Haunted by Europe’s GDPR, ICANN sharpens wooden stake to finally slay the Whois vampire

Whois to become Whoisn’t By Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco 23 Oct 2019 at 20:0032  SHARE ▼ Like a bad horror movie in which the vampire keeps coming back from certain death, the Whois protocol – which provides information on who owns specific internet addresses – has endured far longer than anyone wanted or expected. But the final act is nigh and the […]


Oracle Releases Tool to Help Improve Internet Routing Security

MATT MILANO In a blog post, Oracle announced the release of IXP Filter Check, a security tool designed to monitor route filtering at internet exchange points (IXPs). Oracle has partnered with the Internet Society in an effort to improve internet security. IXPs are what’s responsible for connections between different networks, but they also represent a vulnerable […]


5 milestones that created the internet, 50 years after the first network message

Scott Shackelford, Indiana University Published 9:01 am EDT, Friday, October 25, 2019 (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Scott Shackelford, Indiana University (THE CONVERSATION) Fifty years ago, a UCLA computer science professor and his student sent the first message over the predecessor to the internet, a network called […]


ICANN is about to give Verisign its .com price increases

BY ANDREW ALLEMANN — OCTOBER 25, 2019 UNCATEGORIZED 38 COMMENTS Verisign CEO’s comments suggest price increases are on the way. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) held its quarterly investor call yesterday, and it seems that ICANN is about to give Verisign the price increases it wants for .com. The U.S. Department of Commerce updated its agreement with Verisign last year, allowing it to raise […]

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Internet restrictions would only exacerbate Hong Kong’s problems

An internet shutdown would not only hurt the city’s economy, but also encourage more violence. by Samuel Woodhams16 Oct 2019 MORE ON HONG KONG Civil unrest around the world is impacting financial marketstoday Hong Kong journalists accuse police of targeting the presstoday Beijing denies plans to replace Carrie Lam in Hong Kongyesterday Suspect whose case led […]


China’s Tech Giant Huawei Spans Much Of The Globe Despite U.S. Efforts To Ban It

October 24, 20192:30 PM ET EMILY FENG AMY CHENG The United States government doesn’t want the Chinese technology giant Huawei to feel welcome almost anywhere. In the past year, the U.S. had the company’s chief financial officer detained in Canada and temporarily cut off its access to American suppliers, endangering Huawei’s ambitions to roll out the next […]


Cybercriminals Benefitting from Stalled Privacy/Proxy Policy

By Russell Pangborn We’ve seen alarmingly BIG increases in multiple abusive behaviors — like phishing, hacking and malware — that often leverage the domain name system (DNS) and privacy/proxy services. Cybercriminals capitalize on gaps in DNS security measures, and ICANN is holding the door open for them by failing to implement their privacy/proxy policy. If you […]

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Facebook’s partners yet to commit money to Libra

Dave Lee North America technology reporter Source 23 October 2019 None of the 20 firms partnering with Facebook on its Libra cryptocurrency project have yet committed to financially backing the effort, the BBC understands. Facebook said in June the founding partners would be expected to each inject $10m, but so far no agreement has […]


Diplo Monthly Debriefing

Internet governance in October 2019 Tuesday, 29th October, 13:00 CET (12:00 UTC)OnlineWhat were the main Internet governance updates in October? How will recent updates influence the developments in upcoming months? Join us for our next monthly briefing on Tuesday, 29th October, online at 13:00 CET (12:00 UTC) for a round-up of the major global IG and digital policy developments.     […]