[DNS] auDA Domain News - 19 February

[DNS] auDA Domain News - 19 February

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:15:30 +1100


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NTIA says ICANN-oversight plan may be ready in late July; news report says that could be delayed

< <http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/ntia-says-icann-oversight-plan-may-be-ready-late-july-news-report-says-coul/2015-02-17> http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/ntia-says-icann-oversight-plan-may-be-ready-late-july-news-report-says-coul/2015-02-17>


Dictators Love the FCC?s Plan to Regulate the Internet

< <http://www.wsj.com/articles/robert-m-mcdowell-and-gordon-goldstein-dictators-love-the-fccs-plan-to-regulate-the-internet-1424219652> http://www.wsj.com/articles/robert-m-mcdowell-and-gordon-goldstein-dictators-love-the-fccs-plan-to-regulate-the-internet-1424219652>


NetMundial consultation produces collective, apathetic 'meh'

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/netmundial_results_in_internet_community_says_meh/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/netmundial_results_in_internet_community_says_meh/>


Some considerations for second-round ?.brand? applicants to ponder

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=d958eecc-8829-4049-a1a0-451bc5f72b84> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=d958eecc-8829-4049-a1a0-451bc5f72b84>


Renewals at 55% as first new gTLD junk drop begins

< <http://domainincite.com/18004-renewals-at-55-as-first-new-gtld-junk-drop-begins> http://domainincite.com/18004-renewals-at-55-as-first-new-gtld-junk-drop-begins>


.SYDNEY Joins List Of gTLDs Launching This Week

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/18/sydney-gtlds-launching-this-week/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/18/sydney-gtlds-launching-this-week/>






NTIA says ICANN-oversight plan may be ready in late July; news report says that could be delayed

A working group drafting a plan to shift Internet governance from the U.S. government's control to a global multistakeholder community won't have that transition proposal ready until the end of July, according to a recent NTIA report.

< <http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/ntia-says-icann-oversight-plan-may-be-ready-late-july-news-report-says-coul/2015-02-17> http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/ntia-says-icann-oversight-plan-may-be-ready-late-july-news-report-says-coul/2015-02-17>


Dictators Love the FCC?s Plan to Regulate the Internet

On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission will stop accepting public comments on the divisive plan to regulate the Internet as a public utility before bringing the matter to vote on Feb. 26. The latest lunge at more Web regulation puts global Internet freedom and prosperity in jeopardy and fatally undermines decades of bipartisan consensus on America?s foreign policy for the Internet.

< <http://www.wsj.com/articles/robert-m-mcdowell-and-gordon-goldstein-dictators-love-the-fccs-plan-to-regulate-the-internet-1424219652> http://www.wsj.com/articles/robert-m-mcdowell-and-gordon-goldstein-dictators-love-the-fccs-plan-to-regulate-the-internet-1424219652>


NetMundial consultation produces collective, apathetic 'meh'

Efforts to reboot a controversial new internet governance body have been met with a resounding note of apathy.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/netmundial_results_in_internet_community_says_meh/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/netmundial_results_in_internet_community_says_meh/>


'Net neutrality will turn the Internet communist ? and make Iran's day'

Former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell has attempted to revive the argument that proposed net neutrality rules in the US will lead to a UN-run (read, Chinese-run) internet.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/net_neutrality_un_risk/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/net_neutrality_un_risk/>








Second Middle East DNS Forum to Take Place in Amman Jordan

This is the second edition of the Middle East DNS Forum (ME DNS), which aims to build on the inaugural forum that took place in Dubai, early 2014.

< <https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-16-en> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-02-16-en>


ICANN Africa Strategy - A View from the Inside by Sophia Bekele

Will Africa be able to move and stand on its feet? "Africa is rising" is a phrase we are accustomed to hearing nowadays. We Africans also seem desperate to make that positive narrative about Africa. From the vantage point of the digital Africa that I seat, it is most promising, but only if we can face some of our own self afflicted stagnation.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150216_icann_africa_strategy_a_view_from_the_inside/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150216_icann_africa_strategy_a_view_from_the_inside/>


ICANN: what does accountability stand for? by Mathieu Weill

The 52nd meeting of ICANN held in Singapore from 9 to 12 February focused on the transition announced by the US government almost a year ago. Embodied by the withdrawal of the contract between the US Department of Commerce and ICANN, the transition has many consequences for the latter as well as for all the stakeholders in domain names, IP addresses and Internet standards.

< <https://www.afnic.fr/en/resources/blog/icann-what-does-accountability-stand-for.html> https://www.afnic.fr/en/resources/blog/icann-what-does-accountability-stand-for.html>





SWITCH in management for '.ch' domain names [registration]

The SWITCH Foundation, the organisation responsible for operating the ?.ch? ccTLD for Switzerland, has announced that, as of January 1 2015, it will no longer be directly handling the registration and management of ?.ch? domain names.

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=175150ea-967f-47e3-90d5-476a11213823> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/daily/detail.aspx?g=175150ea-967f-47e3-90d5-476a11213823>


The Price for Justice: Resettlement of the Chagos Islands ... .io Domain Name

One of the largest potential "cash crops" for the Chagossians is the .io domain name that is associated with the Indian Ocean territory. The domain name has become increasingly popular for tech companies who see the "io" as a reference to the tech term "input/output."

< <http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/29097-the-price-for-justice-resettlement-of-the-chagos-islands> http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/29097-the-price-for-justice-resettlement-of-the-chagos-islands>


New Malaysian domain Dot ML to encourage SMEs

Dot ML ? the country?s new domain is expected to trigger an online transformation by providing fast, easy and free Malaysian domain name registrations especially for small and medium enterprises (SMES).

< <http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/02/17/new-malaysian-domain-dot-ml-to-encourage-smes/> http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/02/17/new-malaysian-domain-dot-ml-to-encourage-smes/>





Some considerations for second-round ?.brand? applicants to ponder

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the official launch of the ?.cancerresearch? TLD, with Tony Kirsch, head of global consulting at ARI Registry Services (which worked with the Australian Cancer Research Foundation on its application), expressing a belief that the TLD can help other applicants by providing a real-world example of how a new gTLD can be used. With this in mind, WTR reached out to Kirsch to gain some additional insight into the development of this particular space, the lessons that brand owners can take from it and ? crucially - what brands eyeing a second-round ?.brand? application should be thinking about.

< <http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=d958eecc-8829-4049-a1a0-451bc5f72b84> http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Blog/detail.aspx?g=d958eecc-8829-4049-a1a0-451bc5f72b84>


The risks and rewards of new domain names by Stuart Fuller, NetNames

Two years ago, the shortage of traditional .com and country code endings lead to ICANN announcing the launch of new domain name endings called gTLDs.

< <http://www.fourthsource.com/general/risks-rewards-new-domain-names-18651> http://www.fourthsource.com/general/risks-rewards-new-domain-names-18651>


The power of new domains: get personal and attract more customers by Ray King, founder of domain registry Top Level Design

There are 276 million domain names already registered, which makes securing an original one a tricky task. For those who have attempted to buy a domain ending in '.com'or 'co.uk' recently, you may well have found that your first choice domain name was unavailable. Demand for new domains isn't slowing down ? in the first quarter of last year, an additional five million domain names were added to the internet.

< <http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/the-power-of-new-domains-get-personal-and-attract-more-customers-1285161> http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/the-power-of-new-domains-get-personal-and-attract-more-customers-1285161>


Renewals at 55% as first new gTLD junk drop begins

The first new gTLD to go live is seeing its first-year renewals at 55% one year after hitting general availability.

< <http://domainincite.com/18004-renewals-at-55-as-first-new-gtld-junk-drop-begins> http://domainincite.com/18004-renewals-at-55-as-first-new-gtld-junk-drop-begins>



The Scottish Government has adopted gov.scot as its primary web address to take advantage of the new .scot TLD.

< <http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/www-gov-scot-1605.aspx> http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/www-gov-scot-1605.aspx>


SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY ? Scotland

Despite the outcome of last year's referendum on Scottish independence ? namely, keeping the union together ? Scotland's politicians have declared independence from the UK ... online.

< <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/scottish_government_declares_independence_online/> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/scottish_government_declares_independence_online/>


Delays to two-letter domains after governments take a second bite at the apple

New gTLD registries will have to wait a bit longer before they?re allowed to start selling two-character domain names, after ICANN?s Governmental Advisory Committee controversially issued new guidelines on their release.

< <http://domainincite.com/17994-delays-to-two-letter-domains-after-governments-take-a-second-bite-at-the-apple> http://domainincite.com/17994-delays-to-two-letter-domains-after-governments-take-a-second-bite-at-the-apple>


Group forms to stop new gTLDs breaking stuff

A little over a year into the live phase of the new gTLD program, a group of domain industry companies are getting together to make sure the expansion is supported across the whole internet.

< <http://domainincite.com/17997-group-forms-to-stop-new-gtlds-breaking-stuff> http://domainincite.com/17997-group-forms-to-stop-new-gtlds-breaking-stuff>


Generics versus brands as two more gTLDs are sold

Two more new gTLD contention sets have been settled by auction, one a case of a portfolio applicant prevailing over a closed generic applicant, the other a case of a brand owner paying off a portfolio applicant.

< <http://domainincite.com/17998-generics-versus-brands-as-two-more-gtlds-are-sold> http://domainincite.com/17998-generics-versus-brands-as-two-more-gtlds-are-sold>


Will dotgay?s second ICANN panel give it the domain it seeks?

ICANN has agreed to reconsider a gay company?s community application for the proposed .gay TLD.

< <http://dailyxtra.com/world/news/will-dotgay?s-second-icann-panel-give-the-domain-seeks-99273> http://dailyxtra.com/world/news/will-dotgay?s-second-icann-panel-give-the-domain-seeks-99273>


Early registration begins for Latin America domain name .lat

Starting February 16 Latin American companies have been able to register their internet websites under the .lat domain name designed to give a unique internet identity to Latinos, according to the puntolat blog.

< <http://www.bnamericas.com/news/technology/early-registration-begins-for-latin-america-domain-name-lat> http://www.bnamericas.com/news/technology/early-registration-begins-for-latin-america-domain-name-lat>


Donuts launches Name.Kitchen to market new domains

Donuts, the largest new TLD company, promised it would rev up its marketing in 2015. Here?s one example of that, in the form of content marketing: Name.Kitchen.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/17/donuts-launches-name-kitchen-to-market-new-domains/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/17/donuts-launches-name-kitchen-to-market-new-domains/>


.SYDNEY Joins List Of gTLDs Launching This Week

The gTLD for Australia's largest city Sydney launched this week and saw 1,301 registrations on day one of General Availability taking registrations to 1,434. And Thursday (19/2) will see another four Donuts gTLDs launch taking their tally to 150 gTLDs to have entered GA.

< <http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23511> http://goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=23511>

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/18/sydney-gtlds-launching-this-week/> http://www.domainpulse.com/2015/02/18/sydney-gtlds-launching-this-week/>

< <http://www.domainnews.com/sydney-gtld-launching-this-week.html> http://www.domainnews.com/sydney-gtld-launching-this-week.html>


New TLDs on tap this week: .Yoga, .Sydney, .Cricket & more

Six new TLDs debut this week, with .Sydney already having launched yesterday. Here?s a rundown.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/17/new-tlds-on-tap-this-week-yoga-sydney-cricket-more/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/17/new-tlds-on-tap-this-week-yoga-sydney-cricket-more/>


How Committed Is Google To The New gTLD Program? Applied For 101; Now Lost 29 Out of 34 Auctions

Google was the 2nd largest applicants of New gTLD's applying for 101 of them and spending $18.6 Million dollars in application fees catching the eye of many publications outside of the domain space.

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/17/how-committed-is-google-to-the-new-gtld-program-applied-for-101-now-lost-29-out-of-34-auctions/> http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/17/how-committed-is-google-to-the-new-gtld-program-applied-for-101-now-lost-29-out-of-34-auctions/>


.blog won in eight-figure auction by Primer Nivel

A Colombian registrar has become the unlikely owner of the coveted .blog new gTLD, beating eight other applicants to the string at auction.

< <http://domainincite.com/17991-blog-won-in-eight-figure-auction-by-primer-nivel> http://domainincite.com/17991-blog-won-in-eight-figure-auction-by-primer-nivel>


Just how much did .Blog and .Store sell for?

On Friday I wrote about Minds + Machines and its payoff for losing the .blog and .store domain name auctions. Primer Nivel won the auction for .blog and Radix walked home with .Store. How much did they pay for these domain names?

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/16/just-how-much-did-blog-and-store-sell-for/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/16/just-how-much-did-blog-and-store-sell-for/>


.Top domain apparently using spam to get to the Top

How do you get attention for your new TLD in a crowded field? One new TLD company has apparently resorted to sending lots of unsolicited email ? and likely scraping Whois to do it.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/18/top-domain-apparently-using-spam-to-get-to-the-top/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/18/top-domain-apparently-using-spam-to-get-to-the-top/>


Amazon goes big on city .Delivery domain names

Amazon.com is obsessed with improving delivery, from its local locker pickup to Sunday delivery to delivery by drone.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/18/amazon-city-delivery-domain-names/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/18/amazon-city-delivery-domain-names/>


.XYZ and new TLDs with Daniel Negari ? DNW Podcast #20

Daniel Negari?s .XYZ domain name is the most registered new TLD by far, with about 800,000 registrations. But this hasn?t come without controversy. In this episode, Daniel talks about that controversy, how he got started with domain names, why he?s selling his .com?s and his plans for other new TLDs.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/16/xyz-and-new-tlds-with-daniel-negari-dnw-podcast-20/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/16/xyz-and-new-tlds-with-daniel-negari-dnw-podcast-20/>


.XYZ Passes .Mobi in Domain Registrations As It Closes In On 800K

According to ntldstats.com, the new gTLD .XYZ has passed .Mobi in the number of registered domain names. The .Mobi registry which went live on September 26, 2006 according to RegistrarStats.com has 791,396 domains under registration having lost over 1/3 of the registrations it had at its peak in 2014.

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/16/xyz-passes-mobi-in-domain-registrations-as-it-closes-in-on-800k/> http://www.thedomains.com/2015/02/16/xyz-passes-mobi-in-domain-registrations-as-it-closes-in-on-800k/>





Kaminsky: DNS Insecurity Isn?t Coincidence, it?s Consequence

?2015 got weird? really weird.? Those were some of the first words spoken by Dan Kaminsky in his talk today at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit Monday.

< <https://threatpost.com/kaminsky-dns-insecurity-isnt-coincidence-its-consequence/111094> https://threatpost.com/kaminsky-dns-insecurity-isnt-coincidence-its-consequence/111094>


Sophisticated Self-Destructing Malware Infects Thousands of Servers Worldwide

Researchers have discovered a sophisticated, self-destructing malware that has the ability to affect hard drive firmware. According to a report released on Monday by Kapersky Labs, a group called Equation has been using multiple types of malware since 1996 to stage cyber attacks.

< <http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/sophisticated-self-destructing-equation-malware-infects-thousands-servers-worldwide> http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/sophisticated-self-destructing-equation-malware-infects-thousands-servers-worldwide>


First Arabic Cyberespionage Operation Uncovered

The Desert Falcons gang is the first Arabic APT group, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab.

< <http://threatpost.com/first-arabic-cyberespionage-operation-uncovered/111068> http://threatpost.com/first-arabic-cyberespionage-operation-uncovered/111068>



- IPv4/IPv6


Why IPv4 is Here to Stay, Part 2: Show Me the Money

IPv4 depletion continues to be a hot topic in technology. When and how the transition to IPv6 will occur is something of great concern to the hosting industry in particular. In part one of this series, I made the case that IPv4 will continue to be mandatory for hosting providers until all of the large residential ISPs enable IPv6 for 100 percent of their customers.

< <http://www.thewhir.com/blog/ipv4-stay-part-2-show-money> http://www.thewhir.com/blog/ipv4-stay-part-2-show-money>


IPv6 Security Myth #5: Privacy Addresses Fix Everything! by Chris Grundemann

Internet Protocol addresses fill two unique roles. They are both identifiers and locators. They both tell us which interface is which (identity) and tell us how to find that interface (location), through routing. In the last myth, about network scanning, we focused mainly on threats to IPv6 addresses as locators. That is, how to locate IPv6 nodes for exploitation. Today's myth also deals with IPv6 addresses as identifiers.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150216_ipv6_security_myth_5_privacy_addresses_fix_everything/> http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150216_ipv6_security_myth_5_privacy_addresses_fix_everything/>





Edelman boosts 2014 global revenues 8.2% to $812 million

... "We?re going to continue to invest in continental Europe," said Edelman. "We get big exciting work in the UK, including Diageo, Astra Zeneca, and new assignments for ICANN and Barclays. They?re hubbing as much global business there as any of our offices."

< <http://www.prweek.com/article/1334277/edelman-boosts-2014-global-revenues-82-812-million> http://www.prweek.com/article/1334277/edelman-boosts-2014-global-revenues-82-812-million>


Goodbye T.R.A.F.F.I.C. - Hello THE Domain Conference! Neu Event Coming to Florida in Late September

... Allow us to introduce you to THE Domain Conference, an event that will make its inaugural voyage September 27-29, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

< <http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150216.htm> http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2015/dailyposts/20150216.htm>


Domain definitions: FLD for ?Free Level Domain?

Joseph Peterson suggests a new term for what we frequently call ?second level domains??because second level isn?t always accurate.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/18/domain-definitions-fld-for-free-level-domain/> http://domainnamewire.com/2015/02/18/domain-definitions-fld-for-free-level-domain/>





Amazon goes down in Europe

Some of Amazon's European retail sites and video streaming services went down last night, causing a flurry of complaints across social media. The affected sites included amazon.co.uk, amazon.de and amazon.fr.

< <http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/16/amazon-goes-down-in-europe.html> http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2015/02/16/amazon-goes-down-in-europe.html>


Amazon Sites in Europe Suffer Outages, AWS Customers Not Affected: Netcraft

Amazon retail sites and streaming video services in Europe suffered a pair of outages on Sunday and Monday, Downdetector.co.uk reports. Sites affected included amazon.co.uk, amazon.de and amazon.fr, but not US-hosted amazon.com or any of the thousands of AWS customers, according to Netcraft.

< <http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/amazon-sites-europe-suffer-outages-aws-customers-not-affected-netcraft> http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/amazon-sites-europe-suffer-outages-aws-customers-not-affected-netcraft>





Flood of New Data From DomainNameSales Shows Domain Aftermarket is On Fire! 

Welcome to the biggest weekly domain sales report in the 12-year history of DNJournal.com! As we reported in our newsletters breaking down sales for the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2014, the domain aftermarket staged a major rebound in the second half of last year.

< <http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150218.htm> http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2015/20150218.htm>





au: Data retention vital to fight child porn: Abbott

Tony Abbott is stepping up the government's push for laws compelling phone and internet firms to keep customer metadata, calling such data 'absolutely critical' to fighting child pornography online.

< <http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/keeping-data-vital-to-fighting-child-pornography-tony-abbott-20150217-13hf09.html> http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/keeping-data-vital-to-fighting-child-pornography-tony-abbott-20150217-13hf09.html>


au: Abbott links metadata laws to paedophilia

Tony Abbott has broadened the national security debate to paedophilia as he seeks to increase the pressure on Labor to pass his proposed metadata retention laws.

< <http://www.afr.com/p/abbott_links_metadata_laws_to_paedophilia_mekCPo3rA3v8f0cjSruEqJ> http://www.afr.com/p/abbott_links_metadata_laws_to_paedophilia_mekCPo3rA3v8f0cjSruEqJ>





Media Companies Track Pirated Downloads For Marketing Purposes

A new report released by Tru Optik shows that there are hundreds of millions of active BitTorrent users who together shared 18 billion files last year. The data is being used to show media companies the scale of the "unmonetized" demand for their products while offering a tool to target pirates with the right offerings.

< <http://torrentfreak.com/media-companies-track-pirated-downloads-for-marketing-purposes-150218/> http://torrentfreak.com/media-companies-track-pirated-downloads-for-marketing-purposes-150218/>


au: Dallas Buyers Club copyright stoush returns to court

Dallas Buyers Club LLC, Internet service provider iiNet and a number of other ISPs today returned to court in a battle over the attempt to obtain the contact details of people alleged to have engaged in online copyright violations.

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/566492/dallas-buyers-club-copyright-stoush-returns-court/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/566492/dallas-buyers-club-copyright-stoush-returns-court/>


Voltage Pics: Suing Disabled Kids For Piracy is Bad PR

Defending its decision to target Australians for piracy of its movie Dallas Buyers Club, Voltage Pictures has told a court it has limits on who it will sue. Autistic kids, the disabled, the poor and those with mental issues won't be 'fined' by the studio.

< <http://torrentfreak.com/voltage-pics-suing-disabled-kids-for-piracy-is-bad-pr-150218/> http://torrentfreak.com/voltage-pics-suing-disabled-kids-for-piracy-is-bad-pr-150218/>





au: Data retention: Labor concerned over costs, safeguards for journos

Labor leader Bill Shorten has raised concerns over elements of the government's proposed data retention bill.

< <http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/566417/data-retention-labor-concerned-over-cost-safeguards-journos/> http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/566417/data-retention-labor-concerned-over-cost-safeguards-journos/>





au: Data retention plan could cost almost $400 million a year, Tony Abbott says

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed the cost of the Government's data retention plan could be almost $400 million a year, and has warned if it is not passed it would be a form of "unilateral disarmament" in the fight against crime.

< <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-18/data-retention-plan-could-cost-almost-400-million-a-year/6139078> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-18/data-retention-plan-could-cost-almost-400-million-a-year/6139078>


Government refuses to reveal cost to taxpayers of scheme to store metadata

The federal government has refused to reveal the cost to taxpayers of its proposed data retention scheme, but Tony Abbott ratcheted up his demands for parliament to pass the legislation to avoid ?unilateral disarmament in the face of criminals?.

< <http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/18/government-refuses-to-reveal-cost-to-taxpayers-of-scheme-to-store-metadata> http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/feb/18/government-refuses-to-reveal-cost-to-taxpayers-of-scheme-to-store-metadata>


au: Telcos fear being stung by $400m metadata laws

Tony Abbott has revealed the cost of the government?s proposed new metadata laws will be less than $400 million, but has sparked industry fears that telcos will bear the funding burden for the new regime.

< <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/telcos-fear-being-stung-by-400m-metadata-laws/story-e6frgakx-1227224670657> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/telcos-fear-being-stung-by-400m-metadata-laws/story-e6frgakx-1227224670657>


Metadata legislation will help fight child sex abuse: Abbott

Tony Abbott will seek to shore up his case for the government?s controversial metadata legislation on Wednesday by highlighting its use in child sex abuse and child pornography investigations.

< <http://theconversation.com/metadata-legislation-will-help-fight-child-sex-abuse-abbott-37717> http://theconversation.com/metadata-legislation-will-help-fight-child-sex-abuse-abbott-37717>


Australian Government Signs 49 Companies to Cloud Services Panel

The Australian government has announced the first 49 companies as part of its cloud services panel which caters to Australia?s federal agencies.

< <http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/australian-government-signs-49-companies-cloud-services-panel> http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/australian-government-signs-49-companies-cloud-services-panel>



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