Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Skype & Yahoo Hit With Prism Data Protection Complaints In Europe

The European data protection activists behind the Europe v Facebook (evf) campaign group, that has long been a thorn in Facebook’s side in Europe, have filed new complaints under regional data protection law targeting Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Skype and Yahoo for their alleged collaboration with the NSA’s Prism data collection program.   The student activist organisation is targeting …

Google confirms Waze acquisition being investigated by US FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Google’s $1.3bn acquisition of the crowdsourced traffic-mapping and navigation comThe US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Google’s $1.3bn acquisition of the crowdsourced traffic-mapping and navigation company Waze, the search company has confirmed to the Guardian. The FTC’s actions follow demands from consumer groups concerned that the …

ICANN warns AsiaRegister over late payments

Hong Kong based domain name registrar at risk of losing ICANN accreditation.   ICANN has sent a breach notice to AsiaRegister, Inc. for its failure to pay past due accreditation fees.   According to the breach notice sent yesterday, the Hong Kong registrar owes past due accreditation fees of $16,362.64.   ICANN also says the …

New top-level internet domain name for Kiwis is approved

The generic top-level internet domain designation .kiwi has been formally approved by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). This provides an alternative to .(co, org, etc).nz for New Zealand companies and individuals to register a distinctive identity. Registration of .kiwi names is expected to become available as early as mid-August for registered …

ICANN gears up for the arrival of new web domains

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the not-for-profit organization that oversees web addresses, has created two new executive positions as it prepares for the arrival of a slew of new web domain names.   Chief operating officer Akram Atallah will become president of the newly-created Generic Domains Division on July 1, ICANN …

Africa’s most active ICT regions

Based on information being supplied to media, Africa’s ICT industry is growing – boosted by the advent of mobile product and services, but sustaining this momentum is dependent on the identification and implementation of the right investment in ICT, skills and innovation, as well as connectivity. more

ICANN NomCom Monthly Report Cards

The 2013 NomCom adopted an initiative during their first meeting in Toronto, Canada on 19 – 20 October 2012, to produce a monthly report card as a method to communicate with the Community on a regular basis. Monthly Report Cards: October 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013