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G20 Nations Must Set Clear Priorities for Digital Agenda

CircleID CircleID: A joint blog post by the Internet Society, Mozilla and the World Wide Web Foundation.

Home to two-thirds of the world's population and 90 percent of its economic output, the G20 countries are a powerhouse that have yet to take on a coordinated digital agenda.

This could be about to change. Under the German presidency of the G20, digital concerns — from getting people connected to protecting people's data once they are — have been made a priority through a new 'Roadmap for Digitalisation'. Now the question is: will other G20 members like Brazil, China, and Russia be willing to translate this initial support into firm G20 commitments that Argentina will continue to drive during the next G20 presidency?

As three leading organisations from the Internet community, we are looking to the world leaders who will gather in Hamburg, Germany for the summit on 7-8 July to set clear priorities for the G20 digital agenda.

They have good reason to. Digital industries have become central to all G20 economies and must form an integral part of their agenda. If the G20 are looking at their future prosperity and security, they must ensure the digital economy brings connectivity, opportunities, and benefits for everyone, while guarding against the risk that digital technologies could drive inequality and exclusion. It is more important now than ever to lay the foundations for an effective, principle-based security framework that respects fundamental rights and ensures user trust. Unilateral or short-sighted solutions, such as on encryption, will fall short to address these challenges.

We believe that Germany's presidency has set a good precedent for other G20 countries — and especially Argentina — to follow. The proposed G20 "Roadmap for Digitalisation” provides the right framing to address many of the digital community's current concerns: from strengthening trust in the digital economy and consumer online protections, to bridging digital divides.

Now, to turn intention into action, the resulting agreement from the July summit (the communique) must acknowledge and elevate these issues as part of the overall G20 agenda and form an integral part of the official strategies and policies for G20 leaders. Priorities should include digital access and bridging the current divides, not just in terms of connectivity but also in terms of enabling meaningful access and empowering people. Infrastructure, skills-building, and inclusion must be the drivers to shape an open, free and transformative internet — bringing sustainable development and opportunities to all.

Today, heads of state have a historical opportunity to lay the right foundations for a global digital agenda. We hope that they use it.

Cathleen Berger, Global Engagement Lead, Mozilla
Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director, Global Internet Policy, Internet Society
Craig Fagan, Policy Director, Web Foundation

This post originally appeared on the Internet Society blog.
Written by Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director, Global Internet Policy, Internet SocietyFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: Internet Governance, Policy & Regulation

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Our web hosting got a makeover—check out the new features

Whats Your Name Whats Your Name: Web hosting can be a complicated part of running a website, and we’re always trying to come up with new ways to simplify it for our users. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to debut a few new features in Name.com web hosting, which are geared towards making website management easier than ever. Improved purchase flow […]
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Here is a chance to win $500

TheDomains TheDomains: We are always looking for ways that we can give our readers a chance to make money. From the sales posts, to guess where an auction will close, to the .XYZ $500 giveaway on the meaning of AYDACFU. Here is another opportunity to win $500, this one is going to be a little bit of […]
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Canada 150 Event | .CA, Domain Transfers & SSL on Sale until July 31

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With the Canada Day long weekend over, we just want to remind you that Canada 150 event is still going strong … until July 31st, in fact!
There is no better time this year to register a new .CA domain, get those domain transfers done, or purchase your SSL certificate than this July.  No promotion codes required, just straight-up discounts to be had.

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10 Notable NameJet Sales from June

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Here are ten sales worth reviewing. NameJet reported 129 sales of $2,000 or more in June 2017 for a total of $810,000. Here are 10 sales that jumped out at me: imoveis.com $32,200 – Do that many people really type in IMovies.com, and do this many mistype it? Screensaver.com $25,099 – Screensavers.com (plural) sold for […]
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What Does Trump’s Cuba Policy Memorandum Say About the Internet?

CircleID CircleID: I recently reviewed Trump's Cuban policy speech and its implications for the Internet. The speech was accompanied by a national security memorandum on strengthening US-Cuba policy, which was sent to the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, and heads of various departments.

The first thing that struck me about the memorandum was that it was a "national security" memorandum. Does Trump think Cuba poses a threat to our national security? And how does his policy improve the situation? That is a topic for another discussion, but what does the memorandum say about the Internet?

PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDA / June 16, 2017 – Trump orders the Secretary of State to create a Cuban Internet task force.The memorandum addresses the Internet in its purpose, policy and implementation sections.

The purpose section states that in Cuba "the right to speak freely, including through access to the internet, is denied, and there is no free press." One of the purposes of the memorandum is to restore the right to speak freely on the Internet. The Cuban government censors and sometimes punishes dissent and uses the Internet for propaganda, but it is not clear that Trump's policy and attitude will improve the situation. Furthermore, freedom of speech online is often abused and it is ironic that Trump should lecture anyone on this issue.

In the policy section, Trump says he will "amplify efforts to support the Cuban people through the expansion of Internet services, free press, free enterprise, free association, and lawful travel." This sounds good, but, at best, it is inconsistent with the policy he outlined last month in Saudi Arabia when he promised that "America will not seek to impose our way of life on others but to outstretch our hands in the spirit of cooperation and trust." At worst, he could be considering actions like the failed smuggling of satellite equipment into Cuba, Zunzuneo or the Alan Gross affair.

The implementation section says he will "support the expansion of direct telecommunications and Internet access for the Cuban people" by having the Secretary of State convene

a task force, composed of relevant departments and agencies, including the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and appropriate non-governmental organizations and private-sector entities, to examine the technological challenges and opportunities for expanding internet access in Cuba, including through Federal Government support of programs and activities that encourage freedom of expression through independent media and internet freedom so that the Cuban people can enjoy the free and unregulated flow of information

I contacted the State Department to see if they could tell me more about the task force, but they offered no details at this time. I'll follow up on this.

I cannot end this post without commenting on the writing style of the memorandum. It is written in the first person, implying that Trump actually wrote it. I am sure it was drafted and revised by staff, but gratuitous adjectives as in "dissidents and peaceful protesters are arbitrarily detained and held in terrible prison conditions," sounded Trumpian to me and the call for the establishment of a task force, quoted above, reminded me of James Joyce. I also found the organization confusing in places. Some policies seemed more like goals, and one of them is to "not reinstate the 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' policy." One wonders why he did not also vow not to reinstate limits on the value of rum and cigars travelers are allowed to bring back from Cuba.
Written by Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State UniversityFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: Access Providers, Censorship, Cybersecurity, Policy & Regulation

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Short Names Dominate Namejet’s June Sales

Domain Shane Domain Shane: It’s no surprise that short names got the best prices this past month. Here is a list of names that sold for $2000 or more. Curious to hear your best buy and best sale of the list.   I was second high bidder on JC.net and surprised by the price on homesafetycouncil.org.
jingzhou.com
$65,000.00
bui.com
$36,800.00
imoveis.com
$32,200.00
996666.com
$28,202.00
ech.com
$26,125.00
screensaver.com
$25,099.00
weida.com
$24,301.00
entree.com
$22,100.00
aqg.com
$22,000.00
awj.com
$22,000.00
calltracking.com
$21,000.00
napkin.com
$18,995.00
ec.net
$18,009.00
jc.net
$17,288.00
swallow.com
$16,301.00
digitalpublishing.com
$11,369.00
homesafetycouncil.org
$10,900.00
qd.org
$10,001.00
xera.com
$9,500.00
02.org
$8,988.00
juliette.com
$7,411.00
67755.com
$7,058.00
cehe.com
$7,003.00
r.biz
$6,301.00
maddy.com
$6,155.00
8ss.com
$6,122.00
inventia.com
$6,006.00
bxxx.com
$6,000.00
toil.com
$5,755.00
51355.com
$5,500.00
e-m.com
$5,475.00
58853.com
$4,999.00
61558.com
$4,999.00
62877.com
$4,999.00
redundancy.com
$4,644.00
toyu.com
$4,633.00
visualizing.org
$4,500.00
digicare.com
$4,378.00
myuni.com
$4,355.00
h65.com
$4,210.00
kuaidi.net
$4,200.00
r-j.com
$4,120.00
o-r.com
$4,060.00
tohe.com
$4,002.00
mewi.com
$4,000.00
h-k.com
$3,985.00
maracana.com
$3,933.00
factory.net
$3,901.00
i-u.com
$3,855.00
e-q.com
$3,735.00
bet100.com
$3,600.00
68h.com
$3,600.00
t-j.com
$3,575.00
s-q.com
$3,505.00
g27.com
$3,500.00
25a.com
$3,500.00
blackcreek.com
$3,475.00
rlll.com
$3,400.00
hobby.net
$3,400.00
randomwalk.com
$3,337.00
4ll.com
$3,300.00
tstt.com
$3,300.00
q-m.com
$3,299.00
wildrice.com
$3,256.00
8dj.com
$3,211.00
dreamscapes.com
$3,200.00
kelseygroup.com
$3,200.00
t-q.com
$3,180.00
ozoz.com
$3,100.00
p41.com
$3,100.00
39z.com
$3,100.00
twcp.com
$3,100.00
ffrr.com
$3,003.00
qa.tv
$3,000.00
tacoman.com
$2,990.00
worsthotels.com
$2,988.00
hopex.com
$2,988.00
ndnd.com
$2,977.00
tradeoptions.com
$2,923.00
labify.com
$2,900.00
cunxin.com
$2,810.00
kovy.com
$2,750.00
youplan.com
$2,722.00
pic2fly.com
$2,703.00
thqc.com
$2,700.00
thelaundry.com
$2,689.00
557799.com
$2,651.00
874444.com
$2,619.00
weddingpictures.com
$2,610.00
moneygarden.com
$2,600.00
rawbar.com
$2,600.00
csun.com
$2,600.00
airalgerie.com
$2,600.00
764444.com
$2,578.00
familytent.com
$2,569.00
mlmconsultant.com
$2,511.00
754444.com
$2,510.00
mcklein.com
$2,510.00
80377.com
$2,500.00
vicomsoft.com
$2,500.00
aae.net
$2,499.00
terbium.com
$2,499.00
wptiger.com
$2,475.00
staffup.com
$2,409.00
734444.com
$2,404.00
poked.com
$2,356.00
are.org
$2,320.00
pv8.com
$2,311.00
cesolutions.com
$2,307.00
724444.com
$2,302.00
ilei.com
$2,300.00
nutritionhealth.com
$2,300.00
kerg.com
$2,211.00
ass.co
$2,200.00
27789.com
$2,200.00
smas.com
$2,199.00
aliceinwonderland.com
$2,167.00
freedomrealty.com
$2,140.00
lecg.com
$2,111.00
products.org
$2,111.00
changxia.com
$2,100.00
gdr.net
$2,100.00
gadgetspage.com
$2,100.00
yourdiabetesinfo.org
$2,100.00
aucklandrealestate.com
$2,050.00
sweetsurprise.com
$2,050.00
53619.com
$2,000.00
62267.com
$2,000.00
adentelecom.com
$2,000.00
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AUCTION RECAP OF JULY 4, 2017

Domain Shane Domain Shane: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on July 4, 2017. 
If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where the price was when the auction ended, but the name may not have sold if a reserve was in place.
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Flippa Auction Names
ResumeSkills.com
At $111 with 4 days left
Namejet
Top 10 Namejet sales for yesterday as listed on Namebio.
vjl.com $14,000
181777.com $2,023
13281.com $2,000
7500.net $1,614
29336.com $1,329
wjyj.com $1,134
wdsx.com $1,134
zlmm.com $1,110
gwcr.com $1,010
augmented.net $999

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AUCTION RECAP OF JULY 3, 2017

Domain Shane Domain Shane: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on July 3, 2017. 
If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where the price was when the auction ended, but the name may not have sold if a reserve was in place.
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Sedo Auction Names
YIG.com   Reserve is very reachable on this one today.  Ends today
$16,000
Garage.fr  Has a fantastic first bid
At 10,000 EUR with 2 days left
Namejet
Top 10 Namejet sales for yesterday as listed on Namebio.
enation.com $2,300
igcp.com $1,305
wxrq.com $1,022
fhrf.com $1,018
dsfj.com $1,010
hhi.net $1,010
zdll.com $1,010
chgl.com $1,010
88024.com $972
bodyscanners.com $838

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