2018-01-21

News Review | China Disrupts Global Companies’ Web Access (video)

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-01-21) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) China Disrupts Global Companies’ Web Access, 2)ICANN news: a. ICANN Jurisdiction & Unintended Consequences, b.GDPR & WHOIS, c. ICANN Draft FY19 Budget & Webinar ... 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: INTA's Slam Dunk UDRP ...  4) ICYMI: Iran's Internet and more, 5) Most Read Posts.

1) China disrupts global companies’ web access

China is plugging the last holes in its 'Great Firewall' internet censorship apparatus, hampering global companies' (and others) ability to operate in the country. Financial Times (ft.com) video above published Jan 17, 2018.
UPDATE: In Davos China’s economic-policy mastermind Liu He to speak at 2018 World Economic Forum — Quartz | qz.com: "The 66-year-old is head of the Communist Party’s top economic-affairs steering group, and a vice-chairman of the country’s main economic-planning body. "
See also: China Says It Shut Down 128,000 Websites in 2017 | voanews.com"while the government says its rules are aimed at ensuring national security and stability, human rights organizations have warned that the country’s tough laws governing the internet amount to repressive measures aimed at quashing dissent." 

2) ICANN news
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a. ICANN Jurisdiction--ICANN may yet be moved to a jurisdiction outside the U.S.--the unintended consequences of deferring the issue of ICANN's jurisdiction until after the IANA transition was completed--Domain Mondo Editor's Comments (pdf), full embed below, translations available here :
Other submitted comments may be read here,

b. GDPR & WHOIS: ICANN Seeking Community Feedback on Proposed Compliance Models: "provide your feedback by 29 January 2018. Please send your feedback to gdpr @ icann.org." See also:

c.  ICANN Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update
"Funding for FY19 is at $138 million which is below the FY18 Adopted Budget of $143 million. In addition, FY19 Funding of $138 million is $3 million above the FY18 forecast of $135 million. We anticipate funding to remain flat ..."--ICANN.org
ICANN will hold webinars on 26 January to provide an overview of the documents and answer any questions:
Jan 26 00:30 UTC (7:30pm ET Jan 25) & Jan 26 16:30 UTC (11:30am ET Jan 26)  
 https://participate.icann.org/planning  OR https://icann.adobeconnect.com/planning * (incompetent ICANN has noticed incorrect link(s)* so try both)
If needed, participant passcode 3362488533 (same for both webinars). Go here for more information.
See also New gTLD revenue cut by HALF in ICANN budget | DomainIncite.com"The new gTLD industry is performing terribly when compared to ICANN’s predictions just six months ago."--Kevin Murphy (emphasis added).

d. IGO and INGO Identifiers for All gTLDs | ICANN.org: "Contracted parties will have until 1 August 2018 to complete implementation of the new requirements for certain specific names of IGOs, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (RCRC)." See also: IOC, Red Cross, and IGO reserved names.

e. IANA Transition Costs | Cost Summary | Inception to November 17 | ICANN.org--Total 33.6M:

f. Noted ICANN correspondence:
• 16 January 2018 Letter from Arif Ali of Dechert LLP  to ICANN Board & Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) re: New gTLD Application for .MUSIC Reconsideration Request and CPE Review.
• 15 January 2018 Letter from Arif Ali of Dechert LLP to ICANN Board re: New gTLD Application for .GAY and CPE Review.
• Request 16-11: Travel Reservations SRL, Spring McCook, LLC, Minds + Machines Group Limited, Famous Four Media Limited, dot Hotel Limited, Radix FZC, dot Hotel Inc., Fegistry, LLC | Letter from Flip Petillion on behalf of Requestors to ICANN Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee | ICANN.org (excerpt below, highlighting added):
reconsideration-16-11-trs-et-al-petillion-to-icann-bamc-redacted-16jan18-en.pdf [497 KB]

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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•  INTA's Slam Dunk UDRP DecisionComplainant is International Trademark Association, Inc. ("Complainant") [Editor's note: commonly known as "INTA" | inta.org]... Respondent is roddi dowpharma ("Respondent"), India. The domain name at issue is inta2018.org ... The domain name resolves to a web page that prominently states "INTA International Trademark Association 140th Annual Meeting." On the top right-hand corner of the page is a "Housing Request" form inviting users to book hotel rooms near the meeting venue. The page also includes other information about the meeting, and a disclaimer appears at the very bottom of the page. Complainant states that Respondent is not known by the INTA mark and has no affiliation or association with Complainant, and that Complainant has not consented to Respondent's use of the domain name .... it is Ordered that the inta2018.org domain name be TRANSFERRED from Respondent to Complainant." (emphasis added)

•  ccTLD .au: 'Stakeholder' evaluation called for as auDA moves to implement direct registration | ZDNet.com.

•  Hackers are flooding the internet with more fake domain names ... | PBS.org: cybercriminals use IDNs to lure consumers to phishing websites that appear exactly like the ones they intended to visit.

•  In Memoriam: UDRPsearch.com | IPLegalCorner.com

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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• Iran: Internet Cut-Off During Recent Unrest in Iran Reveals Tehran’s New Cyber Capabilities | Center for Human Rights in Iran | iranhumanrights.org: a major new report, Guards at the Gate: The Expanding State Control Over the Internet in Iran, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) details the advances the Iranian government has made in controlling cyberspace in Iran, and the resulting losses to internet freedom and privacy. Download Guards at the Gate, here (PDF, HTML).
The 76-page report provides a comprehensive review of Iran’s internet policies and initiatives, in particular, the development and new capabilities of Iran’s state-controlled National Internet Network (NIN), which gives the government newly expanded abilities to control Iranians’ access to the internet and monitor online communications.
• Tech Companies Are Complicit in Censoring Iran Protests | WIRED.com: "But it’s not just the regime that is stripping Iranians of their digital freedom: American technology companies that limit Iranian users’ access to their services—the result, usually, of an overly cautious interpretation of US sanctions—are also, in effect, restricting internet access and hindering free expression."

• Russia moves toward creation of an independent internet | DW.com"The Russian government can't abide the system because it's set up in a way that governments only have an advisory role with ICANN"--former ICANN board member Wolfgang Kleinwächter.

• EU: Five EU Commissioners threaten to regulate online platforms if they do not remove more illegal content like hate speech--EURACTIV.com"heads of more than 20 tech firms, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Amazon arrived in Brussels for discussions."

• The Public Domain Starts Growing Again Next Year, and It’s About Time | Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org"It’s not just small artists that rely on the public domain. Disney’s built an empire on making movies based on public domain fairy tales. Just last year, Disney released a live-action version of its animated take on Beauty and the Beast, a story that has been around since the 1700s ... Creativity is enriched when the public domain is robust and easily accessed, and we look forward to finally seeing it grow once again in 2019."

• #MeToo--the famous and glamorous 74-year-old French actress Catherine Deneuve apologized to victims but still stands by the letter she signed, saying she did not like the “media lynching” and “climate of censorship” unleashed by the #metoo campaign, adding, “I don’t like this pack mentality, all too common these days.”

5) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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1. Tech Review | Ethereum Co-Founder: The Future Decentralized Web (video)
2. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google - Time To Break Up Big Tech? (video)
3. Crypto Carnage: Chinese Regulators Move To Close Bitcoin Mines (video)
4.  News Review | New gTLD .WEB, ICANN & Verisign, What's Next?  
5. Tech Review | Cryptocurrency & Government Regulation (video) 

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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