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Pat Kane | Mar 14, 2013
Recently I joined a number of world leaders, policy makers, NGOs and other groups at the first World Summit on the Information Society review event, WSIS+10. The discussions focused on how we can all make progress toward achieving a truly multilingual, open Internet for everyone and establishing a knowledge-driven society. Hopefully, some of the key learnings will help shape the next review event in 2014 and also encourage a continuing dialogue about how to lower the digital divides that prevents so many users around the world from navigating the Web in non-native scripts and languages. There were many interesting workshops, seminars and interactive sessions happening at the meeting, but I wanted to share some thoughts about a special panel I participated on regarding Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) with Janis Karklins, Baher Esmat, Minjung Park, and Christine Arida, hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Read more
Pat Kane | Oct 30, 2012
Companies and organizations large and small have expressed increasing concern over reports of so-called "domain name hijacking," in which perpetrators fraudulently transfer domain names by password theft or social engineering.
The impact of these attacks can be significant, as hijackers are typically able to gain complete control of a victim’s domain name – often for a significant period of time. During that time, hijackers can defraud a victim’s customers, use a hijacked domain name as a launch point for malware, or just soil a victim’s hard-earned reputation and brand awareness.
While the danger of domain name hijacking is significant, it is a threat that can be significantly reduced with proper planning and mitigation techniques.
Pat Kane | Oct 25, 2012
Fall is an exciting season for sports fans both in the U.S. and abroad: Major League Baseball has begun its World Series, the NBA kicked off and the NFL is in swing; the English Premier League is full steam ahead and this year the World Cup Qualifiers are keeping fans on the edge of their seats scrambling through TV guides to see what airs when. Hopefully soon the Washington Capitals will begin their season as well.
Sports franchises and leagues are embracing the concept of streaming live games and matches over the Internet via channels such asMLB.tv
. These online channels are generating tons of traffic by enabling fans within and out of market to cheer for their favorite teams, featuring alternate camera feeds, and providing many other ways for fans to interact with players and other fans. The role online channels have played in driving eyeballs and engagement has skyrocketed over the past several years as the capabilities and mobility of devices has increased. While second screen platforms have offered broadcasters new channels for their content, the appeal and accessibility of live TV anywhere for fans out of market and lacking access to regional sports networks has become a growth factor for online video.
Pat Kane | Mar 08, 2012
Every quarter, Verisign shares Internet growth data with the industry in the form of our Domain Name Industry Brief. Today we released the data from the fourth quarter of 2011 that showed the Internet continued to grow to more than 225 million domains names, up nearly 6 million from the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 5.9 million domain names (click on the chart to the left for more detail). That’s significant growth! Read more
Pat Kane | Dec 06, 2011
In developing its plan to create potentially hundreds of new top-level domains, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had to strike a difficult balance between technical stability and economic accessibility. And while ICANN did a good job of establishing that balance, a small market-driven adjustment to the organization’s policy could expand the program’s reach, without jeopardizing stability and security.
One of ICANN’s core responsibilities in creating the new gTLD program was to ensure that new top-level domains did not harm the stability and security of the Domain Name System (DNS), which is critical to the effective functioning of the Internet.
To meet that responsibility, ICANN has created an extensive and well-thought-out list of technical guidelines, resource requirements and financial benchmarks that new gTLD applicants must meet in order for their applications to be approved. Read more