Trusting in the economic power of the Internet

The idea that the growth of economic activity is linked to investment in the Internet and other ICTs is now well-documented. The Internet is making economic activity more efficient, faster, more affordable, while at the same time, extending social interaction in unparalleled ways. Increasingly, the largest productivity gains for businesses come from using online networks.

E-commerce is perhaps the most concrete evidence of the power of the Internet to create new economic opportunity and to expand the dimensions of traditional business. Indeed, e-commerce has been one of the principal engines promoting the growth of the Internet itself over the last fifteen years.

gTLDs *are* going to make the Internet less safe

Report into abusive domain names makes for worrying reading

The introduction of thousands of new Internet extensions in the next year is going to make the Internet less secure if a new report is anything to go by.

The "namespace quality index" produced by domain consultants Architelos is the first time a comprehensive review of abuse of the domain name system has been undertaken. It makes for interesting, and worrying, reading.

UNESCO Director-General tells technical community to up its game

Open letter highlights failure of browsers, email and apps to bring world's languages online

The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bakova has sent an open letter to the Internet technical community asking them to do more to make the world's languages available online.

Explanation and history of the GAC advice

The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) holds a unique and powerful role within ICANN.

Although it is only advisory, the GAC represents the views of the world's governments and so its formal "advice" is taken extremely seriously: to the extent that if the ICANN Board does not agree with GAC advice, it is obliged to try to reach agreement or provide a clear explanation for why it does not intend to follow the advice.

Helping the Internet to deliver economic value

I am a believer in the power of open markets to bring about positive change in the world, drive economic growth and create jobs. Based on an open principles, the Internet has become an indispensable part of the world trade landscape, but I wonder if we have begun to take its impact for granted, expecting it to continue to deliver new opportunity without reminding ourselves that it in fact needs to be protected by robust mechanisms that will safeguard its continuity and influence for the next generation?

What controls are needed for the next generation of domain names?

ICANN opens comment period on government recommendations

Do we need greater controls on the companies that will be providing the next generation of Internet addresses?

That's the question that DNS oversight organization ICANN would like to hear you answer in a public comment period open now until 4 June.

Internet Governance Forum appeals for workshop newcomers

Advisory group responds to insider nature of annual meeting

Photo credit: Veni Markovski

A deadline for workshop proposals at this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been extended to 7 May.

The extension is an annual ritual but this time it will be limited to those that have not previously run a workshop - a decision taken "to encourage newcomers to submit workshop proposals", according to a message on the IGF website.

Cybersquatters hit with $375 price tag

New suspension rules tip balance in favor of trademark holders

Cybersquatters are going to find it much harder to profit from domain names with new suspension rules and financial penalties coming into effect later this year.

Under new rules, trademark holders will pay just $375 for up to 15 domains to be suspended pending a review of the domain's use. If an independent panelist finds that a domain name is being misused, the domain will then be suspended and redirected to an information page.

Donuts passes background check

Decision by new gTLD panel sparks flurry of letters

The largest applicant for new Internet extensions, Donuts, has successfully passed a background check, removing a question over its eligibility.

In the latest release of initial evaluations from the new gTLD program's evaluators, five applications from Donuts (out of 307) and one from United TLD have passed, seemingly putting an end to claims they should be disqualified under cybersquatting rules.

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