David Goldstein | 23 May 06:25 2016

auDA domain news - 23 May

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The domain name news is supported by auDA

 

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Two more speed bumps for the ICANN Reforms by Milton Mueller

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/05/20/two-more-speed-bumps-for-the-icann-reforms/>

 

Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/republicans_threaten_to_derail_internet_transition/>

 

ICANN to publish board meeting transcripts

<http://domainincite.com/20479-icann-to-publish-board-meeting-transcripts>

 

se: Domain names will not be forfeited from the Foundation

<https://www.iis.se/english/news/important-fundamental-victory-for-iis-domain-names-will-not-be-forfeited-from-the-foundation/>

 

Australian company fails to get Pepperjam domain name in UDRP

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/19/pepperjam-affiliate/>

 

More Domain Stats: The 10 Most Abused Registrars

<https://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/730/more-domain-stats-the-10-most-abused-registrars>

 

SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data

<http://domainincite.com/20481-spamhaus-now-publishing-better-tld-abuse-data>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Two more speed bumps for the ICANN Reforms by Milton Mueller

The revision of ICANN’s bylaws to reflect the new accountability measures is proceeding on schedule. Public comments close May 21 and it is clear that only a few revisions will be needed to fully align the draft bylaws with the proposals of the IANA transition and enhanced accountability working groups.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/05/20/two-more-speed-bumps-for-the-icann-reforms/>

 

Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

Republican congressmen are increasing their efforts to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/republicans_threaten_to_derail_internet_transition/>

 

A Job for Rubio-Cruz: Save the Web - Off the campaign trail, the senators now turn to protecting the Internet from Obama.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, back from the campaign trail, have something productive to do in Washington. They’ve taken the lead against President Obama’s plan to give up U.S. protection of the open Internet.

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-job-for-rubio-cruz-save-the-web-1463951044>

 

We Must Protect Internet Freedom: Cruz, Lankford, and Lee outline concerns for Department of Commerce and NTIA

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Thursday sent a letter to the Department of Commerce and the NTIA. The letter outlines concerns with ICANN's proposal to end United States government oversight of key operating functions of the Internet.

<http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2646>

 

Cruz Sees Himself As Protector Of Internet Freedom

It looks like Senator Cruz’ letter writing campaign isn’t going to end any time soon. While previously the Senator and former US presidential hopeful was happy exchanging salvoes with ICANN he’s now switched gears and is instead focussing on NTIA and the US Department of Commerce.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2016/05/22/cruz-sees-protector-internet-freedom/>

 

Asia prepares for a greater role in managing the internet

Since the dawn of the internet, the U.S. has taken charge of managing the network. Responsibility for running it, however, is shifting eastward.

<http://asia.nikkei.com/magazine/20160519-China-Inc.-uncovered/Tech-Science/Asia-prepares-for-a-greater-role-in-managing-the-internet>

 

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ICANN

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Letter from Philipp Grabensee, Sole Managing Director, HOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.á.r.l., to Christine Willett

New gTLD Application for .HOTEL

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/grabensee-to-willett-18may16-en.pdf>

 

ICANN to publish board meeting transcripts

In a surprising move towards further transparency, the ICANN board of directors has decided to start publishing transcripts and possibly recordings of its meetings.

<http://domainincite.com/20479-icann-to-publish-board-meeting-transcripts>

 

CENTR position: Input on the Draft New ICANN Bylaws

The CENTR community welcomes the opportunity to present its opinion on the draft ICANN Bylaws developed to reflect the recommendations contained in the proposals by the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group and Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability.

<https://centr.org/news/185-news/611-centr-position-input-on-the-draft-new-icann-bylaws.html>

 

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ccTLDs & gTLDs

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10 Facts About .SKI Domains You Probably Don’t Know (But Should)

Last week we celebrated reaching 8,000 .SKI domains. In just 8 months .SKI has become the second largest sports related domain name extension and the fastest growing. So we thought we’d share 10 facts about .SKI domains you probably don’t know, but should.

<http://www.domains.ski/10-facts-about-ski-domains/>

 

uk: Nominet launches Partner Programme for turing DNS analytics tool

Since its launch in June 2015, market interest in Nominet’s ground-breaking turing DNS monitoring and analytics platform has been strong. As it enters its next phase of development, Nominet is looking to recruit an elite network of resellers to accelerate its deployment into the field.

<http://www.nominet.uk/nominet-launches-partner-programme-turing-dns-analytics-tool/>

 

Nominet on the hunt for 12 partners in 12 months

Domain registry vendor Nominet is on a mission to find a dozen partners in a year to sell its first commercial product, Turing.

<http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/news/2458818/nominet-on-the-hunt-for-12-partners-in-12-months>

 

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NEW TLDS

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Who Rules this Domain? TLDs Explained

In 2012, ICANN decided that the number of TLDs available for use by the public needed to be broadened. They opened a window of several months for anyone who was willing to pay ($185,000) to apply to register the TLD of their choice and hence claim their own little corner of the Internet. This year, the application process for all 1900 of the first wave of applications will be complete, and the last of around 1300 new TLDs (about 600 applications went belly up for various reasons) will be made available for use and, in many cases, for sale to the general public.

<https://hostingfacts.com/top-level-domains-explained/>

 

The Next Generation of the Internet (gTLD Info Graphic)

The first new gTLDs are now available to the general public. While the topic is still largely under the radar for most digital marketers, the opportunity to create unique, memorable digital experiences with domain names has finally arrived.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYbVr5DJ56c>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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ch: Swiss Ransomware Theme Day

Together with partners, the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI is organising an awareness day for ransomware today. The participants include organisations from various sectors, software manufacturers, federal offices and a range of Swiss associations and consumer protection organisations. SWITCH and the Swiss Internet Security Alliance are supporting the theme day.

<http://www.switch.ch/news/ransomware-day/>

 

Q1 2016 SOTI Security Report: Retail Takes Brunt of Web App Attacks

Retail was hit hard in Q1 2016 by malicious actors who targeted the business sector with web application attacks. That is among the findings in the State of the Internet Security Report for the first quarter of the year.

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2016/05/q1-2016-soti-security-report-retail-takes-brunt-of-web-app-attacks.html>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Phonetic argument fails UDRP test

A roast chicken stall owner who registered two domains under new TLDs in bad faith could not convince the presiding panellist that the ‘Monster Energy’ trademark sounds like ‘Magician Anna’s Chicken’ in Chinese.

<http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/domainnamesarticle.php?article_id=4920>

 

Hacker rescues Hollywood house from URL scam squatters

WhiteHat Security founder Jeremiah Grossman has published details that could help victims of domain hijacking.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/hacker_rescues_hollywood_house_from_url_scam_squatters/>

 

Seized Popcorn Time “News” Domain Sparks Free Speech Appeal

The battle over the legality of a seized Popcorn Time "news" domain is heating up. Last week a complaint by two digital rights groups was denied by a local court due to a lack of standing, but today they filed an appeal, joined by the legal owner of the disputed domain name.

<https://torrentfreak.com/seized-popcorn-time-news-domain-sparks-free-speech-appeal-160519/>

 

se: Domain names will not be forfeited from the Foundation

The judgment concerning the forfeiture of the domain names thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se was received on Thursday. The Court of Appeals decided to uphold the district court’s verdict and reject the prosecutor’s action against IIS. The domain names will however be forfeited from their holders and pass into state ownership.

<https://www.iis.se/english/news/important-fundamental-victory-for-iis-domain-names-will-not-be-forfeited-from-the-foundation/>

 

Pirate Bay’s Domain Shuffle Has Come Full Circle

After years of rotating domain names, The Pirate Bay is now back at its original .ORG domain. The notorious torrent site started redirecting users after a Swedish court ruling put its .SE domain at risk. Today we take a look at the rather impressive domain shuffle the site went through.

<https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bays-domain-shuffle-come-full-circle-160520/>

 

The URS: What is it good for?

Despite ICANN introducing the URS system to help brand owners enforce their rights in the new gTLDs, the numbers so far suggest that it has not had the impact expected.

<https://www.cscdigitalbrand.services/blog/the-urs-what-is-it-good-for/>

 

Australian company fails to get Pepperjam domain name in UDRP

An Australian lender that uses the brand name “Pepper Money” has failed to get the domain name PepperMoney.com from an old division of eBay.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/19/pepperjam-affiliate/>

 

au: Syntech Distributors Limited v. Tiger Bay Minerals Pty Limited - Case No. DAU2016-0016

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Syntech Distributors Limited of Auckland, New Zealand, represented by Simpson Western, New Zealand. The Respondent is Tiger Bay Minerals Pty Limited of Queensland, Australia, internally represented. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <syntechnz.com.au> is registered with Netregistry Pty Ltd.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0016>

 

au: Harness Racing Australia Inc v. Electronic Communities Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2016-0017

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Harness Racing Australia Inc of Flemington, Victoria, Australia, represented by Pointon Partners, Australia. The Respondent is Electronic Communities Pty Ltd of Middle Park, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <hra.com.au> is registered with Drop.com.au Pty Ltd (the "Registrar").

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0017>

 

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REGISTRAR & WEBHOSTING

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More Domain Stats: The 10 Most Abused Registrars

Filling in The Spamhaus Project's domain panorama in our "Top-10 Worst" pages, we have added a page for The 10 Most Abused Domain Registrars. It breaks out by registrar the ratio of bad domains versus total domains as seen by our systems in the course of a rolling two-week window.

<https://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/730/more-domain-stats-the-10-most-abused-registrars>

 

SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data

SpamHaus has updated its “10 Most Abused Top Level Domains” list to provide a much more useful insight into abuse levels.

<http://domainincite.com/20481-spamhaus-now-publishing-better-tld-abuse-data>

 

The best hosting gets even better

Over the past few years, I’ve written a number of times quite passionately about our hosting platform. I’ve covered some important topics such as Can a Domain Registrar be a Good Web Host, Changing The Rules on on Registrar Hosting and have given insight into our underlying SSD Hosting Technology platforms.

<https://blog.namecheap.com/the-best-hosting-gets-even-better/>

 

Introducing Namecheap PremiumDNS — Now Just $4.88

... We do a lot to secure our application servers, but what about our DNS servers? How can we ensure the servers that serve our domain names are secure and perform 24/7/365? DNS protection is something that the world’s biggest websites have always pursued, and now it is accessible to you.

<https://blog.namecheap.com/premiumdns/>

 

ng: NIRA Awards Galaxy Backbone ‘Best Domain Name Registrar’

The President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Sunday Afolayan, has awarded to Galaxy Backbone Ltd, the Best .ng ccTLD Registrar in Nigeria at the 2016 .ng Web Awards organised by NIRA, the managers of the country’s Internet real estate.

<http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/05/23/nira-awards-galaxy-backbone-best-domain-name-registrar/>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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No IoT without IPv6

Do you think the Internet of Things will be the Next Big Thing? It can’t be. Not until we get past the real Next Big Thing: IPv6.

<http://www.computerworld.com/article/3071625/internet-of-things/no-iot-without-ipv6.html>

 

Event Wrap: IPv6 Adoption by ASEAN Government Agencies, Jakarta

APNIC and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore conducted a two-day workshop on IPv6 adoption by ASEAN government agencies.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2016/05/20/event-wrap-ipv6-adoption-asean-government-agencies-jakarta/>

 

Fragmenting IPv6 by Geoff Huston

Geoff returns to the subject of IP packet fragmentation, this time looking at how IPv6 has changed the behaviour of packet fragmentation and discussing the concern of whether IPv6 can handle big packets.

<http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-05/v6frags.html>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Krueger’s suit against M+M dropped, for now

Former Minds + Machines chair Fred Krueger has dropped his lawsuit against the company, which concerned “missing” shares.

<http://domainincite.com/20477-kruegers-suit-against-mm-dropped-for-now>

 

We Need You: Industry Collaboration to Improve Registration Data Services

For more than 30 years, the industry has used a service and protocol named WHOIS to access the data associated with domain name and internet address registration activities.

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/we_need_you_industry_collaboration>

 

Join the discussion on Whois data quality

What do you think needs to be done to improve the quality and accuracy of contact information in the APNIC Whois?

<http://blog.apnic.net/2016/05/19/join-discussion-whois-data-quality/>

 

uk: McEwens of Perth department store closes for last time

Department store McEwens of Perth has closed its doors for the last time, having gone into administration earlier this year. ... Assets include trade mark rights protecting the McEwens of Perth brand, as well as rights over a selection of branded websites, domain names and databases from the company's e-commerce side.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-36349516>

 

mmx.co: Dismissal of lawsuit

The Company is pleased to report that Fred Krueger and all other plaintiffs have dismissed their lawsuit against the Company and all other defendants, as initially reported in the Company’s RNS dated 26 February 2016, without prejudice, pursuant to a tolling agreement between the parties.

<http://mmx.co/2016/05/19/dismissal-of-lawsuit/>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Year's Biggest Domain Sale to Date Tops This Week's Sales Chart at $1.2 Million

For the past two months TP.com has reigned as the year's biggest domain sale after going for $929,000 at NameJet - but now there's a new King of The Hill. In 2016's first reported seven-figure sale, we learned that Tribune Publishing (publishers of the Los Angeles Times) bought LA.com for $1.2 million in a transaction that we confirmed was brokered by GoDaddy.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160518.htm>

 

 

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two more speed bumps for the ICANN Reforms by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/05/20/two-more-speed-bumps-for-the-icann-reforms/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/05/20/two-more-speed-bumps-for-the-icann-reforms/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Republicans threaten to derail internet transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/republicans_threaten_to_derail_internet_transition/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/republicans_threaten_to_derail_internet_transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN to publish board meeting transcripts<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20479-icann-to-publish-board-meeting-transcripts"><span>http://domainincite.com/20479-icann-to-publish-board-meeting-transcripts</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>se: Domain names will not be forfeited from the Foundation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/news/important-fundamental-victory-for-iis-domain-names-will-not-be-forfeited-from-the-foundation/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/news/important-fundamental-victory-for-iis-domain-names-will-not-be-forfeited-from-the-foundation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian company fails to get Pepperjam domain name in UDRP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/19/pepperjam-affiliate/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/19/pepperjam-affiliate/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More Domain Stats: The 10 Most Abused Registrars<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/730/more-domain-stats-the-10-most-abused-registrars"><span>https://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/730/more-domain-stats-the-10-most-abused-registrars</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20481-spamhaus-now-publishing-better-tld-abuse-data"><span>http://domainincite.com/20481-spamhaus-now-publishing-better-tld-abuse-data</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>Two more speed bumps for the ICANN Reforms by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The revision of ICANN&rsquo;s bylaws to reflect the new accountability measures is proceeding on schedule. Public comments close May 21 and it is clear that only a few revisions will be needed to fully align the draft bylaws with the proposals of the IANA transition and enhanced accountability working groups.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/05/20/two-more-speed-bumps-for-the-icann-reforms/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/05/20/two-more-speed-bumps-for-the-icann-reforms/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Republicans threaten to derail internet transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Republican congressmen are increasing their efforts to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/republicans_threaten_to_derail_internet_transition/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/republicans_threaten_to_derail_internet_transition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Job for Rubio-Cruz: Save the Web - Off the campaign trail, the senators now turn to protecting the Internet from Obama.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, back from the campaign trail, have something productive to do in Washington. They&rsquo;ve taken the lead against President Obama&rsquo;s plan to give up U.S. protection of the open Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-job-for-rubio-cruz-save-the-web-1463951044"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-job-for-rubio-cruz-save-the-web-1463951044</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We Must Protect Internet Freedom: Cruz, Lankford, and Lee outline concerns for Department of Commerce and NTIA</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) on Thursday sent a letter to the Department of Commerce and the NTIA. The letter outlines concerns with ICANN's proposal to end United States government oversight of key operating functions of the Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=2646"><span>http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=2646</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cruz Sees Himself As Protector Of Internet Freedom<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It looks like Senator Cruz&rsquo; letter writing campaign isn&rsquo;t going to end any time soon. While previously the Senator and former US presidential hopeful was happy exchanging salvoes with ICANN he&rsquo;s now switched gears and is instead focussing on NTIA and the US Department of Commerce.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2016/05/22/cruz-sees-protector-internet-freedom/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2016/05/22/cruz-sees-protector-internet-freedom/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Asia prepares for a greater role in managing the internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Since the dawn of the internet, the U.S. has taken charge of managing the network. Responsibility for running it, however, is shifting eastward.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://asia.nikkei.com/magazine/20160519-China-Inc.-uncovered/Tech-Science/Asia-prepares-for-a-greater-role-in-managing-the-internet"><span>http://asia.nikkei.com/magazine/20160519-China-Inc.-uncovered/Tech-Science/Asia-prepares-for-a-greater-role-in-managing-the-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Philipp Grabensee, Sole Managing Director, HOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.&aacute;.r.l., to Christine Willett</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .HOTEL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/grabensee-to-willett-18may16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/grabensee-to-willett-18may16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN to publish board meeting transcripts<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In a surprising move towards further transparency, the ICANN board of directors has decided to start publishing transcripts and possibly recordings of its meetings.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20479-icann-to-publish-board-meeting-transcripts"><span>http://domainincite.com/20479-icann-to-publish-board-meeting-transcripts</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR position: Input on the Draft New ICANN Bylaws<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The CENTR community welcomes the opportunity to present its opinion on the draft ICANN Bylaws developed to reflect the recommendations contained in the proposals by the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group and Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/185-news/611-centr-position-input-on-the-draft-new-icann-bylaws.html"><span>https://centr.org/news/185-news/611-centr-position-input-on-the-draft-new-icann-bylaws.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>ccTLDs &amp; gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>10 Facts About .SKI Domains You Probably Don&rsquo;t Know (But Should)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last week we celebrated reaching 8,000 .SKI domains. In just 8 months .SKI has become the second largest sports related domain name extension and the fastest growing. So we thought we&rsquo;d share 10 facts about .SKI domains you probably don&rsquo;t know, but should.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domains.ski/10-facts-about-ski-domains/"><span>http://www.domains.ski/10-facts-about-ski-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Nominet launches Partner Programme for turing DNS analytics tool<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Since its launch in June 2015, market interest in Nominet&rsquo;s ground-breaking turing DNS monitoring and analytics platform has been strong. As it enters its next phase of development, Nominet is looking to recruit an elite network of resellers to accelerate its deployment into the field.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.uk/nominet-launches-partner-programme-turing-dns-analytics-tool/"><span>http://www.nominet.uk/nominet-launches-partner-programme-turing-dns-analytics-tool/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet on the hunt for 12 partners in 12 months<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain registry vendor Nominet is on a mission to find a dozen partners in a year to sell its first commercial product, Turing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/news/2458818/nominet-on-the-hunt-for-12-partners-in-12-months"><span>http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/news/2458818/nominet-on-the-hunt-for-12-partners-in-12-months</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>Who Rules this Domain? TLDs Explained</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2012, ICANN decided that the number of TLDs available for use by the public needed to be broadened. They opened a window of several months for anyone who was willing to pay ($185,000) to apply to register the TLD of their choice and hence claim their own little corner of the Internet. This year, the application process for all 1900 of the first wave of applications will be complete, and the last of around 1300 new TLDs (about 600 applications went belly up for various reasons) will be made available for use and, in many cases, for sale to the general public.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://hostingfacts.com/top-level-domains-explained/"><span>https://hostingfacts.com/top-level-domains-explained/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Next Generation of the Internet (gTLD Info Graphic)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The first new gTLDs are now available to the general public. While the topic is still largely under the radar for most digital marketers, the opportunity to create unique, memorable digital experiences with domain names has finally arrived.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYbVr5DJ56c"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYbVr5DJ56c</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>ch: Swiss Ransomware Theme Day<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Together with partners, the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI is organising an awareness day for ransomware today. The participants include organisations from various sectors, software manufacturers, federal offices and a range of Swiss associations and consumer protection organisations. SWITCH and the Swiss Internet Security Alliance are supporting the theme day.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.switch.ch/news/ransomware-day/"><span>http://www.switch.ch/news/ransomware-day/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Q1 2016 SOTI Security Report: Retail Takes Brunt of Web App Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Retail was hit hard in Q1 2016 by malicious actors who targeted the business sector with web application attacks. That is among the findings in the State of the Internet Security Report for the first quarter of the year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2016/05/q1-2016-soti-security-report-retail-takes-brunt-of-web-app-attacks.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2016/05/q1-2016-soti-security-report-retail-takes-brunt-of-web-app-attacks.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>Phonetic argument fails UDRP test<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A roast chicken stall owner who registered two domains under new TLDs in bad faith could not convince the presiding panellist that the &lsquo;Monster Energy&rsquo; trademark sounds like &lsquo;Magician Anna&rsquo;s Chicken&rsquo; in Chinese.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/domainnamesarticle.php?article_id=4920"><span>http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/domainnamesarticle.php?article_id=4920</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hacker rescues Hollywood house from URL scam squatters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WhiteHat Security founder Jeremiah Grossman has published details that could help victims of domain hijacking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/hacker_rescues_hollywood_house_from_url_scam_squatters/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/hacker_rescues_hollywood_house_from_url_scam_squatters/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seized Popcorn Time &ldquo;News&rdquo; Domain Sparks Free Speech Appeal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The battle over the legality of a seized Popcorn Time "news" domain is heating up. Last week a complaint by two digital rights groups was denied by a local court due to a lack of standing, but today they filed an appeal, joined by the legal owner of the disputed domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/seized-popcorn-time-news-domain-sparks-free-speech-appeal-160519/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/seized-popcorn-time-news-domain-sparks-free-speech-appeal-160519/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>se: Domain names will not be forfeited from the Foundation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The judgment concerning the forfeiture of the domain names thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se was received on Thursday. The Court of Appeals decided to uphold the district court&rsquo;s verdict and reject the prosecutor&rsquo;s action against IIS. The domain names will however be forfeited from their holders and pass into state ownership.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/news/important-fundamental-victory-for-iis-domain-names-will-not-be-forfeited-from-the-foundation/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/news/important-fundamental-victory-for-iis-domain-names-will-not-be-forfeited-from-the-foundation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Pirate Bay&rsquo;s Domain Shuffle Has Come Full Circle<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After years of rotating domain names, The Pirate Bay is now back at its original .ORG domain. The notorious torrent site started redirecting users after a Swedish court ruling put its .SE domain at risk. Today we take a look at the rather impressive domain shuffle the site went through.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bays-domain-shuffle-come-full-circle-160520/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bays-domain-shuffle-come-full-circle-160520/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The URS: What is it good for?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Despite ICANN introducing the URS system to help brand owners enforce their rights in the new gTLDs, the numbers so far suggest that it has not had the impact expected.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.cscdigitalbrand.services/blog/the-urs-what-is-it-good-for/"><span>https://www.cscdigitalbrand.services/blog/the-urs-what-is-it-good-for/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian company fails to get Pepperjam domain name in UDRP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An Australian lender that uses the brand name &ldquo;Pepper Money&rdquo; has failed to get the domain name PepperMoney.com from an old division of eBay.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/19/pepperjam-affiliate/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/19/pepperjam-affiliate/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Syntech Distributors Limited v. Tiger Bay Minerals Pty Limited - Case No. DAU2016-0016</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Syntech Distributors Limited of Auckland, New Zealand, represented by Simpson Western, New Zealand. The Respondent is Tiger Bay Minerals Pty Limited of Queensland, Australia, internally represented. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;syntechnz.com.au&gt; is registered with Netregistry Pty Ltd.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0016"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Harness Racing Australia Inc v. Electronic Communities Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2016-0017</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Harness Racing Australia Inc of Flemington, Victoria, Australia, represented by Pointon Partners, Australia. The Respondent is Electronic Communities Pty Ltd of Middle Park, Victoria, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;hra.com.au&gt; is registered with Drop.com.au Pty Ltd (the "Registrar").<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0017"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0017</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>REGISTRAR &amp; WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More Domain Stats: The 10 Most Abused Registrars<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Filling in The Spamhaus Project's domain panorama in our "Top-10 Worst" pages, we have added a page for The 10 Most Abused Domain Registrars. It breaks out by registrar the ratio of bad domains versus total domains as seen by our systems in the course of a rolling two-week window.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/730/more-domain-stats-the-10-most-abused-registrars"><span>https://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/730/more-domain-stats-the-10-most-abused-registrars</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SpamHaus has updated its &ldquo;10 Most Abused Top Level Domains&rdquo; list to provide a much more useful insight into abuse levels.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20481-spamhaus-now-publishing-better-tld-abuse-data"><span>http://domainincite.com/20481-spamhaus-now-publishing-better-tld-abuse-data</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The best hosting gets even better<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the past few years, I&rsquo;ve written a number of times quite passionately about our hosting platform. I&rsquo;ve covered some important topics such as Can a Domain Registrar be a Good Web Host, Changing The Rules on on Registrar Hosting and have given insight into our underlying SSD Hosting Technology platforms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blog.namecheap.com/the-best-hosting-gets-even-better/"><span>https://blog.namecheap.com/the-best-hosting-gets-even-better/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Introducing Namecheap PremiumDNS &mdash; Now Just $4.88<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... We do a lot to secure our application servers, but what about our DNS servers? How can we ensure the servers that serve our domain names are secure and perform 24/7/365? DNS protection is something that the world&rsquo;s biggest websites have always pursued, and now it is accessible to you.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blog.namecheap.com/premiumdns/"><span>https://blog.namecheap.com/premiumdns/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ng: NIRA Awards Galaxy Backbone &lsquo;Best Domain Name Registrar&rsquo; </span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Sunday Afolayan, has awarded to Galaxy Backbone Ltd, the Best .ng ccTLD Registrar in Nigeria at the 2016 .ng Web Awards organised by NIRA, the managers of the country&rsquo;s Internet real estate.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/05/23/nira-awards-galaxy-backbone-best-domain-name-registrar/"><span>http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/05/23/nira-awards-galaxy-backbone-best-domain-name-registrar/</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>No IoT without IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Do you think the Internet of Things will be the Next Big Thing? It can&rsquo;t be. Not until we get past the real Next Big Thing: IPv6.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/3071625/internet-of-things/no-iot-without-ipv6.html"><span>http://www.computerworld.com/article/3071625/internet-of-things/no-iot-without-ipv6.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Event Wrap: IPv6 Adoption by ASEAN Government Agencies, Jakarta<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>APNIC and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore conducted a two-day workshop on IPv6 adoption by ASEAN government agencies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2016/05/20/event-wrap-ipv6-adoption-asean-government-agencies-jakarta/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2016/05/20/event-wrap-ipv6-adoption-asean-government-agencies-jakarta/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fragmenting IPv6 by Geoff Huston</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Geoff returns to the subject of IP packet fragmentation, this time looking at how IPv6 has changed the behaviour of packet fragmentation and discussing the concern of whether IPv6 can handle big packets.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-05/v6frags.html"><span>http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-05/v6frags.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>Krueger&rsquo;s suit against M+M dropped, for now<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Former Minds + Machines chair Fred Krueger has dropped his lawsuit against the company, which concerned &ldquo;missing&rdquo; shares.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20477-kruegers-suit-against-mm-dropped-for-now"><span>http://domainincite.com/20477-kruegers-suit-against-mm-dropped-for-now</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We Need You: Industry Collaboration to Improve Registration Data Services<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For more than 30 years, the industry has used a service and protocol named WHOIS to access the data associated with domain name and internet address registration activities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/we_need_you_industry_collaboration"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/we_need_you_industry_collaboration</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Join the discussion on Whois data quality<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What do you think needs to be done to improve the quality and accuracy of contact information in the APNIC Whois?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2016/05/19/join-discussion-whois-data-quality/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2016/05/19/join-discussion-whois-data-quality/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: McEwens of Perth department store closes for last time<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Department store McEwens of Perth has closed its doors for the last time, having gone into administration earlier this year. ... Assets include trade mark rights protecting the McEwens of Perth brand, as well as rights over a selection of branded websites, domain names and databases from the company's e-commerce side.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-36349516"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-36349516</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>mmx.co: Dismissal of lawsuit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Company is pleased to report that Fred Krueger and all other plaintiffs have dismissed their lawsuit against the Company and all other defendants, as initially reported in the Company&rsquo;s RNS dated 26 February 2016, without prejudice, pursuant to a tolling agreement between the parties.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://mmx.co/2016/05/19/dismissal-of-lawsuit/"><span>http://mmx.co/2016/05/19/dismissal-of-lawsuit/</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>Year's Biggest Domain Sale to Date Tops This Week's Sales Chart at $1.2 Million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For the past two months TP.com has reigned as the year's biggest domain sale after going for $929,000 at NameJet - but now there's a new King of The Hill. In 2016's first reported seven-figure sale, we learned that Tribune Publishing (publishers of the Los Angeles Times) bought LA.com for $1.2 million in a transaction that we confirmed was brokered by GoDaddy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160518.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160518.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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 12 May 05:28 2016

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<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/internetnz-to-seek-more-community-input-on-nz-management--1142416>

 

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<http://www.nominet.uk/britains-tech-savvy-tradespeople-hammer-home-an-extra-16k-a-year/>

 

ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New TLDs terminated

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/09/icann_african_internet/>

 

African brands wiped off the map as ICANN flips the kill switch on 10 gTLDs

<http://domainincite.com/20390-african-brands-wiped-off-the-map-as-icann-flips-the-kill-switch-on-10-gtlds>

 

.flir becomes the 1,300th TLD

<http://domainincite.com/20410-flir-becomes-the-1300th-tld>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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A Legal Arms Race Threatens the Future of the Internet by Bertrand de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger

On the Internet, 17th century principles of Westphalian territoriality clash with 21st century digital realities. As Internet penetration moves beyond three billion users in over 190 countries, a new legal arms race develops in cyberspace that can threaten the future of the global digital economy, human rights, the Internet infrastructure and cybersecurity

<http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2016/05/09/a-legal-arms-race-threatens-the-future-of-the-internet/>

 

Keynote Address at ISOC-DC Internet "Is the Internet Fragmenting" Panel Event by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

Thank you very much for the introduction. Before I start my remarks, I want to thank our hosts, Microsoft and ISOC-DC, for convening the discussion that we are having here today and for inviting me to participate. The open, global, interconnected internet is the backbone of the global digital economy. Its ability to enable the transfer of data and information across borders and between people and things is our best hope for global economic and social development. Its fragmentation would constitute a grave threat to innovation, productivity, democratic discourse, and the public good.

<http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2016/257057.htm>

 

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ICANN

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Changing the Keys to the DNS Root Zone by David Conrad

In July 2010, ICANN, Verisign, and NTIA added a level of protection to the Internet's top DNS layer using a technology known as DNSSEC, which stands for Domain Name System Security Extensions. This technology was developed to protect internet users against attacks that can result in domain name hijacking and certain types of compromised servers.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/changing-the-keys-to-the-domain-name-system-dns-root-zone>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition Planning Update (Volume 2) by Trang Nguyen

It has been one month since the start of the parallel testing period and everything continues to go smoothly. Click here to view Verisign’s daily Parallel Operations Root Zone Management System Comparison Reports of all the root zone files generated.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/iana-stewardship-transition-planning-update-volume-2>

 

Updated Auction Schedule

The Auction Schedule is updated as of 9 May 2016. Additional Auctions may be scheduled based on eligibility.

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

 

Recordings of Calls with Community on Public Comments Submitted on the Draft FY17 Operating Plan and Budget Now Available

ICANN held community calls during which the comments submitted on the Draft FY17 Operating Plan and Budget were presented by the submitters to ICANN Board and staff.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-11-en>

 

Part I: What Are Metadata? by Dave Piscitello

The concept of metadata is both simple and complicated. We readily understand what data are: they are the information that we communicate, process or consume in our ever-growing digitized society. But what are metadata?

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/part-i-what-are-metadata>

 

Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Flip Petillion

New gTLD Applications for .ECO and .HOTEL

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-petillion-11may16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Philipp Grabensee

New gTLD Application for .HOTEL

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-grabensee-10may16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Steve Crocker to Wardner Maia, Eduardo Santoyo, and Ariel Grazier

Global Meetings in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-maia-et-al-09may16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Wardner Maia, Eduardo Santoyo, and Ariel Grazier, President | LACNIC; President | LACTLD; and President | LAC-IX, to Steve Crocker

Global Meetings in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/maia-et-al-to-crocker-05may16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Jena L. Hoffman, President & CEO | International Ticketing Organization, to ICANN and the Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD Application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/hoffman-to-icann-eiu-05may16-en.pdf>

 

May 9: Celebrating Europeans' Role in the Evolution of the Internet by Jean-Jacques Sahel, Vice-President, Europe (Global Stakeholder Engagement)

Coming just after V-E Day, which celebrates the end of the Second World War in Europe, May 9 marks a coming together. From the late 1940s onwards, people from different – sometimes conflicting – cultures, backgrounds and perspectives joined forces to pursue a common goal: peace and prosperity in Europe. Sounds familiar? We in the Internet community are rather used to this kind of complex, transnational project.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/may-9-celebrating-europeans-role-in-the-evolution-of-the-internet>

 

With Zika fears, is ICANN dissing Latin America?

Internet organizations in Latin America are pissed off with ICANN for cancelling its Panama public meeting and potentially cancelling its Puerto Rico meeting.

<http://domainincite.com/20397-with-zika-fears-is-icann-dissing-latin-america>

 

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ccTLDs & gTLDs

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in April

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of April 2016 are below. Any surprises?

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in14>

 

Istanbul domain names up for public use

Istanbul is set to expand its own online presence, as the website domain name extensions “.ist” or “.istanbul” will become available for public users starting from May 10.

<http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-domain-names-up-for-public-use-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=98980&NewsCatID=374>

 

nz: WHATIS? WHOIS? Privacy? Huh? Have Your Say!

In Privacy Week, there’s a debate going on about publication of addresses and contact details as part of the registration of a .nz domain name. In this long post, InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter shares his take on the issue and fleshes out a bit of the background. Submissions are due by 7 June – have your say!

<https://internetnz.nz/blog/whatis-whois-privacy-huh-have-your-say>

 

How the .nz domain name is managed put into clear language

InternetNZ recently announced the signing of a MoU with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and employment on the management of the .nz ccTLD.

<https://bizedge.co.nz/story/how-nz-domain-name-managed-put-clear-language/>

 

InternetNZ to seek more community input on .nz management

InternetNZ announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment on the management of the .nz ccTLD.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/internetnz-to-seek-more-community-input-on-nz-management--1142416>

 

uk: Nominet opens Zone file to members

Nominet is making the zone files for all of the domains we manage, and a file of all registered domains, available to members for the first time.

<http://www.nominet.uk/nominet-opens-zone-file-to-members/>

 

Britain’s Tech-savvy Tradespeople Hammer Home An Extra £16k A Year

A new breed of tech-savvy tradesmen and women are reaping the rewards of going online, as the web replaces word-of-mouth as the way homeowners choose tradespeople for essential jobs around the house.

<http://www.nominet.uk/britains-tech-savvy-tradespeople-hammer-home-an-extra-16k-a-year/>

 

uk: Nominet offers bacon sarnies to get UK tradespeople online

UK domain name registrar Nominet launches a campaign, and opens its own greasy spoon café, to try to get more of the UK’s tradespeople online

<http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450295961/Nominet-offers-bacon-sarnies-to-get-UK-tradespeople-online>

 

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NEW TLDS

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ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New TLDs terminated

Domain-name overseer ICANN has killed off the majority of Africa's new internet. California-based ICANN, which has faced repeated criticism for its failure to reach beyond a North American audience, saw just 17 applications from Africa out of just over 1,900 applications for new dot-word domains back in 2012.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/09/icann_african_internet/>

 

African brands wiped off the map as ICANN flips the kill switch on 10 gTLDs

Ten dot-brand gTLDs may never see the light of day, after ICANN sent termination notices to the applicants.

<http://domainincite.com/20390-african-brands-wiped-off-the-map-as-icann-flips-the-kill-switch-on-10-gtlds>

 

ICANN sends termination notices to 10 new TLD owners

ICANN has sent termination notices to ten contracted new TLD applicants, informing them that it plans to cancel their TLD agreements.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/08/icann-sends-termination-notices-10-new-tld-owners/>

 

.flir becomes the 1,300th TLD

The milestone was hit today when the dot-brand .flir was delegated to FLIR Systems, a $1.5 billion-a-year thermal imaging systems manufacturer.

<http://domainincite.com/20410-flir-becomes-the-1300th-tld>

 

Donuts wins .doctor

Donuts has emerged the victor of the .doctor gTLD contention set. Competing applicants Radix and The Medical Registry both withdrew their applications last week.

<http://domainincite.com/20394-donuts-wins-doctor>

 

ZACR wades into .africa lawsuit, tells judge he screwed up

ZA Central Registry has told the judge in DotConnectAfrica’s lawsuit against ICANN that the preliminary injunction he granted DCA recently was based on a misunderstanding.

<http://domainincite.com/20404-zacr-wades-into-africa-lawsuit-tells-judge-he-screwed-up>

 

New Internet domains highlighted at Middle East DNS Forum

On May 4 and 5, 2016, the city of Tunis hosted the Middle East DNS Forum. Co-organised by ICANN and the Tunisian Internet Agency, the event was opened by Tunisian Minister for Communication Technologies and Digital Economy Nouman Fehri.

<http://post.milathan.com/2016/05/new-internet-domains-highlighted-at-middle-east-dns-forum/>

 

Rightside Announces First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Rightside Group, Ltd., a leading provider of domain name services that advance the way businesses and consumers define and present themselves online, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

<http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=970333>

 

Rightside to modernize eNom, predicts $75m new gTLD revs

Rightside used its first quarter earnings call yesterday to address, albeit indirectly, some of the criticisms recently leveled at it by activist investors and competitors.

<http://domainincite.com/20412-rightside-to-modernize-enom-predicts-75m-new-gtld-revs>

 

Rightside targets $50-$75 million annual registry revenue in 3-5 years

Rightside’s revenue from new TLDs might be trivial to its business right now, but the company expects big things in the future.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/11/rightside-targets-50-75-million-registry-2019-2021/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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More than 80,000 accounts with .sg domain names stolen

Last week, US-based cyber security firm Hold Security recovered 272.3 million stolen accounts from a fraudster. Out of those, 88,000 accounts originated from Singapore, Hold Security's founder and chief information security officer Alex Holden told The New Paper in an e-mail.

<http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/more-80000-accounts-sg-domain-names-stolen>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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.store, .vip, .email: New gTLDs hit by cybersquatters

... It comes as no surprise that the growing importance of new gTLDs is attracting cybersquatters. But the latest figures show that many right holders may have learned their lessons from the past. They have taken action proactively to protect their brands against a new wave of cybersquatting. Further to that, several very effective measures are in place or have been introduced together with the new gTLDs:

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=0a25835e-7522-4edf-aa0e-64907a79809f>

 

.Cars cybersquatter is about to learn an expensive lesson

With an annual price tag of over $2,000, you’d think that all cybersquatters would be deterred from registering famous brands in the .car, .cars and .auto TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/cars-cybersquatter/>

 

au: Packsize LLC v. Kiekaboo Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2016-0006

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Packsize LLC of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America ("United States"), represented by Workman Nydegger, United States. The Respondent is Kiekaboo Pty Ltd of Avalon, New South Wales, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <packsize.com.au> is registered with GoDaddy.com, LLC (the "Registrar").

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0006>

 

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REGISTRAR & WEBHOSTING

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Web.com acquires dozens of registrars from Rightside

Web.com has acquired dozens of registrars from rival/partner Rightside, seemingly to boost the success rate of its SnapNames domain drop-catching business.

<http://domainincite.com/20419-web-com-acquires-dozens-of-registrars-from-rightside>

 

GoDaddy Addresses Blind XSS Vulnerability Affecting Online Support

Domain registrar GoDaddy fixed a vulnerability affecting systems used by its customer support agents that could have been abused to take over, modify or delete accounts.

<https://threatpost.com/godaddy-addresses-blind-xss-vulnerability-affecting-online-support/117950/>

 

Tucows Reports Continuing Strong Financial Results for First Quarter of 2016

Tucows Inc., a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. All figures are in U.S. dollars.

<http://www.tucows.com/tucows-reports-continuing-strong-financial-results-for-first-quarter-of-2016/>

 

Tucows expects $2 million gross margin per year from Melbourne IT acquisition

Tucows expects its acquisition of reseller accounts from Melbourne IT to generate $2 million in gross margin per year, the company revealed yesterday.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/tucows-melbourne-it/>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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Việt Nam’s IPv6 usage remains low

The rate of IPv6 usage in Việt Nam was reported at only 0.03 per cent, 300 times lower than the world’s average rate at 10.4 per cent.

<http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/296532/viet-nams-ipv6-usage-remains-low.html>

<http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/156205/vietnam-lagging-behind-global-use-of-ipv6.html>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Changing domain names in 2016: 10 easily overlooked steps that can save SEO

Moving your site to a new domain can be fraught with SEO issues, even without a redesign or CMS migration. Columnist Glenn Gabe has some insights on what issues to anticipate and how to handle them.

<http://marketingland.com/changing-domain-names-2016-10-easily-overlooked-steps-can-save-seo-176048>

 

Internet Pharmacy Safeguards, We Salute You by Libby Baney

As I wrote in December 2015, some Internet commerce companies - including domain name registries, registrars, advertising providers, social media platforms, payment processors and shippers - are doing right by patients in taking voluntary action against illegal online drug sellers. This is no small feat as 97% of the roughly 35,000 active online drug sellers are operating illegally.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160509_internet_pharmacy_safeguards_we_salute_you/>

 

Trademarks and Copyrights with Daliah Saper – DNW Podcast #83

What do domain name investors and domain developers need to know about trademarks and copyrights? Daliah Saper of Saper Law gives a quick crash course on today’s podcast, including trademarking a domain name. I consider myself well-versed in this topic, but I learned quite a bit. You will too.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/trademarks-copyrights-daliah-saper-podcast/>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Premium domains are confusing, but can be profitable for domain name registries

Premium domain names in new TLDS–those priced higher than the regular price for registration–can be frustrating for domain investors. But there’s no doubt that a premium strategy can be worthwhile for a registry. The key is in execution.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/premium-domain-new-tld/>

 

Who Contacts Whom: A Material Factor in Selling Domain Names Corresponding to Trademarks by Gerald M. Levine

Acquiring domain names for the purpose of selling them to complainants is the second most heavily invoked of the four circumstances that are evidence of abusive registration. Because no self-respecting domain name reseller will ever admit to acquiring domain names "primarily for the purpose" of selling them to complainants "for valuable consideration in excess of [their] documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain name" evidence of bad faith is typically deduced by other factors.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160509_material_factor_selling_domain_names_corresponding_to_trademarks/>

 

.Club and Radix domains get top billing at TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon

.Club and several domains from Radix got great exposure at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon this past weekend.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/club-radix-domains-get-top-billing-techcrunch-disrupt-nyc/>

 

LA.com domain name sold for $1.2 million

In March, I wrote about how Tribune Publishing Company, publisher of the L.A. Times, acquired the valuable domain name LA.com.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/la-com-sold-1-2-million/>

 

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David Goldstein

 

email: david-fFZw+eeu8ZeEIh0G+OVocUEOCMrvLtNR@public.gmane.org

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With Zika fears, is ICANN dissing Latin America?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20397-with-zika-fears-is-icann-dissing-latin-america"><span>http://domainincite.com/20397-with-zika-fears-is-icann-dissing-latin-america</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How the .nz domain name is managed put into clear language<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://bizedge.co.nz/story/how-nz-domain-name-managed-put-clear-language/"><span>https://bizedge.co.nz/story/how-nz-domain-name-managed-put-clear-language/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ to seek more community input on .nz management<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/internetnz-to-seek-more-community-input-on-nz-management--1142416"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/internetnz-to-seek-more-community-input-on-nz-management--1142416</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Britain&rsquo;s Tech-savvy Tradespeople Hammer Home An Extra &pound;16k A Year<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.uk/britains-tech-savvy-tradespeople-hammer-home-an-extra-16k-a-year/"><span>http://www.nominet.uk/britains-tech-savvy-tradespeople-hammer-home-an-extra-16k-a-year/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New TLDs terminated<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/09/icann_african_internet/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/09/icann_african_internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>African brands wiped off the map as ICANN flips the kill switch on 10 gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20390-african-brands-wiped-off-the-map-as-icann-flips-the-kill-switch-on-10-gtlds"><span>http://domainincite.com/20390-african-brands-wiped-off-the-map-as-icann-flips-the-kill-switch-on-10-gtlds</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.flir becomes the 1,300th TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20410-flir-becomes-the-1300th-tld"><span>http://domainincite.com/20410-flir-becomes-the-1300th-tld</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>A Legal Arms Race Threatens the Future of the Internet by Bertrand de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On the Internet, 17th century principles of Westphalian territoriality clash with 21st century digital realities. As Internet penetration moves beyond three billion users in over 190 countries, a new legal arms race develops in cyberspace that can threaten the future of the global digital economy, human rights, the Internet infrastructure and cybersecurity<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2016/05/09/a-legal-arms-race-threatens-the-future-of-the-internet/"><span>http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2016/05/09/a-legal-arms-race-threatens-the-future-of-the-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Keynote Address at ISOC-DC Internet "Is the Internet Fragmenting" Panel Event 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>Thank you very much for the introduction. Before I start my remarks, I want to thank our hosts, Microsoft and ISOC-DC, for convening the discussion that we are having here today and for inviting me to participate. The open, global, interconnected internet is the backbone of the global digital economy. Its ability to enable the transfer of data and information across borders and between people and things is our best hope for global economic and social development. Its fragmentation would constitute a grave threat to innovation, productivity, democratic discourse, and the public good.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2016/257057.htm"><span>http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2016/257057.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Changing the Keys to the DNS Root Zone by David Conrad</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In July 2010, ICANN, Verisign, and NTIA added a level of protection to the Internet's top DNS layer using a technology known as DNSSEC, which stands for Domain Name System Security Extensions. This technology was developed to protect internet users against attacks that can result in domain name hijacking and certain types of compromised servers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/changing-the-keys-to-the-domain-name-system-dns-root-zone"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/changing-the-keys-to-the-domain-name-system-dns-root-zone</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Planning Update (Volume 2) by Trang Nguyen<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It has been one month since the start of the parallel testing period and everything continues to go smoothly. Click here to view Verisign&rsquo;s daily Parallel Operations Root Zone Management System Comparison Reports of all the root zone files generated.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/iana-stewardship-transition-planning-update-volume-2"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/iana-stewardship-transition-planning-update-volume-2</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Updated Auction Schedule<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Auction Schedule is updated as of 9 May 2016. Additional Auctions may be scheduled based on eligibility.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions"><span>https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/auctions</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recordings of Calls with Community on Public Comments Submitted on the Draft FY17 Operating Plan and Budget Now Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN held community calls during which the comments submitted on the Draft FY17 Operating Plan and Budget were presented by the submitters to ICANN Board and staff.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-11-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-11-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Part I: What Are Metadata? by Dave Piscitello<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The concept of metadata is both simple and complicated. We readily understand what data are: they are the information that we communicate, process or consume in our ever-growing digitized society. But what are metadata?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/part-i-what-are-metadata"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/part-i-what-are-metadata</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Flip Petillion</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Applications for .ECO and .HOTEL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-petillion-11may16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-petillion-11may16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Christine Willett, Vice President, GDD Operations | ICANN, to Philipp Grabensee<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .HOTEL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-grabensee-10may16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/willett-to-grabensee-10may16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Steve Crocker to Wardner Maia, Eduardo Santoyo, and Ariel Grazier</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Meetings in the Latin America and Caribbean Region<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-maia-et-al-09may16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-maia-et-al-09may16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Wardner Maia, Eduardo Santoyo, and Ariel Grazier, President | LACNIC; President | LACTLD; and President | LAC-IX, to Steve Crocker<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Meetings in the Latin America and Caribbean Region<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/maia-et-al-to-crocker-05may16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/maia-et-al-to-crocker-05may16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Jena L. Hoffman, President &amp; CEO | International Ticketing Organization, to ICANN and the Economist Intelligence Unit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/hoffman-to-icann-eiu-05may16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/hoffman-to-icann-eiu-05may16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>May 9: Celebrating Europeans' Role in the Evolution of the Internet by Jean-Jacques Sahel, Vice-President, Europe (Global Stakeholder Engagement)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Coming just after V-E Day, which celebrates the end of the Second World War in Europe, May 9 marks a coming together. From the late 1940s onwards, people from different &ndash; sometimes conflicting &ndash; cultures, backgrounds and perspectives joined forces to pursue a common goal: peace and prosperity in Europe. Sounds familiar? We in the Internet community are rather used to this kind of complex, transnational project.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/may-9-celebrating-europeans-role-in-the-evolution-of-the-internet"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/may-9-celebrating-europeans-role-in-the-evolution-of-the-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With Zika fears, is ICANN dissing Latin America?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet organizations in Latin America are pissed off with ICANN for cancelling its Panama public meeting and potentially cancelling its Puerto Rico meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20397-with-zika-fears-is-icann-dissing-latin-america"><span>http://domainincite.com/20397-with-zika-fears-is-icann-dissing-latin-america</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>ccTLDs &amp; gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com &amp; .Net Registrations in April<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of April 2016 are below. Any surprises?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in14"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/top_10_trending_keywords_in14</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Istanbul domain names up for public use<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Istanbul is set to expand its own online presence, as the website domain name extensions &ldquo;.ist&rdquo; or &ldquo;.istanbul&rdquo; will become available for public users starting from May 10.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-domain-names-up-for-public-use-.aspx?pageID=238&amp;nID=98980&amp;NewsCatID=374"><span>http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-domain-names-up-for-public-use-.aspx?pageID=238&amp;nID=98980&amp;NewsCatID=374</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: WHATIS? WHOIS? Privacy? Huh? Have Your Say!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In Privacy Week, there&rsquo;s a debate going on about publication of addresses and contact details as part of the registration of a .nz domain name. In this long post, InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter shares his take on the issue and fleshes out a bit of the background. Submissions are due by 7 June &ndash; have your say!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/blog/whatis-whois-privacy-huh-have-your-say"><span>https://internetnz.nz/blog/whatis-whois-privacy-huh-have-your-say</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How the .nz domain name is managed put into clear language<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ recently announced the signing of a MoU with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and employment on the management of the .nz ccTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://bizedge.co.nz/story/how-nz-domain-name-managed-put-clear-language/"><span>https://bizedge.co.nz/story/how-nz-domain-name-managed-put-clear-language/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ to seek more community input on .nz management<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment on the management of the .nz ccTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/internetnz-to-seek-more-community-input-on-nz-management--1142416"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/internetnz-to-seek-more-community-input-on-nz-management--1142416</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Nominet opens Zone file to members<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet is making the zone files for all of the domains we manage, and a file of all registered domains, available to members for the first time.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.uk/nominet-opens-zone-file-to-members/"><span>http://www.nominet.uk/nominet-opens-zone-file-to-members/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Britain&rsquo;s Tech-savvy Tradespeople Hammer Home An Extra &pound;16k A Year<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new breed of tech-savvy tradesmen and women are reaping the rewards of going online, as the web replaces word-of-mouth as the way homeowners choose tradespeople for essential jobs around the house.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.uk/britains-tech-savvy-tradespeople-hammer-home-an-extra-16k-a-year/"><span>http://www.nominet.uk/britains-tech-savvy-tradespeople-hammer-home-an-extra-16k-a-year/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Nominet offers bacon sarnies to get UK tradespeople online</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UK domain name registrar Nominet launches a campaign, and opens its own greasy spoon caf&eacute;, to try to get more of the UK&rsquo;s tradespeople online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450295961/Nominet-offers-bacon-sarnies-to-get-UK-tradespeople-online"><span>http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450295961/Nominet-offers-bacon-sarnies-to-get-UK-tradespeople-online</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN knifes Africa's internet: New TLDs terminated<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain-name overseer ICANN has killed off the majority of Africa's new internet. California-based ICANN, which has faced repeated criticism for its failure to reach beyond a North American audience, saw just 17 applications from Africa out of just over 1,900 applications for new dot-word domains back in 2012.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/09/icann_african_internet/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/09/icann_african_internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>African brands wiped off the map as ICANN flips the kill switch on 10 gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ten dot-brand gTLDs may never see the light of day, after ICANN sent termination notices to the applicants.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20390-african-brands-wiped-off-the-map-as-icann-flips-the-kill-switch-on-10-gtlds"><span>http://domainincite.com/20390-african-brands-wiped-off-the-map-as-icann-flips-the-kill-switch-on-10-gtlds</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN sends termination notices to 10 new TLD owners<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has sent termination notices to ten contracted new TLD applicants, informing them that it plans to cancel their TLD agreements.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/08/icann-sends-termination-notices-10-new-tld-owners/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/08/icann-sends-termination-notices-10-new-tld-owners/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.flir becomes the 1,300th TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The milestone was hit today when the dot-brand .flir was delegated to FLIR Systems, a $1.5 billion-a-year thermal imaging systems manufacturer.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20410-flir-becomes-the-1300th-tld"><span>http://domainincite.com/20410-flir-becomes-the-1300th-tld</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts wins .doctor<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts has emerged the victor of the .doctor gTLD contention set. Competing applicants Radix and The Medical Registry both withdrew their applications last week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20394-donuts-wins-doctor"><span>http://domainincite.com/20394-donuts-wins-doctor</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ZACR wades into .africa lawsuit, tells judge he screwed up<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ZA Central Registry has told the judge in DotConnectAfrica&rsquo;s lawsuit against ICANN that the preliminary injunction he granted DCA recently was based on a misunderstanding.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20404-zacr-wades-into-africa-lawsuit-tells-judge-he-screwed-up"><span>http://domainincite.com/20404-zacr-wades-into-africa-lawsuit-tells-judge-he-screwed-up</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Internet domains highlighted at Middle East DNS Forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On May 4 and 5, 2016, the city of Tunis hosted the Middle East DNS Forum. Co-organised by ICANN and the Tunisian Internet Agency, the event was opened by Tunisian Minister for Communication Technologies and Digital Economy Nouman Fehri.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://post.milathan.com/2016/05/new-internet-domains-highlighted-at-middle-east-dns-forum/"><span>http://post.milathan.com/2016/05/new-internet-domains-highlighted-at-middle-east-dns-forum/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside Announces First Quarter 2016 Financial Results<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside Group, Ltd., a leading provider of domain name services that advance the way businesses and consumers define and present themselves online, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=970333"><span>http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=970333</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside to modernize eNom, predicts $75m new gTLD revs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside used its first quarter earnings call yesterday to address, albeit indirectly, some of the criticisms recently leveled at it by activist investors and competitors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20412-rightside-to-modernize-enom-predicts-75m-new-gtld-revs"><span>http://domainincite.com/20412-rightside-to-modernize-enom-predicts-75m-new-gtld-revs</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside targets $50-$75 million annual registry revenue in 3-5 years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside&rsquo;s revenue from new TLDs might be trivial to its business right now, but the company expects big things in the future.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/11/rightside-targets-50-75-million-registry-2019-2021/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/11/rightside-targets-50-75-million-registry-2019-2021/</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>More than 80,000 accounts with .sg domain names stolen<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last week, US-based cyber security firm Hold Security recovered 272.3 million stolen accounts from a fraudster. Out of those, 88,000 accounts originated from Singapore, Hold Security's founder and chief information security officer Alex Holden told The New Paper in an e-mail.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/more-80000-accounts-sg-domain-names-stolen"><span>http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/more-80000-accounts-sg-domain-names-stolen</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>.store, .vip, .email: New gTLDs hit by cybersquatters<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... It comes as no surprise that the growing importance of new gTLDs is attracting cybersquatters. But the latest figures show that many right holders may have learned their lessons from the past. They have taken action proactively to protect their brands against a new wave of cybersquatting. Further to that, several very effective measures are in place or have been introduced together with the new gTLDs:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=0a25835e-7522-4edf-aa0e-64907a79809f"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=0a25835e-7522-4edf-aa0e-64907a79809f</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Cars cybersquatter is about to learn an expensive lesson<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With an annual price tag of over $2,000, you&rsquo;d think that all cybersquatters would be deterred from registering famous brands in the .car, .cars and .auto TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/cars-cybersquatter/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/cars-cybersquatter/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Packsize LLC v. Kiekaboo Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2016-0006</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Packsize LLC of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America ("United States"), represented by Workman Nydegger, United States. The Respondent is Kiekaboo Pty Ltd of Avalon, New South Wales, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;packsize.com.au&gt; is registered with GoDaddy.com, LLC (the "Registrar").<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0006"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0006</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>REGISTRAR &amp; WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web.com acquires dozens of registrars from Rightside<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web.com has acquired dozens of registrars from rival/partner Rightside, seemingly to boost the success rate of its SnapNames domain drop-catching business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20419-web-com-acquires-dozens-of-registrars-from-rightside"><span>http://domainincite.com/20419-web-com-acquires-dozens-of-registrars-from-rightside</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Addresses Blind XSS Vulnerability Affecting Online Support<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain registrar GoDaddy fixed a vulnerability affecting systems used by its customer support agents that could have been abused to take over, modify or delete accounts.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/godaddy-addresses-blind-xss-vulnerability-affecting-online-support/117950/"><span>https://threatpost.com/godaddy-addresses-blind-xss-vulnerability-affecting-online-support/117950/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tucows Reports Continuing Strong Financial Results for First Quarter of 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tucows Inc., a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. All figures are in U.S. dollars.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.tucows.com/tucows-reports-continuing-strong-financial-results-for-first-quarter-of-2016/"><span>http://www.tucows.com/tucows-reports-continuing-strong-financial-results-for-first-quarter-of-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tucows expects $2 million gross margin per year from Melbourne IT acquisition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tucows expects its acquisition of reseller accounts from Melbourne IT to generate $2 million in gross margin per year, the company revealed yesterday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/tucows-melbourne-it/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/tucows-melbourne-it/</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>Vi</span><span lang="VI">&#7879;t Nam&rsquo;s IPv6 usage remains low<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="VI">The rate of IPv6 usage in Vi&#7879;t Nam was reported at only 0.03 per cent, 300 times lower than the world&rsquo;s average rate at 10.4 per cent.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="VI">&lt;</span><span><a href="http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/296532/viet-nams-ipv6-usage-remains-low.html"><span lang="VI">http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/296532/viet-nams-ipv6-usage-remains-low.html</span></a></span><span lang="VI">&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="VI">&lt;</span><span><a href="http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/156205/vietnam-lagging-behind-global-use-of-ipv6.html"><span lang="VI">http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/156205/vietnam-lagging-behind-global-use-of-ipv6.html</span></a></span><span lang="VI">&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="VI"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Changing domain names in 2016: 10 easily overlooked steps that can save SEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Moving your site to a new domain can be fraught with SEO issues, even without a redesign or CMS migration. Columnist Glenn Gabe has some insights on what issues to anticipate and how to handle them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://marketingland.com/changing-domain-names-2016-10-easily-overlooked-steps-can-save-seo-176048"><span>http://marketingland.com/changing-domain-names-2016-10-easily-overlooked-steps-can-save-seo-176048</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Pharmacy Safeguards, We Salute You by Libby Baney<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As I wrote in December 2015, some Internet commerce companies - including domain name registries, registrars, advertising providers, social media platforms, payment processors and shippers - are doing right by patients in taking voluntary action against illegal online drug sellers. This is no small feat as 97% of the roughly 35,000 active online drug sellers are operating illegally.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160509_internet_pharmacy_safeguards_we_salute_you/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160509_internet_pharmacy_safeguards_we_salute_you/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Trademarks and Copyrights with Daliah Saper &ndash; DNW Podcast #83<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What do domain name investors and domain developers need to know about trademarks and copyrights? Daliah Saper of Saper Law gives a quick crash course on today&rsquo;s podcast, including trademarking a domain name. I consider myself well-versed in this topic, but I learned quite a bit. You will too.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/trademarks-copyrights-daliah-saper-podcast/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/trademarks-copyrights-daliah-saper-podcast/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Premium domains are confusing, but can be profitable for domain name registries<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Premium domain names in new TLDS&ndash;those priced higher than the regular price for registration&ndash;can be frustrating for domain investors. But there&rsquo;s no doubt that a premium strategy can be worthwhile for a registry. The key is in execution.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/premium-domain-new-tld/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/10/premium-domain-new-tld/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Who Contacts Whom: A Material Factor in Selling Domain Names Corresponding to Trademarks by Gerald M. Levine<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Acquiring domain names for the purpose of selling them to complainants is the second most heavily invoked of the four circumstances that are evidence of abusive registration. Because no self-respecting domain name reseller will ever admit to acquiring domain names "primarily for the purpose" of selling them to complainants "for valuable consideration in excess of [their] documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain name" evidence of bad faith is typically deduced by other factors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160509_material_factor_selling_domain_names_corresponding_to_trademarks/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160509_material_factor_selling_domain_names_corresponding_to_trademarks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Club and Radix domains get top billing at TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Club and several domains from Radix got great exposure at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon this past weekend.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/club-radix-domains-get-top-billing-techcrunch-disrupt-nyc/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/club-radix-domains-get-top-billing-techcrunch-disrupt-nyc/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LA.com domain name sold for $1.2 million<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In March, I wrote about how Tribune Publishing Company, publisher of the L.A. Times, acquired the valuable domain name LA.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/la-com-sold-1-2-million/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/09/la-com-sold-1-2-million/</span></a>&gt;</span><p></p></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>web: <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</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>phone: +61 418 228 605 - mobile; +61 2 9663 3430 - office/home</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 8 May 07:27 2016

auDA domain news - 9 May

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The domain name news is supported by auDA

 

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ccTLD Strategies for Global Expansion

<https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/cctld-strategies-global-expansion/>

 

au: Behind the Dot magazine delves into domain names in the marketing mix

<https://www.ausregistry.com.au/behind-the-dot/>

 

A Look at New Online Banking Trends: .BANK & .BRANDs

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/a-look-at-new-online-banking-trends-bank-brands>

 

Australian Federal Police fall short on cyber security

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599327/australian-federal-police-fall-short-cyber-security/>

 

 

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ICANN

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APAC Space Moves Beyond ICANN Meetings by Joyce Chen, GSE Strategy & Development, Senior Manager

The ICANN Asia Pacific (APAC) hub hosted the first APAC Space web conference on 21 April 2016. This web conference was the first time an APAC Space meeting was held outside an ICANN Public Meeting. I would like to share my observations with you.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/apac-space-moves-beyond-icann-meetings>

 

ICANN56, the New Meeting Format, and What that Means to You by Nicholas Tomasso

Next month will see our second public meeting of 2016 - ICANN56 - take place in Helsinki. This is the second meeting under the new meeting strategy, but the approach to the mid-year meeting is different from what we’re used to.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann56-the-new-meeting-format-and-what-that-means-to-you>

 

Important Update from Constituency Travel

On 31 March 2016, ICANN transitioned its travel support vendor from BCD Travel to FCM Travel Solutions. The move to FCM enables the Travel Team to continue to provide first-class customer service.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-06-en>

 

Letter to the ICANN Board of Directors concerning Global Meetings in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.

The Board of Directors of the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry, LACNIC, the Board of Directors of the Latin America and Caribbean TLD Association, and the Board of Directors of the Latin America and Caribbean Association of Internet Exchange Points, LAC-IX, wish to express their deepest concern about the cancellation of meetings scheduled by ICANN, in the Caribbean and Central America regions, the one which was due to take place during the month of June, 2016, in Panama City, and the current discussion about the cancellation of the October, 2016, meeting in Puerto Rico.

<https://www.lactld.org/en/news/carta-al-directorio-de-icann-sobre-las-reuniones-globales-de-en-la-region-de-america-latina-y-el-caribe/>

 

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ccTLDs & gTLDs

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ccTLD Strategies for Global Expansion

By 2020 the number of internet users worldwide is expected to surpass five billion. This will be 64% of the planet, a huge jump from the .04% of us who were online back in 1995 and the 46% online today. These vast numbers are supported by a growing domain name space.

<https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/cctld-strategies-global-expansion/>

 

European ccTLD News Brief (May 2016)

CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (24th edition). This month features:

<https://centr.org/news/cctld/05-04-2016/4841/european-cctld-news-brief-may-2016>

 

au: Behind the Dot magazine delves into domain names in the marketing mix

It is my pleasure to announce the release of the seventh edition of AusRegistry’s industry report, Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain. A domain name is one of the most integral aspects of a business’ marketing strategy. Whether your focus is on large-scale, outdoor and display advertising; innovative digital and interactive campaigns; or traditional print and television advertising, chances are there is a website sitting behind each activity, providing the primary source of information and contact for customers.

<https://www.ausregistry.com.au/behind-the-dot/>

 

eu: Reserved domain name activation procedure has been refined

EURid has recently updated the procedure to activate reserved domain names.

<https://eurid.eu/en/news/reserved-domain-name-activation-procedure-has-been-refined/>

 

2016 .eu Web Awards is live!

We are glad to announce that the 2016 .eu Web Awards competition is now live!

<https://eurid.eu/en/news/2016-eu-web-awards-is-live/>

 

.eu 2015 Annual report now available

EURid is delighted to announce the publication of its 2015 annual report!

<https://eurid.eu/en/news/eu-2015-annual-report-now-available/>

 

GSA to outsource .gov registry maintenance

GSA, the agency in charge of managing the domains for government websites, wants a contractor to take over administration of the .gov TLD.

<http://fedscoop.com/gsa-to-outsource-gov-registry-maintenance>

 

Global insurers can now register for “cyber-safe” .insurance domain name

Early registration for the “cyber-safe” .insurance domain name opened on Wednesday via Instra Corporation, the corporate domain name retailer subsidiary of London, United Kingdom-based CentralNic plc.

<http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/global-insurers-can-now-register-cyber-safe-insurance-domain-name-1004090587/>

 

A third of mayoral candidates using .london domains

Londoners are going to the polls today to select a new mayor so, as a Londoner, I thought I’d check out how many of the candidates are supporting the local domain name. Turns out four of the 12 candidates have registered .london domains for their campaign sites.

<http://domainincite.com/20383-a-third-of-mayoral-candidates-using-london-domains>

 

nz: Push for privacy in domain game

People registering for New Zealand website domain names could keep their details secret in certain cases for the first time.

<http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/303319/push-for-privacy-in-domain-game>

 

uk: Update Following 2016 AGM

Nominet’s Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 28 April in London. The meeting included a strategic update from the CEO, a review of Nominet’s performance during the year ending 30 September 2015, and a question and answer session.

<http://www.nominet.uk/update-following-2016-agm/>

 

27,700 ".vn" domain names registered in Q1

Nearly 27,700 ".vn" domain names were created in the first three months of this year, increasing the total number of ".vn" domain names to 354,608.

<http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/296412/27700-vn-domain-names-registered-in-q1.html>

 

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NEW TLDS

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A Look at New Online Banking Trends: .BANK & .BRANDs

The financial services industry is in the midst of a “digital disruption.” As consumers increasingly turn to online portals for their banking needs, banks—especially those in China—are experimenting with an array of new financial services technologies known as “FinTech.”

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/a-look-at-new-online-banking-trends-bank-brands>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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Increasing the Strength of the Zone Signing Key for the Root Zone by Duane Wessels

One of the most interesting and important changes to the internet's DNS has been the introduction of DNSSEC. These protocol extensions are designed to provide origin authentication for DNS data. In other words, when DNS data is digitally signed using DNSSEC, authenticity can be validated and any modifications detected.

<http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/increasing_the_strength_of_the>

 

Optimizing Negative Caching Time in DNS

A recent presentation by SIDN (.nl) at the Spring 2016 DNS-OARC workshop reminded me of the importance of Time-To-Live values in TLD zones. Specifically, it got me thinking about lowering the negative caching time in .ch/.li from currently 1 hour to 15 minutes.

<https://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/05/02/optimizing-negative-caching-time-in-dns/>

 

Global Cyber Alliance Joins Forces with M3AAWG to Drive Industry Adoption of Cybersecurity Solutions

Global Cyber Alliance – an organization founded by the New York County District Attorney's Office, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Security – will be collaborating with M3AAWG to push the security community to more quickly adopt concrete, quantifiable practices that can reduce online threats.

<https://www.m3aawg.org/news/rel-GCA-joins-forces-with-m3aawg-2016-05>

 

Australian Federal Police fall short on cyber security

The Australian Federal Police are not yet in compliance with the government’s mandated ‘Top 4’ security strategies, an audit has found.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599327/australian-federal-police-fall-short-cyber-security/>

 

nz: Seven serious cyber attacks spotted monthly

Seven potentially significant cyber intrusions aimed at New Zealand organisations are being detected by a Government security agency every month.

<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11634235>

 

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REGISTRAR & WEBHOSTING

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Web-hosting company GoDaddy's revenue beats estimates

GoDaddy Inc reported a better-than-expected 15.3 percent jump in quarterly revenue as the web-hosting company attracted more customers and earned more per user.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/godaddy-results-idINKCN0XV2MY>

 

GoDaddy grows domain revs 10% in Q1

GoDaddy reported its first quarter numbers last night, which including an almost 10% increase in revenue from domain names.

<http://domainincite.com/20386-godaddy-grows-domain-revs-10-in-q1>

 

Web.com Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Web.com Group, Inc., a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

<http://ir.web.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=969549>

 

Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in April 2016

Datapipe had the most reliable hosting company site in April, responding to all of Netcraft's requests. Datapipe's performance has seen it appear in the top ten every month so far in 2016, continuing a streak which has placed the company in the top ten 11 times in the past 12 months.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/05/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-april-2016.html>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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How serious domain investors can help new TLDs succeed  and make money in the process) by Francesco Cetraro

Last week I had the honour of being invited to speak at the first edition of DomainersMeet in Dubai. The main focus of the event was to drive awareness in the Gulf/Middle-East region about the opportunities related to investing in domain names, and the organizers managed to bring to Dubai a number of well-known domain industry experts, filling the agenda with a broad spectrum of information and opinions on the subject.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/06/domain-investors-new-tlds/>

 

Three Six-Figure Sales Totaling Over a Half Million Dollars Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

After seeing no reported sales above $25,000 last week, a dozen went over that figure this week with three soaring into the six-figure stratosphere. Sedo had the largest of those with Mikihouse.com making $224,224.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160504.htm>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Foxtel, Village and ISPs yet to agree on the cost of blocking pirate sites

TPG (including subsidiaries such as iiNet), Telstra, Optus and M2 have confirmed they don’t intend to oppose Federal Court applications by Foxtel and Village Roadshow that seek to have the ISPs block their customers access a collection of piracy-linked websites.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599321/foxtel-village-isps-yet-agree-cost-blocking-pirate-sites/>

 

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David Goldstein

 

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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>
<p class="MsoNormal">***************************************************<p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD Strategies for Global Expansion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/cctld-strategies-global-expansion/"><span>https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/cctld-strategies-global-expansion/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Behind the Dot magazine delves into domain names in the marketing mix</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ausregistry.com.au/behind-the-dot/"><span>https://www.ausregistry.com.au/behind-the-dot/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A Look at New Online Banking Trends: .BANK &amp; .BRANDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/a-look-at-new-online-banking-trends-bank-brands"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/a-look-at-new-online-banking-trends-bank-brands</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian Federal Police fall short on cyber security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599327/australian-federal-police-fall-short-cyber-security/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599327/australian-federal-police-fall-short-cyber-security/</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>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>APAC Space Moves Beyond ICANN Meetings by Joyce Chen, GSE Strategy &amp; Development, Senior Manager<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ICANN Asia Pacific (APAC) hub hosted the first APAC Space web conference on 21 April 2016. This web conference was the first time an APAC Space meeting was held outside an ICANN Public Meeting. I would like to share my observations with you.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/apac-space-moves-beyond-icann-meetings"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/apac-space-moves-beyond-icann-meetings</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN56, the New Meeting Format, and What that Means to You by Nicholas Tomasso<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Next month will see our second public meeting of 2016 - ICANN56 - take place in Helsinki. This is the second meeting under the new meeting strategy, but the approach to the mid-year meeting is different from what we&rsquo;re used to.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann56-the-new-meeting-format-and-what-that-means-to-you"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann56-the-new-meeting-format-and-what-that-means-to-you</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Important Update from Constituency Travel<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">On 31 March 2016, ICANN transitioned its travel support vendor from BCD Travel to FCM Travel Solutions. The move to FCM enables the Travel Team to continue to provide first-class customer service.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-06-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-06-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter to the ICANN Board of Directors concerning Global Meetings in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Board of Directors of the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry, LACNIC, the Board of Directors of the Latin America and Caribbean TLD Association, and the Board of Directors of the Latin America and Caribbean Association of Internet Exchange Points, LAC-IX, wish to express their deepest concern about the cancellation of meetings scheduled by ICANN, in the Caribbean and Central America regions, the one which was due to take place during the month of June, 2016, in Panama City, and the current discussion about the cancellation of the October, 2016, meeting in Puerto Rico.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.lactld.org/en/news/carta-al-directorio-de-icann-sobre-las-reuniones-globales-de-en-la-region-de-america-latina-y-el-caribe/"><span>https://www.lactld.org/en/news/carta-al-directorio-de-icann-sobre-las-reuniones-globales-de-en-la-region-de-america-latina-y-el-caribe/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLDs &amp; gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD Strategies for Global Expansion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>By 2020 the number of internet users worldwide is expected to surpass five billion. This will be 64% of the planet, a huge jump from the .04% of us who were online back in 1995 and the 46% online today. These vast numbers are supported by a growing domain name space.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/cctld-strategies-global-expansion/"><span>https://www.markmonitor.com/mmblog/cctld-strategies-global-expansion/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>European ccTLD News Brief (May 2016)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (24th edition). This month features:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/cctld/05-04-2016/4841/european-cctld-news-brief-may-2016"><span>https://centr.org/news/cctld/05-04-2016/4841/european-cctld-news-brief-may-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Behind the Dot magazine delves into domain names in the marketing mix</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is my pleasure to announce the release of the seventh edition of AusRegistry&rsquo;s industry report, Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain. A domain name is one of the most integral aspects of a business&rsquo; marketing strategy. Whether your focus is on large-scale, outdoor and display advertising; innovative digital and interactive campaigns; or traditional print and television advertising, chances are there is a website sitting behind each activity, providing the primary source of information and contact for customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ausregistry.com.au/behind-the-dot/"><span>https://www.ausregistry.com.au/behind-the-dot/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>eu: Reserved domain name activation procedure has been refined<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EURid has recently updated the procedure to activate reserved domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://eurid.eu/en/news/reserved-domain-name-activation-procedure-has-been-refined/"><span>https://eurid.eu/en/news/reserved-domain-name-activation-procedure-has-been-refined/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2016 .eu Web Awards is live!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We are glad to announce that the 2016 .eu Web Awards competition is now live!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://eurid.eu/en/news/2016-eu-web-awards-is-live/"><span>https://eurid.eu/en/news/2016-eu-web-awards-is-live/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.eu 2015 Annual report now available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EURid is delighted to announce the publication of its 2015 annual report!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://eurid.eu/en/news/eu-2015-annual-report-now-available/"><span>https://eurid.eu/en/news/eu-2015-annual-report-now-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GSA to outsource .gov registry maintenance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GSA, the agency in charge of managing the domains for government websites, wants a contractor to take over administration of the .gov TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://fedscoop.com/gsa-to-outsource-gov-registry-maintenance"><span>http://fedscoop.com/gsa-to-outsource-gov-registry-maintenance</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global insurers can now register for &ldquo;cyber-safe&rdquo; .insurance domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Early registration for the &ldquo;cyber-safe&rdquo; .insurance domain name opened on Wednesday via Instra Corporation, the corporate domain name retailer subsidiary of London, United Kingdom-based CentralNic plc.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/global-insurers-can-now-register-cyber-safe-insurance-domain-name-1004090587/"><span>http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/insurance/global-insurers-can-now-register-cyber-safe-insurance-domain-name-1004090587/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A third of mayoral candidates using .london domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Londoners are going to the polls today to select a new mayor so, as a Londoner, I thought I&rsquo;d check out how many of the candidates are supporting the local domain name. Turns out four of the 12 candidates have registered .london domains for their campaign sites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20383-a-third-of-mayoral-candidates-using-london-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/20383-a-third-of-mayoral-candidates-using-london-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Push for privacy in domain game</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>People registering for New Zealand website domain names could keep their details secret in certain cases for the first time.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/303319/push-for-privacy-in-domain-game"><span>http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/303319/push-for-privacy-in-domain-game</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Update Following 2016 AGM</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet&rsquo;s Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 28 April in London. The meeting included a strategic update from the CEO, a review of Nominet&rsquo;s performance during the year ending 30 September 2015, and a question and answer session.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.uk/update-following-2016-agm/"><span>http://www.nominet.uk/update-following-2016-agm/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>27,700 ".vn" domain names registered in Q1<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="VI">Nearly 27,700 ".vn" domain names were created in the first three months of this year, increasing the total number of ".vn" domain names to 354,608.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="VI">&lt;</span><span><a href="http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/296412/27700-vn-domain-names-registered-in-q1.html"><span lang="VI">http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/296412/27700-vn-domain-names-registered-in-q1.html</span></a></span><span lang="VI">&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="VI"><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>A Look at New Online Banking Trends: .BANK &amp; .BRANDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The financial services industry is in the midst of a &ldquo;digital disruption.&rdquo; As consumers increasingly turn to online portals for their banking needs, banks&mdash;especially those in China&mdash;are experimenting with an array of new financial services technologies known as &ldquo;FinTech.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/a-look-at-new-online-banking-trends-bank-brands"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/a-look-at-new-online-banking-trends-bank-brands</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>Increasing the Strength of the Zone Signing Key for the Root Zone by Duane Wessels<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One of the most interesting and important changes to the internet's DNS has been the introduction of DNSSEC. These protocol extensions are designed to provide origin authentication for DNS data. In other words, when DNS data is digitally signed using DNSSEC, authenticity can be validated and any modifications detected.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/increasing_the_strength_of_the"><span>http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/increasing_the_strength_of_the</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Optimizing Negative Caching Time in DNS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A recent presentation by SIDN (.nl) at the Spring 2016 DNS-OARC workshop reminded me of the importance of Time-To-Live values in TLD zones. Specifically, it got me thinking about lowering the negative caching time in .ch/.li from currently 1 hour to 15 minutes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/05/02/optimizing-negative-caching-time-in-dns/"><span>https://securityblog.switch.ch/2016/05/02/optimizing-negative-caching-time-in-dns/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Cyber Alliance Joins Forces with M3AAWG to Drive Industry Adoption of Cybersecurity Solutions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global Cyber Alliance &ndash; an organization founded by the New York County District Attorney's Office, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Security &ndash; will be collaborating with M3AAWG to push the security community to more quickly adopt concrete, quantifiable practices that can reduce online threats.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.m3aawg.org/news/rel-GCA-joins-forces-with-m3aawg-2016-05"><span>https://www.m3aawg.org/news/rel-GCA-joins-forces-with-m3aawg-2016-05</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australian Federal Police fall short on cyber security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Australian Federal Police are not yet in compliance with the government&rsquo;s mandated &lsquo;Top 4&rsquo; security strategies, an audit has found.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599327/australian-federal-police-fall-short-cyber-security/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599327/australian-federal-police-fall-short-cyber-security/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Seven serious cyber attacks spotted monthly<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Seven potentially significant cyber intrusions aimed at New Zealand organisations are being detected by a Government security agency every month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&amp;objectid=11634235"><span>http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&amp;objectid=11634235</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>REGISTRAR &amp; WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web-hosting company GoDaddy's revenue beats estimates<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Inc reported a better-than-expected 15.3 percent jump in quarterly revenue as the web-hosting company attracted more customers and earned more per user.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/godaddy-results-idINKCN0XV2MY"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/godaddy-results-idINKCN0XV2MY</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy grows domain revs 10% in Q1<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy reported its first quarter numbers last night, which including an almost 10% increase in revenue from domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20386-godaddy-grows-domain-revs-10-in-q1"><span>http://domainincite.com/20386-godaddy-grows-domain-revs-10-in-q1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web.com Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Web.com Group, Inc., a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ir.web.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=969549"><span>http://ir.web.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=969549</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in April 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Datapipe had the most reliable hosting company site in April, responding to all of Netcraft's requests. Datapipe's performance has seen it appear in the top ten every month so far in 2016, continuing a streak which has placed the company in the top ten 11 times in the past 12 months.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/05/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-april-2016.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/05/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-april-2016.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>How serious domain investors can help new TLDs succeed&nbsp; and make money in the process) by Francesco Cetraro</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last week I had the honour of being invited to speak at the first edition of DomainersMeet in Dubai. The main focus of the event was to drive awareness in the Gulf/Middle-East region about the opportunities related to investing in domain names, and the organizers managed to bring to Dubai a number of well-known domain industry experts, filling the agenda with a broad spectrum of information and opinions on the subject.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/06/domain-investors-new-tlds/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/06/domain-investors-new-tlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Three Six-Figure Sales Totaling Over a Half Million Dollars Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>After seeing no reported sales above $25,000 last week, a dozen went over that figure this week with three soaring into the six-figure stratosphere. Sedo had the largest of those with Mikihouse.com making $224,224.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160504.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160504.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Foxtel, Village and ISPs yet to agree on the cost of blocking pirate sites</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TPG (including subsidiaries such as iiNet), Telstra, Optus and M2 have confirmed they don&rsquo;t intend to oppose Federal Court applications by Foxtel and Village Roadshow that seek to have the ISPs block their customers access a collection of piracy-linked websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599321/foxtel-village-isps-yet-agree-cost-blocking-pirate-sites/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599321/foxtel-village-isps-yet-agree-cost-blocking-pirate-sites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></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>web: <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</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>phone: +61 418 228 605 - mobile; +61 2 9663 3430 - office/home</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 5 May 06:55 2016

auDA domain news - 5 May

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cxDA designates CoCCA as the .cx TLD Registry Services provider.

<https://cxda.org.cx/news2016.html>

 

CentralNic To Delete Several SubDomains-Websites From 8 Domains Like .GB.COM or .NO.COM

<http://onlinedomain.com/2016/05/04/domain-name-news/centralnic/>

 

.nz domain name management recognised in new MoU

<https://internetnz.nz/news/nz-domain-name-management-recognised-new-mou>

 

ICANN eyes 2020 as realistic timeframe for next round of new gTLDs

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530dc4ad-6bd7-4969-8a41-ec538340c852>

 

au: Our future cyber security industry

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599130/our-future-cyber-security-industry/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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LACTLD Communiqué on the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal presented by ICANN to the NTIA

LACTLD, the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLD organization, would firstly like to thank the work performed by the volunteers for the elaboration of the final proposal of the CCWG Accountability, approved by the ICANN Board of Directors on March 10 to present to the NTIA.

<https://www.lactld.org/en/news/comunicado-de-lactld-ante-la-propuesta-de-transicion-de-las-funciones-de-la-iana-presentada-por-icann-a-la-ntia/>

 

WSIS Forum: Support For General Assembly Decisions On Internet Governance

Support from information and communication technology for implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 is the programmatic topic of the first post-WSIS+10 edition of the WSIS Forum, taking place this week.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/05/03/wsis-forum-support-for-general-assembly-decisions-on-internet-governance/>

 

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ICANN

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ICANN and COMTELCA to Work Together to Increase Mesoamerican Government Participation in ICANN

ICANN and the Regional Technical Commission of Telecommunications signed a MoU in which they agreed to explore opportunities to collaborate on topics of common interest. The official signing took place on 26 April 2016 in Managua, Nicaragua.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-04-en>

 

Explore Our First ICANN Post-Public Meeting Technical Report by Josh Baulch, ICANN, Manager of Meetings Technical Services

The ICANN Meetings Technical Services Team and the ICANN Meetings Team are excited to announce the release of our first post-meeting technical report – recapping ICANN55 in Marrakech. In this report, you'll find insights into who attends ICANN meetings, session attendance, remote participation, mobile app usage and much, much more.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/explore-our-first-icann-post-public-meeting-technical-report>

 

ICANN Approved New gTLD Data Escrow Agent

Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC ) has been approved by ICANN to provide data escrow services to new gTLD Registry Operators.

<https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-03may16-en>

 

ICANN CEO Atallah: Gearing Up For Next Round Of New Internet Domains

One controversial issue from early days of the WSIS could come to final closure ten years later: the decoupling from US oversight of the IANA, which manages the central root zone for the domain name system. Meanwhile, the next round of new internet domains is being teed up, but is a few years out, the head of the domain name system oversight body has said.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/05/03/icann-ceo-atallah-gearing-up-for-next-round-of-new-internet-domains/>

 

Letter from James Bladel, Chair | GNSO, to Rinalia Abdul Rahim

Feasibility and prioritization analysis of the GNSO Review Recommendations

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bladel-to-rahim-27apr16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Steve Crocker to the ICG Secretariat

Thank you

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-icg-secretariat-25apr16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Steve Crocker to Fadi Chehadé

Thank you

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-icg-secretariat-25apr16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Nick Tomasso, ICANN Meetings Team, to James Bladel

Request for face to face sessions of GNSO PDP Working Groups at ICANN56

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/tomasso-to-bladel-13apr16-en.pdf>

 

LACTLD Statement on Global Internet Meetings in the Latin American and Caribbean Region

The Board of Latin American and Caribbean Top Level Domain Association, LACTLD, expresses its concern about recent events that caused the cancellation of a Global Meeting of ICANN scheduled in June 2016 in Panama City based on health danger reasons, due to the possibility that participants of the meeting could be infected with Zika Virus.

<https://www.lactld.org/en/news/declaracion-de-lactld-sobre-reuniones-globales-de-internet-en-la-region-de-america-latina-y-el-caribe/>

 

Stuck in ICANN's Oubliette by Garth Bruen

Everyone knows what a dungeon is, that underground section of a medieval castle where prisoners are usually kept. Modern gaming and popular culture have added additional meanings to dungeon, casting it as a vast underworld maze filled with monsters. Lesser known is a tiny chamber below the dungeon, a well basically, called the oubliette.

<http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stuck-icanns-oubliette-garth-bruen>

 

ICANN sued by gTLD applicant

ICANN has been sued by the disgruntled new gTLD applicant, DotConnectAfrica, in order to prevent the delegation of the new gTLD .AFRICA. This is in spite of the fact that all new gTLD applicants effectively signed away the right to sue ICANN over the new gTLD program when they applied for a new gTLD as per the “TLD Application – Terms and Conditions” as set out in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook.

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f0828593-b143-449d-aa6a-5ddcbca0532a>

 

ICANN vs. the Federal Reserve by Jay Fenello

The Internet is about to go independent. After years of support and supervision, the U.S. Government is about to irrevocably relinquish its control over the Internet by transferring its authority to an independent corporation named ICANN. As part of this push, the current chairman of ICANN posted this article to the Wall Street Journal... What's truly amazing about this piece, is how well it's done... It was only after digesting this piece, that I remembered we are talking about ICANN here.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160501_icann_vs_the_federal_reserve/>

 

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Armenian .հայ domain launched

The Armenian Ministry of Transport and Communication has launched the .հայ domain, which will work along the English language .am domain name. Նախագահ.հայ will be the first official website to be registered in the Armenian script.

<http://www.armradio.am/en/2016/05/04/armenian-հայ-domain-launched/>

 

cxDA designates CoCCA as the .cx TLD Registry Services provider.

Christmas Island Domain Administration Limited (cxDA) has signed an agreement that re-affirms the long standing arrangement between cxDA and CoCCA Registry Services (NZ) Limited (CoCCA).

<https://cxda.org.cx/news2016.html>

 

.CL has over half a million domains

NIC Chile announced on 22 March that its total number of domains rose to 500 thousand. Since the beginning of .cl in 1987, it has seen a constant increase in its registrations.

<https://www.lactld.org/en/news/cl-supero-el-medio-millon-de-dominios/>

 

CentralNic To Delete Several SubDomains-Websites From 8 Domains Like .GB.COM or .NO.COM

CentralNic sent out a chilling email informing several of its clients that the domains they have bought, build into websites and have been renewing for years will be deleted in a year from now. CentralNic offers domains like .uk.com, .co.com, or .xyz(?) as a substitute.

<http://onlinedomain.com/2016/05/04/domain-name-news/centralnic/>

 

Third-level dotcoms gone

UK-based registry CentralNic is closing up online micro-communities under a number of second-level domains including gb.com and se.com.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/04/thirdlevel_dotcoms_gone/>

 

DENIC General Assembly: Changes To The Supervisory Board and The Honorary Members of the Executive Board

At the ordinary General Assembly held today in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the members of DENIC eG, the managing organisation and central registry of all domains under the TLD .de, decided on the composition of the Cooperative's bodies through 2019.

<https://www.denic.de/en/whats-new/press-releases/article/denic-general-assembly-changes-to-the-supervisory-board-and-the-honorary-members-of-the-executive-b/>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/05/denic-changes-supervisory-board/>

 

.nz domain name management recognised in new MoU

InternetNZ is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment on the management of the .nz ccTLD.

<https://internetnz.nz/news/nz-domain-name-management-recognised-new-mou>

 

New agreement strengthens management of .nz domain name

Communications Minister Amy Adams has welcomed today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between InternetNZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment on the management of the .nz domain name.

<https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-agreement-strengthens-management-nz-domain-name>

 

RegistryLock – An additional level of security added for protecting of .sg domain names

The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) will introduce a “RegistryLock” feature that aims to mitigate domain name hijacking risks.

<https://www.sgnic.sg/registrylock-an-additional-level-of-security-added-for-protecting-of-.html>

 

More security for '.sg' domain names

All ".sg" domain names are getting an additional layer of security, under a new RegistryLock feature launched by SGNIC on Tuesday (May 3).

<http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/more-security-for-sg/2752084.html>

 

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NEW TLDS

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ICANN eyes 2020 as realistic timeframe for next round of new gTLDs

Speaking at this week’s WSIS, taking place in Geneva, the head of ICANN’s global domains division has pointed to 2020 as the earliest realistic timeframe for the next round of new gTLD applications. However, questions remain as to whether it will be a round or a permanent window.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530dc4ad-6bd7-4969-8a41-ec538340c852>

 

Donuts makes weird investment in startup

Donuts has made a surprising investment in a company that makes geolocation technologies.

<http://domainincite.com/20378-donuts-makes-weird-investment-in-startup>

 

CentralNic passes another significant sales milestone

New web domain registrations have picked up sharply, up 33% since February, and the group has now passed the 4mln domain sale milestone.

<http://www.proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/125477/centralnic-passes-another-significant-sales-milestone-125477.html>

 

CentralNic’s rapid growth won’t stop soon, says CEO

Ben Crawford, chief executive of CentralNic Group PLC, says the company is going from strength to strength, and is confident that “the growth is showing no particular signs of abating.”

<http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/stocktube/4977/centralnics-rapid-growth-wont-stop-soon-says-ceo-4977.html>

 

CentralNic hits 4 million new TLDs

CentralNic now has over 4 million domain names on its new TLD registry services platform, the company announced today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/03/centralnic-hits-4-million-new-tld-domain-names/>

 

Donuts makes first investment through Donuts Labs

TLD company Donuts has made the first of what promises to be many investments through its new Donuts Labs program.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/03/donuts-makes-first-investment-donuts-labs/>

 

SportAccord council member on U.S. Sanctions List is replaced

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been removed from a list of SportAccord Council members published on the .sport domain applicant’s website. It appears he was replaced by another member.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/sportaccord-council-member-sanctions/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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Cybersquatting & Banking: How Financial Services Industry Can Protect Itself Online (Free Webinar) by Doug Isenberg

Businesses in the financial services sector are among the most frequent targets of cybersquatters. In this free webinar, I will be joining Craig Schwartz of fTLD Registry Services to provide important information about how domain name fraud is affecting the financial services industries, including banking and insurance, and what businesses and consumers can do to protect themselves online.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160502_cybersuqatting_and_banking_online_portection_webinar/>

 

nz: Business leaders join international line-up for Cyber Security Summit

More than 200 top business people will join Communications Minister Amy Adams for New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Summit in Auckland onThursday (5 May).

<https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/business-leaders-join-international-line-cyber-security-summit-0>

 

Ministerial Address to 2016 Cyber Security Summit: Amy Adams

Good morning and thank you for being here at New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Summit. We’ve come together to address a significant challenge facing New Zealand’s $231 billion economy.

<https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/ministerial-address-2016-cyber-security-summit>

 

au: Our future cyber security industry

The current dialogue between industry, academia and startups on cyber security is unparalleled. Today before an audience in Sydney that exceeded 200 people, the National Cyber Fintech Security Summit was launched.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599130/our-future-cyber-security-industry/>

 

Google Expands Default HTTPS to Blogspot

Google today flipped the switch on default HTTPS support for its free domain service provider Blogspot, upping the security ante for the millions of users of the popular platform.

<https://threatpost.com/google-expands-default-https-to-blogspot/117812/>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Swedish IP enforcer calls for web-blocking and domain seizing powers

Sweden’s National Co-ordinator For IP Enforcement has called on the country’s government to introduce some of that trendy web-blocking, so that he can force internet service providers to block access to piracy websites. Paul Pintér also wants increased powers to seize the domain names of copyright infringing operations.

<http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/swedish-ip-enforcer-calls-for-web-blocking-and-domain-seizing-powers/>

 

Elsevier Complaint Shuts Down Sci-Hub Domain Name

Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. As a result of the legal battle the site just lost one of its latest domain names. However, the site has no intentions of backing down, and will continue its fight to keep access to scientific knowledge free and open.

<https://torrentfreak.com/elsevier-complaint-shuts-down-sci-hub-domain-name-160504/>

 

Warranties and Representations on Purchasing Domain Names: What are they Worth? by Gerald M. Levine

The WIPO Final Report published in April 1999, from which sprung the UDRP the following October, is useful in shedding light on what the assembled constituencies had in mind in agreeing to particularly contentious issues. One of those issues was whether registrants had to actively search trademark records before purchasing domain names.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160502_warranties_representations_purchasing_domains_what_are_they_worth/>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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GoDaddy Reports Continued Growth In First Quarter 2016

GoDaddy Inc. ... reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. "GoDaddy's first quarter financial performance was strong, with revenue growing over 15%, adjusted EBITDA growing over 23% and unlevered free cash flow growing 18%," said Blake Irving, GoDaddy's Chief Executive Officer. "With a sizable addressable market of small businesses, a proven strategy and consistent execution, we are well positioned for continued growth at scale in 2016 and beyond."

<https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Reports-Continued-Growth-In-First-Quarter-2016/default.aspx>

 

Domain name revenue barely budges at GoDaddy

GoDaddy reported its first quarter results today, and it’s no wonder the company has diversified out of the core domain name market.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/04/domain-revenue-barely-budges-godaddy/>

 

The .Com Report: Uniregistry winning in transfers

ICANN has published the latest .com transactions report from registry Verisign, showing official results from January.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/04/com-report-uniregistry/>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only networking by June

Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.

<http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/05/04/apple-says-all-apps-must-support-ipv6-only-networking-by-june>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Brand Protection Online Gets A Whole Lot Easier With Brandshield

Brand protection online is an important issue facing brands these days. One aspect that gets a lot of attention is managing domain names and monitoring typosquatting. But this is only part of the problem. Monitoring websites is an even greater problem.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24630>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/03/brand-protection-easier-brandshield/>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Undeveloped Extends its May auction and announces landmark new gTLD auction [news release]

Undeveloped announced today that their auction that will be simultaneously held at the Domaining Europe conference is to be extended by 2 weeks. The auction organizer decided to extend the auction to the 14th of June due to a high amount of quality submissions and interest in the auction.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/05/undeveloped-extends-may-auction/>

 

Impossible to Appraise New gTLD Domain Names

Someone sent me a LinkedIn message this afternoon asking me to appraise some “premium” new gTLD domain names. I told him “no” because I am not really active in that part of the market. It is difficult enough to give a meaningful (accurate) appraisal of a .com domain name, but I think it is pretty much impossible to appraise new gTLD domain names with any level of certainty.

<http://www.domaininvesting.com/impossible-to-appraise-new-gtld-domain-names/>

 

What domain names are in demand? A buyer broker speaks.

If you want to understand what type of domain names are in demand, a good person to talk with is someone who buys domains on behalf of clients.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/domain-names-demand-buyer-broker-speaks/>

 

DomainTools CEO Tim Chen – DNW Podcast #82

... On this week’s episode, DomainTools CEO Tim Chen explains the evolution of the company and why it made this move, and what this means for domain investors. Among other things, Chen explains how DomainTools determined account limits and how the company is reinvesting in more tools.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/domaintools-ceo-tim-chen-dnw-podcast-82/>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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Internet Australia backs calls to end geoblocking as video-on-demand use increases

The peak body for internet users has thrown its weight behind calls to end geoblocking, as increasing use of legal video-on-demand services is revealed by new figures.

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/may/02/internet-australia-backs-calls-to-end-geoblocking-as-video-on-demand-use-increases>

 

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BRAND PROTECTION & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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It's time to future-proof Australia's copyright laws for the 21st century

The award-winning Australian author Jackie French is wrong. In her open letter, she blasts the Productivity Commission’s report on intellectual property, released last month.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599281/it-time-future-proof-australia-copyright-laws-21st-century/>

 

 

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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"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cxDA designates CoCCA as the .cx TLD Registry Services provider.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cxda.org.cx/news2016.html"><span>https://cxda.org.cx/news2016.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic To Delete Several SubDomains-Websites From 8 Domains Like .GB.COM or .NO.COM<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://onlinedomain.com/2016/05/04/domain-name-news/centralnic/"><span>http://onlinedomain.com/2016/05/04/domain-name-news/centralnic/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.nz domain name management recognised in new MoU<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/news/nz-domain-name-management-recognised-new-mou"><span>https://internetnz.nz/news/nz-domain-name-management-recognised-new-mou</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN eyes 2020 as realistic timeframe for next round of new gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530dc4ad-6bd7-4969-8a41-ec538340c852"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530dc4ad-6bd7-4969-8a41-ec538340c852</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Our future cyber security industry</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599130/our-future-cyber-security-industry/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599130/our-future-cyber-security-industry/</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>LACTLD Communiqu&eacute; on the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal presented by ICANN to the NTIA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LACTLD, the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLD organization, would firstly like to thank the work performed by the volunteers for the elaboration of the final proposal of the CCWG Accountability, approved by the ICANN Board of Directors on March 10 to present to the NTIA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.lactld.org/en/news/comunicado-de-lactld-ante-la-propuesta-de-transicion-de-las-funciones-de-la-iana-presentada-por-icann-a-la-ntia/"><span>https://www.lactld.org/en/news/comunicado-de-lactld-ante-la-propuesta-de-transicion-de-las-funciones-de-la-iana-presentada-por-icann-a-la-ntia/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WSIS Forum: Support For General Assembly Decisions On Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Support from information and communication technology for implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 is the programmatic topic of the first post-WSIS+10 edition of the WSIS Forum, taking place this week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/05/03/wsis-forum-support-for-general-assembly-decisions-on-internet-governance/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/05/03/wsis-forum-support-for-general-assembly-decisions-on-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN and COMTELCA to Work Together to Increase Mesoamerican Government Participation in ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN and the Regional Technical Commission of Telecommunications signed a MoU in which they agreed to explore opportunities to collaborate on topics of common interest. The official signing took place on 26 April 2016 in Managua, Nicaragua.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-05-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Explore Our First ICANN Post-Public Meeting Technical Report by Josh Baulch, ICANN, Manager of Meetings Technical Services<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The ICANN Meetings Technical Services Team and the ICANN Meetings Team are excited to announce the release of our first post-meeting technical report &ndash; recapping ICANN55 in Marrakech. In this report, you'll find insights into who attends ICANN meetings, session attendance, remote participation, mobile app usage and much, much more.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/explore-our-first-icann-post-public-meeting-technical-report"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/explore-our-first-icann-post-public-meeting-technical-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Approved New gTLD Data Escrow Agent<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC ) has been approved by ICANN to provide data escrow services to new gTLD Registry Operators.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-03may16-en"><span>https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-03may16-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN CEO Atallah: Gearing Up For Next Round Of New Internet Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One controversial issue from early days of the WSIS could come to final closure ten years later: the decoupling from US oversight of the IANA, which manages the central root zone for the domain name system. Meanwhile, the next round of new internet domains is being teed up, but is a few years out, the head of the domain name system oversight body has said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/05/03/icann-ceo-atallah-gearing-up-for-next-round-of-new-internet-domains/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/05/03/icann-ceo-atallah-gearing-up-for-next-round-of-new-internet-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from James Bladel, Chair | GNSO, to Rinalia Abdul Rahim</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Feasibility and prioritization analysis of the GNSO Review Recommendations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bladel-to-rahim-27apr16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/bladel-to-rahim-27apr16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Steve Crocker to the ICG Secretariat<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thank you<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-icg-secretariat-25apr16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-icg-secretariat-25apr16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Steve Crocker to Fadi Chehad&eacute;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Thank you<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-icg-secretariat-25apr16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-icg-secretariat-25apr16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Nick Tomasso, ICANN Meetings Team, to James Bladel</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Request for face to face sessions of GNSO PDP Working Groups at ICANN56<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/tomasso-to-bladel-13apr16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/tomasso-to-bladel-13apr16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LACTLD Statement on Global Internet Meetings in the Latin American and Caribbean Region<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Board of Latin American and Caribbean Top Level Domain Association, LACTLD, expresses its concern about recent events that caused the cancellation of a Global Meeting of ICANN scheduled in June 2016 in Panama City based on health danger reasons, due to the possibility that participants of the meeting could be infected with Zika Virus.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.lactld.org/en/news/declaracion-de-lactld-sobre-reuniones-globales-de-internet-en-la-region-de-america-latina-y-el-caribe/"><span>https://www.lactld.org/en/news/declaracion-de-lactld-sobre-reuniones-globales-de-internet-en-la-region-de-america-latina-y-el-caribe/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Stuck in ICANN's Oubliette by Garth Bruen</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Everyone knows what a dungeon is, that underground section of a medieval castle where prisoners are usually kept. Modern gaming and popular culture have added additional meanings to dungeon, casting it as a vast underworld maze filled with monsters. Lesser known is a tiny chamber below the dungeon, a well basically, called the oubliette.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stuck-icanns-oubliette-garth-bruen"><span>http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stuck-icanns-oubliette-garth-bruen</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN sued by gTLD applicant<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has been sued by the disgruntled new gTLD applicant, DotConnectAfrica, in order to prevent the delegation of the new gTLD .AFRICA. This is in spite of the fact that all new gTLD applicants effectively signed away the right to sue ICANN over the new gTLD program when they applied for a new gTLD as per the &ldquo;TLD Application &ndash; Terms and Conditions&rdquo; as set out in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f0828593-b143-449d-aa6a-5ddcbca0532a"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f0828593-b143-449d-aa6a-5ddcbca0532a</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN vs. the Federal Reserve by Jay Fenello<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet is about to go independent. After years of support and supervision, the U.S. Government is about to irrevocably relinquish its control over the Internet by transferring its authority to an independent corporation named ICANN. As part of this push, the current chairman of ICANN posted this article to the Wall Street Journal... What's truly amazing about this piece, is how well it's done... It was only after digesting this piece, that I remembered we are talking about ICANN here.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160501_icann_vs_the_federal_reserve/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160501_icann_vs_the_federal_reserve/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Armenian .</span><span lang="HY">&#1392;&#1377;&#1397;</span><span lang="EN-US"> domain launched<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The Armenian Ministry of Transport and Communication has launched the .</span><span lang="HY">&#1392;&#1377;&#1397;</span><span lang="EN-US"> domain, which will work along the English language .am domain name. </span><span lang="HY">&#1350;&#1377;&#1389;&#1377;&#1379;&#1377;&#1392;</span><span lang="EN-US">.</span><span lang="HY">&#1392;&#1377;&#1397;</span><span lang="EN-US"> will be the first official website to be registered in the Armenian script.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="http://www.armradio.am/en/2016/05/04/armenian-%D5%B0%D5%A1%D5%B5-domain-launched/"><span>http://www.armradio.am/en/2016/05/04/armenian-</span><span lang="HY">&#1392;&#1377;&#1397;</span><span>-domain-launched/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cxDA designates CoCCA as the .cx TLD Registry Services provider.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Christmas Island Domain Administration Limited (cxDA) has signed an agreement that re-affirms the long standing arrangement between cxDA and CoCCA Registry Services (NZ) Limited (CoCCA).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cxda.org.cx/news2016.html"><span>https://cxda.org.cx/news2016.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.CL has over half a million domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NIC Chile announced on 22 March that its total number of domains rose to 500 thousand. Since the beginning of .cl in 1987, it has seen a constant increase in its registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.lactld.org/en/news/cl-supero-el-medio-millon-de-dominios/"><span>https://www.lactld.org/en/news/cl-supero-el-medio-millon-de-dominios/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic To Delete Several SubDomains-Websites From 8 Domains Like .GB.COM or .NO.COM<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic sent out a chilling email informing several of its clients that the domains they have bought, build into websites and have been renewing for years will be deleted in a year from now. CentralNic offers domains like .uk.com, .co.com, or .xyz(?) as a substitute.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://onlinedomain.com/2016/05/04/domain-name-news/centralnic/"><span>http://onlinedomain.com/2016/05/04/domain-name-news/centralnic/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Third-level dotcoms gone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UK-based registry CentralNic is closing up online micro-communities under a number of second-level domains including gb.com and se.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/04/thirdlevel_dotcoms_gone/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/04/thirdlevel_dotcoms_gone/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DENIC General Assembly: Changes To The Supervisory Board and The Honorary Members of the Executive Board<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the ordinary General Assembly held today in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the members of DENIC eG, the managing organisation and central registry of all domains under the TLD .de, decided on the composition of the Cooperative's bodies through 2019.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.denic.de/en/whats-new/press-releases/article/denic-general-assembly-changes-to-the-supervisory-board-and-the-honorary-members-of-the-executive-b/"><span>https://www.denic.de/en/whats-new/press-releases/article/denic-general-assembly-changes-to-the-supervisory-board-and-the-honorary-members-of-the-executive-b/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/05/denic-changes-supervisory-board/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/05/denic-changes-supervisory-board/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.nz domain name management recognised in new MoU<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>InternetNZ is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment on the management of the .nz ccTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://internetnz.nz/news/nz-domain-name-management-recognised-new-mou"><span>https://internetnz.nz/news/nz-domain-name-management-recognised-new-mou</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New agreement strengthens management of .nz domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Communications Minister Amy Adams has welcomed today&rsquo;s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between InternetNZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment on the management of the .nz domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-agreement-strengthens-management-nz-domain-name"><span>https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-agreement-strengthens-management-nz-domain-name</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RegistryLock &ndash; An additional level of security added for protecting of .sg domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) will introduce a &ldquo;RegistryLock&rdquo; feature that aims to mitigate domain name hijacking risks. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.sgnic.sg/registrylock-an-additional-level-of-security-added-for-protecting-of-.html"><span>https://www.sgnic.sg/registrylock-an-additional-level-of-security-added-for-protecting-of-.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More security for '.sg' domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>All ".sg" domain names are getting an additional layer of security, under a new RegistryLock feature launched by SGNIC on Tuesday (May 3).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/more-security-for-sg/2752084.html"><span>http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/more-security-for-sg/2752084.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN eyes 2020 as realistic timeframe for next round of new gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Speaking at this week&rsquo;s WSIS, taking place in Geneva, the head of ICANN&rsquo;s global domains division has pointed to 2020 as the earliest realistic timeframe for the next round of new gTLD applications. However, questions remain as to whether it will be a round or a permanent window.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530dc4ad-6bd7-4969-8a41-ec538340c852"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530dc4ad-6bd7-4969-8a41-ec538340c852</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts makes weird investment in startup<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts has made a surprising investment in a company that makes geolocation technologies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20378-donuts-makes-weird-investment-in-startup"><span>http://domainincite.com/20378-donuts-makes-weird-investment-in-startup</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic passes another significant sales milestone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New web domain registrations have picked up sharply, up 33% since February, and the group has now passed the 4mln domain sale milestone.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/125477/centralnic-passes-another-significant-sales-milestone-125477.html"><span>http://www.proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/125477/centralnic-passes-another-significant-sales-milestone-125477.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic&rsquo;s rapid growth won&rsquo;t stop soon, says CEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ben Crawford, chief executive of CentralNic Group PLC, says the company is going from strength to strength, and is confident that &ldquo;the growth is showing no particular signs of abating.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/stocktube/4977/centralnics-rapid-growth-wont-stop-soon-says-ceo-4977.html"><span>http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/stocktube/4977/centralnics-rapid-growth-wont-stop-soon-says-ceo-4977.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic hits 4 million new TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CentralNic now has over 4 million domain names on its new TLD registry services platform, the company announced today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/03/centralnic-hits-4-million-new-tld-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/03/centralnic-hits-4-million-new-tld-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Donuts makes first investment through Donuts Labs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD company Donuts has made the first of what promises to be many investments through its new Donuts Labs program.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/03/donuts-makes-first-investment-donuts-labs/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/03/donuts-makes-first-investment-donuts-labs/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SportAccord council member on U.S. Sanctions List is replaced<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has been removed from a list of SportAccord Council members published on the .sport domain applicant&rsquo;s website. It appears he was replaced by another member.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/sportaccord-council-member-sanctions/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/sportaccord-council-member-sanctions/</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>Cybersquatting &amp; Banking: How Financial Services Industry Can Protect Itself Online (Free Webinar) by Doug Isenberg<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Businesses in the financial services sector are among the most frequent targets of cybersquatters. In this free webinar, I will be joining Craig Schwartz of fTLD Registry Services to provide important information about how domain name fraud is affecting the financial services industries, including banking and insurance, and what businesses and consumers can do to protect themselves online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160502_cybersuqatting_and_banking_online_portection_webinar/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160502_cybersuqatting_and_banking_online_portection_webinar/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nz: Business leaders join international line-up for Cyber Security Summit<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than 200 top business people will join Communications Minister Amy Adams for New Zealand&rsquo;s first Cyber Security Summit in Auckland onThursday (5 May).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/business-leaders-join-international-line-cyber-security-summit-0"><span>https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/business-leaders-join-international-line-cyber-security-summit-0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ministerial Address to 2016 Cyber Security Summit: Amy Adams<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Good morning and thank you for being here at New Zealand&rsquo;s first Cyber Security Summit. We&rsquo;ve come together to address a significant challenge facing New Zealand&rsquo;s $231 billion economy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/ministerial-address-2016-cyber-security-summit"><span>https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/ministerial-address-2016-cyber-security-summit</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Our future cyber security industry</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The current dialogue between industry, academia and startups on cyber security is unparalleled. Today before an audience in Sydney that exceeded 200 people, the National Cyber Fintech Security Summit was launched.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599130/our-future-cyber-security-industry/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599130/our-future-cyber-security-industry/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Expands Default HTTPS to Blogspot<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google today flipped the switch on default HTTPS support for its free domain service provider Blogspot, upping the security ante for the millions of users of the popular platform.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/google-expands-default-https-to-blogspot/117812/"><span>https://threatpost.com/google-expands-default-https-to-blogspot/117812/</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>Swedish IP enforcer calls for web-blocking and domain seizing powers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sweden&rsquo;s National Co-ordinator For IP Enforcement has called on the country&rsquo;s government to introduce some of that trendy web-blocking, so that he can force internet service providers to block access to piracy websites. Paul Pint&eacute;r also wants increased powers to seize the domain names of copyright infringing operations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/swedish-ip-enforcer-calls-for-web-blocking-and-domain-seizing-powers/"><span>http://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/swedish-ip-enforcer-calls-for-web-blocking-and-domain-seizing-powers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Elsevier Complaint Shuts Down Sci-Hub Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. As a result of the legal battle the site just lost one of its latest domain names. However, the site has no intentions of backing down, and will continue its fight to keep access to scientific knowledge free and open.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/elsevier-complaint-shuts-down-sci-hub-domain-name-160504/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/elsevier-complaint-shuts-down-sci-hub-domain-name-160504/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Warranties and Representations on Purchasing Domain Names: What are they Worth? by Gerald M. Levine<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The WIPO Final Report published in April 1999, from which sprung the UDRP the following October, is useful in shedding light on what the assembled constituencies had in mind in agreeing to particularly contentious issues. One of those issues was whether registrants had to actively search trademark records before purchasing domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160502_warranties_representations_purchasing_domains_what_are_they_worth/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160502_warranties_representations_purchasing_domains_what_are_they_worth/</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>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Reports Continued Growth In First Quarter 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Inc. ... reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. "GoDaddy's first quarter financial performance was strong, with revenue growing over 15%, adjusted EBITDA growing over 23% and unlevered free cash flow growing 18%," said Blake Irving, GoDaddy's Chief Executive Officer. "With a sizable addressable market of small businesses, a proven strategy and consistent execution, we are well positioned for continued growth at scale in 2016 and beyond."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Reports-Continued-Growth-In-First-Quarter-2016/default.aspx"><span>https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Reports-Continued-Growth-In-First-Quarter-2016/default.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain name revenue barely budges at GoDaddy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy reported its first quarter results today, and it&rsquo;s no wonder the company has diversified out of the core domain name market.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/04/domain-revenue-barely-budges-godaddy/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/04/domain-revenue-barely-budges-godaddy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .Com Report: Uniregistry winning in transfers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has published the latest .com transactions report from registry Verisign, showing official results from January.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/04/com-report-uniregistry/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/04/com-report-uniregistry/</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>Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only networking by June<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/05/04/apple-says-all-apps-must-support-ipv6-only-networking-by-june"><span>http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/05/04/apple-says-all-apps-must-support-ipv6-only-networking-by-june</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>Brand Protection Online Gets A Whole Lot Easier With Brandshield<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brand protection online is an important issue facing brands these days. One aspect that gets a lot of attention is managing domain names and monitoring typosquatting. But this is only part of the problem. Monitoring websites is an even greater problem.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24630"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24630</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/03/brand-protection-easier-brandshield/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/03/brand-protection-easier-brandshield/</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>Undeveloped Extends its May auction and announces landmark new gTLD auction [news release]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Undeveloped announced today that their auction that will be simultaneously held at the Domaining Europe conference is to be extended by 2 weeks. The auction organizer decided to extend the auction to the 14th of June due to a high amount of quality submissions and interest in the auction.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/05/undeveloped-extends-may-auction/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/05/05/undeveloped-extends-may-auction/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Impossible to Appraise New gTLD Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Someone sent me a LinkedIn message this afternoon asking me to appraise some &ldquo;premium&rdquo; new gTLD domain names. I told him &ldquo;no&rdquo; because I am not really active in that part of the market. It is difficult enough to give a meaningful (accurate) appraisal of a .com domain name, but I think it is pretty much impossible to appraise new gTLD domain names with any level of certainty.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domaininvesting.com/impossible-to-appraise-new-gtld-domain-names/"><span>http</span><span>://</span><span>www</span><span>.</span><span>domaininvesting</span><span>.</span><span>com</span><span>/</span><span>impossible</span><span>-</span><span>to</span><span>-</span><span>appraise</span><span>-</span><span>new</span><span>-</span><span>gtld</span><span>-</span><span>domain</span><span>-</span><span>names</span><span>/</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What domain names are in demand? A buyer broker speaks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you want to understand what type of domain names are in demand, a good person to talk with is someone who buys domains on behalf of clients.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/domain-names-demand-buyer-broker-speaks/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/domain-names-demand-buyer-broker-speaks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DomainTools CEO Tim Chen &ndash; DNW Podcast #82<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... On this week&rsquo;s episode, DomainTools CEO Tim Chen explains the evolution of the company and why it made this move, and what this means for domain investors. Among other things, Chen explains how DomainTools determined account limits and how the company is reinvesting in more tools.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/domaintools-ceo-tim-chen-dnw-podcast-82/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/05/02/domaintools-ceo-tim-chen-dnw-podcast-82/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Australia backs calls to end geoblocking as video-on-demand use increases<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The peak body for internet users has thrown its weight behind calls to end geoblocking, as increasing use of legal video-on-demand services is revealed by new figures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/may/02/internet-australia-backs-calls-to-end-geoblocking-as-video-on-demand-use-increases"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/may/02/internet-australia-backs-calls-to-end-geoblocking-as-video-on-demand-use-increases</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BRAND PROTECTION &amp; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It's time to future-proof Australia's copyright laws for the 21st century<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The award-winning Australian author Jackie French is wrong. In her open letter, she blasts the Productivity Commission&rsquo;s report on intellectual property, released last month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599281/it-time-future-proof-australia-copyright-laws-21st-century/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/599281/it-time-future-proof-australia-copyright-laws-21st-century/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>web: <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</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>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 | 21 Apr 07:02 2016

auDA domain news - 21 April

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Broadening the Oversight of a Free and Open Internet by Stephen D. Crocker

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/broadening-the-oversight-of-a-free-and-open-internet-1461105102>

 

Second Level Registrations Coming To .AU

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/18/second-level-registrations-au/>

 

auDA to introduce direct registrations in .au

<https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-to-introduce-direct-registrations-in-au/>

 

.hotel fight gets nasty with “criminal” hacking claims

<http://domainincite.com/20305-hotel-fight-gets-nasty-with-criminal-hacking-claims>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Broadening the Oversight of a Free and Open Internet by Stephen D. Crocker

Today the global Internet connects three billion of us. While it has grown, the world has shrunk. Geographic distance has become less relevant as we can more easily access information, communicate and reach new customers.

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/broadening-the-oversight-of-a-free-and-open-internet-1461105102>

 

FCC response to Sen. Cruz reveals hidden ICANN agenda in net neutrality order

It’s no secret that controversy has plagued the Obama Administration’s plan to surrender U.S. oversight of the Internet domain naming and numbering systems from the current U.S.-based ICANN to the “global multistakeholder community.” But the reason the Federal Communications Commission declined to exercise its statutory jurisdiction over Internet numbering inside the United States was indeed secret until Senator Ted Cruz forced the FCC to explain itself.

<http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/276489-fcc-response-to-sen-cruz-reveals-hidden-icann-agenda-in-net>

 

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ICANN

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ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the FY16 Q3 call on 27 April 1500 UTC

ICANN has announced its FY16 Q3 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 27 April at 1500 UTC. The call will cover how ICANN has progressed against its strategic and operating plans for the Quarter ending 31 March 2016.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-18-en>

 

Sowing the Seeds of Diplomacy: Striving to Meet the Demands of an Evolving Internet Governance Landscape by Nora Abusitta

ICANN's growth and continued globalization efforts have created many opportunities for internal and external cooperation and collaboration. These elements are the core of ICANN's Development and Public Responsibility Department's efforts to strengthen the multistakeholder Internet governance model by supporting, broadening and diversifying its stakeholder base.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/sowing-the-seeds-of-diplomacy-striving-to-meet-the-demands-of-an-evolving-internet-governance-landscape>

 

Letter from Stephen Coates, Avri Doria, and Jeff Neuman, Chairs | GNSO PDP Working Group, to Steve Crocker

New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP WG

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/coates-et-al-to-crocker-19apr16-en.pdf>

 

ICANN mulls moving Puerto Rico meeting to Las Vegas due to Zika virus

ICANN is considering moving this fall’s meeting in Puerto Rico due to concerns about the Zika virus. At the top of the list: Las Vegas.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/19/icann-las-vegas/>

 

Neustar’s Becky Burr Elected To ICANN Board Of Directors

Neustar, Inc. ... announced that J. Beckwith (“Becky”) Burr, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, has been elected by registries, and registrars to serve on the Board of Directors of ICANN.

<https://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2016/beckyburricann>

 

Burr to replace Tonkin on ICANN board

ICANN lifer Becky Burr is to replace Bruce Tonkin on the ICANN board of directors when his term expires in November.

<http://domainincite.com/20288-burr-to-replace-tonkin-on-icann-board>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Second Level Registrations Coming To .AU

The auDA Board has decided accept the recommendation that second level, or direct, registrations be allowed under .au. But the processes involved mean it will be 2017 at least before the changes take place.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24586>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/18/second-level-registrations-au/>

 

auDA to introduce direct registrations in .au

Today the auDA Board decided to accept the recommendation of the 2015 Names Policy Panel to introduce direct registrations in .au – for example, “yourname.au”.

<https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-to-introduce-direct-registrations-in-au/>

 

AuDA to allow direct registrations in .au

Organisations and individuals will be able to register domain names directly in the top-level .au, as per the recommendations of a policy panel appointed by auDA last year.

<http://www.itnews.com.au/News/Article.aspx?id=418303>

 

auDA to introduce .au direct registrations

auDA has announced following recommendations of the 2015 names policy panel that it will introduce .au direct registrations, such as domainname.au.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/auda-to-introduce-au-direct-registrations/>

 

Aussies get to drop the .com

Australia’s ccTLD manager has confirmed that local registrants will be able to register .au domains at the second level, eschewing the usual .com.

<http://domainincite.com/20302-aussies-get-to-drop-the-com>

 

auDA Decides to Allow Direct .au Registrations - Implementation Date Still to Be Determined

Domain registrations in Australia's popular .au country code have traditionally been restricted to second level extensions (like .com.au and .net.au) but the TLD's governing body, auDa, has decided the time has come to allow direct top level registrations (for example, yourname.au).

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160418.htm>

 

auDA Will Soon Introduce First Level Domain Name Registrations In .AU

Soon Australians will be able to make first level domain name registrations in .au, for example, “MyName.au”.

<http://onlinedomain.com/2016/04/18/domain-name-news/auda-introduce-direct-registrations-au/>

 

auDA To Introduce First Level Domain Registrations in .AU

auDA announced recently that they will be introduce first level domain name registrations in .AU.

<http://www.domainnews.com/auda-to-introduce-first-level-domain-registrations-in-au/>

 

.au direct registrations: a regrettable decision?

The news that auDA has decided to go ahead with direct registrations in the .au namespace is disappointing, but not surprising.

<http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/core-dump/72431-au-direct-registrations-a-regrettable-decision.html>

 

auDA to introduce .au direct registrations.

Domain administrator, auDA, is to introduce direct registrations in .au, after its board accepted the recommendation of the 2015 Names Policy Panel on direct registrations.

<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/72419-auda-to-introduce-au-direct-registrations.html>

 

Directe registraties onder .au binnenkort mogelijk

Momenteel is het enkel mogelijk om Australische domeinnamen te registreren op het zogenaamde 3de level. Dat geeft dan registraties die eindigen op bijvoorbeeld .com.au, .net.au of .id.au.

<https://www.tld.sc/nl/2016/04/1532/directe-registraties-onder-au-binnenkort-mogelijk/>

 

au: EmuCasino.com Faces Shutdown Amidst Probe by Authorities, Local Media

Gamblers patronizing the Emu Casino online (EmuCasino.com) may soon be out of luck as Australian authorities threaten to shut down the site.

<http://www.gambling911.com/gambling-news/emucasinocom-faces-shutdown-amidst-probe-authorities-local-media-041716.html>

 

Premium .Homes RFP

Do you dream about what you could do with a premium domain name for your company’s digital home? Premium domain names are made up of strong and defining words that usually represent an entire category. When combined with a meaningful TLD, premium domains can help propel you to the top of your game.

<http://domains.homes/premium-homes-domains-rfp/>

 

Niue internet provider cries foul over government demands

Niue's largest internet provider says it's unreasonable for the government to continue to demand a free service from it. Rocket Systems says it will follow a government directive and shut off its internet services at 9 am tomorrow. The administrator of the .nu domain site, the Internet Users Society Niue, acquired the rights in the 1990s, and through this it has subsidised wireless access on the island.

<http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301811/niue-internet-provider-cries-foul-over-government-demands>

 

Niue wifi operator back in action

The Niue government has allowed the independent internet provider, Rocket Systems, to resume its wifi service on the island.

<http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301950/niue-wifi-operator-back-in-action>

 

.sucks “gag order” dropped, approved

Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, has had controversial changes to its registrar contract approved after it softened language some had compared to a “gag order”.

<http://domainincite.com/20300-sucks-gag-order-dropped-approved>

 

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NEW TLDS

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The Impact of Dot Brands on Social and Digital Marketing

An animated slide deck of Jen Wolfe's presentation explaining how the new gTLDs will impact social media and digital marketing.

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

 

CSC’s New gTLD Utilization Report – April 2016

The latest edition of CSC® Digital Brand Services’ New gTLD Utilization Report shows both the number of .brands and generic TLDs in the Alexa Top 1M increasing by over 30% since our February report. As always, we continue to share interesting examples of new gTLDs in use.

<http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-april-2016/>

 

.hotel fight gets nasty with “criminal” hacking claims

A group of would-be .hotel gTLD registries have called on ICANN to reject the winning applicant’s bid or be complicit in “criminal acts”.

<http://domainincite.com/20305-hotel-fight-gets-nasty-with-criminal-hacking-claims>

 

Associations Offer Innovative Benefits To Consumers, Members Through New gTLD Program

There’s little question that the Internet has profoundly changed the way that brands do business and the way that associations relate to their members. But while the impact of the Internet on the businesses has been largely positive – giving companies the ability to drive growth and brand awareness through ecommerce, social media, and paid search advertising – the impact on associations has been, until more recently, less overwhelmingly beneficial. As a contributor to Associations Now explained in 2010:

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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How One Cybercrime Gang Is Ratcheting Up PoS Attacks

With magnetic-stripe payment card transactions gradually starting to disappear in the US, cybercriminals have been on a tear with PoS attacks against retail and hospitality targets that haven't yet adopted EMV card payment, FireEye researchers say.

<http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/how-one-cybercrime-gang-is-ratcheting-up-pos-attacks-/d/d-id/1325208>

 

DNS and Stolen Credit Card Numbers by Juha Holkkola

FireEye announced a new piece of malware yesterday named MULTIGRAIN. This nasty piece of code steals data from Point of Sale and transmits the stolen credit card numbers by embedding them into recursive DNS queries. While this was definitely a great catch by the FireEye team, the thing that bothers me here is how DNS is being used in these supposedly restrictive environments.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160420_dns_and_stolen_credit_card_numbers/>

 

Can Hybrid DDoS Mitigation Stop Large Application Layer Attacks? by Bryant Rump

We recently received an email from a customer asking about hybrid DDoS mitigation and its ability to stop large application layer attacks. Here's the truth: Hybrid DDoS mitigation works and can stop large application layer attacks. Hybrid DDoS mitigation typically involves a purpose-built DDoS mitigation appliance or software on dedicated hardware that sits immediately in front of or behind an enterprise's edge router.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160417_can_hybrid_ddos_mitigation_stop_large_application_layer_attacks/>

 

Google Finds 800,000 Websites Breached Worldwide

In the past year, the search engine giant has detected close to 800,000 sites infected with drive-by download malware and other malicious content aimed at nabbing unsuspecting visitors.

<http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/google-finds-800000-websites-breached-worldwide-/d/d-id/1325169>

 

Singapore to Table New Cyber Bill in 2017

A new Cybersecurity Act will be tabled in Singapore’s parliament next year, Singapore’s minister for communications and information, Yaacob Ibrahim, announced on April 11.

<http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-to-table-new-cyber-bill-in-2017/>

 

Box CEO: Why the latest attempt by Congress on cybersecurity is already outdated

When the news broke that the FBI and the DOJ dropped their case against Apple, successfully cracking open the San Bernardino iPhone without the help of the consumer electronics giant, there was a collective sigh of relief from the technology industry and security experts. Apple avoided a precedent-setting event requiring them to break their own security, and the government was able to unlock a device that may lead to advances in their investigation. But if anyone thought this issue was concluded, they'd be mistaken.

<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/19/box-ceo-why-the-latest-attempt-by-congress-on-cybersecurity-is-already-outdated/>

 

Why Google is warning that ‘google.com’ is ‘partially dangerous’

Google is warning you to watch out for, well, Google. As of Tuesday morning, the search giant's own Safe Browsing tool labels "google.com" as "partially dangerous." The tool, which automatically scans "billions of URLs per day looking for unsafe websites," cites "google.com" for some potentially scary problems.

<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/19/why-google-is-warning-that-google-com-is-partially-dangerous/>

 

Australia puts $230m towards fighting cybercrime, including 50 extra police

A $230m cyber security strategy, which includes cash for more specialist cybercrime officers in the Australian Crime Commission and the Australian federal police, has been announced by the government.

<https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/21/australia-230m-fighting-cybercrime-50-extra-police>

 

Bureau of Meteorology target of 2015 cyber attack, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirms

The Federal Government has confirmed for the first time the Bureau of Meteorology was the target of a cyber attack.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-21/australia-admits-it-can-launch-cyber-attacks-turnbull/7343620>

 

Cyber deterrent: PM talks up Australia’s offensive capabilities

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged that Australia possesses an “offensive cyber capability” that can be drawn upon when responding to attacks on the nation’s networks.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598443/cyber-deterrent-pm-talks-up-australia-offensive-capabilities/>

 

au: Turnbull launches government's cyber security strategy

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning officially launched the federal government’s national cyber security strategy.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598438/turnbull-launches-government-cyber-security-strategy/>

 

The latest threats facing Kiwis online

Kiwis are increasingly falling victim to cyber-crimes that are growing in sophistication, volume and specifically targeting the country, according to Symantec’s 21st annual Internet Security Threat Report.

<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/it-security/news/video.cfm?c_id=239&gal_cid=239&gallery_id=159595>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Norwegian Authorities Sued Over Popcorn-Time Domain Seizure

Two digital rights groups have filed a lawsuit to challenge the Government's seizure of a Popcorn-Time related domain name. The groups believe that the website, which offered information and links to the popular streaming software, did nothing wrong. In any case, a domain name seizure is seen as a disproportionate measure.

<https://torrentfreak.com/norwegian-authorities-sued-over-popcorn-time-domain-seizure-160418/>

 

Quintessential and Other Acts of Bad Faith in Acquiring Domain Names by Gerald M. Levine

There are two essential differences between the UDRP and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, one procedural and one substantive. The procedural difference is quite minor, a mere quirk that Panels adopted by consensus in the early days of the UDRP and deserves no more than a footnote.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160418_quintessential_other_acts_of_bad_faith_in_acquiring_domain_names/>

 

Facebook, under Chinese court threat, transfers Instagram.com to its new registrar

It’s not quite cyberflight, but Facebook has transferred threatened domain name instagram.com to its newly acquired in-house registrar.

<http://domainincite.com/20290-facebook-under-chinese-court-threat-transfers-instagram-com-to-its-new-registrar>

 

UDRP returns eBay and PayPal domains

PayPal and eBay have secured the return of 13 infringing domain names from two Korean cybersquatters.

<http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/article.php?article_id=4884>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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UK Hosting Giant 123 Reg ‘Deletes’ Customer Sites

123 Reg, the UK’s biggest domain name registrar, said it has mistakenly deleted an unspecified number of the 1.7 million sites it hosts

<http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/cloud/hosting-deletes-customer-sites-190193>

 

UK Web Host 123-reg Continues to Restore Data After VPS Outage

UK hosting provider 123-reg is continuing to recover data for VPS accounts affected by connectivity issues that started on Saturday and resulted in “some data loss for some customers.”

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/uk-web-host-123-reg-continues-to-restore-data-after-vps-outage>

 

GoDaddy Announces Comprehensive Spring 2016 Updates Across All Product Lines

GoDaddy Inc ... announced a range of new features across its product offerings that make it even easier for entrepreneurs around the world to start, grow, and successfully run their own business ventures.

<https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Announces-Comprehensive-Spring-2016-Updates-Across-All-Product-Lines/default.aspx>

 

GoDaddy Domain Names & SSL Certificates Now In Microsoft Azure App Service

GoDaddy Inc. ... announced that the company is building on its existing partnership with Microsoft Corp, and is now offering GoDaddy domains and SSL certificates directly through the Microsoft Azure App Service platform.

<https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Domain-Names--SSL-Certificates-Now-In-Microsoft-Azure-App-Service/default.aspx>

 

Squarespace Domain Launches with the Promise of Innovative and User-friendly Web Hosting Services

Squarespace, a leading player in the field of web hosting and content management, has announced the launch of Squarespace Domain. The company which was founded in 2004, has created a name for itself around content management for bloggers, and providing innovative do-it-yourself website creation and hosting solutions. Now, according to an official blog post, Squarespace Domain has entered the domain registration business.

<http://www.martechadvisor.com/news/website-content-experience/squarespace-domain-launches-with-the-promise-of-innovative-and-userfriendly-web-hosting-services/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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A New Frontier for the Global South by Mwendwa Kivuva

The Fund for Internet Research and Education - FIRE - is an initiative of AFRINIC that gives Grants and Awards to outstanding projects that use the Internet to provide innovative solutions to Africa's unique education, information, infrastructure, and communication needs. FIRE Africa is part of an initiative called The Seed Alliance that has LACNIC's FRIDA Program, APNIC's ISIF.Asia program, and the Internet Society as members.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160418_a_new_frontier_for_the_global_south/>

 

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS

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The Role of Financial Services in Society: Understanding the impact of technology-enabled innovation on financial stability

This paper, “Understanding the impact of technology-enabled innovation on financial stability”, articulates key findings from a series of interviews and roundtables held with leaders from established and emerging providers of financial services, experts, and policymakers focused on technological transformation taking place in financial services. The document summarizes key opportunities and challenges created by technology-enabled innovation and proposes four recommendations, aimed at safeguarding financial stability and fostering innovation, for the public and private sectors to consider.

<https://www.weforum.org/reports/understanding-the-impact-of-technology-enabled-innovation-on-financial-stability>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Music industry wants ISPs to block ‘Kickass Torrents’

Four music labels have joined forces and launched legal action aimed at forcing Australia’s largest ISPs to block access to a major piracy-linked BitTorrent site.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598264/music-industry-seeks-isps-block-kickasstorrents/>

 

KickassTorrents Next Target For Aussie Piracy Blocklist

Record labels Universal, Warner, Sony, and Albert & Son have filed an application at the Federal Court of Australia to have KickassTorrents and associated proxy sites blocked at the ISP level. The action follows a complaint filed by Foxtel to block sites including The Pirate Bay.

<https://torrentfreak.com/kickasstorrents-next-target-for-aussie-piracy-blocklist-180416/>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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World Economic Forum scores Australia lowest for internet access affordability

Millions of Australians live in households without internet access, according to the World Economic Forum, who have awarded Australia the lowest scoring country in the category of affordability for internet access.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-20/millions-of-australians-living-without-internet/7340434>

 

 

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David Goldstein

 

email: david-fFZw+eeu8ZeEIh0G+OVocUEOCMrvLtNR@public.gmane.org

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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"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Broadening the Oversight of a Free and Open Internet by Stephen D. Crocker</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/broadening-the-oversight-of-a-free-and-open-internet-1461105102"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/broadening-the-oversight-of-a-free-and-open-internet-1461105102</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Second Level Registrations Coming To .AU<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/18/second-level-registrations-au/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/18/second-level-registrations-au/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA to introduce direct registrations in .au<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-to-introduce-direct-registrations-in-au/"><span>https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-to-introduce-direct-registrations-in-au/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.hotel fight gets nasty with &ldquo;criminal&rdquo; hacking claims<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20305-hotel-fight-gets-nasty-with-criminal-hacking-claims"><span>http://domainincite.com/20305-hotel-fight-gets-nasty-with-criminal-hacking-claims</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>Broadening the Oversight of a Free and Open Internet by Stephen D. Crocker</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today the global Internet connects three billion of us. While it has grown, the world has shrunk. Geographic distance has become less relevant as we can more easily access information, communicate and reach new customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/broadening-the-oversight-of-a-free-and-open-internet-1461105102"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/broadening-the-oversight-of-a-free-and-open-internet-1461105102</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FCC response to Sen. Cruz reveals hidden ICANN agenda in net neutrality order<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s no secret that controversy has plagued the Obama Administration&rsquo;s plan to surrender U.S. oversight of the Internet domain naming and numbering systems from the current U.S.-based ICANN to the &ldquo;global multistakeholder community.&rdquo; But the reason the Federal Communications Commission declined to exercise its statutory jurisdiction over Internet numbering inside the United States was indeed secret until Senator Ted Cruz forced the FCC to explain itself.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/276489-fcc-response-to-sen-cruz-reveals-hidden-icann-agenda-in-net"><span>http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/276489-fcc-response-to-sen-cruz-reveals-hidden-icann-agenda-in-net</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report &ndash; Register for the FY16 Q3 call on 27 April 1500 UTC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">ICANN has announced its FY16 Q3 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 27 April at 1500 UTC. The call will cover how ICANN has progressed against its strategic and operating plans for the Quarter ending 31 March 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-18-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-18-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sowing the Seeds of Diplomacy: Striving to Meet the Demands of an Evolving Internet Governance Landscape by Nora Abusitta<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's growth and continued globalization efforts have created many opportunities for internal and external cooperation and collaboration. These elements are the core of ICANN's Development and Public Responsibility Department's efforts to strengthen the multistakeholder Internet governance model by supporting, broadening and diversifying its stakeholder base.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/sowing-the-seeds-of-diplomacy-striving-to-meet-the-demands-of-an-evolving-internet-governance-landscape"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/sowing-the-seeds-of-diplomacy-striving-to-meet-the-demands-of-an-evolving-internet-governance-landscape</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Stephen Coates, Avri Doria, and Jeff Neuman, Chairs | GNSO PDP Working Group, to Steve Crocker</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP WG<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/coates-et-al-to-crocker-19apr16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/coates-et-al-to-crocker-19apr16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN mulls moving Puerto Rico meeting to Las Vegas due to Zika virus<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is considering moving this fall&rsquo;s meeting in Puerto Rico due to concerns about the Zika virus. At the top of the list: Las Vegas.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/19/icann-las-vegas/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/19/icann-las-vegas/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neustar&rsquo;s Becky Burr Elected To ICANN Board Of Directors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Neustar, Inc. ... announced that J. Beckwith (&ldquo;Becky&rdquo;) Burr, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, has been elected by registries, and registrars to serve on the Board of Directors of ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2016/beckyburricann"><span>https://www.neustar.biz/about-us/news-room/press-releases/2016/beckyburricann</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Burr to replace Tonkin on ICANN board<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN lifer Becky Burr is to replace Bruce Tonkin on the ICANN board of directors when his term expires in November.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20288-burr-to-replace-tonkin-on-icann-board"><span>http://domainincite.com/20288-burr-to-replace-tonkin-on-icann-board</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Second Level Registrations Coming To .AU<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The auDA Board has decided accept the recommendation that second level, or direct, registrations be allowed under .au. But the processes involved mean it will be 2017 at least before the changes take place.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24586"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24586</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/18/second-level-registrations-au/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/18/second-level-registrations-au/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA to introduce direct registrations in .au<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today the auDA Board decided to accept the recommendation of the 2015 Names Policy Panel to introduce direct registrations in .au &ndash; for example, &ldquo;yourname.au&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-to-introduce-direct-registrations-in-au/"><span>https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-to-introduce-direct-registrations-in-au/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>AuDA to allow direct registrations in .au<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Organisations and individuals will be able to register domain names directly in the top-level .au, as per the recommendations of a policy panel appointed by auDA last year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itnews.com.au/News/Article.aspx?id=418303"><span>http://www.itnews.com.au/News/Article.aspx?id=418303</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA to introduce .au direct registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA has announced following recommendations of the 2015 names policy panel that it will introduce .au direct registrations, such as domainname.au.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/auda-to-introduce-au-direct-registrations/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/auda-to-introduce-au-direct-registrations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Aussies get to drop the .com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia&rsquo;s ccTLD manager has confirmed that local registrants will be able to register .au domains at the second level, eschewing the usual .com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20302-aussies-get-to-drop-the-com"><span>http://domainincite.com/20302-aussies-get-to-drop-the-com</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA Decides to Allow Direct .au Registrations - Implementation Date Still to Be Determined<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain registrations in Australia's popular .au country code have traditionally been restricted to second level extensions (like .com.au and .net.au) but the TLD's governing body, auDa, has decided the time has come to allow direct top level registrations (for example, yourname.au).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160418.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160418.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA Will Soon Introduce First Level Domain Name Registrations In .AU<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Soon Australians will be able to make first level domain name registrations in .au, for example, &ldquo;MyName.au&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://onlinedomain.com/2016/04/18/domain-name-news/auda-introduce-direct-registrations-au/"><span>http://onlinedomain.com/2016/04/18/domain-name-news/auda-introduce-direct-registrations-au/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA To Introduce First Level Domain Registrations in .AU<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA announced recently that they will be introduce first level domain name registrations in .AU.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/auda-to-introduce-first-level-domain-registrations-in-au/"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/auda-to-introduce-first-level-domain-registrations-in-au/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span> .au direct registrations: a regrettable decision?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The news that auDA has decided to go ahead with direct registrations in the .au namespace is disappointing, but not surprising.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/core-dump/72431-au-direct-registrations-a-regrettable-decision.html"><span>http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/core-dump/72431-au-direct-registrations-a-regrettable-decision.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA to introduce .au direct registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain administrator, auDA, is to introduce direct registrations in .au, after its board accepted the recommendation of the 2015 Names Policy Panel on direct registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/72419-auda-to-introduce-au-direct-registrations.html"><span>http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/72419-auda-to-introduce-au-direct-registrations.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT">Directe registraties onder .au binnenkort mogelijk<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT">Momenteel is het enkel mogelijk om Australische domeinnamen te registreren op het zogenaamde 3de level. Dat geeft dan registraties die eindigen op bijvoorbeeld .com.au, .net.au of .id.au.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT">&lt;</span><span><a href="https://www.tld.sc/nl/2016/04/1532/directe-registraties-onder-au-binnenkort-mogelijk/"><span lang="DE-AT">https://www.tld.sc/nl/2016/04/1532/directe-registraties-onder-au-binnenkort-mogelijk/</span></a></span><span lang="DE-AT">&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: EmuCasino.com Faces Shutdown Amidst Probe by Authorities, Local Media<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Gamblers patronizing the Emu Casino online (EmuCasino.com) may soon be out of luck as Australian authorities threaten to shut down the site.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.gambling911.com/gambling-news/emucasinocom-faces-shutdown-amidst-probe-authorities-local-media-041716.html"><span>http://www.gambling911.com/gambling-news/emucasinocom-faces-shutdown-amidst-probe-authorities-local-media-041716.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Premium .Homes RFP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Do you dream about what you could do with a premium domain name for your company&rsquo;s digital home? Premium domain names are made up of strong and defining words that usually represent an entire category. When combined with a meaningful TLD, premium domains can help propel you to the top of your game.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domains.homes/premium-homes-domains-rfp/"><span>http://domains.homes/premium-homes-domains-rfp/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Niue internet provider cries foul over government demands<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Niue's largest internet provider says it's unreasonable for the government to continue to demand a free service from it. Rocket Systems says it will follow a government directive and shut off its internet services at 9 am tomorrow. The administrator of the .nu domain site, the Internet Users Society Niue, acquired the rights in the 1990s, and through this it has subsidised wireless access on the island.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301811/niue-internet-provider-cries-foul-over-government-demands"><span>http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301811/niue-internet-provider-cries-foul-over-government-demands</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Niue wifi operator back in action<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Niue government has allowed the independent internet provider, Rocket Systems, to resume its wifi service on the island.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301950/niue-wifi-operator-back-in-action"><span>http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301950/niue-wifi-operator-back-in-action</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.sucks &ldquo;gag order&rdquo; dropped, approved<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, has had controversial changes to its registrar contract approved after it softened language some had compared to a &ldquo;gag order&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20300-sucks-gag-order-dropped-approved"><span>http://domainincite.com/20300-sucks-gag-order-dropped-approved</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>The Impact of Dot Brands on Social and Digital Marketing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An animated slide deck of Jen Wolfe's presentation explaining how the new gTLDs will impact social media and digital marketing.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDcMpMKTUWQ"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDcMpMKTUWQ</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CSC&rsquo;s New gTLD Utilization Report &ndash; April 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest edition of CSC&reg; Digital Brand Services&rsquo; New gTLD Utilization Report shows both the number of .brands and generic TLDs in the Alexa Top 1M increasing by over 30% since our February report. As always, we continue to share interesting examples of new gTLDs in use.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-april-2016/"><span>http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-april-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.hotel fight gets nasty with &ldquo;criminal&rdquo; hacking claims<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A group of would-be .hotel gTLD registries have called on ICANN to reject the winning applicant&rsquo;s bid or be complicit in &ldquo;criminal acts&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20305-hotel-fight-gets-nasty-with-criminal-hacking-claims"><span>http://domainincite.com/20305-hotel-fight-gets-nasty-with-criminal-hacking-claims</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Associations Offer Innovative Benefits To Consumers, Members Through New gTLD Program<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There&rsquo;s little question that the Internet has profoundly changed the way that brands do business and the way that associations relate to their members. But while the impact of the Internet on the businesses has been largely positive &ndash; giving companies the ability to drive growth and brand awareness through ecommerce, social media, and paid search advertising &ndash; the impact on associations has been, until more recently, less overwhelmingly beneficial. As a contributor to Associations Now explained in 2010:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/associations-offer-innovative-benefits-to-consumers-members-through-new-gtld-program</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How One Cybercrime Gang Is Ratcheting Up PoS Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With magnetic-stripe payment card transactions gradually starting to disappear in the US, cybercriminals have been on a tear with PoS attacks against retail and hospitality targets that haven't yet adopted EMV card payment, FireEye researchers say.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/how-one-cybercrime-gang-is-ratcheting-up-pos-attacks-/d/d-id/1325208"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/how-one-cybercrime-gang-is-ratcheting-up-pos-attacks-/d/d-id/1325208</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS and Stolen Credit Card Numbers by Juha Holkkola<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FireEye announced a new piece of malware yesterday named MULTIGRAIN. This nasty piece of code steals data from Point of Sale and transmits the stolen credit card numbers by embedding them into recursive DNS queries. While this was definitely a great catch by the FireEye team, the thing that bothers me here is how DNS is being used in these supposedly restrictive environments.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160420_dns_and_stolen_credit_card_numbers/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160420_dns_and_stolen_credit_card_numbers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Can Hybrid DDoS Mitigation Stop Large Application Layer Attacks? by Bryant Rump<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We recently received an email from a customer asking about hybrid DDoS mitigation and its ability to stop large application layer attacks. Here's the truth: Hybrid DDoS mitigation works and can stop large application layer attacks. Hybrid DDoS mitigation typically involves a purpose-built DDoS mitigation appliance or software on dedicated hardware that sits immediately in front of or behind an enterprise's edge router.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160417_can_hybrid_ddos_mitigation_stop_large_application_layer_attacks/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160417_can_hybrid_ddos_mitigation_stop_large_application_layer_attacks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Finds 800,000 Websites Breached Worldwide<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the past year, the search engine giant has detected close to 800,000 sites infected with drive-by download malware and other malicious content aimed at nabbing unsuspecting visitors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/google-finds-800000-websites-breached-worldwide-/d/d-id/1325169"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/google-finds-800000-websites-breached-worldwide-/d/d-id/1325169</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Singapore to Table New Cyber Bill in 2017<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new Cybersecurity Act will be tabled in Singapore&rsquo;s parliament next year, Singapore&rsquo;s minister for communications and information, Yaacob Ibrahim, announced on April 11.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-to-table-new-cyber-bill-in-2017/"><span>http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-to-table-new-cyber-bill-in-2017/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Box CEO: Why the latest attempt by Congress on cybersecurity is already outdated<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>When the news broke that the FBI and the DOJ dropped their case against Apple, successfully cracking open the San Bernardino iPhone without the help of the consumer electronics giant, there was a collective sigh of relief from the technology industry and security experts. Apple avoided a precedent-setting event requiring them to break their own security, and the government was able to unlock a device that may lead to advances in their investigation. But if anyone thought this issue was concluded, they'd be mistaken.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/19/box-ceo-why-the-latest-attempt-by-congress-on-cybersecurity-is-already-outdated/"><span>https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/19/box-ceo-why-the-latest-attempt-by-congress-on-cybersecurity-is-already-outdated/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why Google is warning that &lsquo;google.com&rsquo; is &lsquo;partially dangerous&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google is warning you to watch out for, well, Google. As of Tuesday morning, the search giant's own Safe Browsing tool labels "google.com" as "partially dangerous." The tool, which automatically scans "billions of URLs per day looking for unsafe websites," cites "google.com" for some potentially scary problems.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/19/why-google-is-warning-that-google-com-is-partially-dangerous/"><span>https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/04/19/why-google-is-warning-that-google-com-is-partially-dangerous/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australia puts $230m towards fighting cybercrime, including 50 extra police<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A $230m cyber security strategy, which includes cash for more specialist cybercrime officers in the Australian Crime Commission and the Australian federal police, has been announced by the government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/21/australia-230m-fighting-cybercrime-50-extra-police"><span>https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/21/australia-230m-fighting-cybercrime-50-extra-police</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Bureau of Meteorology target of 2015 cyber attack, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirms<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Federal Government has confirmed for the first time the Bureau of Meteorology was the target of a cyber attack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-21/australia-admits-it-can-launch-cyber-attacks-turnbull/7343620"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-21/australia-admits-it-can-launch-cyber-attacks-turnbull/7343620</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber deterrent: PM talks up Australia&rsquo;s offensive capabilities<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged that Australia possesses an &ldquo;offensive cyber capability&rdquo; that can be drawn upon when responding to attacks on the nation&rsquo;s networks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598443/cyber-deterrent-pm-talks-up-australia-offensive-capabilities/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598443/cyber-deterrent-pm-talks-up-australia-offensive-capabilities/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Turnbull launches government's cyber security strategy</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning officially launched the federal government&rsquo;s national cyber security strategy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598438/turnbull-launches-government-cyber-security-strategy/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598438/turnbull-launches-government-cyber-security-strategy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The latest threats facing Kiwis online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kiwis are increasingly falling victim to cyber-crimes that are growing in sophistication, volume and specifically targeting the country, according to Symantec&rsquo;s 21st annual Internet Security Threat Report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/it-security/news/video.cfm?c_id=239&amp;gal_cid=239&amp;gallery_id=159595"><span>http://www.nzherald.co.nz/it-security/news/video.cfm?c_id=239&amp;gal_cid=239&amp;gallery_id=159595</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>Norwegian Authorities Sued Over Popcorn-Time Domain Seizure<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two digital rights groups have filed a lawsuit to challenge the Government's seizure of a Popcorn-Time related domain name. The groups believe that the website, which offered information and links to the popular streaming software, did nothing wrong. In any case, a domain name seizure is seen as a disproportionate measure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/norwegian-authorities-sued-over-popcorn-time-domain-seizure-160418/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/norwegian-authorities-sued-over-popcorn-time-domain-seizure-160418/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Quintessential and Other Acts of Bad Faith in Acquiring Domain Names by Gerald M. Levine<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There are two essential differences between the UDRP and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, one procedural and one substantive. The procedural difference is quite minor, a mere quirk that Panels adopted by consensus in the early days of the UDRP and deserves no more than a footnote.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160418_quintessential_other_acts_of_bad_faith_in_acquiring_domain_names/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160418_quintessential_other_acts_of_bad_faith_in_acquiring_domain_names/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Facebook, under Chinese court threat, transfers Instagram.com to its new registrar<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s not quite cyberflight, but Facebook has transferred threatened domain name instagram.com to its newly acquired in-house registrar.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20290-facebook-under-chinese-court-threat-transfers-instagram-com-to-its-new-registrar"><span>http://domainincite.com/20290-facebook-under-chinese-court-threat-transfers-instagram-com-to-its-new-registrar</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UDRP returns eBay and PayPal domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>PayPal and eBay have secured the return of 13 infringing domain names from two Korean cybersquatters.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/article.php?article_id=4884"><span>http://ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/article.php?article_id=4884</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UK Hosting Giant 123 Reg &lsquo;Deletes&rsquo; Customer Sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>123 Reg, the UK&rsquo;s biggest domain name registrar, said it has mistakenly deleted an unspecified number of the 1.7 million sites it hosts<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/cloud/hosting-deletes-customer-sites-190193"><span>http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/cloud/hosting-deletes-customer-sites-190193</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UK Web Host 123-reg Continues to Restore Data After VPS Outage<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UK hosting provider 123-reg is continuing to recover data for VPS accounts affected by connectivity issues that started on Saturday and resulted in &ldquo;some data loss for some customers.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/uk-web-host-123-reg-continues-to-restore-data-after-vps-outage"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/uk-web-host-123-reg-continues-to-restore-data-after-vps-outage</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Announces Comprehensive Spring 2016 Updates Across All Product Lines<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Inc ... announced a range of new features across its product offerings that make it even easier for entrepreneurs around the world to start, grow, and successfully run their own business ventures.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Announces-Comprehensive-Spring-2016-Updates-Across-All-Product-Lines/default.aspx"><span>https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Announces-Comprehensive-Spring-2016-Updates-Across-All-Product-Lines/default.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Domain Names &amp; SSL Certificates Now In Microsoft Azure App Service<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GoDaddy Inc. ... announced that the company is building on its existing partnership with Microsoft Corp, and is now offering GoDaddy domains and SSL certificates directly through the Microsoft Azure App Service platform.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Domain-Names--SSL-Certificates-Now-In-Microsoft-Azure-App-Service/default.aspx"><span>https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/GoDaddy-Domain-Names--SSL-Certificates-Now-In-Microsoft-Azure-App-Service/default.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Squarespace Domain Launches with the Promise of Innovative and User-friendly Web Hosting Services<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Squarespace, a leading player in the field of web hosting and content management, has announced the launch of Squarespace Domain. The company which was founded in 2004, has created a name for itself around content management for bloggers, and providing innovative do-it-yourself website creation and hosting solutions. Now, according to an official blog post, Squarespace Domain has entered the domain registration business.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.martechadvisor.com/news/website-content-experience/squarespace-domain-launches-with-the-promise-of-innovative-and-userfriendly-web-hosting-services/"><span>http://www.martechadvisor.com/news/website-content-experience/squarespace-domain-launches-with-the-promise-of-innovative-and-userfriendly-web-hosting-services/</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>A New Frontier for the Global South by Mwendwa Kivuva<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Fund for Internet Research and Education - FIRE - is an initiative of AFRINIC that gives Grants and Awards to outstanding projects that use the Internet to provide innovative solutions to Africa's unique education, information, infrastructure, and communication needs. FIRE Africa is part of an initiative called The Seed Alliance that has LACNIC's FRIDA Program, APNIC's ISIF.Asia program, and the Internet Society as members.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160418_a_new_frontier_for_the_global_south/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160418_a_new_frontier_for_the_global_south/</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>REPORTS &amp; RESEARCH PAPERS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Role of Financial Services in Society: Understanding the impact of technology-enabled innovation on financial stability<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This paper, &ldquo;Understanding the impact of technology-enabled innovation on financial stability&rdquo;, articulates key findings from a series of interviews and roundtables held with leaders from established and emerging providers of financial services, experts, and policymakers focused on technological transformation taking place in financial services. The document summarizes key opportunities and challenges created by technology-enabled innovation and proposes four recommendations, aimed at safeguarding financial stability and fostering innovation, for the public and private sectors to consider.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.weforum.org/reports/understanding-the-impact-of-technology-enabled-innovation-on-financial-stability"><span>https://www.weforum.org/reports/understanding-the-impact-of-technology-enabled-innovation-on-financial-stability</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Music industry wants ISPs to block &lsquo;Kickass Torrents&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Four music labels have joined forces and launched legal action aimed at forcing Australia&rsquo;s largest ISPs to block access to a major piracy-linked BitTorrent site.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598264/music-industry-seeks-isps-block-kickasstorrents/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/598264/music-industry-seeks-isps-block-kickasstorrents/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>KickassTorrents Next Target For Aussie Piracy Blocklist<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Record labels Universal, Warner, Sony, and Albert &amp; Son have filed an application at the Federal Court of Australia to have KickassTorrents and associated proxy sites blocked at the ISP level. The action follows a complaint filed by Foxtel to block sites including The Pirate Bay.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://torrentfreak.com/kickasstorrents-next-target-for-aussie-piracy-blocklist-180416/"><span>https://torrentfreak.com/kickasstorrents-next-target-for-aussie-piracy-blocklist-180416/</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>World Economic Forum scores Australia lowest for internet access affordability<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Millions of Australians live in households without internet access, according to the World Economic Forum, who have awarded Australia the lowest scoring country in the category of affordability for internet access.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-20/millions-of-australians-living-without-internet/7340434"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-20/millions-of-australians-living-without-internet/7340434</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></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>"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 | 11 Apr 06:56 2016

auDA domain news - 11 April

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ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/08/icann_responds_to_failure_to_answer_questions/>

 

ICANN refuses to play Ted Cruz’s game

<http://domainincite.com/20252-icann-refuses-to-play-ted-cruzs-game>

 

A focus on a competitive, digital future for Australia

<https://www.auda.org.au/news/a-focus-on-a-competitive-digital-future-for-australia/>

 

au: Optus helps today's youth be responsible and savvy digital citizens

<https://www.auda.org.au/blog/optus-and-their-digital-thumbprint/>

<https://www.anzia.org.au/news/optus-helps-todays-youth-be-responsible-and-savvy-digital-citizens/>

 

Celebrating 10 years of European online identity with .eu

<http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/celebrating-10-years-european-online-identity-eu_en>

 

Nominet has sights set on .org after M+M deal

<http://domainincite.com/20245-nominet-has-sights-set-on-org-after-mm-deal>

 

Minds + Machines dumps back-end and registrar in Nominet, Uniregistry deals

<http://domainincite.com/20235-minds-machines-dumps-back-end-and-registrar-in-nominet-uniregistry-deals>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Alternate DNS roots and the abominable snowman of sovereignty by Brenden Kuerbis, Milton Mueller

Ever since the formation of ICANN (and before), the mere mention of “alternate DNS roots” has inspired apoplectic reactions in certain circles. The idea of running a DNS root that competed with the one managed by IANA was seen as heretical at best, and an evil destructive plot at worst. The IAB issued a fatwa on the subject in 2000 and a panicky ICANN board unilaterally declared that the IAB’s fatwa was a policy, despite never having gone through a policy development process.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/04/07/alternate-dns-roots-and-the-abominable-snowman-of-sovereignty/>

 

The Draft Bylaws on ICANN’s Mission: Some Important Questions by Milton Mueller

Lawyers have been busily working on taking the enhanced accountability and IANA transition proposals and revising the ICANN bylaw language to implement them. The first draft for public discussion was sent out Sunday, April 3. The community now has only a week or so to review them and catch errors or problems.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/04/04/the-draft-bylaws-on-icanns-mission-some-important-questions/>

 

ICANN sets course for change of Internet stewardship by David Taylor

ICANN took another step towards a tectonic shift in Internet governance at its 55th meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, in March.

<http://www.limegreenipnews.com/2016/04/icann-sets-course-for-change-of-internet-stewardship/>

 

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ICANN

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ICANN and Verisign Announce Start of 90-day Root Zone Management System "Parallel Testing" Period

As scheduled and previously communicated, on 6 April 2016, ICANN and Verisign began a 90-day “parallel testing” period to verify the continued integrity of the data contained in the root zone file produced via the Root Zone Management System following the successful completion of the IANA Stewardship Transition.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-08-en>

 

8 April 2016 – Additional CPE Results Released

ICANN has published the Community Priority Evaluation Results for 1 application, and updated application and contention set statuses accordingly.

<https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe>

 

Letter from Minister Anne Berner, Ministry of Transport and Communications, to Steve Crocker

ICANN 56 Meeting in Helsinki, Finland

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/berner-to-crocker-04apr16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Steve Crocker to Senators Ted Cruz, Michael S. Lee and James Lankford

Internet Governance

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-cruz-lankford-lee-06apr16-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Senators Ted Cruz, Michael S. Lee and James Lankford, United States Senate, to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehadé

Internet Governance

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/cruz-lankford-lee-to-crocker-04apr16-en.pdf>

 

The Internet is made with carrots, not sticks

The Internet is at once global and local. The nature of internetworking means that the global Internet is built only of other networks. There is a small but key point of coordination on the Internet, called the IANA.

<http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/07/the-internet-is-made-with-carrots-not-sticks/>

 

ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles

ICANN has responded to an angry letter from three US Congressmen accusing it of failing to answer questions ... by sending a letter that fails to answer their questions.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/08/icann_responds_to_failure_to_answer_questions/>

 

ICANN refuses to play Ted Cruz’s game

ICANN has blown off US senator Ted Cruz by declining to answer a bunch of framed questions about its engagement with China.

<http://domainincite.com/20252-icann-refuses-to-play-ted-cruzs-game>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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European ccTLD News Brief (April 2016)

CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (23rd edition). This month features: Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA, reflects on his time at the helm of the ccNSO, IANA Stewardship Transition: next steps, EU Policy Update by Nina Elzer, CENTR Policy Advisor & ccTLD news, highlights and statistics

<https://centr.org/news/cctld/04-07-2016/4803/european-cctld-news-brief-april-2016>

 

A focus on a competitive, digital future for Australia

Innovation. Disruption. Digital literacy. Ideas boom. What do they all mean? How do they translate to economic prosperity? What impact will they have on Australia’s digital future?

<https://www.auda.org.au/news/a-focus-on-a-competitive-digital-future-for-australia/>

 

au: Optus helps today's youth be responsible and savvy digital citizens

The second in our interview series with a 2015 Australian ANZIA (Internet award) winner - under the Security & Online Safety category - is with Helen Maisano, Associate Director Corporate Social Responsibility at Optus. The project Optus was acknowledged for was their Digital Thumbprint Program.

<https://www.auda.org.au/blog/optus-and-their-digital-thumbprint/>

<https://www.anzia.org.au/news/optus-helps-todays-youth-be-responsible-and-savvy-digital-citizens/>

 

Allegravita and ZDNS Provide Clarity to New Internet Regulations in China

As often happens when new rules are released in China, media outlets scramble to interpret the often opaque wording of draft legal changes that could potentially impact the market regulatory environment.

<http://allegravita.com/2016/04/04/allegravita-zdns-provide-clarity-internet-regulations-china/>

 

dk: Together against cybercrime

DK Hostmaster has entered a partnership with authorities and private Internet companies in the fight against financial cybercrime.

<https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/together-against-cybercrime/>

 

.eu turns 10!

Today, 7 April 2016, marks .eu’s tenth anniversary. Since 2006, EURid, the .eu managing registry, has greatly developed .eu, offering the TLD to residents of the EU and EEA as well as implementing solutions in order to create a safe, stable and credible European online extension.

<https://www.eurid.eu/en/news/we-celebrate-eu-10th-years-anniversary/>

 

Celebrating 10 years of European online identity with .eu

Today marks the 10th anniversary of .eu, the country code top-level internet domain for the European Union.

<http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/celebrating-10-years-european-online-identity-eu_en>

 

.EU Celebrates 10th Birthday

The .EU TLD celebrated its tenth birthday this week. After ten years of availability there are now 3.9 million .eu domain names registered through 750 partners worldwide – .eu accredited registrars.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/08/eu-celebrates-10th-birthday/>

 

Registrar Satisfaction Survey 2015 findings

99% of .eu accedited registrars feel they are overall satisfied with EURid, according to the results of the 2015 Registrar Satisfaction Survey.

<https://www.eurid.eu/en/news/registrar-satisfaction-survey-2015-findings/>

 

Registrars Overwhelmingly Satisfied With EURid

A survey of .eu accredited registrars has found that an almost unanimous satisfaction with .eu registry EURid.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/08/registrars-satisfied-eurid/>

 

org: Nonprofit Tech for Good and Public Interest Registry Release Inaugural “NGO Online Technology Report”

Nonprofit Tech for Good and Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, have announced findings of the inaugural “2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report” which uncovers how NGOs are using digital tools to communicate with their supporters.

<http://pir.org/nonprofit-tech-for-good-and-public-interest-registry-release-inaugural-ngo-online-technology-report/>

 

Russian domain registrars sign memorandum on Runet development

At RIGF-2016, Russian domain registrars signed a memorandum on development of the Runet address space. The document establishes new directions, priorities and performance indicators for registrars in developing the Russian domain space.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9662>

 

.RU domain celebrates its 22nd anniversary

On April 7, the Russian national domain .RU will celebrate its 22nd anniversary. Over the past five years, it has grown 1.6 times or by 1.9 million domain names. As of April 7, 2015, .RU includes over 5 million domain names (5,178,910) managed by 1.9 million administrators, and 94.7 percent of domain names in .RU are delegated. To date, there are 35 accredited domain registrars in .RU.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9659>

 

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NEW TLDS

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Nominet has sights set on .org after M+M deal

Nominet chief Russell Haworth is hopeful that its new outsourcing deal with Minds + Machines will help it win a much more lucrative back-end contract — .org.

<http://domainincite.com/20245-nominet-has-sights-set-on-org-after-mm-deal>

 

Minds + Machines dumps back-end and registrar in Nominet, Uniregistry deals

Minds + Machines is to get out of the registrar and back-end registry services markets in separate deals with Nominet and Uniregistry.

<http://domainincite.com/20235-minds-machines-dumps-back-end-and-registrar-in-nominet-uniregistry-deals>

 

Partnership with Minds + Machines moves us into the Top 10 registry services providers

Today, we’ve announced that we’ll be providing registry and DNS services for Minds + Machines Group Limited’s 28 TLDs, including .london and .work, subject to the normal ICANN and client approvals. It’s the largest transition of gTLDs to date, a significant step forward for Nominet in the Registry Service Provision market and one which catapults us into the top ten RSPs globally.

<http://www.nominet.uk/nominets-new-partnership-with-minds-machines-moves-it-into-the-top-10-registry-services-providers/>

 

Outsourcing Agreements

Minds + Machines Group Limited, the sales and marketing led registry group, is delighted to announce it has: reached an agreement for Nominet to take over the technical back-end registry functions for up to 28 TLDs within the Group’s portfolio;

<http://mmx.co/2016/04/08/outsourcing-agreements/>

<http://www.nominet.uk/minds-machines-group-limited-outsourcing-agreements/>

 

Usage Trumps Registrations: Why Past TLDs Failed and Why Many Will Follow in Their Path by Colin Campbell

First of all I am biased. I am a common sense thinker who tries to analyze risk and reward based on societal trends and conventional wisdom. Watching the new gTLDs launch over the last 2 years reminds me of the circus we are now seeing in the U.S. election. Myself, a self-proclaimed libertarian, can now be labeled as the establishment, while the so called "outsiders" act and behave like they are not politicians yet seem to be masters of messaging and propaganda.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160409_usage_trumps_registrations_why_past_tlds_failed_why_many_will/>

 

Rightside rejects Negari’s $5m new gTLD offer

Rightside has turned down Daniel Negari’s $5 million offer to acquire four of its new gTLDs, according to Negari.

<http://domainincite.com/20257-rightside-rejects-negaris-5m-new-gtld-offer>

 

StartingDot Now Offers EPP Premium Name Feature

We are pleased to announce that StartingDot successfully launched its EPP Premium Name Feature on March 17th. The initial launch made over 1,800 two-letter premium domains from the .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI TLDs available directly to the general public through any registrar partner who implements the EPP Premium Name Feature.

<https://www.startingdot.com/corporate/startingdot-now-offers-premium-epp-feature/>

 

Council member of .Sport applicant SportAccord is on U.S. Sanctions List

SportAccord, the organization that wants to run the .Sport TLD, might have a bit of a problem.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/07/sportaccord-sanctions/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust

The 2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and conducted by global research company Ipsos, reached 24,143 Internet users in 24 countries, and was carried out between November 20, 2015 and December 4, 2015.

<https://www.cigionline.org/internet-survey-2016>

 

us: Homeland Security Dept. Struggles to Hire Staff to Combat Cyberattacks

At a time of increasing threats of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security is having trouble recruiting much-needed computer experts because it cannot match the pay of the private sector and does not have the same allure as intelligence agencies.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/us/politics/homeland-security-dept-struggles-to-hire-staff-to-combat-cyberattacks.html>

 

Multistakeholder Process: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

This web page provides details on the NTIA-convened multistakeholder process concerning collaboration between security researchers and software and system developers and owners to address security vulnerability disclosure.

<https://www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/2016/multistakeholder-process-cybersecurity-vulnerabilities>

 

de: Internet Security Days 2016 - Call for Papers

This year’s Internet Security Days will take place on 22 and 23 September in Phantasialand in Brühl, near Cologne, Germany. At the event experts for online security, IT security experts and decision-makers from end-user companies can inform themselves about current threats and discuss new strategies. 2016 is the first year that eco and Heise Media will jointly host the Internet Security Days.

<https://international.eco.de/2016/news/internet-security-days-2016-call-for-papers.html>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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au: Arla Foods Amba v. Graytech Hosting Pty Ltd. ABN 49106229476, Elizabeth Rose - Case No. DAU2016-0001

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Arla Foods Amba of Denmark, represented by BrandIT GmbH, Switzerland. The Respondent is Graytech Hosting Pty Ltd. ABN 49106229476, Elizabeth Rose of France. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <arlafoods.com.au> is registered with TPP Wholesale Pty Ltd.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0001>

 

Sunbeam Corporation Limited and Sunbeam Products Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions v. Rabbit Tracks Pty Limited - Case No. DAU2016-0005

1. The Parties: The Complaint is brought jointly by Sunbeam Corporation Limited of Altona, Australia, hereinafter referred to as the First Complainant, and Sunbeam Products Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions of Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America (“United States”), hereinafter referred to as the Second Complainant, and both referred to together as “the Complainants”, represented by Katrina O’Leary, Australia. The Respondent is Rabbit Tracks Pty Limited of Potts Point, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar The disputed domain name <foodsaver.com.au> is registered with Drop.com.au Pty Ltd.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0005>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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Blacknight Advises SMEs To Build Online Businesses on Websites, Not Social

Blacknight want to help Irish SMEs take charge of their online presence with a dedicated website and great domain name.

<http://www.blacknight.press/125538-blacknight-advises-smes-to-build-online-businesses-on-websites-not-social>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Domain Names and Websites as Collateral: Managing Uncertainty in Secured Financing Transactions by James P. Nehf, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Abstract: It is no secret that the growth of online commerce has surged in the 21st Century. Accompanying that growth has been an increased level of awareness that Internet-related “cyberassets” have become critically important in the field of secured financing. There is no reason to believe that this trend will change any time soon. Indeed, interest in these assets as collateral in commercial financing transactions appears to be getting stronger each year.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2756189>

 

EU Policy Update - April 2016

EU Member States ill-prepared for cyber threats - This is the result of a recent ENISA study analysing the crisis management frameworks in the sectors of aviation, civil protection, border control, counter-terrorism and health and disease control. It is particularly important to focus not only on the mitigation of the effect of (a) cyber crisis, but also on the mitigation of the cyber incidents that caused it, the report states.

<https://centr.org/news/04-07-2016/4798/eu-policy-update-april-2016>

 

Inside the world’s first domain name-themed coffee shop

The world now has a domain name-themed coffee shop. And where else but domain-hungry China?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/08/domain-name-themed-coffee-shop/>

 

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WEBHOSTING

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Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in March 2016

Qube had the most reliable hosting company site in March, responding to all of Netcraft's requests. This continues Qube's strong performance from last year, where it placed in the top ten in eight months of 2015, and both January and February of 2016.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/04/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-march-2016.html>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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StartingDot Publishes Q1 2016 PREMIUM TLD 50

StartingDot’s first Premium TLD 50 index for 2016 brings added refinement to the way we report on the cream of the TLD crop. Because we measure Premiums, i.e. domain sales set at a certain price point and above, it’s important to identify as clearly as possible any promotional activity which would bring the effective price of a TLD’s domains down.

<https://www.startingdot.com/premium-tld-50/startingdot-q1-2016-premium-tld-50/>

 

.Coms and Non .Coms Evenly Split This Week's Top 20 Sales With 10 Entries Each

It is a rare occasion when .coms don't dominate our weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. The past week was one of those with non .com domain claiming just as many chart entries as .com domains with the two sides ending up in a 10-10 deadlock.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160406.htm>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Online streaming drives first increase in music industry revenue in years

The Australian music industry's revenue has gone up for the first time in three years, driven by a doubling in music streaming services, while music downloads continued their decline.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-11/online-streaming-drives-increase-in-australian-music-industry/7314660>

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/08/icann_responds_to_failure_to_answer_questions/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/08/icann_responds_to_failure_to_answer_questions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN refuses to play Ted Cruz&rsquo;s game<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20252-icann-refuses-to-play-ted-cruzs-game"><span>http://domainincite.com/20252-icann-refuses-to-play-ted-cruzs-game</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A focus on a competitive, digital future for Australia<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.auda.org.au/news/a-focus-on-a-competitive-digital-future-for-australia/"><span>https://www.auda.org.au/news/a-focus-on-a-competitive-digital-future-for-australia/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Optus helps today's youth be responsible and savvy digital citizens<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.auda.org.au/blog/optus-and-their-digital-thumbprint/"><span>https://www.auda.org.au/blog/optus-and-their-digital-thumbprint/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.anzia.org.au/news/optus-helps-todays-youth-be-responsible-and-savvy-digital-citizens/"><span>https://www.anzia.org.au/news/optus-helps-todays-youth-be-responsible-and-savvy-digital-citizens/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Celebrating 10 years of European online identity with .eu<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/celebrating-10-years-european-online-identity-eu_en"><span>http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/celebrating-10-years-european-online-identity-eu_en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet has sights set on .org after M+M deal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20245-nominet-has-sights-set-on-org-after-mm-deal"><span>http://domainincite.com/20245-nominet-has-sights-set-on-org-after-mm-deal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines dumps back-end and registrar in Nominet, Uniregistry deals<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20235-minds-machines-dumps-back-end-and-registrar-in-nominet-uniregistry-deals"><span>http://domainincite.com/20235-minds-machines-dumps-back-end-and-registrar-in-nominet-uniregistry-deals</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>Alternate DNS roots and the abominable snowman of sovereignty by Brenden Kuerbis, Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ever since the formation of ICANN (and before), the mere mention of &ldquo;alternate DNS roots&rdquo; has inspired apoplectic reactions in certain circles. The idea of running a DNS root that competed with the one managed by IANA was seen as heretical at best, and an evil destructive plot at worst. The IAB issued a fatwa on the subject in 2000 and a panicky ICANN board unilaterally declared that the IAB&rsquo;s fatwa was a policy, despite never having gone through a policy development process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/04/07/alternate-dns-roots-and-the-abominable-snowman-of-sovereignty/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/04/07/alternate-dns-roots-and-the-abominable-snowman-of-sovereignty/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Draft Bylaws on ICANN&rsquo;s Mission: Some Important Questions by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lawyers have been busily working on taking the enhanced accountability and IANA transition proposals and revising the ICANN bylaw language to implement them. The first draft for public discussion was sent out Sunday, April 3. The community now has only a week or so to review them and catch errors or problems.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/04/04/the-draft-bylaws-on-icanns-mission-some-important-questions/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2016/04/04/the-draft-bylaws-on-icanns-mission-some-important-questions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN sets course for change of Internet stewardship by David Taylor<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN took another step towards a tectonic shift in Internet governance at its 55th meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, in March.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.limegreenipnews.com/2016/04/icann-sets-course-for-change-of-internet-stewardship/"><span>http://www.limegreenipnews.com/2016/04/icann-sets-course-for-change-of-internet-stewardship/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN and Verisign Announce Start of 90-day Root Zone Management System "Parallel Testing" Period<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As scheduled and previously communicated, on 6 April 2016, ICANN and Verisign began a 90-day &ldquo;parallel testing&rdquo; period to verify the continued integrity of the data contained in the root zone file produced via the Root Zone Management System following the successful completion of the IANA Stewardship Transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>8 April 2016 &ndash; Additional CPE Results Released<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has published the Community Priority Evaluation Results for 1 application, and updated application and contention set statuses accordingly.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe"><span>https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/cpe</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Minister Anne Berner, Ministry of Transport and Communications, to Steve Crocker</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 56 Meeting in Helsinki, Finland<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/berner-to-crocker-04apr16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/berner-to-crocker-04apr16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Steve Crocker to Senators Ted Cruz, Michael S. Lee and James Lankford</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT">Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT">&lt;</span><span><a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-cruz-lankford-lee-06apr16-en.pdf"><span lang="DE-AT">https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-cruz-lankford-lee-06apr16-en.pdf</span></a></span><span lang="DE-AT">&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Senators Ted Cruz, Michael S. Lee and James Lankford, United States Senate, to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehad&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT">Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT">&lt;</span><span><a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/cruz-lankford-lee-to-crocker-04apr16-en.pdf"><span lang="DE-AT">https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/cruz-lankford-lee-to-crocker-04apr16-en.pdf</span></a></span><span lang="DE-AT">&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="DE-AT"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet is made with carrots, not sticks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet is at once global and local. The nature of internetworking means that the global Internet is built only of other networks. There is a small but key point of coordination on the Internet, called the IANA.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/07/the-internet-is-made-with-carrots-not-sticks/"><span>http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/07/the-internet-is-made-with-carrots-not-sticks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has responded to an angry letter from three US Congressmen accusing it of failing to answer questions ... by sending a letter that fails to answer their questions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/08/icann_responds_to_failure_to_answer_questions/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/08/icann_responds_to_failure_to_answer_questions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN refuses to play Ted Cruz&rsquo;s game<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN has blown off US senator Ted Cruz by declining to answer a bunch of framed questions about its engagement with China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20252-icann-refuses-to-play-ted-cruzs-game"><span>http://domainincite.com/20252-icann-refuses-to-play-ted-cruzs-game</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>European ccTLD News Brief (April 2016)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR has published its latest CENTRnews magazine (23rd edition). This month features: Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA, reflects on his time at the helm of the ccNSO, IANA Stewardship Transition: next steps, EU Policy Update by Nina Elzer, CENTR Policy Advisor &amp; ccTLD news, highlights and statistics<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/cctld/04-07-2016/4803/european-cctld-news-brief-april-2016"><span>https://centr.org/news/cctld/04-07-2016/4803/european-cctld-news-brief-april-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A focus on a competitive, digital future for Australia<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Innovation. Disruption. Digital literacy. Ideas boom. What do they all mean? How do they translate to economic prosperity? What impact will they have on Australia&rsquo;s digital future?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.auda.org.au/news/a-focus-on-a-competitive-digital-future-for-australia/"><span>https://www.auda.org.au/news/a-focus-on-a-competitive-digital-future-for-australia/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Optus helps today's youth be responsible and savvy digital citizens<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The second in our interview series with a 2015 Australian ANZIA (Internet award) winner - under the Security &amp; Online Safety category - is with Helen Maisano, Associate Director Corporate Social Responsibility at Optus. The project Optus was acknowledged for was their Digital Thumbprint Program.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.auda.org.au/blog/optus-and-their-digital-thumbprint/"><span>https://www.auda.org.au/blog/optus-and-their-digital-thumbprint/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.anzia.org.au/news/optus-helps-todays-youth-be-responsible-and-savvy-digital-citizens/"><span>https://www.anzia.org.au/news/optus-helps-todays-youth-be-responsible-and-savvy-digital-citizens/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Allegravita and ZDNS Provide Clarity to New Internet Regulations in China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As often happens when new rules are released in China, media outlets scramble to interpret the often opaque wording of draft legal changes that could potentially impact the market regulatory environment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://allegravita.com/2016/04/04/allegravita-zdns-provide-clarity-internet-regulations-china/"><span>http://allegravita.com/2016/04/04/allegravita-zdns-provide-clarity-internet-regulations-china/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>dk: Together against cybercrime<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DK Hostmaster has entered a partnership with authorities and private Internet companies in the fight against financial cybercrime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/together-against-cybercrime/"><span>https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/together-against-cybercrime/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.eu turns 10!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, 7 April 2016, marks .eu&rsquo;s tenth anniversary. Since 2006, EURid, the .eu managing registry, has greatly developed .eu, offering the TLD to residents of the EU and EEA as well as implementing solutions in order to create a safe, stable and credible European online extension.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.eurid.eu/en/news/we-celebrate-eu-10th-years-anniversary/"><span>https://www.eurid.eu/en/news/we-celebrate-eu-10th-years-anniversary/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Celebrating 10 years of European online identity with .eu<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today marks the 10th anniversary of .eu, the country code top-level internet domain for the European Union.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/celebrating-10-years-european-online-identity-eu_en"><span>http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/ansip/blog/celebrating-10-years-european-online-identity-eu_en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.EU Celebrates 10th Birthday<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The .EU TLD celebrated its tenth birthday this week. After ten years of availability there are now 3.9 million .eu domain names registered through 750 partners worldwide &ndash; .eu accredited registrars.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/08/eu-celebrates-10th-birthday/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/08/eu-celebrates-10th-birthday/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Registrar Satisfaction Survey 2015 findings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>99% of .eu accedited registrars feel they are overall satisfied with EURid, according to the results of the 2015 Registrar Satisfaction Survey.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.eurid.eu/en/news/registrar-satisfaction-survey-2015-findings/"><span>https://www.eurid.eu/en/news/registrar-satisfaction-survey-2015-findings/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Registrars Overwhelmingly Satisfied With EURid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A survey of .eu accredited registrars has found that an almost unanimous satisfaction with .eu registry EURid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/08/registrars-satisfied-eurid/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/08/registrars-satisfied-eurid/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>org: Nonprofit Tech for Good and Public Interest Registry Release Inaugural &ldquo;NGO Online Technology Report&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nonprofit Tech for Good and Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, have announced findings of the inaugural &ldquo;2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report&rdquo; which uncovers how NGOs are using digital tools to communicate with their supporters.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://pir.org/nonprofit-tech-for-good-and-public-interest-registry-release-inaugural-ngo-online-technology-report/"><span>http://pir.org/nonprofit-tech-for-good-and-public-interest-registry-release-inaugural-ngo-online-technology-report/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Russian domain registrars sign memorandum on Runet development<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At RIGF-2016, Russian domain registrars signed a memorandum on development of the Runet address space. The document establishes new directions, priorities and performance indicators for registrars in developing the Russian domain space.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9662"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9662</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.RU domain celebrates its 22nd anniversary<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On April 7, the Russian national domain .RU will celebrate its 22nd anniversary. Over the past five years, it has grown 1.6 times or by 1.9 million domain names. As of April 7, 2015, .RU includes over 5 million domain names (5,178,910) managed by 1.9 million administrators, and 94.7 percent of domain names in .RU are delegated. To date, there are 35 accredited domain registrars in .RU.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9659"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9659</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>Nominet has sights set on .org after M+M deal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet chief Russell Haworth is hopeful that its new outsourcing deal with Minds + Machines will help it win a much more lucrative back-end contract &mdash; .org.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20245-nominet-has-sights-set-on-org-after-mm-deal"><span>http://domainincite.com/20245-nominet-has-sights-set-on-org-after-mm-deal</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines dumps back-end and registrar in Nominet, Uniregistry deals<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines is to get out of the registrar and back-end registry services markets in separate deals with Nominet and Uniregistry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20235-minds-machines-dumps-back-end-and-registrar-in-nominet-uniregistry-deals"><span>http://domainincite.com/20235-minds-machines-dumps-back-end-and-registrar-in-nominet-uniregistry-deals</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Partnership with Minds + Machines moves us into the Top 10 registry services providers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today, we&rsquo;ve announced that we&rsquo;ll be providing registry and DNS services for Minds + Machines Group Limited&rsquo;s 28 TLDs, including .london and .work, subject to the normal ICANN and client approvals. It&rsquo;s the largest transition of gTLDs to date, a significant step forward for Nominet in the Registry Service Provision market and one which catapults us into the top ten RSPs globally.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.uk/nominets-new-partnership-with-minds-machines-moves-it-into-the-top-10-registry-services-providers/"><span>http://www.nominet.uk/nominets-new-partnership-with-minds-machines-moves-it-into-the-top-10-registry-services-providers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Outsourcing Agreements<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Minds + Machines Group Limited, the sales and marketing led registry group, is delighted to announce it has: reached an agreement for Nominet to take over the technical back-end registry functions for up to 28 TLDs within the Group&rsquo;s portfolio;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://mmx.co/2016/04/08/outsourcing-agreements/"><span>http://mmx.co/2016/04/08/outsourcing-agreements/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.uk/minds-machines-group-limited-outsourcing-agreements/"><span>http://www.nominet.uk/minds-machines-group-limited-outsourcing-agreements/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Usage Trumps Registrations: Why Past TLDs Failed and Why Many Will Follow in Their Path by Colin Campbell<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>First of all I am biased. I am a common sense thinker who tries to analyze risk and reward based on societal trends and conventional wisdom. Watching the new gTLDs launch over the last 2 years reminds me of the circus we are now seeing in the U.S. election. Myself, a self-proclaimed libertarian, can now be labeled as the establishment, while the so called "outsiders" act and behave like they are not politicians yet seem to be masters of messaging and propaganda.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160409_usage_trumps_registrations_why_past_tlds_failed_why_many_will/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160409_usage_trumps_registrations_why_past_tlds_failed_why_many_will/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside rejects Negari&rsquo;s $5m new gTLD offer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside has turned down Daniel Negari&rsquo;s $5 million offer to acquire four of its new gTLDs, according to Negari.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20257-rightside-rejects-negaris-5m-new-gtld-offer"><span>http://domainincite.com/20257-rightside-rejects-negaris-5m-new-gtld-offer</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>StartingDot Now Offers EPP Premium Name Feature<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We are pleased to announce that StartingDot successfully launched its EPP Premium Name Feature on March 17th. The initial launch made over 1,800 two-letter premium domains from the .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI TLDs available directly to the general public through any registrar partner who implements the EPP Premium Name Feature.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.startingdot.com/corporate/startingdot-now-offers-premium-epp-feature/"><span>https://www.startingdot.com/corporate/startingdot-now-offers-premium-epp-feature/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Council member of .Sport applicant SportAccord is on U.S. Sanctions List<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>SportAccord, the organization that wants to run the .Sport TLD, might have a bit of a problem.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/07/sportaccord-sanctions/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/07/sportaccord-sanctions/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and conducted by global research company Ipsos, reached 24,143 Internet users in 24 countries, and was carried out between November 20, 2015 and December 4, 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.cigionline.org/internet-survey-2016"><span>https://www.cigionline.org/internet-survey-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>us: Homeland Security Dept. Struggles to Hire Staff to Combat Cyberattacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At a time of increasing threats of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security is having trouble recruiting much-needed computer experts because it cannot match the pay of the private sector and does not have the same allure as intelligence agencies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/us/politics/homeland-security-dept-struggles-to-hire-staff-to-combat-cyberattacks.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/07/us/politics/homeland-security-dept-struggles-to-hire-staff-to-combat-cyberattacks.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Multistakeholder Process: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This web page provides details on the NTIA-convened multistakeholder process concerning collaboration between security researchers and software and system developers and owners to address security vulnerability disclosure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/2016/multistakeholder-process-cybersecurity-vulnerabilities"><span>https://www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/2016/multistakeholder-process-cybersecurity-vulnerabilities</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>de: Internet Security Days 2016 - Call for Papers</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This year&rsquo;s Internet Security Days will take place on 22 and 23 September in Phantasialand in Br&uuml;hl, near Cologne, Germany. At the event experts for online security, IT security experts and decision-makers from end-user companies can inform themselves about current threats and discuss new strategies. 2016 is the first year that eco and Heise Media will jointly host the Internet Security Days.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2016/news/internet-security-days-2016-call-for-papers.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2016/news/internet-security-days-2016-call-for-papers.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Arla Foods Amba v. Graytech Hosting Pty Ltd. ABN 49106229476, Elizabeth Rose - Case No. DAU2016-0001</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Arla Foods Amba of Denmark, represented by BrandIT GmbH, Switzerland. The Respondent is Graytech Hosting Pty Ltd. ABN 49106229476, Elizabeth Rose of France. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;arlafoods.com.au&gt; is registered with TPP Wholesale Pty Ltd.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0001"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0001</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sunbeam Corporation Limited and Sunbeam Products Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions v. Rabbit Tracks Pty Limited - Case No. DAU2016-0005</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complaint is brought jointly by Sunbeam Corporation Limited of Altona, Australia, hereinafter referred to as the First Complainant, and Sunbeam Products Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions of Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America (&ldquo;United States&rdquo;), hereinafter referred to as the Second Complainant, and both referred to together as &ldquo;the Complainants&rdquo;, represented by Katrina O&rsquo;Leary, Australia. The Respondent is Rabbit Tracks Pty Limited of Potts Point, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar The disputed domain name &lt;foodsaver.com.au&gt; is registered with Drop.com.au Pty Ltd.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0005"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0005</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Blacknight Advises SMEs To Build Online Businesses on Websites, Not Social<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Blacknight want to help Irish SMEs take charge of their online presence with a dedicated website and great domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.blacknight.press/125538-blacknight-advises-smes-to-build-online-businesses-on-websites-not-social"><span>http://www.blacknight.press/125538-blacknight-advises-smes-to-build-online-businesses-on-websites-not-social</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain Names and Websites as Collateral: Managing Uncertainty in Secured Financing Transactions by James P. Nehf, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: It is no secret that the growth of online commerce has surged in the 21st Century. Accompanying that growth has been an increased level of awareness that Internet-related &ldquo;cyberassets&rdquo; have become critically important in the field of secured financing. There is no reason to believe that this trend will change any time soon. Indeed, interest in these assets as collateral in commercial financing transactions appears to be getting stronger each year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2756189"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2756189</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EU Policy Update - April 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>EU Member States ill-prepared for cyber threats - This is the result of a recent ENISA study analysing the crisis management frameworks in the sectors of aviation, civil protection, border control, counter-terrorism and health and disease control. It is particularly important to focus not only on the mitigation of the effect of (a) cyber crisis, but also on the mitigation of the cyber incidents that caused it, the report states.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/04-07-2016/4798/eu-policy-update-april-2016"><span>https://centr.org/news/04-07-2016/4798/eu-policy-update-april-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Inside the world&rsquo;s first domain name-themed coffee shop<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The world now has a domain name-themed coffee shop. And where else but domain-hungry China?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/08/domain-name-themed-coffee-shop/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/08/domain-name-themed-coffee-shop/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in March 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Qube had the most reliable hosting company site in March, responding to all of Netcraft's requests. This continues Qube's strong performance from last year, where it placed in the top ten in eight months of 2015, and both January and February of 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/04/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-march-2016.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/04/04/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-march-2016.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>StartingDot Publishes Q1 2016 PREMIUM TLD 50<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>StartingDot&rsquo;s first Premium TLD 50 index for 2016 brings added refinement to the way we report on the cream of the TLD crop. Because we measure Premiums, i.e. domain sales set at a certain price point and above, it&rsquo;s important to identify as clearly as possible any promotional activity which would bring the effective price of a TLD&rsquo;s domains down.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.startingdot.com/premium-tld-50/startingdot-q1-2016-premium-tld-50/"><span>https://www.startingdot.com/premium-tld-50/startingdot-q1-2016-premium-tld-50/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Coms and Non .Coms Evenly Split This Week's Top 20 Sales With 10 Entries Each<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is a rare occasion when .coms don't dominate our weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. The past week was one of those with non .com domain claiming just as many chart entries as .com domains with the two sides ending up in a 10-10 deadlock.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160406.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160406.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Online streaming drives first increase in music industry revenue in years<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Australian music industry's revenue has gone up for the first time in three years, driven by a doubling in music streaming services, while music downloads continued their decline.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-11/online-streaming-drives-increase-in-australian-music-industry/7314660"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-11/online-streaming-drives-increase-in-australian-music-industry/7314660</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>web: <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</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>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 | 7 Apr 06:56 2016

auDA domain news - 7 April

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The domain name news is supported by auDA

 

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ICANN Transition Proposal: The U.S. Should Proceed with Caution by Brett D. Schaefer and Paul Rosenzweig

<http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/04/icann-transition-proposal-the-us-should-proceed-with-caution>

 

UN 'net governance body faces criticism from within

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/net_governance_body_faces_criticism_from_within/>

 

Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/cruz_slams_dns_overseer_icann_again/>

 

AWS customers to have email addresses revealed on .au domains

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/aws-customers-to-have-email-addresses-revealed-on-au-domains/>

 

New Vatican office will control 'dot-catholic' doman

<http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27979>

 

U.S. Court Postpones Decision On .africa Domain Name

<http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/us-court-postpones-decision-on-africa-domain-name>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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ICANN Transition Proposal: The U.S. Should Proceed with Caution by Brett D. Schaefer and Paul Rosenzweig

The U.S. government is on the verge of giving up its role in overseeing changes in the Domain Name System that assigns names and numbers on the Internet. If things proceed as proposed, the DNS system will be run independently under ICANN with oversight by a new international multi-stakeholder entity. ICANN plays an important role in maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and openness of the Internet, and it must remain accountable and transparent. While the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability proposal is a blueprint for an accountable institution, it remains unclear whether the result will be sound or whether the ICANN community will act responsibly and in a timely manner to hold ICANN accountable. The shift to a multi-stakeholder global system is too important to get wrong or to rush, and the U.S. should ensure that an effective, reliable system is in place before completing the transition.

<http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/04/icann-transition-proposal-the-us-should-proceed-with-caution>

 

UN 'net governance body faces criticism from within

The Internet Governance Forum – a special UN body set up to look at how the internet is run – faced a backlash from its own advisors in Geneva on Tuesday.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/net_governance_body_faces_criticism_from_within/>

 

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ICANN

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GDD Summit Announced

ICANN's second Global Domains Division Industry Summit will be held 17-19 May 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-04-en>

 

Fellowship Program Brings Experienced Alumni to ICANN56 Policy Forum

Twenty-five Alumni with previous Fellowship and ICANN Community experience have been selected to participate in ICANN's Policy Forum at the 56th Public Meeting in Helsinki, 27-30 June 2016.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-04-04-en>

 

Case Studies

As part of ICANN's global efforts to raise awareness of, and interest in new gTLDs, all registries are invited to partner with us to develop case studies. These case studies tell the story of a TLD, including its background and business objectives. They are intended for use as educational resources. We will continue to publish new case studies on this webpage on an ongoing basis.

<https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/case-studies>

 

Letter from Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board of Directors, to Paul Diaz

RySG Letter re GAC Advice on Use of 2-Letter Country Codes

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chalaby-to-diaz-30mar16-en.pdf>

 

Cruz Accuses ICANN Of Stonewalling Congress

The epistolary exchange between Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential hopeful, and ICANN that started out as an inquiry into the Internet domain overseer’s ties to China has erupted into a full-blown accusation that ICANN is stonewalling Congress.

<http://www.bna.com/cruz-accuses-icann-b57982069454/>

 

Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

Republican presidential wannabe Ted Cruz, along with two other Senators, has lambasted DNS overseer ICANN a second time for failing to answer questions over its former CEO's ties to China.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/cruz_slams_dns_overseer_icann_again/>

 

Cruz keeps up pressure on ICANN brass

US presidential wannabe Sen. Ted Cruz has sent ICANN’s chair another nasty letter, demanding to know why he hasn’t yet responded to a laundry list of questions about former CEO Fadi Chehade’s relationship with the Chinese government.

<http://domainincite.com/20230-cruz-keeps-up-pressure-on-icann-brass>

 

Ted Cruz Sees More Reds Under The Beds At ICANN

US wannabe Republican candidate Senator Ted Cruz and his crazy co-conspirators, all Republicans of course, have sent another letter to ICANN accusing them of stonewalling Congress over a series of unanswered questions that remain from previous congressional oversight letters concerning ICANN's relationship with the Chinese government and the planned transition away from U.S. government oversight of the internet.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24561>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/06/ted-more-cruz-reds-under-beds-icann/>

 

Would you like this hypothetical telecom regulator to head up ICANN?

Let’s imagine a hypothetical telecom regulator getting picked as a new head of ICANN, and the consequences it might have. ICANN is the organization regulating much of the Internet’s crucial infrastructure, and there has been a continuous power struggle between the Internet’s values of transparency and openness against the dinosaur telecom values of walled gardens, monopolization, and surveillance.

<https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2016/04/like-hypothetical-telecom-regulator-head-icann/>

 

ICANN Is Stonewalling the U.S. Congress

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today sent a follow-up letter to Dr. Stephen Crocker, chairman of ICANN, demanding a response to a series of unanswered questions that remain from previous congressional oversight letters concerning ICANN’s relationship with the Chinese government and the planned transition away from U.S. government oversight of the Internet.

<http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2622>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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AWS customers to have email addresses revealed on .au domains

Amazon Route 53's domain name registrar associate Gandi is being forced to disclose users' email addresses that previously were hidden from WHOIS queries due to the auDA's privacy policy.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/aws-customers-to-have-email-addresses-revealed-on-au-domains/>

 

Vatican seeks to spread the .Catholic message [AFP]

The Vatican has set up a new office charged with promoting the use of the .Catholic domain name, in its latest move to upgrade its communications for the digital era.

<http://www.france24.com/en/20160406-vatican-seeks-spread-catholic-message>

 

New Vatican office will control 'dot-catholic' doman

The Vatican Secretariat for Communications has established a new bureau, entitled DotCatholic, to manage the new TLD by the same name.

<http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27979>

 

.Com Winners: GoDaddy back on top as China wanes

Last month in the .Com Winners & Losers column I reported a startling shift: Chinese domain name registrar eName had knocked perennial leader GoDaddy out of the #1 spot.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/04/com-winners-godaddy-china/>

 

fi: Bad, Bad Domainers - Really?

The basic idea of Domainers' business is to buy available domain names and then sell them forward with higher price. It's quite typical business model in many industries like selling used cars, investing in a stock exchange or running a retail shop - You buy something you believe you can sell forward with some profit.

<http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bad-domainers-really-juhani-juselius>

 

org: The Internet Society Announces New Appointments to Public Interest Registry Board of Directors

The Internet Society today announced that Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken and Lise Fuhr have been appointed to the Public Interest Registry Board of Directors. They will both serve three year terms, as will Roberto Gaetano who has been reappointed. These appointments will begin at the mid-year PIR Board meeting scheduled for July 2016.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-announces-new-appointments-public-interest-registry-board-directors>

 

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NEW TLDS

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U.S. Court Postpones Decision On .africa Domain Name

On Monday 4 April, a California court cancelled a hearing to determine whether the .africa domain could be released to a South African domain-name registry by the nonprofit ICANN. According to ICANN, which issues and manages gTLDs on behalf of the global Internet community, the court will issue a ruling at an unspecified future date. The delay prolongs a four-year debate over which of two registries should control the continent’s prized domain.

<http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/us-court-postpones-decision-on-africa-domain-name>

 

Rightside offers $10 renewals on premium names

Rightside is to run a promotion that will discount renewals on premium names down to .com prices.

<http://domainincite.com/20226-rightside-offers-10-renewals-on-premium-names>

 

Negari and .XYZ file Brief in Verisign Appeal

Daniel Negari and his company, XYZ, have filed their brief in response to Verisign’s appeal of XYZ’s lower court victory.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/06/negari-xyz-file-brief-verisign-appeal/>

 

Over half of all new gTLD domains are registered in China, analysis reveals

Recently compiled data from analytics site ntldstats.com has revealed that a staggering 53.4% of all domain registrations in new gTLD strings have their origin in China. The registration numbers are likely to come as an expected, and unwelcome, development for trademark counsel, who could be bracing themselves for a spike in cybersquatting. There is likely more to the picture, however.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=d7d42054-f9ec-4b78-a7fe-df56df260ec1>

 

One We've Been Waiting For: Google Switches TLD Registrar to .Google Domain Name by Tony Kirsch

If you've read my posts before you'll be well aware that as a strong advocate for .brands and the power they have to revolutionise digital marketing effectiveness, I am always eager to share some love with organisations that have taken the leap and launched their .brand TLDs.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160404_google_switches_tld_registrar_to_dot_google_domain/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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“Experience is a good school. But the fees are high”. ENISA urges decision makers to take action before a major cyber crisis occurs in Europe

ENISA analysed the EU-level crisis management frameworks in five different sectors to make recommendations on more efficient cyber crisis cooperation and management. The report resulting from this study highlights the lessons that can be learnt from other sectors and that could be applicable in the cyber domain. The study concludes with a series of recommendations regarding EU-level priorities to alter the impact of potential cyber crises. More recently ENISA published a video related to this study that summarises the conclusions based on testimonials from experts in other sectors.

<https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/201cexperience-is-a-good-school-but-the-fees-are-high201d-enisa-urges-decision-makers-to-take-action-before-a-major-cyber-crisis-occurs-in-europe>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Domain name can be lost in legal judgment

As most lawyers can tell you, winning a judgment is great. But it’s only half the battle. The other part of the process, and arguably the more important part, is collecting the amount the court awards. That is often more difficult than it sounds.

<http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2016/04/06/domain-name-can-lost-legal-judgment/82724402/>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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Blacknight Advises SMEs To Build Online Businesses on Websites, Not Social

Blacknight want to help Irish SMEs take charge of their online presence with a dedicated website and great domain name.

<http://www.blacknight.press/125538-blacknight-advises-smes-to-build-online-businesses-on-websites-not-social>

 

Discount on .de domains – domaindiscount24 celebrates new website design

Celebrating the new website design, domaindiscount24 offers one-year .de domain registrations for the special price of only 2.38 EUR incl. VAT per year until May 5, 2016. The offer represents a cost saving of more than 60% off the regular price.

<https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/discount-on-de-domains-domaindiscount24-celebrates-new-website-design>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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My top takeaways from DNS-OARC 24 by George Michaelson

The 24th DNS-OARC meeting was held last week in Buenos Aires – a two-day DNS workshop with amazingly good, consistent content. The programme committee are to be congratulated on maintaining a high quality of presentations.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2016/04/06/top-takeaways-dns-oarc-24/>

 

Igloo’s Tessa Holcomb – DNW Podcast #78

Where is the domain market headed? Tessa Holcomb, founder and CEO of domain broker Igloo, tells us on this week’s episode. She also discusses the company’s Brand Stories of companies that purchased valuable domain names.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/04/igloo-tessa-holcomb-78/>

 

Industry Veterans to Bring Unique New Domain Startup Summit Conference to Los Angeles This Summer

Domain conferences have played an indispensable role in the phenomenal growth of the domain industry over the past 12 years. With the ongoing expansion of the Internet worldwide the importance of domain names in branding and helping drive traffic to online enterprises is finally being realized in the mainstream business community - especially the startup sector.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160405.htm>

 

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WEBHOSTING

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Data security takes priority

In the data center of SKYWAY DataCenter GmbH, the focus is on the security of customer data. Thus, the company sets consistently and without exception on "Privacy – Made in Germany", so its customers can use this worldwide quality characteristic as a competitive advantage.

<https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/data-security-takes-priority>

 

Global market entry of one of the leading European hosting companies

STRATO, one of the leading European hosting companies, is expanding its business by entering into the global hosting market.

<https://www.strato.com/en_au/newsroom/press-releases/strato_global_market_entry.html>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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One of the first domain names ever registered goes up for auction

... According to auction house Heritage Auctions, Quick.com was the 85th name taken once domain name registrations were opened up to the world. The very first domain name registered was symbolics.com way back in 1985.

<http://www.cnet.com/news/one-of-the-first-domain-names-ever-registered-up-for-auction/>

 

What Sedo does when a buyer doesn’t pay

A couple of months ago I thought I’d struck my first deal to sell a domain under a new TLD.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/05/sedo-non-paying-bidder/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

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TPP's 'digital locks' provision could criminalise people viewing legal content — InternetNZ

The Trans-Pacific partnership's 'digital locks' provision could criminalise people viewing legal content, InternetNZ says.

<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/tpps-digital-locks-provision-would-criminalise-people-viewing-legal-content-internetnz-ck>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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We must never forget that children in sexual abuse material online are real

Mick Moran has a clear, strong message: “People need to realise, these are kids being abused to produce this material. These are children, real children in these images.”

<http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/31/we-must-never-forget-that-children-in-sexual-abuse-material-online-are-real>

 

au: Teen 'sexting' should not be a crime, Youth Action tells inquiry

Laws that treat consensual "sexting" between teenagers as a child pornography offence should be reviewed, the peak body for young people and youth services in New South Wales says.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-07/sexting-not-child-porn-youth-action-says-nsw-youth-sex-inquiry/7306074>

 

 

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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"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Transition Proposal: The U.S. Should Proceed with Caution by Brett D. Schaefer and Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/04/icann-transition-proposal-the-us-should-proceed-with-caution"><span>http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/04/icann-transition-proposal-the-us-should-proceed-with-caution</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN 'net governance body faces criticism from within<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/net_governance_body_faces_criticism_from_within/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/net_governance_body_faces_criticism_from_within/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/cruz_slams_dns_overseer_icann_again/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/cruz_slams_dns_overseer_icann_again/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>AWS customers to have email addresses revealed on .au domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/aws-customers-to-have-email-addresses-revealed-on-au-domains/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/aws-customers-to-have-email-addresses-revealed-on-au-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Vatican office will control 'dot-catholic' doman<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27979"><span>http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27979</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Court Postpones Decision On .africa Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/us-court-postpones-decision-on-africa-domain-name"><span>http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/us-court-postpones-decision-on-africa-domain-name</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Transition Proposal: The U.S. Should Proceed with Caution by Brett D. Schaefer and Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. government is on the verge of giving up its role in overseeing changes in the Domain Name System that assigns names and numbers on the Internet. If things proceed as proposed, the DNS system will be run independently under ICANN with oversight by a new international multi-stakeholder entity. ICANN plays an important role in maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and openness of the Internet, and it must remain accountable and transparent. While the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability proposal is a blueprint for an accountable institution, it remains unclear whether the result will be sound or whether the ICANN community will act responsibly and in a timely manner to hold ICANN accountable. The shift to a multi-stakeholder global system is too important to get wrong or to rush, and the U.S. should ensure that an effective, reliable system is in place before completing the transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/04/icann-transition-proposal-the-us-should-proceed-with-caution"><span>http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2016/04/icann-transition-proposal-the-us-should-proceed-with-caution</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UN 'net governance body faces criticism from within<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Governance Forum &ndash; a special UN body set up to look at how the internet is run &ndash; faced a backlash from its own advisors in Geneva on Tuesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/net_governance_body_faces_criticism_from_within/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/net_governance_body_faces_criticism_from_within/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GDD Summit Announced<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN's second Global Domains Division Industry Summit will be held 17-19 May 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-04-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fellowship Program Brings Experienced Alumni to ICANN56 Policy Forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Twenty-five Alumni with previous Fellowship and ICANN Community experience have been selected to participate in ICANN's Policy Forum at the 56th Public Meeting in Helsinki, 27-30 June 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-04-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2016-04-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Case Studies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As part of ICANN's global efforts to raise awareness of, and interest in new gTLDs, all registries are invited to partner with us to develop case studies. These case studies tell the story of a TLD, including its background and business objectives. They are intended for use as educational resources. We will continue to publish new case studies on this webpage on an ongoing basis.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/case-studies"><span>https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/case-studies</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from Cherine Chalaby, ICANN Board of Directors, to Paul Diaz</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>RySG Letter re GAC Advice on Use of 2-Letter Country Codes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chalaby-to-diaz-30mar16-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/chalaby-to-diaz-30mar16-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cruz Accuses ICANN Of Stonewalling Congress<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The epistolary exchange between Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential hopeful, and ICANN that started out as an inquiry into the Internet domain overseer&rsquo;s ties to China has erupted into a full-blown accusation that ICANN is stonewalling Congress.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/cruz-accuses-icann-b57982069454/"><span>http://www.bna.com/cruz-accuses-icann-b57982069454/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Republican presidential wannabe Ted Cruz, along with two other Senators, has lambasted DNS overseer ICANN a second time for failing to answer questions over its former CEO's ties to China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/cruz_slams_dns_overseer_icann_again/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/05/cruz_slams_dns_overseer_icann_again/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cruz keeps up pressure on ICANN brass<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US presidential wannabe Sen. Ted Cruz has sent ICANN&rsquo;s chair another nasty letter, demanding to know why he hasn&rsquo;t yet responded to a laundry list of questions about former CEO Fadi Chehade&rsquo;s relationship with the Chinese government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20230-cruz-keeps-up-pressure-on-icann-brass"><span>http://domainincite.com/20230-cruz-keeps-up-pressure-on-icann-brass</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Ted Cruz Sees More Reds Under The Beds At ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US wannabe Republican candidate Senator Ted Cruz and his crazy co-conspirators, all Republicans of course, have sent another letter to ICANN accusing them of stonewalling Congress over a series of unanswered questions that remain from previous congressional oversight letters concerning ICANN's relationship with the Chinese government and the planned transition away from U.S. government oversight of the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24561"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24561</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/06/ted-more-cruz-reds-under-beds-icann/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/04/06/ted-more-cruz-reds-under-beds-icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Would you like this hypothetical telecom regulator to head up ICANN?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Let&rsquo;s imagine a hypothetical telecom regulator getting picked as a new head of ICANN, and the consequences it might have. ICANN is the organization regulating much of the Internet&rsquo;s crucial infrastructure, and there has been a continuous power struggle between the Internet&rsquo;s values of transparency and openness against the dinosaur telecom values of walled gardens, monopolization, and surveillance.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2016/04/like-hypothetical-telecom-regulator-head-icann/"><span>https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2016/04/like-hypothetical-telecom-regulator-head-icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN Is Stonewalling the U.S. Congress<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today sent a follow-up letter to Dr. Stephen Crocker, chairman of ICANN, demanding a response to a series of unanswered questions that remain from previous congressional oversight letters concerning ICANN&rsquo;s relationship with the Chinese government and the planned transition away from U.S. government oversight of the Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=2622"><span>http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=2622</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>AWS customers to have email addresses revealed on .au domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Amazon Route 53's domain name registrar associate Gandi is being forced to disclose users' email addresses that previously were hidden from WHOIS queries due to the auDA's privacy policy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/aws-customers-to-have-email-addresses-revealed-on-au-domains/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/aws-customers-to-have-email-addresses-revealed-on-au-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vatican seeks to spread the .Catholic message [AFP]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Vatican has set up a new office charged with promoting the use of the .Catholic domain name, in its latest move to upgrade its communications for the digital era.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.france24.com/en/20160406-vatican-seeks-spread-catholic-message"><span>http://www.france24.com/en/20160406-vatican-seeks-spread-catholic-message</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Vatican office will control 'dot-catholic' doman<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Vatican Secretariat for Communications has established a new bureau, entitled DotCatholic, to manage the new TLD by the same name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27979"><span>http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27979</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.Com Winners: GoDaddy back on top as China wanes<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last month in the .Com Winners &amp; Losers column I reported a startling shift: Chinese domain name registrar eName had knocked perennial leader GoDaddy out of the #1 spot.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/04/com-winners-godaddy-china/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/04/com-winners-godaddy-china/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>fi: Bad, Bad Domainers - Really?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The basic idea of Domainers' business is to buy available domain names and then sell them forward with higher price. It's quite typical business model in many industries like selling used cars, investing in a stock exchange or running a retail shop - You buy something you believe you can sell forward with some profit.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bad-domainers-really-juhani-juselius"><span>http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bad-domainers-really-juhani-juselius</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>org: The Internet Society Announces New Appointments to Public Interest Registry Board of Directors<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Society today announced that Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken and Lise Fuhr have been appointed to the Public Interest Registry Board of Directors. They will both serve three year terms, as will Roberto Gaetano who has been reappointed. These appointments will begin at the mid-year PIR Board meeting scheduled for July 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-announces-new-appointments-public-interest-registry-board-directors"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-announces-new-appointments-public-interest-registry-board-directors</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>U.S. Court Postpones Decision On .africa Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On Monday 4 April, a California court cancelled a hearing to determine whether the .africa domain could be released to a South African domain-name registry by the nonprofit ICANN. According to ICANN, which issues and manages gTLDs on behalf of the global Internet community, the court will issue a ruling at an unspecified future date. The delay prolongs a four-year debate over which of two registries should control the continent&rsquo;s prized domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/us-court-postpones-decision-on-africa-domain-name"><span>http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/us-court-postpones-decision-on-africa-domain-name</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside offers $10 renewals on premium names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside is to run a promotion that will discount renewals on premium names down to .com prices.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20226-rightside-offers-10-renewals-on-premium-names"><span>http://domainincite.com/20226-rightside-offers-10-renewals-on-premium-names</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Negari and .XYZ file Brief in Verisign Appeal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Daniel Negari and his company, XYZ, have filed their brief in response to Verisign&rsquo;s appeal of XYZ&rsquo;s lower court victory.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/06/negari-xyz-file-brief-verisign-appeal/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/06/negari-xyz-file-brief-verisign-appeal/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over half of all new gTLD domains are registered in China, analysis reveals<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Recently compiled data from analytics site ntldstats.com has revealed that a staggering 53.4% of all domain registrations in new gTLD strings have their origin in China. The registration numbers are likely to come as an expected, and unwelcome, development for trademark counsel, who could be bracing themselves for a spike in cybersquatting. There is likely more to the picture, however.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=d7d42054-f9ec-4b78-a7fe-df56df260ec1"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=d7d42054-f9ec-4b78-a7fe-df56df260ec1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>One We've Been Waiting For: Google Switches TLD Registrar to .Google Domain Name by Tony Kirsch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you've read my posts before you'll be well aware that as a strong advocate for .brands and the power they have to revolutionise digital marketing effectiveness, I am always eager to share some love with organisations that have taken the leap and launched their .brand TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160404_google_switches_tld_registrar_to_dot_google_domain/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160404_google_switches_tld_registrar_to_dot_google_domain/</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>&ldquo;Experience is a good school. But the fees are high&rdquo;. ENISA urges decision makers to take action before a major cyber crisis occurs in Europe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ENISA analysed the EU-level crisis management frameworks in five different sectors to make recommendations on more efficient cyber crisis cooperation and management. The report resulting from this study highlights the lessons that can be learnt from other sectors and that could be applicable in the cyber domain. The study concludes with a series of recommendations regarding EU-level priorities to alter the impact of potential cyber crises. More recently ENISA published a video related to this study that summarises the conclusions based on testimonials from experts in other sectors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/201cexperience-is-a-good-school-but-the-fees-are-high201d-enisa-urges-decision-makers-to-take-action-before-a-major-cyber-crisis-occurs-in-europe"><span>https://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/201cexperience-is-a-good-school-but-the-fees-are-high201d-enisa-urges-decision-makers-to-take-action-before-a-major-cyber-crisis-occurs-in-europe</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain name can be lost in legal judgment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As most lawyers can tell you, winning a judgment is great. But it&rsquo;s only half the battle. The other part of the process, and arguably the more important part, is collecting the amount the court awards. That is often more difficult than it sounds.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2016/04/06/domain-name-can-lost-legal-judgment/82724402/"><span>http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2016/04/06/domain-name-can-lost-legal-judgment/82724402/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Blacknight Advises SMEs To Build Online Businesses on Websites, Not Social<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Blacknight want to help Irish SMEs take charge of their online presence with a dedicated website and great domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.blacknight.press/125538-blacknight-advises-smes-to-build-online-businesses-on-websites-not-social"><span>http://www.blacknight.press/125538-blacknight-advises-smes-to-build-online-businesses-on-websites-not-social</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Discount on .de domains &ndash; domaindiscount24 celebrates new website design<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Celebrating the new website design, domaindiscount24 offers one-year .de domain registrations for the special price of only 2.38 EUR incl. VAT per year until May 5, 2016. The offer represents a cost saving of more than 60% off the regular price.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/discount-on-de-domains-domaindiscount24-celebrates-new-website-design"><span>https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/discount-on-de-domains-domaindiscount24-celebrates-new-website-design</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>My top takeaways from DNS-OARC 24 by George Michaelson</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 24th DNS-OARC meeting was held last week in Buenos Aires &ndash; a two-day DNS workshop with amazingly good, consistent content. The programme committee are to be congratulated on maintaining a high quality of presentations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2016/04/06/top-takeaways-dns-oarc-24/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2016/04/06/top-takeaways-dns-oarc-24/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Igloo&rsquo;s Tessa Holcomb &ndash; DNW Podcast #78<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Where is the domain market headed? Tessa Holcomb, founder and CEO of domain broker Igloo, tells us on this week&rsquo;s episode. She also discusses the company&rsquo;s Brand Stories of companies that purchased valuable domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/04/igloo-tessa-holcomb-78/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/04/igloo-tessa-holcomb-78/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Industry Veterans to Bring Unique New Domain Startup Summit Conference to Los Angeles This Summer <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domain conferences have played an indispensable role in the phenomenal growth of the domain industry over the past 12 years. With the ongoing expansion of the Internet worldwide the importance of domain names in branding and helping drive traffic to online enterprises is finally being realized in the mainstream business community - especially the startup sector.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160405.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160405.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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Data security takes priority<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the data center of SKYWAY DataCenter GmbH, the focus is on the security of customer data. Thus, the company sets consistently and without exception on "Privacy &ndash; Made in Germany", so its customers can use this worldwide quality characteristic as a competitive advantage.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/data-security-takes-priority"><span>https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/data-security-takes-priority</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Global market entry of one of the leading European hosting companies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>STRATO, one of the leading European hosting companies, is expanding its business by entering into the global hosting market.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.strato.com/en_au/newsroom/press-releases/strato_global_market_entry.html"><span>https://www.strato.com/en_au/newsroom/press-releases/strato_global_market_entry.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>One of the first domain names ever registered goes up for auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>... According to auction house Heritage Auctions, Quick.com was the 85th name taken once domain name registrations were opened up to the world. The very first domain name registered was symbolics.com way back in 1985.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/one-of-the-first-domain-names-ever-registered-up-for-auction/"><span>http://www.cnet.com/news/one-of-the-first-domain-names-ever-registered-up-for-auction/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What Sedo does when a buyer doesn&rsquo;t pay<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A couple of months ago I thought I&rsquo;d struck my first deal to sell a domain under a new TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/05/sedo-non-paying-bidder/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/05/sedo-non-paying-bidder/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNMENT &amp; POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TPP's 'digital locks' provision could criminalise people viewing legal content &mdash; InternetNZ<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Trans-Pacific partnership's 'digital locks' provision could criminalise people viewing legal content, InternetNZ says.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/tpps-digital-locks-provision-would-criminalise-people-viewing-legal-content-internetnz-ck"><span>http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/tpps-digital-locks-provision-would-criminalise-people-viewing-legal-content-internetnz-ck</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We must never forget that children in sexual abuse material online are real<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mick Moran has a clear, strong message: &ldquo;People need to realise, these are kids being abused to produce this material. These are children, real children in these images.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/31/we-must-never-forget-that-children-in-sexual-abuse-material-online-are-real"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/31/we-must-never-forget-that-children-in-sexual-abuse-material-online-are-real</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Teen 'sexting' should not be a crime, Youth Action tells inquiry<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Laws that treat consensual "sexting" between teenagers as a child pornography offence should be reviewed, the peak body for young people and youth services in New South Wales says.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-07/sexting-not-child-porn-youth-action-says-nsw-youth-sex-inquiry/7306074"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-07/sexting-not-child-porn-youth-action-says-nsw-youth-sex-inquiry/7306074</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>web: <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport"><span>https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport</span></a><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"Every time you use fossil fuels, you're adding to the problem. Every time you forgo fossil fuels, you're being part of the solution" - Dr Tim Flannery<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 4 Apr 06:05 2016

auDA domain news - 4 April

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The Start of a New Beginning: The Internet Governance Forum on Its Road to 2025 by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160403_start_of_a_new_beginning_the_internet_governance_forum/>

 

Why Overseas Registries Shouldn't Worry About China's New Domain Name Regulation by Jian-Chuan Chang

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160401_overseas_registries_should_not_worry_about_china_domain_regulation/>

 

1 Million .ME Domains Milestone and More

<http://domain.me/1-million-me-domains-milestone-and-more/>

 

Surveying the state of IPv6 deployment in Australia and China

<http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/31/surveying-state-ipv6-deployment-australia-china/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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The Start of a New Beginning: The Internet Governance Forum on Its Road to 2025 by Wolfgang Kleinwächter

Next week in Geneva will take place the first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum Open Consultations and MAG meetings since the mandate of the this forum was renewed for a ten-year period. Chaired by Lynn St. Amour, this meeting will mark the start of a new beginning. Last December, the 70th UN General Assembly extended the IGF mandate until 2025. With a clear perspective for the next ten years, the IGF has now the unique opportunity to take courageous steps forward.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160403_start_of_a_new_beginning_the_internet_governance_forum/>

 

Critics hit out at 'black box' UN internet body

The United Nations body that reviews how the internet is governed is facing criticism from some of its biggest supporters over its "black box" decision making.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/31/black_box_un_internet_body/>

 

Council Of Europe Internet Governance Strategy 2016-2019 Stresses Human Rights

The Council of Europe, the 47-member intergovernmental group based in Strasbourg, France, this week adopted an internet governance strategy for the next four years, putting particular emphasis on human rights and democracy online. The strategy includes a series of steps and actions.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/04/01/council-of-europe-internet-governance-strategy-2016-2019-stresses-human-rights/>

 

Jurisdiction on the Internet: From Legal Arms Race to Transnational Cooperation by B. de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger

The cross-border Internet and its online spaces span a fragmented patchwork of national jurisdictions. As connectivity and Internet penetration increase, so do the conflicts between jurisdictions. Such conflicts challenge the Westphalian international system, and traditional modes of legal cooperation struggle to resolve these jurisdictional tensions. Extreme application of the principle of territoriality and the exertion of digital sovereignty put the global community on a dangerous path if employed on the global scale. If nothing is done, this legal arms race could lead to severe unintended consequences for the future of the global digital economy, human rights, the technical Internet infrastructure and security.

<https://www.cigionline.org/publications/jurisdiction-internet>

 

“The global community has proven that the multi-stakeholder model works”: Thomas Rickert on the work of the CCWG Accountability

Lawyer Thomas Rickert from Bonn is Director of Names & Numbers at eco – Association of the Internet Industry e. V. and Co-Chair of the “Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability”. After almost two years of work, more than 200 meetings and around 14,000 emails, the CCWG presented a proposal on the “IANA Transition” – which is destined to revolutionize the model of Internet administration – at the 55th ICANN meeting in Marrakesh a few weeks ago.

<https://international.eco.de/2016/news/the-global-community-has-proven-that-the-multi-stakeholder-model-works.html>

 

The Icann 55 Internet Proposal Is a Good One by Philip S. Corwin

The package just adopted at Icann 55 will provide a substantial improvement in the accountability of Icann’s board to its multistakeholder community.

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-icann-55-internet-proposal-is-a-good-one-1459710814>

 

Stop the Obama administration from surrendering authority over the Internet

What with the weirdest Presidential election in my lifetime going on it's easy to imagine important public policy events going unnoticed. One of them is that the Obama administration is moving closer to surrendering the US government's stewardship of the Internet's numbering and naming systems.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/stop-the-obama-administration-from-surrendering-authority-over-the-internet/>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Why Overseas Registries Shouldn't Worry About China's New Domain Name Regulation by Jian-Chuan Chang

On March 25th, 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology officially posted its revisions to the "Chinese Measures for the Administration of Domain Names" (2016 edition) for public comment. A decade has gone by since the latest administration measures were introduced in 2004 (2004 edition). Registries and registrars have been longing to see this update for a while, and it is therefore no surprise that the new edition has drawn substantial attention at home and abroad.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160401_overseas_registries_should_not_worry_about_china_domain_regulation/>

 

China enacts 'real name policy' for internet addresses

China has enacted its own version of Facebook's "real name policy" for the registration of internet addresses.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/01/china_enacts_real_name_policy/>

 

China's MIIT Clarifies New Domain Name Regulations, Allays Concerns Over Government Interference by Simon Cousins

New drafts of carefully worded internet regulations in China often raise questions by out-of-country analysts as to the meaning and intent of the law. This is for good reason. Chinese Internet regulations affect broad swathes of businesses with domestic and foreign operations — especially domain name registrars, registry operators, and website owners. Wording from China's government tends towards purposeful ambiguity, and often translates unclearly.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160331_china_miit_clarifies_new_domain_name_regulations_allays_concerns/>

 

TLD .hiv Ends Click Counter and Donations

Uniregistry, the new registry of .hiv domain name extension, provides exclusive statement to imstilljosh.com.

<http://www.imstilljosh.com/tld-hiv-ends-click-counter-and-donations/>

 

Want to register a .ie domain? It’s easier than you think

We often get asked ‘what do we need to we need to do to register a .ie domain?’ If you’ve never done it before it can seem confusing and complicated but it’s actually a straightforward process, once you know what we look for and why we’re looking for it.

<https://www.iedr.ie/2016/04/want-to-register-a-ie-domain-its-easier-than-you-think/>

 

.is domains sold out [April Fool]

As the number of .is domains reached 57316 around midnight the first of april 2016 ISNIC can no longer register new .is domains. Our registration database is full so the only .is domains available for now are used domains. You can either buy one from a current registrant or you can come to our office in Reykjavik before 16.00 today and ask if any domains got free today.

<https://www.isnic.is/en/news/view?id=438>

 

Kurdistan’s TLD, KRD becomes available to public

The Kurdistan Region’s Department of Information Technology announced on Sunday that the Kurdistan’s TLD will soon be available for public registration around the world.

<http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/030420161>

 

1 Million .ME Domains Milestone and More

At first, we wanted to publish an old-fashioned press release about a million-domain milestone, but in the end, we opted for something that was more in line with what we do and how we feel about .ME.

<http://domain.me/1-million-me-domains-milestone-and-more/>

 

Domjur.nl redesigned

Domjur.nl – the website where you can look up Dutch court rulings about domain names – has been redesigned. As well as having a modern look and feel, the site is now responsive. So it's equally easy to browse on a PC, a tablet or a mobile.

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/domjurnl-redesigned>

 

.nz Newsletter - March 2016

The March 2016 newsletter is available. It includes .nz domain name statistics as of February 29, 2016.

<https://www.dnc.org.nz/the-commission/news/1004>

 

New research highlights significant typosquatting threat in ‘.om’ TLD

A new study from cyber-operations platform Endgame has revealed at least one major typosquatting campaign, targeting hundreds of the world’s leading brands, using Oman’s national TLD, ‘.om’. The research, which looked at thousands of the most visited domains, also reveals that most brand-related ‘.om’ domains remain unregistered and are therefore vulnerable to use in malicious typosquatting operations.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=b9c20617-079b-447f-b945-b6d64f4c2a1b>

 

Over 20 companies fighting for .org contract

More than 20 companies want to take over the back-end registry for the .org gTLD, according to Public Interest Registry.

<http://domainincite.com/20220-over-20-companies-fighting-for-org-contract>

 

Scottish Parliament Switching Over To .Scot

The Scottish parliament announced earlier today that it will be switching over to a .scot domain name in May.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/31/scottish-parliament-switching-scot/>

 

uk: Nominet To Make Zone File Available

Nominet are planning to make their zone file available from May. In an email to Nominet members yesterday Nominet CEO Russell Haworth stated: We have also taken a decision to make the .UK zone file available free to our members in May.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/30/nominet-make-zone-file-available/>

 

uk: Three Candidates Running In Nominet Elections

Nominet’s non-executive director elections are currently in progress. The final slate of candidates and voting details were made available yesterday.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/30/three-candidates-running-nominet-elections/>

 

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NEW TLDS

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ICANN's gTLD rules cause major headaches for online businesses

The proliferation of gTLDs following ICANN's decision to allow for the expansion of TLDs has caused headaches for trademark owners and confusion for consumers.

<http://www.techrepublic.com/article/icanns-generic-top-level-domain-rules-cause-major-headaches-for-online-businesses/>

 

Now introducing .drumpf, just $20.16/year [April Fool]

At Namecheap, we’re all about Making the Internet Great Again. That’s why we’re introducing the HUGEST TLD ever, .drumpf.

<https://blog.namecheap.com/now-introducing-drumpf-just-20-16year/>

 

Vox Populi makes sucky argument for .sucks trademark

Remember when Vox Populi filed to register a trademark for .Sucks? We all pointed out that you can’t get a trademark for a TLD.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/01/vox-populi-makes-sucky-argument-sucks-trademark/>

 

Over 53% Of New gTLD Are Registered In China: Just Over 10% By Those In US

Over 53% of all new gTLD's are registered to domain holders in China. Only 10.8% of all new gTLD's are registered to Domain holders in the United States.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2016/03/31/53-new-gtld-registered-people-china-just-10-us/>

 

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LACNIC and the Latin American Operational Security Community Joins Forces with M3AAWG to Combat Online Threats

LACNIC, the regional Internet registry for the Latin America and Caribbean region, has joined the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group to collaborate on global cybersecurity issues.

<https://www.m3aawg.org/rel-LACNIC-partnership-2016-03>

 

2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust

The 2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and conducted by global research company Ipsos, reached 24,143 Internet users in 24 countries, and was carried out between November 20, 2015 and December 4, 2015.

<https://www.cigionline.org/internet-survey-2016>

 

"We forget that the toaster's a computer."

During a brief break in the schedule at Domain pulse 2016, Finnish keynote speaker Mikko Hyppönen of F-Secure and Serge Droz of SWITCH discussed cyber threats. They talked about how security risks have changed over time and where the dangers will lurk in cyberspace going forward.

<https://www.switch.ch/en/stories/securitytalk_domainpulse16/>

 

CloudFlare: 94 percent of the Tor traffic we see is “per se malicious”

More than ever, websites are blocking users of the anonymizing Tor network or degrading the services they receive. Data published today by Web security company CloudFlare suggests why that is.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/03/new-data-suggests-94-percent-of-tor-traffic-is-malicious/>

 

The Trouble with Tor

The Tor Project makes a browser that allows anyone to surf the Internet anonymously. Tor stands for "the onion router" and that describes how the service works. Traffic is routed through a number of relays run across the Internet where each relay only knows the next hop (because each hop is enclosed in a cryptographic envelope), not the ultimate destination, until the traffic gets to the final exit node which connects to the website — like peeling the layers of an onion.

<https://blog.cloudflare.com/the-trouble-with-tor/>

 

CloudFlare aims to block fewer legitimate Tor users

CloudFlare is tweaking its systems to make it easier for legitimate Tor users to access websites that use its content delivery system.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/597134/cloudflare-aims-block-fewer-legitimate-tor-users/>

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/597134/cloudflare-aims-block-fewer-legitimate-tor-users/>

 

20% of Irish firms hit with ransomware attacks

A fifth of Irish businesses have fallen victim to ransomware attacks but the majority of firms said they would never pay a ransom, new research has found.

<http://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/20-of-irish-firms-hit-with-ransomware-attacks-1.2592268>

 

Leading DDoS Defense Solutions Mitigate Only 80 Percent of Application Layer Attacks

Leading DDoS defense products are much more effective against volumetric and protocol attacks then against application layer attacks, according to research by NSS Labs.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/leading-ddos-defense-solutions-mitigate-only-80-percent-of-application-layer-attacks>

 

US government updates secure email guide for first time in a decade

The US government's technology agency has updated its secure email guide for the first time in a decade and put it out for a month of public comment.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/01/us_updates_secure_email_guide/>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Jimmy Choo wins cybersquatting case

Fashion brand Jimmy Choo has won a cybersquatting dispute at WIPO after two domain names containing its trademark were found to have been registered in bad faith.

<http://www.worldipreview.com/news/jimmy-choo-wins-cybersquatting-case-9796>

 

au: De Beers UK Limited v. Scott van Iperen - Case No. DAU2016-0004

1. The Parties: The Complainant is De Beers UK Limited of London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, represented by Bird & Bird, Australia. The Respondent is Scott van Iperen of Sherwood, Queensland, Australia, self-represented. 2. The Domain Names and Registrar: The disputed domain names <forevermark.com.au>, <forevermarkdiamond.com.au>, <forevermarkdiamonds.com.au> and <forevermarkjeweller.com.au> are registered with Uber Australia E1 Pty Ltd (the “Registrar”).

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0004>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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Google TLDs: Google Domains Twists into Domains Dot Google

The internet tech giant Google has made an absolute subtle change to its domain name registrar service, Google Domains. The TLD of Google is now on the .google extension. Getting access to domains.google.com then it will automatically lead to domains.google.

<http://www.amaziness.net/google-domains-twists-into-domains-dot-google/>

 

Data security takes priority

In the data center of SKYWAY DataCenter GmbH, the focus is on the security of customer data. Thus, the company sets consistently and without exception on "Privacy – Made in Germany", so its customers can use this worldwide quality characteristic as a competitive advantage.

<https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/data-security-takes-priority>

 

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IPv4/IPv6

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Surveying the state of IPv6 deployment in Australia and China

A new research project funded by APNIC is hoping to shed light on the current state and trajectory of IPv6 deployment in Australia and China as early as September this year.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/31/surveying-state-ipv6-deployment-australia-china/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Privacy Concerns in the Domain Name System by Samantha Bradshaw & Laura DeNardis

Abstract: Some of the most contentious policy debates of our time involve questions surrounding the privacy of user data and the extent to which personally identifiable information is encrypted on mobile devices, in transit, or in the cloud. However, one aspect of personal privacy often missing from the public discourse is the question of confidentiality in the DNS.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2755558>

 

The state of branded keywords in paid search

BrandVerity recently examined the brand keywords of over 250 popular, consumer-facing U.S. brands for their Q4 2015 report The State of Branded Keywords in Paid Search. The results show how many brands are targets for trademark infringers who bid on and use brand keywords to lead consumers to their imposter sites through paid search results.

<http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/the-state-of-branded-keywords-in-paid-search/>

 

Empirical Study on the dynamic of domain registrations

Sedo’s former Product Manager Dr. Thies Lindenthal published an empirical study which explores registration dynamics in the primary domain market. This study investigates whether the primary market for Internet domain names can be analyzed using standard urban economic theories.

<https://sedo.com/us/resources/newsroom/empirical-study-on-the-dynamic-of-domain-registrations/>

 

2015 Annual Report Now Available

The 2015 ARIN Annual Report is now available for download.

<https://www.arin.net/announcements/2016/20160329.html>

 

Digital Sleuths: On the trail of better SEO hygiene

Like most big companies, Google’s hunt for good talent produces a stream of help wanted signs on its website. Yet the search engine king had people scratching their heads last summer when the company began recruiting a technical SEO program manager. Google looking for help keeping its own digital house clean? Heresy, right? Wrong.

<http://blog.searchmetrics.com/us/2016/03/31/seo-hygiene/>

 

Competitive Keywords: Own Yours, Discover Others with New Tool

In the world of search, knowledge is power. Good keywords leave you fighting for a seat at the table, and then battling for scraps with potentially thousands of competitors. Great keywords mean you get served the best cuts of meat in your own private dining room.

<http://blog.searchmetrics.com/us/2016/03/24/competitive-keyword-discovery/>

 

Team to help regarding harassment concerns

In 2013, the IESG set the IETF anti-harassment policy. The IETF strives to create and maintain an environment in which people of many different backgrounds are treated with dignity, decency, and respect.

<https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/04/team-to-help-regarding-harassment-concerns/>

 

Igloo's New "Brand Stories" Page Tracks How Companies Are Using the Top Tier Domains They Purchased

Popular domain brokerage company Igloo.com has just given their website a nice refresh that includes an interesting new page devoted to Brand Stories. It currently features capsule reports on more than two dozen companies that have purchased high end domain names through the brokerage - items that detail how the companies are utilizing their newly acquired domain assets.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160331.htm>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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The Week's Two Biggest Domain Sales Were .Nets With a ccTLD Third - .Coms Still Take 13 of Top 20

The past week was an unusual one in the domain aftermarket. .Coms traditionally rule the roost but the biggest .com sale reported week could do no better than 4th on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160330.htm>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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au: Warning over online scammers targeting car buyers and sellers

Australians are being warned that scammers are stepping up their attacks on people who are selling goods via online classifieds.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-02/scammers-targeting-car-buyers-and-sellers-online/7293160>

 

 

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Start of a New Beginning: The Internet Governance Forum on Its Road to 2025 by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160403_start_of_a_new_beginning_the_internet_governance_forum/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160403_start_of_a_new_beginning_the_internet_governance_forum/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why Overseas Registries Shouldn't Worry About China's New Domain Name Regulation by Jian-Chuan Chang<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160401_overseas_registries_should_not_worry_about_china_domain_regulation/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160401_overseas_registries_should_not_worry_about_china_domain_regulation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1 Million .ME Domains Milestone and More<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domain.me/1-million-me-domains-milestone-and-more/"><span>http://domain.me/1-million-me-domains-milestone-and-more/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Surveying the state of IPv6 deployment in Australia and China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/31/surveying-state-ipv6-deployment-australia-china/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/31/surveying-state-ipv6-deployment-australia-china/</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>The Start of a New Beginning: The Internet Governance Forum on Its Road to 2025 by Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Next week in Geneva will take place the first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum Open Consultations and MAG meetings since the mandate of the this forum was renewed for a ten-year period. Chaired by Lynn St. Amour, this meeting will mark the start of a new beginning. Last December, the 70th UN General Assembly extended the IGF mandate until 2025. With a clear perspective for the next ten years, the IGF has now the unique opportunity to take courageous steps forward.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160403_start_of_a_new_beginning_the_internet_governance_forum/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160403_start_of_a_new_beginning_the_internet_governance_forum/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Critics hit out at 'black box' UN internet body<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The United Nations body that reviews how the internet is governed is facing criticism from some of its biggest supporters over its "black box" decision making.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/31/black_box_un_internet_body/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/31/black_box_un_internet_body/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Council Of Europe Internet Governance Strategy 2016-2019 Stresses Human Rights<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Council of Europe, the 47-member intergovernmental group based in Strasbourg, France, this week adopted an internet governance strategy for the next four years, putting particular emphasis on human rights and democracy online. The strategy includes a series of steps and actions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/04/01/council-of-europe-internet-governance-strategy-2016-2019-stresses-human-rights/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/04/01/council-of-europe-internet-governance-strategy-2016-2019-stresses-human-rights/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Jurisdiction on the Internet: From Legal Arms Race to Transnational Cooperation by B. de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The cross-border Internet and its online spaces span a fragmented patchwork of national jurisdictions. As connectivity and Internet penetration increase, so do the conflicts between jurisdictions. Such conflicts challenge the Westphalian international system, and traditional modes of legal cooperation struggle to resolve these jurisdictional tensions. Extreme application of the principle of territoriality and the exertion of digital sovereignty put the global community on a dangerous path if employed on the global scale. If nothing is done, this legal arms race could lead to severe unintended consequences for the future of the global digital economy, human rights, the technical Internet infrastructure and security.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.cigionline.org/publications/jurisdiction-internet"><span>https://www.cigionline.org/publications/jurisdiction-internet</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;The global community has proven that the multi-stakeholder model works&rdquo;: Thomas Rickert on the work of the CCWG Accountability</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lawyer Thomas Rickert from Bonn is Director of Names &amp; Numbers at eco &ndash; Association of the Internet Industry e. V. and Co-Chair of the &ldquo;Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability&rdquo;. After almost two years of work, more than 200 meetings and around 14,000 emails, the CCWG presented a proposal on the &ldquo;IANA Transition&rdquo; &ndash; which is destined to revolutionize the model of Internet administration &ndash; at the 55th ICANN meeting in Marrakesh a few weeks ago.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2016/news/the-global-community-has-proven-that-the-multi-stakeholder-model-works.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2016/news/the-global-community-has-proven-that-the-multi-stakeholder-model-works.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Icann 55 Internet Proposal Is a Good One by Philip S. Corwin</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The package just adopted at Icann 55 will provide a substantial improvement in the accountability of Icann&rsquo;s board to its multistakeholder community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-icann-55-internet-proposal-is-a-good-one-1459710814"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-icann-55-internet-proposal-is-a-good-one-1459710814</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Stop the Obama administration from surrendering authority over the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What with the weirdest Presidential election in my lifetime going on it's easy to imagine important public policy events going unnoticed. One of them is that the Obama administration is moving closer to surrendering the US government's stewardship of the Internet's numbering and naming systems.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/stop-the-obama-administration-from-surrendering-authority-over-the-internet/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/stop-the-obama-administration-from-surrendering-authority-over-the-internet/</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>Why Overseas Registries Shouldn't Worry About China's New Domain Name Regulation by Jian-Chuan Chang<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On March 25th, 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology officially posted its revisions to the "Chinese Measures for the Administration of Domain Names" (2016 edition) for public comment. A decade has gone by since the latest administration measures were introduced in 2004 (2004 edition). Registries and registrars have been longing to see this update for a while, and it is therefore no surprise that the new edition has drawn substantial attention at home and abroad.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160401_overseas_registries_should_not_worry_about_china_domain_regulation/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160401_overseas_registries_should_not_worry_about_china_domain_regulation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China enacts 'real name policy' for internet addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China has enacted its own version of Facebook's "real name policy" for the registration of internet addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/01/china_enacts_real_name_policy/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/01/china_enacts_real_name_policy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China's MIIT Clarifies New Domain Name Regulations, Allays Concerns Over Government Interference by Simon Cousins<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New drafts of carefully worded internet regulations in China often raise questions by out-of-country analysts as to the meaning and intent of the law. This is for good reason. Chinese Internet regulations affect broad swathes of businesses with domestic and foreign operations &mdash; especially domain name registrars, registry operators, and website owners. Wording from China's government tends towards purposeful ambiguity, and often translates unclearly.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160331_china_miit_clarifies_new_domain_name_regulations_allays_concerns/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160331_china_miit_clarifies_new_domain_name_regulations_allays_concerns/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD .hiv Ends Click Counter and Donations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry, the new registry of .hiv domain name extension, provides exclusive statement to imstilljosh.com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.imstilljosh.com/tld-hiv-ends-click-counter-and-donations/"><span>http://www.imstilljosh.com/tld-hiv-ends-click-counter-and-donations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Want to register a .ie domain? It&rsquo;s easier than you think<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We often get asked &lsquo;what do we need to we need to do to register a .ie domain?&rsquo; If you&rsquo;ve never done it before it can seem confusing and complicated but it&rsquo;s actually a straightforward process, once you know what we look for and why we&rsquo;re looking for it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iedr.ie/2016/04/want-to-register-a-ie-domain-its-easier-than-you-think/"><span>https://www.iedr.ie/2016/04/want-to-register-a-ie-domain-its-easier-than-you-think/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.is domains sold out [April Fool]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As the number of .is domains reached 57316 around midnight the first of april 2016 ISNIC can no longer register new .is domains. Our registration database is full so the only .is domains available for now are used domains. You can either buy one from a current registrant or you can come to our office in Reykjavik before 16.00 today and ask if any domains got free today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.isnic.is/en/news/view?id=438"><span>https://www.isnic.is/en/news/view?id=438</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Kurdistan&rsquo;s TLD, KRD becomes available to public<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Kurdistan Region&rsquo;s Department of Information Technology announced on Sunday that the Kurdistan&rsquo;s TLD will soon be available for public registration around the world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/030420161"><span>http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/030420161</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1 Million .ME Domains Milestone and More<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At first, we wanted to publish an old-fashioned press release about a million-domain milestone, but in the end, we opted for something that was more in line with what we do and how we feel about .ME.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domain.me/1-million-me-domains-milestone-and-more/"><span>http://domain.me/1-million-me-domains-milestone-and-more/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domjur.nl redesigned<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Domjur.nl &ndash; the website where you can look up Dutch court rulings about domain names &ndash; has been redesigned. As well as having a modern look and feel, the site is now responsive. So it's equally easy to browse on a PC, a tablet or a mobile.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/domjurnl-redesigned"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/domjurnl-redesigned</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.nz Newsletter - March 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The March 2016 newsletter is available. It includes .nz domain name statistics as of February 29, 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.dnc.org.nz/the-commission/news/1004"><span>https://www.dnc.org.nz/the-commission/news/1004</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New research highlights significant typosquatting threat in &lsquo;.om&rsquo; TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new study from cyber-operations platform Endgame has revealed at least one major typosquatting campaign, targeting hundreds of the world&rsquo;s leading brands, using Oman&rsquo;s national TLD, &lsquo;.om&rsquo;. The research, which looked at thousands of the most visited domains, also reveals that most brand-related &lsquo;.om&rsquo; domains remain unregistered and are therefore vulnerable to use in malicious typosquatting operations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=b9c20617-079b-447f-b945-b6d64f4c2a1b"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=b9c20617-079b-447f-b945-b6d64f4c2a1b</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over 20 companies fighting for .org contract<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than 20 companies want to take over the back-end registry for the .org gTLD, according to Public Interest Registry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20220-over-20-companies-fighting-for-org-contract"><span>http://domainincite.com/20220-over-20-companies-fighting-for-org-contract</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Scottish Parliament Switching Over To .Scot<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Scottish parliament announced earlier today that it will be switching over to a .scot domain name in May.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/31/scottish-parliament-switching-scot/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/31/scottish-parliament-switching-scot/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Nominet To Make Zone File Available</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet are planning to make their zone file available from May. In an email to Nominet members yesterday Nominet CEO Russell Haworth stated: We have also taken a decision to make the .UK zone file available free to our members in May.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/30/nominet-make-zone-file-available/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/30/nominet-make-zone-file-available/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Three Candidates Running In Nominet Elections</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet&rsquo;s non-executive director elections are currently in progress. The final slate of candidates and voting details were made available yesterday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/30/three-candidates-running-nominet-elections/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2016/03/30/three-candidates-running-nominet-elections/</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>ICANN's gTLD rules cause major headaches for online businesses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The proliferation of gTLDs following ICANN's decision to allow for the expansion of TLDs has caused headaches for trademark owners and confusion for consumers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.techrepublic.com/article/icanns-generic-top-level-domain-rules-cause-major-headaches-for-online-businesses/"><span>http://www.techrepublic.com/article/icanns-generic-top-level-domain-rules-cause-major-headaches-for-online-businesses/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Now introducing .drumpf, just $20.16/year [April Fool]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>At Namecheap, we&rsquo;re all about Making the Internet Great Again. That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re introducing the HUGEST TLD ever, .drumpf.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blog.namecheap.com/now-introducing-drumpf-just-20-16year/"><span>https://blog.namecheap.com/now-introducing-drumpf-just-20-16year/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vox Populi makes sucky argument for .sucks trademark<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Remember when Vox Populi filed to register a trademark for .Sucks? We all pointed out that you can&rsquo;t get a trademark for a TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/01/vox-populi-makes-sucky-argument-sucks-trademark/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/04/01/vox-populi-makes-sucky-argument-sucks-trademark/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over 53% Of New gTLD Are Registered In China: Just Over 10% By Those In US<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over 53% of all new gTLD's are registered to domain holders in China. Only 10.8% of all new gTLD's are registered to Domain holders in the United States.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2016/03/31/53-new-gtld-registered-people-china-just-10-us/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2016/03/31/53-new-gtld-registered-people-china-just-10-us/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LACNIC and the Latin American Operational Security Community Joins Forces with M3AAWG to Combat Online Threats<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>LACNIC, the regional Internet registry for the Latin America and Caribbean region, has joined the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group to collaborate on global cybersecurity issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.m3aawg.org/rel-LACNIC-partnership-2016-03"><span>https://www.m3aawg.org/rel-LACNIC-partnership-2016-03</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and conducted by global research company Ipsos, reached 24,143 Internet users in 24 countries, and was carried out between November 20, 2015 and December 4, 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.cigionline.org/internet-survey-2016"><span>https://www.cigionline.org/internet-survey-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>"We forget that the toaster's a computer."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>During a brief break in the schedule at Domain pulse 2016, Finnish keynote speaker Mikko Hypp&ouml;nen of F-Secure and Serge Droz of SWITCH discussed cyber threats. They talked about how security risks have changed over time and where the dangers will lurk in cyberspace going forward.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.switch.ch/en/stories/securitytalk_domainpulse16/"><span>https://www.switch.ch/en/stories/securitytalk_domainpulse16/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CloudFlare: 94 percent of the Tor traffic we see is &ldquo;per se malicious&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than ever, websites are blocking users of the anonymizing Tor network or degrading the services they receive. Data published today by Web security company CloudFlare suggests why that is.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/03/new-data-suggests-94-percent-of-tor-traffic-is-malicious/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/03/new-data-suggests-94-percent-of-tor-traffic-is-malicious/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Trouble with Tor<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Tor Project makes a browser that allows anyone to surf the Internet anonymously. Tor stands for "the onion router" and that describes how the service works. Traffic is routed through a number of relays run across the Internet where each relay only knows the next hop (because each hop is enclosed in a cryptographic envelope), not the ultimate destination, until the traffic gets to the final exit node which connects to the website &mdash; like peeling the layers of an onion.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blog.cloudflare.com/the-trouble-with-tor/"><span>https://blog.cloudflare.com/the-trouble-with-tor/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CloudFlare aims to block fewer legitimate Tor users<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CloudFlare is tweaking its systems to make it easier for legitimate Tor users to access websites that use its content delivery system.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/597134/cloudflare-aims-block-fewer-legitimate-tor-users/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/597134/cloudflare-aims-block-fewer-legitimate-tor-users/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/597134/cloudflare-aims-block-fewer-legitimate-tor-users/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/597134/cloudflare-aims-block-fewer-legitimate-tor-users/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>20% of Irish firms hit with ransomware attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A fifth of Irish businesses have fallen victim to ransomware attacks but the majority of firms said they would never pay a ransom, new research has found.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/20-of-irish-firms-hit-with-ransomware-attacks-1.2592268"><span>http://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/20-of-irish-firms-hit-with-ransomware-attacks-1.2592268</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Leading DDoS Defense Solutions Mitigate Only 80 Percent of Application Layer Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Leading DDoS defense products are much more effective against volumetric and protocol attacks then against application layer attacks, according to research by NSS Labs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/leading-ddos-defense-solutions-mitigate-only-80-percent-of-application-layer-attacks"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/leading-ddos-defense-solutions-mitigate-only-80-percent-of-application-layer-attacks</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US government updates secure email guide for first time in a decade<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US government's technology agency has updated its secure email guide for the first time in a decade and put it out for a month of public comment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/01/us_updates_secure_email_guide/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/01/us_updates_secure_email_guide/</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>Jimmy Choo wins cybersquatting case<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fashion brand Jimmy Choo has won a cybersquatting dispute at WIPO after two domain names containing its trademark were found to have been registered in bad faith.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldipreview.com/news/jimmy-choo-wins-cybersquatting-case-9796"><span>http://www.worldipreview.com/news/jimmy-choo-wins-cybersquatting-case-9796</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: De Beers UK Limited v. Scott van Iperen - Case No. DAU2016-0004</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is De Beers UK Limited of London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, represented by Bird &amp; Bird, Australia. The Respondent is Scott van Iperen of Sherwood, Queensland, Australia, self-represented. 2. The Domain Names and Registrar: The disputed domain names &lt;forevermark.com.au&gt;, &lt;forevermarkdiamond.com.au&gt;, &lt;forevermarkdiamonds.com.au&gt; and &lt;forevermarkjeweller.com.au&gt; are registered with Uber Australia E1 Pty Ltd (the &ldquo;Registrar&rdquo;).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0004"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0004</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>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google TLDs: Google Domains Twists into Domains Dot Google<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet tech giant Google has made an absolute subtle change to its domain name registrar service, Google Domains. The TLD of Google is now on the .google extension. Getting access to domains.google.com then it will automatically lead to domains.google.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.amaziness.net/google-domains-twists-into-domains-dot-google/"><span>http://www.amaziness.net/google-domains-twists-into-domains-dot-google/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Data security takes priority<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the data center of SKYWAY DataCenter GmbH, the focus is on the security of customer data. Thus, the company sets consistently and without exception on "Privacy &ndash; Made in Germany", so its customers can use this worldwide quality characteristic as a competitive advantage.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/data-security-takes-priority"><span>https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/data-security-takes-priority</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>Surveying the state of IPv6 deployment in Australia and China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A new research project funded by APNIC is hoping to shed light on the current state and trajectory of IPv6 deployment in Australia and China as early as September this year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/31/surveying-state-ipv6-deployment-australia-china/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/31/surveying-state-ipv6-deployment-australia-china/</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>Privacy Concerns in the Domain Name System by Samantha Bradshaw &amp; Laura DeNardis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: Some of the most contentious policy debates of our time involve questions surrounding the privacy of user data and the extent to which personally identifiable information is encrypted on mobile devices, in transit, or in the cloud. However, one aspect of personal privacy often missing from the public discourse is the question of confidentiality in the DNS.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2755558"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2755558</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The state of branded keywords in paid search<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>BrandVerity recently examined the brand keywords of over 250 popular, consumer-facing U.S. brands for their Q4 2015 report The State of Branded Keywords in Paid Search. The results show how many brands are targets for trademark infringers who bid on and use brand keywords to lead consumers to their imposter sites through paid search results.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/the-state-of-branded-keywords-in-paid-search/"><span>http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/the-state-of-branded-keywords-in-paid-search/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Empirical Study on the dynamic of domain registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Sedo&rsquo;s former Product Manager Dr. Thies Lindenthal published an empirical study which explores registration dynamics in the primary domain market. This study investigates whether the primary market for Internet domain names can be analyzed using standard urban economic theories.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/resources/newsroom/empirical-study-on-the-dynamic-of-domain-registrations/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/resources/newsroom/empirical-study-on-the-dynamic-of-domain-registrations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>2015 Annual Report Now Available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The 2015 ARIN Annual Report is now available for download.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.arin.net/announcements/2016/20160329.html"><span>https://www.arin.net/announcements/2016/20160329.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Digital Sleuths: On the trail of better SEO hygiene<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Like most big companies, Google&rsquo;s hunt for good talent produces a stream of help wanted signs on its website. Yet the search engine king had people scratching their heads last summer when the company began recruiting a technical SEO program manager. Google looking for help keeping its own digital house clean? Heresy, right? Wrong.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.searchmetrics.com/us/2016/03/31/seo-hygiene/"><span>http://blog.searchmetrics.com/us/2016/03/31/seo-hygiene/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Competitive Keywords: Own Yours, Discover Others with New Tool<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the world of search, knowledge is power. Good keywords leave you fighting for a seat at the table, and then battling for scraps with potentially thousands of competitors. Great keywords mean you get served the best cuts of meat in your own private dining room.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.searchmetrics.com/us/2016/03/24/competitive-keyword-discovery/"><span>http://blog.searchmetrics.com/us/2016/03/24/competitive-keyword-discovery/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Team to help regarding harassment concerns<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2013, the IESG set the IETF anti-harassment policy. The IETF strives to create and maintain an environment in which people of many different backgrounds are treated with dignity, decency, and respect.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/04/team-to-help-regarding-harassment-concerns/"><span>https://www.ietf.org/blog/2016/04/team-to-help-regarding-harassment-concerns/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Igloo's New "Brand Stories" Page Tracks How Companies Are Using the Top Tier Domains They Purchased<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Popular domain brokerage company Igloo.com has just given their website a nice refresh that includes an interesting new page devoted to Brand Stories. It currently features capsule reports on more than two dozen companies that have purchased high end domain names through the brokerage - items that detail how the companies are utilizing their newly acquired domain assets.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160331.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160331.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>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Week's Two Biggest Domain Sales Were .Nets With a ccTLD Third - .Coms Still Take 13 of Top 20<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The past week was an unusual one in the domain aftermarket. .Coms traditionally rule the roost but the biggest .com sale reported week could do no better than 4th on our latest all extension Top 20 Sales Chart.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160330.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160330.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>ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Warning over online scammers targeting car buyers and sellers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Australians are being warned that scammers are stepping up their attacks on people who are selling goods via online classifieds.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-02/scammers-targeting-car-buyers-and-sellers-online/7293160"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-02/scammers-targeting-car-buyers-and-sellers-online/7293160</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>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>
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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>
<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 | 31 Mar 05:13 2016

auDA domain news - 31 March

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Protecting and empowering people on the Internet - New Internet Governance strategy

<http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/protecting-and-empowering-people-on-the-internet-new-internet-governance>

 

Peter Dengate Thrush re-appointed to United Nations Committee on Internet Governance

<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/peter-dengate-thrush-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance-186845>

<http://www.lawfuel.com/newzealand/new-zealand-lawyer-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance/>

 

auDA dumps CEO Chris Disspain after 16 years … but why?

<https://delimiter.com.au/2016/03/29/auda-dumps-ceo-chris-disspain-16-years/>

 

Swiss Government Puts .CH Registry Out To Tender

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/30/swiss-ch-registry-tender/>

 

China rejects worry over web rules that could cut access to foreign sites

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet-idUKKCN0WW1GM>

 

Beijing Seeks to Tighten Reins on Websites in China

<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/technology/china-internet-censorship.html>

 

The Fight Over the .africa Domain Name

<http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/the-war-over-africa>

 

Insights into the world of ‘dot brands’

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/insights-into-the-world-of-dot-brands>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Protecting and empowering people on the Internet - New Internet Governance strategy

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers today adopted its Internet Governance Strategy for 2016-2019, which aims to tackle the challenges to human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the rapidly evolving online environment.

<http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/protecting-and-empowering-people-on-the-internet-new-internet-governance>

 

Latin America and the Future of 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

Thank you. It is an honor to speak here today and to follow Vint Cerf on the agenda. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his work and his commitment to the Internet and its development. I also want to thank my friend Olga Cavalli for the invitation to be with you here today. ... I will speak briefly and then open it up to your questions. The billions of us who have access to the global Internet have come to rely on it for everything from banking and shopping to dating and traveling to expressing and organizing ourselves. Businesses manage resources and supply chains across borders using the platform. And governments deliver services more efficiently to their citizens.

<http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2016/255278.htm>

 

Peter Dengate Thrush re-appointed to United Nations Committee on Internet Governance

New Zealand barrister Peter Dengate Thrush has been re-appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the MAG after nomination by the Internet's global technical community.

<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/peter-dengate-thrush-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance-186845>

<http://www.lawfuel.com/newzealand/new-zealand-lawyer-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance/>

 

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ICANN

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Conduct at ICANN Meetings by Akram Atallah

During and after ICANN55 the issue of certain community-member conduct toward one another has been raised in various sessions and lists. I wanted to re-confirm that ICANN’s staff and Board takes the issue of harassment or other improper conduct at its meetings very seriously. We do not condone any such conduct, and there should be zero tolerance for it within the community.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/conduct-at-icann-meetings>

 

ICANN at RightsCon Silicon Valley by Rafik Dammak, NCUC Chair, and Adam Peake, ICANN Civil Society Engagement

We're excited to announce that, for the third year in a row, ICANN will be sponsoring and attending RightsCon, which will be taking place from 30 March to 1 April, in San Francisco.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-at-rightscon-silicon-valley>

 

The Internet Academy Lecture Project in Poland Kicks Off

The Internet Academy is offering free lectures on various Internet-related topics for anyone who is interested in the Internet.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-03-30-en>

 

“Cheese sandwich” comment blamed for sexual harassment complaint

ICANN’s first formal case of sexual harassment has been closed with no official finding by the Ombudsman.

<http://domainincite.com/20201-cheese-sandwich-comment-blamed-for-sexual-harassment-complaint>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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auDA dumps CEO Chris Disspain after 16 years … but why?

Those of you who’ve been around the traps for a while will know that for the past 16 years, a gentleman by the name of Chris Disspain (above, middle) has ruled Australia’s domain name space with an iron fist, from the position of chief executive of Australia’s domain name regulator, .au Domain Administration.

<https://delimiter.com.au/2016/03/29/auda-dumps-ceo-chris-disspain-16-years/>

 

Competitive tender for management of .ch domain names

The management of the database of .ch internet domain names is to be put out to tender. The SWITCH Foundation contract expires in mid-2017. In mid-April, the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM will launch the public invitation to tender to designate the registry manager which will ensure the organisation and central administration of the .ch domain.

<http://www.bakom.admin.ch/dokumentation/medieninformationen/00471/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=61133>

 

For a safer Internet, .ch must stay with SWITCH

On 29 March OFCOM announced that in mid-April 2016 it will launch a public tender process for the administration of .ch domain. SWITCH, which has operated the registry from the very beginning, will apply to keep this function. The foundation has made .ch one of the most secure TLDs in the world and is confident that it will remain the best choice for Switzerland going forward.

<http://www.switch.ch/news/tender/>

 

Swiss Government Puts .CH Registry Out To Tender

The Swiss Federal Office of Communications has put out the management of the .ch registry to tender. The current contract with the SWITCH Foundation expires in mid-2017.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/30/swiss-ch-registry-tender/>

 

cn: Govt reassures foreign companies on new Internet rules

China's draft Internet regulation on domain names, the addresses used to navigate the Web, will not affect foreign companies' normal business in China, the top industry regulator said on Wednesday.

<http://www.china.org.cn/business/2016-03/31/content_38148318.htm>

 

China rejects worry over web rules that could cut access to foreign sites

China's technology regulator has rejected criticism of proposed Internet rules that could block access to foreign websites, saying there was misunderstanding about what some people see as a way to tighten control over cyberspace.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet-idUKKCN0WW1GM>

 

China Says New Internet Regulations Won’t Increase Blocking of Foreign Websites

China has sought to address criticism of proposed new Internet regulations, saying they had been misunderstood and suggesting they wouldn’t lead to increased blocking of foreign websites.

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-says-new-internet-regulations-wont-increase-blocking-of-foreign-websites-1459351655>

 

China floats domain crackdown plans

The Chinese government is planning a crackdown on internet domains that could see mass censorship of non-Chinese names.

<http://domainincite.com/20197-china-floats-domain-crackdown-plans>

 

Beijing Seeks to Tighten Reins on Websites in China

China’s government said on Monday that it would take steps to more strictly manage websites in the country, its latest push to set boundaries in the wider Internet.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/technology/china-internet-censorship.html>

 

China Considers Tightening Control Over Internet Websites

China’s government is moving to tighten its grip over the Internet as it rolls out draft rules that will effectively ban Web domains not approved by local authorities, including possibly the most widely used .com and .org addresses.

<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-29/china-considers-tightening-control-over-internet-websites>

 

Change to Proposed Chinese Law Would Make Foreign Websites Impossible to Reach

China’s list of blocked websites and Internet services is already big, and it continues to grow. But a potential new law could make it far larger.

<http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2016/03/change-proposed-chinese-law-would-make-foreign-websites-impossible-reach/127059/>

 

China proposes tighter restrictions on foreign websites

Foreign websites in China face new restrictions under a proposal that seeks to force internet service providers to block access to everything with a domain registered outside the country.

<http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/888e864a-f595-11e5-96db-fc683b5e52db.html>

<http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/29/china-proposes-tighter-restrictions-on-foreign-websites.html>

 

Authorities advise foreign companies to transfer website domain names

Authorities advised that foreign companies would do well to transfer the domain names of their websites to Chinese registers to meet the terms of a newly released draft regulation on Internet domain names.

<http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/976615.shtml>

 

Draft rule targets Chinese domain name supervision

The Chinese government is stepping up efforts to strengthen management of the Internet with the recent drafting of an "unprecedented" regulation on Internet domain names, observers said.

<http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/976451.shtml>

 

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NEW TLDS

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The Fight Over the .africa Domain Name

An explosion of domain names has reshaped the Internet by offering hundreds of new ways to end a Web address. Lawyers can now advertise websites with “.lawyer” while toy companies can register with “.toys.” Jokers who want to build a site that finishes with “.fail” or “.wtf” can do that, too.

<http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/the-war-over-africa>

 

Insights into the world of ‘dot brands’

Guillaume Pahud, co-founder of Dot Stories, an activation platform for 'dot brands', provides some analysis on the current state of play of this form of new gTLD.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/insights-into-the-world-of-dot-brands>

 

$5M Open Offer to Rightside Group Ltd

Below you will find an offer to Rightside Group, Ltd. to purchase four of the under-monetized new gTLDs Rightside holds, including .army, .dance, .dentist and .vet, for $5,000,000. I chose these four gTLDs, which currently have fewer than 15,000 domains registered, to highlight the tremendous value Rightside’s registry component holds.

<https://ceo.xyz/5m-open-offer-to-rightside-group-ltd/>

 

Crack Your Online Branding Strategy with New gTLDs

With the new gTLDs most brands have a whole new clean slate and platform to plan their branding strategy on. If you are still wondering why you should consider getting a gTLD for your website, just think about the search algorithm. The new TLD acts like a signal to the algorithm that it is authentic, legitimate and actually belonging to that brand.

<http://www.groundreport.com/crack-online-branding-strategy-new-gtlds/>

 

Google Small Business

We’re so excited about our new domain name endings, we used one ourselves! Starting today, you can find us at domains.google.

<https://plus.google.com/+GoogleBusiness/posts/T4Q15iwAfK3>

 

Google begins using domains.google domain name

Google has begun using a domain name under its .brand TLD, .google, for its domain name registrar.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/03/29/google-beings-using-domains-google-domain-name/>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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The Path Toward Increasing the Security of DNSSEC with Elliptic Curve Cryptography by Dan York

How do we make DNSSEC even more secure through the use of elliptic curve cryptography? What are the advantages of algorithms based on elliptic curves? And what steps need to happen to make this a reality? What challenges lie in the way? Over the past few months we've been discussing these questions within the community of people implementing DNSSEC, with an aim of increasing both the security and performance of DNSSEC.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160329_increasing_security_of_dnssec_with_elliptic_curve_cryptography/>

 

DNS root server attack was not aimed at root servers – infosec bods

The internet's root servers were not the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in December which for a short time took out four of the 13 pillars of the global network.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/29/root_server_attack_not_aimed_at_root_servers/>

 

Root Servers Were Not Targets of 2015 DDoS Attack

Two VeriSign researchers are expected to deliver a talk this week that explains how two Chinese domains were the targets of 2015 DDoS attacks that impacted the Internet’s root name servers.

<https://threatpost.com/root-servers-were-not-targets-of-2015-ddos-attack/117082/>

 

The anatomy of a nation-state hack attack

Cyber-security is not all about cyber-thieves. It is about cyber-spies too. Mixed in among the spam, phishing messages and booby-trapped emails that land in your inbox might be the odd message crafted by hackers working for a government rather than a group of criminals.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34474879>

 

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Effective, but Requires High Level of Investment: Report

Adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is improving organizations’ security confidence, but is presenting implementation challenges, according to research released by Tenable on Tuesday.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/nist-cybersecurity-framework-effective-but-requires-high-level-of-investment-report>

 

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Adoption Linked to Higher Security Confidence According to New Research from Tenable Network Security

Tenable Network Security, Inc., a global leader transforming security technology for the business needs of tomorrow, revealed today that overall security confidence was higher for organizations leveraging the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, according to findings from the Trends in Security Framework Adoption Survey.

<http://www.tenable.com/press-releases/nist-cybersecurity-framework-adoption-linked-to-higher-security-confidence-according>

 

UK and US to simulate cyber attack on nuclear plants to test resilience

Britain and the US will stage a war-game later this year, simulating a cyber attack on a nuclear power plant, to test the readiness of the government and utility firms.

<http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/31/uk-us-simulate-cyber-attack-nuclear-plants-test-resilience>

 

Jamie Butler on Detecting Targeting Attacks

Mike Mimoso talks to Endgame chief technology officer Jamie Butler about targeted attacks, ransomware, and what defenders are doing about detecting attacks on their networks.

<https://threatpost.com/jamie-butler-on-detecting-targeting-attacks/117076/>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Holding a domain name hostage in a partnership dispute

Business partnerships have a bad habit of ending badly. When they do, control over key domain names can become an issue.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2016/03/29/domain-held-hostage/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Let Me Make Yeti-DNS Perfectly Clear by Paul Vixie

The following rather alarming text caught my eye today... Had the text appeared under a less august letterhead, or signed by less qualified authors, there would be no cause for alarm. However, the letterhead was World Economic Forum and the authors were William J. Drake, Vinton G. Cerf, and Wolfgang Kleinwächter. As one of three coordinators for the Yeti-DNS project, this feels a bit like I'm in big trouble now. So, let's discuss the matter.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160330_let_me_make_yeti_dns_perfectly_clear/>

 

 

 

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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"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Protecting and empowering people on the Internet - New Internet Governance strategy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/protecting-and-empowering-people-on-the-internet-new-internet-governance"><span>http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/protecting-and-empowering-people-on-the-internet-new-internet-governance</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Peter Dengate Thrush re-appointed to United Nations Committee on Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/peter-dengate-thrush-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance-186845"><span>http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/peter-dengate-thrush-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance-186845</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfuel.com/newzealand/new-zealand-lawyer-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance/"><span>http://www.lawfuel.com/newzealand/new-zealand-lawyer-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA dumps CEO Chris Disspain after 16 years &hellip; but why?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://delimiter.com.au/2016/03/29/auda-dumps-ceo-chris-disspain-16-years/"><span>https://delimiter.com.au/2016/03/29/auda-dumps-ceo-chris-disspain-16-years/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swiss Government Puts .CH Registry Out To Tender<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/30/swiss-ch-registry-tender/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/30/swiss-ch-registry-tender/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China rejects worry over web rules that could cut access to foreign sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet-idUKKCN0WW1GM"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet-idUKKCN0WW1GM</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Beijing Seeks to Tighten Reins on Websites in China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/technology/china-internet-censorship.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/technology/china-internet-censorship.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Fight Over the .africa Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/the-war-over-africa"><span>http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/the-war-over-africa</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Insights into the world of &lsquo;dot brands&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/insights-into-the-world-of-dot-brands"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/insights-into-the-world-of-dot-brands</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>Protecting and empowering people on the Internet - New Internet Governance strategy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers today adopted its Internet Governance Strategy for 2016-2019, which aims to tackle the challenges to human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the rapidly evolving online environment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/protecting-and-empowering-people-on-the-internet-new-internet-governance"><span>http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/protecting-and-empowering-people-on-the-internet-new-internet-governance</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Latin America and the Future of 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>Thank you. It is an honor to speak here today and to follow Vint Cerf on the agenda. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his work and his commitment to the Internet and its development. I also want to thank my friend Olga Cavalli for the invitation to be with you here today. ... I will speak briefly and then open it up to your questions. The billions of us who have access to the global Internet have come to rely on it for everything from banking and shopping to dating and traveling to expressing and organizing ourselves. Businesses manage resources and supply chains across borders using the platform. And governments deliver services more efficiently to their citizens.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2016/255278.htm"><span>http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/rm/2016/255278.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Peter Dengate Thrush re-appointed to United Nations Committee on Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>New Zealand barrister Peter Dengate Thrush has been re-appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the MAG after nomination by the Internet's global technical community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/peter-dengate-thrush-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance-186845"><span>http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/peter-dengate-thrush-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance-186845</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lawfuel.com/newzealand/new-zealand-lawyer-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance/"><span>http://www.lawfuel.com/newzealand/new-zealand-lawyer-re-appointed-united-nations-committee-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Conduct at ICANN Meetings by Akram Atallah<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>During and after ICANN55 the issue of certain community-member conduct toward one another has been raised in various sessions and lists. I wanted to re-confirm that ICANN&rsquo;s staff and Board takes the issue of harassment or other improper conduct at its meetings very seriously. We do not condone any such conduct, and there should be zero tolerance for it within the community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/conduct-at-icann-meetings"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/conduct-at-icann-meetings</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN at RightsCon Silicon Valley by Rafik Dammak, NCUC Chair, and Adam Peake, ICANN Civil Society Engagement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We're excited to announce that, for the third year in a row, ICANN will be sponsoring and attending RightsCon, which will be taking place from 30 March to 1 April, in San Francisco.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-at-rightscon-silicon-valley"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-at-rightscon-silicon-valley</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Academy Lecture Project in Poland Kicks Off<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Internet Academy is offering free lectures on various Internet-related topics for anyone who is interested in the Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-03-30-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-03-30-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&ldquo;Cheese sandwich&rdquo; comment blamed for sexual harassment complaint<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN&rsquo;s first formal case of sexual harassment has been closed with no official finding by the Ombudsman.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20201-cheese-sandwich-comment-blamed-for-sexual-harassment-complaint"><span>http://domainincite.com/20201-cheese-sandwich-comment-blamed-for-sexual-harassment-complaint</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>auDA dumps CEO Chris Disspain after 16 years &hellip; but why?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Those of you who&rsquo;ve been around the traps for a while will know that for the past 16 years, a gentleman by the name of Chris Disspain (above, middle) has ruled Australia&rsquo;s domain name space with an iron fist, from the position of chief executive of Australia&rsquo;s domain name regulator, .au Domain Administration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://delimiter.com.au/2016/03/29/auda-dumps-ceo-chris-disspain-16-years/"><span>https://delimiter.com.au/2016/03/29/auda-dumps-ceo-chris-disspain-16-years/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Competitive tender for management of .ch domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The management of the database of .ch internet domain names is to be put out to tender. The SWITCH Foundation contract expires in mid-2017. In mid-April, the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM will launch the public invitation to tender to designate the registry manager which will ensure the organisation and central administration of the .ch domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bakom.admin.ch/dokumentation/medieninformationen/00471/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=61133"><span>http://www.bakom.admin.ch/dokumentation/medieninformationen/00471/index.html?lang=en&amp;msg-id=61133</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>For a safer Internet, .ch must stay with SWITCH<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 29 March OFCOM announced that in mid-April 2016 it will launch a public tender process for the administration of .ch domain. SWITCH, which has operated the registry from the very beginning, will apply to keep this function. The foundation has made .ch one of the most secure TLDs in the world and is confident that it will remain the best choice for Switzerland going forward.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.switch.ch/news/tender/"><span>http://www.switch.ch/news/tender/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Swiss Government Puts .CH Registry Out To Tender<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Swiss Federal Office of Communications has put out the management of the .ch registry to tender. The current contract with the SWITCH Foundation expires in mid-2017.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/30/swiss-ch-registry-tender/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/30/swiss-ch-registry-tender/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>cn: Govt reassures foreign companies on new Internet rules<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China's draft Internet regulation on domain names, the addresses used to navigate the Web, will not affect foreign companies' normal business in China, the top industry regulator said on Wednesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.china.org.cn/business/2016-03/31/content_38148318.htm"><span>http://www.china.org.cn/business/2016-03/31/content_38148318.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China rejects worry over web rules that could cut access to foreign sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China's technology regulator has rejected criticism of proposed Internet rules that could block access to foreign websites, saying there was misunderstanding about what some people see as a way to tighten control over cyberspace.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet-idUKKCN0WW1GM"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-internet-idUKKCN0WW1GM</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China Says New Internet Regulations Won&rsquo;t Increase Blocking of Foreign Websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China has sought to address criticism of proposed new Internet regulations, saying they had been misunderstood and suggesting they wouldn&rsquo;t lead to increased blocking of foreign websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-says-new-internet-regulations-wont-increase-blocking-of-foreign-websites-1459351655"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-says-new-internet-regulations-wont-increase-blocking-of-foreign-websites-1459351655</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China floats domain crackdown plans<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Chinese government is planning a crackdown on internet domains that could see mass censorship of non-Chinese names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20197-china-floats-domain-crackdown-plans"><span>http://domainincite.com/20197-china-floats-domain-crackdown-plans</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Beijing Seeks to Tighten Reins on Websites in China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China&rsquo;s government said on Monday that it would take steps to more strictly manage websites in the country, its latest push to set boundaries in the wider Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/technology/china-internet-censorship.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/30/technology/china-internet-censorship.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China Considers Tightening Control Over Internet Websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China&rsquo;s government is moving to tighten its grip over the Internet as it rolls out draft rules that will effectively ban Web domains not approved by local authorities, including possibly the most widely used .com and .org addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-29/china-considers-tightening-control-over-internet-websites"><span>http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-29/china-considers-tightening-control-over-internet-websites</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Change to Proposed Chinese Law Would Make Foreign Websites Impossible to Reach<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China&rsquo;s list of blocked websites and Internet services is already big, and it continues to grow. But a potential new law could make it far larger.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2016/03/change-proposed-chinese-law-would-make-foreign-websites-impossible-reach/127059/"><span>http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2016/03/change-proposed-chinese-law-would-make-foreign-websites-impossible-reach/127059/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>China proposes tighter restrictions on foreign websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Foreign websites in China face new restrictions under a proposal that seeks to force internet service providers to block access to everything with a domain registered outside the country.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/888e864a-f595-11e5-96db-fc683b5e52db.html"><span>http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/888e864a-f595-11e5-96db-fc683b5e52db.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/29/china-proposes-tighter-restrictions-on-foreign-websites.html"><span>http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/29/china-proposes-tighter-restrictions-on-foreign-websites.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Authorities advise foreign companies to transfer website domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Authorities advised that foreign companies would do well to transfer the domain names of their websites to Chinese registers to meet the terms of a newly released draft regulation on Internet domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/976615.shtml"><span>http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/976615.shtml</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Draft rule targets Chinese domain name supervision<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Chinese government is stepping up efforts to strengthen management of the Internet with the recent drafting of an "unprecedented" regulation on Internet domain names, observers said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/976451.shtml"><span>http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/976451.shtml</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>The Fight Over the .africa Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An explosion of domain names has reshaped the Internet by offering hundreds of new ways to end a Web address. Lawyers can now advertise websites with &ldquo;.lawyer&rdquo; while toy companies can register with &ldquo;.toys.&rdquo; Jokers who want to build a site that finishes with &ldquo;.fail&rdquo; or &ldquo;.wtf&rdquo; can do that, too. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/the-war-over-africa"><span>http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/the-war-over-africa</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Insights into the world of &lsquo;dot brands&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Guillaume Pahud, co-founder of Dot Stories, an activation platform for 'dot brands', provides some analysis on the current state of play of this form of new gTLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/insights-into-the-world-of-dot-brands"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/insights-into-the-world-of-dot-brands</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>$5M Open Offer to Rightside Group Ltd<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Below you will find an offer to Rightside Group, Ltd. to purchase four of the under-monetized new gTLDs Rightside holds, including .army, .dance, .dentist and .vet, for $5,000,000. I chose these four gTLDs, which currently have fewer than 15,000 domains registered, to highlight the tremendous value Rightside&rsquo;s registry component holds.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://ceo.xyz/5m-open-offer-to-rightside-group-ltd/"><span>https://ceo.xyz/5m-open-offer-to-rightside-group-ltd/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Crack Your Online Branding Strategy with New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the new gTLDs most brands have a whole new clean slate and platform to plan their branding strategy on. If you are still wondering why you should consider getting a gTLD for your website, just think about the search algorithm. The new TLD acts like a signal to the algorithm that it is authentic, legitimate and actually belonging to that brand.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.groundreport.com/crack-online-branding-strategy-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.groundreport.com/crack-online-branding-strategy-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google Small Business<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We&rsquo;re so excited about our new domain name endings, we used one ourselves! Starting today, you can find us at domains.google.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://plus.google.com/+GoogleBusiness/posts/T4Q15iwAfK3"><span>https://plus.google.com/+GoogleBusiness/posts/T4Q15iwAfK3</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google begins using domains.google domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Google has begun using a domain name under its .brand TLD, .google, for its domain name registrar.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/03/29/google-beings-using-domains-google-domain-name/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/03/29/google-beings-using-domains-google-domain-name/</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>The Path Toward Increasing the Security of DNSSEC with Elliptic Curve Cryptography by Dan York<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How do we make DNSSEC even more secure through the use of elliptic curve cryptography? What are the advantages of algorithms based on elliptic curves? And what steps need to happen to make this a reality? What challenges lie in the way? Over the past few months we've been discussing these questions within the community of people implementing DNSSEC, with an aim of increasing both the security and performance of DNSSEC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160329_increasing_security_of_dnssec_with_elliptic_curve_cryptography/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160329_increasing_security_of_dnssec_with_elliptic_curve_cryptography/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS root server attack was not aimed at root servers &ndash; infosec bods<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The internet's root servers were not the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in December which for a short time took out four of the 13 pillars of the global network.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/29/root_server_attack_not_aimed_at_root_servers/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/29/root_server_attack_not_aimed_at_root_servers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Root Servers Were Not Targets of 2015 DDoS Attack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two VeriSign researchers are expected to deliver a talk this week that explains how two Chinese domains were the targets of 2015 DDoS attacks that impacted the Internet&rsquo;s root name servers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/root-servers-were-not-targets-of-2015-ddos-attack/117082/"><span>https://threatpost.com/root-servers-were-not-targets-of-2015-ddos-attack/117082/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The anatomy of a nation-state hack attack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cyber-security is not all about cyber-thieves. It is about cyber-spies too. Mixed in among the spam, phishing messages and booby-trapped emails that land in your inbox might be the odd message crafted by hackers working for a government rather than a group of criminals.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34474879"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34474879</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NIST Cybersecurity Framework Effective, but Requires High Level of Investment: Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is improving organizations&rsquo; security confidence, but is presenting implementation challenges, according to research released by Tenable on Tuesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/nist-cybersecurity-framework-effective-but-requires-high-level-of-investment-report"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/nist-cybersecurity-framework-effective-but-requires-high-level-of-investment-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>NIST Cybersecurity Framework Adoption Linked to Higher Security Confidence According to New Research from Tenable Network Security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tenable Network Security, Inc., a global leader transforming security technology for the business needs of tomorrow, revealed today that overall security confidence was higher for organizations leveraging the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, according to findings from the Trends in Security Framework Adoption Survey.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.tenable.com/press-releases/nist-cybersecurity-framework-adoption-linked-to-higher-security-confidence-according"><span>http://www.tenable.com/press-releases/nist-cybersecurity-framework-adoption-linked-to-higher-security-confidence-according</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>UK and US to simulate cyber attack on nuclear plants to test resilience<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Britain and the US will stage a war-game later this year, simulating a cyber attack on a nuclear power plant, to test the readiness of the government and utility firms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/31/uk-us-simulate-cyber-attack-nuclear-plants-test-resilience"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/31/uk-us-simulate-cyber-attack-nuclear-plants-test-resilience</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Jamie Butler on Detecting Targeting Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Mike Mimoso talks to Endgame chief technology officer Jamie Butler about targeted attacks, ransomware, and what defenders are doing about detecting attacks on their networks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/jamie-butler-on-detecting-targeting-attacks/117076/"><span>https://threatpost.com/jamie-butler-on-detecting-targeting-attacks/117076/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<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>Holding a domain name hostage in a partnership dispute<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Business partnerships have a bad habit of ending badly. When they do, control over key domain names can become an issue.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2016/03/29/domain-held-hostage/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2016/03/29/domain-held-hostage/</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>Let Me Make Yeti-DNS Perfectly Clear by Paul Vixie<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The following rather alarming text caught my eye today... Had the text appeared under a less august letterhead, or signed by less qualified authors, there would be no cause for alarm. However, the letterhead was World Economic Forum and the authors were William J. Drake, Vinton G. Cerf, and Wolfgang Kleinw&auml;chter. As one of three coordinators for the Yeti-DNS project, this feels a bit like I'm in big trouble now. So, let's discuss the matter.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160330_let_me_make_yeti_dns_perfectly_clear/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160330_let_me_make_yeti_dns_perfectly_clear/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>------<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>email: <a href="mailto:david@..."><span>david@...</span></a><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>web: <a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/</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>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>
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The Board of auDA (.au Domain Administration Ltd) announced today that it was ending the contract of CEO, Chris Disspain. Mr Disspain’s contract was due for renewal later this year, but the Board agreed new leadership was required to take the organisation forward.

The Board acknowledged and thanked Mr. Disspain, as founding CEO of auDA, for the hard work and visionary leadership he has demonstrated throughout his tenure, helping to cement the organisation’s standing as a one of the world’s best practice ccTLD managers.

auDA’s current Chief Operations and Policy Officer, Jo Lim has been appointed Acting CEO and the Board will undertake an executive search to fill the position vacated by Mr Disspain, over the next six months.

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<p>The Board of auDA (.au Domain
Administration Ltd) announced today that it was ending the
contract of CEO, Chris Disspain. Mr Disspain&rsquo;s contract
was due for renewal later this year, but the Board agreed
new leadership was required to take the organisation
forward.</p>
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<p>The Board acknowledged and thanked Mr.
Disspain, as founding CEO of auDA, for the hard work and
visionary leadership he has demonstrated throughout his
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one of the world&rsquo;s best practice ccTLD
managers.</p>
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<p>auDA&rsquo;s current Chief Operations and
Policy Officer, Jo Lim has been appointed Acting CEO and the
Board will undertake an executive search to fill the
position vacated by Mr Disspain, over the next six
months.</p>
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<p>Media
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ICANN, The IANA Transition and The Marrakech Package

<https://www.i2coalition.com/icann-the-iana-transition-and-the-marrakech-package/>

 

au: UV Education website

<http://au.educationhq.com/news/34274/uv-education-website/>

 

WIPO Once Again Stretches The Truth With Cybersquatting Figures

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/20/wipo-once-again-stretches-the-truth-with-cybersquatting-figures/>

 

What will the Internet look like in the next 5-7 years?

<https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/development/2016/03/what-will-internet-look-next-5-7-years>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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ICANN, The IANA Transition and The Marrakech Package

Last week, after thousands of hours of work and hundreds of meetings, the final steps in a comprehensive package on the historic transition of some key technical Internet functions, critical to the Internet’s smooth operation, to global stewardship were agreed to at the closing day of the ICANN public meeting in Marrakech.

<https://www.i2coalition.com/icann-the-iana-transition-and-the-marrakech-package/>

 

APTLD Statement on IANA Transition

Over the last 18 months, the APTLD community has closely followed and actively contributed to both the process for the Transition of IANA Stewardship from the NTIA to the multi-stakeholder community, and the related process to enhance ICANN’s Accountability to this community.

<http://aptld.org/system/files/aptld_statement_on_iana_transition.pdf>

 

IANA Stewardship Transition Moves to Final Phase

An historic proposal for the global community to assume stewardship of the IANA functions, produced after nearly two years of work by the global Internet community, has been delivered to the U.S. Government for its consideration.

<https://www.nro.net/news/updated-5th-draft-sla-for-the-iana-numbering-services>

 

ICANN 55: IANA, Accountability and Public Safety

ICANN 55 was held from 5-10 March 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco, and marked another milestone in the march towards transition of the IANA functions stewardship to the global Internet community. RIPE NCC Executive Board members, staff and members of the RIPE community took part in meetings throughout the week, discussing issues ranging from IANA stewardship and the accountability of ICANN to the accuracy of RIR whois databases.

<https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/icann-55-iana-accountability-and-public-safety>

 

ICANN and the IANA Transition -- Proceed With Caution by Paul Rosenzweig

Two years ago, the United States government, acting through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced its intention to sever the last contractual control it had over the administration of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (also known as the IANA function) and allow that function, in the future, to be performed by a non-profit company, ICANN.

<https://www.lawfareblog.com/icann-and-iana-transition-proceed-caution>

 

Stop Obama’s Internet Giveaway: It’s up to Congress to block a surrender that could give control to authoritarian rulers.

Two years after President Obama decided to give up U.S. protection of the open Internet, his administration is now considering how to give away power to other governments, most of which want a closed, censored Internet.

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/stop-obamas-internet-giveaway-1458505088>

 

Witnesses to Hill: IANA Hand-Off Can Meet Contract Deadline

Witnesses told a House Communications Subcommittee hearing panel March 17 that they thought the U.S. could hand off oversight of ICANN IANA, which oversees domain naming conventions, from the U.S. to a multistakeholder model by the time the current contract expires at the end of September.

<http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/witnesses-hill-iana-hand-can-meet-contract-deadline/154765>

 

US Congress Hearing All Positive On IANA Transition Process

Witnesses testifying at the United States House Communications and Technology Subcommittee today unanimously reported success of the multistakeholder preparations for the transition of oversight over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from the US government to the multistakeholder internet community.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/03/17/us-congress-hearing-all-positive-on-iana-transition-process/>

 

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ICANN

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Lending Clarity to Security Risk Definitions - For ICANN Community and Beyond by Dave Piscitello, VP, Security And ICT Coordinator

In its Beijing Communiqué of 11 April 2013, the ICANN GAC called on ICANN to have new gTLD registry operators find and act upon a variety of abusive activities occurring within their TLDs. This led to a requirement in all new gTLD contracts:

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/lending-clarity-to-security-risk-definitions-for-icann-community-and-beyond>

 

What is the Intellectual Property Constituency? by Doug Isenberg

As a longtime member of ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), I'm impressed by the important work that this group does on behalf of trademark owners worldwide (as I've written before). While some die-hard IPC members spend countless (and, often, thankless) hours working virtually and in-person (at ICANN's global meetings) for the constituency, I find it very educational and worthwhile to participate on an ad-hoc basis.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160317_what_is_the_intellectual_property_constituency_ipc/>

 

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ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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au: UV Education website

A team from the University of Southern Queensland, with an auDA Foundation grant, have developed an informative website aimed at educating students (and teachers) about solar ultraviolet radiation.

<http://au.educationhq.com/news/34274/uv-education-website/>

 

be: How satisfied are registrars with our service?

DNS Belgium has received the results of the annual satisfaction survey of its registrars. Eighty-one registrars took part and gave an excellent general score of 8.1 out of 10.

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/how-satisfied-are-registrars-our-service>

 

Spammers Abusing Trust in US .Gov Domains

Spammers are abusing ill-configured U.S. dot-gov domains and link shorteners to promote spammy sites that are hidden behind short links ending in”usa.gov”.

<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/spammers-abusing-trust-in-us-gov-domains/>

 

nl: Final edition of The.nlyst

This is the final edition of The.nlyst. Our quarterly magazine is being replaced by a monthly e-mail newsletter. The change of medium will help us to keep our contacts right up to date with topical, relevant news.

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/knowledge-and-development/final-edition-of-thenlyst>

 

nyc: New gTLD update – Greetings from The Big Apple

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a look at the success of some of the GeoTLDs that have been launched under the new gTLD programme, especially as the chatter about a second round is now getting louder. What better place to start than with the most registered GeoTLD, dotNYC?

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/03/new-gtld-update-greetings-from-the-big-apple/>

 

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NEW TLDS

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Schilling, Famous Four rubbish Spamhaus “worst TLD” league

Uniregistry and Famous Four Media have trashed claims by Spamhaus that their gTLDs are are much as 75% spam.

<http://domainincite.com/20164-schilling-famous-four-rubbish-spamhaus-worst-tld-league>

 

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DNS SECURITY

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TLD operators get DDoS protection and advanced DNS analytics from CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority today announced that the .kiwi domain is using its D-Zone Anycast DNS service for its TLD.

<https://cira.ca/news/tld-operators-get-ddos-protection-and-advanced-dns-analytics-cira>

 

ARIN DDoS Attack Update

As of 3:00 PM on 19 March, it has been 24 hours since the last DDoS attack against ARIN's infrastructure. All systems are operating normally.

<https://www.arin.net/announcements/2016/20160319.html>

 

95% of HTTPS servers vulnerable to trivial MITM attacks

Only 1 in 20 HTTPS servers correctly implements HTTP Strict Transport Security, a widely-supported security feature that prevents visitors making unencrypted HTTP connections to a server.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/03/17/95-of-https-servers-vulnerable-to-trivial-mitm-attacks.html>

 

Not Everything Can Be Solved in “The Cloud”

It’s hard not to go through your day without hearing the word “cloud”.  Sorry, the “partly-cloudy” weather forecast doesn’t count. I mean you constantly hear things like “iCloud””eCloud” “myCloud” or the catch all… “The Cloud”.

<http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/not-everything-can-be-solved-in-the-cloud/>

 

Bank of England to work with new cybersecurity body

The first task of Britain's new cybersecurity centre will be to work with the Bank of England, the government has announced.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35843218>

 

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DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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WIPO Once Again Stretches The Truth With Cybersquatting Figures

Cybersquatting cases lodged by trademark owners with WIPO grew 4.6 percent to 2,754 cases in 2015 while the number of domain names disputed is the lowest since 2008 with 4,364 lodged under the UDRP.

<http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24535>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/20/wipo-once-again-stretches-the-truth-with-cybersquatting-figures/>

 

Internet Domain Name Expansion Pushes Dispute Resolution Cases Up At WIPO

WIPO has released data on disputes between trademark owners and third parties who are registering new domain names with the original brand name. Disputes are on the rise and the proportion relating to new gTLDs is growing, it found. Fashion and banking are the prominent areas for disputes.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/03/18/internet-domain-name-expansion-pushes-dispute-resolution-cases-up-at-wipo/>

 

Hugo Boss leads UDRP filings list as cybersquatting trends are revealed

WIPO has published its 2015 UDRP statistics, evidencing a 4.6% increase in case filings compared to the previous year. The organisation attributes this rise to activity in new gTLDs, which is accurate but the figures only tell one part of the story.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=dcb98b36-fe41-4495-a368-cac9812ae7d0>

 

Cybersquatting claims on the up, WIPO reports

Cybersquatting claims filed at WIPO rose by almost 5% last year, fuelled by a growth in the number of cases concerning new gTLDs.

<http://www.worldipreview.com/news/cybersquatting-claims-on-the-up-wipo-reports-9745>

 

Cybersquatting Cases Up in 2015, Driven by New gTLDs

Amid the roll-out of hundreds of new gTLDs such as .GURU, .NINJA and .NYC, trademark owners filed 2,754 cases under the UDRP with WIPO in 2015, an increase of 4.6 % over the previous year.

<http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2016/article_0003.html>

 

au: ‘Bad faith’ and ‘rights or legitimate interests’ under domain name law : emerging themes from the UDRP and auDRP [Media and Arts Law Review]

Summary: The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (‘UDRP’) establishes the international framework for the resolution of domain name disputes in the generic top level domains (‘gTLDs’) — such as .com, .net, .org. National authorities are responsible for dispute resolution of country code top-level domains (‘ccTLDs’) — such as .au.

<http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/200695772?q&versionId=220300650>

 

au: Mecu Limited v. OZ8 Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2016-0003

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Mecu Limited of Kew, Victoria, Australia, represented by Griffith Hack Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Australia. The Respondent is OZ8 Pty Ltd of Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia, represented by Actuate IP, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name <bankaus.com.au> is registered with VentralP Group (Australia) Pty Ltd dba Trading as VentralP Wholesale. The disputed domain name <bankaustralia.com.au> is registered with Synergy Wholesale Pty Ltd (collectively referred to as the "Registrar"). For the purposes of this decision, the domain names <bankaus.com.au> and <bankaustralia.com.au> will collectively be referred to as the "Domain Names".

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0003>

 

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REGISTRAR NEWS

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Lower website load time and faster data transfer at highest stability with PremiumDNS including Anycast

The Metaregistry™ RRPproxy™, a product of the Key-Systems GmbH, provides its customers in cooperation with Dyn Inc. PremiumDNS including Anycast as a new feature for the KeyDNS zone management. By using premiumDNS, speed, redundancy and stability of a website will be significantly improved.

<https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/lower-website-load-time-and-faster-data-transfer-at-highest-stability-with-premiumdns-including-anycast>

 

Our first ever birthday sale never to be repeated (until next year).

Good things come in small packages, but when it comes to a sale, bigger is most certainly better. We're turning the grand old age of two. Where did all the years go?

<https://uniregistry.com/birthday-sale>

 

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What will the Internet look like in the next 5-7 years?

We all know that the Internet is one of the most important tools of our time – but we can’t afford to take the Internet -- or its future -- for granted. There are uncertainties facing the Internet – and how they evolve will have a profound impact on society and our ability to solve some of the world's biggest challenges.

<https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/development/2016/03/what-will-internet-look-next-5-7-years>

 

How to Choose a Domain Name for Maximum SEO

Picking a new domain name is exciting. The slate is clean. The plans are made. The energy is high. But if you choose the wrong website name, you could be in trouble. Tests show domain names do impact SEO. But how? Is there a wrong way and a right way to choose a domain name for maximum SEO?

<https://www.searchenginejournal.com/choose-a-domain-name-maximum-seo/158951/>

 

Coming soon: APNIC Survey 2016

Planning for APNIC’s 2016 survey is now well underway and the first stage of the project will soon begin. But before I get into what’s coming up, it is probably worth explaining how the survey works for those who have never participated before.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/18/coming-soon-apnic-survey-2016/>

 

CENTR signs MoU with Regional Organizations peers

On 7 March 2016 at their meeting at ICANN55 in Marrakech, the world's four ccTLD Regional Organizations (CENTR, LACTLD, APTLD, AfTLD) signed a MoU to promote collaboration and the exchange of best practices.

<https://centr.org/news/icann55/03-16-2016/4770/centr-signs-mou-regional-organizations-peers>

 

March 2016 Web Server Survey

In the March 2016 survey we received responses from 1,003,887,790 sites and 5,782,080 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of nearly 70 million sites, but a loss of 14,100 computers.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/03/18/march-2016-web-server-survey.html>

 

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WEBHOSTING

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Hosting and Cloud Industry Decision-Makers to Gather for HostingCon Global 2016

The breadth, quantity, and power of HostingCon 2016 attendees is impressive, particularly when you consider the attendee make-up of previous HostingCon Global events. HostingCon Global 2016 is in New Orleans from July 24-27, 2016.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/hosting-and-cloud-industry-decision-makers-to-gather-for-hostingcon-global-2016>

 

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DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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The Year's Three Biggest Sales Were ALL Posted This Week With One Topping $900,000

The last couple of weeks we've been wondering if buyers from China would return in force after their Chinese New Year's break. With the kinds of domains they prefer (short .com acronyms and numeric domains) largely missing from our charts in February it looked questionable. But with NameJet releasing all of their February sales this week - and some other venues chiming in with solid sales - it became obvious that a lot of those kinds of names were being sold throughout the month (domains that are being seen on the chart for the first time this week). That is a very good sign.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160309.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>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN, The IANA Transition and The Marrakech Package<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.i2coalition.com/icann-the-iana-transition-and-the-marrakech-package/"><span>https://www.i2coalition.com/icann-the-iana-transition-and-the-marrakech-package/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: UV Education website<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://au.educationhq.com/news/34274/uv-education-website/"><span>http://au.educationhq.com/news/34274/uv-education-website/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WIPO Once Again Stretches The Truth With Cybersquatting Figures<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/20/wipo-once-again-stretches-the-truth-with-cybersquatting-figures/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/20/wipo-once-again-stretches-the-truth-with-cybersquatting-figures/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What will the Internet look like in the next 5-7 years?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/development/2016/03/what-will-internet-look-next-5-7-years"><span>https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/development/2016/03/what-will-internet-look-next-5-7-years</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN, The IANA Transition and The Marrakech Package<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Last week, after thousands of hours of work and hundreds of meetings, the final steps in a comprehensive package on the historic transition of some key technical Internet functions, critical to the Internet&rsquo;s smooth operation, to global stewardship were agreed to at the closing day of the ICANN public meeting in Marrakech.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.i2coalition.com/icann-the-iana-transition-and-the-marrakech-package/"><span>https://www.i2coalition.com/icann-the-iana-transition-and-the-marrakech-package/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>APTLD Statement on IANA Transition<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Over the last 18 months, the APTLD community has closely followed and actively contributed to both the process for the Transition of IANA Stewardship from the NTIA to the multi-stakeholder community, and the related process to enhance ICANN&rsquo;s Accountability to this community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://aptld.org/system/files/aptld_statement_on_iana_transition.pdf"><span>http://aptld.org/system/files/aptld_statement_on_iana_transition.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IANA Stewardship Transition Moves to Final Phase<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>An historic proposal for the global community to assume stewardship of the IANA functions, produced after nearly two years of work by the global Internet community, has been delivered to the U.S. Government for its consideration.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.nro.net/news/updated-5th-draft-sla-for-the-iana-numbering-services"><span>https://www.nro.net/news/updated-5th-draft-sla-for-the-iana-numbering-services</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 55: IANA, Accountability and Public Safety<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN 55 was held from 5-10 March 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco, and marked another milestone in the march towards transition of the IANA functions stewardship to the global Internet community. RIPE NCC Executive Board members, staff and members of the RIPE community took part in meetings throughout the week, discussing issues ranging from IANA stewardship and the accountability of ICANN to the accuracy of RIR whois databases.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/icann-55-iana-accountability-and-public-safety"><span>https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/icann-55-iana-accountability-and-public-safety</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN and the IANA Transition -- Proceed With Caution by Paul Rosenzweig</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two years ago, the United States government, acting through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced its intention to sever the last contractual control it had over the administration of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (also known as the IANA function) and allow that function, in the future, to be performed by a non-profit company, ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.lawfareblog.com/icann-and-iana-transition-proceed-caution"><span>https://www.lawfareblog.com/icann-and-iana-transition-proceed-caution</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Stop Obama&rsquo;s Internet Giveaway: It&rsquo;s up to Congress to block a surrender that could give control to authoritarian rulers.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Two years after President Obama decided to give up U.S. protection of the open Internet, his administration is now considering how to give away power to other governments, most of which want a closed, censored Internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/stop-obamas-internet-giveaway-1458505088"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/stop-obamas-internet-giveaway-1458505088</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Witnesses to Hill: IANA Hand-Off Can Meet Contract Deadline</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Witnesses told a House Communications Subcommittee hearing panel March 17 that they thought the U.S. could hand off oversight of ICANN IANA, which oversees domain naming conventions, from the U.S. to a multistakeholder model by the time the current contract expires at the end of September.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/witnesses-hill-iana-hand-can-meet-contract-deadline/154765"><span>http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/witnesses-hill-iana-hand-can-meet-contract-deadline/154765</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>US Congress Hearing All Positive On IANA Transition Process<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Witnesses testifying at the United States House Communications and Technology Subcommittee today unanimously reported success of the multistakeholder preparations for the transition of oversight over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) from the US government to the multistakeholder internet community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/03/17/us-congress-hearing-all-positive-on-iana-transition-process/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/03/17/us-congress-hearing-all-positive-on-iana-transition-process/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lending Clarity to Security Risk Definitions - For ICANN Community and Beyond by Dave Piscitello, VP, Security And ICT Coordinator<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In its Beijing Communiqu&eacute; of 11 April 2013, the ICANN GAC called on ICANN to have new gTLD registry operators find and act upon a variety of abusive activities occurring within their TLDs. This led to a requirement in all new gTLD contracts:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/lending-clarity-to-security-risk-definitions-for-icann-community-and-beyond"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/lending-clarity-to-security-risk-definitions-for-icann-community-and-beyond</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What is the Intellectual Property Constituency? by Doug Isenberg</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As a longtime member of ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), I'm impressed by the important work that this group does on behalf of trademark owners worldwide (as I've written before). While some die-hard IPC members spend countless (and, often, thankless) hours working virtually and in-person (at ICANN's global meetings) for the constituency, I find it very educational and worthwhile to participate on an ad-hoc basis.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160317_what_is_the_intellectual_property_constituency_ipc/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160317_what_is_the_intellectual_property_constituency_ipc/</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: UV Education website<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A team from the University of Southern Queensland, with an auDA Foundation grant, have developed an informative website aimed at educating students (and teachers) about solar ultraviolet radiation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://au.educationhq.com/news/34274/uv-education-website/"><span>http://au.educationhq.com/news/34274/uv-education-website/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>be: How satisfied are registrars with our service?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS Belgium has received the results of the annual satisfaction survey of its registrars. Eighty-one registrars took part and gave an excellent general score of 8.1 out of 10.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/how-satisfied-are-registrars-our-service"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/how-satisfied-are-registrars-our-service</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Spammers Abusing Trust in US .Gov Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Spammers are abusing ill-configured U.S. dot-gov domains and link shorteners to promote spammy sites that are hidden behind short links ending in&rdquo;usa.gov&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/spammers-abusing-trust-in-us-gov-domains/"><span>http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/03/spammers-abusing-trust-in-us-gov-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nl: Final edition of The.nlyst<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This is the final edition of The.nlyst. Our quarterly magazine is being replaced by a monthly e-mail newsletter. The change of medium will help us to keep our contacts right up to date with topical, relevant news.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/knowledge-and-development/final-edition-of-thenlyst"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/knowledge-and-development/final-edition-of-thenlyst</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nyc: New gTLD update &ndash; Greetings from The Big Apple<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s been awhile since we&rsquo;ve had a look at the success of some of the GeoTLDs that have been launched under the new gTLD programme, especially as the chatter about a second round is now getting louder. What better place to start than with the most registered GeoTLD, dotNYC?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/03/new-gtld-update-greetings-from-the-big-apple/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2016/03/new-gtld-update-greetings-from-the-big-apple/</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>Schilling, Famous Four rubbish Spamhaus &ldquo;worst TLD&rdquo; league<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Uniregistry and Famous Four Media have trashed claims by Spamhaus that their gTLDs are are much as 75% spam.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/20164-schilling-famous-four-rubbish-spamhaus-worst-tld-league"><span>http://domainincite.com/20164-schilling-famous-four-rubbish-spamhaus-worst-tld-league</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>TLD operators get DDoS protection and advanced DNS analytics from CIRA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Canadian Internet Registration Authority today announced that the .kiwi domain is using its D-Zone Anycast DNS service for its TLD.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://cira.ca/news/tld-operators-get-ddos-protection-and-advanced-dns-analytics-cira"><span>https://cira.ca/news/tld-operators-get-ddos-protection-and-advanced-dns-analytics-cira</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ARIN DDoS Attack Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As of 3:00 PM on 19 March, it has been 24 hours since the last DDoS attack against ARIN's infrastructure. All systems are operating normally.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.arin.net/announcements/2016/20160319.html"><span>https://www.arin.net/announcements/2016/20160319.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>95% of HTTPS servers vulnerable to trivial MITM attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Only 1 in 20 HTTPS servers correctly implements HTTP Strict Transport Security, a widely-supported security feature that prevents visitors making unencrypted HTTP connections to a server.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/03/17/95-of-https-servers-vulnerable-to-trivial-mitm-attacks.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/03/17/95-of-https-servers-vulnerable-to-trivial-mitm-attacks.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Not Everything Can Be Solved in &ldquo;The Cloud&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It&rsquo;s hard not to go through your day without hearing the word &ldquo;cloud&rdquo;.&nbsp; Sorry, the &ldquo;partly-cloudy&rdquo; weather forecast doesn&rsquo;t count. I mean you constantly hear things like &ldquo;iCloud&rdquo;&rdquo;eCloud&rdquo; &ldquo;myCloud&rdquo; or the catch all&hellip; &ldquo;The Cloud&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/not-everything-can-be-solved-in-the-cloud/"><span>http://www.arbornetworks.com/blog/insight/not-everything-can-be-solved-in-the-cloud/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Bank of England to work with new cybersecurity body<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The first task of Britain's new cybersecurity centre will be to work with the Bank of England, the government has announced.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35843218"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35843218</span></a>&gt;<p></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>WIPO Once Again Stretches The Truth With Cybersquatting Figures<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybersquatting cases lodged by trademark owners with WIPO grew 4.6 percent to 2,754 cases in 2015 while the number of domain names disputed is the lowest since 2008 with 4,364 lodged under the UDRP.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24535"><span>http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24535</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/20/wipo-once-again-stretches-the-truth-with-cybersquatting-figures/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/03/20/wipo-once-again-stretches-the-truth-with-cybersquatting-figures/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Internet Domain Name Expansion Pushes Dispute Resolution Cases Up At WIPO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WIPO has released data on disputes between trademark owners and third parties who are registering new domain names with the original brand name. Disputes are on the rise and the proportion relating to new gTLDs is growing, it found. Fashion and banking are the prominent areas for disputes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/03/18/internet-domain-name-expansion-pushes-dispute-resolution-cases-up-at-wipo/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2016/03/18/internet-domain-name-expansion-pushes-dispute-resolution-cases-up-at-wipo/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hugo Boss leads UDRP filings list as cybersquatting trends are revealed</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WIPO has published its 2015 UDRP statistics, evidencing a 4.6% increase in case filings compared to the previous year. The organisation attributes this rise to activity in new gTLDs, which is accurate but the figures only tell one part of the story.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=dcb98b36-fe41-4495-a368-cac9812ae7d0"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=dcb98b36-fe41-4495-a368-cac9812ae7d0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybersquatting claims on the up, WIPO reports<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybersquatting claims filed at WIPO rose by almost 5% last year, fuelled by a growth in the number of cases concerning new gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldipreview.com/news/cybersquatting-claims-on-the-up-wipo-reports-9745"><span>http://www.worldipreview.com/news/cybersquatting-claims-on-the-up-wipo-reports-9745</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Cybersquatting Cases Up in 2015, Driven by New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Amid the roll-out of hundreds of new gTLDs such as .GURU, .NINJA and .NYC, trademark owners filed 2,754 cases under the UDRP with WIPO in 2015, an increase of 4.6 % over the previous year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2016/article_0003.html"><span>http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2016/article_0003.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: &lsquo;Bad faith&rsquo; and &lsquo;rights or legitimate interests&rsquo; under domain name law : emerging themes from the UDRP and auDRP [Media and Arts Law Review]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Summary: The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (&lsquo;UDRP&rsquo;) establishes the international framework for the resolution of domain name disputes in the generic top level domains (&lsquo;gTLDs&rsquo;) &mdash; such as .com, .net, .org. National authorities are responsible for dispute resolution of country code top-level domains (&lsquo;ccTLDs&rsquo;) &mdash; such as .au.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/200695772?q&amp;versionId=220300650"><span>http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/200695772?q&amp;versionId=220300650</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Mecu Limited v. OZ8 Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2016-0003</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is Mecu Limited of Kew, Victoria, Australia, represented by Griffith Hack Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Australia. The Respondent is OZ8 Pty Ltd of Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia, represented by Actuate IP, Australia. 2. The Domain Name and Registrar: The disputed domain name &lt;bankaus.com.au&gt; is registered with VentralP Group (Australia) Pty Ltd dba Trading as VentralP Wholesale. The disputed domain name &lt;bankaustralia.com.au&gt; is registered with Synergy Wholesale Pty Ltd (collectively referred to as the "Registrar"). For the purposes of this decision, the domain names &lt;bankaus.com.au&gt; and &lt;bankaustralia.com.au&gt; will collectively be referred to as the "Domain Names".<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0003"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2016-0003</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>REGISTRAR NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Lower website load time and faster data transfer at highest stability with PremiumDNS including Anycast<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Metaregistry&trade; RRPproxy&trade;, a product of the Key-Systems GmbH, provides its customers in cooperation with Dyn Inc. PremiumDNS including Anycast as a new feature for the KeyDNS zone management. By using premiumDNS, speed, redundancy and stability of a website will be significantly improved.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/lower-website-load-time-and-faster-data-transfer-at-highest-stability-with-premiumdns-including-anycast"><span>https://www.key-systems.net/en/press/list/lower-website-load-time-and-faster-data-transfer-at-highest-stability-with-premiumdns-including-anycast</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Our first ever birthday sale never to be repeated (until next year).</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Good things come in small packages, but when it comes to a sale, bigger is most certainly better. We're turning the grand old age of two. Where did all the years go?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://uniregistry.com/birthday-sale"><span>https://uniregistry.com/birthday-sale</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>What will the Internet look like in the next 5-7 years?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>We all know that the Internet is one of the most important tools of our time &ndash; but we can&rsquo;t afford to take the Internet -- or its future -- for granted. There are uncertainties facing the Internet &ndash; and how they evolve will have a profound impact on society and our ability to solve some of the world's biggest challenges.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/development/2016/03/what-will-internet-look-next-5-7-years"><span>https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/development/2016/03/what-will-internet-look-next-5-7-years</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>How to Choose a Domain Name for Maximum SEO<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Picking a new domain name is exciting. The slate is clean. The plans are made. The energy is high. But if you choose the wrong website name, you could be in trouble. Tests show domain names do impact SEO. But how? Is there a wrong way and a right way to choose a domain name for maximum SEO?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.searchenginejournal.com/choose-a-domain-name-maximum-seo/158951/"><span>https://www.searchenginejournal.com/choose-a-domain-name-maximum-seo/158951/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Coming soon: APNIC Survey 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Planning for APNIC&rsquo;s 2016 survey is now well underway and the first stage of the project will soon begin. But before I get into what&rsquo;s coming up, it is probably worth explaining how the survey works for those who have never participated before.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/18/coming-soon-apnic-survey-2016/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2016/03/18/coming-soon-apnic-survey-2016/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>CENTR signs MoU with Regional Organizations peers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 7 March 2016 at their meeting at ICANN55 in Marrakech, the world's four ccTLD Regional Organizations (CENTR, LACTLD, APTLD, AfTLD) signed a MoU to promote collaboration and the exchange of best practices.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/icann55/03-16-2016/4770/centr-signs-mou-regional-organizations-peers"><span>https://centr.org/news/icann55/03-16-2016/4770/centr-signs-mou-regional-organizations-peers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>March 2016 Web Server Survey<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>In the March 2016 survey we received responses from 1,003,887,790 sites and 5,782,080 web-facing computers. This reflects a gain of nearly 70 million sites, but a loss of 14,100 computers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/03/18/march-2016-web-server-survey.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/03/18/march-2016-web-server-survey.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hosting and Cloud Industry Decision-Makers to Gather for HostingCon Global 2016<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The breadth, quantity, and power of HostingCon 2016 attendees is impressive, particularly when you consider the attendee make-up of previous HostingCon Global events. HostingCon Global 2016 is in New Orleans from July 24-27, 2016.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/hosting-and-cloud-industry-decision-makers-to-gather-for-hostingcon-global-2016"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/hosting-and-cloud-industry-decision-makers-to-gather-for-hostingcon-global-2016</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Year's Three Biggest Sales Were ALL Posted This Week With One Topping $900,000<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The last couple of weeks we've been wondering if buyers from China would return in force after their Chinese New Year's break. With the kinds of domains they prefer (short .com acronyms and numeric domains) largely missing from our charts in February it looked questionable. But with NameJet releasing all of their February sales this week - and some other venues chiming in with solid sales - it became obvious that a lot of those kinds of names were being sold throughout the month (domains that are being seen on the chart for the first time this week). That is a very good sign.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160309.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160309.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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