WHIR Holding Events In Amsterdam & London

The WHIR holds networking events at US cities throughout the year which appear to be very popular. This autumn they’ll be holding two such events in Europe. One in Amsterdam and one in London. (This isn’t the first time that they’ve done events in Europe.) The Amsterdam event is timed to coincide with HostingCon Europe […]

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P is for Proxy

Last night Google unveiled their new plans for global domination, which involves the company morphing into something new “Alphabet“. And new TLD types around the globe rejoiced, as the online behemoth chose to use a .xyz domain name for their big reveal (They also made a funny reference to another .xyz in the source code […]

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ICANN54 Pre-Event In Dublin September 17th

With ICANN54 being held in Dublin towards the end of October it’s only natural that there would be some excitement locally. It’s the first time that ICANN has held a public meeting in Ireland and the meeting is being hosted by the Irish IXP INEX. On September 17th there will be a special event aimed […]

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Registrar Stakeholder Group Is Looking For An Advocate

The Registrar Stakeholder Group is one of the representative groups within ICANN’s GNSO. Officially it’s described as: The Registrar Stakeholder Group is the main representative body of ICANN accredited domain name registrars, and was first recognized by the ICANN Board at its meeting on 27 May 1999 (resolution 99.31). The group participates in the ICANN […]

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Nominet Announces Whois Policy Changes

Nominet, the .uk registry, announced today a number of policy changes that impact how they handle whois data. The new policy comes after the registry conducted consultation with stakeholders. So what is changing? Essentially there are two key elements: Criteria and handling of “opt out” requests Introduction of whois privacy / proxy services Under the […]

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Want To Be The CEO of ICANN?

ICANN needs a new CEO. The current CEO has tendered his resignation and will be vacating the position early in 2016. So who is going to replace him? Will the new CEO be American? Will they be a woman? What kind of background will they have? While nobody has the answers to any of those […]

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Want Early Access To .Cloud Domains?

The guys over at the .cloud registry are currently ramping up their marketing in advance of their launch. In common with many other domain registries they’re actively seeking out “early adopters” that will commit to using and marketing a .cloud domain name. The .cloud “pioneer” program is open to businesses that want an exact, or […]

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IE Tops 200k Registrations & Release First Domain Profile Report

IEDR, who run the .ie ccTLD, have produced their first “Domain Profile Report”. The report’s publication comes as the registry reports surpassing the 200 thousand domain names mark. The milestone was reached earlier this year, though IEDR are only focussing on it now. The new report breaks down registrations by location and type of registrant, […]

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ICANN Hiring For EMEA Registrar Role

ICANN is hiring a “Registrar Services and Engagement Manager” in EMEA. The role, which is based in ICANN’s Istanbul offices, comes as a result of the previous manager departing. So what’s the job involve? ICANN describe it as having two key functions “development and management of ICANN’s relationships with ICANN-accredited registrars in the Europe, Middle-East […]

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.WTF Domain Being Used In Privacy Campaign

ICANN comment periods on policy proposals don’t normally garner much attention. In the case of the current comment period on proxy / privacy services, however, things are very different. To date several thousand comments have been filed, while the topic of the policy proposals has received media attention across hundreds of outlets. Today, however, I […]

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Nike.ie LinkedIn.ie ieDRP Cases

The volume of disputes involving .ie domain names is pretty small. This is probably due in part to three factors: The namespace is pretty small with only 206 thousand names the registry’s rules are very restrictive compared to gTLDs prices are generally higher than for a lot of gTLDs However there are still a number of […]

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