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7 hours 8 min ago

Since 2001 there have been occasional conversations on technical mailing lists exploring the concept of creating an independent industry association or consortium of domain registration operators. My recent experiences with the evolution of extensions to the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) have convinced me to look at these suggestions more closely, and I'm now convinced that this is...

1 day 13 hours ago

Moore's law postulates that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit will double every two years. That law has given us smartphones and other devices with astonishingly diverse capabilities at ever lower costs. However, while it does not encompass online brand infringement, many trademark managers feel that their task is likewise expanding at exponential speed and imposing...

3 days 12 hours ago

"What is a minimum set of specifications that a vendor must implement to be able to say that it is SIP-compliant?

A friend asked me that question and my response was:

It depends.

and even more unfortunately:

I don't know.

It turns out to be a challenging question to answer… and it led me to ask:

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3 days 13 hours ago

During its September 9, 2014 meeting, the ICANN Board selected the Chair of the 2015 Nominating Committee (NomCom).

The 2015 NomCom will begin its work In Los Angeles, immediately after the close of ICANN's 51st International Meeting due to be held in mid-October.

ICANN's Nominating Committee is...

3 days 17 hours ago

Friends, Diplo's call for applications for the thematic course on Cybersecurity closes in a few days. The course details are below and at http://www.diplomacy.edu/courses/IGCBP-Adv-security. If you would like to apply but need an extension, please let us know at ig@diplomacy.edu

Cybersecurity: course...

3 days 22 hours ago

As far back as 2011 we predicted that Apple would eventually enter the voice market. We indicated at that time that it was just a matter of time — in the end it took another three years.

This is an extract from our blog in 2011.

While Australia's Telstra has seen a...

4 days 23 hours ago

Maintaining an 150 year old house requires two things, a lot of time and a lot of trips to the hardware store. Since the closest hardware store to my house is Home Depot, it is rare that a weekend passes without at least one trip to Home Depot. So now in the wake of the Home Depot data breach I am through no fault of my own in a situation where any or all of the bank cards I use regularly...

5 days 17 hours ago

It’s over. The 9th IGF has come to a close and by now, most of Diplo’s team are back home or en route. It’s been a very full week with lots of interesting sessions, engaging discussions, and fruitful meetings. Old friendships were renewed and new friendships forged.

Diplo had one workshop on Friday (…


5 days 17 hours ago

As the ninth meeting of the IGF continues to debate the issues around Internet governance in Istanbul this week, elsewhere in the city, the Internet Ungovernance Forum is also holding forth. This initiative is organised by Prof. Yaman Akdeniz from Bilgi Unversity, who, in his keynote speech opening the event…


6 days 8 hours ago

This post outlines some faulty decisions by new gTLD registries. The purpose is to guide future expansions and, hopefully, adjust some of the decisions that current registries have adopted, including demand prediction, pricing, marketing, doing good versus not doing good, and launch date.

Demand Prediction

Demand prediction helps not only in determining...