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26 March 2020

The Dos and Don'ts of Online Video Meetings (New York Times)

From setting a clear agenda to testing your tech setup, here’s how to make video calls more tolerable for you and your colleagues.

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Facebook Is 'Just Trying to Keep the Lights On' as Traffic Soars in Pandemic (New York Times)

The social network is straining to deal with skyrocketing usage as its 45,000 employees work from home for the first time.

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Coronavirus: Radio listening booms while music streaming stalls (BBC)

People staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic appear to be listening to more radio rather than music apps, figures suggest.

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Mobile phone industry explores worldwide tracking of users (The Guardian)

The mobile phone industry has explored the creation of a global data-sharing system that could track individuals around the world, as part of an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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Verisign Freezes Registry Fee For All Their TLDs For 2020 And Donates $2M To Relief Efforts

Verisign announced their response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) Wednesday with the two main initiatives for those outside the organisation being a freezing of the registry fee for all their TLDs, including .com and .net, as well as a $2 million donation to assist organisations respond to the crisis.

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25 March 2020

Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever (New York Times)

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

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Nominet To Introduce Law Enforcement Landing Pages For .UK Domains Suspended Due To Criminal Activity

Domain names suspended due to criminal activity for the United Kingdom’s ccTLD will soon display or be redirected to law enforcement landing pages, the .uk registry Nominet announced Tuesday.

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24 March 2020

Curiosities And Little Known Facts About .NZ

A recent blog post on the New Zealand Registry Services site has outlined a few interesting facts about .nz. Such as the top 20 words or strings in the .nz database are topped by, not unexpectedly, “nz” which was included in 18,279 domain names in November 2019, over three times the next most popular word – “group” – in 5,412 domains.

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ICANN: Invitation to Join Strategic Outlook Trends Identification Session

ICANN invites the community to participate in an open strategic outlook trends session to help ICANN continue to be aware of trends that affect its mission and mandate.

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FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic (FBI IC3)

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

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23 March 2020

ICANN Chair On Privacy And How It Relates To The DNS Community: Domain Pulse 2020

ICANN Chair Maarten Botterman spoke at the recent Domain Pulse conference in Innsbruck, giving a keynote address titled My Vision for Internet Governance and ICANN. He also participated in a panel on Internet Governance: Next Generation, which focused on how to get young people more involved in internet governance issues and then spoke to me. In part one of our interview with Botterman we discussed issues such as data protection, the differences between Europeans and others when it comes to privacy, whether European and US views will ever be compatible, as well as a WHOIS replacement that complies with the GDPR.

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German Draft Law on Combating Right-Wing Extremism and Hate Crimes Raises Serious Free Expression and Privacy Concerns (Center for Democracy and Technology)

Last month, the German government approved a draft law intended to curb illegal online hate speech. The law is now likely to be adopted by the German Parliament, the Bundestag, which has recently held its first round of negotiations. Germany already has the strictest social media regulation of any democratic state (the 2018 NetzDG), but the government argues that new measures are necessary because of recent violent attacks and increased threats from right-wing extremist circles.

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22 March 2020

New York AG Asks Domain Name Registrars to Halt and De-list Domain Names Used for Coronavirus-Related Scams and Fake Remedies

New York Attorney General Letitia James Friday sent letters to a number of domain name registrars in an effort to stop the registration and use of domain names by individuals trying to unlawfully and fraudulently profit off consumers’ fears around the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Over the last two months, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has seen a spike in coronavirus-related domains being registered for the purposes of deceptive advertising, phishing schemes, and malware dissemination.

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21 March 2020

Donuts On Its Domain Protection Service, Mitigating Homographic Abuse And Better Protecting Brands And Individuals

Donuts, operator of 239 new gTLDs and managing 5.8 million domain names, has developed its own service that helps to protect registrants in its gTLDs from malicious registrations. The service, called Domains Protected Marks List, or DPML, today protects 3,500 of the world’s largest consumer brands.

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19 March 2020

ICANN's GDD Industry Summit and DNS Symposium Cancelled

ICANN Wednesday announced that its annual GDD Industry Summit and ICANN DNS Symposium, which were to be held in Paris, France, in early May 2020, have been cancelled.

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ICANN: Phase 1 Initial Report of the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Policy Development Process

Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the Phase 1 Initial Report of the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs Policy Development Process (PDP). The PDP Phase 1 focuses on reviewing all the RPMs and associated structures and procedures applicable to gTLDs launched under the 2012 New gTLD Program.

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18 March 2020

So We're Working From Home. Can the Internet Handle It? (New York Times)

With millions of people working and learning from home during the pandemic, internet networks are set to be strained to the hilt.

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The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How to Live Online (New York Times)

We’ve always hoped that our digital tools would create connections, not conflict. We have a chance to make it happen.

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U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus (Washington Post)

The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use location data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.

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Glued to TV for Now, but When Programming Thins and Bills Mount... (New York Times)

More Netflix. Less ESPN. The pandemic means a greater number of television viewers in the short term, but signals a potential threat to the ecosystem protecting the industry.

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Coronavirus Outrage Spurs China's Internet Police to Action (New York Times)

Online enforcers are dragging in hundreds for questioning as an assault on online speech continues. They are a sign how Beijing has given censors a more punitive role.

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16 March 2020

.IL Now Allows Registrations Up To 5 Years

ISOC-IL announced via a news release last week that registrants of domain names for Israel’s ccTLD are now able to register and renew .il domain names for up to 5 years. Previously the options were for one or 2 years.

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15 March 2020

Christchurch shooting inspired global efforts to tackle far-right extremism. Experts say it's still a problem (ABC News)

On March 15 last year, a gunman armed with two semi-automatic weapons killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch and live streamed his attack on social media.

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ICANN Announces ICANN74 Policy Forum To Be Held At The Hague

ICANN Friday announced that The Hague, Netherlands has been selected as the location for the ICANN74 Policy Forum, to be held from 13-16 June 2022 at the World Forum The Hague.

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14 March 2020

5G confirmed safe by radiation watchdog (The Guardian)

5G is safe, according to the international body in charge of setting limits on exposure to radiation, which has updated its advisory guidelines for the first time in more than 20 years.

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