David Goldstein | 23 Mar 00:38 2015

auDA domain news - 23 March

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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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GOVERNANCE

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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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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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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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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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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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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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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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​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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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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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"><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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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">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">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>
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<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
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<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>
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<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>
<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 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>
<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">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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<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>
<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">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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- DNS SECURITY

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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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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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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>
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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">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>
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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">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>
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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">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>
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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">.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>
<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">"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>
<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">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>
<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">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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<br><br>&nbsp;email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><br><br>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a> / <a href="http://davidgoldstein.tel/" target="_blank"><span>http://davidgoldstein.tel/</span></a><br>&nbsp;phone: <a href="tel:%2B61%20418%20228%20605"><span>+61 418 228 605</span></a> &ndash; mobile / <a href="tel:%2B61%202%209663%203430"><span>+61 2 9663 3430</span></a> - office/home<br><br>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 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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- NEW TLDS

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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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- DNS SECURITY

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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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"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">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>
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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">&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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RIPE Law Enforcement Agency Requests in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/law-enforcement-agency-requests-in-2014"><span>https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/law-enforcement-agency-requests-in-2014</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">Neustar set to lose contract that provides HALF its revenue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18095-neustar-set-to-lose-contract-that-provides-half-its-revenue"><span>http://domainincite.com/18095-neustar-set-to-lose-contract-that-provides-half-its-revenue</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">Plans Announced for New Indian Domain Conference - DomCon - Coming to Mumbai as Part of 1st DigitalCon Event Next Month<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150306.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150306.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">Google Domains joins Afternic<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google&rsquo;s new domain name registrar is now part of AfternicDLS and its fast transfer network, according to an announcement on the Afternic.com website:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/05/google-domains-joins-afternic/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/05/google-domains-joins-afternic/</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>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">INTERNET USE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An incredibly shrinking Firefox faces endangered species status<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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%.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2893514/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status.html"><span>http://www.computerworld.com/article/2893514/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569694/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569694/an-incredibly-shrinking-firefox-faces-endangered-species-status/</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">Aussie Anti-Piracy Plans Boost Demand for Anonymous VPNs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-anti-piracy-plans-boost-demand-vpns-150308/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-anti-piracy-plans-boost-demand-vpns-150308/</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">MOBILE/WIRELESS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Smartphones are addictive and should carry health warning, say academics<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Smartphones are psychologically addictive, encourage narcissistic tendencies and should come with a health warning, researchers have said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/04/smartphones-addictive-make-people-narcissistic-say-academics"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/04/smartphones-addictive-make-people-narcissistic-say-academics</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">Massive changes in the criminal landscape<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/massive-changes-criminal-landscape"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/massive-changes-criminal-landscape</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">us: The FTC wants to know how companies are tracking you across computers and smartphones</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="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/"><span>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/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Way Forward: Bruce Schneier&rsquo;s Data and Goliath Explains Where Our Privacy is Now, and How We Fix It<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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&rsquo;d never met him, we&rsquo;d still be incredibly excited about the release of his new book, Data and Goliath.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/03/way-forward-bruce-schneiers-new-book-data-and-goliath-explains-where-our-privacy"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/03/way-forward-bruce-schneiers-new-book-data-and-goliath-explains-where-our-privacy</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 Zealand spying on Pacific Island nations and Indonesia, Snowden documents reveal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Zealand is spying on its Pacific island neighbours and sharing the intelligence with its allies, according to newly released documents.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-05/new-zealand-accused-of-spying-on-pacific-neighbours/6283052"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-05/new-zealand-accused-of-spying-on-pacific-neighbours/6283052</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">Netflix in row over net neutrality support<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/05/netflix-row-net-neutrality-support-australia"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/05/netflix-row-net-neutrality-support-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">**********************<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">Google seeks a higher truth, but will struggle to get it<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-06/sparrow-google-seeks-a-higher-truth-but-will-struggle-to-get-it/6285054"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-06/sparrow-google-seeks-a-higher-truth-but-will-struggle-to-get-it/6285054</span></a>&gt;<p></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><br>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a> / <a href="http://davidgoldstein.tel/" target="_blank"><span>http://davidgoldstein.tel/</span></a><br>&nbsp;phone: <a href="tel:%2B61%20418%20228%20605"><span>+61 418 228 605</span></a> &ndash; mobile / <a href="tel:%2B61%202%209663%203430"><span>+61 2 9663 3430</span></a> - office/home<br><br>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 5 Mar 00:57 2015

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UNESCO study promotes accessibility, freedom of expression, privacy and ethics on the internet

<http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_study_promotes_accessibility_freedom_of_expression_privacy_and_ethics_on_the_internet/back/9597/>

 

International effort to wrangle t'internet from NSA fizzles out in chaos

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

 

US Senate Holds Hearing on Transition and Future of Multistakeholder Model: Update on IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability

<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-senate-holds-hearing-transition-and-future-multistakeholder-model-update-iana-ste>

 

Domain Pulse 2015: Brand Owners Happy With DENIC Procedures

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/03/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures/>

 

Google's Domain Name Land Grab: Consumer Convenience Or Coercive Control Point?

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtmarko/2015/03/04/googles-domain-name-land-grab-consumer-convenience-or-coercive-control-point/>

 

ARI Registry Services expands Middle East & Africa operations

<http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI Registry Services expands Middle East & Africa operations>

 

Melbourne IT plans acquisition spree

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/melbourne_it_plans_acquisition_spree_MEtIPvDtZKSsBqc3yACTMP>

 

 

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UNESCO study promotes accessibility, freedom of expression, privacy and ethics on the internet

What measures should UNESCO advocate to ensure that the internet serves the interests of the largest number of users? What action needs to be taken to apply the rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—notably freedom to impart information and opinion, and privacy—online, as well as offline?

<http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_study_promotes_accessibility_freedom_of_expression_privacy_and_ethics_on_the_internet/back/9597/>

 

International effort to wrangle t'internet from NSA fizzles out in chaos

The launch of the ICANN-Brazil-led internet power grab dubbed NetMundial has been cancelled for a second time, raising questions over its continued existence.

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

 

US Senate Holds Hearing on Transition and Future of Multistakeholder Model: Update on IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability

On February 25, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on "Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance," during which it heard testimony regarding IANA Stewardship Transition and enhancing ICANN accountability processes that have commanded significant attention of the global Internet community over the last year.

<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-senate-holds-hearing-transition-and-future-multistakeholder-model-update-iana-ste>

 

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"GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session" Re-Launch

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to volunteer for a GNSO Working Group? Do you have questions you never dared ask about Adobe Connect or other participation tools that are used to facilitate Working Group deliberations? Did you ever get lost in the sea of acronyms? The GNSO Newcomer Open House session is the place to look for answers to these and any other questions you may have in relation to GNSO policy development activities and working groups.

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

 

Nomination Period Extended For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 20 March 2015

On 10 December 2015 ICANN announced the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. The nomination period has been extended and will close on 20 March 2015. This award program seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees.

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

 

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .EMERCK, .HAMBURG and .BERLIN TLDs

ICANN have published proposed amendments, which are being posted for comment, that would allow the registration of country and territory names at all levels in .EMERCK, .HAMBURG and .BERLIN TLDs.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-02-en>

 

Update: New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Q&A Published

Questions and Answers related to the reported security issue in the New gTLD Applicant and GDD portals, as noted in the announcements below, have been published at icann.org/en/system/files/files/new-gtld-applicant-portal-qa-02mar15-en.pdf.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2015-03-02-en>

 

New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Update

ICANN temporarily took its New gTLD Applicant and GDD portals offline on 27 February 2015 to investigate a reported security issue. Access to, and data in, these portals is limited to New gTLD Program applicants and New gTLD registry operators. Under certain circumstances an authenticated portal user could potentially view data of, or related to, other users.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-01-en>

 

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>

 

2015 Nominating Committee Application Period Ends Soon

Time is running out to put your name forward to join the team of global leadership, largely volunteers, who help ICANN coordinate the policies and processes that shape the future of the Internet.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-02-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>

 

Marc Van Wesemael, CEO | EURid, to Steve Crocker, Fadi Chehadé, and Cyrus Namazi

Review of .eu IDN application

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/wesemael-et-al-to-chehade-et-al-23feb15-en.pdf>

 

Video Interviews from ICANN 52 in Singapore

CircleID in collaboration with the team from Dyn Inc. and ICANNWiki, brings you the following video interviews conducted by Susan Chalmers at ICANNWiki during the ICANN 52 meetings in Singapore.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150304_video_interviews_from_icann_52_in_singapore/>

 

ICANN switches off dot-word admin portal amid security leak scare

Global domain-name overlord ICANN has found another security hole in its systems.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/02/icann_suffers_another_security_breach/>

 

More security issues prang ICANN site

ICANN has revealed details of a security problem on its web site that could have allowed new gTLD registries to view data belonging to their competitors.

<http://domainincite.com/18089-more-security-issues-prang-icann-site>

 

ICANN switches off dot-word admin portal amid security leak scare

This time, confidential data on companies vying for new dot-word domains may have been snooped on by rivals logged into ICANN's catch-all portal – meaning commercially sensitive information as well as important technical details on the internet's expansion were at risk. The org has since taken the vulnerable web apps offline.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/02/icann_suffers_another_security_breach/>

 

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Domain Pulse 2015: Brand Owners Happy With DENIC Procedures

The lawyers of brand ownersand other registrants expressed their satisfaction with DENIC's rules and procedures in a panel discussion at the Domain Pulse conference in Berlin last Friday. But lawyers being lawyers, they're never totally happy!

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23559>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/03/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures.html>

 

$ for “.ky” domain name

If you own a ‘.ky’ address for your e-mail or website, you’re going to have to start paying to keep that domain name. The Information, Communication and Technology Authority (ICTA) has now partnered with Uniregistry to manage the official online name space of the Cayman Islands.

<http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/03/for-ky-domain-name>

 

ng: NiRA exposes facts on faceless domain speculator

NiRA has exposed the facts concerning the faceless domain speculator, who used emails and blog postings to blackmail the executive board of the Association. Investigations revealed that the fraudster blackmailed the President and Vice President of the Association in their official and private capacity, as well as some registrars because they disagreed with him over his ownership claim of the domains games. ng and nigeria.ng.

<http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/nira-exposes-facts-on-faceless-domain-speculator/>

 

.SO Registry Bans More “KickassTorrents” Domains

The registry behind the Somalian .SO TLD has banned more "Kickass" related domain names, citing illegal activities. The actions target Kickas.so, Kickasstorrents.so, Kickassmovie.so and several others domains, even a parked one. The owners, who are not affiliated with the popular torrent site, lost their domain names without prior notice.

<http://torrentfreak.com/so-registry-bans-more-kickasstorrents-domains-150304/>

 

tp: East Timor was officially removed from the internet yesterday

The country of East Timor was officially removed from the internet this week, with the '.tp' registry and all domains under it deleted from the "root zone".

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

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Welsh Government makes the switch to gov.wales

The Welsh Government has become the latest of a series of high-profile Welsh organisations to switch over to the .wales and .cymru domains.

<http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/welsh-government-makes-switch-govwales-8734135>

 

New .cymru and .wales domain names get off to a flying start

New Welsh domain names - .cymru and .wales - have just passed the five thousand mark, selling over a thousand new domains in the first hour yesterday. The new gTLDS went on sale to everyone at noon on St David’s Day.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/new-cymru-and-wales-domain-names-get-flying-start>

 

Google's Domain Name Land Grab: Consumer Convenience Or Coercive Control Point?

Internet naming decisions are the sort of Internet plumbing inside baseball that only interests policy wonks and marketing mavens. That is until an 800 pound gorilla like Google decides to pay $25 million for a single gTLD. Buying “.app” for almost four-times the previous record for a gTLD not only raised eyebrows, but questions about the strategy behind Google’s expansive and expensive domain name land grab.

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtmarko/2015/03/04/googles-domain-name-land-grab-consumer-convenience-or-coercive-control-point/>

 

Google Chose to Win .APP in an ICANN Auction for $25m - Why? by Jean Guillon

For those who don't know, there are typically 3 methods of resolving contention sets in the new gTLD world... Given that Google is a portfolio applicant of over 100 gTLDs why did it elect to go for an ICANN Auction and make all details of the auction public? Disclosure of the winning bid by Google certainly makes a statement, it's very newsworthy, but does it serve Google's purposes, since it is in other contention sets for some popular strings and a bar has been set?

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150304_google_chose_to_win_app_in_an_icann_auction_for_25m_why/>

 

Live gTLD .reise sold at auction

Dotreise’s .reise, which is German for “.travel”, changed hands in an auction managed by Applicant Auction last Friday.

<http://domainincite.com/18093-live-gtld-reise-sold-at-auction>

 

Tucows and Namecheap exit $14m .online deal

Tucows and Namecheap have both pulled out of their joint venture with Radix to run the .online registry.

<http://domainincite.com/18091-tucows-and-namecheap-exit-14m-online-deal>

 

Digital.nyc – A Status Report

We’re a 1/2 candle into the life of our city’s TLD and an appropriate time for an evaluation. But with .nyc’s success metrics undefined, an assessment is challenging. Hoping that we might contribute to a long term analytical framework, we decided to undertake this first review.

<http://www.connectingnyc.org/digital-nyc/>

 

The Dot Green gTLD and the Domain Name Delusion That Foretells General gTLD Disaster by Frederick Harris

I admire Annalisa Roger. I know from my single email interaction with her that she means well. Nonetheless, dot Green apparently ranks below 330 in the list of operational new gTLDs with an apparent total of 117 domains, give or take a few. Why is this the case? It seems to me that dot Green is one the few new gTLDs that actually deserves support.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150302_dot_green_gtld_domain_name_delusion_general_gtld_disaster/>

 

.App and .Blog – a look at domain name registration numbers

Google bought rights to the .App TLD last week for a whopping $25 million. Also last month, .Blog sold for an unknown number that was certainly 8 figures.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/02/app-and-blog-a-look-at-domain-name-registration-numbers/>

 

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Minimum Disclosure: What Information Does a Name Server Need to Do Its Job? by Burt Kaliski

Two principles in computer security that help bound the impact of a security compromise are the principle of least privilege and the principle of minimum disclosure or need-to-know.

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

 

Domain Shadowing Latest Angler Exploit Kit Evasion Technique

The Angler Exploit Kit continues to evolve at an alarming rate, seamlessly adding not only zero-day exploits as they become available, but also a host of evasion techniques that have elevated it to the ranks of the more formidable hacker toolkits available.

<http://threatpost.com/domain-shadowing-latest-angler-exploit-kit-evasion-technique/111396>

 

Outdated Encryption Leaves Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

A government policy that forbade the export of products with strong encryption in the 1990s has years later left users of devices like Android and Apple phones vulnerable to hackers when they visit one-third of all websites, including whitehouse.gov and nsa.gov.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/business/outdated-encryption-leaves-phones-vulnerable-to-hackers.html>

 

Patrick Gray on the State of Security and State Security

Worlds collide as Dennis Fisher talks with Patrick Gray of the Risky Business podcast about security journalism, how much and how little has changed in the industry in the last 15 years and whether we’re making any progress in the fight against attackers.

<http://threatpost.com/patrick-gray-on-the-state-of-security-and-state-security/111414>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Is a domain name a property right?

The importance of the internet and the role that e-commerce plays in a company’s business have increased significantly over the past few years with many successful companies operating predominantly, some even exclusively, from online platforms.

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=06884eda-37fa-4855-87d3-c73782ee101c>

 

Counterfeit websites removed by UK police

Two thousand websites selling fake luxury goods have been removed since the start of the year in the UK. The fight against fakes will be on the agenda at the 2015 Luxury Law Summit on 19 May 2015 in London.

<http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/counterfeit-websites-removed-by-uk-police-72769534/>

 

au: Cash Converters Pty Ltd. v. Casshies Investments Pty Ltd. - Case No. DAU2014-0035 - complaint denied

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Cash Converters Pty Ltd. of Perth, Western Australia, represented by Wrays, Australia. The Respondent is Casshies Investments Pty Ltd. of Wodonga, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <casshies.com.au> is registered with AussieHQ Pty Ltd.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0035>

 

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WHY are GoDaddy and Verisign stockpiling patents? Do I smell war? Is the domain-name industry heading into a techno-legal battle?

A raft of patent applications has presaged a possible legal war in the rapidly expanding domain-name industry.

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

 

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 East & Africa operations>

 

Melbourne IT plans acquisition spree

Domain name registration and web design company MelbourneIT is planning to continue an acquisition spree after buying cloud services provider UberGlobal for $15.5 million last week.

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/melbourne_it_plans_acquisition_spree_MEtIPvDtZKSsBqc3yACTMP>

 

The DNS still isn't a directory

Back in the mid 1990s, before ICANN was invented, a lot of people assumed that the way you would find stuff on the Internet would be through the Domain Name System. It wasn't a ridiculous idea at the time. The most popular way to look for stuff was through manually managed directories like Yahoo's, but they couldn't keep up with the rapidly growing World Wide Web.

<http://jl.ly/ICANN/notdir.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Sedo Rings Up One of the Year's Five Biggest Sales to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

Though the year is still young we've already seen a lot of impressive domain sales, the latest coming this week when Sedo banked $300,000 for Heika.com. That ranks as the fifth biggest sale reported so far in 2015. Sedo completed a nice one-two punch with another six-figure sale, moving Anker.com for a cool $130,000.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150304.htm>

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AUSTRALIAN INTERNET NEWS

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au: Cyber bullying laws teetering on the edge of government overreach: Cory Bernardi

Outspoken Liberal senator Cory Bernardi believes cyber bullying laws that cleared the Senate on Wednesday are teetering on the edge of government overreach, warning children still need to be taught some resilience.

<http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cyber-bullying-laws-teetering-on-the-edge-of-government-overreach-cory-bernardi-20150304-13uyz6.html>

 

au: Why data retention legislation should be withdrawn by Katie Miller, Law Institute of Victoria president Katie Miller.

The data retention regime to be debated in Federal Parliament this week will affect every Australian citizen and business.

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/why_data_retention_legislation_should_NENc1mKQf0ecoQNcct7FoO>

 

au: NBN will suffer under telcos' lack of vision by Mark Gregory

The telecommunications industry’s failure to embrace the need for a radically new NBN with significantly increased capacity and gigabit speeds is a symptom of an industry with a lack of strategic vision and drive.

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/2/27/technology/nbn-will-suffer-under-telcos-lack-vision>

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UNESCO study promotes accessibility, freedom of expression, privacy and ethics on the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_study_promotes_accessibility_freedom_of_expression_privacy_and_ethics_on_the_internet/back/9597/"><span>http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_study_promotes_accessibility_freedom_of_expression_privacy_and_ethics_on_the_internet/back/9597/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">International effort to wrangle t'internet from NSA fizzles out in chaos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/04/netmundial_council_meeting_cancelled_again/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/04/netmundial_council_meeting_cancelled_again/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US Senate Holds Hearing on Transition and Future of Multistakeholder Model: Update on IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-senate-holds-hearing-transition-and-future-multistakeholder-model-update-iana-ste"><span>http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-senate-holds-hearing-transition-and-future-multistakeholder-model-update-iana-ste</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain Pulse 2015: Brand Owners Happy With DENIC Procedures<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/03/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/03/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures/</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's Domain Name Land Grab: Consumer Convenience Or Coercive Control Point?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtmarko/2015/03/04/googles-domain-name-land-grab-consumer-convenience-or-coercive-control-point/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtmarko/2015/03/04/googles-domain-name-land-grab-consumer-convenience-or-coercive-control-point/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ARI Registry Services expands Middle East &amp; Africa operations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI%20Registry%20Services%20expands%20Middle%20East%20&amp;%20Africa%20operations"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI Registry Services expands Middle East &amp; Africa operations</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Melbourne IT plans acquisition spree<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/melbourne_it_plans_acquisition_spree_MEtIPvDtZKSsBqc3yACTMP"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/technology/melbourne_it_plans_acquisition_spree_MEtIPvDtZKSsBqc3yACTMP</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">UNESCO study promotes accessibility, freedom of expression, privacy and ethics on the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What measures should UNESCO advocate to ensure that the internet serves the interests of the largest number of users? What action needs to be taken to apply the rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights&mdash;notably freedom to impart information and opinion, and privacy&mdash;online, as well as offline?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_study_promotes_accessibility_freedom_of_expression_privacy_and_ethics_on_the_internet/back/9597/"><span>http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_study_promotes_accessibility_freedom_of_expression_privacy_and_ethics_on_the_internet/back/9597/</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 effort to wrangle t'internet from NSA fizzles out in chaos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The launch of the ICANN-Brazil-led internet power grab dubbed NetMundial has been cancelled for a second time, raising questions over its continued existence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/04/netmundial_council_meeting_cancelled_again/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/04/netmundial_council_meeting_cancelled_again/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US Senate Holds Hearing on Transition and Future of Multistakeholder Model: Update on IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On February 25, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on "Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance," during which it heard testimony regarding IANA Stewardship Transition and enhancing ICANN accountability processes that have commanded significant attention of the global Internet community over the last year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-senate-holds-hearing-transition-and-future-multistakeholder-model-update-iana-ste"><span>http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-senate-holds-hearing-transition-and-future-multistakeholder-model-update-iana-ste</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">"GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session" Re-Launch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Did you ever wonder what it would be like to volunteer for a GNSO Working Group? Do you have questions you never dared ask about Adobe Connect or other participation tools that are used to facilitate Working Group deliberations? Did you ever get lost in the sea of acronyms? The GNSO Newcomer Open House session is the place to look for answers to these and any other questions you may have in relation to GNSO policy development activities and working groups.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Nomination Period Extended For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 20 March 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 10 December 2015 ICANN announced the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. The nomination period has been extended and will close on 20 March 2015. This award program seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Release of Country and Territory Names within the .EMERCK, .HAMBURG and .BERLIN TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN have published proposed amendments, which are being posted for comment, that would allow the registration of country and territory names at all levels in .EMERCK, .HAMBURG and .BERLIN TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-03-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Update: New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Q&amp;A Published<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Questions and Answers related to the reported security issue in the New gTLD Applicant and GDD portals, as noted in the announcements below, have been published at icann.org/en/system/files/files/new-gtld-applicant-portal-qa-02mar15-en.pdf.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2015-03-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2015-03-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN temporarily took its New gTLD Applicant and GDD portals offline on 27 February 2015 to investigate a reported security issue. Access to, and data in, these portals is limited to New gTLD Program applicants and New gTLD registry operators. Under certain circumstances an authenticated portal user could potentially view data of, or related to, other users.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">2015 Nominating Committee Application Period Ends Soon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Time is running out to put your name forward to join the team of global leadership, largely volunteers, who help ICANN coordinate the policies and processes that shape the future of the Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-03-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Marc Van Wesemael, CEO | EURid, to Steve Crocker, Fadi Chehad&eacute;, and Cyrus Namazi</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Review of .eu IDN application<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/wesemael-et-al-to-chehade-et-al-23feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/wesemael-et-al-to-chehade-et-al-23feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Video Interviews from ICANN 52 in Singapore<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CircleID in collaboration with the team from Dyn Inc. and ICANNWiki, brings you the following video interviews conducted by Susan Chalmers at ICANNWiki during the ICANN 52 meetings in Singapore.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150304_video_interviews_from_icann_52_in_singapore/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150304_video_interviews_from_icann_52_in_singapore/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN switches off dot-word admin portal amid security leak scare<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Global domain-name overlord ICANN has found another security hole in its systems.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/02/icann_suffers_another_security_breach/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/02/icann_suffers_another_security_breach/</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 security issues prang ICANN site<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has revealed details of a security problem on its web site that could have allowed new gTLD registries to view data belonging to their competitors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18089-more-security-issues-prang-icann-site"><span>http://domainincite.com/18089-more-security-issues-prang-icann-site</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 switches off dot-word admin portal amid security leak scare<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This time, confidential data on companies vying for new dot-word domains may have been snooped on by rivals logged into ICANN's catch-all portal &ndash; meaning commercially sensitive information as well as important technical details on the internet's expansion were at risk. The org has since taken the vulnerable web apps offline.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/02/icann_suffers_another_security_breach/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/02/icann_suffers_another_security_breach/</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">Domain Pulse 2015: Brand Owners Happy With DENIC Procedures<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The lawyers of brand ownersand other registrants expressed their satisfaction with DENIC's rules and procedures in a panel discussion at the Domain Pulse conference in Berlin last Friday. But lawyers being lawyers, they're never totally happy!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23559"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23559</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/03/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/03/03/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/domain-pulse-2015-brand-owners-happy-with-denic-procedures.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">$ for &ldquo;.ky&rdquo; domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you own a &lsquo;.ky&rsquo; address for your e-mail or website, you&rsquo;re going to have to start paying to keep that domain name. The Information, Communication and Technology Authority (ICTA) has now partnered with Uniregistry to manage the official online name space of the Cayman Islands.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/03/for-ky-domain-name"><span>http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/03/03/for-ky-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">ng: NiRA exposes facts on faceless domain speculator</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NiRA has exposed the facts concerning the faceless domain speculator, who used emails and blog postings to blackmail the executive board of the Association. Investigations revealed that the fraudster blackmailed the President and Vice President of the Association in their official and private capacity, as well as some registrars because they disagreed with him over his ownership claim of the domains games. ng and nigeria.ng.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/nira-exposes-facts-on-faceless-domain-speculator/"><span>http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/nira-exposes-facts-on-faceless-domain-speculator/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.SO Registry Bans More &ldquo;KickassTorrents&rdquo; Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The registry behind the Somalian .SO TLD has banned more "Kickass" related domain names, citing illegal activities. The actions target Kickas.so, Kickasstorrents.so, Kickassmovie.so and several others domains, even a parked one. The owners, who are not affiliated with the popular torrent site, lost their domain names without prior notice.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/so-registry-bans-more-kickasstorrents-domains-150304/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/so-registry-bans-more-kickasstorrents-domains-150304/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">tp: East Timor was officially removed from the internet yesterday</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The country of East Timor was officially removed from the internet this week, with the '.tp' registry and all domains under it deleted from the "root zone".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/04/east_timor_was_officially_removed_from_the_internet_yesterday/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/04/east_timor_was_officially_removed_from_the_internet_yesterday/</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">Welsh Government makes the switch to gov.wales<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Welsh Government has become the latest of a series of high-profile Welsh organisations to switch over to the .wales and .cymru domains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/welsh-government-makes-switch-govwales-8734135"><span>http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/welsh-government-makes-switch-govwales-8734135</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 .cymru and .wales domain names get off to a flying start<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Welsh domain names - .cymru and .wales - have just passed the five thousand mark, selling over a thousand new domains in the first hour yesterday. The new gTLDS went on sale to everyone at noon on St David&rsquo;s Day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/new-cymru-and-wales-domain-names-get-flying-start"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/new-cymru-and-wales-domain-names-get-flying-start</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's Domain Name Land Grab: Consumer Convenience Or Coercive Control Point?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet naming decisions are the sort of Internet plumbing inside baseball that only interests policy wonks and marketing mavens. That is until an 800 pound gorilla like Google decides to pay $25 million for a single gTLD. Buying &ldquo;.app&rdquo; for almost four-times the previous record for a gTLD not only raised eyebrows, but questions about the strategy behind Google&rsquo;s expansive and expensive domain name land grab.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtmarko/2015/03/04/googles-domain-name-land-grab-consumer-convenience-or-coercive-control-point/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtmarko/2015/03/04/googles-domain-name-land-grab-consumer-convenience-or-coercive-control-point/</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 Chose to Win .APP in an ICANN Auction for $25m - Why? by Jean Guillon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">For those who don't know, there are typically 3 methods of resolving contention sets in the new gTLD world... Given that Google is a portfolio applicant of over 100 gTLDs why did it elect to go for an ICANN Auction and make all details of the auction public? Disclosure of the winning bid by Google certainly makes a statement, it's very newsworthy, but does it serve Google's purposes, since it is in other contention sets for some popular strings and a bar has been set?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150304_google_chose_to_win_app_in_an_icann_auction_for_25m_why/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150304_google_chose_to_win_app_in_an_icann_auction_for_25m_why/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Live gTLD .reise sold at auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dotreise&rsquo;s .reise, which is German for &ldquo;.travel&rdquo;, changed hands in an auction managed by Applicant Auction last Friday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18093-live-gtld-reise-sold-at-auction"><span>http://domainincite.com/18093-live-gtld-reise-sold-at-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">Tucows and Namecheap exit $14m .online deal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tucows and Namecheap have both pulled out of their joint venture with Radix to run the .online registry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18091-tucows-and-namecheap-exit-14m-online-deal"><span>http://domainincite.com/18091-tucows-and-namecheap-exit-14m-online-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">Digital.nyc &ndash; A Status Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">We&rsquo;re a 1/2 candle into the life of our city&rsquo;s TLD and an appropriate time for an evaluation. But with .nyc&rsquo;s success metrics undefined, an assessment is challenging. Hoping that we might contribute to a long term analytical framework, we decided to undertake this first review.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.connectingnyc.org/digital-nyc/"><span>http://www.connectingnyc.org/digital-nyc/</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 Dot Green gTLD and the Domain Name Delusion That Foretells General gTLD Disaster by Frederick Harris</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I admire Annalisa Roger. I know from my single email interaction with her that she means well. Nonetheless, dot Green apparently ranks below 330 in the list of operational new gTLDs with an apparent total of 117 domains, give or take a few. Why is this the case? It seems to me that dot Green is one the few new gTLDs that actually deserves support.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150302_dot_green_gtld_domain_name_delusion_general_gtld_disaster/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150302_dot_green_gtld_domain_name_delusion_general_gtld_disaster/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.App and .Blog &ndash; a look at domain name registration numbers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google bought rights to the .App </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> last week for a whopping $25 million. Also last month, .Blog sold for an unknown number that was certainly 8 figures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/02/app-and-blog-a-look-at-domain-name-registration-numbers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/03/02/app-and-blog-a-look-at-domain-name-registration-numbers/</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">Minimum Disclosure: What Information Does a Name Server Need to Do Its Job? by Burt Kaliski</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two principles in computer security that help bound the impact of a security compromise are the principle of least privilege and the principle of minimum disclosure or need-to-know.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/minimum_disclosure_what_information_does"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/minimum_disclosure_what_information_does</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 Shadowing Latest Angler Exploit Kit Evasion Technique<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Angler Exploit Kit continues to evolve at an alarming rate, seamlessly adding not only zero-day exploits as they become available, but also a host of evasion techniques that have elevated it to the ranks of the more formidable hacker toolkits available.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/domain-shadowing-latest-angler-exploit-kit-evasion-technique/111396"><span>http://threatpost.com/domain-shadowing-latest-angler-exploit-kit-evasion-technique/111396</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Outdated Encryption Leaves Phones Vulnerable to Hackers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A government policy that forbade the export of products with strong encryption in the 1990s has years later left users of devices like Android and Apple phones vulnerable to hackers when they visit one-third of all websites, including whitehouse.gov and nsa.gov.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/business/outdated-encryption-leaves-phones-vulnerable-to-hackers.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/business/outdated-encryption-leaves-phones-vulnerable-to-hackers.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">Patrick Gray on the State of Security and State Security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Worlds collide as Dennis Fisher talks with Patrick Gray of the Risky Business podcast about security journalism, how much and how little has changed in the industry in the last 15 years and whether we&rsquo;re making any progress in the fight against attackers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/patrick-gray-on-the-state-of-security-and-state-security/111414"><span>http://threatpost.com/patrick-gray-on-the-state-of-security-and-state-security/111414</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">Is a domain name a property right?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The importance of the internet and the role that e-commerce plays in a company&rsquo;s business have increased significantly over the past few years with many successful companies operating predominantly, some even exclusively, from online platforms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=06884eda-37fa-4855-87d3-c73782ee101c"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=06884eda-37fa-4855-87d3-c73782ee101c</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Counterfeit websites removed by UK police<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two thousand websites selling fake luxury goods have been removed since the start of the year in the UK. The fight against fakes will be on the agenda at the 2015 Luxury Law Summit on 19 May 2015 in London.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/counterfeit-websites-removed-by-uk-police-72769534/"><span>http://www.globallegalpost.com/global-view/counterfeit-websites-removed-by-uk-police-72769534/</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: Cash Converters Pty Ltd. v. Casshies Investments Pty Ltd. - Case No. DAU2014-0035 - complaint denied</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">1. The Parties: The Complainant is Cash Converters Pty Ltd. of Perth, Western Australia, represented by Wrays, Australia. The Respondent is Casshies Investments Pty Ltd. of Wodonga, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;casshies.com.au&gt; is registered with AussieHQ Pty Ltd.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0035"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0035</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">WHY are GoDaddy and Verisign stockpiling patents? Do I smell war? Is the domain-name industry heading into a techno-legal battle?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A raft of patent applications has presaged a possible legal war in the rapidly expanding domain-name industry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/04/is_the_domain_name_industry_heading_into_a_patent_war/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/04/is_the_domain_name_industry_heading_into_a_patent_war/</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%20Registry%20Services%20expands%20Middle%20East%20&amp;%20Africa%20operations"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/news-ARI Registry Services expands Middle East &amp; Africa operations</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Melbourne IT plans acquisition spree<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain name registration and web design company MelbourneIT is planning to continue an acquisition spree after buying cloud services provider UberGlobal for $15.5 million last week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/melbourne_it_plans_acquisition_spree_MEtIPvDtZKSsBqc3yACTMP"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/technology/melbourne_it_plans_acquisition_spree_MEtIPvDtZKSsBqc3yACTMP</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 DNS still isn't a directory<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Back in the mid 1990s, before ICANN was invented, a lot of people assumed that the way you would find stuff on the Internet would be through the Domain Name System. It wasn't a ridiculous idea at the time. The most popular way to look for stuff was through manually managed directories like Yahoo's, but they couldn't keep up with the rapidly growing World Wide Web.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://jl.ly/ICANN/notdir.html"><span>http://jl.ly/ICANN/notdir.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">Sedo Rings Up One of the Year's Five Biggest Sales to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Though the year is still young we've already seen a lot of impressive domain sales, the latest coming this week when Sedo banked $300,000 for Heika.com. That ranks as the fifth biggest sale reported so far in 2015. Sedo completed a nice one-two punch with another six-figure sale, moving Anker.com for a cool $130,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150304.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150304.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">AUSTRALIAN INTERNET NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Cyber bullying laws teetering on the edge of government overreach: Cory Bernardi<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Outspoken Liberal senator Cory Bernardi believes cyber bullying laws that cleared the Senate on Wednesday are teetering on the edge of government overreach, warning children still need to be taught some resilience.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cyber-bullying-laws-teetering-on-the-edge-of-government-overreach-cory-bernardi-20150304-13uyz6.html"><span>http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cyber-bullying-laws-teetering-on-the-edge-of-government-overreach-cory-bernardi-20150304-13uyz6.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: Why data retention legislation should be withdrawn by Katie Miller, Law Institute of Victoria president Katie Miller.</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The data retention regime to be debated in Federal Parliament this week will affect every Australian citizen and business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/why_data_retention_legislation_should_NENc1mKQf0ecoQNcct7FoO"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/technology/why_data_retention_legislation_should_NENc1mKQf0ecoQNcct7FoO</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: NBN will suffer under telcos' lack of vision by Mark Gregory<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The telecommunications industry&rsquo;s failure to embrace the need for a radically new NBN with significantly increased capacity and gigabit speeds is a symptom of an industry with a lack of strategic vision and drive.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/2/27/technology/nbn-will-suffer-under-telcos-lack-vision"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/2/27/technology/nbn-will-suffer-under-telcos-lack-vision</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><br>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a> / <a href="http://davidgoldstein.tel/" target="_blank"><span>http://davidgoldstein.tel/</span></a><br>&nbsp;phone: <a href="tel:%2B61%20418%20228%20605"><span>+61 418 228 605</span></a> &ndash; mobile / <a href="tel:%2B61%202%209663%203430"><span>+61 2 9663 3430</span></a> - office/home<br><br>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 22 Feb 03:18 2015

auDA Domain News - 23 February

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Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/19/critical_iana_transition_heads_to_congress/>

 

U.S. To Scale Back Its Role In Internet Governance

<http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/19/1120736/>

 

Auction for 1 Contention Set Slated for 25 February 2015

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19feb15-en>

 

ICANN Updates Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-20-en>

 

Information Brokers becomes newest .au accredited Registrar

<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/information-brokers>

 

New gTLDs and Higher Burden of Proof Distinguish URS Rulings

<http://www.bna.com/new-gtlds-higher-n17179923256/>

 

Verisign's Q4 2014 DDoS Trends: Public Sector Experiences Largest Increase in DDoS Attacks

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q4_2014_ddos>

 

London ‘Playboy’ Battles Hefner’s Empire for Use of Web Domain

<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-20/london-playboy-battles-hefner-s-empire-for-use-of-web-domain>

 

Coca-Cola Spreads Happiness Online With Emoji Web Addresses Domains for every joyful face By Tim Nudd

<http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/coca-cola-spreads-happiness-online-first-emoji-web-addresses-163044>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week

The process to move oversight of the world's DNS system away from the US government is heading to Congress with a hearing scheduled for later this month.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/19/critical_iana_transition_heads_to_congress/>

 

U.S. To Scale Back Its Role In Internet Governance

Even though the Internet has long been an international community, the United States has always been at its center. However, that all may be about to change as the U.S. Department of Commerce scales back its role in Internet governance.

<http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/19/1120736/>

 

Beijing Touts “Cyber-Sovereignty” In Internet Governance: Global Technology Firms Could Mine Silver Lining by Scott Livingston

It has been a difficult few weeks for global technology companies operating in China. Chinese officials strengthened the Internet firewall by blocking the use of virtual private networks (VPNs), reasserted demands that web users register their real names, and issued a new regulation requiring enhanced scrutiny of imported IT products in the financial industry. In response, a consortium of 17 trade groups wrote U.S. trade officials urging them to resist China’s new cybersecurity policies.

<http://www.chinalawblog.com/2015/02/beijing-touts-cyber-sovereignty-in-internet-governance-global-technology-firms-could-mine-silver-lining.html>

 

Hearings: Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a hearing on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, entitled “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance.”

<http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=683924ae-83d7-4bf4-922a-cdecb9556ba9&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a>

 

Stakeholders Continue Historic Work on Internet DNS Transition at ICANN Singapore Meeting by Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling

Last week, ICANN held its 52nd meeting in Singapore, where the global multistakeholder community continued progress on a proposal to transition the United States role related to the Internet DNS.

<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2015/stakeholders-continue-historic-work-internet-dns-transition-icann-singapore-meeting>

 

ICANN 52 and the road to WSIS+10

ICANN held the first of its three annual open meetings in Singapore last week. LSE alumna and ICANN fellow Anri van der Spuy attended and encountered a reluctant yet growing willingness to start opening the debate to accommodate broader internet governance issues, besides an expected focus on the IANA stewardship transition.

<http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2015/02/20/icann-52-and-the-road-to-wsis10/>

 

U.S. Senate Declares “Internet Governance Awareness Week” Coinciding with ICANN 52 Singapore

On February 5th, while many (including the author) were on route to ICANN 52 in Singapore, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res. 71, a non-binding, “Sense of the Senate” Resolution declaring February 8th-14th as “Internet Governance Awareness Week”. Those dates overlap the now ongoing ICANN meeting in Singapore, and the congruence is intentional.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/ig-awareness-week/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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Auction for 1 Contention Set Slated for 25 February 2015

An Auction will be facilitated by Power Auctions LLC on 25 February 2015 to resolve string contention for one new gTLD string: APP. Twelve applicants are expected to participate in the Auction for the applied-for string.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19feb15-en>

 

Closing Date Approaching: Nomination Period For 2015 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Presentation Planned for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 02 March 2015

On 10 December 2015 ICANN announced the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. The nomination period will close on 2 March 2015.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-19-en>

 

ICANN Updates Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

Today, ICANN is announcing updates to the "Authorization Process for the Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels" to take into account additional direction from the ICANN Board.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-20-en>

 

Service update on some ICANN hosted blogs

The content on several ICANN-hosted public blogs has been restored to service after being temporarily taken offline to investigate a software security vulnerability.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/service-update-on-some-icann-hosted-blogs>

 

Letter from Donuts Inc. to ICANN

New gTLD application for .SPA

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/donuts-inc-to-icann-17feb15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN 52 reflection by Jordan Carter

It’s a week now since the end of ICANN’s 52nd public meeting in Singapore, held 8-12 February. I’ve had a chance to reflect on the week and think about what happened. My main focus, as outlined in a note to InternetNZ members before travelling to the meeting, was on the intertwined issues of the transition of stewardship of the Internet’s domain name system from the United States Government to the global Internet community, and the improvements to ICANN’s accountability that would be required to allow this transition to happen.

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/icann-52-reflection>

 

52nd ICANN Meeting: Discussion on IANA and the Administration of the Internet Determine the Agenda in Singapore

Who will take on the supervision of the IANA from September 2015? This question is currently dominating all international discussions on Internet Governance and was also a central topic at the 52nd ICANN Meeting, which took place from 8-12 February in Singapore. Representing eco – the Association of the German Internet Industry were eco Chairman of the Board Prof. Michael Rotert and Director of Policy and Law Oliver Süme, along with Thomas Rickert and Lars Steffen from eco Business Development. eco used the platform of the meeting above all to consult on national guidelines and recommendations for action for the transition of the IANA Stewardship. The objective is to bring a collective German position into the international negotiation process.

<https://international.eco.de/2015/news/52nd-icann-meeting-discussion-on-iana-and-the-administration-of-the-internet-determine-the-agenda-in-singapore.html>

 

In Battle for Names, it's Country Vs. Company [VoA]

... This dispute has emerged in the digital world, where companies like Amazon are staking claims on the uncharted territory of website names with geographic terms. Before, websites would just use gTLDs like .com or .org. But in 2012, ICANN opened the floodgates by letting people apply for all manner of website domains -- including .amazon.

<http://www.indiagazette.com/index.php/sid/230419163>

<http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/230419163>

 

Geoff Huston appointed to ICANN SSAC

APNIC’s Chief Scientist, Geoff Huston, has been appointed to the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/17/geoff-huston-appointed-to-icann-ssac/>

 

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Information Brokers becomes newest .au accredited Registrar

As .au domain registrations approach the 3-million mark, Melbourne-based company Information Brokers has become the newest accredited .au Registrar, receiving accreditation approval from the auDA.

<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/information-brokers>

 

1,500,000 .be domain names!

Today around 10:08 we reached the milestone of 1,5 million .be domain names. The domain name that got us there, is plameco-brugge.be.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/1500000-be-domain-names>

 

DK Hostmaster introduces validation

As from 1 March 2015, DK Hostmaster requires that all Danish registrants can be validated. This means, that your name and address must match the information about you in the CPR or CVR register to get the right of use of a .dk domain name.

<https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/dk-hostmaster-introduces-validation/>

 

Mali offers free .ml domain names in Malaysia, hoping for a global presence

Mali is offering its ccTLD, .ml, to the 20 million Internet users in Malaysia, capitalizing on the popular use of “ML” as an abbreviation for the Southeast Asian nation.

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2887316/mali-offers-free-ml-domain-names-in-malaysia-hoping-for-a-global-presence.html>

 

nz: Notification of Roles and Responsibilities Policy amendments

Following a public consultation, the DNCL Board has approved a small number of amendments to the Roles and Responsibilities (RAR) Policy. The amendments are additional provisions around the management of .nz domain name resellers:

<http://dnc.org.nz/story/notification-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-amendments>

 

Polish domains average registration in 2014 goes 3000 per day

Poland’s TLD registrar NASK published a report that revealed that an average of 2, 818 domains were registered daily in 2014 by poles, with ‘.pl’ registrations.

<http://customstoday.com.pk/polish-domains-average-registration-in-2014-goes-3000-per-day/>

 

Poles registering 3,000 domains daily in 2014

A new report published by NASK, Poland’s TLD registrar, reveals that an average of 2,818 domains were registered daily in 2014, with around 400 daily ‘.pl’ registrations.

<http://www.thenews.pl/1/12/Artykul/197551,Poles-registering-3000-domains-daily-in-2014>

 

rs: January edition of RNIDS News

Issue 22 of the RNIDS News corporate newsletter brings an overview of events at RNIDS and in the local and global Internet community in the last quarter of 2014.

<http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/january-edition-of-rnids-news/id/5959>

 

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New gTLDs and Higher Burden of Proof Distinguish URS Rulings

Experience to date with the faster, less costly Uniform Rapid Suspension System illuminated small distinctions between the new rights protection mechanism's bad faith analysis and that of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, but inconsistencies between URS panels have produced a few grey areas as to what outcomes trademark owners can expect under the new remedy.

<http://www.bna.com/new-gtlds-higher-n17179923256/>

 

What's the hot domain dot-news? Er, it's .news

Domain specialist Rightside has won the fight for the gTLD dot-news and will roll it out in the middle of the year.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/20/whats_the_hot_domain_news_its_news/>

 

2014, "Year Zero" for nTLDs

The February 2015 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names reviews the launch of the new TLDs.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8784/show/2014-year-zero-for-ntlds.html>

 

IBCA Presentation to ICANN GAC on Protection of Geographic Names in New gTLDs

The Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA) was invited by ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to present comments it had submitted for the proposed for Protection of Geographic Names in New gTLDs during ICANN GAC session.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150220_the_internet_business_council_for_africa_on_geographic_tlds/>

 

Start Spreading the .News - Rightside Acquires One of the Most Attractive New gTLDs

New gTLDs have been getting released at such a fast and furious pace over the past year (hundreds are now live) that it's hard to keep up with them - even if you have a scorecard. Still, in the midst of all of the clutter one really stands out in the crowd from time to time. As a life long reporter I'm sure it won't surprise you that word today of .news being acquired and soon to be offered by Rightside caught my eye.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150219.htm>

 

Domain name services company Rightside posts Q4 revenue of $51.7M, up 14 percent

Kirkland-based domain name services company Rightside announced today that its business is growing on the back of increased interest in new TLDs. The company brought in $51.7 million in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2014, up from almost $45.6 million during the same period in 2013.

<http://www.geekwire.com/2015/rightside-closes-2014-with-fiscal-growth/>

 

Highlights from Rightside Q4 investor call

Rightside reported fourth quarter and full year financials for 2014 after the bell today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/19/highlights-from-rightside-q4-investor-call/>

 

New Domain Extensions Help a Wide Audience Show Affinity

GoDaddy can certainly be credited with bringing the domain business into the mainstream. This panel of experts in the domain and promotions field presented a panel recently at NamesCon: TLDs: Making the Pivot to Mainstream. The discussion centered upon exploring how search and branding will promote the use of gTLDs, as opposed to the traditional domain extensions such as .com.

<http://tech.co/domain-extensions-show-affinity-2015-02>

 

L’Oréal Wins New gTLD .BEAUTY Beating Donuts & Minds + Machines/Adding To Its Huge Vertical

L’Oréal has won the new gTLD .Beauty beating Donuts and Minds + Machines. We reported earlier today that L’Oréal also won the rights to operate .Hair L’Oréal was also the sole applicant for .skin and .makeup so L’Oréal has basically cornered the new gTLD market for that vertical.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/19/loreal-wins-new-gtld-beauty-beating-donuts-minds-machinesadding-to-its-huge-vertical/>

 

Scottish Government Moves From .UK To .SCOT

The government of Quebec decided at the last moment the cost was too great to move their domain names from .qc.ca to .quebec, but the Scottish government has decided the cost is not so great for their independence online.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/20/scottish-government-moves-from-uk-to-scot/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/scottish-government-moves-from-uk-to-scot.html>

 

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Verisign's Q4 2014 DDoS Trends: Public Sector Experiences Largest Increase in DDoS Attacks

Verisign just released our Q4 2014 DDoS Trends Report, which provides a unique view into online distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack trends from mitigations on behalf of, and in cooperation with, customers of Verisign DDoS Protection Services, and the security research ofiDefense Security Intelligence Services. Many notable observations were made, including a rise in the average size of DDoS attacks against our customers; the most common attack vector continued to be User Datagram Protocol (UDP) amplification attacks leveraging Network Time Protocol (NTP), while Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) also continued to be exploited. Verisign also mitigated more attacks in December than any other month in 2014.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q4_2014_ddos>

 

APWG helps DNS Belgium combat internet abuse

In 2014, a total of 4,240 hacked .be websites were actively used for phishing or malware. Internet abuse is still on the rise. In late 2014, we became a member of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) in order to more efficiently combat such abuses.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/apwg-helps-dns-belgium-combat-internet-abuse>

 

Cyber-security: The Kaspersky equation: A Russian antivirus firm impresses the sceptics, again

There is more than one reason to harbour doubts about Eugene Kaspersky and the computer-security company that bears his name. He graduated from an institute close to the KGB and later worked for the Red Army. He has called Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower, a “traitor” for having broken his contract with his former employer, America’s National Security Agency (NSA). And, like many an executive in his industry, his regular warnings about big, emerging cyber-threats just happen to be good for drumming up business.

<http://www.economist.com/news/business/21644154-russian-antivirus-firm-impresses-sceptics-again-kaspersky-equation>

 

Japan Hit by Cyberattacks at an Unprecedented Level

According to the National Institute of Information Communications Technology (NICT), Japan experienced more than than 25 billion cyberattacks in 2014, with 40 percent of them traced back to China, followed by South Korea, Russia, and the United States.

<http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/japan-hit-by-cyberattacks-at-an-unprecedented-level/>

 

First Arabic Cyberespionage Operation Uncovered

The Desert Falcons gang is the first Arabic APT group, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab.

<http://threatpost.com/first-arabic-cyberespionage-operation-uncovered/111068>

 

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London ‘Playboy’ Battles Hefner’s Empire for Use of Web Domain

Michael Ross, a 50-year-old property developer, says he registered the “playboy.london” website in his kitchen, while joking with his wife and a friend over a few bottles of wine.

<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-20/london-playboy-battles-hefner-s-empire-for-use-of-web-domain>

 

Lawsuit Filed Over Playboy.london

Michael Ross, the London-based real estate exec who fought Playboy Enterprises International at arbitration over the domain name Playboy.london and lost, now has filed suit against the adult entertainment brand.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=191413>

 

The millionaire former playboy, Hugh Hefner, and a crucial fight over playboy.london

When Michael Ross registered the domain playboy.london in August, it was supposed to be a bit of a laugh. The Brit once dated a Playboy Bunny, visited the mansion in Beverly Hills, and has a "colorful past" as they say on Fleet Street.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/21/hugh_hefner_playboylondon/>

 

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IPv6 Security Myth #6: IPv6 is Too New to be Attacked by Chris Grundemann

Here we are, half-way through this list of the top 10 IPv6 security myths! Welcome to myth #6. Since IPv6 is just now being deployed at any real scale on true production networks, some may think that the attackers have yet to catch up. As we learned in Myth #2, IPv6 was actually designed starting 15-20 years ago. While it didn't see widespread commercial adoption until the last several years, there has been plenty of time to develop at least a couple suites of test/attack tools.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150219_ipv6_security_myth_6_ipv6_is_too_new_to_be_attacked/>

 

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Coca-Cola Spreads Happiness Online With Emoji Web Addresses Domains for every joyful face By Tim Nudd

Coca-Cola hasn't had much luck making the Internet a happier place lately, but maybe this will help—a fun campaign from Coca-Cola Puerto Rico that puts smiley-face emojis right in the brand's web addresses.

<http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/coca-cola-spreads-happiness-online-first-emoji-web-addresses-163044>

 

RIPE NCC Consultations Report 2015

From November 2014 to January 2015, the RIPE NCC enlisted independent consultants to carry out interviews with RIPE NCC members and other interested parties in the RIPE community. The aim of these consultations was to check on our progress since the RIPE NCC Survey 2013 and to identify issues that our community would like us to address.

<https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-consultations-report-2015>

 

The History of Sex.com, the Most Contested Domain on the Internet

​On its face, sex.com looks like a no-frills Pinterest for porn, but behind the site lies an ongoing grudge match between the man who invented online dating and a con artist who stole the crown jewel of the internet out from under him.

<http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-history-of-sexcom-the-most-contested-domain-on-the-internet>

 

How to Get the Lowest Prices at GoDaddy

If you’re a domainer, you shouldn’t be paying list price for domain name registrations at GoDaddy (or any registrar, for that matter).

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/19/how-to-get-the-lowest-prices-at-godaddy/>

 

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Sex.co for sale at $200,000

The owner of sex.co, which according to Whois is Amsterdam-based Quattro Media Co, has put the domain on the market with a buy-it-now price of $200,000.

<http://domainincite.com/18011-sex-co-for-sale-at-200000>

 

Introducing Premium Domain Brokerage!

We are excited to formally announce the arrival of Premium Domain Brokerage at Flippa!

<http://flippa.com/blog/premium-domain-brokerage/>

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Abuse and Harassment: What Could Twitter Do?

The mainstream media has paid a lot more attention to abuse and harassment on Twitter lately, including a recent story by Lindy West on This American Life about her experience confronting an especially vitriolic troll. She isn’t alone—and it appears that for the company at least, the number of Twitter users speaking out about harassment has reached critical mass.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/02/twitter-harassment-what-can-do>

 

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Avoiding a 'digital dark age': future-proofing our existence

The notion that dark clouds are forming over the future of our digital existence has been most recently voiced by an executive of a major multinational internet corporation.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-20/avoiding-the-digital-dark-age-future-proofing-our-existence/6148860>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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au: ISPs unveil draft anti-piracy scheme

Under a draft industry code of practice unveiled today by telco group Communications Alliance, ISP customers will be issued with a series of warning notices in response to alleged online copyright infringement.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/568620/isps-unveil-proposed-notice-scheme-copyright-infringement/>

 

Aussie ISPs Advocate “Three Strikes” Solution to Piracy

Under pressure from the Australian government, local ISPs have now published proposals on how to deal with the issue of online piracy. Drafted together with entertainment companies, the draft sees subscribers warned three times before further action is taken.

<http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-isps-advocate-three-strikes-solution-to-piracy-150220/>

 

au: Combating terrorist propaganda online

Today, in Washington, DC, I announced that the Australian Government is providing nearly $18 million to combat the lies and propaganda terrorist groups are promulgating online to gain support and sympathy from vulnerable young Australians. This work forms part of Australia's approach to countering violent extremism.

<http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/FirstQuarter/20-February-2015-Combating-terrorist-propaganda-online.aspx>

 

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BRAND PROTECTION & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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Trans Pacific Partnership. What's the deal being negotiated in our name? ... Intellectual property

The US is demanding extreme extensions in copyright terms. Already in the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement it secured an extension from 50 years after the author's death to 70, something former productivity Commission economist Philippa Dee believes cost Australia $88 million in extra copyright payments.

<http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/trans-pacific-partnership-whats-the-deal-being-negotiated-in-our-name-20150220-13jci9.html>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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HTTP/2 Gets Approval, Promises Faster and More Secure Online Exchanges

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (or “HTTP”) is central to data communication online, and hasn’t undergone a major update since 1999 with the adoption of HTTP 1.1. However, the next version of HTTP could soon become standard.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/http2-gets-approval-promises-faster-secure-online-exchanges>

 

HTTP/2 finished, coming to browsers within weeks

The Internet Engineering Task Force's HTTP Working Group has finalized its work on Hypertext Transfer Protocol 2, the successor to the HTTP/1.0 and HTTP/1.1 protocols that are the core of the Web.

<http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/02/http2-finished-coming-to-browsers-within-weeks/>

 

InternetNZ to give away $80,000 in research grants

InternetNZ has announced via a blog post its Internet Research funding round for 2015 is officially open.

<http://netguide.co.nz/story/internetnz-give-away-80000-research-grants/>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Australia ranked 20 on OECD fixed broadband rankings

Australia continues to lag behind many other developed nations on fixed broadband subscriptions while excelling in wireless broadband, according to world rankings released by the OECD.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/568256/australia-ranked-20-oecd-fixed-broadband-rankings/>

 

New Zealand tops OECD fibre broadband subscription growth

New Zealand has topped the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in fibre broadband uptake, seeing a 272 percent increase in fibre broadband connection growth for the year ending June 2014, almost double the rate of increase of Luxembourg, which came second, with 139 percent.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-zealand-tops-oecd-fibre-broadband-subscription-growth/>

 

OECD broadband statistics update

Mobile broadband penetration has risen to 78.2% in the OECD area, making more than three wireless subscriptions for every four inhabitants, according to data for June 2014 released by the OECD today.

<http://www.oecd.org/sti/broadband/broadband-statistics-update.htm>

 

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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>Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/19/critical_iana_transition_heads_to_congress/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/19/critical_iana_transition_heads_to_congress/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. To Scale Back Its Role In Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/19/1120736/"><span>http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/19/1120736/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Auction for 1 Contention Set Slated for 25 February 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19feb15-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19feb15-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Updates Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-20-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-20-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Information Brokers becomes newest .au accredited Registrar<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/information-brokers"><span>http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/information-brokers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs and Higher Burden of Proof Distinguish URS Rulings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/new-gtlds-higher-n17179923256/"><span>http://www.bna.com/new-gtlds-higher-n17179923256/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign's Q4 2014 DDoS Trends: Public Sector Experiences Largest Increase in DDoS Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q4_2014_ddos"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q4_2014_ddos</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>London &lsquo;Playboy&rsquo; Battles Hefner&rsquo;s Empire for Use of Web Domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-20/london-playboy-battles-hefner-s-empire-for-use-of-web-domain"><span>http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-20/london-playboy-battles-hefner-s-empire-for-use-of-web-domain</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Coca-Cola Spreads Happiness Online With Emoji Web Addresses Domains for every joyful face By Tim Nudd<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/coca-cola-spreads-happiness-online-first-emoji-web-addresses-163044"><span>http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/coca-cola-spreads-happiness-online-first-emoji-web-addresses-163044</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The process to move oversight of the world's DNS system away from the US government is heading to Congress with a hearing scheduled for later this month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/19/critical_iana_transition_heads_to_congress/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/19/critical_iana_transition_heads_to_congress/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. To Scale Back Its Role In Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Even though the Internet has long been an international community, the United States has always been at its center. However, that all may be about to change as the U.S. Department of Commerce scales back its role in Internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/19/1120736/"><span>http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/19/1120736/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Beijing Touts &ldquo;Cyber-Sovereignty&rdquo; In Internet Governance: Global Technology Firms Could Mine Silver Lining by Scott Livingston</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It has been a difficult few weeks for global technology companies operating in China. Chinese officials strengthened the Internet firewall by blocking the use of virtual private networks (VPNs), reasserted demands that web users register their real names, and issued a new regulation requiring enhanced scrutiny of imported IT products in the financial industry. In response, a consortium of 17 trade groups wrote U.S. trade officials urging them to resist China&rsquo;s new cybersecurity policies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.chinalawblog.com/2015/02/beijing-touts-cyber-sovereignty-in-internet-governance-global-technology-firms-could-mine-silver-lining.html"><span>http://www.chinalawblog.com/2015/02/beijing-touts-cyber-sovereignty-in-internet-governance-global-technology-firms-could-mine-silver-lining.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hearings: Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a hearing on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, entitled &ldquo;Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&amp;ContentRecord_id=683924ae-83d7-4bf4-922a-cdecb9556ba9&amp;ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&amp;Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a"><span>http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&amp;ContentRecord_id=683924ae-83d7-4bf4-922a-cdecb9556ba9&amp;ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&amp;Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Stakeholders Continue Historic Work on Internet DNS Transition at ICANN Singapore Meeting by Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last week, ICANN held its 52nd meeting in Singapore, where the global multistakeholder community continued progress on a proposal to transition the United States role related to the Internet DNS.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2015/stakeholders-continue-historic-work-internet-dns-transition-icann-singapore-meeting"><span>http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2015/stakeholders-continue-historic-work-internet-dns-transition-icann-singapore-meeting</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 52 and the road to WSIS+10<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN held the first of its three annual open meetings in Singapore last week. LSE alumna and ICANN fellow Anri van der Spuy attended and encountered a reluctant yet growing willingness to start opening the debate to accommodate broader internet governance issues, besides an expected focus on the IANA stewardship transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2015/02/20/icann-52-and-the-road-to-wsis10/"><span>http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2015/02/20/icann-52-and-the-road-to-wsis10/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Senate Declares &ldquo;Internet Governance Awareness Week&rdquo; Coinciding with ICANN 52 Singapore<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On February 5th, while many (including the author) were on route to ICANN 52 in Singapore, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res. 71, a non-binding, &ldquo;Sense of the Senate&rdquo; Resolution declaring February 8th-14th as &ldquo;Internet Governance Awareness Week&rdquo;. Those dates overlap the now ongoing ICANN meeting in Singapore, and the congruence is intentional.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/ig-awareness-week/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/ig-awareness-week/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Auction for 1 Contention Set Slated for 25 February 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Auction will be facilitated by Power Auctions LLC on 25 February 2015 to resolve string contention for one new gTLD string: APP. Twelve applicants are expected to participate in the Auction for the applied-for string.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19feb15-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19feb15-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Closing Date Approaching: Nomination Period For 2015 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Presentation Planned for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 02 March 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 10 December 2015 ICANN announced the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. The nomination period will close on 2 March 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-19-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-19-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Updates Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, ICANN is announcing updates to the "Authorization Process for the Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels" to take into account additional direction from the ICANN Board.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-20-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-20-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Service update on some ICANN hosted blogs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The content on several ICANN-hosted public blogs has been restored to service after being temporarily taken offline to investigate a software security vulnerability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/service-update-on-some-icann-hosted-blogs"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/service-update-on-some-icann-hosted-blogs</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Donuts Inc. to ICANN</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD application for .SPA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/donuts-inc-to-icann-17feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/donuts-inc-to-icann-17feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 52 reflection by Jordan Carter</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s a week now since the end of ICANN&rsquo;s 52nd public meeting in Singapore, held 8-12 February. I&rsquo;ve had a chance to reflect on the week and think about what happened. My main focus, as outlined in a note to InternetNZ members before travelling to the meeting, was on the intertwined issues of the transition of stewardship of the Internet&rsquo;s domain name system from the United States Government to the global Internet community, and the improvements to ICANN&rsquo;s accountability that would be required to allow this transition to happen.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/icann-52-reflection"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/icann-52-reflection</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>52nd ICANN Meeting: Discussion on IANA and the Administration of the Internet Determine the Agenda in Singapore<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Who will take on the supervision of the IANA from September 2015? This question is currently dominating all international discussions on Internet Governance and was also a central topic at the 52nd ICANN Meeting, which took place from 8-12 February in Singapore. Representing eco &ndash; the Association of the German Internet Industry were eco Chairman of the Board Prof. Michael Rotert and Director of Policy and Law Oliver S&uuml;me, along with Thomas Rickert and Lars Steffen from eco Business Development. eco used the platform of the meeting above all to consult on national guidelines and recommendations for action for the transition of the IANA Stewardship. The objective is to bring a collective German position into the international negotiation process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/news/52nd-icann-meeting-discussion-on-iana-and-the-administration-of-the-internet-determine-the-agenda-in-singapore.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2015/news/52nd-icann-meeting-discussion-on-iana-and-the-administration-of-the-internet-determine-the-agenda-in-singapore.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In Battle for Names, it's Country Vs. Company [VoA]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... This dispute has emerged in the digital world, where companies like Amazon are staking claims on the uncharted territory of website names with geographic terms. Before, websites would just use gTLDs like .com or .org. But in 2012, ICANN opened the floodgates by letting people apply for all manner of website domains -- including .amazon.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.indiagazette.com/index.php/sid/230419163"><span>http://www.indiagazette.com/index.php/sid/230419163</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/230419163"><span>http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/230419163</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Geoff Huston appointed to ICANN SSAC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>APNIC&rsquo;s Chief Scientist, Geoff Huston, has been appointed to the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/17/geoff-huston-appointed-to-icann-ssac/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/17/geoff-huston-appointed-to-icann-ssac/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Information Brokers becomes newest .au accredited Registrar<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As .au domain registrations approach the 3-million mark, Melbourne-based company Information Brokers has become the newest accredited .au Registrar, receiving accreditation approval from the auDA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/information-brokers"><span>http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/information-brokers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1,500,000 .be domain names!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today around 10:08 we reached the milestone of 1,5 million .be domain names. The domain name that got us there, is plameco-brugge.be.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/1500000-be-domain-names"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/1500000-be-domain-names</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DK Hostmaster introduces validation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As from 1 March 2015, DK Hostmaster requires that all Danish registrants can be validated. This means, that your name and address must match the information about you in the CPR or CVR register to get the right of use of a .dk domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/dk-hostmaster-introduces-validation/"><span>https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/dk-hostmaster-introduces-validation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mali offers free .ml domain names in Malaysia, hoping for a global presence<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mali is offering its ccTLD, .ml, to the 20 million Internet users in Malaysia, capitalizing on the popular use of &ldquo;ML&rdquo; as an abbreviation for the Southeast Asian nation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2887316/mali-offers-free-ml-domain-names-in-malaysia-hoping-for-a-global-presence.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2887316/mali-offers-free-ml-domain-names-in-malaysia-hoping-for-a-global-presence.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Notification of Roles and Responsibilities Policy amendments<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following a public consultation, the DNCL Board has approved a small number of amendments to the Roles and Responsibilities (RAR) Policy. The amendments are additional provisions around the management of .nz domain name resellers:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnc.org.nz/story/notification-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-amendments"><span>http://dnc.org.nz/story/notification-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-amendments</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Polish domains average registration in 2014 goes 3000 per day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Poland&rsquo;s TLD registrar NASK published a report that revealed that an average of 2, 818 domains were registered daily in 2014 by poles, with &lsquo;.pl&rsquo; registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://customstoday.com.pk/polish-domains-average-registration-in-2014-goes-3000-per-day/"><span>http://customstoday.com.pk/polish-domains-average-registration-in-2014-goes-3000-per-day/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Poles registering 3,000 domains daily in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new report published by NASK, Poland&rsquo;s TLD registrar, reveals that an average of 2,818 domains were registered daily in 2014, with around 400 daily &lsquo;.pl&rsquo; registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thenews.pl/1/12/Artykul/197551,Poles-registering-3000-domains-daily-in-2014"><span>http://www.thenews.pl/1/12/Artykul/197551,Poles-registering-3000-domains-daily-in-2014</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>rs: January edition of RNIDS News<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Issue 22 of the RNIDS News corporate newsletter brings an overview of events at RNIDS and in the local and global Internet community in the last quarter of 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/january-edition-of-rnids-news/id/5959"><span>http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/january-edition-of-rnids-news/id/5959</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs and Higher Burden of Proof Distinguish URS Rulings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experience to date with the faster, less costly Uniform Rapid Suspension System illuminated small distinctions between the new rights protection mechanism's bad faith analysis and that of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, but inconsistencies between URS panels have produced a few grey areas as to what outcomes trademark owners can expect under the new remedy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/new-gtlds-higher-n17179923256/"><span>http://www.bna.com/new-gtlds-higher-n17179923256/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What's the hot domain dot-news? Er, it's .news<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain specialist Rightside has won the fight for the gTLD dot-news and will roll it out in the middle of the year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/20/whats_the_hot_domain_news_its_news/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/20/whats_the_hot_domain_news_its_news/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2014, "Year Zero" for nTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The February 2015 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names reviews the launch of the new TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8784/show/2014-year-zero-for-ntlds.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8784/show/2014-year-zero-for-ntlds.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IBCA Presentation to ICANN GAC on Protection of Geographic Names in New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Business Council for Africa (IBCA) was invited by ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to present comments it had submitted for the proposed for Protection of Geographic Names in New gTLDs during ICANN GAC session.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150220_the_internet_business_council_for_africa_on_geographic_tlds/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150220_the_internet_business_council_for_africa_on_geographic_tlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Start Spreading the .News - Rightside Acquires One of the Most Attractive New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs have been getting released at such a fast and furious pace over the past year (hundreds are now live) that it's hard to keep up with them - even if you have a scorecard. Still, in the midst of all of the clutter one really stands out in the crowd from time to time. As a life long reporter I'm sure it won't surprise you that word today of .news being acquired and soon to be offered by Rightside caught my eye.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150219.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150219.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain name services company Rightside posts Q4 revenue of $51.7M, up 14 percent<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kirkland-based domain name services company Rightside announced today that its business is growing on the back of increased interest in new TLDs. The company brought in $51.7 million in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2014, up from almost $45.6 million during the same period in 2013.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2015/rightside-closes-2014-with-fiscal-growth/"><span>http://www.geekwire.com/2015/rightside-closes-2014-with-fiscal-growth/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Highlights from Rightside Q4 investor call<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside reported fourth quarter and full year financials for 2014 after the bell today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/19/highlights-from-rightside-q4-investor-call/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/19/highlights-from-rightside-q4-investor-call/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Domain Extensions Help a Wide Audience Show Affinity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy can certainly be credited with bringing the domain business into the mainstream. This panel of experts in the domain and promotions field presented a panel recently at NamesCon: TLDs: Making the Pivot to Mainstream. The discussion centered upon exploring how search and branding will promote the use of gTLDs, as opposed to the traditional domain extensions such as .com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://tech.co/domain-extensions-show-affinity-2015-02"><span>http://tech.co/domain-extensions-show-affinity-2015-02</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al Wins New gTLD .BEAUTY Beating Donuts &amp; Minds + Machines/Adding To Its Huge Vertical<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al has won the new gTLD .Beauty beating Donuts and Minds + Machines. We reported earlier today that L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al also won the rights to operate .Hair L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al was also the sole applicant for .skin and .makeup so L&rsquo;Or&eacute;al has basically cornered the new gTLD market for that vertical.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/19/loreal-wins-new-gtld-beauty-beating-donuts-minds-machinesadding-to-its-huge-vertical/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/19/loreal-wins-new-gtld-beauty-beating-donuts-minds-machinesadding-to-its-huge-vertical/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Scottish Government Moves From .UK To .SCOT<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The government of Quebec decided at the last moment the cost was too great to move their domain names from .qc.ca to .quebec, but the Scottish government has decided the cost is not so great for their independence online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/20/scottish-government-moves-from-uk-to-scot/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/20/scottish-government-moves-from-uk-to-scot/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/scottish-government-moves-from-uk-to-scot.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/scottish-government-moves-from-uk-to-scot.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign's Q4 2014 DDoS Trends: Public Sector Experiences Largest Increase in DDoS Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign just released our Q4 2014 DDoS Trends Report, which provides a unique view into online distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack trends from mitigations on behalf of, and in cooperation with, customers of Verisign DDoS Protection Services, and the security research ofiDefense Security Intelligence Services. Many notable observations were made, including a rise in the average size of DDoS attacks against our customers; the most common attack vector continued to be User Datagram Protocol (UDP) amplification attacks leveraging Network Time Protocol (NTP), while Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) also continued to be exploited. Verisign also mitigated more attacks in December than any other month in 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q4_2014_ddos"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q4_2014_ddos</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>APWG helps DNS Belgium combat internet abuse<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2014, a total of 4,240 hacked .be websites were actively used for phishing or malware. Internet abuse is still on the rise. In late 2014, we became a member of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) in order to more efficiently combat such abuses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/apwg-helps-dns-belgium-combat-internet-abuse"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/apwg-helps-dns-belgium-combat-internet-abuse</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber-security: The Kaspersky equation: A Russian antivirus firm impresses the sceptics, again<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There is more than one reason to harbour doubts about Eugene Kaspersky and the computer-security company that bears his name. He graduated from an institute close to the KGB and later worked for the Red Army. He has called Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower, a &ldquo;traitor&rdquo; for having broken his contract with his former employer, America&rsquo;s National Security Agency (NSA). And, like many an executive in his industry, his regular warnings about big, emerging cyber-threats just happen to be good for drumming up business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business/21644154-russian-antivirus-firm-impresses-sceptics-again-kaspersky-equation"><span>http://www.economist.com/news/business/21644154-russian-antivirus-firm-impresses-sceptics-again-kaspersky-equation</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Japan Hit by Cyberattacks at an Unprecedented Level<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>According to the National Institute of Information Communications Technology (NICT), Japan experienced more than than 25 billion cyberattacks in 2014, with 40 percent of them traced back to China, followed by South Korea, Russia, and the United States.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/japan-hit-by-cyberattacks-at-an-unprecedented-level/"><span>http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/japan-hit-by-cyberattacks-at-an-unprecedented-level/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First Arabic Cyberespionage Operation Uncovered<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Desert Falcons gang is the first Arabic APT group, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/first-arabic-cyberespionage-operation-uncovered/111068"><span>http://threatpost.com/first-arabic-cyberespionage-operation-uncovered/111068</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>London &lsquo;Playboy&rsquo; Battles Hefner&rsquo;s Empire for Use of Web Domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Michael Ross, a 50-year-old property developer, says he registered the &ldquo;playboy.london&rdquo; website in his kitchen, while joking with his wife and a friend over a few bottles of wine.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-20/london-playboy-battles-hefner-s-empire-for-use-of-web-domain"><span>http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-20/london-playboy-battles-hefner-s-empire-for-use-of-web-domain</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lawsuit Filed Over Playboy.london<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Michael Ross, the London-based real estate exec who fought Playboy Enterprises International at arbitration over the domain name Playboy.london and lost, now has filed suit against the adult entertainment brand.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=191413"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=191413</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The millionaire former playboy, Hugh Hefner, and a crucial fight over playboy.london<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When Michael Ross registered the domain playboy.london in August, it was supposed to be a bit of a laugh. The Brit once dated a Playboy Bunny, visited the mansion in Beverly Hills, and has a "colorful past" as they say on Fleet Street.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/21/hugh_hefner_playboylondon/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/21/hugh_hefner_playboylondon/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 Security Myth #6: IPv6 is Too New to be Attacked by Chris Grundemann<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here we are, half-way through this list of the top 10 IPv6 security myths! Welcome to myth #6. Since IPv6 is just now being deployed at any real scale on true production networks, some may think that the attackers have yet to catch up. As we learned in Myth #2, IPv6 was actually designed starting 15-20 years ago. While it didn't see widespread commercial adoption until the last several years, there has been plenty of time to develop at least a couple suites of test/attack tools.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150219_ipv6_security_myth_6_ipv6_is_too_new_to_be_attacked/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150219_ipv6_security_myth_6_ipv6_is_too_new_to_be_attacked/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Coca-Cola Spreads Happiness Online With Emoji Web Addresses Domains for every joyful face By Tim Nudd<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Coca-Cola hasn't had much luck making the Internet a happier place lately, but maybe this will help&mdash;a fun campaign from Coca-Cola Puerto Rico that puts smiley-face emojis right in the brand's web addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/coca-cola-spreads-happiness-online-first-emoji-web-addresses-163044"><span>http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/coca-cola-spreads-happiness-online-first-emoji-web-addresses-163044</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RIPE NCC Consultations Report 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>From November 2014 to January 2015, the RIPE NCC enlisted independent consultants to carry out interviews with RIPE NCC members and other interested parties in the RIPE community. The aim of these consultations was to check on our progress since the RIPE NCC Survey 2013 and to identify issues that our community would like us to address.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-consultations-report-2015"><span>https://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-consultations-report-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The History of Sex.com, the Most Contested Domain on the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&#8203;On its face, sex.com looks like a no-frills Pinterest for porn, but behind the site lies an ongoing grudge match between the man who invented online dating and a con artist who stole the crown jewel of the internet out from under him.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-history-of-sexcom-the-most-contested-domain-on-the-internet"><span>http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-history-of-sexcom-the-most-contested-domain-on-the-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How to Get the Lowest Prices at GoDaddy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you&rsquo;re a domainer, you shouldn&rsquo;t be paying list price for domain name registrations at GoDaddy (or any registrar, for that matter).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/19/how-to-get-the-lowest-prices-at-godaddy/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/19/how-to-get-the-lowest-prices-at-godaddy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sex.co for sale at $200,000<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The owner of sex.co, which according to Whois is Amsterdam-based Quattro Media Co, has put the domain on the market with a buy-it-now price of $200,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18011-sex-co-for-sale-at-200000"><span>http://domainincite.com/18011-sex-co-for-sale-at-200000</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Introducing Premium Domain Brokerage!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We are excited to formally announce the arrival of Premium Domain Brokerage at Flippa!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://flippa.com/blog/premium-domain-brokerage/"><span>http://flippa.com/blog/premium-domain-brokerage/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SOCIAL MEDIA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abuse and Harassment: What Could Twitter Do?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The mainstream media has paid a lot more attention to abuse and harassment on Twitter lately, including a recent story by Lindy West on This American Life about her experience confronting an especially vitriolic troll. She isn&rsquo;t alone&mdash;and it appears that for the company at least, the number of Twitter users speaking out about harassment has reached critical mass.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/02/twitter-harassment-what-can-do"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/02/twitter-harassment-what-can-do</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Avoiding a 'digital dark age': future-proofing our existence<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The notion that dark clouds are forming over the future of our digital existence has been most recently voiced by an executive of a major multinational internet corporation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-20/avoiding-the-digital-dark-age-future-proofing-our-existence/6148860"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-20/avoiding-the-digital-dark-age-future-proofing-our-existence/6148860</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: ISPs unveil draft anti-piracy scheme</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Under a draft industry code of practice unveiled today by telco group Communications Alliance, ISP customers will be issued with a series of warning notices in response to alleged online copyright infringement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/568620/isps-unveil-proposed-notice-scheme-copyright-infringement/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/568620/isps-unveil-proposed-notice-scheme-copyright-infringement/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aussie ISPs Advocate &ldquo;Three Strikes&rdquo; Solution to Piracy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Under pressure from the Australian government, local ISPs have now published proposals on how to deal with the issue of online piracy. Drafted together with entertainment companies, the draft sees subscribers warned three times before further action is taken.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-isps-advocate-three-strikes-solution-to-piracy-150220/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-isps-advocate-three-strikes-solution-to-piracy-150220/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Combating terrorist propaganda online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, in Washington, DC, I announced that the Australian Government is providing nearly $18 million to combat the lies and propaganda terrorist groups are promulgating online to gain support and sympathy from vulnerable young Australians. This work forms part of Australia's approach to countering violent extremism.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/FirstQuarter/20-February-2015-Combating-terrorist-propaganda-online.aspx"><span>http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/FirstQuarter/20-February-2015-Combating-terrorist-propaganda-online.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BRAND PROTECTION &amp; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Trans Pacific Partnership. What's the deal being negotiated in our name? ... Intellectual property </span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US is demanding extreme extensions in copyright terms. Already in the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement it secured an extension from 50 years after the author's death to 70, something former productivity Commission economist Philippa Dee believes cost Australia $88 million in extra copyright payments.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/trans-pacific-partnership-whats-the-deal-being-negotiated-in-our-name-20150220-13jci9.html"><span>http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/trans-pacific-partnership-whats-the-deal-being-negotiated-in-our-name-20150220-13jci9.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>HTTP/2 Gets Approval, Promises Faster and More Secure Online Exchanges<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (or &ldquo;HTTP&rdquo;) is central to data communication online, and hasn&rsquo;t undergone a major update since 1999 with the adoption of HTTP 1.1. However, the next version of HTTP could soon become standard.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/http2-gets-approval-promises-faster-secure-online-exchanges"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/http2-gets-approval-promises-faster-secure-online-exchanges</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>HTTP/2 finished, coming to browsers within weeks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Engineering Task Force's HTTP Working Group has finalized its work on Hypertext Transfer Protocol 2, the successor to the HTTP/1.0 and HTTP/1.1 protocols that are the core of the Web.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/02/http2-finished-coming-to-browsers-within-weeks/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/02/http2-finished-coming-to-browsers-within-weeks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ to give away $80,000 in research grants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ has announced via a blog post its Internet Research funding round for 2015 is officially open.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://netguide.co.nz/story/internetnz-give-away-80000-research-grants/"><span>http://netguide.co.nz/story/internetnz-give-away-80000-research-grants/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia ranked 20 on OECD fixed broadband rankings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia continues to lag behind many other developed nations on fixed broadband subscriptions while excelling in wireless broadband, according to world rankings released by the OECD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/568256/australia-ranked-20-oecd-fixed-broadband-rankings/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/568256/australia-ranked-20-oecd-fixed-broadband-rankings/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Zealand tops OECD fibre broadband subscription growth<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Zealand has topped the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in fibre broadband uptake, seeing a 272 percent increase in fibre broadband connection growth for the year ending June 2014, almost double the rate of increase of Luxembourg, which came second, with 139 percent.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-zealand-tops-oecd-fibre-broadband-subscription-growth/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-zealand-tops-oecd-fibre-broadband-subscription-growth/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>OECD broadband statistics update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mobile broadband penetration has risen to 78.2% in the OECD area, making more than three wireless subscriptions for every four inhabitants, according to data for June 2014 released by the OECD today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.oecd.org/sti/broadband/broadband-statistics-update.htm"><span>http://www.oecd.org/sti/broadband/broadband-statistics-update.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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auDA Domain News - 12 February

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NETmundial Initiative Taking Positive Steps Forward by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_netmundial_initiative_taking_positive_steps_forward/>

 

European Parliament Votes For Renewal Of Mandate For Internet Governance Forum

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/11/european-parliament-calls-for-renewal-of-mandate-for-internet-governance-forum/>

 

ICANN 52 Singapore GAC Communiqué

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-12-en>

 

Political Windows Open And Close, Says ICANN President; Seeks End Of Prep For IANA Transition

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/10/political-windows-open-and-close-says-icann-president-seeks-end-of-prep-for-iana-transition/>

 

Why the GAC’s role at ICANN should be a concern for brand holders

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a5e97b20-18c8-4a36-9bf6-d60264a0f4df>

 

Chehade declines to backtrack on domain “hogging” comments

<http://domainincite.com/17978-chehade-declines-to-backtrack-on-domain-hogging-comments>

 

Anger as governments delay two-letter domains

<http://domainincite.com/17971-anger-as-governments-delay-two-letter-domains>

 

Overworked ICANN community “at breaking point”, Chehade warns

<http://domainincite.com/17969-overworked-icann-community-at-breaking-point-chehade-warns>

 

Early or not, ICANN wants your views on trademark protection in new gTLDs

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=4776517c-3e7d-4bc7-a7e1-b8ce3f255986>

 

Back off – it is ILLEGAL to make us accountable, claim ICANN lawyers

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/icann_accountability/>

 

Tourism to help drive .sydney take-up, says ARI boss

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565952/tourism-help-drive-sydney-take-up-says-ari-boss/>

 

Taylor Swift's guitar teacher threatened with legal action over 'ITaughtTaylorSwift.com' site Taylor Swift Tickets

<http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818>

 

 

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NETmundial Initiative Taking Positive Steps Forward by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

The Net Mundial conference in Sao Paulo in April 2014 added a new element to the global Internet Governance Ecosystem. It demonstrated that the multistakeholder model for the governance of the Internet is able, not only to discuss issues of global importance, as we do it now for nearly ten years within the IGF, but it can also produce a concrete outcome.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_netmundial_initiative_taking_positive_steps_forward/>

 

Access for all: MEPs back annual check-up for the internet

Even the internet can do with a regular check-up. Every year stakeholders come together to discuss issues such as technology standards and the smooth running of the internet at the annual meeting of the IGF. This United Nations initiative is now up for renewal. The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 11 February to back its renewal and ask for additional resources for this important forum.

<http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150211STO22808/html/Access-for-all-MEPs-back-annual-check-up-for-the-internet>

 

European Parliament Votes For Renewal Of Mandate For Internet Governance Forum

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution calling on the UN General Assembly to renew the mandate of the IGF, while strengthening its resources and the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/11/european-parliament-calls-for-renewal-of-mandate-for-internet-governance-forum/>

 

A Case for Looking Instead of Leaping on a Model for the IANA Transition by Byron Holland

This week, the leading minds in the Internet governance world are in Singapore for the fifty-second meeting of ICANN. Generally speaking, ICANN meetings aren’t events marked by high drama or intense conflict, but this gathering may be different.

<http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/02/09/guest-post-a-case-for-looking-instead-of-leaping-on-a-model-for-the-iana-transition/>

 

IANA Functions Transition Process Facing Prospect of Delayed Proposal

Internet governance experts working on a plan to replace the federal government's stewardship role over ICANN's performance of basic Internet addressing functions suffered a series of setbacks in the days immediately preceding, and during, the ICANN's 52nd public meeting in Singapore.

<http://www.bna.com/iana-functions-transition-n17179922983/>

 

Mueller’s Internet Governance Advisory Efforts Recognized

Most people turn on their computers and log on to the Internet every day without a second thought. For one faculty member at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), though, how the Internet is governed, the intricacies of its infrastructure and the technical protocols and policies that direct its functioning have been of critical focus for many years, and are particularly intense in 2015.

<http://news.syr.edu/muellers-internet-governance-advisory-efforts-recognized-42939/>

 

Ensuring Trust in Internet Governance by Bob Goodlatte

This week in Singapore, important decisions are being made about the future of the ICANN 52 conference. At stake are fundamental questions: Should the American people surrender stewardship over core technical functions that have preserved the open and neutral operation of the Internet since its inception? Should the Obama Administration cede this authority to an organization many consider to be non-transparent, unaccountable and insular?

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150211_ensuring_trust_in_internet_governance/>

 

The 2015 IGF Brazil Will Focus on Empowering Sustainable Development by Janis Karklins

The preparations of the Brazil IGF meeting are well under way. After consulting the wider Internet community and discussing the overarching theme of the 2015 IGF meeting, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) decided to retain the title "Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development".

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_2015_igf_brazil_will_focus_on_empowering_sustainable_development/>

 

The 2015 IGF Brazil Will Focus on Empowering Sustainable Development by Janis Karklins

The preparations of the Brazil IGF meeting are well under way. After consulting the wider Internet community and discussing the overarching theme of the 2015 IGF meeting, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) decided to retain the title "Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development".

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_2015_igf_brazil_will_focus_on_empowering_sustainable_development/>

 

Mueller’s Internet Governance Advisory Efforts Recognized

Most people turn on their computers and log on to the Internet every day without a second thought. For one faculty member at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), though, how the Internet is governed, the intricacies of its infrastructure and the technical protocols and policies that direct its functioning have been of critical focus for many years, and are particularly intense in 2015.

<http://news.syr.edu/muellers-internet-governance-advisory-efforts-recognized-42939/>

 

China's Internet regulator to 'WeChat' with US ambassador

Lu Wei, head of the Chinese Internet regulator, and the US Ambassador to China Max Baucus are WeChat buddies. And they will use the most popular instant-messaging tool in China to discuss the thorniest cyber issues the two countries face. It's unclear whether they'll use emojis - animated emoticons - in their chat threads. That might be a first in international diplomacy. ... Fadi Chehade, chief executive of the cyberspace governing body, ICANN, warned on Monday that hopes to transfer control of ICANN from US hands to a globally representative body could be jeopardized unless a deal is reached before the 2016 US presidential elections, Agence France-Presse reported.

<http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/us/2015-02/10/content_19548834.htm>

 

MEPs debate internet governance

European Parliament President Martin Schulz opened this month's plenary session on 9 February 2015. After approving a request from the centre-right EPP group to add a resolution to next month's plenary sitting relating to a debate on internet child abuse, scheduled for this Thursday, MEPs began the session by debating intellectual property (IP) rights protection. ... After that, MEPs debated the work of the Internet Governance Forum, a United Nations body helping countries decide good policy in relation to the Web.

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-31320932>

 

Obama's Internet words don't match his actions

“You will know them by their fruits.” This ancient wisdom is from the author of the Gospel of Matthew. Sixteen centuries later, in his book “Will and Doom,” the Rev. Gershom Bulkeley, paraphrased Matthew with, “Actions are more significant than words.” In the 21st century this timeless maxim continues to serve as we hear President Obama say, “I intend to protect a free and open Internet.”

<http://www.nasdaq.com/article/obamas-internet-words-dont-match-his-actions-cm441999>

 

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- ICANN 52 SINGAPORE

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ICANN 52 Singapore GAC Communiqué

The Governmental Advisory Committee meeting at ICANN 52 in Singapore has issued its Singapore Communiqué. It is available for review at GAC Singapore 52 Communiqué.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-12-en>

 

Global Tech Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance

Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information, Dr. Yaacob bin Ibrahim, and former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, spoke to the success of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance during the Opening Ceremony of ICANN's 52nd public meeting today.

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2015-02-09-en>

 

Next Stop: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Before inviting you to the next meeting that we will have the pleasure to host in my dynamic, diverse and vast region of Latin America and the Caribbean, I would like to start by congratulating you all, colleagues and community, for a very successful meeting in Singapore.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/next-stop-buenos-aires-argentina>

 

Building Confidence in ICANN’s Operations

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing several operational improvements to the way that we provide additional global services, including: (1) additional global customer service capabilities, (2) new venues for arbitration in L-Root Hosting Agreements, and (3) options for payments in additional currencies.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/building-confidence-in-icann-s-operations>

 

Political Windows Open And Close, Says ICANN President; Seeks End Of Prep For IANA Transition

At the opening of this week’s 52nd meeting of ICANN in Singapore, the ICANN leadership supported by former President Bill Clinton aide Ira Magaziner, pushed for urgency in finalising the proposal for the future oversight of the private names and numbers regime.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/10/political-windows-open-and-close-says-icann-president-seeks-end-of-prep-for-iana-transition/>

 

Why the GAC’s role at ICANN should be a concern for brand holders

If there is one theme emanating from the current ICANN meeting in Singapore, it is the friction between the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) and other stakeholders. While the GAC may not be on the radar of many trademark counsel, the president of the International Trademark Association has warned that its role in the ICANN structure is something brands cannot afford to ignore.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a5e97b20-18c8-4a36-9bf6-d60264a0f4df>

 

Chehade declines to backtrack on domain “hogging” comments

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade responded yesterday to anger from domain investors over recent comments in which he talked about “hogging” domain names and implied a link to cybersquatting.

<http://domainincite.com/17978-chehade-declines-to-backtrack-on-domain-hogging-comments>

 

ICANN stewardship transfer looms amid doubts over deadline

Delegates from the global online community gather in Singapore to discuss transfer of stewardship from the U.S. government to ICANN, but doubts remain over whether the September 30 deadline will be met.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/icann-stewardship-transfer-looms-amid-doubts-over-deadline/>

 

Singapore ICG Meeting Update by Tony Smith

The IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) met in Singapore over the past two days to assess the proposals submitted by both the numbering and the protocol parameters communities, as well as get an update from the names community on its progress.

<https://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/08/singapore-icg-meeting-update/>

 

U.S. Senate Declares "Internet Governance Awareness Week" Coinciding with ICANN 52 Singapore by Philip S. Corwin

On February 5th, while many (including the author) were on route to ICANN 52 in Singapore, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res. 71, a non-binding, "Sense of the Senate" Resolution declaring February 8th–14th as "Internet Governance Awareness Week". Those dates overlap the now ongoing ICANN meeting in Singapore, and the congruence is intentional.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150208_us_senate_declares_internet_governance_awareness_week_coinciding/>

 

Singapore supports multistakeholder model of Internet governance

At the opening ceremony of ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting yesterday (Feb 9), Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, and former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, talked about the success of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.

<http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/industries/singapore-supports-multistakeholder-model-of-internet-governance/>

 

Internet regulator change 'must happen' before US 2016 polls [AFP]

Plans to transfer control of Internet overseer ICANN from U.S. hands to a globally representative body could be jeopardized unless a deal is reached before the 2016 U.S. elections, the group's chief warned Monday.

<http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/global-markets/2015/02/10/428631/Internet-regulator.htm>

<http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2015/02/change-of-internet-regulator-must-happen-before-us-2016-polls-ceo/>

 

Global Tech leaders reaffirm commitment to multistakeholder model of Internet Governance

Singapore’s Minister of Communications and Information, Yaacob bin Ibrahim, and former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, spoke to the success of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance during the Opening Ceremony of ICANN’s 52nd public meeting.

<http://www.indiainfoline.com/article/news-sector-information-technology/global-tech-leaders-reaffirm-commitment-to-multistakeholder-model-of-internet-governance-115020900265_1.html>

 

Internet regulator admits US control may be extended [AFP]

The head of the Internet overseer ICANN conceded Thursday that the United States may have to extend its control over the group beyond September as governments bicker over a replacement regulatory regime.

<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-2940826/Internet-regulator-admits-US-control-extended.html>

 

Cyber security, more inclusive internet structure key for connected economies: Yaacob

Cyber security and a more inclusive structure for the internet will be key for any connected society and economy, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim at the 52nd ICANN Public Meeting.

<http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cyber-security-more/1647434.html>

 

Anger as governments delay two-letter domains

ICANN has heard an angry response from gTLD registries after delaying the release of two-character domains in new gTLDs, apparently at the whim of a small number of governments.

<http://domainincite.com/17971-anger-as-governments-delay-two-letter-domains>

 

Overworked ICANN community “at breaking point”, Chehade warns

The volunteers that do the bulk of the policy-development work at ICANN are are suffering from “burnout” and are at “breaking point”, CEO Fadi Chehade said during the opening ceremony of the ICANN 52 public meeting in Singapore today.

<http://domainincite.com/17969-overworked-icann-community-at-breaking-point-chehade-warns>

 

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2015 Will be a Good Year for DNSSEC

Thanks to a major web hosting provider's broad adoption of DNSSEC, 2015 may be the year when we reach the "knee" in DNSSEC benefits curve. DNSSEC adds cryptographic records (also called digital signatures) alongside existing DNS records to ensure that end users can detect any changes during the domain name resolution process. The cryptographic protection is called "signing".

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/2015-will-be-a-good-year-for-dnssec>

 

Thomas J. Embrescia and Vincent Huang, Chairman | .JOBS, Chairman | Hu Yi Global, to Akram Atallah

Dealing of two companies (Application ID# 1-1158-95080)

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/embrescia-huang-to-atallah-08feb15-en.pdf>

 

Early or not, ICANN wants your views on trademark protection in new gTLDs

ICANN is currently seeking comments from the trademark community on the effectiveness of the rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) put in place for the gTLD rollout. While question marks remain over whether now is really the time to be making any judgement as to their overall effectiveness, it is a comment window that trademark counsel should seriously consider engaging with.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=4776517c-3e7d-4bc7-a7e1-b8ce3f255986>

 

Back off – it is ILLEGAL to make us accountable, claim ICANN lawyers

A row has blown up at global domain-name overseer ICANN, after the group looking into improving the corporation's accountability was told many of its ideas were illegal.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/icann_accountability/>

 

Building Confidence in ICANN’s Operations BY Susanna Wong Bennett

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing several operational improvements to the way that we provide additional global services, including: (1) additional global customer service capabilities, (2) new venues for arbitration in L-Root Hosting Agreements, and (3) options for payments in additional currencies.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/building-confidence-in-icann-s-operations>

 

Carmen A. Catizone, Executive Director/Secretary | National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, to the Economist Intelligence Unit, CPE Panel

Community Priority Evaluation for .MED

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/catizone-to-eiu-10feb15-en.pdf>

 

World's governments emerge enraged from mounds of red tape, screaming at ICANN

The world's governments have told domain name overseer ICANN that its processes are "complex, lengthy and ambiguous" and warned that they may be ineffective at dealing with domain-name abuse or fraud.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/12/worlds_governments_tell_icann_youre_too_bureaucratic/>

 

To The CEO Of ICANN Fadi Chehade: Do You Think Vodafone Is The Biggest Domain Hogger?

Two weeks ago we called out the CEO of ICANN Fadi Chehade, for some remarks he made in a story published by the HuffingtonPost.com to wit: “The reality is, the more there are names (new gTLD’s), less people will actually be hogging names in order to charge a lot for them.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/11/to-the-ceo-of-icann-fadi-chehade-do-you-think-vodafone-is-the-biggest-domain-hogger/>

 

Why Is ICANN Hiding The Solution To Its Accountability Problem?

What the Articles of Incorporation give with one hand, however, ICANN’s bylaws take away with the other. The bylaws eliminate the possibility of having members in Article XVII, which specifies the corporation shall not have members as defined by California’s Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law. That can and should be changed, especially as a precursor to any action by the Obama administration to transition full responsibility for Internet oversight to ICANN. A strong system of accountability is the only way to insure that the process of Internet governance won’t captured by rogue countries or other special interests when and if the domain name system function is transferred.

<http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/09/why-is-icann-hiding-the-solution-to-its-accountability-problem/2/>

 

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Verisign Launches New Monthly Blog Series: Top 10 Keywords Registered in .COM and .NET

We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends. In 2014, we looked at Bitcoin as an example of how domain registrations could be an effective gauge of interest in a particular subject.

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

 

Glitter & Hemp among last month’s hot .com domain names

Verisign has started a monthly feature of the top 10 “trending” keywords used in new .com and .net domain name registrations.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/10/glitter-hemp-among-last-months-hot-com-domain-names/>

 

Kanye West: Yo, DNS ... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

Fresh from insulting award winners at the Grammies, walking headline Kanye West has got the internets a-quiver with a series of tweets highlight a new website that will sell shoes.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/11/kanye_west_to_flog_shoes_yes_shoes_on_new_gtld_site/>

 

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NameSentry Adopted by Over 60% of New TLDs Launched

Architelos, Inc., the premier provider of automated domain name abuse detection and mitigation services, has added Famous Four Media to its expanding roster of NameSentry clients. Famous Four Media will be implementing NameSentry for current and upcoming gTLDs such as .trade .webcam, and .science. Other new gTLDs that have recently adopted NameSentry include, .build, .ceo, .lat, .luxury, and .ooo, to name a few. To date NameSentry has been adopted by more new gTLDs than any other commercially available solution in the market. Sixty percent (60%) of new gTLDs launched use NameSentry.

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

 

Tourism to help drive .sydney take-up, says ARI boss

Sydney’s tourism industry should help drive interest in the city’s new TLD when it launches later this month according to the chief executive of ARI Registry Services, the company that managed the application for the new TLD.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565952/tourism-help-drive-sydney-take-up-says-ari-boss/>

 

Kanye West: Yo, DNS ... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time

Fresh from insulting award winners at the Grammies, walking headline Kanye West has got the internets a-quiver with a series of tweets highlight a new website that will sell shoes.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/11/kanye_west_to_flog_shoes_yes_shoes_on_new_gtld_site/>

 

.LGBT Public Launch Begins Today

Afilias announced today the first and only TLD dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is now open for registration: “dot LGBT” or .LGBT.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/02/10/lgbt-public-launch-begins-today>

 

LGBT Domain Provides Protected Community Space on Internet

Rainbow flags. Gay cruises. Logo TV. Domain names? The LGBT community has carved out plenty of homes for itself, but it has yet to officially claim stake in the virtual one.

<http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202717307243/LGBT-Domain-Provides-Protected-Community-Space-on-Internet>

 

ICM Registry expands on TMCH fee deal for brands seeking protection in adult strings

With the launch of its ‘.adult’ and ‘.porn’ TLDs imminent, ICM Registry has expanded on its plans to offer trademark owners wishing to keep their trademark terms out of the hands of cybersquatters access to reduced Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) fees.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=a2fd1e77-3c64-44a4-a1d6-9c92dc546167>

 

.Online partnership splits, one company will operate new TLD

A three company partnership for the .online TLD has broken up, and it appears Radix will now run the domain name by itself.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/11/dot-online/>

 

New TLDs this week: .LGBT and two inexpensive domains

Domain Names are sure to get a lot of press this week as .LGBT “comes out” on Tuesday. Although many of the target buyers are still miffed over the current status of .gay, .LGBT offers them the opportunity to get a domain name with a related meaning and purpose.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/09/new-tlds-this-week-lgbt-and-two-inexpensive-domains/>

 

1st Day New gTLD Totals: .Work 3,833; .Casa 1,235; .LGBT 404

Three new gTLD's had their first day of general availability yesterday and here are the number of domains registered under each extension after the first day according to ntldstats.com: .Work 3,833 .Casa 1,235 .LGBT 404 Minds + Machines is the registry for .Work and .Casa.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/11/1st-day-new-gtld-totals-work-3833-casa-1235-lgbt-404/>

 

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How the Sony Breach Changes Cybersecurity

Sony Pictures. The Pentagon’s social-media accounts. And now Anthem, the big health insurer. Is nothing safe from hackers anymore? Richard Bejtlich, chief security strategist for FireEye Inc., a network security company, and Shuman Ghosemajumder, vice president of product management for Shape Security, a website security company, spoke at the CIO Network conference about what companies might learn from the spate of recent intrusions to stay a step ahead of trouble. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation with The Wall Street Journal’s John Bussey.

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-sony-data-breach-signals-a-paradigm-shift-in-cybersecurity-1423540851>

 

It’s a Whole New Data Game for Business: Amy Braverman on the Need for New Methodologies to Make Sense of Big Data

Companies are getting a flood of new data from customers, vendors and the factory floor. What are some ways to think about big data—and to reduce uncertainty when building a business strategy around it? The Wall Street Journal’s Scott Thurm spoke with Amy Braverman, principal statistician at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who comes up with ways to analyze and make accessible troves of information from NASA’s space-borne instruments. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation.

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/its-a-whole-new-data-game-for-business-1423540848>

 

Obama Administration Plans to Open Center to Fight Cyberattacks

President Obama’s homeland security adviser said Tuesday that the administration was planning to open a new center that would quickly assess and deter cyberattacks on the United States.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/us/politics/obama-administration-plans-to-open-center-to-fight-cyberattacks.html>

 

US government forming cybersecurity agency to combat online threats [IDG]

The Obama Administration will create a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats and share data about possible attacks among government departments.

<http://www.cio.com/article/2882434/us-government-forming-cybersecurity-agency-to-combat-online-threats.html>

 

New US cyberthreat center will fill information gap, official says [IDG]

The U.S. government needs a new cyberthreat analysis center because no single agency is responsible for producing that type of assessment and sharing that information across the government, according to a senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/566023/new-us-cyberthreat-center-will-fill-information-gap-official-says/>

 

Nation-State Cyber Espionage, Targeted Attacks Becoming Global Norm

New report shows 2014 as the year of China's renewed resiliency in cyber espionage--with Hurricane Panda storming its targets--while Russia, Iran, and North Korea, emerging as major players in hacking for political, nationalistic, and competitive gain.

<http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/nation-state-cyber-espionage-targeted-attacks-becoming-global-norm/d/d-id/1319025>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Peter Sunde: Pirate Bay Still Has The Right To Defend Itself

Today it was revealed that a Swedish prosecutor is trying to force the .SE registry, via a court case, to ban ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se from being in use. He even wants to go so far as to claim the domains for the state in order to put up a 'stop' logo on them.

<https://torrentfreak.com/peter-sunde-pirate-bay-still-has-the-right-to-defend-itself-150210/>

 

Taylor Swift's guitar teacher threatened with legal action over 'ITaughtTaylorSwift.com' site Taylor Swift Tickets

A man who claims to have taught Taylor Swift how to play guitar is reportedly being threatened with legal action by Swift's team.

<http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818>

 

Taylor Swift's Lawyers Sue Her Guitar Teacher Over Website Name

Recently, Taylor Swift's lawyers have taken on Etsy for making Swift-related items and moved to trademark a number of phrases from her recently released 1989 album. Now, New York's Daily News reports that Swift's team is suing Ronnie Cremer -- who says he helped the star learn guitar -- for buying the domain name ITaughtTaylorSwift.com.

<http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6465840/taylor-swifts-lawyers-sue-her-guitar-teacher-over>

 

Taylor Swift's guitar teacher threatened with legal action over 'ITaughtTaylorSwift.com' site Taylor Swift Tickets

A man who claims to have taught Taylor Swift how to play guitar is reportedly being threatened with legal action by Swift's team.

<http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818>

 

Taylor Swift's Lawyers Sue Her Guitar Teacher Over Website Name

Recently, Taylor Swift's lawyers have taken on Etsy for making Swift-related items and moved to trademark a number of phrases from her recently released 1989 album. Now, New York's Daily News reports that Swift's team is suing Ronnie Cremer -- who says he helped the star learn guitar -- for buying the domain name ITaughtTaylorSwift.com.

<http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6465840/taylor-swifts-lawyers-sue-her-guitar-teacher-over>

 

'Kickass' Somali pirates get their asses kicked by Japanese ass-kickers

KickassTorrents clearly thought Somalia would be a good place to set up shop, given the ungovernable country's long association with pirates.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/somali_pirates_so_registry/>

 

Jeb Bush's Domain Name Drama

If Jeb Bush runs for president, he’ll be starting behind the digital curve - about eight years behind, to be precise. The former Florida governor, who hasn’t held elected office in almost a decade, missed the chance to purchase several domain names related to his name and presidential ambitions, giving their owners free reign to make political mischief on websites that potential Bush supporters might visit.

<http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jeb-bushs-domain-drama/story?id=28864646>

 

Phishing Costs Companies over $411 Million per Alert by Alex Tajirian

Phishing blindsides businesses' best defenses and takes a toll whose price tag still hasn't been pinned down. Here's one estimate: $441 million per attack, according to a recent study of the cybercrime's effect on stock market data (market value, volume of shares traded, and stock volatility) of global firms.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_phishing_costs_companies_over_411_million_per_alert/>

 

Advertisers have a new tool to avoid pirate websites

A few months ago I reported on a study by the Digital Citizens Alliance and NetNames that documented the widespread availability of pirated material in cyberlockers. Even more troubling, many of these pirate sites had substantial legitimate advertiser support. According to the study, the largest 596 ad-supported content theft sites reaped nearly a quarter of a billion dollars ($227 million) in advertising revenue in 2013.

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/haroldfurchtgottroth/2015/02/10/advertisers-have-a-new-tool-to-avoid-pirate-websites/>

 

The Pirate Bay Domains Targeted in Legal Action

A pair of domains operated by The Pirate Bay are at risk of seizure following legal action by Swedish authorities. The man behind December's raid, prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad, says that the domains should be canceled or placed under state control. The domain registry involved has criticized the move.

<http://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-domains-targeted-in-legal-action-150210/>

 

Swedish government wants to seize piratebay.se domain and prohibit usage

In a lawsuit against domain registrar Punkt SE The Swedish government has asked a judge to prohibit usage of the domains piratebay.se and thepiratebay.se. Another option would be to make the Swedish state the lawful owner of the domains.

<http://www.myce.com/news/swedish-government-wants-to-seize-piratebay-se-domain-and-prohibit-usage-74859/>

 

Swedish court set to rule on Pirate Bay case

A Swedish court is for the first time set to rule on a prosecutor's request to order a top domain group to seize and forfeit web domains in the Pirate Bay row.

<http://www.thelocal.se/20150210/swedish-court>

 

KickassTorrents Taken Down By Domain Name Seizure

KickassTorrents has lost access to its Kickass.so domain name and is currently offline. The Somalian domain of the most-visited torrent site on the Internet is now listed as "banned" by the .SO registry, forcing the site's operators to find a new home.

<http://torrentfreak.com/kickasstorrents-taken-domain-name-seizure-150209/>

 

KickassTorrents Reverts to .TO Domain After .SO Domain Seized

KickassTorrents has been pulled offline after authorities seized its .SO domain, according to several reports on Monday. Its WHOIS status is listed as banned.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/kickasstorrents-reverts-domain-domain-seized>

 

Somalia is no safe refuge for torrent site - Kickass Torrents has Somali domain name seized, returns at old URL hours later.

In the world of online piracy, it seems like it's one in, one out at the moment. While The Pirate Bay returned last week, Kickass Torrents has now been taken down via a domain name seizure.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/02/somalia-is-no-safe-refuge-for-torrent-site/>

 

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The Why and How of DNS Data Analysis by Burt Kaliski

A network traffic analyzer can tell you what’s happening in your network, while a Domain Name System (DNS) analyzer can provide context on the “why” and “how.”

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

 

France can now block suspected terrorism websites without a court order

A new decree that went into effect today allows the French government to block websites accused of promoting terrorism and publishing child pornography, without seeking a court order. Under the new rules, published last week by France's Ministry of the Interior, ISPs must take down offending websites within 24 hours of receiving a government order. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the decree is critical to combatting terrorism, but civil rights groups say it gives the government dangerously broad powers to suppress free speech. ... Others question the effectiveness of the measure. Felix Tréguer, of the French online rights group La Quadrature du Net, says the decree risks "over-blocking perfectly legal content," adding that the DNS blocking that it calls for can be easily circumvented.

<http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/9/8003907/france-terrorist-child-pornography-website-law-censorship>

 

Domain registrars should add security check for transfers to eName

Over the weekend I received an email from the (former) owner of ShadesDaddy.com, an online sunglasses seller. He said his domain name had been stolen.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/10/domain-registrars-should-add-security-check-for-transfers-to-ename/>

 

ICANN signs MOU with EURid to develop Local Expertise in the Domain Names System (DNS) Sector in Africa and the Middle East

ICANN signed today with the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid), manager of the .eu TLD, a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of collaborating together on developing local expertise in DNS technical, policy, and business areas in Africa and the Middle East.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2015/icann-signs-mou-eurid-develop-local-expertise-domain-names-system-dns-sector-africa>

 

Icann, Eurid partner on MEA development

Icann signed an agreement with EURid to collaborate on developing local expertise in DNS technical, policy and business areas in Africa and the Middle East.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/icann-eurid-partner-on-mea-development--1064294>

 

Web.com strikes deal with investors, Rightside extends deal with NameCheap

Web.com has struck a deal with Okumus Fund Management, which owns about 15% of the company’s shares, to add two new members to the board of directors.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/09/web-com-strikes-deal-with-investors-rightside-extends-deal-with-namecheap/>

 

GoDaddy amends IPO filing

GoDaddy updates S-1, but it doesn’t include final 2014 financials.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/11/godaddy-amends-ipo-filing/>

 

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Web Host GoDaddy in Talks to Buy Nodejitsu: Report

Major web host GoDaddy is said to be acquiring Node.js hosting platform Nodejitsu soon, according a report from VentureBeat citing unnamed sources.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-host-godaddy-talks-buy-nodejitsu-report>

 

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au: Open Drum: cyber bullying claimed our Jessica

When we lost our Jessica to suicide the police knew just where to look: her phone and laptop. The coroner states cyber bullying contributed to her death and so we have the evidence - but where's the justice?

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-11/cleland-open-drum-cyber-bullying-claimed-our-jessica/6083084>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Better Call Saul’s successful launch on Stan takes away any pirating excuses

AUSTRALIA is a nation of pirates. It’s one record we lead the world in which we wish we didn’t. For a long time that blame has been put squarely on the fact that Australia often gets new TV shows later and for a premium price than the rest of the world.

<http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/better-call-sauls-successful-launch-on-stan-takes-away-any-pirating-excuses/story-fnjwneld-1227215019686>

 

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Smart devices: Is privacy loss inevitable?

People who use smart devices that monitor what they do will have to get used to giving up some privacy, warns a top technologist. Prof Will Stewart of the Institution of Engineering and Technology said privacy loss was "intrinsic" to such gadgets.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31360870>

 

 

 

 

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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>NETmundial Initiative Taking Positive Steps Forward by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_netmundial_initiative_taking_positive_steps_forward/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_netmundial_initiative_taking_positive_steps_forward/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>European Parliament Votes For Renewal Of Mandate For Internet Governance Forum<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 52 Singapore GAC Communiqu&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-12-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-12-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Political Windows Open And Close, Says ICANN President; Seeks End Of Prep For IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/10/political-windows-open-and-close-says-icann-president-seeks-end-of-prep-for-iana-transition/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/10/political-windows-open-and-close-says-icann-president-seeks-end-of-prep-for-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why the GAC&rsquo;s role at ICANN should be a concern for brand holders<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a5e97b20-18c8-4a36-9bf6-d60264a0f4df"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a5e97b20-18c8-4a36-9bf6-d60264a0f4df</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chehade declines to backtrack on domain &ldquo;hogging&rdquo; comments<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17978-chehade-declines-to-backtrack-on-domain-hogging-comments"><span>http://domainincite.com/17978-chehade-declines-to-backtrack-on-domain-hogging-comments</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Anger as governments delay two-letter domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17971-anger-as-governments-delay-two-letter-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/17971-anger-as-governments-delay-two-letter-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Overworked ICANN community &ldquo;at breaking point&rdquo;, Chehade warns<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17969-overworked-icann-community-at-breaking-point-chehade-warns"><span>http://domainincite.com/17969-overworked-icann-community-at-breaking-point-chehade-warns</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Early or not, ICANN wants your views on trademark protection in new gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=4776517c-3e7d-4bc7-a7e1-b8ce3f255986"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=4776517c-3e7d-4bc7-a7e1-b8ce3f255986</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Back off &ndash; it is ILLEGAL to make us accountable, claim ICANN lawyers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/icann_accountability/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/icann_accountability/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tourism to help drive .sydney take-up, says ARI boss<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565952/tourism-help-drive-sydney-take-up-says-ari-boss/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565952/tourism-help-drive-sydney-take-up-says-ari-boss/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Taylor Swift's guitar teacher threatened with legal action over 'ITaughtTaylorSwift.com' site Taylor Swift Tickets<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818"><span>http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NETmundial Initiative Taking Positive Steps Forward by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Net Mundial conference in Sao Paulo in April 2014 added a new element to the global Internet Governance Ecosystem. It demonstrated that the multistakeholder model for the governance of the Internet is able, not only to discuss issues of global importance, as we do it now for nearly ten years within the IGF, but it can also produce a concrete outcome.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_netmundial_initiative_taking_positive_steps_forward/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_netmundial_initiative_taking_positive_steps_forward/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Access for all: MEPs back annual check-up for the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Even the internet can do with a regular check-up. Every year stakeholders come together to discuss issues such as technology standards and the smooth running of the internet at the annual meeting of the IGF. This United Nations initiative is now up for renewal. The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 11 February to back its renewal and ask for additional resources for this important forum.<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>European Parliament Votes For Renewal Of Mandate For Internet Governance Forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The European Parliament today adopted a resolution calling on the UN General Assembly to renew the mandate of the IGF, while strengthening its resources and the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/11/european-parliament-calls-for-renewal-of-mandate-for-internet-governance-forum/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/11/european-parliament-calls-for-renewal-of-mandate-for-internet-governance-forum/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Case for Looking Instead of Leaping on a Model for the IANA Transition by Byron Holland</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week, the leading minds in the Internet governance world are in Singapore for the fifty-second meeting of ICANN. Generally speaking, ICANN meetings aren&rsquo;t events marked by high drama or intense conflict, but this gathering may be different.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/02/09/guest-post-a-case-for-looking-instead-of-leaping-on-a-model-for-the-iana-transition/"><span>http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/02/09/guest-post-a-case-for-looking-instead-of-leaping-on-a-model-for-the-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Functions Transition Process Facing Prospect of Delayed Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance experts working on a plan to replace the federal government's stewardship role over ICANN's performance of basic Internet addressing functions suffered a series of setbacks in the days immediately preceding, and during, the ICANN's 52nd public meeting in Singapore.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/iana-functions-transition-n17179922983/"><span>http://www.bna.com/iana-functions-transition-n17179922983/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mueller&rsquo;s Internet Governance Advisory Efforts Recognized<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most people turn on their computers and log on to the Internet every day without a second thought. For one faculty member at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), though, how the Internet is governed, the intricacies of its infrastructure and the technical protocols and policies that direct its functioning have been of critical focus for many years, and are particularly intense in 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.syr.edu/muellers-internet-governance-advisory-efforts-recognized-42939/"><span>http://news.syr.edu/muellers-internet-governance-advisory-efforts-recognized-42939/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ensuring Trust in Internet Governance by Bob Goodlatte<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week in Singapore, important decisions are being made about the future of the ICANN 52 conference. At stake are fundamental questions: Should the American people surrender stewardship over core technical functions that have preserved the open and neutral operation of the Internet since its inception? Should the Obama Administration cede this authority to an organization many consider to be non-transparent, unaccountable and insular?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150211_ensuring_trust_in_internet_governance/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150211_ensuring_trust_in_internet_governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2015 IGF Brazil Will Focus on Empowering Sustainable Development by Janis Karklins<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The preparations of the Brazil IGF meeting are well under way. After consulting the wider Internet community and discussing the overarching theme of the 2015 IGF meeting, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) decided to retain the title "Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_2015_igf_brazil_will_focus_on_empowering_sustainable_development/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_2015_igf_brazil_will_focus_on_empowering_sustainable_development/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2015 IGF Brazil Will Focus on Empowering Sustainable Development by Janis Karklins<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The preparations of the Brazil IGF meeting are well under way. After consulting the wider Internet community and discussing the overarching theme of the 2015 IGF meeting, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) decided to retain the title "Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_2015_igf_brazil_will_focus_on_empowering_sustainable_development/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_2015_igf_brazil_will_focus_on_empowering_sustainable_development/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mueller&rsquo;s Internet Governance Advisory Efforts Recognized<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most people turn on their computers and log on to the Internet every day without a second thought. For one faculty member at the School of Information Studies (iSchool), though, how the Internet is governed, the intricacies of its infrastructure and the technical protocols and policies that direct its functioning have been of critical focus for many years, and are particularly intense in 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.syr.edu/muellers-internet-governance-advisory-efforts-recognized-42939/"><span>http://news.syr.edu/muellers-internet-governance-advisory-efforts-recognized-42939/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China's Internet regulator to 'WeChat' with US ambassador<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lu Wei, head of the Chinese Internet regulator, and the US Ambassador to China Max Baucus are WeChat buddies. And they will use the most popular instant-messaging tool in China to discuss the thorniest cyber issues the two countries face. It's unclear whether they'll use emojis - animated emoticons - in their chat threads. That might be a first in international diplomacy. ... Fadi Chehade, chief executive of the cyberspace governing body, ICANN, warned on Monday that hopes to transfer control of ICANN from US hands to a globally representative body could be jeopardized unless a deal is reached before the 2016 US presidential elections, Agence France-Presse reported.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/us/2015-02/10/content_19548834.htm"><span>http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/us/2015-02/10/content_19548834.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MEPs debate internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>European Parliament President Martin Schulz opened this month's plenary session on 9 February 2015. After approving a request from the centre-right EPP group to add a resolution to next month's plenary sitting relating to a debate on internet child abuse, scheduled for this Thursday, MEPs began the session by debating intellectual property (IP) rights protection. ... After that, MEPs debated the work of the Internet Governance Forum, a United Nations body helping countries decide good policy in relation to the Web.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-31320932"><span>http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/europe-31320932</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Obama's Internet words don't match his actions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;You will know them by their fruits.&rdquo; This ancient wisdom is from the author of the Gospel of Matthew. Sixteen centuries later, in his book &ldquo;Will and Doom,&rdquo; the Rev. Gershom Bulkeley, paraphrased Matthew with, &ldquo;Actions are more significant than words.&rdquo; In the 21st century this timeless maxim continues to serve as we hear President Obama say, &ldquo;I intend to protect a free and open Internet.&rdquo; <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/article/obamas-internet-words-dont-match-his-actions-cm441999"><span>http://www.nasdaq.com/article/obamas-internet-words-dont-match-his-actions-cm441999</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN 52 SINGAPORE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 52 Singapore GAC Communiqu&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Governmental Advisory Committee meeting at ICANN 52 in Singapore has issued its Singapore Communiqu&eacute;. It is available for review at GAC Singapore 52 Communiqu&eacute;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-12-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-12-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Tech Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information, Dr. Yaacob bin Ibrahim, and former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, spoke to the success of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance during the Opening Ceremony of ICANN's 52nd public meeting today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2015-02-09-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2015-02-09-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Next Stop: Buenos Aires, Argentina.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Before inviting you to the next meeting that we will have the pleasure to host in my dynamic, diverse and vast region of Latin America and the Caribbean, I would like to start by congratulating you all, colleagues and community, for a very successful meeting in Singapore.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/next-stop-buenos-aires-argentina"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/next-stop-buenos-aires-argentina</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Building Confidence in ICANN&rsquo;s Operations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is with great pleasure that we are announcing several operational improvements to the way that we provide additional global services, including: (1) additional global customer service capabilities, (2) new venues for arbitration in L-Root Hosting Agreements, and (3) options for payments in additional currencies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/building-confidence-in-icann-s-operations"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/building-confidence-in-icann-s-operations</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Political Windows Open And Close, Says ICANN President; Seeks End Of Prep For IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the opening of this week&rsquo;s 52nd meeting of ICANN in Singapore, the ICANN leadership supported by former President Bill Clinton aide Ira Magaziner, pushed for urgency in finalising the proposal for the future oversight of the private names and numbers regime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/10/political-windows-open-and-close-says-icann-president-seeks-end-of-prep-for-iana-transition/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/02/10/political-windows-open-and-close-says-icann-president-seeks-end-of-prep-for-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why the GAC&rsquo;s role at ICANN should be a concern for brand holders<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If there is one theme emanating from the current ICANN meeting in Singapore, it is the friction between the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) and other stakeholders. While the GAC may not be on the radar of many trademark counsel, the president of the International Trademark Association has warned that its role in the ICANN structure is something brands cannot afford to ignore.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a5e97b20-18c8-4a36-9bf6-d60264a0f4df"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a5e97b20-18c8-4a36-9bf6-d60264a0f4df</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chehade declines to backtrack on domain &ldquo;hogging&rdquo; comments<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade responded yesterday to anger from domain investors over recent comments in which he talked about &ldquo;hogging&rdquo; domain names and implied a link to cybersquatting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17978-chehade-declines-to-backtrack-on-domain-hogging-comments"><span>http://domainincite.com/17978-chehade-declines-to-backtrack-on-domain-hogging-comments</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN stewardship transfer looms amid doubts over deadline<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Delegates from the global online community gather in Singapore to discuss transfer of stewardship from the U.S. government to ICANN, but doubts remain over whether the September 30 deadline will be met.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/icann-stewardship-transfer-looms-amid-doubts-over-deadline/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/icann-stewardship-transfer-looms-amid-doubts-over-deadline/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Singapore ICG Meeting Update by Tony Smith</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) met in Singapore over the past two days to assess the proposals submitted by both the numbering and the protocol parameters communities, as well as get an update from the names community on its progress.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/08/singapore-icg-meeting-update/"><span>https://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/08/singapore-icg-meeting-update/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Senate Declares "Internet Governance Awareness Week" Coinciding with ICANN 52 Singapore by Philip S. Corwin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On February 5th, while many (including the author) were on route to ICANN 52 in Singapore, the U.S. Senate passed S.Res. 71, a non-binding, "Sense of the Senate" Resolution declaring February 8th&ndash;14th as "Internet Governance Awareness Week". Those dates overlap the now ongoing ICANN meeting in Singapore, and the congruence is intentional.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150208_us_senate_declares_internet_governance_awareness_week_coinciding/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150208_us_senate_declares_internet_governance_awareness_week_coinciding/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Singapore supports multistakeholder model of Internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the opening ceremony of ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting yesterday (Feb 9), Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, and former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, talked about the success of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/industries/singapore-supports-multistakeholder-model-of-internet-governance/"><span>http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/industries/singapore-supports-multistakeholder-model-of-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet regulator change 'must happen' before US 2016 polls [AFP]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Plans to transfer control of Internet overseer ICANN from U.S. hands to a globally representative body could be jeopardized unless a deal is reached before the 2016 U.S. elections, the group's chief warned Monday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/global-markets/2015/02/10/428631/Internet-regulator.htm"><span>http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/global-markets/2015/02/10/428631/Internet-regulator.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2015/02/change-of-internet-regulator-must-happen-before-us-2016-polls-ceo/"><span>http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2015/02/change-of-internet-regulator-must-happen-before-us-2016-polls-ceo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Tech leaders reaffirm commitment to multistakeholder model of Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Singapore&rsquo;s Minister of Communications and Information, Yaacob bin Ibrahim, and former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, spoke to the success of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance during the Opening Ceremony of ICANN&rsquo;s 52nd public meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.indiainfoline.com/article/news-sector-information-technology/global-tech-leaders-reaffirm-commitment-to-multistakeholder-model-of-internet-governance-115020900265_1.html"><span>http://www.indiainfoline.com/article/news-sector-information-technology/global-tech-leaders-reaffirm-commitment-to-multistakeholder-model-of-internet-governance-115020900265_1.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet regulator admits US control may be extended [AFP]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The head of the Internet overseer ICANN conceded Thursday that the United States may have to extend its control over the group beyond September as governments bicker over a replacement regulatory regime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-2940826/Internet-regulator-admits-US-control-extended.html"><span>http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-2940826/Internet-regulator-admits-US-control-extended.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber security, more inclusive internet structure key for connected economies: Yaacob<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber security and a more inclusive structure for the internet will be key for any connected society and economy, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim at the 52nd ICANN Public Meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cyber-security-more/1647434.html"><span>http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cyber-security-more/1647434.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Anger as governments delay two-letter domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has heard an angry response from gTLD registries after delaying the release of two-character domains in new gTLDs, apparently at the whim of a small number of governments.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17971-anger-as-governments-delay-two-letter-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/17971-anger-as-governments-delay-two-letter-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Overworked ICANN community &ldquo;at breaking point&rdquo;, Chehade warns<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The volunteers that do the bulk of the policy-development work at ICANN are are suffering from &ldquo;burnout&rdquo; and are at &ldquo;breaking point&rdquo;, CEO Fadi Chehade said during the opening ceremony of the ICANN 52 public meeting in Singapore today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17969-overworked-icann-community-at-breaking-point-chehade-warns"><span>http://domainincite.com/17969-overworked-icann-community-at-breaking-point-chehade-warns</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 Will be a Good Year for DNSSEC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thanks to a major web hosting provider's broad adoption of DNSSEC, 2015 may be the year when we reach the "knee" in DNSSEC benefits curve. DNSSEC adds cryptographic records (also called digital signatures) alongside existing DNS records to ensure that end users can detect any changes during the domain name resolution process. The cryptographic protection is called "signing".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/2015-will-be-a-good-year-for-dnssec"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/2015-will-be-a-good-year-for-dnssec</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thomas J. Embrescia and Vincent Huang, Chairman | .JOBS, Chairman | Hu Yi Global, to Akram Atallah</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dealing of two companies (Application ID# 1-1158-95080)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/embrescia-huang-to-atallah-08feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/embrescia-huang-to-atallah-08feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Early or not, ICANN wants your views on trademark protection in new gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is currently seeking comments from the trademark community on the effectiveness of the rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) put in place for the gTLD rollout. While question marks remain over whether now is really the time to be making any judgement as to their overall effectiveness, it is a comment window that trademark counsel should seriously consider engaging with.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=4776517c-3e7d-4bc7-a7e1-b8ce3f255986"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=4776517c-3e7d-4bc7-a7e1-b8ce3f255986</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Back off &ndash; it is ILLEGAL to make us accountable, claim ICANN lawyers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A row has blown up at global domain-name overseer ICANN, after the group looking into improving the corporation's accountability was told many of its ideas were illegal.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/icann_accountability/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/icann_accountability/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Building Confidence in ICANN&rsquo;s Operations BY Susanna Wong Bennett<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is with great pleasure that we are announcing several operational improvements to the way that we provide additional global services, including: (1) additional global customer service capabilities, (2) new venues for arbitration in L-Root Hosting Agreements, and (3) options for payments in additional currencies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/building-confidence-in-icann-s-operations"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/building-confidence-in-icann-s-operations</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Carmen A. Catizone, Executive Director/Secretary | National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, to the Economist Intelligence Unit, CPE Panel</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Community Priority Evaluation for .MED<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/catizone-to-eiu-10feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/catizone-to-eiu-10feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>World's governments emerge enraged from mounds of red tape, screaming at ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The world's governments have told domain name overseer ICANN that its processes are "complex, lengthy and ambiguous" and warned that they may be ineffective at dealing with domain-name abuse or fraud.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/12/worlds_governments_tell_icann_youre_too_bureaucratic/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/12/worlds_governments_tell_icann_youre_too_bureaucratic/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>To The CEO Of ICANN Fadi Chehade: Do You Think Vodafone Is The Biggest Domain Hogger?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two weeks ago we called out the CEO of ICANN Fadi Chehade, for some remarks he made in a story published by the HuffingtonPost.com to wit: &ldquo;The reality is, the more there are names (new gTLD&rsquo;s), less people will actually be hogging names in order to charge a lot for them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/11/to-the-ceo-of-icann-fadi-chehade-do-you-think-vodafone-is-the-biggest-domain-hogger/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/11/to-the-ceo-of-icann-fadi-chehade-do-you-think-vodafone-is-the-biggest-domain-hogger/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why Is ICANN Hiding The Solution To Its Accountability Problem?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What the Articles of Incorporation give with one hand, however, ICANN&rsquo;s bylaws take away with the other. The bylaws eliminate the possibility of having members in Article XVII, which specifies the corporation shall not have members as defined by California&rsquo;s Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law. That can and should be changed, especially as a precursor to any action by the Obama administration to transition full responsibility for Internet oversight to ICANN. A strong system of accountability is the only way to insure that the process of Internet governance won&rsquo;t captured by rogue countries or other special interests when and if the domain name system function is transferred.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/09/why-is-icann-hiding-the-solution-to-its-accountability-problem/2/"><span>http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/09/why-is-icann-hiding-the-solution-to-its-accountability-problem/2/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign Launches New Monthly Blog Series: Top 10 Keywords Registered in .COM and .NET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends. In 2014, we looked at Bitcoin as an example of how domain registrations could be an effective gauge of interest in a particular subject.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_launches_new_monthly_blog"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_launches_new_monthly_blog</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Glitter &amp; Hemp among last month&rsquo;s hot .com domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign has started a monthly feature of the top 10 &ldquo;trending&rdquo; keywords used in new .com and .net domain name registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/10/glitter-hemp-among-last-months-hot-com-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/10/glitter-hemp-among-last-months-hot-com-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kanye West: Yo, DNS ... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fresh from insulting award winners at the Grammies, walking headline Kanye West has got the internets a-quiver with a series of tweets highlight a new website that will sell shoes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/11/kanye_west_to_flog_shoes_yes_shoes_on_new_gtld_site/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/11/kanye_west_to_flog_shoes_yes_shoes_on_new_gtld_site/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NameSentry</span><span>&#8480;</span><span> Adopted by Over 60% of New TLDs Launched<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Architelos, Inc., the premier provider of automated domain name abuse detection and mitigation services, has added Famous Four Media to its expanding roster of NameSentry clients. Famous Four Media will be implementing NameSentry for current and upcoming gTLDs such as .trade .webcam, and .science. Other new gTLDs that have recently adopted NameSentry include, .build, .ceo, .lat, .luxury, and .ooo, to name a few. To date NameSentry has been adopted by more new gTLDs than any other commercially available solution in the market. Sixty percent (60%) of new gTLDs launched use NameSentry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://architelos.com/most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos/"><span>http://architelos.com/most-new-gtlds-use-namesentry-after-famous-four-signs-with-architelos/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tourism to help drive .sydney take-up, says ARI boss<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney&rsquo;s tourism industry should help drive interest in the city&rsquo;s new TLD when it launches later this month according to the chief executive of ARI Registry Services, the company that managed the application for the new TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565952/tourism-help-drive-sydney-take-up-says-ari-boss/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565952/tourism-help-drive-sydney-take-up-says-ari-boss/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kanye West: Yo, DNS ... Imma let you finish, but this gTLD is one of the best of all time<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fresh from insulting award winners at the Grammies, walking headline Kanye West has got the internets a-quiver with a series of tweets highlight a new website that will sell shoes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/11/kanye_west_to_flog_shoes_yes_shoes_on_new_gtld_site/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/11/kanye_west_to_flog_shoes_yes_shoes_on_new_gtld_site/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.LGBT Public Launch Begins Today<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias announced today the first and only TLD dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is now open for registration: &ldquo;dot LGBT&rdquo; or .LGBT.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/02/10/lgbt-public-launch-begins-today"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/02/10/lgbt-public-launch-begins-today</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LGBT Domain Provides Protected Community Space on Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rainbow flags. Gay cruises. Logo TV. Domain names? The LGBT community has carved out plenty of homes for itself, but it has yet to officially claim stake in the virtual one.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202717307243/LGBT-Domain-Provides-Protected-Community-Space-on-Internet"><span>http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202717307243/LGBT-Domain-Provides-Protected-Community-Space-on-Internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICM Registry expands on TMCH fee deal for brands seeking protection in adult strings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the launch of its &lsquo;.adult&rsquo; and &lsquo;.porn&rsquo; TLDs imminent, ICM Registry has expanded on its plans to offer trademark owners wishing to keep their trademark terms out of the hands of cybersquatters access to reduced Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) fees.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=a2fd1e77-3c64-44a4-a1d6-9c92dc546167"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=a2fd1e77-3c64-44a4-a1d6-9c92dc546167</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Online partnership splits, one company will operate new TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A three company partnership for the .online TLD has broken up, and it appears Radix will now run the domain name by itself.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/11/dot-online/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/11/dot-online/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLDs this week: .LGBT and two inexpensive domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Names are sure to get a lot of press this week as .LGBT &ldquo;comes out&rdquo; on Tuesday. Although many of the target buyers are still miffed over the current status of .gay, .LGBT offers them the opportunity to get a domain name with a related meaning and purpose.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/09/new-tlds-this-week-lgbt-and-two-inexpensive-domains/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/09/new-tlds-this-week-lgbt-and-two-inexpensive-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1st Day New gTLD Totals: .Work 3,833; .Casa 1,235; .LGBT 404<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Three new gTLD's had their first day of general availability yesterday and here are the number of domains registered under each extension after the first day according to ntldstats.com: .Work 3,833 .Casa 1,235 .LGBT 404 Minds + Machines is the registry for .Work and .Casa.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/11/1st-day-new-gtld-totals-work-3833-casa-1235-lgbt-404/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/11/1st-day-new-gtld-totals-work-3833-casa-1235-lgbt-404/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How the Sony Breach Changes Cybersecurity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sony Pictures. The Pentagon&rsquo;s social-media accounts. And now Anthem, the big health insurer. Is nothing safe from hackers anymore? Richard Bejtlich, chief security strategist for FireEye Inc., a network security company, and Shuman Ghosemajumder, vice president of product management for Shape Security, a website security company, spoke at the CIO Network conference about what companies might learn from the spate of recent intrusions to stay a step ahead of trouble. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation with The Wall Street Journal&rsquo;s John Bussey.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-sony-data-breach-signals-a-paradigm-shift-in-cybersecurity-1423540851"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-sony-data-breach-signals-a-paradigm-shift-in-cybersecurity-1423540851</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s a Whole New Data Game for Business: Amy Braverman on the Need for New Methodologies to Make Sense of Big Data</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies are getting a flood of new data from customers, vendors and the factory floor. What are some ways to think about big data&mdash;and to reduce uncertainty when building a business strategy around it? The Wall Street Journal&rsquo;s Scott Thurm spoke with Amy Braverman, principal statistician at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who comes up with ways to analyze and make accessible troves of information from NASA&rsquo;s space-borne instruments. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/its-a-whole-new-data-game-for-business-1423540848"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/its-a-whole-new-data-game-for-business-1423540848</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Obama Administration Plans to Open Center to Fight Cyberattacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>President Obama&rsquo;s homeland security adviser said Tuesday that the administration was planning to open a new center that would quickly assess and deter cyberattacks on the United States.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/us/politics/obama-administration-plans-to-open-center-to-fight-cyberattacks.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/11/us/politics/obama-administration-plans-to-open-center-to-fight-cyberattacks.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US government forming cybersecurity agency to combat online threats [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Obama Administration will create a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats and share data about possible attacks among government departments.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2882434/us-government-forming-cybersecurity-agency-to-combat-online-threats.html"><span>http://www.cio.com/article/2882434/us-government-forming-cybersecurity-agency-to-combat-online-threats.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New US cyberthreat center will fill information gap, official says [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. government needs a new cyberthreat analysis center because no single agency is responsible for producing that type of assessment and sharing that information across the government, according to a senior advisor to President Barack Obama.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/566023/new-us-cyberthreat-center-will-fill-information-gap-official-says/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/566023/new-us-cyberthreat-center-will-fill-information-gap-official-says/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nation-State Cyber Espionage, Targeted Attacks Becoming Global Norm<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New report shows 2014 as the year of China's renewed resiliency in cyber espionage--with Hurricane Panda storming its targets--while Russia, Iran, and North Korea, emerging as major players in hacking for political, nationalistic, and competitive gain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/nation-state-cyber-espionage-targeted-attacks-becoming-global-norm/d/d-id/1319025"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/nation-state-cyber-espionage-targeted-attacks-becoming-global-norm/d/d-id/1319025</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Peter Sunde: Pirate Bay Still Has The Right To Defend Itself<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today it was revealed that a Swedish prosecutor is trying to force the .SE registry, via a court case, to ban ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se from being in use. He even wants to go so far as to claim the domains for the state in order to put up a 'stop' logo on them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/peter-sunde-pirate-bay-still-has-the-right-to-defend-itself-150210/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/peter-sunde-pirate-bay-still-has-the-right-to-defend-itself-150210/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Taylor Swift's guitar teacher threatened with legal action over 'ITaughtTaylorSwift.com' site Taylor Swift Tickets<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A man who claims to have taught Taylor Swift how to play guitar is reportedly being threatened with legal action by Swift's team.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818"><span>http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Taylor Swift's Lawyers Sue Her Guitar Teacher Over Website Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recently, Taylor Swift's lawyers have taken on Etsy for making Swift-related items and moved to trademark a number of phrases from her recently released 1989 album. Now, New York's Daily News reports that Swift's team is suing Ronnie Cremer -- who says he helped the star learn guitar -- for buying the domain name ITaughtTaylorSwift.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6465840/taylor-swifts-lawyers-sue-her-guitar-teacher-over"><span>http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6465840/taylor-swifts-lawyers-sue-her-guitar-teacher-over</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Taylor Swift's guitar teacher threatened with legal action over 'ITaughtTaylorSwift.com' site Taylor Swift Tickets<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A man who claims to have taught Taylor Swift how to play guitar is reportedly being threatened with legal action by Swift's team.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818"><span>http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/82818</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Taylor Swift's Lawyers Sue Her Guitar Teacher Over Website Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recently, Taylor Swift's lawyers have taken on Etsy for making Swift-related items and moved to trademark a number of phrases from her recently released 1989 album. Now, New York's Daily News reports that Swift's team is suing Ronnie Cremer -- who says he helped the star learn guitar -- for buying the domain name ITaughtTaylorSwift.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6465840/taylor-swifts-lawyers-sue-her-guitar-teacher-over"><span>http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6465840/taylor-swifts-lawyers-sue-her-guitar-teacher-over</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Kickass' Somali pirates get their asses kicked by Japanese ass-kickers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>KickassTorrents clearly thought Somalia would be a good place to set up shop, given the ungovernable country's long association with pirates.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/somali_pirates_so_registry/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/10/somali_pirates_so_registry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Jeb Bush's Domain Name Drama<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If Jeb Bush runs for president, he&rsquo;ll be starting behind the digital curve - about eight years behind, to be precise. The former Florida governor, who hasn&rsquo;t held elected office in almost a decade, missed the chance to purchase several domain names related to his name and presidential ambitions, giving their owners free reign to make political mischief on websites that potential Bush supporters might visit.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jeb-bushs-domain-drama/story?id=28864646"><span>http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jeb-bushs-domain-drama/story?id=28864646</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Phishing Costs Companies over $411 Million per Alert by Alex Tajirian<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Phishing blindsides businesses' best defenses and takes a toll whose price tag still hasn't been pinned down. Here's one estimate: $441 million per attack, according to a recent study of the cybercrime's effect on stock market data (market value, volume of shares traded, and stock volatility) of global firms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_phishing_costs_companies_over_411_million_per_alert/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150210_phishing_costs_companies_over_411_million_per_alert/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Advertisers have a new tool to avoid pirate websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A few months ago I reported on a study by the Digital Citizens Alliance and NetNames that documented the widespread availability of pirated material in cyberlockers. Even more troubling, many of these pirate sites had substantial legitimate advertiser support. According to the study, the largest 596 ad-supported content theft sites reaped nearly a quarter of a billion dollars ($227 million) in advertising revenue in 2013.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/haroldfurchtgottroth/2015/02/10/advertisers-have-a-new-tool-to-avoid-pirate-websites/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/haroldfurchtgottroth/2015/02/10/advertisers-have-a-new-tool-to-avoid-pirate-websites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Pirate Bay Domains Targeted in Legal Action<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A pair of domains operated by The Pirate Bay are at risk of seizure following legal action by Swedish authorities. The man behind December's raid, prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad, says that the domains should be canceled or placed under state control. The domain registry involved has criticized the move.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-domains-targeted-in-legal-action-150210/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-domains-targeted-in-legal-action-150210/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish government wants to seize piratebay.se domain and prohibit usage<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a lawsuit against domain registrar Punkt SE The Swedish government has asked a judge to prohibit usage of the domains piratebay.se and thepiratebay.se. Another option would be to make the Swedish state the lawful owner of the domains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.myce.com/news/swedish-government-wants-to-seize-piratebay-se-domain-and-prohibit-usage-74859/"><span>http://www.myce.com/news/swedish-government-wants-to-seize-piratebay-se-domain-and-prohibit-usage-74859/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish court set to rule on Pirate Bay case<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Swedish court is for the first time set to rule on a prosecutor's request to order a top domain group to seize and forfeit web domains in the Pirate Bay row.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thelocal.se/20150210/swedish-court"><span>http://www.thelocal.se/20150210/swedish-court</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>KickassTorrents Taken Down By Domain Name Seizure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>KickassTorrents has lost access to its Kickass.so domain name and is currently offline. The Somalian domain of the most-visited torrent site on the Internet is now listed as "banned" by the .SO registry, forcing the site's operators to find a new home.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/kickasstorrents-taken-domain-name-seizure-150209/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/kickasstorrents-taken-domain-name-seizure-150209/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>KickassTorrents Reverts to .TO Domain After .SO Domain Seized<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>KickassTorrents has been pulled offline after authorities seized its .SO domain, according to several reports on Monday. Its WHOIS status is listed as banned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/kickasstorrents-reverts-domain-domain-seized"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/kickasstorrents-reverts-domain-domain-seized</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Somalia is no safe refuge for torrent site - Kickass Torrents has Somali domain name seized, returns at old URL hours later.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the world of online piracy, it seems like it's one in, one out at the moment. While The Pirate Bay returned last week, Kickass Torrents has now been taken down via a domain name seizure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/02/somalia-is-no-safe-refuge-for-torrent-site/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/02/somalia-is-no-safe-refuge-for-torrent-site/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Why and How of DNS Data Analysis by Burt Kaliski</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A network traffic analyzer can tell you what&rsquo;s happening in your network, while a Domain Name System (DNS) analyzer can provide context on the &ldquo;why&rdquo; and &ldquo;how.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/the_why_and_how_of"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/the_why_and_how_of</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>France can now block suspected terrorism websites without a court order<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new decree that went into effect today allows the French government to block websites accused of promoting terrorism and publishing child pornography, without seeking a court order. Under the new rules, published last week by France's Ministry of the Interior, ISPs must take down offending websites within 24 hours of receiving a government order. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the decree is critical to combatting terrorism, but civil rights groups say it gives the government dangerously broad powers to suppress free speech. ... Others question the effectiveness of the measure. Felix Tr&eacute;guer, of the French online rights group La Quadrature du Net, says the decree risks "over-blocking perfectly legal content," adding that the DNS blocking that it calls for can be easily circumvented.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/9/8003907/france-terrorist-child-pornography-website-law-censorship"><span>http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/9/8003907/france-terrorist-child-pornography-website-law-censorship</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain registrars should add security check for transfers to eName<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the weekend I received an email from the (former) owner of ShadesDaddy.com, an online sunglasses seller. He said his domain name had been stolen.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/10/domain-registrars-should-add-security-check-for-transfers-to-ename/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/10/domain-registrars-should-add-security-check-for-transfers-to-ename/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN signs MOU with EURid to develop Local Expertise in the Domain Names System (DNS) Sector in Africa and the Middle East<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN signed today with the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid), manager of the .eu TLD, a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of collaborating together on developing local expertise in DNS technical, policy, and business areas in Africa and the Middle East.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2015/icann-signs-mou-eurid-develop-local-expertise-domain-names-system-dns-sector-africa"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/feb-2015/icann-signs-mou-eurid-develop-local-expertise-domain-names-system-dns-sector-africa</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Icann, Eurid partner on MEA development<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Icann signed an agreement with EURid to collaborate on developing local expertise in DNS technical, policy and business areas in Africa and the Middle East.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/icann-eurid-partner-on-mea-development--1064294"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/icann-eurid-partner-on-mea-development--1064294</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web.com strikes deal with investors, Rightside extends deal with NameCheap<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web.com has struck a deal with Okumus Fund Management, which owns about 15% of the company&rsquo;s shares, to add two new members to the board of directors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/09/web-com-strikes-deal-with-investors-rightside-extends-deal-with-namecheap/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/09/web-com-strikes-deal-with-investors-rightside-extends-deal-with-namecheap/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy amends IPO filing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy updates S-1, but it doesn&rsquo;t include final 2014 financials.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/11/godaddy-amends-ipo-filing/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/11/godaddy-amends-ipo-filing/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web Host GoDaddy in Talks to Buy Nodejitsu: Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Major web host GoDaddy is said to be acquiring Node.js hosting platform Nodejitsu soon, according a report from VentureBeat citing unnamed sources.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-host-godaddy-talks-buy-nodejitsu-report"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-host-godaddy-talks-buy-nodejitsu-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Open Drum: cyber bullying claimed our Jessica<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When we lost our Jessica to suicide the police knew just where to look: her phone and laptop. The coroner states cyber bullying contributed to her death and so we have the evidence - but where's the justice?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-11/cleland-open-drum-cyber-bullying-claimed-our-jessica/6083084"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-11/cleland-open-drum-cyber-bullying-claimed-our-jessica/6083084</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Better Call Saul&rsquo;s successful launch on Stan takes away any pirating excuses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>AUSTRALIA is a nation of pirates. It&rsquo;s one record we lead the world in which we wish we didn&rsquo;t. For a long time that blame has been put squarely on the fact that Australia often gets new TV shows later and for a premium price than the rest of the world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/better-call-sauls-successful-launch-on-stan-takes-away-any-pirating-excuses/story-fnjwneld-1227215019686"><span>http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/better-call-sauls-successful-launch-on-stan-takes-away-any-pirating-excuses/story-fnjwneld-1227215019686</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Smart devices: Is privacy loss inevitable?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>People who use smart devices that monitor what they do will have to get used to giving up some privacy, warns a top technologist. Prof Will Stewart of the Institution of Engineering and Technology said privacy loss was "intrinsic" to such gadgets.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31360870"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31360870</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 8 Feb 20:47 2015

auDA domain news - 9 February

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Two-thirds done: The IANA transition in Singapore by Milton Mueller

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/>

 

gTLDs as a catalyst for creating a better digital experience by Jennifer Wolfe

<http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience>

 

New gTLDs await watershed moment in terms of public awareness

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7>

 

500 new gTLDs now live, a new one added every day

<http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day>

 

Indian business disappears from web, blames Melbourne IT

<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Obama's Internet Words Don't Match His Actions

... In the past I’ve reported my concerns about the future of the Internet under the Obama administration. If you believe the Internet is one of mankind’s greatest inventions, if you like its current low barrier to entry for personal and professional benefit, if you’re responsible for the future of a business, then you should share my concerns. ... 1. President Obama treats the Internet as a political and diplomatic bargaining tool. After the U.S. government was embarrassed by Edward Snowden’s theft of secrets, the President announced intentions to relinquish U.S. control of Internet governance to a “global, multi-stakeholder community,” even though there was time left on the contract with ICANN.

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimblasingame/2015/02/06/obamas-internet-words-dont-match-his-actions/>

 

Two-thirds done: The IANA transition in Singapore by Milton Mueller

The Singapore ICANN meeting (ICANN #52) is an inflection point in the IANA stewardship transition. The numbers and protocols processes have proceeded relatively smoothly, though not without minor hiccups, and reasonable proposals have been developed and are being reviewed. The names process, predictably, is taking longer.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/>

 

Return to Singapore: From Chili Crabs to Names, Numbers and Protocol Parameters by Konstantinos Komaitis

Almost a year ago, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community. The process was officially kicked off at the ICANN 49 meeting. That was March 2014. And the place? Singapore. Fast-forward a year later and we are again on our way to Singapore for an ICANN meeting.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_return_to_singapore_chili_crabs_to_names_numbers_protocol_paramete/>

 

Internet regulator admits US control may be extended [AFP]

The head of the Internet overseer ICANN conceded Thursday that the United States may have to extend its control over the group beyond September as governments bicker over a replacement regulatory regime.

<https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/26209624/internet-regulator-admits-us-control-may-be-extended/>

<http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1322148>

 

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- ICANN 52

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Joining the Global Discussion at ICANN 52: Monthly Update from Theresa Swineheart

With ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting taking place this week in Singapore, I wanted to highlight the numerous opportunities to get involved in the conversation on the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability processes. To date, the community has logged more than 90 public calls or meetings, over 5,200 working hours and some 10,000 email exchanges during the various stages of proposal development necessary to transition the stewardship of the IANA functions to the multistakeholder community.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/joining-the-global-discussion-at-icann-52>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group - Fourth Face-to-Face Meeting & Public Session at ICANN 52

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will be holding its next face-to-face meeting from Friday, 6th to Saturday, 7th February 2015 from 09:00-17:00 SGT/ 01:00-09:00 UTC in Singapore.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-05-en>

 

Countdown to ICANN 52: Join Us for the SO/AC High Interest Topic Panel by David Olive

Next week, the ICANN community will convene in Singapore for ICANN 52. The meeting comes at an important time - particularly regarding the efforts focused on the transition of the IANA stewardship function and the work to enhance and define ICANN’s accountability as an organization. It is in that latter context that the leaders of the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO-AC) will gather on Monday 8 February from 14:00-15:15 local time (0600–0715 UTC) in the Padang Room for their now traditional SO/AC High-Interest Topic Panel.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-join-us-for-the-so-ac-high-interest-topic-panel>

 

ICANN 52 Day 2: Welcome to ICANN 52 in Singapore by Kuek Yu-Chuang

On behalf of the ICANN Asia Pacific (APAC) Hub, I'm pleased to welcome you to ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting. We are also thrilled that it has returned to our very own backyard, Singapore.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-52-day-2-welcome-to-icann-52-in-singapore>

 

CWG-Stewardship Publishes Discussion Document for ICANN 52

The CWG-Stewardship has created a Discussion Document for the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore. The Discussion Document attempts to capture and summarize the considerable progress made by this group to date and to encourage community input on key and intractable issues in order to assist the group during its deliberations in Singapore.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-06-en>

 

Countdown to ICANN 52: Practice Makes Perfect for the ICANN Meetings, Meeting Technical Services and Language Services Teams

Planning an ICANN Meeting is not for the faint of heart. It's a six-day, 300-plus session marathon with thousands of in-person and remote participants. These events require a small army of technical and logistical experts. After over 52 meetings, ICANN's Meetings, Meetings Technical Services and Languages Services teams are a well-oiled machine of efficiency and experience.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-practice-makes-perfect-for-the-icann-meetings-meeting-technical-services-and-language-services-teams>

 

Countdown to ICANN 52: Newcomer Program by Janice Douma Lange

When you hear the words: exciting, exhausting, ideals, ISPC, GAC, policy, stakeholders, hopeful, overwhelming, eye opening, where do you imagine yourself? What could be happening to elicit such unrelated words and responses? These are the words spoken by participants of past ICANN Fellowship and Newcomer Programs when asked to describe a day at an ICANN meeting.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-newcomer-program>

 

CENTR Guide to ICANN52

CENTR has published it's Guide to ICANN52 meeting to be held in Singpoare next week. The report covers what to expect in the ccNSO, GNSO and GAC as well as high level interest topics.

<https://centr.org/news/02-06-2015/3928/guide-icann52>

 

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500+ New gTLDs Introduced into the Internet

ICANN announced that over 500 new gTLDs have now been introduced into the Internet. The gTLD .NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) was the 500th new gTLD to be delegate with new domains rolling out at an average of one per day.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-06-en>

 

Kurt Pritz, Domain Name Association | Executive Director, to Fadi Chehadé and Steve Crocker

The Domain Name Industry and European Trademark Reform

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/pritz-to-chehade-crocker-05feb15-en.pdf>

 

ICA responds to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé’s “Hogging” remarks

Internet Commerce Association has sent a letter to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé, following remarks Chehadé made at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/ica-responds-to-icann-ceo-fadi-chehades-hogging-remarks/>

 

ICA Responds to ICANN CEO’s Davos Remarks on “Hogging Names” and “Cybersquatting” by Philip Corwin

During the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ICANN CEO engaged in an interview in which he touted the purported benefits of the new gTLD program. Unfortunately, in the course of those remarks he appeared to accuse domain portfolio owners of “hogging names” as well as equate them with “cybersquatters”.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/ica-responds-to-icann-ceos-davos-remarks/>

 

ICANN outlines review of gTLD trademark safeguards

ICANN has published a draft report outlining what an initial review of the effectiveness of rights protection mechanisms in the new gTLD programme should include.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/icann-outlines-review-of-gtld-trademark-safeguards-4254>

 

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European ccTLD News Brief (Feb 2015)

CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (12th edition). This month features: "Why ICANN Accountability Matters", Infographic on what kept CENTR busy in 2014, QnA with CENTR Communications Manager Alexandrine Gauvin, Recent CENTR workshops and upcoming events & ccTLD news highlights and statistics.

<https://centr.org/news/02-02-2015/european_cctld_news_feb_2015>

 

Google should not apply 'right to be forgotten' on .com domain, advisory council says [IDG]

An advisory council put together by Google found that the search engine should only apply the so-called "right to be forgotten" to European Union search domains and not to its international .com domain, which is contrary to what EU privacy regulators want the search engine to do.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/>

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/>

 

cz: Domain report: in the year 2014 was registered 73,350 .CZ domains

Compared with the last year, the number of female holders slightly increased. The countries with the most .CZ domains registered abroad were the Slovak Republic and Germany.

<http://www.nic.cz/page/2688/domain-report--in-the-year-2014-was-registered-73%2C350-.cz-domains/>

 

fr: Abuse Report by Afnic: The solution supervising for abusive registrations

As of February 5, 2015, Afnic is upgrading its services for operators and domain name registries by offering a service for abusive registrations.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8737/show/abuse-report-by-afnic-the-solution-supervising-for-abusive-registrations.html>

 

fr: Afnic and .SE release Zonemaster – new key tool improving Internet resilience

Afnic and .SE release Zonemaster, the new DNS checking tool, product of their partnership on improving the security and resilience of the Internet infrastructure.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8732/show/afnic-and-se-release-zonemaster-new-key-tool-improving-internet-resilience.html>

 

ky: With Cayman deal, Uniregistry now runs ccTLDs too

Uniregistry has got into the ccTLD business, taking over management of the Cayman Islands’ .ky domain this week and planning a relaunch for later this month.

<http://domainincite.com/17959-with-cayman-deal-uniregistry-now-runs-cctlds-too>

 

DNS.PT DNS.PT: best registration numbers

The DNS.pt reached 9,000 domains registered under .pt in January. That was the month with the highest number of domain registrations since the registry is an independent entity.

<http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-best-registration-numbers/>

 

More domain security now available for all .uk registrants

Nominet has been investing significantly to help all .uk owners protect their domains. Following a successful launch to registrars last October, from today, registrants can opt to use two-factor authentication access to our Online Services. This is a two-step verification process which provides an extra layer of security to users accessing online systems.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/more-domain-security-now-available-all-uk-registrants>

 

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gTLDs as a catalyst for creating a better digital experience by Jennifer Wolfe

While many remain skeptical about the value of the gTLD, there’s one thing most can agree on. It is a perfect catalyst to foster innovative thinking about the digital experience. As many brands are moving through the contracting process, they are likely beginning to think about how to use the gTLD.

<http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience>

 

New gTLDs await watershed moment in terms of public awareness

As the online community descends on Singapore for the first of ICANN’s 2015 meetings, new research commissioned by the Domain Name Association has highlighted the low level of awareness of new gTLDs amongst consumers worldwide. The stage is therefore set for ‘.brands’ to turn the tide.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7>

 

500 new gTLDs now live, a new one added every day

ICANN delegated its 500th new gTLD from the 2012 application round this week.

<http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day>

 

Back in evaluation! Tata dot-brand bid falls foul of Morocco

Tata Group, the Indian conglomerate, is to see its application for .tata head back into evaluation, after the Moroccan government denied it had given its approval for the bid.

<http://domainincite.com/17955-back-in-evaluation-tata-dot-brand-bid-falls-foul-of-morocco>

 

In a first for new gTLDs, Aquitaine dumps geo bid

The authority for the French region of Aquitaine has become the first new gTLD applicant to pull its application apparently of its own accord.

<http://domainincite.com/17966-in-a-first-for-new-gtlds-aquitaine-dumps-geo-bid>

 

Industry research claims over half of internet users open to new domains

A survey by industry group, the Domain Name Association (DNA), shows that people are open to the idea of new internet extensions, with more than half of respondents expressing a preference for new names.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/06/over_half_of_internet_users_open_to_new_domains/>

 

Four TLDs to Watch in 2015 by Stuart Lawley

The Internet's expansion is well underway. Just three years ago, nearly every web address ended in either .com, .net, .gov, or .edu. Fast forward to today where the number of Internet suffixes, or TLDs, is soon to exceed one thousand. In an instant, the Internet went from overcrowded to potential overexpansion. The question brand owners are asking themselves is -- which TLDs are worth claiming a web address on? And what tools are out there to help monitor domain name registrations in these new TLDs?

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_four_tlds_to_watch_in_2015/>

 

We're Asking the Wrong Questions by Jeffrey Sass

In my role as CMO of .CLUB I get to speak about domain names at different events all over the world, and have been doing so for more than two years now. From stages and podiums at countless events I have heard the same comments and questions again and again, and in all that time it seems that very little has changed when it comes to the perceptions of the new domain extensions, the so-called "new gTLDs".

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_were_asking_the_wrong_questions/>

 

How is .Com? Verisign discusses, and signs 11 IDN contracts

... First, the company said it signed 11 contracts for its IDN transliterations of .com and .net, meaning that investors of IDN.com domain names might be close to getting their hands on IDN.com-as-IDN domains.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/how-is-com-verisign-discusses-and-signs-11-idn-contracts/>

 

.POKER Domain Sunrise Period Begins

Afilias announced today the beginning of the sunrise period of “dot POKER” or .POKER: eligible trademark holders can deal themselves in immediately. After sunrise ends on March 7, 2015, the house will host a landrush period for the public, with tables opening on March 10.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/02/04/poker-domain-sunrise-period-begins>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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eco Study on IT Security: Threats to Companies Growing Strongly in 2015

There is no all-clear for German industry: Threats through cyber criminality and industrial espionage are continuing to increase, according to the recent eco Report “IT Security 2015”. 44 percent of the 280 specialists surveyed by eco – Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. expect that the threat level for companies will continue to rise.

<https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/eco-study-on-it-security-threats-to-companies-growing-strongly-in-2015.html>

 

InfoSec Challenge: When To Be Quiet, When To Go Public

I've seen way too many security advisories over the years to count. The more critical the issue, the more publishable it was. But that was my perspective as a journalist working for news organizations. In the current role, I'm seeing things from the beginning of the internal vetting process. There's a lot we want to make public, but there's a lot we have to keep to ourselves.

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/infosecs-tlp-challenge-when-to-be-quiet-when-to-go-public.html>

 

Improving the security of the Tor network

The Tor network is a popular anonymizing service for those who are concerned about their privacy online; but malicious exit nodes pose a serious security problem for users. Stefan Lindskog and Philipp Winter from The PriSec Group at Karlstad University have now improved the security.

<https://www.iis.se/english/news/improving-the-security-of-the-tor-network/>

 

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

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released. The topics covered in this report are: Attacks in the wake of the attack – privacy after the horror of Paris, A brave new world of e-banking, Gone in less than 60 seconds – from car theft to automotive data hacking, Microsoft versus Google and vice versa – biblical short-sightedness? & The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/02/06/the-february-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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IPv6 Security Myth #4: IPv6 Networks are Too Big to Scan by Chris Grundemann

Here we are, all the way up to Myth #4! That makes this the 4th installment of our 10 part series on the top IPv6 Security Myths. This myth is one of my favorite myths to bust when speaking with folks around the world. The reason for that is how many otherwise well-informed and highly experienced engineers, and others, hold this myth as truth. It's understandable, really.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_ipv6_security_myth_4_ipv6_networks_are_too_big_to_scan/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Indian business disappears from web, blames Melbourne IT

The owner of a business that pioneered the world's first low-cost touchscreen tape duplication plant says domain registrar Melbourne IT has been responsible for his domain not being renewed on time.

<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it>

 

Verisign Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

... Verisign Registry Services added 0.59 million net new names during the fourth quarter, ending with 130.6 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base, which represents a 2.7 percent increase over the base at the end of the fourth quarter in 2013. In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 8.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, the same as for the fourth quarter in 2013. During 2014, Verisign processed 34 million new domain name registrations, the same as in 2013.

<http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MTc4NTA%3D>

 

8.2 million .com/.net registrations in Q4

Verisign reported earnings for the 4th quarter of 2014 today. 8.2 million .com/.net domain names were registered in the quarter, the same as in the 4th quarter of 2013. When you take out deletions, the combined zones grew by 0.59 million names in the quarter.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/8-2-million-com-net-registrations-in-q4/>

 

The Carrot and the Stick by George Michaelson

Some time ago at the APNIC 38 NIR SIG, it was great to hear from representatives of all seven National Internet Registries (NIRs) providing updates on activities in their economies. You can revisit the entire session here but there were two interesting things I thought were worth highlighting.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/04/the-carrot-and-the-stick/>

 

Say it with a domain name

In less than two weeks the retailers will get another nice boost in takings as the world goes Valentine’s Day crazy. Two years ago it was reported that us Brits spent close to £1 billion on gifts for our loved ones, a figure that will undoubtedly grow this year. In the US the situation is even crazier where this week the National Retail Federation (NRF) predicted that over $700 million will be spent just on pets for Valentine’s Day.

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/02/say-it-with-a-domain-name/>

 

Call for Participation: Registration Operations Workshop at IETF-92 by Scott Hollenbeck

The next Registration Operations Workshop will take place at the start of IETF-92 on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at The Fairmont Dallas Hotel. The workshop will start at 12:30 p.m. CDT and will finish at 4:30 p.m. CDT. We are seeking proposals for Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) extensions to be featured as part of the workshop, including existing extensions that people wish to register with the IANA.

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

 

State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean?

Nearly two years ago, we published a blog post titled "Clarifying State of the Internet Report Metrics", and it has served as a great reference for those interested in finding out more about the metrics published within the State of the Internet Report. However, as the report has evolved over the last several years, we thought it would be worth publishing an update to clarify existing metrics and review new ones, with the goal of minimizing confusion about, or misinterpretation of, terms and/or data within the report.

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/state-of-the-internet-metrics-what-do-they-mean.html>

 

Domain Names Overcoming Awareness Gap in Mainstream Media by Jothan Frakes

One of the challenges faced by registries that are launching is that there is a large lack awareness of the new options being available -- to browse as internet users or to register a domain. In a recent survey conducted by the Domain Name Association, (TheDNA) (of which I am a member), people of varying aptitude and experience from the general population of 10 different countries were provided a series of questions about their browsing habits.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_domain_names_overcoming_awareness_gap_in_mainstream_media/>

 

Do Cheap Domain Names Fuel The eCrime Economy ?

It looks like the business of cheap domain names will be getting its own track at a security conference. RSA Conference draws nearly 30,000 attendees per year, and according to them makes them the world’s largest info security event. The description for track goes like this: Domain Name Abuse: How Cheap New Domain Names Fuel The eCrime Economy.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/06/do-cheap-domain-names-fuel-the-ecrime-economy/>

 

Web Design Firm and Hosting Reseller Sues GoDaddy for Using “It’s Go Time” Slogan

A GoDaddy reseller and web design company is suing GoDaddy for use of the “It’s Go Time” slogan, according to a report Friday by DomainNameWire. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Springfield, Ill., where the plaintiff is based.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-design-firm-hosting-reseller-sues-godaddy-using-go-time-slogan>

 

GoDaddy & Microsoft Make It Easier For Small Businessess To Get Online

GoDaddy ... announced the release of Get Online Today, in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., to help SMBs and entrepreneurs, get on the Web easily and affordably.

<https://au.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-microsoft-make-it-easier-for-small-businessess-to-get-online.aspx>

 

GoDaddy wants to patent domain suggestions based on geography, business type

GoDaddy has filed three patents for targeted domain name search results based on the user’s location or business type.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/godaddy-wants-to-patent-domain-suggestions-based-on-geography-business-type/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in January 2015

Netcetera had the most reliable hosting company site in January, with only a single failed request. Netcetera offers an SLA-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee on its services, and exceeds this promise on its own site, with an uptime of 99.97% over the previous year and 99.96% over ten years. The company offers dedicated, managed and colocation solutions based out of a data centre in the Isle of Man. Amongst other features, the data centre is carbon neutral, achieved via a combination of carbon offsetting and energy-saving technologies.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-january-2015.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Clock Winding Down on Radix's Premium New gTLD Domain Auction at the Above.com Marketplace

A new gTLD premium domain auction at the Above.com Marketplace entered its final 14 days today. The Radix Registry contracted with Above to have them conduct a sale of 53 previously reserved domains in Radix's .WEBSITE, .HOST and .PRESS TLDs that opened January 12.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150206.htm>

 

Big Sale of HomeCare.com and Tidal Wave of ccTLDs Flood This Week's Domain Sales Chart

This was a very interesting week in the domain aftermarket. While HomeCare.com stole the show with an impressive $350,000 sale in the NamesCon conference's live domain auction, the ccTLDs also made waves by piling up ten entries on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150204.htm>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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au: Digital Licence launched in bid to teach cyber safety to primary school children

Every Year Six student across Australia is to be given free access to a newly launched online cyber safety tool.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-06/new-online-cyber-safety-tool-for-primary-school-children/6076800>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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au: ISP minors threatened by ‘half-baked’ metadata law [subscription]

HUNDREDS of small internet service providers are at risk of collapse under proposed new metadata laws, as industry warns the scheme is “half baked” and will burden business with red tape.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/isp-minors-threatened-by-half-baked-metadata-law/story-fn9hlxnq-1227209770998>

 

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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>Two-thirds done: The IANA transition in Singapore by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>gTLDs as a catalyst for creating a better digital experience by Jennifer Wolfe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience"><span>http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs await watershed moment in terms of public awareness<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>500 new gTLDs now live, a new one added every day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day"><span>http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Indian business disappears from web, blames Melbourne IT<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it"><span>http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Obama's Internet Words Don't Match His Actions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... In the past I&rsquo;ve reported my concerns about the future of the Internet under the Obama administration. If you believe the Internet is one of mankind&rsquo;s greatest inventions, if you like its current low barrier to entry for personal and professional benefit, if you&rsquo;re responsible for the future of a business, then you should share my concerns. ... 1. President Obama treats the Internet as a political and diplomatic bargaining tool. After the U.S. government was embarrassed by Edward Snowden&rsquo;s theft of secrets, the President announced intentions to relinquish U.S. control of Internet governance to a &ldquo;global, multi-stakeholder community,&rdquo; even though there was time left on the contract with ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimblasingame/2015/02/06/obamas-internet-words-dont-match-his-actions/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimblasingame/2015/02/06/obamas-internet-words-dont-match-his-actions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two-thirds done: The IANA transition in Singapore by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Singapore ICANN meeting (ICANN #52) is an inflection point in the IANA stewardship transition. The numbers and protocols processes have proceeded relatively smoothly, though not without minor hiccups, and reasonable proposals have been developed and are being reviewed. The names process, predictably, is taking longer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/02/07/two-thirds-done-the-iana-transition-in-singapore/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Return to Singapore: From Chili Crabs to Names, Numbers and Protocol Parameters by Konstantinos Komaitis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Almost a year ago, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community. The process was officially kicked off at the ICANN 49 meeting. That was March 2014. And the place? Singapore. Fast-forward a year later and we are again on our way to Singapore for an ICANN meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_return_to_singapore_chili_crabs_to_names_numbers_protocol_paramete/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_return_to_singapore_chili_crabs_to_names_numbers_protocol_paramete/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet regulator admits US control may be extended [AFP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The head of the Internet overseer ICANN conceded Thursday that the United States may have to extend its control over the group beyond September as governments bicker over a replacement regulatory regime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/26209624/internet-regulator-admits-us-control-may-be-extended/"><span>https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/26209624/internet-regulator-admits-us-control-may-be-extended/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN 52<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Joining the Global Discussion at ICANN 52: Monthly Update from Theresa Swineheart</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting taking place this week in Singapore, I wanted to highlight the numerous opportunities to get involved in the conversation on the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability processes. To date, the community has logged more than 90 public calls or meetings, over 5,200 working hours and some 10,000 email exchanges during the various stages of proposal development necessary to transition the stewardship of the IANA functions to the multistakeholder community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/joining-the-global-discussion-at-icann-52"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/joining-the-global-discussion-at-icann-52</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group - Fourth Face-to-Face Meeting &amp; Public Session at ICANN 52<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will be holding its next face-to-face meeting from Friday, 6th to Saturday, 7th February 2015 from 09:00-17:00 SGT/ 01:00-09:00 UTC in Singapore.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Countdown to ICANN 52: Join Us for the SO/AC High Interest Topic Panel by David Olive<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Next week, the ICANN community will convene in Singapore for ICANN 52. The meeting comes at an important time - particularly regarding the efforts focused on the transition of the IANA stewardship function and the work to enhance and define ICANN&rsquo;s accountability as an organization. It is in that latter context that the leaders of the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees (SO-AC) will gather on Monday 8 February from 14:00-15:15 local time (0600&ndash;0715 UTC) in the Padang Room for their now traditional SO/AC High-Interest Topic Panel.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-join-us-for-the-so-ac-high-interest-topic-panel"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-join-us-for-the-so-ac-high-interest-topic-panel</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 52 Day 2: Welcome to ICANN 52 in Singapore by Kuek Yu-Chuang</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On behalf of the ICANN Asia Pacific (APAC) Hub, I'm pleased to welcome you to ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting. We are also thrilled that it has returned to our very own backyard, Singapore.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-52-day-2-welcome-to-icann-52-in-singapore"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-52-day-2-welcome-to-icann-52-in-singapore</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CWG-Stewardship Publishes Discussion Document for ICANN 52<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The CWG-Stewardship has created a Discussion Document for the ICANN 52 meeting in Singapore. The Discussion Document attempts to capture and summarize the considerable progress made by this group to date and to encourage community input on key and intractable issues in order to assist the group during its deliberations in Singapore.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Countdown to ICANN 52: Practice Makes Perfect for the ICANN Meetings, Meeting Technical Services and Language Services Teams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Planning an ICANN Meeting is not for the faint of heart. It's a six-day, 300-plus session marathon with thousands of in-person and remote participants. These events require a small army of technical and logistical experts. After over 52 meetings, ICANN's Meetings, Meetings Technical Services and Languages Services teams are a well-oiled machine of efficiency and experience.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-practice-makes-perfect-for-the-icann-meetings-meeting-technical-services-and-language-services-teams"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-practice-makes-perfect-for-the-icann-meetings-meeting-technical-services-and-language-services-teams</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Countdown to ICANN 52: Newcomer Program by Janice Douma Lange<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When you hear the words: exciting, exhausting, ideals, ISPC, GAC, policy, stakeholders, hopeful, overwhelming, eye opening, where do you imagine yourself? What could be happening to elicit such unrelated words and responses? These are the words spoken by participants of past ICANN Fellowship and Newcomer Programs when asked to describe a day at an ICANN meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-newcomer-program"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-newcomer-program</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR Guide to ICANN52</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR has published it's Guide to ICANN52 meeting to be held in Singpoare next week. The report covers what to expect in the ccNSO, GNSO and GAC as well as high level interest topics.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/02-06-2015/3928/guide-icann52"><span>https://centr.org/news/02-06-2015/3928/guide-icann52</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>500+ New gTLDs Introduced into the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN announced that over 500 new gTLDs have now been introduced into the Internet. The gTLD .NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) was the 500th new gTLD to be delegate with new domains rolling out at an average of one per day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kurt Pritz, Domain Name Association | Executive Director, to Fadi Chehad&eacute; and Steve Crocker</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Domain Name Industry and European Trademark Reform<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/pritz-to-chehade-crocker-05feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/pritz-to-chehade-crocker-05feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICA responds to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute;&rsquo;s &ldquo;Hogging&rdquo; remarks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Commerce Association has sent a letter to ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute;, following remarks Chehad&eacute; made at the World Economic Forum&rsquo;s annual meeting in Davos.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/ica-responds-to-icann-ceo-fadi-chehades-hogging-remarks/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/ica-responds-to-icann-ceo-fadi-chehades-hogging-remarks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICA Responds to ICANN CEO&rsquo;s Davos Remarks on &ldquo;Hogging Names&rdquo; and &ldquo;Cybersquatting&rdquo; by Philip Corwin</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>During the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ICANN CEO engaged in an interview in which he touted the purported benefits of the new gTLD program. Unfortunately, in the course of those remarks he appeared to accuse domain portfolio owners of &ldquo;hogging names&rdquo; as well as equate them with &ldquo;cybersquatters&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/ica-responds-to-icann-ceos-davos-remarks/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/ica-responds-to-icann-ceos-davos-remarks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN outlines review of gTLD trademark safeguards<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has published a draft report outlining what an initial review of the effectiveness of rights protection mechanisms in the new gTLD programme should include.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/icann-outlines-review-of-gtld-trademark-safeguards-4254"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/icann-outlines-review-of-gtld-trademark-safeguards-4254</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>European ccTLD News Brief (Feb 2015)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (12th edition). This month features: "Why ICANN Accountability Matters", Infographic on what kept CENTR busy in 2014, QnA with CENTR Communications Manager Alexandrine Gauvin, Recent CENTR workshops and upcoming events &amp; ccTLD news highlights and statistics.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/02-02-2015/european_cctld_news_feb_2015"><span>https://centr.org/news/02-02-2015/european_cctld_news_feb_2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google should not apply 'right to be forgotten' on .com domain, advisory council says [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An advisory council put together by Google found that the search engine should only apply the so-called "right to be forgotten" to European Union search domains and not to its international .com domain, which is contrary to what EU privacy regulators want the search engine to do.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/565718/google-should-apply-right-forgotten-com-domain-advisory-council-says/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cz: Domain report: in the year 2014 was registered 73,350 .CZ domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Compared with the last year, the number of female holders slightly increased. The countries with the most .CZ domains registered abroad were the Slovak Republic and Germany.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nic.cz/page/2688/domain-report--in-the-year-2014-was-registered-73%2C350-.cz-domains/"><span>http://www.nic.cz/page/2688/domain-report--in-the-year-2014-was-registered-73%2C350-.cz-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fr: Abuse Report by Afnic: The solution supervising for abusive registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As of February 5, 2015, Afnic is upgrading its services for operators and domain name registries by offering a service for abusive registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8737/show/abuse-report-by-afnic-the-solution-supervising-for-abusive-registrations.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8737/show/abuse-report-by-afnic-the-solution-supervising-for-abusive-registrations.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fr: Afnic and .SE release Zonemaster &ndash; new key tool improving Internet resilience<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afnic and .SE release Zonemaster, the new DNS checking tool, product of their partnership on improving the security and resilience of the Internet infrastructure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8732/show/afnic-and-se-release-zonemaster-new-key-tool-improving-internet-resilience.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8732/show/afnic-and-se-release-zonemaster-new-key-tool-improving-internet-resilience.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ky: With Cayman deal, Uniregistry now runs ccTLDs too<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry has got into the ccTLD business, taking over management of the Cayman Islands&rsquo; .ky domain this week and planning a relaunch for later this month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17959-with-cayman-deal-uniregistry-now-runs-cctlds-too"><span>http://domainincite.com/17959-with-cayman-deal-uniregistry-now-runs-cctlds-too</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS.PT DNS.PT: best registration numbers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The DNS.pt reached 9,000 domains registered under .pt in January. That was the month with the highest number of domain registrations since the registry is an independent entity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-best-registration-numbers/"><span>http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-best-registration-numbers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More domain security now available for all .uk registrants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet has been investing significantly to help all .uk owners protect their domains. Following a successful launch to registrars last October, from today, registrants can opt to use two-factor authentication access to our Online Services. This is a two-step verification process which provides an extra layer of security to users accessing online systems.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/more-domain-security-now-available-all-uk-registrants"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/more-domain-security-now-available-all-uk-registrants</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>gTLDs as a catalyst for creating a better digital experience by Jennifer Wolfe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>While many remain skeptical about the value of the gTLD, there&rsquo;s one thing most can agree on. It is a perfect catalyst to foster innovative thinking about the digital experience. As many brands are moving through the contracting process, they are likely beginning to think about how to use the gTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience"><span>http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/gtlds-as-a-catalyst-for-creating-a-better-digital-experience</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs await watershed moment in terms of public awareness<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As the online community descends on Singapore for the first of ICANN&rsquo;s 2015 meetings, new research commissioned by the Domain Name Association has highlighted the low level of awareness of new gTLDs amongst consumers worldwide. The stage is therefore set for &lsquo;.brands&rsquo; to turn the tide.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=f5c8c38c-6c03-4ff2-afda-c63469e32cf7</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>500 new gTLDs now live, a new one added every day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN delegated its 500th new gTLD from the 2012 application round this week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day"><span>http://domainincite.com/17957-500-new-gtlds-now-live-a-new-one-added-every-day</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Back in evaluation! Tata dot-brand bid falls foul of Morocco<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tata Group, the Indian conglomerate, is to see its application for .tata head back into evaluation, after the Moroccan government denied it had given its approval for the bid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17955-back-in-evaluation-tata-dot-brand-bid-falls-foul-of-morocco"><span>http://domainincite.com/17955-back-in-evaluation-tata-dot-brand-bid-falls-foul-of-morocco</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a first for new gTLDs, Aquitaine dumps geo bid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The authority for the French region of Aquitaine has become the first new gTLD applicant to pull its application apparently of its own accord.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17966-in-a-first-for-new-gtlds-aquitaine-dumps-geo-bid"><span>http://domainincite.com/17966-in-a-first-for-new-gtlds-aquitaine-dumps-geo-bid</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Industry research claims over half of internet users open to new domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A survey by industry group, the Domain Name Association (DNA), shows that people are open to the idea of new internet extensions, with more than half of respondents expressing a preference for new names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/06/over_half_of_internet_users_open_to_new_domains/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/06/over_half_of_internet_users_open_to_new_domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Four TLDs to Watch in 2015 by Stuart Lawley<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet's expansion is well underway. Just three years ago, nearly every web address ended in either .com, .net, .gov, or .edu. Fast forward to today where the number of Internet suffixes, or TLDs, is soon to exceed one thousand. In an instant, the Internet went from overcrowded to potential overexpansion. The question brand owners are asking themselves is -- which TLDs are worth claiming a web address on? And what tools are out there to help monitor domain name registrations in these new TLDs?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_four_tlds_to_watch_in_2015/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_four_tlds_to_watch_in_2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We're Asking the Wrong Questions by Jeffrey Sass<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In my role as CMO of .CLUB I get to speak about domain names at different events all over the world, and have been doing so for more than two years now. From stages and podiums at countless events I have heard the same comments and questions again and again, and in all that time it seems that very little has changed when it comes to the perceptions of the new domain extensions, the so-called "new gTLDs".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_were_asking_the_wrong_questions/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_were_asking_the_wrong_questions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How is .Com? Verisign discusses, and signs 11 IDN contracts<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... First, the company said it signed 11 contracts for its IDN transliterations of .com and .net, meaning that investors of IDN.com domain names might be close to getting their hands on IDN.com-as-IDN domains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/how-is-com-verisign-discusses-and-signs-11-idn-contracts/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/06/how-is-com-verisign-discusses-and-signs-11-idn-contracts/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.POKER Domain Sunrise Period Begins<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afilias announced today the beginning of the sunrise period of &ldquo;dot POKER&rdquo; or .POKER: eligible trademark holders can deal themselves in immediately. After sunrise ends on March 7, 2015, the house will host a landrush period for the public, with tables opening on March 10.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/02/04/poker-domain-sunrise-period-begins"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2015/02/04/poker-domain-sunrise-period-begins</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>eco Study on IT Security: Threats to Companies Growing Strongly in 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There is no all-clear for German industry: Threats through cyber criminality and industrial espionage are continuing to increase, according to the recent eco Report &ldquo;IT Security 2015&rdquo;. 44 percent of the 280 specialists surveyed by eco &ndash; Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. expect that the threat level for companies will continue to rise.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/eco-study-on-it-security-threats-to-companies-growing-strongly-in-2015.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2015/press-releases/eco-study-on-it-security-threats-to-companies-growing-strongly-in-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InfoSec Challenge: When To Be Quiet, When To Go Public<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I've seen way too many security advisories over the years to count. The more critical the issue, the more publishable it was. But that was my perspective as a journalist working for news organizations. In the current role, I'm seeing things from the beginning of the internal vetting process. There's a lot we want to make public, but there's a lot we have to keep to ourselves.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/infosecs-tlp-challenge-when-to-be-quiet-when-to-go-public.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/infosecs-tlp-challenge-when-to-be-quiet-when-to-go-public.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Improving the security of the Tor network</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Tor network is a popular anonymizing service for those who are concerned about their privacy online; but malicious exit nodes pose a serious security problem for users. Stefan Lindskog and Philipp Winter from The PriSec Group at Karlstad University have now improved the security.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/news/improving-the-security-of-the-tor-network/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/news/improving-the-security-of-the-tor-network/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The February 2015 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released. The topics covered in this report are: Attacks in the wake of the attack &ndash; privacy after the horror of Paris, A brave new world of e-banking, Gone in less than 60 seconds &ndash; from car theft to automotive data hacking, Microsoft versus Google and vice versa &ndash; biblical short-sightedness? &amp; The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/02/06/the-february-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/02/06/the-february-2015-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 Security Myth #4: IPv6 Networks are Too Big to Scan by Chris Grundemann<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here we are, all the way up to Myth #4! That makes this the 4th installment of our 10 part series on the top IPv6 Security Myths. This myth is one of my favorite myths to bust when speaking with folks around the world. The reason for that is how many otherwise well-informed and highly experienced engineers, and others, hold this myth as truth. It's understandable, really.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_ipv6_security_myth_4_ipv6_networks_are_too_big_to_scan/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150205_ipv6_security_myth_4_ipv6_networks_are_too_big_to_scan/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Indian business disappears from web, blames Melbourne IT<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The owner of a business that pioneered the world's first low-cost touchscreen tape duplication plant says domain registrar Melbourne IT has been responsible for his domain not being renewed on time.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it"><span>http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/web-hosting/66863-indian-business-disappears-from-web-blames-melbourne-it</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... Verisign Registry Services added 0.59 million net new names during the fourth quarter, ending with 130.6 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base, which represents a 2.7 percent increase over the base at the end of the fourth quarter in 2013. In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 8.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, the same as for the fourth quarter in 2013. During 2014, Verisign processed 34 million new domain name registrations, the same as in 2013.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MTc4NTA%3D"><span>http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MTc4NTA%3D</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>8.2 million .com/.net registrations in Q4<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign reported earnings for the 4th quarter of 2014 today. 8.2 million .com/.net domain names were registered in the quarter, the same as in the 4th quarter of 2013. When you take out deletions, the combined zones grew by 0.59 million names in the quarter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/8-2-million-com-net-registrations-in-q4/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/8-2-million-com-net-registrations-in-q4/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Carrot and the Stick by George Michaelson<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Some time ago at the APNIC 38 NIR SIG, it was great to hear from representatives of all seven National Internet Registries (NIRs) providing updates on activities in their economies. You can revisit the entire session here but there were two interesting things I thought were worth highlighting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/04/the-carrot-and-the-stick/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/02/04/the-carrot-and-the-stick/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Say it with a domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In less than two weeks the retailers will get another nice boost in takings as the world goes Valentine&rsquo;s Day crazy. Two years ago it was reported that us Brits spent close to &pound;1 billion on gifts for our loved ones, a figure that will undoubtedly grow this year. In the US the situation is even crazier where this week the National Retail Federation (NRF) predicted that over $700 million will be spent just on pets for Valentine&rsquo;s Day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/02/say-it-with-a-domain-name/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/02/say-it-with-a-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call for Participation: Registration Operations Workshop at IETF-92 by Scott Hollenbeck<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The next Registration Operations Workshop will take place at the start of IETF-92 on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at The Fairmont Dallas Hotel. The workshop will start at 12:30 p.m. CDT and will finish at 4:30 p.m. CDT. We are seeking proposals for Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) extensions to be featured as part of the workshop, including existing extensions that people wish to register with the IANA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/call_for_participation_registration_operations"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/call_for_participation_registration_operations</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>State of the Internet Metrics: What Do They Mean?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nearly two years ago, we published a blog post titled "Clarifying State of the Internet Report Metrics", and it has served as a great reference for those interested in finding out more about the metrics published within the State of the Internet Report. However, as the report has evolved over the last several years, we thought it would be worth publishing an update to clarify existing metrics and review new ones, with the goal of minimizing confusion about, or misinterpretation of, terms and/or data within the report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/state-of-the-internet-metrics-what-do-they-mean.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/02/state-of-the-internet-metrics-what-do-they-mean.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Names Overcoming Awareness Gap in Mainstream Media by Jothan Frakes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of the challenges faced by registries that are launching is that there is a large lack awareness of the new options being available -- to browse as internet users or to register a domain. In a recent survey conducted by the Domain Name Association, (TheDNA) (of which I am a member), people of varying aptitude and experience from the general population of 10 different countries were provided a series of questions about their browsing habits.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_domain_names_overcoming_awareness_gap_in_mainstream_media/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150206_domain_names_overcoming_awareness_gap_in_mainstream_media/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Do Cheap Domain Names Fuel The eCrime Economy ?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It looks like the business of cheap domain names will be getting its own track at a security conference. RSA Conference draws nearly 30,000 attendees per year, and according to them makes them the world&rsquo;s largest info security event. The description for track goes like this: Domain Name Abuse: How Cheap New Domain Names Fuel The eCrime Economy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/06/do-cheap-domain-names-fuel-the-ecrime-economy/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/06/do-cheap-domain-names-fuel-the-ecrime-economy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web Design Firm and Hosting Reseller Sues GoDaddy for Using &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Go Time&rdquo; Slogan<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A GoDaddy reseller and web design company is suing GoDaddy for use of the &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Go Time&rdquo; slogan, according to a report Friday by DomainNameWire. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Springfield, Ill., where the plaintiff is based.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-design-firm-hosting-reseller-sues-godaddy-using-go-time-slogan"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-design-firm-hosting-reseller-sues-godaddy-using-go-time-slogan</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy &amp; Microsoft Make It Easier For Small Businessess To Get Online</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy ... announced the release of Get Online Today, in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., to help SMBs and entrepreneurs, get on the Web easily and affordably.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://au.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-microsoft-make-it-easier-for-small-businessess-to-get-online.aspx"><span>https://au.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-microsoft-make-it-easier-for-small-businessess-to-get-online.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy wants to patent domain suggestions based on geography, business type<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy has filed three patents for targeted domain name search results based on the user&rsquo;s location or business type.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/godaddy-wants-to-patent-domain-suggestions-based-on-geography-business-type/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/05/godaddy-wants-to-patent-domain-suggestions-based-on-geography-business-type/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in January 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Netcetera had the most reliable hosting company site in January, with only a single failed request. Netcetera offers an SLA-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee on its services, and exceeds this promise on its own site, with an uptime of 99.97% over the previous year and 99.96% over ten years. The company offers dedicated, managed and colocation solutions based out of a data centre in the Isle of Man. Amongst other features, the data centre is carbon neutral, achieved via a combination of carbon offsetting and energy-saving technologies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-january-2015.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-january-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Clock Winding Down on Radix's Premium New gTLD Domain Auction at the Above.com Marketplace<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new gTLD premium domain auction at the Above.com Marketplace entered its final 14 days today. The Radix Registry contracted with Above to have them conduct a sale of 53 previously reserved domains in Radix's .WEBSITE, .HOST and .PRESS TLDs that opened January 12.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150206.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150206.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Big Sale of HomeCare.com and Tidal Wave of ccTLDs Flood This Week's Domain Sales Chart <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This was a very interesting week in the domain aftermarket. While HomeCare.com stole the show with an impressive $350,000 sale in the NamesCon conference's live domain auction, the ccTLDs also made waves by piling up ten entries on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150204.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150204.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Digital Licence launched in bid to teach cyber safety to primary school children<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Every Year Six student across Australia is to be given free access to a newly launched online cyber safety tool.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-06/new-online-cyber-safety-tool-for-primary-school-children/6076800"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-06/new-online-cyber-safety-tool-for-primary-school-children/6076800</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: ISP minors threatened by &lsquo;half-baked&rsquo; metadata law [subscription]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>HUNDREDS of small internet service providers are at risk of collapse under proposed new metadata laws, as industry warns the scheme is &ldquo;half baked&rdquo; and will burden business with red tape.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/isp-minors-threatened-by-half-baked-metadata-law/story-fn9hlxnq-1227209770998"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/isp-minors-threatened-by-half-baked-metadata-law/story-fn9hlxnq-1227209770998</span></a>&gt;<p></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><br>&nbsp;web: &nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/" target="_blank"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com</span></a> / <a href="http://davidgoldstein.tel/" target="_blank"><span>http://davidgoldstein.tel/</span></a><br>&nbsp;phone: <a href="tel:%2B61%20418%20228%20605"><span>+61 418 228 605</span></a> &ndash; mobile / <a href="tel:%2B61%202%209663%203430"><span>+61 2 9663 3430</span></a> - office/home<br><br>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 4 Feb 22:24 2015

auDA domain news - 5 February

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Guest blog: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Founding Director, World Wide Web Foundation - Net neutrality is critical for Europe's future

<http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/guest-blog-sir-tim-berners-lee-founding-director-world-wide-web-foundation_en>

 

The IANA Transition Depends On More Than Just ICANN Accountability Enhancements

<https://cdt.org/blog/the-iana-transition-depends-on-more-than-just-icann-accountability-enhancements/>

 

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé: The Internet Is A Tool For Solidarity

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/02/04/icann-ceo-fadi-chehade-the-internet-is-a-tool-for-solidarity/>

 

Proposal for the Creation of a “Community Veto” Process on Key Decisions of ICANN’s Board of Directors

<http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/02/03/proposal-for-creation-of-community-veto-process-on-key-decisions-of-icann-board-to-achieve-organizational-accountability/>

 

Keyword Domains Again Prominent Part Of Good SEO: AusRegistry Report

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/keyword-domains-seo-ausregistry/>

 

VeriSign Earnings Preview: Saturation Of .com And Lack Of Traction For .net Likely Key Issues in the Quarter

<http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/278531/feb-5-verisign-earnings-preview-saturation-of-com-and-lack-of-traction-for-net-might-further-slow-down-revenue-growth/2015-02-04>

 

.NZ Passes 600,000 Registrations

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/02/nz-600000-registrations/>

 

Domain Name Association Survey Reveals Strong Interest in New Domain-Name Extensions

<http://www.thedna.org/pr_20150204.php>

 

.cancerresearch — a role model for dot-brands?

<http://domainincite.com/17949-cancerresearch-a-role-model-for-dot-brands>

 

Cool run on .melbourne holds lessons for .sydney

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/cool-run-on-melbourne-holds-lessons-for-sydney/story-e6frgakx-1227205438610>

 

Q&A: The real future according to the inventor of the web

<http://fusion.net/story/42043/the-real-future-according-to-the-inventor-of-the-web/>

 

 

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Guest blog: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Founding Director, World Wide Web Foundation - Net neutrality is critical for Europe's future

I would like to welcome Sir Tim Berners-Lee in this first guest blog. Sir Tim makes important and valid points on the issue of net neutrality and the need for establishing European rules so that it remains protected. I find his thoughts to be especially timely given the current debate around the Telecoms Single Market regulation. I met Sir Tim in Brussels in November when we had a very interesting discussion about several issues, not only net neutrality. I hope that his blog will be the first of many to be composed by guest writers. Here it is:

<http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/guest-blog-sir-tim-berners-lee-founding-director-world-wide-web-foundation_en>

 

The IANA Transition Depends On More Than Just ICANN Accountability Enhancements

As stakeholders across the spectrum continue to work diligently toward consensus on a strong IANA transition proposal, various members of the US Government have taken pains to express support for both the multistakeholder process and for overall ICANN accountability reform.

<https://cdt.org/blog/the-iana-transition-depends-on-more-than-just-icann-accountability-enhancements/>

 

Wannabe Rulers of the Internet hit control-alt-delete on power plan

The NetMundial Initiative – ICANN and Brazil's plan to wrest the internet from the US and the NSA – is attempting a reboot by asking everyone what it should actually do.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/03/netmundial_attempts_net_governance_reboot/>

 

China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

A new submission to the UN's General Assembly from China, Russia and the 'stans may reignite fears of a government takeover of the internet.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/04/un_china_russia_internet/>

 

IANA Transition Group Will Consider Internal, External Contract Plans at Singapore Meeting from Internet Law Resource Center

Four different models for the transition of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority naming functions will be considered by a working group at the upcoming ICANN Public Meeting in Singapore, a working group member told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 2.

<http://www.bna.com/iana-transition-group-n17179922741/>

 

nl: State needs more active role in internet governance - study

The Dutch government could play a much more active role in protecting citizens' rights and freedoms online, according to a report from the international think-tank Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken (AIV). Given the numerous security holes in cloud services, it's important that the state takes measures to protect its own services.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/state-needs-more-active-role-in-internet-governance-study--1063401>

 

Time Is Running Out: The U.S. Must Be Prepared to Renew the ICANN Contract by Brett D. Schaefer, Paul S. Rosenzweig and James L. Gattuso

Last March, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an arm of the Commerce Department, announced that it intended to “transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community” when the current contract with ICANN expires on September 30, 2015.[1] In its announcement, the NTIA made clear that ICANN would have to meet several conditions before it would allow the transition to occur.

<http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/02/time-is-running-out-the-us-must-be-prepared-to-renew-the-icann-contract>

 

The True Faith of Internet Governance: Statism Finds Its Champion

A portion of me sympathizes with Richard Hill. He argues passionately in his recent article, "The True Stakes of Internet Governance" for a statist position on Internet governance. It is hard to be an unheeded prophet; difficult to take positions that are not in the comfortable mainstream of what, as you perceive, are lemmings heading for the cliff. I know the feeling.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150203_true_faith_of_internet_governance_statism_finds_its_champion/>

 

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Countdown to ICANN 52: Global Domains Division (GDD) Sessions by Akram Atallah

There's a lot to talk about as we head into ICANN 52 in Singapore. Nearly 500 new gTLD strings have been delegated and the Global Domains Division (GDD) continues to expand its services and systems. We're also gearing up to tackle complex issues like Universal Acceptance, an initiative to help ensure all domain names and email addresses are recognized whether they're using Latin, Chinese, Arabic or other character-based scripts.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-global-domains-division-gdd-sessions>

 

Okay, My Business is Interested in ICANN. Now What? by Christopher Mondini

If you work for a company that depends on the Internet and you are reading this blog, you are likely already aware that ICANN, and its work coordinating the Internet's unique identifiers, matters to you.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/okay-my-business-is-interested-in-icann-now-what>

 

Generation Panel for the Armenian Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Seated

ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Armenian Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) has been seated.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-03-en>

 

Adiel Akplogan to Join ICANN as VP of Technical Engagement

Veteran Internet technology expert Adiel Akplogan is joining ICANN in the newly created role of Vice President for Technical Engagement.

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

 

Getting Ready to Talk in Singapore by Chris Gift

Last time I blogged I wrote about the roadmap for ICANN community digital services - and the commitment from me to share the priorities and the progress on the way.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/getting-ready-to-talk-in-singapore>

 

Overview of Africa Sessions During ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore

ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting is taking place in Singapore from 8 -12 February at the Raffles City Convention Centre. This meeting comes at a critical time especially with the recent developments since the historic NTIA announcement to transition stewardship of the IANA functions to the multistakeholder community last March 4, 2014.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-03-en>

 

Global Internet Stakeholders to Convene in Singapore for ICANN’s 52nd Public Meeting [ICANN news release]

ICANN will convene its 52nd Public Meeting in Singapore, from February 9th to 12th.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23466>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/icanns-52nd-public-meeting/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/global-internet-stakeholders-to-convene-in-singapore-for-icann-s-52nd-public-meeting.html>

 

Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review

Purpose (Brief): ICANN is posting a draft review report on the rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) established as safeguards in the New gTLD Program. This paper is intended to provide an outline for an initial review of the effectiveness of the rights protection mechanisms.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-02-02-en>

 

RSSAC Elects Tripti Sinha as Co-Chair

The Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) has elected Tripti Sinha, Assistant Vice President and Deputy CIO for the Division of Information Technology at the University of Maryland, as co-chair effective 1 January 2015.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-02-en>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group – Announcement Regarding Community Comments

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)'s Request for Proposals from the operational communities noted the following: "While the ICG is requesting complete formal proposals through processes convened by each of the operational communities, and that all interested parties get involved as early as possible in the relevant community processes, some parties may choose to provide comments directly to the ICG about specific aspects of particular proposals, about the community processes, or about the ICG's own processes.

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

 

Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Mohammed Al Ghanim

New gTLD Application for .PERSIANGULF

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-ghanim-02feb15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Akram Atallah to Adil El Maliki

New gTLD applications for .TATA

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-maliki-02feb15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Akram Atallah to Boubker Seddik Badr

New gTLD applications for .TATA

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-badr-02feb15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Akram Atallah to Chatan Nage

New gTLD applications for .TATA

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-nage-02feb15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé: The Internet Is A Tool For Solidarity

Where is the Internet taking us, and how do we keep it secure? There’s no shortage of people ready to offer up opinions on such questions, but few who are truly qualified to answer them. Fortunately we asked someone who is—Fadi Chehadé, CEO of ICANN, the public-benefit corporation tasked with keeping the Internet stable. Chehadé calls the Internet a “platform for human solidarity” that enables us to form networks with “people we’ve never met” to share ideas, concepts, and resources—and ultimately build consensus.

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/02/04/icann-ceo-fadi-chehade-the-internet-is-a-tool-for-solidarity/>

 

Proposal for the Creation of a “Community Veto” Process on Key Decisions of ICANN’s Board of Directors

Amending ICANN's existing corporate bylaws to create a community veto process and a board recall mechanism could empower the ICANN community to over-see the direction of ICANN's board of directors. These bylaws revisions would greatly aid in the organization's effort to be accountable to the community it serves without requiring a radical re-organization of ICANN's legal structure.

<http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/02/03/proposal-for-creation-of-community-veto-process-on-key-decisions-of-icann-board-to-achieve-organizational-accountability/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Keyword Domains Again Prominent Part Of Good SEO: AusRegistry Report

Following changes to Google's search algorithms reducing the importance of domain names in search engine optimisation (SEO) ranking, recent data indicates that exact match and keyword domains have once again become a prominent part of good SEO practice.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23472>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/keyword-domains-seo-ausregistry/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/keyword-domains-good-seo-ausregistry.html>

 

‘Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain’ report examines the relationship between Search and Domains

Over the last 18 months, changes to Google’s search algorithms have caused many to re-evaluate their domain name portfolios and Search Engine Optimisation strategies.

<http://ausregistry.com.au/news/state-of-the-domain-report-explores-search-and-domain>

 

Behind the Dot – State of the .au Domain: Search and Domains

The second edition of AusRegistry's Industry Report 'Behind the Dot - State of the .au Domain' explores the relationship between Search and Domains, principally how that has changed and evolved over time. The feature story includes contributions from industry experts and businesses operating in the area of Search and Domains.

<http://ausregistry.com.au/research-au>

 

VeriSign Earnings Preview: Saturation Of .com And Lack Of Traction For .net Likely Key Issues in the Quarter

VeriSign is set to release its Q4 2014 earnings on February 5th. VeriSign, the authoritative registry service provider for all .com and .net gTLDs, as well as the sole registry service provider for gTLDs like .cc, .tv, .gov, .jobs, .edu and .name, enjoys a 47% market share.

<http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/278531/feb-5-verisign-earnings-preview-saturation-of-com-and-lack-of-traction-for-net-might-further-slow-down-revenue-growth/2015-02-04>

 

.net zone back above 15 million names

The Verisign legacy gTLD has topped 15 million names again, a bit over a month after it dipped below the notable but ultimately irrelevant threshold. Today, the .net zone has 15,000,038 names in its zone file.

<http://domainincite.com/17938-net-zone-back-above-15-million-names>

 

.NZ Passes 600,000 Registrations

New Zealand's country code, .nz, passed the 600,000 mark last week. While not in the millions of registrations like some, it is still an impressive figure for the ccTLD given New Zealand's population is 4.4 million.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23464>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/02/nz-600000-registrations/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/nz-600-000-registrations.html>

 

600,000 and counting as Kiwi businesses register domains

InternetNZ has reported that the 600,000th .nz domain name was registered last week with the milestone passed just before 5pm, Wednesday 28th January 2015.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/565335/600-000-counting-kiwi-businesses-register-domains/>

 

New Zealand hits 600,000th .nz domain name registrations

New Zealand internet advocacy group InternetNZ has announced that the 600,000th .nz domain name has been registered.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/new-zealand-hits-600000th-nz-domain-name-registrations--1062644>

 

Toilet Paper Test not to blame as .tp faces deletion

The DNS root zone file is set to shrink, albeit only temporarily, with ICANN planning to delete the redundant ccTLD .tp in the coming weeks.

<http://domainincite.com/17942-toilet-paper-test-not-to-blame-as-tp-faces-deletion>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Domain Name Association Survey Reveals Strong Interest in New Domain-Name Extensions

The Domain Name Association (DNA) has announced the results of a recent global survey to ascertain Internet users' attitudes toward new Internet domain-name extensions, such as ".club" and ".global," that are being released through ICANN's "New gTLD Program."

<http://www.thedna.org/pr_20150204.php>

 

New gTLD Awareness Remains Low Despite Growing Interest in New Domain Extensions

Internet users around the world are just as comfortable with new gTLDs as they are with the traditional .com and country-code extensions, even though only 25 percent said they are aware of new gTLDs, the Domain Name Association (DNA) said. The DNA announced the results of its Global Domain Name Preferences Study this week.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/new-gtld-awareness-remains-low-despite-growing-interest-new-domain-extensions>

 

What the DNA report about new TLDs tells us

The Domain Name Association (DNA) released results of a survey this morning designed to understand consumer sentiment toward domain names, and especially new TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/04/what-the-dna-report-about-new-tlds-tells-us/>

 

New .CANCERRESEARCH Unique Among New gTLDs With A Goal As Information Resource

On the day that, in the UK at least, it was announced half of all people will be diagnosed with cancer and on World Cancer Day, the new gTLD .CancerResearch has launched.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23474>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/new-cancerresearch-unique-gtlds/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/new-cancerresearch-unique-among-gtlds.html>

 

.cancerresearch - Can a New TLD Beat a Global Disease? by Tony Kirsch

I wish cancer research didn't exist. Imagine a world without cancer, where a cure existed to eradicate this disease. Today, the best way for us to achieve this is through cancer research, and extremely bold goals like this require game-changing innovation. Fittingly, the .cancerresearch TLD will launch on World Cancer Day (February 4) and use this fantastic new digital platform to show that cancer, its treatments and its cures, are not beyond us.

<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/cancerresearch-can-a-new-tld-beat-a-global-disease/>

 

.cancerresearch — a role model for dot-brands?

.cancerresearch went live today with an interesting, and possibly unique to date, take on the new gTLD concept.

<http://domainincite.com/17949-cancerresearch-a-role-model-for-dot-brands>

 

Cancer research goes digital with TLD

While some charities beg for cash on the kerb, a leading cancer non-profit is courting young philanthropists in cyberspace by becoming the first charity to register a TLD.

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cancer-research-goes-digital-with-toplevel-domain-20150203-1350jh.html>

<http://watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cancer-research-goes-digital-with-toplevel-domain-20150203-1350jh.html>

 

Cool run on .melbourne holds lessons for .sydney

THE Sydney-versus-Melbourne rivalry heads for cyber space this month as the .sydney gTLD rolls out following .melbourne’s lift-off last year.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/cool-run-on-melbourne-holds-lessons-for-sydney/story-e6frgakx-1227205438610>

 

Donuts Marks One Year of New gTLD Availability with Over 1.2 Million Registrations

Donuts Inc., the world’s largest registry for new gTLDs, marked the one-year anniversary of general availability of new Internet identities today, reporting that its 150 now live gTLDs are home to more than 1.2 million registrations, accounting for nearly one third of the four million total names registered across all new gTLDs.

<http://www.donuts.co/news/donuts-marks-one-year-of-new-gtld-availability-with-over-1-2-million-registrations/>

 

‘dotBank, dotBeer or dotFootball are more memorable than country code domain names’ - Face off: Stuart Fuller, director, commercial operations, NetNames

EVER since internet came into being, people typed “.com” or “.org” to visit websites of their choice. It was in 2011 that ICANN announced a shake-up in the system that millions of people across the world used to navigate the web.

<http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/tech/dotbank-dotbeer-or-dotfootball-are-more-memorable-than-country-code-domain-names/38242/>

 

Neustar grossed about $2 million revenue from new TLDs in Q4

Neustar reported 4th quarter 2014 earnings yesterday after the market closed. On the company’s conference call, CFO Paul Lalljie reported that the company pulled in about $2 million in revenue in the fourth quarter from new TLDs, and much of that came from the .NYC launch.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/04/neustar-grossed-about-2-million-revenue-from-new-tlds-in-q4/>

 

Introducing .HOW: a new space for learning

Since its inception, the Internet has been a powerful platform to share knowledge, connect with others, and search for information. We turn to the web to learn how to look great, make a killer banh mi, impress a French woman, speak, play, learn, and live -- the list goes on. Indeed, more people search for “how” than any of the five “W”s, finding their answers in blogs, videos, online books, interactive tutorials and other corners of the web.

<http://googleandyourbusiness.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/introducing-how-new-space-for-learning.html>

 

Getting New gTLDs' Sales Drivers Right: Simulations Are Key by Alex Tajirian

The new gTLDs won't survive unless registries learn simulation techniques, the only way to understand how sales drivers interact. Some of the new gTLDs have done dismally. Registry critics, including insiders, blame high registration prices, limited supply, and restrictions on usage, competition, and marketing messages. But these drivers connect with each other. You can't talk about prices without talking about price-setting mechanisms and the number of registrations.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150204_getting_new_gtlds_sales_drivers_right_simulations_are_key/>

 

Internet domain names in Indian Languages

“Language should not be a barrier to anyone who wants to access the Internet for availing of any service or finding useful information or even entertainment. Therefore we have taken this initiative of having domain names in Devanagari script as a first step towards making the multilingual Internet covering all the 22 constitutional languages of the country, says Dr Govind, CEO, National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)

<http://computer.financialexpress.com/magazine/internet-domain-names-in-indian-languages/8613/>

 

Why the TLD Revolution Fizzled Out

On Feb. 4 last year, internet users could for the first time have some fun with their website domain names. For decades, the web had been restricted to handful of TLDs, such as the .com in qz.com. But in 2014, website registrants could start using the first of hundreds of new names that supposedly would come to populate the web.

<http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/02/why-top-level-domain-revolution-fizzled-out/104439/>

 

Lessons From a Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution

On Dec. 4 and 5, 2014, trademark practitioners, brand owners and registrars from around the world gathered for the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center's annual WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution: Update on Precedent and Practice, at WIPO's headquarters in Geneva. The workshop was at capacity with nearly 100 attendees, all interested in better understanding the latest substantive and procedural issues in domain name decisions. This article highlights some key takeaways for in-house counsel seeking to protect their companies' brands in the changing domain-name space.

<http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202716902554/Lessons-From-a-Workshop-on-Domain-Name-Dispute-Resolution>

 

From .COM to .BANK: What You Need to Know About the Newest Internet Domain Name

In just a few months, the new .BANK Internet domain will open up to members of the financial services community. Many banks are already planning on taking advantage of this change and applying for this new verified, secure domain name.

<http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/from-com-to-bank-what-you-need-to-kno-78190/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Obama asks for $14 billion to step up cybersecurity

Following through on his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama has added $14 billion to the 2016 budget proposal to beef up cybersecurity in the US, according to Reuters. If approved by Congress, this money would be used to better protect government and private computer systems from hackers.

<http://www.cnet.com/news/obama-adds-14b-to-budget-for-stepped-up-cybersecurity/>

 

One-Third of Companies Feel Ill-Prepared to Meet New EU Cybersecurity Requirements

Europe will introduce new cybersecurity measures that govern data protection in the next two to three years. Instituted by the EU Networking and Information Security (NIS) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), these rules will require hardware and software changes along with new reporting requirements.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/one-third-companies-feel-ill-prepared-meet-new-eu-cybersecurity-requirements>

 

Here’s Where Europe Has Made Big Changes in Cyber Security

It is close to two years to the day that the European Union published its first-ever Cybersecurity Strategy. The document included such high-flying mouthfuls such as “achieving cyber resilience,” “drastically reducing cyber crime,” and developing coherent cyberdefense and international cybersecurity policies. What has happened since?

<http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2015/02/heres-where-europe-has-made-big-changes-cyber-security/104454/>

 

U.S. Officials Say Chinese Cyberespionage ‘Needs to Stop’

The top cybersecurity officials in the United States on Wednesday said that China is harming the potential for an open Internet through its policies of censorship, and also said the country’s continued cyberespionage operations are damaging the two countries’ relationship.

<http://threatpost.com/u-s-officials-say-chinese-cyberespionage-needs-to-stop/110858>

 

1,800 Domains Overtaken by Flash Zero Day

When the Blackhole exploit kit went away after the arrest of its alleged creator and maintainer Paunch, there were questions about which kit would rise up as its successor.

<http://threatpost.com/1800-domains-overtaken-by-flash-zero-day/110835>

 

Deloitte launches online Australian cyber intelligence centre

Professional services firm Deloitte has set up an online cyber intelligence centre in Australia to help its clients respond to data breaches and other cyber security issues.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565503/deloitte-launches-online-australian-cyber-intelligence-centre/>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Playboy Enterprises Wins Playboy.london Cybersquatting Case

Playboy Enterprises was victorious in its cybersquatting claim against real estate exec Michael Ross, who scooped up the domain name Playboy.london when it became available two years ago.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=190494>

 

Gay Oregon couple who bought domain name JebBushforPresident.com in 2008 refuse to sell it to him... and plan to use site to promote LGBT issues

If he plans to run for president, Jeb Bush is going to have to get a little more creative with his campaign website's name.

<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2936921/Gay-Oregon-couple-bought-domain-JebBushforPresident-com-2008-refuse-sell-plan-use-site-promote-LGBT-issues.html>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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Addressing 2014 - And then there were 2! by Geoff Huston

Time for another annual roundup from the world of IP addresses. What happened in 2014 and what is likely to happen in 2015? This is an update to the reports prepared at the same time in previous years, so lets see what has changed in the past 12 months in addressing the Internet, and look at how IP address allocation information can inform us of the changing nature of the network itself.

<http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-01/addressing2014.html>

 

Internet Society tries to serve ‘Net providers tasty IPv6-and-DNSSEC salad

Hot on the heels of the Sri Lankan edition last month, the Internet Society's ION Conference is coming to Trinidad and Tobago later this week, where experts will outline the business case for IPv6 and DNSSEC, as well as Transport Layer Security (TLS), "BCP38" anti-spoofing filtering, and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) security.

<http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/02/internet-society-tries-to-serve-net-providers-tasty-ipv6-and-dnssec-salad/>

 

Internet Society’s 2015 ION Conference Series Drives Regional Discussion of Emerging Technologies

The Internet Society Deploy360 Programme today announced it will extend the discussion of emerging technology issues to more countries and promote technology dialogue at a local level through the addition of regions to its 2015 ION Conference Series. The 2015 series, sponsored by Afilias, is already underway and launched on January 18 in Kandy, Sri Lanka with ION Sri Lanka, paving the way for the next ION event, ION Trinidad and Tobago, which will take place in the Caribbean this week. The year’s series will conclude this fall in San Francisco, the site of the first ION Conference in 2010.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society’s-2015-ion-conference-series-drives-regional-discussion-emerging-technologies>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Q&A: The real future according to the inventor of the web

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. And the web, as he conceived it, was made as much of principles as protocols. It would be free, open, and permissionless. Anyone could link to anyone. And in a now-unthinkable act of good faith, Berners-Lee refused to patent his invention. Remarkably, this crazy scheme worked. The web crushed the other Internet protocols like Gopher, and also the surprisingly Facebook-like America Online and its nerdy cousins, Prodigy and Compuserve (even if it did take a decade). Now, the web is so ubiquitous that many people think the Internet is the web. ... I think part of [the problem] is that I used the domain name system because it was there. I remember when the domain name system became seriously commercially used, Esther Dyson was the first person in charge of ICANN and she told everyone how great it was that domains were rented, not sold. ... I still think the domain name system needs to be changed. I have talked about having something like Docarchive where they are not rented, but given. And when you use one, and if you go bankrupt, someone will take it over.

<http://fusion.net/story/42043/the-real-future-according-to-the-inventor-of-the-web/>

 

Moniker lost over 60,000 .com domain names in October

MonikerVerisign’s latest .com monthly report has been published by ICANN, and Moniker’s woes from its platform switch over the summer appear to have finally caught up with it.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/03/moniker-lost-over-60000-com-domain-names-in-october/>

 

Safe GoDaddy Super Bowl Ad Resonates with Small Business Owners

GoDaddy ran its replacement Super Bowl ad last night, appealing to the small business customer and entrepreneurs that have to miss out on the big game because of work.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/safe-godaddy-super-bowl-ad-resonates-small-business-owners>

 

NamesCon Domain Name Conference Recap – DNW Podcast #018

Take a walk on the floor of NamesCon 2015 in Las Vegas in this episode of the Domain Name Wire Podcast. I walk the exhibit floor talking to exhibitors, pop in on a few sessions, and also play part of Frank Shilling’s keynote.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/02/podcast-namescon/>

 

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Sydney Web Host Crucial Acquires Hosting Company AVS Networks

Sydney web hosting company Crucial has acquired local hosting and domain registration firm AVS Networks on Tuesday. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/sydney-web-host-crucial-acquires-local-hosting-company-avs-networks>

 

in: GoDaddy, Microsoft come together to get SMBs online for Rs 99 a month

GoDaddy has collaborated with Microsoft to launch its Get Online Today offer to help SMBs and entrepreneurs get on the web for just Rs 99 per month.

<http://www.financialexpress.com/article/companies/godaddy-microsoft-come-together-to-get-smbs-online-for-rs-99-a-month/39063/>

 

in: GoDaddy and Microsoft will help your business go online in 30 minutes at Rs 99 per month

Are you running a small business and wish to have a website? Or, do you want to start your business with a website first? If having a website with custom domain and email is all you want to start your online journey then you can have it now by paying just Rs 99 per month.

<http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/godaddy-and-microsoft-will-help-your-business-go-online-in-30-minutes-at-rs-99-per-month/>

 

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My thoughts on $9 million Porno.com domain name sale

... Here are my thoughts on the sale. 1. First, a hat tip to Schwartz. He’s a polarizing figure, and you might not agree with everything he does or says. But this latest sale solidifies him in the halls of domaining. And, regardless of what you think of his antics, his big sales help all .com domain name owners.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/03/my-thoughts-on-9-million-porno-com-domain-name-sale/>

 

Schwartz sells porno.com for $8.9 million

The domain name porno.com has changed hands for $8,888,888, making it the fourth highest-value domain to be sold.

<http://domainincite.com/17947-schwartz-sells-porno-com-for-8-9-million>

 

Measles.com Domain Name is for Sale

... I was curious who owns the Measles.com domain name, and it appears to be owned by a healthcare company. The domain name is currently parked with pay per click advertising links, and you’ll see a banner across the top of the landing page announcing that Measles.com is for sale. After a bit of searching, I learned that Measles.com is being brokered exclusively by Right of the Dot.

<http://www.domaininvesting.com/measles-com-domain-name-sale/>

 

Biggest Domain Sale in 5 Years Rung Up By Rick Schwartz - Porno.com Brings $8,888,888!

"Domain King" Rick Schwartz has done it again! The pioneering domain investor and co-founder of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference has closed the sale of Porno.com for just under $8.9 million - $8,888,888 to be exact.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150202.htm>

 

Frank Schilling: Unlocking the value of domain names

There are many residents of Grand Cayman who have probably never heard of Frank Schilling nor of his Cayman-based companies, Uniregistry and DomainNameSales.

<http://www.compasscayman.com/journal/2015/02/04/Frank-Schilling--Unlocking-the-value-of-domain-names/>

 

Qihoo pays record price for full rights to 360 domain

Is the domain name 360.com more valuable than sex.com? For Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd, the answer is yes.

<http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2015-02/05/content_19493124.htm>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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Privacy Concerns and Web Analytics

When done correctly Web tracking can actually be beneficial to both users and marketers - are you convinced? I’ve had a number of conversations in the past week about digital analytics (and digital marketing in general) and privacy concerns. Mostly, these have been with acquaintances that aren’t all that familiar with what we actually do, other than what they read in the news, and two things have struck me about these conversations.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2393276/privacy-concerns-and-web-analytics>

 

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au: How will data retention laws cope with the Internet of Things?

One of the many things that is troubling about the current Australian government’s metadata retention proposals is how rooted in the past they are, which could make them obsolete before they even come into force.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565504/how-will-data-retention-laws-cope-internet-things/>

 

au: Journalists should be shielded from phone and web snooping, union says

Australia’s Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has called for journalists to be exempt from government access to phone and web data, warning that the government’s data retention proposal risks making it impossible for a free press to function.

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/30/journalists-should-be-shielded-from-phone-and-web-snooping-union-says>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IANA Transition Depends On More Than Just ICANN Accountability Enhancements<p></p></span></p>
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