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04 March 2017
The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is still dominating keywords in the .com and .net top level domains according to Verisign’s top keywords for January.
03 March 2017
At the recent Domain Pulse conference in Vienna, there were discussions on how domain name registration growth rates for ccTLDs has been rather stagnant for a few years. One of the issues raised was what opportunities were there for ccTLD registries to look outside their own market for business opportunities.
Shaping the Internet of the Future: DENIC Employees as Representatives in Various ICANN Bodies (DENIC)
In February, ICANN announced the members of the second Security, Stability & Resilience (SSR2) Review Team. Among the 15 persons selected to the international team is Boban Krsic, Chief Information Security Officer at DENIC. In line with ICANN's principle of multistakeholderism and diversity, the team includes representatives from all groups of the Internet community.
02 March 2017
.CN Regains Top ccTLD Rank As .TK And .NET Shed Registrations, While Global Registrations Hit 329 Million: Verisign
2016 closed with global domain name registrations reaching 329.3 million according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, growing by approximately 2.3 million registrations, or 0.7% over the third quarter of 2016. Registrations grew by 21.0 million, or 6.8%, year over year. The most notable changes over the last 12 months were China’s ccTLD adding over 4 million registrations to become the largest ccTLD again, while .tk and .net shed over 7 million and 500,000 registrations respectively.
01 March 2017
YouTube viewers now consuming 1B hours of video content a day (Marketing Land)
YouTube says people around the world are now consuming a billion hours of video content per day on the site.
Simon Bailey, the head of Operation Hydrant, which investigates historical cases of child sexual abuse, says police are being overwhelmed by the number of cases. He believes that alternative approaches must be found for dealing with “less serious offenders” – including paedophiles who look at images of child abuse online – and argues that “low-risk” offenders should not be imprisoned. He knows, he says, that people will find this pragmatic approach difficult to hear. He’s right about that.
ICANN has finally been able to delegate the .africa new gTLD to ZA Central Registry following the rejection of a request for a preliminary injunction brought in a Los Angeles court by rival applicant DotConnectAfrica. The injunction was sought to prevent ICANN delegating the new gTLD.
All gTLD registries will soon be required to update their registration data directory services to comply with ICANN’s Thick Whois Transition Policy, a policy that already applies to .com, .net and .jobs, as well as the Registry Registration Data Directory Services Consistent Labelling and Display Policy.
28 February 2017
The total number of phishing attacks in 2016 was 1,220,523, a 65% increase over 2015, according to the latest Phishing Trends Report for Q4 2016 from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).
27 February 2017
For many it is no more than the first port of call when a niggling question raises its head. Found on its pages are answers to mysteries from the fate of male anglerfish, the joys of dorodango, and the improbable death of Aeschylus.
25 February 2017
Children now spend more time on the internet than watching television, according to a survey of young Australians aged six to 13.
A battle rages for the future of the Web: Should the WWW be locked down with DRM? Tim Berners-Lee needs to decide, and soon. (Ars Technica)
The W3C, led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, looks set to standardise DRM-enabling Encrypted Media Extensions in browsers, a move that betrays the founding principles of the open Web.
As you may know, the “web” runs deeper than that network of hyperlinked pages you’re browsing right now.
The Chinese domain name market is one of huge untapped potential Ray Zheng of the Shanghai Racent Internet Group said at the recent Domain Pulse conference in Vienna. There are only 40 million domain names registered in the country with a population of 1.355 billion. This point was also made by Kassey Lee of the Coreile Letter blog.
23 February 2017
There were calls for the world’s Least Developed Countries, particularly those in Africa, to be given more access to input into ICANN’s policy making processes at the Domain Pulse conference in Vienna last Thursday.
21 February 2017
A Court of Appeal has ordered The Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer to be blocked by an ISP in Sweden. The landmark ruling, in favor of Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, and the Swedish film industry, will see local ISP Bredbandsbolaget forced to block the sites for the next three years.
WhatsApp is implementing a new two-step verification process to boost security for users.
Google and Bing to deprecate piracy websites (The Guardian)
Internet users will find it harder to search for pirated films and music and illegally streamed live football matches under a new plan to crackdown on piracy websites.
20 February 2017
The high court in New Zealand has ruled Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the United States to face a multitude of charges including money laundering and copyright breaches.
Domain name registrations are in a state of flux around the world. While registrations in the more than 1,200 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) continue to grow strongly, registrations in the legacy gTLDs such as .com are declining and among country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) registrations are growing very slowly. And the trend is only likely to continue.
18 February 2017
The $354 billion in 2016 e-commerce sales is small potatoes compared with offline retail spending: over $4.5 trillion according to US government figures. But what’s also larger than e-commerce is offline spending influenced by the internet — between $1 and $2 trillion, depending on the estimate.
17 February 2017
Global impacts of counterfeiting and piracy to reach US$4.2 trillion by 2022 (International Chamber of Commerce)
A new report released today indicates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach US$2.3 trillion by 2022. Titled, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, the report provides estimates on the wider social and economic impacts on displaced economic activity, investment, public fiscal losses and criminal enforcement, and concludes that these costs could reach an estimated US$1.9 trillion by 2022. Taken together, the negative impacts of counterfeiting and piracy are projected to drain US$4.2 trillion from the global economy and put 5.4 million legitimate jobs at risk by 2022.
Less than half of the businesses in the U.S., U.K. and Germany are prepared to deal with cyber-attacks, a new report from specialist insurer Hiscox reveals.
African Nations Increasingly Silence Internet to Stem Protests (New York Times)
Julius Ikena’s trade business is at a standstill because he cannot make electronic payments to his partners. Andrew Mofor cannot get access to the small fortune — 800 euros, or about $850 — that his daughter sent him through an online banking system.
Google hails net balloon 'breakthrough' (BBC News)
Researchers at Google say they are “years closer” to rolling out a network of huge balloons to provide connectivity to rural areas.