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APTLD Newsletter (8 February 2021)

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Recent Updates:



■ Next APTLD Meeting: APTLD79 Virtual Meeting, 24-25 February 2021
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■ The APTLD Election Outcome – The Members Choice    View
 

Members News


(.AU  auDA)
auDA’s Quarterly Report for Q4 2020 is now available
https://www.auda.org.au/news/audas-quarterly-report-q4-2020-now-available
 
auDA welcomes new Chief Communications Officer
https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-welcomes-new-chief-communications-officer
 
auDA statement on proposed Change of Control
https://www.auda.org.au/news/auda-statement-proposed-change-control
 
Afilias/JCSC webinar: Stopping cybercriminals at the internet infrastructure layer
https://afilias.com.au/newsroom/blog-posts/afiliasjcsc-webinar-stopping-cybercriminals-internet-infrastructure-layer
 
Understanding the value in digital transformation and your online presence
https://afilias.com.au/newsroom/blog-posts/understanding-value-digital-transformation-and-your-online-presence
 
(.CC/.TV  Verisign)
Information Protection for the Domain Name System: Encryption and Minimization
https://blog.verisign.com/security/information-protection-for-the-domain-name-system-encryption-and-minimization/
 
(.HK  HKIRC)
HKIRC Webinar: How to Protect Your Online Identity
https://www.hkirc.hk/en/news/events/Feb_Webinar2021
 
(.NZ  InternetNZ)
Voice activated technology making a difference
https://internetnz.nz/news-and-articles/voice-activated-technology-making-a-difference/
 
DNC Newsletter February 2021
https://www.dnc.org.nz/the-commission/news/2024
 
(.QA  CRA)
CRA and College of the North Atlantic – Qatar Sign an MoU for Exchanging ICT Related Experiences
https://cra.gov.qa/en/press-releases/cra-and-college-of-the-north-atlantic
 
(.TH  THNIC)
THNIC Launching “.th” Second-Level Domain Registration for 2021
https://www.thnic.or.th/en/news-sld2021-en/
 
(.TW  TWNIC)
Chinese New Year Holiday Closure Notice
https://blog.twnic.tw/en/2021/01/27/16942/

(.UZ  UZINFOCOM)
OKCoin becomes first exchange to implement blockchain domain names
https://cctld.uz/news/?detail=1477
 
(.VU  TRBR)
2021 Community Telecommunications Grant (CTG)
https://www.trbr.vu/en/opportunities/ctg/2021/826-2021-community-telecommunications-grant-ctg
 
2021 and onwards Work Plan
https://www.trbr.vu/en/about-us/wok-plan/2021/825-2021-and-onwards-work-plan
 
(.WF  Afnic)
The online presence of French VSEs/SMEs: 2019/2020 results of the Afnic “Réussir avec le web” study
https://www.afnic.fr/en/about-afnic/news/general-news/12490/show/the-online-presence-of-french-vses-smes-2019-2020-results-of-the-afnic-reussir-avec-le-web-study.html
 
(IQ Global AS)
Our first video blog episode – Domain Name Abuse
https://iq.global/blog/our-first-video-blog-episode-domain-name-abuse
 
A message to ICANN accredited registrars
https://iq.global/blog/a-message-to-icann-accredited-registrars
 
iQ nominated for Scamfighter Organization of the Year
https://iq.global/blog/i-q-nominated-for-scamfighter-organization-of-the-year
 
(iThreat)
iThreat can help you find PII BEFORE the bad guys do. First off, what is OpSec and how does it affect you?
https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/opsec-everyone-not-just-people-something-hide/
 
If you’re investigating a domain that has been around since at least 2017 and you don’t have access to paid resources, there are still a few ways to find historical WHOIS records.
https://diggingdns.com/where-to-obtain-historic-whois-records-for-free/
 
(Netnod)
Cloud gaming and the tech that makes it work
https://www.netnod.se/blog/cloud-gaming-and-tech-makes-it-work
 
(.ME  DoMEn)
Future of Startups: Industries that will Flourish
https://domain.me/future-of-startups-industries-that-will-flourish/
 
Ben Leon Shares Secrets for a Successful Career
https://domain.me/illustrator-ben-leon-shares-secret-to-a-successful-career/
 
Necessary Steps to Develop your Startup Idea [Guide]
https://domain.me/necessary-steps-to-develop-your-startup-idea-guide/
 
TableTales.me – A unique Take on Cookbooks
https://domain.me/tabletales-me-a-unique-take-on-cookbooks/
 
(.MX  Registry.MX)
How to promote yourself on the Internet: Free and paid options
https://www.dominios.mx/how-to-promote-yourself-on-the-internet-free-and-paid-options/
 
What types of websites exist?
https://www.dominios.mx/what-types-of-websites-exist/
 
Advantages of having your portfolio online
https://www.dominios.mx/advantages-of-having-your-portfolio-online/
 
(.RS  RNIDS)
A gift from RNIDS – new Cyrillic fonts Orto RNIDS
https://www.rnids.rs/en/what-s-new/a-gift-rnids-%E2%80%93-new-cyrillic-fonts-orto-rnids
 
(.RU  Coordination Center for .RU/.РФ)
Infoforum 2021 presents Domain Security Alphabet
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/27225/
 
157 COVID-related domains registered in January
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/27212/
 
.RU and .РФ now have 67 accredited registrars
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/27209/
 
Council of the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ considers Development Strategy until 2025
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/27195/
 
Focus: Fighting phishing
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/27188/
 
Registration for RIGF 2021 opens
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/27187/
 
Applications for participation in Youth RIGF 2021 now being accepted
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/kc/27178/
 

Others
 

MAG Virtual Meeting Open to All Stakeholders 9 Feb 13:00 UTC
https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2021-mag-virtual-meeting-iii
 
New Vacancy Announcement: Evaluation Consultant 05/02/21
https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/vacancies
 
The Internet of Trash
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/02/03/the-internet-of-trash/
 
BGP, RPKI, and MANRS: 2020 in review
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/02/05/bgp-rpki-and-manrs-2020-in-review/
 
How Chromium reduced Root DNS traffic
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/02/04/how-chromium-reduces-root-dns-traffic/
 
Expressions of interest welcomed for APNIC 51 Cooperation SIG
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/02/03/expressions-of-interest-welcomed-for-apnic-51-cooperation-sig/
 
A comprehensive audit of the AFRINIC Whois Database
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/02/02/a-comprehensive-audit-of-the-afrinic-whois-database/
 
Reduce requests to critical DNS zones with LocalRoot
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/02/02/reduce-requests-to-critical-dns-zones-with-localroot/
 
Network operators cooperate to secure Pakistan’s Internet
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/02/01/network-operators-cooperate-secure-pakistan-internet/
 
Discussing the future of RPKI
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/01/29/discussing-the-future-of-rpki/
 
Developing a common interface between transport and application layers
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/01/28/developing-a-common-interface-between-transport-and-application-layers/
 
Share your views on Internet number resource management
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/01/27/share-your-views-on-internet-number-resource-management/
 
Open Internet, open standards and why they matter
https://blog.apnic.net/2021/01/26/open-internet-open-standards-and-why-they-matter/
 
EU Policy Update – Outlook to 2021
https://www.centr.org/news/eu-updates/outlook-2021.html
 
PrivacyCamp2021: CENTR participates in panel on wiring digital justice
https://www.centr.org/news/news/privacycamp2021.html
 
Join our tech webinar on DNS over HTTPS: How to upgrade existing DNS Resolver
https://www.centr.org/news/news/webinar-doh.html
 
New Chair hopes to bring more implementers to the IETF
https://www.centr.org/news/news/new-ietf-chair.html
 
Member News: Mali Chapter Works to Get Women Online
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2021/02/member-news-mali-chapter-works-to-get-women-online/
 
Internet Society Foundation Awards $1M in Research Grants Studying the Future of the Internet
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2021/02/internet-society-foundation-awards-1m-in-research-grants-studying-the-future-of-the-internet/
 
The Week in Internet News: Cook Blasts Social Media Algorithms
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2021/02/the-week-in-internet-news-cook-blasts-social-media-algorithms/
 
Sign Up for Internet Society Fundamentals and Advance an Internet for Everyone, Everywhere
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2021/01/sign-up-for-internet-society-fundamentals-and-advance-an-internet-for-everyone-everywhere/
 
The Week in Internet News: Google Threatens to Leave Australia
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2021/01/the-week-in-internet-news-google-threatens-to-leave-australia/
 
Closing in on Equity: Truist EPIC Grant Seeks to Expand Potential in Communities through Broadband Access
https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/2021/01/closing-in-on-equity-truist-epic-grant-seeks-to-expand-potential-in-communities-through-broadband-access/
 
Regulating for resilience: Reigniting ICT markets and economies post-COVID-19
https://www.itu.int/en/myitu/News/2021/02/04/09/22/Regulation-resilience-ICT-markets-economies-post-COVID-19-econometric-study
 
Beyond 5G: What’s next for IMT?
https://www.itu.int/en/myitu/News/2021/02/02/09/20/Beyond-5G-IMT-2020-update-new-Recommendation
 
Digital transformation in Europe: 3 key regulatory priorities for 2021
https://www.itu.int/en/myitu/News/2021/01/28/09/07/Digital-transformation-Europe-key-regulatory-priorities-2021
 
Discover how China is introducing liquid cooling to achieve more energy-efficient datacentres
https://www.itu.int/en/myitu/News/2021/01/27/12/31/Discover-how-China-is-introducing-liquid-cooling-to-achieve-more-energy-efficient-datacentres
 
Alphabet to Shut down Loon, its Balloon Based Internet Access Project
http://www.circleid.com/posts/20210126-alphabet-to-shut-down-loon-internet-access-project/
 
ShortDot adds fourth gTLD to its stable, plans March launch
http://domainincite.com/26256-shortdot-adds-fourth-gtld-to-its-stable-plans-march-launch
 
Nominet boss has epiphany and calls for calm as his job hangs by a thread
http://domainincite.com/26249-nominet-boss-has-epiphany-and-calls-for-calm-as-his-job-hangs-by-a-thread
 
One year on, Namecheap still fighting aborted .org takeover and may target GoDaddy and Donuts next
http://domainincite.com/26244-one-year-on-namecheap-still-fighting-aborted-org-takeover-and-may-target-godaddy-and-donuts-next
 
RobinHood.club showered with five-star reviews after .com confusion
http://domainincite.com/26237-robinhood-club-showered-with-five-star-reviews-after-com-confusion
 
EURid reports 3% growth in final quarter before Brexit crunch
http://domainincite.com/26234-eurid-reports-3-growth-in-final-quarter-before-brexit-crunch
 
Fire the board! Registrars attempt a coup at Nominet
http://domainincite.com/26224-fire-the-board-registrars-attempt-a-coup-at-nominet
 
.club back over a million names as Clubhouse drives growth
http://domainincite.com/26222-club-back-over-a-million-names-as-clubhouse-drives-growth
 
Eight years after asking, Israel to get its Hebrew ccTLD
http://domainincite.com/26219-eight-years-after-asking-israel-to-get-its-hebrew-cctld
 
Time is running out for Net4 as ICANN questions Indian court ruling
http://domainincite.com/26215-time-is-running-out-for-net4-as-icann-questions-indian-court-ruling
 
UNR getting out of the registry business with $17 million no-reserve auctions on 23 new gTLDs
http://domainincite.com/26211-unr-getting-out-of-the-registry-business-with-17-million-no-reserve-auctions-on-23-new-gtlds
 
MMX vows to refocus under new boss after crappy 2020
http://domainincite.com/26202-mmx-vows-to-refocus-under-new-boss-after-crappy-2020
 
Fundraiser In Memory of Dietmar Stefitz
https://www.internetnews.me/2021/02/06/fundraiser-in-memory-of-dietmar-stefitz/
 
Nominet Under Fire (Again)
https://www.internetnews.me/2021/01/31/nominet-under-fire-again/
 
Spamcop Offline cos the Domain Expired!
https://www.internetnews.me/2021/01/31/spamcop-offline-cos-the-domain-expired/
 
ICANN Seeking Applicants for Multiple Roles via NomCom
https://www.internetnews.me/2021/01/29/icann-seeking-applicants-for-multiple-roles-via-nomcom/
 
French Domain Registry Blocking UK Registrations due to Brexit
https://www.internetnews.me/2021/01/28/french-domain-registry-blocking-uk-registrations-due-to-brexit/
 
Malwarebytes’ browser protection flags an entire domain zone as unsafe
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/industry/27194/
 
Large businesses increasingly value domain names
https://cctld.ru/en/media/news/industry/27189/
 

Social Media


Happy New Year 2021: year of the Ox.    Card
 
Dear APTLD Members,
If you feel like serving the global Names and Numbers community and would like to be a part of its leadership, ICANN has something for you – the official ICANN announcement and the online candidate portal are now available at: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2021-01-25-en
Why to waste time? Apply now, and APTLD is ready to help you with your application and to back you with references, as usual.

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ICANN

Extension: NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN71
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2021-02-03-en
 
ICANN Issues Third Breach Notice to Net 4 India Limited; Continues to Take Steps to Protect Registrants
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2021-01-29-en
 
Additional Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2-2021-01-28-en
 
Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Final Report
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2021-01-28-en
 
2020 IANA Functions Customer Engagement Survey Shows Increased Satisfaction in Performance
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2021-01-27-en
 
Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions
https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2021-01-25-en
 
(ccNSO)
Call for presentations: 3rd vTechDay at ICANN70
https://ccnso.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-01feb21-en.htm
 
The January 2021 edition of the ccNSO monthly newsletter is out now
https://ccnso.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-29jan21-en.htm
 
Join the ccNSO Internet Governance Liaison Committee webinar (Wed, 27 January at 16 UTC)
https://ccnso.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-25jan21-en.htm
 

Current ICANN Public Consultations


Draft FY22-26 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY22 Operating Plan & Budget
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/draft-opplan-budget-fy22-26-2020-12-17-en
 
Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Final Report
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ssr2-final-report-2021-01-28-en
 
Additional Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/lgr-additional-reference-2021-01-28-en
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