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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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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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Phishing Attack Targets .Nl Registrants

SIDN, the .nl domain name registry, has issued an alert to its registrars about a phishing attack targetting .nl registrants. The emails carry the subject line “Domeinnaam.nl updaten” (“Update domainname.nl”) Here’s what it looks like: More information on the SIDN site.

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Suspension of Kids.us Open To Comment

Neustar, which has the contract with the US government to run the .us ccTLD, has opened a public comment on the kids.us namespace. The usTLD Stakeholder Council, of which I am a member, has recommended that the current suspension of the kids.us namespace be maintained indefinitely. The rationale behind this is pretty simple. While the underlying […]

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Nominet Non-Exec Elections

This year there are two seats up for election as non-executive directors of Nominet, the .uk registry. Nora Nanyakara is stepping down, as is Clive Grace. So of the existing roster of non-executive directors the only one standing for re-election is Dickie Armour There are several other candidates running, so at least Nominet’s members will […]

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CENTR Members Pass 70 Million Domains Milestone

CENTR, which is the association for European ccTLDs, has announced that its members, which are all country code top level domain registries, have surpassed the 70 million domains mark. The number of registrations comes from 57 ccTLDs and IDN ccTLDs in 49 countries. They’ve produced a graphic to illustrate the milestone: More details on the CENTR […]

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Oscar Robles Switches From .Mx Registry To LACNIC

The .mx registry announced a couple of days ago that their CEO, Oscar Robles, would be stepping down. This morning LACNIC announced that Robles had been appointed as Executive Director. It’s interesting to see someone like Robles, who has a lot of experience in the “names” space moving to “numbers”. Of course Nic Mexico does […]

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Mauritius Government Gets Into Dispute Over Key Domain Name

Domain names expire, drop and get re-registered all the time. It’s normal. However, governments are usually very conservative about how they handle domain names. A government department is more likely to hold on to a domain name for several years after they’ve stopped using it rather than “release” it too early. According to this article, […]

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The .se registry's "Domain Pirates" campaign

Swedish ccTLD Registry Using Fear To Sell Domains

The .se domain name registry is currently running a promotional campaign aimed at individuals to encourage them to register theirname.se Unfortunately the registry has chosen to use an incredibly negative and rather odd method to reach the potential market. FUD. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Not the best of tactics in my view and from what […]

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