2018-05-31

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic & Space Tourism (video)

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Hit A Milestone

CNBC.com video published May 29, 2018: Virgin Galactic (domain: virgingalactic.com) has launched and landed a second successful supersonic flight. Richard Branson said he believes his space tourism company is just "2 or 3" flights away from making it into space, adding, he plans to be a passenger on the first flight.


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2018-05-30

MacroView | Forget Brexit, Fear of Italy Doing a EURO Exit Shakes Markets

UPDATE: Wall Street Climbs as Worries Over Italy's Politics Ease | NYTimes.com: May 30, 2018 12:32pm EDT.

Original post:
If you're in the U.S. and got back from your Memorial Day weekend late, you may be wondering, what happened to cause markets to tumble Tuesday? Here's a recap:

Italian president rejects nomination of Eurosceptic minister

Financial Times (ft.com) video above published May 27, 2018: Leaders of Italy's leading populist parties have dropped their bid to form a government after President Sergio Mattarella rejected their nomination of a Eurosceptic finance minister.

Dow Tumbles Nearly 400 Points; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Decline | TheStreet.com May 29, 2018: "Stocks fall sharply Tuesday as a political crisis in Italy rocks markets across the globe." Also: Investors are dumping Italian government debt | ft.com.


Italian bond yields are rising rapidly because the country is laden with debt and in political turmoil. TheStreet.com's Tracy Byrnes enlisted London Bureau Chief Martin Baccardax to help explain how it will affect the rest of us.
Germany's DAX
Who  is  was Carlo Cottarelli?

Financial Times (ft.com) video above published May 28, 2018: As newly appointed prime minister, the former IMF official will focus on improving Italy's finances ahead of new elections, but many think he will immediately face a vote of "no confidence" and some now think new elections may be scheduled as early as July, 2018--major parties in Italy say Cottarelli’s mission is 'all but dead' and parliament will soon be dissolved --Italy may return to polls in July, sources say, amid market rout | Reuters.com.
The MacroView:
Italy's new election could become a referendum on the European Union and the euro--President readies Italy for snap polls to be fought on EU, euro | Reuters.com--the far-right League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement may unite for an upcoming new election in Italy. League leader Matteo Salvini said on Monday, May 28: “Today Italy is not free; it is occupied financially by Germans, French and eurocrats ... if there’s not the OK of Berlin, Paris or Brussels, a government cannot be formed in Italy. It’s madness, and I ask the Italian people to stay close to us because I want to bring democracy back to this country.” When? New elections in Italy 'by start of 2019' at the latest or as early as autumn: Italy's president named a former IMF economist Carlo Cottarelli as caretaker prime minister to lead the country into new elections, possibly as soon as the autumn in the eurozone's third largest economy.  Mr Cottarelli, 64, was director of the IMF's fiscal affairs department from 2008 to 2013 and became known as "Mr Scissors" for making cuts to public spending in Italy--rte.ie.

Most Exposed to Italy’s Sovereign Debt? (Other than Italian Banks): BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, with €16 billion of Italian sovereign debt holdings, Dexia (French-Belgian) holds €15 billion of Italian debt, and Banco Sabadell has €10.5 billion invested in Italian bonds (40% of its entire fixed asset portfolio, worth €26.3 billion, and 110% of its tier-1 capital)--WolfStreet.com.

ECB & Eurozone: Banque de France to pursue efforts to spur consolidation of Europe's financial sector: Villeroy | Reuters.com--Editor's note: if consolidation is "encouraged," Europe may end up with a few (5 or 6?) large banks (mostly German or French) controlling the EU/eurozone financial sector. The five largest commercial banks in the U.S. had 44 percent of total assets in the banking system as of 2014 (most likely even more now). Unlike the U.S., however, Europe still has a lot of large "troubled" banks with underlying financial problems--consolidation now could exacerbate a situation the ECB has failed to remediate.

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2018-05-29

The Boring Company: Elon Musk's Plans for Los Angeles Tunnels (video)

Elon Musk's plans for tunnel travel

Financial Times (ft.com) video published May 18, 2018: Technology billionaire Elon Musk says his planned underground network beneath Los Angeles would carry passengers at 100 mph for just a dollar per trip.

The Boring Company is an infrastructure and tunnel construction company founded by Elon Musk, December 17, 2016, at Los Angeles, CA.
  • Domain: boringcompany.com
  • Headquarters: Hawthorne, CA
  • Ownership: Privately held company
Source of graphics above: boringcompany.com


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2018-05-28

Saildrones: The Robots Roaming the High Seas (video)

The Robots Roaming the High Seas

Bloomberg.com video published May 15, 2018: Intelligent, indestructible and with no humans on board, these sailboats are plotting their own course through the waters of San Francisco Bay. If  Founder & CEO Richard Jenkins gets his way, soon there’ll be hundreds of them – trawling the oceans for data. Video by Victoria Blackburne-Daniell, David Nicholson.

Saildrone Inc.--"Ocean data redefined"--Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale, building the world's largest high resolution ocean datasets, working with governments and private companies around the globe. Headquarters: Alameda, CA USA. Richard Jenkins, Founder & CEO.

Domain: saildrone.com


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2018-05-27

News Review | GDPR Effect: ICANN Sues German Domain Name Registrar

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-05-27) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) GDPR Effect: ICANN Sues German Domain Name Registrar, 2)  EU GDPR & ICANN WHOIS, What's Next for ICANN? 3) ICANN news: At-Large Review, GNSO,  FY19 Budget, June Public Comments, 4) Names, Domains & Trademarks, 5) ICYMI, 6) Most Read Posts.

UPDATE June 22, 2018: ICANN announced on June 22, 2018 (UTC):
"On 13 June 2018, ICANN appealed the Regional Court's initial decision to reject ICANN's application for an injunction, in which ICANN sought a court order requiring EPAG to reinstate collection of administrative and technical contact data for new domain name registrations. Upon receipt of an appeal, the Regional Court has the option to re-evaluate its decision that is being appealed, or affirm its decision and immediately forward the matter to the Higher Regional Court for consideration of the appeal. In this instance, the Regional Court has decided to revisit its initial decision and has asked EPAG to comment (pdf) on ICANN's appellate papers within two weeks." (links and emphasis added)
UPDATE May 30, 2018: German Court Rejects ICANN Request for Injunction
Court Order on Application for Preliminary Injunction (German) [PDF, 2.82 MB] Unofficial English Translation provided by ICANN embedded below:

As disclosed by ICANN, in rejecting the injunctive relief, the Court ruled that it would not require EPAG to collect the administrative and technical data for new registrations. The Court said that the collection of the domain name registrant data should suffice in order to safeguard against misuse the security aspects in connection with the domain name (such as criminal activity, infringement or security problems). The Court reasoned that because it is possible for a registrant to provide the same data elements for the registrant as for the administrative and technical contacts, ICANN did not demonstrate that it is necessary to collect additional data elements for those contacts. The Court also noted that a registrant could consent and provide administrative and technical contact data at its discretion.
"While ICANN appreciates the prompt attention the Court paid to this matter, the Court's ruling today did not provide the clarity that ICANN was seeking when it initiated the injunction proceedings. ICANN is continuing to pursue the ongoing discussions with the European Commission, and WP29, to gain further clarification of the GDPR as it relates to the integrity of WHOIS services."--John Jeffrey, ICANN's General Counsel and Secretary.
UPDATES 29 May 2018: the blowback-- 
a. Tucows (tucows.com), parent company of EPAG, the German Registrar sued by ICANN (see below) on Friday, has responded to ICANN in a statement on its website--Tucows Statement on ICANN Legal Action | Tucows Inc. | tucows.com--excerpt: "... We realized that the domain name registration process, as outlined in ICANN’s 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement, not only required us to collect and share information we didn’t need, it also required us to collect and share people’s information where we may not have a legal basis to do so. What’s more, it required us to process personal information belonging to people with whom we may not even have a direct relationship, namely the Admin and Tech contacts. ICANN’s goal since discussions about the impact of the GDPR on domain registration began has been to preserve as much of the status quo as possible. This has led ICANN to attempt to achieve GDPR-compliant domain registration via ‘process reduction’, as opposed to Tucows’ approach of starting with the GDPR and rebuilding from the ground up. These two approaches have led to significantly different results, and consequently a need to determine whether ICANN’s insistence on the collection of the full thick Whois data and this data’s transfer to gTLD Registries is in compliance with the GDPR. It is this disagreement and need for legal clarity that is at the heart of the lawsuit filed by ICANN ... we perceive three core issues with the [ICANN org / ICANN Board] Temporary Specification that we do not believe are compliant with the GDPR. These issues are the collection, transfer, and public display of the personal information of domain registrants and the other contractually-mandated contacts ... ICANN will need to prove that the minor, marginally incremental benefit of collecting, processing and transferring Admin and Tech contact data at the request of third parties outweighs the principles of data minimization and lawful processing enshrined in the GDPR. We find the argument that duplicative technical contacts are necessary for the security and stability of the DNS implausible. We were not convinced this was the case when we first examined the law, and we remain unconvinced following the release ICANN’s Temporary Specification ..."

b.  The Injunction: ICANN's lame attempt to turn DNS into a Trademark Registry | InternetGovernance.org: "... A narrow definition of ICANN’s mission, which involves coordinating and maintaining the stability of the domain name system, makes it clear that the Tech-C and Admin-C  information are not really necessary to that purpose ... Despite [ICANN CEO] Goran Marby’s friendly posturing of “consulting” with various groups, ICANN clearly isn’t listening to them and has unilaterally determined what its position will be ... With this filing, ICANN the organization has thrown off its mask of bottom up multistakeholder policy development regarding Whois, it has staked out a position that serves the interests of a few stakeholders. It has shown that it will fight hard and spend a lot of money to support those interests. It has also shown a willful disregard for the limited nature of its mission. The good news here, however, is that legal certainty regarding the application of GDPR to Whois may be on the way soon."--Professor Milton Mueller (emphasis added) [Editor's note: Professor Mueller has been an active participating stakeholder in ICANN since its founding in 1998, has written numerous oft-cited articles and books about ICANN and related matters, and would be an excellent 'expert witness' for EPAG in the German proceeding.]

c. Domain Names Registrar Namecheap (namecheap.com) announced today Free WHOIS Privacy forever:
 Free WHOISguard Privacy Free Forever

Editor's note: Score (as of 29 May 2018):
ICANN: 0  vs. EPAG (Tucows) & EU (GDPR): 3

Original Post:
1) GDPR Effect: ICANN Sues German Domain Name Registrar
ICANN Files Legal Action in Germany to Preserve WHOIS Data | ICANN.org 25 May 2018: "The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today filed injunction proceedings against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar that is part of the Tucows Group. ICANN has taken this step to ask the court for assistance in interpreting the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to protect the data collected in WHOIS. ICANN's "one-sided filing" in Bonn, Germany, seeks a court ruling to ensure the continued collection of all WHOIS data, so that such data remains available to parties demonstrating legitimate purpose to access it, consistent with the GDPR. EPAG recently informed ICANN that when it sells new domain name registrations it would no longer collect administrative and technical contact information, as it believes collection of that data would violate the GDPR rules ...." (emphasis added)

ICANN v. EPAG Domainservices, GmbH | ICANN.org: lawsuit in the Regional Court of Bonn [Germany] [*NOTE: Personal identifiable information has been redacted by ICANN] ICANN’s Motion for the Issuance of a Preliminary Injunction 25 May 2018 (in German) [PDF, 1.76 MB].  (excerpt from p. 4 of 25, unofficial English translation, full embed further below):
"The technical contact and the administrative contact have important functions. Access to this data is required for the stable and secure operation of the domain name system, as well as a way to identify those customers that may be causing technical problems and legal issues with the domain names and/or their content. Therefore, GDPR provisions do not prevent the Defendant from collecting these data elements. If the Defendant does not collect the requisite technical contact or administrative contact information among other things, the secure operation of the domain name system and other legitimate uses of the data, such as law enforcement trying to locate bad actors that use the domain name system for criminal activity, will be in jeopardy. Accordingly, the Applicant has attempted to convince the Defendant that it is still obligated under its contract with the Applicant to collect the administrative and technical contact information as part of the registration data it collects at registration. The parties were not able to solve this issue out of court. Therefore, the Applicant kindly asks the court to order the Defendant by way of preliminary ruling, not to sell respective new domain name registrations without collecting such data."
English Translation of Motion for Issuance of Preliminary Injunction (Unofficial; provided for information purpose only) [PDF, 937 KB] embed below:

Appendix AS-8: Affidavit of John Jeffrey in support of ICANN’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF, 79 KB] embed below:

Related:
•  Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data | ICANN.org: effective as of 25 May 2018; Adopted on 17 May 2018 by ICANN Board Resolutions 2018.05.17.01 – 2018.05.17.09. Temporary Spec PDF here [735 KB].

• 25 May 2018 Letter to Graeme Bunton from Jamie Hedlund, ICANN SVP Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards. ICANN response to Registrars request for Compliance Moratorium for Temporary Specification Implementation--excerpt from letter:
"As you know, on 17 May 2018, ICANN posted an announcement regarding the Board’s adoption of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. The Temporary Specification, effective 25 May 2018, modifies contractual obligations in ICANN's agreements with registries and registrars in order to comply with Europe's General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR]. It does not include a compliance moratorium since ICANN must also comply with the law. ICANN Contractual Compliance will enforce the Temporary Specification from the effective date and address any areas of non-compliance with the contracted parties per the established process."
• 23 May 2018 Letter from ICANN CEO Göran Marby to Roberto Viola, Paraskevi Michou, and Tiina Astola (pdf) re: ICANN Proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, excerpt:

•  For further background see last week's News Review | ICANN's GDPR Train Wreck 25 May 2018 & Beyond.

Editor's note--Bottom Line: EU law (GDPR) trumps ICANN bylaws and ICANN's contracts with its gTLD Registry Operators and accredited Registrars. ICANN believes its interpretation of the GDPR and its application to the collection, processing, and publishing of WHOIS data is correct, but ultimately, EU DPAs (data protection authorities) and European Courts will decide, not ICANN. My own opinion is that current WHOIS policy collects much more data than is necessary or appropriate. The relevant questions are: 1) Who is the legal registrant (or representative of the registrant) of a domain name, and 2) how can that person be contacted? Registrants should be able to choose to list their name, address, and email and phone data (fax is an anachronism), or appoint an agent ("Registrant's Agent" which could include an accredited WHOIS privacy provider) for public WHOIS purposes. As a default, and to comply with the GDPR, if the registrant fails to choose one of the above methods for the Public WHOIS, the domain name's registrar of record should be listed as registrant's agent since most domain disputes (e.g., UDRP and URS) are essentially in rem or quasi in rem actions. It really should be that simple, but I am afraid ICANN is "lost in La-La Land."

2) EU GDPR & ICANN WHOIS, What's Next for ICANN? EPDP (Expedited Policy Development Process): 25 May 2018 Letter from ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby to GNSO Chair Heather Forrest (highlighting added):


Chat transcript below from above presentation webinar:

Webinar Transcript (pdf) from above GNSO council webinar, excerpts:
  • "Keith’s (Keith Drazek) made a good point in the chat, his understanding is that a PDP triggered by the Board’s initiation of a temporary policy can confirm, amend or replace the temporary policy of specification." (p. 9)
  • Michele Neylon (pp 15-16): "... if you look at the history of Whois related activities over the last, I don't know how many years, pretty much everything has failed in one shape or another. This time around there really is no room for failure. The other point as well, I put that in the chat, is that I had asked during the GDD Summit last week in Vancouver and it needs to be asked again, is that we do need to see some kind of list of the policies and contractual clauses that are impacted by this temporary spec, because this EPDP will need to address those things specifically."
  • Stephanie Perrin (p.37): "I think it would be worthwhile even though we have very little time if the RDS Working Group more or less formerly - formally assessed how it failed ..."
UPDATE re: RDS Working Group a/k/a Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services to Replace Whois see Wiki and WG email archive - RDS WG Chair resigns and recent excerpts below:

3) Other ICANN news
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a. 22 May 2018 Letter from Farzaneh Badiei to Cherine Chalaby [Published 22 May 2018] Chair | Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group Statement of concern for At-Large Review Implementation Overview Proposal (embed below), [Editor's noteAt-Large, another aspect of the dysfunctional "ICANN community"]:

See also Contracted Party House (CPH) (Registrars & Registry Operators) Statement of concern for At-Large Review Implementation Overview Proposal bunton-to-chalaby-07may18-en.pdf [59.5 KB].

b. ICANN's Dysfunctional GNSO Wants To Be Functional? This Is No Joke: GNSO Policy Development Process 3.0: How to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the GNSO Policy Development Process (pdf) embed below:

See also GNSO Active Projects List May 16, 2018 (pdf)

c. Final Proposed ICANN FY19 Operating Plan and Budget | ICANN.org: "... and submitted it to the ICANN Board for consideration at the meeting on 30 May 2018 ..." (more info at link above)

d. ICANN Public Comment Periods Closing in June 2018 at 23:59 UTC on each date indicated below [close dates subject to arbitrary changes (extensions) by ICANN at any time]:

4) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. Domains: GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) Announces Proposed Sale of Shares of Common Stock by Selling Stockholders | godaddy.net May 20, 2018: "... an underwritten public offering of 11,625,000 shares of its Class A common stock by certain of its stockholders pursuant to an effective Registration Statement on Form S-3 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  GoDaddy will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares in this offering.  Citigroup and UBS Investment Bank are acting as bookrunners for this offering ... Selling stockholders participating in the offering consist of entities affiliated with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., Silver Lake Partners and YAM Special Holdings, Inc., an entity owned by GoDaddy founder, Bob Parsons. Additionally, GoDaddy's chief executive officer is offering 125,000 shares of GoDaddy's Class A common stock in the offering ..." (more info at link above)
$GDDY
b.  Infringement: The Real Pirate Bay "operates from an .org domain name, which happens to be managed by the US-based Public Interest Registry (PIR) ..."--TorrentFreak.com.

c. FBI seizes domain behind VPNFilter botnet | scmagazine.com: "evidence exists showing the domain toknowall.com was to be used as part of an attack."

5) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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a. UK To Tackle 'Wild West' Internet--the UK government will publish a policy 'white paper' later this year setting out proposals for future legislation, aiming to enact new laws “in the next couple of years” said digital minister Matt Hancock May 20, 2018.

b. US Net Neutrality Is Just a Gateway to the Real Issue: Internet Freedom | WIRED.com May 18, 2018.

c.  The Path to Victory on Net Neutrality in the House of Representatives and How You Can Help | Electronic Frontier Foundation | EFF.org May 18, 2018.
 Net Neutrality | EFF.org

d. IGF 2018 Call for Workshop Proposals | Internet Governance Forum | intgovforum.org: The deadline for workshop submissions is 27 May 2018, 23:59 UTC. The final selection of workshops will take place during the IGF 2018 Second Open Consultations and MAG Meeting, scheduled on 11-13 July 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

e. EU & GDPR:

6) Most read posts this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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2018-05-26

Tech Review: 1) Powering the Internet of Things; 2) Switzerland & Crypto

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Tech Review (TR 2018-05-26)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news with commentary, analysis and opinion: Features • 1) Powering the Internet of Things, 2) Switzerland & Crypto, 3) Investing: The Week, Investing Notes: Mnuchin on Monopolies; Trading Nvidia; Crypto Party? 4) ICYMI Tech News.

1) Powering the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, by 2020 it is estimated there will be 50 billion smart devices. But instead of using traditional forms of power, scientists are devising clever solutions such as harvesting energy from sunlight, vibrations and even ambient radio waves. (FT.com video above published Mar 7, 2018.)

See also: This company hopes its cryptocurrency can help the internet of things reach its true potential | TechnologyReview.com: "... the internet of things hasn’t materialized as many people thought it would ... at least for low-power devices. That’s because there’s little incentive to build widespread wireless coverage that is secure, reliable, and super-cheap. Established wireless carriers don’t see a business case for building networks geared for devices that might transmit less than a dollar’s worth of data per year ..." (emphasis added)

2) Switzerland & Crypto

Why Is Switzerland So Keen On Cryptocurrencies? Switzerland has long been a global economic hub. Now it’s embracing cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. Last year, four of the biggest initial coin offerings (when startups sell tokens to investors) were based in Switzerland. The video discusses why is Switzerland is a popular place for crypto-pioneers, and the risks that volatile currencies pose. (FT.com video above published May 14, 2018.)

3) Investing
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The Week: NASDAQ Composite +1.1% | S&P 500 Index +0.3% | DJIA + 0.2%

Wall Street's Charging Bull
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Investing Notes: Mnuchin on Monopolies; Trading Nvidia; Crypto Party?

a. Tech Monopolies & Antitrust--U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on CNBC TV, May 21, 2018 (video at 16:07) Mnuchin: ".... stock market is up an enormous amount since the election [of President Trump in 2016] and with all of our economic plans in place I wouldn't be surprised to see it higher by the end of the year [2018]. Q: Did you see 60 Minutes [CBS TV show] last night Mr. Secretary? Mnuchin: I did not. Q. [It was about] Google, it was interesting, that's a hell of a company obviously but when you get that good and have that great a moat you wonder if it's a monopoly or not. I just wondered if you view Google as a monopoly? Mnuchin: Well I would just say the issue of monopolies is out of my lane, that is within the Justice Department but I think these are issues that the Justice Department needs to look at seriously, not for any one company, but obviously as these technology companies have a greater and greater impact on the economy, I think that you have to look at the power they have and it's something that the Justice Department, I hope, takes a serious look at without me making any comments as to whether they should be or they shouldn't be, but these issues deserve to be reviewed carefully. 

b. NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) Trading Mistake--No Emotional Detachment--SeekingAlpha.com. See also Nvidia: Covered Call Strategy | SeekingAlpha.com.

c. Cryptocurrency--The Party's Over--State regulators unveil nationwide crackdown on suspicious cryptocurrency investment schemes | WashingtonPost.com. See also "... there are so many crypto-tokens out there that it’s hard to gauge whether any new entrant can get traction"--Martha Bennett, an analyst at Forrester, in TechnologyReview.com (emphasis added).

See also Bitcoin Price Manipulation Probe Launched By Justice Department | Bloomberg.com May 24, 2018: DOJ & CFTC criminal investigation into alleged market manipulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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Follow-up to Last Week's Tech Review on Tesla $TSLA:
Seven Deadly Sins on Social Media:
-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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2018-05-25

European Union GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, 25 May 2018

#GDPR25May:

Scheduled for May 25, 2018: Event to mark the entry into application of the GDPR

The European Commission (EC) is organising on 25th May 2018 3 events to mark the entry into application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): one in Brussels, one in New Delhi and one in Santiago de Chile.

25 May 2018: Brussels
This event will be opened by Ms Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice and Consumers and Ms Andrea Jelinek, Head of Austria’s Data Protection Authority and Chair of the European Data Protection Board. It will feature speakers from the political sphere, civil society and businesses.
You may follow this event via web streaming from 2pm (local time Brussels) Friday, May 25, 2018. Submit questions at: www.slido.com/gdpr25may.

Agenda:

New Delhi and Santiago: On the same day, the Commission is also organizing two international events in New Delhi and Santiago to celebrate "our shared values with key partners in Asia and Latin America" as well as the opportunities of convergence in the area of privacy.
- agenda New Delhi and agenda Santiago

EDPS Annual Report 2017 presentation at LIBE - Giovanni Buttarelli

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) video published Mar 27, 2018: The EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli presents the Annual Report 2017 at Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, 20 March 2018, Brussels.

Legislation | European Data Protection Supervisor | edps.europa.eu: "Designed to grapple with the realities of global, ubiquitous data in the internet era, the EU’s new data protection legislation should provide increased legal certainty for both individuals and organisations processing data and greater protection for the individual in general ... the reform of the EU’s data protection rules which began in January 2012, has resulted in two key pieces of legislation:
  • a general Regulation on data protection [GDPR] (679/2016) which was adopted on 24 May 2016, applicable as of 25 May 2018; and
  • a specific Directive (680/2016) on data protection in the area of police and justice, adopted on 5 May 2016, applicable as of 6 May 2018."
Update of handbook on European data protection law | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights | fra.europa.eu: "The Agency is updating its 2014 handbook on European data protection law, in partnership with the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). It will present and explain European data protection law in a straightforward way for those working in this area. It will be of interest to non-specialised legal professionals, national judges and legal professionals, as well as national data protection authorities (DPAs)." Expected to be available May 25, 2018.


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2018-05-24

GDPR: What Is It and How Might It Affect You? (video and podcast)

GDPR: What Is It and How Might It Affect You?

Wall Street Journal (wsj.com) video above published May 21, 2018: The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation on data privacy will come into force on May 25, 2018. This video explains how it could affect you, even if you don't live in the EU.

a16z Podcast: What to Know about GDPR with Lisa Hawke and Steven Sinofsky


"Given concern around data breaches, the EU Parliament finally passed GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) after four years of preparation and debate; it goes into enforcement on May 25, 2018. Though it originated in Europe, GDPR is a form of long-arm jurisdiction that affects many U.S. companies -- including most software startups, because data collection and user privacy touch so much of what they do.

"With EU regulators focusing most on transparency, GDPR affects everything from user interface design to engineering to legal contracts and more. That's why it's really about "privacy by design", argues former environmental scientist and lawyer Lisa Hawke, who spent most of her career in regulatory compliance in the oil industry and is now Vice President of Security and Compliance at a16z portfolio company Everlaw.com (she also serves as Vice Chair for Women in Security and Privacy). And it's also why, observes a16z board partner Steven Sinofsky, everyone -- from founders to product managers to engineers and others -- should think about privacy and data regulations (like GDPR, HIPAA, etc.) as a culture... not just as "compliance".

 "The two break down the basics all about GDPR in this episode of the a16z Podcast -- the why, the what, the how, the who -- including the easy things startups can immediately do, and on their own. In fact, GDPR may give startups an edge over bigger companies and open up opportunities, argue Hawke and Sinofsky; even with fewer resources, startups have more organizational flexibility, if they're willing to put in the work."--source Andreessen Horowitz

Links mentioned in this podcast and other resources:


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2018-05-23

Amazon AWS & ConsenSys New Blockchain Partnership Kaleido (video)

Amazon Moves Into New Blockchain Partnership

CNBC.com video above published May 15, 2018: Amazon's cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking to make it easier for customers to use blockchain with a new partnership with ConsenSys to provide a service called Kaleido, that radically simplifies the creation and operation of private blockchain networks.

AWS Marketplace: Kaleido Blockchain Platform | aws.amazon.com: "Kaleido, a ConsenSys solution, is an all-in-one enterprise SaaS platform that radically simplifies deployment and operation of secure private chains. Beyond scripts and templates, Kaleido is designed to accelerate the consortium's entire journey from experimentation and PoC to pilots and production."

Press release: ConsenSys Unveils Kaleido in Collaboration with Amazon Web Services to Simplify Enterprise | prnewswire.com: "Kaleido is the first Software-as-a-Service featuring popular Ethereum packages Geth and Quorum, and is offered in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Additional first-of-a-kind capabilities include linking between private networks and the public Ethereum mainnet, integrated analytics, and support for multiple protocol options and consensus mechanisms. The platform runs on AWS and provides clients the ability to seamlessly connect to other popular AWS services, reducing the cost of real-world projects that often require complex integrations."

ConsenSys + Ethereum

ConsenSysMedia video above published Jan 18, 2018: ConsenSys is working to build a decentralized future on the Ethereum Blockchain.
ConsenSys: Blockchain studio building decentralized applications on Ethereum
Founder: Joe Lubin
Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Domain: consensys.net


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2018-05-22

Is Mark Zuckerberg The 'Most Dangerous Person’ In The World? (video)

UPDATE: Mark Zuckerberg at the EU Parliament Livestream Video Replay here (Brussels, May 22, 2018)
See also: Schedule of video broadcasts | Multimedia centre | European Parliament:
Zuckerberg Is The ‘Most Dangerous Person’ In The World: NYU’s Scott Galloway

CNBC.com video above published May 11, 2018: NYU professor Scott Galloway discusses Facebook $FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg, comparing him to historical dictators.

Note: On Tuesday, May 22, Zuckerberg meets with members of the European Union Parliament. The appearance reportedly will be livestreamed here 18:15 to 19:30 in Brussels which means it starts in the U.S. at 12:15 EDT and 9.15 a.m. PDT.
See EU Press Release May 21, 2018.
See also:
Facebook, Inc. (principal domain: Facebook.com) is a US-based online social media and social networking service company with headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
Founded: February 2004, Cambridge, MA
CEO: Mark Zuckerberg (Feb 4, 2004–)
Facebook subsidiaries

Stock Exchange: Symbol | NASDAQ: FB
Source of chart above: Statista.com
Apple CEO Tim Cook Touts Privacy In Duke Commencement Speech

CNBC.com video above published May 14, 2018: Recode managing editor Ed Lee discusses Apple CEO Tim Cook’s commencement speech at Duke University.

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2018-05-21

Indonesia's Startup Boom, Venture Capitalists Go For Go-Jek & More

Indonesia's Startup Boom

Southeast Asia's largest economy has seen a flurry of homegrown tech successes, led by $5 billion ride-hailing firm Go-Jek (domain: go-jek.com). Willson Cuaca of East Ventures (domain: east.vc) and Donald Wihardja of Convergence Ventures (domain: convergencevc.com) explain why, and how, Jakarta can keep the hits coming. Reuters release date: 11 May 2018.


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