Computer outage in South Korea hits broadcasters and bank

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Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — South Korean police said Wednesday they are investigating a computer outage that is affecting servers at three leading television broadcasters and a large bank. One television station, YTN, reported that 500 of its computers had been disabled by the outage. Another, KBS, said that its internal networks had been “paralyzed,” but that the problem didn’t prevent it from broadcasting live. A third broadcaster, MBC, was also reportedly experiencing problems. Customers of Shinhan Bank are unable to log into the lender’s website at the moment, the…

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Time to Take Stock: Twelve Internet and Jurisdiction Trends in Retrospect

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With the growing tension between the cross-border Internet and the patchwork of national jurisdictions, it becomes crucial to keep track of key global trends that drive the debate on appropriate frameworks. One year ago, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project initiated a global multi-stakeholder dialogue process on these issues. To provide a factual basis for such discussions, it established an Observatory, supported by a network of selected international experts, to detect and categorize relevant cases via an innovative crowd-based filtering process in order to identify high-level patterns. The following twelve trends…

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Kroes warns against possible ‘digital cold war’

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Commission vice-president for the digital agenda Neelie Kroes has warned that attempts to reorganise the governance of the internet could lead to a “digital cold war”. Kroes, in a speech read on her behalf by Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake, told a Parliament Magazine roundtable on Thursday that internet rules will increasingly impact on the EU’s foreign relations. source

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Confronting a new Cold War – on the Internet

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posed the problem precisely: “How do you get tough with your banker?” The exchange was with another diplomat, but the topic was well known: How does the United States stop China from cyberattacks on American businesses, universities and all levels of governments? How do you stop a country intent on disrupting your commerce and your communications when it is a major trading partner, an ally of countless corporations and the nation’s major lender? source

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The Generic Domain Name Opulence.com Hit With UDRP

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The domain name Opulence.com has been hit with a UDRP. With almost 8,000,000 references in Google opulence is a dictionary word that has been registered since at least 2000 according to Domaintools.com The domain name was owned until recently by  Opulence Communications Ltd of the UK with an expiration date of 2018. Suddenly in early 2013 the domain name whois information was gone and the domain name no longer resolves. There are 8  trademarks for the term Opulence filed with the USPTO. Neither the complainant nor the domain holder is…

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ICANN publishes domain name disputes list

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ICANN has published a list of domain names that their owners, or applicants to new domain names, are disputing with others because of potential confusion among web users on grounds of similarity. ICANN has published a list of domain names that their owners, or applicants to new domain names, are disputing with others because of potential confusion among web users on grounds of similarity. The list, containing hundreds of domain name sets, has been put together by ICANN’s “string similarity review” for applications submitted as part of the “New gTLD…

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Amazon pushes for cloud dominance; will ICANN give in?

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Amazon is on a land grab mission. Is the industry going to sit back and let it call the shots over the .cloud domain? The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has many roles; coordination of Internet Protocol address space and the management of the Top-Level Domain (TLD) name space amongst them. If one application that falls within the latter remit gets the go ahead, ICANN might yet end up being best known as the organisation that sold the cloud to Amazon. source

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Brand gTLD Strategies: Evolution of TV and Internet Content Distribution

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Most people access the majority of their television content from a cable box or satellite provider hooked up to their flat screens, but those days are likely numbered. With many savvy media, sports, and entertainment companies preparing for the upcoming expansion of the Internet and thousands of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) rolling out, there is a lucrative opportunity for gTLDs to become channels of distribution within the next few years. Comcast and Dish Network clearly see the proverbial writing on technology wall, with both making bold gTLD plays and…

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A New Track with New G’s

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by Brad White ICANN, on March 13, 2013 I am writing these words on a train en route back home to Washington from New York City and I’m happy to report that the train is moving just a tad faster than development of the new gTLD program. Based on my calculations, it will take considerably less than seven years for me to arrive at DC’s Union Station. The great thing about a train trip is not speed, but the fact that it facilitates reflection. This one allowed me to contemplate…

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Despite Pushback, ICANN on Track with TLDs

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ICANN has been moving full-steam ahead under new CEO Fadi Cherhade, announcing that April 23rd will be the approval date for the first TLDs for delegation. Once recommended for delegation, an applicant must pass a technical test and sign a Registry agreement with ICANN, which takes between five to six months, before a registry launch—which can take up to a year after they have been approved for delegation. source

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