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March, 2014

Turkey Blocks Access to YouTube days after Twitter ban

Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, just a week after the country blocked Twitter, and only three days ahead of local elections in the country. Turkish netizens started reporting the block after 10:30 a.m. ET. The ban was ordered on Thursday after leaked recordings of a security meeting were published on YouTube, according to Hurriyet […]

Bill Clinton says NO to Internationalizing Internet Ovesight

Former President Bill Clinton objects to the Obama administration’s plan to give up the United States’ control over online domain names and addresses, saying that the country’s agencies have done a good job keeping the Internet free and open. “A lot of people who have been trying to take this authority from the U.S. for […]

ICANN’s capacity to clamp down on budget-busting sunrise fees put on radar

It was inevitable that the issue of gTLD registries charging trademark owners excessive sunrise fees to register names in gTLD sunrise periods would be high on the agenda of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC). At today’s ICANN meeting in Singapore, however, ICANN’s ability to clamp down and prevent brand owners from being held to ransom […]
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Centre proposes ban on Gmail, Yahoo and Facebook sites in India government offices

The Centre on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that it has proposed a national email policy for official communication under which five million new IDs would be created to carry out the work, without depending on foreign mail services like Gmail or Yahoo. Popular mail services and social networking sites like Gmail, Yahoo and […]

U.S. government wants to relinquish control, but who should oversee the Web?

The Commerce Department recently announced it would give up oversight of ICANN, the California nonprofit that manages the unique domains of the world’s websites and email servers. There’s been international pressure to make the change, especially in light of revelations about NSA surveillance. Vint Cerf of Google and Randolph May of the Free State Foundation […]

Hackers text ATMs for cash using Windows XP flaws

Summary: With the end of Windows XP support looming, ATMs worldwide are left vulnerable — and cyberattackers are taking advantage of the fact. Despite early warnings, pleading and even financial lures to upgrade systems from the Windows XP operating system, many of our core services are still running on the soon to be retired system. […]

Microsoft is about to expose a third of all computers vulnerable to hacking

Hundreds of millions of computers running everything from ATMs to the power grid will be vulnerable to hacking next month when Microsoft stops supporting its old Windows XP operating system. Hackers have been holding onto flaws in Windows XP and waiting to exploit them until after the software giant stops issuing security updates on April […]

US Surrender of Internet Governance Leads to Turbulence & Risks Says former CEO of ICANN Rod Beckstrom

In an email to subscribers of his newsletter, the former CEO of ICANN Rod Beckstrom says the US surrender of Internet governance role will leadsto new turbulence and risks Here is his statement: “During my tenure as CEO of ICANN, I signed both the 2009 Affirmation of Commitments and the 2012 IANA contract that governs […]

Turkish Twitterers Respond Hilariously To The Government’s Attempt To Block Them

Turkey has restricted access to Twitter, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to shut down Twitter and other social media platforms. Turkish Twitterers — who can still access the service via SMS — have responded in the best way possible: by mocking Prime Minister Erdoğan’s attempts at censorship with an endless stream of memes. […]

Lawrence E. Strickling: We will not accept a proposal that replaces NTIA’s role with a government-led or an inter-governmental solution

Lawrence E. Strickling the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator seems to have backed off the statement he made last Friday, that the US was ready to let ICANN go out of United States control. Read the latest statement below: Promoting Internet Growth and Innovation Through Multistakeholder Internet Governance This past Friday, […]