While the ICANN 46 meeting in Beijing was warming up on the other side of the globe the “Cuarta Conferencia Ministerial sobre la Sociedad de la Información de América Latina y el Caribe” (4th ministerial conference on information society of Latin America and Caribbean) was taking place in Montevideo. The “Montevideo Declaration” (PDF) runs to [...]
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The debate surrounding “closed generics”, which we’ve covered several times in the past, has attracted a lot of attention in recent weeks. At the centre of the debate were a number of new TLD applications from large companies including Google, Amazon and others. Google had stated that they planned to establish a number of domain [...]
I’m on the record multiple times over the last few months for my opinions on “closed generics”. I first posted about it here back in June of last year: Big Brands Trying To Corner Generic Namespaces? Since then I’ve sent several letters to ICANN (supported by many others) and have been quoted and referenced in [...]
The .cat domain registry has changed their whois policy and output so that it is compliant with Spanish and EU privacy laws. As of January 7th private individuals who register (and use) .cat domain names can opt to have their details removed from public whois. Law enforcement and other concerned parties can still gain access [...]
Today Nominet held their annual registrar conference. Unlike other year’s there was only one topic on the agenda: The Direct UK Consultation. I wrote about my issues with the proposal a while back and Edwin Hayward has collected pretty much all references to it in both blogs and mainstream media here. While I was not [...]
Nominet, the registry for *.uk, has opened a public consultation on the re-introduction of .uk domain names ie. domains directly under .uk such as businessname.uk The proposals from the registry, however, sound like they’re heavily influenced by the law enforcement “asks” during the current RAA negotiations. They also ignore the recent Article 29 Working Party [...]
The Article 29 Working Party has written to ICANN to express their concerns about some of the “asks” being tabled by law enforcement in the RAA negotiations. They focus on two areas of contention: Annual re-verification of contact details Data retention In both instances they find that the “asks” are in violation of EU law. [...]
Shortly after ICANN announced the new TLD applications list it became evident that some applicants may have made mistakes in their applications. For the last couple of months there has been a lot of chatter in the ICANN community about how ICANN would handle changes to the submitted applications. Finally this morning ICANN has announced [...]
ICANN’s security and stability committee (SSAC) recently issued a report on “dotless” domain names. These would be where the domain name is the extension – so instead of having $thing.$extension you would find $extension by itself. As the report (PDF) explains, there are quite a few technical issues with the concept of no domain extension. [...]
Late last week Google announced a change to their algorithm to penalise copyright infringers in the search engine’s results. The White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, last night welcomed this move: On Friday, Google announced that it will incorporate valid copyright removal notices into its search algorithms, moving infringing sites down in search [...]
.Kids.us is one of those domain extensions that sounds like a good idea, but when you look at it a bit more closely you end up having more questions than answers. Essentially the domain extension was designed to be a safe internet space for “kid friendly” content, but the restrictions on registration were incredibly tight. [...]
In the run up to the Prague ICANN meeting in a couple of weeks there has been a flurry of activity chez ICANN. As happens in the weeks running up to any public meeting there has been a load of important documents published in order to meet the deadlines. Last night, while most of Europe [...]
If you’re going to choose a country code for your business you might want to think long and hard about choosing the .ie ccTLD. Why? Because if you reorganise your business you might end up losing your domain. In several recent cases the IEDR have flatly refused to update the registrant details on domain names [...]
One of the “hot topics” at the ICANN meeting in Costa Rica next week will be the ongoing negotiations around the RAA. The RAA is basically the core document and contract that all ICANN accredited registrars have to sign with ICANN in order to be able to offer domain name registration services. (Oddly enough UDRP [...]
Nominet, the domain registry for the .uk ccTLD, has published a draft “member code”. Nominet’s structure means that its registrars are also “members” of the organisation, so this move is quite an interesting one. You can read the draft text on the Nominet site here. From an initial reading the “code” appears to be quite [...]
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