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From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:37:53 +1100


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Brazil to host Internet governance summit next year

< <http://en.mercopress.com/2013/10/10/brazil-wants-to-catch-the-spies-and-will-host-global-summit-on-internet-governance-next-april> http://en.mercopress.com/2013/10/10/brazil-wants-to-catch-the-spies-and-will-host-global-summit-on-internet-governance-next-april>


Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation

< <http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-07oct13-en.htm> http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-07oct13-en.htm>


Strategic Planning & Strategy Panels Schedules Updated

< <http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-09oct13-en.htm> http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-09oct13-en.htm>


Moving Forward with Delegation of Top-Level Domains by Jeff Moss and John L. Crain

< <http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/moving-forward-with-delegation-of-top-level-domains/> http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/moving-forward-with-delegation-of-top-level-domains/>


Brand gTLD Subdomain Strategy: Navigating the New Technology Platform by Jennifer Wolfe

< <http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2297710/brand-gtld-subdomain-strategy-navigating-the-new-technology-platform> http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2297710/brand-gtld-subdomain-strategy-navigating-the-new-technology-platform>


Over Half of The Most Innovative Companies Also Invested in New gTLDS

< <http://gtldstrategy.com/2013/10/08/over-half-of-the-most-innovative-companies-also-invested-in-new-gtlds/> http://gtldstrategy.com/2013/10/08/over-half-of-the-most-innovative-companies-also-invested-in-new-gtlds/>


Linguistic Analysis of Facebook Could Contain Clues About New gTLD Popularity

< <http://domainnamestrategy.com/2013/10/07/linguistic-analysis-of-facebook-could-contain-clues-about-new-gtld-popularity/> http://domainnamestrategy.com/2013/10/07/linguistic-analysis-of-facebook-could-contain-clues-about-new-gtld-popularity/>


Network Solutions Investigating DNS Hijack [IDG]

< <http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/100913-network-solutions-investigating-dns-274652.html> http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/100913-network-solutions-investigating-dns-274652.html>


Obamacare related domain registration spike, Government shutdown domain registration beginning

< <https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Obamacare+related+domain+registration+spike+Government+shutdown+domain+registration+beginning/16709> https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Obamacare+related+domain+registration+spike+Government+shutdown+domain+registration+beginning/16709>


Domain Name Registrar Allows Completely Blank WHOIS by Garth Bruen

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20131006_registrar_allows_completely_blank_whois/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20131006_registrar_allows_completely_blank_whois/>


Domain Buyers React to Government Shutdown

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






Brazil to host Internet governance summit next year

Brazil, which has slammed massive US electronic spying on its territory, said Wednesday it would host a global summit on Internet governance in April.

< <http://en.mercopress.com/2013/10/10/brazil-wants-to-catch-the-spies-and-will-host-global-summit-on-internet-governance-next-april> http://en.mercopress.com/2013/10/10/brazil-wants-to-catch-the-spies-and-will-host-global-summit-on-internet-governance-next-april>

< <http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/373951/brazil-to-host-internet-governance-summit> http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/373951/brazil-to-host-internet-governance-summit>

< <http://phys.org/news/2013-10-brazil-host-internet-summit-year.html> http://phys.org/news/2013-10-brazil-host-internet-summit-year.html>


Witnessing the Growth of Arab IGF by Baher Esmat

As I flew home from Algiers after the second Arab Internet Governance Forum at the beginning of October, I reflected on how much progress we have made. In just two short years, we have gone from informal discussions to the more structured Beirut Consultation to the inaugural Arab IGF in Kuwait last year. Now, at the conclusion of our second such gathering, I see plenty of challenges but also plenty of advancement.

< <http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/witnessing-the-growth-of-arab-igf/> http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/witnessing-the-growth-of-arab-igf/>








Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation

The leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure globally have met in Montevideo, Uruguay, to consider current issues affecting the future of the Internet.

< <http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-07oct13-en.htm> http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-07oct13-en.htm>


Strategic Planning & Strategy Panels Schedules Updated

To provide more opportunity for community consideration and public comment on a draft ICANN Vision and 5-year Strategic Plan, the development schedule has been extended to accommodate two rounds of online public input, and community discussions at the ICANN Buenos Aires (November 2013) and Singapore (March 2014) meetings.

< <http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-09oct13-en.htm> http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-09oct13-en.htm>


Moving Forward with Delegation of Top-Level Domains by Jeff Moss and John L. Crain

ICANN?s New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) has approved resolutions allowing us to move forward in expanding the Internet?s name space while mitigating possible issues in the expansion.

< <http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/moving-forward-with-delegation-of-top-level-domains/> http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/moving-forward-with-delegation-of-top-level-domains/>


Applicants Respond to GAC Category 2 Advice on New gTLDs

In its Beijing Communiqu?, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) issued advice to the ICANN Board of Directors regarding New gTLD applications.

< <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-4-09oct13-en> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-4-09oct13-en>


First Community Priority Evaluation Invitations Sent

ICANN is inviting eligible community applicants to elect Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) as a potential method to resolve string contention. Today, the first two invitations were sent via ICANN's Customer Portal.

< <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-09oct13-en> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-3-09oct13-en>


Ernesto H. F. Ara?jo, Charg? D'Affaires, a.i. | Brazilian Embassy, to Fadi Chehad?

Opposition to the .amazon New gTLD Application

< <http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/araujo-to-chehade-04oct13-en> http://www.icann.org/en/news/correspondence/araujo-to-chehade-04oct13-en>


Task Force on Arabic Script IDNs Launched by Baher Esmat

The Middle East Strategy Working Group (MESWG) is pleased to announce the formation of the Task Force on Arabic Script Internationalized Domain Names (TF-AIDN). The announcement was made at the 2nd Arab IGF meeting that took place in Algeria between 1 and 3 October 2013. TF-AIDN is an initiative of MESWG, which focuses on technical issues and solutions to promote the deployment of Arabic IDNs. While the scope of work may change over time, the task force will begin by looking into the following issues:

< <http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/task-force-on-arabic-script-idns-launched/> http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/task-force-on-arabic-script-idns-launched/>


NGPC Resolution for Addressing the Consequences of Name Collisions

At its 18 May 2013 meeting, the ICANN Board adopted a resolution to commission a study to identify the levels of potential impact posed by each applied-for new gTLD on the use of TLDs that are not currently delegated at the root level of the public DNS.

< <http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-08oct13-en.htm> http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-08oct13-en.htm>


New Contracting Statistics Released

CIRS Sent Through Priority 1100

< <http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-08oct13-en> http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/announcements-and-media/announcement-08oct13-en>


Mockapetris hired as ICANN security advisor

DNS inventor Paul Mockapetris has been recruited by ICANN to act as senior security advisor to the Generic Domains Division under its president, Akram Atallah.

< <http://domainincite.com/14623-mockapetris-hired-as-icann-security-advisor> http://domainincite.com/14623-mockapetris-hired-as-icann-security-advisor>


ICANN Shuts Down Pacman Registrar From New Registrations and Transfers Until At Least Jan 30, 2014

In a letter sent to Pacnames Ltd. of Auckland New Zealand ICAN has sent a notice of breach of registrar accreditation agreement and notice of suspension of registrar?s ability to create new registered names or initiate inbound transfers of registered names.
< <http://www.thedomains.com/2013/10/09/icann-shuts-down-pacman-registrar-from-new-registrations-and-transfers-until-at-least-jan-30-2014/> http://www.thedomains.com/2013/10/09/icann-shuts-down-pacman-registrar-from-new-registrations-and-transfers-until-at-least-jan-30-2014/>


ICANN Releases New gTLD Name Collision Proposal

ICANN?s New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) approved an updated proposal for dealing with the consequences of name collisions on Monday.

< <http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/icann-releases-new-gtld-name-collision-proposal> http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/icann-releases-new-gtld-name-collision-proposal>


ICANN director quits, no reason given

Judith Vazquez has resigned from ICANN?s board of directors, a year before her term was due to expire, but ICANN has provided no explanation.

< <http://domainincite.com/14655-icann-director-quits-no-reason-given> http://domainincite.com/14655-icann-director-quits-no-reason-given>





Juan Diego Calle, Creator of .CO, is Leading a Domain Extension Revolution

Juan Diego Calle, 35, began his first business, TeRespondo in his garage with his brother. He had no money, but he did have a great deal of technological savvy. Now, the owner of his second business, .CO, he runs his enterprise from the confines of a relaxed Miami office space, with 20 employees under his oversight.

< <http://www.latinpost.com/articles/2765/20131008/juan-diego-calle-creator-co-leading-domain-extension-revolution.htm> http://www.latinpost.com/articles/2765/20131008/juan-diego-calle-creator-co-leading-domain-extension-revolution.htm>





Brand gTLD Subdomain Strategy: Navigating the New Technology Platform by Jennifer Wolfe

Windows 8.1 apps and services one vision planBrand gTLD applicants like Apple, Microsoft, McDonalds and Johnson & Johnson, to name just a few, are planning how they will use their brand gTLD(s) in 2014. While most brands agree that simply migrating the home page from .com isn?t the solution, they?re still looking for innovative strategies to deploy their roll out. Many are concerned about how consumers will adapt to this new way of navigating the web and don?t want to lose valuable search equity in their existing .coms.

< <http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2297710/brand-gtld-subdomain-strategy-navigating-the-new-technology-platform> http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2297710/brand-gtld-subdomain-strategy-navigating-the-new-technology-platform>


Over Half of The Most Innovative Companies Also Invested in New gTLDS

... Since one of the ?next big things? in technology is the introduction of hundreds of new TLDs to the Internet, we decided to do a little research: What percentage of these successful, envelope-pushing companies applied to run their own new gTLD?

< <http://gtldstrategy.com/2013/10/08/over-half-of-the-most-innovative-companies-also-invested-in-new-gtlds/> http://gtldstrategy.com/2013/10/08/over-half-of-the-most-innovative-companies-also-invested-in-new-gtlds/>


When Policy Makers Know Their Net

As established at the Know Your Net new TLD public awareness campaign launch, CADNA is firm believer in the multistakeholder model of Internet governance. Governing such a complex system, laden with opportunities and challenges, requires diligence and creativity from everyone, including businesses, technology companies, Internet users, and policymakers alike. Know Your Net is our way of contributing to the education and safe navigation of the current, and soon to be rapidly expanding, space.

< <http://cadna.org/blog/2013/10/7/when-policy-makers-know-their-net> http://cadna.org/blog/2013/10/7/when-policy-makers-know-their-net>


Linguistic Analysis of Facebook Could Contain Clues About New gTLD Popularity

According to Business Insider, University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed the Facebook status updates of over 70,000 volunteers and found interesting linguistic patterns that align with certain personality traits. According to Business Insider:

< <http://domainnamestrategy.com/2013/10/07/linguistic-analysis-of-facebook-could-contain-clues-about-new-gtld-popularity/> http://domainnamestrategy.com/2013/10/07/linguistic-analysis-of-facebook-could-contain-clues-about-new-gtld-popularity/>


First-come, first-served sunrise periods on the cards

New gTLD registries will be able to offer first-come, first-served sunrise periods under a shake-up of the program?s rights protection mechanisms announced a week ago.

< <http://domainincite.com/14627-first-come-first-served-sunrise-periods-on-the-cards> http://domainincite.com/14627-first-come-first-served-sunrise-periods-on-the-cards>


New gTLD applicants get a way to avoid name collision delay

ICANN has given blessed relief to many new gTLD applicants by wiping potentially months off their path to delegation.

< <http://domainincite.com/14659-new-gtld-applicants-get-a-way-to-avoid-name-collision-delay> http://domainincite.com/14659-new-gtld-applicants-get-a-way-to-avoid-name-collision-delay>


ICANN gives new TLD applicants a faster path to market

TLD applicants could start registering domains sooner, but there?s a catch. ICANN has changed its plan for mitigating the risk of so-called ?name collisions? at the second level of new TLDs, potentially allowing new top level domain applicants to start selling domains sooner than expected.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/09/icann-gives-new-tld-applicants-a-faster-path-to-market/> http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/09/icann-gives-new-tld-applicants-a-faster-path-to-market/>


Uh-oh: ICANN will be forced to act after conflicting .cars decisions

A conflicting opinion over .cars leads to an interesting contention set problem. A panelist for a string confusion objection brought by Google against DERcars, LLC over the TLD name .cars has ruled in favor of Google.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/09/uh-oh-icann-will-be-forced-to-act-after-conflicting-cars-decisions/> http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/09/uh-oh-icann-will-be-forced-to-act-after-conflicting-cars-decisions/>


56 new TLD contracts signed, Donuts has more than half

ICANN?s latest new TLD name contracting stats show that 56 registry agreements have been signed. 55 of those have been published to ICANN?s registry page.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/08/56-new-tld-contracts-signed-donuts-has-more-than-half/> http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/08/56-new-tld-contracts-signed-donuts-has-more-than-half/>


Top level domain considered in Tes.co domain name dispute

TES.CO is confusingly similar to TESCO, and soon the TLD will play a bigger role in domain disputes.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/09/top-level-domain-considered-in-tes-co-domain-name-dispute/> http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/09/top-level-domain-considered-in-tes-co-domain-name-dispute/>


Key Systems Publishes Graph Showing Time Line For Each New gTLD Roll Out

Key-Systems GmbH which operates domain name registrars, domaindiscount24.com, rrpproxy.net, and brand protection company, BrandShelter.com released a graph today on new the date that each new gTLD is expected to launch.

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2013/10/09/key-systems-publishes-graph-showing-time-line-for-each-new-gtld-roll-out/> http://www.thedomains.com/2013/10/09/key-systems-publishes-graph-showing-time-line-for-each-new-gtld-roll-out/>


dotShabaka Diary ? Day 16, TMCH testing done

The sixteenth installment of dotShabaka Registry?s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

< <http://domainincite.com/14657-dotshabaka-diary-day-16-tmch-testing-done> http://domainincite.com/14657-dotshabaka-diary-day-16-tmch-testing-done>





Network Solutions Investigating DNS Hijack [IDG]

Network Solutions is investigating an attack by a pro-Palestinian hacking group that redirected websites belonging to several companies.

< <http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/100913-network-solutions-investigating-dns-274652.html> http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/100913-network-solutions-investigating-dns-274652.html>

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/528615/network_solutions_investigating_dns_hijack/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/528615/network_solutions_investigating_dns_hijack/>

< <http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/528615/network_solutions_investigating_dns_hijack/> http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/528615/network_solutions_investigating_dns_hijack/>


WhatsApp, AVG and Avira attacked by pro-Palestinian Anonymous hackers

Pro-Palestinian hackers managed to conduct DNS redirection attacks on the websites of popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp, as well as security companies AVG and Avira.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/08/whatsapp-avg-avira-anonymous-hacked-palestine> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/08/whatsapp-avg-avira-anonymous-hacked-palestine>


Board oversight of cyber security and cyber-security disclosures: answers to some of the key questions

Cyber security is top of mind for companies, and cyber-security oversight is top of mind for corporate directors. I recently co-moderated a panel discussion for directors on board oversight of cyber security and cyber-security disclosures. I thought I?d share my thoughts on some of the key issues.

< <http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=e5dd2b1a-cdd4-4c79-a248-752484e9aa9d> http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=e5dd2b1a-cdd4-4c79-a248-752484e9aa9d>


Beware the Obamacare Scammers

Signing up for health insurance through the network of state and federal insurance exchange websites has proven difficult enough in its own right. Now, millions of Americans attempting to navigate the myriad of changes to the nation's health care system also have to avoid a legion of online scammers looking to take advantage of widespread confusion about the law's implementation.

< <http://mashable.com/2013/10/08/obamacare-scammers/> http://mashable.com/2013/10/08/obamacare-scammers/>


Technology Or Education? Tackling Phishing Requires Both

Cybercriminals typically steal data using a triad of techniques--malware, hacking, and tampering with hardware.

< <http://www.darkreading.com/services/technology-or-education-tackling-phishin/240162347> http://www.darkreading.com/services/technology-or-education-tackling-phishin/240162347>





Obamacare related domain registration spike, Government shutdown domain registration beginning

In the last 24 hours, DomainTools reported to us that over 50 domains related to the US Government Partial Shutdown have been registered. About a third of those are partisan oriented, most of the rest are parked. During the same time period, over 40 domains were registered relating to the Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as Obamacare). So far, no spam has shown up on either subjects which was surprising to many of us that monitor these trends.

< <https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Obamacare+related+domain+registration+spike+Government+shutdown+domain+registration+beginning/16709> https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Obamacare+related+domain+registration+spike+Government+shutdown+domain+registration+beginning/16709>


Playboy Scuffles With Escort Service Over Disputed Domain Names

The operator of several Calgary escort service websites, CallPlaymates.com and HushPlaymates.com, recently was ordered by a WIPO arbitrator to hand over the domain names to Playboy Enterprises International Inc.

< <http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=169907> http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=169907>


London Police Seeks to Shut Down Torrent Sites

A number of major torrent sites have found their domain names suspended by their registrars following formal requests from City of London Police.

< <http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=169931> http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=169931>


UK Police Orders Registrars to Suspend Domains of Major Torrent Sites

The newly founded Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City of London Police has scored its first victories. Several domain names of major torrent sites have been suspended by their registrars following an urgent request from the unit.

< <http://torrentfreak.com/uk-police-orders-registrars-to-suspend-domains-of-major-torrent-sites-131009/> http://torrentfreak.com/uk-police-orders-registrars-to-suspend-domains-of-major-torrent-sites-131009/>


Carlos Santana Wins Domain Name From Typosquatter

An international arbitrator has sided with musician Carlos Santana in his dispute with the alleged typosquatter behind the site carlosantana.com. The World Intellectual Property Organization's Arbitration and Mediation Center ruled recently that the singer was entitled to acquire the domain name -- which is the same as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's full name, except with only one ?s.?

< <http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/210991/carlos-santana-wins-domain-name-from-typosquatter.html> http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/210991/carlos-santana-wins-domain-name-from-typosquatter.html>


Petronas Sues U.S. Internet Company for 'Cybersquatting' [registration]

The government of Malaysia was none too happy when it discovered that Internet domain names bearing a trademark of its national oil company were being redirected to a pornography web site.

< <http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202622761281> http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202622761281>


us: NBA, MLB, NHL and colleges team up to take down websites selling counterfeits

A number of professional sports leagues and colleges have filed a lawsuit in an effort to seize domain names and shut down websites used to sell counterfeit goods.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/08/nba-mlb-nhl-and-colleges-team-up-to-take-down-websites-selling-counterfeits/> http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/08/nba-mlb-nhl-and-colleges-team-up-to-take-down-websites-selling-counterfeits/>


Sorry ThePrive.com, you can?t just take Prive.com

The operators of the sample sale website Priv?, online at ThePrive.com, have lost a UDRP against the domain name Prive.com. This is despite the respondent not filing a formal response.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/07/the-prive-dispute/> http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/07/the-prive-dispute/>


YellowPages.com sues YPOnline.com owner for trademark infringement

Owner of YP.com claims site infringes its trademark and the YPOnline.com constitutes cybersquatting.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/07/yellowpages-yponline/> http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/07/yellowpages-yponline/>



- IPv4/IPv6


ISPs warm to IPv6, but old-era Internet plumbing persists

ISPs are gradually warming to IPv6, the technology for a vastly more capacious Internet, but there are also signs of a technique to extend the useful lifespan of IPv4. 

< <http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57606534-93/isps-warm-to-ipv6-but-old-era-internet-plumbing-persists/> http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57606534-93/isps-warm-to-ipv6-but-old-era-internet-plumbing-persists/>


Expert urges African countries to migrate from IPv4 to IPv6

Mukon Tamon, the Training Manager of African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) Ltd, on Tuesday called on African countries to promptly migrate from IPv4 to IPv6.

< <http://businessdayonline.com/2013/10/broadband-expert-urges-african-countries-to-migrate-from-ipv4-to-ipv6/> http://businessdayonline.com/2013/10/broadband-expert-urges-african-countries-to-migrate-from-ipv4-to-ipv6/>


?African countries need to migrate from IPv4 to IPv6? ? Expert

The training manager of African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) Ltd, Mr. Mukon Tamon, has called on African countries to migrate as quickly as possible from IPv4 to IPv6.

< <http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/> http://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/?african-countries-need-to-migrate-from-ipv4-to-ipv6?-?-expert.10685/>


Don?t break the internet! Stop spying and move to IPv6 pronto!

The heads of technology organizations that maintain the standards and connections underlying the internet met in Uruguay to address the recent (and not-so-recent) challenges facing the net. Here?s what they said.

< <http://gigaom.com/2013/10/07/dont-break-the-internet-stop-spying-and-move-to-ipv6-pronto/> http://gigaom.com/2013/10/07/dont-break-the-internet-stop-spying-and-move-to-ipv6-pronto/>





Domain Name Registrar Allows Completely Blank WHOIS by Garth Bruen

In a very casual and low-key footnote over the weekend, ICANN announced it would be further bypassing the Affirmation of Commitments and ignoring the WHOIS Review Team Report. There will be no enhanced validation or verification of WHOIS because unidentified people citing unknown statistics have said it would be too expensive... As a topic which has burned untold hours of community debate and development, the vague minimalist statement dismisses every ounce of work put in by stakeholders.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20131006_registrar_allows_completely_blank_whois/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20131006_registrar_allows_completely_blank_whois/>


GoDaddy Pulls Lavabit's Security Creds Because The FBI Got Ahold Of Its Encryption Keys

Two months ago, email company Lavabit abruptly shut down. The email service known to be used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been down ever since. Its homepage has been replaced by a note from founder Ladar Levison explaining that he ?refused to be complicit in crimes against the American people.? It was a mysterious shut down at the time, but since then, thanks to court documents becoming public, the full story has come out. And that story coming out has resulted in Lavabit having its Internet security credentials revoked.

< <http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/10/09/godaddy-pulls-lavabits-security-creds-because-the-government-got-ahold-of-its-encryption-keys/> http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/10/09/godaddy-pulls-lavabits-security-creds-because-the-government-got-ahold-of-its-encryption-keys/>


Office 365 Integrates GoDaddy Domain Name Registration

GoDaddy domain names can now be purchased directly within Office 365, making it easy to set up an email account and website with a customized domain, according to a blog post by Microsoft?s Office 365 team on Tuesday.

< <http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/office-365-integrates-godaddy-domain-name-registration> http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/office-365-integrates-godaddy-domain-name-registration>


China domain name scams on the rise

If you have ever received an email from an Asian named domain name registrar, such as China Domain Name Registration Center, Asian Domain Registration Service In China or The Department Of Registration Service In China, you are probably targeted to be scammed.

< <http://inserbia.info/news/2013/10/china-domain-name-scams-on-the-rise/> http://inserbia.info/news/2013/10/china-domain-name-scams-on-the-rise/>


Jones distances herself from racy Go Daddy ads

Former Go Daddy general counsel Christine Jones has said she ?didn?t particularly like? the company?s wildly successful, if sexually provocative, TV advertising.

< <http://domainincite.com/14631-jones-distances-herself-from-racy-go-daddy-ads> http://domainincite.com/14631-jones-distances-herself-from-racy-go-daddy-ads>





Domain Buyers React to Government Shutdown

The world is abuzz with news of the United States government shutting down as of October 1st 2013. As we have seen with previous major news events there was a notable increase in domain name activity that seems to be correlated.

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


Hot Week for Domain Sales Led By the Year's 3rd Biggest Sale (an $850,000 Deal) & Two Others at a Half Million Each

Summer may be over but 2013 domain sales were hotter than ever this past week when three of the year's top ten sales were reported. One of those ranks among 2013's top three while two others reached the half million dollar mark to take their own places on the upper tenth of our Year-to-Date Top 100 Sales Chart.

< <http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131009.htm> http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131009.htm>


DomainNameSales.com gets distribution (and here?s how to opt-in)

If you opt-in, GoDaddy and DomainTools customers will now see that your domain is for sale.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/07/domainnamesales-com-gets-distribution-and-heres-how-to-opt-in/> http://domainnamewire.com/2013/10/07/domainnamesales-com-gets-distribution-and-heres-how-to-opt-in/>


Dtrade delivers number 1 sale in Australia for 2013 with cruises.com.au

Australian domain market hits new highs with largest sale for 2013 dtrade has brokered the largest reported .com.au domain name sale for this year, with $110,000 AUD for cruises.com.au.

< <http://www.dtrade.com/blog/dtrade-delivers-number-1-sale-in-australia-for-2013-with-cruises-com-au/> http://www.dtrade.com/blog/dtrade-delivers-number-1-sale-in-australia-for-2013-with-cruises-com-au/>




The Internet Economy on the Rise: Progress since the Seoul Declaration

This publication reviews progress made since the 2008 OECD Seoul Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy and identifies areas for future work. Seven themes are addressed in the work as follows:






ITU releases latest tech figures & global rankings [news release]

Mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets has become the fastest growing segment of the global ICT market, according to ITU?s flagship annual report Measuring the Information Society 2013.

< <http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2013/41.aspx> http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2013/41.aspx>


UK jumps up internet scoreboard as digital divide grows

The UK has moved up the UN's net-connectivity table, leapfrogging Hong Kong and Japan to take eighth place.

< <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24426739> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24426739>


The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web

Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, gave the AN Smith lecture in Melbourne on Wednesday night. Here's her speech

< <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/09/the-rise-of-the-reader-katharine-viner-an-smith-lecture> http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/09/the-rise-of-the-reader-katharine-viner-an-smith-lecture>


Guardian Australia editor pans charging for internet content

Guardian Australia editor Katharine Viner has described charging for online content as "utterly antithetical to the open web" while acknowledging newspapers were "all trying to survive" the shift in consumption habits from print to digital.

< <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/digital/guardian-australia-editor-pans-charging-for-internet-content/story-fna03wxu-1226735770548> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/digital/guardian-australia-editor-pans-charging-for-internet-content/story-fna03wxu-1226735770548>


For Shoppers, Next Level of Instant Gratification

All the world?s a shopping cart. A wave of experiments at various companies could take consumer convenience (and impulsiveness) to new heights. The ultimate vision is a form of shopping nirvana, where consumers can buy what they covet on the spot ? straight from an attention-grabbing magazine ad, for instance, or off a television screen, or even from a refrigerator.

< <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/technology/for-shoppers-next-level-of-instant-gratification.html> http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/technology/for-shoppers-next-level-of-instant-gratification.html>


Britons spend one in 12 waking minutes online, pushing ad spend to record high

UK web users spent an average of one in every 12 waking minutes each day online in the first six months of 2013, with advertisers spending a record ?3bn targeting them with marketing messages, according to new research.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/07/btitons-online-ad-spemd> http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/07/btitons-online-ad-spemd>


Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think

Everyone knows young people these days are born with smartphones in hand and will stay glued to the Internet from that time onward. Right?

< <http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/young-people-are-not-as-digitally-native-as-you-think/> http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/young-people-are-not-as-digitally-native-as-you-think/>


au: Mobile downloads double in 12 months [AAP]

Downloads on mobile devices in Australia doubled over the last 12 months, figures show, as more people embraced smartphones and 4G networks.

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/528495/mobile_downloads_double_12_months/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/528495/mobile_downloads_double_12_months/>


Australian mobile handset downloads surge [news release]

Nearly 20,000 terabytes of data was downloaded by Australians with internet access connections via a mobile handset in the three months to June 2013, which is an increase of 6,000 terabytes according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

< <http://abs.gov.au/ausstats%5Cabs at .nsf/mediareleasesbyCatalogue/F2D32B785378BC9CCA25758D002B6804?Opendocument> http://abs.gov.au/ausstats%5Cabs at .nsf/mediareleasesbyCatalogue/F2D32B785378BC9CCA25758D002B6804?Opendocument>





One in 10 Australians trust social media [AAP]

Fewer than one in ten Australians trust social media companies to protect their personal information, but industry giants such as Facebook and Twitter continue to flourish regardless.

< <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/one-in-10-australians-trust-social-media/story-e6frgakx-1226735537351> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/one-in-10-australians-trust-social-media/story-e6frgakx-1226735537351>


Does Facebook really make people miserable?

A recent study about Facebook made headlines across the world with claims that using the social media site makes people sad. But there seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of what the research actually means.

< <http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11137987> http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11137987>





G.E.?s ?Industrial Internet? Goes Big

The more General Electric gets into its plan for an ?Industrial Internet,? the bigger it seems.

< <http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/g-e-s-industrial-internet-goes-big/> http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/g-e-s-industrial-internet-goes-big/>





How to report spam and other violations on Twitter

Anyone who's ever mentioned an Apple product in a tweet has probably been on the receiving end of a torrent of replies from spambots. Oh the humanity. Fortunately, Twitter makes it easy to report spam?and other, more serious abuses.

< <http://www.techhive.com/article/2052863/how-to-report-spam-and-other-violations-on-twitter.html> http://www.techhive.com/article/2052863/how-to-report-spam-and-other-violations-on-twitter.html>





Google and Sir Tim Berners-Lee lead coalition for cheaper internet

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee is leading a cross-industry coalition to bring cheaper internet to the developing world. 

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/07/google-berners-lee-alliance-broadband-africa> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/07/google-berners-lee-alliance-broadband-africa>


Google backs project to slash Internet costs worldwide [IDG]

Internet access can be expensive, especially in developing countries. Google is backing a new project that aims to change that.

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/528471/google_backs_project_slash_internet_costs_worldwide/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/528471/google_backs_project_slash_internet_costs_worldwide/>

< <http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/528471/google_backs_project_slash_internet_costs_worldwide/> http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/528471/google_backs_project_slash_internet_costs_worldwide/>

< <http://www.techhive.com/article/2052900/google-backs-project-to-slash-internet-costs-worldwide.html> http://www.techhive.com/article/2052900/google-backs-project-to-slash-internet-costs-worldwide.html>





Hackers steal money from Kiwi businesses ordering goods from trusted Chinese suppliers

Police are urging New Zealand businesses to be extra vigilant when paying money to overseas suppliers.

< <http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/hackers-steal-money-kiwi-businesses-ordering-goods-trusted-chinese-suppliers-ck-146819> http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/hackers-steal-money-kiwi-businesses-ordering-goods-trusted-chinese-suppliers-ck-146819>


Hacking The Adobe Breach

Financially motivated attackers could abuse stolen source code for broader attacks

< <http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/hacking-the-adobe-breach/240162362> http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/hacking-the-adobe-breach/240162362>


Lawsuit Accuses Google of Wiretapping in Gmail Scans

Wiretapping is typically the stuff of spy dramas and shady criminal escapades. But now one of the world?s biggest Web companies, Google, must defend itself against accusations that it is illegally wiretapping in the course of its everyday business ? gathering data about Internet users and showing them related ads.

< <http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/daily-report-lawsuit-accuses-google-of-wiretapping-in-gmail-scans/> http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/daily-report-lawsuit-accuses-google-of-wiretapping-in-gmail-scans/>


Silk Road: suspicions grow that server was hacked ahead of arrests

There's a new theory about how the FBI And CIA tracked down the physical location of the Silk Road servers, and it has nothing to do with the man accused of being the site's operator, Ross Ulbricht, or queries he might have made on StackExchange.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/08/silk-road-hack-suspicion-fbi-server> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/08/silk-road-hack-suspicion-fbi-server>





Russia to monitor 'all communications' at Winter Olympics in Sochi

Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the Games, documents shared with the Guardian show.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/russia-monitor-communications-sochi-winter-olympics> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/russia-monitor-communications-sochi-winter-olympics>


Sochi surveillance: how we got the documents, and what they show

Through our research, we examined dozens of open sources including technical documents published on the government's procurement agency website, zakupki.gov.ru. Russian law requires all government agencies, including the secret services, to buy the equipment through this site.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/sochi-surveillance-documents-show-investigators> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/sochi-surveillance-documents-show-investigators>


As Sochi Olympic venues are built, so are Kremlin's surveillance networks

When Russia was awarded the Sochi Olympics back in 2007, there were celebrations as the country secured its first major sporting event since 1991. Vladimir Putin himself travelled to Guatemala, addressed the International Olympic Committee in English and basked in the limelight. The Sochi Olympics became his personal pet project.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/sochi-olympic-venues-kremlin-surveillance> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/sochi-olympic-venues-kremlin-surveillance>


uk: Cabinet was told nothing about GCHQ spying programmes, says Chris Huhne

Cabinet ministers and members of the national security council were told nothing about the existence and scale of the vast data-gathering programmes run by British and American intelligence agencies, a former member of the government has revealed.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/06/cabinet-gchq-surveillance-spying-huhne> http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/06/cabinet-gchq-surveillance-spying-huhne>


uk: MI5 chief: GCHQ surveillance plays vital role in fight against terrorism

The new head of MI5 launched a robust defence of the techniques used by Britain's intelligence agencies in his first speech since taking the job and warned they would not be able to sustain current levels of counter-terrorism work without the help of surveillance from GCHQ.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/08/gchq-surveillance-new-mi5-chief> http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/08/gchq-surveillance-new-mi5-chief>


Prism and Tempora: the cabinet was told nothing of the surveillance state's excesses by Chris Huhne            

I received a letter last week from a very senior civil servant warning me not to reveal in this column any "privileged information" acquired as a minister. But I have a revelation of another kind to make. Readers would be shocked not by what ministers know when they are taking decisions, but by what they do not know, and are not told.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/06/prism-tempora-cabinet-surveillance-state> http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/06/prism-tempora-cabinet-surveillance-state>


German NSA has deal to tap ISPs at major Internet Exchange

The rough German equivalent of the National Security Agency has secret arrangements with local telecom firms, providing direct access to data flowing over domestic fiber. According to the German magazine Der Spiegel (Google Translate), the Federal Intelligence Service (known by its German acronym, BND) has taps on the major Internet exchange point in Frankfurt known as DE-CIX.

< <http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/german-nsa-has-deal-to-tap-isps-at-major-internet-exchange/> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/german-nsa-has-deal-to-tap-isps-at-major-internet-exchange/>


A Conversation With Lavabit?s Founder

For nearly a decade, Ladar Levison ran Lavabit, a secure e-mail service that served as an alternative for a tech-savvy crowd that cared about privacy. Then, last July, after two months of haggling with the F.B.I., Mr. Levison shuttered the service rather than give the government untrammeled access to his users? communications and everything he had built.

< <http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/a-conversation-with-lavabits-founder/> http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/a-conversation-with-lavabits-founder/>


Australia prepared briefing on US global internet spying program PRISM before Snowden revelations

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show the Federal Government knew about the secret US internet spying program PRISM months before a whistleblower made details public.

< <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/australia-prepared-briefing-on-prism-spying-program/5004290> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/australia-prepared-briefing-on-prism-spying-program/5004290>


nz: Helping spies break down hi-tech barriers

OPINION: Big brother has a little brother. Another spy bill controversy is brewing as the Government's Telecommunications Interception Capability and Security Bill returns to Parliament later this month.

< <http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/9256350/Helping-spies-break-down-hi-tech-barriers> http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/9256350/Helping-spies-break-down-hi-tech-barriers>

< <http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/9254980/Helping-spies-break-through-hi-tech-barriers> http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/9254980/Helping-spies-break-through-hi-tech-barriers>


Australia's Fastmail secure email service claims it is 'NSA proof'

The Australian technology firm Fastmail is claiming to be NSA-proof, stating that it "does not co-operate with blanket surveillance" and does not give information on its users to anyone outside Australia.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/07/australias-fastmail-secure-email-nsa> http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/07/australias-fastmail-secure-email-nsa>





The state of Internet freedom worldwide, in 1 map

Every year, Freedom House publishes a report on the world's most and least digitally repressive countries. The worst offenders haven't improved much according to the latest edition of the report, out Thursday. But other countries experienced some striking changes over the past year.

< <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/05/the-state-of-internet-freedom-worldwide-in-1-map/> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/05/the-state-of-internet-freedom-worldwide-in-1-map/>


New Report: Internet Freedom Deteriorates Worldwide, but Activists Push Back [news release]

Broad surveillance, new laws controlling web content, and growing arrests of social-media users drove a worldwide decline in internet freedom in the past year, according to a new study released today by Freedom House. Nonetheless, Freedom on the Net 2013 also found that activists are becoming more effective at raising awareness of emerging threats and, in several cases, have helped forestall new repressive measures.

< <http://freedomhouse.org/article/new-report-internet-freedom-deteriorates-worldwide-activists-push-back> http://freedomhouse.org/article/new-report-internet-freedom-deteriorates-worldwide-activists-push-back>



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