GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving To Do Reddit AMA

GoDaddy’s CEO, Blake Irving, will be doing a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) this Thursday, April 24th. Irving’s AMA will start at 0930 PST, 1630 UTC or 1730 IST Reddit AMAs have featured pop stars, movie stars, porn stars and a wide variety of other celebrities and you can literally ask them anything you want. […]

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(Dot)Joburg Explained

As others have noted, the launch plans and policies of “geo” and “city” new TLDs vary quite a bit. Some will be heavily restricted and require “presence” in the region or city, while others are going to be fully “open”. Neil Dundas, who is involved with the .joburg registry as well as that of .africa, […]

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ICANN Rolling Out New Site

It’s that time again – yet another new iteration of the ICANN website … This time instead of simply “throwing the switch” ICANN are rolling out the site in phases .. According to ICANN’s Chris Gift the new site is going to be a big improvement: “We had three objectives for the new site: improve […]

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EUrid Awarded .eu Contract For 5 Years

EUrid have officially been awarded the contract to run the .eu domain registry for another 5 years. The contract, which is awarded by the European Commission, was open for tender last year and the official announcement was only made today. The announcement is in today’s Official Journal of the European Union Interestingly there was only […]

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Closed Generics The Final Battle?

Over the past couple of years I’ve posted several times on the issue of “closed generics”. In essence these are new TLD applications where the string is a “generic term” AND the applicant wanted to keep all domains in the registry for their own use. The baseline registry agreement with ICANN now contains language that […]

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Nominet Board Elections Are Go

Nominet’s board election process kicks off today. 13th March – nominations open 31st March – nominations close 25th April – voting opens 21st May voting closes This year there are two non-executive director positions up for grabs I’m not 100% sure whose term is up, but the current makeup of the Nominet board is here

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The Road to São Paulo, and Beyond

ICANN’s NCUC – the Non-Commercial Users Constituency is organising a full day event in Singapore right before the ICANN meeting. The event is focussed on Internet Governance with a focus on the Netmundial meeting in Brazil: The Road to São Paulo, and Beyond The purpose of this NCUC conference is to provide a first opportunity for […]

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ICANN Sends Breach Notice to Internet.bs

ICANN has sent out a number of breach notices to registrars today, however one does spring out – the one sent to Internet.bs. Internet.bs, which is based in the Bahamas, received quite a bit of negative press in the past from the InfoSec community. One article on Ars Technica, for example, called them out as […]

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