David Goldstein | 8 Jun 05:27 2015

auDA domain news - 8 June

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A Critical Moment for the Future of the Internet by Fadi Chehadé

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/techonomy/a-critical-moment-for-the_b_7513308.html>

 

The NTIA Stewardship Transition: Catalyst for Enhancing the Multistakeholder Approach

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-ntia-stewardship-transition-catalyst-for-enhancing-the-multistakeholder-approach>

 

ICANN should strengthen its mechanisms to respect human rights

<http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/freedom-of-expression-and-privacy>

 

.au – new domain name real estate?

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=9638ca61-267f-4930-ab2c-3faeb0093dfe>

 

ICM beats own annual projections with .porn on day one

<http://domainincite.com/18656-icm-beats-own-annual-projections-with-porn-on-day-one>

 

New gTLD trade group launches

<http://domainincite.com/18658-new-gtld-trade-group-launches>

 

Are new gTLD registries ripping off brands with unfair sunrise fees?

<http://domainincite.com/18651-are-new-gtld-registries-ripping-off-brands-with-unfair-sunrise-fees>

 

New gTLD Brand Strategy on the Launchpad in Europe

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brandmarketing/new-gtld-brand-strategy-on-the-launchpad-in-europe>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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A Critical Moment for the Future of the Internet by Fadi Chehadé

The Internet, the greatest invention of our generation -- several generations in fact -- is in many ways a reflection of the American Dream. It's vast and open, unlimited in its potential reach. It's inclusive and welcoming. Anyone can be part of it and make a difference. The fastest growing part of the global economy is Internet-based, and the Internet accounts for a significant and growing portion of global GDP. According to Boston Consulting Group, the Internet is contributing up to 8 percent of GDP in some economies, powering growth and creating jobs.

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/techonomy/a-critical-moment-for-the_b_7513308.html>

<http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/06/04/a-critical-moment-for-the-future-of-the-internet/>

 

Plan to Transfer ICANN Stewardship from US to Global Multi-Stakeholder Group on Course

The head of ICANN remains confident that the planned transfer of the group’s stewardship from the US to a global multi-stakeholder group will be completed soon.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/plan-to-transfer-icann-stewardship-from-us-to-global-multi-stakeholder-group-on-course>

 

Cuba Hosts Forum on Political Communication

The International Conference “New Scenarios of Political Communication in the Digital Sphere-2015″ began in Havana with the presence of official experts and delegates of more than 30 countries.

<http://en.escambray.cu/2015/cuba-hosts-forum-on-political-communication/>

 

Experts in political communication will meet in Cuba

With the aim of promoting exchanges on topics such as the development and use of information technologies and communications, and their impact on international relations, the International Conference "New scenarios of political communication in the digital environment” will start from tomorrow.

<http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2015/06/05/p13/experts-in-political-communication-will-meet-in-cuba.html>

 

Cyber-Security and Internet Governance under Debate in Havana

Focused on the analysis of the challenges of cyber-security and Internet governance, the International Conference "New scenarios of political communication in the digital realm" continued on Saturday in this capital.

<http://www.periodico26.cu/index.php/en/cuba-news/29893-cyber-security-and-internet-governance-under-debate-in-havana>

 

Report on the WSIS Forum 2015

Organised by the International Telecommunication Union, the agenda of the WSIS Forum is a mix of policy statements from ITU Member States and other Internet-related organisations (including ICANN and the Internet Society), and workshops on specific issues such as cybersecurity, capacity building and the IANA stewardship transition.

<https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/report-on-the-wsis-forum-2015>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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The NTIA Stewardship Transition: Catalyst for Enhancing the Multistakeholder Approach

It's over a year since work started for several multistakeholder groups on the transition of the US Government stewardship over the IANA functions.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-ntia-stewardship-transition-catalyst-for-enhancing-the-multistakeholder-approach>

 

Advisory Concerning Registrar Obligations to Provide Data to ICANN Pursuant to Section 3.4.3 of the 2013 RAA

Section 3.4.3 of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (the "2013 RAA") requires registrars to provide certain data, information, and records to ICANN upon request and incorporates a procedure by which ICANN and registrars can agree to limitations, protections, or alternative solutions in the event a registrar believes that the provision of such data to ICANN would violate applicable law or legal proceedings.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-05-en>

 

Request for Proposal for Reference LGRs for the Second Level

ICANN is seeking provider(s) to develop Label Generation Rules (LGRs) for multiple languages (and scripts) for use at the second level, based on a new machine readable formal representation available at...

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-06-05-en>

 

Root Stability Study RFP

ICANN is seeking one or more providers to conduct a technical study examining the impact of the New gTLD Program (the Program) on the DNS root system.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-05-en>

 

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2016 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect

ICANN is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2016 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2016 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-04-en>

 

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to COREHUB S.R.L.

COREHUB S.R.L. ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request on the basis of Registrar's contention that compliance with the data collection and/or retention requirements of the Data Retention Specification in the 2013 RAA violates applicable law in Spain.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-04-en>

 

Letter from Steve Crocker to Jonathan Robinson

Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) - The Use of New gTLD Auction Proceeds

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-robinson-04jun15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN should strengthen its mechanisms to respect human rights

The Council of Europe has called upon its 47 member states to ensure that ICANN ... creates adequate mechanisms to identify, prevent and mitigate possible breaches to human rights in its work, notably the rights to freedom of expression and privacy.

<http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/freedom-of-expression-and-privacy>

 

CoE calls on ICANN to strengthen protections for privacy, expression [Xinhua]

The Council of Europe (CoE) released a declaration Wednesday calling on member states to ensure that ICANN ... to strengthen its measures against rights abuses.

<http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2015-06/04/content_35732911.htm>

 

Power Shift: The CCWG’s ICANN Membership Proposal by Milton Mueller

The public comment period on the Cross-Community Working Group on Accountability is about to close. Reading through the proposal, we discovered aspects of the proposal that would definitely improve ICANN’s accountability. But we also got a disturbing sense that some of the “chartering organizations” who make up the CCWG are using this transition not to improve ICANN’s accountability but to make themselves more powerful in ICANN. This problem is most evident in the membership proposal, which would make all of the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) into the “members” of ICANN.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/06/04/power-shift-the-ccwgs-icann-membership-proposal/>

 

ICANN speak clearly now .gay has gone – Council of Europe

An alliance of 47 countries has called on ICANN to respect privacy and freedom of expression when allocating TLDs.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/05/oi_icann_be_a_bit_more_careful_in_handing_out_those_sucky_sites_warns_coe/>

 

ICANN Can Be Fixed

Who stands to benefit the most from President Barack Obama's master plan to surrender the U.S.-created Internet to ICANN? ICANN itself, so it's a little surprising that its board has already accepted (graciously and with gratitude for services rendered, or so we're told) the resignation of its CEO, Fadi Chehade, before the transition is complete.

<http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2015/06/05/icann-must-be-fixed-by-next-ceo>

 

ICANN Selects Architelos for Domain Abuse Intelligence Reporting

We are pleased to announce that Architelos has yet again been selected by ICANN to provide monthly market intelligence reports on domain name abuse across both new and existing TLDs.

<http://architelos.com/icann-selects-architelos-for-domain-abuse-intelligence-reporting/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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.au – new domain name real estate?

The Names Panel of the central .au registry auDA is considering whether to open up direct registrations of .au domain names eg. name.au. Presently it is only possible to register second-level domain names eg. name.com.au. A number of other country codes have been opened up for direct registrations in recent years including .cn (China), .uk (United Kingdom) and .nz (New Zealand), which is placing pressure on .au to follow suit despite auDA having previously rejected direct registrations.

<http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=9638ca61-267f-4930-ab2c-3faeb0093dfe>

 

dk: Validation process in full swing

DK Hostmaster has begun a big data cleansing of all our user database entries in order to insure valid contact details. Now, your name and address must match the CPR- or CVR register if you reside in Denmark.

<https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/validation-process-in-full-swing/>

 

nl: Secure the Internet at DHPA Techday

On 21 May, the fifth DHPA Techday took place, with SIDN again acting as main partner. As part of the Techday activities, we organised our own hands-on lab. The lab featured a DNSSEC tutorial for hosters, given by SIDN staffers Jelte Jansen and Arjen Zonneveld. What are the benefits of DNSSEC for hosters and what are the associated issues?

<https://www.sidn.nl/a/internet-security/secure-the-internet-at-dhpa-techday>

 

FOILing the WHOIS Data for the .nyc TLD

A few of months back, when preparing our 6 month review of the .nyc TLD’s operation – see here, we grew curious about who had purchased the initial 75,000 .nyc domain names: Was this new resource being allocated in an equitable manner? For example, we wondered if the name purchasers were spread evenly over the city or concentrated in a particular neighborhood or borough. And if they were from a particular social or economic strata.

<http://www.connectingnyc.org/foiling-nyc-whois-data/>

 

ICM beats own annual projections with .porn on day one

ICM Registry says it managed to comfortably beat its own expectations for annual sales within the first eight hours of .porn and .adult going into general availability yesterday.

<http://domainincite.com/18656-icm-beats-own-annual-projections-with-porn-on-day-one>

 

.PORN And .ADULT Take Off As General Availability Commences

The .PORN and .ADULT new gTLDs entered General Availability last Thursday and saw a big jump in registrations. As of 6 June there were 10,354 .porn and 7,823 .adult registrations.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/06/07/porn-and-adult-take-off/>

 

Watch Stuart Lawley defend .Porn and .Adult

ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley was on Bloomberg yesterday. Bloomberg’s Emily Chang asked him to defend the business model of selling .porn and .adult domain names. Doesn’t this force celebrities and brands to pay up to protect themselves?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/watch-stuart-lawley-defend-porn-and-adult/>

 

DNS.pt conducts training in Guinea-Bissau

The DNS.pt held a technical and legal training in Guinea-Bissau, on the 28th of May. The main topics discussed were: A vision of the Internet; The domain name; Legal; Internet security.

<http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-conducts-training-in-guinea-bissau/>

 

se: New project to fight mass surveillance

.SE has decided to financially contribute to “Code Red”, a project initiated by whistle-blower Annie Machon and Simon Davies, privacy veteran and founder of Privacy International.

<https://www.iis.se/english/blog/new-project-to-fight-mass-surveillance/>

 

uk: Update following 2015 AGM and NED election results

Nominet’s Annual General Meeting took place yesterday (Tuesday 2 June) at the Saїd Business School in Oxford.

<http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/update-following-2015-agm-and-ned-election-results>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Let’s take a look at corporate new gTLD registration trends

In mid-2013, when companies were preparing for the launch of new gTLDs, some were speculating that domain name portfolios would grow exponentially in an effort to protect brands online. And while some companies have registered core brands across many TLDs, the majority of companies have taken advantage of blocking, and have registered selectively.

<http://www.ionmag.asia/2015/06/lets-take-a-look-at-corporate-new-gtld-registration-trends/>

 

New gTLD trade group launches

A group of new gTLD registries have got together to form the TLD Operator Community, a new “think tank” devoted to the commercial aspects of running new TLDs.

<http://domainincite.com/18658-new-gtld-trade-group-launches>

 

Are new gTLD registries ripping off brands with unfair sunrise fees?

Forget .sucks — several less controversial new gTLD registries have come under fire from the likes of Google, Facebook and Adobe for charging sunrise fees as high as $17,000 for domains matching famous trademarks.

<http://domainincite.com/18651-are-new-gtld-registries-ripping-off-brands-with-unfair-sunrise-fees>

 

New gTLD Brand Strategy on the Launchpad in Europe

Though U.S. applicants made up the largest percentage of the new gTLD applicant pool, European brand owners have shown a more robust interest in adding their new gTLD to their digital brand strategy.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brandmarketing/new-gtld-brand-strategy-on-the-launchpad-in-europe>

 

Targeted, campaign-based marketing using new TLDs

If you have a major new campaign or launch coming up, there’s a lot riding on getting the right message to your client base. This is particularly important if your sale, launch or special event takes place in a specific location. Whether you’re opening a new Sydney branch of your national retail chain or organising a charity fun run through the streets of Melbourne, you need locals to know they are the target market for your initiative.

<http://iconic.sydney/media-release/targeted-campaign-based-marketing-using-new-tlds/>

 

Where are all the GeoTLDs?

This week I’m down under participating in a conference in Brisbane on the Gold Coast after spending some time with our colleagues and clients in Melbourne. It is always interesting when travelling around overseas cities to see what, if any, new gTLDs are being used. Melbourne, like London and New York City, has its own domain name now so I’d hoped to find some local adoption of the new web address.

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/06/where-are-all-the-geotlds/>

 

Freedom of choice in domain names

From .ads to .zip. From 2 or 3 characters (.ca and .bio) to 12 or 13 characters (.versicherung and .international). Domain extensions based on geography, media, entertainment, culture, education, technology, sports, health, business, brands and finance. It seems like we have an almost unlimited choice. More than 800 new extensions were launched last year and we can now choose out of 1.300 domain extensions. Did you know that?

<http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/freedom-choice-domain-names>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Verisign's Q1 2015 DDoS Trends: Verisign Mitigates More DDoS Attacks in Q1 2015 than Any Quarter in 2014

Verisign just released our Q1 2015 DDoS Trends Report, which provides a unique view into online distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack trends from mitigations on behalf of, and in cooperation with, customers of Verisign DDoS Protection Services, and the security research of iDefense Security Intelligence Services.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q1>

 

3 Key Steps for SMBs to Protect Their Website and Critical Internet Services

The National Small Business Association (NBSA) recently released a report revealing that half of all small businesses have been the victim of a cyber-attack – and the cost of dealing with these attacks has skyrocketed to $20,752 per attack. In about a third of attacks, the victim’s website was taken down, often for days. The impact of such outages cannot be measured by the immediate lost revenue alone, as the long term impact of the harm to your reputation and customer loss cannot be easily calculated.

<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/3_key_steps_for_smbs>

 

Data Breach Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers

The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees’ data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/us/breach-in-a-federal-computer-system-exposes-personnel-data.html>

 

U.S. Was Warned of System Open to Cyberattacks

The inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management, which keeps the records and security clearance information for millions of current and retired federal employees, issued a report in November that essentially described the agency’s computer security system as a Chinese hacker’s dream.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/06/us/chinese-hackers-may-be-behind-anthem-premera-attacks.html>

 

US government responds to latest hack: give us more power over data collection

Congressional leaders are warning the latest major government data hack proves the Senate should hand the US government greater cybersecurity powers – even as the stalled legislation to do so would place even more consumer data into the hands of the same government that could not secure its existing information.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/us-government-opm-hack-data-collection-powers>

 

Cyberwar: hacking attacks between nations are difficult to prove

It is a story that is becoming all-too-familiar: the US government had to admit on Thursday that one of its key personnel databases, containing the records of up to 4 million staff, had been compromised in a large-scale hacking attack. Officials speaking off the record laid the blame at China’s door, though did not immediately provide any evidence for this claim.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/cyberwar-hacking-attacks-nations-defence>

 

With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans

China is building massive databases of Americans’ personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-a-series-of-hacks-china-appears-to-building-a-database-on-americans/2015/06/05/d2af51fa-0ba3-11e5-95fd-d580f1c5d44e_story.html>

 

The government won’t say what was in the hacked federal database, but experts have suspicions

Here’s what we know from federal officials about the database that was hacked, compromising the personal information of 4 million current and retired employees: It is kept in a data center at the Department of the Interior.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/06/05/what-employee-information-was-in-the-government-database-hacked-by-the-chinese/>

 

Why OPM should have seen the latest cyberattack coming

Hackers gained access to information of about 4 million current and former federal employees in December, U.S. officials have said. But the agency at the heart of the attack, the Office of Personnel Management, should have seen it coming.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/05/why-opm-should-have-seen-the-latest-cyberattack-coming/>

 

Millions of US government workers hit by data breach

Chinese hackers are suspected of carrying out a "massive breach" affecting the data of millions of US government workers, officials said.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33017310>

 

Chinese Hackers Behind Breach at Insurers Are Also Responsible for Government Attack, Researchers Say

The Chinese attackers who breached two major health insurers this year were also responsible for the intrusion at the Office of Personnel Management, which handles government security clearances and records for federal employees, researchers say.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/technology/chinese-hackers-behind-breach-at-insurers-are-also-responsible-for-government-attack-researchers-say.html>

 

Chinese breach data of 4 million federal workers

Hackers working for the Chinese state breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, U.S. officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify about 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/chinese-hackers-breach-federal-governments-personnel-office/2015/06/04/889c0e52-0af7-11e5-95fd-d580f1c5d44e_story.html>

 

China calls U.S. hacking accusations ‘irresponsible and unscientific’

China dismissed American computer hacking allegations on Friday as “irresponsible and unscientific” after Washington accused Beijing of stealing personnel data on millions of federal employees.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-calls-us-hacking-accusations-irresponsible-and-unscientific/2015/06/05/7989cad3-583f-417e-a0b7-34be46eb16ff_story.html>

 

Long Cons: The Next Age of Cyber Attacks

When hackers know that a big payday is coming they don't mind waiting for months for the best moment to strike.

<http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/long-cons-the-next-age-of-cyber-attacks/a/d-id/1320655>

 

Phishers Going the Long Way Round to Avoid Filtering Systems

Any human with an email address likely has gotten thousands of spam messages that look like delivery notifications, invoices, or other alleged communications from shipping companies such as UPS or DHL. They typically contain malicious attachments with exploits for a browser or plug-in vulnerability, but a researcher at the University of Cambridge has run across a novel twist on this kind of spam that turns out to be a completely different kind of attack.

<https://threatpost.com/phishers-going-the-long-way-round-to-avoid-filtering-systems/113170>

 

SOTI Security Series: Exploratory Data Analysis of a DDoS Database

Akamai maintains a database that records information about different attacks it has observed.  The ongoing analysis of that database is captured each quarter in Akamai's State of the Internet Security Report.

<https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/06/state-of-the-internet-security-outtakes-deconstructing-the-prolexic-database.html>

 

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UDRP Spotlight: A Cybersquatting Question for the Court

The famous Kenny Rogers song “The Gambler” teaches us that “you got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em” but it says nothing about the importance of picking the right casino.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/a-cybersquatting-question-for-the-court>

 

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Innovation Will Push IPv6 into the Home Stretch

With the pool of IP version 4 (IPv4) addresses about to run out, the federal government expected its agencies to be much further along in their deployment of IPv6 infrastructure. After all, most new Internet users access government resources via IPv6. However, many agencies, flush with IPv4 addresses but tight on staffing and budget, still don’t feel the urgency.

<http://www.fedtechmagazine.com/article/2015/05/innovation-will-push-ipv6-home-stretch>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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EuroDIG Sessions on Friday, June 5, about Cybersecurity, Network Neutrality, IANA, Access and More by Dan York

What do Europeans interested in Internet policy think about cybersecurity, network neutrality, IANA, improving Internet access and other topics? Tomorrow the second day of the European Dialog on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, will cover all those topics and many more. I've listed some of the sessions that either I or my Internet Society colleagues are participating in. I will personally be involved as a panelist on the two sessions about cybersecurity.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/eurodig_sessions_on_friday_june_5_about_cybersecurity_network_neutrality_ia/>

 

An interesting Google domain name parking patent application

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just published a Google patent application related to domain name parking.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/an-interesting-google-domain-name-parking-patent-application/>

 

Norwegian Airline Creates Emoji URL

Norwegian Airlines demonstrates the rise in visual communication, promoting a new flight to Las Vegas with a web address that consists of emojis for an airplane, slot machine and money.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2411940/norwegian-airline-creates-emoji-url>

 

Why everyone needs to think big about domain names

Protecting your name online has never been more important. This is an age where Twitter can damage corporate reputations and an unregistered domain name can severely shake public confidence.

<http://iconic.sydney/media-release/why-everyone-needs-to-think-big-about-domain-names-2/>

 

Top 5 ways tourism companies can benefit from local domains

The travel and tourism industry has undergone incredible change throughout the last decade as online agencies compete for dominance in an extremely competitive sector. Most travellers are looking for the best travel experience at the lowest price.

<http://iconic.sydney/media-release/top-5-ways-tourism-companies-can-benefit-from-local-domains/>

 

Why campaigns should choose a local domain over a big spend on social

Whether we like it or not, we live in the age of ‘cut-through’ politics, where politicians put their better energies towards what plays well with voters.

<http://iconic.sydney/media-release/why-campaigns-should-choose-a-local-domain-over-a-big-spend-on-social/>

 

Top 5 ways small businesses can profit from local domains

Thinking about communication with your customers as a one-way street is a recipe for disaster. Small business owners must think about engagement in different ways – in particular, how best to utilise online strategies to deliver their brand messages and find new ways to profit.

<http://iconic.sydney/media-release/top-5-ways-small-businesses-can-profit-from-local-domains/>

 

Is your regional tourist attraction on the map?

Australia has a lively and varied regional tourism industry. From scenic rural drives to trendy winery day trips, we love to encourage people to see more of the country than just its capital cities. There’s no denying, however, that bustling capitals like Melbourne and Sydney are often the first port of call for international and interstate visitors. The challenge for regional tourist attractions is to market themselves as uniquely appealing while playing up their proximity to capital cities.

<http://iconic.sydney/media-release/is-your-regional-tourist-attraction-on-the-map/>

 

Tucows’ stock in on fire

If you bought shares of Tucows at the opening price on May 1, just a month ago, you’ve already realized a return of a whopping 57%.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/tucows-stock-in-on-fire/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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New Zealand Web Host Freeparking Deals with Post-Migration Mess

New Zealand web host Freeparking is dealing with some unhappy customers after a migration caused numerous issues including some that have prevented customers from accessing their emails or websites.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/new-zealand-web-host-freeparking-deals-with-post-migration-mess>

 

Russian hosting providers call on internet ombudsman for support

Russia’s hosting providers have appealed to internet ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev for help in building constructive dialogue with the authorities during the All-Russia Hosting Providers and Registrars Forum, which was held in the Leningrad Region from May 28 to 30.

<http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6849>

 

Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in May 2015

EveryCity had the most reliable website during May 2015, responding to all but two of Netcraft's requests. Since Netcraft began monitoring its site in April 2014, EveryCity has maintained a 100% uptime record. Besides SmartOS-based hosting, EveryCity also specialises in Solaris hosting on both SPARC and Intel platforms.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/06/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-may-2015-2.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Screw You, Milk Companies: Milk.com Is One of the Last Bastions of the Old Internet

In 2010 the domain name "sex.com" sold for a whopping $12 million dollars, which made it the most expensive patch of HTML ever registered. It's just a word. A homestead accidentally built on a juicy vein of algorithmic oil. Gary Kremen, the man who claimed the domain back in 1995, is the internet's own Beverly Hillbilly. There's no mathematical difference between sex.com and sxe.com, except for the fact that sex.com is worth $12 million.

<http://www.vice.com/read/scerw-you-milk-companies-milkcom-is-one-of-the-last-bastions-of-the-old-internet>

 

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REPORTS & RESEARCH PAPERS

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The social significance of the Facebook Like button by Veikko Eranti, Markku Lonkila

Abstract: In this paper we study social aspects of using the Like button for purposes of impression management, identity construction, and maintenance of social ties online. On the theoretical level our investigation combines Goffman’s notion of face-work with concepts of social network analysis, shedding light on what we dub ‘nano-level’ interaction and sociality on social networking sites.

<http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/5505>

 

Can regimes really discourage social networking? Urbanization, mobile phone use, and the dictator's plight by Shin Haeng Lee

Abstract: Are dictators ever really successful at hindering the diffusion of social networking services (SNSs)? This study reports a panel data analysis on 181 countries observed from 2010 to 2013, to assess country-level predictors of Facebook adoption. The findings show that the spread of such a global SNS decelerates as perceptions of democratic governance deteriorate above and beyond socioeconomic and infrastructural development.

<http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/5420>

 

The Effect of Piracy Website Blocking on Consumer Behavior by Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith & Rahul Telang

Abstract: Understanding the relationship between copyright policy and consumer behavior is an increasingly important topic for participants in digital media markets. In this paper we seek to study how consumer behavior changes when Internet Service Providers are required to block access to major piracy websites. We do this in the context of two court-ordered events affecting consumers in the UK: The blocking order directed at The Pirate Bay in May 2012, and blocking orders directed at 19 major piracy sites in October and November 2013.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2612063>

 

Privacy Without Screens & the Internet of Other People's Things by Meg Leta (Ambrose) Jones [Idaho Law Review]

Abstract: Screens have formed the foundation of our experience with connected content, and information exchange agreements adhere to this comfortable arrangement. While the addition of screens, tabs, and apps complicated information collection and privacy, a lack of screens promises to further complicate the arrangement. Notice and choice, wherein an information collector notified information subjects of what would be gathered and how it would processed, is incredibly challenging in a screen world and is even more challenging in a smart world without screens.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2614066>

 

The New Cybersecurity Agenda: Economic and Social Challenges to a Secure Internet by Johannes M. Bauer & William H. Dutton

Abstract: This paper focuses on key economic and social factors underpinning worldwide issues around cybersecurity and, identifies a new agenda for addressing these issues that is being shaped by the Internet and related information and communication technologies, such as social media. All actors in the widening ecology of the Internet require a better social and cultural understanding of cybersecurity issues in order to effectively engage all relevant stakeholders in processes aimed at enhancing cybersecurity.

<http://ssrn.com/abstract=2614545>

 

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INTERNET USE

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Internet of Things Spending to Reach 1.7 Trillion by 2020

The worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020, according to research company International Data Corporation (IDC).

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2411703/internet-of-things-spending-to-reach-17-trillion-by-2020>

 

Apple and Google set their sights on their next battleground: your home

Visions of the smart home -- a house that can set its own thermostat, schedule its own lights and preheat its own ovens -- are fast-becoming a reality. The technology is becoming smaller, faster and cheaper, opening new opportunities for transforming everyday objects.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/05/apple-and-google-set-their-sights-on-their-next-battleground-your-home/>

 

Online advertising: Internet users are increasingly blocking ads, including on their mobiles

In advertising, an old adage holds, half the money spent is wasted; the problem is that no one knows which half. This should be less of a problem in online advertising, since readers’ tastes and habits can be tracked, and ads tailored accordingly. But consumers are increasingly using software that blocks advertising on the websites they visit. If current trends continue, the saying in the industry may well become that half the ads aimed at consumers never reach their screens. This puts at risk online publishing’s dominant business model, in which consumers get content and services free in return for granting advertisers access to their eyeballs.

<http://www.economist.com/news/business/21653644-internet-users-are-increasingly-blocking-ads-including-their-mobiles-block-shock>

 

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CHILD PROTECTION & ONLINE SAFETY

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Fighting online abuse of children has driven it underground - report

A pan-European drive to use the financial system to fight online child abuse has succeeded in reducing sales of child abuse material using conventional payment systems – but research suggests that abusers have been driven underground, turning to anonymiser technologies to evade law enforcement, and bitcoin to pay for material.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/online-child-abuse-driven-underground>

 

Europol hosts annual experts meeting on combating child sexual exploitation

This week, Europol’s EC3 brought together over 130 experts from close to 50 countries to discuss joint cooperation in combating online child sexual exploitation. The experts representing law enforcement authorities, the European Commission, the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academia met for three days to discuss research activities, operational activities, preventive legislation and more.

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/europol-hosts-annual-experts-meeting-combating-child-sexual-exploitation>

 

au: Hardcore internet pornography 'most prominent sexual educator' for young people, experts say

"Some boys or girls, they expect that sex is violent — [that] it is OK to use chains or whips, to hurt someone."

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-04/porn-most-prominent-sexual-educator-experts-warn/6522846>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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Glenn Greenwald says Australia is 'one of most aggressive' in mass surveillance

Australia is one of the most aggressive countries in the world in terms of mass surveillance and its techniques could be the subject of future leaks, journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on the Edward Snowden revelations for the Guardian, has said.

<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/05/glenn-greenwald-says-australia-is-one-of-most-aggressive-in-mass-surveillance>

 

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

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au: Labor senators back stricter biometric data storage rules

Labor members of the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs have called for changes to be made to a government bill that, if passed, will increase the powers of the immigration department to collect biometric identifiers.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/576769/labor-senators-push-stricter-biometric-data-storage-rules/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Amazon, Google and Facebook have the power to move entire economies

The world of data has its own economics. If you know one thing about one person, you don’t have much. If you know one thing about nearly everyone or nearly everything about one person, you have a little. But if you know nearly everything about nearly everyone, you’ve got something priceless. Essentially, data giants are middlemen who connect buyers with sellers for a fee. Google, for example, takes a place among the premier content providers in the world. Every day, the company handles millions of searches for its users. But mainly, it creates lots and lots of lists. Google became what it is because its lists are very useful to millions of users. But in nearly every case, what a user wants is not provided by Google itself. Google just connects what the user wants with a list of relevant web pages. Google’s famous web crawlers search the Internet, making lists and rendering those lists to users.

<http://www.salon.com/2015/06/07/our_massive_new_monopolies_amazon_google_and_facebook_have_the_power_to_move_entire_economies/>

 

 

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David Goldstein

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Critical Moment for the Future of the Internet</span><span> b</span><span lang="EN">y Fadi Chehad&eacute;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/techonomy/a-critical-moment-for-the_b_7513308.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/techonomy/a-critical-moment-for-the_b_7513308.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The NTIA Stewardship Transition: Catalyst for Enhancing the Multistakeholder Approach<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-ntia-stewardship-transition-catalyst-for-enhancing-the-multistakeholder-approach"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-ntia-stewardship-transition-catalyst-for-enhancing-the-multistakeholder-approach</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN should strengthen its mechanisms to respect human rights<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/freedom-of-expression-and-privacy"><span>http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/freedom-of-expression-and-privacy</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.au &ndash; new domain name real estate?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=9638ca61-267f-4930-ab2c-3faeb0093dfe"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=9638ca61-267f-4930-ab2c-3faeb0093dfe</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM beats own annual projections with .porn on day one<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18656-icm-beats-own-annual-projections-with-porn-on-day-one"><span>http://domainincite.com/18656-icm-beats-own-annual-projections-with-porn-on-day-one</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD trade group launches<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18658-new-gtld-trade-group-launches"><span>http://domainincite.com/18658-new-gtld-trade-group-launches</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Are new gTLD registries ripping off brands with unfair sunrise fees?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18651-are-new-gtld-registries-ripping-off-brands-with-unfair-sunrise-fees"><span>http://domainincite.com/18651-are-new-gtld-registries-ripping-off-brands-with-unfair-sunrise-fees</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD Brand Strategy on the Launchpad in Europe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brandmarketing/new-gtld-brand-strategy-on-the-launchpad-in-europe"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brandmarketing/new-gtld-brand-strategy-on-the-launchpad-in-europe</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Critical Moment for the Future of the Internet</span><span> b</span><span lang="EN">y Fadi Chehad&eacute;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet, the greatest invention of our generation -- several generations in fact -- is in many ways a reflection of the American Dream. It's vast and open, unlimited in its potential reach. It's inclusive and welcoming. Anyone can be part of it and make a difference. The fastest growing part of the global economy is Internet-based, and the Internet accounts for a significant and growing portion of global GDP. According to Boston Consulting Group, the Internet is contributing up to 8 percent of GDP in some economies, powering growth and creating jobs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/techonomy/a-critical-moment-for-the_b_7513308.html"><span>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/techonomy/a-critical-moment-for-the_b_7513308.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/06/04/a-critical-moment-for-the-future-of-the-internet/"><span>http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2015/06/04/a-critical-moment-for-the-future-of-the-internet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Plan to Transfer ICANN Stewardship from US to Global Multi-Stakeholder Group on Course<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The head of ICANN remains confident that the planned transfer of the group&rsquo;s stewardship from the US to a global multi-stakeholder group will be completed soon.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/plan-to-transfer-icann-stewardship-from-us-to-global-multi-stakeholder-group-on-course"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/plan-to-transfer-icann-stewardship-from-us-to-global-multi-stakeholder-group-on-course</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cuba Hosts Forum on Political Communication<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The International Conference &ldquo;New Scenarios of Political Communication in the Digital Sphere-2015&Prime; began in Havana with the presence of official experts and delegates of more than 30 countries.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://en.escambray.cu/2015/cuba-hosts-forum-on-political-communication/"><span>http://en.escambray.cu/2015/cuba-hosts-forum-on-political-communication/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Experts in political communication will meet in Cuba<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>With the aim of promoting exchanges on topics such as the development and use of information technologies and communications, and their impact on international relations, the International Conference "New scenarios of political communication in the digital environment&rdquo; will start from tomorrow.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2015/06/05/p13/experts-in-political-communication-will-meet-in-cuba.html"><span>http://www.cubaheadlines.com/2015/06/05/p13/experts-in-political-communication-will-meet-in-cuba.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cyber-Security and Internet Governance under Debate in Havana<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Focused on the analysis of the challenges of cyber-security and Internet governance, the International Conference "New scenarios of political communication in the digital realm" continued on Saturday in this capital.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.periodico26.cu/index.php/en/cuba-news/29893-cyber-security-and-internet-governance-under-debate-in-havana"><span>http://www.periodico26.cu/index.php/en/cuba-news/29893-cyber-security-and-internet-governance-under-debate-in-havana</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Report on the WSIS Forum 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Organised by the International Telecommunication Union, the agenda of the WSIS Forum is a mix of policy statements from ITU Member States and other Internet-related organisations (including ICANN and the Internet Society), and workshops on specific issues such as cybersecurity, capacity building and the IANA stewardship transition.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/report-on-the-wsis-forum-2015"><span>https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/industry-developments/report-on-the-wsis-forum-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The NTIA Stewardship Transition: Catalyst for Enhancing the Multistakeholder Approach<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It's over a year since work started for several multistakeholder groups on the transition of the US Government stewardship over the IANA functions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-ntia-stewardship-transition-catalyst-for-enhancing-the-multistakeholder-approach"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-ntia-stewardship-transition-catalyst-for-enhancing-the-multistakeholder-approach</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Advisory Concerning Registrar Obligations to Provide Data to ICANN Pursuant to Section 3.4.3 of the 2013 RAA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Section 3.4.3 of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (the "2013 RAA") requires registrars to provide certain data, information, and records to ICANN upon request and incorporates a procedure by which ICANN and registrars can agree to limitations, protections, or alternative solutions in the event a registrar believes that the provision of such data to ICANN would violate applicable law or legal proceedings.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-05-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Request for Proposal for Reference LGRs for the Second Level<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is seeking provider(s) to develop Label Generation Rules (LGRs) for multiple languages (and scripts) for use at the second level, based on a new machine readable formal representation available at</span><span>...<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-06-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-06-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Root Stability Study RFP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is seeking one or more providers to conduct a technical study examining the impact of the New gTLD Program (the Program) on the DNS root system.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Call for Expressions of Interest for 2016 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2016 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2016 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to COREHUB S.R.L.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">COREHUB S.R.L. ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request on the basis of Registrar's contention that compliance with the data collection and/or retention requirements of the Data Retention Specification in the 2013 RAA violates applicable law in Spain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-04-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Steve Crocker to Jonathan Robinson</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) - The Use of New gTLD Auction Proceeds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-robinson-04jun15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-robinson-04jun15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN should strengthen its mechanisms to respect human rights<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Council of Europe has called upon its 47 member states to ensure that ICANN</span><span> ...</span><span lang="EN"> creates adequate mechanisms to identify, prevent and mitigate possible breaches to human rights in its work, notably the rights to freedom of expression and privacy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/freedom-of-expression-and-privacy"><span>http://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/freedom-of-expression-and-privacy</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CoE calls on ICANN to strengthen protections for privacy, expression</span><span> [Xinhua]</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Council of Europe (CoE) released a declaration Wednesday calling on member states to ensure that ICANN</span><span> ... </span><span lang="EN">to strengthen its measures against rights abuses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2015-06/04/content_35732911.htm"><span>http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2015-06/04/content_35732911.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Power Shift: The CCWG&rsquo;s ICANN Membership Proposal</span><span> by Milton Mueller</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The public comment period on the Cross-Community Working Group on Accountability is about to close. Reading through the proposal, we discovered aspects of the proposal that would definitely improve ICANN&rsquo;s accountability. But we also got a disturbing sense that some of the &ldquo;chartering organizations&rdquo; who make up the CCWG are using this transition not to improve ICANN&rsquo;s accountability but to make themselves more powerful in ICANN. This problem is most evident in the membership proposal, which would make all of the Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) into the &ldquo;members&rdquo; of ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/06/04/power-shift-the-ccwgs-icann-membership-proposal/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/06/04/power-shift-the-ccwgs-icann-membership-proposal/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN speak clearly now .gay has gone &ndash; Council of Europe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An alliance of 47 countries has called on ICANN to respect privacy and freedom of expression when allocating </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/05/oi_icann_be_a_bit_more_careful_in_handing_out_those_sucky_sites_warns_coe/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/05/oi_icann_be_a_bit_more_careful_in_handing_out_those_sucky_sites_warns_coe/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Can Be Fixed<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Who stands to benefit the most from President Barack Obama's master plan to surrender the U.S.-created Internet to </span><span>ICANN</span><span lang="EN">? ICANN itself, so it's a little surprising that its board has already accepted (graciously and with gratitude for services rendered, or so we're told) the resignation of its CEO, Fadi Chehade, before the transition is complete.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2015/06/05/icann-must-be-fixed-by-next-ceo"><span>http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2015/06/05/icann-must-be-fixed-by-next-ceo</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Selects Architelos for Domain Abuse Intelligence Reporting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">We are pleased to announce that Architelos has yet again been selected by ICANN to provide monthly market intelligence reports on domain name abuse across both new and existing TLD</span><span>s</span><span lang="EN">.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://architelos.com/icann-selects-architelos-for-domain-abuse-intelligence-reporting/"><span>http://architelos.com/icann-selects-architelos-for-domain-abuse-intelligence-reporting/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.au &ndash; new domain name real estate?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Names Panel of the central .au registry auDA is considering whether to open up direct registrations of .au domain names eg. name.au. Presently it is only possible to register second-level domain names eg. name.com.au. A number of other country codes have been opened up for direct registrations in recent years including .cn (China), .uk (United Kingdom) and .nz (New Zealand), which is placing pressure on .au to follow suit despite auDA having previously rejected direct registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=9638ca61-267f-4930-ab2c-3faeb0093dfe"><span>http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=9638ca61-267f-4930-ab2c-3faeb0093dfe</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>dk: Validation process in full swing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>DK Hostmaster has begun a big data cleansing of all our user database entries in order to insure valid contact details. Now, your name and address must match the CPR- or CVR register if you reside in Denmark.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/validation-process-in-full-swing/"><span>https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/validation-process-in-full-swing/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>nl: Secure the Internet at DHPA Techday<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>On 21 May, the fifth DHPA Techday took place, with SIDN again acting as main partner. As part of the Techday activities, we organised our own hands-on lab. The lab featured a DNSSEC tutorial for hosters, given by SIDN staffers Jelte Jansen and Arjen Zonneveld. What are the benefits of DNSSEC for hosters and what are the associated issues?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.sidn.nl/a/internet-security/secure-the-internet-at-dhpa-techday"><span>https://www.sidn.nl/a/internet-security/secure-the-internet-at-dhpa-techday</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">FOILing the WHOIS Data for the .nyc TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A few of months back, when preparing our 6 month review of the .nyc TLD&rsquo;s operation &ndash; see here, we grew curious about who had purchased the initial 75,000 .nyc domain names: Was this new resource being allocated in an equitable manner? For example, we wondered if the name purchasers were spread evenly over the city or concentrated in a particular neighborhood or borough. And if they were from a particular social or economic strata.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.connectingnyc.org/foiling-nyc-whois-data/"><span>http://www.connectingnyc.org/foiling-nyc-whois-data/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM beats own annual projections with .porn on day one<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry says it managed to comfortably beat its own expectations for annual sales within the first eight hours of .porn and .adult going into general availability yesterday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18656-icm-beats-own-annual-projections-with-porn-on-day-one"><span>http://domainincite.com/18656-icm-beats-own-annual-projections-with-porn-on-day-one</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.PORN And .ADULT Take Off As General Availability Commences<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The .PORN and .ADULT new gTLDs entered General Availability last Thursday and saw a big jump in registrations. As of 6 June there were 10,354 .porn and 7,823 .adult registrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/06/07/porn-and-adult-take-off/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/06/07/porn-and-adult-take-off/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Watch Stuart Lawley defend .Porn and .Adult<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley was on Bloomberg yesterday. Bloomberg&rsquo;s Emily Chang asked him to defend the business model of selling .porn and .adult domain names. Doesn&rsquo;t this force celebrities and brands to pay up to protect themselves?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/watch-stuart-lawley-defend-porn-and-adult/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/watch-stuart-lawley-defend-porn-and-adult/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DNS.pt conducts training in Guinea-Bissau<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The DNS.pt held a technical and legal training in Guinea-Bissau, on the 28th of May. The main topics discussed were: A vision of the Internet; The domain name; Legal; Internet security.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-conducts-training-in-guinea-bissau/"><span>http://www.dns.pt/en/news/dns-pt-conducts-training-in-guinea-bissau/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>se: New project to fight mass surveillance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.SE has decided to financially contribute to &ldquo;Code Red&rdquo;, a project initiated by whistle-blower Annie Machon and Simon Davies, privacy veteran and founder of Privacy International.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/blog/new-project-to-fight-mass-surveillance/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/blog/new-project-to-fight-mass-surveillance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Update following 2015 AGM and NED election results<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nominet&rsquo;s Annual General Meeting took place yesterday (Tuesday 2 June) at the Sa</span><span lang="RU">&#1111;d Business School in Oxford.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/update-following-2015-agm-and-ned-election-results"><span>http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/update-following-2015-agm-and-ned-election-results</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="RU"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Let&rsquo;s take a look at corporate new gTLD registration trends<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In mid-2013, when companies were preparing for the launch of new gTLDs, some were speculating that domain name portfolios would grow exponentially in an effort to protect brands online. And while some companies have registered core brands across many TLDs, the majority of companies have taken advantage of blocking, and have registered selectively.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ionmag.asia/2015/06/lets-take-a-look-at-corporate-new-gtld-registration-trends/"><span>http://www.ionmag.asia/2015/06/lets-take-a-look-at-corporate-new-gtld-registration-trends/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD trade group launches<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A group of new gTLD registries have got together to form the TLD Operator Community, a new &ldquo;think tank&rdquo; devoted to the commercial aspects of running new TLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18658-new-gtld-trade-group-launches"><span>http://domainincite.com/18658-new-gtld-trade-group-launches</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Are new gTLD registries ripping off brands with unfair sunrise fees?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Forget .sucks &mdash; several less controversial new gTLD registries have come under fire from the likes of Google, Facebook and Adobe for charging sunrise fees as high as $17,000 for domains matching famous trademarks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18651-are-new-gtld-registries-ripping-off-brands-with-unfair-sunrise-fees"><span>http://domainincite.com/18651-are-new-gtld-registries-ripping-off-brands-with-unfair-sunrise-fees</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD Brand Strategy on the Launchpad in Europe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Though U.S. applicants made up the largest percentage of the new gTLD applicant pool, European brand owners have shown a more robust interest in adding their new gTLD to their digital brand strategy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brandmarketing/new-gtld-brand-strategy-on-the-launchpad-in-europe"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/brandmarketing/new-gtld-brand-strategy-on-the-launchpad-in-europe</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Targeted, campaign-based marketing using new TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you have a major new campaign or launch coming up, there&rsquo;s a lot riding on getting the right message to your client base. This is particularly important if your sale, launch or special event takes place in a specific location. Whether you&rsquo;re opening a new Sydney branch of your national retail chain or organising a charity fun run through the streets of Melbourne, you need locals to know they are the target market for your initiative.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://iconic.sydney/media-release/targeted-campaign-based-marketing-using-new-tlds/"><span>http://iconic.sydney/media-release/targeted-campaign-based-marketing-using-new-tlds/</span></a></span><span>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Where are all the GeoTLDs?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This week I&rsquo;m down under participating in a conference in Brisbane on the Gold Coast after spending some time with our colleagues and clients in Melbourne.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">It is always interesting when travelling around overseas cities to see what, if any, new gTLDs are being used.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">Melbourne, like London and New York City, has its own domain name now so I&rsquo;d hoped to find some local adoption of the new web address.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/06/where-are-all-the-geotlds/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/06/where-are-all-the-geotlds/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Freedom of choice in domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">From .ads to .zip. From 2 or 3 characters (.ca and .bio) to 12 or 13 characters (.versicherung and .international). Domain extensions based on geography, media, entertainment, culture, education, technology, sports, health, business, brands and finance. It seems like we have an almost unlimited choice. More than 800 new extensions were launched last year and we can now choose out of 1.300 domain extensions. Did you know that?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/freedom-choice-domain-names"><span>http://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/news/freedom-choice-domain-names</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Verisign's Q1 2015 DDoS Trends: Verisign Mitigates More DDoS Attacks in Q1 2015 than Any Quarter in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Verisign just released our Q1 2015 DDoS Trends Report, which provides a unique view into online distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack trends from mitigations on behalf of, and in cooperation with, customers of Verisign DDoS Protection Services, and the security research of iDefense Security Intelligence Services.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q1"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/verisign_s_q1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>3 Key Steps for SMBs to Protect Their Website and Critical Internet Services<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The National Small Business Association (NBSA) recently released a report revealing that half of all small businesses have been the victim of a cyber-attack &ndash; and the cost of dealing with these attacks has skyrocketed to $20,752 per attack. In about a third of attacks, the victim&rsquo;s website was taken down, often for days. The impact of such outages cannot be measured by the immediate lost revenue alone, as the long term impact of the harm to your reputation and customer loss cannot be easily calculated.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/3_key_steps_for_smbs"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/3_key_steps_for_smbs</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Data Breach Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees&rsquo; data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/us/breach-in-a-federal-computer-system-exposes-personnel-data.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/us/breach-in-a-federal-computer-system-exposes-personnel-data.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. Was Warned of System Open to Cyberattacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management, which keeps the records and security clearance information for millions of current and retired federal employees, issued a report in November that essentially described the agency&rsquo;s computer security system as a Chinese hacker&rsquo;s dream.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/06/us/chinese-hackers-may-be-behind-anthem-premera-attacks.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/06/us/chinese-hackers-may-be-behind-anthem-premera-attacks.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US government responds to latest hack: give us more power over data collection<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Congressional leaders are warning the latest major government data hack proves the Senate should hand the US government greater cybersecurity powers &ndash; even as the stalled legislation to do so would place even more consumer data into the hands of the same government that could not secure its existing information.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/us-government-opm-hack-data-collection-powers"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/us-government-opm-hack-data-collection-powers</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cyberwar: hacking attacks between nations are difficult to prove<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It is a story that is becoming all-too-familiar: the US government had to admit on Thursday that one of its key personnel databases, containing the records of up to 4 million staff, had been compromised in a large-scale hacking attack. Officials speaking off the record laid the blame at China&rsquo;s door, though did not immediately provide any evidence for this claim.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/cyberwar-hacking-attacks-nations-defence"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/cyberwar-hacking-attacks-nations-defence</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">China is building massive databases of Americans&rsquo; personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-a-series-of-hacks-china-appears-to-building-a-database-on-americans/2015/06/05/d2af51fa-0ba3-11e5-95fd-d580f1c5d44e_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-a-series-of-hacks-china-appears-to-building-a-database-on-americans/2015/06/05/d2af51fa-0ba3-11e5-95fd-d580f1c5d44e_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The government won&rsquo;t say what was in the hacked federal database, but experts have suspicions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Here&rsquo;s what we know from federal officials about the database that was hacked, compromising the personal information of 4 million current and retired employees: It is kept in a data center at the Department of the Interior.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/06/05/what-employee-information-was-in-the-government-database-hacked-by-the-chinese/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/06/05/what-employee-information-was-in-the-government-database-hacked-by-the-chinese/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Why OPM should have seen the latest cyberattack coming<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Hackers gained access to information of about 4 million current and former federal employees in December, U.S. officials have said. But the agency at the heart of the attack, the Office of Personnel Management, should have seen it coming.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/05/why-opm-should-have-seen-the-latest-cyberattack-coming/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/05/why-opm-should-have-seen-the-latest-cyberattack-coming/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Millions of US government workers hit by data breach<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Chinese hackers are suspected of carrying out a "massive breach" affecting the data of millions of US government workers, officials said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33017310"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33017310</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Chinese Hackers Behind Breach at Insurers Are Also Responsible for Government Attack, Researchers Say<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Chinese attackers who breached two major health insurers this year were also responsible for the intrusion at the Office of Personnel Management, which handles government security clearances and records for federal employees, researchers say.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/technology/chinese-hackers-behind-breach-at-insurers-are-also-responsible-for-government-attack-researchers-say.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/05/technology/chinese-hackers-behind-breach-at-insurers-are-also-responsible-for-government-attack-researchers-say.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Chinese breach data of 4 million federal workers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Hackers working for the Chinese state breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, U.S. officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify about 4&thinsp;million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/chinese-hackers-breach-federal-governments-personnel-office/2015/06/04/889c0e52-0af7-11e5-95fd-d580f1c5d44e_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/chinese-hackers-breach-federal-governments-personnel-office/2015/06/04/889c0e52-0af7-11e5-95fd-d580f1c5d44e_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">China calls U.S. hacking accusations &lsquo;irresponsible and unscientific&rsquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">China dismissed American computer hacking allegations on Friday as &ldquo;irresponsible and unscientific&rdquo; after Washington accused Beijing of stealing personnel data on millions of federal employees.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-calls-us-hacking-accusations-irresponsible-and-unscientific/2015/06/05/7989cad3-583f-417e-a0b7-34be46eb16ff_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-calls-us-hacking-accusations-irresponsible-and-unscientific/2015/06/05/7989cad3-583f-417e-a0b7-34be46eb16ff_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Long Cons: The Next Age of Cyber Attacks<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">When hackers know that a big payday is coming they don't mind waiting for months for the best moment to strike.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/long-cons-the-next-age-of-cyber-attacks/a/d-id/1320655"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/long-cons-the-next-age-of-cyber-attacks/a/d-id/1320655</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Phishers Going the Long Way Round to Avoid Filtering Systems<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Any human with an email address likely has gotten thousands of spam messages that look like delivery notifications, invoices, or other alleged communications from shipping companies such as UPS or DHL. They typically contain malicious attachments with exploits for a browser or plug-in vulnerability, but a researcher at the University of Cambridge has run across a novel twist on this kind of spam that turns out to be a completely different kind of attack.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="https://threatpost.com/phishers-going-the-long-way-round-to-avoid-filtering-systems/113170"><span>https://threatpost.com/phishers-going-the-long-way-round-to-avoid-filtering-systems/113170</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">SOTI Security Series: Exploratory Data Analysis of a DDoS Database<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Akamai maintains a database that records information about different attacks it has observed.&nbsp; The ongoing analysis of that database is captured each quarter in Akamai's State of the Internet Security Report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/06/state-of-the-internet-security-outtakes-deconstructing-the-prolexic-database.html"><span>https://blogs.akamai.com/2015/06/state-of-the-internet-security-outtakes-deconstructing-the-prolexic-database.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UDRP Spotlight: A Cybersquatting Question for the Court<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The famous Kenny Rogers song &ldquo;The Gambler&rdquo; teaches us that &ldquo;you got to know when to hold &lsquo;em, know when to fold &lsquo;em&rdquo; but it says nothing about the importance of picking the right casino.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/a-cybersquatting-question-for-the-court"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/a-cybersquatting-question-for-the-court</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Innovation Will Push IPv6 into the Home Stretch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With the pool of IP version 4 (IPv4) addresses about to run out, the federal government expected its agencies to be much further along in their deployment of IPv6 infrastructure. After all, most new Internet users access government resources via IPv6. However, many agencies, flush with IPv4 addresses but tight on staffing and budget, still don&rsquo;t feel the urgency.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.fedtechmagazine.com/article/2015/05/innovation-will-push-ipv6-home-stretch"><span>http://www.fedtechmagazine.com/article/2015/05/innovation-will-push-ipv6-home-stretch</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">EuroDIG Sessions on Friday, June 5, about Cybersecurity, Network Neutrality, IANA, Access and More</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Dan York<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What do Europeans interested in Internet policy think about cybersecurity, network neutrality, IANA, improving Internet access and other topics? Tomorrow the second day of the European Dialog on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, will cover all those topics and many more. I've listed some of the sessions that either I or my Internet Society colleagues are participating in. I will personally be involved as a panelist on the two sessions about cybersecurity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/eurodig_sessions_on_friday_june_5_about_cybersecurity_network_neutrality_ia/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/eurodig_sessions_on_friday_june_5_about_cybersecurity_network_neutrality_ia/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An interesting Google domain name parking patent application<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just published a Google patent application related to domain name parking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/an-interesting-google-domain-name-parking-patent-application/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/an-interesting-google-domain-name-parking-patent-application/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Norwegian Airline Creates Emoji URL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Norwegian Airlines demonstrates the rise in visual communication, promoting a new flight to Las Vegas with a web address that consists of emojis for an airplane, slot machine and money.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2411940/norwegian-airline-creates-emoji-url"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2411940/norwegian-airline-creates-emoji-url</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why everyone needs to think big about domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Protecting your name online has never been more important.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">This is an age where Twitter can damage corporate reputations and an unregistered domain name can severely shake public confidence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://iconic.sydney/media-release/why-everyone-needs-to-think-big-about-domain-names-2/"><span>http://iconic.sydney/media-release/why-everyone-needs-to-think-big-about-domain-names-2/</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Top 5 ways tourism companies can benefit from local domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The travel and tourism industry has undergone incredible change throughout the last decade as online agencies compete for dominance in an extremely competitive sector. Most travellers are looking for the best travel experience at the lowest price.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://iconic.sydney/media-release/top-5-ways-tourism-companies-can-benefit-from-local-domains/"><span>http://iconic.sydney/media-release/top-5-ways-tourism-companies-can-benefit-from-local-domains/</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why campaigns should choose a local domain over a big spend on social<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Whether we like it or not, we live in the age of &lsquo;cut-through&rsquo; politics, where politicians put their better energies towards what plays well with voters.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://iconic.sydney/media-release/why-campaigns-should-choose-a-local-domain-over-a-big-spend-on-social/"><span>http://iconic.sydney/media-release/why-campaigns-should-choose-a-local-domain-over-a-big-spend-on-social</span><span lang="EN-AU">/</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Top 5 ways small businesses can profit from local domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Thinking about communication with your customers as a one-way street is a recipe for disaster. Small business owners must think about engagement in different ways &ndash; in particular, how best to utilise online strategies to deliver their brand messages and find new ways to profit.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://iconic.sydney/media-release/top-5-ways-small-businesses-can-profit-from-local-domains/"><span>http://iconic.sydney/media-release/top-5-ways-small-businesses-can-profit-from-local-domains/</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Is your regional tourist attraction on the map?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australia has a lively and varied regional tourism industry. From scenic rural drives to trendy winery day trips, we love to encourage people to see more of the country than just its capital cities. There&rsquo;s no denying, however, that bustling capitals like Melbourne and Sydney are often the first port of call for international and interstate visitors. The challenge for regional tourist attractions is to market themselves as uniquely appealing while playing up their proximity to capital cities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://iconic.sydney/media-release/is-your-regional-tourist-attraction-on-the-map/"><span>http://iconic.sydney/media-release/is-your-regional-tourist-attraction-on-the-map/</span></a></span><span>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Tucows&rsquo; stock in on fire<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>If you bought shares of Tucows at the opening price on May 1, just a month ago, you&rsquo;ve already realized a return of a whopping 57%.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/tucows-stock-in-on-fire/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/04/tucows-stock-in-on-fire/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Zealand Web Host Freeparking Deals with Post-Migration Mess<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Zealand web host Freeparking is dealing with some unhappy customers after a migration caused numerous issues including some that have prevented customers from accessing their emails or websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/new-zealand-web-host-freeparking-deals-with-post-migration-mess"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/new-zealand-web-host-freeparking-deals-with-post-migration-mess</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Russian hosting providers call on internet ombudsman for support<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Russia&rsquo;s hosting providers have appealed to internet ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev for help in building constructive dialogue with the authorities during the All-Russia Hosting Providers and Registrars Forum, which was held in the Leningrad Region from May 28 to 30.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6849"><span>http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=6849</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in May 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">EveryCity had the most reliable website during May 2015, responding to all but two of Netcraft's requests. Since Netcraft began monitoring its site in April 2014, EveryCity has maintained a 100% uptime record. Besides SmartOS-based hosting, EveryCity also specialises in Solaris hosting on both SPARC and Intel platforms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/06/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-may-2015-2.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/06/02/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-may-2015-2.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Screw You, Milk Companies: Milk.com Is One of the Last Bastions of the Old Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In 2010 the domain name "sex.com" sold for a whopping $12 million dollars, which made it the most expensive patch of HTML ever registered. It's just a word. A homestead accidentally built on a juicy vein of algorithmic oil. Gary Kremen, the man who claimed the domain back in 1995, is the internet's own Beverly Hillbilly. There's no mathematical difference between sex.com and sxe.com, except for the fact that sex.com is worth $12 million.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.vice.com/read/scerw-you-milk-companies-milkcom-is-one-of-the-last-bastions-of-the-old-internet"><span>http://www.vice.com/read/scerw-you-milk-companies-milkcom-is-one-of-the-last-bastions-of-the-old-internet</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">REPORTS &amp; RESEARCH PAPERS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The social significance of the Facebook Like button</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Veikko Eranti, Markku Lonkila</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Abstract</span><span>: </span><span lang="EN">In this paper we study social aspects of using the Like button for purposes of impression management, identity construction, and maintenance of social ties online. On the theoretical level our investigation combines Goffman&rsquo;s notion of face-work with concepts of social network analysis, shedding light on what we dub &lsquo;nano-level&rsquo; interaction and sociality on social networking sites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/5505"><span>http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/5505</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Can regimes really discourage social networking? Urbanization, mobile phone use, and the dictator's plight</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Shin Haeng Lee</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Abstract</span><span>: </span><span lang="EN">Are dictators ever really successful at hindering the diffusion of social networking services (SNSs)? This study reports a panel data analysis on 181 countries observed from 2010 to 2013, to assess country-level predictors of Facebook adoption. The findings show that the spread of such a global SNS decelerates as perceptions of democratic governance deteriorate above and beyond socioeconomic and infrastructural development.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/5420"><span>http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/5420</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Effect of Piracy Website Blocking on Consumer Behavior</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Brett Danaher</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">Michael D. Smith</span><span> &amp; </span><span lang="EN">Rahul Telang</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Abstract:</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">Understanding the relationship between copyright policy and consumer behavior is an increasingly important topic for participants in digital media markets. In this paper we seek to study how consumer behavior changes when Internet Service Providers are required to block access to major piracy websites. We do this in the context of two court-ordered events affecting consumers in the UK: The blocking order directed at The Pirate Bay in May 2012, and blocking orders directed at 19 major piracy sites in October and November 2013.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2612063"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2612063</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Privacy Without Screens &amp; the Internet of Other People's Things by Meg Leta (Ambrose) Jones [Idaho Law Review]</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: Screens have formed the foundation of our experience with connected content, and information exchange agreements adhere to this comfortable arrangement. While the addition of screens, tabs, and apps complicated information collection and privacy, a lack of screens promises to further complicate the arrangement. Notice and choice, wherein an information collector notified information subjects of what would be gathered and how it would processed, is incredibly challenging in a screen world and is even more challenging in a smart world without screens.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2614066"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2614066</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The New Cybersecurity Agenda: Economic and Social Challenges to a Secure Internet by Johannes M. Bauer &amp; William H. Dutton</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Abstract: This paper focuses on key economic and social factors underpinning worldwide issues around cybersecurity and, identifies a new agenda for addressing these issues that is being shaped by the Internet and related information and communication technologies, such as social media. All actors in the widening ecology of the Internet require a better social and cultural understanding of cybersecurity issues in order to effectively engage all relevant stakeholders in processes aimed at enhancing cybersecurity.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://ssrn.com/abstract=2614545"><span>http://ssrn.com/abstract=2614545</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">INTERNET USE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet of Things Spending to Reach 1.7 Trillion by 2020<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020, according to research company International Data Corporation (IDC).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2411703/internet-of-things-spending-to-reach-17-trillion-by-2020"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2411703/internet-of-things-spending-to-reach-17-trillion-by-2020</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Apple and Google set their sights on their next battleground: your home<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Visions of the smart home -- a house that can set its own thermostat, schedule its own lights and preheat its own ovens -- are fast-becoming a reality. The technology is becoming smaller, faster and cheaper, opening new opportunities for transforming everyday objects.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/05/apple-and-google-set-their-sights-on-their-next-battleground-your-home/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/05/apple-and-google-set-their-sights-on-their-next-battleground-your-home/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Online advertising</span><span>: </span><span lang="EN">Internet users are increasingly blocking ads, including on their mobiles<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I</span><span>n advertising</span><span lang="EN">, an old adage holds, half the money spent is wasted; the problem is that no one knows which half. This should be less of a problem in online advertising, since readers&rsquo; tastes and habits can be tracked, and ads tailored accordingly. But consumers are increasingly using software that blocks advertising on the websites they visit. If current trends continue, the saying in the industry may well become that half the ads aimed at consumers never reach their screens. This puts at risk online publishing&rsquo;s dominant business model, in which consumers get content and services free in return for granting advertisers access to their eyeballs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business/21653644-internet-users-are-increasingly-blocking-ads-including-their-mobiles-block-shock"><span>http://www.economist.com/news/business/21653644-internet-users-are-increasingly-blocking-ads-including-their-mobiles-block-shock</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fighting online abuse of children has driven it underground - report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A pan-European drive to use the financial system to fight online child abuse has succeeded in reducing sales of child abuse material using conventional payment systems &ndash; but research suggests that abusers have been driven underground, turning to anonymiser technologies to evade law enforcement, and bitcoin to pay for material.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/online-child-abuse-driven-underground"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/05/online-child-abuse-driven-underground</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Europol hosts annual experts meeting on combating child sexual exploitation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This week, Europol&rsquo;s EC3 brought together over 130 experts from close to 50 countries to discuss joint cooperation in combating online child sexual exploitation. The experts representing law enforcement authorities, the European Commission, the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academia met for three days to discuss research activities, operational activities, preventive legislation and more.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/europol-hosts-annual-experts-meeting-combating-child-sexual-exploitation"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/europol-hosts-annual-experts-meeting-combating-child-sexual-exploitation</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: </span><span lang="EN">Hardcore internet pornography 'most prominent sexual educator' for young people, experts say<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">"Some boys or girls, they expect that sex is violent &mdash; [that] it is OK to use chains or whips, to hurt someone."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-04/porn-most-prominent-sexual-educator-experts-warn/6522846"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-04/porn-most-prominent-sexual-educator-experts-warn/6522846</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Glenn Greenwald says Australia is 'one of most aggressive' in mass surveillance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australia is one of the most aggressive countries in the world in terms of mass surveillance and its techniques could be the subject of future leaks, journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on the Edward Snowden revelations for the Guardian, has said.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/05/glenn-greenwald-says-australia-is-one-of-most-aggressive-in-mass-surveillance"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/05/glenn-greenwald-says-australia-is-one-of-most-aggressive-in-mass-surveillance</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; POLICY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: Labor senators back stricter biometric data storage rules<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Labor members of the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs have called for changes to be made to a government bill that, if passed, will increase the powers of the immigration department to collect biometric identifiers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/576769/labor-senators-push-stricter-biometric-data-storage-rules/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/576769/labor-senators-push-stricter-biometric-data-storage-rules/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Amazon, Google and Facebook have the power to move entire economies<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The world of data has its own economics. If you know one thing about one person, you don&rsquo;t have much. If you know one thing about nearly everyone or nearly everything about one person, you have a little. But if you know nearly everything about nearly everyone, you&rsquo;ve got something priceless. Essentially, data giants are middlemen who connect buyers with sellers for a fee. Google, for example, takes a place among the premier content providers in the world. Every day, the company handles millions of searches for its users. But mainly, it creates lots and lots of lists. Google became what it is because its lists are very useful to millions of users. But in nearly every case, what a user wants is not provided by Google itself. Google just connects what the user wants with a list of relevant web pages. Google&rsquo;s famous web crawlers search the Internet, making lists and rendering those lists to users.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/06/07/our_massive_new_monopolies_amazon_google_and_facebook_have_the_power_to_move_entire_economies/"><span>http://www.salon.com/2015/06/07/our_massive_new_monopolies_amazon_google_and_facebook_have_the_power_to_move_entire_economies/</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>
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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>
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David Goldstein | 4 Jun 06:46 2015

auDA domain news - 4 June

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UN Review Of WSIS Intensifies; Questions About ICANN Board Role In IANA Handover

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/06/02/un-review-of-wsis-intensifies-questions-about-icann-board-role-in-iana-handover/>

 

Oi ICANN, you want the keys to the internet throne room? Open up to Freedom of Info law

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/02/new_internet_freedom_act_puts_weight_behind_internet_community/>

 

U.S. plan to cede Internet domain control on track: ICANN head

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/06/03/usa-internet-icann-idINKBN0OJ05U20150603>

 

The President’s ICANN Internet Problem

<http://aclj.org/united-nations/dangerous-transfer-the-presidents-icann-internet-problem>

 

IPv4 Internet address exhaustion moves a step closer by Paul Wilson

<http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2015/06/04/4248637.htm>

 

 

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UN Review Of WSIS Intensifies; Questions About ICANN Board Role In IANA Handover

This year’s United Nations review of implementation of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is picking up pace. Meanwhile, intensive efforts continue to meet a September target for the handover from the United States of key underlying functions of the internet.

<http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/06/02/un-review-of-wsis-intensifies-questions-about-icann-board-role-in-iana-handover/>

 

Oi ICANN, you want the keys to the internet throne room? Open up to Freedom of Info law

A revised version of the Defending Internet Freedom Act has been introduced to US Congress – and its contents are surprising.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/02/new_internet_freedom_act_puts_weight_behind_internet_community/>

 

U.S. plan to cede Internet domain control on track: ICANN head

A controversial Obama administration plan to cede oversight of the non-profit that manages the Internet's infrastructure is on track to gain government approval by next year's presidential elections, the organization's chief said in an interview.

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/06/03/usa-internet-icann-idINKBN0OJ05U20150603>

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/02/us-usa-internet-icann-idUKM1KBN0OI2IJ20150602>

 

African Business Leaders to Discuss Future of Internet Governance

African business leaders including thirty Chief Executive Officers from Nigeria will gather in Abuja next week for the 2015 Chief Executive Officer's round table organized by the Africa ICT Alliance, (AfICTA) with the theme "Mobilizing African Business Leaders for the future of the Internet"

<http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/aficta-2015-african-business-leaders-to-discuss-future-of-internet-governance/>

<http://allafrica.com/stories/201506020868.html>

 

As White House Abandons Internet, Bipartisan Consensus to Intervene Develops

The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to sever the last link giving the U.S. a backstop role in protecting global access to the World Wide Web. Without U.S. oversight, nations with poor citizen freedom records like Russia, China, and Iran could be more able to game ICANN’s byzantine Internet governance processes. Fortunately, Congress is now asking the difficult questions that the Administration has been ignoring, what safeguards are needed and how can we trust ICANN to resist rogue capture?

<http://humanevents.com/2015/06/02/as-white-house-abandons-internet-bipartisan-consensus-to-intervene-develops/>

 

The ‘Internet of Things’ will have to earn our trust by Gordon Smith, deputy chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

My new electric toothbrush has Bluetooth. No, it is not designed to change the colour of my teeth. Instead it transmits data about how long I have brushed, then it gives me from one to five stars and, normally, a smiley face. ... Despite this, Internet governance is still not a mainstream subject of debate. Yet the future of Internet governance is truly of vital importance. We need better Internet security resilience and stability. As we move into the Internet of Things, we users need to be confident that our Internet-enabled helpers are not working against us.

<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/the-internet-of-things-will-have-to-earn-our-trust/article24781831/>

 

Is the U.S. government abandoning oversight of core Internet functions? What’s really going to change?

The U.S. is planning to transition critical Internet technical functions to the global Internet community. This will impact every Internet user, and you have the power to shape the outcome

<http://www.infoworld.com/article/2927607/internet/is-the-us-government-abandoning-oversight-of-core-internet-functions-whats-really-going-to-change.html>

 

Is the Defending Internet Freedom Act pro-crime?

The Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2015, introduced to the US Congress last month, contains a provision that could be interpreted as pro-pron, pro-piracy or even just pro-crime.

<http://domainincite.com/18644-is-the-defending-internet-freedom-act-pro-crime>

 

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- ICANN

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WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Update

In advance of the ICANN 53 meeting in Buenos Aires, I thought it might be helpful to provide an update about one project, the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS), which will also be the subject of a session at the ICANN 53 meeting.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/whois-accuracyreporting-system-update>

 

Draft Report: Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization

Purpose (Brief): The purpose of this Public Comment posting is to request community feedback on the Draft Report issued by Westlake Governance Limited (Westlake) on the Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO).

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-01-en>

 

WEBINAR: Briefing on Final CWG-Stewardship Proposal

Following Public Comment periods in December 2014 and April/May 2015, the Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship) has finalized its proposal and delivered it to SO/AC chartering organizations for approval.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-03-en>

 

ICANN Announces New Members Of The Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Standing Panel

ICANN has selected and entered into contracts with four new members of the Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Standing Panel.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-03-en>

 

NextGen <at> ICANN Applications Now Open For ICANN 54 Meeting in Dublin

ICANN is proud to announce that the NextGen <at> ICANN initiative will be happening at the ICANN 54 meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/nextgen-icann-applications-now-open-for-icann-54-meeting-in-dublin>

 

Letter from Jamie Baxter, dotgay LLC, to ICANN

New gTLD application for .GAY

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/baxter-to-icann-29may15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from The Honorable Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman | Federal Trade Commission, to John O. Jeffrey

RE: .SUCKS TLD

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ramirez-to-jeffrey-27may15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive | British Recorded Music Industry & BRIT Awards, to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehadé

New gTLD application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/taylor-to-crocker-chehade-27may15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Savio D'souza, Secretary General | The Indian Music Industry, to Steve Crocker et al.

New gTLD application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/dsouza-to-crocker-et-al-25may15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Jonathan Robinson, Chair | GNSO Council, to SO & AC Chairs and Steve Crocker

Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) - The Use of New gTLD Auction Proceeds

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/robinson-to-soac-chairs-crocker-02jun15-en.pdf>

 

ICANN’s new gTLD survey gives new gTLD awareness numbers

ICANN has released the results of a huge survey focusing on awareness and trust in gTLDs new and old.

<http://domainincite.com/18631-icanns-new-gtld-survey-gives-nonsense-numbers>

 

Research reveals that around two-thirds of internet users are unaware of cybersquatting

Research published by ICANN has pointed to a growing awareness of new gTLDs, although such strings lag significantly behind legacy TLDs in terms of familiarity. Arguably more of a surprise is the finding that just over one in three internet users are aware of cybersquatting.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=b6addfaf-aab2-4057-94e4-108a662b1cf2>

 

The President’s ICANN Internet Problem

Imagine this dramatic scenario: the White House pushes for the United States to abandon its historic role as protector of the Internet, transferring the last vestige of that authority over to a private organization populated by international tech gurus. But the gurus also hold seven smartcards that could either restart the internal security framework of the entire Internet in the event of a catastrophe; or else they could disable it. America holds its breath to see how they will rule the most important communications platform in the history of the planet.

<http://aclj.org/united-nations/dangerous-transfer-the-presidents-icann-internet-problem>

 

ICANN survey: .Com still king, but new TLDs have a chance (especially outside U.S.)

ICANN has released results of the first phase of a multi-year consumer study on the domain name landscape.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/icann-survey-com-still-king-but-new-tlds-have-a-chance-especially-outside-u-s/>

 

Fred Krueger: “Why I Hate ICANN”

Fred Krueger announced he was leaving Minds + Machines two weeks ago, and then announced he sold over 10% of his shares a few days later, wrote a an interesting post on Facebook today which is well worth a read so I'm reprinting it here.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/06/03/fred-krueger-why-i-hate-icann/>

 

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CIRA makes its pitch to operate .Toronto, .Montreal, and .Calgary

To date, Canadians best know the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) as the operator of the dot-ca domain. But now the non-profit organization is hoping to operate many other TLDs on behalf of Canadian municipalities – perhaps domains like .Toronto, .Montreal, and .Vancouver.

<http://www.itbusiness.ca/news/cira-makes-its-pitch-to-operate-toronto-montreal-and-calgary/56029>

 

What's Going on in China's Domain Name Industry? by James Seng

Recently, there has been a lot of noise about China tightening control of the new TLDs and how it could severely damper domain name registrations in China and one should make preparation for the worst. Initially, I tried to stay out of this as I know all the players behind this. But given that at least 3 people have emailed me asking what's going on, I decided to clear the air here.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150601_whats_going_on_in_china_domain_name_industry/>

 

Internet .porn and .adult domains open to buyers Thursday

Anyone can buy a .porn or .adult domain name starting Thursday after an initial phase allowing some trademark holders to snap up those URLs first.

<http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/internet-porn-and-adult-domains-open-to-buyers-thursday-1.3093289>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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CSC’s New gTLD Utilization Report – May 2015

Our New gTLD Utilization Report for May reveals that there have now been over 1,300 registrations under .brand (and closed) TLDs. This is an increase of over 60% since our March report, suggesting .brand activity is starting to pick up. In our latest report, we take a look at some interesting examples, including the five .brand/closed domains that already have an Alexa Web Ranking.

<http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-may-2015/>

 

FTC to ICANN: We Told You .SUCKS Was a Bad Idea

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to a letter from ICANN requesting the regulatory body examine the legality of the rollout of the .SUCKS new gTLD. The response was written by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, and instead of ruling if any laws or regulations had been broken, it offers several recommendations for ICANN to ensure better protection of intellectual property owners’ rights.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ftc-to-icann-we-told-you-sucks-was-a-bad-idea>

 

One year in: .XYZ and new TLDs

The .xyz domain name hit its one year anniversary today with about 950,000 domain names. That’s just 50,000 names shy of .xyz CEO Daniel Negari’s first year goal for the domain name, an estimate many snickered at when he made it.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/02/one-year-xyz-domain-names/>

 

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Registry Lock - or EPP With Two Factor Authentication by Patrik Wallström

For the last couple of years, the most common attack vector against the DNS system is the attack against the registrar. Either the attack is on the software itself using weaknesses in the code that could inject DNS changes into the TLD registry, or social engineering the registrar support systems and the attacker receives credentials that in turn allows the attacker to perform malicious changes in DNS. DNSSEC is the common security mechanism that protects the DNS protocol, but by using the registrar attack, any changes will result in a proper working DNS delegation.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150603_registry_lock_or_epp_with_two_factor_authentication/>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Clips4Sale Picks Up Lips4Sale in Cybersquatting Case

An arbitrator on Monday ordered the domain name Lips4Sale.com transferred to the company that owns Clips4Sale.com, which alleged the domain is confusingly similar to its own, was registered in bad faith and that its operator has no rights to it.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=195228>

 

uk: Derby Arena web domain name win for council

A businessman has been ordered to hand over the rights to a Derby Arena internet domain name to a council.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-32992190>

 

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IPv4 Internet address exhaustion moves a step closer by Paul Wilson

A significant Internet milestone will be reached in the next few weeks when ARIN, the Regional Internet Registry for the USA, Canada and several Caribbean Islands, exhausts its supply of available IPv4 addresses.

<http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2015/06/04/4248637.htm>

 

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John Berryhill on domain name law and cybersquatting – DNW Podcast #35

What happens when a company thinks you’re cybersquatting on one of its trademarks? Domain name attorney John Berryhill has helped people defend many such accusations. On this episode he explains what a company has to prove in the UDRP.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/john-berryhill-on-domain-name-law-and-cybersquatting-dnw-podcast-35/>

 

How one company is making domain names 'sexy' by Uniregistry

Earlier this year, Rangers.com sold for a whopping $375,000. And in the domain name industry, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

<http://www.businessinsider.com/sc/uniregistry-domain-name-industry-2015-6>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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VIP Programs Court Domainers

Last week, domain name registrar DirectNic unveiled its new VIP program, and domainers could be forgiven for having flashbacks to last decade at registrar Fabulous.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/vip-programs-court-domainers/>

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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au: More than 500 cybercrimes under investigation in SA; some victims lose more than $100,000

More than 500 cybercrime offences are being investigated by South Australian Police following the launch of a national reporting network six months ago.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-04/more-than-500-cybercrimes-investigated-in-south-australia/6520398>

 

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UN Review Of WSIS Intensifies; Questions About ICANN Board Role In IANA Handover<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/06/02/un-review-of-wsis-intensifies-questions-about-icann-board-role-in-iana-handover/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/06/02/un-review-of-wsis-intensifies-questions-about-icann-board-role-in-iana-handover/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Oi ICANN, you want the keys to the internet throne room? Open up to Freedom of Info law<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/02/new_internet_freedom_act_puts_weight_behind_internet_community/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/02/new_internet_freedom_act_puts_weight_behind_internet_community/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. plan to cede Internet domain control on track: ICANN head<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/06/03/usa-internet-icann-idINKBN0OJ05U20150603"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/06/03/usa-internet-icann-idINKBN0OJ05U20150603</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The President&rsquo;s ICANN Internet Problem<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://aclj.org/united-nations/dangerous-transfer-the-presidents-icann-internet-problem"><span>http://aclj.org/united-nations/dangerous-transfer-the-presidents-icann-internet-problem</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPv4 Internet address exhaustion moves a step closer</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Paul Wilson</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2015/06/04/4248637.htm"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2015/06/04/4248637.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UN Review Of WSIS Intensifies; Questions About ICANN Board Role In IANA Handover<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This year&rsquo;s United Nations review of implementation of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is picking up pace. Meanwhile, intensive efforts continue to meet a September target for the handover from the United States of key underlying functions of the internet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/06/02/un-review-of-wsis-intensifies-questions-about-icann-board-role-in-iana-handover/"><span>http://www.ip-watch.org/2015/06/02/un-review-of-wsis-intensifies-questions-about-icann-board-role-in-iana-handover/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Oi ICANN, you want the keys to the internet throne room? Open up to Freedom of Info law<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A revised version of the Defending Internet Freedom Act has been introduced to US Congress &ndash; and its contents are surprising.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/02/new_internet_freedom_act_puts_weight_behind_internet_community/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/02/new_internet_freedom_act_puts_weight_behind_internet_community/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">U.S. plan to cede Internet domain control on track: ICANN head<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A controversial Obama administration plan to cede oversight of the non-profit that manages the Internet's infrastructure is on track to gain government approval by next year's presidential elections, the organization's chief said in an interview.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/06/03/usa-internet-icann-idINKBN0OJ05U20150603"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/06/03/usa-internet-icann-idINKBN0OJ05U20150603</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/02/us-usa-internet-icann-idUKM1KBN0OI2IJ20150602"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/02/us-usa-internet-icann-idUKM1KBN0OI2IJ20150602</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">African Business Leaders to Discuss Future of Internet Governance<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">African business leaders including thirty Chief Executive Officers from Nigeria will gather in Abuja next week for the 2015 Chief Executive Officer's round table organized by the Africa ICT Alliance, (AfICTA) with the theme "Mobilizing African Business Leaders for the future of the Internet"<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/aficta-2015-african-business-leaders-to-discuss-future-of-internet-governance/"><span>http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/06/aficta-2015-african-business-leaders-to-discuss-future-of-internet-governance/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201506020868.html"><span>http://allafrica.com/stories/201506020868.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As White House Abandons Internet, Bipartisan Consensus to Intervene Develops<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to sever the last link giving the U.S. a backstop role in protecting global access to the World Wide Web. Without U.S. oversight, nations with poor citizen freedom records like Russia, China, and Iran could be more able to game ICANN&rsquo;s byzantine Internet governance processes. Fortunately, Congress is now asking the difficult questions that the Administration has been ignoring, what safeguards are needed and how can we trust ICANN to resist rogue capture?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://humanevents.com/2015/06/02/as-white-house-abandons-internet-bipartisan-consensus-to-intervene-develops/"><span>http://humanevents.com/2015/06/02/as-white-house-abandons-internet-bipartisan-consensus-to-intervene-develops/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The &lsquo;Internet of Things&rsquo; will have to earn our trust</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Gordon Smith</span><span>,</span><span lang="EN"> deputy chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">My new electric toothbrush has Bluetooth. No, it is not designed to change the colour of my teeth. Instead it transmits data about how long I have brushed, then it gives me from one to five stars and, normally, a smiley face.</span><span> ... </span><span lang="EN">Despite this, Internet governance is still not a mainstream subject of debate. Yet the future of Internet governance is truly of vital importance. We need better Internet security resilience and stability. As we move into the Internet of Things, we users need to be confident that our Internet-enabled helpers are not working against us.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/the-internet-of-things-will-have-to-earn-our-trust/article24781831/"><span>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/the-internet-of-things-will-have-to-earn-our-trust/article24781831/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Is the U.S. government abandoning oversight of core Internet functions? What&rsquo;s really going to change?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The U.S. is planning to transition critical Internet technical functions to the global Internet community. This will impact every Internet user, and you have the power to shape the outcome<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/2927607/internet/is-the-us-government-abandoning-oversight-of-core-internet-functions-whats-really-going-to-change.html"><span>http://www.infoworld.com/article/2927607/internet/is-the-us-government-abandoning-oversight-of-core-internet-functions-whats-really-going-to-change.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Is the Defending Internet Freedom Act pro-crime?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2015, introduced to the US Congress last month, contains a provision that could be interpreted as pro-pron, pro-piracy or even just pro-crime.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18644-is-the-defending-internet-freedom-act-pro-crime"><span>http://domainincite.com/18644-is-the-defending-internet-freedom-act-pro-crime</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In advance of the ICANN 53 meeting in Buenos Aires, I thought it might be helpful to provide an update about one project, the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS), which will also be the subject of a session at the ICANN 53 meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/whois-accuracyreporting-system-update"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/whois-accuracyreporting-system-update</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Draft Report: Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Purpose (Brief)</span><span>: </span><span lang="EN">The purpose of this Public Comment posting is to request community feedback on the Draft Report issued by Westlake Governance Limited (Westlake) on the Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">WEBINAR: Briefing on Final CWG-Stewardship Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Following Public Comment periods in December 2014 and April/May 2015, the Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship) has finalized its proposal and delivered it to SO/AC chartering organizations for approval.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-06-03-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Announces New Members Of The Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Standing Panel<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has selected and entered into contracts with four new members of the Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Standing Panel.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-03-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-06-03-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NextGen <at> ICANN Applications Now Open For ICANN 54 Meeting in Dublin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is proud to announce that the NextGen <at> ICANN initiative will be happening at the ICANN 54 meeting in Dublin, Ireland.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/nextgen-icann-applications-now-open-for-icann-54-meeting-in-dublin"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/nextgen-icann-applications-now-open-for-icann-54-meeting-in-dublin</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Jamie Baxter</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">dotgay LLC</span><span>,</span><span lang="EN"> to ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .GAY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/baxter-to-icann-29may15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/baxter-to-icann-29may15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from The Honorable Edith Ramirez</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">Chairwoman | Federal Trade Commission</span><span>,</span><span lang="EN"> to John O. Jeffrey</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RE: .SUCKS TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ramirez-to-jeffrey-27may15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ramirez-to-jeffrey-27may15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Geoff Taylor</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">Chief Executive | British Recorded Music Industry &amp; BRIT Awards, to Steve Crocker and Fadi Chehad&eacute;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/taylor-to-crocker-chehade-27may15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/taylor-to-crocker-chehade-27may15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Savio D'souza, Secretary General | The Indian Music Industry, to Steve Crocker et al.</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/dsouza-to-crocker-et-al-25may15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/dsouza-to-crocker-et-al-25may15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Jonathan Robinson</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">Chair | GNSO Council</span><span>,</span><span lang="EN"> to SO &amp; AC Chairs and Steve Crocker</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) - The Use of New gTLD Auction Proceeds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/robinson-to-soac-chairs-crocker-02jun15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/robinson-to-soac-chairs-crocker-02jun15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN&rsquo;s new gTLD survey gives new gTLD awareness numbers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has released the results of a huge survey focusing on awareness and trust in gTLDs new and old.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18631-icanns-new-gtld-survey-gives-nonsense-numbers"><span>http://domainincite.com/18631-icanns-new-gtld-survey-gives-nonsense-numbers</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Research reveals that around two-thirds of internet users are unaware of cybersquatting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Research published by ICANN has pointed to a growing awareness of new gTLDs, although such strings lag significantly behind legacy TLDs in terms of familiarity. Arguably more of a surprise is the finding that just over one in three internet users are aware of cybersquatting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=b6addfaf-aab2-4057-94e4-108a662b1cf2"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=b6addfaf-aab2-4057-94e4-108a662b1cf2</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The President&rsquo;s ICANN Internet Problem<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Imagine this dramatic scenario: the White House pushes for the United States to abandon its historic role as protector of the Internet, transferring the last vestige of that authority over to a private organization populated by international tech gurus. But the gurus also hold seven smartcards that could either restart the internal security framework of the entire Internet in the event of a catastrophe; or else they could disable it. America holds its breath to see how they will rule the most important communications platform in the history of the planet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://aclj.org/united-nations/dangerous-transfer-the-presidents-icann-internet-problem"><span>http://aclj.org/united-nations/dangerous-transfer-the-presidents-icann-internet-problem</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN survey: .Com still king, but new TLDs have a chance (especially outside U.S.)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has released results of the first phase of a multi-year consumer study on the domain name landscape.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/icann-survey-com-still-king-but-new-tlds-have-a-chance-especially-outside-u-s/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/icann-survey-com-still-king-but-new-tlds-have-a-chance-especially-outside-u-s/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fred Krueger: &ldquo;Why I Hate ICANN&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Fred Krueger announced he was leaving Minds + Machines two weeks ago, and then announced he sold over 10% of his shares a few days later, wrote a an interesting post on Facebook today which is well worth a read so I'm reprinting it here.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/06/03/fred-krueger-why-i-hate-icann/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/06/03/fred-krueger-why-i-hate-icann/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CIRA makes its pitch to operate .Toronto, .Montreal, and .Calgary<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">To date, Canadians best know the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) as the operator of the dot-ca domain. But now the non-profit organization is hoping to operate many other TLDs on behalf of Canadian municipalities &ndash; perhaps domains like .Toronto, .Montreal, and .Vancouver.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.itbusiness.ca/news/cira-makes-its-pitch-to-operate-toronto-montreal-and-calgary/56029"><span>http://www.itbusiness.ca/news/cira-makes-its-pitch-to-operate-toronto-montreal-and-calgary/56029</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What's Going on in China's Domain Name Industry?</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">James Seng<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Recently, there has been a lot of noise about China tightening control of the new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s and how it could severely damper domain name registrations in China and one should make preparation for the worst. Initially, I tried to stay out of this as I know all the players behind this. But given that at least 3 people have emailed me asking what's going on, I decided to clear the air here.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150601_whats_going_on_in_china_domain_name_industry/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150601_whats_going_on_in_china_domain_name_industry/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet .porn and .adult domains open to buyers Thursday<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Anyone can buy a .porn or .adult domain name starting Thursday after an initial phase allowing some trademark holders to snap up those URLs first.</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/internet-porn-and-adult-domains-open-to-buyers-thursday-1.3093289"><span>http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/internet-porn-and-adult-domains-open-to-buyers-thursday-1.3093289</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CSC&rsquo;s New gTLD Utilization Report &ndash; May 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Our New gTLD Utilization Report for May reveals that there have now been over 1,300 registrations under .brand (and closed) </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s. This is an increase of over 60% since our March report, suggesting .brand activity is starting to pick up. In our latest report, we take a look at some interesting examples, including the five .brand/closed domains that already have an Alexa Web Ranking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-may-2015/"><span>http://www.digitalbrandinsider.com/cscs-new-gtld-utilization-report-may-2015/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">FTC to ICANN: We Told You .SUCKS Was a Bad Idea<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to a letter from ICANN requesting the regulatory body examine the legality of the rollout of the .SUCKS new gTLD. The response was written by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, and instead of ruling if any laws or regulations had been broken, it offers several recommendations for ICANN to ensure better protection of intellectual property owners&rsquo; rights.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ftc-to-icann-we-told-you-sucks-was-a-bad-idea"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/ftc-to-icann-we-told-you-sucks-was-a-bad-idea</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">One year in: .XYZ and new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The .xyz domain name hit its one year anniversary today with about 950,000 domain names. That&rsquo;s just 50,000 names shy of .xyz CEO Daniel Negari&rsquo;s first year goal for the domain name, an estimate many snickered at when he made it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/02/one-year-xyz-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/02/one-year-xyz-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Registry Lock - or EPP With Two Factor Authentication</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Patrik Wallstr&ouml;m<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">For the last couple of years, the most common attack vector against the DNS system is the attack against the registrar. Either the attack is on the software itself using weaknesses in the code that could inject DNS changes into the TLD registry, or social engineering the registrar support systems and the attacker receives credentials that in turn allows the attacker to perform malicious changes in DNS. DNSSEC is the common security mechanism that protects the DNS protocol, but by using the registrar attack, any changes will result in a proper working DNS delegation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150603_registry_lock_or_epp_with_two_factor_authentication/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150603_registry_lock_or_epp_with_two_factor_authentication/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Clips4Sale Picks Up Lips4Sale in Cybersquatting Case<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An arbitrator on Monday ordered the domain name Lips4Sale.com transferred to the company that owns Clips4Sale.com, which alleged the domain is confusingly similar to its own, was registered in bad faith and that its operator has no rights to it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=195228"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=195228</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>uk: Derby Arena web domain name win for council<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A businessman has been ordered to hand over the rights to a Derby Arena internet domain name to a council.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-32992190"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-32992190</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPv4 Internet address exhaustion moves a step closer</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Paul Wilson</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A significant Internet milestone will be reached in the next few weeks when ARIN, the Regional Internet Registry for the USA, Canada and several Caribbean Islands, exhausts its supply of available IPv4 addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2015/06/04/4248637.htm"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2015/06/04/4248637.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">John Berryhill on domain name law and cybersquatting &ndash; DNW Podcast #35<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What happens when a company thinks you&rsquo;re cybersquatting on one of its trademarks? Domain name attorney John Berryhill has helped people defend many such accusations. On this episode he explains what a company has to prove in the UDRP.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/john-berryhill-on-domain-name-law-and-cybersquatting-dnw-podcast-35/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/john-berryhill-on-domain-name-law-and-cybersquatting-dnw-podcast-35/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How one company is making domain names 'sexy'</span><span> b</span><span lang="EN">y Uniregistry</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Earlier this year, Rangers.com sold for a whopping $375,000. And in the domain name industry, that&rsquo;s just the tip of the iceberg.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/sc/uniregistry-domain-name-industry-2015-6"><span>http://www.businessinsider.com/sc/uniregistry-domain-name-industry-2015-6</span></a></span><span>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">VIP Programs Court Domainers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Last week, domain name registrar DirectNic unveiled its new VIP program, and domainers could be forgiven for having flashbacks to last decade at registrar Fabulous.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/vip-programs-court-domainers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/06/01/vip-programs-court-domainers/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: More than 500 cybercrimes under investigation in SA; some victims lose more than $100,000<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>More than 500 cybercrime offences are being investigated by South Australian Police following the launch of a national reporting network six months ago.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-04/more-than-500-cybercrimes-investigated-in-south-australia/6520398"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-04/more-than-500-cybercrimes-investigated-in-south-australia/6520398</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><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>
<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 | 1 Jun 05:49 2015

auDA domain news - 1 June

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The domain name news is supported by auDA

 

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Why we should have anything .au?

<http://www.netregistry.com.au/blog/why-we-should-have-anything-.au/>

 

The FTC Responds to ICANN and Weighs in on .SUCKS, New gTLDs, and the Multistakeholder Model

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-ftc-responds-to-icann-and-weighs-in-on-sucks-new-gtlds-and-the-multistakeholder-model>

 

ICANN Finds Almost Half Global Consumers Aware of New gTLDs

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/30/icann-global-consumers-new-gtlds/>

 

Brands Want to Engage Millennials – Can gTLDs Help?

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/new-gtlds-and-millennials>

 

FTC hits out at new gTLDs programme but swerves question over ‘.sucks’ pricing legality

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=41633a6e-8c20-4089-8cec-6f9a35d4cd43>

 

Phishers Continue Targeting Companies, But Limited Interest in New gTLDs: APWG

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/28/phishers-targeting-companies-limited-new-gtld-interest-apwg/>

 

Seized Megaupload Domains Link to Scam Ads and Malware

<http://torrentfreak.com/seized-megaupload-domains-link-to-scam-ads-and-malware-150528/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Internet Governance Follies. A domain-name debacle shows how harebrained the Obama idea was. Just ask Taylor Swift.

In March 2014, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee sent a letter to the organization that runs key parts of the Internet saying that a new policy it had adopted “will have the effect of undermining the credibility Icann has slowly been building with skeptical stakeholders.”

<http://www.wsj.com/articles/internet-governance-follies-1433109242>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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ICANN Announces Phase One Results from Multiyear Consumer Study on the Domain Name Landscape

ICANN today published the findings from its ICANN Global Consumer Research Study, Phase One, conducted on its behalf by Nielsen, to measure aspects of consumer awareness, perceived consumer choice, experience and trust related to the current gTLD landscape and the DNS.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-29-en>

 

Catching Up with Fellowship Alumni: Highlights from the Fellowship Survey Report

The ICANN Fellowship program, now hosted by the Development and Public Responsibility Department (DPRD), has grown tremendously since first being held at ICANN 29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2007.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-28-en>

 

Proposed Renewal of .PRO Unsponsored Registry Agreement

Purpose (Brief): ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2010 Registry Agreement for .PRO, which was originally set to expire on 22 April 2015.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-05-28-en>

 

Proposed Renewal of .CAT Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement

Purpose (Brief): ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .CAT, which is set to expire on 19 December 2015. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Fundació puntCAT (the Registry Operator for the .CAT TLD).

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-28-en>

 

The DNSSEC Journey Continues to Advance In Africa

Developing the domain name industry in Africa is important and therefore a central objective of the ICANN AFRICA Strategy; focusing on the importance of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), a direct contributor to the security of the Internet, providing mechanisms to help prevent DNS data spoofing and tampering.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-dnssec-journey-continues-to-advance-in-africa>

 

Letter from The Honorable Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman | FTC, to John O. Jeffrey

RE: .SUCKS TLD

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ramirez-to-jeffrey-27may15-en.pdf>

 

Thomas Rickert on CCWG-Accountability Draft Proposal

Draft proposal from the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability summarized by CCWG Co-Chair Thomas Rickert with the assistance of XPLANE illustrations.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h8i2exC6HA>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Why we should have anything .au?

Let’s face it, the policies and rules for .au domain names are confusing, arbitrary and burden the industry and users alike with pointless red-tape.

<http://www.netregistry.com.au/blog/why-we-should-have-anything-.au/>

 

ee: Domain Regulation changes are postponed

.ee Domain Regulation and Registrar Contract Annex 1 changes approved by the EIF Council's April 17 2015 decision, that were to enter into force on 1st of July, will be postponed. This reason for postponing is the delay in ongoing registry system development.

<http://www.internet.ee/news/article>

 

.EU Registrations Grow 2.3% In First Quarter: EURid

Registrations of .EU domains grew by 2.3 percent, or 87,459, in the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the final quarter of 2014, according to the latest progress report from EURid.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/31/eu-registrations-grow-2-3-in-first-quarter-eurid/>

 

.Eu domain names up 2% to 87,549 registrations in Q1

The total number of .eu domain names registered at the end of Q1 increased 2.3 percent to 87,549 registrations when compared with the total number at the end of Q1 2014, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid.

<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/eu-domain-names-up-2-to-87549-registrations-in-q1--1084492>

 

Q1 2015 .eu progress report now available

The latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid, has shown that the total number of .eu domain names registered at the end of Q1 represented an increase of 2.3%, or 87 549 registrations, when compared with the total number at the end of Q1 2014.

<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/may-2015/q1-2015-eu-progress-report-now-available-0>

 

Monthly global domain name registrations in India has more than doubled to 4%

With a rapidly growing number of Internet users and a surge in e-commerce transactions, the average monthly domain name registrations in the country has more than doubled to 4 per cent of all global registrations, according to industry estimates.

<http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/monthly-global-domain-name-registrations-in-india-has-more-than-doubled-to-4-269134.html>

<http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/4-of-monthly-global-domain-name-registrations-are-from-india/articleshow/47488909.cms>

 

Translation of "JP Domain Name Registry Report 2014" Posted

JPRS posted English translation of "JP Domain Name Registry Report 2014." This is the annual report for 2014, briefing that year's activities performed by JPRS, in relation to its management and administration of .JP TLD.

<http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2015/150529.html>

 

CA licence for .ke Registrars

Following the new licensing requirements from Communication Authority Of Kenya, which became operation last year, all .KE Registrars are required to get licensed by C.A and KeNIC.

<http://www.kenic.or.ke/kenic-latest-news/ca-licence-for-ke-registrars>

 

.nz Newsletter - May 2015

The May 2015 newsletter is available. It includes .nz domain name statistics as of April 30, 2015

<http://dnc.org.nz/story/nz-newsletter-may-2015>

 

Two more legacy gTLDs agree to use URS

The registries behind .pro and .cat have agreed to new ICANN contracts with changes that, among other things, would bring the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy to the two gTLDs.

<http://domainincite.com/18628-two-more-legacy-gtlds-agree-to-use-urs>

 

The FTC Responds to ICANN and Weighs in on .SUCKS, New gTLDs, and the Multistakeholder Model

Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, has issued her response to ICANN’s April letter with the following three main points:

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-ftc-responds-to-icann-and-weighs-in-on-sucks-new-gtlds-and-the-multistakeholder-model>

 

FTC hits out at new gTLDs programme but swerves question over ‘.sucks’ pricing legality

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to ICANN’s referral of concerns over the pricing policies implemented in the ‘.sucks’ new gTLD – albeit without actually answering the specific central question that was posed.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=41633a6e-8c20-4089-8cec-6f9a35d4cd43>

 

Brands don't like .sucks? Not our problem, FTC says

A lot of big brands are furious about the introduction of a new .sucks Internet domain but regulators at the Federal Trade Commission declined to come to their rescue.

<http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brands-have-a-problem-with--sucks--not-our-problem-says-ftc-203507465.html>

 

FTC slams new gTLDs but waffles over .sucks legality

The US Federal Trade Commission has made some strong criticisms of the new gTLD program but has refused to answer the question of whether .sucks is behaving illegally.

<http://domainincite.com/18611-ftc-slams-new-gtlds-but-waffles-over-sucks-legality>

 

.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to questions over the legality of .sucks domain pricing with a three-page "I told you so" letter to domain name overseer ICANN.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/28/ftc_icann_sucks/>

 

FTC to ICANN on .Sucks: Yeah, we told you this would happen

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has responded to ICANN’s request that it investigate the practices of TLD registry Vox Populi over its rollout of the .sucks domain name.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/28/ftc-to-icann-on-sucks-yeah-we-told-you-this-would-happen/>

 

.sucks extends controversial sunrise, delays GA

Vox Populi has extended the pricey .sucks sunrise period for three weeks, saying trademark owners need more time to participate.

<http://domainincite.com/18625-sucks-extends-controversial-sunrise-delays-ga>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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ICANN Finds Almost Half Global Consumers Aware of New gTLDs

Almost half (46%) of the world's consumers are aware of at least one of the new gTLDs according to a survey conducted on behalf of ICANN of 6,144 consumers aged over 18 representing Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America, and administered in 18 languages and drawn from 24 countries.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23853>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/30/icann-global-consumers-new-gtlds/>

 

Brands Want to Engage Millennials – Can gTLDs Help?

Millennial. The word is bound to come up when discussing anything having to do with brands and consumers.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/new-gtlds-and-millennials>

 

ICANN fingers perps in new gTLD breach

A small number of new gTLD registries and/or applicants deliberately exploited ICANN’s new gTLD portal to obtain information on competitors.

<http://domainincite.com/18607-icann-fingers-perps-in-new-gtld-breach>

 

.berlin CEO prime suspect in ICANN data breach

dotBerlin CEO Dirk Krischenowski is suspected of using a bug in ICANN’s new gTLD portal to access hundreds of confidential documents, some containing sensitive financial planning data, belonging to competing gTLD applicants.

<http://domainincite.com/18613-berlin-ceo-prime-suspect-in-icann-data-breach>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Phishers Continue Targeting Companies, But Limited Interest in New gTLDs: APWG

New companies are constantly being targeted by phishers, with some phishers attacking targets where consumers may least expect it while the ten companies that are targeted most often by phishers are attacked constantly, sometimes more than 1,000 times per month. These are some of the findings of the Global Phishing Survey for Second Half of 2014, released by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) on Wednesday.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23850>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/28/phishers-targeting-companies-limited-new-gtld-interest-apwg/>

 

A flaw in the design: The Internet’s founders saw its promise but didn’t foresee users attacking one another

David D. Clark, an MIT scientist whose air of genial wisdom earned him the nickname “Albus Dumbledore,” can remember exactly when he grasped the Internet’s dark side. He was presiding over a meeting of network engineers when news broke that a dangerous computer worm — the first to spread widely — was slithering across the wires.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/30/net-of-insecurity-part-1/>

 

The long life of a quick ‘fix’: Internet protocol from 1989 leaves data vulnerable to hijackers

By the time a pair of engineers sat down for lunch together in Austin, the Internet’s growing pains had become dire. Once a novelty for computer scientists, the network was now exploding in size, lurching ever closer to a hard mathematical wall built into one of the Internet’s most basic protocols.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/31/net-of-insecurity-part-2/>

 

North Korean hackers 'could kill', warns key defector

North Korean hackers are capable of attacks that could destroy critical infrastructure and even kill people, a high-profile defector has warned.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32925495>

 

North Korea's hacker army 'could kill people and destroy cities', says defector who trained them

Thousands of military hackers in North Korea could launch cyber attacks that could “kill people and destroy cities”, a defector has warned.

<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-koreas-hacker-army-could-kill-people-and-destroy-cities-says-defector-who-trained-them-10283446.html>

 

How I Would Secure The Internet With $4 Billion

In an open letter to President Obama, a member of the Open Web Application Security Project tells why pending legislation on threat-intel sharing doesn't go far enough.

<http://www.darkreading.com/application-security/how-i-would-secure-the-internet-with-$4-billion/a/d-id/1320623>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Seized Megaupload Domains Link to Scam Ads and Malware

The Department of Justice has made a grave error as several seized Megaupload domains are now being exploited for nefarious purposes. A few days ago both Megaupload.com and Megavideo.com began directing visitors to scams and malware, presumably because the FBI's cybercrime unit lost control of the main nameserver.

<http://torrentfreak.com/seized-megaupload-domains-link-to-scam-ads-and-malware-150528/>

 

After FBI domain expires, seized Megaupload.com serves up porn

Earlier this week, something suspicious started happening with Web addresses related to sites seized by the FBI from Megaupload and a number of online gambling sites. Instead of directing browsers to a page with an FBI banner, they started dropping Web surfers onto a malicious feed of Web advertisements—some of them laden with malware.

<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/05/after-fbi-domain-expires-seized-megaupload-com-serves-up-porn/>

 

UK Piracy Blocklist Expands With Sports Streaming Sites

Major UK Internet providers must block three additional sports streaming sites as part of a High Court order. The latest blocking round was issued on behalf of the Premier League and FA, targeting Rojadirecta, LiveTV and Drakulastream. The latter site also has its domain name under investigation by the EURid registry.

<http://torrentfreak.com/uk-piracy-blocklist-expands-with-sports-streaming-sites-150531/>

 

Porn, adware found on former FBI web domains

Websites overseen by the FBI have been briefly used to offer visitors porn or links seeded with adware. Some of the sites involved were seized from net entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and are thought to attract large numbers of visitors.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32929309>

 

Lawsuit filed to recover stolen X3.com domain name

The person who registered X3.com in 1995 has filed a lawsuit to recover the domain name, which he says was stolen from his DreamHost account.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/29/lawsuit-filed-to-recover-stolen-x3-com-domain-name/>

 

au: ESET, spol. s.r.o. v. Antivirus Australia PTY Ltd., Rodney Fewster, ESET Pty Ltd. - Case No. DAU2015-0014

1. The Parties: The Complainant is ESET, spol. s.r.o. of Bratislava, Slovakia, represented by King & Wood Mallesons, Australia. The Respondent is Antivirus Australia PTY Ltd., Rodney Fewster, ESET Pty Ltd. of Margate, Queensland, Australia. 2. The Domain Names and Registrars: The disputed domain names <eset.net.au> and <nod32.com.au> are registered with Tucows Inc. The disputed domain name <eset.com.au> is registered with Web Address Registration Pty Ltd.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0014>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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IPv6 address provisioning: theory and practice – upcoming IPv6 Business Conference in Zurich

Everybody who starts (consciously) integrating IPv6 in their network has to decide how to provision IPv6 addresses, default routes and recursive DNS server (RDNSS) information to all clients.

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/05/26/ipv6-address-provisioning/>

 

IPv4 addresses running out -- really

Decade-old predictions about the eventual depletion of IPv4 addresses may soon be coming true.

<http://gcn.com/articles/2015/05/29/ipv4-addresses-depleted.aspx>

 

IPv4 – Countdown to Zero Tomorrow

In June or July ARIN will announce that IPv4 numbers are officially depleted. I am going to explain what that means, how much inventory there is, and what you should immediately do about it. Also, a bit of reality will be thrown in.

<http://www.thewhir.com/blog/ipv4-countdown-to-zero-tomorrow>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Google’s Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete

Google showed off any number of potentially revolutionary technologies at its I/O developer conference keynote Thursday. There was Jump, a platform for generating 3D virtual reality content, and Brillo, Google’s latest entrant into the smart-home horse race. But the company’s most important announcement was the evolution of a technology that’s nearly three years old. It laid out a course for making apps obsolete and getting users back onto the web, where Google is master. And that course is paved by Google Now. ... What makes Google Now’s pull away from apps even more compelling is that it was joined at I/O by a series of gentle pushes in the same direction. Google’s doing everything it can to get us all back to the web.

<http://www.wired.com/2015/05/google-now-io/>

 

How Will Your Registration Data Be Managed in the Future? by Scott Hollenbeck

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” As we consider how Internet domain and address registration data is managed and accessed in a post-WHOIS era, and given the long history of failure in addressing the shortcomings of WHOIS, it is extremely important to start preparing now for the eventual replacement of WHOIS. This is the fundamental purpose of the next Registration Operations Workshop (ROW) that is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Prague, Czech Republic.

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

 

RIPE NCC Regional Meeting in Tbilisi

The RIPE NCC Regional Meeting Tbilisi took place on 19 May 2015 at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Georgia. A total of 90 attendees from six countries participated in the meeting.

<https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/ripe-ncc-regional-meeting-in-tbilisi>

 

Request for Proposals of APTLD New Website

Dear Members, APTLD is currently accepting proposals to develop, design, and launch a new corporate web site.

<http://aptld.org/system/files/request_for_proposals_of_aptld_new_website.pdf>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Aliyun cloud growth makes Alibaba largest hosting company in China

Chinese cloud hosting company Aliyun is growing faster than ever, with more than 8,000 more web-facing computers found in the May 2015 survey than in April's. This growth has launched Aliyun's parent company, Alibaba Group, into position as the 4th largest hosting company in the world, as well as the largest in China.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/27/aliyun-cloud-growth-makes-alibaba-largest-hosting-company-in-china.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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A Peak Inside the Igloo: Publicly Reported Domain Sales Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Our latest weekly domain sales report was released last night. As always there were some impressive sales at the top of the chart, led by a couple of six-figure transactions. While we have been able to share information on tens of thousands of domain sales over the past 12 years, the aftermarket is much bigger than those figures show. That is because the majority of sales are never made public due to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). This is especially true at the high end of the market.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150529.htm>

 

It's the Same Old (but Sweet) Song! Big Sale of Same.com Tops This Week's Chart Backed by Five More Hits from the 3-Letter .Coms

Short .com domains have gotten so popular it's just a matter of time before some new band calls themselves the 3-Letter .Coms! Five more of them filled spots in the top ten on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. However a name just one letter longer, Same.com, took the top spot with a sweet $233,333 sale brokered by Larry Fischer's GetYourDomain.com (with Sedo handling the escrow).

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150520.htm>

 

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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Google Wants to Turn Your Clothes Into a Computer

If you thought it was only a matter of time before Google tried to turn your pants into a computer, well, guess what, you were right.

<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/google-wants-to-turn-your-clothes-into-a-computer/>

 

Steve Case: Get ready, the Internet is about to change again. Here’s how.

I don’t recall exactly what was going through my mind that morning, 30 years ago this summer, when a group of us in Tysons Corner, Va., launched a start-up called Quantum Computer Services, later renamed America Online. I do recall what was going through my parents’ minds, though: bewilderment.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/steve-case-get-ready-the-internet-is-about-to-change-again-heres-how/2015/05/29/d6c87f6c-0493-11e5-bc72-f3e16bf50bb6_story.html>

 

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MOBILE/WIRELESS

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Google and Apple Adjust Strategies on Mobile Payments

The battle for mobile software dominance revolves around two companies: Apple and Google. Now both giants are also going head-to-head in mobile payments, as they prepare to push deeper into digital wallets.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/technology/google-and-apple-adjust-strategies-on-mobile-payments.html?>

 

Google lays out its ambitions for your phone, your home, your car and your wallet

Google made clear Thursday that it's still fighting a multifront war against its old rival, Apple -- and that the battles are as heated as ever.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/05/28/google-lays-out-its-ambitions-for-your-phone-your-home-your-car-and-your-wallet/>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Silk Road drug website founder Ross Ulbricht jailed

The founder of online illegal drug marketplace the Silk Road has been sentenced to life in prison in the US.

<http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32941060>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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Extremists fear the Web: politics, liberty and the new Internet of things

On July 9, 2008, Iran wanted to show the world its new mobile missile launchers. Leaders shared their triumph through high-resolution photos of the test site. The world’s major media outlets carried an image of four missiles blasting into the sky. The image was reproduced the next day, first on the Agence France-Presse webpage, then on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, the Chicago Tribune, and several other newspapers, as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo News, nytimes.com, and many other major news websites. Somehow, a different image was sent to the Associated Press—an image with only three missiles successfully launching—one missile had actually broken down and failed to launch.

<http://www.salon.com/2015/05/30/extremists_fear_the_web_politics_liberty_and_the_new_internet_of_things/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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The man behind Yahoo’s plan to become the most ‘trustworthy’ tech company

The day before news broke that Alex Stamos was joining Yahoo as chief information security officer, he laid out the approach that has defined his tenure at the company so far: Technology shouldn't just be secure, it should be "trustworthy."

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/05/29/the-man-behind-yahoos-plan-to-become-the-most-trustworthy-tech-company/>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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au: NBN, British Telecom and turning back the clock by Mark Gregory

NBN boss Bill Morrow recently highlighted that the company formerly known as NBN Co has instigated an information sharing scheme with UK’s biggest telco British Telecom (BT).

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/6/1/technology/nbn-british-telecom-and-turning-back-clock>

 

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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 lang="EN">Why we should have anything .au?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netregistry.com.au/blog/why-we-should-have-anything-.au/"><span>http://www.netregistry.com.au/blog/why-we-should-have-anything-.au/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The FTC Responds to ICANN and Weighs in on .SUCKS, New gTLDs, and the Multistakeholder Model<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-ftc-responds-to-icann-and-weighs-in-on-sucks-new-gtlds-and-the-multistakeholder-model"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-ftc-responds-to-icann-and-weighs-in-on-sucks-new-gtlds-and-the-multistakeholder-model</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Finds Almost Half Global Consumers Aware of New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/30/icann-global-consumers-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/30/icann-global-consumers-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brands Want to Engage Millennials &ndash; Can gTLDs Help?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/new-gtlds-and-millennials"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/new-gtlds-and-millennials</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">FTC hits out at new gTLDs programme but swerves question over &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; pricing legality<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=41633a6e-8c20-4089-8cec-6f9a35d4cd43"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=41633a6e-8c20-4089-8cec-6f9a35d4cd43</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Phishers Continue Targeting Companies, But Limited Interest in New gTLDs: APWG<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/28/phishers-targeting-companies-limited-new-gtld-interest-apwg/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/28/phishers-targeting-companies-limited-new-gtld-interest-apwg/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Seized Megaupload Domains Link to Scam Ads and Malware<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/seized-megaupload-domains-link-to-scam-ads-and-malware-150528/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/seized-megaupload-domains-link-to-scam-ads-and-malware-150528/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet Governance Follies</span><span>. </span><span lang="EN">A domain-name debacle shows how harebrained the Obama idea was. Just ask Taylor Swift.</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In March 2014, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee sent a letter to the organization that runs key parts of the Internet saying that a new policy it had adopted &ldquo;will have the effect of undermining the credibility Icann has slowly been building with skeptical stakeholders.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/internet-governance-follies-1433109242"><span>http://www.wsj.com/articles/internet-governance-follies-1433109242</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Announces Phase One Results from Multiyear Consumer Study on the Domain Name Landscape<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN today published the findings from its ICANN Global Consumer Research Study, Phase One, conducted on its behalf by Nielsen, to measure aspects of consumer awareness, perceived consumer choice, experience and trust related to the current gTLD landscape and the DNS.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-29-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-29-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Catching Up with Fellowship Alumni: Highlights from the Fellowship Survey Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The ICANN Fellowship program, now hosted by the Development and Public Responsibility Department (DPRD), has grown tremendously since first being held at ICANN 29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2007.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-28-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-28-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Proposed Renewal of .PRO Unsponsored Registry Agreement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Purpose (Brief): ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2010 Registry Agreement for .PRO, which was originally set to expire on 22 April 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-05-28-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-05-28-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Proposed Renewal of .CAT Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Purpose (Brief):</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">ICANN is posting for public comment the proposed agreement for renewal of the 2005 Registry Agreement for .CAT, which is set to expire on 19 December 2015. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Fundaci&oacute; puntCAT (the Registry Operator for the .CAT TLD).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-28-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-28-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The DNSSEC Journey Continues to Advance In Africa<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Developing the domain name industry in Africa is important and therefore a central objective of the ICANN AFRICA Strategy; focusing on the importance of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), a direct contributor to the security of the Internet, providing mechanisms to help prevent DNS data spoofing and tampering.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-dnssec-journey-continues-to-advance-in-africa"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-dnssec-journey-continues-to-advance-in-africa</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from The Honorable Edith Ramirez</span><span>, </span><span lang="EN">Chairwoman | FTC</span><span>,</span><span lang="EN"> to John O. Jeffrey</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RE: .SUCKS TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ramirez-to-jeffrey-27may15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ramirez-to-jeffrey-27may15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Thomas Rickert on CCWG-Accountability Draft Proposal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Draft proposal from the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability summarized by CCWG Co-Chair Thomas Rickert with the assistance of XPLANE illustrations.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h8i2exC6HA"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h8i2exC6HA</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why we should have anything .au?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Let&rsquo;s face it, the policies and rules for .au domain names are confusing, arbitrary and burden the industry and users alike with pointless red-tape.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.netregistry.com.au/blog/why-we-should-have-anything-.au/"><span>http://www.netregistry.com.au/blog/why-we-should-have-anything-.au/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ee: Domain Regulation changes are postponed<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.ee Domain Regulation and Registrar Contract Annex 1 changes approved by the EIF Council's April 17 2015 decision, that were to enter into force on 1st of July, will be postponed. This reason for postponing is the delay in ongoing registry system development.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internet.ee/news/article"><span>http://www.internet.ee/news/article</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.EU Registrations Grow 2.3% In First Quarter: EURid<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Registrations of .EU domains grew by 2.3 percent, or 87,459, in the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the final quarter of 2014, according to the latest progress report from EURid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/31/eu-registrations-grow-2-3-in-first-quarter-eurid/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/31/eu-registrations-grow-2-3-in-first-quarter-eurid/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Eu domain names up 2% to 87,549 registrations in Q1<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The total number of .eu domain names registered at the end of Q1 increased 2.3 percent to 87,549 registrations when compared with the total number at the end of Q1 2014, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.telecompaper.com/news/eu-domain-names-up-2-to-87549-registrations-in-q1--1084492"><span>http://www.telecompaper.com/news/eu-domain-names-up-2-to-87549-registrations-in-q1--1084492</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Q1 2015 .eu progress report now available<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid, has shown that the total number of .eu domain names registered at the end of Q1 represented an increase of 2.3%, or 87 549 registrations, when compared with the total number at the end of Q1 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/may-2015/q1-2015-eu-progress-report-now-available-0"><span>http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/may-2015/q1-2015-eu-progress-report-now-available-0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Monthly global domain name registrations in India has more than doubled to 4%<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With a rapidly growing number of Internet users and a surge in e-commerce transactions, the average monthly domain name registrations in the country has more than doubled to 4 per cent of all global registrations, according to industry estimates.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/monthly-global-domain-name-registrations-in-india-has-more-than-doubled-to-4-269134.html"><span>http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/monthly-global-domain-name-registrations-in-india-has-more-than-doubled-to-4-269134.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/4-of-monthly-global-domain-name-registrations-are-from-india/articleshow/47488909.cms"><span>http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/4-of-monthly-global-domain-name-registrations-are-from-india/articleshow/47488909.cms</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Translation of "JP Domain Name Registry Report 2014" Posted<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">JPRS posted English translation of "JP Domain Name Registry Report 2014." This is the annual report for 2014, briefing that year's activities performed by JPRS, in relation to its management and administration of .JP T</span><span>LD</span><span lang="EN">.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2015/150529.html"><span>http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2015/150529.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CA licence for .ke Registrars<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Following the new licensing requirements from Communication Authority Of Kenya, which became operation last year, all .KE Registrars are required to get licensed by C.A and KeNIC.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.kenic.or.ke/kenic-latest-news/ca-licence-for-ke-registrars"><span>http://www.kenic.or.ke/kenic-latest-news/ca-licence-for-ke-registrars</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.nz Newsletter - May 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The May 2015 newsletter is available. It includes .nz domain name statistics as of April 30, 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnc.org.nz/story/nz-newsletter-may-2015"><span>http://dnc.org.nz/story/nz-newsletter-may-2015</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two more legacy gTLDs agree to use URS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The registries behind .pro and .cat have agreed to new ICANN contracts with changes that, among other things, would bring the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy to the two gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18628-two-more-legacy-gtlds-agree-to-use-urs"><span>http://domainincite.com/18628-two-more-legacy-gtlds-agree-to-use-urs</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The FTC Responds to ICANN and Weighs in on .SUCKS, New gTLDs, and the Multistakeholder Model<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, has issued her response to ICANN&rsquo;s April letter with the following three main points:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-ftc-responds-to-icann-and-weighs-in-on-sucks-new-gtlds-and-the-multistakeholder-model"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/internet-governance-and-policy/the-ftc-responds-to-icann-and-weighs-in-on-sucks-new-gtlds-and-the-multistakeholder-model</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">FTC hits out at new gTLDs programme but swerves question over &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; pricing legality<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to ICANN&rsquo;s referral of concerns over the pricing policies implemented in the &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; new gTLD &ndash; albeit without actually answering the specific central question that was posed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=41633a6e-8c20-4089-8cec-6f9a35d4cd43"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=41633a6e-8c20-4089-8cec-6f9a35d4cd43</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Brands don't like .sucks? Not our problem, FTC says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>A lot of big brands are furious about the introduction of a new .sucks Internet domain but regulators at the Federal Trade Commission declined to come to their rescue.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brands-have-a-problem-with--sucks--not-our-problem-says-ftc-203507465.html"><span>http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brands-have-a-problem-with--sucks--not-our-problem-says-ftc-203507465.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FTC slams new gTLDs but waffles over .sucks legality<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US Federal Trade Commission has made some strong criticisms of the new gTLD program but has refused to answer the question of whether .sucks is behaving illegally.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18611-ftc-slams-new-gtlds-but-waffles-over-sucks-legality"><span>http://domainincite.com/18611-ftc-slams-new-gtlds-but-waffles-over-sucks-legality</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has responded to questions over the legality of .sucks domain pricing with a three-page "I told you so" letter to domain name overseer ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/28/ftc_icann_sucks/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/28/ftc_icann_sucks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>FTC to ICANN on .Sucks: Yeah, we told you this would happen<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has responded to ICANN&rsquo;s request that it investigate the practices of TLD registry Vox Populi over its rollout of the .sucks domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/28/ftc-to-icann-on-sucks-yeah-we-told-you-this-would-happen/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/28/ftc-to-icann-on-sucks-yeah-we-told-you-this-would-happen/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>.sucks extends controversial sunrise, delays GA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Vox Populi has extended the pricey .sucks sunrise period for three weeks, saying trademark owners need more time to participate.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18625-sucks-extends-controversial-sunrise-delays-ga"><span>http://domainincite.com/18625-sucks-extends-controversial-sunrise-delays-ga</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Finds Almost Half Global Consumers Aware of New gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Almost half (46%) of the world's consumers are aware of at least one of the new gTLDs according to a survey conducted on behalf of ICANN of 6,144 consumers aged over 18 representing Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America, and administered in 18 languages and drawn from 24 countries.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23853"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23853</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/30/icann-global-consumers-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/30/icann-global-consumers-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brands Want to Engage Millennials &ndash; Can gTLDs Help?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Millennial.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">The word is bound to come up when discussing anything having to do with brands and consumers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/new-gtlds-and-millennials"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/gtld-usage/new-gtlds-and-millennials</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN fingers perps in new gTLD breach<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A small number of new gTLD registries and/or applicants deliberately exploited ICANN&rsquo;s new gTLD portal to obtain information on competitors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18607-icann-fingers-perps-in-new-gtld-breach"><span>http://domainincite.com/18607-icann-fingers-perps-in-new-gtld-breach</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.berlin CEO prime suspect in ICANN data breach<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">dotBerlin CEO Dirk Krischenowski is suspected of using a bug in ICANN&rsquo;s new gTLD portal to access hundreds of confidential documents, some containing sensitive financial planning data, belonging to competing gTLD applicants.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18613-berlin-ceo-prime-suspect-in-icann-data-breach"><span>http://domainincite.com/18613-berlin-ceo-prime-suspect-in-icann-data-breach</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Phishers Continue Targeting Companies, But Limited Interest in New gTLDs: APWG<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New companies are constantly being targeted by phishers, with some phishers attacking targets where consumers may least expect it while the ten companies that are targeted most often by phishers are attacked constantly, sometimes more than 1,000 times per month. These are some of the findings of the Global Phishing Survey for Second Half of 2014, released by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) on Wednesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23850"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23850</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/28/phishers-targeting-companies-limited-new-gtld-interest-apwg/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/28/phishers-targeting-companies-limited-new-gtld-interest-apwg/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A flaw in</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">the design</span><span>: </span><span lang="EN">The Internet&rsquo;s founders saw its promise</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">but didn&rsquo;t foresee users attacking one another</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">David D. Clark, an MIT scientist whose air of genial wisdom earned him the nickname &ldquo;Albus Dumbledore,&rdquo; can remember exactly when he grasped the Internet&rsquo;s dark side. He was presiding over a meeting of network engineers when news broke that a dangerous computer worm &mdash; the first to spread widely &mdash; was slithering across the wires.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/30/net-of-insecurity-part-1/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/30/net-of-insecurity-part-1/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The long</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">life of a</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">quick &lsquo;fix&rsquo;</span><span>: </span><span lang="EN">Internet protocol from 1989 leaves</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">data vulnerable to hijackers</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">By the time a pair of engineers sat down for lunch together in Austin, the Internet&rsquo;s growing pains had become dire. Once a novelty for computer scientists, the network was now exploding in size, lurching ever closer to a hard mathematical wall built into one of the Internet&rsquo;s most basic protocols.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/31/net-of-insecurity-part-2/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/31/net-of-insecurity-part-2/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">North Korean hackers 'could kill', warns key defector<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">North Korean hackers are capable of attacks that could destroy critical infrastructure and even kill people, a high-profile defector has warned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32925495"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32925495</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">North Korea's hacker army 'could kill people and destroy cities', says defector who trained them<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Thousands of military hackers in North Korea could launch cyber attacks that could &ldquo;kill people and destroy cities&rdquo;, a defector has warned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-koreas-hacker-army-could-kill-people-and-destroy-cities-says-defector-who-trained-them-10283446.html"><span>http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-koreas-hacker-army-could-kill-people-and-destroy-cities-says-defector-who-trained-them-10283446.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How I Would Secure The Internet With $4 Billion<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In an open letter to President Obama, a member of the Open Web Application Security Project tells why pending legislation on threat-intel sharing doesn't go far enough.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/application-security/how-i-would-secure-the-internet-with-%244-billion/a/d-id/1320623"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/application-security/how-i-would-secure-the-internet-with-$4-billion/a/d-id/1320623</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Seized Megaupload Domains Link to Scam Ads and Malware<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Department of Justice has made a grave error as several seized Megaupload domains are now being exploited for nefarious purposes. A few days ago both Megaupload.com and Megavideo.com began directing visitors to scams and malware, presumably because the FBI's cybercrime unit lost control of the main nameserver.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/seized-megaupload-domains-link-to-scam-ads-and-malware-150528/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/seized-megaupload-domains-link-to-scam-ads-and-malware-150528/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">After FBI domain expires, seized Megaupload.com serves up porn<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Earlier this week, something suspicious started happening with Web addresses related to sites seized by the FBI from Megaupload and a number of online gambling sites. Instead of directing browsers to a page with an FBI banner, they started dropping Web surfers onto a malicious feed of Web advertisements&mdash;some of them laden with malware.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/05/after-fbi-domain-expires-seized-megaupload-com-serves-up-porn/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/05/after-fbi-domain-expires-seized-megaupload-com-serves-up-porn/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UK Piracy Blocklist Expands With Sports Streaming Sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Major UK Internet providers must block three additional sports streaming sites as part of a High Court order. The latest blocking round was issued on behalf of the Premier League and FA, targeting Rojadirecta, LiveTV and Drakulastream. The latter site also has its domain name under investigation by the EURid registry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/uk-piracy-blocklist-expands-with-sports-streaming-sites-150531/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/uk-piracy-blocklist-expands-with-sports-streaming-sites-150531/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Porn, adware found on former FBI web domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Websites overseen by the FBI have been briefly used to offer visitors porn or links seeded with adware.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">Some of the sites involved were seized from net entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and are thought to attract large numbers of visitors.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32929309"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32929309</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Lawsuit filed to recover stolen X3.com domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The person who registered X3.com in 1995 has filed a lawsuit to recover the domain name, which he says was stolen from his DreamHost account.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/29/lawsuit-filed-to-recover-stolen-x3-com-domain-name/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/29/lawsuit-filed-to-recover-stolen-x3-com-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: ESET, spol. s.r.o. v. Antivirus Australia PTY Ltd., Rodney Fewster, ESET Pty Ltd. - Case No. DAU2015-0014</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>1. The Parties: The Complainant is ESET, spol. s.r.o. of Bratislava, Slovakia, represented by King &amp; Wood Mallesons, Australia. The Respondent is Antivirus Australia PTY Ltd., Rodney Fewster, ESET Pty Ltd. of Margate, Queensland, Australia. 2. The Domain Names and Registrars: The disputed domain names &lt;eset.net.au&gt; and &lt;nod32.com.au&gt; are registered with Tucows Inc. The disputed domain name &lt;eset.com.au&gt; is registered with Web Address Registration Pty Ltd.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0014"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0014</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPv6 address provisioning: theory and practice &ndash; upcoming IPv6 Business Conference in Zurich<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Everybody who starts (consciously) integrating IPv6 in their network has to decide how to provision IPv6 addresses, default routes and recursive DNS server (RDNSS) information to all clients.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/05/26/ipv6-address-provisioning/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/05/26/ipv6-address-provisioning/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPv4 addresses running out -- really<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Decade-old predictions about the eventual depletion of IPv4 addresses may soon be coming true.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://gcn.com/articles/2015/05/29/ipv4-addresses-depleted.aspx"><span>http://gcn.com/articles/2015/05/29/ipv4-addresses-depleted.aspx</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPv4 &ndash; Countdown to Zero Tomorrow<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In June or July ARIN will announce that IPv4 numbers are officially depleted. I am going to explain what that means, how much inventory there is, and what you should immediately do about it. Also, a bit of reality will be thrown in.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/blog/ipv4-countdown-to-zero-tomorrow"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/blog/ipv4-countdown-to-zero-tomorrow</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google&rsquo;s Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google showed off any number of potentially revolutionary technologies at its I/O developer conference keynote Thursday. There was Jump, a platform for generating 3D virtual reality content, and Brillo, Google&rsquo;s latest entrant into the smart-home horse race. But the company&rsquo;s most important announcement was the evolution of a technology that&rsquo;s nearly three years old. It laid out a course for making apps obsolete and getting users back onto the web, where Google is master. And that course is paved by Google Now.</span><span> ... What makes Google Now&rsquo;s pull away from apps even more compelling is that it was joined at I/O by a series of gentle pushes in the same direction. Google&rsquo;s doing everything it can to get us all back to the web.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.wired.com/2015/05/google-now-io/"><span>http://www.wired.com/2015/05/google-now-io/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How Will Your Registration Data Be Managed in the Future?</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Scott Hollenbeck</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Benjamin Franklin once said, &ldquo;By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.&rdquo; As we consider how Internet domain and address registration data is managed and accessed in a post-WHOIS era, and given the long history of failure in addressing the shortcomings of WHOIS, it is extremely important to start preparing now for the eventual replacement of WHOIS. This is the fundamental purpose of the next Registration Operations Workshop (ROW) that is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Prague, Czech Republic.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/how_will_your_registration_data"><span>http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/how_will_your_registration_data</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">RIPE NCC Regional Meeting in Tbilisi<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The RIPE NCC Regional Meeting Tbilisi took place on 19 May 2015 at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Georgia. A total of 90 attendees from six countries participated in the meeting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/ripe-ncc-regional-meeting-in-tbilisi"><span>https://www.ripe.net/publications/news/ripe-ncc-regional-meeting-in-tbilisi</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Request for Proposals of APTLD New Website<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dear Members,</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">APTLD is currently accepting proposals to develop, design, and launch a new corporate web site.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://aptld.org/system/files/request_for_proposals_of_aptld_new_website.pdf"><span>http://aptld.org/system/files/request_for_proposals_of_aptld_new_website.pdf</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Aliyun cloud growth makes Alibaba largest hosting company in China<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Chinese cloud hosting company Aliyun is growing faster than ever, with more than 8,000 more web-facing computers found in the May 2015 survey than in April's. This growth has launched Aliyun's parent company, Alibaba Group, into position as the 4th largest hosting company in the world, as well as the largest in China.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/27/aliyun-cloud-growth-makes-alibaba-largest-hosting-company-in-china.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/27/aliyun-cloud-growth-makes-alibaba-largest-hosting-company-in-china.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Peak Inside the Igloo: Publicly Reported Domain Sales Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Our latest weekly domain sales report was released last night. As always there were some impressive sales at the top of the chart, led by a couple of six-figure transactions. While we have been able to share information on tens of thousands of domain sales over the past 12 years, the aftermarket is much bigger than those figures show. That is because the majority of sales are never made public due to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). This is especially true at the high end of the market.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150529.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150529.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It's the Same Old (but Sweet) Song! Big Sale of Same.com Tops This Week's Chart Backed by Five More Hits from the 3-Letter .Coms<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Short .com domains have gotten so popular it's just a matter of time before some new band calls themselves the 3-Letter .Coms! Five more of them filled spots in the top ten on our latest weekly all extension Top 20 Sales Chart. However a name just one letter longer, Same.com, took the top spot with a sweet $233,333 sale brokered by Larry Fischer's GetYourDomain.com (with Sedo handling the escrow).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150520.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150520.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google Wants to Turn Your Clothes Into a Computer<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you thought it was only a matter of time before Google tried to turn your pants into a computer, well, guess what, you were right.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/google-wants-to-turn-your-clothes-into-a-computer/"><span>http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/google-wants-to-turn-your-clothes-into-a-computer/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Steve Case: Get ready, the Internet is about to change again. Here&rsquo;s how.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I don&rsquo;t recall exactly what was going through my mind that morning, 30 years ago this summer, when a group of us in Tysons Corner, Va., launched a start-up called Quantum Computer Services, later renamed America Online.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">I do recall what was going through my parents&rsquo; minds, though: bewilderment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/steve-case-get-ready-the-internet-is-about-to-change-again-heres-how/2015/05/29/d6c87f6c-0493-11e5-bc72-f3e16bf50bb6_story.html"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/steve-case-get-ready-the-internet-is-about-to-change-again-heres-how/2015/05/29/d6c87f6c-0493-11e5-bc72-f3e16bf50bb6_story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">MOBILE/WIRELESS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google and Apple Adjust Strategies on Mobile Payments<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The battle for mobile software dominance revolves around two companies: Apple and Google. Now both giants are also going head-to-head in mobile payments, as they prepare to push deeper into digital wallets.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/technology/google-and-apple-adjust-strategies-on-mobile-payments.html?"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/technology/google-and-apple-adjust-strategies-on-mobile-payments.html?</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google lays out its ambitions for your phone, your home, your car and your wallet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google made clear Thursday that it's still fighting a multifront war against its old rival, Apple -- and that the battles are as heated as ever.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/05/28/google-lays-out-its-ambitions-for-your-phone-your-home-your-car-and-your-wallet/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/05/28/google-lays-out-its-ambitions-for-your-phone-your-home-your-car-and-your-wallet/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Silk Road drug website founder Ross Ulbricht jailed<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The founder of online illegal drug marketplace the Silk Road has been sentenced to life in prison in the US.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32941060"><span>http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32941060</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Extremists fear the Web: politics, liberty and the new Internet of things<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On July 9, 2008, Iran wanted to show the world its new mobile missile launchers. Leaders shared their triumph through high-resolution photos of the test site. The world&rsquo;s major media outlets carried an image of four missiles blasting into the sky. The image was reproduced the next day, first on the Agence France-Presse webpage, then on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, the Chicago Tribune, and several other newspapers, as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo News, nytimes.com, and many other major news websites. Somehow, a different image was sent to the Associated Press&mdash;an image with only three missiles successfully launching&mdash;one missile had actually broken down and failed to launch.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/05/30/extremists_fear_the_web_politics_liberty_and_the_new_internet_of_things/"><span>http://www.salon.com/2015/05/30/extremists_fear_the_web_politics_liberty_and_the_new_internet_of_things/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The man behind Yahoo&rsquo;s plan to become the most &lsquo;trustworthy&rsquo; tech company<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The day before news broke that Alex Stamos was joining Yahoo as chief information security officer, he laid out the approach that has defined his tenure at the company so far: Technology shouldn't just be secure, it should be "trustworthy."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/05/29/the-man-behind-yahoos-plan-to-become-the-most-trustworthy-tech-company/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/05/29/the-man-behind-yahoos-plan-to-become-the-most-trustworthy-tech-company/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>au: </span><span lang="EN">NBN, British Telecom and turning back the clock</span><span> by Mark Gregory</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NBN boss Bill Morrow recently highlighted that the company formerly known as NBN Co has instigated an information sharing scheme with UK&rsquo;s biggest telco British Telecom (BT).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/6/1/technology/nbn-british-telecom-and-turning-back-clock"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/6/1/technology/nbn-british-telecom-and-turning-back-clock</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 May 06:29 2015

auDA domain news - 21 May

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The Internet and its influence on Australian society

<http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/the-internet-and-its-influence-on-australian-society/>

 

.SE acquitted – domain names not to be forfeited by the foundation

<https://www.iis.se/english/news/se-acquitted-domain-names-not-to-be-forfeited-by-the-foundation/>

 

Top Five Reasons Why Dot Brands Will Have a Data Edge by Jennifer Wolfe

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2408870/top-five-reasons-why-dot-brands-will-have-a-data-edge>

 

UK banking first: Barclays launches unique branded domain names .barclays & .barclaycard

<http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/releases/ReleaseDetailPage.aspx?releaseId=3162>

 

Akamai Releases Q1 2015 State of the Internet – Security Report

<http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-051915.html>

 

Key Pirate Bay Domains Must Be Seized, Court Rules

<http://torrentfreak.com/key-pirate-bay-domains-must-be-seized-court-rules-150519/>

 

Pirate Bay Moves to GS, LA, VG, AM, MN and GD Domains

<http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-moves-to-gs-la-vg-am-mn-and-gd-domains-150519/>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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New Domain ‘.sucks’ Sparks Debate

The sale of websites with the domain “.sucks” is raising new questions about the Internet’s central administrator, just months before the Obama administration plans to loosen oversight of the organization.

<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/19/new-domain-sparks-icann-debate/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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Call for RSVPs | Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group Webinar | 28 May 2015 at 14:00 UTC

Please join the interim co-chairs of the Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group for a one-hour webinar on Thursday 28 May 2015 at 1400 UTC, to hear about the preliminary recommendations that have now been published for public comment by the Working Group.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-19-en>

 

What to Expect at ICANN 53: A Guide for Business Stakeholders

The ICANN global business engagement team and regional engagement team for Latin America and the Caribbean will be joined by representatives from the Commercial Stakeholder Group of the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-20-en>

 

Letter from Adam Awty, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary | CPA Australia Ltd., to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD applications for .CPA

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/awty-to-icann-eiu-15may15-en.pdf>

 

US House of Representatives Holds Hearing on the .SUCKS New gTLD and ICANN Accountability and Stakeholder Trust

On May 13, 2015, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .SUCKS Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet's Operation." During the hearing, testimony was presented by Mei-lan Stark, Immediate Past President of the International Trademark Association (INTA); Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Public Policy for Amazon.com; John Horton, President of LegitScript; Steven Metalitz, Counsel for the Coalition for Online Accountability (COA); Bill Woodcock, Executive Director of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA); Phil Corwin, Counsel for ICA; Steve DelBianco, Executive Director of NetChoice; and Jonathan Zuck, President of ACT | The App Association.

<http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-house-representatives-holds-hearing-sucks-new-gtld-and-icann-accountability-and-s>

 

Unfortunately, we have renewed our ICANN Accreditation

easyDNS has met the automatic renewal requirements under our ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement and will thus renew into the 2013 RAA on June 23rd, 2015

<http://blog.easydns.org/2015/05/20/unfortunately-we-have-renewed-our-icann-accreditation/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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The Internet and its influence on Australian society

The Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) launches its 2015 program today, and it is the most ambitious one yet.

<http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/the-internet-and-its-influence-on-australian-society/>

 

DENIC is speaking at the 14th German IT Security Congress

Under the motto "Know the risks, accept challenges, design solutions" the Federal Agency for Security in Information Technology (BSI) is organizing the 14th German IT Security Congress in Bonn from 19 to 21 May. Germany's Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière will open the conference as keynote speaker.

<http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/news/4041.html>

 

.SE acquitted – domain names not to be forfeited by the foundation

The ruling regarding the forfeiture of the domain names thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se was announced on Tuesday. The city court did not uphold the prosecutor’s claim against .SE. However, the two domain names will be forfeited from their domain owner and be transferred to the ownership of the Swedish state.

<https://www.iis.se/english/news/se-acquitted-domain-names-not-to-be-forfeited-by-the-foundation/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Top Five Reasons Why Dot Brands Will Have a Data Edge by Jennifer Wolfe

Companies that applied for their own TLD from ICANN's new Domain Extension Program may have a competitive edge when it comes to mining data in the future. A key indicator of this opportunity is that Google and Amazon both made bold moves, applying for 101 and 76 new TLDs, respectively. They understand that tracking data across a large portfolio of new Domain Extensions will drive important business strategies.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2408870/top-five-reasons-why-dot-brands-will-have-a-data-edge>

 

UK banking first: Barclays launches unique branded domain names .barclays & .barclaycard

In a move aimed at streamlining customer experience, Barclays has today announced a change to its online presence. The move will see the Barclays Group transfer its online assets to proprietary domain names –.barclays and .barclaycard* - away from the traditional location-specific .com and .co.uk web addresses.

<http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/releases/ReleaseDetailPage.aspx?releaseId=3162>

 

Barclays adds extra security through domain name switch

Barclays Bank and Barclaycard are moving away from using .com and .co.uk domain names in a move that will add extra security for customers.

<http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500246416/Barclays-adds-extra-security-through-domain-name-switch>

 

Barclays confirms move away from .com to new gTLD

Barclays has become one of the first major companies to explicitly confirm it will dump traditional gTLDs and ccTLDs in favor of its new dot-brands.

<http://domainincite.com/18531-barclays-confirms-move-away-from-com-to-new-gtld>

 

Barclays Moving to New gTLDs To Enhance Security As Does Eiffel Tower

Barclays Bank has started the transition to use their new gTLDs .barclays and .barclaycard in a move the bank believes will add an extra layer of security for customers and clients as only Barclays and Barclaycard will be able to set up websites ending in .barclays and .barclaycard.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/19/barclays-new-gtlds/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/barclays-new-gtlds.html>

 

Google sells .car, walks away from generic domain names

Google has sold its rights to all internet addresses ending in ".car" to a joint partnership of two other registry operators.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/18/google_sells_car_internet_space/>

 

Concern over mystery TMCH outage

ICANN is investigating the causes and impact of a database outage that is believed to have hit the Trademark Clearinghouse for 10 hours last Friday.

<http://domainincite.com/18563-concern-over-mystery-tmch-outage>

 

This Website Name Is Causing a Major Controversy

That’s the question that members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, and even of the organization that approved it in February—Icann—are now asking.

<http://time.com/3890669/dot-sucks/>

 

US House of Representatives Holds Hearing on the .SUCKS New gTLD and ICANN Accountability and Stakeholder Trust

On May 13, 2015, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .SUCKS Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet's Operation."

<http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/us-house-of-representatives-holds-79767/>

 

Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh.

There have been widely varying views over the value of introducing thousands of new internet extensions: some feel it is a long-needed reflection of the actual internet; others that it is a money-grabbing scheme with little real value.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/19/are_we_looking_at_the_first_domain_name_meme/>

 

This week: .Tennis, .One, .Bingo and more

Donuts gets back into the game with four domain names exiting Early Access and now available at regular prices starting on Wednesday: .bingo, .chat, .style and .tennis.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/19/this-week-tennis-one-bingo-and-more/>

 

Nearly 10 % of all new gTLD registrations are in FFM managed registries!

Earlier today, the number of domain names in Famous Four Media registries surpassed half a million. This equates to nearly 10% of all domains registered under ICANN’s new gTLD program.

<http://www.famousfourmedia.com/2015/05/nearly-10-of-all-new-gtld-registrations-are-in-ffm-managed-registries/>

 

Eurovision deploys dot-brand for ludicrous song contest

It isn’t making a song and dance about it, but the European Broadcasting Union is promoting is annual Eurovision Song Contest using its new dot-brand gTLD, .eurovision.

<http://domainincite.com/18552-eurovision-deploys-dot-brand-for-ludicrous-song-contest>

 

Obama, Apple, cancer and Taylor Swift’s cat top lists of most searched-for .sucks domains

You’ve got to hand it to .sucks registry Vox Populi. The pricing may be “exploitative” and “predatory”, as the intellectual property community believes, but damn if the the company doesn’t know how to generate headlines.

<http://domainincite.com/18542-obama-apple-cancer-and-taylor-swifts-cat-top-lists-of-most-searched-for-sucks-domains>

 

Donuts Announces Release of Over 1 Million Previously Unavailable Domains

Donuts is releasing more than one million previously unavailable domain names across their new gTLDs. These include what Donuts describe as some of the most highly sought after and desirable domains in their portfolio, including permissible two character addresses.

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/19/donuts-announces-release-of-over-1-million-previously-unavailable-domains/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/donuts-announces-release-of-over-1-million-previously-unavailable-domains.html>

 

Epic new gTLD fail? Gambling site named after new gTLD but doesn’t use it

Online gambling company bwin.party owns the domain name bwin.party but, bafflingly, hasn’t even turned it on.

<http://domainincite.com/18540-epic-new-gtld-fail-gambling-site-named-after-new-gtld-but-doesnt-use-it>

 

XYZ and Uniregistry acquire .car from Google, launch joint venture

XYZ.com and Uniregistry have launched a joint venture to operate a trio of car-related new gTLDs, after acquiring .car from Google.

<http://domainincite.com/18536-xyz-and-uniregistry-acquire-car-from-google-launch-joint-venture>

 

2 thoughts on Schilling/Negari domain name tie-up

XYZ (Daniel Negari) and Uniregistry (Frank Schilling) have teamed up to launch three automotive TLDs: .car, .cars and .auto. .Car was acquired from Google. Here are my thoughts on this deal.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/18/2-thoughts-on-schillingnegari-domain-name-tie-up/>

 

Dot REIT TLDs

NAREIT has been designated by ICANN to operate the .REIT TLD registry. NAREIT anticipates that applications to register domains in .REIT will be accepted beginning in the fall of 2015.

<https://www.reit.com/nareit-you/dot-reit-top-level-domains>

 

What New gTLD Applicants Want for Round 2 by Jean Guillon

After talking to a few new gTLD applicants who participated in "Round One" of the ICANN new gTLD program, here is a list of complaints and questions I received, and probably a few things potential candidates should pay attention to prior to submitting an application... Applying is too expensive, I want my TLD for $200,000 "all included" (ICANN fee + consultancy services to fill in my application)

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150518_what_new_gtld_applicants_want_for_round_2/>

 

With 10 Applicants .Art Gets Scheduled For An ICANN Last Resort Auction

The new gTLD .Art just got on the ICANN schedule for a last resort auction. There are 10 applicants for .Art and the ICANN auction is scheduled tentatively for July 2015.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/18/with-10-applicants-art-gets-scheduled-for-an-icann-last-resort-auction/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Akamai Releases Q1 2015 State of the Internet – Security Report

Akamai Technologies, Inc. ... announced the availability of the Q1 2015 State of the Internet – Security Report. This quarter’s report, which provides analysis and insight into the global cloud security threat landscape, can be downloaded at...

<http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-051915.html>

 

Akamai report: DDoS attacks doubled in Q1 2015, SSDP top attack vector

The number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in first quarter of 2015 has more than doubled the number of DDoS attacks in Q1 of 2014, according to Akamai Technologies’ Q1 2015 State of the Internet Security report.

<http://www.networkworld.com/article/2925152/microsoft-subnet/akamai-report-ddos-attacks-doubled-in-q1-2015-ssdp-top-attack-vector.html>

 

DDoS attacks are getting worse, as attackers shift tactics and targets

Attackers that harness the power of thousands or millions of devices to flood networks with data are shifting tactics to pack a smaller, but much longer-lasting punch.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/akamai-internet-security-report-q1-2015/>

 

HTTPS-crippling attack threatens tens of thousands of Web and mail servers

Tens of thousands of HTTPS-protected websites, mail servers, and other widely used Internet services are vulnerable to a new attack that lets eavesdroppers read and modify data passing through encrypted connections, a team of computer scientists has found.

<http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/05/https-crippling-attack-threatens-tens-of-thousands-of-web-and-mail-servers/>

 

New Logjam Attack on Diffie-Hellman Threatens Security of Browsers, VPNs

Researchers have uncovered a flaw in the way that some servers handle the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, a bug that’s somewhat similar to the FREAK attack and threatens the security of many Web and mail servers. The bug affects all of the major browsers and any server that supports export-grade 512-bit Diffie-Hellman cryptography.

<https://threatpost.com/new-logjam-attack-on-diffie-hellman-threatens-security-of-browsers-vpns/112916>

 

No sign hackers got info in attack on German parliament system - spokeswoman

The German Bundestag lower house of parliament is trying to repair its computer system after a hacking attack but there are no indications yet that hackers accessed information, a parliamentary spokeswoman said on Saturday.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/16/uk-germany-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0O10LD20150516>

 

Security Firm Redefines APT: African Phishing Threat

A security firm made headlines earlier this month when it boasted it had thwarted plans by organized Russian cyber criminals to launch an attack against multiple US-based banks. But a closer look at the details behind that report suggests the actors in question were relatively unsophisticated Nigerian phishers who’d simply registered a bunch of new fake bank Web sites.

<http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/05/security-firm-redefines-apt-african-phishing-threat/>

 

us: St. Louis Federal Reserve Falls Victim to DNS Hijack

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis confirmed this week that it fell victim to a DNS hijack last month that may have redirected users to bogus webpages and exposed customers to phishing, malware and other attacks.

<https://threatpost.com/st-louis-federal-reserve-falls-victim-to-dns-hijack/112896>

 

us: Penn State Offline Following Advanced Two-Year Cyberattack

Penn State announced that its school of engineering was the victim of a more than two-year long cyberattack perpetuated by advanced persistent threat groups.

<https://threatpost.com/penn-state-offline-following-advanced-two-year-cyberattack/112872>

 

Wildly popular Facebook scam attack hits .ninja

Rightside’s .ninja appears to be the victim of a broad, highly effective affiliate marketing scam that targets Indians and exploits Facebook’s trademark.

<http://domainincite.com/18557-wildly-popular-facebook-scam-attack-hits-ninja>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Key Pirate Bay Domains Must Be Seized, Court Rules

In a decision handed down minutes ago the Stockholm District Court has ordered two key domains owned by The Pirate Bay to be seized. While the ruling means that the site will lose its famous ThePirateBay.se domain, don't expect the site to simply disappear. TPB informs TorrentFreak that they have plenty more domains left in store.

<http://torrentfreak.com/key-pirate-bay-domains-must-be-seized-court-rules-150519/>

 

Pirate Bay Moves to GS, LA, VG, AM, MN and GD Domains

A few hours ago news broke that The Pirate Bay's .SE domain will soon be seized. The prosecution and copyright holders have welcomed the decision, but the Pirate Bay teams seems unimpressed. Shortly after the ruling they set up six new domain names which they will rotate for the time being.

<http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-moves-to-gs-la-vg-am-mn-and-gd-domains-150519/>

 

EZTV shuts down after hostile take over, site is being run by the people behind the coup

EZTV, one of the world’s most recognizable TV-torrent sites is calling it quits after losing its domain names and data in a hostile takeover.

<http://www.techspot.com/news/60716-eztv-shuts-down-after-hostile-take-over-domains.html>

 

uk: Liz Kendall's Labour leadership website name hijacked by troll

Liz Kendall’s campaign to be the next Labour leader may have received a welcome boost from the endorsement of frontbencher Tristram Hunt, but the Leicester West MP has had her first taste of some high-profile trolling.

<http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/20/liz-kendalls-labour-leadership-website-name-hijacked-by-troll>

 

Supermarket giant shuts Walmart.horse website after joke has bolted

The greatest horse-based web domain in history is no more: Walmart.horse has disappeared from the internet following a complaint from the American megastore chain.

<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/19/jeph-jacques-walmart-horse-website>

 

Panelist asks complainant to modify its case to snag domain registered in 1995

I’m dumbfounded. A single member UDRP panelist with National Arbitration Forum has ordered the domain name VideoLink.com be transferred — after, apparently, asking the complainant to modify its argument to the panelist’s liking.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/18/panelist-asks-complainant-to-modify-its-case-to-snag-domain-registered-in-1995/>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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Government Outpacing Private Sector in IPv6 Adoption, Official Says

As the supply of new Internet Protocol addresses in the U.S. is expected to be exhausted by this summer, new government data shows more than half of public federal web domains have already transitioned to an upgraded protocol.

<http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/government-could-be-outpacing-private-sector-ipv6-adoption/113056/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Enom.com Informs Customers of “Very Sophisticated Attack” But No Domains Were Stolen

In an email to tonight from Taryn Naidu CEO of Enom.com told its customers that they "recently became the subject of what appears to be a very sophisticated attack by a group that targets large internet infrastructure companies.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/20/enom-com-informs-customers-of-very-sophisticated-attack-but-no-domains-were-stolen/>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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May 2015 Web Server Survey

In the May 2015 survey we received responses from 857,927,160 sites and 5,281,889 computers. The number of sites detected increased by nearly 9M this month after two consecutive months of losses. The number of web facing computers also increased by 54k.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/19/may-2015-web-server-survey.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Recapping NameJet’s hot domain name sales month

As measured by the number of domain name sales closing at or above $2,000, so far 2015 is shaping up to be NameJet’s best year.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/20/recapping-namejets-hot-domain-name-sales-month/>

 

Flippa Acquires Domain Holdings

Our friends at Flippa are celebrating a huge milestone today. We’re thrilled to announce that Flippa, the world’s largest marketplace for buying and selling domains, websites and apps, is now even better.

<http://www.sitepoint.com/big-news-domain-industry-flippa-acquires-domain-holdings/>

 

Flippa acquires Domain Holdings

Flippa has acquired domain name brokerage Domain Holdings for an unspecified price. The combined companies expect to generate $70 million in revenue over the next 12 months.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/20/flippa-acquires-domain-holdings/>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Organised crime targeting more Australians than ever, Crime Commission report says

Organised crime is targeting more Australians than ever before and becoming more sophisticated, resilient and dangerous, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has found.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-20/organised-crime-using-technology-to-become-more-sophisticated/6482916>

 

 

 

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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">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet and its influence on Australian society<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/the-internet-and-its-influence-on-australian-society/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/the-internet-and-its-influence-on-australian-society/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.SE acquitted &ndash; domain names not to be forfeited by the foundation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/news/se-acquitted-domain-names-not-to-be-forfeited-by-the-foundation/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/news/se-acquitted-domain-names-not-to-be-forfeited-by-the-foundation/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Top Five Reasons Why Dot Brands Will Have a Data Edge</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2408870/top-five-reasons-why-dot-brands-will-have-a-data-edge"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2408870/top-five-reasons-why-dot-brands-will-have-a-data-edge</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UK banking first: Barclays launches unique branded domain names .barclays &amp; .barclaycard<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/releases/ReleaseDetailPage.aspx?releaseId=3162"><span>http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/releases/ReleaseDetailPage.aspx?releaseId=3162</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Akamai Releases Q1 2015 State of the Internet &ndash; Security Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-051915.html"><span>http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-051915.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Key Pirate Bay Domains Must Be Seized, Court Rules<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/key-pirate-bay-domains-must-be-seized-court-rules-150519/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/key-pirate-bay-domains-must-be-seized-court-rules-150519/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Pirate Bay Moves to GS, LA, VG, AM, MN and GD Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-moves-to-gs-la-vg-am-mn-and-gd-domains-150519/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-moves-to-gs-la-vg-am-mn-and-gd-domains-150519/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Domain &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; Sparks Debate<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The sale of websites with the domain &ldquo;.sucks&rdquo; is raising new questions about the Internet&rsquo;s central administrator, just months before the Obama administration plans to loosen oversight of the organization.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/19/new-domain-sparks-icann-debate/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/19/new-domain-sparks-icann-debate/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Call for RSVPs | Privacy &amp; Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group Webinar | 28 May 2015 at 14:00 UTC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Please join the interim co-chairs of the Privacy &amp; Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group for a one-hour webinar on Thursday 28 May 2015 at 1400 UTC, to hear about the preliminary recommendations that have now been published for public comment by the Working Group.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-19-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-19-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What to Expect at ICANN 53: A Guide for Business Stakeholders<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The ICANN global business engagement team and regional engagement team for Latin America and the Caribbean will be joined by representatives from the Commercial Stakeholder Group of the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-20-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-20-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Adam Awty, Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary | CPA Australia Ltd., to ICANN and Economist Intelligence Unit</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD applications for .CPA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/awty-to-icann-eiu-15may15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/awty-to-icann-eiu-15may15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US House of Representatives Holds Hearing on the .SUCKS New gTLD and ICANN Accountability and Stakeholder Trust<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On May 13, 2015, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .SUCKS Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet's Operation." During the hearing, testimony was presented by Mei-lan Stark, Immediate Past President of the International Trademark Association (INTA); Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Public Policy for Amazon.com; John Horton, President of LegitScript; Steven Metalitz, Counsel for the Coalition for Online Accountability (COA); Bill Woodcock, Executive Director of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA); Phil Corwin, Counsel for ICA; Steve DelBianco, Executive Director of NetChoice; and Jonathan Zuck, President of ACT | The App Association.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-house-representatives-holds-hearing-sucks-new-gtld-and-icann-accountability-and-s"><span>http://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-house-representatives-holds-hearing-sucks-new-gtld-and-icann-accountability-and-s</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Unfortunately, we have renewed our ICANN Accreditation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">easyDNS has met the automatic renewal requirements under our ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement and will thus renew into the 2013 RAA on June 23rd, 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.easydns.org/2015/05/20/unfortunately-we-have-renewed-our-icann-accreditation/"><span>http://blog.easydns.org/2015/05/20/unfortunately-we-have-renewed-our-icann-accreditation/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet and its influence on Australian society<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) launches its 2015 program today, and it is the most ambitious one yet.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/the-internet-and-its-influence-on-australian-society/"><span>http://www.auda.org.au/news/2015/the-internet-and-its-influence-on-australian-society/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DENIC is speaking at the 14th German IT Security Congress<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Under the motto "Know the risks, accept challenges, design solutions" the Federal Agency for Security in Information Technology (BSI) is organizing the 14th German IT Security Congress in Bonn from 19 to 21 May. Germany's Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizi&egrave;re will open the conference as keynote speaker.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/news/4041.html"><span>http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/news/4041.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.SE acquitted &ndash; domain names not to be forfeited by the foundation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The ruling regarding the forfeiture of the domain names thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se was announced on Tuesday. The city court did not uphold the prosecutor&rsquo;s claim against .SE. However, the two domain names will be forfeited from their domain owner and be transferred to the ownership of the Swedish state.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/news/se-acquitted-domain-names-not-to-be-forfeited-by-the-foundation/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/news/se-acquitted-domain-names-not-to-be-forfeited-by-the-foundation/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Top Five Reasons Why Dot Brands Will Have a Data Edge</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Jennifer Wolfe</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Companies that applied for their own T</span><span>LD</span><span lang="EN"> from ICANN's new Domain Extension Program may have a competitive edge when it comes to mining data in the future.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">A key indicator of this opportunity is that Google and Amazon both made bold moves, applying for 101 and 76 new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s, respectively. They understand that tracking data across a large portfolio of new Domain Extensions will drive important business strategies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2408870/top-five-reasons-why-dot-brands-will-have-a-data-edge"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2408870/top-five-reasons-why-dot-brands-will-have-a-data-edge</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UK banking first: Barclays launches unique branded domain names .barclays &amp; .barclaycard<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In a move aimed at streamlining customer experience, Barclays has today announced a change to its online presence. The move will see the Barclays Group transfer its online assets to proprietary domain names &ndash;.barclays and .barclaycard* - away from the traditional location-specific .com and .co.uk web addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/releases/ReleaseDetailPage.aspx?releaseId=3162"><span>http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/releases/ReleaseDetailPage.aspx?releaseId=3162</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Barclays adds extra security through domain name switch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Barclays Bank and Barclaycard are moving away from using .com and .co.uk domain names in a move that will add extra security for customers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500246416/Barclays-adds-extra-security-through-domain-name-switch"><span>http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500246416/Barclays-adds-extra-security-through-domain-name-switch</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Barclays confirms move away from .com to new gTLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Barclays has become one of the first major companies to explicitly confirm it will dump traditional gTLDs and ccTLDs in favor of its new dot-brands.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18531-barclays-confirms-move-away-from-com-to-new-gtld"><span>http://domainincite.com/18531-barclays-confirms-move-away-from-com-to-new-gtld</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Barclays Moving to New gTLDs To Enhance Security As Does Eiffel Tower<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Barclays Bank has started the transition to use their new gTLDs .barclays and .barclaycard in a move the bank believes will add an extra layer of security for customers and clients as only Barclays and Barclaycard will be able to set up websites ending in .barclays and .barclaycard.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/19/barclays-new-gtlds/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/19/barclays-new-gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/barclays-new-gtlds.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/barclays-new-gtlds.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google sells .car, walks away from generic domain names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google has sold its rights to all internet addresses ending in ".car" to a joint partnership of two other registry operators.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/18/google_sells_car_internet_space/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/18/google_sells_car_internet_space/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Concern over mystery TMCH outage<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is investigating the causes and impact of a database outage that is believed to have hit the Trademark Clearinghouse for 10 hours last Friday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18563-concern-over-mystery-tmch-outage"><span>http://domainincite.com/18563-concern-over-mystery-tmch-outage</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This Website Name Is Causing a Major Controversy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">That&rsquo;s the question that members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, and even of the organization that approved it in February&mdash;Icann&mdash;are now asking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://time.com/3890669/dot-sucks/"><span>http://time.com/3890669/dot-sucks/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US House of Representatives Holds Hearing on the .SUCKS New gTLD and ICANN Accountability and Stakeholder Trust<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On May 13, 2015, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing on "Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .SUCKS Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet's Operation."<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/us-house-of-representatives-holds-79767/"><span>http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/us-house-of-representatives-holds-79767/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">There have been widely varying views over the value of introducing thousands of new internet extensions: some feel it is a long-needed reflection of the actual internet; others that it is a money-grabbing scheme with little real value.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/19/are_we_looking_at_the_first_domain_name_meme/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/19/are_we_looking_at_the_first_domain_name_meme/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This week: .Tennis, .One, .Bingo and more<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts gets back into the game with four domain names exiting Early Access and now available at regular prices starting on Wednesday: .bingo, .chat, .style and .tennis.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/19/this-week-tennis-one-bingo-and-more/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/19/this-week-tennis-one-bingo-and-more/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Nearly 10 % of all new gTLD registrations are in FFM managed registries!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Earlier today, the number of domain names in Famous Four Media registries surpassed half a million. This equates to nearly 10% of all domains registered under ICANN&rsquo;s new gTLD program.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.famousfourmedia.com/2015/05/nearly-10-of-all-new-gtld-registrations-are-in-ffm-managed-registries/"><span>http://www.famousfourmedia.com/2015/05/nearly-10-of-all-new-gtld-registrations-are-in-ffm-managed-registries/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Eurovision deploys dot-brand for ludicrous song contest<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It isn&rsquo;t making a song and dance about it, but the European Broadcasting Union is promoting is annual Eurovision Song Contest using its new dot-brand gTLD, .eurovision.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18552-eurovision-deploys-dot-brand-for-ludicrous-song-contest"><span>http://domainincite.com/18552-eurovision-deploys-dot-brand-for-ludicrous-song-contest</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Obama, Apple, cancer and Taylor Swift&rsquo;s cat top lists of most searched-for .sucks domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">You&rsquo;ve got to hand it to .sucks registry Vox Populi. The pricing may be &ldquo;exploitative&rdquo; and &ldquo;predatory&rdquo;, as the intellectual property community believes, but damn if the the company doesn&rsquo;t know how to generate headlines.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18542-obama-apple-cancer-and-taylor-swifts-cat-top-lists-of-most-searched-for-sucks-domains"><span>http://domainincite.com/18542-obama-apple-cancer-and-taylor-swifts-cat-top-lists-of-most-searched-for-sucks-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts Announces Release of Over 1 Million Previously Unavailable Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts is releasing more than one million previously unavailable domain names across their new gTLDs. These include what Donuts describe as some of the most highly sought after and desirable domains in their portfolio, including permissible two character addresses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/19/donuts-announces-release-of-over-1-million-previously-unavailable-domains/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/19/donuts-announces-release-of-over-1-million-previously-unavailable-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/donuts-announces-release-of-over-1-million-previously-unavailable-domains.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/donuts-announces-release-of-over-1-million-previously-unavailable-domains.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Epic new gTLD fail? Gambling site named after new gTLD but doesn&rsquo;t use it<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Online gambling company bwin.party owns the domain name bwin.party but, bafflingly, hasn&rsquo;t even turned it on.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18540-epic-new-gtld-fail-gambling-site-named-after-new-gtld-but-doesnt-use-it"><span>http://domainincite.com/18540-epic-new-gtld-fail-gambling-site-named-after-new-gtld-but-doesnt-use-it</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">XYZ and Uniregistry acquire .car from Google, launch joint venture<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">XYZ.com and Uniregistry have launched a joint venture to operate a trio of car-related new gTLDs, after acquiring .car from Google.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18536-xyz-and-uniregistry-acquire-car-from-google-launch-joint-venture"><span>http://domainincite.com/18536-xyz-and-uniregistry-acquire-car-from-google-launch-joint-venture</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">2 thoughts on Schilling/Negari domain name tie-up<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">XYZ (Daniel Negari) and Uniregistry (Frank Schilling) have teamed up to launch three automotive </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s: .car, .cars and .auto. .Car was acquired from Google. Here are my thoughts on this deal.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/18/2-thoughts-on-schillingnegari-domain-name-tie-up/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/18/2-thoughts-on-schillingnegari-domain-name-tie-up/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot REIT TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NAREIT has been designated by ICANN to operate the .REIT TLD registry. NAREIT anticipates that applications to register domains in .REIT will be accepted beginning in the fall of 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.reit.com/nareit-you/dot-reit-top-level-domains"><span>https://www.reit.com/nareit-you/dot-reit-top-level-domains</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What New gTLD Applicants Want for Round 2 by Jean Guillon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">After talking to a few new gTLD applicants who participated in "Round One" of the ICANN new gTLD program, here is a list of complaints and questions I received, and probably a few things potential candidates should pay attention to prior to submitting an application... Applying is too expensive, I want my TLD for $200,000 "all included" (ICANN fee + consultancy services to fill in my application)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150518_what_new_gtld_applicants_want_for_round_2/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150518_what_new_gtld_applicants_want_for_round_2/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">With 10 Applicants .Art Gets Scheduled For An ICANN Last Resort Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The new gTLD .Art just got on the ICANN schedule for a last resort auction. There are 10 applicants for .Art and the ICANN auction is scheduled tentatively for July 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/18/with-10-applicants-art-gets-scheduled-for-an-icann-last-resort-auction/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/18/with-10-applicants-art-gets-scheduled-for-an-icann-last-resort-auction/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Akamai Releases Q1 2015 State of the Internet &ndash; Security Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Akamai Technologies, Inc. </span><span>...</span><span lang="EN"> announced the availability of the Q1 2015 State of the Internet &ndash; Security Report. This quarter&rsquo;s report, which provides analysis and insight into the global cloud security threat landscape, can be downloaded at</span><span>...<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-051915.html"><span>http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2015/press-051915.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Akamai report: DDoS attacks doubled in Q1 2015, SSDP top attack vector<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in first quarter of 2015 has more than doubled the number of DDoS attacks in Q1 of 2014, according to Akamai Technologies&rsquo; Q1 2015 State of the Internet Security report.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/article/2925152/microsoft-subnet/akamai-report-ddos-attacks-doubled-in-q1-2015-ssdp-top-attack-vector.html"><span>http://www.networkworld.com/article/2925152/microsoft-subnet/akamai-report-ddos-attacks-doubled-in-q1-2015-ssdp-top-attack-vector.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DDoS attacks are getting worse, as attackers shift tactics and targets<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Attackers that harness the power of thousands or millions of devices to flood networks with data are shifting tactics to pack a smaller, but much longer-lasting punch.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/akamai-internet-security-report-q1-2015/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/akamai-internet-security-report-q1-2015/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">HTTPS-crippling attack threatens tens of thousands of Web and mail servers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tens of thousands of HTTPS-protected websites, mail servers, and other widely used Internet services are vulnerable to a new attack that lets eavesdroppers read and modify data passing through encrypted connections, a team of computer scientists has found.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/05/https-crippling-attack-threatens-tens-of-thousands-of-web-and-mail-servers/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/05/https-crippling-attack-threatens-tens-of-thousands-of-web-and-mail-servers/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Logjam Attack on Diffie-Hellman Threatens Security of Browsers, VPNs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Researchers have uncovered a flaw in the way that some servers handle the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, a bug that&rsquo;s somewhat similar to the FREAK attack and threatens the security of many Web and mail servers. The bug affects all of the major browsers and any server that supports export-grade 512-bit Diffie-Hellman cryptography.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/new-logjam-attack-on-diffie-hellman-threatens-security-of-browsers-vpns/112916"><span>https://threatpost.com/new-logjam-attack-on-diffie-hellman-threatens-security-of-browsers-vpns/112916</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">No sign hackers got info in attack on German parliament system - spokeswoman<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The German Bundestag lower house of parliament is trying to repair its computer system after a hacking attack but there are no indications yet that hackers accessed information, a parliamentary spokeswoman said on Saturday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/16/uk-germany-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0O10LD20150516"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/16/uk-germany-cybersecurity-idUKKBN0O10LD20150516</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Security Firm Redefines APT: African Phishing Threat<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A security firm made headlines earlier this month when it boasted it had thwarted plans by organized Russian cyber criminals to launch an attack against multiple US-based banks. But a closer look at the details behind that report suggests the actors in question were relatively unsophisticated Nigerian phishers who&rsquo;d simply registered a bunch of new fake bank Web sites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/05/security-firm-redefines-apt-african-phishing-threat/"><span>http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/05/security-firm-redefines-apt-african-phishing-threat/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: St. Louis Federal Reserve Falls Victim to DNS Hijack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis confirmed this week that it fell victim to a DNS hijack last month that may have redirected users to bogus webpages and exposed customers to phishing, malware and other attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/st-louis-federal-reserve-falls-victim-to-dns-hijack/112896"><span>https://threatpost.com/st-louis-federal-reserve-falls-victim-to-dns-hijack/112896</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: Penn State Offline Following Advanced Two-Year Cyberattack<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Penn State announced that its school of engineering was the victim of a more than two-year long cyberattack perpetuated by advanced persistent threat groups.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/penn-state-offline-following-advanced-two-year-cyberattack/112872"><span>https://threatpost.com/penn-state-offline-following-advanced-two-year-cyberattack/112872</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Wildly popular Facebook scam attack hits .ninja<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rightside&rsquo;s .ninja appears to be the victim of a broad, highly effective affiliate marketing scam that targets Indians and exploits Facebook&rsquo;s trademark.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18557-wildly-popular-facebook-scam-attack-hits-ninja"><span>http://domainincite.com/18557-wildly-popular-facebook-scam-attack-hits-ninja</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Key Pirate Bay Domains Must Be Seized, Court Rules<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In a decision handed down minutes ago the Stockholm District Court has ordered two key domains owned by The Pirate Bay to be seized. While the ruling means that the site will lose its famous ThePirateBay.se domain, don't expect the site to simply disappear. TPB informs TorrentFreak that they have plenty more domains left in store.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/key-pirate-bay-domains-must-be-seized-court-rules-150519/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/key-pirate-bay-domains-must-be-seized-court-rules-150519/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Pirate Bay Moves to GS, LA, VG, AM, MN and GD Domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A few hours ago news broke that The Pirate Bay's .SE domain will soon be seized. The prosecution and copyright holders have welcomed the decision, but the Pirate Bay teams seems unimpressed. Shortly after the ruling they set up six new domain names which they will rotate for the time being.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-moves-to-gs-la-vg-am-mn-and-gd-domains-150519/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-moves-to-gs-la-vg-am-mn-and-gd-domains-150519/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">EZTV shuts down after hostile take over, site is being run by the people behind the coup<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">EZTV, one of the world&rsquo;s most recognizable TV-torrent sites is calling it quits after losing its domain names and data in a hostile takeover.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.techspot.com/news/60716-eztv-shuts-down-after-hostile-take-over-domains.html"><span>http://www.techspot.com/news/60716-eztv-shuts-down-after-hostile-take-over-domains.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">uk: Liz Kendall's Labour leadership website name hijacked by troll<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Liz Kendall&rsquo;s campaign to be the next Labour leader may have received a welcome boost from the endorsement of frontbencher Tristram Hunt, but the Leicester West MP has had her first taste of some high-profile trolling.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/20/liz-kendalls-labour-leadership-website-name-hijacked-by-troll"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/20/liz-kendalls-labour-leadership-website-name-hijacked-by-troll</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Supermarket giant shuts Walmart.horse website after joke has bolted<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The greatest horse-based web domain in history is no more: Walmart.horse has disappeared from the internet following a complaint from the American megastore chain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/19/jeph-jacques-walmart-horse-website"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/19/jeph-jacques-walmart-horse-website</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Panelist asks complainant to modify its case to snag domain registered in 1995<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I&rsquo;m dumbfounded.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">A single member UDRP panelist with National Arbitration Forum has ordered the domain name VideoLink.com be transferred &mdash; after, apparently, asking the complainant to modify its argument to the panelist&rsquo;s liking.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/18/panelist-asks-complainant-to-modify-its-case-to-snag-domain-registered-in-1995/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/18/panelist-asks-complainant-to-modify-its-case-to-snag-domain-registered-in-1995/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Government Outpacing Private Sector in IPv6 Adoption, Official Says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As the supply of new Internet Protocol addresses in the U.S. is expected to be exhausted by this summer, new government data shows more than half of public federal web domains have already transitioned to an upgraded protocol.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/government-could-be-outpacing-private-sector-ipv6-adoption/113056/"><span>http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/05/government-could-be-outpacing-private-sector-ipv6-adoption/113056/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Enom.com Informs Customers of &ldquo;Very Sophisticated Attack&rdquo; But No Domains Were Stolen<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In an email to tonight from Taryn Naidu CEO of Enom.com told its customers that they "recently became the subject of what appears to be a very sophisticated attack by a group that targets large internet infrastructure companies.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/20/enom-com-informs-customers-of-very-sophisticated-attack-but-no-domains-were-stolen/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/20/enom-com-informs-customers-of-very-sophisticated-attack-but-no-domains-were-stolen/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">May 2015 Web Server Survey<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In the May 2015 survey we received responses from 857,927,160 sites and 5,281,889 computers. The number of sites detected increased by nearly 9M this month after two consecutive months of losses. The number of web facing computers also increased by 54k.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/19/may-2015-web-server-survey.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/19/may-2015-web-server-survey.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Recapping NameJet&rsquo;s hot domain name sales month<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As measured by the number of domain name sales closing at or above $2,000, so far 2015 is shaping up to be NameJet&rsquo;s best year.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/20/recapping-namejets-hot-domain-name-sales-month/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/20/recapping-namejets-hot-domain-name-sales-month/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Flippa Acquires Domain Holdings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Our friends at Flippa are celebrating a huge milestone today. We&rsquo;re thrilled to announce that Flippa, the world&rsquo;s largest marketplace for buying and selling domains, websites and apps, is now even better.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.sitepoint.com/big-news-domain-industry-flippa-acquires-domain-holdings/"><span>http://www.sitepoint.com/big-news-domain-industry-flippa-acquires-domain-holdings/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Flippa acquires Domain Holdings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Flippa has acquired domain name brokerage Domain Holdings for an unspecified price. The combined companies expect to generate $70 million in revenue over the next 12 months.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/20/flippa-acquires-domain-holdings/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/20/flippa-acquires-domain-holdings/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Organised crime targeting more Australians than ever, Crime Commission report says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Organised crime is targeting more Australians than ever before and becoming more sophisticated, resilient and dangerous, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has found.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-20/organised-crime-using-technology-to-become-more-sophisticated/6482916"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-20/organised-crime-using-technology-to-become-more-sophisticated/6482916</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><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>
<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 | 11 May 04:36 2015

auDA domain news - 11 May

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Safeguarding the Open Internet by Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party

<http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/open-internet-agreements-by-marietje-schaake-2015-05>

 

US government asks internet community how long it should extend IANA contract

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/08/us_government_asks_internet_community_how_long_it_should_extend_iana_contract/>

 

ICA to ICANN: We’ll “Vigorously Oppose” Changing URS to Facilitate RDNH by Philip Corwin

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/no-rdnh-via-urs/>

 

Kommen bald auch Second Level Domains unter .au

<http://www.domain-recht.de/domain-registrierung/laender-endungen-cctld/cctlds-kommen-bald-auch-second-level-domains-unter-au-64514.html>

 

Businesses call on regulators to stop .sucks “extortion”

<http://domainincite.com/18503-businesses-call-on-regulators-to-stop-sucks-extortion>

 

Has .sucks abandoned its Sunrise Premium program?

<http://domainincite.com/18504-has-sucks-abandoned-its-sunrise-premium-program>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Safeguarding the Open Internet by Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party

Proposals regarding Internet governance are bound to generate serious friction. The online world, after all, has provided enormous opportunities to billions of denizens, largely because it has never been governed.

<http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/open-internet-agreements-by-marietje-schaake-2015-05>

 

US government asks internet community how long it should extend IANA contract

The US government has asked the internet community how long they think it will take to decide on and implement changes to the top level of the internet, and so how long it will need to extend the current IANA contract.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/08/us_government_asks_internet_community_how_long_it_should_extend_iana_contract/>

 

Joint Regional ccTLD Organisations (ROs) statement following the I* London meeting

Last week the I* organisations met in London to discuss several issues, one of which was the IANA Stewardship Transition (IST) process.

<https://centr.org/news/cctld/05-07-2015/4169/ros-statement-following-i-star-london>

<http://aptld.org/system/files/joint_regional_cctld_organisations_ros_statement.pdf>

 

Understanding the IANA Stewardship Transition and enhancing ICANN’s accountability by Daniel Fink, ICANN Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Brazil

March 14th will be remembered as “ground zero” of a challenging journey for the multistakeholder model. It was the date chosen by the United States government to announce its intention to transfer stewardship of the IANA functions. But what is the IANA? Who participates in the process? What exactly does it involve? Hopefully, this article will shed some light on these questions.

<http://prensa.lacnic.net/news/en/feb2014_en/understanding-the-iana-stewardship-transition-and-enhancing-icanns-accountability>

 

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gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) Charter Amendments

Purpose (Brief): In March 2015, the gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) of the GNSO submitted a set of Charter revisions to the Staff for processing in compliance with Phase I of the Process For Amending GNSO Stakeholder Group and Constituency Charters.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-08-en>

 

ICA to ICANN: We’ll “Vigorously Oppose” Changing URS to Facilitate RDNH by Philip Corwin

On Thursday, April 30th ICA filed a comment letter with ICANN regarding the “Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review” published earlier this year. This preliminary report paves the way for a more extensive issues report on the new gTLD RPMs that will be delivered to the GNSO Council this fall.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/no-rdnh-via-urs/>

 

The gulf of Tonkin: ICANN board responds to monopoly allegations by Milton Mueller

Our last blog post raised a significant amount of concern among people involved in the IANA stewardship transition. (This includes members of U.S. Congressional committees tracking the process.) A member of the ICANN board has responded to these concerns, but his response does not quell the controversy.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/05/07/the-gulf-of-tonkin-icann-board-responds-to-monopoly-allegations/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Kommen bald auch Second Level Domains unter .au

Die australische Domain-Verwaltung auDA denkt darüber nach, die Registrierung von .au-Domains direkt auf Ebene der Second Level Domain freizugeben.

<http://www.domain-recht.de/domain-registrierung/laender-endungen-cctld/cctlds-kommen-bald-auch-second-level-domains-unter-au-64514.html>

 

.Club turns 1 and these 17 registrars are selling domains for $1

.Club is celebrating the one year anniversary of its general availability. As part of the celebration, 17 registrars are offering .Club domain names for about a dollar today only.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/club-turns-1-and-these-17-registrars-are-selling-domains-for-1/>

 

club: Celebrating Our First Birthday!

One year ago today .CLUB went live! It has been a great and busy year and we have many accomplishments to be proud of. That said, we could not have done it without all of our supporters: our registrar partners, our investors, our friends and families, and most of all, our registrants – the individuals and businesses who have registered a great .CLUB domain name. We share our birthday celebration with you all!

<http://nic.club/celebrating-our-first-birthday/>

 

JPNIC and JPRS publish "History of Internet Resources Management in Japan - Focusing on Domain Name and IP Address"

JPNIC and JPRS today release the English website "History of Internet Resource Management in Japan - Focusing on Domain Names and IP Addresses" to help people all around the world know more about the development of the Internet in Japan since its emergence.

<http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2015/150507.html>

<https://www.nic.ad.jp/en/topics/2015/20150507-01.html>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Businesses call on regulators to stop .sucks “extortion”

ICANN’s Business Constituency wants US and Canadian regulators to intervene to prevent Vox Populi Registry, which runs .sucks, “extorting” businesses with its high sunrise fees.

<http://domainincite.com/18503-businesses-call-on-regulators-to-stop-sucks-extortion>

 

Has .sucks abandoned its Sunrise Premium program?

Vox Populi Registry has done away with the “Sunrise Premium” part of its .sucks launch strategy, if only in name.

<http://domainincite.com/18504-has-sucks-abandoned-its-sunrise-premium-program>

 

.sucks and ICANN not invited to Congressional hearing on .sucks and ICANN

The witness list in next week’s US Congressional hearing into .sucks and ICANN accountability does not feature .sucks or ICANN.

<http://domainincite.com/18500-sucks-and-icann-not-invited-to-congressional-hearing-on-sucks-and-icann>

 

Why won’t the new TLDs take off in Sweden?

In April of last year, I wrote about the somewhat lukewarm interest for the new TLDs in Sweden. It has now been a year since then and I can note that interest is no longer lukewarm; instead, it’s ice-cold!

<https://www.iis.se/english/blog/why-wont-the-new-top-level-domains-take-off-in-sweden/>

 

Donuts New gTLD Growth and Analysis (Second Report)

In our second report of the year, Donuts provides analysis of on the growth and usage of new web addresses, and thoughtful commentary on industry-relevant issues.

<http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-new-gtld-growth-and-analysis-second-report>

 

It sucks to be a brand

The .sucks domain has caused controversy among some brand owners due to its pricing structure, but the registry maintains it has done nothing wrong. TBO finds out more.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/it-sucks-to-be-a-brand>

 

Dot What? The surprisingly interesting history of the Internet domain system.

On a daily basis, you probably type dozens of URLs into your browser to get the websites where you read the news, check your email, access your bank records, and shop online. But chances are you don’t know much about the complex, decentralized naming and numbering system that makes it all work behind the scenes—or the worldwide discussion about who should be responsible for overseeing this system when the U.S. government gives up that role at the end of 2015.

<http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/05/icann_transition_the_interesting_history_of_the_internet_domain_name_system.html>

 

Twenty UK charities sign up for .ngo domain name

Charities and NGOs around the world can apply for a website with the .ngo domain name, and a number of UK charities have already signed up in the limited registration period.

<http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/twenty-uk-charities-sign-ngo-domain-name/communications/article/1346207>

 

Unmet Fundamental Requisites for a Successful gTLDs Program by Alex Tajirian

New pioneering ideas are not always welcomed or requested by consumers... Henry Ford didn't wait until people wanted a mass-market car. Citibank didn't wait until they wanted ATMs, and Jeff Bezos didn't wait until they decided to shop on their computers. But the three innovators did more than follow a vision. Before they made their respective leaps, they pondered what people did want. They asked themselves some hard questions.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150507_unmet_fundamental_requisites_for_a_successful_gtlds_program/>

 

This week’s new TLDs (retroactive edition)

It’s been a busy week and I missed doing my weekly new TLD preview. A number of interesting domain names launched this week, so I’ll recap what came out and how they did.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/this-weeks-new-tlds-retroactive-edition/>

 

Tucows gets $1.5 million for marketing .Online domain name

Tucows’ withdraw from a partnership to run the .Online registry has resulted in a $1.5 million gain for the company in return for lending marketing support to the new TLD for three years.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/08/tucows-gets-1-5-million-for-marketing-online-domain-name/>

 

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Upcoming event: Conference on Cyber-related Research & Development

On 9 June 2015 Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will host a conference on cyber R&D at its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. This conference brings together digital forensic experts from law enforcement services of the EU Member States and accredited representatives of EU industry, academia and research centres. The aim is to facilitate the initiation of joint R&D projects that deliver state-of-the-art digital analysis tools and products that will support the forensic investigations of tomorrow.

<https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/upcoming-event-conference-cyber-related-research-development>

 

Russia and China Pledge Not to Hack Each Other

If the U.S. intelligence community believes that Russia poses a greater cyber spying threat than China, what will it make of this?

<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/08/russia-china-pledge-to-not-hack-each-other/>

 

eu: High-level Cybersecurity Conference

This event, organised by the European Commission, in cooperation with the European External Action Service, will be devoted to trust and security in the digital world. Gunther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will open the conference.

<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/high-level-cybersecurity-conference-agenda>

 

Cyber-extortion threat: NZ organisations warned not to pay up

New Zealand organisations are being warned not to give in to cyber-extortion threats.

<http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/cyber-extortion-threat-nz-organisations-warned-not-pay-ck-172371>

 

Protect your network with DNS Firewall

If you run your own mail server, you will quickly find out that 90% of the e-mails you receive are spam. The solution to this problem is e-mail filtering, which rejects or deletes unwanted spam.

<http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/05/07/protect-your-network-with-dns-firewall/>

 

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Tucows reports continued growth as mobile services boom

Tucows reported continued revenue growth in an earnings release after the market closed today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/tucows-reports-continued-growth-as-mobile-services-boom/>

 

Rightside posts profit, gets $7.2 million from withdrawing new TLDs

Rightside posts profit and gets big haul from withdrawing new TLD applications.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/rightside-posts-profit-gets-7-2-million-from-withdrawing-new-tlds/>

 

Rightside Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Rightside Group, Ltd. ... announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. "We had a strong start to the year with double digit revenue growth, over half of which was driven by new gTLD registrations. Additionally, we now have 35 gTLDs in 'general availability' and anticipate at least 4 more to launch in 2015," said Chief Executive Officer Taryn Naidu.

<http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=911831>

 

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- WEBHOSTING

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Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in April 2015

Datapipe had the most reliable hosting company website in April, responding successfully to all of Netcraft's requests; Datapipe has now featured in the top ten for eight consecutive months, and has maintained 100% uptime over the last nine years.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/06/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-april-2015.html>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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3-Letter .Coms Continue Reign Taking 3 of the Top 5 Spots on This Week's Domain Sales Chart

I know this is starting to sound like a broken record but 3-letter .coms continue to rock the house. A week after PPP.com topped the chart at $290,000, PAX.com heads this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after Sedo's Dave Evanson brokered a $200,000 sale of that domain.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150506.htm>

 

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au: Cyberhate: the new digital divide? Have you experienced rape threats or other hostility online?

Women over the age of 18 are invited to take part in a new Australian study at the University of New South Wales addressing rape threats and other hostility directed at women online. Cyberhate: the new digital divide? is investigating the types of hostility women experience online, and how women feel about and respond to these experiences. It will investigate whether this type of cyberhate has an impact on the way women participate on the internet and on social media platforms.

<http://www.cyberhateproject.unsw.edu.au/cyberhate-new-digital-divide>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Dallas Buyers Club court case ruling could deter ISPs from fighting similar cases in future, lawyers say

Copyright lawyers are warning that the latest ruling in the Dallas Buyers Club judgement could have a "chilling effect" on future cases.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-07/latest-dallas-buyers-club-court-ruling-chilling-lawyers-say/6452728>

 

au: 10 injunctions per year under new anti-piracy law, govt says

The government believes there will be around 10 injunctions every year to force ISPs to block piracy-related websites under a new law designed to combat online copyright infringement.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574632/10-injunctions-per-year-under-new-anti-piracy-law-govt-says/>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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us: N.S.A. Collection of Bulk Call Data Is Ruled Illegal

A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal. The decision comes as a fight in Congress is intensifying over whether to end and replace the program, or to extend it without changes.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/us/nsa-phone-records-collection-ruled-illegal-by-appeals-court.html>

 

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

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Edward Snowden says Australia’s new data retention laws are 'dangerous'

Edward Snowden has called Australia’s new data retention laws “dangerous” and insisted mass surveillance has allowed acts of terror to occur rather than foiled attacks.

<http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/09/edward-snowden-says-australias-new-data-retention-laws-are-dangerous>

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will lead to a global race to the bottom

At a time when economic inequality around the globe continues to widen, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will only make things worse. Unlike what President Obama claims, the agreement will only encourage a race to the bottom, in which a small percentage of people get ridiculously rich while most workers around the globe stay miserably poor. We can’t let that happen.

<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/08/the-trans-pacific-partnership-will-lead-to-a-global-race-to-the-bottom>

 

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David Goldstein

 

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

web: http://goldsteinreport.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/goldsteinreport

phone: +61 418 228 605 - mobile; +61 2 9663 3430 - office/home

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Safeguarding the Open Internet by Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/open-internet-agreements-by-marietje-schaake-2015-05"><span>http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/open-internet-agreements-by-marietje-schaake-2015-05</span></a></span><span>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US government asks internet community how long it should extend IANA contract<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/08/us_government_asks_internet_community_how_long_it_should_extend_iana_contract/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/08/us_government_asks_internet_community_how_long_it_should_extend_iana_contract/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICA to ICANN: We&rsquo;ll &ldquo;Vigorously Oppose&rdquo; Changing URS to Facilitate RDNH by Philip Corwin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/no-rdnh-via-urs/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/no-rdnh-via-urs/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Kommen bald auch Second Level Domains unter .au<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domain-recht.de/domain-registrierung/laender-endungen-cctld/cctlds-kommen-bald-auch-second-level-domains-unter-au-64514.html"><span>http://www.domain-recht.de/domain-registrierung/laender-endungen-cctld/cctlds-kommen-bald-auch-second-level-domains-unter-au-64514.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Businesses call on regulators to stop .sucks &ldquo;extortion&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18503-businesses-call-on-regulators-to-stop-sucks-extortion"><span>http://domainincite.com/18503-businesses-call-on-regulators-to-stop-sucks-extortion</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Has .sucks abandoned its Sunrise Premium program?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18504-has-sucks-abandoned-its-sunrise-premium-program"><span>http://domainincite.com/18504-has-sucks-abandoned-its-sunrise-premium-program</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Safeguarding the Open Internet by Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Proposals regarding Internet governance are bound to generate serious friction. The online world, after all, has provided enormous opportunities to billions of denizens, largely because it has never been governed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;</span><span lang="EN"><a href="http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/open-internet-agreements-by-marietje-schaake-2015-05"><span>http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/open-internet-agreements-by-marietje-schaake-2015-05</span></a></span><span>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US government asks internet community how long it should extend IANA contract<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The US government has asked the internet community how long they think it will take to decide on and implement changes to the top level of the internet, and so how long it will need to extend the current IANA contract.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/08/us_government_asks_internet_community_how_long_it_should_extend_iana_contract/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/08/us_government_asks_internet_community_how_long_it_should_extend_iana_contract/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Joint Regional ccTLD Organisations (ROs) statement following the I* London meeting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Last week the I* organisations met in London to discuss several issues, one of which was the IANA Stewardship Transition (IST) process.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/cctld/05-07-2015/4169/ros-statement-following-i-star-london"><span>https://centr.org/news/cctld/05-07-2015/4169/ros-statement-following-i-star-london</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://aptld.org/system/files/joint_regional_cctld_organisations_ros_statement.pdf"><span>http://aptld.org/system/files/joint_regional_cctld_organisations_ros_statement.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Understanding the IANA Stewardship Transition and enhancing ICANN&rsquo;s accountability by Daniel Fink, ICANN Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Brazil</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">March 14th will be remembered as &ldquo;ground zero&rdquo; of a challenging journey for the multistakeholder model. It was the date chosen by the United States government to announce its intention to transfer stewardship of the IANA functions. But what is the IANA? Who participates in the process? What exactly does it involve? Hopefully, this article will shed some light on these questions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://prensa.lacnic.net/news/en/feb2014_en/understanding-the-iana-stewardship-transition-and-enhancing-icanns-accountability"><span>http://prensa.lacnic.net/news/en/feb2014_en/understanding-the-iana-stewardship-transition-and-enhancing-icanns-accountability</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) Charter Amendments<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Purpose (Brief): In March 2015, the gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) of the GNSO submitted a set of Charter revisions to the Staff for processing in compliance with Phase I of the Process For Amending GNSO Stakeholder Group and Constituency Charters.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-08-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-08-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICA to ICANN: We&rsquo;ll &ldquo;Vigorously Oppose&rdquo; Changing URS to Facilitate RDNH by Philip Corwin<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On Thursday, April 30th ICA filed a comment letter with ICANN regarding the &ldquo;Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review&rdquo; published earlier this year. This preliminary report paves the way for a more extensive issues report on the new gTLD RPMs that will be delivered to the GNSO Council this fall. <p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/no-rdnh-via-urs/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/no-rdnh-via-urs/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The gulf of Tonkin: ICANN board responds to monopoly allegations by Milton Mueller<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Our last blog post raised a significant amount of concern among people involved in the IANA stewardship transition. (This includes members of U.S. Congressional committees tracking the process.) A member of the ICANN board has responded to these concerns, but his response does not quell the controversy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/05/07/the-gulf-of-tonkin-icann-board-responds-to-monopoly-allegations/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/05/07/the-gulf-of-tonkin-icann-board-responds-to-monopoly-allegations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Kommen bald auch Second Level Domains unter .au<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Die australische Domain-Verwaltung auDA denkt dar&uuml;ber nach, die Registrierung von .au-Domains direkt auf Ebene der Second Level Domain freizugeben.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domain-recht.de/domain-registrierung/laender-endungen-cctld/cctlds-kommen-bald-auch-second-level-domains-unter-au-64514.html"><span>http://www.domain-recht.de/domain-registrierung/laender-endungen-cctld/cctlds-kommen-bald-auch-second-level-domains-unter-au-64514.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Club turns 1 and these 17 registrars are selling domains for $1<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Club is celebrating the one year anniversary of its general availability. As part of the celebration, 17 registrars are offering .Club domain names for about a dollar today only.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/club-turns-1-and-these-17-registrars-are-selling-domains-for-1/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/club-turns-1-and-these-17-registrars-are-selling-domains-for-1/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">club: Celebrating Our First Birthday!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">One year ago today .CLUB went live! It has been a great and busy year and we have many accomplishments to be proud of. That said, we could not have done it without all of our supporters: our registrar partners, our investors, our friends and families, and most of all, our registrants &ndash; the individuals and businesses who have registered a great .CLUB domain name.</span><span lang="EN"> </span><span lang="EN">We share our birthday celebration with you all!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://nic.club/celebrating-our-first-birthday/"><span>http://nic.club/celebrating-our-first-birthday/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">JPNIC and JPRS publish "History of Internet Resources Management in Japan - Focusing on Domain Name and IP Address"<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">JPNIC and JPRS today release the English website "History of Internet Resource Management in Japan - Focusing on Domain Names and IP Addresses" to help people all around the world know more about the development of the Internet in Japan since its emergence.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2015/150507.html"><span>http://jprs.co.jp/en/topics/2015/150507.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.nic.ad.jp/en/topics/2015/20150507-01.html"><span>https://www.nic.ad.jp/en/topics/2015/20150507-01.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Businesses call on regulators to stop .sucks &ldquo;extortion&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN&rsquo;s Business Constituency wants US and Canadian regulators to intervene to prevent Vox Populi Registry, which runs .sucks, &ldquo;extorting&rdquo; businesses with its high sunrise fees.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18503-businesses-call-on-regulators-to-stop-sucks-extortion"><span>http://domainincite.com/18503-businesses-call-on-regulators-to-stop-sucks-extortion</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Has .sucks abandoned its Sunrise Premium program?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vox Populi Registry has done away with the &ldquo;Sunrise Premium&rdquo; part of its .sucks launch strategy, if only in name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18504-has-sucks-abandoned-its-sunrise-premium-program"><span>http://domainincite.com/18504-has-sucks-abandoned-its-sunrise-premium-program</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.sucks and ICANN not invited to Congressional hearing on .sucks and ICANN<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The witness list in next week&rsquo;s US Congressional hearing into .sucks and ICANN accountability does not feature .sucks or ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18500-sucks-and-icann-not-invited-to-congressional-hearing-on-sucks-and-icann"><span>http://domainincite.com/18500-sucks-and-icann-not-invited-to-congressional-hearing-on-sucks-and-icann</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Why won&rsquo;t the new TLDs take off in Sweden?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In April of last year, I wrote about the somewhat lukewarm interest for the new TLDs in Sweden. It has now been a year since then and I can note that interest is no longer lukewarm; instead, it&rsquo;s ice-cold!<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/blog/why-wont-the-new-top-level-domains-take-off-in-sweden/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/blog/why-wont-the-new-top-level-domains-take-off-in-sweden/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts New gTLD Growth and Analysis (Second Report)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In our second report of the year, Donuts provides analysis of on the growth and usage of new web addresses, and thoughtful commentary on industry-relevant issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-new-gtld-growth-and-analysis-second-report"><span>http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-new-gtld-growth-and-analysis-second-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It sucks to be a brand<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The .sucks domain has caused controversy among some brand owners due to its pricing structure, but the registry maintains it has done nothing wrong. TBO finds out more.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/it-sucks-to-be-a-brand"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/it-sucks-to-be-a-brand</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot What? The surprisingly interesting history of the Internet domain system.</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On a daily basis, you probably type dozens of URLs into your browser to get the websites where you read the news, check your email, access your bank records, and shop online. But chances are you don&rsquo;t know much about the complex, decentralized naming and numbering system that makes it all work behind the scenes&mdash;or the worldwide discussion about who should be responsible for overseeing this system when the U.S. government gives up that role at the end of 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/05/icann_transition_the_interesting_history_of_the_internet_domain_name_system.html"><span>http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/05/icann_transition_the_interesting_history_of_the_internet_domain_name_system.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Twenty UK charities sign up for .ngo domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Charities and NGOs around the world can apply for a website with the .ngo domain name, and a number of UK charities have already signed up in the limited registration period.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/twenty-uk-charities-sign-ngo-domain-name/communications/article/1346207"><span>http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/twenty-uk-charities-sign-ngo-domain-name/communications/article/1346207</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Unmet Fundamental Requisites for a Successful gTLDs Program by Alex Tajirian<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New pioneering ideas are not always welcomed or requested by consumers... Henry Ford didn't wait until people wanted a mass-market car. Citibank didn't wait until they wanted ATMs, and Jeff Bezos didn't wait until they decided to shop on their computers. But the three innovators did more than follow a vision. Before they made their respective leaps, they pondered what people did want. They asked themselves some hard questions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150507_unmet_fundamental_requisites_for_a_successful_gtlds_program/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150507_unmet_fundamental_requisites_for_a_successful_gtlds_program/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This week&rsquo;s new TLDs (retroactive edition)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">It&rsquo;s been a busy week and I missed doing my weekly new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> preview. A number of interesting domain names launched this week, so I&rsquo;ll recap what came out and how they did.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/this-weeks-new-tlds-retroactive-edition/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/this-weeks-new-tlds-retroactive-edition/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tucows gets $1.5 million for marketing .Online domain name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tucows&rsquo; withdraw from a partnership to run the .Online registry has resulted in a $1.5 million gain for the company in return for lending marketing support to the new TLD for three years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/08/tucows-gets-1-5-million-for-marketing-online-domain-name/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/08/tucows-gets-1-5-million-for-marketing-online-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Upcoming event: Conference on Cyber-related Research &amp; Development<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 9 June 2015 Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will host a conference on cyber R&amp;D at its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. This conference brings together digital forensic experts from law enforcement services of the EU Member States and accredited representatives of EU industry, academia and research centres. The aim is to facilitate the initiation of joint R&amp;D projects that deliver state-of-the-art digital analysis tools and products that will support the forensic investigations of tomorrow.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/upcoming-event-conference-cyber-related-research-development"><span>https://www.europol.europa.eu/latest_news/upcoming-event-conference-cyber-related-research-development</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Russia and China Pledge Not to Hack Each Other<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If the U.S. intelligence community believes that Russia poses a greater cyber spying threat than China, what will it make of this?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/08/russia-china-pledge-to-not-hack-each-other/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/08/russia-china-pledge-to-not-hack-each-other/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">eu: High-level Cybersecurity Conference<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">This event, organised by the European Commission, in cooperation with the European External Action Service, will be devoted to trust and security in the digital world. Gunther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will open the conference.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/high-level-cybersecurity-conference-agenda"><span>https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/high-level-cybersecurity-conference-agenda</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cyber-extortion threat: NZ organisations warned not to pay up<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New Zealand organisations are being warned not to give in to cyber-extortion threats.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/cyber-extortion-threat-nz-organisations-warned-not-pay-ck-172371"><span>http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/cyber-extortion-threat-nz-organisations-warned-not-pay-ck-172371</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Protect your network with DNS Firewall<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you run your own mail server, you will quickly find out that 90% of the e-mails you receive are spam. The solution to this problem is e-mail filtering, which rejects or deletes unwanted spam.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/05/07/protect-your-network-with-dns-firewall/"><span>http://securityblog.switch.ch/2015/05/07/protect-your-network-with-dns-firewall/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tucows reports continued growth as mobile services boom<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tucows reported continued revenue growth in an earnings release after the market closed today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/tucows-reports-continued-growth-as-mobile-services-boom/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/tucows-reports-continued-growth-as-mobile-services-boom/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside posts profit, gets $7.2 million from withdrawing new TLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Rightside posts profit and gets big haul from withdrawing new TLD applications.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/rightside-posts-profit-gets-7-2-million-from-withdrawing-new-tlds/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/07/rightside-posts-profit-gets-7-2-million-from-withdrawing-new-tlds/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rightside Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rightside Group, Ltd. ... announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. "We had a strong start to the year with double digit revenue growth, over half of which was driven by new gTLD registrations. Additionally, we now have 35 gTLDs in 'general availability' and anticipate at least 4 more to launch in 2015," said Chief Executive Officer Taryn Naidu.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=911831"><span>http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=911831</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in April 2015<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Datapipe had the most reliable hosting company website in April, responding successfully to all of Netcraft's requests; Datapipe has now featured in the top ten for eight consecutive months, and has maintained 100% uptime over the last nine years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/06/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-april-2015.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/06/most-reliable-hosting-company-sites-in-april-2015.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">3-Letter .Coms Continue Reign Taking 3 of the Top 5 Spots on This Week's Domain Sales Chart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I know this is starting to sound like a broken record but 3-letter .coms continue to rock the house. A week after PPP.com topped the chart at $290,000, PAX.com heads this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after Sedo's Dave Evanson brokered a $200,000 sale of that domain.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150506.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150506.htm</span></a>&gt;</span><p></p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CHILD PROTECTION &amp; ONLINE SAFETY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">*********************************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Cyberhate: the new digital divide? Have you experienced rape threats or other hostility online?</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Women over the age of 18 are invited to take part in a new Australian study at the University of New South Wales addressing rape threats and other hostility directed at women online. Cyberhate: the new digital divide? is investigating the types of hostility women experience online, and how women feel about and respond to these experiences. It will investigate whether this type of cyberhate has an impact on the way women participate on the internet and on social media platforms.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.cyberhateproject.unsw.edu.au/cyberhate-new-digital-divide"><span>http://www.cyberhateproject.unsw.edu.au/cyberhate-new-digital-divide</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Dallas Buyers Club court case ruling could deter ISPs from fighting similar cases in future, lawyers say<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Copyright lawyers are warning that the latest ruling in the Dallas Buyers Club judgement could have a "chilling effect" on future cases.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-07/latest-dallas-buyers-club-court-ruling-chilling-lawyers-say/6452728"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-07/latest-dallas-buyers-club-court-ruling-chilling-lawyers-say/6452728</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: 10 injunctions per year under new anti-piracy law, govt says</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The government believes there will be around 10 injunctions every year to force ISPs to block piracy-related websites under a new law designed to combat online copyright infringement.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574632/10-injunctions-per-year-under-new-anti-piracy-law-govt-says/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574632/10-injunctions-per-year-under-new-anti-piracy-law-govt-says/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: N.S.A. Collection of Bulk Call Data Is Ruled Illegal<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans&rsquo; phone records in bulk is illegal. The decision comes as a fight in Congress is intensifying over whether to end and replace the program, or to extend it without changes.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/us/nsa-phone-records-collection-ruled-illegal-by-appeals-court.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/us/nsa-phone-records-collection-ruled-illegal-by-appeals-court.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Edward Snowden says Australia&rsquo;s new data retention laws are 'dangerous'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Edward Snowden has called Australia&rsquo;s new data retention laws &ldquo;dangerous&rdquo; and insisted mass surveillance has allowed acts of terror to occur rather than foiled attacks.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/09/edward-snowden-says-australias-new-data-retention-laws-are-dangerous"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/09/edward-snowden-says-australias-new-data-retention-laws-are-dangerous</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Trans-Pacific Partnership will lead to a global race to the bottom<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">At a time when economic inequality around the globe continues to widen, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will only make things worse. Unlike what President Obama claims, the agreement will only encourage a race to the bottom, in which a small percentage of people get ridiculously rich while most workers around the globe stay miserably poor. We can&rsquo;t let that happen.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/08/the-trans-pacific-partnership-will-lead-to-a-global-race-to-the-bottom"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/08/the-trans-pacific-partnership-will-lead-to-a-global-race-to-the-bottom</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
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David Goldstein | 7 May 05:28 2015

auDA domain news - 7 May

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Vint Cerf: U.S. needs to step away from ICANN oversight

<http://fedscoop.com/vint-cerf-u-s-icann-oversight>

 

A Call to the Global ccTLD Community on the IANA Stewardship Transition – Let’s Have Our Voice Heard by Byron Holland

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-call-to-the-global-cctld-community-on-the-iana-stewardship-transition-let-s-have-our-voice-heard-en>

 

Whois privacy reforms incoming

<http://domainincite.com/18487-whois-privacy-reforms-incoming>

 

Adult domain sunrises break records despite trademark counsel “domain fatigue”

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=ee8419eb-8a6b-45ec-8dbc-59be616a365f>

 

Vixie Proposes 'Cooling-Off Period' For New Domains To Deter Cybercrime

<http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/vixie-proposes-cooling-off-period-for-new-domains-to-deter-cybercrime/d/d-id/1320310>

 

Vint Cerf tells Internet users to ask ISPs for IPv6

<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67944-video-vint-cerf-tells-internet-users-to-ask-isps-for-ipv6>

 

 

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GOVERNANCE

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Future of the Internet

Vint Cerf, also known as a co-founder of the Internet, spoke on the future of the Web. He addressed the importance of adopting new technologies to ensure Internet security. Other topics included Internet policy, “net neutrality,” and encryption technology. Following his prepared remarks he answered written questions from audience members.

<http://www.c-span.org/video/?325750-1/google-vice-president-vint-cerf-future-internet>

 

Vint Cerf: U.S. needs to step away from ICANN oversight

Vint Cerf, widely regarded as one of the "fathers of the Internet," said it's time for the United States to relinquish oversight of ICANN, allowing a global multistakeholder group to take over management responsibilities.

<http://fedscoop.com/vint-cerf-u-s-icann-oversight>

 

Internet governance: What if the sky really is falling?

There is nothing, I have observed, that makes readers’ eyes glaze over quite like a discussion of “Internet governance.” It is entirely understandable; there has been a fair bit of hand-waving and even hand-wringing, about Internet governance over the past couple of decades – I have been among the guilty on this – and nothing much ever actually happens; governance talk turns out to be just that – talk – while the Internet seems to purr along quite well from one day to the next, with no more “governance” than it seemed to have ten or twenty years ago, thank you very much.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/05/04/internet-governance-what-if-the-sky-really-is-falling/>

 

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DOMAIN NAMES

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- ICANN

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A Call to the Global ccTLD Community on the IANA Stewardship Transition – Let’s Have Our Voice Heard by Byron Holland

On April 22, the working group responsible for developing a proposal for a system to replace the role the United States Government currently has with IANA published its second – and likely final – draft proposal for public comment. With the withdrawal of the U.S. Government, the development of the Internet has reached a critical juncture. I believe that input from the global ccTLD managers is critical to ensuring our community's unique needs are reflected in the final proposal.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-call-to-the-global-cctld-community-on-the-iana-stewardship-transition-let-s-have-our-voice-heard-en>

 

IDN ccTLD Request from Greece Successfully Passes String Evaluation

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful evaluation of the proposed IDN ccTLD string for Greece.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-04-en>

 

WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability): Presentation on the Draft Report for Public Comment

The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability was established to initiate a related process to the IANA Stewardship Transition process to ensure that ICANN's accountability and transparency commitments to the global Internet community are maintained and enhanced in the absence of its historical contractual relationship with the U.S. Government.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-04-en>

 

ICANN Holds Calls with Community on Public Comments Submitted on the Draft FY16 Operating Plan and Budget

ICANN will be holding community calls during which the comments submitted on the Draft FY16 Operating Plan and Budget will be presented by the submitters to ICANN Staff, in order to enhance the understanding of the comments, and thus supporting an improved response quality.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-05-en>

 

GNSO Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group Initial Report

Purpose (Brief): This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input on the Initial Report from the GNSO's Policy Development Process Working Group on issues relating to the accreditation of privacy and proxy service providers.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-05-en>

 

The Internet – a key to growth and job revival in Europe

What is keeping Spain and Italy from fully exploiting the potential of the Internet economy? At a time when both countries are striving to re-ignite their economic engines, the Internet could be the key to a growth and jobs revival – but how do we get there?

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-internet-a-key-to-growth-and-job-revival-in-europe>

 

Meet The NextGen <at> ICANN 53 Buenos Aires Members

ICANN's Development and Public Responsibility Department (DPRD) is pleased to announce the newest group of admitted members to the popular NextGen <at> ICANN program. Started less than a year ago, this program has grown and become one of the most exciting opportunities for members of the next generation of Internet users to get involved with ICANN and the global Internet community.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/meet-the-nextgen-icann-53-buenos-aires-members>

 

Letter from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) to ICANN

New gTLD application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ascap-to-icann-24apr15-en.pdf>

 

The Caribbean spirit – our awareness efforts in Saint Lucia

It is always a pleasure to come to the Caribbean; not only because of the beautiful natural landscape and incredible food but also (and above all) because of its people. The culture and language may be different but yet you feel home. They have this unique hospitality and continuous appreciation for each of the many visitors that come to their countries. That Caribbean spirit permeated and manifested itself in all our activities this week.

<https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-caribbean-spirit-our-awareness-efforts-in-saint-lucia>

 

A Community Message from Fadi Chehadé

Following the posting of draft proposals for public comment by Cross Community Working Groups on the IANA Stewardship Transition (CWG-Stewardship) and on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability), ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé reflects on these accomplishments and gives his view of the road ahead.

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMusmAcQpu0>

 

ICANN Board Member and Former GAC Chair to Give Evidence in .Africa Case by Michele Neylon

The controversy over the competing .africa TLD applications has been going on for some time. A recent decision by the International Centre For Dispute Resolution (ICDR) said that ICANN had breached its own by-laws and has questioned why ICANN won't allow a current board member and the former GAC Chair to speak to them and provide evidence. A letter that was published on the ICANN site yesterday suggests that ICANN may have changed their tune.

<http://www.internetnews.me/2015/05/05/icann-board-member-and-former-gac-chair-to-give-evidence-in-africa-case/>

 

Don’t be afraid of ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency

If you would like to join ICANN’s nearly 400-member Intellectual Property Constituency but are concerned that it might be too technical or that you will be overwhelmed by material then Gregory Shatan of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, President of the IPC is keen to reassure you.

<http://www.managingip.com/Article/3450483/Managing-Trade-marks-Archive/Dont-be-afraid-of-ICANNs-Intellectual-Property-Constituency.html>

 

Whois privacy reforms incoming

Whois privacy services will become regulated by ICANN under proposals published today, but there’s a big disagreement about whether all companies should be allowed to use them.

<http://domainincite.com/18487-whois-privacy-reforms-incoming>

 

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.Club domain names by the numbers

.Club celebrates the first anniversary of its general availability tomorrow. The TLD has eclipsed 200,000 domain names, making it one of the most-registered new TLDs.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/06/club-domain-names-by-the-numbers/>

 

de Is Everywhere – The Homes of .de Domains: DENIC domain map 2014: The regional distribution of .de domains in Germany

In every district and every city of Germany, you find .de domains. They are literally everywhere. The re-gional domain statistics 2014 published by DENIC, the registry for .de domains, map their distribution in detail. As at 31 December 2014, about 14.6 million .de domains were registered in 402 cities and districts of Germany. Adding to these numbers are more than one million domains of holders whose place of resi-dence is abroad. In total, about 15.8 million .de domains were registered at the end of 2014. Domain de-velopment in 2014 was slightly slower than in the preceding years and confirmed the East-West divide of .de domain distribution.

<http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/4021.html>

 

.Com domain name winners and losers

ICANN just published the most recent .com transactions report, reflecting registrar results for .com from January.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/05/com-domain-name-winners-and-losers/>

 

Berlin Still Number One For .DE, While Osnabruck Leads On Per Capita Basis

Berlin is the city with easily the most .de domain names registered in Germany. As of 31 December 2014 there were 955,484 registered out of a total of 14.6 million. And a further one million domains are registered outside Germany.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23760>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/05/berlin-number-one-for-de/>

 

Public Interest Registry Launches OnGood for NGOs to Increase Awareness Online

The Public Interest Registry (PIR) has officially launched its OnGood community website on Wednesday, making it generally available to international non-governmental organizations who register for .NGO and .ONG domain names.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/public-interest-registry-launches-ongood-for-ngos-to-increase-awareness-online>

 

NiRA Opens .Ng Domain Name under ‘i.ng’ Zone – Udeagu

Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has added a new boost to the cyberspace with the registration of new domain names under the ‘.i.ng’ zone.

<http://dailytimes.com.ng/nira-opens-ng-domain-name-under-i-ng-zone-udeagu/>

 

InternetNZ announces new funding for internet research

InternetNZ has today announced the recipients of its latest Community Grants funding round, focused on internet research.

<http://bizedge.co.nz/story/internetnz-announces-new-funding-internet-research/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Congress to put .sucks on trial

The US Congress is to hold a hearing to look into the .sucks gTLD and ICANN accountability.

<http://domainincite.com/18495-congress-to-put-sucks-on-trial>

 

Adult domain sunrises break records despite trademark counsel “domain fatigue”

After a record-breaking double sunrise period for its ‘.adult’ and ‘.porn’ gTLD strings, ICM Registry has announced it is expanding its programme for trademark owners by allowing sunrise B applicants access to its domain matching programme. The move comes at a time when, according to ICM Registry’s legal counsel, trademark counsel are clearly suffering from “domain fatigue”.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=ee8419eb-8a6b-45ec-8dbc-59be616a365f>

 

As ‘.sucks’ goes on marketing offensive, counsel are urged to engage on new gTLDs

One talking point at this year’s INTA Annual meeting has been the marketing offensive launched by ‘.sucks’. During the conference it has been hard to ignore the mobile billboard driving around with ‘inta.sucks’ emblazoned on its side, or to avoid having ‘.sucks’ branded condoms pressed into your hands. We have also heard rumours that more marketing activities are planned.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530f2469-40a7-4738-97a3-5efe9685f60e>

 

URS, Trademark Clearinghouse Flaws Called Out in Responses to ICANN TM Rights Report

Rights protection mechanisms (RPM) designed to protect trademark owners in the new gTLD program have seen limited participation due in part to their inherent weaknesses, comments on an ICANN draft report suggest.

<http://www.bna.com/urs-trademark-clearinghouse-n17179926139/>

 

J. Scott Evans: the early riser

INTA’s president for 2015, J. Scott Evans, has some clear aims for his tenure and some strong opinions on a range of trademark issues. WIPR found out more. ... On a less positive note, however, Evans reveals his worries about the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), a group of government members that advises ICANN, an organisation INTA has worked with for a long time.

<http://www.worldipreview.com/article/inta-interview-the-early-riser>

 

Most ICANN new gTLD breaches were over a year ago

Almost three quarters of the security breaches logged against ICANN’s new gTLD portal occurred over a three-month period in early 2014, DI can reveal.

<http://domainincite.com/18483-most-icann-new-gtld-breaches-were-over-a-year-ago>

 

New TLDs (.XYZ?) boost Web.com’s bookings

Many in the domain name community blasted Web.com and .xyz for the hundreds of thousands of free domain names Web.com gave away last year through Network Solutions. Was it, perhaps, a brilliant business move?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/new-tlds-xyz-boost-web-coms-bookings/>

 

.porn and .adult sunrises net around 8,000 sales

The sunrise periods for .porn and .adult netted just shy of 4,000 domains per TLD, according to ICM Registry.

<http://domainincite.com/18479-porn-and-adult-sunrises-net-around-8000-sales>

 

No Trouble Finding Celebrities on .porn Sunrise Registration List

Scores of celebrities, cartoon characters and brand names decided to register new .porn gTLD domain names in the recently concluded sunrise period.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=194123>

 

“Naked aggression” or genius? .sucks trolls trademark event

.sucks registry Vox Populi has annoyed intellectual property interests by trolling a trademark conference with a .sucks mobile billboard.

<http://domainincite.com/18474-naked-aggression-or-genius-sucks-trolls-trademark-event>

 

Rightside Adds 3 New TLDs to Its Portfolio

Rightside ... has added three new TLDs: .FAMILY, .STUDIO, and .LIVE for users looking for more descriptive and memorable alternatives to .com.

<http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=910793>

 

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SECURITY

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Cerf thinks encryption back doors would be 'super risky'

Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf argued Monday that more users should encrypt their data, and that the encryption back doors the U.S. FBI and other law enforcement agencies are asking for will weaken online security.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574170/cerf-thinks-encryption-back-doors-would-super-risky/>

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/574170/cerf-thinks-encryption-back-doors-would-super-risky/>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Running for President? Better Name Your Website Domain Early

A message to anyone considering a political campaign: buy your domain names. Every possible one. And do so early. The latest example of a candidate who did not secure a website URL: Carly Fiorina, whose failure to register carlyfiorina.org allowed a group to use that Web address to host a site critical of her tenure at Hewlett-Packard on the day she announced her candidacy.

<http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/04/running-for-president-register-your-domain-names-early/>

 

US Presidential Candidate Really Should Have Remembered To Register Her Domain Name

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina just announced that she’s running for US President, gunning for the GOP presidential bid along with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. But it looks like she forgot to register her domain names before jumping into the political arena. Whoops.

<http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/05/us-presidential-candidate-really-should-have-remembered-to-register-her-domain-name/>

 

Vixie Proposes 'Cooling-Off Period' For New Domains To Deter Cybercrime

There's no legitimate reason for a new Internet domain name to be registered and go live in less than a minute, Internet pioneer Paul Vixie. "My challenge: Come up with a non-criminal reason you might need that" speed of setting up a new domain name, he says.

<http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/vixie-proposes-cooling-off-period-for-new-domains-to-deter-cybercrime/d/d-id/1320310>

 

us: $100,000 for a website domain name? Rand Paul pays up

A tip for people thinking of running for president: Get the rights to your name on the Internet early; failure to do so just cost Sen. Rand Paul $100,000.

<http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-rand-paul-domain-name-20150506-story.html>

 

us: Rand Paul paid $100,000 for his domain. What other domains cost that much?

In his first day on the 2016 campaign trail, Rand Paul raised just less than $1 million -- meaning that he only spent a little more than two hours worth of said fundraising on RandPaul.com. For you see, the National Journal reports that Paul's team laid out $100,980 to buy the domain from the people who'd owned it for years.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/06/rand-paul-paid-100000-for-his-domain-what-other-domains-cost-that-much/>

 

us: Rand Paul Apparently Paid $100,000 for RandPaul.com

Days before Paul launched his bid for president, his campaign shelled out more than $100,000 to a domain-buying firm to purchase a "domain name." Soon after, RandPaul.com, which had previously been a pro-Paul site run by his fans, emerged as the official portal for the campaign.

<http://www.nationaljournal.com/2016-elections/rand-paul-apparently-paid-100-000-for-randpaul-com-20150506>

 

Trolling in the name of Republicans: website squatters beat candidates to the punch

A popular website for the former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina went live on Monday morning, as she announced her candidacy for president.

<http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/04/republicans-carly-fiorina-website-squatters>

 

Ted Cruz 2016? Try 2032

Please welcome the president of the future. With Tuesday's addition of Mike Huckabee, the Republican presidential field for 2016 seems to be shaping up. But speculators have been busy for years trying to guess which candidates will be throwing their hats into the ring for 2020 and even into the 2030s.

<http://www.cnbc.com/id/102650699>

 

Dot-brand gTLD guilty of domain name hijacking

Fashion retailer Mango, which owns its own dot-brand gTLD, has been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking after allegedly doctoring evidence in a .uk cybersquatting case.

<http://domainincite.com/18493-dot-brand-gtld-guilty-of-domain-name-hijacking>

 

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- IPv4/IPv6

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Get ready to wait in line for more IPv4 addresses

For some time now, we've been writing about how IPv4 addresses are running out. Very soon, ARIN, which distributes IP addresses in North America, will have to say "no" to a member requesting IPv4 addresses, even though they qualify for getting them.

<http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/05/get-ready-to-wait-in-line-for-more-ipv4-addresses/>

 

Vint Cerf tells Internet users to ask ISPs for IPv6

At the US National Press Club, ‘Father of the Internet’ Vint Cerf and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google talks IPv6 for ‘Internet of Things' and more.

<http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67944-video-vint-cerf-tells-internet-users-to-ask-isps-for-ipv6>

 

'Internet of Things' demands more Web addresses, Internet founder says

An explosion in the number of devices that needed Internet protocol addresses as part of the "Internet of Things" has created a slower Internet for some users and a series of website problems, online pioneer Vint Cerf said Monday.

<http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/04/vint-cerf-internet-of-things-needs-more-sites/26890517/>

 

IPv4 – Beyond Exhaustion: The Real Market for IPv4 Addresses

Dire predictions about IPv4 address exhaustion have been made. Yes, it is true most IPv4 addresses have been allocated, but did you know that 800 million to 1 billion of the IPv4 addresses allocated are not in use?

<http://telecomreseller.com/2015/05/05/ipv4-beyond-exhaustion-the-real-market-for-ipv4-addresses/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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INTA 2015: Trademark Practitioners Must Redefine Their Role in Branding

The 137th International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting just wrapped up in San Diego, and by all accounts, it was the biggest ever—with nearly 10,000 trademark practitioners from more than 150 countries in attendance. ... A major talking point this year was the marketing tactics of the .sucks gTLD: a mobile billboard bearing the words “inta.sucks”; a large screen displaying well-known brands followed by the “.sucks” suffix; and even “.sucks” condoms being handed out in the name of brand protection (possibly).

<http://brandchannel.com/2015/05/06/inta-trademark-brand-050615/>

 

People wasting money on Princess Charlotte Domain Names

People register domain names whenever a celebrity baby is born, and the news of the latest British royal baby is Princess Charlotte is no exception.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/people-wasting-money-on-princess-charlotte-domain-names/>

 

An Overview On The Domain Names Sector

About Domain Names: Domain names are unique names that identify websites. When you access a website, the domain name is dynamically translated to an IP address by a service called the DNS. Ensuring the security and stability of the DNS is among the key responsibilities of ICANN.

<http://seekingalpha.com/article/3136836-an-overview-on-the-domain-names-sector>

 

Verisign wants patent for “Searchable Web Whois”

Verisign has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a “searchable web whois”. The application was filed in 2012 and just published today.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/05/verisign-wants-patent-for-searchable-web-whois/>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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The value of short domain names with Andrew Rosener – DNW Podcast #31

Andrew Rosener, founder of domain name brokerage Media Options, discusses the rapid price appreciation of short domain names including 2 and 3-character domains (and even longer). Why are they shooting up in value? How much are they worth?

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/the-value-of-short-domain-names-with-andrew-rosener-dnw-podcast-31/>

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Dallas Buyers Club: Federal Court orders internet service providers pay 75pc of film owner's legal costs

The Federal Court has ordered a group of internet service providers, including iiNet, to pay 75 per cent of the legal costs relating to the Dallas Buyers Club copyright case.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-06/federal-court-orders-isps-pay-dallas-buyers-club-legal-costs/6449670>

 

iiNet infringers a step closer to Dallas Buyers Club notices

iiNet users who illegally downloaded Hollywood blockbuster Dallas Buyers Club are a step closer to receiving a letter for infringing copyright.

<http://www.afr.com/technology/iinet-infringers-a-step-closer-to-dallas-buyers-club-notices-20150506-ggvg8p>

 

iiNet dealt another blow in Dallas Buyers Club piracy case

iiNet and a group of other Australian internet service providers have been ordered to pay 75 per cent of Dallas Buyers Club's owners' legal costs after failing to convince a judge to not hand over the identities of pirates alleged to have shared the studio's film online.

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/iinet-dealt-another-blow-in-dallas-buyers-club-piracy-case-20150506-ggvg5o.html>

 

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ONLINE CRIME & LEGAL

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Fairfax v. Telstra: Metadata Ruling Adds Confusion to Australia's Privacy Laws

An Australian journalist has won the right to obtain his metadata from telco provider Telstra, creating an increasingly murky definition of what constitutes private information.

<http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2407002/fairfax-v-telstra-metadata-ruling-adds-confusion-to-australias-privacy-laws>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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au: NSW Privacy Commissioner calls for mandatory data breach notification

NSW Privacy Commissioner Doctor Elizabeth Coombs has called for amendments to be made to the Privacy and Personal Information Protection (PIPP) Act from 1998 to bring it in line with 21st Century privacy concerns.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574316/nsw-privacy-commissioner-calls-mandatory-data-breach-notification/>

 

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

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Australia lagging behind in digital maturity due to slow internet speeds; lack of infrastructure, report finds

Australia lags behind other countries in digital maturity and is at significant risk of falling further behind without government commitment and investment to develop Australia into a truly digital economy, a new report released today has found.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-04/australia-lagging-behind-in-digital-maturity-report-finds/6442580>

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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au: Labor proposes adopting two-stage NBN policy

In its draft national platform, Labor has said it will need to complete the National Broadband Network (NBN) in two stages, rather than immediately returning to its original fibre-to-the-premises rollout.

<http://www.zdnet.com/article/labor-proposes-adopting-two-stage-nbn-policy/>

 

 

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vint Cerf: U.S. needs to step away from ICANN oversight<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://fedscoop.com/vint-cerf-u-s-icann-oversight"><span>http://fedscoop.com/vint-cerf-u-s-icann-oversight</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Call to the Global ccTLD Community on the IANA Stewardship Transition &ndash; Let&rsquo;s Have Our Voice Heard</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Byron Holland</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-call-to-the-global-cctld-community-on-the-iana-stewardship-transition-let-s-have-our-voice-heard-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-call-to-the-global-cctld-community-on-the-iana-stewardship-transition-let-s-have-our-voice-heard-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Whois privacy reforms incoming<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18487-whois-privacy-reforms-incoming"><span>http://domainincite.com/18487-whois-privacy-reforms-incoming</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Adult domain sunrises break records despite trademark counsel &ldquo;domain fatigue&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=ee8419eb-8a6b-45ec-8dbc-59be616a365f"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=ee8419eb-8a6b-45ec-8dbc-59be616a365f</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vixie Proposes 'Cooling-Off Period' For New Domains To Deter Cybercrime<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/vixie-proposes-cooling-off-period-for-new-domains-to-deter-cybercrime/d/d-id/1320310"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/vixie-proposes-cooling-off-period-for-new-domains-to-deter-cybercrime/d/d-id/1320310</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vint Cerf tells Internet users to ask ISPs for IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67944-video-vint-cerf-tells-internet-users-to-ask-isps-for-ipv6"><span>http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67944-video-vint-cerf-tells-internet-users-to-ask-isps-for-ipv6</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNANCE<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Future of the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vint Cerf, also known as a co-founder of the Internet, spoke on the future of the Web. He addressed the importance of adopting new technologies to ensure Internet security. Other topics included Internet policy, &ldquo;net neutrality,&rdquo; and encryption technology. Following his prepared remarks he answered written questions from audience members.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.c-span.org/video/?325750-1/google-vice-president-vint-cerf-future-internet"><span>http://www.c-span.org/video/?325750-1/google-vice-president-vint-cerf-future-internet</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vint Cerf: U.S. needs to step away from ICANN oversight<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vint Cerf, widely regarded as one of the "fathers of the Internet," said it's time for the United States to relinquish oversight of ICANN, allowing a global multistakeholder group to take over management responsibilities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://fedscoop.com/vint-cerf-u-s-icann-oversight"><span>http://fedscoop.com/vint-cerf-u-s-icann-oversight</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet governance: What if the sky really is falling?</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">There is nothing, I have observed, that makes readers&rsquo; eyes glaze over quite like a discussion of &ldquo;Internet governance.&rdquo; It is entirely understandable; there has been a fair bit of hand-waving and even hand-wringing, about Internet governance over the past couple of decades &ndash; I have been among the guilty on this &ndash; and nothing much ever actually happens; governance talk turns out to be just that &ndash; talk &ndash; while the Internet seems to purr along quite well from one day to the next, with no more &ldquo;governance&rdquo; than it seemed to have ten or twenty years ago, thank you very much.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/05/04/internet-governance-what-if-the-sky-really-is-falling/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/05/04/internet-governance-what-if-the-sky-really-is-falling/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Call to the Global ccTLD Community on the IANA Stewardship Transition &ndash; Let&rsquo;s Have Our Voice Heard</span><span> by </span><span lang="EN">Byron Holland</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On April 22, the working group responsible for developing a proposal for a system to replace the role the United States Government currently has with IANA published its second &ndash; and likely final &ndash; draft proposal for public comment. With the withdrawal of the U.S. Government, the development of the Internet has reached a critical juncture. I believe that input from the global ccTLD managers is critical to ensuring our community's unique needs are reflected in the final proposal.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-call-to-the-global-cctld-community-on-the-iana-stewardship-transition-let-s-have-our-voice-heard-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/a-call-to-the-global-cctld-community-on-the-iana-stewardship-transition-let-s-have-our-voice-heard-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>IDN ccTLD Request from Greece Successfully Passes String Evaluation<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>ICANN is pleased to announce the successful evaluation of the proposed IDN ccTLD string for Greece.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability): Presentation on the Draft Report for Public Comment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability was established to initiate a related process to the IANA Stewardship Transition process to ensure that ICANN's accountability and transparency commitments to the global Internet community are maintained and enhanced in the absence of its historical contractual relationship with the U.S. Government.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-04-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-04-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Holds Calls with Community on Public Comments Submitted on the Draft FY16 Operating Plan and Budget<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN will be holding community calls during which the comments submitted on the Draft FY16 Operating Plan and Budget will be presented by the submitters to ICANN Staff, in order to enhance the understanding of the comments, and thus supporting an improved response quality.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GNSO Privacy &amp; Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group Initial Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Purpose (Brief): This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input on the Initial Report from the GNSO's Policy Development Process Working Group on issues relating to the accreditation of privacy and proxy service providers.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-05-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-05-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet &ndash; a key to growth and job revival in Europe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">What is keeping Spain and Italy from fully exploiting the potential of the Internet economy? At a time when both countries are striving to re-ignite their economic engines, the Internet could be the key to a growth and jobs revival &ndash; but how do we get there?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-internet-a-key-to-growth-and-job-revival-in-europe"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-internet-a-key-to-growth-and-job-revival-in-europe</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Meet The NextGen <at> ICANN 53 Buenos Aires Members<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN's Development and Public Responsibility Department (DPRD) is pleased to announce the newest group of admitted members to the popular NextGen <at> ICANN program. Started less than a year ago, this program has grown and become one of the most exciting opportunities for members of the next generation of Internet users to get involved with ICANN and the global Internet community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/meet-the-nextgen-icann-53-buenos-aires-members"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/meet-the-nextgen-icann-53-buenos-aires-members</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Letter from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) to ICANN</span><span><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/ascap-to-icann-24apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/ascap-to-icann-24apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Caribbean spirit &ndash; our awareness efforts in Saint Lucia<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>It is always a pleasure to come to the Caribbean; not only because of the beautiful natural landscape and incredible food but also (and above all) because of its people. The culture and language may be different but yet you feel home. They have this unique hospitality and continuous appreciation for each of the many visitors that come to their countries. That Caribbean spirit permeated and manifested itself in all our activities this week.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-caribbean-spirit-our-awareness-efforts-in-saint-lucia"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/blog/the-caribbean-spirit-our-awareness-efforts-in-saint-lucia</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A Community Message from Fadi Chehad&eacute;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Following the posting of draft proposals for public comment by Cross Community Working Groups on the IANA Stewardship Transition (CWG-Stewardship) and on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability), ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehad&eacute; reflects on these accomplishments and gives his view of the road ahead.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMusmAcQpu0"><span>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMusmAcQpu0</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Board Member and Former GAC Chair to Give Evidence in .Africa Case by Michele Neylon<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The controversy over the competing .africa TLD applications has been going on for some time. A recent decision by the International Centre For Dispute Resolution (ICDR) said that ICANN had breached its own by-laws and has questioned why ICANN won't allow a current board member and the former GAC Chair to speak to them and provide evidence. A letter that was published on the ICANN site yesterday suggests that ICANN may have changed their tune.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetnews.me/2015/05/05/icann-board-member-and-former-gac-chair-to-give-evidence-in-africa-case/"><span>http://www.internetnews.me/2015/05/05/icann-board-member-and-former-gac-chair-to-give-evidence-in-africa-case/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Don&rsquo;t be afraid of ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">If you would like to join ICANN&rsquo;s nearly 400-member Intellectual Property Constituency but are concerned that it might be too technical or that you will be overwhelmed by material then Gregory Shatan of Abelman, Frayne &amp; Schwab, President of the IPC is keen to reassure you.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.managingip.com/Article/3450483/Managing-Trade-marks-Archive/Dont-be-afraid-of-ICANNs-Intellectual-Property-Constituency.html"><span>http://www.managingip.com/Article/3450483/Managing-Trade-marks-Archive/Dont-be-afraid-of-ICANNs-Intellectual-Property-Constituency.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Whois privacy reforms incoming<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Whois privacy services will become regulated by ICANN under proposals published today, but there&rsquo;s a big disagreement about whether all companies should be allowed to use them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18487-whois-privacy-reforms-incoming"><span>http://domainincite.com/18487-whois-privacy-reforms-incoming</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Club domain names by the numbers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Club celebrates the first anniversary of its general availability tomorrow. The </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> has eclipsed 200,000 domain names, making it one of the most-registered new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/06/club-domain-names-by-the-numbers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/06/club-domain-names-by-the-numbers/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">de Is Everywhere &ndash; The Homes of .de Domains</span><span>: DENIC domain map 2014: The regional distribution of .de domains in Germany</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In every district and every city of Germany, you find .de domains. They are literally everywhere. The re-gional domain statistics 2014 published by DENIC, the registry for .de domains, map their distribution in detail. As at 31 December 2014, about 14.6 million .de domains were registered in 402 cities and districts of Germany. Adding to these numbers are more than one million domains of holders whose place of resi-dence is abroad. In total, about 15.8 million .de domains were registered at the end of 2014. Domain de-velopment in 2014 was slightly slower than in the preceding years and confirmed the East-West divide of .de domain distribution.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/4021.html"><span>http://www.denic.de/en/denic-in-dialogue/press-releases/press/4021.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Com domain name winners and losers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN just published the most recent .com transactions report, reflecting registrar results for .com from January.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/05/com-domain-name-winners-and-losers/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/05/com-domain-name-winners-and-losers/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Berlin Still Number One For .DE, While Osnabruck Leads On Per Capita Basis<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Berlin is the city with easily the most .de domain names registered in Germany. As of 31 December 2014 there were 955,484 registered out of a total of 14.6 million. And a further one million domains are registered outside Germany.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23760"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23760</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/05/berlin-number-one-for-de/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/05/05/berlin-number-one-for-de/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Public Interest Registry Launches OnGood for NGOs to Increase Awareness Online<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Public Interest Registry (PIR) has officially launched its OnGood community website on Wednesday, making it generally available to international non-governmental organizations who register for .NGO and .ONG domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/public-interest-registry-launches-ongood-for-ngos-to-increase-awareness-online"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/public-interest-registry-launches-ongood-for-ngos-to-increase-awareness-online</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NiRA Opens .Ng Domain Name under &lsquo;i.ng&rsquo; Zone &ndash; Udeagu<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has added a new boost to the cyberspace with the registration of new domain names under the &lsquo;.i.ng&rsquo; zone.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://dailytimes.com.ng/nira-opens-ng-domain-name-under-i-ng-zone-udeagu/"><span>http://dailytimes.com.ng/nira-opens-ng-domain-name-under-i-ng-zone-udeagu/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">InternetNZ announces new funding for internet research<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">InternetNZ has today announced the recipients of its latest Community Grants funding round, focused on internet research.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://bizedge.co.nz/story/internetnz-announces-new-funding-internet-research/"><span>http://bizedge.co.nz/story/internetnz-announces-new-funding-internet-research/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Congress to put .sucks on trial<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The US Congress is to hold a hearing to look into the .sucks gTLD and ICANN accountability.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18495-congress-to-put-sucks-on-trial"><span>http://domainincite.com/18495-congress-to-put-sucks-on-trial</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Adult domain sunrises break records despite trademark counsel &ldquo;domain fatigue&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">After a record-breaking double sunrise period for its &lsquo;.adult&rsquo; and &lsquo;.porn&rsquo; gTLD strings, ICM Registry has announced it is expanding its programme for trademark owners by allowing sunrise B applicants access to its domain matching programme. The move comes at a time when, according to ICM Registry&rsquo;s legal counsel, trademark counsel are clearly suffering from &ldquo;domain fatigue&rdquo;.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=ee8419eb-8a6b-45ec-8dbc-59be616a365f"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=ee8419eb-8a6b-45ec-8dbc-59be616a365f</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; goes on marketing offensive, counsel are urged to engage on new gTLDs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">One talking point at this year&rsquo;s INTA Annual meeting has been the marketing offensive launched by &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo;. During the conference it has been hard to ignore the mobile billboard driving around with &lsquo;inta.sucks&rsquo; emblazoned on its side, or to avoid having &lsquo;.sucks&rsquo; branded condoms pressed into your hands. We have also heard rumours that more marketing activities are planned.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530f2469-40a7-4738-97a3-5efe9685f60e"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=530f2469-40a7-4738-97a3-5efe9685f60e</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">URS, Trademark Clearinghouse Flaws Called Out in Responses to ICANN TM Rights Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rights protection mechanisms (RPM) designed to protect trademark owners in the new g</span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN"> program have seen limited participation due in part to their inherent weaknesses, comments on an I</span><span>CANN</span><span lang="EN"> draft report suggest.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.bna.com/urs-trademark-clearinghouse-n17179926139/"><span>http://www.bna.com/urs-trademark-clearinghouse-n17179926139/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">J. Scott Evans: the early riser<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">INTA&rsquo;s president for 2015, J. Scott Evans, has some clear aims for his tenure and some strong opinions on a range of trademark issues. WIPR found out more. ... On a less positive note, however, Evans reveals his worries about the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), a group of government members that advises ICANN, an organisation INTA has worked with for a long time.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.worldipreview.com/article/inta-interview-the-early-riser"><span>http://www.worldipreview.com/article/inta-interview-the-early-riser</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Most ICANN new gTLD breaches were over a year ago<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Almost three quarters of the security breaches logged against ICANN&rsquo;s new gTLD portal occurred over a three-month period in early 2014, DI can reveal.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18483-most-icann-new-gtld-breaches-were-over-a-year-ago"><span>http://domainincite.com/18483-most-icann-new-gtld-breaches-were-over-a-year-ago</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New TLDs (.XYZ?) boost Web.com&rsquo;s bookings<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Many in the domain name community blasted Web.com and .xyz for the hundreds of thousands of free domain names Web.com gave away last year through Network Solutions. Was it, perhaps, a brilliant business move?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/new-tlds-xyz-boost-web-coms-bookings/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/new-tlds-xyz-boost-web-coms-bookings/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.porn and .adult sunrises net around 8,000 sales<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The sunrise periods for .porn and .adult netted just shy of 4,000 domains per TLD, according to ICM Registry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18479-porn-and-adult-sunrises-net-around-8000-sales"><span>http://domainincite.com/18479-porn-and-adult-sunrises-net-around-8000-sales</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">No Trouble Finding Celebrities on .porn Sunrise Registration List<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Scores of celebrities, cartoon characters and brand names decided to register new .porn gTLD domain names in the recently concluded sunrise period.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=194123"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=194123</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&ldquo;Naked aggression&rdquo; or genius? .sucks trolls trademark event<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.sucks registry Vox Populi has annoyed intellectual property interests by trolling a trademark conference with a .sucks mobile billboard.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18474-naked-aggression-or-genius-sucks-trolls-trademark-event"><span>http://domainincite.com/18474-naked-aggression-or-genius-sucks-trolls-trademark-event</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rightside Adds 3 New TLDs to Its Portfolio<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rightside ... has added three new TLDs: .FAMILY, .STUDIO, and .LIVE for users looking for more descriptive and memorable alternatives to .com.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=910793"><span>http://investors.rightside.co/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=910793</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cerf thinks encryption back doors would be 'super risky'<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf argued Monday that more users should encrypt their data, and that the encryption back doors the U.S. FBI and other law enforcement agencies are asking for will weaken online security.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574170/cerf-thinks-encryption-back-doors-would-super-risky/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574170/cerf-thinks-encryption-back-doors-would-super-risky/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/574170/cerf-thinks-encryption-back-doors-would-super-risky/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/574170/cerf-thinks-encryption-back-doors-would-super-risky/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Running for President? Better Name Your Website Domain Early<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A message to anyone considering a political campaign: buy your domain names. Every possible one. And do so early. The latest example of a candidate who did not secure a website URL: Carly Fiorina, whose failure to register carlyfiorina.org allowed a group to use that Web address to host a site critical of her tenure at Hewlett-Packard on the day she announced her candidacy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/04/running-for-president-register-your-domain-names-early/"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/04/running-for-president-register-your-domain-names-early/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">US Presidential Candidate Really Should Have Remembered To Register Her Domain Name<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina just announced that she&rsquo;s running for US President, gunning for the GOP presidential bid along with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. But it looks like she forgot to register her domain names before jumping into the political arena. Whoops.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/05/us-presidential-candidate-really-should-have-remembered-to-register-her-domain-name/"><span>http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/05/us-presidential-candidate-really-should-have-remembered-to-register-her-domain-name/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vixie Proposes 'Cooling-Off Period' For New Domains To Deter Cybercrime<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">There's no legitimate reason for a new Internet domain name to be registered and go live in less than a minute, Internet pioneer Paul Vixie. "My challenge: Come up with a non-criminal reason you might need that" speed of setting up a new domain name, he says.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/vixie-proposes-cooling-off-period-for-new-domains-to-deter-cybercrime/d/d-id/1320310"><span>http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/vixie-proposes-cooling-off-period-for-new-domains-to-deter-cybercrime/d/d-id/1320310</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: $100,000 for a website domain name? Rand Paul pays up</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A tip for people thinking of running for president: Get the rights to your name on the Internet early; failure to do so just cost Sen. Rand Paul $100,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-rand-paul-domain-name-20150506-story.html"><span>http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-rand-paul-domain-name-20150506-story.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: Rand Paul paid $100,000 for his domain. What other domains cost that much?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In his first day on the 2016 campaign trail, Rand Paul raised just less than $1 million -- meaning that he only spent a little more than two hours worth of said fundraising on RandPaul.com. For you see, the National Journal reports that Paul's team laid out $100,980 to buy the domain from the people who'd owned it for years.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/06/rand-paul-paid-100000-for-his-domain-what-other-domains-cost-that-much/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/05/06/rand-paul-paid-100000-for-his-domain-what-other-domains-cost-that-much/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">us: Rand Paul Apparently Paid $100,000 for RandPaul.com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Days before Paul launched his bid for president, his campaign shelled out more than $100,000 to a domain-buying firm to purchase a "domain name." Soon after, RandPaul.com, which had previously been a pro-Paul site run by his fans, emerged as the official portal for the campaign.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2016-elections/rand-paul-apparently-paid-100-000-for-randpaul-com-20150506"><span>http://www.nationaljournal.com/2016-elections/rand-paul-apparently-paid-100-000-for-randpaul-com-20150506</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Trolling in the name of Republicans: website squatters beat candidates to the punch<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A popular website for the former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina went live on Monday morning, as she announced her candidacy for president.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/04/republicans-carly-fiorina-website-squatters"><span>http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/04/republicans-carly-fiorina-website-squatters</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Ted Cruz 2016? Try 2032<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Please welcome the president of the future. With Tuesday's addition of Mike Huckabee, the Republican presidential field for 2016 seems to be shaping up. But speculators have been busy for years trying to guess which candidates will be throwing their hats into the ring for 2020 and even into the 2030s.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/102650699"><span>http://www.cnbc.com/id/102650699</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dot-brand gTLD guilty of domain name hijacking<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fashion retailer Mango, which owns its own dot-brand gTLD, has been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking after allegedly doctoring evidence in a .uk cybersquatting case.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18493-dot-brand-gtld-guilty-of-domain-name-hijacking"><span>http://domainincite.com/18493-dot-brand-gtld-guilty-of-domain-name-hijacking</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - IPv4/IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Get ready to wait in line for more IPv4 addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">For some time now, we've been writing about how IPv4 addresses are running out. Very soon, ARIN</span><span>,</span><span lang="EN"> which distributes IP addresses in North America, will have to say "no" to a member requesting IPv4 addresses, even though they qualify for getting them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/05/get-ready-to-wait-in-line-for-more-ipv4-addresses/"><span>http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/05/get-ready-to-wait-in-line-for-more-ipv4-addresses/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vint Cerf tells Internet users to ask ISPs for IPv6<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">At the US National Press Club, &lsquo;Father of the Internet&rsquo; Vint Cerf and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google talks IPv6 for &lsquo;Internet of Things' and more.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67944-video-vint-cerf-tells-internet-users-to-ask-isps-for-ipv6"><span>http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/67944-video-vint-cerf-tells-internet-users-to-ask-isps-for-ipv6</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">'Internet of Things' demands more Web addresses, Internet founder says<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An explosion in the number of devices that needed Internet protocol addresses as part of the "Internet of Things" has created a slower Internet for some users and a series of website problems, online pioneer Vint Cerf said Monday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/04/vint-cerf-internet-of-things-needs-more-sites/26890517/"><span>http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/05/04/vint-cerf-internet-of-things-needs-more-sites/26890517/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">IPv4 &ndash; Beyond Exhaustion: The Real Market for IPv4 Addresses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dire predictions about IPv4 address exhaustion have been made. Yes, it is true most IPv4 addresses have been allocated, but did you know that 800 million to 1 billion of the IPv4 addresses allocated are not in use?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://telecomreseller.com/2015/05/05/ipv4-beyond-exhaustion-the-real-market-for-ipv4-addresses/"><span>http://telecomreseller.com/2015/05/05/ipv4-beyond-exhaustion-the-real-market-for-ipv4-addresses/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">INTA 2015: Trademark Practitioners Must Redefine Their Role in Branding<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The 137th International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting just wrapped up in San Diego, and by all accounts, it was the biggest ever&mdash;with nearly 10,000 trademark practitioners from more than 150 countries in attendance.</span><span> ... </span><span lang="EN">A major talking point this year was the marketing tactics of the .sucks gTLD: a mobile billboard bearing the words &ldquo;inta.sucks&rdquo;; a large screen displaying well-known brands followed by the &ldquo;.sucks&rdquo; suffix; and even &ldquo;.sucks&rdquo; condoms being handed out in the name of brand protection (possibly).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://brandchannel.com/2015/05/06/inta-trademark-brand-050615/"><span>http://brandchannel.com/2015/05/06/inta-trademark-brand-050615/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">People wasting money on Princess Charlotte Domain Names<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">People register domain names whenever a celebrity baby is born, and the news of the latest British royal baby is Princess Charlotte is no exception.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/people-wasting-money-on-princess-charlotte-domain-names/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/people-wasting-money-on-princess-charlotte-domain-names/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An Overview On The Domain Names Sector<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">About Domain Names: Domain names are unique names that identify websites. When you access a website, the domain name is dynamically translated to an IP address by a service called the DNS. Ensuring the security and stability of the DNS is among the key responsibilities of ICANN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://seekingalpha.com/article/3136836-an-overview-on-the-domain-names-sector"><span>http://seekingalpha.com/article/3136836-an-overview-on-the-domain-names-sector</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Verisign wants patent for &ldquo;Searchable Web Whois&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Verisign has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a &ldquo;searchable web whois&rdquo;. The application was filed in 2012 and just published today.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/05/verisign-wants-patent-for-searchable-web-whois/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/05/verisign-wants-patent-for-searchable-web-whois/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The value of short domain names with Andrew Rosener &ndash; DNW Podcast #31<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Andrew Rosener, founder of domain name brokerage Media Options, discusses the rapid price appreciation of short domain names including 2 and 3-character domains (and even longer). Why are they shooting up in value? How much are they worth?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/the-value-of-short-domain-names-with-andrew-rosener-dnw-podcast-31/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/05/04/the-value-of-short-domain-names-with-andrew-rosener-dnw-podcast-31/</span></a>&gt;<br><br>**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Dallas Buyers Club: Federal Court orders internet service providers pay 75pc of film owner's legal costs<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Federal Court has ordered a group of internet service providers, including iiNet, to pay 75 per cent of the legal costs relating to the Dallas Buyers Club copyright case.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-06/federal-court-orders-isps-pay-dallas-buyers-club-legal-costs/6449670"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-06/federal-court-orders-isps-pay-dallas-buyers-club-legal-costs/6449670</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">iiNet infringers a step closer to Dallas Buyers Club notices<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">iiNet users who illegally downloaded Hollywood blockbuster Dallas Buyers Club are a step closer to receiving a letter for infringing copyright.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.afr.com/technology/iinet-infringers-a-step-closer-to-dallas-buyers-club-notices-20150506-ggvg8p"><span>http://www.afr.com/technology/iinet-infringers-a-step-closer-to-dallas-buyers-club-notices-20150506-ggvg8p</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">iiNet dealt another blow in Dallas Buyers Club piracy case<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">iiNet and a group of other Australian internet service providers have been ordered to pay 75 per cent of Dallas Buyers Club's owners' legal costs after failing to convince a judge to not hand over the identities of pirates alleged to have shared the studio's film online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/iinet-dealt-another-blow-in-dallas-buyers-club-piracy-case-20150506-ggvg5o.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/iinet-dealt-another-blow-in-dallas-buyers-club-piracy-case-20150506-ggvg5o.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE CRIME &amp; LEGAL<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Fairfax v. Telstra: Metadata Ruling Adds Confusion to Australia's Privacy Laws<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">An Australian journalist has won the right to obtain his metadata from telco provider Telstra, creating an increasingly murky definition of what constitutes private information.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2407002/fairfax-v-telstra-metadata-ruling-adds-confusion-to-australias-privacy-laws"><span>http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/2407002/fairfax-v-telstra-metadata-ruling-adds-confusion-to-australias-privacy-laws</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: NSW Privacy Commissioner calls for mandatory data breach notification<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NSW Privacy Commissioner Doctor Elizabeth Coombs has called for amendments to be made to the Privacy and Personal Information Protection (PIPP) Act from 1998 to bring it in line with 21st Century privacy concerns.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574316/nsw-privacy-commissioner-calls-mandatory-data-breach-notification/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/574316/nsw-privacy-commissioner-calls-mandatory-data-breach-notification/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GOVERNMENT &amp; POLICY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**************************≤p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australia lagging behind in digital maturity due to slow internet speeds; lack of infrastructure, report finds<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australia lags behind other countries in digital maturity and is at significant risk of falling further behind without government commitment and investment to develop Australia into a truly digital economy, a new report released today has found.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-04/australia-lagging-behind-in-digital-maturity-report-finds/6442580"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-04/australia-lagging-behind-in-digital-maturity-report-finds/6442580</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Labor proposes adopting two-stage NBN policy<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In its draft national platform, Labor has said it will need to complete the National Broadband Network (NBN) in two stages, rather than immediately returning to its original fibre-to-the-premises rollout.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/labor-proposes-adopting-two-stage-nbn-policy/"><span>http://www.zdnet.com/article/labor-proposes-adopting-two-stage-nbn-policy/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>David Goldstein<p></p></span></p>
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ICANN wants an IANA functions monopoly – will it wreck the transition process to get it? by Milton Mueller

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/28/icann-wants-an-iana-functions-monopoly-and-its-willing-to-wreck-the-transition-process-to-get-it/>

 

How ICANN pressures 'net engineers to give it behind-the-scenes control of the web

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/01/icann_iana_latest/>

 

New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Update

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-30-en>

 

ICANN's bill for clawing global DNS from Uncle Sam: $7m and counting

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/icann_scrutiny/>

 

Dumb ICANN bug revealed secret financial data to new gTLD applicants

<http://domainincite.com/18455-dumb-icann-bug-revealed-secret-financial-data-to-new-gtld-applicants>

 

ICM Registry Breaks Record for .Porn, .Adult Sunrise Signups

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=194050>

 

 

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ICANN wants an IANA functions monopoly – will it wreck the transition process to get it? by Milton Mueller

At the ARIN meeting April 14, I was stunned by a presentation made by the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team. The CRISP team is composed of representatives drawn from the five regional Internet address registries. Everyone thought the process of developing an acceptable IANA transition proposal for numbers would be simple. Domain names was supposed to be the troublesome one; numbers was going to be the easy one. But now we are learning that what had seemed to be a smooth and stable transition for the numbers IANA functions is being undermined by ICANN’s management, and in a very disturbing way.

<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/28/icann-wants-an-iana-functions-monopoly-and-its-willing-to-wreck-the-transition-process-to-get-it/>

 

How ICANN pressures 'net engineers to give it behind-the-scenes control of the web

Behind-the-scenes efforts by ICANN's lawyers to force the internet community to grant it perpetual control of critical internet functions have been exposed.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/01/icann_iana_latest/>

 

Apathy continues to overwhelm effort to create an internet ungoverned by America

The effort to create a new global internet governance body has been dealt another blow after just 30 people responded to a critical month-long comment period, a third of which were hostile to the program.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/03/apathy_continues_to_overwhelm_netmundial_governance_effort/>

 

Remarks of Assistant Secretary Strickling at Internet2 Global Summit: Remarks of Lawrence E. Strickling

I am honored to be here to speak at Internet 2’s Global Summit. Internet2 has been a strong partner with NTIA as a recipient of a $62 million Recovery Act broadband grant. With this grant, Internet2 has lit or upgraded over 18,000 miles of a national fiber backbone network. This 100 gigabit per second backbone is accessible to more than 93,000 community anchor institutions through Internet 2’s partnership with regional research and education networks. Several of these networks also received NTIA grants so we know that in Michigan, North Carolina and numerous other states, the good work of Internet 2 and the research and education community is driving higher speeds and lower cost broadband for schools and other institutions of learning.

<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/speechtestimony/2015/remarks-assistant-secretary-strickling-internet2-global-summit>

 

Twenty Years after the Birth of the Modern Internet, U.S. Policies Continue to Help the Internet Grow and Thrive by John B. Morris, Jr., Associate Administrator and Director of Internet Policy, Office of Policy Analysis and Development

Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to speak at the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) to a group of foreign government officials focused on Internet and cybersecurity issues. My talk focused on how NTIA sees the role of the Internet in the U.S. economy, and what key policies have contributed to the strength of the U.S. Internet economy.

<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2015/twenty-years-after-birth-modern-internet-us-policies-continue-help-internet-grow-and-thriv>

 

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New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Update

ICANN today announced that the first phase of its investigation into a data exposure issue in the New gTLD Applicant and GDD (Global Domains Division) portals has concluded. These portals contain information from applicants to ICANN's New gTLD Program and new gTLD registry operators. No other systems were affected.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-30-en>

 

Board Approves ICANN Five-Year Operating Plan (FY16-FY20)

On the 26 April 2015, the Board met in Los Angles, California, and approved the ICANN Five-Year Operating Plan (FY16-FY20).

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-01-en>

 

ICG Announces Update Regarding Community Comments and the ICG Forum

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) today announced that it has published its process for handling comments submitted to the ICG Forum.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-01-en>

 

ICANN Data Breach Could Result in Unfair Competitive Advantage for New gTLD Applicants

Private data entered into the ICANN portals for new gTLD applicants and the GDD (Global Domains Division) was viewable in at least 36 log in sessions since April 2013, according to an ICANN statement issued on Thursday.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/icann-data-breach-result-unfair-competitive-advantage-new-gtld-applicants>

 

Senate Judiciary Leaders Ask New IP Czar to Facilitate ICANN-Focused Conversations by Philip Corwin

Daniel Marti was nominated to become the new White House “IP Czar” in August 2014 to replace Victoria Espinel. His predecessor, in yet another illustration of Washington’s “revolving door” shuffling key individuals between the government and private sector, departed the post a year earlier to become head of BSA/The Software Alliance, the leading trade group for the software industry.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/>

 

ICANN has spent $7M trying to get control of DNS from U.S. gov

Domain directory manager ICANN is reported to have spent nearly $7 million trying to gain complete control of the global DNS registries from the U.S. government in a bid to dominate how web address are allocated online.

<http://www.digitaljournal.com/internet/icann-has-spent-over-7m-trying-to-get-control-of-dns-from-us-gov/article/432291>

 

ICANN's bill for clawing global DNS from Uncle Sam: $7m and counting

Domain-name overseer ICANN is failing in two fundamental tasks, according to the US government, while spending millions of dollars of internet users' money trying to take control of the critical IANA technical contract.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/icann_scrutiny/>

 

Dumb ICANN bug revealed secret financial data to new gTLD applicants

Secret financial projections were among 330 pieces of confidential data revealed by an ICANN security bug.

<http://domainincite.com/18455-dumb-icann-bug-revealed-secret-financial-data-to-new-gtld-applicants>

 

Confidential information exposed over 300 times in ICANN security snafu

Two months after claiming there was "no indication" that confidential information was exposed in a security cock-up, domain name overseer ICANN has admitted it happened on at least 330 occasions.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/confidential_information_exposed_over_300_times_in_icann_security_snafu/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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DomainWire Global TLD Stat Report (Q1/2015)

The latest of CENTRs 'DomainWire Stat Report' is available (Edition 11 - Quarter 1, 2015). The report provides a global status update on TLDs (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs) with a focus on European ccTLDs.

<https://centr.org/news/04-30-2015/domainwire-global-tld-stat-report-2015_1>

 

dk: New deadline for deletion of non-validated domain name applications

In connection to the new requirement of registrant validations, DK Hostmaster has extended the time before applications are deleted to now be 60 days in total.

<https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-deadline-for-deletion-of-non-validated-domain-name-applications/>

 

New TLD .fit launches and partners with the Arnold Sports Festival

Minds + Machines Group, the owner and operator of the new .fit TLD, is delighted to announced that the Arnold Sports Festival, one of the many inspiring organizations associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger—the international film-star and seven-time Mr. Olympia winner—has taken several .fit domains names, including Arnold.fit and Arnoldsports.fit.

<http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/04/new-top-level-domain-fit-launches-and-partners-with-the-arnold-sports-festival/>

 

The .ME Domain Hits 800,000 Registrations

We are proud to announce that .ME domain name has passed 800,000 domain registrations! Since its launch in 2008 Montenegro’s country code domain has been marketed as a premier choice for building a personal brand and it quickly became one of the favourite new extensions among creative individuals who want to stand out online.

<http://domain.me/the-me-domain-hits-800000-registrations/>

 

12K and counting as Dot Kiwi captures NZ imagination

After a year of significant changes to New Zealand’s domain landscape, Dot Kiwi has sold more than 12,000 .kiwi domain names during its first year of operation.

<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/574065/12k-counting-dot-kiwi-captures-nz-imagination/>

 

Auction and release of one-character .se domains

.SE has decided to allow registration of .se domain names with only one character. The most attractive domain names will be released through an auction on Tradera.

<https://www.iis.se/english/news/auction-and-release-of-one-character-se-domains/>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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ICM Registry Breaks Record for .Porn, .Adult Sunrise Signups

ICM Registry today said that its .porn and .adult domain extensions each received about 4,000 registrations during the sunrise trademark period.

<http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=194050>

 

.Porn and .Adult domain names break sunrise records

ICM Registry domainsICM Registry announced today that its .Porn and .Adult domain names each received about 4,000 registrations during the sunrise trademark period. That’s more than any other new TLDs to date.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/30/porn-and-adult-domain-names-break-sunrise-records/>

 

ICM Just Made $1.2 Million On Sunrise Registrations For A $370K Investment

The ICM registry, which is the operator of .XXX, announced a short time ago that their two new extensions .porn and .adult each got around 4,000 registrations in the Sunrise Period which was opened to trademark holders.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/30/icm-just-made-1-2-million-on-sunrise-registrations-for-a-370k-investment/>

 

Donuts New gTLD Growth and Analysis (Second Report)

In our second report of the year, Donuts provides analysis of on the growth and usage of new web addresses, and thoughtful commentary on industry-relevant issues.

<http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-new-gtld-growth-and-analysis-second-report>

 

Lessons from .build one year after launch: Q&A with CEO and Founder George Minardos

The .build domain namespace opened in General Availability in April 2014, as a domain name designed specifically for the online needs of the building industry and beyond. As the appointed technical provider for .build, ARI Registry Services powered the launch and continued technical operations for this global domain name.

<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/lessons-from-build-one-year-after-launch-qa-with-ceo-and-founder-george-minardos/>

 

Rising to the new gTLD challenge

The coming months will show how brands rise to the challenges and opportunities of an internet audience that is still relatively uninformed about the new gTLD programme, says Samantha Demetriou of domain name strategy consultancy FairWinds Partners.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/rising-to-the-new-gtld-challenge>

 

Toward Effective Governance Of The .nyc TLD

While there are no published governance documents for the .nyc TLD, it’s our understanding that oversight is shared by representatives from the Department of Information and Telecom Technology, the Economic Development Corporation, the Office of Innovation and Technology, with the Department of Law advising. It’s a fluid process outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the contractor implementing consensus decisions.

<http://www.connectingnyc.org/toward-effective-governance-of-the-nyc-tld/>

 

Legal gTLDs on offer at INTA

Lexsynergy, a domain name management company, has announced it will be giving away .lawyer and .attorney domain names for free at the International Trademark Association’s upcoming annual conference.

<http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/legal-gtlds-on-offer-at-inta-4358>

 

.xyz dismisses own ads as “puffery”

XYZ.com has dismissed its own claim that .xyz is the “next .com” as “mere opinion or puffery”, in an attempt to resolve a false advertising lawsuit filed by Verisign.

<http://domainincite.com/18447-xyz-dismisses-own-ads-as-puffery>

 

Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Microsoft

Microsoft relaunched Internet Explorer this week as Edge – and the software giant is already prepared to accept that the new browser may absolutely suck.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/microsoft_edge_sucks/>

 

Time running out to shape ICANN’s review of trademark protection mechanisms [subscription]

The comment period for ICANN’s Rights Protection Mechanisms Review closes in two days. With just four comments posted to date, time is fast running out for counsel to help shape the organisation’s review of the trademark protections built into the gTLD programme.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Security team of the CZ.NIC Association will lead an international project

To strengthen trust and cooperation between national security teams and share their know-how and tools — these are the main objectives of the project Cyber ​​Security in Danube Region, which will be launched on April 1 and will be led by the CZ.NIC Association, which operates the National Security Team CSIRT.CZ. Other project collaborators include organizations from Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia and Moldova.

<http://www.nic.cz/page/2762/security-team-of-the-cz.nic-association-will-lead-an-international-project/>

 

Cyber warmongering in full swing

Friday, and I'm minded to follow up on some earlier columns, starting with this one from February about anti-virus veteran Mikko Hyppönen who said the internet is a huge social experiment on privacy, and nobody knows where it's going. There's more the internet social experiment though, namely cyber warfare.

<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11441662>

 

The Internet of Stupid Things by Geoff Huston

In those circles where Internet prognostications abound and policy makers flock to hear grand visions of the future, we often hear about the boundless future represented by “The Internet of Things”. This phrase encompasses some decades of the computing industry’s transition from computers as esoteric pieces of engineering affordable only by nations, to mainframes, desktops, laptops, handhelds, and now wrist computers. Where next? In the vision of the Internet of Things we are going to expand the Internet beyond people and press on with connecting up our world using billions of these chattering devices in every aspect of our world.

<http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-04/iotst.html>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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Brands take note! How Staedtler failed to get FIMO.CLUB

I think you’ll agree with me when I say: If you have a well known brand, which is also a global trademark, and a third party registers your brand.club, then obviously you can get it back legally. Piece of cake, right? Wrong! Here is one controversial WIPO domain name decision, which serves as a warning to global brands.

<http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/staedtler-lost-fimo-club-domain/>

 

Historic Pirate Bay Domain Decision Will Arrive Early May

After hearing argument from both the prosecutor and the organization in control of Sweden's .SE domain names this week, the Stockholm District Court will now consider the fate of two key Pirate Bay domains. With a verdict due in less than two weeks, will the Court order a historic confiscation or will the notorious site maintain its Swedish links?

<http://torrentfreak.com/historic-pirate-bay-domain-decision-will-arrive-early-may-150430/>

 

UDRP Spotlight: A New gTLD UDRP

In the olden days of UDRP complaints, when pleadings were submitted on printed paper, the domain landscape was ruled exclusively by TLDs such as .COM, .NET, .ORG, and their neglected cousin .BIZ. When a cybersquatter created some sort of not-too-clever knockoff of a well-known brand and was then hauled before the imposing authority of the NAF or the WIPO, Panels routinely said that the TLD of a domain can be discarded like an inedible apple stem since they add nothing to meaning of a domain or to the analysis of the first UDRP element: likelihood of confusion between the domain and the asserted trademark. Decisions involving domains in these “legacy” TLDs still apply this philosophy.

<http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-spotlight-new-gtld-udrp>

 

MPAA Funds Pro-Copyright Scholars to Influence Politics

While entertainment companies and authorities believe they are necessary to stem the tide of online infringement, many current anti-piracy strategies are putting Internet users at risk. Domain suspensions, seizures, plus search engine down-rankings are all playing a part in creating a less-safe online environment.

<http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-measures-putting-internet-users-at-risk-150503/>

 

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- MISCELLANEOUS

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Call for Comments for a Draft SLA for the IANA Numbering Services

On 15 January, 2015, the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team submitted the Internet Numbers Community Proposal to the request for proposals issued by the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG).

<https://www.nro.net/news/call-for-comments-for-a-draft-sla-for-the-iana-numbering-services>

 

Registration is now open for APNIC 40

Registration is now open for APNIC 40 in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 3 to 10 September 2015.

<http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/27/registration-is-now-open-for-apnic-40/>

 

Vint Cerf on ACM, internet issues, and quantum and machine computing

Vint Cerf, co-creator of the internet and polymath icon is continuing to be a catalyst for global innovation and change as he clearly demonstrates in my engaging chat with the legend. His influence on government, industry, education, society and its ripple effect with executives, technology professionals, enterprises, SMBs and consumers plus history is without measure.

<http://www.itworldcanada.com/blog/vint-cerf-on-acm-internet-issues-and-quantum-and-machine-computing/374085>

 

Marksmen and Com Laude, Launch MCL Domains To Be Based In Seattle

Marksmen and Com Laude, announce the launch of MCL Domains "offering efficient, reliable corporate domain name management services for North America.

<http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/01/marksmen-and-com-laude-launch-mcl-domains-to-be-based-in-seattle/>

 

DE-CIX Frankfurt Surpasses New Record Traffic Peak of 4 Terabits per Second

DE-CIX, the world’s leading exchange operator, announces that it has exceeded a new traffic milestone of 4 Terabit/s at its flagship Frankfurt exchange. For the past week, new record traffic peaks have inched up daily toward this incredible number, and the 4 Terabit/s level was finally surpassed on Tuesday evening, April 28.

<https://international.eco.de/2015/news/de-cix-frankfurt-surpasses-new-record-traffic-peak-of-4-terabits-per-second.html>

 

DomainFest to hold one-day event this June

DomainFest is heading to Bulgaria for a special one-day conference a little over a month from now.

<http://domainincite.com/18444-domainfest-to-hold-one-day-event-this-june>

 

A look at Neustar’s domain name base

Neustar reported earnings yesterday and released updated information on its base of domain names registered.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/30/a-look-at-neustars-domain-name-base/>

 

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DigitalOcean becomes the second largest hosting company in the world

DigitalOcean has grown to become the second-largest hosting company in the world in terms of web-facing computers, and shows no signs of slowing down.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/01/digitalocean-becomes-the-second-largest-hosting-company-in-the-world.html>

 

Hostinger hosts over 90% of all Steam phishing sites

Netcraft blocked more than 1,400 Steam phishing URLs last month, spread across 331 different websites. Surprisingly, more than 90% of these sites were hosted by just one company: Hostinger.

<http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/04/28/hostinger-hosts-over-90-of-all-steam-phishing-sites.html>

 

Canadian Web Host CleverHost Partners with SiteLock for Website Security

Canadian web hosting company CleverHost announced on Thursday that it recently started offering its customers website security services from SiteLock.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/canadian-web-host-cleverhost-partners-sitelock-website-security>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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Domain Matches Stock Ticker & Creates Direct Connection to GoDaddy Investor Relations Page

GoDaddy Inc. ... announced today it has bought the domain name GDDY.com. When visited, GDDY.com takes individuals to GoDaddy's Investor Relations page, enabling anyone to quickly find out more about the company. Right of the Dot, LLC, a domain name consulting service, helped broker the sale of the name.

<https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2015/GoDaddy-Purchases-GDDYcom-Through-Right-of-the-Dot-LLC/default.aspx>

 

3 Letter .Coms Hit a 2015 High With $290,000 Sale That Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart

We've been talking a lot about a boom in 3-letter .com sales this year and yet more fuel was added to the fire this week when broker George Hong of Guta.com closed the biggest sale of the year to date in that category - moving PPP.com for $290,000.

<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150429.htm>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: News Corp, Foxtel want Google to block piracy websites

Rights holders are pushing to broaden the scope of the federal government's proposed website-blocking regime to include more websites and to also allow them to ask search engines such as Google and Yahoo, in addition to internet service providers (ISPs), to block them.

<http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/news-corp-foxtel-want-google-to-block-piracy-websites-20150430-1mx4i2.html>

<http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/news-corp-foxtel-want-google-to-block-piracy-websites-20150430-1mx4i2.html>

 

Australian Copyright Censorship Bill Could Block VPNs and Circumvention Information

The steamroller that is the copyright enforcement machine continues to trundle along around the world, flattening obstacles such as fair use, privacy and freedom of expression in its path. One of its latest stops has been in Australia, where that country’s copyright site-blocking laws, first seriously mooted last year, were introduced into the Australian Federal Parliament last month.

<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/australian-copyright-censorship-bill-could-block-vpns-and-circumvention>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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The Internet of Stupid Things by Geoff Huston

In those circles where Internet prognostications abound and policy makers flock to hear grand visions of the future, we often hear about the boundless future represented by “The Internet of Things”. This phrase encompasses some decades of the computing industry’s transition from computers as esoteric pieces of engineering affordable only by nations, to mainframes, desktops, laptops, handhelds, and now wrist computers. Where next? In the vision of the Internet of Things we are going to expand the Internet beyond people and press on with connecting up our world using billions of these chattering devices in every aspect of our world.

<http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-04/iotst.html>

 

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au: Keeping the lid on NBN discontent by Mark Gregory

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been working assiduously to keep a lid on the simmering disquiet about the National Broadband Network (NBN). No news is good news, as far as Turnbull is concerned, but it would be too early for him to claim that he has completely nullified all opposition to the Coalition’s multi-technology mix (MTM) NBN.

<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/5/4/technology/keeping-lid-nbn-discontent>

 

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN wants an IANA functions monopoly &ndash; will it wreck the transition process to get it?</span><span> by Milton Mueller</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/28/icann-wants-an-iana-functions-monopoly-and-its-willing-to-wreck-the-transition-process-to-get-it/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/28/icann-wants-an-iana-functions-monopoly-and-its-willing-to-wreck-the-transition-process-to-get-it/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How ICANN pressures 'net engineers to give it behind-the-scenes control of the web<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/01/icann_iana_latest/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/01/icann_iana_latest/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-30-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-30-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN's bill for clawing global DNS from Uncle Sam: $7m and counting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/icann_scrutiny/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/icann_scrutiny/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dumb ICANN bug revealed secret financial data to new gTLD applicants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18455-dumb-icann-bug-revealed-secret-financial-data-to-new-gtld-applicants"><span>http://domainincite.com/18455-dumb-icann-bug-revealed-secret-financial-data-to-new-gtld-applicants</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry Breaks Record for .Porn, .Adult Sunrise Signups<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN wants an IANA functions monopoly &ndash; will it wreck the transition process to get it?</span><span> by Milton Mueller</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">At the ARIN meeting April 14, I was stunned by a presentation made by the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team. The CRISP team is composed of representatives drawn from the five regional Internet address registries. Everyone thought the process of developing an acceptable IANA transition proposal for numbers would be simple. Domain names was supposed to be the troublesome one; numbers was going to be the easy one. But now we are learning that what had seemed to be a smooth and stable transition for the numbers IANA functions is being undermined by ICANN&rsquo;s management, and in a very disturbing way.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/28/icann-wants-an-iana-functions-monopoly-and-its-willing-to-wreck-the-transition-process-to-get-it/"><span>http://www.internetgovernance.org/2015/04/28/icann-wants-an-iana-functions-monopoly-and-its-willing-to-wreck-the-transition-process-to-get-it/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">How ICANN pressures 'net engineers to give it behind-the-scenes control of the web<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Behind-the-scenes efforts by ICANN's lawyers to force the internet community to grant it perpetual control of critical internet functions have been exposed.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/01/icann_iana_latest/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/01/icann_iana_latest/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Apathy continues to overwhelm effort to create an internet ungoverned by America<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The effort to create a new global internet governance body has been dealt another blow after just 30 people responded to a critical month-long comment period, a third of which were hostile to the program.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/03/apathy_continues_to_overwhelm_netmundial_governance_effort/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/03/apathy_continues_to_overwhelm_netmundial_governance_effort/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Remarks of Assistant Secretary Strickling at Internet2 Global Summit: Remarks of Lawrence E. Strickling</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I am honored to be here to speak at Internet 2&rsquo;s Global Summit. Internet2 has been a strong partner with NTIA as a recipient of a $62 million Recovery Act broadband grant. With this grant, Internet2 has lit or upgraded over 18,000 miles of a national fiber backbone network. This 100 gigabit per second backbone is accessible to more than 93,000 community anchor institutions through Internet 2&rsquo;s partnership with regional research and education networks. Several of these networks also received NTIA grants so we know that in Michigan, North Carolina and numerous other states, the good work of Internet 2 and the research and education community is driving higher speeds and lower cost broadband for schools and other institutions of learning.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/speechtestimony/2015/remarks-assistant-secretary-strickling-internet2-global-summit"><span>http://www.ntia.doc.gov/speechtestimony/2015/remarks-assistant-secretary-strickling-internet2-global-summit</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Twenty Years after the Birth of the Modern Internet, U.S. Policies Continue to Help the Internet Grow and Thrive by John B. Morris, Jr., Associate Administrator and Director of Internet Policy, Office of Policy Analysis and Development</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to speak at the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) to a group of foreign government officials focused on Internet and cybersecurity issues. My talk focused on how NTIA sees the role of the Internet in the U.S. economy, and what key policies have contributed to the strength of the U.S. Internet economy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2015/twenty-years-after-birth-modern-internet-us-policies-continue-help-internet-grow-and-thriv"><span>http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2015/twenty-years-after-birth-modern-internet-us-policies-continue-help-internet-grow-and-thriv</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DOMAIN NAMES<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ICANN<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Update<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN today announced that the first phase of its investigation into a data exposure issue in the New gTLD Applicant and GDD (Global Domains Division) portals has concluded. These portals contain information from applicants to ICANN's New gTLD Program and new gTLD registry operators. No other systems were affected.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-30-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-30-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Board Approves ICANN Five-Year Operating Plan (FY16-FY20)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On the 26 April 2015, the Board met in Los Angles, California, and approved the ICANN Five-Year Operating Plan (FY16-FY20).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-05-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICG Announces Update Regarding Community Comments and the ICG Forum<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) today announced that it has published its process for handling comments submitted to the ICG Forum.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-01-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-05-01-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Data Breach Could Result in Unfair Competitive Advantage for New gTLD Applicants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Private data entered into the ICANN portals for new gTLD applicants and the GDD (Global Domains Division) was viewable in at least 36 log in sessions since April 2013, according to an ICANN statement issued on Thursday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/icann-data-breach-result-unfair-competitive-advantage-new-gtld-applicants"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/icann-data-breach-result-unfair-competitive-advantage-new-gtld-applicants</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Senate Judiciary Leaders Ask New IP Czar to Facilitate ICANN-Focused Conversations by Philip Corwin</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Daniel Marti was nominated to become the new White House &ldquo;IP Czar&rdquo; in August 2014 to replace Victoria Espinel. His predecessor, in yet another illustration of Washington&rsquo;s &ldquo;revolving door&rdquo; shuffling key individuals between the government and private sector, departed the post a year earlier to become head of BSA/The Software Alliance, the leading trade group for the software industry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN has spent $7M trying to get control of DNS from U.S. gov<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain directory manager ICANN is reported to have spent nearly $7 million trying to gain complete control of the global DNS registries from the U.S. government in a bid to dominate how web address are allocated online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/internet/icann-has-spent-over-7m-trying-to-get-control-of-dns-from-us-gov/article/432291"><span>http://www.digitaljournal.com/internet/icann-has-spent-over-7m-trying-to-get-control-of-dns-from-us-gov/article/432291</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN's bill for clawing global DNS from Uncle Sam: $7m and counting<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain-name overseer ICANN is failing in two fundamental tasks, according to the US government, while spending millions of dollars of internet users' money trying to take control of the critical IANA technical contract.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/icann_scrutiny/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/icann_scrutiny/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Dumb ICANN bug revealed secret financial data to new gTLD applicants<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Secret financial projections were among 330 pieces of confidential data revealed by an ICANN security bug.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18455-dumb-icann-bug-revealed-secret-financial-data-to-new-gtld-applicants"><span>http://domainincite.com/18455-dumb-icann-bug-revealed-secret-financial-data-to-new-gtld-applicants</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Confidential information exposed over 300 times in ICANN security snafu<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Two months after claiming there was "no indication" that confidential information was exposed in a security cock-up, domain name overseer ICANN has admitted it happened on at least 330 occasions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/confidential_information_exposed_over_300_times_in_icann_security_snafu/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/confidential_information_exposed_over_300_times_in_icann_security_snafu/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - ccTLD &amp; gTLD NEWS<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainWire Global TLD Stat Report (Q1/2015)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The latest of CENTRs 'DomainWire Stat Report' is available (Edition 11 - Quarter 1, 2015). The report provides a global status update on TLDs (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs) with a focus on European ccTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://centr.org/news/04-30-2015/domainwire-global-tld-stat-report-2015_1"><span>https://centr.org/news/04-30-2015/domainwire-global-tld-stat-report-2015_1</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">dk: New deadline for deletion of non-validated domain name applications<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In connection to the new requirement of registrant validations, DK Hostmaster has extended the time before applications are deleted to now be 60 days in total.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-deadline-for-deletion-of-non-validated-domain-name-applications/"><span>https://www.dk-hostmaster.dk/english/news/news-single/artikel/new-deadline-for-deletion-of-non-validated-domain-name-applications/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New TLD .fit launches and partners with the Arnold Sports Festival</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Minds + Machines Group, the owner and operator of the new .fit TLD, is delighted to announced that the Arnold Sports Festival, one of the many inspiring organizations associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger&mdash;the international film-star and seven-time Mr. Olympia winner&mdash;has taken several .fit domains names, including Arnold.fit and Arnoldsports.fit.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/04/new-top-level-domain-fit-launches-and-partners-with-the-arnold-sports-festival/"><span>http://investors.mindsandmachines.com/2015/04/new-top-level-domain-fit-launches-and-partners-with-the-arnold-sports-festival/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The .ME Domain Hits 800,000 Registrations<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">We are proud to announce that .ME domain name has passed 800,000 domain registrations! Since its launch in 2008 Montenegro&rsquo;s country code domain has been marketed as a premier choice for building a personal brand and it quickly became one of the favourite new extensions among creative individuals who want to stand out online.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domain.me/the-me-domain-hits-800000-registrations/"><span>http://domain.me/the-me-domain-hits-800000-registrations/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">12K and counting as Dot Kiwi captures NZ imagination<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">After a year of significant changes to New Zealand&rsquo;s domain landscape, Dot Kiwi has sold more than 12,000 .kiwi domain names during its first year of operation.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/574065/12k-counting-dot-kiwi-captures-nz-imagination/"><span>http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/574065/12k-counting-dot-kiwi-captures-nz-imagination/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Auction and release of one-character .se domains<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.SE has decided to allow registration of .se domain names with only one character. The most attractive domain names will be released through an auction on Tradera.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.iis.se/english/news/auction-and-release-of-one-character-se-domains/"><span>https://www.iis.se/english/news/auction-and-release-of-one-character-se-domains/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry Breaks Record for .Porn, .Adult Sunrise Signups<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry today said that its .porn and .adult domain extensions each received about 4,000 registrations during the sunrise trademark period.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=194050"><span>http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=194050</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.Porn and .Adult domain names break sunrise records<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Registry domainsICM Registry announced today that its .Porn and .Adult domain names each received about 4,000 registrations during the sunrise trademark period. That&rsquo;s more than any other new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s to date.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/30/porn-and-adult-domain-names-break-sunrise-records/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/30/porn-and-adult-domain-names-break-sunrise-records/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICM Just Made $1.2 Million On Sunrise Registrations For A $370K Investment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The ICM registry, which is the operator of .XXX, announced a short time ago that their two new extensions .porn and .adult each got around 4,000 registrations in the Sunrise Period which was opened to trademark holders.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/30/icm-just-made-1-2-million-on-sunrise-registrations-for-a-370k-investment/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/30/icm-just-made-1-2-million-on-sunrise-registrations-for-a-370k-investment/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Donuts New gTLD Growth and Analysis (Second Report)<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In our second report of the year, Donuts provides analysis of on the growth and usage of new web addresses, and thoughtful commentary on industry-relevant issues.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-new-gtld-growth-and-analysis-second-report"><span>http://www.donuts.domains/donuts-media/blog/donuts-new-gtld-growth-and-analysis-second-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Lessons from .build one year after launch: Q&amp;A with CEO and Founder George Minardos<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The .build domain namespace opened in General Availability in April 2014, as a domain name designed specifically for the online needs of the building industry and beyond. As the appointed technical provider for .build, ARI Registry Services powered the launch and continued technical operations for this global domain name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.ariservices.com/blog/lessons-from-build-one-year-after-launch-qa-with-ceo-and-founder-george-minardos/"><span>http://www.ariservices.com/blog/lessons-from-build-one-year-after-launch-qa-with-ceo-and-founder-george-minardos/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rising to the new gTLD challenge<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The coming months will show how brands rise to the challenges and opportunities of an internet audience that is still relatively uninformed about the new gTLD programme, says Samantha Demetriou of domain name strategy consultancy FairWinds Partners.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/rising-to-the-new-gtld-challenge"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/article/rising-to-the-new-gtld-challenge</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Toward Effective Governance Of The .nyc TLD<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">While there are no published governance documents for the .nyc TLD, it&rsquo;s our understanding that oversight is shared by representatives from the Department of Information and Telecom Technology, the Economic Development Corporation, the Office of Innovation and Technology, with the Department of Law advising. It&rsquo;s a fluid process outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the contractor implementing consensus decisions.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.connectingnyc.org/toward-effective-governance-of-the-nyc-tld/"><span>http://www.connectingnyc.org/toward-effective-governance-of-the-nyc-tld/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Legal gTLDs on offer at INTA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Lexsynergy, a domain name management company, has announced it will be giving away .lawyer and .attorney domain names for free at the International Trademark Association&rsquo;s upcoming annual conference.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/legal-gtlds-on-offer-at-inta-4358"><span>http://www.trademarksandbrandsonline.com/news/legal-gtlds-on-offer-at-inta-4358</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.xyz dismisses own ads as &ldquo;puffery&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">XYZ.com has dismissed its own claim that .xyz is the &ldquo;next .com&rdquo; as &ldquo;mere opinion or puffery&rdquo;, in an attempt to resolve a false advertising lawsuit filed by Verisign.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18447-xyz-dismisses-own-ads-as-puffery"><span>http://domainincite.com/18447-xyz-dismisses-own-ads-as-puffery</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Microsoft<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Microsoft relaunched Internet Explorer this week as Edge &ndash; and the software giant is already prepared to accept that the new browser may absolutely suck.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/microsoft_edge_sucks/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/30/microsoft_edge_sucks/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Time running out to shape ICANN&rsquo;s review of trademark protection mechanisms [subscription]<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The comment period for ICANN&rsquo;s Rights Protection Mechanisms Review closes in two days. With just four comments posted to date, time is fast running out for counsel to help shape the organisation&rsquo;s review of the trademark protections built into the gTLD programme.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Security team of the CZ.NIC Association will lead an international project<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">To strengthen trust and cooperation between national security teams and share their know-how and tools &mdash; these are the main objectives of the project Cyber &#8203;&#8203;Security in Danube Region, which will be launched on April 1 and will be led by the CZ.NIC Association, which operates the National Security Team CSIRT.CZ. Other project collaborators include organizations from Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia and Moldova.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nic.cz/page/2762/security-team-of-the-cz.nic-association-will-lead-an-international-project/"><span>http://www.nic.cz/page/2762/security-team-of-the-cz.nic-association-will-lead-an-international-project/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Cyber warmongering in full swing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Friday, and I'm minded to follow up on some earlier columns, starting with this one from February about anti-virus veteran Mikko Hypp&ouml;nen who said the internet is a huge social experiment on privacy, and nobody knows where it's going. There's more the internet social experiment though, namely cyber warfare.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&amp;objectid=11441662"><span>http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&amp;objectid=11441662</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet of Stupid Things by Geoff Huston</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In those circles where Internet prognostications abound and policy makers flock to hear grand visions of the future, we often hear about the boundless future represented by &ldquo;The Internet of Things&rdquo;. This phrase encompasses some decades of the computing industry&rsquo;s transition from computers as esoteric pieces of engineering affordable only by nations, to mainframes, desktops, laptops, handhelds, and now wrist computers. Where next? In the vision of the Internet of Things we are going to expand the Internet beyond people and press on with connecting up our world using billions of these chattering devices in every aspect of our world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-04/iotst.html"><span>http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-04/iotst.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Brands take note! How Staedtler failed to get FIMO.CLUB<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">I think you&rsquo;ll agree with me when I say: If you have a well known brand, which is also a global trademark, and a third party registers your brand.club, then obviously you can get it back legally. Piece of cake, right? Wrong! Here is one controversial WIPO domain name decision, which serves as a warning to global brands.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/staedtler-lost-fimo-club-domain/"><span>http://blog.europeandomaincentre.com/staedtler-lost-fimo-club-domain/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Historic Pirate Bay Domain Decision Will Arrive Early May<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">After hearing argument from both the prosecutor and the organization in control of Sweden's .SE domain names this week, the Stockholm District Court will now consider the fate of two key Pirate Bay domains. With a verdict due in less than two weeks, will the Court order a historic confiscation or will the notorious site maintain its Swedish links?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/historic-pirate-bay-domain-decision-will-arrive-early-may-150430/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/historic-pirate-bay-domain-decision-will-arrive-early-may-150430/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">UDRP Spotlight: A New gTLD UDRP<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In the olden days of UDRP complaints, when pleadings were submitted on printed paper, the domain landscape was ruled exclusively by TLDs such as .COM, .NET, .ORG, and their neglected cousin .BIZ. When a cybersquatter created some sort of not-too-clever knockoff of a well-known brand and was then hauled before the imposing authority of the NAF or the WIPO, Panels routinely said that the TLD of a domain can be discarded like an inedible apple stem since they add nothing to meaning of a domain or to the analysis of the first UDRP element: likelihood of confusion between the domain and the asserted trademark. Decisions involving domains in these &ldquo;legacy&rdquo; TLDs still apply this philosophy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-spotlight-new-gtld-udrp"><span>http://blog.fairwindspartners.com/udrp-and-urs/udrp-spotlight-new-gtld-udrp</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">MPAA Funds Pro-Copyright Scholars to Influence Politics</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">While entertainment companies and authorities believe they are necessary to stem the tide of online infringement, many current anti-piracy strategies are putting Internet users at risk. Domain suspensions, seizures, plus search engine down-rankings are all playing a part in creating a less-safe online environment.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-measures-putting-internet-users-at-risk-150503/"><span>http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-measures-putting-internet-users-at-risk-150503/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Call for Comments for a Draft SLA for the IANA Numbering Services<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 15 January, 2015, the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team submitted the Internet Numbers Community Proposal to the request for proposals issued by the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.nro.net/news/call-for-comments-for-a-draft-sla-for-the-iana-numbering-services"><span>https://www.nro.net/news/call-for-comments-for-a-draft-sla-for-the-iana-numbering-services</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Registration is now open for APNIC 40<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Registration is now open for APNIC 40 in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 3 to 10 September 2015.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/27/registration-is-now-open-for-apnic-40/"><span>http://blog.apnic.net/2015/04/27/registration-is-now-open-for-apnic-40/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vint Cerf on ACM, internet issues, and quantum and machine computing<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Vint Cerf, co-creator of the internet and polymath icon is continuing to be a catalyst for global innovation and change as he clearly demonstrates in my engaging chat with the legend. His influence on government, industry, education, society and its ripple effect with executives, technology professionals, enterprises, SMBs and consumers plus history is without measure.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.itworldcanada.com/blog/vint-cerf-on-acm-internet-issues-and-quantum-and-machine-computing/374085"><span>http://www.itworldcanada.com/blog/vint-cerf-on-acm-internet-issues-and-quantum-and-machine-computing/374085</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Marksmen and Com Laude, Launch MCL Domains To Be Based In Seattle<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Marksmen and Com Laude, announce the launch of MCL Domains "offering efficient, reliable corporate domain name management services for North America.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/01/marksmen-and-com-laude-launch-mcl-domains-to-be-based-in-seattle/"><span>http://www.thedomains.com/2015/05/01/marksmen-and-com-laude-launch-mcl-domains-to-be-based-in-seattle/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DE-CIX Frankfurt Surpasses New Record Traffic Peak of 4 Terabits per Second<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DE-CIX, the world&rsquo;s leading exchange operator, announces that it has exceeded a new traffic milestone of 4 Terabit/s at its flagship Frankfurt exchange. For the past week, new record traffic peaks have inched up daily toward this incredible number, and the 4 Terabit/s level was finally surpassed on Tuesday evening, April 28.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://international.eco.de/2015/news/de-cix-frankfurt-surpasses-new-record-traffic-peak-of-4-terabits-per-second.html"><span>https://international.eco.de/2015/news/de-cix-frankfurt-surpasses-new-record-traffic-peak-of-4-terabits-per-second.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainFest to hold one-day event this June<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DomainFest is heading to Bulgaria for a special one-day conference a little over a month from now.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18444-domainfest-to-hold-one-day-event-this-june"><span>http://domainincite.com/18444-domainfest-to-hold-one-day-event-this-june</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A look at Neustar&rsquo;s domain name base<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Neustar reported earnings yesterday and released updated information on its base of domain names registered.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/30/a-look-at-neustars-domain-name-base/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/30/a-look-at-neustars-domain-name-base/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - WEBHOSTING<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DigitalOcean becomes the second largest hosting company in the world<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">DigitalOcean has grown to become the second-largest hosting company in the world in terms of web-facing computers, and shows no signs of slowing down.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/01/digitalocean-becomes-the-second-largest-hosting-company-in-the-world.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/05/01/digitalocean-becomes-the-second-largest-hosting-company-in-the-world.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Hostinger hosts over 90% of all Steam phishing sites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Netcraft blocked more than 1,400 Steam phishing URLs last month, spread across 331 different websites. Surprisingly, more than 90% of these sites were hosted by just one company: Hostinger.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/04/28/hostinger-hosts-over-90-of-all-steam-phishing-sites.html"><span>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/04/28/hostinger-hosts-over-90-of-all-steam-phishing-sites.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Canadian Web Host CleverHost Partners with SiteLock for Website Security<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Canadian web hosting company CleverHost announced on Thursday that it recently started offering its customers website security services from SiteLock.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/canadian-web-host-cleverhost-partners-sitelock-website-security"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/canadian-web-host-cleverhost-partners-sitelock-website-security</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Domain Matches Stock Ticker &amp; Creates Direct Connection to GoDaddy Investor Relations Page<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">GoDaddy Inc. ... announced today it has bought the domain name GDDY.com. When visited, GDDY.com takes individuals to GoDaddy's Investor Relations page, enabling anyone to quickly find out more about the company. Right of the Dot, LLC, a domain name consulting service, helped broker the sale of the name.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2015/GoDaddy-Purchases-GDDYcom-Through-Right-of-the-Dot-LLC/default.aspx"><span>https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/news-releases-details/2015/GoDaddy-Purchases-GDDYcom-Through-Right-of-the-Dot-LLC/default.aspx</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">3 Letter .Coms Hit a 2015 High With $290,000 Sale That Tops This Week's Domain Sales Chart<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">We've been talking a lot about a boom in 3-letter .com sales this year and yet more fuel was added to the fire this week when broker George Hong of Guta.com closed the biggest sale of the year to date in that category - moving PPP.com for $290,000.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150429.htm"><span>http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150429.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><p>&nbsp;</p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: News Corp, Foxtel want Google to block piracy websites<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Rights holders are pushing to broaden the scope of the federal government's proposed website-blocking regime to include more websites and to also allow them to ask search engines such as Google and Yahoo, in addition to internet service providers (ISPs), to block them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/news-corp-foxtel-want-google-to-block-piracy-websites-20150430-1mx4i2.html"><span>http://www.watoday.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/news-corp-foxtel-want-google-to-block-piracy-websites-20150430-1mx4i2.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/news-corp-foxtel-want-google-to-block-piracy-websites-20150430-1mx4i2.html"><span>http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/news-corp-foxtel-want-google-to-block-piracy-websites-20150430-1mx4i2.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Australian Copyright Censorship Bill Could Block VPNs and Circumvention Information<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The steamroller that is the copyright enforcement machine continues to trundle along around the world, flattening obstacles such as fair use, privacy and freedom of expression in its path. One of its latest stops has been in Australia, where that country&rsquo;s copyright site-blocking laws, first seriously mooted last year, were introduced into the Australian Federal Parliament last month.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/australian-copyright-censorship-bill-could-block-vpns-and-circumvention"><span>https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/australian-copyright-censorship-bill-could-block-vpns-and-circumvention</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Internet of Stupid Things by Geoff Huston</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">In those circles where Internet prognostications abound and policy makers flock to hear grand visions of the future, we often hear about the boundless future represented by &ldquo;The Internet of Things&rdquo;. This phrase encompasses some decades of the computing industry&rsquo;s transition from computers as esoteric pieces of engineering affordable only by nations, to mainframes, desktops, laptops, handhelds, and now wrist computers. Where next? In the vision of the Internet of Things we are going to expand the Internet beyond people and press on with connecting up our world using billions of these chattering devices in every aspect of our world.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-04/iotst.html"><span>http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2015-04/iotst.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">TELECOMMUNICATIONS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Keeping the lid on NBN discontent by Mark Gregory</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been working assiduously to keep a lid on the simmering disquiet about the National Broadband Network (NBN). No news is good news, as far as Turnbull is concerned, but it would be too early for him to claim that he has completely nullified all opposition to the Coalition&rsquo;s multi-technology mix (MTM) NBN.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/5/4/technology/keeping-lid-nbn-discontent"><span>http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/5/4/technology/keeping-lid-nbn-discontent</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 | 30 Apr 06:07 2015

auDA domain news - 30 April

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ICANN Announces Effective Dates for Additional Whois Information Policy and Whois Advisory

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-27-en>

 

Time running out to shape ICANN’s review of trademark protection mechanisms

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338>

 

Senate Judiciary Leaders Ask New IP Czar to Facilitate ICANN-Focused Conversations by Philip Corwin

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/>

 

ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/28/internet_bylaws_dot_africa/>

 

Startups Need to Treat Domain Name as Key Marketing Asset: Report

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/startups-need-treat-domain-name-key-marketing-asset-report>

 

 

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Global Governance Futures 2025: The Future of Internet Governance - Final Report Presentation at the Brookings Institution

We are pleased to invite you to join us for the final report presentation by fellows of the Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues. The presentation will take place at the Brookings Institution (Stein Room).

<http://www.gppi.net/index.php?id=252>

 

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Guidelines for Designing Script-Specific Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone

ICANN is releasing a set of documents that present an overview of the tasks of a Generation Panel as well as additional orientation and guidance. They include:

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-04-27-en>

 

ICANN Announces Effective Dates for Additional Whois Information Policy and Whois Advisory

ICANN today announced that the effective date of the Additional Whois Information Policy (AWIP) and Whois advisory is 31 January 2016. In addition, ICANN has published an updated Whois advisory based on input from the community.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-27-en>

 

Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 2 (MSR-2) for the Development of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone

To support IDN labels in the root zone, the ICANN community, at the direction of the Board, undertook several projects to study and make recommendations on their viability and delegation. In the context of the implementation of the Procedure, ICANN is pleased to announce that the Integration Panel has released the second version of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-2).

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-27-en>

 

WEBINAR: Further Discussion on the CWG-Stewardship 2nd Draft Proposal for Public Comment

The Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship) released its 2nd draft proposal for public comment on 22 April. Following the opening of the public comment proceeding, the CWG-Stewardship Chairs hosted two briefing webinars on 24 April.

<https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-28-en>

 

Letter from Todd Dupler, Director of Government Relations | The Recording Academy, to ICANN Board and Economist Intelligence Unit

New gTLD application for .MUSIC

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/dupler-to-icann-eiu-24apr15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Thomas Schneider, Chair, Governmental Advisory Committee, to Steve Crocker

Country and Territory Names

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocke-23apr15-en.pdf>

 

Letter from Steve Crocker to Thomas Schneider

Outstanding Items from Los Angeles and Singapore Communiqués

<https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-schneider-28apr15-en.pdf>

 

Time running out to shape ICANN’s review of trademark protection mechanisms

The comment period for ICANN’s Rights Protection Mechanisms Review closes in two days. With just four comments posted to date, time is fast running out for counsel to help shape the organisation’s review of the trademark protections built into the gTLD programme.

<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338>

 

Senate Judiciary Leaders Ask New IP Czar to Facilitate ICANN-Focused Conversations by Philip Corwin

Daniel Marti was nominated to become the new White House “IP Czar” in August 2014 to replace Victoria Espinel. His predecessor, in yet another illustration of Washington’s “revolving door” shuffling key individuals between the government and private sector, departed the post a year earlier to become head of BSA/The Software Alliance, the leading trade group for the software industry.

<http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/>

 

ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe

ICANN broke its own bylaws – and acted in a way "fundamentally inconsistent" with its role as the world's DNS overlord – while restricting efforts to make itself more accountable to netizens.

<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/28/internet_bylaws_dot_africa/>

 

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- ccTLD & gTLD NEWS

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Tender for '.ch' and '.swiss' registry [subscription]

The Federal Office of Communications recently announced that it will launch a public tender to find a new registry for TLDs '.ch' and '.swiss'. The new registry must provide its services according to internationally recognised standards and secure the operation of the domain name system.

<http://www.internationallawoffice.com/newsletters/Detail.aspx?g=343c6c23-c1af-4601-9d9c-3c3f3df89834>

 

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- NEW TLDS

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Happy Birthday Dot London

On 29th April London celebrated the first birthday of its digital offspring, the Dot London domain. Since London & Partners, and registry services providers Minds + Machines, launched the new TLD there have been over 60,000 registrations, making it the 13th most popular new generic TLD. There can be no doubt that the first year has been a success, with London as one of the top three most popular GeoTLDs, along with other global counterparts dotNYC (74,000 registrations) and dotBerlin (156,000 registrations so far) . Where the TLD has done well is grabbing the headlines, not only in the technology press, but also in more mainstream media.

<http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/04/happy-birthday-dot-london/>

 

.HIV Reluctantly Up For Auction

The .hiv new gTLD is to be put up for auction with a reserve price of $200,000. The decision, made reluctantly, has ultimately come about due to the gTLD not gaining the registrations anticipated at launch. Registrations since though have been doing a better job at meeting projections.

<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23742>

<http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/29/hiv-reluctantly-up-for-auction/>

<http://www.domainnews.com/hiv-reluctantly-up-for-auction.html>

 

Competition for Monopoly gTLDs by Alex Tajirian

The essay examines some of the new domain name managers' unjustifiable obsession with owning monopoly gTLDs when they should devote more energy and thought to making domain names more value adding. For the last three decades, the discourse regarding competitive advantage has focused on the need to rely on rare/unique resources and capabilities.

<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150429_competition_for_monopoly_gtlds/>

 

ICANN launches gTLD program in the Caribbean

The program will expand the number of domains available for companies further enhancing the way companies can brand their identity and services.

<http://news.co.tt/public_html/article.php?story=2015042812421697>

 

Are Zombie TLDs coming this year?

Hundreds of new TLDs are now available. Some are doing reasonably well while others are not (to put it mildly). Will 2015 see the first new TLD “failures”, in which a TLD operator calls it quits? We might have seen it already.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/are-zombie-tlds-coming-this-year/>

 

New TLDs this week: .Video, .Fit and .Sale

A few domain names hit general availability or Early Access this Wednesday.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/27/new-tlds-this-week-video-fit-and-sale/>

 

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- DNS SECURITY

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Preparing for Warfare in Cyberspace

The Pentagon’s new 33-page cybersecurity strategy is an important evolution in how America proposes to address a top national security threat. It is intended to warn adversaries — especially China, Russia, Iran and North Korea — that the United States is prepared to retaliate, if necessary, against cyberattacks and is developing the weapons to do so.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/opinion/preparing-for-warfare-in-cyberspace.html>

 

OpenSSL Past, Present and Future

Heartbleed made the world notice what kind of shape OpenSSL development was in from a financial and resources standpoint. In the year since, the project has been funded enough to hire full-time engineers and a crucial refactoring of the codebase has the project in the right direction.

<https://threatpost.com/openssl-past-present-and-future/112485>

 

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- DOMAIN DISPUTES & SEIZURES

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KickAssTorrents down: biggest file-sharing site moves to .cr domain after takedowns

The world’s biggest file-sharing site KickAssTorrents has moved to a new Costa Rican domain, as it jumps around the world in an attempt to outrun copyright holders.

<http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/kickasstorrents-down-biggest-filesharing-site-moves-to-cr-domain-after-takedowns-10206472.html>

 

au: Illycaffè S.p.A. v. John Frisco & Associates Pty Ltd trading as Illycafe / CEW Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2015-0009

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Illycaffè S.p.A of Trieste, Italy, represented by Kivial s.r.l, Italy. The Respondent is John Frisco & Associates Pty Ltd trading as Illycafe / CEW Pty Ltd of Mascot, New S South Wales, Australia, represented by Maddocks, Australia.

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0009>

 

au: Elite Licensing Company SA v. Michael Francis t/a Elite Model Management Australia - Case No. DAU2015-0007

1. The Parties: The Complainant is Elite Licensing Company SA of Paradiso, Switzerland, represented by Watermark Intellectual Property Lawyers, Australia. The Respondent is Michael Francis t/a Elite Model Management Australia of Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 2. The Domain Names and Registrar: The disputed domain names <elitemodel.com.au>, <elitemodellook.com.au> and <elitemodels.com.au> (the “Disputed Domain Names”) are registered with PlanetDomain Pty Ltd. (the “Registrar”).

<http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0007>

 

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Name Ninja Releases Analysis of Domain Names of Startups Attending Collision Conference

Seventy-nine percent of the startups participating in the Collision startup conference in Las Vegas on May 5-6, 2015 may not be using the optimal domain name to market their business, according to domain name consulting firm Name Ninja.

<http://www.nameninja.com/blog/name-ninja-releases-analysis-of-domain-names-of-startups-attending-collision-conference>

 

Startups Need to Treat Domain Name as Key Marketing Asset: Report

More than two-thirds of startups have domains which fail the “Radio Test,” meaning they are not spelled how they sound and could be a barrier to customer access, according to a report by Name Ninja. The domain name consulting company surveyed startups participating in the upcoming Collision Conference in Las Vegas, and found that in addition to the phonics problem, 79 percent are using a name which is “risky.”

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/startups-need-treat-domain-name-key-marketing-asset-report>

 

Presidential Candidate Fails: Domain Name Lessons for Brand Marketers

Let’s share a warning for candidate Hillary Clinton, along with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and the airplane hanger full of other GOP presidential hopefuls who are suiting up for the battle to win the right to redecorate the Oval Office, ride in Air Force One and know that when the White House Band plays “Hail To the Chief,” they’re hailing them.

<http://www.business2community.com/online-marketing/presidential-candidate-fails-domain-name-lessons-brand-marketers-01215417>

 

Freelancer.com CEO & Chairman Matt Barrie Tells Us What's in Store for Escrow.com

As just about all of you have heard by now, a domain industry institution, Escrow.com, has been purchased by Australia's Freelancer.com (the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowd sourcing marketplace) in a $7.5 million cash deal that was announced Sunday. Freelancer is a public company (FLN:Australian Stock Exchange Ltd) with 15 million users in 247 countries and a market cap of more than $460 million.

<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150429.htm>

 

Final Results of the 2015 ISOC Board of Trustee Elections

The Elections Committee is pleased to announce the final results of the 2015 selections to the ISOC Board of Trustees, following the rejection by the ISOC Board of the challenge to Alice Munyua’s candidacy.

<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/final-results-2015-isoc-board-trustee-elections>

 

CentralNic Group plc Final results

CentralNic ... announces its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2014.

<https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/uk/CentralNic/rns/regulatory-story.aspx?cid=666&newsid=507864>

 

.xyz helps CentralNic double its revenue

CentralNic’s revenue almost doubled in 2014, helped by the launch of new gTLDs.

<http://domainincite.com/18437-xyz-helps-centralnic-double-its-revenue>

 

CentralNic doubled revenue in 2014

CentralNic doubled its revenue in 2014 and increased its adjusted EBITDA by 65%.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/centralnic-doubled-revenue-in-2014/>

 

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- DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET

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New: Auction off domains any time you want. We’d like to introduce to you our newest feature: Sedo’s Direct Auction

You can now auction off your domain names at Sedo any time you want. To start a Direct Auction, you no longer need to wait until your domain receives an offer. Just choose the starting time and your desired minimum bid - that's it.

<https://sedo.com/us/news/3606/New-Auction-off-domains-any-time-you-want/>

 

Sedo now lets clients start their own domain name auctions

Sedo is offering domain name sellers a new option to start an auction on its domain name marketplace.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/sedo-now-lets-clients-start-their-own-domain-name-auctions/>

 

Responding to Domain Name Offers with Bill Sweetman – DNW Podcast #30

Name Ninja Bill Sweetman talks about his role as a domain buyer broker, and how domain name owners should respond to offers to buy their domain names.

<http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/27/responding-to-domain-name-offers-with-bill-sweetman-dnw-podcast-30/>

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA

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Facebook Is Eating the Internet

Facebook, it seems, is unstoppable. The social publishing site, just 11 years old, is now the dominant force in American media. It drives a quarter of all web traffic. In turn, Facebook sucks up a huge portion of ad revenue—the money that keeps news organizations running—and holds an enormous captive audience.

<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/facebook-is-eating-the-internet/391766/>

 

Facebook Grows to 40M Active Small Business Pages

Facebook now has more than 40 million small businesses with active Pages on its social network, up 10 million from last June. The company is hitting the road again to reach SMBs through its Boost Your Business program and is introducing online chat support specifically for businesses.

<http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/facebook-grows-40m-active-small-business-pages>

 

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES

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As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear

Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'.

<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/30/uk-tech-wearables-idUKKBN0NK2KD20150430>

<http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/29/tech-wearables-idINKBN0NK2KH20150429>

 

Microsoft Awarded Patent for Emotion Detecting Eyeglasses

The artificial-intelligence race could be heading back to the eyeglass shop.

<http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/29/microsoft-awarded-patent-for-emotion-detecting-eyeglasses/>

 

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY

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au: Foxtel wants to force search engines to block pirate sites

Foxtel wants to expand a proposed law that will force Internet service providers to block subscriber access to pirate websites.

<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/573755/foxtel-wants-force-search-engines-block-pirate-sites/>

 

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE

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Health, fitness apps and devices worry privacy experts due to data mining issues

As mobile health and fitness apps and wearables gain popularity in Australia, privacy experts have raised concerns that companies are monetising personal medical information.

<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/health-fitness-apps-and-devices-worry-privacy-experts/6427782>

 

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BRAND PROTECTION & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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Google has a new tactic for fighting patent trolls: Buying the patents first.

So-called patent trolls, companies that buy up patents but use them to get money out of other companies instead of actually making anything with them, are a big thorn in the side of many tech companies. And Google has a new tactic for fighting them: buying the patents first.

<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/04/27/google-has-a-new-tactic-for-fighting-patent-trolls-buying-the-patents-first/>

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Backers Say USB-C Is the Cable of the Future

... This situation is what the tech industry is hoping to fix with a new connection standard called USB Type-C. The new connection standard is already included in some new devices, including Apple’s latest MacBook, Google’s Chromebook Pixel and Nokia’s N1 tablet. Other manufacturers, like MSI, Asus, LaCie and SanDisk recently announced products that would support USB-C.

<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/23/technology/personaltech/backers-say-usb-c-is-the-cable-of-the-future.html>

 

Forgot your password? The SME Intrinsic-ID proposes a device fingerprint to authenticate your access.

Strong and reliable device authentication is key in our digital society. The existence of Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs), the technology that implements the electronic fingerprint of devices, has been demonstrated by the PUFFIN FET project in standard devices. The applications for mobile phones are now implemented by its SME partner Intrinsic-ID.

<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/forgot-your-password-sme-intrinsic-id-proposes-device-fingerprint-authenticate-your-access>

 

 

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David Goldstein

 

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

 

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<p class="MsoNormal">The domain name news is supported by auDA<p></p></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Announces Effective Dates for Additional Whois Information Policy and Whois Advisory<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-27-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-27-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Time running out to shape ICANN&rsquo;s review of trademark protection mechanisms<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Senate Judiciary Leaders Ask New IP Czar to Facilitate ICANN-Focused Conversations by Philip Corwin</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/28/internet_bylaws_dot_africa/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/28/internet_bylaws_dot_africa/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Startups Need to Treat Domain Name as Key Marketing Asset: Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/startups-need-treat-domain-name-key-marketing-asset-report"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/startups-need-treat-domain-name-key-marketing-asset-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Global Governance Futures 2025: The Future of Internet Governance - Final Report Presentation at the Brookings Institution</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">We are pleased to invite you to join us for the final report presentation by fellows of the Global Governance Futures &ndash; Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues. The presentation will take place at the Brookings Institution (Stein Room).<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Guidelines for Designing Script-Specific Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN is releasing a set of documents that present an overview of the tasks of a Generation Panel as well as additional orientation and guidance. They include:<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-04-27-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-3-2015-04-27-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN Announces Effective Dates for Additional Whois Information Policy and Whois Advisory<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN today announced that the effective date of the Additional Whois Information Policy (AWIP) and Whois advisory is 31 January 2016. In addition, ICANN has published an updated Whois advisory based on input from the community.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-27-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-04-27-en</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 2 (MSR-2) for the Development of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">To support IDN labels in the root zone, the ICANN community, at the direction of the Board, undertook several projects to study and make recommendations on their viability and delegation. In the context of the implementation of the Procedure, ICANN is pleased to announce that the Integration Panel has released the second version of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-2).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-27-en"><span>https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2015-04-27-en</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">WEBINAR: Further Discussion on the CWG-Stewardship 2nd Draft Proposal for Public Comment<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship) released its 2nd draft proposal for public comment on 22 April. Following the opening of the public comment proceeding, the CWG-Stewardship Chairs hosted two briefing webinars on 24 April.<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Todd Dupler, Director of Government Relations | The Recording Academy, to ICANN Board and Economist Intelligence Unit</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New gTLD application for .MUSIC<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/dupler-to-icann-eiu-24apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/dupler-to-icann-eiu-24apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Thomas Schneider, Chair, Governmental Advisory Committee, to Steve Crocker<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocke-23apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/schneider-to-crocke-23apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Letter from Steve Crocker to Thomas Schneider</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Outstanding Items from Los Angeles and Singapore Communiqu&eacute;s<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-schneider-28apr15-en.pdf"><span>https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/crocker-to-schneider-28apr15-en.pdf</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Time running out to shape ICANN&rsquo;s review of trademark protection mechanisms<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The comment period for ICANN&rsquo;s Rights Protection Mechanisms Review closes in two days. With just four comments posted to date, time is fast running out for counsel to help shape the organisation&rsquo;s review of the trademark protections built into the gTLD programme.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338"><span>http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=3f750161-9db9-43e0-bb37-9bf682d15338</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Senate Judiciary Leaders Ask New IP Czar to Facilitate ICANN-Focused Conversations by Philip Corwin</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Daniel Marti was nominated to become the new White House &ldquo;IP Czar&rdquo; in August 2014 to replace Victoria Espinel. His predecessor, in yet another illustration of Washington&rsquo;s &ldquo;revolving door&rdquo; shuffling key individuals between the government and private sector, departed the post a year earlier to become head of BSA/The Software Alliance, the leading trade group for the software industry.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/"><span>http://www.internetcommerce.org/senate-judiciary-to-ip-czar/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN wants total control of DNS while breaking its own bylaws to block .africa probe<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN broke its own bylaws &ndash; and acted in a way "fundamentally inconsistent" with its role as the world's DNS overlord &ndash; while restricting efforts to make itself more accountable to netizens.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/28/internet_bylaws_dot_africa/"><span>http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/28/internet_bylaws_dot_africa/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Tender for '.ch' and '.swiss' registry [subscription]</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Federal Office of Communications recently announced that it will launch a public tender to find a new registry for TLDs '.ch' and '.swiss'. The new registry must provide its services according to internationally recognised standards and secure the operation of the domain name system.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internationallawoffice.com/newsletters/Detail.aspx?g=343c6c23-c1af-4601-9d9c-3c3f3df89834"><span>http://www.internationallawoffice.com/newsletters/Detail.aspx?g=343c6c23-c1af-4601-9d9c-3c3f3df89834</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - NEW TLDS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Happy Birthday Dot London<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">On 29th April London celebrated the first birthday of its digital offspring, the Dot London domain. Since London &amp; Partners, and registry services providers Minds + Machines, launched the new TLD there have been over 60,000 registrations, making it the 13th most popular new generic TLD. There can be no doubt that the first year has been a success, with London as one of the top three most popular GeoTLDs, along with other global counterparts dotNYC (74,000 registrations) and dotBerlin (156,000 registrations so far) . Where the TLD has done well is grabbing the headlines, not only in the technology press, but also in more mainstream media.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/04/happy-birthday-dot-london/"><span>http://www.netnames.com/blog/2015/04/happy-birthday-dot-london/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.HIV Reluctantly Up For Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The .hiv new gTLD is to be put up for auction with a reserve price of $200,000. The decision, made reluctantly, has ultimately come about due to the gTLD not gaining the registrations anticipated at launch. Registrations since though have been doing a better job at meeting projections.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23742"><span>http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23742</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/29/hiv-reluctantly-up-for-auction/"><span>http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/04/29/hiv-reluctantly-up-for-auction/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.domainnews.com/hiv-reluctantly-up-for-auction.html"><span>http://www.domainnews.com/hiv-reluctantly-up-for-auction.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Competition for Monopoly gTLDs by Alex Tajirian<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The essay examines some of the new domain name managers' unjustifiable obsession with owning monopoly gTLDs when they should devote more energy and thought to making domain names more value adding. For the last three decades, the discourse regarding competitive advantage has focused on the need to rely on rare/unique resources and capabilities.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150429_competition_for_monopoly_gtlds/"><span>http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150429_competition_for_monopoly_gtlds/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ICANN launches gTLD program in the Caribbean<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The program will expand the number of domains available for companies further enhancing the way companies can brand their identity and services.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://news.co.tt/public_html/article.php?story=2015042812421697"><span>http://news.co.tt/public_html/article.php?story=2015042812421697</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Are Zombie TLDs coming this year?<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Hundreds of new </span><span>TLD</span><span lang="EN">s are now available. Some are doing reasonably well while others are not (to put it mildly).</span><span> Will 2015 see the first new TLD &ldquo;failures&rdquo;, in which a TLD operator calls it quits? We might have seen it already.</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/are-zombie-tlds-coming-this-year/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/are-zombie-tlds-coming-this-year/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New TLDs this week: .Video, .Fit and .Sale<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">A few domain names hit general availability or Early Access this Wednesday.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/27/new-tlds-this-week-video-fit-and-sale/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/27/new-tlds-this-week-video-fit-and-sale/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DNS SECURITY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Preparing for Warfare in Cyberspace<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Pentagon&rsquo;s new 33-page cybersecurity strategy is an important evolution in how America proposes to address a top national security threat. It is intended to warn adversaries &mdash; especially China, Russia, Iran and North Korea &mdash; that the United States is prepared to retaliate, if necessary, against cyberattacks and is developing the weapons to do so.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/opinion/preparing-for-warfare-in-cyberspace.html"><span>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/opinion/preparing-for-warfare-in-cyberspace.html</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">OpenSSL Past, Present and Future<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Heartbleed made the world notice what kind of shape OpenSSL development was in from a financial and resources standpoint. In the year since, the project has been funded enough to hire full-time engineers and a crucial refactoring of the codebase has the project in the right direction.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://threatpost.com/openssl-past-present-and-future/112485"><span>https://threatpost.com/openssl-past-present-and-future/112485</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAIN DISPUTES &amp; SEIZURES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">KickAssTorrents down: biggest file-sharing site moves to .cr domain after takedowns<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The world&rsquo;s biggest file-sharing site KickAssTorrents has moved to a new Costa Rican domain, as it jumps around the world in an attempt to outrun copyright holders.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/kickasstorrents-down-biggest-filesharing-site-moves-to-cr-domain-after-takedowns-10206472.html"><span>http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/kickasstorrents-down-biggest-filesharing-site-moves-to-cr-domain-after-takedowns-10206472.html</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Illycaff&egrave; S.p.A. v. John Frisco &amp; Associates Pty Ltd trading as Illycafe / CEW Pty Ltd - Case No. DAU2015-0009</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">1. The Parties: The Complainant is Illycaff&egrave; S.p.A of Trieste, Italy, represented by Kivial s.r.l, Italy. The Respondent is John Frisco &amp; Associates Pty Ltd trading as Illycafe / CEW Pty Ltd of Mascot, New S South Wales, Australia, represented by Maddocks, Australia.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0009"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0009</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Elite Licensing Company SA v. Michael Francis t/a Elite Model Management Australia - Case No. DAU2015-0007</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">1. The Parties: The Complainant is Elite Licensing Company SA of Paradiso, Switzerland, represented by Watermark Intellectual Property Lawyers, Australia. The Respondent is Michael Francis t/a Elite Model Management Australia of Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. 2. The Domain Names and Registrar: The disputed domain names &lt;elitemodel.com.au&gt;, &lt;elitemodellook.com.au&gt; and &lt;elitemodels.com.au&gt; (the &ldquo;Disputed Domain Names&rdquo;) are registered with PlanetDomain Pty Ltd. (the &ldquo;Registrar&rdquo;).<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0007"><span>http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=DAU2015-0007</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - MISCELLANEOUS<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Name Ninja Releases Analysis of Domain Names of Startups Attending Collision Conference<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Seventy-nine percent of the startups participating in the Collision startup conference in Las Vegas on May 5-6, 2015 may not be using the optimal domain name to market their business, according to domain name consulting firm Name Ninja.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://www.nameninja.com/blog/name-ninja-releases-analysis-of-domain-names-of-startups-attending-collision-conference"><span>http://www.nameninja.com/blog/name-ninja-releases-analysis-of-domain-names-of-startups-attending-collision-conference</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Startups Need to Treat Domain Name as Key Marketing Asset: Report<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">More than two-thirds of startups have domains which fail the &ldquo;Radio Test,&rdquo; meaning they are not spelled how they sound and could be a barrier to customer access, according to a report by Name Ninja. The domain name consulting company surveyed startups participating in the upcoming Collision Conference in Las Vegas, and found that in addition to the phonics problem, 79 percent are using a name which is &ldquo;risky.&rdquo;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/startups-need-treat-domain-name-key-marketing-asset-report"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/startups-need-treat-domain-name-key-marketing-asset-report</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Presidential Candidate Fails: Domain Name Lessons for Brand Marketers<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Let&rsquo;s share a warning for candidate Hillary Clinton, along with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and the airplane hanger full of other GOP presidential hopefuls who are suiting up for the battle to win the right to redecorate the Oval Office, ride in Air Force One and know that when the White House Band plays &ldquo;Hail To the Chief,&rdquo; they&rsquo;re hailing them.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.business2community.com/online-marketing/presidential-candidate-fails-domain-name-lessons-brand-marketers-01215417"><span>http://www.business2community.com/online-marketing/presidential-candidate-fails-domain-name-lessons-brand-marketers-01215417</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Freelancer.com CEO &amp; Chairman Matt Barrie Tells Us What's in Store for Escrow.com<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As just about all of you have heard by now, a domain industry institution, Escrow.com, has been purchased by Australia's Freelancer.com (the world&rsquo;s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowd sourcing marketplace) in a $7.5 million cash deal that was announced Sunday. Freelancer is a public company (FLN:Australian Stock Exchange Ltd) with 15 million users in 247 countries and a market cap of more than $460 million.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150429.htm"><span>http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150429.htm</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Final Results of the 2015 ISOC Board of Trustee Elections<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The Elections Committee is pleased to announce the final results of the 2015 selections to the ISOC Board of Trustees, following the rejection by the ISOC Board of the challenge to Alice Munyua&rsquo;s candidacy.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/final-results-2015-isoc-board-trustee-elections"><span>http://www.internetsociety.org/news/final-results-2015-isoc-board-trustee-elections</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CentralNic Group plc Final results</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CentralNic ... announces its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2014.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/uk/CentralNic/rns/regulatory-story.aspx?cid=666&amp;newsid=507864"><span>https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/uk/CentralNic/rns/regulatory-story.aspx?cid=666&amp;newsid=507864</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">.xyz helps CentralNic double its revenue<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CentralNic&rsquo;s revenue almost doubled in 2014, helped by the launch of new gTLDs.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://domainincite.com/18437-xyz-helps-centralnic-double-its-revenue"><span>http://domainincite.com/18437-xyz-helps-centralnic-double-its-revenue</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CentralNic doubled revenue in 2014<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">CentralNic doubled its revenue in 2014 and increased its adjusted EBITDA by 65%.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/centralnic-doubled-revenue-in-2014/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/centralnic-doubled-revenue-in-2014/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"> - DOMAINING &amp; AFTERMARKET<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">New: Auction off domains any time you want. We&rsquo;d like to introduce to you our newest feature: Sedo&rsquo;s Direct Auction<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">You can now auction off your domain names at Sedo any time you want. To start a Direct Auction, you no longer need to wait until your domain receives an offer. Just choose the starting time and your desired minimum bid - that's it.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="https://sedo.com/us/news/3606/New-Auction-off-domains-any-time-you-want/"><span>https://sedo.com/us/news/3606/New-Auction-off-domains-any-time-you-want/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sedo now lets clients start their own domain name auctions<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Sedo is offering domain name sellers a new option to start an auction on its domain name marketplace.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/sedo-now-lets-clients-start-their-own-domain-name-auctions/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/28/sedo-now-lets-clients-start-their-own-domain-name-auctions/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Responding to Domain Name Offers with Bill Sweetman &ndash; DNW Podcast #30<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Name Ninja Bill Sweetman talks about his role as a domain buyer broker, and how domain name owners should respond to offers to buy their domain names.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>&lt;<a href="http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/27/responding-to-domain-name-offers-with-bill-sweetman-dnw-podcast-30/"><span>http://domainnamewire.com/2015/04/27/responding-to-domain-name-offers-with-bill-sweetman-dnw-podcast-30/</span></a>&gt;</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">SOCIAL MEDIA<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Facebook Is Eating the Internet<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Facebook, it seems, is unstoppable. The social publishing site, just 11 years old, is now the dominant force in American media. It drives a quarter of all web traffic. In turn, Facebook sucks up a huge portion of ad revenue&mdash;the money that keeps news organizations running&mdash;and holds an enormous captive audience.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/facebook-is-eating-the-internet/391766/"><span>http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/facebook-is-eating-the-internet/391766/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Facebook Grows to 40M Active Small Business Pages<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Facebook now has more than 40 million small businesses with active Pages on its social network, up 10 million from last June. The company is hitting the road again to reach SMBs through its Boost Your Business program and is introducing online chat support specifically for businesses.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/facebook-grows-40m-active-small-business-pages"><span>http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/facebook-grows-40m-active-small-business-pages</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">NEW TECHNOLOGIES<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/30/uk-tech-wearables-idUKKBN0NK2KD20150430"><span>http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/30/uk-tech-wearables-idUKKBN0NK2KD20150430</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/29/tech-wearables-idINKBN0NK2KH20150429"><span>http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/04/29/tech-wearables-idINKBN0NK2KH20150429</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Microsoft Awarded Patent for Emotion Detecting Eyeglasses<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">The artificial-intelligence race could be heading back to the eyeglass shop.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/29/microsoft-awarded-patent-for-emotion-detecting-eyeglasses/"><span>http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/04/29/microsoft-awarded-patent-for-emotion-detecting-eyeglasses/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">ONLINE TV, MUSIC &amp; PIRACY<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">au: Foxtel wants to force search engines to block pirate sites</span><span lang="EN"><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Foxtel wants to expand a proposed law that will force Internet service providers to block subscriber access to pirate websites.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/573755/foxtel-wants-force-search-engines-block-pirate-sites/"><span>http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/573755/foxtel-wants-force-search-engines-block-pirate-sites/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN"><p>&nbsp;</p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">PRIVACY &amp; SURVEILLANCE<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">**********************<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Health, fitness apps and devices worry privacy experts due to data mining issues<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">As mobile health and fitness apps and wearables gain popularity in Australia, privacy experts have raised concerns that companies are monetising personal medical information.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/health-fitness-apps-and-devices-worry-privacy-experts/6427782"><span>http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/health-fitness-apps-and-devices-worry-privacy-experts/6427782</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Google has a new tactic for fighting patent trolls: Buying the patents first.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">So-called patent trolls, companies that buy up patents but use them to get money out of other companies instead of actually making anything with them, are a big thorn in the side of many tech companies. And Google has a new tactic for fighting them: buying the patents first.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">&lt;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/04/27/google-has-a-new-tactic-for-fighting-patent-trolls-buying-the-patents-first/"><span>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/04/27/google-has-a-new-tactic-for-fighting-patent-trolls-buying-the-patents-first/</span></a>&gt;<p></p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN">Backers Say USB-C Is the Cable of the Future<p></p></span></p>
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