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10 January 2020

.PS Added One Character Domains As Premiums On 6 January

Palestine’s ccTLD manager added one-character .ps domain names to their premium list and made them available for registration on 6 January. They joined all 2- and 3-character domains on their premium list, as well as some generic strings, with registry prices ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for the first year’s registration and $100 to $500 for renewals. Actual registrations will likely be higher when registrar and reseller fees are added.

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Internet shutdowns cost the global economy $8 billion last year, report says (CNN)

More than 18,000 hours of internet shutdowns around the world caused by deliberate government action cost more than $8 billion in 2019, a new report estimates.

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07 January 2020

EURid On Brexit Impact, State of the Market, 2020, Are More New gTLDs Warranted And How Industry Should Focus on Quality, Not Quantity

Domain Pulse has launched its annual (well, for the second year running) Q&A series looking at the year in review, what 2020 might bring and what are the key concerns for domain name industry participants. First up we talk to EURid, manager of the .eu top level domain. EURid discusses their highlights and lowlights of 2019, what they’re looking forward to in 2020, whether a new round of new gTLD applications is really warranted and how they’d like to see the domain name industry focus on quality rather than quantity when it comes to talking about registration numbers.

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Bitcoin's threat to the global financial system is probably at an end (The Conversation)

2020 could well be the year that the cryptocurrency dream dies. This is not to say that cryptocurrencies will die altogether – far from it. But to all the financial romantics who have cheered the rise of bitcoin and other digital currencies over the past decade, there is a reckoning coming. Like it or not, the vision of a world in which these currencies liberate money from the clutches of central banks and other corporate giants is fading rapidly.

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2019: The Beginning of the End of the Open Internet Era (Council on Foreign Relations)

In the next decade, China will establish a separate root system for their share of the internet. This will mark the end of the global internet era. When the root splits, the United States and its allies should establish a coalition of democratic nations that would offer a stark choice and clear alternative to the Chinese internet governance model for the rest of the world.

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06 January 2020

Half Price .MY Domains For Differently Abled Malaysians

MYNIC is offering special discounts of up to 50% for differently abled Malaysians (OKU) when they register .my domain names.

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ICANN's Proposed .COM Registry Agreement Sees Enhanced Security and Prices

ICANN and Verisign have released a proposed agreement to amend the .com Registry Agreement that includes a new proposed framework for working together on initiatives related to the security, stability and resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the form of a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) between the two organisations, including 7% increases in the registry fee in the final 4 of 6 years of the agreement.

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ICANN: Proposed Final Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group

Purpose: This Public Comment proceeding seeks to obtain input on the proposed Final Report of the new gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group (CCWG). The CCWG is tasked with providing guidance on a framework to disburse the funds generated from auctions of last resort in 2012 application round of the new gTLD Program.

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.PT Has Best Year Ever For New Registrations In 2019

2019 was the best year ever for Portugal’s ccTLD for new registrations, with 121,359 new registrations for the year, 10,799 more than in 2018, the previous best year ever. It saw the year end with 1.210 million domains under management, up 123,273 from 1,086,930 at the end of 2018.

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ICANN Seeks Feedback On Dates For Public Meetings From 2022 to 2028 and ICANN75

ICANN is seeking feedback from the community on the proposed dates for ICANN Public Meetings to be held from 2024 to 2028 and revised dates for ICANN75, the Annual General Meeting in 2022 to allow more time between events.

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30 December 2019

Tuvalu Seeking To Capitalise On Online Video With .TV As Registry Rights Up For Renegotiation

When Tuvalu was granted the .tv ccTLD back in 1995 it was handed a lifeline and 25 years later is one of the country’s most valuable resources. The microstate, a chain of coral atolls and reef islands with a population of about 11,000, has few industries apart from limited agriculture and fishing, the latter gaining the country around $19 million in license fees in 2018.

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29 December 2019

CentralNic Completes Acquisition of Team Internet

CentralNic Group PLC announced on Christmas eve they had completed the acquisition of Team Internet, a web service provider based in Munich, Germany, that had originally been announced on 18 November.

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Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet (BBC)

Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.

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UN gives green light to draft treaty to combat cybercrime (Associated Press)

The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday that will start the process of drafting a new international treaty to combat cybercrime over objections from the European Union, the United States and other countries.

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What Does California's New Data Privacy Law Mean? (New York Times)

The statute was meant to standardize how companies disclose their consumer data-mining practices. So far, not so much.

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Iran internet 'disrupted' ahead of protests (BBC)

Internet services have been disrupted in parts of Iran amid reports it is being cut off ahead of planned anti-government protests on Thursday.

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Internet banned in India's Uttar Pradesh amid anger over killings (Al Jazeera)

Indian authorities have stepped up security in major cities and mobile data services were suspended in some places amid nationwide protests against a new citizenship law.

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A brutal year: how the 'techlash' caught up with Facebook, Google and Amazon (The Guardian)

Privacy scandals and antitrust issues dogged social media giants and the online retailer saw a rise in employee organizing

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25 December 2019

.VU Moves On To Neustar's Registry Platform

Vanuatu’s telecommunications regulator announced this week that their ccTLD .vu has successfully transitioned to Neustar’s registry platform.

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The dream of a global internet is edging towards destruction (Wired)

The internet appears to be a persistent medium for work, leisure, friendships, news and shopping. It might disappear when the router goes down, or be impossibly slow at a conference where everyone is on Wi-Fi, but these are glitches, not existential crises.

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24 December 2019

Fighting the Good Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse (New York Times)

Several websites popular with sexual predators were thwarted last month after a determined campaign by groups dedicated to eliminating the content. It was a rare victory in an unending war.

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22 December 2019

The law that helped the internet flourish now undermines democracy (The Observer)

In October 1994, an unidentified user of a bulletin board hosted by an online service provider,, posted an item that was to have far-reaching consequences. The post claimed that a Long Island brokerage firm called Stratton Oakmont had committed criminal and fraudulent acts in connection with the initial public offering (IPO) of another company.

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21 December 2019

Why India shuts down the internet more than any other democracy (BBC)

As protests over a controversial citizenship law rage across India, authorities resorted to shutting down the internet in cities where demonstrators flooded the streets. These are the latest shutdowns in a country which has seen the highest number of internet blocks in the world so far this year.

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Twitter blocks accounts linked to Saudi 'state-backed' manipulation effort (The Guardian)

Twitter said on Friday it had suspended thousands of accounts linked to a manipulation effort stemming from Saudi Arabia, in the latest crackdown on state-sponsored propaganda efforts.

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20 December 2019

India's internet curbs are part of growing global trend (The Guardian)

On Thursday, internet shutdowns came to the capital city of the world’s largest democracy. The suspension of data services, phone calls and texting to curb protests in parts of Delhi was an inauspicious milestone for a tactic that is becoming an increasingly common tool for authoritarian governments – but practised most often by India.

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