The full schedule for the 46th ICANN public meeting in Beijing has been published. The schedule starts on the Thursday with GAC meetings and runs until Thursday’s Public Forum. As is common with ICANN meetings the days are long, with many meetings scheduled to start before 8am local time. If you’re not attending in person [...]
Nominet, the UK domain name registry, has launched an educational campaign on the impact of cyber-bullying and trolling via its educational site “Know the ‘net“. According to research conducted on their behalf 2 out of 3 teenagers have been affected, but most would not go to their parents or teachers for advice or help. Full [...]
Melbourne IT has sold off its corporate domains business to CSC domains. They’d previously acquired the division in 2008 when they bought Verisign’s DBMS business for US$50 million. The sale netted the company AU$152.5 million (approximately US$157 million, EUR120 million). Here’s the full release: MELBOURNE, Australia – 12 March 2013 – Melbourne IT (ASX: MLB) [...]
During the regional ICANN meeting in Amsterdam earlier this year there was a “side meeting” held by several companies in the domain name industry. The objective? To work on some form of strategy for marketing and education around the domain name industry and domains in general. The meeting was organised by Google‘s new TLD team, [...]
Key Systems’ subsidiary KSregistry GmbH runs the backend registry for .tc, .gd and .vg on behalf of Adams Names. However it looks like there’s been some kind of issue with the management of the country codes and of Adams Names. The details at this juncture are not clear, but KS have issued a statement: Today, [...]
Last night ICANN published a version of the RAA and related documents for public comment. While the Registrar Stakeholder Group’s negotiating team (RrSG NT) have been in talks on and off with ICANN staff for the last 18 months the publication of the documents at this time is felt to be premature by the RrSG [...]
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 [...]
In the last couple of days ICANN has terminated two more registrars for breaching their contracts – CI Host (PDF) and Power Brand Center (PDF). CI Host seems to have vanished. Their listed website no longer works and the contact details that ICANN had for them are no longer valid – the offices are now [...]
Some pretty big companies are beginning to show an active interest in ICANN’s new TLD project. The most recent of them is bookseller Barnes & Noble. The letter, which is available both on the ICANN website and below, is quite narrow and pointed in its scope and focusses on the perceived competition issues with Amazon’s [...]
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 [...]
Neustar have announced an increase in the wholesale registration fee of .biz domain names. The price will rise from $7.85 to $8.63, an increase of $0.78. The new pricing will come into effect on September 1st 2013. Expect to see price increases coming to a registrar near you soon
While this might not be terribly exciting unless you’re a DNS geek .. IEDR have changed one of their nameservers. Banba is no more. Well it’s still there .. .. it’s just not in the root anymore: eg. dig +trace log.ie ; <<>> DiG 9.7.3 <<>> +trace log.ie ;; global options: +cmd . [...]
ICANN’s first public meeting of 2013 will be held in Beijing in April, but they’ve opened registration for the subsequent one in Durban, South Africa in July. The July meeting – ICANN 47 – will be held in Durban International Convention Centre with hotel accommodation available in the surrounding area. However attendees need to be [...]
ICANN’s ALAC plans to submit an objection against .health Why? Their rationale is as follows: Objection statements on community grounds will be drafted for the applications for .health given that the four tests for community objection grounds were passed. ALAC were also examining a few other strings including: .nyc .patagonia .amazon However they did not [...]
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé has announced a firm date for new TLD launch. In a video interview, with Brad White, Fadi Chehadé put April 23rd as a date when the first new TLD could be delegated. He admits, however, that the date may “slip”, though this time the “slippage” should be days or weeks and not [...]
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