[DNS] auDA Domain News - 3 February

[DNS] auDA Domain News - 3 February

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:03:11 +1100

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Apply Now to Join the ICANN Board, the Councils of GNSO and ccNSO, and the ALAC

ICANN?s Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem by Vint Cerf

Norid Consults On .NO For Individuals

Shorter .UK Domains Coming In June Plus New Registrar Agreement

First Donuts new gTLD sunrise periods looking tiny

When Should Businesses Consider TM Protections in New gTLDs? Now!

Name Collisions: More Than Just a Technical Consideration

Sneak Peek: 2014 iDefense Cyber Threats and Trends Report

 The ?iron cage? of multistakeholder governance by Brenden Kuerbis
In 1983, Paul Dimaggio and Walter Powell authored what would become a seminal article in sociology, The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields.[1] They argued that, because of constraints imposed by the state and professions, ?rational actors make their organizations increasingly similar as they attempt to change them.? The mechanisms facilitating this paradox may be ?coercive? (conformity induced by laws, rules), ?mimetic? (imitation encouraged by uncertainty) or ?normative? (shared practices or beliefs spread inter-personally). One can expect to see isomorphism occur under several conditions, e.g., where there is dependence on another organization, when resources are centralized, or when uncertainty or ambiguity exists about goals.

APNIC Executive Council unanimously supports Montevideo Statement
The APNIC EC resolves to adopt the following statement on the Montevideo Statement and proposed follow-up activities.

Year Ahead: Internet Governance After Snowden: Cacophony Of Conferences Available for IP-Watch Subscribers [subscription]
Those interested in internet governance will have to put some money aside for 2014: rarely have there been so many conferences to talk about how to manage core internet resources and develop the common rules to govern more general aspects of global net communication.

Apply Now to Join the ICANN Board, the Councils of GNSO and ccNSO, and the ALAC
ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and candidate recommendations from the Internet community for key leadership positions to fulfill ICANN's technical and policy coordination role. Interested individuals are invited to submit an application to the NomCom for the following positions:

New Contracting Statistics Released
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 31 January 2014:

ICANN?s Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem by Vint Cerf
Launched in mid October 2013, the Strategy Panel on ICANN?s Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem that I chair, operates under a maxim and axiom it crafted to illustrate its mission: Convene, confer, consult, advise, expire.

High-Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms by Nora Abusitta
What the future holds for ICANN will be determined in large part to the work a diverse and expanding community of stakeholders has been contributing to several unique strategic initiatives over the past few months.

Public Responsibility Framework by Nii Quaynor
Since the ICANN 48 public meeting in Buenos Aires at the end of November, staff on the Public Responsibility Framework Strategy Panel have been busy compiling a working document for panel members. This document includes high-level internal and external research and serves as a summary of the issues raised during ICANN 48, as well as a review of current ICANN programing, and explores different approaches to frameworks for approaching public responsibility. 

Identifier Technology Innovation by Paul Mockapetris
At ICANN 48 in Buenos Aires, members of the new ICANN Strategy Panel on Identifier Technology Innovation were tasked with the goal of developing a technology roadmap for the DNS and for ICANN?s technical and security operations.

Multistakeholder Innovation by Beth Noveck
The ICANN Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation, supported by The Governance Lab &#167; NYU (GovLab), has been working over the course of the past several months to develop recommendations for how ICANN can evolve the ways it engages and collaborates with global stakeholders in coordinating the Internet?s unique identifier systems. Specifically, we were tasked by Fadi with:

ICANN President Welcomes Civil Society and Academics at DC Briefing by Joe Catapano, Coordinator, ICANN Global Stakeholder Engagement for North America
Members of civil society and academic organizations discussed the issues most important to them in a face-to-face meeting with ICANN President Fadi Chehad? at ICANN?s Washington, DC engagement office today. The briefing and Q&A touched on the evolution of ICANN since Fadi?s term began in 2012.

First Middle East DNS Forum is Around the Corner by Baher Esmat, Regional Vice President, Middle East
The First Middle East DNS Forum will take place next week, 3-4 February 2014 in Dubai, UAE. The meeting is hosted by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, and is co-organized by ICANN and ISOC.

Craig Schwartz, CTAG Coordinator | Community TLD Applicant Group (CTAG), to Christine Willett
GAC Category 1 and 2 Advice 	 

Ron Andruff et al., RNA Partners, to Cherine Chalaby
Policy Advisory Boards 	 

Luciano Saez Ayerra, President | Spanish Society of Health Informatics, to Stephen Crocker et al.
Safeguards for Health-Related gTLDs

Letter from Jacob Kohnstamm, ARTICLE 29 Data Protection Working Party, to John O. Jeffrey
Statement on the Data Protection Impact of the Revision of the ICANN RAA

TRA hosts the Middle East DNS Forum in Dubai in collaboration with ICANN
The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) hosts the Middle East DNS Forum in Dubai on February 3-4, 2014 Dubai. This event comes in collaboration with ICANN and aims to establish a platform for the DNS community in the Middle East and to advance the domain name industry and domain name registrations overall. It also provides a platform for exchanging insights and best practices and promotes the efforts aimed at growing this sector in all its aspects.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
jp: Completion of BIND 10 Initial Development Program
On January 30th (PST), 2014, Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. (ISC) has made an announcement about the completion of BIND 10 initial development program. ISC is the company responsible to the development of BIND 10.

Proposed CCK changes to commercialize ?.ke? internet identity
Players in the telecommunications service industry are raising concerns over the manner in which the Kenyan government is proposing to handle the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), transition out of KENIC- the .ke domain manager.

Commercialising .ke Internet identity opposed
Players in the telecommunications service industry have opposed plans by the Communications Commissions of Kenya (CCK) to commercialise the country?s Internet addresses system, the .ke domain.

ng: Making case for.ng domain names
One of the interesting features of Information and Communication Technology is its inherent nature of creating potentially new businesses at the turn of any trend.

Norid Consults On .NO For Individuals
The Norwegian registry, Norid, has opened a consultation as to whether individuals should be entitled to register .no domain names in addition to priv.no.

no: Hearing on new rules for domain names for individuals
Today, Norid initiates a public hearing on whether private individuals should be able to register domain names directly within .no in addition to registrations within the priv.no category domain. Everyone is invited to give their opinion on this issue. The hearing is open for input until 11 March.

ru: Russia's Intellectual Rights Court reviews domain dispute cases to help in future policing
The Coordination Center expert took part in the Intellectual Rights Court's Scientific Advisory Council workgroup meeting. The workgroup members have been discussing the latest six cases related to the domain names which were reviewed by the Intellectual Rights Court as an appellate court. Sergey Kopylov, head of the law department of the Coordination Center, took part in the meeting as the council member.

Shorter .UK Domains Coming In June Plus New Registrar Agreement
Registrations for .uk domains at the second level such as name.uk will become available on 10 June 2014 the registry announced. In a separate announcement, Nominet announced they have approved a new .uk Registrar Agreement and Data Quality Policy, which recognises higher standards and the diversity of registrar business models.

 Shorter, snappier .uk domains to launch on 10th June
.uk registry Nominet has announced a launch date of 10th June 2014 for new ?example.uk? domain names.

uk: New Registrar Agreement and Data Quality Policy approved
We are pleased to publish our approved new .uk Registrar Agreement and Data Quality Policy, which recognises higher standards and the diversity of registrar business models.

uk: Nominet goes titsup after update to WHOIS tool
Dot-UK registry Nominet temporarily went titsup on Thursday afternoon, much to the chagrin of its customers.

First Donuts new gTLD sunrise periods looking tiny
It?s possible that fewer than 1,200 domain names were registered in Donuts? first seven new gTLD sunrise periods, judging by the latest zone file data.

The numbers are in! Donuts sunrises typically get 100+ domains, but they also got gamed
Donuts has just published its zone files for the seven domain names that recently exited sunrise. Most of the domains have at least 100 domains in their zone files, but there?s also some curious activity: it appears Donuts got gamed by some of its fellow applicants

Digging in on Donuts? Sunrise: Amazon tops the list, gaming, and top registrars
Last night I published initial data about Donuts? sunrise period on its first seven domain names. This was based on names in the zone files that were published last night.

When Should Businesses Consider TM Protections in New gTLDs? Now!
Is it too early or precisely the right time for a conversation about new gTLDs and the various ways brands can protect themselves against cybersquatting? This was the main question nearly 20 participants had at a roundtable in Philadelphia sponsored by the International Trademark Association entitled ?gTLDs: Protecting Your Brand.?

Name Collisions: More Than Just a Technical Consideration
Among those looking for answers at ICANN?s March meeting in Singapore will be new gTLD applicants who haven?t yet found a path to delegation due to potential name collisions. No longer is the issue of name collisions merely technical. Over the course of almost a year, it has evolved into a potential business and financial roadblock.

What may be the world?s most valuable IP rights are now up for grabs
Earlier this week, the first handful of new gTLDs opened to public registration. Whatever your views on the new gTLD programme, the public availability of these domains is a significant development for IP owners.

TLD Times ? gTLD of the week: Dot Chinese Online (.??) and Dot Chinese Website (.???)
Ring in Chinese New Year by securing Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website the essential new Chinese gTLDs: culturally relevant and linguistically correct. When Chinese consumers serach Baidu or Google for an online product or service (such as ?hotels? or ?shoes?) they use the search term + the Chinese word for ?online? or ?Chinese Website? ? the same characters as Dot Chinese Online and Dot Chinese Website.

Seven Things To Think About Before You Register That New Domain
We?ve all grown comfortable with existing Internet domains ? which have suffixes like .com, .net, and .edu ? to the point where they seemed fixed in the universe like the North Star. But this week and next, a slew of new suffixes will hit the market. More will pour in over the coming months and years.

Block, register or ignore ? early brand owner engagement in gTLDs revealed [registration]
All eyes were on yesterday?s public availability of registrations in seven new gTLDs, not least to gain a sense of how brand owners are strategising for the expanded online space. In terms of the world?s largest brands, there seems to be an even split in terms of those who opted for Donuts? domain protected marks list and those which have initially opted to stand on the sidelines.

Why cybersquatting won?t be a big deal in new TLDs
Much of the talk and consternation over introducing new TLDs has focused on protections for intellectual property owners. Trademark holders have been worried about having to protect their brands in hundreds of new domain name extensions.

Placing to raise ?21 million; Board Changes
Highlights: ?21 million (approximately US$33.6 million) conditionally raised from institutional and other investors

TLDH Announces Raising $34m, Board Changes And gTLD Update
Top Level Domain Holdings, the applicant for the fourth largest number of gTLDs (92) for both itself and clients, has announced it has conditionally raised ?21 million (approximately US$33.6 million) from institutional and other investors. In addition it announced Tucows? Elliot Noss has joined the board, replacing Guy Elliott, and given an update on the status of all of its applications.

TLDH raises $33.6m to fight new gTLD auctions
TLDH has raised ?21 million with an institutional investor share placement to help it win some new gTLD contention set auctions.

Who Are the Major New gTLD Applicants and... (Part One: Famous Four Media) by Jean Guillon
This article is the personal analysis by a new gTLD consultant who has been following the ICANN new gTLD program from the beginning but with a Frenchman's perspective. I recently read an article which made me smile because entitled "the top 10 new gTLDs to follow in 2014". But according to what? I partially read it to find out that it was written by a professional from a certain culture and written for a certain culture. None of the top 10 new gTLDs listed in the article were of any interest to me: a French person.

Here?s what I honestly think about new TLDs
I write a lot of stories about new TLDs. Some are about the good and some are about the bad. Sometimes people read one of my positive stories and think I must be a new TLD supporter. Others read my stories about problems and challenges new TLDs will face and think I?m a new TLD hater.

Warning: WalMart Is the Only Grocer in the World ? Why Closed Generic gTLDs Spoil the Internet
While most of the world is sleeping, a few companies are engaged in a land grab the size of which has not been seen since the Colonial Powers divided the world. But rather than ?plundering? countries, the powers in this ?land grab? have different spoils in mind, namely generic-word gTLDs that they intend to run as ?closed? for their benefit.

Apple secures rights to several .guru domains
Apple has secured the rights to several ".guru" domains, registration checks show. Recently ICANN opened up a number of new TLDs. Apple appears to have already acquired "apple.guru," "iphone.guru," "ipad.guru," and "mac.guru." A few other domains -- "appletv.guru," "macbook.guru," and "ipod.guru" -- are blocked from registration, most likely per request from Apple.

Sneak Peek: 2014 iDefense Cyber Threats and Trends Report
Every year, Verisign iDefense customers anxiously await the iDefense Cyber Threats and Trends Report from our analysts, which details what they see as the most prominent cyber threats and trends for the new year. While the full version is not available just yet, we were able to get a sneak peek at several topics that will be discussed in the 2014 report. Take a look and let us know which you think will be the most prominent, and make sure to check back soon to see the full report.

NIST's finalized cybersecurity framework receives mixed reviews [CSO]
There has never been a successful catastrophic cyberattack on North America's critical infrastructure (CI) -- yet.

Yahoo Mail targeted in hacking attempt
Yahoo says it has identified an attempted hack on customers' email accounts.

nz: Email hack opens door to swindlers
The email accounts of tens of thousands of Telecom Xtra customers have been hacked again, and this time there could be no end in sight to the deluge of spam from pranksters and fraudsters.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Thinking Strategically About the Benefits of IPv6 by Mukom Akong Tamon
In a recent blog post How to Sell IPv6 to Executives -- Guidance for Engineers, the feedback I got from mailing list discussions was that the case for IPv6 was more of mitigating risk than some inherent benefit of IPv6 itself. That is quite true depending on context. In this article, I will attempt to give more insight into the benefits of deploying IPv6. In a nutshell, viewed from the traditional lens of benefit as something we know and recognise based upon experience, IPv6 has little benefit apart from the large address space.

First "Middle East DNS Forum" Happening Feb 3-4 in Dubai - Live Video Stream Available by Dan York
The first "Middle East DNS Forum" kicks off on this coming Monday, February 3, 2014, in Dubai. The event is hosted by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE and was organized jointly by ICANN and the Internet Society. The event aims to bring together people from across the region to look at opportunities to advance the domain name industry within the region.

The State of the Industry January 2014: 17 Domain Experts Dish on What Happened in 2013 & How the Dawn of New gTLDs Will Impact 2014
Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry - including domain investors, developers, top corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

Thank You Lynn St. Amour
In a recent Resolution, the Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees offered its ?heartfelt thanks? to outgoing CEO Lynn St. Amour for her tireless work for the organization and her service over the past 15 years. The Resolution comes as January 31, 2014 marks Ms. St. Amour?s last official day with the Internet Society.

GoDaddy owns up to role in Twitter account hijacking incident [IDG]
GoDaddy has acknowledged that one of its employees fell victim to a social engineering attack allowing a hacker to take over a customer's domain names and eventually extort a coveted Twitter user name from him. PayPal, which the victim claimed also played a role in the attack, denied the accusations. 

2013 Turkish Domain Name Market Study
AlanAdlari.com put out their 2013 Turkish Domain Report. Top 3 keywords for sales were Game,News and Ticket. The most popular lengths for domains that sold were in the 7 to 11 character range.

Map of the Internet 1.0: Explore this beautiful, hand-drawn map of the online world
How do you map something like the internet? It?s a challenge that continues to fascinate many virtual-cartographers, and amateur graphic designer Martin Vargic is the latest to try his hand - creating the magnificently baroque image above.

Video fails to kill the radio star
When MTV launched in 1981, the first music video it played was "Video killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. The intent was clear; the channel was going to kill off old-fashioned radio.

Web advertising: still a small net in a very large pond
Here, as recession ends, is a reality check on the global media ad market (courtesy of Nielsen). Revenues via the internet are up 32.4%, up 4.3% via TV and 5.1% on posters. But they're down 2.2% for newspapers and 1.1% on magazines (with radio and cinema also in negative territory). So, that's another familiar yarn about the march of the online battalions.

Building a Better Battery
The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power. Instead, it could pull energy from the air or power itself through television, cellular or Wi-Fi signals.

Australian government prepares trans-Tasman roaming crackdown
The Australian government has prepared legislation that will give the corporate watchdog powers to crackdown on high prices for using mobile services for customers travelling between Australia and New Zealand.

Insights on the Technology in the Real World
At each of our Verisign Labs' Distinguished Speaker Series events I learn something new that stays with me and helps shape my thinking about technology and its impact on the world. The most recent brought the benefit of three insights, as the expanded event, Advancing Internet Technologies in the Developing World, featured a keynote speaker as well as two recipients of Verisign's Infrastructure Grants.

us: Super Bowl scammers seek to fool fans [news release]
Broncos or Seahawks fans will spend billions of dollars in connection with the upcoming Super Bowl. Much of that sum will be spent online, and the International Trademark Association (INTA) wants fans to shop safely and confidently as they support their teams and enjoy the festive occasion. A cautious Internet shopper need not fall victim to cybercrime.

Several cyber security initiatives lost after Snowden's NSA leaks
Early last year, as Edward Snowden was preparing to disclose classified documents he had purloined from National Security Agency computers in Hawaii, the NSA director, Gen. Keith Alexander, was gearing up to sell Congress and the public on a proposal for the NSA to defend private U.S. computer networks against cyber attacks.

German Leader Criticizes U.S. Over Pervasive Surveillance
Chancellor Angela Merkel took perhaps her sharpest swipe yet at pervasive American intelligence surveillance, saying on Wednesday that Washington had endangered its standing by violating the freedom of the individual, a value for which it is admired abroad.

Footage released of Guardian editors destroying Snowden hard drives
New video footage has been released for the first time of the moment Guardian editors destroyed computers used to store top-secret documents leaked by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

N.S.A. Choice Is Navy Expert on Cyberwar
In nominating Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers as the new director of the National Security Agency on Thursday, President Obama chose a recognized expert in the new art of designing cyberweapons, but someone with no public track record in addressing the kinds of privacy concerns that have put the agency under a harsh spotlight.

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