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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Universal Acceptance Still Has A Long Way To Go

“Universal Acceptance” is one of those terms you hear a lot when you attend ICANN meetings. In simple terms the idea is that all domain names, be they IDN or ASCII, no matter how long they are, should “work”. When we say “work” what I mean is in relation to daily use. (There are people […]

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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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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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Anti-Gay Hate Group Forgets To Renew Domain

Forgetting to renew a domain name can cause headaches. But when you happen to be a vocal anti-gay hate group then your domain name could end up causing you way more than just a small headache. The domain name Warningsofwrath.com was being used by homophobic Pastor Randy Bryson of the Open Door Baptist Church in Easley, S.C. […]

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APWG Publish Global Phishing Survey H2 2014

The APWG is meeting this week in Barcelona. The event, which is being attended by security professionals, researchers, law enforcement and others will be hearing this afternoon about the APWG’s Global Phishing Survey for the second half of 2014. The report (PDF) was produced by Greg Aaron and Rod Rasmussen is well worth reading if […]

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Fadi Chehadé To Step Down From ICANN Role

ICANN’s current CEO and President Fadi Chehadé has announced today that he will be departing the organisation in March 2016. He will be moving back to industry, though it will be outside the domain / DNS industry. On a call this afternoon with members of the ICANN community  Chehadé reassured people that he was going to be […]

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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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DomainFest Heads To Bulgaria

DomainFest is joining forces with Bulgarian Internet Week to organise a series of events across Bulgaria during the first week of June. DomainFest was acquired by NamesCon last year and will be running several events over the course of 2015 in a number of locations across the globe, according to show organiser Jothan Frakes. The […]

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Lufthansa & WeightWatchers Win URS

The URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension System) is a new rights protection mechanism that was introduced as part of ICANN’s New TLD rollout. Unlike the UDRP (Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy), if a complainant prevails in a URS they do not get the domain. All a URS can do is result in the domain being suspended for […]

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