David Goldstein | 22 Jan 05:43 2015

auDA Domain News - 22 January

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Looking To The Future With Domain Choice

<http://www.donuts.co/blog/looking-to-the-future-with-domain-choice/>

 

Google reads coffee.club as coffee club!

<http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/google-reads-coffee-club-as-coffee-club/>

 

5 Marketing Benefits Of .melbourne And .sydney Domain Names

<http://www.bandt.com.au/marketing/5-marketing-benefits-of-melbourne-and-sydney-domain-names>

 

Longitudinal Typosquatting Study Finds Most Trademark Owners Do Little To Protect Their Domains

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/19/typosquatting-study-little-to-protect-domains/>

 

Nirvana LLC obtains transfer of two '.au' domain names - smells like bad-faith use [subscription]

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Daily/Detail.aspx?g=7ea8bf82-4816-41e5-95ab-8591ecb80e1d>

 

Domain Pulse Conference Heads To Berlin in February

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/21/domain-pulse-berlin-february/>

 

Melbourne IT calls for more hardware as service problems continue

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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IANA Transition Planning Proceeding in Fine Internet Style by Alissa Cooper

Hundreds of individuals from across the Internet community have spent countless hours over the last several months crafting plans for the transition of the stewardship of the IANA functions from NTIA to the global multistakeholder community. The fruits of that labor have become highly evident within the past weeks, as two out of three components of the transition plan obtained the consensus of their communities while the third continued its intensive progress.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150120_iana_transition_planning_proceeding_in_fine_internet_style/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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GNSO Policy & Implementation Working Group Publishes Initial Recommendations Report for Public Comment

Purpose (Brief): Mainly as a result of discussions stemming from implementation related issues of the new gTLD program, there has been an increased focus on which topics call for policy and which call for implementation work, including which processes should be used, at what time and how issues which are the subject of diverging opinions during the implementation process should be acted upon.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-19-en>

 

2015: Onward and Forward

Time flies. In the blink of an eye, 2014 has come and gone. As a result of the Memorandum of Understanding between ICANN and Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) in 2013, I joined the ICANN APAC team in January 2014.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/2015-onward-and-forward>

 

Webinar Invitation – IANA Stewardship Transition: ICANN Workshop and Webinar for Civil Society and the Noncommercial Sector

ICANN is hosting an information session to brief and discuss the ongoing evolution of Internet governance. This session will be tailored to provide an update on the U.S. Government’s announcement to transition its oversight of the IANA functions contract to the global multistakeholder community, and the parallel process of Enhancing ICANN’s Accountability in light of this changing historical relationship.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-21-en>

 

Identifier Systems SSR Activities Reporting

As part of our continuing commitment to transparency and accountability, the Identifier Systems SSR department is pleased to publish our activities report for the second half of 2014 (2H 2014).

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/identifier-systems-ssr-activities-reporting-en>

 

Letter from Shaun Kruger, Chairperson | KwaZulu-Natal Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association (KZNGALTA), to ICANN Board Governance Committee

New gTLD application for .GAY           

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/kruger-to-icann-bgc-redacted-18jan15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Stephen Coote, Director | Gay Business Association, to ICANN Board Governance Committee

New gTLD application for .GAY

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/coote-to-bcg-18jan15-en.pdf>

 

Davos 2015: Banks eye tech with sense of déjà vu [registration]

... But the tech sector could easily repeat that mistake in the current revolution, Achleitner observes. Indeed, Fadi Chehadé, the man who runs ICANN, thinks that tech is already going down that track, given the degree to which it has been ignoring issues such as privacy concerns. And what makes the parallels particularly pertinent, he told the panel, is that tech is dependent on a community of highly skilled engineers who are beavering away doing digital things nobody else understands (just like those highly paid banking geeks back in 2006, with their collateralised debt obligations). There is, as an economist might say, extreme information asymmetry, coupled with a sense of messianic arrogance and a tendency to live in a social bubble.

<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c036f0b2-a183-11e4-bd03-00144feab7de.html>

 

ICANN audit claims two more registrar scalps

Two tiny registrars — WebZero and Black Ice Domains — have had their registrar accreditations terminated for a failure to respond to a routine ICANN audit.

<http://domainincite.com/17901-icann-audit-claims-two-more-registrar-scalps>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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uk: Cable tells Cameron to stop shouting at EU

... The UK is pushing for proposals that businesses would not need a physical address in a country to register for a website with that domain name, to enable start-ups to benefit from a single, online company law process allowing firms to be formed within 24 hours, without the need to replicate the process in other member states.

<http://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/cable-tells-cameron-stop-shouting-eu-311431>

 

za: Over 1,000,000 domains registered in SA

The number of South African domain names registered with the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has reached a milestone, with over one million domains on record from 21 January 2015.

<http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/117246-over-1000000-domains-registered-in-sa.html>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Looking To The Future With Domain Choice

In 2015 the .COM domain will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and what a 30 years it’s been: 100-million plus registrations that fueled the rise of the Internet and what it’s become. There’s little doubt .COM is a monolith of the industry as measured by volume.

<http://www.donuts.co/blog/looking-to-the-future-with-domain-choice/>

 

Google reads coffee.club as coffee club!

The relatively new website coffee.club revealed something very interesting about how Google reads the new extensions, when it comes to ranking in Google Search.

<http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/google-reads-coffee-club-as-coffee-club/>

 

5 Marketing Benefits Of .melbourne And .sydney Domain Names

In today’s world of e-commerce, SEO and digital marketing, businesses understand the value of a recognisable and ‘searchable’ online presence, says TLD specialists, Ari Registry Services.

<http://www.bandt.com.au/marketing/5-marketing-benefits-of-melbourne-and-sydney-domain-names>

 

Pssst…Rightside released its name collision domain names

While you were partying in Las Vegas at NamesCon last week, Rightside released its name collision domain names to the public.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/pssst-rightside-released-its-name-collision-domain-names/>

 

Architelos gets patent for NameSentry

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office granted U.S. patent number 8,938,801 to Architelos today for “Managing domain name abuse”.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/architelos-gets-patent-for-namesentry/>

 

This week in new TLDs: Belgium geos, .RIP and a unique landrush

I usually don’t write about landrush phases, but .Space has a landrush this week that is rather unique. It starts today, lasts just one week, and most registrars have it priced at or near the cost of the domain name when it hits general availability. 101Domain, for example, is charging only $10.99 for a .space domain in landrush, the same price as it will ask next week when it hits general availability.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/this-week-in-new-tlds-belgium-geos-rip-and-a-unique-landrush/>

 

Which 2-character domain names can be registered?

A domain name that consists of only two characters: why is it that you sometimes can register them and another time you can’t? Who’s the one to decide? And what about extensions: why not choose a short .vl extension instead of the longer .vlaanderen?

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/which-2-character-domain-names-can-be-registered>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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SoShabby GoDaddy flings patch at domain hijack hole

Domain goliaths GoDaddy has rushed to plug a vulnerability that allowed attackers to hijack registered sites.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/21/godaddy_rushes_to_plug_domain_hijack_hole/>

 

GoDaddy fixes domain hijack hole 24 hours after report goes public

GoDaddy has patched a security vulnerability that could potentially allow attackers to hijack registered domains.

<http://www.fiercecio.com/story/godaddy-fixes-domain-hijack-hole-24-hours-after-report-goes-public/2015-01-21>

 

New ‘threat landscape’ report on internet infrastructure recommends enhanced security

The underlying infrastructure behind the internet should be re-evaluated to address growing security threats to systems, according to a new report from ENISA.

<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2015/january/new-threat-landscape-report-on-internet-infrastructure-recommends-enhanced-security/>

 

Gap between perception and reality of cyberthreats widened in 2015 [CSO]

There is a widening gap between what security executives believe to be true and the reality of cyberthreats, according to the Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report released today.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2872107/malware-cybercrime/gap-between-perception-and-reality-of-cyberthreats-widened-in-2015.html>

 

Could your organisation be unknowingly open to the dangers of the Darknet?

IT managers and security teams face a never ending battle to make themselves aware of everything that users are accessing from their corporate environments.  Making this problem even more difficult is anonymous web browsing technology such as The Onion Router (Tor).

<http://www.information-age.com/technology/security/123458886/could-your-organisation-be-unknowingly-open-dangers-darknet>

 

Cyberwar games: Finally something that might help keep us secure

After a week of PR-heavy cybersecurity initiatives, the planned cyberwar games might actually help teach us how to be safer.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2872331/security0/cyberwar-games-finally-something-that-might-help-keep-us-secure.html>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Longitudinal Typosquatting Study Finds Most Trademark Owners Do Little To Protect Their Domains

Trademark owners do little to protect their brand from typosquatters is one of the key findings of the first content-based, longitudinal studies of typosquatting undertaken by a Belgian and American university team.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23403>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/19/typosquatting-study-little-to-protect-domains/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/longitudinal-typosquatting-study-trademark-owners-do-little.html>

 

How Hollywood Plans to Seize Pirate Site Domain Names

Hoping to put a dent in ever-growing piracy rates, the MPAA will try to convince domain names registries to stop doing business with pirate sites. In addition, Hollywood's anti-piracy group plans civil action to force registries to seize domain names of illicit torrent and streaming sites.

<http://torrentfreak.com/how-hollywood-plans-to-seize-pirate-site-domain-names-150120/>

 

uk: Cambridge business loses name battle with Aldi

A Cambridge business has been forced to transfer a domain name it registered to discount supermarket group Aldi after it was ruled an “abusive” registration.

<http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-business-forced-transfer-domain/story-25893470-detail/story.html>

 

MomAndMe.com spared in UDRP. Should have been RDNH?

A single member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has ruled against Mahindra & Mahindra Limited of India in its UDRP against the owner of MomAndMe.com.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/momandme-com-spared-in-udrp-should-have-been-rdnh/>

 

Aldi wins domain name battle over aldionlineshoping.co.uk with Nechells trader

A Birmingham businessman has lost a David v Goliath battle after cut-price supermarket giant Aldi accused him of cashing in on its name.

<http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/aldi-wins-domain-name-battle-8473872>

 

Nirvana LLC obtains transfer of two '.au' domain names - smells like bad-faith use [subscription]

In a recent domain name dispute under the ‘.au’ Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), an American company has obtained the transfer of two ‘.au’ domain names incorporating its trademark.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Daily/Detail.aspx?g=7ea8bf82-4816-41e5-95ab-8591ecb80e1d>

 

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2015 gets off to a flying start for IPv6 deployment

The new year has begun very auspiciously for IPv6 deployment as our latest measurements update indicates. Network operators have had a busy holiday season upgrading their network footprints to support IPv6.

<http://www.worldipv6launch.org/2015-gets-off-to-a-flying-start-for-ipv6-deployment/>

 

Want an Internet of Stuff? Not so 4K-ing fast ... yet – Akamai

Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet report paints a pretty grim picture for 4K adoption. As well as charting IPv6 uptake, an important step forward to catering for the billions of new connected objects that account for the Internet of Things (IoT), the report finds that internet speeds in many countries still lag behind the minimum requirements for streaming 4K.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/19/akamai_says_4k_speeds_are_a_long_way_off_but_ipv6_growing/>

 

I’m Not Running IPv6 so I Don’t Have to Worry (IPv6 Security Myth #1) by Chris Grundemann

Now that IPv6 is being actively deployed around the world, security is more and more a growing concern. Unfortunately, there are still a large number of myths that plague the IPv6 security world. These are things that people state as fact but simply aren't true. While traveling the world, talking to the people who've already deployed IPv6, I've identified what I believe are the ten most common IPv6 security myths.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150118_im_not_running_ipv6_so_i_dont_have_to_worry_ipv6_security_myth_1/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Domain Pulse Conference Heads To Berlin in February

It's January and that means many things. But for the German-speaking domain name community, it's not just peak skiing season, it means that the annual Domain Pulse conference, the largest annual domain name conference in Europe, is just around the corner!

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23414>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/21/domain-pulse-berlin-february/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/domain-pulse-berlin-february.html>

 

Acquisition of European domain services businesses for up to £14.9m

NCC Group plc, the international, independent provider of Escrow, Assurance and Domain Services, has acquired the Belgium and Luxembourg based Open Registry group of companies ("Open Registry Group" or "OR") for a maximum consideration of £14.9m (€19.5m) in cash.

<https://www.nccgroup.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2015/01/acquisition-of-european-domain-services-businesses-for-up-to-149m/>

 

The wild story about how the domain name CM.com was just registered

Verisign just allowed the reserved domain name CM.com to be registered. Here’s why. In 2013, the longtime registrant of CM.com lost his domain name.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/21/the-wild-story-about-how-the-domain-name-cm-com-was-just-registered/>

 

Melbourne IT calls for more hardware as service problems continue

Australia’s largest web registry and services company has had to ship new hardware to resolve its latest issue.

<http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html>

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html>

 

NCC buys European group for £14.9m

Online security and assurance provider NCC Group has bought a Belgium and Luxembourg based firm for up to £14.9m.

<http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/ncc-buys-european-group-149m-8479254>

 

NCC buys Open Registry for up to $22.6m — a gTLD registry now owns part of the TMCH

NCC Group has acquired registry back-end provider Open Registry in a deal that could be worth as much as £14.9 million ($22.6 million).

<http://domainincite.com/17903-ncc-buys-open-registry-for-up-to-22-6m-a-gtld-registry-now-owns-part-of-the-tmch>

 

A Review of last week’s NamesCon conference

You really missed out if you didn’t make it to Las Vegas last week for NamesCon. About 900 tickets were sold, making it the largest domain name investing conference ever.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/namescon-conference-review/>

 

Mike McLaughlin – DNW Podcast #016

How is domain name registrar GoDaddy handling the influx of new TLDs? What is it doing to improve its domain name aftermarket and what’s the latest on Afternic? How does GoDaddy handle a growing number of search results for domain names?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/godaddy-domain-mike-mclaughlin-podcast/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Apache retains perch atop global web server market

Microsoft Internet Information Server's (IIS') tilt for the title of the planet's most-prevalent web server has ended, with Apache well and truly back of top of Netcraft's survey.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/19/apache_retains_perch_atop_global_web_server_market/>

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Facebook report says it adds more than $200 billion to global economy, $7b to Australia

With 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook would rank as the world's second-most populous nation if it were a country.

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-report-says-it-adds-more-than-200-billion-to-global-economy-7b-to-australia-20150121-12ug3v.html>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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au: Sexting laws unclear to teenagers as courts see increase in underage sex cases: legal community

The law in Australia is struggling to keep up with teenagers having underage sex and using mobiles to send explicit photos to each other.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-19/courts-see-increase-in-sexting-and-underage-sex-cases/6026048>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Sacrificing culture for cheap downloads

Australian creators have been severely affected both financially and creatively by the widespread use of digital distribution models. For my research, I conducted interviews with a variety of creators in late 2014 about their attitudes to copyright and digital distribution. (The quoted material in this article is taken from those interviews.)

<http://theconversation.com/online-infringement-hurts-interviews-with-australian-creators-35894>

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/1/22/technology/sacrificing-culture-cheap-downloads>

 

Netflix ready for Aust, NZ market battle [AAP]

US internet television network Netflix says it is ready to fight for Australian and New Zealand viewers in what it describes as highly competitive markets.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/564353/netflix-ready-aust-nz-market-battle/>

 

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DIGITAL DIVIDE

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Google Hopes to Take the Web Directly to Billions Lacking Access

Google has never shied from novelty or spending big to find ways to connect more people to the Internet. Over the last two years, its ideas have included fleets of little satellites, solar-powered drones that would fly around the world and balloons that float high into the stratosphere, beaming the Internet to those below.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/business/google-hopes-to-take-the-web-directly-to-billions-lacking-access.html>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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'123456' & 'Password' Are The 2 Most Common Passwords, Again

"123456" and "password" continue to be the two most common passwords found on the Internet, thus reining SplashData's annual "Worst Password List" for the fourth year in a row. New entrants to the top 25 this year show that bad password creators are fans of sports, superheroes, dragons, and not-safe-for-work numeral combinations.

<http://www.darkreading.com/123456-and-password-are-the-2-most-common-passwords-again/d/d-id/1318666>

 

’123456′ Again: The Most Popular Passwords Aren’t Changing

This is not a reprinted mistake: The most commonly used password in 2014 was “123456,” a security company says.

<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/01/20/123456-again-the-most-popular-passwords-arent-changing/>

 

Email scam targets Aussie businesses

Corrupted emails appearing to be genuine are fleecing some Australian businesses of thousand of dollars.

<http://www.theage.com.au/national/email-charging-scam-targets-aussie-businesses-netting-thousands-of-dollars-20150121-12v4xz.html>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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au: ICAC says proposed data retention laws will help stop corruption, but expert worried by lack of detail

Proposed new data retention laws could help crack down on corruption as well as crime, according to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in New South Wales.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-22/icac-says-data-laws-will-fight-crime/6032506>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Competing telcos must pay levy to bring broadband to the bush, says Malcolm Turnbull

Companies such as TPG Telecom, which compete directly with the national broadband network, will have to pay a levy to help build the ­network in remote areas, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull  said.

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/competing_telcos_must_malcolm_levy_lZ5oZGEGbRcApxlOcmpuSM>

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Looking To The Future With Domain Choice<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.co/blog/looking-to-the-future-with-domain-choice/"><span>http://www.donuts.co/blog/looking-to-the-future-with-domain-choice/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google reads coffee.club as coffee club!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/google-reads-coffee-club-as-coffee-club/"><span>http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/google-reads-coffee-club-as-coffee-club/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>5 Marketing Benefits Of .melbourne And .sydney Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bandt.com.au/marketing/5-marketing-benefits-of-melbourne-and-sydney-domain-names"><span>http://www.bandt.com.au/marketing/5-marketing-benefits-of-melbourne-and-sydney-domain-names</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Longitudinal Typosquatting Study Finds Most Trademark Owners Do Little To Protect Their Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/19/typosquatting-study-little-to-protect-domains/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/19/typosquatting-study-little-to-protect-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nirvana LLC obtains transfer of two '.au' domain names - smells like bad-faith use [subscription]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Daily/Detail.aspx?g=7ea8bf82-4816-41e5-95ab-8591ecb80e1d"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Daily/Detail.aspx?g=7ea8bf82-4816-41e5-95ab-8591ecb80e1d</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Pulse Conference Heads To Berlin in February<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/21/domain-pulse-berlin-february/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/21/domain-pulse-berlin-february/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Melbourne IT calls for more hardware as service problems continue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Transition Planning Proceeding in Fine Internet Style by Alissa Cooper<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hundreds of individuals from across the Internet community have spent countless hours over the last several months crafting plans for the transition of the stewardship of the IANA functions from NTIA to the global multistakeholder community. The fruits of that labor have become highly evident within the past weeks, as two out of three components of the transition plan obtained the consensus of their communities while the third continued its intensive progress.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150120_iana_transition_planning_proceeding_in_fine_internet_style/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150120_iana_transition_planning_proceeding_in_fine_internet_style/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<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>GNSO Policy &amp; Implementation Working Group Publishes Initial Recommendations Report for Public Comment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Purpose (Brief): Mainly as a result of discussions stemming from implementation related issues of the new gTLD program, there has been an increased focus on which topics call for policy and which call for implementation work, including which processes should be used, at what time and how issues which are the subject of diverging opinions during the implementation process should be acted upon.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-19-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-19-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015: Onward and Forward<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Time flies. In the blink of an eye, 2014 has come and gone. As a result of the Memorandum of Understanding between ICANN and Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) in 2013, I joined the ICANN APAC team in January 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/2015-onward-and-forward"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/2015-onward-and-forward</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Webinar Invitation &ndash; IANA Stewardship Transition: ICANN Workshop and Webinar for Civil Society and the Noncommercial Sector<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is hosting an information session to brief and discuss the ongoing evolution of Internet governance. This session will be tailored to provide an update on the U.S. Government&rsquo;s announcement to transition its oversight of the IANA functions contract to the global multistakeholder community, and the parallel process of Enhancing ICANN&rsquo;s Accountability in light of this changing historical relationship.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-21-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-21-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Identifier Systems SSR Activities Reporting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As part of our continuing commitment to transparency and accountability, the Identifier Systems SSR department is pleased to publish our activities report for the second half of 2014 (2H 2014).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/identifier-systems-ssr-activities-reporting-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/identifier-systems-ssr-activities-reporting-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Shaun Kruger, Chairperson | KwaZulu-Natal Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association (KZNGALTA), to ICANN Board Governance Committee</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD application for .GAY &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/kruger-to-icann-bgc-redacted-18jan15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/kruger-to-icann-bgc-redacted-18jan15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Stephen Coote, Director | Gay Business Association, to ICANN Board Governance Committee</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/coote-to-bcg-18jan15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/coote-to-bcg-18jan15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Davos 2015: Banks eye tech with sense of d&eacute;j&agrave; vu [registration]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... But the tech sector could easily repeat that mistake in the current revolution, Achleitner observes. Indeed, Fadi Chehad&eacute;, the man who runs ICANN, thinks that tech is already going down that track, given the degree to which it has been ignoring issues such as privacy concerns. And what makes the parallels particularly pertinent, he told the panel, is that tech is dependent on a community of highly skilled engineers who are beavering away doing digital things nobody else understands (just like those highly paid banking geeks back in 2006, with their collateralised debt obligations). There is, as an economist might say, extreme information asymmetry, coupled with a sense of messianic arrogance and a tendency to live in a social bubble.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c036f0b2-a183-11e4-bd03-00144feab7de.html"><span>http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c036f0b2-a183-11e4-bd03-00144feab7de.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN audit claims two more registrar scalps<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two tiny registrars &mdash; WebZero and Black Ice Domains &mdash; have had their registrar accreditations terminated for a failure to respond to a routine ICANN audit.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17901-icann-audit-claims-two-more-registrar-scalps"><span>http://domainincite.com/17901-icann-audit-claims-two-more-registrar-scalps</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>uk: Cable tells Cameron to stop shouting at EU</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... The UK is pushing for proposals that businesses would not need a physical address in a country to register for a website with that domain name, to enable start-ups to benefit from a single, online company law process allowing firms to be formed within 24 hours, without the need to replicate the process in other member states.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/cable-tells-cameron-stop-shouting-eu-311431"><span>http://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/cable-tells-cameron-stop-shouting-eu-311431</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>za: Over 1,000,000 domains registered in SA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The number of South African domain names registered with the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has reached a milestone, with over one million domains on record from 21 January 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/117246-over-1000000-domains-registered-in-sa.html"><span>http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/117246-over-1000000-domains-registered-in-sa.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>Looking To The Future With Domain Choice<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2015 the .COM domain will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and what a 30 years it&rsquo;s been: 100-million plus registrations that fueled the rise of the Internet and what it&rsquo;s become. There&rsquo;s little doubt .COM is a monolith of the industry as measured by volume.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.co/blog/looking-to-the-future-with-domain-choice/"><span>http://www.donuts.co/blog/looking-to-the-future-with-domain-choice/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google reads coffee.club as coffee club!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The relatively new website coffee.club revealed something very interesting about how Google reads the new extensions, when it comes to ranking in Google Search.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/google-reads-coffee-club-as-coffee-club/"><span>http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/google-reads-coffee-club-as-coffee-club/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>5 Marketing Benefits Of .melbourne And .sydney Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In today&rsquo;s world of e-commerce, SEO and digital marketing, businesses understand the value of a recognisable and &lsquo;searchable&rsquo; online presence, says TLD specialists, Ari Registry Services.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bandt.com.au/marketing/5-marketing-benefits-of-melbourne-and-sydney-domain-names"><span>http://www.bandt.com.au/marketing/5-marketing-benefits-of-melbourne-and-sydney-domain-names</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pssst&hellip;Rightside released its name collision domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>While you were partying in Las Vegas at NamesCon last week, Rightside released its name collision domain names to the public.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/pssst-rightside-released-its-name-collision-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/pssst-rightside-released-its-name-collision-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Architelos gets patent for NameSentry<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. Patent and Trademark office granted U.S. patent number 8,938,801 to Architelos today for &ldquo;Managing domain name abuse&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/architelos-gets-patent-for-namesentry/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/architelos-gets-patent-for-namesentry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week in new TLDs: Belgium geos, .RIP and a unique landrush<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I usually don&rsquo;t write about landrush phases, but .Space has a landrush this week that is rather unique. It starts today, lasts just one week, and most registrars have it priced at or near the cost of the domain name when it hits general availability. 101Domain, for example, is charging only $10.99 for a .space domain in landrush, the same price as it will ask next week when it hits general availability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/this-week-in-new-tlds-belgium-geos-rip-and-a-unique-landrush/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/this-week-in-new-tlds-belgium-geos-rip-and-a-unique-landrush/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Which 2-character domain names can be registered?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A domain name that consists of only two characters: why is it that you sometimes can register them and another time you can&rsquo;t? Who&rsquo;s the one to decide? And what about extensions: why not choose a short .vl extension instead of the longer .vlaanderen?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/which-2-character-domain-names-can-be-registered"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/which-2-character-domain-names-can-be-registered</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>SoShabby GoDaddy flings patch at domain hijack hole<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain goliaths GoDaddy has rushed to plug a vulnerability that allowed attackers to hijack registered sites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/21/godaddy_rushes_to_plug_domain_hijack_hole/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/21/godaddy_rushes_to_plug_domain_hijack_hole/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy fixes domain hijack hole 24 hours after report goes public<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy has patched a security vulnerability that could potentially allow attackers to hijack registered domains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.fiercecio.com/story/godaddy-fixes-domain-hijack-hole-24-hours-after-report-goes-public/2015-01-21"><span>http://www.fiercecio.com/story/godaddy-fixes-domain-hijack-hole-24-hours-after-report-goes-public/2015-01-21</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New &lsquo;threat landscape&rsquo; report on internet infrastructure recommends enhanced security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The underlying infrastructure behind the internet should be re-evaluated to address growing security threats to systems, according to a new report from ENISA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2015/january/new-threat-landscape-report-on-internet-infrastructure-recommends-enhanced-security/"><span>http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2015/january/new-threat-landscape-report-on-internet-infrastructure-recommends-enhanced-security/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Gap between perception and reality of cyberthreats widened in 2015 [CSO]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There is a widening gap between what security executives believe to be true and the reality of cyberthreats, according to the Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report released today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2872107/malware-cybercrime/gap-between-perception-and-reality-of-cyberthreats-widened-in-2015.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2872107/malware-cybercrime/gap-between-perception-and-reality-of-cyberthreats-widened-in-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Could your organisation be unknowingly open to the dangers of the Darknet?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IT managers and security teams face a never ending battle to make themselves aware of everything that users are accessing from their corporate environments.&nbsp; Making this problem even more difficult is anonymous web browsing technology such as The Onion Router (Tor).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.information-age.com/technology/security/123458886/could-your-organisation-be-unknowingly-open-dangers-darknet"><span>http://www.information-age.com/technology/security/123458886/could-your-organisation-be-unknowingly-open-dangers-darknet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyberwar games: Finally something that might help keep us secure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After a week of PR-heavy cybersecurity initiatives, the planned cyberwar games might actually help teach us how to be safer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2872331/security0/cyberwar-games-finally-something-that-might-help-keep-us-secure.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2872331/security0/cyberwar-games-finally-something-that-might-help-keep-us-secure.html</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>Longitudinal Typosquatting Study Finds Most Trademark Owners Do Little To Protect Their Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Trademark owners do little to protect their brand from typosquatters is one of the key findings of the first content-based, longitudinal studies of typosquatting undertaken by a Belgian and American university team.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23403"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23403</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/19/typosquatting-study-little-to-protect-domains/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/19/typosquatting-study-little-to-protect-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/longitudinal-typosquatting-study-trademark-owners-do-little.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/longitudinal-typosquatting-study-trademark-owners-do-little.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How Hollywood Plans to Seize Pirate Site Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hoping to put a dent in ever-growing piracy rates, the MPAA will try to convince domain names registries to stop doing business with pirate sites. In addition, Hollywood's anti-piracy group plans civil action to force registries to seize domain names of illicit torrent and streaming sites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/how-hollywood-plans-to-seize-pirate-site-domain-names-150120/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/how-hollywood-plans-to-seize-pirate-site-domain-names-150120/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Cambridge business loses name battle with Aldi</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Cambridge business has been forced to transfer a domain name it registered to discount supermarket group Aldi after it was ruled an &ldquo;abusive&rdquo; registration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-business-forced-transfer-domain/story-25893470-detail/story.html"><span>http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-business-forced-transfer-domain/story-25893470-detail/story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MomAndMe.com spared in UDRP. Should have been RDNH?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A single member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has ruled against Mahindra &amp; Mahindra Limited of India in its UDRP against the owner of MomAndMe.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/momandme-com-spared-in-udrp-should-have-been-rdnh/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/20/momandme-com-spared-in-udrp-should-have-been-rdnh/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aldi wins domain name battle over aldionlineshoping.co.uk with Nechells trader<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Birmingham businessman has lost a David v Goliath battle after cut-price supermarket giant Aldi accused him of cashing in on its name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/aldi-wins-domain-name-battle-8473872"><span>http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/aldi-wins-domain-name-battle-8473872</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nirvana LLC obtains transfer of two '.au' domain names - smells like bad-faith use [subscription]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a recent domain name dispute under the &lsquo;.au&rsquo; Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), an American company has obtained the transfer of two &lsquo;.au&rsquo; domain names incorporating its trademark.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Daily/Detail.aspx?g=7ea8bf82-4816-41e5-95ab-8591ecb80e1d"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Daily/Detail.aspx?g=7ea8bf82-4816-41e5-95ab-8591ecb80e1d</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>2015 gets off to a flying start for IPv6 deployment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The new year has begun very auspiciously for IPv6 deployment as our latest measurements update indicates. Network operators have had a busy holiday season upgrading their network footprints to support IPv6.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldipv6launch.org/2015-gets-off-to-a-flying-start-for-ipv6-deployment/"><span>http://www.worldipv6launch.org/2015-gets-off-to-a-flying-start-for-ipv6-deployment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Want an Internet of Stuff? Not so 4K-ing fast ... yet &ndash; Akamai<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Akamai&rsquo;s quarterly State of the Internet report paints a pretty grim picture for 4K adoption. As well as charting IPv6 uptake, an important step forward to catering for the billions of new connected objects that account for the Internet of Things (IoT), the report finds that internet speeds in many countries still lag behind the minimum requirements for streaming 4K.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/19/akamai_says_4k_speeds_are_a_long_way_off_but_ipv6_growing/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/19/akamai_says_4k_speeds_are_a_long_way_off_but_ipv6_growing/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I&rsquo;m Not Running IPv6 so I Don&rsquo;t Have to Worry (IPv6 Security Myth #1) by Chris Grundemann<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Now that IPv6 is being actively deployed around the world, security is more and more a growing concern. Unfortunately, there are still a large number of myths that plague the IPv6 security world. These are things that people state as fact but simply aren't true. While traveling the world, talking to the people who've already deployed IPv6, I've identified what I believe are the ten most common IPv6 security myths.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150118_im_not_running_ipv6_so_i_dont_have_to_worry_ipv6_security_myth_1/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150118_im_not_running_ipv6_so_i_dont_have_to_worry_ipv6_security_myth_1/</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>Domain Pulse Conference Heads To Berlin in February<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It's January and that means many things. But for the German-speaking domain name community, it's not just peak skiing season, it means that the annual Domain Pulse conference, the largest annual domain name conference in Europe, is just around the corner!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23414"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23414</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/21/domain-pulse-berlin-february/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/21/domain-pulse-berlin-february/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/domain-pulse-berlin-february.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/domain-pulse-berlin-february.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Acquisition of European domain services businesses for up to &pound;14.9m<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NCC Group plc, the international, independent provider of Escrow, Assurance and Domain Services, has acquired the Belgium and Luxembourg based Open Registry group of companies ("Open Registry Group" or "OR") for a maximum consideration of &pound;14.9m (&euro;19.5m) in cash.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.nccgroup.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2015/01/acquisition-of-european-domain-services-businesses-for-up-to-149m/"><span>https://www.nccgroup.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2015/01/acquisition-of-european-domain-services-businesses-for-up-to-149m/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The wild story about how the domain name CM.com was just registered<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign just allowed the reserved domain name CM.com to be registered. Here&rsquo;s why. In 2013, the longtime registrant of CM.com lost his domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/21/the-wild-story-about-how-the-domain-name-cm-com-was-just-registered/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/21/the-wild-story-about-how-the-domain-name-cm-com-was-just-registered/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Melbourne IT calls for more hardware as service problems continue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia&rsquo;s largest web registry and services company has had to ship new hardware to resolve its latest issue.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html"><span>http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/it-pro/business-it/melbourne-it-calls-for-more-hardware-as-service-problems-continue-20150120-12upon.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NCC buys European group for &pound;14.9m<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Online security and assurance provider NCC Group has bought a Belgium and Luxembourg based firm for up to &pound;14.9m.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/ncc-buys-european-group-149m-8479254"><span>http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/ncc-buys-european-group-149m-8479254</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NCC buys Open Registry for up to $22.6m &mdash; a gTLD registry now owns part of the TMCH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NCC Group has acquired registry back-end provider Open Registry in a deal that could be worth as much as &pound;14.9 million ($22.6 million).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17903-ncc-buys-open-registry-for-up-to-22-6m-a-gtld-registry-now-owns-part-of-the-tmch"><span>http://domainincite.com/17903-ncc-buys-open-registry-for-up-to-22-6m-a-gtld-registry-now-owns-part-of-the-tmch</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Review of last week&rsquo;s NamesCon conference<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>You really missed out if you didn&rsquo;t make it to Las Vegas last week for NamesCon. About 900 tickets were sold, making it the largest domain name investing conference ever.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/namescon-conference-review/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/namescon-conference-review/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mike McLaughlin &ndash; DNW Podcast #016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How is domain name registrar GoDaddy handling the influx of new TLDs? What is it doing to improve its domain name aftermarket and what&rsquo;s the latest on Afternic? How does GoDaddy handle a growing number of search results for domain names?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/godaddy-domain-mike-mclaughlin-podcast/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/19/godaddy-domain-mike-mclaughlin-podcast/</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>Apache retains perch atop global web server market<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Microsoft Internet Information Server's (IIS') tilt for the title of the planet's most-prevalent web server has ended, with Apache well and truly back of top of Netcraft's survey.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/19/apache_retains_perch_atop_global_web_server_market/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/19/apache_retains_perch_atop_global_web_server_market/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SOCIAL MEDIA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Facebook report says it adds more than $200 billion to global economy, $7b to Australia<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook would rank as the world's second-most populous nation if it were a country.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-report-says-it-adds-more-than-200-billion-to-global-economy-7b-to-australia-20150121-12ug3v.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/technology/technology-news/facebook-report-says-it-adds-more-than-200-billion-to-global-economy-7b-to-australia-20150121-12ug3v.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>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Sexting laws unclear to teenagers as courts see increase in underage sex cases: legal community<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The law in Australia is struggling to keep up with teenagers having underage sex and using mobiles to send explicit photos to each other.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-19/courts-see-increase-in-sexting-and-underage-sex-cases/6026048"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-19/courts-see-increase-in-sexting-and-underage-sex-cases/6026048</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>Sacrificing culture for cheap downloads<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian creators have been severely affected both financially and creatively by the widespread use of digital distribution models. For my research, I conducted interviews with a variety of creators in late 2014 about their attitudes to copyright and digital distribution. (The quoted material in this article is taken from those interviews.)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://theconversation.com/online-infringement-hurts-interviews-with-australian-creators-35894"><span>http://theconversation.com/online-infringement-hurts-interviews-with-australian-creators-35894</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/1/22/technology/sacrificing-culture-cheap-downloads"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/1/22/technology/sacrificing-culture-cheap-downloads</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Netflix ready for Aust, NZ market battle [AAP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US internet television network Netflix says it is ready to fight for Australian and New Zealand viewers in what it describes as highly competitive markets.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/564353/netflix-ready-aust-nz-market-battle/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/564353/netflix-ready-aust-nz-market-battle/</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>DIGITAL DIVIDE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Hopes to Take the Web Directly to Billions Lacking Access<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google has never shied from novelty or spending big to find ways to connect more people to the Internet. Over the last two years, its ideas have included fleets of little satellites, solar-powered drones that would fly around the world and balloons that float high into the stratosphere, beaming the Internet to those below.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/business/google-hopes-to-take-the-web-directly-to-billions-lacking-access.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/business/google-hopes-to-take-the-web-directly-to-billions-lacking-access.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>ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'123456' &amp; 'Password' Are The 2 Most Common Passwords, Again<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"123456" and "password" continue to be the two most common passwords found on the Internet, thus reining SplashData's annual "Worst Password List" for the fourth year in a row. New entrants to the top 25 this year show that bad password creators are fans of sports, superheroes, dragons, and not-safe-for-work numeral combinations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/123456-and-password-are-the-2-most-common-passwords-again/d/d-id/1318666"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/123456-and-password-are-the-2-most-common-passwords-again/d/d-id/1318666</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&rsquo;123456&prime; Again: The Most Popular Passwords Aren&rsquo;t Changing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This is not a reprinted mistake: The most commonly used password in 2014 was &ldquo;123456,&rdquo; a security company says.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/01/20/123456-again-the-most-popular-passwords-arent-changing/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/01/20/123456-again-the-most-popular-passwords-arent-changing/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Email scam targets Aussie businesses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Corrupted emails appearing to be genuine are fleecing some Australian businesses of thousand of dollars.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theage.com.au/national/email-charging-scam-targets-aussie-businesses-netting-thousands-of-dollars-20150121-12v4xz.html"><span>http://www.theage.com.au/national/email-charging-scam-targets-aussie-businesses-netting-thousands-of-dollars-20150121-12v4xz.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>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: ICAC says proposed data retention laws will help stop corruption, but expert worried by lack of detail<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proposed new data retention laws could help crack down on corruption as well as crime, according to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in New South Wales.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-22/icac-says-data-laws-will-fight-crime/6032506"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-22/icac-says-data-laws-will-fight-crime/6032506</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>TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Competing telcos must pay levy to bring broadband to the bush, says Malcolm Turnbull<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Companies such as TPG Telecom, which compete directly with the national broadband network, will have to pay a levy to help build the &shy;network in remote areas, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull&nbsp; said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/competing_telcos_must_malcolm_levy_lZ5oZGEGbRcApxlOcmpuSM"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/technology/competing_telcos_must_malcolm_levy_lZ5oZGEGbRcApxlOcmpuSM</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 12 Jan 04:25 2015

auDA Domain News - 12 January

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Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition

<https://cdt.org/blog/protect-the-internet-support-the-iana-transition/>

 

When the US lets go of the keys to the internet, what about our protocols?

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/09/one_third_of_the_iana_transition_work_is_done/>

 

Why Business Must Take The Lead In Protecting The Global Internet by Chris Mondini

<http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/11/is-mark-zuckerberg-taking-the-internet-for-granted-are-you/>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Issues Proposal Assembly and Finalization Process and Updated Transition Process Timeline

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-07-en>

 

SWITCH no longer selling .ch Internet addresses directly

<http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2015/vid2015.html>

 

A secret message of support for Charlie Hebdo built into French Web sites

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/01/09/a-secret-message-of-support-for-charlie-hedbo-built-into-french-web-sites/>

 

Fatal timeout? A dozen dot-brands procrastinating to death

<http://domainincite.com/17837-fatal-timeout-a-dozen-dot-brands-procrastinating-to-death>

 

The new massive number two new gTLD has me paralyzed with confusion

<http://domainincite.com/17848-the-new-massive-number-two-new-gtld-has-me-paralyzed-with-confusion>

 

Akamai Releases Third Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report

<http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-010815.html>

 

tk: Kiwi links to terror site

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/64851720/Kiwi-links-to-terror-site>

 

 

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Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition

The Internet is at a crucial stage of its evolution. Last year, the Commerce Department announced its intention to transition out of its oversight role of core Internet technical functions (the IANA functions) and hand that stewardship over to the global multistakeholder community.

<https://cdt.org/blog/protect-the-internet-support-the-iana-transition/>

 

Internet governance in 2015: From dialogue to action by Jean-Jacques Sahel

2015 is going to be a busy year for the Internet – and not just in Brussels with the recent arrival of an ambitious new team of Commissioners but globally with the evolution of Internet governance and the IANA functions Stewardship Transition.

<http://www.thedigitalpost.eu/2015/channel-internet-governance/internet-governance-expect-2015>

 

When the US lets go of the keys to the internet, what about our protocols?

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has completed its part of a larger effort to move crucial behind-the-scenes internet systems away from US government control.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/09/one_third_of_the_iana_transition_work_is_done/>

 

Why Business Must Take The Lead In Protecting The Global Internet by Chris Mondini

“Products don’t really get that interesting to turn into businesses until they have about a billion people using them,” said Mark Zuckerberg in a call with analysts in late October. Imagine trying to get to a billion users without the global Internet. Underlying Mark Zuckerberg’s comment is the simple assumption that the globally united and rapidly expanding Internet – of 3 billion users and counting — is here to stay.

<http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/11/is-mark-zuckerberg-taking-the-internet-for-granted-are-you/>

 

Latest draft of CRISP’s IANA proposal available

The second draft of the Internet numbering community’s proposal to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) is now available for comment.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/01/09/latest-draft-of-crisps-iana-proposal-available/>

 

What’s ahead for CRISP?

... You may recall from my previous update that on 19 December, the CRISP team released the first draft response document for public consultation. A revised document (with minor editing changes) was released on 24 December. This document, when finalised after receiving community input, will be submitted to the ICG on 15 January 2015, to meet the deadline set by the ICG.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/01/06/whats-ahead-for-crisp/>

 

Second Draft of Numbers Community IANA Stewardship Proposal Published

The Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team has published a second draft of the Internet numbers community proposal on the transition of the IANA stewardship.

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/second-draft-of-numbers-community-iana-stewardship-proposal-published>

 

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Three Contention Sets Postponed for 21 January gTLD Auction

ICANN is postponing auctions that had been scheduled for 21 January 2015, for .LLC, .LLP and .INC. ICANN made this decision following receipt of a recommendation issued by the Emergency Panelist appointed in the Independent Review Process (IRP) initiated by Dot Registry, LLC, which is an applicant for these three strings. All affected applicants have been informed.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07jan15-en>

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-07-en>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Issues Proposal Assembly and Finalization Process and Updated Transition Process Timeline

Today the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) announced its transition proposal Assembly and Finalization Process. This document explains the process that the ICG will follow for assembly and finalization of the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal. It includes information about the ICANN Board's role in conveying the final transition proposal to NTIA.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-07-en>

 

Co-Chairs of CCWG-Accountability Publish High Level Statements

On behalf of the Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) Accountability, the co-chairs Thomas Rickert (GNSO), León Sanchez Ambia (ALAC) and Mathieu Weill (ccNSO) are pleased to announce that the CCWG has prepared a set of high level statements that might be valuable to all groups or individuals working on proposals as part of the NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition Process.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-09-en>

 

NomCom Offers Outreach during NamesCon 2015 by Stéphane Van Gelder, Chair of ICANN's 2015 Nominating Committee

As part of our commitment to ever-greater outreach, ICANN's 2015 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has members attending various Internet-related events this year.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/nomcom-offers-outreach-during-namescon-2015>

 

Data Retention Waiver (Germany) - CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH

CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-01-08-en>

 

Data Retention Waiver (France) - Online SAS

Online SAS ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-08-en>

 

Data Retention Waiver (Belgium) - Register NV dba Register.eu

Register NV dba Register.eu ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-08-en>

 

Letter from Susan Payne, Head of Legal Policy | Valideus Ltd., to Stephen Crocker, Fadi Chehadé, Cherine Chalaby

New gTLD application for .CRUISE

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/payne-to-crocker-et-al-06jan15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Raymond King, CEO | Top Level Design, LLC, to Christine Willett and Russ Weinstein

New gTLD application for .LLC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/king-to-willett-weinstein-06jan15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN Staff Requests Six-Month Delay for UDRP/URS RPM Report by Philip Corwin

ICANN staff have requested a six-month delay in the delivery date of a Preliminary Issue Report on the “current state of all rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) implemented for both existing and new gTLDs, including but not limited to the UDRP and the URS”. The request is contained in a January 5, 2015 e-mail sent by ICANN Senior Policy Director Mary Wong to members of the GNSO Council.

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

 

Time to Spread the Muck, ICANN by Danny Aerts,CEO, .SE

"Money is like muck, not good except it be spread", according to English philosopher Francis Bacon. In these times when everyone is busy with the big questions surrounding the IANA transition and ICANN accountability, I thought we could quickly solve some simple questions. One of them is: What should ICANN do with all that money? What money, you might ask?

<https://www.iis.se/english/blog/time-to-spread-the-muck-icann/>

 

DNS POLICY NOTES FOR JANUARY 7, 2015

Collected news and opinion about ICANN, the domain name business, Internet governance, and miscellaneous other cyberlaw topics for January 7, 2015.

<http://www.bna.com/dns-policy-notes-b17179921944/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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DomainWire Global TLD Report (December 2014) Available

The latest of CENTRs 'DomainWire Stat Report' is available (Edition 10 - December 2014). The report provides a global status update on TLDs (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs) with a focus on European ccTLDs.

<https://centr.org/news/01-08-2015/domainwire-global-tld-report-december14>

 

SWITCH no longer selling .ch Internet addresses directly

The SWITCH Foundation stopped selling .ch domain names on 1st January 2015 and is successively handing over client support to its business partners, the registrars. SWITCH will be asking its clients to gradually transfer their .ch domain names. The basis for this change is the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID). SWITCH will in future focus on operating the .ch domain name directory and on ensuring that the Swiss Internet remains secure and stable.

<http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2015/vid2015.html>

 

Je suis Charlie: French internet authority builds tribute into internet's infrastructure

Je suis Charlie, the message of support for magazine Charlie Hebdo after a shooting in its offices, has been built into the very foundation of the French internet by the authority that maintains it.

<http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/je-suis-charlie-french-internet-authority-builds-tribute-into-internets-infrastructure-9968564.html>

 

A secret message of support for Charlie Hebdo built into French Web sites

The French non-profit that operates French TLDs, like .fr, has inserted a secret message of support for Charlie Hebdo, a newspaper attacked by terrorists, in the data used to identify the Web sites it helped register.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/01/09/a-secret-message-of-support-for-charlie-hedbo-built-into-french-web-sites/>

 

Hidden 'Je Suis Charlie' message emerges in a very unexpected place

Since Wednesday's horrific terror attack on the satiricial magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the phrase "Je Suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) has become a rallying cry of solidarity across the globe. ... One such place is with a hidden ASCII message in the WHOIS text for any domain with a .fr TLD, the domain for France.

<http://mashable.com/2015/01/09/je-suis-charlie-ascii/>

 

Announcing Official Launch Dates for New .ngo and .ong Domain Names

Our team is very excited to share with you the definitive launch dates for the validated .ngo and .ong domains!

<http://pir.org/announcing-official-launch-dates-for-new-ngo-and-ong-domain-names/>

 

uk: Russell Haworth joins Nominet today as CEO

Following the announcement in October last year, Russell Haworth has joined Nominet today as its CEO. He will lead the organization as it continues to develop its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies, and plays its part in ensuring the internet fulfils its potential as a force for good.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/russell-haworth-joins-nominet-today-ceo>

 

Earlier this year

... Amazonco.uk, tescoco.uk or hsbcco.uk – all registered, all resolving to parked pages that offer monitised links. The good news for these brands is that there appears to be no phishing risk, but that’s not to say that other brands aren’t so lucky.

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/12/earlier-this-year/>

 

The First Director of .IFFOR, Set Up By .XXX Registry; Clyde Beattie Resigns & The Money Went?

Clyde Beattie, who was one of the founders of the non-profit company set up by ICM the operator of the .XXX extension, IFFOR, (The International Foundation for Online Responsibility) which was set up as “a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing policies for TLDs that maximize benefit to global Internet users, domain holders and domain registry operators.” has left the association as of December 31, 2014.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/01/09/the-first-director-of-iffor-set-up-by-xxx-registry-clyde-beattie-resigns-the-money-went/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Fatal timeout? A dozen dot-brands procrastinating to death

Over a dozen new gTLD applications have been iced because the applicants couldn’t or wouldn’t talk to ICANN about signing contracts before their deadlines.

<http://domainincite.com/17837-fatal-timeout-a-dozen-dot-brands-procrastinating-to-death>

 

The new massive number two new gTLD has me paralyzed with confusion

The Chinese-script gTLD .网址 powered to the number two spot in the new gTLD rankings by zone file size this week, but it’s doing some things very strangely.

<http://domainincite.com/17848-the-new-massive-number-two-new-gtld-has-me-paralyzed-with-confusion>

 

Did you know there is a new gTLD dedicated to Trademarks?

We already know that there is a list of Trademarks which applied for their own domain name extension but the case of the ".商标" TLD is for Trademarks in general: ".商标" means "Trademark" in Chinese. In simple words, it means that a www.yourbrand.商标 could be registered and in even more simple words, it means that a www.yourbrand.TRADEMARK could be registered in Chinese language.

<http://blog.guillon.com/2015/01/did-you-know-there-is-new-gtld.html>

 

New .POKER Web Domain Launched

Afilias today announced the first phase of the introduction of a new gTLD for one of the world’s favorite card games: “dot POKER” or .POKER. The first phase is the “sunrise” period, which is limited to eligible trademark holders and is open from February 5 through March 7, 2015.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/01/07/new-poker-web-domain-launched>

 

Are the Belgians waiting for .vlaanderen and .brussels?

September 2014, DNS Belgium started to launch the .vlaanderen and .brussels extensions. We opted for various launch phases (sunrise) to give priority to different target groups to register their domain name during each phase. We mainly wanted to target local people and companies to enable them to register a domain name associated with their identity.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/blog/are-belgians-waiting-vlaanderen-and-brussels>

 

Still 10 more days to compete for the most popular .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names

Have you already applied to your registrar for the domain name you want? Anyone can apply for .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names until 15 January 2015, with no restrictions. That also includes popular and generic names.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/still-10-more-days-compete-most-popular-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names>

 

Existing TLD .Reise headed to the auction block

Innovative Auctions Ltd., the same company handling many private new TLD contention set auctions, is holding an auction for .REISE on February 27.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/07/existing-tld-reise-headed-to-the-auction-block/>

 

.reise is first live new gTLD to hit the auction block

German domain registry Dotreise has become the first company to reveal that it wants to sell off a new gTLD.

<http://domainincite.com/17841-reise-is-first-new-gtld-to-hit-the-auction-block>

 

at: <.bank> - A New gTLD Targeting the Financial Sector

The industry-related gTLD <.bank> provides new opportunities and new challenges for online activities in the financial services sector.

<http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=365008>

<http://www.thelawyer.com/briefings/bank-a-new-gtld-targeting-the-financial-sector/3030125.article>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Obama to Announce Cybersecurity Plans in State of the Union Preview

President Obama will announce new initiatives next week designed to bolster online security and improve access to cyberspace, White House officials said Saturday.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/us/politics/obama-to-announce-cybersecurity-plans-in-state-of-the-union-preview.html>

 

David Cameron to discuss cyber crime threat with President Obama

David Cameron will discuss the growing threat of cyber attacks with President Barack Obama in the White House this week, as details emerged of a major espionage campaign against the British energy sector.

<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-to-discuss-cyber-crime-threat-with-president-obama-9970420.html>

 

Obama turns focus to Internet security, privacy

President Barack Obama will highlight plans next week to protect American consumers and businesses from cyber threats, a month after the most high-profile hacking attack on a U.S. company.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/10/usa-obama-cybersecurity-idINKBN0KJ0K120150110>

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/10/uk-usa-obama-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0KJ0K320150110>

 

Cyberattack in Germany Shuts Down Official Sites

At least three official German websites, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s page, were inaccessible on Wednesday after an apparent cyberattack.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/world/europe/german-government-websites-shut-down-and-ukraine-group-claims-responsibility.html>

 

FBI says Sony hackers 'got sloppy,' posted from North Korea addresses

FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday that hackers behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment provided key clues to their identity by sometimes posting material from IP addresses used exclusively by the North Korean government.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/uk-northkorea-cyberattack-usa-fbi-idUKKBN0KG1UQ20150107>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/northkorea-cyberattack-usa-fbi-idINKBN0KG1US20150107>

 

Snowden: US has put too much emphasis on cyber-offense, needs defense

In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the US Department of Defense and National Security Agency have over-emphasized the development of offensive network capabilities, placing the US' own systems at greater risk. With other countries now developing offensive capabilities that approach those of the NSA and the US Cyber Command, Snowden believes the US has much more at stake.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/01/snowden-us-has-put-too-much-emphasis-on-cyber-offense-needs-defense/>

 

Nation-State Cyberthreats: Why They Hack

All nations are not created equal and, like individual hackers, each has a different motivation and capability.

<http://www.darkreading.com/informationweek-home/nation-state-cyberthreats-why-they-hack-/a/d-id/1318522>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Domain Name Case Under ACPA Failed Because Trademark Was Not Distinctive by Evan D. Brown

The federal Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) [15 U.S.C. 1125(d)] is a provision in U.S. law that gives trademark owners a cause of action against one who has wrongfully registered a domain name. In general, the ACPA gives rights to owners of trademarks that are either distinctive or famous at the time the defendant registered the offending domain name. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the decision of a lower court that dismissed an ACPA claim... more»

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150107_domain_name_case_under_acpa_failed_trademark_was_not_distinctive/>

 

Rackspace Wins Domain Dispute, Australian Forced to Hand Over Rackspace.xyz

An Australian man has been ordered to hand over his Rackspace.xyz domain to Rackspace Hosting this week.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/rackspace-wins-domain-dispute-australian-man-forced-hand-rackspace-xyz>

 

au: Aloha Pools Pty Ltd. v. Palatial Pools & Spas Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2014-0033

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Aloha Pools Pty Ltd of Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia, represented by Wadeson, Australia. The Respondent is Palatial Pools & Spas Pty Ltd of Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0033>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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The Christmas Goat and IPv6 (Year 5) by Torbjörn Eklöv

This year I didn't even get a good picture of our famous Christmas goat here in the city of Gavle Sweden. The Christmas goat this year survived Christmas but were suddenly on the 28th of December dismounted. The reason for the poor goat's early leave from its own little park downtown Gavle is that it is now the year of the goat in China, and the city of Gavle has a sister-town in China -- Zhuhai.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150108_the_christmas_goat_and_ipv6_year_5/>

 

UK IPv6 adoption rate stuck at embarrassing 0.1 percent

With a clutch of pioneering countries rapidly adopting IPv6, the UK’s rate appears to be going nowhere, Akamai’s latest State of the Internet Report has revealed.

<http://www.techworld.com/news/networking/uk-ipv6-adoption-rate-stuck-at-embarrassing-01-percent-3593412/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Akamai Releases Third Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report

Akamai Technologies, Inc. ... released its Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

<http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-010815.html>

 

Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report: Security Highlights

This morning Akamai released its State of the Internet Report for the third quarter of 2014. Here are the security highlights:

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/01/q3-2014-state-of-the-internet-report-security-highlights.html>

 

Highlights from the upcoming Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report

Although our goal was to publish it in mid-December, unexpectedly busy schedules and holiday time off derailed those plans. Fear not, though, as the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report will be published just after the start of the New Year.

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/01/highlights-from-the-upcoming-q3-2014-state-of-the-internet-report.html>

 

ICANN-Accredited Registrar, Upperlink, to Float Four Subsidiaries

Determined to restructure its operation and take advantage of market opportunities, Upperlink, Nigeria's ICANN-accredited registrar, has expanded its operations with plans to float four subsidiaries soon. In preparing grounds for the smooth take-off of the four subsidiaries, the company has promoted 14 staff to management status.

<http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/icann-accredited-registrar-upperlink-to-float-four-subsidiaries/198626/>

<http://allafrica.com/stories/201501080333.html>

 

2014 Domain Name Year in Review by Elisa Cooper

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and that I’m now publishing my 5th Annual Domain Name Year in Review. It’s sort of fun to look back 5 years ago to see how much things have changed, especially as focus has shifted to issues related to the launch and use of new gTLDs. Of course, much has stayed the same too. Concerns related to domain name security and domain portfolio management are still important.

<https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/2014-domain-name-year-in-review/>

 

tk: Kiwi links to terror site

An Indian-based terror group responsible for bombings around the sub-continent is using a New Zealand territory to host its website, Indian media have reported today. Indian Mujahideen (IM) has been found to operate a website hosted by Tokelau's internet provider, Dot Tk.

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/64851720/Kiwi-links-to-terror-site>

 

How to get the most out of NamesCon

A few quick tips to get the most out of your conference-going experience.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/09/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-namescon/>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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GoDaddy Auctions implements bidder verification

Responding to complaints about the integrity of its domain name auction platform, GoDaddy rolled out a bidder verification requirement today for its auctions service.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/08/godaddy-auctions-implements-bidder-verification/>

 

ROTD auction at NamesCon will sell a lot of domain names

Right of the Dot is hosting a live domain name auction next Tuesday during NamesCon. From the looks of it, they’re going to sell a lot of domain names. The only question is how much they’ll sell for.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/08/rotd-auction-at-namescon-will-sell-a-lot-of-domain-names/>

 

.Club Featured Names in NamesCon Domain Auction; Weed.club, Wine.club, Fight.club

If you are not ready to give up all your bad habits for your New Year’s resolutions, you may be in luck as some popular vices are topping the list of alluring web addresses that individuals and entrepreneurs can bid on at the upcoming RightOfTheDot Live and Online Domain Auction at NamesCon.

<http://rightofthedot.com/2015/01/club-featured-names-in-namescon-domain-auction-weed-club-wine-club-fight-club/>

 

Another 3-Letter .Com Clears the 6-Figure Bar to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

The thirst for short .com domains remains unquenched. Last week the blockbuster $1 million sale of QNB.com made that clear, a point that was underscored this week with another 3-letter .com heading our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after ringing the 6-figure bell. FindYourDomain.com (FYD) did the honors with YIN.com at $180,000.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141224.htm>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Copyright changes would allow courts to block overseas file sharing sites

The Abbott government will amend copyright laws to allow courts to order the blocking of overseas websites used for illegal downloads and streaming.

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/10/copyright-changes-would-allow-courts-to-block-overseas-file-sharing-sites>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Andrew Keen's new book on why the internet is wrong: edited extract

I first met Michael Birch, the owner of the Battery social club, at a party in Marin County, the exclusive suburb over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. It was one of those rather tiresome Sixties nostalgia affairs at which everyone squeezes into the bell-bottomed trousers, Mary Quant miniskirts, and the psychedelic shirts of the fifty-year-old counterculture. But the slightly built, bespectacled Birch, with his long blond flowing hair, already resembled a hippy, with or without the tight purple shirt and matching headband he was wearing for the party.

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/andrew_keen_new_book_on_why_the_Rha0jC86Zk06NySAYxB24N>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Australia's internet lags behind despite NBN

Australian internet speeds are lagging behind the rest of the world despite the national broadband network rollout and the scheduled launch of US streaming service Netflix looming large.

<http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/australias-internet-lags-behind-despite-nbn-20150111-12lugi.html>

<http://brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/australias-internet-lags-behind-despite-nbn-20150111-12lugi.html>

 

 

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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"><span>Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cdt.org/blog/protect-the-internet-support-the-iana-transition/"><span>https://cdt.org/blog/protect-the-internet-support-the-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why Business Must Take The Lead In Protecting The Global Internet by Chris Mondini</span><span><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Issues Proposal Assembly and Finalization Process and Updated Transition Process Timeline<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SWITCH no longer selling .ch Internet addresses directly<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A secret message of support for Charlie Hebdo built into French Web sites<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fatal timeout? A dozen dot-brands procrastinating to death<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17837-fatal-timeout-a-dozen-dot-brands-procrastinating-to-death"><span>http://domainincite.com/17837-fatal-timeout-a-dozen-dot-brands-procrastinating-to-death</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The new massive number two new gTLD has me paralyzed with confusion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17848-the-new-massive-number-two-new-gtld-has-me-paralyzed-with-confusion"><span>http://domainincite.com/17848-the-new-massive-number-two-new-gtld-has-me-paralyzed-with-confusion</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Akamai Releases Third Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-010815.html"><span>http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-010815.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>tk: Kiwi links to terror site<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/64851720/Kiwi-links-to-terror-site"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/64851720/Kiwi-links-to-terror-site</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>Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet is at a crucial stage of its evolution. Last year, the Commerce Department announced its intention to transition out of its oversight role of core Internet technical functions (the IANA functions) and hand that stewardship over to the global multistakeholder community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cdt.org/blog/protect-the-internet-support-the-iana-transition/"><span>https://cdt.org/blog/protect-the-internet-support-the-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance in 2015: From dialogue to action by Jean-Jacques Sahel</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 is going to be a busy year for the Internet &ndash; and not just in Brussels with the recent arrival of an ambitious new team of Commissioners but globally with the evolution of Internet governance and the IANA functions Stewardship Transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedigitalpost.eu/2015/channel-internet-governance/internet-governance-expect-2015"><span>http://www.thedigitalpost.eu/2015/channel-internet-governance/internet-governance-expect-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When the US lets go of the keys to the internet, what about our protocols?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has completed its part of a larger effort to move crucial behind-the-scenes internet systems away from US government control.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/09/one_third_of_the_iana_transition_work_is_done/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/09/one_third_of_the_iana_transition_work_is_done/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why Business Must Take The Lead In Protecting The Global Internet by Chris Mondini</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Products don&rsquo;t really get that interesting to turn into businesses until they have about a billion people using them,&rdquo; said Mark Zuckerberg in a call with analysts in late October. Imagine trying to get to a billion users without the global Internet. Underlying Mark Zuckerberg&rsquo;s comment is the simple assumption that the globally united and rapidly expanding Internet &ndash; of 3 billion users and counting &mdash; is here to stay.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/11/is-mark-zuckerberg-taking-the-internet-for-granted-are-you/"><span>http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/11/is-mark-zuckerberg-taking-the-internet-for-granted-are-you/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Latest draft of CRISP&rsquo;s IANA proposal available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The second draft of the Internet numbering community&rsquo;s proposal to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) is now available for comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/01/09/latest-draft-of-crisps-iana-proposal-available/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/01/09/latest-draft-of-crisps-iana-proposal-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s ahead for CRISP?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... You may recall from my previous update that on 19 December, the CRISP team released the first draft response document for public consultation. A revised document (with minor editing changes) was released on 24 December. This document, when finalised after receiving community input, will be submitted to the ICG on 15 January 2015, to meet the deadline set by the ICG.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/01/06/whats-ahead-for-crisp/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/01/06/whats-ahead-for-crisp/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Second Draft of Numbers Community IANA Stewardship Proposal Published<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team has published a second draft of the Internet numbers community proposal on the transition of the IANA stewardship.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/second-draft-of-numbers-community-iana-stewardship-proposal-published"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/second-draft-of-numbers-community-iana-stewardship-proposal-published</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 NAMES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></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>Three Contention Sets Postponed for 21 January gTLD Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is postponing auctions that had been scheduled for 21 January 2015, for .LLC, .LLP and .INC. ICANN made this decision following receipt of a recommendation issued by the Emergency Panelist appointed in the Independent Review Process (IRP) initiated by Dot Registry, LLC, which is an applicant for these three strings. All affected applicants have been informed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07jan15-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07jan15-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-07-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-07-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Issues Proposal Assembly and Finalization Process and Updated Transition Process Timeline<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) announced its transition proposal Assembly and Finalization Process. This document explains the process that the ICG will follow for assembly and finalization of the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal. It includes information about the ICANN Board's role in conveying the final transition proposal to NTIA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-07-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-07-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Co-Chairs of CCWG-Accountability Publish High Level Statements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On behalf of the Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) Accountability, the co-chairs Thomas Rickert (GNSO), Le&oacute;n Sanchez Ambia (ALAC) and Mathieu Weill (ccNSO) are pleased to announce that the CCWG has prepared a set of high level statements that might be valuable to all groups or individuals working on proposals as part of the NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition Process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-09-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-09-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NomCom Offers Outreach during NamesCon 2015 by St&eacute;phane Van Gelder, Chair of ICANN's 2015 Nominating Committee<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As part of our commitment to ever-greater outreach, ICANN's 2015 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has members attending various Internet-related events this year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/nomcom-offers-outreach-during-namescon-2015"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/nomcom-offers-outreach-during-namescon-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Data Retention Waiver (Germany) - CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-01-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-01-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Data Retention Waiver (France) - Online SAS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Online SAS ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-01-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Data Retention Waiver (Belgium) - Register NV dba Register.eu<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Register NV dba Register.eu ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-01-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Susan Payne, Head of Legal Policy | Valideus Ltd., to Stephen Crocker, Fadi Chehad&eacute;, Cherine Chalaby</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD application for .CRUISE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/payne-to-crocker-et-al-06jan15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/payne-to-crocker-et-al-06jan15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Raymond King, CEO | Top Level Design, LLC, to Christine Willett and Russ Weinstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD application for .LLC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/king-to-willett-weinstein-06jan15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/king-to-willett-weinstein-06jan15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Staff Requests Six-Month Delay for UDRP/URS RPM Report by Philip Corwin</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN staff have requested a six-month delay in the delivery date of a Preliminary Issue Report on the &ldquo;current state of all rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) implemented for both existing and new gTLDs, including but not limited to the UDRP and the URS&rdquo;. The request is contained in a January 5, 2015 e-mail sent by ICANN Senior Policy Director Mary Wong to members of the GNSO Council.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/rpm-report-delay/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/rpm-report-delay/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Time to Spread the Muck, ICANN by Danny Aerts,CEO, .SE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Money is like muck, not good except it be spread", according to English philosopher Francis Bacon. In these times when everyone is busy with the big questions surrounding the IANA transition and ICANN accountability, I thought we could quickly solve some simple questions. One of them is: What should ICANN do with all that money? What money, you might ask?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/blog/time-to-spread-the-muck-icann/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/blog/time-to-spread-the-muck-icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS POLICY NOTES FOR JANUARY 7, 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Collected news and opinion about ICANN, the domain name business, Internet governance, and miscellaneous other cyberlaw topics for January 7, 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/dns-policy-notes-b17179921944/"><span>http://www.bna.com/dns-policy-notes-b17179921944/</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>DomainWire Global TLD Report (December 2014) Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest of CENTRs 'DomainWire Stat Report' is available (Edition 10 - December 2014). The report provides a global status update on TLDs (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs) with a focus on European ccTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/01-08-2015/domainwire-global-tld-report-december14"><span>https://centr.org/news/01-08-2015/domainwire-global-tld-report-december14</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SWITCH no longer selling .ch Internet addresses directly<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The SWITCH Foundation stopped selling .ch domain names on 1st January 2015 and is successively handing over client support to its business partners, the registrars. SWITCH will be asking its clients to gradually transfer their .ch domain names. The basis for this change is the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID). SWITCH will in future focus on operating the .ch domain name directory and on ensuring that the Swiss Internet remains secure and stable.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2015/vid2015.html"><span>http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2015/vid2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Je suis Charlie: French internet authority builds tribute into internet's infrastructure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Je suis Charlie, the message of support for magazine Charlie Hebdo after a shooting in its offices, has been built into the very foundation of the French internet by the authority that maintains it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/je-suis-charlie-french-internet-authority-builds-tribute-into-internets-infrastructure-9968564.html"><span>http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/je-suis-charlie-french-internet-authority-builds-tribute-into-internets-infrastructure-9968564.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A secret message of support for Charlie Hebdo built into French Web sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The French non-profit that operates French TLDs, like .fr, has inserted a secret message of support for Charlie Hebdo, a newspaper attacked by terrorists, in the data used to identify the Web sites it helped register.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/01/09/a-secret-message-of-support-for-charlie-hedbo-built-into-french-web-sites/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/01/09/a-secret-message-of-support-for-charlie-hedbo-built-into-french-web-sites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hidden 'Je Suis Charlie' message emerges in a very unexpected place<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Since Wednesday's horrific terror attack on the satiricial magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the phrase "Je Suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) has become a rallying cry of solidarity across the globe. ... One such place is with a hidden ASCII message in the WHOIS text for any domain with a .fr TLD, the domain for France.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://mashable.com/2015/01/09/je-suis-charlie-ascii/"><span>http://mashable.com/2015/01/09/je-suis-charlie-ascii/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Announcing Official Launch Dates for New .ngo and .ong Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Our team is very excited to share with you the definitive launch dates for the validated .ngo and .ong domains!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://pir.org/announcing-official-launch-dates-for-new-ngo-and-ong-domain-names/"><span>http://pir.org/announcing-official-launch-dates-for-new-ngo-and-ong-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Russell Haworth joins Nominet today as CEO</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following the announcement in October last year, Russell Haworth has joined Nominet today as its CEO. He will lead the organization as it continues to develop its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies, and plays its part in ensuring the internet fulfils its potential as a force for good.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/russell-haworth-joins-nominet-today-ceo"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/russell-haworth-joins-nominet-today-ceo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Earlier this year<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... Amazonco.uk, tescoco.uk or hsbcco.uk &ndash; all registered, all resolving to parked pages that offer monitised links. The good news for these brands is that there appears to be no phishing risk, but that&rsquo;s not to say that other brands aren&rsquo;t so lucky.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/12/earlier-this-year/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/12/earlier-this-year/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The First Director of .IFFOR, Set Up By .XXX Registry; Clyde Beattie Resigns &amp; The Money Went?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Clyde Beattie, who was one of the founders of the non-profit company set up by ICM the operator of the .XXX extension, IFFOR, (The International Foundation for Online Responsibility) which was set up as &ldquo;a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing policies for TLDs that maximize benefit to global Internet users, domain holders and domain registry operators.&rdquo; has left the association as of December 31, 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/01/09/the-first-director-of-iffor-set-up-by-xxx-registry-clyde-beattie-resigns-the-money-went/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/01/09/the-first-director-of-iffor-set-up-by-xxx-registry-clyde-beattie-resigns-the-money-went/</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>Fatal timeout? A dozen dot-brands procrastinating to death<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over a dozen new gTLD applications have been iced because the applicants couldn&rsquo;t or wouldn&rsquo;t talk to ICANN about signing contracts before their deadlines.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17837-fatal-timeout-a-dozen-dot-brands-procrastinating-to-death"><span>http://domainincite.com/17837-fatal-timeout-a-dozen-dot-brands-procrastinating-to-death</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The new massive number two new gTLD has me paralyzed with confusion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Chinese-script gTLD .</span><span lang="EN-US">&#32593;&#22336;</span><span> powered to the number two spot in the new gTLD rankings by zone file size this week, but it&rsquo;s doing some things very strangely.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17848-the-new-massive-number-two-new-gtld-has-me-paralyzed-with-confusion"><span>http://domainincite.com/17848-the-new-massive-number-two-new-gtld-has-me-paralyzed-with-confusion</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Did you know there is a new gTLD dedicated to Trademarks?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We already know that there is a list of Trademarks which applied for their own domain name extension but the case of the ".</span><span lang="EN-US">&#21830;&#26631;</span><span>" TLD is for Trademarks in general: ".</span><span lang="EN-US">&#21830;&#26631;</span><span>" means "Trademark" in Chinese. In simple words, it means that a <a href="www.yourbrand"><span>www.yourbrand</span></a>.</span><span lang="EN-US">&#21830;&#26631;</span><span> could be registered and in even more simple words, it means that a <a href="www.yourbrand.TRADEMARK"><span>www.yourbrand.TRADEMARK</span></a> could be registered in Chinese language.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.guillon.com/2015/01/did-you-know-there-is-new-gtld.html"><span>http://blog.guillon.com/2015/01/did-you-know-there-is-new-gtld.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .POKER Web Domain Launched<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias today announced the first phase of the introduction of a new gTLD for one of the world&rsquo;s favorite card games: &ldquo;dot POKER&rdquo; or .POKER. The first phase is the &ldquo;sunrise&rdquo; period, which is limited to eligible trademark holders and is open from February 5 through March 7, 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/01/07/new-poker-web-domain-launched"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/01/07/new-poker-web-domain-launched</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are the Belgians waiting for .vlaanderen and .brussels?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>September 2014, DNS Belgium started to launch the .vlaanderen and .brussels extensions. We opted for various launch phases (sunrise) to give priority to different target groups to register their domain name during each phase. We mainly wanted to target local people and companies to enable them to register a domain name associated with their identity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/blog/are-belgians-waiting-vlaanderen-and-brussels"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/blog/are-belgians-waiting-vlaanderen-and-brussels</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Still 10 more days to compete for the most popular .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Have you already applied to your registrar for the domain name you want? Anyone can apply for .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names until 15 January 2015, with no restrictions. That also includes popular and generic names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/still-10-more-days-compete-most-popular-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/still-10-more-days-compete-most-popular-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Existing TLD .Reise headed to the auction block<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Innovative Auctions Ltd., the same company handling many private new TLD contention set auctions, is holding an auction for .REISE on February 27.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/07/existing-tld-reise-headed-to-the-auction-block/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/07/existing-tld-reise-headed-to-the-auction-block/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.reise is first live new gTLD to hit the auction block<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>German domain registry Dotreise has become the first company to reveal that it wants to sell off a new gTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17841-reise-is-first-new-gtld-to-hit-the-auction-block"><span>http://domainincite.com/17841-reise-is-first-new-gtld-to-hit-the-auction-block</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>at: &lt;.bank&gt; - A New gTLD Targeting the Financial Sector<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The industry-related gTLD &lt;.bank&gt; provides new opportunities and new challenges for online activities in the financial services sector.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=365008"><span>http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=365008</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thelawyer.com/briefings/bank-a-new-gtld-targeting-the-financial-sector/3030125.article"><span>http://www.thelawyer.com/briefings/bank-a-new-gtld-targeting-the-financial-sector/3030125.article</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>Obama to Announce Cybersecurity Plans in State of the Union Preview<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>President Obama will announce new initiatives next week designed to bolster online security and improve access to cyberspace, White House officials said Saturday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/us/politics/obama-to-announce-cybersecurity-plans-in-state-of-the-union-preview.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/us/politics/obama-to-announce-cybersecurity-plans-in-state-of-the-union-preview.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Cameron to discuss cyber crime threat with President Obama<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Cameron will discuss the growing threat of cyber attacks with President Barack Obama in the White House this week, as details emerged of a major espionage campaign against the British energy sector.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-to-discuss-cyber-crime-threat-with-president-obama-9970420.html"><span>http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-to-discuss-cyber-crime-threat-with-president-obama-9970420.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Obama turns focus to Internet security, privacy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>President Barack Obama will highlight plans next week to protect American consumers and businesses from cyber threats, a month after the most high-profile hacking attack on a U.S. company.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/10/usa-obama-cybersecurity-idINKBN0KJ0K120150110"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/10/usa-obama-cybersecurity-idINKBN0KJ0K120150110</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/10/uk-usa-obama-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0KJ0K320150110"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/10/uk-usa-obama-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0KJ0K320150110</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyberattack in Germany Shuts Down Official Sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At least three official German websites, including Chancellor Angela Merkel&rsquo;s page, were inaccessible on Wednesday after an apparent cyberattack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/world/europe/german-government-websites-shut-down-and-ukraine-group-claims-responsibility.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/world/europe/german-government-websites-shut-down-and-ukraine-group-claims-responsibility.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FBI says Sony hackers 'got sloppy,' posted from North Korea addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday that hackers behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment provided key clues to their identity by sometimes posting material from IP addresses used exclusively by the North Korean government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/uk-northkorea-cyberattack-usa-fbi-idUKKBN0KG1UQ20150107"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/uk-northkorea-cyberattack-usa-fbi-idUKKBN0KG1UQ20150107</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/northkorea-cyberattack-usa-fbi-idINKBN0KG1US20150107"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/northkorea-cyberattack-usa-fbi-idINKBN0KG1US20150107</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Snowden: US has put too much emphasis on cyber-offense, needs defense<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the US Department of Defense and National Security Agency have over-emphasized the development of offensive network capabilities, placing the US' own systems at greater risk. With other countries now developing offensive capabilities that approach those of the NSA and the US Cyber Command, Snowden believes the US has much more at stake.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/01/snowden-us-has-put-too-much-emphasis-on-cyber-offense-needs-defense/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/01/snowden-us-has-put-too-much-emphasis-on-cyber-offense-needs-defense/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nation-State Cyberthreats: Why They Hack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>All nations are not created equal and, like individual hackers, each has a different motivation and capability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/informationweek-home/nation-state-cyberthreats-why-they-hack-/a/d-id/1318522"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/informationweek-home/nation-state-cyberthreats-why-they-hack-/a/d-id/1318522</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>Domain Name Case Under ACPA Failed Because Trademark Was Not Distinctive by Evan D. Brown<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The federal Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) [15 U.S.C. 1125(d)] is a provision in U.S. law that gives trademark owners a cause of action against one who has wrongfully registered a domain name. In general, the ACPA gives rights to owners of trademarks that are either distinctive or famous at the time the defendant registered the offending domain name. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the decision of a lower court that dismissed an ACPA claim... more&raquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150107_domain_name_case_under_acpa_failed_trademark_was_not_distinctive/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150107_domain_name_case_under_acpa_failed_trademark_was_not_distinctive/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rackspace Wins Domain Dispute, Australian Forced to Hand Over Rackspace.xyz<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Australian man has been ordered to hand over his Rackspace.xyz domain to Rackspace Hosting this week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/rackspace-wins-domain-dispute-australian-man-forced-hand-rackspace-xyz"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/rackspace-wins-domain-dispute-australian-man-forced-hand-rackspace-xyz</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Aloha Pools Pty Ltd. v. Palatial Pools &amp; Spas Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2014-0033</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Aloha Pools Pty Ltd of Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia, represented by Wadeson, Australia. The Respondent is Palatial Pools &amp; Spas Pty Ltd of Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0033"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0033</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>The Christmas Goat and IPv6 (Year 5) by Torbj&ouml;rn Ekl&ouml;v<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This year I didn't even get a good picture of our famous Christmas goat here in the city of Gavle Sweden. The Christmas goat this year survived Christmas but were suddenly on the 28th of December dismounted. The reason for the poor goat's early leave from its own little park downtown Gavle is that it is now the year of the goat in China, and the city of Gavle has a sister-town in China -- Zhuhai.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150108_the_christmas_goat_and_ipv6_year_5/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150108_the_christmas_goat_and_ipv6_year_5/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UK IPv6 adoption rate stuck at embarrassing 0.1 percent<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With a clutch of pioneering countries rapidly adopting IPv6, the UK&rsquo;s rate appears to be going nowhere, Akamai&rsquo;s latest State of the Internet Report has revealed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.techworld.com/news/networking/uk-ipv6-adoption-rate-stuck-at-embarrassing-01-percent-3593412/"><span>http://www.techworld.com/news/networking/uk-ipv6-adoption-rate-stuck-at-embarrassing-01-percent-3593412/</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>Akamai Releases Third Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Akamai Technologies, Inc. ... released its Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform&trade;, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-010815.html"><span>http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-010815.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report: Security Highlights<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This morning Akamai released its State of the Internet Report for the third quarter of 2014. Here are the security highlights:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/01/q3-2014-state-of-the-internet-report-security-highlights.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/01/q3-2014-state-of-the-internet-report-security-highlights.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Highlights from the upcoming Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Although our goal was to publish it in mid-December, unexpectedly busy schedules and holiday time off derailed those plans. Fear not, though, as the Third Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report will be published just after the start of the New Year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/01/highlights-from-the-upcoming-q3-2014-state-of-the-internet-report.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/01/highlights-from-the-upcoming-q3-2014-state-of-the-internet-report.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN-Accredited Registrar, Upperlink, to Float Four Subsidiaries<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Determined to restructure its operation and take advantage of market opportunities, Upperlink, Nigeria's ICANN-accredited registrar, has expanded its operations with plans to float four subsidiaries soon. In preparing grounds for the smooth take-off of the four subsidiaries, the company has promoted 14 staff to management status.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/icann-accredited-registrar-upperlink-to-float-four-subsidiaries/198626/"><span>http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/icann-accredited-registrar-upperlink-to-float-four-subsidiaries/198626/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201501080333.html"><span>http://allafrica.com/stories/201501080333.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2014 Domain Name Year in Review by Elisa Cooper</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and that I&rsquo;m now publishing my 5th Annual Domain Name Year in Review. It&rsquo;s sort of fun to look back 5 years ago to see how much things have changed, especially as focus has shifted to issues related to the launch and use of new gTLDs. Of course, much has stayed the same too. Concerns related to domain name security and domain portfolio management are still important.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/2014-domain-name-year-in-review/"><span>https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/2014-domain-name-year-in-review/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>tk: Kiwi links to terror site<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Indian-based terror group responsible for bombings around the sub-continent is using a New Zealand territory to host its website, Indian media have reported today. Indian Mujahideen (IM) has been found to operate a website hosted by Tokelau's internet provider, Dot Tk.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/64851720/Kiwi-links-to-terror-site"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/64851720/Kiwi-links-to-terror-site</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How to get the most out of NamesCon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A few quick tips to get the most out of your conference-going experience.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/09/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-namescon/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/09/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-namescon/</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>GoDaddy Auctions implements bidder verification<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Responding to complaints about the integrity of its domain name auction platform, GoDaddy rolled out a bidder verification requirement today for its auctions service.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/08/godaddy-auctions-implements-bidder-verification/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/08/godaddy-auctions-implements-bidder-verification/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ROTD auction at NamesCon will sell a lot of domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Right of the Dot is hosting a live domain name auction next Tuesday during NamesCon. From the looks of it, they&rsquo;re going to sell a lot of domain names. The only question is how much they&rsquo;ll sell for.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/08/rotd-auction-at-namescon-will-sell-a-lot-of-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/08/rotd-auction-at-namescon-will-sell-a-lot-of-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Club Featured Names in NamesCon Domain Auction; Weed.club, Wine.club, Fight.club<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you are not ready to give up all your bad habits for your New Year&rsquo;s resolutions, you may be in luck as some popular vices are topping the list of alluring web addresses that individuals and entrepreneurs can bid on at the upcoming RightOfTheDot Live and Online Domain Auction at NamesCon.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://rightofthedot.com/2015/01/club-featured-names-in-namescon-domain-auction-weed-club-wine-club-fight-club/"><span>http://rightofthedot.com/2015/01/club-featured-names-in-namescon-domain-auction-weed-club-wine-club-fight-club/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Another 3-Letter .Com Clears the 6-Figure Bar to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The thirst for short .com domains remains unquenched. Last week the blockbuster $1 million sale of QNB.com made that clear, a point that was underscored this week with another 3-letter .com heading our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after ringing the 6-figure bell. FindYourDomain.com (FYD) did the honors with YIN.com at $180,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141224.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141224.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>au: Copyright changes would allow courts to block overseas file sharing sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Abbott government will amend copyright laws to allow courts to order the blocking of overseas websites used for illegal downloads and streaming.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/10/copyright-changes-would-allow-courts-to-block-overseas-file-sharing-sites"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/10/copyright-changes-would-allow-courts-to-block-overseas-file-sharing-sites</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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Andrew Keen's new book on why the internet is wrong: edited extract<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I first met Michael Birch, the owner of the Battery social club, at a party in Marin County, the exclusive suburb over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. It was one of those rather tiresome Sixties nostalgia affairs at which everyone squeezes into the bell-bottomed trousers, Mary Quant miniskirts, and the psychedelic shirts of the fifty-year-old counterculture. But the slightly built, bespectacled Birch, with his long blond flowing hair, already resembled a hippy, with or without the tight purple shirt and matching headband he was wearing for the party.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/andrew_keen_new_book_on_why_the_Rha0jC86Zk06NySAYxB24N"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/technology/andrew_keen_new_book_on_why_the_Rha0jC86Zk06NySAYxB24N</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>TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia's internet lags behind despite NBN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian internet speeds are lagging behind the rest of the world despite the national broadband network rollout and the scheduled launch of US streaming service Netflix looming large.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/australias-internet-lags-behind-despite-nbn-20150111-12lugi.html"><span>http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/australias-internet-lags-behind-despite-nbn-20150111-12lugi.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/australias-internet-lags-behind-despite-nbn-20150111-12lugi.html"><span>http://brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/australias-internet-lags-behind-despite-nbn-20150111-12lugi.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></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>
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David Goldstein | 7 Jan 04:10 2015

auDA Domain News - 7 January

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China seeks to export its vision of the Internet

<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/>

 

Editorial: Protect the Internet: Keep the contract with ICANN

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html>

 

Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/>

 

Internet community split on who should run IANA

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/>

 

Internet Governance Outlook 2015: Two Processes, Many Venues, Four Baskets by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/>

 

ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_technical_competence_questioned_by_verisign/>

 

.uk suspension problems worse than I thought

<http://domainincite.com/17818-uk-suspension-problems-worse-than-i-thought>

 

Are Existing gTLD Registrations Suffering From New gTLDs?

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/02/gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds/>

 

New Year’s Expert Roundup : What’s in the DNA of a successful gTLD?

<http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/new-years-expert-roundup-whats-in-the-dna-of-a-successful-gtld/>

 

Search-Driven Microsites in Brand gTLDs – Top Trend for 2015 by Jennifer Wolfe

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2387456/search-driven-microsites-in-brand-gtlds-top-trend-for-2015>

 

Civil Society Cautions Against ICANN Proposal to Give Governments a Veto Over New Domains Using “Geographic Names”

<http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/12/31/civil-society-cautions-against-icann-proposal-to-give-governments-a-veto-over-new-domains-using-geographic-names/>

 

What’s Really New in the New gTLD Space?

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in>

 

jp: Major firms to use names as website domain suffixes

<http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001834570>

 

.Melbourne Domains Are Pretty Popular Already

<http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/melbourne-domains-are-pretty-popular-already/>

 

 

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS

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Defining Domain: Higher Education's Battles for Cyberspace by Jacob H. Rooksby [Brooklyn Law Review / Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper]

Abstract: Internet domain names in the .EDU extension are special because not just anyone can own one. Given higher education’s unique purpose and historical detachment from the market, early architects of the Internet deemed it important for colleges and universities to have their own online space, reflected in a domain-name extension that could at once convey authenticity and legitimacy. That space was the .EDU.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2542255>

 

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GOVERNANCE

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China seeks to export its vision of the Internet

It has been the strangest kind of charm offensive. China, the country that perfected breaking the Internet, has of late been on a campaign to convince the rest of the world that its approach to digital networks is worth spreading. It’s an effort led by Lu Wei, the man whose chief responsibilities include overseeing the Great Firewall of China, whose heavy veil of censorship is responsible for the damage China has done to the Internet inside its borders.

<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/>

 

Editorial: Protect the Internet: Keep the contract with ICANN

LAST MONTH, China hosted the first World Internet Conference and gave everyone reason to worry. At the last minute, Chinese officials tried to ram through a declaration calling for governments to exert greater control over the fastest and freest communications tool the world has ever seen, using the chilling concept of “Internet sovereignty” to justify it. Russia, meanwhile, has crushed its most prominent Internet entrepreneur — Pavel Durov, the founder of a major Facebook-like application — after he refused to cooperate with the Kremlin.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html>

 

Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations

The controversial internet governance group NetMundial has rejected calls to delay the creation of its "coordination council" – and launched without the support of the technical community nor the International Chamber of Commerce.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/>

 

Internet community split on who should run IANA

The internet community is split when it comes to who should be given the right to run the critical IANA functions. ... It is also telling who sits on the sides of the divide. Opposing the independent contracting party is the ICANN Board, Google and AuDA, the Australian domain administration.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/>

 

Internet Governance Outlook 2015: Two Processes, Many Venues, Four Baskets by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

2015 has just started, but the calendar of events related to Internet Governance is already fully packed until the end of the year. The list of issues under discussion gets longer and longer and more and more people expect concrete results from the numerous meetings. Whether we will see the next stumbling step forward on the long march through the Internet Governance Ecosystem will depend to a high degree from the outcomes of two different, but interrelated processes which will overshadow the Internet discussion in 2015.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/>

 

Happy New Year, Happy New IANA by Milton Mueller

As the new year dawns a new IANA is emerging, but the outlines are still blurry. IGP has reviewed all the public comments submitted in response to the CWG’s draft proposal. The results can be seen directly here. Two-thirds (67%) of the comments directly addressing the issue supported the core ideas behind the draft: that the IANA functions operator should be separable from ICANN, and that there should be an external oversight entity with the authority to award the IANA functions contract on a periodic basis, just as the NTIA did before. But there were many concerns raised about the details of the proposal, especially the composition of the so-called Multistakeholder Review Team (MRT) and the jurisdiction of the contracting entity.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-happy-new-iana/>

 

The Top Five Cyber Policy Developments of 2014: The IANA Transition

Over the past few days, Net Politics has been examining the top five developments in cyber policy of 2014. Each cyber policy event has its own post, explaining what happened, what it all means, and its impact on cyber policy for 2015. In this post, the IANA transition.

<http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/01/06/the-top-five-cyber-policy-developments-of-2014-the-iana-transition/>

 

Haste Makes Waste: Comments on ICANN CWG IANA Transition Proposal Indicate Serious Process Problems by Philip S. Corwin

On December 1, 2014 the Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions published a Draft Transition Proposal. The comment period on the Proposal extended for twenty-one days; due to a requirement imposed by the separate IANA Coordination Group (ICG) that a final proposal be received by mid-January, there was no provision for a follow-up reply comment period as is standard ICANN Practice for issues of far less consequence.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_haste_makes_waste_icann_on_cwg_iana_transition_proposal_problems/>

 

CENTR Board Statement on Draft IANA Transition Proposal

The CENTR Board of Directors has submitted a statement in response to the public consultation on the Draft Transiton Proposal by the Cros Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions.

<https://centr.org/news/iana/12-23-2014/centr-board-statement-draft-iana-transition-proposal>

 

Congress Will Oversight ICANN: And You Can Take That to the Bank by Sophia Bekele

Even though ICANN plays a very important role in the global Internet ecosystem, its activities are not frequently mentioned in the mainstream international media; that is, until ICANN's name is mentioned alongside that of the US Congress in a US$1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill. Since the bill was passed by the House of Representatives, the issue of ICANN has assumed a certain topicality and has attracted commentary from many pundits.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_congress_will_oversight_icann_and_you_can_take_that_to_the_bank/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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Upcoming Webinars - Post Contracting Process

ICANN will host a Webinar on the topic of Post Contracting Process on 15 January 2015 at 16:00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of milestones that will be instituted along with expected timelines to reach these milestones between the point of contract execution and delegation. There will also be a Question and Answer session.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/webinars>

 

A New L-Root Instance Established with ICANN and China's ZDNS Cooperation

A new L-Root instance has been installed in China, increasing the Domain Name System's (DNS) overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-22-en>

 

Enhancing The NextGen <at> ICANN Program by ora Abusitta, VP Development and Public Responsibility Programs

As part of the Development and Public Responsibility Department's (DPRD) ongoing work to support the next generation of Internet users, the NextGen <at> ICANN program has been formalized as a staple DPRD initiative to engage regionally based undergraduate and graduate students at ICANN meetings, and introduce them to ICANN through guided programming. The NextGen <at> ICANN program was initially organized at ICANN 49 in Singapore with DotAsia and NetMission, and has been successfully replicated at both ICANN 50 in London and ICANN 51 in Los Angeles by our Department.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/enhancing-the-nextgen-icann-program>

 

ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report

A review of the globe's DNS security, stability and resiliency by dot-com registry and root server operator Verisign has called into question the technical competence of domain name overseer ICANN.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_technical_competence_questioned_by_verisign/>

 

What you need to know about IANA

A helpful video on 'What You Need to Know About IANA' brought to you by LACNIC and ICANN.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk5j25nmZKY>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Over 1,300 Local Domains Migrated to .bn Registry

Some one thousand and three hundred existing .bn domain names have successfully been migrated to the national .bn registry operated by Brunei Darussalam Network Information Centre Sdn Bhd (BNNIC), according to the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).

<http://www.brudirect.com/0-national/national/national-local/item/15676-over-1-300-local-domains-migrated-to-bn-registry>

 

EURid compensates its CO2 emissions in conjunction with FAPAS

During the month of December 2014, EURid teamed up with the Spanish non-profit organisation FAPAS, known for its numerous activities relating to nature conservation, in order to cap its CO2 emissions.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/eurid-compensates-its-co2-emissions-conjunction-fapas>

 

A very special Christmas for two .eu registrants

The EURid Christmas competition drew to a close on 23 December 2014 at midnight. The morning after EURid contacted the two lucky registrants who submitted a valid competition entry, answered the first question correctly (the residents of 31 countries are eligible to register a .eu domain name: 28 EU Countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and provided (or were closest to) the exact number as a response to the tie-breaker question.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/very-special-christmas-two-eu-registrants>

 

rs: RNIDS - Annual Report for 2013

RNIDS is continuing with good practice of European national registers who publish their regular annual publications for the purpose of informing the public about their activities.

<http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/rnids--annual-report-for-2013/id/5925>

 

sg: Special names for a limited period! Grab it now!

From 2 January 2015 to 30 January 2015, a selected group of Premium Domain Names (“PDNs”) will be released for application at a base price ranging from $642 to $21,400 (including GST). If the name has multiple applications, it will be allocated to the applicant with the highest bid.

<http://nic.net.sg/news/special-names-limited-period-grab-it-now-14>

 

.uk suspension problems worse than I thought

Problems validating the addresses of .uk domain registrants, which caused one registrar to dump the TLD entirely, are broader than I reported yesterday.

<http://domainincite.com/17818-uk-suspension-problems-worse-than-i-thought>

 

Big registrar dumps .uk — a glimpse of Christmas future?

German registrar Cronon, which retails domains under the Strato brand, has stopped carrying .uk domains due to what it says are onerous Whois validation rules.

<http://domainincite.com/17811-big-registrar-dumps-uk-a-glimpse-of-christmas-future>

 

German Registrar Pulls .Uk Domains

STRATO Logo RGBStrato (Cronon AG), which is one of the larger German registrars, has pulled *.uk domain names from its offerings. The company made the announcement via a blog post (in German) where they outlined the reasons for their decision.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/27/german-registrar-pulls-uk-domains/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Are Existing gTLD Registrations Suffering From New gTLDs?

Could .net be one of a number of gTLDs suffering from the success of new gTLDs? As of 30 June 2014, Verisign noted in their Domain Name Industry Brief there were 15.2 million .net domains under management (DUM). But according to the latest figures provided by RegistrarStats, there are now 14,998,404 DUMs.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23342>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/02/gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/are-existing-gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds.html>

 

New gTLDs pummel .net below 15 million domains

Verisign’s .net gTLD has had a disappointing start to 2015, as its zone file dipped below 15 million domains for the first time since achieving the milestone.

<http://domainincite.com/17823-new-gtlds-pummel-net-below-15-million-domains>

 

New Year’s Expert Roundup : What’s in the DNA of a successful gTLD?

2014 was an exciting year in the domain name industry. We saw an explosion of new gTLD launches. It took 30 years to launch the first 315 TLDs. In 2014 alone 420 new extensions saw the light of day.

<http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/new-years-expert-roundup-whats-in-the-dna-of-a-successful-gtld/>

 

Search-Driven Microsites in Brand gTLDs – Top Trend for 2015 by Jennifer Wolfe

As gTLDs begin to take hold, we'll likely see brands introducing microsites before attempting to migrate their entire homepages over to the new domains.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2387456/search-driven-microsites-in-brand-gtlds-top-trend-for-2015>

 

Civil Society Cautions Against ICANN Proposal to Give Governments a Veto Over New Domains Using “Geographic Names”

A group of twenty-four civil society organizations and individuals today submitted a joint statement regarding a proposal from an ICANN GAC sub-group on the use of geographic names in TLDs. The joint civil society statement cautioned against the adoption of the GAC proposal that would give governments veto power on domains that use geographic names. The submission stated that the proposal would threaten to chill freedom of expression and other lawful rights to use words in domain names, stifle innovation, and undermine the multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance.

<http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/12/31/civil-society-cautions-against-icann-proposal-to-give-governments-a-veto-over-new-domains-using-geographic-names/>

 

What’s Really New in the New gTLD Space?

As someone who has long studied trends in the domain name industry, the opening of hundreds of new gTLDs has intrigued me for quite some time on many levels. One question I found myself pondering was: Will new gTLDs create “new” naming trends or redundant domains across many TLDs? With more than 3 million domains delegated in the new TLD space there is now a corpus to study to answer this question.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in>

 

jp: Major firms to use names as website domain suffixes

Many major companies, such as Hitachi, Toyota and Sony, are considering using their company or brand names for their website domain suffixes, instead of “.jp” and “.com” this year.

<http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001834570>

<http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/major-firms-use-names-website-domain-suffixes>

 

An overview of ICANN’s gTLD Programme: what do sports brands need to consider to protect their brand?

How do you calculate the market potential for a sports domain such as .CRICKET, .FOOTBALL, .RUGBY, .BASKETBALL, etc? According to one of the operators of these newly launched gTLDs calculating the market potential for sports gTLDs is never easy and can be very subjective.

<http://www.lawinsport.com/sports/item/an-overview-of-icann-s-gtld-programme-what-do-sports-brands-need-to-consider-to-protect-their-brand?category_id=152>

 

Schilling laughing as Uniregistry beats Google to .lol

Uniregistry’s portfolio of quirky new gTLDs grew today. The company seems to have beaten Google to .lol in a private deal.

<http://domainincite.com/17832-schilling-laughing-as-uniregistry-beats-google-to-lol>

 

Go Only for Big Bang gTLD Rebranding by Alex Tajirian

If you're considering rebranding under a new gTLD, go with a comprehensive big bang. A recent study by professors Dale Miller, Bill Merrilees, and Raisa Yakimova ("Corporate Rebranding: An Integrative Review of Major Enablers and Barriers to the Rebranding Process") finds that success comes when senior management makes an unweaving commitment based on proactive analyses of the entire value-chain, with buy-in and input from employees and suppliers.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_go_only_for_big_bang_gtld_rebranding/>

 

2014: Here is Our Thoughts On The New gTLD Program & Some Predictions for 2015

The new gTLD's were certain the talk of the domain industry in 2014. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at where the program is in our opinion and make a few predictions for 2015.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/01/05/2014-here-is-our-thoughts-on-the-new-gtld-program-some-predictions-for-2015/>

 

Time to bid.wales – .cymru and .wales are open to everyone from today

From today, anyone can apply for .cymru and .wales domain names. So if you’re proud about being Welsh, or the Welsh connection is important to your business, now you can celebrate that by giving your website a name that ends in .cymru or .wales. If more than one person wants to register a domain, an auction will determine who will win the registration.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/time-bidwales-–-cymru-and-wales-are-open-everyone-today>

 

.paris, mainly French

The December 2014 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names focuses on the launch of .paris and reveals the first trends of this new TLD.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8624/show/paris-mainly-french.html>

 

.Melbourne Domains Are Pretty Popular Already

The .melbourne domain name suffix launched in November, and since then there have been over 4000 applications for the city-level domain definer. Some of those registrations are inventive, to say the least.

<http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/melbourne-domains-are-pretty-popular-already/>

 

This week’s 5 new TLD launches

It’s the first full week of the new year, and that means a handful of TLD companies are releasing domain names.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/05/this-weeks-5-new-top-level-domain-name-launches/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Bad, bad Internet news: Internet Systems Consortium site hacked

The ISC site, home to the world's most popular Domain Name System program BIND, appears to have been infected with malware.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/internet-systems-consortium-site-hacked/>

 

Internet Systems Consortium Site Redirects to Angler Exploit

The Internet Systems Consortium website is offline today after the non-profit domain name service maintainer announced its website had possibly become infected with malware.

<https://threatpost.com/internet-systems-consortium-site-redirects-to-angler-exploit/110131>

 

ISC.org website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by

The website for the Internet Systems Consortium, which develops the BIND DNS and ISC DHCP tools, has been hacked.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/26/isc_org_hacked/>

 

Multiple vulnerabilities in several DNS products

A serious DNS security vulnerability was published on Monday, December 8, 2014 by ANSSI.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8632/show/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-several-dns-products-3.html>

 

How DDoS Attacks Work, And Why They're So Hard To Stop

Last week, eager Christmas celebrators across the world hooked up their brand new Xboxes and PlayStations only to find that both online networks were down, leaving countless new games astotally unplayable.

<http://www.kotaku.com.au/2014/12/how-ddos-attacks-work-and-why-theyre-so-hard-to-stop/>

 

A Hacker's Hit List of American Infrastructure

On Friday, December 19, the FBI officially named North Korea as the party responsible for a cyber attack and email theft against Sony Pictures. The Sony hack saw many studio executives’s sensitive and embarrassing emails leaked online. The hackers threatened to attack theaters on the opening day of the offending film, The Interview, and Sony pulled the plug on the movie, effectively censoring a major Hollywood studio. (Sony partially reversed course, allowing the movie to show in 331 independent theaters on Christmas Day, and to be streamed online.)

<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/a-hackers-hit-list-of-american-infrastructure/384166/>

 

Spamhaus Botnet Summary 2014

As 2014 ends, Spamhaus reviews the botnet threats that it detected in the past year, and provides facts and useful suggestions for ISPs and web hosts on the front lines of the battle against cybercrime. To nobody's surprise, botnet activity appears to be increasing. The majority of detected botnets are targeted at obtaining and exploiting banking and financial information. Botnet controllers (C&Cs) are hosted disproportionately on ISPs with understaffed abuse departments, inadequate abuse policies, or inefficient abuse detection and shutdown processes. Botnet C&C domains are registered disproportionately with registrars in locations that have lax laws or inadequate enforcement against cybercrime.

<http://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/720/spamhaus-botnet-summary-2014>

 

Spamhaus tells us that botnets are getting worse

The Spamhaus Project just published a long article about the botnets they've been watching during 2014. As this chart shows, we're not making any progress.

<http://jl.ly/Internet/sh2014.html>

 

Long-Running Cyberattacks Become The Norm

Many companies are so focused on the perimeter that they have little idea what's going on inside the network.

<http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/long-running-cyberattacks-become-the-norm/d/d-id/1318392>

 

Seven Things to Watch for in 2015

P4ssw0rds got you down? POODLEs Bashing you over the head giving you Heartbleed? Well, bad puns aside, 2014 was a rough year and you can surely expect more of the same in 2015—with a few new twists. Hackers will still chase credit card numbers and point-of-sale systems, but they’ve got their eye on health care data and you can bet on more commodity cybercrime tools showing up in APT attacks. Your best response? Encrypt everything, win with privacy—and for heaven’s sake, stop shaming victims. Here’s a look at seven things to watch in 2015:

<http://threatpost.com/109921/109921>

 

New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea.

<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/new-study-adds-to-skepticism-among-security-experts-that-north-korea-was-behind-sony-hack/>

 

North Korea boosted 'cyber forces' to 6,000 troops, South says

North Korean military's "cyber army" has boosted its numbers to 6,000 troops, the South Korean Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, double Seoul's estimate for the force in 2013, and is working to cause "physical and psychological paralysis" in the South.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/uk-northkorea-southkorea-idUKKBN0KG05B20150107>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/northkorea-southkorea-idINKBN0KG04D20150107>

 

North Korea Accuses U.S. of Staging Internet Failure

North Korea lashed out at the United States on Saturday, blaming it for disruptions that cut off the nation’s already limited connections to the Internet, while once again rejecting American accusations that it was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/world/asia/north-korea-sony-hacking-the-interview.html>

 

Is Kim Jong Un innocent? America was too quick to blame North Korea for the hack attack on Sony

North Korea made no secret of its delight when hackers attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind “The Interview”, a film that lampoons Kim Jong Un, the world’s youngest and worst head of state. The regime’s propaganda arm crowed that a blow had been struck against the “ill-famed cesspool of injustice” [ie, America], and added that North Korea “highly estimates the righteous action taken by the “Guardians of Peace” [as the hackers styled themselves], though it is not aware of their residence.”

<http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21637402-america-was-too-quick-blame-north-korea-hack-attack-sony-kim-jong-un>

 

North Korea blames US for internet shutdown

North Korea accused the US on Saturday of being responsible for internet outages it has experienced in recent days amid a confrontation between them over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/27/north-korea-blames-us-for-internet-shutdown>

 

Countering Cyberattacks Without a Playbook

For years now, the Obama administration has warned of the risks of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor,” a nightmare attack that takes out America’s power grids and cellphone networks and looks like the opening battle in a full-scale digital war.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/world/asia/countering-cyberattacks-without-a-playbook.html>

 

Sony Hacking Attack, First a Nuisance, Swiftly Grew Into a Firestorm

It was three days before Thanksgiving, the beginning of a quiet week for Sony Pictures. But Michael Lynton, the studio’s chief executive, was nonetheless driving his Volkswagen GTI toward Sony’s lot at 6 a.m. Final planning for corporate meetings in Tokyo was on his agenda — at least until his cellphone rang.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/business/media/sony-attack-first-a-nuisance-swiftly-grew-into-a-firestorm-.html>

 

Editorial: Deterring Cyberattacks From North Korea

The recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which the Obama administration said was committed by North Korea, shows how far the United States still has to go to deter such intrusions, despite warnings by officials and experts about cybersecurity dangers. Countless assaults on America’s computer networks by China and other foreign governments, hackers and criminals have demonstrated the urgent need for safeguards.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/opinion/deterring-cyberattacks-from-north-korea.html>

 

When Does a Cyberattack Warrant a Military Response?

President Obama said that the United States would “respond proportionally” against North Korea for its cyberattack against Sony, calling it an act of “cybervandalism.” Senator John McCain disagreed with the president, telling CNN that the hacking was “a manifestation of a new form of warfare” and advocated for reacting “vigorously.”

<http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/12/23/when-does-a-cyberattack-warrant-a-military-response>

 

Japan boosts cyberdefenses ahead of feared attack -- report

Japan is boosting its online defenses for fear of becoming the next victim of a North Korean cyberattack, according to a new report.

<http://www.cnet.com/news/japan-boosts-cyber-defenses-ahead-of-feared-attack-report/>

 

Man 'linked to Lizard Squad hack' arrested over 2013-14 cyber-fraud

A 22-year-old man arrested by police investigating cyber-fraud offences in 2013-14 has been linked to the Lizard Squad hacking group thought to be behind the attacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming services over Christmas.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/01/man-linked-to-lizard-squad-hack-arrested-over-2013-14-cyber-fraud>

 

Proxy auto-config attacks defeat 2-factor auth, hide using country specific content

Fraudsters have been using proxy auto-config (PAC) scripts to steal online banking credentials for several years, but as with most phishing techniques, it is inevitable for these attacks to evolve and become more effective. The latest spate of PAC attacks has achieved this by using geolocation technology to evade detection and select which targets to attack.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/18/proxy-auto-config-attacks-defeat-2-factor-auth-hide-using-country-specific-content.html>

 

nz: Hackers cost TAB, frustrate punters

First it was multinational giants Sony and Microsoft - now the New Zealand TAB has come under attack by cyber hackers. ... Martin Cocker, executive director of Netsafe NZ which promotes web security, said the most lasting effect of the cyber attack was likely to be on users' confidence.

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/64513129/Hackers-cost-TAB-frustrate-punters>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Surge in illegal sales of drugs as gangs exploit ‘phenomenal market’ online

The rise of social media and greater internet access through smartphones are factors behind a huge rise in illicit sales of pharmaceuticals, according to the chief enforcement official at Britain’s medicines regulator. ... In Britain, the MHRA works with internet domain registries, credit card companies, Interpol and sites such as YouTube, Amazon and eBay to identify rogue traders, take down their websites and close their accounts.

<http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/28/drugs-medicines-sold-illegally-online-internet>

 

Top 10 Domains Hit By Google Piracy Takedowns 2014

During 2014, copyright holders all around the globe stepped on the gas when it came to sending DMCA notices to Google. Today we take a look at the top 10 domains Google has been asked to delist from search in the past 12 months. Perhaps surprisingly they don't include a single torrent site.

<http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-domains-hit-by-google-piracy-takedowns-2014-141230/>

 

au: Christine Schrammek Kosmetik GmbH & Co. KG v. Advanced Laser Therapy Clinics Australia Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2014-0034

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Christine Schrammek Kosmetik GmbH & Co. KG of Essen, Germany, represented by Spruson&Ferguson Lawyers, Australia. The Respondent is Advanced Laser Therapy Clinics Australia Pty Ltd of Earlville, Queensland, Australia, represented by Murray & Lyons, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <greenpeel.com.au> is registered with TPP Domains Pty Ltd. dba TPP Internet.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0034>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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Are Enterprises Ready for Billions of Devices to Join the Internet?

There are currently more devices connected to the Internet than there are people in the world. The Internet now connects a staggering 10 billion devices today. And this number will continue to grow, as more devices gain the ability to directly interface with the Internet or become physical representations of data accessible via Internet systems. This trend toward interactive device independence is collectively described as the Internet of Things (IoT).

<http://www.wired.com/2014/12/enterprises-billions-of-devices-internet/>

 

IPV6 Offers New Global Opportunity for Business

AIPv6 has presented a new global opportunity for business enhancement. On February 3, 2011 the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the world governing body for IP addresses, declared an exhaustion of the global IPv4 address space. The announcement sparked an increase in demand for IPv6 addresses around the world. ISPs and large enterprises in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia dramatically accelerated efforts at transforming their networks to support both the IPv4 and IPv6 protocol stacks. Africa has not been left behind, although the pace has been a lot slower.

<http://allafrica.com/stories/201412240265.html>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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UKIP's website restored after disappearing for several hours

"Technical" issues which caused UKIP's official website to disappear for several hours have been fixed.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30695618>

 

Ukip website down: Political party are 'aware of the problem'

Ukip's website is still down, and the problem appears to lie in Deutschland, Europe.

<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-website-down-political-party-are-aware-of-the-problem-9959922.html>

 

Afilias cancels $100m London IPO

Afilias has cancelled its planned London Stock Exchange IPO due to “market conditions”.

<http://domainincite.com/17831-afilias-cancels-100m-london-ipo>

 

One company now owns almost a third of all registrars

TurnCommerce acquired another 299 registrar accreditations from ICANN over Christmas week.

<http://domainincite.com/17807-one-company-now-owns-almost-a-third-of-all-registrars>

 

NamesCon 2015 bigger, longer and more popular

NamesCon 2015 is due to kick of in Las Vegas this coming weekend with about 50% more attendees that its inaugural outing last year.

<http://domainincite.com/17826-namescon-2015-bigger-longer-and-more-popular>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2014

Qube Managed Services had the most reliable hosting company website in December, with just two failed requests. London-based Qube has been in the top 10 for all but one month in 2014, and reached first place six times. Qube offers a range of managed services, including colocation, cloud hosting and dedicated servers. It has data centres in London, New York and Zurich and focuses on providing reliable and high-quality solutions to its clients.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/01/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-december-2014.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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TrafficZ Shutting down operations on Dec 31st, 2014

According to an email sent out by TrafficZ, it will cease it operations after Dec 31st, 2014, which is a relatively short notice.

<http://www.domainnamenews.com/ppc-industry/trafficz-shutting-down-operations-on-dec-31st-2014/24173>

 

2015 Domain Sales Season Off to a Good Start - 345.com Sold for $800,000 by MostWantedDomains

The domain aftermarket staged a strong rebound in 2014 (4Q results will be released in our next newsletter but results from the first three quarters have already made a positive outcome clear). With momentum at its back, we expect (as I noted in my final post of 2014) that the aftermarket will continue its comeback in 2015 with short .coms leading the way.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20150105.htm>

 

2014 in Review: Short .com domain names worth big money

.Com domain names continue to sell for big bucks. Especially the short ones.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/05/2014-in-review-short-com-domain-names-worth-big-money/>

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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Ebooks at night won’t help you sleep tight, US study finds

Reading a light-emitting ebook before bed is bad for your health, according to a new US study. It warned that use of the devices affected both sleep at night and alertness the following morning.

<http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/23/ebooks-affect-sleep-alertness-harvard-study>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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Over 80 Percent of Dark-Web Visits Relate to Pedophilia, Study Finds

The mysterious corner of the Internet known as the Dark Web is designed to defy all attempts to identify its inhabitants. But one group of researchers has attempted to shed new light on what those users are doing under the cover of anonymity. Their findings indicate that an overwhelming majority of their traffic is driven by the Dark Web’s darkest activity: the sexual abuse of children.

<http://www.wired.com/2014/12/80-percent-dark-web-visits-relate-pedophilia-study-finds/>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Surge in illegal sales of drugs as gangs exploit ‘phenomenal market’ online

The rise of social media and greater internet access through smartphones are factors behind a huge rise in illicit sales of pharmaceuticals, according to the chief enforcement official at Britain’s medicines regulator.

<http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/28/drugs-medicines-sold-illegally-online-internet>

 

au: Facebook defamation: man wins lawsuit over estranged wife's domestic violence post

A West Australian man has successfully sued his estranged wife for defamation over a Facebook post that suggested she was the victim of domestic violence, after a Perth court found she could not prove the statement was true.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/02/facebook-defamation-man-wins-lawsuit-over-estranged-wifes-domestic-violence-post>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Heat blamed for Australian internet failure

Extreme heat in the Australian city of Perth has forced one ISP to shut down servers in its data centre.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30695534>

 

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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>China seeks to export its vision of the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/"><span>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Editorial: Protect the Internet: Keep the contract with ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet community split on who should run IANA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance Outlook 2015: Two Processes, Many Venues, Four Baskets by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_technical_competence_questioned_by_verisign/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_technical_competence_questioned_by_verisign/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.uk suspension problems worse than I thought<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17818-uk-suspension-problems-worse-than-i-thought"><span>http://domainincite.com/17818-uk-suspension-problems-worse-than-i-thought</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are Existing gTLD Registrations Suffering From New gTLDs?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/02/gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/02/gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Year&rsquo;s Expert Roundup : What&rsquo;s in the DNA of a successful gTLD?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/new-years-expert-roundup-whats-in-the-dna-of-a-successful-gtld/"><span>http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/new-years-expert-roundup-whats-in-the-dna-of-a-successful-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Search-Driven Microsites in Brand gTLDs &ndash; Top Trend for 2015 by Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2387456/search-driven-microsites-in-brand-gtlds-top-trend-for-2015"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2387456/search-driven-microsites-in-brand-gtlds-top-trend-for-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Civil Society Cautions Against ICANN Proposal to Give Governments a Veto Over New Domains Using &ldquo;Geographic Names&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/12/31/civil-society-cautions-against-icann-proposal-to-give-governments-a-veto-over-new-domains-using-geographic-names/"><span>http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/12/31/civil-society-cautions-against-icann-proposal-to-give-governments-a-veto-over-new-domains-using-geographic-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s Really New in the New gTLD Space?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>jp: Major firms to use names as website domain suffixes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001834570"><span>http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001834570</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Melbourne Domains Are Pretty Popular Already<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/melbourne-domains-are-pretty-popular-already/"><span>http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/melbourne-domains-are-pretty-popular-already/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REPORTS &amp; RESEARCH PAPERS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Defining Domain: Higher Education's Battles for Cyberspace by Jacob H. Rooksby [Brooklyn Law Review / Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: Internet domain names in the .EDU extension are special because not just anyone can own one. Given higher education&rsquo;s unique purpose and historical detachment from the market, early architects of the Internet deemed it important for colleges and universities to have their own online space, reflected in a domain-name extension that could at once convey authenticity and legitimacy. That space was the .EDU.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2542255"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2542255</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>China seeks to export its vision of the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It has been the strangest kind of charm offensive. China, the country that perfected breaking the Internet, has of late been on a campaign to convince the rest of the world that its approach to digital networks is worth spreading. It&rsquo;s an effort led by Lu Wei, the man whose chief responsibilities include overseeing the Great Firewall of China, whose heavy veil of censorship is responsible for the damage China has done to the Internet inside its borders.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/"><span>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Editorial: Protect the Internet: Keep the contract with ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LAST MONTH, China hosted the first World Internet Conference and gave everyone reason to worry. At the last minute, Chinese officials tried to ram through a declaration calling for governments to exert greater control over the fastest and freest communications tool the world has ever seen, using the chilling concept of &ldquo;Internet sovereignty&rdquo; to justify it. Russia, meanwhile, has crushed its most prominent Internet entrepreneur &mdash; Pavel Durov, the founder of a major Facebook-like application &mdash; after he refused to cooperate with the Kremlin.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The controversial internet governance group NetMundial has rejected calls to delay the creation of its "coordination council" &ndash; and launched without the support of the technical community nor the International Chamber of Commerce.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet community split on who should run IANA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet community is split when it comes to who should be given the right to run the critical IANA functions. ... It is also telling who sits on the sides of the divide. Opposing the independent contracting party is the ICANN Board, Google and AuDA, the Australian domain administration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance Outlook 2015: Two Processes, Many Venues, Four Baskets by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 has just started, but the calendar of events related to Internet Governance is already fully packed until the end of the year. The list of issues under discussion gets longer and longer and more and more people expect concrete results from the numerous meetings. Whether we will see the next stumbling step forward on the long march through the Internet Governance Ecosystem will depend to a high degree from the outcomes of two different, but interrelated processes which will overshadow the Internet discussion in 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Happy New Year, Happy New IANA by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As the new year dawns a new IANA is emerging, but the outlines are still blurry. IGP has reviewed all the public comments submitted in response to the CWG&rsquo;s draft proposal. The results can be seen directly here. Two-thirds (67%) of the comments directly addressing the issue supported the core ideas behind the draft: that the IANA functions operator should be separable from ICANN, and that there should be an external oversight entity with the authority to award the IANA functions contract on a periodic basis, just as the NTIA did before. But there were many concerns raised about the details of the proposal, especially the composition of the so-called Multistakeholder Review Team (MRT) and the jurisdiction of the contracting entity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-happy-new-iana/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-happy-new-iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Top Five Cyber Policy Developments of 2014: The IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the past few days, Net Politics has been examining the top five developments in cyber policy of 2014. Each cyber policy event has its own post, explaining what happened, what it all means, and its impact on cyber policy for 2015. In this post, the IANA transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/01/06/the-top-five-cyber-policy-developments-of-2014-the-iana-transition/"><span>http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/01/06/the-top-five-cyber-policy-developments-of-2014-the-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Haste Makes Waste: Comments on ICANN CWG IANA Transition Proposal Indicate Serious Process Problems by Philip S. Corwin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On December 1, 2014 the Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions published a Draft Transition Proposal. The comment period on the Proposal extended for twenty-one days; due to a requirement imposed by the separate IANA Coordination Group (ICG) that a final proposal be received by mid-January, there was no provision for a follow-up reply comment period as is standard ICANN Practice for issues of far less consequence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_haste_makes_waste_icann_on_cwg_iana_transition_proposal_problems/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_haste_makes_waste_icann_on_cwg_iana_transition_proposal_problems/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR Board Statement on Draft IANA Transition Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The CENTR Board of Directors has submitted a statement in response to the public consultation on the Draft Transiton Proposal by the Cros Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/iana/12-23-2014/centr-board-statement-draft-iana-transition-proposal"><span>https://centr.org/news/iana/12-23-2014/centr-board-statement-draft-iana-transition-proposal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress Will Oversight ICANN: And You Can Take That to the Bank by Sophia Bekele<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Even though ICANN plays a very important role in the global Internet ecosystem, its activities are not frequently mentioned in the mainstream international media; that is, until ICANN's name is mentioned alongside that of the US Congress in a US$1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill. Since the bill was passed by the House of Representatives, the issue of ICANN has assumed a certain topicality and has attracted commentary from many pundits.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_congress_will_oversight_icann_and_you_can_take_that_to_the_bank/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_congress_will_oversight_icann_and_you_can_take_that_to_the_bank/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<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>Upcoming Webinars - Post Contracting Process</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN will host a Webinar on the topic of Post Contracting Process on 15 January 2015 at 16:00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of milestones that will be instituted along with expected timelines to reach these milestones between the point of contract execution and delegation. There will also be a Question and Answer session.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/webinars"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/webinars</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A New L-Root Instance Established with ICANN and China's ZDNS Cooperation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new L-Root instance has been installed in China, increasing the Domain Name System's (DNS) overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-22-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-22-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Enhancing The NextGen <at> ICANN Program by ora Abusitta, VP Development and Public Responsibility Programs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As part of the Development and Public Responsibility Department's (DPRD) ongoing work to support the next generation of Internet users, the NextGen <at> ICANN program has been formalized as a staple DPRD initiative to engage regionally based undergraduate and graduate students at ICANN meetings, and introduce them to ICANN through guided programming. The NextGen <at> ICANN program was initially organized at ICANN 49 in Singapore with DotAsia and NetMission, and has been successfully replicated at both ICANN 50 in London and ICANN 51 in Los Angeles by our Department.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/enhancing-the-nextgen-icann-program"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/enhancing-the-nextgen-icann-program</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A review of the globe's DNS security, stability and resiliency by dot-com registry and root server operator Verisign has called into question the technical competence of domain name overseer ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_technical_competence_questioned_by_verisign/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_technical_competence_questioned_by_verisign/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What you need to know about IANA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A helpful video on 'What You Need to Know About IANA' brought to you by LACNIC and ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk5j25nmZKY"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk5j25nmZKY</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>Over 1,300 Local Domains Migrated to .bn Registry<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Some one thousand and three hundred existing .bn domain names have successfully been migrated to the national .bn registry operated by Brunei Darussalam Network Information Centre Sdn Bhd (BNNIC), according to the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brudirect.com/0-national/national/national-local/item/15676-over-1-300-local-domains-migrated-to-bn-registry"><span>http://www.brudirect.com/0-national/national/national-local/item/15676-over-1-300-local-domains-migrated-to-bn-registry</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EURid compensates its CO2 emissions in conjunction with FAPAS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>During the month of December 2014, EURid teamed up with the Spanish non-profit organisation FAPAS, known for its numerous activities relating to nature conservation, in order to cap its CO2 emissions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/eurid-compensates-its-co2-emissions-conjunction-fapas"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/eurid-compensates-its-co2-emissions-conjunction-fapas</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A very special Christmas for two .eu registrants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The EURid Christmas competition drew to a close on 23 December 2014 at midnight. The morning after EURid contacted the two lucky registrants who submitted a valid competition entry, answered the first question correctly (the residents of 31 countries are eligible to register a .eu domain name: 28 EU Countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and provided (or were closest to) the exact number as a response to the tie-breaker question.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/very-special-christmas-two-eu-registrants"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/very-special-christmas-two-eu-registrants</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>rs: RNIDS - Annual Report for 2013</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RNIDS is continuing with good practice of European national registers who publish their regular annual publications for the purpose of informing the public about their activities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/rnids--annual-report-for-2013/id/5925"><span>http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/rnids--annual-report-for-2013/id/5925</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>sg: Special names for a limited period! Grab it now!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>From 2 January 2015 to 30 January 2015, a selected group of Premium Domain Names (&ldquo;PDNs&rdquo;) will be released for application at a base price ranging from $642 to $21,400 (including GST). If the name has multiple applications, it will be allocated to the applicant with the highest bid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://nic.net.sg/news/special-names-limited-period-grab-it-now-14"><span>http://nic.net.sg/news/special-names-limited-period-grab-it-now-14</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.uk suspension problems worse than I thought<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Problems validating the addresses of .uk domain registrants, which caused one registrar to dump the TLD entirely, are broader than I reported yesterday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17818-uk-suspension-problems-worse-than-i-thought"><span>http://domainincite.com/17818-uk-suspension-problems-worse-than-i-thought</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Big registrar dumps .uk &mdash; a glimpse of Christmas future?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>German registrar Cronon, which retails domains under the Strato brand, has stopped carrying .uk domains due to what it says are onerous Whois validation rules.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17811-big-registrar-dumps-uk-a-glimpse-of-christmas-future"><span>http://domainincite.com/17811-big-registrar-dumps-uk-a-glimpse-of-christmas-future</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>German Registrar Pulls .Uk Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>STRATO Logo RGBStrato (Cronon AG), which is one of the larger German registrars, has pulled *.uk domain names from its offerings. The company made the announcement via a blog post (in German) where they outlined the reasons for their decision.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/27/german-registrar-pulls-uk-domains/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/27/german-registrar-pulls-uk-domains/</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>Are Existing gTLD Registrations Suffering From New gTLDs?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Could .net be one of a number of gTLDs suffering from the success of new gTLDs? As of 30 June 2014, Verisign noted in their Domain Name Industry Brief there were 15.2 million .net domains under management (DUM). But according to the latest figures provided by RegistrarStats, there are now 14,998,404 DUMs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23342"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23342</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/02/gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/02/gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/are-existing-gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/are-existing-gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs pummel .net below 15 million domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign&rsquo;s .net gTLD has had a disappointing start to 2015, as its zone file dipped below 15 million domains for the first time since achieving the milestone.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17823-new-gtlds-pummel-net-below-15-million-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/17823-new-gtlds-pummel-net-below-15-million-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Year&rsquo;s Expert Roundup : What&rsquo;s in the DNA of a successful gTLD?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2014 was an exciting year in the domain name industry. We saw an explosion of new gTLD launches. It took 30 years to launch the first 315 TLDs. In 2014 alone 420 new extensions saw the light of day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/new-years-expert-roundup-whats-in-the-dna-of-a-successful-gtld/"><span>http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/new-years-expert-roundup-whats-in-the-dna-of-a-successful-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Search-Driven Microsites in Brand gTLDs &ndash; Top Trend for 2015 by Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As gTLDs begin to take hold, we'll likely see brands introducing microsites before attempting to migrate their entire homepages over to the new domains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2387456/search-driven-microsites-in-brand-gtlds-top-trend-for-2015"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2387456/search-driven-microsites-in-brand-gtlds-top-trend-for-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Civil Society Cautions Against ICANN Proposal to Give Governments a Veto Over New Domains Using &ldquo;Geographic Names&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A group of twenty-four civil society organizations and individuals today submitted a joint statement regarding a proposal from an ICANN GAC sub-group on the use of geographic names in TLDs. The joint civil society statement cautioned against the adoption of the GAC proposal that would give governments veto power on domains that use geographic names. The submission stated that the proposal would threaten to chill freedom of expression and other lawful rights to use words in domain names, stifle innovation, and undermine the multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/12/31/civil-society-cautions-against-icann-proposal-to-give-governments-a-veto-over-new-domains-using-geographic-names/"><span>http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/12/31/civil-society-cautions-against-icann-proposal-to-give-governments-a-veto-over-new-domains-using-geographic-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s Really New in the New gTLD Space?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As someone who has long studied trends in the domain name industry, the opening of hundreds of new gTLDs has intrigued me for quite some time on many levels. One question I found myself pondering was: Will new gTLDs create &ldquo;new&rdquo; naming trends or redundant domains across many TLDs? With more than 3 million domains delegated in the new TLD space there is now a corpus to study to answer this question.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>jp: Major firms to use names as website domain suffixes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Many major companies, such as Hitachi, Toyota and Sony, are considering using their company or brand names for their website domain suffixes, instead of &ldquo;.jp&rdquo; and &ldquo;.com&rdquo; this year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001834570"><span>http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001834570</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/major-firms-use-names-website-domain-suffixes"><span>http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/major-firms-use-names-website-domain-suffixes</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An overview of ICANN&rsquo;s gTLD Programme: what do sports brands need to consider to protect their brand?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How do you calculate the market potential for a sports domain such as .CRICKET, .FOOTBALL, .RUGBY, .BASKETBALL, etc? According to one of the operators of these newly launched gTLDs calculating the market potential for sports gTLDs is never easy and can be very subjective.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lawinsport.com/sports/item/an-overview-of-icann-s-gtld-programme-what-do-sports-brands-need-to-consider-to-protect-their-brand?category_id=152"><span>http://www.lawinsport.com/sports/item/an-overview-of-icann-s-gtld-programme-what-do-sports-brands-need-to-consider-to-protect-their-brand?category_id=152</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Schilling laughing as Uniregistry beats Google to .lol<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry&rsquo;s portfolio of quirky new gTLDs grew today. The company seems to have beaten Google to .lol in a private deal.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17832-schilling-laughing-as-uniregistry-beats-google-to-lol"><span>http://domainincite.com/17832-schilling-laughing-as-uniregistry-beats-google-to-lol</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Go Only for Big Bang gTLD Rebranding by Alex Tajirian<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you're considering rebranding under a new gTLD, go with a comprehensive big bang. A recent study by professors Dale Miller, Bill Merrilees, and Raisa Yakimova ("Corporate Rebranding: An Integrative Review of Major Enablers and Barriers to the Rebranding Process") finds that success comes when senior management makes an unweaving commitment based on proactive analyses of the entire value-chain, with buy-in and input from employees and suppliers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_go_only_for_big_bang_gtld_rebranding/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_go_only_for_big_bang_gtld_rebranding/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2014: Here is Our Thoughts On The New gTLD Program &amp; Some Predictions for 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The new gTLD's were certain the talk of the domain industry in 2014. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at where the program is in our opinion and make a few predictions for 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/01/05/2014-here-is-our-thoughts-on-the-new-gtld-program-some-predictions-for-2015/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/01/05/2014-here-is-our-thoughts-on-the-new-gtld-program-some-predictions-for-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Time to bid.wales &ndash; .cymru and .wales are open to everyone from today<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>From today, anyone can apply for .cymru and .wales domain names. So if you&rsquo;re proud about being Welsh, or the Welsh connection is important to your business, now you can celebrate that by giving your website a name that ends in .cymru or .wales. If more than one person wants to register a domain, an auction will determine who will win the registration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/time-bidwales-%E2%80%93-cymru-and-wales-are-open-everyone-today"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/time-bidwales-&ndash;-cymru-and-wales-are-open-everyone-today</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.paris, mainly French<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The December 2014 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names focuses on the launch of .paris and reveals the first trends of this new TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8624/show/paris-mainly-french.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8624/show/paris-mainly-french.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Melbourne Domains Are Pretty Popular Already<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .melbourne domain name suffix launched in November, and since then there have been over 4000 applications for the city-level domain definer. Some of those registrations are inventive, to say the least.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/melbourne-domains-are-pretty-popular-already/"><span>http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/melbourne-domains-are-pretty-popular-already/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week&rsquo;s 5 new TLD launches<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s the first full week of the new year, and that means a handful of TLD companies are releasing domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/05/this-weeks-5-new-top-level-domain-name-launches/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/05/this-weeks-5-new-top-level-domain-name-launches/</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>Bad, bad Internet news: Internet Systems Consortium site hacked<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ISC site, home to the world's most popular Domain Name System program BIND, appears to have been infected with malware.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/internet-systems-consortium-site-hacked/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/internet-systems-consortium-site-hacked/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Systems Consortium Site Redirects to Angler Exploit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Systems Consortium website is offline today after the non-profit domain name service maintainer announced its website had possibly become infected with malware.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/internet-systems-consortium-site-redirects-to-angler-exploit/110131"><span>https://threatpost.com/internet-systems-consortium-site-redirects-to-angler-exploit/110131</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ISC.org website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The website for the Internet Systems Consortium, which develops the BIND DNS and ISC DHCP tools, has been hacked.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/26/isc_org_hacked/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/26/isc_org_hacked/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Multiple vulnerabilities in several DNS products<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A serious DNS security vulnerability was published on Monday, December 8, 2014 by ANSSI.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8632/show/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-several-dns-products-3.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8632/show/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-several-dns-products-3.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How DDoS Attacks Work, And Why They're So Hard To Stop<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last week, eager Christmas celebrators across the world hooked up their brand new Xboxes and PlayStations only to find that both online networks were down, leaving countless new games astotally unplayable.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.kotaku.com.au/2014/12/how-ddos-attacks-work-and-why-theyre-so-hard-to-stop/"><span>http://www.kotaku.com.au/2014/12/how-ddos-attacks-work-and-why-theyre-so-hard-to-stop/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Hacker's Hit List of American Infrastructure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On Friday, December 19, the FBI officially named North Korea as the party responsible for a cyber attack and email theft against Sony Pictures. The Sony hack saw many studio executives&rsquo;s sensitive and embarrassing emails leaked online. The hackers threatened to attack theaters on the opening day of the offending film, The Interview, and Sony pulled the plug on the movie, effectively censoring a major Hollywood studio. (Sony partially reversed course, allowing the movie to show in 331 independent theaters on Christmas Day, and to be streamed online.)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/a-hackers-hit-list-of-american-infrastructure/384166/"><span>http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/a-hackers-hit-list-of-american-infrastructure/384166/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Spamhaus Botnet Summary 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As 2014 ends, Spamhaus reviews the botnet threats that it detected in the past year, and provides facts and useful suggestions for ISPs and web hosts on the front lines of the battle against cybercrime. To nobody's surprise, botnet activity appears to be increasing. The majority of detected botnets are targeted at obtaining and exploiting banking and financial information. Botnet controllers (C&amp;Cs) are hosted disproportionately on ISPs with understaffed abuse departments, inadequate abuse policies, or inefficient abuse detection and shutdown processes. Botnet C&amp;C domains are registered disproportionately with registrars in locations that have lax laws or inadequate enforcement against cybercrime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/720/spamhaus-botnet-summary-2014"><span>http://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/720/spamhaus-botnet-summary-2014</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Spamhaus tells us that botnets are getting worse</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Spamhaus Project just published a long article about the botnets they've been watching during 2014. As this chart shows, we're not making any progress.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://jl.ly/Internet/sh2014.html"><span>http://jl.ly/Internet/sh2014.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Long-Running Cyberattacks Become The Norm<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Many companies are so focused on the perimeter that they have little idea what's going on inside the network.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/long-running-cyberattacks-become-the-norm/d/d-id/1318392"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/long-running-cyberattacks-become-the-norm/d/d-id/1318392</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seven Things to Watch for in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>P4ssw0rds got you down? POODLEs Bashing you over the head giving you Heartbleed? Well, bad puns aside, 2014 was a rough year and you can surely expect more of the same in 2015&mdash;with a few new twists. Hackers will still chase credit card numbers and point-of-sale systems, but they&rsquo;ve got their eye on health care data and you can bet on more commodity cybercrime tools showing up in APT attacks. Your best response? Encrypt everything, win with privacy&mdash;and for heaven&rsquo;s sake, stop shaming victims. Here&rsquo;s a look at seven things to watch in 2015:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/109921/109921"><span>http://threatpost.com/109921/109921</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony&lsquo;s computer systems was the work of North Korea.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/new-study-adds-to-skepticism-among-security-experts-that-north-korea-was-behind-sony-hack/"><span>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/new-study-adds-to-skepticism-among-security-experts-that-north-korea-was-behind-sony-hack/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>North Korea boosted 'cyber forces' to 6,000 troops, South says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>North Korean military's "cyber army" has boosted its numbers to 6,000 troops, the South Korean Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, double Seoul's estimate for the force in 2013, and is working to cause "physical and psychological paralysis" in the South.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/uk-northkorea-southkorea-idUKKBN0KG05B20150107"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/uk-northkorea-southkorea-idUKKBN0KG05B20150107</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/northkorea-southkorea-idINKBN0KG04D20150107"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/northkorea-southkorea-idINKBN0KG04D20150107</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>North Korea Accuses U.S. of Staging Internet Failure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>North Korea lashed out at the United States on Saturday, blaming it for disruptions that cut off the nation&rsquo;s already limited connections to the Internet, while once again rejecting American accusations that it was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/world/asia/north-korea-sony-hacking-the-interview.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/world/asia/north-korea-sony-hacking-the-interview.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Is Kim Jong Un innocent? America was too quick to blame North Korea for the hack attack on Sony</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>North Korea made no secret of its delight when hackers attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind &ldquo;The Interview&rdquo;, a film that lampoons Kim Jong Un, the world&rsquo;s youngest and worst head of state. The regime&rsquo;s propaganda arm crowed that a blow had been struck against the &ldquo;ill-famed cesspool of injustice&rdquo; [ie, America], and added that North Korea &ldquo;highly estimates the righteous action taken by the &ldquo;Guardians of Peace&rdquo; [as the hackers styled themselves], though it is not aware of their residence.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21637402-america-was-too-quick-blame-north-korea-hack-attack-sony-kim-jong-un"><span>http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21637402-america-was-too-quick-blame-north-korea-hack-attack-sony-kim-jong-un</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>North Korea blames US for internet shutdown<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>North Korea accused the US on Saturday of being responsible for internet outages it has experienced in recent days amid a confrontation between them over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/27/north-korea-blames-us-for-internet-shutdown"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/27/north-korea-blames-us-for-internet-shutdown</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Countering Cyberattacks Without a Playbook<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For years now, the Obama administration has warned of the risks of a &ldquo;cyber-Pearl Harbor,&rdquo; a nightmare attack that takes out America&rsquo;s power grids and cellphone networks and looks like the opening battle in a full-scale digital war.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/world/asia/countering-cyberattacks-without-a-playbook.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/world/asia/countering-cyberattacks-without-a-playbook.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sony Hacking Attack, First a Nuisance, Swiftly Grew Into a Firestorm<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It was three days before Thanksgiving, the beginning of a quiet week for Sony Pictures. But Michael Lynton, the studio&rsquo;s chief executive, was nonetheless driving his Volkswagen GTI toward Sony&rsquo;s lot at 6 a.m. Final planning for corporate meetings in Tokyo was on his agenda &mdash; at least until his cellphone rang.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/business/media/sony-attack-first-a-nuisance-swiftly-grew-into-a-firestorm-.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/business/media/sony-attack-first-a-nuisance-swiftly-grew-into-a-firestorm-.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Editorial: Deterring Cyberattacks From North Korea</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which the Obama administration said was committed by North Korea, shows how far the United States still has to go to deter such intrusions, despite warnings by officials and experts about cybersecurity dangers. Countless assaults on America&rsquo;s computer networks by China and other foreign governments, hackers and criminals have demonstrated the urgent need for safeguards.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/opinion/deterring-cyberattacks-from-north-korea.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/opinion/deterring-cyberattacks-from-north-korea.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When Does a Cyberattack Warrant a Military Response?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>President Obama said that the United States would &ldquo;respond proportionally&rdquo; against North Korea for its cyberattack against Sony, calling it an act of &ldquo;cybervandalism.&rdquo; Senator John McCain disagreed with the president, telling CNN that the hacking was &ldquo;a manifestation of a new form of warfare&rdquo; and advocated for reacting &ldquo;vigorously.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/12/23/when-does-a-cyberattack-warrant-a-military-response"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/12/23/when-does-a-cyberattack-warrant-a-military-response</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Japan boosts cyberdefenses ahead of feared attack -- report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Japan is boosting its online defenses for fear of becoming the next victim of a North Korean cyberattack, according to a new report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/japan-boosts-cyber-defenses-ahead-of-feared-attack-report/"><span>http://www.cnet.com/news/japan-boosts-cyber-defenses-ahead-of-feared-attack-report/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Man 'linked to Lizard Squad hack' arrested over 2013-14 cyber-fraud<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A 22-year-old man arrested by police investigating cyber-fraud offences in 2013-14 has been linked to the Lizard Squad hacking group thought to be behind the attacks on Sony&rsquo;s PlayStation Network and Microsoft&rsquo;s Xbox Live gaming services over Christmas.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/01/man-linked-to-lizard-squad-hack-arrested-over-2013-14-cyber-fraud"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/01/man-linked-to-lizard-squad-hack-arrested-over-2013-14-cyber-fraud</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proxy auto-config attacks defeat 2-factor auth, hide using country specific content<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fraudsters have been using proxy auto-config (PAC) scripts to steal online banking credentials for several years, but as with most phishing techniques, it is inevitable for these attacks to evolve and become more effective. The latest spate of PAC attacks has achieved this by using geolocation technology to evade detection and select which targets to attack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/18/proxy-auto-config-attacks-defeat-2-factor-auth-hide-using-country-specific-content.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/18/proxy-auto-config-attacks-defeat-2-factor-auth-hide-using-country-specific-content.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Hackers cost TAB, frustrate punters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First it was multinational giants Sony and Microsoft - now the New Zealand TAB has come under attack by cyber hackers. ... Martin Cocker, executive director of Netsafe NZ which promotes web security, said the most lasting effect of the cyber attack was likely to be on users' confidence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/64513129/Hackers-cost-TAB-frustrate-punters"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/64513129/Hackers-cost-TAB-frustrate-punters</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>Surge in illegal sales of drugs as gangs exploit &lsquo;phenomenal market&rsquo; online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The rise of social media and greater internet access through smartphones are factors behind a huge rise in illicit sales of pharmaceuticals, according to the chief enforcement official at Britain&rsquo;s medicines regulator. ... In Britain, the MHRA works with internet domain registries, credit card companies, Interpol and sites such as YouTube, Amazon and eBay to identify rogue traders, take down their websites and close their accounts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/28/drugs-medicines-sold-illegally-online-internet"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/28/drugs-medicines-sold-illegally-online-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Top 10 Domains Hit By Google Piracy Takedowns 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>During 2014, copyright holders all around the globe stepped on the gas when it came to sending DMCA notices to Google. Today we take a look at the top 10 domains Google has been asked to delist from search in the past 12 months. Perhaps surprisingly they don't include a single torrent site.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-domains-hit-by-google-piracy-takedowns-2014-141230/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-domains-hit-by-google-piracy-takedowns-2014-141230/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Christine Schrammek Kosmetik GmbH &amp; Co. KG v. Advanced Laser Therapy Clinics Australia Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2014-0034</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Christine Schrammek Kosmetik GmbH &amp; Co. KG of Essen, Germany, represented by Spruson&amp;Ferguson Lawyers, Australia. The Respondent is Advanced Laser Therapy Clinics Australia Pty Ltd of Earlville, Queensland, Australia, represented by Murray &amp; Lyons, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;greenpeel.com.au&gt; is registered with TPP Domains Pty Ltd. dba TPP Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0034"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0034</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>Are Enterprises Ready for Billions of Devices to Join the Internet?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There are currently more devices connected to the Internet than there are people in the world. The Internet now connects a staggering 10 billion devices today. And this number will continue to grow, as more devices gain the ability to directly interface with the Internet or become physical representations of data accessible via Internet systems. This trend toward interactive device independence is collectively described as the Internet of Things (IoT).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/12/enterprises-billions-of-devices-internet/"><span>http://www.wired.com/2014/12/enterprises-billions-of-devices-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPV6 Offers New Global Opportunity for Business<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>AIPv6 has presented a new global opportunity for business enhancement. On February 3, 2011 the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the world governing body for IP addresses, declared an exhaustion of the global IPv4 address space. The announcement sparked an increase in demand for IPv6 addresses around the world. ISPs and large enterprises in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia dramatically accelerated efforts at transforming their networks to support both the IPv4 and IPv6 protocol stacks. Africa has not been left behind, although the pace has been a lot slower.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201412240265.html"><span>http://allafrica.com/stories/201412240265.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> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UKIP's website restored after disappearing for several hours<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Technical" issues which caused UKIP's official website to disappear for several hours have been fixed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30695618"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30695618</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ukip website down: Political party are 'aware of the problem'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ukip's website is still down, and the problem appears to lie in Deutschland, Europe.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-website-down-political-party-are-aware-of-the-problem-9959922.html"><span>http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-website-down-political-party-are-aware-of-the-problem-9959922.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias cancels $100m London IPO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias has cancelled its planned London Stock Exchange IPO due to &ldquo;market conditions&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17831-afilias-cancels-100m-london-ipo"><span>http://domainincite.com/17831-afilias-cancels-100m-london-ipo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One company now owns almost a third of all registrars<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TurnCommerce acquired another 299 registrar accreditations from ICANN over Christmas week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17807-one-company-now-owns-almost-a-third-of-all-registrars"><span>http://domainincite.com/17807-one-company-now-owns-almost-a-third-of-all-registrars</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NamesCon 2015 bigger, longer and more popular<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NamesCon 2015 is due to kick of in Las Vegas this coming weekend with about 50% more attendees that its inaugural outing last year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17826-namescon-2015-bigger-longer-and-more-popular"><span>http://domainincite.com/17826-namescon-2015-bigger-longer-and-more-popular</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>Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2014</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Qube Managed Services had the most reliable hosting company website in December, with just two failed requests. London-based Qube has been in the top 10 for all but one month in 2014, and reached first place six times. Qube offers a range of managed services, including colocation, cloud hosting and dedicated servers. It has data centres in London, New York and Zurich and focuses on providing reliable and high-quality solutions to its clients.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/01/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-december-2014.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/01/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-december-2014.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>TrafficZ Shutting down operations on Dec 31st, 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>According to an email sent out by TrafficZ, it will cease it operations after Dec 31st, 2014, which is a relatively short notice.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnamenews.com/ppc-industry/trafficz-shutting-down-operations-on-dec-31st-2014/24173"><span>http://www.domainnamenews.com/ppc-industry/trafficz-shutting-down-operations-on-dec-31st-2014/24173</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 Domain Sales Season Off to a Good Start - 345.com Sold for $800,000 by MostWantedDomains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The domain aftermarket staged a strong rebound in 2014 (4Q results will be released in our next newsletter but results from the first three quarters have already made a positive outcome clear). With momentum at its back, we expect (as I noted in my final post of 2014) that the aftermarket will continue its comeback in 2015 with short .coms leading the way.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20150105.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20150105.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2014 in Review: Short .com domain names worth big money<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Com domain names continue to sell for big bucks. Especially the short ones.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/05/2014-in-review-short-com-domain-names-worth-big-money/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/01/05/2014-in-review-short-com-domain-names-worth-big-money/</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>Ebooks at night won&rsquo;t help you sleep tight, US study finds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Reading a light-emitting ebook before bed is bad for your health, according to a new US study. It warned that use of the devices affected both sleep at night and alertness the following morning.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/23/ebooks-affect-sleep-alertness-harvard-study"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/23/ebooks-affect-sleep-alertness-harvard-study</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>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over 80 Percent of Dark-Web Visits Relate to Pedophilia, Study Finds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The mysterious corner of the Internet known as the Dark Web is designed to defy all attempts to identify its inhabitants. But one group of researchers has attempted to shed new light on what those users are doing under the cover of anonymity. Their findings indicate that an overwhelming majority of their traffic is driven by the Dark Web&rsquo;s darkest activity: the sexual abuse of children.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/12/80-percent-dark-web-visits-relate-pedophilia-study-finds/"><span>http://www.wired.com/2014/12/80-percent-dark-web-visits-relate-pedophilia-study-finds/</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>Surge in illegal sales of drugs as gangs exploit &lsquo;phenomenal market&rsquo; online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The rise of social media and greater internet access through smartphones are factors behind a huge rise in illicit sales of pharmaceuticals, according to the chief enforcement official at Britain&rsquo;s medicines regulator.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/28/drugs-medicines-sold-illegally-online-internet"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/28/drugs-medicines-sold-illegally-online-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Facebook defamation: man wins lawsuit over estranged wife's domestic violence post</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A West Australian man has successfully sued his estranged wife for defamation over a Facebook post that suggested she was the victim of domestic violence, after a Perth court found she could not prove the statement was true.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/02/facebook-defamation-man-wins-lawsuit-over-estranged-wifes-domestic-violence-post"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/02/facebook-defamation-man-wins-lawsuit-over-estranged-wifes-domestic-violence-post</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>TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Heat blamed for Australian internet failure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Extreme heat in the Australian city of Perth has forced one ISP to shut down servers in its data centre.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30695534"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30695534</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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<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><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 | 24 Dec 03:35 2014

auDA Domain News - 24 December

Hello Australia!

 

This is the final news for 2014. I hope you all enjoy the Christmas and new year break with your family and friends, and the news will return in the week commencing 5 January 2015!

 

Cheers

David

 

 

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nz: Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-internet-2015>

 

Split could force NetMundial Initiative back to the drawing board

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/netmundial_initiative_to_head_back_to_the_drawing_board/>

 

IANA Systems Not Compromised

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-19-en>

 

ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/icann_stresses_critical_internet_systems_not_hacked/>

 

The Changing Landscape of Brand Protection in 2014

<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/12/15/the-changing-landscape-of-brand-protection-in-2014/>

 

Looking Back on 2014

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/15/looking-back-on-2014/>

 

What’s Really New in the New gTLD Space?

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in>

 

Most new gTLDs use NameSentry after Famous Four signs with Architelos

<http://domainincite.com/17800-most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos>

 

New from Verisign Labs: What’s in your attack surface?

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what>

 

Hackers are going after the Internet’s very infrastructure. Here’s why that matters.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/19/hackers-are-going-after-the-internets-very-infrastructure-heres-why-that-matters/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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nz: Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015

It's awfully difficult to see a month ahead in this industry sometimes, let alone trying to predict a year out... But anyway! In the spirit of bravery, and almost certainly being proven wrong on many of these, here are InternetNZ's Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015. ... 9. ICANN will get to grips with becoming more accountable. Most in the Internet Community probably already know about the IANA transition to ICANN, and what that means for Internet Governance globally. An important sub-theme in this transition is ensuring that ICANN has structures and processes in place to ensure it remains accountable to the international Internet Community that it serves.

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-internet-2015>

 

Split could force NetMundial Initiative back to the drawing board

The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) may be heading back to the drawing board following a meeting of the internet's big cheeses in Washington last week.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/netmundial_initiative_to_head_back_to_the_drawing_board/>

 

Why is ICANN rushing its 'UN 'net security council'? So it can be announced at Davos

Despite rejections from its closest allies and calls for delay, ICANN is determined to create a "coordination council" for its internet-steering NetMundial Initiative this month. Why?

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/17/why_the_netmundial_rush_so_it_can_be_announced_at_davos/>

 

Protecting the Internet From Government Control

Internet governance is at an inflection point and debate about the fundamental structure of the Internet is ramping up. This debate, now being had in the United Nations, Internet Governance Forum, ICANN and other organizations, will affect global business models relying on networked technologies and freedom of expression and privacy. The multi-stakeholder systems of Internet governance — which includes the private sector, civil society, governments, research institutions and non-government organizations in decision making — has made the Internet a transformative technology.

<http://recode.net/2014/12/18/protecting-the-internet-from-government-control/>

 

Congress defunds ICANN/IANA governance transition

Inspired by a belief that ICANN and IANA extend First Amendment protections to Internet users worldwide, representatives in Congress successfully thwart budget provisions for a transition plan.

<http://www.fierceenterprisecommunications.com/story/congress-defunds-icanniana-governance-transition/2014-12-18>

 

IANA Stewardship: Give Feedback on the Draft Proposal From the RIR Communities

The Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team has published the first draft of an Internet numbers community proposal for the future of the IANA stewardship.

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/iana-stewardship-give-feedback-on-the-draft-rir-communities-proposal>

 

First Draft Proposal of the Internet Number Community for the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group.

The first draft of the Internet numbers community’s response to the Request For Proposals issued by the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) is now published. This draft has been prepared by the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team, and we are now seeking feedback on this draft from the global community.

<https://www.nro.net/news/first-draft-proposal-of-the-internet-number-community-for-the-iana-stewardship-coordination-group>

 

Background to the IANA Stewardship Transition

Most folks are now aware of the IANA stewardship transition - the planned transition of the oversight of the IANA functions by the US Government to the Internet community, announced by the NTIA in March 2014.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/17/background-to-the-iana-stewardship-transition/>

 

Congress defunds Internet giveaway

No sooner had the omnibus bill’s language been dropped, including language defunding the Internet giveaway, than advocates were urging the National Information and Telecommunications Administration (NTIA) to simply ignore the clear prohibition, originally authored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.).

<http://www.claiborneprogress.net/news/opinion_columns/150887551/Congress-defunds-Internet-giveaway>

 

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- ICANN

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IANA Systems Not Compromised

As ICANN reported on 16 December 2014, it was recently the target of a so-called "spear phishing" attack. During this attack the email credentials of some ICANN staff were compromised.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-19-en>

 

New gTLD Auction Proceeds

Auctions are the mechanism of last resort to resolve string contention within the New gTLD Program. ICANN expects that most string contention will be resolved through other means before reaching an Auction conducted by ICANN's authorized Auction service provider, Power Auctions LLC.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions/proceeds>

 

ICANN Donates $50k to Internet Governance Forum Support Association

ICANN announced today that it has donated USD$50,000 to the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA).

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-18-en>

 

WHOIS Accuracy Pilot Study Report

Purpose (Brief): The WHOIS Pilot Accuracy Study Report highlights the design, methodology and findings of a pilot study commissioned by ICANN to inform the design of its WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-23-en>

 

Request for Proposal for Web Accessibility Assessment for ICANN.org

ICANN is seeking one or more providers to conduct an assessment of website accessibility including ICANN.org and possibly the related subsidiary websites. The selected provider(s) will provide an initial assessment of ICANN's websites for meeting internationally recognized W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) v2.0 Level AA and include an identification of tools, best practices, processes, and strategy for implementation.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-23-en>

 

Cherine Chalaby, Chair | ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee, to Alan Greenberg

ALAC Statement on Public Interest Commitments

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chalaby-to-greenberg-19dec14-en.pdf>

 

Craig Schwartz, Managing Director | fTLD Registry Services, LLC, to Stephen Crocker

Financial Regulated New gTLDs

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schwartz-to-crocker-19dec14-en.pdf>

 

Monthly Update by Theresa Swinehart

It's hard to believe that 2014 is already coming to a close. This past year has been monumental towards validating the strength of the multistakeholder model, the true test beginning on March 14 with the announcement by NTIA of its intention to transition its stewardship of the IANA functions. Now at year's end, I am very pleased with the effort the community has made to inform and develop two global processes to achieve a successful transition.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/monthly-update-by-theresa-swinehart-3820ccd0-5c5c-43dc-a40f-9e74d6af3598>

 

Global Domains Division Holiday Schedule by Akram Atallah

What a productive year it's been for ICANN and the Internet community. In 2014, ICANN held its first quarterly stakeholder call and our meetings in Singapore, London and Los Angeles surpassed all previous meetings in terms of participation.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/global-domains-division-holiday-schedule-en>

 

A Holiday Message from ICANN to the Community

Please click here to view the message from ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-holiday-message-from-icann-to-the-community>

 

ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database

The internet's critical IANA body – which allocate IP addresses and manage global DNS – was not compromised by hackers who broke into domain-name overseer ICANN's systems, the organization has stressed.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/icann_stresses_critical_internet_systems_not_hacked/>

 

Just How Bad Was the ICANN Database Breach?

ICANN has been hacked. The nonprofit organization that manages several databases of domain names is investigating a system intrusion that compromised its domain name servers.

<http://www.cio-today.com/article/index.php?story_id=102003A8RP3O>

 

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.aeDA Registrar Market Share 2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released data revealed by the .ae Domain Administration (aeDA) on the UAE’s registrar market share, unveiling the .ae domain name registration for the period between January and August 2014.

<http://aeda.ae/aeda/eng/news.php?id=112>

 

Austria Loves .AT Campaign Builds Awareness of Country's ccTLD

The Austrian registry nic.at conducted an awareness campaign appealing to the country’s sense of patriotism, and saw the ccTLD’s brand awareness rise among registrants.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/23/austria-loves-at/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/austria-loves-at.html>

 

The year in review - the new .at-report is online now!

In the last .at-report for this year we look back to an eventful past year. On the last page you will find the Highlights of the year: The Domain pulse in February in Salzburg, the successful ISO-27001 certification and a lot of conferences and events. We are very happy to welcome three new employees at our office in Salzburg!

<https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article//jahresrueckblick-2014-der-neue-at-report-ist-da/?cHash=c8a16d4b6bffe130c24d190a710a6958>

 

Registrations Of .EU Domains Continue To Grow Healthily

The total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released last week by the .eu registry EURid.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/22/registrations-eu-grow-healthily/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/registrations-of-eu-domains-continue-to-grow-healthily.html>

 

Total .EU Registrations Up 4.7 Percent in Q3 2014: Report

Total registrations of .eu domains were up by 4.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to Q3 2013, according to a report last week by .eu registry EURid.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/total-eu-registrations-4-7-percent-q3-2014-report>

 

Eurid reports .eu registrations up 4.7% in Q3

The total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7 percent in Q3 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released by the .eu registry EURid.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/eurid-reports-eu-registrations-up-47-in-q3--1056106>

 

Q3 2014 .eu progress report now available

The total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7% in Q3 2014 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released today by the .eu registry EURid.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/q3-2014-eu-progress-report-now-available>

 

it: Marketing Campaign

January 2015 will see the launch of a marketing campaign for Registro.it, dedicated to raising awareness about the use of the Internet, with a special focus on micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.

<http://www.nic.it/everything-on.it/news/campagna-marketing>

 

no: Users still satisfied

The survey measures customer satisfaction among registrars and domain holders, and was conducted by Sentio in November 2014. The main conclusion compared to other surveys is that both registrars and holders are more satisfied with Norid and the services we offer than at the last survey.

<http://www.norid.no/statistikk/su/kundetilfredshet-2014.en.html>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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The Changing Landscape of Brand Protection in 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, I look back on the monumental changes that have happened in the domain name space and in brand protection over the past year. At this time last year, the general public was still limited to registering in TLDs such as .com, .net, and .info, as well as a handful of country-code domains.

<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/12/15/the-changing-landscape-of-brand-protection-in-2014/>

 

Looking Back on 2014

2014 was a year for ICANN to take stock, deliberate, and realize significant progress in its management of new gTLDs. Delegation did not take place at the rate that ICANN had predicted, but instead, the organization worked through key milestones and developments of its own process and the New gTLD Program.

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/15/looking-back-on-2014/>

 

What’s Really New in the New gTLD Space?

As someone who has long studied trends in the domain name industry, the opening of hundreds of new gTLDs has intrigued me for quite some time on many levels. One question I found myself pondering was: Will new gTLDs create “new” naming trends or redundant domains across many TLDs? With more than 3 million domains delegated in the new TLD space there is now a corpus to study to answer this question.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in>

 

Fancy a .trust domain? How's $150,000 sound?

The NCC Group has revealed how much it expects to sell new .trust domains for: $150,000. And that's just the wholesale price.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/trust_domains_to_cost_150000_a_pop/>

 

Landrush: generic .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names now available

Are football.vlaanderen and shopping.brussels still available? Starting today, everyone has the opportunity to grab their favourite .vlaanderen or .brussels domain name. And if there is more than one applicant for any particular domain name, that name will then go up for auction.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/landrush-generic-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names-now-available>

 

Will more contested TLDs get more registrations?

I commonly hear that the best is yet to come in terms of new TLD launches. The most heavily contested applications are just getting resolved, and these represent the best TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/19/will-more-contested-tlds-get-more-registrations/>

 

Most new gTLDs use NameSentry after Famous Four signs with Architelos

Architelos yesterday announced that Famous Four Media has signed up to use its NameSentry security service across its portfolio of new gTLDs.

<http://domainincite.com/17800-most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos>

 

NameSentry Adopted by Over 60% of New TLDs Launched

Architelos, Inc., the premier provider of automated domain name abuse detection and mitigation services, has added Famous Four Media to its expanding roster of NameSentry clients.

<http://architelos.com/most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos/>

 

Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

Google has reiterated its claim that there is no inherent advantage to new TLDs – such as .london or .book – when it comes to topping search rankings.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/18/google_swears_new_tlds_dont_give_search_advantage/>

 

Last chance for Welsh businesses to get their priority applications in for .cymru and .wales before Christmas Eve

It’s last orders this week for businesses operating in Wales to make their priority applications for the new .cymru and .wales domain names, applications close at midday on 24 December 2014.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/last-chance-welsh-businesses-get-their-priority-applications-cymru-and-wales-christmas>

 

New TLDs this week: Two launch on Christmas Eve

Two new TLDs launch this week, both on Christmas Eve and both from Rightside.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/new-tlds-this-week-two-launch-on-christmas-eve/>

 

Domain Name Aftermarket with Joe Uddeme – DNWP Episode 012

How did new TLDs affect .com domain name sales in 2014? What impact will they have in 2015? You might be surprised by the answer.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/domain-name-aftermarket-with-joe-uddeme-dnwp-episode-012/>

 

My first .Cards spam, which might actually be a good thing for new TLDs

Over the summer I received a spam email linking to a .club domain name. The spam didn’t really have anything to do with .club; the domain choice seemed random. The .Club registry acted quickly to take action against the domain name, which is rather unusual for a registry.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/my-first-cards-spam/>

 

.Club raising more money, valued at $25.4 million

The .Club TLD registry is raising more funds, and the latest round will value the company at $25.4 million after the investment closes.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/club-raising-more-money-valued-at-25-4-million/>

 

.baby and .mls fetch over $3 million each

ICANN and Power Auctions have completed December’s mini-batch of “last resort” new gTLD auctions, adding a total of $6.4 million to its mysterious auction cash pile.

<http://domainincite.com/17804-baby-and-mls-fetch-over-3-million-each>

 

The Empire Strikes Back: "New" Verisign Hums a Familiar Tune by Paul Stahura

Losing your monopoly must be hard. True, few companies ever experience that particular breed of angst, but if Verisign's reply to even modest success in the new gTLD marketplace is any indication, it must be very hard to say goodbye. We understand why they're worried... The quality of newly registered .COM names is dropping and has been for years. And there is nothing Verisign can do about it. So welcome to the fire sale.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141218_the_empire_strikes_back_new_verisign_hums_a_familiar_tune/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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New from Verisign Labs: What’s in your attack surface?

Recently, Verisign Labs researcher Eric Osterweil and Verisign CSO Danny McPherson, along with Lixia Zhang, a professor of computer science at UCLA, received the Best Paper Award at this year’s IEEE Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec ‘14) for their paper, “The Shape and Size of Threats: Defining a Networked System's Attack Surface.” Below is a guest post from one of the authors, Eric Osterweil, principal researcher for Verisign Labs, describing the genesis of the research and future plans.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what>

 

Hackers are going after the Internet’s very infrastructure. Here’s why that matters.

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit group that acts as something of the air traffic-controller of the global Internet has announced that it was the victim of a hacking attack last month. That's raising concerns because, while little-known to most Internet users, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers -- better known as ICANN -- quietly helps to keep the Internet up and running.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/19/hackers-are-going-after-the-internets-very-infrastructure-heres-why-that-matters/>

 

New from Verisign Labs: What’s in your attack surface?

Recently, Verisign Labs researcher Eric Osterweil and Verisign CSO Danny McPherson, along with Lixia Zhang, a professor of computer science at UCLA, received the Best Paper Award at this year’s IEEE Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec ‘14) for their paper, “The Shape and Size of Threats: Defining a Networked System's Attack Surface.” Below is a guest post from one of the authors, Eric Osterweil, principal researcher for Verisign Labs, describing the genesis of the research and future plans.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what>

 

VeriSign Warns of DNS Security Risks

Danny McPherson, the chief security officer of VeriSign, is worried about the future security of the Domain Name System (DNS), which his company helps to keep stable and secure. Among the biggest risks is the continued stability of DNS in an era where domain name collisions are growing.

<http://www.eweek.com/security/verisign-warns-of-dns-security-risks.html>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Union Bank loses cases against gripe websites

Union Bank has lost three domain name arbitration cases involving an upset former customer.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/union-bank-loses-cases-against-gripe-websites/>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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When IoT meets IPv6

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a promising and rapidly developing technology area. Many global IT companies have announced their IoT business plans. IoT has become a powerful force affecting the wide variety of industries, and has been applied in smart home, manufacturing, and transportation.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/18/when-iot-meets-ipv6/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere: Yes, it would damage the DNS; no, it's not going to happen

As well as finding out that Jennifer Lawrence earns less than her male counterparts, Hollywood studio execs are self-important a-holes and Sony Pictures has a password policy that a baby could break ... it turns out movie giants are also seeking to DESTROY THE INTERNET with a ten-page legal memo.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/movie_industrys_evil_plan_to_destroy_the_internet_is_going_precisely_nowhere/>

 

Rightside Partners with BaseKit to Bring Website Builder to Domain Registrars

Website building platform BaseKit announced last week that it has partnered with domain name services provider Rightside Group to provide its website building tool to its domain registrars.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/rightside-partners-basekit-bring-website-builder-domain-registrars>

 

Confirming APNIC 40 dates

As announced in September, APNIC 40 will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, but the dates are now confirmed: 3-10 September 2015.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/19/confirming-apnic-40-dates/>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Sedo Announces the Top 10 Highest Domain Name Sales in 2014 - The World’s Largest Marketplace Continues to Thrive in 2014

Sedo, the world’s largest domain marketplace and monetization provider has announced its 2014 list of the highest-valued public domain sales of the year.

<https://sedo.com/us/news/3546/Sedo-Announces-the-Top-10-Highest-Domain-Name-Sales-in-2014-/>

 

Cuba domain names take off after yesterday’s announcement

... Immediately, people went to domain name registrars to register Cuban domain names. According to Verisign’s DomainView tool, over 1,500 domains containing “cuba” were registered yesterday in .com and .net. Compare that to fewer than 100 that are registered on a typical day.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/cuba-domain-names-take-off-after-yesterdays-announcement/>

 

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INTERNET USE

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iPads, tablets, smartphones disrupt good sleep, study finds

Basking in the blue glow of iPads, smartphones and other electronic devices before bedtime could be messing up our sleep patterns more profoundly than we realize, and even affecting our long-term health, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/12/22/ipads-tablets-smartphones-disrupt-good-sleep-study-finds/>

 

Open the Book, Put Down the Tablet at Bedtime: New Study Examines Devices’ Impact on the Body’s Circadian Clock

Reading on electronic devices before bedtime can disrupt the body’s circadian clock, making it harder to fall asleep and become alert in the morning, according to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/open-the-book-close-the-e-reader-at-bedtime-1419272534>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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The Future of Privacy

The terms of citizenship and social life are rapidly changing in the digital age. No issue highlights this any better than privacy, always a fluid and context-situated concept and more so now as the boundary between being private and being public is shifting. “We have seen the emergence of publicly as the default modality, with privacy declining,” wrote Stowe Boyd, the lead researcher for GigaOm Research in his response in this study. “In order to ‘exist’ online, you have to publish things to be shared, and that has to be done in open, public spaces.” If not, people have a lesser chance to enrich friendships, find or grow communities, learn new things, and act as economic agents online.

<http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/12/18/future-of-privacy/>

 

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BRAND PROTECTION & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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We need to develop a balance between protecting intellectual property and allowing free speech by Noah Feldman

Was 2014 the year of the hacker? Or 2013? Or maybe 2011? The answer, of course, is that they all were, and that there are going to be lots more coming. But events in 2014 have helped frame a profound question that we're going to have to answer about the right balance among property, privacy and free speech - and a glance through the year's prominent hacks sheds some light on how we should answer it.

<http://www.theage.com.au/comment/we-need-to-develop-a-balance-between-protecting-intellectual-property-and-allowing-free-speech-20141218-129l7c.html>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'

Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30532463>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">Hello Australia!<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal">This is the final news for 2014. I hope you all enjoy the Christmas and new year break with your family and friends, and the news will return in the week commencing 5 January 2015!<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal">Cheers<p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">David<p></p></p>
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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>nz: Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-internet-2015"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-internet-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Split could force NetMundial Initiative back to the drawing board<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/netmundial_initiative_to_head_back_to_the_drawing_board/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/netmundial_initiative_to_head_back_to_the_drawing_board/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Systems Not Compromised<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-19-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-19-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/icann_stresses_critical_internet_systems_not_hacked/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/icann_stresses_critical_internet_systems_not_hacked/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Changing Landscape of Brand Protection in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/12/15/the-changing-landscape-of-brand-protection-in-2014/"><span>http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/12/15/the-changing-landscape-of-brand-protection-in-2014/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Looking Back on 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/15/looking-back-on-2014/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/15/looking-back-on-2014/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s Really New in the New gTLD Space?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most new gTLDs use NameSentry after Famous Four signs with Architelos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17800-most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos"><span>http://domainincite.com/17800-most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New from Verisign Labs: What&rsquo;s in your attack surface?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hackers are going after the Internet&rsquo;s very infrastructure. Here&rsquo;s why that matters.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/19/hackers-are-going-after-the-internets-very-infrastructure-heres-why-that-matters/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/19/hackers-are-going-after-the-internets-very-infrastructure-heres-why-that-matters/</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>nz: Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It's awfully difficult to see a month ahead in this industry sometimes, let alone trying to predict a year out... But anyway! In the spirit of bravery, and almost certainly being proven wrong on many of these, here are InternetNZ's Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015. ... 9. ICANN will get to grips with becoming more accountable. Most in the Internet Community probably already know about the IANA transition to ICANN, and what that means for Internet Governance globally. An important sub-theme in this transition is ensuring that ICANN has structures and processes in place to ensure it remains accountable to the international Internet Community that it serves.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-internet-2015"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/top-10-predictions-internet-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Split could force NetMundial Initiative back to the drawing board<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) may be heading back to the drawing board following a meeting of the internet's big cheeses in Washington last week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/netmundial_initiative_to_head_back_to_the_drawing_board/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/netmundial_initiative_to_head_back_to_the_drawing_board/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why is ICANN rushing its 'UN 'net security council'? So it can be announced at Davos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Despite rejections from its closest allies and calls for delay, ICANN is determined to create a "coordination council" for its internet-steering NetMundial Initiative this month. Why?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/17/why_the_netmundial_rush_so_it_can_be_announced_at_davos/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/17/why_the_netmundial_rush_so_it_can_be_announced_at_davos/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Protecting the Internet From Government Control<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance is at an inflection point and debate about the fundamental structure of the Internet is ramping up. This debate, now being had in the United Nations, Internet Governance Forum, ICANN and other organizations, will affect global business models relying on networked technologies and freedom of expression and privacy. The multi-stakeholder systems of Internet governance &mdash; which includes the private sector, civil society, governments, research institutions and non-government organizations in decision making &mdash; has made the Internet a transformative technology.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/12/18/protecting-the-internet-from-government-control/"><span>http://recode.net/2014/12/18/protecting-the-internet-from-government-control/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress defunds ICANN/IANA governance transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Inspired by a belief that ICANN and IANA extend First Amendment protections to Internet users worldwide, representatives in Congress successfully thwart budget provisions for a transition plan.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.fierceenterprisecommunications.com/story/congress-defunds-icanniana-governance-transition/2014-12-18"><span>http://www.fierceenterprisecommunications.com/story/congress-defunds-icanniana-governance-transition/2014-12-18</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship: Give Feedback on the Draft Proposal From the RIR Communities<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team has published the first draft of an Internet numbers community proposal for the future of the IANA stewardship.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/iana-stewardship-give-feedback-on-the-draft-rir-communities-proposal"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/iana-stewardship-give-feedback-on-the-draft-rir-communities-proposal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First Draft Proposal of the Internet Number Community for the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The first draft of the Internet numbers community&rsquo;s response to the Request For Proposals issued by the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) is now published. This draft has been prepared by the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) team, and we are now seeking feedback on this draft from the global community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.nro.net/news/first-draft-proposal-of-the-internet-number-community-for-the-iana-stewardship-coordination-group"><span>https://www.nro.net/news/first-draft-proposal-of-the-internet-number-community-for-the-iana-stewardship-coordination-group</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Background to the IANA Stewardship Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most folks are now aware of the IANA stewardship transition - the planned transition of the oversight of the IANA functions by the US Government to the Internet community, announced by the NTIA in March 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/17/background-to-the-iana-stewardship-transition/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/17/background-to-the-iana-stewardship-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress defunds Internet giveaway<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>No sooner had the omnibus bill&rsquo;s language been dropped, including language defunding the Internet giveaway, than advocates were urging the National Information and Telecommunications Administration (NTIA) to simply ignore the clear prohibition, originally authored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.claiborneprogress.net/news/opinion_columns/150887551/Congress-defunds-Internet-giveaway"><span>http://www.claiborneprogress.net/news/opinion_columns/150887551/Congress-defunds-Internet-giveaway</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<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>IANA Systems Not Compromised<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As ICANN reported on 16 December 2014, it was recently the target of a so-called "spear phishing" attack. During this attack the email credentials of some ICANN staff were compromised.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-19-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-19-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Auction Proceeds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Auctions are the mechanism of last resort to resolve string contention within the New gTLD Program. ICANN expects that most string contention will be resolved through other means before reaching an Auction conducted by ICANN's authorized Auction service provider, Power Auctions LLC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions/proceeds"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions/proceeds</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Donates $50k to Internet Governance Forum Support Association<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN announced today that it has donated USD$50,000 to the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-18-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-18-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WHOIS Accuracy Pilot Study Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Purpose (Brief): The WHOIS Pilot Accuracy Study Report highlights the design, methodology and findings of a pilot study commissioned by ICANN to inform the design of its WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-23-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-23-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Request for Proposal for Web Accessibility Assessment for ICANN.org<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is seeking one or more providers to conduct an assessment of website accessibility including ICANN.org and possibly the related subsidiary websites. The selected provider(s) will provide an initial assessment of ICANN's websites for meeting internationally recognized W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) v2.0 Level AA and include an identification of tools, best practices, processes, and strategy for implementation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-23-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-23-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cherine Chalaby, Chair | ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee, to Alan Greenberg</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ALAC Statement on Public Interest Commitments<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chalaby-to-greenberg-19dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chalaby-to-greenberg-19dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Craig Schwartz, Managing Director | fTLD Registry Services, LLC, to Stephen Crocker</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Financial Regulated New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schwartz-to-crocker-19dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schwartz-to-crocker-19dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Monthly Update by Theresa Swinehart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It's hard to believe that 2014 is already coming to a close. This past year has been monumental towards validating the strength of the multistakeholder model, the true test beginning on March 14 with the announcement by NTIA of its intention to transition its stewardship of the IANA functions. Now at year's end, I am very pleased with the effort the community has made to inform and develop two global processes to achieve a successful transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/monthly-update-by-theresa-swinehart-3820ccd0-5c5c-43dc-a40f-9e74d6af3598"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/monthly-update-by-theresa-swinehart-3820ccd0-5c5c-43dc-a40f-9e74d6af3598</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Domains Division Holiday Schedule by Akram Atallah<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What a productive year it's been for ICANN and the Internet community. In 2014, ICANN held its first quarterly stakeholder call and our meetings in Singapore, London and Los Angeles surpassed all previous meetings in terms of participation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/global-domains-division-holiday-schedule-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/global-domains-division-holiday-schedule-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Holiday Message from ICANN to the Community<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Please click here to view the message from ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-holiday-message-from-icann-to-the-community"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-holiday-message-from-icann-to-the-community</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet's critical IANA body &ndash; which allocate IP addresses and manage global DNS &ndash; was not compromised by hackers who broke into domain-name overseer ICANN's systems, the organization has stressed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/icann_stresses_critical_internet_systems_not_hacked/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/icann_stresses_critical_internet_systems_not_hacked/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Just How Bad Was the ICANN Database Breach?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has been hacked. The nonprofit organization that manages several databases of domain names is investigating a system intrusion that compromised its domain name servers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cio-today.com/article/index.php?story_id=102003A8RP3O"><span>http://www.cio-today.com/article/index.php?story_id=102003A8RP3O</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>.aeDA Registrar Market Share 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released data revealed by the .ae Domain Administration (aeDA) on the UAE&rsquo;s registrar market share, unveiling the .ae domain name registration for the period between January and August 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://aeda.ae/aeda/eng/news.php?id=112"><span>http://aeda.ae/aeda/eng/news.php?id=112</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Austria Loves .AT Campaign Builds Awareness of Country's ccTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Austrian registry nic.at conducted an awareness campaign appealing to the country&rsquo;s sense of patriotism, and saw the ccTLD&rsquo;s brand awareness rise among registrants.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/23/austria-loves-at/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/23/austria-loves-at/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/austria-loves-at.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/austria-loves-at.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The year in review - the new .at-report is online now!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the last .at-report for this year we look back to an eventful past year. On the last page you will find the Highlights of the year: The Domain pulse in February in Salzburg, the successful ISO-27001 certification and a lot of conferences and events. We are very happy to welcome three new employees at our office in Salzburg!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article/jahresrueckblick-2014-der-neue-at-report-ist-da/?cHash=c8a16d4b6bffe130c24d190a710a6958"><span>https://www.nic.at/en/aboutnic/current-issues/nicat-news/news-view/article//jahresrueckblick-2014-der-neue-at-report-ist-da/?cHash=c8a16d4b6bffe130c24d190a710a6958</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Registrations Of .EU Domains Continue To Grow Healthily<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released last week by the .eu registry EURid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/22/registrations-eu-grow-healthily/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/22/registrations-eu-grow-healthily/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/registrations-of-eu-domains-continue-to-grow-healthily.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/registrations-of-eu-domains-continue-to-grow-healthily.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Total .EU Registrations Up 4.7 Percent in Q3 2014: Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Total registrations of .eu domains were up by 4.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to Q3 2013, according to a report last week by .eu registry EURid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/total-eu-registrations-4-7-percent-q3-2014-report"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/total-eu-registrations-4-7-percent-q3-2014-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Eurid reports .eu registrations up 4.7% in Q3<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7 percent in Q3 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released by the .eu registry EURid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/eurid-reports-eu-registrations-up-47-in-q3--1056106"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/eurid-reports-eu-registrations-up-47-in-q3--1056106</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Q3 2014 .eu progress report now available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7% in Q3 2014 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released today by the .eu registry EURid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/q3-2014-eu-progress-report-now-available"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/dec-2014/q3-2014-eu-progress-report-now-available</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>it: Marketing Campaign<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>January 2015 will see the launch of a marketing campaign for Registro.it, dedicated to raising awareness about the use of the Internet, with a special focus on micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nic.it/everything-on.it/news/campagna-marketing"><span>http://www.nic.it/everything-on.it/news/campagna-marketing</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>no: Users still satisfied<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The survey measures customer satisfaction among registrars and domain holders, and was conducted by Sentio in November 2014. The main conclusion compared to other surveys is that both registrars and holders are more satisfied with Norid and the services we offer than at the last survey.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.norid.no/statistikk/su/kundetilfredshet-2014.en.html"><span>http://www.norid.no/statistikk/su/kundetilfredshet-2014.en.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> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Changing Landscape of Brand Protection in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As 2014 draws to a close, I look back on the monumental changes that have happened in the domain name space and in brand protection over the past year. At this time last year, the general public was still limited to registering in TLDs such as .com, .net, and .info, as well as a handful of country-code domains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/12/15/the-changing-landscape-of-brand-protection-in-2014/"><span>http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/12/15/the-changing-landscape-of-brand-protection-in-2014/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Looking Back on 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2014 was a year for ICANN to take stock, deliberate, and realize significant progress in its management of new gTLDs. Delegation did not take place at the rate that ICANN had predicted, but instead, the organization worked through key milestones and developments of its own process and the New gTLD Program.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/15/looking-back-on-2014/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/15/looking-back-on-2014/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s Really New in the New gTLD Space?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As someone who has long studied trends in the domain name industry, the opening of hundreds of new gTLDs has intrigued me for quite some time on many levels. One question I found myself pondering was: Will new gTLDs create &ldquo;new&rdquo; naming trends or redundant domains across many TLDs? With more than 3 million domains delegated in the new TLD space there is now a corpus to study to answer this question.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fancy a .trust domain? How's $150,000 sound?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The NCC Group has revealed how much it expects to sell new .trust domains for: $150,000. And that's just the wholesale price.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/trust_domains_to_cost_150000_a_pop/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/22/trust_domains_to_cost_150000_a_pop/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Landrush: generic .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names now available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are football.vlaanderen and shopping.brussels still available? Starting today, everyone has the opportunity to grab their favourite .vlaanderen or .brussels domain name. And if there is more than one applicant for any particular domain name, that name will then go up for auction.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/landrush-generic-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names-now-available"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/landrush-generic-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names-now-available</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Will more contested TLDs get more registrations?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I commonly hear that the best is yet to come in terms of new TLD launches. The most heavily contested applications are just getting resolved, and these represent the best TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/19/will-more-contested-tlds-get-more-registrations/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/19/will-more-contested-tlds-get-more-registrations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most new gTLDs use NameSentry after Famous Four signs with Architelos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Architelos yesterday announced that Famous Four Media has signed up to use its NameSentry security service across its portfolio of new gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17800-most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos"><span>http://domainincite.com/17800-most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NameSentry</span><span>&#8480;</span><span> Adopted by Over 60% of New TLDs Launched<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Architelos, Inc., the premier provider of automated domain name abuse detection and mitigation services, has added Famous Four Media to its expanding roster of NameSentry clients.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://architelos.com/most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos/"><span>http://architelos.com/most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google has reiterated its claim that there is no inherent advantage to new TLDs &ndash; such as .london or .book &ndash; when it comes to topping search rankings.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/18/google_swears_new_tlds_dont_give_search_advantage/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/18/google_swears_new_tlds_dont_give_search_advantage/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last chance for Welsh businesses to get their priority applications in for .cymru and .wales before Christmas Eve<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s last orders this week for businesses operating in Wales to make their priority applications for the new .cymru and .wales domain names, applications close at midday on 24 December 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/last-chance-welsh-businesses-get-their-priority-applications-cymru-and-wales-christmas"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/last-chance-welsh-businesses-get-their-priority-applications-cymru-and-wales-christmas</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLDs this week: Two launch on Christmas Eve<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two new TLDs launch this week, both on Christmas Eve and both from Rightside.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/new-tlds-this-week-two-launch-on-christmas-eve/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/new-tlds-this-week-two-launch-on-christmas-eve/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Name Aftermarket with Joe Uddeme &ndash; DNWP Episode 012<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How did new TLDs affect .com domain name sales in 2014? What impact will they have in 2015? You might be surprised by the answer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/domain-name-aftermarket-with-joe-uddeme-dnwp-episode-012/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/domain-name-aftermarket-with-joe-uddeme-dnwp-episode-012/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>My first .Cards spam, which might actually be a good thing for new TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the summer I received a spam email linking to a .club domain name. The spam didn&rsquo;t really have anything to do with .club; the domain choice seemed random. The .Club registry acted quickly to take action against the domain name, which is rather unusual for a registry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/my-first-cards-spam/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/22/my-first-cards-spam/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Club raising more money, valued at $25.4 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .Club TLD registry is raising more funds, and the latest round will value the company at $25.4 million after the investment closes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/club-raising-more-money-valued-at-25-4-million/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/club-raising-more-money-valued-at-25-4-million/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.baby and .mls fetch over $3 million each<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN and Power Auctions have completed December&rsquo;s mini-batch of &ldquo;last resort&rdquo; new gTLD auctions, adding a total of $6.4 million to its mysterious auction cash pile.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17804-baby-and-mls-fetch-over-3-million-each"><span>http://domainincite.com/17804-baby-and-mls-fetch-over-3-million-each</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Empire Strikes Back: "New" Verisign Hums a Familiar Tune by Paul Stahura<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Losing your monopoly must be hard. True, few companies ever experience that particular breed of angst, but if Verisign's reply to even modest success in the new gTLD marketplace is any indication, it must be very hard to say goodbye. We understand why they're worried... The quality of newly registered .COM names is dropping and has been for years. And there is nothing Verisign can do about it. So welcome to the fire sale.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141218_the_empire_strikes_back_new_verisign_hums_a_familiar_tune/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141218_the_empire_strikes_back_new_verisign_hums_a_familiar_tune/</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 from Verisign Labs: What&rsquo;s in your attack surface?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recently, Verisign Labs researcher Eric Osterweil and Verisign CSO Danny McPherson, along with Lixia Zhang, a professor of computer science at UCLA, received the Best Paper Award at this year&rsquo;s IEEE Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec &lsquo;14) for their paper, &ldquo;The Shape and Size of Threats: Defining a Networked System's Attack Surface.&rdquo; Below is a guest post from one of the authors, Eric Osterweil, principal researcher for Verisign Labs, describing the genesis of the research and future plans.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hackers are going after the Internet&rsquo;s very infrastructure. Here&rsquo;s why that matters.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Los Angeles-based nonprofit group that acts as something of the air traffic-controller of the global Internet has announced that it was the victim of a hacking attack last month. That's raising concerns because, while little-known to most Internet users, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers -- better known as ICANN -- quietly helps to keep the Internet up and running.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/19/hackers-are-going-after-the-internets-very-infrastructure-heres-why-that-matters/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/19/hackers-are-going-after-the-internets-very-infrastructure-heres-why-that-matters/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New from Verisign Labs: What&rsquo;s in your attack surface?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recently, Verisign Labs researcher Eric Osterweil and Verisign CSO Danny McPherson, along with Lixia Zhang, a professor of computer science at UCLA, received the Best Paper Award at this year&rsquo;s IEEE Workshop on Secure Network Protocols (NPSec &lsquo;14) for their paper, &ldquo;The Shape and Size of Threats: Defining a Networked System's Attack Surface.&rdquo; Below is a guest post from one of the authors, Eric Osterweil, principal researcher for Verisign Labs, describing the genesis of the research and future plans.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/new_from_verisign_labs_what</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VeriSign Warns of DNS Security Risks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Danny McPherson, the chief security officer of VeriSign, is worried about the future security of the Domain Name System (DNS), which his company helps to keep stable and secure. Among the biggest risks is the continued stability of DNS in an era where domain name collisions are growing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eweek.com/security/verisign-warns-of-dns-security-risks.html"><span>http://www.eweek.com/security/verisign-warns-of-dns-security-risks.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> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Union Bank loses cases against gripe websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Union Bank has lost three domain name arbitration cases involving an upset former customer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/union-bank-loses-cases-against-gripe-websites/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/union-bank-loses-cases-against-gripe-websites/</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>When IoT meets IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet of Things (IoT) is a promising and rapidly developing technology area. Many global IT companies have announced their IoT business plans. IoT has become a powerful force affecting the wide variety of industries, and has been applied in smart home, manufacturing, and transportation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/18/when-iot-meets-ipv6/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/18/when-iot-meets-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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere: Yes, it would damage the DNS; no, it's not going to happen<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As well as finding out that Jennifer Lawrence earns less than her male counterparts, Hollywood studio execs are self-important a-holes and Sony Pictures has a password policy that a baby could break ... it turns out movie giants are also seeking to DESTROY THE INTERNET with a ten-page legal memo.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/movie_industrys_evil_plan_to_destroy_the_internet_is_going_precisely_nowhere/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/19/movie_industrys_evil_plan_to_destroy_the_internet_is_going_precisely_nowhere/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside Partners with BaseKit to Bring Website Builder to Domain Registrars<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Website building platform BaseKit announced last week that it has partnered with domain name services provider Rightside Group to provide its website building tool to its domain registrars.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/rightside-partners-basekit-bring-website-builder-domain-registrars"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/rightside-partners-basekit-bring-website-builder-domain-registrars</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Confirming APNIC 40 dates<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As announced in September, APNIC 40 will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, but the dates are now confirmed: 3-10 September 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/19/confirming-apnic-40-dates/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2014/12/19/confirming-apnic-40-dates/</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>Sedo Announces the Top 10 Highest Domain Name Sales in 2014 - The World&rsquo;s Largest Marketplace Continues to Thrive in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sedo, the world&rsquo;s largest domain marketplace and monetization provider has announced its 2014 list of the highest-valued public domain sales of the year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/news/3546/Sedo-Announces-the-Top-10-Highest-Domain-Name-Sales-in-2014-/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/news/3546/Sedo-Announces-the-Top-10-Highest-Domain-Name-Sales-in-2014-/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cuba domain names take off after yesterday&rsquo;s announcement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... Immediately, people went to domain name registrars to register Cuban domain names. According to Verisign&rsquo;s DomainView tool, over 1,500 domains containing &ldquo;cuba&rdquo; were registered yesterday in .com and .net. Compare that to fewer than 100 that are registered on a typical day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/cuba-domain-names-take-off-after-yesterdays-announcement/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/18/cuba-domain-names-take-off-after-yesterdays-announcement/</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>INTERNET USE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>iPads, tablets, smartphones disrupt good sleep, study finds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Basking in the blue glow of iPads, smartphones and other electronic devices before bedtime could be messing up our sleep patterns more profoundly than we realize, and even affecting our long-term health, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/12/22/ipads-tablets-smartphones-disrupt-good-sleep-study-finds/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/12/22/ipads-tablets-smartphones-disrupt-good-sleep-study-finds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Open the Book, Put Down the Tablet at Bedtime: New Study Examines Devices&rsquo; Impact on the Body&rsquo;s Circadian Clock</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Reading on electronic devices before bedtime can disrupt the body&rsquo;s circadian clock, making it harder to fall asleep and become alert in the morning, according to a study from Brigham and Women&rsquo;s Hospital in Boston.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/open-the-book-close-the-e-reader-at-bedtime-1419272534"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/open-the-book-close-the-e-reader-at-bedtime-1419272534</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>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Future of Privacy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The terms of citizenship and social life are rapidly changing in the digital age. No issue highlights this any better than privacy, always a fluid and context-situated concept and more so now as the boundary between being private and being public is shifting. &ldquo;We have seen the emergence of publicly as the default modality, with privacy declining,&rdquo; wrote Stowe Boyd, the lead researcher for GigaOm Research in his response in this study. &ldquo;In order to &lsquo;exist&rsquo; online, you have to publish things to be shared, and that has to be done in open, public spaces.&rdquo; If not, people have a lesser chance to enrich friendships, find or grow communities, learn new things, and act as economic agents online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/12/18/future-of-privacy/"><span>http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/12/18/future-of-privacy/</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>BRAND PROTECTION &amp; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We need to develop a balance between protecting intellectual property and allowing free speech by Noah Feldman</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Was 2014 the year of the hacker? Or 2013? Or maybe 2011? The answer, of course, is that they all were, and that there are going to be lots more coming. But events in 2014 have helped frame a profound question that we're going to have to answer about the right balance among property, privacy and free speech - and a glance through the year's prominent hacks sheds some light on how we should answer it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theage.com.au/comment/we-need-to-develop-a-balance-between-protecting-intellectual-property-and-allowing-free-speech-20141218-129l7c.html"><span>http://www.theage.com.au/comment/we-need-to-develop-a-balance-between-protecting-intellectual-property-and-allowing-free-speech-20141218-129l7c.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>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30532463"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30532463</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<br><br>&nbsp;email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><br><br>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a> / <a href="http://davidgoldstein.tel/" target="_blank"><span>http://davidgoldstein.tel/</span></a><br>&nbsp;phone: <a href="tel:%2B61%20418%20228%20605"><span>+61 418 228 605</span></a> &ndash; mobile / <a href="tel:%2B61%202%209663%203430"><span>+61 2 9663 3430</span></a> - office/home<br><br>"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 | 11 Dec 05:18 2014

auDA Domain News - 11 December

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IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative

<https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/>

 

Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

Internet Society Strengthens Commitment to the Internet Governance Forum

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum>

 

Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition — But Does It? by Paul Rosenzweig

<http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/>

 

Early Data Suggests New gTLDs Perform Well in Search Environment by Paul Stahura

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/>

 

Forgotten subdomains boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks [IDG]

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/>

 

BHP thwarted by web squatters

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/bhp_thwarted_by_web_squatters_kGOuDro2G0omKE5dr4wmSL>

 

 

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IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative

The IAB thinks it is valuable to develop tools to support communities that can share solutions, expertise, and research related to Internet Governance. We welcomed the initial NETmundial meeting as an additional way to foster the development of a broadly based community engaged in supporting the Internet’s distributed systems and methods. We believe that the recent NETmundial Initiative (https://www.netmundial.org/press-release-1) to develop a long-running dialogue on these topics, in the form of a web site and collection of materials, may be a valuable addition to the overall community efforts.

<https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/>

 

Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab

Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown has rebuffed efforts to get her onside a controversial new body that plans to steer the internet.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

Internet Society Strengthens Commitment to the Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Society today announced that it has further strengthened support of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) by donating an additional US$100,000 through the IGF Support Association. The IGF serves as an essential venue for global and regional multistakeholder communities to discuss public policy issues related to Internet governance.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum>

 

Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition — But Does It? by Paul Rosenzweig

By now, readers of this blog are aware of the decision by the Obama Administration to relinquish the last vestiges of control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (known as the IANA function). The IANA function is currently operated by a non-profit corporation, ICANN, under contract to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is an Administration within the Department of Commerce.

<http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/>

 

Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition

On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract between the NTIA and ICANN.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/breaking-u-s-government-funding-bill-delays-iana-transition/>

 

US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover

US Congress has attempted to stall ceding control of the world's domain-name system – by defunding the government department responsible.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/congress_attempts_to_disrupt_iana_transition_by_withholding_money/>

 

The future of the internet is up in the air

The internet as you know it is about to fundamentally shift. While Americans are embroiled in debates over net neutrality (watch John Oliver explain it) and data surveillance, little attention has been paid to issues that affect global internet security as a whole. Big changes are ahead, and there’s been a surprising lack of discussion about how the internet we’ve come to know and love will be managed, and who will be at the helm.

<http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/the-future-the-internet-the-air>

 

Where We're Going: Leviathan or Golem? by Roy Balleste

The Internet never ceases to fascinate. I am referring not to its content, but to its governance. The IANA transition is the latest example in a world of interesting possibilities. At the core, we find ICANN, and that is why we need a Human Rights Advisory Committee. Any future model, with or without the NTIA, needs to seriously consider this option. But I prefer the hard truth over my own ideals. Maybe this idea will be dismissed, simply because human rights are discussed as some kind of inconvenience.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141209_where_were_going_leviathan_or_golem/>

 

Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

Last month, Texan Congressman and lead voice in the Republican party in the US, Ted Cruz, wrote an opinion piece about the internet. Last week, Wall Street Journal columnist and media-Republican L Gordon Crovitz did the same.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/08/ted_cruz_internet_argument/>

 

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RSSAC Approves Advisories on Service Expectations of Root Servers and Measurements of the Root Server System

At its regular meeting on 20 November 2014, the RSSAC approved RSSAC001 and RSSAC002, the first two formal advisories produced by the RSSAC under its reorganized structure.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-09-en>

 

Proposed Renewal of .JOBS Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement

Purpose (Brief): ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .JOBS which is set to expire on 5 May 2015. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Employ Media LLC (the Registry Operator for the .JOBS TLD).

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-09-en>

 

Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions

ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or to recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. Applications in 2015 are invited for the following positions:

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-08-en>

 

Nomination Period Opens For 2015 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Presentation Planned for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 02 March 2015

ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. This award program 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-2014-12-10-en>

 

Tina Vinney, Chief Executive Officer | Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network, to the ICANN Board

Recommendations for Distribution Policy for gTLD Auction Proceeds

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/vinney-to-icann-board-04dec14-en.pdf>

 

Shweta Sahjwani Asher,Radix Registry, to the Community Priority Evaluation Panel

New gTLD application for .SHOP

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/asher-to-eiu-cpe-panel-05dec14-en.pdf>

 

gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group to Steve Crocker and ICANN Board

GAC Category 2 Safeguards

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gtld-rysg-to-crocker-icann-board-05dec14-en.pdf>

 

Black Ice suspended by ICANN

A small Israeli registrar has had its registrar accreditation suspended by ICANN.

<http://domainincite.com/17741-black-ice-suspended-by-icann>

 

Section 3.18 of the 2013 RAA: Reasonable Investigations, Appropriate Responses by John Horton

Section 3.18 of the ICANN 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) contains language requiring registrars to investigate and respond to abuse complaints. Nearly one year into the new RAA's effective period, what do we know about Section 3.18? If a person or entity wants to submit a complaint, what should they keep in mind? This article reviews the meaning of Section 3.18, how to leverage it, offers a list of do's and don'ts for complainants, and offers a few recommendations for registrars.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_section_318_raa_reasonable_investigations_appropriate_responses/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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au: Third Sector Expo 2015: be informed and get connected

... You will also have numerous opportunities to mingle and connect with fellow NFP peers during session breaks, while browsing the exhibition, as well as at the popular cocktail function brought to you by Platinum Sponsor auDA.

<http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_be_informed_and_get_connected/090344/>

 

Companies are movin' on up to .com domain names

More businesses are investing in the tried-and-true .com after seeing their efforts with new domain names fall flat.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857435/cisco-subnet/companies-are-movin-on-up-to-com-domain-names.html>

 

First live dot-brand switches back to .com

CITIC Group, which became the first company to dump .com for its new dot-brand gTLD, has switched back to .com.

<http://domainincite.com/17785-first-live-dot-brand-switches-back-to-com>

 

New .jobs contract based on new gTLD agreement

ICANN and Employ Media are set to sign a new contract for operation of the .jobs registry which is based heavily on the Registry Agreement signed by all new gTLD registries.

<http://domainincite.com/17778-new-jobs-contract-based-on-new-gtld-agreement>

 

nz: Proposed amendment to Roles and Responsibilities Policy re Resellers

As first advised in August 2014, the Domain Name Commission proposes amending the Roles and Responsibilities Policy (RAR) to include additional provisions around the management of .nz domain name resellers.

<http://dnc.org.nz/story/proposed-amendment-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-re-resellers>

 

Eleven domains suspended under .uk anti-rape rules

Nominet has suspended and permanently blocked 11 “rape” domain names in .uk since introducing a controversial policy earlier this year.

<http://domainincite.com/17739-eleven-domains-suspended-under-uk-anti-rape-rules>

 

After lawsuit, YouPorn buys into .xxx portfolio

Porn site operator Manwin Licensing, known to the domain industry for its antitrust lawsuit against ICANN and ICM Registry that was settled last year, has taken over a portfolio of .xxx domains from a staunch .xxx supporter.

<http://domainincite.com/17733-after-lawsuit-youporn-buys-xxx-portfolio-owner>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Early Data Suggests New gTLDs Perform Well in Search Environment by Paul Stahura

Internet addresses registered in new gTLDs are holding their own against -- and in some cases outperforming -- comparable addresses registered in legacy domains like .COM, according to new data that provides the best window yet into the operational functionality of new gTLD addresses. A question on everyone's mind in the run up to new gTLDs was: how would new domains perform in the wild against legacy domains on the key criteria of search?

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/>

 

Wanna buy a dot-word? If you want a .pizza the action, now's a chance

Everyone loves pizza. Even though the industry is responsible for cluttering millions of people's mailboxes with flyers, you'll still take a look and think about ordering one.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/11/pizza_partnerships_and_search/>

 

Last resort gTLD auction loser wants share of $5m winning bid

An unsuccessful new gTLD applicant wants ICANN to share the proceeds of its “last resort” auction with itself and the other losing applicants.

<http://domainincite.com/17788-last-resort-gtld-auction-loser-wants-share-of-5m-winning-bid>

 

Symantec called in to verify .bank domain applicants

Symantec has been chosen by fTLD Registry Services to verify firms looking to get their hands on the new .bank and .insurance gTLDs.

<http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=26793>

 

fTLD Registry Selects Symantec as Verification Agent

fTLD Registry Services, LLC announced today an agreement with Symantec Corporation to provide verification services for the “.bank” and “.insurance” gTLDs. In this role, Symantec will add a layer of protection to the new domains by verifying the eligibility of companies requesting domain names, making sure the person requesting the domain name is authorized by the company and ensuring the name requested by the company complies with fTLD’s policies.

<http://www.ftld.com/fTLD-Release-re-Symantec-(f)-20141208.pdf>

 

.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials

The launch of new .bank domain names is one step closer with the announcement that Symantec has been chosen to act as the credentials verifier for the TLD.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/bank_hires_symantec_to_check_credentials/>

 

Donuts blames “license” problems for Chinese gTLD delays

Donuts says that problems obtaining “licenses” from the Chinese government are to blame for the fact that it is yet to launch any of its Chinese-script new gTLDs.

<http://domainincite.com/17746-donuts-blames-license-problems-for-chinese-gtld-delays>

 

.health backer has cop-like takedown powers for all gTLDs in Japan

LegitScript, a US company focused on eradicating illegal online pharmacies, which backs the .pharmacy and .health gTLDs, has been given police-like powers to have domain names taken down in Japan.

<http://domainincite.com/17758-health-backer-has-cop-like-takedown-powers-for-all-gtlds-in-japan>

 

.love won by class action lawyers

It appears that the contested new gTLD .love has been won by the law firm Merchant Law Group, after an auction.

<http://domainincite.com/17755-love-won-by-class-action-lawyers>

 

Private auction settles controversial plural gTLD fight

A private auction has been used to settle a new gTLD contention set containing two different strings for the first time.

<http://domainincite.com/17750-private-auction-settles-controversial-plural-gtld-fight>

 

New TLDs & Minds + Machines with Antony Van Couvering – DNW Podcast #10

Antony Van Couvering, founder and CEO of new TLD company Minds + Machines, shares his thoughts on new TLDs on this week’s podcast.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/new-tlds-minds-machines-with-antony-van-couvering-dnw-podcast-10/>

 

CentralNic unloads $2.5m worth of premium domains

CentralNic today announced it has made $2.5 million by selling off some of its stash of premium domain names.

<http://domainincite.com/17748-centralnic-unloads-2-5m-worth-of-premium-domains>

 

CentralNic sells $2.5 worth of premium domain names

CentralNic plc announced today that it has sold $2.5 million worth of premium domain names. These domain names are part of the group’s 20,000 domain name holdings that are not related to new TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/centralnic-sells-2-5-worth-of-premium-domain-names/>

 

Donuts and Rightside release 6 new domains on Wednesday

Remember the good ole’ days of the middle of 2014, when mega-registry Donuts would release four of five new TLDs every week?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/donuts-and-rightside/>

 

Analyst reiterates new TLD forecast and price target for Rightside

B. Riley & Co analyst Sameet Sinha has reiterated his forecast for new TLDs and his $15 price target for Rightside. Rightside is currently trading for $8.29.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/analyst-reiterates-new-tld-forecast-and-price-target-for-rightside/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Forgotten subdomains boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks [IDG]

Subdomains that once served a purpose but later were forgotten by website administrators can be abused by hackers to attack users of sites under the same main domain.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/>

 

Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams

Chinese internet users are behind 85 per cent of fake websites, according to a semi-annual report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/chinese_responsible_for_85_per_cent_of_website_scams/>

 

Which Domains Stand the Strongest Against Phishing Attacks? by Ram Mohan

The latest Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Global Phishing Survey, which analyzed over 100,000 phishing attacks in the first half of 2014, examines the progress that TLDs are making in responding to phishing attacks that use their TLDs. The report finds the .INFO domain has the lowest average phishing uptimes as compared to other TLDs, such as .COM and .NET.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_which_domains_stand_the_strongest_against_phishing_attacks/>

 

Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/09/uk-eu-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0JN27520141209>

 

Researchers Say POODLE Attack Affects Some TLS Implementations

The POODLE attack against SSLv3 that researchers from Google revealed earlier this year also affects some implementations of TLS and vendors now are scrambling to release patches for gear affected by the vulnerability. Soon after the POODLE attack was disclosed in October, researchers began looking into whether it might affect protocols other than SSLv3.

<http://threatpost.com/researchers-say-poodle-attack-affects-some-tls-implementations/109764>

 

DOJ: Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity [IDG]

The U.S. fight against cybercrime would be more effective if companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies, a top U.S. Department of Justice official said.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857632/malware-cybercrime/doj-companies-need-to-trust-govt-on-cybersecurity.html>

 

Security group lays groundwork for a future without passwords

Having to remember multiple passwords may soon be a thing of the past. Setting the stage for a password-free future, an industry consortium has issued a set of instructions that specify a number of alternate ways that computers and devices can confirm a user’s identity.

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857577/security-group-plans-for-a-future-without-passwords.html>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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BHP thwarted by web squatters

BHP Billiton has been stumped by cyber squatters who bought the web address for its new South32 business and tried to charge $10 million for it.

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/bhp_thwarted_by_web_squatters_kGOuDro2G0omKE5dr4wmSL>

<http://www.brw.com.au/p/marketing/name_south_and_what_your_domain_DIt0B9PsYhpY0x3LdPTzRN>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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GoDaddy gets another Domain Appraisal patent

GoDaddy has been issued another U.S. patent related to domain name appraisals.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/godaddy-gets-another-domain-appraisal-patent/>

 

Which domain name registrars lost (and won) transfers according to most recent official data

ICANN just published Verisign’s official .com numbers from August, which gives us a chance to check in on how certain registrars are doing from a customer standpoint.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/com-transfers/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Cloud firm Iomart reports sharp rise in revenue and profits

Hosting and cloud computing firm Iomart has posted a sharp rise in revenue and profit, helped by several acquisitions.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-30395735>

 

French web-hosting company OVH eyes market listing: Le Figaro

French Web-hosting and server provider OVH could consider a stock market listing, French daily Le Figaro reported on Wednesday, citing finance head Nicolas Boyer.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/10/us-ovh-ipo-idINKBN0JO0KH20141210>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Heritage Auctions to hold super-exclusive domain auction at Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Heritage Auctions is trying something different for its next domain name auction: it will be a super-exclusive event held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/heritage-auctions-waldorf-astoria-hotel/>

 

Long Holiday Weekend Brings Aftermarket Lull Offset by Sale Over $5 Million in Escrow

The four-day Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. cut the work week down to three days for most American companies last week. While people are off enjoying big family dinners and getting a head start on Christmas shopping, it is traditionally a slow week for domain sales and that was the case again this year. The highest sale reported was Ehaber.com at $45,000 via Sedo, one of only eight five-figure sales made public.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141210.htm>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Grappling With the ‘Culture of Free’ in Napster’s Aftermath

Once upon a time, a new technology happened along. It was called radio. Soon enough, some people began plucking wireless transmissions out of the air for their own purposes. One clever young man in Washington figured out how to intercept messages that Navy units sent to one another. “He has represented himself to be at distant naval stations or at sea on warships equipped with wireless apparatus,” a magazine called Electrical World reported in 1907. Back then, this fellow’s actions were not unlawful. They amounted nonetheless to a form of piracy.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/technology/grappling-with-the-culture-of-free-in-napsters-aftermath.html>

 

Swedish police raid sinks The Pirate Bay

Swedish police have raided and seized computer and server equipment in Stockholm, taking the notorious piracy site the Pirate Bay offline.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/10/swedish-police-raid-pirate-bay>

 

Can The Pirate Bay Make a Comeback?

Yesterday The Pirate Bay was raided for the second time in its history and millions of people are still anxiously waiting to see whether the "most resilient" site can make a comeback. At the same time, other torrent sites are noticing a big spike in traffic.

<http://torrentfreak.com/can-pirate-bay-make-comeback-141210/>

 

U.S. senator: Why couldn’t we have taken down the Pirate Bay?

Swedish authorities, it seems, have taken down The Pirate Bay, a Web site notorious for facilitating the often-illegal sharing of movies, music and other digital entertainment content. At a Senate hearing Wednesday morning, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, asked the Obama's administration's nominee for the so-called U.S. IP czar post what amounted to, Well, why couldn't we have done that?

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/10/u-s-senator-why-couldnt-we-have-taken-down-the-pirate-bay/>

 

Pirate site The Pirate Bay goes down, then sails for Costa Rica

The original home of The Pirate Bay, probably the Web’s highest-profile site for copyrighted movies, music, and software, is no longer online.

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857735/pirate-site-the-pirate-bay-goes-down-then-sails-for-costa-rica.html>

 

Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline

Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB.

<http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-site-offline-141209/>

 

Pirate Bay sunk amid Swedish data-center raid

Torrent site and online copyright infringement poster child The Pirate Bay experienced a lengthy worldwide outage on Tuesaday, reportedly following the raid of a Stockholm area data center by Swedish police.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/pirate_bay_stockholm_raid/>

 

au: Pirates pay for content, Choice survey finds

People who engage in regular unauthorised downloading of copyright material are also more likely to pay for online and offline content than Australians who don't engage in piracy, according to a new survey by consumer advocacy group Choice.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/561886/pirates-pay-content-choice-survey-finds/>

 

au: No harsh penalties for illicit downloaders under copyright reform

Australians will be blocked from accessing popular overseas websites hosting pirated movies and TV shows but would escape punishment for downloading illicit content under copyright law proposals being presented to federal cabinet on Tuesday.

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html>

<http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html>

 

Aussie Pirates Face Site Blocking, But No Disconnections

Australians who illegally download copyrighted material won't face any new regime to slow down or suspend their Internet connections. However, proposals being presented to cabinet today will outline a new mechanism allowing copyright holders to have 'infringing' sites blocked at the ISP level.

<http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-pirates-face-site-blocking-but-no-disconnections-141209/>

 

au: Copyright clampdown: Scheme to block pirate websites 'open to abuse'

Despite government assurances, an anti-piracy scheme that will in some circumstances force ISPs to block access to websites could potentially censor unrelated material, according to intellectual property academic Dr Matthew Rimmer.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/562252/copyright-clampdown-scheme-block-pirate-websites-open-abuse/>

 

au: Internet industry, major entertainment companies given April deadline to agree on digital piracy code

The internet industry and makers of commercial music, movies and shows have been given five months to reach agreement on new rules to combat digital piracy or have rules imposed on them by the Federal Government.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-10/internet-entertainment-industries-april-deadline-digital-piracy/5958250>

 

au: Movie studios win piracy protection

MOVIE studios will soon be able to obtain court orders to force internet providers to block access to websites which host pirated content as part of new amendments the federal government will make to the Copyright Act.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/movie-studios-win-piracy-protection/story-e6frg906-1227151306804>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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Governments increase Internet censorship, surveillance - Berners Lee

The inventor of the Worldwide Web said on Thursday access to the internet should be regarded as a basic human right and criticised growing censorship by governments and commercial manipulation.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/uk-web-censorship-idUKKBN0JP00N20141211>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/web-censorship-idINKBN0JP00P20141211>

 

Tim Berners-Lee: We must take to the streets to protect the open web – video

The inventor of the world wide web gave a keynote speech at the Every Second Counts Forum, reflecting on the process behind getting his initial idea noticed. Berners-Lee also shares his views on the current issues concerning his creation, including the campaign for net neutrality, of which he is an advocate.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/nov/27/tim-berners-lee-net-neutrality>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/"><span>https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society Strengthens Commitment to the Internet Governance Forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition &mdash; But Does It? by Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/"><span>http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Early Data Suggests New gTLDs Perform Well in Search Environment by Paul Stahura<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Forgotten subdomains boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BHP thwarted by web squatters<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IAB thinks it is valuable to develop tools to support communities that can share solutions, expertise, and research related to Internet Governance. We welcomed the initial NETmundial meeting as an additional way to foster the development of a broadly based community engaged in supporting the Internet&rsquo;s distributed systems and methods. We believe that the recent NETmundial Initiative (<a href="https://www.netmundial.org/press-release-1"><span>https://www.netmundial.org/press-release-1</span></a>) to develop a long-running dialogue on these topics, in the form of a web site and collection of materials, may be a valuable addition to the overall community efforts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/"><span>https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown has rebuffed efforts to get her onside a controversial new body that plans to steer the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society Strengthens Commitment to the Internet Governance Forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Society today announced that it has further strengthened support of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) by donating an additional US$100,000 through the IGF Support Association. The IGF serves as an essential venue for global and regional multistakeholder communities to discuss public policy issues related to Internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition &mdash; But Does It? by Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>By now, readers of this blog are aware of the decision by the Obama Administration to relinquish the last vestiges of control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (known as the IANA function). The IANA function is currently operated by a non-profit corporation, ICANN, under contract to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is an Administration within the Department of Commerce.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/"><span>http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract between the NTIA and ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/breaking-u-s-government-funding-bill-delays-iana-transition/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/breaking-u-s-government-funding-bill-delays-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Congress has attempted to stall ceding control of the world's domain-name system &ndash; by defunding the government department responsible.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/congress_attempts_to_disrupt_iana_transition_by_withholding_money/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/congress_attempts_to_disrupt_iana_transition_by_withholding_money/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The future of the internet is up in the air<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet as you know it is about to fundamentally shift. While Americans are embroiled in debates over net neutrality (watch John Oliver explain it) and data surveillance, little attention has been paid to issues that affect global internet security as a whole. Big changes are ahead, and there&rsquo;s been a surprising lack of discussion about how the internet we&rsquo;ve come to know and love will be managed, and who will be at the helm.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/the-future-the-internet-the-air"><span>http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/the-future-the-internet-the-air</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Where We're Going: Leviathan or Golem? by Roy Balleste<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet never ceases to fascinate. I am referring not to its content, but to its governance. The IANA transition is the latest example in a world of interesting possibilities. At the core, we find ICANN, and that is why we need a Human Rights Advisory Committee. Any future model, with or without the NTIA, needs to seriously consider this option. But I prefer the hard truth over my own ideals. Maybe this idea will be dismissed, simply because human rights are discussed as some kind of inconvenience.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141209_where_were_going_leviathan_or_golem/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141209_where_were_going_leviathan_or_golem/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last month, Texan Congressman and lead voice in the Republican party in the US, Ted Cruz, wrote an opinion piece about the internet. Last week, Wall Street Journal columnist and media-Republican L Gordon Crovitz did the same.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/08/ted_cruz_internet_argument/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/08/ted_cruz_internet_argument/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<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>RSSAC Approves Advisories on Service Expectations of Root Servers and Measurements of the Root Server System<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At its regular meeting on 20 November 2014, the RSSAC approved RSSAC001 and RSSAC002, the first two formal advisories produced by the RSSAC under its reorganized structure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-09-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-09-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proposed Renewal of .JOBS Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Purpose (Brief): ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .JOBS which is set to expire on 5 May 2015. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Employ Media LLC (the Registry Operator for the .JOBS TLD).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-09-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-09-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions<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. Applications in 2015 are invited for the following positions:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nomination Period Opens For 2015 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Presentation Planned for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 02 March 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. This award program 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-2014-12-10-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-10-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tina Vinney, Chief Executive Officer | Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network, to the ICANN Board</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recommendations for Distribution Policy for gTLD Auction Proceeds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/vinney-to-icann-board-04dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/vinney-to-icann-board-04dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Shweta Sahjwani Asher,Radix Registry, to the Community Priority Evaluation Panel</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD application for .SHOP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/asher-to-eiu-cpe-panel-05dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/asher-to-eiu-cpe-panel-05dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group to Steve Crocker and ICANN Board<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Category 2 Safeguards<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gtld-rysg-to-crocker-icann-board-05dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gtld-rysg-to-crocker-icann-board-05dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Black Ice suspended by ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A small Israeli registrar has had its registrar accreditation suspended by ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17741-black-ice-suspended-by-icann"><span>http://domainincite.com/17741-black-ice-suspended-by-icann</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Section 3.18 of the 2013 RAA: Reasonable Investigations, Appropriate Responses by John Horton<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Section 3.18 of the ICANN 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) contains language requiring registrars to investigate and respond to abuse complaints. Nearly one year into the new RAA's effective period, what do we know about Section 3.18? If a person or entity wants to submit a complaint, what should they keep in mind? This article reviews the meaning of Section 3.18, how to leverage it, offers a list of do's and don'ts for complainants, and offers a few recommendations for registrars.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_section_318_raa_reasonable_investigations_appropriate_responses/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_section_318_raa_reasonable_investigations_appropriate_responses/</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Third Sector Expo 2015: be informed and get connected<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... You will also have numerous opportunities to mingle and connect with fellow NFP peers during session breaks, while browsing the exhibition, as well as at the popular cocktail function brought to you by Platinum Sponsor auDA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_be_informed_and_get_connected/090344/"><span>http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_be_informed_and_get_connected/090344/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies are movin' on up to .com domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More businesses are investing in the tried-and-true .com after seeing their efforts with new domain names fall flat.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857435/cisco-subnet/companies-are-movin-on-up-to-com-domain-names.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857435/cisco-subnet/companies-are-movin-on-up-to-com-domain-names.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First live dot-brand switches back to .com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CITIC Group, which became the first company to dump .com for its new dot-brand gTLD, has switched back to .com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17785-first-live-dot-brand-switches-back-to-com"><span>http://domainincite.com/17785-first-live-dot-brand-switches-back-to-com</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .jobs contract based on new gTLD agreement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN and Employ Media are set to sign a new contract for operation of the .jobs registry which is based heavily on the Registry Agreement signed by all new gTLD registries.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17778-new-jobs-contract-based-on-new-gtld-agreement"><span>http://domainincite.com/17778-new-jobs-contract-based-on-new-gtld-agreement</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Proposed amendment to Roles and Responsibilities Policy re Resellers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As first advised in August 2014, the Domain Name Commission proposes amending the Roles and Responsibilities Policy (RAR) to include additional provisions around the management of .nz domain name resellers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnc.org.nz/story/proposed-amendment-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-re-resellers"><span>http://dnc.org.nz/story/proposed-amendment-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-re-resellers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Eleven domains suspended under .uk anti-rape rules<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet has suspended and permanently blocked 11 &ldquo;rape&rdquo; domain names in .uk since introducing a controversial policy earlier this year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17739-eleven-domains-suspended-under-uk-anti-rape-rules"><span>http://domainincite.com/17739-eleven-domains-suspended-under-uk-anti-rape-rules</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After lawsuit, YouPorn buys into .xxx portfolio<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Porn site operator Manwin Licensing, known to the domain industry for its antitrust lawsuit against ICANN and ICM Registry that was settled last year, has taken over a portfolio of .xxx domains from a staunch .xxx supporter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17733-after-lawsuit-youporn-buys-xxx-portfolio-owner"><span>http://domainincite.com/17733-after-lawsuit-youporn-buys-xxx-portfolio-owner</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>Early Data Suggests New gTLDs Perform Well in Search Environment by Paul Stahura<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet addresses registered in new gTLDs are holding their own against -- and in some cases outperforming -- comparable addresses registered in legacy domains like .COM, according to new data that provides the best window yet into the operational functionality of new gTLD addresses. A question on everyone's mind in the run up to new gTLDs was: how would new domains perform in the wild against legacy domains on the key criteria of search?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Wanna buy a dot-word? If you want a .pizza the action, now's a chance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Everyone loves pizza. Even though the industry is responsible for cluttering millions of people's mailboxes with flyers, you'll still take a look and think about ordering one.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/11/pizza_partnerships_and_search/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/11/pizza_partnerships_and_search/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last resort gTLD auction loser wants share of $5m winning bid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An unsuccessful new gTLD applicant wants ICANN to share the proceeds of its &ldquo;last resort&rdquo; auction with itself and the other losing applicants.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17788-last-resort-gtld-auction-loser-wants-share-of-5m-winning-bid"><span>http://domainincite.com/17788-last-resort-gtld-auction-loser-wants-share-of-5m-winning-bid</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Symantec called in to verify .bank domain applicants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Symantec has been chosen by fTLD Registry Services to verify firms looking to get their hands on the new .bank and .insurance gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=26793"><span>http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=26793</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fTLD Registry Selects Symantec as Verification Agent</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fTLD Registry Services, LLC announced today an agreement with Symantec Corporation to provide verification services for the &ldquo;.bank&rdquo; and &ldquo;.insurance&rdquo; gTLDs. In this role, Symantec will add a layer of protection to the new domains by verifying the eligibility of companies requesting domain names, making sure the person requesting the domain name is authorized by the company and ensuring the name requested by the company complies with fTLD&rsquo;s policies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ftld.com/fTLD-Release-re-Symantec-(f)-20141208.pdf"><span>http://www.ftld.com/fTLD-Release-re-Symantec-(f)-20141208.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The launch of new .bank domain names is one step closer with the announcement that Symantec has been chosen to act as the credentials verifier for the TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/bank_hires_symantec_to_check_credentials/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/bank_hires_symantec_to_check_credentials/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts blames &ldquo;license&rdquo; problems for Chinese gTLD delays<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts says that problems obtaining &ldquo;licenses&rdquo; from the Chinese government are to blame for the fact that it is yet to launch any of its Chinese-script new gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17746-donuts-blames-license-problems-for-chinese-gtld-delays"><span>http://domainincite.com/17746-donuts-blames-license-problems-for-chinese-gtld-delays</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.health backer has cop-like takedown powers for all gTLDs in Japan<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LegitScript, a US company focused on eradicating illegal online pharmacies, which backs the .pharmacy and .health gTLDs, has been given police-like powers to have domain names taken down in Japan.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17758-health-backer-has-cop-like-takedown-powers-for-all-gtlds-in-japan"><span>http://domainincite.com/17758-health-backer-has-cop-like-takedown-powers-for-all-gtlds-in-japan</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.love won by class action lawyers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It appears that the contested new gTLD .love has been won by the law firm Merchant Law Group, after an auction.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17755-love-won-by-class-action-lawyers"><span>http://domainincite.com/17755-love-won-by-class-action-lawyers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Private auction settles controversial plural gTLD fight<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A private auction has been used to settle a new gTLD contention set containing two different strings for the first time.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17750-private-auction-settles-controversial-plural-gtld-fight"><span>http://domainincite.com/17750-private-auction-settles-controversial-plural-gtld-fight</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLDs &amp; Minds + Machines with Antony Van Couvering &ndash; DNW Podcast #10<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Antony Van Couvering, founder and CEO of new TLD company Minds + Machines, shares his thoughts on new TLDs on this week&rsquo;s podcast.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/new-tlds-minds-machines-with-antony-van-couvering-dnw-podcast-10/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/new-tlds-minds-machines-with-antony-van-couvering-dnw-podcast-10/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic unloads $2.5m worth of premium domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic today announced it has made $2.5 million by selling off some of its stash of premium domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17748-centralnic-unloads-2-5m-worth-of-premium-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/17748-centralnic-unloads-2-5m-worth-of-premium-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic sells $2.5 worth of premium domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic plc announced today that it has sold $2.5 million worth of premium domain names. These domain names are part of the group&rsquo;s 20,000 domain name holdings that are not related to new TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/centralnic-sells-2-5-worth-of-premium-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/centralnic-sells-2-5-worth-of-premium-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts and Rightside release 6 new domains on Wednesday<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Remember the good ole&rsquo; days of the middle of 2014, when mega-registry Donuts would release four of five new TLDs every week?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/donuts-and-rightside/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/donuts-and-rightside/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Analyst reiterates new TLD forecast and price target for Rightside<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>B. Riley &amp; Co analyst Sameet Sinha has reiterated his forecast for new TLDs and his $15 price target for Rightside. Rightside is currently trading for $8.29.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/analyst-reiterates-new-tld-forecast-and-price-target-for-rightside/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/analyst-reiterates-new-tld-forecast-and-price-target-for-rightside/</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>Forgotten subdomains boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Subdomains that once served a purpose but later were forgotten by website administrators can be abused by hackers to attack users of sites under the same main domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chinese internet users are behind 85 per cent of fake websites, according to a semi-annual report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/chinese_responsible_for_85_per_cent_of_website_scams/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/chinese_responsible_for_85_per_cent_of_website_scams/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Which Domains Stand the Strongest Against Phishing Attacks? by Ram Mohan<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Global Phishing Survey, which analyzed over 100,000 phishing attacks in the first half of 2014, examines the progress that TLDs are making in responding to phishing attacks that use their TLDs. The report finds the .INFO domain has the lowest average phishing uptimes as compared to other TLDs, such as .COM and .NET.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_which_domains_stand_the_strongest_against_phishing_attacks/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_which_domains_stand_the_strongest_against_phishing_attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/09/uk-eu-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0JN27520141209"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/09/uk-eu-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0JN27520141209</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Researchers Say POODLE Attack Affects Some TLS Implementations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The POODLE attack against SSLv3 that researchers from Google revealed earlier this year also affects some implementations of TLS and vendors now are scrambling to release patches for gear affected by the vulnerability. Soon after the POODLE attack was disclosed in October, researchers began looking into whether it might affect protocols other than SSLv3.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/researchers-say-poodle-attack-affects-some-tls-implementations/109764"><span>http://threatpost.com/researchers-say-poodle-attack-affects-some-tls-implementations/109764</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOJ: Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. fight against cybercrime would be more effective if companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies, a top U.S. Department of Justice official said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857632/malware-cybercrime/doj-companies-need-to-trust-govt-on-cybersecurity.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857632/malware-cybercrime/doj-companies-need-to-trust-govt-on-cybersecurity.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Security group lays groundwork for a future without passwords<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Having to remember multiple passwords may soon be a thing of the past. Setting the stage for a password-free future, an industry consortium has issued a set of instructions that specify a number of alternate ways that computers and devices can confirm a user&rsquo;s identity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857577/security-group-plans-for-a-future-without-passwords.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857577/security-group-plans-for-a-future-without-passwords.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> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BHP thwarted by web squatters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BHP Billiton has been stumped by cyber squatters who bought the web address for its new South32 business and tried to charge $10 million for it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/bhp_thwarted_by_web_squatters_kGOuDro2G0omKE5dr4wmSL"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/technology/bhp_thwarted_by_web_squatters_kGOuDro2G0omKE5dr4wmSL</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/marketing/name_south_and_what_your_domain_DIt0B9PsYhpY0x3LdPTzRN"><span>http://www.brw.com.au/p/marketing/name_south_and_what_your_domain_DIt0B9PsYhpY0x3LdPTzRN</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>GoDaddy gets another Domain Appraisal patent<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy has been issued another U.S. patent related to domain name appraisals.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/godaddy-gets-another-domain-appraisal-patent/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/godaddy-gets-another-domain-appraisal-patent/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Which domain name registrars lost (and won) transfers according to most recent official data<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN just published Verisign&rsquo;s official .com numbers from August, which gives us a chance to check in on how certain registrars are doing from a customer standpoint.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/com-transfers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/com-transfers/</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>Cloud firm Iomart reports sharp rise in revenue and profits<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hosting and cloud computing firm Iomart has posted a sharp rise in revenue and profit, helped by several acquisitions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-30395735"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-30395735</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>French web-hosting company OVH eyes market listing: Le Figaro<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>French Web-hosting and server provider OVH could consider a stock market listing, French daily Le Figaro reported on Wednesday, citing finance head Nicolas Boyer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/10/us-ovh-ipo-idINKBN0JO0KH20141210"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/10/us-ovh-ipo-idINKBN0JO0KH20141210</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>Heritage Auctions to hold super-exclusive domain auction at Waldorf Astoria Hotel<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Heritage Auctions is trying something different for its next domain name auction: it will be a super-exclusive event held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/heritage-auctions-waldorf-astoria-hotel/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/heritage-auctions-waldorf-astoria-hotel/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Long Holiday Weekend Brings Aftermarket Lull Offset by Sale Over $5 Million in Escrow <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The four-day Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. cut the work week down to three days for most American companies last week. While people are off enjoying big family dinners and getting a head start on Christmas shopping, it is traditionally a slow week for domain sales and that was the case again this year. The highest sale reported was Ehaber.com at $45,000 via Sedo, one of only eight five-figure sales made public.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141210.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141210.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><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>Grappling With the &lsquo;Culture of Free&rsquo; in Napster&rsquo;s Aftermath<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Once upon a time, a new technology happened along. It was called radio. Soon enough, some people began plucking wireless transmissions out of the air for their own purposes. One clever young man in Washington figured out how to intercept messages that Navy units sent to one another. &ldquo;He has represented himself to be at distant naval stations or at sea on warships equipped with wireless apparatus,&rdquo; a magazine called Electrical World reported in 1907. Back then, this fellow&rsquo;s actions were not unlawful. They amounted nonetheless to a form of piracy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/technology/grappling-with-the-culture-of-free-in-napsters-aftermath.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/technology/grappling-with-the-culture-of-free-in-napsters-aftermath.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish police raid sinks The Pirate Bay<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish police have raided and seized computer and server equipment in Stockholm, taking the notorious piracy site the Pirate Bay offline.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/10/swedish-police-raid-pirate-bay"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/10/swedish-police-raid-pirate-bay</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can The Pirate Bay Make a Comeback?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yesterday The Pirate Bay was raided for the second time in its history and millions of people are still anxiously waiting to see whether the "most resilient" site can make a comeback. At the same time, other torrent sites are noticing a big spike in traffic.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/can-pirate-bay-make-comeback-141210/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/can-pirate-bay-make-comeback-141210/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. senator: Why couldn&rsquo;t we have taken down the Pirate Bay?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish authorities, it seems, have taken down The Pirate Bay, a Web site notorious for facilitating the often-illegal sharing of movies, music and other digital entertainment content. At a Senate hearing Wednesday morning, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, asked the Obama's administration's nominee for the so-called U.S. IP czar post what amounted to, Well, why couldn't we have done that?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/10/u-s-senator-why-couldnt-we-have-taken-down-the-pirate-bay/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/10/u-s-senator-why-couldnt-we-have-taken-down-the-pirate-bay/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pirate site The Pirate Bay goes down, then sails for Costa Rica<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The original home of The Pirate Bay, probably the Web&rsquo;s highest-profile site for copyrighted movies, music, and software, is no longer online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857735/pirate-site-the-pirate-bay-goes-down-then-sails-for-costa-rica.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857735/pirate-site-the-pirate-bay-goes-down-then-sails-for-costa-rica.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-site-offline-141209/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-site-offline-141209/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pirate Bay sunk amid Swedish data-center raid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Torrent site and online copyright infringement poster child The Pirate Bay experienced a lengthy worldwide outage on Tuesaday, reportedly following the raid of a Stockholm area data center by Swedish police.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/pirate_bay_stockholm_raid/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/pirate_bay_stockholm_raid/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Pirates pay for content, Choice survey finds</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>People who engage in regular unauthorised downloading of copyright material are also more likely to pay for online and offline content than Australians who don't engage in piracy, according to a new survey by consumer advocacy group Choice.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/561886/pirates-pay-content-choice-survey-finds/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/561886/pirates-pay-content-choice-survey-finds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: No harsh penalties for illicit downloaders under copyright reform<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australians will be blocked from accessing popular overseas websites hosting pirated movies and TV shows but would escape punishment for downloading illicit content under copyright law proposals being presented to federal cabinet on Tuesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html"><span>http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aussie Pirates Face Site Blocking, But No Disconnections<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australians who illegally download copyrighted material won't face any new regime to slow down or suspend their Internet connections. However, proposals being presented to cabinet today will outline a new mechanism allowing copyright holders to have 'infringing' sites blocked at the ISP level.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-pirates-face-site-blocking-but-no-disconnections-141209/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-pirates-face-site-blocking-but-no-disconnections-141209/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Copyright clampdown: Scheme to block pirate websites 'open to abuse'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Despite government assurances, an anti-piracy scheme that will in some circumstances force ISPs to block access to websites could potentially censor unrelated material, according to intellectual property academic Dr Matthew Rimmer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/562252/copyright-clampdown-scheme-block-pirate-websites-open-abuse/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/562252/copyright-clampdown-scheme-block-pirate-websites-open-abuse/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Internet industry, major entertainment companies given April deadline to agree on digital piracy code<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet industry and makers of commercial music, movies and shows have been given five months to reach agreement on new rules to combat digital piracy or have rules imposed on them by the Federal Government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-10/internet-entertainment-industries-april-deadline-digital-piracy/5958250"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-10/internet-entertainment-industries-april-deadline-digital-piracy/5958250</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Movie studios win piracy protection<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MOVIE studios will soon be able to obtain court orders to force internet providers to block access to websites which host pirated content as part of new amendments the federal government will make to the Copyright Act.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/movie-studios-win-piracy-protection/story-e6frg906-1227151306804"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/movie-studios-win-piracy-protection/story-e6frg906-1227151306804</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Governments increase Internet censorship, surveillance - Berners Lee<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The inventor of the Worldwide Web said on Thursday access to the internet should be regarded as a basic human right and criticised growing censorship by governments and commercial manipulation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/uk-web-censorship-idUKKBN0JP00N20141211"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/uk-web-censorship-idUKKBN0JP00N20141211</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/web-censorship-idINKBN0JP00P20141211"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/web-censorship-idINKBN0JP00P20141211</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tim Berners-Lee: We must take to the streets to protect the open web &ndash; video<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The inventor of the world wide web gave a keynote speech at the Every Second Counts Forum, reflecting on the process behind getting his initial idea noticed. Berners-Lee also shares his views on the current issues concerning his creation, including the campaign for net neutrality, of which he is an advocate.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/nov/27/tim-berners-lee-net-neutrality"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/nov/27/tim-berners-lee-net-neutrality</span></a>&gt;<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>
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David Goldstein | 8 Dec 05:29 2014

auDA Domain News - 8 December

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As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?

<http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn>

 

Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/>

 

ICANN Heads Back Buenos Aires For June 2015 Meeting

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/>

 

au: Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained

<http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/>

 

Tackling criminal activity in .UK – Six month report

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report>

 

The Top 5 Things to Consider When Applying for a .BRAND

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/>

 

Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/>

 

QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Why India must engage with ICANN

India’s Internet diplomacy has found its voice late, leaving the government with little time to get its act together before the ICANN-U.S. contract expires in September next year

<http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/why-india-must-engage-with-icann/article6662319.ece>

 

China and Technical Global Internet Governance: Beijing's Approach to Multi-Stakeholder Governance within ICANN, WSIS and the IGF by Tristan Galloway & Baogang He [Deakin University]

Abstract: Since the late 1990s, the Chinese government has engaged in a process of attempting to reform the technical global internet governance regime, which is currently dominated by the US government and non-state actors.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532336>

 

As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?

The nascent NETmundial Initiative appears to be in dire straits already, just weeks into its existence, after another influential internet governance body decided against joining.

<http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn>

 

Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer

In a further blow to efforts by domain-names overlord ICANN to create a body to steer the future of the internet, the NetMundial Initiative has now been snubbed by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

Remarks at the ITU Plenipotentiary and International Internet Governance: Remarks by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

I want to thank the Media Institute and Dick Wiley in particular for inviting me to speak today. Mr. Wiley is the Vice Chair of the external advisory committee for my office. He is a walking institution in the Washington communications community and I rely on him and his team’s counsel for much of what we do in our work at State.

<http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2014/234684.htm>

 

The New Social Contract for The Internet

We have reason to rejoice these days. Ever since the world became aware of U.S. policy to surveil Internet users en masse, the ground has shifted under the idea of 'Internet Governance.' This term, if not yet extinct, is at least already outdated.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanchristophe-nothias/the-new-social-contract-for-the-internet_b_6273976.html>

 

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- ICANN

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Les Johnson, Vice President for External Affairs | Federation of Gay Games, to the ICANN Board Governance Committee

Application for .GAY

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/johnson-to-bgc-28nov14-en.pdf>

 

ICANN 53 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

ICANN Fellowship program seeks participants from developing countries interested in the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier system. The goals of the Fellowship Program are to help broaden the base of knowledgeable constituents engaged in ICANN's Multistakeholder process and to encourage the participation of new voices from around the world.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-05-en>

 

Call to Action from Ashwin Rangan, ICANN Chief Innovation & Information Officer, December 3, 2014

Ashwin asks for the ICANN Community's help in creating a common stakeholder, community-wide set of tools and technologies.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJFNFgQBlo0>

 

US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

America's assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling has told domain-name overlord ICANN that without improvements to its accountability the US government will not hand over the crucial IANA contract.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/>

 

ICANN Heads Back Buenos Aires For June 2015 Meeting

The ICANN board decided on 3 December the 53rd public meeting for the organisation will be held in Buenos Aires from 21 to 25 June.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23234>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting.html>

 

Call For Participation - ICANN 52 DNSSEC Workshop on 11 Feb 2015 In Singapore by Dan York

If you will be at ICANN 52 in Singapore in February 2015 (or can get there) and work with DNSSEC or the DANE protocol, we are seeking proposals for talks to be featured as part of the 6-hour DNSSEC Workshop on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, December 10, 2015... The full Call For Participation is published online and gives many examples of the kinds of talks we'd like to include.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141204_participation_icann_52_dnssec_workshop_on_11_feb_2015_in_singapore/>

 

Seven Key Takeaways from ICANN 51 in Los Angeles

The 51st international meeting of ICANN formally concluded on Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. As always, the ICANN community discussed several high-profile topics during the meeting, all of which are relevant to registry operators, new gTLD applicants and brand owners alike, including: two-character names and geographic names; string confusion objection review, indirect contention, and auctions; domain name collision mitigation and trademark sunrise protections; internet governance and accountability mechanisms; planning for subsequent new gTLD rounds; Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs); and the ongoing Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Review. Our new gTLD team has closely examined developments at the meeting and carefully distilled the following high-level takeaways on these subjects, which have continued to blossom and garner further attention since the meeting.

<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/seven-key-takeaways-icann-51-los-angeles>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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au: Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained

The .au domain space is a trusted, respected and safe place for Australian Internet users. Part of our role at auDA is to keep it that way.

<http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/>

 

Cyrillic TLD a success because it’s “not for business”

During a panel on the multilingual Internet at this year’s Domain Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria, Deputy Head of Information Department for the IDN ccTLD .PΦ Mikhail Anisimov argued that the reason Russia’s Cyrillic TLD (launched on November 11, 2010) is such a success is because it’s first and foremost aimed at users rather than businesses.

<http://post.milathan.com/2014/12/cyrillic-tld-a-success-because-its-not-for-business/>

 

Tackling criminal activity in .UK – Six month report

Nominet today published an update on .UK domains suspended for criminal activity over the past six months.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report>

 

Typosquatters cashing in on .uk domains

Typosquatters are cashing in by registering new .uk domains which look similar to those used by existing high-traffic .co.uk websites.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html>

 

Survey shows consumer frustration with offline high street stores

More than a quarter of consumers (28%) think that local businesses which don’t have a website are outdated or can’t keep up with the times. That’s the key finding of research commissioned by Nominet, the internet company best known for running the .uk internet infrastructure, to mark Small Business Saturday.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/survey-shows-consumer-frustration-offline-high-street-stores>

 

Vietnam tops ASEAN for national domain registration

The Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) announced on December 5 that the ‘.vn’ domain name topped the ASEAN region for number of registrations and ranked seventh for all Asian nations.

<http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/118083/vietnam-tops-asean-for-national-domain-registration.html>

 

VN tops ASEAN in domain names

Viet Nam's domain name ."vn" had the largest number of registrations among ASEAN countries' domain names as of September 2014, the Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) revealed on Friday.

<http://www.vir.com.vn/vn-tops-asean-in-domain-names.html>

 

VNNIC publishes the Report on Vietnam Internet Resources 2014

On the occasion of “Internet Day 2014” on 05h December 2014, Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) officially announced the publication of the Report on Vietnam Internet Resources 2014.

<http://vnnic.vn/node/1312?lang=en>

 

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The Top 5 Things to Consider When Applying for a .BRAND

ICANN recently announced that it may open a second round of the New gTLD Program as early as late 2016. While 2016 still sounds pretty far away, companies that are considering applying for a .BRAND or .GENERIC should begin assessing its value soon in order to allow enough time to make an informed decision.

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/>

 

New .LGBT Web Domain Launched

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the first phase of the introduction of a new gTLD that is dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and those who serve it: dot LGBT or .LGBT. The first phase is the “sunrise” period, which is limited to eligible trademark holders and is open from January 5, 2015 through February 4, 2015.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2014/12/04/new-lgbt-web-domain-launched>

 

GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD

The TLD .football has been auctioned off for, what's expected to be, millions of dollars to upstart registry Donuts.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/04/dot_football_gtld_auction/>

 

.sydney domain names now available in pre-release

Sydney’s most highly prized online real estate assets have today been released to the market as Australia’s most iconic city inherits a truly iconic web address with the launch of .sydney domain names for pre-release applications.

<http://www.ariservices.com/news-.sydney domain names now available in pre->

 

Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD

Sydney has joined a growing list of global cities such as London, New York, Vienna, Berlin and Melbourne with its own gTLD.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23232>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/sydney-applications-open-gtld.html>

 

All-gay web domain unveiled - .LGBT

A new internet domain was unveiled Thursday for sites focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community - .LGBT.

<http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/all-gay-web-domain-unveiled-.lgbt/article/2556955>

 

Rightside Group Is Changing the Internet - Presented by: The Aol. On Network

CEO Taryn Naidu tells The Street’s Jill Malandrino it is a very similar business model to a company like a GoDaddy. Recently, Rightside has ventured in a new area called Top Level Domains or TLD, or the acquisition of new domain extensions.

<http://www.nasdaq.com/video/rightside-group-is-changing-the-internet-518545375>

 

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DNSSEC Adoption Part 3: A Five Day Hole in Online Security by Dr. James Galvin

Implementing security requires attention to detail. Integrating security services with applications where neither the security service nor the application consider their counterpart in their design sometimes make plain that a fundamental change in existing practices is needed. Existing "standard" registrar business practices require revision before the benefits of the secure infrastructure foundation DNSSEC offers can be realized.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141205_dnssec_adoption_a_five_day_hole_in_online_security_part_3/>

 

The December 2014 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

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

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/12/05/the-december-2014-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/>

 

Why ‘Regin’ Malware Changes Threatscape Economics

Never before have attackers been able to deploy a common malware platform and configure it as necessary with low-cost, quick-turnaround business logic apps.

<http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/why-regin-malware-changes-threatscape-economics-/a/d-id/1317879>

 

Only a cyber ‘arms control’ treaty can keep online criminals and terrorists at bay

Software experts around the world will have been putting in overtime on their security this week after a major cyber attack was launched on Sony Pictures. North Korea, accused of organising the hacking, denied involvement, but the attack came only days after it was revealed that an advanced, malicious virus – Regin malware – had been spying on governments, businesses, research institutes and individuals for the past six years.

<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/05/cyber-arms-control-online-criminal-terorists-regin-sony>

 

New U.S. cyber security prosecutor unit to focus on prevention

The U.S. Justice Department is creating a unit within the criminal division to advise on electronic surveillance in cyber investigations and work with the private sector to prevent online crime, an official said on Thursday.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/uk-cybersecurity-doj-idUKKCN0JI1MH20141204>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/cybersecurity-doj-idINKCN0JI1ZV20141204>

 

us: Senate to Hold Hearing on Cyberattacks Against Finance

The Senate Banking Committee plans to hold a hearing next week on ways to “protect the financial sector” from cyberattacks, but for now there are no plans to have anyone from the financial services industry testify.

<http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/senate-to-hold-hearing-on-cyberattacks-against-finance/>

 

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ICE collaborates with industry and international law enforcement agencies to shutdown domain names selling counterfeit merchandise

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with industry and 24 law enforcement agencies across 18 countries to shutdown 29,684 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers as part of Project Transatlantic/ Operation In-Our-Sites V.

<http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-collaborates-industry-and-international-law-enforcement-agencies-shutdown-domain>

 

Porn site operator sues cybersquatters

The company behind PornHub.com, RedTube.com and YouPorn.com has filed multiple lawsuits in U.S. District court against the owners of at least ten domain names it alleges are cybersquatting on its brands. The lawsuit was filed by Licensing IP International S.à.r.l., which is commonly known as MindGeek.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/porn-site-operator-sues-cybersquatters/>

 

Mauritius Government Gets Into Dispute Over Key Domain Name

Domain names expire, drop and get re-registered all the time. It’s normal. However, governments are usually very conservative about how they handle domain names. A government department is more likely to hold on to a domain name for several years after they’ve stopped using it rather than “release” it too early.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/03/mauritius-government-gets-dispute-key-domain-name/>

 

ch: Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. v. Boer Romania Srl - Case No. DCH2014-0019

1. The Parties: The Claimant is Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. of Vevey, Switzerland, represented by Studio Barbero, Italy. The Respondent is Boer Romania Srl of Satu Mare, Romania, self-represented. 2. Domain Name: The dispute concerns the following domain name <bubchen.ch>. The Registry of the disputed domain name is SWITCH, Zurich, Switzerland.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DCH2014-0019>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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1st EU-US Cyber Dialogue

On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the EU-US Cyber Dialogue on 5 December 2014, EU and US representatives met in Brussels to discuss several foreign policy-related cyber issues:

<http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2014/141205_05_en.htm>

 

"Joint Elements" from U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue, 5th December 2014

On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium on December 5, the participants jointly agreed to specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows:

<http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/12/234702.htm>

 

Companies don’t want you to use Whois privacy, but they use it themselves

There’s a common myth in intellectual property circles that, if it weren’t for whois privacy and proxy services, there would be a lot less bad stuff on the internet.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/whois-privacy-big-company/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in November 2014

Qube had the most reliable hosting company site in November with just a single failed request. This is the fifth time Qube has made it to first place in 2014, and the fourteenth time it has featured in the top 10 since September 2013. Qube offers a Managed Operating System Service, where its engineers cover day-to-day tasks such as continuous monitoring, tuning and patching.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-november-2014.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million

Qatar National Bank has paid $1 million to acquire the three letter domain name QNB.com.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/>

 

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming! A 7-Figure Sales is Reported for the 3rd Week in a Row

For the 3rd time in as many weeks a 7-figure domain sale has come to light. George dropped us a note today to report a $1 million sale of QNB.com that he discovered while going through an SEC filing made by Pennsylvania's QNB Corp. (the parent company of QNB Bank). QNB Corp. sold their three-letter domain to foreign bank - Qatar National Bank - and filled the gap by moving their site to QNBBank.com.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141205.htm>

 

Researchers study the “Dark Side of Domain Parking”

A group of researchers, mostly from Indiana University, recently presented a study about the “Dark Side of Domain Parking”.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/researchers-study-the-dark-side-of-domain-parking/>

 

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CENSORSHIP

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In the ‘global struggle for Internet freedom,’ the Internet is losing, report finds

The year 2014 marks the moment that the world turned its attention to writing laws to govern what happens on the Internet. And that has not been a great thing, according to an annual report from the U.S.-based pro-democracy think tank Freedom House.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/04/in-the-global-struggle-for-internet-freedom-the-internet-is-losing-report-finds/>

 

 

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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"><span>As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn"><span>http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Heads Back Buenos Aires For June 2015 Meeting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tackling criminal activity in .UK &ndash; Six month report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Top 5 Things to Consider When Applying for a .BRAND<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why India must engage with ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>India&rsquo;s Internet diplomacy has found its voice late, leaving the government with little time to get its act together before the ICANN-U.S. contract expires in September next year<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/why-india-must-engage-with-icann/article6662319.ece"><span>http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/why-india-must-engage-with-icann/article6662319.ece</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China and Technical Global Internet Governance: Beijing's Approach to Multi-Stakeholder Governance within ICANN, WSIS and the IGF by Tristan Galloway &amp; Baogang He [Deakin University]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract:</span><span> Since the late 1990s, the Chinese government has engaged in a process of attempting to reform the technical global internet governance regime, which is currently dominated by the US government and non-state actors. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532336"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532336</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The nascent NETmundial Initiative appears to be in dire straits already, just weeks into its existence, after another influential internet governance body decided against joining.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn"><span>http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a further blow to efforts by domain-names overlord ICANN to create a body to steer the future of the internet, the NetMundial Initiative has now been snubbed by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Remarks at the ITU Plenipotentiary and International Internet Governance: Remarks by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I want to thank the Media Institute and Dick Wiley in particular for inviting me to speak today. Mr. Wiley is the Vice Chair of the external advisory committee for my office. He is a walking institution in the Washington communications community and I rely on him and his team&rsquo;s counsel for much of what we do in our work at State.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2014/234684.htm"><span>http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2014/234684.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The New Social Contract for The Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We have reason to rejoice these days. Ever since the world became aware of U.S. policy to surveil Internet users en masse, the ground has shifted under the idea of 'Internet Governance.' This term, if not yet extinct, is at least already outdated.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanchristophe-nothias/the-new-social-contract-for-the-internet_b_6273976.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanchristophe-nothias/the-new-social-contract-for-the-internet_b_6273976.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>DOMAIN NAMES<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>Les Johnson, Vice President for External Affairs | Federation of Gay Games, to the ICANN Board Governance Committee<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Application for .GAY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/johnson-to-bgc-28nov14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/johnson-to-bgc-28nov14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 53 Fellowship Application Round Now Open<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Fellowship program seeks participants from developing countries interested in the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier system. The goals of the Fellowship Program are to help broaden the base of knowledgeable constituents engaged in ICANN's Multistakeholder process and to encourage the participation of new voices from around the world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call to Action from Ashwin Rangan, ICANN Chief Innovation &amp; Information Officer, December 3, 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ashwin asks for the ICANN Community's help in creating a common stakeholder, community-wide set of tools and technologies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJFNFgQBlo0"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJFNFgQBlo0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>America's assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling has told domain-name overlord ICANN that without improvements to its accountability the US government will not hand over the crucial IANA contract.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Heads Back Buenos Aires For June 2015 Meeting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ICANN board decided on 3 December the 53rd public meeting for the organisation will be held in Buenos Aires from 21 to 25 June.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23234"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23234</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call For Participation - ICANN 52 DNSSEC Workshop on 11 Feb 2015 In Singapore by Dan York<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you will be at ICANN 52 in Singapore in February 2015 (or can get there) and work with DNSSEC or the DANE protocol, we are seeking proposals for talks to be featured as part of the 6-hour DNSSEC Workshop on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, December 10, 2015... The full Call For Participation is published online and gives many examples of the kinds of talks we'd like to include.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141204_participation_icann_52_dnssec_workshop_on_11_feb_2015_in_singapore/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141204_participation_icann_52_dnssec_workshop_on_11_feb_2015_in_singapore/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seven Key Takeaways from ICANN 51 in Los Angeles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 51st international meeting of ICANN formally concluded on Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. As always, the ICANN community discussed several high-profile topics during the meeting, all of which are relevant to registry operators, new gTLD applicants and brand owners alike, including: two-character names and geographic names; string confusion objection review, indirect contention, and auctions; domain name collision mitigation and trademark sunrise protections; internet governance and accountability mechanisms; planning for subsequent new gTLD rounds; Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs); and the ongoing Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Review. Our new gTLD team has closely examined developments at the meeting and carefully distilled the following high-level takeaways on these subjects, which have continued to blossom and garner further attention since the meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.natlawreview.com/article/seven-key-takeaways-icann-51-los-angeles"><span>http://www.natlawreview.com/article/seven-key-takeaways-icann-51-los-angeles</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .au domain space is a trusted, respected and safe place for Australian Internet users. Part of our role at auDA is to keep it that way.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyrillic TLD a success because it&rsquo;s &ldquo;not for business&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EL">During a panel on the multilingual Internet at this year&rsquo;s Domain Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria, Deputy Head of Information Department for the IDN ccTLD .P&Phi; Mikhail Anisimov argued that the reason Russia&rsquo;s Cyrillic TLD (launched on November 11, 2010) is such a success is because it&rsquo;s first and foremost aimed at users rather than businesses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://post.milathan.com/2014/12/cyrillic-tld-a-success-because-its-not-for-business/"><span>http://post.milathan.com/2014/12/cyrillic-tld-a-success-because-its-not-for-business/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tackling criminal activity in .UK &ndash; Six month report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet today published an update on .UK domains suspended for criminal activity over the past six months.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Typosquatters cashing in on .uk domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Typosquatters are cashing in by registering new .uk domains which look similar to those used by existing high-traffic .co.uk websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Survey shows consumer frustration with offline high street stores<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than a quarter of consumers (28%) think that local businesses which don&rsquo;t have a website are outdated or can&rsquo;t keep up with the times. That&rsquo;s the key finding of research commissioned by Nominet, the internet company best known for running the .uk internet infrastructure, to mark Small Business Saturday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/survey-shows-consumer-frustration-offline-high-street-stores"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/survey-shows-consumer-frustration-offline-high-street-stores</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vietnam tops ASEAN for national domain registration<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) announced on December 5 that the &lsquo;.vn&rsquo; domain name topped the ASEAN region for number of registrations and ranked seventh for all Asian nations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/118083/vietnam-tops-asean-for-national-domain-registration.html"><span>http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/118083/vietnam-tops-asean-for-national-domain-registration.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VN tops ASEAN in domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Viet Nam's domain name ."vn" had the largest number of registrations among ASEAN countries' domain names as of September 2014, the Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) revealed on Friday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.vir.com.vn/vn-tops-asean-in-domain-names.html"><span>http://www.vir.com.vn/vn-tops-asean-in-domain-names.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VNNIC publishes the Report on Vietnam Internet Resources 2014</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the occasion of &ldquo;Internet Day 2014&rdquo; on 05h December 2014, Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) officially announced the publication of the Report on Vietnam Internet Resources 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://vnnic.vn/node/1312?lang=en"><span>http://vnnic.vn/node/1312?lang=en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</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>The Top 5 Things to Consider When Applying for a .BRAND<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN recently announced that it may open a second round of the New gTLD Program as early as late 2016. While 2016 still sounds pretty far away, companies that are considering applying for a .BRAND or .GENERIC should begin assessing its value soon in order to allow enough time to make an informed decision.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .LGBT Web Domain Launched<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the first phase of the introduction of a new gTLD that is dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and those who serve it: dot LGBT or .LGBT. The first phase is the &ldquo;sunrise&rdquo; period, which is limited to eligible trademark holders and is open from January 5, 2015 through February 4, 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2014/12/04/new-lgbt-web-domain-launched"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2014/12/04/new-lgbt-web-domain-launched</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The TLD .football has been auctioned off for, what's expected to be, millions of dollars to upstart registry Donuts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/04/dot_football_gtld_auction/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/04/dot_football_gtld_auction/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.sydney domain names now available in pre-release<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney&rsquo;s most highly prized online real estate assets have today been released to the market as Australia&rsquo;s most iconic city inherits a truly iconic web address with the launch of .sydney domain names for pre-release applications.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/news-.sydney%20domain%20names%20now%20available%20in%20pre-"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/news-.sydney domain names now available in pre-</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney has joined a growing list of global cities such as London, New York, Vienna, Berlin and Melbourne with its own gTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23232"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23232</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/sydney-applications-open-gtld.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/sydney-applications-open-gtld.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>All-gay web domain unveiled - .LGBT<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new internet domain was unveiled Thursday for sites focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community - .LGBT.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/all-gay-web-domain-unveiled-.lgbt/article/2556955"><span>http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/all-gay-web-domain-unveiled-.lgbt/article/2556955</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside Group Is Changing the Internet - Presented by: The Aol. On Network<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CEO Taryn Naidu tells The Street&rsquo;s Jill Malandrino it is a very similar business model to a company like a GoDaddy. Recently, Rightside has ventured in a new area called Top Level Domains or TLD, or the acquisition of new domain extensions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/video/rightside-group-is-changing-the-internet-518545375"><span>http://www.nasdaq.com/video/rightside-group-is-changing-the-internet-518545375</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNSSEC Adoption Part 3: A Five Day Hole in Online Security by Dr. James Galvin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Implementing security requires attention to detail. Integrating security services with applications where neither the security service nor the application consider their counterpart in their design sometimes make plain that a fundamental change in existing practices is needed. Existing "standard" registrar business practices require revision before the benefits of the secure infrastructure foundation DNSSEC offers can be realized.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141205_dnssec_adoption_a_five_day_hole_in_online_security_part_3/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141205_dnssec_adoption_a_five_day_hole_in_online_security_part_3/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The December 2014 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!<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/2014/12/05/the-december-2014-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/12/05/the-december-2014-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why &lsquo;Regin&rsquo; Malware Changes Threatscape Economics<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Never before have attackers been able to deploy a common malware platform and configure it as necessary with low-cost, quick-turnaround business logic apps.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/why-regin-malware-changes-threatscape-economics-/a/d-id/1317879"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/why-regin-malware-changes-threatscape-economics-/a/d-id/1317879</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Only a cyber &lsquo;arms control&rsquo; treaty can keep online criminals and terrorists at bay<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Software experts around the world will have been putting in overtime on their security this week after a major cyber attack was launched on Sony Pictures. North Korea, accused of organising the hacking, denied involvement, but the attack came only days after it was revealed that an advanced, malicious virus &ndash; Regin malware &ndash; had been spying on governments, businesses, research institutes and individuals for the past six years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/05/cyber-arms-control-online-criminal-terorists-regin-sony"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/05/cyber-arms-control-online-criminal-terorists-regin-sony</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New U.S. cyber security prosecutor unit to focus on prevention<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. Justice Department is creating a unit within the criminal division to advise on electronic surveillance in cyber investigations and work with the private sector to prevent online crime, an official said on Thursday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/uk-cybersecurity-doj-idUKKCN0JI1MH20141204"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/uk-cybersecurity-doj-idUKKCN0JI1MH20141204</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/cybersecurity-doj-idINKCN0JI1ZV20141204"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/cybersecurity-doj-idINKCN0JI1ZV20141204</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>us: Senate to Hold Hearing on Cyberattacks Against Finance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Senate Banking Committee plans to hold a hearing next week on ways to &ldquo;protect the financial sector&rdquo; from cyberattacks, but for now there are no plans to have anyone from the financial services industry testify.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/senate-to-hold-hearing-on-cyberattacks-against-finance/"><span>http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/senate-to-hold-hearing-on-cyberattacks-against-finance/</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>ICE collaborates with industry and international law enforcement agencies to shutdown domain names selling counterfeit merchandise<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with industry and 24 law enforcement agencies across 18 countries to shutdown 29,684 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers as part of Project Transatlantic/ Operation In-Our-Sites V.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-collaborates-industry-and-international-law-enforcement-agencies-shutdown-domain"><span>http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-collaborates-industry-and-international-law-enforcement-agencies-shutdown-domain</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Porn site operator sues cybersquatters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The company behind PornHub.com, RedTube.com and YouPorn.com has filed multiple lawsuits in U.S. District court against the owners of at least ten domain names it alleges are cybersquatting on its brands. The lawsuit was filed by Licensing IP International S.&agrave;.r.l., which is commonly known as MindGeek.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/porn-site-operator-sues-cybersquatters/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/porn-site-operator-sues-cybersquatters/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mauritius Government Gets Into Dispute Over Key Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain names expire, drop and get re-registered all the time. It&rsquo;s normal. However, governments are usually very conservative about how they handle domain names. A government department is more likely to hold on to a domain name for several years after they&rsquo;ve stopped using it rather than &ldquo;release&rdquo; it too early.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/03/mauritius-government-gets-dispute-key-domain-name/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/03/mauritius-government-gets-dispute-key-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ch: Soci&eacute;t&eacute; des Produits Nestl&eacute; S.A. v. Boer Romania Srl - Case No. DCH2014-0019 </span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Claimant is Soci&eacute;t&eacute; des Produits Nestl&eacute; S.A. of Vevey, Switzerland, represented by Studio Barbero, Italy. The Respondent is Boer Romania Srl of Satu Mare, Romania, self-represented. 2. Domain Name: The dispute concerns the following domain name &lt;bubchen.ch&gt;. The Registry of the disputed domain name is SWITCH, Zurich, Switzerland.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DCH2014-0019"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DCH2014-0019</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>1st EU-US Cyber Dialogue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the EU-US Cyber Dialogue on 5 December 2014, EU and US representatives met in Brussels to discuss several foreign policy-related cyber issues:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2014/141205_05_en.htm"><span>http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2014/141205_05_en.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Joint Elements" from U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue, 5th December 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium on December 5, the participants jointly agreed to specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/12/234702.htm"><span>http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/12/234702.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies don&rsquo;t want you to use Whois privacy, but they use it themselves<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There&rsquo;s a common myth in intellectual property circles that, if it weren&rsquo;t for whois privacy and proxy services, there would be a lot less bad stuff on the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/whois-privacy-big-company/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/whois-privacy-big-company/</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>Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in November 2014</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Qube had the most reliable hosting company site in November with just a single failed request. This is the fifth time Qube has made it to first place in 2014, and the fourteenth time it has featured in the top 10 since September 2013. Qube offers a Managed Operating System Service, where its engineers cover day-to-day tasks such as continuous monitoring, tuning and patching.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-november-2014.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-november-2014.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>QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Qatar National Bank has paid $1 million to acquire the three letter domain name QNB.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>And the Hits Just Keep on Coming! A 7-Figure Sales is Reported for the 3rd Week in a Row<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the 3rd time in as many weeks a 7-figure domain sale has come to light. George dropped us a note today to report a $1 million sale of QNB.com that he discovered while going through an SEC filing made by Pennsylvania's QNB Corp. (the parent company of QNB Bank). QNB Corp. sold their three-letter domain to foreign bank - Qatar National Bank - and filled the gap by moving their site to QNBBank.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141205.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141205.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Researchers study the &ldquo;Dark Side of Domain Parking&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A group of researchers, mostly from Indiana University, recently presented a study about the &ldquo;Dark Side of Domain Parking&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/researchers-study-the-dark-side-of-domain-parking/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/researchers-study-the-dark-side-of-domain-parking/</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>CENSORSHIP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the &lsquo;global struggle for Internet freedom,&rsquo; the Internet is losing, report finds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The year 2014 marks the moment that the world turned its attention to writing laws to govern what happens on the Internet. And that has not been a great thing, according to an annual report from the U.S.-based pro-democracy think tank Freedom House.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/04/in-the-global-struggle-for-internet-freedom-the-internet-is-losing-report-finds/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/04/in-the-global-struggle-for-internet-freedom-the-internet-is-losing-report-finds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 4 Dec 05:40 2014

auDA domain news - 4 December

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Internet governance review group proposes replacing US government with… itself

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/>

 

Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/>

 

ICANN Finalizes Process for Requests for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en>

 

Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/>

 

Will gTLDs help you rank higher in search results?

<https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results>

 

Connecting Digital & Real-World Experiences: Why Brand gTLDs Could Bridge the Gap by Jennifer Wolfe

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap>

 

Europol Leads Operation To Seize Hundreds Of Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods In Lead-Up To Christmas

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/>

 

Aussie telcos struggling with IPv6 adoption

<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.aspx>

 

Can VeriSign Maintain Its Market Leadership In The Coming Years?

<http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Internet governance review group proposes replacing US government with… itself

The US government's role at the top of the internet should be replaced by four different groups, according to an official proposal put out for public comment.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/>

 

Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) – an effort by various countries and organizations to keep the internet running – may be beyond saving after a second series of rejections. This time it's been snubbed by the business world and the Internet Governance Forum.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/>

 

Arab IGF III: What we will remember

The 3rd edition of the Arab Internet Governance Forum ‘Arab IGFIII’ was the opportunity to notice how the global debate on Internet Governance has spurred the regional and local discussions on Internet Governance related topics.

<https://nawaat.org/portail/2014/12/03/arab-igf-iii-what-we-will-remember/>

 

Who Runs the Internet? by Maximilian Stern, Co-Founder, Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy

When thinking of the future of democracy, we should not only focus on using the Internet as a means for greater participation, but also think of it as one of the greatest achievements of our society, one that must be kept free and open -- an achievement we should safeguard with democratic processes.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maximilian-stern/who-runs-the-internet_b_6263282.html>

 

Community proposes way to replace US oversight of ICANN

The process of removing the US government from management of the DNS root system took a significant step forward today, with the publication of a community proposal for a transition.

<http://domainincite.com/17722-community-proposes-way-to-replace-us-oversight-of-icann>

 

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- ICANN

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ICANN Finalizes Process for Requests for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

As previously announced, ICANN has been working towards developing a process to permit registries to request the release of two-character ASCII labels at the second-level for registration to 3rd parties and activation in the DNS pursuant to Section 2 of Specification 5. That process is now final and available.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en>

 

WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal

Following the request of the NTIA for ICANN to "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the DNS. The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-12-01-en>

 

Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions Draft Transition Proposal

Purpose (Brief): Following the request of the NTIA for ICANN "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing to produce a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the DNS. The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-01-en>

 

Seeking Panel Members for New gTLD Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution

ICANN plans to expand the Standing Panel responsible for administering the Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP), which supports the New gTLD Program. Parties with relevant experience and the desire to serve the Internet community are invited to submit expressions of interest.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-02-en>

 

Call for Volunteers to Participate in Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

In brief: The Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) was formed to deliver proposals that would enhance ICANN's accountability towards all stakeholders. The organizations that chartered the CCWG now call for volunteers to join this effort.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-02-en>

 

IDN Variant TLD Program - Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) Tool Project (P1) - LGR Tool Set Specifications Now Open for Public Comment

Purpose (Brief): ICANN intends to develop a tool to allow the Generation Panels and the community to develop and use Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) in the new machine-readable XML-based format. ICANN is releasing the set of requirements for the development of this LGR tool for public comment, specifically to get feedback on (i) the completeness of current requirements, (ii) the prioritization done in the different phases for development of the tool, and (iii) any other aspects associated with the LGR tool requirements.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-03-en>

 

Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Paul Smocer

New gTLDs applications for financial services strings

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-smocer-01dec14-en.pdf>

 

Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Sally Scutt

New gTLDs applications for financial services strings

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-scutt-01dec14-en.pdf>

 

Exhibit 1: Why Whois verification for domain registrations is so stupid

A lot has been made about the new requirement this year for domain name registrars to verify certain aspects of Whois contact information provided by registrations.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/whois-verification/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets

The number of domain names under management around the world topped 280 million at the end of the second quarter 2014 with four million domain names added, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/verisign-280-million-domains-worldwide.html>

 

Internet Grows to 280 Million Domain Names in the Second Quarter of 2014

VeriSign, Inc. ... announced four million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 280 million worldwide across all TLDs as of June 30, 2014, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.

<http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MDE5NTE%3D>

 

UAE .ae domain sets new growth record

The UAE's .ae domain reached a record 124,000 registered names in January-August, according to data published by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) from the .ae Domain Administration (aeDA).

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/uae-ae-domain-sets-new-growth-record--1052573>

 

Afnic consolidates its consultancy and expertise offering

On December 1, 2014, Afnic expands its Internet & domain name consultancy and expertise activities.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8531/show/afnic-consolidates-its-consultancy-and-expertise-offering.html>

 

Internet Governance Forum gets boost from .CA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) today announced that it had completed a contribution agreement with the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), providing the necessary resources to address emerging issues in Internet governance.

<http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/internet-governance-forum-gets-boost-from-ca/>

 

Typosquatters cashing in on .uk domains

Typosquatters are cashing in by registering new .uk domains which look similar to those used by existing high-traffic .co.uk websites.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html>

 

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What’s in a name? Why readers shouldn’t underestimate the impact of internet domains

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” is one of those infamous predictions, attributed (but probably falsely) to Thomas J Watson, chairman and CEO of IBM in the 1940s.

<http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/01/internet-domain-name-amazon-book>

 

Will gTLDs help you rank higher in search results?

The range of gTLDs is expanding to include new options such as .Hotel, .RealEstate and .Berlin. Will they help you rank higher in searches?

<https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results>

 

Connecting Digital & Real-World Experiences: Why Brand gTLDs Could Bridge the Gap by Jennifer Wolfe

Brands with gTLDs have the ability to control the entire user experience - from dedicated microsites to targeted in-store experiences.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap>

 

Meet 8 people who spent more than $10,000 on a .NYC domain name

With over 60,000 domain names registered, the new .NYC domain name is off to a roaring start.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/meet-8-people-nyc-domain-name/>

 

Premium Names launched for .cymru and .wales

The Premium Names list for the new .cymru and .wales domain names is published today, ready for applications from 29 December 2014 when anyone can apply for domain names that have not been registered in the earlier phases.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales>

 

Paris domain names sell like hot croissants [AFP]

Companies and lovers of the City of Lights snapped up 6,600 ".paris" Internet domain names in a mere two hours on Tuesday, far exceeding expectations.

<https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25672384/paris-domain-names-sell-like-hot-croissants/>

 

Paris puts 10,000 domain names up for grabs

Fancy getting your hands on a .paris domain name? Companies already have had the chance to snatch them up but now 10,000 of them have also been made available to the general public.

<http://www.thelocal.fr/20141202/10000-paris-domain-names-available>

 

Launch of an information portal for the .swiss internet domain

The new dotswiss.ch web portal provides details about the .swiss domain, answers important questions about applications and deadlines and keeps interested parties abreast of the latest news with a free newsletter.

<https://www.news.admin.ch/dokumentation/00002/00015/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=55481>

<http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=55481>

 

Auction and Sales Channel Update

Minds + Machines Group Limited ... is delighted to announce that following the recent series of private auctions, the Company will receive in aggregate $4.4 million (approximately £2.8 million) for withdrawing its applications on .latino, .school and a third domain application that at present cannot be named due to the rules governing the private auction process.

<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/12/auction-and-sales-channel-update/>

 

Minds + Machines pockets another $4.4 million from losing new TLD auctions

New TLD applicant Minds + Machines continues to add to its pile of cash by losing new TLD contention set auctions.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/minds-machines-pockets-another-4-4-million-from-losing-new-tld-auctions/>

 

Donuts wins five more new gTLD auctions

Donuts added five new gTLDs to its ever-growing portfolio this week, as the results of five private auctions were revealed.

<http://domainincite.com/17729-donuts-wins-five-more-new-gtld-auctions>

 

M+M raises $4.4m losing latest gTLD auctions

Minds + Machines made $4.4 million losing three recent new gTLD auctions, according to a company press release.

<http://domainincite.com/17727-mm-raises-4-4m-losing-latest-gtld-auctions>

 

cymru and .wales are at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair

Following a successful visit to the Royal Welsh Show this year, .cymru and .wales will again be visiting the Llanelwedd show grounds today to talk to Wales’ leading food producers about promoting their brands in Wales with the new domain names.

<http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/cymru-wales-years-royal-welsh-8212916>

 

Name Collision domain names – is there opportunity for domainers?

The release of blocked second level strings is good for the domain name industry. Is there opportunity for domainers to profit from it?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/name-collision-domain-names-domainers/>

 

Cyber Monday propels .Rocks to 17% daily gain

It’s interesting watching for anomalies in new TLD registrations. Consider yesterday, when the zone for Rightside’s .rocks TLD grew by almost 17%.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/cyber-monday-propels-rocks-to-17-daily-gain/>

 

Richemont pulls two dot-brand bids

Luxury goods company Richemont has withdrawn two of its original 14 new gTLD applications.

<http://domainincite.com/17723-richemont-pulls-two-dot-brand-bids>

 

FIBA wins .basketball

FIBA, the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, won the right to .basketball after an auction shoot-out with Donuts and Famous Four Media.

<http://domainincite.com/17720-fiba-wins-basketball>

 

New TLDs this week: .Paris, .Moscow, .LTDA and more

It’s a fairly busy week for new TLDs, especially for those watching geographic TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/new-tlds-paris-moscow-ltda/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Nameserver Operators Need the Ability to "Disavow" Domains by Mark Jeftovic

Yesterday's DDoS attack against DNSimple brought to light a longstanding need for DNS nameserver operators to have an ability to unilaterally repudiate domains from their nameservers. The domains under attack started off on DNSMadeEasy, migrated off to DNSimple and took up residence there for about 12 hours, causing a lot of grief to DNSimple and their downstream customers.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_nameserver_operators_need_the_ability_to_disavow_domains/>

 

FBI urges United States companies to beware malicious software attacks

The FBI has warned US businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyber attack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/02/fbi-united-states-hacking-malware-attacks-cybersecurity-sony-corp>

 

FBI Warning Shows Targeted Attacks Don't Just Steal Anymore

An FBI advisory points to an increasing trend of destructive malware for activist, anti-forensics purposes.

<http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fbi-warning-shows-targeted-attacks-dont-just-steal-anymore/d/d-id/1317826>

 

Report Says Cyberattacks Originated Inside Iran

Iranian hackers were identified in a report released Tuesday as the source of coordinated attacks against more than 50 targets in 16 countries, many of them corporate and government entities that manage critical energy, transportation and medical services.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/world/middleeast/report-says-cyberattacks-originated-inside-iran.html>

 

Report Connects Iran to Critical Infrastructure Hacks Worldwide

Iranian state-sponsored hackers have been singled out for attacks on critical infrastructure worldwide, including 10 targets in the United States.

<http://threatpost.com/report-connects-iran-to-critical-infrastructure-hacks-worldwide/109666>

 

Critical networks in US, 15 other nations, completely owned, possibly by Iran

For more than two years, pro-Iranian hackers have penetrated some of the world's most sensitive computer networks, including those operated by a US-based airline, auto maker, natural gas producer, defense contractor, and military installation, security researchers said.

<http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/critical-networks-in-us-15-nations-completely-owned-by-iran-backed-hackers/>

 

Report: Iran Has Been Hacking Major Infrastructure For Last Two Years

Last year, we discovered that Iranian hackers had breached Navy computer systems, which sent an understandable wave of panic through the administration. But it looks like that might've just been the tip of a much bigger, more sophisticated and more deadly iceberg.

<http://www.gizmodo.in/news/Report-Iran-Has-Been-Hacking-Major-Infrastructure-For-Last-Two-Years/articleshow/45355724.cms>

 

For China, Cybersecurity Is Part of Strategy for Protecting the Communist Party

For nearly two years, cyberespionage has been a tense focal point of relations between the United States and China. On Wednesday, the Center for a New American Security, a research group in Washington, released a paper written with the aim of understanding the motivations behind China’s cybersecurity strategy. Its conclusion: that the strategy, like China’s foreign policy, is driven mainly by the domestic political imperative of needing to “protect the longevity of the Chinese Communist Party.”

<http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/for-china-cybersecurity-is-part-of-strategy-for-protecting-the-communist-party/>

 

The Real Cost of Cyber Incidents, According To Insurers

Healthcare is hit by the most malicious insiders and the highest legal costs, according to a NetDiligence report.

<http://www.darkreading.com/the-real-cost-of-cyber-incidents-according-to-insurers/d/d-id/1317851>

 

FBI Warns US Businesses of Possible Wiper Malware Attacks

The FBI issued a five-page flash warning yesterday urging American enterprises to be on the lookout for wiper malware.

<http://threatpost.com/fbi-warns-us-businesses-of-possible-wiper-malware-attacks/109662>

 

Sony Pictures and F.B.I. Widen Inquiry Into Hackers’ Attack

Sony Pictures Entertainment and the F.B.I. on Wednesday were seeking more information about an attack that crippled Sony’s computer systems — including whether North Korea, or perhaps a former employee, was responsible.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/business/sony-pictures-and-fbi-investigating-attack-by-hackers.html>

 

DARPA looks to connect complex system security dots and wipe out malicious cyber attacks

High-end cybercriminals count on the fact that modern-day enterprise computer systems tend to be intricate and complicated. So sophisticated and dense that they let few people or other systems gain any significant visibility into their real machinery and software.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2854345/security0/darpa-looks-to-connect-complex-system-security-dots-and-wipe-out-malicious-cyber-attacks.html>

 

Cyber laws must explain how businesses can collaborate on risk protection, says expert

New laws aimed at getting businesses to share information on cyber risks must explain to businesses how that information sharing should work in practice, an expert has said.

<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/december/cyber-laws-must-explain-how-businesses-can-collaborate-on-risk-protection-says-expert/>

 

Google has a new way to tell if you're human

Are you human? Do you hate reading distorted text? Google has some good news for you. The Internet giant is doing away with the random combinations of blurry letters and numbers that it has used to keep robots from pretending to be human.

<http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/03/technology/security/google-blurry-text-security/index.html>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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292 internet domain names seized for selling counterfeit products

Europol and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with 25 law enforcement agencies from 19 countries, have seized 292 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The 292 domain names seized are part of project 'In Our Sites (IOS) Transatlantic V'.

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/292-internet-domain-names-seized-selling-counterfeit-products>

 

Europol Leads Operation To Seize Hundreds Of Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods In Lead-Up To Christmas

In its third operation in 12 months, Europol working with European and US law enforcement agencies has seized hundreds of domain names linked to the sale of counterfeit goods online.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23221>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains.html>

 

'Counterfeit' domains seized by Europol

Police forces across Europe have seized 292 web domains that were being used to sell counterfeit goods, according to Europol.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30276056>

 

Officials seize 292 domain names to protect consumers during holiday season [IDG]

The holiday season is rife with online rip-offs. In a move to protect consumers, law enforcement officials have seized 292 domain names for sites that allegedly were selling counterfeit goods.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2853714/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html>

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2853712/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html>

 

Lawsuit alleges 3 number domain names stolen

A federal lawsuit alleges that the domain names 224.com, 605.com and 452.com have been stolen.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/lawsuit-alleges-3-number-domain-names-stolen/>

 

Google Loses Claim to Domain Name

Mediators of the National Arbitration Forum have dismissed a claim made by Google against Canadian company groovle.com demanding they transfer their domain name to it because it is too similar to theirs.

<http://www.commercetuned.co.uk/news/google-loses-claim-to-domain-name-022.php>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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Aussie telcos struggling with IPv6 adoption

IPv6 is increasing steadily around the world but some Australian carriers are still struggling with the transition to the new internet addressing system.

<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.aspx>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Can VeriSign Maintain Its Market Leadership In The Coming Years?

VeriSign, a leader in the Domain Name market (47% market share), regained its growth momentum in Q3 2014 after a disappointing performance in the first half of the year. The company saw the highest third quarter gross additions of 8.7 million to date, in Q3 2014. Some of the primary factors propelling this growth were:

<http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01>

 

The Future of Agency SEO

As SEO continues to mature, new types of engagements and agencies will begin to evolve. Here is a look at four ways the future of SEO could develop.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2383470/the-future-of-agency-seo>

 

Domain Name Parking with Michael Gilmour – DNW Podcast #9

If you’ve been in the domain name industry for any length of time, odds are you’re making less from domain name parking now than you did many years ago.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/domain-name-parking-with-michael-gilmour-dnw-podcast-9/>

 

Demonoid Frustrates Censors With Domain Name Switch

The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has traded its demonoid.ph domain name for the Palau-based demonoid.pw. The site's operators have yet to officially announce the change, which helps to improve the site's availability online.

<http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-frustrates-censors-with-domain-name-switch-141202/>

 

TLD Registry to Present World's First Masterclass on Booming Chinese Domain Market at NamesCon 2015

With the 2015 NamesCon conference less than six weeks away major elements of the show's agenda are rapidly falling into place. Today TLD Registry, the owner/operator of the Dot Chinese Online (.在线 ) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网 ) TLDs, announced they will present a Chinese Domaining Masterclass lecture series taught by TLD Registry’s Simon Cousins and Jin Wang that will run over all four days of NamesCon.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141202.htm>

 

Domain Registrations: Is Bitcoin Going Mainstream?

Earlier this year we used Bitcoin as an example of how domain registrations could be an effective gauge of interest in a particular subject. Our analysis demonstrated a clear rise in the number of registered .com and .net domain names containing the term “Bitcoin” in 2013, as well as a positive correlation between increased registration activity and increases in the dollar value of bitcoin.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/domain_registrations_is_bitcoin_going>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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How most people see domain investors

Want to know how a person trying to get his hands on a domain name sees domain name investors? Here’s a pretty good summary.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/how-most-people-see-domain-investors/>

 

Year's Biggest Sale to Date Towers Over This Week's Domain Sales Chart

At the end of last week news broke that Japan's Nissan Corporation (well known for their Z series of sports cars) had sold Z.com to GMO Internet, Inc., one of Japan’s leading Internet services providers and operator of the country’s largest domain registrar, for a whopping ¥800,000,000 ($6,784,000).

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141203.htm>

 

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INTERNET USE

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The Global Geography of Internet Addiction: In a new study, Brazilians were the most likely to report spending every waking hour on the web, with Nigerians and South Africans not far behind.

Thanks to its young population armed with smartphones, Brazil beat nine other Internet-connected countries for its citizens’ frequency of web use, according to a new report from business consultancy A.T. Kearney.

<http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/12/the-global-geography-of-internet-addiction/383292/>

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices

Smart watches, driverless cars and internet enabled fridges may grab headlines, but the internet of things has the potential to transform healthcare and save lives, Telstra chief scientist Hugh Bradlow says.

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html>

<http://www.smh.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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au: Cyber bullying: Government crackdown to target social media sites

Social media sites will be targeted under plans by the Abbott Government to crack down on the cyber bullying of children.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-03/government-plans-cyber-bullying-crackdown/5935560>

 

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MOBILE/WIRELESS

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au: Mobile services decline for first time: ACMA

The Australian mobile market has reached saturation, but Australians are downloading greater amounts of data, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560938/mobile-services-decline-first-time-acma/>

 

Study shows Australia heading mobile only

Australians are increasingly moving to a mobile-only approach to telecommunications, and demand for data and content is rapidly increasing due to booming popularity of mobile devices, research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority has found.

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/study_shows_australia_heading_mobile_RHG3TLKSpDURR9rz2bsUKP>

 

Australians hungry for everything the internet has to offer

New Australian Communications and Media Authority research shows that while internet connections have stabilised, Australians’ appetite for data and content is ever-increasing.

<http://acma.gov.au/theACMA/Library/Corporate-library/Corporate-publications/australians-hungry-for-everything-the-internet-has-to-offer>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Kim Dotcom sees off US attempt to have him remanded in custody

Kim Dotcom has successfully fought off an attempt by the US government to have him remanded in custody after a New Zealand court ruled he had not broken bail conditions and posed no flight risk.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/01/kim-dotcom-us-attempt-remanded-custody-new-zealand>

 

Australian court dismisses Apple 'App Store' trademark appeal [IDG]

Apple lost an appeal in Australia’s Federal Court on Wednesday over its bid for the “App Store” trademark.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/560957/australian-court-dismisses-apple-app-store-trademark-appeal/>

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560957/australian-court-dismisses-apple-app-store-trademark-appeal/>

 

Australia probes bitcoin crime links as currency craves legitimacy

A top Australian law enforcement agency is investigating bitcoin's role in organised crime, a senior official said, just as politicians and financial regulators embrace the digital currency as a legitimate part of modern business.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/02/uk-australia-bitcoin-idUKKCN0JG0FY20141202>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/02/australia-bitcoin-idINKCN0JG0GM20141202>

 

Australians visiting more malicious sites: Trend Micro

Trend Micro's third-quarter security report for 2014 has found that Australia now ranks fifth in the world for countries with the highest number of visits to malicious sites.

<http://www.zdnet.com/australians-visiting-more-malicious-sites-trend-micro-7000036342/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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au: Law Council opposes data retention scheme

The Law Council of Australia has come out swinging against the government's proposed mandatory data retention regime, describing it as not "reasonable, necessary and proportionate".

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560952/law-council-australia-opposes-data-retention-legislation/>

 

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BRAND PROTECTION & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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au: Vittoria wins trademark battle over the word 'gold' - in Italian

Can a coffee seller trademark the Italian words for "gold" and "five stars"? That was the question at the centre of a long-brewing legal battle between the vendor of Vittoria coffee and the importer of rival brand Molinari.

<http://www.smh.com.au/business/vittoria-coffee-seller-wins-trademark-battle-over-oro-and-cinque-stelle-20141202-11yghp.html>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Kim Dotcom: “I’m officially broke” after transferring remaining assets

Prosecutors told a New Zealand courtroom on Friday that Kim Dotcom is a flight risk, alleging that he violated the terms of his bail that allowed him to live free on bail, rather than jail. That came just days after the Megaupload founder told a London tech conference that he was "officially broke" after transferring his remaining assets to his wife and children.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/kim-dotcom-im-officially-broke-after-transferring-remaining-assets/>

 

 

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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"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can VeriSign Maintain Its Market Leadership In The Coming Years?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01"><span>http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance review group proposes replacing US government with&hellip; itself<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US government's role at the top of the internet should be replaced by four different groups, according to an official proposal put out for public comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) &ndash; an effort by various countries and organizations to keep the internet running &ndash; may be beyond saving after a second series of rejections. This time it's been snubbed by the business world and the Internet Governance Forum.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Arab IGF III: What we will remember<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 3rd edition of the Arab Internet Governance Forum &lsquo;Arab IGFIII&rsquo; was the opportunity to notice how the global debate on Internet Governance has spurred the regional and local discussions on Internet Governance related topics.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://nawaat.org/portail/2014/12/03/arab-igf-iii-what-we-will-remember/"><span>https://nawaat.org/portail/2014/12/03/arab-igf-iii-what-we-will-remember/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Who Runs the Internet? by Maximilian Stern, Co-Founder, Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When thinking of the future of democracy, we should not only focus on using the Internet as a means for greater participation, but also think of it as one of the greatest achievements of our society, one that must be kept free and open -- an achievement we should safeguard with democratic processes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maximilian-stern/who-runs-the-internet_b_6263282.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maximilian-stern/who-runs-the-internet_b_6263282.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Community proposes way to replace US oversight of ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The process of removing the US government from management of the DNS root system took a significant step forward today, with the publication of a community proposal for a transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17722-community-proposes-way-to-replace-us-oversight-of-icann"><span>http://domainincite.com/17722-community-proposes-way-to-replace-us-oversight-of-icann</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 NAMES<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>ICANN Finalizes Process for Requests for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As previously announced, ICANN has been working towards developing a process to permit registries to request the release of two-character ASCII labels at the second-level for registration to 3rd parties and activation in the DNS pursuant to Section 2 of Specification 5. That process is now final and available.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following the request of the NTIA for ICANN to "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the DNS. The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-12-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-12-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions Draft Transition Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Purpose (Brief): Following the request of the NTIA for ICANN "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing to produce a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the DNS. The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seeking Panel Members for New gTLD Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN plans to expand the Standing Panel responsible for administering the Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP), which supports the New gTLD Program. Parties with relevant experience and the desire to serve the Internet community are invited to submit expressions of interest.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call for Volunteers to Participate in Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In brief: The Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) was formed to deliver proposals that would enhance ICANN's accountability towards all stakeholders. The organizations that chartered the CCWG now call for volunteers to join this effort.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IDN Variant </span><span lang="EN-US">TLD</span><span> </span><span lang="EN-US">Program - Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) Tool Project (P1) - LGR Tool Set Specifications Now Open for Public Comment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Purpose (Brief): ICANN intends to develop a tool to allow the Generation Panels and the community to develop and use Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) in the new machine-readable XML-based format. ICANN is releasing the set of requirements for the development of this LGR tool for public comment, specifically to get feedback on (i) the completeness of current requirements, (ii) the prioritization done in the different phases for development of the tool, and (iii) any other aspects associated with the LGR tool requirements.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Paul Smocer</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs applications for financial services strings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-smocer-01dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-smocer-01dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Sally Scutt<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs applications for financial services strings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-scutt-01dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-scutt-01dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Exhibit 1: Why Whois verification for domain registrations is so stupid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A lot has been made about the new requirement this year for domain name registrars to verify certain aspects of Whois contact information provided by registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/whois-verification/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/whois-verification/</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The number of domain names under management around the world topped 280 million at the end of the second quarter 2014 with four million domain names added, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/verisign-280-million-domains-worldwide.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/verisign-280-million-domains-worldwide.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Grows to 280 Million Domain Names in the Second Quarter of 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VeriSign, Inc. ... announced four million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 280 million worldwide across all TLDs as of June 30, 2014, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MDE5NTE%3D"><span>http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MDE5NTE%3D</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UAE .ae domain sets new growth record<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The UAE's .ae domain reached a record 124,000 registered names in January-August, according to data published by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) from the .ae Domain Administration (aeDA).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/uae-ae-domain-sets-new-growth-record--1052573"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/uae-ae-domain-sets-new-growth-record--1052573</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afnic consolidates its consultancy and expertise offering<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On December 1, 2014, Afnic expands its Internet &amp; domain name consultancy and expertise activities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8531/show/afnic-consolidates-its-consultancy-and-expertise-offering.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8531/show/afnic-consolidates-its-consultancy-and-expertise-offering.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance Forum gets boost from .CA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) today announced that it had completed a contribution agreement with the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), providing the necessary resources to address emerging issues in Internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/internet-governance-forum-gets-boost-from-ca/"><span>http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/internet-governance-forum-gets-boost-from-ca/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Typosquatters cashing in on .uk domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Typosquatters are cashing in by registering new .uk domains which look similar to those used by existing high-traffic .co.uk websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.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> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s in a name? Why readers shouldn&rsquo;t underestimate the impact of internet domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I think there is a world market for maybe five computers&rdquo; is one of those infamous predictions, attributed (but probably falsely) to Thomas J Watson, chairman and CEO of IBM in the 1940s.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/01/internet-domain-name-amazon-book"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/01/internet-domain-name-amazon-book</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Will gTLDs help you rank higher in search results?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The range of gTLDs is expanding to include new options such as .Hotel, .RealEstate and .Berlin. Will they help you rank higher in searches?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results"><span>https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Connecting Digital &amp; Real-World Experiences: Why Brand gTLDs Could Bridge the Gap by Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brands with gTLDs have the ability to control the entire user experience - from dedicated microsites to targeted in-store experiences.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Meet 8 people who spent more than $10,000 on a .NYC domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With over 60,000 domain names registered, the new .NYC domain name is off to a roaring start.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/meet-8-people-nyc-domain-name/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/meet-8-people-nyc-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Premium Names launched for .cymru and .wales<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Premium Names list for the new .cymru and .wales domain names is published today, ready for applications from 29 December 2014 when anyone can apply for domain names that have not been registered in the earlier phases.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Paris domain names sell like hot croissants [AFP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies and lovers of the City of Lights snapped up 6,600 ".paris" Internet domain names in a mere two hours on Tuesday, far exceeding expectations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25672384/paris-domain-names-sell-like-hot-croissants/"><span>https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25672384/paris-domain-names-sell-like-hot-croissants/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Paris puts 10,000 domain names up for grabs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fancy getting your hands on a .paris domain name? Companies already have had the chance to snatch them up but now 10,000 of them have also been made available to the general public.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thelocal.fr/20141202/10000-paris-domain-names-available"><span>http://www.thelocal.fr/20141202/10000-paris-domain-names-available</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Launch of an information portal for the .swiss internet domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The new dotswiss.ch web portal provides details about the .swiss domain, answers important questions about applications and deadlines and keeps interested parties abreast of the latest news with a free newsletter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.news.admin.ch/dokumentation/00002/00015/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55481"><span>https://www.news.admin.ch/dokumentation/00002/00015/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55481</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55481"><span>http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55481</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Auction and Sales Channel Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines Group Limited ... is delighted to announce that following the recent series of private auctions, the Company will receive in aggregate $4.4 million (approximately &pound;2.8 million) for withdrawing its applications on .latino, .school and a third domain application that at present cannot be named due to the rules governing the private auction process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/12/auction-and-sales-channel-update/"><span>http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/12/auction-and-sales-channel-update/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines pockets another $4.4 million from losing new TLD auctions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLD applicant Minds + Machines continues to add to its pile of cash by losing new TLD contention set auctions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/minds-machines-pockets-another-4-4-million-from-losing-new-tld-auctions/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/minds-machines-pockets-another-4-4-million-from-losing-new-tld-auctions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts wins five more new gTLD auctions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts added five new gTLDs to its ever-growing portfolio this week, as the results of five private auctions were revealed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17729-donuts-wins-five-more-new-gtld-auctions"><span>http://domainincite.com/17729-donuts-wins-five-more-new-gtld-auctions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>M+M raises $4.4m losing latest gTLD auctions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines made $4.4 million losing three recent new gTLD auctions, according to a company press release.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17727-mm-raises-4-4m-losing-latest-gtld-auctions"><span>http://domainincite.com/17727-mm-raises-4-4m-losing-latest-gtld-auctions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cymru and .wales are at this year&rsquo;s Royal Welsh Winter Fair<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following a successful visit to the Royal Welsh Show this year, .cymru and .wales will again be visiting the Llanelwedd show grounds today to talk to Wales&rsquo; leading food producers about promoting their brands in Wales with the new domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/cymru-wales-years-royal-welsh-8212916"><span>http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/cymru-wales-years-royal-welsh-8212916</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Name Collision domain names &ndash; is there opportunity for domainers?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The release of blocked second level strings is good for the domain name industry. Is there opportunity for domainers to profit from it?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/name-collision-domain-names-domainers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/name-collision-domain-names-domainers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber Monday propels .Rocks to 17% daily gain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s interesting watching for anomalies in new TLD registrations. Consider yesterday, when the zone for Rightside&rsquo;s .rocks TLD grew by almost 17%.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/cyber-monday-propels-rocks-to-17-daily-gain/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/cyber-monday-propels-rocks-to-17-daily-gain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Richemont pulls two dot-brand bids<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Luxury goods company Richemont has withdrawn two of its original 14 new gTLD applications.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17723-richemont-pulls-two-dot-brand-bids"><span>http://domainincite.com/17723-richemont-pulls-two-dot-brand-bids</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FIBA wins .basketball<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FIBA, the F&eacute;d&eacute;ration Internationale de Basketball, won the right to .basketball after an auction shoot-out with Donuts and Famous Four Media.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17720-fiba-wins-basketball"><span>http://domainincite.com/17720-fiba-wins-basketball</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLDs this week: .Paris, .Moscow, .LTDA and more<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s a fairly busy week for new TLDs, especially for those watching geographic TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/new-tlds-paris-moscow-ltda/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/new-tlds-paris-moscow-ltda/</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>Nameserver Operators Need the Ability to "Disavow" Domains by Mark Jeftovic<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yesterday's DDoS attack against DNSimple brought to light a longstanding need for DNS nameserver operators to have an ability to unilaterally repudiate domains from their nameservers. The domains under attack started off on DNSMadeEasy, migrated off to DNSimple and took up residence there for about 12 hours, causing a lot of grief to DNSimple and their downstream customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_nameserver_operators_need_the_ability_to_disavow_domains/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_nameserver_operators_need_the_ability_to_disavow_domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FBI urges United States companies to beware malicious software attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The FBI has warned US businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyber attack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/02/fbi-united-states-hacking-malware-attacks-cybersecurity-sony-corp"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/02/fbi-united-states-hacking-malware-attacks-cybersecurity-sony-corp</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FBI Warning Shows Targeted Attacks Don't Just Steal Anymore<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An FBI advisory points to an increasing trend of destructive malware for activist, anti-forensics purposes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fbi-warning-shows-targeted-attacks-dont-just-steal-anymore/d/d-id/1317826"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fbi-warning-shows-targeted-attacks-dont-just-steal-anymore/d/d-id/1317826</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Report Says Cyberattacks Originated Inside Iran<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Iranian hackers were identified in a report released Tuesday as the source of coordinated attacks against more than 50 targets in 16 countries, many of them corporate and government entities that manage critical energy, transportation and medical services.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/world/middleeast/report-says-cyberattacks-originated-inside-iran.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/world/middleeast/report-says-cyberattacks-originated-inside-iran.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Report Connects Iran to Critical Infrastructure Hacks Worldwide<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Iranian state-sponsored hackers have been singled out for attacks on critical infrastructure worldwide, including 10 targets in the United States.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/report-connects-iran-to-critical-infrastructure-hacks-worldwide/109666"><span>http://threatpost.com/report-connects-iran-to-critical-infrastructure-hacks-worldwide/109666</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Critical networks in US, 15 other nations, completely owned, possibly by Iran<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For more than two years, pro-Iranian hackers have penetrated some of the world's most sensitive computer networks, including those operated by a US-based airline, auto maker, natural gas producer, defense contractor, and military installation, security researchers said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/critical-networks-in-us-15-nations-completely-owned-by-iran-backed-hackers/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/critical-networks-in-us-15-nations-completely-owned-by-iran-backed-hackers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Report: Iran Has Been Hacking Major Infrastructure For Last Two Years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last year, we discovered that Iranian hackers had breached Navy computer systems, which sent an understandable wave of panic through the administration. But it looks like that might've just been the tip of a much bigger, more sophisticated and more deadly iceberg.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gizmodo.in/news/Report-Iran-Has-Been-Hacking-Major-Infrastructure-For-Last-Two-Years/articleshow/45355724.cms"><span>http://www.gizmodo.in/news/Report-Iran-Has-Been-Hacking-Major-Infrastructure-For-Last-Two-Years/articleshow/45355724.cms</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For China, Cybersecurity Is Part of Strategy for Protecting the Communist Party<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For nearly two years, cyberespionage has been a tense focal point of relations between the United States and China. On Wednesday, the Center for a New American Security, a research group in Washington, released a paper written with the aim of understanding the motivations behind China&rsquo;s cybersecurity strategy. Its conclusion: that the strategy, like China&rsquo;s foreign policy, is driven mainly by the domestic political imperative of needing to &ldquo;protect the longevity of the Chinese Communist Party.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/for-china-cybersecurity-is-part-of-strategy-for-protecting-the-communist-party/"><span>http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/for-china-cybersecurity-is-part-of-strategy-for-protecting-the-communist-party/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Real Cost of Cyber Incidents, According To Insurers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Healthcare is hit by the most malicious insiders and the highest legal costs, according to a NetDiligence report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/the-real-cost-of-cyber-incidents-according-to-insurers/d/d-id/1317851"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/the-real-cost-of-cyber-incidents-according-to-insurers/d/d-id/1317851</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FBI Warns US Businesses of Possible Wiper Malware Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The FBI issued a five-page flash warning yesterday urging American enterprises to be on the lookout for wiper malware.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/fbi-warns-us-businesses-of-possible-wiper-malware-attacks/109662"><span>http://threatpost.com/fbi-warns-us-businesses-of-possible-wiper-malware-attacks/109662</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sony Pictures and F.B.I. Widen Inquiry Into Hackers&rsquo; Attack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sony Pictures Entertainment and the F.B.I. on Wednesday were seeking more information about an attack that crippled Sony&rsquo;s computer systems &mdash; including whether North Korea, or perhaps a former employee, was responsible.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/business/sony-pictures-and-fbi-investigating-attack-by-hackers.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/business/sony-pictures-and-fbi-investigating-attack-by-hackers.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DARPA looks to connect complex system security dots and wipe out malicious cyber attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>High-end cybercriminals count on the fact that modern-day enterprise computer systems tend to be intricate and complicated. So sophisticated and dense that they let few people or other systems gain any significant visibility into their real machinery and software.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2854345/security0/darpa-looks-to-connect-complex-system-security-dots-and-wipe-out-malicious-cyber-attacks.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2854345/security0/darpa-looks-to-connect-complex-system-security-dots-and-wipe-out-malicious-cyber-attacks.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber laws must explain how businesses can collaborate on risk protection, says expert<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New laws aimed at getting businesses to share information on cyber risks must explain to businesses how that information sharing should work in practice, an expert has said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/december/cyber-laws-must-explain-how-businesses-can-collaborate-on-risk-protection-says-expert/"><span>http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/december/cyber-laws-must-explain-how-businesses-can-collaborate-on-risk-protection-says-expert/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google has a new way to tell if you're human<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are you human? Do you hate reading distorted text? Google has some good news for you. The Internet giant is doing away with the random combinations of blurry letters and numbers that it has used to keep robots from pretending to be human.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/03/technology/security/google-blurry-text-security/index.html"><span>http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/03/technology/security/google-blurry-text-security/index.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> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>292 internet domain names seized for selling counterfeit products<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Europol and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with 25 law enforcement agencies from 19 countries, have seized 292 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The 292 domain names seized are part of project 'In Our Sites (IOS) Transatlantic V'.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/292-internet-domain-names-seized-selling-counterfeit-products"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/292-internet-domain-names-seized-selling-counterfeit-products</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Europol Leads Operation To Seize Hundreds Of Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods In Lead-Up To Christmas<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In its third operation in 12 months, Europol working with European and US law enforcement agencies has seized hundreds of domain names linked to the sale of counterfeit goods online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23221"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23221</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Counterfeit' domains seized by Europol<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Police forces across Europe have seized 292 web domains that were being used to sell counterfeit goods, according to Europol.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30276056"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30276056</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Officials seize 292 domain names to protect consumers during holiday season [IDG]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The holiday season is rife with online rip-offs. In a move to protect consumers, law enforcement officials have seized 292 domain names for sites that allegedly were selling counterfeit goods.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2853714/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2853714/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2853712/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2853712/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lawsuit alleges 3 number domain names stolen<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A federal lawsuit alleges that the domain names 224.com, 605.com and 452.com have been stolen.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/lawsuit-alleges-3-number-domain-names-stolen/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/lawsuit-alleges-3-number-domain-names-stolen/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Loses Claim to Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mediators of the National Arbitration Forum have dismissed a claim made by Google against Canadian company groovle.com demanding they transfer their domain name to it because it is too similar to theirs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.commercetuned.co.uk/news/google-loses-claim-to-domain-name-022.php"><span>http://www.commercetuned.co.uk/news/google-loses-claim-to-domain-name-022.php</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>Aussie telcos struggling with IPv6 adoption<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 is increasing steadily around the world but some Australian carriers are still struggling with the transition to the new internet addressing system.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.aspx"><span>http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.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> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can VeriSign Maintain Its Market Leadership In The Coming Years?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VeriSign, a leader in the Domain Name market (47% market share), regained its growth momentum in Q3 2014 after a disappointing performance in the first half of the year. The company saw the highest third quarter gross additions of 8.7 million to date, in Q3 2014. Some of the primary factors propelling this growth were:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01"><span>http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Future of Agency SEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As SEO continues to mature, new types of engagements and agencies will begin to evolve. Here is a look at four ways the future of SEO could develop.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2383470/the-future-of-agency-seo"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2383470/the-future-of-agency-seo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Name Parking with Michael Gilmour &ndash; DNW Podcast #9<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you&rsquo;ve been in the domain name industry for any length of time, odds are you&rsquo;re making less from domain name parking now than you did many years ago.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/domain-name-parking-with-michael-gilmour-dnw-podcast-9/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/domain-name-parking-with-michael-gilmour-dnw-podcast-9/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Demonoid Frustrates Censors With Domain Name Switch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has traded its demonoid.ph domain name for the Palau-based demonoid.pw. The site's operators have yet to officially announce the change, which helps to improve the site's availability online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-frustrates-censors-with-domain-name-switch-141202/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-frustrates-censors-with-domain-name-switch-141202/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD Registry to Present World's First Masterclass on Booming Chinese Domain Market at NamesCon 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the 2015 NamesCon conference less than six weeks away major elements of the show's agenda are rapidly falling into place. Today TLD Registry, the owner/operator of the Dot Chinese Online (.</span><span lang="EN-US">&#22312;&#32447;</span><span> ) and Dot Chinese Website (.</span><span lang="EN-US">&#20013;&#25991;&#32593;</span><span> ) TLDs, announced they will present a Chinese Domaining Masterclass lecture series taught by TLD Registry&rsquo;s Simon Cousins and Jin Wang that will run over all four days of NamesCon.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141202.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141202.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Registrations: Is Bitcoin Going Mainstream?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Earlier this year we used Bitcoin as an example of how domain registrations could be an effective gauge of interest in a particular subject. Our analysis demonstrated a clear rise in the number of registered .com and .net domain names containing the term &ldquo;Bitcoin&rdquo; in 2013, as well as a positive correlation between increased registration activity and increases in the dollar value of bitcoin.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/domain_registrations_is_bitcoin_going"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/domain_registrations_is_bitcoin_going</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>How most people see domain investors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Want to know how a person trying to get his hands on a domain name sees domain name investors? Here&rsquo;s a pretty good summary.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/how-most-people-see-domain-investors/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/how-most-people-see-domain-investors/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Year's Biggest Sale to Date Towers Over This Week's Domain Sales Chart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the end of last week news broke that Japan's Nissan Corporation (well known for their Z series of sports cars) had sold Z.com to GMO Internet, Inc., one of Japan&rsquo;s leading Internet services providers and operator of the country&rsquo;s largest domain registrar, for a whopping &yen;800,000,000 ($6,784,000).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141203.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141203.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></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>The Global Geography of Internet Addiction: In a new study, Brazilians were the most likely to report spending every waking hour on the web, with Nigerians and South Africans not far behind.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thanks to its young population armed with smartphones, Brazil beat nine other Internet-connected countries for its citizens&rsquo; frequency of web use, according to a new report from business consultancy A.T. Kearney.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/12/the-global-geography-of-internet-addiction/383292/"><span>http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/12/the-global-geography-of-internet-addiction/383292/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Smart watches, driverless cars and internet enabled fridges may grab headlines, but the internet of things has the potential to transform healthcare and save lives, Telstra chief scientist Hugh Bradlow says.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html"><span>http://www.smh.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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