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Bulgarian Domain Forum Schedule Announced

The Bulgarian Domain Forum, which is an annual event, is being held again this year. This time round the event will be held in Sense Hotel Sofia. Judging by the photos on the hotel’s website it’s a pretty fantastic location! As with other years there’ll be a mixture of talks, though there’ll be a strong […]

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Nominet’s New CEO Announced

Nominet have announced the appointment of Russell Haworth as their new CEO. Mr Haworth will join the company in January 2015. Mr Haworth was most recently Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Thomson Reuters. He’d been with the company in a variety of roles since 2000. Mr Haworth apparently had a website at russellhaworth.com up until […]

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ICANN Releases Official Statement on ICANN 52

There has been some speculation about the upcoming ICANN meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. Yesterday some news sources reported that the meeting was postponed, though there hadn’t been any official statement from ICANN. ICANN has now released an official statement on the situation: Statement on ICANN 52 Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco Following Morocco’s recent request to […]

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DNS Belgium To Offer Registry Lock

DNS Belgium, the operator of both the .be ccTLD as well as .brussels and .vlaanderen, has announced the upcoming launch of “Domain Guard”. The new service, which is comparable to other registries’ “registry lock” service, will be available from mid-November. The service, which will be offered via .be registrars, will offer registrants the ability to […]

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Serbian ccTLD Registry Opens Call For Tender

The .rs ccTLD registry, the country code top level domain name for Serbia, has opened a call for tenders. The tender, which opened a couple of days ago, is for software systems for domain registration. While the call for tender may not be explicit, one can assume that the registry is interested in moving closer […]

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4 Registrars Elected to IEDR Policy Board

4 registrars have been elected as representatives to the IEDR’s PAC (Policy Advisory Committee). They are: Michele Neylon (Blacknight Solutions) Kelly Salter (Register365) Jonathan Bate (Hosting Ireland) Conor Moran (Irish Domains) The PAC will include representatives from other organisations that have been recognised as “eligible”: Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR); Department of Jobs, […]

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EUrid Announce Finalists of Web Awards

EUrid has announced the finalists for the “.eu Web Awards”. Public nominations for the awards were open from June 23rd until September 5th with websites being submitted under a number of categories, namely: The LEADERS (Established business with more than 10 employees) The RISING STARS (Start-up/Entrepreneur with 1 to 10 employees) The LAURELS (Education/Institutional/Pan European […]

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Irish Water Don’t Control Water.ie

As of midnight Irish households will have to pay water charges. Every household in the country has been sent information about getting setup with the new water authority including getting an online account and paperless billing. They’re using water.ie But they do not control water.ie – it’s not registered to them and never has been. […]

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First .Cymru and .Wales Domains Go Live

The first .wales and .cymru domain names will go live later today. As we’ve noted elsewhere, the launch of new TLDs is giving cultural and linguistic communities their own space online. From early this morning the launch has been garnering quite a bit of mainstream media:   The Guardian ITV Wales BBC Wales Wales Online […]

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Registration Operations Association Kick Off Meeting at ICANN 51

Registrars and registries have to work together. It’s a reality. While relations between the two groups can be fantastic, there are also plenty of instances where at the operational level things are a little “strained”. Those issues stem a lot of the time from technical issues, limitations and possibly “design choices”. There are a lot […]

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CENTR Organising Open Day For Registrars

CENTR, the association for European ccTLDs, is holding an open day in Brussels on September 30th. For the first time registrars are being invited to attend a CENTR meeting in order to meet ccTLD registries. The event, which is free to attend, is being held in the Stanhope Hotel in Brussels. At time of writing […]

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Guess The Number of .Website Registrations & Win A GoPro!

Radix Registry, the company behind .website, .host and .press, is running a giveaway / competition for the launch of .website. The .website launch is now scheduled to take place this afternoon at 1600 UTC. If you can guess correctly the number of .website domain names that are registered during the first day of GA (general […]

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DotGreen Rises From the Ashes

Back in October 2013 we lamented the demise of the .green new TLD bid. A lot of people who work in the domain name industry were shocked, surprised and disappointed when the .green bid was withdrawn. But we got over it. We moved on. And several of the people involved with the original .green bid […]

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Olivier Crépin-Leblond Stepping Down As ALAC Chair

Olivier  Crépin-Leblond announced earlier today that he would step down as ALAC Chair. He has been Chair of ALAC since 2010. He also nominated Alan Greenberg to take his place. Nominations for the position are open until September 3rd. Whether other candidates will be nominated for the position is unclear, but Greenberg has accepted the nomination. […]

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