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Telesat Begins Testing Low-Earth Orbit Satellite Internet Service

Larry Press SpaceX and OneWeb get a lot of publicity and have ambitious plans, but Telesat is the first low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite Internet service provider to begin testing with potential resellers. Last January, Telesat launched a demonstration satellite and it is now ready for testing. Maritime connectivity provider OmniAccess and Australian ISP Optus had committed to testing the system previously and this week they were joined by in-flight entertainment company Global Eagle Entertainment. more

Thoughts from ICANN's Global Domains Division Summit in Vancouver

Matt Serlin Last week, several hundred commercial parties involved in the ICANN ecosystem gathered in Vancouver for their annual Global Domains Division (GDD) meeting. Over 600 individuals took part in the meeting which brought together representatives from ICANN's contracted parties. This meeting differs from traditional ICANN meetings as no policy work takes place and discussions are more focused on commercial and operational matters. more

GDPR, ICANN, and Registrar WHOIS

John Levine On Friday I was on a surprisingly interesting session at Rightscon 2018 in Toronto about GDPR and WHOIS. The panel consisted of Eleeza Agoopian from ICANN staff; Avri Doria who was recently appointed to the ICANN board; Elliot Noss who runs large registrar Tucows; Stephanie Perrin who has done a lot of privacy work for the Canadian government and as an ICANN volunteer, and me; Milt Mueller, who is now at Georgia Tech, moderated. more

Schneier and Kerr on Encryption Workarounds

John Levine Bruce Schneier is a famous cryptography expert and Orin Kerr a famous cyberlaw professor. Together they've published a law journal article on Encryption Workarounds. It's intended for lawyers so it's quite accessible to non-technical readers. The article starts with a summary of how encryption works, and then goes through six workarounds to get the text of an encrypted message. more

What Drives IPv6 Deployment?

Geoff Huston It's been six years since World IPv6 Launch day on the 6th June 2012. In those six years, we've managed to place ever-increasing pressure on the dwindling pools of available IPv4 addresses, but we have still been unable to complete the transition to an all-IPv6 Internet. Nobody predicted this situation when we first thought about the consequences of running out of IPv4 addresses. We all thought that the depletion of IPv4 addresses would in a continuously expanding Internet provide sufficient rationale for IPv6. more

geoTLDs - Small but Perfectly Formed?

Maria Farrell I always geek out a little when I see something ICANN-related breaking out into the real world, like when the bus-stop display has borked, and its LAN is vainly searching for an IP number so it can reboot. Or the ICANN Paris meeting back in 2008 when the board gave the thumbs up to the GNSO policy to launch new gTLDs. One day we were an obscure Californian organisation doing something technical-seeming most people had never heard of, and the next we were working two phones each, giving journalists quotes and information for dozens of front-page news stories around the world. more

The Latest on GDPR and WHOIS

Matt Serlin GDPR. It's the four-letter "word" everyone is talking about, and there are lots of questions still swirling around the topic. We wanted to provide a summary of where we are and what we believe the next ten days will bring... GDPR enforcement will begin May 25, 2018. After this date, those found in violation of the regulation can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover or 20 Million Euros, whichever is greater. more

The Security Problem with HTML Email

Steven Bellovin Purists have long objected to HTML email on aesthetic grounds. On functional grounds, it tempts too many sites to put essential content in embedded (or worse yet, remote) images, thus making the messages not findable via search. For these reasons, among others, Matt Blaze remarked that "I've long thought HTML email is the work of the devil". But there are inherent security problems, too (and that, of course, is some of what Matt was referring to). Why? more

Human Rights in the Digital Age, Online Pharmacies, and the "Brussels Principles"

Tim Smith "Human Rights in a Digital Age" is the theme of this year's RightsCon conference in Toronto. An essential human right is access to safe, affordable prescription medications. The Internet makes this possible, our organization has proven it's achievable and sustainable over an extended period of time, and our proposed "Brussels Principles" provide the framework to take our proven success internationally. Across the Globe, to people everywhere. more

Making a Strategic Decision: URS or UDRP?

Gerald M. Levine A discussion is presently underway about the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) (and in Phase 2 next year of the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP)), whether it is performing as intended. The URS is less than five years old, and there are not an overwhelming number of decisions. Since 2013, rights holders have filed less than one thousand complaints (with three providers, the Forum being the most active), which translates into less than 170 decisions annually... more

Blockchain's Two-Flavored Appeal

John Levine A recent story in Medium describes yet again quite well why blockchains don't solve any real problems: Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. So what is their irresistible appeal? Bitcoins remind me of a story from the late chair of the Princeton University astronomy department. In 1950 Immanuel Velikovsky published Worlds in Collision, a controversial best-selling book that claimed that 3500 years ago Venus and Mars swooped near the earth... more

ARIN and Antigua & Barbuda Government to Hold Workshop on Internet Resilience

Gerard Best The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is collaborating with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to strengthen the technical capacity of local network operators. ARIN is one of five registries responsible for coordinating Internet number resources worldwide. Its service area includes Canada, the United States, and several Caribbean countries. The collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda government comes as part of a broader thrust by ARIN to support the development of the Internet across the region. more

Belize to Host Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum

Gerard Best Belize will host the fourth Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum, known as CarPIF, on June 13 and 14. Since its inception in 2015, CarPIF has brought together regional and international technology experts and telecommunications industry execs to discuss a range of topics related to Internet peering and interconnection trends, and their relevance to the Caribbean region. more

Choosing Internationalized Email Addresses

John Levine Recently I've been working on Email Address Internationalization (EAI), looking at what software is available (Gmail and Outlook/Hotmail both handle it now) and what work remains to be done. A surprisingly tricky part is assigning EAI addresses to users. In traditional ASCII mail, the local part of the address, what goes before the @ sign, can be any printable ASCII characters. more

Policymakers to Discuss Data Privacy at Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

Gerard Best Data privacy will be among the items topping the agenda at an upcoming Caribbean Internet Governance Forum to be held by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in Suriname this month. The meeting is part of an effort by several Caribbean countries to establish and strengthen policies to ensure that Internet users' personal information is collected, shared and used in appropriate ways. more

News Briefs

Major US Telcos Selling Customer Location Information to Third Party Companies, Reports Krebs

While it is a known fact that mobile phones are giving away the approximate location of users' whereabouts for better call quality and emergency calls, security reporter Brian Krebs says major mobile providers in the U.S. are overstepping the boundaries. more

EU Considers Integrating New Norms of Cyberwar Into Security Policies

"The European Parliament has been asked to adopt a new set of 'norms' about online conflict," reports Simon Sharwood in The Register. more

Domain Name Registrars Ask ICANN for a "Moratorium" on Its New GDPR Policy

"Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR," Kieren McCarthy reporting in The Register. more

A Short-Term Suspension of GDPR Enforcement on WHOIS May Be Necessary, Says U.S. Government

Implementation of European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a major concern of our government, said David Redl during a meeting held on Thursday in Washington DC. more

Department of Homeland Security Issues More Warnings on Security Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices which have come after independent researchers, or the companies themselves, reporting the problems. more

New Type of DDoS Attack Targets Vulnerability in Universal Plug and Play Networking Protocol

A new type of DDoS attack takes advantage of an old vulnerability with the potential to put any company with an online presence at risk of attack warn researchers. more

ICANN Releases Temporary WHOIS Specification Plan for GDPR Compliance With Deadline Two Weeks Away

ICANN has released temporary specifications for gTLD registration data in order to establish temporary requirements needed for the organization and gTLD registry operators to continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies. more

44% Of Domain Names Globally are Country Code TLDs, 56% Generic TLDs, Reports CENTR

The Council of European National Top level Domain Registries (CENTR) released its global TLD report today, stating that the global TLD market grew 1.4% year over year at the end of first quarter this year. more

FCC Says Net Neutrality Rules to Cease on Jun 11

The Federal Communications Commission announced today that the landmark 2015 U.S. net neutrality rules will end on June 11. The FCC said the new rules will take effect 30 days from Friday, and confirmed to be Jun 11 according to Reuters. more

Moving to IPv6 Is Becoming a Matter of Business Continuity, Says NASA Transition Manager

US government agencies are accelerating the transition to IPv6 and ensuring their public websites are accessible via IPv6. more

Canada's .CA Hits All-Time High Domain Registrations

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) -- the non-profit organization that manages the .CA domain -- has announced results of its recently completed fiscal year reporting nearly 538,000 new .CA domains registered across Canada. This is an all-time high for .CA domains as stated by CIRA. more

Google's .APP TLD Now in General Availability Phase Following Record-Breaking Early Access Period

Google's highly anticipated new .APP top-level domain (TLD) is now in the final "General Availability" phase, and open to anyone for domain name registrations. more

Millennials an Untapped Resource for Cybersecurity Skills but They Lack Awareness, Study Finds

A study was recently conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to find out where the potential answers to the cybersecurity skills shortage amongst technology-savvy millennials and post-millennials in the US. more

MMX Announces Acquisition of ICM Registry

Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX), a leading operators of Internet Top-Level Domains, announced on Friday that it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire the entire membership interests of ICM Registry LLC. more

Internet Platforms Collecting User Data are Digital Sweat Factories, Says EU's Data Protection Chief

"The digital information ecosystem farms people for their attention, ideas and data in exchange for so called 'free' services," says Giovanni Buttarelli, the European data protection supervisor. more

Thousands of Websites Preparing to "Go Red" in Protest to Save Net Neutrality

Reddit, Etsy, Vimeo, Tumblr and other major websites are among thousands of other websites and Internet activists preparing a mass action on May 9th ahead of Senate vote to overrule the FCC's controversial repeal of net neutrality. more

Google's .APP TLD Sunrise Period Ends With Possibly a Record-Breaking Registration Numbers

The sunrise period for Google Registry's .app new gTLD closed today with possibly the biggest sunrise of the 2012 round to date. more

Massachusetts School District Pays Hackers $10K in Bitcoin, Police Calls Case "Impossible" to Solve

A Massachusetts school district was forced to pay a $10,000 Bitcoin ransom to hackers following a cyberattack that blocked access to its system. more

T-Mobile, Sprint Announce Merger Plans, Deal Will Combine 3rd and 4th Largest US Telecom Companies

T-Mobile and Sprint on Sunday announced a plan to merge in a deal that would reduce the number of wireless carriers in the U.S. from four to three. more

Over 100 US Mayors Sign Pledge to Hold ISPs Accountable for Net Neutrality Violations

A net neutrality pledge initiated by mayors from New York City, Austin, and Portland, is now signed by more than 100 US mayors. The signed pledge holds ISPs accountable for net neutrality violations, despite the FCC's vote to repeal the regulations late last year. more

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .COM and .NET Registrations in April

Verisign With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends. more

i2Coalition Hires Policy Director, Monica Sanders

i2Coalition The i2Coalition announces the hiring of Policy Director, Monica Sanders. Monica will coordinate i2Coalition work on the policy initiatives chosen for focus by the member-led i2Coalition Working Groups. more

Navigating IPv4 Market: Industry Pioneers Marc Lindsey and Janine Goodman to Speak at Interop ITX

Avenue4 LLC Learn how to navigate the current market, including tips on Internet registry policies and contracting best practices in this post-free pool world. Interop ITX is an independent education conference for the IT community and will be held at the Mirage in Las Vegas this year, April 30 - May 4. more

eco/i2Coalition Update Webinar on ICANN Contracted Party GDPR Compliance

i2Coalition The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has presented several data models to its contracted parties regarding their contractual arrangements with ICANN and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). more

DNS-Based Threats: Cache Poisoning

Verisign As DNS attacks grow in frequency and impact, organizations can no longer afford to overlook DNS security as part of their overall defense-in-depth strategy. As with IT security in general, no single tactic can address the entire DNS threat landscape or secure the complete DNS ecosystem. more

dotPR Addresses Remain Operational Despite Puerto Rico Island Wide Power Outage

Afilias Gauss Research Laboratories, the .PR ccTLD manager, is pleased to announce that addresses are still up and running and will work worldwide despite the power situation in Puerto Rico. more

KSK Rollover Webinar to Be Held with ECO and ICANN Tuesday, April 24th

i2Coalition The i2Coalition is proud to announce that it will be holding a joint webinar with eco – Association of the Internet Industry, on the upcoming root KSK rollover in conjunction with ICANN on Tuesday, April 24th at 11 AM EST (UTC -4). more

2018 Internet Community Leadership Award to Be Presented to Allison Heather and Stephen Mayhew

i2Coalition Today we're announcing the recipients of our 2018 "Ron Yokubaitis Internet Community Leadership Award": longtime Internet infrastructure industry advocates and publishers, Allison Heather and Stephen Mayhew. more

Afilias to Support ICANN Community Response to the EU's GDPR

Afilias Afilias today announced that it is temporarily suspending plans to limit the display of WHOIS data to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) currently scheduled to take effect on 25 May, 2018. more

i2Coalition Focuses on Intermediary Liability Issues

i2Coalition We are announcing that we are forming a new ad hoc group to handle policy issues arising in regards to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and other related intermediary liability concerns. more

Radix's Premium Domains for 2017 Renew at 71%

Radix Radix, one of the world's largest portfolio registries, today reported a 71% renewal rate of its premium domains that have a recurring premium renewal fee. This renewal rate is based on revenue, implying that if premium domains worth $100,000 were registered, domains worth $71,000 have been renewed in 2017 more

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