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Newsletter (21 September 2020)

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Members News

(.AU  auDA)
NetThing 2020 and Internet Governance within Australia
https://afilias.com.au/newsroom/blog-posts/netthing-2020-and-internet-governance-within-australia
 
An interview with Rosemary Sinclair AM, CEO of auDA
https://afilias.com.au/newsroom/blog-posts/interview-rosemary-sinclair-am-ceo-auda
 
(.CC/.TV  Verisign)
Maximizing Qname Minimization:  A New Chapter in DNS Protocol Evolution
https://blog.verisign.com/security/maximizing-qname-minimization-a-new-chapter-in-dns-protocol-evolution/
 
(.HK  HKIRC)
Cybersec Infohub: a New Stage
https://www.cybersechub.hk/en/home/highlights
 
(.NZ  InternetNZ)
6 tips to boost your website performance
https://internetnz.nz/news-and-articles/6-tips-to-boost-your-website-performance/
 
NetHui 2020—online, different and awesome
https://internetnz.nz/news-and-articles/nethui-2020-online-different-and-awesome/
 
InternetNZ and Medical IT Advisors partner to combat increased cyberattacks due to COVID-19
https://internetnz.nz/news-and-articles/internetnz-and-medicalit-partner-to-combat-increased-cyberattacks-due-to-covid-19/
 
Spark and Vodafone pledge support for digital inclusion action plan
https://internetnz.nz/news-and-articles/spark-and-vodafone-pledge-support-for-digital-inclusion-action-plan/
 
The new government digital inclusion action plan—has it done enough for a MallowPuff?
https://internetnz.nz/news-and-articles/new-government-digital-inclusion-action-plan/
 
(.VU  TRBR)
Consultation paper on the Methodology of Assessing Affordability of Internet Access at the retail level
https://www.trbr.vu/en/public-register/consultations/2020/806-consultation-paper-on-the-methodology-of-assessing-affordability-of-internet-access-at-the-retail-level
 
(.WF  Afnic)
Forum Afnic – Domain names: protecting against and reacting in response to abuse
https://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/12240/show/forum-afnic-domain-names-protecting-against-and-reacting-in-response-to-abuse.html
 
(iQ Global AS)
iQ Abuse Manager – Not Just for Registries
https://blog.iq.global/2020/09/09/iq-abuse-manager-not-just-for-registries/
 
(iThreat)
“As students head back to the classroom, the spate of ransomware attacks against schools is continuing. The latest is a strike against a California school district that closed down remote learning for 6,000 elementary school students.”
https://threatpost.com/california-elementary-kids-online-learning-ransomware/159319/
 
“These devices are being connected because they can often help people through the working day or help manage aspects of their personal life, but they’re also creating additional problems for the corporate network.”
https://www.zdnet.com/article/coffee-machines-cuddly-toys-and-cars-the-internet-of-things-devices-which-could-put-you-at-risk-from-hackers/
 
“PayPal is blocking transactions containing the word ‘tardigrade.’ Others are experiencing the same—frustrations and stalled purchases on their water bear merch.”
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/n7wg3w/paypal-tardigrade-error
 
“Quick Response (QR) codes are booming in popularity and hackers are flocking to exploit the trend. Worse, according to a new study, people are mostly ignorant of how QR codes can be easily abused to launch digital attacks.”
https://threatpost.com/qr-codes-menu-security-concerns/159275/
 
“According to a paper published today, the Raccoon attack is, at its base, a timing attack, where a malicious third-party measures the time needed to perform known cryptographic operations in order to determine parts of the algorithm.”
https://www.zdnet.com/article/raccoon-attack-allows-hackers-to-break-tls-encryption-under-certain-conditions/
 
“For the most part, COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing cyber threats, from counter incident response and island hopping to lateral movement and destructive attacks.”
https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/09/08/cybersecurity-after-covid-19-securing-orgs-against-the-new-threat-landscape/
 
iThreat employee, Joe Farino, published a blog post today about the domain name abuse challenge for brand executives.
https://ithreat.com/the-domain-name-abuse-problem-for-brand-protection-executives/
 
(Netnod)
How a distributed IX improves interconnectivity
https://press.netnod.se/posts/blogposts/how-a-distributed-ix-improves-interconnectivi
 
(.ME  DoMEn)
Tips on how to register your first domain
https://domain.me/tips-on-how-to-register-your-first-domain/
 
Swiing.me – Platform for Music Discovery Experience
https://domain.me/swiing-me-platform-for-music-discovery-experience/
 
How to Prepare your Kids for Future Job
https://domain.me/how-to-prepare-your-kids-for-future-job/
 
Label.ME: An Innovative Way to Protect Your Brand
https://domain.me/label-me-an-innovative-way-to-protect-your-brand/
 
(.RS  RNIDS)
TLDCON 2020: the impact of regulations on registries
https://www.rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/tldcon-2020-impact-regulations-on-registries
 
Intellectual Property and the Internet Conference 2020 held online
https://www.rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/intellectual-property-and-internet-conference-2020-held-online
 
(.RU  CC for TLD .RU/.РФ)
.SU domain marks 30th anniversary
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26560/
 
Not all COVID-related domains are malicious
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26553/
 
Fighting illegal content requires joint action of domain industry players
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26544/
 
Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ invites all to RIF in the City
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26545/
 
Latest strategies for building and promoting national domain brands
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26546/
 
Over 20 percent of Russians use Cyrillic domain names
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26547/
 
TLDCON 2020 sets attendance record
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26497/
 
Registrar ДОМЕНЫ.РФ begins operation
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26499/
 
DNS is a source of valuable data
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26498/
 
Progress evident in IDN/EAI implementation
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26495/
 
Domain industry in “new normality”
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26485/
 
Registration speed of coronavirus-related domains in .RU and .РФ remains slow
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26490/
 
Get Net registrar gets down to work
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/26488/

Others

APrIGF 2020 Synthesis Document Now Open for Commenting!
https://www.aprigf.asia/news/2020/aprigf-2020-synthesis-document.html
 
DNS Flag Day 2020: what you need to know
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/17/dns-flag-day-2020-what-you-need-to-know/
 
Why IRC is still good in $CURRENT_YEAR
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/21/why-irc-is-still-good-in-current_year/
 
2020 ISIF Asia Grant recipients announced
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/18/2020-isif-asia-grant-recipients-announced/
 
NeST: a simple,efficient tool to study congestion control
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/18/nest-a-simpleefficient-tool-to-study-congestion-control/
 
How COVID-19 changed the cyber threat landscape in Taiwan
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/16/how-covid-19-changed-the-cyber-threat-landscape-in-taiwan/
 
How accurate are IP geolocation services?
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/15/how-accurate-are-ip-geolocation-services/
 
Why bigger isn’t always better when it comes to TLS key size
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/14/why-bigger-isnt-always-better-when-it-comes-to-tls-key-size/
 
DNS Query Privacy revisited
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/11/dns-query-privacy-revisited/
 
APNIC 50: that’s a wrap!
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/11/apnic-50-thats-a-wrap/
 
How DASH helps monitor network health
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/09/how-dash-helps-monitor-network-health/
 
Help APNIC create better products and services
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/08/help-apnic-create-better-products-and-services/
 
2020 APNIC Survey Report released
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/08/2020-apnic-survey-report-released/
 
Welcome to APNIC 50
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/08/welcome-to-apnic-50/
 
Hands on with APNIC’s NetOX
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/07/hands-on-with-apnics-netox/
 
Where are DNS registries at with deploying ROAs?
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/07/where-are-dns-registries-at-with-deploying-roas/
 
Overcoming the limitations of UDP Options
https://blog.apnic.net/2020/09/04/overcoming-the-limitations-of-udp-options/
 
EU Policy Update – Summer 2020
https://www.centr.org/news/eu-updates/summer-2020.html
 
Joint press release: New Digital Services Act Should Support Not Restrict the Internet
https://www.centr.org/news/news/dsa-should-support-the-internet.html
 
Broadband Commission calls on world leaders to prioritize universal connectivity as fundamental to sustainable development & global recovery
https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/PR20-2020-broadband-commission.aspx
 
New ITU study estimates US$ 428 billion are needed to connect the remaining 3 billion people to the Internet by 2030
https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/PR16-2020-ITU-publishes-Connecting-Humanity-study.aspx
 
ITU updates global treaty which enables better access to affordable broadband technologies
https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/cm05-2020-ITU-Radio-Regulations-update.aspx
 
ITU celebrates 15 years of the second phase of WSIS with 150 countries joining the Virtual WSIS Forum 2020
https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/PR19-2020-WSIS-Forum-15-years-ICTS-sustainable-development.aspx
 
ITU launches Connect2Recover to reinforce digital infrastructure in countries affected by COVID-19
https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/PR18-2020-Connect2Recover-digital-infrastructure-COVID-19.aspx
 
ITU and EIF join forces to reduce the digital gender divide in Burundi, Ethiopia and Haiti
https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/PR17-2020-EIF-digital-gender-divide-Burundi-Ethiopia-Haiti.aspx
 
The Digital Services Act and Why the Architecture of the Internet Must Be Preserved
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2020/09/the-digital-services-act-and-why-the-architecture-of-the-internet-must-be-preserved/
 
Internet Society: U.S. Administration ban of TikTok and WeChat is a direct attack on the Internet
https://www.internetsociety.org/news/statements/2020/internet-society-u-s-administration-ban-of-tiktok-and-wechat-is-a-direct-attack-on-the-internet/
 
Making Connections to Make a Difference at the 2020 Chapter Workshops
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2020/09/making-connections-to-make-a-difference-at-the-2020-chapter-workshops/
 
What Will the Internet Look Like in 2030? New Grants Program for Researchers Studying the Future of the Internet
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2020/09/what-will-the-internet-look-like-in-2030-new-grants-program-for-researchers-studying-the-future-of-the-internet/
 
Member News: Kyrgyzstan Chapter Focuses on Online Resources for Schools
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2020/09/member-news-kyrgyzstan-chapter-focuses-on-online-resources-for-schools/
 
The Week in Internet News: Microsoft Warns of Cyberattacks on U.S. Election
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2020/09/the-week-in-internet-news-microsoft-warns-of-cyberattacks-on-u-s-election/
 
The Digital Services Act and Why the Architecture of the Internet Must Be Preserved
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2020/09/how-peering-and-infrastructure-development-improved-connectivity-in-kenya-speeding-economic-growth/
 
How Do We Ensure the Internet Grows and Improves? Start with the Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2020/09/how-do-we-ensure-the-internet-grows-and-improves-start-with-the-internet-impact-assessment-toolkit/
 
The Digital Services Act and Why the Architecture of the Internet Must Be Preserved
https://www.internetsociety.org/news/press-releases/2020/internet-society-launches-first-ever-toolkit-to-gauge-the-impact-of-regulation-on-the-internet/
 
New Digital Services Act Should Not Disrupt Internet’s Technical Operations, Warn RIPE NCC, CENTR
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20200908-digital-services-act-should-not-disrupt-internet-operations/
 
Webcentral rejects Web.com buyout bid for LOWER offer from Aussie telco
http://domainincite.com/25867-webcentral-rejects-web-com-buyout-bid-for-lower-offer-from-aussie-telco
 
Portugal reports lockdown boom continued through the summer
http://domainincite.com/25865-portugal-reports-lockdown-boom-continued-through-the-summer
 
No ICANN meetings until 2021
http://domainincite.com/25863-no-icann-meetings-until-2021
 
ZADNA hikes up the price of .za domains
http://domainincite.com/25861-zadna-hikes-up-the-price-of-za-domains
 
Floodgates, open! Trademark Clearinghouse now supports .com
http://domainincite.com/25859-floodgates-open-trademark-clearinghouse-now-supports-com
 
Radix Reports Premium Sales Increase
https://www.internetnews.me/2020/09/08/radix-reports-premium-sales-increase/

Social Media

Our congratulations to the .SU team on its 30th anniversary! Long has gone the USSR but the domain is well and safe and sound and boasts over 100k registrations of which over 78% were made by private persons. Many happy returns of the day – and we are proud to have. SU as our member.   .SU’s post (in Russian)
 
TLDCON2020 is over- check out how it looked like:   Video
 
Happening now at TLDCON2020:
– A security session at TLDCON2020 features superpros, among others. Here is a representative from Group IB, a leader on the local and regional market for CERT services and a good ally to APTLD. In his words, COVID19 gave new chances to bad actors in the domain space: phishing resources are up at 50% and they have practiced blanket phishing rather than focus on single domains and the major hype is around online vendors, such as streaming services and ticket aggregators, among others.    Post

Leonid doin’ a tour de table at #TLDCON2020     Post.BY shares bitter truth about oppression and Internet shutdowns in Belarus and the anticipated exodus of the IT industry from the country.   Post

– The biggest cctld-related conference in the Eastern Europe and ex-USSR. APTLD and some of its members –.AM, .BY, .KZ, .UZ, Ukraine and GoDaddy Registry – traditionally take part in the conference which is streamed in Russian and English at www.tldcon.ru. Freedom of expression, no correctness-related restrictions, and a good portion of friendly humor are TLDCON’s hallmarks.    Photos

For all Facebook posts: https://www.facebook.com/pg/aptld/posts/
and Twits: https://twitter.com/APTLDnews

ICANN

Naela Sarras Appointed ICANN Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement in North America
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2020-09-17-en
 
ICANN69 Prep Week Schedule Now Available
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2020-09-15-en
 
ICANN org Responds to Digital Services Act Initiative Public Consultation Launched by European Commission
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2020-09-10-en
 
(ccNSO)
ccNSO Council Minutes, 20 August
https://ccnso.icann.org/en/workinggroups/minutes-ccnso-council-20aug20-en.pdf
 
Draft Agenda – ccNSO Council Meeting – 17 September
https://ccnso.icann.org/en/workinggroups/agenda-draft-council-17sep20-en.pdf
 
pre-ICANN69 Virtual ccTLD News Sessions: agenda available now
https://ccnso.icann.org/en/announcement-2-08sep20-en.htm
 
Call for Nominations to the ccNSO Council
https://ccnso.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-08sep20-en.htm
 

Current ICANN Public Consultations

GNSO New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Draft Final Report
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/gnso-new-gtld-subsequent-draft-final-report-2020-08-20-en
 
Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reference-lgrs-second-level-2020-08-24-en
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