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28 February 2020
ICANN announced Thursday the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak had forced it to postpone its Middle East DNS Forum, scheduled for 24-25 March 2020, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
27 February 2020
Cyberspace and Geopolitics: Assessing Global Cybersecurity Norm Processes at a Crossroads (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
As cyber threats multiply, efforts to establish international norms for cyber activity have created a disjointed ecosystem. Is the fragmentation a cause for concern or an opportunity to promote cyber stability and security?
In the 2010s, India's internet exploded. More than half a billion Indians came online in the 10 years to September 2019, according to the latest government data, and the country now has twice as many internet users as the entire population of the United States.
26 February 2020
The first UK safety tests of 5G base stations has found radiation levels are at "tiny fractions" of safe limits.
25 February 2020
10 Years Between New gTLD Applications Is Too Long: Domain Pulse Q&A With Jovenet Consulting's Jean Guillon
Dismay at the time it’s taking for ICANN to launch a new round of new gTLD applications is an underlying theme for Jovenet Consulting’s Jean Guillon in today’s Domain Pulse Q&A, as well as it’s the insiders who are framing the new applicant guidebook and the larger companies are the ones with the resources to put into submitting applications from an anticipated overly complicated applicant guidebook. But it’s not all dismay as Jean is excited about the future of new gTLDs, the .BEST registry he works with, and he has a French city waiting to apply for its own gTLD and he believes he’s worked out what works and doesn’t. Read on!
24 February 2020
Big Year Ahead For InternetNZ With Registry Transformation Project, Security Issues and So Much More: Q&A With Brent Carey
2020 is going to be a big year in the .nz domain name space. InternetNZ has a lot of activities on the go, from their registry replacement project, working with iThreat on threat detection, implementing the work of the Internet and jurisdiction policy network and keeping the domain name system fair for everyone will also occupy our time including fighting for the privacy rights of New Zealand registrants. These are the main activities for New Zealand’s ccTLD registry according to Brent Carey, InternetNZ’s Domain Name Commissioner as outlined in today’s Q&A looking at the year in review and year ahead. New Zealand was also rocked last year by the Christchurch terrorism event, and Brent says he’s ‘very proud of InternetNZ’s response’ and a lot of time was spent dealing with fake webshops And data breaches and security continue to be ongoing issues, and on the increase, that need to be tackled. To read more of Brent’s responses, keep reading below.
What's in Store for 5G This Year: Wireless experts discuss network deployment and ongoing challenges (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Although 5G is poised to replace LTE for cellular communications, its base stations require about three times as much power. That is one challenge identified by members of the IEEE Future Networks Initiative in “7 Experts Forecast What’s Coming for 5G in 2020,” a round up of predictions for the technology. The initiative, an IEEE Future Directions program, is helping to pave the way for 5G.
The promise of 5G has captured the attention of business leaders, policy makers, and the media. But how much of that promise is likely to be realized anytime soon?
UN warns of rise of 'cybertorture' to bypass physical ban (The Guardian)
Psychological torture is being exploited by states to circumvent the more widely understood ban on physically inflicting pain and may open the way to a future of “cybertorture”, the UN torture rapporteur has said.
Failure to reach a global deal on where and how much to tax digital giants such as Google, Amazon or Facebook would result in many digital tax regimes emerging all over the world, France’s Finance Minister said on Sunday.
EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks (Associated Press)
The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology.
22 February 2020
Cyber-criminals have shown once again they’re adept at exploiting interest in a topical issue, this time it’s the global Coronavirus epidemic being used to spread malicious activity. Check Point Research has discovered several spam campaigns relating to the outbreak of the virus and new websites registered with domain names related to the virus.
Domain names containing the word “pizza” have a higher renewal rate than other popular strings according to an analysis by nic.at’s Alexander Mayrhofer, nic.at’s head of Research and Development, presented at the Domain Pulse conference in Innsbruck Thursday attended by around 200 people mostly from the German-speaking countries Austria, Germany and Switzerland, but also further afield.
Rudy Giuliani’s missteps, stumbles and faux pas continue on and on and on. Guiliani is infamous for butt dials to journalists and ongoing typos in tweets with copious misspellings and other keyboarding errors that online criminals are taking advantage of. Malwarebytes has highlighted a number of tweets that have caused issues, such as a tweet sent out Sunday in which “Giuliani meant to send his 650,000-plus followers to his new website, RudyGiulianics.com. Instead, a space added after ‘Rudy’ sent users on a redirection quest that ultimately landed on a web page laced with adware.”
20 February 2020
ICANN announced Wednesday it’s turning its ICANN67 Public Meeting, which was to be held in Cancún, Mexico, into a virtual meeting with remote participation-only. This decision, ICANN says, was made as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, considered a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. Also up for review are the upcoming GDD Summit in Paris and the ICANN68 Meeting in Malaysia.
More than 250 Australians have spent more than $1.3 million to watch child sexual abuse, live streamed on the internet from the Philippines, over 13 years.
Lacking Its Own Digital Giants, Europe Plans New Approach (New York Times)
Across the digital economy, Europe has been missing. Apple, based in California, and Samsung, from South Korea, make the most popular phones in Europe. Facebook owns the most widely used social networks, Google dominates online search and advertising, and Amazon controls e-commerce. European companies run their businesses on cloud infrastructure from Amazon and Microsoft. The region’s wireless networks are largely made with equipment from the Chinese giant Huawei.
19 February 2020
Chris Disspain Looks At The Highlights of 2019 And What His Final Year On The ICANN Board Might Hold
In the latest Domain Pulse Q&A series looking at the year in review and year ahead, we speak to ICANN board member Chris Disspain. Chris discusses the progress of the next round of new gTLD applications, the challenges of GDPR has thrown at ICANN relating to WHOIS, a 2019 highlight being finalisation of the new strategic plan especially in the way the ICANN community focused and pulled together to get it done and then what the future may hold for him after he completes his term on the ICANN board. He also would like to see a little more kindness “in the ICANN context”.
The Dutch ccTLD registry has taken down 4,340 fake webshops with .nl domain names in 2019, SIDN announced Monday. A large proportion of the fraudulent sites were detected using new self-teaching tools developed by SIDN Labs.
18 February 2020
.EU Still Haemorrhaging Registrations Due To Brexit, While Norwegian Registrations Jump By Half In Q4
.eu and it’s stablemates ею and .ευ continued to shed domain name registrations as Brexit approached, with total registrations across all 3 TLDs decreasing from 3,617,536 (3,581,478 for .eu) at the end of the third quarter of 2019 to 3,606,311 (3,579,689 for .eu) at the end of the fourth quarter, EURid has announced in its Q4 2019 Progress Report. This EURid attributed to continuous uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the .eu extension.
ICANN is to hold a conference call this week with ICANN community leaders and representatives to discuss how to deal with issues arising from the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the upcoming ICANN67 meeting scheduled for Cancún, Mexico, next month. The tone of the post indicates that there’s a chance ICANN will cancel the event if the community requests it.
15 February 2020
GoDaddy announced this week it was acquiring Uniregistry’s leading domain registrar and marketplace businesses. The deal is expected to close sometime in the second quarter of 2020. The Uniregistry domain registry is not part of the transaction.
13 February 2020
The biggest and most important event on the domain name calendar for the German-speaking countries is happening next week in the north Tyrolean city of Innsbruck where a few hundred people are expected to attend the 2-day event, this year hosted by nic.at.
WhatsApp now has 2 billion users -- 500 million more than it just two years ago.
Safer Internet Day: we've joined the campaign for a safer, better Internet (Council of Europe)
Imagine you find yourself in a world of infinite possibilities, a world with new friends to be found, new games to play and new ideas to explore. But how can you be sure you’re safe, how can you trust people you can't see, how do you know what you're learning is true? How can the Internet be safe?