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08 April 2020

.GAY Announces Delay To General Availability Launch

With the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic sweeping the world, the company behind the .gay top-level domain has decided to take a step back and delay the launch of their General Availability to a date to be confirmed.

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Domain Industry Showing No Signs Of A Slowdown

Initial signs, and anecdotal evidence, are that the domain name industry is so far weathering the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic without too many problems. Mergers and takeovers are still happening and even though offline businesses are struggling, many appear to be taking the plunge online when they were either hesitant before or only provided minimal services. Additionally, in recent days CentralNic Group have said they haven’t experienced any disruptions and the Swedish-headquartered webhost Miss Group has announced a takeover of the Finnish Euronic.

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GoDaddy Moves Into The Registry Game Taking On Neustar's TLD Business

GoDaddy Inc announced Monday they were acquiring Neustar Inc's Registry business in a deal for which financial details were not disclosed and is expected to close in Q2 2020, subject to applicable regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The new service, which marks the first time GoDaddy has provided registry services, will be called GoDaddy Registry.

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07 April 2020

Your Internet is working. Thank these Cold War-era pioneers who designed it to handle almost anything (Washington Post)

Coronavirus knocked down — at least for a time — Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, who offers this reflection on the experience: “I don’t recommend it … It’s very debilitating.”

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EU privacy watchdog calls for pan-European mobile app for virus tracking (Reuters)

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) called on Monday for a pan-European mobile app to track the spread of the new coronavirus instead of the current hodge-podge of apps used in various EU countries which could breach people’s privacy rights.

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How false claims about 5G health risks spread into the mainstream (The Guardian)

A year ago, hoax theories about the dangers of 5G had barely pierced the public’s consciousness, largely remaining confined to serious conspiracy theorists such as David Icke.

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WhatsApp to impose new limit on forwarding to fight fake news (The Guardian)

WhatsApp is to impose a strict new limit on message forwarding as the Facebook-owned chat app seeks to slow the dissemination of fake news, the company has announced.

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The Virus Changed the Way Americans Internet (New York Times)

Stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, with movie theaters closed and no restaurants to dine in, Americans have been spending more of their lives online.

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06 April 2020

8 charts on internet use around the world as countries grapple with COVID-19 (Pew Internet)

People in the United States and around the world are turning to the internet to do their work and stay connected with others as the COVID-19 outbreak forces people to stay home and away from the office and crowds.

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Google data shines light on whether coronavirus lockdowns worldwide are working (Reuters)

Alphabet Inc’s Google has published charts showing how the coronavirus has brought hard-hit Italy to a standstill, led to runs on grocery stores around the world and prompted a stark drop in going-out between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day.

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Less Than Half Pay for Media, News and Entertainment, But Willingness to Pay Is Rising, Study Finds (World Economic Forum)

Less than half of consumers pay for media, with 16% paying for news and 44% paying for entertainment – but a willingness to pay is rising, according to new research published by the World Economic Forum.

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'Terrifying escalation' in battle to keep children safe online as new figures reveal 300,000 people in the UK could pose sexual threat to children (Internet Watch Foundation)

The IWF says new figures claiming at least 300,000 people in the UK pose a sexual threat to children is a “terrifying escalation” in the battle to keep children safe online.

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'Zoombombing' Becomes a Dangerous Organized Effort (New York Times)

In recent weeks, as schools, businesses, support groups and millions of individuals have adopted Zoom as a meeting platform in an increasingly remote world, reports of “Zoombombing” or “Zoom raiding” by uninvited participants have become frequent.

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Coronavirus: UK tech firms summoned over 'crackpot' 5G conspiracies (BBC)

The culture secretary is to order social media companies to be more aggressive in their response to conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Catching the virus: Europol report on cybercrime and disinformation amid the COVID-19 pandemic (Europol)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals have been quick to seize opportunities to exploit the crisis by adapting their modi operandi and engaging in new criminal activities. Cybercriminals have been among the most adept at exploiting the pandemic. The threat from cybercrime activities during the crisis is dynamic and has the potential to increase further. With a record number of potential victims staying at home and using online services across the EU, the ways for cybercriminals seeking to exploit emerging opportunities and vulnerabilities have multiplied.

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'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown (The Guardian)

Russia is considering aggressive new surveillance methods as the country seeks to enforce mandatory shelter-in-place orders in cities including Moscow and St Petersburg and other regions across its 11 time zones.

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The Digital Response to the Outbreak of COVID-19 (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

Undeniably, we need to use technology as part of disaster response, but the regulatory immaturity of the industry makes technology companies risky allies, even in the best of circumstances

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ICANN Planning For Kuala Lumpur's ICANN68 To Be Another Virtual Meeting

ICANN is likely to turn the upcoming ICANN68 Policy Forum, scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur from 22 to 25 June 2020, into another virtual meeting as they did with ICANN67 due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. ICANN’s ccNSO has announced they will be holding a call this coming week to discuss ICANN68. The call is with Council and Working Group and Committee chairs on 7 April.

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05 April 2020

The Coronavirus Outbreak: A New Infection Alarm System on Your Smartphone (Der Spiegel)

European researchers have developed a new technology aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Called PEPP-PT, it has been designed to conform with EU data privacy rules. Its developers spoke with DER SPIEGEL about the app.

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'Zoom is malware': why experts worry about the video conferencing platform (The Guardian)

As coronavirus lockdowns have moved many in-person activities online, the use of the video-conferencing platform Zoom has quickly escalated. So, too, have concerns about its security.

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Tips for cybersecurity when buying and selling online (European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA))

The Covid-19 outbreak has led to an increase of ecommerce as people look online to shop for anything from books to groceries. A positive side to this is the growth in digital transformation particularly of small businesses, who need to have an online presence to survive.

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Broadband engineers threatened due to 5G coronavirus conspiracies (The Guardian)

Telecoms engineers are facing verbal and physical threats during the lockdown, as baseless conspiracy theories linking coronavirus to the roll-out of 5G technology spread by celebrities such as Amanda Holden prompt members of the public to abuse those maintaining vital mobile phone and broadband networks.

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In the Middle of COVID-19: Can We All Agree Now That Internet Access is a Necessity? (Center for Democracy and Technology)

As government leaders, policymakers, and technology companies continue to navigate the global coronavirus pandemic, CDT is actively monitoring the latest responses and working to ensure they are grounded in civil rights and liberties. Our policy teams aim to help leaders craft solutions that balance the unique needs of the moment, while still respecting and upholding individual human rights.

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03 April 2020

Nomination Period For 2020 .EU Web Awards Commences

The nomination period for the seventh .eu Web Awards is now open and will run until 5 August. To participate, one should vote for their favourite website in each of the five categories.

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CIRA Takes Action To Protect Canadians Against Malicious .CA "COVID-19" And "Coronavirus" Domains And Protect Critical Industries

With the global COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world, cybercriminals have been quick to take advantage, including the registering of domain names. Many registries have begun monitoring for malicious "COVID-19" and "Coronavirus" domain registries including CIRA, the Canadian registry.

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