Largest Domain Name Expansion in Internet’s History Reaches Benchmark

100 New Generic Top Level Domains Delegated Into Internet 21 January 2014 Los Angeles, California… ICANN‘s Global Domains Division today announced that the number of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) delegated into the Internet’s Root Zone has topped 100. Delegation is one of the final steps before the Registries that control the domains may begin …

The “Internet of Things” will impact law and regulation in 2014

If 2013 was the year of “Big Data,” 2014 will be the year of the “Internet of Things.” The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with people, things, and the external environment. It includes everything from traffic sensors to refrigerators, thermostats, medical …

Net Neutrality Just Got Shattered. Will users get reprieve?

Net Neutrality Just Got Sucker-Punched. Will Madison Avenue Get the Bill?   Carriage Costs Could Pass to Consumers, Content Companies, Brands   By: Tim Peterson for Adage Advertising already subsidizes much of the internet’s content. Soon marketers may underwrite access to it as well.   As the internet loads up on data-heavy content like high-definition …

Online Content Africa’s Next Consumer Boom?

The Alaba Market, in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, is a chaotic mass of noise, vehicles and electronics shops; open air stalls selling software and movies of dubious provenance and tiny dark rooms housing the country’s ruthlessly profiteering film producers.   Financed at Alaba and filmed in houses-turned-sets, ‘Nollywood’ has become a $500 million-a year …

German justice minister Heiko Mass seeks to further delay implementation of EU data retention laws

Germany is to further delay its implementation of the Data Retention Directive despite facing potential financial penalties of more than €300,000 for each day it fails to transpose it into national law, according to media reports.   The country previously implemented the 2006 Directive but a court in the country ruled in 2010 that it …

Viewing where the Internet goes: Vinton Cerf & Robert Kahn

When Edward J. Snowden, the disaffected National Security Agency (NSA) contract employee, purloined tens of thousands of classified documents from computers around the world, his actions—and their still-reverberating consequences—heightened international pressure to control the network that has increasingly become the world’s stage.   At issue is the technical principle that is the basis for the …