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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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Marksmen and Com Laude Introduce an Advanced Corporate Domain Name Management Service in North America

Posted May 1st, 2015


MCL Domains Leverages a State-of-the-Art Technology Platform and High Touch Customer Service to Administer Large Portfolios Worldwide


SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Marksmen, a premier US investigations and acquisition services company, and Com Laude, one of Europe’s most-respected domain registrars, announce the launch of MCL Domains offering efficient, reliable corporate domain name management services for North America. MCL Domains opens for business this week at the 2015 International Trademark Association’s annual meeting in San Diego.

MCL Domains combines Marksmen’s strategic and investigative acumen with Com Laude’s advanced technical platform, global registrar services, and noted focus on client service. Com Laude currently manages domain name portfolios for global leaders in consumer goods, financial services, luxury and fashion, online entertainment, health and wellness, retail, sports, and technology. MCL Domains brings customer service, sales, and administrative staff to North America from a base in the Seattle area.

“Marksmen customers in the U.S. have been asking for a new alternative in corporate domain management services for some time. We are leveraging the best-in-class processes and technology created by Com Laude to corporate customers in North America,” said Russ Pangborn, CEO of Marksmen. “Com Laude has a well-deserved reputation for reliability, innovation, and impeccable customer service.”

Nick Wood Managing Director of Com Laude said, “We have known Russ and Marksmen for many years and partnered with them on other ventures. With Marksmen’s service and marketing infrastructure in the US, we will be able to bring this offering to the North American market very rapidly”.

Lorna Gradden, Operations Director for Com Laude added, “We believe that USA corporations are looking for a straightforward approach to domain name management that is flavoured with clear strategic advice. With our ISO certifications for information security and quality management plus our unrivalled track record in Europe, we look forward to this new chapter in our history”.

In addition to Pangborn, Wood, and Gradden, the MCL Domains leadership will include Jeff Neuman, who joined Com Laude (USA) last year to expand its registrar and consultancy services in North America. Jeff was previously the business lead for Neustar Inc.’s registry services team. Ken Taylor, founder and former chairman of Marksmen, is also active in the launch of the new service.

About Com Laude

Founded on the expertise of Nick Wood and Lorna Gradden, Com Laude makes the business of domain management secure, reliable and predictable. Com Laude is a specialist domain name management company focused on domain registration, renewal and maintenance. Com Laude’s sister company Valideus specializes in new gTLD services. Com Laude employs over 50 people in the UK, Germany and Spain and has a sister company in the USA. Additional information on Com Laude is available at

About Marksmen

Marksmen was founded in 1998 and has become a recognized leader in intellectual property related investigations, domain name acquisition and sales, online brand monitoring and other IP related protection services. With offices in Southern California, Washington and North Carolina, as well as a global network of trusted investigators and agents, Marksmen is able to extend the reach of its IP protection services to virtually anywhere in the world. For more information about Marksmen, consult

To learn more about MCL Domains and its advanced approach to domain name management, contact:

T: +1 (800) 558-8838
Russ Pangborn direct

T: (818) 827-5470

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Mathematical Proof Reveals How To Make The Internet More Earthquake-Proof

Posted March 5th, 2014

From MIT Technology Review

Decentralized networks are naturally robust against certain types of attack. Now one mathematician says advanced geometry shows how to make them even more robust.

One of the common myths about the internet is that it was originally designed during the Cold War to survive nuclear attack. Historians of the internet are quick to point out that this was not at all one of the design goals of the early network, although the decentralized nature of the system turns out to make it much more robust than any kind of centralized network.

See the rest of the story HERE.

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The Skinny on IPv6

Posted October 18th, 2013


So what is IPv6, and why do I need to know about it?

IPv6 or IP version 6 is the next generation Internet protocol which will eventually replace the current protocol IPv4. IPv6 has a number of improvements and simplifications when compared to IPv4. The primary difference is that IPv6 uses 128 bit addresses as compared to the 32 bit addresses used with IPv4. This means that there are more available IP addresses using IPv6 than are available with IPv4 alone. For a very clear comparison, in IPv4 there is a total of 4,294,967,296 IP addresses. With IPv6, there is a total of 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 IP addresses in a single /64 allocation.

To also help illustrate the sheer magnitude of available IP addresses using IPv6, you can get 65536 /64 allocations out of a single /48, and then 65536 /48 allocations out of a single /32. Many Service Providers are getting /32 allocations from their Regional Internet Registry (RIR) like ARIN, APNIC, RIPE, etc.

A significant difference between IPv6 and IPv4 is the address notation. IPv4 uses a period (.) between each octet, compared to IPv6 which uses a colon (:). With IPv6, if you have a series of zeroes in a row, the address need not be written out completely. You can use a double colon (::) to represent that series of zeroes, however you can only use that once. For example, if you have an address like “2001:0DB8:0000:0003:0000:01FF:0000:002E”, it can be written like “2001:DB8::3:0:1FF:0:2E” or “2001:DB8:0:3:0:1FF::2E”, but would never be written like “2001:DB8::3::1ff::2E”. You also cannot have three colons in a row (:::).

IPv6 availability depends on your Service Provider, either at home or for work. In a dual-stack environment, IPv4 and IPv6 co-exist along the same connection and don’t require any special kind of connection. If dual-stack is not available, you might find yourself using an IP tunneling product or service to bring IPv6 connectivity to you. Even though IPv4 exhaustion has happened at IANA, IPv4 won’t simply disappear off the face of the Internet, but continued explosive growth requiring more unique IP address assignments will mean using more and more of the abundant IPv6 address space.

Many Operating System platforms have native IPv6 support these days. The UNIX based platforms like Linux, BSD (Free, Open, Net) & MacOSX have had IPv6 support enabled for years now. Microsoft Windows starting having native IPv6 support enabled by default with its Vista and Windows 2008 products. Earlier Windows versions like 2000/2003/XP had to have it installed optionally, and did not have as robust features that are available in the newer versions of Windows. Even common web browsing and email software will use IPv6 if it is enabled and available, without having to check off an option or special configuration. The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is being worked on to be as seamless as possible, and many might not even notice the subtle changes in the coming years.

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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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Leahy Scuttles His Warrantless e-Mail Surveillance Bill

Posted November 21st, 2012


After public criticism of proposal that lets government agencies warrantlessly access Americans’ e-mail, Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will “not support” such an idea at next week’s vote.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power — including warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail accounts — than they possess under current law.

The Vermont Democrat said today on Twitter that he would “not support such an exception” for warrantless access. The remarks came a few hours after a CNET article was published this morning that disclosed the existence of the measure.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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ISPs, MPAA, RIAA to unveil graduated response HQ

Posted April 2nd, 2012


The major film studios and music companies will soon unveil plans for a “copyright center,” an organization designed to oversee the implementation of the controversial graduated-response program, CNET has learned.

Last July, when some of the country’s top Internet service providers, including AT&T, Comcast Verizon and others, agreed to begin implementing a series of measures designed to discourage illegal file-sharing the ISPs said they and the entertainment companies would establish a Center for Copyright Information (CCI) to “assist in the effort to combat online infringement.”

The ISPs, major record labels and Hollywood film studios are expected to soon name the person in charge of the CCI. CNET has learned that one of the leading candidates for the job is Jill Lesser, managing director of lobbying and public policy firm The Glover Park. She is also a member of the board at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a non-profit group that advocates for freed speech on the Web.

For the full skinny go HERE.


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After Threats, No Signs of Attack by Hackers

Posted April 2nd, 2012

From the New York Times

A threat to attack a crucial part of the Internet on Saturday by members of the mercurial, leaderless hacker collective called Anonymous appears to have had no discernible impact so far.

By Saturday in the Eastern United States, there were no major signs of an attack, said several people monitoring the Domain Name System. Some Anonymous hackers had threatened six weeks ago to attack that system, which converts domain names like into numeric addresses that computers use. It led to a quiet global multimillion-dollar effort to strengthen the Domain Name System in recent weeks.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Microsoft gives cops the tools to detect child porn

Posted March 20th, 2012


Microsoft is giving law enforcement PhotoDNA, a digital tool that sifts through massive amounts of online images to help identify instances of child pornography and rescue victims.

The software giant announced this morning that it, along with NetClean, a Swedish maker of technology to combat the spread of child porn, will give away the image-matching software to help law enforcement agencies detect new images of child abuse online. That then helps those agencies focus their efforts on tracking down abusers.

“By arming law enforcement with this powerful technology, our goal is to help expedite investigations, limit officer exposure to the corrosive effects of viewing child rape images, and strengthen law enforcement’s ability to quickly identify and rescue victims and get child abusers off the street,” Bill Harmon, associate general counsel in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit wrote in a blog post.

See the full skinny HERE.

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Two UK men charged with stealing Michael Jackson tunes from Sony

Posted March 6th, 2012

From The Seattle TImes

Two men have been charged in Britain with hacking into Sony Music’s computers and stealing music, the company and British police said Monday. A person familiar with the situation said the hackers had obtained unreleased Michael Jackson tracks.

Sony Music Entertainment spokeswoman Liz Young said the company noticed a breach of its systems in May, “and immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities. As a result, the two suspects were arrested.”

She said no customer data were compromised in the attack on the company’s internal music-sharing system.

Sony would not confirm how much music was stolen or what artists were involved. But a person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Monday that the suspects were Jackson fans and had taken his music, including unreleased material.

The year after the King of Pop’s 2009 death, Sony signed a 7-year deal with his estate, worth up to $250 million, to sell his unreleased recordings.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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