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 current … [Read more...] about Nominet Announces Whois Policy Changes
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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 questions yet, we now know what kind of criteria ICANN is seeking in their new … [Read more...] about Want To Be The CEO of ICANN?
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 close, match to their company, brand or … [Read more...] about Want Early Access To .Cloud Domains?
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, as well as exploring which … [Read more...] about IE Tops 200k Registrations & Release First Domain Profile Report
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 and … [Read more...] about ICANN Hiring For EMEA Registrar Role
When Disney acquired Lucas Films they also got Star Wars (obviously). And Disney have a track record of being quite protective of their brand. So it's not very surprising that they would want to get control of the co.uk domain name. Starwars.co.uk has been registered since 2003. The current holder is Abscissa.Com Limited, a UK company, that apparently started life in … [Read more...] about Disney Wins Dispute Over Star Wars Domain
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 noticed some people … [Read more...] about .WTF Domain Being Used In Privacy Campaign
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 ieDRP cases every year. The ieDRP is based on … [Read more...] about Nike.ie LinkedIn.ie ieDRP Cases
Oliver (Oli) Hope has been appointed by Nominet as their new Director of Registry Services. As Nominet diversifies and under the tutelage of a new CEO this move isn't surprising. As for Oli Hope? He is currently with Host Europe (HEG) who acquired Domain Monster a couple of years back. Oli's got a strong financial background, but has been actively involved in domain name … [Read more...] about Nominet Appoints Oliver Hope Head of Registry Services