Hot Topics:   Policy & Regulation    Top-Level Domains    ICANN    Security    Domain Names    Broadband    Law    more...

Featured Blogs

How the Clinton "Village" Transformed Internet Paradigms: Together Making a Difference

Anthony Rutkowski U.S. Presidential elections and the resulting Administrations can make an enormous difference on many levels and become profound points of inflection. This reality is certainly starkly visible today. Perhaps for the Internet community as well as the general public, some of the largely unknown events and actions surrounding the Internet and the Clinton team from 25 years ago can provide a basis for engagement over the coming months. more»

What Will ICANN Do with the $135 Million It Just Got for .WEB?

Stéphane Van Gelder ICANN has just made USD $135 million from an auction completed today (July 29, 2016) to determine who gets to operate .WEB. The auction was part of ICANN's last resort mechanism, when several parties applied for the same suffix but were unable to resolve this contention by themselves. ICANN has just more than doubled its auction proceeds in one go. more»

WiFi QoE Assurance with TR-069 - Part 1: The Toolbox

Maik Hassel Subscribers today expect to be connected at all times with exceptional service quality. For communication service providers operating in urban environments, multi-dwelling units (MDUs) are a big cause for concern. Delivering consistently high WiFi service quality in high-density environments is a challenge. The sheer number of nearby access points, electronics, and outside influences can result in a host of WiFi service quality issues... more»

Many .COM Domain Names with Same Keywords as Premium New gTLDs are Available for Registration

Jeannie McPherson Earlier this month, Andrew Allemann wrote a post on notable NameJet sales in which he discusses the sale of PropertyRehab.com for $2,400 as "a perfect example of how wrong some domain registries are on their premium pricing." He mentions that the registry operator for the .rehab new generic top-level domain (new gTLD), has marked property.rehab as a platinum domain name and asks: "Why would someone pay thousands (or tens of thousands) a year for Property.rehab when they could buy PropertyRehab.com for just $2,400?" more»

Astronomical Increases in Domain Names: Low Constancy of Abusive Registrations

Gerald M. Levine When ICANN implemented the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) in 1999, the number of registered domain names were in the low eight digits. Registered domain names passed the first million in 1997. Today, they are in the first third of nine digits, and continuing to grow. In its newly released publication gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) (July 21, 2016) ICANN offers through a couple dozen metrics a picture of the multiple parts that corporately go into making a healthy marketplace. It's "Beta" because the Health Index is a work in progress. more»

Hyperconvergence, Disaggregation, and Cloud: The Foggy Future of Network Engineering

Russ White The world of networking tends to be bistable: we either centralize everything, or we decentralize everything. We started with mainframes, passed through Lotus 123 hidden in corners, then to mini's and middleware, then to laptops, and now to the cloud, to be followed by fog. This particular cycle of centralization/decentralization, however, has produced a series of overlapping changes that are difficult to decipher. You can somehow hear someone arguing about disaggregation and hyperconvergence through the fog -- but just barely. more»

It's Auction Time Again

John Levine This week ICANN will auction off .WEB or .WEBS. There are seven live applications for .WEB and one for .WEBS. The string contention process decided that the two names are so similar that they'll only assign one of them, so all eight applications are in one auction... There are some deep pocketed bidders in this round including Google, Donuts, web.com which owns Network Solutions and a lot of other web properties, and Schlund which owns the largest web hoster 1&1. more»

The Next Development in Wireless Broadband

Paul Budde In the USA the FCC has started the discussion on the next level of telecoms in the wireless market, aimed at making spectrum in bands above 24GHz available for flexible-use of wireless services, including next-generation, or 5G networks and technologies. New technologies such as massive-MIMO are going to make it possible to deliver 'fibre-like' speeds over short distance wireless networks operating in the 24+GHz bands. This will make the technology especially useful for high-speed broadband services in densely populated areas. more»

'Pokemon' Domain Names are a No-Go

Doug Isenberg The legal issues surrounding the sudden success of "Pokemon Go" -- one of the world's fastest-growing apps or games -- are popping up as quickly as unhatched Eggs at a PokéStop. Within days of the game's release, the National Safety Council issued a call that "urges pedestrians to exercise caution while playing the Pokémon Go augmented reality game" and "implores drivers to refrain from playing the game behind the wheel." more»

Developing Internet of Things Building Blocks

Ram Mohan
The Internet is undergoing an evolutionary transformation resulting from the explosive growth of things that are interconnected. From single purpose sensors through wearable technologies to sophisticated computing devices, we are creating, exchanging, and consuming more data at rates that would have been inconceivable just a decade ago. The market suggests the average consumer believes this is the best world possible. As technologists, we have a responsibility to consider if we are building an Internet that is in the best interest of the user. more»

Fibre Optic Technologies for the Next 50 Years

Paul Budde It might be hard to imagine but we were already talking about fibre to the home networks back in the 1970s and 1980s. This was in the early days of interactive TV and pay TV and fibre optics were already at that time seen as the next level of telecoms infrastructure needed for such services. The first residential fibre pilot networks were built in Berlin and Nagasaki. One of the most ambitious projects was in Columbus Ohio, but in the end they decided to continue with their HFC network. more»

NTIA Revs up Rhetoric as IANA Transition Looms

Philip S. Corwin It's been almost six weeks since the NTIA announced "that the proposal developed by the global Internet multistakeholder community meets the criteria NTIA outlined in March 2014 when it stated its intent to transition the U.S. Government's stewardship role for the Internet domain name system (DNS) technical functions, known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions", and thereby signaled the start of the last lap of the IANA transition marathon. more»

Fair Use Incorporating Trademarks in Domain Names

Gerald M. Levine The paragraph 4(c)(iii) safe harbors of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy are construed from a five word phrase, "legitimate noncommercial or fair use." "Noncommercial" like "identical" in paragraph 4(a)(i) has a defined meaning; it does not include domain names inactively held (for any alleged purpose), although non-use is not necessarily fatal to rights or legitimate interests. "Fair use" has a larger canvass; it includes nominative (commercial) use that is fair and Constitutionally protected speech. more»

Internet: Quo Vadis (Where are you going?)

Karl Auerbach Articles, blogs, and meetings about the internet of the future are filled with happy, positive words like "global", "uniform", and "open". The future internet is described in ways that seem as if taken from a late 1960's Utopian sci-fi novel: the internet is seen as overcoming petty rivalries between countries, dissolving social rank, equalizing wealth, and bringing universal justice. If that future is to be believed, the only obstacle standing between us and an Arcadian world of peace and harmony is that the internet does not yet reach everyone... more»

5 Myths About DMCA 'Take-Down' Notices

Doug Isenberg The so-called notice-and-take-down provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provide both a very effective tool for copyright owners to get infringing content removed from the Internet as well as an important protection for service providers (such as website hosting companies) that may inadvertently publish infringing material, either directly or via user-generated content. more»

News Briefs

U.S. Court Urged to Reverse Net Neutrality Rules, FCC Chair Says Petition 'No Surprise'

Several wireless, cable and broadband trade associations today called on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse the net neutrality ruling that passed last month in a 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel. ›››

ICANN Confirms: .WEB Sold for Record Breaking $135 at Auction

"NU DOT CO LLC prevailed in the auction for the price of $135 million to operate the .WEB gTLD, announced ICANN today confirming earlier unofficial reports suggesting the amount. ›››

U.S. Issues Cyber Incident Coordination Policy

White House has issued new directive spelling out how the Federal government will coordinate its incident response activities in the event of a large-scale cyber incident. ›››

German Police Force Shifts More Focus to Darknet After Mass Shooting

"German police will do more to fight crime committed on the dark net'," was the announcement days after mass shooting by a gunman with weapon bought from the darknet. "We see that the darknet is a growing trading place and therefore we need to prioritize our investigations here," said Holger Muench, head of Germany's Federal Police (BKA). ›››

ICANN Report Shows Few Trademark Holders Using gTLD Sunrise Period

ICANN has released Draft Report of an Independent Review of the Trademark Clearinghouse. Key findings include the fact that "across eligible trademark holders, fewer than 20 percent have used the Sunrise period to date." ›››

China Orders Sites to Halt Original News Reporting

"China Clamps Down on Online News Reporting," reports Andy Wong of Associated Press via New York Times: " China has ordered several of the country's most popular internet portals to halt much of their original news reporting..." ›››

ICANN Sued in an Attempt to Block .WEB Auction

Controversy over .WEB auction takes a new turn as various sources today pointed to a lawsuit filed against ICANN by Ruby Glen LLC, a subsidiary of Donuts Inc. -- the largest registry for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). ›››

Pro-Trump Russians Accused for Democratic National Committee Email Hack, FBI Investigating

"DNC Hack Prompts Allegations of Russian Involvement," Damian Paletta and Devlin Barrett reported in the Wall Street Journal today: "U.S. authorities said they are still investigating who perpetrated the hack, but cybersecurity experts said the email release resembled past examples of political interference that other countries have tied to Russia." ›››

Microsoft Reveals Details on Project Osmium, Largest Data Center in US

A press conference in West Des Moines, Iowa, revealed Microsoft has chosen the city to build an estimated 1.7 million square feet data center, dubbed Project Osmium, spanning two counties (160 acres in Warren County and 40 acres in Madison County). ›››

ICANN Publishes gTLD Statistics and Trends Report, Asks for Community Feedback

The gTLD Marketplace Health Index presents statistics and trends related to generic top-level domains. ICANN intends to publish these statistics biannually to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable, and trusted. ›››

Facebook Completes First Test Flight of Its Full-Scale Internet Drone

Facebook's Connectivity Lab today reported its completion of the first full-scale test flight of Aquila, a high-altitude unmanned aircraft. ›››

US Congress Questions Pokemon Go's Impact on Data Usage

US House of Representatives’ committee on energy and commerce has sent a letter to John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, Inc. - the maker of the game Pokémon Go under a license from Nintendo - inquiring about the impact of the game on consumers' mobile data usage: ›››

Feds Shut Down Largest File-Sharing Site KickassTorrents - Founder Arrested, Domains Seized

"U.S. Authorities Charge Owner of Most-Visited Illegal File-Sharing Website with Copyright Infringement" – statement issued by United States Department of Justice on Thursday: "U.S. authorities have charged the alleged owner of today's most visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website." ›››

US Congress Website Recovers from a Crippling 3-Day DNS Attack

A number of websites owned and operated by the United States Congress are recovering from a three-day DNS attack. ›››

Google Reports Artificial Intelligence Has Reduced Data Center Energy Usage by 40%, Plans to Expand

DeepMind AI reduces energy used for cooling Google data centers by 40%, was announced today in a blog post by Google's Rich Evans, Research Engineer, DeepMind and Jim Gao, Data Center Engineer. ›››

Facebook Proposes New Optical Detector to Enable Free-Space Laser Communication

Published today in a scientific journal, Facebook has proposed a new type of optical detector that could simplify the technology behind free-space laser communication and enable high-speed connectivity in areas where traditional infrastructure is difficult to build. ›››

IANA Transition Under Further Attack, Now Officially Blocked by Republican Policy

"Handover of US internet control to ICANN now officially blocked by Republican policy," Kieren McCarthy reporting today in The Register: "The planned transition of the internet's critical technical functions from the US government to a technical body may come under further attack after the Republican Party officially agreed to block it on Monday. ›››

Average DDoS Attacks Now Large Enough to Take Most Organizations Completely Offline

Arbor Networks today released its Global DDoS Attack Data for the first half of 2016 affirming continued escalation in both the size and frequency of denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. ›››

12 Million New Domains Registered in Frist Quarter 2016, Total Domains Reach 326.4 Million Worldwide

Total number of domains names across all top-level domains grew to 326.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, Verisign reported today. ›››

China Nearing Full Mobile Broadband Coverage

China’s mission to put its entire population on the internet is almost complete, as analysts predict full mobile broadband network coverage in the world’s second-largest economy within the next few years. ›››

Popular News – Last 30 Days

Recent Comments

Developing Internet of Things Building Blocks

Cartoons  –  From the Community

Cruz Enters Fadi's Chinese Porcelain Shop

Sponsored Topics

Afilias

DNS Security

Sponsored by
Afilias
Verisign

Security

Sponsored by
Verisign
Port25

Email

Sponsored by
Port25
Afilias - Mobile & Web Services

Mobile

Sponsored by
Afilias - Mobile & Web Services

Industry Updates

Facilitating a Trusted Web Space for Financial Service Professionals

Boston Ivy New Top Level Domains, .CFD and .Spreadbetting domain extensions act as a mark of trust to potential clients. A unique verification service provided by the domain Registry, Boston Ivy, is changing the landscape of the internet and the world of online trading. more»

Ready or Not, 5 Big Tech Trends Headed Your Way

Boston Ivy With so much innovation in the fast moving world of technology, it is difficult to have a clear crystal ball but here we present our synopsis of what we believe might lie in store! more»

What are the World’s Most Popular Smartphones

Afilias - Mobile & Web Services DeviceAtlas a leading supplier of intelligence on mobile devices, has released its latest statistics on most popular smartphones in different countries based on the amount of web traffic these phones generated in Q1 2016. more»

MarkMonitor Partners with CYREN to Deepen Visibility into Global Phishing Attacks

MarkMonitor The partnership will further advance fraud detection capabilities by improving visibility into phishing and other malicious attacks on a global scale by incorporating CYREN technology into the company's anti-fraud services. more»

Verisign Named to the Online Trust Alliance's 2016 Honor Roll

Verisign Verisign is pleased to announce that it has qualified for the Online Trust Alliance's (OTA) 2016 Honor Roll for showing a commitment to best practices in security, privacy and consumer protection. more»

.STORE Grosses Over $1 Million Before the Close of Day 1

Radix New gTLD Portfolio Registry, Radix launched its latest TLD .store, into General Availability earlier this week. Positioned as the domain for businesses of all sizes looking to sell online, .store reached 10,000 registrations in the first 10 minutes. It closed the 24 hour mark at 25,026 registrations. more»

Port25 Announces Release of PowerMTA V4.5r5

Port25 Port25, A Message Systems Company, has just released its latest version of PowerMTA v4.5r5 and PowerMTA Management Console v1.5r5. Highlighted here are the major features of this particular release more»

News.Markets: A Rising Star in the World of Financial Trading and New TLDs

Boston Ivy News.Markets is part of a community of pioneering financial specialists who are taking advantage of a different form of online marketing; the use of new TLDs, such as .Markets, to optimise their websites. And it looks like it is working. more»

Dyn Partners with the Internet Systems Consortium to Host Global F-Root Nameservers

Dyn ISC operates F-Root, one of the 13 internet root name servers that support the core DNS infrastructure of the internet. more»

Verisign Announces .コム Domain Names Are Now Available for Anyone to Register

Verisign Verisign is excited to announce the General Registration Period for .コム -- the .com you know, now in Japanese -- during which anyone can register .コム domain names on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability and the applicable registry policies. The General Registration Period for .コム began at 00:00:00 UTC on June 13, 2016, following the Landrush Program Period.* more»

NBA & NFL Teams Drive .store Sunrise Score to 647

Radix .store closed its sunrise phase on the 5th of June, and opened with its Early Access Phase on 7th of June. The last 5 days of sunrise saw as many as 125+ orders, moving .store even further up the list. more»

Companies

Community  –  CircleID Participants  |  View All  |  Join CircleID

Corey Grant
Senior Industry Consultant at NeustarJoined on Apr 14, 2015

John Matson
Co-Founder and COO of ArchitelosJoined on Jul 11, 2011

Kurt Pritz
Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at AllegravitaJoined on May 15, 2014

Scott Hollenbeck
Senior Director of the Verisign Registry Services LabJoined on Jan 24, 2014

Henry Lancaster
Senior Analysts at Paul Budde CommunicationJoined on Jun 04, 2009

Jeannie McPherson
Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, VerisignJoined on Dec 12, 2014

Torbjörn Eklöv
CTO, Senior Network Architect, DNSSEC/IPv6Joined on Jan 27, 2010

Jon Arnold
Principal, J Arnold & AssociatesJoined on Apr 24, 2007

Katim S. Touray
International Development Consultant, and ICT for development advocateJoined on Sep 16, 2012

Rick Rumbarger
Technology ExecutiveJoined on Aug 15, 2010

Richard M. Smith
Computer & Internet Security ExpertJoined on Jul 11, 2003

Terry Zink
Program ManagerJoined on Aug 20, 2007

John Berryhill
AttorneyJoined on Sep 09, 2003

Ronald N. Andruff
President & CEO, dotSport LLCJoined on Sep 20, 2006

Jon Lawrence
Executive Officer, Electronic Frontiers Australia; Board member, ISOC-AUJoined on Jun 07, 2005

William L. Yan
Chief Operating Officer at Incognito Software SystemsJoined on Jan 17, 2013

John Yunker
Author and consultantJoined on Dec 19, 2006

Burt Kaliski
Chief Technology Officer at VerisignJoined on Jun 06, 2012

Milton Mueller
Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology School of Public PolicyJoined on Sep 09, 2004

Antony Van Couvering
Joined on Jul 16, 2005

Pinkard Brand
VP Strategy & Partner Relations, TLD Registry LimitedJoined on Jul 29, 2010

Bruce Young
Senior Desktop Support AnalystJoined on Jun 14, 2003

Paul Budde
Managing Director of Paul Budde CommunicationJoined on Feb 04, 2009

Alessandro Vesely
Tiny ISP and freelance programmerJoined on Aug 01, 2005

Adrian Kinderis
Vice President Corporate Development at NeustarJoined on Nov 23, 2009

Jon Farmer
Voice Technical Lead, Entanet International LtdJoined on Mar 20, 2009

Norbert Grey
CFO of ArchitelosJoined on Jun 29, 2011

Tobias Flaitz
Chief Executive Officer at Sedo Holding AGJoined on Oct 05, 2011

Bob Parsons
President & FounderJoined on Mar 03, 2004

Mike Dailey
IT Architect and Sr. Network EngineerJoined on Jan 24, 2009