David Goldstein | 22 Apr 06:14 2014

auDA Domain News - 22 April

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Hi auDA,

 

A change in the presentation of the Domain News today following some discussions with a client on its format. I'm going to trial it in html with headings for the domain news (only) in bold. If you've got strong feelings either in favour or against, I want to know.

 

The benefit in short is probably clearer layout. The negative is probably it takes more "space".

 

I await the comments. If any!

 

Cheers

David

 

 

A “Small Technical Issue” or the “Future of the Internet”? Education Begins On Meaning of U.S. Address System Oversight

<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/15/a-small-technical-issue-or-the-future-of-the-internet/>

 

U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet. Some Nations Push for New Supervisory Body

<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304049904579515843692009318>

 

Washington on back foot in web negotiations

<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4529516c-c713-11e3-889e-00144feabdc0.html>

 

Brazil welcomes world wide web’s wonks

<http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/04/17/brazil-welcomes-world-wide-webs-wonks/>

 

Nomination Period Opens for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award

<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-21apr14-en.htm>

 

ICANN Begins Transition To New Website

<http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-17apr14-en>

 

Verisign’s Preliminary Comments on ICANN’s Name Collisions Phase One Report by Burt Kaliski

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

 

ICA Tells ICANN to Pull the Plug on IGO/INGO Overreach by Philip Corwin

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/No_IGO_INGO_PDP>

 

European Data Protection Supervisor Smacks ICANN Over Privacy Issues With 2013 RAA

<http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/18/european-data-protection-supervisor-smacks-icann-privacy-issues-2013-raa/>

 

Cybersquatting Toolkit : The Trademark Clearinghouse

<http://cadna.org/blog/2014/4/9/cybersquatting-toolkit-the-trademark-clearinghouse>

 

New gTLD Registrations Soar Past Half Million As .GURU Passes 50,000

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/21/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50000/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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A “Small Technical Issue” or the “Future of the Internet”? Education Begins On Meaning of U.S. Address System Oversight

The debate over a proposed transfer of authority over the Internet address system has been launched in Washington D.C., generating plenty of heat, many opinions, a few concrete proposals, and not a lot of light. Indeed, what has been illuminated most brightly is the confusion among policymakers about how the Internet really works.

<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/15/a-small-technical-issue-or-the-future-of-the-internet/>

 

U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet. Some Nations Push for New Supervisory Body

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international control over the Internet. This week, Washington will find out if its actions have eased global tensions over its cyberspying activities.

<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304049904579515843692009318>

 

Washington on back foot in web negotiations

A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward Snowden revelations clouding discussions about future governance of the internet.

<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4529516c-c713-11e3-889e-00144feabdc0.html>

 

Brazil welcomes world wide web’s wonks

President Dilma Rousseff is not known for her fondness of foreign policy. But last year, the US gave her the inspiration she needed to embark on an international crusade when it was revealed that Washington was spying on her phone calls. Furious at this affront, the Brazilian leader called on the United Nations annual general assembly to push for better governance of the internet.

<http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/04/17/brazil-welcomes-world-wide-webs-wonks/>

 

Brazil takes a lead in the future of the Internet

The Brazilian government believes that it is in a strong position to lead the debate around global Internet governance and hopes to "energize" other countries to participate more actively in the future of the Net.

<http://www.zdnet.com/brazil-takes-a-lead-in-the-future-of-the-internet-7000028511/>

 

ICANN: Anything that doesn’t give IANA to me is out of scope by Milton Mueller

When the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it would end its control of the domain name system root, it called upon ICANN to “convene the multistakeholder process to develop the transition plan.” Many people worried about ICANN’s ability to run a fair process. As an organization with a huge stake in the outcome, there were fears that it might try to bias the proceedings. ICANN has a very strong interest in getting rid of external oversight and other dependencies on other organizations.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/04/16/icann-anything-that-doesnt-give-iana-to-me-is-out-of-scope/>

 

India wants Internet to become Equinet

Internet of today to the Equinet of tomorrow. ”The Internet governance should be multilateral, transparent, democratic,and representative, with the participation of governments, private sector, civil society, and international organizations, in their respective roles. This should be one of the foundational principles of Internet governance,” the external affairs ministry says in its initial submission to the April 23-24 Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, also referred as NETmundial, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

<http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/india-wants-internet-become-equinet-222105.html>

 

Activists Want Net Neutrality, NSA Spying Debated At Brazil Internet Conference

A campaign on the Internet is objecting to the exclusion of issues like net neutrality, the cyberweapons arms race and surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency from the discussion paper of an Internet governance conference this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

A significant section of the participants are also looking for concrete measures and decisions at the conference rather than yet another statement of principles.

<http://www.cio.com/article/751749/Activists_Want_Net_Neutrality_NSA_Spying_Debated_At_Brazil_Internet_Conference>

 

UNESCO to take part in NETmundial conference

A high-level delegation from UNESCO will contribute to the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in Sao Paolo, 23-24 April.

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

 

Update on the IANA Transition

As noted in earlier discussions, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has announced that it intends to transfer key Internet domain functions (the IANA functions) to the global multi-stakeholder community. An open process to develop a model for future IANA administration is now underway.

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/update-on-the-iana-transition>

 

NETMundial Hub in Brussels

CENTR will set up a NETmundial hub in Brussels and invites everyone who is interested to follow the debates live form our offices. Meeting schedule:

<https://centr.org/news/04-17-2014/3414/netmundial-hub-brussels>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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Nomination Period Opens for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award

ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's new Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. This award program seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees.

<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-21apr14-en.htm>

 

ICANN Begins Transition To New Website

ICANN today announced the beginning of a transition to a new ICANN.org website.

<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-17apr14-en.htm>

<http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-17apr14-en>

 

Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 51 in Los Angeles California

The ICANN Fellowship program seeks participants from developing countries of the world in order to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents to engage in the multi-stakeholder process and become the new voice of experience in their regions and beyond.

<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-18apr14-en.htm>

 

Making the Most of ARIN 33 by Glenn McKnight and Joe Catapano

The 33rd meeting of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN 33) recently wrapped-up in Chicago, Ill. U.S.A at the famous Drake Hotel. The venue is steeped in history, including one bar that prides continuous operation from the day after the repeal of alcohol prohibition in the U.S. in 1933 to present day, and another featuring the names of legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio and movie star Marilyn Monroe carved into the wood.

<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/making-the-most-of-arin-33/>

 

ICANN: Pre-Delegation Testing Documents Have Been Updated

ICANN has made minor changes to the test resources to clarify the existing requirements. The majority of the changes are to the input templates, designed to improve the accuracy of the data submitted for testing and the applications success rate. Additionally, in response to applicant feedback, we have added the capacity to test the EPP service using the host name. The updated materials should not require any material changes for the applicants that have successfully completed PDT.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/pdt>

 

Amended Singapore GAC Communique

<https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/GAC_Amended_Communique_Singapore_20140327%5B1%5D.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1397656205503&api=v2>

 

New gTLD .spa - Letter from the Belgian Minister of Economy

<https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/gTLD%20.spa%20-%20Letter%20from%20the%20Belgian%20Minister%20of%20Economy%2020.03.2014.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1397681515461&api=v2>

 

Latest GAC Advice: 2014-03-27-spa

<https://gacweb.icann.org/display/GACADV/2014-03-27-spa>

 

New Contracting Statistics Released

Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 18 April 2014:

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-18apr14-en>

 

ICANN Appoints Fifth New gTLD Data Escrow Agent

Escrow4All B.V. has been approved by ICANN to provide data escrow services to new gTLD Registry Operators.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-18apr14-en>

 

Verisign’s Preliminary Comments on ICANN’s Name Collisions Phase One Report by Burt Kaliski

Verisign posted preliminary public comments on the "Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions" Phase One Report released by ICANN earlier this month. JAS Global Advisors, authors of the report contracted by ICANN, have done solid work putting together a set of recommendations to address the name collisions problem, which is not an easy one, given the uncertainty for how installed systems actually interact with the global DNS. However, there is still much work to be done.

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

 

ICA Tells ICANN to Pull the Plug on IGO/INGO Overreach by Philip Corwin

For the third time in six months, ICA has told ICANN that the legally questionable and largely unnecessary attempts of International Governmental Agencies (IGOs) and International Nongovernmental Agencies (INGOs) to secure extraordinary protections for their organizational acronyms at second level domains should be met with a firm and resounding “no”.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/No_IGO_INGO_PDP>

 

European Data Protection Supervisor Smacks ICANN Over Privacy Issues With 2013 RAA

ICANN has been sent a letter by the European Data Protection Supervisor calling them out with respect to both data collection, retention and privacy within the context of the 2013 Registrar contract (RAA).

<http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/18/european-data-protection-supervisor-smacks-icann-privacy-issues-2013-raa/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Nic.at Celebrates 10 Years of .AT IDNs

On 31 March, the Austrian registry, nic.at, celebrated ten years of .at internationalised domain names. In the 12 months since .at IDNs were introduced they total 2.4 percent, or 29,729, of the 1.23 million .at domains under management.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22177>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/19/nicat-10-years-at-idns/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/nic-at-10-years-at-idns.html>

 

Launched, grown, sold: What’s next for .CO co-founders?

Champagne popped and bonuses flowed after .CO Internet closed its chapter as an independent company and became part of the publicly traded Neustar last week.

<http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/20/4070348/launched-grown-sold-whats-next.html>

 

EUrid Awarded .eu Contract For 5 Years

EUrid have officially been awarded the contract to run the .eu domain registry for another 5 years.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/12/eurid-awarded-eu-contract-5-years/>

 

2014 Dot Award Contest highlights the best sites under the .fr TLD

Afnic has announced the winning websites under the .fr TLD which will represent France at the Dot Award contest for the best websites.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/7804/show/2014-dot-award-contest-highlights-the-best-sites-under-the-fr-tld-1.html>

 

nl: SIDN publishes annual report 2013

In the fields of privacy, governance and cybersecurity, the events of 2013 are likely to prove a turning point for the internet.

<https://www.sidn.nl/en/news/news/article/sidn-publiceert-jaarverslag-2013-1/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Cybersquatting Toolkit : The Trademark Clearinghouse

The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is an important tool for brand owners who want to cut down on incidents of cybersquatting in new TLDs. And what brand owner doesn’t want to curb cybersquatting?

<http://cadna.org/blog/2014/4/9/cybersquatting-toolkit-the-trademark-clearinghouse>

 

New gTLD Registrations Soar Past Half Million As .GURU Passes 50,000

The total number of domain names registered across all new gTLDs roared past 500,000 on 15 April, jumping 46,349 registrations in one day according nTLDstats.com. The number of domains registered across all of the new gTLDs stood at 558,051 as of 21 April.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22186>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/21/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50000/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50-000.html>

 

.guru first new gTLD to 50,000 names

Donuts’ pioneering .guru yesterday became the first new gTLD to surpass 50,000 domain name registrations, according to today’s zone files.

<http://domainincite.com/16511-guru-first-new-gtld-to-50000-names>

 

First .london anchor tenants named

The forthcoming .london gTLD has earmarked its first 28 domain names, most of which are going to some famous, and not-so-famous, local brands.

<http://domainincite.com/16508-first-london-anchor-tenants-named>

 

Onerous liabilities loom for .africa

As the sunrise stage for new TLDs draws closer, a lawyer has warned the current terms and conditions attached to .co.za portals – which are likely to be carried over to new sites – could leave Web site owners in hot water.

<http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=120331:Onerous-liabilities-loom-for-africa>

 

How one guy games new gTLD sunrise periods

Wanna buy a SOCIAL brand pen for a dollar? No? How about social.web or cloud.guru or direct.flowers? One intellectual property lawyer closely associated with a number of new gTLD registries has been using a flimsy online pen-selling business in order to obtain potentially valuable domains during sunrise periods.

<http://domainincite.com/16492-how-one-guy-games-new-gtld-sunrise-periods>

 

Dot London and Dot NYC taking two different approaches

Dot NYC Dot LondonTwo .city domain names are getting ready to enter their first phase of rollout: .London and .NYC.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/dot-nyc-dot-london/>

 

What the New TLDs Mean for Marketers by Roland LaPlante

Over the next few years, the Internet will look like a very different place. More than 1,000 new TLDs are now joining "heritage" domains, such as .com, .info, and .org.

<http://www.marketingprofs.com/opinions/2014/24901/what-the-new-top-level-domains-mean-for-marketers>

 

DomainSkate Rolls Out New Protection Service

DomainSkate, an online brand protection software provider, inaugurated a new name-sake service on Monday to help businesses preserve their online brand reputations. DomainSkate patrols the Web in a dragnet-type operation to catch domain name brand infringers.

<http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/id=1202651988519/DomainSkate-Rolls-Out-New-Protection-Service>

 

DomainSkate, New Brand Protection Service, Launches Today

DomainSkate LLC, pioneers in the domain name security space, today announced the launch of its online brand and protection service for small and mid-sized businesses.

<http://www.adotas.com/2014/04/domainskate-new-brand-protection-service-launches-today/>

 

Rightside’s first two domain names enter landrush

Rightside’s first two TLDs are getting closer to market.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/rightsides-first-two-domain-names-enter-landrush/>

 

.Marketing and .Holiday each pick up 2,000+ domains on first day

Donuts launched .marketing and .holiday into general availability yesterday (post the Early Access phase), with both picking up over 2,000 registrations in the first partial day.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/marketing-and-holiday-each-pick-up-2000-domains-on-first-day/>

 

Afilias’ new TLDs have very slow first day

Afilias launched its first six new TLDs yesterday, and I’d rate it as the worst first day performance of any portfolio applicant.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/18/afilias-new-top-level-domain-names-have-very-slow-first-day/>

 

dotBest cancels landrush

PeopleBrowsr has decided to cancel the landrush phase for its forthcoming .best new gTLD, citing “very little engagement” from registrants.

<http://domainincite.com/16490-dotbest-cancels-landrush>

 

.rich promises new marketing after pitiful launch

I-Registry’s .rich may have taken the ignominious title of Worst New gTLD Launch Yet, but the company says it’s not in any rush and is planning to start its marketing campaign in about a month.

<http://domainincite.com/16501-rich-promises-new-marketing-after-pitiful-launch>

 

Public Interest Registry Announces Sunrise Period For New Internationalized Domain Names

Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain – today launched the first registration phase, known as the Sunrise Period, for its three new Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Qualified domain trademark holders can now submit applications for each of these three new domains which translate to “organisation” or “institution” in non-Latin-based scripts – one in Devanagari (.संगठन), one in Cyrillic (.орг), and one in simplified Chinese (.机构). Registration will open to all interested parties beginning May 27.

<http://pir.org/public-interest-registry-announces-sunrise-period-for-new-internationalized-domain-names/>

 

Protecting Your Brand in Cyberspace

With the growth in generic TLDs, organizations will need to better protect their brand online from business competitors and cybercriminals.

<http://www.cioinsight.com/it-news-trends/protecting-your-brand-in-cyberspace.html/>

 

KeyBiscayne Gets Creative with .Email

The people behind KeyBiscayne.org are offering residents the opportunity to get their own KeyBiscayne.email address.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/19/keybiscayne-gets-creative-with-email/>

 

Pricing the latest new TLDs: NameCheap is Cheap

Two months ago I ran a price comparison of new TLD options at various top registrars.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/new-tlds-namecheap/>

 

Registry To Launch New Charity Web Domains

The Public Interest Registry, the global Not for Profit operator of the ‘dot org’ domain, is set to launch two new web domains .ngo and .ong that will be available for registration in Australia from the start of October.

<http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2014/04/registry-launch-new-charity-web-domains>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Data Security at Sedo We're answering most frequently asked questions

On April 14th, we informed our customers about the fact that the Sedo website was compromised by an unknown intruder through a previously unknown security loophole. This caused an unauthorized email to be sent out to a small number of our customers.

<https://sedo.com/us/news/3450/Data-Security-at-Sedo-/>

 

Just how safe is the Internet of Things?

A disgruntled job applicant hacks into Maroochydore’s sewerage system, releasing a lethal stink across the town. Political pranksters hack into a Sydney road traffic sign and tweak it to display a less than pleasant missive to the government.

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/4/17/technology/just-how-safe-internet-things>

 

Experts Worry About Future of Critical Infrastructure Security

The problem of critical infrastructure security has become a key issue in the last few years, as high-profile attacks such as Stuxnet and others have grabbed headlines and alerted politicians and others to the weaknesses facing these vital systems. It’s an issue that Eugene Kaspersky has been thinking about for a long time, and isn’t sure that the organizations running these systems are any closer to addressing these threats than they were several years ago.

<http://threatpost.com/experts-worry-about-future-of-critical-infrastructure-security/105544>

 

Targeted Attack Uses Heartbleed to Hijack VPN Sessions

A targeted attack against an unnamed organization exploited the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability to hijack web sessions conducted over a virtual private network connection.

<http://threatpost.com/targeted-attack-uses-heartbleed-to-hijack-vpn-sessions/105567>

 

Heartbleed Highlights a Contradiction in the Web

The Heartbleed bug that made news last week drew attention to one of the least understood elements of the Internet: Much of the invisible backbone of websites from Google to Amazon to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was built by volunteer programmers in what is known as the open-source community.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/technology/heartbleed-highlights-a-contradiction-in-the-web.html>

 

Heartbleed Internet Security Flaw Used in Attack

Within 24 hours of the Heartbleed bug’s disclosure last week, an attacker used it to break into a major corporation, security experts said Friday.

<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/heartbleed-internet-security-flaw-used-in-attack/>

 

11 Heartbleed Facts: Vulnerability Discovery, Mitigation Continue

Millions of websites, applications from Cisco and VMware, Google Play apps, as well as millions of Android devices are vulnerable -- and the list keeps growing.

<http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/advanced-threats/11-heartbleed-facts-vulnerability-discovery-mitigation-continue/d/d-id/1204536>

 

DNS Outages: The Challenges of Operating Critical Infrastructure by Danny McPherson

Recent attacks targeting enterprise websites have created greater awareness around how critical DNS is for the reliability of Internet services and the potentially catastrophic impact of a DNS outage. The DNS, made up of a complex system of root and lower level name servers, translates user-friendly domain names to numerical IP addresses. With few exceptions, DNS lives in a grey area between IT and network operations. With the increasing occurrences of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, advanced persistent threats (APTs) and exploitation of user errors through techniques such as typosquatting and phishing, enterprises can no longer take a passive role in managing their DNS Internet infrastructure.

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

 

DDoS Attackers Change Techniques To Wallop Sites

Quarterly DDoS report finds attackers turning more toward 'reflection and amplification' techniques to launch larger assaults against websites.

<http://www.csoonline.com/article/2145540/cyber-attacks-espionage/ddos-attackers-change-techniques-to-wallop-sites.html>

 

Certificate Revocations Shoot Up in Wake of OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug

The openSSL heartbleed has led to a huge increase in the number of SSL certificates being revoked, as site owners and hosting providers go through the process of replacing vulnerable certificates.

<http://threatpost.com/certificate-revocations-shoot-up-in-wake-of-openssl-heartbleed-bug/105526>

 

Fixing Heartbleed - It's The Culture, Not Just The Technology

In the aftermath of discovering the Heartbleed bug, now it is useful to look at the bigger picture of security building blocks that the Internet – and all of us – relies on.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/blog/tech-matters/2014/04/fixing-heartbleed-its-culture-not-just-technology>

 

Heartbleed Used to Steal Private Keys from OpenVPN

You can add OpenVPN to the growing list of products and services vulnerable to the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability. Worse, researchers have been able to chain together exploits to steal private keys from traffic moving through the open source virtual private network software package.

<http://threatpost.com/heartbleed-used-to-steal-private-keys-from-openvpn/105548>

 

Netcraft releases Heartbleed indicator for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

The Heartbleed bug affected around 17% of all trusted SSL web servers when it was announced a week ago. The critical vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library has the potential to allow attackers to retrieve private keys and ultimately decrypt a server's encrypted traffic or even impersonate the server.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/17/netcraft-releases-heartbleed-indicator-for-chrome-firefox-and-opera.html>

 

Heartbleed: Revoke! The time is nigh!

As the results of CloudFlare's challenge have demonstrated, a server's private key can be extracted using the Heartbleed vulnerability. Consequently, the 500,000+ certificates used on web servers supporting TLS heartbeat should be urgently replaced and revoked. Whilst the replacement and revocation process has begun — 80,000 certificates have been revoked since the announcement — it is far from over.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/15/revoke-the-time-is-nigh.html>

 

RIPE NCC Security Update on "Heartbleed" SSL Encryption Bug

The RIPE NCC is highly committed to protect our IT infrastructure and safeguarding our members' data. Last week, a bug exploiting a serious security vulnerability in SSL encryption technology was discovered to have affected millions of websites.

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/ripe-ncc-security-update-on-heartbleed-ssl-encryption-bug>

 

ICS-CERT Warns of Heartbleed Vulnerabilities in Siemens Gear

A number of ICS products from Siemens and Innominate are vulnerable to the OpenSSL heartbleed flaw, some of which do not have updates available yet.

<http://threatpost.com/ics-cert-warns-of-heartbleed-vulnerabilities-in-siemens-gear/105554>

 

Why More Businesses Are Buying Cyber Insurance Policies

No company is safe these days from a cyber attack. And that’s good news for the insurance business.

<http://recode.net/2014/04/17/why-more-businesses-are-buying-cyber-insurance-policies/>

 

Cyber-Attackers Use NTP To Overwhelm Servers

In the first quarter attackers have shown a preference for reflection attacks, often using simple tools that make use of the Network Time Protocol

<http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/cyber-attackers-144215>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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SexToys247.com Domain Name Ordered Transferred

The registered owner of SexToys247.com, charged with "cyberflying" the domain name in a scheme to drive up its purchase price, was ordered last month to give it up to Melbourne-based 365 Enterprises Pty. Ltd., which operates the online sex toy store SexToys247.com.au.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=178013>

 

UK Police Orders Registrars to Suspend Domains of Major Torrent Sites

The newly founded Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City of London Police has scored its first victories. Several domain names of major torrent sites have been suspended by their registrars following an urgent request from the unit. SumoTorrent and MisterTorrent lost control over their domains and ExtraTorrent had its .com domain suspended. Not all registrars are caving in that easily though, as easyDNS is refusing to comply and sees the requests as abuse of power.

<http://torrentfreak.com/uk-police-orders-registrars-to-suspend-domains-of-major-torrent-sites-131009/>

 

UK Police Force Shutdown of Sports Torrent Network

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has forced the shutdown of a popular, if not the largest, sports-focused torrent site. A staff member at The Sports Torrent Network, a tracker popular with fans on both sides of the Atlantic, informs TF that in the face of threats closure was the only option.

<http://torrentfreak.com/uk-police-force-shutdown-of-sports-torrent-network-140421/>

 

Mother of Dragons, Winner of Domain Names: Time Warner files Complaint Over Domain Name of Insanely Popular Fantasy Series

You know a show’s made it these days when Annie Leibovitz photographs the cast for the cover of Vanity Fair. And when devoted fans sign a petition to The White House in support of appointing an ambassador to the fictional land depicted in the show. Not to mention when CNN reports a measureable increase in the number of babies named after show characters.

<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/14/mother-of-dragons-winner-of-domain-names-hbo-files-complaint-over-domain-name-of-insanely-popular-fantasy-series/>

 

Panelist digs up key fact in Massy.com UDRP

Neal & Massy Holdings, a business conglomerate operating in the Carribean, has lost a UDRP it filed against the domain name Massy.com. Massy.com is owned by domain investor Gregory Ricks.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/panelist-digs-up-key-fact-in-massy-com-udrp/>

 

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Web Host GoDaddy Wins Appeal In Revenge Porn Suit

In a lawsuit aimed at taking on the revenge porn industry that named revenge porn site Texxxan.com, its web host GoDaddy.com and unidentified subscribers, GoDaddy won an appeal because of a rule that specifies that it acted as a “computer service provider” as opposed to a publisher.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-host-godaddy-wins-appeal-revenge-porn-suit>

 

Justices Told GoDaddy Liable For Squatter's Porn Redirects

Malaysia’s national oil company has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if federal law on contributory trademark infringement applies to cybersquatting, arguing that GoDaddy.com Inc. should be held liable for forwarding users to porn sites with domain names that allegedly step on the oil company’s mark.

<http://www.law360.com/articles/529798/justices-told-godaddy-liable-for-squatter-s-porn-redirects>

 

Bug takes out HostGator, BlueHost for a day

Endurance International, the domain name registrar that owns some of the world’s biggest web hosting brands, has been hit by a “network firmware” bug that took out one of its data centers.

<http://domainincite.com/16498-bug-takes-out-hostgator-bluehost-for-a-day>

 

Turkey denies plans to leave World Wide Web for 'alla turca' Internet

Turkish authorities have denied that they are considering abandoning the World Wide Web to establish their own web alla turca with a "ttt" protocol instead of the conventional “www” amid the government's efforts to rein in global websites, including Twitter and YouTube.

<http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-mulls-leaving-world-wide-web-minister-says.aspx?PageID=238&NID=65276&NewsCatID=339>

<http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-denies-plans-to-leave-world-wide-web-for-alla-turca-internet.aspx?pageID=238&nID=65276&NewsCatID=339>

 

New Meredith Professors to Be Named During Faculty Recognition Event

Milton L. Mueller, professor in the School of Information Studies, and Ravi Dharwadkar, professor in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, will be named as the 2014-15 Laura and L. Douglas Meredith Professors of Teaching Excellence at a ceremony today.

<http://news.syr.edu/new-meredith-professors-to-be-named-during-faculty-recognition-event-17888/>

 

Neustar's invisibility problem

The Denver Post last month spotted a full-page ad by Neustar Inc., part of the Sterling company's campaign to defend its hold on a set of telecom contracts that make up about half its revenue.

<http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/techflash/2014/04/neustars-invisibility-problem.html>

 

Neustar Reports Results for First Quarter 2014

Neustar, Inc. ... announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, and affirmed its revenue and adjusted net income guidance for 2014.

<http://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2014/neustar-reports-results-for-q1-2014>

 

RIPE NCC Annual Report 2013

The RIPE NCC Annual Report 2013, including the Financial Report 2013, is now available. The RIPE NCC Annual Report 2013 documents the activities of the RIPE NCC throughout the year. The report also contains the RIPE NCC Financial Report 2013.

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-annual-report-2013>

 

How Many Letters On To The Right of the Dot is Too Many To Be A Hack?

A domain name hack has traditionally used ccTLD’s to form words and made it a brandable domain. Some of the more famous hacks are bit.ly, and del.icio.us. instagram.com started out as instagr.am But now with the new gTLD’s people are using them to form words with longer extensions to the right of the dot.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/20/how-many-letters-on-to-the-right-of-the-dot-is-too-many-to-be-a-hack/>

 

Google’s Matt Cutts: How To Avoid Buying A Domain Name Previously Ruined By Spammers

Matt Cutts screen shot April 2014In his latest video, Google head of web spam (and, today, Boston Marathon runner) Matt Cutts offers a few quick tips to avoid purchasing a domain name that may have been previously destroyed by a spammer.

<http://searchengineland.com/googles-matt-cutts-avoid-buying-domain-name-ruined-spammers-189566>

 

Google’s ‘Rules Of Thumb’ For When You Buy A Domain

Google has a new Webmaster Help video out, in which Matt Cutts talks about buying domains that have had trouble with Google in the past, and what to do. Here’s the specific question he addresses:

<http://www.webpronews.com/googles-rules-of-thumb-for-when-you-buy-a-domain-2014-04>

 

How can I research a domain that I may want to purchase?

How can we check to see if a domain (bought from a registrar) was previously in trouble with Google? I recently bought, and unbeknownst to me the domain isn't being indexed and I've had to do a reconsideration request. How could I have prevented?

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-EdhaMDXho>

 

What are some myths about SEO? by Matt Cutts

What are some of the biggest SEO Myths you see still being repeated (either at conferences, or in blogs, etc)

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ9Xt5PohgU>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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BitBeat: What’s in a Name? A Lot, if It’s Bitcoin.com

As we reported earlier, Blockchain signed a five-year lease for the domain name bitcoin.com, which it is using as a central launching pad for its various services. The firm wouldn’t disclose what it paid for the URL, or from whom it is leasing it. One thing, though, we do know: The firm that held the rights before Blockchain was its main competitor, Coinbase.

<http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/04/17/bitbeat-whats-in-a-name-a-lot-if-its-bitcoin-com/>

 

Tucows Now Live on SedoMLS Network, Growing Inventory and Premium Domain Visibility

Sedo ... announced that Tucows, one of the leading global providers of domain names and other Internet services, is now live on the SedoMLS network.

<https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?tracked=&partnerid=&language=e&id=644&session=03fcfb30f8849a0d6974772ce4b35e71>

 

Rook Media Acquires Oversee.net’s DomainSponsor Monetisation Business [news release]

Oversee.net, an innovative technology company that owns and operates a portfolio of websites and mobile apps in travel, retail and consumer finance, today (21/4) announced that Rook Media, Europe’s largest domain monetization platform, has acquired its DomainSponsor monetization business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/22/rook-media-acquires-oversee-nets-domainsponsor-monetisation-business/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/rook-media-acquires-oversee-net-s-domainsponsor-monetisation-business.html>

 

Rook Media acquires DomainSponsor

One of the largest domain name parking companies has been acquired. Rook Media has acquired domain name parking company DomainSponsor from Oversee.net, the companies confirmed today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/rook-media-acquires-domainsponsor/>

 

Rook Media Buys DomainSponsor in a MAJOR Shakeup of the Domain Monetization Business

Consolidation continues to change the domain world as we knew it. In one of the biggest mashups to date, Rook Media acquired Oversee.net's seminal domain monetization business, DomainSponsor (including a large portfolio of domains owned by DS), in a deal announced today. The price was not disclosed. DomainSponsor was founded in 2002, the same year I entered the domain business and they quickly became a huge power in the PPC space.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140421.htm>

 

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS

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Re-Thinking the Boundaries of Law in Cyberspace: A Duty to Hack? by Duncan B. Hollis [Cyberwar: Law & Ethics for Virtual Conflicts]

Abstract: Warfare and boundaries have a symbiotic relationship. Whether as its cause or effect, States historically used war to delineate the borders that divided them. Laws and borders have a similar relationship. Sometimes laws are the product of borders as when national boundaries delineate the reach of States’ authorities. But borders may also be the product of law; laws regularly draw lines between permitted and prohibited conduct or bound off required acts from permissible ones. Both logics are on display in debates over international law in cyberspace. Some characterize cyberspace as a unique, self-governing ‘space’ that requires its own borders and the drawing of tailor-made rules therein. For others, cyberspace is merely a technological medium that States can govern via traditional territorial borders with rules drawn ‘by analogy’ from pre-existing legal regimes.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2424230>

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Facebook removes page of preacher using social media to back jihadists

A radical Australian preacher revealed to be using social media to encourage acts of terrorism has had his Facebook page taken down following a Guardian investigation.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/17/facebook-removes-page-radical-preacher-jihadists>

 

Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online

Whoever said, “Money can’t buy you friends,” clearly hasn’t been on the Internet recently. This past week, I bought 4,000 new followers on Twitter for the price of a cup of coffee. I picked up 4,000 friends on Facebook for the same $5 and, for a few dollars more, had half of them like a photo I shared on the site.

<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/friends-and-influence-for-sale-online/>

 

Is Apple trying to torpedo the market for affordable smartphones?

In 2007, when Apple unveiled the iPhone, this recent college graduate was thrilled: The future had arrived and I was going to be a part of it. Unfortunately, once I saw the price, $702, the thrill of the future turned to the agony of my economic reality. While more affordable smartphones are available today, a costly new trial between Apple and Samsung may lead to an equally financially burdensome situation for many consumers stuck in the middle.

<http://www.salon.com/2014/04/20/is_apple_trying_to_torpedo_the_market_for_affordable_smartphones/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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Free trade on steroids: The threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by US Democrats George Miller, Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal — in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids — can at last be concluded.

<http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-miller-trans-pacific-trade-pact-20140421,0,1764773.story>

 

The Internet’s destructive gender gap: Why the Web can’t abandon its misogyny

... Powerful and exceedingly familiar hierarchies have come to define the digital realm, whether you’re considering its economics or the social world it reflects and represents. Not surprisingly, then, well-off white men are wildly overrepresented both in the tech industry and online.

<http://www.salon.com/2014/04/10/the_internets_destructive_gender_gap_why_the_web_cant_abandon_its_misogyny_partner/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Why Facebook and Google are buying into drones

Back in the bad old days of the cold war, one of the most revered branches of the inexact sciences was Kremlinology. In the west, newspapers, thinktanks and governments retained specialists whose job was to scrutinise every scrap of evidence, gossip and rumour emanating from Moscow in the hope that it would provide some inkling of what the Soviet leadership was up to. Until recently, this particular specialism had apparently gone into terminal decline, but events in Ukraine have led to its urgent reinstatement.

<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/20/facebook-google-buying-into-drones-profit-motive>

 

 

 

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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"><span lang="EN">A &ldquo;Small Technical Issue&rdquo; or the &ldquo;Future of the Internet&rdquo;? Education Begins On Meaning of U.S. Address System Oversight</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/15/a-small-technical-issue-or-the-future-of-the-internet/"><span>http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/15/a-small-technical-issue-or-the-future-of-the-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet. Some Nations Push for New Supervisory Body</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304049904579515843692009318"><span>http</span><span>://</span><span>online</span><span>.</span><span>wsj</span><span>.</span><span>com</span><span>/</span><span>news</span><span>/</span><span>articles</span><span>/</span><span>SB10001424052702304049904579515843692009318</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Washington on back foot in web negotiations</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4529516c-c713-11e3-889e-00144feabdc0.html"><span>http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4529516c-c713-11e3-889e-00144feabdc0.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brazil welcomes world wide web&rsquo;s wonks</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/04/17/brazil-welcomes-world-wide-webs-wonks/"><span>http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/04/17/brazil-welcomes-world-wide-webs-wonks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Nomination Period Opens for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-21apr14-en.htm"><span>http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-21apr14-en.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Begins Transition To New Website</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-17apr14-en"><span>http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-17apr14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Verisign&rsquo;s Preliminary Comments on ICANN&rsquo;s Name Collisions Phase One Report by Burt Kaliski</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_preliminary_comments_on"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_preliminary_comments_on</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICA Tells ICANN to Pull the Plug on IGO/INGO Overreach by Philip Corwin</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/No_IGO_INGO_PDP"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/No_IGO_INGO_PDP</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">European Data Protection Supervisor Smacks ICANN Over Privacy Issues With 2013 RAA</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/18/european-data-protection-supervisor-smacks-icann-privacy-issues-2013-raa/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/18/european-data-protection-supervisor-smacks-icann-privacy-issues-2013-raa/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cybersquatting Toolkit : The Trademark Clearinghouse</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://cadna.org/blog/2014/4/9/cybersquatting-toolkit-the-trademark-clearinghouse"><span>http://cadna.org/blog/2014/4/9/cybersquatting-toolkit-the-trademark-clearinghouse</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD Registrations Soar Past Half Million As .GURU Passes 50,000</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/21/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50000/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/21/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50000/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A &ldquo;Small Technical Issue&rdquo; or the &ldquo;Future of the Internet&rdquo;? Education Begins On Meaning of U.S. Address System Oversight</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The debate over a proposed transfer of authority over the Internet address system has been launched in Washington D.C., generating plenty of heat, many opinions, a few concrete proposals, and not a lot of light. Indeed, what has been illuminated most brightly is the confusion among policymakers about how the Internet really works.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/15/a-small-technical-issue-or-the-future-of-the-internet/"><span>http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/15/a-small-technical-issue-or-the-future-of-the-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet. Some Nations Push for New Supervisory Body</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international control over the Internet. This week, Washington will find out if its actions have eased global tensions over its cyberspying activities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304049904579515843692009318"><span>http</span><span>://</span><span>online</span><span>.</span><span>wsj</span><span>.</span><span>com</span><span>/</span><span>news</span><span>/</span><span>articles</span><span>/</span><span>SB10001424052702304049904579515843692009318</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Washington on back foot in web negotiations</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward Snowden revelations clouding discussions about future governance of the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4529516c-c713-11e3-889e-00144feabdc0.html"><span>http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4529516c-c713-11e3-889e-00144feabdc0.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brazil welcomes world wide web&rsquo;s wonks</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">President Dilma Rousseff is not known for her fondness of foreign policy. But last year, the US gave her the inspiration she needed to embark on an international crusade when it was revealed that Washington was spying on her phone calls. Furious at this affront, the Brazilian leader called on the United Nations annual general assembly to push for better governance of the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/04/17/brazil-welcomes-world-wide-webs-wonks/"><span>http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/04/17/brazil-welcomes-world-wide-webs-wonks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brazil takes a lead in the future of the Internet</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Brazilian government believes that it is in a strong position to lead the debate around global Internet governance and hopes to "energize" other countries to participate more actively in the future of the Net.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/brazil-takes-a-lead-in-the-future-of-the-internet-7000028511/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/brazil-takes-a-lead-in-the-future-of-the-internet-7000028511/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN: Anything that doesn&rsquo;t give IANA to me is out of scope by Milton Mueller</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">When the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it would end its control of the domain name system root, it called upon ICANN to &ldquo;convene the multistakeholder process to develop the transition plan.&rdquo; Many people worried about ICANN&rsquo;s ability to run a fair process. As an organization with a huge stake in the outcome, there were fears that it might try to bias the proceedings. ICANN has a very strong interest in getting rid of external oversight and other dependencies on other organizations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/04/16/icann-anything-that-doesnt-give-iana-to-me-is-out-of-scope/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/04/16/icann-anything-that-doesnt-give-iana-to-me-is-out-of-scope/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">India wants Internet to become Equinet</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet of today to the Equinet of tomorrow. &rdquo;The Internet governance should be multilateral, transparent, democratic,and representative, with the participation of governments, private sector, civil society, and international organizations, in their respective roles. This should be one of the foundational principles of Internet governance,&rdquo; the external affairs ministry says in its initial submission to the April 23-24 Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, also referred as NETmundial, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/india-wants-internet-become-equinet-222105.html"><span>http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/india-wants-internet-become-equinet-222105.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Activists Want Net Neutrality, NSA Spying Debated At Brazil Internet Conference</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A campaign on the Internet is objecting to the exclusion of issues like net neutrality, the cyberweapons arms race and surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency from the discussion paper of an Internet governance conference this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A significant section of the participants are also looking for concrete measures and decisions at the conference rather than yet another statement of principles.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cio.com/article/751749/Activists_Want_Net_Neutrality_NSA_Spying_Debated_At_Brazil_Internet_Conference"><span>http://www.cio.com/article/751749/Activists_Want_Net_Neutrality_NSA_Spying_Debated_At_Brazil_Internet_Conference</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UNESCO to take part in NETmundial conference</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A high-level delegation from UNESCO will contribute to the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in Sao Paolo, 23-24 April.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_to_take_part_in_netmundial_conference/back/9597/"><span>http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_to_take_part_in_netmundial_conference/back/9597/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Update on the IANA Transition</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As noted in earlier discussions, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has announced that it intends to transfer key Internet domain functions (the IANA functions) to the global multi-stakeholder community. An open process to develop a model for future IANA administration is now underway.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/update-on-the-iana-transition"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/update-on-the-iana-transition</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NETMundial Hub in Brussels</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CENTR will set up a NETmundial hub in Brussels and invites everyone who is interested to follow the debates live form our offices. Meeting schedule:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/04-17-2014/3414/netmundial-hub-brussels"><span>https://centr.org/news/04-17-2014/3414/netmundial-hub-brussels</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Nomination Period Opens for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's new Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. This award program seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-21apr14-en.htm"><span>http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-21apr14-en.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Begins Transition To New Website</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN today announced the beginning of a transition to a new ICANN.org website.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-17apr14-en.htm"><span>http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-17apr14-en.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-17apr14-en"><span>http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-17apr14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 51 in Los Angeles California</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The ICANN Fellowship program seeks participants from developing countries of the world in order to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents to engage in the multi-stakeholder process and become the new voice of experience in their regions and beyond.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-18apr14-en.htm"><span>http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-18apr14-en.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Making the Most of ARIN 33 by Glenn McKnight and Joe Catapano</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The 33rd meeting of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN 33) recently wrapped-up in Chicago, Ill. U.S.A at the famous Drake Hotel. The venue is steeped in history, including one bar that prides continuous operation from the day after the repeal of alcohol prohibition in the U.S. in 1933 to present day, and another featuring the names of legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio and movie star Marilyn Monroe carved into the wood.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/making-the-most-of-arin-33/"><span>http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/making-the-most-of-arin-33/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN: Pre-Delegation Testing Documents Have Been Updated</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has made minor changes to the test resources to clarify the existing requirements. The majority of the changes are to the input templates, designed to improve the accuracy of the data submitted for testing and the applications success rate. Additionally, in response to applicant feedback, we have added the capacity to test the EPP service using the host name. The updated materials should not require any material changes for the applicants that have successfully completed PDT.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/pdt"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/pdt</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Amended Singapore GAC Communique</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/GAC_Amended_Communique_Singapore_20140327%5B1%5D.pdf?version=1&amp;modificationDate=1397656205503&amp;api=v2"><span>https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/GAC_Amended_Communique_Singapore_20140327%5B1%5D.pdf?version=1&amp;modificationDate=1397656205503&amp;api=v2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD .spa - Letter from the Belgian Minister of Economy</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/gTLD%20.spa%20-%20Letter%20from%20the%20Belgian%20Minister%20of%20Economy%2020.03.2014.pdf?version=1&amp;modificationDate=1397681515461&amp;api=v2"><span>https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/gTLD%20.spa%20-%20Letter%20from%20the%20Belgian%20Minister%20of%20Economy%2020.03.2014.pdf?version=1&amp;modificationDate=1397681515461&amp;api=v2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Latest GAC Advice: 2014-03-27-spa</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://gacweb.icann.org/display/GACADV/2014-03-27-spa"><span>https://gacweb.icann.org/display/GACADV/2014-03-27-spa</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Contracting Statistics Released</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 18 April 2014:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-18apr14-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-18apr14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Appoints Fifth New gTLD Data Escrow Agent</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Escrow4All B.V. has been approved by ICANN to provide data escrow services to new gTLD Registry Operators.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-18apr14-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-18apr14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Verisign&rsquo;s Preliminary Comments on ICANN&rsquo;s Name Collisions Phase One Report by Burt Kaliski</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Verisign posted preliminary public comments on the "Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions" Phase One Report released by ICANN earlier this month. JAS Global Advisors, authors of the report contracted by ICANN, have done solid work putting together a set of recommendations to address the name collisions problem, which is not an easy one, given the uncertainty for how installed systems actually interact with the global DNS. However, there is still much work to be done.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_preliminary_comments_on"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_preliminary_comments_on</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICA Tells ICANN to Pull the Plug on IGO/INGO Overreach by Philip Corwin</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">For the third time in six months, ICA has told ICANN that the legally questionable and largely unnecessary attempts of International Governmental Agencies (IGOs) and International Nongovernmental Agencies (INGOs) to secure extraordinary protections for their organizational acronyms at second level domains should be met with a firm and resounding &ldquo;no&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/No_IGO_INGO_PDP"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/No_IGO_INGO_PDP</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">European Data Protection Supervisor Smacks ICANN Over Privacy Issues With 2013 RAA</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has been sent a letter by the European Data Protection Supervisor calling them out with respect to both data collection, retention and privacy within the context of the 2013 Registrar contract (RAA).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/18/european-data-protection-supervisor-smacks-icann-privacy-issues-2013-raa/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/18/european-data-protection-supervisor-smacks-icann-privacy-issues-2013-raa/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Nic.at Celebrates 10 Years of .AT IDNs</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 31 March, the Austrian registry, nic.at, celebrated ten years of .at internationalised domain names. In the 12 months since .at IDNs were introduced they total 2.4 percent, or 29,729, of the 1.23 million .at domains under management.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22177"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22177</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/19/nicat-10-years-at-idns/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/19/nicat-10-years-at-idns/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/nic-at-10-years-at-idns.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/nic-at-10-years-at-idns.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Launched, grown, sold: What&rsquo;s next for .CO co-founders?</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Champagne popped and bonuses flowed after .CO Internet closed its chapter as an independent company and became part of the publicly traded Neustar last week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/20/4070348/launched-grown-sold-whats-next.html"><span>http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/20/4070348/launched-grown-sold-whats-next.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">EUrid Awarded .eu Contract For 5 Years</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">EUrid have officially been awarded the contract to run the .eu domain registry for another 5 years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/12/eurid-awarded-eu-contract-5-years/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2014/04/12/eurid-awarded-eu-contract-5-years/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">2014 Dot Award Contest highlights the best sites under the .fr TLD</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Afnic has announced the winning websites under the .fr TLD which will represent France at the Dot Award contest for the best websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/7804/show/2014-dot-award-contest-highlights-the-best-sites-under-the-fr-tld-1.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/7804/show/2014-dot-award-contest-highlights-the-best-sites-under-the-fr-tld-1.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">nl: SIDN publishes annual report 2013</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In the fields of privacy, governance and cybersecurity, the events of 2013 are likely to prove a turning point for the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/en/news/news/article/sidn-publiceert-jaarverslag-2013-1/"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/en/news/news/article/sidn-publiceert-jaarverslag-2013-1/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cybersquatting Toolkit : The Trademark Clearinghouse</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is an important tool for brand owners who want to cut down on incidents of cybersquatting in new TLDs. And what brand owner doesn&rsquo;t want to curb cybersquatting?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://cadna.org/blog/2014/4/9/cybersquatting-toolkit-the-trademark-clearinghouse"><span>http://cadna.org/blog/2014/4/9/cybersquatting-toolkit-the-trademark-clearinghouse</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD Registrations Soar Past Half Million As .GURU Passes 50,000</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The total number of domain names registered across all new gTLDs roared past 500,000 on 15 April, jumping 46,349 registrations in one day according nTLDstats.com. The number of domains registered across all of the new gTLDs stood at 558,051 as of 21 April.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22186"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22186</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/21/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50000/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/21/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50000/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50-000.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/new-gtld-registrations-half-million-guru-50-000.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.guru first new gTLD to 50,000 names</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts&rsquo; pioneering .guru yesterday became the first new gTLD to surpass 50,000 domain name registrations, according to today&rsquo;s zone files.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/16511-guru-first-new-gtld-to-50000-names"><span>http://domainincite.com/16511-guru-first-new-gtld-to-50000-names</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">First .london anchor tenants named</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The forthcoming .london gTLD has earmarked its first 28 domain names, most of which are going to some famous, and not-so-famous, local brands.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/16508-first-london-anchor-tenants-named"><span>http://domainincite.com/16508-first-london-anchor-tenants-named</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Onerous liabilities loom for .africa</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As the sunrise stage for new TLDs draws closer, a lawyer has warned the current terms and conditions attached to .co.za portals &ndash; which are likely to be carried over to new sites &ndash; could leave Web site owners in hot water.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=120331:Onerous-liabilities-loom-for-africa"><span>http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=120331:Onerous-liabilities-loom-for-africa</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How one guy games new gTLD sunrise periods</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Wanna buy a SOCIAL brand pen for a dollar? No? How about social.web or cloud.guru or direct.flowers? One intellectual property lawyer closely associated with a number of new gTLD registries has been using a flimsy online pen-selling business in order to obtain potentially valuable domains during sunrise periods.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/16492-how-one-guy-games-new-gtld-sunrise-periods"><span>http://domainincite.com/16492-how-one-guy-games-new-gtld-sunrise-periods</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot London and Dot NYC taking two different approaches</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot NYC Dot LondonTwo .city domain names are getting ready to enter their first phase of rollout: .London and .NYC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/dot-nyc-dot-london/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/dot-nyc-dot-london/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What the New TLDs Mean for Marketers by Roland LaPlante</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Over the next few years, the Internet will look like a very different place. More than 1,000 new TLDs are now joining "heritage" domains, such as .com, .info, and .org.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.marketingprofs.com/opinions/2014/24901/what-the-new-top-level-domains-mean-for-marketers"><span>http://www.marketingprofs.com/opinions/2014/24901/what-the-new-top-level-domains-mean-for-marketers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainSkate Rolls Out New Protection Service</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainSkate, an online brand protection software provider, inaugurated a new name-sake service on Monday to help businesses preserve their online brand reputations. DomainSkate patrols the Web in a dragnet-type operation to catch domain name brand infringers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/id=1202651988519/DomainSkate-Rolls-Out-New-Protection-Service"><span>http://www.lawtechnologynews.com/id=1202651988519/DomainSkate-Rolls-Out-New-Protection-Service</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainSkate, New Brand Protection Service, Launches Today</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainSkate LLC, pioneers in the domain name security space, today announced the launch of its online brand and protection service for small and mid-sized businesses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.adotas.com/2014/04/domainskate-new-brand-protection-service-launches-today/"><span>http://www.adotas.com/2014/04/domainskate-new-brand-protection-service-launches-today/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rightside&rsquo;s first two domain names enter landrush</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rightside&rsquo;s first two TLDs are getting closer to market.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/rightsides-first-two-domain-names-enter-landrush/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/rightsides-first-two-domain-names-enter-landrush/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Marketing and .Holiday each pick up 2,000+ domains on first day</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts launched .marketing and .holiday into general availability yesterday (post the Early Access phase), with both picking up over 2,000 registrations in the first partial day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/marketing-and-holiday-each-pick-up-2000-domains-on-first-day/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/marketing-and-holiday-each-pick-up-2000-domains-on-first-day/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Afilias&rsquo; new TLDs have very slow first day</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Afilias launched its first six new TLDs yesterday, and I&rsquo;d rate it as the worst first day performance of any portfolio applicant.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/18/afilias-new-top-level-domain-names-have-very-slow-first-day/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/18/afilias-new-top-level-domain-names-have-very-slow-first-day/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">dotBest cancels landrush</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">PeopleBrowsr has decided to cancel the landrush phase for its forthcoming .best new gTLD, citing &ldquo;very little engagement&rdquo; from registrants.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/16490-dotbest-cancels-landrush"><span>http://domainincite.com/16490-dotbest-cancels-landrush</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.rich promises new marketing after pitiful launch</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I-Registry&rsquo;s .rich may have taken the ignominious title of Worst New gTLD Launch Yet, but the company says it&rsquo;s not in any rush and is planning to start its marketing campaign in about a month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/16501-rich-promises-new-marketing-after-pitiful-launch"><span>http://domainincite.com/16501-rich-promises-new-marketing-after-pitiful-launch</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Public Interest Registry Announces Sunrise Period For New Internationalized Domain Names</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Public Interest Registry &ndash; the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain &ndash; today launched the first registration phase, known as the Sunrise Period, for its three new Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Qualified domain trademark holders can now submit applications for each of these three new domains which translate to &ldquo;organisation&rdquo; or &ldquo;institution&rdquo; in non-Latin-based scripts &ndash; one in Devanagari (.</span><span lang="HI">&#2360;&#2306;&#2327;&#2336;&#2344;)</span><span lang="EN">, </span><span lang="EN-US">one in Cyrillic (.</span><span lang="RU">&#1086;&#1088;&#1075;), and one in simplified Chinese (.</span><span lang="EN-US">&#26426;&#26500;</span><span lang="EN-US">). Registration will open to all interested parties beginning May 27.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="http://pir.org/public-interest-registry-announces-sunrise-period-for-new-internationalized-domain-names/"><span>http://pir.org/public-interest-registry-announces-sunrise-period-for-new-internationalized-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Protecting Your Brand in Cyberspace</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With the growth in generic TLDs, organizations will need to better protect their brand online from business competitors and cybercriminals.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.cioinsight.com/it-news-trends/protecting-your-brand-in-cyberspace.html/"><span>http://www.cioinsight.com/it-news-trends/protecting-your-brand-in-cyberspace.html/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">KeyBiscayne Gets Creative with .Email</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The people behind KeyBiscayne.org are offering residents the opportunity to get their own KeyBiscayne.email address.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/19/keybiscayne-gets-creative-with-email/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/19/keybiscayne-gets-creative-with-email/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Pricing the latest new TLDs: NameCheap is Cheap</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two months ago I ran a price comparison of new TLD options at various top registrars.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/new-tlds-namecheap/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/new-tlds-namecheap/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Registry To Launch New Charity Web Domains</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Public Interest Registry, the global Not for Profit operator of the &lsquo;dot org&rsquo; domain, is set to launch two new web domains .ngo and .ong that will be available for registration in Australia from the start of October.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2014/04/registry-launch-new-charity-web-domains"><span>http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2014/04/registry-launch-new-charity-web-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Data Security at Sedo We're answering most frequently asked questions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On April 14th, we informed our customers about the fact that the Sedo website was compromised by an unknown intruder through a previously unknown security loophole. This caused an unauthorized email to be sent out to a small number of our customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/news/3450/Data-Security-at-Sedo-/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/news/3450/Data-Security-at-Sedo-/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Just how safe is the Internet of Things?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A disgruntled job applicant hacks into Maroochydore&rsquo;s sewerage system, releasing a lethal stink across the town. Political pranksters hack into a Sydney road traffic sign and tweak it to display a less than pleasant missive to the government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/4/17/technology/just-how-safe-internet-things"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/4/17/technology/just-how-safe-internet-things</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Experts Worry About Future of Critical Infrastructure Security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The problem of critical infrastructure security has become a key issue in the last few years, as high-profile attacks such as Stuxnet and others have grabbed headlines and alerted politicians and others to the weaknesses facing these vital systems. It&rsquo;s an issue that Eugene Kaspersky has been thinking about for a long time, and isn&rsquo;t sure that the organizations running these systems are any closer to addressing these threats than they were several years ago.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/experts-worry-about-future-of-critical-infrastructure-security/105544"><span>http://threatpost.com/experts-worry-about-future-of-critical-infrastructure-security/105544</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Targeted Attack Uses Heartbleed to Hijack VPN Sessions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A targeted attack against an unnamed organization exploited the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability to hijack web sessions conducted over a virtual private network connection.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/targeted-attack-uses-heartbleed-to-hijack-vpn-sessions/105567"><span>http://threatpost.com/targeted-attack-uses-heartbleed-to-hijack-vpn-sessions/105567</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Heartbleed Highlights a Contradiction in the Web<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Heartbleed bug that made news last week drew attention to one of the least understood elements of the Internet: Much of the invisible backbone of websites from Google to Amazon to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was built by volunteer programmers in what is known as the open-source community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/technology/heartbleed-highlights-a-contradiction-in-the-web.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/technology/heartbleed-highlights-a-contradiction-in-the-web.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Heartbleed Internet Security Flaw Used in Attack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Within 24 hours of the Heartbleed bug&rsquo;s disclosure last week, an attacker used it to break into a major corporation, security experts said Friday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/heartbleed-internet-security-flaw-used-in-attack/"><span>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/heartbleed-internet-security-flaw-used-in-attack/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">11 Heartbleed Facts: Vulnerability Discovery, Mitigation Continue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Millions of websites, applications from Cisco and VMware, Google Play apps, as well as millions of Android devices are vulnerable -- and the list keeps growing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/advanced-threats/11-heartbleed-facts-vulnerability-discovery-mitigation-continue/d/d-id/1204536"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/advanced-threats/11-heartbleed-facts-vulnerability-discovery-mitigation-continue/d/d-id/1204536</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DNS Outages: The Challenges of Operating Critical Infrastructure by Danny McPherson<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Recent attacks targeting enterprise websites have created greater awareness around how critical DNS is for the reliability of Internet services and the potentially catastrophic impact of a DNS outage. The DNS, made up of a complex system of root and lower level name servers, translates user-friendly domain names to numerical IP addresses. With few exceptions, DNS lives in a grey area between IT and network operations. With the increasing occurrences of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, advanced persistent threats (APTs) and exploitation of user errors through techniques such as typosquatting and phishing, enterprises can no longer take a passive role in managing their DNS Internet infrastructure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/dns_outages_the_challenges_of"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/dns_outages_the_challenges_of</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DDoS Attackers Change Techniques To Wallop Sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Quarterly DDoS report finds attackers turning more toward 'reflection and amplification' techniques to launch larger assaults against websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.csoonline.com/article/2145540/cyber-attacks-espionage/ddos-attackers-change-techniques-to-wallop-sites.html"><span>http://www.csoonline.com/article/2145540/cyber-attacks-espionage/ddos-attackers-change-techniques-to-wallop-sites.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Certificate Revocations Shoot Up in Wake of OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The openSSL heartbleed has led to a huge increase in the number of SSL certificates being revoked, as site owners and hosting providers go through the process of replacing vulnerable certificates.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/certificate-revocations-shoot-up-in-wake-of-openssl-heartbleed-bug/105526"><span>http://threatpost.com/certificate-revocations-shoot-up-in-wake-of-openssl-heartbleed-bug/105526</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fixing Heartbleed - It's The Culture, Not Just The Technology<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In the aftermath of discovering the Heartbleed bug, now it is useful to look at the bigger picture of security building blocks that the Internet &ndash; and all of us &ndash; relies on.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/blog/tech-matters/2014/04/fixing-heartbleed-its-culture-not-just-technology"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/blog/tech-matters/2014/04/fixing-heartbleed-its-culture-not-just-technology</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Heartbleed Used to Steal Private Keys from OpenVPN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">You can add OpenVPN to the growing list of products and services vulnerable to the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability. Worse, researchers have been able to chain together exploits to steal private keys from traffic moving through the open source virtual private network software package.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/heartbleed-used-to-steal-private-keys-from-openvpn/105548"><span>http://threatpost.com/heartbleed-used-to-steal-private-keys-from-openvpn/105548</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Netcraft releases Heartbleed indicator for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Heartbleed bug affected around 17% of all trusted SSL web servers when it was announced a week ago. The critical vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library has the potential to allow attackers to retrieve private keys and ultimately decrypt a server's encrypted traffic or even impersonate the server.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/17/netcraft-releases-heartbleed-indicator-for-chrome-firefox-and-opera.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/17/netcraft-releases-heartbleed-indicator-for-chrome-firefox-and-opera.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Heartbleed: Revoke! The time is nigh!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As the results of CloudFlare's challenge have demonstrated, a server's private key can be extracted using the Heartbleed vulnerability. Consequently, the 500,000+ certificates used on web servers supporting TLS heartbeat should be urgently replaced and revoked. Whilst the replacement and revocation process has begun &mdash; 80,000 certificates have been revoked since the announcement &mdash; it is far from over.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/15/revoke-the-time-is-nigh.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/15/revoke-the-time-is-nigh.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RIPE NCC Security Update on "Heartbleed" SSL Encryption Bug<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The RIPE NCC is highly committed to protect our IT infrastructure and safeguarding our members' data. Last week, a bug exploiting a serious security vulnerability in SSL encryption technology was discovered to have affected millions of websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/ripe-ncc-security-update-on-heartbleed-ssl-encryption-bug"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/ripe-ncc-security-update-on-heartbleed-ssl-encryption-bug</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICS-CERT Warns of Heartbleed Vulnerabilities in Siemens Gear<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A number of ICS products from Siemens and Innominate are vulnerable to the OpenSSL heartbleed flaw, some of which do not have updates available yet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/ics-cert-warns-of-heartbleed-vulnerabilities-in-siemens-gear/105554"><span>http://threatpost.com/ics-cert-warns-of-heartbleed-vulnerabilities-in-siemens-gear/105554</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why More Businesses Are Buying Cyber Insurance Policies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">No company is safe these days from a cyber attack. And that&rsquo;s good news for the insurance business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://recode.net/2014/04/17/why-more-businesses-are-buying-cyber-insurance-policies/"><span>http://recode.net/2014/04/17/why-more-businesses-are-buying-cyber-insurance-policies/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cyber-Attackers Use NTP To Overwhelm Servers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In the first quarter attackers have shown a preference for reflection attacks, often using simple tools that make use of the Network Time Protocol<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/cyber-attackers-144215"><span>http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/cyber-attackers-144215</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">SexToys247.com Domain Name Ordered Transferred<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The registered owner of SexToys247.com, charged with "cyberflying" the domain name in a scheme to drive up its purchase price, was ordered last month to give it up to Melbourne-based 365 Enterprises Pty. Ltd., which operates the online sex toy store SexToys247.com.au.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=178013"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=178013</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UK Police Orders Registrars to Suspend Domains of Major Torrent Sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The newly founded Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City of London Police has scored its first victories. Several domain names of major torrent sites have been suspended by their registrars following an urgent request from the unit. SumoTorrent and MisterTorrent lost control over their domains and ExtraTorrent had its .com domain suspended. Not all registrars are caving in that easily though, as easyDNS is refusing to comply and sees the requests as abuse of power.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/uk-police-orders-registrars-to-suspend-domains-of-major-torrent-sites-131009/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/uk-police-orders-registrars-to-suspend-domains-of-major-torrent-sites-131009/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UK Police Force Shutdown of Sports Torrent Network<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has forced the shutdown of a popular, if not the largest, sports-focused torrent site. A staff member at The Sports Torrent Network, a tracker popular with fans on both sides of the Atlantic, informs TF that in the face of threats closure was the only option.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/uk-police-force-shutdown-of-sports-torrent-network-140421/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/uk-police-force-shutdown-of-sports-torrent-network-140421/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Mother of Dragons, Winner of Domain Names: Time Warner files Complaint Over Domain Name of Insanely Popular Fantasy Series<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">You know a show&rsquo;s made it these days when Annie Leibovitz photographs the cast for the cover of Vanity Fair. And when devoted fans sign a petition to The White House in support of appointing an ambassador to the fictional land depicted in the show. Not to mention when CNN reports a measureable increase in the number of babies named after show characters.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/14/mother-of-dragons-winner-of-domain-names-hbo-files-complaint-over-domain-name-of-insanely-popular-fantasy-series/"><span>http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/14/mother-of-dragons-winner-of-domain-names-hbo-files-complaint-over-domain-name-of-insanely-popular-fantasy-series/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Panelist digs up key fact in Massy.com UDRP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Neal &amp; Massy Holdings, a business conglomerate operating in the Carribean, has lost a UDRP it filed against the domain name Massy.com. Massy.com is owned by domain investor Gregory Ricks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/panelist-digs-up-key-fact-in-massy-com-udrp/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/17/panelist-digs-up-key-fact-in-massy-com-udrp/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Web Host GoDaddy Wins Appeal In Revenge Porn Suit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In a lawsuit aimed at taking on the revenge porn industry that named revenge porn site Texxxan.com, its web host GoDaddy.com and unidentified subscribers, GoDaddy won an appeal because of a rule that specifies that it acted as a &ldquo;computer service provider&rdquo; as opposed to a publisher.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-host-godaddy-wins-appeal-revenge-porn-suit"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-host-godaddy-wins-appeal-revenge-porn-suit</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Justices Told GoDaddy Liable For Squatter's Porn Redirects<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Malaysia&rsquo;s national oil company has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if federal law on contributory trademark infringement applies to cybersquatting, arguing that GoDaddy.com Inc. should be held liable for forwarding users to porn sites with domain names that allegedly step on the oil company&rsquo;s mark.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/529798/justices-told-godaddy-liable-for-squatter-s-porn-redirects"><span>http://www.law360.com/articles/529798/justices-told-godaddy-liable-for-squatter-s-porn-redirects</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Bug takes out HostGator, BlueHost for a day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Endurance International, the domain name registrar that owns some of the world&rsquo;s biggest web hosting brands, has been hit by a &ldquo;network firmware&rdquo; bug that took out one of its data centers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/16498-bug-takes-out-hostgator-bluehost-for-a-day"><span>http://domainincite.com/16498-bug-takes-out-hostgator-bluehost-for-a-day</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Turkey denies plans to leave World Wide Web for 'alla turca' Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Turkish authorities have denied that they are considering abandoning the World Wide Web to establish their own web alla turca with a "ttt" protocol instead of the conventional &ldquo;www&rdquo; amid the government's efforts to rein in global websites, including Twitter and YouTube.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-mulls-leaving-world-wide-web-minister-says.aspx?PageID=238&amp;NID=65276&amp;NewsCatID=339"><span>http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-mulls-leaving-world-wide-web-minister-says.aspx?PageID=238&amp;NID=65276&amp;NewsCatID=339</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-denies-plans-to-leave-world-wide-web-for-alla-turca-internet.aspx?pageID=238&amp;nID=65276&amp;NewsCatID=339"><span>http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-denies-plans-to-leave-world-wide-web-for-alla-turca-internet.aspx?pageID=238&amp;nID=65276&amp;NewsCatID=339</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Meredith Professors to Be Named During Faculty Recognition Event<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Milton L. Mueller, professor in the School of Information Studies, and Ravi Dharwadkar, professor in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, will be named as the 2014-15 Laura and L. Douglas Meredith Professors of Teaching Excellence at a ceremony today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.syr.edu/new-meredith-professors-to-be-named-during-faculty-recognition-event-17888/"><span>http://news.syr.edu/new-meredith-professors-to-be-named-during-faculty-recognition-event-17888/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Neustar's invisibility problem<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Denver Post last month spotted a full-page ad by Neustar Inc., part of the Sterling company's campaign to defend its hold on a set of telecom contracts that make up about half its revenue.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/techflash/2014/04/neustars-invisibility-problem.html"><span>http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/techflash/2014/04/neustars-invisibility-problem.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Neustar Reports Results for First Quarter 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Neustar, Inc. </span><span>... </span><span lang="EN">announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, and affirmed its revenue and adjusted net income guidance for 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2014/neustar-reports-results-for-q1-2014"><span>http://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2014/neustar-reports-results-for-q1-2014</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RIPE NCC Annual Report 2013<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The RIPE NCC Annual Report 2013, including the Financial Report 2013, is now available.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">The RIPE NCC Annual Report 2013 documents the activities of the RIPE NCC throughout the year. The report also contains the RIPE NCC Financial Report 2013.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-annual-report-2013"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-annual-report-2013</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How Many Letters On To The Right of the Dot is Too Many To Be A Hack?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A domain name hack has traditionally used ccTLD&rsquo;s to form words and made it a brandable domain. Some of the more famous hacks are bit.ly, and del.icio.us. instagram.com started out as instagr.am But now with the new gTLD&rsquo;s people are using them to form words with longer extensions to the right of the dot.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/20/how-many-letters-on-to-the-right-of-the-dot-is-too-many-to-be-a-hack/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/20/how-many-letters-on-to-the-right-of-the-dot-is-too-many-to-be-a-hack/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google&rsquo;s Matt Cutts: How To Avoid Buying A Domain Name Previously Ruined By Spammers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Matt Cutts screen shot April 2014In his latest video, Google head of web spam (and, today, Boston Marathon runner) Matt Cutts offers a few quick tips to avoid purchasing a domain name that may have been previously destroyed by a spammer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://searchengineland.com/googles-matt-cutts-avoid-buying-domain-name-ruined-spammers-189566"><span>http://searchengineland.com/googles-matt-cutts-avoid-buying-domain-name-ruined-spammers-189566</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google&rsquo;s &lsquo;Rules Of Thumb&rsquo; For When You Buy A Domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google has a new Webmaster Help video out, in which Matt Cutts talks about buying domains that have had trouble with Google in the past, and what to do. Here&rsquo;s the specific question he addresses: <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.webpronews.com/googles-rules-of-thumb-for-when-you-buy-a-domain-2014-04"><span>http://www.webpronews.com/googles-rules-of-thumb-for-when-you-buy-a-domain-2014-04</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How can I research a domain that I may want to purchase?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How can we check to see if a domain (bought from a registrar) was previously in trouble with Google? I recently bought, and unbeknownst to me the domain isn't being indexed and I've had to do a reconsideration request. How could I have prevented?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-EdhaMDXho"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-EdhaMDXho</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What are some myths about SEO? by Matt Cutts<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What are some of the biggest SEO Myths you see still being repeated (either at conferences, or in blogs, etc)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ9Xt5PohgU"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ9Xt5PohgU</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">BitBeat: What&rsquo;s in a Name? A Lot, if It&rsquo;s Bitcoin.com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As we reported earlier, Blockchain signed a five-year lease for the domain name bitcoin.com, which it is using as a central launching pad for its various services. The firm wouldn&rsquo;t disclose what it paid for the URL, or from whom it is leasing it. One thing, though, we do know: The firm that held the rights before Blockchain was its main competitor, Coinbase.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/04/17/bitbeat-whats-in-a-name-a-lot-if-its-bitcoin-com/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/04/17/bitbeat-whats-in-a-name-a-lot-if-its-bitcoin-com/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tucows Now Live on SedoMLS Network, Growing Inventory and Premium Domain Visibility<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sedo</span><span> ...</span><span lang="EN"> announced that Tucows, one of the leading global providers of domain names and other Internet services, is now live on the SedoMLS network.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?tracked=&amp;partnerid=&amp;language=e&amp;id=644&amp;session=03fcfb30f8849a0d6974772ce4b35e71"><span>https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?tracked=&amp;partnerid=&amp;language=e&amp;id=644&amp;session=03fcfb30f8849a0d6974772ce4b35e71</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rook Media Acquires Oversee.net&rsquo;s DomainSponsor Monetisation Business [news release]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Oversee.net, an innovative technology company that owns and operates a portfolio of websites and mobile apps in travel, retail and consumer finance, today (21/4) announced that Rook Media, Europe&rsquo;s largest domain monetization platform, has acquired its DomainSponsor monetization business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/22/rook-media-acquires-oversee-nets-domainsponsor-monetisation-business/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/22/rook-media-acquires-oversee-nets-domainsponsor-monetisation-business/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/rook-media-acquires-oversee-net-s-domainsponsor-monetisation-business.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/rook-media-acquires-oversee-net-s-domainsponsor-monetisation-business.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rook Media acquires DomainSponsor<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">One of the largest domain name parking companies has been acquired. Rook Media has acquired domain name parking company DomainSponsor from Oversee.net, the companies confirmed today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/rook-media-acquires-domainsponsor/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/21/rook-media-acquires-domainsponsor/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rook Media Buys DomainSponsor in a MAJOR Shakeup of the Domain Monetization Business <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Consolidation continues to change the domain world as we knew it. In one of the biggest mashups to date, Rook Media acquired Oversee.net's seminal domain monetization business, DomainSponsor (including a large portfolio of domains owned by DS), in a deal announced today. The price was not disclosed. DomainSponsor was founded in 2002, the same year I entered the domain business and they quickly became a huge power in the PPC space.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140421.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140421.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">REPORTS &amp; RESEARCH PAPERS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Re-Thinking the Boundaries of Law in Cyberspace: A Duty to Hack? by Duncan B. Hollis [Cyberwar: Law &amp; Ethics for Virtual Conflicts]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Abstract: Warfare and boundaries have a symbiotic relationship. Whether as its cause or effect, States historically used war to delineate the borders that divided them. Laws and borders have a similar relationship. Sometimes laws are the product of borders as when national boundaries delineate the reach of States&rsquo; authorities. But borders may also be the product of law; laws regularly draw lines between permitted and prohibited conduct or bound off required acts from permissible ones. Both logics are on display in debates over international law in cyberspace. Some characterize cyberspace as a unique, self-governing &lsquo;space&rsquo; that requires its own borders and the drawing of tailor-made rules therein. For others, cyberspace is merely a technological medium that States can govern via traditional territorial borders with rules drawn &lsquo;by analogy&rsquo; from pre-existing legal regimes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2424230"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2424230</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">SOCIAL MEDIA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Facebook removes page of preacher using social media to back jihadists<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A radical Australian preacher revealed to be using social media to encourage acts of terrorism has had his Facebook page taken down following a Guardian investigation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/17/facebook-removes-page-radical-preacher-jihadists"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/17/facebook-removes-page-radical-preacher-jihadists</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Whoever said, &ldquo;Money can&rsquo;t buy you friends,&rdquo; clearly hasn&rsquo;t been on the Internet recently. This past week, I bought 4,000 new followers on Twitter for the price of a cup of coffee. I picked up 4,000 friends on Facebook for the same $5 and, for a few dollars more, had half of them like a photo I shared on the site.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/friends-and-influence-for-sale-online/"><span>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/friends-and-influence-for-sale-online/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Is Apple trying to torpedo the market for affordable smartphones?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In 2007, when Apple unveiled the iPhone, this recent college graduate was thrilled: The future had arrived and I was going to be a part of it.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">Unfortunately, once I saw the price, $702, the thrill of the future turned to the agony of my economic reality. While more affordable smartphones are available today, a costly new trial between Apple and Samsung may lead to an equally financially burdensome situation for many consumers stuck in the middle.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2014/04/20/is_apple_trying_to_torpedo_the_market_for_affordable_smartphones/"><span>http://www.salon.com/2014/04/20/is_apple_trying_to_torpedo_the_market_for_affordable_smartphones/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Free trade on steroids: The threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by US Democrats George Miller, Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal &mdash; in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids &mdash; can at last be concluded.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-miller-trans-pacific-trade-pact-20140421,0,1764773.story"><span>http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-miller-trans-pacific-trade-pact-20140421,0,1764773.story</span></a></span><span>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet&rsquo;s destructive gender gap: Why the Web can&rsquo;t abandon its misogyny<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">...</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">Powerful and exceedingly familiar hierarchies have come to define the digital realm, whether you&rsquo;re considering its economics or the social world it reflects and represents.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">Not surprisingly, then, well-off white men are wildly overrepresented both in the tech industry and online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2014/04/10/the_internets_destructive_gender_gap_why_the_web_cant_abandon_its_misogyny_partner/"><span>http://www.salon.com/2014/04/10/the_internets_destructive_gender_gap_why_the_web_cant_abandon_its_misogyny_partner/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why Facebook and Google are buying into drones<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Back in the bad old days of the cold war, one of the most revered branches of the inexact sciences was Kremlinology. In the west, newspapers, thinktanks and governments retained specialists whose job was to scrutinise every scrap of evidence, gossip and rumour emanating from Moscow in the hope that it would provide some inkling of what the Soviet leadership was up to. Until recently, this particular specialism had apparently gone into terminal decline, but events in Ukraine have led to its urgent reinstatement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/20/facebook-google-buying-into-drones-profit-motive"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/20/facebook-google-buying-into-drones-profit-motive</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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Qualified Launch Program Introduced for New gTLD Registries by Karen Lentz
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/qualified-launch-program-introduced-for-new-gtld-registries/>

Geo gTLDs catch a break with new launch rules
<http://domainincite.com/16467-geo-gtlds-catch-a-break-with-new-launch-rules>

Association Takes on Amazon Over TLD, Wins
<http://associationsnow.com/2014/04/association-takes-amazon-top-level-domain-wins/>

London starts a new property boom - with .london on the web
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/16/london-property-web-suffix-boom-domain-name>

Eugene Kaspersky on Critical Infrastructure Security
<http://threatpost.com/eugene-kaspersky-on-critical-infrastructure-security/105485>

Study Finds No Evidence of Heartbleed Attacks Before the Bug Was Exposed
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/study-finds-no-evidence-of-heartbleed-attacks-before-the-bug-was-exposed/>

The Internet in Transition: The State of the Transition to IPv6 in Today's Internet and Measures to Support
the Continued Use of IPv4
<http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/the-internet-in-transition-the-state-of-the-transition-to-ipv6-in-today-s-internet-and-measures-to-support-the-continued-use-of-ipv4_5jz5sq5d7cq2-en>

GoDaddy gives away blogger’s personal information — and things get really creepy
<http://www.salon.com/2014/04/16/godaddy_and_the_creepy_spammer/>

au: Strong choices domain name taken by ETU
<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/strong-choices-domain-name-taken-by-etu-20140416-36s0y.html>

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India to suggest renaming of Internet as ‘Equinet’
In a major diplomatic initiative, India is all set to challenge the U.S.’ hegemony of the World Wide Web at
a global meet on Internet governance in Sao Paulo (Brazil) next week. India has decided to propose
renaming of Internet as ‘Equinet’ so that all nations can have equal say in its operations, besides
calling for “internationalisation” of core Internet resources.
<http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/india-to-suggest-renaming-of-internet-as-equinet/article5916877.ece>

The Proposed Transfer of the IANA Function to ICANN by Paul Rosenzweig
Introduction: In March 2014, the Department of Commerce announced its intention to transfer the IANA
function to ICANN. Any decision to do so should proceed only with great caution, lest the transition
destroy the openness and freedom of the network.
<http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/04/the-proposed-transfer-of-the-iana-function-to-icann>

U.S. Government Begins Process to Give Up Control Over Key Internet Functions
On March 14, the NTIA (the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information
Administration) announced that it would immediately start a process to transition control of “Key
Internet Domain Name Functions” away from the U.S. government.
<http://www.reedsmith.com/US-Government-Begins-Process-to-Give-Up-Control-Over-Key-Internet-Functions-03-18-2014/>

ICANN Holds Public Comment Period as it Transitions to ‘Multi Stakeholder’ Oversight
ICANN was never the center of any controversy or even any media attention until the U.S. National
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on March 14th it was ceding
control of the California-based non-profit.
<http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/624528-icann-holds-public-comment-period-as-it-transitions-to-multi-stakeholder-oversight/>

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Qualified Launch Program Introduced for New gTLD Registries by Karen Lentz
ICANN recently established the Qualified Launch Program (QLP), which enables new gTLD registries to
issue domain names to certain parties to help promote awareness that a new TLD is launching. These domains
are somewhat like “anchor tenants” in a new shopping center – their presence makes the location
attractive to other businesses.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/qualified-launch-program-introduced-for-new-gtld-registries/>

ICANN Publishes Process to Qualify for Specification 13 to the New gTLD Registry Agreement
Today, ICANN publishes the process to qualify for Specification 13 to the New gTLD Registry Agreement.
This comes on the heels of the 26 March 2014 resolution by the New gTLD Program Committee ("NGPC") of the
ICANN Board approving the new Specification.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-14apr14-en>

Proposed Changes to the Inter-Registrar Policy (Watch the Video & Provide Comments)
The public comment period for the IRTP-D Working Group's Initial Report closes on 25 April 2014 at 23:59 UTC.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-3-14apr14-en.htm>

Interim Report Internationalized Registration Data Expert Working Group
Purpose (Brief): This Public Forum invites comments on the Interim Report from the Internationalized
Registration Data (IRD) Expert Working Group. The Report proposes internationalization requirements
for fourteen categories of data elements currently outputted by the various gTLD registration data
directory services.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/ird-interim-14apr14-en.htm>

IDN ccTLD Request From Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of, Successfully Passes String Evaluation
ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string
for Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-14apr14-en.htm>

Cherine Chalaby, Chair | ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee, to Vice Minister Fernando Rojas Samanez
New gTLD Program Applications for .AMAZON and Related IDNs
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/chalaby-to-samanez-14apr14-en>

Fernando Rojas Samanez, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs | Ministerio de Relaciones, to Mr. Stephen D. Crocker
New gTLD Program Applications for .AMAZON and Related IDNs
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/samanez-to-crocker-11apr14-en>

Louis Lee, Chair | Address Supporting Organization Address Council, to Steve Crocker, Leo Vegoda, Elise
Gerich, David Olive, Barbara Roseman and John Jeffrey
Policy implementation questions relating to the Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation
Mechanisms by the IANA
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/lee-to-crocker-et-al-14apr14-en>

Cherine Chalaby, Chair | ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee, to Honorable Ambassador Robby Ramlakhan
New gTLD Program Applications for .AMAZON and Related IDNs
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/chalaby-to-ramlakhan-10apr14-en>

9 New gTLDs Recently Delegated
View them now!
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-16apr14-en>

Straight from Singapore #3 (Jet Lag Edition) - Monday: ICANN Begins, For Those Who Think ICANN Begins on
Monday by Gregory S. Shatan
Monday, March 23, began with the Opening Ceremony, even though the work of ICANN started on Saturday for
many attendees. This ICANN meeting is freighted with history – Singapore was the site of ICANN 1, and
also the site of ICANN 41 in 2011, where the New gTLD Program was officially approved. And now it has become
the official kick-off for the IANA transition, the biggest change in the structure of Internet
governance in many a year.
<http://www.adlawbyrequest.com/tags/straight-from-singapore/>

GNSO Chair's Message A Look ahead to London -- ICANN 50
Following Singapore 49, GNSO Council Chair Jonathan Robinson provides a brief summary of the event as well
as a quick preview of the GNSO's workload in the run-up to ICANN 50 in London.
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHgwx9TOp78>

ICANN roadshow comes to Trinidad and Tobago
Local and regional technology experts will gather in Port of Spain, Trinidad later this month to share
their knowledge with participants in a roadshow organised by ICANN.
<http://www.guardian.co.tt/technology/2014-04-15/icann-roadshow-comes-trinidad-and-tobago>

The ICA Comments on ICANN Preliminary Issue Report on IGOs and INGOs
Phil Corwin of the ICA has sent a comment to ICANN regarding the Preliminary Issue Report on Access by IGOs
and INGOs to the Curative Rights Protections of the UDRP and URS.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/14/the-ica-comments-on-icann-preliminary-issue-report-on-igos-and-ingos/>

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CIRA improves safety of Canada’s Internet
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the organization that manages the .CA domain, has
just launched Registry Lock, the latest in a suite of products and initiatives that will ensure .CA
remains at the leading edge of domain security.
<http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/improving-Canadas-Internet/>

Recent .ca domain name decision accepts broad interpretation of what constitutes a brand owner’s prior
trade-mark “rights” in Canada
The recent decision of Guitar Center Inc v Robert Piperni (“Guitar Center”), CIRA Decision No. 0254,
confirms that a broad definition of “rights” should apply to brand owners seeking to prove prior
trade-mark rights in Canada.
<http://www.smart-biggar.ca/en/articles_detail.cfm?news_id=851>
<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=651177d4-b0a0-4c87-8b05-d960f725f419>

Sale of .CO closes; jobs and office will stay in Miami
Champagne popped and bonuses flowed after .CO Internet closed its chapter as an independent company and
became part of the publicly traded Neustar on Monday afternoon.
<http://miamiherald.typepad.com/the-starting-gate/2014/04/champagne-popped-and-bonuses-flowed-after-co-internet-closed-its-chapter-as-an-independent-company-and-became-part-of-the-pu.html>

Story Behind the .CO Registry Sale to Neustar
Neustar closed on its acquisition of the .CO Registry yesterday afternoon, and the $100+ million deal was
wrapped up. The Miami Herald had an interesting story that covered the closing, and it also had some of the
backstory about how the deal came about with .CO Registry founder Juan Diego Calle offering some
comments. I think it’s worth a read when you have a chance.
<http://www.domaininvesting.com/story-behind-co-registry-sale-neustar/>

uk: Nominet: no plans for a 'trade mark clearinghouse' system
Nominet has no plans to copy ICANN and develop a 'trade mark clearinghouse' to help rights holders identify
and protect against infringing registrations of their trade marks in domain names.
<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/april/nominet-no-plans-for-a-trade-mark-clearinghouse-system/>

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Geo gTLDs catch a break with new launch rules
New gTLDs with a geographic or community focus have won concessions from ICANN under new rules published today.
<http://domainincite.com/16467-geo-gtlds-catch-a-break-with-new-launch-rules>

Association Takes on Amazon Over TLD, Wins
With the .mobile TLD hanging in the balance, the wireless trade group CTIA pushed back against the online
retail giant’s attempt to run the domain exclusively. The International Chamber of Commerce sided
with CTIA, giving mobile providers a victory, albeit a partial one.
<http://associationsnow.com/2014/04/association-takes-amazon-top-level-domain-wins/>

London starts a new property boom - with .london on the web
London is starting a new property boom – on the web. But the launch of the new .london domain later in April
will not, experts hope, see the same price spiral that bricks and mortar property is experiencing.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/16/london-property-web-suffix-boom-domain-name>

The Standard leads rush to adopt a .London web address
The Evening Standard makes history today by becoming the first business to adopt a new “Dot London”
website name.
<http://www.standard.co.uk/news/techandgadgets/the-standard-leads-rush-to-adopt-a-london-web-address-9264453.html>

First .london websites announced
London will become one of the first cities in the world to launch its own domain name when .london opens to the
public on April 29, narrowly beaten by the existing Berlin and Vienna domains.
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/10768043/First-.london-websites-announced.html>

First .london web addresses announced
The London Symphony Orchestra, West Ham United Football Club and Fortnum and Mason will be among the first
companies to launch websites using the .london domain
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/10768043/First-.london-web-addresses-announced.html>

West Ham Among First To Net .London Domain [SkyNews]
Premier League football club West Ham has become one of the first businesses to sign up for a .london domain name.
<http://web.orange.co.uk/article/news/west_ham_nets_first_london_domain_name>

West Ham, Fortnum & Mason and LSO Among First to Adopt New Dot London Domain
The first companies to use the .london web address, set to go live at the end of this month, will include West
Ham United football club, Fortnum & Mason and the London Symphony Orchestra.
<http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/west-ham-fortnum-mason-lso-among-first-adopt-new-dot-london-domain-1445038>

Capital firms seek .london domain
A host of businesses in the capital, including West Ham United, have become the first to sign up to the new
.london web address.
<http://news.uk.msn.com/capital-firms-seek-london-domain>

First .london takers announced
Premier League football club West Ham United, the London Eye, and the London School of Economics are among
the first to sign up to the .london web address ending.
<http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/67717/first-london-takers-announced-67717.html>

Power of Press: London Standard’s front page article about .London
.City domain names are popular with local press, and here’s a great example.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/16/power-of-press-london-standards-front-page-article-about-london/>

New gTLD domains top 500,000 as Schilling goes on parking spree
The total number of new gTLD domains broke through half a million for the first time yesterday, but it seems
to be due to Frank Schilling obtaining tens of thousands of names in his own TLDs.
<http://domainincite.com/16481-new-gtld-domains-top-500000-as-schilling-goes-on-parking-spree>

Applications to register for gTLDs open soon
Applications to register domain names ending with .africa, .joburg, .capetown. and .durban open 1 May
2014. It is envisaged that these new gTLDs will exemplify Africa's growth and development, presenting an
opportunity to identify the African continent and the main South African cities online.
<http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/547/112289.html>

Momentum New gTLD Conference In Hong Kong In May
New gTLDs are inspiring a wide range of developments in domain names, and conferences is one of them. One
conference coming up in May is the Asia Pac Digital Marketing and gTLD Strategy Congress, to be held from 14
to 15 May in Hong Kong aimed at applicants in the first round of new gTLD applications, and any organisation
considering applying in future rounds.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/16/momentum-new-gtld-conference-hong-kong/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/momentum-new-gtld-conference-hong-kong.html>

.Luxury Becomes the New Go-To Domain for the 1%
At first, I was going to give the people behind .luxury a break for passing on the simpler .lux, because I
assumed that domain already belonged to Luxembourg (in which case I guess .lux would have already been a
luxury domain, anyway). But no! Luxembourg has .lu, apparently. As far as I know, .lux is just hanging out,
inexplicably unused.
<http://www.chipchick.com/2014/04/luxury-domain.html>

First .LUXURY domains available for sale April 10th
For the first time, .LUXURY domain names are available to the general public through a priority
application process called Landrush, where interested registrants may secure highly sought after
names. Landrush for .LUXURY will be open for 30 days through May 10th.
<http://www.ariservices.com/news-First-.LUXURY-domains-available-for-sale-April-10th.php>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/16/luxury-domains-10-april/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/luxury-domains-10-april.html>

Pricey .luxury made $500k already
The new gTLD .luxury seems to have sold more than $500,000 worth of domain names already.
<http://domainincite.com/16475-pricey-luxury-made-500k-already>

Some First Impressions as Six More New gTLDs Entered General Availability Today Including Five from Frank
Schilling's Uniregistry 
Flowers aren't the only things blossoming this spring. New gTLDs continue to sprout in numbers that are
threatening to put the daisy population to shame. Six more entered general availability today, with five
of those coming from Frank Schilling's Uniregistry.com: .link, .photo, .pics, .gift and .guitars.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140415.htm>

With just 22 domains registered, .Rich is the biggest bomb in new TLDs. Or is it?
Last week the .rich TLD quietly launched in general availability.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/16/with-just-22-domains-registered-rich-is-the-biggest-bomb-in-new-tlds-or-is-it/>

A new TLD just canceled its landrush citing “little engagement”
The applicant for the .best TLD has canceled the landrush phase of its new TLD launch. The company says that
“registrars have given us feedback that there has been very little engagement with the TLD Landrush Phase”.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/16/a-new-tld-just-canceled-its-landrush-citing-little-engagement/>

Uniregistry activates thousands of reserved domains per TLD
If you take a look at Uniregistry’s zone files for its TLD launches so far, you might think yesterday was a
huge day.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/16/uniregistry-activates-thousands-of-reserved-domains-per-tld/>

Some First Impressions as Six More New gTLDs Entered General Availability Today Including Five from Frank
Schilling's Uniregistry 
Flowers aren't the only things blossoming this spring. New gTLDs continue to sprout in numbers that are
threatening to put the daisy population to shame. Six more entered general availability today, with five
of those coming from Frank Schilling's Uniregistry.com: .link, .photo, .pics, .gift and .guitars.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140415.htm>

.Buzz May Have The Strangest List Of 100 Reserved Domains Of All New gTLD’s
.Buzz goes live today and like all new gTLD registries they are entitled to keep 100 domains for their own use
for marketing and other purposes, but going through the list of .Buzz reserved domains it maybe the
strangest list of 100 (actually 85 by my count) that I have seen for any registry.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/15/buzz-may-have-the-strangest-list-of-100-reserved-domains-of-all-new-gtlds/comment-page-1/>

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Eugene Kaspersky on Critical Infrastructure Security
Dennis Fisher talks with Eugene Kaspersky about the need for better critical infrastructure security,
the major threats facing enterprises today and the specter of cyberwar.
<http://threatpost.com/eugene-kaspersky-on-critical-infrastructure-security/105485>

Study Finds No Evidence of Heartbleed Attacks Before the Bug Was Exposed
Ever since the Heartbleed bug was exposed last week, the question everyone has been asking is: Did anyone
exploit it before a Google researcher first discovered it?
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/study-finds-no-evidence-of-heartbleed-attacks-before-the-bug-was-exposed/>

Akamai Withdraws Proposed Heartbleed Patch
As researchers demonstrate OpenSSL bug exploits that retrieve private keys, Akamai rescinds a patch
suggestion for the SSL/TLS library after a security researcher punches holes in it.
<http://www.darkreading.com/application-security/akamai-withdraws-proposed-heartbleed-patch/d/d-id/1204443>

Heartbleed's Intranet & VPN Connection
How the game-changing crypto bug affects internal servers, clients, and VPN networks -- and what to do
about it.
<http://www.darkreading.com/analytics/heartbleeds-intranet-and-vpn-connection/d/d-id/1204457>

Heartbleed Saga Escalates With Real Attacks, Stolen Private Keys
The Heartbleed story advanced over the weekend with word of researchers exploiting the OpenSSL flaw to
steal private SSL keys, and the loss of data on websites in the U.K. and Canada.
<http://threatpost.com/heartbleed-saga-escalates-with-real-attacks-stolen-private-keys/105436>

Certificate Revocation Slow for Heartbleed Servers
The rush to revoke and replace digital certificates on Heartbleed-vulnerable Web servers seems to be no
rush at all.
<http://threatpost.com/certificate-revocation-slow-for-heartbleed-servers/105489>

Heartbleed: routers and phones also at risk, says security expert
Manufacturers must patch routers, video conferencing software and desktop phones, as scale of software
vulnerability continues to grow
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/14/heartbleed-routers-phones-at-risk-security-expert>

Heartbleed fallout may 'slow' browsing speeds
The struggle to fix problems caused by the Heartbleed bug may slow browsing speeds, warns analysis firm Netcraft.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27035072>

Heartbleed makes 50m Android phones vulnerable, data shows
At least 4m Android smartphones in the US, and tens of millions worldwide, could be exploited by a version of
the "Heartbleed" security flaw, data provided to the Guardian shows.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/15/heartbleed-android-phones-vulnerable-data-shows>

Did A Faulty Memory Feature Lead To Heartbleed?
Debate arises over an older memory allocation feature in OpenSSL, and the OpenBSD community starts to tear
down and revise the crypto software for its own use.
<http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/did-a-faulty-memory-feature-lead-to-heartbleed/d/d-id/1204505>

The Real Wakeup Call From Heartbleed
There's nothing special about Heartbleed. It’s another flaw in a popular library that exposed a lot of
servers to attack. The danger lies in the way software libraries are built and whether they can be trusted.
<http://www.darkreading.com/the-real-wakeup-call-from-heartbleed/d/d-id/1204487>

NZ sites at risk from Heartbleed
Internet provider Voyager says about 150 of the 25,000 websites it hosts remain vulnerable to the
Heartbleed bug a week after the security vulnerability was disclosed.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/60039772/nz-sites-at-risk-from-heartbleed>

Blocking Amplification Attacks: Sometimes the Incentives Work Against You by Bryant Rump
Since the end of last year, amplification attacks have been increasingly used by attackers and received
heavy media coverage. Everyday protocols not given much thought before, like Network Time Protocol
(NTP), can be asked in a very short remote command to send a very large response (list of 600 clients last
connected to the NTP server) to a spoofed IP address (the target) by the requestor/attacker.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140415_blocking_amplification_attacks_incentives_work_against_you/>

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WTF: No reverse domain hijacking if you try to buy domain first
Panelist says no reverse domain name hijacking because domain owner didn’t respond to purchase inquiries.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/14/wtf-no-reverse-domain-hijacking/>

Mark holders should send cease and desist letters before filing UDRP complaint [subscription]
An Israeli cosmetics and skincare company has failed to obtain the transfer of a domain name incorporating
its trademark under the UDRP. The case highlights the need to check whether the respondent has any
commercial relationship with the complainant, as well as the need for trademark holders to send cease and
desist letters to registrants of domain names using their marks before filing a UDRP complaint.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=d8165166-8f0e-4ac4-ac72-547194bf55b6>

25 Plaintiffs Filed Federal Suit Over 231 Domains; 26 of Which Are No Longer Registered
A federal lawsuit was filed last week in the New Jersey District Court for trademark infringement against
the owners of 231 domain names some of which are pretty generic and 26 of which are no longer registered.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/15/25-plaintiffs-filed-federal-suit-over-231-domains-26-of-which-are-no-longer-registered/>

au: Beachbody, LLC v. Benson, Linda Michelle - Case No. DAU2014-0002
1. The Parties: The Complainant is Beachbody, LLC of Santa Monica, California, United States of America
(“United States”), represented by Cozen O'Connor, United States. The Respondent is Benson, Linda
Michelle of Perth, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name
<beachbodyworkout.com.au> is registered with Web Address Registration Pty Ltd.
<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0002>

ch: Conforama Holding v. Dubin Sergey - Case No. DCH2013-0024
1. The Parties: The Claimant is Conforama Holding of Lognes, France, represented by Bugnion S.A.,
Switzerland. The Respondent is Dubin Sergey of Hurghada, Egypt. 2. Domain Names: This dispute concerns
the domain names <cnforama.ch>, <conferama.ch>, <confoama.ch>, <conforaa.ch>, <conorama.ch> and <onforama.ch>.
<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DCH2013-0024>

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The Internet in Transition: The State of the Transition to IPv6 in Today's Internet and Measures to Support
the Continued Use of IPv4
This report considers the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 alongside the use of network technologies to
prolong IPv4 use in the face of depletion of further IPv4 protocol addresses, but it does not aim to address
all issues surrounding the transition to IPv6 or to detail the economic incentives faced by various
Internet actors. It first provides a status update of address management issues and the run-out of IPv4.
It then describes the advantages and limitations of increased use of network address translation as one
response to sustain the use of IPv4 in the face of IPv4 address exhaustion. It provides an overview of the
IPv6 protocol; the advantages of IPv6 deployment as a response to IPv4 address exhaustion and the IPv6
transition plan compared to actual deployment to date. Finally, the report examines the choices facing
individual actors, their potential consequences, and the policy implications on openness and
innovation for the future of the Internet.
<http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/the-internet-in-transition-the-state-of-the-transition-to-ipv6-in-today-s-internet-and-measures-to-support-the-continued-use-of-ipv4_5jz5sq5d7cq2-en>

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“Revenge porn” victims barred from suing Go Daddy
A legal effort by several Texas women to attack a "revenge porn" site that posted nude photos of them can go
forward against the site's creators. However, the women won't be allowed to sue Go Daddy, which provided
hosting services for the now-defunct Texxxan.com website.
<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/04/revenge-porn-victims-barred-from-suing-go-daddy/>

Afilias Chairman Appointed to Domain Name Association Board
Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the appointment of the Chairman of the Afilias
Board of Directors, Philipp Grabensee, to the board of the Domain Name Association (DNA).
<http://afilias.info/news/2014/04/02/afilias-chairman-appointed-domain-name-association-board>

GoDaddy gives away blogger’s personal information — and things get really creepy
Why is no surprise that the creepiest Internet story so far this week involves GoDaddy, the domain name
registrar notorious for sexist Super Bowl commercials and a general miasma of sleaze and slime?
<http://www.salon.com/2014/04/16/godaddy_and_the_creepy_spammer/>

au: Strong choices domain name taken by ETU
The Electrical Trades Union has made the ‘strong choice’ to take part in the government’s asset
sales decision making campaign – by registering a domain name to take the gloss off “Strong Choices”.
<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/strong-choices-domain-name-taken-by-etu-20140416-36s0y.html>

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The smartest domainers of the past decade
The past decade has been one of ups and downs for domain name investors. Domain parking busted around the
same time the overall economy imploded. Domain values faced downward pressure as investors no longer had
rich parking profits to funnel into domain purchases.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/15/the-smartest-domainers-of-the-past-decade/>

Huge Wave of New Domain Sales Data Floods This Week's Chart With  Big Numbers Including the Highest .Net Sale
Ever Reported
A tsunami of new domain sales data hit our office this week - flooding our charts with the highest number of
sales ever gathered in a single week. Frank Schilling's DomainNameSales.com played the biggest role in
generating the tidal wave as they sent us all of their sales (that were not subject oi non-disclosure
agreements) for the entire first quarter of 2014 (all being reported for the first time).
<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140416.htm>

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us: Google faces new pressure to curb illegal drug sites
Several state attorneys general want the search giant to make it harder for users to find prescription
medicine and illegal drugs online, while shareholders have filed two lawsuits related to the issue.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/google-faces-new-pressure-from-states-to-crack-down-on-illegal-online-drug-sales/2014/04/15/6dfc61fa-be6d-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html>

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Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations
The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the
Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security
Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden.
<http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/apr/14/guardian-washington-post-pulitzer-nsa-revelations>

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Australia needs effective government cyber policy leadership: report
Australia’s cyber readiness has received high scores but more work is needed to improve cyber policy
leadership by the Abbott government, according to a new report by the Australian Strategic Policy
Institute (ASPI).
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/543050/australia_needs_effective_government_cyber_policy_leadership_report/>

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Google Revenue Falls Short of Estimates, Ad Prices Drop
Google Inc.’s costs are rising as the search provider finds it harder to keep up with a shift to
advertising on mobile phones and sales fell short of estimates.
<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-16/google-revenue-falls-short-of-estimates-ad-prices-drop.html>

Google's first-quarter profits grow slower than expected
Google reported slower than expected growth in revenues on Wednesday as the company looked to push past
rivals such as Apple and Netflix in the competitive advertising and mobile technology markets.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/16/google-profits-growth-share-mobile-performance>

Earnings and Sales From Google Disappoint
Alexander the Great is said to have wept because he ran out of kingdoms to conquer. Google is eager to avoid
such a miserable fate.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/technology/google-revenue-jumps-but-misses-forecasts.html>

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Testimony of Assistant Secretary Strickling at Hearing on "Should the Department of Commerce Relinquish
Direct Oversight Over ICANN?"
<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/speechtestimony/2014/testimony-assistant-secretary-strickling-hearing-should-department-commerce-rel>

Republicans Don’t Want America to Give Up Control of Web Addresses
<http://time.com/58277/republicans-dont-want-america-to-give-up-control-of-web-addresses/>

Training Wheels Off by Fadi Chehadé
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/training-wheels-off/>

GAC Advice on New gTLDs Issued During ICANN 49 Singapore
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-11apr14-en>

Arabic and the internet: Surfing the shabaka - The world’s fifth-most-spoken language lags online
<http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21600732-worlds-fifth-most-spoken-language-lags-online-surfing-shabaka>

Geo gTLDs catch a break with new launch rules
<http://domainincite.com/16467-geo-gtlds-catch-a-break-with-new-launch-rules>

.GURU First New gTLD To Hit 50K Registrations
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/14/guru-first-gtld-50k-registrations/>

Money talks, and Verisign is doing a good job quashing new TLDs
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/10/verisign-registrar-marketing/>

Majority of Phishers Targeting Chinese; Phishing Up 60 Percent: Report
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/majority-phishers-targeting-chinese-phishing-60-percent-report>

Domain Name Association Appoints Adrian Kinderis As Chair
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/11/domain-name-association-kinderis-chair/>

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Testimony of Assistant Secretary Strickling at Hearing on "Should the Department of Commerce Relinquish
Direct Oversight Over ICANN?"
Chairman Coble, Ranking Member Nadler, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for this opportunity to
testify on behalf of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding
NTIA’s role and relationship with ICANN, in particular NTIA’s recent announcement of our intent to
transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.
<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/speechtestimony/2014/testimony-assistant-secretary-strickling-hearing-should-department-commerce-rel>

Keeping the Internet Free—for Now: The Commerce Department has second thoughts about surrendering
America's online oversight.
Less than a month after announcing its plan to abandon U.S. protection of the open Internet in 2015, the
White House has stepped back from the abyss. Following objections by Bill Clinton, a warning letter from
35 Republican senators, and critical congressional hearings, the administration now says the change
won't happen for years, if ever.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579495960709069136>

No, Russia Isn't Going To Steal The Internet
Opposition is growing to US government plans to give up technical oversight of the internet. The
Republican Party is calling for a year’s delay to the handover process, and some are suggesting that it
could allow Russia or China to seize control.
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/emmawoollacott/2014/04/11/no-russia-isnt-going-to-steal-the-internet/>

Is the US giving up the keys to the internet?
The US government recently announced that it would be handing off the reins of Icann, an organisation
tasked with assigning and managing domain names and IP addresses worldwide.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-26965949>

DC Discussions: April 10th Judiciary Hearing
Some may have taken to Twitter to rib the congressmen and congresswomen at today’s Judiciary hearing
entitled ““Should the Department of Commerce Relinquish Direct Oversight Over ICANN?”, but
members showed up prepared with thoughtful questions, support for a multistakeholder model of Internet
governance, and a willingness to probe for concrete answers to questions that are needed.
<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/11/dc-discussions-april-10th-judiciary-hearing/>

Internet Governance, New Work and What’s in Store for 2014: Who should control the Internet?
In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal, the European Commission in February proposed key reforms to
the way the Internet is run. These include the globalization of ICANN, the strengthening of the Internet
Governance Forum, and the establishment of a Global Internet Policy Observatory as international
policy watchdog. The recent annoucement by the US Administration that they intend to give up their role as
the supervisor of ICANN, now heats up the debate even more.
<http://international.eco.de/2014/news/internet-governance-new-work-and-whats-in-store-for-2014.html>

US Congress weighs in on IANA transition by Brenden Kuerbis
Washington D.C. is abuzz with activity concerning NTIA’s IANA transition announcement. Last week saw a
hearing with the House Energy & Commerce Committee and a discussion at the Hudson Institute, this week
brings another hearing with the Judiciary Committee as well as a NetCaucus briefing. So far, three bills
have been proposed. The first is H.R. 4342 Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM)
Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Shimkus (R-IL).
<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/04/08/us-congress-weighs-in-on-iana-transition/>

Nigeria to host 3rd African Internet Governance Forum [news release]
The third African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) will take place in Abuja, Nigeria from 10 to 12 July 2014.
<http://www.nationaljournal.com/library/139410>

Internet chief allays fears over ICANN transition
A House panel voted to advance a bill that would halt the Obama administration's plan to transition U.S.
government control over key Internet regulation to a private group.
<http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/04/10/Internet-chief-allays-fears-over-ICANN-transition/8191397140522/>

Republicans Don’t Want America to Give Up Control of Web Addresses
Democrats and Republicans both say they want keep the Internet free and open for all. They disagree about
who should guard the guards
<http://time.com/58277/republicans-dont-want-america-to-give-up-control-of-web-addresses/>

Commerce Official Defends Web-Oversight Plan: Assistant Secretary Says Proposed Icann Transfer
Doesn't Amount to 'Giving Away' the Internet
A top Commerce Department official on Thursday defended the Obama administration's plan to relinquish
U.S. oversight of the body that manages Internet domain names and addresses, pushing back against
growing Republican opposition to the move.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303603904579493833240468604>

House Panel Votes to Halt Obama's Internet Power Transfer
A House panel voted along party lines on Thursday to delay the Obama administration's plan to give up
oversight over certain technical Internet management functions.
<http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/house-panel-votes-halt-obamas-internet-power-transfer/82315/>

NETmundial is the World Cup of internet governance
To set the scene for a Brazilian meeting over internationalising the internet, we compare the
little-known world of internet governance with the greatest spectacle in football
<http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-04/10/netmundial-internet-governance>

Net Gain: Washington Cedes Control of ICANN
For over a decade, the United States has promoted a free and open Internet as a central tenet of its foreign
policy. To date, this has most visibly involved shaming governments that limit access to online content
and developing tools that help individuals circumvent censorship and surveillance. Perhaps even more
important, though, have been Washington’s efforts to ensure that the Internet remains regulated by
public as well as private stakeholders -- not just governments alone.
<http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141122/stacie-l-pettyjohn/net-gain>

US NTIA's plan to end ICANN contract puts Internet freedom at risk, critics say
The freedom and openness of the Internet are at stake after the U.S. government announced plans to end its
contractual oversight of ICANN, some critics said Thursday.
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247580/U.S._plan_to_end_ICANN_oversight_jeopardizes_Internet_freedom>
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/542633/us_ntia_plan_end_icann_contract_puts_internet_freedom_risk_critics_say/>
<http://www.cio.com/article/751345/US_NTIA_39_s_plan_to_end_ICANN_contract_puts_Internet_freedom_at_risk_critics_say>

Republicans advance “embarrassing” DOTCOM Act
Republican US Congressmen today voted to advance the DOTCOM Act, which would add a delay of up to a year to the
IANA transition.
<http://domainincite.com/16459-republicans-advance-embarrassing-dotcom-act>

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Qualified Launch Program for New gTLD Registries Now Available
The Qualified Launch Program (QLP) Addendum is available for new gTLD registry operators as of today. The
QLP Addendum allows a registry operator to register up to 100 domain names to third parties prior to the
Sunrise Period for purposes of promoting the TLD, under certain conditions.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-10apr14-en>

Training Wheels Off by Fadi Chehadé
My sons are adults now but I remember like it was yesterday teaching them how to ride their bikes. Removing
the training wheels from their bicycles was an important milestone, but it didn’t mean that I was ready
to leave them on their own to ride the neighborhood. As they got used to being on two wheels instead of four, I
was right there beside them, ready to correct and guide. I can’t help but see the parallels when I think
about the U.S. government’s announcement last month. The U.S. government came to the conclusion that
the global Internet community is now ready to assume stewardship of ICANN’s performance as the
administrator of the IANA functions. It feels like the moment when the multistakeholder community’s
training wheels come off.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/training-wheels-off/>

GAC Advice on New gTLDs Issued During ICANN 49 Singapore
The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has issued further advice to the ICANN Board in the GAC
Singapore Communiqué regarding New gTLD applications. The New gTLD advice in the Singapore
Communiqué related to Section 3.1 of the Applicant Guidebook is further to the contents of the Beijing,
Durban, and Buenos Aires Communiqués.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-11apr14-en>

New Contracting Statistics Released
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 11 April 2014:
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-11apr14-en>

Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director | National Association of Secretaries of State, to ICANN
Community Priority Evaluation
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/reynolds-to-icann-04apr14-en>

Morgan McLaughlin, Executive Director | Santa Barbara Vintners, to Members of the NGPC, Members of the
ICANN Board, Members of the GAC, and Country Representatives of the GAC
New gTLD applications for .WINE and .VIN
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/mclaughlin-to-icann-board-et-al-07apr14-en>

Stephen D. Crocker, Chair | ICANN Board of Directors, to Heather Dryden
Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Advice - .WINE and .VIN
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/crocker-to-dryden-04apr14-en>

Cherine Chalaby, Chair | ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee, to Mr. Jonathan Robinson
New gTLD Registry Agreement – Specification 13
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/chalaby-to-robinson-03apr14-en>

Wrap-up: ICANN 49 Singapore by Roland LaPlante
Given the "going live" of New gTLDs as well as the NTIA's announcement of its intent to transition Internet
domain name functions to a multi-stakeholder environment, the 49th ICANN meeting in Singapore was sure
to be a busy one. Here's a breakdown of some of the key happenings during the week.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140410_wrap_up_icann_49_singapore/>

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EURid confirmed as the .eu registry manager
EURid has been confirmed as the registry manager of the .eu TLD for the next five years, with the European
Commission Decision (2014/207/EU), published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L109).
<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/apr-2014/eurid-confirmed-eu-registry-manager>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/13/eurid-confirmed-as-the-eu-registry-manager/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/eurid-to-run-the-eu-registry-for-5-more-years.html>

EURid Gets 5 More Years To Run The .EU Registry
EURid which has been operating the .EU domain name extension since it was launched, has been confirmed as
the registry manager of the .EU TLD for the next five years.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/12/eurid-gets-5-more-years-to-run-the-eu-registry/>

Latest EURid report shows impressive renewal rate for ‘.eu’ domain names [subscription]
EURid, the registry for the ‘.eu’ TLD, has published its latest progress report, which contains
positive results for the registration and renewal of ‘.eu’ domain names during Q4 2013. The report
shows that the number of ‘.eu’ domain names registered during Q4 2013 increased by 9,502 domains, and
that approximately 80% of ‘.eu’ domain names were renewed in 2013.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=13d7d696-a8da-4097-91eb-9fb110097746>

Norwegian domain names for everyone
The results from the public consultation are now ready. The majority supports the proposal to make .no
available to private individuals. This means that starting on 17 June 2014, everyone in Norway can
register their own domain name directly within .no.
<http://www.norid.no/nytt/privatpersoner-2014.en.html>

Dmitry Medvedev congratulates Russian web users on 20 years of .RU domain zone
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev delivered a video address at a news conference marking 20 years of the .RU
domain zone. “An average web user spends over 100 minutes per day in the .RU zone,” he said. “Imagine
that! I hope these are not wasted minutes.” He also recalled that Russia is Europe’s leader in the
number of Internet users.
<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=5626>

uk: Nominet opens London office to drive research and development
Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation best known for running the UK name space, is today announcing
the opening of its London office, on Rivington Street in the heart of Tech City. Nominet London will be
focused on research and development as we continue our diversification efforts.
<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominet-opens-london-office-drive-research-and-development>

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Arabic and the internet: Surfing the shabaka - The world’s fifth-most-spoken language lags online
The Arab world from Rabat to Baghdad likes to surf. The proportion of Arabs online grew 30-fold between 2000
and 2012. Shaking off their stuffy image, 41% of Saudi internet users are on Twitter, the highest rate in
the world. But Arabic speakers have far less content in their native language than others do. By some
estimates, fewer than 1% of all web pages are in Arabic.
<http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21600732-worlds-fifth-most-spoken-language-lags-online-surfing-shabaka>

Cybersquatting Toolkit : The Trademark Clearinghouse
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is an important tool for brand owners who want to cut down on incidents
of cybersquatting in new TLDs. And what brand owner doesn’t want to curb cybersquatting?
<http://cadna.org/blog/2014/4/9/cybersquatting-toolkit-the-trademark-clearinghouse>

Geo gTLDs catch a break with new launch rules
New gTLDs with a geographic or community focus have won concessions from ICANN under new rules published today.
<http://domainincite.com/16467-geo-gtlds-catch-a-break-with-new-launch-rules>

.GURU First New gTLD To Hit 50K Registrations
There are now 14 new gTLDs to have passed the 10,000 registration mark with .guru still comfortably leading
the pack with 50,039 registrations as of 13 April, according to nTLDstats.com. There are also 12
registrars with over 10,000 registrations.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22156>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/14/guru-first-gtld-50k-registrations/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/guru-first-gtld-50k-registrations.html>

Money talks, and Verisign is doing a good job quashing new TLDs
New TLDs represent a growth opportunity for domain name registrars, many of which have seen domain
registrations plateauing over the past year.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/10/verisign-registrar-marketing/>

Famous Four wins .party gTLD contest
Famous Four Media has won the .party new gTLD contention set after coming to a private agreement with the
only other applicant for the string, Oriental Trading Company.
<http://domainincite.com/16465-famous-four-wins-party-gtld-contest>

Private Auction Update
The Directors of Minds + Machines Group Limited are pleased to announce that on 22 April 2014 the Company
will be participating in a minimum of three TLD private auctions. The auctions are being held in agreement
with all contending parties for each TLD and will be conducted by Applicant Auction, Inc.
<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/04/private-auction-update/>

Famous Four submits .Sport reconsideration request... with Ombudsman’s support
I haven’t written about many new TLD objection appeals (reconsideration requests) because there are so
many and few have a chance of succeeding. But a recent one from Famous Four Media for .sport is unique:
ICANN’s Ombudsman has supported the company’s call for a rehearing with a different panelist.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/11/famous-four-sport-ombudsman/>

More new TLD auctions on tap, and Uniregistry appears to be participating
With the start of ICANN’s “Auctions of Last Resort” quickly approaching, some new TLD applicants
are working on last minute contention set resolutions.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/11/more-new-tld-auctions-on-tap-and-uniregistry-appears-to-be-participating/>

Next week is colorful for new TLDs: 5 Schillings, Afilias colors, and a bit of buzz
Only two of Donuts’ new TLDs enter their “true” general availability phase next week. It will still
be a big week for new TLDs as other applicants launch domains.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/10/new-tlds-april-2014/>

Ready to .Party: Famous Four wins contention set for .party domain
Famous Four Media has resolved its contention set with Oriental Trading Company for the .party TLD.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/10/ready-to-party-famous-four-wins-contention-set-for-party-domain/>

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Majority of Phishers Targeting Chinese; Phishing Up 60 Percent: Report
Of all domains registered for phishing in the second half of 2013, 85 percent were registered by Chinese
phishers, according to a report by the Anti-Phishing Work Group (APWG). The overall number of phishing
attacks worldwide greatly increased in the second half of 2013 over the first half, but was lower than the
second half of 2012.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/majority-phishers-targeting-chinese-phishing-60-percent-report>

A Bad Year for Phishing by Greg Aaron
Here at the Anti-Phishing Working Group meeting in Hong Kong, we've just released the latest APWG Global
Phishing Survey. Produced by myself and my research partner Rod Rasmussen of Internet Identity, it's an
in-depth look at the global phishing problem in the second half of 2013. Overall, the picture isn't
pretty. There were at least 115,565 unique phishing attacks worldwide during the period. This is one of
the highest semi-annual totals we've observed since we began our studies in 2007.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140409_a_bad_year_for_phishing/>

Amplified DDoS Attacks: The current Biggest Threat Against the Internet by Carlos Alvarez
About a year ago, The Spamhaus Project was victim to what was then considered the worst to date DDoS attack.
It directed DNS response traffic at a rate of nearly 300 gigabytes per second against Spamhaus’s name
servers flooding them, making them unable to resolve requests for spamhaus.org and making spamhaus.org
appear down to anyone unable to resolve the name.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/amplified-ddos-attacks-the-current-biggest-threat-against-the-internet/>

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Adrian Kinderis appointed as Chair of Domain Name Association
ARI Registry Services is pleased to announce that CEO Adrian Kinderis has this week been appointed as Chair
of the Board of Directors of the Domain Name Association (DNA), the domain name industry's global trade body.
<http://ariservices.com/news-Adrian-Kinderis-appointed-as-Chair-of-Domain-Name-Association.php>

Domain Name Association Officers Elected by Board
The newly constituted Board of Directors of the Domain Name Association (DNA), the Internet domain
industry's only global trade association, has elected its officers, the organization today announced.
With its leaders in place and a full 12-person board, the DNA will now work to deliver programs that advance
its dual mission to educate the public about the expansion of domain names and to serve as the voice of the industry.
<http://www.thedna.org/pr_20140410.html>

Domain Name Association Appoints Adrian Kinderis As Chair
The Domain Name Association, the only trade association to represent the interests of the domain name
industry, has appointed ARI Registry Services' CEO Adrian Kinderis as its Chair of the Board.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22140>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/11/domain-name-association-kinderis-chair/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/domain-name-association-kinderis-chair.html>

CentralNic Purchases DomiNIC [news release]
CentralNic PLC, the global provider of registry and registrar services, announced today that it acquired
the assets of DomiNIC GmbH, including the DomiNIC domain management software, the product of twenty
years of development with a blue chip customer base in the German-speaking countries.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/11/centralnic-purchases-dominic/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/centralnic-purchases-dominic.html>

Internet Hall of Fame Welcomes 2014 Inductees at Ceremony in Hong Kong
Twenty-four people who designed and advanced the Internet as the global, world-changing platform that it
is today will be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-hall-fame-welcomes-2014-inductees-ceremony-hong-kong>

Uniregistry Whois tells you why a domain isn’t available
One of the most frustrating challenges of pre-registering new TLDs is having the registrar return a search
“not available”.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/11/uniregistry-whois-tells-you-why-a-domain-isnt-available/>

IPv6 on the Agenda at WTDC 2014
The RIPE NCC, representatives of the other Regional Internet Registries, ITU Member States and Sector
Members took part in the International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunication
Development Conference (WTDC-14) this past fortnight in Dubai, UAE.
<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/ipv6-on-the-agenda-at-wtdc-2014>

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.Asia Registry Partners with NameJet & RightOfTheDot.com to Auction Premium 3-4 Character Numeric .Asia Domains
DotAsia Organisation, registry operator of the ‘.Asia’ top-level-domain, announced that it has
partnered with NameJet.com and RightOfTheDot.com to auction a series of never-before-released
premium numeric domain names.
<http://rightofthedot.com/2014/04/asia-registry-partners-with-namejet-rightofthedot-com-to-auction-premium-3-4-character-numeric-asia-domains/>

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Kim Dotcom and Megaupload sued for copyright infringement by music labels
Megaupload may have shut down in January 2012 after its founder Kim Dotcom was arrested on copyright
infringement charges, but the cloud storage service is now facing new civil lawsuits from the music and
film industries.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/11/riaa-mpaa-megaupload-kim-dotcom-piracy-lawsuits>

au: Cinema chief defends $20 tickets, saying illegal downloads 'hurts industry'
The head of a leading cinema chain has hit back at claims that higher ticket prices justify the illegal
downloading of movies.
<http://www.smh.com.au/national/movie-pirating-ticket-price-no-excuse-20140411-36ihv.html>
<http://www.theage.com.au/national/movie-pirating-ticket-price-no-excuse-20140411-36ihv.html>

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Security Flaw Could Reach Beyond Websites to Digital Devices, Experts Say
When the Heartbleed bug was disclosed on Monday, the attention focused on the fallout for major Internet
companies like Yahoo and Amazon. But security experts said the potential for harm could extend much
further, to the guts of the Internet and the many devices that connect to it.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/business/security-flaw-could-reach-beyond-websites-to-digital-devices-experts-say.html>

'Heartbleed' computer bug threat spreads to firewalls and beyond
Hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the
"Heartbleed" computer bug, according to security experts who warned on Thursday that the risks extended
beyond just Internet Web servers.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/11/uk-cybersecurity-internet-bug-idUKBREA3925Y20140411>

US government warns of Heartbleed bug danger
The US government has warned that it believes hackers are trying to make use of the Heartbleed bug.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26985818>

Heartbleed bug creates confusion on internet
Computers vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug are actively being targeted online, say security experts.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26971363>

Online business and security: A flaw in popular internet-security software could have serious
consequences for all sorts of business
The Heartbleed bug sounds like a nasty coronary condition. But it is in fact a software flaw that has left up
to two-thirds of the world’s websites vulnerable to attack by hackers. “This is potentially the most
dangerous bug that we have seen for a long, long time,” says James Beeson, the chief information
security officer of GE Capital Americas, an arm of GE. Since its existence was revealed on April 7th by
researchers at Codenomicon, a security outfit, and Google, countless companies around the world that
rely on the internet for part or all of their business have been scrambling to fix the flaw.
<http://www.economist.com/news/business/21600691-flaw-popular-internet-security-software-could-have-serious-consequences-all-sorts>

Heartbleed Bug: What Can You Do?
In the wake of widespread media coverage of the Internet security debacle known as the Heartbleed bug, many
readers are understandably anxious to know what they can do to protect themselves. Here’s a short primer.
<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/04/heartbleed-bug-what-can-you-do/>

Heartbleed: Don't Panic by Steven Bellovin
There's been a lot of ink and pixels spilled of late over the Heartbleed bug. Yes, it's serious. Yes, it
potentially affects almost everyone. Yes, there are some precautions you should take. But there's good
news, too: for many people, it's a non-event. Heartbleed allows an attacker to recover a random memory
area from a web or email server running certain versions of OpenSSL. The question is what's in that memory.
It may be nothing, or it may contain user passwords (this has reportedly been seen on Yahoo's mail
service), cryptographic keys, etc.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140412_heartbleed_dont_panic/>

Heartbleed certificate revocation tsunami yet to arrive
Only 30,000 of the 500,000+ SSL certificates affected by the Heartbleed bug have been reissued up until
today, and even fewer certificates have been revoked.
<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/11/heartbleed-certificate-revocation-tsunami-yet-to-arrive.html>

Half a million widely trusted websites vulnerable to Heartbleed bug
A serious overrun vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library affects around 17% of SSL web
servers which use certificates issued by trusted certificate authorities. Already commonly known as
the Heartbleed bug, a missing bounds check in the handling of the TLS heartbeat extension can allow remote
attackers to view up to 64 kilobytes of memory on an affected server. This could allow attackers to
retrieve private keys and ultimately decrypt the server's encrypted traffic or even impersonate the server.
<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/08/half-a-million-widely-trusted-websites-vulnerable-to-heartbleed-bug.html>

‘Heartbleed’ Bug Exposes Passwords, Web Site Encryption Keys
Researchers have uncovered an extremely critical vulnerability in recent versions of OpenSSL, a
technology that allows millions of Web sites to encrypt communications with visitors. Complicating
matters further is the release of a simple exploit that can be used to steal usernames and passwords from
vulnerable sites, as well as private keys that sites use to encrypt and decrypt sensitive data.
<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/04/heartbleed-bug-exposes-passwords-web-site-encryption-keys/>

Tests confirm Heartbleed bug can expose server's private key [IDG]
Four researchers working separately have demonstrated a server's private encryption key can be obtained
using the Heartbleed bug, an attack thought possible but unconfirmed.
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/542793/tests_confirm_heartbleed_bug_can_expose_server_private_key/>
<http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/041414-tests-confirm-heartbleed-bug-can-280640.html>

Fixing Heartbleed bug up to website owners
Security experts warn there is little internet users can do to protect themselves from the recently
uncovered ''Heartbleed'' bug that exposes data to hackers, at least not until vulnerable websites
upgrade their software.
<http://www.odt.co.nz/news/business/298503/fixing-heartbleed-bug-website-owners>

Heartbleed: A Bug With A Past and A Future
Bruce Schneier stood on the Source Boston keynote stage yesterday and used the word “ginormous” to
describe the severity of the OpenSSL heartbleed bug.
<http://threatpost.com/heartbleed-a-bug-with-a-past-and-a-future/105393>

What Have We Learned: OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug
There’s nothing the Internet loves more than a fat, juicy story that it can sink its sharpened, yellowing
canines into. And for the security community, the OpenSSL heartbleed vulnerability has been the
equivalent of a 72-ounce steak. But an Internet-breaking vulnerability like this one is no good unless we
can learn something from it (or at least give it a clever hashtag).
<http://threatpost.com/what-have-we-learned-openssl-heartbleed-bug/105385>

Cyber Intelligence Asia 2014: CERTs and Industrial Security by Slava Borilin
In March I spoke at Cyber Intelligence Asia 2014, where CERTs from most Asians countries were presented.
The fact is that only a few CERTs are now dealing in some way with industrial security, ICS and SCADA
matters. One of the best of those is CERT of Japan, which is doing a great job here, and Jack YS Lin provided a
nice overview of their activities and experience. Japan has a national ICS Test Bed, somewhat similar to
Idaho National Lab, and is the only country besides the US that has an ISASecure certification entity.
However, not all Japanese CNIs (Critical National Infrastructures) or even Industrial Automation
vendors are doing enough in the security space.
<http://threatpost.com/cyber-intelligence-asia-2014-certs-and-industrial-security/105403>

Australian Attorney General Picks Surveillance Over Fair Use on U.S. Visit
"Australia is ready for, and needs, a fair use exception now." These were the unambiguous words of the
Australian Law Reform Commission's report investigating how to modernize the country's copyright
laws. Specifically, the Commission called for a fair use doctrine that resembles that of the U.S., with
the same four-factor balancing test.
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/04/australian-attorney-general-picks-surveillance-over-fair-use-us-visit>

Microsoft Touts Data Protection Approval in Europe; Eager for New Customers
Online privacy is heating up as a selling point, at least in Europe. Microsoft’s top lawyer on Thursday
said the company’s cloud computing services had met Europe’s stringent data protection rules —
the only company so far to receive such approval — and he used the news as a way to woo potential new customers.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/microsoft-touts-data-protection-approval-in-europe-eager-for-new-customers/>

Australia depending on vulnerable "cyber" environment: DSTO
Internet security is top of the agenda in the development of a new framework for Australia's national
security and technology policy.
<http://www.zdnet.com/australia-depending-on-vulnerable-cyber-environment-dsto-7000028379/>

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Republicans Push Legislation to Block Internet Domain Organization Transition
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303873604579492052533190902>

ICANN Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance's Submission to NETMundial
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/ccwg-ig-netmundial-08apr14-en.htm>

IANA in Transition: Update by Theresa Swinehart
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/iana-in-transition-update/>

Global Domain Registrations Grow 7.3 Percent In 2013 To 271 Million
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/10/domain-grow-2013-271m/>

Four governments file ICANN appeals over .wine
<http://domainincite.com/16442-four-governments-file-icann-appeals-over-wine>

Seriousness of OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug Sets In
<http://threatpost.com/seriousness-of-openssl-heartbleed-bug-sets-in/105309>

Which sites have patched the Heartbleed bug
<http://www.cnet.com/how-to/which-sites-have-patched-the-heartbleed-bug/>

More Than A Half-Million Servers Exposed To Heartbleed Flaw
<http://www.darkreading.com/informationweek-home/more-than-a-half-million-servers-exposed-to-heartbleed-flaw/d/d-id/1204318>

Users’ Stark Reminder: As Web Grows, It Grows Less Secure
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/technology/users-stark-reminder-as-web-grows-it-grows-less-secure.html>

Q. and A. on Heartbleed: A Flaw Missed by the Masses
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/qa-on-heartbleed-a-flaw-missed-by-the-masses/>

Internet security: Cyber-criminals more cunning in attacks
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11234693>

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Republicans Push Legislation to Block Internet Domain Organization Transition
Republicans opposed to the Obama administration's plan to relinquish oversight of the body that manages
the architecture of the Internet are starting to push legislation to prevent or slow down the move.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303873604579492052533190902>
<http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20140409-711477.html>

India to Play Major Role in Forming Internet Governance Principles
India, along with 11 other countries, is selected to formulate internet governance principles and
roadmap for the future evolution of its ecosystem.
<http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/India-to-Play-Major-Role-in-Forming-Internet-Governance-Principles/2014/04/10/article2159664.ece>

House panel to consider Internet governance bill
The House Commerce subcommittee on Technology will mark up a Republican bill that would prevent the Obama
administration from going through with plans to step out of its oversight role of the Internet’s Web
address system.
<http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/203158-overnight-tech-house-panel-to-consider-internet-governance-bill>

How Russia and China could take over the internet!
Do governments have too much potential power over ICANN, and do they need reining in before the US cuts
itself loose?
<http://domainincite.com/16419-how-russia-and-china-could-take-over-the-internet>

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ICANN Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance's Submission to NETMundial
Purpose (Brief): To obtain feedback from the wider ICANN Community on the Contribution to NETMundial from
the ICANN Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/ccwg-ig-netmundial-08apr14-en.htm>

The IANA Functions Explained – New ICANN Infographic
Click here to download the new IANA Functions Infographic. This new guide explains how these core
functions allow you and everyone around the globe to utilize the Internet.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-07apr14-en.htm>

IANA in Transition: Update by Theresa Swinehart
We received an overwhelming response to our call for feedback in the design of a community-driven process
toward achieving transition of NTIA’s Stewardship of the IANA Functions. From the launch of the public
comment process in Singapore two weeks ago through last Thursday, we received numerous ideas on
principles and mechanisms and are now incorporating them into our consultation materials. We also are
taking into account feedback received from our I* partners.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/iana-in-transition-update/>

Call for Public Input: Draft Proposal, Based on Initial Community Feedback, of the Principles and
Mechanisms and the Process to Develop a Proposal to Transition NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions
Posted 8 April, 2014 "Call for Public Input: Draft Proposal, Based on Initial Community Feedback, of the
Principles and Mechanisms and the Process to Develop a Proposal to Transition NTIA's Stewardship of the
IANA Functions."
<http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/iana/transition/draft-proposal-08apr14-en.htm>

New gTLD Auction Bidder Agreement Improved
ICANN has published an updated version of the Bidder Agreement, which applicants must execute prior to
participating in a New gTLD Program Auction. The improvements address concerns raised by the New TLD
Applicants Group (NTAG) during ICANN 49 in Singapore. Of primary concern was the indemnification clause
(section 4.2) of the Bidder Agreement version 2014.02.26.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-09apr14-en>

ICANN Draft Five-Year Strategic Plan (FY16 – FY20)
Purpose (Brief): Join us in creating ICANN's new, overarching vision and long-term strategic plan. Your
input and perspectives are critical to our process. Public comment is invited on the Draft ICANN
Five–Year Strategic Plan (FY16 – FY20) through May 2014. Built on community input received
throughout an extensive, public strategy conversation, the Draft Strategic Plan proposes a new Vision,
reiterates ICANN's existing Mission, and describes five focus areas with Strategic Objectives and
Goals. Each goal includes proposed, strategic outcomes, risks, measures and phasing over five years.
ICANN is seeking general feedback, as well as input on the proposed measurable outcomes for the Focus Area
Goals. Your comments will help inform the final ICANN Five–Year Strategic Plan.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/stratplan-draft-09apr14-en.htm>

Introducing the Beta Launch of the New ICANN WHOIS Lookup Tool by Margie Milam
Five months ago, ICANN launched the new WHOIS website, a one-stop shop for questions and information about
everything WHOIS, the Internet’s record system of domain registration data. This new portal was just
the first part of ICANN’s goal of implementing substantial improvements to the current system, based
on the recommendations outlined in the Action Plan, a series of recommendations from the WHOIS Policy
Review Team on how to move forward with improving WHOIS.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/introducing-the-beta-launch-of-the-new-icann-whois-lookup-tool/>

Valuable Workshop in Benin on Domain Names, Trademarks and User Rights Protections by Yaovi Atohoun
Our main role at ICANN is to coordinate and manage those unique identifiers that make the Domain Name System
work. It’s probably fair to say most Internet users in Africa, like elsewhere, don’t really care
about the IP addresses assigned to their machines or the domain names under which their website or email
systems operate. There’s even less understanding of trademark protection issues and dispute
resolution systems.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/valuable-workshop-in-benin-on-domain-names-trademarks-and-user-rights-protections/>

Cherine Chalaby, Chair | ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee, to Ms. Lorna Jean Gradden
Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Advice – .AMAZON (and related IDNs)
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/chalaby-to-gradden-07apr14-en>

Stephen D. Crocker, Chair | ICANN Board of Directors, to Heather Dryden
Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Advice – .AMAZON (and related IDNs)
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/crocker-to-dryden-07apr14-en>

ICANN sets ball rolling on IANA transition
ICANN has put the wheels in motion towards the ultimate transition of the IANA functions from the
stewardship of the US government.
<http://domainincite.com/16446-icann-sets-ball-rolling-on-iana-transition>

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Global Domain Registrations Grow 7.3 Percent In 2013 To 271 Million
The number of registered domain names keeps growing, with five million domain names added in the final
quarter of 2013, reports Verisign in their latest Domain Name Industry Brief. The number of registered
domains was 271 million globally at the end of 2013. For the full year, registrations grew by 18.5 million,
or 7.3 percent, year over year.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22131>
<http://www.domainnews.com/domain-grow-2013-271m.html>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/10/domain-grow-2013-271m/>

Internet Grows to 271 Million Domain Names in the Fourth Quarter of 2013
VeriSign, Inc. ... announced five million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of
2013, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 271 million worldwide across all TLDs as of
Dec. 31, 2013, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.
<http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE4MjczNDc%3D>

Landrush For .CO.COM Launching 8 April
Harking back to 1985, the year the first domain name was registered, Ronald Reagan was sworn in for his
second term in office and New Coke was launched, the registry behind .co.com are saying now is the time,
again, you can register short, memorable domain names.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22126>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/08/landrush-for-co-com-launching-8-april/>

First Come First Served .CO.COM Land Rush Begins Tomorrow - Second Heritage Auctions Domain Sale Happens Wednesday
A couple of notable domain sales events will be happening over the next 48 hours. First up, the new .CO.COM
registry opens their 90-day Land Rush period at 12 noon (U.S. Eastern time) tomorrow (Tuesday, April 8, 2014).
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140407.htm>

Final call for new second levels paves the way for a .nz domain name space with more choice
Due to a recent decision that will offer more choice in .nz domain names, the Domain Name Commission is
making a final call to any specific community of interest that wants to apply for the creation of a new
second level.
<http://dnc.org.nz/story/press-release-final-call-new-second-levels-paves-way-nz-domain-name-space-more-choice>

Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website
Optical Express has failed to silence an outspoken critic of the High Street optician, after Nominet
chucked out an appeal against the owner of a website that attacks the company's laser eye surgery business.
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/07/nominet_rejects_optical_holdings_appeal_against_operator_of_optical_express_ruined_my_life_site/>

uk: Nominet critic calls for governance transparency
Emily Taylor, ex Nominet employee and outspoken critic of the UK's national registry, has published an
open letter calling on Nominet's top registrars to ensure the registry's Board is operating in a way that
protects the public interest.
<http://www.stephanevangelder.com/archives/481-Nominet-critic-calls-for-governance-transparency.html>

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Four governments file ICANN appeals over .wine
France, Spain, the UK and the European Commission have formally appealed ICANN’s decision to allow the
.wine and .vin new gTLD applications to proceed.
<http://domainincite.com/16442-four-governments-file-icann-appeals-over-wine>

Battle heats up over wine gTLD GI protections
This week the battle for protection for geographical indications in the ‘.wine’ and ‘.vin’
strings heated up, with the European Federation of Origin Wines threatening an ongoing campaign should
the strings be delegated without mechanisms in place.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=70f731cc-453d-4379-bb02-e6a41f42be31>

ICANN delays uncorking of wine-related domains [IDG]
ICANN decided on Monday to delay granting new .wine and .vin TLDs, a move welcomed by European lawmakers
concerned that cybersquatting could undermine the entire wine industry.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2140561/icann-delays-uncorking-of-winerelated-domains.html>
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247494/ICANN_delays_uncorking_.wine_and_.vin_domains>
<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/542313/icann_delays_uncorking_wine-related_domains/>

Euro winemakers talk .wine boycott, EU block
European wineries are threatening to boycott .wine and .vin and may lobby for the two new gTLDs to be
“blocked” in the EU.
<http://domainincite.com/16414-euro-winemakers-talk-wine-boycott-eu-block>

‘.tokyo’ domain now available
The Yomiuri Shimbun The registration for “.tokyo” domain names started Monday.
<http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001192735>

Capital gets .tokyo domain
The nation’s capital has joined “.com,” “.gov” and a few other select naming categories on the
Internet’s list of TLDs.
<http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/07/business/capital-gets-tokyo-domain/>

Battle heats up over wine gTLD GI protections
This week the battle for protection for geographical indications (GIs) in the ‘.wine’ and ‘.vin’
strings heated up, with the European Federation of Origin Wines (EFOW) threatening an ongoing campaign
should the strings be delegated without mechanisms in place.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=70F731CC-453D-4379-BB02-E6A41F42BE31>

The GOP Is Hip to the Internet Domain Haps
The Republican Party has received approval from ICANN for a .gop TLD. The domain comes as part of an effort to
unify the party's online resources and make it easier for people to identify official websites.
<http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/09/the_gop_top_level_domain_was_given_to_republicans_by_icann.html>

Another 0-for-18 with new TLDs
Five more of Donuts’ new TLDs revert to standard pricing today — .florist, .solar, .coffee, .house,
and .international. I came up with 18 domains that I thought might be worth registering in these new
extensions. Regrettably, I went 0-for-18.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/09/another-0-for-18-with-new-tlds/>

Uniregistry: About Pre-Registrations
Over the next year, Uniregistry will be rolling out new TLDs at a steady pace. We are truly excited by the
interest in our domain names, and we know that many of our current and future customers share this
excitement. Many times, however, the excitement over new domains leads to disappointment, as
registrants who have "pre-registered" their favorite new domain names fail to get the names they had requested.
<http://uniregistry.link/about-pre-registrations/>

Who Are the Major New gTLD Applicants and… (Part Six: Starting Dot) by Jean Guillon
Starting Dot ("SD") is a French new gTLD applicant which applied for five strings: .ARCHI, .BIO, .DESIGN,
(which has been withdrawn) .IMMO and .SKI. It is the only French applicant to have applied for several open
new gTLDs. Some French brands have applied too but as closed TLDs. While Starting Dot may be one of the
smaller portfolio applicants, there is a considerable difference here in the way their projects are
handled when compared to some of the larger applicants.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140408_who_are_the_major_new_gtld_applicants_and_part_six_starting_dot/>

Sd urged to reserve significant names
African Union Commission has endorsed the TLD Reservation Project which will allow African governments
and stakeholders on the continent to have names that are special to them reserved.
<http://www.observer.org.sz/news/60676-sd-urged-to-reserve-significant-names.html>

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 - DNS SECURITY
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The Heartbleed Bug: Are you at risk? by Dave Piscitello
Researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in OpenSSL, a software that provides secure (encrypted)
communications for electronic commerce, banking, and secure remote access (SSL VPN). This
vulnerability has been termed the Heartbleed Bug. An attacker who successfully exploits this
vulnerability can read data from the memory of an attacked server. If the attacker is able to obtain the
server’s private encryption keys from server memory, the vulnerability would allow attackers to
decrypt and eavesdrop secure transactions or communications.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/the-heartbleed-bug-are-you-at-risk/>

U.S. Tries Candor to Assure China on Cyberattacks
In the months before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s arrival in Beijing on Monday, the Obama
administration quietly held an extraordinary briefing for the Chinese military leadership on a subject
officials have rarely discussed in public: the Pentagon’s emerging doctrine for defending against
cyberattacks against the United States — and for using its cybertechnology against adversaries,
including the Chinese.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/world/us-tries-candor-to-assure-china-on-cyberattacks.html>

Connecting the Dots Between Cookies and Identities
A team of Princeton computer scientists published a paper that explains how an attacker or intelligence
agency could passively sniff traffic and learn a connect a user’s web traffic to their identity via
leaked data in cookies.
<http://threatpost.com/connecting-the-dots-between-cookies-and-identities/105277>

18 million email addresses and passwords stolen in Germany
The new case comes just months after another report of the widespread theft of email credentials.
<http://www.zdnet.com/18-million-email-addresses-and-passwords-stolen-in-germany-7000028082/>

Hackers Lurking in Vents and Soda Machines
They came in through the Chinese takeout menu. Unable to breach the computer network at a big oil company,
hackers infected with malware the online menu of a Chinese restaurant that was popular with employees.
When the workers browsed the menu, they inadvertently downloaded code that gave the attackers a foothold
in the business’s vast computer network.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/technology/the-spy-in-the-soda-machine.html>

Real-Time, Interactive Map Tracks Global Cyber Threats
Information security has become a global problem, and getting a handle on the scope of the threats to users
is a difficult task. A new interactive infographic illustrates a variety of cyber threats in real time, as
detected by the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN).
<http://threatpost.com/real-time-interactive-map-tracks-global-cyber-threats/105310>

'Heartbleed' bug puts encryption at risk for hundreds of thousands of servers
Hundreds of thousands of web and email servers worldwide have a software flaw that lets attackers steal the
cryptographic keys used to secure online commerce and web connections, experts say.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/08/heartbleed-bug-puts-encryption-at-risk-for-hundreds-of-thousands-of-servers>

Seriousness of OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug Sets In
Site operators and software vendors are scrambling to fix the OpenSSL heartbleed bug revealed Monday, a
vulnerability that enables an attacker to extract 64 KB of memory per request from a server. Attacks can
leak private keys, usernames and passwords and other sensitive data, and some large sites, including
Yahoo Mail and others, are vulnerable right now.
<http://threatpost.com/seriousness-of-openssl-heartbleed-bug-sets-in/105309>

Scramble to fix huge 'heartbleed' security bug
A bug in software used by millions of web servers could have exposed anyone visiting sites they hosted to
spying and eavesdropping, say researchers.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26935905>

Experts Find a Door Ajar in an Internet Security Method Thought Safe
A flaw has been discovered in one of the Internet’s key security methods, potentially forcing a wide
swath of websites to make changes to protect the security of consumers.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/flaw-found-in-key-method-for-protecting-data-on-the-internet/>

Which sites have patched the Heartbleed bug
The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and
services across the Internet into patch mode.
<http://www.cnet.com/how-to/which-sites-have-patched-the-heartbleed-bug/>

More Than A Half-Million Servers Exposed To Heartbleed Flaw
The newly exposed Heartbleed bug plaguing some 17 percent of SSL-secured websites as well as various VPN
products has caused a massive case of Internet heartburn over the past 48 hours as companies rushed to
confirm their exposure and lock down their SSL/TLS software. But just how bad is it?
<http://www.darkreading.com/informationweek-home/more-than-a-half-million-servers-exposed-to-heartbleed-flaw/d/d-id/1204318>

Flaw Calls for Altering Passwords, Experts Say
A programming mistake from two years ago has forced countless websites to make fixes to protect the
sensitive personal information of consumers.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/technology/flaw-calls-for-altering-passwords-experts-say.html>

Difficulty of Detecting OpenSSL Heartbleed Attacks Adds to Problem
The list of products and sites affected by the OpenSSL heartbleed vulnerability continues to grow, and as
security teams implement the patch and dig into the thornier work of revoking certificates, a new problem
is emerging: It’s difficult to know whether an attacker has exploited the vulnerability on a given system.
<http://threatpost.com/difficulty-of-detecting-openssl-heartbleed-attacks-adds-to-problem/105354>

Users’ Stark Reminder: As Web Grows, It Grows Less Secure
It was the computer programming equivalent of misspelling Mississippi — an error at once careless,
inevitable and hard for most human eyes to spot.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/technology/users-stark-reminder-as-web-grows-it-grows-less-secure.html>

Q. and A. on Heartbleed: A Flaw Missed by the Masses
This week, security researchers publicized a significant security flaw, named Heartbleed, which could
expose the personal information that people plug into websites, like passwords and credit card numbers.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/qa-on-heartbleed-a-flaw-missed-by-the-masses/>

Heartbleed bug: What you need to know
Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a
major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week.
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11235743>

Half a million widely trusted websites vulnerable to Heartbleed bug
A serious overrun vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library affects around 17% of SSL web
servers which use certificates issued by trusted certificate authorities. Already commonly known as
the Heartbleed bug, a missing bounds check in the handling of the TLS heartbeat extension can allow remote
attackers to view up to 64 kilobytes of memory on an affected server. This could allow attackers to
retrieve private keys and ultimately decrypt the server's encrypted traffic or even impersonate the server.
<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/08/half-a-million-widely-trusted-websites-vulnerable-to-heartbleed-bug.html>

Heartbleed vulnerability major issue for website owners
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) and the New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) are today warning
website owners that their site’s security may have been breached and private information, including
logons and passwords, may have been stolen after the HeartBleed vulnerability was identified in the last
24 hours.
<https://internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2014/Heartbleed-vulnerability-major-issue-website-owners>

Internet security: Cyber-criminals more cunning in attacks
Cyber-criminals are planning their "hits" more carefully and the attacks are lasting longer than ever -
and many New Zealanders are leaving themselves exposed to cyber threats on their computers, mobiles and
social networks.
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11234693>

nz: Heartbleed a major threat for website owners - how to tell if your site is vulnerable
InternetNZ and the New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) are today warning website owners that their
site’s security may have been breached and private information, including logons and passwords, may
have been stolen after the "HeartBleed" vulnerability was identified in the last 24 hours.
<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/heartbleed-major-threat-website-owners-how-tell-if-your-site-vulnerable-ck-154501>

Heartbleed Bug opens internet for hackers
InternetNZ has advised website owners urgently check whether people’s usernames and passwords may
have been stolen following a major global security scare.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/60036583/heartbleed-bug-opens-internet-for-hackers.html>
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/technology/60036583/Heartbleed-Bug-opens-internet-for-hackers>

nz: 'Heartbleed' bug targets web user info
InternetNZ is warning web users about a cyber bug detected in the past 24 hours that can steal private information.
<http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/22494951/heartbleed-bug-targets-web-user-info/>
<http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1800391884--heartbleed--bug-targets-web-user-info>

New cyber security guidelines and certification scheme proposed by UK government
Businesses that meet specified basic standards of cyber security will be able to obtain an independent
certification of compliance with those standards under a new scheme proposed by the UK government.
<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/april/new-cyber-security-guidelines-and-certification-scheme-proposed-by-uk-government/>

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 - DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES
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Company Loses Battle to Get Critical Website Taken Down
There has been a lot of discussion about the coming .sucks new gtld and some of the potential pricing that
could potentially come with it. Other extensions coming down the pipeline have gotten less publicity but
certainly fall in a similar camp.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/07/company-loses-battle-to-get-critical-website-taken-down/>

UDRP decision highlights importance of providing sufficient evidence for panel to examine [subscription]
IndiaMART InterMESH Limited has obtained the transfer of the domain name ‘infoindiamart.com’ under
the UDRP. The decision highlights several essential UDRP principles and rules, and underlines the
importance of providing sufficient evidence for the panel to examine.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=c0f29374-2b37-4774-86ad-38de95280c35>

JustBelieve.com saved in UDRP, no RDNH thanks to “idiot defense”
Arbitrator decides that the case was so weak that the complainant just didn’t know any better.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/07/justbelieve/>

UDRP complainant shoots self in foot with supplemental filing
Company effectively admits its original complaint was destined to fail when it makes supplemental filing.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/07/udrp-complainant-shoots-self-in-foot-with-supplemental-filing/>

Busted: UDRP panelist contradicts his earlier decisions
National Arbitration Forum panelist Héctor A. Manoff has found against Restomod, Inc. in a UDRP it filed
for the domain name restomod.com.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/08/busted-udrp-panelist-contradicts-his-earlier-decisions/>

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 - MISCELLANEOUS
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Irishman is inducted into ‘Internet Hall of Fame’
Physicist Dr Dennis Jennings has become the first Irish person to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
<http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/irishman-is-inducted-into-internet-hall-of-fame-1.1754135>

Can VeriSign Move Higher In 2014?
VeriSign is the world’s largest provider of registry services for .com and .net domain names. The
company has a market capitalization of $6.74 billion and generated revenues of approximately $965
million in FY13.
<http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/233770/marycan-verisign-move-higher-in-2014/2014-04-08>
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2014/04/09/can-verisign-move-higher-in-2014/>

1 year of Moot: growth, investment, and rebranding to Muut
As awareness of our service kept growing it became clear to us we needed to shift from our .it domain to a .com
domain. With Muut we have our 4 letter .com as well as a new distinctive brand. We have already started the
process of migrating everything over to the new domain, but no need to worry — your old embeds pointing to
moot.it will continue to work so you won’t need to do anything!
<https://muut.com/blog/news/one-year-of-moot.html>

GoDaddy Supports Women in Technology: Sexist Image Changing?
GoDaddy announced a partnership with the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) on Monday. The Anita Borg Institute
was founded in an effort to support and increase the impact of women in technology and to inspire and guide
women in the technology field.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/godaddy-supports-women-technology-sexist-image-changing>

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 - WEBHOSTING
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Microsoft Gains Most Sites in April: Netcraft Web Server Survey
Microsoft gained the most websites in April 2014, according to the monthly Netcraft Web Server survey
released on Monday, bringing it that much closer to Apache’s market share lead.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/microsoft-gains-sites-april-netcraft-web-server-survey>

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 - DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET
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DomainNameSales Sets a New Record for a .Net Sale Banking $500,000 for Mobile.net and Booking Two
Additional Six-Figure Sales
DomainNameSales.com Vice President of Sales Jeff Gabriel has confirmed the company has sold Mobile.net
for $500,000 in the highest .net sale on record. Gabriel credited DNS broker Andrew Mathias for making the
landmark sale of a domain that was owned by DNS Founder Frank Schilling. The public Whois record now shows
Steven Renner of Minneapolis as the owner of the domain. The previous .net leader was Sex.net, sold for
$454,500 in 2006.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140408.htm>

Blacklist.com Attracts a Lot of Greenbacks to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart
After hitting the second half of last week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart with EnergyStock.com at
$10,000, Bilal Kapadia is back with a much bigger sale this week. In fact this time he went straight to the
head of the class with his $85,000 sale of Blacklist.com in a private transaction. 
<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140409.htm>

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Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on
social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering
off to the next page she probably won’t commit to.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/serious-reading-takes-a-hit-from-online-scanning-and-skimming-researchers-say/2014/04/06/088028d2-b5d2-11e3-b899-20667de76985_story.html>

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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Survey finds teens still tiring of Facebook, prefer Instagram
Internet analysts at Piper Jaffray have both good news and bad news for the world's largest social network:
Teens continue to lose interest in Facebook but are showing an increasing appetite for Instagram, a
Facebook property.
<http://www.cnet.com/news/survey-finds-teens-still-tiring-of-facebook-prefer-instagram/>

Facebook wipes page saying soldiers should be murdered
Facebook has removed a page entitled "Soldiers deserve to be raped and murdered" - but not because of its
subject matter.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26938007>

Facebook implementing ‘privacy checkup’ for users sharing publicly
Facebook is to roll out a “privacy checkup” service to make sure users know when they are publicly
sharing data.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/09/facebook-privacy-checkup-for-users-sharing-publicly>

Facebook prepares trio of new privacy tweaks
Social network readies small interface changes to make it easier to customize per-post privacy settings,
while acknowledging past privacy errors.
<http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-prepares-privacy-tweaks/>

Facebook Tests New Privacy Tweaks
Facebook knows it’s bad for Facebook when its users freak out at privacy changes. It wants to stop making
that happen.
<http://recode.net/2014/04/08/facebook-tests-new-privacy-tweaks/>

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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New USB plug promises to turn frustrated users’ world upside-down
After almost two decades of trying and failing to plug in USB connectors the right way up first time round,
computer users’ difficulties may be coming to an end.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/07/new-usb-plug-upside-down-symmetrical-type-c-apple-lightning>

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Take tablet computers off children at bedtime, says teachers' leader
Parents should consider taking tablet computers off their children to ensure they get a good night's sleep
and are ready for school, it has been suggested.
<http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/07/take-tablet-computers-off-children-bedtime-teachers-leader>

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY
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YouTube Hurts Music Album Sales, Research Finds
The music industry has often cited piracy as the main reason for the decline in music sales over the past
decade, but new research suggests that YouTube may have played a role as well. Based on Warner Music's
YouTube blackout, researchers conclude that the video streaming portal cost the label up to $40 million
in lost album sales per year.
<http://torrentfreak.com/youtube-hurts-music-album-sales-research-finds-140409/>

U.S. movie studios sue Megaupload, founder Dotcom
Several major U.S. studios filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday against the file-sharing
website Megaupload and its ebullient founder, Kim Dotcom.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/08/uk-usa-infringement-dotcom-idUKBREA3706520140408>
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/08/usa-infringement-dotcom-megaupload-idINDEEA3701820140408>

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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New Era of ‘Mega Breaches’ Signals Bigger Payouts and Shifting Behavior for Cybercriminals [news release]
After lurking in the shadows for the first ten months of 2013, cybercriminals unleashed the most damaging
series of cyberattacks in history. Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 19,
shows a significant shift in cybercriminal behavior, revealing the bad guys are plotting for months
before pulling off huge heists – instead of executing quick hits with smaller rewards.
<http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20140408_01>

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MISCELLANEOUS
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Email From Steve Jobs Hints at How Apple Ticks
When technology companies like Apple and Samsung Electronics go to trial, one significant price they must
pay is giving up some corporate secrets.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/07/email-from-steve-jobs-hints-at-how-apple-ticks/>

Apple chiefs feared that smartphone buyers ‘want what we don't have’
Apple's executives expressed concern in April 2013 that “consumers want what we don’t have” in
smartphones – specifically, larger screens or significantly cheaper phones – according to
documents released in its patent trial with Samsung in California.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/07/apple-smartphone-samsung-patent-trial-iphone>

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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As undersea internet cables get repaired, web speeds in Asia mostly back to normal
Internet users in Asia were suffering sluggish speeds following breaks in two sea cables of the Asia
Pacific Cable Network (APCN) that were discovered last week. Thankfully, it looks like everything is
back to normal for most telcos as the cables were repaired this week.
<http://www.techinasia.com/internet-speeds-asia-pacific-normal/>

One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard
There are probably many reasons that US households have so few choices for Internet service, but not least
among them is the fact that starting a new ISP is really difficult, and expensive to boot.
<http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/04/one-big-reason-we-lack-internet-competition-starting-an-isp-is-really-hard/>

More Australians enjoying faster internet: new figures [AAP]
AUSTRALIA’s internet appears to be speeding up, new figures show. The number of Australians accessing
download speeds of 24 megabits-per-second (Mbps) passed two million for the first time in the three
months to December, according to the Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/more-australians-enjoying-faster-internet-new-figures/story-e6frgakx-1226877974210>

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‘Global’ Internet Governance Invites Censorship: If the U.S. surrenders Web oversight, firm steps
must be taken to protect free speech and commerce.
<http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-499793/>

ICANN chief - Russia, China will not hijack Internet oversight
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/uk-usa-internet-domainnames-idUKBREA3126J20140402>

U.S., ICANN see no rush to transfer oversight of Internet addresses
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/usa-internet-domainnames-idINDEEA310HQ20140402>

auDA report on ICANN 49
<http://www.auda.org.au/blog/auda-report-on-icann-49/>

European Commission reaction to ICANN/NGPC decision on wine domain names
<http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-108_en.htm>

.wine frozen after EU complaint
<http://domainincite.com/16410-wine-frozen-after-eu-complaint>

10x10: Ten gTLDs and Ten Registrars Pass 10,000 Mark For New gTLDs
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/04/ten-gtlds-ten-registrars-pass-10000/>

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GOVERNANCE
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‘Global’ Internet Governance Invites Censorship: If the U.S. surrenders Web oversight, firm steps
must be taken to protect free speech and commerce.
The Commerce Department announced last month that the U.S. government intends to transition its
authority overseeing the Internet’s Domain Name System, which is run through a nonprofit
organization called Icann, under a contract that expires in late 2015. This announcement comes at a time
when global Internet freedom has never been more important or under greater threat.
<http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-499793/>
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303978304579471670854356630>

No, Russia Isn't About To Take Over Your Internet: Protecting Internet Freedom From Both Simplistic
Defenders, Internet Restricting Countries by Edward J. Black, President and CEO, Computer and
Communications Industry Association
Let there be no mistake: the future and openness of the Internet is of paramount importance.
Unfortunately, recent headlines could easily lead someone who hasn't followed Internet policy to think
the United States recently and suddenly decided to give up control over the Internet - and that this will
give rise to censorship and other misfortune around the world.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-j-black/no-russia-isnt-about-to-t_b_5084813.html>

Black Helicopters for the DNS: What Happens In 2025? by Wolfgang Kleinwächter
When Steve delBianco from NetChoice testified (April 2, 2014) in the Subcommittee on Communications and
Technology of the US House of Representatives on "Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and
Freedom of the Global Internet", he proposed a stresstest for new mechanisms which could substitute the
role of the NTIA in overseeing the IANA contract with ICANN. Stresstests are good. It is good for cars, it is
good for banks and it is good for new mechanisms.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140403_black_helicopters_for_the_dns_what_happens_in_2025/>

Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power
An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the
door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday.
<http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/04/republicans-fear-obama-will-let-russia-seize-internet-power/81835/>

What House lawmakers still don’t get about control of the Internet
The largely conservative backlash against a plan to devolve “control” of the Internet to a
multistakeholder body is grounded in a big misunderstanding.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/04/03/what-house-lawmakers-still-dont-get-about-control-of-the-internet/>

ICANN chief - Russia, China will not hijack Internet oversight
The head of a non-profit group that manages the internet's infrastructure defended a US move to cede
oversight of the body, and played down fears that Russia, China or other countries could exert control and
restrict the web's openness.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/uk-usa-internet-domainnames-idUKBREA3126J20140402>

U.S., ICANN see no rush to transfer oversight of Internet addresses
Officials from the U.S. government and the private non-profit group that manages the Internet's "address
book" promised on Wednesday to not rush a Commerce Department plan to relinquish oversight over Internet
infrastructure management.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/usa-internet-domainnames-idINDEEA310HQ20140402>

Second US bill would block IANA transition
Another bill has been introduced into the US Congress related to the IANA transition process, and this one
would actually be dangerous if passed.
<http://domainincite.com/16400-second-us-bill-would-block-iana-transition>

ICANN fights the fear in Congressional hearing
A Congressional hearing yesterday addressed fears that the decision to cut ICANN loose from US
governmental oversight would lead to the internet being seized by backwards regimes.
<http://domainincite.com/16383-icann-fights-the-fear-in-congressional-hearing>

Brazil will propose global Internet governance rules
Brazil is set to present a proposal for a global Internet Bill of Rights at a major conference on the subject
later this month.
<http://www.zdnet.com/brazil-will-propose-global-internet-governance-rules-7000028088/>

What Will The Internet Look Like In 25 Years? by Nathaniel Borenstein, chief scientist, Mimecast.
The World Wide Web (WWW) turned 25 on March 12th. According to a recent PEW survey, of the 87% of Americans
using the Internet today, a large majority say it’s been a good thing both for them personally (90%) and
for society (76%). However, as we look toward the next 25 years and the accelerated growth of Web
infrastructure and Internet capabilities that will no doubt come along with it, will Americans stay so
overwhelmingly positive about the personal and societal implications of the WWW?
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2014/04/04/what-will-the-internet-look-like-in-25-years/>

Concern over IANA Transition Going Bipartisan by Philip Corwin
Early on it looked like concern over the Obama Administration’s proposal to terminate the U.S.
counterparty role on the IANA functions contract might be a one-sided partisan affair. That would be very
unfortunate, as Internet freedom as well as its security and stability should raise bipartisan questions.
<http://www.internetcommerce.org/Warner_to_DOC>

Discussions in DC – The Future of ICANN
An Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel held in Washington D.C. began to plumb the
complexities of the planned U.S. relinquishment of the Internet address system to ICANN.
<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/04/04/discussions-in-dc-the-future-of-icann/>

Roadmap for Additional Discussion on Net Neutrality in Europe
As consideration of the Net Neutrality legislation in Europe moves to the next phase, it is important that
policymakers reflect on two real-world issues that were not fully resolved in the debate in the European
Parliament. These include whether networks under the currently proposed framework can handle the
projected growth in fixed and mobile network traffic; and whether the proposal will hinder or help
innovation, particularly as it relates to specialized services. These are critical issues given the
technology and traffic trends that exist today.
<http://blogs.cisco.com/gov/roadmap-for-additional-discussion-on-net-neutrality-in-europe/>

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RDS Risk Survey and Webinar: How will a Proposed Next Generation Registration Directory Services (RDS) to
Replace Whois Impact You? (Available Until 15 May 2014)
The Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG) invites you to participate in its recently
launched Registration Directory Service (RDS) Risk Survey.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-04apr14-en.htm>

New Contracting Statistics Released
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 04 April 2014:
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-04apr14-en>

Manuel de Novaes Cabral, Presidente | Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto, to ICANN Board of Directors
Position of Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto, Regarding the .WINE and .VIN New gTLD Applications
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/cabral-to-icann-board-03apr14-en>

Steven L. Bate, Executive Director | Long Island Wine Council, to ICANN Board of Directors
Position of the Long Island Wine Council, Regarding the .WINE and .VIN New gTLD Applications
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/bate-to-icann-board-03apr14-en>

Linda Reiff, President and CEO | Napa Valley Vintners, to Stephen D. Crocker
Position of Napa Valley Vintners Regarding .WINE and .VIN New gTLD Applications
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/reiff-to-crocker-03apr14-en>

César Saldaña, Consejo Regulador of the "Jerez-Xérès-Sherry" Denomination of Origin, to ICANN
Board of Directors
Position of Consejo Regulador of the "Jerez-Xérès-Sherry" Denomination of Origin, Regarding the
.WINE and .VIN New gTLD Applications
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/saldana-to-icann-board-03apr14-en>

Jean-Luc Barbier, General Director | Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, to ICANN Board of Directors
Position of CIVC Regarding the .WINE and .VIN New gTLD Applications
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/barbier-to-icann-board-02apr14-en>

Linda Corugedo Steneberg, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology |
European Commission, to ICANN Board of Directors
European Commission Comments to the .WINE and .VIN Expert Legal Advice
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/steneberg-to-icann-board-02apr14-en>

Sergio Zingarelli, President | Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, to Cherine Chalaby, Fadi Chehadé and
Stephen D. Crocker
Position of Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, Regarding the .WINE and .VIN New gTLD Applications
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/zingarelli-to-chalaby-et-al-01apr14-en>

auDA report on ICANN 49
1. ICANN 49 dominated by transition of IANA oversight discussions: ICANN 49 may have been the first ICANN
meeting held since almost 200 new gTLD strings had been delegated, but it was the NTIA’s news of the
transition of IANA oversight that captured the ICANN community’s attention. ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehadé
and the NTIA’s Larry Strickling toured the various ICANN community groups throughout the week to
answer questions and to gracefully respond to any criticism and conspiracy theories thrown their way.
<http://www.auda.org.au/blog/auda-report-on-icann-49/>

Chehade rules out move to Geneva
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade yesterday called for an end to “speculation” about plans to move the
organization’s headquarters out of US jurisdiction to Geneva, Switzerland.
<http://domainincite.com/16407-chehade-rules-out-move-to-geneva>

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nic.at celebrates 10 years „Ö“- sterreich
On Monday, March 31st 2014, the Austrian registry is celebrating the 10 year jubilee of Internationalized
Domain Names in the .at zone. About 2.5 % of the delegated domains in Austria are so-called umlaut domains
(IDN-Internationalized Domain Names).
<http://www.nic.at/en/uebernic/press/press_releases/news_view/article//nicat-feiert-zehn-jahre-oe-sterreich/>

nl: Acquisition fraud warning
It has come to our attention that a company is posing as SIDN and/or as Domein Registratie Nederland.
<https://www.sidn.nl/en/news/news/article/waarschuwing-voor-acquisitiefraude-2/>

The History of .org
Established as one of the original TLDs of the Internet in 1985, .org has a history almost as long as the
Internet itself. For more than 25 years, .org sites have helped create engaged, empowered communities
– both online and off – thereby having a tremendous impact on our culture, our economy, and our world.
<http://pir.org/the-history-of-org/>

.РФ domain: one of the largest internationalized domain names in Europe
The Council of European National TLD Registries (CENTR) has published a regular report covering basic
domain name statistics with a focus on European ccTLDs. It includes statistics for the period from March
13, 2013 to February 14, 2014.
<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=5613>

Nominet formalises approach to tackling criminal activity on .uk domains
Amendments to the terms and conditions governing registrations of popular .uk domain names such as .co.uk
and .org.uk will take effect next month, to formalise procedures for suspending domain names used to
carry out online crime.
<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominet-formalises-approach-tackling-criminal-activity-uk-domains>
<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/press-releases/nominet-formalises-approach-tackling-criminal-activity-uk-domains>

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European Commission reaction to ICANN/NGPC decision on wine domain names
The European Commission welcomes the decision by ICANN's new gTLD program Committee (“NGPC”) to put
on hold the applications for .wine and .vin and its encouragement to applicants to negotiate.
<http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-108_en.htm>

.wine frozen after EU complaint
ICANN has frozen the applications for .wine and .vin new gTLDs, again, following a complaint about process
violations from the Governmental Advisory Committee.
<http://domainincite.com/16410-wine-frozen-after-eu-complaint>

10x10: Ten gTLDs and Ten Registrars Pass 10,000 Mark For New gTLDs
Ten new gTLDs and ten registrars have now passed the 10,000 registrations mark. The gTLD with the most
registrations continues to be .guru with 47,944 as of 4 April, while .berlin is closing the gap with 44,386
according nTLDstats.com.
<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22112>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/04/04/ten-gtlds-ten-registrars-pass-10000/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/ten-gtlds-ten-registrars-pass-10-000.html>

10 new TLDs now top 10,000 registrations each
Ten new TLDs have now eclipsed the 10,000 registration milestone.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/03/10-new-tlds-now-top-10000-registrations-each/>

Arabic domains key to expanding language’s online presence
Arabic web addresses are one of the best ways to increase the percentage of Arabic content online,
according to a senior telecoms executive in the region.
<http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/technology/arabic-domains-key-to-expanding-languages-online-presence>

New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains
We all know .com and .edu, but now hundreds of new Internet domain names like .fish and .xyz are available. If
all these new domains take off, what will become of .com?
<http://www.npr.org/2014/04/04/298989404/new-web-addresses-provide-alternatives-to-crowded-domains>

Expansion of Domain Name Space May Shift Trademark Protection Strategies
The unprecedented expansion of the Internet domain name space, until now dominated by .com and a handful of
other gTLDs, is likely to disrupt existing strategies for trademark protection on the web.
<http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2014/article_0003.html>

gTLD Launch Programme and Sales Channel Update
The Directors of Minds + Machines Group Limited are pleased to provide an update on the launch programme of
its portfolio of new TLDs and the expansion of its registrar sales channel activity.
<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/04/gtld-launch-programme-and-sales-channel-update/>

Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry Announces Affiliate Program
Frank Schilling Uniregistry registrar side of the business has just announced its affiliate program that
promises to pay commission just not on new gTLD registrations but for renewals as well for the lifetime of
the domain registration.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/03/frank-schillings-uniregistry-announces-affiliate-program/>

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Recommendations for DNSSEC deployment
A new guide from .SE, designed as an aid and tool for municipalities that have the intention to implement
DNSSEC, but it also applies to other types of organisations in both the public and private sectors.
<https://www.iis.se/english/news/recommendations-for-dnssec-deployment/>

.Aero Air Safety Site Hijacked
The website of the Agency for the Safety of Aerial Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) has been
hijacked by hackers. Browsing to the site's homepage currently presents visitors with a PayPal phishing
site, where visitors are asked to submit PayPal account details, including their password, address and
credit card details. After entering these details, victims are redirected to the real PayPal website.
<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/04/aero-air-safety-site-hijacked.html>

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Paris Hilton Wins Cybersquatting Case
Paris Hilton is now the proud owner of ParisHiltonPornVideos.com.
<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=177350>

All’s Fair in Fashion and Recession
The recession that followed the 2007 financial crisis may have officially ended in 2009, but the demand for
bargains and bargain-hunting tips remains strong. In a World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO) decision this week, blogger Mary C. Hall, aka The Recessionista, lost her battle for
“therecessionista.net”. As is noted in her decision, WIPO Panelist Angela Fox conducted some
Internet research of her own and found that the term “recessionista” is well-defined and
established in multiple locations on the Internet.
<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/03/31/alls-fair-in-fashion-and-recession/>

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The Internet in Transition: The State of the Transition to IPv6 in Today's Internet and Measures to Support
the Continued Use of IPv4
This report considers the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 alongside the use of network technologies to
prolong IPv4 use in the face of depletion of further IPv4 protocol addresses, but it does not aim to address
all issues surrounding the transition to IPv6 or to detail the economic incentives faced by various
Internet actors. It first provides a status update of address management issues and the run-out of IPv4.
<http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/the-internet-in-transition-the-state-of-the-transition-to-ipv6-in-today-s-internet-and-measures-to-support-the-continued-use-of-ipv4_5jz5sq5d7cq2-en>

OECD publishes new paper by Geoff Huston
The OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy has published a new paper by APNIC
Chief Scientist, Geoff Huston, examining the current impact of global IPv4 exhaustion and the state of
IPv6 deployment.
<http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2014/oecd-publishes-new-paper-by-geoff-huston>

V6 World Congress – March 2014 – A Premier IPv6 Event for the Communications Industry
Few days ago, the Networking Industry “who’s who” gathered in Paris for the fourth edition of v6
World Congress. I’m very proud that Cisco has been sponsoring and supporting this IPv6 Conference
since its inception. It is always a very special feeling to have so many industry leaders visiting my
hometown. This event has become a milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. Paris is the place to be in
March each year, if you want to get a status update of IPv6 transition, one of the most important technology
transition the Internet have ever gone through.
<http://blogs.cisco.com/getyourbuildon/v6-world-congress-march-2014-a-premier-ipv6-event-for-the-communications-industry/>

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fr: Domain name may constitute prior right - provided that it is actually in use [subscription]
The Paris Tribunal of First Instance has held that, while a domain name could constitute a prior right which
could be opposed to a future trademark application, the domain name in question must actually be used and
not merely registered. This confirms prior, although scarce, decisions from French courts.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=12e57b4d-05b8-40fb-851c-bd7b95eb6d54>

Domain Name Association elects five board members
The Domain Name Association, which represents a range of interests from businesses to individuals, has
elected five new board members.
<http://www.worldipreview.com/news/domain-name-association-elects-five-board-members-6475>

The Domain Name Association Completes Its Board With New Members from Afilias, Web.com, Neustar, Amazon &
Asiamix Digital
The Domain Name Assocation has finalized its 12-member Board of Directors with the election of five new Directors.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140403.htm>

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Netcraft Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in March 2014
Managed services provider Datapipe had the most reliable hosting company site in March, closely followed
by Choopa in second place. Both of the top two hosting company sites experienced three failed requests,
and therefore the tie for first place was broken by analysing average connection times. Datapipe had the
lowest average connection time within the top ten of 18ms and therefore ranked in first place.
<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/04/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-march-2014-2.html>

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Google and the flu: how big data will help us make gigantic mistakes
As Google's attempt to predict the spread of flu by using search terms shows, lots of data can cause plenty of confusion
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/05/google-flu-big-data-help-make-gigantic-mistakes>

Microsoft to Block Unwanted Adware July 1
Microsoft has announced it will change the way it classifies adware by beginning to block unwanted and
intrusive advertisements from users.
<http://threatpost.com/microsoft-to-block-unwanted-adware-july-1/105256>

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The impact of social media on today’s television formats
It’s sometimes hard to believe how much the television business has transformed over the past two decades.
<http://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2014/04/03/impact-social-media-today-s-television-formats>

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What Will The Internet Look Like In 25 Years? by Nathaniel Borenstein, chief scientist, Mimecast.
The World Wide Web (WWW) turned 25 on March 12th. According to a recent PEW survey, of the 87% of Americans
using the Internet today, a large majority say it’s been a good thing both for them personally (90%) and
for society (76%). However, as we look toward the next 25 years and the accelerated growth of Web
infrastructure and Internet capabilities that will no doubt come along with it, will Americans stay so
overwhelmingly positive about the personal and societal implications of the WWW?
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2014/04/04/what-will-the-internet-look-like-in-25-years/>

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au: ACMA launches Indigenous cyber safety campaign
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched cyber safety videos and resources
to discourage cyber bullying amongst Indigenous communities around Australia.
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/542156/acma_launches_indigenous_cyber_safety_campaign_/>

au: ADL cyber-bullying has young women terrified
Young Muslim women have been targeted in a cyber-bullying campaign by members of anti-Islamic group
Australian Defence League that has left them traumatised and fearful of going out in public.
<http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/australian-defence-league-cyberbullying-has-young-women-terrified-20140405-365pw.html>

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Obama's NSA overhaul may require phone carriers to store more data
President Barack Obama's plan for overhauling the National Security Agency's phone surveillance
program could force carriers to collect and store customer data that they are not now legally obliged to
keep, according to U.S. officials.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/03/usa-security-obama-idINDEEA320KK20140403>

Government Data Requests Fall at Yahoo But Rise at Google
Yahoo saw a significant drop in the number of government requests for data about its users in the second half
of 2013, compared with the first half, according to the semiannual transparency report that the Internet
company published on Thursday.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/government-data-requests-fall-at-yahoo-but-rise-at-google/>

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Technology's Man Problem
Elissa Shevinsky can pinpoint the moment when she felt that she no longer belonged. She was at a friend’s
house last Sept. 8, watching the live stream of the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon on her laptop and iPhone.
Entrepreneurs were showing off their products, and two young Australian men, David Boulton and Jethro
Batts, stood behind the podium to give their presentation. “Titstare is an app where you take photos of
yourself staring at tits,” Mr. Boulton began, as photographs of women’s chests on a cellphone
flashed on the screen behind him.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/technology/technologys-man-problem.html>

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Dark reach of global child sex ring uncovered in UK had spread from US to Philippines
The global child sex ring was uncovered by British police officers when they raided the home of a man in the
Northamptonshire town of Kettering
<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/dark-reach-of-global-child-sex-ring-uncovered-in-uk-had-spread-from-us-to-philippines-9235879.html>

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Get Ready for the Internet Robber Barons: If the United Nations ends up in charge, it would have a chokehold
on the global economy.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303725404579461822619207730>

It's Not the End of the Internet as We Know It -- Five Myths About the Recent U.S. Internet Announcement by
Fadi Chehadé
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fadi-chehade/five-myths-about-the-us-i_b_5068712.html>

ICANN chief: Russia, China will not hijack Internet oversight [Reuters]
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/uk-usa-internet-domainnames-idUKBREA3126J20140402>

Are Whois email checks doing more harm than good?
<http://domainincite.com/16375-are-whois-email-checks-doing-more-harm-than-good>

Trademarks and new gTLDs: what did we learn at ICANN 49?
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=04d25c7c-cf2b-4151-b59c-0cceada38f51>

ICANN muddles through solution to IGO conflict
<http://domainincite.com/16284-icann-muddles-through-solution-to-igo-conflict>

No sunrise periods for dot-brands
<http://domainincite.com/16289-no-sunrise-periods-for-dot-brands>

Domain Name Association Elects 5 New Board Members
<http://www.thedna.org/pr_20140402.html>

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Get Ready for the Internet Robber Barons: If the United Nations ends up in charge, it would have a chokehold
on the global economy.
Do you remember the original robber barons? No, they were not the great American
industrialists/philanthropists of the late 19th century—men who were unfairly tagged with the
moniker. I mean the originals: the German barons of the 13th century who controlled the Rhine River, which
was the primary channel of commerce and communications for central Europe. Their castles overlooked the
river, and they exacted tribute from every passing ship.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303725404579461822619207730>

It's Not the End of the Internet as We Know It -- Five Myths About the Recent U.S. Internet Announcement by
Fadi Chehadé
For more than two billion people around the world, the Internet is an indispensable part of daily life. Over
the last five years, information created and shared online has increased nine-fold.i By 2015, the
Internet will connect one trillion devices.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fadi-chehade/five-myths-about-the-us-i_b_5068712.html>

ICANN chief: Russia, China will not hijack Internet oversight [Reuters]
The head of a nonprofit that manages the infrastructure of the Internet defended on Wednesday the U.S.
government's move to cede oversight of the body, and downplayed concerns that Russia, China or other
countries could exert control and restrict the web's openness.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/uk-usa-internet-domainnames-idUKBREA3126J20140402>
<http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/news/a/22339208/icann-chief-russia-china-will-not-hijack-internet-oversight/>
<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/4/3/technology/russia-china-will-not-hijack-internet-oversight-icann>

US Plan to End ICANN Oversight Could Lead to 'Net Censorship, Lawmakers Say [IDG]
A U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration plan to end its formal relationship
with ICANN could open the door to Internet censorship by China, Russia or Iran, some U.S. lawmakers said.
<http://www.cio.com/article/750896/US_Plan_to_End_ICANN_Oversight_Could_Lead_to_39_Net_Censorship_Lawmakers_Say>
<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/541959/us_plan_end_icann_oversight_could_lead_net_censorship_lawmakers_say/>

Opponents Circle Web-Oversight Plan: Congressional Republicans Lead Charge Against U.S. Pullback,
Fearing Threat to Internet Freedom
Opposition is growing to an Obama administration plan to relinquish control of a key Internet body,
complicating U.S. efforts to figure out a new way to manage Web addresses.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303532704579477780136422144>

House GOP leery of bid to end domain authority
A U.S. move to cede its supervisory authority over the domain name system, one of key pieces of management
architecture that makes the global Internet work, is raising hackles among some Republicans who worry
that it could lead to the United Nations or foreign powers gaining more control over what does and does not
appear online.
<http://fcw.com/articles/2014/04/02/internet-control.aspx>

Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power
An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the
door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday.
<http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/republicans-fear-obama-will-let-russia-seize-internet-power-20140402>

Obama official faces critics of plan to cede Internet oversight
The Obama administration on Wednesday will try and ease congressional concerns about its decision to
relinquish oversight over the back end of the Internet.
<http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/202385-obama-administration-faces-critics-of-plan-to-relinquish>

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Recognizing Our Community Leaders by David Olive
ICANN’s growth and evolution as a multistakeholder organization depends on the sustained engagement
of our community. Indeed, our greatest asset is community member time and commitment to the work of ICANN.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/04/recognizing-our-community-leaders/>

18 New gTLDs Recently Delegated. View them now!
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-02apr14-en>

Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for London Meeting
42 fellows from 34 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 50th
Public Meeting in London, 22-26 June 2014.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-31mar14-en.htm>

Don C. Moody, Counsel | Little Birch, LLC, to ICANN CPE Panel
Community Application by Big Room, Inc. for .ECO – Statement of Opposition
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/moody-to-cpe-panel-26mar14-en>

Jim Leape, Director General | WWF International, to ICANN
Letter of Support for .ECO application
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/leape-to-icann-26mar14-en>

Heijo Ruijsenaars, Head of Intellectual Property | European Broadcasting Union, to Christine Willett
Community Priority Evaluation – .RADIO
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/ruijsenaars-to-willett-25mar14-en>

Update from the 2014 Nominating Committee Chair
Interested in being considered for a Leadership Position by the 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom)? Your
"Candidacy Application Request form" needs to have been received and therefore, formally initialised,
by our closing deadline. That deadline is TODAY, 23:59 UTC on 1 April 2014.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-01apr14-en.htm>

Are Whois email checks doing more harm than good?
“Tens of thousands” of web sites are going dark due to ICANN’s new email verification requirements
and registrars are demanding to know how this sacrifice is helping solve crimes.
<http://domainincite.com/16375-are-whois-email-checks-doing-more-harm-than-good>

Major email providers blocking some RAA verification emails
Beginning January 1st domain name registrars are required by the new Registrar Accreditation Agreement
(RAA) to verify contact details for registrants.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/01/major-email-providers-blocking-some-raa-verification-emails/>

US official: The Internet can stand on its own now (Q&A)
Lawrence Strickling, who runs the US government's remaining oversight of the Internet, says it's time to
relinquish that role. Snowden didn't push the issue.
<http://www.cnet.com/news/commerce-department-official-the-net-can-stand-on-its-own-now-q-a/>

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ccTLD approved for Kosovo
Some of you have already noticed that in many places there is a temporary “XK” being used as a country
code for Kosovo. The US standards body ‘FIPS’ has found it worthwhile to assign a country code to
Kosovo (KV), and today source close to the International Organization for Standardisation, ISO, tell us
that a new official country code .KV will be asigned to Kosovo, as a solution that came out of the talks
between the two countries, Kosovo and Serbia, which are in talks since couple of months now about
different issues.
<http://digjitale.com/2014/04/cctld-approved-kosovo/>

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 - NEW TLDS
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Trademarks and new gTLDs: what did we learn at ICANN 49?
On World Trademark Review we tend to shy away from ‘news round-up blogs’, but having spent the last week
in Singapore attending the ICANN meeting, it is worth providing a few takeaways from the event.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=04d25c7c-cf2b-4151-b59c-0cceada38f51>

ICANN muddles through solution to IGO conflict
ICANN may have come up with a way to appease both the GNSO and the GAC, which are at conflict over the best way to
protect the names and/or acronyms of intergovernmental organizations.
<http://domainincite.com/16284-icann-muddles-through-solution-to-igo-conflict>

No sunrise periods for dot-brands
ICANN has finally signed off on a set of exemptions that would allow dot-brand gTLDs to skip sunrise periods
and, probably, work only with hand-picked registrars.
<http://domainincite.com/16289-no-sunrise-periods-for-dot-brands>

The revolution in domain names: are you ready?
The brave new world of gTLDs has arrived. Until September 2013, would be registrants had only 22 gTLDs to
choose from, the premium of which was always .com. Since then, over one hundred have been open for
registration, and over the next months and years there will be in the region of another 1,700.
<http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/marketing-agencies-association-partner-zone/revolution-domain>

Applicant claims “rogue” GAC rep killed its gTLD
The unsuccessful applicant for the .thai TLD has become the third new gTLD hopeful to file an Independent
Review Process complaint against ICANN.
<http://domainincite.com/16367-applicant-claims-rogue-gac-rep-killed-its-gtld>

TLDs top 500
The number of live TLDs on the internet has surpassed 500 for the first time.
<http://domainincite.com/16355-top-level-domains-top-500>

No Justin Bieber bashing in new .xyz domain name
The .XYZ TLD has published its launch policies, and it includes perhaps the most off-the-wall restriction
of any new TLD to date:
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/02/no-justin-bieber-bashing-in-new-xyz-domain-name/>

Donuts buys out rival .place gTLD applicant
Donuts has won the .place new gTLD contention set after paying off rival applicant 1589757 Alberta Ltd.
<http://domainincite.com/16317-donuts-buys-out-rival-place-gtld-applicant>

New York City sets phases, nexus requirements for .NYC domain name
New York City has finalized its launch plans for the .NYC web address coming out later this year.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/01/dot-nyc-domain-launch/>

.Kiwi addresses now up for grabs
After two years of planning, startup Dot Kiwi has started to sell .kiwi web addresses.
<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/kiwi-addresses-now-sale-ck-154088>

.BUILD enters Landrush with support of ARI Registry Services
The building and construction industry is set for the biggest digital revolution in its history with the
registration of the first retail .BUILD domain names occurring at UTC 15:00 Monday 31 March 2014.
<http://ariservices.com/news-.BUILD-enters-Landrush-with-support-of-ARI-Registry-Services.php>

ARI and Radix split on all new gTLD bids
Radix no longer plans to use ARI Registry Services for any of its new gTLDs, I’ve learned.
<http://domainincite.com/16309-ari-and-radix-split-on-all-new-gtld-bids>

More Trademark Clearing House Abuse: Texas & Venture Triggers Notice
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about Trademark holders of generic terms applying to the Trademark Clearing
House (TMCH) where trademarks on many of which were causing some of those 500,000 “warnings” to go out
to people trying to register a new gTLD domain name. Today we bring you the world famous trademarks for the
term “Texas” and “Venture”.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/03/31/more-trademark-clearing-house-abuse-texas-venture-triggers-notice/>

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Cyber Emergency Response Team launched by UK
The UK's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK), which will co-ordinate the country's
cybersecurity defence, has been formally launched.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26818747>

U.S. regulators warn banks about rise in cyber-attacks
A group of top U.S. regulators on Wednesday warned about the threat of rising cyber-attacks on bank
websites and cash machines, urging the industry to put proper measures in place to guard against fraud.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/banks-fraud-idINDEEA310GT20140402>

WiFi routers could be exploited for huge internet attacks in UK – study
As many as 24m routers across the world can be used by cybercriminals to launch massive attacks on internet
infrastructure, while simultaneously disrupting home connections and costing communications
companies dearly.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/01/uk-wifi-routers-internet-attacks>

24 million vulnerable home routers primed to launch DDoS attacks
A vulnerability in more than 24m home routers is leading to an increase in denial-of-service attacks,
according to network activity company Nominum.
<http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/381676,24-million-vulnerable-home-routers-primed-to-launch-ddos-attacks.aspx>

DNS-Based Amplification Attacks Key on Home Routers
DNS-based DDoS amplification attacks are using home and small office routers as a jumping off point.
Attackers are taking advantage of weak router configuration and lax policies against open resolvers to
execute attacks.
<http://threatpost.com/dns-based-amplification-attacks-key-on-home-routers/105220>

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Use of 'V-KOOL' as mark, domain name and company name held to constitute infringement [subscription]
The Intellectual Property Court has rendered a decision in favour of plaintiff Solutia Singapore Pte Ltd,
the owner of the famous V-KOOL mark for window film, in a trademark infringement case involving the use of
the term 'V-KOOL' as a trademark, domain name and company name.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=65f827a7-6622-4f95-a302-362c5ff2c223>

HugeDomains.com Take UDRP Loss On AustinPain.com to Federal Court: We Say Good Get Em
HugeDomains.com, LLC, just filed a lawsuit against ROBERT P. WILLS, MD. PA, a Texas Professional
Association d/b/a AUSTIN PAIN ASSOCIATES for a declaratory judgement arising out of the UDRP decision
against it on the domain name AustinPain.com
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/02/hugedomains-com-take-udrp-loss-on-austinpain-com-to-federal-court-we-say-good-get-em/>

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 - MISCELLANEOUS
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Domain Name Association Elects 5 New Board Members
With the election of five new Directors, the Domain Name Association (DNA), has transitioned from the
interim board established in 2013 to one representing the full membership of the Internet domain
industry's only global trade association. The 12-person board is charged with providing leadership and
advancing the association's mission to educate the public about the expansion of domain names.
<http://www.thedna.org/pr_20140402.html>

Some SnapNames-caught domains to be managed at NetworkSolutions
Here’s the first notable change as a result of Web.com acquiring expired domain marketplace SnapNames.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/02/some-snapnames-caught-domains-to-be-managed-at-networksolutions/>

Stuart Lawley Chats About ICANN & The New gTLD’s On Cavuto Fox Business Show
Stuart Lawley the CEO of the ICM Registry, which operates the .XXX TLD extension and an applicant for .sex,
.porn and .adult was interviewed by Cavuto, on Fox Business News, in a segment which lasted over five minutes.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/04/02/stuart-lawley-chats-about-icann-the-new-gtlds-on-cavuto-fox-business-show/>

Turkey hijacks servers in social media crackdown
Turkey has started hijacking net addresses as it steps up attempts to block access to social media.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26818104>

Google DNS Intercepted in Turkey
Internet service providers in Turkey have been intercepting traffic to Google’s DNS servers and
redirecting it, shutting off a workaround that Turkish users had employed to get to sites such as Twitter
and YouTube after the government had blocked them.
<http://threatpost.com/google-dns-intercepted-in-turkey/105136>

How Turkey Spoofed Google’s Public DNS Service
Turkey stepped up efforts to block YouTube in recent days, using an unusual technique that disrupts access
to virtual address books known as domain-name system, or DNS, servers, which help direct Internet traffic.
<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/03/31/how-turkey-spoofed-googles-public-dns-service/>

Melbourne IT Completes Acquisition of Netregistry
Melbourne IT completed its acquisition of Netregistry on Monday for AU$50.4 million, around $47 million US.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/melbourne-completes-acquisition-netregistry>

UK Police Launch Pirate Site Blacklist for Advertisers
Over the past few months City of London Police have been working together with the music and movie
industries to tackle sites that provide unauthorized access to copyrighted content. Initially the
police only sent warning letters to site owners, asking them to go legit or shut down. Late last year this
was followed by a campaign targeted at domain registrars, asking them to suspend the domain names of
several so-called pirate sites.
<http://torrentfreak.com/city-of-london-police-launches-pirate-site-blacklist-for-advertisers-140331/>

Internet business NetNames gears up for first-ever panel review
NetNames is preparing for its first-ever review of its external legal services providers, with a
reduction of firms used by the internet domain names registrar looking likely.
<http://www.thelawyer.com/in-house/panel-reviews/internet-business-netnames-gears-up-for-first-ever-panel-review/3018565.article>

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Web Hosts Pull Early Pranks for April Fools Day
Despite the serious pressure to keep services online, respond to support tickets, and patch software, a
lot of people in web hosting and cloud services have great senses of humor. Many will even suspend the
disbelief of gullible customers and the public for a laugh.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/web-hosts-pull-early-pranks-april-fools-day>

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Talks Data Privacy and Web Hosting at WHD.global 2014
The big draw on Wednesday morning at WHD.global 2014 was the keynote panel with a special (virtual)
visitor, Julian Assange, as well as Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange and Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-talks-data-privacy-web-hosting-whd-global-2014>

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Gary Vaynerchuk at DomainFest: domain values headed downward
Gary VaynerchukYesterday Gary Vaynerchuk gave a spirited keynote at DomainFest, with an even more
spirited Q&A session. It got interesting when Vaynerchuk predicted that the value of a good domain name
will go down over the next decade or two as the importance of having a good domain name goes down.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/04/01/gary-vaynerchuk-domain-name-values/>

Wow: is this the most expensive new TLD sale yet?
The .Club domain name enters landrush tomorrow, and already the domain name is showing solid early results.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/31/wow-is-this-the-most-expensive-new-tld-sale-yet/>

Blacklist.com Attracts a Lot of Greenbacks to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart
After hitting the second half of last week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart with EnergyStock.com at
$10,000, Bilal Kapadia is back with a much bigger sale this week. In fact this time he went straight to the
head of the class with his $85,000 sale of Blacklist.com in a private transaction.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140409.htm>

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au: Mobile broadband services add billions to economy, ACMA research shows
Australia's love affair with mobile broadband services is leading to a significant bump in economic
activity with new research from the communications watchdog showing that use of the services helped
contribute $33.8 billion in the last year or more than 2 per cent of the nation’s total GDP.
<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/mobile-broadband-services-add-billions-to-economy-acma-research-shows/story-e6frg926-1226873394001>

Mobile broadband boosts economy by $33.8B [CIO]
The availability of mobile broadband services led to a $33.8 billion increase in economic activity in
Australia last year, contributing 2.28 per cent to our total gross domestic product (GDP).
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/542016/mobile_broadband_boosts_economy_by_33_8b/>

One week before its end of life, 28 percent of Web users are still on Windows XP
Windows XP will receive its last ever security update on April 8th next week. After that, any flaws, no
matter how severe, will not be patched by Microsoft, and one would be well advised to not let Windows XP
machines anywhere near the public Internet as a result. In spite of this, 28 percent of Web users were still
using the ancient operating system in March.
<http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/one-week-before-its-end-of-life-28-percent-of-web-users-are-still-on-windows-xp/>

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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Social media explosion powered by dirty energy, report warns
The rise of social media is being powered by dirty forms of energy such as coal, a report from the campaign
group Greenpeace said on Wednesday.
<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/02/social-media-explosion-powered-dirty-coal-greenpeace-report>

Clicking Clean: How Companies are Building the Green Internet
From social media to music, streaming video, email and commerce, we are increasingly moving much of our
lives online. But which companies are storing all of that data, and how are they getting the energy?
Here’s who hosts some of the internet’s most popular sites and services in their data centers – and
whether those companies are using dirty or clean energy. Find out how you can #clickclean, download the
full report and take action for a green internet.
<http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/A-Green-Internet/Greenpeaces-IT-Sector-Analysis/clickingclean/>

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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Meet the next-gen USB cable that could sweep away all others
The upcoming USB cable design is reversible, has no right-side-up or upside-down problems, and will click
when you plug it in. Expect the new design on the market as soon as this year.
<http://www.cnet.com/news/meet-the-next-gen-usb-cable-that-could-sweep-away-all-others/>

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY
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Forget suing filesharers: in 2014, anti-piracy efforts follow the money
Taking individual filesharers to court is now a discredited anti-piracy strategy for even the most
hawkish music, film and software industry rightsholders. Their preferred approach in 2014 is to follow
the money instead.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/02/infringing-websites-list-anti-piracy>

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Apple and Samsung Reprise Patent Fight (With Google a Shadow Presence)
As lawyers for Apple and Samsung made their opening statements in their patent trial in a federal
courthouse here, they could not even agree on what the fight was about.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/technology/apple-and-samsung-reprise-patent-fight-with-google-a-shadow-presence.html>

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE
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NSA revelations 'changing how businesses store sensitive data'
The vast scale of online surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is changing how businesses store
commercially sensitive data, with potentially dramatic consequences for the future of the internet,
according to a new study.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/31/data-storage-nsa-revelations-businesses-snowden>

A Nudge on Digital Privacy Law From E.U. Official
The top data protection official for the European Union called Tuesday for member governments to restore
public trust in the Internet by pressing ahead with an overhaul of the bloc’s electronic privacy laws by
the end of this year.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/business/international/a-nudge-on-digital-privacy-law-from-eu-official.html>

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au: Internet companies should receive privacy safe harbour: ARLC
A review of how Australian privacy law matches up with the current use of technology, has recommended that
online services that publish content generated by users, should be able to access safe harbour laws where
an invasion of privacy is concerned.
<http://www.zdnet.com/internet-companies-should-receive-privacy-safe-harbour-arlc-7000027867/>

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Historic Singapore Meeting Marks the Beginning a New Phase for ICANN
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-28mar14-en>

House Republicans move to block Internet management switch
<http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/201991-house-republicans-move-to-block-internet-management-switch>

Mapping out the IANA transition by Milton Mueller 
<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/03/27/mapping-out-the-iana-transition/>

auDA to trial DNSSEC in .au
<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/auda-trial-dnssec-in-au>

EU buys more time for .wine talks after surprise GAC objection
<http://domainincite.com/16241-eu-buys-more-time-for-wine-talks-after-surprise-gac-objection>

GAC At War At ICANN 49 Over Wine
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/27/gac-war-icann-49-wine/>

New gTLD Registrations Hit 400,000
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/30/new-gtld-registrations-hit-400000/>

au: Cupper in web win: Regulator rules domain name in breach of rules
<http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/2183304/cupper-in-web-win-regulator-rules-domain-name-in-breach-of-rules/>

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eco Survey: Majority of Internet Users Reject Re-Nationalization of the Internet
“Who owns the Internet?” or put another way, “Who should control the Internet?” These questions
are currently being discussed in the context of international Internet Governance negotiations –
most recently at the 49th ICANN Conference in Singapore, which comes to an end today. German Internet
users are taking a clear stand: less political regulation, more self-administration – this, in
summary, is the result of a new representative survey of one thousand Internet users aged between 18 and 65
from all over Germany, undertaken by the opinion research institute TNS Emnid for eco – Association of
the German Internet Industry e.V.
<http://international.eco.de/2014/press-releases/eco-survey-majority-of-internet-users-reject-re-nationalization-of-the-internet.html>

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Singapore GAC Communiqué
The Governmental Advisory Committee meeting at ICANN 49 in Singapore has issued its Singapore
Communiqué. It is available for review at Singapore GAC Communiqué.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-27mar14-en.htm>

Historic Singapore Meeting Marks the Beginning a New Phase for ICANN
The President and CEO of ICANN says the organization's 49th meeting that just concluded in Singapore
marked the beginning of a new era for the organization and the future of Internet governance.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-28mar14-en>

New Contracting Statistics Released
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 28 March 2014:
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-28mar14-en>

".Africa" Signing Ceremony Held at ICANN 49
At ICANN 49 in Singapore today Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Global Domains Division (GDD) and Lucky
Masilela, CEO of ZA Central Registry (ZACR) participated in a symbolic signing ceremony that allows the
new gTLD ".Africa" to proceed to delegation.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-26mar14-en.htm>
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-26mar14-en>

Engaging with Global Civil Society and Business at RightsCon Silicon Valley by Christopher Mondini and
Riccardo Ruffolo, ICANN Global Stakeholder Engagement
Fadi Chehadé sharing some words in an opening video he sent to the RightsCon - Silicon Valley: “...the
key questions of human rights and accessibility of the Internet for all, and inclusivity of all interests
[have] become very important...” These were some of the words Fadi Chehadé shared in an opening video
he sent to the RightsCon – Silicon Valley conference that took place in San Francisco March 3-5 2014 to
express ICANN’s support. ICANN joined ISOC, the Internet Society, as one of the many sponsors of the event.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/03/engaging-with-global-civil-society-and-business-at-rightscon-silicon-valley/>

We're heading for a decentralized Internet, but will we get there by 2015?
It was all talk in Singapore. But with the US withdrawing from ICANN, the body that governs the Internet, in
2015, doubt is rife. The world's digital community may not get a new "world stewardship" model in time.
<http://www.dw.de/were-heading-for-a-decentralized-internet-but-will-we-get-there-by-2015/a-17522868>

Republicans introduce pointless ICANN bill
Three Republican Congressmen have introduced a bill that would prevent the US government removing itself
from oversight of the DNS root zone.
<http://domainincite.com/16256-republicans-introduce-pointless-icann-bill>

House Republicans move to block Internet management switch
A group of House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit the Obama administration from
moving forward with its announced plans to relinquish oversight of the technical side of the Internet's
Web address system.
<http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/201991-house-republicans-move-to-block-internet-management-switch>

Mapping out the IANA transition by Milton Mueller 
The U.S. Commerce Department announcement that it will end its unilateral control of the DNS root
stimulated a great deal of debate and discussion during the Singapire ICANN meeting March 21 – 27.
Thanks to the IGP proposal, structural separation of ICANN and IANA is a much-discussed option in the transition.
<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/03/27/mapping-out-the-iana-transition/>

Fadi’s railroad: Are the I* organizations getting on board? by Brenden Kuerbis
... The approach correctly identifies a need for accountability, but totally misses the mark suggesting
that it can be accomplished with new processes. This is because it completely overlooks a major
difference between the names, numbers and protocol governance structures
<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/03/23/fadis-railroad-are-the-i-organizations-getting-on-board/>

Oops. The fly in the IANA transition ointment
In all the excitement about the IANA transition, it seems that many people, including us, have overlooked a
critical fact. As far as we can tell, the NTIA is only talking about eliminating or transitioning its own
“authorization” function in the contract with ICANN. Apparently, it is not also talking about the
Verisign Cooperative Agreement. In conversations at the ICANN meeting here, Commerce Department
representatives indicated that the Cooperative Agreement was not part of the transition process.
<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/03/22/oops-the-fly-in-the-iana-transition-ointment/>

DC Trains Laser Focus on ICANN, IANA, and NTIA – ICA Counsel to Speak On U.S Role in Internet Governance by
Philip Corwin
The calm is over, and the storm may be about to begin. Congress is back from recess and not one but two
Congressional Committees are about to hone in on the implications of the NTIA’s March 14th
announcement of its intention to surrender its IANA functions contract counterparty status with ICANN
by September 2015.
<http://www.internetcommerce.org/ICANN_Week_DC>

Open Internet: Clinton vs. Obama
You might think Bill Clinton would embrace the Obama administration's surrender of U.S. control over the
Internet. After all, it was the Clinton administration in the 1990s that invented "multistakeholder"
governance of the Internet.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303779504579467383084211874>

Internet Governance: What Does It Mean, Anyway? by Nick Ashton-Hart
Ask anyone involved in Internet policy what "Internet Governance" means and you're likely to get a
different answer, despite the fact that a decade ago, after torturous negotiations, the international
community agreed on a working definition for the term (if a vague one). The lack of clarity has resulted in a
policy space that appears to cover more and more subjects, with less and less agreement the more it
spreads. In discussions recently on the /1net email list, I've seen proposals for an 'Internet
Governance Roadmap' that includes delivering e-health initiatives, solving mass surveillance, and
adopting new measures for taxation of Internet commerce - to name just a few.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140328_internet_governance_what_does_it_mean_anyway/>

Protect openness of the Internet
A group of nerds and wonks has been having some hideously boring meetings this week in Singapore. You should
care: What they produce could change the nature of the Internet.
<http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2014/03/29/1-protect-openness-of-the-internet.html>

Who “Controls” the Internet?
Join TIA NOW, Bloomberg BNA, Communications Daily and ARI Registry Services as they discuss the recent
announcement by the U.S. Dept. Of Commerce on Internet governance. Also, net neutrality loses little
steam as industry stakeholders gear up for what could be a challenging road ahead.
<http://www.tianow.org/videos/who-controls-the-internet/13697>

ICANN 49 Wrap Up by Ms. Kathy Brown, President/CEO, ISOC
Many Internet Society Members and Chapters are engaged in the ICANN community so the ICANN 49 meeting in
Singapore this week was a wonderful opportunity to meet many of them in person. The ISOC <at> ICANN event,
which also included remote participants, brought us together to discuss the Internet and its future.
In-person participants included Chapter leaders from the region and around the world, several members
of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, as well as Jari Arkko, chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force.
<http://www.internetsociety.org/blog/institutional-public-policy/2014/03/icann-49-wrap>

APNIC at ICANN 49
APNIC will attend and participate at ICANN 49 in Singapore, from 23 - 27 March 2014.
<http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2014/apnic-at-icann-49>

IANA discussion update from ICANN 49
Dear APNIC community members, The ICANN49 meeting has just finished in Singapore, after long discussions
about the recent US Government decision on IANA functions. This decision will transfer the
responsibility for IANA functions from the US Government to the Internet community, replacing the
existing IANA Contract with new arrangements to be implemented by September of 2015.
<http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2014/iana-discussion-update-from-icann-49>

CIRA President unanimously re-elected chair of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization
Byron Holland, the President and CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), was
unanimously re-elected as chair of the Country Code Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO) in Singapore
this week. This will be Holland’s second term as chair of this important institution, having been first
elected as chair in July 2013.
<http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/cira-ccnso/>

State of the Net for the Week of March 24
ICANN’s 49th public meeting is underway in Singapore with attention focused on the future of ICANN
oversight and new gTLDs. FairWinds’ team is on the ground participating in these discussions and
reporting back what they hear. Stay informed through this and our other blogs, and our Twitter handle
 <at> fairwinds, for Singapore coverage.
<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/03/24/state-of-the-net-for-the-week-of-march-24/>

ICANN49 Update: NGPG Approves Important Language Specific to .BRAND gTLDs
ICANN’s new gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) has finally approved the long-sought and much-discussed
Specification 13 – an amendment to the Registry Agreement that accommodates the special trademark
needs of brands applying for their own TLDs.
<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/03/26/icann49-update-ngpg-approves-important-language-specific-to-brand-gtlds/>

Updates from the ICANN Meetings in Singapore
CircleID in collaboration with the team from Dyn Inc. and ICANNWiki, brings you video blogs and updates
from ICANN 49 in Singapore (23-27 March 2014).
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140327_special_updates_from_the_icann_meetings_in_singapore/>

What the US Government Said About IANA in Singapore by Kieren McCarthy
Two weeks ago, the US government announced it would transition its role in the IANA functions to the global
Internet community. It tasked ICANN with the job of arriving at a transition plan and noted that the
current contract runs out in 18 months' time, 30 September 2015. This week, ICANN started that process at
its meeting in Singapore. And on the ground were the two key US government officials behind the decision.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140327_what_the_us_government_said_about_iana_in_singapore/>

Yes, ICANN by Mark Weinstein, leading privacy advocate and founder of SGROUPLES.COM
Freedom of speech is one of the fundamental principles of any successful democracy. Freedom of the
Internet goes one step further. It's a fundamental principle of a cooperative world, protected in large
part by ICANN. Starting now, people from countries around the world are gathering in Singapore to discuss
ICANN's future; having a conversation that will play out over the course of the next year and culminate
with new governance that will have significant implications for all human beings.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-weinstein/yes-icann_b_5008740.html>

In Defense of Process: Identifying the Problem Before Seeking Solutions by Jonathan Zuck
You don't necessarily need to walk before you can run, but you should probably look where you are going
before you do either. The U.S. Government's announcement that it would transition out of its unique
legacy role in ICANN set off a powder keg at ICANN, as stakeholders from every corner of the community
rushed to offer their recommendations on how to fill the impending contractual vacuum with something,
new, better, and appropriately reflective of the multi-stakeholder model.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140327_in_defense_of_process_identifying_problem_before_seeking_solutions/>

Under global spotlight, ICANN forced to choose between GAC and the GNSO
ICANN has angered the Generic Names Supporting Organization and risks angering the Governmental
Advisory Committee as it prevaricates over a controversial rights protection mechanism.
<http://domainincite.com/16216-under-global-spotlight-icann-forced-to-choose-between-gac-and-the-gnso>

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DomainWire (March 2014) Report Available
The latest of CENTRs 'DomainWire Stat Report' is available (Edition 7 - March 2014). The report provides a
global status update on TLDs (both gTLDs and ccTLDs) with a focus on European ccTLDs.
<https://centr.org/news/03-26-2014/domainwire-march-2014-available>

European ccTLD News - March 2014
CENTR has published its latest ccTLD newsletter for March 2014 - this edition includes: Article: "The IANA
function for ccTLDs", CENTR Stockholm General Assembly, European ccTLD Statistics, Q&A with Michael
Hausding (SWITCH-CERT) & ccTLD news highlights and statistics
<https://centr.org/news/cctld/european-cctld-news-march-2014>

auDA to trial DNSSEC in .au
.au Domain Administration (auDA) announced this week it will introduce DNSSEC into the .au domain
namespace in an experimental capacity in the coming months.
<http://www.ausregistry.com.au/news/auda-trial-dnssec-in-au>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/31/auda-to-trial-dnssec-in-au/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/auda-to-trial-dnssec-in-au.html>

cr: Domain Blocking and Unblocking Policy
The purpose of this process is to establish a high-security protocol that a domain title holder must
fulfill before making any modifications or updates to a domain name. This protocol is established
between the domain Titleholder and NIC Costa Rica, which has the full support of the domain’s
proprietor in implementing the protocol.
<http://www.nic.cr/niccr_publico/showSimpleNew.do?id=53>

What is the Average Age of a Domain Name Under the .fr TLD?
The .fr TLD is young: the average age of a domain name under the .fr TLD is 3.8 years, according to Afnic
<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/7687/show/what-is-the-average-age-of-a-domain-name-under-the-fr-tld.html>

fr: Afnic – INPI Workshop on Domain Names on March 25
As part of the Cap Digital Meetings organized in Paris, Afnic is organizing an informative workshop on
domain names in conjunction with INPI.
<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/7698/show/afnic-inpi-workshop-on-domain-names-on-march-25.html>

Internet Technical Governance: Afnic Rallies the French Community
U.S. supervision of the Internet root zone is coming to an end: Afnic calls upon the French Internet
community to take part in the discussion.
<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/7699/show/internet-technical-governance-afnic-rallies-the-french-community.html>

Working on a .GURU?
... Since .GURU opened for public registration of second-level domains on January 29, it far surpassed any
of the other 49 new TLDs launched this year – until .BERLIN opened for public registration last week and
jumped into second place.
<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/03/25/working-on-a-guru/>

Nominet Introduces Domain Lock For .UK Domains
Nominet has introduced a Domain Lock, a tool to allow locking high-value .uk domains at the registry level,
which adds an additional level of security against Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/27/nominet-domain-lock/>

Nominet’s new Domain Lock option offers enhanced security for .uk domains
UK registry Nominet is now offering registrars the option of locking high-value .uk domains at the
registry level, adding an additional level of security against Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking.
<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/press-releases/nominet’s-new-domain-lock-option-offers-enhanced-security-uk-domains>

Nominet’s new Domain Lock option offers enhanced security for .uk domains
Nominet is now offering registrars the option of locking high-value .uk domains at the registry level,
adding an additional level of security against Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking.The Domain Lock tool
inserts additional, manual authentication requirements into the processes for modifying domain
names.The tool is targeted at high-traffic websites with substantial brand protection and security
interests but can be applied to any .uk domain.
<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominets-new-domain-lock-option-offers-enhanced-security-uk-domains>

.UK adds registry lock option
.UK registry Nominet is now offering its own version of a registry lock service, dubbed “Domain Lock.”
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/26/uk-adds-registry-lock-option/>

Neustar Seeks Experts for New Education Committee for .usTLD
On February 28, 2014, Neustar was awarded a contract to manage the .usTLD by the Department of Commerce.
<http://www.neustar.us/neustar-seeks-experts-for-new-education-committee-for-ustld/>

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EU buys more time for .wine talks after surprise GAC objection
The ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee deposited a shock fly into the wine-related gTLD ointment
tonight, asking ICANN to delay approval of .wine and .vin on a technicality.
<http://domainincite.com/16241-eu-buys-more-time-for-wine-talks-after-surprise-gac-objection>

GAC At War At ICANN 49 Over Wine
The Governmental Advisory Committee is at loggerheads at the ICANN meeting here in Singapore, seemingly
unable to come to a consensus over the Communique it releases at the end of the meeting. Although, the GAC
meeting has finished with some form of consensus reached, but not yet public.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22073>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/27/gac-war-icann-49-wine/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/gac-war-icann-49-wine.html>

New gTLD Registrations Hit 400,000
The number of registrations in the 150 new gTLDs to have at least one registration has reached 400,000,
nTLDStats.com data showed Friday. As of 30 March there were 408,366 domains registered across all gTLDs.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22085>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/30/new-gtld-registrations-hit-400000/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/new-gtld-registrations-hit-400-000.html>

Proceedings of Name Collisions Workshop Available
Presentations, papers and video recordings from the name collisions workshop held earlier this month in
London are now available at the workshop web site, namecollisions.net.
<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/proceedings_of_name_collisions_workshop>

Governments hurry ICANN over .amazon gTLD
ICANN has been urged to seal the fate of the controversial .amazon gTLD as soon as possible.
<http://www.worldipreview.com/news/governments-hurry-icann-over-amazon-gtld-6440>

Brand owners win gTLD contract concessions
ICANN has approved a number of changes that will allow branded gTLD applicants to sign tailored registry contracts.
<http://www.worldipreview.com/news/brand-owners-win-gtld-contract-concessions-6442>

ICANN process flawed, says BBC lawyer
The slow and uncertain pace of ICANN's new gTLD application process is a major challenge for businesses
interested in a new domain, according to BBC intellectual property lawyer Diane Hamer.
<http://www.worldipreview.com/news/icann-process-flawed-says-bbc-lawyer-6410>

1st anniversary of the TMCH: over 28,000 trademarks added by brand owners
We are now into a regular beat of gTLD releases with up to seven opening for Sunrise each week. When the
program was defined back in the glory years of 2011 many trademark holders raised red flags on the age-old
issue of trademark cyber squatting, and the huge headaches they would have in managing multiple
trademark application periods at any one time.
<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/03/1st-anniversary-of-the-tmch-over-28000-trademarks-added-by-brand-owners/>

ICANN moves to delegate “.africa” TLD with DCA’s case yet to be resolved Michael Ouma
The controversy surrounding the dotAfrica TLD has taken an interesting turn following an announcement
that ICANN had entered into an agreement with ZA Central Registry NPC – also known as Registry.Africa
– to operate the “.africa” TLD.
<http://www.cio.co.ke/news/main-stories/icann-moves-to-delegate-“.africa”-tld-with-dca’s-case-yet-to-be-resolved>
<http://allafrica.com/stories/201403270047.html>

.email sells almost 10,000 names on day one
Donuts new gTLD .email sold 9,636 registrations yesterday, its first partial day of general availability
at standard registry pricing.
<http://domainincite.com/16226-email-sells-almost-10000-names-on-day-one>

Dodgy domainer owns 40% of .ceo’s new names
What do Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Jeff Bezos and the Saudi royal family have in common?
Their .ceo domain names all belong to the same guy, a registrant from Trinidad and Tobago who as of last
night was responsible for 40% of hand-registered .ceo domains.
<http://domainincite.com/16273-dodgy-domainer-owns-40-of-ceos-new-names>

Slow start for .ceo with fewer than 400 names sold
The new .ceo gTLD has had a disappointing launch. In the first 30 hours of general availability, which began
on Friday afternoon, the TLD has managed to scrape just 378 registrations, according to the latest zone file.
<http://domainincite.com/16266-slow-start-for-ceo-with-fewer-than-400-names-sold>

United Internet taking market share from GoDaddy in new TLDs
United Internet, a group of companies that includes 1&1, Sedo, InterNetX, and United Domains, appears to
be taking a good chunk of the new TLDs market share away from GoDaddy.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/26/united-internet-taking-market-share-from-godaddy-in-new-tlds/>

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Improve Website Availability and Performance with Verisign Dynamic Traffic Management
We often hear from companies with cloud applications that ensuring the availability of critical
web-based services and applications is a key requirement for enhancing user experience and engagement.
After all, customers often leave company websites if they have to wait for them to load, which could result
in lost revenue and brand value -- all because of something that could be easily avoided.
<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/improve_website_availability_and_performance>

Google: 80% of news organisations are targeted by state hackers
More than four-fifths of the world's top media organisations, including the Guardian, have been the
target of likely state sponsored hacking attacks, according to research from two Google security engineers.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/28/google-news-organisations-targeted-state-hackers>

Insider Data Theft Among Top Cybersecurity Threats for US Federal Agencies: Study
Insiders at US federal agencies pose nearly as much threat to agency information security as hackers,
according to a survey released on Wednesday by IT software management company SolarWinds.
<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/insider-data-theft-among-top-cybersecurity-threats-us-federal-agencies-study>

Who Built the ID Theft Service SSNDOB.ru?
Previous stories on this blog have highlighted the damage wrought by an identity theft service marketed in
the underground called ssndob[dot]ru, which sold Social Security numbers, credit reports, drivers
licenses and other sensitive information on more than four million Americans. Today’s post looks at a
real-life identity behind the man likely responsible for building this service.
<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/03/who-built-the-id-theft-service-ssndob-ru/>

Operation Windigo: Thousands of Linux and Unix Servers hacked to deliver malware, spam
Hackers compromised thousands of Linux and Unix servers and used them for stealing SSH credentials,
sending millions of spam messages and infecting visitors with malware.
<http://www.ehackingnews.com/2014/03/operation-windigo-thousands-of-linux.html>

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au: Cupper in web win: Regulator rules domain name in breach of rules
AUSTRALIA’S web domain regulator has ruled in favour of Mildura­ Rural City councillor Ali Cupper in a
dispute over the rights to internet domain names.
<http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/2183304/cupper-in-web-win-regulator-rules-domain-name-in-breach-of-rules/>

Quebec loses right to ‘quebec.com’ domain name
A 15-year delay in asserting its right to the domain name “quebec.com” has cost the Quebec government
the rights to the name.
<http://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/28/quebec-loses-right-to-quebec-com-domain-name/>

Registrar Is Out-Squatted By A Clever Domain Owner
Domain name registrar Namecheap, Inc., a company that has no doubt profited from the cybersquatting
activities of its customers, recently found the tables turned when it filed and lost a UDRP complaint over
the domain name namechap.com. Namecheap filed the complaint with the National Arbitration Forum
against Respondent Ky Song alleging that the domain name infringes upon Namecheap’s trademark
registration for NAMECHEAP.
<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/03/24/registrar-is-out-squatted-by-a-clever-domain-owner/>

Sign.com and Signs.com settle dispute
The owners of the category-killer domain names Sign.com and Signs.com have settled a legal battle over
their ability to co-exist.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/26/sign-com-and-signs-com-settle-dispute/>

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Internet transition to IPv6 accelerating [AFP]
The transition to the next-generation Internet protocol IPv6 is set to speed up this year as web addresses
under the previous system IPv4 run out, a senior industry figure said at a meeting about the future of the
web Thursday.
<http://www.bgr.in/news/microsoft-delivers-office-for-rival-apples-ipad-hr314/>

vn: Ministry urges internet upgrade
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has urged internet content providers in Viet Nam to
implement the use of Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) in order to adapt to global internet development.
<http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/98499/ministry-urges-internet-upgrade.html>

World IPv6 Launch boosts morale but traffic levels remain tiny
Despite widespread publicity for World IPv6 Launch day earlier this week, the protocol’s presence on
the Internet remains painfully modest next to the domination of IPv4, Internet monitoring companies
have reported.
<http://www.cnmeonline.com/news/world-ipv6-launch-boosts-morale-but-traffic-levels-remain-tiny/>

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How can I tell Google that multiple domains are related? by Matt Cutts
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcSsMbFSGyc>

Single Sign-On for the RIPE Database
The RIPE NCC is pleased to announce RIPE Database release 1.72. For more information about the features,
changes and how this release might affect your operations, please see the release notes.
<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/single-sign-on-for-the-ripe-database>

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WordPress hosting: Do not try this at home!
Compromised WordPress blogs were used to host nearly 12,000 phishing sites in February. This represents
more than 7% of all phishing attacks blocked during that month, and 11% of the unique IP addresses that were
involved in phishing.
<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/03/24/wordpress-hosting-do-not-try-this-at-home.html>

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Sedo domain names get kicked off GoDaddy on Monday
Last November GoDaddy announced it was ending its syndication agreement with Sedo effective the end of
March 2014. That date is just around the corner: Monday.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/27/sedo-domain-name-godaddy/>

Sedo and TLD Registry Raise $182,000 in First Live Auction of New Chinese Domain...
TLD Registry Ltd and Sedo, the world’s largest domain marketplace and monetization provider, today
announced that the first premium domain name auction of new Chinese character gTLDs has raised
US$182,000 from 33 auction lot sales.
<https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?tracked=&partnerid=&language=us&id=640>

Two More Big Sales Including One That Ranks Among the Year's Top Ten Lead This Week's Chart
As I write this (Wednesday, March 19), spring is just a day away. That means warmer weather is coming but
things are already hot in the domain aftermarket where a long streak of big sales continued this week with
two more that cracked the six-figure mark. One of those, Accommodation.com, ranks among the year's 10
biggest sales after being sold by James Wester's Virtual Property Experts for a whopping $286,000 in a
deal completed through EscrowHill.com.
<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140326.htm>

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The value of Internet Services to New Zealanad
InternetNZ and Google have funded research into the value of Internet usage to New Zealand businesses. The
research was conducted by Sapere research and was formally presented this morning at a function put on by
the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce.
<https://internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2014/value-Internet-Services-New-Zealanad>

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A New Facebook Lab Is Intent on Delivering Internet Access by Drone
Watch out, Google. Facebook is gunning for the title of World’s Coolest Place to Work. And its arsenal
includes unmanned drones, lasers, satellites and virtual reality headsets.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/technology/a-new-facebook-lab-is-intent-on-delivering-internet-access-by-drone.html>

The Internet of Things and the Future of Business by Bryan Tantzen
... Bryce will explore the significance and impact of how connecting everything from machines in
factories, to cars to sensors inside our bodies will change our lives, and drive new and exciting business
models. He will explore the relationship between connectivity, big data, and analytics and highlight
IoT examples that point to the future of business from manufacturing to Life Sciences, retail, mining,
touching every aspect of how we design, make, and deliver products.
<http://blogs.cisco.com/ioe/the-internet-of-things-and-the-future-of-business/>

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au: Submissions split over e-safety commissioner
Community groups have supported a push by the federal government to institute a new social media tsar, but
some submissions have warned the test for determining what type of content could be taken down is too broad.
<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/submissions_split_over_safety_commissioner_oOFMwulXDHmE9DlvBhOz5L>

au: Parents warned of dangers in posting children's images online
Proud parents could be unwittingly putting their children at risk by posting images and information
online which give away personal details such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.
<http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/parents-warned-of-dangers-in-posting-childrens-images-online-20140330-35rtv.html>

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Google says government requests 'up 120%' in four years
Google has said the number of requests it has had from governments to share information about its users has
gone up by 120% in the past four years.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26786593>

Obama formally proposes end to NSA's bulk collection of telephone data
The Obama administration on Thursday formally proposed ending the National Security Agency's bulk
collection of all US phone data.
<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/27/obama-proposes-end-nsa-bulk-data-collection>

au: Tanya Plibersek: we would give spies more tools to fight domestic terror
Labor’s deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, has signalled she is open to giving intelligence agencies more
tools to deal with a possible increase in domestic security threats from Australians being radicalised
in the Syrian conflict.
<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/30/labor-spies-tools-terror-plibersek>

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How Michael Malone kickstarted the Australian internet
The news that iiNet supremo Michael Malone is departing the business he built from scratch marks the end of
an era. He’s a young man and we haven’t seen the last of him, but his resignation closes chapter one of
the story of retail internet access in Australia. We’ll leave it to the finance writers to chronicle
iiNet’s stellar commercial performance. For us, it’s a time to reflect on the technical dream that
Malone and his contemporaries turned into reality.
<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/how_michael_malone_kickstarted_the_8STyeEp5PbGnsdV4VML8TL>

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Australian teens duped into filming explicit videos for global child porn network
Australian teenagers as young as 14 have been duped into filming highly explicit videos of themselves for
one of the largest online child pornography networks ever uncovered.
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-27/australian-teens-targeted-in-child-pornography-network/5348408>

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Laying the Groundwork for the IANA Transition by Theresa Swinehart
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/03/laying-the-groundwork-for-the-iana-transition/>

Fox News Distorts Bill Clinton's Comments On Internet Oversight Authority To Attack Obama
<http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/03/24/fox-news-distorts-bill-clintons-comments-on-int/198590>

auDA reveals timing for DNSSEC rollout
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/541389/auda_reveals_timing_dnssec_rollout/>
<http://www.techworld.com.au/article/541389/auda_reveals_timing_dnssec_rollout/>

auDA to trial DNSsec in .au
<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/379763,auda-to-trial-dnssec-in-au.aspx>

Over half a million Trademark Claims notices served
<http://domainincite.com/16208-over-half-a-million-trademark-claims-notices-served>

The deterrent effect of the Clearinghouse
<http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/content/deterrent-effect-clearinghouse>

.wine is a go
<http://domainincite.com/16214-wine-is-a-go>

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Singapore talks on Internet’s future hear plea for freedom [AFP]
Control of the Internet should be handed from US supervision to a diverse group of stakeholders, and not to
governments that could limit freedoms, a meeting held in Singapore on the Web's future heard Monday.
<http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/850555.shtml>

S’pore supports initiative to let global group decide on Internet governance
Singapore has thrown its support behind an initiative to let multiple stakeholders decide how the
Internet's technical operations should be governed in the future.
<http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-pore-supports/1046304.html>

Who runs the internet? An ICANN 49 primer
The ICANN 49 public meeting is kicking off here in Singapore right now, and control of the domain name system
is going to be the hottest of hot topics for the next four days.
<http://domainincite.com/16177-who-runs-the-internet-an-icann-49-primer>

Frustration expressed over trademark counsel gTLD engagement
In the programme update session at ICANN’s Singapore meeting, the organisation announced that 182 new
gTLDs have been delegated (as of this morning). While the rollout continues, a number of domain industry
voices have expressed frustration at both the level of brand owner engagement with the Trademark
Clearinghouse (TMCH) and the advice some lawyers are giving their clients.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=597b3787-d8d1-45dc-9e56-1ab5fcfa921d>

Consultation Over IANA Stewardship To Be Accessible To All
The process of determining how best to transfer stewardship of key internet technical functions from the
US Government to the international community began Monday during ICANN's 49th public meeting in
Singapore and be accessible to as many as possible. ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé said
information will be available in all six United Nations languages plus Portuguese as well as for people
with accessibility issues.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22062>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/25/consultation-iana-stewardship-accessible/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/consultation-iana-stewardship.html>

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 - ICANN
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175+ New gTLDs Delegated
ICANN today announced at ICANN 49 in Singapore that the number of new gTLDs that have been delegated now tops 175.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-24mar14-en>

Introducing a New ICANN.org Site by Chris Gift
Every now and again, an organisation relaunches its website. There’s often nothing dramatic about it,
it’s to make minor adjustments and make everything look fresh again. And now ICANN is about to do the
same. We’re due to migrate to the new site in April – but for us it’s something more than just another website.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/03/introducing-a-new-icann-site/>

Walk Through New ICANN.org with Anil Podduturi
Welcome to the new.icann.org demonstration, I am Anil Podduturi from Neo. I will walk you through the new
ICANN.org site. My team and I worked closely with the ICANN team and community to develop a site that is the
product of your feedback. Hope you enjoy the demonstration!
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/03/new-icann-walk-through/>

Laying the Groundwork for the IANA Transition by Theresa Swinehart
We started dialogue this week at ICANN’s 49th meeting in Singapore on the next steps to take following the
United States government’s announcement on 14 March that it would transition key Internet domain name
functions to the global multistakeholder community.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/03/laying-the-groundwork-for-the-iana-transition/>

Applicant Advisories on GAC Category 1 and GAC Category 2 Advice Implementation Published
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-25mar14-en>

Cyrus Namazi, Vice President, Domain Name Services, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Jacob Kohnstamm
Data Retention Waiver Request Process
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/namazi-to-kohnstamm-25mar14-en>

Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Qing Song
Name Collision Issue for Blocked Second-Level Domains
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/atallah-to-song-22mar14-en>

Dr. Martine Berger, Garance Upham, Patti Rundall, Alan Leather, and Dr. Frederique Carrie, Director |
Health Innovation in Practice; President | Safe Observer International; Policy Director | Baby Milk
Action/IBFAN UK; President | NGO Forum for Health, Beziers Hospital (France), to Steve Crocker, Fadi
Chehadé, and Cherine Chalaby
Safeguards for Health Domains
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/berger-et-al-to-crocker-et-al-21mar14-en>

Martin Schulz, President | European Parliament, to Stephen Crocker, Fadi Chehadé, and Cherine Chalaby
New gTLD Applications for .WINE and .VIN
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/schulz-to-crocker-et-al-19mar14-en>

Jonathan L. Nevett, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President | Donuts Inc., to Stephen Crocker
New gTLD Application for .SPA
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/nevett-to-crocker-18mar14-en>

Patrick Weber, President | European Federation of Medical Information, to Steve Crocker, Fadi Chehadé,
and Cherine Chalaby
Public Interest Concerns regarding .HEALTH
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/weber-to-crocker-et-al-18mar14-en>

Thomas Schwarz, Executive Secretary | Medicus Mundi International Network, to Stephen Crocker, Fadi
Chehadé, and Cherine Chalaby
Safeguards for Health Domains
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/schwarz-to-crocker-et-al-17mar14-en>

Stephen D. Crocker, Chair | ICANN Board of Directors, to Heather Dryden
Proposal for implementing GAC advice concerning IGO acronyms
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/crocker-to-dryden-13mar14-en>

Will the US really relinquish control of the Internet?
The U.S. government announced recently that it planned to give up its control of a group whose control over
domain names for the Internet has been a longstanding cause of worldwide concern.
<http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/98649/8578671.html>

Fox News Distorts Bill Clinton's Comments On Internet Oversight Authority To Attack Obama
Fox News cherry-picked comments made by former President Bill Clinton on his questions regarding the
Commerce Department's plan to transition internet domain name management to an international body. But
the plan is based on principles that echo Clinton's remarks.
<http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/03/24/fox-news-distorts-bill-clintons-comments-on-int/198590>

US should 'keep control of net' says Clinton
Net freedom could suffer after the US steps back from its role as ultimate overseer of the global network,
former US President Bill Clinton has said.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26662052>

... US to take control of ICANN
The US Department of Commerce plans to relinquish control of ICANN, the body that runs the Internet's
Domain Name System, by the Fall of 2015. What will the Internet look like in countries with historically
conservative Internet freedom? Spectrum hears from Dr. Jörg Schweiger, the CEO of DENIC.
<http://www.dw.de/spectrum-raising-the-alarm-deadly-viruses-noise-complaints-and-dodgy-drugs-2014-03-24/e-17471125>

Defining Success for the ICANN Transition by Paul Rosenzweig
Last week, the Administration announced its plan to devolve governance of the Internet’s naming
function (which goes by the acronym IANA) to a non-profit organization, ICANN. If implemented, the
Administration’s plan will remove the last vestiges of direct American legal control over the
Internet. This is, as I have said, a pretty big deal.
<http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/03/defining-success-for-the-icann-transition/>

NTIA & You: NTIA's Intention to Transfer IANA Functions to the Global Community Is Welcome, But... by Katim
S. Touray
It is no secret that both the US government, ICANN, and the global Internet community have argued and worked
tirelessly for the past 15 odd years on the vexing issue of globalizing the US government's role in the IANA
function. Despite the desire, long-held by many, for the US to relinquish its control of the IANA
function, it is clear that getting to full multistakeholder control of the function is not going to be easy.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140324_ntias_intention_to_transfer_iana_functions_to_the_global_community/>

The Path Forward: Accountability Through the IANA Transition by Steve DelBianco
It's clear that the US government is intent on dropping its legacy contractual role for the IANA functions.
Whatever your views on the wisdom or timing of that decision, the challenge now is to ensure that the
transition leaves ICANN in the best possible position to succeed. Arriving yesterday to the island
nation of Singapore felt strangely appropriate. Over the past week I've been one of the lonely people in
the ICANN community to express concern about the US government's decision.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140323_the_path_forward_accountability_through_the_iana_transition/>

U.S. Giving Up Control of the Internet is a Bad Idea
The Obama Administration has proposed that the U.S. Department of Commerce give up its control over the
Internet, in order to resolve questions about the National Security Agency spying on Internet traffic.
<http://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/blog/11358689/us-giving-up-control-of-the-internet-is-a-bad-idea>

If You Like Your Internet, You May Not Be Able To Keep it
The Internet, created and managed by the U.S. government from the 1960s to the 1990s, is clearly the most
dramatic and successful example of technology transfer from government to private sector.
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimblasingame/2014/03/24/if-you-like-your-internet-you-may-not-be-able-to-keep-it/>

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 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
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auDA reveals timing for DNSSEC rollout
.au Domain Administration (auDA) has revealed that it is finally ready to begin the roll out of DNSSEC.
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/541389/auda_reveals_timing_dnssec_rollout/>
<http://www.techworld.com.au/article/541389/auda_reveals_timing_dnssec_rollout/>

auDA to trial DNSsec in .au
The .au Domain Administration will kick off a trial of Domain Name System Security (DNSsec) to
cryptographically sign and secure the .au domain zone.
<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/379763,auda-to-trial-dnssec-in-au.aspx>

Final policies approved for .nz registrations at the second level
On Friday, March 21 2014 the DNCL Board approved the final versions of the Registering, Managing and
Cancelling (RMC) and Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) policies, in addition to some minor policy
changes, in relation to registrations at the second level.
<http://dnc.org.nz/final-policies-nz-registrations-second-level>

Final date for Second Level Domain applications
Following the DNCL Board’s approval of the changes to the Second Level Domains policy, all applications
for new second levels must be received by Wednesday 30 April 2014.
<http://dnc.org.nz/final-date-second-level-domain-applications>

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 - NEW TLDS
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New domain names, same old trademark problems
As Net addresses like .pink, .flights, and .coffee arrive, trademark holders have some new versions of old
headaches. Canyon Bicycle prevailed to claim canyon.bike, though.
<http://www.cnet.com/news/new-domain-names-same-old-trademark-problems/>

ICANN’s ability to clamp down on budget-busting sunrise fees questioned
It was inevitable that the issue of gTLD registries charging trademark owners excessive sunrise fees to
register names in gTLD sunrise periods would be high on the agenda of the Intellectual Property
Constituency (IPC). At today’s ICANN meeting in Singapore, however, ICANN’s ability to clamp down
and prevent brand owners from being held to ransom was in doubt.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=bcd4822c-b210-4f1c-9a2e-2b75c83958e4>

Despite IRP, .africa gets a new gTLD contract
ICANN has signed a Registry Agreement with ZA Central Registry for the new gTLD .africa, despite the string
being subject to a legal dispute.
<http://domainincite.com/16212-despite-irp-africa-gets-a-new-gtld-contract>

Over half a million Trademark Claims notices served
The Trademark Clearinghouse has delivered over 500,000 Trademark Claims notices and prevented over
475,000 trademarked names from being registered, according to the TMCH.
<http://domainincite.com/16208-over-half-a-million-trademark-claims-notices-served>

The deterrent effect of the Clearinghouse
As key stakeholders in the domain name world turn their attention to the ICANN Singapore meeting this week,
the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) can reveal that over 500,000 Claims Notices (CNIS) have been
delivered, of which 95% of the queries for trademark terms are not being followed through to a live
registration. Notices issued by the TMCH are sent as a warning to anyone attempting to register a domain
name which matches a trademark term recorded in the TMCH and this metric clearly shows the deterrent is working.
<http://www.trademark-clearinghouse.com/content/deterrent-effect-clearinghouse>

Trademark Clearinghouse claims that notices deter 95% of potentially infringing registrations
According to figures released today, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) has delivered 500,000 Claims
Notices to date. Of particular interest to trademark counsel will be the news that 95% of the queries for
trademark terms triggering Claims Notices are not being followed through to a live registration.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=5ddba297-de2d-4029-b64c-a5c8f11ca54f>

TMCH brags about numbers, but what do they mean?
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) announced today that it has issued 500,000 claims notices to
prospective registrants of domains under new TLDs. The notices are shown when someone tries to register a
domain that matches a trademark or trademark string submitted to the database.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/25/tmch-brag/>

TMCH Has Caused More People Not To Register 450K Domains, As New gTLD’s Pass 350K
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) said today that is has delivered 500,000 Claims Notices (CNIS) of
which 95% of the queries for trademark terms are not being followed through to a live registration.
<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/03/25/tmch-has-caused-more-people-not-to-register-450k-domains-as-new-gtlds-pass-350k/>

.wine is a go
ICANN has approved the new gTLDs .wine and .vin, despite objections from the European Union.
<http://domainincite.com/16214-wine-is-a-go>

Web domain name revolution could hit trademark defence: WIPO
The mass expansion of Internet domain names could cause havoc for the defence of trademarks in cyberspace,
the UN's intellectual property body warned on March 16. "We have this extraordinary expansion that is
going on," said Francis Gurry, head of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), which
oversees global rules against cybersquatting.
<http://www.brecorder.com/it-a-computers/206/1165644/>

OMG! gTLD applicant actually wins objection appeal
Medistry has become the first new gTLD applicant to win an appeal to ICANN over an objection decision that
went against it.
<http://domainincite.com/16193-omg-gtld-applicant-actually-wins-objection-appeal>

Frustration expressed over trademark counsel gTLD engagement
In the programme update session at ICANN’s Singapore meeting, the organisation announced that 182 new
gTLDs have been delegated (as of this morning). While the rollout continues, a number of domain industry
voices have expressed frustration at both the level of brand owner engagement with the Trademark
Clearinghouse (TMCH) and the advice some lawyers are giving their clients.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=597b3787-d8d1-45dc-9e56-1ab5fcfa921d>

.hotels applicant files IRP on ICANN
New gTLD applicant Booking.com has filed an Independent Review Process complaint against ICANN.
<http://domainincite.com/16203-hotel-applicant-files-irp-on-icann>

CentralNic kicks out ARI as back-end for four new Radix gTLDs
CentralNic has replaced ARI Registry Services as the exclusive back-end registry services provider for
four new gTLDs.
<http://domainincite.com/16182-centralnic-kicks-out-ari-as-back-end-for-four-new-radix-gtlds>

Radix boots ARI in favor of CentralNic
New TLD applicant Radix has selected CentralNic to be the backend registry provider for its .website,
.host, .space and .press TLDs.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/24/radix-boots-ari-in-favor-of-centralnic/>

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 - DNS SECURITY
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ca: CIRA part of new security agency
Canada’s Internet domain registry is one of a number of organizations banding together in a non-profit
group to try to put a dent in the number of criminals abusing the domain name system.
<http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/cira-part-of-new-security-agency/90638>

MH 370-Related Phishing Attacks Spotted Against Government Targets
Hold off on the notion that watering hole attacks may supplant phishing as the initial means of compromise
in advanced attacks. A number of recent targeted campaigns have used the crash of Malaysia Airlines 370 as
a lure to infect government officials in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific.
<http://threatpost.com/mh-370-related-phishing-attacks-spotted-against-government-targets/105024>

NCC Group launching Domain Assured To Provide Domain Abuse Monitoring [news release]
Global information assurance firm NCC Group is launching Domain Assured, a new service which monitors the
abuse, health and reputation of internet domains.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/24/ncc-launching-domain-assured/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/ncc-launching-domain-assured.html>

Foundation to fight cybercrime by offering free advice on domain-name security
A newly formed non-profit called the Secure Domain Foundation (SDF) says its mission will be to provide
free advice on security practices to protect the Internet's core infrastructure related to the Domain
Name System.
<http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/032414-secure-domain-foundation-280000.html>

New non-profit against cyber crime launches
Experts and companies in the information security industry formed the Secure Domain Foundation (SDF), a
non-profit, community-driven organization devoted to the identification and prevention of Internet
cyber crime utilizing the DNS.
<http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=16561>

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 - DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES
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Famous Four alleges link between panelist and opponent for .Sport
Last fall Famous Four Media saw its plans to run a .sport TLD dashed after a panelist found in favor of rival
applicant SportAccord in a community objection.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/25/famous-four-sportaccord/>

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 - IPv4/IPv6
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Finally, IPv6’s killer app: The Internet of Things
IPv6, with its glorious address space, is just what’s needed to connect all those billions of things, or
is it?
<http://www.zdnet.com/finally-ipv6s-killer-app-the-internet-of-things-7000027644/>

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 - MISCELLANEOUS
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Hogan Lovells’ IP team named as Europe Domain/Internet Team of the Year
Hogan Lovells’ intellectual property (IP) team has been named as Europe Domain/Internet Team of the
Year at the Global Managing Intellectual Property Awards.
<http://www.thelawyer.com/firms-and-the-bar/hogan-lovells-ip-team-named-as-europe-domain/internet-team-of-the-year/3018049.article>

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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Instagram reaches 200m users
It’s a very good week to work in the Facebook press office - not only has the company bought the virtual
reality Oculus Rift platform for $2bn, but Instagram has reached 200 million users.
<http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/03/26/instagram-reaches-200m-users>

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL
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au: Cybercrime could be 'next black swan event': ASIC chief
Australian Securities and Investment Commission chairperson Greg Medcraft has used the ASIC Annual
Forum to issue a warning about the potential for poor information security to destabilise financial markets.
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/541188/cybercrime_could_next_black_swan_event_asic_chief/>

au: Companies not prepared enough for web attacks
Cybercrime is a systemic risk and could be the next ''black swan'' event, the head of Australia's corporate
regulator says, as senior business executives warned companies were not sufficiently prepared for such dangers.
<http://www.watoday.com.au/business/companies-not-prepared-enough-for-web-attacks-20140324-35e6v.html>
<http://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/cybercrime-a-black-swan-risk-says-asic-20140324-35clc.html>
<http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/cybercrime-a-black-swan-risk-says-asic-20140324-35clc.html>

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE
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Obama: US must 'win back the trust of ordinary citizens' over data collection
Barack Obama confirmed on Tuesday that the US plans to end the National Security Agency's systematic
collection of Americans’ telephone data, admitting that trust in country’s intelligence services
had been shaken and pledging to address the concerns of privacy advocates.
<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/obama-us-nsa-data-collection-trust>

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
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Internet groups face global tax crackdown
A looming global crackdown on aggressive tax avoidance is set to stop internet companies slashing bills by
routing profits to havens.
<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e46350f6-b37d-11e3-bc21-00144feabdc0.html>

au: Financial woes cause shut down of Internet Industry Association
The Internet Industry Association will shut down, leaving the Communications Alliance to take
responsibility for the collection of industry codes, such as the icode, that were developed and overseen
by the industry body.
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/541198/financial_woes_cause_shut_down_internet_industry_association_/>

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MISCELLANEOUS
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nz: New Zealander Tony Lentino revealed as largest Mega investor
Watching the preparations for Mega, Kim Dotcom seems in full control, as always. But on paper, at least, he
is neither a manager nor shareholder in the new venture. Dotcom has named Wellsford man Tony Lentino as the
largest of three outside investors in his new file sharing service, Mega.
<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/nz-company-named-key-mega-partner-mega-ceo-named-ck-134668>

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Jon Lawrence | 26 Mar 14:19 2014
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Re: Should this list continue to exist?

Hey Rod

I'm also an member and I share your respect for the folks at auDA, but that's not the point.

This list pre-dates auDA and has always been independent thereof.

I refer you to Rob Taylor's point below, which is pretty pertinent, IMO.  

I think it's important to have an outlet for people concerned about .au domains to have their say, that is not
controlled by auDA.

I realise there are other lists/forums that arguably achieve this, but I think this list is worth keeping,
as an independent, .au-focused list.

But, that's just my opinion.

cheers
jon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Info" <info@...>
To: ".au DNS Discussion List" <dns@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 11:35:22 PM
Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?

Jon,
I don't think as a member of Auda and knowing the people involved I 
don't think Auda hosting the list would be a political issue. To be fair 
to Auda they do have a balanced view and have a respect of the past to 
the .au history.
I don't always agree with Auda but overall they do a good job.
Having said that as a hosting provider of some size I would as the CEO 
of the Total Internet Group be happy to host the DNS list going forward 
as a service to the net community in Australia.
Let me know if you want this to happen Kim?
Rod Keys

On 26/03/14 11:09 PM, Jon Lawrence wrote:
> Rod
>
> I agree that keeping the archives live is valuable.  I'd prefer to keep them independent of auDA, however.
>
> For those that aren't aware, full list archives (right back to 1996) are here: www.dotau.org
>
> jon
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rod Keys" <info@...>
> To: ".au DNS Discussion List" <dns@...>
> Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 11:02:52 PM
> Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?
>
> Sean,
> I am talking about the historical records which can be found if you
> Google certain things the old DNS discussion list appears and yes I have
> some old skeletons in the cupboard but I think the history is worth
> keeping for the sake of history of the internet in Australia.
>    I am sure a lot of the pioneers of this industry would join me in
> keeping the archived forums live for the future of the net in .au and if
> you like the generation who will follow.
> I urge Auda to take over the data on behalf of the stakeholders of the
> net in .au
> Kim you have done a wonderful job over the years running the list and I
> for one have had great enjoyment making comments and watching the net
> grow in Australia.
> Archive the list under auda.org.au/history.dnslist.
> Thanks,
> Rod Keys
>
>
>
>
> On 26/03/14 10:19 PM, Sean Finn wrote:
>> Then who would watch the watchers?
>>
>> We're silent now because, I'd assume, there's not too much beef with the
>> job AuDA is performing. If this were ever to change, would AuDA tollerate
>> criticism?
>>
>> -Sean.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Rod Keys <info@...> wrote:
>>
>>> Maybe Auda could host it for historical reasons?
>>> Rod Keys
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 26/03/14 8:20 PM, Rob Taylor wrote:
>>>
>>>> One note of possible caution - In .UK there was a 'nom-steer' list much
>>>> like this, quite quiet and dormant much of the time but very useful as and
>>>> when it was needed.
>>>>
>>>> Nominet then 'improved' things by closing it and moving to a vbulletin
>>>> system inside their online services, and the reach & debate appears to be
>>>> all but nullified.
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Rob
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On 26 March 2014 09:11, Sean Finn <sean@...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>    I think it should stay asleep for great justice just in case it needs to
>>>>> get resurrected.
>>>>>
>>>>> -Sean.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM, Tom Minchin <tom.minchin@...
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>    Yeah. Pull the pin.
>>>>>> On 26/03/2014 3:04 PM, "Kim Davies" <kim@...> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>    For those not familiar with this list's history, it was started in the
>>>>>>> mid-1990s and was the location where the seminal discussion on .AU
>>>>>>> happened. The discussion involved key members of the nascent Internet
>>>>>>> community in Australia, and was the hub of activity that lead to the
>>>>>>> creation of auDA to manage the the .AU space.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Today the list if effectively dormant. auDA does not use it to
>>>>>>> disseminate
>>>>>>> or discuss issues relating to .AU, and there are little in the way of
>>>>>>> community discussion here on .AU. For example, auDA saw fit to report
>>>>>>> to
>>>>>>> the AusNOG mailing list about DNSSEC initiatives in .AU, but not here
>>>>>>> (http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html)
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I'd like to pose the question whether this forum should be retired.
>>>>>>> There is certainly no problem sustaining its existence if it continues
>>>>>>> to fulfil a purpose. However, it may be its time has come after 20
>>>>>>> years
>>>>>>> and is no longer a needed part of the community.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I'd appreciate members' thoughts.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> kim
>>>>>>>
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Re: Should this list continue to exist?

Rod

I agree that keeping the archives live is valuable.  I'd prefer to keep them independent of auDA, however.

For those that aren't aware, full list archives (right back to 1996) are here: www.dotau.org

jon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rod Keys" <info@...>
To: ".au DNS Discussion List" <dns@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 11:02:52 PM
Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?

Sean,
I am talking about the historical records which can be found if you 
Google certain things the old DNS discussion list appears and yes I have 
some old skeletons in the cupboard but I think the history is worth 
keeping for the sake of history of the internet in Australia.
  I am sure a lot of the pioneers of this industry would join me in 
keeping the archived forums live for the future of the net in .au and if 
you like the generation who will follow.
I urge Auda to take over the data on behalf of the stakeholders of the 
net in .au
Kim you have done a wonderful job over the years running the list and I 
for one have had great enjoyment making comments and watching the net 
grow in Australia.
Archive the list under auda.org.au/history.dnslist.
Thanks,
Rod Keys

On 26/03/14 10:19 PM, Sean Finn wrote:
> Then who would watch the watchers?
>
> We're silent now because, I'd assume, there's not too much beef with the
> job AuDA is performing. If this were ever to change, would AuDA tollerate
> criticism?
>
> -Sean.
>
>
> On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Rod Keys <info@...> wrote:
>
>> Maybe Auda could host it for historical reasons?
>> Rod Keys
>>
>>
>>
>> On 26/03/14 8:20 PM, Rob Taylor wrote:
>>
>>> One note of possible caution - In .UK there was a 'nom-steer' list much
>>> like this, quite quiet and dormant much of the time but very useful as and
>>> when it was needed.
>>>
>>> Nominet then 'improved' things by closing it and moving to a vbulletin
>>> system inside their online services, and the reach & debate appears to be
>>> all but nullified.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> Rob
>>>
>>>
>>> On 26 March 2014 09:11, Sean Finn <sean@...> wrote:
>>>
>>>   I think it should stay asleep for great justice just in case it needs to
>>>> get resurrected.
>>>>
>>>> -Sean.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM, Tom Minchin <tom.minchin@...
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>   Yeah. Pull the pin.
>>>>> On 26/03/2014 3:04 PM, "Kim Davies" <kim@...> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>   For those not familiar with this list's history, it was started in the
>>>>>> mid-1990s and was the location where the seminal discussion on .AU
>>>>>> happened. The discussion involved key members of the nascent Internet
>>>>>> community in Australia, and was the hub of activity that lead to the
>>>>>> creation of auDA to manage the the .AU space.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Today the list if effectively dormant. auDA does not use it to
>>>>>> disseminate
>>>>>> or discuss issues relating to .AU, and there are little in the way of
>>>>>> community discussion here on .AU. For example, auDA saw fit to report
>>>>>> to
>>>>>> the AusNOG mailing list about DNSSEC initiatives in .AU, but not here
>>>>>> (http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'd like to pose the question whether this forum should be retired.
>>>>>> There is certainly no problem sustaining its existence if it continues
>>>>>> to fulfil a purpose. However, it may be its time has come after 20
>>>>>> years
>>>>>> and is no longer a needed part of the community.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'd appreciate members' thoughts.
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Jon Lawrence | 26 Mar 13:00 2014
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Re: Should this list continue to exist?

I think there is value in maintaining this list, presuming it's not taking money out of Kim's pocket (I'm sure we could crowd-fund the hosting costs if we had to - I'd certainly be happy to chip in).  

At present, it's only really used by David Goldstein with his DNS news updates and people like me that like to vent about domain name issues from time to time.

But, as Sean notes, if/when a controversial issue kicks off (second-level registrations, anyone?), I'm sure it will quickly become very active again, and I think having a forum that is independent of auDA is potentially quite valuable. I realise there are other lists and forums that arguably cover .au issues, but I suspect none of them are as comprehensive as this one (the fact that this list has been very quiet for some time, I presume means most people haven't unsubscribed).

With regard to David's excellent DNS news updates, I've always felt that these should be an auDA member benefit, so I think should be sent out using the auDA members mailing list.  Doing that might encourage a few new members, and I think these updates are worth well more than the $22 annual membership fee anyway...

Anyway, here's something I was about to post to the list:
NZ: Final policies approved for .nz registrations at the second level
http://dnc.org.nz/final-policies-nz-registrations-second-level?m=309

They're also discussing changing their flag. Meanwhile, we're reintroducing knighthoods...

cheers
jon


----- Original Message -----
From: "Sean Finn" <sean-/yuE/UefMs7QT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org>
To: ".au DNS Discussion List" <dns-4wNK73mzcFfYtjvyW6yDsg@public.gmane.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 10:19:54 PM
Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?

Then who would watch the watchers?

We're silent now because, I'd assume, there's not too much beef with the job AuDA is performing. If this were ever to change, would AuDA tollerate criticism?

-Sean.


On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Rod Keys <info <at> ddns.com.au> wrote:
Maybe Auda could host it for historical reasons?
Rod Keys



On 26/03/14 8:20 PM, Rob Taylor wrote:
One note of possible caution - In .UK there was a 'nom-steer' list much
like this, quite quiet and dormant much of the time but very useful as and
when it was needed.

Nominet then 'improved' things by closing it and moving to a vbulletin
system inside their online services, and the reach & debate appears to be
all but nullified.

Cheers,
Rob


On 26 March 2014 09:11, Sean Finn <sean-/yuE/UefMs7QT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org> wrote:

I think it should stay asleep for great justice just in case it needs to
get resurrected.

-Sean.


On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM, Tom Minchin <tom.minchin-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>wrote:

Yeah. Pull the pin.
On 26/03/2014 3:04 PM, "Kim Davies" <kim-M3iZ2DEUyaQ0n/F98K4Iww@public.gmane.org> wrote:

For those not familiar with this list's history, it was started in the
mid-1990s and was the location where the seminal discussion on .AU
happened. The discussion involved key members of the nascent Internet
community in Australia, and was the hub of activity that lead to the
creation of auDA to manage the the .AU space.

Today the list if effectively dormant. auDA does not use it to
disseminate
or discuss issues relating to .AU, and there are little in the way of
community discussion here on .AU. For example, auDA saw fit to report to
the AusNOG mailing list about DNSSEC initiatives in .AU, but not here
(http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html)

I'd like to pose the question whether this forum should be retired.
There is certainly no problem sustaining its existence if it continues
to fulfil a purpose. However, it may be its time has come after 20 years
and is no longer a needed part of the community.

I'd appreciate members' thoughts.

kim

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<div>I think there is value in maintaining this list, presuming it's not taking money out of Kim's pocket (I'm sure we could crowd-fund the hosting costs if we had to - I'd certainly be happy to chip in). &nbsp;</div>
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<div>At present, it's only really used by David Goldstein with his DNS news updates and people like me that like to vent about domain name issues from time to time.</div>
<div><br></div>
<div>But, as Sean notes, if/when a controversial issue kicks off (second-level registrations, anyone?), I'm sure it will quickly become very active again, and I think having a forum that is independent of auDA is potentially quite valuable. I realise there are other lists and forums that arguably cover .au issues, but I suspect none of them are as comprehensive as this one (the fact that this list has been very quiet for some time, I presume means most people haven't unsubscribed).</div>
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<div>With regard to David's excellent DNS news updates, I've always felt that these should be an auDA member benefit, so I think should be sent out using the auDA members mailing list. &nbsp;Doing that might encourage a few new members, and I think these updates are worth well more than the $22 annual membership fee anyway...</div>
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<div>Anyway, here's something I was about to post to the list:</div>
<div>NZ:&nbsp;Final policies approved for .nz registrations at the second level</div>
<div>http://dnc.org.nz/final-policies-nz-registrations-second-level?m=309</div>
<div><br></div>
<div>They're also discussing changing their flag. Meanwhile, we're reintroducing knighthoods...</div>
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<div>cheers</div>
<div>jon</div>
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<br>----- Original Message -----<br>From: "Sean Finn" &lt;sean@...&gt;<br>To: ".au DNS Discussion List" &lt;dns@...&gt;<br>Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 10:19:54 PM<br>Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?<br><br><div dir="ltr">Then who would watch the watchers?<div><br></div>
<div>We're silent now because, I'd assume, there's not too much beef with the job AuDA is performing. If this were ever to change, would AuDA tollerate criticism?<br><div><br></div>
<div>-Sean.</div>
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<br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Rod Keys <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a href="mailto:info@..." target="_blank">info <at> ddns.com.au</a>&gt;</span> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">Maybe Auda could host it for historical reasons?<br>
Rod Keys<br><br><br><br>
On 26/03/14 8:20 PM, Rob Taylor wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">
One note of possible caution - In .UK there was a 'nom-steer' list much<br>
like this, quite quiet and dormant much of the time but very useful as and<br>
when it was needed.<br><br>
Nominet then 'improved' things by closing it and moving to a vbulletin<br>
system inside their online services, and the reach &amp; debate appears to be<br>
all but nullified.<br><br>
Cheers,<br>
Rob<br><br><br>
On 26 March 2014 09:11, Sean Finn &lt;<a href="mailto:sean@..." target="_blank">sean@...</a>&gt; wrote:<br><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">
I think it should stay asleep for great justice just in case it needs to<br>
get resurrected.<br><br>
-Sean.<br><br><br>
On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM, Tom Minchin &lt;<a href="mailto:tom.minchin@..." target="_blank">tom.minchin@...</a>&gt;wrote:<br><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">
Yeah. Pull the pin.<br>
On 26/03/2014 3:04 PM, "Kim Davies" &lt;<a href="mailto:kim@...au" target="_blank">kim@...</a>&gt; wrote:<br><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">
For those not familiar with this list's history, it was started in the<br>
mid-1990s and was the location where the seminal discussion on .AU<br>
happened. The discussion involved key members of the nascent Internet<br>
community in Australia, and was the hub of activity that lead to the<br>
creation of auDA to manage the the .AU space.<br><br>
Today the list if effectively dormant. auDA does not use it to<br>
disseminate<br>
or discuss issues relating to .AU, and there are little in the way of<br>
community discussion here on .AU. For example, auDA saw fit to report to<br>
the AusNOG mailing list about DNSSEC initiatives in .AU, but not here<br>
(<a href="http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html" target="_blank">http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html</a>)<br><br>
I'd like to pose the question whether this forum should be retired.<br>
There is certainly no problem sustaining its existence if it continues<br>
to fulfil a purpose. However, it may be its time has come after 20 years<br>
and is no longer a needed part of the community.<br><br>
I'd appreciate members' thoughts.<br><br>
kim<br><br>
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