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Experience and Evidence Point to Strong Renewal Rates for New TLDs

In the tenth month of the revolutionary expansion of generic top-level Internet domains, global registrations in new gTLDs reached more than three million addresses, providing the clearest illustration yet of the strong international appetite for new, relevant addressing options. As we near the first full year of new gTLD availability, focus now shifts to another critical metric -- renewals -- which we expect to show similar strength based on history and data analysis. more»

Nominations For Board of Public Interest Registry (Operator of .ORG) Close Nov 24

Would you be interested in helping guide the future of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit operator of the .ORG domain? If so, the Internet Society is seeking nominations for three positions on the PIR Board of Directors. The nominations deadline is Monday, November 24, 2014. More information, qualification requirements and the submission form can be found here. more»

Government of Quebec Ends Its Participation in .Quebec TLD Days Before Launch

According to ici.radio-canada.ca, the Government of Quebec has decided to end its participation in the new gTLD .Quebec, just days before .Quebec launches. According to the story the Government has decided not to change Government websites to .Quebec and will instead retain all of its Website to end in .gouv.qc.ca... "The news will no doubt be received as a cold shower by PointQuébec organization, which is the company that is operating .Quebec registry. more»

New .WINE and .VIN Are Now Political Tools

The more I follow the .WINE & .VIN opera, the more I start to believe that the idea is either to kill both new gTLD applications to free space in Round 2 of the ICANN new gTLD program or make this subject a political tool "only" to increase Europe's presence in ICANN decisions. If there still is a wish from the European Commission to help .WINE and .VIN to become the strongest identity European wines could ever have on Internet, I would like to understand why the situation is still blocked... more»

ccTLDs Might Be Property

The long-running saga of victims who are pursuing 'state sponsors of terrorism' via ICANN has taken yet another turn. Some time back the Plaintiffs in Rubin & ors -v- Islamic Republic of Iran & ors managed to obtain Writs of Attachment in the Federal court district in Washington (D.C.) courts ordering that the ccTLDs of those respective countries be seized in part-payment of the damages they are owed. ICANN, fairly predictably, became involved at this point. more»

Domain Name Abuse Is a 4 Letter Word

There has been a lot of back and forth recently in the ICANN world on what constitutes domain abuse; how it should be identified and reported AND how it should be addressed. On one side of the camp, we have people advocating for taking down a domain that has any hint of misbehaviour about it, and on the other side we have those that still feel Registries and Registrars have no responsibility towards a clean domain space. (Although that side of the camp is in steady decline and moving toward the middle ground). more»

GTLDs Valuation Components That You Must Not Overlook

This post outlines the valuation pitfalls that need to be avoided when competing for the acquisition of a new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD). The most widely used financial tools to determine the economic viability of a capital investment project, such as bidding for a new gTLD, are the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and the Net Present Value (NPV), which measures the expected additional value a project would create if undertaken. more»

Customer Confusion over New(ish) gTLDs Targeting Financial Services

For the last decade and a bit, banking customers have been relentlessly targeted by professional phishers with a never-ending barrage of deceitful emails, malicious websites and unstoppable crimeware -- each campaign seeking to relieve the victim of their online banking credentials and funds. In the battle for the high-ground, many client-side and server-side security technologies have been invented and consequently circumvented over the years. Now we're about to enter a new era of mitigation attempts... more»

ICANN 51: Los Angeles - Getting Ready for a Big 2015

Earlier this month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its 51st public meeting in Los Angeles. Once again, MarkMonitor joined stakeholders from across the globe to discuss issues ranging from government control over the Internet, to key lessons learned thus far from the new gTLD rollout. This coming year promises to be a big one for ICANN, and for the business and brand community as a result. more»

The New TLD Registry Example to Follow

With lessons learnt from the first Round, what does a new applicant need to know to prepare for the coming Round? Which example should he follow to increase his chances of success? I have had the chance to read about new domain names sales figure expectations, prior to the launching of Round one of the ICANN new gTLD program. Comments that I read and feed-backs that I have today are: "our expectations are the one we wrote on the paper and we are happy with them". more»

DNSSEC Adoption - The Current Functionality Gap (Part 2)

Registrars have the opportunity to fundamentally change the landscape of the Internet's security infrastructure by working to close the DNSSEC functionality gap. Virtually everything every Internet user does on the Internet depends on the DNS. DNSSEC is not just about protecting the DNS, it is about building a secure infrastructure foundation upon which new and innovative services and applications can be built to benefit us all. Registrars are the linchpins to advancing the deployment of DNSSEC. more»

Can New TLDs Actually Co-Exist?

The new TLD program was a long time coming and now we have over 600 options for domain name endings, with more on the way. It made sense to a lot of people that options other than the already crowded .com space were needed but did we really envisage the plethora of ultimately "similar" TLDs that would rise from the ICANN process? more»

What's the ROI on a $20m TLD Auction?

ICANN have taken a solid stance in regards to contention sets, with those yet to be resolved soon to be forced into auctions of last resort in the coming months. As expected, this has increased the velocity of private settlements between applicants, either via deals or private auctions. It seems like most applicants (wisely) don't want to see their funds going into ICANN coffers unnecessarily. more»

Towards More Efficient Registry-Registrar Relations

On the morning of Wednesday 15th October, the The Domain Name Association (the DNA) held an important working group meeting during ICANN 51 Los Angeles. The topic was to discuss several operational issues between registries and registrars. The meeting's unofficial ongoing name is the Registry-Registrar Operations Working Group. The meeting was a continuation of an inaugural meeting that was held back in June of this year, and covered in a Industry Association: An Implementation Model circulated by the DNA from September 17, by Executive Director Kurt Pritz. more»

.trust Technical Policy Launch

Whenever I examine the technical elements of the various Internet security certifications and standards that organisations are clamouring to achieve compliance against, I can't help but feel that in too many cases those businesses are prioritising the wrong things and wasting valuable resources. They may as well be following a WWI field guide on how to keep cavalry horses nourished and bayonets polished in a world of stealth aircraft and dirty bombs. more»

News Briefs

U.S. Court Overrules Attempt to Seize Iran's, Syria's and North Korea's Domains

Video Interviews from ICANN 51 in Los Angeles

Afnic Reporting About Impact of New TLDs on Traditional TLDs

Afilias Announces Plan to Raise $100 Million via London AIM Exchange

The .eco TLD Awarded to Coalition of Over 50 Environmental Groups

European ccTLDs Have Reached 66.5 Million Registrations, CENTR Reports

Amazon Wins Bid for .Buy TLD at $4.6M

New Top-Level Domains Shaking the Main Established Registrars, AFNIC Reports

First World Domain Day Conference Concludes in India

Global Domain Name Registrations Reach 276 Million, Increase of Over 19M From Last Year

EURid Compensates Carbon Emissions With Wind Turbines

Impartiality of Dot Pharmacy TLD Questioned

Scotland's New TLD .scot Goes Live

Website Usage Trends Among Top-Level Domains

The Digital Strategy and DotOps Congress (Amsterdam, September 2014)

Australians Prefer .au Domain Names, Usage on the Rise

France Protesting ICANN Over Approval of .Wine TLD

AFNIC Examines the 50/50 Theory for New TLDs

50K .uk Domains Registered on Opening Day, Nominet Reports

DCA Receives an Injunction It Requested in Its IRP Proceedings

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Minds + Machines Updates – Sponsor

Update on Minds + Machines' Top-Level Domain Launches

During this September, ten domains within MMX's portfolio were launched -- .bayern, .beer, .cooking, .country, .fishing, .horse, .london, .rodeo, .surf and .vodka -- representing less than a third of the current portfolio of uncontested domains in which Minds + Machines has an interest. ›››

Auctions Update: MMX Wins .law and .vip

Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, is delighted to announce that it has won the auctions for .law and for .vip. ›››

TLDH Announces Sales Channel and gTLD Portfolio Update

Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM: TLDH) today announced the following updates on further development of its sales channels to consumers, Minds + Machines' OPEN Priority Reservation program, and progress within its portfolio of gTLDs. ›››

TLDH Group Signs 6 New Top-Level Domain Contracts With ICANN

Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM:TLDH) has signed contracts with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") for five new top-level domains (gTLDs) wholly-owned by the Company: .horse, .cooking, .casa, .fishing, and .budapest. ›››

TLDH Launches Registrar Business and Priority Reservations Platform

Top Level Domain Holdings announces a major expansion of the Group's activities with the launch of a Priority Reservation service available to consumers through its wholly-owned registrar business, Minds + Machines Registrar Limited. ›››

TLDH to Realise US$4.81 Million in Cash From .website and .lawyer Private Auctions

Following the private auctions for .website and .lawyer, which concluded late on 23 October 2013, Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM:TLDH) will add £2.97 million (US$4.81 million) to its cash reserves. ›››

First Private Auction and .购物 Update

Top Level Domain Holdings announce that the Company has secured the sole application rights for .fishing and .casa after winning last week's private auctions for the two strings. The Company was outbid on .guide and .网址 ("web address" in Chinese). ›››

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