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15 March 2019

ICANN Approves Auction of O.COM, But Verisign Will Only Get Registry Fee

The ICANN Board approved Verisign’s request to release the o.com domain name via an auction at ICANN 64 held in Kobe, Japan, last week, but on the condition that the .com and .net registry is only able to recoup the standard registry fee (currently $7.85), with the remaining proceeds going to charitable cause. The release could prove to be a precedent for releasing the remaining 22 single character .com domains.

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14 March 2019

There are now four competing visions of the internet. How should they be governed? (World Economic Forum)

On the fringe of the 2019 World Economic Forum gathering at Davos, trade ministers from 75 members of the World Trade Organisation, between them responsible for 90% of global trade, issued a joint statement on the governance of electronic commerce. The Americans were with them in spirit, although (thanks to a government shutdown) they didn’t turn up.

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Facebook's Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation (New York Times)

Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.

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Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the world wide web: 'We can get the web we want' (The Guardian)

Thirty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee, then a fellow at the physics research laboratory Cern on the French-Swiss border, sent his boss a document labelled Information Management: A Proposal. The memo suggested a system with which physicists at the centre could share “general information about accelerators and experiments”.

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UK Chancellor to make fresh attempt to curb power of tech giants (The Guardian)

A fresh bid to curb the market power of US tech giants will be signalled by Philip Hammond on Wednesday when he welcomes the findings of an independent review calling for government action to ensure companies including Google, Facebook and Apple face stiffer competition.

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Neustar Wins Awards For Marketing .CO To Australians

Neustar has won 2 awards for a marketing campaign they ran in Australia to promote .co at the Summit International Awards – a ‘Platinum’ prize in Marketing Effectiveness and an ‘Innovator’ prize in the Emerging Media Award.

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12 March 2019

Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future' (BBC News)

Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC.

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Russians protest against online 'iron curtain' controls as Vladimir Putin considers tougher internet restrictions (ABC News)

Russian internet users and the media have warned of a new online "iron curtain" brought about by tough new controls critics say will stifle dissent.

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How the Internet Travels Across Oceans (New York Times)

The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data zips from New York to Sydney, from Hong Kong to London, in the time it takes you to read this word.

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10 March 2019

How TikTok Is Rewriting the World: TikTok will change the way your social media works - even if you're avoiding it. (New York Times)

Hello, person who is, statistically speaking, a human adult aged approximately “millennial” to “boomer.” The analytics suggest a high likelihood that you’re aware there is an app named TikTok, and a similarly high likelihood that you’re not totally sure what it’s all about. Maybe you asked someone younger in your life, and they tried to explain and possibly failed. Or maybe you’ve heard that this new, extraordinarily popular video app is “a refreshing outlier in the social media universe” that’s “genuinely fun to use.” Maybe you even tried it, but bounced straight out, confused and sapped.

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Mobile Connectivity in Emerging Economies (Pew Research Centre)

Publics see mobile phones and social media bringing certain benefits to them and their societies. But these views are paired with widespread concerns about their impact on children

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Elizabeth Warren Proposes Breaking Up Tech Giants Like Amazon and Facebook (New York Times)

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is bidding to be the policy pacesetter in the Democratic presidential primary, championed another expansive idea on Friday evening in front of a crowd of thousands in Queens: a regulatory plan aimed at breaking up some of America’s largest tech companies, including Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook.

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UK House of Lords report calls for digital super-regulator (The Observer)

The House of Lords has called for the creation of a digital super-regulator to oversee the different bodies charged with safeguarding the internet and replace the “clearly failing” system of self-regulation by big technology companies.

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InternetNZ's Jordan Carter Talks Privacy: GDPR, DomainTools Court Case, .NZ Individual Registrants... And More

Privacy is a big thing, both in the .nz space and in the wider domain name world and has brought about both highlights and lowlights according to InternetNZ’s Chief Executive Jordan Carter. In today’s Domain Pulse Q&A Carter says a 2018 lowlight was ICANN’s handling of their policy response to the EU’s GDPR, which he believes, along with privacy for internet users, to be a good thing. In New Zealand they’re been dealing with privacy in 2 ways: an Individual Registrant Privacy Option introduced in 2018 as well as an upcoming review of the Privacy Act.

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08 March 2019

Openprovider Founder/CEO Talks Best Thing About New gTLDs, Company Challenges, Why GDPR Is Good, But Execution Terrible And More

Growth and GDPR implementation along with the high costs of domain transfers among gTLDs due to ICANN policies were among the lowlights of 2018 for Openprovider’s Founder and CEO Arno Vis, but there were significant highlights including being the largest domain registrar in the Netherlands in all major TLDs. Challenging was maintaining growth. And if ccTLD registries would change bulk transfer policies, Vis says “the market could change rapidly and become much more competitive. And competition leads to innovation.”

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07 March 2019

Zuckerberg outlines plan for 'privacy-focused' Facebook (BBC News)

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms. In a blog, Mr Zuckerberg outlined his vision to transform Facebook into a "privacy-focused platform."

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EU states set to scrap digital tax plan, to work for global reform (Reuters)

European Union finance ministers are set to ditch a plan to introduce an EU-wide digital tax next week but agree to work on a global reform of the taxation of internet companies, an EU document shows.

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Chris Disspain Discusses ICANN, New gTLDs, Future of Domain Names and GDPR

In today’s Domain Pulse Q&A we speak to ICANN Board member and founding CEO of Australia’s ccTLD policy and regulatory body, auDA, whose involvement in the domain name sector is around 2 decades. Disspain discusses his 2018 highlights (working on ICANN’s new strategic plan and how ‘when it is a success, the multi-stakeholder can really work’).

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Putin Wants His Own Internet (Bloomberg)

A new law would create a single command post from which authorities can manage—and halt—information flows across Russian cyberspace.

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Two-factor authentication SMS codes aren't your best option for cyber security (The Conversation)

When it comes to personal cybersecurity, you might think you're doing alright.

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Total Number of Phishing Sites Almost Halves in 2018: APWG

The total number of phishing sites detected by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) went close to halving in 2018, from 263,538 at the beginning of the first quarter to 233,040 at the beginning of the second, 151014 at the beginning of the third and at the beginning of the fourth quarter there were 138,328. These were findings in the APWG’s Phishing Activity Trends Report for the Fourth Quarter of 2018. However the report notes detection of phishing sites has become harder because phishers are obfuscating phishing URLs with multiple redirections.

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05 March 2019

EU must learn from Brexit and reform, says Emmanuel Macron (The Guardian)

Emmanuel Macron has called for a new European agency to fight against international cyber-attacks and the manipulation of election campaigns, as well as a ban on foreign powers funding European parties, as he set out plans to overhaul the EU in response to Britain’s vote to leave.

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04 March 2019

French tax on internet giants could yield €500 million per year: Le Maire (Reuters)

A three percent tax on the French revenue of large internet companies could yield 500 million euros (568.5 million pounds) per year, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

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03 March 2019

The Global Internet Report: Consolidation in the Internet Economy (Internet Society)

The 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future focused attention on the significant potential of the Internet for innovation and sustainable development, but without denying or shirking the challenges it also introduces. This forward-looking analysis is a powerful advocacy tool for anyone who wants to protect and build the open Internet.

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Revealed: Facebook's global lobbying against data privacy laws (The Observer)

Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.

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