GoDaddy’s VP of Policy James Bladel has been elected as Chair of ICANN’s GNSO Council. The GNSO Council returned Bladel as Chair with a unanimous vote with the results being announced this morning. Last month the GNSO Council Chair elections concluded without the body being able to choose a new Chair. Mr Bladel has been with […]
The Turkey DNS Forum will be held on January 18th and 19th 2016 in Istanbul. The event will be held in the Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel. Further details about the event, including schedule and speakers, will be available on the event’s official site. While the event is 100% free to attend registration is required.
Like other businesses, new TLD registries like to celebrate milestones. In the case of .quebec they are currently celebrating their 1st year in business, or as they like to put it, their first birthday: As .quebec is aimed at the French speaking community of Quebec they do most of their marketing and outreach in French, […]
ICANN is hosting a breakfast event entitled “The Evolution of Domain Names” in London next week. The event, which will be held at the Royal Society, will have a firm focus on how big brands plan on using domains. The speakers for the event are: Akram Atallah, President of the Global Domains Division (GDD), ICANN […]
Netflix is a well known brand and has lodged several domain disputes in the past. The URS is a type of dispute mechanism that they’ve used several times since the launch of the new TLDs. URS is a cheaper and faster alternative to the traditional UDRP: The Uniform Rapid Suspension System is a rights protection […]
The draft agenda for RIPE 71 is now online. The meeting is being held in Bucharest, Romania from 16 – 20 November. As could be expected one of the plenary sessions will be focussed on the IANA transition. Other companies speaking include Dyn, Facebook and APNIC. Full details on the meeting’s official site.
Earlier today Uniregistry and the .hiv registry announced that the .hiv registry was changing hands and that it was being taken over by Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry. That .hiv is going to a good home is excellent news. But why did this happen? The .hiv domain extension wasn’t setup like other domain extensions. It was established […]
Industry associations and groupings come in all shapes and sizes. A new one was launched this week which caters for Portuguese speaking domain registries. The newly formed association LusNIC has a fairly simple goal: To promote and to collaborate in the defense of the interests of Portuguese-language ccTLDs The founding members are drawn from br; (Brazil); […]
The IEDR, which runs the .ie ccTLD, is currently advertising for three positions. All positions are based on the outskirts of Dublin city where the IEDR is headquartered. The roles are: Financial Controller Registration Services Administrator Customer Services Manager While no indication of salary is listed they probably pay reasonably well, as the job market […]
Apple has adopted a .news domain name for its new “News” application / service which is a builtin feature of iOS9. Apple.news points to the page on the Apple site with an overview of the new service: For some bizarre reason they haven’t redirect the non-HTTPS traffic to the same place, so trying to type […]
Domaining Spain / Domaining Europe has been held in Valencia for the last 7 years. Valencia is a lovely city, but it’s not quite as “mainstream” as Barcelona or Madrid. So it’s interesting to see that Dietmar is organising two events this side of Christmas in Barcelona and Madrid. Domaining Europe will be on in […]
ICANN’s Compliance department is being made that little bit more accessible via a new friendly video: As domain transfers are the most common source of complaints it’s not surprising that they chose an issue with a transfer for “Sarah”. And as ICANN is “global” you can also watch the video in French, Spanish, Chinese or […]
The battle between ICANN’s Compliance team and Freenom has got plenty of in depth coverage by Kevin over the last few weeks. It’s been an interesting topic to follow. However ICANN finally prevailed and was able to impose the suspension which is scheduled to run from 26 August 2015 at 00:00 UTC to 24 November 2015 […]
The 2015 CENTR Awards will be held in October in Brussels. Earlier this week the shortlist of finalists was announced. Here’s the list: Marketing category: AustriaLoves.at – “Darlinks” of the nation, NIC.AT (.at) Domain Pirates campaign, IIS (.se) “Without a name it remains a dream” campaign, Registro.it Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) category: • OPTIMISE […]
Sunrise domain name registrations used to be a good way for both registries and registrars to get sales and revenue. With the advent of new TLDs however the numbers for most extensions have been lacklustre, with registries being “lucky” to get a couple of hundred domains in the sunrise period (on average) However one could […]