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Out of .Africa - Process Failures Don't Change the Facts

Posted here on behalf of DotConnectAfrica Trust as rejoinder and reply to Andrew Mark's recent article... In his article, Mr. Mark tried to re-frame the ongoing discussions and commentary about DCA Trust's recent IRP victory against ICANN as one about "requisite support for geographic string" to assist him reach the biased conclusion that ZACR's bid has the required support to run .Africa whilst DCA Trust's bid does not. more»

Navigating the .brand Delegation Process

Today marks a major milestone for .brand Top-Level Domain applicants, as we pass the deadline set by ICANN for them to sign their Registry Agreement (RA). For those who have knuckled down over the last few weeks and months to meet this deadline, congratulations -- for many, this was no mean feat and the effort should be acknowledged. more»

A New Boom to Come? Re-Evaluating the Success of the New TLD Program

I think it's fair to say that quite a few people -- both within the domain name industry and beyond -- have an opinion on whether the new TLD program is succeeding or struggling. But are things really all that bad? Are we forecasting doom before it has really had a chance to run? Crunching the numbers... Let's consider the (relatively short) history to this point and take a look at some statistics. more»

Dot SUCKS: The Ultimate Vanity Domain

When last we wrote, trademark lawyers had written an outraged letter to ICANN about the $2500 price to preregister trademark.sucks names, and ICANN, reliably panicking in the face of legal threats, wrote to the US Federal Trade Commission and Canadian Office of Consumer Affairs saying please tell us that's illegal so we can shut down this registry with whom we just signed a long-term contract. (The mysterious $1 surcharge turned out to be a weak attempt by ICANN to collect debts that affiliates of registry owner Momentous defaulted on long ago.) more»

Out of .Africa - Process Failures Don't Change the Facts

I've heard a lot of discussion of the .africa controversy of late -- from conspiracy theories to questions about staff competence to concerns about the role of the GAC. And it's hard not to find faults galore in the way this process and the IRP reporting has played out. But before we get too lost in the weeds of procedure or the future of ICANN, lets not lose track of what this debate was first and still is fundamentally about: a string. more»

ICANN 53: Accountability, Brand Policy & New Round of New gTLDs

In June, MarkMonitor joined our colleagues once again at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 53rd public meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Several high-profile and contentious issues were on the agenda, many of which have significant impact on the interests of intellectual property and brand owners. Among these are the ongoing ICANN Accountability issues and the impending departure of ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé; registrant information (Whois) transparency, accuracy and accessibility; and the timing of the next round of new gTLD applications/delegation. more»

What Does the July 29 Deadline Mean for .brand TLDs?

This is the first post in a series from Corey Grant, Senior Industry Consultant at ARI Registry Services, on what .brand TLDs need to do to get started and make the most of their TLDs... If you are a .brand Top Level Domain (TLD) and have a Registry Agreement from ICANN which you have not yet signed, you need to sign it by July 29, 2015. You're not alone; there are many others in the same boat -- all staring at their Registry Agreement trying to figure out what to do next. more»

ICANN Accountability Deficits Revealed in Panel Ruling on .AFRICA

In an important test of ICANN's primary accountability mechanism, its Independent Review Process (IRP), the organization has been handed a stinging blow over its mishandling of the bid for the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) .AFRICA. At the crux of the issue are two competing applications for the .AFRICA new gTLD and the decision by ICANN's Board to abdicate its responsibility to ensure that ICANN's evaluation and subsequent rewarding of the domain was carried out fairly, transparently, and in accordance with the organization's Bylaws, Articles of Organization, and established policies. more»

The TLD Operator Webinar Transitions to the DNA University

Readers of my posts will have noticed that we've been working over the last two months to launch the TLD Operator Webinar which was held recently. Its purpose was to unite all new TLD applicants and collectively share our experiences in order to build momentum in the industry and support each other in our pursuits. With more than 300 registrations and 40 percent of all new TLDs attending, we were humbled and overjoyed with the success -- validating our 'educated guess' that there was a global appetite for information to assist new TLD applicants. more»

DNA University Launches to Support Domain Name Industry

In pursuit of continued domain name industry success, the Domain Name Association (DNA) is delighted to announce the launch of the next industry resource -- the DNA University. The aim of the DNA University is to establish a dedicated education platform to facilitate the exchange of ideas, best-practice methodologies and continued development of the industry's combined expertise. To this end, the DNA University will offer stakeholders an opportunity to share their experiences, learn from each other and provide a forum to incubate concepts that will advance the domain name industry. more»

Rage Against the ICANN Machine

I'm going to do what no professional journalist should ever do: take a story at face value. So full disclosure: I have not checked the facts behind the story that sparked this little rant I'm about to embark on. But I've known the author for a number of years as being a consummate professional when it comes to reporting facts. And I've known ICANN, the organisation, for even longer. I have therefore seen first hand the organisation's ability to be at times borderline duplicitous in its attempts to reach a desired result.
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Where Has the Domain Name Growth Gone?

It is pretty common knowledge now that domain name growth started to drop around two years ago and is falling still. At this rate there is every chance that TLDs that have only ever seen growth will start to see a decline sometime in the next few years. What follows is a theory on where that growth has gone. It is widely stated that the greater choice provided by hundreds of new gTLDs means that demand is dissipating across them and that's where the growth has gone. more»

New gTLDs Are Great for Pump-and-Dumps, Phishes and More…

Yesterday, egregious financial truth-tellers (a client of ours at easyDNS) ZeroHedge broke the news that parties unknown, engineered what looks to be a textbook "pump-and-dump" on Twitter's stock by putting up a fake "Bloomberg Financial News" site on the domain bloomberg.market and proceeded to run a story on it about Twitter being acquired. The story spread and shares of Twitter stock promptly spiked on volume, Twitter finishing the day on nearly double the average daily volume. more»

Never Invited, but Always Present

Listening today to the U.S. Congress' House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on ICANN governance reminded me just how often Vox Populi Registry, the company bringing dotSucks names to the Internet, is a guest at parties to which it has never been invited. Sometimes, like today, we are able to view it all from a distance and mostly we have refrained from trying to correct every misstatement or argue each odd point. more»

Is .SUCKS Pricing Model Gaining Traction With Other Registries?

Until the launch of the New gTLD Program, TLD launches were relatively straightforward. They generally consisted of a Sunrise Period, a Landrush Phase, and then General Availability. We would see the occasional Grandfather Phase or "Founders" program, but all in all, launches were pretty standard and straightforward. Things started to change with the launch of the new gTLD program. more»

News Briefs

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

Auction to Sell .versicherung Top Level Domain

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

Last Days to Register for TLD Operator Webinar

FTC Puts Burden Back on ICANN Concerning .Sucks Dilemma

2017, Year of Consolidation for Domain Name Market, AFNIC Study Suggests

Vox Populi Registry Says "Enough" About .SUCKS Accusations

Another Letter Filed Against .sucks TLD for Extortion

A Look at the Current State of ccTLDs, Particularly in Europe

ICANN Asks U.S. Federal Trade Commission Whether .SUCK is Violating Any Laws

Dot-Sucks TLD Accused of Predatory, Exploitative and Coercive Practices

Internet Grew by 4 Million Domains in 4Q 2014, Reaching 288 Million Worldwide

Google Wins .APP New gTLD Auction for $25 Million

AFNIC: 2014 Was the Year of the Big Bang for nTLDs

Group Forms Universal Acceptance Iniative for New gTLDs

Symantec Chosen as Verification Agent for .bank and .insurance TLDs

Total Domains Reach 280 Million Worldwide

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

Afnic Reporting About Impact of New TLDs on Traditional TLDs

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

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WeddingWire Joins Minds + Machines As New TLD '.Wedding' Pioneer

Minds + Machines (LSE:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, announced today that WeddingWire, the wedding industry's leading global online marketplace, has joined Minds + Machines as the latest '.wedding' pioneer. ›››

Minds + Machines and ALM Media Announce Strategic Partnership on .law

Minds + Machines announces strategic partnership with ALM Media, LLC, one of the world's largest legal media companies, to collaborate on advertising and marketing content for the new top-level domain ".law" across ALM's legal media publications, conferences and digital platforms. ›››

Carlsberg Group Joins Minds + Machines Pioneer Program

After extensive consultation with Minds + Machines, Carlsberg has secured over 150 .beer domains, in a portfolio that includes their most popular brands such as baltika.beer, tuborg.beer, holsten.beer and kronenbourg.beer, as well as a variety of generic premium .beer names for use in future marketing projects and campaigns. ›››

New Top-Level Domain .fit Launches, Announces Partnership with the Arnold Sports Festival

Minds + Machines Group (LSE: MMX), the owner and operator of the new .fit top-level domain, announced today that the Arnold Sports Festival, one of the many inspiring organizations associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger. ›››

Bauer Media Joins Minds + Machines as a .fishing Pioneer

UK’s largest fishing publications switch to .fishing domains; Bauer Media, the European-based media group, has joined the Minds + Machines Pioneer Program for the new .fishing top-level domain. ›››

First Premium .yoga Domains Up for Auction

With the excitement and success of the release of top-level domain, .yoga, Minds + Machines (LSE: MMX) and SnapNames have paired up to bring the very first .yoga online auction. ›››

Lou Andreozzi to Lead New .Law Top-Level Domain

Minds + Machines announces the appointment of Lou Andreozzi, former Chairman of Bloomberg Law and CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets, Martindale Hubbell and lawyers.com, as CEO of .law. ›››

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