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Google to pay some Australian, German and Brazilian media groups for content to resolve spat with publishers

Google has taken a step to resolving its spat with publishers, saying it would pay some media groups in Australia, Brazil and Germany for high-quality content and expects to do more deals with others.

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Facebook Loses Antitrust Decision in Germany Over Data Collection

In a decision that could further embolden European governments to take on large tech platforms, Germany’s top court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook had abused its dominance in social media to illegally harvest data about its users.

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ICANN69 Expectedly Becomes Virtual Meeting, The Third In A Row Due To COVID-19

As expected, ICANN have announced the ICANN69 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was to be held in Hamburg, Germany, will not proceed as an in-person meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. Instead, the Board has directed the ICANN org to coordinate with the ICANN community on the best way forward for ICANN69 to meet the expected outcomes of an ICANN AGM and support the community’s ongoing policy advice and development work, despite being unable to meet in person.

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Over Half .DE Domains Registered In Three States: DENIC

Over half (53%) of all .de domain names were registered in three German states – North Rhine-Westphalia (22%), Bavaria (18%) and Baden-Württemberg (13%) – at the end of 2019, according to the latest statistical analysis of .de domain names by Germany’s ccTLD manager DENIC.

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

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.

Day 1 is dedicated to the question of what future will bring in terms of technology, internet governance and the world of work – and where the forecasts come from! On the second day, we will highlight the issue of risk – how much are we prepared to take in our personal lives, careers and as a society? And at what price?

The presentations will focus on the future of internet governance, the talents of tomorrow, does the domain name system tell us anything about the future, artificial intelligence, looking forward with 5G and its challenges in particular relating to surveillance and citizen’s rights and what should ccTLD registries expect in the future.

This year’s Domain Pulse conference (which is not related to the DomainPulse.com domain name news site) will be held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February. In 2020 the conference is organised by the Austrian ccTLD manager nic.at, with the conference rotating to be hosted by DENIC in 2021 in Germany, then by SWITCH in Switzerland in 2022.

For presentations in German, there will be a simultaneous translation service into English, but not for presentations in English into German. However given that networking is as important as the conference topics, it can still be extremely worthwhile to attend.

To register, book hotels, check out the agenda and find out more information in general, go to: domainpulse.at/dp2020. There are plenty of trains passing through Innsbruck and a number of airlines fly to Innsbruck. Conference hotels start at €120 per night, plus there’s the always wonderful Thursday evening event.

UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect a misunderstanding regarding translations. There will be translations of presentations into English from German, but not for German presentations into English. The original version of this article said there would be no translations.

DENIC Makes Available Software Tool for High-Performance Measurement to Internet Community

DENIC has developed a software tool for performance measurement of DNS servers and has now handed it over to DNS OARC, a platform for DNS developers and DNS operators.

According to a post linked from the DENIC announcement on Medium by the Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS OARC) team, the tool was developed by Patrick Fedick at DENIC eG, the registry for Germany’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD), one of DENIC’s software testers with a strong DNS background and experience with performance testing.

Key features of dnsmeter as outlined in the DNS OARC post are:

  • payload can be given as text file or PCAP file
  • can automatically run different load steps, which can be given as list
    or ranges
  • results per load step can be stored in a CSV file
  • sender address can be spoofed from a given network or from PCAP file,
    if payload is a PCAP file
  • answers are counted, even if source address is spoofed, if answers get
    routed back to the load generator
  • round-trip-times are measured (average, min, mix)
  • amount of DNSSEC queries can be given as a percentage of total traffic
  • optimized for a high quantity of packets by pre-compiling the payload,
    on an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5–2430 v2 @ 2.50GHz, it can generate more than 900,000 packets per second
  • runs on Linux and FreeBSD

The DNSmeter is now available to be used as open source.
For more details please go to medium.com/@dnsoarc/dnsmeter-53eec8e82e51.

DENIC Issues Invitation to ccTLDs For ID4me Authority Workshop on 17 October in Madrid

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DENIC is inviting interested ccTLDs to an ID4me Authority Workshop on 17 October – the day before this year’s ID4me Summit – in Madrid.

ID4me is an open and federated standard for digital identity management based on domains. The single sign-on solution was developed with substantial involvement of DENIC, IONOS and Open-Xchange. The new DENIC ID service is a first example of a market-ready solution for implementing the federated approach.

The 5-hour workshop aims at the role of ID Authorities within the ID4me ecosystem and is a perfect opportunity to jointly develop concepts for a collaboration and cooperation between ccTLD registries. It also is an ideal platform to exchange ideas on how registries could benefit from the single sign-on solution, which offers to customers an attractive complementary service for a domain.

Information on DENIC ID, which is based on the open standard ID4me, is available here.

For any questions or for those who want to register, contact DENIC via email : info[at]denic-id[dot]de.

7th Domain Stammtisch München Coming in May

The seventh Domain Stammtisch München is coming next month and will be held on 18 May in the Hopfengarten in Munich, a popular beer garden.

The event, which is privately organised is described as a loose meeting of the domain industry where the organisers want to have some fun and talk about the good old days, but also about current domain topics. Participation is free of charge, but every participant has to pay for their own food and drinks.

The event has some of the leading players in the German-language domain name industry including Andreas Schreiner (CEO tamiva Ventures), Tobias Sattler (CTO united-domains), Richard Wein (CEO nic.at), Jochen Kieler (CSO BrandIT) and Stefan Panten (Managing Director DACH Gandi).

For free registration and more information, all in German, go to: stammtisch.domains

DENIC Wins Domains Award At eco://award 2018 With Data Escrow Service

DENIC, the .de ccTLD manager, has won the Domains category at the 17th annual eco://award held in Cologne’s Wolkenburg on 28 November. DENIC won for their Data Escrow Service – a unique solution for registrars and registries to meet their contractual escrow obligations in accordance with European legal standards. DENIC also made the final 3 in the Domains category with their ID4me, a Single Sign-On solution.

The prize-winning DENIC service offers an unprecedented backup option for domain data in Europe. By choosing DENIC as their escrow provider, European customers comply with their escrow obligations under European law. A combination of computer centres located in Europe as the only place for storing the data and the freedom to choose the place of jurisdiction and arbitration within Europe that make the DENIC Data Escrow Service unique. To become an accredited escrow provider, DENIC successfully passed ICANN’s multi-stage accreditation process.

The accreditation by ICANN authorises DENIC to provide data escrow services for registrars and registry operators of generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). In addition, DENIC is a Designated Escrow Agent for registrars. This means that ICANN-accredited registrars can use DENIC’s escrow services free of charge, financed by ICANN.

“The eco Award confirms that our commitment to creating a strictly European escrow solution for the domain industry provides real added value,” said DENIC COO Andreas Musielak. The marketing of the escrow services is performed by DENIC’s wholly-owned subsidiary DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG, which specialises in optimal customer service.

ID4me, a service from the German country code top level domain manager, was also a finalist in the Domains category. ID4me gives internet users full control over their digital identity and enables them to govern the use of their personal data. Unlike other Single Sign-On solutions, ID4me uses only open standards. DENIC is one of the initiators of ID4me and has made an inaugural contribution to the technical development of the domain-based application.

The other finalist in the Domains category was Hexonet with their Search and Help Me Find My Domain service. The service was developed with a view to reconsider domain name search technology. HEXONET’s new domain search framework is relevance- and speed-based, challenging the traditional search approach. In addition, we have launched a chat-like feature which is fast becoming a preferred interface.

Other winners in the German internet industry awards were KAMP Netzwerkdienste GmbH in the Hosting category for their KAMP Dynamic Hardware Pool. With DHP, companies can operate a secure virtual data centre that, combined with on-site colocation, offers the optimal IT platform for their specific application.

There were 7 categories, with the remaining 5 winners and their categories being:

CATEGORY Cloud:
Consultix GmbH for ProCampaign Lighthouse – the secure Customer Engagement Hub for individualized marketing campaigns, which fully complies with the requirements of the GDPR.

CATEGORY Data Centre Infrastructure:
ColocationIX GmbH for ColocationIX ­– the data centre in the former nuclear shelter with the highest level of digital and physical security and an innovative fire protection and climate control concept.

CATEGORY ISP/Interconnection:
ANEXIA Deutschland GmbH for Backbone Europe – the massive expansion of the European network (n*100G), with the highest level of network quality and best routing.

CATEGORY Security:
Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH for R&S Trusted Gate – combining a Cloud Access Security Broker with a data-centric encryption system to make data more secure in the public cloud.

CATEGORY Innovation/Digital Business Models:
eyeo GmbH for Trusted News – which checks the trustworthiness of information on the Internet, and through which malware, fake news, and clickbait is visible at a glance.

There was also a Special Prize for Tim Cole who was honoured by eco with a special prize for his life’s work. For many years, the German-American author and publicist has immersed himself in topics relating to the Internet, e-business, the social web, and IoT.

“When Internet visionaries were still dismissed as crackpots in the early 1990s, he recognized the potential of the global data network and made a significant contribution to the commercial breakthrough of the Internet in Germany,” explained eco CEO Harald A. Summa in his laudatory speech. Cole has managed “to present technical developments in such a way that people not only understand them, but also – thanks to him – understand the consequences for their own actions and the implications for society.”

DENIC Hives Off Non-Core Activities to New Subsidiary

From 1 November DENIC is hiving off its non-core activities, including DNS Anycast Services, Data Escrow Services and Direct Services Newly Grouped, to a newly formed subsidiary called DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG that will be located in Darmstadt, about 30km south of Frankfurt where Denic eG is located.

The fully owned subsidiary of the German country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager DENIC eG will focus on the provision of technical and administrative services within the Internet ecosystem and take over from DENIC eG a number of existing business lines outside the parent organisation’s core business.

Initially, the new company will take care of Direct Services, and then, step by step, extend to the assumption of DNS Anycast Services and Data Escrow Services as well. The management and operation of Internet domains under the Top-Level Domain .DE will yet fully remain within the responsibility of DENIC eG, which will thus focus more strongly on running and expanding its member business.

DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG will assume the marketing of DNS Anycast Services for Top Level Domain operators and of Data Escrow Services for registrars and registry operators of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs).

For domain name registrants who have not registered their domains through a registrar (DENIC member), but directly with DENIC (DENICdirect), the subsidiary will take over the provision of customer service, starting from November. Notwithstanding, DENIC eG shall remain party to all domain contracts for domains under .DE, including those of direct customers.

For the provision of its services, DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG will make use of DENIC eG‘s technical infrastructure on a fee-paying basis. Clients from DENIC’s DNS Anycast Services, Data Escrow Services or Direct Services will thus be able to continue benefitting from DENIC eG’s technical expertise, whilst customer care then provided by DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG will be tailored even more specifically to customer needs.

The main reason for the new corporate structure is the Cooperative’s core mandate in accordance with DENIC’s Statutes, i. e. managing and operating Internet domains under the Top-Level Domain .DE, which DENIC eG provides together with its members. The new structure will suit these circumstances more appropriately, by clearly separating services that are not covered by DENIC’s Statutes or that are not provided to the members of the Cooperative, and assigning them to the new subsidiary, DENIC Services GmbH & Co. KG, established specifically for this purpose.

The changes follow a suggestion from the Executive Board in April 2018 for the General Assembly of DENIC eG to set up a subsidiary, with the aim of transferring the non-member business and the associated complementary business lines into a new, affiliated company. The new company will also be committed to the cooperative values of DENIC eG. Accordingly, part of the new company’s revenue will also go to projects and initiatives that will advance the interests of the overall Internet community.

At the ICANN63 Public Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, this week from 20 to 25 October 2018, DENIC eG and its new subsidiary are exhibiting at a joint stand (Booth TT1).