David Goldstein | 11 Dec 05:18 2014

auDA Domain News - 11 December

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IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative

<https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/>

 

Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

Internet Society Strengthens Commitment to the Internet Governance Forum

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum>

 

Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition — But Does It? by Paul Rosenzweig

<http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/>

 

Early Data Suggests New gTLDs Perform Well in Search Environment by Paul Stahura

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/>

 

Forgotten subdomains boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks [IDG]

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/>

 

BHP thwarted by web squatters

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/bhp_thwarted_by_web_squatters_kGOuDro2G0omKE5dr4wmSL>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative

The IAB thinks it is valuable to develop tools to support communities that can share solutions, expertise, and research related to Internet Governance. We welcomed the initial NETmundial meeting as an additional way to foster the development of a broadly based community engaged in supporting the Internet’s distributed systems and methods. We believe that the recent NETmundial Initiative (https://www.netmundial.org/press-release-1) to develop a long-running dialogue on these topics, in the form of a web site and collection of materials, may be a valuable addition to the overall community efforts.

<https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/>

 

Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab

Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown has rebuffed efforts to get her onside a controversial new body that plans to steer the internet.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

Internet Society Strengthens Commitment to the Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Society today announced that it has further strengthened support of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) by donating an additional US$100,000 through the IGF Support Association. The IGF serves as an essential venue for global and regional multistakeholder communities to discuss public policy issues related to Internet governance.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum>

 

Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition — But Does It? by Paul Rosenzweig

By now, readers of this blog are aware of the decision by the Obama Administration to relinquish the last vestiges of control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (known as the IANA function). The IANA function is currently operated by a non-profit corporation, ICANN, under contract to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is an Administration within the Department of Commerce.

<http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/>

 

Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition

On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract between the NTIA and ICANN.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/breaking-u-s-government-funding-bill-delays-iana-transition/>

 

US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover

US Congress has attempted to stall ceding control of the world's domain-name system – by defunding the government department responsible.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/congress_attempts_to_disrupt_iana_transition_by_withholding_money/>

 

The future of the internet is up in the air

The internet as you know it is about to fundamentally shift. While Americans are embroiled in debates over net neutrality (watch John Oliver explain it) and data surveillance, little attention has been paid to issues that affect global internet security as a whole. Big changes are ahead, and there’s been a surprising lack of discussion about how the internet we’ve come to know and love will be managed, and who will be at the helm.

<http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/the-future-the-internet-the-air>

 

Where We're Going: Leviathan or Golem? by Roy Balleste

The Internet never ceases to fascinate. I am referring not to its content, but to its governance. The IANA transition is the latest example in a world of interesting possibilities. At the core, we find ICANN, and that is why we need a Human Rights Advisory Committee. Any future model, with or without the NTIA, needs to seriously consider this option. But I prefer the hard truth over my own ideals. Maybe this idea will be dismissed, simply because human rights are discussed as some kind of inconvenience.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141209_where_were_going_leviathan_or_golem/>

 

Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

Last month, Texan Congressman and lead voice in the Republican party in the US, Ted Cruz, wrote an opinion piece about the internet. Last week, Wall Street Journal columnist and media-Republican L Gordon Crovitz did the same.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/08/ted_cruz_internet_argument/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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RSSAC Approves Advisories on Service Expectations of Root Servers and Measurements of the Root Server System

At its regular meeting on 20 November 2014, the RSSAC approved RSSAC001 and RSSAC002, the first two formal advisories produced by the RSSAC under its reorganized structure.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-09-en>

 

Proposed Renewal of .JOBS Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement

Purpose (Brief): ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .JOBS which is set to expire on 5 May 2015. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Employ Media LLC (the Registry Operator for the .JOBS TLD).

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-09-en>

 

Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions

ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or to recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. Applications in 2015 are invited for the following positions:

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-08-en>

 

Nomination Period Opens For 2015 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Presentation Planned for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 02 March 2015

ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. This award program seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-10-en>

 

Tina Vinney, Chief Executive Officer | Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network, to the ICANN Board

Recommendations for Distribution Policy for gTLD Auction Proceeds

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/vinney-to-icann-board-04dec14-en.pdf>

 

Shweta Sahjwani Asher,Radix Registry, to the Community Priority Evaluation Panel

New gTLD application for .SHOP

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/asher-to-eiu-cpe-panel-05dec14-en.pdf>

 

gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group to Steve Crocker and ICANN Board

GAC Category 2 Safeguards

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gtld-rysg-to-crocker-icann-board-05dec14-en.pdf>

 

Black Ice suspended by ICANN

A small Israeli registrar has had its registrar accreditation suspended by ICANN.

<http://domainincite.com/17741-black-ice-suspended-by-icann>

 

Section 3.18 of the 2013 RAA: Reasonable Investigations, Appropriate Responses by John Horton

Section 3.18 of the ICANN 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) contains language requiring registrars to investigate and respond to abuse complaints. Nearly one year into the new RAA's effective period, what do we know about Section 3.18? If a person or entity wants to submit a complaint, what should they keep in mind? This article reviews the meaning of Section 3.18, how to leverage it, offers a list of do's and don'ts for complainants, and offers a few recommendations for registrars.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_section_318_raa_reasonable_investigations_appropriate_responses/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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au: Third Sector Expo 2015: be informed and get connected

... You will also have numerous opportunities to mingle and connect with fellow NFP peers during session breaks, while browsing the exhibition, as well as at the popular cocktail function brought to you by Platinum Sponsor auDA.

<http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_be_informed_and_get_connected/090344/>

 

Companies are movin' on up to .com domain names

More businesses are investing in the tried-and-true .com after seeing their efforts with new domain names fall flat.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857435/cisco-subnet/companies-are-movin-on-up-to-com-domain-names.html>

 

First live dot-brand switches back to .com

CITIC Group, which became the first company to dump .com for its new dot-brand gTLD, has switched back to .com.

<http://domainincite.com/17785-first-live-dot-brand-switches-back-to-com>

 

New .jobs contract based on new gTLD agreement

ICANN and Employ Media are set to sign a new contract for operation of the .jobs registry which is based heavily on the Registry Agreement signed by all new gTLD registries.

<http://domainincite.com/17778-new-jobs-contract-based-on-new-gtld-agreement>

 

nz: Proposed amendment to Roles and Responsibilities Policy re Resellers

As first advised in August 2014, the Domain Name Commission proposes amending the Roles and Responsibilities Policy (RAR) to include additional provisions around the management of .nz domain name resellers.

<http://dnc.org.nz/story/proposed-amendment-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-re-resellers>

 

Eleven domains suspended under .uk anti-rape rules

Nominet has suspended and permanently blocked 11 “rape” domain names in .uk since introducing a controversial policy earlier this year.

<http://domainincite.com/17739-eleven-domains-suspended-under-uk-anti-rape-rules>

 

After lawsuit, YouPorn buys into .xxx portfolio

Porn site operator Manwin Licensing, known to the domain industry for its antitrust lawsuit against ICANN and ICM Registry that was settled last year, has taken over a portfolio of .xxx domains from a staunch .xxx supporter.

<http://domainincite.com/17733-after-lawsuit-youporn-buys-xxx-portfolio-owner>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Early Data Suggests New gTLDs Perform Well in Search Environment by Paul Stahura

Internet addresses registered in new gTLDs are holding their own against -- and in some cases outperforming -- comparable addresses registered in legacy domains like .COM, according to new data that provides the best window yet into the operational functionality of new gTLD addresses. A question on everyone's mind in the run up to new gTLDs was: how would new domains perform in the wild against legacy domains on the key criteria of search?

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/>

 

Wanna buy a dot-word? If you want a .pizza the action, now's a chance

Everyone loves pizza. Even though the industry is responsible for cluttering millions of people's mailboxes with flyers, you'll still take a look and think about ordering one.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/11/pizza_partnerships_and_search/>

 

Last resort gTLD auction loser wants share of $5m winning bid

An unsuccessful new gTLD applicant wants ICANN to share the proceeds of its “last resort” auction with itself and the other losing applicants.

<http://domainincite.com/17788-last-resort-gtld-auction-loser-wants-share-of-5m-winning-bid>

 

Symantec called in to verify .bank domain applicants

Symantec has been chosen by fTLD Registry Services to verify firms looking to get their hands on the new .bank and .insurance gTLDs.

<http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=26793>

 

fTLD Registry Selects Symantec as Verification Agent

fTLD Registry Services, LLC announced today an agreement with Symantec Corporation to provide verification services for the “.bank” and “.insurance” gTLDs. In this role, Symantec will add a layer of protection to the new domains by verifying the eligibility of companies requesting domain names, making sure the person requesting the domain name is authorized by the company and ensuring the name requested by the company complies with fTLD’s policies.

<http://www.ftld.com/fTLD-Release-re-Symantec-(f)-20141208.pdf>

 

.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials

The launch of new .bank domain names is one step closer with the announcement that Symantec has been chosen to act as the credentials verifier for the TLD.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/bank_hires_symantec_to_check_credentials/>

 

Donuts blames “license” problems for Chinese gTLD delays

Donuts says that problems obtaining “licenses” from the Chinese government are to blame for the fact that it is yet to launch any of its Chinese-script new gTLDs.

<http://domainincite.com/17746-donuts-blames-license-problems-for-chinese-gtld-delays>

 

.health backer has cop-like takedown powers for all gTLDs in Japan

LegitScript, a US company focused on eradicating illegal online pharmacies, which backs the .pharmacy and .health gTLDs, has been given police-like powers to have domain names taken down in Japan.

<http://domainincite.com/17758-health-backer-has-cop-like-takedown-powers-for-all-gtlds-in-japan>

 

.love won by class action lawyers

It appears that the contested new gTLD .love has been won by the law firm Merchant Law Group, after an auction.

<http://domainincite.com/17755-love-won-by-class-action-lawyers>

 

Private auction settles controversial plural gTLD fight

A private auction has been used to settle a new gTLD contention set containing two different strings for the first time.

<http://domainincite.com/17750-private-auction-settles-controversial-plural-gtld-fight>

 

New TLDs & Minds + Machines with Antony Van Couvering – DNW Podcast #10

Antony Van Couvering, founder and CEO of new TLD company Minds + Machines, shares his thoughts on new TLDs on this week’s podcast.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/new-tlds-minds-machines-with-antony-van-couvering-dnw-podcast-10/>

 

CentralNic unloads $2.5m worth of premium domains

CentralNic today announced it has made $2.5 million by selling off some of its stash of premium domain names.

<http://domainincite.com/17748-centralnic-unloads-2-5m-worth-of-premium-domains>

 

CentralNic sells $2.5 worth of premium domain names

CentralNic plc announced today that it has sold $2.5 million worth of premium domain names. These domain names are part of the group’s 20,000 domain name holdings that are not related to new TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/centralnic-sells-2-5-worth-of-premium-domain-names/>

 

Donuts and Rightside release 6 new domains on Wednesday

Remember the good ole’ days of the middle of 2014, when mega-registry Donuts would release four of five new TLDs every week?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/donuts-and-rightside/>

 

Analyst reiterates new TLD forecast and price target for Rightside

B. Riley & Co analyst Sameet Sinha has reiterated his forecast for new TLDs and his $15 price target for Rightside. Rightside is currently trading for $8.29.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/analyst-reiterates-new-tld-forecast-and-price-target-for-rightside/>

 

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Forgotten subdomains boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks [IDG]

Subdomains that once served a purpose but later were forgotten by website administrators can be abused by hackers to attack users of sites under the same main domain.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/>

 

Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams

Chinese internet users are behind 85 per cent of fake websites, according to a semi-annual report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/chinese_responsible_for_85_per_cent_of_website_scams/>

 

Which Domains Stand the Strongest Against Phishing Attacks? by Ram Mohan

The latest Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Global Phishing Survey, which analyzed over 100,000 phishing attacks in the first half of 2014, examines the progress that TLDs are making in responding to phishing attacks that use their TLDs. The report finds the .INFO domain has the lowest average phishing uptimes as compared to other TLDs, such as .COM and .NET.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_which_domains_stand_the_strongest_against_phishing_attacks/>

 

Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/09/uk-eu-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0JN27520141209>

 

Researchers Say POODLE Attack Affects Some TLS Implementations

The POODLE attack against SSLv3 that researchers from Google revealed earlier this year also affects some implementations of TLS and vendors now are scrambling to release patches for gear affected by the vulnerability. Soon after the POODLE attack was disclosed in October, researchers began looking into whether it might affect protocols other than SSLv3.

<http://threatpost.com/researchers-say-poodle-attack-affects-some-tls-implementations/109764>

 

DOJ: Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity [IDG]

The U.S. fight against cybercrime would be more effective if companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies, a top U.S. Department of Justice official said.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857632/malware-cybercrime/doj-companies-need-to-trust-govt-on-cybersecurity.html>

 

Security group lays groundwork for a future without passwords

Having to remember multiple passwords may soon be a thing of the past. Setting the stage for a password-free future, an industry consortium has issued a set of instructions that specify a number of alternate ways that computers and devices can confirm a user’s identity.

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857577/security-group-plans-for-a-future-without-passwords.html>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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BHP thwarted by web squatters

BHP Billiton has been stumped by cyber squatters who bought the web address for its new South32 business and tried to charge $10 million for it.

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/bhp_thwarted_by_web_squatters_kGOuDro2G0omKE5dr4wmSL>

<http://www.brw.com.au/p/marketing/name_south_and_what_your_domain_DIt0B9PsYhpY0x3LdPTzRN>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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GoDaddy gets another Domain Appraisal patent

GoDaddy has been issued another U.S. patent related to domain name appraisals.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/godaddy-gets-another-domain-appraisal-patent/>

 

Which domain name registrars lost (and won) transfers according to most recent official data

ICANN just published Verisign’s official .com numbers from August, which gives us a chance to check in on how certain registrars are doing from a customer standpoint.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/com-transfers/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Cloud firm Iomart reports sharp rise in revenue and profits

Hosting and cloud computing firm Iomart has posted a sharp rise in revenue and profit, helped by several acquisitions.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-30395735>

 

French web-hosting company OVH eyes market listing: Le Figaro

French Web-hosting and server provider OVH could consider a stock market listing, French daily Le Figaro reported on Wednesday, citing finance head Nicolas Boyer.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/10/us-ovh-ipo-idINKBN0JO0KH20141210>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Heritage Auctions to hold super-exclusive domain auction at Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Heritage Auctions is trying something different for its next domain name auction: it will be a super-exclusive event held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/heritage-auctions-waldorf-astoria-hotel/>

 

Long Holiday Weekend Brings Aftermarket Lull Offset by Sale Over $5 Million in Escrow

The four-day Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. cut the work week down to three days for most American companies last week. While people are off enjoying big family dinners and getting a head start on Christmas shopping, it is traditionally a slow week for domain sales and that was the case again this year. The highest sale reported was Ehaber.com at $45,000 via Sedo, one of only eight five-figure sales made public.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141210.htm>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Grappling With the ‘Culture of Free’ in Napster’s Aftermath

Once upon a time, a new technology happened along. It was called radio. Soon enough, some people began plucking wireless transmissions out of the air for their own purposes. One clever young man in Washington figured out how to intercept messages that Navy units sent to one another. “He has represented himself to be at distant naval stations or at sea on warships equipped with wireless apparatus,” a magazine called Electrical World reported in 1907. Back then, this fellow’s actions were not unlawful. They amounted nonetheless to a form of piracy.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/technology/grappling-with-the-culture-of-free-in-napsters-aftermath.html>

 

Swedish police raid sinks The Pirate Bay

Swedish police have raided and seized computer and server equipment in Stockholm, taking the notorious piracy site the Pirate Bay offline.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/10/swedish-police-raid-pirate-bay>

 

Can The Pirate Bay Make a Comeback?

Yesterday The Pirate Bay was raided for the second time in its history and millions of people are still anxiously waiting to see whether the "most resilient" site can make a comeback. At the same time, other torrent sites are noticing a big spike in traffic.

<http://torrentfreak.com/can-pirate-bay-make-comeback-141210/>

 

U.S. senator: Why couldn’t we have taken down the Pirate Bay?

Swedish authorities, it seems, have taken down The Pirate Bay, a Web site notorious for facilitating the often-illegal sharing of movies, music and other digital entertainment content. At a Senate hearing Wednesday morning, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, asked the Obama's administration's nominee for the so-called U.S. IP czar post what amounted to, Well, why couldn't we have done that?

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/10/u-s-senator-why-couldnt-we-have-taken-down-the-pirate-bay/>

 

Pirate site The Pirate Bay goes down, then sails for Costa Rica

The original home of The Pirate Bay, probably the Web’s highest-profile site for copyrighted movies, music, and software, is no longer online.

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857735/pirate-site-the-pirate-bay-goes-down-then-sails-for-costa-rica.html>

 

Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline

Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB.

<http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-site-offline-141209/>

 

Pirate Bay sunk amid Swedish data-center raid

Torrent site and online copyright infringement poster child The Pirate Bay experienced a lengthy worldwide outage on Tuesaday, reportedly following the raid of a Stockholm area data center by Swedish police.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/pirate_bay_stockholm_raid/>

 

au: Pirates pay for content, Choice survey finds

People who engage in regular unauthorised downloading of copyright material are also more likely to pay for online and offline content than Australians who don't engage in piracy, according to a new survey by consumer advocacy group Choice.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/561886/pirates-pay-content-choice-survey-finds/>

 

au: No harsh penalties for illicit downloaders under copyright reform

Australians will be blocked from accessing popular overseas websites hosting pirated movies and TV shows but would escape punishment for downloading illicit content under copyright law proposals being presented to federal cabinet on Tuesday.

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html>

<http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html>

 

Aussie Pirates Face Site Blocking, But No Disconnections

Australians who illegally download copyrighted material won't face any new regime to slow down or suspend their Internet connections. However, proposals being presented to cabinet today will outline a new mechanism allowing copyright holders to have 'infringing' sites blocked at the ISP level.

<http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-pirates-face-site-blocking-but-no-disconnections-141209/>

 

au: Copyright clampdown: Scheme to block pirate websites 'open to abuse'

Despite government assurances, an anti-piracy scheme that will in some circumstances force ISPs to block access to websites could potentially censor unrelated material, according to intellectual property academic Dr Matthew Rimmer.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/562252/copyright-clampdown-scheme-block-pirate-websites-open-abuse/>

 

au: Internet industry, major entertainment companies given April deadline to agree on digital piracy code

The internet industry and makers of commercial music, movies and shows have been given five months to reach agreement on new rules to combat digital piracy or have rules imposed on them by the Federal Government.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-10/internet-entertainment-industries-april-deadline-digital-piracy/5958250>

 

au: Movie studios win piracy protection

MOVIE studios will soon be able to obtain court orders to force internet providers to block access to websites which host pirated content as part of new amendments the federal government will make to the Copyright Act.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/movie-studios-win-piracy-protection/story-e6frg906-1227151306804>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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Governments increase Internet censorship, surveillance - Berners Lee

The inventor of the Worldwide Web said on Thursday access to the internet should be regarded as a basic human right and criticised growing censorship by governments and commercial manipulation.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/uk-web-censorship-idUKKBN0JP00N20141211>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/web-censorship-idINKBN0JP00P20141211>

 

Tim Berners-Lee: We must take to the streets to protect the open web – video

The inventor of the world wide web gave a keynote speech at the Every Second Counts Forum, reflecting on the process behind getting his initial idea noticed. Berners-Lee also shares his views on the current issues concerning his creation, including the campaign for net neutrality, of which he is an advocate.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/nov/27/tim-berners-lee-net-neutrality>

 

 

 

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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>IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/"><span>https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society Strengthens Commitment to the Internet Governance Forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition &mdash; But Does It? by Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/"><span>http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Early Data Suggests New gTLDs Perform Well in Search Environment by Paul Stahura<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Forgotten subdomains boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BHP thwarted by web squatters<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IAB statement on the NETmundial Initiative<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IAB thinks it is valuable to develop tools to support communities that can share solutions, expertise, and research related to Internet Governance. We welcomed the initial NETmundial meeting as an additional way to foster the development of a broadly based community engaged in supporting the Internet&rsquo;s distributed systems and methods. We believe that the recent NETmundial Initiative (<a href="https://www.netmundial.org/press-release-1"><span>https://www.netmundial.org/press-release-1</span></a>) to develop a long-running dialogue on these topics, in the form of a web site and collection of materials, may be a valuable addition to the overall community efforts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/"><span>https://www.iab.org/documents/correspondence-reports-documents/2014-2/iab-statement-on-the-netmundial-initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown has rebuffed efforts to get her onside a controversial new body that plans to steer the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/isoc_says_thanks_but_no_thanks_to_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Society Strengthens Commitment to the Internet Governance Forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Society today announced that it has further strengthened support of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) by donating an additional US$100,000 through the IGF Support Association. The IGF serves as an essential venue for global and regional multistakeholder communities to discuss public policy issues related to Internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-strengthens-commitment-internet-governance-forum</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Congress Tries To Stop the IANA Transition &mdash; But Does It? by Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>By now, readers of this blog are aware of the decision by the Obama Administration to relinquish the last vestiges of control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (known as the IANA function). The IANA function is currently operated by a non-profit corporation, ICANN, under contract to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is an Administration within the Department of Commerce.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/"><span>http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/12/congress-tries-to-stop-the-iana-transition-but-does-it/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract between the NTIA and ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/breaking-u-s-government-funding-bill-delays-iana-transition/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/breaking-u-s-government-funding-bill-delays-iana-transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Congress has attempted to stall ceding control of the world's domain-name system &ndash; by defunding the government department responsible.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/congress_attempts_to_disrupt_iana_transition_by_withholding_money/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/congress_attempts_to_disrupt_iana_transition_by_withholding_money/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The future of the internet is up in the air<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet as you know it is about to fundamentally shift. While Americans are embroiled in debates over net neutrality (watch John Oliver explain it) and data surveillance, little attention has been paid to issues that affect global internet security as a whole. Big changes are ahead, and there&rsquo;s been a surprising lack of discussion about how the internet we&rsquo;ve come to know and love will be managed, and who will be at the helm.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/the-future-the-internet-the-air"><span>http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/the-future-the-internet-the-air</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Where We're Going: Leviathan or Golem? by Roy Balleste<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet never ceases to fascinate. I am referring not to its content, but to its governance. The IANA transition is the latest example in a world of interesting possibilities. At the core, we find ICANN, and that is why we need a Human Rights Advisory Committee. Any future model, with or without the NTIA, needs to seriously consider this option. But I prefer the hard truth over my own ideals. Maybe this idea will be dismissed, simply because human rights are discussed as some kind of inconvenience.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141209_where_were_going_leviathan_or_golem/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141209_where_were_going_leviathan_or_golem/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last month, Texan Congressman and lead voice in the Republican party in the US, Ted Cruz, wrote an opinion piece about the internet. Last week, Wall Street Journal columnist and media-Republican L Gordon Crovitz did the same.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/08/ted_cruz_internet_argument/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/08/ted_cruz_internet_argument/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RSSAC Approves Advisories on Service Expectations of Root Servers and Measurements of the Root Server System<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At its regular meeting on 20 November 2014, the RSSAC approved RSSAC001 and RSSAC002, the first two formal advisories produced by the RSSAC under its reorganized structure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-09-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-09-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proposed Renewal of .JOBS Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Purpose (Brief): ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .JOBS which is set to expire on 5 May 2015. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Employ Media LLC (the Registry Operator for the .JOBS TLD).<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or to recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. Applications in 2015 are invited for the following positions:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nomination Period Opens For 2015 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Presentation Planned for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 02 March 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. This award program seeks to recognize long-standing community members who have served in leadership roles in multiple ICANN working groups or committees and demonstrated collaboration with different supporting organizations and/or advisory committees.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-10-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-10-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tina Vinney, Chief Executive Officer | Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network, to the ICANN Board</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recommendations for Distribution Policy for gTLD Auction Proceeds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/vinney-to-icann-board-04dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/vinney-to-icann-board-04dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Shweta Sahjwani Asher,Radix Registry, to the Community Priority Evaluation Panel</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD application for .SHOP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/asher-to-eiu-cpe-panel-05dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/asher-to-eiu-cpe-panel-05dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group to Steve Crocker and ICANN Board<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GAC Category 2 Safeguards<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gtld-rysg-to-crocker-icann-board-05dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/gtld-rysg-to-crocker-icann-board-05dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Black Ice suspended by ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A small Israeli registrar has had its registrar accreditation suspended by ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17741-black-ice-suspended-by-icann"><span>http://domainincite.com/17741-black-ice-suspended-by-icann</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Section 3.18 of the 2013 RAA: Reasonable Investigations, Appropriate Responses by John Horton<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Section 3.18 of the ICANN 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) contains language requiring registrars to investigate and respond to abuse complaints. Nearly one year into the new RAA's effective period, what do we know about Section 3.18? If a person or entity wants to submit a complaint, what should they keep in mind? This article reviews the meaning of Section 3.18, how to leverage it, offers a list of do's and don'ts for complainants, and offers a few recommendations for registrars.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_section_318_raa_reasonable_investigations_appropriate_responses/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_section_318_raa_reasonable_investigations_appropriate_responses/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Third Sector Expo 2015: be informed and get connected<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... You will also have numerous opportunities to mingle and connect with fellow NFP peers during session breaks, while browsing the exhibition, as well as at the popular cocktail function brought to you by Platinum Sponsor auDA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_be_informed_and_get_connected/090344/"><span>http://thirdsectormagazine.com.au/news/third_sector_expo_2015_be_informed_and_get_connected/090344/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies are movin' on up to .com domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More businesses are investing in the tried-and-true .com after seeing their efforts with new domain names fall flat.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857435/cisco-subnet/companies-are-movin-on-up-to-com-domain-names.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857435/cisco-subnet/companies-are-movin-on-up-to-com-domain-names.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First live dot-brand switches back to .com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CITIC Group, which became the first company to dump .com for its new dot-brand gTLD, has switched back to .com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17785-first-live-dot-brand-switches-back-to-com"><span>http://domainincite.com/17785-first-live-dot-brand-switches-back-to-com</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .jobs contract based on new gTLD agreement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN and Employ Media are set to sign a new contract for operation of the .jobs registry which is based heavily on the Registry Agreement signed by all new gTLD registries.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17778-new-jobs-contract-based-on-new-gtld-agreement"><span>http://domainincite.com/17778-new-jobs-contract-based-on-new-gtld-agreement</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Proposed amendment to Roles and Responsibilities Policy re Resellers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As first advised in August 2014, the Domain Name Commission proposes amending the Roles and Responsibilities Policy (RAR) to include additional provisions around the management of .nz domain name resellers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnc.org.nz/story/proposed-amendment-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-re-resellers"><span>http://dnc.org.nz/story/proposed-amendment-roles-and-responsibilities-policy-re-resellers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Eleven domains suspended under .uk anti-rape rules<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet has suspended and permanently blocked 11 &ldquo;rape&rdquo; domain names in .uk since introducing a controversial policy earlier this year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17739-eleven-domains-suspended-under-uk-anti-rape-rules"><span>http://domainincite.com/17739-eleven-domains-suspended-under-uk-anti-rape-rules</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After lawsuit, YouPorn buys into .xxx portfolio<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Porn site operator Manwin Licensing, known to the domain industry for its antitrust lawsuit against ICANN and ICM Registry that was settled last year, has taken over a portfolio of .xxx domains from a staunch .xxx supporter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17733-after-lawsuit-youporn-buys-xxx-portfolio-owner"><span>http://domainincite.com/17733-after-lawsuit-youporn-buys-xxx-portfolio-owner</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Early Data Suggests New gTLDs Perform Well in Search Environment by Paul Stahura<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet addresses registered in new gTLDs are holding their own against -- and in some cases outperforming -- comparable addresses registered in legacy domains like .COM, according to new data that provides the best window yet into the operational functionality of new gTLD addresses. A question on everyone's mind in the run up to new gTLDs was: how would new domains perform in the wild against legacy domains on the key criteria of search?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141210_early_data_suggests_new_gtlds_perform_well_in_search_environment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Wanna buy a dot-word? If you want a .pizza the action, now's a chance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Everyone loves pizza. Even though the industry is responsible for cluttering millions of people's mailboxes with flyers, you'll still take a look and think about ordering one.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/11/pizza_partnerships_and_search/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/11/pizza_partnerships_and_search/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last resort gTLD auction loser wants share of $5m winning bid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An unsuccessful new gTLD applicant wants ICANN to share the proceeds of its &ldquo;last resort&rdquo; auction with itself and the other losing applicants.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17788-last-resort-gtld-auction-loser-wants-share-of-5m-winning-bid"><span>http://domainincite.com/17788-last-resort-gtld-auction-loser-wants-share-of-5m-winning-bid</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Symantec called in to verify .bank domain applicants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Symantec has been chosen by fTLD Registry Services to verify firms looking to get their hands on the new .bank and .insurance gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=26793"><span>http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=26793</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fTLD Registry Selects Symantec as Verification Agent</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fTLD Registry Services, LLC announced today an agreement with Symantec Corporation to provide verification services for the &ldquo;.bank&rdquo; and &ldquo;.insurance&rdquo; gTLDs. In this role, Symantec will add a layer of protection to the new domains by verifying the eligibility of companies requesting domain names, making sure the person requesting the domain name is authorized by the company and ensuring the name requested by the company complies with fTLD&rsquo;s policies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ftld.com/fTLD-Release-re-Symantec-(f)-20141208.pdf"><span>http://www.ftld.com/fTLD-Release-re-Symantec-(f)-20141208.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Bank hires Symantec to check credentials<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The launch of new .bank domain names is one step closer with the announcement that Symantec has been chosen to act as the credentials verifier for the TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/bank_hires_symantec_to_check_credentials/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/bank_hires_symantec_to_check_credentials/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts blames &ldquo;license&rdquo; problems for Chinese gTLD delays<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts says that problems obtaining &ldquo;licenses&rdquo; from the Chinese government are to blame for the fact that it is yet to launch any of its Chinese-script new gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17746-donuts-blames-license-problems-for-chinese-gtld-delays"><span>http://domainincite.com/17746-donuts-blames-license-problems-for-chinese-gtld-delays</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.health backer has cop-like takedown powers for all gTLDs in Japan<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LegitScript, a US company focused on eradicating illegal online pharmacies, which backs the .pharmacy and .health gTLDs, has been given police-like powers to have domain names taken down in Japan.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17758-health-backer-has-cop-like-takedown-powers-for-all-gtlds-in-japan"><span>http://domainincite.com/17758-health-backer-has-cop-like-takedown-powers-for-all-gtlds-in-japan</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.love won by class action lawyers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It appears that the contested new gTLD .love has been won by the law firm Merchant Law Group, after an auction.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17755-love-won-by-class-action-lawyers"><span>http://domainincite.com/17755-love-won-by-class-action-lawyers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Private auction settles controversial plural gTLD fight<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A private auction has been used to settle a new gTLD contention set containing two different strings for the first time.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17750-private-auction-settles-controversial-plural-gtld-fight"><span>http://domainincite.com/17750-private-auction-settles-controversial-plural-gtld-fight</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLDs &amp; Minds + Machines with Antony Van Couvering &ndash; DNW Podcast #10<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Antony Van Couvering, founder and CEO of new TLD company Minds + Machines, shares his thoughts on new TLDs on this week&rsquo;s podcast.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/new-tlds-minds-machines-with-antony-van-couvering-dnw-podcast-10/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/new-tlds-minds-machines-with-antony-van-couvering-dnw-podcast-10/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic unloads $2.5m worth of premium domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic today announced it has made $2.5 million by selling off some of its stash of premium domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17748-centralnic-unloads-2-5m-worth-of-premium-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/17748-centralnic-unloads-2-5m-worth-of-premium-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic sells $2.5 worth of premium domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic plc announced today that it has sold $2.5 million worth of premium domain names. These domain names are part of the group&rsquo;s 20,000 domain name holdings that are not related to new TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/centralnic-sells-2-5-worth-of-premium-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/08/centralnic-sells-2-5-worth-of-premium-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts and Rightside release 6 new domains on Wednesday<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Remember the good ole&rsquo; days of the middle of 2014, when mega-registry Donuts would release four of five new TLDs every week?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/donuts-and-rightside/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/donuts-and-rightside/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Analyst reiterates new TLD forecast and price target for Rightside<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>B. Riley &amp; Co analyst Sameet Sinha has reiterated his forecast for new TLDs and his $15 price target for Rightside. Rightside is currently trading for $8.29.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/analyst-reiterates-new-tld-forecast-and-price-target-for-rightside/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/analyst-reiterates-new-tld-forecast-and-price-target-for-rightside/</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>Forgotten subdomains boost risk of account hijacking, other attacks [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Subdomains that once served a purpose but later were forgotten by website administrators can be abused by hackers to attack users of sites under the same main domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/561942/forgotten-subdomains-boost-risk-account-hijacking-other-attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chinese responsible for 85 per cent of website scams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Chinese internet users are behind 85 per cent of fake websites, according to a semi-annual report from the Anti-Phishing Working Group.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/chinese_responsible_for_85_per_cent_of_website_scams/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/chinese_responsible_for_85_per_cent_of_website_scams/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Which Domains Stand the Strongest Against Phishing Attacks? by Ram Mohan<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Global Phishing Survey, which analyzed over 100,000 phishing attacks in the first half of 2014, examines the progress that TLDs are making in responding to phishing attacks that use their TLDs. The report finds the .INFO domain has the lowest average phishing uptimes as compared to other TLDs, such as .COM and .NET.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_which_domains_stand_the_strongest_against_phishing_attacks/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141208_which_domains_stand_the_strongest_against_phishing_attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/09/uk-eu-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0JN27520141209"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/09/uk-eu-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0JN27520141209</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Researchers Say POODLE Attack Affects Some TLS Implementations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The POODLE attack against SSLv3 that researchers from Google revealed earlier this year also affects some implementations of TLS and vendors now are scrambling to release patches for gear affected by the vulnerability. Soon after the POODLE attack was disclosed in October, researchers began looking into whether it might affect protocols other than SSLv3.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/researchers-say-poodle-attack-affects-some-tls-implementations/109764"><span>http://threatpost.com/researchers-say-poodle-attack-affects-some-tls-implementations/109764</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOJ: Companies need to trust gov't on cybersecurity [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. fight against cybercrime would be more effective if companies put more trust in the country's law enforcement agencies, a top U.S. Department of Justice official said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857632/malware-cybercrime/doj-companies-need-to-trust-govt-on-cybersecurity.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2857632/malware-cybercrime/doj-companies-need-to-trust-govt-on-cybersecurity.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Security group lays groundwork for a future without passwords<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Having to remember multiple passwords may soon be a thing of the past. Setting the stage for a password-free future, an industry consortium has issued a set of instructions that specify a number of alternate ways that computers and devices can confirm a user&rsquo;s identity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857577/security-group-plans-for-a-future-without-passwords.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857577/security-group-plans-for-a-future-without-passwords.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>BHP thwarted by web squatters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BHP Billiton has been stumped by cyber squatters who bought the web address for its new South32 business and tried to charge $10 million for it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/bhp_thwarted_by_web_squatters_kGOuDro2G0omKE5dr4wmSL"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/technology/bhp_thwarted_by_web_squatters_kGOuDro2G0omKE5dr4wmSL</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/marketing/name_south_and_what_your_domain_DIt0B9PsYhpY0x3LdPTzRN"><span>http://www.brw.com.au/p/marketing/name_south_and_what_your_domain_DIt0B9PsYhpY0x3LdPTzRN</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>GoDaddy gets another Domain Appraisal patent<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy has been issued another U.S. patent related to domain name appraisals.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/godaddy-gets-another-domain-appraisal-patent/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/09/godaddy-gets-another-domain-appraisal-patent/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Which domain name registrars lost (and won) transfers according to most recent official data<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN just published Verisign&rsquo;s official .com numbers from August, which gives us a chance to check in on how certain registrars are doing from a customer standpoint.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/com-transfers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/com-transfers/</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>Cloud firm Iomart reports sharp rise in revenue and profits<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hosting and cloud computing firm Iomart has posted a sharp rise in revenue and profit, helped by several acquisitions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-30395735"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-30395735</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>French web-hosting company OVH eyes market listing: Le Figaro<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>French Web-hosting and server provider OVH could consider a stock market listing, French daily Le Figaro reported on Wednesday, citing finance head Nicolas Boyer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/10/us-ovh-ipo-idINKBN0JO0KH20141210"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/10/us-ovh-ipo-idINKBN0JO0KH20141210</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>Heritage Auctions to hold super-exclusive domain auction at Waldorf Astoria Hotel<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Heritage Auctions is trying something different for its next domain name auction: it will be a super-exclusive event held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/heritage-auctions-waldorf-astoria-hotel/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/10/heritage-auctions-waldorf-astoria-hotel/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Long Holiday Weekend Brings Aftermarket Lull Offset by Sale Over $5 Million in Escrow <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The four-day Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. cut the work week down to three days for most American companies last week. While people are off enjoying big family dinners and getting a head start on Christmas shopping, it is traditionally a slow week for domain sales and that was the case again this year. The highest sale reported was Ehaber.com at $45,000 via Sedo, one of only eight five-figure sales made public.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141210.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141210.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Grappling With the &lsquo;Culture of Free&rsquo; in Napster&rsquo;s Aftermath<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Once upon a time, a new technology happened along. It was called radio. Soon enough, some people began plucking wireless transmissions out of the air for their own purposes. One clever young man in Washington figured out how to intercept messages that Navy units sent to one another. &ldquo;He has represented himself to be at distant naval stations or at sea on warships equipped with wireless apparatus,&rdquo; a magazine called Electrical World reported in 1907. Back then, this fellow&rsquo;s actions were not unlawful. They amounted nonetheless to a form of piracy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/technology/grappling-with-the-culture-of-free-in-napsters-aftermath.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/technology/grappling-with-the-culture-of-free-in-napsters-aftermath.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish police raid sinks The Pirate Bay<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish police have raided and seized computer and server equipment in Stockholm, taking the notorious piracy site the Pirate Bay offline.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/10/swedish-police-raid-pirate-bay"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/10/swedish-police-raid-pirate-bay</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can The Pirate Bay Make a Comeback?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yesterday The Pirate Bay was raided for the second time in its history and millions of people are still anxiously waiting to see whether the "most resilient" site can make a comeback. At the same time, other torrent sites are noticing a big spike in traffic.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/can-pirate-bay-make-comeback-141210/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/can-pirate-bay-make-comeback-141210/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. senator: Why couldn&rsquo;t we have taken down the Pirate Bay?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish authorities, it seems, have taken down The Pirate Bay, a Web site notorious for facilitating the often-illegal sharing of movies, music and other digital entertainment content. At a Senate hearing Wednesday morning, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, asked the Obama's administration's nominee for the so-called U.S. IP czar post what amounted to, Well, why couldn't we have done that?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/10/u-s-senator-why-couldnt-we-have-taken-down-the-pirate-bay/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/10/u-s-senator-why-couldnt-we-have-taken-down-the-pirate-bay/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pirate site The Pirate Bay goes down, then sails for Costa Rica<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The original home of The Pirate Bay, probably the Web&rsquo;s highest-profile site for copyrighted movies, music, and software, is no longer online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857735/pirate-site-the-pirate-bay-goes-down-then-sails-for-costa-rica.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2857735/pirate-site-the-pirate-bay-goes-down-then-sails-for-costa-rica.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-site-offline-141209/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-site-offline-141209/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pirate Bay sunk amid Swedish data-center raid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Torrent site and online copyright infringement poster child The Pirate Bay experienced a lengthy worldwide outage on Tuesaday, reportedly following the raid of a Stockholm area data center by Swedish police.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/pirate_bay_stockholm_raid/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/pirate_bay_stockholm_raid/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Pirates pay for content, Choice survey finds</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>People who engage in regular unauthorised downloading of copyright material are also more likely to pay for online and offline content than Australians who don't engage in piracy, according to a new survey by consumer advocacy group Choice.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/561886/pirates-pay-content-choice-survey-finds/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/561886/pirates-pay-content-choice-survey-finds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: No harsh penalties for illicit downloaders under copyright reform<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australians will be blocked from accessing popular overseas websites hosting pirated movies and TV shows but would escape punishment for downloading illicit content under copyright law proposals being presented to federal cabinet on Tuesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html"><span>http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/no-harsh-penalties-for-illicit-downloaders-under-copyright-reform-20141208-122rmj.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aussie Pirates Face Site Blocking, But No Disconnections<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australians who illegally download copyrighted material won't face any new regime to slow down or suspend their Internet connections. However, proposals being presented to cabinet today will outline a new mechanism allowing copyright holders to have 'infringing' sites blocked at the ISP level.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-pirates-face-site-blocking-but-no-disconnections-141209/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/aussie-pirates-face-site-blocking-but-no-disconnections-141209/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Copyright clampdown: Scheme to block pirate websites 'open to abuse'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Despite government assurances, an anti-piracy scheme that will in some circumstances force ISPs to block access to websites could potentially censor unrelated material, according to intellectual property academic Dr Matthew Rimmer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/562252/copyright-clampdown-scheme-block-pirate-websites-open-abuse/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/562252/copyright-clampdown-scheme-block-pirate-websites-open-abuse/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Internet industry, major entertainment companies given April deadline to agree on digital piracy code<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet industry and makers of commercial music, movies and shows have been given five months to reach agreement on new rules to combat digital piracy or have rules imposed on them by the Federal Government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-10/internet-entertainment-industries-april-deadline-digital-piracy/5958250"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-10/internet-entertainment-industries-april-deadline-digital-piracy/5958250</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Movie studios win piracy protection<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MOVIE studios will soon be able to obtain court orders to force internet providers to block access to websites which host pirated content as part of new amendments the federal government will make to the Copyright Act.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/movie-studios-win-piracy-protection/story-e6frg906-1227151306804"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/news/movie-studios-win-piracy-protection/story-e6frg906-1227151306804</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Governments increase Internet censorship, surveillance - Berners Lee<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The inventor of the Worldwide Web said on Thursday access to the internet should be regarded as a basic human right and criticised growing censorship by governments and commercial manipulation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/uk-web-censorship-idUKKBN0JP00N20141211"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/uk-web-censorship-idUKKBN0JP00N20141211</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/web-censorship-idINKBN0JP00P20141211"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/11/web-censorship-idINKBN0JP00P20141211</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tim Berners-Lee: We must take to the streets to protect the open web &ndash; video<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The inventor of the world wide web gave a keynote speech at the Every Second Counts Forum, reflecting on the process behind getting his initial idea noticed. Berners-Lee also shares his views on the current issues concerning his creation, including the campaign for net neutrality, of which he is an advocate.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/nov/27/tim-berners-lee-net-neutrality"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/nov/27/tim-berners-lee-net-neutrality</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<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 | 8 Dec 05:29 2014

auDA Domain News - 8 December

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As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?

<http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn>

 

Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/>

 

ICANN Heads Back Buenos Aires For June 2015 Meeting

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/>

 

au: Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained

<http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/>

 

Tackling criminal activity in .UK – Six month report

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report>

 

The Top 5 Things to Consider When Applying for a .BRAND

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/>

 

Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/>

 

QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Why India must engage with ICANN

India’s Internet diplomacy has found its voice late, leaving the government with little time to get its act together before the ICANN-U.S. contract expires in September next year

<http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/why-india-must-engage-with-icann/article6662319.ece>

 

China and Technical Global Internet Governance: Beijing's Approach to Multi-Stakeholder Governance within ICANN, WSIS and the IGF by Tristan Galloway & Baogang He [Deakin University]

Abstract: Since the late 1990s, the Chinese government has engaged in a process of attempting to reform the technical global internet governance regime, which is currently dominated by the US government and non-state actors.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532336>

 

As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?

The nascent NETmundial Initiative appears to be in dire straits already, just weeks into its existence, after another influential internet governance body decided against joining.

<http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn>

 

Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer

In a further blow to efforts by domain-names overlord ICANN to create a body to steer the future of the internet, the NetMundial Initiative has now been snubbed by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

Remarks at the ITU Plenipotentiary and International Internet Governance: Remarks by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

I want to thank the Media Institute and Dick Wiley in particular for inviting me to speak today. Mr. Wiley is the Vice Chair of the external advisory committee for my office. He is a walking institution in the Washington communications community and I rely on him and his team’s counsel for much of what we do in our work at State.

<http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2014/234684.htm>

 

The New Social Contract for The Internet

We have reason to rejoice these days. Ever since the world became aware of U.S. policy to surveil Internet users en masse, the ground has shifted under the idea of 'Internet Governance.' This term, if not yet extinct, is at least already outdated.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanchristophe-nothias/the-new-social-contract-for-the-internet_b_6273976.html>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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Les Johnson, Vice President for External Affairs | Federation of Gay Games, to the ICANN Board Governance Committee

Application for .GAY

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/johnson-to-bgc-28nov14-en.pdf>

 

ICANN 53 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

ICANN Fellowship program seeks participants from developing countries interested in the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier system. The goals of the Fellowship Program are to help broaden the base of knowledgeable constituents engaged in ICANN's Multistakeholder process and to encourage the participation of new voices from around the world.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-05-en>

 

Call to Action from Ashwin Rangan, ICANN Chief Innovation & Information Officer, December 3, 2014

Ashwin asks for the ICANN Community's help in creating a common stakeholder, community-wide set of tools and technologies.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJFNFgQBlo0>

 

US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

America's assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling has told domain-name overlord ICANN that without improvements to its accountability the US government will not hand over the crucial IANA contract.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/>

 

ICANN Heads Back Buenos Aires For June 2015 Meeting

The ICANN board decided on 3 December the 53rd public meeting for the organisation will be held in Buenos Aires from 21 to 25 June.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23234>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting.html>

 

Call For Participation - ICANN 52 DNSSEC Workshop on 11 Feb 2015 In Singapore by Dan York

If you will be at ICANN 52 in Singapore in February 2015 (or can get there) and work with DNSSEC or the DANE protocol, we are seeking proposals for talks to be featured as part of the 6-hour DNSSEC Workshop on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, December 10, 2015... The full Call For Participation is published online and gives many examples of the kinds of talks we'd like to include.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141204_participation_icann_52_dnssec_workshop_on_11_feb_2015_in_singapore/>

 

Seven Key Takeaways from ICANN 51 in Los Angeles

The 51st international meeting of ICANN formally concluded on Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. As always, the ICANN community discussed several high-profile topics during the meeting, all of which are relevant to registry operators, new gTLD applicants and brand owners alike, including: two-character names and geographic names; string confusion objection review, indirect contention, and auctions; domain name collision mitigation and trademark sunrise protections; internet governance and accountability mechanisms; planning for subsequent new gTLD rounds; Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs); and the ongoing Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Review. Our new gTLD team has closely examined developments at the meeting and carefully distilled the following high-level takeaways on these subjects, which have continued to blossom and garner further attention since the meeting.

<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/seven-key-takeaways-icann-51-los-angeles>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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au: Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained

The .au domain space is a trusted, respected and safe place for Australian Internet users. Part of our role at auDA is to keep it that way.

<http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/>

 

Cyrillic TLD a success because it’s “not for business”

During a panel on the multilingual Internet at this year’s Domain Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria, Deputy Head of Information Department for the IDN ccTLD .PΦ Mikhail Anisimov argued that the reason Russia’s Cyrillic TLD (launched on November 11, 2010) is such a success is because it’s first and foremost aimed at users rather than businesses.

<http://post.milathan.com/2014/12/cyrillic-tld-a-success-because-its-not-for-business/>

 

Tackling criminal activity in .UK – Six month report

Nominet today published an update on .UK domains suspended for criminal activity over the past six months.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report>

 

Typosquatters cashing in on .uk domains

Typosquatters are cashing in by registering new .uk domains which look similar to those used by existing high-traffic .co.uk websites.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html>

 

Survey shows consumer frustration with offline high street stores

More than a quarter of consumers (28%) think that local businesses which don’t have a website are outdated or can’t keep up with the times. That’s the key finding of research commissioned by Nominet, the internet company best known for running the .uk internet infrastructure, to mark Small Business Saturday.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/survey-shows-consumer-frustration-offline-high-street-stores>

 

Vietnam tops ASEAN for national domain registration

The Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) announced on December 5 that the ‘.vn’ domain name topped the ASEAN region for number of registrations and ranked seventh for all Asian nations.

<http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/118083/vietnam-tops-asean-for-national-domain-registration.html>

 

VN tops ASEAN in domain names

Viet Nam's domain name ."vn" had the largest number of registrations among ASEAN countries' domain names as of September 2014, the Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) revealed on Friday.

<http://www.vir.com.vn/vn-tops-asean-in-domain-names.html>

 

VNNIC publishes the Report on Vietnam Internet Resources 2014

On the occasion of “Internet Day 2014” on 05h December 2014, Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) officially announced the publication of the Report on Vietnam Internet Resources 2014.

<http://vnnic.vn/node/1312?lang=en>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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The Top 5 Things to Consider When Applying for a .BRAND

ICANN recently announced that it may open a second round of the New gTLD Program as early as late 2016. While 2016 still sounds pretty far away, companies that are considering applying for a .BRAND or .GENERIC should begin assessing its value soon in order to allow enough time to make an informed decision.

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/>

 

New .LGBT Web Domain Launched

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the first phase of the introduction of a new gTLD that is dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and those who serve it: dot LGBT or .LGBT. The first phase is the “sunrise” period, which is limited to eligible trademark holders and is open from January 5, 2015 through February 4, 2015.

<http://www.afilias.info/news/2014/12/04/new-lgbt-web-domain-launched>

 

GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD

The TLD .football has been auctioned off for, what's expected to be, millions of dollars to upstart registry Donuts.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/04/dot_football_gtld_auction/>

 

.sydney domain names now available in pre-release

Sydney’s most highly prized online real estate assets have today been released to the market as Australia’s most iconic city inherits a truly iconic web address with the launch of .sydney domain names for pre-release applications.

<http://www.ariservices.com/news-.sydney domain names now available in pre->

 

Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD

Sydney has joined a growing list of global cities such as London, New York, Vienna, Berlin and Melbourne with its own gTLD.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23232>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/sydney-applications-open-gtld.html>

 

All-gay web domain unveiled - .LGBT

A new internet domain was unveiled Thursday for sites focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community - .LGBT.

<http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/all-gay-web-domain-unveiled-.lgbt/article/2556955>

 

Rightside Group Is Changing the Internet - Presented by: The Aol. On Network

CEO Taryn Naidu tells The Street’s Jill Malandrino it is a very similar business model to a company like a GoDaddy. Recently, Rightside has ventured in a new area called Top Level Domains or TLD, or the acquisition of new domain extensions.

<http://www.nasdaq.com/video/rightside-group-is-changing-the-internet-518545375>

 

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DNSSEC Adoption Part 3: A Five Day Hole in Online Security by Dr. James Galvin

Implementing security requires attention to detail. Integrating security services with applications where neither the security service nor the application consider their counterpart in their design sometimes make plain that a fundamental change in existing practices is needed. Existing "standard" registrar business practices require revision before the benefits of the secure infrastructure foundation DNSSEC offers can be realized.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141205_dnssec_adoption_a_five_day_hole_in_online_security_part_3/>

 

The December 2014 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader! A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/12/05/the-december-2014-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/>

 

Why ‘Regin’ Malware Changes Threatscape Economics

Never before have attackers been able to deploy a common malware platform and configure it as necessary with low-cost, quick-turnaround business logic apps.

<http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/why-regin-malware-changes-threatscape-economics-/a/d-id/1317879>

 

Only a cyber ‘arms control’ treaty can keep online criminals and terrorists at bay

Software experts around the world will have been putting in overtime on their security this week after a major cyber attack was launched on Sony Pictures. North Korea, accused of organising the hacking, denied involvement, but the attack came only days after it was revealed that an advanced, malicious virus – Regin malware – had been spying on governments, businesses, research institutes and individuals for the past six years.

<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/05/cyber-arms-control-online-criminal-terorists-regin-sony>

 

New U.S. cyber security prosecutor unit to focus on prevention

The U.S. Justice Department is creating a unit within the criminal division to advise on electronic surveillance in cyber investigations and work with the private sector to prevent online crime, an official said on Thursday.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/uk-cybersecurity-doj-idUKKCN0JI1MH20141204>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/cybersecurity-doj-idINKCN0JI1ZV20141204>

 

us: Senate to Hold Hearing on Cyberattacks Against Finance

The Senate Banking Committee plans to hold a hearing next week on ways to “protect the financial sector” from cyberattacks, but for now there are no plans to have anyone from the financial services industry testify.

<http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/senate-to-hold-hearing-on-cyberattacks-against-finance/>

 

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ICE collaborates with industry and international law enforcement agencies to shutdown domain names selling counterfeit merchandise

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with industry and 24 law enforcement agencies across 18 countries to shutdown 29,684 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers as part of Project Transatlantic/ Operation In-Our-Sites V.

<http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-collaborates-industry-and-international-law-enforcement-agencies-shutdown-domain>

 

Porn site operator sues cybersquatters

The company behind PornHub.com, RedTube.com and YouPorn.com has filed multiple lawsuits in U.S. District court against the owners of at least ten domain names it alleges are cybersquatting on its brands. The lawsuit was filed by Licensing IP International S.à.r.l., which is commonly known as MindGeek.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/porn-site-operator-sues-cybersquatters/>

 

Mauritius Government Gets Into Dispute Over Key Domain Name

Domain names expire, drop and get re-registered all the time. It’s normal. However, governments are usually very conservative about how they handle domain names. A government department is more likely to hold on to a domain name for several years after they’ve stopped using it rather than “release” it too early.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/03/mauritius-government-gets-dispute-key-domain-name/>

 

ch: Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. v. Boer Romania Srl - Case No. DCH2014-0019

1. The Parties: The Claimant is Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. of Vevey, Switzerland, represented by Studio Barbero, Italy. The Respondent is Boer Romania Srl of Satu Mare, Romania, self-represented. 2. Domain Name: The dispute concerns the following domain name <bubchen.ch>. The Registry of the disputed domain name is SWITCH, Zurich, Switzerland.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DCH2014-0019>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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1st EU-US Cyber Dialogue

On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the EU-US Cyber Dialogue on 5 December 2014, EU and US representatives met in Brussels to discuss several foreign policy-related cyber issues:

<http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2014/141205_05_en.htm>

 

"Joint Elements" from U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue, 5th December 2014

On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium on December 5, the participants jointly agreed to specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows:

<http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/12/234702.htm>

 

Companies don’t want you to use Whois privacy, but they use it themselves

There’s a common myth in intellectual property circles that, if it weren’t for whois privacy and proxy services, there would be a lot less bad stuff on the internet.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/whois-privacy-big-company/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Netcraft: Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in November 2014

Qube had the most reliable hosting company site in November with just a single failed request. This is the fifth time Qube has made it to first place in 2014, and the fourteenth time it has featured in the top 10 since September 2013. Qube offers a Managed Operating System Service, where its engineers cover day-to-day tasks such as continuous monitoring, tuning and patching.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-november-2014.html>

 

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QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million

Qatar National Bank has paid $1 million to acquire the three letter domain name QNB.com.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/>

 

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming! A 7-Figure Sales is Reported for the 3rd Week in a Row

For the 3rd time in as many weeks a 7-figure domain sale has come to light. George dropped us a note today to report a $1 million sale of QNB.com that he discovered while going through an SEC filing made by Pennsylvania's QNB Corp. (the parent company of QNB Bank). QNB Corp. sold their three-letter domain to foreign bank - Qatar National Bank - and filled the gap by moving their site to QNBBank.com.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141205.htm>

 

Researchers study the “Dark Side of Domain Parking”

A group of researchers, mostly from Indiana University, recently presented a study about the “Dark Side of Domain Parking”.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/researchers-study-the-dark-side-of-domain-parking/>

 

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In the ‘global struggle for Internet freedom,’ the Internet is losing, report finds

The year 2014 marks the moment that the world turned its attention to writing laws to govern what happens on the Internet. And that has not been a great thing, according to an annual report from the U.S.-based pro-democracy think tank Freedom House.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/04/in-the-global-struggle-for-internet-freedom-the-internet-is-losing-report-finds/>

 

 

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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>As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn"><span>http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Heads Back Buenos Aires For June 2015 Meeting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tackling criminal activity in .UK &ndash; Six month report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Top 5 Things to Consider When Applying for a .BRAND<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/</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>Why India must engage with ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>India&rsquo;s Internet diplomacy has found its voice late, leaving the government with little time to get its act together before the ICANN-U.S. contract expires in September next year<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/why-india-must-engage-with-icann/article6662319.ece"><span>http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/why-india-must-engage-with-icann/article6662319.ece</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China and Technical Global Internet Governance: Beijing's Approach to Multi-Stakeholder Governance within ICANN, WSIS and the IGF by Tristan Galloway &amp; Baogang He [Deakin University]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract:</span><span> Since the late 1990s, the Chinese government has engaged in a process of attempting to reform the technical global internet governance regime, which is currently dominated by the US government and non-state actors. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532336"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2532336</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The nascent NETmundial Initiative appears to be in dire straits already, just weeks into its existence, after another influential internet governance body decided against joining.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn"><span>http://domainincite.com/17731-as-another-group-rejects-proposal-is-netmundial-stillborn</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet RFC overseer snubs ICANN and co's web power grab offer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a further blow to efforts by domain-names overlord ICANN to create a body to steer the future of the internet, the NetMundial Initiative has now been snubbed by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/iab_says_no_to_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Remarks at the ITU Plenipotentiary and International Internet Governance: Remarks by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I want to thank the Media Institute and Dick Wiley in particular for inviting me to speak today. Mr. Wiley is the Vice Chair of the external advisory committee for my office. He is a walking institution in the Washington communications community and I rely on him and his team&rsquo;s counsel for much of what we do in our work at State.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2014/234684.htm"><span>http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2014/234684.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The New Social Contract for The Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We have reason to rejoice these days. Ever since the world became aware of U.S. policy to surveil Internet users en masse, the ground has shifted under the idea of 'Internet Governance.' This term, if not yet extinct, is at least already outdated.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanchristophe-nothias/the-new-social-contract-for-the-internet_b_6273976.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanchristophe-nothias/the-new-social-contract-for-the-internet_b_6273976.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Les Johnson, Vice President for External Affairs | Federation of Gay Games, to the ICANN Board Governance Committee<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Application for .GAY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/johnson-to-bgc-28nov14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/johnson-to-bgc-28nov14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 53 Fellowship Application Round Now Open<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Fellowship program seeks participants from developing countries interested in the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier system. The goals of the Fellowship Program are to help broaden the base of knowledgeable constituents engaged in ICANN's Multistakeholder process and to encourage the participation of new voices from around the world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call to Action from Ashwin Rangan, ICANN Chief Innovation &amp; Information Officer, December 3, 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ashwin asks for the ICANN Community's help in creating a common stakeholder, community-wide set of tools and technologies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJFNFgQBlo0"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJFNFgQBlo0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>America's assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling has told domain-name overlord ICANN that without improvements to its accountability the US government will not hand over the crucial IANA contract.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/05/us_government_tells_icann_no_accountability_no_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Heads Back Buenos Aires For June 2015 Meeting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ICANN board decided on 3 December the 53rd public meeting for the organisation will be held in Buenos Aires from 21 to 25 June.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23234"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23234</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/06/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/icann-buenos-aires-june-2015-meeting.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call For Participation - ICANN 52 DNSSEC Workshop on 11 Feb 2015 In Singapore by Dan York<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you will be at ICANN 52 in Singapore in February 2015 (or can get there) and work with DNSSEC or the DANE protocol, we are seeking proposals for talks to be featured as part of the 6-hour DNSSEC Workshop on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, December 10, 2015... The full Call For Participation is published online and gives many examples of the kinds of talks we'd like to include.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141204_participation_icann_52_dnssec_workshop_on_11_feb_2015_in_singapore/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141204_participation_icann_52_dnssec_workshop_on_11_feb_2015_in_singapore/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seven Key Takeaways from ICANN 51 in Los Angeles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 51st international meeting of ICANN formally concluded on Thursday, October 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. As always, the ICANN community discussed several high-profile topics during the meeting, all of which are relevant to registry operators, new gTLD applicants and brand owners alike, including: two-character names and geographic names; string confusion objection review, indirect contention, and auctions; domain name collision mitigation and trademark sunrise protections; internet governance and accountability mechanisms; planning for subsequent new gTLD rounds; Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs); and the ongoing Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Review. Our new gTLD team has closely examined developments at the meeting and carefully distilled the following high-level takeaways on these subjects, which have continued to blossom and garner further attention since the meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.natlawreview.com/article/seven-key-takeaways-icann-51-los-angeles"><span>http://www.natlawreview.com/article/seven-key-takeaways-icann-51-los-angeles</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>au: Does it do what it says on the box? The .org.au audit explained<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .au domain space is a trusted, respected and safe place for Australian Internet users. Part of our role at auDA is to keep it that way.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/blog/does-it-do-what-it-says-on-the-box-the-org-au-audit-explained/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyrillic TLD a success because it&rsquo;s &ldquo;not for business&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EL">During a panel on the multilingual Internet at this year&rsquo;s Domain Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria, Deputy Head of Information Department for the IDN ccTLD .P&Phi; Mikhail Anisimov argued that the reason Russia&rsquo;s Cyrillic TLD (launched on November 11, 2010) is such a success is because it&rsquo;s first and foremost aimed at users rather than businesses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://post.milathan.com/2014/12/cyrillic-tld-a-success-because-its-not-for-business/"><span>http://post.milathan.com/2014/12/cyrillic-tld-a-success-because-its-not-for-business/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tackling criminal activity in .UK &ndash; Six month report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet today published an update on .UK domains suspended for criminal activity over the past six months.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/tackling-criminal-activity-uk-six-month-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Typosquatters cashing in on .uk domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Typosquatters are cashing in by registering new .uk domains which look similar to those used by existing high-traffic .co.uk websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Survey shows consumer frustration with offline high street stores<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than a quarter of consumers (28%) think that local businesses which don&rsquo;t have a website are outdated or can&rsquo;t keep up with the times. That&rsquo;s the key finding of research commissioned by Nominet, the internet company best known for running the .uk internet infrastructure, to mark Small Business Saturday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/survey-shows-consumer-frustration-offline-high-street-stores"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/survey-shows-consumer-frustration-offline-high-street-stores</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vietnam tops ASEAN for national domain registration<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) announced on December 5 that the &lsquo;.vn&rsquo; domain name topped the ASEAN region for number of registrations and ranked seventh for all Asian nations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/118083/vietnam-tops-asean-for-national-domain-registration.html"><span>http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/118083/vietnam-tops-asean-for-national-domain-registration.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VN tops ASEAN in domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Viet Nam's domain name ."vn" had the largest number of registrations among ASEAN countries' domain names as of September 2014, the Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) revealed on Friday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.vir.com.vn/vn-tops-asean-in-domain-names.html"><span>http://www.vir.com.vn/vn-tops-asean-in-domain-names.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VNNIC publishes the Report on Vietnam Internet Resources 2014</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the occasion of &ldquo;Internet Day 2014&rdquo; on 05h December 2014, Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) officially announced the publication of the Report on Vietnam Internet Resources 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://vnnic.vn/node/1312?lang=en"><span>http://vnnic.vn/node/1312?lang=en</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>The Top 5 Things to Consider When Applying for a .BRAND<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN recently announced that it may open a second round of the New gTLD Program as early as late 2016. While 2016 still sounds pretty far away, companies that are considering applying for a .BRAND or .GENERIC should begin assessing its value soon in order to allow enough time to make an informed decision.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/12/05/the-top-5-things-to-consider-when-applying-for-a-brand/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New .LGBT Web Domain Launched<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global registry services provider Afilias today announced the first phase of the introduction of a new gTLD that is dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and those who serve it: dot LGBT or .LGBT. The first phase is the &ldquo;sunrise&rdquo; period, which is limited to eligible trademark holders and is open from January 5, 2015 through February 4, 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afilias.info/news/2014/12/04/new-lgbt-web-domain-launched"><span>http://www.afilias.info/news/2014/12/04/new-lgbt-web-domain-launched</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The TLD .football has been auctioned off for, what's expected to be, millions of dollars to upstart registry Donuts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/04/dot_football_gtld_auction/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/04/dot_football_gtld_auction/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.sydney domain names now available in pre-release<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney&rsquo;s most highly prized online real estate assets have today been released to the market as Australia&rsquo;s most iconic city inherits a truly iconic web address with the launch of .sydney domain names for pre-release applications.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/news-.sydney%20domain%20names%20now%20available%20in%20pre-"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/news-.sydney domain names now available in pre-</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney Joins Global Cities As Applications Open For Its Own gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sydney has joined a growing list of global cities such as London, New York, Vienna, Berlin and Melbourne with its own gTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23232"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23232</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/04/sydney-applications-open-gtld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/sydney-applications-open-gtld.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/sydney-applications-open-gtld.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>All-gay web domain unveiled - .LGBT<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new internet domain was unveiled Thursday for sites focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community - .LGBT.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/all-gay-web-domain-unveiled-.lgbt/article/2556955"><span>http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/all-gay-web-domain-unveiled-.lgbt/article/2556955</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside Group Is Changing the Internet - Presented by: The Aol. On Network<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CEO Taryn Naidu tells The Street&rsquo;s Jill Malandrino it is a very similar business model to a company like a GoDaddy. Recently, Rightside has ventured in a new area called Top Level Domains or TLD, or the acquisition of new domain extensions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/video/rightside-group-is-changing-the-internet-518545375"><span>http://www.nasdaq.com/video/rightside-group-is-changing-the-internet-518545375</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>DNSSEC Adoption Part 3: A Five Day Hole in Online Security by Dr. James Galvin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Implementing security requires attention to detail. Integrating security services with applications where neither the security service nor the application consider their counterpart in their design sometimes make plain that a fundamental change in existing practices is needed. Existing "standard" registrar business practices require revision before the benefits of the secure infrastructure foundation DNSSEC offers can be realized.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141205_dnssec_adoption_a_five_day_hole_in_online_security_part_3/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141205_dnssec_adoption_a_five_day_hole_in_online_security_part_3/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The December 2014 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dear Reader! A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/12/05/the-december-2014-issue-of-our-switch-security-report-is-available/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2014/12/05/the-december-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>Why &lsquo;Regin&rsquo; Malware Changes Threatscape Economics<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Never before have attackers been able to deploy a common malware platform and configure it as necessary with low-cost, quick-turnaround business logic apps.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/why-regin-malware-changes-threatscape-economics-/a/d-id/1317879"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/why-regin-malware-changes-threatscape-economics-/a/d-id/1317879</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Only a cyber &lsquo;arms control&rsquo; treaty can keep online criminals and terrorists at bay<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Software experts around the world will have been putting in overtime on their security this week after a major cyber attack was launched on Sony Pictures. North Korea, accused of organising the hacking, denied involvement, but the attack came only days after it was revealed that an advanced, malicious virus &ndash; Regin malware &ndash; had been spying on governments, businesses, research institutes and individuals for the past six years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/05/cyber-arms-control-online-criminal-terorists-regin-sony"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/05/cyber-arms-control-online-criminal-terorists-regin-sony</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New U.S. cyber security prosecutor unit to focus on prevention<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. Justice Department is creating a unit within the criminal division to advise on electronic surveillance in cyber investigations and work with the private sector to prevent online crime, an official said on Thursday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/uk-cybersecurity-doj-idUKKCN0JI1MH20141204"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/uk-cybersecurity-doj-idUKKCN0JI1MH20141204</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/cybersecurity-doj-idINKCN0JI1ZV20141204"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/04/cybersecurity-doj-idINKCN0JI1ZV20141204</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>us: Senate to Hold Hearing on Cyberattacks Against Finance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Senate Banking Committee plans to hold a hearing next week on ways to &ldquo;protect the financial sector&rdquo; from cyberattacks, but for now there are no plans to have anyone from the financial services industry testify.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/senate-to-hold-hearing-on-cyberattacks-against-finance/"><span>http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/senate-to-hold-hearing-on-cyberattacks-against-finance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICE collaborates with industry and international law enforcement agencies to shutdown domain names selling counterfeit merchandise<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with industry and 24 law enforcement agencies across 18 countries to shutdown 29,684 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers as part of Project Transatlantic/ Operation In-Our-Sites V.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-collaborates-industry-and-international-law-enforcement-agencies-shutdown-domain"><span>http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-collaborates-industry-and-international-law-enforcement-agencies-shutdown-domain</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Porn site operator sues cybersquatters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The company behind PornHub.com, RedTube.com and YouPorn.com has filed multiple lawsuits in U.S. District court against the owners of at least ten domain names it alleges are cybersquatting on its brands. The lawsuit was filed by Licensing IP International S.&agrave;.r.l., which is commonly known as MindGeek.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/porn-site-operator-sues-cybersquatters/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/porn-site-operator-sues-cybersquatters/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mauritius Government Gets Into Dispute Over Key Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain names expire, drop and get re-registered all the time. It&rsquo;s normal. However, governments are usually very conservative about how they handle domain names. A government department is more likely to hold on to a domain name for several years after they&rsquo;ve stopped using it rather than &ldquo;release&rdquo; it too early.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/03/mauritius-government-gets-dispute-key-domain-name/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2014/12/03/mauritius-government-gets-dispute-key-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ch: Soci&eacute;t&eacute; des Produits Nestl&eacute; S.A. v. Boer Romania Srl - Case No. DCH2014-0019 </span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Claimant is Soci&eacute;t&eacute; des Produits Nestl&eacute; S.A. of Vevey, Switzerland, represented by Studio Barbero, Italy. The Respondent is Boer Romania Srl of Satu Mare, Romania, self-represented. 2. Domain Name: The dispute concerns the following domain name &lt;bubchen.ch&gt;. The Registry of the disputed domain name is SWITCH, Zurich, Switzerland.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DCH2014-0019"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DCH2014-0019</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>1st EU-US Cyber Dialogue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the EU-US Cyber Dialogue on 5 December 2014, EU and US representatives met in Brussels to discuss several foreign policy-related cyber issues:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2014/141205_05_en.htm"><span>http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2014/141205_05_en.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Joint Elements" from U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue, 5th December 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-EU Cyber Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium on December 5, the participants jointly agreed to specific areas of collaboration and cooperation as follows:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/12/234702.htm"><span>http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/12/234702.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies don&rsquo;t want you to use Whois privacy, but they use it themselves<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There&rsquo;s a common myth in intellectual property circles that, if it weren&rsquo;t for whois privacy and proxy services, there would be a lot less bad stuff on the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/whois-privacy-big-company/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/whois-privacy-big-company/</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 November 2014</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Qube had the most reliable hosting company site in November with just a single failed request. This is the fifth time Qube has made it to first place in 2014, and the fourteenth time it has featured in the top 10 since September 2013. Qube offers a Managed Operating System Service, where its engineers cover day-to-day tasks such as continuous monitoring, tuning and patching.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-november-2014.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/03/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-november-2014.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>QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Qatar National Bank has paid $1 million to acquire the three letter domain name QNB.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/05/qnb-com-domain-name-sells-for-1-million/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>And the Hits Just Keep on Coming! A 7-Figure Sales is Reported for the 3rd Week in a Row<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the 3rd time in as many weeks a 7-figure domain sale has come to light. George dropped us a note today to report a $1 million sale of QNB.com that he discovered while going through an SEC filing made by Pennsylvania's QNB Corp. (the parent company of QNB Bank). QNB Corp. sold their three-letter domain to foreign bank - Qatar National Bank - and filled the gap by moving their site to QNBBank.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141205.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141205.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Researchers study the &ldquo;Dark Side of Domain Parking&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A group of researchers, mostly from Indiana University, recently presented a study about the &ldquo;Dark Side of Domain Parking&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/researchers-study-the-dark-side-of-domain-parking/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/04/researchers-study-the-dark-side-of-domain-parking/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENSORSHIP<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the &lsquo;global struggle for Internet freedom,&rsquo; the Internet is losing, report finds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The year 2014 marks the moment that the world turned its attention to writing laws to govern what happens on the Internet. And that has not been a great thing, according to an annual report from the U.S.-based pro-democracy think tank Freedom House.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/04/in-the-global-struggle-for-internet-freedom-the-internet-is-losing-report-finds/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/12/04/in-the-global-struggle-for-internet-freedom-the-internet-is-losing-report-finds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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David Goldstein | 4 Dec 05:40 2014

auDA domain news - 4 December

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Internet governance review group proposes replacing US government with… itself

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/>

 

Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/>

 

ICANN Finalizes Process for Requests for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en>

 

Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/>

 

Will gTLDs help you rank higher in search results?

<https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results>

 

Connecting Digital & Real-World Experiences: Why Brand gTLDs Could Bridge the Gap by Jennifer Wolfe

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap>

 

Europol Leads Operation To Seize Hundreds Of Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods In Lead-Up To Christmas

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/>

 

Aussie telcos struggling with IPv6 adoption

<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.aspx>

 

Can VeriSign Maintain Its Market Leadership In The Coming Years?

<http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Internet governance review group proposes replacing US government with… itself

The US government's role at the top of the internet should be replaced by four different groups, according to an official proposal put out for public comment.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/>

 

Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) – an effort by various countries and organizations to keep the internet running – may be beyond saving after a second series of rejections. This time it's been snubbed by the business world and the Internet Governance Forum.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/>

 

Arab IGF III: What we will remember

The 3rd edition of the Arab Internet Governance Forum ‘Arab IGFIII’ was the opportunity to notice how the global debate on Internet Governance has spurred the regional and local discussions on Internet Governance related topics.

<https://nawaat.org/portail/2014/12/03/arab-igf-iii-what-we-will-remember/>

 

Who Runs the Internet? by Maximilian Stern, Co-Founder, Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy

When thinking of the future of democracy, we should not only focus on using the Internet as a means for greater participation, but also think of it as one of the greatest achievements of our society, one that must be kept free and open -- an achievement we should safeguard with democratic processes.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maximilian-stern/who-runs-the-internet_b_6263282.html>

 

Community proposes way to replace US oversight of ICANN

The process of removing the US government from management of the DNS root system took a significant step forward today, with the publication of a community proposal for a transition.

<http://domainincite.com/17722-community-proposes-way-to-replace-us-oversight-of-icann>

 

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ICANN Finalizes Process for Requests for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

As previously announced, ICANN has been working towards developing a process to permit registries to request the release of two-character ASCII labels at the second-level for registration to 3rd parties and activation in the DNS pursuant to Section 2 of Specification 5. That process is now final and available.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en>

 

WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal

Following the request of the NTIA for ICANN to "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the DNS. The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-12-01-en>

 

Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions Draft Transition Proposal

Purpose (Brief): Following the request of the NTIA for ICANN "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing to produce a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the DNS. The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-01-en>

 

Seeking Panel Members for New gTLD Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution

ICANN plans to expand the Standing Panel responsible for administering the Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP), which supports the New gTLD Program. Parties with relevant experience and the desire to serve the Internet community are invited to submit expressions of interest.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-02-en>

 

Call for Volunteers to Participate in Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

In brief: The Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) was formed to deliver proposals that would enhance ICANN's accountability towards all stakeholders. The organizations that chartered the CCWG now call for volunteers to join this effort.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-02-en>

 

IDN Variant TLD Program - Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) Tool Project (P1) - LGR Tool Set Specifications Now Open for Public Comment

Purpose (Brief): ICANN intends to develop a tool to allow the Generation Panels and the community to develop and use Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) in the new machine-readable XML-based format. ICANN is releasing the set of requirements for the development of this LGR tool for public comment, specifically to get feedback on (i) the completeness of current requirements, (ii) the prioritization done in the different phases for development of the tool, and (iii) any other aspects associated with the LGR tool requirements.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-03-en>

 

Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Paul Smocer

New gTLDs applications for financial services strings

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-smocer-01dec14-en.pdf>

 

Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Sally Scutt

New gTLDs applications for financial services strings

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-scutt-01dec14-en.pdf>

 

Exhibit 1: Why Whois verification for domain registrations is so stupid

A lot has been made about the new requirement this year for domain name registrars to verify certain aspects of Whois contact information provided by registrations.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/whois-verification/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets

The number of domain names under management around the world topped 280 million at the end of the second quarter 2014 with four million domain names added, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/verisign-280-million-domains-worldwide.html>

 

Internet Grows to 280 Million Domain Names in the Second Quarter of 2014

VeriSign, Inc. ... announced four million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 280 million worldwide across all TLDs as of June 30, 2014, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.

<http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MDE5NTE%3D>

 

UAE .ae domain sets new growth record

The UAE's .ae domain reached a record 124,000 registered names in January-August, according to data published by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) from the .ae Domain Administration (aeDA).

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/uae-ae-domain-sets-new-growth-record--1052573>

 

Afnic consolidates its consultancy and expertise offering

On December 1, 2014, Afnic expands its Internet & domain name consultancy and expertise activities.

<http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8531/show/afnic-consolidates-its-consultancy-and-expertise-offering.html>

 

Internet Governance Forum gets boost from .CA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) today announced that it had completed a contribution agreement with the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), providing the necessary resources to address emerging issues in Internet governance.

<http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/internet-governance-forum-gets-boost-from-ca/>

 

Typosquatters cashing in on .uk domains

Typosquatters are cashing in by registering new .uk domains which look similar to those used by existing high-traffic .co.uk websites.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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What’s in a name? Why readers shouldn’t underestimate the impact of internet domains

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers” is one of those infamous predictions, attributed (but probably falsely) to Thomas J Watson, chairman and CEO of IBM in the 1940s.

<http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/01/internet-domain-name-amazon-book>

 

Will gTLDs help you rank higher in search results?

The range of gTLDs is expanding to include new options such as .Hotel, .RealEstate and .Berlin. Will they help you rank higher in searches?

<https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results>

 

Connecting Digital & Real-World Experiences: Why Brand gTLDs Could Bridge the Gap by Jennifer Wolfe

Brands with gTLDs have the ability to control the entire user experience - from dedicated microsites to targeted in-store experiences.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap>

 

Meet 8 people who spent more than $10,000 on a .NYC domain name

With over 60,000 domain names registered, the new .NYC domain name is off to a roaring start.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/meet-8-people-nyc-domain-name/>

 

Premium Names launched for .cymru and .wales

The Premium Names list for the new .cymru and .wales domain names is published today, ready for applications from 29 December 2014 when anyone can apply for domain names that have not been registered in the earlier phases.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales>

 

Paris domain names sell like hot croissants [AFP]

Companies and lovers of the City of Lights snapped up 6,600 ".paris" Internet domain names in a mere two hours on Tuesday, far exceeding expectations.

<https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25672384/paris-domain-names-sell-like-hot-croissants/>

 

Paris puts 10,000 domain names up for grabs

Fancy getting your hands on a .paris domain name? Companies already have had the chance to snatch them up but now 10,000 of them have also been made available to the general public.

<http://www.thelocal.fr/20141202/10000-paris-domain-names-available>

 

Launch of an information portal for the .swiss internet domain

The new dotswiss.ch web portal provides details about the .swiss domain, answers important questions about applications and deadlines and keeps interested parties abreast of the latest news with a free newsletter.

<https://www.news.admin.ch/dokumentation/00002/00015/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=55481>

<http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=55481>

 

Auction and Sales Channel Update

Minds + Machines Group Limited ... is delighted to announce that following the recent series of private auctions, the Company will receive in aggregate $4.4 million (approximately £2.8 million) for withdrawing its applications on .latino, .school and a third domain application that at present cannot be named due to the rules governing the private auction process.

<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/12/auction-and-sales-channel-update/>

 

Minds + Machines pockets another $4.4 million from losing new TLD auctions

New TLD applicant Minds + Machines continues to add to its pile of cash by losing new TLD contention set auctions.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/minds-machines-pockets-another-4-4-million-from-losing-new-tld-auctions/>

 

Donuts wins five more new gTLD auctions

Donuts added five new gTLDs to its ever-growing portfolio this week, as the results of five private auctions were revealed.

<http://domainincite.com/17729-donuts-wins-five-more-new-gtld-auctions>

 

M+M raises $4.4m losing latest gTLD auctions

Minds + Machines made $4.4 million losing three recent new gTLD auctions, according to a company press release.

<http://domainincite.com/17727-mm-raises-4-4m-losing-latest-gtld-auctions>

 

cymru and .wales are at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair

Following a successful visit to the Royal Welsh Show this year, .cymru and .wales will again be visiting the Llanelwedd show grounds today to talk to Wales’ leading food producers about promoting their brands in Wales with the new domain names.

<http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/cymru-wales-years-royal-welsh-8212916>

 

Name Collision domain names – is there opportunity for domainers?

The release of blocked second level strings is good for the domain name industry. Is there opportunity for domainers to profit from it?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/name-collision-domain-names-domainers/>

 

Cyber Monday propels .Rocks to 17% daily gain

It’s interesting watching for anomalies in new TLD registrations. Consider yesterday, when the zone for Rightside’s .rocks TLD grew by almost 17%.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/cyber-monday-propels-rocks-to-17-daily-gain/>

 

Richemont pulls two dot-brand bids

Luxury goods company Richemont has withdrawn two of its original 14 new gTLD applications.

<http://domainincite.com/17723-richemont-pulls-two-dot-brand-bids>

 

FIBA wins .basketball

FIBA, the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, won the right to .basketball after an auction shoot-out with Donuts and Famous Four Media.

<http://domainincite.com/17720-fiba-wins-basketball>

 

New TLDs this week: .Paris, .Moscow, .LTDA and more

It’s a fairly busy week for new TLDs, especially for those watching geographic TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/new-tlds-paris-moscow-ltda/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Nameserver Operators Need the Ability to "Disavow" Domains by Mark Jeftovic

Yesterday's DDoS attack against DNSimple brought to light a longstanding need for DNS nameserver operators to have an ability to unilaterally repudiate domains from their nameservers. The domains under attack started off on DNSMadeEasy, migrated off to DNSimple and took up residence there for about 12 hours, causing a lot of grief to DNSimple and their downstream customers.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_nameserver_operators_need_the_ability_to_disavow_domains/>

 

FBI urges United States companies to beware malicious software attacks

The FBI has warned US businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyber attack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/02/fbi-united-states-hacking-malware-attacks-cybersecurity-sony-corp>

 

FBI Warning Shows Targeted Attacks Don't Just Steal Anymore

An FBI advisory points to an increasing trend of destructive malware for activist, anti-forensics purposes.

<http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fbi-warning-shows-targeted-attacks-dont-just-steal-anymore/d/d-id/1317826>

 

Report Says Cyberattacks Originated Inside Iran

Iranian hackers were identified in a report released Tuesday as the source of coordinated attacks against more than 50 targets in 16 countries, many of them corporate and government entities that manage critical energy, transportation and medical services.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/world/middleeast/report-says-cyberattacks-originated-inside-iran.html>

 

Report Connects Iran to Critical Infrastructure Hacks Worldwide

Iranian state-sponsored hackers have been singled out for attacks on critical infrastructure worldwide, including 10 targets in the United States.

<http://threatpost.com/report-connects-iran-to-critical-infrastructure-hacks-worldwide/109666>

 

Critical networks in US, 15 other nations, completely owned, possibly by Iran

For more than two years, pro-Iranian hackers have penetrated some of the world's most sensitive computer networks, including those operated by a US-based airline, auto maker, natural gas producer, defense contractor, and military installation, security researchers said.

<http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/critical-networks-in-us-15-nations-completely-owned-by-iran-backed-hackers/>

 

Report: Iran Has Been Hacking Major Infrastructure For Last Two Years

Last year, we discovered that Iranian hackers had breached Navy computer systems, which sent an understandable wave of panic through the administration. But it looks like that might've just been the tip of a much bigger, more sophisticated and more deadly iceberg.

<http://www.gizmodo.in/news/Report-Iran-Has-Been-Hacking-Major-Infrastructure-For-Last-Two-Years/articleshow/45355724.cms>

 

For China, Cybersecurity Is Part of Strategy for Protecting the Communist Party

For nearly two years, cyberespionage has been a tense focal point of relations between the United States and China. On Wednesday, the Center for a New American Security, a research group in Washington, released a paper written with the aim of understanding the motivations behind China’s cybersecurity strategy. Its conclusion: that the strategy, like China’s foreign policy, is driven mainly by the domestic political imperative of needing to “protect the longevity of the Chinese Communist Party.”

<http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/for-china-cybersecurity-is-part-of-strategy-for-protecting-the-communist-party/>

 

The Real Cost of Cyber Incidents, According To Insurers

Healthcare is hit by the most malicious insiders and the highest legal costs, according to a NetDiligence report.

<http://www.darkreading.com/the-real-cost-of-cyber-incidents-according-to-insurers/d/d-id/1317851>

 

FBI Warns US Businesses of Possible Wiper Malware Attacks

The FBI issued a five-page flash warning yesterday urging American enterprises to be on the lookout for wiper malware.

<http://threatpost.com/fbi-warns-us-businesses-of-possible-wiper-malware-attacks/109662>

 

Sony Pictures and F.B.I. Widen Inquiry Into Hackers’ Attack

Sony Pictures Entertainment and the F.B.I. on Wednesday were seeking more information about an attack that crippled Sony’s computer systems — including whether North Korea, or perhaps a former employee, was responsible.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/business/sony-pictures-and-fbi-investigating-attack-by-hackers.html>

 

DARPA looks to connect complex system security dots and wipe out malicious cyber attacks

High-end cybercriminals count on the fact that modern-day enterprise computer systems tend to be intricate and complicated. So sophisticated and dense that they let few people or other systems gain any significant visibility into their real machinery and software.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2854345/security0/darpa-looks-to-connect-complex-system-security-dots-and-wipe-out-malicious-cyber-attacks.html>

 

Cyber laws must explain how businesses can collaborate on risk protection, says expert

New laws aimed at getting businesses to share information on cyber risks must explain to businesses how that information sharing should work in practice, an expert has said.

<http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/december/cyber-laws-must-explain-how-businesses-can-collaborate-on-risk-protection-says-expert/>

 

Google has a new way to tell if you're human

Are you human? Do you hate reading distorted text? Google has some good news for you. The Internet giant is doing away with the random combinations of blurry letters and numbers that it has used to keep robots from pretending to be human.

<http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/03/technology/security/google-blurry-text-security/index.html>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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292 internet domain names seized for selling counterfeit products

Europol and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with 25 law enforcement agencies from 19 countries, have seized 292 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The 292 domain names seized are part of project 'In Our Sites (IOS) Transatlantic V'.

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/292-internet-domain-names-seized-selling-counterfeit-products>

 

Europol Leads Operation To Seize Hundreds Of Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods In Lead-Up To Christmas

In its third operation in 12 months, Europol working with European and US law enforcement agencies has seized hundreds of domain names linked to the sale of counterfeit goods online.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23221>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains.html>

 

'Counterfeit' domains seized by Europol

Police forces across Europe have seized 292 web domains that were being used to sell counterfeit goods, according to Europol.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30276056>

 

Officials seize 292 domain names to protect consumers during holiday season [IDG]

The holiday season is rife with online rip-offs. In a move to protect consumers, law enforcement officials have seized 292 domain names for sites that allegedly were selling counterfeit goods.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2853714/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html>

<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2853712/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html>

 

Lawsuit alleges 3 number domain names stolen

A federal lawsuit alleges that the domain names 224.com, 605.com and 452.com have been stolen.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/lawsuit-alleges-3-number-domain-names-stolen/>

 

Google Loses Claim to Domain Name

Mediators of the National Arbitration Forum have dismissed a claim made by Google against Canadian company groovle.com demanding they transfer their domain name to it because it is too similar to theirs.

<http://www.commercetuned.co.uk/news/google-loses-claim-to-domain-name-022.php>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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Aussie telcos struggling with IPv6 adoption

IPv6 is increasing steadily around the world but some Australian carriers are still struggling with the transition to the new internet addressing system.

<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.aspx>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Can VeriSign Maintain Its Market Leadership In The Coming Years?

VeriSign, a leader in the Domain Name market (47% market share), regained its growth momentum in Q3 2014 after a disappointing performance in the first half of the year. The company saw the highest third quarter gross additions of 8.7 million to date, in Q3 2014. Some of the primary factors propelling this growth were:

<http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01>

 

The Future of Agency SEO

As SEO continues to mature, new types of engagements and agencies will begin to evolve. Here is a look at four ways the future of SEO could develop.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2383470/the-future-of-agency-seo>

 

Domain Name Parking with Michael Gilmour – DNW Podcast #9

If you’ve been in the domain name industry for any length of time, odds are you’re making less from domain name parking now than you did many years ago.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/domain-name-parking-with-michael-gilmour-dnw-podcast-9/>

 

Demonoid Frustrates Censors With Domain Name Switch

The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has traded its demonoid.ph domain name for the Palau-based demonoid.pw. The site's operators have yet to officially announce the change, which helps to improve the site's availability online.

<http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-frustrates-censors-with-domain-name-switch-141202/>

 

TLD Registry to Present World's First Masterclass on Booming Chinese Domain Market at NamesCon 2015

With the 2015 NamesCon conference less than six weeks away major elements of the show's agenda are rapidly falling into place. Today TLD Registry, the owner/operator of the Dot Chinese Online (.在线 ) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网 ) TLDs, announced they will present a Chinese Domaining Masterclass lecture series taught by TLD Registry’s Simon Cousins and Jin Wang that will run over all four days of NamesCon.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141202.htm>

 

Domain Registrations: Is Bitcoin Going Mainstream?

Earlier this year we used Bitcoin as an example of how domain registrations could be an effective gauge of interest in a particular subject. Our analysis demonstrated a clear rise in the number of registered .com and .net domain names containing the term “Bitcoin” in 2013, as well as a positive correlation between increased registration activity and increases in the dollar value of bitcoin.

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

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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How most people see domain investors

Want to know how a person trying to get his hands on a domain name sees domain name investors? Here’s a pretty good summary.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/how-most-people-see-domain-investors/>

 

Year's Biggest Sale to Date Towers Over This Week's Domain Sales Chart

At the end of last week news broke that Japan's Nissan Corporation (well known for their Z series of sports cars) had sold Z.com to GMO Internet, Inc., one of Japan’s leading Internet services providers and operator of the country’s largest domain registrar, for a whopping ¥800,000,000 ($6,784,000).

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141203.htm>

 

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INTERNET USE

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The Global Geography of Internet Addiction: In a new study, Brazilians were the most likely to report spending every waking hour on the web, with Nigerians and South Africans not far behind.

Thanks to its young population armed with smartphones, Brazil beat nine other Internet-connected countries for its citizens’ frequency of web use, according to a new report from business consultancy A.T. Kearney.

<http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/12/the-global-geography-of-internet-addiction/383292/>

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices

Smart watches, driverless cars and internet enabled fridges may grab headlines, but the internet of things has the potential to transform healthcare and save lives, Telstra chief scientist Hugh Bradlow says.

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html>

<http://www.smh.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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au: Cyber bullying: Government crackdown to target social media sites

Social media sites will be targeted under plans by the Abbott Government to crack down on the cyber bullying of children.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-03/government-plans-cyber-bullying-crackdown/5935560>

 

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MOBILE/WIRELESS

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au: Mobile services decline for first time: ACMA

The Australian mobile market has reached saturation, but Australians are downloading greater amounts of data, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560938/mobile-services-decline-first-time-acma/>

 

Study shows Australia heading mobile only

Australians are increasingly moving to a mobile-only approach to telecommunications, and demand for data and content is rapidly increasing due to booming popularity of mobile devices, research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority has found.

<http://www.afr.com/p/technology/study_shows_australia_heading_mobile_RHG3TLKSpDURR9rz2bsUKP>

 

Australians hungry for everything the internet has to offer

New Australian Communications and Media Authority research shows that while internet connections have stabilised, Australians’ appetite for data and content is ever-increasing.

<http://acma.gov.au/theACMA/Library/Corporate-library/Corporate-publications/australians-hungry-for-everything-the-internet-has-to-offer>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Kim Dotcom sees off US attempt to have him remanded in custody

Kim Dotcom has successfully fought off an attempt by the US government to have him remanded in custody after a New Zealand court ruled he had not broken bail conditions and posed no flight risk.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/01/kim-dotcom-us-attempt-remanded-custody-new-zealand>

 

Australian court dismisses Apple 'App Store' trademark appeal [IDG]

Apple lost an appeal in Australia’s Federal Court on Wednesday over its bid for the “App Store” trademark.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/560957/australian-court-dismisses-apple-app-store-trademark-appeal/>

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560957/australian-court-dismisses-apple-app-store-trademark-appeal/>

 

Australia probes bitcoin crime links as currency craves legitimacy

A top Australian law enforcement agency is investigating bitcoin's role in organised crime, a senior official said, just as politicians and financial regulators embrace the digital currency as a legitimate part of modern business.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/02/uk-australia-bitcoin-idUKKCN0JG0FY20141202>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/02/australia-bitcoin-idINKCN0JG0GM20141202>

 

Australians visiting more malicious sites: Trend Micro

Trend Micro's third-quarter security report for 2014 has found that Australia now ranks fifth in the world for countries with the highest number of visits to malicious sites.

<http://www.zdnet.com/australians-visiting-more-malicious-sites-trend-micro-7000036342/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

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au: Law Council opposes data retention scheme

The Law Council of Australia has come out swinging against the government's proposed mandatory data retention regime, describing it as not "reasonable, necessary and proportionate".

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560952/law-council-australia-opposes-data-retention-legislation/>

 

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BRAND PROTECTION & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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au: Vittoria wins trademark battle over the word 'gold' - in Italian

Can a coffee seller trademark the Italian words for "gold" and "five stars"? That was the question at the centre of a long-brewing legal battle between the vendor of Vittoria coffee and the importer of rival brand Molinari.

<http://www.smh.com.au/business/vittoria-coffee-seller-wins-trademark-battle-over-oro-and-cinque-stelle-20141202-11yghp.html>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Kim Dotcom: “I’m officially broke” after transferring remaining assets

Prosecutors told a New Zealand courtroom on Friday that Kim Dotcom is a flight risk, alleging that he violated the terms of his bail that allowed him to live free on bail, rather than jail. That came just days after the Megaupload founder told a London tech conference that he was "officially broke" after transferring his remaining assets to his wife and children.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/kim-dotcom-im-officially-broke-after-transferring-remaining-assets/>

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet governance review group proposes replacing US government with&hellip; itself<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Finalizes Process for Requests for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Will gTLDs help you rank higher in search results?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results"><span>https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Connecting Digital &amp; Real-World Experiences: Why Brand gTLDs Could Bridge the Gap by Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Europol Leads Operation To Seize Hundreds Of Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods In Lead-Up To Christmas<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aussie telcos struggling with IPv6 adoption<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.aspx"><span>http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can VeriSign Maintain Its Market Leadership In The Coming Years?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01"><span>http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01</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>Internet governance review group proposes replacing US government with&hellip; itself<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US government's role at the top of the internet should be replaced by four different groups, according to an official proposal put out for public comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/02/cwg_the_new_us_government/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The controversial NetMundial Initiative (NMI) &ndash; an effort by various countries and organizations to keep the internet running &ndash; may be beyond saving after a second series of rejections. This time it's been snubbed by the business world and the Internet Governance Forum.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/03/icc_rejects_netmundial_initative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Arab IGF III: What we will remember<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 3rd edition of the Arab Internet Governance Forum &lsquo;Arab IGFIII&rsquo; was the opportunity to notice how the global debate on Internet Governance has spurred the regional and local discussions on Internet Governance related topics.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://nawaat.org/portail/2014/12/03/arab-igf-iii-what-we-will-remember/"><span>https://nawaat.org/portail/2014/12/03/arab-igf-iii-what-we-will-remember/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Who Runs the Internet? by Maximilian Stern, Co-Founder, Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When thinking of the future of democracy, we should not only focus on using the Internet as a means for greater participation, but also think of it as one of the greatest achievements of our society, one that must be kept free and open -- an achievement we should safeguard with democratic processes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maximilian-stern/who-runs-the-internet_b_6263282.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maximilian-stern/who-runs-the-internet_b_6263282.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Community proposes way to replace US oversight of ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The process of removing the US government from management of the DNS root system took a significant step forward today, with the publication of a community proposal for a transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17722-community-proposes-way-to-replace-us-oversight-of-icann"><span>http://domainincite.com/17722-community-proposes-way-to-replace-us-oversight-of-icann</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 Finalizes Process for Requests for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As previously announced, ICANN has been working towards developing a process to permit registries to request the release of two-character ASCII labels at the second-level for registration to 3rd parties and activation in the DNS pursuant to Section 2 of Specification 5. That process is now final and available.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On Naming Related Functions Public Consultation on Draft Transition Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following the request of the NTIA for ICANN to "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the DNS. The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-12-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2014-12-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions Draft Transition Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Purpose (Brief): Following the request of the NTIA for ICANN "convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role" with regard to the IANA Functions and related root zone management, a Cross Community Working Group (CWG) was tasked with developing to produce a consolidated transition proposal for the elements of the IANA Functions relating to the DNS. The CWG has now published its draft transition proposal for public comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seeking Panel Members for New gTLD Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN plans to expand the Standing Panel responsible for administering the Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP), which supports the New gTLD Program. Parties with relevant experience and the desire to serve the Internet community are invited to submit expressions of interest.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2014-12-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Call for Volunteers to Participate in Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In brief: The Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) was formed to deliver proposals that would enhance ICANN's accountability towards all stakeholders. The organizations that chartered the CCWG now call for volunteers to join this effort.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-02-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-02-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IDN Variant </span><span lang="EN-US">TLD</span><span> </span><span lang="EN-US">Program - Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) Tool Project (P1) - LGR Tool Set Specifications Now Open for Public Comment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Purpose (Brief): ICANN intends to develop a tool to allow the Generation Panels and the community to develop and use Label Generation Ruleset (LGR) in the new machine-readable XML-based format. ICANN is releasing the set of requirements for the development of this LGR tool for public comment, specifically to get feedback on (i) the completeness of current requirements, (ii) the prioritization done in the different phases for development of the tool, and (iii) any other aspects associated with the LGR tool requirements.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-12-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Paul Smocer</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs applications for financial services strings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-smocer-01dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-smocer-01dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Sally Scutt<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs applications for financial services strings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-scutt-01dec14-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-scutt-01dec14-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Exhibit 1: Why Whois verification for domain registrations is so stupid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A lot has been made about the new requirement this year for domain name registrars to verify certain aspects of Whois contact information provided by registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/whois-verification/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/whois-verification/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Verisign Reports 280 Million Domains Worldwide, But Growth Slowing As Query Load Skyrockets</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The number of domain names under management around the world topped 280 million at the end of the second quarter 2014 with four million domain names added, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/03/verisign-reports-280-million-domains-worldwide/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/verisign-280-million-domains-worldwide.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/verisign-280-million-domains-worldwide.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Grows to 280 Million Domain Names in the Second Quarter of 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VeriSign, Inc. ... announced four million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 280 million worldwide across all TLDs as of June 30, 2014, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MDE5NTE%3D"><span>http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE5MDE5NTE%3D</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UAE .ae domain sets new growth record<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The UAE's .ae domain reached a record 124,000 registered names in January-August, according to data published by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) from the .ae Domain Administration (aeDA).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/uae-ae-domain-sets-new-growth-record--1052573"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/uae-ae-domain-sets-new-growth-record--1052573</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Afnic consolidates its consultancy and expertise offering<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On December 1, 2014, Afnic expands its Internet &amp; domain name consultancy and expertise activities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8531/show/afnic-consolidates-its-consultancy-and-expertise-offering.html"><span>http://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/8531/show/afnic-consolidates-its-consultancy-and-expertise-offering.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Governance Forum gets boost from .CA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) today announced that it had completed a contribution agreement with the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), providing the necessary resources to address emerging issues in Internet governance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/internet-governance-forum-gets-boost-from-ca/"><span>http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/internet-governance-forum-gets-boost-from-ca/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Typosquatters cashing in on .uk domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Typosquatters are cashing in by registering new .uk domains which look similar to those used by existing high-traffic .co.uk websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2014/12/02/typosquatters-cashing-in-on-uk-domains.html</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&rsquo;s in a name? Why readers shouldn&rsquo;t underestimate the impact of internet domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;I think there is a world market for maybe five computers&rdquo; is one of those infamous predictions, attributed (but probably falsely) to Thomas J Watson, chairman and CEO of IBM in the 1940s.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/01/internet-domain-name-amazon-book"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/01/internet-domain-name-amazon-book</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Will gTLDs help you rank higher in search results?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The range of gTLDs is expanding to include new options such as .Hotel, .RealEstate and .Berlin. Will they help you rank higher in searches?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results"><span>https://econsultancy.com/blog/65786-will-gtlds-help-you-rank-higher-in-search-results</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Connecting Digital &amp; Real-World Experiences: Why Brand gTLDs Could Bridge the Gap by Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brands with gTLDs have the ability to control the entire user experience - from dedicated microsites to targeted in-store experiences.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2384633/connecting-digital-real-world-experiences-why-brand-gtlds-could-bridge-the-gap</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Meet 8 people who spent more than $10,000 on a .NYC domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With over 60,000 domain names registered, the new .NYC domain name is off to a roaring start.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/meet-8-people-nyc-domain-name/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/meet-8-people-nyc-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Premium Names launched for .cymru and .wales<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Premium Names list for the new .cymru and .wales domain names is published today, ready for applications from 29 December 2014 when anyone can apply for domain names that have not been registered in the earlier phases.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Paris domain names sell like hot croissants [AFP]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Companies and lovers of the City of Lights snapped up 6,600 ".paris" Internet domain names in a mere two hours on Tuesday, far exceeding expectations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25672384/paris-domain-names-sell-like-hot-croissants/"><span>https://au.news.yahoo.com/technology/a/25672384/paris-domain-names-sell-like-hot-croissants/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Paris puts 10,000 domain names up for grabs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fancy getting your hands on a .paris domain name? Companies already have had the chance to snatch them up but now 10,000 of them have also been made available to the general public.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thelocal.fr/20141202/10000-paris-domain-names-available"><span>http://www.thelocal.fr/20141202/10000-paris-domain-names-available</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Launch of an information portal for the .swiss internet domain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The new dotswiss.ch web portal provides details about the .swiss domain, answers important questions about applications and deadlines and keeps interested parties abreast of the latest news with a free newsletter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.news.admin.ch/dokumentation/00002/00015/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55481"><span>https://www.news.admin.ch/dokumentation/00002/00015/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55481</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55481"><span>http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=55481</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Auction and Sales Channel Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines Group Limited ... is delighted to announce that following the recent series of private auctions, the Company will receive in aggregate $4.4 million (approximately &pound;2.8 million) for withdrawing its applications on .latino, .school and a third domain application that at present cannot be named due to the rules governing the private auction process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/12/auction-and-sales-channel-update/"><span>http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2014/12/auction-and-sales-channel-update/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines pockets another $4.4 million from losing new TLD auctions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLD applicant Minds + Machines continues to add to its pile of cash by losing new TLD contention set auctions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/minds-machines-pockets-another-4-4-million-from-losing-new-tld-auctions/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/minds-machines-pockets-another-4-4-million-from-losing-new-tld-auctions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts wins five more new gTLD auctions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts added five new gTLDs to its ever-growing portfolio this week, as the results of five private auctions were revealed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17729-donuts-wins-five-more-new-gtld-auctions"><span>http://domainincite.com/17729-donuts-wins-five-more-new-gtld-auctions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>M+M raises $4.4m losing latest gTLD auctions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines made $4.4 million losing three recent new gTLD auctions, according to a company press release.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17727-mm-raises-4-4m-losing-latest-gtld-auctions"><span>http://domainincite.com/17727-mm-raises-4-4m-losing-latest-gtld-auctions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cymru and .wales are at this year&rsquo;s Royal Welsh Winter Fair<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following a successful visit to the Royal Welsh Show this year, .cymru and .wales will again be visiting the Llanelwedd show grounds today to talk to Wales&rsquo; leading food producers about promoting their brands in Wales with the new domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/cymru-wales-years-royal-welsh-8212916"><span>http://www.walesonline.co.uk/special-features/cymru-wales-years-royal-welsh-8212916</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Name Collision domain names &ndash; is there opportunity for domainers?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The release of blocked second level strings is good for the domain name industry. Is there opportunity for domainers to profit from it?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/name-collision-domain-names-domainers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/name-collision-domain-names-domainers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber Monday propels .Rocks to 17% daily gain<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s interesting watching for anomalies in new TLD registrations. Consider yesterday, when the zone for Rightside&rsquo;s .rocks TLD grew by almost 17%.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/cyber-monday-propels-rocks-to-17-daily-gain/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/02/cyber-monday-propels-rocks-to-17-daily-gain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Richemont pulls two dot-brand bids<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Luxury goods company Richemont has withdrawn two of its original 14 new gTLD applications.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17723-richemont-pulls-two-dot-brand-bids"><span>http://domainincite.com/17723-richemont-pulls-two-dot-brand-bids</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FIBA wins .basketball<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FIBA, the F&eacute;d&eacute;ration Internationale de Basketball, won the right to .basketball after an auction shoot-out with Donuts and Famous Four Media.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/17720-fiba-wins-basketball"><span>http://domainincite.com/17720-fiba-wins-basketball</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New TLDs this week: .Paris, .Moscow, .LTDA and more<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s a fairly busy week for new TLDs, especially for those watching geographic TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/new-tlds-paris-moscow-ltda/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/new-tlds-paris-moscow-ltda/</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>Nameserver Operators Need the Ability to "Disavow" Domains by Mark Jeftovic<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Yesterday's DDoS attack against DNSimple brought to light a longstanding need for DNS nameserver operators to have an ability to unilaterally repudiate domains from their nameservers. The domains under attack started off on DNSMadeEasy, migrated off to DNSimple and took up residence there for about 12 hours, causing a lot of grief to DNSimple and their downstream customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_nameserver_operators_need_the_ability_to_disavow_domains/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20141202_nameserver_operators_need_the_ability_to_disavow_domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FBI urges United States companies to beware malicious software attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The FBI has warned US businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyber attack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/02/fbi-united-states-hacking-malware-attacks-cybersecurity-sony-corp"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/02/fbi-united-states-hacking-malware-attacks-cybersecurity-sony-corp</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FBI Warning Shows Targeted Attacks Don't Just Steal Anymore<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An FBI advisory points to an increasing trend of destructive malware for activist, anti-forensics purposes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fbi-warning-shows-targeted-attacks-dont-just-steal-anymore/d/d-id/1317826"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fbi-warning-shows-targeted-attacks-dont-just-steal-anymore/d/d-id/1317826</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Report Says Cyberattacks Originated Inside Iran<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Iranian hackers were identified in a report released Tuesday as the source of coordinated attacks against more than 50 targets in 16 countries, many of them corporate and government entities that manage critical energy, transportation and medical services.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/world/middleeast/report-says-cyberattacks-originated-inside-iran.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/world/middleeast/report-says-cyberattacks-originated-inside-iran.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Report Connects Iran to Critical Infrastructure Hacks Worldwide<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Iranian state-sponsored hackers have been singled out for attacks on critical infrastructure worldwide, including 10 targets in the United States.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/report-connects-iran-to-critical-infrastructure-hacks-worldwide/109666"><span>http://threatpost.com/report-connects-iran-to-critical-infrastructure-hacks-worldwide/109666</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Critical networks in US, 15 other nations, completely owned, possibly by Iran<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For more than two years, pro-Iranian hackers have penetrated some of the world's most sensitive computer networks, including those operated by a US-based airline, auto maker, natural gas producer, defense contractor, and military installation, security researchers said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/critical-networks-in-us-15-nations-completely-owned-by-iran-backed-hackers/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/12/critical-networks-in-us-15-nations-completely-owned-by-iran-backed-hackers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Report: Iran Has Been Hacking Major Infrastructure For Last Two Years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last year, we discovered that Iranian hackers had breached Navy computer systems, which sent an understandable wave of panic through the administration. But it looks like that might've just been the tip of a much bigger, more sophisticated and more deadly iceberg.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gizmodo.in/news/Report-Iran-Has-Been-Hacking-Major-Infrastructure-For-Last-Two-Years/articleshow/45355724.cms"><span>http://www.gizmodo.in/news/Report-Iran-Has-Been-Hacking-Major-Infrastructure-For-Last-Two-Years/articleshow/45355724.cms</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For China, Cybersecurity Is Part of Strategy for Protecting the Communist Party<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For nearly two years, cyberespionage has been a tense focal point of relations between the United States and China. On Wednesday, the Center for a New American Security, a research group in Washington, released a paper written with the aim of understanding the motivations behind China&rsquo;s cybersecurity strategy. Its conclusion: that the strategy, like China&rsquo;s foreign policy, is driven mainly by the domestic political imperative of needing to &ldquo;protect the longevity of the Chinese Communist Party.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/for-china-cybersecurity-is-part-of-strategy-for-protecting-the-communist-party/"><span>http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/for-china-cybersecurity-is-part-of-strategy-for-protecting-the-communist-party/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Real Cost of Cyber Incidents, According To Insurers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Healthcare is hit by the most malicious insiders and the highest legal costs, according to a NetDiligence report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/the-real-cost-of-cyber-incidents-according-to-insurers/d/d-id/1317851"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/the-real-cost-of-cyber-incidents-according-to-insurers/d/d-id/1317851</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FBI Warns US Businesses of Possible Wiper Malware Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The FBI issued a five-page flash warning yesterday urging American enterprises to be on the lookout for wiper malware.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://threatpost.com/fbi-warns-us-businesses-of-possible-wiper-malware-attacks/109662"><span>http://threatpost.com/fbi-warns-us-businesses-of-possible-wiper-malware-attacks/109662</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sony Pictures and F.B.I. Widen Inquiry Into Hackers&rsquo; Attack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sony Pictures Entertainment and the F.B.I. on Wednesday were seeking more information about an attack that crippled Sony&rsquo;s computer systems &mdash; including whether North Korea, or perhaps a former employee, was responsible.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/business/sony-pictures-and-fbi-investigating-attack-by-hackers.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/business/sony-pictures-and-fbi-investigating-attack-by-hackers.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DARPA looks to connect complex system security dots and wipe out malicious cyber attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>High-end cybercriminals count on the fact that modern-day enterprise computer systems tend to be intricate and complicated. So sophisticated and dense that they let few people or other systems gain any significant visibility into their real machinery and software.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2854345/security0/darpa-looks-to-connect-complex-system-security-dots-and-wipe-out-malicious-cyber-attacks.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2854345/security0/darpa-looks-to-connect-complex-system-security-dots-and-wipe-out-malicious-cyber-attacks.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber laws must explain how businesses can collaborate on risk protection, says expert<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New laws aimed at getting businesses to share information on cyber risks must explain to businesses how that information sharing should work in practice, an expert has said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/december/cyber-laws-must-explain-how-businesses-can-collaborate-on-risk-protection-says-expert/"><span>http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/december/cyber-laws-must-explain-how-businesses-can-collaborate-on-risk-protection-says-expert/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google has a new way to tell if you're human<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are you human? Do you hate reading distorted text? Google has some good news for you. The Internet giant is doing away with the random combinations of blurry letters and numbers that it has used to keep robots from pretending to be human.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/03/technology/security/google-blurry-text-security/index.html"><span>http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/03/technology/security/google-blurry-text-security/index.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>292 internet domain names seized for selling counterfeit products<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Europol and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with 25 law enforcement agencies from 19 countries, have seized 292 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The 292 domain names seized are part of project 'In Our Sites (IOS) Transatlantic V'.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/292-internet-domain-names-seized-selling-counterfeit-products"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/content/292-internet-domain-names-seized-selling-counterfeit-products</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Europol Leads Operation To Seize Hundreds Of Domains Linked To Counterfeit Goods In Lead-Up To Christmas<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In its third operation in 12 months, Europol working with European and US law enforcement agencies has seized hundreds of domain names linked to the sale of counterfeit goods online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23221"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23221</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/12/02/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/europol-seize-hundreds-of-domains.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>'Counterfeit' domains seized by Europol<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Police forces across Europe have seized 292 web domains that were being used to sell counterfeit goods, according to Europol.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30276056"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30276056</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Officials seize 292 domain names to protect consumers during holiday season [IDG]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The holiday season is rife with online rip-offs. In a move to protect consumers, law enforcement officials have seized 292 domain names for sites that allegedly were selling counterfeit goods.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2853714/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2853714/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2853712/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html"><span>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2853712/officials-seize-292-domain-names-to-protect-consumers-during-holiday-season.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lawsuit alleges 3 number domain names stolen<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A federal lawsuit alleges that the domain names 224.com, 605.com and 452.com have been stolen.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/lawsuit-alleges-3-number-domain-names-stolen/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/lawsuit-alleges-3-number-domain-names-stolen/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Loses Claim to Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mediators of the National Arbitration Forum have dismissed a claim made by Google against Canadian company groovle.com demanding they transfer their domain name to it because it is too similar to theirs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.commercetuned.co.uk/news/google-loses-claim-to-domain-name-022.php"><span>http://www.commercetuned.co.uk/news/google-loses-claim-to-domain-name-022.php</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aussie telcos struggling with IPv6 adoption<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 is increasing steadily around the world but some Australian carriers are still struggling with the transition to the new internet addressing system.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.aspx"><span>http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398240,aussie-telcos-struggling-with-ipv6-adoption.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> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can VeriSign Maintain Its Market Leadership In The Coming Years?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>VeriSign, a leader in the Domain Name market (47% market share), regained its growth momentum in Q3 2014 after a disappointing performance in the first half of the year. The company saw the highest third quarter gross additions of 8.7 million to date, in Q3 2014. Some of the primary factors propelling this growth were:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01"><span>http://www.trefis.com/stock/vrsn/articles/266912/can-verisign-maintain-its-market-leadership-in-the-coming-years/2014-12-01</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Future of Agency SEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As SEO continues to mature, new types of engagements and agencies will begin to evolve. Here is a look at four ways the future of SEO could develop.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2383470/the-future-of-agency-seo"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2383470/the-future-of-agency-seo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Name Parking with Michael Gilmour &ndash; DNW Podcast #9<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you&rsquo;ve been in the domain name industry for any length of time, odds are you&rsquo;re making less from domain name parking now than you did many years ago.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/domain-name-parking-with-michael-gilmour-dnw-podcast-9/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/01/domain-name-parking-with-michael-gilmour-dnw-podcast-9/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Demonoid Frustrates Censors With Domain Name Switch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has traded its demonoid.ph domain name for the Palau-based demonoid.pw. The site's operators have yet to officially announce the change, which helps to improve the site's availability online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-frustrates-censors-with-domain-name-switch-141202/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-frustrates-censors-with-domain-name-switch-141202/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD Registry to Present World's First Masterclass on Booming Chinese Domain Market at NamesCon 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the 2015 NamesCon conference less than six weeks away major elements of the show's agenda are rapidly falling into place. Today TLD Registry, the owner/operator of the 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> ) TLDs, announced they will present a Chinese Domaining Masterclass lecture series taught by TLD Registry&rsquo;s Simon Cousins and Jin Wang that will run over all four days of NamesCon.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141202.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20141202.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Registrations: Is Bitcoin Going Mainstream?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Earlier this year we used Bitcoin as an example of how domain registrations could be an effective gauge of interest in a particular subject. Our analysis demonstrated a clear rise in the number of registered .com and .net domain names containing the term &ldquo;Bitcoin&rdquo; in 2013, as well as a positive correlation between increased registration activity and increases in the dollar value of bitcoin.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/domain_registrations_is_bitcoin_going"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/domain_registrations_is_bitcoin_going</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>How most people see domain investors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Want to know how a person trying to get his hands on a domain name sees domain name investors? Here&rsquo;s a pretty good summary.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/how-most-people-see-domain-investors/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/12/03/how-most-people-see-domain-investors/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Year's Biggest Sale to Date Towers Over This Week's Domain Sales Chart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the end of last week news broke that Japan's Nissan Corporation (well known for their Z series of sports cars) had sold Z.com to GMO Internet, Inc., one of Japan&rsquo;s leading Internet services providers and operator of the country&rsquo;s largest domain registrar, for a whopping &yen;800,000,000 ($6,784,000).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141203.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20141203.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<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>The Global Geography of Internet Addiction: In a new study, Brazilians were the most likely to report spending every waking hour on the web, with Nigerians and South Africans not far behind.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thanks to its young population armed with smartphones, Brazil beat nine other Internet-connected countries for its citizens&rsquo; frequency of web use, according to a new report from business consultancy A.T. Kearney.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/12/the-global-geography-of-internet-addiction/383292/"><span>http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/12/the-global-geography-of-internet-addiction/383292/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Telstra sees health benefits in internet-enabled devices<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Smart watches, driverless cars and internet enabled fridges may grab headlines, but the internet of things has the potential to transform healthcare and save lives, Telstra chief scientist Hugh Bradlow says.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.html"><span>http://www.smh.com.au/business/telstra-sees-health-benefits-in-internetenabled-devices-20141202-11ykgl.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>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Cyber bullying: Government crackdown to target social media sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Social media sites will be targeted under plans by the Abbott Government to crack down on the cyber bullying of children.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-03/government-plans-cyber-bullying-crackdown/5935560"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-03/government-plans-cyber-bullying-crackdown/5935560</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>au: Mobile services decline for first time: ACMA</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Australian mobile market has reached saturation, but Australians are downloading greater amounts of data, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560938/mobile-services-decline-first-time-acma/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560938/mobile-services-decline-first-time-acma/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Study shows Australia heading mobile only<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australians are increasingly moving to a mobile-only approach to telecommunications, and demand for data and content is rapidly increasing due to booming popularity of mobile devices, research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority has found.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/p/technology/study_shows_australia_heading_mobile_RHG3TLKSpDURR9rz2bsUKP"><span>http://www.afr.com/p/technology/study_shows_australia_heading_mobile_RHG3TLKSpDURR9rz2bsUKP</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australians hungry for everything the internet has to offer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Australian Communications and Media Authority research shows that while internet connections have stabilised, Australians&rsquo; appetite for data and content is ever-increasing. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://acma.gov.au/theACMA/Library/Corporate-library/Corporate-publications/australians-hungry-for-everything-the-internet-has-to-offer"><span>http://acma.gov.au/theACMA/Library/Corporate-library/Corporate-publications/australians-hungry-for-everything-the-internet-has-to-offer</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>Kim Dotcom sees off US attempt to have him remanded in custody<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kim Dotcom has successfully fought off an attempt by the US government to have him remanded in custody after a New Zealand court ruled he had not broken bail conditions and posed no flight risk.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/01/kim-dotcom-us-attempt-remanded-custody-new-zealand"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/01/kim-dotcom-us-attempt-remanded-custody-new-zealand</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian court dismisses Apple 'App Store' trademark appeal [IDG]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apple lost an appeal in Australia&rsquo;s Federal Court on Wednesday over its bid for the &ldquo;App Store&rdquo; trademark.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/560957/australian-court-dismisses-apple-app-store-trademark-appeal/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/560957/australian-court-dismisses-apple-app-store-trademark-appeal/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560957/australian-court-dismisses-apple-app-store-trademark-appeal/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560957/australian-court-dismisses-apple-app-store-trademark-appeal/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia probes bitcoin crime links as currency craves legitimacy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A top Australian law enforcement agency is investigating bitcoin's role in organised crime, a senior official said, just as politicians and financial regulators embrace the digital currency as a legitimate part of modern business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/02/uk-australia-bitcoin-idUKKCN0JG0FY20141202"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/02/uk-australia-bitcoin-idUKKCN0JG0FY20141202</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/02/australia-bitcoin-idINKCN0JG0GM20141202"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/02/australia-bitcoin-idINKCN0JG0GM20141202</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australians visiting more malicious sites: Trend Micro<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Trend Micro's third-quarter security report for 2014 has found that Australia now ranks fifth in the world for countries with the highest number of visits to malicious sites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/australians-visiting-more-malicious-sites-trend-micro-7000036342/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/australians-visiting-more-malicious-sites-trend-micro-7000036342/</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: Law Council opposes data retention scheme<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Law Council of Australia has come out swinging against the government's proposed mandatory data retention regime, describing it as not "reasonable, necessary and proportionate".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560952/law-council-australia-opposes-data-retention-legislation/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/560952/law-council-australia-opposes-data-retention-legislation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BRAND PROTECTION &amp; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Vittoria wins trademark battle over the word 'gold' - in Italian</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can a coffee seller trademark the Italian words for "gold" and "five stars"? That was the question at the centre of a long-brewing legal battle between the vendor of Vittoria coffee and the importer of rival brand Molinari.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/business/vittoria-coffee-seller-wins-trademark-battle-over-oro-and-cinque-stelle-20141202-11yghp.html"><span>http://www.smh.com.au/business/vittoria-coffee-seller-wins-trademark-battle-over-oro-and-cinque-stelle-20141202-11yghp.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kim Dotcom: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m officially broke&rdquo; after transferring remaining assets<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Prosecutors told a New Zealand courtroom on Friday that Kim Dotcom is a flight risk, alleging that he violated the terms of his bail that allowed him to live free on bail, rather than jail. That came just days after the Megaupload founder told a London tech conference that he was "officially broke" after transferring his remaining assets to his wife and children.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/kim-dotcom-im-officially-broke-after-transferring-remaining-assets/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/11/kim-dotcom-im-officially-broke-after-transferring-remaining-assets/</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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</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 | 1 Dec 07:37 2014

auDA domain news - 1 December

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Global Commission on Internet Governance wobbles into IANA debate

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/gcig_wobbles_into_iana/>

 

How New gTLDs Are Playing a Role in Black Friday Marketing and Holiday Marketing in 2014

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/26/how-new-gtlds-are-playing-a-role-in-black-friday-marketing-and-holiday-marketing-in-2014/>

 

ICANN New gTLD Auction Proceeds Approaching $30 Million by Philip Corwin

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/icann-new-gtld-auction-proceeds-approaching-30-million/>

 

Could brand gTLD owners use subdomains like apps?

<http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/bid/394149/Could-brand-gTLD-owners-use-subdomains-like-apps>

 

Black Friday and New gTLDs

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/black-friday/>

 

Black Friday and new gTLDs: the opportunity for brands

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=665a2787-4c48-49ac-ba7d-7ac247c376c6>

 

Rights to bitcoin.com.au sold, former owner cites possible malware isssues

<http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/rights-to-bitcoincomau-sold-former-owner-cites-possible-malware-isssues/2014112713716.html>

 

bitcoin.com.au changes hands for $40K

<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/66282-bitcoincomau-changes-hands-for-$40k>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Global Commission on Internet Governance wobbles into IANA debate

The Global Commission on Internet Governance has waded into the debate over the critical IANA contract with a formal statement and position paper. Rather than making a splash, however, the result is somewhat of a soggy mess.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/gcig_wobbles_into_iana/>

 

NETmundial: Steps Towards Global Internet Governance

This August, the World Economic Forum and in conjunction with ICANN, the leading organization responsible for maintaining the internet’s stability, hosted the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, also known as the NETmundial Initiative. This conference brought together hundreds of government representatives, private sector members, civil society leaders, and academic and technology experts, as well as thousands of viewers via social media, to discuss the framework for carrying out global internet governance, in accordance with the NETmundial Principles established earlier this April.

<http://www.diplomaticourier.com/news/topics/diplomacy/2418-netmundial-steps-towards-global-internet-governance>

 

NetMundial 'rule-the-internet' ISC project gets grudging support of civil society

Civil society groups have decided they will not boycott the proposed new internet governance program, the NetMundial Initiative.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/28/civil_society_gives_qualified_backing_to_netmundial_initiative/>

 

‘ICANN Should Serve Global Internet Interests’

ICANN’s future duties and responsibilities were discussed during the latest RIPE meeting of Internet Service Providers, network operators and other interested parties. In the light of the upcoming changes, when the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, IANA, run by ICANN will cease to be supervised by the US, Hans Petter Holen, RIPE’s chairman, argued that ICANN should be serving the interests of a broader Internet public. It would not suffice for ICANN to follow the interests of companies, he said. Holen also said that RIPE and other IANA entities require waterproof contracts, especially with the future of ICANN still being undecided.

<https://international.eco.de/2014/news/icann-should-serve-global-internet-interests.html>

 

Laws, Sausages and the IANA transition (Part 2): the Kelly Bill by Milton Mueller

The latest entry in the IANA transition/ICANN reform process is a bill introduced in the U.S. Congress by Representative Kelly (R., Pa.). It is called the “Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014.” Before it can effectuate the IANA transition, the law requires NTIA to certify to the appropriate Congressional committees that certain reforms have been made in ICANN.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/28/laws-sausages-and-the-iana-transition-part-2-the-kelly-bill/>

 

Laws, Sausages and the IANA transition (part 1) by Milton Mueller

Political people like to compare the making of laws to the making of sausages. In the IANA transition, we can now claim to have produced a Frankfurter.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/24/laws-sausages-and-the-iana-transition-part-1/>

 

Halfway to Wrecking Internet Freedom: To forestall censorship by authoritarian governments, the White House must renew the Icann contract. [subscription maybe required]

We’re at the midpoint between the Obama administration’s March announcement that it would end U.S. protection of the open Internet and September 2015, when the change is supposed to happen. During this time, there has been no progress finding an alternative for protecting the Internet from authoritarian governments.

<http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-halfway-to-wrecking-internet-freedom-1417387404>

 

Internet regulation in a ‘Fa’ish’ era by Dr. Rafid Fatani

IN a recent lecture at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Prince Turki Al-Faisal (former head of Saudi Intelligence) urged people to stop using the term "Da’ish" (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL) and rather use the term "Fa’ish"- literally translated as "the lowest low". So I will do so.

<http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141130225942>

 

China's bid for Internet influence

China's inaugural World Internet Conference last week in Zhejiang province had, as its slogan, "an inter-connected world shared and governed by all".

<http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/chinas-bid-internet-influence>

<http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/asia-report/china/story/chinas-bid-internet-influence-20141128>

 

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IANA Stewardship Transition Cross Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions - Chairs' Statement with progress update and route ahead: Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson

Following on from the face-to-face meeting of the Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions in Frankfurt, Germany on 19 – 20 November 2014, the CWG has continued to make good progress.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-28-en>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition Cross Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions - Chairs' Statement on Frankfurt Face-to-Face Meeting: 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>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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cn/ru: National domains’ registries of Russia and China signed Memorandum of Understanding

World Internet Conference took place in China last week. More than 1.5 thousand experts from 175 countries took part in it. They represented governments, international organizations, business, scientific and technical communities. The focuses of the conference were issues of global Internet governance, development of mobile Internet, cross-border e-commerce, problems in the sphere of information security and fight against cyber terrorism.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6267>

 

Minister Unveils 'Switch to .gov.ng' Initiative for Federal Civil Service

The Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson has presented the 'Switch to .gov.ng' initiative to the Head of Service, Federal Civil Service, Mr. Danladi Kifasi and the directorate staff, aimed at fostering the adoption and penetration of the unified email platform for staff of the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria.

<http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/minister-unveils-switch-to-gov-ng-initiative-for-federal-civil-service/195132/>

<http://allafrica.com/stories/201411270913.html>

 

Swedish ccTLD Registry Using Fear To Sell Domains

The .se domain name registry is currently running a promotional campaign aimed at individuals to encourage them to register theirname.se

<http://www.internetnews.me/2014/11/28/swedish-cctld-registry-using-fear-sell-domains/>

 

Invitation of Comments and Feedback: .ZA GENERAL POLICY

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) hereby invites comments and feedback on the draft .ZA General Policy. The General Policy is intended to be the overarching policy document for the .ZA namespace, which confirms and clarify key principles, practices and standards that underpin the registration and management of domain names in .ZA.

<http://www.zadna.org.za/news/entry/invitation-of-comments-and-feedback-.za-general-policy>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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How New gTLDs Are Playing a Role in Black Friday Marketing and Holiday Marketing in 2014

While Americans are finalizing their shopping strategies for retail’s biggest day of the year, brands have been developing their own Black Friday marketing strategies with new gTLDs such as .BLACKFRIDAY and .CHRISTMAS

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/26/how-new-gtlds-are-playing-a-role-in-black-friday-marketing-and-holiday-marketing-in-2014/>

 

ICANN New gTLD Auction Proceeds Approaching $30 Million by Philip Corwin

While the debate continues as to whether most new gTLDs are a sound long-term investment for their registry operators, there’s no disputing that the program has been an economic boom for ICANN. The 1,930 first round applications each required an application fee of $185,000, which added up to a tidy $357 million. Even after refunds for withdrawn applications ICANN still cleared about a third of a billion dollars from the first round before a single string was delegated.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/icann-new-gtld-auction-proceeds-approaching-30-million/>

 

Could brand gTLD owners use subdomains like apps?

Most brand gTLD applicants like Apple, Microsoft, McDonalds, American Express, Macy’s, JP Morgan, BMW, Lexus, Toyota, Target, Walmart, Safeway, and Johnson & Johnson, to name just a few, are starting to plan for how they will use their brand gTLD(s) in 2014.

<http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/bid/394149/Could-brand-gTLD-owners-use-subdomains-like-apps>

 

Black Friday and New gTLDs

In less than 24 hours one of the biggest global shopping days starts when the doors open and tills start ringing for Black Friday. The last Friday in November has always traditionally been a day reserved for North America to purge itself of the excesses of Thanksgiving with a bit of retail therapy. Just like the United Kingdom had the Boxing Day sales where people would queue through Christmas Day to get their hands on the best deals and bargains.

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/black-friday/>

 

Black Friday and new gTLDs: the opportunity for brands

Amidst the blitz of Black Friday-themed press releases and stories that have been written this week, one blog taking a unique angle has looked at the role new gTLDs are playing in marketing around the holiday season. Happily, it is more a story of ‘opportunity’ than ‘threat’.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=665a2787-4c48-49ac-ba7d-7ac247c376c6>

 

Tmall and New gTLDs: Tools for Brands Engaging in E-commerce in China

A number of Western brands, most recently American bulk retailer Costco, have forayed into China’s e-commerce market via Alibaba’s B2C platform Tmall. As the parent company of both Tmall and C2C platform Taobao, Alibaba has become the dominant player in China’s e-commerce landscape, having captured some 80% of that market and, as of 2013, commanding an annual revenue of $240 billion (greater than those of eBay and Amazon combined).

<http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/24/tmall-and-new-gtlds-tools-for-brands-engaging-in-e-commerce-in-china/>

 

Premium Names launched for .cymru and .wales

The Premium Names list for the new .cymru and .wales domain names is published today, ready for applications from 29 December 2014 when anyone can apply for domain names that have not been registered in the earlier phases.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales>

 

World AIDS Day: Give a Clear Signal with .hiv

The initiative dotHIV is bringing the red ribbon to the Internet – with the domain ending .hiv. Since August 2014 companies and organizations have been registering the TLD, as a symbol of solidarity and as a contribution towards supporting people with the immunodeficiency virus.

<https://international.eco.de/2014/news/world-aids-day-give-a-clear-signal-with-hiv.html>

 

Google Adwords Study Performance differences of .com versus new gTLDs

Which domain extensions (TLDs) are better for Search Engine Marketing: .Com or the new extensions? Globerunner.com questioned this and started researching the performance differences of .com versus new gTLDs within search engine marketing. In a direct comparison between the example domains 3caratdiamonds.com and 3carat.diamonds, the study shows that there is no clear winner.

<https://sedo.com/us/news/3539/Google-Adwords-Study-/>

 

A "version 2" of the Internet ?

A week ago I was discussing the alternative of an European Internet root with an ex-ICANN Board member. The idea that I like to develop in these discussions is to offer end-users a modern and cheaper naming system. Note that it does not mean the ICANN root is a bad one, it means that a new and better one could cohabit with the (now old) existing one.

<http://www.gtld.club/2014/11/a-version-2-of-internet.html>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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How a tiny DNSSEC server can make a huge difference by George Michaelson

At the IEPG meeting held at IETF91 Honolulu, Ray Bellis from Nominet (the .UK ccTLD registry) presented on his tiny DNSSEC server. Ray wrote this for APNIC Labs so we could test DNSSEC.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2014/11/26/ray-bellis-makes-a-tiny-dnssec-server-which-serves-unlimited-dnssec-zones/>

 

ENISA publishes the first framework on how to evaluate National Cyber Security Strategies

ENISA issues today an Evaluation Framework on National Cyber Security Strategies (NCSS) addressed to policy experts and government officials who design, implement and evaluate an NCSS policy. This work is strongly aligned with the EU Cyber Security Strategy (EU CSS) and aims to assist Member States in developing capabilities in the area of NCSS.

<http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/enisa-publishes-the-first-framework-on-how-to-evaluate-national-cyber-security-strategies>

 

Syrian hacking group places pop-up message on websites

A number of websites have been compromised to display a message from a group identifying itself as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30232899>

 

Syrian electronic army 'hacks' Independent, OK Magazine and NHL

The websites of the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, OK magazine, the London Evening Standard and America’s National Hockey League have been “hacked” by the Syrian Electronic Army, the pro-Assad Syrian hacker group.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/27/syrian-electronic-army-hacks-independent-ok-magazine-and-nhl>

 

au: Review set as hacker gangs cost $1bn a year

THE government has ordered a review to find ways to reduce ­increasing cyber threats to ­computer systems in Australia’s banks, public service operations and Defence facilities.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/review-set-as-hacker-gangs-cost-1bn-a-year/story-e6frg8yo-1227137477710>

 

au: Cybersecurity is not ‘set and forget’

THE nation’s cybersecurity should be reviewed more consistently to keep abreast with the rapid pace of technology, analysts said.

<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/cybersecurity-is-not-set-and-forget/story-e6frgakx-1227137793075>

 

au: Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces cyber security review, the first of its kind in six years

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a review into cyber security to better protect the Government and businesses from online attacks.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/prime-minister-tony-abbott-announces-cyber-security-review/5922314>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Sometimes Doing Nothing Means Everything

I’ve won many UDRP cases where the disputed domain name fails to resolve to any website or other content. This is often called “passive holding” and it can give visitors who type in that domain the wrong impression that a brand owner has either gone out of business or has at least failed to give sufficient attention to the online component of its marketing efforts.

<http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/11/24/sometimes-doing-nothing-means-everything/>

 

TrendyHair.es owner guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

WIPO panel finds GIGS United S.L. guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/28/trendyhair-es-owner-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/>

 

This holiday season INTA is asking consumers to act vigilantly when making e-commerce purchases via social media

Social counterfeiting is on the rise. A recently published report by the UK IP Crime Group found that the sale of counterfeit goods via social media rose 15% in 2013 / 14. A separate study, authored by two Italian cyber-security experts, found that 24% of all Facebook ads for fashion and luxury goods linked to websites selling counterfeit items. With Cyber Monday around the corner, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is asking consumers to shop with care this holiday season, especially when shopping via social media.

<http://www.inta.org/Press/Pages/2014Holidays.aspx>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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IPv6 Summit- Global deployment or digital divide? by Paul Wilson

Recently I returned from two days in Taipei, firstly attending the 2014 Global IPv6 Summit, and then meeting with a number of APNIC members.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2014/11/25/ipv6-summit-global-deployment-or-digital-divide/>

 

The IPv6 dilemma – are we making the same mistake?

In 2012, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, or RIPE NCC, claimed the five internet registries each had just 16.8 million IPv4 addresses left.

<http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240235262/The-IPv6-dilemma-are-we-making-the-same-mistake>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Google's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher

Naughty domain owners are still playing nasty tricks on the whois domain lookup service to tease the likes of Google and Microsoft.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/googles_whois_results_say_its_a_lousy_smut_searcher/>

 

Taking the First Steps Online: It All Starts With a Name

For many small businesses and start-ups, the first steps to creating an online presence can be a daunting prospect. With so much information out there, knowing exactly what is best for your business can be a challenge. Richard Stevenson of 1&1 Internet, Europe’s largest domain name registrar, outlines the first steps for business owners interested in getting online.

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

 

How important are keyword domains to SEO? Impact of keyword domain names on organic search rankings

SEO intelligence software company CanIRank conducted a very interesting in-depth study into the impact of keyword domain names on organic search rankings. The research provides hard evidence that companies could greatly reduce their costs by investing in keyword domains despite recent moves by Google to reduce their influence.

<https://sedo.com/us/news/3541/How-important-are-keyword-domains-to-SEO/>

 

Domain Name Stocks walloped so far in 2014

Most publicly traded domain name companies have had their stocks hit hard in 2014.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/28/domain-name-stocks-walloped-so-far-in-2014/>

 

RIPE NCC and EuroDIG: Open Call for Input

EuroDIG, the European Dialogue on Internet Governance, is an open forum that meets annually to discuss Internet governance issues of relevance to Internet stakeholders in Europe. EuroDIG 2015 will take place from 4-5 June 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. What issues do you think should be on the agenda?

<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/ripe-ncc-and-eurodig-open-call-for-input>

 

Andrei Kolesnikov presented the award for the development of RuNet infrastructure

On November 25, 2014 XI ceremony of the National award for the contribution to the development of Russian segment of the Internet “RuNet Awards 2014” took place in Moscow.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6276>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Invest.com Sells For Over $5 Million Dollars

According to the forexmagnates.com, the domain name Invest.com has been sold for more than $5 Million dollars to the VC firm Singulariteam headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel and will be used for a Forex trading site.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/30/invest-com-sells-for-over-5-million-dollars/>

 

New gTLDs: Premium domains available exclusively at Sedo! Pre-selected names such as seo.club, life.bio, baby.bio and aidstest.hiv

Domain trading with the new extensions like .club, .bio and .online is already in full swing. To ensure that you do not miss out on the best domains, we have pre-selected names from our premium lists for you.

<https://sedo.com/us/news/3535/New-gTLDs-Premium-domains-available-exclusively-at-Sedo/>

 

Rights to bitcoin.com.au sold, former owner cites possible malware isssues

Australian company DigitalCC has given up the rights to the domain name bitcoin.com.au, just a few months after buying it for $US23,000 ($A27,000).

<http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/rights-to-bitcoincomau-sold-former-owner-cites-possible-malware-isssues/2014112713716.html>

 

bitcoin.com.au changes hands for $40K

Dot-com boom-and-bust survivor Domenic Carosa's dominet digital has paid almost $40,000 for the bitcoin.com.au domain name.

<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/66282-bitcoincomau-changes-hands-for-$40k>

 

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS

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Measuring the Digital Economy - A New Perspective: Forthcoming, will be released on November 30, 2014

The growing role of the digital economy in daily life has heightened demand for new data and measurement tools. Internationally comparable and timely statistics combined with robust cross-country analyses are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for digital economy policy making, particularly in a context of rapid change. This report presents indicators traditionally used to monitor the information society and complements them with experimental indicators that provide insight into areas of policy interest.

<http://www.oecd.org/sti/measuring-the-digital-economy-9789264221796-en.htm>

 

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David Goldstein

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Commission on Internet Governance wobbles into IANA debate<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/gcig_wobbles_into_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/gcig_wobbles_into_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How New gTLDs Are Playing a Role in Black Friday Marketing and Holiday Marketing in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/26/how-new-gtlds-are-playing-a-role-in-black-friday-marketing-and-holiday-marketing-in-2014/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/26/how-new-gtlds-are-playing-a-role-in-black-friday-marketing-and-holiday-marketing-in-2014/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN New gTLD Auction Proceeds Approaching $30 Million by Philip Corwin</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/icann-new-gtld-auction-proceeds-approaching-30-million/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/icann-new-gtld-auction-proceeds-approaching-30-million/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Could brand gTLD owners use subdomains like apps?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/bid/394149/Could-brand-gTLD-owners-use-subdomains-like-apps"><span>http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/bid/394149/Could-brand-gTLD-owners-use-subdomains-like-apps</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Black Friday and New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/black-friday/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/black-friday/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Black Friday and new gTLDs: the opportunity for brands<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=665a2787-4c48-49ac-ba7d-7ac247c376c6"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=665a2787-4c48-49ac-ba7d-7ac247c376c6</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rights to bitcoin.com.au sold, former owner cites possible malware isssues<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/rights-to-bitcoincomau-sold-former-owner-cites-possible-malware-isssues/2014112713716.html"><span>http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/rights-to-bitcoincomau-sold-former-owner-cites-possible-malware-isssues/2014112713716.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>bitcoin.com.au changes hands for $40K<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/66282-bitcoincomau-changes-hands-for-%2440k"><span>http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/66282-bitcoincomau-changes-hands-for-$40k</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Commission on Internet Governance wobbles into IANA debate<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Global Commission on Internet Governance has waded into the debate over the critical IANA contract with a formal statement and position paper. Rather than making a splash, however, the result is somewhat of a soggy mess.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/gcig_wobbles_into_iana/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/gcig_wobbles_into_iana/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NETmundial: Steps Towards Global Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This August, the World Economic Forum and in conjunction with ICANN, the leading organization responsible for maintaining the internet&rsquo;s stability, hosted the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, also known as the NETmundial Initiative. This conference brought together hundreds of government representatives, private sector members, civil society leaders, and academic and technology experts, as well as thousands of viewers via social media, to discuss the framework for carrying out global internet governance, in accordance with the NETmundial Principles established earlier this April.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.diplomaticourier.com/news/topics/diplomacy/2418-netmundial-steps-towards-global-internet-governance"><span>http://www.diplomaticourier.com/news/topics/diplomacy/2418-netmundial-steps-towards-global-internet-governance</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NetMundial 'rule-the-internet' ISC project gets grudging support of civil society<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Civil society groups have decided they will not boycott the proposed new internet governance program, the NetMundial Initiative.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/28/civil_society_gives_qualified_backing_to_netmundial_initiative/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/28/civil_society_gives_qualified_backing_to_netmundial_initiative/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lsquo;ICANN Should Serve Global Internet Interests&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN&rsquo;s future duties and responsibilities were discussed during the latest RIPE meeting of Internet Service Providers, network operators and other interested parties. In the light of the upcoming changes, when the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, IANA, run by ICANN will cease to be supervised by the US, Hans Petter Holen, RIPE&rsquo;s chairman, argued that ICANN should be serving the interests of a broader Internet public. It would not suffice for ICANN to follow the interests of companies, he said. Holen also said that RIPE and other IANA entities require waterproof contracts, especially with the future of ICANN still being undecided.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2014/news/icann-should-serve-global-internet-interests.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2014/news/icann-should-serve-global-internet-interests.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Laws, Sausages and the IANA transition (Part 2): the Kelly Bill by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest entry in the IANA transition/ICANN reform process is a bill introduced in the U.S. Congress by Representative Kelly (R., Pa.). It is called the &ldquo;Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014.&rdquo; Before it can effectuate the IANA transition, the law requires NTIA to certify to the appropriate Congressional committees that certain reforms have been made in ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/28/laws-sausages-and-the-iana-transition-part-2-the-kelly-bill/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/28/laws-sausages-and-the-iana-transition-part-2-the-kelly-bill/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Laws, Sausages and the IANA transition (part 1) by Milton Mueller <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Political people like to compare the making of laws to the making of sausages. In the IANA transition, we can now claim to have produced a Frankfurter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/24/laws-sausages-and-the-iana-transition-part-1/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/11/24/laws-sausages-and-the-iana-transition-part-1/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Halfway to Wrecking Internet Freedom: To forestall censorship by authoritarian governments, the White House must renew the Icann contract. [subscription maybe required]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We&rsquo;re at the midpoint between the Obama administration&rsquo;s March announcement that it would end U.S. protection of the open Internet and September 2015, when the change is supposed to happen. During this time, there has been no progress finding an alternative for protecting the Internet from authoritarian governments.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-halfway-to-wrecking-internet-freedom-1417387404"><span>http://online.wsj.com/articles/gordon-crovitz-halfway-to-wrecking-internet-freedom-1417387404</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet regulation in a &lsquo;Fa&rsquo;ish&rsquo; era by Dr. Rafid Fatani<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IN a recent lecture at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Prince Turki Al-Faisal (former head of Saudi Intelligence) urged people to stop using the term "Da&rsquo;ish" (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL) and rather use the term "Fa&rsquo;ish"- literally translated as "the lowest low". So I will do so.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&amp;contentid=20141130225942"><span>http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&amp;contentid=20141130225942</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China's bid for Internet influence<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China's inaugural World Internet Conference last week in Zhejiang province had, as its slogan, "an inter-connected world shared and governed by all".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/chinas-bid-internet-influence"><span>http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/chinas-bid-internet-influence</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/asia-report/china/story/chinas-bid-internet-influence-20141128"><span>http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/asia-report/china/story/chinas-bid-internet-influence-20141128</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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Cross Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions - Chairs' Statement with progress update and route ahead: Lise Fuhr &amp; Jonathan Robinson</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Following on from the face-to-face meeting of the Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions in Frankfurt, Germany on 19 &ndash; 20 November 2014, the CWG has continued to make good progress.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-28-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-11-28-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Cross Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions - Chairs' Statement on Frankfurt Face-to-Face Meeting: Lise Fuhr &amp; Jonathan Robinson<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>**********************<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>cn/ru: National domains&rsquo; registries of Russia and China signed Memorandum of Understanding<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>World Internet Conference took place in China last week. More than 1.5 thousand experts from 175 countries took part in it. They represented governments, international organizations, business, scientific and technical communities. The focuses of the conference were issues of global Internet governance, development of mobile Internet, cross-border e-commerce, problems in the sphere of information security and fight against cyber terrorism.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6267"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6267</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minister Unveils 'Switch to .gov.ng' Initiative for Federal Civil Service<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson has presented the 'Switch to .gov.ng' initiative to the Head of Service, Federal Civil Service, Mr. Danladi Kifasi and the directorate staff, aimed at fostering the adoption and penetration of the unified email platform for staff of the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/minister-unveils-switch-to-gov-ng-initiative-for-federal-civil-service/195132/"><span>http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/minister-unveils-switch-to-gov-ng-initiative-for-federal-civil-service/195132/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201411270913.html"><span>http://allafrica.com/stories/201411270913.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swedish ccTLD Registry Using Fear To Sell Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .se domain name registry is currently running a promotional campaign aimed at individuals to encourage them to register theirname.se<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2014/11/28/swedish-cctld-registry-using-fear-sell-domains/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2014/11/28/swedish-cctld-registry-using-fear-sell-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Invitation of Comments and Feedback: .ZA GENERAL POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) hereby invites comments and feedback on the draft .ZA General Policy. The General Policy is intended to be the overarching policy document for the .ZA namespace, which confirms and clarify key principles, practices and standards that underpin the registration and management of domain names in .ZA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zadna.org.za/news/entry/invitation-of-comments-and-feedback-.za-general-policy"><span>http://www.zadna.org.za/news/entry/invitation-of-comments-and-feedback-.za-general-policy</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>How New gTLDs Are Playing a Role in Black Friday Marketing and Holiday Marketing in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>While Americans are finalizing their shopping strategies for retail&rsquo;s biggest day of the year, brands have been developing their own Black Friday marketing strategies with new gTLDs such as .BLACKFRIDAY and .CHRISTMAS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/26/how-new-gtlds-are-playing-a-role-in-black-friday-marketing-and-holiday-marketing-in-2014/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/26/how-new-gtlds-are-playing-a-role-in-black-friday-marketing-and-holiday-marketing-in-2014/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN New gTLD Auction Proceeds Approaching $30 Million by Philip Corwin</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>While the debate continues as to whether most new gTLDs are a sound long-term investment for their registry operators, there&rsquo;s no disputing that the program has been an economic boom for ICANN. The 1,930 first round applications each required an application fee of $185,000, which added up to a tidy $357 million. Even after refunds for withdrawn applications ICANN still cleared about a third of a billion dollars from the first round before a single string was delegated.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/icann-new-gtld-auction-proceeds-approaching-30-million/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/icann-new-gtld-auction-proceeds-approaching-30-million/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Could brand gTLD owners use subdomains like apps?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most brand gTLD applicants like Apple, Microsoft, McDonalds, American Express, Macy&rsquo;s, JP Morgan, BMW, Lexus, Toyota, Target, Walmart, Safeway, and Johnson &amp; Johnson, to name just a few, are starting to plan for how they will use their brand gTLD(s) in 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/bid/394149/Could-brand-gTLD-owners-use-subdomains-like-apps"><span>http://info.wolfedomain.com/blog/bid/394149/Could-brand-gTLD-owners-use-subdomains-like-apps</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Black Friday and New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In less than 24 hours one of the biggest global shopping days starts when the doors open and tills start ringing for Black Friday. The last Friday in November has always traditionally been a day reserved for North America to purge itself of the excesses of Thanksgiving with a bit of retail therapy. Just like the United Kingdom had the Boxing Day sales where people would queue through Christmas Day to get their hands on the best deals and bargains.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/black-friday/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2014/11/black-friday/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Black Friday and new gTLDs: the opportunity for brands<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Amidst the blitz of Black Friday-themed press releases and stories that have been written this week, one blog taking a unique angle has looked at the role new gTLDs are playing in marketing around the holiday season. Happily, it is more a story of &lsquo;opportunity&rsquo; than &lsquo;threat&rsquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=665a2787-4c48-49ac-ba7d-7ac247c376c6"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=665a2787-4c48-49ac-ba7d-7ac247c376c6</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tmall and New gTLDs: Tools for Brands Engaging in E-commerce in China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A number of Western brands, most recently American bulk retailer Costco, have forayed into China&rsquo;s e-commerce market via Alibaba&rsquo;s B2C platform Tmall. As the parent company of both Tmall and C2C platform Taobao, Alibaba has become the dominant player in China&rsquo;s e-commerce landscape, having captured some 80% of that market and, as of 2013, commanding an annual revenue of $240 billion (greater than those of eBay and Amazon combined).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/24/tmall-and-new-gtlds-tools-for-brands-engaging-in-e-commerce-in-china/"><span>http://gtldstrategy.com/2014/11/24/tmall-and-new-gtlds-tools-for-brands-engaging-in-e-commerce-in-china/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Premium Names launched for .cymru and .wales</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Premium Names list for the new .cymru and .wales domain names is published today, ready for applications from 29 December 2014 when anyone can apply for domain names that have not been registered in the earlier phases.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/premium-names-launched-cymru-and-wales</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>World AIDS Day: Give a Clear Signal with .hiv<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The initiative dotHIV is bringing the red ribbon to the Internet &ndash; with the domain ending .hiv. Since August 2014 companies and organizations have been registering the TLD, as a symbol of solidarity and as a contribution towards supporting people with the immunodeficiency virus.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2014/news/world-aids-day-give-a-clear-signal-with-hiv.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2014/news/world-aids-day-give-a-clear-signal-with-hiv.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Adwords Study Performance differences of .com versus new gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Which domain extensions (TLDs) are better for Search Engine Marketing: .Com or the new extensions? Globerunner.com questioned this and started researching the performance differences of .com versus new gTLDs within search engine marketing. In a direct comparison between the example domains 3caratdiamonds.com and 3carat.diamonds, the study shows that there is no clear winner.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/news/3539/Google-Adwords-Study-/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/news/3539/Google-Adwords-Study-/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A "version 2" of the Internet ?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A week ago I was discussing the alternative of an European Internet root with an ex-ICANN Board member. The idea that I like to develop in these discussions is to offer end-users a modern and cheaper naming system. Note that it does not mean the ICANN root is a bad one, it means that a new and better one could cohabit with the (now old) existing one.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gtld.club/2014/11/a-version-2-of-internet.html"><span>http://www.gtld.club/2014/11/a-version-2-of-internet.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How a tiny DNSSEC server can make a huge difference by George Michaelson<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the IEPG meeting held at IETF91 Honolulu, Ray Bellis from Nominet (the .UK ccTLD registry) presented on his tiny DNSSEC server. Ray wrote this for APNIC Labs so we could test DNSSEC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2014/11/26/ray-bellis-makes-a-tiny-dnssec-server-which-serves-unlimited-dnssec-zones/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2014/11/26/ray-bellis-makes-a-tiny-dnssec-server-which-serves-unlimited-dnssec-zones/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ENISA publishes the first framework on how to evaluate National Cyber Security Strategies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ENISA issues today an Evaluation Framework on National Cyber Security Strategies (NCSS) addressed to policy experts and government officials who design, implement and evaluate an NCSS policy. This work is strongly aligned with the EU Cyber Security Strategy (EU CSS) and aims to assist Member States in developing capabilities in the area of NCSS.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/enisa-publishes-the-first-framework-on-how-to-evaluate-national-cyber-security-strategies"><span>http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/enisa-publishes-the-first-framework-on-how-to-evaluate-national-cyber-security-strategies</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Syrian hacking group places pop-up message on websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A number of websites have been compromised to display a message from a group identifying itself as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30232899"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30232899</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Syrian electronic army 'hacks' Independent, OK Magazine and NHL</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The websites of the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, OK magazine, the London Evening Standard and America&rsquo;s National Hockey League have been &ldquo;hacked&rdquo; by the Syrian Electronic Army, the pro-Assad Syrian hacker group.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/27/syrian-electronic-army-hacks-independent-ok-magazine-and-nhl"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/27/syrian-electronic-army-hacks-independent-ok-magazine-and-nhl</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Review set as hacker gangs cost $1bn a year<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>THE government has ordered a review to find ways to reduce &shy;increasing cyber threats to &shy;computer systems in Australia&rsquo;s banks, public service operations and Defence facilities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/review-set-as-hacker-gangs-cost-1bn-a-year/story-e6frg8yo-1227137477710"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/review-set-as-hacker-gangs-cost-1bn-a-year/story-e6frg8yo-1227137477710</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Cybersecurity is not &lsquo;set and forget&rsquo;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>THE nation&rsquo;s cybersecurity should be reviewed more consistently to keep abreast with the rapid pace of technology, analysts said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/cybersecurity-is-not-set-and-forget/story-e6frgakx-1227137793075"><span>http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/cybersecurity-is-not-set-and-forget/story-e6frgakx-1227137793075</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces cyber security review, the first of its kind in six years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a review into cyber security to better protect the Government and businesses from online attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/prime-minister-tony-abbott-announces-cyber-security-review/5922314"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/prime-minister-tony-abbott-announces-cyber-security-review/5922314</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>Sometimes Doing Nothing Means Everything<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>I&rsquo;ve won many UDRP cases where the disputed domain name fails to resolve to any website or other content. This is often called &ldquo;passive holding&rdquo; and it can give visitors who type in that domain the wrong impression that a brand owner has either gone out of business or has at least failed to give sufficient attention to the online component of its marketing efforts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/11/24/sometimes-doing-nothing-means-everything/"><span>http://domainnamestrategy.com/2014/11/24/sometimes-doing-nothing-means-everything/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TrendyHair.es owner guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WIPO panel finds GIGS United S.L. guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/28/trendyhair-es-owner-guilty-of-reverse-domain-name-hijacking/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/28/trendyhair-es-owner-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>This holiday season INTA is asking consumers to act vigilantly when making e-commerce purchases via social media<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Social counterfeiting is on the rise. A recently published report by the UK IP Crime Group found that the sale of counterfeit goods via social media rose 15% in 2013 / 14. A separate study, authored by two Italian cyber-security experts, found that 24% of all Facebook ads for fashion and luxury goods linked to websites selling counterfeit items. With Cyber Monday around the corner, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is asking consumers to shop with care this holiday season, especially when shopping via social media.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.inta.org/Press/Pages/2014Holidays.aspx"><span>http://www.inta.org/Press/Pages/2014Holidays.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> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IPv6 Summit- Global deployment or digital divide? by Paul Wilson</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recently I returned from two days in Taipei, firstly attending the 2014 Global IPv6 Summit, and then meeting with a number of APNIC members.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2014/11/25/ipv6-summit-global-deployment-or-digital-divide/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2014/11/25/ipv6-summit-global-deployment-or-digital-divide/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The IPv6 dilemma &ndash; are we making the same mistake?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2012, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, or RIPE NCC, claimed the five internet registries each had just 16.8 million IPv4 addresses left.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240235262/The-IPv6-dilemma-are-we-making-the-same-mistake"><span>http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240235262/The-IPv6-dilemma-are-we-making-the-same-mistake</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's whois results say it's a lousy smut searcher<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Naughty domain owners are still playing nasty tricks on the whois domain lookup service to tease the likes of Google and Microsoft.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/googles_whois_results_say_its_a_lousy_smut_searcher/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/27/googles_whois_results_say_its_a_lousy_smut_searcher/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Taking the First Steps Online: It All Starts With a Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For many small businesses and start-ups, the first steps to creating an online presence can be a daunting prospect. With so much information out there, knowing exactly what is best for your business can be a challenge. Richard Stevenson of 1&amp;1 Internet, Europe&rsquo;s largest domain name registrar, outlines the first steps for business owners interested in getting online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/taking_the_first_steps_online"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/taking_the_first_steps_online</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How important are keyword domains to SEO? Impact of keyword domain names on organic search rankings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SEO intelligence software company CanIRank conducted a very interesting in-depth study into the impact of keyword domain names on organic search rankings. The research provides hard evidence that companies could greatly reduce their costs by investing in keyword domains despite recent moves by Google to reduce their influence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/news/3541/How-important-are-keyword-domains-to-SEO/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/news/3541/How-important-are-keyword-domains-to-SEO/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Name Stocks walloped so far in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most publicly traded domain name companies have had their stocks hit hard in 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/28/domain-name-stocks-walloped-so-far-in-2014/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2014/11/28/domain-name-stocks-walloped-so-far-in-2014/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RIPE NCC and EuroDIG: Open Call for Input<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EuroDIG, the European Dialogue on Internet Governance, is an open forum that meets annually to discuss Internet governance issues of relevance to Internet stakeholders in Europe. EuroDIG 2015 will take place from 4-5 June 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. What issues do you think should be on the agenda?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/ripe-ncc-and-eurodig-open-call-for-input"><span>http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/industry-developments/ripe-ncc-and-eurodig-open-call-for-input</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Andrei Kolesnikov presented the award for the development of RuNet infrastructure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On November 25, 2014 XI ceremony of the National award for the contribution to the development of Russian segment of the Internet &ldquo;RuNet Awards 2014&rdquo; took place in Moscow.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6276"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6276</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>Invest.com Sells For Over $5 Million Dollars<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>According to the forexmagnates.com, the domain name Invest.com has been sold for more than $5 Million dollars to the VC firm Singulariteam headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel and will be used for a Forex trading site.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/30/invest-com-sells-for-over-5-million-dollars/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2014/11/30/invest-com-sells-for-over-5-million-dollars/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLDs: Premium domains available exclusively at Sedo! Pre-selected names such as seo.club, life.bio, baby.bio and aidstest.hiv<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain trading with the new extensions like .club, .bio and .online is already in full swing. To ensure that you do not miss out on the best domains, we have pre-selected names from our premium lists for you.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/news/3535/New-gTLDs-Premium-domains-available-exclusively-at-Sedo/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/news/3535/New-gTLDs-Premium-domains-available-exclusively-at-Sedo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rights to bitcoin.com.au sold, former owner cites possible malware isssues<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian company DigitalCC has given up the rights to the domain name bitcoin.com.au, just a few months after buying it for $US23,000 ($A27,000).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/rights-to-bitcoincomau-sold-former-owner-cites-possible-malware-isssues/2014112713716.html"><span>http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/rights-to-bitcoincomau-sold-former-owner-cites-possible-malware-isssues/2014112713716.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>bitcoin.com.au changes hands for $40K<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Dot-com boom-and-bust survivor Domenic Carosa's dominet digital has paid almost $40,000 for the bitcoin.com.au domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/66282-bitcoincomau-changes-hands-for-%2440k"><span>http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/66282-bitcoincomau-changes-hands-for-$40k</span></a>&gt;</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REPORTS &amp; RESEARCH PAPERS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Measuring the Digital Economy - A New Perspective: Forthcoming, will be released on November 30, 2014</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The growing role of the digital economy in daily life has heightened demand for new data and measurement tools. Internationally comparable and timely statistics combined with robust cross-country analyses are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for digital economy policy making, particularly in a context of rapid change. This report presents indicators traditionally used to monitor the information society and complements them with experimental indicators that provide insight into areas of policy interest.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.oecd.org/sti/measuring-the-digital-economy-9789264221796-en.htm"><span>http://www.oecd.org/sti/measuring-the-digital-economy-9789264221796-en.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>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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> phone: +61 418 228 605 - mobile; +61 2 9663 3430 - office/home</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<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 | 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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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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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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"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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<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>&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>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</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>&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><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>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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<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>
<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>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>
<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>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>
<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>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>
<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>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>
<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>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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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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<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>
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<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>
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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>&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>
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<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>
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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>&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>
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<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>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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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<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>
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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>
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<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>
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<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>
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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>
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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>
<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>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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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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GOVERNANCE

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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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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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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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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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- DNS SECURITY

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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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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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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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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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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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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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<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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<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>
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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>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>
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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>
<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>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>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>------<p></p></span></p>
<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

auDA Domain News - 10 November

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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

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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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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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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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- NEW TLDS

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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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- DNS SECURITY

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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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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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- WEBHOSTING

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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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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely<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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Requirements for Implementing Rights Protection Mechanisms in Name Collision Mitigation Framework Now Available<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global action against dark markets on Tor network<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Barristers brawl over domain names [subscription]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
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