With the countdown towards the opening of the application window on new TLDs next January draws closer the number of new TLD related events is growing. In November there will be a one day event on new TLDs in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the moment the timetable covers topics such as: intellectual property IDNs IPv6 DNSSEC new TLD application … [Read more...] about New TLD Event To Be Held In Bulgaria
ICANN have published the 4th version of the DAG. The DAG - Draft Applicant Guidebook - is like the "bible" for anyone aspiring to run a new TLD. Unfortunately the new TLD launch cannot take place until the DAG has been finalised - a point that seems to be always just over the horizon. … [Read more...] about DAG4 Released
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
This morning the ICANN board is meeting in Nairobi On the menu this morning are a number of topics, but only a couple of them are attracting any serious attention. One of them, EOI (Expressions of Interest), was hoped, by some, to be a way to move the new TLD project forward. The board looks set to completely reject the EOI concept this morning. At present board members are … [Read more...] about ICANN Board Meets in Nairobi – EOI Is Dead
The ICANN meeting in Nairobi starts officially next Monday. However, as is normally the case, by the time Monday rolls around people will already have been working since Saturday morning (if not earlier). All ICANN meetings seem to be surrounded by some bit of controversy and excitement, but the Nairobi meeting is possibly more dramatic than many others. The last attempt to … [Read more...] about ICANN Nairobi Kicks Off This Weekend – So What Is Cooking? .xxx , new TLDs and more
In an interesting move several members of the ICANN community formed an "informal" Working Group to discuss the concept of "expressions of interest" in new TLDs. This all happened very quickly, which is more or less the opposite to how most ICANN related activities progress.Earlier this evening the group submitted its report / paper to ICANNThe report, which runs to about 11 … [Read more...] about Informal Working Group Publish Report On New TLDs
During the ICANN meeting in Seoul it became very clear that new TLDs were not going to progress on schedule (which schedule doesn't matter).It also became clear that:ICANN still wants them to go aheadICANN wants to make everyone happyThere's an obvious flaw there.You cannot appease all interest groups AND move forward with new TLDs.The "overarching issues" need to be addressed … [Read more...] about New TLDs – Progress? Or Just More Chaos?
Image via WikipediaAh the joy of it all.First we had the quite public squabbling over .eco that I mentioned recently, now it looks like we're going to have a full on "food fight".If nothing else the new TLD process is going to be great fun for anyone who likes a bit of word play!So what's happening this time?Remember Wolfgang Puck joining forces with Minds and Machines to … [Read more...] about Food Fight Anyone?
The new TLD process is occupying a lot of people in the domain name industry at present.While some people are obviously very much against the entire concept of new TLDs, there are plenty of people and organisations who support the project.But what happens when you have more than one organisation vying for the same namespace?While the ICANN new TLD application process itself has … [Read more...] about Doteco Bids Heat Up – Catfight Anyone?
Blacknight, which I founded, has launched a new site to help end users get to grips with the "new domains" ie. the new TLD project.If anyone has any feedback or would like to assist please let us know:marketing [at] blacknight.com … [Read more...] about Making Sense of New Domain Extensions