News Review | GNSO Council Votes Feb 21 on ICANN EPDP 'Final Report'

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-02-17 with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) GNSO Council Votes Feb 21 on ICANN EPDP 'Final Report', 2) EPDP Meetings Feb 19 & 20, 3) ICANN64 Prep, DNS Attacks, RDAP, Privacy/Proxy, 4) GoDaddy $GDDY Q4 2018, Verisign $VRSN, Tucows $TCX, 5)ICYMI: Paul Vixie on GDPR, Germany v. Facebook, and more, 6) Most Read.

1) GNSO Council Votes February 21 on ICANN EPDP 'Final Report'
GNSO Council Meeting Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 12:00 noon UTC (7am EST in US); GNSO Council Meeting Audio Cast via browser or app. Transcripts and recordings on GNSO Calendar. Agenda embed further below.
Agenda Item 4: COUNCIL VOTE - Adoption of the Final Report on Expedited PDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (40 minutes); voting threshold: Supermajority, ICANN Bylaws, Section 11.3(i)(xix): A "GNSO Supermajority" shall mean: (A) two-thirds (2/3) of the Council members of each House, or (B) three-fourths (3/4) of the Council members of one House and a majority of the Council members of the other House. See also the motion and documents for GNSO Council meeting 21 February 2019.
Agenda Item 5: COUNCIL DISCUSSION - Expedited PDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data - Phase 2 Work (15 minutes)
Final Proposed Agenda embed below:

2) ICANN EPDP Plenary Meetings scheduled for Feb 19 and Feb 20:
Click on the graphic above to read or download the EPDP Final Report (latest version)
  • EPDP meeting Tuesday (agenda), Feb 19, 2019, at 14:00 UTC (9am EST) for 3 hours.
Observers use Adobe Connect, or audiocast via browser / app EPDP Team Timeline:
Links: Latest version of the EPDP Final Report (Phase 1), the EPDP Initial Report (pdf) and public comments to the Initial Report; PCRT Public Comment Review Tool; GNSO Council EPDP page and updates; links to EPDP meeting transcripts and recordings are on the GNSO calendar. Other EPDP links: wikimail listaction itemsTemp SpecEPDP Charter (pdf); Data Elements Workbooks (pdf), packet (pdf) small team agreements, ICANN's legal memo on Controllership (pdf), Bird & Bird legal memos are here. EPDP legal mail list (latest Bird & Bird advice on data 'accuracy').

The EPDP Final Report was filed with the GNSO Council Feb 11, 2019, for the Council to begin its  deliberations and Council vote no later than March 4, 2019. In the meantime revisions to the Final Report continue, with each stakeholder or vested interest group filing statements, such as this "Issues and Comments" (pdf) from the gTLD registries stakeholder group (RySG), and also the EPDP Chair distributed (via email) legal advice on Saturday, Feb 16. Editor's note: in short, it's a 'Hot Mess.'

See also updates on last week's News Review for more EPDP news for the week ending Feb 16, 2019.

3) Other ICANN News
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 ICANN64 | Kobe
a. ICANN64 Prep Week | ICANN.org: the public is invited to register and attend ICANN64 Prep Week webinar sessions:
  • Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Webinar at 16:00 UTC on Wednesday, 27 February. Topics include:General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025; the latest update and progress on various ICANN Reviews; the next steps on WorkStream 2 recommendations.
  • Contractual Compliance Update Webinar at 23:00 UTC on Wednesday, 27 February.
  • Policy Update Webinar at 16:00 UTC on Thursday, 28 February.
  • Finance/Operating Plan and Budget Planning Webinar at 23:00 UTC on Thursday, 28 February.
Register and submit any questions via this form by Friday, 22 February 2019. The webinars will be in English. Recordings and materials will be posted here. More information at the first link above.

b. Alert re: Published Reports of Attacks on the Domain Name System (DNS)--icann.org:  ICANN announced Feb 15, 2019, it is aware of several recent public reports regarding malicious activity targeting the Domain Name System (DNS)--"We have no indication that any ICANN organization systems have been compromised, and we are working with relevant community members to investigate reports of attacks against top-level domains (TLDs)"--more information here.

c. Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)--icann.org: The RDAP pilot discussion group and ICANN org are continuing discussions on RDAP implementation. ICANN org continues to work with the contracted parties to reach agreement on proposals for gTLD RDAP service level agreements (SLA) and registry reporting requirements. While RDAP delivers registration data similar to WHOIS, its implementation is expected to help standardize registration data access and query response formats. The Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data requires gTLD registry operators and registrars to implement a RDAP service within a 135-day period after notification from ICANN. More info at icann.org/rdap.

d. Privacy and Proxy Service Provider Accreditation Program--icann.org: ICANN org will implement the Privacy and Proxy Service Provider Accreditation Program at a pace that accounts for the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team’s work on an access model for non-public generic top-level domain (gTLD) registration data. The EPDP Team is nearing completion of the first phase of its work. It is expected that EPDP Phase 2, during which the team will consider the possibility of developing an access model for non-public gTLD registration data, will begin shortly after submission of the EPDP Team’s Final Report to the GNSO Council. More information about the implementation review team (IRT) on privacy and proxy service provider accreditation is available on the implementation status page.

4) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2018 Earnings Conference Call--GoDaddy management will host a conference call and webcast Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EST. To hear the call, dial (833) 286-5800 in the United States or (647) 689-4445 from international locations, with passcode 6529529. A live webcast of the call will also be available on GoDaddy's investor relations website at https://investors.godaddy.net. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay will be available on the investor relations website.
With over 18 million customers worldwide and more than 77 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the world's largest domain name registrar.

GoDaddy Inc. (godaddy.com) also announced that Ray Winborne, GoDaddy Chief Financial Officer, and Andrew Low Ah Kee, GoDaddy Chief Revenue Officer, will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm PST. (3:00 pm EST). The live audio webcast will also be available on GoDaddy investor relations website investors.godaddy.net. Following the presentation an audio replay will also be available on the investor relations website.

b. Feb 15, 2019: Verisign $VRSN Annual report (pdf) provides a comprehensive overview of the company for the past year (2018).

c. Tucows $TCX: until Monday, February 18, shareholders, analysts and prospective investors can submit questions to Tucows’ management at ir@tucows.com. Management will post responses to questions of general interest to http://www.tucows.com/investors/financials/ on Tuesday, February 26 at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET. "All questions will receive a response, however, questions of a more specific nature may be responded to directly."

5) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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Dr Paul Vixie in the irishtimes.com:GDPR  is in my opinion a well-structured law. Some thought went into making sure that it had teeth ... I think it’s interesting right now [that] the first generation of knee-jerk reaction to GDPR among the American tech companies is to try to evade the intent of the law.”

Germany's antitrust and competition regulator FCO ordered Facebook to stop combining WhatsApp and Instagram data without consent in Germany; Facebook says it will appeal decision--bbc.com. See also Bundeskartellamt prohibits Facebook from combining user data from different sources--bundeskartellamt.de.

The Wired Guide to Your Personal Data (And Who Is Using It)--wired.com.

India: websites and services continue being blocked without explanations--newindianexpress.com.

Russia reportedly plans to test a kill switch that disconnects the country from the internet and implement a web traffic filtering system like China's Great Firewall, but also a fully working country-wide intranet. See also: Sovereign Runet: What Does it Mean? (pdf)

6) Most Read this past week (ending Feb 16) on DomainMondo.com: 
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-- John Poole, Editor  Domain Mondo 

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Tech Review: 1) What Will Replace Facebook? 2) Jeff Bezos in 1999 (video)

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Tech Review (TR 2019-02-16)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech investing news: Features • 1) What Will Replace Facebook? 2) Jeff Bezos In 1999 On Amazon's Plans Before The Dotcom Crash, 3) Investing: The Week & Investor Notes: Globalization in Transition, Germany Vulnerable, Bill Gross, John Paulson, Byron Wien, 4) ICYMI Tech News: Big Tech and more, 5) End Note: Velocity.

1) What will replace Facebook? 

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has dominated the social-media landscape for the past 15 years. "But breaches of its users' privacy mean it is now slipping out of favour. Could an emerging technological movement take its place?"--The Economist.com video above published Feb 4, 2019. See also There Are Storm Clouds On Facebook's Horizon--seekingalpha.com.

Also note: Headlines Aren't Reality--seekingalpha.com"At 22 times earnings, FB is my highest conviction buy of 2019."

2) Jeff Bezos In 1999 On Amazon's Plans Before The Dotcom Crash

Jeff Bezos explained his ambitious vision for Amazon $AMZN in a 1999 interview. He made clear the company’s focus was on “great customer service” and discussed his real estate strategy. Bezos said, “There’s no guarantee that Amazon.com can be a successful company. What we’re trying to do is very complicated.” He added, “Scale is important to us and we’re going to go after that kind of scale.” CNBC.com video published Feb 8, 2019.

See also:
  • Bezos Complexifiers from Ms. Sanchez to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez: "we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens"--aboutamazon.com.
  • Amazon Isn’t Interested in Making the World a Better Place by Kara Swisher--"New Yorkers who expected better bought into the myth that tech companies are more than just self-interested businesses."--NYTimes.com Op-ed.
  • 'New York’s Ejection of Amazon Is the Start of a Movement'--citylab.com. New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Cheers Amazon’s Withdrawal as a Victory Over ‘Greed’--bloomberg.com.
  • Bezos's Wild Days: 'Dick Pics,' Lurid Selfies, Blackmail, Drama--bloomberg.com.
  • Bezos Selfie Controversy Triggers Alarm For Billionaires Worldwide.
  • Why Amazon $AMZN Is Undervalued--seekingalpha.com.
  • Size Matters: When Amazon Went From Big to Unbelievably Big--Amazon now has 288M sq. ft. of warehouses, offices, retail stores, and data centers; all retail adds up to less than 20M sq. ft. and all of AWS uses 10M sq. ft.--the data on the company’s real-estate holdings reveal a remarkable inflection point--theatlantic.com.

3) Investing
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The Week: NASDAQ Composite +2.4% | S&P 500 Index +2.5% | DJIA +3.1%
The Long View:
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Investor Notes: with the world awash in $8.6 trillion of negative-yielding debt, money managers are wading again into fringe fixed-income markets across the globe--“We’ve seen a huge psychological swing toward greed from fear in the space of a few weeks,” said Jamie Stuttard, co-head of global macro fixed-income at Robeco Group in London (robeco.com).

Americans' Confidence in Their Finances Keeps Growing--gallup.com; Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon says US economy 'chugging along,' chance of recession quite small--cnbc.com.

U.S. Oil & Brexit: the United States is now the largest global crude oil producer (production to grow to 14 mbpd by 2030 according to EIA.gov), and the U.S. has already become the United Kingdom's largest supplier of oil for the first time since the Suez crisis of 1956, reports the Financial Times.

Trump Effect or Not, Globalization is in Transition: future of trade and value chains--China exported 17% of what it produced in 2007, but only 9% of what it produced in 2017, about the same percentage as the U.S., but much lower than Germany's 34%, South Korea's 28%, and Japan's 14%--mckinsey.com.
  • Editor's note: export-heavy countries may be at risk, particularly Germany. The EU has badly miscalculated the economic risks of Brexit for the EU, particularly Germany (the UK imports more from the EU than it exports, and Germany is most vulnerable). A 'hard Brexit,'  in conjunction with Trump's trade policiescould deliver a double whammy to Germany's already slowing economy in 2019.
  • "Germany’s long expansion comes under threat, the slowing is a consequence of its export-oriented model"--economist.com.
  • German Industrial Production Falls the Most Since 2009. New Orders Plummet ... a “technical recession” beckons--WolfStreet.com.
Majority Of U.S. CEOs See Trump's Tariffs Helping--"More than double the number who saw a negative impact"--zerohedge.com.and bloomberg.com.

The Bond King Retires: Bill Gross’s retirement from Janus and his  recent struggles show how hard it’s become for individual managers to beat the indexes, algorithms and sprawling trading teams that oversee today’s portfolios--bloomberg.com.

John Paulson, 63, may also be getting ready to call it a day. He said last month that he is considering booting out investors and managing only his own money within a couple of years--largely unknown until the financial crisis, when he shorted housing before everyone else recognized the bubble, his firm made $15 billion in 2007, and his personal cut was $4 billion. Read The Greatest Trade Ever.

Blackstone's Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years: #20 Never retire.  "If you work forever, you can live forever.  I know there is an abundance of biological evidence against this theory, but I’m going with it anyway."--blackstone.com.

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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Google announces "over $13 billion in investments throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states. These new investments will give us the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable the creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. With this new investment, Google will now have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities. 2019 marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it." Google also plans to release a lower-priced smartphone this year--nikkei.com; and  Google extends chip-making efforts to a design hub in Bengaluru, India--reuters.com.

Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOGL) aggressively ramped up capital spending in 2018, spending far more than the large telecoms AT&T (T) and Verizon Communications (VZ), and other tech giants Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN).--seekingalpha.com. See also 'Why Alphabet is a better investment than Apple'.--seekingalpha.com, and Apple Faces New Challenges In App Store--seekingalpha.com.

Big Tech: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, have become so large that even relatively modest percentage growth in any of their businesses would translate into enormous absolute change in the world--theatlantic.com.

Going short Tesla $TSLA: Druckenmiller bought Tesla Puts in Q4 2018.

Venture Capital: VCs raised $55B in 2018, but most of the increased funding went into growth rounds, which are effectively private IPOs--bothsidesofthetable.com.

Speed robotics development with the cloud--therobotreport.com.

Cut the Cord: MGM’s Epix Joins Streaming Market With Epix Now app--Variety.com.

Boeing's iconic 747:
NASA's Boeing 747 transporting the Space Shuttle
UPS ordered 14 more 747-8 freighters in 2018, and Boeing's iconic jumbo jet, now flying in the skies for more than 50 years, looks set to outlive its younger European competitor, Airbus SE’s A380, thanks to a cargo market boom fueled by online shopping.

Sprint sues AT&T over its “5G Evolution” branding, claims it is false and deceptive advertising that is damaging the reputation of actual 5G --engadget.com.

Germany, France face hurdles in push to rewrite EU antitrust rules--Vestager says global rules on subsidies and trade defense instruments, controlling foreign investments, mutual access to markets and reinforcing data protection and privacy rules should be included.

Blockchain’s Occam problem--mckinsey.com"given the amount of money and time spent ... little of substance has been achieved." [ Editor's note: Occam’s razor is a problem-solving principle, the simplest solution tends to be the best.]

5) End Note
How to Increase Velocity: Say "No" to the Non-Essential, ruthlessly eliminate unnecessary tasks, priorities, meetings, BS; create systems and habits that help you fend off distractions; and put all your effort into the projects that really matter.
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”--Steve Jobs
-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo  

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US Preeminence & Investing, Goldman Sachs Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani

Catch-Up With David: with Goldman Sachs' Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani

In this episode of Catch-Up With David, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon sits down with chief investment officer of Goldman Sachs’ Private Wealth Management, Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani to discuss her experience growing up in Iran, an early career pivot from engineering to investing and the relevance of using history to guide clients’ perspective. Since launching her view on US preeminence over a decade ago, US assets have outperformed those of other developed and emerging markets, and have already exceeded her forecast for 2019. “When we talk about American preeminence and look at the various drivers of that preeminence, they are things that last forever,” Mossavar-Rahmani said of the foundational themes that underpin her investment view.

A member of the firm’s Quarter Century Club, Mossavar-Rahmani describes how her unlikely journey to the field of finance has paid off, “Even though I didn’t actively choose to be in this sector, it has been one of the most interesting areas to be in, in that everything that goes on in the world, one has to pay attention to …whether it’s economics, whether it’s geopolitics - the geopolitics of whatever is going on, whether it’s a particular event, whether it’s something going on, for example, in the Middle East. One has to be so attentive to so many factors. It’s dynamic. There’s always new things going on, new things to evaluate.”

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Nvidia $NVDA Q4 FY19 Earnings LIVE Webcast Feb 14, 5:30 pm EST

Nvidia Q4 FY19 Earnings LIVE Webcast Feb 14, 5:30 pm EST

Analysts expect Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) (nvidia.com) to report revenue of $2.29B for the quarter, down from the early forecast for $3.42B. Gaming revenue is anticipated to fall by 41% Y/Y to $1.02B.

UPDATE: Q4 FY19 earnings release (Feb 14, 2019) excerpt:
NVIDIA today reported revenue for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 27, 2019, of $2.21 billion, down 24 percent from $2.91 billion a year earlier, and down 31 percent from $3.18 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.92, down 48 percent from $1.78 a year ago and down 53 percent from $1.97 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.80, down 53 percent from $1.72 a year earlier and down 57 percent from $1.84 in the previous quarter. For fiscal 2019, revenue was $11.72 billion, up 21 percent from $9.71 billion a year earlier. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $6.63, up 38 percent from $4.82 a year earlier. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $6.64, up 35 percent from $4.92 a year earlier.
Letter to Shareholders (pdf); Press Release January 28, 2019, excerpts:
NVIDIA Updates Financial Guidance for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2019
  • Fourth quarter revenue expected to be $2.20 billion versus previous guidance of $2.70 billion
  • Gaming and Datacenter revenue below company’s expectations
  • Management to discuss reported financial results on Feb. 14 earnings call
In Gaming, NVIDIA’s previous fourth-quarter guidance had embedded a sequential decline due to excess mid-range channel inventory following the crypto-currency boom. The reduction in that inventory and its impact on the business have proceeded largely inline with management’s expectations. However, deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, particularly in China, impacted consumer demand for NVIDIA gaming GPUs.  In addition, sales of certain high-end GPUs using NVIDIA’s new Turing™ architecture were lower than expected.  These products deliver a revolutionary leap in performance and innovation with real-time ray tracing and AI, but some customers may have delayed their purchase while waiting for lower price points and further demonstrations of RTX technology in actual games.
In Datacenter, revenue also came in short of expectations. A number of deals in the company’s forecast did not close in the last month of the quarter as customers shifted to a more cautious approach. Despite these near-term headwinds, NVIDIA has a large and expanding addressable market opportunity in AI and high performance computing, and the company believes its competitive position is intact.
Corporate profile: "NVIDIA is the pioneer of GPU-accelerated computing. We specialize in products and platforms for the large, growing markets of gaming, professional visualization, data center, and automotive. Our creations are loved by the most demanding computer users in the world – gamers, designers, and scientists. And our work is at the center of the most consequential mega-trends in technology." 

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Cisco $CSCO Q2 FY19 Earnings LIVE Webcast, Feb 13, 4:30pm EST

UPDATE after hours trading Feb 13, 2019:
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Stock exchange: symbol NASDAQ: CSCO
Domain: cisco.com
Investor Relations: https://investor.cisco.com/

Cisco’s Q2FY19 Earnings Conference Call
Date: February 13, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm EST
Listen To Webcast - slides, earnings release.

Financial results excerpt:
Cisco Systems, Inc. is a multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California, in the center of Silicon Valley, that develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and other high-technology services and products.

See also:

Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, San Francisco
February 14, 2019  Time: 1:50 pm EST
Speaker: Chuck Robbins, Cisco Chairman and CEO, Listen To Webcast

2019 Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Investor Conference, San Francisco
February 25, 2019  Time: 11:45 am EST
Speaker: Jeff Reed, SVP, of Product Management, Security, Listen To Webcast

Cisco Calls for Privacy to be Considered a Fundamental Human Right--cisco.com Feb 07, 2019, excerpt:

"Cisco is calling on the U.S. government to develop a US federal privacy law that assures customers their data is protected. The American system should not just look to solve for today’s privacy discussions around monetization of customer data; it should aim to solve for the complex privacy needs of a world where tens of billions of devices are connected to the internet.

"Cisco urges three basic principles for U.S. legislation:
  • Ensure interoperability between different privacy protection regimes;
  • Avoid fracturing of legal obligations for data privacy through a uniform federal law that aligns with the emerging global consensus;
  • Reassure customers that enforcement of privacy rights will be robust without costly and unnecessary litigation.
"Globally, Cisco will advocate for several common elements in privacy legislation, some of which include:
  • Security: Assign responsibility to protect the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and resiliency of data;
  • Transparency: Explain how data is collected, used, transferred, and disclosed;
  • Accountability: Ensure governance for data under the entity’s stewardship, including a data protection team, applying a risk-based approach;
  • Innovation: Recognize multi-stakeholder-driven initiatives that enhance transparency and provide paths for implementation."

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IBM Think 2019, San Francisco, February 12-15 (video)

Think 2019 Trailer: Come Together and Think

Learn how to put smart to work, witness the evolution of mankind and machine come to life. Immerse yourself in AI, cloud, and other groundbreaking technologies, and see firsthand how IBM clients are using them across all industries.

Domain: ibm.com/events/think/

Watch LIVE and on demand

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Black Swan Data CEO: We Use AI To Predict How Movies Will Do

Black Swan Data CEO: We use AI to predict how movies will do

Steve King discusses how his firm uses data to map out trends in multiple industries. CNBC Life video first published Jun 20, 2018.

Black Swan Data is a London-based technology and data science company with an online data analytics platform that uses predictive data science to analyze a wide variety of data to help businesses identify potential trends and customer behaviors.
  • Founded: 2011
  • Founders: Steve King, Hugo Amos
  • Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom 
  • Type of business: Privately held company
  • Domain: blackswan.com

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News Review | EPDP (Draft) Final Report to ICANN GNSO Council Feb 11

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2019-02-10 with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) EPDP (Draft) Final Report to ICANN GNSO Council Feb 11, 2) Other ICANN news: IDN Variants, gTLD Security Threats, TSG, Board Report, 3) Verisign $VRSN, Tucows $TCX, and more, 4) ICYMI, 5) Most Read.

1) EPDP Final Report (latest version) to ICANN GNSO Council Feb 11  
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UPDATES Feb 14: GNSO Council Extraordinary meeting 21:00 UTC (4pm EST in US). 
Item 3: COUNCIL DISCUSSION – Final Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process on the ICANN Board Temporary Specification on gTLD Registration Data (50 minutes).
"... we will receive an update from the EPDP WG Leadership and have an opportunity as Council to ask questions, discuss the report, next steps, etc. We will then plan to vote on the Final Report on 21 February, or during another special Council meeting scheduled for 4 March, if needed. Voting before ICANN65 will allow the GAC to consider an approved Final Report during its face-to-face meetings in Kobe, allow for a 40-day public comment period, and give the ICANN Board sufficient time to consider the report and public comments before approving in advance of the May 25 expiration of the Temp Spec. Accordingly, there is no room for a deferral beyond the 4 March meeting."--GNSO Chair Keith Drazek (RySG - Verisign)
GNSO Council Meeting Audio Cast via browser or app. Transcripts and recordings on GNSO Calendar. February 14 Meeting Agenda embed below:

  • Margie Milam (EPDP member, BC - Facebook) email Feb 14: "... Since there was consensus to publish the Initial Report, the Council should have simply notified the EPDP Team in November that it had no objection to proceeding to Phase 2.  Indeed, this reference to the Initial Report confirms that there was no intent to wait until consensus for the Final Report. In our view,  it is problematic to change the interpretation of the Charter midstream during the EPDP’s deliberations for those stakeholder groups and constituencies that relied on this interpretation of the Charter ... Per the charter, work on an access model should have begun late last year.  Instead this work has been deferred to Phase 2 of the team’s work.  What is unclear is when the EPDP team will take up its remaining responsibilities under the charter and produce an actual “final” report - – which must occur prior to the expiration of the Temp Spec on May 25, 2019. We hope this helps clarify our thoughts as the Council considers these procedural issues in its call later today.  We’d like to encourage the Council to ask the EDPD Leadership to create a timeline for producing the Final Report -Part II that brings the work to a close in an expedited manner."
  • Response to Milam's email above from Milton Mueller (EPDP member, NCSG - Georgia Tech).
  • Response to Milam's email above from GNSO Chair Keith Drazek.

  • Margie Milam (EPDP member, BC - Facebook) email Feb 12: "... I am genuinely confused about the directions given to the GNSO Council since this report – although it is misnamed a “Final Report” is really only an “Phase 1 Interim Report” since the PDP has not concluded, and the charter questions have not been answered.  As a result, is seems that the voting thresholds to create a consensus policy and the vote required under the Bylaws do not yet apply until the Phase 2 work is complete. I understand the desire to call this a Final Report, but  there is a significant amount of work that has not been done yet, as outlined in the draft report being circulated, with key areas missing ..." (emphasis added)
  • Response to the above from GNSO Chair Keith Drazek via EPDP email Feb 12.
  • ICANN staff email to EPDP: "... any statements that your group want to see accompany the Final Report need to be submitted by Friday at the latest. As a reminder, even if your group supports the recommendations and consensus designations, groups have the ability to submit statements that are to accompany the Final Report ..."
  • EPDP Consensus Call - Bundle #3 (pdf) embed below: "... Bundle 3 of the consensus designations. As some items are still in discussion or newly minted, I have held off assigning a designation to those. To make it clear, I have created two separate tables (3A and 3B). I have taken a conservative approach in holding back a final designation where we have not received feedback on final wording. However, I do think we have agreement on nearly all of these and look forward to closing them out by the end of this week. Please comment on Table 3A by the end of this week if you disagree or wish to discuss the level of consensus indicated. Please use Table 3B  to consider your response so that we can request a rapid turnaround on that table when it is issued."--Kurt Pritz, EPDP Chair Feb 12, 2018 (EPDP Mail List)
EPDP Consensus Call Bundle #3:

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As indicated in an update in last week's News Review, the EPDP 'drop dead date' was extended to  Feb 25. The EPDP working group is now scheduled to submit a "draft" (latest version) of its "Final Report" (Phase 1) to the GNSO Council on Monday, February 11, after one last EPDP plenary meeting that same day (details further below, including revised timeline).
"... it was completely unrealistic to think that under the current pressure we would come up with something. Some of us said that from the get-go. Turns out we were right even if we worked in good faith. So we should consider anything we get in an interim policy as success. We've got a lot more mapping done. We've got a lot more of the issues out. This is a slow process, correcting 20 years of inattention. And I think one of the most important products that we can include in that interim policy is a list of things that we've already identified as needing revision to be compliant with GDPR."--Stephanie Perrin, EPDP member and NCSG Chair, Toronto EPDP F2F, Jan 18, 2019transcript (pdf), p.58.
EPDP Plenary Meeting Monday Feb 11, 2019 at 14:00 UTC (9am EST). Updates: Chat transcript  (pdf), and action items from Monday's meeting,

Observers use Adobe Connect, or audiocast via browser / app. No other EPDP plenary meetings are currently scheduled for this coming week (see EPDP Revised Timeline below). Updates: Adobe recording and MP3.

Links: EPDP Draft Final Report, the EPDP Initial Report (pdf) and public comments to the Initial Report; PCRT Public Comment Review Tool; GNSO Council EPDP page and updates; links to EPDP meeting transcripts and recordings are on the GNSO calendar. Other EPDP links: wiki; mail list; action items; Temp Spec; EPDP Charter (pdf); Data Elements Workbooks (pdf), packet (pdf) small team agreements, ICANN's legal memo on Controllership (pdf), Bird & Bird legal memos are here. EPDP legal mail list (latest Bird & Bird advice on data 'accuracy').

EPDP Team Proposed Timeline (Feb 11-March 4) updated Feb 4:
EPDP recap for week ending Feb 9: EPDP plenary meetings Feb 5, Feb 6, Feb 7, Data Elements group Feb 5. [Editor's noteLegal committee Feb 6 cancelled.]  Highlights:

EPDP Mail List Feb 5, 2019: Proposed Revised "Registration Data" Definition
"... The Temp Spec  contains this definition:  "Registration Data" means data collected from a natural and legal person in connection with a domain name registration." The "in connection with" language is so broad and vague that it could be interpreted to data that registrars and registries would not consider to be registration data such as billing data, account creation data, and the like. RySG [gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group] proposes to revise the definition to reference the relevant data elements "Registration Data" means the data elements identified in Annex [X], collected from a natural and legal person in connection with a domain name registration."  (Annex [X] would then identify the relevant data elements, as carried over from the whatever becomes the final version of Recommendation 4) ... "--Kristina Rosette, Senior Corporate Counsel, IP - Domains, Amazon.com, Inc. (RySG).

Feb 5: Kurt Pritz, EPDP Chair (appointed by GNSO Council): "... And question two will demonstrate how far out of my depth I am but you know ..."

Feb 5Stephanie Perrin (NCSG): " ... any reference to contracts and Bylaws, needs a thorough review, as some policies/contracts/ and even the Bylaws could use an assessment under the GDPR ..."

Feb 5Stephanie Perrin (NCSG): "As I have said over and over and over again.....we need to have a very clear understanding of who is the controller, and what data processing activities are under whose control. If we have that clear understanding, it has somehow escaped me."

Feb 5: Stephanie Perrin (NCSG): "'Abandon all hope ye who enter here' ought to have been inscribed over the top of our charter ..."

Feb 6Alan Woods (RySG - Donuts): "To channel Stephanie Perrin .... Thick WHOIS is dead ..... The Minimum data set is the new normal."

For more on last week's meetings see last week's News Review.

RelatedTo counter the GDPR (European Union's General Data Protection Regulation), Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet (CSTI), a coalition that includes DomainTools.com, CINTOC.org, MPAA.org, and others, is reportedly meeting with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., in an effort to pass a U.S. law requiring public WHOIS data for all websites 'designed to interact with U.S. citizens.'

2) Other ICANN News
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a. Recommendations for Managing Internationalized Domain Name [IDN] Variant Top-Level Domains Published--ICANN.org 05 Feb 2019.

b. ICANN Publishes the First Monthly Report on Generic Top-Level Domain SecurityThreats--ICANN.org 04 Feb 2019.

c. Technical Study Group [TSG] Makes Progress at First Face-to-Face Meeting | ICANN.org 04 Feb 2019: "... the ICANN organization [would] serve as the sole entity receiving authorized queries for non-public registration data, obtaining such data from generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries and registrars, and then passing that data to the third-party requestor. The TSG's aim is to develop a technical design and specification that could be used by implementors to determine whether a unified access model would be possible under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation  [GDPR] ... The group also agreed on several assumptions, detailed in our updated charter. We confirmed that the group's work will be built upon the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) and will utilize the gTLD RDAP profile currently under discussion; that gaining access to non-public registration data would be centralized within the ICANN org ... We will explain all these in detail when we produce our final technical model ... We are all coming to the ICANN64 meeting in Kobe, where we plan to hold a community workshop to present our work and solicit your feedback ,,."  See ICANN's Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data | ICANN.org.

d. ICANN Org Report to the ICANN Board of Directors, Jan 2019 (pdf)
 ICANN Board of Directors Report Jan 2019
 Office of the CEO: "The ICANN org Executive Team is working diligently and making progress on a variety of key projects, including the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI), Open Data Initiative, development of the FY21-25 Operating Plan, creation of a unified access model for non-public registration data that is compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ... Since the October resignation of Akram Atallah, President of the Global Domains Division (GDD), I’ve been working with the Executive Team to determine how to handle his responsibilities going forward ... I continue to keep a close eye on the development of a proposed governance model for the Domain Name System (DNS) root server system."

[Editor's note: 2 letters of correspondence to ICANN included under 3) below.]

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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• Verisign $VRSN Q4 2018 Earnings: "In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 9.5 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 9.0 million for the same quarter in 2017." More at the link above.

Tucows $TCX Q4 2018 Financial Results and Recorded Call: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 5:05 P.M. EST--tucows.com. "In lieu of a live question and answer period, for the next five days (until Monday, February 18), shareholders, analysts and prospective investors can submit questions to Tucows’ management at ir@tucows.com. Management will post responses to questions of general interest to the Company’s web site at http://www.tucows.com/investors/financials/ on Tuesday, February 26 at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET. All questions will receive a response, however, questions of a more specific nature may be responded to directly." News Release | KPI Summary 2018 (pdf) | Financial Statement (pdf). Editor's notethe KPI Summary indicates Tucows' "Domain Services" business is declining. Earnings Call transcript.

• 04 Feb 2019 Letter from TUCOWS Reg Levy to ICANN Maguy Serad re: Tucows' Change of Registrant (COR) Process, excerpt: "... We respectfully submit that we have attempted to work with ICANN Contractual Compliance regarding our implementation of our contractual duties to no avail. We ask that you close this ticket, accepting that we are at an impasse and that there is no breach, merely a difference of opinion about how to best protect registrants and a divergence of opinion regarding contractual requirements that are vague."

• GoDaddy & Spammers: thousands of dormant domains hijacked for spam simply by registering free accounts at GoDaddy and telling the company’s automated DNS service to allow sending of email with those domains from a spammer's internet address--krebsonsecurity.com.

• Chrome browser lookalike detection feature battles URL imposters--nakedsecurity.sophos.com.

• 01 Feb 2019 Letter from MARQUES Nick Wood to ICANN Cherine Chalaby (pdf) re ICANN's Review of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), excerpt: "We believe that there should be no changes to the UDRP ...."

• Exec sacked after changing domain name from .org to .com without boss's permission--dailymail.co.uk"We set up the website eight years earlier, and over that time we worked to make sure our website was at the top of search engines. If we changed the website domain it would be like starting at zero again ..."

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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  • That German-French Deal to "Rescue" the EU Copyright Directive? Everyone Hates It. EVERYONE--eff.org.
  • Tech lobby takes India to task over plans to police online content--reuters.com.
  • Internet shutdowns violate human rights--mg.co.za.
  • Blocking of VPNs in India and China spells trouble for our internet freedom--techradar.com.
  • Why your online privacy matters, even if you have nothing to hide--techly.com.au.

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