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Consumer Opinion and New TLDs: An Infographic on the ICANN Survey

Posted June 9th, 2015

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also know as ICANN, recently released results from the Global Consumer Research Study, Phase One survey that was conducted through Nielsen (see infographic below.) This survey, the first of its kind, was conducted in February and was intended to gauge consumer attitude, awareness and trust regarding new gTLDs and the overall domain name system.

“This is the first time we’ve surveyed consumers directly about domain names and Internet use, and it provides an important benchmark as the new domains roll out… as the community looks toward future rounds, the survey findings will help inform the best approach,” said President Akram Atallah of ICANN’s Global Domains Division.

Currently ICANN is working with Nielsen on another global survey, this time to measure registrants’ trust of the domain name landscape. Results should be available later this year.

An infographic on the ICANN survey

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Obama Signs Safe Web Act into Law

Posted December 5th, 2012

From The Hill

President Obama signed into law on Tuesday a bill that would reauthorize the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to clamp down on Internet fraud and online scammers based abroad.

Outgoing California Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack was the lead co-sponsor of the bill, the U.S. Safe Web Act, which expands the FTC’s powers so it can share information about cross-border online fraud with foreign law enforcement authorities.

The bill was originally passed by Congress in 2006 and was set to expire next year. With the president’s signature, the measure is reauthorized through September 2020.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy

Posted January 25th, 2012

From New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Europe is considering a sweeping new law that would force Internet companies like and Facebook to obtain explicit consent from consumers about the use of their personal data, delete that data forever at the consumer’s request and face fines for failing to comply.

See full story HERE.


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“India Formally Proposes Government Takeover Of Internet”

Posted October 31st, 2011

As posted to “The Indian government has formally proposed a government takeover of the Internet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In a statement sent yesterday, India argued for the creation of a new body to be called the United Nations Committee for Internet-Related Policies (CIRP) which would develop Internet policies, oversee all Internet standards bodies and policy organizations, negotiate Internet-related treaties, and act as an arbitrator in Internet-related disputes.”

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“Who Should Run The Internet?”

Posted October 3rd, 2011

The weighs in on Internet governance:

“NETHEADS build, run and protect the internet. They often profit from it too. More than 2,000 of them from more than 100 countries descended on Nairobi this week for the latest Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a conference organised under United Nations auspices. The ponderous official theme was the internet “as a catalyst for change”, with a lot of nodding to WikiLeaks and the Arab spring. The reality outside the conference hall, the UN headquarters in the Kenyan capital, was more striking. Kenyans nowadays often go online on their mobile phones. Surfing the web is getting faster and cheaper by the day. The internet is no longer a geeks’ affair in the rich world, but woven into the fabric of business and life even in the poor one.

The IGF is not a typical UN meeting with a carefully staged agenda and much diplomatic protocol. All participants had the same right to take the floor. Government suits had to listen patiently to the complaints of internet activists. And the end of the shindig was not marked by a finely tuned communiqué, but by a workshop dedicated to what the organisers should do better.

All this makes the IGF an unusual grouping. It is in effect a poster child for what insiders like to call the “multi-stakeholder” model. All involved have a say and decisions are taken by “rough consensus”. This approach has worked for the internet so far, but it is increasingly under attack. Governments now want to be given the last word on contentious issues rather than being merely treated as just another stakeholder.”
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