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What’s the Secret of Silicon Valley? Hint: It’s Not Just Startups

The Frager Factor The Frager Factor: Chris Sacca on mental health issues in Silicon Valley; Facebook nears two billion monthly users ; The newest version of Windows won’t let you change the default web browser or search engine; The #1 Mistake Fired Professionals Make...And How To Avoid It; SpaceX Just Laid out a Plan to Give Everyone Internet Access; Take Two: Ethereum Domain Registrar Relaunches on Testnet - CoinDesk; Zuckerberg

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A Lesson from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Domain Name Disputes

CircleID CircleID: While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been making news as the result of controversial changes brought about under the new Trump administration — including the planned removal of "several agency websites containing detailed climate data and scientific information” — the EPA also has generated some (lesser-known) domain name news: The agency won a decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) for the domain name <noattacks.org>.

Although UDRP complaints filed by governmental entities are not unprecedented, they are not common. Indeed, governments don't even make an appearance on WIPO's list of the types of trademark owners that file UDRP complaints.

That may be because government agencies are not typically thought of as trademark owners. But sometimes, they are.

In the EPA case, the trademark at issue, NO ATTACKS (which the EPA used in connection with anti-asthma campaigns), apparently was not registered. But as the UDRP panel noted, "There is no requirement under the UDRP that a complainant must show registration of a trademark to demonstrate its rights therein. Rights may be shown by persuasive evidence of common law trademark rights in a mark."

Fortunately for the EPA, the UDRP panel agreed that it had established common law trademark rights in NO ATTACKS — as the result of its "public use of such mark over a period of 15 years" and an investment of "$450 million in advertising" related to the mark.

Interestingly, the EPA previously had registered the <noattacks.org> domain name but, like many other domain name registrants that find themselves filing UDRP complaints, the EPA allowed it to lapse "[t]hrough inadvertence." The new registrant used the domain name in connection with a pay-per-click (PPC) website and also offered it for sale for $25,000, according to the UDRP decision. The panel found this sufficient to establish the required bad-faith element.

In many ways, the EPA case is like many other domain name disputes: A domain name owner creates a domain name, invests significant sums of money promoting it, fails to protect it by pursuing a relevant trademark registration, and then lets its expire. The UDRP decision doesn't explain why any of this happened, but it should be a warning to other trademark owners to take domain name management seriously.

(Interestingly, before the UDRP decision for <noattacks.org> was implemented and the domain name transferred back to the EPA, the "No Attacks" website was posted at a different address, which contained this notice: "Due to technical difficulties with the URL www.noattacks.org, this website is temporarily hosted at http://noattacks.scgcorp.com/”. I'm not so sure "technical difficulties" is the most accurate label.)

Perhaps the EPA could have benefited from one of my previous blog posts, such as this one: "New Year's Resolution: Renew Your Domain Name! (And Other Best Practices for Domain Name Management)."
Written by Doug Isenberg, Attorney & Founder of The GigaLaw FirmFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: Cybersquatting, Domain Names, Law

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It’s World Password Day, so Brush up on Our Guide to Keep Your Account Safe

I Want My Name I Want My Name: As an internet dweller, you’re probably sick of people reminding you to secure your accounts, but maintaining good security hygiene is like eating your vegetables – you just need to do it. So for World Password Day, here’s a useful excerpt from our guide How to keep your passwords and logins safe:
One easy (and totally free) step we recommend you take for every platform that supports it is two-factor authentication (2FA). Stripping technical jargon, 2FA makes it so that in order to log in to your account, you have to type in a code that’s only accessible on your phone. So if Hacker X tries to access your account, they’ll need the code sitting on your phone to get through.
It’s something we think is really important, so here’s (…) how to set it up:
Download the Authy app and sign up for the service (available for free on most mobile platforms)

Log in to your iwantmyname account, then select “Login & Security” under the “Account” dropdown menu

Under “Two-step verification” type in your phone number, then click the button

Before you log out of iwantmyname, be sure to confirm that iwantmyname is showing up in your Authy account (otherwise you could lock yourself out)

May the fourth be with you.

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Jakarta Declaration Calls on Governments to Recognize Legitimacy of Encryption

CircleID CircleID: Today in Indonesia, media leaders gathered at UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day event issued the "Jakarta Declaration" calling on governments of the world to recognize the importance of a free and independent media in creating "peaceful, just and inclusive societies". The declaration calls on governments to take steps to support the freedom of the press, and, in the midst of the many actions was this statement:
34. Recognise the legitimacy of the use of encryption and anonymisation technologies;

As a long-time advocate for the widespread usage of encryption to protect our personal communication, I was extremely pleased to see this statement included in the declaration.

My colleague Constance Bommelaer wrote in detail yesterday about WHY encryption is so critical for journalists:

The future of the free press is at risk: encryption is part of the solution

She ends the piece with this call to action:

Governments have a role too. We invite them to adopt the SecureTheInternet principles and to support strong encryption, not only to ensure the safety of journalists, but also as a technology that already allows us to do our banking, conduct local and global business, run our power grids, operate communications networks, and do almost everything else.

As we celebrate World Press Freedom Day, we must remember that journalists and their sources are taking enormous risks right now in making sure crucial stories get told.

In today's environment, where trust in online information is at an all-time low, we need free, safe and independent journalists more than ever. We all have a role to play, and encryption is one step to take us there.

We all DO have a role. And encryption is part of how we get there.

I encourage you all to share this news about the Jakarta Declaration; to share the Jakarta Declaration document itself; to learn more about encryption; and to help people understand why encryption is critical for securing our digital economy!
Written by Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet SocietyFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: Policy & Regulation, Privacy, Security

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Our best website tips for small business owners

Whats Your Name Whats Your Name: National Small Business Week has been taking place in the U.S. over the past few days as small business owners come together to share insight and learn how to best grow their business. We’re adding our two cents with advice on how to make your small business stand out online. If you don’t already have a […]
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The Chinese trademark domain name scam in its entirety

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: An email-by-email look at this common scam. By now you are probably familiar with the trademark domain name scam. A company sends an email informing you that someone is trying to register domain names containing your trademark (or matching your existing domain). The scammer’s goal is to get you to pay them to register the […]
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