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Google Expands Google Ideas, Now Called "Jigsaw"

Google has expanded Google Ideas, its think tank project, to a technology incubator called Jigsaw, the company announced today. Jigsaw is tasked to tackle geopolitical challenges, countering violent extremism, censorship, and other political challenges through the use of technology, says Alphabet executive chairman, Eric Schmidt in post on Medium. more

Another Internet Governance Forum: in the U.S.A.

Milton Mueller, reporting today on the Internet Governance Project (IGP) website: "Although you may not have heard about it yet, there are plans afoot for an Internet Governance Forum for the U.S. The location has been set for Washington, DC at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The date is set at October 2. The purpose of the affair is to debate, discuss and seek out common ground on some of the issues facing the global Internet Governance Forum operated by the United Nations, which will be held in Egypt November 15-18." more

Companies, Industry Groups Urge ICANN to Cancel or Postpone Plans to Add New gTLDs

A controversial proposal to create hundreds of new generic top-level domains is generating harsh criticism as corporations and individuals question the need for additional competition in the domain name marketplace and expense for businesses. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) set Dec. 15 as the final day for comments on its plan to launch anywhere from 200 to 800 new domain name extensions starting next year. more

U.S. Loosing Ground as Primary Internet Hub, Study Shows

America is losing its position at the center of the internet, according to a new study. The survey by communications analysts TeleGeography Research, based in Washington DC, shows a rapid growth in internet capacity around the rest of the world over the past year -- particularly in Latin America and Asia. As a result, America's traditional role as the Internet's traffic policeman is drifting away as other parts of the world become less reliant on it. more

Brazil to Host Internet Governance Summit

Amidst reports of US, British and Canadian spying on the Latin American nation, Brazil has announced that it will host a global summit on Internet governance in April. President Dilma Rousseff made the announcement after a discussion in Brasilia with Fadi ChehadĂ©, ICANN's CEO. Chehade heaped praise on Rousseff for using her UN General Assembly speech in September to demand measures to thwart the massive US cyber spying operation revealed by US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The summit will take place in Rio de Janeiro. more

ICA Codes of Conduct Addresses Areas of Conflict in the Domain Name Industry

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) today announced it has adopted an eight-point member code of conduct designed to foster and promote fair and ethical business practices in the domain name industry. "We are very pleased to introduce the ICA's Member Code of Conduct," said ICA Executive Director Michael Collins. "We believe that following these best practices will go a long way toward addressing and resolving many of the important issues facing the domain name industry as it continues to grow and mature. more

Feds Seek Code of Conduct for Detecting, Mitigating Botnets

The U.S. departments of Commerce and Homeland Security (DHS) has met with other agencies and private-sector leaders in the information technology industry discussing the need to create a voluntary industry code of conduct to address the detection and mitigation of botnets. The meeting, hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), included topics such as the problematic and at time controversial issue of notifying individuals whose computers have been infected with malware and are part of a botnet. more

Congress Gets 30 Days to Review Any Final Plan Before Internet Oversight Transition

A House subcommittee approved a bill Wednesday that would require the Obama administration to give Congress 30 days to review any final plan before handing off oversight of the back end of the Internet. A bipartisan compromise in the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology was reached after Democrats objected to a earlier version that barred the transition until the Government Accountability Office weighted in on the pros and cons of the final plan. more

More Petition by Google for Greater Transparency

Google reported today that it has filed an amended petition in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The company, in a blog post, reports: "This petition [PDF] mirrors the requests made to Congress and the President by our industry and civil liberties groups in a letter [PDF] earlier this year. Namely, that Google be allowed to publish detailed statistics about the types (if any) of national security requests we receive under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including Section 702." Request has also been made by Google for the court to hold its hearing in open rather than behind closed doors. more

NTIA Expresses Support for New gTLD Program

Kevin Murphy reporting in DomainIncite: "NTIA boss Larry Strickling has come out in support of ICANN and its new top-level domains program, warning that its opponents 'provide ammunition' to authoritarian regimes. Speaking in Washington DC yesterday, Strickling warned that organizations fighting to put a stop to the new gTLD program risk provoking a UN takeover of the internet." more

Kazakhstan Using Malware Against Journalists, Political Activists, Lawyers

Journalists and political activists critical of Kazakhstan's authoritarian government, along with their family members, lawyers, and associates, have been targets of an online phishing and malware campaign believed to be carried out on behalf of the government of Kazakhstan, according to a new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). more

Nominet: 77% of British Consumers Prefer .UK Search Result over .COM

According to a report released today by Nominet, UK's domain name registry, 77% of British consumers prefer to use a .uk rather than a .com when searching for information on the Internet. The report also indicates that despite the current economic climate, the global domain name industry has seen an 8% growth with 187.6 million domain names registered worldwide. "Generic top level domains (gTLDs), such as .org and .com, have grown on average by 6% whilst the country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) including .uk and .de (the German registry) fared slightly better and together generated a 10% average growth in registrations," says Nominet. more

FCC Reportedly to Unveil Plans for Net Neutrality Rules on Monday

New Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski will reportedly unveil plans for Net neutrality rules on Monday. Genachowski is expected to announce that he will ask the commission to craft rules intended to preserve the openness of the Internet. The news comes a day after Genachowski and the four commissioners appeared at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, during which full committee chairman Henry Waxman voiced support for Net neutrality legislation. more

Another Top-Level Domain Price Rise: This Time It's .biz

Another week, another price increase in Internet addresses. This time, it's ".biz" whose fees are going up. In recent weeks, operators of ".com," ".net," ".org" and ".info" have announced increases beginning in mid-October in the wholesale prices for domain names -- what the operators collect from the companies that sell names on their behalf. ...Many of the announced hikes became possible when the ICANN agreed to new contract terms in December, permitting an annual hike of up to 10 percent a year upon six months' notice. more

South Korea Receives Nuclear Plan Cyberattack Threats, Takes Emergency Measures

South Korea's nuclear operator and the energy ministry is keeping emergency teams on stand-by to the end of this year in case of any cyberattacks on nuclear plants as threatened by a hacker... The company and the ministry set up emergency teams on Wednesday after a hacker demanded the shutdown of three reactors by Thursday, threatening, in Twitter messages, "destruction" if not. more

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