The rapid growth of cryptocurrencies and virtual non-fungible tokens have dominated news headlines in recent years. But not many may see how these modish applications connect together in a wider idea being touted by some as the next iteration of the internet — Web3.
Second Level .AU Domains Taking Off As COM.AU Records Quarterly Decline
From none in February, second level, or direct, .au registrations have taken off, reaching 716,278 as of 31 December 2022, or 17.2% of all .au domain names. The figures were part of auDA’s latest Quarterly Report for the fourth quarter of 2022.
A Tech Race Begins as Microsoft Adds A.I. to Its Search Engine
It’s been a rough few months for the tech industry. There have been tens of thousands of layoffs, hundreds of billions in value lost on Wall Street and a high-profile scandal at a crypto company that has shaken faith in that young market.
Interpol working out how to police the metaverse
Interpol secretary general Jurgen Stock says the global police agency is investigating how the organisation could police crime in the metaverse.
.IE Another ccTLD To Get the Post-COVID Blues
There was a slight decrease in .ie registrations in 2022 of 0.3%, taking total registrations to 329,265 domain names in the .ie database at the end of the year across the island of Ireland, including both the Republic and the North.
Following a Pandemic Bump, .EU Gets A Slight Case of Post-Pandemic Blues
EURid’s stable of domain names, .eu, .ею and .ευ, are suffering some post-COVID pandemic blues. Over the last three years registrations for EURid’s three top-level domains jumped 95,953. But it’s a story of a pandemic bump, where many TLDs saw a jump in registrations as businesses that weren’t online went online, along with new ventures for existing businesses, and a slight decline following.
English children as young as nine exposed to pornography
Children are being exposed to online pornography from as young as nine, according to a study for the children’s commissioner for England.
PIR Launches .GIVING To Streamline Online Fundraising
A new gTLD hit the market this month with PIR launching .giving into General Availability on 20 January. .giving is aimed at fundraising and donating for not for profits for mission-driven organisations and philanthropic-minded individuals. The new gTLD is now publicly available for the first time to any mission-driven entity – regardless of non-profit status.
EU Commission preps national authorities on Digital Services Act implementation
The EU executive delivered a presentation, obtained by EURACTIV, to national authorities on the designation of very large online platforms, the governance architecture and an information-sharing system.
Influencer crackdown in full swing as Australian regulator sweeps social media for hidden ads, undeclared sponsored posts
More than 100 social media influencers are already in the sights of Australia’s consumer watchdog, amid a crackdown on undisclosed advertising and other misleading digital content.