So what happens to a domain after it is registered? Where does it end up? Who uses it? How do they use it?These aren't trivial questions, as they provide very clear indicators of how an entire namespace is growing or dying .. If a a TLD isn't used actively then it will die. And with so many new TLDs to choose from there are going to be some that simply do not succeed.So … [Read more...] about Who Is Using Domains and How?
The guys over at EUrid released a nice graphic that gives a summary of key data related to .eu in 2013:At the recent ICANN meeting in London EUrid was firmly focussed on highlighting European businesses that actively use .eu for their websites. Related articlesEUrid Awarded .eu Contract For 5 Years (internetnews.me) Win €5k To Promote Your … [Read more...] about DotEU By The Numbers
ICANN has opened a comment period in relation to whois conflicts with local law / data privacy law.Of course anytime ICANN, or anyone else, tries to make any changes to whois policy there are issues.Whois is, for a variety of reasons, an emotive subject.One of the areas that Article 29, several registries located in the EU and a number of registrars (including … [Read more...] about Help ICANN Fix Whois Conflicts With Data Privacy Law!
ICANN has been sent a letter by the European Data Protection Supervisor calling them out with respect to both data collection, retention and privacy within the context of the 2013 Registrar contract (RAA).The letter is the first instance of one, to my knowledge, which makes reference to the ECJ's recent ruling that rendered the data retention directive null and … [Read more...] about European Data Protection Supervisor Smacks ICANN Over Privacy Issues With 2013 RAA
EUrid have officially been awarded the contract to run the .eu domain registry for another 5 years.The contract, which is awarded by the European Commission, was open for tender last year and the official announcement was only made today.The announcement is in today's Official Journal of the European UnionInterestingly there was only one entity that submitted a bid … [Read more...] about EUrid Awarded .eu Contract For 5 Years
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?
Nice and simplehttp://youtu.be/N-lSu5ULPMk (and yes, I am in it) Related articlesBe in with a Chance to Win a Holiday for 2 when you Register an EU Domain … [Read more...] about Eurid’s Christmas Greeting
Today Nominet held their annual registrar conference. Unlike other year's there was only one topic on the agenda:The Direct UK Consultation.I wrote about my issues with the proposal a while back and Edwin Hayward has collected pretty much all references to it in both blogs and mainstream media here.While I was not able to attend in person I was trying to follow the … [Read more...] about Transparency Fail – Nominet’s Registrar Meeting On Direct UK
The US government has renewed the IANA contract to ICANN.Full details in the official release.The IANA contract renewal had been haunting ICANN for the last year, so closure on this key aspect of internet plumbing should be greeted positively in most quarters.The EU, however, might not be too happy, as they'd already raised concerns about the bidding process, which … [Read more...] about ICANN Wins IANA Contract Bid
EU commissioner Neelie Kroes has been critical of SOPA and suggests that the EU would not introduce legislation of this kind.Of course Kroes can only speak for the EU commission and possibly only for that part of it that she's in charge of.Several member states have been discussing legislative measures that are very similar to SOPA.In Ireland, for example, the … [Read more...] about Kroes Says No To EU SOPA