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Regulatory Rumblings Archive

September 2013

ICANN Should Look Before It Leaps: Part II

Posted: Sep 24, 2013 12:15pm ET

Yesterday, I wrote about the proposal by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (which manages domain names (DNS) on the Internet) to expand dramatically the number of those names. Rather than the 22 names we all know (e.g., “.com” “.gov”), ICANN now intends to add more than a thousand new names – but so far, without sufficient care about the potential harms to consumers, businesses and Internet users. These concerns about an overly rapid Top Level Domain rollout are very widespread. Governmental entities – and even ICANN’s own subgroups – have identified serious potential harms.

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ICANN Should Look Before It Leaps: Part I

Posted: Sep 23, 2013 3:45pm ET

The potential harms to consumers, businesses and Internet users could be very serious, increasing the dangers of fraud, deception, phishing, cybersquatting and other cyber harms. Yet ICANN plows ahead on its determined – and potentially very dangerous – schedule.

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Patent Trolls Are Beginning to Meet Sunlight

Posted: Sep 5, 2013 9:15am ET

As we await expected major anti-patent troll legislation from Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Leahy of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees respectively, momentum has begun to build against patent trolling in other areas.

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Focuses on all federal and state government and legal initiatives that threaten national advertisers' freedom of commercial speech. The blog is penned by Dan Jaffe, the ANA's Group Executive Vice President, Government Relations, who also heads the trade association's Washington office.