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February, 2014

Delays in .africa launch as African Countries slow to reserve dotAfrica

The dotafrica domain has been staged for more delays as both applicants Uniforum ZACR and DotConnectAfrica Trust are facing various delays in processing their respective applications.  The domain is among the 1930 that were applied for in early 2012. Currently ICANN has put over 100 new top level domains in the root ready for delegation. […]

Do the NSA revelations have anything to do with Internet governance?

Editors note: This blog post is based on a talk given at the New America Foundation December 5, 2013. Thanks to Tim Maurer and Kevin Bankston for hosting the talk The evolution of Internet governance has been characterized by a tension between the Internet’s organically evolved governance institutions and nation-states. The native Internet institutions, such […]

Facebook quietly ends email address system

Facebook has quietly shuttered its three-year-old email service that gave users “@facebook.com” email addresses. From now on, emails sent to an “@facebook.com” address will be forwarded to the personal email address from which the member signed up for the site. “We’re making this change because most people haven’t been using their Facebook email address,” said […]

Apple’s ‘Gotofail’ Security Mess Extends To Mail, Twitter, iMessage, Facetime And More

First, Apple revealed a critical bug in its implementation of  encryption in iOS, requiring an emergency patch. Then researchers found the same bug is also included in Apple’s desktop OSX operating system, a gaping Web security hole that leaves users of Safari at risk of having their traffic hijacked. Now one researcher has found evidence […]

CentralNic Signs Agreement with Domain Venture Partners

CentralNic signed a deal with Domain Venture Partners as stated in the press release below. Central Nic is a publicly traded company on the London Aim, the stock is up about 2.4 % to 84.5 pence. Domain Venture Partners is a fund that has been set up by new gtld applicant Famous Four Media. Press […]

Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $19 billion but will they monetize?

Zuck Says Ads Aren’t The Way To Monetize Messaging, WhatsApp Will Prioritize Growth Not Subscriptions Facebook won’t be throwing its advertising weight behind its new acquisition WhatsApp like it did with Instagram. But WhatsApp also won’t be focusing on rolling out the $1 a year subscription fee it currently charges in some countries. Instead, with […]

Euronet: Internet security for Europe or NSA backlash

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 18, 2014 – With a series of well-timed revelations, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden single-handedly managed to change the way the American government is perceived across the world. By exposing that worldwide surveillance is real, something that was long suspected but never clearly proven, he has created a European backlash against America. […]

More wake up call for ICANN not to be silent on Conflict of Interest issues

ICANN is one of unique organizations in the world and it introduced the Multistakeholder model a governance structure which seeks to bring stakeholders together to participate in the dialogue, decision making, and implementation of solutions to common problems or goals. According to Lawrence E. Strickling, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, and NTIA Administrator, […]

Amazon triumphs over ICANN’s gTLD objector

Amazon has overcome an objection to its controversial .amazon generic top-level domain (gTLD) after exposing doubts about the objector’s independence. ICANN’s independent objector (IO), Alain Pellet, had complained about the .amazon gTLD based on “substantial opposition” from the Amazon region in South America. He filed three separate objections against .amazon and its Chinese and Japanese-language […]

ICANN plays “make believe” with string confusion review process

By Andrew Allemann: ICANN pretends other inconsistencies don’t exist so it can resolve two of the most embarrassing ones.  Yesterday ICANN posted a proposal for dealing with “perceived inconsistencies” in String Confusion Objections filed over new top level domain names. The plan would deal with two cases in which different panels came to different conclusions […]