1) New gTLDs and the gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) now 0-2:
First, on July 26, 2017, ICANN Chairman Steve Crocker shot down (pdf) RySG's request to set a date now for the next round of new gTLDs;
Second, this past week ICANN Global Domains President Akram Atallah nixed (pdf) (embed below, highlighting added) RySG's requests for $$$ pending since March 14:
Editor's note: ICANN foolishly and incompetently expanded gTLDs (generic top-level domains) from just 22 (.com, .net, .org ... .gov, .mil, .edu, .int) to over 1200 starting in 2014, and now the new gTLDs hucksters (registry operators et al) are finding out that hundreds of new gTLDs are "unwanted and unneeded" and they are going broke, and want ICANN to "bail them out." ICANN has slowly begun to realize its own "pipe dream" about new gTLDs was delusional, and is now "looking out for #1" (#1 is the ICANN organization and its budget that pays the obscenely extravagant salary and benefits packages to ICANN management and much of the staff).
Other ICANN News:
• ICANN Provides Update on Review of the Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) Process | ICANN.org 1 Sep 2017: "... The CPE provider has been producing documents on a rolling basis. FTI is currently evaluating whether the CPE provider’s production is complete. Once the underlying information and data collection is complete, FTI anticipates that it will be able to inform ICANN of its findings within two weeks. Recently, the ICANN Board and the ICANN organization have received numerous inquiries for documentation and information about the Review. These inquiries have been and will continue to be addressed through ICANN’s Documentary Information Disclosure Policy (DIDP), and are published on the DIDP page ..."
• ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee Announces Selections | ICANN.org Sep 1, 2017: "ICANN Board of Directors--Avri Doria (North America) and Sarah Deutsch (North America) ..."
2) Names, Domains & Trademarks
Africans complain of ZACR's Price Gouging on .AFRICA and .CITY Domains | DomainNewsAfrica.com.
• Domain Name: 3 Early Investments Every Entrepreneur Should Make | entrepreneur.com: "... As a business owner for most of my life, I've seen companies mishandle or overlook myriad business investments, but the most common is the domain name space ... By taking more time initially to understand the company's brand and then determining the level of investment that it would take to buy a recognizable and memorable name, businesses can actually set themselves up for quicker and more efficient growth ..."
• Buying a pre-owned domain? Check these 10 things first | SearchEngineLand.com
• Brandsight.com: Domain industry veterans Matt Serlin and Elisa Cooper join Brandsight, a new corporate domain name registrar.
• Domain Name System [DNS] is a Prime Target for Hackers: according to a 2017 Global DNS Threat Survey, highest DNS-related attack types are malware (35 percent), DDoS (32 percent), Cache Poisoning (23 percent), DNS Tunneling (22 percent), and Zero-Day exploits (19 percent)--CIOinsight.com.
• WTF Google SERP: New Bittrex Phishing Scam Website Tops the Google Search Results | newsbtc.com
3) ICYMI Internet Domain News
- Yahoo data breach litigation brought on behalf of well over 1 billion users--Yahoo must face litigation by data breach victims: U.S. judge | Reuters.com.
- If US-led internet oversight crumbles, tech sector will suffer | TheHill.com: "The truth, seldom discussed, is that the multistakeholder architecture is as unwieldy as the ponderous name that dignifies it."
- Google Is A Bully: Google forced out New America's Open Markets division. What's next? | The WashingtonPost.com: "Google is coming after critics in academia and journalism. It’s time to stop them."
- Internet censorship in China: new rules aim to prevent anyone who hasn't provided their real identity from commenting online | qz.com: China forbids anonymous posts in online communities and discussion forums, effective October 1.
- Will Britain’s crackdown on internet trolls undermine freedom of speech? | RT.com
- Rural America Needs Faster Internet. Microsoft and Congress Have a Cheap and Easy Solution. | TheWeeklyStandard.com: "... Microsoft President Brad Smith announced his company’s Rural AirBand Initiative, a non-profit, public-private partnerships that aims to bring high-speed Internet to 2 million Americans within five years. As part of the initiative, Microsoft wants to reserve at least three white spaces in every network. Microsoft will pay the upfront capital, then recoup the costs by revenue sharing ..."
- Net Neutrality and Open Internet:
- Judge Cracks Down on LinkedIn’s Shameful Abuse of Computer Break-In Law | Electronic Frontier Foundation | EFF.org: "Good news out of a court in San Francisco: a judge just issued an early ruling against LinkedIn’s abuse of the notorious Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to block a competing service from perfectly legal uses of publicly available data on its website ..."
- Don’t Lock Laws Behind Paywalls | Electronic Frontier Foundation | EFF.org: "It’s almost too strange to believe, but a federal court ruled earlier this year that copyright can be used to control access to parts of our state and federal laws—forcing people to pay a fee or sign a contract to read and share them. On behalf of Public.Resource.Org, a nonprofit dedicated to improving public access to law, yesterday EFF challenged that ruling in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ..."
- Cyberspace Supremacy? "Although cyberspace is important for economic growth, countries must also have supremacy in it through their ability to navigate it for intelligence gathering and cyberwarfare."--TheWire.in
- Hurricane Harvey recovery report--Sep 1, 2017--"The cities/towns directly hit by the hurricane are mostly without power and some, water. Amazingly, full power is expected by mid next week. Crews from all over the country are working 14 hour days. Houston did not get the wind, so lines not affected. Some of the sub-stations flooded causing power outage but it was quickly remedied. Postings of banks reopened are online. They are waiving fees for non customer ATM use."--WolfStreet.com
4) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com:
1. News Review | Report: ICANN's New gTLDs As Global DNS Malware (this post set a new record at DomainMondo.com for "most read" in just one week--and is already #3 on the all-time "most read" list).