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 Some folks have already asked me if DNSSEC could have prevented Twitter.com traffic from being hijacked. In this case, the answer is, "No".

 The fact that lack of e-mail support could inhibit the adoption of IDNs is a problem Afilias has addressed with a newly developed IDN E-Mail software.

Blogs

Some Whois Lookup Services Might be Broken

There are thousands of sites and services on the 'net that offer domain name whois lookup services. As of last night, many of them may have stopped working. Why? Many of them rely on fairly rudimentary software that parses the whois from Verisign (for .com and .net) and then relays the query to the registrar whois. The site or service then displays the whois output from the registrar's whois server to you. more»

CAICT Holds ICANN 59 China Internet Community Readout Session

In afternoon of 14th July, the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT) and ICANN Beijing Engagement Center jointly held the ICANN 59 China Internet Community Readout Session. Mr. Zhang Ya, Deputy Director of Information and Communication Authority under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), made his presence and gave opening remarks on the meeting. Over 40 representatives from the Cyberspace Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, domain name registries and registrars, industrial organizations, institutes and universities participated in the seminar. more»

CENTR Awards to Include Best Domain Name Registry as Chosen by Registrars

CENTR, the body which represent of European domain registries, will be holding its annual awards again this year. What's different for 2017 however is that they've added a new category: "Registry of the Year Award" ... And unlike with the other award categories, this one is open for voting to the registrar channel. The online voting or ranking is open now and is open to registrars who have a direct relationship with the registries. more»

Next Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (NG RDS) - Proposed Successor to WHOIS

The information in WHOIS database is very important to Law Enforcement Agencies, Intellectual Property Owners, and all Internet Users in general, who use this data to locate/contact domain name owners for various purposes including but not limited to enforcing laws or addressing grievances related to cybercrime and other cases of DNS abuse like Spam, Phishing, Malware etc. However, Privacy and Proxy Services are also available for many Top Level Domain Registries... more»

.Pharmacy Registration Policy Restrictions Harm Legitimate Pharmacies

The Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) recently commented on the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCTRT) Draft Report of Recommendations for New gTLDs. In particular, on the primary questions posed: The CCTRT is seeking input on its Draft Report, which assesses whether the introduction or expansion of gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice in the DNS... more»

Oh, Those Wild and Crazy New TLDs

Among the many issues affecting ICANN's thousand new TLDs is collisions, that is, the same name already used elsewhere. The other uses are non-standard and unofficial, but some names turn out to have been used a lot. One approach to see how bad the collisions are is controlled interruption, in which the TLD publishes wildcard records with obvious impossible values, in the hope that systems that use colliding names see them and do something about it. more»

Commodifying Words and Letters in the .Com Space

Words (and by extension their constituent letters) are as free to utter and use as is the air sustaining life. No one owns them. There is no toll fee to be paid to dictionary makers who curate them. There are, however, two carve-outs from this public domain, namely words and letters businesses use as designations of origin for their marketplace presence, protected by trademark law; and words and letters arranged expressively by authors, protected by copyright law. more»

6th Registration Operations Workshop (ROW), Madrid, Friday May 12th 2017

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 6th ROW will be held in Madrid, on Friday May 12th 2017 in the afternoon, immediately after the GDD Industry Summit and prior to ICANN DNS Symposium and OARC 26, using the same venue as all above-mentioned events. more»

Kelly's Case Updated: A Need for Further DNS Registrar Industry (Self-)Regulation

After ten hectic days, the young Clemson civil engineer turned MBA entrepreneur -- who turned a passion for helping equestrians care for their horses into a website enterprise -- had the HorseDVM.com domain, and its IPR returned to HorseDVM LLC. Ultimately, however, it was the registrant who realized the registrar had wrongfully sold him the domain and the unfairness of what had occurred, who facilitated the return. The culpable registrar ultimately did nothing but unfailingly support its auction subsidiary's sale... more»

A Case for Further DNS Registrar Industry Self-Regulation

In most industries, businesses that blatantly act against the interests of their customers to favor their own internal profit centers would either not be allowed or else subject to controls and oversight by the government. It is universally regarded as an unfair and deceptive business practice. In the domain name registrar business, however, the normal practices of legitimate business dealings and customer protection seem woefully wanting. Kelly's Case described here illustrates the point... more»

ICANN Complaint System Easily Gamed

ICANN's WDPRS system has been defeated. The system is intended to remove or correct fraudulently registered domains, but it does not work anymore. Yesterday I submitted a memo to the leadership of the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and the greater At-Large community. The memo concerns the details of a 214-day saga of complaints about a single domain used for trafficking opioids. more»

A Q&A on Google's New gTLD Solution, Nomulus

Nomulus is the code for the backend domain name registry solution offered by Google which requires the use of Google Cloud. This solution is the one used for all of Google's new gTLDs and the solution works. An announcement for this solution can look like a potentially "simple" solution for future .BRAND new gTLD applicants, but is it truly the case? more»

Narcotics Traffic Is Not Part of a Healthy Domain System

A stack contrast is emerging within the DNS between providers who tolerate blatantly illegal domain use and those who do not. Our study, just published here focuses on five U.S.-based providers, their policies, and their response to reports of opioid traffic within their registry or registrar. There are many providers, not covered here, who removed hundreds of domains selling opioids and I applaud their efforts. more»

Are Domain Names Contract of Services or Property Rights?

There are several perspectives from which one can give various answers to the question of 'what are domain names?'. Originally the domain name system started and continues to be a human-friendly way of addressing to a set of machines or specific machine connected to the Internet. Hence, from the technical perspective, a domain name is simply an address consisting of a combination of alphanumeric and symbols to communicate with a machine which also happens to be hosting certain services in form of data and information on it. more»

Deadline of Dec 11 for Nominations for Public Interest Registry (.ORG Operator) Board of Directors

Would you be interested in helping guide the future of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit operator of the .ORG, .NGO and .ONG domains? If so, the Internet Society is seeking nominations for three positions on the PIR Board of Directors. The nominations deadline is Sunday, December 11, 2016.,,, In 2017 there are three positions opening on the PIR Board. Directors will serve a 3-year term that begins in April 2017 and expires in April 2020. more»

News Briefs

Rightside, Donuts Merger Gets the Green Light from ICANN

Donuts, Rightside Group Merge in a $213M Acquisition Deal

Operator of .feedback Says Breach Cured, Threatens MarkMonitor for Disclosure of Confidential Info

ISPs May Be Required to Remove Content, Shutdown Websites Under New EU-Wide Rules

Thick Whois Policy for .COM Goes Live

.ORG Registry Stays With Current Backend Operator, But Will Save Millions in New Deal

New Technique Detects and Eliminates Abusive Domains at Time of Registration

Google Announces Nomulus, Open Source Top-Level Domain Name Registry

.COM Registrations Continue to Rise, Unphased by New gTLDs, ICANN Study Reveals

Rightside Rejects Donuts' Unsolicited $70 Million Proposal, Says Undervalues Business

ICANN to Extend Verisign .COM Registry Contract for Another Six Years

Neustar Announces Intention to Separate Into Two Independent and Publicly Traded Companies

Sweden Makes its TLD Zone File Publicly Available

PIR Invites Bids for .Org Back-End Operations

TLD Operators Should Not Police Content, Says EFF

New gTLD '.shop' Sells for 41.5 Million at Auction, Highest Sale to Date

Neustar Acquires Bombora Technologies, the Holding Group for Ari Registry Services and AusRegistry

Lack of ccTLD Growth in Africa Only Partially Due to Internet Penetration

FTC Puts Burden Back on ICANN Concerning .Sucks Dilemma

China's New Law Could Severely Damper Domain Name Registrations

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Taking Back the DNS

When Registrars Look the Other Way, Drug-Dealers Get Paid

Ask Vint Cerf: The Road Ahead for Top-Level Domains

Who Is Blocking WHOIS? Part 2

ICANN Complaint System Easily Gamed

Afilias Updates – Sponsor

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. ›››

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. ›››

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. ›››

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. ›››

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. ›››

New .PET Domain Available to the Public

Afilias today announced public availability for the new "dot PET" or .PET top level domain. In the US alone, the pet industry in 2015 had sales of $61 billion dollars. ›››

New .PET Domain Sunrise Period Begins January 19

Afilias, a leading domain registry operator, today announces that the Sunrise Period for the new “dot PET” or .PET top level domain is now open for eligible trademark holders only. ›››

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