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Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Botnet Takedowns (July 15, 2014)

The background is of course quite interesting, given how soon it has followed Microsoft's seizure of several domains belonging to Dynamic DNS provider no-ip.com for alleged complicity in hosting trojan RAT gangs, a couple of days after which the domains were subsequently returned -- without public comment -- to Vitalwerks, the operator of No-IP. This is by no means a new tactic for Microsoft, who has carried out successful seizures of various domains over the past two or three years. more»

GNSO Constituencies Issue Unanimous Joint Statement on ICANN Accountability

In an unprecedented development, all stakeholder groups and constituencies comprising ICANN"s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) unanimously endorsed a joint statement in support of the creation of an independent accountability mechanism "that provides meaningful review and adequate redress for those harmed by ICANN action or inaction in contravention of an agreed upon compact with the community". The statement was read aloud during a June 26th session on the IANA transition process held on the last day of the ICANN 50 public meeting in London. more»

Dear Industry Canada, Is Now a Good Time to Replace CIRA?

Today we have sent following to the Minister of Industry Canada, James Moore, as well as the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Board of Directors. This is in response to the revelation that CIRA is positioning to enter the managed DNS space. As we outline in the letter, we are fine with more competition (in fact Google just entered the domain and DNS space too... No, competition is a fact of life, what we want is more of it, not less. Here's what we wrote to The Honourable James Moore. more»

Does gTLD Registration Volume Measure Success?

For some time, the measure of success of a TLD was volume of registrations, or strictly speaking, Domains Under Management (DUMs). Who better than .com to validate the truth of that metric? More recently, this same metric has been applied to new gTLDs, especially those who achieve volume quickly, by whatever means necessary. These gTLDs are fawned over, written about, and effectively set up as the standard for other gTLDs to aspire to. But I'd like to challenge that notion. more»

Is Your New TLD Protected Against Phishing and Malware?

Until now, the criminals behind malware and phishing have had only 22 generic top-level domain names (TLDs) to abuse -- names like .com, .net or .org. But with hundreds of new TLDs entering the marketplace, e.g. .buzz, .email, and .shop, there are many more targets than ever... What can attackers do with domain names? more»

New gTLDs Race to the Bottom With Domain Giveaways?

The new .BERLIN domain added 67,000 new registrations early this week and another almost 6,000 yesterday. This occurred after a few registrars ran a promotion offering free .BERLIN domains. As reported at DomainIncite, over a 1/3 of these domains were purchased by one registrant - making them the largest "landowner" in .BERLIN. Giving away domains may be a good short term business practice... But the geographical domains are not supposed to be generic... more»

What's in a Name? The Power to Reach a Global Audience.

I've been asked a number of times recently which new gTLDs are working well. What's popular and where are some examples of them being used. Another question I have been hearing recently is what are some good examples of marketing activities that are working. We have seen a handful of examples of names with websites. Just enter site: favourite gtld in the search bar and you'll get a list of live sites for a given TLD... more»

ICANN is MIA on .XYZ

By now anyone who's part of the domain investment or broader ICANN community is aware of the curious saga of the recently launched .XYZ registry. Soon after its young CEO boldly stated, "we hope to reach 1 million .XYZ registrations in the first year and 5 million registrations in the first three years", the registry launched with a remarkable total of nearly 18,000 registrations on its first day, a total that has quickly grown to more than 100,000. But it was soon noted that "the zone files showed that over 70% of all .XYZ registrations had been made at NetworkSolutions... more»

How to Turn a Closed Generic gTLD Into a Restricted One

As the New gTLD Program has rolled out over the course of the past few years, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has made a number of program changes along the way. One of these changes disallows closed, generic gTLD applications, such as Amazon's application for .BOOK. Now, applicants for closed generics must decide how to proceed: whether to open their generic strings to the public, limit registrations to a defined portion of the public, withdraw the application, or sell it. more»

A Very Good Week for Applicant Famous Four Media

Multiple new gTLD applicant Famous Four Media is having a very good week. "FFM", the name that they now use for the company to be acknowledged, is getting closer to an important period of its development: the General Availability, also known as "GA", for three of its domain name extension. Added to this, another announcement was made to make it known. more»

Antony Van Couvering Interviews Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos (Video)

Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines, continues his series of in-depth talks with leading figures from the domain name industry with this video interview of Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos, filmed recently at ICANN 49 in Singapore. Alexa and Antony discuss how brands are dealing with new gTLD, registry strategies for success and how to market a new gTLD. more»

Antony Van Couvering Interviews Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows (Video)

Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines, continues his series of in-depth talks with leading figures from the domain name industry with this video interview of Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows, filmed recently at ICANN 49 in Singapore. more»

Antony Van Couvering Interviews Adrian Kinderis, CEO of Bombora Technologies (Video)

The talk ranges from new gTLD introductions, the role of ccTLDs in the new landscape, the relationships between registries and registrars, and some predictions for the future. more»

DNA Auction Plan to Reinvest Money Into Industry

Love them or hate them, auctions are an unavoidable reality of the new Top-Level Domain (TLD) Program. By their very nature, they create winners and losers. All that is in doubt is where the money goes -- to the losing parties under a private auction model or to ICANN under their auction of last resort. There are pros and cons for both models. But what if there was another way? more»

Verisign's Preliminary Comments on ICANN's Name Collisions Phase One Report

Verisign posted preliminary public comments on the "Mitigating the Risk of DNS Namespace Collisions" Phase One Report released by ICANN earlier this month. JAS Global Advisors, authors of the report contracted by ICANN, have done solid work putting together a set of recommendations to address the name collisions problem, which is not an easy one, given the uncertainty for how installed systems actually interact with the global DNS. However, there is still much work to be done. I have outlined the four main observations... more»

News Briefs

EURid Compensates Carbon Emissions With Wind Turbines

Neustar Acquires .CO Internet

3rd Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress

Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress - London, Sept 2013

Government May Not Renew Contract, Says Verisign

ICANN Receives 67 Unique Applications for Chinese gTLDs

Domain Seizures for Copyright Infringement Likely to Move Beyond U.S. Based Registries

Close to 6 Million Domain Names Registered in Q4 2011, Total Passes 225 Million Worldwide

U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Holding Full Hearing on New TLDs

ICM Announces General Availability of .XXX Domain Names

Verisign Seeks Authority to Shutdown Websites Without Court Order

Microsoft Takes Kelihos Botnet Offline, Shuts Down the cz.cc Subdomains

UK Domain Registry Considers Criminal Domain Takedown Rules

New gTLDs Posing Opportunity and Challenge to Banks

Verisign Announces CEO Resignation

ICM Registry to Provide Free Malware Scanning for .XXX Domains

Domain Name Registrations Reach 209.8 Million, 2.2 Percent Increase over 2010 Q4

Nominet Rolls Out DNSSEC for 9.4 Million .UK Domains

Amazon Picks Up A.Co, Z.Co, K.Co and Cloud.Co Domains

VeriSign and CFIT Resolve Over 5-Year Long Litigation

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Afilias Updates – Sponsor

Introducing the New .ORGANIC Domain: A Trusted, Credible Space for Organic Products on the Web

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced that August 6, 2014, is the sunrise start date for its newest generic top-level domain (gTLD): .ORGANIC. ›››

Afilias Announces Start of .BLACK Sunrise Period

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced that July 22, 2014, is the sunrise start date for its newest generic top-level domain (gTLD): .BLACK. ›››

Afilias Selected for CIO 100 Award

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced that it has been named as a recipient of the 2014 CIO 100 award. Now in its 27th year, the CIO 100 award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest levels of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). ›››

General Availability Period for New .RED Top-Level Domain Opens

Afilias today announced April 17, 2014, as the general availability launch date of the .RED generic top-level domain (gTLD). As an unrestricted domain, .RED names are available to be registered by anyone, anywhere in the world. ›››

General Availability Period for New .BLUE Top-Level Domain Opens

Global registry services provider Afilias today announced April 17, 2014, as the general availability launch date of the .BLUE generic top-level domain (gTLD). As an unrestricted domain, .BLUE addresses can be registered by anyone, anywhere in the world. ›››

General Availability Period for New .PINK Top-Level Domain Opens

Afilias today announced April 17, 2014, as the general availability launch date of the new .PINK generic top-level domain (gTLD). The .PINK domain is unrestricted, meaning anyone, anywhere can register a .PINK domain name. ›››

New Chinese "Mobile" Top-Level Domain Now Available

Global registry services provider and dotMobi registry operator Afilias today announced the general availability of its first Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) at the top level: .移动 (.MOBILE in Chinese). ›››

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