The .wed TLD could end up getting divorced from ICANN. The .wed domain extension has always been a bit of an odd fish. The people behind it were convinced that their business model was viable and that people would want to register .wed domains in very high volumes. Because of this "demand" the registry's pricing model made it prohibitive to register a .wed domain name for … [Read more...] about Will .wed Get Divorced From ICANN?
The .global TLD has been live for 3 years and to celebrate the registry has prepared a nice graphic showing some interesting data about the domain extension's usage (see below). At time of writing there are just over 34 thousand .global domains registered. While that number may not be as high as some registries the .global registry is claiming quite high usage rates, as well … [Read more...] about 3 Years of .Global
"Universal Acceptance" is one of those terms you hear a lot when you attend ICANN meetings. In simple terms the idea is that all domain names, be they IDN or ASCII, no matter how long they are, should "work". When we say "work" what I mean is in relation to daily use. (There are people working on it) So, for example, you should be able to do things like: create an email … [Read more...] about Universal Acceptance Still Has A Long Way To Go
Over the past couple of years I've posted several times on the issue of "closed generics". In essence these are new TLD applications where the string is a "generic term" AND the applicant wanted to keep all domains in the registry for their own use. The baseline registry agreement with ICANN now contains language that resolves the issue, or at least it would appear to do … [Read more...] about Closed Generics The Final Battle?
Dirk from dotBerlin has posted a very funny, but also scarily accurate, graphic that illustrates how inconsistent some of the decisions handed down have been. You can read about the review process here Hat tip to Kevin who spotted this … [Read more...] about String Confusion Explained