[DNS] auDA domain news - 8 Feb

[DNS] auDA domain news - 8 Feb

From: David Goldstein <david>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:05:35 +1100


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Fifth Quarterly Report on the Transition of the Stewardship of the IANA



ICANN Announces June Panama Meeting To Be Relocated Due To Zika Virus



Ted Cruz slams Chehade over Chinese ??conflict??



Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship



New gTLD Registrations Pass 12 Million, .XYZ and Donuts Pass 2 Million

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/08/new-gtld-registrations-12m-xyz-2m/>


Final RPM Report Follows ICA Comment and Sets Stage for UDRP Review b Philip

< <http://www.internetcommerce.org/final-rpm-report/>






GNSO Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Policy Development
Process Recommendations for ICANN Board Consideration

Purpose: This public comment proceeding seeks to obtain community input
prior to Board action on the final recommendations of the GNSO Policy
Development Process for Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues.



WHOIS 2015 Annual Report Highlights Recent Accomplishments by Karen Mulberry

2015 was a banner year for ICANN in the area of WHOIS improvements. Today,
ICANN published the 2015 Annual Report, which showcases those achievements
and describes ICANN's progress against the recommendations from the 2012
Review Team. ICANN is also preparing for the next review team to be convened
in late 2016.



Response from Fadi Chehad?? and Thomas Schneider to Letter Dated January
11th, 2016 Re: Composition of the Review Team on Competition, Consumer
Choice and Trust

Re: Composition of the Review Team on Competition, Consumer Choice and Trust



Fifth Quarterly Report on the Transition of the Stewardship of the IANA

NTIA provides quarterly reports on all aspects of the proposed transition of
the U.S. government??s stewardship role over the IANA functions. NTIA??s
previous reports are posted here. This fifth report covers activities from
October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. As required by Public Law 113-235,
NTIA will update this report on a quarterly basis.



ICANN Announces June Panama Meeting To Be Relocated Due To Zika Virus

ICANN announced yesterday that their 56th public meeting that was to be held
in Panama City, scheduled to be held in June 2016, will be moved to another
location due to the severity of the Zika Virus outbreak in the Latin America

< <http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24475>



ICANN cancels Panama due to Zika virus

ICANN has cancelled its upcoming meeting in Panama City, Panama, due to the
Zika virus.

< <http://domainincite.com/19959-icann-cancels-panama-due-to-zika-virus>


ICANN??s Meeting App For ICANN55 Now Available

ICANN??s next public meeting is scheduled for March 5 ?C 10 in Marrakech,
Morocco. While that might be a month away the organisation has already
launched their meeting app for the meeting.



Ted Cruz slams Chehade over Chinese ??conflict??

US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has taken time out of his busy primaries
schedule to lay into ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade over his new job on a Chinese
policy panel.



Republican Presidential Candidate Upset With ICANN CEO by Michele Neylon

Republican senator and US presidential candidate Ted Cruz is not very happy
with ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade. In a letter dated today, Cruz along with two
other senators, have dropped some pointed questions for Chehade in relation
to his involvement with a recent meeting in China... "As you must know, the
World Internet Conference is not a beacon of free speech..."



Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

US Senator Ted Cruz has accused the head of domain name overseer ICANN of
being complicit in Chinese online censorship.






be: Social media and domain names: no love-hate relationship

Social media AND domain names, two communication tools that can go together
easily. That is what we at DNS Belgium think, in any event. We have long
been convinced of the utility of having both. For the non-believers, we
would like to go over the advantages as well as the disadvantages, without
making the case for domain names.



.CA team is recognized as a top employer in the National Capital Region

Today the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers announced the CIRA,
operators of the .CA domain, has been ranked as a top employer in Ottawa for
a second year.



.ch domain in sound health and data as new currency

This year??s Domain pulse conference brought together Internet experts and
opinion leaders to discuss the topics of online surveillance, security and
governance. Switzerland is playing a pioneering role with its secure .ch
domain and legislation on dealing with malware.

< <http://www.switch.ch/news/domainpulse/>


China Domain Name Industry Conference 2016 Wrapped up

On January 20, China Domain Name Industry Conference 2016 was held in
Guangzhou. Delegates from over 80 domain name registries and domain name
registrars including Xinnet Digital, Aliyun, Zodiac and Afilias attended the
conference, Pei Wei??Head of the Internet Division of the Information
Communication Management Bureau at the Ministry of Industry and Information
Technology (MIIT) , Li Xiaodong, Director of CNNIC attended and addressed
the conference.

< <http://www1.cnnic.cn/AU/MediaC/rdxw/2015n/201602/t20160201_53344.htm>


CZ.NIC Publications releases a comic book inspired by the popular How to Use
the Internet series

Computer passwords, the risks of using public computers, Internet history,
and nine other interesting topics now can be found in a comic book, which
under a free license complemented the CZ.NIC Publications series of books of
the Czech national domain administrator.



eu: Q4 2015 progress report now available

The latest progress report from the .eu registry, EURid, has shown that
during Q4 2015, the number of .eu registrations increased by 7 937 domain
names, a net increase of 0.2%, to 3.87 million.



Number of .eu registrations up 8,000 in Q4 to 3.87 mln

The number of .eu registrations increased by 7,937 domain names, a net
increase of 0.2 percent, to 3.87 million in Q4 2015, according to a report
from the .eu registry, EURid.



fi: Registrars must make sure that domain names are correctly linked to
their user account

The latest newsletter 1/2016 contains instructions for future registrars to
move their customers from the old domain name system to the new one. To
guarantee a smooth transition, registrars' customers must be linked to their
accounts by 5 September 2016.

< <https://domain.fi/info/en/index/tietoa/ajankohtaista/2016/P_2.html>


fr: Afnic joins Arcep in its assignment to determine the state of deployment
of IPv6

Afnic will be closely associated with the assignment to determine the state
of deployment of IPv6 that was entrusted early in January to ARCEP by Axelle



Why Aren??t More IE Domains Registered?

The IEDR have published some details on .ie domain name registrations during

< <http://blog.blacknight.com/who-registered-ie-domains-in-2015.html>


Almost 100 .ie domains registered every day in 2015

35,225 new .ie domains were registered in 2015, or 96 a day, a 13% increase
on 2014 and the highest annual number since 2011.



.Law Gets 5K Registrations in 1st 90 days: We Break Down The Numbers

According to a press release out today, Minds + Machines Group Limited, the
owner of the new ".law" and .abogado (Lawyer in Spanish) TLDs, "announced
that .law has successfully completed its first 90 days since general
availability having fulfilled more than 5,000 verified registrations, with
over 700 premium names including numerous domains which have sold for

< <http://www.thedomains.com/2016/02/04/law/>


nl: Warning: phishing mail claiming to be from SIDN

A number of our clients, including registrars and registrants, have told us
about e-mail messages they have received with the subject 'URGENT: Aanmaning
voor uw telefoonnummer' ('URGENT: Demand for payment for your phone
number!') or 'Aandacht: Aanmaning van uw openstaande factuur bij SIDN'
('Urgent: Demand for payment of your outstanding SIDN invoice'). Recipients
are asked to immediately pay an outstanding sum for creating a phone number
in SIDN's database. Please note that these e-mails do not come from SIDN and
you should definitely not do what the message demands.



nl: 9 February: Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 9 February is Safer Internet Day! Safer Internet Day is an annual
event held on the second Tuesday of February, when more than a hundred
countries around the world highlight the topic of safe and responsible
internet use by young people.

< <https://www.sidn.nl/a/about-sidn/9-february-safer-internet-day>


nz: Amendment to Operations and Procedures Policy

In November 2015 a revised .nz policy framework took effect which saw the
number of main .nz policies reduced to four. One of these was the OP policy
which sets out the operations and procedures that apply to the running of
the .nz domain name space. We have now realised that due to an
administrative error, an aspect of this policy was omitted when it was put
into effect on 9 November 2015.

< <http://dnc.org.nz/story/amendment-operations-and-procedures-op-policy>


Runet??s self-regulation and information security ?C main trends of 2016

ROCIT has become the fifth competent organization to cooperate with the
Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.???? in countering illegal content. The two
organizations signed an agreement on revealing and blocking resources
spreading illegal content at the February 3 news conference, ??Safe

< <http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9358>


uk: Nominet Publish Lyons Report And Board Response

Nominet have published the Lyons report. The report was prepared by Sir
Michael Lyons at Nominet??s request to investigate the registry??s



uk: Nominet urged to improve stakeholder engagement

Nominet has been urged to improve its engagement with stakeholders and to
clarify its public purpose, in a report completed by former BBC chairman Sir
Michael Lyons.






New gTLD Registrations Pass 12 Million, .XYZ and Donuts Pass 2 Million

The total number of domain names registered across all of the new gTLDs
continues to grow strongly with the 12 millionth registration happening
around 4 February according to nTLDstats.com. And the .xyz gTLD accounts for
around one in six, or 2.099 million, of these.

< <http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24478>

< <http://www.domainpulse.com/2016/02/08/new-gtld-registrations-12m-xyz-2m/>


Donuts Handles Two Millionth Domain Name Registration

Donuts Inc. has processed its two millionth first-time new domain name
registration. The name??Schedule.HOLIDAY??was registered this week.



ICANN Controversially Rejects .GAY Community Application Again

ICANN has rejected the community application for .gay by dotgay LLC again
because it wasn??t deemed to be community enough. The application has been
through the Community Priority Evaluation and reconsideration processes

< <http://www.goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=24470>






Key ways to defend against phishing in 2016

The biggest security threat to companies right now is phishing. Phishing was
traditionally a problem for the banking and finance industries, but now it??
s a growing threat in other sectors like retail, media, and government.



DDoS as a Smokescreen for Fraud and Theft

There??s nothing subtle about a DDoS attack. Your incident response console
is lit up like a Christmas tree. Alarms are going off indicating that your
network is down or severely disrupted. System users and managers are sending
you panicky messages that business has ground to a halt. Meanwhile your mind
is racing: Who would do this to us? Some kind of cyber extortionist? An
unsavory competitor? Hactivitists trying to send a message?



In the Crosshairs: Would Hacktivists Target You with a DDoS Attack?

Hacktivists from Anonymous recently took down the websites of the Nissan car
company with a DDoS attack in protest of Japanese whaling. While Nissan has
nothing to do with whaling, they happen to be a big brand and Japanese,
which was enough to make them a target.



Russian Cyber Security Forum to take place on Safer Internet Day

Cyber Security Forum\i-SAFETY, an international forum on the security of
digital technology and digital environment, as part of the Safer Runet Week,
will be held on February 9 with the broad participation of Russian and
international experts. 

< <http://cctld.ru/en/news/news_detail.php?ID=9360>


How to Choose a Cyber Threat Intelligence Provider

Throughout the course of my career I??ve been blessed to work with some of
the most talented folks in the security and cyber threat intelligence
mission space to create a variety of different capabilities in the public,
private and commercial sectors. Before I came to lead the Verisign iDefense
team about five years ago, I had to evaluate external cyber-intelligence
vendors to complement and expand the enterprise capabilities of my former

< <http://blogs.verisign.com/blog/entry/how_to_choose_a_cyber> http://blogs.


Kaspersky Security Bulletin. Spam and phishing in 2015



How to Choose a Cyber Threat Intelligence Provider by Josh Ray

Throughout the course of my career I've been blessed to work with some of
the most talented folks in the security and cyber threat intelligence (CTI)
mission space to create a variety of different capabilities in the public,
private and commercial sectors. Before I came to lead the Verisign iDefense
team about five years ago, I had to evaluate external cyber-intelligence
vendors to complement and expand the enterprise capabilities of my former



Cybersecurity Smackdown: What Side Are You On?

Analytics vs. Encryption. Prevention vs. Detection. Machine Learning:
Promise or Hype? The Firewall: Dead or Still Breathing? The sharpest minds
in the security industry debate some of the industry's most contentious






Final RPM Report Follows ICA Comment and Sets Stage for UDRP Review b Philip

Domain registrants have long voiced their desire for a comprehensive review
and subsequent reforms of the UDRP. That goal is now in sight, and is set to
proceed in the manner recommended to ICANN by ICA.

< <http://www.internetcommerce.org/final-rpm-report/>


URS versus UDRP proceedings - choosing the right forum

In 2013 ICANN contracted with third-party service providers to adjudicate
??clear and convincing?? cases of domain name abuse through the newly
established URS programme. Experiences with this new rights protection
mechanism established for and applicable to all new gTLDs have been mixed.



IOC Legal Action To Secure 2024 Olympic Bid Internet Domain Names Seen As
Affront To Free Speech

With just days to go until the International Olympic Committee deadline for
2024 Olympic bid cities to submit the first set of formal bid application
documents, the IOC is flexing its muscle to control Internet domain names
that may relate to those bids, and others in the future.



Powerless over earlier .HK domain name

The dismissal of a complaint brought under the Domain Name Dispute
Resolution Policy for .hk domain names highlighted the importance of
adducing sufficient evidence to back up assertions of bad faith. This is
especially so when the disputed domain name was registered before the
complainant had acquired rights in the relevant trade mark.



MPAA Takes Over Popcorn Time Domain

The MPAA is now the owner of Popcorntime.io, the domain name which was the
home of the most used Popcorn Time fork up until last November. The change
of ownership suggests that the Hollywood group reached a settlement with one
of the key developers, but has yet to comment on the recent developments.

< <https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-takes-over-popcorn-time-domain-160204/>


Registrant??s pay-per-click domain is bad faith [registration]

A domain name dispute resolved on December 2 1015 involved the ownership of
the domain name ??behr.ca??. Complainant Behr Process Corporation sought an
order that the domain name be transferred to it. Complainant Behr
manufactures interior house paints, exterior house paints, decorative
finishes, primers, stains and surface preparation products.






CentralNic co-founder retires from Board, Instra CEO joins

Domain name registrar and new TLD registry CentralNic announced two changes
to its board today.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/05/centralnic-board-instra/>


eu: Notice of termination of registrar agreements

Please note that as of 1 February 2016, the EURid Registrar Accreditation
agreement with the following registrars has been terminated:



Uniregistry Adds Domain Name Industry Veterans To Registrar Team [news

Uniregistry, a domain name registrar, is proud to announce the hiring of two
domain name industry veterans to its team. Effective immediately, Sam Tseng
and Alan Crowe are joining Uniregistry's registrar team as account
executives, where they will have a key role in growing the company's
registrar business.






Smart Cities Love IPv6 by Adam Gosling

I recently attended a Forum on Internet of Things in Smart Sustainable
Cities: A New Age of Smarter Living staged in Singapore on 18 January 2016.
The public forum provided a contextual overview to the second meeting of the
ITU Study Group 20: IoT and its applications including Smart Cities and
Communities which took place back-to-back with the Forum.

< <http://www.circleid.com/posts/20160204_smart_cities_love_ipv6/>





What can Brands learn from the Domain Industry?

January saw the third NamesCon conference take place in Las Vegas, an event
that over the last couple of years has become the focal point for the Domain
Industry, regulators and those with involvement in the domain space to get
together and both learn and shape how the industry is evolving.



3 Strategies from the Domain Name Industry That Can Help Entrepreneurs by
Jeff Sass

... Owning a TLD is like being an exclusive manufacturer of a one-of-a-kind
product. As the registry, owners get paid for every registered domain name
ending in their TLD. They are responsible for the technical maintenance that
keeps our domain space secure and functional while allowing accredited
registrars, such as GoDaddy, to sell domain names on their behalf.

< <http://tech.co/strategies-domain-name-industry-entrepreneurs-2016-02>


Pritz joins Allegravita and other industry movements

It??s been a busy week in the domain industry for executive changes. Today,
we hear that senior ICANN alum Kurt Pritz has joined Chinese domain
marketing specialist Allegravita as a ??new partner??.



Kurt Pritz joins Allegravita

Kurt Pritz has joined Allegravita, a consulting firm led by Simon Cousins
that helps companies in the Chinese market.

< <http://domainnamewire.com/2016/02/04/kurt-pritz-allegravita/>


Inside China Specialist Allegravita's New Partnership with Former ICANN CSO
Kurt Pritz

On Thursday (Feb. 4, 2016) Allegravita, well-known strategic advisors to
companies who want to do business in China, announced a new partnership with
the highly regarded former Chief Strategy Officer at ICANN, Kurt Pritz, who
during his time there was regarded as the "point man" for ICANN's ambitious
new gTLD program. After leaving ICANN in 2012 Pritz remained in the industry
as Executive Director of the Domain Name Association until he resigned from
that post this past October.

< <http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2016/dailyposts/20160205.htm>


DeviceAtlas Brings Device Awareness To HAProxy

DeviceAtlas(r), the market leader for device detection software, today
announced the immediate availability of its device detection capabilities
within HAProxy, the world??s most widely used load balancing and proxying



Neustar Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015

Neustar, Inc. ... announced results for the quarter and year ended December
31, 2015 and affirmed guidance for full-year 2016.






EU-US Privacy Shield and its Impact on Small and Mid-Sized Hosting Providers

In an interview with the WHIR, David Snead, i2Coalition board chair and
chair of the public policy group said that the Privacy Shield agreement is a
??really good start?? but that there are still more details that need to be
ironed out.



Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in January 2016

With just a single failed request, Datapipe had the most reliable hosting
company site in January. It featured in the top ten for all but one month in
2015 and last topped the table in July.






Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio get ??Domain Name Bump?? after Iowa

Interest in domain names related to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio increase after
vote in Iowa.



3-Letter .Com Brings $235,000 to Top This Week's Sales Chart - Big
Australian ccTLD Sale is #2

The New Year has just gotten started but an old favorite continues to create
the biggest sales. 3-letter .coms went ballistic in 2015 and yet another one
tops this week's all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after BGI.com changed
hands for $235,000 in a private transaction. In addition to our latest
weekly chart we also just published our first Year to Date Top Sales Chart
of 2016 and four of the top five sales on that list are 3-letter .coms. 

< <http://dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2016/20160203.htm>





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