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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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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- MISCELLANEOUS

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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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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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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"><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>
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<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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>
<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>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>
<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>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>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>
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<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>
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<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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- DNS SECURITY

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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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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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- MISCELLANEOUS

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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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- WEBHOSTING

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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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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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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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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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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>
<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>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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150211STO22808/html/Access-for-all-MEPs-back-annual-check-up-for-the-internet"><span>http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150211STO22808/html/Access-for-all-MEPs-back-annual-check-up-for-the-internet</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>
<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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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>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>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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>
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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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- ICANN

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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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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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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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- NEW TLDS

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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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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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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>
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<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>
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<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
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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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
<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: 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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GOVERNANCE

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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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- ICANN

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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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- WEBHOSTING

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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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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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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>Guest blog: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Founding Director, World Wide Web Foundation - Net neutrality is critical for Europe's future<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IANA Transition Depends On More Than Just ICANN Accountability Enhancements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cdt.org/blog/the-iana-transition-depends-on-more-than-just-icann-accountability-enhancements/"><span>https://cdt.org/blog/the-iana-transition-depends-on-more-than-just-icann-accountability-enhancements/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute;: The Internet Is A Tool For Solidarity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/02/04/icann-ceo-fadi-chehade-the-internet-is-a-tool-for-solidarity/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/02/04/icann-ceo-fadi-chehade-the-internet-is-a-tool-for-solidarity/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proposal for the Creation of a &ldquo;Community Veto&rdquo; Process on Key Decisions of ICANN&rsquo;s Board of Directors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/02/03/proposal-for-creation-of-community-veto-process-on-key-decisions-of-icann-board-to-achieve-organizational-accountability/"><span>http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/02/03/proposal-for-creation-of-community-veto-process-on-key-decisions-of-icann-board-to-achieve-organizational-accountability/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Keyword Domains Again Prominent Part Of Good SEO: AusRegistry Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/keyword-domains-seo-ausregistry/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/keyword-domains-seo-ausregistry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VeriSign Earnings Preview: Saturation Of .com And Lack Of Traction For .net Likely Key Issues in the Quarter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="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"><span>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</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.NZ Passes 600,000 Registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/02/nz-600000-registrations/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/02/nz-600000-registrations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Name Association Survey Reveals Strong Interest in New Domain-Name Extensions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedna.org/pr_20150204.php"><span>http://www.thedna.org/pr_20150204.php</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.cancerresearch &mdash; a role model for dot-brands?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17949-cancerresearch-a-role-model-for-dot-brands"><span>http://domainincite.com/17949-cancerresearch-a-role-model-for-dot-brands</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cool run on .melbourne holds lessons for .sydney<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/cool-run-on-melbourne-holds-lessons-for-sydney/story-e6frgakx-1227205438610"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/cool-run-on-melbourne-holds-lessons-for-sydney/story-e6frgakx-1227205438610</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Q&amp;A: The real future according to the inventor of the web</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://fusion.net/story/42043/the-real-future-according-to-the-inventor-of-the-web/"><span>http://fusion.net/story/42043/the-real-future-according-to-the-inventor-of-the-web/</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>Guest blog: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Founding Director, World Wide Web Foundation - Net neutrality is critical for Europe's future<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/guest-blog-sir-tim-berners-lee-founding-director-world-wide-web-foundation_en"><span>http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/guest-blog-sir-tim-berners-lee-founding-director-world-wide-web-foundation_en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IANA Transition Depends On More Than Just ICANN Accountability Enhancements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cdt.org/blog/the-iana-transition-depends-on-more-than-just-icann-accountability-enhancements/"><span>https://cdt.org/blog/the-iana-transition-depends-on-more-than-just-icann-accountability-enhancements/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Wannabe Rulers of the Internet hit control-alt-delete on power plan<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The NetMundial Initiative &ndash; ICANN and Brazil's plan to wrest the internet from the US and the NSA &ndash; is attempting a reboot by asking everyone what it should actually do.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/03/netmundial_attempts_net_governance_reboot/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/03/netmundial_attempts_net_governance_reboot/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/04/un_china_russia_internet/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/04/un_china_russia_internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Transition Group Will Consider Internal, External Contract Plans at Singapore Meeting from Internet Law Resource Center</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/iana-transition-group-n17179922741/"><span>http://www.bna.com/iana-transition-group-n17179922741/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nl: State needs more active role in internet governance - study<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/state-needs-more-active-role-in-internet-governance-study--1063401"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/state-needs-more-active-role-in-internet-governance-study--1063401</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last March, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an arm of the Commerce Department, announced that it intended to &ldquo;transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community&rdquo; 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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/02/time-is-running-out-the-us-must-be-prepared-to-renew-the-icann-contract"><span>http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/02/time-is-running-out-the-us-must-be-prepared-to-renew-the-icann-contract</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The True Faith of Internet Governance: Statism Finds Its Champion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150203_true_faith_of_internet_governance_statism_finds_its_champion/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150203_true_faith_of_internet_governance_statism_finds_its_champion/</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>Countdown to ICANN 52: Global Domains Division (GDD) Sessions by Akram Atallah<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-global-domains-division-gdd-sessions"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann-52-global-domains-division-gdd-sessions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Okay, My Business is Interested in ICANN. Now What? by Christopher Mondini<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/okay-my-business-is-interested-in-icann-now-what"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/okay-my-business-is-interested-in-icann-now-what</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Generation Panel for the Armenian Script </span><span lang="EN-US">Root Zone</span><span> </span><span lang="EN-US">Label Generation Rules (LGR) Seated</span><span lang="EN-US"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Armenian Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) has been seated.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Adiel Akplogan to Join ICANN as VP of Technical Engagement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Veteran Internet technology expert Adiel Akplogan is joining ICANN in the newly created role of Vice President for Technical Engagement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Getting Ready to Talk in Singapore by Chris Gift<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/getting-ready-to-talk-in-singapore"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/getting-ready-to-talk-in-singapore</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Overview of Africa Sessions During ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-03-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Internet Stakeholders to Convene in Singapore for ICANN&rsquo;s 52nd Public Meeting [ICANN news release]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN will convene its 52nd Public Meeting in Singapore, from February 9th to 12th.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23466"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23466</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/icanns-52nd-public-meeting/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/icanns-52nd-public-meeting/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/global-internet-stakeholders-to-convene-in-singapore-for-icann-s-52nd-public-meeting.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/global-internet-stakeholders-to-convene-in-singapore-for-icann-s-52nd-public-meeting.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-02-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-02-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RSSAC Elects Tripti Sinha as Co-Chair<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-02-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group &ndash; Announcement Regarding Community Comments<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Mohammed Al Ghanim</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .PERSIANGULF<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-ghanim-02feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-ghanim-02feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Akram Atallah to Adil El Maliki</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD applications for .TATA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-maliki-02feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-maliki-02feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Akram Atallah to Boubker Seddik Badr</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD applications for .TATA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-badr-02feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-badr-02feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Akram Atallah to Chatan Nage<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD applications for .TATA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-nage-02feb15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/atallah-to-nage-02feb15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute;: The Internet Is A Tool For Solidarity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Where is the Internet taking us, and how do we keep it secure? There&rsquo;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&mdash;Fadi Chehad&eacute;, CEO of ICANN, the public-benefit corporation tasked with keeping the Internet stable. Chehad&eacute; calls the Internet a &ldquo;platform for human solidarity&rdquo; that enables us to form networks with &ldquo;people we&rsquo;ve never met&rdquo; to share ideas, concepts, and resources&mdash;and ultimately build consensus.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/02/04/icann-ceo-fadi-chehade-the-internet-is-a-tool-for-solidarity/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/02/04/icann-ceo-fadi-chehade-the-internet-is-a-tool-for-solidarity/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proposal for the Creation of a &ldquo;Community Veto&rdquo; Process on Key Decisions of ICANN&rsquo;s Board of Directors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/02/03/proposal-for-creation-of-community-veto-process-on-key-decisions-of-icann-board-to-achieve-organizational-accountability/"><span>http://ipjustice.org/wp/2015/02/03/proposal-for-creation-of-community-veto-process-on-key-decisions-of-icann-board-to-achieve-organizational-accountability/</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>Keyword Domains Again Prominent Part Of Good SEO: AusRegistry Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23472"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23472</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/keyword-domains-seo-ausregistry/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/keyword-domains-seo-ausregistry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/keyword-domains-good-seo-ausregistry.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/keyword-domains-good-seo-ausregistry.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lsquo;Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain&rsquo; report examines the relationship between Search and Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the last 18 months, changes to Google&rsquo;s search algorithms have caused many to re-evaluate their domain name portfolios and Search Engine Optimisation strategies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ausregistry.com.au/news/state-of-the-domain-report-explores-search-and-domain"><span>http://ausregistry.com.au/news/state-of-the-domain-report-explores-search-and-domain</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Behind the Dot &ndash; State of the .au Domain: Search and Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ausregistry.com.au/research-au"><span>http://ausregistry.com.au/research-au</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VeriSign Earnings Preview: Saturation Of .com And Lack Of Traction For .net Likely Key Issues in the Quarter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="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"><span>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</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.net zone back above 15 million names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17938-net-zone-back-above-15-million-names"><span>http://domainincite.com/17938-net-zone-back-above-15-million-names</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.NZ Passes 600,000 Registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23464"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23464</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/02/nz-600000-registrations/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/02/nz-600000-registrations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/nz-600-000-registrations.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/nz-600-000-registrations.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>600,000 and counting as Kiwi businesses register domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/565335/600-000-counting-kiwi-businesses-register-domains/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/565335/600-000-counting-kiwi-businesses-register-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Zealand hits 600,000th .nz domain name registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Zealand internet advocacy group InternetNZ has announced that the 600,000th .nz domain name has been registered.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/new-zealand-hits-600000th-nz-domain-name-registrations--1062644"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/new-zealand-hits-600000th-nz-domain-name-registrations--1062644</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Toilet Paper Test not to blame as .tp faces deletion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17942-toilet-paper-test-not-to-blame-as-tp-faces-deletion"><span>http://domainincite.com/17942-toilet-paper-test-not-to-blame-as-tp-faces-deletion</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Name Association Survey Reveals Strong Interest in New Domain-Name Extensions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedna.org/pr_20150204.php"><span>http://www.thedna.org/pr_20150204.php</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Awareness Remains Low Despite Growing Interest in New Domain Extensions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/new-gtld-awareness-remains-low-despite-growing-interest-new-domain-extensions"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/new-gtld-awareness-remains-low-despite-growing-interest-new-domain-extensions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What the DNA report about new TLDs tells us<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Domain Name Association (DNA) released results of a survey this morning designed to understand consumer sentiment toward domain names, and especially new TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/04/what-the-dna-report-about-new-tlds-tells-us/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/04/what-the-dna-report-about-new-tlds-tells-us/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .CANCERRESEARCH Unique Among New gTLDs With A Goal As Information Resource<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23474"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23474</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/new-cancerresearch-unique-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/04/new-cancerresearch-unique-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/new-cancerresearch-unique-among-gtlds.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/new-cancerresearch-unique-among-gtlds.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.cancerresearch - Can a New TLD Beat a Global Disease? by Tony Kirsch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/blog/cancerresearch-can-a-new-tld-beat-a-global-disease/"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/blog/cancerresearch-can-a-new-tld-beat-a-global-disease/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.cancerresearch &mdash; a role model for dot-brands?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.cancerresearch went live today with an interesting, and possibly unique to date, take on the new gTLD concept.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17949-cancerresearch-a-role-model-for-dot-brands"><span>http://domainincite.com/17949-cancerresearch-a-role-model-for-dot-brands</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cancer research goes digital with TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cancer-research-goes-digital-with-toplevel-domain-20150203-1350jh.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cancer-research-goes-digital-with-toplevel-domain-20150203-1350jh.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cancer-research-goes-digital-with-toplevel-domain-20150203-1350jh.html"><span>http://watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/cancer-research-goes-digital-with-toplevel-domain-20150203-1350jh.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cool run on .melbourne holds lessons for .sydney<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>THE Sydney-versus-Melbourne rivalry heads for cyber space this month as the .sydney gTLD rolls out following .melbourne&rsquo;s lift-off last year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/cool-run-on-melbourne-holds-lessons-for-sydney/story-e6frgakx-1227205438610"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/cool-run-on-melbourne-holds-lessons-for-sydney/story-e6frgakx-1227205438610</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts Marks One Year of New gTLD Availability with Over 1.2 Million Registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts Inc., the world&rsquo;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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.co/news/donuts-marks-one-year-of-new-gtld-availability-with-over-1-2-million-registrations/"><span>http://www.donuts.co/news/donuts-marks-one-year-of-new-gtld-availability-with-over-1-2-million-registrations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lsquo;dotBank, dotBeer or dotFootball are more memorable than country code domain names&rsquo; - Face off: Stuart Fuller, director, commercial operations, NetNames</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EVER since internet came into being, people typed &ldquo;.com&rdquo; or &ldquo;.org&rdquo; 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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/tech/dotbank-dotbeer-or-dotfootball-are-more-memorable-than-country-code-domain-names/38242/"><span>http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/tech/dotbank-dotbeer-or-dotfootball-are-more-memorable-than-country-code-domain-names/38242/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neustar grossed about $2 million revenue from new TLDs in Q4<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neustar reported 4th quarter 2014 earnings yesterday after the market closed. On the company&rsquo;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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/04/neustar-grossed-about-2-million-revenue-from-new-tlds-in-q4/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/04/neustar-grossed-about-2-million-revenue-from-new-tlds-in-q4/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Introducing .HOW: a new space for learning<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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 &ldquo;how&rdquo; than any of the five &ldquo;W&rdquo;s, finding their answers in blogs, videos, online books, interactive tutorials and other corners of the web.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://googleandyourbusiness.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/introducing-how-new-space-for-learning.html"><span>http://googleandyourbusiness.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/introducing-how-new-space-for-learning.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Getting New gTLDs' Sales Drivers Right: Simulations Are Key by Alex Tajirian<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150204_getting_new_gtlds_sales_drivers_right_simulations_are_key/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150204_getting_new_gtlds_sales_drivers_right_simulations_are_key/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet domain names in Indian Languages<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;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)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://computer.financialexpress.com/magazine/internet-domain-names-in-indian-languages/8613/"><span>http://computer.financialexpress.com/magazine/internet-domain-names-in-indian-languages/8613/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why the TLD Revolution Fizzled Out<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/02/why-top-level-domain-revolution-fizzled-out/104439/"><span>http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/02/why-top-level-domain-revolution-fizzled-out/104439/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lessons From a Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202716902554/Lessons-From-a-Workshop-on-Domain-Name-Dispute-Resolution"><span>http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202716902554/Lessons-From-a-Workshop-on-Domain-Name-Dispute-Resolution</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>From .COM to .BANK: What You Need to Know About the Newest Internet Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/from-com-to-bank-what-you-need-to-kno-78190/"><span>http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/from-com-to-bank-what-you-need-to-kno-78190/</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>Obama asks for $14 billion to step up cybersecurity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/obama-adds-14b-to-budget-for-stepped-up-cybersecurity/"><span>http://www.cnet.com/news/obama-adds-14b-to-budget-for-stepped-up-cybersecurity/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One-Third of Companies Feel Ill-Prepared to Meet New EU Cybersecurity Requirements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/one-third-companies-feel-ill-prepared-meet-new-eu-cybersecurity-requirements"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/one-third-companies-feel-ill-prepared-meet-new-eu-cybersecurity-requirements</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here&rsquo;s Where Europe Has Made Big Changes in Cyber Security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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 &ldquo;achieving cyber resilience,&rdquo; &ldquo;drastically reducing cyber crime,&rdquo; and developing coherent cyberdefense and international cybersecurity policies. What has happened since?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2015/02/heres-where-europe-has-made-big-changes-cyber-security/104454/"><span>http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2015/02/heres-where-europe-has-made-big-changes-cyber-security/104454/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Officials Say Chinese Cyberespionage &lsquo;Needs to Stop&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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&rsquo;s continued cyberespionage operations are damaging the two countries&rsquo; relationship.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/u-s-officials-say-chinese-cyberespionage-needs-to-stop/110858"><span>http://threatpost.com/u-s-officials-say-chinese-cyberespionage-needs-to-stop/110858</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1,800 Domains Overtaken by Flash Zero Day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/1800-domains-overtaken-by-flash-zero-day/110835"><span>http://threatpost.com/1800-domains-overtaken-by-flash-zero-day/110835</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Deloitte launches online Australian cyber intelligence centre</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565503/deloitte-launches-online-australian-cyber-intelligence-centre/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565503/deloitte-launches-online-australian-cyber-intelligence-centre/</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>Playboy Enterprises Wins Playboy.london Cybersquatting Case<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=190494"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=190494</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="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"><span>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</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>Addressing 2014 - And then there were 2! by Geoff Huston</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-01/addressing2014.html"><span>http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-01/addressing2014.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society tries to serve &lsquo;Net providers tasty IPv6-and-DNSSEC salad<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/02/internet-society-tries-to-serve-net-providers-tasty-ipv6-and-dnssec-salad/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/02/internet-society-tries-to-serve-net-providers-tasty-ipv6-and-dnssec-salad/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society&rsquo;s 2015 ION Conference Series Drives Regional Discussion of Emerging Technologies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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&rsquo;s series will conclude this fall in San Francisco, the site of the first ION Conference in 2010.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society%E2%80%99s-2015-ion-conference-series-drives-regional-discussion-emerging-technologies"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society&rsquo;s-2015-ion-conference-series-drives-regional-discussion-emerging-technologies</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>Q&amp;A: The real future according to the inventor of the web</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://fusion.net/story/42043/the-real-future-according-to-the-inventor-of-the-web/"><span>http://fusion.net/story/42043/the-real-future-according-to-the-inventor-of-the-web/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Moniker lost over 60,000 .com domain names in October<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MonikerVerisign&rsquo;s latest .com monthly report has been published by ICANN, and Moniker&rsquo;s woes from its platform switch over the summer appear to have finally caught up with it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/03/moniker-lost-over-60000-com-domain-names-in-october/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/03/moniker-lost-over-60000-com-domain-names-in-october/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Safe GoDaddy Super Bowl Ad Resonates with Small Business Owners<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/safe-godaddy-super-bowl-ad-resonates-small-business-owners"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/safe-godaddy-super-bowl-ad-resonates-small-business-owners</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NamesCon Domain Name Conference Recap &ndash; DNW Podcast #018<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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&rsquo;s keynote.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/02/podcast-namescon/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/02/podcast-namescon/</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>Sydney Web Host Crucial Acquires Hosting Company AVS Networks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/sydney-web-host-crucial-acquires-local-hosting-company-avs-networks"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/sydney-web-host-crucial-acquires-local-hosting-company-avs-networks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>in: GoDaddy, Microsoft come together to get SMBs online for Rs 99 a month<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.financialexpress.com/article/companies/godaddy-microsoft-come-together-to-get-smbs-online-for-rs-99-a-month/39063/"><span>http://www.financialexpress.com/article/companies/godaddy-microsoft-come-together-to-get-smbs-online-for-rs-99-a-month/39063/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>in: GoDaddy and Microsoft will help your business go online in 30 minutes at Rs 99 per month<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/godaddy-and-microsoft-will-help-your-business-go-online-in-30-minutes-at-rs-99-per-month/"><span>http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/godaddy-and-microsoft-will-help-your-business-go-online-in-30-minutes-at-rs-99-per-month/</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>My thoughts on $9 million Porno.com domain name sale<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... Here are my thoughts on the sale. 1. First, a hat tip to Schwartz. He&rsquo;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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/03/my-thoughts-on-9-million-porno-com-domain-name-sale/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/03/my-thoughts-on-9-million-porno-com-domain-name-sale/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Schwartz sells porno.com for $8.9 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The domain name porno.com has changed hands for $8,888,888, making it the fourth highest-value domain to be sold.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17947-schwartz-sells-porno-com-for-8-9-million"><span>http://domainincite.com/17947-schwartz-sells-porno-com-for-8-9-million</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Measles.com Domain Name is for Sale<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... 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&rsquo;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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domaininvesting.com/measles-com-domain-name-sale/"><span>http</span><span>://</span><span>www</span><span>.</span><span>domaininvesting</span><span>.</span><span>com</span><span>/</span><span>measles</span><span>-</span><span>com</span><span>-</span><span>domain</span><span>-</span><span>name</span><span>-</span><span>sale</span><span>/</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Biggest Domain Sale in 5 Years Rung Up By Rick Schwartz - Porno.com Brings $8,888,888!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150202.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150202.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Frank Schilling: Unlocking the value of domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There are many residents of Grand Cayman who have probably never heard of Frank Schilling nor of his Cayman-based companies, Uniregistry and DomainNameSales.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.compasscayman.com/journal/2015/02/04/Frank-Schilling--Unlocking-the-value-of-domain-names/"><span>http://www.compasscayman.com/journal/2015/02/04/Frank-Schilling--Unlocking-the-value-of-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Qihoo pays record price for full rights to 360 domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Is the domain name 360.com more valuable than sex.com? For Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd, the answer is yes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2015-02/05/content_19493124.htm"><span>http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2015-02/05/content_19493124.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Privacy Concerns and Web Analytics<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When done correctly Web tracking can actually be beneficial to both users and marketers - are you convinced? I&rsquo;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&rsquo;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.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2393276/privacy-concerns-and-web-analytics"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2393276/privacy-concerns-and-web-analytics</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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: How will data retention laws cope with the Internet of Things?</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of the many things that is troubling about the current Australian government&rsquo;s metadata retention proposals is how rooted in the past they are, which could make them obsolete before they even come into force.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565504/how-will-data-retention-laws-cope-internet-things/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565504/how-will-data-retention-laws-cope-internet-things/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Journalists should be shielded from phone and web snooping, union says</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia&rsquo;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&rsquo;s data retention proposal risks making it impossible for a free press to function.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/30/journalists-should-be-shielded-from-phone-and-web-snooping-union-says"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/30/journalists-should-be-shielded-from-phone-and-web-snooping-union-says</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 22 Jan 05:43 2015

auDA Domain News - 22 January

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Looking To The Future With Domain Choice

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

 

Google reads coffee.club as coffee club!

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

 

5 Marketing Benefits Of .melbourne And .sydney Domain Names

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Domain Pulse Conference Heads To Berlin in February

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

 

Melbourne IT calls for more hardware as service problems continue

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

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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IANA Transition Planning Proceeding in Fine Internet Style by Alissa Cooper

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

2015: Onward and Forward

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Identifier Systems SSR Activities Reporting

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

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

 

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

New gTLD application for .GAY           

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

 

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

New gTLD application for .GAY

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

 

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

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

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

 

ICANN audit claims two more registrar scalps

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

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

 

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uk: Cable tells Cameron to stop shouting at EU

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Looking To The Future With Domain Choice

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

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

 

Google reads coffee.club as coffee club!

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

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

 

5 Marketing Benefits Of .melbourne And .sydney Domain Names

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

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

 

Pssst…Rightside released its name collision domain names

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

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

 

Architelos gets patent for NameSentry

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Which 2-character domain names can be registered?

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

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

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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SoShabby GoDaddy flings patch at domain hijack hole

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

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

 

GoDaddy fixes domain hijack hole 24 hours after report goes public

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Cyberwar games: Finally something that might help keep us secure

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

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

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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

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

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

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

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

 

How Hollywood Plans to Seize Pirate Site Domain Names

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

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

 

uk: Cambridge business loses name battle with Aldi

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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2015 gets off to a flying start for IPv6 deployment

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Domain Pulse Conference Heads To Berlin in February

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Melbourne IT calls for more hardware as service problems continue

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

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

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

 

NCC buys European group for £14.9m

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

A Review of last week’s NamesCon conference

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

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

 

Mike McLaughlin – DNW Podcast #016

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

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

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Apache retains perch atop global web server market

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

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

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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

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

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

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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

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

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

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Sacrificing culture for cheap downloads

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

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

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

 

Netflix ready for Aust, NZ market battle [AAP]

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

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

 

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DIGITAL DIVIDE

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Google Hopes to Take the Web Directly to Billions Lacking Access

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

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

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Email scam targets Aussie businesses

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

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

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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

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

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

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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

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

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

 

 

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David Goldstein

 

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

 

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

auDA Domain News - 12 January

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Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

SWITCH no longer selling .ch Internet addresses directly

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

 

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

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

 

Fatal timeout? A dozen dot-brands procrastinating to death

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

tk: Kiwi links to terror site

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

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Latest draft of CRISP’s IANA proposal available

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

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

 

What’s ahead for CRISP?

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

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

 

Second Draft of Numbers Community IANA Stewardship Proposal Published

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

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

 

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- ICANN

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Three Contention Sets Postponed for 21 January gTLD Auction

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Co-Chairs of CCWG-Accountability Publish High Level Statements

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Data Retention Waiver (France) - Online SAS

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

New gTLD application for .CRUISE

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

 

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

New gTLD application for .LLC

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

DNS POLICY NOTES FOR JANUARY 7, 2015

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

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

 

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DomainWire Global TLD Report (December 2014) Available

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

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

 

SWITCH no longer selling .ch Internet addresses directly

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

uk: Russell Haworth joins Nominet today as CEO

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

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

 

Earlier this year

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Fatal timeout? A dozen dot-brands procrastinating to death

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

New .POKER Web Domain Launched

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

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

 

Are the Belgians waiting for .vlaanderen and .brussels?

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Existing TLD .Reise headed to the auction block

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Obama to Announce Cybersecurity Plans in State of the Union Preview

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

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

 

David Cameron to discuss cyber crime threat with President Obama

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

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

 

Obama turns focus to Internet security, privacy

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

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

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

 

Cyberattack in Germany Shuts Down Official Sites

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Nation-State Cyberthreats: Why They Hack

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

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

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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

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

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

 

UK IPv6 adoption rate stuck at embarrassing 0.1 percent

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

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

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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

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

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

 

Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report: Security Highlights

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

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

 

Highlights from the upcoming Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report

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

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

 

ICANN-Accredited Registrar, Upperlink, to Float Four Subsidiaries

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

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

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

 

2014 Domain Name Year in Review by Elisa Cooper

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

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

 

tk: Kiwi links to terror site

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

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

 

How to get the most out of NamesCon

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

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

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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GoDaddy Auctions implements bidder verification

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

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

 

ROTD auction at NamesCon will sell a lot of domain names

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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

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

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

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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

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

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

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Australia's internet lags behind despite NBN

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

Editorial: Protect the Internet: Keep the contract with ICANN

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

 

Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations

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

 

Internet community split on who should run IANA

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

 

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

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

 

ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report

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

 

.uk suspension problems worse than I thought

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

 

Are Existing gTLD Registrations Suffering From New gTLDs?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

What’s Really New in the New gTLD Space?

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

 

jp: Major firms to use names as website domain suffixes

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

 

.Melbourne Domains Are Pretty Popular Already

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

 

 

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS

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

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

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

 

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GOVERNANCE

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China seeks to export its vision of the Internet

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

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

 

Editorial: Protect the Internet: Keep the contract with ICANN

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

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

 

Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations

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

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

 

Internet community split on who should run IANA

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Happy New Year, Happy New IANA by Milton Mueller

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

CENTR Board Statement on Draft IANA Transition Proposal

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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Upcoming Webinars - Post Contracting Process

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report

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

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

 

What you need to know about IANA

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

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

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Over 1,300 Local Domains Migrated to .bn Registry

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

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

 

EURid compensates its CO2 emissions in conjunction with FAPAS

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

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

 

A very special Christmas for two .eu registrants

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

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

 

rs: RNIDS - Annual Report for 2013

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

.uk suspension problems worse than I thought

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

German Registrar Pulls .Uk Domains

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

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

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Are Existing gTLD Registrations Suffering From New gTLDs?

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

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

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

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

 

New gTLDs pummel .net below 15 million domains

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

What’s Really New in the New gTLD Space?

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

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

 

jp: Major firms to use names as website domain suffixes

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Schilling laughing as Uniregistry beats Google to .lol

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

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

 

Go Only for Big Bang gTLD Rebranding by Alex Tajirian

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

.paris, mainly French

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

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

 

.Melbourne Domains Are Pretty Popular Already

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

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

 

This week’s 5 new TLD launches

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

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

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Bad, bad Internet news: Internet Systems Consortium site hacked

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

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

 

Internet Systems Consortium Site Redirects to Angler Exploit

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Multiple vulnerabilities in several DNS products

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

A Hacker's Hit List of American Infrastructure

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

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

 

Spamhaus Botnet Summary 2014

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

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

 

Spamhaus tells us that botnets are getting worse

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

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

 

Long-Running Cyberattacks Become The Norm

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

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

 

Seven Things to Watch for in 2015

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

North Korea Accuses U.S. of Staging Internet Failure

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

North Korea blames US for internet shutdown

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

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

 

Countering Cyberattacks Without a Playbook

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Editorial: Deterring Cyberattacks From North Korea

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

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

 

When Does a Cyberattack Warrant a Military Response?

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

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

 

Japan boosts cyberdefenses ahead of feared attack -- report

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

nz: Hackers cost TAB, frustrate punters

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

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

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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

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

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

 

Top 10 Domains Hit By Google Piracy Takedowns 2014

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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

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

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

 

IPV6 Offers New Global Opportunity for Business

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

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

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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UKIP's website restored after disappearing for several hours

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Afilias cancels $100m London IPO

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

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

 

One company now owns almost a third of all registrars

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

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

 

NamesCon 2015 bigger, longer and more popular

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

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

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2014

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

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

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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TrafficZ Shutting down operations on Dec 31st, 2014

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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

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

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

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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

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

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

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Heat blamed for Australian internet failure

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

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China seeks to export its vision of the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/"><span>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Editorial: Protect the Internet: Keep the contract with ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet community split on who should run IANA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance Outlook 2015: Two Processes, Many Venues, Four Baskets by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_technical_competence_questioned_by_verisign/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_technical_competence_questioned_by_verisign/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.uk suspension problems worse than I thought<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17818-uk-suspension-problems-worse-than-i-thought"><span>http://domainincite.com/17818-uk-suspension-problems-worse-than-i-thought</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are Existing gTLD Registrations Suffering From New gTLDs?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/02/gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/01/02/gtld-registrations-suffering-from-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Year&rsquo;s Expert Roundup : What&rsquo;s in the DNA of a successful gTLD?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/new-years-expert-roundup-whats-in-the-dna-of-a-successful-gtld/"><span>http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/new-years-expert-roundup-whats-in-the-dna-of-a-successful-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Search-Driven Microsites in Brand gTLDs &ndash; Top Trend for 2015 by Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2387456/search-driven-microsites-in-brand-gtlds-top-trend-for-2015"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2387456/search-driven-microsites-in-brand-gtlds-top-trend-for-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Civil Society Cautions Against ICANN Proposal to Give Governments a Veto Over New Domains Using &ldquo;Geographic Names&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/12/31/civil-society-cautions-against-icann-proposal-to-give-governments-a-veto-over-new-domains-using-geographic-names/"><span>http://ipjustice.org/wp/2014/12/31/civil-society-cautions-against-icann-proposal-to-give-governments-a-veto-over-new-domains-using-geographic-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s Really New in the New gTLD Space?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/what_s_really_new_in</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>jp: Major firms to use names as website domain suffixes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001834570"><span>http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001834570</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Melbourne Domains Are Pretty Popular Already<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/melbourne-domains-are-pretty-popular-already/"><span>http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/12/melbourne-domains-are-pretty-popular-already/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REPORTS &amp; RESEARCH PAPERS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Defining Domain: Higher Education's Battles for Cyberspace by Jacob H. Rooksby [Brooklyn Law Review / Duquesne University School of Law Research Paper]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: Internet domain names in the .EDU extension are special because not just anyone can own one. Given higher education&rsquo;s unique purpose and historical detachment from the market, early architects of the Internet deemed it important for colleges and universities to have their own online space, reflected in a domain-name extension that could at once convey authenticity and legitimacy. That space was the .EDU.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2542255"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2542255</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China seeks to export its vision of the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It has been the strangest kind of charm offensive. China, the country that perfected breaking the Internet, has of late been on a campaign to convince the rest of the world that its approach to digital networks is worth spreading. It&rsquo;s an effort led by Lu Wei, the man whose chief responsibilities include overseeing the Great Firewall of China, whose heavy veil of censorship is responsible for the damage China has done to the Internet inside its borders.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/"><span>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/china-seeks-to-export-its-vision-of-the-internet/article22269080/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Editorial: Protect the Internet: Keep the contract with ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LAST MONTH, China hosted the first World Internet Conference and gave everyone reason to worry. At the last minute, Chinese officials tried to ram through a declaration calling for governments to exert greater control over the fastest and freest communications tool the world has ever seen, using the chilling concept of &ldquo;Internet sovereignty&rdquo; to justify it. Russia, meanwhile, has crushed its most prominent Internet entrepreneur &mdash; Pavel Durov, the founder of a major Facebook-like application &mdash; after he refused to cooperate with the Kremlin.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/protect-the-internet-keep-the-contract-with-icann/2015/01/04/b1ff61c2-7bff-11e4-9a27-6fdbc612bff8_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The controversial internet governance group NetMundial has rejected calls to delay the creation of its "coordination council" &ndash; and launched without the support of the technical community nor the International Chamber of Commerce.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_governance_group_pushes_forward_without_internet_organizations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet community split on who should run IANA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet community is split when it comes to who should be given the right to run the critical IANA functions. ... It is also telling who sits on the sides of the divide. Opposing the independent contracting party is the ICANN Board, Google and AuDA, the Australian domain administration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/internet_community_split_on_who_should_run_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance Outlook 2015: Two Processes, Many Venues, Four Baskets by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 has just started, but the calendar of events related to Internet Governance is already fully packed until the end of the year. The list of issues under discussion gets longer and longer and more and more people expect concrete results from the numerous meetings. Whether we will see the next stumbling step forward on the long march through the Internet Governance Ecosystem will depend to a high degree from the outcomes of two different, but interrelated processes which will overshadow the Internet discussion in 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150103_internet_governance_outlook_2015_2_processes_many_venues_4_baskets/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Happy New Year, Happy New IANA by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As the new year dawns a new IANA is emerging, but the outlines are still blurry. IGP has reviewed all the public comments submitted in response to the CWG&rsquo;s draft proposal. The results can be seen directly here. Two-thirds (67%) of the comments directly addressing the issue supported the core ideas behind the draft: that the IANA functions operator should be separable from ICANN, and that there should be an external oversight entity with the authority to award the IANA functions contract on a periodic basis, just as the NTIA did before. But there were many concerns raised about the details of the proposal, especially the composition of the so-called Multistakeholder Review Team (MRT) and the jurisdiction of the contracting entity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-happy-new-iana/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/01/01/happy-new-year-happy-new-iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Top Five Cyber Policy Developments of 2014: The IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the past few days, Net Politics has been examining the top five developments in cyber policy of 2014. Each cyber policy event has its own post, explaining what happened, what it all means, and its impact on cyber policy for 2015. In this post, the IANA transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/01/06/the-top-five-cyber-policy-developments-of-2014-the-iana-transition/"><span>http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/01/06/the-top-five-cyber-policy-developments-of-2014-the-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Haste Makes Waste: Comments on ICANN CWG IANA Transition Proposal Indicate Serious Process Problems by Philip S. Corwin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On December 1, 2014 the Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions published a Draft Transition Proposal. The comment period on the Proposal extended for twenty-one days; due to a requirement imposed by the separate IANA Coordination Group (ICG) that a final proposal be received by mid-January, there was no provision for a follow-up reply comment period as is standard ICANN Practice for issues of far less consequence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_haste_makes_waste_icann_on_cwg_iana_transition_proposal_problems/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_haste_makes_waste_icann_on_cwg_iana_transition_proposal_problems/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR Board Statement on Draft IANA Transition Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The CENTR Board of Directors has submitted a statement in response to the public consultation on the Draft Transiton Proposal by the Cros Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/iana/12-23-2014/centr-board-statement-draft-iana-transition-proposal"><span>https://centr.org/news/iana/12-23-2014/centr-board-statement-draft-iana-transition-proposal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress Will Oversight ICANN: And You Can Take That to the Bank by Sophia Bekele<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Even though ICANN plays a very important role in the global Internet ecosystem, its activities are not frequently mentioned in the mainstream international media; that is, until ICANN's name is mentioned alongside that of the US Congress in a US$1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill. Since the bill was passed by the House of Representatives, the issue of ICANN has assumed a certain topicality and has attracted commentary from many pundits.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_congress_will_oversight_icann_and_you_can_take_that_to_the_bank/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150105_congress_will_oversight_icann_and_you_can_take_that_to_the_bank/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Upcoming Webinars - Post Contracting Process</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN will host a Webinar on the topic of Post Contracting Process on 15 January 2015 at 16:00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of milestones that will be instituted along with expected timelines to reach these milestones between the point of contract execution and delegation. There will also be a Question and Answer session.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/webinars"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/webinars</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A New L-Root Instance Established with ICANN and China's ZDNS Cooperation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new L-Root instance has been installed in China, increasing the Domain Name System's (DNS) overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-22-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-12-22-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Enhancing The NextGen <at> ICANN Program by ora Abusitta, VP Development and Public Responsibility Programs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As part of the Development and Public Responsibility Department's (DPRD) ongoing work to support the next generation of Internet users, the NextGen <at> ICANN program has been formalized as a staple DPRD initiative to engage regionally based undergraduate and graduate students at ICANN meetings, and introduce them to ICANN through guided programming. The NextGen <at> ICANN program was initially organized at ICANN 49 in Singapore with DotAsia and NetMission, and has been successfully replicated at both ICANN 50 in London and ICANN 51 in Los Angeles by our Department.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/enhancing-the-nextgen-icann-program"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/enhancing-the-nextgen-icann-program</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A review of the globe's DNS security, stability and resiliency by dot-com registry and root server operator Verisign has called into question the technical competence of domain name overseer ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/icanns_techni