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A growing number of major brands are seriously leveraging their new TLDs, including .BNPPARIBAS, .CERN, .ABBOTT, .MONASH (and many others).

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Opting for UDRP Over URS

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) implemented the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) in 2013 together with three other rights protection mechanisms for trademarks. It "is not intended for use in any proceedings with open questions of fact, but only clear cases of trademark abuse"... It was designed to afford rights holders claiming abusive registration of domain names with new gTLD extensions an even faster route to remedy than the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). more

Google Engineer Ben McIlwain on Why HSTS Could Be a Perfect Fit for .Brands Security

The Google-run .app TLD was always destined to draw attention and scrutiny, from the moment it fetched a then-record ICANN auction price of $25 million. Since it reached General Availability in May it has gained more than 250,000 registrations making it one of the world's most successful TLDs. However perhaps more interesting was Google's choice to add the .app TLD and its widely used .google extension to the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) Top-Level Domain preload list, offering an unprecedented level of security for all domains under .google and .app. more

What Happens If Two Applications for a New gTLD Are a City and a Family Name?

When applying for a new gTLD, what happens if two applications for the same extension are a city and a family name? Which one wins? Let's imagine that a person whose family name is "Marseille" applied for the .MARSEILLE new gTLD in the next round of the ICANN new gTLD program. What if there was a .MARSEILLE new gTLD too but as the name of the French city? more

.APP gTLD Signs of Life Web Usage Survey

When a new TLD goes into General Availability or Land Rush, the first few days are filled with registrations that reflect how the market perceives the TLD. Registrants may register domain names to develop or for speculative purposes. Others register to protect their brand. The first major web usage survey for a new TLD is generally a Signs of Life survey where the early stages of development can be detected. These surveys were based on the May 19th, 2018 .APP zone file. more

Thoughts from ICANN's Global Domains Division Summit in Vancouver

Last week, several hundred commercial parties involved in the ICANN ecosystem gathered in Vancouver for their annual Global Domains Division (GDD) meeting. Over 600 individuals took part in the meeting which brought together representatives from ICANN's contracted parties. This meeting differs from traditional ICANN meetings as no policy work takes place and discussions are more focused on commercial and operational matters. more

geoTLDs - Small but Perfectly Formed?

I always geek out a little when I see something ICANN-related breaking out into the real world, like when the bus-stop display has borked, and its LAN is vainly searching for an IP number so it can reboot. Or the ICANN Paris meeting back in 2008 when the board gave the thumbs up to the GNSO policy to launch new gTLDs. One day we were an obscure Californian organisation doing something technical-seeming most people had never heard of, and the next we were working two phones each, giving journalists quotes and information for dozens of front-page news stories around the world. more

What Is the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) and What Is It Good For?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) (2013) in anticipation of the marketing of new gTLDs that became available from November 2013. It is one of four new rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) designed to combat cybersquatting. It is not intended for legacy gTLDs, and for new TLDs, it is planned only for that class of dispute colloquially referred to as a "slam dunk." more

7th Registration Operations Workshop (ROW), Vancouver, Thursday May 17th 2018

The Registration Operations Workshop (ROW) was conceived as an informal industry conference that would provide a forum for discussion of the technical aspects of registration operations in the domain name system. The 7th ROW will be held in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday, May 17th 2018 in the afternoon, at the end of the GDD Industry Summit, in the same venue. more

Changes to the Domain Name Marketplace

The new gTLD program and the introduction of 1200+ new domain name registries has significantly altered the marketplace dynamics. New domain name registries must navigate an environment that is, to an extent, stacked against them. This article recommends creation of some improvements and a general de-regulation of the marketplace to encourage innovation and promote its overall health. ICANN, or a combination of Registry Operators, should fund a brief, thorough study of the current marketplace because of the changes that have occurred from the original marketplace for which current regulations were developed. more

Why Has ICANN Cut Subsequent TLD Round Preparations From Its Budget?

As we approach another ICANN meeting and another opportunity for our community to come together to discuss, collaborate and work, there is naturally a flurry of activity as stakeholders push for a spot on the agenda for their key areas of interest. And in the midst of current discussions, particularly around important topics like GDPR, it's easy for other vital conversations to be missed. more

Experience 'a Walk in the Shoes of a Registry Operator' at ICANN 61

One of the ever-present questions in the domain name community is "have new TLDs been a success in the marketplace?" As many within the industry will appreciate, it's a difficult question to answer using traditional metrics (such as domain registration volumes), and it is important to remember that the new TLD expansion in 2012 was all about diversity, competition and choice. more

Domaining Europe Becomes NamesCon Europe

After 10 years as one of the top-level European Domaining Conferences, it is our pleasure to announce the transition of Domaining Europe into NamesCon Europe! This is an exciting new chapter for the NamesCon brand that expands into the European domaining market. The agreement between Domaining Europe and NamesCon was confirmed at the beginning of 2018. The rebranding of Domaining Europe to NamesCon Europe is in effect for the upcoming June 2018 event in Valencia. more

Domaining Europe Returning Home to Valencia, Spain for 10th Anniversary Show Next Spring

The Domaining Europe conference began in Valencia, Spain almost a decade ago and the first seven shows in the annual series were staged at the Hotel Sorolla Palace there. In 2016 conference founder Dietmar Stefitz decided to take the show on the road, staging that year's event in The Hague, Netherlands, followed by the 2017 show in Berlin, Germany this past May. more

What Do Bitcoin, Cloud Computing and the New gTLDs All Have in Common?

I am a student of life, learning one hard lesson at a time. In fact, I actually dropped out of my last year of college to start a tech company in a new space called the internet. I was an entrepreneur running an online service prior to the advent of the world wide web in 1992, back when Pine, Usenet, and Gopher ruled the information superhighway. Over the last 25 years, I have learned a great deal about technology adoption cycles by launching six internet companies, each at the forefront of a new technology wave. more

Building a Brand for an Entire Industry: Q&A With Glenn Ruscoe of .physio

Success has many definitions. For many within the TLD community, it is a question of volume - domains under management, revenue and so on. For others, it's more long-term - renewal rates, utilization, and year-on-year growth. For Glenn Ruscoe, the physiotherapist behind the .physio TLD, success is far grander. His 'philanthropic' approach to the world of new domain extensions stems from a desire to create a global identity for the world's third-largest health profession. more

News Briefs

Most Abused TLDs Put Under Spotlight by Spamhaus

44% Of Domain Names Globally are Country Code TLDs, 56% Generic TLDs, Reports CENTR

Google's .APP TLD Now in General Availability Phase Following Record-Breaking Early Access Period

MMX Announces Acquisition of ICM Registry

Google's .APP TLD Sunrise Period Ends With Possibly a Record-Breaking Registration Numbers

Microsoft, Facebook and Others Demand ICANN Take a Closer Look at Questionable Registrars

Donuts Acquires .TRAVEL TLD

ICANN Cancels .CORP, .HOME, and .MAIL TLDs Indefintley Due to Collision Concerns

DOJ Closes Probe of VeriSign Over .Web TLD

CENTR Reports TLD Slowdown Partly Due to Deletes by Chinese Investors Which Had Peaked in 2016

Clash Over Dot-Amazon During the ICANN Meetings in Abu Dhabi

Internet Penetration in the Middle East has Tripled in the Past 8 Years, New Arabic Domains Credited

Dutch Geographic TLDs Refuse Public Access to Whois Data

Spanish Police Raid the Offices of .cat gTLD Registry

Forty Percent of New Generic TLDs Shrinking, According to Domain Incite Analysis

Domain Registries to Discuss Possibility of ICANN Fee Cuts in Private Meeting This Month

No Dates for the Next gTLD Round Yet, Says ICANN

EFF Cautions Against Unfair TLD Policies, Offers Advice on Choosing New gTLDs for Best Protection

Amazon.com Inc Given New Chance to Secure .AMAZON TLD

Rightside, Donuts Merger Gets the Green Light from ICANN

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Afilias Updates – Sponsor

Afilias to Support ICANN Community Response to the EU's GDPR

Afilias today announced that it is temporarily suspending plans to limit the display of WHOIS data to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) currently scheduled to take effect on 25 May, 2018. more

Afilias to Buy Entire TLDs at NamesCon

Want to sell your TLD? Afilias VP John Kane is heading to NamesCON in search of new TLDs to buy. Registry Operators looking for a good new home for their TLD should see John. more

5 Afilias Top Level Domains Now Licensed for Sale in China

Afilias, a leading domain registry operator, is pleased to announce that the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a formal statement that awards the .INFO, .MOBI, .RED, .PRO and .KIM Top Level Domains (TLDs) a license for sale in China as required by the latest MIIT guidelines. more

Afilias Acquires Premium TLDs .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI

Afilias announces the acquisition of StartingDot, the Registry Operator for 3 new TLDs: .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI. The acquisition agreement is part of Afilias' ongoing program of acquiring new TLDs to add to its portfolio. StartingDot's TLDs are a good fit with other Afilias TLD's such as .ORGANIC, .GREEN, .BLUE, and .PRO. more

Afilias Announces Relaunch of .GREEN TLD

Afilias, a leading domain registry operator announces the relaunch of the .GREEN TLD (top level domain). .GREEN (dotGreen) celebrates the global green movement by providing a space that helps organizations and individuals show their support for green principles. more

New .PROMO Domain Sunrise Period Begins Today

Afilias announces that the Sunrise Period for the new "dot PROMO" or .PROMO top level domain is now open for eligible trademark holders only. PROMO is the best Internet address for websites that feature special promotions providing value or incentives to deal-conscious shoppers. more

New .BET Domain Now Available to the Public

Afilias, a leading domain registry operator, announces public availability today for the new "dot BET" or .BET top level domain; .BET is being launched to support the burgeoning gaming industry making it easier for consumers to find betting sites. more

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