Scottish Parliament Switching Over To .Scot

The Scottish parliament announced earlier today that it will be switching over to a .scot domain name in May. At the moment they use From May they will have moved entirely to This is a nice “win” for the .scot registry, which has been gaining popularity with Scottish individuals and businesses. According to nTLD Stats […]

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Three Candidates Running In Nominet Elections

Nominet’s non-executive director elections are currently in progress. The final slate of candidates and voting details were made available yesterday. The three candidates for the 2016 election are (in alphabetical order): Phil Buckingham Volker Greimann Kelly Salter So who are the three candidates?   You can find quite a lot of detail in the candidate […]

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Nominet To Make Zone File Available

Nominet are planning to make their zone file available from May. In an email to Nominet members yesterday Nominet CEO Russell Haworth stated: We have also taken a decision to make the .UK zone file available free to our members in May. The team are working out the finer technical and operational points and will […]

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Chris Disspain To Leave auDA

The .au (Australia) country code authority auDA announced today that they would not be renewing their contract with CEO Chris Disspain. Disspain has been with auDA since October 2000, being their first CEO and also being involved in the re-delegation of .au to auDA. Here’s the full announcement: The Board of auDA (.au Domain Administration Ltd) […]

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Middle East DNS Forum 2016 Venue and Dates Updated

The Middle East DNS Forum  is being held in Tunisia this year. The event will be held on May 4th and May 5th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel Tunis in Gammrath. A provisional schedule has been posted on the event site. Previous years have featured a mixture of global and regional focussed sessions covering legal, policy and […]

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DotAfrica Gets Green Light From ICANN Board

ICANN 55 is ramping up here in Marrakech. Yesterday the ICANN Board met and gave the ZACR bid for .africa the green light. Resolved (2016.03.03.01), the Board authorizes the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to proceed with the delegation of .AFRICA to be operated by ZACR pursuant to the Registry Agreement that ZACR has […]

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How Much Has ICANN Spent On The IANA Transition?

ICANN critics often focus on ICANN’s expenditure. The organisation’s overall budget had been growing for years prior to the new TLD program launch. However with the new TLD launch it mushroomed very quickly, with the organisation collecting $185k per application. With 1930 applications that gave them $357,050,000 – though admittedly there were quite a few […]

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Apple vs FBI: Apple and Others To Argue On The Hill

Tomorrow afternoon at 1pm EST Apple will be giving testimony to the House Judiciary Committee. The session that Apple and others will be taking part in is aptly named: The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy In common with other hearings the various witnesses called to speak have already submitted their written testimony, so we […]

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LACTLD Appoints Andrés Piazza General Manager

LACTLD has announced that the appointment of Andrés Piazza as General Manager. Piazza will take up the post formally from April 1st 2016. He will be working alongside the current General Manage, Carolina Aguerre, from mid-March. Piazza is a well known figure in the Latin American and Spanish speaking internet industry. He’s been with LACNIC since 2011, […]

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FBI vs Apple: A Bit Of Light Reading

Encryption is key to commerce online. Anything that weakens it is a threat to the digital economy, so the FBI vs Apple case is something that a lot of people are watching very closely. I posted about the case on my company’s blog the other day and the case and its implications have been covered […]

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