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Vietnam threatens to shut down Facebook over censorship requests – source; Pakistani Censorship and India Pressures Twitter

Vietnam has threatened to shut down Facebook in the country if it does not bow to government pressure to censor more local political content on its platform, a senior official at the U.S. social media giant told Reuters.

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ICANN and NASSCOM Collaborate on Internet Innovation Research

[news release] ICANN and India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today [18 June] announced a joint collaboration on research and engagement activities that will foster innovation in Internet identifier technologies.

ICANN and NASSCOM’s Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things (NASSCOM COE-IOT) have established a partnership center, known as the Internet Identifier Innovation Center, which will drive collaborative activities as laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by both parties in June 2018.

“We are excited about this collaboration, as NASSCOM COE-IOT has an extensive network within the industry and academia. This is ICANN‘s first partnership center focused on technical research, and we anticipate that it will contribute to ICANN‘s technical remit in ensuring the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems,” said David Conrad, ICANN Chief Technology Officer.

“This collaboration provides a structure for us to jointly identify research projects, particularly in new technologies related to the Internet’s system of unique identifiers,” Conrad continued. “The teams began research on the Domain Name System (DNS) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) last year. This first research project focuses on testing the use of the DNS to update IoT firmware, studying how the proposed technology could scale outside a lab environment. This work is nearing completion and will contribute to a proposal in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) documenting the mechanism.”

The project team is comprised of ICANN technical experts, NASSCOM’s COE-IOT team, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad team, and participants from India’s Education and Research Network (ERNET).

Besides being a major information technology and telecommunications powerhouse, India has a fast-growing Internet ecosystem, with close to 560 million Internet users1 today and exponential growth expected. India also leads the world in IPv6 adoption, with 56.8 percent of all connections being made over IPv62. This environment provides a robust ecosystem to test new technologies.

Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM said, “This is the first collaboration of its kind, and with our combined resources we hope to witness significant innovation and development in the DNS and Internet space to support billions of IoT devices in the coming years. As a country, India can further strengthen its potential as an innovation hub through more investments in research and strategic collaborations. It is our global initiatives and relationships that will pave the road ahead and create an ecosystem that nurtures co-creation and innovative systems. We are confident that we will usher in a new wave of innovation and intelligence in the country with this association.”

The Internet Identifier Innovation Center will also conduct engagement activities such as:

  • Raising awareness of the research projects and promoting partnerships within the Indian technical community
  • Providing ICANN readouts, community discussions and capacity-development workshops to strengthen active participation in ICANN‘s policy-making processes
  • Facilitating participation of ICANN and NASSCOM members in outreach activities to further strengthen engagement with the wider community and providing support for the multistakeholder governance model of the Internet

A key pillar in ICANN‘s International Office Strategy is to establish strategic relationships that support specific stakeholder needs and ensure ICANN is active in matters that impact ICANN‘s mission. ICANN has established partnership centers in Egypt, Korea, and Paraguay to reach more stakeholders around the world. The Internet Identifier Innovation Center is the latest addition.


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ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.


The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM®) is the premier trade body and chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industries in India and comprises of over 2800-member companies including both Indian and multinational organisations that have a presence in India. Guided by the vision of the country to adopt and integrate digital technologies, NASSCOM believes in enabling a digital transformation in the country through technology. NASSCOM aims to position the country as a global hub for innovation and co-creation by imbibing the ideology of ‘Think Digital, Think India’, to drive focus towards emerging technologies, digitally skilling talent and ensuring the pace of transformation in the country meets the global standard. NASSCOM’s membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs over 4 million professionals.

For further information please contact:

Arnab Bhattacharya | Kabir Bhargava NASSCOM Press Office – Genesis BCW +91 7838311985 | +91 7291961901 arnab.bhattacharya@genesis-bcw.com | kabir.bhargava@genesis-bcw.com Kavita Doshi NASSCOM +91 120 4990200 kavita@nasscom.in


NASSCOM COE-IOT, in association with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Education and Research Network (ERNET), is providing data-driven decision making, enhancing academic capacities, supporting imperative skills and cultivating talent development. The COE-IOT aims to serve as a platform for intelligence-sharing and technology collaboration between stakeholders, to build collective capabilities for the industry and country in the cutting-edge areas of data science and artificial intelligence. It provides high-end technology, field expertise, and curated programs to augment capabilities across academia, enterprises, government, innovators and advanced start-ups. 


ERNET, the Indian National Research and Education Network (NREN) under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has expertise of over a decade in running IPv6 infrastructure and DNSSEC for supporting research and education community. ERNET established the first Internet and the first IPv6 network in India and has been involved in research in the areas of future network technologies including in IoT and cutting-edge areas of ICT. Visit www.ernet.in for further details.

1 Source: Top 20 Countries with Highest Number of Internet Users

2 Source: IPv6 Adoption by Country

This ICANN announcement was sourced from: https://www.icann.org/resources/press-material/release-2019-06-18-en

.IN Registry Transition to Neustar Registry Platform Complete

In a short statement Friday on the TransitionSupport.in website, it was announced the transition of .in to its new Neustar-backed Registry platform was complete, with the transition completed at 00:01 (UTC) 1 March 2019.

As a result of the transition, .in and the 7 existing Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) are now being served by over 30 global DNS locations, provided by six anycast global networks, split across multiple redundant and high-capacity network providers. All DNS traffic is protected by Neustar SiteProtect DDoS protection, providing over 10Tbps scrubbing capacity globally.

In the near future, all 22 official languages of India will be supported, once the Centre for Development and Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and NIXI complete the remaining 7 language tables (Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, Sanskrit, Santali, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Malayalam), which will be launched in the .Bharat IDN TLDs selected by NIXI.

Domain Names Soon In All Of India’s 22 Languages

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It will soon be possible to register domain names in all 22 of India’s scheduled languages, including 9 Indian scripts.

“Work is on for nine Indian scripts – Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. These scripts are expected to cover many different local languages,” ICANN India head Samiran Gupta told PTI.

Currently just over half (52%) of the world’s population has access to the internet. One of the means of bridging the digital divide is to enable domain names in as many language scripts, known as internationalised domain names, as possible around the world to allow internet users to type in and read internet addresses in their own languages.

“Many of the remaining 48% are non-English speaking people and those who do not have the ability to type in English. The work will allow domain names to be available for these people in their languages,” the ICANN India head said in the PTI article.

There is currently a community-based panel in India to allow the domain names in regional languages, which in turn would enable the system to publish local language content being searched.

“This work for defining rules for the domain names for languages spoken in India is underway with a dedicated community based panel,” Gupta said.

According to PTI, the Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel, as it is called, consists of more than 60 technical experts and linguists from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Singapore, where these languages and scripts are used, Gupta said.

The proposals for six scripts – Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Oriya and Telugu – are already released for public comment. “One can review these proposals and provide comments by visiting icann.org/idn,” he said. Currently there are 4.2 billion Internet users globally which may rise to 5 billion by 2022, Gupta said.

For more information on internationalised domain names, see

Indian Market Grows 7% to 5.3 Million Domain Names in 2017

There are 5.3 million domain names registered by businesses and individuals in India, with the 2 most popular TLDs being .com and .in, the only 2 with more than one million registrations.

However unlike most developed countries where the ccTLD is the most popular top level domain, in India it’s .com with 3.02 million registrations (57% of all registrations) as of 31 December 2017 easily eclipsing India’s own country code top level domain (ccTLD) .in with 1.4 million registrations (26%), according to statistics published by Zinnov.

There are 170,000 domain names registered in new generic top level domains (new gTLDs), 240,000 in .net and 180,000 in .org.

Overall registrations in the world’s second most populous country grew by 7.1% for the year compared to growth globally of 0.9%. And almost half (48%) of all domain names registered are used for websites, up from 40% at the end of 2016. The number parked for monetisation dropped from 25-30% to 11-13% and the number used just for email drpped rom 10-12% to 9-11%. Domain names used only for mobile-enabled websites roughly tripled to 8-10% from 3-4%.

Apart from the east of India which accounts for 7% of all registrations in the country, registrations are spread fairly evenly with 32% of all domains registered in the north of the country, 30% in the west and 31% in the south.

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) continue to prefer .com followed closely by .in. Interestingly 80% of SMB registrants said cost was not a concern and over half (53%) have social media pages.

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Indian Cricket Involved in Domain Name Renewal Fiasco

A recent incident involving the domain name for the world’s largest and richest national cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has shown the perils of an organisation not maintaining their own domain names. The BCCI’s domain name for its official website, bcci.tv, went offline for a few days after the renewal fee wasn’t paid. And it ended up on a couple of aftermarket outlets.

It appears from the numerous Indian media reports that the domain name was registered to Lalit Modi who maintains the website for the BCCI despite having been banned for life by the BCCI since 2010 and forced to live in exile in London after a series of financial misappropriation accusations, according to the Times of India.

However the problem with the renewal was that while the domain name was set to auto renew, there was a “payment gateway” issue preventing the registration. The domain name was registered by Modi in February 2006 and was valid until February 2019, however registration renewal was required by 3 February 2018. The official line is there was a problem with processing the credit card details, which makes one think the nominated credit card could have expired.

“Lalit Modi reinvented BCCI in many ways,” Modi's lawyer Mahmood Abdi said. “Digitalisation was one such sphere. While the then the mindset of BCCI functionaries was archaic vis a vis latest IPR avenues like domain names etc, Lalit Modi himself took the initiative and got host of domain names registered by him. Bcci.tv is one such domain name. Despite having been treated so unjustly by BCCI, Lalit Modi still keeps the domains alive and functional for the good of cricket and its administration.”

“The domain was on auto renewal. Whereas, there was some payment gateway issue which has been resolved and the website is operational. BCCI should have been proactive to get this domain renewed well in time so as to avoid the glitch. Many domain names are relating to cricket are owned by Lalit Modi and some of them are subjudice. Lalit Modi takes care of their updation and upkeep,” he added.

When the domain name wasn’t renewed, it was put up for auction on a couple of aftermarket outlets including NameJet receiving 7 bids and a top bid of $270. The issue even appears to have made it to the Bombay High Court.

It appears to be a good lesson for organisations to maintain their own domain name registrations and keeping contact details up to date.

.XYZ Celebrates Independence Day in 5 Asian Countries With Discounted Promotions

dotXYZ logoThe .xyz new gTLD may have dropped 5 million registrations this year following very low renewal rates following discounted promotions in 2016, but it hasn’t stopped them having an eye on more discounted promotions.

Five nations in Asia – Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam – celebrate their respective independence days in August and early September. To celebrate, .xyz has joined with regional registrars to run special, limited-time sales.

So if you want a discounted .xyz domain and want to use a regional registrar, check out the .xyz website here for a list of the promotions and registrars.