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Nominet Announces Whois Policy Changes

Nominet, the .uk registry, announced today a number of policy changes that impact how they handle whois data. The new policy comes after the registry conducted consultation with stakeholders. So what is changing? Essentially there are two key elements: Criteria and handling of “opt out” requests Introduction of whois privacy / proxy services Under the […]

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Want To Be The CEO of ICANN?

ICANN needs a new CEO. The current CEO has tendered his resignation and will be vacating the position early in 2016. So who is going to replace him? Will the new CEO be American? Will they be a woman? What kind of background will they have? While nobody has the answers to any of those […]

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Want Early Access To .Cloud Domains?

The guys over at the .cloud registry are currently ramping up their marketing in advance of their launch. In common with many other domain registries they’re actively seeking out “early adopters” that will commit to using and marketing a .cloud domain name. The .cloud “pioneer” program is open to businesses that want an exact, or […]

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IE Tops 200k Registrations & Release First Domain Profile Report

IEDR, who run the .ie ccTLD, have produced their first “Domain Profile Report”. The report’s publication comes as the registry reports surpassing the 200 thousand domain names mark. The milestone was reached earlier this year, though IEDR are only focussing on it now. The new report breaks down registrations by location and type of registrant, […]

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ICANN Hiring For EMEA Registrar Role

ICANN is hiring a “Registrar Services and Engagement Manager” in EMEA. The role, which is based in ICANN’s Istanbul offices, comes as a result of the previous manager departing. So what’s the job involve? ICANN describe it as having two key functions “development and management of ICANN’s relationships with ICANN-accredited registrars in the Europe, Middle-East […]

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.WTF Domain Being Used In Privacy Campaign

ICANN comment periods on policy proposals don’t normally garner much attention. In the case of the current comment period on proxy / privacy services, however, things are very different. To date several thousand comments have been filed, while the topic of the policy proposals has received media attention across hundreds of outlets. Today, however, I […]

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Nike.ie LinkedIn.ie ieDRP Cases

The volume of disputes involving .ie domain names is pretty small. This is probably due in part to three factors: The namespace is pretty small with only 206 thousand names the registry’s rules are very restrictive compared to gTLDs prices are generally higher than for a lot of gTLDs However there are still a number of […]

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Ireland’s Ambassador To Argentina To Address #ICANN53

With Dublin playing host for the ICANN meeting this October, the hosts (INEX) will be attending the ICANN meeting this week in Buenos Aires. As part of the closing ceremony on Thursday afternoon Ireland’s ambassador to Argentina Mr Justin Harman will be speaking on Thursday afternoon along with INEX CEO Barry Rhodes.   Related articles […]

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EURid Consortium Chosen By ICANN To Conduct Study In MEAC

A EURid consortium has been chosen by ICANN  to conduct the “DNS Study for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries”. The consortium is made up as follows: EURid – Consortium Leader; Emily Taylor Consultancy – Lead author, data analysis; Mohammed El-Bashir – Local partner, industry knowledge, IDNs; Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) – Local partner, industry […]

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HostingCon Europe Early Bird Expires Soon

HostingCon is coming back to Amsterdam this September and they have a really attractive “early bird” rate of only €40. If you’re interested in going the “early bird” rate expires on June 27th, after which it’ll go up to €80. So far the event organisers have released a preliminary schedule and the topics look pretty […]

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Wine Producer Acquires Two Brand TLDs

Californian wine producer Gallo Vineyards Inc., has signed contracts with ICANN for two top level domains: .barefoot .gallo If you are a wine drinker then you’ll probably recognise them as being two of the company’s more popular brands. A lot of brands have applied for and got their own top level domain name, but what […]

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The Hunger Games Switches To .Movie

Getting an “anchor tenant” is a concept that most people can understand. Domain names aren’t that different. If you can get people using your domain extension then it goes from being an “academic” exercise to being something which is potentially viable as a business. The Donuts team have managed to pull off quite a coup […]

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