metzger

New gTLD Application for .GMBH

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-metzger-28jan16-en.pdf>

 

Terror fears prompt security crackdown for ICANN 55

ICANN is bringing in metal detectors, bag searches and ID checks at its forthcoming public meeting in Marrkech, Morocco.

<http://domainincite.com/19890-terror-fears-prompt-security-crackdown-for-icann-55>

 

ICANN at the Crossroad: Government Control or Community Control?

As many of you are aware, the United States Government has announced that it intends to withdraw from oversight of ICANN. This will be accomplished by terminating the IANA contract and presumably either withdrawing from the Affirmation of Commitments, a contract of sorts which holds ICANN to certain high standards of behavior and provides the legitimacy for ICANN’s policy making function, or at least no longer enforcing the AOC.

<http://www.winston.com/en/winston-domains/icann-at-the-crossroad-government-control-or-community-control.html>

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=73ba9ec5-268c-4938-ad25-c35d297f8b3f>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Priority Access Program for Verisign's First IDN New gTLD, .コム

Verisign launched its first IDN new gTLD, .コム – the .com you know, now in Japanese – on Dec. 9, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. UTC. We recently submitted updated TLD Startup Information for .コム to ICANN, extending the end date for the .コム Sunrise Period from Jan. 31, 2016, to March 14, 2016, and shifting the dates of the subsequent registration periods. ICANN recently confirmed the following updated registration periods for the .コム TLD*:

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/priority_access_program_for_verisign>

 

.AT Just Got A Whole Lot More Secure

The Austrian registry has just introduced a Security Lock for .at domains. The change means every change made to the Whois details for .at domains must be authorised via a phone call by the registrant, if it is enabled.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/24/at-more-secure/>

 

au/nz: auDA and InternetNZ unveil a new look Internet awards program for 2016

New year, new ANZIAs! The Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) have opened for 2016 entries with an exciting transformation - new categories, new judges and a new look and feel.

<https://internetnz.nz/news/internetnz-and-auda-unveil-new-look-internet-awards-2016>

<http://auda.org.au/news/auda-and-internetnz-unveil-a-new-look-internet-awards-program-for-2016/>

 

InternetNZ and auDA Reveal New Look For ANZIA Awards For 2016

For the Australian and New Zealand readers, the 2016 ANZIAs have opened for entries with what the organisers are describing as "an exciting transformation - new categories, new judges and a new look and feel."

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24454>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/internetnz-auda-anzia-awards-2016/>

 

ch: Success in the fight against cybercrime

SWITCH recorded a marked decrease in malware infecting Swiss websites in 2015. In contrast to other domains, websites ending in .ch did not see a further increase in phishing cases. SWITCH’s efforts to stop domains being misused are proving effective, making .ch increasingly unattractive as a target for attacks.

<http://www.switch.ch/news/cybercrime/>

 

CZ.NIC Association is hosting an International Conference of security teams

The purpose of this regular event for security team members is to share their experience with security incidents that have had a serious impact on infrastructure, or to present the tools used to handle these security incidents.

<http://www.nic.cz/page/3143/cz.nic-association-is-hosting-an-international-conference-of-security-teams/>

 

.ES 2015 Domain Growth Fuelled By Registrations From Abroad

The Spanish ccTLD, .es, grew by 2.27 percent in 2015, growing from 1,755,224 domains under management to 1,795,037 the registry, Red.es, announced.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/27/es-2015-domain-growth/>

 

Botched upgrade results in an invalid .is zone

An invalid .is zone was dstributed to the .is secondary servers at 14:43 today.

<http://www.isnic.is/en/news/view?id=430>

 

Kenyan domain registrar outsources servers ops to EADC

The Kenya Network Information Centre (KeNIC) has teamed up with East Africa Data Centre to enable more than 50,000 websites with the .ke domain name to have their businesses connected globally, quickly and securely.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/kenyan-domain-registrar-outsources-servers-ops-to-eadc--1125279>

 

NIRA Urges Subscribers To Choose Good Domain Names

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), has urged Nigerian subscribers to choose good domain names, so as to boost their on line presence.

<http://www.thetidenewsonline.com/2016/01/29/nira-urges-subscribers-to-choose-good-domain-names/>

 

Further restriction of access to private registrants' personal details via Whois

One of the conclusions of the last Domain Name Debate was that private registrants should be given the option of further restricting access to their personal details via the Whois on our website. Since 2010, the only information about a domain name's registrant shown in the Whois has been the registrant's name and the administrative contact e-mail address (usually the registrant's address).

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/further-restriction-of-access-to-private-registrants-personal-details-via-whois>

 

.nz WHOIS review

DNCL is undertaking a review of the current .nz WHOIS policy and how it operates. This is being undertaken in two stages with the first consultation having recently been concluded and the second stage commencing with this notification.

<http://dnc.org.nz/whois-review>

 

Releasing a new version of Procedures for Submitting an Objection on Saudi domain names

Based on the Saudi Domain Names Objection Rules (Version 1.1, dated 26/04/1432 H corresponding to 31/3/2011) that was approved by the CITC’s Board at the meeting No. (73) dated 04/26/1432 H, CITC has released a new version of the Procedures for Submitting an Objection on Saudi domain names. The new release has been put in place to improve the quality and transparency of services provided to SaudiNIC's customers.

<http://www.nic.sa/en/view/news_153>

 

GMO Outlays A Massive $41.5m For .SHOP

An auction for the .shop new gTLD this week ended up with GMO Registry outlaying a massive $41,501,000 to beat another six applicants including Google, Amazon and the Chinese e-commerce company Beijing Jingdong.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24455>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/gmo-massive-41-5m-shop/>

 

.shop gTLD sells for record $41.5 million

The nine-way fight for the .shop gTLD has raised $41.5 million at auction. It’s the most-expensive reported new gTLD sale to date.

<http://domainincite.com/19886-shop-gtld-sells-for-record-41-5-million>

 

Can you make sense of $41.5 million for .Shop?

I’m still trying to wrap my head around GMO Registry paying $41.5 million for the .shop TLD. .Shop is a monster TLD, but it’s hard to justify this upfront cost for any TLD.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/28/48902/>

 

.WS Changes 2-3 Character Premium Policy to Meet Chinese Demand

.WS has meant many things to many people. It has been used for personal WebSites, international domain names through WorldSite, and even some Weird Stuff like ❤🍕.ws.

<http://www.website.ws/news/index.dhtml?func=shownews&article=new_low_character_pricing>

 

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NEW TLDS

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EIU set to fail LGBT community unless Internet domain-naming authority intervenes

With claims from the Economist Intelligence Unit that the word ‘GAY’ is “not a well-known abbreviation for the community of LGBTQIA people,” the international organization responsible for maintaining the Internet’s global domain system has denied dotgay LLC’s community application proposal to operate the .GAY TLD.

<http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/01/30/eiu-set-to-fail-lgbt-community-unless-internet-domain-naming-authority-intervenes/>

 

UN group supports community .gay bid

An organization representing staff members of the United Nations has come out in support of dotgay LLC’s struggling community application for the .gay gTLD.

<http://domainincite.com/19898-un-group-supports-community-gay-bid>

 

Movies and New gTLDs: Trends and the Future of Film Online

As award season heats up with the Oscars happening in just under a month, here’s a look at domain name trends in the movie industry and the future of film online.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/domain-name-trends-and-the-future-of-film-online>

 

Not-Coms Take the Field

When it comes to technology, the professional sports industry strives to stay ahead of the curve. From wearables that track and measure a player’s every move to advanced cameras capable of tracing a golf ball’s flight from hundreds of yards away, the world of sports is always looking for innovative ways to enhance the experience for those both on and off the field.

<http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/not-coms-take-the-field>

 

Virtual Real Estate – Geographic Domain Extensions for Place Marketing

In this guest post Dirk Krischenowski, CEO and founder of dotBERLIN, discusses the growing importance of place-specific, geographic domain extensions and how this trend can benefit city and destination marketing.

<http://placebrandobserver.com/geographic-domain-extensions-for-place-marketing/>

 

How to Upgrade to a New TLD

Several months ago I got an email about new, fancy TLDs available on the market. As a designer and creative mind, scrolling through the "dot-ninjas" and "dot-gurus" made me excited, but the SEO specialist in me was wary. I turned to Google and searched for information on the topic. Because these new domain extensions are still relatively recent, there wasn't really anything out there. So I decided to give one a spin: I saw the domain name "huemor.rocks" available and fell in love with it.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/businesscollective/how-to-upgrade-to-a-new-t_b_9039846.html>

 

Plans for .gay TLD at risk

With claims from the Economist Intelligence Unit that the word 'GAY' is "not a well-known abbreviation for the community of LGBTQIA people," the international organization responsible for maintaining the Internet's global domain system has denied dotgay LLC's community application proposal to operate the .GAY TLD.

<http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Plans-for-gay-top-level-domain-at-risk/54110.html>

 

.Shop & how to spend $40m

... Our first thought is that UDRP winners should have their costs re-imbursed but we don’t expect the community would agree to that. The money will probably go on security and grass-roots initiatives. GMO on the other hand would probably like to see it spent on “Universal Acceptance” – informing and influencing internet users that the new extensions can be trusted.

<https://comlaude.com/news/shop-how-spend-40m>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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11 years of reporting on DDoS and Advanced Threats

Arbor Networks is proud to release the 11th annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report. This report is designed to help network operators understand the breadth of the threats that they face, gain insight into what their peers are doing to address these threats, and comprehend both new and continuing trends. This year’s report features responses from 354 respondents, the most ever by a significant margin, with over half of respondents representing enterprise, government or education. A good global distribution of respondents rounds out what has been our broadest representation of the Internet community ever.

<http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/11-years-of-reporting-on-ddos-and-advanced-threats/>

 

Arbor Networks 11th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report Finds Relentless Threat Environment Driving Demand for Managed Security Services and Incident Response Support

Arbor Networks Inc., the security division of NETSCOUT, today released its 11th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR) offering direct insights from the global operational security community on a comprehensive range of issues from threat detection and incident response to staffing, budgets and partner relationships.

<http://www.arbornetworks.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2016-press-releases/5608-arbor-networks-11th-annual-worldwide-infrastructure-security-report-finds-relentless-threat-environment-driving-demand-for-managed-security-services-and-incident-response-support>

 

When was the last time you (really) thought about your DDoS protection?

DDoS-on-codeThousands of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are executed every day. For any company that depends on its Internet presence, the consequences can be severe – lost revenue, the cost to mitigate the attack, brand repair if your company name is splashed across media headlines, lost/customer credits, lost productivity, ransom payment demands, and…and…If you really spend some time to think about it, the list and impact can be quite large.

<http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/when-was-the-last-time-you-really-thought-about-your-ddos-protection/>

 

ch: New SWITCH Security Report available

Dear Reader! A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/01/27/new-switch-security-report-available/>

 

ch: Get ready for “cybercrime as a service”!

In our new SWITCH Story our security expert Serge Droz discusses cybercrime in 2015.

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/01/25/get-ready-for-cybercrime-as-a-service/>

 

RIPE NCC Roundtable Meeting Gathers Regulators and Law Enforcement in Brussels

The RIPE NCC held a Roundtable Meeting for Governments and Regulators on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 in Brussels. The meeting attracted around 50 representatives and public sector representatives from across the RIPE NCC service region.

<https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/ripe-ncc-roundtable-meeting-gathers-regulators-and-law-enforcement-in-brussels>

 

OpenSSL Security Updates

On Jan. 28, 2016, OpenSSL released a new version of OpenSSL software. This release contains (among others) two potentially important security fixes to which we would like to draw your attention:

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2016/01/openssl-security-updates.html>

 

Defending the smart grid – how to protect networks and devices from cyber attacks

ENISA publishes today its report on "Communication network interdependencies in smart grids". Smart grids are a fundamental component of the European critical infrastructure. They are rooted on communication networks that have become essential elements allowing the leveraging of the “smart” features of power grids.

<https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/defending-the-smart-grid-2013-how-to-protect-networks-and-devices-from-cyber-attacks>

 

Harvard study refutes 'going dark' argument against encryption [IDG]

A study from Harvard released Monday largely refutes claims that wider use of encryption in software products will hamper investigations into terrorism and crime.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/593123/harvard-study-refutes-going-dark-argument-against-encryption/>

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593123/harvard-study-refutes-going-dark-argument-against-encryption/>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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The Pirate Bay’s Mobile Domain Suspended By Registrar

The Pirate Bay has suffered yet another setback with the suspension of another key domain. TheMobileBay.org was the domain and site layout served to users of mobile devices such as phones and tablets. But now the domain is no more, suspended by its registrar like several more before it.

<https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bays-mobile-domain-suspended-by-registrar-160128/>

 

Copyright Infringing News Sites Raided and Shut Down

A division of the Italian government responsible for dealing with financial crime has raided and shut down 10 websites accused of illegally distributing subscription editorial content. Operation Phoenix has also resulted in the arrest of five individuals thus far, with a further five overseas websites blocked by attacking their DNS.

<https://torrentfreak.com/copyright-infringing-news-sites-raided-and-shut-down-160129/>

 

WEBINAR: Brand Protection and Domain Enforcement in 2016

Looking at 2016 and beyond, the digital space will continue to grow and expand. While this provides brand owners with increasing opportunities to interact with consumers, it simultaneously sets the stage for escalating infringement and brand abuse across the digital channels. More than ever before, brand owners must remain vigilant and understand how best to protect their brands and trademarks.

<http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/webinar-brand-protection-and-domain-enforcement-in-2016/>

 

Could this be a new weapon in the war against Cybersquatting?

The threat of a domain name falling into the wrong hands is all too real today, with cyber squatters profiting from the weaknesses of the resolution process at the expense of intellectual property holders. Most cases of IP infringement occur because of the lack of a robust domain name strategy that either results in brand holders failing to secure the registration of a digital asset aligned with a brand, product or trademark, or an oversight in the renewal process.

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/01/could-this-be-a-new-weapon-in-the-war-against-cybersquatting/>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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Evaluating IPv4 and IPv6 packet fragmentation by Geoff Huston

One of the more difficult design exercises in packet-switched network architectures is that of the design of packet fragmentation. In this article, I’d like to examine IP packet fragmentation in detail and look at the design choices made by IP version 4, and then compare that with the design choices made by IP version 6.

<http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-01/frags.html>

 

Smart cities love IPv6

I recently attended a Forum on Internet of Things in Smart Sustainable Cities: A New Age of Smarter Living staged in Singapore on 18 January 2016. The public forum provided a contextual overview to the second meeting of the ITU Study Group 20: IoT and its applications including Smart Cities and Communities which took place back-to-back with the Forum.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2016/01/27/7390/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Google rewarded the guy who bought Google.com, and he donated it all to charity

Sanmay Ved thought his real reward was just being the guy who bought Google.com for a minute. When Google first told him he wouldn’t get any money as a result of the accidental transaction, he said it was fine — he’d rather it be donated to charity anyways.

<http://www.businessinsider.com.au/google-rewarded-the-guy-who-bought-googlecom-2015-10?r=US&IR=T>

 

The State of the Industry 2016: A Rising Tide from China Lifted All Boats Last Year - Now 13 Experts Predict What Will Happen Next

Welcome to DNJournal.com's 12th annual State of the Industry Cover Story! As we do at the start of each new year, we called upon leading experts from across the various sectors of the domain industry to see what they viewed as the most important developments in the past year, as well what they expect to see happen in the new year ahead.

<http://dnjournal.com/cover/2016/january.htm>

 

APRICOT 2016 - a few weeks away but still time for speaking submissions by Jordan Carter, Chief Executive at InternetNZ

APRICOT is a big, international technical conference aimed at people who operate the networks that make up the Internet we all know and love. APRICOT stands for Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies which is just a long way of saying technical content for network operators and having it spell a fruit.

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/apricot-2016-few-weeks-away-still-time-speaking-submissions>

 

BGP in 2015

The Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP, has been holding the Internet together, for more than two decades and nothing seems to be falling off the edge so far. But the past does not necessarily determine the future. How well is BGP coping with the ever-growing Internet?

<http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-01/bgp2015.html>

 

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WEBHOSTING

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January 2016 Web Server Survey

In the January 2016 survey we received responses from 906,616,188 sites and 5,753,264 web-facing computers, reflecting a modest increase of less than six million sites, but a significant gain of 174,000 computers.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/26/january-2016-web-server-survey.html>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Monster $8 Million Sale from 2015 Confirmed - Giant .Net Sale Tops This Week's Chart

... In August James Iles wrote in a NamePros post that the domain was sold for $8 million. We were unable to independently verify that at the time, but at NamesCon I connected with an unimpeachable source who confirmed James' number was correct - $8 million - making it the 2nd biggest sale of 2015. We have now added it to our 2015 Top 100 Chart as a result. We also learned that in 2014 the Chinese ccTLD domain 123.cn was sold for $400,000, making it the 2nd biggest country code sale of that year. We have added it to that year's Top 100 to reflect the new information.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160127.htm>

 

 

 

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"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Revised New gTLD Program Implementation Review Report Now Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-29-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-29-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Results Available for 27 January 2016 New gTLD Program Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-01-27-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-01-27-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au/nz: auDA and InternetNZ unveil a new look Internet awards program for 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New year, new ANZIAs! The Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) have opened for 2016 entries with an exciting transformation - new categories, new judges and a new look and feel.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/news/internetnz-and-auda-unveil-new-look-internet-awards-2016"><span>https://internetnz.nz/news/internetnz-and-auda-unveil-new-look-internet-awards-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://auda.org.au/news/auda-and-internetnz-unveil-a-new-look-internet-awards-program-for-2016/"><span>http://auda.org.au/news/auda-and-internetnz-unveil-a-new-look-internet-awards-program-for-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ and auDA Reveal New Look For ANZIA Awards For 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the Australian and New Zealand readers, the 2016 ANZIAs have opened for entries with what the organisers are describing as "an exciting transformation - new categories, new judges and a new look and feel."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24454"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24454</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/internetnz-auda-anzia-awards-2016/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/internetnz-auda-anzia-awards-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GMO Outlays A Massive $41.5m For .SHOP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/gmo-massive-41-5m-shop/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/gmo-massive-41-5m-shop/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Movies and New gTLDs: Trends and the Future of Film Online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/domain-name-trends-and-the-future-of-film-online"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/domain-name-trends-and-the-future-of-film-online</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why Icann and internet governance are no longer America&rsquo;s domain [registration]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the next few weeks, ICANN is expected to announce a leadership change. Fadi Chehad&eacute;, the organisation&rsquo;s Lebanon-born American chief executive, is due to step down &mdash; and he hopes that a non-American will take his place.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c9ec6e58-c41d-11e5-b3b1-7b2481276e45.html"><span>http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c9ec6e58-c41d-11e5-b3b1-7b2481276e45.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US to sacrifice control of internet domain-governing body in place of multilateral body<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The organisation responsible for controlling internet domain names and addresses will be governed by a &ldquo;multi-stakeholder&rdquo; model later this year as the current steward, the United States, has lost credibility in the wake of the much-publicised leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/1907118/us-sacrifice-control-internet-domain-governing-body-place"><span>http://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/1907118/us-sacrifice-control-internet-domain-governing-body-place</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN calls on APAC to help end US stewardship<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Asia-Pacific nations must help shape the future of the internet and facilitate the development of multi-stakeholder internet governance, says ICANN, as it readies its proposal for US stewardship transfer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/icann-calls-on-apac-to-help-end-us-stewardship/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/icann-calls-on-apac-to-help-end-us-stewardship/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Revised New gTLD Program Implementation Review Report Now Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN today announced the publication of the revised Program Implementation Review report, a self-assessment of New gTLD Program processes. The report of public comments, which includes a summary and analysis of the comments received regarding the draft report, has also been published.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-29-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-29-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Results Available for 27 January 2016 New gTLD Program Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... Seven applicants completed all necessary prerequisites and participated in the auction for .SHOP. GMO Registry, Inc., applicant for .SHOP, prevailed with a winning price of $41,501,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-01-27-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-01-27-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Public Safety Working Group<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The GAC's Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) focuses on aspects of ICANN&rsquo;s policies and procedures that implicate the safety of the public. The PSWG was established in February 2015 at ICANN52 in Singapore as an internal working group of ICANN&rsquo;s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The GAC endorsed the PSWG's terms of reference in June 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/GAC+Public+Safety+Working+Group"><span>https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/GAC+Public+Safety+Working+Group</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Views On The Draft Recommendations Of The 3rd Draft Proposal Of The CCWG-Accountability </span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The GAC notes that, as there is to date no final proposal of the CCWG Accountability ready for consultation and adoption, it is not possible for the GAC as a chartering organization to develop a final view on such a proposal at this stage. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/Governmental+Advisory+Committee?preview=/27132037/41943041/20160125%20GAC%20views%20on%20the%20Recommendations%20of%203rd%20draft%20CCWG%20report.pdf"><span>https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/Governmental+Advisory+Committee?preview=/27132037/41943041/20160125 GAC views on the Recommendations of 3rd draft CCWG report.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Second Turkey DNS Forum Wraps up Successfully<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>From January 18 to 19, ICANN hosted the second Turkey DNS Forum, which was attended by more than 100 participants. The forum provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the current Internet landscape in Turkey and its potential for continued growth.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-second-turkey-dns-forum-wraps-up-successfully"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-second-turkey-dns-forum-wraps-up-successfully</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Second Turkey DNS Forum Wraps up Successfully BY Baher Esmat, VP Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>From January 18 to 19, ICANN hosted the second Turkey DNS Forum, which was attended by more than 100 participants. The forum provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the current Internet landscape in Turkey and its potential for continued growth.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-second-turkey-dns-forum-wraps-up-successfully"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-second-turkey-dns-forum-wraps-up-successfully</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Fadi Chehad&eacute; to Hon. Lawrence E. Strickling<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Re:Affirmation of Commitments Review Changes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-strickling-28jan16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-strickling-28jan16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Stefan Schnorr</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .GMBH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-schnorr-28jan16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-schnorr-28jan16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Christine Willett to August Ortmeyer and Stephan Wernicke</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .GMBH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-ortmeyer-wernicke-28jan16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-ortmeyer-wernicke-28jan16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Christine Willett to Philipp Metzger</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .GMBH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-metzger-28jan16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-metzger-28jan16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Terror fears prompt security crackdown for ICANN 55<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is bringing in metal detectors, bag searches and ID checks at its forthcoming public meeting in Marrkech, Morocco.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19890-terror-fears-prompt-security-crackdown-for-icann-55"><span>http://domainincite.com/19890-terror-fears-prompt-security-crackdown-for-icann-55</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN at the Crossroad: Government Control or Community Control?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As many of you are aware, the United States Government has announced that it intends to withdraw from oversight of ICANN. This will be accomplished by terminating the IANA contract and presumably either withdrawing from the Affirmation of Commitments, a contract of sorts which holds ICANN to certain high standards of behavior and provides the legitimacy for ICANN&rsquo;s policy making function, or at least no longer enforcing the AOC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.winston.com/en/winston-domains/icann-at-the-crossroad-government-control-or-community-control.html"><span>http://www.winston.com/en/winston-domains/icann-at-the-crossroad-government-control-or-community-control.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=73ba9ec5-268c-4938-ad25-c35d297f8b3f"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=73ba9ec5-268c-4938-ad25-c35d297f8b3f</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Priority Access Program for Verisign's First IDN New gTLD, .</span><span lang="EN-US">&#12467;&#12512;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign launched its first IDN new gTLD, .</span><span lang="EN-US">&#12467;&#12512;</span><span> &ndash; the .com you know, now in Japanese &ndash; on Dec. 9, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. UTC. We recently submitted updated TLD Startup Information for .</span><span lang="EN-US">&#12467;&#12512;</span><span> to ICANN, extending the end date for the .</span><span lang="EN-US">&#12467;&#12512;</span><span> Sunrise Period from Jan. 31, 2016, to March 14, 2016, and shifting the dates of the subsequent registration periods. ICANN recently confirmed the following updated registration periods for the .</span><span lang="EN-US">&#12467;&#12512;</span><span> TLD*:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/priority_access_program_for_verisign"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/priority_access_program_for_verisign</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.AT Just Got A Whole Lot More Secure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Austrian registry has just introduced a Security Lock for .at domains. The change means every change made to the Whois details for .at domains must be authorised via a phone call by the registrant, if it is enabled.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/24/at-more-secure/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/24/at-more-secure/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au/nz: auDA and InternetNZ unveil a new look Internet awards program for 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New year, new ANZIAs! The Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs) have opened for 2016 entries with an exciting transformation - new categories, new judges and a new look and feel.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/news/internetnz-and-auda-unveil-new-look-internet-awards-2016"><span>https://internetnz.nz/news/internetnz-and-auda-unveil-new-look-internet-awards-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://auda.org.au/news/auda-and-internetnz-unveil-a-new-look-internet-awards-program-for-2016/"><span>http://auda.org.au/news/auda-and-internetnz-unveil-a-new-look-internet-awards-program-for-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ and auDA Reveal New Look For ANZIA Awards For 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the Australian and New Zealand readers, the 2016 ANZIAs have opened for entries with what the organisers are describing as "an exciting transformation - new categories, new judges and a new look and feel."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24454"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24454</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/internetnz-auda-anzia-awards-2016/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/internetnz-auda-anzia-awards-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ch: Success in the fight against cybercrime<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SWITCH recorded a marked decrease in malware infecting Swiss websites in 2015. In contrast to other domains, websites ending in .ch did not see a further increase in phishing cases. SWITCH&rsquo;s efforts to stop domains being misused are proving effective, making .ch increasingly unattractive as a target for attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.switch.ch/news/cybercrime/"><span>http://www.switch.ch/news/cybercrime/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CZ.NIC Association is hosting an International Conference of security teams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The purpose of this regular event for security team members is to share their experience with security incidents that have had a serious impact on infrastructure, or to present the tools used to handle these security incidents.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nic.cz/page/3143/cz.nic-association-is-hosting-an-international-conference-of-security-teams/"><span>http://www.nic.cz/page/3143/cz.nic-association-is-hosting-an-international-conference-of-security-teams/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.ES 2015 Domain Growth Fuelled By Registrations From Abroad<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Spanish ccTLD, .es, grew by 2.27 percent in 2015, growing from 1,755,224 domains under management to 1,795,037 the registry, Red.es, announced.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/27/es-2015-domain-growth/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/27/es-2015-domain-growth/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Botched upgrade results in an invalid .is zone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An invalid .is zone was dstributed to the .is secondary servers at 14:43 today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.isnic.is/en/news/view?id=430"><span>http://www.isnic.is/en/news/view?id=430</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kenyan domain registrar outsources servers ops to EADC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Kenya Network Information Centre (KeNIC) has teamed up with East Africa Data Centre to enable more than 50,000 websites with the .ke domain name to have their businesses connected globally, quickly and securely.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/kenyan-domain-registrar-outsources-servers-ops-to-eadc--1125279"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/kenyan-domain-registrar-outsources-servers-ops-to-eadc--1125279</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NIRA Urges Subscribers To Choose Good Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), has urged Nigerian subscribers to choose good domain names, so as to boost their on line presence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thetidenewsonline.com/2016/01/29/nira-urges-subscribers-to-choose-good-domain-names/"><span>http://www.thetidenewsonline.com/2016/01/29/nira-urges-subscribers-to-choose-good-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Further restriction of access to private registrants' personal details via Whois<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of the conclusions of the last Domain Name Debate was that private registrants should be given the option of further restricting access to their personal details via the Whois on our website. Since 2010, the only information about a domain name's registrant shown in the Whois has been the registrant's name and the administrative contact e-mail address (usually the registrant's address).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/further-restriction-of-access-to-private-registrants-personal-details-via-whois"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/further-restriction-of-access-to-private-registrants-personal-details-via-whois</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.nz WHOIS review<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNCL is undertaking a review of the current .nz WHOIS policy and how it operates. This is being undertaken in two stages with the first consultation having recently been concluded and the second stage commencing with this notification.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnc.org.nz/whois-review"><span>http://dnc.org.nz/whois-review</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Releasing a new version of Procedures for Submitting an Objection on Saudi domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Based on the Saudi Domain Names Objection Rules (Version 1.1, dated 26/04/1432 H corresponding to 31/3/2011) that was approved by the CITC&rsquo;s Board at the meeting No. (73) dated 04/26/1432 H, CITC has released a new version of the Procedures for Submitting an Objection on Saudi domain names. The new release has been put in place to improve the quality and transparency of services provided to SaudiNIC's customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nic.sa/en/view/news_153"><span>http://www.nic.sa/en/view/news_153</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GMO Outlays A Massive $41.5m For .SHOP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An auction for the .shop new gTLD this week ended up with GMO Registry outlaying a massive $41,501,000 to beat another six applicants including Google, Amazon and the Chinese e-commerce company Beijing Jingdong.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24455"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24455</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/gmo-massive-41-5m-shop/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/29/gmo-massive-41-5m-shop/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.shop gTLD sells for record $41.5 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The nine-way fight for the .shop gTLD has raised $41.5 million at auction. It&rsquo;s the most-expensive reported new gTLD sale to date.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19886-shop-gtld-sells-for-record-41-5-million"><span>http://domainincite.com/19886-shop-gtld-sells-for-record-41-5-million</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can you make sense of $41.5 million for .Shop?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I&rsquo;m still trying to wrap my head around GMO Registry paying $41.5 million for the .shop TLD. .Shop is a monster TLD, but it&rsquo;s hard to justify this upfront cost for any TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/28/48902/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/28/48902/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.WS Changes 2-3 Character Premium Policy to Meet Chinese Demand<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.WS has meant many things to many people. It has been used for personal WebSites, international domain names through WorldSite, and even some Weird Stuff like </span><span>&#10084;&#127829;</span><span>.ws.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.website.ws/news/index.dhtml?func=shownews&amp;article=new_low_character_pricing"><span>http://www.website.ws/news/index.dhtml?func=shownews&amp;article=new_low_character_pricing</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EIU set to fail LGBT community unless Internet domain-naming authority intervenes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With claims from the Economist Intelligence Unit that the word &lsquo;GAY&rsquo; is &ldquo;not a well-known abbreviation for the community of LGBTQIA people,&rdquo; the international organization responsible for maintaining the Internet&rsquo;s global domain system has denied dotgay LLC&rsquo;s community application proposal to operate the .GAY TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/01/30/eiu-set-to-fail-lgbt-community-unless-internet-domain-naming-authority-intervenes/"><span>http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/01/30/eiu-set-to-fail-lgbt-community-unless-internet-domain-naming-authority-intervenes/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN group supports community .gay bid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An organization representing staff members of the United Nations has come out in support of dotgay LLC&rsquo;s struggling community application for the .gay gTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19898-un-group-supports-community-gay-bid"><span>http://domainincite.com/19898-un-group-supports-community-gay-bid</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Movies and New gTLDs: Trends and the Future of Film Online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As award season heats up with the Oscars happening in just under a month, here&rsquo;s a look at domain name trends in the movie industry and the future of film online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/domain-name-trends-and-the-future-of-film-online"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/domain-name-trends-and-the-future-of-film-online</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Not-Coms Take the Field<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When it comes to technology, the professional sports industry strives to stay ahead of the curve. From wearables that track and measure a player&rsquo;s every move to advanced cameras capable of tracing a golf ball&rsquo;s flight from hundreds of yards away, the world of sports is always looking for innovative ways to enhance the experience for those both on and off the field.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/not-coms-take-the-field"><span>http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/not-coms-take-the-field</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Virtual Real Estate &ndash; Geographic Domain Extensions for Place Marketing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In this guest post Dirk Krischenowski, CEO and founder of dotBERLIN, discusses the growing importance of place-specific, geographic domain extensions and how this trend can benefit city and destination marketing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://placebrandobserver.com/geographic-domain-extensions-for-place-marketing/"><span>http://placebrandobserver.com/geographic-domain-extensions-for-place-marketing/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How to Upgrade to a New TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Several months ago I got an email about new, fancy TLDs available on the market. As a designer and creative mind, scrolling through the "dot-ninjas" and "dot-gurus" made me excited, but the SEO specialist in me was wary. I turned to Google and searched for information on the topic. Because these new domain extensions are still relatively recent, there wasn't really anything out there. So I decided to give one a spin: I saw the domain name "huemor.rocks" available and fell in love with it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/businesscollective/how-to-upgrade-to-a-new-t_b_9039846.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/businesscollective/how-to-upgrade-to-a-new-t_b_9039846.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Plans for .gay TLD at risk<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With claims from the Economist Intelligence Unit that the word 'GAY' is "not a well-known abbreviation for the community of LGBTQIA people," the international organization responsible for maintaining the Internet's global domain system has denied dotgay LLC's community application proposal to operate the .GAY TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Plans-for-gay-top-level-domain-at-risk/54110.html"><span>http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Plans-for-gay-top-level-domain-at-risk/54110.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Shop &amp; how to spend $40m</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... Our first thought is that UDRP winners should have their costs re-imbursed but we don&rsquo;t expect the community would agree to that. The money will probably go on security and grass-roots initiatives. GMO on the other hand would probably like to see it spent on &ldquo;Universal Acceptance&rdquo; &ndash; informing and influencing internet users that the new extensions can be trusted.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://comlaude.com/news/shop-how-spend-40m"><span>https://comlaude.com/news/shop-how-spend-40m</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>11 years of reporting on DDoS and Advanced Threats<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Arbor Networks is proud to release the 11th annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report. This report is designed to help network operators understand the breadth of the threats that they face, gain insight into what their peers are doing to address these threats, and comprehend both new and continuing trends. This year&rsquo;s report features responses from 354 respondents, the most ever by a significant margin, with over half of respondents representing enterprise, government or education. A good global distribution of respondents rounds out what has been our broadest representation of the Internet community ever.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/11-years-of-reporting-on-ddos-and-advanced-threats/"><span>http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/11-years-of-reporting-on-ddos-and-advanced-threats/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Arbor Networks 11th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report Finds Relentless Threat Environment Driving Demand for Managed Security Services and Incident Response Support<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Arbor Networks Inc., the security division of NETSCOUT, today released its 11th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR) offering direct insights from the global operational security community on a comprehensive range of issues from threat detection and incident response to staffing, budgets and partner relationships.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.arbornetworks.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2016-press-releases/5608-arbor-networks-11th-annual-worldwide-infrastructure-security-report-finds-relentless-threat-environment-driving-demand-for-managed-security-services-and-incident-response-support"><span>http://www.arbornetworks.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2016-press-releases/5608-arbor-networks-11th-annual-worldwide-infrastructure-security-report-finds-relentless-threat-environment-driving-demand-for-managed-security-services-and-incident-response-support</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When was the last time you (really) thought about your DDoS protection?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DDoS-on-codeThousands of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are executed every day. For any company that depends on its Internet presence, the consequences can be severe &ndash; lost revenue, the cost to mitigate the attack, brand repair if your company name is splashed across media headlines, lost/customer credits, lost productivity, ransom payment demands, and&hellip;and&hellip;If you really spend some time to think about it, the list and impact can be quite large.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/when-was-the-last-time-you-really-thought-about-your-ddos-protection/"><span>http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/when-was-the-last-time-you-really-thought-about-your-ddos-protection/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ch: New SWITCH Security Report available</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dear Reader! A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/01/27/new-switch-security-report-available/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/01/27/new-switch-security-report-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ch: Get ready for &ldquo;cybercrime as a service&rdquo;!</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In our new SWITCH Story our security expert Serge Droz discusses cybercrime in 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/01/25/get-ready-for-cybercrime-as-a-service/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/01/25/get-ready-for-cybercrime-as-a-service/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RIPE NCC Roundtable Meeting Gathers Regulators and Law Enforcement in Brussels<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The RIPE NCC held a Roundtable Meeting for Governments and Regulators on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 in Brussels. The meeting attracted around 50 representatives and public sector representatives from across the RIPE NCC service region.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/ripe-ncc-roundtable-meeting-gathers-regulators-and-law-enforcement-in-brussels"><span>https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/ripe-ncc-roundtable-meeting-gathers-regulators-and-law-enforcement-in-brussels</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>OpenSSL Security Updates<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Jan. 28, 2016, OpenSSL released a new version of OpenSSL software. This release contains (among others) two potentially important security fixes to which we would like to draw your attention:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2016/01/openssl-security-updates.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2016/01/openssl-security-updates.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Defending the smart grid &ndash; how to protect networks and devices from cyber attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ENISA publishes today its report on "Communication network interdependencies in smart grids". Smart grids are a fundamental component of the European critical infrastructure. They are rooted on communication networks that have become essential elements allowing the leveraging of the &ldquo;smart&rdquo; features of power grids.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/defending-the-smart-grid-2013-how-to-protect-networks-and-devices-from-cyber-attacks"><span>https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/defending-the-smart-grid-2013-how-to-protect-networks-and-devices-from-cyber-attacks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Harvard study refutes 'going dark' argument against encryption [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A study from Harvard released Monday largely refutes claims that wider use of encryption in software products will hamper investigations into terrorism and crime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/593123/harvard-study-refutes-going-dark-argument-against-encryption/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/593123/harvard-study-refutes-going-dark-argument-against-encryption/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593123/harvard-study-refutes-going-dark-argument-against-encryption/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/593123/harvard-study-refutes-going-dark-argument-against-encryption/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Pirate Bay&rsquo;s Mobile Domain Suspended By Registrar<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Pirate Bay has suffered yet another setback with the suspension of another key domain. TheMobileBay.org was the domain and site layout served to users of mobile devices such as phones and tablets. But now the domain is no more, suspended by its registrar like several more before it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bays-mobile-domain-suspended-by-registrar-160128/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bays-mobile-domain-suspended-by-registrar-160128/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Copyright Infringing News Sites Raided and Shut Down<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A division of the Italian government responsible for dealing with financial crime has raided and shut down 10 websites accused of illegally distributing subscription editorial content. Operation Phoenix has also resulted in the arrest of five individuals thus far, with a further five overseas websites blocked by attacking their DNS.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/copyright-infringing-news-sites-raided-and-shut-down-160129/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/copyright-infringing-news-sites-raided-and-shut-down-160129/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBINAR: Brand Protection and Domain Enforcement in 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Looking at 2016 and beyond, the digital space will continue to grow and expand. While this provides brand owners with increasing opportunities to interact with consumers, it simultaneously sets the stage for escalating infringement and brand abuse across the digital channels. More than ever before, brand owners must remain vigilant and understand how best to protect their brands and trademarks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/webinar-brand-protection-and-domain-enforcement-in-2016/"><span>http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/webinar-brand-protection-and-domain-enforcement-in-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Could this be a new weapon in the war against Cybersquatting?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The threat of a domain name falling into the wrong hands is all too real today, with cyber squatters profiting from the weaknesses of the resolution process at the expense of intellectual property holders. Most cases of IP infringement occur because of the lack of a robust domain name strategy that either results in brand holders failing to secure the registration of a digital asset aligned with a brand, product or trademark, or an oversight in the renewal process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/01/could-this-be-a-new-weapon-in-the-war-against-cybersquatting/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/01/could-this-be-a-new-weapon-in-the-war-against-cybersquatting/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Evaluating IPv4 and IPv6 packet fragmentation by Geoff Huston</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of the more difficult design exercises in packet-switched network architectures is that of the design of packet fragmentation. In this article, I&rsquo;d like to examine IP packet fragmentation in detail and look at the design choices made by IP version 4, and then compare that with the design choices made by IP version 6.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-01/frags.html"><span>http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-01/frags.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Smart cities love IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I recently attended a Forum on Internet of Things in Smart Sustainable Cities: A New Age of Smarter Living staged in Singapore on 18 January 2016. The public forum provided a contextual overview to the second meeting of the ITU Study Group 20: IoT and its applications including Smart Cities and Communities which took place back-to-back with the Forum.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2016/01/27/7390/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2016/01/27/7390/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google rewarded the guy who bought Google.com, and he donated it all to charity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sanmay Ved thought his real reward was just being the guy who bought Google.com for a minute. When Google first told him he wouldn&rsquo;t get any money as a result of the accidental transaction, he said it was fine &mdash; he&rsquo;d rather it be donated to charity anyways.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com.au/google-rewarded-the-guy-who-bought-googlecom-2015-10?r=US&amp;IR=T"><span>http://www.businessinsider.com.au/google-rewarded-the-guy-who-bought-googlecom-2015-10?r=US&amp;IR=T</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The State of the Industry 2016: A Rising Tide from China Lifted All Boats Last Year - Now 13 Experts Predict What Will Happen Next <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Welcome to DNJournal.com's 12th annual State of the Industry Cover Story! As we do at the start of each new year, we called upon leading experts from across the various sectors of the domain industry to see what they viewed as the most important developments in the past year, as well what they expect to see happen in the new year ahead.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/cover/2016/january.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/cover/2016/january.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>APRICOT 2016 - a few weeks away but still time for speaking submissions by Jordan Carter, Chief Executive at InternetNZ</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>APRICOT is a big, international technical conference aimed at people who operate the networks that make up the Internet we all know and love. APRICOT stands for Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies which is just a long way of saying technical content for network operators and having it spell a fruit.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/apricot-2016-few-weeks-away-still-time-speaking-submissions"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/apricot-2016-few-weeks-away-still-time-speaking-submissions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BGP in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP, has been holding the Internet together, for more than two decades and nothing seems to be falling off the edge so far. But the past does not necessarily determine the future. How well is BGP coping with the ever-growing Internet?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-01/bgp2015.html"><span>http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-01/bgp2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>January 2016 Web Server Survey<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the January 2016 survey we received responses from 906,616,188 sites and 5,753,264 web-facing computers, reflecting a modest increase of less than six million sites, but a significant gain of 174,000 computers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/26/january-2016-web-server-survey.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/26/january-2016-web-server-survey.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Monster $8 Million Sale from 2015 Confirmed - Giant .Net Sale Tops This Week's Chart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... In August James Iles wrote in a NamePros post that the domain was sold for $8 million. We were unable to independently verify that at the time, but at NamesCon I connected with an unimpeachable source who confirmed James' number was correct - $8 million - making it the 2nd biggest sale of 2015. We have now added it to our 2015 Top 100 Chart as a result. We also learned that in 2014 the Chinese ccTLD domain 123.cn was sold for $400,000, making it the 2nd biggest country code sale of that year. We have added it to that year's Top 100 to reflect the new information.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160127.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160127.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>web: <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport"><span>https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>phone: +61 418 228 605 - mobile; +61 2 9663 3430 - office/home</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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Jon Lawrence | 22 Jan 15:23 2016
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David Goldstein | 21 Jan 05:57 2016

auDA domain news - 21 January

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An Update on CEO Succession by Dr. Stephen Crocker

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/an-update-on-ceo-succession>

 

DISCUSSION: Reviewing New gTLD Program Safeguards Against DNS Abuse

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-20-en>

 

ICANN54 and a Commitment to Human Rights

<http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/18/icann54-and-a-commitment-to-human-rights/>

 

Does .tickets have the ultimate anti-cybersquatting system?

<http://domainincite.com/19800-does-tickets-have-the-ultimate-anti-cybersquatting-system>

 

Domain experts on the slow start for new gTLDS, and what may turn the tide

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=1c2d3016-3b1b-4f2f-8cfc-45069567145b>

 

Afilias $10 million court win slashed by judge

<http://domainincite.com/19789-afilias-10-million-court-win-slashed-by-judge>

 

30 Years of Engineering the Internet

<https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/30-years-of-engineering-the-internet/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Marching Closer: The IANA Transition

As we draw closer to the time when the IANA stewardship functions transition away from US oversight to global stakeholders, LSE alumna and ICANN NextGen participant Sana Ali talks to Konstantinos Komaitis, Senior Policy Adviser at ISOC, about the implications of the transition for both ICANN and the internet community as a whole.

<http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/19/marching-closer-the-internet-assigned-numbers-authority-iana-transition/>

 

IANA: Keeping the Ultimate Objective in Mind by Kathy Brown

Later this week, ICANN's Chartering Organizations will indicate whether they will support the third draft proposal of the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 1 Recommendations. This is a significant moment in the IANA transition process. Support for the accountability proposal by the ICANN community will mean that we are very close to a point when the transition can move to its next phase.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160120_iana_keeping_the_ultimate_objective_in_mind/>

 

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ICANN

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An Update on CEO Succession by Dr. Stephen Crocker

As promised during our Dublin meeting, I wanted to provide a short January update to the community on our CEO succession. Our search for the next CEO is proceeding well and though I cannot say much more now, I look forward to giving you a fuller update just as soon as I can.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/an-update-on-ceo-succession>

 

DISCUSSION: Reviewing New gTLD Program Safeguards Against DNS Abuse

ICANN is currently engaged in data collection on DNS abuse and mitigation efforts implemented as part of the New gTLD Program. Members of the community and general public are invited to join ICANN on 28 January 2016 in an open discussion on the topic. This work will help inform the efforts of the review team examining the effects of the Program on Competition, Consumer Choice, and Consumer Trust, which will assess the safeguards in the Program as part of its work.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-20-en>

 

Leadership changes at ICANN’s Seoul office by Jia-Rong Low

Our New Year kicks off with some changes at ICANN’s Seoul office. Hyun-O Kwon is leaving ICANN to focus on her family. In-Pyo Hwang will replace Hyun-O as the new Head of Korea, effective immediately.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/leadership-changes-at-icann-s-seoul-office>

 

Access Controls, User Permissions and Privileges by Dave Piscitello, VP, Security And ICT Coordinator

In my last post, What is Authorization and Access Control, I explained that we use authentication to verify identity – to prove you are who you claim to be – and also to enable an authorization policy, to define what your identity is allowed to "see and do". We then implement these authorization policies using security measures to grant or deny access to resources we want to control or protect.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/access-controls-user-permissions-and-privileges>

 

ICANN54 and a Commitment to Human Rights

ICANN held the last of its three annual open meetings in Dublin in October 2015. A report by Ayden Férdeline of that meeting has been published on the Media Policy Project’s blog here. LSE alumna and NextGen <at> ICANN participant Sana Ali also attended the meeting, and spoke to Niels ten Oever from Article 19 to discuss a report which argues that ICANN has a responsibility to respect human rights. Below, Sana introduces the report before interviewing Niels.

<http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/18/icann54-and-a-commitment-to-human-rights/>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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boston: Globe logs out of Internet address business

Nearly four years ago, the Boston Globe tried to get in on an Internet land rush when the number of domains — the .com. .org, or .edu in online addresses — were expanded. Now, the Globe’s parent company has decided to stick to more familiar territory.

<https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/01/19/globe-logs-out-internet-address-business/MhmhxL89FGiGUVckzRK6XO/story.html>

 

Globe sells .boston domain, but local nonprofits will get discount on addresses

Nearly four years ago, The ­Boston Globe tried to get in on an Internet land rush when the number of domains — the .com, .org, or .edu in online addresses — were expanded. Now, the Globe’s parent company has decided to stick to more familiar territory.

<http://www.betaboston.com/news/2016/01/20/globe-sells-boston-domain-but-local-nonprofits-will-get-discount-on-addresses/>

 

.boston was a “distraction”, says gTLD seller

The Boston Globe newspaper decided to offload the gTLD after its new owners decided it was a “distraction”.

<http://domainincite.com/19809-boston-was-a-distraction-says-gtld-seller>

 

Cars gTLD launch clears $1 million in EAP

There was a small turn-out for the premium launch of .cars, .car and .auto gTLDs, but the registry says it cleared over $1 million in revenue.

<http://domainincite.com/19822-cars-gtld-launch-clears-1-million-in-eap>

 

Google Self-Driving Car: The X?

Everyone got in a tizzy a couple weeks ago about Apple registering .car domain names. This was stupid because Apple registers its brands in just about every new domain name that comes out.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/18/google-self-driving-car-the-x/>

 

New .FAMILY Domain Extension Introduced to Inspire Memorable Family-Centric Websites and Email

Seeing a rapid rise in the number of people and brands taking control over their names online with popular domain extensions like .ROCKS, .SOCIAL, .LIVE and .NEWS, Rightside announced the introduction of .FAMILY.

<http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=950988>

 

New TLD .Feedback Arrived Today with Unique Features Designed by a Familiar Industry Face

Another new gTLD entered General Availability today but the man behind the .feedback extension is a familiar face who was well-known in the industry long before ICANN's current new gTLD program was even conceived.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160118.htm>

 

ICANN Approves ‘.გე’ Web Addresses

Through the decision of ICANN, Georgia has officially been given the right to write web addresses in Georgian by means of the modern alphabet (Mkhedruli), allowing for local web addresses to end with ‘.გე’ (.ge).

<http://georgiatoday.ge/news/2699/ICANN-Approves-‘.ge’-Web-Addresses>

 

US Sporting Bodies Flock to '.tickets' Domains [news release]

The '.tickets' web address, owned by London-based start-up Accent Media, has seen an immediate and total uptake from the US sporting community. Top US sporting bodies have flocked to the domain with MLB, the NBA and the NFL purchasing names for every one of their teams, as well as league and premium names such as 'nfl.tickets' and 'superbowl.tickets'. Several NHL teams have also purchased names.

<http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-sporting-bodies-flock-to-tickets-domains-565622091.html>

 

New .PET Domain Sunrise Period begins January 19

Afilias, a leading domain registry operator today announces that the Sunrise Period for the new “dot PET” or .PET TLD is now open for eligible trademark holders only. .PET is the best Internet address for pet-related products and services as well as pet lovers everywhere.

<http://get.pet/newsroom/press-release/new-pet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-january-19>

 

Does .tickets have the ultimate anti-cybersquatting system?

I’ve never seen anything like this before. .tickets gTLD registry Accent Media has launched an anti-cybersquatting measure that lets the world know who is trying to register what domain name a whole month before the domain is allowed to go live.

<http://domainincite.com/19800-does-tickets-have-the-ultimate-anti-cybersquatting-system>

 

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NEW TLDS

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Domain experts on the slow start for new gTLDS, and what may turn the tide

Opening this year’s Com Laude Domain Conference, managing director Nick Wood acknowledged that “it has been a slow start” for the ongoing expansion of the new gTLDs program.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=1c2d3016-3b1b-4f2f-8cfc-45069567145b>

 

Uniregistry beats Donuts to .shopping, but .shop still in play

Uniregistry has emerged as the successful registry-to-be of .shopping from the convoluted .shop/.shopping new gTLD contention set.

<http://domainincite.com/19798-uniregistry-beats-donuts-to-shopping-but-shop-still-in-play>

 

.security names priced at $3,000, .theatre at $750

XYZ.com may be best known for its budget .xyz gTLD, but its portfolio is increasingly leaning toward the super-premium end of the industry price range.

<http://domainincite.com/19811-security-names-priced-at-3000-theatre-at-750>

 

After Their Most Successful Sunrise to Date Donuts Pours .Wine and .Vin for the General Public

This will go down as a vintage week for new gTLDs with high profile extensions like .feedback (from Total Level Spectrum), .car, .cars and .auto (from Uniregsitry) and .family (from Rightside) joining .wine and .vin (from Donuts) among some the latest TLDs to enter General Availability.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160120.htm>

 

ICANN Plans to Track gTLD Marketplace Health

ICANN has formed a working group to create metrics designed to assess the overall health of the marketplace for gTLDs. Preliminary documents indicate that the scope may include all gTLDs rather than just the ones commonly referred to as “new gTLDs.”

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/icann-plans-to-track-gtld-marketplace-health/>

 

This week’s new TLDs: Don’t drink and drive

If you don’t like the wine and automotive domain names launching this week, you can leave .feedback.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/this-weeks-new-tlds-dont-drink-and-drive/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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New good practice guide by ENISA on disclosing vulnerabilities

ENISA publishes a good practice guide on Vulnerability Disclosure, aiming to provide a picture of the challenges the security researchers, the vendors and other involved stakeholders are confronted with when disclosing software/hardware vulnerabilities. The study gives a glimpse into the complex vulnerability disclosure landscape by taking stock of the current situation, identifying the challenges and good practices and proposes concrete recommendations for improvement.

<https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/new-good-practice-guide-by-enisa-on-disclosing-vulnerabilities>

 

Australia not prepared for cyber war; response to threats 'slow and fragmented', report warns

A new report warns Australia is not adequately prepared for cyber war, with the nation "badly lagging" behind overseas counterparts and the Defence Force also at risk.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-19/australia-not-prepared-for-cyber-warfare-experts-warn/7097796>

 

Phishing attack could steal LastPass password manager details

A security researcher has released a tool that can steal the login details and two-factor authentication key for the popular LastPass password manager, leaving users potentially exposed.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/18/phishing-attack-steal-lastpass-password-manager-details>

 

Why cyber security will become “everyone’s business” in 2016

The impact of cyber security on New Zealand businesses will continue to rise in the year ahead, as the digital revolution opens the door to added vulnerabilities.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/592350/why-cyber-security-will-become-everyone-business-2016/>

 

Cybercrime Fastest-Growing Cause of Data Center Outages

Cybercrime is quickly rising as one of the leading causes of data center outages.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/cybercrime-fastest-growing-cause-of-data-center-outages>

 

Australia and America working on global no-state-hacking pact

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has visited Washington, DC, and called for internet governance to be made independent of governments and a global no-hack pact.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/19/australian_and_usa_to_working_on_global_nohack_pact/>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Instagram paid Chinese cyberquatter $100,000 for instagram.com, Facebook lawsuit reveals

Facebook has sued a Chinese cybersquatter for trying to renege on a five-year-old deal that saw it buy the domain instagram.com for $100,000.

<http://domainincite.com/19813-instagram-paid-chinese-cyberquatter-100000-for-instagram-com-facebook-lawsuit-reveals>

 

Instagram wants domain name deal upheld

Instagram has launched legal proceedings in the US in a bid to have a 2011 domain name purchase agreement upheld and block a “sham” lawsuit in China.

<http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/article.php?article_id=4744>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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AlpNames overtakes GoDaddy and passes the magic million [news release]

According to ntldstats.com, AlpNames has just overtaken GoDaddy in terms of the number of new gTLD domain names under management.

<http://www.realwire.com/releases/AlpNames-overtakes-GoDaddy-and-passes-the-magic-million>

 

GoDaddy Launches Logo Design Service for Small Businesses

GoDaddy is extending its small business services, offering a new logo design service for customers to get a professionally designed logo within one business week.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-launches-logo-design-service-for-small-businesses>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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uk: Sky will push all subscribers onto IPv6 network by summer 2016

Sky, the UK's second largest ISP with about 5.8 million subscribers, is aiming to be the first major UK ISP to transition its entire customer base from IPv4 to IPv6. The world has mostly run out of IPv4 addresses, so moving to IPv6 is quite important at this point if we want the Internet to keep growing.

<http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2016/01/sky-will-push-all-subscribers-onto-ipv6-network-by-summer-2016/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Afilias $10 million court win slashed by judge

A US judge has dramatically reduced a $10 million ruling Afilias won against Architelos in a trade secrets case.

<http://domainincite.com/19789-afilias-10-million-court-win-slashed-by-judge>

 

30 Years of Engineering the Internet

The IETF turns 30! As we work on the day-to-day tasks needed to make the Internet work better, or even as we look back over last year and gaze ahead to the year to come, from time-to-time it is useful to consider our work on timescales that are a bit larger.

<https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/30-years-of-engineering-the-internet/>

 

Year 2015 and Beyond

With the year closing, I wanted to make a post highlighting some of the events and hot topics of the year. And say a few words about the challenges that lie ahead. Lets start with technical and big-Internet affecting issues.

<https://www.ietf.org/blog/2015/12/year-2015-and-beyond/>

 

Sorry, kids, all the good usernames are gone

After five years of receiving emails not meant for me, I finally met my digital doppelgänger in December. I was on a business trip to New York, where she lives. She suggested afternoon tea at a chic hotel. ... Many will shout that this is all the more reason to purchase a domain name — to allow, say, a family of Joneses to have email addresses along the lines of [firstname] <at> jones.com. But here, too, many of the best addresses — that is, those that are familiar, pronounceable and memorable — have been snapped up.

<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d7985578-bdb8-11e5-846f-79b0e3d20eaf.html>

 

The DNW NamesCon recap

What a way to kick off the year in the domain name business. Last week’s NamesCon conference in Las Vegas attracted over 1,000 people. Enthusiasm, driven in part by a strong finish to 2015 thanks to China, was high.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/the-dnw-namescon-recap/>

 

Non-Stop Networking: Why Some of the Best Moments at NamesCon Weren't on the Agenda

In my daily posts from last week's NamesCon conference at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas I tried, as much as possible, to give you a sense of what goes on each day and night at the big event.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160119.htm>

 

China has been a blessing. Will it be curse?

There’s no doubt that China has had a profound impact on the domain name industry over the past 6-12 months. Chinese buyers have enriched people with short domain names and also boosted revenue at domain name marketplaces and registries.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/20/china-has-been-a-blessing-will-it-be-curse/>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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NamesCon auction was a coming out party for new TLDs

The live portion of last week’s Right of the Dot domain name auction at NamesCon delivered about $1.5 million of sales. New TLDs accounted for just over 20% of this dollar figure.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/namescon-auction-was-a-coming-out-party-for-new-tlds/>

 

SnapNames goes to China

Domain name marketplaces are making a lot of money from Chinese buyers these days (more on that later), and it makes sense for these companies to visit with their buyers.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/20/snapnames-goes-to-china/>

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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An Interoperable Internet of Things

I cannot think of a better example where interoperability is important than the Internet of Things. Without interoperability, lights won’t work with the switches, sensor’s can’t be read by your smartphone, and devices cannot use the networks around them. And of course, the IETF along with other relevant organisations is working on those standards. But there’s work left to do.

<https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/an-interoperable-internet-of-things/>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims

Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35311456>

 

Exposed: Child labour behind smart phone and electric car batteries

Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today.

<https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/01/child-labour-behind-smart-phone-and-electric-car-batteries/>

 

Children as young as seven mining cobalt used in smartphones, says Amnesty

Children as young as seven are working in perilous conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to mine cobalt that ends up in smartphones, cars and computers sold to millions across the world, by household brands including Apple, Microsoft and Vodafone, according to a new investigation by Amnesty International.

<http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jan/19/children-as-young-as-seven-mining-cobalt-for-use-in-smartphones-says-amnesty>

 

"This is what we die for": Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Power the Global Trade in Cobalt

This report documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep underground, and accidents are common. Despite the potentially fatal health effects of prolonged exposure to cobalt, adult and child miners work without even the most basic protective equipment. This report is the first comprehensive account of how cobalt enters the supply chain of many of the world’s leading brands. It highlights the failure of these companies to identify where the cobalt in their products comes from.

<https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr62/3183/2016/en/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

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Dozens of agencies want warrantless access to Australians' metadata again

More than 60 government agencies are seeking to regain warrantless access to Australians’ phone and web metadata, in what appears to be a major pushback after the federal government restricted the number of agencies that could access it.

<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/18/dozens-of-agencies-want-warrantless-access-to-australians-metadata-again>

 

au: Data retention: EFA calls for govt to reject orgs seeking ‘metadata’ access

Civil liberties advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Australia has called on Attorney-General George Brandis to reject the majority of the organisations that have sought ongoing authorisation to access telecommunications data without a warrant.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/592371/data-retention-efa-calls-govt-reject-orgs-seeking-metadata-access/>

 

 

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"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Update on CEO Succession by Dr. Stephen Crocker<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/an-update-on-ceo-succession"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/an-update-on-ceo-succession</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DISCUSSION: Reviewing New gTLD Program Safeguards Against DNS Abuse<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-20-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-20-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN54 and a Commitment to Human Rights<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/18/icann54-and-a-commitment-to-human-rights/"><span>http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/18/icann54-and-a-commitment-to-human-rights/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Does .tickets have the ultimate anti-cybersquatting system?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19800-does-tickets-have-the-ultimate-anti-cybersquatting-system"><span>http://domainincite.com/19800-does-tickets-have-the-ultimate-anti-cybersquatting-system</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain experts on the slow start for new gTLDS, and what may turn the tide</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=1c2d3016-3b1b-4f2f-8cfc-45069567145b"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=1c2d3016-3b1b-4f2f-8cfc-45069567145b</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias $10 million court win slashed by judge<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19789-afilias-10-million-court-win-slashed-by-judge"><span>http://domainincite.com/19789-afilias-10-million-court-win-slashed-by-judge</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>30 Years of Engineering the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/30-years-of-engineering-the-internet/"><span>https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/30-years-of-engineering-the-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Marching Closer: The IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As we draw closer to the time when the IANA stewardship functions transition away from US oversight to global stakeholders, LSE alumna and ICANN NextGen participant Sana Ali talks to Konstantinos Komaitis, Senior Policy Adviser at ISOC, about the implications of the transition for both ICANN and the internet community as a whole.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/19/marching-closer-the-internet-assigned-numbers-authority-iana-transition/"><span>http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/19/marching-closer-the-internet-assigned-numbers-authority-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA: Keeping the Ultimate Objective in Mind by Kathy Brown<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Later this week, ICANN's Chartering Organizations will indicate whether they will support the third draft proposal of the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 1 Recommendations. This is a significant moment in the IANA transition process. Support for the accountability proposal by the ICANN community will mean that we are very close to a point when the transition can move to its next phase.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160120_iana_keeping_the_ultimate_objective_in_mind/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160120_iana_keeping_the_ultimate_objective_in_mind/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Update on CEO Succession by Dr. Stephen Crocker<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As promised during our Dublin meeting, I wanted to provide a short January update to the community on our CEO succession. Our search for the next CEO is proceeding well and though I cannot say much more now, I look forward to giving you a fuller update just as soon as I can.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/an-update-on-ceo-succession"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/an-update-on-ceo-succession</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DISCUSSION: Reviewing New gTLD Program Safeguards Against DNS Abuse<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is currently engaged in data collection on DNS abuse and mitigation efforts implemented as part of the New gTLD Program. Members of the community and general public are invited to join ICANN on 28 January 2016 in an open discussion on the topic. This work will help inform the efforts of the review team examining the effects of the Program on Competition, Consumer Choice, and Consumer Trust, which will assess the safeguards in the Program as part of its work.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-20-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-20-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Leadership changes at ICANN&rsquo;s Seoul office by Jia-Rong Low<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Our New Year kicks off with some changes at ICANN&rsquo;s Seoul office. Hyun-O Kwon is leaving ICANN to focus on her family. In-Pyo Hwang will replace Hyun-O as the new Head of Korea, effective immediately.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/leadership-changes-at-icann-s-seoul-office"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/leadership-changes-at-icann-s-seoul-office</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Access Controls, User Permissions and Privileges by Dave Piscitello, VP, Security And ICT Coordinator<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In my last post, What is Authorization and Access Control, I explained that we use authentication to verify identity &ndash; to prove you are who you claim to be &ndash; and also to enable an authorization policy, to define what your identity is allowed to "see and do". We then implement these authorization policies using security measures to grant or deny access to resources we want to control or protect.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/access-controls-user-permissions-and-privileges"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/access-controls-user-permissions-and-privileges</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN54 and a Commitment to Human Rights<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN held the last of its three annual open meetings in Dublin in October 2015. A report by Ayden F&eacute;rdeline of that meeting has been published on the Media Policy Project&rsquo;s blog here. LSE alumna and NextGen <at> ICANN participant Sana Ali also attended the meeting, and spoke to Niels ten Oever from Article 19 to discuss a report which argues that ICANN has a responsibility to respect human rights. Below, Sana introduces the report before interviewing Niels.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/18/icann54-and-a-commitment-to-human-rights/"><span>http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2016/01/18/icann54-and-a-commitment-to-human-rights/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>boston: Globe logs out of Internet address business</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nearly four years ago, the Boston Globe tried to get in on an Internet land rush when the number of domains &mdash; the .com. .org, or .edu in online addresses &mdash; were expanded. Now, the Globe&rsquo;s parent company has decided to stick to more familiar territory.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/01/19/globe-logs-out-internet-address-business/MhmhxL89FGiGUVckzRK6XO/story.html"><span>https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/01/19/globe-logs-out-internet-address-business/MhmhxL89FGiGUVckzRK6XO/story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Globe sells .boston domain, but local nonprofits will get discount on addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nearly four years ago, The &shy;Boston Globe tried to get in on an Internet land rush when the number of domains &mdash; the .com, .org, or .edu in online addresses &mdash; were expanded. Now, the Globe&rsquo;s parent company has decided to stick to more familiar territory.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.betaboston.com/news/2016/01/20/globe-sells-boston-domain-but-local-nonprofits-will-get-discount-on-addresses/"><span>http://www.betaboston.com/news/2016/01/20/globe-sells-boston-domain-but-local-nonprofits-will-get-discount-on-addresses/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.boston was a &ldquo;distraction&rdquo;, says gTLD seller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Boston Globe newspaper decided to offload the gTLD after its new owners decided it was a &ldquo;distraction&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19809-boston-was-a-distraction-says-gtld-seller"><span>http://domainincite.com/19809-boston-was-a-distraction-says-gtld-seller</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cars gTLD launch clears $1 million in EAP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There was a small turn-out for the premium launch of .cars, .car and .auto gTLDs, but the registry says it cleared over $1 million in revenue.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19822-cars-gtld-launch-clears-1-million-in-eap"><span>http://domainincite.com/19822-cars-gtld-launch-clears-1-million-in-eap</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Self-Driving Car: The X?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Everyone got in a tizzy a couple weeks ago about Apple registering .car domain names. This was stupid because Apple registers its brands in just about every new domain name that comes out.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/18/google-self-driving-car-the-x/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/18/google-self-driving-car-the-x/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .FAMILY Domain Extension Introduced to Inspire Memorable Family-Centric Websites and Email<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seeing a rapid rise in the number of people and brands taking control over their names online with popular domain extensions like .ROCKS, .SOCIAL, .LIVE and .NEWS, Rightside announced the introduction of .FAMILY.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=950988"><span>http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=950988</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLD .Feedback Arrived Today with Unique Features Designed by a Familiar Industry Face<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Another new gTLD entered General Availability today but the man behind the .feedback extension is a familiar face who was well-known in the industry long before ICANN's current new gTLD program was even conceived.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160118.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160118.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Approves &lsquo;.</span><span lang="GEO/KAT">&#4306;&#4308;&rsquo;</span><span lang="EN-US"> Web Addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Through the decision of ICANN, Georgia has officially been given the right to write web addresses in Georgian by means of the modern alphabet (Mkhedruli), allowing for local web addresses to end with &lsquo;.</span><span lang="GEO/KAT">&#4306;&#4308;&rsquo;</span><span lang="EN-US"> (.ge).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="http://georgiatoday.ge/news/2699/ICANN-Approves-%E2%80%98.ge%E2%80%99-Web-Addresses"><span>http://georgiatoday.ge/news/2699/ICANN-Approves-&lsquo;.ge&rsquo;-Web-Addresses</span></a>&gt;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Sporting Bodies Flock to '.tickets' Domains [news release]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The '.tickets' web address, owned by London-based start-up Accent Media, has seen an immediate and total uptake from the US sporting community. Top US sporting bodies have flocked to the domain with MLB, the NBA and the NFL purchasing names for every one of their teams, as well as league and premium names such as 'nfl.tickets' and 'superbowl.tickets'. Several NHL teams have also purchased names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-sporting-bodies-flock-to-tickets-domains-565622091.html"><span>http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-sporting-bodies-flock-to-tickets-domains-565622091.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .PET Domain Sunrise Period begins January 19<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias, a leading domain registry operator today announces that the Sunrise Period for the new &ldquo;dot PET&rdquo; or .PET TLD is now open for eligible trademark holders only. .PET is the best Internet address for pet-related products and services as well as pet lovers everywhere.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://get.pet/newsroom/press-release/new-pet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-january-19"><span>http://get.pet/newsroom/press-release/new-pet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-january-19</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Does .tickets have the ultimate anti-cybersquatting system?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I&rsquo;ve never seen anything like this before. .tickets gTLD registry Accent Media has launched an anti-cybersquatting measure that lets the world know who is trying to register what domain name a whole month before the domain is allowed to go live.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19800-does-tickets-have-the-ultimate-anti-cybersquatting-system"><span>http://domainincite.com/19800-does-tickets-have-the-ultimate-anti-cybersquatting-system</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain experts on the slow start for new gTLDS, and what may turn the tide</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Opening this year&rsquo;s Com Laude Domain Conference, managing director Nick Wood acknowledged that &ldquo;it has been a slow start&rdquo; for the ongoing expansion of the new gTLDs program.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=1c2d3016-3b1b-4f2f-8cfc-45069567145b"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=1c2d3016-3b1b-4f2f-8cfc-45069567145b</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry beats Donuts to .shopping, but .shop still in play<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry has emerged as the successful registry-to-be of .shopping from the convoluted .shop/.shopping new gTLD contention set.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19798-uniregistry-beats-donuts-to-shopping-but-shop-still-in-play"><span>http://domainincite.com/19798-uniregistry-beats-donuts-to-shopping-but-shop-still-in-play</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.security names priced at $3,000, .theatre at $750<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>XYZ.com may be best known for its budget .xyz gTLD, but its portfolio is increasingly leaning toward the super-premium end of the industry price range.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19811-security-names-priced-at-3000-theatre-at-750"><span>http://domainincite.com/19811-security-names-priced-at-3000-theatre-at-750</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After Their Most Successful Sunrise to Date Donuts Pours .Wine and .Vin for the General Public <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This will go down as a vintage week for new gTLDs with high profile extensions like .feedback (from Total Level Spectrum), .car, .cars and .auto (from Uniregsitry) and .family (from Rightside) joining .wine and .vin (from Donuts) among some the latest TLDs to enter General Availability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160120.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160120.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Plans to Track gTLD Marketplace Health<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has formed a working group to create metrics designed to assess the overall health of the marketplace for gTLDs. Preliminary documents indicate that the scope may include all gTLDs rather than just the ones commonly referred to as &ldquo;new gTLDs.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/icann-plans-to-track-gtld-marketplace-health/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/icann-plans-to-track-gtld-marketplace-health/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week&rsquo;s new TLDs: Don&rsquo;t drink and drive<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you don&rsquo;t like the wine and automotive domain names launching this week, you can leave .feedback.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/this-weeks-new-tlds-dont-drink-and-drive/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/this-weeks-new-tlds-dont-drink-and-drive/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New good practice guide by ENISA on disclosing vulnerabilities<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ENISA publishes a good practice guide on Vulnerability Disclosure, aiming to provide a picture of the challenges the security researchers, the vendors and other involved stakeholders are confronted with when disclosing software/hardware vulnerabilities. The study gives a glimpse into the complex vulnerability disclosure landscape by taking stock of the current situation, identifying the challenges and good practices and proposes concrete recommendations for improvement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/new-good-practice-guide-by-enisa-on-disclosing-vulnerabilities"><span>https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/new-good-practice-guide-by-enisa-on-disclosing-vulnerabilities</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia not prepared for cyber war; response to threats 'slow and fragmented', report warns<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new report warns Australia is not adequately prepared for cyber war, with the nation "badly lagging" behind overseas counterparts and the Defence Force also at risk.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-19/australia-not-prepared-for-cyber-warfare-experts-warn/7097796"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-19/australia-not-prepared-for-cyber-warfare-experts-warn/7097796</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Phishing attack could steal LastPass password manager details<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A security researcher has released a tool that can steal the login details and two-factor authentication key for the popular LastPass password manager, leaving users potentially exposed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/18/phishing-attack-steal-lastpass-password-manager-details"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/18/phishing-attack-steal-lastpass-password-manager-details</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why cyber security will become &ldquo;everyone&rsquo;s business&rdquo; in 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The impact of cyber security on New Zealand businesses will continue to rise in the year ahead, as the digital revolution opens the door to added vulnerabilities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/592350/why-cyber-security-will-become-everyone-business-2016/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/592350/why-cyber-security-will-become-everyone-business-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybercrime Fastest-Growing Cause of Data Center Outages<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybercrime is quickly rising as one of the leading causes of data center outages.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/cybercrime-fastest-growing-cause-of-data-center-outages"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/cybercrime-fastest-growing-cause-of-data-center-outages</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia and America working on global no-state-hacking pact<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has visited Washington, DC, and called for internet governance to be made independent of governments and a global no-hack pact.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/19/australian_and_usa_to_working_on_global_nohack_pact/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/19/australian_and_usa_to_working_on_global_nohack_pact/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Instagram paid Chinese cyberquatter $100,000 for instagram.com, Facebook lawsuit reveals<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Facebook has sued a Chinese cybersquatter for trying to renege on a five-year-old deal that saw it buy the domain instagram.com for $100,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19813-instagram-paid-chinese-cyberquatter-100000-for-instagram-com-facebook-lawsuit-reveals"><span>http://domainincite.com/19813-instagram-paid-chinese-cyberquatter-100000-for-instagram-com-facebook-lawsuit-reveals</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Instagram wants domain name deal upheld<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Instagram has launched legal proceedings in the US in a bid to have a 2011 domain name purchase agreement upheld and block a &ldquo;sham&rdquo; lawsuit in China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/article.php?article_id=4744"><span>http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/article.php?article_id=4744</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>AlpNames overtakes GoDaddy and passes the magic million [news release]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>According to ntldstats.com, AlpNames has just overtaken GoDaddy in terms of the number of new gTLD domain names under management.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.realwire.com/releases/AlpNames-overtakes-GoDaddy-and-passes-the-magic-million"><span>http://www.realwire.com/releases/AlpNames-overtakes-GoDaddy-and-passes-the-magic-million</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Launches Logo Design Service for Small Businesses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy is extending its small business services, offering a new logo design service for customers to get a professionally designed logo within one business week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-launches-logo-design-service-for-small-businesses"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-launches-logo-design-service-for-small-businesses</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Sky will push all subscribers onto IPv6 network by summer 2016</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sky, the UK's second largest ISP with about 5.8 million subscribers, is aiming to be the first major UK ISP to transition its entire customer base from IPv4 to IPv6. The world has mostly run out of IPv4 addresses, so moving to IPv6 is quite important at this point if we want the Internet to keep growing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2016/01/sky-will-push-all-subscribers-onto-ipv6-network-by-summer-2016/"><span>http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2016/01/sky-will-push-all-subscribers-onto-ipv6-network-by-summer-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias $10 million court win slashed by judge<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A US judge has dramatically reduced a $10 million ruling Afilias won against Architelos in a trade secrets case.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19789-afilias-10-million-court-win-slashed-by-judge"><span>http://domainincite.com/19789-afilias-10-million-court-win-slashed-by-judge</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>30 Years of Engineering the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IETF turns 30! As we work on the day-to-day tasks needed to make the Internet work better, or even as we look back over last year and gaze ahead to the year to come, from time-to-time it is useful to consider our work on timescales that are a bit larger.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/30-years-of-engineering-the-internet/"><span>https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/30-years-of-engineering-the-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Year 2015 and Beyond<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the year closing, I wanted to make a post highlighting some of the events and hot topics of the year. And say a few words about the challenges that lie ahead. Lets start with technical and big-Internet affecting issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ietf.org/blog/2015/12/year-2015-and-beyond/"><span>https://www.ietf.org/blog/2015/12/year-2015-and-beyond/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sorry, kids, all the good usernames are gone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After five years of receiving emails not meant for me, I finally met my digital doppelg&auml;nger in December. I was on a business trip to New York, where she lives. She suggested afternoon tea at a chic hotel. ... Many will shout that this is all the more reason to purchase a domain name &mdash; to allow, say, a family of Joneses to have email addresses along the lines of [firstname] <at> jones.com. But here, too, many of the best addresses &mdash; that is, those that are familiar, pronounceable and memorable &mdash; have been snapped up.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d7985578-bdb8-11e5-846f-79b0e3d20eaf.html"><span>http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d7985578-bdb8-11e5-846f-79b0e3d20eaf.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The DNW NamesCon recap<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What a way to kick off the year in the domain name business. Last week&rsquo;s NamesCon conference in Las Vegas attracted over 1,000 people. Enthusiasm, driven in part by a strong finish to 2015 thanks to China, was high.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/the-dnw-namescon-recap/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/the-dnw-namescon-recap/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Non-Stop Networking: Why Some of the Best Moments at NamesCon Weren't on the Agenda<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In my daily posts from last week's NamesCon conference at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas I tried, as much as possible, to give you a sense of what goes on each day and night at the big event.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160119.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160119.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China has been a blessing. Will it be curse?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There&rsquo;s no doubt that China has had a profound impact on the domain name industry over the past 6-12 months. Chinese buyers have enriched people with short domain names and also boosted revenue at domain name marketplaces and registries.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/20/china-has-been-a-blessing-will-it-be-curse/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/20/china-has-been-a-blessing-will-it-be-curse/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NamesCon auction was a coming out party for new TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The live portion of last week&rsquo;s Right of the Dot domain name auction at NamesCon delivered about $1.5 million of sales. New TLDs accounted for just over 20% of this dollar figure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/namescon-auction-was-a-coming-out-party-for-new-tlds/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/19/namescon-auction-was-a-coming-out-party-for-new-tlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SnapNames goes to China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain name marketplaces are making a lot of money from Chinese buyers these days (more on that later), and it makes sense for these companies to visit with their buyers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/20/snapnames-goes-to-china/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/20/snapnames-goes-to-china/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Interoperable Internet of Things<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I cannot think of a better example where interoperability is important than the Internet of Things. Without interoperability, lights won&rsquo;t work with the switches, sensor&rsquo;s can&rsquo;t be read by your smartphone, and devices cannot use the networks around them. And of course, the IETF along with other relevant organisations is working on those standards. But there&rsquo;s work left to do.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/an-interoperable-internet-of-things/"><span>https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/01/an-interoperable-internet-of-things/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35311456"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35311456</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Exposed: Child labour behind smart phone and electric car batteries<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/01/child-labour-behind-smart-phone-and-electric-car-batteries/"><span>https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/01/child-labour-behind-smart-phone-and-electric-car-batteries/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Children as young as seven mining cobalt used in smartphones, says Amnesty<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Children as young as seven are working in perilous conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to mine cobalt that ends up in smartphones, cars and computers sold to millions across the world, by household brands including Apple, Microsoft and Vodafone, according to a new investigation by Amnesty International.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jan/19/children-as-young-as-seven-mining-cobalt-for-use-in-smartphones-says-amnesty"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jan/19/children-as-young-as-seven-mining-cobalt-for-use-in-smartphones-says-amnesty</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"This is what we die for": Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Power the Global Trade in Cobalt<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This report documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep underground, and accidents are common. Despite the potentially fatal health effects of prolonged exposure to cobalt, adult and child miners work without even the most basic protective equipment. This report is the first comprehensive account of how cobalt enters the supply chain of many of the world&rsquo;s leading brands. It highlights the failure of these companies to identify where the cobalt in their products comes from.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr62/3183/2016/en/"><span>https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr62/3183/2016/en/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dozens of agencies want warrantless access to Australians' metadata again<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than 60 government agencies are seeking to regain warrantless access to Australians&rsquo; phone and web metadata, in what appears to be a major pushback after the federal government restricted the number of agencies that could access it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/18/dozens-of-agencies-want-warrantless-access-to-australians-metadata-again"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/18/dozens-of-agencies-want-warrantless-access-to-australians-metadata-again</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Data retention: EFA calls for govt to reject orgs seeking &lsquo;metadata&rsquo; access<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Civil liberties advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Australia has called on Attorney-General George Brandis to reject the majority of the organisations that have sought ongoing authorisation to access telecommunications data without a warrant.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/592371/data-retention-efa-calls-govt-reject-orgs-seeking-metadata-access/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/592371/data-retention-efa-calls-govt-reject-orgs-seeking-metadata-access/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 14 Jan 04:35 2016

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Internet Governance Outlook 2016: Cooperation & Confrontation by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_internet_governance_outlook_2016_cooperation_confrontation/>

 

M+M acquires .boston from Boston Globe

<http://domainincite.com/19767-mm-acquires-boston-from-boston-globe>

 

 

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Internet Governance Outlook 2016: Cooperation & Confrontation by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

In 2015 we saw many agreements on Internet Governance. 193 Governments agreed in the UN General Assembly on the WSIS 10+ Outcome Document. They agreed to extend the mandate of the IGF for ten years. They agreed to strengthen the multistakeholder approach. And they agreed to make more efforts to bring the next billion users online until 2020. The UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) agreed on a number of confidence building measures to strengthen cybersecurity.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_internet_governance_outlook_2016_cooperation_confrontation/>

 

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ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report - Register for the FY16 Q2 call on 28 January 1500 UTC

ICANN has announced its FY16 Q2 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 28 January at 1500 UTC. The call will cover how ICANN has progressed against its strategic and operating plans for the Quarter ending 31 December 2015.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-12-en>

 

Letter from the Commercial and Business Users Constituency to Fadi Chehadé and Thomas Schneider

CCT Review Team Selection

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bc-to-chehade-schneider-11jan16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Paul Zamek, EVP: Communications & Strategic Partnerships | DotMusic Limited, to ICANN and the Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD Application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/zamek-to-icann-eiu-11jan16-en.pdf>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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M+M acquires .boston from Boston Globe

Minds + Machines has added .boston to its stable of geo-gTLDs, buying the contract from the publisher of the Boston Globe newspaper.

<http://domainincite.com/19767-mm-acquires-boston-from-boston-globe>

 

Minds + Machines adds .boston to portfolio

Internet domain specialist Minds + Machines Group has added the .boston address to its portfolio.

<http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/121198/minds-machines-adds-boston-to-portfolio>

 

.boston acquisition

Minds + Machines Group Limited ... is pleased to announce its agreement to acquire a 99% interest in Boston TLD Management LLC, the owner of rights to the .boston geo-TLD, and the agreement of its subsidiary, Minds + Machines Limited, to act as the Registry Service Provider for the geo-TLD.

<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2016/01/boston-acquisition/>

 

Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in December

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of December 2015 are below. Any surprises?

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in10>

 

NiRA Registers 22,113 .ng Domain Names in 2015

The President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NIRA, Sunday Folayan, on Sunday said a total of 22,113 .ng domain names were registered in 2015.

<http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/196545-nira-registers-22113-ng-domain-names-in-2015.html>

<http://allafrica.com/stories/201601110174.html>

 

Internet registration agency says 22,115 .ng domain names were registered in 2015

According to the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA) domain report, Nigeria also recorded growth in the number of domain name renewals

<http://pulse.ng/tech/nira-internet-registration-agency-says-22-115-ng-domain-names-were-registered-in-2015-id4548309.html>

 

.sucks “gagging” registrar critics?

.sucks may be all about freedom of speech, but some registrars reckon the registry is trying to ban them from criticizing the new gTLD in public.

<http://domainincite.com/19762-sucks-gagging-registrar-critics>

 

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NEW TLDS

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Is FACEBOOK working on a self-driving car? Social network registers website domains ending in .auto and .car

Facebook has triggered wild speculation that it might be developing a car of its own to rival the likes of Google after registering two automobile-related domain names.

<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3394088/Is-FACEBOOK-working-self-driving-car-Social-network-registers-website-domains-ending-auto-car.html>

 

Birthplace of the World Wide Web CERN Launches home.cern by Tony Kirsch

As many internet industry participants would be aware, the development of the World Wide Web is attributed to a project team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, commonly known as CERN. CERN, one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research, is a leader in technological development and the furthering of our collective understanding of science and technology. more»

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_birthplace_of_the_world_wide_web_cern_launches_homecern/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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Verizon accused of ignoring spammers' IP address theft

United States telco Verizon has been accused by an antispam organisation of routing illictly obtained internet addresses for spammers, and ignoring complaints about the subsequent abusive activity.

<http://www.itnews.com.au/news/verizon-accused-of-ignoring-spammers-ip-address-theft-413607>

 

The U.S. Must No Longer Accept China's Denial of Government-Sponsored Hack Attacks by Rep. Matt Salmon, U.S. Representative for Arizona's 5th Congressional District

China's bitter battle to rewrite the rules of the Internet persisted in December in the historic town of Wuzhen. There, China held its second World Internet Conference. The theme was identical to last year's -- "an interconnected world shared and governed by all" -- but the context surrounding this WIC was quite different.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-matt-salmon/us-china-hack-attack_b_8954332.html>

 

200 experts line up to tell governments to get stuffed over encryption

A group of 200 experts have urged the world's governments not to introduce backdoors into encryption products in an open letter posted Monday.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/11/experts_defend_encryption/>

 

A DDoS Learning Curve for Universities, Government & Enterprises

There’s no getting around it -- DDoS attacks are growing in frequency, size, severity, sophistication, and even persistence each year. These tenacious, effective attacks can last anywhere from hours to months. They can be launched from botnets, use multiple protocols, and even disguise themselves with SSL encryption. Protecting yourself against DDoS isn’t a matter of stopping one attack but a multitude, sometimes all at once.

<http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/a-ddos-learning-curve-for-universities-government-and-enterprises-/a/d-id/1323879>

 

83% of InfoSec Pros Think (Another) Successful Cyberattack On Critical Infrastructure Likely In 2016

ISACA survey finds that a majority of cybersecurity professionals feel privacy is being compromised in effort to create stronger security regulation.

<http://www.darkreading.com/careers-and-people/83--of-infosec-pros-think-(another)-successful-cyberattack-on-critical-infrastructure-likely-in-2016/d/d-id/1323845>

 

Why We Support Strong Encryption

Today, CivSource joined 171 experts, companies, and organizations in more than 35 countries in asking world leaders to support strong encryption and to reject any law, policy, or mandate that would undermine digital security.

<https://civsourceonline.com/2016/01/11/why-we-support-strong-encryption/>

 

International action against DD4BC cybercriminal group

On 15 and 16 December, law enforcement agencies from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and the United Kingdom joined forces with Europol in the framework of an operation against the cybercriminal group DD4BC (Distributed Denial of Service – DDoS - for Bitcoin).

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/international-action-against-dd4bc-cybercriminal-group>

 

'Main Target' Of DD4BC DDoS Extortionist Group Arrested

International group of law enforcement agencies zeroes in on group that spawned the DDoS for Bitcoin cyber-extortion business.

<http://www.darkreading.com/operations/main-target-of-dd4bc-ddos-extortionist-group-arrested/d/d-id/1323878>

 

Boarding towards a safe and secure Public Transport. Mind the gap!

ENISA proposes guidance to secure critical assets and data exchange for Intelligent Public Transport in Smart Cities.

<https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/boarding-towards-a-safe-and-secure-public-transport-mind-the-gap>

 

Denial-of-Service Flaw Patched in DHCP

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) on Tuesday patched a denial-of-service vulnerability in numerous versions of DHCP.

<https://threatpost.com/denial-of-service-flaw-patched-in-dhcp/115875/>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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U.K. High Court Ruling Upholds Cybersquatting Arbitration

Brand owners should be encouraged by the U.K. High Court's recent ruling upholding a domain name arbitration decision, according to attorneys interviewed by Bloomberg BNA.

<http://www.bna.com/high-court-ruling-n57982066007/>

 

Premier League Expands UK Pirate Site Blockades

Major UK Internet providers have been ordered to block access to dozens of domain names belonging to popular sports streaming sites. The Football Association and Premier League recently submitted several new domain names that link to previously blocked sites, to expand the scope of the national piracy blocklist.

<https://torrentfreak.com/premier-league-expands-uk-pirate-site-blockades-011116/>

 

What's going on with X.org? Desktop software body could lose domain

This time next week, one of the internet's rarest domains – the single-letter X.org – is up for renewal. The multi-million-dollar address is home to a foundation that develops widely used GUI display software for Linux and Unix-flavored desktops. Now it faces an uncertain future.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/11/x_dot_org/>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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Test your skills with GoDaddy’s Bought or Not

GoDaddy released a fun (and rather eye-opening) app at NamesCon today called Bought Or Not.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/test-your-skills-with-godaddys-bought-or-not/>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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IPv6 connectivity: Ignore at your own peril [registration]

Gathering knowledge on IPv6 connectivity and implementation is critical to success in modern IP networking.

<http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/tip/IPv6-connectivity-Ignore-at-your-own-peril>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Domain Pulse 2016 Coming To Switzerland In February

It's now less than a month to go until 2016's Domain Pulse conference, this year to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 1 and 2 February.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24418>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/11/domain-pulse-2016-switzerland/>

 

Board shakeup at Minds + Machines

Minds + Machines announced major changes to its Board of Directors today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/board-shakeup-at-minds-machines/>

 

Building Buzz with Bill Doshier – DNW Podcast #66

How do you build buzz for a TLD .buzz? Bill Doshier has done a remarkable job as a mostly one-man show, building the domain name up and finding a loyal following of registrants. One user has given .buzz attention on Wheel of Fortune and in the L.A. Times, and Doshier found an interesting type of registrant he hadn’t thought about when he first applied for the domain.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/building-buzz-with-bill-doshier-dnw-podcast-66/>

 

Photos & Highlights from Sunday's Opening Day at NamesCon 2016 in Las Vegas

The 2016 NamesCon conference got off to a great start Sunday (January 10) when the first of an expected 1,200 attendees mobbed the registration desk at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas as soon as it opened at 9am.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160111.htm>

 

Day 2 Photos & Highlights from NamesCon 2016 Where Frank Schilling Keynote & Live Domain Auction Drew Capacity Crowds

The 2016 NamesCon conference continued Monday (January 11) with another busy day of business sessions, a live domain auction and an evening of crowd pleasing social events in Las Vegas.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160112.htm>

 

Choosing the right domain structure for SEO

When starting a website you will be faced with a number of decisions regarding its domain structure – the information to the left of the full stop in a web address (domain name) and the combination of letters to the right (domain extension).

<http://purecontent.com/blog/choosing-the-right-domain-structure-for-seo/>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Escrow.com banks on $43m gross payment volume in FY15

Escrow.com has reported during a Namescon presentation it continues to maintain an "exceptional track record" of growth, even after being acquired by Freelancer.com.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/escrow-com-banks-on-43m-gross-payment-volume-in-fy15/>

 

GoDaddy Launches App For Domain Investors

GoDaddy ... announced the launch of its first mobile app for domain investors. The GoDaddy Investor app, launching on iOS and Android, will allow investors to watch and bid on domains at auction and stay on top of their current bids all from their mobile device.

<http://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Launches-App-For-Domain-Investors/default.aspx>

 

How big is China? Big.

This morning at NamesCon, Domain Name Sales VP of Sales Jeffrey Gabriel showed a slide with sales data from the past year:

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/12/how-big-is-china-big/>

 

Uniregistry digs into details of new Market

This morning at NamesCon in Las Vegas, Uniregistry unveiled more details about its new marketplace that will be integrated with the Uniregistry registrar.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/12/uniregistry-digs-into-details-of-new-market/>

 

Frank Schilling unveils marketplace during keynote

Frank Schilling unveiled the new Uniregistry marketplace during his keynote at Namescon today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/frank-schilling-unveils-marketplace-during-keynote/>

 

.Club Sells Over 5,500 Premium Domains In December For Almost $615K

.Club just released it premium sales report for December 2015. On December 16th .Club released 13,000 new premium names to the registrar channel, with many priced at $100 or lower

<http://www.thedomains.com/2016/01/11/club-sells-over-5500-premium-domains-in-december-for-almost-615k/>

 

 

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"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance Outlook 2016: Cooperation &amp; Confrontation by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_internet_governance_outlook_2016_cooperation_confrontation/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_internet_governance_outlook_2016_cooperation_confrontation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>M+M acquires .boston from Boston Globe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19767-mm-acquires-boston-from-boston-globe"><span>http://domainincite.com/19767-mm-acquires-boston-from-boston-globe</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance Outlook 2016: Cooperation &amp; Confrontation by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2015 we saw many agreements on Internet Governance. 193 Governments agreed in the UN General Assembly on the WSIS 10+ Outcome Document. They agreed to extend the mandate of the IGF for ten years. They agreed to strengthen the multistakeholder approach. And they agreed to make more efforts to bring the next billion users online until 2020. The UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) agreed on a number of confidence building measures to strengthen cybersecurity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_internet_governance_outlook_2016_cooperation_confrontation/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_internet_governance_outlook_2016_cooperation_confrontation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report - Register for the FY16 Q2 call on 28 January 1500 UTC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has announced its FY16 Q2 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 28 January at 1500 UTC. The call will cover how ICANN has progressed against its strategic and operating plans for the Quarter ending 31 December 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-12-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-12-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from the Commercial and Business Users Constituency to Fadi Chehad&eacute; and Thomas Schneider</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CCT Review Team Selection<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bc-to-chehade-schneider-11jan16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bc-to-chehade-schneider-11jan16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Paul Zamek, EVP: Communications &amp; Strategic Partnerships | DotMusic Limited, to ICANN and the Economist Intelligence Unit</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/zamek-to-icann-eiu-11jan16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/zamek-to-icann-eiu-11jan16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>M+M acquires .boston from Boston Globe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines has added .boston to its stable of geo-gTLDs, buying the contract from the publisher of the Boston Globe newspaper.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19767-mm-acquires-boston-from-boston-globe"><span>http://domainincite.com/19767-mm-acquires-boston-from-boston-globe</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines adds .boston to portfolio<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet domain specialist Minds + Machines Group has added the .boston address to its portfolio.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/121198/minds-machines-adds-boston-to-portfolio"><span>http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/121198/minds-machines-adds-boston-to-portfolio</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.boston acquisition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines Group Limited ... is pleased to announce its agreement to acquire a 99% interest in Boston TLD Management LLC, the owner of rights to the .boston geo-TLD, and the agreement of its subsidiary, Minds + Machines Limited, to act as the Registry Service Provider for the geo-TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2016/01/boston-acquisition/"><span>http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2016/01/boston-acquisition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com &amp; .Net Registrations in December<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of December 2015 are below. Any surprises?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in10"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in10</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NiRA Registers 22,113 .ng Domain Names in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NIRA, Sunday Folayan, on Sunday said a total of 22,113 .ng domain names were registered in 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/196545-nira-registers-22113-ng-domain-names-in-2015.html"><span>http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/196545-nira-registers-22113-ng-domain-names-in-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201601110174.html"><span>http://allafrica.com/stories/201601110174.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet registration agency says 22,115 .ng domain names were registered in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>According to the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA) domain report, Nigeria also recorded growth in the number of domain name renewals<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://pulse.ng/tech/nira-internet-registration-agency-says-22-115-ng-domain-names-were-registered-in-2015-id4548309.html"><span>http://pulse.ng/tech/nira-internet-registration-agency-says-22-115-ng-domain-names-were-registered-in-2015-id4548309.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.sucks &ldquo;gagging&rdquo; registrar critics?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.sucks may be all about freedom of speech, but some registrars reckon the registry is trying to ban them from criticizing the new gTLD in public.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19762-sucks-gagging-registrar-critics"><span>http://domainincite.com/19762-sucks-gagging-registrar-critics</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Is FACEBOOK working on a self-driving car? Social network registers website domains ending in .auto and .car <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Facebook has triggered wild speculation that it might be developing a car of its own to rival the likes of Google after registering two automobile-related domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3394088/Is-FACEBOOK-working-self-driving-car-Social-network-registers-website-domains-ending-auto-car.html"><span>http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3394088/Is-FACEBOOK-working-self-driving-car-Social-network-registers-website-domains-ending-auto-car.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Birthplace of the World Wide Web CERN Launches home.cern by Tony Kirsch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As many internet industry participants would be aware, the development of the World Wide Web is attributed to a project team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, commonly known as CERN. CERN, one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research, is a leader in technological development and the furthering of our collective understanding of science and technology. more&raquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_birthplace_of_the_world_wide_web_cern_launches_homecern/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160111_birthplace_of_the_world_wide_web_cern_launches_homecern/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verizon accused of ignoring spammers' IP address theft<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>United States telco Verizon has been accused by an antispam organisation of routing illictly obtained internet addresses for spammers, and ignoring complaints about the subsequent abusive activity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/news/verizon-accused-of-ignoring-spammers-ip-address-theft-413607"><span>http://www.itnews.com.au/news/verizon-accused-of-ignoring-spammers-ip-address-theft-413607</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. Must No Longer Accept China's Denial of Government-Sponsored Hack Attacks by Rep. Matt Salmon, U.S. Representative for Arizona's 5th Congressional District<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China's bitter battle to rewrite the rules of the Internet persisted in December in the historic town of Wuzhen. There, China held its second World Internet Conference. The theme was identical to last year's -- "an interconnected world shared and governed by all" -- but the context surrounding this WIC was quite different.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-matt-salmon/us-china-hack-attack_b_8954332.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-matt-salmon/us-china-hack-attack_b_8954332.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>200 experts line up to tell governments to get stuffed over encryption<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A group of 200 experts have urged the world's governments not to introduce backdoors into encryption products in an open letter posted Monday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/11/experts_defend_encryption/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/11/experts_defend_encryption/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A DDoS Learning Curve for Universities, Government &amp; Enterprises<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There&rsquo;s no getting around it -- DDoS attacks are growing in frequency, size, severity, sophistication, and even persistence each year. These tenacious, effective attacks can last anywhere from hours to months. They can be launched from botnets, use multiple protocols, and even disguise themselves with SSL encryption. Protecting yourself against DDoS isn&rsquo;t a matter of stopping one attack but a multitude, sometimes all at once.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/a-ddos-learning-curve-for-universities-government-and-enterprises-/a/d-id/1323879"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/a-ddos-learning-curve-for-universities-government-and-enterprises-/a/d-id/1323879</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>83% of InfoSec Pros Think (Another) Successful Cyberattack On Critical Infrastructure Likely In 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ISACA survey finds that a majority of cybersecurity professionals feel privacy is being compromised in effort to create stronger security regulation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/careers-and-people/83--of-infosec-pros-think-(another)-successful-cyberattack-on-critical-infrastructure-likely-in-2016/d/d-id/1323845"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/careers-and-people/83--of-infosec-pros-think-(another)-successful-cyberattack-on-critical-infrastructure-likely-in-2016/d/d-id/1323845</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why We Support Strong Encryption<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, CivSource joined 171 experts, companies, and organizations in more than 35 countries in asking world leaders to support strong encryption and to reject any law, policy, or mandate that would undermine digital security.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://civsourceonline.com/2016/01/11/why-we-support-strong-encryption/"><span>https://civsourceonline.com/2016/01/11/why-we-support-strong-encryption/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>International action against DD4BC cybercriminal group<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 15 and 16 December, law enforcement agencies from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and the United Kingdom joined forces with Europol in the framework of an operation against the cybercriminal group DD4BC (Distributed Denial of Service &ndash; DDoS - for Bitcoin).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/international-action-against-dd4bc-cybercriminal-group"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/international-action-against-dd4bc-cybercriminal-group</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Main Target' Of DD4BC DDoS Extortionist Group Arrested<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>International group of law enforcement agencies zeroes in on group that spawned the DDoS for Bitcoin cyber-extortion business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/operations/main-target-of-dd4bc-ddos-extortionist-group-arrested/d/d-id/1323878"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/operations/main-target-of-dd4bc-ddos-extortionist-group-arrested/d/d-id/1323878</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Boarding towards a safe and secure Public Transport. Mind the gap!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ENISA proposes guidance to secure critical assets and data exchange for Intelligent Public Transport in Smart Cities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/boarding-towards-a-safe-and-secure-public-transport-mind-the-gap"><span>https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/boarding-towards-a-safe-and-secure-public-transport-mind-the-gap</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Denial-of-Service Flaw Patched in DHCP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) on Tuesday patched a denial-of-service vulnerability in numerous versions of DHCP.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/denial-of-service-flaw-patched-in-dhcp/115875/"><span>https://threatpost.com/denial-of-service-flaw-patched-in-dhcp/115875/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.K. High Court Ruling Upholds Cybersquatting Arbitration<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brand owners should be encouraged by the U.K. High Court's recent ruling upholding a domain name arbitration decision, according to attorneys interviewed by Bloomberg BNA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/high-court-ruling-n57982066007/"><span>http://www.bna.com/high-court-ruling-n57982066007/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Premier League Expands UK Pirate Site Blockades<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Major UK Internet providers have been ordered to block access to dozens of domain names belonging to popular sports streaming sites. The Football Association and Premier League recently submitted several new domain names that link to previously blocked sites, to expand the scope of the national piracy blocklist.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/premier-league-expands-uk-pirate-site-blockades-011116/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/premier-league-expands-uk-pirate-site-blockades-011116/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What's going on with X.org? Desktop software body could lose domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This time next week, one of the internet's rarest domains &ndash; the single-letter X.org &ndash; is up for renewal. The multi-million-dollar address is home to a foundation that develops widely used GUI display software for Linux and Unix-flavored desktops. Now it faces an uncertain future.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/11/x_dot_org/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/11/x_dot_org/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Test your skills with GoDaddy&rsquo;s Bought or Not<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy released a fun (and rather eye-opening) app at NamesCon today called Bought Or Not.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/test-your-skills-with-godaddys-bought-or-not/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/test-your-skills-with-godaddys-bought-or-not/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 connectivity: Ignore at your own peril [registration]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Gathering knowledge on IPv6 connectivity and implementation is critical to success in modern IP networking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/tip/IPv6-connectivity-Ignore-at-your-own-peril"><span>http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/tip/IPv6-connectivity-Ignore-at-your-own-peril</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Pulse 2016 Coming To Switzerland In February<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It's now less than a month to go until 2016's Domain Pulse conference, this year to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 1 and 2 February.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24418"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24418</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/11/domain-pulse-2016-switzerland/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/11/domain-pulse-2016-switzerland/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Board shakeup at Minds + Machines<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines announced major changes to its Board of Directors today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/board-shakeup-at-minds-machines/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/board-shakeup-at-minds-machines/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Building Buzz with Bill Doshier &ndash; DNW Podcast #66<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How do you build buzz for a TLD .buzz? Bill Doshier has done a remarkable job as a mostly one-man show, building the domain name up and finding a loyal following of registrants. One user has given .buzz attention on Wheel of Fortune and in the L.A. Times, and Doshier found an interesting type of registrant he hadn&rsquo;t thought about when he first applied for the domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/building-buzz-with-bill-doshier-dnw-podcast-66/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/building-buzz-with-bill-doshier-dnw-podcast-66/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Photos &amp; Highlights from Sunday's Opening Day at NamesCon 2016 in Las Vegas<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2016 NamesCon conference got off to a great start Sunday (January 10) when the first of an expected 1,200 attendees mobbed the registration desk at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas as soon as it opened at 9am.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160111.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160111.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Day 2 Photos &amp; Highlights from NamesCon 2016 Where Frank Schilling Keynote &amp; Live Domain Auction Drew Capacity Crowds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2016 NamesCon conference continued Monday (January 11) with another busy day of business sessions, a live domain auction and an evening of crowd pleasing social events in Las Vegas.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160112.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160112.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Choosing the right domain structure for SEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When starting a website you will be faced with a number of decisions regarding its domain structure &ndash; the information to the left of the full stop in a web address (domain name) and the combination of letters to the right (domain extension).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://purecontent.com/blog/choosing-the-right-domain-structure-for-seo/"><span>http://purecontent.com/blog/choosing-the-right-domain-structure-for-seo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Escrow.com banks on $43m gross payment volume in FY15<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Escrow.com has reported during a Namescon presentation it continues to maintain an "exceptional track record" of growth, even after being acquired by Freelancer.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/escrow-com-banks-on-43m-gross-payment-volume-in-fy15/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/escrow-com-banks-on-43m-gross-payment-volume-in-fy15/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Launches App For Domain Investors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy ... announced the launch of its first mobile app for domain investors. The GoDaddy Investor app, launching on iOS and Android, will allow investors to watch and bid on domains at auction and stay on top of their current bids all from their mobile device.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Launches-App-For-Domain-Investors/default.aspx"><span>http://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Launches-App-For-Domain-Investors/default.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How big is China? Big.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This morning at NamesCon, Domain Name Sales VP of Sales Jeffrey Gabriel showed a slide with sales data from the past year:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/12/how-big-is-china-big/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/12/how-big-is-china-big/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry digs into details of new Market<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This morning at NamesCon in Las Vegas, Uniregistry unveiled more details about its new marketplace that will be integrated with the Uniregistry registrar.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/12/uniregistry-digs-into-details-of-new-market/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/12/uniregistry-digs-into-details-of-new-market/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Frank Schilling unveils marketplace during keynote<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Frank Schilling unveiled the new Uniregistry marketplace during his keynote at Namescon today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/frank-schilling-unveils-marketplace-during-keynote/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/11/frank-schilling-unveils-marketplace-during-keynote/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Club Sells Over 5,500 Premium Domains In December For Almost $615K<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Club just released it premium sales report for December 2015. On December 16th .Club released 13,000 new premium names to the registrar channel, with many priced at $100 or lower<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2016/01/11/club-sells-over-5500-premium-domains-in-december-for-almost-615k/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2016/01/11/club-sells-over-5500-premium-domains-in-december-for-almost-615k/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 7 Jan 06:46 2016

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WEBINAR: WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase 2 Report

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-06-en>

 

.SWISS General Availability Commences 11 January

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/06/swiss-general-availability-commences-11-january/>

 

Christmas Comes For New gTLDs As Total Registrations Pass 11 Million

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/27/christmas-comes-for-new-gtlds/>

 

Expert roundup: What’s next for the new TLDs in 2016?

<http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/expert-roundup-whats-next-for-the-new-tlds-in-2016/>

 

Rights protection mechanisms for new internet layer outlined, but could more have been done?

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7670cb6a-5c4c-4b25-a0d6-8be489a797d0>

 

Associations Offer Innovative Benefits To Consumers, Members Through New gTLD Program

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program>

 

Pirate Bay is Back to Square One After Months of Domain Hopping

<https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-is-back-to-square-one-after-months-of-domain-hopping-151231/>

 

IPv6 celebrates its 20th birthday by reaching 10 percent deployment

<http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/ipv6-celebrates-its-20th-birthday-by-reaching-10-percent-deployment/>

 

Are TLDs Property?

<https://www.lawfareblog.com/are-top-level-domains-property>

 

 

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Why WSIS+10 Matters to the Future of the Internet by Charles H. Rivkin, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs

As more and more people use and rely on the Internet around the globe, one of the key questions is how it should be governed - and who should set the rules. Now, the question of Internet governance might not keep everyone up at night, but the answer affects all of us, which is why a U.S. State Department-led team was up negotiating this issue at three in the morning at a critical United Nations meeting earlier this month.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-h-rivkin/why-wsis10-matters-to-the_b_8869154.html>

 

Meet discusses latest trends in internet governance

Neutral treatment of all content on the Internet is an essential pre-requisite for fostering ‘permission-less innovation’ which is one of the guiding principles of the Internet, said Satish Babu, Chair of the Internet Society-Trivandrum Chapter, and Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation of ICANN.

<http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/meet-discusses-latest-trends-in-internet-governance/article8047681.ece>

 

The Wuzhen Compradors by Milton Mueller

The World Internet Conference is China’s attempt to assert itself as a leader in global Internet governance. Held in the lovely, historically preserved town of Wuzhen, there have now been two annual events; the latest just concluded December 18. The conference could be seen as just another Chinese business networking event, full of empty speeches and suited men trying to forge connections and ingratiate themselves to the gatekeepers of the China market. Yet WIC has become another source of ICANN controversy.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/12/29/the-chinese-netmundial-initiative/>

 

Toward WSIS 3.0: Adopting Next-Gen Governance Solutions for Tomorrow's Information Society by Stefaan Verhulst

For the WSIS community to be effective in meeting its ambitious goals adopted in December 2015, it will have to become more evidence-based and innovative. At the beginning of the new millennium -- before the arrival of Facebook and Twitter -- Kofi Annan, then Secretary General of the United Nations, called for the creation of an inclusive "information society" -- "one in which human capacity is expanded, built up, nourished and liberated, by giving people access to the tools and technologies they need, with the education and training to use them effectively."

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160104_toward_wsis_3_adopting_next_gen_governance_solutions/>

 

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Request for Proposal for the Independent Review of the At-Large Community

ICANN is seeking a provider to conduct an independent review of the At-Large Community ("At-Large"), as mandated by ICANN's Bylaws. The At-Large serves an important function – it represents the community of individual Internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-05-en>

 

Call for Volunteers: New GNSO Policy Development Process Working Group to Establish a Policy Framework for a Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Service to Replace WHOIS (Next-Gen RDS)

The GNSO Council seeks volunteers to serve on a PDP Working Group to establish a policy framework for a next-generation gTLD Registration Directory Service to replace WHOIS (Next-Gen RDS).

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-04-en>

 

GAC Input into the CCWG-Accountability Public Comment Period on its 3rd Draft Proposal of 30 November 2015

The GAC recognizes the important efforts of the CCWG members and participants and has preliminarily considered the recommendations contained in the CCWG-Accountability 3rd Draft Proposal, but is not in a position to give an indication of its position as a Chartering Organisation at this stage.

<https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/Governmental+Advisory+Committee?preview=/27132037/41091522/GAC Public Comment CCWG-ACC21Dec15.pdf>

 

WEBINAR: WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase 2 Report

ICANN published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase 2 report on 23 December 2015. This webinar, scheduled for 12 January 2016, will focus on the findings of the report and its implications for the community.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-06-en>

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-06jan16-en>

 

ICANN: A Year in Review and a Look Ahead

2015 was a year that ICANN and its community were immersed in the work necessary to execute the impending IANA Stewardship transition and the accountability reforms it necessitated. However, there were a number of additional developments and progress made on a variety of topics. Here are five notable developments from 2015 and a look at what’s ahead for the new year.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/looking-back-on-icann-in-2015>

 

ICANN TURNING FROM TRANSITION PLANNING TO OTHER POLICY ISSUES IN 2016

If unlawful activity – such as copyright infringement – is occurring on a Web site, what’s an Internet domain name registrar to do? Figuring out an answer to that question tops the list of stuff the ICANN is expected to tackle in the new year.

<http://www.bna.com/icann-turning-transition-b57982065813/>

 

CENTR supports 3rd draft proposal on ICANN Accountability improvements

CENTR, the association for exchange, dialogue and innovation of country code domain registries in Europe has published the following comment:

<https://centr.org/news/icann/12-22-2015/4627/centr-supports-3rd-draft-proposal-icann-accountability-improvements>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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.at-report: The .at year 2015

We still wonder, what happened to 2015! As Christmas is just around the corner we thing it's a good time to look back and reflect on what we succeeded in doing. A glance into our project plans and calendars shows: There has been a lot going on!

<https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article//at-report-jahresrueckblick-2015/?cHash=769756cc84c46ace14a6ddef6caf4d89>

 

New .BET Domain Sunrise Period Begins Today

Afilias, a leading domain registry operator announces that the Sunrise Period for the new “dot BET” or .BET TLD is now open for eligible trademark holders only.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2016/01/05/new-bet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-today>

<http://get.bet/newsroom/press-release/new-bet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-today>

 

ca: Web Hosting Canada adds expanded cybersecurity protection to its small business web hosting solutions

Web Hosting Canada has selected the .CA D-Zone Anycast DNS from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority to deliver a Canadian-first DNS service for small businesses.

<https://cira.ca/news/web-hosting-canada-adds-expanded-cybersecurity-protection-its-small-business-web-hosting>

 

Price of .ee domain will be reduced to 7 euros from 1 January 2016

An .ee domain can be registered for one, two or three years. The domain name registration fee in 2016 will be 7, 14 or 21 euros depending on the length of the registration period.

<http://www.internet.ee/news/price-of-ee-domain-will-be-reduced-to-7-euros-from-1-january-2016>

 

.eu and EURid well coping with challenges, EC bi-yearly report states

The EC 2015 report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation, functioning and effectiveness of the .eu TLD was published by the EC on 18 December 2015, COM (2015) 680 final.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2015/eu-and-eurid-well-coping-challenges-ec-bi-yearly-report-states>

 

Rights-holders: how to protect your rights under the .fr TLD

Afnic has published a practical guide for rights-holders, the first in its new collection of practical guides.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9544/show/rights-holders-how-to-protect-your-rights-under-the-fr-tld-1.html>

 

ru: Number of violator domains cut to one-fourth in November

In November 2015, accredited registrars received 102 requests to terminate the delegation of domain names from the Group-IB cybersecurity company, one-fourth of October’s level.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9200>

 

.SWISS General Availability Commences 11 January

General Availability for the .swiss gTLD will commence on 11 January, but domains will still only be available for applicants that have a registered office and actual administrative site in Switzerland as well as a clear connection with the requested domain.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/06/swiss-general-availability-commences-11-january/>

 

.swiss internet addresses: generalised opening

The 11 January launch of the second phase of registration of .swiss internet addresses extends the range of possible domain names and potential candidates. It also opens up the possibility for umbrella organisations or sector representatives to submit a dossier in order to obtain a generic address, such as hotel.swiss or watch.swiss, which will then be put at the disposal of the sector as a whole. The first phase has already enabled some 7000 .swiss internet addresses to be assigned.

<http://www.bakom.admin.ch/dokumentation/medieninformationen/00471/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=60189>

 

VN sees more than 31,500 cyber attacks in 2015

Viet Nam suffered more than 31,500 cyber attacks in the past year, according to the Viet Nam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCert).

<http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/280409/vn-sees-more-than-31500-cyber-attacks-in-2015.html>

 

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NEW TLDS

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Christmas Comes For New gTLDs As Total Registrations Pass 11 Million

On 23 December, the number of domain names registered across all delegated new gTLDs passed the 11 million mark, according to nTLDstats.com, out of a total of just over 300 million domains registered across all TLDs.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/27/christmas-comes-for-new-gtlds/>

 

Expert roundup: What’s next for the new TLDs in 2016?

Looking back at 2015 it was an exciting year for the new TLDs such as .club, .link and .london. We reached 11M domain registrations, hundreds of new TLDs were released, celebrities and businesses adopted these new web addresses and the aftermarket sales increased.

<http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/expert-roundup-whats-next-for-the-new-tlds-in-2016/>

 

Councillor hopes to make Toronto the master of its own domain name

There are 176 reasons Toronto will never own the “.to” domain name. One for each island that makes up the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga, the rightful owner of the domain in which a city councillor hoped Toronto could plant its virtual flag.

<http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/01/04/city-councillor-wants-torontos-very-own-domain-name.html>

<http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/01/04/city-councillor-wants-toronto-domain-name-.html>

 

Rights protection mechanisms for new internet layer outlined, but could more have been done?

OP3FT, the non-profit organisation whose purpose is to hold, promote and protect the new Frogans layer of the internet, has expanded on the rights protection mechanisms being made available to trademark owners. However, a leading commentator has expressed disappointment at the conservative approach it has taken towards intellectual property protection.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7670cb6a-5c4c-4b25-a0d6-8be489a797d0>

 

Associations Offer Innovative Benefits To Consumers, Members Through New gTLD Program

There’s little question that the Internet has profoundly changed the way that brands do business and the way that associations relate to their members. But while the impact of the Internet on the businesses has been largely positive – giving companies the ability to drive growth and brand awareness through ecommerce, social media, and paid search advertising – the impact on associations has been, until more recently, less overwhelmingly beneficial.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program>

 

Will your dot brand help your SEO ranking?

Dot brand sites have the potential to be better ranked than other TLDs, but it will actually be the brands’ responsibility to make it happen.

<http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/will-your-dot-brand-help-your-seo-ranking/>

 

How .MUSIC Will Go Mainstream and Benefit ICANN's New gTLD Program by Constantine Roussos

Since the launch of the New gTLD Program in 2012, it has become evident that new gTLD registries overestimated the demand for new TLD name extensions. Furthermore, new gTLD registries did not anticipate the hurdles in raising awareness, not to mention creating adoption for new domains. Even the most pessimistic New gTLD Program critic did not expect such uninspiring results. It was a wake up call for many in the domain industry. The New gTLD Program currently lacks credibility. No new gTLD has yet to go mainstream and capture the world's imagination.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20161206_how_dot_music_will_go_mainstream_and_benefit_new_gtld_program/>

 

Barclays Banks on Not-Coms

As we approach the two-year anniversary of not-com availability, the signs of widespread new gTLD adoption continue to become more visible. New gTLD registrations recently surged past 10 million and each week more and more big brands are embracing not-com naming options.

<http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/barclays-banks-on-not-coms>

 

Not-Coms End the Year on a High

The “not-com” movement has made it to prime time. Hundreds of new domain name extensions—the part to the right of the dot—are available to the general public, with hundreds more on the way.

<http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/not-coms-end-the-year-on-a-high>

 

Premium TLDs, Real Value for Money by Stéphane Van Gelder

There is an intrinsic value proposition to new gTLDs. They mean to give users fresh naming possibilities and provide more meaningful Internet addresses. And to do so at much reduced prices. Reduced prices? Really? This is where eyebrows start being raised. How so? Well before the advent of new gTLDs, few suffixes offered any real ability to differentiate. Users thus looked to the second level, not the top level, for a way to get their web addresses to stand out from the crowd. So began a vicious circle of value going to the limited number of meaningful second level names since at TLD level, the only string with any real equity was .COM.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160105_premium_tlds_real_value_for_money/>

 

Baidu, China’s Google, gets its dot-brand gTLD

Chinese web giant Baidu had its dot-brand gTLD, .baidu, go live in the DNS root zone today.

<http://domainincite.com/19751-baidu-chinas-google-gets-its-dot-brand-gtld>

 

Year End 2015 Update - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

New gTLDs have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. As of the date of this newsletter, Sunrise periods are open for the following new gTLDs:

<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/year-end-2015-update-gtld-sunrise-periods-now-open>

 

The Uniform Rapid Suspension System – ICANN’s fast-track domain name complaints procedure

ICANN’s URS seeks to offer trademark holders a quick and cost-effective way of tackling infringing domain names. The URS is designed to sit alongside the existing UDRP system, as a quicker, cheaper alternative to the UDRP. However, the high burden of proof in the URS and the limited extent of its jurisdiction mean that the UDRP will continue to be the appropriate forum in many cases.

<http://sites.edechert.com/10/6058/december-2015/urs---icann-s-fast-track-domain-name-complaints-procedure(1).asp>

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=37828cf6-9137-4bfb-8958-886b3a815a54>

 

2015 in Review: New TLDs

New TLDs came out with a whimper in 2014, with plenty of birth pangs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/29/2015-in-review-new-tlds/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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Best 6 free DNS services 2016 – boost Internet performance and security

Ditching the default DNS service can boost performance, reliability and security. Here are the options

<http://www.computerworlduk.com/security/best-6-free-dns-services-2016-boost-internet-performance-security-3632790/>

 

OpenDNSSEC doesn't want you to ... ride into the danger zone

A new version of OpenDNSSEC – an open-source implementation of DNSSEC – is hoping to plug a problem it is happy to have: increased use.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/04/opendnssec_catches_up_with_expanding_use/>

 

Microsoft to start notifying victims of 'state sponsored' hacking

Microsoft has announced that it will start notifying users it believes have been targeted by government-linked hackers, after failing to do so when Chinese authorities allegedly compromised over 1,000 Hotmail accounts.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/31/microsoft-will-tell-you-if-youre-hacked-into-by-a-government-after-failing-to-do-so>

 

BBC Websites Said to Be Target of Online Attack

The British Broadcasting Corporation said on Thursday that its digital services had been shut down temporarily in what its news operation described as a hacking attack.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/01/business/media/bbc-websites-said-to-be-target-of-online-attack.html>

 

Anti-Isis hackers claim responsibility for BBC cyber-attack [Press Association]

Activists who say their goal is to disrupt online propaganda by Islamic State have claimed responsibility for a cyber-attack on the BBC website.

<http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jan/02/bbc-cyber-attack-anti-isis-hackers-claim-responsibility>

 

BBC websites back to normal, DDoS mitigation reverted

The BBC's websites are now back to normal, four days after being taken down by an effective DDoS attack on New Year's Eve.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/05/bbc-websites-back-to-normal-ddos-mitigation-reverted.html>

 

Group Claiming to Oppose ISIS Says It Committed Cyberattack on BBC [Reuters]

A group of computer hackers who say they want to disrupt the online activities of the Islamic State have claimed that they were behind a recent cyberattack on the British Broadcasting Corporation. They said the attack was intended as a test of their capabilities, according to messages sent to a BBC reporter Saturday.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/world/europe/group-claiming-to-oppose-isis-says-it-committed-cyberattack-on-bbc.html>

 

Call for applications for the EC3 Advisory Boards

In 2013 the Programme Board of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) identified the need for establishing Advisory Groups to provide guidance to EC3. In 2013, Advisory Groups were established in the areas of Financial Services and Internet Security.

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/call-applications-ec3-advisory-boards-0>

 

Expect Phishers to Up Their Game in 2016

Expect phishers and other password thieves to up their game in 2016: Both Google and Yahoo! are taking steps to kill off the password as we know it.

<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/12/expect-phishers-to-up-their-game-in-2016/>

 

Phishing Messages Deliver Chaos to Consumers this Christmas

Delivery notifications could dampen the festive mood this holiday as cybercriminals exploit users’ online shopping sprees with phishing messages masquerading as genuine emails from big name delivery brands. Research from Kaspersky Lab finds that DHL and FedEx users are being heavily targeted by scammers during the holiday period.

<http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/spam/2015/Phishing-Messages-Deliver-Chaos-to-Consumers-this-Christmas>

 

Security experts urge websites and apps to adhere to new security standards to prevent 'mini-Y2K'

Websites and apps have been given the deadline of January 1, 2017 to adhere to new security standards to minimise the risk of hacking and prevent a "mini-Y2K", or have access to their websites taken away.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-04/new-security-standards-for-online/7066428>

 

au: Oxford University tackles cyber crime from Melbourne [The Times - subscription]

The University of Oxford has stepped up its fight against global cyber hackers after establishing its first foothold overseas in Melbourne.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/oxford-university-tackles-cyber-crime-from-melbourne/news-story/33568e0531a0ebd12c4c20c910c7d82d>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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5 Years and $7 Later, U.S. Returns a Seized Hip-Hop Site

In the early hours of Thanksgiving Day in 2010, all the music at OnSmash.com, a popular hip-hop blog, disappeared. In place of its usual feed of videos, song links and industry gossip, the site displayed a seizure notice from the federal government, a result of a raid of dozens of websites suspected of trafficking in counterfeit goods and pirated content.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/02/business/media/5-years-and-7-later-us-returns-a-seized-hip-hop-site.html>

 

Pirate Bay is Back to Square One After Months of Domain Hopping

This week The Pirate Bay lost use of several of its 'hydra' domain names that millions of people have become accustomed to over the past year. The great irony here is that the site is now back to using its original domains which have worked perfectly all along. In fact, it was only fear of losing these domains that caused the hopping in the first place.

<https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-is-back-to-square-one-after-months-of-domain-hopping-151231/>

 

Registrar Shuts Down Pirate Bay Domain Names

The Pirate Bay lost all of its active "Hydra" domain names this morning. ThePirateBay.LA, .GD, .MN and .VG were suspended by their registrar, alongside several other TPB related domains. The domain troubles make the site hard to reach through the usual channels, but The Pirate Bay still has some backups in reserve.

<https://torrentfreak.com/registrar-shuts-down-pirate-bay-domain-names-151228/>

 

UDRP complainant fails to recover domain name consisting of her personal name [registration]

In a recent decision under the UDRP before the WIPO, a panel has denied the transfer of a domain name consisting of a personal name for failure to prove common law or unregistered trademark rights in the name.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=908dd4ee-2cd8-46d0-bfc6-645c9f999a34>

 

EFF obtains transfer of domain name used for cyber attack under UDRP [registration]

In a recent decision under the UDRP before the WIPO, a panel has ordered the transfer of a domain name used to facilitate the dissemination of malware.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=5f6d9d46-fd16-4174-afe1-91cde9fc56c4>

 

I’ll pay $500k for your domain name. Psych! Here’s a UDRP.

Plug “buy followers” into Google and you’ll get 624,000 results. In a rush to look important online, companies spend lots of money buying low-quality social media followers.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/05/ill-pay-500k-for-your-domain-name-psych-heres-a-udrp/>

 

Screen capture of website to which disputed domain names were pointing insufficient to establish bad faith [registration]

In a recent decision under the UDRP before the WIPO, a panel has denied the transfer of two domain names because the complainant had failed to provide sufficient probative evidence to establish bad-faith registration and use of the disputed domain names.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=b1d10ded-8939-420e-8553-01af2b5706d2>

 

au: Questionmark Computing Limited v. Question Mark Solutions Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2015-0038

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Questionmark Computing Limited of London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (“United Kingdom”), internally represented. The Respondent is Question Mark Solutions Pty Ltd of Albion, Queensland, Australia, internally represented. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <questionmark.com.au> is registered with NetRegistryPty Ltd. (the “Registrar”).

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0038>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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Net reaches new addressing scheme milestone

Efforts to convert net users to a new addressing scheme have hit a key milestone. The novel scheme is needed to help the net support more users and many more smart devices and gadgets. Now more than 10% of net users are visiting websites using the new system, statistics suggest.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35221689>

 

IPv6 celebrates its 20th birthday by reaching 10 percent deployment

Twenty years ago this month, RFC 1883 was published: IPv6 Specification. So what's an Internet Protocol, and what's wrong with the previous five versions? And if version 6 is so great, why has it only been adopted by half a percent of the Internet's users each year over the past two decades?

<http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/ipv6-celebrates-its-20th-birthday-by-reaching-10-percent-deployment/>

 

IPv6 Adoption Grows to 10 Percent as Internet Protocol Turns 20

As the IPv6 protocol celebrates its 20th birthday this month, new statistics from Google indicate that IPv6 adoption among its users has surpassed 10 percent.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ipv6-adoption-grows-to-10-percent-as-internet-protocol-turns-20>

 

Global IPv6 Deployment Now Passes 10%! by Dan York

Global IPv6 deployment just passed a major milestone over the past few days when Google's IPv6 adoption statistics showed over 10% of users connecting to Google's sites coming in over IPv6. Considering that only two years ago I wrote here on CircleID about IPv6 passing the 3% adoption mark, this is a great amount of growth to see! If you look on the "per-country" tab of Google's stats you will see that in some countries deployment is much higher. For example, around 25% in the USA, Portugal and Germany, 31% in Switzerland and 44% in Belgium.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160104_global_ipv6_deployment_now_passes_10/>

 

Brands: What you need to know about IPv6

There will be some significant changes to how brands use the Internet in 2016, and the changes won't all be about marketing strategy. The change to IPv6 promises to hold some unique challenges to online businesses.

<http://www.bizreport.com/2015/12/brands-what-you-need-to-know-about-ipv6.html>

 

IGF IPv6 Best Practice Document now available

IPv6 has been deployed almost everywhere. But it is still stigmatized with old assumptions that are no longer true these days, such as equipment readiness, upstream IPv6 support, and skill availability.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/28/igf-ipv6-best-practice-document-now-available/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Are TLDs Property?

On December 28, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in Weinstein v. Islamic Republic of Iran, a case pending before the D.C. Circuit. At issue is whether ccTLDs are the property of those countries’ foreign governments.

<https://www.lawfareblog.com/are-top-level-domains-property>

 

Coca-Cola owns 61 variants on the domain Ahh.com, including one with 61 Hs

If you’re a doctor looking for a catchy new website that isn’t just your boring old name, you’re straight out of luck if you want ahh.com. Or ahhhhhh.com. Or even ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.com. Soft drink manufacturer Supreme Leader Coca-Cola has the market cornered on all things surrounding the sound you make when you open your mouth wide and say “ahh.”

<http://www.geek.com/news/coca-cola-owns-61-variants-on-the-domain-name-ahh-com-including-one-with-61-hs-1643066/>

 

7 Domain Name Considerations

1. Size Matters: Generally, the shorter your domain name, the better. That’s because it’s easier for people to remember and type in a shorter domain than a longer one. Consider the above example, Pets.com is better than something like PetsPetEmporiumAndPuppyStore.com.

<http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/15122-domain-names.html>

 

The year’s biggest internet happenings 2015 by Patrik Wallström

For the fifth year in a row, I’m listing the year’s biggest internet happenings. 2015 has been an especially eventful year. Therefore, in addition to the top ten list, I’ve also made a list of up-and-coming suggestions. Please leave your contribution in the comments section if you think I missed anything!

<https://www.iis.se/english/blog/the-years-biggest-internet-happenings-2015/>

 

What will happen on the internet during 2016? by Måns Jonasson

Yes, another new year and again it’s time for me to take out my crystal ball and make some guesses about what we will be seeing on the internet during the next year. I’m starting to suspect that I’ve taken on an impossible task.

<https://www.iis.se/english/blog/what-will-happen-on-the-internet-during-2016/>

 

RIPE NCC Activity Plan and Budget 2016

The RIPE NCC Activity Plan and Budget 2016 is now available. This definitive document has been approved by the RIPE NCC Executive Board with input from the RIPE NCC membership.

<https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-activity-plan-and-budget-2016>

 

Domains Should Be Complementary, Not Complicated by Taryn Naidu

One of Rightside's missions is to help registrars, resellers, and domain specialists grow their business. As the domain industry once again convenes at NamesCon, it's important to discuss what we've been doing (what worked, what didn't) and still must do to build global awareness for new domain names. From a technological perspective, I think the tools and services being offered have never been faster, more stable, or secure. What I want to explore is not on the technical side of the business, but on the marketing side, and that's the opportunity presented by complementary domains.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160106_domains_should_be_complementary_not_complicated/>

 

Zhuang Jia: Chinese Pump and Dump

An article just published by Bloomberg gives us an x-ray glimpse into a Chinese investment culture reliant on pump-and-dump schemes. The parallels with domain market activity during 2015 are so obvious that even this sentence feels a bit redundant.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/31/zhuang-jia-chinese-pump-and-dump/>

 

2016 Domain Name Biz Predictions – DNW Podcast #64

It’s the annual predictions podcast! Listen to predictions from over a dozen people in the domain name business about what’s on tap for 2016: Bill Sweetman, Michael Castello, Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu, Igloo, Sedo CEO Tobias Flaitz, Braden Pollock, Richard Tindal, Giuseppe Graziano, .Club, THE Domain Conference, Christa Taylor, Richard Lau, Public Interest Registry CEO Brian Cute, Dan Adamson, Joe Alagna, Michele Neylon and InterNetX.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/28/2016-domain-name-biz-predictions-dnw-podcast-64/>

 

Efty Takes Landing Pages to a New Level - SnapNames Gets a New Look - Experts in EDC Roundup Weigh In On New gTLDs

Efty.com has come up with a new service that should prove popular with domain sellers looking to spruce up their landing pages.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160105.htm>

 

PIR CEO Brian Cute – DNW Podcast #65

Public Interest Registry is a not-for-profit that operates the popular .Org domain name. CEO Brian Cute explains the unique nature of his registry, as well as its rollout of .Ngo, .Ong and IDN domain names. Cute explains what needs to happen for these new domain names to be successful, and why he believes validation will be key for domain names in the future.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/04/pir-ceo-brian-cute-dnw-podcast-65/>

 

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WEBHOSTING

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Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2015

EveryCity had the most reliable hosting company site in December 2015. Despite moving into new offices, its website was the only one to respond to all of Netcraft's requests. EveryCity has maintained its 100% uptime record throughout 2015, and has made it into the top ten 11 times during the year. It also had the most reliable hosting company site in May.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-december-2015.html>

 

December 2015 Web Server Survey

In the December 2015 survey we received responses from 901,002,770 sites and 5,579,077 web-facing computers, reflecting a loss of 2.0 million sites, but a gain of 39,900 computers.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/12/31/december-2015-web-server-survey.html>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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The Complexities of Domain Name Transactions: Contracts for a Market Where Value Increases with Time by Cedric Manara, EDHEC Business School

Abstract: The scarcity of premium domain names has given birth to an active secondary market where these names are often sold for a 5 to 7 figures sum, or to licenses on those names. This chapter draws the attention of practitioners on legal issues pertaining to domain name transactions that all have in common to be transnational and ancillary to the registration rules under which the name was created.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2708509>

 

Rightside Goes Domain-Wild at NamesCon 2016 in Las Vegas

Rightside ... announced that it will be participating in an auction of some of the Internet's most valuable domain names as part of NamesCon's January 10-13 celebration of all things domain-related in Las Vegas.

<http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=948678>

 

Rightside to auction “xyz” domains at NamesCon

.xyz made a bit of a splash with domain investors in 2015, but is the meaningless string “xyz” inherently attractive? Even at the second level?

<http://domainincite.com/19749-rightside-to-auction-xyz-domains-at-namescon>

 

 

 

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"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBINAR: WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase 2 Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.SWISS General Availability Commences 11 January<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/06/swiss-general-availability-commences-11-january/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/06/swiss-general-availability-commences-11-january/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Christmas Comes For New gTLDs As Total Registrations Pass 11 Million</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/27/christmas-comes-for-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/27/christmas-comes-for-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Expert roundup: What&rsquo;s next for the new TLDs in 2016?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/expert-roundup-whats-next-for-the-new-tlds-in-2016/"><span>http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/expert-roundup-whats-next-for-the-new-tlds-in-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rights protection mechanisms for new internet layer outlined, but could more have been done?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7670cb6a-5c4c-4b25-a0d6-8be489a797d0"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7670cb6a-5c4c-4b25-a0d6-8be489a797d0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Associations Offer Innovative Benefits To Consumers, Members Through New gTLD Program<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pirate Bay is Back to Square One After Months of Domain Hopping<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-is-back-to-square-one-after-months-of-domain-hopping-151231/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-is-back-to-square-one-after-months-of-domain-hopping-151231/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 celebrates its 20th birthday by reaching 10 percent deployment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/ipv6-celebrates-its-20th-birthday-by-reaching-10-percent-deployment/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/ipv6-celebrates-its-20th-birthday-by-reaching-10-percent-deployment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are TLDs Property?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.lawfareblog.com/are-top-level-domains-property"><span>https://www.lawfareblog.com/are-top-level-domains-property</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why WSIS+10 Matters to the Future of the Internet by Charles H. Rivkin, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As more and more people use and rely on the Internet around the globe, one of the key questions is how it should be governed - and who should set the rules. Now, the question of Internet governance might not keep everyone up at night, but the answer affects all of us, which is why a U.S. State Department-led team was up negotiating this issue at three in the morning at a critical United Nations meeting earlier this month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-h-rivkin/why-wsis10-matters-to-the_b_8869154.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-h-rivkin/why-wsis10-matters-to-the_b_8869154.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Meet discusses latest trends in internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neutral treatment of all content on the Internet is an essential pre-requisite for fostering &lsquo;permission-less innovation&rsquo; which is one of the guiding principles of the Internet, said Satish Babu, Chair of the Internet Society-Trivandrum Chapter, and Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation of ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/meet-discusses-latest-trends-in-internet-governance/article8047681.ece"><span>http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/meet-discusses-latest-trends-in-internet-governance/article8047681.ece</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Wuzhen Compradors by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The World Internet Conference is China&rsquo;s attempt to assert itself as a leader in global Internet governance. Held in the lovely, historically preserved town of Wuzhen, there have now been two annual events; the latest just concluded December 18. The conference could be seen as just another Chinese business networking event, full of empty speeches and suited men trying to forge connections and ingratiate themselves to the gatekeepers of the China market. Yet WIC has become another source of ICANN controversy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/12/29/the-chinese-netmundial-initiative/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/12/29/the-chinese-netmundial-initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Toward WSIS 3.0: Adopting Next-Gen Governance Solutions for Tomorrow's Information Society by Stefaan Verhulst<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the WSIS community to be effective in meeting its ambitious goals adopted in December 2015, it will have to become more evidence-based and innovative. At the beginning of the new millennium -- before the arrival of Facebook and Twitter -- Kofi Annan, then Secretary General of the United Nations, called for the creation of an inclusive "information society" -- "one in which human capacity is expanded, built up, nourished and liberated, by giving people access to the tools and technologies they need, with the education and training to use them effectively."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160104_toward_wsis_3_adopting_next_gen_governance_solutions/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160104_toward_wsis_3_adopting_next_gen_governance_solutions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Request for Proposal for the Independent Review of the At-Large Community<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is seeking a provider to conduct an independent review of the At-Large Community ("At-Large"), as mandated by ICANN's Bylaws. The At-Large serves an important function &ndash; it represents the community of individual Internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call for Volunteers: New GNSO Policy Development Process Working Group to Establish a Policy Framework for a Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Service to Replace WHOIS (Next-Gen RDS)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The GNSO Council seeks volunteers to serve on a PDP Working Group to establish a policy framework for a next-generation gTLD Registration Directory Service to replace WHOIS (Next-Gen RDS).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Input into the CCWG-Accountability Public Comment Period on its 3rd Draft Proposal of 30 November 2015</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The GAC recognizes the important efforts of the CCWG members and participants and has preliminarily considered the recommendations contained in the CCWG-Accountability 3rd Draft Proposal, but is not in a position to give an indication of its position as a Chartering Organisation at this stage.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/Governmental+Advisory+Committee?preview=/27132037/41091522/GAC%20Public%20Comment%20CCWG-ACC21Dec15.pdf"><span>https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/Governmental+Advisory+Committee?preview=/27132037/41091522/GAC Public Comment CCWG-ACC21Dec15.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBINAR: WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase 2 Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase 2 report on 23 December 2015. This webinar, scheduled for 12 January 2016, will focus on the findings of the report and its implications for the community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-01-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-06jan16-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-06jan16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN: A Year in Review and a Look Ahead<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 was a year that ICANN and its community were immersed in the work necessary to execute the impending IANA Stewardship transition and the accountability reforms it necessitated. However, there were a number of additional developments and progress made on a variety of topics. Here are five notable developments from 2015 and a look at what&rsquo;s ahead for the new year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/looking-back-on-icann-in-2015"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/looking-back-on-icann-in-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN TURNING FROM TRANSITION PLANNING TO OTHER POLICY ISSUES IN 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If unlawful activity &ndash; such as copyright infringement &ndash; is occurring on a Web site, what&rsquo;s an Internet domain name registrar to do? Figuring out an answer to that question tops the list of stuff the ICANN is expected to tackle in the new year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/icann-turning-transition-b57982065813/"><span>http://www.bna.com/icann-turning-transition-b57982065813/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR supports 3rd draft proposal on ICANN Accountability improvements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR, the association for exchange, dialogue and innovation of country code domain registries in Europe has published the following comment:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/icann/12-22-2015/4627/centr-supports-3rd-draft-proposal-icann-accountability-improvements"><span>https://centr.org/news/icann/12-22-2015/4627/centr-supports-3rd-draft-proposal-icann-accountability-improvements</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.at-report: The .at year 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We still wonder, what happened to 2015! As Christmas is just around the corner we thing it's a good time to look back and reflect on what we succeeded in doing. A glance into our project plans and calendars shows: There has been a lot going on!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article/at-report-jahresrueckblick-2015/?cHash=769756cc84c46ace14a6ddef6caf4d89"><span>https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article//at-report-jahresrueckblick-2015/?cHash=769756cc84c46ace14a6ddef6caf4d89</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .BET Domain Sunrise Period Begins Today<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias, a leading domain registry operator announces that the Sunrise Period for the new &ldquo;dot BET&rdquo; or .BET TLD is now open for eligible trademark holders only.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2016/01/05/new-bet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-today"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2016/01/05/new-bet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-today</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://get.bet/newsroom/press-release/new-bet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-today"><span>http://get.bet/newsroom/press-release/new-bet-domain-sunrise-period-begins-today</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ca: Web Hosting Canada adds expanded cybersecurity protection to its small business web hosting solutions</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web Hosting Canada has selected the .CA D-Zone Anycast DNS from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority to deliver a Canadian-first DNS service for small businesses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cira.ca/news/web-hosting-canada-adds-expanded-cybersecurity-protection-its-small-business-web-hosting"><span>https://cira.ca/news/web-hosting-canada-adds-expanded-cybersecurity-protection-its-small-business-web-hosting</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Price of .ee domain will be reduced to 7 euros from 1 January 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An .ee domain can be registered for one, two or three years. The domain name registration fee in 2016 will be 7, 14 or 21 euros depending on the length of the registration period.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internet.ee/news/price-of-ee-domain-will-be-reduced-to-7-euros-from-1-january-2016"><span>http://www.internet.ee/news/price-of-ee-domain-will-be-reduced-to-7-euros-from-1-january-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.eu and EURid well coping with challenges, EC bi-yearly report states<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The EC 2015 report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation, functioning and effectiveness of the .eu TLD was published by the EC on 18 December 2015, COM (2015) 680 final.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2015/eu-and-eurid-well-coping-challenges-ec-bi-yearly-report-states"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2015/eu-and-eurid-well-coping-challenges-ec-bi-yearly-report-states</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rights-holders: how to protect your rights under the .fr TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afnic has published a practical guide for rights-holders, the first in its new collection of practical guides.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9544/show/rights-holders-how-to-protect-your-rights-under-the-fr-tld-1.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9544/show/rights-holders-how-to-protect-your-rights-under-the-fr-tld-1.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ru: Number of violator domains cut to one-fourth in November<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In November 2015, accredited registrars received 102 requests to terminate the delegation of domain names from the Group-IB cybersecurity company, one-fourth of October&rsquo;s level.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9200"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9200</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.SWISS General Availability Commences 11 January<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>General Availability for the .swiss gTLD will commence on 11 January, but domains will still only be available for applicants that have a registered office and actual administrative site in Switzerland as well as a clear connection with the requested domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/06/swiss-general-availability-commences-11-january/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/01/06/swiss-general-availability-commences-11-january/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.swiss internet addresses: generalised opening<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 11 January launch of the second phase of registration of .swiss internet addresses extends the range of possible domain names and potential candidates. It also opens up the possibility for umbrella organisations or sector representatives to submit a dossier in order to obtain a generic address, such as hotel.swiss or watch.swiss, which will then be put at the disposal of the sector as a whole. The first phase has already enabled some 7000 .swiss internet addresses to be assigned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bakom.admin.ch/dokumentation/medieninformationen/00471/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=60189"><span>http://www.bakom.admin.ch/dokumentation/medieninformationen/00471/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=60189</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VN sees more than 31,500 cyber attacks in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Viet Nam suffered more than 31,500 cyber attacks in the past year, according to the Viet Nam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCert).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/280409/vn-sees-more-than-31500-cyber-attacks-in-2015.html"><span>http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/280409/vn-sees-more-than-31500-cyber-attacks-in-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Christmas Comes For New gTLDs As Total Registrations Pass 11 Million</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 23 December, the number of domain names registered across all delegated new gTLDs passed the 11 million mark, according to nTLDstats.com, out of a total of just over 300 million domains registered across all TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/27/christmas-comes-for-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/27/christmas-comes-for-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Expert roundup: What&rsquo;s next for the new TLDs in 2016?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Looking back at 2015 it was an exciting year for the new TLDs such as .club, .link and .london. We reached 11M domain registrations, hundreds of new TLDs were released, celebrities and businesses adopted these new web addresses and the aftermarket sales increased.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/expert-roundup-whats-next-for-the-new-tlds-in-2016/"><span>http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/expert-roundup-whats-next-for-the-new-tlds-in-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Councillor hopes to make Toronto the master of its own domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There are 176 reasons Toronto will never own the &ldquo;.to&rdquo; domain name. One for each island that makes up the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga, the rightful owner of the domain in which a city councillor hoped Toronto could plant its virtual flag.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/01/04/city-councillor-wants-torontos-very-own-domain-name.html"><span>http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/01/04/city-councillor-wants-torontos-very-own-domain-name.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/01/04/city-councillor-wants-toronto-domain-name-.html"><span>http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/01/04/city-councillor-wants-toronto-domain-name-.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rights protection mechanisms for new internet layer outlined, but could more have been done?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>OP3FT, the non-profit organisation whose purpose is to hold, promote and protect the new Frogans layer of the internet, has expanded on the rights protection mechanisms being made available to trademark owners. However, a leading commentator has expressed disappointment at the conservative approach it has taken towards intellectual property protection.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7670cb6a-5c4c-4b25-a0d6-8be489a797d0"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7670cb6a-5c4c-4b25-a0d6-8be489a797d0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Associations Offer Innovative Benefits To Consumers, Members Through New gTLD Program<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There&rsquo;s little question that the Internet has profoundly changed the way that brands do business and the way that associations relate to their members. But while the impact of the Internet on the businesses has been largely positive &ndash; giving companies the ability to drive growth and brand awareness through ecommerce, social media, and paid search advertising &ndash; the impact on associations has been, until more recently, less overwhelmingly beneficial.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Will your dot brand help your SEO ranking?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dot brand sites have the potential to be better ranked than other TLDs, but it will actually be the brands&rsquo; responsibility to make it happen.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/will-your-dot-brand-help-your-seo-ranking/"><span>http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/will-your-dot-brand-help-your-seo-ranking/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How .MUSIC Will Go Mainstream and Benefit ICANN's New gTLD Program by Constantine Roussos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Since the launch of the New gTLD Program in 2012, it has become evident that new gTLD registries overestimated the demand for new TLD name extensions. Furthermore, new gTLD registries did not anticipate the hurdles in raising awareness, not to mention creating adoption for new domains. Even the most pessimistic New gTLD Program critic did not expect such uninspiring results. It was a wake up call for many in the domain industry. The New gTLD Program currently lacks credibility. No new gTLD has yet to go mainstream and capture the world's imagination.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20161206_how_dot_music_will_go_mainstream_and_benefit_new_gtld_program/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20161206_how_dot_music_will_go_mainstream_and_benefit_new_gtld_program/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Barclays Banks on Not-Coms<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As we approach the two-year anniversary of not-com availability, the signs of widespread new gTLD adoption continue to become more visible. New gTLD registrations recently surged past 10 million and each week more and more big brands are embracing not-com naming options.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/barclays-banks-on-not-coms"><span>http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/barclays-banks-on-not-coms</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Not-Coms End the Year on a High<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The &ldquo;not-com&rdquo; movement has made it to prime time. Hundreds of new domain name extensions&mdash;the part to the right of the dot&mdash;are available to the general public, with hundreds more on the way.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/not-coms-end-the-year-on-a-high"><span>http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/not-coms-end-the-year-on-a-high</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Premium TLDs, Real Value for Money by St&eacute;phane Van Gelder<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There is an intrinsic value proposition to new gTLDs. They mean to give users fresh naming possibilities and provide more meaningful Internet addresses. And to do so at much reduced prices. Reduced prices? Really? This is where eyebrows start being raised. How so? Well before the advent of new gTLDs, few suffixes offered any real ability to differentiate. Users thus looked to the second level, not the top level, for a way to get their web addresses to stand out from the crowd. So began a vicious circle of value going to the limited number of meaningful second level names since at TLD level, the only string with any real equity was .COM.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160105_premium_tlds_real_value_for_money/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160105_premium_tlds_real_value_for_money/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Baidu, China&rsquo;s Google, gets its dot-brand gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chinese web giant Baidu had its dot-brand gTLD, .baidu, go live in the DNS root zone today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19751-baidu-chinas-google-gets-its-dot-brand-gtld"><span>http://domainincite.com/19751-baidu-chinas-google-gets-its-dot-brand-gtld</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Year End 2015 Update - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. As of the date of this newsletter, Sunrise periods are open for the following new gTLDs: <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.natlawreview.com/article/year-end-2015-update-gtld-sunrise-periods-now-open"><span>http://www.natlawreview.com/article/year-end-2015-update-gtld-sunrise-periods-now-open</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Uniform Rapid Suspension System &ndash; ICANN&rsquo;s fast-track domain name complaints procedure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN&rsquo;s URS seeks to offer trademark holders a quick and cost-effective way of tackling infringing domain names. The URS is designed to sit alongside the existing UDRP system, as a quicker, cheaper alternative to the UDRP. However, the high burden of proof in the URS and the limited extent of its jurisdiction mean that the UDRP will continue to be the appropriate forum in many cases.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://sites.edechert.com/10/6058/december-2015/urs---icann-s-fast-track-domain-name-complaints-procedure(1).asp"><span>http://sites.edechert.com/10/6058/december-2015/urs---icann-s-fast-track-domain-name-complaints-procedure(1).asp</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=37828cf6-9137-4bfb-8958-886b3a815a54"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=37828cf6-9137-4bfb-8958-886b3a815a54</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 in Review: New TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLDs came out with a whimper in 2014, with plenty of birth pangs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/29/2015-in-review-new-tlds/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/29/2015-in-review-new-tlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Best 6 free DNS services 2016 &ndash; boost Internet performance and security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ditching the default DNS service can boost performance, reliability and security. Here are the options<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworlduk.com/security/best-6-free-dns-services-2016-boost-internet-performance-security-3632790/"><span>http://www.computerworlduk.com/security/best-6-free-dns-services-2016-boost-internet-performance-security-3632790/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>OpenDNSSEC doesn't want you to ... ride into the danger zone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new version of OpenDNSSEC &ndash; an open-source implementation of DNSSEC &ndash; is hoping to plug a problem it is happy to have: increased use.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/04/opendnssec_catches_up_with_expanding_use/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/04/opendnssec_catches_up_with_expanding_use/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Microsoft to start notifying victims of 'state sponsored' hacking<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Microsoft has announced that it will start notifying users it believes have been targeted by government-linked hackers, after failing to do so when Chinese authorities allegedly compromised over 1,000 Hotmail accounts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/31/microsoft-will-tell-you-if-youre-hacked-into-by-a-government-after-failing-to-do-so"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/31/microsoft-will-tell-you-if-youre-hacked-into-by-a-government-after-failing-to-do-so</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BBC Websites Said to Be Target of Online Attack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The British Broadcasting Corporation said on Thursday that its digital services had been shut down temporarily in what its news operation described as a hacking attack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/01/business/media/bbc-websites-said-to-be-target-of-online-attack.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/01/business/media/bbc-websites-said-to-be-target-of-online-attack.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Anti-Isis hackers claim responsibility for BBC cyber-attack [Press Association]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Activists who say their goal is to disrupt online propaganda by Islamic State have claimed responsibility for a cyber-attack on the BBC website.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jan/02/bbc-cyber-attack-anti-isis-hackers-claim-responsibility"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jan/02/bbc-cyber-attack-anti-isis-hackers-claim-responsibility</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BBC websites back to normal, DDoS mitigation reverted<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The BBC's websites are now back to normal, four days after being taken down by an effective DDoS attack on New Year's Eve.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/05/bbc-websites-back-to-normal-ddos-mitigation-reverted.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/05/bbc-websites-back-to-normal-ddos-mitigation-reverted.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Group Claiming to Oppose ISIS Says It Committed Cyberattack on BBC [Reuters]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A group of computer hackers who say they want to disrupt the online activities of the Islamic State have claimed that they were behind a recent cyberattack on the British Broadcasting Corporation. They said the attack was intended as a test of their capabilities, according to messages sent to a BBC reporter Saturday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/world/europe/group-claiming-to-oppose-isis-says-it-committed-cyberattack-on-bbc.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/world/europe/group-claiming-to-oppose-isis-says-it-committed-cyberattack-on-bbc.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call for applications for the EC3 Advisory Boards<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2013 the Programme Board of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) identified the need for establishing Advisory Groups to provide guidance to EC3. In 2013, Advisory Groups were established in the areas of Financial Services and Internet Security.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/call-applications-ec3-advisory-boards-0"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/call-applications-ec3-advisory-boards-0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Expect Phishers to Up Their Game in 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Expect phishers and other password thieves to up their game in 2016: Both Google and Yahoo! are taking steps to kill off the password as we know it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/12/expect-phishers-to-up-their-game-in-2016/"><span>http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/12/expect-phishers-to-up-their-game-in-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Phishing Messages Deliver Chaos to Consumers this Christmas<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Delivery notifications could dampen the festive mood this holiday as cybercriminals exploit users&rsquo; online shopping sprees with phishing messages masquerading as genuine emails from big name delivery brands. Research from Kaspersky Lab finds that DHL and FedEx users are being heavily targeted by scammers during the holiday period.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/spam/2015/Phishing-Messages-Deliver-Chaos-to-Consumers-this-Christmas"><span>http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/spam/2015/Phishing-Messages-Deliver-Chaos-to-Consumers-this-Christmas</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Security experts urge websites and apps to adhere to new security standards to prevent 'mini-Y2K'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Websites and apps have been given the deadline of January 1, 2017 to adhere to new security standards to minimise the risk of hacking and prevent a "mini-Y2K", or have access to their websites taken away.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-04/new-security-standards-for-online/7066428"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-04/new-security-standards-for-online/7066428</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Oxford University tackles cyber crime from Melbourne [The Times - subscription]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The University of Oxford has stepped up its fight against global cyber hackers after establishing its first foothold overseas in Melbourne.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/oxford-university-tackles-cyber-crime-from-melbourne/news-story/33568e0531a0ebd12c4c20c910c7d82d"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/oxford-university-tackles-cyber-crime-from-melbourne/news-story/33568e0531a0ebd12c4c20c910c7d82d</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>5 Years and $7 Later, U.S. Returns a Seized Hip-Hop Site<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the early hours of Thanksgiving Day in 2010, all the music at OnSmash.com, a popular hip-hop blog, disappeared. In place of its usual feed of videos, song links and industry gossip, the site displayed a seizure notice from the federal government, a result of a raid of dozens of websites suspected of trafficking in counterfeit goods and pirated content.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/02/business/media/5-years-and-7-later-us-returns-a-seized-hip-hop-site.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/02/business/media/5-years-and-7-later-us-returns-a-seized-hip-hop-site.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pirate Bay is Back to Square One After Months of Domain Hopping<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week The Pirate Bay lost use of several of its 'hydra' domain names that millions of people have become accustomed to over the past year. The great irony here is that the site is now back to using its original domains which have worked perfectly all along. In fact, it was only fear of losing these domains that caused the hopping in the first place.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-is-back-to-square-one-after-months-of-domain-hopping-151231/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-is-back-to-square-one-after-months-of-domain-hopping-151231/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Registrar Shuts Down Pirate Bay Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Pirate Bay lost all of its active "Hydra" domain names this morning. ThePirateBay.LA, .GD, .MN and .VG were suspended by their registrar, alongside several other TPB related domains. The domain troubles make the site hard to reach through the usual channels, but The Pirate Bay still has some backups in reserve.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/registrar-shuts-down-pirate-bay-domain-names-151228/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/registrar-shuts-down-pirate-bay-domain-names-151228/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UDRP complainant fails to recover domain name consisting of her personal name [registration]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a recent decision under the UDRP before the WIPO, a panel has denied the transfer of a domain name consisting of a personal name for failure to prove common law or unregistered trademark rights in the name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=908dd4ee-2cd8-46d0-bfc6-645c9f999a34"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=908dd4ee-2cd8-46d0-bfc6-645c9f999a34</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EFF obtains transfer of domain name used for cyber attack under UDRP [registration]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a recent decision under the UDRP before the WIPO, a panel has ordered the transfer of a domain name used to facilitate the dissemination of malware.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=5f6d9d46-fd16-4174-afe1-91cde9fc56c4"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=5f6d9d46-fd16-4174-afe1-91cde9fc56c4</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I&rsquo;ll pay $500k for your domain name. Psych! Here&rsquo;s a UDRP.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Plug &ldquo;buy followers&rdquo; into Google and you&rsquo;ll get 624,000 results. In a rush to look important online, companies spend lots of money buying low-quality social media followers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/05/ill-pay-500k-for-your-domain-name-psych-heres-a-udrp/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/05/ill-pay-500k-for-your-domain-name-psych-heres-a-udrp/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Screen capture of website to which disputed domain names were pointing insufficient to establish bad faith [registration]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a recent decision under the UDRP before the WIPO, a panel has denied the transfer of two domain names because the complainant had failed to provide sufficient probative evidence to establish bad-faith registration and use of the disputed domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=b1d10ded-8939-420e-8553-01af2b5706d2"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=b1d10ded-8939-420e-8553-01af2b5706d2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Questionmark Computing Limited v. Question Mark Solutions Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2015-0038</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Questionmark Computing Limited of London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (&ldquo;United Kingdom&rdquo;), internally represented. The Respondent is Question Mark Solutions Pty Ltd of Albion, Queensland, Australia, internally represented. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;questionmark.com.au&gt; is registered with NetRegistryPty Ltd. (the &ldquo;Registrar&rdquo;).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0038"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0038</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Net reaches new addressing scheme milestone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Efforts to convert net users to a new addressing scheme have hit a key milestone. The novel scheme is needed to help the net support more users and many more smart devices and gadgets. Now more than 10% of net users are visiting websites using the new system, statistics suggest.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35221689"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35221689</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 celebrates its 20th birthday by reaching 10 percent deployment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Twenty years ago this month, RFC 1883 was published: IPv6 Specification. So what's an Internet Protocol, and what's wrong with the previous five versions? And if version 6 is so great, why has it only been adopted by half a percent of the Internet's users each year over the past two decades?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/ipv6-celebrates-its-20th-birthday-by-reaching-10-percent-deployment/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/01/ipv6-celebrates-its-20th-birthday-by-reaching-10-percent-deployment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 Adoption Grows to 10 Percent as Internet Protocol Turns 20<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As the IPv6 protocol celebrates its 20th birthday this month, new statistics from Google indicate that IPv6 adoption among its users has surpassed 10 percent.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ipv6-adoption-grows-to-10-percent-as-internet-protocol-turns-20"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ipv6-adoption-grows-to-10-percent-as-internet-protocol-turns-20</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global IPv6 Deployment Now Passes 10%! by Dan York<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global IPv6 deployment just passed a major milestone over the past few days when Google's IPv6 adoption statistics showed over 10% of users connecting to Google's sites coming in over IPv6. Considering that only two years ago I wrote here on CircleID about IPv6 passing the 3% adoption mark, this is a great amount of growth to see! If you look on the "per-country" tab of Google's stats you will see that in some countries deployment is much higher. For example, around 25% in the USA, Portugal and Germany, 31% in Switzerland and 44% in Belgium.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160104_global_ipv6_deployment_now_passes_10/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160104_global_ipv6_deployment_now_passes_10/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brands: What you need to know about IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There will be some significant changes to how brands use the Internet in 2016, and the changes won't all be about marketing strategy. The change to IPv6 promises to hold some unique challenges to online businesses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bizreport.com/2015/12/brands-what-you-need-to-know-about-ipv6.html"><span>http://www.bizreport.com/2015/12/brands-what-you-need-to-know-about-ipv6.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IGF IPv6 Best Practice Document now available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 has been deployed almost everywhere. But it is still stigmatized with old assumptions that are no longer true these days, such as equipment readiness, upstream IPv6 support, and skill availability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/28/igf-ipv6-best-practice-document-now-available/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/28/igf-ipv6-best-practice-document-now-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are TLDs Property?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On December 28, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in Weinstein v. Islamic Republic of Iran, a case pending before the D.C. Circuit. At issue is whether ccTLDs are the property of those countries&rsquo; foreign governments.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.lawfareblog.com/are-top-level-domains-property"><span>https://www.lawfareblog.com/are-top-level-domains-property</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Coca-Cola owns 61 variants on the domain Ahh.com, including one with 61 Hs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you&rsquo;re a doctor looking for a catchy new website that isn&rsquo;t just your boring old name, you&rsquo;re straight out of luck if you want ahh.com. Or ahhhhhh.com. Or even ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.com. Soft drink manufacturer Supreme Leader Coca-Cola has the market cornered on all things surrounding the sound you make when you open your mouth wide and say &ldquo;ahh.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.geek.com/news/coca-cola-owns-61-variants-on-the-domain-name-ahh-com-including-one-with-61-hs-1643066/"><span>http://www.geek.com/news/coca-cola-owns-61-variants-on-the-domain-name-ahh-com-including-one-with-61-hs-1643066/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>7 Domain Name Considerations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. Size Matters: Generally, the shorter your domain name, the better. That&rsquo;s because it&rsquo;s easier for people to remember and type in a shorter domain than a longer one. Consider the above example, Pets.com is better than something like PetsPetEmporiumAndPuppyStore.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/15122-domain-names.html"><span>http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/15122-domain-names.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The year&rsquo;s biggest internet happenings 2015 by Patrik Wallstr&ouml;m</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the fifth year in a row, I&rsquo;m listing the year&rsquo;s biggest internet happenings. 2015 has been an especially eventful year. Therefore, in addition to the top ten list, I&rsquo;ve also made a list of up-and-coming suggestions. Please leave your contribution in the comments section if you think I missed anything!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/blog/the-years-biggest-internet-happenings-2015/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/blog/the-years-biggest-internet-happenings-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What will happen on the internet during 2016? by M&aring;ns Jonasson</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yes, another new year and again it&rsquo;s time for me to take out my crystal ball and make some guesses about what we will be seeing on the internet during the next year. I&rsquo;m starting to suspect that I&rsquo;ve taken on an impossible task.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/blog/what-will-happen-on-the-internet-during-2016/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/blog/what-will-happen-on-the-internet-during-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RIPE NCC Activity Plan and Budget 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The RIPE NCC Activity Plan and Budget 2016 is now available. This definitive document has been approved by the RIPE NCC Executive Board with input from the RIPE NCC membership.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-activity-plan-and-budget-2016"><span>https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-activity-plan-and-budget-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domains Should Be Complementary, Not Complicated by Taryn Naidu<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of Rightside's missions is to help registrars, resellers, and domain specialists grow their business. As the domain industry once again convenes at NamesCon, it's important to discuss what we've been doing (what worked, what didn't) and still must do to build global awareness for new domain names. From a technological perspective, I think the tools and services being offered have never been faster, more stable, or secure. What I want to explore is not on the technical side of the business, but on the marketing side, and that's the opportunity presented by complementary domains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160106_domains_should_be_complementary_not_complicated/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160106_domains_should_be_complementary_not_complicated/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Zhuang Jia: Chinese Pump and Dump<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An article just published by Bloomberg gives us an x-ray glimpse into a Chinese investment culture reliant on pump-and-dump schemes. The parallels with domain market activity during 2015 are so obvious that even this sentence feels a bit redundant.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/31/zhuang-jia-chinese-pump-and-dump/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/31/zhuang-jia-chinese-pump-and-dump/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2016 Domain Name Biz Predictions &ndash; DNW Podcast #64<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s the annual predictions podcast! Listen to predictions from over a dozen people in the domain name business about what&rsquo;s on tap for 2016: Bill Sweetman, Michael Castello, Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu, Igloo, Sedo CEO Tobias Flaitz, Braden Pollock, Richard Tindal, Giuseppe Graziano, .Club, THE Domain Conference, Christa Taylor, Richard Lau, Public Interest Registry CEO Brian Cute, Dan Adamson, Joe Alagna, Michele Neylon and InterNetX.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/28/2016-domain-name-biz-predictions-dnw-podcast-64/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/28/2016-domain-name-biz-predictions-dnw-podcast-64/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Efty Takes Landing Pages to a New Level - SnapNames Gets a New Look - Experts in EDC Roundup Weigh In On New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Efty.com has come up with a new service that should prove popular with domain sellers looking to spruce up their landing pages.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160105.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160105.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PIR CEO Brian Cute &ndash; DNW Podcast #65<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Public Interest Registry is a not-for-profit that operates the popular .Org domain name. CEO Brian Cute explains the unique nature of his registry, as well as its rollout of .Ngo, .Ong and IDN domain names. Cute explains what needs to happen for these new domain names to be successful, and why he believes validation will be key for domain names in the future.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/04/pir-ceo-brian-cute-dnw-podcast-65/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/01/04/pir-ceo-brian-cute-dnw-podcast-65/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EveryCity had the most reliable hosting company site in December 2015. Despite moving into new offices, its website was the only one to respond to all of Netcraft's requests. EveryCity has maintained its 100% uptime record throughout 2015, and has made it into the top ten 11 times during the year. It also had the most reliable hosting company site in May.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-december-2015.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/01/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-december-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>December 2015 Web Server Survey<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the December 2015 survey we received responses from 901,002,770 sites and 5,579,077 web-facing computers, reflecting a loss of 2.0 million sites, but a gain of 39,900 computers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/12/31/december-2015-web-server-survey.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/12/31/december-2015-web-server-survey.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Complexities of Domain Name Transactions: Contracts for a Market Where Value Increases with Time by Cedric Manara, EDHEC Business School</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: The scarcity of premium domain names has given birth to an active secondary market where these names are often sold for a 5 to 7 figures sum, or to licenses on those names. This chapter draws the attention of practitioners on legal issues pertaining to domain name transactions that all have in common to be transnational and ancillary to the registration rules under which the name was created.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2708509"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2708509</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside Goes Domain-Wild at NamesCon 2016 in Las Vegas<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside ... announced that it will be participating in an auction of some of the Internet's most valuable domain names as part of NamesCon's January 10-13 celebration of all things domain-related in Las Vegas.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=948678"><span>http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=948678</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside to auction &ldquo;xyz&rdquo; domains at NamesCon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.xyz made a bit of a splash with domain investors in 2015, but is the meaningless string &ldquo;xyz&rdquo; inherently attractive? Even at the second level?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19749-rightside-to-auction-xyz-domains-at-namescon"><span>http://domainincite.com/19749-rightside-to-auction-xyz-domains-at-namescon</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 21 Dec 04:17 2015

auDA domain news - 21 December

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UN Member States outline information technology roadmap to achieve sustainable development

<http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52851>

 

Top UN Board supports ongoing implementation of World Summit on the Information Society process

<http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2015/CM20.aspx>

 

Reflections on the WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting by Fadi Chehadé

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/wsis-10-hlm>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition & Year End by Theresa Swinehart

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/iana-stewardship-transition-year-end>

 

Fadi Chehade To Leave ICANN on March 12th

<http://www.internetnews.me/2015/12/18/fadi-chehade-to-leave-icann-in-march/>

 

Total Global Domain Registrations Pass 300 Million: Verisign

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/21/total-global-domain-registrations-300-million-verisign/>

 

Verisign’s Perspective on Recent Root Server Attacks

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_perspective_on_recent>

 

 

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UN Member States outline information technology roadmap to achieve sustainable development

With the curtain closed on the two-day review by the United Nations General Assembly of the outcomes of the WSIS, Member States have adopted an outcome document which aims at bridging the digital divide, ensure freedom of speech, and address Internet governance to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52851>

 

CDT Addresses the United Nations General Assembly and Counter-Terrorism Advisor

At a time when governments around the world are cracking down on the Internet, the Center for Democracy & Technology is fighting to save a place at the table for civil society in global Internet governance.

<https://cdt.org/blog/cdt-addresses-the-united-nations-general-assembly-and-counter-terrorism-advisor/>

 

Top UN Board supports ongoing implementation of World Summit on the Information Society process

The United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB), comprising of heads of UN agencies, today issued its resounding support for the WSIS process. In particular, they endorsed the pivotal role of ICTs in driving progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

<http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2015/CM20.aspx>

 

The Firewall Awakens: ICANN's exiting CEO takes internet governance to the dark side

ICANN's exiting CEO has stunned internet governance experts by fronting a new Chinese government initiative to expand its view of how the internet should be run.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/18/ex_icann_ceo_will_work_with_china/>

 

On Internet freedoms, China tells the world, 'leave us alone'

China has a very particular view of how the Internet should be run: under a heavy government thumb. And Beijing would like the rest of the world to agree that each government should rule its own Internet territory as it sees fit.

<http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2015/1218/On-Internet-freedoms-China-tells-the-world-leave-us-alone>

 

cn: Safe and localized domain names needed: Expert

More safe and localized domain names are needed in China with the development of the Internet development, said an expert at a forum at the ongoing Second World Internet Conference on Friday.

<http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015wic/2015-12/18/content_22742632.htm>

 

China supports global well-being of cyberspace [Xinhuanet]

The 2nd annual World Internet Conference was opened in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang province on Dec. 16. Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a keynote address to more than 2,000 guests from around the world, who are expected to have in-depth discussions on vital issues surrounding the global internet.

<http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2015-12/18/c_134929425.htm>

 

UN General Assembly reaffirms value of multistakeholder process in Internet governance

This has been a great week for the Internet! On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the outcome document of the high-level meeting on the 10-year review of the implementation of the WSIS, reaffirming the value of the multistakeholder process in Internet governance and extending the IGF mandate for another 10 years.

<http://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2015/12/17/un-general-assembly-reaffirms-value-of-multistakeholder-process-in-internet-governance/>

 

Chinese traditional culture can help Internet governance

Chinese traditional values and thinking can guide the Internet governance today, said Lu Wei, general secretary of Internet Society of China, at a forum during the ongoing World Internet Conference in Wuzhen on Thursday.

<http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-12/17/content_22736064.htm>

 

This is how China and Russia see the internet

Since Russia’s 2014 crisis in its relationship with the West, the country has attempted to pivot to the East, most notably towards China. However, economic woes and a sharp decline in commodity prices have left many announced investment projects hanging in the air.

<http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-china-and-russia-see-the-internet-2015-12?IR=T>

 

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Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions: Deadline is 20 March 2016

ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or to recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-12-17-en>

 

Letter from Imogen Heap to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD Application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/heap-to-icann-eiu-16dec15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Rumer Shirakbari to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD Application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/shirakbari-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Katie Melua to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD Application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/melua-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Fran Healy to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD Application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/healy-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Roxanne De Bastion to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD Application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/de-bastion-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf>

 

A Holiday Message from Fadi Chehadé

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW8p2uSQW9g>

 

Reflections on the WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting by Fadi Chehadé

After a lot of hard work and collaboration, the world has just witnessed the successful close of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting, on 15-16 December, on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10 HLM).

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/wsis-10-hlm>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition & Year End by Theresa Swinehart

This past year has been busy for the community on all the transition related work. It has been filled with many ups and downs, good moments and challenging ones, and a year of incredible work, compromise, negotiation and collaboration among all stakeholders. With the end of the year only days away, it's a good opportunity to reflect on all that has been accomplished and consider what's in store for the year ahead.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/iana-stewardship-transition-year-end>

 

The Risky End-Game of the ICANN Enhanced Accountability Process by Milton Mueller

The ICANN board has interfered with the accountability process once again, and this time, just like the last time, its intervention is likely to delay the transition by another two or three months. It may even succeed in eviscerating key accountability reforms. Board comments circulated yesterday identify 3 areas where the board is unwilling to accept what the CCWG has proposed, and 2 other areas where the board threatens to use its ability to declare a reform “not in the public interest.” All three show just how stoutly the ICANN board – egged on by its lawyers – is resisting true accountability.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/12/15/the-risky-end-game-of-the-icann-enhanced-accountability-process/>

 

ICANN Accountability Progress Made in Second CCWG Draft Proposal by J. Scott Evans

The December 21 deadline for submission of public comments on the latest CCWG-Accountability draft proposal is quickly approaching. In this second draft of the proposal, great strides have been made toward addressing the accountability issues that members of the community have raised (notably, Lawrence Strickling's recent remarks). As I have previously emphasized, any plan to ensure the accountability of the ICANN Board of Directors must be closely scrutinized before ICANN pursues its implementation.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151218_icann_accountability_progress_made_in_second_ccwg_draft_proposal/>

 

Comment on the CCWG-Accountability Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations by Brett D. Schaefer & Paul Rosenzweig

On November 30, 2015, the Cross-Community Working Group on Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) published its Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations (Draft Proposal) for public comment.

<http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/12/comment-on-the-ccwg-accountability-draft-proposal-on-work-stream-1-recommendations>

 

Fadi Chehade To Leave ICANN on March 12th

ICANN’s current CEO and President Fadi Chehadé has put out a Christmas greeting on behalf of ICANN. It runs to just over 4 minutes and talks mostly about the IANA transition. However he also declares in the video that his last date at ICANN will be March 12th 2016 (around 2 minutes in):

<http://www.internetnews.me/2015/12/18/fadi-chehade-to-leave-icann-in-march/>

 

nz: Top 10 predictions for 2015 - how did we do?! ... 9. ICANN will get to grips with becoming more accountable.

TICK! The ICANN Accountability process still has a ways to play out, but they’ve certainly moved a considerable way toward an acceptable outcome for the New Zealand Internet Community.

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-2015-how-did-we-do>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Total Global Domain Registrations Pass 300 Million: Verisign

The total number of domain name registrations around the world reached 299 million at the end of September according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, an increase of 3.1 million for the quarter. Which would mean the total today would be well over the 300 million mark.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24395>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/21/total-global-domain-registrations-300-million-verisign/>

 

Internet Grows to 299 Million Domain Names in the Third Quarter of 2015

VeriSign, Inc. ... announced that approximately 3.1 million domain names were added to the Internet in the third quarter of 2015, bringing the total number of registered domain names to approximately 299 million worldwide across all TLDs as of Sept. 30, 2015, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.

<http://www.verisign.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL3ZlcmlzaWduLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTIwMTIwNTI%3D>

 

The Internet Grew to 299 Million Domain Names in the Third Quarter of 2015

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by approximately 3.1 million domain names in the third quarter of 2015, and closed with a base of 299 million domain names across all TLDs. This is a 1.1 percent increase over the second quarter of 2015.

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/verisign_q3_15_domain_name>

 

European ccTLD News Brief (December 2015)

CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (20th edition). This month features: "The worrying impact of headline-triggered policy making" by Peter Van Roste, EU policy update, Interview with Martin Boyle, Senior Policy Adviser at Nominet (.uk) & ccTLD news, highlights and statistics

<https://centr.org/news/cctld/12-14-2015/4608/european-cctld-news-brief-december-2015>

 

1- and 2 letter .at domains in fall 2016

Until now the minimum length of a domain name is three characters under the TLD .at External Link. This regulation goes back to a technical standard from the year 1993 (RFC 1535), which has been outdated by now.

<https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article//1-und-2stellige-at-domains-ab-herbst-2016/?cHash=a1a74bc984469a46390d495c3843e621>

 

The Com Laude & Valideus Gazetteer of TLDs

This time we are delighted to have mapped the entire landscape of domain names. We cover all new gTLD registries from .AAA to .ZUERICH as well as legacy gTLDs (.COM, .ORG, .NET etc) and the Country Code registries.

<https://comlaude.com/com-laude-valideus-gazetteer-top-level-domains>

 

Why banks are ditching ‘.com’ for ‘.bank’

European banks have rushed to acquire the more secure domain name ".bank", after more than 4,000 registrations were made in the U.S. for the web address.

<http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/17/why-banks-are-ditching-com-for-bank-domain-name.html>

 

.BANK By the Numbers: Domestic Impact

Nearly seven months after .BANK launched, U.S. banks are continuing to register domain names, as evidenced by fTLD’s newest infographic.

<https://www.ftld.com/WP/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/fTLD-Blog-Domestic-Impact-20151216.pdf>

 

The Internet Resilience Observatory in France Publishes its Report for 2014

2014 Report of the Internet Resilience Observatory in France: progress in the adoption of best practices, and new challenges identified.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9520/show/the-internet-resilience-observatory-in-france-publishes-its-report-for-2014.html>

 

NIRA Records 33,572 .ng Domain Names In 2015

33,572 .ng domain names were registered in Nigeria between January 2015 and November 2015, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has reported.

<http://thewhistler.ng/story/nira-records-33-572-ng-domain-names-in-2015>

 

OpenData: Data from the .fr TLD to serve innovation

Afnic, a leader of the Internet in France, is continuing its initiatives to promote the development of innovation by providing activity data from the .fr TLD free of charge.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9522/show/opendata-data-from-the-fr-tld-to-serve-innovation.html>

 

5,000,000 .RU Domain Names postcard gets special cancellation

On December 15, Moscow’s Postal Museum and the Moscow Post Office hosted a special cancellation ceremony for the “5,000,000 .RU Domain Names” postcard. Seven thousand copies of the postcard have been published to celebrate .RU domain name registrations reaching the 5,000,000 threshold.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9169>

 

Dot-sucks domain name not our problem, Ottawa says

The Canadian government has washed its hands of the "dot-sucks" controversy, as the new internet domain name begins to take root beside the more familiar dot-com, dot-ca, dot-net and other generic web addresses.

<http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/dot-sucks-canada-internet-website-domain-1.3370577>

<http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/18/dot-sucks-domain-name-not-our-problem-ottawa-says_n_8836756.html>

 

How I just registered Twitter.sucks for free in just five clicks

This morning, I caused the registration of and was given control of a web site at twitter.sucks.

<http://domainincite.com/19706-how-i-just-registered-twitter-sucks-for-free-in-just-five-clicks>

 

'.feedback' and '.sucks' on criticism sites and trademark owners' concerns: new podcast available

In the trademark world, the high sunrise fees charged by the registries behind the ‘.sucks’ and ‘.feedback’ gTLDs have been one of the talking points of 2015.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7787177a-40c5-4d20-babb-adbddaf7baa2>

 

New Provisions on Domain Names in Vietnam

In October 2015, a number of key new provisions related to domain name cases entered into effect in Vietnam. The regulations were promulgated under Circular 24 of the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC). Below we provide a list of some of the key highlights of Circular 24:

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=267b3ca1-732d-4453-8fc6-9f3561c61f7b>

 

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NEW TLDS

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Porn firm wins .cam after years of objections

The controversial new gTLD .cam has been won at auction by Dutch porn site operator AC Webconnecting, putting an end to over two years of back-and-forth objections.

<http://domainincite.com/19723-porn-firm-wins-cam-after-years-of-objections>

 

Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

Tata Group, the humongous Indian conglomerate, has been told its flagship application for a dot-brand gTLD has been refused.

<http://domainincite.com/19729-tatas-bid-for-tata-gtld-scuppered-by-morocco>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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Verisign’s Perspective on Recent Root Server Attacks

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2015, some of the Internet’s DNS root name servers received large amounts of anomalous traffic. Last week the root server operators published a report on the incident. In the interest of further transparency, I’d like to take this opportunity to share Verisign’s perspective, including how we identify, handle and react, as necessary, to events such as this.

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_perspective_on_recent>

 

EU update - December 2015

NIS talks concluded: During the trilogue meeting on 7 December, EU law-makers reached a political agreement on the network and information security (NIS) directive. It requires both public and private entities to raise their cybersecurity capabilities.

<https://centr.org/news/12-13-2015/4604/eu-update-december-2015>

 

RU-CERT moves in to fight cybercrime

The Coordination Center for TLD.Ru has signed a cooperation agreement with the RU-CERT Computer Emergency Response Team. The partnership aims to improve the security of the Russian domain space, in particular, to fight phishing, unauthorized access to third-party information systems, the dissemination of malware and bot-network operations.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9174>

 

Now Everybody Can HTTPS

Let’s Encrypt launched its Public Beta service recently where you can get a certificate for your domains, for free!

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/16/now-everybody-can-https/>

 

Event Wrap: INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Expert Group 2015

APNIC staff participated at the inaugural INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Expert Group meeting held from 30 November to 1 December 2015.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/15/event-wrap-interpol-cybercrime-expert-group-2015/>

 

us: Cybersecurity bill approved, but what does it accomplish?

It may have been easy for Congress on Friday to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), despite past controversy around it.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/591110/cybersecurity-bill-approved-what-does-it-accomplish/>

 

us: Cybersecurity Information Sharing In the “Ominous” Budget Bill: A Setback for Privacy

Overall, the “compromise” that lawmakers came up with took the bad parts of the three bills on the table and, in many cases, made them worse. Unfortunately, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 will probably become law, because any “nay” votes at this stage would be against the entire budget deal. There are, however, significant privacy costs built into this legislation.

<https://cdt.org/blog/cybersecurity-information-sharing-in-the-ominous-budget-bill-a-setback-for-privacy/>

 

Companies Accuse their Competitors of Staging DDoS Attacks Against them

According to recent research from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, nearly half (48 per cent) of the companies surveyed believe they know the identity and motivation of those behind recent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against them, with many naming competitors as key culprits.

<http://newsroom.kaspersky.eu/en/texts/detail/article/companies-accuse-their-competitors-of-staging-ddos-attacks-against-them/?no_cache=1&cHash=579fd53145c4060de0f618140c9b109e>

 

Have your say on how to boost Europe's cybersecurity industry

Today, the European Commission opens a public consultation on how to best set up a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on cybersecurity, which will be launched in the course of 2016, as part of the European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy. The consultation is published along with a Roadmap outlining different policy options that should also help the European cybersecurity industry grow. Through this public consultation the Commission is seeking views (until 11 March 2016) on where to focus efforts for setting up this PPP as well as on other potential policy measures.

<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/have-your-say-how-boost-europes-cybersecurity-industry>

 

Router maker finds 'unauthorised' code

Juniper Networks has issued a warning after discovering "unauthorised code" in its firewall software.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35131396>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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U.S. Govt. Targets Torrent Sites and Other Piracy Havens

The US Government has pinpointed some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright infringing venues. The USTR calls on foreign countries to take action against popular piracy sites such as KickassTorrents, as well as Canadian domain registrar Rebel and Swiss hosting service Private Layer.

<https://torrentfreak.com/u-s-govt-targets-torrent-sites-and-other-piracy-havens-151218/>

 

au: Clarins v. Local Produce Australia Pty. Ltd. - Case No. DAU2015-0036

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Clarins of Neuilly Sur Seine, France, represented by Tmark Conseils, France. The Respondent is Local Produce Australia Pty. Ltd. of Healesville, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <clarins.com.au> is registered with Netfleet.com.au (the "Registrar").

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0036>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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Cheers! Registries and Registrars Doing the Right Thing by Patients by Libby Baney

Domain name registration is a hot industry. Registrars represent a growing multi-billion dollar industry with the keys to the Internet for any organization hoping to have a web presence. Further, because of their role as one of the gatekeepers to the Internet, registrars have the unique ability and are often asked to take action against illegal activity online. This fact was highlighted in the report released this week by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the 2015 Out-of-Cycle Notorious Markets List.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151218_cheers_registries_and_registrars_doing_the_right_thing_by_patients/>

 

Webnames.ca 2015: Year in Review

2015 has been another phenomenal year for Webnames.ca. In addition to celebrating our 15th anniversary, Webnames.ca successfully launched numerous new products and services for our customers. As we approach 2016, we anticipate more innovation and upgrades and seamless continuation of our renowned customer service to support you and your online endeavors.

<http://blog.webnames.ca/webnames-ca-2015-year-in-review/>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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Australia lags world in broadband adoption

Broadband adoption rates in Australia are well below those in other countries, with Australia currently ranked in the bottom third of qualifying countries for 15mbps broadband adoption. ... The latest figures for broadband performance are contained in Akamai’s newly published State of the Internet report on key global statistics including connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, as well as IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

<http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/internet-of-things/70853-australia-lags-world-in-broadband-adoption>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Deadline of Dec 21 To Submit Nominations for 2016 Internet Society Board of Trustees by Dan York

Are you passionate about preserving the global, open Internet? Do you want to help guide work to connect the unconnected and promote / restore trust in the Internet? Do you have experience in Internet standards, development or public policy? If so, please consider applying for one of the open seats on the Internet Society Board of Trustees. The Internet Society serves a pivotal role in the world as a leader on Internet policy, technical, economic, and social matters, and as the organizational home of the IETF.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151217_submit_nominations_for_2016_internet_society_board_of_trustees/>

 

Minds + Machines has completed 1/3 of planned £15 share buyback

Minds + Machines bought another two million of its own shares for cancellation yesterday, pushing its total buybacks to £5.1 million to date.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/17/minds-machines-has-completed-13-of-planned-15-share-buyback/>

 

Google Search Rankings Prefer HTTPS by Default

Google announce it would, by default, begin giving HTTPS preference in search engine rankings.

<https://threatpost.com/google-search-rankings-prefer-https-by-default/115672/>

 

Starting Fresh with a Strong Domain Name Portfolio

New Year’s is just around the corner again. A time to celebrate the start of something new and another opportunity to reflect on what we want to achieve and what we wish to change. Perhaps make resolutions to pursue a new skill or eat more healthily. For brands this year, it might mean making the resolution the develop a leaner and cleaner domain name portfolio.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-basics/creating-a-strong-domain-name-portfolio>

 

Neustar: Linking What Matters

Neustar has been shifting its revenue base from a telecom contract to marketing, domain names and more. Based on recent trademark filings, it appears the company will adopt the slogan “Linking What Matters” going forward.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/18/neustar-linking-what-matters/>

 

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WEBHOSTING

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WHD Global and WHD USA Dates & Venues Announced

World Hosting Days, or as it’s better known, WHD, will be held again next year. In 2016 the “global” event will return to Rust, Germany, as it has done for the last few years, with the event taking place between March 15 – 17.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2015/12/17/whd-global-and-whd-usa-dates-venues-announced/>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Sedo links up with .EU whois to sell domains

EURid is now showing if a domain name is listed for sale at Sedo when someone does a whois lookup, and linking directly to the sale listing.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/17/sedo-links-up-with-eu-whois-to-sell-domains/>

 

13,000 Great New Registry Reserved .CLUB Names Added To Registrar Tiered Premiums!

Since July we have offered premium .CLUB names priced at $10,000 or below for direct sale by our registrar channel. Since then our premium name sales have continued to increase, and more registrars have begun to offer and successfully sell our premium names.

<http://nic.club/13000-great-new-registry-reserved-club-names-added-to-registrar-tiered-premiums/>

 

3-Digit .Com Commands Over 200K to Top This Week's Sales Chart - 11 of First 12 Entries are 3 Characters or Less

It's the same old song but it's a tune that owners of ultra-short domain names never get tired of hearing. That category continued to rule our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart this week with 11 of the first 12 entries (and 14 of 20 overall) running 3 characters or less left of the dot.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20151216.htm>

 

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INTERNET USE

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Mobile browsing will trump desktop by the end of 2016, report says

In a month of 2015 recaps from just about every company out there, now may be the time to start those predictions about what's going to happen in the new year.

<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/12/18/mobile-browsing-will-trump-desktop-by-the-end-of-2016-report-says/>

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Facebook changes ‘real name’ reporting, but some critics remain skeptical

“It’s not clear to me why online civility trumps individual safety in charged political environments,” said Gautam Hans, policy counsel for Center for Democracy & Technology. “I’m not persuaded that anonymous speech makes for a worse platform.”

<https://cdt.org/press/facebook-changes-real-name-reporting-but-some-critics-remain-skeptical/>

 

Changes to Facebook’s "Real Names" Policy Still Don’t Fix the Problem

In response to feedback from activist groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook announced Tuesday that it would change some aspects of its real names policy. As it currently stands, the policy requires users to register what Facebook calls their “authentic identity,”—or how friends and family know them—in order to use the social network.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/12/changes-facebooks-real-names-policy-still-dont-fix-problem>

 

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au: Cyber bullying still a 24/7 risk during school holidays, parents warned

With schools broken up for the year, parents are being urged to be on the look-out for their children being targeted by cyber bullies.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-18/school-holiday-cyber-bullying-risk/7042410>

 

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MOBILE/WIRELESS

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Expert group identifies emerging demands of ‘5G’ to fuel ITU standardization

The ITU-T Focus Group on network aspects of IMT-2020 (‘5G’) has received an extension to its lifetime, with a mandate to undertake in-depth studies into areas such as ‘network softwarization’ and slicing, emerging networking technologies, mobile backhaul and fronthaul, and end-to-end quality of service.

<http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2015/65.aspx>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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More than 500 arrested in INTERPOL operation targeting phone and email scams

More than 500 people have been arrested and 15 call centres shut down in an INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting multi-million dollar phone and email scams across the Asia Pacific region.

<http://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2015/N2015-223>

 

au: ​ACCC warns of fake parcel delivery ransomware

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning consumers and businesses to watch out for a fake parcel delivery scam email which purports to be from Australia Post or FedEx.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/591053/accc-warns-fake-parcel-delivery-ransomware/>

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN Member States outline information technology roadmap to achieve sustainable development<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN Member States outline information technology roadmap to achieve sustainable development<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the curtain closed on the two-day review by the United Nations General Assembly of the outcomes of the WSIS, Member States have adopted an outcome document which aims at bridging the digital divide, ensure freedom of speech, and address Internet governance to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52851"><span>http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52851</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CDT Addresses the United Nations General Assembly and Counter-Terrorism Advisor<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At a time when governments around the world are cracking down on the Internet, the Center for Democracy &amp; Technology is fighting to save a place at the table for civil society in global Internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cdt.org/blog/cdt-addresses-the-united-nations-general-assembly-and-counter-terrorism-advisor/"><span>https://cdt.org/blog/cdt-addresses-the-united-nations-general-assembly-and-counter-terrorism-advisor/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Top UN Board supports ongoing implementation of World Summit on the Information Society process</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The United Nations Chief Executives Board (CEB), comprising of heads of UN agencies, today issued its resounding support for the WSIS process. In particular, they endorsed the pivotal role of ICTs in driving progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2015/CM20.aspx"><span>http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2015/CM20.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Firewall Awakens: ICANN's exiting CEO takes internet governance to the dark side<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's exiting CEO has stunned internet governance experts by fronting a new Chinese government initiative to expand its view of how the internet should be run.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/18/ex_icann_ceo_will_work_with_china/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/18/ex_icann_ceo_will_work_with_china/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Internet freedoms, China tells the world, 'leave us alone'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China has a very particular view of how the Internet should be run: under a heavy government thumb. And Beijing would like the rest of the world to agree that each government should rule its own Internet territory as it sees fit.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2015/1218/On-Internet-freedoms-China-tells-the-world-leave-us-alone"><span>http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2015/1218/On-Internet-freedoms-China-tells-the-world-leave-us-alone</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cn: Safe and localized domain names needed: Expert<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More safe and localized domain names are needed in China with the development of the Internet development, said an expert at a forum at the ongoing Second World Internet Conference on Friday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015wic/2015-12/18/content_22742632.htm"><span>http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015wic/2015-12/18/content_22742632.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China supports global well-being of cyberspace [Xinhuanet]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2nd annual World Internet Conference was opened in Wuzhen, east China&rsquo;s Zhejiang province on Dec. 16. Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a keynote address to more than 2,000 guests from around the world, who are expected to have in-depth discussions on vital issues surrounding the global internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2015-12/18/c_134929425.htm"><span>http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2015-12/18/c_134929425.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN General Assembly reaffirms value of multistakeholder process in Internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This has been a great week for the Internet! On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the outcome document of the high-level meeting on the 10-year review of the implementation of the WSIS, reaffirming the value of the multistakeholder process in Internet governance and extending the IGF mandate for another 10 years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2015/12/17/un-general-assembly-reaffirms-value-of-multistakeholder-process-in-internet-governance/"><span>http://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2015/12/17/un-general-assembly-reaffirms-value-of-multistakeholder-process-in-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chinese traditional culture can help Internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chinese traditional values and thinking can guide the Internet governance today, said Lu Wei, general secretary of Internet Society of China, at a forum during the ongoing World Internet Conference in Wuzhen on Thursday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-12/17/content_22736064.htm"><span>http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-12/17/content_22736064.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This is how China and Russia see the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Since Russia&rsquo;s 2014 crisis in its relationship with the West, the country has attempted to pivot to the East, most notably towards China. However, economic woes and a sharp decline in commodity prices have left many announced investment projects hanging in the air.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-china-and-russia-see-the-internet-2015-12?IR=T"><span>http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-china-and-russia-see-the-internet-2015-12?IR=T</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions: Deadline is 20 March 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or to recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-12-17-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-12-17-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Imogen Heap to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/heap-to-icann-eiu-16dec15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/heap-to-icann-eiu-16dec15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Rumer Shirakbari to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/shirakbari-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/shirakbari-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Katie Melua to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/melua-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/melua-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Fran Healy to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/healy-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/healy-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Roxanne De Bastion to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/de-bastion-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/de-bastion-to-icann-eiu-15dec15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Holiday Message from Fadi Chehad&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW8p2uSQW9g"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW8p2uSQW9g</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Reflections on the WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting by Fadi Chehad&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After a lot of hard work and collaboration, the world has just witnessed the successful close of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting, on 15-16 December, on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10 HLM).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/wsis-10-hlm"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/wsis-10-hlm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition &amp; Year End by Theresa Swinehart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This past year has been busy for the community on all the transition related work. It has been filled with many ups and downs, good moments and challenging ones, and a year of incredible work, compromise, negotiation and collaboration among all stakeholders. With the end of the year only days away, it's a good opportunity to reflect on all that has been accomplished and consider what's in store for the year ahead.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/iana-stewardship-transition-year-end"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/iana-stewardship-transition-year-end</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Risky End-Game of the ICANN Enhanced Accountability Process by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ICANN board has interfered with the accountability process once again, and this time, just like the last time, its intervention is likely to delay the transition by another two or three months. It may even succeed in eviscerating key accountability reforms. Board comments circulated yesterday identify 3 areas where the board is unwilling to accept what the CCWG has proposed, and 2 other areas where the board threatens to use its ability to declare a reform &ldquo;not in the public interest.&rdquo; All three show just how stoutly the ICANN board &ndash; egged on by its lawyers &ndash; is resisting true accountability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/12/15/the-risky-end-game-of-the-icann-enhanced-accountability-process/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/12/15/the-risky-end-game-of-the-icann-enhanced-accountability-process/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Accountability Progress Made in Second CCWG Draft Proposal by J. Scott Evans<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The December 21 deadline for submission of public comments on the latest CCWG-Accountability draft proposal is quickly approaching. In this second draft of the proposal, great strides have been made toward addressing the accountability issues that members of the community have raised (notably, Lawrence Strickling's recent remarks). As I have previously emphasized, any plan to ensure the accountability of the ICANN Board of Directors must be closely scrutinized before ICANN pursues its implementation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151218_icann_accountability_progress_made_in_second_ccwg_draft_proposal/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151218_icann_accountability_progress_made_in_second_ccwg_draft_proposal/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Comment on the CCWG-Accountability Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations by Brett D. Schaefer &amp; Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On November 30, 2015, the Cross-Community Working Group on Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) published its Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations (Draft Proposal) for public comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/12/comment-on-the-ccwg-accountability-draft-proposal-on-work-stream-1-recommendations"><span>http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/12/comment-on-the-ccwg-accountability-draft-proposal-on-work-stream-1-recommendations</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fadi Chehade To Leave ICANN on March 12th<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN&rsquo;s current CEO and President Fadi Chehad&eacute; has put out a Christmas greeting on behalf of ICANN. It runs to just over 4 minutes and talks mostly about the IANA transition. However he also declares in the video that his last date at ICANN will be March 12th 2016 (around 2 minutes in):<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2015/12/18/fadi-chehade-to-leave-icann-in-march/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2015/12/18/fadi-chehade-to-leave-icann-in-march/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Top 10 predictions for 2015 - how did we do?! ... 9. ICANN will get to grips with becoming more accountable.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TICK! The ICANN Accountability process still has a ways to play out, but they&rsquo;ve certainly moved a considerable way toward an acceptable outcome for the New Zealand Internet Community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-2015-how-did-we-do"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-2015-how-did-we-do</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Total Global Domain Registrations Pass 300 Million: Verisign<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The total number of domain name registrations around the world reached 299 million at the end of September according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, an increase of 3.1 million for the quarter. Which would mean the total today would be well over the 300 million mark.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24395"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24395</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/21/total-global-domain-registrations-300-million-verisign/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/21/total-global-domain-registrations-300-million-verisign/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Grows to 299 Million Domain Names in the Third Quarter of 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VeriSign, Inc. ... announced that approximately 3.1 million domain names were added to the Internet in the third quarter of 2015, bringing the total number of registered domain names to approximately 299 million worldwide across all TLDs as of Sept. 30, 2015, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.verisign.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL3ZlcmlzaWduLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTIwMTIwNTI%3D"><span>http://www.verisign.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL3ZlcmlzaWduLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTIwMTIwNTI%3D</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Grew to 299 Million Domain Names in the Third Quarter of 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by approximately 3.1 million domain names in the third quarter of 2015, and closed with a base of 299 million domain names across all TLDs. This is a 1.1 percent increase over the second quarter of 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/verisign_q3_15_domain_name"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/verisign_q3_15_domain_name</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>European ccTLD News Brief (December 2015)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (20th edition). This month features: "The worrying impact of headline-triggered policy making" by Peter Van Roste, EU policy update, Interview with Martin Boyle, Senior Policy Adviser at Nominet (.uk) &amp; ccTLD news, highlights and statistics<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/cctld/12-14-2015/4608/european-cctld-news-brief-december-2015"><span>https://centr.org/news/cctld/12-14-2015/4608/european-cctld-news-brief-december-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1- and 2 letter .at domains in fall 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Until now the minimum length of a domain name is three characters under the TLD .at External Link. This regulation goes back to a technical standard from the year 1993 (RFC 1535), which has been outdated by now.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article/1-und-2stellige-at-domains-ab-herbst-2016/?cHash=a1a74bc984469a46390d495c3843e621"><span>https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article//1-und-2stellige-at-domains-ab-herbst-2016/?cHash=a1a74bc984469a46390d495c3843e621</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Com Laude &amp; Valideus Gazetteer of TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This time we are delighted to have mapped the entire landscape of domain names. We cover all new gTLD registries from .AAA to .ZUERICH as well as legacy gTLDs (.COM, .ORG, .NET etc) and the Country Code registries.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://comlaude.com/com-laude-valideus-gazetteer-top-level-domains"><span>https://comlaude.com/com-laude-valideus-gazetteer-top-level-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why banks are ditching &lsquo;.com&rsquo; for &lsquo;.bank&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>European banks have rushed to acquire the more secure domain name ".bank", after more than 4,000 registrations were made in the U.S. for the web address.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/17/why-banks-are-ditching-com-for-bank-domain-name.html"><span>http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/17/why-banks-are-ditching-com-for-bank-domain-name.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.BANK By the Numbers: Domestic Impact <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nearly seven months after .BANK launched, U.S. banks are continuing to register domain names, as evidenced by fTLD&rsquo;s newest infographic.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ftld.com/WP/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/fTLD-Blog-Domestic-Impact-20151216.pdf"><span>https://www.ftld.com/WP/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/fTLD-Blog-Domestic-Impact-20151216.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Resilience Observatory in France Publishes its Report for 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2014 Report of the Internet Resilience Observatory in France: progress in the adoption of best practices, and new challenges identified.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9520/show/the-internet-resilience-observatory-in-france-publishes-its-report-for-2014.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9520/show/the-internet-resilience-observatory-in-france-publishes-its-report-for-2014.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NIRA Records 33,572 .ng Domain Names In 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>33,572 .ng domain names were registered in Nigeria between January 2015 and November 2015, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has reported.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://thewhistler.ng/story/nira-records-33-572-ng-domain-names-in-2015"><span>http://thewhistler.ng/story/nira-records-33-572-ng-domain-names-in-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>OpenData: Data from the .fr TLD to serve innovation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afnic, a leader of the Internet in France, is continuing its initiatives to promote the development of innovation by providing activity data from the .fr TLD free of charge.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9522/show/opendata-data-from-the-fr-tld-to-serve-innovation.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/9522/show/opendata-data-from-the-fr-tld-to-serve-innovation.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>5,000,000 .RU Domain Names postcard gets special cancellation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On December 15, Moscow&rsquo;s Postal Museum and the Moscow Post Office hosted a special cancellation ceremony for the &ldquo;5,000,000 .RU Domain Names&rdquo; postcard. Seven thousand copies of the postcard have been published to celebrate .RU domain name registrations reaching the 5,000,000 threshold.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9169"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9169</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dot-sucks domain name not our problem, Ottawa says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Canadian government has washed its hands of the "dot-sucks" controversy, as the new internet domain name begins to take root beside the more familiar dot-com, dot-ca, dot-net and other generic web addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/dot-sucks-canada-internet-website-domain-1.3370577"><span>http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/dot-sucks-canada-internet-website-domain-1.3370577</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/18/dot-sucks-domain-name-not-our-problem-ottawa-says_n_8836756.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/18/dot-sucks-domain-name-not-our-problem-ottawa-says_n_8836756.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How I just registered Twitter.sucks for free in just five clicks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This morning, I caused the registration of and was given control of a web site at twitter.sucks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19706-how-i-just-registered-twitter-sucks-for-free-in-just-five-clicks"><span>http://domainincite.com/19706-how-i-just-registered-twitter-sucks-for-free-in-just-five-clicks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'.feedback' and '.sucks' on criticism sites and trademark owners' concerns: new podcast available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the trademark world, the high sunrise fees charged by the registries behind the &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; and &lsquo;.feedback&rsquo; gTLDs have been one of the talking points of 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7787177a-40c5-4d20-babb-adbddaf7baa2"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=7787177a-40c5-4d20-babb-adbddaf7baa2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Provisions on Domain Names in Vietnam<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In October 2015, a number of key new provisions related to domain name cases entered into effect in Vietnam. The regulations were promulgated under Circular 24 of the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC). Below we provide a list of some of the key highlights of Circular 24:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=267b3ca1-732d-4453-8fc6-9f3561c61f7b"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=267b3ca1-732d-4453-8fc6-9f3561c61f7b</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Porn firm wins .cam after years of objections<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The controversial new gTLD .cam has been won at auction by Dutch porn site operator AC Webconnecting, putting an end to over two years of back-and-forth objections.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19723-porn-firm-wins-cam-after-years-of-objections"><span>http://domainincite.com/19723-porn-firm-wins-cam-after-years-of-objections</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tata&rsquo;s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tata Group, the humongous Indian conglomerate, has been told its flagship application for a dot-brand gTLD has been refused.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/19729-tatas-bid-for-tata-gtld-scuppered-by-morocco"><span>http://domainincite.com/19729-tatas-bid-for-tata-gtld-scuppered-by-morocco</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign&rsquo;s Perspective on Recent Root Server Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2015, some of the Internet&rsquo;s DNS root name servers received large amounts of anomalous traffic. Last week the root server operators published a report on the incident. In the interest of further transparency, I&rsquo;d like to take this opportunity to share Verisign&rsquo;s perspective, including how we identify, handle and react, as necessary, to events such as this.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_perspective_on_recent"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_perspective_on_recent</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EU update - December 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NIS talks concluded: During the trilogue meeting on 7 December, EU law-makers reached a political agreement on the network and information security (NIS) directive. It requires both public and private entities to raise their cybersecurity capabilities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/12-13-2015/4604/eu-update-december-2015"><span>https://centr.org/news/12-13-2015/4604/eu-update-december-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RU-CERT moves in to fight cybercrime<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Coordination Center for TLD.Ru has signed a cooperation agreement with the RU-CERT Computer Emergency Response Team. The partnership aims to improve the security of the Russian domain space, in particular, to fight phishing, unauthorized access to third-party information systems, the dissemination of malware and bot-network operations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9174"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9174</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Now Everybody Can HTTPS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Let&rsquo;s Encrypt launched its Public Beta service recently where you can get a certificate for your domains, for free!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/16/now-everybody-can-https/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/16/now-everybody-can-https/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Event Wrap: INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Expert Group 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>APNIC staff participated at the inaugural INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Expert Group meeting held from 30 November to 1 December 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/15/event-wrap-interpol-cybercrime-expert-group-2015/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/15/event-wrap-interpol-cybercrime-expert-group-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>us: Cybersecurity bill approved, but what does it accomplish?</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It may have been easy for Congress on Friday to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), despite past controversy around it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/591110/cybersecurity-bill-approved-what-does-it-accomplish/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/591110/cybersecurity-bill-approved-what-does-it-accomplish/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>us: Cybersecurity Information Sharing In the &ldquo;Ominous&rdquo; Budget Bill: A Setback for Privacy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Overall, the &ldquo;compromise&rdquo; that lawmakers came up with took the bad parts of the three bills on the table and, in many cases, made them worse. Unfortunately, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 will probably become law, because any &ldquo;nay&rdquo; votes at this stage would be against the entire budget deal. There are, however, significant privacy costs built into this legislation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cdt.org/blog/cybersecurity-information-sharing-in-the-ominous-budget-bill-a-setback-for-privacy/"><span>https://cdt.org/blog/cybersecurity-information-sharing-in-the-ominous-budget-bill-a-setback-for-privacy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies Accuse their Competitors of Staging DDoS Attacks Against them<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>According to recent research from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, nearly half (48 per cent) of the companies surveyed believe they know the identity and motivation of those behind recent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against them, with many naming competitors as key culprits.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newsroom.kaspersky.eu/en/texts/detail/article/companies-accuse-their-competitors-of-staging-ddos-attacks-against-them/?no_cache=1&amp;cHash=579fd53145c4060de0f618140c9b109e"><span>http://newsroom.kaspersky.eu/en/texts/detail/article/companies-accuse-their-competitors-of-staging-ddos-attacks-against-them/?no_cache=1&amp;cHash=579fd53145c4060de0f618140c9b109e</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Have your say on how to boost Europe's cybersecurity industry <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, the European Commission opens a public consultation on how to best set up a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on cybersecurity, which will be launched in the course of 2016, as part of the European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy. The consultation is published along with a Roadmap outlining different policy options that should also help the European cybersecurity industry grow. Through this public consultation the Commission is seeking views (until 11 March 2016) on where to focus efforts for setting up this PPP as well as on other potential policy measures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/have-your-say-how-boost-europes-cybersecurity-industry"><span>https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/have-your-say-how-boost-europes-cybersecurity-industry</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Router maker finds 'unauthorised' code<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Juniper Networks has issued a warning after discovering "unauthorised code" in its firewall software.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35131396"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35131396</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Govt. Targets Torrent Sites and Other Piracy Havens<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US Government has pinpointed some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright infringing venues. The USTR calls on foreign countries to take action against popular piracy sites such as KickassTorrents, as well as Canadian domain registrar Rebel and Swiss hosting service Private Layer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/u-s-govt-targets-torrent-sites-and-other-piracy-havens-151218/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/u-s-govt-targets-torrent-sites-and-other-piracy-havens-151218/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Clarins v. Local Produce Australia Pty. Ltd. - Case No. DAU2015-0036</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Clarins of Neuilly Sur Seine, France, represented by Tmark Conseils, France. The Respondent is Local Produce Australia Pty. Ltd. of Healesville, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;clarins.com.au&gt; is registered with Netfleet.com.au (the "Registrar").<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0036"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0036</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cheers! Registries and Registrars Doing the Right Thing by Patients by Libby Baney<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain name registration is a hot industry. Registrars represent a growing multi-billion dollar industry with the keys to the Internet for any organization hoping to have a web presence. Further, because of their role as one of the gatekeepers to the Internet, registrars have the unique ability and are often asked to take action against illegal activity online. This fact was highlighted in the report released this week by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the 2015 Out-of-Cycle Notorious Markets List.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151218_cheers_registries_and_registrars_doing_the_right_thing_by_patients/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151218_cheers_registries_and_registrars_doing_the_right_thing_by_patients/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Webnames.ca 2015: Year in Review<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 has been another phenomenal year for Webnames.ca. In addition to celebrating our 15th anniversary, Webnames.ca successfully launched numerous new products and services for our customers. As we approach 2016, we anticipate more innovation and upgrades and seamless continuation of our renowned customer service to support you and your online endeavors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.webnames.ca/webnames-ca-2015-year-in-review/"><span>http://blog.webnames.ca/webnames-ca-2015-year-in-review/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia lags world in broadband adoption<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Broadband adoption rates in Australia are well below those in other countries, with Australia currently ranked in the bottom third of qualifying countries for 15mbps broadband adoption. ... The latest figures for broadband performance are contained in Akamai&rsquo;s newly published State of the Internet report on key global statistics including connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, as well as IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/internet-of-things/70853-australia-lags-world-in-broadband-adoption"><span>http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/internet-of-things/70853-australia-lags-world-in-broadband-adoption</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Deadline of Dec 21 To Submit Nominations for 2016 Internet Society Board of Trustees by Dan York<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are you passionate about preserving the global, open Internet? Do you want to help guide work to connect the unconnected and promote / restore trust in the Internet? Do you have experience in Internet standards, development or public policy? If so, please consider applying for one of the open seats on the Internet Society Board of Trustees. The Internet Society serves a pivotal role in the world as a leader on Internet policy, technical, economic, and social matters, and as the organizational home of the IETF.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151217_submit_nominations_for_2016_internet_society_board_of_trustees/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151217_submit_nominations_for_2016_internet_society_board_of_trustees/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines has completed 1/3 of planned &pound;15 share buyback<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines bought another two million of its own shares for cancellation yesterday, pushing its total buybacks to &pound;5.1 million to date.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/17/minds-machines-has-completed-13-of-planned-15-share-buyback/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/17/minds-machines-has-completed-13-of-planned-15-share-buyback/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Search Rankings Prefer HTTPS by Default<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google announce it would, by default, begin giving HTTPS preference in search engine rankings.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/google-search-rankings-prefer-https-by-default/115672/"><span>https://threatpost.com/google-search-rankings-prefer-https-by-default/115672/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Starting Fresh with a Strong Domain Name Portfolio<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Year&rsquo;s is just around the corner again. A time to celebrate the start of something new and another opportunity to reflect on what we want to achieve and what we wish to change. Perhaps make resolutions to pursue a new skill or eat more healthily. For brands this year, it might mean making the resolution the develop a leaner and cleaner domain name portfolio.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-basics/creating-a-strong-domain-name-portfolio"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-basics/creating-a-strong-domain-name-portfolio</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neustar: Linking What Matters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neustar has been shifting its revenue base from a telecom contract to marketing, domain names and more. Based on recent trademark filings, it appears the company will adopt the slogan &ldquo;Linking What Matters&rdquo; going forward.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/18/neustar-linking-what-matters/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/18/neustar-linking-what-matters/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WHD Global and WHD USA Dates &amp; Venues Announced<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>World Hosting Days, or as it&rsquo;s better known, WHD, will be held again next year. In 2016 the &ldquo;global&rdquo; event will return to Rust, Germany, as it has done for the last few years, with the event taking place between March 15 &ndash; 17.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2015/12/17/whd-global-and-whd-usa-dates-venues-announced/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2015/12/17/whd-global-and-whd-usa-dates-venues-announced/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sedo links up with .EU whois to sell domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EURid is now showing if a domain name is listed for sale at Sedo when someone does a whois lookup, and linking directly to the sale listing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/17/sedo-links-up-with-eu-whois-to-sell-domains/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/17/sedo-links-up-with-eu-whois-to-sell-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>13,000 Great New Registry Reserved .CLUB Names Added To Registrar Tiered Premiums!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Since July we have offered premium .CLUB names priced at $10,000 or below for direct sale by our registrar channel. Since then our premium name sales have continued to increase, and more registrars have begun to offer and successfully sell our premium names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://nic.club/13000-great-new-registry-reserved-club-names-added-to-registrar-tiered-premiums/"><span>http://nic.club/13000-great-new-registry-reserved-club-names-added-to-registrar-tiered-premiums/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>3-Digit .Com Commands Over 200K to Top This Week's Sales Chart - 11 of First 12 Entries are 3 Characters or Less<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It's the same old song but it's a tune that owners of ultra-short domain names never get tired of hearing. That category continued to rule our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart this week with 11 of the first 12 entries (and 14 of 20 overall) running 3 characters or less left of the dot.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20151216.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20151216.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>INTERNET USE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mobile browsing will trump desktop by the end of 2016, report says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a month of 2015 recaps from just about every company out there, now may be the time to start those predictions about what's going to happen in the new year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/12/18/mobile-browsing-will-trump-desktop-by-the-end-of-2016-report-says/"><span>https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/12/18/mobile-browsing-will-trump-desktop-by-the-end-of-2016-report-says/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SOCIAL MEDIA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Facebook changes &lsquo;real name&rsquo; reporting, but some critics remain skeptical<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not clear to me why online civility trumps individual safety in charged political environments,&rdquo; said Gautam Hans, policy counsel for Center for Democracy &amp; Technology. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not persuaded that anonymous speech makes for a worse platform.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cdt.org/press/facebook-changes-real-name-reporting-but-some-critics-remain-skeptical/"><span>https://cdt.org/press/facebook-changes-real-name-reporting-but-some-critics-remain-skeptical/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Changes to Facebook&rsquo;s "Real Names" Policy Still Don&rsquo;t Fix the Problem<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In response to feedback from activist groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook announced Tuesday that it would change some aspects of its real names policy. As it currently stands, the policy requires users to register what Facebook calls their &ldquo;authentic identity,&rdquo;&mdash;or how friends and family know them&mdash;in order to use the social network.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/12/changes-facebooks-real-names-policy-still-dont-fix-problem"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/12/changes-facebooks-real-names-policy-still-dont-fix-problem</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Cyber bullying still a 24/7 risk during school holidays, parents warned<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With schools broken up for the year, parents are being urged to be on the look-out for their children being targeted by cyber bullies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-18/school-holiday-cyber-bullying-risk/7042410"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-18/school-holiday-cyber-bullying-risk/7042410</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MOBILE/WIRELESS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Expert group identifies emerging demands of &lsquo;5G&rsquo; to fuel ITU standardization<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ITU-T Focus Group on network aspects of IMT-2020 (&lsquo;5G&rsquo;) has received an extension to its lifetime, with a mandate to undertake in-depth studies into areas such as &lsquo;network softwarization&rsquo; and slicing, emerging networking technologies, mobile backhaul and fronthaul, and end-to-end quality of service.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2015/65.aspx"><span>http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2015/65.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than 500 arrested in INTERPOL operation targeting phone and email scams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than 500 people have been arrested and 15 call centres shut down in an INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting multi-million dollar phone and email scams across the Asia Pacific region.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2015/N2015-223"><span>http://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2015/N2015-223</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: &#8203;ACCC warns of fake parcel delivery ransomware<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning consumers and businesses to watch out for a fake parcel delivery scam email which purports to be from Australia Post or FedEx.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/591053/accc-warns-fake-parcel-delivery-ransomware/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/591053/accc-warns-fake-parcel-delivery-ransomware/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 10 Dec 06:27 2015

auDA domain news - 10 December

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The domain name news is supported by auDA

 

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Fears For Underperforming gTLDs. What Happens When They Fail? And What Does It Cost To Run A New gTLD?

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/08/fears-underperforming-gtlds-fail-cost-to-run-new-gtld/>

 

Internet Root Name Servers Survive Unusual DDoS Attack

<https://threatpost.com/internet-root-name-servers-survive-unusual-ddos-attack/115614/>

 

au: Cyber security attacks on the increase, study finds

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/cyber-security-attacks-on-the-increase-study-finds/news-story/f93a9eec5bd33f2e378bba73ab45a92e>

 

Pirate Bay’s .org Domain Suspended Pending ICANN Verification

<https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bays-org-domain-suspended-pending-icann-verification-151207/>

 

Team America, world police, take down 37,479 counterfeit sites

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/01/world_police_take_down_37479_counterfeit_sites/>

 

Illegal websites seized in global operation

<https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/illegal-websites-seized-global-operation>

 

Q&A: Australian litigation update ... Should Australian brand owners be worried about trade mark squatting?

<http://www.ajpark.com/ip-central/news-articles/2015/12/qa-australian-litigation-update/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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A Billion Reasons Why the IGF Matters by Michael Oghia

I approach the mic. As the adrenalin kicks in, my hands begin to slightly tremble. Eyes dart at me, anticipating my imminent speech. I glance at the scribbled text in my notebook to review the key points I hastily made; breathe in, exhale. I look up; the total silence is punctured by my poised words: "My name is Michael Oghia, and I am an Internet Society Ambassador."

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151208_a_billion_reasons_why_the_igf_matters/>

 

WSIS+10 and the Challenge of Securing the Internet by Kathy Brown

In just one week, representatives of governments from all around the world will gather at the UN headquarters in New York for the 10-year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society, a.k.a. "WSIS+10". We are very pleased to see the consensus forming that the principles of multi-stakeholder cooperation and engagement should be at the core of the Information Society. Moreover, consensus has emerged around a "post-2015" vision for how the Internet can be used to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will bring about a better future for us all.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20151208_wsis10_and_the_challenge_of_securing_the_internet/>

 

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ICANN

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Notice of Preliminary Determination To Grant Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request for Ascio Technologies, Inc. Danmark - filial af Ascio Technologies, Inc. USA

ICANN has made a preliminary determination that it is prepared to grant a data retention waiver request submitted by Registrar Ascio Technologies, Inc. Danmark – filial af Ascio Technologies, Inc. USA ("Ascio") under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (the "2013 RAA").

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-12-09-en>

 

Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Constantine Roussos and Paul Zamek

New gTLD application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-roussos-zamek-04dec15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from James Bladel, Chair | GNSO Council, to Steve Crocker

Response to Board letter concerning RAA Insurance Waiver

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bladel-to-crocker-03dec15-en.pdf>

 

Podcast: CCWG -Accountability release 3rd draft proposal

The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) published their third draft proposal, which is currently open for public comment until Monday, 21 December 2015.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/12/10/podcast-ccwg-accountability-release-3rd-draft-proposal/>

 

Commercial Websites Can Keep Domain Data Hidden

Internet policymakers working on new rules for domain name privacy services have scrapped the controversial idea of prohibiting commercial entities from shielding their contact information from public view, according to a report obtained by Bloomberg BNA.

<http://www.bna.com/commercial-websites-keep-n57982064821/>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Launch of Verisign's First IDN New gTLD, .コム by Manish Dalal, Vice President, Verisign Naming Services Asia

The composition of the Internet’s population continues to evolve toward a more localized Web. Asia has been leading the way forward as the populations in that region come online and begin creating and consuming content in their local languages.

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/launch_of_verisign_s_first>

 

Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in November

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of November 2015 are below. Any surprises?

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in9>

 

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NEW TLDS

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Fears For Underperforming gTLDs. What Happens When They Fail? And What Does It Cost To Run A New gTLD?

The world of new gTLDs is going very well for some. Registration numbers are booming, usage and renewals are going well. And internet user acceptance is high. But there are some that are, to be polite, struggling.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24363>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/12/08/fears-underperforming-gtlds-fail-cost-to-run-new-gtld/>

 

The current state of ‘.brands’: an infographic

Momentum is building on the use of ‘.brands’. Barclays Bank has transferred its primary website to a branded domain string (‘home.barclays’), while Sony has been promoting the new James Bond film, Spectre, on its ‘.sony’ string (‘assistmoneypenny.sony’). As more enter the fray, we thought it was a good time to summarise the current status of ‘.brands’ in an infographic.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=d8ac609a-e2fb-4b8f-a086-3f238def3823>

 

Foot-dragging Amazon has bumper crop of new gTLDs

Amazon Registry Services took possession of 17 new gTLDs at the weekend.

<http://domainincite.com/19673-foot-dragging-amazon-has-bumper-crop-of-new-gtlds>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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"Joint Elements" from U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue

On the occasion of the second meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue in Washington, DC on December 7, 2015, the participants jointly affirmed specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows:

<http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/12/250477.htm>

 

Cyber Extortion, DDoS-For-Bitcoin Campaigns Rise

Now that the model is proven, more cyber-extortionists are entering the scene, stealing their predecessors' ideas and even their names.

<http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/cyber-extortion-ddos-for-bitcoin-campaigns-rise--/d/d-id/1323448>

 

Cybersecurity experts 'charge £10,000 a day to protect UK's top firms'

Britain’s top cybersecurity experts are billing major companies more than £10,000 a day to protect vulnerable IT systems from sophisticated hackers, according to recruiter Manpower.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/08/cybersecurity-experts-charge-10000-a-day-to-protect-uks-top-firms>

 

Most SMBs Plan to Increase Cybersecurity Spending by 22 Percent in 2016: Report

Awareness seems to be growing at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) both of the threat of cyberattacks, and what to do about it, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday by security company Webroot.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/most-smbs-plan-to-increase-cybersecurity-spending-by-22-percent-in-2016-report>

 

Internet Root Name Servers Survive Unusual DDoS Attack

An unusual DDoS amplification attack was carried out 10 days ago against many of the Internet’s 13 root name servers, the authoritative servers used to resolve IP addresses.

<https://threatpost.com/internet-root-name-servers-survive-unusual-ddos-attack/115614/>

 

Internet's root servers take hit in DDoS attack

The internet's root servers came under a concerted DDoS attack last week that effectively knocked three of the 13 critical pillars of the internet offline for several hours.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/08/internet_root_servers_ddos/>

 

DDoS attacks increase in number, endanger small organisations [IDG]

While the power of DDoS attacks has decreased in recent months, their number has spiked, a trend that could signal trouble for smaller companies and websites.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/590401/ddos-attacks-increase-number-endanger-small-organizations/>

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/590401/ddos-attacks-increase-number-endanger-small-organizations/>

 

Kaspersky Lab: in 2015, the word “cyber-security” entered popular culture

In 2015, the word "cyber-security" became trendy. Perhaps for the first time in history, issues relating to the security of the Internet and the protection of internal networks were discussed by and relevant to every sector of the economy as well as everyday life: from finance, manufacturing/industrial, automotive and aircraft to wearable devices, healthcare, dating services and more.

<http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/virus/2015/Kaspersky-Lab-in-2015-the-word-cyber-security-entered-popular-culture>

 

Kaspersky Lab’s New Malware Count Falls by 15,000 a Day in 2015, as Cybercriminals Look to Save Money

According to Kaspersky Lab, 2015 marked the moment when demand for new malicious programs reached saturation point, as the number of new malware files detected every day by its products fell by 15,000, from 325,000 in 2014 to 310,000.

<http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/virus/2015/Kaspersky-Labs-New-Malware-Count-Falls-by-15000-a-Day-in-2015-as-Cybercriminals-Look-to-Save-Money>

 

au: Cyber security attacks on the increase, study finds

Large corporations are funnelling more time and money into cyber security defence as attacks from individuals and unscrupulous nation-states increase.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/cyber-security-attacks-on-the-increase-study-finds/news-story/f93a9eec5bd33f2e378bba73ab45a92e>

 

Your broadband router is not as secure as you think it is

Between your home network and the internet sits your broadband router. This humble device is often overlooked, yet it is also your first line of defence against hackers, malware and viruses.

<https://theconversation.com/your-broadband-router-is-not-as-secure-as-you-think-it-is-51747>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Jeb Bush domain name redirects to Trump site

The long-standing feud between Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and GOP rival Jeb Bush escalated on Monday, with a site with the former Florida governor’s name redirecting to Trump’s campaign website homepage.

<http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/262325-jeb-bush-domain-name-redirects-to-trump-site>

 

Pirate Bay’s .org Domain Suspended Pending ICANN Verification

Pirate Bay's original .org domain was suspended by EuroDNS a few hours ago, after the registrant failed to verify the contact details. Even though it's no longer the main domain name for the site, the bookmark was still in use by many people as a redirect to Pirate Bay's latest home base.

<https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bays-org-domain-suspended-pending-icann-verification-151207/>

 

Pirate Bay domain suspended thanks to controversial verification system

The Pirate Bay's .org addresses have been suspended as part of a controversial verification process run by domain name overseer ICANN.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/07/pirate_bay_domain_suspended/>

 

Team America, world police, take down 37,479 counterfeit sites

A band of merry world police lead by the United States Customs and Border Protection service shut down 37,479 copyright-infringing websites hawking counterfeit goods in the lead up to the Cyber Monday buying blitz.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/01/world_police_take_down_37479_counterfeit_sites/>

 

Illegal websites seized in global operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with industry and law-enforcement agencies from 27 different countries to shutdown 37,479 websites for illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers as part of operation In Our Sites VI.

<https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/illegal-websites-seized-global-operation>

 

Q&A: Australian litigation update ... Should Australian brand owners be worried about trade mark squatting?

All brand owners need to be aware of the possibility of trade mark squatting. With the introduction of the new gTLDs, there are even more domain names available that pose potential risks. It is important that brand owners obtain registrations for their trade marks in Australia so that they can either bring an action for trade mark infringement or make a complaint to au. Domain Administration Limited (auDA) - the industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space.

<http://www.ajpark.com/ip-central/news-articles/2015/12/qa-australian-litigation-update/>

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=afa2cdab-8746-4f43-a483-d44ef08245e8>

 

Domain Owner sues National Arbitration Forum and complainant after losing UDRP

VirtualPoint, Inc., which operates the site UDRPSearch.com, has filed a lawsuit after losing a UDRP for the domain name WindCreek.com.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/07/naf-lawsuit/>

 

au: Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. v. Freeplay Pty. Ltd. - Case No. DAU2015-0035

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Rainbow Play Systems, Inc. of Brookings, South Dakota, United States of America ("United States"), represented by Neal & McDevitt, United States. The Respondent is Freeplay Pty. Ltd. of Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <rainbowplay.com.au> is registered with Web Address Registration Pty Ltd (the "Registrar").

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0035>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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Australia’s Instra Group to be acquired by UK company for AU$33 million

Leading domain name retailer Instra Group announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by UK-based CentralNic Plc.

<https://www.instra.com/news/instra/australias-instra-group-to-be-acquired-by-uk-company-for-aud33-million>

 

CentralNic unveils transformational £16mln acquisition

It is buying privately-owned Instra Group, funded in part from a £10mln placing of stock with investors at 40p a share.

<http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/120159/centralnic-unveils-transformational-16mln-acquisition-120159.html>

 

CentralNic to swell with $24m Instra buy

CentralNic is set to grow revenue by almost three quarters by acquiring Australian registrar Instra for $23.7 million.

<http://domainincite.com/19682-centralnic-to-swell-with-24m-instra-buy>

 

MarkMonitor Announces KPIs for Domain Management

MarkMonitor®, the world leader in enterprise brand protection, today announced a new capability in its Domain Management solution — key performance indicators (KPIs). The KPIs provide actionable intelligence that helps brand owners evaluate and improve domain portfolio performance.

<https://www.markmonitor.com/pressreleases/2015/pr151201.php>

 

GoDaddy Launches WordPress Plugin Partner Program

As part of an ongoing effort to boost its WordPress offerings, GoDaddy launched a new pilot program over the weekend at WordCamp US for WordPress plugin creators.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-launches-wordpress-plugin-partner-program>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Verisign appeals XYZ court loss

Just days after .XYZ asked a court to force Verisign to pay its legal bills in a lawsuit; Verisign upped the ante by appealing the case.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/09/verisign-appeals-xyz-court-loss/>

 

New TLDs, Whois and IANA with Michele Neylon – DNW Podcast #61

Michele Neylon runs Irish hosting and domain name company Blacknight. On today’s show, he gives thoughts on new TLDs from the perspective of a mid-sized domain name registrar…and you’ll find his perspective to be really interesting. We also discuss WHOIS and the IANA transition.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/12/07/new-tlds-whois-and-iana-with-michele-neylon-dnw-podcast-61/>

 

Former ICANN director Blokzijl dies at 72

Rob Blokzijl, a former ICANN director widely acknowledged as an internet pioneer, died last week at the age of 72.

<http://domainincite.com/19676-former-icann-director-blokzijl-dies-at-72>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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GoDaddy bolsters domain name portfolio with acquisition

GoDaddy Inc. has added 70,000 domain names to its registrar list after buying a majority of Worldwide Media Inc.’s domain name portfolio.

<http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/blog/techflash/2015/12/godaddy-bolsters-domain-name-portfolio-with.html>

 

Berkens flogs the lot to Go Daddy

Domain investor Mike Berkens has sold almost his entire portfolio of domain names to Go Daddy, both parties said today.

<http://domainincite.com/19678-berkens-flogs-the-lot-to-go-daddy>

 

GoDaddy Acquires Worldwide Media, Inc. Domain Name Portfolio

GoDaddy Inc ... announced its acquisition of the vast majority of domain names in the Worldwide Media, Inc. domain name portfolio. This acquisition consists of approximately 70,000 domain names, including 373.com, Faculty.com, CarAuctions.com, and iBill.com. It also includes names targeted at small businesses such as BikeRentals.com, EventPlanning.co, and KitchenChef.com. These names are now available for purchase by anyone looking to establish or enhance their digital identity.

<http://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2015/GoDaddy-Acquires-Worldwide-Media-Inc-Domain-Name-Portfolio/default.aspx>

 

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INTERNET USE

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Eric Schmidt on How to Build a Better Web

For those of us who have enjoyed access to the Internet for decades now, it can be pretty difficult to remember our first online interactions. But there are plenty of people for whom that feeling is recent and powerful: In just the past five years, more than a billion users have connected to the Internet for the first time. Whether on a desktop or a smartphone, through broadband or Google’s high-altitude balloon Wi-Fi network, they are only now experiencing how profound the simple act of getting online can be. Consider, for instance, that a girl in a schoolhouse in rural Indonesia may read this article on a tablet today — something that was impossible for her as recently as a year ago. Her experience online, when she leaves this article and ventures out onto the rest of the Web, is one that holds great potential.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/opinion/eric-schmidt-on-how-to-build-a-better-web.html>

 

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ONLINE CRIME