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IEDR 2015 Annual Report Reveals Registrations Up 13%

The IEDR have published their annual report for 2015. Some key takeaways from it: IE ccTLD registration volumes are up 13% Domain renewal rate is 88.6% 54.34% of IE domains are registered by incorporated companies IEDR’s expenditure on marketing and related activities has increased significantly Overall company turnover is up 5% One of the possible […]

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Heritage Holding Anti-IANA Transition Event With Cruz

The Heritage Foundation are conservative, in the American political sense. So it’s not surprising that they’ve been linked to some of the anti-IANA transition stuff coming from Ted Cruz and Co. Tomorrow they’re holding an event, which is clearly not aimed at bolstering support on Capitol Hill for the IANA transition. From the event description: […]

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TLDCON 2016 Registration Open

This year’s TLDCON will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia on September 7th and 8th. As with previous editions, the agenda will feature a mix of both technical, legal and marketing sessions. The current agenda lists the following sessions: IDN updates Legislative aspects of domain name registration Special ICANN section Marketing of IDN e-mail and new challenges […]

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ICANN HR Shares Some Data On Staffing

How diverse is ICANN? While the recently published Afnic report gives some insights, it didn’t explore ICANN staff in any detail. ICANN’s HR team, however, did share some data on ICANN’s staff diversity during a session at the ICANN meeting in Helsinki earlier this week. Some interesting data was shared about how ICANN handle their […]

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Brexit Could Impact EU Domain Registrants

The current policies for .eu domain name registration restrict registration to organisations, businesses and individuals that meet certain criteria. In order to get a .eu domain name you need to be resident within the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. This is laid out in the current policy as follows: (i)an undertaking having its registered office, […]

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Afnic Selects New Board Members

Afnic, the .fr domain name registry, held it’s General Assembly on June 10th. During the meeting they elected both a new chair to the Afnic board, as well as several new board members. Board members are drawn from a number of eligible groups. The new board members are: Two members for the “Registrars” college: Mr. Eric […]

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Centralnic Win BRS Media Contract

BRS Media announced to registrars earlier this week that they had chosen Centralnic to run registry backend services for their extensions. BRS Media run the .fm domain name registry, as well as offering a form of proxy registrar for .am. They had also originally applied for the .radio new TLD. Here’s the announcement: CentralNic has […]

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ICANN Unveils New Meeting Schedule Tool

Over the past year or so ICANN’s meeting team and IT team have been working on a number of things to help make the overall meeting experience better. They introduced a mobile app (search for “ICANN56” on the app store to download it) and now they’ve rolled out a new look and feel for the […]

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Australian ccTLD Registry Advertises CEO Job

Back in March of this year auDA announced that they weren’t renewing their then CEO’s contract. So after over 15 years in the role Chris Disspain was leaving the organisation. Obviously his position could not be left vacant indefinitely, so it’s little surprise that they recently published a job advertisement. There’s no indication of salary […]

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