David Goldstein | 27 Nov 05:59 2014

auDA Domain News - 27 November

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How Long Will the Good Feelings Last in Internet Governance Discussions?

<http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/24/how-long-will-the-good-feelings-last-in-internet-governance-discussions/>

 

Global Commission on Internet Governance concludes Ottawa summit with statement on IANA transition

<http://koreaittimes.com/story/42839/global-commission-internet-governance-concludes-ottawa-summit-statement-iana-transition>

 

New 'Internet Security Council' struggling to get off the ground

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/25/netmundial_initiative_struggling/>

 

au: Third Sector Expo 2015 reveals online strategies to promote growth

<http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_reveals_strategies_to_grow_online/090115/>

 

Google turns on shiny new .google TLD – but WHY?

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/26/google_turns_on_google_internet_extension/>

 

Australian government reviews cybersecurity

<http://www.zdnet.com/au/australian-government-reviews-cybersecurity-7000036200/>

 

Melbourne IT eyes social media market with Tiger Pistol

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560590/melbourne-it-eyes-social-media-market-tiger-pistol/>

 

au: Bitcoin.com.au sells for $31,200 as owner loses the domain due to bad registrant info

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/bitcoin-com-au-sells-for-31200-as-owner-loses-the-domain-due-to-bad-registrant-info/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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How Long Will the Good Feelings Last in Internet Governance Discussions?

What a difference two years make. In 2012, the World Conference on Information Technology meeting ended with a high degree of acrimony, with the United States and fifty-four others refusing to sign new International Telecommunication Regulations. Press reports focused on what was characterized as an effort by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to seize control over the Internet, the beginning of a new digital cold war, or both.

<http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/24/how-long-will-the-good-feelings-last-in-internet-governance-discussions/>

 

Global Commission on Internet Governance concludes Ottawa summit with statement on IANA transition

The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) has concluded its meeting, in Ottawa, Canada, and issued a statement in support of the transition of the United States National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) stewardship role for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.

<http://koreaittimes.com/story/42839/global-commission-internet-governance-concludes-ottawa-summit-statement-iana-transition>

 

New 'Internet Security Council' struggling to get off the ground

Plans for a new internet governance body are struggling to get off the ground after blowback from the internet community itself.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/25/netmundial_initiative_struggling/>

 

Uncivil Society: The NETmund*al *n*t*at*ve's Missing I's by Philip S. Corwin

When I last wrote about the NETmundial Initiative (NMI) project developed by the World Economic Forum in conjunction with ICANN it was noted that its August 28th announcement event "ended with significant dissent from the broad groups comprising "civil society", and only lukewarm support from the business sector". Indeed, during the concluding session on that late summer day, "NTIA head Larry Strickling appeared to startle the participants when he intervened to observe that perhaps the event was over-engineered.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141124_uncivil_society_the_netmundal_ntatves_missing_is/>

 

At China online coming-out party, Beijing spells out Internet control ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance - clean, controlled and choreographed.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/25/uk-china-internet-wuzhen-idUKKCN0J90UR20141125>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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A Successful First Edition of Turkey’s Domain Name System Forum by Baher Esmat, VP, Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East

Last week, we concluded our first DNS Forum in Istanbul. The forum attracted over 70 participants representing a variety of local stakeholders, from government and academia to technology and business. The discussions were vibrant and stimulated the start of what will be an ongoing dialogue. And a special thanks goes to our interpreters, who made it possible for participants to engage in the language of their choice.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-successful-first-edition-of-turkey-s-domain-name-system-forum>

 

Increasing Stakeholder Engagement in Beirut by Dave Piscitello – VP, Security and ICT Coordinator; Patrick L. Jones - Senior Director,Global Stakeholder Engagement; Fahd A. Batayneh – Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, Middle East

From 5-6 November 2014, my colleagues Dave Piscitello, Patrick Jones and I travelled to Beirut to engage with local stakeholders. Our first stop was the American University of Science and Technology (AUST), where we conducted a workshop for Lebanese Law Enforcement Agencies on DNS abuse. The participants included the students of AUST along with senior officials from the Cyber Crime Bureau of the Lebanese Armed Forces, Internal Security Forces, and the Lebanese Police Academy.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/increasing-stakeholder-engagement-in-beirut>

 

Steve Crocker to Adrian Kinderis

IDN ccTLD Delegations

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-kinderis-25nov14-en.pdf>

 

Everyone Can Participate in ICANN Decisions ? Come On... by Jean Guillon

I participated in the French RINDD last week in Paris: RINDD stands for "Rencontres Internationales des Noms de Domaine". The translation would be "The International Domain Name Conference". This event is organized once a year by SafeBrands, a French Registrar. Many participants were there: the ICANN, Law Firms, Donuts, other new gTLD applicants, back-end Registries and many experts.

<http://www.gtld.club/2014/11/everyone-can-participate-in-icann.html>

 

Fadi Chehadé - President and Chief Executive Officer, ICANN

Interview with Mr. Fadi Chehadé, Chief Executive Officer, ICANN for the opening of the Geneva Internet Conference

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LhZR_7wamY>

 

ICANN meetings in for big shake-up, more dancing

Could you tolerate an eight-day ICANN meeting? Could you get all your work done in just four days? Would you be happy to wait up to nine months between Public Forums? Do you want to see more regional dancing during ICANN opening ceremonies?

<http://domainincite.com/17716-icann-meetings-in-for-big-shake-up-more-dancing>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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au: Third Sector Expo 2015 reveals online strategies to promote growth

Third Sector Expo 2015 brings you an all-encompassing session on how to make the most out of online channels to connect with your community and grow your organisation. ... auDA, the NFP organisation which manages the .au domain space, regularly conducts research on the growth of the .au domain space. It also provides annual awards through the Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA), and grants through the auDA Foundation to NFPs who harness the power of the internet for better social outcomes in unique ways.

<http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_reveals_strategies_to_grow_online/090115/>

 

fr: New registration rules as of December 8, 2014

Afnic has published the new naming policy for domain names under the .fr, .pm, .re, .tf, .wf and .yt ccTLDs which comes into force on December 8, 2014.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8500/show/new-registration-rules-as-of-december-8-2014-1.html>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Google turns on shiny new .google TLD – but WHY?

Google has turned on its namesake TLD with the creation of 'nic.google' representing the internet giant's entry into the domain name market.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/26/google_turns_on_google_internet_extension/>

 

The Rise of .pharmacy

In the continuation of new gTLDs, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAPB) is set to start accepting applications for .pharmacy domain names. Applicants must be trademark holders who are registered in the ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). NAPB’s sunrise application period, which opens on December 19th of this year, precedes the Sunrise TMCH registration period, slated to start on January 15, 2015.

<http://www.ipbrief.net/2014/11/20/the-rise-of-pharmacy/>

 

gTLD registrations rise, trademark community engagement slows [subscription]

With new gTLDs hitting the market on a regular basis, one would expect community engagement with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) to rise. However, the latest figures suggest otherwise. According to the latest figures from the TMCH (reflecting the data as of November 18), 33,902 marks have been submitted to date.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=6ae0b1f8-5ffd-4cbb-b67e-5f98593d9489>

 

ICANN, .nyc, and Multistakeholder Innovation (Video) by Joly MacFie

On Monday November 24 2014 ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé met with NYC community at the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Present were representatives of ISOC-NY, Connecting .nyc, New York Tech Meetup, Meetup, NameSpace, Access, and Google. The discussions were partly about NYC's own new TLD and partly about general ICANN issues.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141126_icann_nyc_and_multistakeholder_innovation_video/>

 

GTLDs - Current Sunrise Periods Open--December 2014 Update

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new gTLDs have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods.

<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/generic-top-level-domains-current-sunrise-periods-open-december-2014-update>

 

What I think about Donuts’ bold 80% renewal forecast

Last Friday, Donuts CEO Paul Stahura posted on CircleID an argument for strong renewal rates in new TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/26/what-i-think-about-donuts-bold-80-renewal-forecast/>

 

.Click’s 3,800 domains: Good or bad?

Here’s a riddle: how many domains will domainers register on the first day of a new TLD launch for a semi-decent generic domain during Thanksgiving week with super low registration fees and basically no domains held back?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/26/clicks-3800-domains-good-or-bad/>

 

.Green Release Launch Time Table: Founders Program Closes Dec 1; GA Set For March 24, 2015

The .Green registry released its launch time table for the new gTLD. The Founders Program is now open but only to December 1, 2014 "The Founders Program is Limited to Friends & Supporters of DotGreen, and attendees of San Francisco Green Festival

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/26/green-release-launch-time-table-founders-program-closes-dec-1-ga-set-for-march-24-2015/>

 

Almost 20,000 .XYZ Collision Domains To Be Released On Dec 2nd: Here Is The List

On December 2, 2014 at 2pm (London Time), .XYZ will be releasing thousands of domain names to the public to register which were held back due to ICANN's name collision list.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/almost-20000-xyz-collision-domains-to-be-released-on-dec-2nd-here-is-the-list/>

 

LogicBoxes Schedules Webinar to Unveil Automated System that Helps ccTLD Registries Sell More Domains - Also Today, a Stolen Domain Alert

While new gTLDs are getting the lion's share of attention since they started going live earlier this year, LogicBoxes believes there is also a great growth opportunity for ccTLD registry operators thanks to a new automated system designed to help them sell more domains. Clifford deSouza, the Senior Business Development Specialist at LogicBoxes said the company's ccTLD Automation Solution gives registries a dedicated retail storefront and a complete end-to-end automation platform to seamlessly run their business.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141124.htm>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Craigslist Back Online Following DNS Hijack

The popular classifieds website Craigslist is back online today following a DNS attack that forced it offline for several hours Sunday evening.

<http://threatpost.com/craigslist-back-online-following-dns-hijack/109559>

 

Craigslist DNS hijacked, redirected at infamous “prank” site for hours

Around 5:00pm PST on November 23, the Domain Name Service records for at least some of the sites hosted by the online classified ad and discussion service Craigslist were hijacked. At least some Craigslist visitors found their Web requests redirected toward an underground Web forum previously associated with selling stolen celebrity photos and other malicious activities.

<http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/11/craigslist-dns-hijacked-redirected-at-infamous-prank-site-for-hours/>

 

'Regin' malware comes from western intelligence agency, say experts

Regin is the latest malicious software to be uncovered by security researchers, though its purpose is unknown, as are its operators. But experts have told the Guardian it was likely spawned in the labs of a western intelligence agency.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/24/regin-malware-western-surveillance-technology>

 

Symantec Discovers ‘Regin’ Spy Code Lurking on Computer Networks

Security researchers say they have discovered a sophisticated piece of malicious code spying on researchers, governments, businesses, and critical telecommunications infrastructure since 2008.

<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/symantec-discovers-spy-code-lurking-on-computer-networks/>

 

Regin Cyberespionage Platform Also Spies on GSM Networks

Researchers have uncovered a complex espionage platform reminiscent of Duqu that has been used since at least 2008 not only to spy on and extract email and documents from government agencies, research institutions and banks, but also one that targets GSM network operators in order to launch additional attacks.

<http://threatpost.com/regin-cyberespionage-platform-also-spies-on-gsm-networks/109539>

 

Security firms uncover 'sophisticated' Regin spyware

An "extremely complex" and "stealthy" spying program has been stealing data from ISPs, energy companies, airlines and research-and-development labs, a security company has said.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30145265>

 

Experts Question Legality of Use of Regin Malware by Intel Agencies

The disclosure of the Regin APT malware campaign this week has spurred much speculation about the source of the attack, with many experts pointing the finger at either the NSA or GCHQ, the British spy agency. Though security researchers involved in uncovering the attack have remained mum on the attribution of Regin, privacy experts say that if one of the intelligence agencies is involved, there’s no legal basis for the operation.

<http://threatpost.com/experts-question-legality-of-use-of-regin-malware-by-intel-agencies/109566>

 

Hacker Disrupts Government Websites in Canada

Since Friday, people turning to the websites of Canada’s Parliament, its Supreme Court, the city of Ottawa and the Ottawa and Toronto police forces have been occasionally greeted by a gyrating, anthropomorphic banana or, more frequently, an error message.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/world/americas/hacker-disrupts-government-websites-in-canada.html>

 

Australian government reviews cybersecurity

Over five years since the last review, the Australian government has announced a new wide-ranging review into cybersecurity.

<http://www.zdnet.com/au/australian-government-reviews-cybersecurity-7000036200/>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Five Domain Name Battles of the Early Web

At the dawn of the World Wide Web early adopters were scooping up domain names like crazy, which led to quite a few battles over everything from MTV.com to McDonalds.com.

<http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/11/five-domain-name-battles-of-the-early-web/>

 

Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia’s digital future by Dan Hunter, Dean, Swinburne Law School at Swinburne University of Technology

Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce copyright infringement in Australia.

<https://theconversation.com/blocking-piracy-websites-is-bad-for-australias-digital-future-34418>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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The Resolvers We Use

The Internet's Domain Name System is a modern day miracle. It may not represent the largest database that has ever been built, but nevertheless it's truly massive. The DNS is consulted every time we head to a web page, every time we send an email message, or in fact every time we initiate almost any transaction on the Internet.

<http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2014-11/resolvers.html>

 

Headliners added to NamesCon: Atallah, Alexander

NamesCon, taking place in Las Vegas January 11-14, has added a couple big names to its agenda for the first full day of the conference.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/25/headliners-added-to-namescon-atallah-alexander/>

 

Crazy Country Code Domains with Daniel Greenberg – DNW Podcast #8

Can you imagine having to send a Western Union payment in order to register a domain name? How about hand delivering an application for a domain name? Or spending $4,000+ per year for registration?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/24/crazy-country-code-domains-with-daniel-greenberg-dnw-podcast-8/>

 

ITU releases annual global ICT data & ICT Development Index country rankings: Denmark ranks in first place in global ICT Development Index

Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report. ... Developed countries dominate Internet content production, with domain-name registrations from the developed world accounting for 80% of all new registrations in 2013, and registrations from Africa accounting for less than 1%.

<http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/68.aspx>

 

Melbourne IT eyes social media market with Tiger Pistol

Melbourne IT has invested $1.25 million in Melbourne-based social media marketing platform provider Tiger Pistol as the IT services firm looks to provide social media management services to customers.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560590/melbourne-it-eyes-social-media-market-tiger-pistol/>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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au: Bitcoin.com.au sells for $31,200 as owner loses the domain due to bad registrant info

DnTrade.com.au and a few others have been buzzing about Bitcoin.com.au being auctioned off on Netfleet. Cazalla at Qntra.net wrote the best explanation of what happened, this was the second time Bitcoin.com.au sold this year. Apparently it is a popular tactic to report domains with bad info in Australia, the author explains, “Australian domainers employ in order to secure premium domains is to look for ones which contain outdated or expired registrant details before lodging a complaint with auDA.”

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/bitcoin-com-au-sells-for-31200-as-owner-loses-the-domain-due-to-bad-registrant-info/>

 

A New gTLD Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart and 3 ccTLDs Hit the Top 10

They say variety is the spice of life. If that's true you will love this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. With no sales higher than $35,000 reported, several non .com domains found themselves at the VIP table alongside the .coms on the top half of the leader aboard. In fact that biggest sale of all was a new gTLD - World.estate - a domain that was sold by NoktaDomains for $35,000. Nokta actually closed the deal in April but the sale agreement prevented them from disclosing it until now.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141126.htm>

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Social networks - how popular are they with each gender?

This graphic visualises the gender balance on some of the world’s most popular social networks. While blogging service Tumblr has a 72% female userbase, males are in the majority on business site LinkedIn.

<http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/nov/25/social-networks-how-popular-are-they-with-each-gender>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Internet Society of Australia gets first ever CEO

The Internet Society of Australia has hired its first chief executive, former Seven Network executive Laurie Patton, after an internal review dubbed “Helping Shape Our Internet Future."

<https://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/11/25/technology/internet-society-australia-gets-first-ever-ceo>

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How Long Will the Good Feelings Last in Internet Governance Discussions?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/24/how-long-will-the-good-feelings-last-in-internet-governance-discussions/"><span>http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/24/how-long-will-the-good-feelings-last-in-internet-governance-discussions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Commission on Internet Governance concludes Ottawa summit with statement on IANA transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://koreaittimes.com/story/42839/global-commission-internet-governance-concludes-ottawa-summit-statement-iana-transition"><span>http://koreaittimes.com/story/42839/global-commission-internet-governance-concludes-ottawa-summit-statement-iana-transition</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New 'Internet Security Council' struggling to get off the ground<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/25/netmundial_initiative_struggling/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/25/netmundial_initiative_struggling/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Third Sector Expo 2015 reveals online strategies to promote growth<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_reveals_strategies_to_grow_online/090115/"><span>http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_reveals_strategies_to_grow_online/090115/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google turns on shiny new .google TLD &ndash; but WHY?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/26/google_turns_on_google_internet_extension/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/26/google_turns_on_google_internet_extension/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian government reviews cybersecurity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/au/australian-government-reviews-cybersecurity-7000036200/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/au/australian-government-reviews-cybersecurity-7000036200/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Melbourne IT eyes social media market with Tiger Pistol<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560590/melbourne-it-eyes-social-media-market-tiger-pistol/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560590/melbourne-it-eyes-social-media-market-tiger-pistol/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Bitcoin.com.au sells for $31,200 as owner loses the domain due to bad registrant info<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/bitcoin-com-au-sells-for-31200-as-owner-loses-the-domain-due-to-bad-registrant-info/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/bitcoin-com-au-sells-for-31200-as-owner-loses-the-domain-due-to-bad-registrant-info/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How Long Will the Good Feelings Last in Internet Governance Discussions?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What a difference two years make. In 2012, the World Conference on Information Technology meeting ended with a high degree of acrimony, with the United States and fifty-four others refusing to sign new International Telecommunication Regulations. Press reports focused on what was characterized as an effort by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to seize control over the Internet, the beginning of a new digital cold war, or both.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/24/how-long-will-the-good-feelings-last-in-internet-governance-discussions/"><span>http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/24/how-long-will-the-good-feelings-last-in-internet-governance-discussions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Commission on Internet Governance concludes Ottawa summit with statement on IANA transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) has concluded its meeting, in Ottawa, Canada, and issued a statement in support of the transition of the United States National Telecommunications and Information Administration&rsquo;s (NTIA) stewardship role for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://koreaittimes.com/story/42839/global-commission-internet-governance-concludes-ottawa-summit-statement-iana-transition"><span>http://koreaittimes.com/story/42839/global-commission-internet-governance-concludes-ottawa-summit-statement-iana-transition</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New 'Internet Security Council' struggling to get off the ground<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Plans for a new internet governance body are struggling to get off the ground after blowback from the internet community itself.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/25/netmundial_initiative_struggling/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/25/netmundial_initiative_struggling/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uncivil Society: The NETmund*al *n*t*at*ve's Missing I's by Philip S. Corwin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When I last wrote about the NETmundial Initiative (NMI) project developed by the World Economic Forum in conjunction with ICANN it was noted that its August 28th announcement event "ended with significant dissent from the broad groups comprising "civil society", and only lukewarm support from the business sector". Indeed, during the concluding session on that late summer day, "NTIA head Larry Strickling appeared to startle the participants when he intervened to observe that perhaps the event was over-engineered.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141124_uncivil_society_the_netmundal_ntatves_missing_is/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141124_uncivil_society_the_netmundal_ntatves_missing_is/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At China online coming-out party, Beijing spells out Internet control ambition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance - clean, controlled and choreographed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/25/uk-china-internet-wuzhen-idUKKCN0J90UR20141125"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/25/uk-china-internet-wuzhen-idUKKCN0J90UR20141125</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Successful First Edition of Turkey&rsquo;s Domain Name System Forum by Baher Esmat, VP, Stakeholder Engagement, Middle East<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last week, we concluded our first DNS Forum in Istanbul. The forum attracted over 70 participants representing a variety of local stakeholders, from government and academia to technology and business. The discussions were vibrant and stimulated the start of what will be an ongoing dialogue. And a special thanks goes to our interpreters, who made it possible for participants to engage in the language of their choice.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-successful-first-edition-of-turkey-s-domain-name-system-forum"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-successful-first-edition-of-turkey-s-domain-name-system-forum</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Increasing Stakeholder Engagement in Beirut by Dave Piscitello &ndash; VP, Security and ICT Coordinator; Patrick L. Jones - Senior Director,Global Stakeholder Engagement; Fahd A. Batayneh &ndash; Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, Middle East<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>From 5-6 November 2014, my colleagues Dave Piscitello, Patrick Jones and I travelled to Beirut to engage with local stakeholders. Our first stop was the American University of Science and Technology (AUST), where we conducted a workshop for Lebanese Law Enforcement Agencies on DNS abuse. The participants included the students of AUST along with senior officials from the Cyber Crime Bureau of the Lebanese Armed Forces, Internal Security Forces, and the Lebanese Police Academy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/increasing-stakeholder-engagement-in-beirut"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/increasing-stakeholder-engagement-in-beirut</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Steve Crocker to Adrian Kinderis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IDN ccTLD Delegations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-kinderis-25nov14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-kinderis-25nov14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Everyone Can Participate in ICANN Decisions ? Come On... by Jean Guillon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I participated in the French RINDD last week in Paris: RINDD stands for "Rencontres Internationales des Noms de Domaine". The translation would be "The International Domain Name Conference". This event is organized once a year by SafeBrands, a French Registrar. Many participants were there: the ICANN, Law Firms, Donuts, other new gTLD applicants, back-end Registries and many experts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gtld.club/2014/11/everyone-can-participate-in-icann.html"><span>http://www.gtld.club/2014/11/everyone-can-participate-in-icann.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fadi Chehad&eacute; - President and Chief Executive Officer, ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Interview with Mr. Fadi Chehad&eacute;, Chief Executive Officer, ICANN for the opening of the Geneva Internet Conference<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LhZR_7wamY"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LhZR_7wamY</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN meetings in for big shake-up, more dancing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Could you tolerate an eight-day ICANN meeting? Could you get all your work done in just four days? Would you be happy to wait up to nine months between Public Forums? Do you want to see more regional dancing during ICANN opening ceremonies?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17716-icann-meetings-in-for-big-shake-up-more-dancing"><span>http://domainincite.com/17716-icann-meetings-in-for-big-shake-up-more-dancing</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Third Sector Expo 2015 reveals online strategies to promote growth<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Third Sector Expo 2015 brings you an all-encompassing session on how to make the most out of online channels to connect with your community and grow your organisation. ... auDA, the NFP organisation which manages the .au domain space, regularly conducts research on the growth of the .au domain space. It also provides annual awards through the Australia &amp; New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA), and grants through the auDA Foundation to NFPs who harness the power of the internet for better social outcomes in unique ways.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_reveals_strategies_to_grow_online/090115/"><span>http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_reveals_strategies_to_grow_online/090115/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fr: New registration rules as of December 8, 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afnic has published the new naming policy for domain names under the .fr, .pm, .re, .tf, .wf and .yt ccTLDs which comes into force on December 8, 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8500/show/new-registration-rules-as-of-december-8-2014-1.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8500/show/new-registration-rules-as-of-december-8-2014-1.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google turns on shiny new .google TLD &ndash; but WHY?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google has turned on its namesake TLD with the creation of 'nic.google' representing the internet giant's entry into the domain name market.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/26/google_turns_on_google_internet_extension/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/26/google_turns_on_google_internet_extension/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Rise of .pharmacy</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the continuation of new gTLDs, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NAPB) is set to start accepting applications for .pharmacy domain names. Applicants must be trademark holders who are registered in the ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). NAPB&rsquo;s sunrise application period, which opens on December 19th of this year, precedes the Sunrise TMCH registration period, slated to start on January 15, 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ipbrief.net/2014/11/20/the-rise-of-pharmacy/"><span>http://www.ipbrief.net/2014/11/20/the-rise-of-pharmacy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>gTLD registrations rise, trademark community engagement slows [subscription]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With new gTLDs hitting the market on a regular basis, one would expect community engagement with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) to rise. However, the latest figures suggest otherwise. According to the latest figures from the TMCH (reflecting the data as of November 18), 33,902 marks have been submitted to date.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=6ae0b1f8-5ffd-4cbb-b67e-5f98593d9489"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=6ae0b1f8-5ffd-4cbb-b67e-5f98593d9489</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN, .nyc, and Multistakeholder Innovation (Video) by Joly MacFie<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Monday November 24 2014 ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute; met with NYC community at the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Present were representatives of ISOC-NY, Connecting .nyc, New York Tech Meetup, Meetup, NameSpace, Access, and Google. The discussions were partly about NYC's own new TLD and partly about general ICANN issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141126_icann_nyc_and_multistakeholder_innovation_video/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141126_icann_nyc_and_multistakeholder_innovation_video/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GTLDs - Current Sunrise Periods Open--December 2014 Update</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new gTLDs have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.natlawreview.com/article/generic-top-level-domains-current-sunrise-periods-open-december-2014-update"><span>http://www.natlawreview.com/article/generic-top-level-domains-current-sunrise-periods-open-december-2014-update</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What I think about Donuts&rsquo; bold 80% renewal forecast<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last Friday, Donuts CEO Paul Stahura posted on CircleID an argument for strong renewal rates in new TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/26/what-i-think-about-donuts-bold-80-renewal-forecast/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/26/what-i-think-about-donuts-bold-80-renewal-forecast/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Click&rsquo;s 3,800 domains: Good or bad?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here&rsquo;s a riddle: how many domains will domainers register on the first day of a new TLD launch for a semi-decent generic domain during Thanksgiving week with super low registration fees and basically no domains held back?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/26/clicks-3800-domains-good-or-bad/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/26/clicks-3800-domains-good-or-bad/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Green Release Launch Time Table: Founders Program Closes Dec 1; GA Set For March 24, 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .Green registry released its launch time table for the new gTLD. The Founders Program is now open but only to December 1, 2014 "The Founders Program is Limited to Friends &amp; Supporters of DotGreen, and attendees of San Francisco Green Festival<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/26/green-release-launch-time-table-founders-program-closes-dec-1-ga-set-for-march-24-2015/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/26/green-release-launch-time-table-founders-program-closes-dec-1-ga-set-for-march-24-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Almost 20,000 .XYZ Collision Domains To Be Released On Dec 2nd: Here Is The List<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On December 2, 2014 at 2pm (London Time), .XYZ will be releasing thousands of domain names to the public to register which were held back due to ICANN's name collision list.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/almost-20000-xyz-collision-domains-to-be-released-on-dec-2nd-here-is-the-list/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/almost-20000-xyz-collision-domains-to-be-released-on-dec-2nd-here-is-the-list/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LogicBoxes Schedules Webinar to Unveil Automated System that Helps ccTLD Registries Sell More Domains - Also Today, a Stolen Domain Alert<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>While new gTLDs are getting the lion's share of attention since they started going live earlier this year, LogicBoxes believes there is also a great growth opportunity for ccTLD registry operators thanks to a new automated system designed to help them sell more domains. Clifford deSouza, the Senior Business Development Specialist at LogicBoxes said the company's ccTLD Automation Solution gives registries a dedicated retail storefront and a complete end-to-end automation platform to seamlessly run their business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141124.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141124.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Craigslist Back Online Following DNS Hijack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The popular classifieds website Craigslist is back online today following a DNS attack that forced it offline for several hours Sunday evening.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/craigslist-back-online-following-dns-hijack/109559"><span>http://threatpost.com/craigslist-back-online-following-dns-hijack/109559</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Craigslist DNS hijacked, redirected at infamous &ldquo;prank&rdquo; site for hours<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Around 5:00pm PST on November 23, the Domain Name Service records for at least some of the sites hosted by the online classified ad and discussion service Craigslist were hijacked. At least some Craigslist visitors found their Web requests redirected toward an underground Web forum previously associated with selling stolen celebrity photos and other malicious activities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/11/craigslist-dns-hijacked-redirected-at-infamous-prank-site-for-hours/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/11/craigslist-dns-hijacked-redirected-at-infamous-prank-site-for-hours/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Regin' malware comes from western intelligence agency, say experts<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Regin is the latest malicious software to be uncovered by security researchers, though its purpose is unknown, as are its operators. But experts have told the Guardian it was likely spawned in the labs of a western intelligence agency.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/24/regin-malware-western-surveillance-technology"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/24/regin-malware-western-surveillance-technology</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Symantec Discovers &lsquo;Regin&rsquo; Spy Code Lurking on Computer Networks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Security researchers say they have discovered a sophisticated piece of malicious code spying on researchers, governments, businesses, and critical telecommunications infrastructure since 2008.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/symantec-discovers-spy-code-lurking-on-computer-networks/"><span>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/symantec-discovers-spy-code-lurking-on-computer-networks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Regin Cyberespionage Platform Also Spies on GSM Networks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Researchers have uncovered a complex espionage platform reminiscent of Duqu that has been used since at least 2008 not only to spy on and extract email and documents from government agencies, research institutions and banks, but also one that targets GSM network operators in order to launch additional attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/regin-cyberespionage-platform-also-spies-on-gsm-networks/109539"><span>http://threatpost.com/regin-cyberespionage-platform-also-spies-on-gsm-networks/109539</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Security firms uncover 'sophisticated' Regin spyware<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An "extremely complex" and "stealthy" spying program has been stealing data from ISPs, energy companies, airlines and research-and-development labs, a security company has said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30145265"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30145265</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experts Question Legality of Use of Regin Malware by Intel Agencies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The disclosure of the Regin APT malware campaign this week has spurred much speculation about the source of the attack, with many experts pointing the finger at either the NSA or GCHQ, the British spy agency. Though security researchers involved in uncovering the attack have remained mum on the attribution of Regin, privacy experts say that if one of the intelligence agencies is involved, there&rsquo;s no legal basis for the operation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/experts-question-legality-of-use-of-regin-malware-by-intel-agencies/109566"><span>http://threatpost.com/experts-question-legality-of-use-of-regin-malware-by-intel-agencies/109566</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hacker Disrupts Government Websites in Canada<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Since Friday, people turning to the websites of Canada&rsquo;s Parliament, its Supreme Court, the city of Ottawa and the Ottawa and Toronto police forces have been occasionally greeted by a gyrating, anthropomorphic banana or, more frequently, an error message.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/world/americas/hacker-disrupts-government-websites-in-canada.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/world/americas/hacker-disrupts-government-websites-in-canada.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian government reviews cybersecurity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over five years since the last review, the Australian government has announced a new wide-ranging review into cybersecurity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/au/australian-government-reviews-cybersecurity-7000036200/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/au/australian-government-reviews-cybersecurity-7000036200/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Five Domain Name Battles of the Early Web<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the dawn of the World Wide Web early adopters were scooping up domain names like crazy, which led to quite a few battles over everything from MTV.com to McDonalds.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/11/five-domain-name-battles-of-the-early-web/"><span>http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/11/five-domain-name-battles-of-the-early-web/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia&rsquo;s digital future by Dan Hunter, Dean, Swinburne Law School at Swinburne University of Technology</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce copyright infringement in Australia.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://theconversation.com/blocking-piracy-websites-is-bad-for-australias-digital-future-34418"><span>https://theconversation.com/blocking-piracy-websites-is-bad-for-australias-digital-future-34418</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Resolvers We Use<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet's Domain Name System is a modern day miracle. It may not represent the largest database that has ever been built, but nevertheless it's truly massive. The DNS is consulted every time we head to a web page, every time we send an email message, or in fact every time we initiate almost any transaction on the Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2014-11/resolvers.html"><span>http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2014-11/resolvers.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Headliners added to NamesCon: Atallah, Alexander<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NamesCon, taking place in Las Vegas January 11-14, has added a couple big names to its agenda for the first full day of the conference.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/25/headliners-added-to-namescon-atallah-alexander/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/25/headliners-added-to-namescon-atallah-alexander/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Crazy Country Code Domains with Daniel Greenberg &ndash; DNW Podcast #8<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can you imagine having to send a Western Union payment in order to register a domain name? How about hand delivering an application for a domain name? Or spending $4,000+ per year for registration?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/24/crazy-country-code-domains-with-daniel-greenberg-dnw-podcast-8/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/24/crazy-country-code-domains-with-daniel-greenberg-dnw-podcast-8/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU releases annual global ICT data &amp; ICT Development Index country rankings: Denmark ranks in first place in global ICT Development Index</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU&rsquo;s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report. ... Developed countries dominate Internet content production, with domain-name registrations from the developed world accounting for 80% of all new registrations in 2013, and registrations from Africa accounting for less than 1%.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/68.aspx"><span>http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/68.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Melbourne IT eyes social media market with Tiger Pistol<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Melbourne IT has invested $1.25 million in Melbourne-based social media marketing platform provider Tiger Pistol as the IT services firm looks to provide social media management services to customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560590/melbourne-it-eyes-social-media-market-tiger-pistol/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560590/melbourne-it-eyes-social-media-market-tiger-pistol/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Bitcoin.com.au sells for $31,200 as owner loses the domain due to bad registrant info<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DnTrade.com.au and a few others have been buzzing about Bitcoin.com.au being auctioned off on Netfleet. Cazalla at Qntra.net wrote the best explanation of what happened, this was the second time Bitcoin.com.au sold this year. Apparently it is a popular tactic to report domains with bad info in Australia, the author explains, &ldquo;Australian domainers employ in order to secure premium domains is to look for ones which contain outdated or expired registrant details before lodging a complaint with auDA.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/bitcoin-com-au-sells-for-31200-as-owner-loses-the-domain-due-to-bad-registrant-info/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/25/bitcoin-com-au-sells-for-31200-as-owner-loses-the-domain-due-to-bad-registrant-info/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A New gTLD Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart and 3 ccTLDs Hit the Top 10<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>They say variety is the spice of life. If that's true you will love this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. With no sales higher than $35,000 reported, several non .com domains found themselves at the VIP table alongside the .coms on the top half of the leader aboard. In fact that biggest sale of all was a new gTLD - World.estate - a domain that was sold by NoktaDomains for $35,000. Nokta actually closed the deal in April but the sale agreement prevented them from disclosing it until now.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141126.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141126.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SOCIAL MEDIA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Social networks - how popular are they with each gender?</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This graphic visualises the gender balance on some of the world&rsquo;s most popular social networks. While blogging service Tumblr has a 72% female userbase, males are in the majority on business site LinkedIn.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/nov/25/social-networks-how-popular-are-they-with-each-gender"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/nov/25/social-networks-how-popular-are-they-with-each-gender</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society of Australia gets first ever CEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Society of Australia has hired its first chief executive, former Seven Network executive Laurie Patton, after an internal review dubbed &ldquo;Helping Shape Our Internet Future."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/11/25/technology/internet-society-australia-gets-first-ever-ceo"><span>https://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/11/25/technology/internet-society-australia-gets-first-ever-ceo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 24 Nov 04:56 2014

auDA Domain News- 24 November

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First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/gao_questions_into_iana_transition/>

 

'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/>

 

Over 180,000 blocked new gTLD names to drop next week

<http://domainincite.com/17702-over-180000-blocked-new-gtld-names-to-drop-next-week>

 

5 Common Misconceptions New Registries Have About Domain Revenue

<http://architelos.com/5-common-misconceptions-new-registries-domain-revenue/>

 

DDoS Attacks Swamping Media and Entertainment Firms, Verisign Reports

<http://news.techworld.com/security/3588266/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports/>

 

Nirvana gets domain names from Australian man who demanded $1.5 million

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/nirvana-domain-names/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab

It's not just US Senators digging into ICANN's takeover of the internet's control panel. America's powerful Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been asked to interview key people in Washington DC over the proposed move – and the results are likely to form the basis for a number of hearings in the new year.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/gao_questions_into_iana_transition/>

 

'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

A seemingly independent panel with authority over domain name system overseer ICANN has been proposed in a new US law bill.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/>

 

Geneva Conference Looks At Internet Governance ‘At A Crossroads’

“Internet Governance at a Crossroads” was the title of the Geneva Internet Conference, which took place in Geneva this week for the first time.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/20/geneva-conference-looks-at-internet-governance-at-a-crossroads/>

 

The Internet and ICANN Accountability—Yes, It Matters by Paul Rosenzweig, Brett Schaefer & James Gattuso

On March 14, 2014, the U.S. NTIA announced that it did not intend to renew its contract with ICANN, which since 1998 has managed policy and technical features of the Internet’s DNS.

<http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/21/internet-icann-accountability-yes-matters/>

 

Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

As you might expect, China's first global internet conference was a particularly Chinese affair. There were few sessions, each dominated by pre-selected authority figures, lots of positive declarations, almost no criticism and little audience participation. In effect, the polar opposite of a normal internet conference.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/22/china_wuzhen_world_internet_conference_overview/>

 

ITU Plenipotentiary 2014: RIPE NCC Report

The ITU Plenipotentiary 2014 (PP-14) took place over three weeks in Busan, South Korea, from 20 October to 7 November. RIPE NCC staff attended the conference, alongside colleagues in the Internet technical community, and welcome the overall outcome of the event.

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/itu-plenipotentiary-2014-ripe-ncc-report>

 

Nyet-Mundial: Taming the ambitions of the WEF/ICANN/CGI alliance by Milton Mueller

Who will inherit the legacy of the NetMundial meeting? A one-off meeting in April of this year that successfully brought together governments, business, civil society and the technical community to produce a set of principles and a ‘road map’ was lauded as a major success for multistakeholder Internet governance. The question of how to follow up on its accomplishments has become a new source of controversy. For better or worse, efforts to institutionalize its legacy under the leadership of ICANN seem to be faltering. And that may be a good thing.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/20/nyet-mundial-taming-the-ambitions-of-the-weficanncgi-alliance/>

 

Ten Reasons Why Social Justice Matters for Internet Governance by Michael Gurstein

“Social Justice” has been at the very heart of Internet Governance (IG) beginning with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) among whose primary objectives was to find ways to use the technology power being unleashed by the digital and Internet revolutions to pursue traditional goals of social justice.

<http://gurstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/ten-reasons-why-social-justice-matters-for-internet-governance/>

 

DNS Policy Notes for Nov. 21, 2014 - Defending Internet Freedom

Earlier this week, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) introduced the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014 (H.R. 5737), an astonishing measure that hobbles ICANN in numerous ways, banishes non-U.S. governments from a meaningful role in DNS-related policymaking, and places decisive authority over the DNS in the hands of domain registries and, to a much lesser extent, registrars, technology groups, and of course the beloved "Internet community."

<http://www.bna.com/dns-policy-notes-b17179912470/>

 

An Internet 'Davos'

The first World Internet Conference, held in the small Chinese town of Wuzhen, hopes to bring the movers and shakers of the online world closer

<http://www.bjreview.com.cn/nation/txt/2014-11/22/content_654142.htm>

 

International group explores future of Internet governance

An elite international group meets in Ottawa this week with the self-appointed task of solving one of the greatest challenges of an increasingly digitizing world: how to prevent the Internet from becoming the “splinternet.”

<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-group-explores-future-of-internet-governance/article21720100/>

 

ICANN to listen, understand Chinese needs [Xinhua]

The head of the non-profit organization that manages the infrastructure of the Internet is committed to listening to and understand the needs of China's government and people.

<http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1120/c90882-8811964.html>

 

Audio: Session I: The Global Debate on the ITU and Internet Governance

Experts discuss the global debate on the ITU and internet governance.

<http://www.cfr.org/internet-policy/session-global-debate-itu-internet-governance/p33815>

 

Live Now: Internet Governance After Busan

The Council on Foreign Relations is holding a half-day, multisession symposium to bring together leading policymakers and experts for analysis of the Internet governance landscape and to discuss new ideas for reform. Closely following the International Telecommunication Union meeting in Busan, South Korea, the symposium will take stock at this particularly interesting moment.

<http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/20/live-now-internet-governance-after-busan/>

 

Internet governance & cyber security highlighted

On Thursday, Premier Li held talks with some 70 Internet industry leaders from China and abroad in Hangzhou. During their meeting, Premier Li said the Chinese government strongly supports the development of the internet sector. He pointed out that the majority of China's vibrant small and micro enterprises that flourished in the past year or so, are in the internet or information technology sector.

<http://english.cntv.cn/2014/11/20/VIDE1416491158751571.shtml>

 

Whose Internet Is It Anyway? China Wields More Influence

A few days before the anniversary of China’s crackdown in Tiananmen Square this June, Patrick Poon posted a video commemoration on his LinkedIn Web page. The Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International soon got a message saying the post was prohibited in China so it had been blocked from the site -- and by extension from users worldwide.

<http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-11-20/whose-internet-is-it-anyway-china-wields-more-influence>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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IANA Stewardship Transition Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions: Chairs' Statement on Frankfurt Face-to-Face Meeting by Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson

The Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions met for a face-to-face in Frankfurt, Germany on 19 – 20 November 2014. The highly diverse CWG is one of the three groups submitting a proposal to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) as part of the overall IANA Stewardship Transition process. As noted in the CWG Charter [DOC, 132 KB], the IANA stewardship transition process is taking place alongside a parallel and related process on enhancing ICANN accountability.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-20-en>

 

IDN ccTLD Request from Armenia Successfully Passes String Evaluation

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Armenia.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-20-en>

 

Karen Lentz, Director, Operations and Policy Research | ICANN, to Emilie Dessens

Trademarks with Accents

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/lentz-to-dessens-19nov14-en.pdf>

 

ICANN working towards “truce” with France

During his monthly “what’s up” call with ICANN Supporting Organisation, Advisory Committee and Stakeholder Group leaders, CEO Fadi Chehadé addressed recent tensions between ICANN and the government of France.

<http://post.milathan.com/2014/11/icann-working-towards-truce-with-france/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Be on your guard for “invoices” from BE Domein Host

DNS Belgium received some questions and complaints in regards to recent “invoices” from the company BE Domein Host. We would like to stress that this company is unknown to us, and is not a DNS Belgium registrar.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/be-your-guard-“invoices”-be-domein-host>

 

be: Domain Guard protects your domain name

Some domain names are so important or of such great value that you want to have total control over them. You also want to be absolutely sure that no alterations take place without your explicit approval.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/domain-guard-protects-your-domain-name>

 

Domain names in China hacked by overseas IPs

Nearly 60% of dot-com domain names in China were hijacked by backdoor programs in the first half of 2014 and 48.8% of them were controlled by overseas IP addresses, the Beijing-based China Securities Journal reports.

<http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141123000022&cid=1103>

 

cz: Campaign for domain registry data improvement is approaching the finish line

For a few weeks now, .CZ domain holders may participate in the campaign (only in Czech) particularly aimed at improving security of their personal data. By controlling their data listed in the domain registry, the participants will have the opportunity to use the Domain browser service, to hide their postal address from the public area of the domain registry and more.

<http://www.nic.cz/page/2515/campaign-for-domain-registry-data-improvement-is-approaching-the-finish-line/>

 

2014: deployment of IPv6 in France still progressing slowly

The November 2014 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names focuses on the deployment of IPv6 in the .fr zone.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8489/show/2014-deployment-of-ipv6-in-france-still-progressing-slowly.html>

 

HKIRC rebrands successful award series to ‘Best .hk Website Awards 2014’

Building on the success of the “Top10 .hk Website Competition” over the last five years, Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporate Limited (HKIRC) aims to extend its outreach to more online users this year as it rebrands the competition the “Best .hk Website Awards 2014”(the Awards).

<https://www.hkirc.hk/content.jsp?id=43#!/64&in=/company_info/pressrelease.jsp?item=491>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Over 180,000 blocked new gTLD names to drop next week

Several new gTLD registries will release hundreds of thousands of currently blocked domain names — some of them quite nice-looking — next Wednesday.

<http://domainincite.com/17702-over-180000-blocked-new-gtld-names-to-drop-next-week>

 

Where to find new gTLD dropping domain lists

With hundreds of thousands of currently blocked new gTLD domain names about to hit the market, many without premium pricing, some domain investors have been wondering where they can get hold of the lists of soon-to-be available names.

<http://domainincite.com/17708-where-to-find-new-gtld-dropping-domain-lists>

 

5 Common Misconceptions New Registries Have About Domain Revenue

It is wonderful to see the floodgates open and see so many new gTLDs launch — 417 delegated as of October 4th. As registry senior management’s focus switches to operational matters post launch, it is now time to consider how the new registries will deal with revenue recognition and its impact on financial reporting.

<http://architelos.com/5-common-misconceptions-new-registries-domain-revenue/>

 

Experience and Evidence Point to Strong Renewal Rates for New TLDs

In the tenth month of the revolutionary expansion of generic top-level Internet domains, global registrations in new gTLDs reached more than three million addresses, providing the clearest illustration yet of the strong international appetite for new, relevant addressing options. As we near the first full year of new gTLD availability, focus now shifts to another critical metric—renewals— which we expect to show similar strength based on history and data analysis.

<http://www.donuts.co/blog/experience-and-evidence-point-to-strong-renewal-rates-for-new-tlds/>

 

The Ongoing Obligations of Operating a .BRAND

Back in 2011, if you asked most major brands what a gTLD, the RySG, GAC, or even ICANN was, most would not have been able to make much sense of the acronyms.

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/18/the-ongoing-obligations-of-operating-a-brand/>

 

George.Best walks into a sex.bar, spots a bearded dwarf sysadmin and thinks: Warcraft.cool

Nearly 10 million locked-away domain names will be set free and go on sale over the next two months.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/get_read_for_the_release_of_millions_of_useless_domain_names/>

 

Experience and Evidence Point to Strong Renewal Rates for New TLDs by Paul Stahura

In the tenth month of the revolutionary expansion of generic top-level Internet domains, global registrations in new gTLDs reached more than three million addresses, providing the clearest illustration yet of the strong international appetite for new, relevant addressing options. As we near the first full year of new gTLD availability, focus now shifts to another critical metric — renewals — which we expect to show similar strength based on history and data analysis.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141121_experience_and_evidence_point_to_strong_renewal_rates_for_new_tlds/>

 

An Idea Transformed Into One Million New gTLD Domain Registrations: The Donuts Story

In ten months Donuts has gone from a handful of domains registered to well over a million across 152 new gTLDs, accounting for around a third of both domains registered across all of the new gTLDs and number of gTLDs available. And all of their domains are fully paid for the company boasts!

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/an-idea-transformed-into-one-million-new-gtld-domain-registrations-the-donuts-story/>

 

ICANN decided to register “.հայ” domain name

ICANN decided to register a new domain name “.հայ” which means “Armenian” in the Armenian language.

<http://news.am/eng/news/240395.html>

 

Cricket Superstar Virat Kohli Launches ViratKohli.club

Today Virat Kohli, world cricket star and captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League, launched his new official website at ViratKohli.club.

<http://nic.club/cricket-superstar-virat-kohli-launches-viratkohli-club/>

 

White paper: .bank is here!

Sunrise is on the horizon for .bank. A new Internet land rush begins mid-2015 for websites bearing the extension .bank, the financial world’s new .com.

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a4c1f356-77d5-497e-a4e6-9d7f18ec6b72>

 

ICANN: New gTLD round 1 to last until 2017

ICANN has begun holding quarterly stakeholder calls, formatted a lot like a listed company’s quarterly investors call. “The goal of these is to provide a predictable and regular window into ICANN activities,” summarised ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé as he opened the first stakeholder call, held today, November 20, 2014.

<http://post.milathan.com/2014/11/icann-new-gtld-round-1-to-last-until-2017/>

 

Frank Schilling changes strategy for .Click launch

5 more Uniregistry domain names go into general availability next week. And for one of them, .click, Frank Schilling is taking a different strategy when it comes to holding back domain names.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/frank-schilling-changes-strategy-for-click-launch/>

 

Google beaten to .dot for a paltry $700k

Dish DBS, a US satellite TV company, has beaten Google to the .dot new gTLD in an ICANN auction that fetched just $700,000.

<http://domainincite.com/17700-google-beaten-to-dot-for-a-paltry-700k>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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DDoS Attacks Swamping Media and Entertainment Firms, Verisign Reports

The trend for DDoS attacks to target media, entertainment and online gaming services shows no sign of abating with these sectors now accounting for more than half of all incidents, according the latest figures from Verisign's protection services wing.

<http://news.techworld.com/security/3588266/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports/>

<http://www.cio.com/article/2851392/security/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-and-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports.html>

 

Q3 2014 DDoS Trends: Attacks Exceeding 10 Gbps On The Rise

Verisign just released its Q3 2014 DDoS Trends Report, which details observations and insights derived from distributed denial of service attack mitigations enacted on behalf of, and in cooperation with, customers of Verisign DDoS Protection Services from July through September of this year. Many notable observations were made, including a rise in the average number of attacks per customer, exploitation of the recently publicized SSDP vulnerability and some notable malicious code trends that will likely contribute to increased DDoS attack activity in the future.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/q3_2014_ddos_trends_attacks>

 

Largest ever NATO cyber defence exercise gets underway

NATO launched its largest ever multinational cyber defence exercise, “Cyber Coalition 2014” on Tuesday (18 November). The three-day training event will test the Alliance’s ability to defend its networks from the various challenges that exist when operating in the contested cyber domain. “This exercise will test our systems to make sure that NATO keeps pace with that evolving threat and that the skills and expertise of our cyber specialists are fully up to the task,” said Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. “Among the priorities highlighted in the Enhanced NATO Policy on Cyber Defence, endorsed at the Wales Summit, is training and exercises.”

<http://nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_114902.htm>

 

Driverless cars could face threat from hackers trying to cause road chaos

Driverless cars will need to be protected from hackers who could take control of vehicles to cause chaos on the roads, cyber security and transport experts have warned.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/21/driverless-cars-hacking-threat-road-trials-january>

 

Foreign Governments Have Hacked U.S. Grid, NSA Head Says

Several foreign governments have hacked into U.S. energy, water and fuel distribution systems and might damage essential services, the top national security official said.

<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-20/foreign-governments-have-hacked-u-s-power-system-nsa-head-says.html>

 

NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday.

<http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/20/us-usa-security-nsa-idUSKCN0J420Q20141120>

 

Foreign powers steal data on critical U.S. infrastructure, NSA chief says

Several foreign countries, including China, have infiltrated the computers of critical industries in the United States to steal information that could be used in the planning of a destructive attack, the director of the National Security Agency said Thursday.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-chief-foreign-powers-steal-data-on-critical-us-infrastructure/2014/11/20/ddd4392e-70cb-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html>

 

New Shopping Report reveals one in six bargain-hunters duped by rogue sites

We released our latest Shopping Report this week, examining consumer purchase intent and the demographics of those who acquire counterfeit goods online.

<https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/new-shopping-report-reveals-one-in-six-bargain-hunters-duped-by-rogue-sites/>

 

Intel to work with Europol on fighting cybercrime [IDG]

An agreement between Intel’s McAfee security branch and European law enforcement will allow the two to work on joint operations to fight cybercrime.

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2850292/intel-to-work-with-europol-on-fighting-cybercrime.html>

 

'Regin' malware described as 'groundbreaking and almost peerless'

Experts don't know where it came from, and aren't quite sure what it does. But they do know this: a newly-uncovered cybersecurity threat appears to have been designed by a government, and is "groundbreaking and almost peerless."

<http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/23/technology/security/regin-malware-symantec/index.html>

 

Traces of Regin malware may date back to 2006 [IDG]

Malware that Symantec says was probably developed by a nation state may have been used for as long as eight years, a length of time that underscores the challenges the security industry faces in detecting advanced spying tools.

<http://www.computerworld.com/article/2851513/traces-of-regin-malware-may-date-back-to-2006.html>

 

Now e-cigarettes can give you malware

E-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare a thought for your poor computer – electronic cigarettes have become the latest vector for malicious software, according to online reports.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/21/e-cigarettes-malware-computers>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Nirvana gets domain names from Australian man who demanded $1.5 million

Nirvana LLC — the company that owns the intellectual property from the late grunge band Nirvana — has won control of five domain names registered by an Australian man.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/nirvana-domain-names/>

 

UDRP Panel Passes On Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: It Was Complainant & Lawyers 1st Case

A one member UDRP panel passed on making a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) on the domain name DateLikeaGrownUp.com in large part because; "fact that this appears to be the first time this Complainant or its representative has brought a proceeding."

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/21/udrp-panel-passes-on-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-it-was-complainant-lawyers-1st-case/>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

Z.com has been sold for $6.8m (£4.3m, 800m yen) to Japanese domain biz GMO Registry, putting it in the top ten of all-time domain name sales.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/z_dotcom_sold/>

 

Japanese Internet Services Provider, GMO Internet Acquires Z.com for JPY800 million

GMO Internet, Inc. one of Japan’s leading Internet services providers and operator of the country’s largest domain registrar, today announces the acquisition of single-character domain name, Z.com (z.com/en) for JPY800 million.

<https://www.gmo.jp/en/news/article/?id=635>

 

Want to dominate the Internet of Things market? Start with this domain name.

For the first time since it was originally registered over 11 years ago, the ultimate Internet of Things domain name, InternetOfThings.com, has been put up for sale by its original owner, a Toronto technology consultant. This category-defining domain name is the ideal Web address for any company, small or large, that wishes to brand itself as a leader in the exploding Internet of Things (IOT) industry.

<https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&id=672>

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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Australia, Canada, UK and China weigh in on Insecam privacy issue

The privacy commissioners of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Macao, China have all sent an email to Insecam – the operator of a website that broadcasts footage from private webcams – asking it to take down its website.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560293/australia-canada-uk-china-weigh-webcam-privacy-issue/>

<http://www.techworld.com.au/article/560293/australia-canada-uk-china-weigh-webcam-privacy-issue/>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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au: The NBN twilight zone by Mark Gregory

Speaking at CommsDay NBNRebooted held on November 17 Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the issue of National Broadband Network (NBN)-related complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) when he stated “this is why the NBN Co is forecasting it will increase the number of serviceable premises in brownfield areas from 67 per cent of the total premises passed to 81 per cent of premises passed.”

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/11/21/technology/nbn-twilight-zone>

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/gao_questions_into_iana_transition/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/gao_questions_into_iana_transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands &ndash; new proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over 180,000 blocked new gTLD names to drop next week<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17702-over-180000-blocked-new-gtld-names-to-drop-next-week"><span>http://domainincite.com/17702-over-180000-blocked-new-gtld-names-to-drop-next-week</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>5 Common Misconceptions New Registries Have About Domain Revenue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://architelos.com/5-common-misconceptions-new-registries-domain-revenue/"><span>http://architelos.com/5-common-misconceptions-new-registries-domain-revenue/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DDoS Attacks Swamping Media and Entertainment Firms, Verisign Reports<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.techworld.com/security/3588266/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports/"><span>http://news.techworld.com/security/3588266/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nirvana gets domain names from Australian man who demanded $1.5 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/nirvana-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/nirvana-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It's not just US Senators digging into ICANN's takeover of the internet's control panel. America's powerful Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been asked to interview key people in Washington DC over the proposed move &ndash; and the results are likely to form the basis for a number of hearings in the new year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/gao_questions_into_iana_transition/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/gao_questions_into_iana_transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands &ndash; new proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A seemingly independent panel with authority over domain name system overseer ICANN has been proposed in a new US law bill.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Geneva Conference Looks At Internet Governance &lsquo;At A Crossroads&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Internet Governance at a Crossroads&rdquo; was the title of the Geneva Internet Conference, which took place in Geneva this week for the first time.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/20/geneva-conference-looks-at-internet-governance-at-a-crossroads/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/20/geneva-conference-looks-at-internet-governance-at-a-crossroads/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet and ICANN Accountability&mdash;Yes, It Matters by Paul Rosenzweig, Brett Schaefer &amp; James Gattuso</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On March 14, 2014, the U.S. NTIA announced that it did not intend to renew its contract with ICANN, which since 1998 has managed policy and technical features of the Internet&rsquo;s DNS.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/21/internet-icann-accountability-yes-matters/"><span>http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/21/internet-icann-accountability-yes-matters/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As you might expect, China's first global internet conference was a particularly Chinese affair. There were few sessions, each dominated by pre-selected authority figures, lots of positive declarations, almost no criticism and little audience participation. In effect, the polar opposite of a normal internet conference.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/22/china_wuzhen_world_internet_conference_overview/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/22/china_wuzhen_world_internet_conference_overview/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU Plenipotentiary 2014: RIPE NCC Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ITU Plenipotentiary 2014 (PP-14) took place over three weeks in Busan, South Korea, from 20 October to 7 November. RIPE NCC staff attended the conference, alongside colleagues in the Internet technical community, and welcome the overall outcome of the event.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/itu-plenipotentiary-2014-ripe-ncc-report"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/itu-plenipotentiary-2014-ripe-ncc-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nyet-Mundial: Taming the ambitions of the WEF/ICANN/CGI alliance by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Who will inherit the legacy of the NetMundial meeting? A one-off meeting in April of this year that successfully brought together governments, business, civil society and the technical community to produce a set of principles and a &lsquo;road map&rsquo; was lauded as a major success for multistakeholder Internet governance. The question of how to follow up on its accomplishments has become a new source of controversy. For better or worse, efforts to institutionalize its legacy under the leadership of ICANN seem to be faltering. And that may be a good thing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/20/nyet-mundial-taming-the-ambitions-of-the-weficanncgi-alliance/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/20/nyet-mundial-taming-the-ambitions-of-the-weficanncgi-alliance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ten Reasons Why Social Justice Matters for Internet Governance by Michael Gurstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Social Justice&rdquo; has been at the very heart of Internet Governance (IG) beginning with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) among whose primary objectives was to find ways to use the technology power being unleashed by the digital and Internet revolutions to pursue traditional goals of social justice.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gurstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/ten-reasons-why-social-justice-matters-for-internet-governance/"><span>http://gurstein.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/ten-reasons-why-social-justice-matters-for-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS Policy Notes for Nov. 21, 2014 - Defending Internet Freedom<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Earlier this week, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) introduced the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014 (H.R. 5737), an astonishing measure that hobbles ICANN in numerous ways, banishes non-U.S. governments from a meaningful role in DNS-related policymaking, and places decisive authority over the DNS in the hands of domain registries and, to a much lesser extent, registrars, technology groups, and of course the beloved "Internet community."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/dns-policy-notes-b17179912470/"><span>http://www.bna.com/dns-policy-notes-b17179912470/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Internet 'Davos'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The first World Internet Conference, held in the small Chinese town of Wuzhen, hopes to bring the movers and shakers of the online world closer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bjreview.com.cn/nation/txt/2014-11/22/content_654142.htm"><span>http://www.bjreview.com.cn/nation/txt/2014-11/22/content_654142.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>International group explores future of Internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An elite international group meets in Ottawa this week with the self-appointed task of solving one of the greatest challenges of an increasingly digitizing world: how to prevent the Internet from becoming the &ldquo;splinternet.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-group-explores-future-of-internet-governance/article21720100/"><span>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-group-explores-future-of-internet-governance/article21720100/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN to listen, understand Chinese needs [Xinhua]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The head of the non-profit organization that manages the infrastructure of the Internet is committed to listening to and understand the needs of China's government and people.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1120/c90882-8811964.html"><span>http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1120/c90882-8811964.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Audio: Session I: The Global Debate on the ITU and Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experts discuss the global debate on the ITU and internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cfr.org/internet-policy/session-global-debate-itu-internet-governance/p33815"><span>http://www.cfr.org/internet-policy/session-global-debate-itu-internet-governance/p33815</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Live Now: Internet Governance After Busan<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Council on Foreign Relations is holding a half-day, multisession symposium to bring together leading policymakers and experts for analysis of the Internet governance landscape and to discuss new ideas for reform. Closely following the International Telecommunication Union meeting in Busan, South Korea, the symposium will take stock at this particularly interesting moment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/20/live-now-internet-governance-after-busan/"><span>http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2014/11/20/live-now-internet-governance-after-busan/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance &amp; cyber security highlighted<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Thursday, Premier Li held talks with some 70 Internet industry leaders from China and abroad in Hangzhou. During their meeting, Premier Li said the Chinese government strongly supports the development of the internet sector. He pointed out that the majority of China's vibrant small and micro enterprises that flourished in the past year or so, are in the internet or information technology sector.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://english.cntv.cn/2014/11/20/VIDE1416491158751571.shtml"><span>http://english.cntv.cn/2014/11/20/VIDE1416491158751571.shtml</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Whose Internet Is It Anyway? China Wields More Influence<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A few days before the anniversary of China&rsquo;s crackdown in Tiananmen Square this June, Patrick Poon posted a video commemoration on his LinkedIn Web page. The Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International soon got a message saying the post was prohibited in China so it had been blocked from the site -- and by extension from users worldwide.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-11-20/whose-internet-is-it-anyway-china-wields-more-influence"><span>http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-11-20/whose-internet-is-it-anyway-china-wields-more-influence</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions: Chairs' Statement on Frankfurt Face-to-Face Meeting by Lise Fuhr &amp; Jonathan Robinson</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions met for a face-to-face in Frankfurt, Germany on 19 &ndash; 20 November 2014. The highly diverse CWG is one of the three groups submitting a proposal to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) as part of the overall IANA Stewardship Transition process. As noted in the CWG Charter [DOC, 132 KB], the IANA stewardship transition process is taking place alongside a parallel and related process on enhancing ICANN accountability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-20-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-20-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IDN ccTLD Request from Armenia Successfully Passes String Evaluation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Armenia.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-20-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-20-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Karen Lentz, Director, Operations and Policy Research | ICANN, to Emilie Dessens</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Trademarks with Accents<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/lentz-to-dessens-19nov14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/lentz-to-dessens-19nov14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN working towards &ldquo;truce&rdquo; with France<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>During his monthly &ldquo;what&rsquo;s up&rdquo; call with ICANN Supporting Organisation, Advisory Committee and Stakeholder Group leaders, CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute; addressed recent tensions between ICANN and the government of France.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://post.milathan.com/2014/11/icann-working-towards-truce-with-france/"><span>http://post.milathan.com/2014/11/icann-working-towards-truce-with-france/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Be on your guard for &ldquo;invoices&rdquo; from BE Domein Host<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS Belgium received some questions and complaints in regards to recent &ldquo;invoices&rdquo; from the company BE Domein Host. We would like to stress that this company is unknown to us, and is not a DNS Belgium registrar.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/be-your-guard-"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/be-your-guard-&ldquo;invoices&rdquo;-be-domein-host</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>be: Domain Guard protects your domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Some domain names are so important or of such great value that you want to have total control over them. You also want to be absolutely sure that no alterations take place without your explicit approval.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/domain-guard-protects-your-domain-name"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/domain-guard-protects-your-domain-name</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain names in China hacked by overseas IPs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nearly 60% of dot-com domain names in China were hijacked by backdoor programs in the first half of 2014 and 48.8% of them were controlled by overseas IP addresses, the Beijing-based China Securities Journal reports.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141123000022&amp;cid=1103"><span>http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141123000022&amp;cid=1103</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cz: Campaign for domain registry data improvement is approaching the finish line<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For a few weeks now, .CZ domain holders may participate in the campaign (only in Czech) particularly aimed at improving security of their personal data. By controlling their data listed in the domain registry, the participants will have the opportunity to use the Domain browser service, to hide their postal address from the public area of the domain registry and more.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nic.cz/page/2515/campaign-for-domain-registry-data-improvement-is-approaching-the-finish-line/"><span>http://www.nic.cz/page/2515/campaign-for-domain-registry-data-improvement-is-approaching-the-finish-line/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2014: deployment of IPv6 in France still progressing slowly<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The November 2014 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names focuses on the deployment of IPv6 in the .fr zone.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8489/show/2014-deployment-of-ipv6-in-france-still-progressing-slowly.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8489/show/2014-deployment-of-ipv6-in-france-still-progressing-slowly.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>HKIRC rebrands successful award series to &lsquo;Best .hk Website Awards 2014&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Building on the success of the &ldquo;Top10 .hk Website Competition&rdquo; over the last five years, Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporate Limited (HKIRC) aims to extend its outreach to more online users this year as it rebrands the competition the &ldquo;Best .hk Website Awards 2014&rdquo;(the Awards).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.hkirc.hk/content.jsp?id=43#!/64&amp;in=/company_info/pressrelease.jsp?item=491"><span>https://www.hkirc.hk/content.jsp?id=43#!/64&amp;in=/company_info/pressrelease.jsp?item=491</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over 180,000 blocked new gTLD names to drop next week<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Several new gTLD registries will release hundreds of thousands of currently blocked domain names &mdash; some of them quite nice-looking &mdash; next Wednesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17702-over-180000-blocked-new-gtld-names-to-drop-next-week"><span>http://domainincite.com/17702-over-180000-blocked-new-gtld-names-to-drop-next-week</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Where to find new gTLD dropping domain lists<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With hundreds of thousands of currently blocked new gTLD domain names about to hit the market, many without premium pricing, some domain investors have been wondering where they can get hold of the lists of soon-to-be available names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17708-where-to-find-new-gtld-dropping-domain-lists"><span>http://domainincite.com/17708-where-to-find-new-gtld-dropping-domain-lists</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>5 Common Misconceptions New Registries Have About Domain Revenue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is wonderful to see the floodgates open and see so many new gTLDs launch &mdash; 417 delegated as of October 4th. As registry senior management&rsquo;s focus switches to operational matters post launch, it is now time to consider how the new registries will deal with revenue recognition and its impact on financial reporting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://architelos.com/5-common-misconceptions-new-registries-domain-revenue/"><span>http://architelos.com/5-common-misconceptions-new-registries-domain-revenue/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experience and Evidence Point to Strong Renewal Rates for New TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the tenth month of the revolutionary expansion of generic top-level Internet domains, global registrations in new gTLDs reached more than three million addresses, providing the clearest illustration yet of the strong international appetite for new, relevant addressing options. As we near the first full year of new gTLD availability, focus now shifts to another critical metric&mdash;renewals&mdash; which we expect to show similar strength based on history and data analysis.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.co/blog/experience-and-evidence-point-to-strong-renewal-rates-for-new-tlds/"><span>http://www.donuts.co/blog/experience-and-evidence-point-to-strong-renewal-rates-for-new-tlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Ongoing Obligations of Operating a .BRAND<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Back in 2011, if you asked most major brands what a gTLD, the RySG, GAC, or even ICANN was, most would not have been able to make much sense of the acronyms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/18/the-ongoing-obligations-of-operating-a-brand/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/18/the-ongoing-obligations-of-operating-a-brand/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>George.Best walks into a sex.bar, spots a bearded dwarf sysadmin and thinks: Warcraft.cool<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nearly 10 million locked-away domain names will be set free and go on sale over the next two months.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/get_read_for_the_release_of_millions_of_useless_domain_names/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/get_read_for_the_release_of_millions_of_useless_domain_names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experience and Evidence Point to Strong Renewal Rates for New TLDs by Paul Stahura</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the tenth month of the revolutionary expansion of generic top-level Internet domains, global registrations in new gTLDs reached more than three million addresses, providing the clearest illustration yet of the strong international appetite for new, relevant addressing options. As we near the first full year of new gTLD availability, focus now shifts to another critical metric &mdash; renewals &mdash; which we expect to show similar strength based on history and data analysis.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141121_experience_and_evidence_point_to_strong_renewal_rates_for_new_tlds/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141121_experience_and_evidence_point_to_strong_renewal_rates_for_new_tlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Idea Transformed Into One Million New gTLD Domain Registrations: The Donuts Story<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In ten months Donuts has gone from a handful of domains registered to well over a million across 152 new gTLDs, accounting for around a third of both domains registered across all of the new gTLDs and number of gTLDs available. And all of their domains are fully paid for the company boasts!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/an-idea-transformed-into-one-million-new-gtld-domain-registrations-the-donuts-story/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/an-idea-transformed-into-one-million-new-gtld-domain-registrations-the-donuts-story/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN decided to register &ldquo;.</span><span lang="HY">&#1392;&#1377;&#1397;&rdquo;</span><span lang="EN-US"> domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">ICANN decided to register a new domain name &ldquo;.</span><span lang="HY">&#1392;&#1377;&#1397;&rdquo;</span><span lang="EN-US"> which means &ldquo;Armenian&rdquo; in the Armenian language.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="http://news.am/eng/news/240395.html"><span>http://news.am/eng/news/240395.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cricket Superstar Virat Kohli Launches ViratKohli.club<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today Virat Kohli, world cricket star and captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League, launched his new official website at ViratKohli.club.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://nic.club/cricket-superstar-virat-kohli-launches-viratkohli-club/"><span>http://nic.club/cricket-superstar-virat-kohli-launches-viratkohli-club/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>White paper: .bank is here!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sunrise is on the horizon for .bank. A new Internet land rush begins mid-2015 for websites bearing the extension .bank, the financial world&rsquo;s new .com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a4c1f356-77d5-497e-a4e6-9d7f18ec6b72"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=a4c1f356-77d5-497e-a4e6-9d7f18ec6b72</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN: New gTLD round 1 to last until 2017<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has begun holding quarterly stakeholder calls, formatted a lot like a listed company&rsquo;s quarterly investors call. &ldquo;The goal of these is to provide a predictable and regular window into ICANN activities,&rdquo; summarised ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute; as he opened the first stakeholder call, held today, November 20, 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://post.milathan.com/2014/11/icann-new-gtld-round-1-to-last-until-2017/"><span>http://post.milathan.com/2014/11/icann-new-gtld-round-1-to-last-until-2017/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Frank Schilling changes strategy for .Click launch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>5 more Uniregistry domain names go into general availability next week. And for one of them, .click, Frank Schilling is taking a different strategy when it comes to holding back domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/frank-schilling-changes-strategy-for-click-launch/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/frank-schilling-changes-strategy-for-click-launch/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google beaten to .dot for a paltry $700k<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dish DBS, a US satellite TV company, has beaten Google to the .dot new gTLD in an ICANN auction that fetched just $700,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17700-google-beaten-to-dot-for-a-paltry-700k"><span>http://domainincite.com/17700-google-beaten-to-dot-for-a-paltry-700k</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DDoS Attacks Swamping Media and Entertainment Firms, Verisign Reports<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The trend for DDoS attacks to target media, entertainment and online gaming services shows no sign of abating with these sectors now accounting for more than half of all incidents, according the latest figures from Verisign's protection services wing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.techworld.com/security/3588266/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports/"><span>http://news.techworld.com/security/3588266/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2851392/security/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-and-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports.html"><span>http://www.cio.com/article/2851392/security/ddos-attacks-swamping-media-and-entertainment-firms-verisign-reports.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Q3 2014 DDoS Trends: Attacks Exceeding 10 Gbps On The Rise<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign just released its Q3 2014 DDoS Trends Report, which details observations and insights derived from distributed denial of service attack mitigations enacted on behalf of, and in cooperation with, customers of Verisign DDoS Protection Services from July through September of this year. Many notable observations were made, including a rise in the average number of attacks per customer, exploitation of the recently publicized SSDP vulnerability and some notable malicious code trends that will likely contribute to increased DDoS attack activity in the future.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/q3_2014_ddos_trends_attacks"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/q3_2014_ddos_trends_attacks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Largest ever NATO cyber defence exercise gets underway<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NATO launched its largest ever multinational cyber defence exercise, &ldquo;Cyber Coalition 2014&rdquo; on Tuesday (18 November). The three-day training event will test the Alliance&rsquo;s ability to defend its networks from the various challenges that exist when operating in the contested cyber domain. &ldquo;This exercise will test our systems to make sure that NATO keeps pace with that evolving threat and that the skills and expertise of our cyber specialists are fully up to the task,&rdquo; said Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. &ldquo;Among the priorities highlighted in the Enhanced NATO Policy on Cyber Defence, endorsed at the Wales Summit, is training and exercises.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_114902.htm"><span>http://nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_114902.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Driverless cars could face threat from hackers trying to cause road chaos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Driverless cars will need to be protected from hackers who could take control of vehicles to cause chaos on the roads, cyber security and transport experts have warned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/21/driverless-cars-hacking-threat-road-trials-january"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/21/driverless-cars-hacking-threat-road-trials-january</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Foreign Governments Have Hacked U.S. Grid, NSA Head Says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Several foreign governments have hacked into U.S. energy, water and fuel distribution systems and might damage essential services, the top national security official said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-20/foreign-governments-have-hacked-u-s-power-system-nsa-head-says.html"><span>http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-20/foreign-governments-have-hacked-u-s-power-system-nsa-head-says.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/20/us-usa-security-nsa-idUSKCN0J420Q20141120"><span>http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/20/us-usa-security-nsa-idUSKCN0J420Q20141120</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Foreign powers steal data on critical U.S. infrastructure, NSA chief says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Several foreign countries, including China, have infiltrated the computers of critical industries in the United States to steal information that could be used in the planning of a destructive attack, the director of the National Security Agency said Thursday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-chief-foreign-powers-steal-data-on-critical-us-infrastructure/2014/11/20/ddd4392e-70cb-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-chief-foreign-powers-steal-data-on-critical-us-infrastructure/2014/11/20/ddd4392e-70cb-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Shopping Report reveals one in six bargain-hunters duped by rogue sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We released our latest Shopping Report this week, examining consumer purchase intent and the demographics of those who acquire counterfeit goods online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/new-shopping-report-reveals-one-in-six-bargain-hunters-duped-by-rogue-sites/"><span>https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/new-shopping-report-reveals-one-in-six-bargain-hunters-duped-by-rogue-sites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Intel to work with Europol on fighting cybercrime [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An agreement between Intel&rsquo;s McAfee security branch and European law enforcement will allow the two to work on joint operations to fight cybercrime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2850292/intel-to-work-with-europol-on-fighting-cybercrime.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2850292/intel-to-work-with-europol-on-fighting-cybercrime.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Regin' malware described as 'groundbreaking and almost peerless'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experts don't know where it came from, and aren't quite sure what it does. But they do know this: a newly-uncovered cybersecurity threat appears to have been designed by a government, and is "groundbreaking and almost peerless."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/23/technology/security/regin-malware-symantec/index.html"><span>http://money.cnn.com/2014/11/23/technology/security/regin-malware-symantec/index.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Traces of Regin malware may date back to 2006 [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Malware that Symantec says was probably developed by a nation state may have been used for as long as eight years, a length of time that underscores the challenges the security industry faces in detecting advanced spying tools.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2851513/traces-of-regin-malware-may-date-back-to-2006.html"><span>http://www.computerworld.com/article/2851513/traces-of-regin-malware-may-date-back-to-2006.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Now e-cigarettes can give you malware<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>E-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare a thought for your poor computer &ndash; electronic cigarettes have become the latest vector for malicious software, according to online reports.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/21/e-cigarettes-malware-computers"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/21/e-cigarettes-malware-computers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nirvana gets domain names from Australian man who demanded $1.5 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nirvana LLC &mdash; the company that owns the intellectual property from the late grunge band Nirvana &mdash; has won control of five domain names registered by an Australian man.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/nirvana-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/20/nirvana-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UDRP Panel Passes On Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: It Was Complainant &amp; Lawyers 1st Case<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A one member UDRP panel passed on making a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) on the domain name DateLikeaGrownUp.com in large part because; "fact that this appears to be the first time this Complainant or its representative has brought a proceeding."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/21/udrp-panel-passes-on-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-it-was-complainant-lawyers-1st-case/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/21/udrp-panel-passes-on-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-it-was-complainant-lawyers-1st-case/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Z.com has been sold for $6.8m (&pound;4.3m, 800m yen) to Japanese domain biz GMO Registry, putting it in the top ten of all-time domain name sales.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/z_dotcom_sold/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/z_dotcom_sold/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Japanese Internet Services Provider, GMO Internet Acquires Z.com for JPY800 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GMO Internet, Inc. one of Japan&rsquo;s leading Internet services providers and operator of the country&rsquo;s largest domain registrar, today announces the acquisition of single-character domain name, Z.com (z.com/en) for JPY800 million.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.gmo.jp/en/news/article/?id=635"><span>https://www.gmo.jp/en/news/article/?id=635</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Want to dominate the Internet of Things market? Start with this domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the first time since it was originally registered over 11 years ago, the ultimate Internet of Things domain name, InternetOfThings.com, has been put up for sale by its original owner, a Toronto technology consultant. This category-defining domain name is the ideal Web address for any company, small or large, that wishes to brand itself as a leader in the exploding Internet of Things (IOT) industry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&amp;id=672"><span>https://sedo.com/presse/presse.php?language=us&amp;id=672</span></a>&gt;<br><br>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia, Canada, UK and China weigh in on Insecam privacy issue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The privacy commissioners of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Macao, China have all sent an email to Insecam &ndash; the operator of a website that broadcasts footage from private webcams &ndash; asking it to take down its website.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560293/australia-canada-uk-china-weigh-webcam-privacy-issue/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560293/australia-canada-uk-china-weigh-webcam-privacy-issue/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.techworld.com.au/article/560293/australia-canada-uk-china-weigh-webcam-privacy-issue/"><span>http://www.techworld.com.au/article/560293/australia-canada-uk-china-weigh-webcam-privacy-issue/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: The NBN twilight zone by Mark Gregory</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Speaking at CommsDay NBNRebooted held on November 17 Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the issue of National Broadband Network (NBN)-related complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) when he stated &ldquo;this is why the NBN Co is forecasting it will increase the number of serviceable premises in brownfield areas from 67 per cent of the total premises passed to 81 per cent of premises passed.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/11/21/technology/nbn-twilight-zone"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/11/21/technology/nbn-twilight-zone</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> web:&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</span></a> / <a href="http://davidgoldstein.tel/"><span>http://davidgoldstein.tel/</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport"><span>https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport</span></a><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 20 Nov 05:13 2014

auDA domain news - 20 November

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Internet Society Statement on the NETmundial Initiative

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-statement-netmundial-initiative>

 

Internet Control by Governments Isn’t Feasible, Gatekeeper Says

<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says.html>

 

Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/17/isoc_slams_netmundial_initiative/>

 

The Caravan Has Set Out for a Neo-liberal Capture of Global Governance

<http://justnetcoalition.org/NMI-neoliberal-caravan>

 

Winning the Right to .GAY: a Global Call to Action

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-stockwell/winning-the-right-to-gay-_b_6166082.html>

 

Millions of new gTLD domains to be released as collision blocks end

<http://domainincite.com/17678-millions-of-new-gtld-domains-to-be-released-as-collision-blocks-end>

 

Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/19/dot_quebec_loses_government_support/>

 

$10 million to move to a dot-brand? Quebec says “non”

<http://domainincite.com/17669-10-million-to-move-to-a-dot-brand-quebec-says-non>

 

“Cyberflight” rules coming to UDRP next July

<http://domainincite.com/17694-cyberflight-rules-coming-to-udrp-next-july>

 

 

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Internet Society Statement on the NETmundial Initiative

The Internet Society Board of Trustees today issued the following statement: Recently, the “I* Group” was invited to participate in the NETmundial Initiative, which is different from the one-time NETmundial meeting in which we participated in April 2014; we endorsed the outcomes of that meeting. This new and different NETmundial Initiative has been organized by the partnership of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, ICANN, and the World Economic Forum. This announcement has resulted in considerable discussion and concern amongst various stakeholders regarding the purpose, scope, and nature of the proposed activity or organization.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-statement-netmundial-initiative>

 

Internet Society Board of Trustees Welcomes Renewal of Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group

The ISOC Board of Trustees during its Board meeting 15-16 November addressed recent Internet governance advancements, including the positive momentum of the IGF and the outcome of the ITU Plenipotentiary. Specifically, the Board commended the renewal of the Internet Governance Forum's (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), and reiterated its support for the IGF as a platform for true multistakeholder engagement and concrete action. In addition, the Board issued a resolution expressing its appreciation for the Internet Society's work at the recent ITU Plenipotentiary in Busan.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-board-trustees-welcomes-renewal-internet-governance-forum-multistakeholder>

 

Internet Control by Governments Isn’t Feasible, Gatekeeper Says

ICANN, the gatekeeper for Web addresses, said government attempts to impose rules on the Internet are doomed to fail as the group seeks to end its own formal ties with U.S. legislators.

<http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says>

<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says.html>

 

Congressional Action on ICANN Accountability by Paul Rosenzweig

... I was, therefore, interested to see the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014 introduced by Representative Mike Kelly (R–PA) today. The legislation, is very closely aligned with the recommendations made by me and some colleagues at Heritage in a June paper on required reforms and standards for ICANN transition.

<http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/11/congressional-action-on-icann-accountability/>

 

China lays out vision for Web governance

President Xi Jinping called on the world to step up Internet governance in a congratulatory message sent to the opening of China's first World Internet Conference, seen by experts as presenting China's vision for future Internet development amid the nation's rising global influence over cyberspace.

<http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/892731.shtml>

<http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1120/c202936-8811442.html>

 

'Internet Freedom Panel' to REIN IN web overlord ICANN – new proposal

A panel with authority over domain name system overseer ICANN has been proposed in a new US law bill.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/>

 

ICANN chief urges wide Internet control [AFP]

The head of the private agency that acts as gatekeeper for the Internet called Tuesday for international discussions to ensure control of the web remains decentralised.

<https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25553424/icann-chief-urges-wide-internet-control/>

<http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/europe/story/icann-chief-wants-talks-keeping-internet-controls-decentralised-20141119>

 

Congress Needs to Remain Engaged on the ICANN Transition by Brett Schaefer, Paul Rosenzweig & James Gattuso

The U.S. NTIA has contracted with ICANN to manage core functions of the Internet since ICANN was established in 1998, including managing policy and technical features of the Internet’s DNS. ... This is a very important issue politically and economically. Nations like Russia have made no secret of their desire to use international organizations such as the ITU, an arm of the United Nations, to assert authority over the Internet as a means for limiting speech that is critical of or damaging to their interests. Even some democratic nations like those in the European Union have supported limiting undesirable speech, or limiting economic freedoms online. If they succeed, a vital medium for speech and political discourse could be crippled.

<http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/18/congress-needs-remain-engaged-icann-transition/>

 

Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

The Internet Society has blasted efforts from some quarters to create a "UN Security Council" for the internet – which would rule over the online world.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/17/isoc_slams_netmundial_initiative/>

 

The Caravan Has Set Out for a Neo-liberal Capture of Global Governance

A new chapter in global governance has been opened with the launch of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI) at the World Economic Forum. This is the first time that such a corporate-led venue – although sold as “multistakeholder”, “open”, and “voluntary”, among others – is positioned as being 'the' mechanism for global governance in a specific sector. In fact it is being openly and explicitly positioned as a direct replacement for existing UN-based governance models, which are routinely the subject of harsh critiques by most of the NMI proponents.

<http://justnetcoalition.org/NMI-neoliberal-caravan>

 

Rift forms between ISOC and WEF on Internet governance

Two organizations whose voices hold considerable sway on Internet governance issues--which appeared up until just last weekend to be speaking in harmony--now find themselves at odds.

<http://www.fierceenterprisecommunications.com/story/rift-forms-between-isoc-and-wef-internet-governance/2014-11-17>

 

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- ICANN

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UDRP: Policy Implementation Update

ICANN announces the implementation of amended rules for the UDRP.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-17-en>

 

Working Together to Tame the Coming Tsunami by Ashwin Rangan, ICANN Chief Innovation and Information Officer

It is just over eight months since I joined ICANN and several noteworthy events have occurred since. Within a few days of coming on board, the IANA Stewardship Transition was announced. Fadi's efforts to appropriately position Internet Governance and the follow-on work with NETMundial have progressed, leading to some critical hand-overs. And in attending my third (yes, already my third!) ICANN meeting in Los Angeles, I was able to detect an increasing tone of collaboration within the Stakeholder community, something that will require our increased support.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/working-together-to-tame-the-coming-tsunami>

 

Results Available for 19 November 2014 Auction

On 19 November 2014, an Auction conducted by ICANN's authorized Auction service provider, Power Auctions LLC, was held to resolve a string contention set for one new gTLD string, DOT.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-19-en>

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-19nov14-en>

 

Join Us for a Webinar on Auction Rules for Indirect Contention Sets

ICANN will host a Webinar on the topic of Auctions Rules for Indirect Contention Sets on 3 December 2014 at 17.00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of the rules and highlight several examples of how the rules will be applied in auction. There will also be a Question and Answer session.

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

 

New Meeting Strategy & Implementation Plan Approved by ICANN Board of Directors

After two years of extensive, cross-community work, I'm pleased to report that the ICANN Board approved a new ICANN Meetings Strategy for implementation in 2016, as well as proposed meeting dates and geographic rotation through 2020.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/new-meeting-strategy-implementation-plan-approved-by-icann-board-of-directors>

 

Monthly Update by Theresa Swinehart

First things first, thank you to all of you who joined us at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles! Whether you did so in person or as a remote participant, you may have noticed the evolution in both the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance processes. There's been a distinct shift in conversation over the past month from process to substance, a validation of community achievement in these two critical endeavors.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/monthly-update-by-theresa-swinehart-en>

 

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to the ICANN Board Governance Committee

New gTLD Application for .GAY

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/nglcc-to-bgc-17nov14-en.pdf>

 

Renato Sabbadi, Executive Director | International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, to the ICANN Board Governance Committee

New gTLD Application for .GAY

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/request-ilga-to-bgc-17nov14-en.pdf>

 

Interview with Stéphane Van Gelder, Chair, 2015 Nominating Committee

An interview with Stéphane Van Gelder, Chair, 2015 Nominating Committee on 10 October 2014.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwXJfbYhqS8>

 

IP Mirror rapped for failing to deal with abuse

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a corporate brand management registrar getting smacked by an ICANN breach notice.

<http://domainincite.com/17686-ip-mirror-rapped-for-failing-to-deal-with-abuse>

 

ICANN At-Large Endorses DigitalSENSE Africa

The At-Large Advisory Committee of ICANN has endorsed DigitalSENSE Africa Media as an At-Large Structure (ALS).

<http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/icann-at-large-endorses-digitalsense-africa/194547/>

 

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Your .eu domain could make you a winner this Christmas!

Make sure to try your luck in this year’s .eu Christmas Competition to win one of two unforgettable holiday packages!

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/nov-2014/your-eu-domain-could-make-you-winner-christmas>

 

Second-level domain name registrations directly under '.nz' now allowed [subscription]

Last year the entities responsible for operating the New Zealand domain name space were considering whether to introduce domain name registrations directly under the TLD ‘.nz’.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=7c7d4802-4c58-4f50-85d6-bcc186addcbe>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Winning the Right to .GAY: a Global Call to Action

Within the next two weeks, the governing body of the Internet will rule on who gets to operate the new domain .GAY. I'm concerned that this decision is about to go badly for LGBT people. On this point and throughout ICANN's exhaustive evaluation, Scott and dotgay earned nearly perfect scores. The problem was a question called community nexus, which asks whether an applicant really speaks for the community it claims to represent. How, ICANN's evaluators asked, could .GAY speak for an unknown and unknowable worldwide population of perhaps 70 million, most of whom are not able or willing to stand up and be visible? And how could that single word gay serve as a gathering place for lesbians, transgender people, friends and allies, and millions of people yet to come?

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-stockwell/winning-the-right-to-gay-_b_6166082.html>

 

Millions of new gTLD domains to be released as collision blocks end

Millions of new gTLD domain names are set to start being released, as ICANN-mandated name collision blocks start getting lifted.

<http://domainincite.com/17678-millions-of-new-gtld-domains-to-be-released-as-collision-blocks-end>

 

How .Realtor quickly became one of the most used new TLDs

About four weeks ago, the National Association of Realtors released the .realtor domain name. Ahead of the launch, I called it one of the most important launches in the nascent new TLD program.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/18/how-realtor-quickly-became-one-of-the-most-used-new-tlds/>

 

Dish DBS beats Google in .Dot auction, pays $700,000 for domain

Dish DBS, the satellite TV company and owner of Blockbuster, has beaten Google in a public auction for the TLD .Dot. It paid $700,000 for the rights to the domain name.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/19/dish-dot-dot-google/>

 

.NYC Releases Numbers On Landrush: 145 Domains Sell For $1K-$9,999: 10 Sell For $10K+

New York City released some numbers on the recently concluded Landrush period for the new gTLD .NYC, in which residents and businesses located in New York City were given the opportunity to apply for a domain for any extra fee before general availability started.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/19/nyc-releases-numbers-on-landrush-145-domains-sell-for-1k-9999-10-sell-for-10k/>

 

NABP to Begin Sunrise Trademark Registration Period for .Pharmacy Websites

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) will soon be accepting applications for .pharmacy domain names from trademark holders who are registered in the ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).

<http://www.nabp.net/news/nabp-to-begin-sunrise-trademark-registration-period-for-pharmacy-websites>

 

NABP discloses premium .pharmacy pricing

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has revealed its premium pricing structure for the new gTLD .pharmacy, in launch policy documents filed with ICANN.

<http://domainincite.com/17692-nabp-discloses-premium-pharmacy-pricing>

 

Now is the time for Welsh businesses to apply for .wales and .cymru domain names

This month sees the launch of the next phase in the release of the new .cymru and .wales domain names; the Welsh Business Priority Phase.

<http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/now-time-welsh-businesses-apply-8126643>

 

Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

It was not the news the company behind the new dot-quebec domains wanted to hear.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/19/dot_quebec_loses_government_support/>

 

Aruba Becomes Official Registry For .Cloud gTLD

The much anticipated gTLD .cloud has found itself an official registrar in Aruba. The Italian internet services provider made its name in web hosting and email hosting before it began selling cloud services.

<http://www.cloudwedge.com/4891-aruba-becomes-official-registry-for-cloud-gtld/>

 

Marketing Matters: TLD Registry Honored for Efforts to Spread the News About New TLDs and Their China-Friendly Extensions

With the success of new gTLDs hinging on public awareness that hundreds of new domain options are now available (with hundreds more on the way) - a common criticism of many new gTLD registry operators has been that they are not doing enough to market both their own extensions and the new gTLD program in general. However, that charge has never been leveled at TLD Registry, the owner and operating registry for Dot Chinese Online (.在线) & Dot Chinese Website (.中文网).

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141117.htm>

 

Switching to a .brand is more expensive than you think

News over the weekend of the Government of Quebec deciding to not change its domains over to .Quebec heightens the discussion on if it makes sense for brands to switch their web presence to a .brand.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/switching-to-a-brand-is-more-expensive-than-you-think/>

 

$10 million to move to a dot-brand? Quebec says “non”

One of the biggest hypothetical barriers to the adoption of dot-brand gTLDs has always been the likely cost of migration, but until now nobody’s really thrown around any figures.

<http://domainincite.com/17669-10-million-to-move-to-a-dot-brand-quebec-says-non>

 

“Second most marketable athlete in the world” to use a .club domain

Virat Kohli, a famous Indian cricketer, is .CLUB Domains’ latest star anchor tenant.

<http://domainincite.com/17674-second-most-marketable-athlete-in-the-world-to-use-a-club-domain>

 

New TLDs this week: .Quebec, .Top and .Engineer

A few TLDs coming out in a week is the new normal, so I’m going to stop calling these “slow” weeks. Here’s a look at this week’s new TLD rollouts.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/new-tlds-this-week-quebec-top-and-engineer/>

 

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Fasthosts Shared Hosting Customers Face Downtime as DDoS Attack, Windows 2003 Vulnerability Shake Platform

A denial of service attack caused customers of Fasthosts shared hosting services to experience intermittent website downtime on Monday. According to a report by The Register, the downtime was a result of a loss of DNS performance due to the DDoS attack.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/fasthosts-shared-hosting-customers-face-downtime-ddos-attack-windows-2003-vulnerability-shake-platform>

 

Restoring payment systems after disruptive cyber attacks could involve compromising analysis of incidents, says report

A new report on cyber resilience in financial market infrastructures has highlighted potential conflicts between legal obligations on the reporting of cyber security or data breaches and the need to restore services quickly following those incidents, an expert has said.

<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/november/restoring-payment-systems-after-disruptive-cyber-attacks-could-involve-compromising-analysis-of-incidents-says-report/>

 

London police chief warns of likelihood of cyber attack - FT

Islamic militants are very likely to attempt a cyber attack against major Western financial institutions, the Financial Times reported, citing the head of the City of London police.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/18/uk-cybersecurity-police-london-idUKKCN0J22LF20141118>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/cybersecurity-police-london-idINKCN0J303W20141119>

 

Top German spy says Berlin under cyber attack from other states

German government and business computers are coming under increasing cyber attack every day from other states' spy agencies, especially those of Russia and China, Germany's domestic intelligence (BfV) chief said on Tuesday.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/18/uk-germany-cybersecurity-idUKKCN0J227420141118>

 

China ready to deepen int'l co-ops, uphold cyber security: Xi

China is ready to work with other countries to deepen international cooperation, respect sovereignty on the Internet and uphold cyber security, said President Xi Jinping in a message of congratulations on Wednesday.

<http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2014-11/19/content_34097142.htm>

 

Internet Architecture Board Calls For Net Encryption By Default

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) urges encryption across the protocol stack to usher in an era where encrypted traffic is the norm. But there are possible security tradeoffs.

<http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/internet-architecture-board-calls-for-net-encryption-by-default/d/d-id/1317614>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Many Tor-anonymized domains seized by police belonged to imposter sites

A large number of the Tor-anonymized domains recently seized in a crackdown on illegal darknet services were clones or imposter sites, according to an analysis published Monday.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/many-tor-anonymized-domains-seized-by-police-belonged-to-imposter-sites/>

 

UDRP With 1,000+ Domain Names is a Milestone for WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization reported that it received its 30,000th UDRP filing yesterday, and it is a fairly interesting UDRP given the sheer number of domain names that are a part of it. Apparently, Ebay was the company that filed this milestone UDRP, and the case involves well over 1,000 domain names (there were 1,153 domain names in total included in this filing).

<http://www.domaininvesting.com/udrp-1000-domain-names-milestone-wipo/>

 

“Cyberflight” rules coming to UDRP next July

It will soon be much harder for cybersquatters to take flight to another registrar when they’re hit with a UDRP complaint.

<http://domainincite.com/17694-cyberflight-rules-coming-to-udrp-next-july>

 

UDRP rule changes coming next year to thwart “Cyberflight”

ICANN has announced a July 31, 2015 implementation date for amended rules under the UDRP.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/18/udrp-rule-changes-coming-next-year-to-thwart-cyberflight/>

 

Anti-gay campaigners’ website highjacked [September]

An anti-gay New Zealand political party’s website now redirects to a website in support of marriage equality after it forgot to renew ownership of its domain name

<http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/anti-gay-campaigners’-website-highjacked040912>

 

Following Macaulay Culkin hoax, research examines media gTLD registration patterns

A brand-hijacked website using the new gTLD string ‘.website’ went viral last week with a hoax news report about the ‘death of Macaulay Culkin’. The hoax spread, in part, because of the authentic-looking ‘msnbc.website’ domain, which convinced over 6 million users to share the fake article across a seven-day span.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a6d88279-e28a-4de6-9064-c2b4749741e9>

 

Anti-Cybersquatting Lessons from IP Strategy by Alex Tajirian

The post reconsiders a cooperative solution to cybersquatting that I proposed in 2007. I also draw on examples of success and failure of legal actions to protect intellectual property (IP) licensing. Cybersquatting has gone unabated with the new gTLDs despite the introduction of new protection instruments such as the Trademark Cleaning House (TMCH) database and the availability of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) services, as well as declarations by registries of their intentions to block unauthorized registrations.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141117_anti_cybersquatting_lessons_from_ip_strategy/>

 

au: Nirvana LLC v. Darren Marc Wilcox - Case No. DAU2014-0031

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Nirvana LLC of Los Angeles, California, United States of America (“United States”), represented by Spruson & Ferguson Lawyers, Australia. The Respondent is Darren Marc Wilcox of Armadale, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Names and Registrar: The disputed domain names <nirvanadrums.com.au> and <nirvanadrums.net.au> (the “Domain Names”) are registered with NetRegistryPty Ltd.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0031>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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The Economics of Transition to IPv6

This report makes the case that IPv6 represents an example of a platform; within the context of IPv6, the sides of the platform are Internet service providers, backbone providers, device manufacturers, content providers, and so forth. The net benefits to adopting the new platform are not distributed equally across sides.

<http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/the-economics-of-transition-to-internet-protocol-version-6-ipv6_5jxt46d07bhc-en>

 

Iran to fully employ IPv6 in the next four years

No one could have predicted the growth of the internet and when the commercial internet was in its infancy, the pool of around 4 billion IPv4 addresses seemed huge.

<http://presstv.com/detail/2014/11/19/386662/ipv6-ripe-ncc-tehran-iran/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Google to label 'mobile friendly' websites [IDG]

In the next few weeks, Google will start to label websites that render well on mobile devices and is considering giving that label weight as a search rank signal, the company said Tuesday.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/560005/google-label-mobile-friendly-websites/>

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560005/google-label-mobile-friendly-websites/>

 

GoDaddy’s DomainFinder App advances domain name selection

GoDaddy recently released an iOS app for finding and registering domain names called GoDaddy DomainFinder.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/19/godaddy-domainfinder-app/>

 

Legal Brand Marketing Lands Best Law-Related .co.com Domains in Win-Win Deal with Registry

It is widely believed that the success of new registry operators rests on end user adoption and development in their namespace. That's why operators of the .co.com registry, who created new namespace by sub-domaining a premier .com domain, are happy about a deal they announced with Legal Brand Marketing (LBM) today.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141119.htm>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Canadian Web Host Files Lawsuit Against Police who Seized its Equipment in Citadel Botnet Investigation

Vancouver web host White Falcon Communications and its owner Dmitri Glazyrin have filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General of Canada and two Canadian police for seized company servers and equipment in 2013. The seizure resulted from a US-led investigation into Citadel botnets, and the company alleges in the suit that the seizure effectively destroyed its business.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/canadian-web-host-sues-police-seized-equipment-citadel-botnet-investigation>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Mobile.co owner pays dearly for Mobile.co.com

The company that owns Mobile.co has spent $32,000 to acquire the third level domain names Mobile.co.com and Movil.co.com, the .co.com registry reported this morning.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/mobile-co-owner-pays-dearly-for-mobile-co-com/>

 

Mike Mann and (more) economics of domain name portfolios

The Washington Post wrote about domain name investor Mike Mann yesterday, and the article sheds more light on the economics or large domain name portfolios. Really, it applies to all domain portfolios, even if you have a small one.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/mike-mann-economics-domain-name-portfolios/>

 

Feel the Power! The 9th Seven-Figure Sale Reported So Far This Year Tops This Week's Sales Chart

The big news in the domain aftermarket this week is the $1,261,000 sale of Power.com that we told you about in a Lowdown post Tuesday (Nov. 11). George Kirikos uncovered the private transaction while looking through a 3rd quarter SEC filing made by the buyer, Power Integrations, a large Silicon Valley company that purchased the domain as an upgrade to their present address, PowerInt.com. The deal was co-brokered by Scott Smith and WebsiteProperties.com.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141119.htm>

 

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MOBILE/WIRELESS

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90 percent to have mobile phones by 2020, predicts Ericsson Mobility Report

Nine out of ten people aged six and over will have mobile phones by 2020. That is one of the most surprising predictions from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.

<http://www.ericsson.com/news/141118-90percent-to-have-mobile-phones-by-2020-predicts-ericsson-mobility-report_244099435_c>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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Amnesty releases anti-spying program for activists

Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents. The Detekt software was needed as standard anti-virus programs often missed spying software, it said.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30115679>

 

New tool for spy victims to detect government surveillance

A new tool to enable journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for known surveillance spyware has been released today by Amnesty International and a coalition of human rights and technology organizations.

<http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/new-tool-spy-victims-detect-government-surveillance-2014-11-20>

 

WhatsApp Adds Encryption by Default to Android App

WhatsApp, a massively popular messaging app, recently added end-to-end encryption for some mobile clients, a move that brings a high level of security to millions of users.

<http://threatpost.com/whatsapp-adds-encryption-by-default-to-android-app/109442>

 

Senator Questions Uber on Privacy Practices

The relationship between the media and Uber has been strained as of late. It is not going so well on Capitol Hill, either.

<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/senator-questions-uber-on-privacy-practices/>

 

au: Don't let them snoop on your private information by David Leyonhjelm

Data retention legislation is wrong on fundamental grounds. Governments are supposed to serve the people, not treat them as presumptive criminals, writes David Leyonhjelm.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-19/leyonhjelm-metadata-and-the-law-of-unintended-consequences/5901958>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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au: Data retention bill's human rights limitations are over the top, report says

The government’s mandatory data retention bill places limitations on human rights that are “not proportionate” to the intentions of the proposed scheme, a scathing report published on Tuesday by a cross-party committee says.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/18/data-retention-bills-human-rights-limitations-are-over-the-top-report-says>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Google to test-fly balloons which transmit internet over Australia [AAP]

Google is bringing its audacious internet-transmitting balloons to Australia.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/17/google-test-fly-balloons-transmit-internet-australia>

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society Statement on the NETmundial Initiative<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-statement-netmundial-initiative"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-statement-netmundial-initiative</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Control by Governments Isn&rsquo;t Feasible, Gatekeeper Says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says.html"><span>http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/17/isoc_slams_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/17/isoc_slams_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Caravan Has Set Out for a Neo-liberal Capture of Global Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://justnetcoalition.org/NMI-neoliberal-caravan"><span>http://justnetcoalition.org/NMI-neoliberal-caravan</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Winning the Right to .GAY: a Global Call to Action<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-stockwell/winning-the-right-to-gay-_b_6166082.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-stockwell/winning-the-right-to-gay-_b_6166082.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Millions of new gTLD domains to be released as collision blocks end<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17678-millions-of-new-gtld-domains-to-be-released-as-collision-blocks-end"><span>http://domainincite.com/17678-millions-of-new-gtld-domains-to-be-released-as-collision-blocks-end</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/19/dot_quebec_loses_government_support/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/19/dot_quebec_loses_government_support/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>$10 million to move to a dot-brand? Quebec says &ldquo;non&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17669-10-million-to-move-to-a-dot-brand-quebec-says-non"><span>http://domainincite.com/17669-10-million-to-move-to-a-dot-brand-quebec-says-non</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Cyberflight&rdquo; rules coming to UDRP next July<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17694-cyberflight-rules-coming-to-udrp-next-july"><span>http://domainincite.com/17694-cyberflight-rules-coming-to-udrp-next-july</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society Statement on the NETmundial Initiative<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Society Board of Trustees today issued the following statement: Recently, the &ldquo;I* Group&rdquo; was invited to participate in the NETmundial Initiative, which is different from the one-time NETmundial meeting in which we participated in April 2014; we endorsed the outcomes of that meeting. This new and different NETmundial Initiative has been organized by the partnership of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, ICANN, and the World Economic Forum. This announcement has resulted in considerable discussion and concern amongst various stakeholders regarding the purpose, scope, and nature of the proposed activity or organization.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-statement-netmundial-initiative"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-statement-netmundial-initiative</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society Board of Trustees Welcomes Renewal of Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ISOC Board of Trustees during its Board meeting 15-16 November addressed recent Internet governance advancements, including the positive momentum of the IGF and the outcome of the ITU Plenipotentiary. Specifically, the Board commended the renewal of the Internet Governance Forum's (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), and reiterated its support for the IGF as a platform for true multistakeholder engagement and concrete action. In addition, the Board issued a resolution expressing its appreciation for the Internet Society's work at the recent ITU Plenipotentiary in Busan.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-board-trustees-welcomes-renewal-internet-governance-forum-multistakeholder"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-board-trustees-welcomes-renewal-internet-governance-forum-multistakeholder</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Control by Governments Isn&rsquo;t Feasible, Gatekeeper Says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN, the gatekeeper for Web addresses, said government attempts to impose rules on the Internet are doomed to fail as the group seeks to end its own formal ties with U.S. legislators.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says"><span>http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says.html"><span>http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-18/internet-control-by-governments-not-feasible-gatekeeper-says.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congressional Action on ICANN Accountability by Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... I was, therefore, interested to see the Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014 introduced by Representative Mike Kelly (R&ndash;PA) today. The legislation, is very closely aligned with the recommendations made by me and some colleagues at Heritage in a June paper on required reforms and standards for ICANN transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/11/congressional-action-on-icann-accountability/"><span>http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/11/congressional-action-on-icann-accountability/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China lays out vision for Web governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>President Xi Jinping called on the world to step up Internet governance in a congratulatory message sent to the opening of China's first World Internet Conference, seen by experts as presenting China's vision for future Internet development amid the nation's rising global influence over cyberspace.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/892731.shtml"><span>http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/892731.shtml</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1120/c202936-8811442.html"><span>http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1120/c202936-8811442.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Internet Freedom Panel' to REIN IN web overlord ICANN &ndash; new proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A panel with authority over domain name system overseer ICANN has been proposed in a new US law bill.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/20/legislation_icann_oversight_body/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN chief urges wide Internet control [AFP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The head of the private agency that acts as gatekeeper for the Internet called Tuesday for international discussions to ensure control of the web remains decentralised.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25553424/icann-chief-urges-wide-internet-control/"><span>https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25553424/icann-chief-urges-wide-internet-control/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/europe/story/icann-chief-wants-talks-keeping-internet-controls-decentralised-20141119"><span>http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/europe/story/icann-chief-wants-talks-keeping-internet-controls-decentralised-20141119</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress Needs to Remain Engaged on the ICANN Transition by Brett Schaefer, Paul Rosenzweig &amp; James Gattuso</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. NTIA has contracted with ICANN to manage core functions of the Internet since ICANN was established in 1998, including managing policy and technical features of the Internet&rsquo;s DNS. ... This is a very important issue politically and economically. Nations like Russia have made no secret of their desire to use international organizations such as the ITU, an arm of the United Nations, to assert authority over the Internet as a means for limiting speech that is critical of or damaging to their interests. Even some democratic nations like those in the European Union have supported limiting undesirable speech, or limiting economic freedoms online. If they succeed, a vital medium for speech and political discourse could be crippled.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/18/congress-needs-remain-engaged-icann-transition/"><span>http://dailysignal.com/2014/11/18/congress-needs-remain-engaged-icann-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Society has blasted efforts from some quarters to create a "UN Security Council" for the internet &ndash; which would rule over the online world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/17/isoc_slams_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/17/isoc_slams_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Caravan Has Set Out for a Neo-liberal Capture of Global Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new chapter in global governance has been opened with the launch of the NetMundial Initiative (NMI) at the World Economic Forum. This is the first time that such a corporate-led venue &ndash; although sold as &ldquo;multistakeholder&rdquo;, &ldquo;open&rdquo;, and &ldquo;voluntary&rdquo;, among others &ndash; is positioned as being 'the' mechanism for global governance in a specific sector. In fact it is being openly and explicitly positioned as a direct replacement for existing UN-based governance models, which are routinely the subject of harsh critiques by most of the NMI proponents.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://justnetcoalition.org/NMI-neoliberal-caravan"><span>http://justnetcoalition.org/NMI-neoliberal-caravan</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rift forms between ISOC and WEF on Internet governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two organizations whose voices hold considerable sway on Internet governance issues--which appeared up until just last weekend to be speaking in harmony--now find themselves at odds.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.fierceenterprisecommunications.com/story/rift-forms-between-isoc-and-wef-internet-governance/2014-11-17"><span>http://www.fierceenterprisecommunications.com/story/rift-forms-between-isoc-and-wef-internet-governance/2014-11-17</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UDRP: Policy Implementation Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN announces the implementation of amended rules for the UDRP.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-17-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-17-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Working Together to Tame the Coming Tsunami by Ashwin Rangan, ICANN Chief Innovation and Information Officer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is just over eight months since I joined ICANN and several noteworthy events have occurred since. Within a few days of coming on board, the IANA Stewardship Transition was announced. Fadi's efforts to appropriately position Internet Governance and the follow-on work with NETMundial have progressed, leading to some critical hand-overs. And in attending my third (yes, already my third!) ICANN meeting in Los Angeles, I was able to detect an increasing tone of collaboration within the Stakeholder community, something that will require our increased support.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/working-together-to-tame-the-coming-tsunami"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/working-together-to-tame-the-coming-tsunami</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Results Available for 19 November 2014 Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 19 November 2014, an Auction conducted by ICANN's authorized Auction service provider, Power Auctions LLC, was held to resolve a string contention set for one new gTLD string, DOT.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-19-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-19-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-19nov14-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-19nov14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Join Us for a Webinar on Auction Rules for Indirect Contention Sets<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN will host a Webinar on the topic of Auctions Rules for Indirect Contention Sets on 3 December 2014 at 17.00 UTC. The webinar will provide an overview of the rules and highlight several examples of how the rules will be applied in auction. There will also be a Question and Answer session.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/webinars"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/webinars</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Meeting Strategy &amp; Implementation Plan Approved by ICANN Board of Directors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After two years of extensive, cross-community work, I'm pleased to report that the ICANN Board approved a new ICANN Meetings Strategy for implementation in 2016, as well as proposed meeting dates and geographic rotation through 2020.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/new-meeting-strategy-implementation-plan-approved-by-icann-board-of-directors"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/new-meeting-strategy-implementation-plan-approved-by-icann-board-of-directors</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Monthly Update by Theresa Swinehart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First things first, thank you to all of you who joined us at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles! Whether you did so in person or as a remote participant, you may have noticed the evolution in both the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance processes. There's been a distinct shift in conversation over the past month from process to substance, a validation of community achievement in these two critical endeavors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/monthly-update-by-theresa-swinehart-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/monthly-update-by-theresa-swinehart-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>National Gay &amp; Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to the ICANN Board Governance Committee</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .GAY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/nglcc-to-bgc-17nov14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/nglcc-to-bgc-17nov14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Renato Sabbadi, Executive Director | International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, to the ICANN Board Governance Committee<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .GAY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/request-ilga-to-bgc-17nov14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/request-ilga-to-bgc-17nov14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Interview with St&eacute;phane Van Gelder, Chair, 2015 Nominating Committee</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An interview with St&eacute;phane Van Gelder, Chair, 2015 Nominating Committee on 10 October 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwXJfbYhqS8"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwXJfbYhqS8</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IP Mirror rapped for failing to deal with abuse<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here&rsquo;s something you don&rsquo;t see every day: a corporate brand management registrar getting smacked by an ICANN breach notice.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17686-ip-mirror-rapped-for-failing-to-deal-with-abuse"><span>http://domainincite.com/17686-ip-mirror-rapped-for-failing-to-deal-with-abuse</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN At-Large Endorses DigitalSENSE Africa<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The At-Large Advisory Committee of ICANN has endorsed DigitalSENSE Africa Media as an At-Large Structure (ALS).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/icann-at-large-endorses-digitalsense-africa/194547/"><span>http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/icann-at-large-endorses-digitalsense-africa/194547/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Your .eu domain could make you a winner this Christmas!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Make sure to try your luck in this year&rsquo;s .eu Christmas Competition to win one of two unforgettable holiday packages!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/nov-2014/your-eu-domain-could-make-you-winner-christmas"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/nov-2014/your-eu-domain-could-make-you-winner-christmas</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Second-level domain name registrations directly under '.nz' now allowed [subscription]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last year the entities responsible for operating the New Zealand domain name space were considering whether to introduce domain name registrations directly under the TLD &lsquo;.nz&rsquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=7c7d4802-4c58-4f50-85d6-bcc186addcbe"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=7c7d4802-4c58-4f50-85d6-bcc186addcbe</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Winning the Right to .GAY: a Global Call to Action<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Within the next two weeks, the governing body of the Internet will rule on who gets to operate the new domain .GAY. I'm concerned that this decision is about to go badly for LGBT people. On this point and throughout ICANN's exhaustive evaluation, Scott and dotgay earned nearly perfect scores. The problem was a question called community nexus, which asks whether an applicant really speaks for the community it claims to represent. How, ICANN's evaluators asked, could .GAY speak for an unknown and unknowable worldwide population of perhaps 70 million, most of whom are not able or willing to stand up and be visible? And how could that single word gay serve as a gathering place for lesbians, transgender people, friends and allies, and millions of people yet to come?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-stockwell/winning-the-right-to-gay-_b_6166082.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-stockwell/winning-the-right-to-gay-_b_6166082.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Millions of new gTLD domains to be released as collision blocks end<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Millions of new gTLD domain names are set to start being released, as ICANN-mandated name collision blocks start getting lifted.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17678-millions-of-new-gtld-domains-to-be-released-as-collision-blocks-end"><span>http://domainincite.com/17678-millions-of-new-gtld-domains-to-be-released-as-collision-blocks-end</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How .Realtor quickly became one of the most used new TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>About four weeks ago, the National Association of Realtors released the .realtor domain name. Ahead of the launch, I called it one of the most important launches in the nascent new TLD program.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/18/how-realtor-quickly-became-one-of-the-most-used-new-tlds/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/18/how-realtor-quickly-became-one-of-the-most-used-new-tlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dish DBS beats Google in .Dot auction, pays $700,000 for domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dish DBS, the satellite TV company and owner of Blockbuster, has beaten Google in a public auction for the TLD .Dot. It paid $700,000 for the rights to the domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/19/dish-dot-dot-google/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/19/dish-dot-dot-google/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.NYC Releases Numbers On Landrush: 145 Domains Sell For $1K-$9,999: 10 Sell For $10K+<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New York City released some numbers on the recently concluded Landrush period for the new gTLD .NYC, in which residents and businesses located in New York City were given the opportunity to apply for a domain for any extra fee before general availability started.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/19/nyc-releases-numbers-on-landrush-145-domains-sell-for-1k-9999-10-sell-for-10k/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/19/nyc-releases-numbers-on-landrush-145-domains-sell-for-1k-9999-10-sell-for-10k/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NABP to Begin Sunrise Trademark Registration Period for .Pharmacy Websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy&reg; (NABP&reg;) will soon be accepting applications for .pharmacy domain names from trademark holders who are registered in the ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nabp.net/news/nabp-to-begin-sunrise-trademark-registration-period-for-pharmacy-websites"><span>http://www.nabp.net/news/nabp-to-begin-sunrise-trademark-registration-period-for-pharmacy-websites</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NABP discloses premium .pharmacy pricing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has revealed its premium pricing structure for the new gTLD .pharmacy, in launch policy documents filed with ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17692-nabp-discloses-premium-pharmacy-pricing"><span>http://domainincite.com/17692-nabp-discloses-premium-pharmacy-pricing</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Now is the time for Welsh businesses to apply for .wales and .cymru domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This month sees the launch of the next phase in the release of the new .cymru and .wales domain names; the Welsh Business Priority Phase.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/now-time-welsh-businesses-apply-8126643"><span>http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/now-time-welsh-businesses-apply-8126643</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It was not the news the company behind the new dot-quebec domains wanted to hear.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/19/dot_quebec_loses_government_support/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/19/dot_quebec_loses_government_support/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aruba Becomes Official Registry For .Cloud gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The much anticipated gTLD .cloud has found itself an official registrar in Aruba. The Italian internet services provider made its name in web hosting and email hosting before it began selling cloud services.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cloudwedge.com/4891-aruba-becomes-official-registry-for-cloud-gtld/"><span>http://www.cloudwedge.com/4891-aruba-becomes-official-registry-for-cloud-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Marketing Matters: TLD Registry Honored for Efforts to Spread the News About New TLDs and Their China-Friendly Extensions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the success of new gTLDs hinging on public awareness that hundreds of new domain options are now available (with hundreds more on the way) - a common criticism of many new gTLD registry operators has been that they are not doing enough to market both their own extensions and the new gTLD program in general. However, that charge has never been leveled at TLD Registry, the owner and operating registry for Dot Chinese Online (.</span><span lang="EN-US">&#22312;&#32447;</span><span>) &amp; Dot Chinese Website (.</span><span lang="EN-US">&#20013;&#25991;&#32593;</span><span>).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141117.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141117.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Switching to a .brand is more expensive than you think<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>News over the weekend of the Government of Quebec deciding to not change its domains over to .Quebec heightens the discussion on if it makes sense for brands to switch their web presence to a .brand.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/switching-to-a-brand-is-more-expensive-than-you-think/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/switching-to-a-brand-is-more-expensive-than-you-think/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>$10 million to move to a dot-brand? Quebec says &ldquo;non&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of the biggest hypothetical barriers to the adoption of dot-brand gTLDs has always been the likely cost of migration, but until now nobody&rsquo;s really thrown around any figures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17669-10-million-to-move-to-a-dot-brand-quebec-says-non"><span>http://domainincite.com/17669-10-million-to-move-to-a-dot-brand-quebec-says-non</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Second most marketable athlete in the world&rdquo; to use a .club domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Virat Kohli, a famous Indian cricketer, is .CLUB Domains&rsquo; latest star anchor tenant.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17674-second-most-marketable-athlete-in-the-world-to-use-a-club-domain"><span>http://domainincite.com/17674-second-most-marketable-athlete-in-the-world-to-use-a-club-domain</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLDs this week: .Quebec, .Top and .Engineer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A few TLDs coming out in a week is the new normal, so I&rsquo;m going to stop calling these &ldquo;slow&rdquo; weeks. Here&rsquo;s a look at this week&rsquo;s new TLD rollouts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/new-tlds-this-week-quebec-top-and-engineer/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/new-tlds-this-week-quebec-top-and-engineer/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fasthosts Shared Hosting Customers Face Downtime as DDoS Attack, Windows 2003 Vulnerability Shake Platform<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A denial of service attack caused customers of Fasthosts shared hosting services to experience intermittent website downtime on Monday. According to a report by The Register, the downtime was a result of a loss of DNS performance due to the DDoS attack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/fasthosts-shared-hosting-customers-face-downtime-ddos-attack-windows-2003-vulnerability-shake-platform"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/fasthosts-shared-hosting-customers-face-downtime-ddos-attack-windows-2003-vulnerability-shake-platform</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Restoring payment systems after disruptive cyber attacks could involve compromising analysis of incidents, says report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new report on cyber resilience in financial market infrastructures has highlighted potential conflicts between legal obligations on the reporting of cyber security or data breaches and the need to restore services quickly following those incidents, an expert has said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/november/restoring-payment-systems-after-disruptive-cyber-attacks-could-involve-compromising-analysis-of-incidents-says-report/"><span>http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/november/restoring-payment-systems-after-disruptive-cyber-attacks-could-involve-compromising-analysis-of-incidents-says-report/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>London police chief warns of likelihood of cyber attack - FT<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Islamic militants are very likely to attempt a cyber attack against major Western financial institutions, the Financial Times reported, citing the head of the City of London police.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/18/uk-cybersecurity-police-london-idUKKCN0J22LF20141118"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/18/uk-cybersecurity-police-london-idUKKCN0J22LF20141118</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/cybersecurity-police-london-idINKCN0J303W20141119"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/cybersecurity-police-london-idINKCN0J303W20141119</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Top German spy says Berlin under cyber attack from other states<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>German government and business computers are coming under increasing cyber attack every day from other states' spy agencies, especially those of Russia and China, Germany's domestic intelligence (BfV) chief said on Tuesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/18/uk-germany-cybersecurity-idUKKCN0J227420141118"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/18/uk-germany-cybersecurity-idUKKCN0J227420141118</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China ready to deepen int'l co-ops, uphold cyber security: Xi<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China is ready to work with other countries to deepen international cooperation, respect sovereignty on the Internet and uphold cyber security, said President Xi Jinping in a message of congratulations on Wednesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2014-11/19/content_34097142.htm"><span>http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2014-11/19/content_34097142.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Architecture Board Calls For Net Encryption By Default<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) urges encryption across the protocol stack to usher in an era where encrypted traffic is the norm. But there are possible security tradeoffs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/internet-architecture-board-calls-for-net-encryption-by-default/d/d-id/1317614"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/internet-architecture-board-calls-for-net-encryption-by-default/d/d-id/1317614</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Many Tor-anonymized domains seized by police belonged to imposter sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A large number of the Tor-anonymized domains recently seized in a crackdown on illegal darknet services were clones or imposter sites, according to an analysis published Monday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/many-tor-anonymized-domains-seized-by-police-belonged-to-imposter-sites/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/many-tor-anonymized-domains-seized-by-police-belonged-to-imposter-sites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UDRP With 1,000+ Domain Names is a Milestone for WIPO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The World Intellectual Property Organization reported that it received its 30,000th UDRP filing yesterday, and it is a fairly interesting UDRP given the sheer number of domain names that are a part of it. Apparently, Ebay was the company that filed this milestone UDRP, and the case involves well over 1,000 domain names (there were 1,153 domain names in total included in this filing).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domaininvesting.com/udrp-1000-domain-names-milestone-wipo/"><span>http://www.domaininvesting.com/udrp-1000-domain-names-milestone-wipo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Cyberflight&rdquo; rules coming to UDRP next July<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It will soon be much harder for cybersquatters to take flight to another registrar when they&rsquo;re hit with a UDRP complaint.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17694-cyberflight-rules-coming-to-udrp-next-july"><span>http://domainincite.com/17694-cyberflight-rules-coming-to-udrp-next-july</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UDRP rule changes coming next year to thwart &ldquo;Cyberflight&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has announced a July 31, 2015 implementation date for amended rules under the UDRP.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/18/udrp-rule-changes-coming-next-year-to-thwart-cyberflight/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/18/udrp-rule-changes-coming-next-year-to-thwart-cyberflight/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Anti-gay campaigners&rsquo; website highjacked [September]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An anti-gay New Zealand political party&rsquo;s website now redirects to a website in support of marriage equality after it forgot to renew ownership of its domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/anti-gay-campaigners%E2%80%99-website-highjacked040912"><span>http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/anti-gay-campaigners&rsquo;-website-highjacked040912</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following Macaulay Culkin hoax, research examines media gTLD registration patterns<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A brand-hijacked website using the new gTLD string &lsquo;.website&rsquo; went viral last week with a hoax news report about the &lsquo;death of Macaulay Culkin&rsquo;. The hoax spread, in part, because of the authentic-looking &lsquo;msnbc.website&rsquo; domain, which convinced over 6 million users to share the fake article across a seven-day span.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a6d88279-e28a-4de6-9064-c2b4749741e9"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=a6d88279-e28a-4de6-9064-c2b4749741e9</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Anti-Cybersquatting Lessons from IP Strategy by Alex Tajirian<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The post reconsiders a cooperative solution to cybersquatting that I proposed in 2007. I also draw on examples of success and failure of legal actions to protect intellectual property (IP) licensing. Cybersquatting has gone unabated with the new gTLDs despite the introduction of new protection instruments such as the Trademark Cleaning House (TMCH) database and the availability of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) services, as well as declarations by registries of their intentions to block unauthorized registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141117_anti_cybersquatting_lessons_from_ip_strategy/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141117_anti_cybersquatting_lessons_from_ip_strategy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Nirvana LLC v. Darren Marc Wilcox - Case No. DAU2014-0031</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Nirvana LLC of Los Angeles, California, United States of America (&ldquo;United States&rdquo;), represented by Spruson &amp; Ferguson Lawyers, Australia. The Respondent is Darren Marc Wilcox of Armadale, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Names and Registrar: The disputed domain names &lt;nirvanadrums.com.au&gt; and &lt;nirvanadrums.net.au&gt; (the &ldquo;Domain Names&rdquo;) are registered with NetRegistryPty Ltd.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0031"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0031</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Economics of Transition to IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This report makes the case that IPv6 represents an example of a platform; within the context of IPv6, the sides of the platform are Internet service providers, backbone providers, device manufacturers, content providers, and so forth. The net benefits to adopting the new platform are not distributed equally across sides.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/the-economics-of-transition-to-internet-protocol-version-6-ipv6_5jxt46d07bhc-en"><span>http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/the-economics-of-transition-to-internet-protocol-version-6-ipv6_5jxt46d07bhc-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Iran to fully employ IPv6 in the next four years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>No one could have predicted the growth of the internet and when the commercial internet was in its infancy, the pool of around 4 billion IPv4 addresses seemed huge.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://presstv.com/detail/2014/11/19/386662/ipv6-ripe-ncc-tehran-iran/"><span>http://presstv.com/detail/2014/11/19/386662/ipv6-ripe-ncc-tehran-iran/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google to label 'mobile friendly' websites [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the next few weeks, Google will start to label websites that render well on mobile devices and is considering giving that label weight as a search rank signal, the company said Tuesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/560005/google-label-mobile-friendly-websites/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/560005/google-label-mobile-friendly-websites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560005/google-label-mobile-friendly-websites/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560005/google-label-mobile-friendly-websites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy&rsquo;s DomainFinder App advances domain name selection<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy recently released an iOS app for finding and registering domain names called GoDaddy DomainFinder.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/19/godaddy-domainfinder-app/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/19/godaddy-domainfinder-app/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Legal Brand Marketing Lands Best Law-Related .co.com Domains in Win-Win Deal with Registry<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is widely believed that the success of new registry operators rests on end user adoption and development in their namespace. That's why operators of the .co.com registry, who created new namespace by sub-domaining a premier .com domain, are happy about a deal they announced with Legal Brand Marketing (LBM) today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141119.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141119.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Canadian Web Host Files Lawsuit Against Police who Seized its Equipment in Citadel Botnet Investigation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vancouver web host White Falcon Communications and its owner Dmitri Glazyrin have filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General of Canada and two Canadian police for seized company servers and equipment in 2013. The seizure resulted from a US-led investigation into Citadel botnets, and the company alleges in the suit that the seizure effectively destroyed its business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/canadian-web-host-sues-police-seized-equipment-citadel-botnet-investigation"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/canadian-web-host-sues-police-seized-equipment-citadel-botnet-investigation</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mobile.co owner pays dearly for Mobile.co.com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The company that owns Mobile.co has spent $32,000 to acquire the third level domain names Mobile.co.com and Movil.co.com, the .co.com registry reported this morning.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/mobile-co-owner-pays-dearly-for-mobile-co-com/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/mobile-co-owner-pays-dearly-for-mobile-co-com/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mike Mann and (more) economics of domain name portfolios<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Washington Post wrote about domain name investor Mike Mann yesterday, and the article sheds more light on the economics or large domain name portfolios. Really, it applies to all domain portfolios, even if you have a small one.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/mike-mann-economics-domain-name-portfolios/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/17/mike-mann-economics-domain-name-portfolios/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Feel the Power! The 9th Seven-Figure Sale Reported So Far This Year Tops This Week's Sales Chart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The big news in the domain aftermarket this week is the $1,261,000 sale of Power.com that we told you about in a Lowdown post Tuesday (Nov. 11). George Kirikos uncovered the private transaction while looking through a 3rd quarter SEC filing made by the buyer, Power Integrations, a large Silicon Valley company that purchased the domain as an upgrade to their present address, PowerInt.com. The deal was co-brokered by Scott Smith and WebsiteProperties.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141119.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141119.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MOBILE/WIRELESS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>90 percent to have mobile phones by 2020, predicts Ericsson Mobility Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nine out of ten people aged six and over will have mobile phones by 2020. That is one of the most surprising predictions from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ericsson.com/news/141118-90percent-to-have-mobile-phones-by-2020-predicts-ericsson-mobility-report_244099435_c"><span>http://www.ericsson.com/news/141118-90percent-to-have-mobile-phones-by-2020-predicts-ericsson-mobility-report_244099435_c</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Amnesty releases anti-spying program for activists<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents. The Detekt software was needed as standard anti-virus programs often missed spying software, it said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30115679"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30115679</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New tool for spy victims to detect government surveillance</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new tool to enable journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for known surveillance spyware has been released today by Amnesty International and a coalition of human rights and technology organizations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/new-tool-spy-victims-detect-government-surveillance-2014-11-20"><span>http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/new-tool-spy-victims-detect-government-surveillance-2014-11-20</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WhatsApp Adds Encryption by Default to Android App<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WhatsApp, a massively popular messaging app, recently added end-to-end encryption for some mobile clients, a move that brings a high level of security to millions of users.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/whatsapp-adds-encryption-by-default-to-android-app/109442"><span>http://threatpost.com/whatsapp-adds-encryption-by-default-to-android-app/109442</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Senator Questions Uber on Privacy Practices<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The relationship between the media and Uber has been strained as of late. It is not going so well on Capitol Hill, either.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/senator-questions-uber-on-privacy-practices/"><span>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/senator-questions-uber-on-privacy-practices/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Don't let them snoop on your private information by David Leyonhjelm<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Data retention legislation is wrong on fundamental grounds. Governments are supposed to serve the people, not treat them as presumptive criminals, writes David Leyonhjelm.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-19/leyonhjelm-metadata-and-the-law-of-unintended-consequences/5901958"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-19/leyonhjelm-metadata-and-the-law-of-unintended-consequences/5901958</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Data retention bill's human rights limitations are over the top, report says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The government&rsquo;s mandatory data retention bill places limitations on human rights that are &ldquo;not proportionate&rdquo; to the intentions of the proposed scheme, a scathing report published on Tuesday by a cross-party committee says.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/18/data-retention-bills-human-rights-limitations-are-over-the-top-report-says"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/18/data-retention-bills-human-rights-limitations-are-over-the-top-report-says</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google to test-fly balloons which transmit internet over Australia [AAP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google is bringing its audacious internet-transmitting balloons to Australia.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/17/google-test-fly-balloons-transmit-internet-australia"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/17/google-test-fly-balloons-transmit-internet-australia</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport"><span>https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport</span></a><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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Jon Lawrence | 13 Nov 09:14 2014
David Goldstein | 10 Nov 04:41 2014

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Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106>

 

ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/>

 

UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747>

 

ICANN CEO to Discuss the Future of Internet Governance [ICANN news release]

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/>

 

Requirements for Implementing Rights Protection Mechanisms in Name Collision Mitigation Framework Now Available

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en>

 

Global action against dark markets on Tor network

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network>

 

Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains

<http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/>

 

au: Barristers brawl over domain names [subscription]

<http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL>

 

cyclingtips.com.au Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking On Cyclingtips.com

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/>

 

 

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Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills

Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world's leading governance organisations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/uk-internet-governance-idUKKBN0IQ2NJ20141106>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106>

<http://www.trust.org/item/20141106224115-9i7y4/>

 

ITU Steps Closer to Internet Governance, Though Multistakeholderism Will Guide Policy

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) concluded working-level negotiations Nov. 4 with the adoption of amendments to four Internet-related resolutions at its quadrennial plenipotentiary conference in Busan, South Korea.

<http://www.bna.com/itu-steps-closer-n17179911004/>

 

ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member

In the same week that the United Nations finally gave up trying to grab control of the internet, a group of three organizations led by domain-name overseer ICANN have launched an effort to become the internet's UN.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/>

 

Stand Down! UN ‘takeover of the Internet’ postponed indefinitely

At its quadrennial “Plenipotentiary” meeting, the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has apparently rejected a variety of proposals that would have injected the ITU (and the notion of sovereign state control) more centrally into the design and operation of the technical protocols that make up a critical part of the Internet’s fundamental infrastructure.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/11/07/stand-down-un-takeover-of-the-internet-postponed-indefinitely/>

 

How will internet governance change after the ITU conference?

Is the United Nations trying to take over the internet? Read anything in much of the western media about the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and you might think so, especially in the lead-up to the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 just wrapping up in Busan, Korea.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/07/how-will-internet-governance-change-after-the-itu-conference>

 

UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

Efforts to squeeze the United Nations into the throne of the internet have been comprehensively defeated at a key meeting in South Korea.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747>

 

A New Agenda for Tech Freedom - Now we’ll find out if Washington can move on patent reform, drone use and other big issues.

With the midterm elections’ rearrangement of Washington, technology policy is a good test of whether anything will get done during the rest of the Obama administration. Technology issues are less partisan than most, but in recent years lawmakers and regulators have fallen far behind the pace of innovation.

<http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-a-new-agenda-for-tech-freedom-1415573584?tesla=y>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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ICANN CEO to Discuss the Future of Internet Governance [ICANN news release]

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé is scheduled to talk with reporter Barton Gellman about Internet governance, including the status of proposals to transition the stewardship of key Internet technical functions to an international multi-stakeholder community.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance.html>

 

Requirements for Implementing Rights Protection Mechanisms in Name Collision Mitigation Framework Now Available

Following a 90-day public consultation period, ICANN is implementing a solution to allow new gTLD registries to release names from their Second-level Domain (SLD) Block Lists while complying with all Rights Protection Mechanism requirements. ICANN will provide affected registries with an addendum to their Name Collision Occurrence Assessments that explains how to release blocked names, by 14 November 2014.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-07-en>

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en>

 

.NGO/.ONG Registry Agreement Amendment - Mandatory Technical Bundling of Second-Level Domains

Purpose (Brief): On 12 March 2014, Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry operator for .NGO and .ONG TLDs, submitted a Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) request to offer mandatory technical bundling of second level domain names for .NGO and .ONG under Exhibit-A of each respective Registry Agreement. PIR has defined a technical bundle as a set of two domain names in different TLDs, with identical second level labels.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-06-en>

 

.NGO/.ONG Registry Agreement Amendment - Mandatory Technical Bundling of Second-Level Domains

Brief Overview: On 9 September 2014, ICANN Board authorized the President and CEO to develop amendments to the .NGO and .ONG Registry Agreements between ICANN and Public Interest Registry (PIR) to implement the mandatory technical bundling registry service. The proposed amendments being published for comment take into account and address the outstanding technical and implementation questions that were identified as part of the Registry Services Evaluation Process.

<https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ngo-ong-amendment-2014-11-06-en>

 

Emilie Dessens, President | Domainoo, to Fadi Chehadé

Trademarks with Accents

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/dessens-to-chehade-2014-10-28-en>

 

Statton Hammock, Vice-President, Business & Legal Affairs | Rightside Registry, to Cherine Chalaby

Review of Expert Determination on String Confusion Objection

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/hammock-to-chalaby-2014-10-24-en>

 

If ICANN Doesn't Keep Registrars Honest, Who Will? by John Horton, President, LegitScript

Last week, The Wall Street Journal detailed the challenges that drug safety authorities like the FDA face when tackling the illegal and unsafe distribution of prescription medicines via the Internet. The WSJ analysis discussed role of ICANN as accreditor of domain name registrars, and noted ICANN's response, or lack thereof, to registrars who permit the use of their services by rogue Internet pharmacies.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-horton/if-icann-doesnt-keep-regi_b_6101536.html>

 

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Swiss Registry To End Domain Registration Service For .CH Domains

The SWITCH foundation will stop selling .ch domain names from January 2015. Registrants will be advised that their domain names, as they come up for renewal, will need to be transferred to an approved registrar.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/06/swiss-registry-end-registration-service/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/swiss-registry-end-registration-service.html>

 

EURid holds Internet law and governance course in Pisa

Tomorrow and Saturday, EURid will hold a course on EU Internet law and governance for the students of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. The course will provide an overview of EU law relating to the Internet for those studying European law, International relations and diplomacy.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/nov-2014/eurid-holds-internet-law-and-governance-course-pisa>

 

IEDR Deploy DNSSEC for .ie

IEDR are pleased to announce the deployment of DNSSEC for the .ie ccTLD. This protocol will enable service providers to offer additional security for DNS transactions for .ie domain holders, their customers and the internet at large.

<https://www.iedr.ie/2014/11/iedr-deploy-dnssec-ie/>

 

JPRS Introduces Japanese Characters into Prefecture Labels of Prefecture Type JP Domain Names

Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. announced that it has made the names of the 47 prefectures in Japan (Prefecture Labels) specified in the "Prefecture Type JP Domain Name" space that it administers available in Japanese, in addition to ASCII (alphanumeric) characters, as of Monday, 3 November 2014 (national holiday) as originally planned.

<http://jprs.co.jp/en/press/2014/141104.html>

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO .ZA ADR REGULATIONS

Please note that the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has released a notice in the 31 October 2014 government gazette inviting comments and submissions to the proposed amendments of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Regulations.

<http://www.zadna.org.za/news/entry/za-adr-regs-amendment-notice>

 

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What’s the .BUZZ?

As we all know by now, new gTLDs have been rolling out and will continue to do so for the next year or so. As expected, the availability of so many new gTLDs has made fertile ground for cybersquatters and has caused trademark owners to put domain name enforcement higher up on their list of brand protection priorities.

<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/11/02/whats-the-buzz/>

 

How the new gTLDs will change the Internet by 2020

Six years is a geological age on the Internet, but experts on its inner workings--access, regulation and security--are predicting what the Web might look like in 2020.

<http://www.fiercecio.com/story/how-new-gtlds-will-change-internet-2020/2014-11-06>

 

ICANN Comments on New gTLD Program and Possibility for Round: Possibility of a second round for applicants to request even more new TLDs in the future

With the new gTLD program underway and hundreds of new extensions going live, talk has turned to the possibility of a second round for applicants to request even more new TLDs in the future. In the course of providing a general update on the current new gTLD program, Karen Lentz, director of Operations & Policy Research for ICANN commented on the current round of new gTLDs launching and a possible timetable for a future round of new gTLD applications.

<https://sedo.com/us/news/3529/ICANN-Comments-on-New-gTLD-Program-and-Possibility-for-Round/>

 

Welsh businesses get priority for .cymru and .wales domains from today

Businesses operating in Wales will go straight to the front of the queue for the new .cymru and .wales domain names from today. For those keen to promote their association with Brand Wales, applications open at midday on 3 November and close at midday on 24 December 2014.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/welsh-businesses-get-priority-cymru-and-wales-domains-today>

 

ICM Registry Announces Launch Dates for .Porn, .Adult

Following the recent signing of the .porn and .adult registry contracts and after a lengthy negotiation with ICANN, ICM Registry on Friday announced its launch dates for .porn and .adult.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=187421>

 

.PORN and .ADULT Launch Dates

Following the recent signing of the .PORN and .ADULT registry contracts and after a lengthy negotiation with ICANN, ICM Registry is pleased to provide its launch dates for .PORN and .ADULT. Starting March 1, 2015, .PORN and .ADULT will be made available for a thirty day (30) period to trademark holders who are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), as required under ICANN’s Rights Protection Mechanism.

<http://www.icmregistry.com/media/press/?article=54>

 

.XXX modifies domain matching program for new adult TLDs

ICM Registry, the company behind .xxx and the soon-to-be-released .porn and .adult domain names, announced today a modified domain name matching program for .xxx domain name owners.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/xxx-modifies-domain-matching-program/>

 

Newly public dot-dentist flogger Rightside's shares jump on strong domain sales

In its first earnings report since going public, domain-name specialist Rightside reported revenues of $48.8m, a 7 per cent revenue increase over the year-ago quarter, causing its shares to jump by 4.5 per cent. The company is now valued at $173m.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/08/rightside_shares_up/>

 

The Gold Rush Is On for Dot NYC Domains - Some May Resell for $100,000 or More

Steve Kaziyev is going big into New York real estate—of the digital kind. Since the new .nyc domain extension hit the market last month as an alternative to better-known extensions like .com and .org, Mr. Kaziyev has snapped up more than 400 Web addresses at $25 a pop.

<http://online.wsj.com/articles/metro-money-the-gold-rush-is-on-for-dot-nyc-domains-1415386779>

 

The rise of .London: Four Reasons why Local Domain Names will benefit your Business

Geographic gTLDs are a great addition to any business’ online presence and can help you to immediately add to your brands’ perception online.

<http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/marketing/275/The-rise-of-London:-Four-Reasons-why-Local-Domain-Names-will-benefit-your-Business>

 

.Online could be best generic new domain yet

... the last of the losing applicants for .online had withdrawn its application, meaning a partnership between Radix, NameCheap and Tucows has won the rights for the .online domain name.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/online-could-be-best-generic-new-domain-yet/>

 

Customer Confusion over New(ish) gTLDs Targeting Financial Services by Gunter Ollmann

For the last decade and a bit, banking customers have been relentlessly targeted by professional phishers with a never-ending barrage of deceitful emails, malicious websites and unstoppable crimeware — each campaign seeking to relieve the victim of their online banking credentials and funds.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_customer_confusion_over_newish_gtlds_targeting_financial_services/>

 

Weekend domain name musings

Here are a few things I’m thinking about while enjoying a beautiful November weekend in Austin. It amuses me that many rival new TLD companies blast .XYZ for giving domain names away for free, but they still quote a three million top line for domain names registered across all TLDs. You can’t have it both ways!

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/>

 

Battles for .chat, .style, .tennis, bingo and .sas over

Seven new gTLD contention sets have been formally resolved with application withdrawals this morning, five of which we haven’t previously reported on.

<http://domainincite.com/17622-battles-for-chat-style-tennis-bingo-and-sas-are-over>

 

Internet domain name ‘dotAfrica’ faces hurdles

A dispute is holding back the .africa internet domain name with the earliest possible launch only looking likely for mid-2015, almost a year later than initially planned.

<http://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/Internet-domain-name-dotAfrica-faces-hurdles-20141106>

 

New gTLDs steal $5 million from Web.com’s top line

Top registrar Web.com is seeing disappointing revenue from its domain business due to new gTLDs.

<http://domainincite.com/17627-new-gtlds-steal-5-million-from-web-coms-top-line>

 

Rightside earnings: 15 TLDs generate $2.5 million, strong eNom performance

RightsideRightside released third quarter earnings after the bell today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/rightside-earnings-15-tld-generate-2-5-million-strong-enom-performance/>

 

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Secure Unowned Hierarchical Anycast Root Name Service - And an Apologia by Paul Vixie

In Internet Draft draft-lee-dnsop-scalingroot-00.txt, I described with my coauthors a method of distributing the task of providing DNS Root Name Service both globally and universally. In this article I will explain the sense of the proposal in a voice meant to be understood by a policy-making audience who may in many cases be less technically adept than the IETF DNSOP Working Group for whom the scalingroot-00 draft was crafted. I will also apologize for a controversial observation concerning the addition of new root name servers.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_secure_unowned_hierarchical_anycast_root_name_service_and_apologia/>

 

Be Ready: Next Internet Bug Won’t Be The Last

Heartbleed, and the rash of Internet-wide bugs that will ultimately define security in 2014, tested the resilience of enterprises worldwide. In turn, resilience has been elevated as a major talking point for companies evaluating their preparedness for the inevitable next Heartbleed-type event in 2015 and beyond.

<http://threatpost.com/be-ready-next-internet-bug-wont-be-the-last/109188>

 

Chertoff Reminds Enterprises There is Hope in Security

Former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff gave enterprises a pep talk Wednesday during his keynote address at the Advanced Cyber Security Center’s annual conference.

<http://threatpost.com/chertoff-reminds-enterprises-there-is-hope-in-security/109195>

 

DigiCert Considering Certs for Hidden Services Beyond Facebook

News broke last week that Facebook had built a hidden services version of its social network available to users browsing anonymously via the Tor Project’s proxy service. Unlike any .onion domain before it, Facebook’s would be verified by a legitimate digital signature, signed and issued by DigiCert.

<http://threatpost.com/digicert-considering-certs-for-hidden-services-beyond-facebook/109222>

 

Avoiding the Dark Security Future

Nick Percoco has been thinking a lot about the future of technology, and some of the things he’s dreamed up aren’t very pretty: farms of people renting out their spare brain cycles, autonomous cars that freak out and careen into oncoming traffic and hacking groups hijacking users’ augmented reality gear and demanding ransoms to unlock them.

<http://threatpost.com/avoiding-the-dark-security-future/109259>

 

Network Operators Around the World Demonstrate Their Commitment to a Secure and Resilient Internet

Leading network operators around the world today announced that they have implemented a package of recommended measures that help improve the security and resilience of the global Internet.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/network-operators-around-world-demonstrate-their-commitment-secure-and-resilient-internet>

 

Retefe with a new twist

A few months ago, we blogged about the banking trojan Retefe that was and still is targeting Switzerland. First off, Retefe is different because it only targets Switzerland, Austria and Sweden (and sometimes Japan). Contrast this to many other banking Trojans, which have a much more global and dynamic target list.

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/11/05/retefe-with-a-new-twist/>

 

On the Hunt for Hackers, but Not the Spotlight

Lawrence Baldwin is a dark hero of the Internet whom you have probably never heard of — and for good reason. A decade ago, Mr. Baldwin made a name for himself and his Atlanta-based security firm, myNetWatchman, by collecting and analyzing digital scourges like malware, and alerting companies to them. He was a fixture on the security conference circuit and was often quoted in the press about security threats.

<http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/on-the-hunt-for-hackers-but-not-the-spotlight/>

 

Home Depot Says Hackers Also Stole Email Addresses

The hackers that broke into Home Depot’s computer network this year took 53 million customer email addresses in addition to the payment card details for millions of customers, the company announced on Thursday.

<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/home-depot-says-hackers-also-stole-email-addresses/>

 

Home Depot Breached Via Vendor Credentials; 53 Million Email Addresses Also Stolen

Home Depot revealed that hackers used credentials stolen from a third-party vendor to steal 53 million email addresses in addition to 56 million payment card numbers.

<http://threatpost.com/home-depot-breached-via-vendor-credentials-53-million-email-addresses-also-stolen/109233>

 

Home Depot: Hackers Stole 53M Email Addreses

As if the credit card breach at Home Depot didn’t already look enough like the Target breach: Home Depot said yesterday that the hackers who stole 56 million customer credit and debit card accounts also made off with 53 million customer email addresses.

<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/home-depot-hackers-stole-53m-email-addreses/>

 

Cyber insurance can help companies manage cyber risks, says UK government

Providers of cyber insurance policies can help businesses to improve the way they address cyber risks and respond to security breaches, the UK government has said.

<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/november/cyber-insurance-can-help-companies-manage-cyber-risks-says-uk-government/>

 

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Global action against dark markets on Tor network

On 6 November, law enforcement and judicial agencies around the globe undertook a joint action against dark markets running as hidden services on Tor* network. 16 European countries,** alongside counterparts from the United States, brought down several marketplaces as part of a unified international action from Europol’s operational coordination centre in The Hague.

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network>

 

Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains

When “Operation Onymous” first came to light yesterday, it looked like a targeted strike against a few high value targets in the Dark Web drug trade. Now the full scope of that international law enforcement crackdown has been revealed, and it’s a scorched-earth purge of the Internet underground.

<http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/>

 

Raids cast doubt on the integrity of TOR

Federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Europe have shut down more than 400 Web sites using .onion addresses and made arrests of those who run them, which calls into question whether the anonymizing The Onion Router (Tor) network itself is still secure.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2843959/security0/raids-cast-doubt-on-the-integrity-of-tor.html>

 

Police take down Dark Web markets around the globe

Police around the globe shut down dozens of underground cyber marketplaces that dealt in drugs, weapons and other illegal goods in a massive operation this week to disrupt criminals operating on the "Dark Web."

<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/11/07/police-knock-dark-web-markets-offline/18622501/>

 

Police skirt Tor anonymity software in shutting down illegal websites

US federal officials and European law enforcement groups in over a dozen countries said Friday that they shut down more than 400 illegal websites -- uncovering the tracks of website operators even as those operators used specialized anonymity software.

<http://www.cnet.com/news/authorities-skirt-tor-anonymity-software-in-shutting-down-illegal-websites/>

 

400 Tor-anonymized domains tracked down and seized in global crackdown

Thursday's takedown of the Silk Road 2.0 drug website was part of a much bigger crackdown by police in a dozen countries that seized more than 400 darknet domains, it was widely reported Friday.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/400-tor-anonymized-domains-tracked-down-and-seized-in-global-crackdown/>

 

Real Madrid scores cybersquatting win

Spanish football team Real Madrid is celebrating victory after successfully transferring a domain that had been registered in its name.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/real-madrid-scores-cybersquatting-win-4164>

 

au: Barristers brawl over domain names [subscription]

A cybersquatting and trademark brawl between bar associations and Sydney barrister Derek Minus has led to much finger pointing.

<http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL>

 

cyclingtips.com.au Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking On Cyclingtips.com

Wallace Media Pty Ltd of Balaclava, Victoria, Australia, which owns the domain cyclingtips.com.au, and was represented by Holding Redlich, Australia has been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) on the domain name cyclingtips.com.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/>

 

au: Platypus Wear, Inc. v. Matthew Michael, Xpress International Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2014-0032

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Platypus Wear, Inc. of San Diego, California, United States of America ("US"), represented by Griffith Hack Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Australia. The Respondent is Matthew Michael, Xpress International Pty Ltd of Wetherill Park, New South Wales, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <badboymma.com.au> (the "Domain Name") is registered with GoDaddy.com, LLC.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0032>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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DigiCert is considering SSL certificates for more Tor hidden services [IDG]

Certificate authority DigiCert is considering issuing SSL certificates to more Tor .onion address owners after recently providing Facebook with one.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/559147/digicert-considering-ssl-certificates-more-tor-hidden-services/>

 

GoDaddy Helps Small Businesses Easily Create Online Retail Stores

GoDaddy ... announced the new GoDaddy Online Store, a product designed to make it easy for small businesses to create an e-commerce presence and sell products online.

<https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-helps-small-businesses-easily-create-online-retail-stores.aspx>

 

GoDaddy Shows Importance of Creating an Internet Identity

GoDaddy ... announced the launch of its latest integrated marketing campaign to educate India’s small business community and individuals on the importance of creating an online identity.

<https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-shows-importance-of-creating-an-internet-identity.aspx>

 

New GoDaddy Offer Helps Small Business Get Online in the UK

GoDaddy ... announced the release of Get Online Today, to help people easily and affordably get on the Web.

<https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/new-godaddy-offer-helps-small-business-get-online-in-the-uk.aspx>

 

Weekend domain name musings

Here are a few things I’m thinking about while enjoying a beautiful November weekend in Austin. It amuses me that many rival new TLD companies blast .XYZ for giving domain names away for free, but they still quote a three million top line for domain names registered across all TLDs. You can’t have it both ways!

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/>

 

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Netcraft Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in October 2014

ServerStack had the most reliable hosting company website in October with five failed requests. This is the eighth time this year that ServerStack has made it to the top 10 and the third time it has topped the table since we started monitoring it in 2012 — the last time ServerStack was at the top spot was back in June 2013. ServerStack is focussed on managed hosting and was co-founded by Moisey and Ben Uretsky who later went on to start cloud provider DigitalOcean.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/11/05/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-october-2014.html>

 

DigitalOcean: 4th largest hosting company in under 2 years

The number of web-facing computers hosted by DigitalOcean has grown by nearly 400% over the past year, making it the fourth largest hosting company in the world.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/31/digitalocean-4th-largest-hosting-company-in-under-2-years.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Holiday.com domain fails to fetch asking price

The company that planned to auction off the domain 'holiday.com' at World Travel Market this week failed to get the holding price.

<http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2014045&c=setreg&region=2>

 

Domain Sales Have Rebounded Strongly This Year But Past Week was Weak

... The top line results showed that total domain sales $ volume, across all extensions, for the first three quarters of 2014 was up almost 20% from the same period last year. Even so, there are lulls in every market and we saw one in the domain aftermarket this past week with no reported sales above the $40,000 mark.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141029.htm>

 

BuyDomains and the economics of large domain portfolios

Should very large domain name portfolios be valued per domain or on sales and profitability metrics?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/buydomains-and-the-economics-of-large-domain-portfolios/>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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Web of abuse grows as online bullies spread malice

It started, ostensibly at least, with an online debate about Ched Evans – a British soccer player who escaped fame but found notoriety after his conviction for rape in 2012. Last month he was freed from jail. Evans, just 25, wants to play soccer again. To that end, he released a video professing his innocence and describing the incident as regrettable but “consensual” infidelity. An online petition opposing his reinstatement to the professional leagues attracted more than 150,000 signatures.

<http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/society/2014/11/08/web-abuse-grows-online-bullies-spread-malice/14153652001222>

 

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MOBILE/WIRELESS

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What difference does a mobile operator more or less make to you?

A new OECD report Wireless Market Structures and Network Sharing evaluates what happens when players enter or exit the mobile market. It finds that more than three Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) is often the source of innovative offers that challenge existing market wisdom and practices, and a driver for the entire market to become more competitive.

<http://oecdinsights.org/2014/11/06/what-difference-does-a-mobile-operator-more-or-less-make-to-you/>

 

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SPAM

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ITU, Internet Society sign deal to fight spam

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Internet Society have signed an agreement to jointly battle spam, which still accounts for 80 percent of e-mail traffic worldwide.

<http://www.zdnet.com/itu-internet-society-sign-deal-to-fight-spam-7000035503/>

 

ITU and Internet Society collaborate to combat spam - Spam accounts for 80 per cent of global e-mail traffic

ITU and the Internet Society today signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam. Spam now accounts for a significant amount of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates.

<http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/61.aspx>

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/itu-and-internet-society-collaborate-combat-spam>

 

Still Spamming After All These Years

A long trail of spam, dodgy domains and hijacked Internet addresses leads back to a 37-year-old junk email purveyor in San Diego who was the first alleged spammer to have been criminally prosecuted 13 years ago for blasting unsolicited commercial email.

<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/still-spamming-after-all-these-years/>

 

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DIGITAL DIVIDE

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ITU commits to bringing 1.5 billion online by 2020

The United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has committed to its plan of bringing a further 1.5 billion people online by 2020, as part of its 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference Connect 2020 Agenda resolution.

<http://www.zdnet.com/itu-commits-to-bringing-1-5-billion-online-by-2020-7000035550/>

 

International community commits to Global ICT Agenda for 2020 - Connect 2020 Agenda sets out vision, goals and specific targets for future development of ICT sector

A global agenda to shape the future of the ICT sector has been unanimously adopted at the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14). Resolution WG-PL/9 ‘Connect 2020 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development’ sets out the shared vision, goals and targets that Member States have committed to achieve by 2020 in collaboration with all stakeholders across the ICT ecosystem. ITU will contribute to Connect 2020 Agenda through its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, which has also been adopted at PP-14.

<http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/62.aspx>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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au: New data analysis centre in Adelaide to tackle terrorism and crime risks

A new national data research centre in Adelaide will help tackle terrorism and online crime risks by supporting the work of defence and national security agencies.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-10/data-analysis-centre-to-tackle-terrorism-crime-risks/5878478>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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To Nobody's Surprise, Australian “Terrorism” Law May Be Used for Copyright Enforcement

As we foreshadowed, a new law requiring mandatory data retention by ISPs was introduced into the Australian federal parliament last week. In the few days since then, there have been claims and counter-claims about whether data obtained under the new law would be limited to use in fighting major crimes (such as terrorism, as the government originally claimed), or if it could be used to target citizens who download and share files online.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/nobodys-surprise-australian-terrorism-law-may-be-used-copyright-enforcement>

 

Metadata reporting obligations stay as Malcolm Turnbull backs status quo

The government has backed down on a push to remove reporting obligations for access to Australians’ phone and web data just weeks after proposing a bill to abolish mandatory reporting by telecommunications companies.

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/07/metadata-reporting-obligations-stay-as-malcolm-turnbull-backs-status-quo>

 

Security camera footage from Australian homes, businesses streaming on website

Footage from hundreds of security cameras monitoring Australian businesses and homes is now available to anyone with an internet connection to view online. ... It is believed the cameras available to view on the Insecam site are accessible because their owners have not changed the default password on their devices.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-07/security-camera-footage-from-homes-businesses-streaming-on-web/5875084>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Time to end the NBN spin cycle by Mark Gregory

The Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave a speech recently at the inaugural Ovum 2020 Summit and, whether you listened to the speech or read the transcript later, there was a distinct touch of deja vu.

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/11/10/technology/time-end-nbn-spin-cycle>

 

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David Goldstein

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN CEO to Discuss the Future of Internet Governance [ICANN news release]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Requirements for Implementing Rights Protection Mechanisms in Name Collision Mitigation Framework Now Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global action against dark markets on Tor network<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/"><span>http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Barristers brawl over domain names [subscription]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cyclingtips.com.au Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking On Cyclingtips.com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world's leading governance organisations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/uk-internet-governance-idUKKBN0IQ2NJ20141106"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/uk-internet-governance-idUKKBN0IQ2NJ20141106</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/internet-governance-idINKBN0IQ2NH20141106</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20141106224115-9i7y4/"><span>http://www.trust.org/item/20141106224115-9i7y4/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU Steps Closer to Internet Governance, Though Multistakeholderism Will Guide Policy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) concluded working-level negotiations Nov. 4 with the adoption of amendments to four Internet-related resolutions at its quadrennial plenipotentiary conference in Busan, South Korea.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/itu-steps-closer-n17179911004/"><span>http://www.bna.com/itu-steps-closer-n17179911004/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the same week that the United Nations finally gave up trying to grab control of the internet, a group of three organizations led by domain-name overseer ICANN have launched an effort to become the internet's UN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/07/internet_un_security_council_net_mundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Stand Down! UN &lsquo;takeover of the Internet&rsquo; postponed indefinitely<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At its quadrennial &ldquo;Plenipotentiary&rdquo; meeting, the UN&rsquo;s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has apparently rejected a variety of proposals that would have injected the ITU (and the notion of sovereign state control) more centrally into the design and operation of the technical protocols that make up a critical part of the Internet&rsquo;s fundamental infrastructure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/11/07/stand-down-un-takeover-of-the-internet-postponed-indefinitely/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/11/07/stand-down-un-takeover-of-the-internet-postponed-indefinitely/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How will internet governance change after the ITU conference?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Is the United Nations trying to take over the internet? Read anything in much of the western media about the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and you might think so, especially in the lead-up to the International Telecommunication Union&rsquo;s (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 just wrapping up in Busan, Korea.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/07/how-will-internet-governance-change-after-the-itu-conference"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/07/how-will-internet-governance-change-after-the-itu-conference</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Efforts to squeeze the United Nations into the throne of the internet have been comprehensively defeated at a key meeting in South Korea.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/?mt=1415178519747</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A New Agenda for Tech Freedom - Now we&rsquo;ll find out if Washington can move on patent reform, drone use and other big issues.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the midterm elections&rsquo; rearrangement of Washington, technology policy is a good test of whether anything will get done during the rest of the Obama administration. Technology issues are less partisan than most, but in recent years lawmakers and regulators have fallen far behind the pace of innovation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-a-new-agenda-for-tech-freedom-1415573584?tesla=y"><span>http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-a-new-agenda-for-tech-freedom-1415573584?tesla=y</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN CEO to Discuss the Future of Internet Governance [ICANN news release]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute; is scheduled to talk with reporter Barton Gellman about Internet governance, including the status of proposals to transition the stewardship of key Internet technical functions to an international multi-stakeholder community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/08/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/icann-ceo-to-discuss-the-future-of-internet-governance.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Requirements for Implementing Rights Protection Mechanisms in Name Collision Mitigation Framework Now Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following a 90-day public consultation period, ICANN is implementing a solution to allow new gTLD registries to release names from their Second-level Domain (SLD) Block Lists while complying with all Rights Protection Mechanism requirements. ICANN will provide affected registries with an addendum to their Name Collision Occurrence Assessments that explains how to release blocked names, by 14 November 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-07-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-07-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-07nov14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.NGO/.ONG Registry Agreement Amendment - Mandatory Technical Bundling of Second-Level Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Purpose (Brief): On 12 March 2014, Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry operator for .NGO and .ONG TLDs, submitted a Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) request to offer mandatory technical bundling of second level domain names for .NGO and .ONG under Exhibit-A of each respective Registry Agreement. PIR has defined a technical bundle as a set of two domain names in different TLDs, with identical second level labels.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.NGO/.ONG Registry Agreement Amendment - Mandatory Technical Bundling of Second-Level Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brief Overview: On 9 September 2014, ICANN Board authorized the President and CEO to develop amendments to the .NGO and .ONG Registry Agreements between ICANN and Public Interest Registry (PIR) to implement the mandatory technical bundling registry service. The proposed amendments being published for comment take into account and address the outstanding technical and implementation questions that were identified as part of the Registry Services Evaluation Process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ngo-ong-amendment-2014-11-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ngo-ong-amendment-2014-11-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Emilie Dessens, President | Domainoo, to Fadi Chehad&eacute;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Trademarks with Accents<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/dessens-to-chehade-2014-10-28-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/dessens-to-chehade-2014-10-28-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Statton Hammock, Vice-President, Business &amp; Legal Affairs | Rightside Registry, to Cherine Chalaby</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Review of Expert Determination on String Confusion Objection<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/hammock-to-chalaby-2014-10-24-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/hammock-to-chalaby-2014-10-24-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If ICANN Doesn't Keep Registrars Honest, Who Will? by John Horton, President, LegitScript</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last week, The Wall Street Journal detailed the challenges that drug safety authorities like the FDA face when tackling the illegal and unsafe distribution of prescription medicines via the Internet. The WSJ analysis discussed role of ICANN as accreditor of domain name registrars, and noted ICANN's response, or lack thereof, to registrars who permit the use of their services by rogue Internet pharmacies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-horton/if-icann-doesnt-keep-regi_b_6101536.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-horton/if-icann-doesnt-keep-regi_b_6101536.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swiss Registry To End Domain Registration Service For .CH Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The SWITCH foundation will stop selling .ch domain names from January 2015. Registrants will be advised that their domain names, as they come up for renewal, will need to be transferred to an approved registrar.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/06/swiss-registry-end-registration-service/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/06/swiss-registry-end-registration-service/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/swiss-registry-end-registration-service.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/swiss-registry-end-registration-service.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EURid holds Internet law and governance course in Pisa<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tomorrow and Saturday, EURid will hold a course on EU Internet law and governance for the students of the Scuola Superiore Sant&rsquo;Anna in Pisa. The course will provide an overview of EU law relating to the Internet for those studying European law, International relations and diplomacy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/nov-2014/eurid-holds-internet-law-and-governance-course-pisa"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/nov-2014/eurid-holds-internet-law-and-governance-course-pisa</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IEDR Deploy DNSSEC for .ie</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IEDR are pleased to announce the deployment of DNSSEC for the .ie ccTLD. This protocol will enable service providers to offer additional security for DNS transactions for .ie domain holders, their customers and the internet at large.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iedr.ie/2014/11/iedr-deploy-dnssec-ie/"><span>https://www.iedr.ie/2014/11/iedr-deploy-dnssec-ie/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>JPRS Introduces Japanese Characters into Prefecture Labels of Prefecture Type JP Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. announced that it has made the names of the 47 prefectures in Japan (Prefecture Labels) specified in the "Prefecture Type JP Domain Name" space that it administers available in Japanese, in addition to ASCII (alphanumeric) characters, as of Monday, 3 November 2014 (national holiday) as originally planned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://jprs.co.jp/en/press/2014/141104.html"><span>http://jprs.co.jp/en/press/2014/141104.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO .ZA ADR REGULATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Please note that the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services has released a notice in the 31 October 2014 government gazette inviting comments and submissions to the proposed amendments of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Regulations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zadna.org.za/news/entry/za-adr-regs-amendment-notice"><span>http://www.zadna.org.za/news/entry/za-adr-regs-amendment-notice</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s the .BUZZ?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As we all know by now, new gTLDs have been rolling out and will continue to do so for the next year or so. As expected, the availability of so many new gTLDs has made fertile ground for cybersquatters and has caused trademark owners to put domain name enforcement higher up on their list of brand protection priorities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/11/02/whats-the-buzz/"><span>http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/11/02/whats-the-buzz/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How the new gTLDs will change the Internet by 2020<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Six years is a geological age on the Internet, but experts on its inner workings--access, regulation and security--are predicting what the Web might look like in 2020.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.fiercecio.com/story/how-new-gtlds-will-change-internet-2020/2014-11-06"><span>http://www.fiercecio.com/story/how-new-gtlds-will-change-internet-2020/2014-11-06</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Comments on New gTLD Program and Possibility for Round: Possibility of a second round for applicants to request even more new TLDs in the future<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the new gTLD program underway and hundreds of new extensions going live, talk has turned to the possibility of a second round for applicants to request even more new TLDs in the future. In the course of providing a general update on the current new gTLD program, Karen Lentz, director of Operations &amp; Policy Research for ICANN commented on the current round of new gTLDs launching and a possible timetable for a future round of new gTLD applications.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/news/3529/ICANN-Comments-on-New-gTLD-Program-and-Possibility-for-Round/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/news/3529/ICANN-Comments-on-New-gTLD-Program-and-Possibility-for-Round/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Welsh businesses get priority for .cymru and .wales domains from today<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Businesses operating in Wales will go straight to the front of the queue for the new .cymru and .wales domain names from today. For those keen to promote their association with Brand Wales, applications open at midday on 3 November and close at midday on 24 December 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/welsh-businesses-get-priority-cymru-and-wales-domains-today"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/welsh-businesses-get-priority-cymru-and-wales-domains-today</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICM Registry Announces Launch Dates for .Porn, .Adult<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following the recent signing of the .porn and .adult registry contracts and after a lengthy negotiation with ICANN, ICM Registry on Friday announced its launch dates for .porn and .adult.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=187421"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=187421</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.PORN and .ADULT Launch Dates<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following the recent signing of the .PORN and .ADULT registry contracts and after a lengthy negotiation with ICANN, ICM Registry is pleased to provide its launch dates for .PORN and .ADULT. Starting March 1, 2015, .PORN and .ADULT will be made available for a thirty day (30) period to trademark holders who are registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), as required under ICANN&rsquo;s Rights Protection Mechanism.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.icmregistry.com/media/press/?article=54"><span>http://www.icmregistry.com/media/press/?article=54</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.XXX modifies domain matching program for new adult TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICM Registry, the company behind .xxx and the soon-to-be-released .porn and .adult domain names, announced today a modified domain name matching program for .xxx domain name owners.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/xxx-modifies-domain-matching-program/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/xxx-modifies-domain-matching-program/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Newly public dot-dentist flogger Rightside's shares jump on strong domain sales<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In its first earnings report since going public, domain-name specialist Rightside reported revenues of $48.8m, a 7 per cent revenue increase over the year-ago quarter, causing its shares to jump by 4.5 per cent. The company is now valued at $173m.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/08/rightside_shares_up/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/08/rightside_shares_up/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Gold Rush Is On for Dot NYC Domains - Some May Resell for $100,000 or More</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Steve Kaziyev is going big into New York real estate&mdash;of the digital kind. Since the new .nyc domain extension hit the market last month as an alternative to better-known extensions like .com and .org, Mr. Kaziyev has snapped up more than 400 Web addresses at $25 a pop.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/metro-money-the-gold-rush-is-on-for-dot-nyc-domains-1415386779"><span>http://online.wsj.com/articles/metro-money-the-gold-rush-is-on-for-dot-nyc-domains-1415386779</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The rise of .London: Four Reasons why Local Domain Names will benefit your Business<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Geographic gTLDs are a great addition to any business&rsquo; online presence and can help you to immediately add to your brands&rsquo; perception online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/marketing/275/The-rise-of-London:-Four-Reasons-why-Local-Domain-Names-will-benefit-your-Business"><span>http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/marketing/275/The-rise-of-London:-Four-Reasons-why-Local-Domain-Names-will-benefit-your-Business</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Online could be best generic new domain yet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... the last of the losing applicants for .online had withdrawn its application, meaning a partnership between Radix, NameCheap and Tucows has won the rights for the .online domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/online-could-be-best-generic-new-domain-yet/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/07/online-could-be-best-generic-new-domain-yet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Customer Confusion over New(ish) gTLDs Targeting Financial Services by Gunter Ollmann<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the last decade and a bit, banking customers have been relentlessly targeted by professional phishers with a never-ending barrage of deceitful emails, malicious websites and unstoppable crimeware &mdash; each campaign seeking to relieve the victim of their online banking credentials and funds.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_customer_confusion_over_newish_gtlds_targeting_financial_services/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_customer_confusion_over_newish_gtlds_targeting_financial_services/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Weekend domain name musings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here are a few things I&rsquo;m thinking about while enjoying a beautiful November weekend in Austin. It amuses me that many rival new TLD companies blast .XYZ for giving domain names away for free, but they still quote a three million top line for domain names registered across all TLDs. You can&rsquo;t have it both ways!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Battles for .chat, .style, .tennis, bingo and .sas over<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seven new gTLD contention sets have been formally resolved with application withdrawals this morning, five of which we haven&rsquo;t previously reported on.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17622-battles-for-chat-style-tennis-bingo-and-sas-are-over"><span>http://domainincite.com/17622-battles-for-chat-style-tennis-bingo-and-sas-are-over</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet domain name &lsquo;dotAfrica&rsquo; faces hurdles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A dispute is holding back the .africa internet domain name with the earliest possible launch only looking likely for mid-2015, almost a year later than initially planned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/Internet-domain-name-dotAfrica-faces-hurdles-20141106"><span>http://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/Internet-domain-name-dotAfrica-faces-hurdles-20141106</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs steal $5 million from Web.com&rsquo;s top line<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Top registrar Web.com is seeing disappointing revenue from its domain business due to new gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17627-new-gtlds-steal-5-million-from-web-coms-top-line"><span>http://domainincite.com/17627-new-gtlds-steal-5-million-from-web-coms-top-line</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside earnings: 15 TLDs generate $2.5 million, strong eNom performance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RightsideRightside released third quarter earnings after the bell today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/rightside-earnings-15-tld-generate-2-5-million-strong-enom-performance/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/rightside-earnings-15-tld-generate-2-5-million-strong-enom-performance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Secure Unowned Hierarchical Anycast Root Name Service - And an Apologia by Paul Vixie<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In Internet Draft draft-lee-dnsop-scalingroot-00.txt, I described with my coauthors a method of distributing the task of providing DNS Root Name Service both globally and universally. In this article I will explain the sense of the proposal in a voice meant to be understood by a policy-making audience who may in many cases be less technically adept than the IETF DNSOP Working Group for whom the scalingroot-00 draft was crafted. I will also apologize for a controversial observation concerning the addition of new root name servers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_secure_unowned_hierarchical_anycast_root_name_service_and_apologia/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141107_secure_unowned_hierarchical_anycast_root_name_service_and_apologia/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Be Ready: Next Internet Bug Won&rsquo;t Be The Last<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Heartbleed, and the rash of Internet-wide bugs that will ultimately define security in 2014, tested the resilience of enterprises worldwide. In turn, resilience has been elevated as a major talking point for companies evaluating their preparedness for the inevitable next Heartbleed-type event in 2015 and beyond.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/be-ready-next-internet-bug-wont-be-the-last/109188"><span>http://threatpost.com/be-ready-next-internet-bug-wont-be-the-last/109188</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chertoff Reminds Enterprises There is Hope in Security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff gave enterprises a pep talk Wednesday during his keynote address at the Advanced Cyber Security Center&rsquo;s annual conference.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/chertoff-reminds-enterprises-there-is-hope-in-security/109195"><span>http://threatpost.com/chertoff-reminds-enterprises-there-is-hope-in-security/109195</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DigiCert Considering Certs for Hidden Services Beyond Facebook<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>News broke last week that Facebook had built a hidden services version of its social network available to users browsing anonymously via the Tor Project&rsquo;s proxy service. Unlike any .onion domain before it, Facebook&rsquo;s would be verified by a legitimate digital signature, signed and issued by DigiCert.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/digicert-considering-certs-for-hidden-services-beyond-facebook/109222"><span>http://threatpost.com/digicert-considering-certs-for-hidden-services-beyond-facebook/109222</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Avoiding the Dark Security Future<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nick Percoco has been thinking a lot about the future of technology, and some of the things he&rsquo;s dreamed up aren&rsquo;t very pretty: farms of people renting out their spare brain cycles, autonomous cars that freak out and careen into oncoming traffic and hacking groups hijacking users&rsquo; augmented reality gear and demanding ransoms to unlock them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/avoiding-the-dark-security-future/109259"><span>http://threatpost.com/avoiding-the-dark-security-future/109259</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Network Operators Around the World Demonstrate Their Commitment to a Secure and Resilient Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Leading network operators around the world today announced that they have implemented a package of recommended measures that help improve the security and resilience of the global Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/network-operators-around-world-demonstrate-their-commitment-secure-and-resilient-internet"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/network-operators-around-world-demonstrate-their-commitment-secure-and-resilient-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Retefe with a new twist<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A few months ago, we blogged about the banking trojan Retefe that was and still is targeting Switzerland. First off, Retefe is different because it only targets Switzerland, Austria and Sweden (and sometimes Japan). Contrast this to many other banking Trojans, which have a much more global and dynamic target list.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/11/05/retefe-with-a-new-twist/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/11/05/retefe-with-a-new-twist/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the Hunt for Hackers, but Not the Spotlight<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lawrence Baldwin is a dark hero of the Internet whom you have probably never heard of &mdash; and for good reason. A decade ago, Mr. Baldwin made a name for himself and his Atlanta-based security firm, myNetWatchman, by collecting and analyzing digital scourges like malware, and alerting companies to them. He was a fixture on the security conference circuit and was often quoted in the press about security threats.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/on-the-hunt-for-hackers-but-not-the-spotlight/"><span>http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/on-the-hunt-for-hackers-but-not-the-spotlight/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Home Depot Says Hackers Also Stole Email Addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The hackers that broke into Home Depot&rsquo;s computer network this year took 53 million customer email addresses in addition to the payment card details for millions of customers, the company announced on Thursday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/home-depot-says-hackers-also-stole-email-addresses/"><span>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/home-depot-says-hackers-also-stole-email-addresses/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Home Depot Breached Via Vendor Credentials; 53 Million Email Addresses Also Stolen<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Home Depot revealed that hackers used credentials stolen from a third-party vendor to steal 53 million email addresses in addition to 56 million payment card numbers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/home-depot-breached-via-vendor-credentials-53-million-email-addresses-also-stolen/109233"><span>http://threatpost.com/home-depot-breached-via-vendor-credentials-53-million-email-addresses-also-stolen/109233</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Home Depot: Hackers Stole 53M Email Addreses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As if the credit card breach at Home Depot didn&rsquo;t already look enough like the Target breach: Home Depot said yesterday that the hackers who stole 56 million customer credit and debit card accounts also made off with 53 million customer email addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/home-depot-hackers-stole-53m-email-addreses/"><span>http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/home-depot-hackers-stole-53m-email-addreses/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber insurance can help companies manage cyber risks, says UK government<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Providers of cyber insurance policies can help businesses to improve the way they address cyber risks and respond to security breaches, the UK government has said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/november/cyber-insurance-can-help-companies-manage-cyber-risks-says-uk-government/"><span>http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/november/cyber-insurance-can-help-companies-manage-cyber-risks-says-uk-government/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global action against dark markets on Tor network<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 6 November, law enforcement and judicial agencies around the globe undertook a joint action against dark markets running as hidden services on Tor* network. 16 European countries,** alongside counterparts from the United States, brought down several marketplaces as part of a unified international action from Europol&rsquo;s operational coordination centre in The Hague.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/global-action-against-dark-markets-tor-network</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When &ldquo;Operation Onymous&rdquo; first came to light yesterday, it looked like a targeted strike against a few high value targets in the Dark Web drug trade. Now the full scope of that international law enforcement crackdown has been revealed, and it&rsquo;s a scorched-earth purge of the Internet underground.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/"><span>http://www.wired.com/2014/11/operation-onymous-dark-web-arrests/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Raids cast doubt on the integrity of TOR<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Europe have shut down more than 400 Web sites using .onion addresses and made arrests of those who run them, which calls into question whether the anonymizing The Onion Router (Tor) network itself is still secure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2843959/security0/raids-cast-doubt-on-the-integrity-of-tor.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2843959/security0/raids-cast-doubt-on-the-integrity-of-tor.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Police take down Dark Web markets around the globe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Police around the globe shut down dozens of underground cyber marketplaces that dealt in drugs, weapons and other illegal goods in a massive operation this week to disrupt criminals operating on the "Dark Web."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/11/07/police-knock-dark-web-markets-offline/18622501/"><span>http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/11/07/police-knock-dark-web-markets-offline/18622501/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Police skirt Tor anonymity software in shutting down illegal websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US federal officials and European law enforcement groups in over a dozen countries said Friday that they shut down more than 400 illegal websites -- uncovering the tracks of website operators even as those operators used specialized anonymity software.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/authorities-skirt-tor-anonymity-software-in-shutting-down-illegal-websites/"><span>http://www.cnet.com/news/authorities-skirt-tor-anonymity-software-in-shutting-down-illegal-websites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>400 Tor-anonymized domains tracked down and seized in global crackdown<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thursday's takedown of the Silk Road 2.0 drug website was part of a much bigger crackdown by police in a dozen countries that seized more than 400 darknet domains, it was widely reported Friday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/400-tor-anonymized-domains-tracked-down-and-seized-in-global-crackdown/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/400-tor-anonymized-domains-tracked-down-and-seized-in-global-crackdown/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Real Madrid scores cybersquatting win<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Spanish football team Real Madrid is celebrating victory after successfully transferring a domain that had been registered in its name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/real-madrid-scores-cybersquatting-win-4164"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/real-madrid-scores-cybersquatting-win-4164</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Barristers brawl over domain names [subscription]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A cybersquatting and trademark brawl between bar associations and Sydney barrister Derek Minus has led to much finger pointing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/national/legal_affairs/barristers_brawl_over_domain_names_CVijZorHTWZcXuOB510TTL</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cyclingtips.com.au Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking On Cyclingtips.com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Wallace Media Pty Ltd of Balaclava, Victoria, Australia, which owns the domain cyclingtips.com.au, and was represented by Holding Redlich, Australia has been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) on the domain name cyclingtips.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/06/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking-on-cyclingtips-com/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Platypus Wear, Inc. v. Matthew Michael, Xpress International Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2014-0032</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Platypus Wear, Inc. of San Diego, California, United States of America ("US"), represented by Griffith Hack Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Australia. The Respondent is Matthew Michael, Xpress International Pty Ltd of Wetherill Park, New South Wales, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;badboymma.com.au&gt; (the "Domain Name") is registered with GoDaddy.com, LLC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0032"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2014-0032</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DigiCert is considering SSL certificates for more Tor hidden services [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Certificate authority DigiCert is considering issuing SSL certificates to more Tor .onion address owners after recently providing Facebook with one.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/559147/digicert-considering-ssl-certificates-more-tor-hidden-services/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/559147/digicert-considering-ssl-certificates-more-tor-hidden-services/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Helps Small Businesses Easily Create Online Retail Stores<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy ... announced the new GoDaddy Online Store, a product designed to make it easy for small businesses to create an e-commerce presence and sell products online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-helps-small-businesses-easily-create-online-retail-stores.aspx"><span>https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-helps-small-businesses-easily-create-online-retail-stores.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Shows Importance of Creating an Internet Identity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy ... announced the launch of its latest integrated marketing campaign to educate India&rsquo;s small business community and individuals on the importance of creating an online identity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-shows-importance-of-creating-an-internet-identity.aspx"><span>https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/godaddy-shows-importance-of-creating-an-internet-identity.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New GoDaddy Offer Helps Small Business Get Online in the UK<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy ... announced the release of Get Online Today, to help people easily and affordably get on the Web.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/new-godaddy-offer-helps-small-business-get-online-in-the-uk.aspx"><span>https://www.godaddy.com/news/article/new-godaddy-offer-helps-small-business-get-online-in-the-uk.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Weekend domain name musings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here are a few things I&rsquo;m thinking about while enjoying a beautiful November weekend in Austin. It amuses me that many rival new TLD companies blast .XYZ for giving domain names away for free, but they still quote a three million top line for domain names registered across all TLDs. You can&rsquo;t have it both ways!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/08/weekend-domain-name-musings/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Netcraft Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in October 2014</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ServerStack had the most reliable hosting company website in October with five failed requests. This is the eighth time this year that ServerStack has made it to the top 10 and the third time it has topped the table since we started monitoring it in 2012 &mdash; the last time ServerStack was at the top spot was back in June 2013. ServerStack is focussed on managed hosting and was co-founded by Moisey and Ben Uretsky who later went on to start cloud provider DigitalOcean.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/11/05/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-october-2014.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/11/05/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-october-2014.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DigitalOcean: 4th largest hosting company in under 2 years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The number of web-facing computers hosted by DigitalOcean has grown by nearly 400% over the past year, making it the fourth largest hosting company in the world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/31/digitalocean-4th-largest-hosting-company-in-under-2-years.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/31/digitalocean-4th-largest-hosting-company-in-under-2-years.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Holiday.com domain fails to fetch asking price<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The company that planned to auction off the domain 'holiday.com' at World Travel Market this week failed to get the holding price.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2014045&amp;c=setreg&amp;region=2"><span>http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2014045&amp;c=setreg&amp;region=2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Sales Have Rebounded Strongly This Year But Past Week was Weak<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... The top line results showed that total domain sales $ volume, across all extensions, for the first three quarters of 2014 was up almost 20% from the same period last year. Even so, there are lulls in every market and we saw one in the domain aftermarket this past week with no reported sales above the $40,000 mark.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141029.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141029.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BuyDomains and the economics of large domain portfolios<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Should very large domain name portfolios be valued per domain or on sales and profitability metrics?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/buydomains-and-the-economics-of-large-domain-portfolios/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/06/buydomains-and-the-economics-of-large-domain-portfolios/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web of abuse grows as online bullies spread malice<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It started, ostensibly at least, with an online debate about Ched Evans &ndash; a British soccer player who escaped fame but found notoriety after his conviction for rape in 2012. Last month he was freed from jail. Evans, just 25, wants to play soccer again. To that end, he released a video professing his innocence and describing the incident as regrettable but &ldquo;consensual&rdquo; infidelity. An online petition opposing his reinstatement to the professional leagues attracted more than 150,000 signatures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/society/2014/11/08/web-abuse-grows-online-bullies-spread-malice/14153652001222"><span>http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/society/2014/11/08/web-abuse-grows-online-bullies-spread-malice/14153652001222</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MOBILE/WIRELESS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What difference does a mobile operator more or less make to you?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new OECD report Wireless Market Structures and Network Sharing evaluates what happens when players enter or exit the mobile market. It finds that more than three Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) is often the source of innovative offers that challenge existing market wisdom and practices, and a driver for the entire market to become more competitive.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://oecdinsights.org/2014/11/06/what-difference-does-a-mobile-operator-more-or-less-make-to-you/"><span>http://oecdinsights.org/2014/11/06/what-difference-does-a-mobile-operator-more-or-less-make-to-you/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SPAM<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU, Internet Society sign deal to fight spam<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Internet Society have signed an agreement to jointly battle spam, which still accounts for 80 percent of e-mail traffic worldwide.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/itu-internet-society-sign-deal-to-fight-spam-7000035503/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/itu-internet-society-sign-deal-to-fight-spam-7000035503/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU and Internet Society collaborate to combat spam - Spam accounts for 80 per cent of global e-mail traffic</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU and the Internet Society today signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam. Spam now accounts for a significant amount of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/61.aspx"><span>http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/61.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/itu-and-internet-society-collaborate-combat-spam"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/itu-and-internet-society-collaborate-combat-spam</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Still Spamming After All These Years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A long trail of spam, dodgy domains and hijacked Internet addresses leads back to a 37-year-old junk email purveyor in San Diego who was the first alleged spammer to have been criminally prosecuted 13 years ago for blasting unsolicited commercial email.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/still-spamming-after-all-these-years/"><span>http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/11/still-spamming-after-all-these-years/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DIGITAL DIVIDE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU commits to bringing 1.5 billion online by 2020<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has committed to its plan of bringing a further 1.5 billion people online by 2020, as part of its 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference Connect 2020 Agenda resolution.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/itu-commits-to-bringing-1-5-billion-online-by-2020-7000035550/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/itu-commits-to-bringing-1-5-billion-online-by-2020-7000035550/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>International community commits to Global ICT Agenda for 2020 - Connect 2020 Agenda sets out vision, goals and specific targets for future development of ICT sector</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A global agenda to shape the future of the ICT sector has been unanimously adopted at the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14). Resolution WG-PL/9 &lsquo;Connect 2020 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development&rsquo; sets out the shared vision, goals and targets that Member States have committed to achieve by 2020 in collaboration with all stakeholders across the ICT ecosystem. ITU will contribute to Connect 2020 Agenda through its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, which has also been adopted at PP-14.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/62.aspx"><span>http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/62.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: New data analysis centre in Adelaide to tackle terrorism and crime risks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new national data research centre in Adelaide will help tackle terrorism and online crime risks by supporting the work of defence and national security agencies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-10/data-analysis-centre-to-tackle-terrorism-crime-risks/5878478"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-10/data-analysis-centre-to-tackle-terrorism-crime-risks/5878478</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>To Nobody's Surprise, Australian &ldquo;Terrorism&rdquo; Law May Be Used for Copyright Enforcement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As we foreshadowed, a new law requiring mandatory data retention by ISPs was introduced into the Australian federal parliament last week. In the few days since then, there have been claims and counter-claims about whether data obtained under the new law would be limited to use in fighting major crimes (such as terrorism, as the government originally claimed), or if it could be used to target citizens who download and share files online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/nobodys-surprise-australian-terrorism-law-may-be-used-copyright-enforcement"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/nobodys-surprise-australian-terrorism-law-may-be-used-copyright-enforcement</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Metadata reporting obligations stay as Malcolm Turnbull backs status quo<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The government has backed down on a push to remove reporting obligations for access to Australians&rsquo; phone and web data just weeks after proposing a bill to abolish mandatory reporting by telecommunications companies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/07/metadata-reporting-obligations-stay-as-malcolm-turnbull-backs-status-quo"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/nov/07/metadata-reporting-obligations-stay-as-malcolm-turnbull-backs-status-quo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Security camera footage from Australian homes, businesses streaming on website<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Footage from hundreds of security cameras monitoring Australian businesses and homes is now available to anyone with an internet connection to view online. ... It is believed the cameras available to view on the Insecam site are accessible because their owners have not changed the default password on their devices.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-07/security-camera-footage-from-homes-businesses-streaming-on-web/5875084"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-07/security-camera-footage-from-homes-businesses-streaming-on-web/5875084</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Time to end the NBN spin cycle by Mark Gregory<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave a speech recently at the inaugural Ovum 2020 Summit and, whether you listened to the speech or read the transcript later, there was a distinct touch of deja vu.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/11/10/technology/time-end-nbn-spin-cycle"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/11/10/technology/time-end-nbn-spin-cycle</span></a>&gt;</span><p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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Jon Lawrence | 6 Nov 05:57 2014
David Goldstein | 6 Nov 05:57 2014

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UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/>

 

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference: Internet Governance Diplomacy On Display

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/05/itu-plenipotentiary-conference-internet-governance-diplomacy-on-display/>

 

ICANN 52 Meeting to Relocate to Singapore | Marrakech, Morocco Meeting to Take Place in Early 2016

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-03-en>

 

New legal basis for .ch Internet addresses

<http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2014/VID>

 

What gTLDs and Patents Forecast for Digital Marketers by Jennifer Wolfe

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2379498/what-gtlds-and-patents-forecast-for-digital-marketers>

 

We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/minds_machines_shares_down/>

 

Former NY Mayor Bloomberg cancels purchase of insulting web domains [Reuters]

<https://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/25430277/former-ny-mayor-bloomberg-cancels-purchase-of-insulting-web-domains/>

 

How's the great dot-thing gold rush going? Well, coffee.club just sold for $100,000

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/04/coffeeclub_sells_for_100000/>

 

CyclingTips.com.au owner guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/>

 

au: White Ribbon considering legal action against men's rights group

<http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/06/white-ribbon-considering-legal-action-against-mens-rights-group>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

Efforts to squeeze the United Nations into the throne of the internet have been comprehensively defeated at a key meeting in South Korea. The result raises the possibility that after more than a decade of fighting, the threat of a UN takeover is a thing of the past.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/>

 

Internet Governance After Busan: Playing the Long Game by Byron Holland

As you might imagine, I've been following the ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference very closely. It was built up to be the great showdown of our time -- the pro-'free and open' Internet in one corner (comprised for the most part of developed and democratic nations), in the other corner a contingent of totalitarian regimes bent on a fractured, censored Internet -- a near battle royale for control of one of the greatest communications tool the world has ever seen.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141104_internet_governance_after_busan_playing_the_long_game/>

 

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference: Internet Governance Diplomacy On Display

The much belaboured takeover of the internet by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union again has not taken place. Instead, ITU member states gathered at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, South Korea, this week rather smoothly passed a set of internet-related resolutions that will, once the closing plenary adopts them, preserve the limited status quo of involvement of the UN organisation responsible for telecommunication and radio frequencies in internet-related public policy issues.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/05/itu-plenipotentiary-conference-internet-governance-diplomacy-on-display/>

 

7 questions we're dying to ask the internet's MOST EXCITING BLOKE

It is some irony that the further away the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) walks from trying to run the internet, the more it understands it.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/itu_zhao_twitterfest/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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ICANN 52 Meeting to Relocate to Singapore | Marrakech, Morocco Meeting to Take Place in Early 2016

Community concerns that would prevent maximum participation at its next global meeting (ICANN 52, 8-12 February 2015), a critical one given the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability, has prompted ICANN to postpone the meeting in Marrakech, Morocco and to relocate to Singapore on the same dates.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-03-en>

 

Proposed Charter for Enhancing ICANN Accountability Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) Submitted for Consideration

On 3 November 2014, the Drafting Team that was formed by the ICANN community to develop a charter for the Enhancing ICANN Accountability Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) distributed a charter for adoption by chartering organizations. The charter includes, among other things, a problem statement, goals & objectives, scope, and proposed areas for work.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-05-en>

 

ICANN 51 Los Angeles – Showcasing Positive Trends and Business Diversity at ICANN Public Meetings by Riccardo Ruffolo, Global Business Engagement Coordinator

A few months ago, after the ICANN 50 meeting in London, we blogged about the impressive participation; almost 4,000 registered individuals and, in particular, private sector attendance over 600. ICANN 51 participation may not have reached the same heights (though 2,857 registered participants was impressive), but business participation numbers remained the same, counting more than 600.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-51-los-angeles-showcasing-positive-trends-and-business-diversity-at-icann-public-meetings>

 

ICANN's Updated Proposal for Enhanced Engagement in Africa

WEBINAR OBJECTIVE: This webinar aims to cover ICANN's Africa Strategy framework for 2015 and to elicit community feedback moving forward. ICANN continuously aspires to find means to strengthening our engagement in Africa.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-04-en>

 

Upcoming ICG Conference Calls

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its seventh, eighth and ninth conference calls:

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-04-en>

 

Standing Room Only at ICANN51 Tech Day by Patrick Jones, Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement

The recent ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles brought together technical community participants for the 25th Tech Day as part of the collaboration with the the DNS Operations Analysis and Research Center Annual Meeting.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/standing-room-only-at-icann51-tech-day>

 

Stephen D. Crocker to Thomas Schneider

Bylaws Issue in London Communiqué

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/crocker-to-schneider-2014-11-03-en>

 

New gTLD Auction Rules Update

The Auction Rules were recently updated to address feedback provided by the community over the course of several Auctions. The Auction Manager intends to provide an "early bidding" option prior to the standard 30 minutes of Round 1. Please find the latest version in the link below.

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

 

For only the second time, ICANN tells the GAC to get stuffed

ICANN’s board of directors has decided to formally disagree with its Governmental Advisory Committee for what I believe is only the second time in the organization’s history.

<http://domainincite.com/17602-for-only-the-second-time-icann-tells-the-gac-to-get-stuffed>

 

ICANN, ICAN'T, IWON'T: uWHAT? How the internet is actually run

Comment: A few weeks ago in Los Angeles, internet oversight body ICANN met for the 51st time – apparently in order to suck as much life as possible from 2,000 souls suffering a collective case of permanent, misplaced optimism.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/03/icann_icant_iwont_lifting_the_lid_on_the_net_lord_and_master/>

 

ICANN 52 Relocates To Singapore From Marrakech Over Ebola Fears

Following what ICANN describes as "community concerns that would prevent maximum participation at its next global meeting (ICANN 52, 8-12 February 2015)," which roughly translates as concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus, and a meeting that ICANN describes as "a critical one given the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability," the meeting scheduled to be held in Marrakech, Morocco has been relocated to Singapore on the same dates.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23073>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/04/icann-52-relocates-to-singapore/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/icann-52-relocates-to-singapore.html>

 

Ebola 1 – ICANN 0 as Marrakech dumped for Singapore

Ebola has claimed its first Moroccan victim, in the form of ICANN 52.

<http://domainincite.com/17617-ebola-1-icann-0-as-marrakech-dumped-for-singapore>

 

DreamHost hit with big breach notice

DreamHost, a web hosting provider which says it hosts over 1.3 million web sites, has been hit with a lengthy ICANN compliance notice, largely concerning alleged Whois failures.

<http://domainincite.com/17595-dreamhost-hit-with-big-breach-notice>

 

ICANN 51: Los Angeles – Getting Ready for a Big 2015 by Kiran Malancharuvil

Earlier this month, ICANN held its 51st public meeting in Los Angeles. Once again, MarkMonitor joined stakeholders from across the globe to discuss issues ranging from government control over the Internet, to key lessons learned thus far from the new gTLD rollout.

<https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-51-los-angeles-getting-ready-for-a-big-2015/>

 

How to Improve WHOIS Data Accuracy by Lanre Ajayi

A major concern about the present WHOIS is the level of data inaccuracy. The Expert Working Group (EWG) on Registration Directory Service (RDS), of which I had the pleasure of being a member, spent considerable time figuring out how to improve WHOIS data accuracy.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141105_how_to_improve_whois_data_accuracy/>

 

Can ICANN Intervene on Illegal Online Pharmacies?

ICANN has been under criticism lately for not being aggressive enough in cracking down on illegal online pharmacies. According to a Wall Street Journal investigation, complaints in the thousands about online pharmacies have accumulated since ICANN stopped maintaining one of its servers in 2012.

<http://family-intervention.com/blog/can-icann-intervene-illegal-online-pharmacies/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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New legal basis for .ch Internet addresses

The SWITCH foundation will stop selling .ch domain names as of the beginning of January 2015 and successively hand over the related client support to its business partners, the registrars. The basis for this change is the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (ODI), which was passed by the Federal Council today. SWITCH will in future focus on operating the .ch domain name directory and on ensuring that the Swiss Internet remains secure and stable.

<http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2014/VID>

 

ch: Higher data rates and new rules for domain names

As part of the universal service, the minimum data rates for broadband internet connections will be doubled. This is one of the consequences of the Federal Council's approval of various amendments to ordinances in the telecommunications sector. These amendments improve transparency and the indication of prices for telecommunications services and value-added services and strengthen the means available to the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) in order to combat frequency spectrum interference. Management of the ".ch" and ".swiss" domains will in future be regulated in an independent Ordinance on Internet Domains (ODI), the text of which has also been approved by the Federal Council. These new provisions will enter into force on 1 January 2015 and 1 July 2015, respectively.

<http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=55090>

 

Startups: Your Cute ‘.io’ Domain Name Supports British Imperialism

Over the past year or so, startups have been using the “.io” TLD to add a little spice to their branding. Names like 360.io, Vox.io, Takes.io, Spark.io, Sush.io are becoming more common among founders for whom .net is retrograde and .com is, more often than not, taken already.

<http://betabeat.com/2014/11/startups-your-cute-io-domain-name-supports-british-imperialism/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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What gTLDs and Patents Forecast for Digital Marketers by Jennifer Wolfe

You might not think that a gTLD and patents have much in common. But, if you look at which new TLDs big companies plan to operate and compare them to recent patent filings by the same companies, you might be able to spot trends in digital media.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2379498/what-gtlds-and-patents-forecast-for-digital-marketers>

 

We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

Operator of the dot-London internet registry, Minds & Machines, has told investors that it is "highly satisfied" with registrations in the new domain name extensions it operates – "particularly from a revenue perspective."

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/minds_machines_shares_down/>

 

Boosting brand value with new domain names

Till a couple of years back, most users would have been content with just a .com address, but not any longer... Let’s presume you are a choreographer and have your own website with a dot-com or .com address. Would you choose a .dance if you had the option?

<http://www.livemint.com/Specials/97b0W1WzRe8He8ZcFIsxdI/Boosting-brand-value-with-new-domain-names.html>

 

Bern announces new '.swiss' domain name

A new internet domain name, .swiss, will become available next year, the Swiss federal government announced on Wednesday.

<http://www.thelocal.ch/20141105/bern-announces-new-swiss-domain-name>

 

New web domains for Swiss enterprises

Starting next year, the internet will welcome a new URL ending: .swiss. The patriotic domain names will be reserved for companies based in Switzerland or with a close connection to the country.

<http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/new-web-domains-for-swiss-enterprises/41099568>

 

.wine applicants changing tune on geo protection?

Aggressive lobbying of ICANN by the wine-making industries on both sides of the Atlantic may be about to bear fruit.

<http://domainincite.com/17597-wine-applicants-changing-tune-on-geo-protection>

 

.NYC Registrations Passes .London

Because of my personal connection with New York City and the domain space, I have been paying closer attention to the .NYC domain name extension than other new gTLD extensions. I have been following along with .NYC since prior to the application process.

<http://www.domaininvesting.com/nyc-registrations-passes-london/>

 

Property boss at war with Playboy over Dot London domain name

A property developer is embroiled in a battle with Playboy magazine after registering a Dot London website address with the same name.

<http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/property-boss-at-war-with-playboy-over-dot-london-domain-name-9835392.html>

 

Playboy Feuding Over .London Domain

Playboy is feuding with a U.K. real estate developer over Playboy.london. According to reports, Michael Ross, who is the director of London-based realty firm CNM Estates, grabbed the gTLD when the .london domain came available in 2013.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=187207>

 

Former NY Mayor Bloomberg cancels purchase of insulting web domains [Reuters]

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called off the purchase of a slew of website domain names that insult and belittle him and his work, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

<https://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/25430277/former-ny-mayor-bloomberg-cancels-purchase-of-insulting-web-domains/>

 

Bloomberg web buy begs the question: How much is too much in digital brand defense?

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's lawyers proactively bought 400 different addresses on the new .nyc Internet domain — including hilariously creative insults — and are getting plenty of ridicule for it. Even Bloomberg himself says it was too much, and a spokeswoman told me this afternoon he'll be returning most of them.

<http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/blog/techflash/2014/11/bloomberg-web-buy-begs-the-question-how-much-is.html>

 

In the Battle for .NYC Domains, Money Talks

The race for the first round of .nyc domain names was a pretty feisty one. More than 1,000 proposed domain extensions ending in .nyc received multiple applications, according to information from Web analytics company Neustar, which handles tech and registration issues for the city's domain.

<http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/11/in_the_battle_for_nyc_domains_money_talks.php>

 

How's the great dot-thing gold rush going? Well, coffee.club just sold for $100,000

The domain name coffee.club has been sold for $100,000 (£62,600), marking a growing acceptance – and value – in the market for new TLDs.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/04/coffeeclub_sells_for_100000/>

 

Here Are All The Ridiculous Domain Names Mike Bloomberg's Lawyers Just Registered For Him

Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides appear to have really embraced the new ".nyc" domain name, launched last October.

<http://www.businessinsider.com.au/michael-bloombergs-hilarious-domain-names-2014-11>

<http://www.businessinsider.in/Here-Are-All-The-Ridiculous-Domain-Names-Mike-Bloombergs-Lawyers-Just-Registered-For-Him/articleshow/45029591.cms>

<https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ridiculous-domain-names-mike-bloombergs-224652310.html>

 

Michael Bloomberg’s hilarious .NYC domain name registrations

Who is one of the new .NYC domain name’s top registrants?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/03/michael-bloombergs-hilarious-nyc-domain-name-registrations/>

 

Cool site lets you see what new TLD domains were registered yesterday

There are a lot of new TLDs out there. Most of them grow by a dozen or so registrations every day.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cool-site-lets-you-see-what-new-tld-domains-were-registered-yesterday/>

 

Yoyo.email, owner of 4,000 .email domain names, gets a “win” in court

Yoyo.email, the controversial company that registered over 4,000 .email domain names, got a win in court today after settling with one of the companies that filed a Uniform Rapid Suspension case against it.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/yoyo-email-owner-of-4000-email-domain-names-gets-a-win-in-court/>

 

Should new TLDs be judged as startups or just TLDs?

How you view TLD companies frames how you view their success so far. ... But this got me thinking about how to properly judge the success of new TLD companies. I think it comes down to this question:

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/new-tlds-judged-as-startups-or-top-level-domains/>

 

Momentous pays over $3 million for .sucks

Momentous Corp, whose .sucks application has been branded “predatory”, has won the three-way contention set for the new gTLD, according to sources with knowledge of the auction.

<http://domainincite.com/17599-momentous-pays-over-3-million-for-sucks>

 

.sucks domains “will not be $25k”

Vox Populi Registry, which won the auction for the .sucks new gTLD last week, says its Sunrise prices will not be $25,000 a year after all.

<http://domainincite.com/17603-sucks-domains-will-not-be-25k>

 

South African city domain names now open to all - .capetown leads

Domains.co.za has announced the pricing for .joburg, .capetown and .durban - and thus far, .capetown leads the pack.

<http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/544/120933.html>

 

Donuts wins .wine auction

Donuts has become the only applicant for .wine and .vin after winning a private auction for .wine, according to sources familiar with the situation.

<http://domainincite.com/17620-donuts-wins-wine-auction>

 

Donuts Launches .RESTAURANT and .GIFTS as Registrations in New Internet Domains Surpass Three Million [news release]

Donuts Inc., the world’s largest registry for new gTLDs, continues its expansion of the Internet’s global addressing system in November by making three new domains available to the public. On November 5, users worldwide will be able to register addresses in .RESTAURANT, .GIFTS and .SARL (a corporate identifier). Donuts will also make .WORLD available for early registration by trademark holders on 4 November.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/04/donuts-restaurant-gifts/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/donuts-restaurant-gifts.html>

 

Minds + Machines close to $4 million in domain registration revenue

New TLD portfolio company Minds + Machines issued a press release this morning touting its results to date after launching 10 new TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/minds-machines-close-to-4-million-in-domain-registration-revenue/>

 

Portfolio Update

Minds + Machines Group Limited, the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet TLDs, is pleased to provide an update on its TLD launches. ... During this September, ten domains within MMX’s portfolio were launched—.bayern, .beer, .cooking, .country, .fishing, .horse, .london, .rodeo, .surf and .vodka—representing less than a third of the current portfolio of uncontested domains in which Minds + Machines has an interest.

<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/11/portfolio-update/>

 

Infibeam unveils '.ooo' domain for netizens globally

E-commerce portal Infibeam has launched a new gTLD. The .ooo domain will be available to websites across the world.

<http://www.indiatvnews.com/business/india/infibeam-unveils-ooo-domain-for-netizens-globally-15260.html>

 

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ENISA calls for Expression of Interest for Membership of the Permanent Stakeholders’ Group

The Executive Director of European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) calls for Expression of Interest for Membership of the Permanent Stakeholders’ Group (PSG) to be assigned from February 2015 to August 2017.

<http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/enisa-calls-for-expression-of-interest-for-membership-of-the-permanent-stakeholders2019-group>

 

Cybersecurity 2014: Breaches and Costs Rise, Confidence and Budgets are Low [CSO]

In 2014, it seemed that no industry went unscathed. The data breaches this year were broad and deep. Software maker Adobe was hit for 152 million records. Online marketplace eBay was drained of another 145 million; Bank and financial services firm JP Morgan Chase 76 million; retailers Target and The Home Depot for another 70 million and 56 million records, respectively. There were numerous healthcare breach disclosures as well, such as at Community Health Services, which lost records on 4.5 million patients.

<http://www.cio.com/article/2843684/cybercrime/cybersecurity-2014-breaches-and-costs-rise-confidence-and-budgets-are-low.html>

 

Chertoff: Cybersecurity Takes Teamwork [CSO]

Cyber security, to be successful, has to be a “team sport,” former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff told attendees of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Tuesday morning.

<http://www.cio.com/article/2843761/cybercrime/chertoff-cybersecurity-takes-teamwork.html>

 

US Navy Launches Cybersecurity Task Force to Address Fragmented Systems

The US Navy has launched a year-long task force, called Task Force Cyber Awakening, to address any risks of its current platform as well as come up with a plan for mitigating and responding to cyberthreats, according to a report by National Defense Magazine.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/us-navy-launches-cybersecurity-task-force-address-fragmented-systems>

 

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Ferrari dispute revs up, highlighting challenges in working with fan sites

The tension between allowing fans to interact with a brand and harnessing control of corporate identity has only been exacerbated by the rise of social media, with a dispute between Ferrari and two fan page creators just the latest in a line of disputes. For trademark counsel, the key takeaway relates to the scope of partnership agreements.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=cfd2b645-f595-4c1b-bf36-53677fbbcc6c>

 

Biglaw Firm Spends Thousands Of Dollars To Troll Client Online

With the latest innovations in TLDs comes amusing news out of New York City, where the .nyc web address was made available in October. People raced to be first in line to score one of the new domains, including Michael Bloomberg, the city’s former mayor.

<http://abovethelaw.com/2014/11/biglaw-firm-spends-thousands-of-dollars-to-troll-client-online/>

 

CyclingTips.com.au owner guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Law firm ESQwire.com has scored yet another Reverse Domain Name Hijacking victory on behalf of a client.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/>

 

au: White Ribbon considering legal action against men's rights group

Domestic violence prevention group, White Ribbon Australia, is taking legal action against a US-based men’s right group which has launched a website under a similar name.

<http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/06/white-ribbon-considering-legal-action-against-mens-rights-group>

 

jp: Nikkei server believed victim of ‘domain name hijacking’

The Internet server for the Web edition of the Nikkei daily and its Nikkei Asian Review recently came under cyberattack and was altered to direct viewers to other sites, which may have been infected with computer viruses, according to the daily and other reports.

<http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/06/national/nikkei-server-believed-victim-domain-name-hijacking/>

 

Vietnam resolves conflicting domain name rules

Vietnam's domain name recovery system has numerous barriers. So far the civil court system has been the main way to recover cybersquatted DNs. Amway, the US direct marketing business sued recently to recover a domain name Amway.2u.vn recently. Amway trades in Vietnam through Amway2u.com.vn and owns trademarks so was in theory in a strong position against the cybersquatter.

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=48a5aedd-f18c-4fe7-ba77-61e7bf07cdc7>

 

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IPv6 web starts to look like the internet we know

Hurricane Electric's daily report on IPv6 adoption isn't the kind of thing you'd report on too often, but Vulture South sometimes takes a look in case the internet suddenly woke up and decided to ramp up its deployment of the addressing scheme.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/03/ipv6_web_starts_to_look_like_the_internet_we_know/>

 

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Do exact match domains still work as an SEO tactic?

While Google has set out to tackle exact match domains of dubious quality, it seems this is an SEO tactic that may still work.

<https://econsultancy.com/blog/65696-do-exact-match-domains-still-work-as-an-seo-tactic>

 

CSC Digital Brand Services acquires IP Mirror

CSC Digital Brand Services announced today that it has acquired IP Mirror, a Singapore-based provider of corporate domain name registration and online brand protection services. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

<https://www.cscglobal.com/global/web/csc/prs-csc-digital-brand-services-acquires-ip-mirror.html>

 

Why Endurance bought BuyDomains, and why the price might make sense

Endurance International, a $2.1 billion (market cap) rollup of hosting and domain name companies, announced this morning that it acquired BuyDomains from NameMedia.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/endurance-buydomains/>

 

Endurance continues to roll up, acquires BuyDomains

Publicly traded Endurance International Group continued its roll up of the webhosting and domain name business last quarter with the acquisition of BuyDomains, the company announced today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/endurance-continues-to-roll-up-acquires-buydomains/>

 

Endurance International Group Reveals Purchase of BuyDomains.com from NameMedia

One of the best-known companies in the domain space, BuyDomains.com, was sold by NameMedia to the Endurance International Group in the recently concluded 3rd quarter of 2014. The previously undisclosed sale was revealed when Endurance reported their 3Q-2014 financial results this morning.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141104.htm>

 

Moniker lost just 18,057 .com domains to transfers in July

Last month I reported that Moniker only lost 17,506 .com domain names to transfers in June after its disastrous switch to a new registrar platform.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/moniker-transfers-july/>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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£20m Holiday.com luxury domain name auction “moved”

An auction of some of the most valuable domain names in the travel industry - including Holiday.com, which had been expected to fetch £20m - has been moved.

<http://www.cityam.com/1415187976/20m-holidaycom-luxury-domain-name-auction-cancelled>

 

Holiday.com domain name sale could beat sex.com to be most expensive ever

A new giant of the travel industry could be born almost overnight this evening as the domain name holiday.com goes up for sale at an event in London.

<http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/holidaycom-domain-name-sale-could-beat-sexcom-to-be-most-expensive-ever-9840254.html>

 

Holiday.com worth £20m? Get away!

The name holiday.com is the latest sought-after one-word dotcom domain to go up for sale. What makes it so desirable? And who are the masters of these domains?

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2014/nov/03/holiday-dot-com-20-million-pounds-domain-name-sale-desirable>

 

Thoughts About TRAFFIC Conference

I returned home yesterday morning after spending a couple of weeks on vacation and at the TRAFFIC conference in Miami. I thought I would share some thoughts about this 10th anniversary conference for those who were unable to attend. I’ll break it down into three sections – Venue, Attendees, and Panels & Parties.

<http://www.domaininvesting.com/thoughts-traffic-conference/>

 

Domain Appraisals with Estibot’s Luc Lezon – Domain Name Wire Podcast #5

What’s a domain name worth? It’s the key question whenever you buy or sell a domain name. That’s part of the reason people use Estibot.com to appraise 1.8 million domain names a day.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/03/domain-appraisals-estibots-luc-lezon-podcast/>

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INTERNET USE

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Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web

Twenty years ago last month, a team of well-meaning designers, coders and magazine publishers inadvertently unleashed on an unsuspecting world one of the most misguided and destructive technologies of the Internet age: the web banner ad.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/technology/personaltech/banner-ads-the-monsters-that-swallowed-the-web.html>

 

One wi-fi hotspot for every 150 people, says study

The UK has one wi-fi hotspot for every 11 people and worldwide there is one for every 150, new research from wi-fi provider iPass indicates. It suggests there will be 47.7 million public hotspots worldwide by the end of 2014.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29726632>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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au/nz: New sexting law takes effect in Victoria

'Sexting' without consent is now an offence in Victoria, after the Australian state passed a new law to protect victims. ... NetSafe executive director Martin Cocker says the proposed bill is more effective than the law passed in Victoria as it is broader and covers a wider range of media.

<http://www.3news.co.nz/world/new-sexting-law-takes-effect-in-victoria-2014110316>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Six types of killer use Facebook to commit crimes, says study

Researchers at Birmingham City University have identified six types of killer who use Facebook to commit crimes, in the first-ever study on how the social networking site can affect criminal behaviour.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/03/killer-facebook-social-media-violent-criminologists>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice'

Privacy has never been “an absolute right”, according to the new director of GCHQ, who has used his first public intervention since taking over at the helm of Britain’s surveillance agency to accuse US technology companies of becoming “the command and control networks of choice” for terrorists.

<http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/03/privacy-gchq-spying-robert-hannigan>

 

Facebook's government user data requests up 24%

Requests by governments for Facebook's user data are up by nearly a quarter in the first half of this year compared to the previous six months.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29910101>

 

Microsoft's top legal gun decries privacy "arms race" [IDG]

The conflict between snooping governments seeking to defeat encryption and users demanding ever more robust privacy tools has turned into an arms race—and it’s time for arms control talks, Microsoft’s general counsel said on Tuesday.

<http://www.cio.com/article/2843593/microsofts-top-legal-gun-decries-privacy-arms-race.html>

 

 

 

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David Goldstein

 

email: david-fFZw+eeu8ZeEIh0G+OVocUEOCMrvLtNR@public.gmane.org

 

web:   http://goldsteinreport.com/ / http://davidgoldstein.tel/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport

 

phone: +61 418 228 605 - mobile; +61 2 9663 3430 - office/home

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU Plenipotentiary Conference: Internet Governance Diplomacy On Display<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/05/itu-plenipotentiary-conference-internet-governance-diplomacy-on-display/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/05/itu-plenipotentiary-conference-internet-governance-diplomacy-on-display/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 52 Meeting to Relocate to Singapore | Marrakech, Morocco Meeting to Take Place in Early 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New legal basis for .ch Internet addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2014/VID"><span>http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2014/VID</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What gTLDs and Patents Forecast for Digital Marketers by Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2379498/what-gtlds-and-patents-forecast-for-digital-marketers"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2379498/what-gtlds-and-patents-forecast-for-digital-marketers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/minds_machines_shares_down/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/minds_machines_shares_down/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Former NY Mayor Bloomberg cancels purchase of insulting web domains [Reuters]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/25430277/former-ny-mayor-bloomberg-cancels-purchase-of-insulting-web-domains/"><span>https://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/25430277/former-ny-mayor-bloomberg-cancels-purchase-of-insulting-web-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How's the great dot-thing gold rush going? Well, coffee.club just sold for $100,000<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/04/coffeeclub_sells_for_100000/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/04/coffeeclub_sells_for_100000/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CyclingTips.com.au owner guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: White Ribbon considering legal action against men's rights group<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/06/white-ribbon-considering-legal-action-against-mens-rights-group"><span>http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/06/white-ribbon-considering-legal-action-against-mens-rights-group</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Efforts to squeeze the United Nations into the throne of the internet have been comprehensively defeated at a key meeting in South Korea. The result raises the possibility that after more than a decade of fighting, the threat of a UN takeover is a thing of the past.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/un_takeover_of_internet_postponed_indefinitely/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance After Busan: Playing the Long Game by Byron Holland<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As you might imagine, I've been following the ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference very closely. It was built up to be the great showdown of our time -- the pro-'free and open' Internet in one corner (comprised for the most part of developed and democratic nations), in the other corner a contingent of totalitarian regimes bent on a fractured, censored Internet -- a near battle royale for control of one of the greatest communications tool the world has ever seen.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141104_internet_governance_after_busan_playing_the_long_game/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141104_internet_governance_after_busan_playing_the_long_game/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ITU Plenipotentiary Conference: Internet Governance Diplomacy On Display<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The much belaboured takeover of the internet by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union again has not taken place. Instead, ITU member states gathered at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, South Korea, this week rather smoothly passed a set of internet-related resolutions that will, once the closing plenary adopts them, preserve the limited status quo of involvement of the UN organisation responsible for telecommunication and radio frequencies in internet-related public policy issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/05/itu-plenipotentiary-conference-internet-governance-diplomacy-on-display/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2014/11/05/itu-plenipotentiary-conference-internet-governance-diplomacy-on-display/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>7 questions we're dying to ask the internet's MOST EXCITING BLOKE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is some irony that the further away the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) walks from trying to run the internet, the more it understands it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/itu_zhao_twitterfest/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/itu_zhao_twitterfest/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 52 Meeting to Relocate to Singapore | Marrakech, Morocco Meeting to Take Place in Early 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Community concerns that would prevent maximum participation at its next global meeting (ICANN 52, 8-12 February 2015), a critical one given the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability, has prompted ICANN to postpone the meeting in Marrakech, Morocco and to relocate to Singapore on the same dates.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proposed Charter for Enhancing ICANN Accountability Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) Submitted for Consideration<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 3 November 2014, the Drafting Team that was formed by the ICANN community to develop a charter for the Enhancing ICANN Accountability Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) distributed a charter for adoption by chartering organizations. The charter includes, among other things, a problem statement, goals &amp; objectives, scope, and proposed areas for work.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 51 Los Angeles &ndash; Showcasing Positive Trends and Business Diversity at ICANN Public Meetings by Riccardo Ruffolo, Global Business Engagement Coordinator<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A few months ago, after the ICANN 50 meeting in London, we blogged about the impressive participation; almost 4,000 registered individuals and, in particular, private sector attendance over 600. ICANN 51 participation may not have reached the same heights (though 2,857 registered participants was impressive), but business participation numbers remained the same, counting more than 600.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-51-los-angeles-showcasing-positive-trends-and-business-diversity-at-icann-public-meetings"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-51-los-angeles-showcasing-positive-trends-and-business-diversity-at-icann-public-meetings</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's Updated Proposal for Enhanced Engagement in Africa<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBINAR OBJECTIVE: This webinar aims to cover ICANN's Africa Strategy framework for 2015 and to elicit community feedback moving forward. ICANN continuously aspires to find means to strengthening our engagement in Africa.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Upcoming ICG Conference Calls<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its seventh, eighth and ninth conference calls:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-11-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Standing Room Only at ICANN51 Tech Day by Patrick Jones, Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The recent ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles brought together technical community participants for the 25th Tech Day as part of the collaboration with the the DNS Operations Analysis and Research Center Annual Meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/standing-room-only-at-icann51-tech-day"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/standing-room-only-at-icann51-tech-day</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Stephen D. Crocker to Thomas Schneider<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Bylaws Issue in London Communiqu&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/crocker-to-schneider-2014-11-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/crocker-to-schneider-2014-11-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Auction Rules Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Auction Rules were recently updated to address feedback provided by the community over the course of several Auctions. The Auction Manager intends to provide an "early bidding" option prior to the standard 30 minutes of Round 1. Please find the latest version in the link below.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For only the second time, ICANN tells the GAC to get stuffed<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN&rsquo;s board of directors has decided to formally disagree with its Governmental Advisory Committee for what I believe is only the second time in the organization&rsquo;s history.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17602-for-only-the-second-time-icann-tells-the-gac-to-get-stuffed"><span>http://domainincite.com/17602-for-only-the-second-time-icann-tells-the-gac-to-get-stuffed</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN, ICAN'T, IWON'T: uWHAT? How the internet is actually run<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Comment: A few weeks ago in Los Angeles, internet oversight body ICANN met for the 51st time &ndash; apparently in order to suck as much life as possible from 2,000 souls suffering a collective case of permanent, misplaced optimism.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/03/icann_icant_iwont_lifting_the_lid_on_the_net_lord_and_master/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/03/icann_icant_iwont_lifting_the_lid_on_the_net_lord_and_master/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 52 Relocates To Singapore From Marrakech Over Ebola Fears<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following what ICANN describes as "community concerns that would prevent maximum participation at its next global meeting (ICANN 52, 8-12 February 2015)," which roughly translates as concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus, and a meeting that ICANN describes as "a critical one given the ongoing discussions around the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability," the meeting scheduled to be held in Marrakech, Morocco has been relocated to Singapore on the same dates.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23073"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23073</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/04/icann-52-relocates-to-singapore/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/04/icann-52-relocates-to-singapore/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/icann-52-relocates-to-singapore.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/icann-52-relocates-to-singapore.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ebola 1 &ndash; ICANN 0 as Marrakech dumped for Singapore<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ebola has claimed its first Moroccan victim, in the form of ICANN 52.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17617-ebola-1-icann-0-as-marrakech-dumped-for-singapore"><span>http://domainincite.com/17617-ebola-1-icann-0-as-marrakech-dumped-for-singapore</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DreamHost hit with big breach notice<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DreamHost, a web hosting provider which says it hosts over 1.3 million web sites, has been hit with a lengthy ICANN compliance notice, largely concerning alleged Whois failures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17595-dreamhost-hit-with-big-breach-notice"><span>http://domainincite.com/17595-dreamhost-hit-with-big-breach-notice</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 51: Los Angeles &ndash; Getting Ready for a Big 2015 by Kiran Malancharuvil<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Earlier this month, ICANN held its 51st public meeting in Los Angeles. Once again, MarkMonitor joined stakeholders from across the globe to discuss issues ranging from government control over the Internet, to key lessons learned thus far from the new gTLD rollout.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-51-los-angeles-getting-ready-for-a-big-2015/"><span>https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/icann-51-los-angeles-getting-ready-for-a-big-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How to Improve WHOIS Data Accuracy by Lanre Ajayi<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A major concern about the present WHOIS is the level of data inaccuracy. The Expert Working Group (EWG) on Registration Directory Service (RDS), of which I had the pleasure of being a member, spent considerable time figuring out how to improve WHOIS data accuracy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141105_how_to_improve_whois_data_accuracy/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141105_how_to_improve_whois_data_accuracy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can ICANN Intervene on Illegal Online Pharmacies?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has been under criticism lately for not being aggressive enough in cracking down on illegal online pharmacies. According to a Wall Street Journal investigation, complaints in the thousands about online pharmacies have accumulated since ICANN stopped maintaining one of its servers in 2012.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://family-intervention.com/blog/can-icann-intervene-illegal-online-pharmacies/"><span>http://family-intervention.com/blog/can-icann-intervene-illegal-online-pharmacies/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New legal basis for .ch Internet addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The SWITCH foundation will stop selling .ch domain names as of the beginning of January 2015 and successively hand over the related client support to its business partners, the registrars. The basis for this change is the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (ODI), which was passed by the Federal Council today. SWITCH will in future focus on operating the .ch domain name directory and on ensuring that the Swiss Internet remains secure and stable.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2014/VID"><span>http://www.switch.ch/about/news/2014/VID</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ch: Higher data rates and new rules for domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As part of the universal service, the minimum data rates for broadband internet connections will be doubled. This is one of the consequences of the Federal Council's approval of various amendments to ordinances in the telecommunications sector. These amendments improve transparency and the indication of prices for telecommunications services and value-added services and strengthen the means available to the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) in order to combat frequency spectrum interference. Management of the ".ch" and ".swiss" domains will in future be regulated in an independent Ordinance on Internet Domains (ODI), the text of which has also been approved by the Federal Council. These new provisions will enter into force on 1 January 2015 and 1 July 2015, respectively.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55090"><span>http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55090</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Startups: Your Cute &lsquo;.io&rsquo; Domain Name Supports British Imperialism<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the past year or so, startups have been using the &ldquo;.io&rdquo; TLD to add a little spice to their branding. Names like 360.io, Vox.io, Takes.io, Spark.io, Sush.io are becoming more common among founders for whom .net is retrograde and .com is, more often than not, taken already.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://betabeat.com/2014/11/startups-your-cute-io-domain-name-supports-british-imperialism/"><span>http://betabeat.com/2014/11/startups-your-cute-io-domain-name-supports-british-imperialism/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What gTLDs and Patents Forecast for Digital Marketers by Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>You might not think that a gTLD and patents have much in common. But, if you look at which new TLDs big companies plan to operate and compare them to recent patent filings by the same companies, you might be able to spot trends in digital media.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2379498/what-gtlds-and-patents-forecast-for-digital-marketers"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2379498/what-gtlds-and-patents-forecast-for-digital-marketers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Operator of the dot-London internet registry, Minds &amp; Machines, has told investors that it is "highly satisfied" with registrations in the new domain name extensions it operates &ndash; "particularly from a revenue perspective."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/minds_machines_shares_down/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/05/minds_machines_shares_down/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Boosting brand value with new domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Till a couple of years back, most users would have been content with just a .com address, but not any longer... Let&rsquo;s presume you are a choreographer and have your own website with a dot-com or .com address. Would you choose a .dance if you had the option?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.livemint.com/Specials/97b0W1WzRe8He8ZcFIsxdI/Boosting-brand-value-with-new-domain-names.html"><span>http://www.livemint.com/Specials/97b0W1WzRe8He8ZcFIsxdI/Boosting-brand-value-with-new-domain-names.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Bern announces new '.swiss' domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new internet domain name, .swiss, will become available next year, the Swiss federal government announced on Wednesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thelocal.ch/20141105/bern-announces-new-swiss-domain-name"><span>http://www.thelocal.ch/20141105/bern-announces-new-swiss-domain-name</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New web domains for Swiss enterprises<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Starting next year, the internet will welcome a new URL ending: .swiss. The patriotic domain names will be reserved for companies based in Switzerland or with a close connection to the country.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/new-web-domains-for-swiss-enterprises/41099568"><span>http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/new-web-domains-for-swiss-enterprises/41099568</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.wine applicants changing tune on geo protection?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aggressive lobbying of ICANN by the wine-making industries on both sides of the Atlantic may be about to bear fruit.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17597-wine-applicants-changing-tune-on-geo-protection"><span>http://domainincite.com/17597-wine-applicants-changing-tune-on-geo-protection</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.NYC Registrations Passes .London<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Because of my personal connection with New York City and the domain space, I have been paying closer attention to the .NYC domain name extension than other new gTLD extensions. I have been following along with .NYC since prior to the application process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domaininvesting.com/nyc-registrations-passes-london/"><span>http</span><span>://</span><span>www</span><span>.</span><span>domaininvesting</span><span>.</span><span>com</span><span>/</span><span>nyc</span><span>-</span><span>registrations</span><span>-</span><span>passes</span><span>-</span><span>london</span><span>/</span></a></span><span>&gt;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Property boss at war with Playboy over Dot London domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A property developer is embroiled in a battle with Playboy magazine after registering a Dot London website address with the same name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/property-boss-at-war-with-playboy-over-dot-london-domain-name-9835392.html"><span>http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/property-boss-at-war-with-playboy-over-dot-london-domain-name-9835392.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Playboy Feuding Over .London Domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Playboy is feuding with a U.K. real estate developer over Playboy.london. According to reports, Michael Ross, who is the director of London-based realty firm CNM Estates, grabbed the gTLD when the .london domain came available in 2013.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=187207"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=187207</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Former NY Mayor Bloomberg cancels purchase of insulting web domains [Reuters]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called off the purchase of a slew of website domain names that insult and belittle him and his work, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/25430277/former-ny-mayor-bloomberg-cancels-purchase-of-insulting-web-domains/"><span>https://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/25430277/former-ny-mayor-bloomberg-cancels-purchase-of-insulting-web-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Bloomberg web buy begs the question: How much is too much in digital brand defense?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's lawyers proactively bought 400 different addresses on the new .nyc Internet domain &mdash; including hilariously creative insults &mdash; and are getting plenty of ridicule for it. Even Bloomberg himself says it was too much, and a spokeswoman told me this afternoon he'll be returning most of them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/blog/techflash/2014/11/bloomberg-web-buy-begs-the-question-how-much-is.html"><span>http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/blog/techflash/2014/11/bloomberg-web-buy-begs-the-question-how-much-is.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the Battle for .NYC Domains, Money Talks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The race for the first round of .nyc domain names was a pretty feisty one. More than 1,000 proposed domain extensions ending in .nyc received multiple applications, according to information from Web analytics company Neustar, which handles tech and registration issues for the city's domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/11/in_the_battle_for_nyc_domains_money_talks.php"><span>http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/11/in_the_battle_for_nyc_domains_money_talks.php</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How's the great dot-thing gold rush going? Well, coffee.club just sold for $100,000<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The domain name coffee.club has been sold for $100,000 (&pound;62,600), marking a growing acceptance &ndash; and value &ndash; in the market for new TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/04/coffeeclub_sells_for_100000/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/04/coffeeclub_sells_for_100000/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Here Are All The Ridiculous Domain Names Mike Bloomberg's Lawyers Just Registered For Him<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides appear to have really embraced the new ".nyc" domain name, launched last October.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com.au/michael-bloombergs-hilarious-domain-names-2014-11"><span>http://www.businessinsider.com.au/michael-bloombergs-hilarious-domain-names-2014-11</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.in/Here-Are-All-The-Ridiculous-Domain-Names-Mike-Bloombergs-Lawyers-Just-Registered-For-Him/articleshow/45029591.cms"><span>http://www.businessinsider.in/Here-Are-All-The-Ridiculous-Domain-Names-Mike-Bloombergs-Lawyers-Just-Registered-For-Him/articleshow/45029591.cms</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ridiculous-domain-names-mike-bloombergs-224652310.html"><span>https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ridiculous-domain-names-mike-bloombergs-224652310.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Michael Bloomberg&rsquo;s hilarious .NYC domain name registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Who is one of the new .NYC domain name&rsquo;s top registrants?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/03/michael-bloombergs-hilarious-nyc-domain-name-registrations/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/03/michael-bloombergs-hilarious-nyc-domain-name-registrations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cool site lets you see what new TLD domains were registered yesterday<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There are a lot of new TLDs out there. Most of them grow by a dozen or so registrations every day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cool-site-lets-you-see-what-new-tld-domains-were-registered-yesterday/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cool-site-lets-you-see-what-new-tld-domains-were-registered-yesterday/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yoyo.email, owner of 4,000 .email domain names, gets a &ldquo;win&rdquo; in court<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yoyo.email, the controversial company that registered over 4,000 .email domain names, got a win in court today after settling with one of the companies that filed a Uniform Rapid Suspension case against it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/yoyo-email-owner-of-4000-email-domain-names-gets-a-win-in-court/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/yoyo-email-owner-of-4000-email-domain-names-gets-a-win-in-court/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Should new TLDs be judged as startups or just TLDs?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How you view TLD companies frames how you view their success so far. ... But this got me thinking about how to properly judge the success of new TLD companies. I think it comes down to this question:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/new-tlds-judged-as-startups-or-top-level-domains/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/new-tlds-judged-as-startups-or-top-level-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Momentous pays over $3 million for .sucks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Momentous Corp, whose .sucks application has been branded &ldquo;predatory&rdquo;, has won the three-way contention set for the new gTLD, according to sources with knowledge of the auction.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17599-momentous-pays-over-3-million-for-sucks"><span>http://domainincite.com/17599-momentous-pays-over-3-million-for-sucks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.sucks domains &ldquo;will not be $25k&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vox Populi Registry, which won the auction for the .sucks new gTLD last week, says its Sunrise prices will not be $25,000 a year after all.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17603-sucks-domains-will-not-be-25k"><span>http://domainincite.com/17603-sucks-domains-will-not-be-25k</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>South African city domain names now open to all - .capetown leads<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domains.co.za has announced the pricing for .joburg, .capetown and .durban - and thus far, .capetown leads the pack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/544/120933.html"><span>http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/544/120933.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts wins .wine auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts has become the only applicant for .wine and .vin after winning a private auction for .wine, according to sources familiar with the situation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17620-donuts-wins-wine-auction"><span>http://domainincite.com/17620-donuts-wins-wine-auction</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts Launches .RESTAURANT and .GIFTS as Registrations in New Internet Domains Surpass Three Million [news release]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts Inc., the world&rsquo;s largest registry for new gTLDs, continues its expansion of the Internet&rsquo;s global addressing system in November by making three new domains available to the public. On November 5, users worldwide will be able to register addresses in .RESTAURANT, .GIFTS and .SARL (a corporate identifier). Donuts will also make .WORLD available for early registration by trademark holders on 4 November.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/04/donuts-restaurant-gifts/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/11/04/donuts-restaurant-gifts/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/donuts-restaurant-gifts.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/donuts-restaurant-gifts.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines close to $4 million in domain registration revenue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLD portfolio company Minds + Machines issued a press release this morning touting its results to date after launching 10 new TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/minds-machines-close-to-4-million-in-domain-registration-revenue/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/minds-machines-close-to-4-million-in-domain-registration-revenue/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Portfolio Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines Group Limited, the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet TLDs, is pleased to provide an update on its TLD launches. ... During this September, ten domains within MMX&rsquo;s portfolio were launched&mdash;.bayern, .beer, .cooking, .country, .fishing, .horse, .london, .rodeo, .surf and .vodka&mdash;representing less than a third of the current portfolio of uncontested domains in which Minds + Machines has an interest.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/11/portfolio-update/"><span>http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/11/portfolio-update/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Infibeam unveils '.ooo' domain for netizens globally<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>E-commerce portal Infibeam has launched a new gTLD. The .ooo domain will be available to websites across the world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.indiatvnews.com/business/india/infibeam-unveils-ooo-domain-for-netizens-globally-15260.html"><span>http://www.indiatvnews.com/business/india/infibeam-unveils-ooo-domain-for-netizens-globally-15260.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ENISA calls for Expression of Interest for Membership of the Permanent Stakeholders&rsquo; Group<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Executive Director of European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) calls for Expression of Interest for Membership of the Permanent Stakeholders&rsquo; Group (PSG) to be assigned from February 2015 to August 2017.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/enisa-calls-for-expression-of-interest-for-membership-of-the-permanent-stakeholders2019-group"><span>http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/enisa-calls-for-expression-of-interest-for-membership-of-the-permanent-stakeholders2019-group</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybersecurity 2014: Breaches and Costs Rise, Confidence and Budgets are Low [CSO]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2014, it seemed that no industry went unscathed. The data breaches this year were broad and deep. Software maker Adobe was hit for 152 million records. Online marketplace eBay was drained of another 145 million; Bank and financial services firm JP Morgan Chase 76 million; retailers Target and The Home Depot for another 70 million and 56 million records, respectively. There were numerous healthcare breach disclosures as well, such as at Community Health Services, which lost records on 4.5 million patients.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2843684/cybercrime/cybersecurity-2014-breaches-and-costs-rise-confidence-and-budgets-are-low.html"><span>http://www.cio.com/article/2843684/cybercrime/cybersecurity-2014-breaches-and-costs-rise-confidence-and-budgets-are-low.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chertoff: Cybersecurity Takes Teamwork [CSO]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber security, to be successful, has to be a &ldquo;team sport,&rdquo; former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff told attendees of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Tuesday morning.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2843761/cybercrime/chertoff-cybersecurity-takes-teamwork.html"><span>http://www.cio.com/article/2843761/cybercrime/chertoff-cybersecurity-takes-teamwork.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Navy Launches Cybersecurity Task Force to Address Fragmented Systems<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US Navy has launched a year-long task force, called Task Force Cyber Awakening, to address any risks of its current platform as well as come up with a plan for mitigating and responding to cyberthreats, according to a report by National Defense Magazine.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/us-navy-launches-cybersecurity-task-force-address-fragmented-systems"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/us-navy-launches-cybersecurity-task-force-address-fragmented-systems</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ferrari dispute revs up, highlighting challenges in working with fan sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The tension between allowing fans to interact with a brand and harnessing control of corporate identity has only been exacerbated by the rise of social media, with a dispute between Ferrari and two fan page creators just the latest in a line of disputes. For trademark counsel, the key takeaway relates to the scope of partnership agreements.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=cfd2b645-f595-4c1b-bf36-53677fbbcc6c"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=cfd2b645-f595-4c1b-bf36-53677fbbcc6c</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Biglaw Firm Spends Thousands Of Dollars To Troll Client Online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the latest innovations in TLDs comes amusing news out of New York City, where the .nyc web address was made available in October. People raced to be first in line to score one of the new domains, including Michael Bloomberg, the city&rsquo;s former mayor.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://abovethelaw.com/2014/11/biglaw-firm-spends-thousands-of-dollars-to-troll-client-online/"><span>http://abovethelaw.com/2014/11/biglaw-firm-spends-thousands-of-dollars-to-troll-client-online/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CyclingTips.com.au owner guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Law firm ESQwire.com has scored yet another Reverse Domain Name Hijacking victory on behalf of a client.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/cyclingtips-com-au-guilty-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: White Ribbon considering legal action against men's rights group<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domestic violence prevention group, White Ribbon Australia, is taking legal action against a US-based men&rsquo;s right group which has launched a website under a similar name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/06/white-ribbon-considering-legal-action-against-mens-rights-group"><span>http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/11/06/white-ribbon-considering-legal-action-against-mens-rights-group</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>jp: Nikkei server believed victim of &lsquo;domain name hijacking&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet server for the Web edition of the Nikkei daily and its Nikkei Asian Review recently came under cyberattack and was altered to direct viewers to other sites, which may have been infected with computer viruses, according to the daily and other reports.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/06/national/nikkei-server-believed-victim-domain-name-hijacking/"><span>http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/06/national/nikkei-server-believed-victim-domain-name-hijacking/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vietnam resolves conflicting domain name rules<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vietnam's domain name recovery system has numerous barriers. So far the civil court system has been the main way to recover cybersquatted DNs. Amway, the US direct marketing business sued recently to recover a domain name Amway.2u.vn recently. Amway trades in Vietnam through Amway2u.com.vn and owns trademarks so was in theory in a strong position against the cybersquatter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=48a5aedd-f18c-4fe7-ba77-61e7bf07cdc7"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=48a5aedd-f18c-4fe7-ba77-61e7bf07cdc7</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 web starts to look like the internet we know<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hurricane Electric's daily report on IPv6 adoption isn't the kind of thing you'd report on too often, but Vulture South sometimes takes a look in case the internet suddenly woke up and decided to ramp up its deployment of the addressing scheme.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/03/ipv6_web_starts_to_look_like_the_internet_we_know/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/03/ipv6_web_starts_to_look_like_the_internet_we_know/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Do exact match domains still work as an SEO tactic?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>While Google has set out to tackle exact match domains of dubious quality, it seems this is an SEO tactic that may still work.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65696-do-exact-match-domains-still-work-as-an-seo-tactic"><span>https://econsultancy.com/blog/65696-do-exact-match-domains-still-work-as-an-seo-tactic</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CSC Digital Brand Services acquires IP Mirror<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CSC Digital Brand Services announced today that it has acquired IP Mirror, a Singapore-based provider of corporate domain name registration and online brand protection services. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.cscglobal.com/global/web/csc/prs-csc-digital-brand-services-acquires-ip-mirror.html"><span>https://www.cscglobal.com/global/web/csc/prs-csc-digital-brand-services-acquires-ip-mirror.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why Endurance bought BuyDomains, and why the price might make sense<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Endurance International, a $2.1 billion (market cap) rollup of hosting and domain name companies, announced this morning that it acquired BuyDomains from NameMedia.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/endurance-buydomains/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/endurance-buydomains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Endurance continues to roll up, acquires BuyDomains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Publicly traded Endurance International Group continued its roll up of the webhosting and domain name business last quarter with the acquisition of BuyDomains, the company announced today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/endurance-continues-to-roll-up-acquires-buydomains/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/04/endurance-continues-to-roll-up-acquires-buydomains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Endurance International Group Reveals Purchase of BuyDomains.com from NameMedia <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of the best-known companies in the domain space, BuyDomains.com, was sold by NameMedia to the Endurance International Group in the recently concluded 3rd quarter of 2014. The previously undisclosed sale was revealed when Endurance reported their 3Q-2014 financial results this morning.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141104.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141104.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Moniker lost just 18,057 .com domains to transfers in July<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last month I reported that Moniker only lost 17,506 .com domain names to transfers in June after its disastrous switch to a new registrar platform.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/moniker-transfers-july/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/05/moniker-transfers-july/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&pound;20m Holiday.com luxury domain name auction &ldquo;moved&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An auction of some of the most valuable domain names in the travel industry - including Holiday.com, which had been expected to fetch &pound;20m - has been moved.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cityam.com/1415187976/20m-holidaycom-luxury-domain-name-auction-cancelled"><span>http://www.cityam.com/1415187976/20m-holidaycom-luxury-domain-name-auction-cancelled</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Holiday.com domain name sale could beat sex.com to be most expensive ever<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new giant of the travel industry could be born almost overnight this evening as the domain name holiday.com goes up for sale at an event in London.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/holidaycom-domain-name-sale-could-beat-sexcom-to-be-most-expensive-ever-9840254.html"><span>http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/holidaycom-domain-name-sale-could-beat-sexcom-to-be-most-expensive-ever-9840254.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Holiday.com worth &pound;20m? Get away!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The name holiday.com is the latest sought-after one-word dotcom domain to go up for sale. What makes it so desirable? And who are the masters of these domains?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2014/nov/03/holiday-dot-com-20-million-pounds-domain-name-sale-desirable"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2014/nov/03/holiday-dot-com-20-million-pounds-domain-name-sale-desirable</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thoughts About TRAFFIC Conference<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I returned home yesterday morning after spending a couple of weeks on vacation and at the TRAFFIC conference in Miami. I thought I would share some thoughts about this 10th anniversary conference for those who were unable to attend. I&rsquo;ll break it down into three sections &ndash; Venue, Attendees, and Panels &amp; Parties.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domaininvesting.com/thoughts-traffic-conference/"><span>http://www.domaininvesting.com/thoughts-traffic-conference/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Appraisals with Estibot&rsquo;s Luc Lezon &ndash; Domain Name Wire Podcast #5<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What&rsquo;s a domain name worth? It&rsquo;s the key question whenever you buy or sell a domain name. That&rsquo;s part of the reason people use Estibot.com to appraise 1.8 million domain names a day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/03/domain-appraisals-estibots-luc-lezon-podcast/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/03/domain-appraisals-estibots-luc-lezon-podcast/</span></a>&gt;<br><br>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>INTERNET USE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Twenty years ago last month, a team of well-meaning designers, coders and magazine publishers inadvertently unleashed on an unsuspecting world one of the most misguided and destructive technologies of the Internet age: the web banner ad.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/technology/personaltech/banner-ads-the-monsters-that-swallowed-the-web.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/technology/personaltech/banner-ads-the-monsters-that-swallowed-the-web.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One wi-fi hotspot for every 150 people, says study<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The UK has one wi-fi hotspot for every 11 people and worldwide there is one for every 150, new research from wi-fi provider iPass indicates. It suggests there will be 47.7 million public hotspots worldwide by the end of 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29726632"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29726632</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au/nz: New sexting law takes effect in Victoria<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Sexting' without consent is now an offence in Victoria, after the Australian state passed a new law to protect victims. ... NetSafe executive director Martin Cocker says the proposed bill is more effective than the law passed in Victoria as it is broader and covers a wider range of media.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.3news.co.nz/world/new-sexting-law-takes-effect-in-victoria-2014110316"><span>http://www.3news.co.nz/world/new-sexting-law-takes-effect-in-victoria-2014110316</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>********************** <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Six types of killer use Facebook to commit crimes, says study<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Researchers at Birmingham City University have identified six types of killer who use Facebook to commit crimes, in the first-ever study on how the social networking site can affect criminal behaviour.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/03/killer-facebook-social-media-violent-criminologists"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/03/killer-facebook-social-media-violent-criminologists</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Privacy has never been &ldquo;an absolute right&rdquo;, according to the new director of GCHQ, who has used his first public intervention since taking over at the helm of Britain&rsquo;s surveillance agency to accuse US technology companies of becoming &ldquo;the command and control networks of choice&rdquo; for terrorists.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/03/privacy-gchq-spying-robert-hannigan"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/03/privacy-gchq-spying-robert-hannigan</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Facebook's government user data requests up 24%<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Requests by governments for Facebook's user data are up by nearly a quarter in the first half of this year compared to the previous six months.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29910101"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29910101</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Microsoft's top legal gun decries privacy "arms race" [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The conflict between snooping governments seeking to defeat encryption and users demanding ever more robust privacy tools has turned into an arms race&mdash;and it&rsquo;s time for arms control talks, Microsoft&rsquo;s general counsel said on Tuesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2843593/microsofts-top-legal-gun-decries-privacy-arms-race.html"><span>http://www.cio.com/article/2843593/microsofts-top-legal-gun-decries-privacy-arms-race.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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New Nominet CEO: I'll embrace past but look forward to the future

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/new_nominet_ceo/>

 

SEO Study: New gTLD Domains DO Boost SEO Rankings

<http://totalwebsites.com/new-gtld-domains-do-impact-seo-rankings>

 

Secretary of State Cautions Investors about Ebola-Related Scams - Rise in Ebola-Related Investment Website Names Raises Suspicion

<http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=23&recordid=1753&returnURL=%2findex.aspx>

 

 

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Comments on IGF Istanbul and the future of the IGF

On Monday 27th September, CDT submitted comments in response to the Internet Governance Forum‘s call for input on its recent meeting in Istanbul.

<https://cdt.org/insight/comments-on-igf-istanbul-and-the-future-of-the-internet-governance-forum/>

 

Is there any Internet Governance out there? by Andrew Puddephatt

This year has seen significant developments in internet governance, including the Brazilian government’s attempt to create a truly multistakeholder global process in the wake of the Snowden revelations, and the US government’s announcement of its intention to transition domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community. Andrew Puddephatt, executive director of Global Partners Digital, spoke at a seminar last week organised by the LSE Media Policy Project, the International Institute of Communications, and the Internet Society, on upcoming challenges in this area.

<http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2014/10/29/is-there-any-internet-governance-out-there/>

 

Calls for SA Internet governance forum

The South African ICT industry urgently needs to create an Internet governance forum in order to contribute to the definition and creation of a local Internet governance policy capable of promoting the use of the Internet to innovate and advance economic growth.

<http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=138794>

 

U.S. Fights Critiques of How Web Is Managed - Dissent Is Increasing From Other Nations [subscription]

The latest debate at the International Telecommunication Union’s conference in Busan, South Korea, could eventually determine whether the U.N. agency in charge of radio and telephone standards claims a role in setting rules for the Internet, too.

<http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-fights-critiques-of-internet-management-1414365843>

 

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GAC Advice on New gTLDs Issued During ICANN 51 Los Angeles

The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has issued further advice to the ICANN Board in the GAC Los Angeles Communiqué regarding New gTLD applications. The New gTLD advice in the Los Angeles Communiqué related to Section 3.1 of the Applicant Guidebook is further to the contents of the Beijing, Durban, Buenos Aires, Singapore, and London Communiqués.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-27oct14-en>

 

Three Meetings, Two Countries, One Internet

The busy fall season has settled into North America. This was clearly evident over the past two weeks, with numerous important meetings surrounding the future of Internet governance taking place.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/three-meetings-two-countries-one-internet>

 

ICG Announces Sixth Conference Call

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will hold its sixth conference call on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 12:00-13:00 UTC.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-28-en>

 

Michele Neylon, Chair of the Registrar Stakeholder Group to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehadé

Registrar Stakeholder Group position on location of ICANN 52

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/neylon-to-crocker-chehade-2014-10-27-en>

 

ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the Q1 call on 20 November 2014

ICANN announced at its Los Angeles meeting a new, regular, Quarterly Stakeholder report and call to share its progress against its strategic and operating plans.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-28-en>

 

GNSO Review Supplementary 360 Assessment!

To provide further input on the GNSO, a Supplementary 360 Assessment has been launched! This Supplementary Assessment will provide survey takers with a mechanism to give valuable input into the GNSO's Working Groups. The GNSO Working Groups are one of the cornerstones of the ICANN Policy Development process, proving input on them is vital to a successful review.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-27-en>

 

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to GANDI SAS

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

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-29-en>

 

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to IP Twins SAS

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

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-29-en>

 

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to CPS-Datensysteme GmbH

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

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-29-en>

 

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to Hostserver GmbH

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

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-29-en>

 

Fadi Chehadé to Philipp Metzger

New gTLD Applications for .GMBH

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/chehade-to-metzger-2014-10-29-en>

 

Don Moody, Attorney | Donuts Inc., to Community Priority Evaluation Panel

New gTLD application for .SHOP

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/moody-to-eiu-cpe-panel-2014-10-22-en>

 

Fadi Chehadé to The Honorable Axelle Lemaire

New gTLD Applications for .WINE and .VIN

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/chehade-to-lemaire-2014-10-22-en>

 

Icann, Regulators Clash Over Illegal Online Drug Sales: FDA, Interpol Want Internet Gatekeeper to Take Action Against Suspicious Websites, but Icann Says Its Powers Are Limited

Twenty years after the Internet went mainstream, there is no such thing as a top Internet cop. Ask the Food and Drug Administration why that matters. In July, the FDA teamed with Interpol and dozens of countries to try to shut down more than 1,300 websites suspected of selling drugs without a prescription. Officials sent a list of all the websites, carrying names such as buyoxycontinonline.com and approvedonlinepharmacy.net, to the Chinese company that registered them.

<http://online.wsj.com/articles/icann-regulators-clash-over-illegal-internet-drug-sales-1414463403>

 

Icann or I Can’t? Internet Agency Clashes with FDA Over Online Sites

The international agency that administers the Internet is known as Icann. But when it comes to using enforcement powers, particularly for tracking dubious online pharmacies, it might be called ‘I can’t.’

<http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2014/10/28/icann-or-i-cant-internet-agency-clashes-with-fda-over-online-sites/>

 

Icann’s Contradictory Answers to a Simple but Important Question

How many compliance staff members does Icann have? It would appear to be a simple question, but not one the ICANN has always had an easy time answering.

<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/28/icanns-contradictory-answers-to-a-simple-but-important-question/>

 

ICANN terminates deadbeat registrar

ICANN has started termination proceedings on Domain Services Rotterdam, a Dutch registrar, for failure to pay accreditation fees.

<http://domainincite.com/17571-icann-terminates-deadbeat-registrar>

 

Moving ICANN Meeting from Marakech Would Send the Wrong Message by Andrew Mack

Reports of the cancelation of the ICANN 52 meeting in the Moroccan town of Marrakesh appear to be exaggerated. They did, however, force the organization to issue a statement on Sunday confirming that while "no decision had been taken yet" ICANN was considering postponing the meeting in Marrakech scheduled for 8-12 February, 2015. This would a mistake, in our opinion.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141027_moving_from_marakech_would_send_the_wrong_message/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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.Biz Domain Name Registrations Fall Under 2.5 Million

The number of domain names registered under the TLD of .Biz has fallen under 2.5 Million.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/27/biz-domain-name-registrations-fall-under-2-5-million/>

 

Steven Barry joins the Canadian Internet Registration Authority to manage and maintain the .CA domain

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority today announced that Steven Barry has joined the organization in the role of Director of Information Technology.

<http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/steven-barry-joins-cira/>

 

Is the free ride over for Verisign’s .net?

Verisign’s .net is on the rocks due to new gTLDs, executives have confirmed. Speaking to investors and analysts on the company’s third-quarter earnings call last week, CFO George Kilguss said that .net “is experiencing some headwinds from the launch of the new gTLD program”.

<http://domainincite.com/17573-is-the-free-ride-over-for-verisigns-net>

 

Nominet names next CEO

Russell Haworth is to join Nominet as its new Chief Executive Officer.Russell will lead the organisation as it develops its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies, and delivers on its commitment to ensuring the internet is a force for good.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominet-names-next-ceo>

 

New Nominet CEO: I'll embrace past but look forward to the future

"It's too early to tell what areas of growth will be best for Nominet," says Russell Howard, "but the company has got some smart people, a good board and an active membership base so if we can corral all three, everybody wins."

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/new_nominet_ceo/>

 

Nominet hires venture capitalist as new CEO

Nominet has named Lesley Cowley’s replacement as CEO as Russell Haworth, a Thomson Reuters alum who’s spent much of 2014 working as a venture capitalist.

<http://domainincite.com/17582-nominet-hires-venture-capitalist-as-new-ceo>

 

Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service passes 10,000th case milestone

Aston Merrygold, former member of boyband JLS, has been awarded the domain name astonmerrygold.co.uk following a complaint to Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). The decision marks the 10,000th domain dispute to pass through the DRS since it was established over 12 years ago.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominet’s-dispute-resolution-service-passes-10000th-case-milestone>

 

Former pop star is .uk’s 10,000th cybersquatting case

Nominet has processed its 10,000th cybersquatting dispute, according to the company. Conveniently for the .uk registry’s public relations department, the complainant in the case was Aston Merrygold, a well-known former member of the pop group JLS.

<http://domainincite.com/17577-former-pop-star-is-uks-10000th-cybersquatting-case>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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SEO Study: New gTLD Domains DO Boost SEO Rankings

The Internet hasn’t stopped shifting since it exploded into existence less than three short decades ago, but we’ve yet to see anything like what 2014 and 2015 has in store. For those who are unaware, TLDs, which include the .COM, .ORG, and .NET we’ve always used to access and name websites, are being joined by a fresh new set of alternative extensions called gTLDs. However, unlike the three main TLDs we all know and love, there will be more than a thousand new gTLDs available to choose from.

<http://totalwebsites.com/new-gtld-domains-do-impact-seo-rankings>

 

Amazon.com trademark might tip off plans for new TLD`s

What does Amazon.com plan to do with TLDs it is the registry for? Does it still plan to earmark them for just Amazon.com’s use? Is it just for defensive purposes? Or will it promote them to consumers?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/amazon-trademark-new-tlds/>

 

TLD Registry appoints first China General Manager

TLD Registry Ltd, the world’s leading Internationalized Domain Name “New gTLD” registry, today announced the appointment of the company’s first ever China General Manager. Mr. Jin Wang has joined the TLD Registry team, contributing a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the internet and domain name industries in China.

<https://internetregistry.info/tld-registry-appoints-china-general-manager/>

 

TLD Registry opens Chinese headquarters and names GM

TLD Registry, the company behind the Chinese IDNs Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), has opened a Chinese headquarters and named a new General Manager for China.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/tld-registry-chinese-headquarters/>

 

Critics say Google is “Hispandering” with new .Soy domain name

If the company is Hispandering, it’s also mompandering and corporationpandering.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/29/critics-say-google-is-hispandering-with-new-soy-domain-name/>

 

The New TLD Registry Example to Follow by Jean Guillon

With lessons learnt from the first Round, what does a new applicant need to know to prepare for the coming Round? Which example should he follow to increase his chances of success? I have had the chance to read about new domain names sales figure expectations, prior to the launching of Round one of the ICANN new gTLD program. Comments that I read and feed-backs that I have today are: "our expectations are the one we wrote on the paper and we are happy with them".

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141029_the_new_tld_registry_example_to_follow/>

 

.Feedback plans to bundle feedback platform with domain names

Jay Westerdal’s company Top Level Spectrum has submitted a request to ICANN to offer a feedback platform combined with its forthcoming .feedback TLD.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/feedback-plans-to-bundle-feedback-platform-with-domain-names/>

 

Radix gets .site as Google participates in a private auction

New TLD company Radix has secured the .site domain name, the company announced on social media this morning.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/radix-gets-site-did-google-participate-in-a-private-auction/>

 

Two Social Media Powerhouses With Over 7 Million Followers Re-brand to An .XYZ Domain

A couple of social media trendsetters have gone with an .XYZ domain name for their internet domain name presence. Tasia Alexis is by any measure a social media powerhouse with a total of 3.85 million followers has registered and proudly promoting her new domain name Tasia.xyz.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/28/two-social-media-powerhouses-with-over-7-million-followers-re-brand-to-an-xyz-domain/>

 

.XYZ harnesses the power of .Com to promote its domain names

Regardless of what you think about its approach, I’ve got to hand it to .xyz. The TLD is trying a bunch of creative marketing and sales tactics.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/xyz-harnesses-the-power-of-com-to-promote-its-domain-names/>

 

This week’s new TLD launch

You might notice something subtle in the title of this post. It’s singular.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/this-weeks-new-tld-launch/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Internet experts see ‘major cyber attacks’ increasing over next decade

Cyber attacks on countries and corporations are likely to increase in the next decade, according to a majority of internet experts surveyed for a new report by the US-based Pew Research Center.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/29/major-cyber-attacks-internet-experts>

 

Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase

The Internet has become so integral to economic and national life that government, business, and individual users are targets for ever-more frequent and threatening attacks.

<http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/29/cyber-attacks-likely-to-increase/>

 

Internet of things devices could be used to support DDoS attacks

The increase in the number of devices being manufactured in the 'internet of things' (IoT) age gives criminals new opportunities for launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, a new report has warned.

<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/october/internet-of-things-devices-could-be-used-to-support-ddos-attacks/>

 

Cyberattacks Most Imminent Threat to U.S., Economy

In a panel discussion Monday morning, a crowded table of top-level security experts from industry, military and government agreed that the threat posed by cyberattacks targeting U.S. critical infrastructure and private industry now outweighs any other national security threat. Problematically, the government will not and cannot solve that problem alone. Private companies will have to look within and to each other and partner with the government if they want to protect themselves and, more broadly, U.S. interests, the experts said.

<http://threatpost.com/cyberattacks-most-imminent-threat-to-u-s-economy/109039>

 

Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group

A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but also dissidents inside and outside China.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/researchers-identify-sophisticated-chinese-cyberespionage-group/2014/10/27/de30bc9a-5e00-11e4-8b9e-2ccdac31a031_story.html>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Secretary of State Cautions Investors about Ebola-Related Scams - Rise in Ebola-Related Investment Website Names Raises Suspicion

Following the outbreak of Ebola in western Africa and its appearance in North America, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller today cautioned investors to beware of opportunistic Internet-based schemes tied to investments in Ebola-related treatments or cures. ... An analysis of internet domain names by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which the Nevada Secretary of State’s office is a member, found nearly 1,200 domains with “Ebola” in their name registered with TLDs, such as .com, .net, and .org since April 2014. About 1,000 of those registrations have occurred since July, as awareness of the crisis spread. Of these sites, 184 were identified by NASAA’s Internet Fraud Investigations project group as suspicious.

<http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=23&recordid=1753&returnURL=%2findex.aspx>

 

Investors warned to watch for scams tied to Ebola

Wisconsin's securities regulator is warning investors to be on the lookout for investment scams related to Ebola. ... Struck said an analysis of Internet domain names by the North American Securities Administrators Association found nearly 1,200 domains with "Ebola" in their name have been registered with TLDs, such as .com, .net, .org since April. About 1,000 of those registrations have occurred since July, as awareness of the crisis spread, the regulator said. Of these sites, 184 were identified as suspicious.

<http://www.jsonline.com/business/investors-warned-to-watch-for-scams-tied-to-ebola-b99380758z1-280831862.html>

 

State agency to investors: Prepare for Ebola-related scams

The Alabama Securities Commission is cautioning investors to beware of Ebola-related Internet investment schemes. ASC Director Joseph Borg said an analysis of Internet domain names by the North American Securities Administrators Association, of which the ASC is a member, found nearly 1,200 domains with Ebola in their name have been registered with TLDs, such as .com, .net, .org, since April 2014, and about 1,000 of those registrations have occurred in the last three months.

<http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/blog/2014/10/state-agency-to-investors-prepare-for-ebola.html>

 

Turkish restaurant chain guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

A restaurant in Turkey has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name develi.com.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/turkish-restaurant-chain-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Summary of the Registration Operations Association Workshop by Scott Hollenbeck

The first Registration Operations Association Workshop took place on Thursday, 16 October 2014, at the Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. I'd like to thank the 64 people that took the time to attend and participate in the discussion, both in-person and remote. I started the workshop with an introduction to some of the technical challenges being faced by the domain registration industry.

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

 

Quitted ICANN director gets old job back

Olga Madruga-Forti, who quit ICANN’s board of directors earlier this month, has gone back to work for the US Federal Communications Commission.

<http://domainincite.com/17580-quitted-icann-director-gets-old-job-back>

 

How Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Chose Baby Wyatt's Unique Name

Take it from Ashton Kutcher -- you never know when inspiration will strike. Plenty of people were surprised at the unisex name Kutcher and Mila Kunis decided to give their baby girl -- Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher -- which the couple revealed earlier this month, but now the 36-year-old Two and a Half Men star is revealing the inspiration behind the unique name. ... And this being the tech-savvy Kutcher, he immediately reserved all of the domain names related to the baby name.

<http://www.etonline.com/news/153206_how_ashton_kutcher_and_mila_kunis_chose_baby_wyatt_unique_name/index.html>

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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One-Third of Top Websites Restrict Customers’ Right to Sue

Walk into the grocery store, and you can sue if a clumsy clerk drops a box on your head. But what happens if a website leaks your personal data? Or if an online retailer misleads you about the cost of a purchase? Depending on the site you’re visiting, your legal rights are murkier.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/upshot/one-third-of-top-websites-restrict-customers-right-to-sue.html>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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au: AFP defends power to block websites

Australia's top law-enforcement agency has defended its use of a controversial law that requires internet service providers to block websites it and other government agencies deem illegal, without judicial oversight.

<http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/afp-defends-power-to-block-websites-20141028-11dfw1.html>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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US urges coalition to wage online battle against Islamic State militants

Washington has called for the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group to be extended to the internet to stop the jihadists' online propaganda.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-28/us-urges-coalition-to-wage-online-battle-against-islamic-state/5845766>

 

Mandatory data retention legislation hits the Australian parliament

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this morning introduced legislation that will force telecommunications companies to retain customer data for two years.

<http://www.zdnet.com/au/mandatory-data-retention-legislation-hits-the-australian-parliament-7000035221/>

 

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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>New Nominet CEO: I'll embrace past but look forward to the future<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/new_nominet_ceo/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/new_nominet_ceo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SEO Study: New gTLD Domains DO Boost SEO Rankings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://totalwebsites.com/new-gtld-domains-do-impact-seo-rankings"><span>http://totalwebsites.com/new-gtld-domains-do-impact-seo-rankings</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Secretary of State Cautions Investors about Ebola-Related Scams - Rise in Ebola-Related Investment Website Names Raises Suspicion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=23&amp;recordid=1753&amp;returnURL=%2findex.aspx"><span>http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=23&amp;recordid=1753&amp;returnURL=%2findex.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Comments on IGF Istanbul and the future of the IGF<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Monday 27th September, CDT submitted comments in response to the Internet Governance Forum&lsquo;s call for input on its recent meeting in Istanbul.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cdt.org/insight/comments-on-igf-istanbul-and-the-future-of-the-internet-governance-forum/"><span>https://cdt.org/insight/comments-on-igf-istanbul-and-the-future-of-the-internet-governance-forum/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Is there any Internet Governance out there? by Andrew Puddephatt<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This year has seen significant developments in internet governance, including the Brazilian government&rsquo;s attempt to create a truly multistakeholder global process in the wake of the Snowden revelations, and the US government&rsquo;s announcement of its intention to transition domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community. Andrew Puddephatt, executive director of Global Partners Digital, spoke at a seminar last week organised by the LSE Media Policy Project, the International Institute of Communications, and the Internet Society, on upcoming challenges in this area.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2014/10/29/is-there-any-internet-governance-out-there/"><span>http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2014/10/29/is-there-any-internet-governance-out-there/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Calls for SA Internet governance forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The South African ICT industry urgently needs to create an Internet governance forum in order to contribute to the definition and creation of a local Internet governance policy capable of promoting the use of the Internet to innovate and advance economic growth.<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=138794"><span>http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=138794</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Fights Critiques of How Web Is Managed - Dissent Is Increasing From Other Nations [subscription]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest debate at the International Telecommunication Union&rsquo;s conference in Busan, South Korea, could eventually determine whether the U.N. agency in charge of radio and telephone standards claims a role in setting rules for the Internet, too.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-fights-critiques-of-internet-management-1414365843"><span>http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-fights-critiques-of-internet-management-1414365843</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Advice on New gTLDs Issued During ICANN 51 Los Angeles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has issued further advice to the ICANN Board in the GAC Los Angeles Communiqu&eacute; regarding New gTLD applications. The New gTLD advice in the Los Angeles Communiqu&eacute; related to Section 3.1 of the Applicant Guidebook is further to the contents of the Beijing, Durban, Buenos Aires, Singapore, and London Communiqu&eacute;s.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-27oct14-en"><span>http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-27oct14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Three Meetings, Two Countries, One Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The busy fall season has settled into North America. This was clearly evident over the past two weeks, with numerous important meetings surrounding the future of Internet governance taking place.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/three-meetings-two-countries-one-internet"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/three-meetings-two-countries-one-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICG Announces Sixth Conference Call<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will hold its sixth conference call on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 12:00-13:00 UTC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-28-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-28-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Michele Neylon, Chair of the Registrar Stakeholder Group to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehad&eacute;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Registrar Stakeholder Group position on location of ICANN 52<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/neylon-to-crocker-chehade-2014-10-27-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/neylon-to-crocker-chehade-2014-10-27-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report &ndash; Register for the Q1 call on 20 November 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN announced at its Los Angeles meeting a new, regular, Quarterly Stakeholder report and call to share its progress against its strategic and operating plans.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-28-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-28-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GNSO Review Supplementary 360 Assessment!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>To provide further input on the GNSO, a Supplementary 360 Assessment has been launched! This Supplementary Assessment will provide survey takers with a mechanism to give valuable input into the GNSO's Working Groups. The GNSO Working Groups are one of the cornerstones of the ICANN Policy Development process, proving input on them is vital to a successful review.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-27-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-27-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to GANDI SAS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GANDI SAS ("</span><span lang="EN-US">Registrar</span><span>") </span><span lang="EN-US">submitted to </span><span lang="EN-US">ICANN</span><span> </span><span lang="EN-US">a </span><span lang="EN-US">Registrar</span><span> </span><span lang="EN-US">Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-29-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-29-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to IP Twins SAS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">IP Twins SAS ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-29-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-29-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to CPS-Datensysteme GmbH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">CPS-Datensysteme GmbH ("Registrar") submitted to </span><span lang="EN-US">ICANN a </span><span lang="EN-US">Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-29-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-29-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to Hostserver GmbH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Hostserver GmbH ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") pursuant to Section 3 of the Data Retention Specification of the 2013 RAA, which provides that if a registrar is subject to the same applicable law that gave rise to ICANN's request to grant a previous data retention waiver under the 2013 RAA, a registrar may request that ICANN grant a similar waiver, which request shall be approved by ICANN, unless ICANN provides Registrar with a reasonable justification for not approving such request.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-29-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-29-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Fadi Chehad&eacute; to Philipp Metzger</span><span lang="EN-US"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">New gTLD Applications for .GMBH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/chehade-to-metzger-2014-10-29-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/chehade-to-metzger-2014-10-29-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Don Moody, Attorney | Donuts Inc., to Community Priority Evaluation Panel</span><span lang="EN-US"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">New gTLD application for .SHOP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/moody-to-eiu-cpe-panel-2014-10-22-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/moody-to-eiu-cpe-panel-2014-10-22-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Fadi Chehad&eacute; to The Honorable Axelle Lemaire</span><span lang="EN-US"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">New gTLD Applications for .WINE and .VIN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/chehade-to-lemaire-2014-10-22-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/chehade-to-lemaire-2014-10-22-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Icann, Regulators Clash Over Illegal Online Drug Sales: FDA, Interpol Want Internet Gatekeeper to Take Action Against Suspicious Websites, but Icann Says Its Powers Are Limited<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Twenty years after the Internet went mainstream, there is no such thing as a top Internet cop. Ask the Food and Drug Administration why that matters. In July, the FDA teamed with Interpol and dozens of countries to try to shut down more than 1,300 websites suspected of selling drugs without a prescription. Officials sent a list of all the websites, carrying names such as buyoxycontinonline.com and approvedonlinepharmacy.net, to the Chinese company that registered them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/icann-regulators-clash-over-illegal-internet-drug-sales-1414463403"><span>http://online.wsj.com/articles/icann-regulators-clash-over-illegal-internet-drug-sales-1414463403</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Icann or I Can&rsquo;t? Internet Agency Clashes with FDA Over Online Sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The international agency that administers the Internet is known as Icann. But when it comes to using enforcement powers, particularly for tracking dubious online pharmacies, it might be called &lsquo;I can&rsquo;t.&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2014/10/28/icann-or-i-cant-internet-agency-clashes-with-fda-over-online-sites/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2014/10/28/icann-or-i-cant-internet-agency-clashes-with-fda-over-online-sites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Icann&rsquo;s Contradictory Answers to a Simple but Important Question<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How many compliance staff members does Icann have? It would appear to be a simple question, but not one the ICANN has always had an easy time answering.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/28/icanns-contradictory-answers-to-a-simple-but-important-question/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/28/icanns-contradictory-answers-to-a-simple-but-important-question/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN terminates deadbeat registrar<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has started termination proceedings on Domain Services Rotterdam, a Dutch registrar, for failure to pay accreditation fees.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17571-icann-terminates-deadbeat-registrar"><span>http://domainincite.com/17571-icann-terminates-deadbeat-registrar</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Moving ICANN Meeting from Marakech Would Send the Wrong Message by Andrew Mack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Reports of the cancelation of the ICANN 52 meeting in the Moroccan town of Marrakesh appear to be exaggerated. They did, however, force the organization to issue a statement on Sunday confirming that while "no decision had been taken yet" ICANN was considering postponing the meeting in Marrakech scheduled for 8-12 February, 2015. This would a mistake, in our opinion.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141027_moving_from_marakech_would_send_the_wrong_message/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141027_moving_from_marakech_would_send_the_wrong_message/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Biz Domain Name Registrations Fall Under 2.5 Million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The number of domain names registered under the TLD of .Biz has fallen under 2.5 Million.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/27/biz-domain-name-registrations-fall-under-2-5-million/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/27/biz-domain-name-registrations-fall-under-2-5-million/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Steven Barry joins the Canadian Internet Registration Authority to manage and maintain the .CA domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Canadian Internet Registration Authority today announced that Steven Barry has joined the organization in the role of Director of Information Technology.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/steven-barry-joins-cira/"><span>http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/steven-barry-joins-cira/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Is the free ride over for Verisign&rsquo;s .net?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign&rsquo;s .net is on the rocks due to new gTLDs, executives have confirmed. Speaking to investors and analysts on the company&rsquo;s third-quarter earnings call last week, CFO George Kilguss said that .net &ldquo;is experiencing some headwinds from the launch of the new gTLD program&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17573-is-the-free-ride-over-for-verisigns-net"><span>http://domainincite.com/17573-is-the-free-ride-over-for-verisigns-net</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet names next CEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Russell Haworth is to join Nominet as its new Chief Executive Officer.Russell will lead the organisation as it develops its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies, and delivers on its commitment to ensuring the internet is a force for good.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominet-names-next-ceo"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominet-names-next-ceo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Nominet CEO: I'll embrace past but look forward to the future<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"It's too early to tell what areas of growth will be best for Nominet," says Russell Howard, "but the company has got some smart people, a good board and an active membership base so if we can corral all three, everybody wins."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/new_nominet_ceo/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/new_nominet_ceo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet hires venture capitalist as new CEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet has named Lesley Cowley&rsquo;s replacement as CEO as Russell Haworth, a Thomson Reuters alum who&rsquo;s spent much of 2014 working as a venture capitalist.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17582-nominet-hires-venture-capitalist-as-new-ceo"><span>http://domainincite.com/17582-nominet-hires-venture-capitalist-as-new-ceo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet&rsquo;s Dispute Resolution Service passes 10,000th case milestone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aston Merrygold, former member of boyband JLS, has been awarded the domain name astonmerrygold.co.uk following a complaint to Nominet&rsquo;s Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). The decision marks the 10,000th domain dispute to pass through the DRS since it was established over 12 years ago.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominet%E2%80%99s-dispute-resolution-service-passes-10000th-case-milestone"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/nominet&rsquo;s-dispute-resolution-service-passes-10000th-case-milestone</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Former pop star is .uk&rsquo;s 10,000th cybersquatting case<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet has processed its 10,000th cybersquatting dispute, according to the company. Conveniently for the .uk registry&rsquo;s public relations department, the complainant in the case was Aston Merrygold, a well-known former member of the pop group JLS.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17577-former-pop-star-is-uks-10000th-cybersquatting-case"><span>http://domainincite.com/17577-former-pop-star-is-uks-10000th-cybersquatting-case</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SEO Study: New gTLD Domains DO Boost SEO Rankings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet hasn&rsquo;t stopped shifting since it exploded into existence less than three short decades ago, but we&rsquo;ve yet to see anything like what 2014 and 2015 has in store. For those who are unaware, TLDs, which include the .COM, .ORG, and .NET we&rsquo;ve always used to access and name websites, are being joined by a fresh new set of alternative extensions called gTLDs. However, unlike the three main TLDs we all know and love, there will be more than a thousand new gTLDs available to choose from.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://totalwebsites.com/new-gtld-domains-do-impact-seo-rankings"><span>http://totalwebsites.com/new-gtld-domains-do-impact-seo-rankings</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Amazon.com trademark might tip off plans for new TLD`s<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What does Amazon.com plan to do with TLDs it is the registry for? Does it still plan to earmark them for just Amazon.com&rsquo;s use? Is it just for defensive purposes? Or will it promote them to consumers?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/amazon-trademark-new-tlds/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/amazon-trademark-new-tlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD Registry appoints first China General Manager<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD Registry Ltd, the world&rsquo;s leading Internationalized Domain Name &ldquo;New gTLD&rdquo; registry, today announced the appointment of the company&rsquo;s first ever China General Manager. Mr. Jin Wang has joined the TLD Registry team, contributing a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the internet and domain name industries in China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetregistry.info/tld-registry-appoints-china-general-manager/"><span>https://internetregistry.info/tld-registry-appoints-china-general-manager/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD Registry opens Chinese headquarters and names GM<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD Registry, the company behind the Chinese IDNs Dot Chinese Online (.</span><span lang="EN-US">&#22312;&#32447;</span><span>) and Dot Chinese Website (.</span><span lang="EN-US">&#20013;&#25991;&#32593;</span><span>), has opened a Chinese headquarters and named a new General Manager for China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/tld-registry-chinese-headquarters/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/tld-registry-chinese-headquarters/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Critics say Google is &ldquo;Hispandering&rdquo; with new .Soy domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If the company is Hispandering, it&rsquo;s also mompandering and corporationpandering.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/29/critics-say-google-is-hispandering-with-new-soy-domain-name/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/29/critics-say-google-is-hispandering-with-new-soy-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The New TLD Registry Example to Follow by Jean Guillon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With lessons learnt from the first Round, what does a new applicant need to know to prepare for the coming Round? Which example should he follow to increase his chances of success? I have had the chance to read about new domain names sales figure expectations, prior to the launching of Round one of the ICANN new gTLD program. Comments that I read and feed-backs that I have today are: "our expectations are the one we wrote on the paper and we are happy with them".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141029_the_new_tld_registry_example_to_follow/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141029_the_new_tld_registry_example_to_follow/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Feedback plans to bundle feedback platform with domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Jay Westerdal&rsquo;s company Top Level Spectrum has submitted a request to ICANN to offer a feedback platform combined with its forthcoming .feedback TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/feedback-plans-to-bundle-feedback-platform-with-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/feedback-plans-to-bundle-feedback-platform-with-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Radix gets .site as Google participates in a private auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLD company Radix has secured the .site domain name, the company announced on social media this morning.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/radix-gets-site-did-google-participate-in-a-private-auction/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/28/radix-gets-site-did-google-participate-in-a-private-auction/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two Social Media Powerhouses With Over 7 Million Followers Re-brand to An .XYZ Domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A couple of social media trendsetters have gone with an .XYZ domain name for their internet domain name presence. Tasia Alexis is by any measure a social media powerhouse with a total of 3.85 million followers has registered and proudly promoting her new domain name Tasia.xyz.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/28/two-social-media-powerhouses-with-over-7-million-followers-re-brand-to-an-xyz-domain/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/28/two-social-media-powerhouses-with-over-7-million-followers-re-brand-to-an-xyz-domain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.XYZ harnesses the power of .Com to promote its domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Regardless of what you think about its approach, I&rsquo;ve got to hand it to .xyz. The TLD is trying a bunch of creative marketing and sales tactics.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/xyz-harnesses-the-power-of-com-to-promote-its-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/xyz-harnesses-the-power-of-com-to-promote-its-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week&rsquo;s new TLD launch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>You might notice something subtle in the title of this post. It&rsquo;s singular.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/this-weeks-new-tld-launch/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/this-weeks-new-tld-launch/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet experts see &lsquo;major cyber attacks&rsquo; increasing over next decade<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber attacks on countries and corporations are likely to increase in the next decade, according to a majority of internet experts surveyed for a new report by the US-based Pew Research Center.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/29/major-cyber-attacks-internet-experts"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/29/major-cyber-attacks-internet-experts</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet has become so integral to economic and national life that government, business, and individual users are targets for ever-more frequent and threatening attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/29/cyber-attacks-likely-to-increase/"><span>http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/29/cyber-attacks-likely-to-increase/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet of things devices could be used to support DDoS attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The increase in the number of devices being manufactured in the 'internet of things' (IoT) age gives criminals new opportunities for launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, a new report has warned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/october/internet-of-things-devices-could-be-used-to-support-ddos-attacks/"><span>http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/october/internet-of-things-devices-could-be-used-to-support-ddos-attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyberattacks Most Imminent Threat to U.S., Economy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a panel discussion Monday morning, a crowded table of top-level security experts from industry, military and government agreed that the threat posed by cyberattacks targeting U.S. critical infrastructure and private industry now outweighs any other national security threat. Problematically, the government will not and cannot solve that problem alone. Private companies will have to look within and to each other and partner with the government if they want to protect themselves and, more broadly, U.S. interests, the experts said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/cyberattacks-most-imminent-threat-to-u-s-economy/109039"><span>http://threatpost.com/cyberattacks-most-imminent-threat-to-u-s-economy/109039</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but also dissidents inside and outside China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/researchers-identify-sophisticated-chinese-cyberespionage-group/2014/10/27/de30bc9a-5e00-11e4-8b9e-2ccdac31a031_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/researchers-identify-sophisticated-chinese-cyberespionage-group/2014/10/27/de30bc9a-5e00-11e4-8b9e-2ccdac31a031_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Secretary of State Cautions Investors about Ebola-Related Scams - Rise in Ebola-Related Investment Website Names Raises Suspicion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following the outbreak of Ebola in western Africa and its appearance in North America, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller today cautioned investors to beware of opportunistic Internet-based schemes tied to investments in Ebola-related treatments or cures. ... An analysis of internet domain names by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which the Nevada Secretary of State&rsquo;s office is a member, found nearly 1,200 domains with &ldquo;Ebola&rdquo; in their name registered with TLDs, such as .com, .net, and .org since April 2014. About 1,000 of those registrations have occurred since July, as awareness of the crisis spread. Of these sites, 184 were identified by NASAA&rsquo;s Internet Fraud Investigations project group as suspicious.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=23&amp;recordid=1753&amp;returnURL=%2findex.aspx"><span>http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=23&amp;recordid=1753&amp;returnURL=%2findex.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Investors warned to watch for scams tied to Ebola<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Wisconsin's securities regulator is warning investors to be on the lookout for investment scams related to Ebola. ... Struck said an analysis of Internet domain names by the North American Securities Administrators Association found nearly 1,200 domains with "Ebola" in their name have been registered with TLDs, such as .com, .net, .org since April. About 1,000 of those registrations have occurred since July, as awareness of the crisis spread, the regulator said. Of these sites, 184 were identified as suspicious.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.jsonline.com/business/investors-warned-to-watch-for-scams-tied-to-ebola-b99380758z1-280831862.html"><span>http://www.jsonline.com/business/investors-warned-to-watch-for-scams-tied-to-ebola-b99380758z1-280831862.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>State agency to investors: Prepare for Ebola-related scams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Alabama Securities Commission is cautioning investors to beware of Ebola-related Internet investment schemes. ASC Director Joseph Borg said an analysis of Internet domain names by the North American Securities Administrators Association, of which the ASC is a member, found nearly 1,200 domains with Ebola in their name have been registered with TLDs, such as .com, .net, .org, since April 2014, and about 1,000 of those registrations have occurred in the last three months.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/blog/2014/10/state-agency-to-investors-prepare-for-ebola.html"><span>http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/blog/2014/10/state-agency-to-investors-prepare-for-ebola.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Turkish restaurant chain guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A restaurant in Turkey has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name develi.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/turkish-restaurant-chain-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/27/turkish-restaurant-chain-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Summary of the Registration Operations Association Workshop by Scott Hollenbeck<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The first Registration Operations Association Workshop took place on Thursday, 16 October 2014, at the Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. I'd like to thank the 64 people that took the time to attend and participate in the discussion, both in-person and remote. I started the workshop with an introduction to some of the technical challenges being faced by the domain registration industry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/summary_of_the_registration_operations"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/summary_of_the_registration_operations</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Quitted ICANN director gets old job back<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Olga Madruga-Forti, who quit ICANN&rsquo;s board of directors earlier this month, has gone back to work for the US Federal Communications Commission.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17580-quitted-icann-director-gets-old-job-back"><span>http://domainincite.com/17580-quitted-icann-director-gets-old-job-back</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Chose Baby Wyatt's Unique Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Take it from Ashton Kutcher -- you never know when inspiration will strike. Plenty of people were surprised at the unisex name Kutcher and Mila Kunis decided to give their baby girl -- Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher -- which the couple revealed earlier this month, but now the 36-year-old Two and a Half Men star is revealing the inspiration behind the unique name. ... And this being the tech-savvy Kutcher, he immediately reserved all of the domain names related to the baby name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.etonline.com/news/153206_how_ashton_kutcher_and_mila_kunis_chose_baby_wyatt_unique_name/index.html"><span>http://www.etonline.com/news/153206_how_ashton_kutcher_and_mila_kunis_chose_baby_wyatt_unique_name/index.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One-Third of Top Websites Restrict Customers&rsquo; Right to Sue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Walk into the grocery store, and you can sue if a clumsy clerk drops a box on your head. But what happens if a website leaks your personal data? Or if an online retailer misleads you about the cost of a purchase? Depending on the site you&rsquo;re visiting, your legal rights are murkier.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/upshot/one-third-of-top-websites-restrict-customers-right-to-sue.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/upshot/one-third-of-top-websites-restrict-customers-right-to-sue.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: AFP defends power to block websites</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia's top law-enforcement agency has defended its use of a controversial law that requires internet service providers to block websites it and other government agencies deem illegal, without judicial oversight.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/afp-defends-power-to-block-websites-20141028-11dfw1.html"><span>http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/afp-defends-power-to-block-websites-20141028-11dfw1.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US urges coalition to wage online battle against Islamic State militants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Washington has called for the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group to be extended to the internet to stop the jihadists' online propaganda.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-28/us-urges-coalition-to-wage-online-battle-against-islamic-state/5845766"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-28/us-urges-coalition-to-wage-online-battle-against-islamic-state/5845766</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mandatory data retention legislation hits the Australian parliament<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this morning introduced legislation that will force telecommunications companies to retain customer data for two years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/au/mandatory-data-retention-legislation-hits-the-australian-parliament-7000035221/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/au/mandatory-data-retention-legislation-hits-the-australian-parliament-7000035221/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 20 Oct 04:41 2014

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ICANN: Reforms Needed Before US Hands Over Control

<http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/digital-business/icann-reforms-needed-before-us-hands-over-control/a/d-id/1316667>

 

The 2014 Nominating Committee Announces Selection of a Member to the ICANN Board of Directors

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-16-en>

 

GAC Communiqué Issued During ICANN 51 in Los Angeles

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-16-en>

 

The GAC Elects New Chair and Vice-Chairs

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-16-en>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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ICANN: Reforms Needed Before US Hands Over Control

US Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) says we must still address questions about accountability and transparency to ensure an open, secure, stable Internet.

<http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/digital-business/icann-reforms-needed-before-us-hands-over-control/a/d-id/1316667>

 

The U.N. Trumps Silicon Valley: By lobbying for ‘net neutrality’ regulations, big technology companies pave the way for authoritarian governments to censor the Internet.

Two years ago Silicon Valley led the charge to protect the Internet from United Nations control. Technology companies and their advocates in Washington did such a good job that the House and Senate unanimously passed resolutions against the idea, while the International Telecommunication Union was hatching a plan in Dubai.

<http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-the-u-n-trumps-silicon-valley-1413757989>

 

IANA Stewardship: Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal Team

The five Regional Internet Registries today published a process for producing a single proposal from the global IP addressing community to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S Government.

<https://www.nro.net/news/iana-stewardship-consolidated-rir-iana-stewardship-proposal-team>

 

IANA Stewardship: Draft RIPE Proposal Published

An initial working draft of the RIPE community proposal on IANA stewardship has been posted to the RIPE Cooperation Working Group mailing list.

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/iana-stewardship-draft-ripe-proposal-published>

 

The cauldron begins to bubble: Update on the IANA transition by Milton Mueller

By now it should be clear to everyone that the IANA functions have three distinct stakeholder communities. Sometimes called “the customers of the IANA,” they refer to 1) those directly affected by the management of the domain name system’s root zone file (mainly TLD registries); 2) those who rely on the IANA for global coordination of IP address number allocations (primarily but not exclusively the five regional internet registries); and 3) those concerned with the registry for protocol parameters in IETF standards (developers, the IETF, ISOC and the IAB).

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/10/12/the-cauldron-begins-to-bubble-update-on-the-iana-transition/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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The 2014 Nominating Committee Announces Selection of a Member to the ICANN Board of Directors

The 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is pleased to announce the selection of Wolfgang Kleinwächter as a member to the ICANN Board of Directors.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-16-en>

 

GAC Communiqué Issued During ICANN 51 in Los Angeles

The Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN has issued its Los Angeles Communiqué.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-16-en>

<https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/Los%20Angeles_GAC%20Communique_Final.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1413479079702&api=v2>

 

The GAC Elects New Chair and Vice-Chairs

With the incumbent Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee and its three Vice-Chairs having reached the maximum terms of their mandates, the GAC held elections for these four positions during the ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-16-en>

 

Summary of Public Experts Group Meeting October 14, 2014

On October 14, 2014, the Public Experts Group (PEG) met to discuss evaluation criteria for the selection of Advisors to the Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) in the ICANN Accountability Process. The PEG members, Jeanette Hoffman, Janis Karklins, Larry Strickling and Brian Cute, discussed and agreed to the areas of expertise and evaluation criteria they would use in the selection process.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-16-en>

 

GAC Communiqué – Los Angeles, CA, USA

GAC Communiqué

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/gac-to-board-2014-10-15-en>

 

ICANN Announces Appointment of Head of India

ICANN has announced the appointment of Samiran Gupta as the new Head of India. In this role, Samiran will be the primary representative of ICANN in India and also be responsible for all stakeholder engagements.

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-10-14-en>

 

Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operation | ICANN, to Célia Boyer, Mukesh Haikerwal, and Peter Murray

New gTLD applications for health-related strings

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/willett-to-boyer-et-al-2014-10-15-en>

 

Alphabet Soup – The ICANN Edition

We’ve dipped into the alphabet soup of Internet governance meetings, and now it’s time to cover the whole new set of acronyms cropping up in news feeds this week.

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/10/15/alphabet-soup-the-icann-edition/>

 

Report on ICANN51 in Los Angeles

The report covers in detail the sessions held by the ccNSO, GNSO and GAC. The IANA stewardship transition and ICANN Accountability were the meta themes which crossed many of the discussions during the week.

<https://centr.org/news/iana/10-18-2014/3735/report-icann51-los-angeles>

 

Morocco ICANN meeting in jeopardy due to Ebola crisis

The first international ICANN meeting of 2015 is scheduled for 8 to 12 February, 2015 in Morocco, North Africa. But the current Ebola crisis may scupper these plans. During ICANN’s Annual General Meeting this week in Los Angeles, some participants have started to question whether holding the Morocco meeting is a good idea.

<http://post.milathan.com/2014/10/morocco-icann-meeting-in-jeopardy-due-to-ebola-crisis/>

 

Dominican Republic accepted into ICANN

The Dominican Republic has been officially accepted into the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN, making it the eleventh country from Latin America and sixth from the Caribbean to join the world body.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/dominican-republic-accepted-into-icann--1043903>

 

ICG Interview: Jandyr Ferreira dos Santos (GAC)

Jandyr Ferreira dos Santos discusses his representation of the GAC on the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) during the group’s second meeting in Istanbul, 6 September 2014.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbnpGRjwZ6o>

 

Governments weigh in on community and two-letter domain names

The Governmental Advisory Committee to ICANN has issued its GAC Communique from this week’s meeting in Los Angeles.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/16/governments-community-priority-evaluations/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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fr: The Internet in ten years' time: Consensus and divergence within the Community

Afnic publishes the results of its 3rd Technology Backdrop Survey (2014). Launched as part of the Research & Development work carried out by Afnic, the Technology Backdrop Survey was designed with the support of Afnic Scientific Council and conducted by INIT. The purpose of the survey, which first went online in 2011, is to produce a common overview of current technological trends.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8400/show/the-internet-in-ten-years-time-consensus-and-divergence-within-the-community-1.html>

 

Unique auction of .se domains during autumn/winter

Through a unique auction during the autumn/winter of 2014, .SE will be releasing .se domain names that have never before been possible to register. It’s about country codes, for example cd.se, hr.se and it.se, as well as other countries’ names – for example thailand.se and spanien.se. Starting October 13th, the domains will be auctioned during the autumn and winter via Tradera.

<https://www.iis.se/english/news/unique-auction-of-se-domains/>

 

£3m donation to Nominet Trust

Nominet ... has confirmed a £3 million charitable donation to Nominet Trust.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/£3m-donation-nominet-trust>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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.XYZ Registry Case Study: Abuse Mitigation

Curious to see what the largest new gTLD .XYZ did on abuse detection and mitigation? We just published a case study, in cooperation with .XYZ on just that topic.

<http://architelos.com/xyz-case-study/>

 

.CLUB Leads With 10x Average Usage Based on Namestat.org Data

As the ICANN51 Meeting commences in Los Angeles, California the .CLUB team is in full-force, meeting with our registrar partners from all over the world. While the .CLUB registration numbers remain very strong (we will cross 120,000 domains sold during the course of this week), one of the things we will be highlighting to our partners is the leadership position .CLUB has for usage (active live websites).

<http://nic.club/club-leads-10x-average-usage-namestat-org-data/>

 

New York Sports Teams On Watch For New Cybersquatters

The New York Jets, New York Giants, New York Yankees and other New York-based sports teams may have a problem on their hands. Last week, a new gTLD, .NYC, was made available for public registrations.

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2014/10/17/new-york-sports-teams-on-watch-for-new-cybersquatters/>

 

Right of the Dot To Conduct Live/Online Premium Domain Auction at NamesCon

NamesCon just announced the addition of a live domain auction to its Conference being held January 11-14th 2015 in Las Vegas will be conducted by Right of the Dot.

<http://rightofthedot.com/2014/10/right-of-the-dot-to-conduct-liveonline-premium-domain-auction-at-namescon/>

 

Check now which .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names you can register as a private individual

DNS Belgium wants to give every Belgian the opportunity to apply for a personal domain name. That is why you will be able to submit an application for a .vlaanderen or .brussels domain name based on your name, starting on Thursday 13 November 2014 (10:00 CET) and running until 15 December 2014 (10:00 CET).

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/check-now-which-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names-you-can-register-private-individual>

 

Google Launches New Web Domain ‘.soy’ for Latino Market

Google has launched a new Web domain - .soy - that is intended for members of the Hispanic community, touting it as the “place for Latinos online.”

<http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/google-launches-new-web-domain-.soy-for-latino-market/31338/>

 

This week’s TLDs: a Google launch and .Okinawa

I was so busy at ICANN this week that I neglected to do my weekly preview of TLD launches...

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/17/this-weeks-tlds-a-google-launch-and-okinawa/>

 

Are Domain Names the new Flags and Emblems?

There’s been some interesting talk lately about national and cultural domain extensions. Scotland may have rejected independence in yesterday’s referendum, but for those who’d rather not use a .UK domain name, .SCOT opens for general availability on Tuesday next. For the Welsh there’s .CYMRU and .WALES, .GAL (Galicia) will have general availability in November, and .CAT is already well established for Catalonia.

<http://technology.ie/are-domain-names-the-new-flags-and-emblems/>

 

Club Leads All New gTLD’s In Number of Sites In Alexa Top 1 Million

According to Namestat.org which is tracking the number of websites in the Alexa Top Million, based on the Namestat.org data on October 8th, 2014, .CLUB has more sites in the Alexa Top Million than any other new domain extension.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/16/club-leads-all-new-gtlds-in-number-of-sites-in-alexa-top-1-million/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Google’s POODLE affects oodles

97% of SSL web servers are likely to be vulnerable to POODLE, a vulnerability that can be exploited in version 3 of the SSL protocol.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/15/googles-poodle-affects-oodles.html>

 

The October 2014 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released. The topics covered in this report are:

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/10/15/the-october-2014-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/>

 

Report: Cybercrime costs US $12.7M a year

Cyber attacks on large US companies result in an average of $12.7 million in annual damages, an increase of 9.7 percent from the previous year, according to the fifth Cost of Cybercrime report published by the Ponemon Institute on Wednesday.

<http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/10/report-cybercrime-costs-us-12-7m-a-year/>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha

Street artist Banksy has gone corporate, using a trademark of his name to try to win control of the Banksy.com domain.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/16/banksy-wants-his-dot-com/>

 

Sports Streaming Site Hides Itself From The UK Piracy Police

The popular sports streaming site Fromhot, also known as Sportlemon and Frombar, has disabled access to UK visitors. The unusual move comes shortly after City of London Police seized one of its main domain names.

<http://torrentfreak.com/frombar-hides-uk-piracy-police-141018/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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State of the Domains

State of the Industry Report from the Domain Name Association

<http://www.thedna.org/documents/DNA_State_of_the_Industry_NewsLetter_Final_web.pdf>

 

The good practice of Legitimacy of Address (LoA) checks

Imagine this scenario: You are a computer network engineer and operate an IP network for an ISP. A new business customer has signed up today and requests you to allow transit for his IP prefix. What do you do?

<http://blog.apnic.net/2014/10/15/the-good-practice-of-legitimacy-of-address-loa-checks/>

 

RIR Accountability Questions and Answers

The NRO has published a set of Questions and Answers, addressing some of the key issues of Regional Internet Registry accountability and governance.

<https://www.nro.net/news/rir-accountability-questions-and-answers>

 

RIPE NCC to Reuse Referenced 16-bit ASNs

The RIPE NCC is assigning AS Numbers (ASNs) based on the "Autonomous System (AS) Number Assignment Policies and Procedures".

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-to-reuse-referenced-16-bit-asns>

 

Registration Operations Association Workshop Update

In a series of recent blog posts I’ve described the technical challenges in registration operations, a proposal for an industry association, and announced an interactive workshop to explore association formation. This is an update on where things stand with the workshop.

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

 

Failsafe and Efficient: eco Association Introduces the Data Center of the Future

Failsafe, conforming to standards and energy efficient - the requirements placed on modern data centers (DC) today are higher than ever. How the planning and conception of a “perfect data center” should look will be presented by eco – Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. on 21 October 2014 in conjunction with the first eco DC Planner Day 2014, in the DE-CIX MeetingCenter in Frankfurt am Main.

<http://international.eco.de/2014/news/failsafe-and-efficient-eco-association-introduces-the-data-center-of-the-future.html>

 

Invitation to Tender for development of The Software Systems for Internet Domain Name Registration

Serbian National Internet Domain Registry (RNIDS) Foundation hereby invites all interested suppliers to send their offer for the procurement of The Software Systems for Internet Domain Name Registration.

<http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/invitation-to-tender-for-development-of-the-software-systems-for-internet-domain-name-registration/id/4700>

 

Towards More Efficient Registry-Registrar Relations

On the morning of Wednesday 15th October, the The Domain Name Association (the DNA) held an important working group meeting during ICANN 51 Los Angeles. The topic was to discuss several operational issues between registries and registrars. The meeting's unofficial ongoing name is the Registry-Registrar Operations Working Group.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141017_towards_more_efficient_registry_registrar_relations/>

 

NamesCon Adds New Element to January 2015 Show - A Live Domain Auction Run By RightOfTheDot

The expanding NamesCon conference in Las Vegas will have more than additional floor space and a bigger crowd when the show returns to the Tropicana Hotel for its second run January 11-14, 2015. Today show organizers announced they are also adding a live domain auction that will be conducted by RightOfTheDot, LLC (ROTD) under a multi-year, exclusive partnership with NamesCon. The auction will include a mix of premium .com domain names and select premium names from new gTLDs with a range of price reserves.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141016.htm>

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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The state wants to spy on us – but is it up to the job?

Many moons ago, shortly after Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA first appeared, I wrote a column which began, “Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story”. I was infuriated by the way the mainstream media was focusing not on the import of what he had revealed, but on the trivia: Snowden’s personality, facial hair (or absence thereof), whereabouts, family background, girlfriend, etc. The usual crap, in other words. It was like having a chap tell us that the government was poisoning the water supply and concentrating instead on whom he had friended on Facebook.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/19/snowden-state-spying-but-are-they-up-to-the-job>

 

Australian data retention taken to dangerous lengths, warn privacy advocates

Australia’s national security laws permitting hacking by intelligence agencies and retention of personal web and phone data are breaking new ground around the world and raise significant privacy concerns, privacy groups have warned.

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/oct/16/privacy-advocates-say-australia-is-breaking-new-ground-in-data-retention>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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Australia backs copyright crackdown in TPP

Leaked details of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations reveal that Australia is pushing an approach to copyright enforcement in the region that appears to ignore broader public interest concerns in favour of the supporting rights owners.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/557634/australia-backs-copyright-crackdown-tpp/>

 

Latest TPP Leak Shows US Still Pushing Terrible DRM and Copyright Term Proposals—and New Threats Arise

Today Wikileaks published a new draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)’s intellectual property chapter. This draft text, from May 2014, gives us another look into the current state of negotiations over this plurilateral trade agreement’s copyright provisions since another draft was leaked last year. And what we’re seeing isn’t pretty. The TPP still contains text on DRM, ISP liability, copyright term lengths, and criminal enforcement measures, and introduces new provisions on trade secrets that have us worried.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/latest-tpp-leak-shows-us-still-pushing-terrible-drm-and-copyright-term-proposals>

 

Trans Pacific Partnership Leak Would Ban Internet TV

Today’s leak of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement intellectual property chapter includes a controversial provision aimed at preventing every country in the world from permitting internet television services like Aereo.

<http://infojustice.org/archives/33428>

 

New Leaked TPP Text on Intellectual Property

Today, Wikileaks has released a draft text of the Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter, dated May 14, 2014.  This is the most up-to-date source for the text, which is kept secret by negotiators, despite numerous calls for its release.

<http://infojustice.org/archives/33405>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN: Reforms Needed Before US Hands Over Control</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/digital-business/icann-reforms-needed-before-us-hands-over-control/a/d-id/1316667"><span>http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/digital-business/icann-reforms-needed-before-us-hands-over-control/a/d-id/1316667</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2014 Nominating Committee Announces Selection of a Member to the ICANN Board of Directors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Communiqu&eacute; Issued During ICANN 51 in Los Angeles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The GAC Elects New Chair and Vice-Chairs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN: Reforms Needed Before US Hands Over Control</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) says we must still address questions about accountability and transparency to ensure an open, secure, stable Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/digital-business/icann-reforms-needed-before-us-hands-over-control/a/d-id/1316667"><span>http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/digital-business/icann-reforms-needed-before-us-hands-over-control/a/d-id/1316667</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.N. Trumps Silicon Valley: By lobbying for &lsquo;net neutrality&rsquo; regulations, big technology companies pave the way for authoritarian governments to censor the Internet.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two years ago Silicon Valley led the charge to protect the Internet from United Nations control. Technology companies and their advocates in Washington did such a good job that the House and Senate unanimously passed resolutions against the idea, while the International Telecommunication Union was hatching a plan in Dubai.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-the-u-n-trumps-silicon-valley-1413757989"><span>http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-the-u-n-trumps-silicon-valley-1413757989</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship: Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal Team<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The five Regional Internet Registries today published a process for producing a single proposal from the global IP addressing community to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S Government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.nro.net/news/iana-stewardship-consolidated-rir-iana-stewardship-proposal-team"><span>https://www.nro.net/news/iana-stewardship-consolidated-rir-iana-stewardship-proposal-team</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship: Draft RIPE Proposal Published<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An initial working draft of the RIPE community proposal on IANA stewardship has been posted to the RIPE Cooperation Working Group mailing list.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/iana-stewardship-draft-ripe-proposal-published"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/iana-stewardship-draft-ripe-proposal-published</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The cauldron begins to bubble: Update on the IANA transition by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>By now it should be clear to everyone that the IANA functions have three distinct stakeholder communities. Sometimes called &ldquo;the customers of the IANA,&rdquo; they refer to 1) those directly affected by the management of the domain name system&rsquo;s root zone file (mainly TLD registries); 2) those who rely on the IANA for global coordination of IP address number allocations (primarily but not exclusively the five regional internet registries); and 3) those concerned with the registry for protocol parameters in IETF standards (developers, the IETF, ISOC and the IAB).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/10/12/the-cauldron-begins-to-bubble-update-on-the-iana-transition/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/10/12/the-cauldron-begins-to-bubble-update-on-the-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2014 Nominating Committee Announces Selection of a Member to the ICANN Board of Directors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2014 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is pleased to announce the selection of Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter as a member to the ICANN Board of Directors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-4-2014-10-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Communiqu&eacute; Issued During ICANN 51 in Los Angeles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN has issued its Los Angeles Communiqu&eacute;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/Los%20Angeles_GAC%20Communique_Final.pdf?version=1&amp;modificationDate=1413479079702&amp;api=v2"><span>https://gacweb.icann.org/download/attachments/27132037/Los%20Angeles_GAC%20Communique_Final.pdf?version=1&amp;modificationDate=1413479079702&amp;api=v2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The GAC Elects New Chair and Vice-Chairs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the incumbent Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee and its three Vice-Chairs having reached the maximum terms of their mandates, the GAC held elections for these four positions during the ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-10-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Summary of Public Experts Group Meeting October 14, 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On October 14, 2014, the Public Experts Group (PEG) met to discuss evaluation criteria for the selection of Advisors to the Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) in the ICANN Accountability Process. The PEG members, Jeanette Hoffman, Janis Karklins, Larry Strickling and Brian Cute, discussed and agreed to the areas of expertise and evaluation criteria they would use in the selection process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-16-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Communiqu&eacute; &ndash; Los Angeles, CA, USA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Communiqu&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/gac-to-board-2014-10-15-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/gac-to-board-2014-10-15-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Announces Appointment of Head of India<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has announced the appointment of Samiran Gupta as the new Head of India. In this role, Samiran will be the primary representative of ICANN in India and also be responsible for all stakeholder engagements.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-10-14-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-10-14-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operation | ICANN, to C&eacute;lia Boyer, Mukesh Haikerwal, and Peter Murray<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD applications for health-related strings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/willett-to-boyer-et-al-2014-10-15-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/willett-to-boyer-et-al-2014-10-15-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Alphabet Soup &ndash; The ICANN Edition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We&rsquo;ve dipped into the alphabet soup of Internet governance meetings, and now it&rsquo;s time to cover the whole new set of acronyms cropping up in news feeds this week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/10/15/alphabet-soup-the-icann-edition/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/10/15/alphabet-soup-the-icann-edition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Report on ICANN51 in Los Angeles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The report covers in detail the sessions held by the ccNSO, GNSO and GAC. The IANA stewardship transition and ICANN Accountability were the meta themes which crossed many of the discussions during the week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/iana/10-18-2014/3735/report-icann51-los-angeles"><span>https://centr.org/news/iana/10-18-2014/3735/report-icann51-los-angeles</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Morocco ICANN meeting in jeopardy due to Ebola crisis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The first international ICANN meeting of 2015 is scheduled for 8 to 12 February, 2015 in Morocco, North Africa. But the current Ebola crisis may scupper these plans. During ICANN&rsquo;s Annual General Meeting this week in Los Angeles, some participants have started to question whether holding the Morocco meeting is a good idea.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://post.milathan.com/2014/10/morocco-icann-meeting-in-jeopardy-due-to-ebola-crisis/"><span>http://post.milathan.com/2014/10/morocco-icann-meeting-in-jeopardy-due-to-ebola-crisis/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dominican Republic accepted into ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Dominican Republic has been officially accepted into the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN, making it the eleventh country from Latin America and sixth from the Caribbean to join the world body.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/dominican-republic-accepted-into-icann--1043903"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/dominican-republic-accepted-into-icann--1043903</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICG Interview: Jandyr Ferreira dos Santos (GAC)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Jandyr Ferreira dos Santos discusses his representation of the GAC on the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) during the group&rsquo;s second meeting in Istanbul, 6 September 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbnpGRjwZ6o"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbnpGRjwZ6o</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Governments weigh in on community and two-letter domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Governmental Advisory Committee to ICANN has issued its GAC Communique from this week&rsquo;s meeting in Los Angeles.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/16/governments-community-priority-evaluations/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/16/governments-community-priority-evaluations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fr: The Internet in ten years' time: Consensus and divergence within the Community<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afnic publishes the results of its 3rd Technology Backdrop Survey (2014). Launched as part of the Research &amp; Development work carried out by Afnic, the Technology Backdrop Survey was designed with the support of Afnic Scientific Council and conducted by INIT. The purpose of the survey, which first went online in 2011, is to produce a common overview of current technological trends.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8400/show/the-internet-in-ten-years-time-consensus-and-divergence-within-the-community-1.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8400/show/the-internet-in-ten-years-time-consensus-and-divergence-within-the-community-1.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Unique auction of .se domains during autumn/winter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Through a unique auction during the autumn/winter of 2014, .SE will be releasing .se domain names that have never before been possible to register. It&rsquo;s about country codes, for example cd.se, hr.se and it.se, as well as other countries&rsquo; names &ndash; for example thailand.se and spanien.se. Starting October 13th, the domains will be auctioned during the autumn and winter via Tradera.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/news/unique-auction-of-se-domains/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/news/unique-auction-of-se-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&pound;3m donation to Nominet Trust<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet ... has confirmed a &pound;3 million charitable donation to Nominet Trust.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/%C2%A33m-donation-nominet-trust"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/&pound;3m-donation-nominet-trust</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.XYZ Registry Case Study: Abuse Mitigation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Curious to see what the largest new gTLD .XYZ did on abuse detection and mitigation? We just published a case study, in cooperation with .XYZ on just that topic.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://architelos.com/xyz-case-study/"><span>http://architelos.com/xyz-case-study/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.CLUB Leads With 10x Average Usage Based on Namestat.org Data<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As the ICANN51 Meeting commences in Los Angeles, California the .CLUB team is in full-force, meeting with our registrar partners from all over the world. While the .CLUB registration numbers remain very strong (we will cross 120,000 domains sold during the course of this week), one of the things we will be highlighting to our partners is the leadership position .CLUB has for usage (active live websites).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://nic.club/club-leads-10x-average-usage-namestat-org-data/"><span>http://nic.club/club-leads-10x-average-usage-namestat-org-data/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New York Sports Teams On Watch For New Cybersquatters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The New York Jets, New York Giants, New York Yankees and other New York-based sports teams may have a problem on their hands. Last week, a new gTLD, .NYC, was made available for public registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2014/10/17/new-york-sports-teams-on-watch-for-new-cybersquatters/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2014/10/17/new-york-sports-teams-on-watch-for-new-cybersquatters/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Right of the Dot To Conduct Live/Online Premium Domain Auction at NamesCon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NamesCon just announced the addition of a live domain auction to its Conference being held January 11-14th 2015 in Las Vegas will be conducted by Right of the Dot.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://rightofthedot.com/2014/10/right-of-the-dot-to-conduct-liveonline-premium-domain-auction-at-namescon/"><span>http://rightofthedot.com/2014/10/right-of-the-dot-to-conduct-liveonline-premium-domain-auction-at-namescon/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Check now which .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names you can register as a private individual<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS Belgium wants to give every Belgian the opportunity to apply for a personal domain name. That is why you will be able to submit an application for a .vlaanderen or .brussels domain name based on your name, starting on Thursday 13 November 2014 (10:00 CET) and running until 15 December 2014 (10:00 CET).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/check-now-which-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names-you-can-register-private-individual"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/check-now-which-vlaanderen-and-brussels-domain-names-you-can-register-private-individual</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Launches New Web Domain &lsquo;.soy&rsquo; for Latino Market<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google has launched a new Web domain - .soy - that is intended for members of the Hispanic community, touting it as the &ldquo;place for Latinos online.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/google-launches-new-web-domain-.soy-for-latino-market/31338/"><span>http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/google-launches-new-web-domain-.soy-for-latino-market/31338/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This week&rsquo;s TLDs: a Google launch and .Okinawa<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I was so busy at ICANN this week that I neglected to do my weekly preview of TLD launches...<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/17/this-weeks-tlds-a-google-launch-and-okinawa/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/17/this-weeks-tlds-a-google-launch-and-okinawa/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are Domain Names the new Flags and Emblems?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There&rsquo;s been some interesting talk lately about national and cultural domain extensions. Scotland may have rejected independence in yesterday&rsquo;s referendum, but for those who&rsquo;d rather not use a .UK domain name, .SCOT opens for general availability on Tuesday next. For the Welsh there&rsquo;s .CYMRU and .WALES, .GAL (Galicia) will have general availability in November, and .CAT is already well established for Catalonia.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://technology.ie/are-domain-names-the-new-flags-and-emblems/"><span>http://technology.ie/are-domain-names-the-new-flags-and-emblems/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Club Leads All New gTLD&rsquo;s In Number of Sites In Alexa Top 1 Million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>According to Namestat.org which is tracking the number of websites in the Alexa Top Million, based on the Namestat.org data on October 8th, 2014, .CLUB has more sites in the Alexa Top Million than any other new domain extension.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/16/club-leads-all-new-gtlds-in-number-of-sites-in-alexa-top-1-million/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/16/club-leads-all-new-gtlds-in-number-of-sites-in-alexa-top-1-million/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google&rsquo;s POODLE affects oodles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>97% of SSL web servers are likely to be vulnerable to POODLE, a vulnerability that can be exploited in version 3 of the SSL protocol.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/15/googles-poodle-affects-oodles.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/15/googles-poodle-affects-oodles.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The October 2014 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released. The topics covered in this report are:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/10/15/the-october-2014-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/10/15/the-october-2014-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Report: Cybercrime costs US $12.7M a year<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber attacks on large US companies result in an average of $12.7 million in annual damages, an increase of 9.7 percent from the previous year, according to the fifth Cost of Cybercrime report published by the Ponemon Institute on Wednesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/10/report-cybercrime-costs-us-12-7m-a-year/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/10/report-cybercrime-costs-us-12-7m-a-year/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Street artist Banksy has gone corporate, using a trademark of his name to try to win control of the Banksy.com domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/16/banksy-wants-his-dot-com/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/16/banksy-wants-his-dot-com/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sports Streaming Site Hides Itself From The UK Piracy Police<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The popular sports streaming site Fromhot, also known as Sportlemon and Frombar, has disabled access to UK visitors. The unusual move comes shortly after City of London Police seized one of its main domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/frombar-hides-uk-piracy-police-141018/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/frombar-hides-uk-piracy-police-141018/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>State of the Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>State of the Industry Report from the Domain Name Association<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedna.org/documents/DNA_State_of_the_Industry_NewsLetter_Final_web.pdf"><span>http://www.thedna.org/documents/DNA_State_of_the_Industry_NewsLetter_Final_web.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The good practice of Legitimacy of Address (LoA) checks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Imagine this scenario: You are a computer network engineer and operate an IP network for an ISP. A new business customer has signed up today and requests you to allow transit for his IP prefix. What do you do?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2014/10/15/the-good-practice-of-legitimacy-of-address-loa-checks/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2014/10/15/the-good-practice-of-legitimacy-of-address-loa-checks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RIR Accountability Questions and Answers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The NRO has published a set of Questions and Answers, addressing some of the key issues of Regional Internet Registry accountability and governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.nro.net/news/rir-accountability-questions-and-answers"><span>https://www.nro.net/news/rir-accountability-questions-and-answers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RIPE NCC to Reuse Referenced 16-bit ASNs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The RIPE NCC is assigning AS Numbers (ASNs) based on the "Autonomous System (AS) Number Assignment Policies and Procedures".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-to-reuse-referenced-16-bit-asns"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/announcements/ripe-ncc-to-reuse-referenced-16-bit-asns</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Registration Operations Association Workshop Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a series of recent blog posts I&rsquo;ve described the technical challenges in registration operations, a proposal for an industry association, and announced an interactive workshop to explore association formation. This is an update on where things stand with the workshop.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/registration_operations_association_workshop_update"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/registration_operations_association_workshop_update</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Failsafe and Efficient: eco Association Introduces the Data Center of the Future</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Failsafe, conforming to standards and energy efficient - the requirements placed on modern data centers (DC) today are higher than ever. How the planning and conception of a &ldquo;perfect data center&rdquo; should look will be presented by eco &ndash; Association of the German Internet Industry e. V. on 21 October 2014 in conjunction with the first eco DC Planner Day 2014, in the DE-CIX MeetingCenter in Frankfurt am Main.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://international.eco.de/2014/news/failsafe-and-efficient-eco-association-introduces-the-data-center-of-the-future.html"><span>http://international.eco.de/2014/news/failsafe-and-efficient-eco-association-introduces-the-data-center-of-the-future.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Invitation to Tender for development of The Software Systems for Internet Domain Name Registration<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Serbian National Internet Domain Registry (RNIDS) Foundation hereby invites all interested suppliers to send their offer for the procurement of The Software Systems for Internet Domain Name Registration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/invitation-to-tender-for-development-of-the-software-systems-for-internet-domain-name-registration/id/4700"><span>http://rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/invitation-to-tender-for-development-of-the-software-systems-for-internet-domain-name-registration/id/4700</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Towards More Efficient Registry-Registrar Relations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the morning of Wednesday 15th October, the The Domain Name Association (the DNA) held an important working group meeting during ICANN 51 Los Angeles. The topic was to discuss several operational issues between registries and registrars. The meeting's unofficial ongoing name is the Registry-Registrar Operations Working Group.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141017_towards_more_efficient_registry_registrar_relations/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141017_towards_more_efficient_registry_registrar_relations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NamesCon Adds New Element to January 2015 Show - A Live Domain Auction Run By RightOfTheDot<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The expanding NamesCon conference in Las Vegas will have more than additional floor space and a bigger crowd when the show returns to the Tropicana Hotel for its second run January 11-14, 2015. Today show organizers announced they are also adding a live domain auction that will be conducted by RightOfTheDot, LLC (ROTD) under a multi-year, exclusive partnership with NamesCon. The auction will include a mix of premium .com domain names and select premium names from new gTLDs with a range of price reserves.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141016.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141016.htm</span></a>&gt;<br><br>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The state wants to spy on us &ndash; but is it up to the job?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Many moons ago, shortly after Edward Snowden&rsquo;s revelations about the NSA first appeared, I wrote a column which began, &ldquo;Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story&rdquo;. I was infuriated by the way the mainstream media was focusing not on the import of what he had revealed, but on the trivia: Snowden&rsquo;s personality, facial hair (or absence thereof), whereabouts, family background, girlfriend, etc. The usual crap, in other words. It was like having a chap tell us that the government was poisoning the water supply and concentrating instead on whom he had friended on Facebook.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/19/snowden-state-spying-but-are-they-up-to-the-job"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/19/snowden-state-spying-but-are-they-up-to-the-job</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian data retention taken to dangerous lengths, warn privacy advocates<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia&rsquo;s national security laws permitting hacking by intelligence agencies and retention of personal web and phone data are breaking new ground around the world and raise significant privacy concerns, privacy groups have warned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/oct/16/privacy-advocates-say-australia-is-breaking-new-ground-in-data-retention"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/oct/16/privacy-advocates-say-australia-is-breaking-new-ground-in-data-retention</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; PUBLIC POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia backs copyright crackdown in TPP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Leaked details of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations reveal that Australia is pushing an approach to copyright enforcement in the region that appears to ignore broader public interest concerns in favour of the supporting rights owners.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/557634/australia-backs-copyright-crackdown-tpp/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/557634/australia-backs-copyright-crackdown-tpp/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Latest TPP Leak Shows US Still Pushing Terrible DRM and Copyright Term Proposals&mdash;and New Threats Arise<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today Wikileaks published a new draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)&rsquo;s intellectual property chapter. This draft text, from May 2014, gives us another look into the current state of negotiations over this plurilateral trade agreement&rsquo;s copyright provisions since another draft was leaked last year. And what we&rsquo;re seeing isn&rsquo;t pretty. The TPP still contains text on DRM, ISP liability, copyright term lengths, and criminal enforcement measures, and introduces new provisions on trade secrets that have us worried.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/latest-tpp-leak-shows-us-still-pushing-terrible-drm-and-copyright-term-proposals"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/latest-tpp-leak-shows-us-still-pushing-terrible-drm-and-copyright-term-proposals</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Trans Pacific Partnership Leak Would Ban Internet TV<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today&rsquo;s leak of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement intellectual property chapter includes a controversial provision aimed at preventing every country in the world from permitting internet television services like Aereo.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://infojustice.org/archives/33428"><span>http://infojustice.org/archives/33428</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Leaked TPP Text on Intellectual Property<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, Wikileaks has released a draft text of the Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter, dated May 14, 2014.&nbsp; This is the most up-to-date source for the text, which is kept secret by negotiators, despite numerous calls for its release.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://infojustice.org/archives/33405"><span>http://infojustice.org/archives/33405</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 13 Oct 06:55 2014

auDA Domain News - 13 October

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Global Internet Community to Focus on Internet’s Future at Los Angeles ICANN Meeting

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/advisory-2014-10-06-en>

 

ICANN GNSO Review - Final Week for Input from Community by Jennifer Wolfe

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141012_icann_gnso_review_final_week_for_input_from_community/>

 

WHOIS Accuracy Study Preliminary Findings Reflect Improvements in Accuracy

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-10-en>

 

New ICANN Chief Contract Compliance Officer Appointed - Position of Consumer Safeguards Director is Created

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-10-12-en>

 

au: Grand Final marketing dominated by .com.au domain names

<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/grand-final-marketing-dominated-by-com-au-domain-names/>

 

Governments look to apply the brakes to second round of gTLDs

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=689f336e-6d5b-4b76-aa93-345027ddf71f>

 

For ICANN, Hotels Are a Community, Gays Are Not

<http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/10/10/icann_s_new_generic_top_level_domain_process_failed_the_gay_community.html>

 

Gay community application fails, .gay domain name up for grabs by the highest bidder

<http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-community-application-fails-gay-domain-name-grabs-highest-bidder121014>

 

CENTR Paper Outlines Myths and Facts On New gTLDs

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/10/10/centr-myths-facts-new-gtlds/>

 

.NYC Gets GA Off To A Flyer But Modest Starts For .LAWYER/.ATTORNEY

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/10/10/nyc-gets-ga-off-to-a-flyer/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Understanding the IANA Functions

“NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions” – this caption has marked much of Internet governance discussions so far in 2014 and it is expected to continue to do so in 2015, at least until the 30th of September, when the IANA contract is set to expire.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/blog/public-policy-tech-matters/2014/10/understanding-iana-functions>

 

Governments and corporations grab for reins of the Internet [AFP]

As the US steps back from overseeing the group entrusted to essentially run the Internet, states and corporations are grabbing for the reins.

<http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/governments-and-corporations-grab-reins-internet>

<http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/10/States-and-corporations-grab-for-reins-of-the-Internet/>

 

Governments shouldn’t run Internet, says CIRA head

There’s room for governments to play a larger role in overseeing the Internet, says the head of this country’s Internet registry, but they shouldn’t push out independent organizations whose efforts have made the Web a success.

<http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/governments-shouldnt-run-internet-says-cira-head/98097>

 

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- ICANN 51 Los Angeles

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Global Internet Community to Focus on Internet’s Future at Los Angeles ICANN Meeting

ICANN will convene its 51st Public Meeting in Los Angeles October 12-16. The meeting will bring together representatives from government, business, civil society, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and others from across the globe for one of the most important international Internet meetings of the year.

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/advisory-2014-10-06-en>

 

Countdown to ICANN51: Celebrating Our Vibrant and (Very) Busy Community by Fadi Chehadé

Because ICANN 51 is our annual general meeting, my colleagues and I have been reflecting on the community's accomplishments of the year. You have done a staggering amount of work this year. These collective achievements are even more impressive when we consider how much is done by volunteers, many working day jobs and doing this in "spare time."

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/countdown-to-icann51-celebrating-our-vibrant-and-very-busy-community>

 

ICANN GNSO Review - Final Week for Input from Community by Jennifer Wolfe

As the Chair of the 2014 Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Review Working Party, I have the privilege of working with 19 dedicated and passionate individuals who represent the diversity of the GNSO community. We've held numerous meetings and provided extensive input and feedback on key aspects of the GNSO Review in the short time that our group has been assembled to act as a liaison between the GNSO, the Independent Examiner (Westlake Governance Limited), and the ICANN Board Structural Improvements Committee.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141012_icann_gnso_review_final_week_for_input_from_community/>

 

ICANN 51: A Turning Point or a Cliff? by Paul Rosenzweig

ICANN will hold a meeting next week in Los Angeles. The meeting, the 51st of its kind (hence the name “ICANN 51”), comes at an important cusp in the development of a new model for governing the Internet.

<http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/10/icann-51-turning-point-cliff/>

 

Join INTA at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, October 12–16

The need to monitor and protect trademarks and other intellectual property in the online environment is as important as ever.

<http://www.inta.org/INTABlog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=115>

 

Guide to ICANN51 Available

CENTR has published its regular pre-guide to the ICANN meeting. The report for ICANN51 (Los Angeles) beginning next week covers topics and what to expect from the meeting particularly related to the ccNSO, GNSO and GAC sessions

<https://centr.org/news/10-10-2014/3729/guide-icann51-available>

 

More on .WINE and .VIN at ICANN51

CENTR issued a guide for ICANN51 in which a date is given where interested parties in the .WINE question can learn more about how this wonderful story will probably end.

<http://blog.guillon.com/2014/10/more-on-wine-and-vin-at-icann51.html>

 

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- ICANN

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WHOIS Accuracy Study Preliminary Findings Reflect Improvements in Accuracy

In the pilot introduction of the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS), ICANN has collaborated with inter-governmental and private sector specialists to deliver the most recent assessment of WHOIS accuracy.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-10-10-en>

 

New ICANN Chief Contract Compliance Officer Appointed - Position of Consumer Safeguards Director is Created

ICANN today (12/10) announced the appointment of Allen Grogan as Chief Contract Compliance Officer, overseeing Contract Compliance and Safeguards. In his new position Grogan will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé, and he becomes a member of ICANN's Global Leadership Team. He has served as ICANN's Chief Contracting Counsel since May 2013.

<https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2014-10-12-en>

 

Revised Enhancing ICANN Accountability: Process and Next Steps

ICANN today published Revised Enhancing ICANN Accountability: Process and Next Steps, a document that describes the process to examine how, from an organizational perspective, ICANN's accountability mechanisms should be strengthened to address the absence of its historical relationship with the U.S. Government.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-10-10-en>

 

Pre-Delegation Test Preparation Resources Updated

ICANN has updated the PDT Resources. The updates primarily effect the IDN and Document test cases, the updated resources include both "clean" and "redline" versions of the documents. These updates improve the clarity of the requirements for the testing of IDN language and script tables, as well as the DNNSEC Practice Statement.

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

 

New gTLD Program Auctions - 10 October 2014 – Updated Auction Schedule

The Auction Schedule is updated as of 10 October 2014 to reflect eligible contention sets as well as accommodated postponements, which were provided to those where each member of the contention set requested a postponement. In addition, April and May 2015 Auction Dates have been added to the Planned Auction Date chart.

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

 

The Accelerating Pace of Contention Resolution by Christine Willett

As we prepare for the ICANN 51 meeting, I thought it would be a good idea to address a couple of key points regarding contention set resolution and ICANN-facilitated auctions. Although the ICANN-facilitated auctions have received a fair amount of attention in recent weeks, the vast majority of contention sets are being resolved amongst the applicants, rather than through ICANN-facilitated auctions. Proceeds from the auctions are being segregated until an appropriate use of the funds has been determined by the Board with input from the community.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-accelerating-pace-of-contention-resolution>

 

Quality Program Report for Initial Evaluation Now Available

Today, ICANN published the Quality Program report for Initial Evaluation. The Quality Program was designed and implemented to both improve and measure consistency/precision, accuracy and process fidelity during the Initial Evaluation phase of the New gTLD Program.

<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-09oct14-en>

 

ICANN's New Hedgehog by Patrick L. Jones

ICANN DNS Operations – the team responsible for L-root – recently announced a name change, structure and new team members. DNS Ops is now the ICANN DNS Engineering Team. In the past few weeks, members of the DNS Engineering and Global Stakeholder Engagement teams have presented the latest developments on the team, L-root, and new DNS visualization tools at events such as UKNOF in London and ENOG8 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The following is an interview between Patrick Jones, Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement and DNS Engineering Team Director Terry Manderson, as he talks about the changes and what is coming next.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-s-new-hedgehog>

 

Alan Greenberg and Tijani Ben Jemaa, ALAC Member | North America; ALAC Member | Africa, to Susanna Bennett

ICANN Community Travel Program

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/greenberg-jemaa-to-bennett-2014-10-06-en>

 

Fadi Chehadé to Boubker Seddik Badr

New gTLD application for .TATA

<https://www.icann.org/resources/correspondence/chehade-to-badr-2014-10-12-en>

 

Building a Better WHOIS for the Individual Registrant by Carlton Samuels

Today, anyone can use WHOIS to identify the organization or person who registered a gTLD domain name, along with their postal address, email address, and telephone number. Publishing this data has long been controversial, creating a system riddled with problems. On one hand, anonymous access to all WHOIS data enables misuse by spammers and criminals and raises concerns about personal privacy. On the other hand, incomplete or false WHOIS data prolongs Internet outages and leaves crime victims with little recourse.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141011_building_a_better_whois_for_the_individual_registrant/>

 

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End of the line for .an in Curacao

The .an ccTLD previously utilised by the Netherlands Antilles will be formally discontinued on 31 October, with the new .cw domain used in its place.

<http://www.telegeography.com/products/commsupdate/articles/2014/10/09/end-of-the-line-for-an-in-curacao/>

 

New .AT-Report Explains How Austrian Registry Is Working On A Secure Domain Industry

Security is a big topic, not just for domain names, but for the networks that connect, for companies that collect data and many others. In the domain name world domain hijacking, phishing and DNS spoofing are just some of the many risks the industry is facing and is the focus of the latest .at-report from the Austrian registry nic.at.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22998>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/10/12/austria-secure-domain-industry/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/austria-secure-domain-industry.html>

 

au: Grand Final marketing dominated by .com.au domain names

This year’s AFL and NRL Grand Finals set viewership records for the number of people who tuned in to watch the matches. ... Here’s what I found: Like in previous years, .com.au domain names were the primary call to action seen in the ads for both Grand Finals. Out of the 55 ads aired during the games, 41% included a .com.au domain name while only 12% referred to a .com domain name.

<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/grand-final-marketing-dominated-by-com-au-domain-names/>

 

SIDN and Norid consider a .bv domain for the Dutch business community

SIDN, the company behind .nl, and Norid, the Norwegian registry responsible for .no are discussing the possibility of working together to make the .bv TLD available to the Dutch market.

<https://www.sidn.nl/en/news/news/article/sidn-and-norid-consider-a-bv-domain-for-the-dutch-business-community/>

 

fr: Afnic Publishes its 2013 Annual Report

The Afnic annual report sheds new light on major events that have marked the development of the Association in 2013:

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8381/show/afnic-publishes-its-2013-annual-report-1.html>

 

JPRS Revised DNSSEC Practice Statement for the JP Zone (JP DPS)

On October 6th, JPRS revised "DNSSEC Practice Statement for the JP Zone (JP DPS)".

<http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2014/141006.html>

 

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Governments look to apply the brakes to second round of gTLDs

Despite some barbed comments about the GAC's opening plenary session being relegated to a tent (Austria’s Christian Singer stating: “I hope this is not a sign of how ICANN appreciates the GAC), the session wasn’t as feisty as last year’s equivalent. However, there was a clear message to ICANN with regards the next round of gTLD applications: slow down.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=689f336e-6d5b-4b76-aa93-345027ddf71f>

 

For ICANN, Hotels Are a Community, Gays Are Not

This week, the long-delayed decision from ICANN on the future of the new .gay gTLD was published, and the news was very bad for the LGBTQ community. ICANN is the entity that controls the key bits of the Internet, in particular the domain name system. It is currently in the long drawn-out process of creating hundreds of new gTLDs, including .lawyer, .ibm and .hiv to join stalwarts such as .com and .org.

<http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/10/10/icann_s_new_generic_top_level_domain_process_failed_the_gay_community.html>

 

Gay community application fails, .gay domain name up for grabs by the highest bidder

Despite being endorsed by over 200 LGBTI organizations worldwide, ICANN, which grants TLDs globally, has rejected an application by Dotgay LLC, the only LGBTI community application, to administer the .gay domain name.

<http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-community-application-fails-gay-domain-name-grabs-highest-bidder121014>

 

CENTR Paper Outlines Myths and Facts On New gTLDs

Brand owners are not registering their trademarks across the new gTLDs, following a pattern of legacy TLDs whereby they do not unless the TLD has reached a critical mass of registrations and/or have a particular reason. And as expected following patterns of the launch of previous TLDs. This is one of the findings of a paper commissioned by CENTR to sort out myths and facts for the new gTLDs.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22995>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/10/10/centr-myths-facts-new-gtlds/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/centr-paper-myths-facts-new-gtlds.html>

 

Initiative on EPP Standardization - eco Association offers platform for international collaboration

The US American company and eco member Verisign will be making use of the coming ICANN meeting in in Los Angeles from 12-16.10.2014 to introduce their initiative for the establishment of a Registration Operations Association. As an alternative to the founding of a new association, the eco Names & Numbers Forum will make itself available as an established platform – as it has done previously in conjunction with the CENTR General Assembly on 30 September in Brussels – in order to support the initiative.

<http://international.eco.de/2014/news/initiative-on-epp-standardization.html>

 

ICANN’s gTLD Program – A Look Back and Forward

ICANN’s new gTLD program has been in full swing for over a year now, so it seems an apt time to examine some statistics as to how brands are engaging with new gTLDs, utilizing the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), and which new gTLDs may give .com a run for its money.

<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/icann-s-gtld-program-look-back-and-forward>

 

How Vancouver Team Won Control of .eco Empire

For the past six years, two business partners laboured in their small office in Vancouver’s Chinatown, chipping away at a goal that might have seemed nothing more than a punctuation point and three letters.

<http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/10/09/How-Vancouver-Team-Won-Control-of-eco-Empire/>

 

.NYC Gets GA Off To A Flyer But Modest Starts For .LAWYER/.ATTORNEY

The .nyc gTLD for New York City got off to a flyer on its first day (8 October) of General Availability with registrations ending the day on 26,504, a total of 19,903 for the day according to nTLDstats.com.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22989>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/10/10/nyc-gets-ga-off-to-a-flyer/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/nyc-gets-ga-off-to-a-flyer.html>

 

Big Apple’s new .NYC domain adds 16k registrations at launch to hit 27k

.NYC had a strong first day yesterday thanks, in part, to lots of press and advertising. It would have been even stronger if people outside NYC could register domains.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/09/big-apples-nyc-domain-name/>

 

Icann: environmentalists to control use of .eco internet domain name

The .eco domain name will be controlled by the environmental community following a decision by internet regulators.

<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/09/dot-eco-domain-name-environmentalists-icann-control>

 

New .ORGANIC TLD welcomes leading brands as .ORGANIC pioneers

Global registry operator Afilias (17 Sept) today announced that six leading organic brands are participating in the .ORGANIC domain pioneer program and plan to launch .ORGANIC sites soon.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2014/09/17/new-organic-top-level-domain-welcomes-leading-brands-organic-pioneers>

 

The Online World Is Not Flat: The Need for Geo gTLDs by Alex Tajirian

This post outlines location factors that make the online world not as flat as some have claimed. I then outline the impact of these factors on the demand for new gTLDs.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141010_the_online_world_is_not_flat_the_need_for_geo_gtlds/>

 

October ICANN TLD auctions shrink to three after private deals

This month’s ICANN auctions of last resort for new TLDs will settle just three contention sets, down from a schedule of 13 as of last month.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/10/11/icann-tld-auctions/>

 

1st Official New gTLD Registry Purchase As Radix Acquires .Tech

Radix a new gTLD registry announce today that is has acquire the new gTLD .Tech

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/10/09/1st-official-new-gtld-registry-purchase-as-radix-acquires-tech/>

 

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Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide says Europol boss

There are only "around 100" cybercriminal kingpins behind global cybercrime, according to the head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29567782>

 

Cybersecurity spotlight: The critical labor shortage

An escalating shortage of information security professionals is prompting industry experts to predict a grave outcome. Violet Blue explores the infosec labor shortage and its causes and consequences.

<http://www.techproresearch.com/downloads/cybersecurity-spotlight-the-critical-labor-shortage/>

 

Security and the Internet of Everything

The theme of this year’s Cyber Security Awareness Month is “Our Shared Responsibility.” At Cisco, security is everyone’s responsibility – from our trustworthy development processes, to innovation enabling our customers and partners to address threats on end points, networks, and in the cloud. That is why Cisco is setting the industry standard for meeting the security needs demanded by the Internet of Everything (IoE).

<http://blogs.cisco.com/security/security-and-the-internet-of-everything/>

 

Phishing with data: URIs

A recent spate of phishing attacks has taken to using the data URI scheme for evil. Supported in most browsers, these special URIs allow the content of a phishing page to be contained entirely within the URI itself, effectively eliminating the need to host the page on a remote web server and adding an additional layer of indirection.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/10/09/phishing-with-data-uris.html>

 

Cyberattacks trigger talk of ‘hacking back’

The recent rash of cyberattacks on major U.S. companies has highlighted the scant options available to the victims, who often can do little more than hunker down, endure the bad publicity and harden their defenses in hopes of thwarting the next assault.

<http://www.washingtonpos