Turkey May Leave the World Wide Web

Turkey is looking at leaving the world wide web for its own protocol

I can say I have thought for a long time we will eventually see the balkanization of the Internet. The net has become to vital in so many aspects of life that we continue to have global agreement. We do not see universal agreement in the offline world so its not a surprise if the online world mimics the offline. Not let me say I have not been championing the balkanization, just that I think there is a good chance its comes about somewhere down the road.

Trend.Az reported:

Lutfi Elvan, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, has said Turkey may leave the World Wide Web (www) to establish its own “ttt” protocol amid the Turkish government’s efforts to rein in global websites including Twitter and YouTube, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

During an informal meeting with journalists in the Parliament on April 19, Elvan argued that not only Turkey, but also several European Union countries mull to establish “their own national Internet protocols.”

“Instead of www, a ttt system can be formed. Turkey and other countries can establish their own domains. Such a move would detach the Internet systems from each other. This is a controversial issue,” Elvan said.

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks, while the web is one of the services that runs on the Internet. The hostname of a web server is often www, but the use of www is not required by any technical or policy standard and many web sites do not use it.

Elvan also called for an “international convention” to cope with the “the lack of control over social media.”

The minister said: “The only source address of social media is U.S.-based companies. That’s why, EU countries led by Germany and France have also problems with it. These countries are in talks with the U.S. Social media should have a joint international text of rules like the United Nations Charter. Otherwise, countries may form their own Internet domains to have more security.”

Elvan’s statement needs clarification, experts say, as it has not been previously known that any country, even China with its powerful censorship tool “Great Firewall”, has left or plans to leave the main backbone of the Internet, which may lead to the establishment of “national intranets.”

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AO.com Goes Public In London; Founder Is Now Worth Over $915 Million

The dailymail.co.uk, ran an interesting rags to riches story about a about a 40 year old former kitchen sales businessman who had no business schooling started AO.com which just went public in London.

“John Roberts, 40, founder of online appliance retailer AO.com, set up the company after realizing that the long supply chain for ‘white goods’ such as dishwashers and fridges was adding needless costs.”

“This week AO.com smashed expectations for its stock market debut with a 33% rise that increased Mr Roberts’ worth by £113 million in less than nine hours of trading.”

“Mr Roberts banked £86 million by selling shares in the run-up to the listing still his remaining 28.6% increased in value by £113 million to £456 million by the end of the day.”

So Mr. Roberts is now worth over £550 Million which equates to $915 Million dollars.

“Mr. Roberts started the company 14 years ago when he was in charge of appliance sales for Moben Kitchens.”

AO.com has cornered 24% of the UK white goods market.

Anyone want to chat about how expensive domain names are now?

BrandShield Raises $1.4 Million & Launches Its Brand Protection Software System In US

BrandShield, announced today backed by $1.4 million in seed funding its rolling out of the Brand Protection Software System in North America.

BrandShield helps companies combat online brand abuse from brand parasites that steal traffic, scam users, sell counterfeit goods, register domain names in violation of trademark or otherwise impersonate or infringe brands online.

BrandShield provides organizations of all sizes with the ability to easily identify brand infringement across the web and automatically prioritize the worst offenders for enforcement action. BrandShield’s patented technology helps organizations proactively fight brand infringement.

BrandShield is a software-as-a-service solution that includes:

  • Deep content analysis: BrandShield leverages deep content analysis that combines statistical data with keyword and semantic analysis, rather than just domain names, to identify infringers and risks to the brand.
  • Intelligent prioritization: BrandShield’s patented technology collects data and automatically ranks suspicious websites based on the risks the infringement imposes to the organization, allowing the organization to focus on the offenders that are most damaging. BrandShield also help the organization monitor partners and affiliates’ online activity, to ensure they are in compliance with branding guidelines.
  • Adaptive, self-learning analysis: BrandShield is built upon intelligent, self-educating technology that integrates user feedback to alter prioritization and scoring to best meet their brand protection needs.
  • Enforcement Integration: BrandShield organizes data in simple, prioritized lists that include full history and explains the largest risks and how to quickly act on and effectively enforce compliance through cease-and-desist letters, infringement reporting and registration. The advanced feature sends infringement notifications based on customizable templates.


BrandShield has closed an initial round of funding of $1.4 million that will be used to expand globally.

Pricing and Availability
The BrandShield Brand Protection System is available today via subscription.

Annual pricing is based on the brand’s online prominence (measured by the number of search results) and begins at $80 USD per month



  • “As digital marketers face a scaled expansion of the domain space with thousands of new top level domains, the need to understand how your brand is used in the digital world will be more important than ever,” said Jennifer Wolfe, president of Wolfe Domain, a digital brand strategy advisory firm. “In addition to the paramount task of protecting your brand, BrandShield provides critical analytics to help you identify new competitors and spot trends that impact your digital strategy.”
  • “Combatting brand parasites online is getting harder every day as malware becomes less lucrative and bad actors online pursue other avenues to steal from brands,” said Yoav Keren, CEO of BrandShield. “It’s no longer enough to defensively register domain names and respond ad hoc when you discover an issue. Companies need to register a select domain name portfolio then proactively monitor the rest for brand infringement, prioritize the bad actors online and act on the ones that actually matter.”
  • “BrandShield’s investigation software is simple yet compelling,” said Edward J. Haddad, vice president of intellectual property at New Balance. “The information is valuable not only for brand protection, but can be valuable to identify other online sites selling your brand and maybe competing with your e-commerce business.”

Survey: Internet Trolls are Sadists

CNN did a story on Internet trolls and whether or not they are psychopaths. The story looked at what is behind the trolling and if there is pleasure gained in such activity.

From the article

– If you’ve ever complained that the trolls junking up online comment sections are a bunch of sadistic psychopaths, you might be onto something.

An online survey by a group of Canadian researchers suggests that Internet trolls are more likely than others to show signs of sadism, psychopathy and “Machiavellianism”: a disregard for morality and tendency to manipulate or exploit others.

“It was sadism, however, that had the most robust associations with trolling of any of the personality measures,” says an article by psychologists from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia. “In fact, the associations between sadism and … scores were so strong that it might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.”

Commenters who said they enjoy trolling other users more than other options (which included debating topics and making new friends) consistently scored higher on the “tetrad” and displayed a tendency to enjoy trolling because it is pleasurable, the authors wrote.

The questions asked to determine sadistic tendencies included ”I enjoy physically hurting people,” “I enjoy making jokes at the expense of others” and “I enjoy playing the villain in games and torturing other characters.”

To be clear, the article is not based on a random sampling of respondents.

Needless to say the story has close to 2700 comments. Read the full story here

Fadi Chehadé: If We Fragment The Internet, ‘It Will Not Be The Internet As We Know It’

In an article in the Huffington Post, the CEO of ICANN said that fragmentation of the Internet was a primary concern.

From the article:

Fadi Chehadé, CEO Of ICANN, told HuffPost Live at Davos he thinks the “biggest threat” to innovation is a fragmented Internet.

“The biggest threat is to start building walls that create frictions. Frictionless Internet, where innovation is permissionless… is critical,” he said.