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Lessons from the O2 Network Outage: The Real Cost of Manual Processes

More than 30 million people lost their data connectivity on December 6, 2018, in the United Kingdom as O2's network suffered from a nationwide service outage. Based on several reports, the incident was caused by a human error at Ericsson, the telecoms supplier responsible for operating certain parts of the O2 network. To compensate for the downtime and tarnished reputation, the O2 management is now reportedly seeking damages of up to a hundred million pounds from Ericsson. more

The Hidden Perils of Filing a Baseless UDRP Complaint

When properly used, the UDRP enables trademark owners to take control of abusive domain names. Yet sometimes the UDRP itself is misused by trademark owners to try to seize desirable domain names to which they have no legal entitlement. Is there a downside to misusing the UDRP to attempt a domain name hijacking? Unscrupulous companies at times misuse the UDRP by improperly invoking its power to compel a transfer of ownership in order to seize inherently valuable, non-infringing domain names that the companies desire for their own use. more

New Report About Internet Routing With MANRS

I find myself reading, frequently, about "interesting" exploits of IP routing. Recent history includes the redirection of Telegram traffic to Iran, Google traffic to China, and Cloudflare traffic to Nigeria -- and, per bgpstream.com, 64 events this month, 18 of them on one day. Is this expensive? You bet, both in money and in mindshare. Imagine the impact of discovering your company's name in the press. more

Where’s the Blockchain Killer App? Maybe It’s Buried Underneath All the Hype!

In recent times, I've been struggling to determine where blockchain has demonstrated its immensely promised value, delivered true market or stakeholder value, or disrupted an existing ecosystem. And thus far, what I keep coming up with is that "blockchain is truly a solution searching for a problem." Most of all, many of its enthusiasts and proponents are generally conceptual thinkers and/or snake oil salespersons who have little to no experience delivering secure, integrated, complex systems. more

The Case for Making 3G Mobile Internet Access Free in Cuba

Last week ETECSA began offering 3G mobile access to Cuba's national intranet and the global Internet and President Diaz-Canal tweeted the news. His tweet has received 216 comments so far and reading through them, many are effusively positive... Others were critical, noting that the prices are high relative to Cuban incomes (one said "absurd") and the technology is obsolete -- "Congratulations, but they're 20 years late." more

Plain Text Mirror Image Sites for ADA

There are a lot of things on the plate for a webmaster in 2019! GDPR, ADA, California laws, Swiss laws, cookie pop-ups, and more. For some people, the full scope of realizing "what is needed" has led to urgent hiring of 960 dollars an hour lawyers. For others, the excuse: "Well xxxx is not doing anything about GDPR, and ADA so why should I?" approach has many just sticking their heads into the sand. Hence, this post. more

Quo Vadis ICANN?

The short history of Internet Governance is full of errors, failures, and - mainly - omissions. Despite the shortcomings, we also must acknowledge the achievements of past and present internet governance efforts. In particular, ICANN and its stakeholder constituencies have delivered on the mandate of a stable, secure and resilient Internet. Working with the IANA, IAB and IETF, the operational functions of IP addresses, and the Protocol Assignment and DNS must be seen as an unqualified success. more

Drawing Inferences from the Record: UDRP/URS Decision-Making

The weighing of evidence involves the connecting of dots, which involves drawing inferences. However, just as there can be false positives, there can be false inferences. The tendency may be to think of inferences as coming in one size, but not all inferences are logically correct. Some are weak and others strong. The reason for talking about both kinds is that so much depends on the quality of their making. more

5G Security Transparency

There is considerable rhetoric propagated today about 5G security. Some of the more blatant assertions border on xenophobia with vague assertions that the 5G vendors from some countries cannot be trusted and wholesale government banning is required. Existing treaty obligations are being summarily abrogated in favour of bilateral trade bullying. These are practices that the late President George H.W. Bush sought to eliminate a quarter century ago through intergovernmental organization initiatives... more

Cuba Rolls Out 3G Mobile Access

After several months of trials, ETECSA announced the availablity of third-generation mobile access to their national intranet and the global Internet in a televised "round table." The prices are quite steep for a typical Cuban and I suspect there would be relatively few subscribers among the 34% of the population that is not yet covered. Furthermore, many users will have to buy new phones to use the service. (There are still 1,084 second-generation mobile base stations in Cuba). more

Rural Home Connectivity in Cuba

Cuba's government monopoly ISP ETECSA in October announced special home connectivity rates for some of the poorest towns in rural Cuba. The monthly charge for 30 hours of 512/256 Kbps DSL access in those towns will be 5 CUC. In other areas where home connectivity is available, the minimum monthly charge is 15 CUC for 30 hours of 1,024/256 kbps service and faster, more expensive, plans are available. more

Nominations Now Open for Public Interest Registry (Operator of .ORG) Board of Directors

Would you be interested in helping guide the future of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit operator of the .ORG, .NGO and .ONG domains? If so, the Internet Society is seeking nominations for three positions on the PIR Board of Directors. The nominations deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019, at 15:00 UTC. There are three positions opening on the PIR Board. Directors will serve a 3-year term that begins mid-year 2019 and expires mid-year 2022. more

Initial Report on ICANN's EPDP for gTLD Registration Data: Forward Progress Yet Much Work Remains

Here in the United States, we recently celebrated Thanksgiving and with that, we now enter the last weeks of 2018. I've spent much of this past year involved in ICANN's Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) for gTLD Registration Data and I'm happy to say our group has reached a historic milestone. Just last week, the group published its initial report for public comment. more

A Cool Simulation of SpaceX’s Revised Satellite Broadband Plan

On November 15, the FCC approved a revision to the plan for Starlink, SpaceX's forthcoming broadband satellite service. The new plan reduces the number of satellites from 4,525 to 4,409 and lowers the altitude of the phase-1 satellites from 1,100 to 550 km. Mark Handley, a professor at University College London, has created videos based on simulations he ran of both the original and revised phase 1 plans. more

The Future of Internet Governance? Comments on IGF 2018 Speech by French President Emmanuel Macron

Macron has declared the Internet to be under threat. Without stepping back to question and explore the underlying causes of those threats, he uses them as a justification to propose a different approach to, albeit limited, current Internet Governance processes. Here we explore his proposals and some of the issues they generate. He acknowledges that Civil Society and the private sector have been core drivers in the creation of the Internet. He argues that its benefits and existence are endangered by predatory practices. more

News Briefs

US Tech Firm Cloudflare Accused of Providing Cybersecurity Services to Foreign Terrorist Groups

Chinese Hackers Have Infiltrated US Navy Contractors to Steal Range of Data Including Missile Plans

DNS Inventor Impressed With Innovative Effort Behind .LUXE TLD to Integrate DNS With Blockchain

Criminals Using New Phishing Techniques to Hide from Victims and Investigators, Reports APWG

The Internet Society Names Former ICANN Board Member Rinalia Abdul Rahim as Senior Vice President

Hackers Behind Marriott Breach Left Clues Suggesting Link to Chinese Government

PIR, the Operator of .ORG Announces Jonathan Nevett as the New President and CEO

Facebook Used VPN App to Collect Competitive Data on App Usage, According to Reports on Leaked Docs

Microsoft’s New Study Reports Over 162 Million in US Lack Broadband, FCC Says Only 24.7 Million

Smart Phone Sales Have Shifted From the Plateau Phase to a Decline

Strange Email Used to Inform Marriott Customers About the Massive Data Breach

Paris Cyber Agreement Has Grown to More Than 450 Signatories

Researchers Develop Tools to Help Map the IPv6 Address Landscape

Kaspersky Loses Appeal Against US Government Ban of Its Security Software

NTIA Releases Cybersecurity Road Map for "Building a More Resilient Internet"

US, European Consumer Groups Call on FTC to Investigate Google for Deceptive Tracking of Users

Half of Phishing Sites in the Wild Have SSL Certificates and Show Padlock Security Icon, Study Finds

U.S. Government Trying to Persuade Allied Countries to Avoid Telecom Equipment from China's Huawei

Japan's Cybersecurity Minister Admits He Does Not Use Computers and Not Familiar With Cybersecurity

FCC to Classify Text Messaging as Information Service to Fight Spam Texts, Others Oppose the Move

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Industry Updates

Melinda Clem Named i2Coalition Chair Elect for 2019

i2Coalition Releases Statement On Australian Encryption Law Passing

Verisign Q3 2018 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to 342.4 Million Domains in Q3 of 2018

Radix's Startup League Supports 40+ Startups at Web Summit 2018

Peering Versus IP Transit: Answering the Age-Old Question

Radix's .ONLINE Surpasses 1 Million Domains

Neustar and usTLD Stakeholder Council to Hold .US Town Hall Live Webcast

Verisign Announces קום. Domain Names are Available for General Registration

Neustar to Acquire Verisign's Security Services Customer Contracts

Promising Premium Sales for Radix TLDs in the Second Half of 2018

Hundreds of Millions of Dollars at Stake as .COM Price Freeze Set to Expire

Q2 2018 DDoS Trends Report: 52 Percent of Attacks Employed Multiple Attack Types

Neustar Publishes Latest Edition of .Brands Industry Report

Afilias Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title for the Largest Migration of a TLD in a Single Transition

New DeviceAtlas Report Shows Further Shifts in OS Landscape as Google, Apple Bet on Emerging Markets

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