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6 hours 36 min ago


When I became the director of the MIT Media Lab three years ago, my previous primary "occupation" was investing in and advising startup companies. I invested in mostly Internet-related software and service companies (e.g., Twitter, Flickr, Kickstarter). Joining the Media Lab and MIT was bit of a "pivot"-academia was a fundamentally different model for impacting the world, focused more...

1 day 3 min ago

Registrars have the opportunity to fundamentally change the landscape of the Internet's security infrastructure by working to close the DNSSEC functionality gap. Virtually everything every Internet user does on the Internet depends on the DNS. DNSSEC is not just about protecting the DNS, it is about building a secure infrastructure foundation upon which new and innovative services and...

1 day 23 hours ago

The new TLD program was a long time coming and now we have over 600 options for domain name endings, with more on the way.

It made sense to a lot of people that options other than the already crowded .com space were needed but did we really envisage the plethora of ultimately "similar" TLDs that would rise from the ICANN process?

I hear question everyday like: Is...

2 days 1 hour ago

The Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG) has announced the names of the CS nominees who are being endorsed by the CSCG, and sent to the IGF Secretariat as candidates for the 2015 MAG. We thank everyone who participated in the selection process: first, those who offered their names for consideration, then those involved in the discussions, encouragement and endorsement processes around...

2 days 23 hours ago

Afilias, headquartered in Dublin, is set to float on AIM with new shares issued by the company expected to raise approximately $100m. Hal Lubsen, Chief Executive Officer of Afilias says: "Today's announcement is an important step in the next phase of our growth, as we look to be a key...

3 days 12 min ago

InterConnect announces a second date for its "Master Class on Internet Governance" starting 17 – 21 November 2014 (see first announcement). InterConnect provides the following information regarding the course.

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The Master Class in...

3 days 12 hours ago

Nancy Scola reporting in the Washington Post: "The latest battle over who should run the Internet will be waged in the South Korean port city of Busan over the next three weeks. For U.S. officials headed to the United Nation's International...

3 days 13 hours ago

This month, we are seeing a very busy global ecosystem with the ICANN 51, UN General Assembly meeting to discuss ICT for Development in New York and now the 19th ITU Plenipotentiary in Busan. Pinktober, Oktoberfest has also become saturated with ICTober so it makes me more reflective. First I would like to make a massive shout out to all those battling cancer,...

3 days 20 hours ago

A first-time study of publically-reported data breaches in the 28 European Union member countries, plus Norway and Switzerland, conducted by the Central European University's Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) has found that between 2004 and 2014, the...

4 days 7 hours ago

ICANN have taken a solid stance in regards to contention sets, with those yet to be resolved soon to be forced into auctions of last resort in the coming months. As expected, this has increased the velocity of private settlements between applicants, either via deals or private auctions.

It seems like most applicants (wisely) don't want to see their funds going into ICANN coffers...