David Goldstein | 10 Apr 07:56 2014

auDA Domain News - 10 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Goldstein | 7 Apr 06:14 2014

auDA Domain News - 7 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Goldstein | 3 Apr 06:43 2014

auDA Domain News - 3 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Domain Name Association Elects 5 New Board Members
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David Goldstein | 31 Mar 07:52 2014

auDA Domain News - 31 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Goldstein | 26 Mar 18:19 2014

auDA Domain News - 27 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jon Lawrence | 26 Mar 14:19 2014
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Re: Should this list continue to exist?

Hey Rod

I'm also an member and I share your respect for the folks at auDA, but that's not the point.

This list pre-dates auDA and has always been independent thereof.

I refer you to Rob Taylor's point below, which is pretty pertinent, IMO.  

I think it's important to have an outlet for people concerned about .au domains to have their say, that is not
controlled by auDA.

I realise there are other lists/forums that arguably achieve this, but I think this list is worth keeping,
as an independent, .au-focused list.

But, that's just my opinion.

cheers
jon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Info" <info@...>
To: ".au DNS Discussion List" <dns@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 11:35:22 PM
Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?

Jon,
I don't think as a member of Auda and knowing the people involved I 
don't think Auda hosting the list would be a political issue. To be fair 
to Auda they do have a balanced view and have a respect of the past to 
the .au history.
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Jon Lawrence | 26 Mar 13:09 2014
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Re: Should this list continue to exist?

Rod

I agree that keeping the archives live is valuable.  I'd prefer to keep them independent of auDA, however.

For those that aren't aware, full list archives (right back to 1996) are here: www.dotau.org

jon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rod Keys" <info@...>
To: ".au DNS Discussion List" <dns@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 11:02:52 PM
Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?

Sean,
I am talking about the historical records which can be found if you 
Google certain things the old DNS discussion list appears and yes I have 
some old skeletons in the cupboard but I think the history is worth 
keeping for the sake of history of the internet in Australia.
  I am sure a lot of the pioneers of this industry would join me in 
keeping the archived forums live for the future of the net in .au and if 
you like the generation who will follow.
I urge Auda to take over the data on behalf of the stakeholders of the 
net in .au
Kim you have done a wonderful job over the years running the list and I 
for one have had great enjoyment making comments and watching the net 
grow in Australia.
Archive the list under auda.org.au/history.dnslist.
Thanks,
Rod Keys
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Jon Lawrence | 26 Mar 13:00 2014
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Re: Should this list continue to exist?

I think there is value in maintaining this list, presuming it's not taking money out of Kim's pocket (I'm sure we could crowd-fund the hosting costs if we had to - I'd certainly be happy to chip in).  

At present, it's only really used by David Goldstein with his DNS news updates and people like me that like to vent about domain name issues from time to time.

But, as Sean notes, if/when a controversial issue kicks off (second-level registrations, anyone?), I'm sure it will quickly become very active again, and I think having a forum that is independent of auDA is potentially quite valuable. I realise there are other lists and forums that arguably cover .au issues, but I suspect none of them are as comprehensive as this one (the fact that this list has been very quiet for some time, I presume means most people haven't unsubscribed).

With regard to David's excellent DNS news updates, I've always felt that these should be an auDA member benefit, so I think should be sent out using the auDA members mailing list.  Doing that might encourage a few new members, and I think these updates are worth well more than the $22 annual membership fee anyway...

Anyway, here's something I was about to post to the list:
NZ: Final policies approved for .nz registrations at the second level
http://dnc.org.nz/final-policies-nz-registrations-second-level?m=309

They're also discussing changing their flag. Meanwhile, we're reintroducing knighthoods...

cheers
jon


----- Original Message -----
From: "Sean Finn" <sean-/yuE/UefMs7QT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org>
To: ".au DNS Discussion List" <dns-4wNK73mzcFfYtjvyW6yDsg@public.gmane.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 10:19:54 PM
Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?

Then who would watch the watchers?

We're silent now because, I'd assume, there's not too much beef with the job AuDA is performing. If this were ever to change, would AuDA tollerate criticism?

-Sean.


On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Rod Keys <info <at> ddns.com.au> wrote:
Maybe Auda could host it for historical reasons?
Rod Keys



On 26/03/14 8:20 PM, Rob Taylor wrote:
One note of possible caution - In .UK there was a 'nom-steer' list much
like this, quite quiet and dormant much of the time but very useful as and
when it was needed.

Nominet then 'improved' things by closing it and moving to a vbulletin
system inside their online services, and the reach & debate appears to be
all but nullified.

Cheers,
Rob


On 26 March 2014 09:11, Sean Finn <sean-/yuE/UefMs7QT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org> wrote:

I think it should stay asleep for great justice just in case it needs to
get resurrected.

-Sean.


On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM, Tom Minchin <tom.minchin-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>wrote:

Yeah. Pull the pin.
On 26/03/2014 3:04 PM, "Kim Davies" <kim-M3iZ2DEUyaQ0n/F98K4Iww@public.gmane.org> wrote:

For those not familiar with this list's history, it was started in the
mid-1990s and was the location where the seminal discussion on .AU
happened. The discussion involved key members of the nascent Internet
community in Australia, and was the hub of activity that lead to the
creation of auDA to manage the the .AU space.

Today the list if effectively dormant. auDA does not use it to
disseminate
or discuss issues relating to .AU, and there are little in the way of
community discussion here on .AU. For example, auDA saw fit to report to
the AusNOG mailing list about DNSSEC initiatives in .AU, but not here
(http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html)

I'd like to pose the question whether this forum should be retired.
There is certainly no problem sustaining its existence if it continues
to fulfil a purpose. However, it may be its time has come after 20 years
and is no longer a needed part of the community.

I'd appreciate members' thoughts.

kim

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<div>I think there is value in maintaining this list, presuming it's not taking money out of Kim's pocket (I'm sure we could crowd-fund the hosting costs if we had to - I'd certainly be happy to chip in). &nbsp;</div>
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<div>At present, it's only really used by David Goldstein with his DNS news updates and people like me that like to vent about domain name issues from time to time.</div>
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<div>But, as Sean notes, if/when a controversial issue kicks off (second-level registrations, anyone?), I'm sure it will quickly become very active again, and I think having a forum that is independent of auDA is potentially quite valuable. I realise there are other lists and forums that arguably cover .au issues, but I suspect none of them are as comprehensive as this one (the fact that this list has been very quiet for some time, I presume means most people haven't unsubscribed).</div>
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<div>With regard to David's excellent DNS news updates, I've always felt that these should be an auDA member benefit, so I think should be sent out using the auDA members mailing list. &nbsp;Doing that might encourage a few new members, and I think these updates are worth well more than the $22 annual membership fee anyway...</div>
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<div>Anyway, here's something I was about to post to the list:</div>
<div>NZ:&nbsp;Final policies approved for .nz registrations at the second level</div>
<div>http://dnc.org.nz/final-policies-nz-registrations-second-level?m=309</div>
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<div>They're also discussing changing their flag. Meanwhile, we're reintroducing knighthoods...</div>
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<div>cheers</div>
<div>jon</div>
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<br>----- Original Message -----<br>From: "Sean Finn" &lt;sean@...&gt;<br>To: ".au DNS Discussion List" &lt;dns@...&gt;<br>Sent: Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 10:19:54 PM<br>Subject: Re: [DNS] Should this list continue to exist?<br><br><div dir="ltr">Then who would watch the watchers?<div><br></div>
<div>We're silent now because, I'd assume, there's not too much beef with the job AuDA is performing. If this were ever to change, would AuDA tollerate criticism?<br><div><br></div>
<div>-Sean.</div>
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<br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Rod Keys <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a href="mailto:info@..." target="_blank">info <at> ddns.com.au</a>&gt;</span> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">Maybe Auda could host it for historical reasons?<br>
Rod Keys<br><br><br><br>
On 26/03/14 8:20 PM, Rob Taylor wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">
One note of possible caution - In .UK there was a 'nom-steer' list much<br>
like this, quite quiet and dormant much of the time but very useful as and<br>
when it was needed.<br><br>
Nominet then 'improved' things by closing it and moving to a vbulletin<br>
system inside their online services, and the reach &amp; debate appears to be<br>
all but nullified.<br><br>
Cheers,<br>
Rob<br><br><br>
On 26 March 2014 09:11, Sean Finn &lt;<a href="mailto:sean@..." target="_blank">sean@...</a>&gt; wrote:<br><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">
I think it should stay asleep for great justice just in case it needs to<br>
get resurrected.<br><br>
-Sean.<br><br><br>
On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM, Tom Minchin &lt;<a href="mailto:tom.minchin@..." target="_blank">tom.minchin@...</a>&gt;wrote:<br><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">
Yeah. Pull the pin.<br>
On 26/03/2014 3:04 PM, "Kim Davies" &lt;<a href="mailto:kim@...au" target="_blank">kim@...</a>&gt; wrote:<br><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote">
For those not familiar with this list's history, it was started in the<br>
mid-1990s and was the location where the seminal discussion on .AU<br>
happened. The discussion involved key members of the nascent Internet<br>
community in Australia, and was the hub of activity that lead to the<br>
creation of auDA to manage the the .AU space.<br><br>
Today the list if effectively dormant. auDA does not use it to<br>
disseminate<br>
or discuss issues relating to .AU, and there are little in the way of<br>
community discussion here on .AU. For example, auDA saw fit to report to<br>
the AusNOG mailing list about DNSSEC initiatives in .AU, but not here<br>
(<a href="http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html" target="_blank">http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html</a>)<br><br>
I'd like to pose the question whether this forum should be retired.<br>
There is certainly no problem sustaining its existence if it continues<br>
to fulfil a purpose. However, it may be its time has come after 20 years<br>
and is no longer a needed part of the community.<br><br>
I'd appreciate members' thoughts.<br><br>
kim<br><br>
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Kim Davies | 26 Mar 05:03 2014
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Should this list continue to exist?

For those not familiar with this list's history, it was started in the
mid-1990s and was the location where the seminal discussion on .AU
happened. The discussion involved key members of the nascent Internet
community in Australia, and was the hub of activity that lead to the
creation of auDA to manage the the .AU space.

Today the list if effectively dormant. auDA does not use it to disseminate
or discuss issues relating to .AU, and there are little in the way of
community discussion here on .AU. For example, auDA saw fit to report to
the AusNOG mailing list about DNSSEC initiatives in .AU, but not here
(http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2014-March/023181.html)

I'd like to pose the question whether this forum should be retired.
There is certainly no problem sustaining its existence if it continues
to fulfil a purpose. However, it may be its time has come after 20 years
and is no longer a needed part of the community.

I'd appreciate members' thoughts.

kim
David Goldstein | 20 Mar 00:08 2014

auDA Domain News - 20 March

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Promoting Internet Growth and Innovation Through Multistakeholder Internet Governance by Assistant
Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling
<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2014/promoting-internet-growth-and-innovation-through-multistakeholder-internet-governance>

UN officials applaud United States intent to transition oversight of key web domains
<http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47378>

VeriSign Drops on U.S. Plan to Give Up Web-Address Control
<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-17/verisign-drops-on-u-s-plan-to-give-up-internet-address-control.html>

Australia endorses US withdrawal from internet control
<http://www.zdnet.com/au/australia-endorses-us-withdrawal-from-internet-control-7000027368/>

Registration numbers not the only success measure for new TLDs by Adrian Kinderis
<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/registration-numbers-not-the-only-success-measure-for-new-tlds/>

.BERLIN Off To Flying Start With Record gTLD Registration Numbers On First Day Of GA
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/19/berlin-off-to-flying-start/>

Rush opens for .kiwi domain names
<http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/rush-opens-kiwi-domain-names-5867685>

All Kiwis can apply for a .kiwi domain name now
<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/540809/all_kiwis_can_apply_kiwi_domain_name_now/>
<http://www.reseller.co.nz/article/540809/all_kiwis_can_apply_kiwi_domain_name_now/>

Registrars screwing up new gTLD launches?
<http://domainincite.com/16133-registrars-screwing-up-new-gtld-launches>

Dot Kiwi domain names go live after two years of planning
<http://techday.com/start-up/news/dot-kiwi-domain-names-go-live-after-two-years-of-planning/180855/>

.KIWI And .BERLIN Commence Registrations On 18 March
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/18/kiwi-and-berlin-commence-registrations-on-18-march/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/kiwi-and-berlin-commence-registrations-on-18-march.html>

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Promoting Internet Growth and Innovation Through Multistakeholder Internet Governance by Assistant
Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling
This past Friday, NTIA asked ICANN to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the
U.S. government’s stewardship of the Internet’s DNS. This marks a major milestone toward the final
phase of the privatization of the DNS, which was first outlined by the U.S. Government in 1997.
<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2014/promoting-internet-growth-and-innovation-through-multistakeholder-internet-governance>

Auction Operations Commence – Schedule Published
ICANN is publishing the schedule of the upcoming Auctions for unresolved contention sets. The first
Auction Event is scheduled for 4 June 2014.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-19mar14-en>

ICANN Seeks Comments on Requests for Exemption to the Registry Operator Code of Conduct
Today, ICANN posted requests for exemption to the Registry Operator Code of Conduct that it has received
for review and comment by the community. The Registry Operator Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines for
the Registry Operator relating to certain and limited operations of a registry. All Registry Operators
are subjected to the Code of Conduct unless an exemption is granted to the Registry Operator by ICANN.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-18mar14-en>

First Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Results Released
Today, ICANN is publishing the first four results of the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) process. The
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), CPE evaluation panel, performed the evaluations using the criteria
defined in section 4.2 of the Applicant Guidebook (AGB).
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-2-18mar14-en>

Annual Independent Audit RFP
ICANN is issuing today a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify audit firms interested in performing
ICANN's annual independent audit.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-18mar14-en.htm>

Countdown to ICANN 49! by Kuek Yu-Chuang
It’s one week before ICANN 49 in Singapore and the APAC hub office is buzzing with preparation to welcome
the world that will descend upon us!
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/03/countdown-to-icann-49/>

Gunther Eysenbach, Editor and Publisher | Journal of Medical Internet Research, to Stephen Crocker, Fadi
Chehadé, and Cherine Chalaby
Safeguards for Health-Related TLDs 	 
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/eysenbach-to-crocker-et-al-11mar14-en>

Dr. Otmar Kloiber, World Medical Association, to Dr. Stephen Crocker, Mr. Fadi Chehadé, and Mr. Cherine Chalaby
Public Interest Concerns for .HEALTH TLD 	 
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/kloiber-to-chehade-et-al-11mar14-en>

Prof. S. Yunkap Kwankam, Executive Director | International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth, to Dr.
Stephen Crocker, Mr. Fadi Chehadé, and Mr. Cherine Chalaby
Public Interest Concerns for .HEALTH TLD
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/kwankam-to-crocker-et-al-11mar14-en>

Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Stefano Monguzzi and Pierfrancesco Fasano
Questions Regarding the Proposal for Accrediation as URS, SDRP, Trademark PDDRP, RRDRP Provider
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/atallah-to-monguzzi-fasano-18mar14-en>

Stefano Monguzzi, IP Mediation and Arbirtration Center, and Pierfrancesco Fasano to Fadi Chehadé
Questions Regarding the Proposal for Accrediation as URS, SDRP, Trademark PDDRP, RRDRP Provider
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/monguzzi-fasano-to-chehade-12mar14-en>

R. Shawn Gunnarson, Kirton McConkie, to Christine Willett
Comments by DOT Registry
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/gunnarson-to-willett-11mar14-en>

Rabbi Moshe Elefant, Dr. Avrom Pollak, Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, Rabbi Ari Senter, and Rabbi S. Adler to the
ICANN New gTLD Program Committee
GAC Category 2 Advice and .kosher Application
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/elefant-et-al-to-ngpc-06mar14-en>

UN officials applaud United States intent to transition oversight of key web domains
United Nations officials have welcomed the recent announcement the United States plans to transition key
oversight of domain names and other aspects of the Internet’s architecture to the global community, as
a major step towards the multilateral Internet governance that the UN has been advocating for many years.
<http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47378>

Statement from ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
I welcome the announcement from the National Telecommunication and Information Administration of the
United States Department of Commerce, of 14 March, 2014, regarding its intent to transition IANA
functions to the global community, including full support for a multistakeholder model of Internet
governance free from regulation by any one government or inter-governmental organization.
<http://www.itu.int/en/osg/Pages/statement-march2014.aspx>

America's Internet Surrender: By unilaterally retreating from online oversight, the White House
pleased regimes that want to control the Web.
The Internet is often described as a miracle of self-regulation, which is almost true. The exception is
that the United States government has had ultimate control from the beginning. Washington has used this
oversight only to ensure that the Internet runs efficiently and openly, without political pressure from
any country.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303563304579447362610955656>

Editorial: Updating Internet Governance
The technical business of managing Internet addresses and domain names has often taken on geopolitical
overtones. About a year ago, some countries including Russia and China tried to pressure the United
States into relinquishing management and coordination of web addresses to the telecommunications arm
of the United Nations.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/opinion/updating-internet-governance.html>

The U.S. Is Trying to Do the Right Thing About Internet Freedom, but It Could Backfire
The Internet seems pretty stable. No snow days, no blackouts (at least in the West). But in reality the
Internet has governing bodies, or at least maintenance groups, just like anything else. And
ICANN—which manages things like computer, server, and website communication—is about to go
through a major change.
<http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/03/18/the_u_s_isn_t_going_to_run_icann_anymore.html>

Thoughts About U.S. Government's Decision on IANA Transition by Byron Holland
Last week the government of the United States made an announcement that sent shockwaves through the
Internet governance world. The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), a
division of the Department of Commerce, publicly stated that it will not be renewing its contract with the
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) past its September 2015 expiry date. The importance of this
announcement cannot be underestimated.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140318_thoughts_on_us_governments_decision_on_iana_transition/>

Yes, we ICANN, but maybe not for much longer
A huge announcement was buried in last week’s Friday night news dump, which leads one to suspect the Obama
Administration wanted to catch critics off-guard. The announcement concerned the impending transfer
of authority over Internet domains to a global body… which doesn’t actually exist yet.
<http://www.humanevents.com/2014/03/18/yes-we-icann-but-maybe-not-for-much-longer/>

If the Stakeholders Already Control the Internet, Why NETmundial and the IANA Transition? by Philip S. Corwin
Last weekend C-Span, the public service network that broadcasts proceedings of the U.S. Congress and
other U.S. government functions, aired a segment of its series "the Communicators" featuring ICANN CEO
Fadi Chehade; C-Span describes the show as "Half-hour conversations with the leaders who shape our
digital future". While the interview is actually just 28 minutes long, and appears to have been recorded
on January 28th, it contains some surprising statements that raise some intriguing questions.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140316_if_the_stakeholders_already_control_the_internet_netmundial_iana/>

NTIA: U.S. won’t abandon its role in the internet until it’s satisfied with the alternative
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Lawrence E. Strickling penned a blog post today
to try to clarify some of the misinformation coming out of last week’s announcement of transitioning
the IANA functions.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/19/ntia-u-s-wont-abandon-its-role-in-the-internet-until-its-satisfied-with-the-alternative/>

Internet Governance - Joint statement by Laurent Fabius and Fleur Pellerin (March 18, 2014)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Fleur Pellerin, Minister Delegate for Small and
Medium-Sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy, welcome the American authorities’
announcement that they would relinquish their control over domain names on September 20, 2015. This
announcement makes it possible to imagine, for example, that any request to change the “.fr”
extension could be made in the future without the approval of U.S. officials.
<http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/digital-diplomacy/events-7821/article/internet-governance-joint>

Verisign Statement on National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Announcement of
Its Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions
VeriSign, Inc. today (17/3) provided a statement on the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration's (NTIA) announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions.
<http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-press-releases/articles/index.xhtml?artLink=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRzLm13bmV3c3Jvb20uY29tL2FydGljbGUvcnNzP2lkPTE4MTg1OTE%3D>

VeriSign Drops on U.S. Plan to Give Up Web-Address Control
VeriSign Inc, which manages a directory of Internet addresses, fell the most since November 2012 amid
concern that its business may be hurt by a U.S. plan to shift control of the system for assigning website addresses.
<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-17/verisign-drops-on-u-s-plan-to-give-up-internet-address-control.html>

Verisign stock punished after US move from root control
Verisign’s share price is down around 8% in early trading today, after analysts speculated that the US
government’s planned move away from control of the DNS root put .com at risk.
<http://domainincite.com/16115-verisign-stock-punished-after-us-move-from-root-control>

Verisign tells markets NTIA news doesn’t affect its .com contract while stock drops
Verisign issued a press release this morning reminding investors that Friday’s big news about the U.S.
government transitioning internet responsibilities does not affect its lucrative contract to run the
.com domain name registry.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/17/verisign-tells-markets-ntia-news-doesnt-affect-its-com-contract-while-stock-drops/>

Cable Ops, Others Say 'We Can' To ICANN Transition Process
Cable operators and other media company stakeholders in the Internet Governance Coalition say they
welcome the National Telecommunications & Information Administration's announcement last week that
it will work on transitioning U.S. oversight functions over ICANN, the domain naming system (DNS) body,
to a nongovermental, multistakeholder model.
<http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/cable-ops-others-say-we-can-icann-transition-process/129908>

U.S. Pulls Out Of ICANN — What Does That Spell For Internet Users?
The U.S. plans to give up oversight of the nonprofit that manages Internet names and addresses. Technology
reporter Gauthem Nagesh of The Wall Street Journal explains what this means for the Internet.
<http://www.npr.org/2014/03/19/291475122/u-s-pulls-out-of-icann-what-does-that-spell-for-internet-users>

Leaks lead to handover of web control
The web may be thought of as being worldwide, but from its inception the internet was created, controlled
and overseen largely by a single country: the United States.
<http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11222689>

America's Internet Surrender
The Internet is often described as a miracle of self-regulation, which is almost true. The exception is
that the United States government has had ultimate control from the beginning. Washington has used this
oversight only to ensure that the Internet runs efficiently and openly, without political pressure from
any country.
<http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/03/19/americas-internet-surrender>

What's in a name: Is the US really giving up control of the Internet?
Is our created-in-America communications revolution about to go the way of IBM PCs and our Nokia
cellphones? Is the U.S. really going to hand authority over the Internet to....someone else?
<http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/03/19/what-in-name-is-us-really-giving-up-control-internet/>

Sarah Palin pans ICANN plan
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday slammed the administration’s decision to withdraw its
oversight of an Internet governance board, calling it a “colossal” error.
<http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/sarah-palin-internet-icann-104821.html>

ICANN sends registrars and domain owners into panic with 2013 RAA
The 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement includes new requirements for preserving the accuracy of
WHOIS records that run afoul of EU privacy protections, and introduce potential security vulnerabilities.
<http://www.techrepublic.com/article/icann-sends-registrars-and-domain-owners-into-panic-with-2013-raa/>

The U.S. is relinquishing control of domain names. Here's why.
The United States has long planned to give up its unique role as steward of the Internet's domain name
system, but it's unclear what kind of entity will replace it.
<http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/03/17/us-internet-domain-names/>

Rockefeller Statement on Global Internet Governance
"... NTIA’s announcement today that it is beginning the process of transferring additional domain name
functions to ICANN is the next phase in this transition. It is also consistent with other efforts the U.S.
and our allies are making to promote a free and open Internet, and to preserve and advance the current
multi-stakeholder model of global Internet governance.” 
<http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=b0a9b496-2c09-4712-972a-80638efe6a16>

Thune (R-SD) Statement on NTIA’s Internet Governance Announcement
... “The U.S. helped create the Internet, and we want to see it grow and stand on its own. It doesn't need a
nanny state, or a collection of nanny states, trying to stifle it. It needs – and deserves – a strong
multi-stakeholder system free from the control of any government or governmental entity and which keeps
the critical Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions insulated from the politics of
Internet governance.
<http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=94f39a92-55d9-4e5f-b363-a005b15ebec3>

The GOP Freak Out Over the U.S. 'Losing the Internet' Has Begun
Republicans are seeing red following the Obama administration's decision to relinquish control of the
Internet to the "international community." The move is "red meat for the base," former Republican
California congresswoman Mary Bono told Politico, another club the party can use to hammer President
Obama on foreign policy.
<http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/03/gop-freak-out-over-us-losing-internet-has-begun/359249/>

Towards further Globalisation of the Internet
Vice President Neelie Kroes today warmly welcomed the announcement of the United States Government to
"transition out of the IANA function", which will allow a more global multi-stakeholder basis for an
important element of governance of the Internet.
<http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-70_en.htm>

The Internet Is About to Take Its Next Giant Evolutionary Leap
The U.S. plan to relinquish stewardship of key technical functions that ensure the Internet runs properly
drew praise and criticism over the weekend. If the process goes smoothly, it shouldn’t affect the
day-to-day Internet experience for users, but the shift, which was announced Friday by U.S. officials,
represents an important development in the evolution of the Internet.
<http://time.com/25931/us-internet-oversight-plan/>

Is NTIA's Transition Decision the Right Dose of Chemotherapy to Repair Trust in Multistakeholderism by
Khaled Fattal
Proper, transparent, accountable U.S. NTIA's Transition of its oversight of the Internet to something
other than a single country oversight is something I have always believed in and spoke and written about
repeatedly for years and is long overdue. But NTIA's March 14th declared intent to transfer "Key"
Internet roles is not only very ambiguous but leads to new questions and concerns that must be answered
before anything starts taking place.
<http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140317_is_ntias_transition_decision_right_doze_of_chemotherapy_to_repair/>

Australia endorses US withdrawal from internet control
Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed the US' move to relinquish control of
administration of domain names to a more global body.
<http://www.zdnet.com/au/australia-endorses-us-withdrawal-from-internet-control-7000027368/>

Registrar suspends all domain names transferred from terminated registrar
ICANN terminated the accreditation of domain name registrar ABSYSTEMS INC (dba yournamemonkey.com) in
December for multiple contract breaches.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/19/registrar-suspends-all-domain-names-transferred-from-terminated-registrar/>

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DRC minister calls for use of .cd rather than foreign TLDs
The Democratic Republic of Congo's ICT minister, Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba, has officially received the
management charter for the .cd TLD, Agence Ecofin reports.
<http://www.telecompaper.com/news/drc-minister-calls-for-use-of-cd-rather-than-foreign-tlds--1002995>

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Registration numbers not the only success measure for new TLDs by Adrian Kinderis
... New TLD operators should be judged on their whole-of-business operational performance to take
account of stakeholder engagement, customer satisfaction, strategy planning and financial modeling.
Don’t get me wrong, domain name registration numbers matter. It’s just that you can’t determine
the success or failure of a new TLD by comparing it to other TLDs. You can only judge a TLD against its
intended purpose and strategy.
<http://www.ariservices.com/blog/registration-numbers-not-the-only-success-measure-for-new-tlds/>

.BERLIN Off To Flying Start With Record gTLD Registration Numbers On First Day Of GA
The new gTLD for the German capital of Berlin got off to a flying start Tuesday with 31,757 registrations on
its first day of General Availability according to nTLDstats.com. This made it easily the gTLD with the
most registrations on day one of General Availability since new gTLDs began hitting the market this year.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22028>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/19/berlin-off-to-flying-start/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/berlin-off-to-flying-start.html>

Berlin launches first city web domain name
Berlin has become the world's first city to have its own internet domain name.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/18/dot-berlin-internet-domain-name>

Rush opens for .kiwi domain names
New Zealanders around the world are now able to apply for .kiwi domain names after Dot Kiwi's landrush
period opened today.
<http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/rush-opens-kiwi-domain-names-5867685>

All Kiwis can apply for a .kiwi domain name now
Dot Kiwi's Landrush Period, which started yesterday, will run till April 30, and will see the company take
in applications for .kiwi domain names.
<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/540809/all_kiwis_can_apply_kiwi_domain_name_now/>
<http://www.reseller.co.nz/article/540809/all_kiwis_can_apply_kiwi_domain_name_now/>

Registrars screwing up new gTLD launches?
Some of the largest domain name registrars are failing to support new gTLDs properly, leading to would-be
registrants being told unregistered names are unavailable.
<http://domainincite.com/16133-registrars-screwing-up-new-gtld-launches>

Weirdest new gTLD launch yet? .wed launches with a single registrar
The new gTLD .wed went into sunrise yesterday with the strangest pricing model yet and a stringent
Registry-Registrar Agreement that seems to have scared off all but one registrar.
<http://domainincite.com/16144-weirdest-new-gtld-launch-yet-wed-launches-with-a-single-registrar>

First 4 Community Priority Evaluations Fail: .Taxi, Tennis, .MLS, .Immo
ICANN has published the results of the first four decided Community Priority Evaluations (CPE) for new
TLDs. All four failed to pass.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/18/first-4-community-priority-evaluations-fail-taxi-tennis-mls-immo/>

55 new TLDs request exemption from Registry Code of Conduct
Today ICANN posted 55 requests made by new TLD applicants for an exemption from the Registry Code of Conduct.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/18/55-new-tlds-request-exemption-from-registry-code-of-conduct/>

New gTLD Registrations Pass Quarter Million As .GURU Tops The Chart
The new gTLD .guru is to date by far the most successful new gTLD when it comes to domains under management,
with 44,800 of the 253,808, or 17.66 percent of all new gTLD registrations according to figures provided
by nTLDstats.com.
<http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=22021>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/17/new-gtld-registrations-pass-quarter-million/>

6 new TLDs have eclipsed the 10,000 registration milestone
Of the dozens of new TLDs to enter general availability so far, six have now topped 10,000 registrations
based on zone file records. .Directory is the most recent entrant in this club after hitting the milestone
within the past few days.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/17/6-new-tlds-have-eclipsed-the-10000-registration-milestone/>

Full TMCH database published by registry?
DotBerlin seems to have published the full list of trademarks and other strings protected by the Trademark Clearinghouse.
<http://domainincite.com/16123-full-tmch-database-published-by-registry>

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

Web domain name revolution a threat: UN [AAP]
The mass expansion of internet domain names could cause havoc for the defence of trademarks in cyberspace,
the UN's intellectual property body warns.
<http://money.msn.co.nz/businessnews/world/8815502/web-domain-name-revolution-a-threat-un>
<http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/03/17/web-domain-name-revolution-threat-un>

Community gTLD applicants flunk on “nexus”
The first four Community Priority Evaluation results are in, and all four applicants flunked by failing to
prove a “nexus” between the new gTLD string and the community they purport to represent.
<http://domainincite.com/16158-community-gtld-applicants-flunk-on-nexus>

Donuts plays the genericide card in showdown with Belgian government over .spa
Donuts has asked ICANN to approved its .spa new gTLD application over the objections of the Belgian
government, saying the town of Spa no longer has exclusive rights to the string.
<http://domainincite.com/16154-donuts-plays-the-genericide-card-in-showdown-with-belgian-government-over-spa>

TLD Registry sells 20k+ IDN gTLD names to Chinese gov
TLD Registry has sold 20,452 new gTLD domain names to the Chinese government as it prepares to launch
.中文网 (“.chinesewebsite”) and .在线 (“.online”) tomorrow.
<http://domainincite.com/16151-tld-registry-sells-20k-idn-gtld-names-to-chinese-gov>

Chinese government buys 20,000 new IDN domain names
TLD Registry Ltd, which is launching the new TLDs Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website
(.中文网), has inked a deal with the Chinese central government’s own registrar for 10,226 domain
names in each of the new internationalized TLDs.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/19/chinese-government-buys-20000-new-idn-domain-names/>

Dot Kiwi domain names go live after two years of planning
Dot Kiwi’s Landrush Period opens today allowing all Kiwis across the globe to apply for .kiwi domain names.
<http://techday.com/start-up/news/dot-kiwi-domain-names-go-live-after-two-years-of-planning/180855/>

.KIWI And .BERLIN Commence Registrations On 18 March
If you live in Berlin or New Zealand you have a choice of a .berlin or .kiwi domain as of 18 March.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/18/kiwi-and-berlin-commence-registrations-on-18-march/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/kiwi-and-berlin-commence-registrations-on-18-march.html>

The Birth Pangs of new TLDs
Confusion. Frustration. Incompetence. That’s how I’d sum up the launch of new TLDs so far. I’ve
already written about some of the challenges of new TLD launches to date. How they’re coming out with a
whimper. How domain name registrars are making it difficult to register these new domain names.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/18/the-birth-pangs-of-new-top-level-domain-names/>

.menu domain names now available for registration
Restaurant owners and foodies around the world are prepping themselves for a digital degustation in the
form of .menu domain names, which launched live for public registrations this week.
<http://www.ariservices.com/news-.menu-domain-names-now-available-for-registration.php>

.Menu picks up over 1,500 registrations in first day
The .menu domain name entered general availability yesterday and got over 1,500 new registrations
shortly after GA started, according to zone file data. Here are some of the types of domain names that were registered.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/18/menu-picks-up-over-1500-registrations-in-first-day/>

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uk: Revealed: the MoD's secret cyberwarfare programme
The Ministry of Defence is developing a secret, multimillion-pound research programme into the future of
cyberwarfare, including how emerging technologies such as social media and psychological techniques
can be harnessed by the military to influence people's beliefs.
<http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/16/mod-secret-cyberwarfare-programme>

Joining Forces to Advance Protection Against the Growing Diversity of DDoS Attacks
You may have seen the news this morning that we have joined forces with Juniper Networks to provide a
comprehensive, always on, DDoS solution.  At Verisign, we focus on protecting companies from
increasingly complex cyber threats, and this relationship should only raise the bar higher, as it will
provide a different, more integrated approach than what’s used today, to help ensure faster and more
efficient detection and mitigation.
<http://blogs.verisigninc.com/blog/entry/joining_forces_to_advance_protection>

Banks to be hit with Microsoft costs for running outdated ATMs
Banks around the world, consumed with meeting more stringent capital regulations, will miss a deadline to
upgrade outdated software for automated teller machines (ATMs) and face additional costs to Microsoft
to keep them secure.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/14/banks-atms-idINDEEA2D0BA20140314>

Japan holds first broad cybersecurity drill, frets over Olympics risks
Japan faced a full-on cyber attack across government departments on Tuesday in a drill aimed at bolstering
national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics.
<http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/03/18/uk-japan-cybercrime-idUKBREA2G1OY20140318>

DDoS Attacks Hit NATO, Ukrainian Media Outlets
Multiple NATO and Ukrainian media websites were hit with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks
over the weekend by a pro-Russia group calling itself Cyber Berkut (KiberBerkut). "DDoS attack on some
#NATO sites ongoing but most services restored," NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu tweeted Sunday.
"Integrity of NATO data & systems not affected. We continue working on it."
<http://www.darkreading.com/applications/ddos-attacks-hit-nato-ukrainian-media-ou/240166678>

NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension
Hackers brought down several public NATO websites, the alliance said on Sunday, in what appeared to be the
latest escalation in cyberspace over growing tensions over Crimea.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/17/ukraine-crisis-nato-cyber-idINDEEA2G02V20140317>

UK holds cyberwar game in WW2 bunker [AP]
Under London's streets in Winston Churchill's World War 2 bunker, young techies are fighting a new kind of war.
<http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/30025223/uk-holds-cyberwar-game-in-ww2-bunker>

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Panel doesn’t consider TLD in the first-ever new gTLD UDRP case
The famous German bike maker Canyon Bicycles won canyon.bike from a registrant who said he’d bought the
name — and others — in order to protect the company from cybersquatters.
<http://domainincite.com/16113-panel-doesnt-consider-tld-in-the-first-ever-new-gtld-udrp-case>

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The Spamhaus Policy Block List now covers One Billion IP addresses
As we always try keep tabs on what spammers do, we couldn't help to overhear this at an Evil Botnet Spam Gang's headquarters:
<http://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/711/the-spamhaus-policy-block-list-now-covers-one-billion-ip-addresses>

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Pew: Digital Life in 2025: Experts predict the Internet will become 'like electricity' — less visible,
yet more deeply embedded in people's lives for good and ill
This report is the latest research report in a sustained effort throughout 2014 by the Pew Research Center
to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. He wrote a paper on
March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and
architectural structure for the Web.  He eventually released the code for his system  — for free — to the
world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access
documents and interact over the Internet — a system that linked computers and that had been around for years.
<http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/11/digital-life-in-2025/>

Tomorrow's Internet starts now: get ready! [news release]
With some 2.5 billion users world-wide, today’s Internet is an established part of our lives. But new
challenges are arising all the time and Europe needs to think ahead so that Internet can continue to offer
new services, applications and business opportunities. From 18th to 20th March, more than 400 European
scientists, researchers, business people, users, service and content providers will attend the Future
Internet Assembly (FIA) in Athens  <at> FIAAthens2014 to discuss tomorrow’s Internet.
<http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-197_en.htm>

Rise of the machines will drive telcos' new growth
Planes, trains and other machines connected to the internet via mobile networks will be the next vital
source of revenue growth for telecommunications companies such as Telstra and SingTel-Optus, new
research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows.
<http://www.afr.com/p/business/companies/rise_of_the_machines_will_drive_UZNihSlj8scerDHR6ZYvJL>

Internet of Things highlights investment need on a 'vulnerability that people don't want to talk about'
Investment is needed into securing the fundamental stability of the internet to prevent massive
breakdowns in communication and services, according to founder and CEO of Evrythng Andy Hobsbawm.
<http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/03/19/internet-things-highlights-investment-need-vulnerability-people-dont-want-talk-about>

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ONLINE TV, MUSIC & PIRACY
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Global music sales fell in 2013 despite strong growth for streaming services
Global recorded music revenues fell by 3.9% to $15bn in 2013, despite income from subscription streaming
services like Spotify and Deezer rising sharply.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/18/music-sales-ifpi-2013-spotify-streaming>

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE
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Privacy in the War Without End
How should we think about balancing civil liberties and national security? It may depend on what a speech
later this year tells us about how a modern war really ends.
<http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/privacy-in-the-war-without-end/>

NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls
The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a
foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a
month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents
supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-surveillance-program-reaches-into-the-past-to-retrieve-replay-phone-calls/2014/03/18/226d2646-ade9-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html>

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Pew study points to support for internet freedom in emerging countries
A survey covering 24 emerging countries by the US-based Pew Research Center has concluded that the
populations in the majority of them strongly support internet freedom.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/19/internet-censorship-emerging-countries-pew>

Emerging Nations Want Uncensored Internet Access, Pew Survey Shows
A study released today by the Pew Research Center shows that majorities in 22 of 24 developing nations
surveyed want their access to the Internet to be free of government censorship, including 70%+
majorities in half of the countries that were included.
<http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/031914-pew-uncensored-279862.html>
<http://www.cio.com/article/749988/Emerging_Nations_Want_Uncensored_Internet_Access_Pew_Survey_Shows>

Emerging and Developing Nations Want Freedom on the Internet
There is widespread opposition to internet censorship in emerging and developing nations. Majorities in
22 of 24 countries surveyed say it is important that people have access to the internet without government
censorship. In 12 nations, at least seven-in-ten hold this view.
<http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/03/19/emerging-and-developing-nations-want-freedom-on-the-internet/>

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Seven Australian boys among 251 victims of exploitation website
Seven Australian boys are among the 251 victims of an exploitation website based in the US, whose members
groomed and abused children from around the world to create explicit child sexual abuse material, police say.
<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/19/australian-children-among-251-victims-of-exploitation-website>

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Administrator of Domain Name System Launches Global Multistakeholder Accountability Process
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-14mar14-en>

NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions
<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2014/ntia-announces-intent-transition-key-internet-domain-name-functions>

Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-14mar14-en.htm>

U.S. Plans to Relinquish IANA Contract in 2015
<http://www.internetcommerce.org/IANA_Transition>

U.S. to Cede Its Oversight of Addresses on Internet
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/technology/us-to-give-up-role-in-internet-domain-names.html>

auDA welcomes US announcement regarding changes to global Internet management
<http://www.auda.org.au/news/20140317/>

End to U.S. oversight a step towards maturity for the Internet
<https://internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2014/End-US-oversight-step-towards-maturity-Internet>

Australia doubts ICANN is ready to run the internet
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/16/australia_doubts_icann_is_ready_to_run_the_internet/>

Shoply continues shopping spree, snaps up WowBaby.com.au
<http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/53658/shoply-continues-shopping-spree-snaps-up-wowbabycomau-53658.html>

There's no stopping the shopping online
<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/theres-no-stopping-the-shopping-online/story-e6frg9lo-1226854190970>

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Marco Rubio Wants to Save the Internet From Foreigners
Sen. Marco Rubio, still engaged in his campaign to reconnect with his tea party roots after blowing it on
immigration reform, announced today that he plans to introduce a bill that would "prevent a 'takeover' of
the Internet by the United Nations or another government regime."
<http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/03/marco-rubio-wants-save-internet-foreigners>

‘Compromise’ deal may secure internet’s future
As the world wide web marks its 25th anniversary, a Geneva-based internet governance expert tells
swissinfo.ch why, despite these turbulent times, a global political compromise may be within reach to
preserve its future.
<http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/science_technology/Compromise_deal_may_secure_internet_s_future.html?cid=38153830>

US stranglehold undermines 'free and open' web
The rhetoric of a 'free and open' web espoused by Tim Berners-Lee is undermined by America's
disproportionate influence over it, argues Julia Powles in this guest column
<http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-03/13/who-governs-the-net>

Multi-stakeholder Consultation on UNESCO’s Comprehensive Study on the Internet
UNESCO is now seeking feedback from stakeholders on how it should design and implement a comprehensive
study of Internet-related issues that will present options for future actions within its mandate.
Comments are requested before 30 April, after which the draft concept paper and questions will be
finalized, and the research will commence.
<http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/multi_stakeholder_consultation_on_unescos_comprehensive_study_on_the_internet/back/9597/>

NRO Contributes to NETmundial
The Number Resource Organization (NRO) on behalf of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs),
AFRINIC, APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC, and the RIPE NCC, submitted a contribution to the Global Multistakeholder
Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, NETmundial.
<http://www.nro.net/news/nro-contributes-to-netmundial>

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Administrator of Domain Name System Launches Global Multistakeholder Accountability Process
ICANN today launched a process to transition the role of the United States Government relating to the
Internet's unique identifiers system.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-14mar14-en.htm>
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/press/releases/release-14mar14-en>

NTIA Announces Intent to Transition Key Internet Domain Name Functions
To support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S.
Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today
announces its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.
<http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2014/ntia-announces-intent-transition-key-internet-domain-name-functions>

Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress
The leaders of the Internet technical organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet
infrastructure (IETF, IAB, RIRs, ccTLD ROs, ICANN, ISOC, and W3C), welcome the US Government's
announcement of the suggested changes related to the IANA functions contract.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-14mar14-en.htm>
<http://www.apnic.net/publications/news/2014/internet-technical-leaders-welcome-iana-globalization-progress>
<http://www.nro.net/news/internet-technical-leaders-welcome-iana-globalization-progress>
<http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-technical-leaders-welcome-iana-globalization-progress>

ICANN President Reacts to US Government Plan to Relinquish Key Internet Stewardship
ICANN President reacts to U.S. decision to transfer stewardship of important Internet technical functions.
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg_LD0C6ZiI&feature=em-subs_digest>

ICANN Updates Application Status and Contention Sets
Today ICANN is updating application statuses to reflect the results of various New gTLD Program processes
including objection determinations.
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-15mar14-en>

Summary and Analysis of Specification 13 Public Comments by Cyrus Namazi
As a result of sincere and constructive discussions and negotiations, a proposed Specification 13 is in
our hands. If approved by NGPC, Specification 13 would provide limited accommodations to registry
operators of TLDs that qualify as “.Brand TLDs.” As many as one-third of all new gTLD applications
might qualify as .Brand TLDs.
<http://blog.icann.org/2014/03/summary-and-analysis-of-specification-13-public-comments/>

New Contracting Statistics Released
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 14 March 2014:
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-14mar14-en>

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to OVH SAS
OVH SAS ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("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 France.
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-12mar14-en.htm>

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

Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division | ICANN, to Philippe Laurent
New gTLD applications for ".SPA"
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/atallah-to-laurent-13mar14-en>

Philippe Laurent, Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners, to Fadi Chehadé and Steve Crocker
New gTLD applications for ".SPA"
<http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/laurent-to-chehade-crocker-06mar14-en>

U.S. Plans to Relinquish IANA Contract in 2015
The NTIA has just announced that it plans to turn its IANA functions contract counterparty role over to
“the global multistakeholder community” when the current contract expires at the end of September 2015.
<http://www.internetcommerce.org/IANA_Transition>

The U.S. government will set the DNS root free by Milton Mueller
We applaud the recent statement from the NTIA announcing its intention to “transition key Internet
domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.” This is a historic moment in the
evolution of Internet governance.
<http://www.internetgovernance.org/2014/03/14/the-u-s-government-will-set-the-dns-root-free/>

U.S. to Cede Its Oversight of Addresses on Internet
The United States will give up its role overseeing the system of Web addresses and domain names that form the
basic plumbing of the Internet, turning it over in 2015 to an international group whose structure and
administration will be determined over the next year, government officials said on Friday.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/technology/us-to-give-up-role-in-internet-domain-names.html>

US Government Cedes Control Of The Internet
The US government is to give up control of the administration of the internet, handing over responsibility
for the IP numbering network and domain name system (DNS) to the global community.
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/emmawoollacott/2014/03/15/us-government-cedes-control-of-the-internet/>

US to relinquish Internet control
The U.S. government on Friday announced it is taking steps to relinquish control over the backbone of the Internet.
<http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/200889-us-to-relinquish-internet-control>

Internet control to shift from U.S. to global stage
The U.S. Commerce Department is relinquishing its hold over the group that manages the Internet’s
architecture, amid pressure to globalize its functions in the wake of reports about NSA surveillance.
<http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/internet-control-commerce-department-nsa-104686.html>

auDA welcomes US announcement regarding changes to global Internet management
.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the manager of Australia’s “.au” Internet domain space,
welcomes the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information
Administration’s (NTIA) recent decision to transition key Internet management functions to the
global multi-stakeholder community.
<http://www.auda.org.au/news/20140317/>

End to U.S. oversight a step towards maturity for the Internet
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased by last Friday’s historic announcement that the U.S
Government will cede control of domain names and Internet addresses. The United States Commerce
Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has said it
intends to finish a process it started in the 1990s.
<https://internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2014/End-US-oversight-step-towards-maturity-Internet>

Donuts Statement Regarding IANA Function
... As the largest applicant for new TLDs, we look forward to providing a constructive contribution in this
multi-stakeholder discussion.
<http://www.donuts.co/uncategorized/donuts-statement-regarding-iana-function/>

US to give up control over ICANN
In what can only be described as an historic announcement, the United States government tonight said that
it will walk away from its control of the DNS root zone.
<http://domainincite.com/16085-us-to-give-up-control-over-icann>

Roundup: industry reaction to US giving up IANA role
Members of the domain name industry and ICANN community reacted generally positively to the news Friday
night that the US will step aside from its central role in ICANN oversight.
<http://domainincite.com/16103-roundup-industry-reaction-to-us-giving-up-iana-role>

Australia doubts ICANN is ready to run the internet
... But the minister is not sure that ICANN is ready for the job, asking “ Is ICANN now sufficiently
representative, sufficiently trusted that it can manage the DNS root zone, allocate TLDs and ccTLDs
without oversight other than that which comes internally from its board and the global constituencies
they represent?”
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/16/australia_doubts_icann_is_ready_to_run_the_internet/>

French registrar gets Whois data waiver
The French registrar OVH has been told by ICANN that it can opt out of a requirement to retain its
customers’ contact data for two years after their domain names expire.
<http://domainincite.com/16077-french-registrar-gets-whois-data-waiver>

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CIRA and DomainsBot bring advanced domain name suggestion technology to the Canadian market
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is pleased to partner with DomainsBot to bring
domain name suggestion technology to Canadians seeking to register a .CA website.
<http://www.cira.ca/news/announcements/name-spinning/>

The homes of .de domains - DENIC domain map 2013: The regional distribution of .de domains in Germany
DENIC, the registry for .de domains, presents the results of the regional domain statistics 2013. As at 31
December 2013, it includes about 14.5 million .de domains in the 402 cities and districts of Germany.
Adding to these numbers are nearly one million domains of holders whose place of residence is abroad. In
total, about 15.6 million .de domains were registered at the end of 2013. Domain development in 2013 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/3857.html>

eu: Infographic: Results Registrar Satisfaction Survey 2013
94% of .eu registrars feel they have a good relationship with EURid, according to the results of the 2013
Registrar Satisfaction Survey. This figure has increased 7% from last year.
<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/mar-2014/infographic-results-registrar-satisfaction-survey-2013>

EURid Registrar Satisfaction Levels Rising
Hot on the heels of Afnic publishing the results of their annual survey that found 99 percent of registrars
were happy with their services, EURid have published the results of their 2013 Registrar Satisfaction
Survey that finds 97 percent are satisfied with EURid compared to other TLDs while 94 percent of
registrars “feel they have a good relationship with EURid”, up seven percent from 2012.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/13/eurid-registrar-satisfaction-levels-rising/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/eurid-registrar-satisfaction-levels-rising.html>

.EU Renewal Rate Tops 80 Percent In 2013: EURid Report
On average, 81 percent of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013, according to the latest progress report
from the .eu registry EURid. This is the seventh year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal
rate, indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/13/eu-renewal-tops-80-percent/>
<http://www.domainnews.com/eu-renewal-tops-80-percent.html>

.eu renewal rate tops 80% in 2013
On average, 81% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013, according to the latest progress report from the
.eu registry EURid. This is the seventh year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate,
indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.
<http://www.eurid.eu/en/news/mar-2014/eu-renewal-rate-tops-80-2013>

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What You Need To Know About New .health Domains
So, you're setting up a website for your practice. You thought you'd just grab a .com, .net, or maybe .info.
But now there's .health. Will one of those set you apart from the .com crowd? So what do you need to know about
these new domains?
<http://www.medpagetoday.com/PracticeManagement/InformationTechnology/44766>

The Name Collision Conference
Earlier this week Verisign sponsored a two day conference on name collisions in the DNS. Despite the very
short time frame in which it was organized, only a month from announcement to meeting, there were some very
good presentations. I'll just hit some highlights here; all of the papers and slides are on their web site
at namecollisions.net.
<http://jl.ly/Internet/collide.html>

String Confusion Explained
Dirk from dotBerlin has posted a very funny, but also scarily accurate, graphic that illustrates how
inconsistent some of the decisions handed down have been.
<http://www.internetnews.me/2014/03/14/string-confusion-explained/#lightbox/0/>

Belgians do want a piece of Donuts’ new gTLD action
The Belgian government is blocking approval of Donuts’ bid for the new gTLD .spa until the company agrees
to hand over up to 25% of its .spa profits to the community of the city of Spa.
<http://domainincite.com/16095-belgians-do-want-a-piece-of-donuts-new-gtld-action>

Berlin first city with its own internet domain
Companies or individuals based in the German capital will be able to use .berlin at the end of their website
addresses from 18 March, the dpa news agency reports. The suffix - technically known as a gTLD - was created
under an agreement between Berlin's local government and ICANN, the US-based organisation that
co-ordinates global internet systems.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-26576617>

City set to launch own domain name .berlin
Berlin will be the first city in the world to get its own domain name. Launching on Tuesday, .berlin already
has 55,000 websites interested and other major metropolises will follow its lead.
<http://www.thelocal.de/20140314/berlin-to-get-its-own-internet-domain-name>

Berlin the world's first city with its own domain name
Berlin won the race to become the world’s first city with its own domain name.
<http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/technology/140314/berlin-wins-the-race-become-first-city-its-own-domain-name>

.SUCKS Does Not Serve Public Interest And Is A Predatory Shakedown Scheme: Rockefeller to ICANN
The only apparent purpose of the .sucks gTLD is to extract “defensive registration” payments from
internet users, and unfairly defame individuals, non-profit organisations and businesses said John D.
(Jay) Rockefeller IV in a letter to ICANN.
<http://www.domainnews.com/sucks-public-interest-predatory-rockefeller-icann.html>
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/12/sucks-public-interest-predatory-shakedown-scheme-rockefeller-icann/>

The case for Web sites ending in ‘.sucks’
Should people be banned from registering domain names that end in ".sucks"? It's easy to see how this could
get out of hand. A politician might take out his opponent's name and put .sucks at the end. Cyberbullies
might use the suffix to torment teens and young children. In the wrong hands, a .sucks domain could do real
damage. But maybe clamping down isn't the best move.
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/13/the-case-for-web-sites-ending-in-sucks/>

Are You Missing the .BOAT?
Are you a small or medium business? Have you ever heard of the TMCH or Trademark Clearinghouse? Do you know
what a new gTLD is? If the answer to the last two questions is “no,” you’re not alone. It’s becoming
very clear that awareness of gTLDs and the TMCH is not what it should be.
<http://www.wired.com/insights/2014/03/missing-boat/>

15 more new TLDs available next week
15 more new TLDs will hit the market next week in one form or another.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/14/new-tlds-march-17/>

Excessive sunrise costs just one issue to be addressed before permanent gTLD application window
The prospect of a permanent gTLD application window opening as early as 2015 was discussed in London
yesterday – as well as critical issues that need to be ironed out before such a move. One such area relates
to the setting of sunrise fees, with criticism mounting on one applicant’s plans to charge trademark
owners $25,000 per registration in the ‘.sucks’ sunrise.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=11b6147e-49be-4f4b-a4cb-43241249cab1>

European Commission calls foul on ICANN auctions [subscription]
ICANN has published a draft version of the Auction Rules, which will apply when two or more candidates have
applied for the same, or confusingly similar, new gTLDs, and self-resolution of the “contention
set” proves impossible. The draft proposal has come in for some serious criticism, not least from the
European Commission, which argued that the auction process is weighted in favour of large, cash-rich applicants.
<http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/Detail.aspx?g=4a465777-193c-4778-8e84-69d54cb9c028>

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Registering .ngo and .ong for Nonprofits and NGOs?
In developing the .ngo and .ong domain extensions, Public Interest Registry has consulted widely – both
geographically and by sector – with members of the NGO community. For the purpose of .ngo and .ong
validation, we use seven distinct characteristics to define an NGO:
<http://pir.org/what-are-the-eligibility-requirements-for-registering-ngo-and-ong-for-nonprofits-and-ngos/>

How to: Register .ngo and .ong Domains for Your Nonprofit or NGO
NGO.orgHere’s a quick How To to prepare for the .ngo|.ong TLD launch coming this Summer 2014!
<http://pir.org/how-to-register-ngo-and-ong-domains-for-your-nonprofit-or-ngo/>

A first look at Frank Schilling’s new domain name registrar
Frank Schilling’s domain name registrar Uniregistry is due to launch this week (likely Monday) and
Domain Name Wire took an early look over the weekend.
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/16/frank-schilling-domain-name-registrar/>

See who registered 1,659 .domains domain names in first hours
Individuals and companies registered 1,659 .domains domain names in the first hours after the domain
entered regular-price general availability yesterday. I’d group the purchases in five groups:
<http://domainnamewire.com/2014/03/13/see-who-registered-1659-domains-domain-names-in-first-hours/>

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A decade of securing Europe’s cyber future. The EU’s cyber security Agency ENISA is turning ten, and is
looking at future challenges [news release]
On 14th March 2004, the first ENISA regulation was adopted by the EU (by the Council and the European
Parliament). Ten years on, cyber security is even more crucial for the economy. As such, cyber security is
high on the political and societal agenda. The ten-year milestone will be celebrated throughout the year
with international and local events, taking stock of the past, as well as looking at the developments over
the years, with a particular focus on future challenges.
<http://www.enisa.europa.eu/media/press-releases/a-decade-of-securing-europe2019s-cyber-future-the-eu2019s-cyber-security-agency-enisa-is-turning-ten-and-is-looking-at-future-challenges>

Are Russia and Ukraine on the Verge of an All-Out Cyberwar?
For the past week, reports of physical violence have been rolling out of Ukraine: Russian troops storming a
base in Crimea, officers beating journalists, and violent brawls at rallies. But as tensions escalate,
another part of the conflict appears to be playing out in a cloudier realm: cyberspace.
<http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/03/cyber-war-ukraine-russia>

Great news for cyber security in the EU: The European Parliament successfully votes through the Network &
Information Security (NIS) directive [news release]
Following the successful vote on the NIS directive on cyber security today in Strasbourg, Vice President
Neelie Kroes said: "This vote today is very positive news for European citizens, and I would like to thank
the Rapporteur, Andreas Schwab, for his hard and efficient work, as well as everyone who has worked on this
report. Member States need to be ready to address cyber attacks. Today there are gaps in some countries and
we need to fill them."
<http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-68_en.htm>

New EU cybersecurity law avoids making big Internet companies report breaches [IDG]
Europe on Thursday approved a new cybersecurity law, but held back from requiring Internet giants such as
Google, Amazon, Ebay and Skype, to report security incidents.
<http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/540458/new_eu_cybersecurity_law_avoids_making_big_internet_companies_report_breaches/>
<http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/540458/new_eu_cybersecurity_law_avoids_making_big_internet_companies_report_breaches/>

Twitter: Attack emails drop from 110 million per day to a few thousand
There used to be a whopping 110 million attack messages per day spoofing the Twitter domain name as
cyber-criminals blasted out fake Twitter e-mail at intended victims to try and fool them into opening
dangerous malware-infested links and other scams. But by adopting a messaging authentication protocol
called Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), Twitter has seen that
number drop to a few thousand.
<http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/031314-twitter-attacks-279704.html>

Navigating Security Threats in a Mobile World
Security plays an important role in the success of mobility implementations worldwide. We assume
security threats are always present; however, it’s not always apparent where threats may arise from.
Being aware of these potential risk areas is crucial.
<http://blogs.cisco.com/security/navigating-security-threats-in-a-mobile-world/>

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#BBCtrending: How the MH370 website ended up on eBay
As people flock online to find out about the missing MH370 flight, an eBay seller has sought to profit from
the trend by "flipping" the domain name MH370.com.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-26515165>

Common first name lost to URS complaint
An self-described “entrepreneur” from Texas has lost control of the domain dana.holdings after a URS
complaint filed by Dana Holding, a vehicle component supplier. The domain has been suspended.
<http://domainincite.com/16073-common-first-name-lost-to-urs-complaint>

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 - MISCELLANEOUS
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International Cables, Gateways, Backhaul and International Exchange Points
This report focuses on the development of backhaul and cross-border networks, which enable local
networks to connect to the wider Internet. These local networks may cover a city, a region or even a
country. To connect their networks to other networks around the world, operators need access to regional
and international high-speed networks.
<http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/international-cables-gateways-backhaul-and-international-exchange-points_5jz8m9jf3wkl-en>

This Company is Reminding You to Renew Your Domain, But It’s Not Your Registrar
I was recently sent an official looking letter from the “Domain Registry of Canada” which, at first
glance, seemed to be asking me to renew my .ca domain. “Yet another bill,” was my initial reaction.
<http://www.thewhir.com/blog/company-reminding-renew-domain-registrar>

Disadvantaged kids need your money after terrible Name.com charity drive
Domain name registrar Name.com carried out what can only be described as a completely abysmal charity
fund-raising drive during this week’s South by Southwest conference, and disadvantaged kids need
your help as a result.
<http://domainincite.com/16036-disadvantaged-kids-need-your-money-after-terrible-name-com-charity-drive>

GoDaddy Is Said to Be Exploring I.P.O.
GoDaddy, the online domain registrar known for its racy television commercials, is preparing to file for
an initial public offering, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday.
<http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/godaddy-is-said-to-be-exploring-i-p-o/>

GoDaddy eyes initial public offering -sources
Web hosting company The GoDaddy Group Inc is preparing for a second run at an initial public offering,
according to two people familiar with the matter, as the 2014 tech IPO pipeline continues to grow.
<http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/03/14/godaddy-ipo-idINL2N0MB1QY20140314>

Seven common pitfalls when taking websites international
With cross-border ecommerce booming, it’s not surprising that more businesses are launching
international websites. Britain generates the biggest online trade surplus in the world, according to
research by OC&C. ... 1. Not choosing the right domain strategy for your business: Many search marketing
experts used to recommend separate websites for each country, using in-ccTLDs (such as .de for Germany).
Search engines automatically recognise the location and rank them accordingly.
<https://econsultancy.com/blog/64513-seven-common-pitfalls-when-taking-websites-international>

RIPE: Law Enforcement Agency Requests 2013
In 2013, the RIPE NCC received 11 requests from Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in three countries. The
transparency report details the nature of these requests and the actions that were taken as a result.
<http://www.ripe.net/internet-coordination/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/law-enforcement-agency-requests-2013>

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 - DOMAINING & AFTERMARKET
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The Saga of NiceBooby.Net and NBC's Hilarious Shadow-URL Empire
Maybe one night, as you scuttled darkly across the fringes of the internet, you came across a site like
CocoaJuggs.net. Or LuvInaBarnyard.org. Maybe even PrisonMate.net. But when you clicked, you were met
not with the lurid promises of the URL, but rather by the smiling faces of SNL cast members. Had you
discovered a wormhole in the web? Nah. Just another pervy-sounding NBC property.
<http://gizmodo.com/the-saga-of-nicebooby-net-and-nbcs-hilarious-shadow-ur-1462719466>

Why NBC Owns A Lot Of Dirty-Sounding Domain Names
Go ahead and type "LuvInABarnyard.org" into your browser: We swear it's safe for work. Why? Because you'll
be directed to NBC's homepage. Ditto with CocoaJuggs.com and NiceBooby.net. NBC owns dozens of shadow
URLs that it's forced to buy because it has mentioned them on one of its shows, reports Gizmodo's Kelsey
Campbell-Dollaghan, who did some digging on the matter.
<http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Why-NBC-Owns-A-Lot-Of-Dirty-Sounding-Domain-Names-5318144.php>

People Are Gobbling Up Hillary Clinton Websites
Internet squatters have been grabbing pieces of Clinton-related real estate in the hopes of a 2016 payoff
<http://time.com/24480/hillary-clinton-websites-2016/>

Make It A Double! TWO Multi-Million Dollar Sales Take Over Top Spots on Our Weekly and YTD Sales Charts
By now most of you have probably read our latest Cover Story that came out last week featuring Michael
Castello's astonishing account of how he turned a free domain name - Whisky.com - into a $3.1 million payday.
<http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140312.htm>

The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale
Castello Cities Internet Network CEO and President Michael Castello was one of the first true domain name
visionaries. 20 years ago, when only a handful of people even knew what a domain was, Michael knew what they
could be. In fact, he was so sure they would irrevocably change the world he started building what became
one of the best portfolios in the domain industry.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm>

Premium Auction Announced For DomainFest Plus Stone Temple Pilots Providing Entertainment
DomainSponsor and NameJet have announced their partnership to run auctions for over 40 premium domain
names during the DomainFest conference on 1 and 2 April. Premium names include Stepping.com,
Truckers.com, FederalLoan.com, VirusSoftware.com, TaxConsulting.com, InventorySystem.com and GolfCap.com.
<http://www.domainpulse.com/2014/03/13/premium-auction-domainfest/>

Heritage Auctions Steps Back Up to the Plate With 2nd Major Domain Auction That Opened Today
Heritage Auctions became the first major mainstream auction house to sell domain names last fall when they
held their inaugural domain auction and racked up over $1.5 million in sales.
<http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2014/dailyposts/20140312.htm>

Shoply continues shopping spree, snaps up WowBaby.com.au
Shoply Limited has acquired the assets of WowBaby.com.au, an online baby products retailer.
<http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/53658/shoply-continues-shopping-spree-snaps-up-wowbabycomau-53658.html>

There's no stopping the shopping online
DESPITE the buzz about the rise and rise of online shopping, investors aren't exactly spoiled for choice
for pure-play exposures. ... Shoply last month paid $2.85m for the domain name and associated assets of
YourHomeDepot.com.au. Last year it acquired EzyDirect.com.au, Ohkia.com.au and Eljo.com.au.
<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/theres-no-stopping-the-shopping-online/story-e6frg9lo-1226854190970>

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INTERNET USE
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Desktop search spending to fall this year as mobile grows, study finds
The money spent by advertisers on the desktop will decline this year as people continue to reach for their
smartphones to search for information, according to new data from eMarketer.
<http://www.pcworld.com/article/2108380/desktop-search-spending-to-fall-this-year-as-mobile-grows-study-finds.html>

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SOCIAL MEDIA
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Emotions Vented Online Are Contagious, Study Finds: Feelings Posted on Facebook Can Spread to Others,
Research Shows
In the digital swirl of Facebook status updates, emotions expressed online can be contagious, according
to a new study encompassing more than 100 million people in the U.S. and a billion messages they posted.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303546204579435550002436002>

Study: Social networks like Facebook can spread moods
A study by researchers at the University of California, Yale, and Facebook has found that moods can spread
virally through social media sites such as Facebook.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26556295>

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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The Innovation Enigma by Joseph E. Stiglitz
Around the world, there is enormous enthusiasm for the type of technological innovation symbolized by
Silicon Valley. In this view, America’s ingenuity represents its true comparative advantage, which
others strive to imitate. But there is a puzzle: it is difficult to detect the benefits of this innovation
in GDP statistics.
<http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/joseph-e--stiglitz-argues-that-the-impact-of-technological-change-on-living-standards-has-become-increasingly-unclear>

How the Internet of Everything Will Shape the Next 25 Years of Internet History
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, an important milestone as we look at how far
we’ve come and how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is shaping our future.
<http://blogs.cisco.com/ioe/how-ioe-will-shape-the-next-25-years/>

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MOBILE/WIRELESS
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Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger
The maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end.
<http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-24726077>

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PRIVACY & SURVEILLANCE
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Phone call metadata does betray sensitive details about your life – study
Warnings that phone call “metadata” can betray detailed information about your life has been
confirmed by research at Stanford University. Researchers there successfully identified a cannabis
cultivator, multiple sclerosis sufferer and a visitor to an abortion clinic using nothing more than the
timing and destination of their phone calls.
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/13/phone-call-metadata-does-betray-sensitive-details-about-your-life-study>

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CENSORSHIP
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Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance
Natalia Radzina of Charter97, a Belarusian news website whose criticism of the government is often
censored, was attending an OSCE-organized conference in Vienna on the Internet and media freedom in
February 2013 when she ran into someone she would rather not have seen: a member of the Operations and
Analysis Centre, a Belarusian government unit that coordinates Internet surveillance and censorship.
It is entities like this, little known but often at the heart of surveillance and censorship systems in
many countries, that Reporters Without Borders is spotlighting in this year’s Enemies of the Internet
report, which it is releasing, as usual, on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship (12 March).
<http://12mars.rsf.org/2014-en/enemies-of-the-internet-2014-entities-at-the-heart-of-censorship-and-surveillance/>

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Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview - The richest man in the world explains how to save the planet
At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he
may also be the most optimistic. In his view, the world is a giant operating system that just needs to be
debugged. Gates' driving idea – the idea that animates his life, that guides his philanthropy, that
keeps him late in his sleek book-lined office overlooking Lake Washington, outside Seattle – is the
hacker's notion that the code for these problems can be rewritten, that errors can be fixed, that huge
systems – whether it's Windows 8, global poverty or climate change – can be improved if you have the
right tools and the right skills. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organization
with a $36 billion endowment that he runs with his wife, is like a giant startup whose target market is human civilization.
<http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/bill-gates-the-rolling-stone-interview-20140313>

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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au/nz: Turnbull's NBN audit must rise above politics
The Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced an independent audit of the national
broadband network that will focus on the public policy process that led to the National Broadband Network
(NBN). But do we really need another audit designed to simply dish the dirt on the previous Labor
government? ... The world in transition: In New Zealand a request by Vodafone New Zealand for the Vodafone
HFC network to be used rather than rolling out FTTP in Wellington and Christchurch has been rejected by the
New Zealand government.
<http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/3/14/technology/turnbulls-nbn-audit-must-rise-above-politics>

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