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03 April 2019
Online safety organisation Netsafe says that Kiwis reported losing more to online scams and fraud in 2018 than any other year in its 20-year history, with losses tripling from 2017.
01 April 2019
Following Christchurch Terrorist Attack, DNC Questions What They’d Have Done If It Was A .NZ Domain Used For Livestreaming Instead of Facebook
Following last month’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Domain Name Commissioner Brent Carey has questioned what they would have done if it was a .nz domain name linked to streaming objectionable material and not a platform like Facebook.
31 March 2019
Law enforcement from Europe, Canada and the United States joined forces early 2019 to target vendors and buyers of illegal goods on dark web marketplaces. During the course of this operation, international law enforcement agencies made 61 arrests and shut down 50 dark web accounts used for illegal activity. Law enforcement executed 65 search warrants, seizing 299,5 kg of drugs, 51 firearms, and over €6,2 million (almost €4 million in cryptocurrency, €2,2 million in cash, and €35 000 in gold). They also conducted 122 interviews.
Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let's start in these four areas. by Mark Zuckerberg (Washington Post)
Technology is a major part of our lives, and companies such as Facebook have immense responsibilities. Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks. These are important for keeping our community safe. But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments alone.
There were approximately 348.7 million domain names registered across all TLDs at the end of 2018, an increase of approximately 6.3 million, or 1.8%, compared to the third quarter of 2018 according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. For the year registrations grew by approximately 16.3 million, or 4.9%.
30 March 2019
The Growing Threat of Online-Bred Right-Wing Extremism (Der Spiegel)
The gunman who killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand is being celebrated by right-wing extremists around the world, including in Germany. It is a sign of how the internet has forged a new kind of terrorist threat, and an increasingly emboldened network of radicals.
Cuba, Google move to improve island's connectivity (Associated Press)
Cuba and Google signed a deal Thursday moving the island one step closer to having a state-of-the-art connection to the modern internet.
The domain name portfolio of failed discount registrar AlpNames is to be bulk transferred to 3 CentralNic subsidiaries. AlpNames, which had a history of being a home to spammers and scammers, went offline about a month ago and had its registrar accreditation rescinded by ICANN on 15 March.
29 March 2019
auDA Policy Reform Moves Slower Than Snails With Direct Registrations and Domaining Ban Incrementally Closer
In a pace that even snails would outrun, auDA has announced the next steps in their “public consultation for policy reform” that includes allowing direct registrations, or registrations at the second level. Following the Names Policy Panel recommendations in December 2015 and accepted by the board in April 2016, auDA have announced yet another round of consultations.
28 March 2019
When Facebook revealed last week that it had stored millions of people’s account passwords in an insecure format, it underlined the importance of a security setting that many of us neglect to use: two-factor authentication.
What do major copyright changes mean for internet freedom? (The Guardian)
The European parliament approved the largest, and most contentious, overhaul of copyright legislation in two decades on Monday. When the directive comes into effect, it will be the biggest change to internet regulation since GDPR.
27 March 2019
Nominet Advises Three Month Countdown Begins For Third-level .UK Registrants To Opt For Second Level Equivalent
The five year ‘Right of Registration’ reservation period for third-level .uk registrants ends on 25 June meaning that if .uk registrants prior to 28 October 2013 haven’t chosen to take up the option of their second level domain by 25 June, then the domain name will become generally available to the public.
How to Govern a Digitally Networked World by Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fadi Chehadé (Project Syndicate)
Because the Internet is a network of networks, its governing structures should be, too. The world needs a digital co-governance order that engages public, civic, and private leaders on the basis of three principles of participation.
Media companies whose business models have been upended by the internet have long complained about Google and other online platforms profiting from their content without compensating them adequately.
24 March 2019
As the Web Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary, What Should Its Future Be? (The IEEE's Institute)
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the most influential technology of our time. Its evolution and impact have been phenomenal, and its growth continues unabated. Within a mere 30 years, the Web has irrevocably revolutionized the world and our lives, ushering in the Information Age. It has become indispensable, and it has impacted almost every aspect of our activities and almost all industries. But no one anticipated it.
Devin Nunes sued an obscure Twitter account. Now 'Devin Nunes' Cow' has more followers than the congressman. (Washington Post)
A fake cow that is the target of a lawsuit by a congressman is having its moment. The Twitter account “Devin Nunes’ cow,” which professes to be “hanging out on the dairy in Iowa looking for the lil’ treasonous cowpoke,” has more than 550,000 followers as of Thursday morning, a dramatic increase from the 1,000 or so before Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the cow account (@DevinCow), Twitter, and two other users of defamation.
A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments (New York Times)
Sophisticated surveillance, once the domain of world powers, is increasingly available on the private market. Smaller countries are seizing on the tools — sometimes for darker purposes.
23 March 2019
Today we have a guest post from Nicole Murdoch from Australian law firm Eaglegate Lawyers who writes of the importance of protecting your domain name. Murdoch writes “the first and primary rule must be to never ever let the Domain Name that corresponds to the name everyone knows you by, or which corresponds to your Trade Mark drop.”
22 March 2019
In New Zealand, Spreading the Mosque Shooting Video Is a Crime (New York Times)
A lone white supremacist is the suspect in the Christchurch mosque killings. But under New Zealand law, many others could face charges for spreading or perhaps even possessing all or part of the 17-minute Facebook Live video streamed by the killer as he methodically shot the victims.
Facebook says it left 'hundreds of millions' of users' passwords stored in plain text (Washington Post)
Facebook on Thursday said that it had left “hundreds of millions” of users’ passwords exposed in plain text, potentially visible to the company’s employees, marking another major privacy and security headache for a tech giant already under fire for mishandling people’s personal information.
Google Fined $1.7 Billion by E.U. for Unfair Advertising Rules (New York Times)
European authorities on Wednesday fined Google 1.5 billion euros for antitrust violations in the online advertising market, continuing its efforts to rein in the world’s biggest technology companies.
20 March 2019
Vladimir Putin signs sweeping Internet-censorship bills (ars technica)
President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip on the Russian Internet Monday, signing two censorship bills into law. One bans "fake news" while the other makes it illegal to insult public officials.
Fewer than 200 people watched the New Zealand massacre live. A hateful group helped it reach millions (Washington Post)
As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after a user first reported it as troubling, 29 minutes after the stream began.
19 March 2019
Another Year, Another WIPO Announcement of Record Cybersquatting Claims But Disputed Domain Names Plummet
Another year has passed since the last WIPO news release of claims of a record year of cybersquatting cases. Which is true in a way, but, as WIPO adds more TLDs most years for which it arbitrates cybersquatting disputes the number of domain names registered around the grows every year (up 3.7% in 2018 according to the latest CENTRstats). And even while cases were up, the number of domain names disputed has plummeted to 5,655 from 6,370.
Several domain name registries are looking to grow their markets and find new uses for domain names amid what is for many a market that hasn’t grown significantly in many ccTLDs in recent years as markets approach saturation. One such registry is DENIC, the German (.de) country code top level domain manager, who is one of the developers of ID4me, and their own DENIC ID which is based on ID4me. Both are to be launched at CloudFest next week in Rust, Germany.