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20 December 2019

3 of Top 10 TLDs Show Registrations Decline In last 12 Months: Verisign DNIB

While .com proves to be unstoppable, with domains under management growing to 144.0 million, from 137.6 million, in the last 12 months, it was a mixed bag for the remainder of the top 10 TLDs from 12 months ago with 3 of those making the top 10 at the end of September 2018, all gTLDs, showing declines in the year to September 2019, according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief [pdf] released Thursday.

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19 December 2019

Twitter and Facebook Want to Shift Power to Users. Or Do They? (New York Times)

A decentralized internet was hailed as a way to dethrone Twitter and Facebook. But to the tech giants, the idea could unload some of their burdens.

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18 December 2019

Tokelau World’s Largest Country in Nominet's ccTLD World Map

Tokelau is the world’s largest country in Nominet’s 2019 ccTLD world map that shows country’s size relative to their domain name registrations, followed by China, Germany and the UK.

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ICANN: Belgian Data Protection Authority Response to Proposed Unified Access Model

On 12 December 2019, ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby received a non-binding letter from the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) in response to ICANN org’s paper, “Exploring a Unified Access Model for gTLD Registration Data,” which was submitted to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on 25 October 2019. ICANN org was made aware of the draft letter addressed to Marby on 4 December; however, it was not officially received until 12 December.

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Online Sex Trafficking Law Shows Difficulty of Reining In Big Tech (New York Times)

To combat the ills of the internet, federal lawmakers have increasingly focused on a decades-old law that shields tech companies like Facebook and YouTube from liability for content posted by their users.

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India Adopts the Tactic of Authoritarians: Shutting Down the Internet (New York Times)

As the government of India pushes increasingly provocative policies, it is using a tactic to stifle dissent that is more commonly associated with authoritarian regimes, not democracies: It is shutting down the internet.

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A Surveillance Net Blankets China's Cities, Giving Police Vast Powers (New York Times)

The authorities can scan your phones, track your face and find out when you leave your home. One of the world’s biggest spying networks is aimed at regular people, and nobody can stop it.

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17 December 2019

Apple and Google named in US lawsuit over Congolese child cobalt mining deaths (The Guardian)

A landmark legal case has been launched against the world’s largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or maimed while mining for cobalt used to power smartphones, laptops and electric cars, the Guardian can reveal.

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Tech Giants Race for Streaming Deals, but Twitch Remains King (New York Times)

Microsoft paid millions to lure a top video game streaming star. Facebook signed an exclusive streaming deal with the largest e-sports company in the world. Twitter streamed Fortnite’s collapse into a black hole.

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EURid's Award-Winning Domain Abuse Prevention System Wins Another Award

EURid’s abuse prevention mechanism that detects possible malicious .eu registrations that officially launched on 4 December has already won 2 awards. The first was the eco Domains award, and now EURid has revealed their paper on Abuse Prevention and Early Warning System has won one of the two “Distinguished Paper Awards” at the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC).

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16 December 2019

Domain Pulse 2020 Conference Going to Innsbruck To Gaze Into A Crystal Ball

The annual free domain name conference of the German-speaking world, Domain Pulse, is heading to the North Tyrolean Alps city of Innsbruck in Austria in February 2020 with the organisers looking towards the future, asking attendees to “gaze into the crystal ball together” with them.

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Verisign Enhances NameStudio API Enabling Registrars and Resellers to Drive Domain Name Registrations

Verisign have announced some enhancements to their NameStudio API that include the launch of an Online Presence Endpoint (OPE) feature. The OPE feature allows for even more personalised domain name suggestions based on information users choose to share with registrars and resellers about their online presence.

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15 December 2019

How Transparency Reporting Could Incentivize Irresponsible Content Moderation (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

In the past few years, social media companies have been generating headlines with a new type of report released alongside their quarterly earnings — one about transparency. Facebook’s latest transparency reports released in mid-November even garnered headlines in prominent papers such as The Washington Post.

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14 December 2019

Should surfing the web count as a human right? The view from South Africa. (Christian Science Monitor)

Should internet access be seen as a human right? To answer that question, activist Onica Makwakwa likes to begin with a story.

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Federal antitrust investigators could seek injunction targeting Facebook's plans to integrate apps (Washington Post)

Federal regulators probing Facebook for violations of antitrust law have considered seeking a preliminary injunction against the company, aiming to halt the tech giant’s plans to integrate its social-networking app with the other services it owns.

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Retail Cyberattacks Set to Soar 20% in 2019 (ThreatPost)

A couple of factors this year are making the 2019 holiday shopping season a circus for cybercriminals when it comes to cyberattacks against retail orgs.

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The Australian government's response to the ACCC's Digital Platforms Inquiry is a let down (The Conversation)

The ACCC's inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia's businesses and media.

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The Platform Is the Problem (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

In 2019, platforms made a number of significant decisions about disinformation, digital advertising and content moderation. Joan Donovan and Brian Friedberg argue that despite new policies, platforms are grossly unprepared for the 2020 election

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The "Ghost Workers" Underpinning the World's Artificial Intelligence Systems (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

Ron Orol speaks with Mary Gray, the co-author of a new book on the unseen labour that powers the internet, about the need for a better “social contract” when it comes to the rights of informal workers

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12 December 2019

IANA Gets 'Distinction' In Customer Engagement Survey

ICANN this week published the results of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Customer Engagement Survey which measures customer satisfaction with the IANA functions. The overall score amongst all customer segments was 3.9 out of 5.

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Can 5G replace everybody's home broadband? (ars technica)

When it comes to the possibility of home broadband competition, we want to believe. And in the case of 5G mobile broadband, wireless carriers want us to believe, too. But whether or not technological and commercial realities will reward that faith remains unclear. As with 5G smartphones, the basic challenge here sits at the intersection of the electromagnetic spectrum and telecom infrastructure economics.

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Facebook and Google market power to be subject to digital code of conduct in Australia (ABC News)

The competition watchdog will gain extra resources to crack down on the growing power of digital platforms as the Government seeks to rein in how companies like Facebook and Google use their market power.

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11 December 2019

ICANN Publishes Updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators

ICANN Tuesday announced the release of updated industry metrics as part of its Domain Name Marketplace Indicators initiative. The initiative presents statistics related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) with the aim of fostering greater transparency for reputable information on the evolution of the domain name marketplace.

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ICANN Announces Additional New gTLD Data Escrow Provider Announced

ICANN Monday announced that Joint Stock Company “Internet Exchange “MSK-IX” has been approved to provide data escrow services to generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry operators.

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Mandy Carver Appointed Senior VP of ICANN's Government & IGO Engagement Team

ICANN announced last week Mandy (Kathryn A.) Carver has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Government & Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Engagement. She reports to Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO.

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