The Scottish parliament announced earlier today that it will be switching over to a .scot domain name in May. At the moment they use scottish.parliament.uk From May they will have moved entirely to parliament.scot This is a nice "win" for the .scot registry, which has been gaining popularity with Scottish individuals and businesses. According to nTLD Stats there … [Read more...] about Scottish Parliament Switching Over To .Scot
ICANN has been sent another letter by the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party. However it still isn't on ICANN's correspondence page - I found it on the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party's site. The letter, which was signed by all 28 members and represents the legal position of all 28 member states of the European Union, is diplomatic, but pretty clear. Short … [Read more...] about Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party To ICANN – Maybe You’re Hard Of Hearing?
The .kz registry (Kazakhstan) recently contacted domain registrants informing them that they needed to host their domains "in country". They have since clarified that the rules will only apply to new registrations and not to existing domains. (via MailClub) Seemingly this is their idea of how to develop their country's internet industry and infrastructure! Here's their … [Read more...] about .Kz Registry Clarifies Position On Nameservers
Eurid, the registry operator for .eu, have released a report in relation to how registrants register their .eu domain names ie. if you are based in country X, are you more likely to use a registrar based "in country" or go overseas? The results show that 65% of registrants stay with a domestic registrar, 18% choose another registrar in the EU, while 17% choose a registrar from … [Read more...] about Eurid Report Shows Registrants Prefer Local Registrars
The board has put forward a motion to decide vertical integration once and for all. There will no cross-ownership allowed. The board's decision is very interesting. They are, to quote Dennis Jennings, setting a baseline, but will bow to any policy decision that comes from the GNSO. There is now a GNSO PDP (Policy Development Process) to discuss vertical integration. … [Read more...] about ICANN Board – Vertical Integration