Kim Davies | 20 Apr 21:50 2015
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Should .au be opened up for direct registration?

I received an empty email from auDA with this subject line. It
appears to refer to a new panel to consider the .au rules, described here:

  http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/should-au-be-opened-up-for-direct-registration/

Thought this would be of specific interest to this list.

kim

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David Goldstein | 20 Apr 05:48 2015

auDA domain news - 20 April

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IP Justice Advises ICANN Board to Protect Freedom of Expression Rights and Respect Community-Developed Policy in ICANN TLD Policy

<http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/04/10/ip-justice-advises-icann-board-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-rights-and-respect-community-developed-policy-in-icann-top-level-domain-policy/>

 

AU And NZ Combine For Seventh Annual Awards For Those Making Internet Better

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/16/au-and-nz-combine-for-seventh-annual-awards-for-those-making-internet-better/>

 

Recent Surveys on Trust in the Internet and New Domain Name Extensions

<http://www.thedna.org/news_recent_surveys_on_trust_in_the_internet_and_new_domain_name_extensions.php>

 

Choosing a Domain Name for Chinese Websites

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2399741/choosing-a-domain-name-for-chinese-websites>

 

Google Removes Domain Names from Mobile Search Results

<http://www.thewhir.com/blog/google-removes-domain-names-mobile-search-results>

 

 

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ICANN: Bridging the Trust Gap by Emily Taylor

This paper addresses the proposed transfer of the oversight of IANA - which is responsible for a number of Internet protocol resources - away from the US government. The author also looks at 1) the implications for Internet governance of the architecture of critical Internet resources; 2) the ICANN and its relationship with the US government through IANA; 3) why the US-ICANN relationship caused controversy; 4) ICANN’s efforts to find a successor to the IANA; and 5) the accountability of ICANN.

<http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Publications/Detail/?id=190025>

 

The design flaw in current Internet governance arrangements by Milton Mueller

The Internet Architecture Board released an important document this month. It deserves more attention than it is getting because its message bears directly on the IANA transition. The document, “Principles for the Operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Registries,” has entered the IETF record as RFC 7500.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/18/the-design-flaw-in-current-internet-governance-arrangements/>

 

Report on the 2015 Russian IGF

The sixth annual Russian IGF was held on 7 April 2015 in Moscow, Russia. The meeting attracted over 500 participants and focused on Internet governance and regulation, as well as the technical, political and economic aspects of ICT development.

<https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/report-on-the-2015-russian-igf>

 

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Update to BCG Study - Country Clusters Analysis Now Available

Reducing e-friction – or a country’s obstacles to full participation in the global digital economy – can deliver benefits to national economies and business, particularly in developing markets. BCG findings show a potential 2.5% increase in GDP and 7% increase in SME revenues as e-friction scores improve.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-16-en>

 

WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On IANA Naming Related Functions: Briefing on 2nd Draft Proposal for Public Comment

Following the request of the NTIA, an agency of the U.S Department of Commerce, 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-Stewardship) was formed with the purpose of developing a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to domain names.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-16-en>

 

Working Together to Overcome E-Friction

For the past year, I have worked with ICANN colleagues and community leaders to convene stakeholders to discuss e-friction. The concept of e-friction was developed by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), in a report released last year, entitled Greasing the Wheels of the Internet Economy. It describes the barriers that keep countries, companies and consumers from realizing the full benefits of the global, scalable Internet. ICANN commissioned the research to provide a reminder of the economic benefits we derive from the digital economy, and point the way to further gains.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/working-together-to-overcome-e-friction>

 

Letter from Christine A. Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Alain Artero

New gTLD application for .RADIO

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-artero-14apr15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Danielle M. Aguirre, General Counsel | National Music Publishers' Association, to ICANN Board of Directors and Economic Intelligence Unit

New gTLD application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/aguirre-to-icann-board-eiu-14apr15-en.pdf>

 

IP Justice Advises ICANN Board to Protect Freedom of Expression Rights and Respect Community-Developed Policy in ICANN TLD Policy

IP Justice sent a letter this week to ICANN’s Board Governance Committee to express concern for ICANN’s treatment of Internet user’s freedom of expression rights in the organization’s policy for new GTLDs. The letter, which urged the committee to reconsider it’s recent decision to restrict numerous lawful of the word "doctor" in the Internet’s domain name system, stated:

<http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/04/10/ip-justice-advises-icann-board-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-rights-and-respect-community-developed-policy-in-icann-top-level-domain-policy/>

 

ICANN banked $60m from dot-word auctions. Just what exactly is it going to spend it all on?

The chairman of ICANN has finally been pushed into revealing his plans for the $60m the domain-name overseer has banked from auctioning off the rights to dot-words.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/17/icann_gltd_auction_money/>

 

3 steps for managing ICANN Registry compliance

If you are like the majority of Registry Operators we have spoken to, you may now be thinking that compliance with your new gTLD Registry Agreement is much more difficult than first envisaged – especially if you are one of the lucky operators which have been chosen for ICANN’s latest round of registry audits!

<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/3-steps-for-managing-icann-registry-compliance/>

 

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AU And NZ Combine For Seventh Annual Awards For Those Making Internet Better

auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, and InternetNZ, the .nz manager, are combining for the seventh successive year for the ANZIA's - the Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23699>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/16/au-and-nz-combine-for-seventh-annual-awards-for-those-making-internet-better/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/au-and-nz-combine-for-seventh-annual-awards-for-those-making-internet-better.html>

 

ca: Phone call security scam warning for Internet users

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has received reports of a phone call security scam using the CIRA name.

<http://cira.ca/news/phone-call-security-scam-warning-internet-users>

 

.eu 2014 Annual report available

EURid is delighted to announce the recent publication of its annual report! The document, which takes the form of an infographic, details the main highlights and statistics relating to the registry in 2014.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/eu-2014-annual-report-available>

 

The explosive growth of .io domains

The percentage of websites using .io domains has more than doubled in the last year alone, according to w3techs.com. This makes it the fastest growing TLD by far, of all TLDs that make up roughly 0.01% or more of websites on the internet.

<http://blog.park.io/articles/enormous-growth-of-io-domains/>

 

Get Priority Entry Into .PORN and .ADULT

ICM Registry, the registry operator for the .XXX, .PORN, and .ADULT TLDs, announces the launch of several promotional programs and discounted pricing opportunities occurring in April and May.

<http://www.icmregistry.com/media/press/?article=58>

 

“Russian Domain Space 2014” report is published

New issue of the annual Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ report “Russian domain space 2014: overview and development prospects”. The report reflects the most important and interesting events that took place in 2014 in Russian and global domain industry, projects the further development of the Russian domain space and the Internet in general.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6700>

 

uk: Registrant behaviour market research

In the coming weeks, we’ll be conducting research with a randomly selected sample of .uk domain registrants in order to gain a better understanding of consumer demographics, domain buying behaviour and sentiment in selecting UK domain names.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/registrant-behaviour-market-research>

 

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Recent Surveys on Trust in the Internet and New Domain Name Extensions

The DNA noted with interest the recent NCC Group Trust in the Internet Survey. The DNA shares the concerns of the NCC Group with regard to Internet safety but does not agree with all of the survey's conclusions.

<http://www.thedna.org/news_recent_surveys_on_trust_in_the_internet_and_new_domain_name_extensions.php>

 

Renewal Trends: Day 26

It's Day 26 and a large number of Donuts names, 180,000+, have now been eligible for renewal.

<http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/renewal-trends-day-26>

 

Donuts’ new TLD renewal rates range from 55% to 72%

Donuts has released updated renewal rates for the first 25 TLDs it launched. Rates range from about 55% to 72%, well under the company’s predicted 80% renewal rate.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/16/donuts-new-tld-renewal-rates-range-from-55-to-72/>

 

TLDs Owned by Brands Gaining Momentum

While gTLDs like .SUCKS and .PORN have made headlines in the past few weeks, many in the domain name industry predict that 2015 will be the year that branded TLDs — such as .NIKE and .BMW

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/top-level_domains-owned-by-brands-gaining-momentum>

 

New gTLDs accounted for 21% of the net growth of the domain name market in 2014

The April 2015 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names provides an overview of the domain name market in 2014: figures, review and trends.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8993/show/new-gtlds-accounted-for-21-of-the-net-growth-of-the-domain-name-market-in-2014.html>

 

UPDATE: .SUCKS CEO SPEAKS

Following the publication of the article titled .SUCKS: A Questionable Future?, posted on April 13, 2015, the author received an unsolicited email from John Berard, CEO of Vox Populi Registry, Ltd. (“Vox”), the registry responsible for the controversial .SUCKS gTLD, responding to the article. In an email, Berard shares his perspective on the launch of the .SUCKS registry and the controversy that has ensued. In particular, Berard notes:

<http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/update-sucks-ceo-speaks-69075/>

 

1st Day New gTLD Totals .Fashion 2,182; .Garden 388: Science Passes .XXX & .Pro

Two new gTLD's were released this week by Minds + Machines After domain name registrations made in Sunrise by Trademark Holders .Fashion has 2,182 registrations.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/17/1st-day-new-gtld-totals-fashion-2182-garden-388-science-passes-xxx-pro/>

 

RNS Reach: Legal Marketing Association Launches Strategic Partnership with New TLD ‘.law’

Minds + Machines announces that the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) has entered into a partnership with TLD “.law.” The partnership provides LMA members the opportunity to submit an early expression of interest for “.law” domains before the domains are generally available.

<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/04/rns-reach-legal-marketing-association-launches-strategic-partnership-with-new-top-level-domain-law/>

 

.Science Still Getting Over 3K registrations A Day: Is This a Revolution or Another .TK

.Science which launched at the end of February is still adding more domain registrations a day than any other new gTLD extension by far on a daily basis

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/19/science-still-getting-over-3k-registrations-a-day-is-this-a-revolution-or-another-tk/>

 

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The April 2015 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader! A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released. The topics covered in this report are: Shades of grey, made in Germany – SAP and the NSA, David, Goliath and the search for a truly safe haven, Apple with its head in the sand? Entire anti-virus and anti-malware category of apps removed from iOS App Store, Bankrupts have no respect for privacy – RadioShack to auction customer data, Look before you leap – hackers fake profiles on dating app & The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/04/14/the-april-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/>

 

Internet.nl launched during Dutch Cyber Week 2015

During the Dutch Cyber Week 2015 the website Internet.nl was launched by the Internet Standards Platform, a collaboration among organisations from the Internet community and the Dutch government. On this website, visitors can check whether their Internet is up to date. Are your internet connection, e-mail and website actually using modern, secure internet standards? And if not, what can you do about it?

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/internetnl-launched-during-dutch-cyber-week-2015>

 

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Brand protection online: what you need to know

The online world is rife with problems, meaning brand owners should monitor any potential dangers in order to protect their identity says Nick Wenban-Smith of Nominet.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/brand-protection-online-what-you-need-to-know>

 

Judge denies motion to strike UDRP cases from MySchool.com pleadings

Plaintiff asked judge to forbid information about its two UDRP losses over the same domain to be used in pleadings.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/17/judge-denies-motion-to-strike-udrp-cases-from-myschool-com-pleadings/>

 

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DoD must speed migration to IPv6

The Defense Department's inability to properly move to Internet protocol version 6, or IPv6, could mean cost increases and vulnerability to cyber threats, a new report found.

<http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/ig-dod-must-speed-migration-ipv6/2015-04-16>

 

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Choosing a Domain Name for Chinese Websites: Part 2

In my last column, I talked about the importance of having a good domain name in China. Today I will look at how some of the most popular websites in China chose their domain names, and what foreign brands can learn from this.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2404489/choosing-a-domain-name-for-chinese-websites-part-2>

 

Choosing a Domain Name for Chinese Websites

Creating a website and buying a domain name are the prerequisites for any business making the move to online, and the choice of domain name will, more likely than not, have an impact on a business's brand name. In the Chinese market in particular, a good domain name is extremely important for any future marketing of a business.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2399741/choosing-a-domain-name-for-chinese-websites>

 

Google Removes Domain Names from Mobile Search Results

As Google prepares for its major mobile algorithm update next week, the search giant has already made a change to how sites appear in mobile search, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name.

<http://www.thewhir.com/blog/google-removes-domain-names-mobile-search-results>

 

Google to Make Mobile URLs More User-Friendly

Google mobile search results will no longer display a website's URL. Instead, search results will include a more reader-friendly site description.

<http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2404638/google-to-make-mobile-urls-more-user-friendly>

 

Google to punish mobile-unfriendly sites

Experts warn of a "Mobile-geddon" as the online titan prepares to change the way its search engine ranks websites on mobile devices. Businesses failing to go mobile-friendly could face extinction.

<http://www.dw.de/google-to-punish-mobile-unfriendly-sites/a-18390240>

 

Google eliminating domains from search results

Google has made another move to make domain names less relevant to internet users.

<http://domainincite.com/18364-google-eliminating-domains-from-search-results>

 

nz: Business warning as Google mobile deadline looms

Thousands of New Zealand businesses could have their websites cut from Google's search engine if they do not meet the requirements for mobile by tomorrow.

<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11435486>

 

RIPE NCC Annual Report 2014

The RIPE NCC Annual Report 2014, including the Financial Report 2014, is now available. The RIPE NCC Annual Report 2014 documents the activities of the RIPE NCC throughout the year. The report also contains the RIPE NCC Financial Report 2014.

<https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-annual-report-2014>

 

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DCIM DCIM: Market Study on Datacenter Infrastructure Management 2.0

DC and IT decision-makers are set to obtain a new market overview and aid in decision making for the implementation of DCIM solutions in data centers.

<https://international.eco.de/2015/news/dcim-dcim-2.html>

 

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New Parking feature: Small, but impactful change for domain sellers

When you Park a domain that is for sale, it dramatically increases the likelihood of a sale.

<https://sedo.com/us/news/3586/New-Parking-feature/>

 

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Instagram Tightens Guidelines to Curb Pornography and Harassment

Instagram is dropping the nice-guy act. The photo- and video-sharing app Thursday unveiled more-detailed standards for images, aimed at curbing pornography and harassment. The tone is tougher, too: Instagram cut the number of times it says “please,” to one, from four.

<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/16/instagram-tightens-rules-to-curb-pornography-and-harassment/>

 

WhatsApp Hits 800 Million Users — 1 Billion by Year-End?

WhatsApp now has 800 million monthly active users, continuing a pace of growth that may put the mobile messaging app on track to hit one billion users later this year.

<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/17/whatsapp-hits-800000-users-1-billion-by-year-end/>

 

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Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report

Gold worth more than £7bn is being thrown away amid the 42 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment discarded by consumers each year, according to United Nations experts.

<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/electronic-waste-worth-34bn-piling-up-in-toxic-mine-warns-un-report-10187364.html>

 

World's mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes

A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was discarded around the world in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said.

<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/19/worlds-mountain-of-electrical-waste-reaches-new-peak-of-42m-tonnes>

 

U.S., China top dumping of electronic waste; little recycled

The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide, a U.N. study said on Sunday.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/19/environment-waste-idINKBN0NA01920150419>

 

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Dotcom Speeding Offense Could Lead to Deportation “In Weeks”

Even as Kim Dotcom spends millions fighting extradition to the U.S., a relatively minor issue could see him kicked out of New Zealand in a matter of weeks. When applying for residency in 2010, Dotcom failed to declare a dangerous driving speeding conviction, a matter that could now escalate into deportation from the country.

<http://torrentfreak.com/kim-dotcom-speeding-offense-could-lead-to-deportation-150416/>

 

Kim Dotcom may get kicked out of New Zealand—but not because of copyright

The US stepped up the enforcement of copyright law dramatically when authorities chose to press criminal copyright charges against Kim Dotcom in 2012, grabbing his servers and raiding his New Zealand house. Dotcom's "cyberlocker" site Megaupload, which the US government accuses of massive piracy, went down instantly.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/kim-dotcom-may-get-kicked-out-of-new-zealand-but-not-because-of-copyright/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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Trade Promotion Authority, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and Secrecy

The New York Times reported this afternoon that a Congressional agreement has been reached on so-called “fast track” authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). This international agreement, having been negotiated under extreme secrecy by 12 countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, is supposed to be an “ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement that reflects U.S. economic priorities and values.”

<http://infojustice.org/archives/34273>

 

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Australia must break the shackles of intellectual property in FTAs

Last week some of Australia's biggest and richest companies voluntarily fronted up to a senate inquiry on corporate tax avoidance.

<http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/australia-must-break-the-shackles-of-intellectual-property-in-ftas-20150416-1mmcnr.html>

 

Australian group sets out anti-piracy proposals

A group representing the Australian electronics industry has released the first draft of an industry code designed to tackle online piracy.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/australian-group-sets-out-online-piracy-proposals-4321>

 

How the Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions

I released a statement earlier today opining that the today’s leak of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) chapter proposed for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would give new rights to private companies to challenge limitations and exceptions to copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights in unaccountable international arbitration forums. This note gives further background and analysis supporting that statement.

<http://infojustice.org/archives/34253>

 

What Is Patentable Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

On October 16, 2014, WikiLeaks released a complete draft of the Intellectual Property Chapter of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP is a controversial free trade agreement being negotiated behind closed doors by officials from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.

<http://infojustice.org/archives/34245>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN: Bridging the Trust Gap by Emily Taylor<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This paper addresses the proposed transfer of the oversight of IANA - which is responsible for a number of Internet protocol resources - away from the US government. The author also looks at 1) the implications for Internet governance of the architecture of critical Internet resources; 2) the ICANN and its relationship with the US government through IANA; 3) why the US-ICANN relationship caused controversy; 4) ICANN&rsquo;s efforts to find a successor to the IANA; and 5) the accountability of ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Publications/Detail/?id=190025"><span>http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Publications/Detail/?id=190025</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The design flaw in current Internet governance arrangements by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet Architecture Board released an important document this month. It deserves more attention than it is getting because its message bears directly on the IANA transition. The document, &ldquo;Principles for the Operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Registries,&rdquo; has entered the IETF record as RFC 7500.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/18/the-design-flaw-in-current-internet-governance-arrangements/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/18/the-design-flaw-in-current-internet-governance-arrangements/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Report on the 2015 Russian IGF<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The sixth annual Russian IGF was held on 7 April 2015 in Moscow, Russia. The meeting attracted over 500 participants and focused on Internet governance and regulation, as well as the technical, political and economic aspects of ICT development.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/report-on-the-2015-russian-igf"><span>https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/report-on-the-2015-russian-igf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Update to BCG Study - Country Clusters Analysis Now Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Reducing e-friction &ndash; or a country&rsquo;s obstacles to full participation in the global digital economy &ndash; can deliver benefits to national economies and business, particularly in developing markets. BCG findings show a potential 2.5% increase in GDP and 7% increase in SME revenues as e-friction scores improve.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On IANA Naming Related Functions: Briefing on 2nd Draft Proposal for Public Comment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Following the request of the NTIA, an agency of the U.S Department of Commerce, 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-Stewardship) was formed with the purpose of developing a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Working Together to Overcome E-Friction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">For the past year, I have worked with ICANN colleagues and community leaders to convene stakeholders to discuss e-friction. The concept of e-friction was developed by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), in a report released last year, entitled Greasing the Wheels of the Internet Economy. It describes the barriers that keep countries, companies and consumers from realizing the full benefits of the global, scalable Internet. ICANN commissioned the research to provide a reminder of the economic benefits we derive from the digital economy, and point the way to further gains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/working-together-to-overcome-e-friction"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/working-together-to-overcome-e-friction</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Christine A. Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Alain Artero</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .RADIO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-artero-14apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-artero-14apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Danielle M. Aguirre, General Counsel | National Music Publishers' Association, to ICANN Board of Directors and Economic Intelligence Unit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/aguirre-to-icann-board-eiu-14apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/aguirre-to-icann-board-eiu-14apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IP Justice Advises ICANN Board to Protect Freedom of Expression Rights and Respect Community-Developed Policy in ICANN TLD Policy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IP Justice sent a letter this week to ICANN&rsquo;s Board Governance Committee to express concern for ICANN&rsquo;s treatment of Internet user&rsquo;s freedom of expression rights in the organization&rsquo;s policy for new GTLDs. The letter, which urged the committee to reconsider it&rsquo;s recent decision to restrict numerous lawful of the word "doctor" in the Internet&rsquo;s domain name system, stated:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/04/10/ip-justice-advises-icann-board-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-rights-and-respect-community-developed-policy-in-icann-top-level-domain-policy/"><span>http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/04/10/ip-justice-advises-icann-board-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-rights-and-respect-community-developed-policy-in-icann-top-level-domain-policy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN banked $60m from dot-word auctions. Just what exactly is it going to spend it all on?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The chairman of ICANN has finally been pushed into revealing his plans for the $60m the domain-name overseer has banked from auctioning off the rights to dot-words.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/17/icann_gltd_auction_money/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/17/icann_gltd_auction_money/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">3 steps for managing ICANN Registry compliance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you are like the majority of Registry Operators we have spoken to, you may now be thinking that compliance with your new gTLD Registry Agreement is much more difficult than first envisaged &ndash; especially if you are one of the lucky operators which have been chosen for ICANN&rsquo;s latest round of registry audits!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/blog/3-steps-for-managing-icann-registry-compliance/"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/blog/3-steps-for-managing-icann-registry-compliance/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">AU And NZ Combine For Seventh Annual Awards For Those Making Internet Better<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, and InternetNZ, the .nz manager, are combining for the seventh successive year for the ANZIA's - the Australia &amp; New Zealand Internet Awards.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23699"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23699</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/16/au-and-nz-combine-for-seventh-annual-awards-for-those-making-internet-better/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/16/au-and-nz-combine-for-seventh-annual-awards-for-those-making-internet-better/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/au-and-nz-combine-for-seventh-annual-awards-for-those-making-internet-better.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/au-and-nz-combine-for-seventh-annual-awards-for-those-making-internet-better.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ca: Phone call security scam warning for Internet users</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has received reports of a phone call security scam using the CIRA name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cira.ca/news/phone-call-security-scam-warning-internet-users"><span>http://cira.ca/news/phone-call-security-scam-warning-internet-users</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.eu 2014 Annual report available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">EURid is delighted to announce the recent publication of its annual report! The document, which takes the form of an infographic, details the main highlights and statistics relating to the registry in 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/eu-2014-annual-report-available"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/eu-2014-annual-report-available</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The explosive growth of .io domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The percentage of websites using .io domains has more than doubled in the last year alone, according to w3techs.com. This makes it the fastest growing TLD by far, of all TLDs that make up roughly 0.01% or more of websites on the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.park.io/articles/enormous-growth-of-io-domains/"><span>http://blog.park.io/articles/enormous-growth-of-io-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Get Priority Entry Into .PORN and .ADULT<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry, the registry operator for the .XXX, .PORN, and .ADULT TLDs, announces the launch of several promotional programs and discounted pricing opportunities occurring in April and May.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.icmregistry.com/media/press/?article=58"><span>http://www.icmregistry.com/media/press/?article=58</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&ldquo;Russian Domain Space 2014&rdquo; report is published<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New issue of the annual Coordination Center for TLD RU/</span><span lang="RU">&#1056;&#1060; report &ldquo;Russian domain space 2014: overview and development prospects&rdquo;. The report reflects the most important and interesting events that took place in 2014 in Russian and global domain industry, projects the further development of the Russian domain space and the Internet in general.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6700"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6700</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">uk: Registrant behaviour market research<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In the coming weeks, we&rsquo;ll be conducting research with a randomly selected sample of .uk domain registrants in order to gain a better understanding of consumer demographics, domain buying behaviour and sentiment in selecting UK domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/registrant-behaviour-market-research"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/registrant-behaviour-market-research</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Recent Surveys on Trust in the Internet and New Domain Name Extensions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The DNA noted with interest the recent NCC Group Trust in the Internet Survey. The DNA shares the concerns of the NCC Group with regard to Internet safety but does not agree with all of the survey's conclusions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedna.org/news_recent_surveys_on_trust_in_the_internet_and_new_domain_name_extensions.php"><span>http://www.thedna.org/news_recent_surveys_on_trust_in_the_internet_and_new_domain_name_extensions.php</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Renewal Trends: Day 26<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It's Day 26 and a large number of Donuts names, 180,000+, have now been eligible for renewal.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/renewal-trends-day-26"><span>http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/renewal-trends-day-26</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts&rsquo; new TLD renewal rates range from 55% to 72%<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts has released updated renewal rates for the first 25 </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s it launched. Rates range from about 55% to 72%, well under the company&rsquo;s predicted 80% renewal rate.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/16/donuts-new-tld-renewal-rates-range-from-55-to-72/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/16/donuts-new-tld-renewal-rates-range-from-55-to-72/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">TLDs Owned by Brands Gaining Momentum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">While gTLDs like .SUCKS and .PORN have made headlines in the past few weeks, many in the domain name industry predict that 2015 will be the year that branded TLDs &mdash; such as .NIKE and .BMW<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/top-level_domains-owned-by-brands-gaining-momentum"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/top-level_domains-owned-by-brands-gaining-momentum</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLDs accounted for 21% of the net growth of the domain name market in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The April 2015 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names provides an overview of the domain name market in 2014: figures, review and trends.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8993/show/new-gtlds-accounted-for-21-of-the-net-growth-of-the-domain-name-market-in-2014.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8993/show/new-gtlds-accounted-for-21-of-the-net-growth-of-the-domain-name-market-in-2014.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UPDATE: .SUCKS CEO SPEAKS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Following the publication of the article titled .SUCKS: A Questionable Future?, posted on April 13, 2015, the author received an unsolicited email from John Berard, CEO of Vox Populi Registry, Ltd. (&ldquo;Vox&rdquo;), the registry responsible for the controversial .SUCKS gTLD, responding to the article. In an email, Berard shares his perspective on the launch of the .SUCKS registry and the controversy that has ensued. In particular, Berard notes:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/update-sucks-ceo-speaks-69075/"><span>http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/update-sucks-ceo-speaks-69075/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">1st Day New gTLD Totals .Fashion 2,182; .Garden 388: Science Passes .XXX &amp; .Pro<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two new gTLD's were released this week by Minds + Machines After domain name registrations made in Sunrise by Trademark Holders .Fashion has 2,182 registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/17/1st-day-new-gtld-totals-fashion-2182-garden-388-science-passes-xxx-pro/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/17/1st-day-new-gtld-totals-fashion-2182-garden-388-science-passes-xxx-pro/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RNS Reach: Legal Marketing Association Launches Strategic Partnership with New TLD &lsquo;.law&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Minds + Machines announces that the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) has entered into a partnership with TLD &ldquo;.law.&rdquo; The partnership provides LMA members the opportunity to submit an early expression of interest for &ldquo;.law&rdquo; domains before the domains are generally available.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/04/rns-reach-legal-marketing-association-launches-strategic-partnership-with-new-top-level-domain-law/"><span>http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/04/rns-reach-legal-marketing-association-launches-strategic-partnership-with-new-top-level-domain-law/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Science Still Getting Over 3K registrations A Day: Is This a Revolution or Another .TK<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Science which launched at the end of February is still adding more domain registrations a day than any other new gTLD extension by far on a daily basis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/19/science-still-getting-over-3k-registrations-a-day-is-this-a-revolution-or-another-tk/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/19/science-still-getting-over-3k-registrations-a-day-is-this-a-revolution-or-another-tk/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The April 2015 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dear Reader! A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released. The topics covered in this report are: Shades of grey, made in Germany &ndash; SAP and the NSA</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">David, Goliath and the search for a truly safe haven</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">Apple with its head in the sand? Entire anti-virus and anti-malware category of apps removed from iOS App Store</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">Bankrupts have no respect for privacy &ndash; RadioShack to auction customer data</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">Look before you leap &ndash; hackers fake profiles on dating app</span><span> &amp; </span><span lang="EN">The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/04/14/the-april-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/04/14/the-april-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet.nl launched during Dutch Cyber Week 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">During the Dutch Cyber Week 2015 the website Internet.nl was launched by the Internet Standards Platform, a collaboration among organisations from the Internet community and the Dutch government. On this website, visitors can check whether their Internet is up to date. Are your internet connection, e-mail and website actually using modern, secure internet standards? And if not, what can you do about it?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/internetnl-launched-during-dutch-cyber-week-2015"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/internetnl-launched-during-dutch-cyber-week-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brand protection online: what you need to know<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The online world is rife with problems, meaning brand owners should monitor any potential dangers in order to protect their identity says Nick Wenban-Smith of Nominet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/brand-protection-online-what-you-need-to-know"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/brand-protection-online-what-you-need-to-know</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Judge denies motion to strike UDRP cases from MySchool.com pleadings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Plaintiff asked judge to forbid information about its two UDRP losses over the same domain to be used in pleadings.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/17/judge-denies-motion-to-strike-udrp-cases-from-myschool-com-pleadings/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/17/judge-denies-motion-to-strike-udrp-cases-from-myschool-com-pleadings/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DoD must speed migration to IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Defense Department's inability to properly move to Internet protocol version 6, or IPv6, could mean cost increases and vulnerability to cyber threats, a new report found.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/ig-dod-must-speed-migration-ipv6/2015-04-16"><span>http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/ig-dod-must-speed-migration-ipv6/2015-04-16</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Choosing a Domain Name for Chinese Websites: Part 2<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In my last column, I talked about the importance of having a good domain name in China. Today I will look at how some of the most popular websites in China chose their domain names, and what foreign brands can learn from this.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2404489/choosing-a-domain-name-for-chinese-websites-part-2"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2404489/choosing-a-domain-name-for-chinese-websites-part-2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Choosing a Domain Name for Chinese Websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Creating a website and buying a domain name are the prerequisites for any business making the move to online, and the choice of domain name will, more likely than not, have an impact on a business's brand name. In the Chinese market in particular, a good domain name is extremely important for any future marketing of a business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2399741/choosing-a-domain-name-for-chinese-websites"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2399741/choosing-a-domain-name-for-chinese-websites</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google Removes Domain Names from Mobile Search Results<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As Google prepares for its major mobile algorithm update next week, the search giant has already made a change to how sites appear in mobile search, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/blog/google-removes-domain-names-mobile-search-results"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/blog/google-removes-domain-names-mobile-search-results</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google to Make Mobile URLs More User-Friendly<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google mobile search results will no longer display a website's URL. Instead, search results will include a more reader-friendly site description.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2404638/google-to-make-mobile-urls-more-user-friendly"><span>http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/news/2404638/google-to-make-mobile-urls-more-user-friendly</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google to punish mobile-unfriendly sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Experts warn of a "Mobile-geddon" as the online titan prepares to change the way its search engine ranks websites on mobile devices. Businesses failing to go mobile-friendly could face extinction.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dw.de/google-to-punish-mobile-unfriendly-sites/a-18390240"><span>http://www.dw.de/google-to-punish-mobile-unfriendly-sites/a-18390240</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google eliminating domains from search results<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google has made another move to make domain names less relevant to internet users.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18364-google-eliminating-domains-from-search-results"><span>http://domainincite.com/18364-google-eliminating-domains-from-search-results</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: Business warning as Google mobile deadline looms<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Thousands of New Zealand businesses could have their websites cut from Google's search engine if they do not meet the requirements for mobile by tomorrow.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&amp;objectid=11435486"><span>http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&amp;objectid=11435486</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RIPE NCC Annual Report 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The RIPE NCC Annual Report 2014, including the Financial Report 2014, is now available. The RIPE NCC Annual Report 2014 documents the activities of the RIPE NCC throughout the year. The report also contains the RIPE NCC Financial Report 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-annual-report-2014"><span>https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-annual-report-2014</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DCIM </span><span lang="EN">&ne;</span><span lang="EN"> DCIM: Market Study on Datacenter Infrastructure Management 2.0</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DC and IT decision-makers are set to obtain a new market overview and aid in decision making for the implementation of DCIM solutions in data centers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/news/dcim-dcim-2.html"><span>https</span><span>://</span><span>international</span><span>.</span><span>eco</span><span>.</span><span>de</span><span>/</span><span>2015</span><span>/</span><span>news</span><span>/</span><span>dcim</span><span>-</span><span>dcim</span><span>-</span><span>2</span><span>.</span><span>html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Parking feature: Small, but impactful change for domain sellers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">When you Park a domain that is for sale, it dramatically increases the likelihood of a sale.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/news/3586/New-Parking-feature/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/news/3586/New-Parking-feature/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">SOCIAL MEDIA<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Instagram Tightens Guidelines to Curb Pornography and Harassment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Instagram is dropping the nice-guy act. The photo- and video-sharing app Thursday unveiled more-detailed standards for images, aimed at curbing pornography and harassment. The tone is tougher, too: Instagram cut the number of times it says &ldquo;please,&rdquo; to one, from four.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/16/instagram-tightens-rules-to-curb-pornography-and-harassment/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/16/instagram-tightens-rules-to-curb-pornography-and-harassment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">WhatsApp Hits 800 Million Users &mdash; 1 Billion by Year-End?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">WhatsApp now has 800 million monthly active users, continuing a pace of growth that may put the mobile messaging app on track to hit one billion users later this year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/17/whatsapp-hits-800000-users-1-billion-by-year-end/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/17/whatsapp-hits-800000-users-1-billion-by-year-end/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Electronic waste worth &pound;34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Gold worth more than &pound;7bn is being thrown away amid the 42 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment discarded by consumers each year, according to United Nations experts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/electronic-waste-worth-34bn-piling-up-in-toxic-mine-warns-un-report-10187364.html"><span>http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/electronic-waste-worth-34bn-piling-up-in-toxic-mine-warns-un-report-10187364.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">World's mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was discarded around the world in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/19/worlds-mountain-of-electrical-waste-reaches-new-peak-of-42m-tonnes"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/19/worlds-mountain-of-electrical-waste-reaches-new-peak-of-42m-tonnes</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S., China top dumping of electronic waste; little recycled<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide, a U.N. study said on Sunday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/19/environment-waste-idINKBN0NA01920150419"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/19/environment-waste-idINKBN0NA01920150419</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dotcom Speeding Offense Could Lead to Deportation &ldquo;In Weeks&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Even as Kim Dotcom spends millions fighting extradition to the U.S., a relatively minor issue could see him kicked out of New Zealand in a matter of weeks. When applying for residency in 2010, Dotcom failed to declare a dangerous driving speeding conviction, a matter that could now escalate into deportation from the country.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/kim-dotcom-speeding-offense-could-lead-to-deportation-150416/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/kim-dotcom-speeding-offense-could-lead-to-deportation-150416/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Kim Dotcom may get kicked out of New Zealand&mdash;but not because of copyright<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The US stepped up the enforcement of copyright law dramatically when authorities chose to press criminal copyright charges against Kim Dotcom in 2012, grabbing his servers and raiding his New Zealand house. Dotcom's "cyberlocker" site Megaupload, which the US government accuses of massive piracy, went down instantly.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/kim-dotcom-may-get-kicked-out-of-new-zealand-but-not-because-of-copyright/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/kim-dotcom-may-get-kicked-out-of-new-zealand-but-not-because-of-copyright/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Trade Promotion Authority, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and Secrecy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The New York Times reported this afternoon that a Congressional agreement has been reached on so-called &ldquo;fast track&rdquo; authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). This international agreement, having been negotiated under extreme secrecy by 12 countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, is supposed to be an &ldquo;ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement that reflects U.S. economic priorities and values.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://infojustice.org/archives/34273"><span>http://infojustice.org/archives/34273</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">BRAND PROTECTION &amp; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australia must break the shackles of intellectual property in FTAs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Last week some of Australia's biggest and richest companies voluntarily fronted up to a senate inquiry on corporate tax avoidance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/australia-must-break-the-shackles-of-intellectual-property-in-ftas-20150416-1mmcnr.html"><span>http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/australia-must-break-the-shackles-of-intellectual-property-in-ftas-20150416-1mmcnr.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australian group sets out anti-piracy proposals<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A group representing the Australian electronics industry has released the first draft of an industry code designed to tackle online piracy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/australian-group-sets-out-online-piracy-proposals-4321"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/australian-group-sets-out-online-piracy-proposals-4321</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How the Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I released a statement earlier today opining that the today&rsquo;s leak of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) chapter proposed for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would give new rights to private companies to challenge limitations and exceptions to copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights in unaccountable international arbitration forums. This note gives further background and analysis supporting that statement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://infojustice.org/archives/34253"><span>http://infojustice.org/archives/34253</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What Is Patentable Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On October 16, 2014, WikiLeaks released a complete draft of the Intellectual Property Chapter of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP is a controversial free trade agreement being negotiated behind closed doors by officials from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://infojustice.org/archives/34245"><span>http://infojustice.org/archives/34245</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 13 Apr 02:44 2015

auDA domain news - 13 April

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Legal separation of IANA gains steam by Brenden Kuerbis

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/07/legal-separation-of-iana-gains-steam-as-the-way-forward/>

 

Beyond the Contract: Partnering to Strengthen Business and Consumer Protections

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/beyond-the-contract-partnering-to-strengthen-business-and-consumer-protections>

 

ICANN responds to IPC concerns, refers ‘.sucks’ to the FTC

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=031fca0a-1c33-4b15-bda6-2b206534e8f5>

 

Victory! Domains Stripped Out of EU “Trademark Package” by Philip Corwin

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/victory-domains-stripped-out-of-eu-trademark-package/>

 

Registration Operations is More Than Just Registering Domain Names

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

 

 

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Legal separation of IANA gains steam by Brenden Kuerbis

The past two weeks have seen a whirlwind of activity regarding the IANA transition. During two days of face to face meetings in Istanbul and continuing discussions online, the Community Working Group on IANA Stewardship Transition (CWG) winnowed down the models it was considering to an IANA that was either legally or functionally separated from ICANN.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/07/legal-separation-of-iana-gains-steam-as-the-way-forward/>

 

What Is the IANA Contract and Why is it Important?

Those of us in the domain name space often take the IANA Functions and the contract that governs those functions for granted. And those outside of the domain name space may not even know about them at all if it weren’t for recent media coverage. If you’ve been hearing a lot about he IANA transition or who “runs” the Internet, here is some background information.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-iana_functions-and-iana_contract-101>

 

Towards the grand opening of NETmundial Initiative

The Coordination Council (CC) of NETmundial Initiative (NMI), of which I am a member, had the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) under consideration after the initial consultation for it in February.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/09/towards-the-grand-opening-of-netmundial-initiative/>

 

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Beyond the Contract: Partnering to Strengthen Business and Consumer Protections

Recently ICANN received a formal letter from Gregory Shatan, President of ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), on behalf of the IPC, asking us to halt the rollout of .SUCKS, a new gTLD operated by Vox Populi Registry Inc. In the letter, the IPC described the proposed business practices and actions of Vox Populi as "illicit" and "predatory, exploitive and coercive." As responsible stewards of the Internet, we take these allegations seriously.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/beyond-the-contract-partnering-to-strengthen-business-and-consumer-protections>

 

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to NordNet SA

NordNet SA ("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-2-2015-04-10-en>

 

Request for Quotation | Equipment Refresh RFQ

ICANN is seeking one or more providers to facilitate the sourcing and pre-configuration tasks for servers and network equipment for our global network infrastructure.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-10-en>

 

Letter from John O. Jeffrey, General Counsel & Secretary | ICANN, to The Honorable Edith Ramirez and The Honorable John Knubley

.SUCKS TLD

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/jeffrey-to-ramirez-knubley-09apr15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Gregory S. Shatan

Re: .SUCKS TLD

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-shatan-09apr15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Vincent Huang and Thomas Embrescia

New gTLD application for .招聘

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-huang-embrescia-07apr15-en.pdf>

 

IP Justice Advises ICANN Board to Protect Freedom of Expression Rights and Respect Community-Developed Policy in ICANN TLD Policy

IP Justice sent a letter this week to ICANN’s Board Governance Committee to express concern for ICANN’s treatment of Internet user’s freedom of expression rights in the organization’s policy for new GTLDs. The letter, which urged the committee to reconsider it’s recent decision to restrict numerous lawful of the word "doctor" in the Internet’s domain name system, stated:

<http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/04/10/ip-justice-advises-icann-board-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-rights-and-respect-community-developed-policy-in-icann-top-level-domain-policy/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Opening of the .alsace geoTLD: the point is you!

As of April 7, 2015, the ".alsace" geoTLD will be accessible to all on the Internet.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8948/show/april-7-2015-opening-of-the-alsace-geotld-the-point-is-you.html>

 

dk: New customer satisfaction survey on the way

On Monday, DK Hostmaster distributes a new customer satisfaction survey to a selection of 7000 users of the .dk domain name.

<https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-customer-satisfaction-survey-on-the-way-1/>

 

nl: SIDN publishes Annual Report 2014

In 2014, the internet was more than ever a game-changer. It overturned conventions and challenged the established order. Sectors that failed to address client dissatisfaction issues were particularly hard hit. More and more enterprises that understand what's needed to thrive in a share economy are making their presence felt. Uber is perhaps the highest-profile example, but Airbnb has also shaken things up within its sector.

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/sidn-publishes-annual-report-2014>

 

rs: Cyber-threats call for cyber-knowledge

On 31st March, the Serbian National Internet Domain Name Registry (RNIDS), together with the FONIS Association of Students of Information Science, organised a talk titled Cyber Security – Everywhere for Everyone at the Belgrade Faculty of Organisational Sciences.

<http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/cyber-threats-call-for-cyber-knowledge/id/6023>

 

21% discount on new registrations in .RU domain

On April 7th, 2015 Russian ccTLD .RU turns 21 years old. In honor of this memorable event Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ prepared a gift for the registrars and users.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6665>

 

Nominet Undertaking Contact Data Disclosure in the .UK WHOIS Consultation

Nominet is currently consulting on a proposed policy to clarify what data about registrants is published in the .UK WHOIS and, regardless of what’s published, ensure accurate data is held essential for running .UK.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/10/nominet-contact-data-disclosure-uk-whois/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/nominet-data-disclosure-in-whois-consultation.html>

 

Save the Date: .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall (April 22 1-3 ET, 10-12 PT)

.US is the TLD for the United States of America. As stakeholders in the .US ccTLD, we all share a vested interest in making sure that .US continues to be a vibrant namespace that reflects the diversity, creativity and success of our people. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve, it’s important that the .US domain does too.

<http://www.neustar.us/save-the-date-us-public-stakeholder-town-hall-april-22-1-3-et-10-12-pt/>

 

.US Domains Are Subject To Being Suspended Under The URS

.US domain names have became subject to the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) policy. Actually ICANN site on the URS specifically says that .US domain names are not subject to the URS Technically the decision is a usRS for the .usTLD Rapid Suspension System (the "Rules").

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/09/us-domains-are-subject-to-being-suspended-under-the-urs/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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ICANN responds to IPC concerns, refers ‘.sucks’ to the FTC

Almost two weeks after the IP Constituency (IPC) formally voiced its concern over pricing policies in the ‘.sucks’ TLD, ICANN has swung into action, referring the IPC’s allegations to both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and, because Vox Populi is a Canadian enterprise, Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA).

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=031fca0a-1c33-4b15-bda6-2b206534e8f5>

 

ICANN reports .sucks to the FTC over “predatory” pricing

ICANN has referred .sucks registry Vox Populi to the US Federal Trade Commission over concerns from intellectual property owners that its pricing is “predatory”.

<http://domainincite.com/18326-breaking-icann-reports-sucks-to-the-ftc-over-predatory-pricing>

 

ICANN Asks US and Canadian Regulators to Consider if .SUCKS Violates Laws

There has been widespread outrage from brand owners as to the business model of the .sucks gTLD with fears the gTLD will turn into a forum for registrants to "bash-a-brand." And now following a complaint from ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN has asked both the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and, because Vox Populi is a Canadian enterprise, Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), to consider assessing and determining whether or not Vox Populi is violating any of the laws or regulations those agencies enforce.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23682>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/11/icann-asks-us-and-canadian-regulators-to-consider-if-sucks-violates-laws/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/icann-asks-us-and-canadian-regulators-to-consider-if-sucks-violates-laws.html>

 

ICANN Asks U.S., Canada to Probe .sucks Domain Pricing

ICANN on Thursday asked the U.S. and Canadian governments to determine whether the company that manages .sucks is violating any laws by inflating the prices that brand owners pay for their own .sucks sites.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=193293>

 

ICANN wants to put a stop to '.sucks' blackmail [AP]

The body that regulates internet addresses is checking to see if it can crack down on a Canadian company accused of using the new ".sucks" domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and companies seeking to protect their public brands.

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67687630/ICANN-wants-to-put-a-stop-to-sucks-blackmail>

<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11430720>

 

The group that created ‘.sucks’ now wants government to keep it from spinning out of control

You may have heard that celebrities like Taylor Swift are buying up new Web site names such as TaylorSwift.porn in an effort to keep bad guys from using those sites against them. This type of preemptive buying is set to explode this year with hundreds of new Web address endings, such as .actor and .city, coming onto the market. But now, the international organization behind them all is poised to put the brakes on an intensely controversial one: .sucks.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/04/09/the-group-that-created-sucks-now-wants-government-to-keep-it-from-spinning-out-of-control/>

 

Big brands register .Sucks as ICANN asks FTC for review

Intellectual property interests and brands owners are upset about the .sucks domain name and its pricing, but many big brands aren’t taking chances even as ICANN asks government regulators to review it.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/10/big-brands-register-sucks-as-icann-asks-ftc-for-review/>

 

ICANN Really .Sucks By Saying They Don’t Regulate Content: Anyone Remember .XXX?

After collecting over 1/3 of a billion dollars in application fees, ICANN attempted to pass off the whole .Sucks issue to law enforcement this week, asking them for an opinion, which is very unlikely to come, of whether the .sucks roll-out violates US or Canadian federal law.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/11/icann-really-sucks-by-saying-they-dont-regulate-content-anyone-remember-xxx/>

 

Mixed Responses on Knowledge of New gTLDs in British, American and Belgian Surveys

A new study from the NCC Group claims to have found 87 percent of British and American consumers do not feel very comfortable visiting websites using new gTLDs. Meanwhile another study in Belgium found almost half (46%) of small-to-medium enterprises and those engaged in the "liberal professions" were aware of new gTLDs and over half (54%) found this to be a positive trend.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23673>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/10/knowledge-new-gtlds-surveys/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/mixed-knowledge-new-gtlds-surveys.html>

 

UK users still don't trust fancy new Internet TLDs, study finds

Eighteen months into the new era of gTLDs such as .london, .shop and .bank barely one in ten British and US consumers feels comfortable visiting websites using them, according to a large survey by security firm NCC Group.

<http://www.techworld.com/news/security/uk-users-still-dont-trust-fancy-new-internet-top-level-domains-study-finds-3607203/>

 

Consumers feel uncomfortable with ‘new Internet’

With hundreds of new gTLDs arriving on the Internet – like .shop, .bank and .london – research has revealed that 87% of consumers do not feel very comfortable visiting them.

<https://www.nccgroup.trust/en/newsroom/press-releases/2015/04/consumers-feel-uncomfortable-with-new-internet/>

 

We Need a Focused, Cooperative Strategy for Marketing New gTLDs

This essay discusses recent findings on the difficulty of overcoming decision bias, and it argues that this factor, when combined with a diverse and fragmented demand for new gTLDs, makes a focused marketing strategy crucial to the success of the program. In addition, success requires cooperation among registries and resellers when it comes to sales and marketing.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150410_we_need_a_focused_cooperative_strategy_for_marketing_new_gtlds/>

 

New gTLDs and Universal Acceptance by Jean Guillon

Universal Acceptance is the topic of the moment, explained in one simple sentence: in the new gTLD world, it means that various groups (the DNS, ICANN and a few others) are working hard to make new domain names better accepted by the existing technical Internet infrastructure. A video extracted from the "ICANN 52" meeting explains it in 50 slides but I suggest a pause on slide 17, because it shows where the issues are and what remains to be fixed to give the ultimate answer to that question.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150409_new_gtlds_and_universal_acceptance/>

 

Lady Gaga dumps .org for freebie new gTLD

With all the recent headlines about celebrities who feel compelled to protect their personal brands in .porn and .sucks, it’s worth noting that celebs also find new gTLDs useful.

<http://domainincite.com/18322-lady-gaga-dumps-org-for-freebie-new-gtld>

 

Lady Gaga charity switches from .org to .foundation

The Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, has switched its web address from a .org to .foundation.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/lady-gaga-charity-switches-from-org-to-foundation/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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US, European Law Enforcement Carry Out Beebone Botnet Takedown

U.S. and European law enforcement combined resources to take down the Beebone, or AAEH, botnet.

<https://threatpost.com/us-european-law-enforcement-carry-out-beebone-botnet-takedown/112099>

 

International police operation targets polymorphic Beebone botnet

On 8 April, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), joined forces with the Dutch authorities and the FBI, and U.S-based representatives at the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force- International Cyber Crime Coordination Cell (IC4) along with private sector partners, to target the Beebone (also known as AAEH) botnet, a polymorphic downloader bot that installs various forms of malware on victims’ computers.

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/international-police-operation-targets-polymorphic-beebone-botnet>

 

Long Live the Botnet

Botnets are, in many ways, living organisms. They are formed by their creators - both malicious and benign - and then roam the internet. Much has been written about good and bad bots, but not much as been written about the lifecycle of the bot. Do Bots die? If so, when? What is the average life-span of a good bot? A bad bot?

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/04/long-live-the-botnet.html>

 

U.S., European police break up network of 12,000 computers taken over by criminals

Law enforcement agencies in Europe and the United States have dismantled a network comprising at least 12,000 in computers that had been taken over by criminals, Europol said on Thursday.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/09/cybersecurity-europol-idINKBN0N01O420150409>

 

FBI Warns of Fake Govt Sites, ISIS Defacements

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that individuals sympathetic to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) are mass-defacing Websites using known vulnerabilities in WordPress. The FBI also issued an alert advising that criminals are hosting fraudulent government Web sites in a bid to collect personal and financial information from unwitting Web searchers.

<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/04/fbi-warns-of-fake-govt-sites-isis-defacements/>

 

Apple Leaves CNNIC Root in iOS, OSX Certificate Trust Lists

When it was revealed late last month that a Chinese certificate authority had allowed an intermediate CA to issue unauthorized certificates for some Google domains, both Google and Mozilla reacted quickly and dropped trust in CNNIC altogether, Apple has kept the root certificates in its trusted store for both iOS and OSX.

<https://threatpost.com/apple-leaves-cnnic-root-in-ios-osx-certificate-trust-lists/112086>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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UDRP Spotlight: Determining Domain Name Squatting

Though not expressly stated in the UDRP rules, a complaining brand owner must prove a case of domain name squatting through the presentation of a preponderance of the evidence.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/determining_domain_name_squatting>

 

How a journalist briefly got control of a major new gaming brand’s domain

Following the official announcement of Lego Dimensions on Thursday morning, a random Internet surfer might have expected a trip to LegoDimensions.com would lead to some additional official information on the game.

<http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/04/how-a-journalist-briefly-got-control-of-a-major-new-gaming-brands-domain/>

 

Bryan Cave Atty Escapes Domain Name Trademark Suit [registration]

A Colorado federal judge on Wednesday freed Georgia-based Bryan Cave LLP attorney John C. Bush from allegations he’d helped a medical record company “hijack” a web address by lying to international domain name dispute resolution authorities, finding the court lacks personal jurisdiction over the lawyer.

<http://www.law360.com/articles/641123/bryan-cave-atty-escapes-domain-name-trademark-suit>

 

MySchool.com domain name owner fights back after lawsuit

Original Web Ventures has responded to a lawsuit filed against its domain name MySchool.com, and has made claims of its own against plaintiff Joseph Carpenter.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/myschool-com-domain-name-owner-fights-back-after-lawsuit/>

 

Australian Postal Corporation v. Jason Soares - Case No. DAU2015-0003

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Australian Postal Corporation of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, represented by Ashurst, Australia. The Respondent is Jason Soares of Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia, represented by K&L Gates. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <mypost.com.au> is registered with NetRegistry Pty Ltd (“Domain Name”).

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0003>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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us: Should DOD put IPv6 back on the front burner?

Remember the IPv6 crisis? Four years ago, after the IANA allocated the last blocks of IPv4 address space to the five regional registries around the world, the need to switch to IPv6 was talked about with the urgency of correcting Y2K date code in December 1999. The message at the time: Get with the new protocols or get left behind on the mobile, everything-connected Internet.

<http://defensesystems.com/articles/2015/04/09/dod-ipv6-tranistion-falls-behind.aspx>

 

Sky to trial IPv6 soon with customers

The world trade of old unused IPv4 blocks is something we have seen increase a lot in the last few months and we expect this to continue to increase as IPv4 block exhaustion becomes more acute and is a key reason why Sky is pushing on with a move towards a dual-stack operation.

<http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6920-after-staff-trials-sky-to-trial-ipv6-with-customers.html>

 

Sky Broadband moves to tackle Britain’s backwards IPs

Sky Broadband has announced it is preparing to support the new IPv6 internet addressing standard.

<http://www.cbronline.com/news/telecoms/connectivity/sky-broadband-moves-to-tackle-britains-backwards-ips-4551183>

 

Portugal Public Administration to migrate to IPv6 in 2016

Carlos Gonçalves, Board Member of the Entity of Shared Services of the Public Administration (ESPAP), has unveiled plans for Portugal's Public Administration to migrate to IPv6.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/portugal-public-administration-to-migrate-to-ipv6-in-2016--1076038>

 

“Any product and service deployed today without IPv6 represents a missed opportunity and a future cost”

On Monday March 30 Paul Wilson, Director General of APNIC addressed the APEC TELMIN Industry Forum during Plenary 3, the “Dialogue with Industry Leaders and Academia on their vision of APEC TEL for the future”.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/10/any-product-and-service-deployed-today-without-ipv6-represents-a-missed-opportunity-and-a-future-cost/>

 

Crystal balls cannot predict ARIN IPv4 D-Day

No one can deny the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will soon exhaust its available supply of IPv4 addresses, but what many people are speculating about is exactly when this will occur.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/03/crystal-balls-cannot-predict-arin-ipv4-d-day/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Victory! Domains Stripped Out of EU “Trademark Package” by Philip Corwin

Back in January ICA joined with four other trade association in cosigning a letter communicating our joint concerns regarding a “trademark package” being considered by the Council of the European Union. Adoption of the language under consideration could have led to adverse judicial actions being brought against domain registrants of all types by aggressive trademark owners.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/victory-domains-stripped-out-of-eu-trademark-package/>

 

Registration Operations is More Than Just Registering Domain Names

Perceptions can be difficult to change. People see the world through the lens of their own experiences and desires, and new ideas can be difficult to assimilate. Such is the case with the registration ecosystem.

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

 

How Important Is It For Your Website To Be A .com?

One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs is finding a memorable domain name that will be easily found by their target audience, and then optimizing the page for search. A whole industry is dedicated to .com real estate, with moguls (aka cybersquatters) owning thousands of .com names, and selling them to budding entrepreneurs for a healthy return on investment.

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/04/09/how-important-is-it-for-your-website-to-be-a-com/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in March 2015

Bigstep had the most reliable hosting company website in March, responding to all of our requests. This is the 13th time that Bigstep has appeared in the top 10 since Netcraft began monitoring its website in March 2013, and the first time it has topped the ranking. Bigstep offers "full metal" cloud services from data centres in the UK and Germany, providing bare metal hosting with the flexibility of the cloud.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/04/08/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-march-2015.html>

 

DE-CIX to Establish Internet Exchanges in Sicily and Marseille

DE-CIX, the world-wide leading operator of interconnection platforms for the exchange of data traffic in the Internet, is building Internet Exchanges (IX) in Sicily and Marseille. Both Internet hubs will be operated by DE-CIX International AG, and will be equipped with the already proven DE-CIX Apollon technology.

<https://international.eco.de/2015/news/de-cix-to-establish-internet-exchanges-in-sicily-and-marseille.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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DomainNameSales increases sales commissions

DomainNameSales.com is increasing the fee it charges for brokering a sale from 12.5% to 15.0%. The commission applies to existing negotiations for which a deal hasn’t been reached.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/domainnamesales-increases-sales-commissions/>

 

Car.info Takes the Checkered Flag with Biggest Domain Sale Reported This Week

It's not often that we see a .info domain on our weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and almost unheard of to see one beat all comers, but was the case this week with Sedo's $76,000 sale of Car.info leading the elite list. That is also the second biggest non .com gTLD sale reported so far this year, trailing only the $120,000 sale of Move.org in February.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150408.htm>

 

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au: Man faces 145 child sex charges for exploiting 28 children

A 47-year-old man from Warwick in southern Queensland is charged with the exploitation or rape of 28 children from several states after allegedly using social media websites to target his victims.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-13/warwick-man-to-face-court-over-child-sex-charges/6387290>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Australian downloaders take heart. Canadians have been in the same boat for 3 years

Despite the rhetoric coming from Voltage Pictures, they are nowhere near sending letters to anyone in Australia about their alleged downloading of the movie Dallas Buyers Club last year.

<http://theconversation.com/australian-downloaders-take-heart-canadians-have-been-in-the-same-boat-for-3-years-39893>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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au: New South Wales Attacks Researchers Who Found Internet Voting Vulnerabilities

A security flaw in New South Wales’ Internet voting system may have left as many as 66,000 votes vulnerable to interception and manipulation in a recent election, according to security researchers. Despite repeated assurances from the Electoral Commission that all Internet votes are “fully encrypted and safeguarded,” six days into online voting, Michigan Computer Science Professor J. Alex Halderman and University of Melbourne Research Fellow Vanessa Teague discovered a FREAK flaw that could allow an attacker to intercept votes and inject their own code to change those votes, all without leaving any trace of the manipulation.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/new-south-wales-attacks-researchers-who-warned-internet-voting-vulnerabilities>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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Global Threats to Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted strong net neutrality rules that should prevent cable and phone companies from creating fast and slow lanes on the Internet. But policy makers in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe and India, are considering very different kinds of rules that could hurt consumers and start-up Internet businesses.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/opinion/global-threats-to-net-neutrality.html>

 

Data Retention Law Passes in Australia, but the Fight Isn’t Over

Mandatory data retention legislation is never a good idea, which is why EFF has vigorously opposed it in the United States, where Congress tried and failed to pass it in 2009. That year, two ill-conceived bills would have required all Internet providers and operators of Wi-Fi access points to keep records on Internet users for at least two years to assist police investigations.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/data-retention-law-passes-australia-fight-isnt-over>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Why the NBN can do without fibre-to-the-node by Mark Gregory

NBN Co boss Bill Morrow has got one year under his belt in what’s arguably one of the most difficult jobs in the country. It’s a challenge that he’s acutely aware of and despite quite a few ticks in the win column so far, Morrow’s job isn’t getting any easier.

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/4/10/technology/why-nbn-can-do-without-fibre-node>

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Legal separation of IANA gains steam by Brenden Kuerbis<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN responds to IPC concerns, refers &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; to the FTC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=031fca0a-1c33-4b15-bda6-2b206534e8f5"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=031fca0a-1c33-4b15-bda6-2b206534e8f5</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Victory! Domains Stripped Out of EU &ldquo;Trademark Package&rdquo; by Philip Corwin</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/victory-domains-stripped-out-of-eu-trademark-package/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/victory-domains-stripped-out-of-eu-trademark-package/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Registration Operations is More Than Just Registering Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/registration_operations_is_more_than"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/registration_operations_is_more_than</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Legal separation of IANA gains steam by Brenden Kuerbis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The past two weeks have seen a whirlwind of activity regarding the IANA transition. During two days of face to face meetings in Istanbul and continuing discussions online, the Community Working Group on IANA Stewardship Transition (CWG) winnowed down the models it was considering to an IANA that was either legally or functionally separated from ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/07/legal-separation-of-iana-gains-steam-as-the-way-forward/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/07/legal-separation-of-iana-gains-steam-as-the-way-forward/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What Is the IANA Contract and Why is it Important?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Those of us in the domain name space often take the IANA Functions and the contract that governs those functions for granted. And those outside of the domain name space may not even know about them at all if it weren&rsquo;t for recent media coverage. If you&rsquo;ve been hearing a lot about he IANA transition or who &ldquo;runs&rdquo; the Internet, here is some background information.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-iana_functions-and-iana_contract-101"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-iana_functions-and-iana_contract-101</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Towards the grand opening of NETmundial Initiative<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Coordination Council (CC) of NETmundial Initiative (NMI), of which I am a member, had the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) under consideration after the initial consultation for it in February.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/09/towards-the-grand-opening-of-netmundial-initiative/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/09/towards-the-grand-opening-of-netmundial-initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Beyond the Contract: Partnering to Strengthen Business and Consumer Protections<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Recently ICANN received a formal letter from Gregory Shatan, President of ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), on behalf of the IPC, asking us to halt the rollout of .SUCKS, a new gTLD operated by Vox Populi Registry Inc. In the letter, the IPC described the proposed business practices and actions of Vox Populi as "illicit" and "predatory, exploitive and coercive." As responsible stewards of the Internet, we take these allegations seriously.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/beyond-the-contract-partnering-to-strengthen-business-and-consumer-protections"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/beyond-the-contract-partnering-to-strengthen-business-and-consumer-protections</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to NordNet SA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NordNet SA ("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 lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-10-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-10-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Request for Quotation | Equipment Refresh RFQ<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is seeking one or more providers to facilitate the sourcing and pre-configuration tasks for servers and network equipment for our global network infrastructure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-10-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-10-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from John O. Jeffrey, General Counsel &amp; Secretary | ICANN, to The Honorable Edith Ramirez and The Honorable John Knubley</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.SUCKS TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/jeffrey-to-ramirez-knubley-09apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/jeffrey-to-ramirez-knubley-09apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Gregory S. Shatan<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Re: .SUCKS TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-shatan-09apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-shatan-09apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Vincent Huang and Thomas Embrescia<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .</span><span lang="EN-US">&#25307;&#32856;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-huang-embrescia-07apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-huang-embrescia-07apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IP Justice Advises ICANN Board to Protect Freedom of Expression Rights and Respect Community-Developed Policy in ICANN TLD Policy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IP Justice sent a letter this week to ICANN&rsquo;s Board Governance Committee to express concern for ICANN&rsquo;s treatment of Internet user&rsquo;s freedom of expression rights in the organization&rsquo;s policy for new GTLDs. The letter, which urged the committee to reconsider it&rsquo;s recent decision to restrict numerous lawful of the word "doctor" in the Internet&rsquo;s domain name system, stated:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/04/10/ip-justice-advises-icann-board-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-rights-and-respect-community-developed-policy-in-icann-top-level-domain-policy/"><span>http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/04/10/ip-justice-advises-icann-board-to-protect-freedom-of-expression-rights-and-respect-community-developed-policy-in-icann-top-level-domain-policy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Opening of the .alsace geoTLD: the point is you!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As of April 7, 2015, the ".alsace" geoTLD will be accessible to all on the Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8948/show/april-7-2015-opening-of-the-alsace-geotld-the-point-is-you.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8948/show/april-7-2015-opening-of-the-alsace-geotld-the-point-is-you.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">dk: New customer satisfaction survey on the way<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On Monday, DK Hostmaster distributes a new customer satisfaction survey to a selection of 7000 users of the .dk domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-customer-satisfaction-survey-on-the-way-1/"><span>https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-customer-satisfaction-survey-on-the-way-1/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nl: SIDN publishes Annual Report 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In 2014, the internet was more than ever a game-changer. It overturned conventions and challenged the established order. Sectors that failed to address client dissatisfaction issues were particularly hard hit. More and more enterprises that understand what's needed to thrive in a share economy are making their presence felt. Uber is perhaps the highest-profile example, but Airbnb has also shaken things up within its sector.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/sidn-publishes-annual-report-2014"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/sidn-publishes-annual-report-2014</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">rs: Cyber-threats call for cyber-knowledge<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 31st March, the Serbian National Internet Domain Name Registry (RNIDS), together with the FONIS Association of Students of Information Science, organised a talk titled Cyber Security &ndash; Everywhere for Everyone at the Belgrade Faculty of Organisational Sciences.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/cyber-threats-call-for-cyber-knowledge/id/6023"><span>http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/cyber-threats-call-for-cyber-knowledge/id/6023</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">21% discount on new registrations in .RU domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On April 7th, 2015 Russian ccTLD .RU turns 21 years old. In honor of this memorable event Coordination Center for TLD RU/</span><span lang="RU">&#1056;&#1060; prepared a gift for the registrars and users.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6665"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6665</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="RU"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Nominet Undertaking Contact Data Disclosure in the .UK WHOIS Consultation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Nominet is currently consulting on a proposed policy to clarify what data about registrants is published in the .UK WHOIS and, regardless of what&rsquo;s published, ensure accurate data is held essential for running .UK.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/10/nominet-contact-data-disclosure-uk-whois/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/10/nominet-contact-data-disclosure-uk-whois/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/nominet-data-disclosure-in-whois-consultation.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/nominet-data-disclosure-in-whois-consultation.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Save the Date: .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall (April 22 1-3 ET, 10-12 PT)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.US is the TLD for the United States of America. As stakeholders in the .US ccTLD, we all share a vested interest in making sure that .US continues to be a vibrant namespace that reflects the diversity, creativity and success of our people. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve, it&rsquo;s important that the .US domain does too.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.neustar.us/save-the-date-us-public-stakeholder-town-hall-april-22-1-3-et-10-12-pt/"><span>http://www.neustar.us/save-the-date-us-public-stakeholder-town-hall-april-22-1-3-et-10-12-pt/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.US Domains Are Subject To Being Suspended Under The URS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.US domain names have became subject to the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) policy. Actually ICANN site on the URS specifically says that .US domain names are not subject to the URS Technically the decision is a usRS for the .usTLD Rapid Suspension System (the "Rules").<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/09/us-domains-are-subject-to-being-suspended-under-the-urs/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/09/us-domains-are-subject-to-being-suspended-under-the-urs/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN responds to IPC concerns, refers &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; to the FTC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Almost two weeks after the IP Constituency (IPC) formally voiced its concern over pricing policies in the &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; TLD, ICANN has swung into action, referring the IPC&rsquo;s allegations to both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and, because Vox Populi is a Canadian enterprise, Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=031fca0a-1c33-4b15-bda6-2b206534e8f5"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=031fca0a-1c33-4b15-bda6-2b206534e8f5</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN reports .sucks to the FTC over &ldquo;predatory&rdquo; pricing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has referred .sucks registry Vox Populi to the US Federal Trade Commission over concerns from intellectual property owners that its pricing is &ldquo;predatory&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18326-breaking-icann-reports-sucks-to-the-ftc-over-predatory-pricing"><span>http://domainincite.com/18326-breaking-icann-reports-sucks-to-the-ftc-over-predatory-pricing</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Asks US and Canadian Regulators to Consider if .SUCKS Violates Laws<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">There has been widespread outrage from brand owners as to the business model of the .sucks gTLD with fears the gTLD will turn into a forum for registrants to "bash-a-brand." And now following a complaint from ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN has asked both the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and, because Vox Populi is a Canadian enterprise, Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), to consider assessing and determining whether or not Vox Populi is violating any of the laws or regulations those agencies enforce.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23682"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23682</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/11/icann-asks-us-and-canadian-regulators-to-consider-if-sucks-violates-laws/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/11/icann-asks-us-and-canadian-regulators-to-consider-if-sucks-violates-laws/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/icann-asks-us-and-canadian-regulators-to-consider-if-sucks-violates-laws.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/icann-asks-us-and-canadian-regulators-to-consider-if-sucks-violates-laws.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Asks U.S., Canada to Probe .sucks Domain Pricing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN on Thursday asked the U.S. and Canadian governments to determine whether the company that manages .sucks is violating any laws by inflating the prices that brand owners pay for their own .sucks sites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=193293"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=193293</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN wants to put a stop to '.sucks' blackmail [AP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The body that regulates internet addresses is checking to see if it can crack down on a Canadian company accused of using the new ".sucks" domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and companies seeking to protect their public brands.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67687630/ICANN-wants-to-put-a-stop-to-sucks-blackmail"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67687630/ICANN-wants-to-put-a-stop-to-sucks-blackmail</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&amp;objectid=11430720"><span>http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&amp;objectid=11430720</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The group that created &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; now wants government to keep it from spinning out of control<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">You may have heard that celebrities like Taylor Swift are buying up new Web site names such as TaylorSwift.porn in an effort to keep bad guys from using those sites against them. This type of preemptive buying is set to explode this year with hundreds of new Web address endings, such as .actor and .city, coming onto the market. But now, the international organization behind them all is poised to put the brakes on an intensely controversial one: .sucks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/04/09/the-group-that-created-sucks-now-wants-government-to-keep-it-from-spinning-out-of-control/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/04/09/the-group-that-created-sucks-now-wants-government-to-keep-it-from-spinning-out-of-control/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Big brands register .Sucks as ICANN asks FTC for review<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Intellectual property interests and brands owners are upset about the .sucks domain name and its pricing, but many big brands aren&rsquo;t taking chances even as ICANN asks government regulators to review it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/10/big-brands-register-sucks-as-icann-asks-ftc-for-review/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/10/big-brands-register-sucks-as-icann-asks-ftc-for-review/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Really .Sucks By Saying They Don&rsquo;t Regulate Content: Anyone Remember .XXX?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">After collecting over 1/3 of a billion dollars in application fees, ICANN attempted to pass off the whole .Sucks issue to law enforcement this week, asking them for an opinion, which is very unlikely to come, of whether the .sucks roll-out violates US or Canadian federal law.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/11/icann-really-sucks-by-saying-they-dont-regulate-content-anyone-remember-xxx/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/11/icann-really-sucks-by-saying-they-dont-regulate-content-anyone-remember-xxx/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Mixed Responses on Knowledge of New gTLDs in British, American and Belgian Surveys<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A new study from the NCC Group claims to have found 87 percent of British and American consumers do not feel very comfortable visiting websites using new gTLDs. Meanwhile another study in Belgium found almost half (46%) of small-to-medium enterprises and those engaged in the "liberal professions" were aware of new gTLDs and over half (54%) found this to be a positive trend.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23673"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23673</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/10/knowledge-new-gtlds-surveys/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/10/knowledge-new-gtlds-surveys/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/mixed-knowledge-new-gtlds-surveys.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/mixed-knowledge-new-gtlds-surveys.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UK users still don't trust fancy new Internet TLDs, study finds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Eighteen months into the new era of gTLDs such as .london, .shop and .bank barely one in ten British and US consumers feels comfortable visiting websites using them, according to a large survey by security firm NCC Group.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.techworld.com/news/security/uk-users-still-dont-trust-fancy-new-internet-top-level-domains-study-finds-3607203/"><span>http://www.techworld.com/news/security/uk-users-still-dont-trust-fancy-new-internet-top-level-domains-study-finds-3607203/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Consumers feel uncomfortable with &lsquo;new Internet&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With hundreds of new gTLD</span><span>s</span><span lang="EN"> arriving on the Internet &ndash; like .shop, .bank and .london &ndash; research has revealed that 87% of consumers do not feel very comfortable visiting them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.nccgroup.trust/en/newsroom/press-releases/2015/04/consumers-feel-uncomfortable-with-new-internet/"><span>https://www.nccgroup.trust/en/newsroom/press-releases/2015/04/consumers-feel-uncomfortable-with-new-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">We Need a Focused, Cooperative Strategy for Marketing New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This essay discusses recent findings on the difficulty of overcoming decision bias, and it argues that this factor, when combined with a diverse and fragmented demand for new gTLDs, makes a focused marketing strategy crucial to the success of the program. In addition, success requires cooperation among registries and resellers when it comes to sales and marketing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150410_we_need_a_focused_cooperative_strategy_for_marketing_new_gtlds/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150410_we_need_a_focused_cooperative_strategy_for_marketing_new_gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLDs and Universal Acceptance by Jean Guillon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Universal Acceptance is the topic of the moment, explained in one simple sentence: in the new gTLD world, it means that various groups (the DNS, ICANN and a few others) are working hard to make new domain names better accepted by the existing technical Internet infrastructure. A video extracted from the "ICANN 52" meeting explains it in 50 slides but I suggest a pause on slide 17, because it shows where the issues are and what remains to be fixed to give the ultimate answer to that question.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150409_new_gtlds_and_universal_acceptance/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150409_new_gtlds_and_universal_acceptance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Lady Gaga dumps .org for freebie new gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With all the recent headlines about celebrities who feel compelled to protect their personal brands in .porn and .sucks, it&rsquo;s worth noting that celebs also find new gTLDs useful.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18322-lady-gaga-dumps-org-for-freebie-new-gtld"><span>http://domainincite.com/18322-lady-gaga-dumps-org-for-freebie-new-gtld</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Lady Gaga charity switches from .org to .foundation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, has switched its web address from a .org to .foundation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/lady-gaga-charity-switches-from-org-to-foundation/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/lady-gaga-charity-switches-from-org-to-foundation/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US, European Law Enforcement Carry Out Beebone Botnet Takedown<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. and European law enforcement combined resources to take down the Beebone, or AAEH, botnet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/us-european-law-enforcement-carry-out-beebone-botnet-takedown/112099"><span>https://threatpost.com/us-european-law-enforcement-carry-out-beebone-botnet-takedown/112099</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">International police operation targets polymorphic Beebone botnet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 8 April, Europol&rsquo;s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), joined forces with the Dutch authorities and the FBI, and U.S-based representatives at the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force- International Cyber Crime Coordination Cell (IC4) along with private sector partners, to target the Beebone (also known as AAEH) botnet, a polymorphic downloader bot that installs various forms of malware on victims&rsquo; computers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/international-police-operation-targets-polymorphic-beebone-botnet"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/international-police-operation-targets-polymorphic-beebone-botnet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Long Live the Botnet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Botnets are, in many ways, living organisms. They are formed by their creators - both malicious and benign - and then roam the internet. Much has been written about good and bad bots, but not much as been written about the lifecycle of the bot. Do Bots die? If so, when? What is the average life-span of a good bot? A bad bot?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/04/long-live-the-botnet.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/04/long-live-the-botnet.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S., European police break up network of 12,000 computers taken over by criminals<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Law enforcement agencies in Europe and the United States have dismantled a network comprising at least 12,000 in computers that had been taken over by criminals, Europol said on Thursday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/09/cybersecurity-europol-idINKBN0N01O420150409"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/09/cybersecurity-europol-idINKBN0N01O420150409</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">FBI Warns of Fake Govt Sites, ISIS Defacements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that individuals sympathetic to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) are mass-defacing Websites using known vulnerabilities in WordPress. The FBI also issued an alert advising that criminals are hosting fraudulent government Web sites in a bid to collect personal and financial information from unwitting Web searchers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/04/fbi-warns-of-fake-govt-sites-isis-defacements/"><span>http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/04/fbi-warns-of-fake-govt-sites-isis-defacements/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Apple Leaves CNNIC Root in iOS, OSX Certificate Trust Lists<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">When it was revealed late last month that a Chinese certificate authority had allowed an intermediate CA to issue unauthorized certificates for some Google domains, both Google and Mozilla reacted quickly and dropped trust in CNNIC altogether, Apple has kept the root certificates in its trusted store for both iOS and OSX.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/apple-leaves-cnnic-root-in-ios-osx-certificate-trust-lists/112086"><span>https://threatpost.com/apple-leaves-cnnic-root-in-ios-osx-certificate-trust-lists/112086</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UDRP Spotlight: Determining Domain Name Squatting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Though not expressly stated in the UDRP rules, a complaining brand owner must prove a case of domain name squatting through the presentation of a preponderance of the evidence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/determining_domain_name_squatting"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/determining_domain_name_squatting</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How a journalist briefly got control of a major new gaming brand&rsquo;s domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Following the official announcement of Lego Dimensions on Thursday morning, a random Internet surfer might have expected a trip to LegoDimensions.com would lead to some additional official information on the game.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/04/how-a-journalist-briefly-got-control-of-a-major-new-gaming-brands-domain/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/04/how-a-journalist-briefly-got-control-of-a-major-new-gaming-brands-domain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Bryan Cave Atty Escapes Domain Name Trademark Suit [registration]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Colorado federal judge on Wednesday freed Georgia-based Bryan Cave LLP attorney John C. Bush from allegations he&rsquo;d helped a medical record company &ldquo;hijack&rdquo; a web address by lying to international domain name dispute resolution authorities, finding the court lacks personal jurisdiction over the lawyer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/641123/bryan-cave-atty-escapes-domain-name-trademark-suit"><span>http://www.law360.com/articles/641123/bryan-cave-atty-escapes-domain-name-trademark-suit</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">MySchool.com domain name owner fights back after lawsuit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Original Web Ventures has responded to a lawsuit filed against its domain name MySchool.com, and has made claims of its own against plaintiff Joseph Carpenter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/myschool-com-domain-name-owner-fights-back-after-lawsuit/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/myschool-com-domain-name-owner-fights-back-after-lawsuit/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australian Postal Corporation v. Jason Soares - Case No. DAU2015-0003</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">1. The Parties: The Complainant is Australian Postal Corporation of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, represented by Ashurst, Australia. The Respondent is Jason Soares of Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia, represented by K&amp;L Gates. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;mypost.com.au&gt; is registered with NetRegistry Pty Ltd (&ldquo;Domain Name&rdquo;).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0003"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0003</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: Should DOD put IPv6 back on the front burner?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Remember the IPv6 crisis? Four years ago, after the IANA allocated the last blocks of IPv4 address space to the five regional registries around the world, the need to switch to IPv6 was talked about with the urgency of correcting Y2K date code in December 1999. The message at the time: Get with the new protocols or get left behind on the mobile, everything-connected Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://defensesystems.com/articles/2015/04/09/dod-ipv6-tranistion-falls-behind.aspx"><span>http://defensesystems.com/articles/2015/04/09/dod-ipv6-tranistion-falls-behind.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sky to trial IPv6 soon with customers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The world trade of old unused IPv4 blocks is something we have seen increase a lot in the last few months and we expect this to continue to increase as IPv4 block exhaustion becomes more acute and is a key reason why Sky is pushing on with a move towards a dual-stack operation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6920-after-staff-trials-sky-to-trial-ipv6-with-customers.html"><span>http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/6920-after-staff-trials-sky-to-trial-ipv6-with-customers.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sky Broadband moves to tackle Britain&rsquo;s backwards IPs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sky Broadband has announced it is preparing to support the new IPv6 internet addressing standard.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.cbronline.com/news/telecoms/connectivity/sky-broadband-moves-to-tackle-britains-backwards-ips-4551183"><span>http://www.cbronline.com/news/telecoms/connectivity/sky-broadband-moves-to-tackle-britains-backwards-ips-4551183</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Portugal Public Administration to migrate to IPv6 in 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Carlos Gon&ccedil;alves, Board Member of the Entity of Shared Services of the Public Administration (ESPAP), has unveiled plans for Portugal's Public Administration to migrate to IPv6.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/portugal-public-administration-to-migrate-to-ipv6-in-2016--1076038"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/portugal-public-administration-to-migrate-to-ipv6-in-2016--1076038</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&ldquo;Any product and service deployed today without IPv6 represents a missed opportunity and a future cost&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On Monday March 30 Paul Wilson, Director General of APNIC addressed the APEC TELMIN Industry Forum during Plenary 3, the &ldquo;Dialogue with Industry Leaders and Academia on their vision of APEC TEL for the future&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/10/any-product-and-service-deployed-today-without-ipv6-represents-a-missed-opportunity-and-a-future-cost/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/10/any-product-and-service-deployed-today-without-ipv6-represents-a-missed-opportunity-and-a-future-cost/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Crystal balls cannot predict ARIN IPv4 D-Day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">No one can deny the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will soon exhaust its available supply of IPv4 addresses, but what many people are speculating about is exactly when this will occur.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/03/crystal-balls-cannot-predict-arin-ipv4-d-day/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/03/crystal-balls-cannot-predict-arin-ipv4-d-day/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Victory! Domains Stripped Out of EU &ldquo;Trademark Package&rdquo; by Philip Corwin</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Back in January ICA joined with four other trade association in cosigning a letter communicating our joint concerns regarding a &ldquo;trademark package&rdquo; being considered by the Council of the European Union. Adoption of the language under consideration could have led to adverse judicial actions being brought against domain registrants of all types by aggressive trademark owners.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/victory-domains-stripped-out-of-eu-trademark-package/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/victory-domains-stripped-out-of-eu-trademark-package/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Registration Operations is More Than Just Registering Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Perceptions can be difficult to change. People see the world through the lens of their own experiences and desires, and new ideas can be difficult to assimilate. Such is the case with the registration ecosystem.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/registration_operations_is_more_than"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/registration_operations_is_more_than</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How Important Is It For Your Website To Be A .com?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs is finding a memorable domain name that will be easily found by their target audience, and then optimizing the page for search. A whole industry is dedicated to .com real estate, with moguls (aka cybersquatters) owning thousands of .com names, and selling them to budding entrepreneurs for a healthy return on investment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/04/09/how-important-is-it-for-your-website-to-be-a-com/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/04/09/how-important-is-it-for-your-website-to-be-a-com/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in March 2015</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Bigstep had the most reliable hosting company website in March, responding to all of our requests. This is the 13th time that Bigstep has appeared in the top 10 since Netcraft began monitoring its website in March 2013, and the first time it has topped the ranking. Bigstep offers "full metal" cloud services from data centres in the UK and Germany, providing bare metal hosting with the flexibility of the cloud.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/04/08/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-march-2015.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/04/08/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-march-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DE-CIX to Establish Internet Exchanges in Sicily and Marseille<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DE-CIX, the world-wide leading operator of interconnection platforms for the exchange of data traffic in the Internet, is building Internet Exchanges (IX) in Sicily and Marseille. Both Internet hubs will be operated by DE-CIX International AG, and will be equipped with the already proven DE-CIX Apollon technology.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/news/de-cix-to-establish-internet-exchanges-in-sicily-and-marseille.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2015/news/de-cix-to-establish-internet-exchanges-in-sicily-and-marseille.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainNameSales increases sales commissions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainNameSales.com is increasing the fee it charges for brokering a sale from 12.5% to 15.0%. The commission applies to existing negotiations for which a deal hasn&rsquo;t been reached.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/domainnamesales-increases-sales-commissions/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/09/domainnamesales-increases-sales-commissions/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Car.info Takes the Checkered Flag with Biggest Domain Sale Reported This Week<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It's not often that we see a .info domain on our weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart and almost unheard of to see one beat all comers, but was the case this week with Sedo's $76,000 sale of Car.info leading the elite list. That is also the second biggest non .com gTLD sale reported so far this year, trailing only the $120,000 sale of Move.org in February.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150408.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150408.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Man faces 145 child sex charges for exploiting 28 children</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A 47-year-old man from Warwick in southern Queensland is charged with the exploitation or rape of 28 children from several states after allegedly using social media websites to target his victims.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-13/warwick-man-to-face-court-over-child-sex-charges/6387290"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-13/warwick-man-to-face-court-over-child-sex-charges/6387290</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australian downloaders take heart. Canadians have been in the same boat for 3 years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Despite the rhetoric coming from Voltage Pictures, they are nowhere near sending letters to anyone in Australia about their alleged downloading of the movie Dallas Buyers Club last year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://theconversation.com/australian-downloaders-take-heart-canadians-have-been-in-the-same-boat-for-3-years-39893"><span>http://theconversation.com/australian-downloaders-take-heart-canadians-have-been-in-the-same-boat-for-3-years-39893</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: New South Wales Attacks Researchers Who Found Internet Voting Vulnerabilities</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A security flaw in New South Wales&rsquo; Internet voting system may have left as many as 66,000 votes vulnerable to interception and manipulation in a recent election, according to security researchers. Despite repeated assurances from the Electoral Commission that all Internet votes are &ldquo;fully encrypted and safeguarded,&rdquo; six days into online voting, Michigan Computer Science Professor J. Alex Halderman and University of Melbourne Research Fellow Vanessa Teague discovered a FREAK flaw that could allow an attacker to intercept votes and inject their own code to change those votes, all without leaving any trace of the manipulation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/new-south-wales-attacks-researchers-who-warned-internet-voting-vulnerabilities"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/new-south-wales-attacks-researchers-who-warned-internet-voting-vulnerabilities</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Global Threats to Net Neutrality<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted strong net neutrality rules that should prevent cable and phone companies from creating fast and slow lanes on the Internet. But policy makers in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe and India, are considering very different kinds of rules that could hurt consumers and start-up Internet businesses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/opinion/global-threats-to-net-neutrality.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/opinion/global-threats-to-net-neutrality.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Data Retention Law Passes in Australia, but the Fight Isn&rsquo;t Over<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Mandatory data retention legislation is never a good idea, which is why EFF has vigorously opposed it in the United States, where Congress tried and failed to pass it in 2009. That year, two ill-conceived bills would have required all Internet providers and operators of Wi-Fi access points to keep records on Internet users for at least two years to assist police investigations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/data-retention-law-passes-australia-fight-isnt-over"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/data-retention-law-passes-australia-fight-isnt-over</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why the NBN can do without fibre-to-the-node by Mark Gregory<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NBN Co boss Bill Morrow has got one year under his belt in what&rsquo;s arguably one of the most difficult jobs in the country. It&rsquo;s a challenge that he&rsquo;s acutely aware of and despite quite a few ticks in the win column so far, Morrow&rsquo;s job isn&rsquo;t getting any easier.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/4/10/technology/why-nbn-can-do-without-fibre-node"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/4/10/technology/why-nbn-can-do-without-fibre-node</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<br><br>&nbsp;email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><br>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&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>
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David Goldstein | 9 Apr 04:25 2015

auDA domain news - 9 April

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On the Issue of “Jurisdiction” over ICANN by Paul Rosenzweig

<http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/04/on-the-issue-of-jurisdiction-over-icann/>

 

Brands rush to register ‘.sucks’ domains despite concern over pricing

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=5fb463f2-3439-44a7-b54a-b97abcf12001>

 

What Taylor Swift Can Teach Your Company About Protecting Its Brand Online

<http://www.fastcompany.com/3044694/tech-forecast/what-taylor-swift-can-teach-your-company-about-protecting-its-brand-online>

 

How DNS is Exploited: Paul Vixie on How Criminals Leverage Internet Architecture

<http://www.govinfosecurity.com/how-dns-exploited-a-8086>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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On the Issue of “Jurisdiction” over ICANN by Paul Rosenzweig

By now readers of this blog know, the United States is in the midst of a transition that will, when completed, give up its contractual control of the IANA. That authority is currently conducted by ICANN under contract to the Department of Commerce. Current plans are for Commerce to end the contract in September 2015, and let ICANN manage the IANA function on its own. Some, including me, favor the transition but are concerned that it will occur without an increase in accountability and transparency at ICANN.

<http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/04/on-the-issue-of-jurisdiction-over-icann/>

 

ICANN, Meet Your New Master, the FCC

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an executive branch agency within the Department of Commerce, sparked controversy last year when it announced its intent to transition its oversight of Internet domain names to “the global multistakeholder community.” The controversy is now over. The NTIA no longer has authority to relinquish U.S. control over the Internet domain name system. Though few seem to have realized it, the FCC assumed plenary jurisdiction over Internet numbering in its 2015 net neutrality order reclassifying the broadband Internet as telecommunications (Reclassification Order).

<http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/19158-icann-meet-your-new-master-the-fcc>

 

From Connecting Computers to Connecting Stakeholders: Stanford Univ. Hosts NetMundial Initiative by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

1974, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf checked in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto, worked a couple of days and presented to the world the TCP/IP protocol. Stanford hosted one of the four computers connected on equal footing (ARPANET) in 1969... A framed document in the hotel lobby remembers the historic moment. On March 31, 2014 a crowd of about 30 people from all over the world checked in the same Crown Plaza hotel for the first working meeting of the new Coordination Council (CC) of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI).

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150408_connecting_computers_to_connecting_stakeholders_stanford_hosts_nmi/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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WSIS Project Prizes 2015 Nomination

Two ICANN projects, the DNS Entrepreneurship Center and Investigating DNS Abuse/Misuse for Public Safety Community have been nominated for the Online Voting Phase of the WSIS Project Prizes 2015 contest.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-07-en>

 

ICANN's High Standards Recognized with Industry Achievements

As Continuous Improvement Manager for ICANN's IANA department, my role is to help ensure that we meet our strategic objective of advancing organizational, technological and operational excellence. The idea of continuous improvement, a founding tenet of ICANN culture, is the commitment to achieving excellence with the understanding that processes and dynamics are constantly evolving. Our team is committed to demonstrating high standards of service and we strive to strengthen our commitment to stakeholders as we move forward together.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-s-high-standards-recognized-with-industry-achievements>

 

Fadi Chehadé Response to Question for the Record Following Senate Commerce Committee Hearing, "Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance"

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing, "Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance"

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-klobuchar-06apr15-en.pdf>

 

What to Know About an ICANN Compliance Audit, and How to Handle One if You Are Selected? by Alexa Raad

Now that new gTLD registries have been operating for more than a year, a few registries have already experienced going through an audit and a few more are now receiving notifications that they are next in line. For all, the process of going through an ICANN audit is a first. Once you receive the Request for Information (RFI), you will have 15 days to respond, or seek an extension of time. Extensions may be available on a case by case basis.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150407_what_to_know_about_an_icann_compliance_audit/>

 

ICANN Business Constituency Elects Elisa Cooper of MarkMonitor as Chair

MarkMonitor ... announces Elisa Cooper, vice president of Product Marketing, has been elected chair of the ICANN Business Constituency, serving a third consecutive term.

<https://www.markmonitor.com/pressreleases/2015/pr150331.php>

 

Three registrars suspended by ICANN

ICANN has enforced the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement against three more registrars, suspending their ability to sell gTLD domain names.

<http://domainincite.com/18317-three-registrars-suspended-by-icann>

 

ICANN Publishes Its Tax Return; Spends $46M In Salaries; $17M In Travel; Has $300M In Cash/Stocks

ICANN just published its tax return, Form 990, for the year ending June 30, 2014. ICANN Revenue decreased from the year earlier to $127 Million from $236 Million. However salaries & compensation rose from $32 Million to $46 Million. Total expenses in 2014 were $124 Million against last years $150 Million.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/07/icann-publishes-its-tax-return-spends-46m-in-salaries-17m-in-travel-has-300m-in-cashstocks/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Americorpse.gov (And Other Deleted US Government Domains)

Like a walk through a fascinating internet graveyard, a list of domains deleted by the US government over the last ten years has been obtained via Freedom of Information Act request. The 26-page document lists hundreds of government domain names that have been terminated since December 2004—some for obvious reasons, but others less so.

<http://motherboard.vice.com/read/americorpsegov-and-other-deleted-us-government-domains>

 

.FR Offers Registration Periods of One to Ten Years

As of 30 March, registrants of .fr (France) domains, along with other ccTLDs managed by AFNIC, will be able to choose registration periods of one to ten years.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/07/fr-offers-registration-periods-of-one-to-ten-years/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/fr-offers-registration-periods-of-one-to-ten-years.html>

 

se: Revised TLD Law in Sweden? by Staffan Jonson

On March 31, Swedish regulatory overview office, Post and Telecom Authority published a 54 pages report on revision of the Swedish TLD law for internet. The report contains proposals for revision of policy and Swedish law regulating TLDs. This is not a surprise. The issue has been simmering for ten years, at least. However, with increasing dependency of information society, public regulators are increasingly inclined to revise public regulation in the area.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150408_revised_top_level_domain_law_in_sweden/>

 

vn: Domain name registrations must follow market mechanisms

Individuals, enterprises and organisations will be allowed to decide the fees for domain name registration, as the government is set to only charge fees for the use of domain names.

<http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/127607/domain-name-registrations-must-follow-market-mechanisms.html>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Brands rush to register ‘.sucks’ domains despite concern over pricing

With sunrise now a week old, Vox Populi Registry has placed a running ticker on its website highlighting some of the brands which have registered a ‘.sucks’ domain name. Despite concern over the hefty sunrise fees, brands are not shying away from making registrations, with John Berard, CEO of the registry, stating that the numbers have exceeded his expectations.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=5fb463f2-3439-44a7-b54a-b97abcf12001>

 

What Taylor Swift Can Teach Your Company About Protecting Its Brand Online

Earlier this month, the ever business-savvy pop star unwittingly generated a ton of click bait for publishers by doing something smart: She registered her name under the new adult-themed TLDs .porn and .adult. It's a wise move for any brand, but these salacious-sounding TLDs are just the beginning: The number of available website domain names is about to explode.

<http://www.fastcompany.com/3044694/tech-forecast/what-taylor-swift-can-teach-your-company-about-protecting-its-brand-online>

 

Premium Generics, the Domain Industry's Luxury Goods by Stéphane Van Gelder

Categories. The mere mention of the word risks eliciting groans from any domain industry specialist. In the run up to the new gTLD program, this concept was oft discussed. It seemed obvious to most that TLDs were not a homogenous ensemble but instead, could exist in many different shapes and sizes. Except to ICANN staff. They systematically refused to entertain the notion of categories. Even when ICANN Board members suggested some kind of recognition for different TLD types should be hardwired into the program!

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150407_premium_generics_the_domain_industrys_luxury_goods/>

 

Donuts challenges .Charity decision

Donuts has filed for an Independent Review Process over a community objection decision for .Charity.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/08/donuts-challenges-charity-decision/>

 

Uniform Rapid Suspension by the numbers

A look at which new TLDs are getting hit with the most URS cases. ... Both National Arbitration Forum (NAF) and Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) handle URS cases. So far NAF has posted 272 decided or pending URS cases on its website covering 319 domains. ADNDRC has posted 24 decided cases covering 49 domain names.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/08/uniform-rapid-suspension-by-the-numbers/>

 

The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing New gTLDs by Aditya Chauhan, LogicBoxes

When ICANN announced the nTLD program, thousands of applicants threw their hats in the ring. It seemed pretty straight forward; the existing TLDs were running out of short meaningful options, all that was needed was to create newer options that would be more relevant for specific sets of customers.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/the-3-biggest-challenges-facing-new-gtlds/>

 

Slicing the data: Top 50 “Premium” gTLDs

Registries have sliced and diced the new TLD leaderboards in many ways: paid registrations, registration years, number of domains used, Alexa rankings, etc. Here’s another one courtesy of StartingDot, the company behind .Bio, .Archi and the forthcoming .Ski.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/slicing-the-data-top-50-premium-gtlds/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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How DNS is Exploited: Paul Vixie on How Criminals Leverage Internet Architecture

The Internet is a global engine of commerce today, but it was never designed with such grandiose applications in mind. In the underlying architecture of the Internet, hostility was never a design criterion, and this has been extensively exploited by criminals, who capitalize on the Domain Name System infrastructure - the map of the Internet - which is indispensable for the Internet as we know it to function.

<http://www.govinfosecurity.com/how-dns-exploited-a-8086>

 

White House Executive Order Declares Cyber National Emergency

U.S. President Barack Obama last week issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency and deputizing the Treasury Secretary and Attorney General to apply sanctions and other consequences for international actors deemed to have engaged in “cyber-enabled activities” detrimental to U.S. national security, foreign policy, economic health or financial stability.

<https://threatpost.com/white-house-executive-order-declares-cyber-national-emergency/112041>

 

Destructive hacking attempts target critical infrastructure in Americas - survey

Hacking attacks that destroy rather than steal data or that manipulate equipment are far more prevalent than widely believed, according to a survey of critical infrastructure organizations throughout North and South America.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/08/cybersecurity-americas-idINKBN0MY07A20150408>

 

eu: Joint supervision tool for telecom security

ENISA publishes a joint framework to supervise the security of services and personal data processing by telecom providers in the EU.

<http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/joint-supervision-tool-for-telecom-security>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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au: FragranceX.com, Inc. v. Admin Manager, Gee Media Pty. Ltd - Case No. DAU2015-0005

1. The Parties: The Complainant is FragranceX.com, Inc. of Hauppauge, New York, United States of America (“USA”), represented by UDRPro, LLC, USA. The Respondent is Admin Manager, Gee Media Pty. Ltd of Ashgrove, Queensland, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <fragrancex.com.au> is registered with Enetica.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0005>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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us: DOD's IPv6 transition lags

The Department of Defense first laid out plans to convert its network to the Internet Protocol Version 6 standard in 2003. While DoD has hit several milestones along the way, a lack of a coordinated effort on the part of the CIO office and U.S. Cyber Command prevented an enterprise-wide switchover, according to a recently declassified inspector general report.

<http://fcw.com/articles/2015/04/07/ipv6-migration.aspx>

 

The Pentagon's groundbreaking IPv6 project hasn't broken much ground

The U.S. Department of Defense hasn't followed through on its commitment to convert to IPv6, the new Internet standard designed to make room for an explosion of new connected devices.

<http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/network-wifi/3606672/the-pentagons-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasnt-broken-much-ground/>

 

How much is that Internet address in the window?

You'd think by now with the last IPv4 Internet addresses disappearing, we'd all be well on our way to using IPv6 addresses. You'd be wrong. So, it is that there's now a growing market for IPv4 addresses.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-much-is-that-internet-address-in-the-window/>

 

How Romania's patchwork Internet helped spawn an IP address industry [IDG]

If you need an IPv4 address, which is an increasingly rare commodity, there are some people in Romania who may be able to help you.

<http://www.techworld.com.au/article/572243/how-romania-patchwork-internet-helped-spawn-an-ip-address-industry/>

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/572243/how-romania-patchwork-internet-helped-spawn-an-ip-address-industry/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Anonymous exposes US and UK companies hosting pro-Isis websites

Online hacktivist collective Anonymous has released a comprehensive list of websites suspected to be linked to Islamic State (Isis), together with the companies responsible for hosting the content. Many of the web hosting companies are UK, Europe and US-based, provoking criticism that they are complicit in disseminating Isis propaganda used to recruit members and incite terror attacks.

<http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/anonymous-exposes-us-uk-companies-hosting-pro-isis-websites-1495426>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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ICM sells tube.xxx (again) in $500,000 deal

ICM Registry has sold the premium domain name tube.xxx for a second time, after repurchasing it from the original buyer.

<http://domainincite.com/18319-icm-sells-tube-xxx-again-in-500000-deal>

 

Analyzing NameJet and Short Domain Name Sales

After a record-setting Winter, NameJet began Spring with a reduced sales volume for March. Even so, given 94 sales closing at or above $2000, March matches the best month out of an 11-month stretch during 2014. NameJet also scored its 4th highest sale of all time with VVV.com being bid up to $136,400.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/analyzing-namejet-and-short-domain-name-sales/>

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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Aluminium battery can charge phone in one minute, scientists say

Scientists say they have invented a new battery that could fully charge a smartphone in just one minute.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/aluminium-battery-can-charge-phone-in-one-minute-scientists-say>

 

Is aluminium the answer to all our battery prayers?

New research by Stanford University into aluminium batteries promises to produce cells that are big enough for a smartphone and charge in just 60 seconds.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/aluminium-battery-lasting-day-revolutionaise-smartphones>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Dallas Buyers Club ruling: ISP must hand over names of downloaders

Internet providers including iiNet have lost a federal court battle to keep secret the names of internet users who downloaded a Hollywood blockbuster over file-sharing networks.

<http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/apr/07/dallas-buyers-club-ruling-isp-must-hand-over-names-of-downloaders>

 

au: Dallas Buyers Club: Federal Court ruling unlikely to deter pirates, technology journalist says

Pirates are unlikely to be deterred by a ruling from the Federal Court ordering internet service providers (ISPs) to supply the names of people accused of illegally downloading the 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club, a technology journalist says.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-08/iinet-ruling-unlikely-to-deter-pirates/6376972>

 

Dallas Buyers Club piracy case: court to determine level of fines

An Australian court will assess how a Hollywood producer deals with people who illegally downloaded Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club amid fears that it used “scare tactics” to bully settlements from suspected pirates.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/dallas-buyers-club-piracy-fines-australia>

 

Aussie piracy crackdown: NZ's 'SkyNet' regime better by comparison

InternetNZ says a controversial crackdown on movie piracy in Australia is unlikely to happen here but the New Zealand Screen Association is not convinced by its logic.

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67657478/Aussie-piracy-crackdown-NZs-SkyNet-regime-better-by-comparison>

 

Is piracy ever justified?

The crackdown on piracy in Australia is unlikely to happen in New Zealand according to InternetNZ, although not everyone's convinced.

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/11515372/Are-there-any-rights-when-it-comes-to-piracy>

 

Dallas Buyers Club fuss shows NZ got it right

Dallas Buyers ClubThe furore over the Dallas Buyers Club case in Australia shows that, compared to our friends over the ditch, New Zealand got it pretty right when it changed the Copyright Act in 2011 and implemented its three-strikes regime to counter infringing file sharing in music and movies.

<https://internetnz.nz/news/dallas-buyers-club-fuss-shows-nz-got-it-right>

 

Aussies Set For 200,000 Piracy Notices Per Year Under New Code

The country's biggest telecoms companies have submitted their final online anti-piracy code to the Australian Communications and Media Authority for approval by the regulator. Up to 200,000 warnings will be sent to subscribers each year but an appeal fee for the wrongly accused has been waived.

<http://torrentfreak.com/aussies-set-for-200000-piracy-notices-per-year-under-new-code-150408/>

 

Piracy code lodged with Australian regulator

Internet users who are allegedly infringing copies of the latest TV shows and movies will soon be receiving warning notices under a new code that was finalised by Australian internet service providers and rights holder groups on Wednesday, as a way to crack down on online copyright infringement.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/piracy-code-lodged-with-australian-regulator/>

 

Dallas Buyers Club vows to send letters to infringers

The 4,726 Australians alleged to have downloaded an illicit copy of the Academy Award-winning film Dallas Buyers Club between April and May last year should expect a letter in the mail, according to Voltage Pictures, but that will not lead to an immediate demand for a payment.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/dallas-buyers-club-vows-to-send-letters-to-infringers/>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On the Issue of &ldquo;Jurisdiction&rdquo; over ICANN by Paul Rosenzweig</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/04/on-the-issue-of-jurisdiction-over-icann/"><span>http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/04/on-the-issue-of-jurisdiction-over-icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brands rush to register &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; domains despite concern over pricing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=5fb463f2-3439-44a7-b54a-b97abcf12001"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=5fb463f2-3439-44a7-b54a-b97abcf12001</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What Taylor Swift Can Teach Your Company About Protecting Its Brand Online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3044694/tech-forecast/what-taylor-swift-can-teach-your-company-about-protecting-its-brand-online"><span>http://www.fastcompany.com/3044694/tech-forecast/what-taylor-swift-can-teach-your-company-about-protecting-its-brand-online</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How DNS is Exploited: Paul Vixie on How Criminals Leverage Internet Architecture</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.govinfosecurity.com/how-dns-exploited-a-8086"><span>http://www.govinfosecurity.com/how-dns-exploited-a-8086</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On the Issue of &ldquo;Jurisdiction&rdquo; over ICANN by Paul Rosenzweig</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">By now readers of this blog know, the United States is in the midst of a transition that will, when completed, give up its contractual control of the IANA. That authority is currently conducted by ICANN under contract to the Department of Commerce. Current plans are for Commerce to end the contract in September 2015, and let ICANN manage the IANA function on its own. Some, including me, favor the transition but are concerned that it will occur without an increase in accountability and transparency at ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/04/on-the-issue-of-jurisdiction-over-icann/"><span>http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/04/on-the-issue-of-jurisdiction-over-icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN, Meet Your New Master, the FCC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an executive branch agency within the Department of Commerce, sparked controversy last year when it announced its intent to transition its oversight of Internet domain names to &ldquo;the global multistakeholder community.&rdquo; The controversy is now over. The NTIA no longer has authority to relinquish U.S. control over the Internet domain name system. Though few seem to have realized it, the FCC assumed plenary jurisdiction over Internet numbering in its 2015 net neutrality order reclassifying the broadband Internet as telecommunications (Reclassification Order).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/19158-icann-meet-your-new-master-the-fcc"><span>http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/19158-icann-meet-your-new-master-the-fcc</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">From Connecting Computers to Connecting Stakeholders: Stanford Univ. Hosts NetMundial Initiative by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">1974, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf checked in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto, worked a couple of days and presented to the world the TCP/IP protocol. Stanford hosted one of the four computers connected on equal footing (ARPANET) in 1969... A framed document in the hotel lobby remembers the historic moment. On March 31, 2014 a crowd of about 30 people from all over the world checked in the same Crown Plaza hotel for the first working meeting of the new Coordination Council (CC) of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150408_connecting_computers_to_connecting_stakeholders_stanford_hosts_nmi/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150408_connecting_computers_to_connecting_stakeholders_stanford_hosts_nmi/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">WSIS Project Prizes 2015 Nomination<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two ICANN projects, the DNS Entrepreneurship Center and Investigating DNS Abuse/Misuse for Public Safety Community have been nominated for the Online Voting Phase of the WSIS Project Prizes 2015 contest.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-07-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-07-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN's High Standards Recognized with Industry Achievements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As Continuous Improvement Manager for ICANN's IANA department, my role is to help ensure that we meet our strategic objective of advancing organizational, technological and operational excellence. The idea of continuous improvement, a founding tenet of ICANN culture, is the commitment to achieving excellence with the understanding that processes and dynamics are constantly evolving. Our team is committed to demonstrating high standards of service and we strive to strengthen our commitment to stakeholders as we move forward together.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-s-high-standards-recognized-with-industry-achievements"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-s-high-standards-recognized-with-industry-achievements</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fadi Chehad&eacute; Response to Question for the Record Following Senate Commerce Committee Hearing, "Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance"</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Senate Commerce Committee Hearing, "Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance"<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-klobuchar-06apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-klobuchar-06apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What to Know About an ICANN Compliance Audit, and How to Handle One if You Are Selected? by Alexa Raad<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Now that new gTLD registries have been operating for more than a year, a few registries have already experienced going through an audit and a few more are now receiving notifications that they are next in line. For all, the process of going through an ICANN audit is a first. Once you receive the Request for Information (RFI), you will have 15 days to respond, or seek an extension of time. Extensions may be available on a case by case basis.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150407_what_to_know_about_an_icann_compliance_audit/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150407_what_to_know_about_an_icann_compliance_audit/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Business Constituency Elects Elisa Cooper of MarkMonitor as Chair</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">MarkMonitor ... announces Elisa Cooper, vice president of Product Marketing, has been elected chair of the ICANN Business Constituency, serving a third consecutive term.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.markmonitor.com/pressreleases/2015/pr150331.php"><span>https://www.markmonitor.com/pressreleases/2015/pr150331.php</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Three registrars suspended by ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has enforced the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement against three more registrars, suspending their ability to sell gTLD domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18317-three-registrars-suspended-by-icann"><span>http://domainincite.com/18317-three-registrars-suspended-by-icann</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Publishes Its Tax Return; Spends $46M In Salaries; $17M In Travel; Has $300M In Cash/Stocks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN just published its tax return, Form 990, for the year ending June 30, 2014. ICANN Revenue decreased from the year earlier to $127 Million from $236 Million. However salaries &amp; compensation rose from $32 Million to $46 Million. Total expenses in 2014 were $124 Million against last years $150 Million.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/07/icann-publishes-its-tax-return-spends-46m-in-salaries-17m-in-travel-has-300m-in-cashstocks/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/07/icann-publishes-its-tax-return-spends-46m-in-salaries-17m-in-travel-has-300m-in-cashstocks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Americorpse.gov (And Other Deleted US Government Domains)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Like a walk through a fascinating internet graveyard, a list of domains deleted by the US government over the last ten years has been obtained via Freedom of Information Act request. The 26-page document lists hundreds of government domain names that have been terminated since December 2004&mdash;some for obvious reasons, but others less so.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/read/americorpsegov-and-other-deleted-us-government-domains"><span>http://motherboard.vice.com/read/americorpsegov-and-other-deleted-us-government-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.FR Offers Registration Periods of One to Ten Years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As of 30 March, registrants of .fr (France) domains, along with other ccTLDs managed by AFNIC, will be able to choose registration periods of one to ten years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/07/fr-offers-registration-periods-of-one-to-ten-years/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/07/fr-offers-registration-periods-of-one-to-ten-years/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/fr-offers-registration-periods-of-one-to-ten-years.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/fr-offers-registration-periods-of-one-to-ten-years.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>se: Revised TLD Law in Sweden? by Staffan Jonson<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On March 31, Swedish regulatory overview office, Post and Telecom Authority published a 54 pages report on revision of the Swedish TLD law for internet. The report contains proposals for revision of policy and Swedish law regulating TLDs. This is not a surprise. The issue has been simmering for ten years, at least. However, with increasing dependency of information society, public regulators are increasingly inclined to revise public regulation in the area.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150408_revised_top_level_domain_law_in_sweden/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150408_revised_top_level_domain_law_in_sweden/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">vn: Domain name registrations must follow market mechanisms<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Individuals, enterprises and organisations will be allowed to decide the fees for domain name registration, as the government is set to only charge fees for the use of domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/127607/domain-name-registrations-must-follow-market-mechanisms.html"><span>http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/127607/domain-name-registrations-must-follow-market-mechanisms.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brands rush to register &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; domains despite concern over pricing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With sunrise now a week old, Vox Populi Registry has placed a running ticker on its website highlighting some of the brands which have registered a &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; domain name. Despite concern over the hefty sunrise fees, brands are not shying away from making registrations, with John Berard, CEO of the registry, stating that the numbers have exceeded his expectations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=5fb463f2-3439-44a7-b54a-b97abcf12001"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=5fb463f2-3439-44a7-b54a-b97abcf12001</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What Taylor Swift Can Teach Your Company About Protecting Its Brand Online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Earlier this month, the ever business-savvy pop star unwittingly generated a ton of click bait for publishers by doing something smart: She registered her name under the new adult-themed </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s .porn and .adult. It's a wise move for any brand, but these salacious-sounding TLDs are just the beginning: The number of available website domain names is about to explode.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3044694/tech-forecast/what-taylor-swift-can-teach-your-company-about-protecting-its-brand-online"><span>http://www.fastcompany.com/3044694/tech-forecast/what-taylor-swift-can-teach-your-company-about-protecting-its-brand-online</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Premium Generics, the Domain Industry's Luxury Goods by St&eacute;phane Van Gelder<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Categories. The mere mention of the word risks eliciting groans from any domain industry specialist. In the run up to the new gTLD program, this concept was oft discussed. It seemed obvious to most that TLDs were not a homogenous ensemble but instead, could exist in many different shapes and sizes. Except to ICANN staff. They systematically refused to entertain the notion of categories. Even when ICANN Board members suggested some kind of recognition for different TLD types should be hardwired into the program!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150407_premium_generics_the_domain_industrys_luxury_goods/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150407_premium_generics_the_domain_industrys_luxury_goods/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts challenges .Charity decision<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts has filed for an Independent Review Process over a community objection decision for .Charity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/08/donuts-challenges-charity-decision/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/08/donuts-challenges-charity-decision/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Uniform Rapid Suspension by the numbers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A look at which new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s are getting hit with the most URS cases.</span><span> ... Both National Arbitration Forum (NAF) and Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) handle URS cases. So far NAF has posted 272 decided or pending URS cases on its website covering 319 domains. ADNDRC has posted 24 decided cases covering 49 domain names.</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/08/uniform-rapid-suspension-by-the-numbers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/08/uniform-rapid-suspension-by-the-numbers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing New gTLDs by Aditya Chauhan</span><span>,</span><span lang="EN"> LogicBoxes</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">When ICANN announced the nTLD program, thousands of applicants threw their hats in the ring. It seemed pretty straight forward; the existing TLDs were running out of short meaningful options, all that was needed was to create newer options that would be more relevant for specific sets of customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/the-3-biggest-challenges-facing-new-gtlds/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/the-3-biggest-challenges-facing-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Slicing the data: Top 50 &ldquo;Premium&rdquo; gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Registries have sliced and diced the new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> leaderboards in many ways: paid registrations, registration years, number of domains used, Alexa rankings, etc. Here&rsquo;s another one courtesy of StartingDot, the company behind .Bio, .Archi and the forthcoming .Ski.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/slicing-the-data-top-50-premium-gtlds/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/slicing-the-data-top-50-premium-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How DNS is Exploited: Paul Vixie on How Criminals Leverage Internet Architecture</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet is a global engine of commerce today, but it was never designed with such grandiose applications in mind. In the underlying architecture of the Internet, hostility was never a design criterion, and this has been extensively exploited by criminals, who capitalize on the Domain Name System infrastructure - the map of the Internet - which is indispensable for the Internet as we know it to function.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.govinfosecurity.com/how-dns-exploited-a-8086"><span>http://www.govinfosecurity.com/how-dns-exploited-a-8086</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">White House Executive Order Declares Cyber National Emergency<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. President Barack Obama last week issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency and deputizing the Treasury Secretary and Attorney General to apply sanctions and other consequences for international actors deemed to have engaged in &ldquo;cyber-enabled activities&rdquo; detrimental to U.S. national security, foreign policy, economic health or financial stability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/white-house-executive-order-declares-cyber-national-emergency/112041"><span>https://threatpost.com/white-house-executive-order-declares-cyber-national-emergency/112041</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Destructive hacking attempts target critical infrastructure in Americas - survey<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Hacking attacks that destroy rather than steal data or that manipulate equipment are far more prevalent than widely believed, according to a survey of critical infrastructure organizations throughout North and South America.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/08/cybersecurity-americas-idINKBN0MY07A20150408"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/08/cybersecurity-americas-idINKBN0MY07A20150408</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">eu: Joint supervision tool for telecom security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ENISA publishes a joint framework to supervise the security of services and personal data processing by telecom providers in the EU.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/joint-supervision-tool-for-telecom-security"><span>http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/joint-supervision-tool-for-telecom-security</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: FragranceX.com, Inc. v. Admin Manager, Gee Media Pty. Ltd - Case No. DAU2015-0005</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">1. The Parties: The Complainant is FragranceX.com, Inc. of Hauppauge, New York, United States of America (&ldquo;USA&rdquo;), represented by UDRPro, LLC, USA. The Respondent is Admin Manager, Gee Media Pty. Ltd of Ashgrove, Queensland, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;fragrancex.com.au&gt; is registered with Enetica.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0005"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0005</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: DOD's IPv6 transition lags<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Department of Defense first laid out plans to convert its network to the Internet Protocol Version 6 standard in 2003. While DoD has hit several milestones along the way, a lack of a coordinated effort on the part of the CIO office and U.S. Cyber Command prevented an enterprise-wide switchover, according to a recently declassified inspector general report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://fcw.com/articles/2015/04/07/ipv6-migration.aspx"><span>http://fcw.com/articles/2015/04/07/ipv6-migration.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Pentagon's groundbreaking IPv6 project hasn't broken much ground<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The U.S. Department of Defense hasn't followed through on its commitment to convert to IPv6, the new Internet standard designed to make room for an explosion of new connected devices.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/network-wifi/3606672/the-pentagons-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasnt-broken-much-ground/"><span>http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/network-wifi/3606672/the-pentagons-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasnt-broken-much-ground/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How much is that Internet address in the window?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">You'd think by now with the last IPv4 Internet addresses disappearing, we'd all be well on our way to using IPv6 addresses. You'd be wrong. So, it is that there's now a growing market for IPv4 addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-much-is-that-internet-address-in-the-window/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-much-is-that-internet-address-in-the-window/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How Romania's patchwork Internet helped spawn an IP address industry [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you need an IPv4 address, which is an increasingly rare commodity, there are some people in Romania who may be able to help you.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.techworld.com.au/article/572243/how-romania-patchwork-internet-helped-spawn-an-ip-address-industry/"><span>http://www.techworld.com.au/article/572243/how-romania-patchwork-internet-helped-spawn-an-ip-address-industry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/572243/how-romania-patchwork-internet-helped-spawn-an-ip-address-industry/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/572243/how-romania-patchwork-internet-helped-spawn-an-ip-address-industry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Anonymous exposes US and UK companies hosting pro-Isis websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Online hacktivist collective Anonymous has released a comprehensive list of websites suspected to be linked to Islamic State (Isis), together with the companies responsible for hosting the content. Many of the web hosting companies are UK, Europe and US-based, provoking criticism that they are complicit in disseminating Isis propaganda used to recruit members and incite terror attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/anonymous-exposes-us-uk-companies-hosting-pro-isis-websites-1495426"><span>http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/anonymous-exposes-us-uk-companies-hosting-pro-isis-websites-1495426</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM sells tube.xxx (again) in $500,000 deal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry has sold the premium domain name tube.xxx for a second time, after repurchasing it from the original buyer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18319-icm-sells-tube-xxx-again-in-500000-deal"><span>http://domainincite.com/18319-icm-sells-tube-xxx-again-in-500000-deal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Analyzing NameJet and Short Domain Name Sales<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">After a record-setting Winter, NameJet began Spring with a reduced sales volume for March. Even so, given 94 sales closing at or above $2000, March matches the best month out of an 11-month stretch during 2014. NameJet also scored its 4th highest sale of all time with VVV.com being bid up to $136,400.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/analyzing-namejet-and-short-domain-name-sales/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/07/analyzing-namejet-and-short-domain-name-sales/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Aluminium battery can charge phone in one minute, scientists say<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Scientists say they have invented a new battery that could fully charge a smartphone in just one minute.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/aluminium-battery-can-charge-phone-in-one-minute-scientists-say"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/aluminium-battery-can-charge-phone-in-one-minute-scientists-say</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Is aluminium the answer to all our battery prayers?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New research by Stanford University into aluminium batteries promises to produce cells that are big enough for a smartphone and charge in just 60 seconds.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/aluminium-battery-lasting-day-revolutionaise-smartphones"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/aluminium-battery-lasting-day-revolutionaise-smartphones</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Dallas Buyers Club ruling: ISP must hand over names of downloaders<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet providers including iiNet have lost a federal court battle to keep secret the names of internet users who downloaded a Hollywood blockbuster over file-sharing networks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/apr/07/dallas-buyers-club-ruling-isp-must-hand-over-names-of-downloaders"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/apr/07/dallas-buyers-club-ruling-isp-must-hand-over-names-of-downloaders</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Dallas Buyers Club: Federal Court ruling unlikely to deter pirates, technology journalist says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Pirates are unlikely to be deterred by a ruling from the Federal Court ordering internet service providers (ISPs) to supply the names of people accused of illegally downloading the 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club, a technology journalist says.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-08/iinet-ruling-unlikely-to-deter-pirates/6376972"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-08/iinet-ruling-unlikely-to-deter-pirates/6376972</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dallas Buyers Club piracy case: court to determine level of fines<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An Australian court will assess how a Hollywood producer deals with people who illegally downloaded Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club amid fears that it used &ldquo;scare tactics&rdquo; to bully settlements from suspected pirates.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/dallas-buyers-club-piracy-fines-australia"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/07/dallas-buyers-club-piracy-fines-australia</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Aussie piracy crackdown: NZ's 'SkyNet' regime better by comparison<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">InternetNZ says a controversial crackdown on movie piracy in Australia is unlikely to happen here but the New Zealand Screen Association is not convinced by its logic.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67657478/Aussie-piracy-crackdown-NZs-SkyNet-regime-better-by-comparison"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67657478/Aussie-piracy-crackdown-NZs-SkyNet-regime-better-by-comparison</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Is piracy ever justified?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The crackdown on piracy in Australia is unlikely to happen in New Zealand according to InternetNZ, although not everyone's convinced.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/11515372/Are-there-any-rights-when-it-comes-to-piracy"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/11515372/Are-there-any-rights-when-it-comes-to-piracy</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dallas Buyers Club fuss shows NZ got it right<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dallas Buyers ClubThe furore over the Dallas Buyers Club case in Australia shows that, compared to our friends over the ditch, New Zealand got it pretty right when it changed the Copyright Act in 2011 and implemented its three-strikes regime to counter infringing file sharing in music and movies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/news/dallas-buyers-club-fuss-shows-nz-got-it-right"><span>https://internetnz.nz/news/dallas-buyers-club-fuss-shows-nz-got-it-right</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Aussies Set For 200,000 Piracy Notices Per Year Under New Code<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The country's biggest telecoms companies have submitted their final online anti-piracy code to the Australian Communications and Media Authority for approval by the regulator. Up to 200,000 warnings will be sent to subscribers each year but an appeal fee for the wrongly accused has been waived.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/aussies-set-for-200000-piracy-notices-per-year-under-new-code-150408/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/aussies-set-for-200000-piracy-notices-per-year-under-new-code-150408/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Piracy code lodged with Australian regulator<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet users who are allegedly infringing copies of the latest TV shows and movies will soon be receiving warning notices under a new code that was finalised by Australian internet service providers and rights holder groups on Wednesday, as a way to crack down on online copyright infringement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/piracy-code-lodged-with-australian-regulator/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/piracy-code-lodged-with-australian-regulator/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dallas Buyers Club vows to send letters to infringers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The 4,726 Australians alleged to have downloaded an illicit copy of the Academy Award-winning film Dallas Buyers Club between April and May last year should expect a letter in the mail, according to Voltage Pictures, but that will not lead to an immediate demand for a payment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/dallas-buyers-club-vows-to-send-letters-to-infringers/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/dallas-buyers-club-vows-to-send-letters-to-infringers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></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>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&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 | 7 Apr 04:51 2015

auDA domain news - 7 April

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Internet Governance and the Internet Governance Forum Redux by Vinton G. Cerf , Google

<http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2015.41>

 

AusRegistry and auDA launch the 2015 .au survey

<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/now-is-the-time-to-protect-your-domain-names-2>

 

ICANN Registry Agreement: What .BRANDs Need to Know About Spec 11

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-management/icann-registry-agreement-what-brands-need-to-know-about-spec-11>

 

 

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The New gTLD Program or the More Things Change the More Things Stay the Same by Jack Vidovich

Abstract: The New gTLD Program purports to increase the amount of domain names available on the Internet. This Article suggests that The Program will not meet its stated goals. The Article demonstrates this shortcoming by analyzing the jurisprudence from the Legal Rights Objection and forecasting how other courts and panels will absorb these principles, and adjudicate gTLD disputes in the near future.

<http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1095&context=ipbrief&sei-redir=1>

 

Bad Faith in Cyberspace: Grounding Domain Name Theory in Trademark, Property, and Restitution by Jacqueline D. Lipton, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Abstract: The year 2009 marks the tenth anniversary of domain name regulation under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Adopted to combat cybersquatting, these rules left a confused picture of domain name theory in their wake. Early cybersquatters registered Internet domain names corresponding with other’s trademarks to sell them for a profit. However, this practice was quickly and easily contained. New practices arose in domain name markets, not initially contemplated by the drafters of the ACPA and the UDRP. One example is clickfarming – using domain names to generate revenues from click-on advertisements. ... This article develops a new model for domain name regulation. It incorporates trademark policy within a broader theoretical framework incorporating aspects of restitution and property theory. The author suggests that a broader theoretical approach to domain name regulation would facilitate the development of more coherent domain name rules in the future. This discussion is particularly timely in light of the forthcoming implementation of a new gTLD application process.

<http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/ua_law_publications/139/>

 

Celebrity in Cyberspace: A Personality Rights Paradigm for Personal Domain Name Disputes by Jacqueline D. Lipton, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Abstract: When the Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts fought for control of the domain name, what was her aim? Did she want to reap economic benefits from the name? Probably not, as she has not used the name since it was transferred to her. Or did she want to prevent others from using it on either an unjust enrichment or a privacy basis? Was she, in fact, protecting a trademark interest in her name? Personal domain name disputes, particularly those in the space, implicate unique aspects of an individual’s persona in cyberspace. Nevertheless, most of the legal rules developed for these disputes are based on trademark law. ... This Article suggests that if personal names merit legal protection in cyberspace, it should be under an appropriate set of legal rules, rather than through further expansion of trademarks. This Article develops a new framework for personal domain name disputes based on the theories underlying the right of publicity tort. Unlike trademark law, this tort is aimed at the protection of individual names and likenesses. It has not been utilized much in cyberspace largely because of time, cost, and jurisdictional disadvantages of litigation as opposed to the quicker and cheaper, but trademark-based, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”). This article suggests the creation of a new personal domain name dispute resolution policy (“PDRP”) that combines the procedural advantages of the UDRP with the theory underlying the right of publicity tort.

<http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/ua_law_publications/140/>

 

Much Ado About Nothing: ICANN’s New GTLDs by Daniela Michele Spencer

<http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/btlj/vol29/iss4/15/>

 

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Beyond the Internet by Eli M. Noam

Abstract: The 2015 FCC decision on Net Neutrality and the debate over ICANN reform raise the question about the future structure of the Internet. The paper concludes that the centrifugalism due to fundamental economics and national priorities will transform the current system into a loose and partly non-standardized federated system. Far from being a feared "splinternet" as Internet traditionalists argue, the new system will actually be greater in innovation and opennness, and reduce global disputes.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2588303>

 

Internet Governance and the Internet Governance Forum Redux by Vinton G. Cerf , Google

ABSTRACT: There are many interests and incentives driving further evolution, development, and use of the Internet. It becomes apparent that a distributed, multistakeholder Internet governance model serves the needs of the Internet community best. It is important to preserve and support the institutions that comprise this current distributed governance model.

<http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2015.41>

 

Big changes proposed to DNS overseer ICANN

Domain name overseer ICANN is likely to go through a radical reorganization if it wants to be given more control of critical internet functions, currently run under contract from the US government.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/03/big_changes_proposed_to_dns_overseer_icann/>

 

Diplomat: BRICS States against Use of Internet for Military Purposes

According to the official, the group calls for the development of an agreement on international information security, Itar-Tass reported.

<http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940114000453>

 

Expert panel discusses issue of new principles for Internet governance

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web more than a quarter of a century ago, last year asked what kind of Internet we want.

<http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/expert-panel-discusses-issue-new-principles-internet-governance/2015-04-05>

 

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ICANN Successfully Completes Two Independently Conducted Service Organization Control Audits

ICANN today announced that it has achieved the Service Organization Control (SOC) 3 certification, formerly known as Systrust, of its DNSSEC Root Key Signing Key systems for the fifth consecutive year.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-02-en>

 

ICANN FY14 Form 990 Announcement

ICANN filed its Form 990 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on March 31, 2015 in compliance with the extended due date of May 15, 2015.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-03-en>

 

Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 54

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in all of the ICANN communities as well as various Internet Governance entities within the Internet Ecosystem.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-03-en>

 

ICG Announces Fourteenth and Fifteenth Conference Calls

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its fourteenth and fifteenth conference calls:

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-06-en>

 

Letter from Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Eckhard Pols

New gTLD application for .KINDER

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-pols-01apr15.pdf>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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AusRegistry and auDA launch the 2015 .au survey

AusRegistry and auDA today launched the 2015 .au survey in an ongoing commitment to understand the Australian Internet user and their relationship with the .au domain namespace.

<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/now-is-the-time-to-protect-your-domain-names-2>

 

Drive-by code and Phishing on Swiss websites in 2014

In 2014, about 1,800 Swiss websites were cleaned from drive-by code, compared with 2,700 in 2013, a decline of 33%. At the same time, the number of phishing cases affecting .ch and .li TLDs rose from only a handful in 2013 to more than 300.

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/03/31/drive-by-phishing-swiss-websites-2014/>

 

Kim Wilde’s performance for .eu now on our YouTube channel!

Last year’s .eu Web Awards would not have been such a sensation without the performance of Kim Wilde. Footage of her at the Awards in Brussels is now available on our YouTube channel!

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/kim-wildes-performance-eu-now-our-youtube-channel>

 

Submissions for the .eu Web Awards are now open!

Following last year’s success we are proud to announce the launch of the second edition of the .eu Web Awards! As of today all .eu domain name holders are encouraged to submit their website. The stakes? An exclusive award presented by European Stakeholders at a ceremony to be held in Brussels at the end of 2015.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/submissions-eu-web-awards-are-now-open>

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/launch-eu-web-awards-2015-causes-stir>

 

eu: Amendment of EC Regulation 874/2004

We hereby announce that the EC Regulation 874/2004 ‘Laying down public policy rules concerning the implementation and functions of the .eu TLD and the principles governing Registration’ has been amended and subsequently published in the Official Journal: L 082/2015.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/mar-2015/amendment-ec-regulation-8742004>

 

fr: The .fr TLD: a love story that now lasts several years

Since March 30, 2015, Afnic has offered the registration of domain names with the .fr TLD for periods ranging from one to ten years.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8934/show/the-fr-tld-a-love-story-that-now-lasts-several-years.html>

 

NiRA: Building national identity through .ng domain name

Established in 2005, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NiRA, the managers of the nation’s identity on the internet, has so far been able to register 60,000 domain names, ISAIAH ERHIAWARIEN examines the association’s journey so far in creating a credible national identity for Nigeria on the global communications highway, the Internet

<http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/nira-building-national-identity-through-ng-domain-name/>

 

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ICANN Registry Agreement: What .BRANDs Need to Know About Spec 11

The ICANN Registry Agreement is a constant hot topic among new gTLD applicants and operators. Recently, there has been particular interest in Specification 11 of the Agreement.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-management/icann-registry-agreement-what-brands-need-to-know-about-spec-11>

 

Gotham’s ‘.nyc’ is fastest growing city domain on Internet

New York City is on the fast track to becoming the dot-com capital of the world. The rush to grab the city’s digital real estate — or addresses ending in .nyc — has made the Big Apple’s six-month-old domain the fastest growing among a host of cities granted approval for their own TLDs.

<http://nypost.com/2015/04/03/gothams-nyc-is-fastest-growing-city-domain-on-internet/>

 

.google April Fools’ is no laughing matter: what .google could mean for other .brands by Tony Kirsch

When April Fools’ Day rolls around each year, Google is generally one of the front runners for jokes – often making headlines for its quirky gimmicks. This year was no exception.

<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/april-fools-is-no-laughing-matter-what-google-could-mean-for-other-brands/>

 

be: Familiarity with Internet extensions increased

DNS Belgium recently conducted a market study among SMEs (2 – 250 employees) and the liberal professions. We polled their knowledge of and interest in new internet extensions launched in 2014. The study showed that 46% were familiar with the new Internet extensions.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/familiarity-internet-extensions-increased>

 

New TLDs this week: .Flowers and .Wedding

Two TLDs launch this week, and it’s fitting that they launch near the same time.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/new-tlds-this-week-flowers-and-wedding/>

 

Donuts files interesting trademark applications

Donuts has filed two interesting trademark applications. The applications are for the marks:

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/donuts-files-interesting-trademark-applications/>

 

You May Have To go To Auction To Get Your Brand.Sucks Domain

According to a press release we received toady by the registrar 101Domain.com, now that the .Sucks domain extension has launched they are pricing the "reserved" .sucks domains at $2,199 well below the $2,499 suggested retail price, however the PR makes it clear that you could wind up in an auction for a yourbrand.sucks domain.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/02/you-may-have-to-go-to-auction-to-get-your-brand-sucks-domain/>

 

Kevin Spacey among first .sucks buyers

Kevin Spacey, Google, Apple and Microsoft are among the first to buy .sucks domains in apparent attempts to protect their reputations.

<http://domainincite.com/18306-kevin-spacey-among-first-sucks-buyers>

 

AIDS.sucks at $1.5 million and other .sucks premium weirdness

The new .sucks gTLD has some interesting pricing for its reserved premium names. Notably aids.sucks, which currently carries a $1.5 million first-year fee at one registrar.

<http://domainincite.com/18295-aids-sucks-at-1-5-million-and-other-sucks-premium-weirdness>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Bogus Hillary Clinton website highlights online perils for 2016 candidates

Hillaryclinton.org bears the likely Democratic presidential candidate's name, but she would not want supporters to go there: some cyber security experts said this week the site contains malicious software.

<http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/usa-election-domains-idUSL2N0WY1IP20150402>

 

China Internet authority denounces Google certificate rejection

A Chinese Internet regulator on Thursday slammed as "unacceptable" a decision by Google Inc to no longer recognise its certificates of trust, a move which could deter Chrome browser users accessing sites approved by the authority.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/china-google-idINKBN0MT09I20150402>

 

Google, Mozilla Drop Trust in Chinese Certificate Authority CNNIC

Google has taken the unusual step of completely removing trust from Chrome for the Chinese certificate authority CNNIC in the wake of an incident in which certificates issued by the CA were misused. Mozilla followed suit on Thursday, also removing CNNIC from its trust store.

<https://threatpost.com/google-drops-trust-in-chinese-certificate-authority-cnnic/111974>

 

Google's cert sanction may hamper browsing, trigger China retaliation

The impact of Google's decision to remove the root certificates issued by a Chinese certificate authority could hamper millions of Chrome users, particularly those in China.

<http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/3606452/googles-cert-sanction-may-hamper-browsing-trigger-china-retaliation/>

 

Like Google, Mozilla set to punish Chinese agency for certificate debacle [IDG]

The Mozilla Foundation plans to reject new digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in its products, but will continue to trust certificates that already exist.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/571864/like-google-mozilla-set-punish-chinese-agency-certificate-debacle/>

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571864/like-google-mozilla-set-punish-chinese-agency-certificate-debacle/>

 

Security team of the CZ.NIC Association will lead an international project

To strengthen trust and cooperation between national security teams and share their know-how and tools — these are the main objectives of the project Cyber ​​Security in Danube Region, which will be launched on April 1 and will be led by the CZ.NIC Association, which operates the National Security Team CSIRT.CZ.

<http://www.nic.cz/page/2762/security-team-of-the-cz.nic-association-will-lead-an-international-project/>

 

U.S. establishes sanctions program to combat cyberattacks, cyberspying

President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas who engage in destructive attacks or commercial espionage in cyberspace.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-to-establish-sanctions-program-to-combat-cyberattacks-cyberspying/2015/03/31/7f563474-d7dc-11e4-ba28-f2a685dc7f89_story.html>

 

Obama targets foreign hackers and state-owned companies over cyber-attacks [AP]

President Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber-spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/01/obama-targets-foreign-hackers-state-owned-companies-sanctions>

 

Launch of the Cyber Brief Series

I am pleased to launch the publication of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program’s first Cyber Brief. Cyber Briefs are short memos that offer concrete recommendations on cybersecurity, Internet governance, online privacy, and the trade of digital goods and services. They will be published bimonthly.

<http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/04/06/launch-of-the-cyber-brief-series/>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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UDRP Spotlight: Dissent in UDRP Decisions

Although the use of three-member Panels for UDRP decisions is far less common than single-member Panels, they are sometimes requested by Respondents who feel that their defense is on the borderline of the Policy. And while three-member Panels often decide cases unanimously, there are rare instances where one member dissents.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/dissent_in_udrp_decisions>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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The Pentagon's groundbreaking IPv6 project hasn't broken much ground [IDG]

The U.S. Department of Defense hasn't followed through on its commitment to convert to IPv6, the new Internet standard designed to make room for an explosion of new connected devices.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/572032/pentagon-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasn-t-broken-much-ground/>

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/572032/pentagon-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasn-t-broken-much-ground/>

 

The Rise of IPv6: Benefits and Costs of Transforming Military Cyberspace by Dr. Panayotis A. Yannakogeorgos

As the US Air Force prepares for an age of strategic agility, we become excited with headline-grabbing emerging technologies such as hypersonic aircraft, nanotechnology, and remotely piloted and autonomous systems that will in time become core mission enablers. Too often overlooked are the invisible transmission control protocol (TCP) / Internet protocol (IP) networking protocols that revolutionized the military and the world by changing how humans exchange and use information. This networking protocol enhances and enables the Air Force’s five core missions: air and space superiority; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); rapid global mobility; global strike; and command and control.

<http://www.au.af.mil/au/afri/aspj/digital/pdf/articles/2015-Mar-Apr/F-Pano.pdf>

 

IPv4 Address Market Takes Off

As the available supply of IPv4 addresses dwindles, the market for these virtual commodities is heating up. In recent months, the pace of the address transfers has greatly accelerated as evidenced by RIPE’s table of IPv4 transfers, as well as the increasing number of IPv4 brokers facilitating the exchange of IPv4 address space. However, the transfer of IPv4 address space isn’t always problem-free and, in this blog, we’ll review this new trend and some of the issues that can arise.

<http://research.dyn.com/2015/04/ipv4-address-market-takes-off/>

 

Crystal balls cannot predict ARIN IPv4 D-Day

No one can deny the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will soon exhaust its available supply of IPv4 addresses, but what many people are speculating about is exactly when this will occur.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/03/crystal-balls-cannot-predict-arin-ipv4-d-day/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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CNNIC Experts Lead Formulation of Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)

The 92nd meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) was held in Dallas, the US on March 26, 2015, at which three documents on the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) that CNNIC experts participated in formulating were officially launched as RFC 7480, RFC 7481 and RFC 7485 respectively.

<http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/201504/t20150401_52043.htm>

 

GoDaddy IPO: The Highlight Reel

On Weds. Apr. 1, 2015, web hosting company GoDaddy made its debut on the NYSE, raising $460 million after selling 23 million shares for $20 a pop. Here are some highlights from the day.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-ipo-highlight-reel>

 

Uniregistry Tells Customers They Will Be Rolling Out an "Innovative New Domain Marketplace" Soon + THE Domain Conference Offers a Discount & We Step Up to the Brand.Bar!

Uniregistry sent a letter to clients Thursday thanking them for helping the new registrar founded by Frank Schilling reach over 800,000 registrations in the company's 1st year (Uniregistry just celebrated their 1-year anniversary March 19, 2015).

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150403.htm>

 

EZTV Impostors Hope To Cash In on EZTV.it Domain

The popular TV-torrent site EZTV is warning its users not to visit the old EZTV.it domain, which is operated by impostors. The company that grabbed the old domain at an auction offered EZTV a deal. However, the torrent release group refuses to be involved in any profit oriented partnership so has launched a counter-attack.

<http://torrentfreak.com/eztv-impostors-hope-to-cash-in-on-eztv-it-150403/>

 

eco International’s Talking Heads – Stories and Ideas First-Hand from the People in the Know

Meet the movers and shakers of the Internet world in the new podcast series from eco International – Talking Heads. In this series, we explore topics with selected specialists, and look at the history and the future of the eco Association, in celebration of eco’s 20th anniversary. The first two episodes are now online: “And the rest is history” – Europe’s participation in the birth of ICANN: Interview with Christopher Wilkinson, EURid: Christopher Wilkinson tells the story of the process of internationalization involved in the early stages of ICANN, and Europe’s participation in the development of Internet administration.

<https://international.eco.de/2015/news/eco-internationals-talking-heads-stories-and-ideas-first-hand-from-the-people-in-the-know.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Pair of Six-Figure Sales and Another Big Group of 3-Letter .Coms Take the Spotlight on This Week's Domain Sales Chart

This week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart looks a lot like last week's chart with .coms taking nine of the top 10 spots and 16 of 21 entries overall (the extra spot resulted from a tie for the final positions). Also like last week the leader board features five 3-letter .coms domains, five ccTLDs and no non .com gTLDs. The big difference from last week is we had two six-figure sales this week after none hit that mark last time out.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150401.htm>

 

Heritage Auctions Announces June Domain Auction

Aron Meystedt of Heritage Auctions sent out an email announcing a June domain name auction. The June 25th live auction will be held in San Francisco, and it will consist of 30 domain names. Specifically, HA is looking for one word .com domain names as well as 2 and 3 letter .com domains. I presume short numerics will also be accepted.

<http://www.domaininvesting.com/heritage-auctions-announces-june-domain-auction/>

 

Next Heritage Auctions Live Domain Sale Coming to San Francisco This Summer

Heritage Auctions has announced that their next live premium domain auction will be held in San Francisco on Thursday, June 25, 2015 (HA's last live event was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in February). The upcoming auction will be held at HA's San Francisco office at 478 Jackson Street.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150406.htm>

 

Inside Sedo with CEO Tobias Flaitz

Domain name owners park nearly 5 million domain names and list 18 million + domains on Sedo. This week Sedo CEO Tobias Flaitz comes on the show to talk about the past, present and future of the domain name business and Sedo. We discuss the challenges of parking (and how Sedo has turned it around), changes and trends in domain name sales and the impact new TLDs are having on the business. Tobias also discusses a startling stat about .com sales at Sedo.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/inside-sedo-with-ceo-tobias-flaitz/>

 

New battery could reduce phone charging to just one minute [IDG]

<http://www.computerworld.com/article/2906495/new-battery-could-reduce-phone-charging-to-just-one-minute.html>

 

nz: Tougher child exploitation law wins approval

<http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/270325/tougher-child-exploitation-law-wins-approval>

 

nz: Crackdown on child exploitation passes unanimously

<http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/crackdown-child-exploitation-passes-unanimously>

 

nz: Court battle looms over accessing television programmes online

<http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/court-battle-looms-over-accessing-television-programmes-online-6277125>

 

Computer hacker steals Kiwi's money before his eyes

<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11427675>

 

nz: Fraudsters fine tune online scams

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67609152/fraudsters-fine-tune-online-scams>

 

nz: How to combat online scam artists

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67609209/How-to-combat-online-scam-artists>

 

John Oliver presses Edward Snowden on whether he read all leaked NSA material

<http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/06/edward-snowden-john-oliver-last-week-tonight-nsa-leaked-documents>

 

nz: Live streaming gets easier with new apps

<http://www.3news.co.nz/technology/live-streaming-gets-easier-with-new-apps-2015040516>

 

Google could be fined £4.4bn as Brussels signals legal challenge in offing

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/02/google-could-be-fined-4bn-ec-signals-legal-challenge-margrethe-vestager>

 

nz: Sky, Spark, TVNZ, MediaWorks take action against CallPlus, other 'global mode' ISPs

<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/copyright-global-mode-ng-170966>

 

nz: Battle looms over the future of telecommunications video

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/67594521/Battle-looms-over-the-future-of-telecommunications>

 

nz: A digital bill that's far too broad

<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11428758>

 

 

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS

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Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: an Internet Framework for Common-Law Trademarks by Shontavia Johnson

The Internet has quickly become the next frontier for those seeking to take advantage of free-market competition by doing business online. In addition to having products or services to sell, an Internet presence has become critically important for businesses that want to connect with consumers near and far. ... This Article analyzes previous models for evaluating unregistered trademarks used in the Internet context and proposes that these models are insufficient to deal with the myriad issues raised in cyberspace . It provides an updated model for establishing geographic rights through Internet use and offers a middle-ground approach to concurrent Internet use of common-law trademarks.

<http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2049&context=btlj>

<http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/btlj/vol29/iss2/5/>

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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How do we protect our digital legacy after death?

In the old days we stored our treasured memories in photo albums and paper diaries. Physical things which could be passed on in a will. But now, in our online lives our memories - our thoughts, feelings and images - are scattered to the four winds of the internet, and stored on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp. But who actually owns them?

<http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32151999>

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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New battery could reduce phone charging to just one minute [IDG]

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new battery that can be recharged in about a minute and is safer than the lithium-ion cells used in everything from smartwatches to passenger jets.

<http://www.computerworld.com/article/2906495/new-battery-could-reduce-phone-charging-to-just-one-minute.html>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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au: Federal Government websites have poor levels of encryption, independent audit finds

The vast majority of Federal Government websites have poor levels of encryption, putting the private details of taxpayers at risk, an independent audit finds.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-02/government-websites-put-private-details-of-taxpayers-at-risk/6369240>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet Governance and the Internet Governance Forum Redux by Vinton G. Cerf , Google</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2015.41"><span>http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2015.41</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">AusRegistry and auDA launch the 2015 .au survey<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/now-is-the-time-to-protect-your-domain-names-2"><span>http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/now-is-the-time-to-protect-your-domain-names-2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Registry Agreement: What .BRANDs Need to Know About Spec 11<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-management/icann-registry-agreement-what-brands-need-to-know-about-spec-11"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-management/icann-registry-agreement-what-brands-need-to-know-about-spec-11</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The New gTLD Program or the More Things Change the More Things Stay the Same by Jack Vidovich<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Abstract: The New gTLD Program purports to increase the amount of domain names available on the Internet. This Article suggests that The Program will not meet its stated goals. The Article demonstrates this shortcoming by analyzing the jurisprudence from the Legal Rights Objection and forecasting how other courts and panels will absorb these principles, and adjudicate gTLD disputes in the near future.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1095&amp;context=ipbrief&amp;sei-redir=1"><span>http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1095&amp;context=ipbrief&amp;sei-redir=1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Bad Faith in Cyberspace: Grounding Domain Name Theory in Trademark, Property, and Restitution by Jacqueline D. Lipton, Case Western Reserve University School of Law<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Abstract: The year 2009 marks the tenth anniversary of domain name regulation under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Adopted to combat cybersquatting, these rules left a confused picture of domain name theory in their wake. Early cybersquatters registered Internet domain names corresponding with other&rsquo;s trademarks to sell them for a profit. However, this practice was quickly and easily contained. New practices arose in domain name markets, not initially contemplated by the drafters of the ACPA and the UDRP. One example is clickfarming &ndash; using domain names to generate revenues from click-on advertisements. </span><span>... </span><span lang="EN">This article develops a new model for domain name regulation. It incorporates trademark policy within a broader theoretical framework incorporating aspects of restitution and property theory. The author suggests that a broader theoretical approach to domain name regulation would facilitate the development of more coherent domain name rules in the future. This discussion is particularly timely in light of the forthcoming implementation of a new gTLD application process.<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Celebrity in Cyberspace: A Personality Rights Paradigm for Personal Domain Name Disputes by Jacqueline D. Lipton, Case Western Reserve University School of Law<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: When the Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts fought for control of the domain name, what was her aim? Did she want to reap economic benefits from the name? Probably not, as she has not used the name since it was transferred to her. Or did she want to prevent others from using it on either an unjust enrichment or a privacy basis? Was she, in fact, protecting a trademark interest in her name? Personal domain name disputes, particularly those in the space, implicate unique aspects of an individual&rsquo;s persona in cyberspace. Nevertheless, most of the legal rules developed for these disputes are based on trademark law. ... </span><span lang="EN">This Article suggests that if personal names merit legal protection in cyberspace, it should be under an appropriate set of legal rules, rather than through further expansion of trademarks. This Article develops a new framework for personal domain name disputes based on the theories underlying the right of publicity tort. Unlike trademark law, this tort is aimed at the protection of individual names and likenesses. It has not been utilized much in cyberspace largely because of time, cost, and jurisdictional disadvantages of litigation as opposed to the quicker and cheaper, but trademark-based, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (&ldquo;UDRP&rdquo;). This article suggests the creation of a new personal domain name dispute resolution policy (&ldquo;PDRP&rdquo;) that combines the procedural advantages of the UDRP with the theory underlying the right of publicity tort.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/ua_law_publications/140/"><span>http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/ua_law_publications/140/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Much Ado About Nothing: ICANN&rsquo;s New GTLDs</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Daniela Michele Spencer</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/btlj/vol29/iss4/15/"><span>http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/btlj/vol29/iss4/15/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Beyond the Internet by Eli M. Noam</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Abstract: The 2015 FCC decision on Net Neutrality and the debate over ICANN reform raise the question about the future structure of the Internet. The paper concludes that the centrifugalism due to fundamental economics and national priorities will transform the current system into a loose and partly non-standardized federated system. Far from being a feared "splinternet" as Internet traditionalists argue, the new system will actually be greater in innovation and opennness, and reduce global disputes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2588303"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2588303</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet Governance and the Internet Governance Forum Redux by Vinton G. Cerf , Google</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ABSTRACT: There are many interests and incentives driving further evolution, development, and use of the Internet. It becomes apparent that a distributed, multistakeholder Internet governance model serves the needs of the Internet community best. It is important to preserve and support the institutions that comprise this current distributed governance model.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2015.41"><span>http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2015.41</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Big changes proposed to DNS overseer ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain name overseer ICANN is likely to go through a radical reorganization if it wants to be given more control of critical internet functions, currently run under contract from the US government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/03/big_changes_proposed_to_dns_overseer_icann/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/03/big_changes_proposed_to_dns_overseer_icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Diplomat: BRICS States against Use of Internet for Military Purposes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">According to the official, the group calls for the development of an agreement on international information security, Itar-Tass reported.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940114000453"><span>http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940114000453</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Expert panel discusses issue of new principles for Internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web more than a quarter of a century ago, last year asked what kind of Internet we want.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/expert-panel-discusses-issue-new-principles-internet-governance/2015-04-05"><span>http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/expert-panel-discusses-issue-new-principles-internet-governance/2015-04-05</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Successfully Completes Two Independently Conducted Service Organization Control Audits<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN today announced that it has achieved the Service Organization Control (SOC) 3 certification, formerly known as Systrust, of its DNSSEC Root Key Signing Key systems for the fifth consecutive year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN FY14 Form 990 Announcement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN filed its Form 990 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on March 31, 2015 in compliance with the extended due date of May 15, 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 54<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of individuals who are actively participating in all of the ICANN communities as well as various Internet Governance entities within the Internet Ecosystem.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICG Announces Fourteenth and Fifteenth Conference Calls<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its fourteenth and fifteenth conference calls:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Eckhard Pols</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .KINDER<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-pols-01apr15.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-pols-01apr15.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">AusRegistry and auDA launch the 2015 .au survey<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">AusRegistry and auDA today launched the 2015 .au survey in an ongoing commitment to understand the Australian Internet user and their relationship with the .au domain namespace.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/now-is-the-time-to-protect-your-domain-names-2"><span>http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/now-is-the-time-to-protect-your-domain-names-2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Drive-by code and Phishing on Swiss websites in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2014, about 1,800 Swiss websites were cleaned from drive-by code, compared with 2,700 in 2013, a decline of 33%. At the same time, the number of phishing cases affecting .ch and .li TLDs rose from only a handful in 2013 to more than 300.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/03/31/drive-by-phishing-swiss-websites-2014/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/03/31/drive-by-phishing-swiss-websites-2014/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kim Wilde&rsquo;s performance for .eu now on our YouTube channel!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last year&rsquo;s .eu Web Awards would not have been such a sensation without the performance of Kim Wilde. Footage of her at the Awards in Brussels is now available on our YouTube channel!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/kim-wildes-performance-eu-now-our-youtube-channel"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/kim-wildes-performance-eu-now-our-youtube-channel</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Submissions for the .eu Web Awards are now open!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following last year&rsquo;s success we are proud to announce the launch of the second edition of the .eu Web Awards! As of today all .eu domain name holders are encouraged to submit their website. The stakes? An exclusive award presented by European Stakeholders at a ceremony to be held in Brussels at the end of 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/submissions-eu-web-awards-are-now-open"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/submissions-eu-web-awards-are-now-open</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/launch-eu-web-awards-2015-causes-stir"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2015/launch-eu-web-awards-2015-causes-stir</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>eu: Amendment of EC Regulation 874/2004<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We hereby announce that the EC Regulation 874/2004 &lsquo;Laying down public policy rules concerning the implementation and functions of the .eu TLD and the principles governing Registration&rsquo; has been amended and subsequently published in the Official Journal: L 082/2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/mar-2015/amendment-ec-regulation-8742004"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/mar-2015/amendment-ec-regulation-8742004</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">fr: The .fr TLD: a love story that now lasts several years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Since March 30, 2015, Afnic has offered the registration of domain names with the .fr TLD for periods ranging from one to ten years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8934/show/the-fr-tld-a-love-story-that-now-lasts-several-years.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8934/show/the-fr-tld-a-love-story-that-now-lasts-several-years.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NiRA: Building national identity through .ng domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Established in 2005, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NiRA, the managers of the nation&rsquo;s identity on the internet, has so far been able to register 60,000 domain names, ISAIAH ERHIAWARIEN examines the association&rsquo;s journey so far in creating a credible national identity for Nigeria on the global communications highway, the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/nira-building-national-identity-through-ng-domain-name/"><span>http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/nira-building-national-identity-through-ng-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Registry Agreement: What .BRANDs Need to Know About Spec 11<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The ICANN Registry Agreement is a constant hot topic among new gTLD applicants and operators. Recently, there has been particular interest in Specification 11 of the Agreement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-management/icann-registry-agreement-what-brands-need-to-know-about-spec-11"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-management/icann-registry-agreement-what-brands-need-to-know-about-spec-11</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Gotham&rsquo;s &lsquo;.nyc&rsquo; is fastest growing city domain on Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New York City is on the fast track to becoming the dot-com capital of the world. The rush to grab the city&rsquo;s digital real estate &mdash; or addresses ending in .nyc &mdash; has made the Big Apple&rsquo;s six-month-old domain the fastest growing among a host of cities granted approval for their own </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://nypost.com/2015/04/03/gothams-nyc-is-fastest-growing-city-domain-on-internet/"><span>http://nypost.com/2015/04/03/gothams-nyc-is-fastest-growing-city-domain-on-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.google April Fools&rsquo; is no laughing matter: what .google could mean for other .brands by Tony Kirsch</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">When April Fools&rsquo; Day rolls around each year, Google is generally one of the front runners for jokes &ndash; often making headlines for its quirky gimmicks. This year was no exception.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/blog/april-fools-is-no-laughing-matter-what-google-could-mean-for-other-brands/"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/blog/april-fools-is-no-laughing-matter-what-google-could-mean-for-other-brands/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">be: Familiarity with Internet extensions increased<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DNS Belgium recently conducted a market study among SMEs (2 &ndash; 250 employees) and the liberal professions. We polled their knowledge of and interest in new internet extensions launched in 2014. The study showed that 46% were familiar with the new Internet extensions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/familiarity-internet-extensions-increased"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/familiarity-internet-extensions-increased</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New TLDs this week: .Flowers and .Wedding<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s launch this week, and it&rsquo;s fitting that they launch near the same time.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/new-tlds-this-week-flowers-and-wedding/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/new-tlds-this-week-flowers-and-wedding/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts files interesting trademark applications<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts has filed two interesting trademark applications. The applications are for the marks:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/donuts-files-interesting-trademark-applications/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/donuts-files-interesting-trademark-applications/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">You May Have To go To Auction To Get Your Brand.Sucks Domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">According to a press release we received toady by the registrar 101Domain.com, now that the .Sucks domain extension has launched they are pricing the "reserved" .sucks domains at $2,199 well below the $2,499 suggested retail price, however the PR makes it clear that you could wind up in an auction for a yourbrand.sucks domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/02/you-may-have-to-go-to-auction-to-get-your-brand-sucks-domain/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/02/you-may-have-to-go-to-auction-to-get-your-brand-sucks-domain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Kevin Spacey among first .sucks buyers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Kevin Spacey, Google, Apple and Microsoft are among the first to buy .sucks domains in apparent attempts to protect their reputations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18306-kevin-spacey-among-first-sucks-buyers"><span>http://domainincite.com/18306-kevin-spacey-among-first-sucks-buyers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">AIDS.sucks at $1.5 million and other .sucks premium weirdness<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The new .sucks gTLD has some interesting pricing for its reserved premium names. Notably aids.sucks, which currently carries a $1.5 million first-year fee at one registrar.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18295-aids-sucks-at-1-5-million-and-other-sucks-premium-weirdness"><span>http://domainincite.com/18295-aids-sucks-at-1-5-million-and-other-sucks-premium-weirdness</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Bogus Hillary Clinton website highlights online perils for 2016 candidates<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Hillaryclinton.org bears the likely Democratic presidential candidate's name, but she would not want supporters to go there: some cyber security experts said this week the site contains malicious software.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/usa-election-domains-idUSL2N0WY1IP20150402"><span>http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/usa-election-domains-idUSL2N0WY1IP20150402</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">China Internet authority denounces Google certificate rejection<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Chinese Internet regulator on Thursday slammed as "unacceptable" a decision by Google Inc to no longer recognise its certificates of trust, a move which could deter Chrome browser users accessing sites approved by the authority.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/china-google-idINKBN0MT09I20150402"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/china-google-idINKBN0MT09I20150402</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google, Mozilla Drop Trust in Chinese Certificate Authority CNNIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google has taken the unusual step of completely removing trust from Chrome for the Chinese certificate authority CNNIC in the wake of an incident in which certificates issued by the CA were misused. Mozilla followed suit on Thursday, also removing CNNIC from its trust store.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="https://threatpost.com/google-drops-trust-in-chinese-certificate-authority-cnnic/111974"><span>https://threatpost.com/google-drops-trust-in-chinese-certificate-authority-cnnic/111974</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google's cert sanction may hamper browsing, trigger China retaliation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The impact of Google's decision to remove the root certificates issued by a Chinese certificate authority could hamper millions of Chrome users, particularly those in China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/3606452/googles-cert-sanction-may-hamper-browsing-trigger-china-retaliation/"><span>http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/3606452/googles-cert-sanction-may-hamper-browsing-trigger-china-retaliation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Like Google, Mozilla set to punish Chinese agency for certificate debacle [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Mozilla Foundation plans to reject new digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in its products, but will continue to trust certificates that already exist.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/571864/like-google-mozilla-set-punish-chinese-agency-certificate-debacle/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/571864/like-google-mozilla-set-punish-chinese-agency-certificate-debacle/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571864/like-google-mozilla-set-punish-chinese-agency-certificate-debacle/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571864/like-google-mozilla-set-punish-chinese-agency-certificate-debacle/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Security team of the CZ.NIC Association will lead an international project<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">To strengthen trust and cooperation between national security teams and share their know-how and tools &mdash; these are the main objectives of the project Cyber &#8203;&#8203;Security in Danube Region, which will be launched on April 1 and will be led by the CZ.NIC Association, which operates the National Security Team CSIRT.CZ.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nic.cz/page/2762/security-team-of-the-cz.nic-association-will-lead-an-international-project/"><span>http://www.nic.cz/page/2762/security-team-of-the-cz.nic-association-will-lead-an-international-project/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. establishes sanctions program to combat cyberattacks, cyberspying<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas who engage in destructive attacks or commercial espionage in cyberspace.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-to-establish-sanctions-program-to-combat-cyberattacks-cyberspying/2015/03/31/7f563474-d7dc-11e4-ba28-f2a685dc7f89_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-to-establish-sanctions-program-to-combat-cyberattacks-cyberspying/2015/03/31/7f563474-d7dc-11e4-ba28-f2a685dc7f89_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Obama targets foreign hackers and state-owned companies over cyber-attacks [AP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">President Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber-spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/01/obama-targets-foreign-hackers-state-owned-companies-sanctions"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/01/obama-targets-foreign-hackers-state-owned-companies-sanctions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Launch of the Cyber Brief Series<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I am pleased to launch the publication of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program&rsquo;s first Cyber Brief. Cyber Briefs are short memos that offer concrete recommendations on cybersecurity, Internet governance, online privacy, and the trade of digital goods and services. They will be published bimonthly.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/04/06/launch-of-the-cyber-brief-series/"><span>http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/04/06/launch-of-the-cyber-brief-series/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UDRP Spotlight: Dissent in UDRP Decisions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Although the use of three-member Panels for UDRP decisions is far less common than single-member Panels, they are sometimes requested by Respondents who feel that their defense is on the borderline of the Policy. And while three-member Panels often decide cases unanimously, there are rare instances where one member dissents.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/dissent_in_udrp_decisions"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/dissent_in_udrp_decisions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Pentagon's groundbreaking IPv6 project hasn't broken much ground [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The U.S. Department of Defense hasn't followed through on its commitment to convert to IPv6, the new Internet standard designed to make room for an explosion of new connected devices.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/572032/pentagon-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasn-t-broken-much-ground/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/572032/pentagon-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasn-t-broken-much-ground/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/572032/pentagon-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasn-t-broken-much-ground/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/572032/pentagon-groundbreaking-ipv6-project-hasn-t-broken-much-ground/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Rise of IPv6: Benefits and Costs of Transforming Military Cyberspace by Dr. Panayotis A. Yannakogeorgos</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As the US Air Force prepares for an age of strategic agility, we</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">become excited with headline-grabbing emerging technologies</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">such as hypersonic aircraft, nanotechnology, and remotely piloted and autonomous systems that will in time become core mission</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">enablers.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">Too often overlooked are the invisible transmission control</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">protocol (TCP) / Internet protocol (IP) networking protocols that revolutionized the military and the world by changing how humans exchange and use information. This networking protocol enhances and</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">enables the Air Force&rsquo;s five core missions: air and space superiority;</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); rapid global mobility; global strike; and command and control.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.au.af.mil/au/afri/aspj/digital/pdf/articles/2015-Mar-Apr/F-Pano.pdf"><span>http://www.au.af.mil/au/afri/aspj/digital/pdf/articles/2015-Mar-Apr/F-Pano.pdf</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPv4 Address Market Takes Off<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As the available supply of IPv4 addresses dwindles, the market for these virtual commodities is heating up. In recent months, the pace of the address transfers has greatly accelerated as evidenced by RIPE&rsquo;s table of IPv4 transfers, as well as the increasing number of IPv4 brokers facilitating the exchange of IPv4 address space. However, the transfer of IPv4 address space isn&rsquo;t always problem-free and, in this blog, we&rsquo;ll review this new trend and some of the issues that can arise.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://research.dyn.com/2015/04/ipv4-address-market-takes-off/"><span>http://research.dyn.com/2015/04/ipv4-address-market-takes-off/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Crystal balls cannot predict ARIN IPv4 D-Day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">No one can deny the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will soon exhaust its available supply of IPv4 addresses, but what many people are speculating about is exactly when this will occur.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/03/crystal-balls-cannot-predict-arin-ipv4-d-day/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/03/crystal-balls-cannot-predict-arin-ipv4-d-day/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CNNIC Experts Lead Formulation of Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The 92nd meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) was held in Dallas, the US on March 26, 2015, at which three documents on the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) that CNNIC experts participated in formulating were officially launched as RFC 7480, RFC 7481 and RFC 7485 respectively.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/201504/t20150401_52043.htm"><span>http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/201504/t20150401_52043.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GoDaddy IPO: The Highlight Reel<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On Weds. Apr. 1, 2015, web hosting company GoDaddy made its debut on the NYSE, raising $460 million after selling 23 million shares for $20 a pop. Here are some highlights from the day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-ipo-highlight-reel"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-ipo-highlight-reel</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Uniregistry Tells Customers They Will Be Rolling Out an "Innovative New Domain Marketplace" Soon + THE Domain Conference Offers a Discount &amp; We Step Up to the Brand.Bar!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Uniregistry sent a letter to clients Thursday thanking them for helping the new registrar founded by Frank Schilling reach over 800,000 registrations in the company's 1st year (Uniregistry just celebrated their 1-year anniversary March 19, 2015).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150403.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150403.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">EZTV Impostors Hope To Cash In on EZTV.it Domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The popular TV-torrent site EZTV is warning its users not to visit the old EZTV.it domain, which is operated by impostors. The company that grabbed the old domain at an auction offered EZTV a deal. However, the torrent release group refuses to be involved in any profit oriented partnership so has launched a counter-attack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/eztv-impostors-hope-to-cash-in-on-eztv-it-150403/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/eztv-impostors-hope-to-cash-in-on-eztv-it-150403/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">eco International&rsquo;s Talking Heads &ndash; Stories and Ideas First-Hand from the People in the Know<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Meet the movers and shakers of the Internet world in the new podcast series from eco International &ndash; Talking Heads. In this series, we explore topics with selected specialists, and look at the history and the future of the eco Association, in celebration of eco&rsquo;s 20th anniversary.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">The first two episodes are now online:</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">&ldquo;And the rest is history&rdquo; &ndash; Europe&rsquo;s participation in the birth of ICANN: Interview with Christopher Wilkinson, EURid</span><span>: </span><span lang="EN">Christopher Wilkinson tells the story of the process of internationalization involved in the early stages of ICANN, and Europe&rsquo;s participation in the development of Internet administration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/news/eco-internationals-talking-heads-stories-and-ideas-first-hand-from-the-people-in-the-know.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2015/news/eco-internationals-talking-heads-stories-and-ideas-first-hand-from-the-people-in-the-know.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Pair of Six-Figure Sales and Another Big Group of 3-Letter .Coms Take the Spotlight on This Week's Domain Sales Chart</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart looks a lot like last week's chart with .coms taking nine of the top 10 spots and 16 of 21 entries overall (the extra spot resulted from a tie for the final positions). Also like last week the leader board features five 3-letter .coms domains, five ccTLDs and no non .com gTLDs. The big difference from last week is we had two six-figure sales this week after none hit that mark last time out.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150401.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150401.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Heritage Auctions Announces June Domain Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Aron Meystedt of Heritage Auctions sent out an email announcing a June domain name auction. The June 25th live auction will be held in San Francisco, and it will consist of 30 domain names. Specifically, HA is looking for one word .com domain names as well as 2 and 3 letter .com domains. I presume short numerics will also be accepted.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domaininvesting.com/heritage-auctions-announces-june-domain-auction/"><span>http://www.domaininvesting.com/heritage-auctions-announces-june-domain-auction/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Next Heritage Auctions Live Domain Sale Coming to San Francisco This Summer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Heritage Auctions has announced that their next live premium domain auction will be held in San Francisco on Thursday, June 25, 2015 (HA's last live event was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in February). The upcoming auction will be held at HA's San Francisco office at 478 Jackson Street.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150406.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150406.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Inside Sedo with CEO Tobias Flaitz<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain name owners park nearly 5 million domain names and list 18 million + domains on Sedo. This week Sedo CEO Tobias Flaitz comes on the show to talk about the past, present and future of the domain name business and Sedo. We discuss the challenges of parking (and how Sedo has turned it around), changes and trends in domain name sales and the impact new TLDs are having on the business. Tobias also discusses a startling stat about .com sales at Sedo.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/inside-sedo-with-ceo-tobias-flaitz/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/06/inside-sedo-with-ceo-tobias-flaitz/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New battery could reduce phone charging to just one minute [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2906495/new-battery-could-reduce-phone-charging-to-just-one-minute.html"><span>http://www.computerworld.com/article/2906495/new-battery-could-reduce-phone-charging-to-just-one-minute.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: Tougher child exploitation law wins approval</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/270325/tougher-child-exploitation-law-wins-approval"><span>http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/270325/tougher-child-exploitation-law-wins-approval</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: Crackdown on child exploitation passes unanimously<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/crackdown-child-exploitation-passes-unanimously"><span>http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/crackdown-child-exploitation-passes-unanimously</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: Court battle looms over accessing television programmes online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/court-battle-looms-over-accessing-television-programmes-online-6277125"><span>http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/court-battle-looms-over-accessing-television-programmes-online-6277125</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Computer hacker steals Kiwi's money before his eyes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=11427675"><span>http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=11427675</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: Fraudsters fine tune online scams</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67609152/fraudsters-fine-tune-online-scams"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67609152/fraudsters-fine-tune-online-scams</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: How to combat online scam artists</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67609209/How-to-combat-online-scam-artists"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67609209/How-to-combat-online-scam-artists</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">John Oliver presses Edward Snowden on whether he read all leaked NSA material<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/06/edward-snowden-john-oliver-last-week-tonight-nsa-leaked-documents"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/06/edward-snowden-john-oliver-last-week-tonight-nsa-leaked-documents</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: Live streaming gets easier with new apps<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.3news.co.nz/technology/live-streaming-gets-easier-with-new-apps-2015040516"><span>http://www.3news.co.nz/technology/live-streaming-gets-easier-with-new-apps-2015040516</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google could be fined &pound;4.4bn as Brussels signals legal challenge in offing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/02/google-could-be-fined-4bn-ec-signals-legal-challenge-margrethe-vestager"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/02/google-could-be-fined-4bn-ec-signals-legal-challenge-margrethe-vestager</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: Sky, Spark, TVNZ, MediaWorks take action against CallPlus, other 'global mode' ISPs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/copyright-global-mode-ng-170966"><span>http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/copyright-global-mode-ng-170966</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: Battle looms over the future of telecommunications video</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/67594521/Battle-looms-over-the-future-of-telecommunications"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/67594521/Battle-looms-over-the-future-of-telecommunications</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz: A digital bill that's far too broad<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&amp;objectid=11428758"><span>http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&amp;objectid=11428758</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">REPORTS &amp; RESEARCH PAPERS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: an Internet Framework for Common-Law Trademarks by Shontavia Johnson</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet has quickly become the next frontier for</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">those seeking to take advantage of free-market competition</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">by doing business online. In addition to having products or services to sell, an Internet presence has become critically important for businesses that want to connect with consumers near and far. </span><span>... </span><span lang="EN">This Article analyzes previous models for</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">evaluating</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">unregistered trademarks used in the Internet context and proposes that these models are insufficient</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">to deal with the myriad issues raised in cyberspace</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">. It provides an updated model for establishing geographic rights through Internet use and offers a middle-ground approach to concurrent Internet use of</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">common-law trademarks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2049&amp;context=btlj"><span>http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2049&amp;context=btlj</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/btlj/vol29/iss2/5/"><span>http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/btlj/vol29/iss2/5/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">SOCIAL MEDIA<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How do we protect our digital legacy after death?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In the old days we stored our treasured memories in photo albums and paper diaries. Physical things which could be passed on in a will. But now, in our online lives our memories - our thoughts, feelings and images - are scattered to the four winds of the internet, and stored on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp. But who actually owns them?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32151999"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32151999</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New battery could reduce phone charging to just one minute [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new battery that can be recharged in about a minute and is safer than the lithium-ion cells used in everything from smartwatches to passenger jets.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2906495/new-battery-could-reduce-phone-charging-to-just-one-minute.html"><span>http://www.computerworld.com/article/2906495/new-battery-could-reduce-phone-charging-to-just-one-minute.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Federal Government websites have poor levels of encryption, independent audit finds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The vast majority of Federal Government websites have poor levels of encryption, putting the private details of taxpayers at risk, an independent audit finds.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-02/government-websites-put-private-details-of-taxpayers-at-risk/6369240"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-02/government-websites-put-private-details-of-taxpayers-at-risk/6369240</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></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>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&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>
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David Goldstein | 30 Mar 03:50 2015

auDA domain news - 30 March

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au/nz: The ANZIAs are coming! The ANZIAs are coming!

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/anzias-are-coming-anzias-are-coming>

 

How are New gTLDs being used? The CSC New gTLD Utilization Report

<https://www.cscglobal.com/cscglobal/pdfs/CSC gTLD Report_Mar15 EN.pdf>

 

Number of Gripe Sites to Grow? Online Brand Protection in the Age of .SUCKS

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brand-protection/number-of-gripe-sites-to-grow-online-brand-protection-in-the-age-of-sucks>

 

Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/ip_lawyers_ask_icann_to_kill_sucks_rollout/>

 

State of the Web 2015: Vulnerability Report

<https://blog.menlosecurity.com/state-web-2015-vulnerability-report/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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CANN They? International Internet Governance and the ICANN Case by Ivory Mills

Abstract: ... This paper conducts a critical examination of international internet governance, focusing specifically on ICANN in efforts to understand its role and implications for the internet, geopolitics, and international telecommunications regulation. Unlike prior studies, this research focuses specifically on the organizational and inter-organizational structure of ICANN to understand the networked model of governance in this context, identify noteworthy stakeholders, parse strategies, objectives, and outcome discrepancies that may exist.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2584294>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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Results Available for 25 March 2015 New gTLD Program Auction

On 25 March 2015, Power Auctions LLC, ICANN's authorized auction service provider, conducted a New gTLD Program Auction to resolve string contention for two new gTLD strings: .PING and .SRL.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-25-en>

 

Letter from Cyrus Namazi, Vice President, Domain Name Services & Industry Engagement | ICANN, to Marc Van Wesemael

Outcome of the review of the .eu IDN application

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/namazi-to-wesemael-24mar15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from David Conrad,Chief Technology Officer | ICANN, to Andrew Sullivan

IAB Statement on Identifiers and Unicode 7.0.0             

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/conrad-to-sullivan-25mar15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Fadi Chehadé to Jeremiah Johnston

ICANN

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-johnston-24mar15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN CEO Responds to ICA Concerns Regarding Davos “Cybersquatting” Remarks by Philip Corwin

Early last month ICA President Jeremiah Johnston wrote to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade to express concerns regarding remarks that he had made during an interview at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. In the course of those remarks the CEO was perceived to characterize domain portfolio owners of “hogging names”, as well as equate domain investors with “cybersquatters”.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/chehade-clarifies-davos-remarks/>

 

ICANN Auctions Two gTLD Strings For $1.9m

ICANN auction off two more new gTLD strings yesterday for a combined total of $1,901,000.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23634>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/26/icann-auctions-two-gtld-strings-for-1-9m/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/icann-auctions-two-gtld-strings-for-1-9m.html>

 

ICANN Accountability: From Singapore to Istanbul

Thomas Rickert, Co-chair of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN's Accountability details the journey the accountability process has taken from the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore to the successful two-day in Istanbul.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVof6v0MguE>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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au/nz: The ANZIAs are coming! The ANZIAs are coming!

Exciting times ahead - New Zealand is the host of this year's Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards, the ANZIAs! The ANZIAs will be held on 27 August, in Auckland at St Matthews in the City.

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/anzias-are-coming-anzias-are-coming>

 

de: For an open, secure and stable Internet: DENIC takes a stand on the future of Internet Governance

The central registry of the German ccTLD .de, DENIC, has prepared in collaboration with the German government and other German interest groups a position paper with recommendations for action for the future stewardship of the so-called IANA functions.

<http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/4005.html>

 

New The.nlyst out now

Last year, Dutch people spent roughly 13.7 billion euros on line. That is about 17 per cent of all consumer spending in the Netherlands, and nearly 30 per cent up on the year before. Within the overall increase in the volume of on-line spending, the share of purchases made using a smartphone or tablet went up sharply, to more than a third. And the importance of e-commerce is bound to grow further. The internet serves as a platform for an endless variety of shopping formulas, according to Professor Cor Molenaar in an interview for this edition of The.nlyst.

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/new-thenlyst-out-now>

 

.nz Newsletter - March 2015

The March 2015 newsletter is available. It includes .nz domain name statistics as of February 28, 2015

<http://dnc.org.nz/story/nz-newsletter-march-2015>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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'Fierce struggle for internet's future is like Wild West'

The floodgates have opened for billions of new domain names to rival the iconic dot-coms, prompting a 'Wild West' land grab. One successful speculator, Daniel Negari, talks to the Telegraph about the profit - and lawsuits - it's brought him

<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11493967/Fierce-struggle-for-internets-future-is-like-Wild-West.html>

 

How are New gTLDs being used? The CSC New gTLD Utilization Report

To date, over 800 domain names have been registered in .brand/closed TLDs. The majority have been registered in the following extensions: .nra, .citic, 中信 (.citic), and .cancerresearch. Within the .brand registrations, some of the most-used terms to the left of the dot are: nic (an obvious requirement), domaintest, www, start, home, donate, plaza, magazine, support, and foundation. As the representative sample is quite small, we expect these common terms to change over time. It is also clear that most brands are still in the planning stages. Based on our analysis, only approximately 46% of the registered domains have properly configured DNS zone files, which might be an indication of utilization.

<https://www.cscglobal.com/cscglobal/pdfs/CSC gTLD Report_Mar15 EN.pdf>

 

Number of Gripe Sites to Grow? Online Brand Protection in the Age of .SUCKS

Taylor Swift may be able to “Shake It Off” when it comes to bad publicity or criticism, but her public relations team is thinking ahead.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brand-protection/number-of-gripe-sites-to-grow-online-brand-protection-in-the-age-of-sucks>

 

“Halt perverted .sucks shakedown now!” demands IPC

Intellectual property interests have asked ICANN to put an immediate stop to the roll-out of the .sucks new gTLD.

<http://domainincite.com/18246-halt-perverted-sucks-shakedown-now-demands-ipc>

 

Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

The intellectual property constituency (IPC) of domain overseer ICANN has formally asked the organization to halt the rollout of the controversial .sucks TLD, due to start on Monday.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/ip_lawyers_ask_icann_to_kill_sucks_rollout/>

 

IPC asks ICANN to halt controversial .Sucks domain name roll out

The Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) is asking ICANN to halt Vox Populi’s roll out of the .sucks TLD, calling the registry’s unique pricing “predatory, exploitative and coercive”.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/27/ipc-asks-icann-to-halt-controversial-sucks-domain-name-roll-out/>

 

.VOTE Solves Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz’s Domain Name Problem

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s domain name problem is serious: TedCruz.com and a number of other web sites that appear to be his are actually either totally unrelated to his campaign (e.g., TedCruzForAmerica.com, TedCruz.com, and TedCruz2016.com) or even have negative content about him (TedCruz.ca). How can a candidate make their official site stand out among all its impersonators? How can the public know which web address they can trust?

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/03/24/vote-solves-presidential-candidate-ted-cruz’s-domain-name-problem>

 

.film to provide new home online for the film industry

The way feature films are promoted online to viewers across the world and the delivery of video and motion picture content on the web is set to change in a dramatic way, with the imminent introduction of the .film new TLD.

<http://www.ariservices.com/news-.film_to_provide_new_home_online_for_the_film_industry>

 

Domain Pulse 2015: New gTLDs Are Successful, But With Glitches, While They Can Help In Search Rankings

The programme of adding over one thousand new gTLDs to the internet has been a success said Thomas Rickert, lawyer, member of the ICANN GNSO and representative of eco, the German internet industry association, at the Domain Pulse conference in Berlin last month.

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/03/domain-pulse-2015-new-gtlds-are-successful-but-with-glitches-while-they-can-help-in-search-rankings/>

 

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State of the Web 2015: Vulnerability Report

In February, security researchers reported Forbes.com had been hacked. As a result, any visitor to the site was infected – without clicking on any links. This incident was just the latest reminder that seemingly safe activities on the Web – like browsing the home page of a well known and trusted site like Forbes.com – is risky. With over one billion websites on the Internet, and more than 100,000 new sites coming online daily, we found ourselves wondering: Can we quantify the level of risk on the Web?

<https://blog.menlosecurity.com/state-web-2015-vulnerability-report/>

 

Afilias Supports the CrypTech Project - The Most Ambitious Hardware Encryption Effort Ever to Protect User Privacy

Afilias has pledged funding support to the CrypTech Project. CrypTech is an industry effort to address the increasingly challenging Internet security environment, especially as it affects cryptographic algorithms in hardware. The CrypTech team of experts is working to develop an open hardware cryptographic engine design that will enable the highest levels of Internet security while being useable by the broad Internet community.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/03/26/afilias-supports-cryptech-project-most-ambitious-hardware-encryption-effort-ever-pro>

 

Someone hijacked the Google of China to attack anti-censorship tools

An unknown party hijacked widely used tools developed by Baidu, the largest search engine in China, this week in an apparent attempt to target online software used to get around Chinese censorship.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/03/27/someone-hijacked-the-google-of-china-to-attack-anti-censorship-tools/>

 

Europol chief warns on computer encryption

A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism.

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32087919>

 

How to tell if you've been hacked - Worried that you might get compromised by hackers? The bad news is that the rest of the internet might know before you do

According to the UK Government’s 2014 cybersecurity survey, 81% of large businesses have suffered malicious data breaches. That suggests almost one in five didn’t. But how can those companies be sure?

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/23/how-to-tell-if-youve-been-hacked>

 

State of the Internet Security Podcast, Episode 1

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Akamai's State of the Internet Security Podcast. This will be an ongoing podcast series where I talk to Akamai security researchers about the threats they are tracking and the defenses they identify.

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/03/state-of-the-internet-security-podcast-episode-1.html>

 

OpenSSL Vulnerability Details Released

Akamai is aware that details are now available for the OpenSSL vulnerabilities we first told you about on Tuesday. The full OpenSSL Security Advisory is available here and outlines 14 different issues.

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/03/openssl-vulnerability-details-released.html>

 

The programs with the most security vulnerabilities in 2014 were not the ones you think

Google Chrome, Oracle Solaris and Gentoo Linux all beat Microsoft's Internet Explorer in having the most vulnerabilities last year, according to Secunia, while IBM software took 40 percent of the Top 20 places.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-programs-with-the-most-security-vulnerabilities-in-2014-are-not-the-ones-you-think/>

 

Akamai: Most Internet attacks in Q4 originated in China [IDG]

A majority of the Internet attack traffic in 2014's fourth quarter originated in China, followed by the U.S., according to cloud service provider Akamai.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571285/akamai-most-internet-attacks-q4-originated-china/>

<http://www.computerworld.com/article/2902075/akamai-most-internet-attacks-in-q4-originated-in-china.html>

 

Noose around Internet’s TLS system tightens with 2 new decryption attacks

The noose around the neck of the Internet's most widely used encryption scheme got a little tighter this month with the disclosure of two new attacks that can retrieve passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data from some transmissions protected by secure sockets layer and transport layer security protocols.

<http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/noose-around-internets-tls-system-tightens-with-2-new-decryption-attacks/>

 

New anti-malware weapon launched as NZ cyber security takes giant leap forward

Cyber security in New Zealand is set to take a step forward with the launch of a new weapon in the anti-malware armoury.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571389/new-anti-malware-weapon-launched-nz-cyber-security-takes-giant-leap-forward/>

 

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RDAP now a published standard

The Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is an alternative means to access Internet Registry data, using current web technologies and protocol design. This alternative to WHOIS is a common query and response format across both number and name registries, a unicode-aware and capable system, and a machine-readable format for integration activities, solving a number of long-standing WHOIS issues.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/27/rdap-now-a-published-standard/>

 

Another “sweet” deal done right by Sedo

Sedo is fresh off a big high from our successful promotion at this year’s SXSW in Austin. Through our free “gTLD-topped” frozen yogurt food truck promotion we were able to connect with tons of both tech-savvy and non-techy savvy professionals while giving out close to 5,000 servings of frozen yogurt and almost 2,000 coffee.club cups of coffee over a five day period.

<https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&id=682>

 

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$23m to a WordPress biz? Why top-end hosting is big money

Website hosting may not be the first thing you consider when looking at tech industry growth, but venture capitalists North Bridge are betting different.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/why_highend_hosting_is_big_money/>

 

WHD.global 2015 Wrapup and Photos

The annual World Hosting Days event at Europa Park in Rust, Germany brings together cloud and hosting service providers to network and engage with partners. The 2015 show was very well attended by service providers across Europe and the US.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/whd-global-2015-wrapup-photos>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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15 .Coms & 5 ccTLDs Fill This Week's Top 20 Domain Sales Chart Including Five 3-Letter .Coms & One of the Year's Top 5 ccTLD Sales

.Coms had another solid sales week, filling eight of the first nine places on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. TheRecRoom.com led the way with a nice $89,888 sale at Sedo. 3-letter .coms continued to by wildly popular, claiming five places on the elite list with #3 RSL.com leading that group with a $45,000 sale handled by Heritage Auctions. The seller wasn't expecting to get that much money but when they contacted HA's Aron Meystedt to shop the domain around, Aron thought he could find a buyer at 45K and he did so in professional soccer team Real Salt Lake, making everybody very happy in the process.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150325.htm>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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nz/au: Netflix spars with Australian website over local offerings

An Australian price-comparison website has drawn Netflix' ire after questioning whether the company and other internet television services offer value for money. ... InternetNZ spokesman David Cormack said New Zealanders who were not on unlimited broadband might need to be aware of the amount of data they could consume by watching streaming television services such as Netflix, Lightbox and Neon. Finder.com.au had put that at one gigabyte per hour of standard-definition video and up to 3Gb for a high-definition stream.

<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67520416/Netflix-spars-with-Australian-website-over-local-offerings>

 

“VPN Friendly” Aussie Pirate Site Blocking Draft Unveiled

A draft of new legislation aimed at stopping Aussie consumers accessing 'pirate' sites has been made available this morning. The amendments, which contain criteria that could see hundreds of sites blocked by ISPs, is believed to have been reworded to ensure that VPN services don't become caught in the dragnet.

<http://torrentfreak.com/vpn-friendly-aussie-pirate-site-blocking-draft-unveiled-150326/>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book

The story of your life in metadata is an open book. It paints a picture of where you went, who you spoke with, how long you were there for. What were you doing talking on the phone to the sexually transmitted infections clinic? What were you doing on the street corner where the man was murdered last night?

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/26/new-data-world-order-government-can-read-every-australian-like-an-open-book>

 

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TPP: Australia pushes against ISDS in trade agreement, WikiLeaks reveals

Australia appears to be the lone holdout – for now – to a key section of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that details how multinational companies could take legal actions against governments over decisions they consider detrimental to their interests.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/571302/tpp-australia-pushes-against-isds-trade-agreement-wikileaks-reveals/>

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.

An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurts their business, according to a classified document.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/business/trans-pacific-partnership-seen-as-door-for-foreign-suits-against-us.html>

 

Leaked Pacific trade pact draft shows investment carve-outs sought

Australia's medicine subsidies, Canadian films and culture, and capital controls in Chile would be carved out from investment protection rules being negotiated in a Pacific trade pact, according to a draft text released by Wikileaks on Wednesday.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/26/uk-usa-trade-investment-idUKKBN0MM09120150326>

 

How the Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions by Sean Flynn

I released a statement earlier today opining that the today’s leak of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) chapter proposed for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would give new rights to private companies to challenge limitations and exceptions to copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights in unaccountable international arbitration forums. This note gives further background and analysis supporting that statement.

<http://infojustice.org/archives/34189>

 

Statement: Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions by Sean Flynn

Today’s leak of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) chapter proposed for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would give new rights to private companies to challenge limitations and exceptions to copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights in unaccountable international arbitration forums.

<http://infojustice.org/archives/34184>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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au: Missing the national Wi-Fi boat by Mark Gregory

The spectre of a national Wi-Fi infrastructure rollout has been on the cards for many years and Telstra’s national Wi-Fi network will provide Australians with consistent reliable nationwide access to Wi-Fi, something that many other countries already take for granted.

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/3/30/technology/missing-national-wi-fi-boat>

 

 

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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 lang="EN">au/nz: The ANZIAs are coming! The ANZIAs are coming!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/anzias-are-coming-anzias-are-coming"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/anzias-are-coming-anzias-are-coming</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How are New gTLDs being used? The CSC New gTLD Utilization Report</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.cscglobal.com/cscglobal/pdfs/CSC%20gTLD%20Report_Mar15%20EN.pdf"><span>https://www.cscglobal.com/cscglobal/pdfs/CSC gTLD Report_Mar15 EN.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Number of Gripe Sites to Grow? Online Brand Protection in the Age of .SUCKS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brand-protection/number-of-gripe-sites-to-grow-online-brand-protection-in-the-age-of-sucks"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brand-protection/number-of-gripe-sites-to-grow-online-brand-protection-in-the-age-of-sucks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/ip_lawyers_ask_icann_to_kill_sucks_rollout/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/ip_lawyers_ask_icann_to_kill_sucks_rollout/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">State of the Web 2015: Vulnerability Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blog.menlosecurity.com/state-web-2015-vulnerability-report/"><span>https://blog.menlosecurity.com/state-web-2015-vulnerability-report/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CANN They? International Internet Governance and the ICANN Case by Ivory Mills</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Abstract: ... This paper conducts a critical examination of international internet governance, focusing specifically on ICANN in efforts to understand its role and implications for the internet, geopolitics, and international telecommunications regulation. Unlike prior studies, this research focuses specifically on the organizational and inter-organizational structure of ICANN to understand the networked model of governance in this context, identify noteworthy stakeholders, parse strategies, objectives, and outcome discrepancies that may exist.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2584294"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2584294</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Results Available for 25 March 2015 New gTLD Program Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 25 March 2015, Power Auctions LLC, ICANN's authorized auction service provider, conducted a New gTLD Program Auction to resolve string contention for two new gTLD strings: .PING and .SRL.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-25-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-25-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Cyrus Namazi, Vice President, Domain Name Services &amp; Industry Engagement | ICANN, to Marc Van Wesemael</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Outcome of the review of the .eu IDN application<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/namazi-to-wesemael-24mar15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/namazi-to-wesemael-24mar15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from David Conrad,Chief Technology Officer | ICANN, to Andrew Sullivan</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IAB Statement on Identifiers and Unicode 7.0.0 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/conrad-to-sullivan-25mar15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/conrad-to-sullivan-25mar15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Fadi Chehad&eacute; to Jeremiah Johnston<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-johnston-24mar15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chehade-to-johnston-24mar15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN CEO Responds to ICA Concerns Regarding Davos &ldquo;Cybersquatting&rdquo; Remarks by Philip Corwin</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Early last month ICA President Jeremiah Johnston wrote to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade to express concerns regarding remarks that he had made during an interview at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. In the course of those remarks the CEO was perceived to characterize domain portfolio owners of &ldquo;hogging names&rdquo;, as well as equate domain investors with &ldquo;cybersquatters&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/chehade-clarifies-davos-remarks/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/chehade-clarifies-davos-remarks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Auctions Two gTLD Strings For $1.9m<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN auction off two more new gTLD strings yesterday for a combined total of $1,901,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23634"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23634</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/26/icann-auctions-two-gtld-strings-for-1-9m/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/26/icann-auctions-two-gtld-strings-for-1-9m/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/icann-auctions-two-gtld-strings-for-1-9m.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/icann-auctions-two-gtld-strings-for-1-9m.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Accountability: From Singapore to Istanbul<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Thomas Rickert, Co-chair of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN's Accountability details the journey the accountability process has taken from the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore to the successful two-day in Istanbul.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVof6v0MguE"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVof6v0MguE</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au/nz: The ANZIAs are coming! The ANZIAs are coming!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Exciting times ahead - New Zealand is the host of this year's Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards, the ANZIAs! The ANZIAs will be held on 27 August, in Auckland at St Matthews in the City.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/anzias-are-coming-anzias-are-coming"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/anzias-are-coming-anzias-are-coming</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">de: For an open, secure and stable Internet: DENIC takes a stand on the future of Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The central registry of the German ccTLD .de, DENIC, has prepared in collaboration with the German government and other German interest groups a position paper with recommendations for action for the future stewardship of the so-called IANA functions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/4005.html"><span>http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/4005.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New The.nlyst out now<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Last year, Dutch people spent roughly 13.7 billion euros on line. That is about 17 per cent of all consumer spending in the Netherlands, and nearly 30 per cent up on the year before. Within the overall increase in the volume of on-line spending, the share of purchases made using a smartphone or tablet went up sharply, to more than a third. And the importance of e-commerce is bound to grow further. The internet serves as a platform for an endless variety of shopping formulas, according to Professor Cor Molenaar in an interview for this edition of The.nlyst.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/new-thenlyst-out-now"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/new-thenlyst-out-now</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.nz Newsletter - March 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The March 2015 newsletter is available. It includes .nz domain name statistics as of February 28, 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://dnc.org.nz/story/nz-newsletter-march-2015"><span>http://dnc.org.nz/story/nz-newsletter-march-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">'Fierce struggle for internet's future is like Wild West'</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The floodgates have opened for billions of new domain names to rival the iconic dot-coms, prompting a 'Wild West' land grab. One successful speculator, Daniel Negari, talks to the Telegraph about the profit - and lawsuits - it's brought him<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11493967/Fierce-struggle-for-internets-future-is-like-Wild-West.html"><span>http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11493967/Fierce-struggle-for-internets-future-is-like-Wild-West.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How are New gTLDs being used? The CSC New gTLD Utilization Report</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">To date, over 800 domain names have been registered in .brand/closed TLDs. The majority have been registered in the following extensions: .nra, .citic, </span><span lang="EN-US">&#20013;&#20449;</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="EN">(.citic), and .cancerresearch. Within the .brand registrations, some of the most-used terms to the left of the dot are: nic (an obvious requirement), domaintest, www, start, home, donate, plaza, magazine, support, and foundation. As the representative sample is quite small, we expect these common terms to change over time. It is also clear that most brands are still in the planning stages. Based on our analysis, only approximately 46% of the registered domains have properly configured DNS zone files, which might be an indication of utilization.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.cscglobal.com/cscglobal/pdfs/CSC%20gTLD%20Report_Mar15%20EN.pdf"><span>https://www.cscglobal.com/cscglobal/pdfs/CSC gTLD Report_Mar15 EN.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Number of Gripe Sites to Grow? Online Brand Protection in the Age of .SUCKS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Taylor Swift may be able to &ldquo;Shake It Off&rdquo; when it comes to bad publicity or criticism, but her public relations team is thinking ahead.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brand-protection/number-of-gripe-sites-to-grow-online-brand-protection-in-the-age-of-sucks"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brand-protection/number-of-gripe-sites-to-grow-online-brand-protection-in-the-age-of-sucks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&ldquo;Halt perverted .sucks shakedown now!&rdquo; demands IPC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Intellectual property interests have asked ICANN to put an immediate stop to the roll-out of the .sucks new gTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18246-halt-perverted-sucks-shakedown-now-demands-ipc"><span>http://domainincite.com/18246-halt-perverted-sucks-shakedown-now-demands-ipc</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The intellectual property constituency (IPC) of domain overseer ICANN has formally asked the organization to halt the rollout of the controversial .sucks TLD, due to start on Monday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/ip_lawyers_ask_icann_to_kill_sucks_rollout/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/ip_lawyers_ask_icann_to_kill_sucks_rollout/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPC asks ICANN to halt controversial .Sucks domain name roll out<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) is asking ICANN to halt Vox Populi&rsquo;s roll out of the .sucks </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">, calling the registry&rsquo;s unique pricing &ldquo;predatory, exploitative and coercive&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/27/ipc-asks-icann-to-halt-controversial-sucks-domain-name-roll-out/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/27/ipc-asks-icann-to-halt-controversial-sucks-domain-name-roll-out/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.VOTE Solves Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz&rsquo;s Domain Name Problem<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Presidential candidate Ted Cruz&rsquo;s domain name problem is serious: TedCruz.com and a number of other web sites that appear to be his are actually either totally unrelated to his campaign (e.g., TedCruzForAmerica.com, TedCruz.com, and TedCruz2016.com) or even have negative content about him (TedCruz.ca). How can a candidate make their official site stand out among all its impersonators? How can the public know which web address they can trust?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/03/24/vote-solves-presidential-candidate-ted-cruz%E2%80%99s-domain-name-problem"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/03/24/vote-solves-presidential-candidate-ted-cruz&rsquo;s-domain-name-problem</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.film to provide new home online for the film industry<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The way feature films are promoted online to viewers across the world and the delivery of video and motion picture content on the web is set to change in a dramatic way, with the imminent introduction of the .film new</span><span> TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/news-.film_to_provide_new_home_online_for_the_film_industry"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/news-.film_to_provide_new_home_online_for_the_film_industry</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain Pulse 2015: New gTLDs Are Successful, But With Glitches, While They Can Help In Search Rankings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The programme of adding over one thousand new gTLDs to the internet has been a success said Thomas Rickert, lawyer, member of the ICANN GNSO and representative of eco, the German internet industry association, at the Domain Pulse conference in Berlin last month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/03/domain-pulse-2015-new-gtlds-are-successful-but-with-glitches-while-they-can-help-in-search-rankings/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/03/domain-pulse-2015-new-gtlds-are-successful-but-with-glitches-while-they-can-help-in-search-rankings/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">State of the Web 2015: Vulnerability Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In February, security researchers reported Forbes.com had been hacked. As a result, any visitor to the site was infected &ndash; without clicking on any links. This incident was just the latest reminder that seemingly safe activities on the Web &ndash; like browsing the home page of a well known and trusted site like Forbes.com &ndash; is risky. With over one billion websites on the Internet, and more than 100,000 new sites coming online daily, we found ourselves wondering: Can we quantify the level of risk on the Web?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blog.menlosecurity.com/state-web-2015-vulnerability-report/"><span>https://blog.menlosecurity.com/state-web-2015-vulnerability-report/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Afilias Supports the CrypTech Project - The Most Ambitious Hardware Encryption Effort Ever to Protect User Privacy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Afilias has pledged funding support to the CrypTech Project. CrypTech is an industry effort to address the increasingly challenging Internet security environment, especially as it affects cryptographic algorithms in hardware. The CrypTech team of experts is working to develop an open hardware cryptographic engine design that will enable the highest levels of Internet security while being useable by the broad Internet community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/03/26/afilias-supports-cryptech-project-most-ambitious-hardware-encryption-effort-ever-pro"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/03/26/afilias-supports-cryptech-project-most-ambitious-hardware-encryption-effort-ever-pro</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Someone hijacked the Google of China to attack anti-censorship tools<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An unknown party hijacked widely used tools developed by Baidu, the largest search engine in China, this week in an apparent attempt to target online software used to get around Chinese censorship.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/03/27/someone-hijacked-the-google-of-china-to-attack-anti-censorship-tools/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/03/27/someone-hijacked-the-google-of-china-to-attack-anti-censorship-tools/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Europol chief warns on computer encryption<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32087919"><span>http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32087919</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How to tell if you've been hacked - Worried that you might get compromised by hackers? The bad news is that the rest of the internet might know before you do<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">According to the UK Government&rsquo;s 2014 cybersecurity survey, 81% of large businesses have suffered malicious data breaches. That suggests almost one in five didn&rsquo;t. But how can those companies be sure?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/23/how-to-tell-if-youve-been-hacked"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/23/how-to-tell-if-youve-been-hacked</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">State of the Internet Security Podcast, Episode 1<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Welcome to the inaugural episode of Akamai's State of the Internet Security Podcast. This will be an ongoing podcast series where I talk to Akamai security researchers about the threats they are tracking and the defenses they identify.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/03/state-of-the-internet-security-podcast-episode-1.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/03/state-of-the-internet-security-podcast-episode-1.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">OpenSSL Vulnerability Details Released<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Akamai is aware that details are now available for the OpenSSL vulnerabilities we first told you about on Tuesday. The full OpenSSL Security Advisory is available here and outlines 14 different issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/03/openssl-vulnerability-details-released.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/03/openssl-vulnerability-details-released.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The programs with the most security vulnerabilities in 2014 were not the ones you think<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google Chrome, Oracle Solaris and Gentoo Linux all beat Microsoft's Internet Explorer in having the most vulnerabilities last year, according to Secunia, while IBM software took 40 percent of the Top 20 places.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-programs-with-the-most-security-vulnerabilities-in-2014-are-not-the-ones-you-think/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-programs-with-the-most-security-vulnerabilities-in-2014-are-not-the-ones-you-think/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Akamai: Most Internet attacks in Q4 originated in China [IDG]</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A majority of the Internet attack traffic in 2014's fourth quarter originated in China, followed by the U.S., according to cloud service provider Akamai.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571285/akamai-most-internet-attacks-q4-originated-china/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571285/akamai-most-internet-attacks-q4-originated-china/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2902075/akamai-most-internet-attacks-in-q4-originated-in-china.html"><span>http://www.computerworld.com/article/2902075/akamai-most-internet-attacks-in-q4-originated-in-china.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Noose around Internet&rsquo;s TLS system tightens with 2 new decryption attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The noose around the neck of the Internet's most widely used encryption scheme got a little tighter this month with the disclosure of two new attacks that can retrieve passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data from some transmissions protected by secure sockets layer and transport layer security protocols.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/noose-around-internets-tls-system-tightens-with-2-new-decryption-attacks/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/noose-around-internets-tls-system-tightens-with-2-new-decryption-attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New anti-malware weapon launched as NZ cyber security takes giant leap forward<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cyber security in New Zealand is set to take a step forward with the launch of a new weapon in the anti-malware armoury.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571389/new-anti-malware-weapon-launched-nz-cyber-security-takes-giant-leap-forward/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/571389/new-anti-malware-weapon-launched-nz-cyber-security-takes-giant-leap-forward/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RDAP now a published standard<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is an alternative means to access Internet Registry data, using current web technologies and protocol design. This alternative to WHOIS is a common query and response format across both number and name registries, a unicode-aware and capable system, and a machine-readable format for integration activities, solving a number of long-standing WHOIS issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/27/rdap-now-a-published-standard/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/27/rdap-now-a-published-standard/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Another &ldquo;sweet&rdquo; deal done right by Sedo<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sedo is fresh off a big high from our successful promotion at this year&rsquo;s SXSW in Austin. Through our free &ldquo;gTLD-topped&rdquo; frozen yogurt food truck promotion we were able to connect with tons of both tech-savvy and non-techy savvy professionals while giving out close to 5,000 servings of frozen yogurt and almost 2,000 coffee.club cups of coffee over a five day period.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&amp;id=682"><span>https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&amp;id=682</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">$23m to a WordPress biz? Why top-end hosting is big money<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Website hosting may not be the first thing you consider when looking at tech industry growth, but venture capitalists North Bridge are betting different.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/why_highend_hosting_is_big_money/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/28/why_highend_hosting_is_big_money/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">WHD.global 2015 Wrapup and Photos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The annual World Hosting Days event at Europa Park in Rust, Germany brings together cloud and hosting service providers to network and engage with partners. The 2015 show was very well attended by service providers across Europe and the US.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/whd-global-2015-wrapup-photos"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/whd-global-2015-wrapup-photos</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">15 .Coms &amp; 5 ccTLDs Fill This Week's Top 20 Domain Sales Chart Including Five 3-Letter .Coms &amp; One of the Year's Top 5 ccTLD Sales<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Coms had another solid sales week, filling eight of the first nine places on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. TheRecRoom.com led the way with a nice $89,888 sale at Sedo. 3-letter .coms continued to by wildly popular, claiming five places on the elite list with #3 RSL.com leading that group with a $45,000 sale handled by Heritage Auctions. The seller wasn't expecting to get that much money but when they contacted HA's Aron Meystedt to shop the domain around, Aron thought he could find a buyer at 45K and he did so in professional soccer team Real Salt Lake, making everybody very happy in the process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150325.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150325.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nz/au: Netflix spars with Australian website over local offerings</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An Australian price-comparison website has drawn Netflix' ire after questioning whether the company and other internet television services offer value for money. ... </span><span>InternetNZ spokesman David Cormack said New Zealanders who were not on unlimited broadband might need to be aware of the amount of data they could consume by watching streaming television services such as Netflix, Lightbox and Neon. Finder.com.au had put that at one gigabyte per hour of standard-definition video and up to 3Gb for a high-definition stream.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67520416/Netflix-spars-with-Australian-website-over-local-offerings"><span>http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67520416/Netflix-spars-with-Australian-website-over-local-offerings</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&ldquo;VPN Friendly&rdquo; Aussie Pirate Site Blocking Draft Unveiled<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A draft of new legislation aimed at stopping Aussie consumers accessing 'pirate' sites has been made available this morning. The amendments, which contain criteria that could see hundreds of sites blocked by ISPs, is believed to have been reworded to ensure that VPN services don't become caught in the dragnet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/vpn-friendly-aussie-pirate-site-blocking-draft-unveiled-150326/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/vpn-friendly-aussie-pirate-site-blocking-draft-unveiled-150326/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The story of your life in metadata is an open book. It paints a picture of where you went, who you spoke with, how long you were there for. What were you doing talking on the phone to the sexually transmitted infections clinic? What were you doing on the street corner where the man was murdered last night?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/26/new-data-world-order-government-can-read-every-australian-like-an-open-book"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/26/new-data-world-order-government-can-read-every-australian-like-an-open-book</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">TPP: Australia pushes against ISDS in trade agreement, WikiLeaks reveals<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australia appears to be the lone holdout &ndash; for now &ndash; to a key section of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that details how multinational companies could take legal actions against governments over decisions they consider detrimental to their interests.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/571302/tpp-australia-pushes-against-isds-trade-agreement-wikileaks-reveals/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/571302/tpp-australia-pushes-against-isds-trade-agreement-wikileaks-reveals/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment &ldquo;expectations&rdquo; and hurts their business, according to a classified document.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/business/trans-pacific-partnership-seen-as-door-for-foreign-suits-against-us.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/business/trans-pacific-partnership-seen-as-door-for-foreign-suits-against-us.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Leaked Pacific trade pact draft shows investment carve-outs sought<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australia's medicine subsidies, Canadian films and culture, and capital controls in Chile would be carved out from investment protection rules being negotiated in a Pacific trade pact, according to a draft text released by Wikileaks on Wednesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/26/uk-usa-trade-investment-idUKKBN0MM09120150326"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/26/uk-usa-trade-investment-idUKKBN0MM09120150326</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How the Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions by Sean Flynn<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I released a statement earlier today opining that the today&rsquo;s leak of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) chapter proposed for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would give new rights to private companies to challenge limitations and exceptions to copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights in unaccountable international arbitration forums. This note gives further background and analysis supporting that statement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://infojustice.org/archives/34189"><span>http://infojustice.org/archives/34189</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Statement: Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions by Sean Flynn</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Today&rsquo;s leak of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) chapter proposed for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would give new rights to private companies to challenge limitations and exceptions to copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights in unaccountable international arbitration forums.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://infojustice.org/archives/34184"><span>http://infojustice.org/archives/34184</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Missing the national Wi-Fi boat by Mark Gregory</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The spectre of a national Wi-Fi infrastructure rollout has been on the cards for many years and Telstra&rsquo;s national Wi-Fi network will provide Australians with consistent reliable nationwide access to Wi-Fi, something that many other countries already take for granted.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/3/30/technology/missing-national-wi-fi-boat"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/3/30/technology/missing-national-wi-fi-boat</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 23 Mar 00:38 2015

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Seeing the Big Picture: A Reflection One Year into the IANA Stewardship Transition by Theresa Swinehart

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/seeing-the-big-picture-a-reflection-one-year-into-the-iana-stewardship-transition>

 

ICANN slashes new gTLD revenues by 57%, forecasts renewals at 25% to 50%

<http://domainincite.com/18191-icann-slashes-new-gtld-revenues-by-57-forecasts-renewals-at-25-to-50>

 

Budgeting for Dot Brands

<http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/budgeting-for-dot-brands>

 

Fashion Brand Buys 100 Domain Extensions, Creates Customized Site For Each

<http://marketingland.com/fashion-brand-buys-100-domain-extensions-creates-customized-site-122300>

 

Telstra runs out of IPv4 addresses

<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401918,telstra-runs-out-of-ipv4-addresses.aspx>

 

 

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An autocratic country in global multistakeholder Internet governance by Farzaneh Badii

A recently published report supported by the Internet Policy Observatory about Iran’s approach to Internet governance provides insight into how an autocratic government plays a role in Internet policy and operations. And as the report shows, the situation is not all dark and gloomy. Some important points can be concluded from understanding Iran’s approach:

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/03/19/an-autocratic-country-in-global-multistakeholder-internet-governance/>

 

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Seeing the Big Picture: A Reflection One Year into the IANA Stewardship Transition by Theresa Swinehart

Last Saturday, March 14th, marked the one-year anniversary of the NTIA's announcement of its intent to transfer its stewardship of the IANA functions to the Internet's global multistakeholder community. In the year since, the work and dedication shown by the stakeholders all over the world to develop a transition proposal has been impressive. Yet, I get questions all of the time asking, "What is going on now? Where's the proposal?"

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/seeing-the-big-picture-a-reflection-one-year-into-the-iana-stewardship-transition>

 

Two Years Later: The Domain Industry in the Middle East

The Middle East is still a young market when it comes to Internet domain names. A lot of ground work needs to be done in the region to build awareness, showcase opportunities and exchange knowledge on DNS and the value it brings to the economy. We have focused strategic tracks in our Middle East Strategy that we continue to develop as part of enhancing the region's engagement in this field.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/two-years-later-the-domain-industry-in-the-middle-east>

 

Clarification to Pre-Delegation Testing Specifications

The PDT provider has updated the PDT test specifications and supporting resources. The notable changes to the test specifications are summarized below, and focus on the DNS testing and the IDN tests. The changes to the test cases are intended to increase clarity of the requirements for the Registry operators. In addition to modifying some of the test cases, registry operators should note the PDT provider has added a test node to their system that must be accepted by the registry's systems.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19mar15-en>

 

Request for Proposal for LGR Tool Set

ICANN is seeking a provider to design and develop software for creating, using and managing Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) based on a new machine readable format based on the formal representation available at tools.ietf.org/html/draft-davies-idntables.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-19-en>

 

CCWG-Accountability and CWG-Stewardship Prepare for Face-to-Face Meetings in Istanbul

The CCWG-Accountability and the CWG-Stewardship will each hold a face-to-face meeting in Istanbul, Turkey the week of 23-27 March 2015. The CWG and CCWG leaders coordinated the location, agreeing that holding their respective two-day meetings consecutively was the best way to apply resources and manage joint efforts.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-19-en>

 

Letter from Jeffrey Smith, Commercial Connect, LLC, to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD application for .SHOP

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/rysg-to-atallah-13mar15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN’s revenue estimate downgrade isn’t a new gTLDs disaster story

In its annual operating plan and budget for fiscal year 16, posted this week for public comment, ICANN has significantly reduced its estimated revenues from new gTLDs for the current fiscal year (FY). While a negative for the organisation, it shouldn’t be read as a significant statement on the gTLD programme.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=15e69e5c-e60f-4251-bb60-a3d0742a4088>

 

ICANN’s Registry audits begin next week. Are you prepared?

New TLD operators should be on alert next Monday 23 March when ICANN will formally notify the Registries it has selected to form part of this year’s contractual compliance audit program.

<http://www.ariservices.com/news-ICANNs_Registry_audits_begin_next_week._Are_you_prepared>

 

Organization of IANA registries, a quick guide by Brenden Kuerbis

Spring is (sort of) in the air here in Syracuse. In that spirit, here is IGP’s latest contribution to the ongoing IANA transition discussion. Think of it as the outsiders guide to IANA inside baseball, giving you a quick overview of the latest in transition proposals. Who has time to read email lists when transition season is in full swing!

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/03/16/organization-of-iana-registries-a-quick-guide/>

 

ICANN slashes new gTLD revenues by 57%, forecasts renewals at 25% to 50%

ICANN has dramatically reduced the amount of revenue it expects to see from new gTLDs in its fiscal 2015.

<http://domainincite.com/18191-icann-slashes-new-gtld-revenues-by-57-forecasts-renewals-at-25-to-50>

 

ICANN budget proposal shows new TLDs weaker than expected

ICANN released its 2016 draft FY16 Operating Plan & Budget for the fiscal year beginning this July, and it shows weaker-than-expected new TLD results in the current year.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/19/icann-budget-proposal-shows-new-tlds-weaker-than-expected/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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CENTR elects new Chair of the Board and Board members

CENTR today announced that its 53rd General Assembly has elected Giovanni Seppia (.eu) as Chair of the organisation’s Board of Directors, as well as Elisabeth Ekstrand (.se) and Danko Jevtović (.rs/.СРБ) as members of the Board. All terms are effective as of 19 March 2015.

<https://centr.org/news/board/03-19-2015/4038/centr-elects-new-chair-board-and-board-members>

 

Now in its 7th year rewarding innovation online, the ANZIAs are open!

It’s widely accepted that creating a compelling and engaging online presence is a critical path for success, across sectors. From start-ups utilising the Internet in new and innovative ways, to third sector organisations optimising their stakeholder engagement, through to regional communities creating websites to share local information. The Internet can benefit everyone.

<http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/now-in-its-7th-year-rewarding-innovation-online-the-anzias-are-open/>

 

Verisign Celebrates #30YearsofCOM

Today marks 30 years since the first .COM domain name – Symbolics.com – was registered, and the Internet and world as we knew it changed forever. Verisign, the authoritative registry operator of .COM, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the remarkable impact .COM has had on the economy and culture.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_celebrates_30yearsofcom1>

 

.tk registrar gets ICANN breach notice

OpenTLD, the registrar owned by .tk registry Freenon, has received an odd contract-breach notice from ICANN.

<http://domainincite.com/18203-tk-registrar-gets-icann-breach-notice>

 

Save the Date: .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall (April 22, 1-3 ET / 10-12 PT) by Stephanie Duchesneau

.US is the top-level domain for the United States of America. As stakeholders in the .US ccTLD, we all share a vested interest in making sure that .US continues to be a vibrant namespace that reflects the diversity, creativity and success of our people. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve, it's important that the .US domain does too. To meet these needs, Neustar and the usTLD Stakeholder Council plan to hold a virtual .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall Meeting.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150318_us_public_stakeholder_town_hall_april_22_1_3_et_10_12_pt/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Budgeting for Dot Brands

If you’re inside a company with one or more gTLDs, you likely have been budgeting for continued costs associated with the acquisition of the gTLD. Once you sign your Registry Agreement and move into operational mode, the budget you need will shift and the way you think about that budget is important for the long-term positioning of the asset within the financial structure of the organization.

<http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/budgeting-for-dot-brands>

 

Fashion Brand Buys 100 Domain Extensions, Creates Customized Site For Each

The .com extension is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. Remember when there was only .com, .edu, .net, .org and a handful of others? Now there are hundreds. British footwear brand Butterfly Twists, working with Fred & Farid Shanghai, purchased a boatload of these new extensions including .hiphop, .dating, .holiday, .fail, .photography, .ninja, .sexy, .cat, .cash, .gallery and many others. They then created a specialized site with a theme relating to each individual extension.

<http://marketingland.com/fashion-brand-buys-100-domain-extensions-creates-customized-site-122300>

 

“Freedom of Choice” Advertising Campaign Brings to Life New Variety of Choice and Creativity in Internet Naming

Today the “Freedom of Choice” advertising campaign launched to shake up the domain name space by shining the spotlight on the breadth and depth of new, creative choices now available in Internet naming.

<http://www.donuts.co/news/press-release/freedom-of-choice-advertising-campaign-brings-to-life-new-variety-of-choice-and-creativity-in-internet-naming/>

 

Taylor Swift buys porn-site domain names

Ever the savvy businesswoman, Taylor Swift has gone and purchased the domain names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult.

<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/22/taylor-swift-buys-porn-site-domain-names/25193325/>

 

Restricting .doctor TLD to Physicians Unfair, Donuts Tells ICANN in Reconsideration Filing

A newly required public interest commitment (PIC) would place the .doctor TLD in a unique, “ultra-highly sensitive” category in violation of ICANN's policy of nondiscrimination in the namespace, according to a reconsideration request filed by Donuts Inc. subsidiary Brice Trail March 12.

<http://www.bna.com/restricting-doctor-tld-n17179924158/>

 

Brands swoop in to buy .porn and .sucks before the trolls do

Anyone can buy a .porn, and .sucks website starting June 1st, so brands are trying to scoop them up before the Internet trolls do.

<http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/19/technology/social/porn-sucks-domains/index.html>

 

.Uno domain launches Uno Social Site

The company behind the .uno TLD has launched a new social media aggregator called Uno Social Site.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/19/uno-domain-launches-uno-social-site/>

 

Now You'll Know If A Charity Is Legit Just From Its Domain Name

It’s a classic scam. Fraudsters buy a website name that sounds similar to another reputable charity’s and then collect money from unsuspecting donors.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/19/ngo-domain-name_n_6896444.html>

 

No Easy Solutions to TLD Branding and Labeling by Alex Tajirian

The introduction of unlimited numbers of new gTLDs has increased customer and company confusion about the role of brand names and their product labels, as noted in an earlier post. This essay outlines the various possible scenarios for coupling TLD branding and labeling, and it explains why duplicating the benefits of branding under.com may be difficult.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150318_no_easy_solutions_to_tld_branding_and_labeling/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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No password or PIN, but I have a fake ID. Sure, take the domain

The world's largest registrar GoDaddy is under fire, after it handed control of a domain name in exchange for no more than a fake ID (and a little bit of good, old-fashioned chutzpah).

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/19/godaddy_no_password_or_pin_but_i_have_a_fake_id_sure_take_the_domain/>

 

Was Register.com Breached?

Why won't Web.com confirm or deny that its Register.com subsidiary has been breached?

<http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/blogs/was-registercom-breached-p-1831/op-1>

 

Estonia redefines national security in a digital age

Estonia's ambitious plan to protect the digital identity of its citizens and rewrite international cyber-security law.

<http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/03/estonia-redefines-national-security-digital-age-150318065430514.html>

 

U.S. Must Step Up Capacity for Cyberattacks, Chief Argues

The admiral who directs American cyberforces told a Senate committee on Thursday that the United States was “at a tipping point” where it needed to increase its ability to conduct cyberattacks, to create a deterrent against other countries that are attacking it.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/us/us-must-step-up-capacity-for-cyberattacks-chief-argues.html>

 

us: Request for Comment on Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem

The Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) is requesting comment to identify substantive cybersecurity issues that affect the digital ecosystem and digital economic growth where broad consensus, coordinated action, and the development of best practices could substantially improve security for organizations and consumers.

<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-register-notice/2015/rfc-stakeholder-engagement-cybersecurity-digital-ecosystem>

 

All Major Browsers Fall at Pwn2Own Day 2

Two researchers on Thursday took down the four major browsers, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari, as Pwn2Own, the annual hacking contest that runs in tandem at CanSecWest, wound down in Vancouver.

<https://threatpost.com/all-major-browsers-fall-at-pwn2own-day-2/111731>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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UDRP Spotlight: Cybersquatter Off (Nearly?) Scott Free

Sometimes the bubble-wrap POPS but sometimes it just deflates with a brief hiss. Either way, all the air goes out of it. So it is with many domain enforcement actions. Some decisions truly hammer a cybersquatter, but some just leave you unsatisfied.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/cybersquatter-off-nearly-scott-free>

 

YIFY Torrents Faces Domain Suspension, Moves to YTS.to

The popular movie release group YTS, also known as YIFY, has switched to a new domain name. The French domain registry FRNIC has informed the site's operators that YTS.re will be suspended by the end of the month, an outcome most likely the result of pressure from copyright holders.

<http://torrentfreak.com/yify-torrents-faces-domain-suspension-moves-to-yts-to-150320/>

 

Salvatore Ferragamo goes hard on Chinese counterfitting [FT]

Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian fashion house and maker of high heel shoes, handbags and mens belts among other things, said it had blocked, seized or destroyed more than 100,000 fake products in a "fierce global battle against counterfeiting" focused on China and the internet, writes Claer Barrett. ... As part of the probe it recovered or cancelled more than 350 domain names and illegal websites in 2014.

<http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/fashion/salvatore-ferragamo-goes-hard-on-chinese-counterfitting-20150322-1m4tif>

 

au: Adultshop.com Pty Ltd v. Josh Marsden, Importa Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2015-0002

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Adultshop.com Pty Ltd of Maylands, Western Australia, Australia, represented by Watermark, Australia. The Respondent is Josh Marsden, Importa Pty Ltd of Everton Park, Queensland, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <adultshopwarehouse.com.au> is registered with GoDaddy.com, LLC.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0002>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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Telstra runs out of IPv4 addresses

Telstra has revealed it has run out of IPv4 internet addresses, prompting warnings that its use of network addressing translation could impact the carrier’s ability to accurately collect customer metadata for the Government's proposed data retention scheme.

<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401918,telstra-runs-out-of-ipv4-addresses.aspx>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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​Web Host GoDaddy Worth Up to $2.87B Based on Expected IPO Share Price

​In its latest SEC filing, GoDaddy has set an Initial Public Offering price range of $17 to $19 per share when it debuts on New York Stock Exchange, valuing the web hosting company at between $2.57B and $2.87 billion.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/%e2%80%8bweb-host-godaddy-worth-2-87b-based-expected-ipo-share-price>

 

GoDaddy seeks $2.9B valuation in U.S. IPO

GoDaddy Inc. is seeking a valuation of as much as $2.87 billion in an initial public offering.

<http://www.sltrib.com/home/2311895-155/godaddy-seeks-29b-valuation-in-us>

 

Meeting with Law Enforcement Agencies

We recently held our seventh meeting for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), in partnership with the British National Crime Agency (NCA) and the other RIRs. Held on 12 March 2015, the purpose of this meeting was to discuss trends and developments that might impact the operations of LEAs and to gather the global law enforcement community’s perspective.

<https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/meeting-with-law-enforcement-agencies>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Netcraft March 2015 Web Server Survey

In the March 2015 survey we received responses from 878,346,052 sites and 5,192,428 web-facing computers. Although the total number of websites fell by 5 million this month, the number of web-facing computers has grown by more than 57,000.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/03/19/march-2015-web-server-survey.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Big Sales in Every Category Give This Week's Domain Sales Chart a Healthy Glow

The domain aftermarket continues to fire on all cylinders. This week we saw another six-figure .com sale as well as one of the year's five biggest non .com gTLD sales and one of 2015's ten biggest ccTLD sales. Luxe.com led the charge with Heritage Auctions (HA) closing a $172,500 sale of that domain after putting it on the block in their live auction in New York City last month.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150318.htm>

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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au: Social media sites face large fines in crackdown on cyberbullies

FACEBOOK and Twitter could be fined up to $17,000 per day if they fail to quickly take down cyber-bullying content, under new powers given to the government’s first Children’s e-Safety Commissioner.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/social-media-sites-face-large-fines-in-crackdown-on-cyberbullies/story-e6frgakx-1227269388522>

 

au: Alastair MacGibbon appointed Children's e-Safety Commissioner

Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra, Alastair MacGibbon, has been announced as the federal government’s first Children's e-Safety Commissioner.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/570806/alastair-macgibbon-appointed-children-e-safety-commissioner/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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Take Google to Court, Staff Report Urged F.T.C.

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday faced renewed questions about its handling of its antitrust investigation into Google, after documents revealed that an internal report had recommended stronger action.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/technology/take-google-to-court-staff-report-urged-ftc.html>

 

au: Journalists' metadata: barristers to argue public interest case when agencies seek access

The government has been forced to agree to the appointment of a list of security-cleared lawyers to argue the public interest case before judges or the attorney general as part of any decision to allow a government agency access to journalists’ metadata.

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/19/journalists-metadata-barristers-public-interest-case-agencies-access>

 

 

 

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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 lang="EN">Seeing the Big Picture: A Reflection One Year into the IANA Stewardship Transition by Theresa Swinehart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/seeing-the-big-picture-a-reflection-one-year-into-the-iana-stewardship-transition"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/seeing-the-big-picture-a-reflection-one-year-into-the-iana-stewardship-transition</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN slashes new gTLD revenues by 57%, forecasts renewals at 25% to 50%<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18191-icann-slashes-new-gtld-revenues-by-57-forecasts-renewals-at-25-to-50"><span>http://domainincite.com/18191-icann-slashes-new-gtld-revenues-by-57-forecasts-renewals-at-25-to-50</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Budgeting for Dot Brands<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/budgeting-for-dot-brands"><span>http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/budgeting-for-dot-brands</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fashion Brand Buys 100 Domain Extensions, Creates Customized Site For Each<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://marketingland.com/fashion-brand-buys-100-domain-extensions-creates-customized-site-122300"><span>http://marketingland.com/fashion-brand-buys-100-domain-extensions-creates-customized-site-122300</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Telstra runs out of IPv4 addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401918,telstra-runs-out-of-ipv4-addresses.aspx"><span>http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401918,telstra-runs-out-of-ipv4-addresses.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An autocratic country in global multistakeholder Internet governance by Farzaneh Badii<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A recently published report supported by the Internet Policy Observatory about Iran&rsquo;s approach to Internet governance provides insight into how an autocratic government plays a role in Internet policy and operations. And as the report shows, the situation is not all dark and gloomy. Some important points can be concluded from understanding Iran&rsquo;s approach:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/03/19/an-autocratic-country-in-global-multistakeholder-internet-governance/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/03/19/an-autocratic-country-in-global-multistakeholder-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Seeing the Big Picture: A Reflection One Year into the IANA Stewardship Transition by Theresa Swinehart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Last Saturday, March 14th, marked the one-year anniversary of the NTIA's announcement of its intent to transfer its stewardship of the IANA functions to the Internet's global multistakeholder community. In the year since, the work and dedication shown by the stakeholders all over the world to develop a transition proposal has been impressive. Yet, I get questions all of the time asking, "What is going on now? Where's the proposal?"<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/seeing-the-big-picture-a-reflection-one-year-into-the-iana-stewardship-transition"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/seeing-the-big-picture-a-reflection-one-year-into-the-iana-stewardship-transition</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two Years Later: The Domain Industry in the Middle East<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Middle East is still a young market when it comes to Internet domain names. A lot of ground work needs to be done in the region to build awareness, showcase opportunities and exchange knowledge on DNS and the value it brings to the economy. We have focused strategic tracks in our Middle East Strategy that we continue to develop as part of enhancing the region's engagement in this field.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/two-years-later-the-domain-industry-in-the-middle-east"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/two-years-later-the-domain-industry-in-the-middle-east</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Clarification to Pre-Delegation Testing Specifications<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The PDT provider has updated the PDT test specifications and supporting resources. The notable changes to the test specifications are summarized below, and focus on the DNS testing and the IDN tests. The changes to the test cases are intended to increase clarity of the requirements for the Registry operators. In addition to modifying some of the test cases, registry operators should note the PDT provider has added a test node to their system that must be accepted by the registry's systems.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19mar15-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19mar15-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Request for Proposal for LGR Tool Set<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is seeking a provider to design and develop software for creating, using and managing Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) based on a new machine readable format based on the formal representation available at tools.ietf.org/html/draft-davies-idntables.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-19-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-19-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CCWG-Accountability and CWG-Stewardship Prepare for Face-to-Face Meetings in Istanbul<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The CCWG-Accountability and the CWG-Stewardship will each hold a face-to-face meeting in Istanbul, Turkey the week of 23-27 March 2015. The CWG and CCWG leaders coordinated the location, agreeing that holding their respective two-day meetings consecutively was the best way to apply resources and manage joint efforts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-19-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-19-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Jeffrey Smith, Commercial Connect, LLC, to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .SHOP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/rysg-to-atallah-13mar15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/rysg-to-atallah-13mar15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN&rsquo;s revenue estimate downgrade isn&rsquo;t a new gTLDs disaster story<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In its annual operating plan and budget for fiscal year 16, posted this week for public comment, ICANN has significantly reduced its estimated revenues from new gTLDs for the current fiscal year (FY). While a negative for the organisation, it shouldn&rsquo;t be read as a significant statement on the gTLD programme.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=15e69e5c-e60f-4251-bb60-a3d0742a4088"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=15e69e5c-e60f-4251-bb60-a3d0742a4088</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN&rsquo;s Registry audits begin next week. Are you prepared?</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New TLD operators should be on alert next Monday 23 March when ICANN will formally notify the Registries it has selected to form part of this year&rsquo;s contractual compliance audit program.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/news-ICANNs_Registry_audits_begin_next_week._Are_you_prepared"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/news-ICANNs_Registry_audits_begin_next_week._Are_you_prepared</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Organization of IANA registries, a quick guide by Brenden Kuerbis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Spring is (sort of) in the air here in Syracuse. In that spirit, here is IGP&rsquo;s latest contribution to the ongoing IANA transition discussion. Think of it as the outsiders guide to IANA inside baseball, giving you a quick overview of the latest in transition proposals. Who has time to read email lists when transition season is in full swing!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/03/16/organization-of-iana-registries-a-quick-guide/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/03/16/organization-of-iana-registries-a-quick-guide/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN slashes new gTLD revenues by 57%, forecasts renewals at 25% to 50%<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has dramatically reduced the amount of revenue it expects to see from new gTLDs in its fiscal 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18191-icann-slashes-new-gtld-revenues-by-57-forecasts-renewals-at-25-to-50"><span>http://domainincite.com/18191-icann-slashes-new-gtld-revenues-by-57-forecasts-renewals-at-25-to-50</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN budget proposal shows new TLDs weaker than expected<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN released its 2016 draft FY16 Operating Plan &amp; Budget for the fiscal year beginning this July, and it shows weaker-than-expected new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> results in the current year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/19/icann-budget-proposal-shows-new-tlds-weaker-than-expected/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/19/icann-budget-proposal-shows-new-tlds-weaker-than-expected/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CENTR elects new Chair of the Board and Board members<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CENTR today announced that its 53rd General Assembly has elected Giovanni Seppia (.eu) as Chair of the organisation&rsquo;s Board of Directors, as well as Elisabeth Ekstrand (.se) and Danko Jevtovi&#263; (.rs/.</span><span lang="RU">&#1057;&#1056;&#1041;) as members of the Board. All terms are effective as of 19 March 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/board/03-19-2015/4038/centr-elects-new-chair-board-and-board-members"><span>https://centr.org/news/board/03-19-2015/4038/centr-elects-new-chair-board-and-board-members</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="RU"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Now in its 7th year rewarding innovation online, the ANZIAs are open!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It&rsquo;s widely accepted that creating a compelling and engaging online presence is a critical path for success, across sectors. From start-ups utilising the Internet in new and innovative ways, to third sector organisations optimising their stakeholder engagement, through to regional communities creating websites to share local information. The Internet can benefit everyone.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/now-in-its-7th-year-rewarding-innovation-online-the-anzias-are-open/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/now-in-its-7th-year-rewarding-innovation-online-the-anzias-are-open/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Verisign Celebrates #30YearsofCOM<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Today marks 30 years since the first .COM domain name &ndash; Symbolics.com &ndash; was registered, and the Internet and world as we knew it changed forever. Verisign, the authoritative registry operator of .COM, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the remarkable impact .COM has had on the economy and culture.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_celebrates_30yearsofcom1"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_celebrates_30yearsofcom1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.tk registrar gets ICANN breach notice<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">OpenTLD, the registrar owned by .tk registry Freenon, has received an odd contract-breach notice from ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18203-tk-registrar-gets-icann-breach-notice"><span>http://domainincite.com/18203-tk-registrar-gets-icann-breach-notice</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Save the Date: .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall (April 22, 1-3 ET / 10-12 PT) by Stephanie Duchesneau<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.US is the top-level domain for the United States of America. As stakeholders in the .US ccTLD, we all share a vested interest in making sure that .US continues to be a vibrant namespace that reflects the diversity, creativity and success of our people. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve, it's important that the .US domain does too. To meet these needs, Neustar and the usTLD Stakeholder Council plan to hold a virtual .US Public Stakeholder Town Hall Meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150318_us_public_stakeholder_town_hall_april_22_1_3_et_10_12_pt/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150318_us_public_stakeholder_town_hall_april_22_1_3_et_10_12_pt/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Budgeting for Dot Brands<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you&rsquo;re inside a company with one or more gTLDs, you likely have been budgeting for continued costs associated with the acquisition of the gTLD. Once you sign your Registry Agreement and move into operational mode, the budget you need will shift and the way you think about that budget is important for the long-term positioning of the asset within the financial structure of the organization.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/budgeting-for-dot-brands"><span>http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/budgeting-for-dot-brands</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fashion Brand Buys 100 Domain Extensions, Creates Customized Site For Each<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The .com extension is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. Remember when there was only .com, .edu, .net, .org and a handful of others? Now there are hundreds. British footwear brand Butterfly Twists, working with Fred &amp; Farid Shanghai, purchased a boatload of these new extensions including .hiphop, .dating, .holiday, .fail, .photography, .ninja, .sexy, .cat, .cash, .gallery and many others. They then created a specialized site with a theme relating to each individual extension.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://marketingland.com/fashion-brand-buys-100-domain-extensions-creates-customized-site-122300"><span>http://marketingland.com/fashion-brand-buys-100-domain-extensions-creates-customized-site-122300</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&ldquo;Freedom of Choice&rdquo; Advertising Campaign Brings to Life New Variety of Choice and Creativity in Internet Naming<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Today the &ldquo;Freedom of Choice&rdquo; advertising campaign launched to shake up the domain name space by shining the spotlight on the breadth and depth of new, creative choices now available in Internet naming.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.co/news/press-release/freedom-of-choice-advertising-campaign-brings-to-life-new-variety-of-choice-and-creativity-in-internet-naming/"><span>http://www.donuts.co/news/press-release/freedom-of-choice-advertising-campaign-brings-to-life-new-variety-of-choice-and-creativity-in-internet-naming/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Taylor Swift buys porn-site domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Ever the savvy businesswoman, Taylor Swift has gone and purchased the domain names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/22/taylor-swift-buys-porn-site-domain-names/25193325/"><span>http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/22/taylor-swift-buys-porn-site-domain-names/25193325/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Restricting .doctor TLD to Physicians Unfair, Donuts Tells ICANN in Reconsideration Filing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A newly required public interest commitment (PIC) would place the .doctor </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> in a unique, &ldquo;ultra-highly sensitive&rdquo; category in violation of ICANN's policy of nondiscrimination in the namespace, according to a reconsideration request filed by Donuts Inc. subsidiary Brice Trail March 12.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/restricting-doctor-tld-n17179924158/"><span>http://www.bna.com/restricting-doctor-tld-n17179924158/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brands swoop in to buy .porn and .sucks before the trolls do<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Anyone can buy a .porn, and .sucks website starting June 1st, so brands are trying to scoop them up before the Internet trolls do.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/19/technology/social/porn-sucks-domains/index.html"><span>http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/19/technology/social/porn-sucks-domains/index.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Uno domain launches Uno Social Site<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The company behind the .uno </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> has launched a new social media aggregator called Uno Social Site.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/19/uno-domain-launches-uno-social-site/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/19/uno-domain-launches-uno-social-site/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Now You'll Know If A Charity Is Legit Just From Its Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It&rsquo;s a classic scam. Fraudsters buy a website name that sounds similar to another reputable charity&rsquo;s and then collect money from unsuspecting donors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/19/ngo-domain-name_n_6896444.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/19/ngo-domain-name_n_6896444.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">No Easy Solutions to TLD Branding and Labeling by Alex Tajirian<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The introduction of unlimited numbers of new gTLDs has increased customer and company confusion about the role of brand names and their product labels, as noted in an earlier post. This essay outlines the various possible scenarios for coupling TLD branding and labeling, and it explains why duplicating the benefits of branding under.com may be difficult.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150318_no_easy_solutions_to_tld_branding_and_labeling/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150318_no_easy_solutions_to_tld_branding_and_labeling/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">No password or PIN, but I have a fake ID. Sure, take the domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The world's largest registrar GoDaddy is under fire, after it handed control of a domain name in exchange for no more than a fake ID (and a little bit of good, old-fashioned chutzpah).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/19/godaddy_no_password_or_pin_but_i_have_a_fake_id_sure_take_the_domain/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/19/godaddy_no_password_or_pin_but_i_have_a_fake_id_sure_take_the_domain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Was Register.com Breached?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why won't Web.com confirm or deny that its Register.com subsidiary has been breached?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/blogs/was-registercom-breached-p-1831/op-1"><span>http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/blogs/was-registercom-breached-p-1831/op-1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Estonia redefines national security in a digital age<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Estonia's ambitious plan to protect the digital identity of its citizens and rewrite international cyber-security law.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/03/estonia-redefines-national-security-digital-age-150318065430514.html"><span>http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/03/estonia-redefines-national-security-digital-age-150318065430514.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. Must Step Up Capacity for Cyberattacks, Chief Argues<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The admiral who directs American cyberforces told a Senate committee on Thursday that the United States was &ldquo;at a tipping point&rdquo; where it needed to increase its ability to conduct cyberattacks, to create a deterrent against other countries that are attacking it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/us/us-must-step-up-capacity-for-cyberattacks-chief-argues.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/us/us-must-step-up-capacity-for-cyberattacks-chief-argues.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: Request for Comment on Stakeholder Engagement on Cybersecurity in the Digital Ecosystem<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) is requesting comment to identify substantive cybersecurity issues that affect the digital ecosystem and digital economic growth where broad consensus, coordinated action, and the development of best practices could substantially improve security for organizations and consumers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-register-notice/2015/rfc-stakeholder-engagement-cybersecurity-digital-ecosystem"><span>http://www.ntia.doc.gov/federal-register-notice/2015/rfc-stakeholder-engagement-cybersecurity-digital-ecosystem</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">All Major Browsers Fall at Pwn2Own Day 2<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two researchers on Thursday took down the four major browsers, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari, as Pwn2Own, the annual hacking contest that runs in tandem at CanSecWest, wound down in Vancouver.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/all-major-browsers-fall-at-pwn2own-day-2/111731"><span>https://threatpost.com/all-major-browsers-fall-at-pwn2own-day-2/111731</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UDRP Spotlight: Cybersquatter Off (Nearly?) Scott Free<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sometimes the bubble-wrap POPS but sometimes it just deflates with a brief hiss. Either way, all the air goes out of it. So it is with many domain enforcement actions. Some decisions truly hammer a cybersquatter, but some just leave you unsatisfied.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/cybersquatter-off-nearly-scott-free"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/cybersquatter-off-nearly-scott-free</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">YIFY Torrents Faces Domain Suspension, Moves to YTS.to<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The popular movie release group YTS, also known as YIFY, has switched to a new domain name. The French domain registry FRNIC has informed the site's operators that YTS.re will be suspended by the end of the month, an outcome most likely the result of pressure from copyright holders.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/yify-torrents-faces-domain-suspension-moves-to-yts-to-150320/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/yify-torrents-faces-domain-suspension-moves-to-yts-to-150320/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Salvatore Ferragamo goes hard on Chinese counterfitting [FT]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Salvatore Ferragamo, the Italian fashion house and maker of high heel shoes, handbags and mens belts among other things, said it had blocked, seized or destroyed more than 100,000 fake products in a "fierce global battle against counterfeiting" focused on China and the internet, writes Claer Barrett. ... As part of the probe it recovered or cancelled more than 350 domain names and illegal websites in 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/fashion/salvatore-ferragamo-goes-hard-on-chinese-counterfitting-20150322-1m4tif"><span>http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/fashion/salvatore-ferragamo-goes-hard-on-chinese-counterfitting-20150322-1m4tif</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Adultshop.com Pty Ltd v. Josh Marsden, Importa Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2015-0002</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">1. The Parties: The Complainant is Adultshop.com Pty Ltd of Maylands, Western Australia, Australia, represented by Watermark, Australia. The Respondent is Josh Marsden, Importa Pty Ltd of Everton Park, Queensland, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;adultshopwarehouse.com.au&gt; is registered with GoDaddy.com, LLC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0002"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0002</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Telstra runs out of IPv4 addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Telstra has revealed it has run out of IPv4 internet addresses, prompting warnings that its use of network addressing translation could impact the carrier&rsquo;s ability to accurately collect customer metadata for the Government's proposed data retention scheme.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401918,telstra-runs-out-of-ipv4-addresses.aspx"><span>http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401918,telstra-runs-out-of-ipv4-addresses.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&#8203;Web Host GoDaddy Worth Up to $2.87B Based on Expected IPO Share Price<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&#8203;In its latest SEC filing, GoDaddy has set an Initial Public Offering price range of $17 to $19 per share when it debuts on New York Stock Exchange, valuing the web hosting company at between $2.57B and $2.87 billion.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/%e2%80%8bweb-host-godaddy-worth-2-87b-based-expected-ipo-share-price"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/%e2%80%8bweb-host-godaddy-worth-2-87b-based-expected-ipo-share-price</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GoDaddy seeks $2.9B valuation in U.S. IPO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GoDaddy Inc. is seeking a valuation of as much as $2.87 billion in an initial public offering.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.sltrib.com/home/2311895-155/godaddy-seeks-29b-valuation-in-us"><span>http://www.sltrib.com/home/2311895-155/godaddy-seeks-29b-valuation-in-us</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Meeting with Law Enforcement Agencies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">We recently held our seventh meeting for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), in partnership with the British National Crime Agency (NCA) and the other RIRs. Held on 12 March 2015, the purpose of this meeting was to discuss trends and developments that might impact the operations of LEAs and to gather the global law enforcement community&rsquo;s perspective.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/meeting-with-law-enforcement-agencies"><span>https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/meeting-with-law-enforcement-agencies</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Netcraft March 2015 Web Server Survey</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In the March 2015 survey we received responses from 878,346,052 sites and 5,192,428 web-facing computers. Although the total number of websites fell by 5 million this month, the number of web-facing computers has grown by more than 57,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/03/19/march-2015-web-server-survey.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/03/19/march-2015-web-server-survey.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Big Sales in Every Category Give This Week's Domain Sales Chart a Healthy Glow<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The domain aftermarket continues to fire on all cylinders. This week we saw another six-figure .com sale as well as one of the year's five biggest non .com gTLD sales and one of 2015's ten biggest ccTLD sales. Luxe.com led the charge with Heritage Auctions (HA) closing a $172,500 sale of that domain after putting it on the block in their live auction in New York City last month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150318.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150318.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><br><br></span><span lang="EN">*********************************</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Social media sites face large fines in crackdown on cyberbullies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">FACEBOOK and Twitter could be fined up to $17,000 per day if they fail to quickly take down cyber-bullying content, under new powers given to the government&rsquo;s first Children&rsquo;s e-Safety Commissioner.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/social-media-sites-face-large-fines-in-crackdown-on-cyberbullies/story-e6frgakx-1227269388522"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/social-media-sites-face-large-fines-in-crackdown-on-cyberbullies/story-e6frgakx-1227269388522</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Alastair MacGibbon appointed Children's e-Safety Commissioner<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra, Alastair MacGibbon, has been announced as the federal government&rsquo;s first Children's e-Safety Commissioner.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/570806/alastair-macgibbon-appointed-children-e-safety-commissioner/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/570806/alastair-macgibbon-appointed-children-e-safety-commissioner/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Take Google to Court, Staff Report Urged F.T.C.</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday faced renewed questions about its handling of its antitrust investigation into Google, after documents revealed that an internal report had recommended stronger action.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/technology/take-google-to-court-staff-report-urged-ftc.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/technology/take-google-to-court-staff-report-urged-ftc.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Journalists' metadata: barristers to argue public interest case when agencies seek access<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The government has been forced to agree to the appointment of a list of security-cleared lawyers to argue the public interest case before judges or the attorney general as part of any decision to allow a government agency access to journalists&rsquo; metadata.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/19/journalists-metadata-barristers-public-interest-case-agencies-access"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/19/journalists-metadata-barristers-public-interest-case-agencies-access</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></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>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&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>
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David Goldstein | 12 Mar 01:45 2015

auDA domain news - 12 March

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ICANN wants India to take lead in governance of the web

<http://www.techienews.co.uk/9724780/icann-wants-india-to-take-lead-in-governance-of-the-web/>

 

Asia driving the global Internet connections, says ICANN

<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/asia-driving-the-global-internet-connections-says-icann/articleshow/46530097.cms>

 

.FROGANS First With an Innovative Idea for a gTLD

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/09/frogans-first-innovative-gtld/>

 

Europeans digging new gTLD more than Americans?

<http://domainincite.com/18116-europeans-digging-new-gtld-more-than-americans>

 

Music Industry Demands Action Against “Pirate” Domain Names

<http://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-demands-action-against-pirate-domain-names-130311/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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ICANN wants India to take lead in governance of the web

India Head Samiran Gupta has called on India to take leadership role in governance of the web for being the largest democracy in the world and its heritage of “frugal” innovation and education.

<http://www.techienews.co.uk/9724780/icann-wants-india-to-take-lead-in-governance-of-the-web/>

 

Asia driving the global Internet connections, says ICANN

With nearly half of the world's total Internet connections, Asia region is driving the digital economy, ICANN said.

<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/asia-driving-the-global-internet-connections-says-icann/articleshow/46530097.cms>

 

Looking at India to take leadership in Internet governance: ICANN

Being the world's largest democracy, India can take a leadership role in governance of the web at a global level with its heritage of "frugal" innovation and education, Internet body ICANN's India head Wednesday said.

<http://zeenews.india.com/news/net-news/looking-at-india-to-take-leadership-in-internet-governance-icann_1559952.html>

 

India can shape the future of Internet, says ICANN chief

With next billion people on the Internet likely to come from India, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé on Monday said the country had the power to shape the future of Internet.

<http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/india-can-shape-the-future-of-internet-says-icann-chief/article6975450.ece>

 

Web should be open for all: Government [PTI]

Terming India as an important player in internet governance, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the future architecture of the web should not be a prerogative of a few and should be open to all. "India is an important player on international stage of internet governance. I am happy that USA has decided that the entire oversight mechanism must end by September 2015 or year end," Prasad said during an ICANN event here.

<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Web-should-be-open-for-all-Government/articleshow/46504957.cms>

 

Internet should be open to all: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad [PTI]

Terming India as an important player in Internet governance, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the future architecture of the Web should not be a prerogative of a few and should be open to all.

<http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-internet-should-be-open-to-all-telecom-minister-ravi-shankar-prasad-2067269>

<http://www.bgr.in/news/internet-should-not-be-a-prerogative-of-a-few-ravi-shankar-prasad/>

 

Africa Wins As Icann Ditches Plan to Hand Governments More Veto Power

The ICANN proposed Bylaws revisions that would incorporate a higher voting threshold for the Board to determine not to follow the advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has officially been "taken off the table".

<http://www.cio.co.ke/news/top-stories/africa-wins-as-icann-ditches-plan-to-hand-governments-more-veto-power>

<http://allafrica.com/stories/201503111443.html>

 

No, Democracy is Not Excess Baggage

There was quite some controversy at the 3-4 March 2015 UNESCO Connecting the Dots Conference regarding whether or not the term “democracy” should be included in the conference’s outcome statement to make it clear that internet governance must be democratic.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/03/11/no-democracy-is-not-excess-baggage/>

 

ICANN brings Caribbean voices to global Internet policy debate

2015 could be the year to kick some Caribbean stereotypes to the curb. The region has been progressively piping up on the global stage, breaking longheld cultural paradigms in the process, in some fairly unlikely ways. Across the Caribbean, the words “global Internet governance,” for example, are becoming a meaningful catchphrase for collective action through new channels of collaboration, as Caribbean states hammer out their own spaces to discuss their own technology development issues relevant to their national and regional agenda.

<http://www.guardian.co.tt/technology/2015-03-09/icann-brings-caribbean-voices-global-internet-policy-debate>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level

Purpose (Brief): During the new gTLD program's Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT), ICANN has noted a large number of IDN table submissions. The IDN tables submitted by the new gTLD registries varied in the repertoire of characters, variant and contextual rules, and format.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-10-en>

 

IDN ccTLD Request from Macao Successfully Passes String Evaluation

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful evaluation of the proposed IDN ccTLD string for Macao.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-10-en>

 

What we learned in Singapore by Chris Gift

In my previous post, ahead of ICANN52 in Singapore, I asked that the ICANN community took the opportunity to let me know what it was that they needed ICANN's Digital Services to deliver. And I'm happy to report that many of you did.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/what-we-learned-in-singapore>

 

Music Industry Demands Action Against “Pirate” Domain Names

Pressure is mounting on companies that provide domain name services to alleged pirate sites. Following in the footsteps of Hollywood and the U.S. Government, the music industry is now demanding strict anti-piracy measures. The EFF, however, notes that companies are not obliged to take action without a valid court order.

<http://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-demands-action-against-pirate-domain-names-130311/>

 

Hollywood Asks Domain Registrars to Censor the Web for Intellectual Property Infringement

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has built an arsenal of tools to pressure other nations to enact enforcement measures that benefit major entertainment companies such as the members of the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/03/hollywood-asks-domain-registrars-censor-web-copyright-infringment>

 

ICANN, copyright infringement, and “the public interest”

Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued a carefully-worded statement urging ICANN – the overseer of much of the Internet’s fundamental naming and numbering infrastructure – to take more vigorous action against the “use of domain names for illegal and abusive activities, including those related to IP infringement” (i.e., motion picture piracy).

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/03/09/icann-copyright-infringement-and-the-public-interest/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .COM & .NET Registrations in February

This Sun., March 15, marks the 30th anniversary of the first .COM domain name registration, Symbolics.com. Today there are more than 116 million .COM domain names registered globally, and more being registered every day. Below is a list of the top 10 trending keywords registered in .COM and .NET during the month of February 2015.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in>

 

Happy Anniversary to .Com! Sedo Celebrates .Com’s 30th Anniversary

Sedo congratulates .com on its 30th anniversary and along with the well wishes, provides some insight on the outstanding performance that .com has established in the aftermarket during its history*. Once again, the numbers and facts from Sedo’s research make it obvious that .com is clearly the King and Queen of TLDs to date.

<https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&id=679&session=32adc814249d6ccc80e7b468fd9e28ad>

 

fi: Winds of change for domain names

The overhaul of Finnish electronic communications legislation, i.e. the Information Society Code, also touches on the domain name business. In this respect, the goal of the new legislation is above all to clarify the roles of the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) and domain name brokers by offering customers a one-stop shop.

<http://www.castren.fi/Page/c1ccbac8-1bad-436e-bb79-e1ffaa00df14.aspx?groupId=a0231459-d54f-4ff6-8057-034a2b359a33&announcementId=337f7d4d-56bd-4f77-99f5-e58775b3678c>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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.FROGANS First With an Innovative Idea for a gTLD

There were 1,930 applications for 1,409 unique strings when applications closed for new gTLDs back in mid-2012. Since then there have been 523 new gTLDs delegated by ICANN. And one of the aspects of the new gTLDs that ICANN said they were looking forward to was innovation.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23584>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/09/frogans-first-innovative-gtld/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/frogans-first-innovative-gtld.html>

 

Europeans digging new gTLD more than Americans?

Are European registrants more likely to register new gTLD domain names than those in the US and elsewhere?

<http://domainincite.com/18116-europeans-digging-new-gtld-more-than-americans>

 

Rightside to release 20,000 two-character domains

A week from now, new gTLD registry Rightside is to release over 20,000 two-character domain names.

<http://domainincite.com/18140-rightside-to-release-20000-two-character-domains>

 

Adware dominating popular new gTLD ranks

Afilias’ .kim has become the latest victim (beneficiary?) of adware, as robo-registrations boost the gTLD’s zone file and apparent popularity.

<http://domainincite.com/18128-adware-dominating-popular-new-gtld-ranks>

 

.porn now the biggest new gTLD sunrise

.porn and .adult have taken the crown of the most-subscribed new gTLD sunrise periods to date.

<http://domainincite.com/18124-porn-now-the-biggest-new-gtld-sunrise>

 

.xxx to sell at .com prices to pump .porn launch

ICM Registry is to offer .xxx domain names at dramatically reduced prices, which could be in line with .com pricing at some registrars, for the month of April.

<http://domainincite.com/18119-xxx-to-sell-at-com-prices-to-pump-porn-launch>

 

Dot London lends its support to the Internet Watch Foundation

Dot London has signed up to Internet Watch Foundation Membership to provide a trusted and secure service to help protect people from exposure to child sexual abuse images online.

<https://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf/news/post/401-dot-london-lends-its-support-to-the-internet-watch-foundation>

 

Don't Confuse Brand and Category-Label New gTLDs by Alex Tajirian

The domain name industry gets brand and label confused. A brand sums up what makes a company unique to its customers. A label tells what category a company goes in; it sums up what the product has in common with other products of that type. Sedan and SUV are category labels; Volvo is a brand, one that means safety to customers. Similarly Tesla Motors has its distinctive "Tesla" brand, but it introduces products to its users as "electric vehicles."

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150311_dont_confuse_brand_and_category_label_new_gtlds/>

 

Going .Green with Annalisa Roger – DNW Podcast #23

The .Green TLD comes out this month. In this episode, DotGreen Community CEO Annalisa Roger discusses the long road to .green and how she hopes companies, groups and individuals will use the domain name.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/09/going-green-with-annalisa-roger-dnw-podcast-23/>

 

The New gTLD .HIV Auction on Sedo May Go Without a Sale

58 .HIV new gTLD's are at auction at Sedo.com in a themed auction which ends tomorrow. I believe all of the domain names are owned by the .HIV registry, however the registries whois does not seem to be working, even resolving for that matter. As of publication only 4 domain names have bids and none are close to meeting reserve.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/03/09/the-new-gtld-hiv-auction-on-sedo-may-go-without-a-sale/>

 

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"What's in a Name?" Using DANE for Authentication of Internet services

Do we already have strong security protections for our Internet services? For many years now, we have had numerous cryptographically enhanced protocols. Standards and suites like S/MIME, Transport Layer Security (TLS), IP Security (IPSec), OpenPGP, and many others have been mature for years, have offered us a range of protections and have been implemented by a wealth of code.

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

 

Seeking Proposals for ICANN 53 DNSSEC Workshop on June 24, 2015, in Buenos Aires by Dan York

Are you interested in sharing lessons you've learned in deploying DNSSEC or DANE with the wider community? Have you performed new measurements related to DNSSEC deployment that you want to share publicly? Do you have a new tool or service that you think people in the DNSSEC community would find interesting? Are you seeking feedback on some ideas you have to make DNSSEC better or easier to deploy?

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150311_seeking_proposals_for_icann_53_dnssec_workshop/>

 

Cybersecurity Law a Priority This Year: Top Official

Chinese leaders have made the passage of a cybersecurity law a priority for this year, despite protests from the U.S. against the country’s growing restrictions on technology firms.

<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/03/08/cybersecurity-law-a-priority-this-year-top-official/>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Kraftwerk singer sues over same-name charger

Hütter is suing Dresden-based eZelleron for trademark infringement after they named their new fuel cell-powered phone charger 'kraftwerk' – German for power station. ... Hütter is seeking, among other things, compensation for damages as well as "any and all the domain name registrations owned or controlled by [eZelleron] containing the term KRAFTWERK be transferred" to him.

<http://www.thelocal.de/20150310/kraftwerk-lead-sues-electronic-company>

 

Why the long face? Retailer says walmart.horse domain infringes its IP

The artist behind the comic Questionable Content has fallen in the crosshairs—or should we say "the horsehairs"— of retail behemoth Walmart. The mega-retailer is demanding that Jeph Jacques "discontinue any and all use" of the walmart.horse domain, which renders at a tumblr and displays a horse in front of a Walmart store.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/why-the-long-face-retailer-says-walmart-horse-domain-infringes-its-ip/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, academic, internet activist, and widely acknowledged lovely guy appeared on Reddit earlier today to do an Ask Me Anything (AMA). Here's what he had to say.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/10/one_does_not_simply_ask_the_inventor_of_the_www_what_he_thinks_about_memes/>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Trio of Six-Figure Sales (one Topping a Half Million Dollars) Headline This Week's Domain Sales Report

Spring is still a couple of weeks away but impressive domain sales continue to blossom at a variety of venues. Heritage Auctions closed several sizeable sales made at the live auction they staged last month at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, including three that smashed through the six-figure barrier. That trio, led by NL.com at $575,000, fills the first three slots on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. NL.com also ranks as the third biggest sale reported so far this year.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150311.htm>

 

 

 

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David Goldstein

 email: david-fFZw+eeu8ZeEIh0G+OVocUEOCMrvLtNR@public.gmane.org

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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 lang="EN">ICANN wants India to take lead in governance of the web<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.techienews.co.uk/9724780/icann-wants-india-to-take-lead-in-governance-of-the-web/"><span>http://www.techienews.co.uk/9724780/icann-wants-india-to-take-lead-in-governance-of-the-web/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Asia driving the global Internet connections, says ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/asia-driving-the-global-internet-connections-says-icann/articleshow/46530097.cms"><span>http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/asia-driving-the-global-internet-connections-says-icann/articleshow/46530097.cms</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.FROGANS First With an Innovative Idea for a gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/09/frogans-first-innovative-gtld/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/09/frogans-first-innovative-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Europeans digging new gTLD more than Americans?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18116-europeans-digging-new-gtld-more-than-americans"><span>http://domainincite.com/18116-europeans-digging-new-gtld-more-than-americans</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Music Industry Demands Action Against &ldquo;Pirate&rdquo; Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-demands-action-against-pirate-domain-names-130311/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-demands-action-against-pirate-domain-names-130311/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN wants India to take lead in governance of the web<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">India Head Samiran Gupta has called on India to take leadership role in governance of the web for being the largest democracy in the world and its heritage of &ldquo;frugal&rdquo; innovation and education.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.techienews.co.uk/9724780/icann-wants-india-to-take-lead-in-governance-of-the-web/"><span>http://www.techienews.co.uk/9724780/icann-wants-india-to-take-lead-in-governance-of-the-web/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Asia driving the global Internet connections, says ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With nearly half of the world's total Internet connections, Asia region is driving the digital economy, ICANN said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/asia-driving-the-global-internet-connections-says-icann/articleshow/46530097.cms"><span>http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/asia-driving-the-global-internet-connections-says-icann/articleshow/46530097.cms</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Looking at India to take leadership in Internet governance: ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Being the world's largest democracy, India can take a leadership role in governance of the web at a global level with its heritage of "frugal" innovation and education, Internet body ICANN's India head Wednesday said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://zeenews.india.com/news/net-news/looking-at-india-to-take-leadership-in-internet-governance-icann_1559952.html"><span>http://zeenews.india.com/news/net-news/looking-at-india-to-take-leadership-in-internet-governance-icann_1559952.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">India can shape the future of Internet, says ICANN chief<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With next billion people on the Internet likely to come from India, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute; on Monday said the country had the power to shape the future of Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/india-can-shape-the-future-of-internet-says-icann-chief/article6975450.ece"><span>http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/india-can-shape-the-future-of-internet-says-icann-chief/article6975450.ece</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Web should be open for all: Government [PTI]</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Terming India as an important player in internet governance, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the future architecture of the web should not be a prerogative of a few and should be open to all. "India is an important player on international stage of internet governance. I am happy that USA has decided that the entire oversight mechanism must end by September 2015 or year end," Prasad said during an ICANN event here.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Web-should-be-open-for-all-Government/articleshow/46504957.cms"><span>http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Web-should-be-open-for-all-Government/articleshow/46504957.cms</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet should be open to all: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad [PTI]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Terming India as an important player in Internet governance, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the future architecture of the Web should not be a prerogative of a few and should be open to all.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-internet-should-be-open-to-all-telecom-minister-ravi-shankar-prasad-2067269"><span>http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-internet-should-be-open-to-all-telecom-minister-ravi-shankar-prasad-2067269</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.bgr.in/news/internet-should-not-be-a-prerogative-of-a-few-ravi-shankar-prasad/"><span>http://www.bgr.in/news/internet-should-not-be-a-prerogative-of-a-few-ravi-shankar-prasad/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Africa Wins As Icann Ditches Plan to Hand Governments More Veto Power<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ICANN proposed Bylaws revisions that would incorporate a higher voting threshold for the Board to determine not to follow the advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has officially been "taken off the table".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cio.co.ke/news/top-stories/africa-wins-as-icann-ditches-plan-to-hand-governments-more-veto-power"><span>http://www.cio.co.ke/news/top-stories/africa-wins-as-icann-ditches-plan-to-hand-governments-more-veto-power</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201503111443.html"><span>http://allafrica.com/stories/201503111443.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">No, Democracy is Not Excess Baggage<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">There was quite some controversy at the 3-4 March 2015 UNESCO Connecting the Dots Conference regarding whether or not the term &ldquo;democracy&rdquo; should be included in the conference&rsquo;s outcome statement to make it clear that internet governance must be democratic.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/03/11/no-democracy-is-not-excess-baggage/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/03/11/no-democracy-is-not-excess-baggage/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN brings Caribbean voices to global Internet policy debate<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">2015 could be the year to kick some Caribbean stereotypes to the curb. The region has been progressively piping up on the global stage, breaking longheld cultural paradigms in the process, in some fairly unlikely ways. Across the Caribbean, the words &ldquo;global Internet governance,&rdquo; for example, are becoming a meaningful catchphrase for collective action through new channels of collaboration, as Caribbean states hammer out their own spaces to discuss their own technology development issues relevant to their national and regional agenda. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.guardian.co.tt/technology/2015-03-09/icann-brings-caribbean-voices-global-internet-policy-debate"><span>http://www.guardian.co.tt/technology/2015-03-09/icann-brings-caribbean-voices-global-internet-policy-debate</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Purpose (Brief): During the new gTLD program's Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT), ICANN has noted a large number of IDN table submissions. The IDN tables submitted by the new gTLD registries varied in the repertoire of characters, variant and contextual rules, and format.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-10-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-10-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IDN ccTLD Request from Macao Successfully Passes String Evaluation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is pleased to announce the successful evaluation of the proposed IDN ccTLD string for Macao.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-10-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-10-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What we learned in Singapore by Chris Gift<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In my previous post, ahead of ICANN52 in Singapore, I asked that the ICANN community took the opportunity to let me know what it was that they needed ICANN's Digital Services to deliver. And I'm happy to report that many of you did.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/what-we-learned-in-singapore"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/what-we-learned-in-singapore</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Music Industry Demands Action Against &ldquo;Pirate&rdquo; Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Pressure is mounting on companies that provide domain name services to alleged pirate sites. Following in the footsteps of Hollywood and the U.S. Government, the music industry is now demanding strict anti-piracy measures. The EFF, however, notes that companies are not obliged to take action without a valid court order.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-demands-action-against-pirate-domain-names-130311/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-demands-action-against-pirate-domain-names-130311/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Hollywood Asks Domain Registrars to Censor the Web for Intellectual Property Infringement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has built an arsenal of tools to pressure other nations to enact enforcement measures that benefit major entertainment companies such as the members of the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/03/hollywood-asks-domain-registrars-censor-web-copyright-infringment"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/03/hollywood-asks-domain-registrars-censor-web-copyright-infringment</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN, copyright infringement, and &ldquo;the public interest&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued a carefully-worded statement urging ICANN &ndash; the overseer of much of the Internet&rsquo;s fundamental naming and numbering infrastructure &ndash; to take more vigorous action against</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">the &ldquo;use of domain names for illegal and abusive activities, including those related to IP infringement&rdquo; (i.e., motion picture piracy).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/03/09/icann-copyright-infringement-and-the-public-interest/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/03/09/icann-copyright-infringement-and-the-public-interest/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Top 10 Trending Keywords in .COM &amp; .NET Registrations in February<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This Sun., March 15, marks the 30th anniversary of the first .COM domain name registration, Symbolics.com. Today there are more than 116 million .COM domain names registered globally, and more being registered every day. Below is a list of the top 10 trending keywords registered in .COM and .NET during the month of February 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Happy Anniversary to .Com! Sedo Celebrates .Com&rsquo;s 30th Anniversary<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sedo congratulates .com on its 30th anniversary and along with the well wishes, provides some insight on the outstanding performance that .com has established in the aftermarket during its history*. Once again, the numbers and facts from Sedo&rsquo;s research make it obvious that .com is clearly the King and Queen of TLDs to date.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&amp;id=679&amp;session=32adc814249d6ccc80e7b468fd9e28ad"><span>https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&amp;id=679&amp;session=32adc814249d6ccc80e7b468fd9e28ad</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">fi: Winds of change for domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The overhaul of Finnish electronic communications legislation, i.e. the Information Society Code, also touches on the domain name business. In this respect, the goal of the new legislation is above all to clarify the roles of the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) and domain name brokers by offering customers a one-stop shop.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.castren.fi/Page/c1ccbac8-1bad-436e-bb79-e1ffaa00df14.aspx?groupId=a0231459-d54f-4ff6-8057-034a2b359a33&amp;announcementId=337f7d4d-56bd-4f77-99f5-e58775b3678c"><span>http://www.castren.fi/Page/c1ccbac8-1bad-436e-bb79-e1ffaa00df14.aspx?groupId=a0231459-d54f-4ff6-8057-034a2b359a33&amp;announcementId=337f7d4d-56bd-4f77-99f5-e58775b3678c</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.FROGANS First With an Innovative Idea for a gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">There were 1,930 applications for 1,409 unique strings when applications closed for new gTLDs back in mid-2012. Since then there have been 523 new gTLDs delegated by ICANN. And one of the aspects of the new gTLDs that ICANN said they were looking forward to was innovation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23584"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23584</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/09/frogans-first-innovative-gtld/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/09/frogans-first-innovative-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/frogans-first-innovative-gtld.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/frogans-first-innovative-gtld.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Europeans digging new gTLD more than Americans?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Are European registrants more likely to register new gTLD domain names than those in the US and elsewhere?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18116-europeans-digging-new-gtld-more-than-americans"><span>http://domainincite.com/18116-europeans-digging-new-gtld-more-than-americans</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rightside to release 20,000 two-character domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A week from now, new gTLD registry Rightside is to release over 20,000 two-character domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18140-rightside-to-release-20000-two-character-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/18140-rightside-to-release-20000-two-character-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Adware dominating popular new gTLD ranks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Afilias&rsquo; .kim has become the latest victim (beneficiary?) of adware, as robo-registrations boost the gTLD&rsquo;s zone file and apparent popularity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18128-adware-dominating-popular-new-gtld-ranks"><span>http://domainincite.com/18128-adware-dominating-popular-new-gtld-ranks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.porn now the biggest new gTLD sunrise<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.porn and .adult have taken the crown of the most-subscribed new gTLD sunrise periods to date.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18124-porn-now-the-biggest-new-gtld-sunrise"><span>http://domainincite.com/18124-porn-now-the-biggest-new-gtld-sunrise</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.xxx to sell at .com prices to pump .porn launch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry is to offer .xxx domain names at dramatically reduced prices, which could be in line with .com pricing at some registrars, for the month of April.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18119-xxx-to-sell-at-com-prices-to-pump-porn-launch"><span>http://domainincite.com/18119-xxx-to-sell-at-com-prices-to-pump-porn-launch</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot London lends its support to the Internet Watch Foundation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot London has signed up to Internet Watch Foundation Membership to provide a trusted and secure service to help protect people from exposure to child sexual abuse images online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf/news/post/401-dot-london-lends-its-support-to-the-internet-watch-foundation"><span>https://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf/news/post/401-dot-london-lends-its-support-to-the-internet-watch-foundation</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Don't Confuse Brand and Category-Label New gTLDs by Alex Tajirian<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The domain name industry gets brand and label confused. A brand sums up what makes a company unique to its customers. A label tells what category a company goes in; it sums up what the product has in common with other products of that type. Sedan and SUV are category labels; Volvo is a brand, one that means safety to customers. Similarly Tesla Motors has its distinctive "Tesla" brand, but it introduces products to its users as "electric vehicles."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150311_dont_confuse_brand_and_category_label_new_gtlds/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150311_dont_confuse_brand_and_category_label_new_gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Going .Green with Annalisa Roger &ndash; DNW Podcast #23<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The .Green </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> comes out this month. In this episode, DotGreen Community CEO Annalisa Roger discusses the long road to .green and how she hopes companies, groups and individuals will use the domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/09/going-green-with-annalisa-roger-dnw-podcast-23/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/09/going-green-with-annalisa-roger-dnw-podcast-23/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The New gTLD .HIV Auction on Sedo May Go Without a Sale<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">58 .HIV new gTLD's are at auction at Sedo.com in a themed auction which ends tomorrow. I believe all of the domain names are owned by the .HIV registry, however the registries whois does not seem to be working, even resolving for that matter. As of publication only 4 domain names have bids and none are close to meeting reserve.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/03/09/the-new-gtld-hiv-auction-on-sedo-may-go-without-a-sale/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/03/09/the-new-gtld-hiv-auction-on-sedo-may-go-without-a-sale/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">"What's in a Name?" Using DANE for Authentication of Internet services<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Do we already have strong security protections for our Internet services? For many years now, we have had numerous cryptographically enhanced protocols. Standards and suites like S/MIME, Transport Layer Security (TLS), IP Security (IPSec), OpenPGP, and many others have been mature for years, have offered us a range of protections and have been implemented by a wealth of code.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_in_a_name"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_in_a_name</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Seeking Proposals for ICANN 53 DNSSEC Workshop on June 24, 2015, in Buenos Aires by Dan York<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Are you interested in sharing lessons you've learned in deploying DNSSEC or DANE with the wider community? Have you performed new measurements related to DNSSEC deployment that you want to share publicly? Do you have a new tool or service that you think people in the DNSSEC community would find interesting? Are you seeking feedback on some ideas you have to make DNSSEC better or easier to deploy?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150311_seeking_proposals_for_icann_53_dnssec_workshop/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150311_seeking_proposals_for_icann_53_dnssec_workshop/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cybersecurity Law a Priority This Year: Top Official<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Chinese leaders have made the passage of a cybersecurity law a priority for this year, despite protests from the U.S. against the country&rsquo;s growing restrictions on technology firms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/03/08/cybersecurity-law-a-priority-this-year-top-official/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/03/08/cybersecurity-law-a-priority-this-year-top-official/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Kraftwerk singer sues over same-name charger<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Hu&#776;tter is suing Dresden-based eZelleron for trademark infringement after they named their new fuel cell-powered phone charger 'kraftwerk' &ndash; German for power station.</span><span> ... </span><span lang="EN">Hu&#776;tter is seeking, among other things, compensation for damages as well as "any and all the domain name registrations owned or controlled by [eZelleron] containing the term KRAFTWERK be transferred" to him.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thelocal.de/20150310/kraftwerk-lead-sues-electronic-company"><span>http://www.thelocal.de/20150310/kraftwerk-lead-sues-electronic-company</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why the long face? Retailer says walmart.horse domain infringes its IP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The artist behind the comic Questionable Content has fallen in the crosshairs&mdash;or should we say "the horsehairs"&mdash; of retail behemoth Walmart. The mega-retailer is demanding that Jeph Jacques "discontinue any and all use" of the walmart.horse domain, which renders at a tumblr and displays a horse in front of a Walmart store.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/why-the-long-face-retailer-says-walmart-horse-domain-infringes-its-ip/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/03/why-the-long-face-retailer-says-walmart-horse-domain-infringes-its-ip/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, academic, internet activist, and widely acknowledged lovely guy appeared on Reddit earlier today to do an Ask Me Anything (AMA). Here's what he had to say.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/10/one_does_not_simply_ask_the_inventor_of_the_www_what_he_thinks_about_memes/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/10/one_does_not_simply_ask_the_inventor_of_the_www_what_he_thinks_about_memes/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Trio of Six-Figure Sales (one Topping a Half Million Dollars) Headline This Week's Domain Sales Report <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Spring is still a couple of weeks away but impressive domain sales continue to blossom at a variety of venues. Heritage Auctions closed several sizeable sales made at the live auction they staged last month at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, including three that smashed through the six-figure barrier. That trio, led by NL.com at $575,000, fills the first three slots on this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. NL.com also ranks as the third biggest sale reported so far this year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150311.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150311.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 8 Mar 22:49 2015

auDA domain news - 9 March

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US election could trigger battle over Internet governance

<http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626>

 

.au shines (in dark green) at ICANN Singapore by George Pongas

<http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/>

 

European Domain Centre Commemorates 30th Anniversary of First Domain With Infographic of Year Each TLD Added

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/>

 

ICANN hunkers down on two-character second-level domains

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0>

 

GeoTLDs Are Intuitively Understandable for Internet Users

<https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html>

 

Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/>

 

.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/>

 

New Analytics Tool Defines Language Used By Malicious Domains

<http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462>

 

OpenDNS trials system that quickly detects computer crime [IDG]

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/>

 

US Trade Office Wants ICANN and Governments To Help Stamp Out Online Counterfeit Goods

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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US election could trigger battle over Internet governance

Officials attempting to reach a deal over the reform of Internet governance have told EurActiv that delays and the “weaponisation” of the issue in the current US political climate are threatening to ignite an international dispute.

<http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626>

 

NetMundial Initiative: Still Breathing

After a report by The Register’s Kieren McCarthy on a postponement of the inaugural meeting of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI) Council discussions were revived over the need for the new body in several mailing lists.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/03/06/netmundial-initiative-still-breathing/>

 

US can’t have it both ways on Internet

The United States’ policy schizophrenia regarding the Internet was on full display last week in Washington. On one day, the Commerce Department explained to a Senate committee why it’s important for the U.S. government to take a hands-off approach to the Internet as a reason why it’s ending its ties to ICANN. And on the very next day, the Federal Communications Commission explained why it’s important to take a hands-on approach to the Internet by imposing net neutrality rules.

<http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/234768-us-cant-have-it-both-ways-on-internet>

 

APRICOT 2015: IANA begins the RDAP bootstrap

At the APNIC Global Reports session, Elise Gerich from IANA confirmed they have begun the construction of the RDAP bootstrap registry. RDAP is the Registration Data Access Protocol, a JSON-based approach to the same problem WHOIS tries to solve but with more structure, based on HTTP access, innately more scaleable and distributed (eg via a CDN).

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/05/apricot-2015-iana-begins-the-rdap-bootstrap/>

 

Prep WSIS meeting planned in Paris “before summer”

French IT Minister Axelle Lemaire is not letting up on ICANN. Angered by what she perceives are the organisation’s shortcomings in the .vin and .wine new gTLD application process, Lemaire has been vocal in her criticism. She has also worked hard to rally support for her position in the political arena.

<http://post.milathan.com/2015/03/prep-wsis-meeting-planned-in-paris-before-summer/>

 

Federal Council to boost Swiss standing in web governance

The FDP parliamentary group has had a motion passed, asking the Federal Council to position Switzerland as an international platform for internet governance, as well as presenting a number of measures to secure Geneva a strategic position as regards global governance.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/federal-council-to-boost-swiss-standing-in-web-governance--1069220>

 

How New US Net Neutrality Rules Are Shaping the Internet Worldwide

Fuel for the next wave of open Internet activists, or a propaganda tool for dictators? New U.S. net neutrality rules are affecting Internet governance worldwide, reshaping the debate over Internet regulations as some major world powers near fork-in-the-road decisions about how they'll govern their own stretch of cyberspace. But while there's consensus that the U.S. decision will have impacts on Internet freedom worldwide, there's sharp disagreement over whether the new rules will help or hurt.

<http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/03/how-new-us-net-neutrality-rules-are-shaping-internet-worldwide/106788/>

 

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- ICANN

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Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires

50 fellows from 35 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 53rd Public Meeting in Buenos Aires, 21-25 June 2015.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-06-en>

 

6 March 2015 – Updated Auction Schedule

The Auction Schedule is updated as of 6 March 2015 to reflect eligible contention sets as well as the addition of an Auction Date for indirect contention.

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

 

Jamie Hedlund, Vice President, Strategic Programs, Global Domain Division | ICANN, to Chuck Gomes

Re: Process for Addressing GAC Advice

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/hedlund-to-gomes-06mar15-en.pdf>

 

Victoria Sheckler, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America, to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehadé

Copyright Infringement

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/riaa-to-icann-05mar15-en.pdf>

 

Call for RSVPs | GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session | 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC

The GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session returns on 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC and we are pleased to invite you to participate. These informal sessions provide an ideal opportunity for participants to ask questions about the GNSO Policy Development Process and the specifics of taking part in a Working Group.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-04-en>

 

Upcoming ICG Calls

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its thirteenth and fourteenth conference calls:

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-04-en>

 

Letter from Boubker Seddik Badr, Director of Digital Economy | Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Government of Morocco, to Akram Atallah

New gTLD application for .TATA

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/badr-to-atallah-26feb15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN 52: Singapore – Important Issues for Brand Owners

MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends at the ICANN 52nd public meeting in Singapore. As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet.

<https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-52-singapore-important-issues-for-brand-owners-2/>

 

.au shines (in dark green) at ICANN Singapore by George Pongas

I recently attended ICANN’s 52nd public meeting held at the ICANN Asia Pacific regional hub, Singapore, to represent .au on behalf of the auDA Board.

<http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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European Domain Centre Commemorates 30th Anniversary of First Domain With Infographic of Year Each TLD Added

In one week's time on 15 March it will be the 30th anniversary of the first domain name registered - symbolics.com. Back in 1985 were eight TLDs to choose from - .com, .org, .net, .edu .gov, .uk, us and il.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23580>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/30th-anniversary-first-domain.html>

 

European ccTLD News Brief (March 2015)

CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (13th edition). This month features: "70 million domain names: but is it a time to party?", EU Policy Update, QnA with Leonid Todorov, General Manager of APTLD, recent CENTR workshops and upcoming events & ccTLD news highlights and statistics

<https://centr.org/news/cctld/03-02-2015/3989/european-cctld-news-brief-march-2015>

 

New CEO of DIFO and DK Hostmaster

March 1 Jakob Bring Truelsen replaced John Schweizer as CEO of the association Danish Internet Forum (DIFO) and DK Hostmaster A/S.

<https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-ceo-of-difo-and-dk-hostmaster/>

 

es: Revocation of the accreditation of three Registrar Agents

The Assignation Authority for “.es” domain names is going to revoke the accreditation of three Registrar Agents (Chivalges, Siosi and DocumentData), for failing to fulfil the contract signed with Red.s. From 3 March 2015 on, said Registrar Agents will not be able to mediate in the assignation of new “.es” domain names. However, in order to cause the least possible setback to the affected domain name holders, the actual withdrawal will be deferred to 3 April 2025.

<http://www.dominios.es/dominios/en/actualidad-y-noticias/comunicados/revocation-accreditation-three-registrar-agents>

 

fi: Domain Name Regulation (Regulation 68) on consultation

The Domain Name Regulation, drafted by the working group for the Regulation, has been sent for consultation. The request for comments concerns the Regulation, related explanatory memorandum, and a description of FICORA's EPP interface. The documents are available in Finnish and Swedish, except for the EPP interface description which is currently being translated into Swedish. The interface description is also available in English.

<https://domain.fi/info/en/index/fi_uudistuu/newsletter/2015/22015.html>

 

fr: ADR trends, the results of Afnic resolution procedures - Q1 2015

Afnic now publishes a quarterly review of its alternative dispute resolution procedures. Here is an overview of the findings of the study for Q1 2015.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8820/show/adr-trends-the-results-of-afnic-resolution-procedures-q1-2015.html>

 

.ky to the world

If you want to get or keep your ‘.ky’ domain name on your website or e-mail, you’ve got six months before someone else outside the Cayman Islands grabs that name.

<http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/05/ky-to-the-world>

 

ky: ICTA braces for registrant loss

Before .ky goes to the world in September, those at the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) believes they will lose about 40% of their existing registrants.

<http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/06/icta-braces-for-registrant-loss>

 

.KY domain names no longer free

Companies and individuals owning a Cayman Islands domain name will have to begin paying to register or retain their domain name. As of Monday, 2 March 2015, the Information, Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) began charging an annual fee of US$39.88 for the registration or renewal of .KY domain names. The fee applies to new and previously registered domain names.

<http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/03/06/ky-domain-names-longer-free/>

 

Feeling luc.ky? Cayman domain names for sale

Businesses will have to pay to register websites with a Cayman domain name under new rules which will see .ky Internet addresses sold worldwide.

<http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/03/06/Feeling-luc-ky--Cayman-domain-names-for-sale/>

 

DNSSEC Validation at Spark NZ

During the last NZNOG meeting in Rotorua, Geoff Huston presented an interesting result from APNIC's continuous research in DNSSEC validation deployment in New Zealand: the country reached a level of 15% of validation among a sample of users.

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/dnssec-validation-spark-nz>

 

.PL domain registry held the eleventh position in the world

According to the NASK’s report on the .pl domain name market for the fourth quarter of 2014, we registered most willingly in the .pl domain (70% of names, active in DNS), followed by the functional domains, for example com.pl (22%).

<http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/954>

 

DNS.pt rated positively by customers and partners

DNS.pt conducted a study to evaluate the satisfaction of its customers and partners. The results showed that the evaluation of the DNS.pt and the service it provides is generally quite positive.

<http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-rated-positively-by-customers-and-partners/>

 

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ICANN hunkers down on two-character second-level domains

In 2014 ICANN voted to implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character second-level domains by new gTLD registries, a move that came in light of an apparent lack of opposition from governments and the GAC.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0>

 

GeoTLDs Are Intuitively Understandable for Internet Users

The new gTLDs offer an enormous reservoir of new addresses. What are the opportunities offered by the new endings and how are they being adopted in the market? We spoke to Alexander Schwertner, CEO of EPAG Domainservices GmbH about this and other questions.

<https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html>

 

Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup

The first new TLD to be sold with live websites attached to it has been picked up by registry giant Donuts at auction.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/>

 

.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world

Domain-name overseer ICANN is facing widespread criticism after it emerged victorious from an independent review into its decision over the TLD .hotels.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/>

 

ICANN wins .hotels/.hoteis confusion appeal but has to pay up anyway

The proposed new gTLDs .hotels and .hoteis are too confusingly similar to coexist on the internet.

<http://domainincite.com/18097-icann-wins-hotels-hoteis-confusion-appeal-but-has-to-pay-up-anyway>

 

NetNames: new gTLDs may have hurt existing TLD registrations

The launch of the new gTLD programme in 2013 may have contributed to a decline in domain registrations under traditional TLDs, brand protection company NetNames has claimed.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/netnames-new-gtlds-may-have-hurt-existing-tld-registrations-4287>

 

Adult-themed domains open for early risers

The sunrise periods for two adult-themed gTLDs have officially opened for trademark owners.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/adult-themed-domains-open-for-early-risers-4283>

 

Auction Update

Minds + Machines Group Limited is pleased to announced that the Company has gained, in aggregate, net proceeds of US$1.68 million (approximately £1.1 million) following the withdrawal of its applications for .app, .soccer, and .beauty.

<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/03/auction-update-2/>

 

Minds + Machines pockets $1.68 from three more auction losses

Minds + Machines has added $1.68 million to its bank account after losing three more contention set auctions.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/06/minds-machines-tld-losses/>

 

Donuts bought .reise

Donuts has been confirmed by a German news site as the new owner of .reise, which was auctioned by its previous owner last week.

<http://domainincite.com/18105-donuts-bought-reise>

 

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New Analytics Tool Defines Language Used By Malicious Domains

OpenDNS has gone public with a new tool that uses a blend of analytics principles found outside information security to create a threat model for detecting domains used in criminal and state-sponsored hacking campaigns.

<http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462>

 

OpenDNS trials system that quickly detects computer crime [IDG]

A security system undergoing testing by a San-Francisco-based company aims to speed up the detection of websites and domains used for cybercrime.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/>

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2893552/opendns-trials-system-that-quickly-detects-computer-crime.html>

 

DNS enhancement catches malware sites by understanding sneaky domain names

A researcher at OpenDNS Security Labs has developed a new way to automatically detect and block sites used to distribute malware almost instantaneously without having to scan them. The approach, initially developed by researcher Jeremiah O'Connor, uses natural language processing and other analytics to detect malicious domains before they can attack by spotting host names that are designed as camouflage. Called NLPRank, it spots DNS requests for sites that have names similar to legitimate sites, but with IP addresses that are outside the expected address blocks and other related data that hints at sketchiness.

<http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/system-catches-malware-sites-by-understanding-sneaky-domain-names/>

 

New Model Uses 'Malicious Language Of The Internet' To Find Threats Fast

While many in the security industry are pushing for better methods of assigning attribution for cyberattacks after the damage is done, there is also a growing effort to strengthen early-stage defenses -- to stop attacks before they have a chance to do much harm. OpenDNS has introduced a new tool to fit into that second category. NLPRank is an advanced threat detection model that uses the "malicious language of the Internet," to identify suspicious domains almost as soon as they're registered.

<http://www.darkreading.com/new-model-uses-malicious-language-of-the-internet-to-find-threats-fast/d/d-id/1319361>

 

Domain Keywords Used to Spot Phishing Sites

Criminals setting up fake domains for phishing are prone to use the same words over and over and spotting those words can help identify malicious sites, according to a new threat detection model from OpenDNS.

<http://www.cio.com/article/2893761/phishing/domain-keywords-used-to-spot-phishing-sites.html>

 

How to back up a country: To protect itself from attack, Estonia is finding ways to back up its data

Wiping a country off the map is one thing. Wiping its data is another. Estonians know what the former is like. They are determined to avoid the latter. Just as computer users back up their laptops in case they break or are lost, Estonia is working out how to back up the country, in case it is attacked by Russia.

<http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21645505-protect-itself-attack-estonia-finding-ways-back-up-its-data-how>

 

Millions at risk from 'Freak' encryption bug

Microsoft has issued a security warning about a bug that could let attackers spy on supposedly secure communications. Called "Freak", the bug was found in software used to encrypt data passing between web servers and web users.

<http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-31765672>

 

Scope Of FREAK Flaw Widens As Microsoft Says Windows Affected Too

The number of users at risk from the recently discovered Factoring attack on RSA-Export Keys (FREAK) flaw has increased substantially with Microsoft’s confirmation Thursday that all supported releases of Windows are vulnerable to attacks that exploit the issue.

<http://www.darkreading.com/scope-of-freak-flaw-widens-as-microsoft-says-windows-affected-too/d/d-id/1319380>

 

Microsoft Warns Schannel Vulnerable to FREAK Attacks

Microsoft today issued an advisory warning Windows users that Secure Channel, or Schannel, the Windows implementation of SSL/TLS, is vulnerable to the FREAK attack.

<http://threatpost.com/microsoft-warns-schannel-vulnerable-to-freak-attacks/111474>

 

Steam Community phishing attacks continue unabated

Phishers are still using look-alike domain names to steal Steam credentials from unsuspecting victims, which suggests that this approach is proving rather successful for the criminals. These types of attack are particularly effective if carried out within Steam's own browser, which lacks the protective features seen in most mainstream browser software.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/26/steam-community-phishing-attacks-continue-unabated.html>

 

More Zombies in the Internet Again – 2014 botfrei.de Statistics

Despite the effort put into educating users, and despite freely available security software, the figures are alarming: The yearly average for infected computers increased back up to 40 percent in 2014. This is the finding from the more than 220,000 systems scanned by the Anti-Botnet Advisory Center. The so-called “zombies” can, as part of a botnet, be secretly remotely controlled by cyber criminals, and used for the sending of spam or for Denial-of-Service attacks.

<https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/more-zombies-in-the-internet-again-2014-botfrei-de-statistics.html>

 

Proactive Cybersecurity: A Comparative Industry and Regulatory Analysis

Abstract: This Article analyzes recent business realities and regulatory trends shaping the proactive cybersecurity industry.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2573787>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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UDRP Complaint Spotlight: Business Partner vs. Business Partner

Proving, once again, that business arrangements by handshake or loosely written contracts are a bad idea, two Dutch entrepreneurs found themselves arguing over who owns a domain name that is used to promote their e-cigarrette and smokers’ supply business.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-complaint-spotlight-business-partner-vs-business-partner>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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IPv6 Security Myth #8: It Supports IPv6 by Chris Grundemann

Most of our IPv6 Security Myths are general notions, often passed on unwittingly between colleagues, friends, conference attendees, and others. Today's myth is one that most often comes specifically from your vendors or suppliers. Whether it's a hardware manufacturer, software developer, or Internet Service Provider (ISP), this myth is all about trust, but verify.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150305_ipv6_security_myth_8_it_supports_ipv6/>

 

RIPE NCC Receives a /13 from IANA's Recovered IPv4 Pool

On 2 March 2015, the RIPE NCC and other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) each received the equivalent of a /13 of IPv4 address space from the IANA.

<https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-receives-a-13-from-ianas-recovered-ipv4-pool>

 

IANA Issues /13 to ARIN

On 2 March 2015 ARIN received a /13 of IPv4 address space from IANA in accordance with the Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA.

<https://www.arin.net/announcements/2015/20150303.html>

 

APNIC receives a /13 of IPv4 from IANA

APNIC has today received its third allocation from the IANA Recovered Pool of IPv4 addresses, a /13 block (45.248.0.0/13).

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/03/apnic-receives-a-13-of-ipv4-from-iana/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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US Trade Office Wants ICANN and Governments To Help Stamp Out Online Counterfeit Goods

A report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is critical of registrars that have allowed domain names to be registered and used in the distribution of unauthorised copyright-protected content. And it is urging governments and ICANN to get involved to address the problem.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23572>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/us-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods.html>

 

U.S. says inaction on online piracy risks public safety

The U.S. trade office on Thursday urged a crackdown on website name registrars who fail to take action against sellers of illegal goods such as counterfeit medicines and warned that turning a blind eye puts public safety at risk.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/usa-trade-piracy-idINKBN0M12FX20150305>

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/uk-usa-trade-piracy-idUKKBN0M12G120150305>

 

Notorious Markets List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy and Counterfeiting of American Products

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the findings of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2014, which highlights certain physical and online markets around the world that are reported to engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting that harms American businesses and undermines our workers.

<https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2015/march/notorious-markets-list-focuses-fight>

 

Net-in-motion – Highlights of the specialist congress of the Internet industry "Domain pulse" in Berlin

More than 350 visitors attended this year's specialist congress "Domain pulse" on 26 and 27 February in Berlin. DENIC as the organizer of the event welcomed Peter Schaar, MP Christian Flisek and experts of the industry to topical Internet policy debates. The issues on the agenda included the general climate in the context of Internet Governance, the pros and cons of regulating large commercial online services like Google and Facebook and an assessment of the power of the digital agendas in Germany and Europe, all to be discussed from a governmental and civil-society point of view.

<http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/3981.html>

 

Community Enthusiastically Supports the Nomination of Keith Davidson for the ICANN’s Multistakeholder Ethos Award

The nomination period for the 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award is over now. This time, some community members have suggested nominating Keith Davidson of .NZ.

<http://aptld.org/system/files/the_community_enthusiastically_supports_the_nomination_of_keith_davidson_for_the_icanns_multistakeholder_ethos_award.pdf>

 

ARI Registry Services expands Middle East & Africa operations

Following strong growth in Middle East and African markets, ARI Registry Services is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Dubai to reaffirm the company’s position as the region’s premier provider of Internet infrastructure and consulting services.

<http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI_Registry_Services_expands_Middle%20East_&_Africa_operations>

 

Managed DNS an opportunity for the savvy Registrar

We now live in a world where the achievement of over 500 new gTLD delegations is only overshadowed by the significance of over 4.5 million domain name registrations.

<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/managed-dns-an-opportunity-for-the-savvy-registrar/>

 

Q&A with Jim Stewart, CEO of Stew Art Media

Michael Korjen: Thanks for your time today Jim. Can you tell us why SEO and search is so important for businesses online?

<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/q-a>

 

RIPE Executive Board Response to Consultations Report 2015

The RIPE NCC Executive Board has published a response to the RIPE NCC Consultations Report 2015, which was published on 18 February 2015.

<https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/executive-board-response-to-consultations-report-2015>

 

RIPE Law Enforcement Agency Requests in 2014

In 2014, the RIPE NCC received seven requests from Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in four countries. Our transparency report details the nature of these requests and the actions that were taken as a result.

<https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/law-enforcement-agency-requests-in-2014>

 

Neustar set to lose contract that provides HALF its revenue

Neustar has been devastated by the news that it is likely to lose a US government contract that provides almost half of its annual revenue.

<http://domainincite.com/18095-neustar-set-to-lose-contract-that-provides-half-its-revenue>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Plans Announced for New Indian Domain Conference - DomCon - Coming to Mumbai as Part of 1st DigitalCon Event Next Month

The first major domain investment conferences held in India - World Domain Day and DomainX - were staged just last summer with both of those events held in Hyderabad where each attracted a sizeable audience despite the shows being held just two weeks apart. Now two of the key organizers from DomainX, Nishank Yadav (TheDomainer.net) and Anshul Goyal (GuavaSofts.com and Email.biz), have joined forces to co-found a new conference, DomCon 2015, that they are launching next month in Mumbai as part of a two-day event they have dubbed DigitalCon.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150306.htm>

 

Google Domains joins Afternic

Google’s new domain name registrar is now part of AfternicDLS and its fast transfer network, according to an announcement on the Afternic.com website:

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/05/google-domains-joins-afternic/>

 

 

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INTERNET USE

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An incredibly shrinking Firefox faces endangered species status

Mozilla's Firefox is in danger of making the endangered species list for browsers. Just two weeks after Mozilla's top Firefox executive said that rumors of its demise were "dead wrong," the iconic browser dropped another three-tenths of a percentage point in analytics firm Net Applications' tracking, ending February with 11.6%.

<http://www.computerworld.com/article/2893514/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status.html>

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569694/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status/>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Aussie Anti-Piracy Plans Boost Demand for Anonymous VPNs

Australians' interest in VPN services has skyrocketed after local ISPs announced plans for a three-strikes anti-piracy system. With potential lawsuits against consumers on the table, many subscribers are now planning ahead to stay on the safe side.

<http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-anti-piracy-plans-boost-demand-vpns-150308/>

 

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MOBILE/WIRELESS

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Smartphones are addictive and should carry health warning, say academics

Smartphones are psychologically addictive, encourage narcissistic tendencies and should come with a health warning, researchers have said.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/04/smartphones-addictive-make-people-narcissistic-say-academics>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Massive changes in the criminal landscape

A decline of traditional hierarchical criminal groups and networks will be accompanied by the expansion of a virtual criminal underground made up of individual criminal entrepreneurs, who come together on a project basis. These people will lend their knowledge, experience and expertise as part of a 'crime-as-a-service' business model. Such dynamics can already be seen in the realm of cybercrime, but in the future these will extend to the domain of 'traditional' organised crime, governing crime areas such as drugs trafficking, illegal immigration facilitation and counterfeiting of goods.

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/massive-changes-criminal-landscape>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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us: The FTC wants to know how companies are tracking you across computers and smartphones

Consumers these days connect to the Internet using lots of devices -- a person might move almost seamlessly between a laptop or tablet at home to browsing on a smartphone during a commute. Companies are increasingly trying to capture that movement to build more comprehensive profiles of people.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/03/05/the-ftc-wants-to-know-how-companies-are-tracking-you-across-computers-and-smartphones/>

 

A Way Forward: Bruce Schneier’s Data and Goliath Explains Where Our Privacy is Now, and How We Fix It

EFF is honored to have renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier as a member of our board and a collaborator for nearly 20 years. But even if we’d never met him, we’d still be incredibly excited about the release of his new book, Data and Goliath.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/03/way-forward-bruce-schneiers-new-book-data-and-goliath-explains-where-our-privacy>

 

New Zealand spying on Pacific Island nations and Indonesia, Snowden documents reveal

New Zealand is spying on its Pacific island neighbours and sharing the intelligence with its allies, according to newly released documents.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-05/new-zealand-accused-of-spying-on-pacific-neighbours/6283052>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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Netflix in row over net neutrality support

Netflix has been accused of hypocrisy after it revealed it had teamed up with Australian ISP iiNet to obtain preferential treatment despite being a long-time proponent of net neutrality.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/05/netflix-row-net-neutrality-support-australia>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Google seeks a higher truth, but will struggle to get it

Google has outlined a method to rank search results by factual accuracy, but if the hope is to dispel mistruths in political and social debates it's unlikely to work. In fact, it could contribute more to the problem.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-06/sparrow-google-seeks-a-higher-truth-but-will-struggle-to-get-it/6285054>

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US election could trigger battle over Internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626"><span>http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.au shines (in dark green) at ICANN Singapore by George Pongas</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">European Domain Centre Commemorates 30th Anniversary of First Domain With Infographic of Year Each TLD Added<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN hunkers down on two-character second-level domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GeoTLDs Are Intuitively Understandable for Internet Users<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Analytics Tool Defines Language Used By Malicious Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462"><span>http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">OpenDNS trials system that quickly detects computer crime [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US Trade Office Wants ICANN and Governments To Help Stamp Out Online Counterfeit Goods<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US election could trigger battle over Internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Officials attempting to reach a deal over the reform of Internet governance have told EurActiv that delays and the &ldquo;weaponisation&rdquo; of the issue in the current US political climate are threatening to ignite an international dispute.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626"><span>http://www.euractiv.com/sections/mobile-world-congress/us-election-could-trigger-battle-over-internet-governance-312626</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NetMundial Initiative: Still Breathing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">After a report by The Register&rsquo;s Kieren McCarthy on a postponement of the inaugural meeting of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI) Council discussions were revived over the need for the new body in several mailing lists.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/03/06/netmundial-initiative-still-breathing/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/03/06/netmundial-initiative-still-breathing/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US can&rsquo;t have it both ways on Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The United States&rsquo; policy schizophrenia regarding the Internet was on full display last week in Washington. On one day, the Commerce Department explained to a Senate committee why it&rsquo;s important for the U.S. government to take a hands-off approach to the Internet as a reason why it&rsquo;s ending its ties to ICANN. And on the very next day, the Federal Communications Commission explained why it&rsquo;s important to take a hands-on approach to the Internet by imposing net neutrality rules.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/234768-us-cant-have-it-both-ways-on-internet"><span>http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/234768-us-cant-have-it-both-ways-on-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">APRICOT 2015: IANA begins the RDAP bootstrap<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">At the APNIC Global Reports session, Elise Gerich from IANA confirmed they have begun the construction of the RDAP bootstrap registry. RDAP is the Registration Data Access Protocol, a JSON-based approach to the same problem WHOIS tries to solve but with more structure, based on HTTP access, innately more scaleable and distributed (eg via a CDN).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/05/apricot-2015-iana-begins-the-rdap-bootstrap/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/05/apricot-2015-iana-begins-the-rdap-bootstrap/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Prep WSIS meeting planned in Paris &ldquo;before summer&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">French IT Minister Axelle Lemaire is not letting up on ICANN. Angered by what she perceives are the organisation&rsquo;s shortcomings in the .vin and .wine new gTLD application process, Lemaire has been vocal in her criticism. She has also worked hard to rally support for her position in the political arena.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://post.milathan.com/2015/03/prep-wsis-meeting-planned-in-paris-before-summer/"><span>http://post.milathan.com/2015/03/prep-wsis-meeting-planned-in-paris-before-summer/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Federal Council to boost Swiss standing in web governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The FDP parliamentary group has had a motion passed, asking the Federal Council to position Switzerland as an international platform for internet governance, as well as presenting a number of measures to secure Geneva a strategic position as regards global governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/federal-council-to-boost-swiss-standing-in-web-governance--1069220"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/federal-council-to-boost-swiss-standing-in-web-governance--1069220</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How New US Net Neutrality Rules Are Shaping the Internet Worldwide<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fuel for the next wave of open Internet activists, or a propaganda tool for dictators?</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">New U.S. net neutrality rules are affecting Internet governance worldwide, reshaping the debate over Internet regulations as some major world powers near fork-in-the-road decisions about how they'll govern their own stretch of cyberspace. But while there's consensus that the U.S. decision will have impacts on Internet freedom worldwide, there's sharp disagreement over whether the new rules will help or hurt.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/03/how-new-us-net-neutrality-rules-are-shaping-internet-worldwide/106788/"><span>http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/03/how-new-us-net-neutrality-rules-are-shaping-internet-worldwide/106788/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">50 fellows from 35 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 53rd Public Meeting in Buenos Aires, 21-25 June 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">6 March 2015 &ndash; Updated Auction Schedule<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Auction Schedule is updated as of 6 March 2015 to reflect eligible contention sets as well as the addition of an Auction Date for indirect contention.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Jamie Hedlund, Vice President, Strategic Programs, Global Domain Division | ICANN, to Chuck Gomes</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Re: Process for Addressing GAC Advice<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/hedlund-to-gomes-06mar15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/hedlund-to-gomes-06mar15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Victoria Sheckler, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America, to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehad&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Copyright Infringement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/riaa-to-icann-05mar15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/riaa-to-icann-05mar15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Call for RSVPs | GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session | 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session returns on 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC and we are pleased to invite you to participate. These informal sessions provide an ideal opportunity for participants to ask questions about the GNSO Policy Development Process and the specifics of taking part in a Working Group.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Upcoming ICG Calls<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its thirteenth and fourteenth conference calls:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Boubker Seddik Badr, Director of Digital Economy | Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Government of Morocco, to Akram Atallah</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .TATA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/badr-to-atallah-26feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/badr-to-atallah-26feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN 52: Singapore &ndash; Important Issues for Brand Owners<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends at the ICANN 52nd public meeting in Singapore.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-52-singapore-important-issues-for-brand-owners-2/"><span>https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-52-singapore-important-issues-for-brand-owners-2/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.au shines (in dark green) at ICANN Singapore by George Pongas</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I recently attended ICANN&rsquo;s 52nd public meeting held at the ICANN Asia Pacific regional hub, Singapore, to represent .au on behalf of the auDA Board.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/blog/au-shines-in-dark-green-at-icann-singapore/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">European Domain Centre Commemorates 30th Anniversary of First Domain With Infographic of Year Each TLD Added<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In one week's time on 15 March it will be the 30th anniversary of the first domain name registered - symbolics.com. Back in 1985 were eight TLDs to choose from - .com, .org, .net, .edu .gov, .uk, us and il.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23580"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23580</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/07/30th-anniversary-first-domain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/30th-anniversary-first-domain.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/30th-anniversary-first-domain.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">European ccTLD News Brief (March 2015)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (13th edition). This month features: "70 million domain names: but is it a time to party?", EU Policy Update, QnA with Leonid Todorov, General Manager of APTLD, recent CENTR workshops and upcoming events &amp; ccTLD news highlights and statistics<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/cctld/03-02-2015/3989/european-cctld-news-brief-march-2015"><span>https://centr.org/news/cctld/03-02-2015/3989/european-cctld-news-brief-march-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New CEO of DIFO and DK Hostmaster<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">March 1 Jakob Bring Truelsen replaced John Schweizer as CEO of the association Danish Internet Forum (DIFO) and DK Hostmaster A/S.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-ceo-of-difo-and-dk-hostmaster/"><span>https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-ceo-of-difo-and-dk-hostmaster/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">es: Revocation of the accreditation of three Registrar Agents<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Assignation Authority for &ldquo;.es&rdquo; domain names is going to revoke the accreditation of three Registrar Agents (Chivalges, Siosi and DocumentData), for failing to fulfil the contract signed with Red.s. From 3 March 2015 on, said Registrar Agents will not be able to mediate in the assignation of new &ldquo;.es&rdquo; domain names. However, in order to cause the least possible setback to the affected domain name holders, the actual withdrawal will be deferred to 3 April 2025.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dominios.es/dominios/en/actualidad-y-noticias/comunicados/revocation-accreditation-three-registrar-agents"><span>http://www.dominios.es/dominios/en/actualidad-y-noticias/comunicados/revocation-accreditation-three-registrar-agents</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">fi: Domain Name Regulation (Regulation 68) on consultation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Domain Name Regulation, drafted by the working group for the Regulation, has been sent for consultation. The request for comments concerns the Regulation, related explanatory memorandum, and a description of FICORA's EPP interface. The documents are available in Finnish and Swedish, except for the EPP interface description which is currently being translated into Swedish. The interface description is also available in English.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://domain.fi/info/en/index/fi_uudistuu/newsletter/2015/22015.html"><span>https://domain.fi/info/en/index/fi_uudistuu/newsletter/2015/22015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">fr: ADR trends, the results of Afnic resolution procedures - Q1 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Afnic now publishes a quarterly review of its alternative dispute resolution procedures. Here is an overview of the findings of the study for Q1 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8820/show/adr-trends-the-results-of-afnic-resolution-procedures-q1-2015.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8820/show/adr-trends-the-results-of-afnic-resolution-procedures-q1-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.ky to the world<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you want to get or keep your &lsquo;.ky&rsquo; domain name on your website or e-mail, you&rsquo;ve got six months before someone else outside the Cayman Islands grabs that name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/05/ky-to-the-world"><span>http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/05/ky-to-the-world</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ky: ICTA braces for registrant loss<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Before .ky goes to the world in September, those at the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) believes they will lose about 40% of their existing registrants.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/06/icta-braces-for-registrant-loss"><span>http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/06/icta-braces-for-registrant-loss</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.KY domain names no longer free<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Companies and individuals owning a Cayman Islands domain name will have to begin paying to register or retain their domain name. As of Monday, 2 March 2015, the Information, Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) began charging an annual fee of US$39.88 for the registration or renewal of .KY domain names. The fee applies to new and previously registered domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/03/06/ky-domain-names-longer-free/"><span>http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/03/06/ky-domain-names-longer-free/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Feeling luc.ky? Cayman domain names for sale<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Businesses will have to pay to register websites with a Cayman domain name under new rules which will see .ky Internet addresses sold worldwide.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/03/06/Feeling-luc-ky--Cayman-domain-names-for-sale/"><span>http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/03/06/Feeling-luc-ky--Cayman-domain-names-for-sale/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DNSSEC Validation at Spark NZ<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">During the last NZNOG meeting in Rotorua, Geoff Huston presented an interesting result from APNIC's continuous research in DNSSEC validation deployment in New Zealand: the country reached a level of 15% of validation among a sample of users.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/dnssec-validation-spark-nz"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/dnssec-validation-spark-nz</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.PL domain registry held the eleventh position in the world<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">According to the NASK&rsquo;s report on the .pl domain name market for the fourth quarter of 2014, we registered most willingly in the .pl domain (70% of names, active in DNS), followed by the functional domains, for example com.pl (22%).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/954"><span>http://www.nask.pl/newsID/id/954</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DNS.pt rated positively by customers and partners<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DNS.pt conducted a study to evaluate the satisfaction of its customers and partners. The results showed that the evaluation of the DNS.pt and the service it provides is generally quite positive.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-rated-positively-by-customers-and-partners/"><span>http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-rated-positively-by-customers-and-partners/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN hunkers down on two-character second-level domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In 2014 ICANN voted to implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character second-level domains by new gTLD registries, a move that came in light of an apparent lack of opposition from governments and the GAC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=311fe2a0-166f-4a86-bde3-cb57238988b0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GeoTLDs Are Intuitively Understandable for Internet Users<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The new gTLDs offer an enormous reservoir of new addresses. What are the opportunities offered by the new endings and how are they being adopted in the market? We spoke to Alexander Schwertner, CEO of EPAG Domainservices GmbH about this and other questions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2015/news/geotlds-are-intuitively-understandable-for-internet-users.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The first new TLD to be sold with live websites attached to it has been picked up by registry giant Donuts at auction.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/07/gtld_auction_reise/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain-name overseer ICANN is facing widespread criticism after it emerged victorious from an independent review into its decision over the TLD .hotels.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/icann_taken_to_task_over_worthless_accountability_mechanisms/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN wins .hotels/.hoteis confusion appeal but has to pay up anyway<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The proposed new gTLDs .hotels and .hoteis are too confusingly similar to coexist on the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18097-icann-wins-hotels-hoteis-confusion-appeal-but-has-to-pay-up-anyway"><span>http://domainincite.com/18097-icann-wins-hotels-hoteis-confusion-appeal-but-has-to-pay-up-anyway</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NetNames: new gTLDs may have hurt existing TLD registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The launch of the new gTLD programme in 2013 may have contributed to a decline in domain registrations under traditional TLDs, brand protection company NetNames has claimed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/netnames-new-gtlds-may-have-hurt-existing-tld-registrations-4287"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/netnames-new-gtlds-may-have-hurt-existing-tld-registrations-4287</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Adult-themed domains open for early risers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The sunrise periods for two adult-themed gTLDs have officially opened for trademark owners.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/adult-themed-domains-open-for-early-risers-4283"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/adult-themed-domains-open-for-early-risers-4283</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Auction Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Minds + Machines Group Limited is pleased to announced that the Company has gained, in aggregate, net proceeds of US$1.68 million (approximately &pound;1.1 million) following the withdrawal of its applications for .app, .soccer, and .beauty.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/03/auction-update-2/"><span>http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/03/auction-update-2/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Minds + Machines pockets $1.68 from three more auction losses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Minds + Machines has added $1.68 million to its bank account after losing three more contention set auctions.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/06/minds-machines-tld-losses/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/06/minds-machines-tld-losses/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts bought .reise<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts has been confirmed by a German news site as the new owner of .reise, which was auctioned by its previous owner last week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18105-donuts-bought-reise"><span>http://domainincite.com/18105-donuts-bought-reise</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Analytics Tool Defines Language Used By Malicious Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">OpenDNS has gone public with a new tool that uses a blend of analytics principles found outside information security to create a threat model for detecting domains used in criminal and state-sponsored hacking campaigns.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462"><span>http://threatpost.com/new-analytics-tool-defines-language-used-by-malicious-domains/111462</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">OpenDNS trials system that quickly detects computer crime [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A security system undergoing testing by a San-Francisco-based company aims to speed up the detection of websites and domains used for cybercrime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569668/opendns-trials-system-quickly-detects-computer-crime/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2893552/opendns-trials-system-that-quickly-detects-computer-crime.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2893552/opendns-trials-system-that-quickly-detects-computer-crime.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DNS enhancement catches malware sites by understanding sneaky domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A researcher at OpenDNS Security Labs has developed a new way to automatically detect and block sites used to distribute malware almost instantaneously without having to scan them. The approach, initially developed by researcher Jeremiah O'Connor, uses natural language processing and other analytics to detect malicious domains before they can attack by spotting host names that are designed as camouflage. Called NLPRank, it spots DNS requests for sites that have names similar to legitimate sites, but with IP addresses that are outside the expected address blocks and other related data that hints at sketchiness.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/system-catches-malware-sites-by-understanding-sneaky-domain-names/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/system-catches-malware-sites-by-understanding-sneaky-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Model Uses 'Malicious Language Of The Internet' To Find Threats Fast<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">While many in the security industry are pushing for better methods of assigning attribution for cyberattacks after the damage is done, there is also a growing effort to strengthen early-stage defenses -- to stop attacks before they have a chance to do much harm. OpenDNS has introduced a new tool to fit into that second category. NLPRank is an advanced threat detection model that uses the "malicious language of the Internet," to identify suspicious domains almost as soon as they're registered.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/new-model-uses-malicious-language-of-the-internet-to-find-threats-fast/d/d-id/1319361"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/new-model-uses-malicious-language-of-the-internet-to-find-threats-fast/d/d-id/1319361</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain Keywords Used to Spot Phishing Sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Criminals setting up fake domains for phishing are prone to use the same words over and over and spotting those words can help identify malicious sites, according to a new threat detection model from OpenDNS.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2893761/phishing/domain-keywords-used-to-spot-phishing-sites.html"><span>http://www.cio.com/article/2893761/phishing/domain-keywords-used-to-spot-phishing-sites.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How to back up a country: To protect itself from attack, Estonia is finding ways to back up its data</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Wiping a country off the map is one thing. Wiping its data is another. Estonians know what the former is like. They are determined to avoid the latter. Just as computer users back up their laptops in case they break or are lost, Estonia is working out how to back up the country, in case it is attacked by Russia.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21645505-protect-itself-attack-estonia-finding-ways-back-up-its-data-how"><span>http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21645505-protect-itself-attack-estonia-finding-ways-back-up-its-data-how</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Millions at risk from 'Freak' encryption bug<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Microsoft has issued a security warning about a bug that could let attackers spy on supposedly secure communications. Called "Freak", the bug was found in software used to encrypt data passing between web servers and web users.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-31765672"><span>http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-31765672</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Scope Of FREAK Flaw Widens As Microsoft Says Windows Affected Too<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The number of users at risk from the recently discovered Factoring attack on RSA-Export Keys (FREAK) flaw has increased substantially with Microsoft&rsquo;s confirmation Thursday that all supported releases of Windows are vulnerable to attacks that exploit the issue. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/scope-of-freak-flaw-widens-as-microsoft-says-windows-affected-too/d/d-id/1319380"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/scope-of-freak-flaw-widens-as-microsoft-says-windows-affected-too/d/d-id/1319380</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Microsoft Warns Schannel Vulnerable to FREAK Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Microsoft today issued an advisory warning Windows users that Secure Channel, or Schannel, the Windows implementation of SSL/TLS, is vulnerable to the FREAK attack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/microsoft-warns-schannel-vulnerable-to-freak-attacks/111474"><span>http://threatpost.com/microsoft-warns-schannel-vulnerable-to-freak-attacks/111474</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Steam Community phishing attacks continue unabated<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Phishers are still using look-alike domain names to steal Steam credentials from unsuspecting victims, which suggests that this approach is proving rather successful for the criminals. These types of attack are particularly effective if carried out within Steam's own browser, which lacks the protective features seen in most mainstream browser software.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/26/steam-community-phishing-attacks-continue-unabated.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/26/steam-community-phishing-attacks-continue-unabated.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">More Zombies in the Internet Again &ndash; 2014 botfrei.de Statistics<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Despite the effort put into educating users, and despite freely available security software, the figures are alarming: The yearly average for infected computers increased back up to 40 percent in 2014. This is the finding from the more than 220,000 systems scanned by the Anti-Botnet Advisory Center. The so-called &ldquo;zombies&rdquo; can, as part of a botnet, be secretly remotely controlled by cyber criminals, and used for the sending of spam or for Denial-of-Service attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/more-zombies-in-the-internet-again-2014-botfrei-de-statistics.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/more-zombies-in-the-internet-again-2014-botfrei-de-statistics.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proactive Cybersecurity: A Comparative Industry and Regulatory Analysis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: This Article analyzes recent business realities and regulatory trends shaping the proactive cybersecurity industry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2573787"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2573787</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UDRP Complaint Spotlight: Business Partner vs. Business Partner<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Proving, once again, that business arrangements by handshake or loosely written contracts are a bad idea, two Dutch entrepreneurs found themselves arguing over who owns a domain name that is used to promote their e-cigarrette and smokers&rsquo; supply business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-complaint-spotlight-business-partner-vs-business-partner"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-complaint-spotlight-business-partner-vs-business-partner</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPv6 Security Myth #8: It Supports IPv6 by Chris Grundemann<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Most of our IPv6 Security Myths are general notions, often passed on unwittingly between colleagues, friends, conference attendees, and others. Today's myth is one that most often comes specifically from your vendors or suppliers. Whether it's a hardware manufacturer, software developer, or Internet Service Provider (ISP), this myth is all about trust, but verify.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150305_ipv6_security_myth_8_it_supports_ipv6/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150305_ipv6_security_myth_8_it_supports_ipv6/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RIPE NCC Receives a /13 from IANA's Recovered IPv4 Pool<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 2 March 2015, the RIPE NCC and other Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) each received the equivalent of a /13 of IPv4 address space from </span><span>the </span><span lang="EN">IANA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-receives-a-13-from-ianas-recovered-ipv4-pool"><span>https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-receives-a-13-from-ianas-recovered-ipv4-pool</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IANA Issues /13 to ARIN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 2 March 2015 ARIN received a /13 of IPv4 address space from IANA in accordance with the Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.arin.net/announcements/2015/20150303.html"><span>https://www.arin.net/announcements/2015/20150303.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">APNIC receives a /13 of IPv4 from IANA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">APNIC has today received its third allocation from the IANA Recovered Pool of IPv4 addresses, a /13 block (45.248.0.0/13).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/03/apnic-receives-a-13-of-ipv4-from-iana/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/03/03/apnic-receives-a-13-of-ipv4-from-iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US Trade Office Wants ICANN and Governments To Help Stamp Out Online Counterfeit Goods<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is critical of registrars that have allowed domain names to be registered and used in the distribution of unauthorised copyright-protected content. And it is urging governments and ICANN to get involved to address the problem.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23572"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23572</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/06/us-wants-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/us-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/us-icann-governments-stamp-out-counterfeit-goods.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. says inaction on online piracy risks public safety<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The U.S. trade office on Thursday urged a crackdown on website name registrars who fail to take action against sellers of illegal goods such as counterfeit medicines and warned that turning a blind eye puts public safety at risk.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/usa-trade-piracy-idINKBN0M12FX20150305"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/usa-trade-piracy-idINKBN0M12FX20150305</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/uk-usa-trade-piracy-idUKKBN0M12G120150305"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/05/uk-usa-trade-piracy-idUKKBN0M12G120150305</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Notorious Markets List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy and Counterfeiting of American Products<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the findings of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2014, which highlights certain physical and online markets around the world that are reported to engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting that harms American businesses and undermines our workers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2015/march/notorious-markets-list-focuses-fight"><span>https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2015/march/notorious-markets-list-focuses-fight</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Net-in-motion &ndash; Highlights of the specialist congress of the Internet industry "Domain pulse" in Berlin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">More than 350 visitors attended this year's specialist congress "Domain pulse" on 26 and 27 February in Berlin. DENIC as the organizer of the event welcomed Peter Schaar, MP Christian Flisek and experts of the industry to topical Internet policy debates. The issues on the agenda included the general climate in the context of Internet Governance, the pros and cons of regulating large commercial online services like Google and Facebook and an assessment of the power of the digital agendas in Germany and Europe, all to be discussed from a governmental and civil-society point of view.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/3981.html"><span>http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/3981.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Community Enthusiastically Supports the Nomination of Keith Davidson for the ICANN&rsquo;s Multistakeholder Ethos Award<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The nomination period for the 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award is over now. This time, some community members have suggested nominating Keith Davidson of .NZ.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://aptld.org/system/files/the_community_enthusiastically_supports_the_nomination_of_keith_davidson_for_the_icanns_multistakeholder_ethos_award.pdf"><span>http://aptld.org/system/files/the_community_enthusiastically_supports_the_nomination_of_keith_davidson_for_the_icanns_multistakeholder_ethos_award.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ARI Registry Services expands Middle East &amp; Africa operations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Following strong growth in Middle East and African markets, ARI Registry Services is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Dubai to reaffirm the company&rsquo;s position as the region&rsquo;s premier provider of Internet infrastructure and consulting services.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI_Registry_Services_expands_Middle%20East_&amp;_Africa_operations"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI_Registry_Services_expands_Middle%20East_&amp;_Africa_operations</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Managed DNS an opportunity for the savvy Registrar<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We now live in a world where the achievement of over 500 new gTLD delegations is only overshadowed by the significance of over 4.5 million domain name registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/blog/managed-dns-an-opportunity-for-the-savvy-registrar/"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/blog/managed-dns-an-opportunity-for-the-savvy-registrar/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Q&amp;A with Jim Stewart, CEO of Stew Art Media<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Michael Korjen: Thanks for your time today Jim. Can you tell us why SEO and search is so important for businesses online?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/q-a"><span>http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/q-a</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RIPE Executive Board Response to Consultations Report 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The RIPE NCC Executive Board has published a response to the RIPE NCC Consultations Report 2015, which was published on 18 February 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/executive-board-response-to-consultations-report-2015"><span>https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/executive-board-response-to-consultations-report-2015</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>