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Olivier Crépin-Leblond Stepping Down As ALAC Chair

Olivier  Crépin-Leblond announced earlier today that he would step down as ALAC Chair. He has been Chair of ALAC since 2010. He also nominated Alan Greenberg to take his place. Nominations for the position are open until September 3rd. Whether other candidates will be nominated for the position is unclear, but Greenberg has accepted the nomination. […]

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Gmail Now Supports IDN Email

If your first language isn’t English and you don’t use the Latin character set you can and will run into barriers. While IDN domain names ie. domain names where either the left of the dot, the right of the dot or the entire string is in characters other than Latin ones, do exist and have […]

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Dublin To Host ICANN’s 54th Public Meeting

ICANN has formally announced that Dublin will be the host for the 54th ICANN meeting taking place in October 2015. Dublin has previously played host to both RIPE and IETF meetings. It is also the venue for Web Summit (now known as The Summit) , which attracts several thousand attendees. A growing number of domain […]

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EUrid Publish CO2 Offset Data

EUrid has published a graphic giving details about their carbon emissions during 2013 and how they offset them: The .eu registry has a clear commitment to “green” Related articles EUrid Awarded .eu Contract For 5 Years (internetnews.me) DotEU By The Numbers (internetnews.me) Win €5k To Promote Your .EU Website! (blacknight.com)

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Galician TLD Pioneers Now Live

Today the first 93 .gal domain names that have been assigned to “pioneers” are going live. The .gal TLD has been setup to serve Galicia and Galician culture and language. If you’re not familiar with Galicia it’s a region in northern Spain: They’ve also released a little video to celebrate the launch: Here’s the full […]

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Org.za and Net.za Migrating and Relaunching

ZACR will be taking over running both .org.za and .net.za as one of the final steps in the consolidation of the South African namespace. In an email sent out earlier today ZACR outlined the timelines for the transition and relaunch. From August 1 2014 ZACR will be the official registry operator and the namespaces should […]

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RIPE 69 Registration Now Available

RIPE 69 is being held in November from 3 – 7 in London. Registration for the meeting was opened a couple of days ago. Tickets for the event cost €350, with day passes costing €150. The gala dinner is an extra €50, though based on past experience with RIPE meetings you definitely get your money’s […]

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New Zealand To Get Shorter Domains In September

The New Zealand domain name registry will be launching domain registrations directly under .nz at the end of September. From 1pm on 30 September 2014 it will be possible to register .nz domains. In a similar fashion to how Nominet launched their .uk domains recently, existing holders of .co.nz domains will be given priority rights. […]

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Domain Registry Of America Suspended By ICANN

ICANN has suspended Domain Registry of America aka Brandon Gray Internet Services aka NameJuice. The registrar is forbidden from registering any new domain names or accepting any inbound transfers until 17 October 2014. The announcement was posted on the ICANN website earlier this evening and will probably be welcomed in many circles. What happened exactly? […]

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IEDR Announce Longer Opening Hours

IEDR, who run the .ie ccTLD’s operations, have announced longer opening hours. In an email to registrars this morning the company announced that they would be extending their opening hours during weekdays, as well as introducing half days on Saturdays. Registration Services will operate from 8.00am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday (please note that the […]

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Who Is Using Domains and How?

So what happens to a domain after it is registered? Where does it end up? Who uses it? How do they use it? These aren’t trivial questions, as they provide very clear indicators of how an entire namespace is growing or dying .. If a a TLD isn’t used actively then it will die. And […]

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